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I'm very excited to have been asked to illustrate a graphic novel! And it's going to be quite a challenge, too. It's a sci-fi/horror story that the author describes as a "kind of really creepy X-files story". This will eventually become a Kickstarter funding campaign, but in the meantime I must produce some character sheets and maybe a splash page for the upcoming PDX comic con!

Putting nose to grindstone now ....
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 I did finally get access to my website control panel and have uploaded the barebones archive: dearheart.org/lotrfanmb/ 

All it needs is for the index page to be prettified and then some volunteers to begin saving threads.

Currently all the links in the pages work, they connect to the original website even though the messageboard database is in another place. But when that site goes down those links will not work. I have a plugin for my browser which allows me to find the code for any part of a page. In this way, each page can have updated navigational links/buttons without me having to wade through miles of complicated php code.


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I had an idea about how to archive our extensive forum life. It's not as tedious as copy/pasting each post of each thread of each form... but still a slow process...

To be doable this requires a full-access website, not a "free" kind, and not a blog like this. I am happy to use my own website just as soon as I can get into my file manager -- I seem to be locked out. In the meantime I worked up an example of what it would be like here: The Fellowship of Middle-earth Archive . Here's how to do it:

1. create a folder on your hard drive named FoMe, and inside it another folder named for the particular section (for instance "StorytellerCircle") and inside that a folder named for a particular forum (for instance "Artwork"), and lastly inside that a folder for a particular thread (such as "TinidrilArt").
2. on the forums, navigate to the particular thread's first page.
3. RIGHT-click and choose "Save as" from the menu, the default setting for "page type" should be "webpage, complete"
4. name the file as briefly as possible without losing its context. Use this same naming convention throughout the thread for each page, but put the page number at the end. for example: TinidrilArt-Pg1, TinidrilArt-Pg2, etc. When you save in this way you will download both the HTML file and a folder containing all the images on the page. Both files will be named according to what you entered, but the folder name will be appended with "_files"
5. Upload both the folder and all its contents (this can be done using ftp file transfer) as well as the HTML file for each page.
6. create a simple index.html page with section, forum, and thread headers each with links to the pages, upload this as well

More than one person could work on archiving the site in this way, sending the files/folders to me to upload once I again have access to my file manager.
tinidril: photo of Samwise saying "po-ta-toes" (ooh)
Growing up I had never tasted yogurt. I don't know why, perhaps it was not one of my parents' favorite foods, but I was married before I was introduced to it. Hubby loved it, and would put his breakfast cereal in a bowl of yogurt... to my disgust! Ugh! I couldn't get past the smell of the stuff. But being somewhat of a gastric adventurer, I did at least try it. But in my estimation it tasted pretty much like it smelled and I left it to Hubby and Son to devour.

Years go by and so do food fads. Yogurt became a thing, and manufacturers were trying all sorts of things to jazz it up. Finally I decided to try Yoplait, which came in 6 oz containers in all sorts of interesting flavors like chocolate, caramel, and coffee. These actually tasted good to me! Once in a while I would try the store brands that came in 8 oz containers but I'd get tired of the taste after about half of the container, so I switched back to Yoplait.

Fast forward a couple decades and multiple health issues... I had a dietitian suggest I try to keep my breakfasts to 14 or fewer grams of sugar. Do you know how hard it is to find a single serve container of yogurt with less than 15 grams of sugar?? Dang near impossible, that is! Unless you don't mind the clingy aftertaste of artificial sweetener. The beneficial bacteria in yogurt make it especially good for one of my issues, but the sugar is not good for another. I needed to find a way to continue eating yogurt. The Dietitian suggested I try plain yogurt with fresh fruit, and I made an involuntary face and shudder of disgust. To compromise she suggested Tillamook greek-style which actually made several flavors with 14 or fewer grams of sugar. So I did this. And it was good.

Then we moved to the coast. The grocery stores here don't carry Tillamook, or they only carry a few things like their cheeses. Now I was forced to try to experiment with ::shudder:: plain yogurt! So I gathered a variety of fresh berries, grapes, bananas, kiwis and picked up the only single-serve plain yogurt I could find. It was nonfat. The result was pretty good but tasted a bit thin, not really satisfying. Next I tried to find a NON nonfat plain yogurt, but only found a quart size. "Fine", I thought, and bought it, still disappointed that there were no lowfat plain yogurts in single-serve size. I just wanted to experiment, not commit myself to a quart of the stuff!

The next morning I spooned about 6 - 8 oz of really thick yogurt into a bowl, added my fruit and stirred it together. I took a bite and nearly fell out of my chair! Wow.... it was so delicious!..., but there was something really odd here, it was so rich and tasted like really heavy, pure unadulterated, but slightly tangy, cream! I took out the container again and looked it over (with my reading glasses on!) and there was no mention of the fat content. The nutrition list revealed the truth: this was fullfat yogurt!

So now I am enjoying yogurt garnished fresh fruit for breakfast. Two teaspoon scoops is all it takes. A fruit salad with cream dressing. Heaven.
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 Ok, I really don't live in Michel Delving, I just wish I could!

I actually live in a coastal town in Oregon. It's raining right now, and chilly, but that's normal for the wee hours of the morning. The sound of the rain hitting the roof of the motor home is pleasantly soothing, especially since I am dry inside.

Time to go to bed! Goodnight :D

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