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A Spuffy manip for clawofcat (NOT WORKSAFE) 
9th-Aug-2009 03:08 pm
Omg, I'm impressed! I'm only, like, three days late this time around. What a great improvement over last year when I was - if my memory serves me right - about three weeks late. Ahem. Yes, I know, I fail at life. *goes away and hides*

Then to the point. Happy belated birthday, clawofcat! I hope you had wonderful day, and that the year to come will be a good one! *gives you a big-ass birthday hug*

There are so many things I'd like to say about how much I admire you both as a writer and as a person, and how much I miss talking with you and how much it sucks that I haven't been able to keep up with your writing lately. There's so much to say and so little strength within me to say it. :(

The truth is I've been feeling really bad lately, and while today's not the worst out there it's still far from what I used to call good. Which means that there's been a change in my condition and it's not for the better. I'll be going to the hospital in a couple days and will stay there for a while as they try some new drugs/treatments/whatever on me. Color me psyched...NOT. *le sigh* Anyhow, when I realized that I have no idea when I'll be coming back it started to feel really important to make this post before I leave, and so here I am with my fuzzy head rambling nonsense. Great. *rolls eyes*

I think the decent thing for me to do now is to shut my gob and go lie down. But before I do so I want to say this:
Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do, clawofcat. You're amazing, and I'm so happy that our paths have crossed.

There is a little prezzie for you under the cut. It's a Spuffy manip (no shit!) and it's, um, as far as my stuff is concerned, uncharacteristically not worksafe. I think. *fidgets nervously* The most critical parts are not exactly showing but their position is kinda...well, not safe for work. Also, the head angles were straight from hell, so it's possible that the whole thing came out looking all warped and weird. Buuuut I tried my best AND I'M SO TOTALLY SHUTTING UP NOW. Hope you like it! :)

Click on the thumbnail to see it in full size.

cake & candles [caleb]
9th-Aug-2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Holy...! Damn. *blinks* I'm not sure what I was expecting before I clicked the cut, but that's seriously erotic. Good Lord. My first thought was, "Oh. That's totally perfect for Unquenched." My second thought was, "How do I deserve this?" I've not been active the last few months, so I'm supremely flattered that despite the pain you're going through, you felt motivated to work on this for me. I'm blown away. I know how hard it must be for you, so thank you so much. I feel a little unworthy, but I more than appreciate the effort and that I continue (if silently) to be an influence on you. I hope that your stay in the hospital is productive and that they do find a new procedure that will begin to leech and siphon the pain off. Please let us all know how you're doing whenever you get the chance. *hugs* I also miss talking to you and others. My absenteeism is, you know, what it is, but I'd like to get back into the swing of things. I don't think you've been missing out on my writing. I haven't been doing any and it hasn't been Spuffy, so... *sigh* There's that. Let us all communily grumble!

As for the manip, I see what you mean about the heads, but it looks great, seriously. Buffy's is especially good since the body of the base is in a similar position to SMGs actual body from the "Dead Things" screencap. And what a body. It matches her really well. I love the abandon of it and also how it's classy. No puss and tits outright and that's great because there's nothing like leaving something to the imagination. Was th gleam of sweat on them from the base or did you add it? There's a certain amount of warmth that radiates from the skin that makes me imagine they're in a candle lit crypt. I also like that Buffy is sitting above Spike and he's down on the floor - rather subserviant and appropriately Spikeish. A truly erotic piece of work. You have nothing to worry about, my dear. I think it has the, um, desired effect.

Would it be alright if I directed people to come over here and look at it? I'm sure there are many drooling Spuffy fans that would dig it.

You should also know that I regularly (as in every time I'm on LJ) admire last's years manip. It's still utterly beautiful and I have no plans to change it anytime soon.

Thanks for your strength and your continual kindness! *more squishy hugs*
9th-Aug-2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh you lovely you! *is suddenly all teary-eyed* I've missed you so much! *hugs you tight and keeps on hugging*

Of course you deserve this! I mean, you are you, and as far as I'm concerned you deserve to have armfuls of prezzies. It's not about being active or the amount of comments or anything like that. It's about who you are and what you and your work mean to me. :)

I'm so happy to hear you think the manip is classy! Because that's exactly what I was striving for. It felt like such an important thing to me for it to be more, like, sensual than raunchy. I mean, I have absolutely nothing against pussies and tits as such, but it just...I dunno. *scratches head* I guess it just wouldn't have felt like me to take the more explicit road.

