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kriadydragon
06 July 2025 @ 04:31 am
All my stories, no matter the fandom, are Gen and range from G to PG-13 only.

The following archive I created a while back for those stories not posted on my journal. But I'm terrible at maintaining archives, for which I apologize for, and what you see below is not all there is, nor is SGA the only fandom I've written for. My stories are a bit all over the place, and what can't be found in my journal or this archive can be found at the following sites.

FF.net
AO3

To find stories on my journal just click on fanfiction or which ever fandom you are interested in in the tags.

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Current Location: In front of the A/C
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Rise Against
 
 
kriadydragon
22 September 2016 @ 07:55 pm
Okay so I really have to question my search skills. Ever since I started making dolls I couldn't find squat in tutorials about making even stuffed animals, only to one day stumble onto a tutorial even though I wasn't actively looking for one.

The eople who make these kind of dolls are incredibly tight lipped about it. The reason being... well, I'm not sure about the reason. They say it's because of trade secrets and in order to keep themselves in business. Which, to me, doesn't make sense. For one, it isn't exactly going to cause in influx of doll makers and competition, since with these dolls it's more about sculpting and painting/decorating skills than it is about sewing, and people with poor sculpting and painting/decorating skills aren't going to sell much. For another, People in other mediums have no problem sharing their secrets on how to do things, even if those things are their livelihood. I mean, it's art, and art is always going to be diverse. Some make their dolls styalized, others realistic, others cartoony, and there's a market for each. The only real difference between these dolls is how people sculpt them, paint them, and decorate them. Other than that it all involves wire or stuffing, fake fur, and a lot of sewing.

To me it would be like someone who paints or draws saying "Sorry, no tutorials, trade secret."

Unless people are afraid someone is going to copy their doll style for style? I don't know, I just find it odd how hard it is to find anything on making stuffed animals and poseable dolls.

(Which had been a massive frustration for me where sewing was concerned. My sculpting has been improving but how I sewed the fur on hadn't improved, and I swear it was only getting worse. I finally found a video that offered a few tips on sewing and I'm going to try them out for my next doll. I don't know why giving people sewing tips is so dang hush hush ).
 
 
kriadydragon
08 September 2016 @ 01:28 am
I just finished binge watching Stranger Things and if you haven't watched this show yet, watch it. I want more shows just like it.

This show also has the best portrayal of the 80s I've ever seen. There's even a character who wears the same style of glasses that both my sister's wore. And all the 80s music, so many songs I used to listen to as a kid and loved.
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kriadydragon
07 September 2016 @ 12:57 am
So after some discussion with some fellow indie writers over at SIA I actually managed to compile a longer list of title ideas for my upcoming story, and I wanted to get a little feedback.

Which title do you personally prefer for a story that's a fantasy/murder-mystery set during the 1940s?

Title Preference

Magic's Tribulation
2(25.0%)
An Arcane Tribulation
1(12.5%)
An Arcane Adversity
3(37.5%)
Tribulation of Magic
2(25.0%)
 
 
kriadydragon
11 August 2016 @ 01:50 am
Dang it, this is the second show that's almost made me cry. I know a show is doing something incredibly right when it hits me in the feels like that. Come on, Netflix, I need season two like right now!
 
 
 
kriadydragon
01 August 2016 @ 07:31 pm
I know I tend to say this about a lot of movies but... that was so much fuuuuun! I want to see it again!
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kriadydragon
15 July 2016 @ 05:21 pm
Okay, so, apparently there's this ideology that's been going around which involves the belief that it should be okay for a woman to have an after-birth abortion. With the cut-off age being at five years old. The belief being that since children within this age-range can't take care of themselves, then they aren't really human.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! o.O

How the crap do people who think this way even exist? I mean, I'd like to think society as a whole smart enough not to let this be anything more than a bunch idiots being a bunch of idiots. But, still, that people even think this way... that they try to justify it...

I normally try my best not to be judgemental of people, but the people who think a child isn't a human being and therefore it's okay to "abort" them is a disgusting monster.

