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☉♎ ☽♉ 水狗 I ❤ Music & Books! Yeah, I guess that's it... Also I am a Paranoid wannabe autodidactic Polymath... and a language-addicted ovo-lacto-vegetarian Agnostic. Esoterically inclined, Sapiosexual... ☪ Workwise... I am a Librarian by Day & a freelance Artist by Night!

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Reblogged from Lora's Rants and Reviews :
What a wonderful idea!
Jolabokaflod to all my friends!
Jolabokaflod to all my friends!

Jolabokaflod or the Christmas Book Flood to you all. 

I had no idea that Iceland was a real fantasyland :)

Might not work but wouldn't hurt...

Reblogged from Char's Horror Corner:

For my fellow BookLikes friends who are writing posts expressing their frustration with BookLikes sporadic performance, I'm just going to toss out a suggestion:  tag your posts with "BookLikes". 

 

I have no earthly idea if anyone will see them, but if I was a super stressed out site owner going through what we know BL's owners are right now, I might not interact, but I'd lurk and I might think a quick way to take the pulse of the site would be to search the tag "BookLikes".

 

I figure it can't hurt, right?  And who knows? maybe someone is watching and will 'hear' our frustrations.

Free October 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Hi!

 

So it's almost October, my month... my favourite Month!!
Autumn is getting better, rainier, colder... :)

 

And with it all comes a new Desktop Calendar.
This time I wanted to make a loew key piece, since I really just tried my hand on smaller things, partially using traditionally pieces, which I digitalised.

 

I hand-dyed and aged a new Din A4 size piece of paper then scanned it. I used not just tea, but red cabbage.
I distressed parts of the paper with a tea bag, roughing its texure.
Then I created an aged piece of paper with the same dimensions, but digitally.
Afterwards I did blend both textures together... with old folding marks, scratches and all.
Adding the border and a few extras like the main star sign of the month (according to the Western Astronomy) I tried to give it the last final touches.

 

I wanted it to be a bit more simplistic, really focusing on mixing different mediae.

 

October2016-DeskCal


I hope you like it.

 

I have been a bit absent again this month, RL in general was very favourable but also time consuming.


I hope to remedy this soon, so I have a bit more time for this blogging hobby.

What have you been doing?

 

Yours,
 Nokta

 

P.S.: Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!

Free September 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Hellö,

so it's 2/3 of the Year 2016 gone, hm?
Summer's end is nigh, at least meteorologically speaking.
The whole World lives on credit... foodwise.
And what have you been up to? :)

Me, I have been lounging and done some work.
Then some good old stay-cation and some more work. :)
Afterwards I went back to my monthly game of creating a wallpaer calendar for September.

While working on it I did notice, that I actually needed to work more on bevel, shadow and texture work.
I scanned some of my own hand stained papers to add a 'used' feel to the wallpaper. ( I stain with black tea, coffee, red & purple cabbage, etc.)
Also trying to work out a better type of cutting and blending to let items look more real.

Here it is, September 2016
September2016-DeskCal

Hopefully you'll like it.

We had some very hot days over here, somewhere between 30 to 38 °C (86-101 °F), which is so not typical for Northwestern Europe, and I didn't really like it.

What about you, lovelies? How was your Summer(northern hemisphere)/Winter(southern hemisphere)?
Are you waiting/wishing for some cool evenings? Colourful leaves?
Sitting in a cosy corner of your home with a book/pet on rainy days?
I would love to know!! ^_^

Yours,
 Nokta

P.S.: Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!

Free August 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Hey hey,

I hope you all had a good time so far... 2016 sure goes by fast.
And with a new month another Desktop Calendar is there.
This one was more 'experimenty' so to speak. :)

This time I was trying to play with scratches, different shades & fog to create a texture form 'Scratch', using different layers & layer masks, too. I wanted to recreate a stitch border, with yarn texture and gaussian blurred shadows beneath the letters & numbers. Also I created a pattern & put it on top with opacity set very low.

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I hope you like it. ;)

Work & health have been a bother these months
I hope to get into blogging again around end of August or beginning of September... when it's cooler and Autumn is closer.