I gotta say I'm really glad I found this base. (Original pic here.) It's so hard to find erotic pics that I like and that would also work for Buffy and Spike (body type wise) as well as for manipping (head angle wise). I really like this woman's body for Buffy - just like you said, it really fits. And I, too, like the fact that Buffy is sitting above Spike. It just feels so very right for these two.

Yay, it makes me feel like jumping up and down in joy to hear that the head blends ended up working! Woohoo! :D Buffy was challenging but still a lot easier to manip than Spike, because, just like you said, the screencap I used was from a very accommodating angle. Spike, on the other hand, was one hell of a nuisance to make. Like, I seriously couldn't find a proper picture of the back of his head. I went through SO many screencaps, and all I could find were pics that were either too dark or out of focus or from such close range that you could only see a part of his head. I almost gave up on our dear Spike's occiput, to be honest. xD In the end, I sort of assembled the final result from several different pics.

Would it be alright if I directed people to come over here and look at it?
*blushes* Wow. Really? Because...I mean, you don't have to. But. Uh, sure. Yeah, I - I'm getting a bit shy and self-conscious here, but my answer is still "Sure". And thank you, that is such a lovely thing to do. :)

You should also know that I regularly (as in every time I'm on LJ) admire last's years manip.
Oh. *blushes again* I appear to be turning into a professional human shaped tomato/firetruck as we speak. Nevertheless, thank you so much! I am so glad to hear that. So, so glad! :D

My heartiest thanks for your kind and encouraging words considering my health! They truly come in need and are highly appreciated. *is very grateful*
9th-Aug-2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Wow! *long silence* You really did it this time Anni, I mean really. I love it, well, as I do love all your art, and you *hug*
9th-Aug-2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. *blushes* That is such an amazing compliment - thank you so much! I'm delighted to hear you like the manip, and the way you're always so kind to me - I feel like I can never thank you enough for that. *hearts you fiercely*
9th-Aug-2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
too bad your not a bangel fan. i would ask you to make one of buffy and angel. althougth i do like spike but he comes second.

great work on manip
9th-Aug-2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! I'm really happy to hear you like the manip especially given that you're not a Spuffy girl yourself.

Oh man, I wouldn't even know where to begin if I was to make a Bangel manip. I've only manipped Angel once and even then it was a Faith/Angel thingy not a Bangel one. (And it was SO hard to do! I don't know why, exactly, but my God, I thought I was going to die of old age before finishing that manip.) I have nothing against Bangel, though. I really enjoy all the Buffyverse pairings. But my manipping activities have been hopelessly Spike/Buffy/Spuffy centric. I think I kinda suck at everything else. And I'm rambling, sorry.

Thanks again for the lovely comment! I really appreciate it! :)
9th-Aug-2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
your welcome. i made a quite a few but nothing really fantastic good. hope to see more work from you
10th-Aug-2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Ooh, you make manips, too? Coolness! I'm so totally going to have to go and check out your stuff then. Thanks for the tip! ;)
10th-Aug-2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
you can view all my manips and wallpaper here
12th-Aug-2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, your stuff is SO beautiful! I really like your aesthetic style. You are a very talented artist, that's for sure. I'm so glad I'll be able to keep up with your work from now on. :)
13th-Aug-2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate it.
9th-Aug-2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm sorry you're feeling so bad, sweetie, it really doesn't show in your work at all. I smile every time I see a new post from you. All I have to say is, hot damn, that is one fine manip. You definitely haven't lost your touch;)
9th-Aug-2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh you lovely you. *hugs you so very tight* I smile every time I see a comment from you. And then I try and blink back the tears while thinking what a blessing it is to have someone like you in my life. ♥

Thank you so much for your kind words considering both my health and the manip. They're most highly appreciated. And omg, I'm just so glad to hear you think the manip turned out alright. WOOOHOOO! :D

Also, your icon is totally made of awesome!
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9th-Aug-2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Omg, LOL forever! xD
I reckon you better ask Buffy (or possibly Spike for I have a feeling he might be more forthcoming given the subject and all) for I cannot claim to know the answer. ;)

