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The Ramblings of a Mad Middle Aged Woman

As of January 2016 - please find me on social media as I will not likely be around on LJ - lack of activity here and lack of time overall. I am sort of back as of Jan 2017.

I typically have used this journal to share private thoughts and ramblings with my closest mates who still use Live Journal.  I may continue to use this journal for my personal trials and tribulations only upon the rare occation that I feel like posting something here.

I like coffee, chocolate, tea and cupcakes.

If you are interested in my work as a graphic designer, you can find my creations in several places:
My main website: Avalon Graphics (with a blog HERE)
My professional Twitter account: Avalon_Graphics
My Facebook Fan Page for Avalon Graphics: AvalonGraphics

If you are interested in my occasional fan graphics, you may find them in these public social sites:
My tumblr account: cathelms and by searching for the hashtag #cathelms
My Pinterest boards: cathelms
My Ao3 account: cathelms
My personal website: Cathy's Page
My personal Twitter:  cathelms

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Something quite different - a short fic *gasps*

I cannot remember the last time I've written a stand alone fic. I haven't written at all since last fall \0/ I won't go into the whys and whatnot, but writing isn't and never has been an easy endeavor for me. But while sitting in a coffee shop earlier today (with time to kill), this came to me so I pulled out a scrap piece of paper and scribbled it down right then and there before I forgot it all.

When Merlin ended last December, I was overwhelmed with feelings and thought for certs that I would write something...anything...in response to the final two episodes. There is a plethora of material there between Arthur and Merlin, let alone the other principle characters that all met their various ends. I created a bunch of graphics, but the writing bit continued to elude me.

Posting this for myself and no expectations of feedback. It just felt good to write something for once. I had thought I'd completely lost the ability to write at all!
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In other news, had my stitches out today thank the gods. I'm awaiting a call back from my physician as far as my return to morning blood sugar spikes. No doubt hormonal, but hopefully she might have a solution. Rainy day today. A bunch of clients emailing wanting stuff that I really don't have time to do right now nor the inclination. Tomorrow I'll be out due to monthly adjustment at the chiropractor and lunch with a friend. So Thursday and Friday I'll have to bust my arse at work.

Hope all of you are well.
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Ioan Gruffudd graphics by request

For sasha_b and semmie17 love to you both for using my creations!!

Wallpaper
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Icons:
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(this one is just for sasha_b of course since she especially requested it)

And a few Viggo Mortensen icons I'd made for deloriage recently as well:

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Feedback is complete bliss and and Credit me if you use em.

And now I need to go back to work on a book cover design. This was a lovely break from the regular stuff!
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All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

Originally posted by kerrsmith2306 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
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All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

Originally posted by [profile] lickbrains at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [personal profile] awry at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Seriously. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK WORLD.

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox News confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c


ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th