I hope to be more around, too, at that time.
Anything you want to say? Anything new happening? Tell me! :)

Yours,
 Nokta

P.S.: Feel free to share... :) Also, Constructive criticism is always welcome!
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Damn you Pittacus Lore!
Damn you Pittacus Lore!
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Reader's Bill of Rights {Reblog}

Reblogged from Kindle Euphoria:

1. The right to not read 

2. The right to skip pages 

3. The right to not finish 

4. The right to reread 

5. The right to read anything 

6. The right to escapism 

7. The right to read anywhere 

8. The right to browse 

9. The right to read out loud 

10. The right to not defend your tastes


― Daniel Pennac

Jürgen Prochnow's Voice =

Quantenmüll - Lübbe Audio, Andreas Eschbach, Jurgen Prochnow

Ahahah... exquisit!! :)

 

Short & sweet.

I didn't expect this, and though the end was partially predictable, it was with a funny, scary twist!

Free July 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Hi! :3

I know it's the beginning of Summer in the Northern Heisphere, so I will try and keep it short for you all out there.

 

Although I am allergic to wood dust, and my skin won't get along with it.. I love, love, love creating stuff out of wood, like for example hair sticks and baord games.
I wanted to create a digital, wooden Boho-Style Table/Tray out of wood 'scraps'.
I used the clone tool, different layers & layer masks. Cutting wood digitally & the use of the grid. option. Playing with drop shadow alternatives. Also a bit of dodge & burn was used again.
 
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I can only hope you like this one. Since it's one of my personal favourites of this Year.

 

Are you heading for a staycation or do you have something planned for this year's Summer Holidays? Like going abroad...
And if you're from the Southern Hemisphere, does it feel stupid how blogs are so Northern Centric when it comes to the topic of Seasons and the likes? :)
Tell me, tell me...

 

Yours,
Nokta

 

P.S.: Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!
Von der Unsterblichkeit der Seele: Halbleinen - Platón
Reblogged from autosuggestion:
"Denn über den Besitz von Geld und Gut entstehen alle Kriege"

Free June 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Hello dears!
 

May has gone by so quickly. I am shocked to say the least.
And though I am a tad bit late, I have the June Desktop Wallpaper with me.

 

For this I used the clone tool, different layers & layer masks. Changing the colouring, and giving it a slightly 'canvasy' look by using & mixing different textures.
Also a bit of dodge & burn was used, where it was needed.

I wanted to give it that grainy, stark feeling of some of those old retro photos. Being bolder with the colours yet having that slighly dreamy feeling.

 

Well, on to the Wallpaper for June 2016.

 

June2016-DeskCal

 

I hope it is to your liking.

 

Yours,
 Nokta

 

P.S.: Feel free to share this Calendar. And don't forget, Constructive criticism and comments in general are always welcome!

Free May 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Hey, hey...

 

It's time for the free May 2016 desktop Calendar. 

 

I used the clone tool, different layers & layer masks to change the brick stone wall partially. Creating the centre piece in the style of Street name plates from London.
Also I wanted to work out a (semi-)realistic looking bevel & drop shadow for this plate

 

May2016-DeskCal

 

I hope you like it! :) Please, feel free to share...

 

See you...

 

P.S.: Constructive criticism & comments in general are always welcome!

32 Writing Contests in April 2016 - No Entry Fees

Reblogged from GreyWarden:
— feeling cool

(reblogged from Publishing and Other Forms of Insanity)

 
There are loads of free literary contests in April, some with substantial prizes. All genres and forms are included, from humorous poetry, to short fiction, to full length-works, both published and unpublished.

Some of these contests have age and regional restrictions, so be sure to read the full guidelines before submitting.

Good luck!

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Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Now in its 15th year, this contest seeks today's best humor poems, published and unpublished. Please enter one poem only, 250 lines max. Prize: $2,250 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000, and publication on Winning Writers. Deadline: April 1, 2016. Submission form HERE.

Harold U. Ribalow PrizeGenre: Fiction on a Jewish theme, published books only. Prize: $3,000.  Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.

Bop Dead CityGenres: Prose, poetry. Prize: $20. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-FictionRestrictions: The writer must be Canadian, and an entry must be the writer's first or second published book of any type or genre and must have a Canadian locale and/or significance. Genre: Print books and ebooks of creative non-fiction published in the previous calendar year. Prize: C$10,000.00. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.