(ETA: To clarify, this isn't an actual thing that people or the governement  are trying to push. It came about during a discussion on abortion on college campuses, in which some students and professors expressed that they didn't see anything wrong with aborting a child after it was born.)
 
 
kriadydragon
14 July 2016 @ 09:52 pm
So this is yet another show I got into after the fact, mostly because I didn't know what day and time it came on, and but mostly because I'm really not into watching TV as I used to be. Actually I hardly watch any TV at all these days save for a small handful of shows (which I mostly record and binge on when in the mood). But I'd been wanting to watch the Flash for some time, so I turned to Netflix.

The show is cheesy, a tad cliche, and I'm a week in and already half-way through the season and thus far I adore it to bits. It pretty much has everything I love in a show - action, adventure of the week, underdog hero, sci-fi/fantasy elements, teaminess, family, and just good-old fashion fun without tyring to be all serious and grim dark. Every single character in this show is likeable, even the ones you're not meant to like.

I also love that so far this isn't a show to brush things under the rug or prolong drama for the sake of drama. The things that don't need to remain a secret don't remain a secret for fippin' ever but neither are they tossed out there quick as possible. It's a show that acknowledges that death and the terrible things that happen to people are actually terrible things. It follows through on its consequences, and even the death of a minor character - heck, even a villain - is acknowledged as it should be acknowledged.

And the whump. My gosh, the whump! It is a thing of absolute beauty and I love the fact that they have it pretty much every episode because they can! I have never had a show that was this satisfying where the whump is concerned. I love how this show takes so much into account where The Flash's powers are concerned, how they effect him and how his physical well-being is still extremely important even though he can heal fast.

(Now watch as I finish the season and end up hating the rest of it :P Except the more I watch the better it gets so, naaah!)

(Also, what is it with guys who have the power of superspeed? The Flash, Quicksilver, them being awesome, them being whumped. They have been doing nothing but right by me :D).
 
 
kriadydragon
05 July 2016 @ 01:46 am
Well this was an unpleasent Independance Da. So we were all looking forward to some July 4th fun...

And then we had to put one of our dogs down.

Yeah.

Annie was old, arthritic, and getting worse pretty much daily. She'd stopped eating and could hardly move, and today she pretty much couldn't move at all, so my mom had the vet come out to the farm where most of our pets who've passed are buried, and Annie has now joined them.

I'll be honest in saying that out of all our dogs (we have a lot, I'll admit that, too) Annie wasn't a particular favorite of mine. I didn't hate her or anything. But she was a terrier mix who was incredibly stubborn, and in her younger years, infuriatingly ornery. She took any and every chance she could to bolt out the door and/or the gate and take off, which meant having to chase her down, and that dog absolutely refused to let us catch her or even return when we called. It eventually reached a point where we just gave up and waited for her to come back, which she always did. She started doing this less as she got older, but even in her old age she still gave it a try now and then. She liked going after my cats all the time. She had a bark that made your eardrums feel like they were bleeding. She'd also bark... and bark... and keep on barking and whining until she got her way.

But she was a very friendly dog who got along with everyone, and I will miss her even though she did get on my nerves from time to time.
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kriadydragon
30 June 2016 @ 11:04 pm
My gosh it's finally done. After days of research and dithering and more research, my Etsy shop is open: The Critter Emporium.

Right now I just have the two dragons for sale although I plan on doing more than just dolls. The store is also up and running - http://storytellermelissa.wix.com/dreamscape - although I kind of feel like I made this store more to help sell my books than the dolls. But either way... I've got a business!

Now, will this business actually pan out, especially since I swear I have the worst luck when it comes to trying to have any kind of an income. Even now I'm kind of wondering if I should lower the price from $200 to $150. But the dolls are rather large, and looking at other dolls I've come across, even slightly smaller ones are priced similar or slightly more. What do you guys think? Is 200 hundred reasonable, should I go slightly lower, or should I just wait and see and lower if needed?

Also can I just say again how much I love Wix? Putting the site together may have been a pain with the way it slowed my computer down, but the end product has made me so dang happy.