Not even a smidge.
In all honesty, roughly 98% of my fanfiction consumption is slash (the remaining 2% being taken up by femmeslash and gen). Harry/Draco has been my main ship since forever so I tend to nope the fuck out of there whenever they end up with someone else. Although I can see an argument for Dramione having a similar relationship make-up to Drarry, it’s just never appealed to me in the slightest *shrug* I am quite partial to a strong Draco-Hermione friendship, though. That’s always good fun, especially if they bond over something nerdy like hardcore research.
My current tablet, the Wacom Intuos Pro Small, was a gift. I think it was bought from Amazon for whatever the cheapest option was at the time last Christmas - possibly around the £200 mark?? Before that, however, I had a Wacom Bamboo (the mte-450 model) followed by the Bamboo Pen. I think I bought both of those for around £60-£70 each from Amazon and they were wonderful and fulfilled all my drawing needs (bearing in mind I do this as a hobby and not professionally).
I got the Intuos because I wanted to upgrade to something more sensitive, but wasn’t ready to go full Cintiq. No reason other than that - both my old Bamboos still work just fine and I would happily switch back if my current one goes on the blink, which I doubt it will because all of the Wacom tablets I’ve ever owned have been pretty solid. My old Graphire 4, bless it, lasted me about 3-4 years of hard use before it gave up the ghost. I’ve never used any brand other than Wacom because I’ve never had the need to switch. If I had to pick one out of the older, cheaper models, though, I’d go with the mte-450 purely because I preferred the set-up and the customisable buttons. The Bamboo Pen is pretty basic and has no buttons at all, just the drawing area.
One common problem I have noticed over the years is that there seems to be a weakness in the connection where the wire joins the actual tablet. Normally it’s a mini-USB or something that you plug in, but after a couple of years the connection tends to bug out a lot and the wire wiggles around. It could be the way I use the tablet and have it positioned on the table, but it’s happened to at least two of my previous tablets. Not a problem if you know someone handy with electronics and a soldering iron, though! It happened to the mte-450 and drove me up the wall so I bought the Bamboo Pen as a replacement, only for my boyfriend to fix it right up and now I have an abundance of tablets about the place.
Hopefully that answers your question somewhat. I’d highly recommend Wacom as a tablet brand as I’ve never regretted buying anything of theirs. I can’t speak for their Cintiq line, and have no idea about the availability of the old models outside of places like Amazon. If you look around, though, I’m sure you can still find some of them, depending on how much you want to shell out.
Thank you very much! The Drarry will not be stopping any time soon, no worries <3 Go forth and draw, my friend! Don’t compare yourself to me, or anyone else. Compete against yourself :D That’s the only opponent you should be pitting yourself against when it comes to improvement. And I don’t mean that to sound condescending in any way, but seriously. Comparing yourself to others is no good for you, or your art. I used to do it all the time and ended up working myself into a complete rut because I was never happy.
…it wants its feels back :|
So I’ve just finished watching season one of Beyblade. I’ve once again managed to fall madly in love with Kai Fucking Hiwatari (I’m not kidding when I say I feel 13 all over again and I am so embarrassed for myself you have no idea, guys). He’s just…Kai Hiwatari. There’s no other way to describe him. Grumpy, snarky, anti-social bastard. Fuck him and his stupid hair and sarcasm and his dedication to being a decent team leader even if it means upsetting the rest of them by spilling hard truths all over the place, and especially fuck his mysterious and tragic past because it just makes me think he needs a proper
seeing to from Rei cuddle.
For a while I was genuinely worried that my OTP wouldn’t…well, be my OTP anymore. I was always the hardcore KaRe shipper - side pairings didn’t really matter, as long as those two were the main focus. But, I suppose there’s always a risk when re-watching old animes that you could see things differently. Luckily I was right all along: Kai and Rei are meant to be together forever and no one will convince me otherwise. They just…get each other. It’s a beautiful thing *happy sigh*
Beyblade/KaRe was my true first fandom. I wouldn’t be here without it, in all seriousness. They gave me all the encouragement I needed to keep going with my art and although I’ve spread my fandom wings far and wide, I will never forget it. Or the people (you know who you are, whether we’re still talking or not). Of course, with my revived love of all things KaRe, I’ve been hunting down fanfiction like a fiend. Thank god for places like ff.net (never thought I’d say that!), which still have the old stuff floating around. So many gems for me to (re-)discover.
I swear to god, at the moment my love of this pairing is strong enough to pull off a one-person revival of the whole fandom…
I’m fairly sure I just walked past George Takei in Seven Dials…
The Great British Bake-Off starts up tomorrow. It clashes with the timeslot I normally reserve for the week’s episode of Free! and I’m honestly so conflicted. Do I spend my Wednesday evenings watching a goofy, heartwarming baking programme where I get super invested in the contestants’ ability to make custard and cake, or do I shed tears of joy over precious gay swimming angels and revel in the glory that is my dashboard immediately after?