The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers. Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians awards fellowships for writers to spend time in McCullers' childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. The fellowships are intended to afford the writers in residence uninterrupted time to dedicate to their work, free from the distractions of daily life and other professional responsibilities. Award: Stipend of $5000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Fellowship recipients will be required to introduce or advance their work through reading or workshop/forum presentations. The Fellow will work with the McCullers Center Director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.
 
Carbon Culture Review's Poetry Film PrizeGenre: Film: make a film of your poem. Prize: $1000.  Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.
 
The Great American Think-OffGenre: Essay on the theme: “Income Inequality Threatens Democracy.” Entrants should take a strong stand agreeing or disagreeing with this topic, basing their arguments on personal experience and observations rather than philosophical abstraction. Essay should be no more than 750 words. Prize: One of four $500 cash prizes. Deadline: April 1, 2016. Submission details are HERE.

Paterson Fiction PrizeGenre: Published novel or collection of short fiction.  Prize: $1,000. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.
 
Allen Ginsberg Poetry AwardsGenre: Poetry, up to five poems per person. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.
 
Washington State Book AwardsRestrictions: Open to Washington State writers. Genre: Published book, all genres. Prize: $500. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.
 
The Waterston Desert Writing PrizeGenre: Literary nonfiction, desert theme. Prize: $1,500. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.
 
Fall Lines: Saluda River Prize for Poetry / Broad River Prize for ProseGenres: Poetry, flash fiction, essays, short fiction. Prizes: Two $250 cash prizes, and publication. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.
 
Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia PoetsRestrictions: Open to Virginia poets. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $500. Deadline: April 1, 2016. More details are HERE.
 
The Lucien Stryk Asian Translation PrizeGenre: Book-length translation of Asian poetry into English. Both translators and publishers are invited to submit titles. Book must have been published in previous year. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: April 8, 2016. See details HERE.
 
American Literary Translators Association Italian Prose in Translation AwardGenre: Translation of a recent work of Italian prose (fiction or literary non-fiction). Both translators and publishers are invited to submit titles. Book must have been published in previous year. Prize: $5,000. Deadline: April 8, 2016. See details HERE.
 
William Saroyan Writing ContestRestrictions: Open to students in 1st grade through college. Genre: Short story, 2 pages. Prize: $50 - $100. Deadline: April 11, 2016. More details are HERE.
 
Stony Brook Short Fiction PrizeRestrictions: Only undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2015-16 are eligible. Genre: Fiction of no more than 7,500 words. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: April 15, 2016. See submission details HERE.
 
Common Good Books Poetry Contest is sponsored by Common Good Books, proprietor Garrison Keillor. Genre: Poetry. The poem must be a declaration of gratitude. Prize: Grand prizes of $1000 each, and four poets will receive $500 for poems of particular merit. Deadline: April 15, 2016. See submission details HERE.
 
Scotiabank Giller PrizeRestrictions: Open to books published in Canada in English. Books must be published in Canada in English between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016 to be eligible for the 2016 Prize. Must  be nominated by publisher. Genre: Fiction. Full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation. Prize: $100,000 to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists. Deadline: April 15, 2016. See details HERE.
 
Rhyme On!Genre: Poetry, one poem only. Prize: 1st prize -  $200, 2nd prize - $100, 3rd prize - $50. Deadline: April 15, 2016. See submission details HERE.
 
Chautauqua Editors Prize. Awards will recognize the writing that best captures both the issue’s theme and the spirit of Chautauqua Institution. Prizes: $500, $250, and $100 for each issue. Deadline: April 15, 2016. Submission form is HERE.
 

Free April 2016 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Hello, lovelies...!

From now on I will post the Desktop Calendar a day or two before that Month actually starts. I feel as if that way I might actually get it to spread more on the internet. I mean, it's free so why not? :)

 

This time I thought of Sottomano (desk pads?). They're my favourite classic items on the Desk. No real writing/work space is complete without one of them.

So without further ado, the Wallpaper for April 2016 in 1920x1080.

 

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I hope you like this one! :) Please, feel free to share it...

 

See you around... xoxo

 

P.S.: Constructive criticism & comments in general are always welcome!

Happy World Book Day to all my friends and followers!

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