Many thanks for the lovely comment - I'm most happy to hear you find the manip to be to your liking! :)
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10th-Aug-2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
I totally pictured him answering the question with a devilish grin.
YES! A million times yes! That would be such a Spike like thing to do! xD
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10th-Aug-2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
Aww you! *hugs you tight* This comment of yours put the widest smile on my face, I swear. Thank you so much for your kind words as well as making me grin like a never before. You're awesome, and I'm SO glad to hear you like the manip! Yayyyyyy! :D

Also, your icon is love. That picture it just never ceases to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I mean, I see it every day, it's there, present in my life all the time, and yet every time I look at it affects me, makes my step less heavy and my heart a lot lighter. And it's all thanks to you. ♥
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9th-Aug-2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with the fact that she is talented, one of the best manip makers there are.
10th-Aug-2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Aww, you're making me blush, you are!
*huggles you silly*
10th-Aug-2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Aww you lovely you! ♥
Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm absolutely delighted to hear you think the manip turned out alright. Woohoo! :D

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that you're battling such severe illness! D: *gathers you into a hug* What is it with RL, anyway, always treating the loveliest and kindest people in the crappiest way?! That just ain't right let alone fair. *kicks real life's skanky lop-sided ass*

As for my condition, I've got like these three separate things causing me trouble and being thorns in my side. Trouble the first: I was in an accident a bit over three years ago, where my right leg and spinal cord got injured pretty badly. I was operated right after the accident, but neither the leg or the back never fully healed. I've undergone several big operations since then, but my body still remains sort of broken. Trouble the second: Rheumatic auto immune disease. It sucks ass, but is mostly dealable though not healable. Trouble the third: I have this condition that the doctors have yet to determine what it is exactly. They've been running tests for almost a year now to no avail. It's like my whole system seems to be slowly shutting down for no reason. And while there are drugs and treatments that can slow the progress and help dealing with the symptoms, there seems to be no way to stop it let alone reverse it. I'm still waiting for a miracle, though, because I'm stubborn like that.

And last but not least, my heartiest thanks for your encouraging words and consideration! And for the hugs, too! They all come in need and are highly appreciated. *is grateful*
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12th-Aug-2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've come to the conclusion that uncertainty is way worse than knowing the final verdict. I know they say that the greater the knowledge the greater the pain, and in most cases it's so very true, but this is not most cases and it sucks so bad not knowing what's causing all this. If the doctors could only figure out what they are dealing with there is a chance they might actually be able to start treating the cause instead of just slowly losing the battle against the worsening symptoms. *sigh*

I envy people who's bodies don't malfunction.
Tell me about it! I actually talked about this a couple of days ago with a friend of mine who is, according to his own words, healthy as a horse. I asked him what it feels like when your body is not malfunctioning all the time, and he said that it doesn't really feel like anything. In the sense that when your body works like it's supposed to, it just sort of is. Like, you don't really even pay attention to it. It serves you well and does what you ask from it and you just kinda take it for granted. And I was like "But still, it must be so awesome!" to which he said "That's the thing, it really isn't awesome. It's too mundane to be awesome. It's just there, all the time, as sound as a bell, and you only become aware of its awesomeness when it breaks down."

His words really made me stop and think. It was such an interesting point of view. And I think he's right. You really don't pay much attention to the stuff that always works like a charm. I mean, I don't wake up every morning thinking "Omg, how amazing it is that I can see and hear!" I just think that "Goddammit that light is too bright and my alarm clock can go and die in a fire". But I'm sure that if I was ever to loose my sight or hearing, not a day would go by without me being painfully aware what a huge blessing it is to be able to see and hear.

if you ever feel like venting about it, or anything, I'm always around. and I'd be happy to listen and yell at our immune systems/everything else with you.
Aww, that is such a kind offer - thank you so much! I'd like to second it, too. I mean, I might not be of much use to anybody in my current state, but at least I can still listen and try and be there for my friends.

I'm so glad we're lj friends.
The feeling is 100% mutual. :)

*huggles & smooches*
10th-Aug-2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
*gulp* Wow, that's just... Wow. It's HOT!!

You're too good to be true. You haven't been around for a while but boy do you know how to make an appearance!!

This is awesome.

Sorry that you're not feeling so good, hope things get better *hugs you*
10th-Aug-2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Aww, what I lovely comment! ♥ Like seriously, I just cannot stop smiling. And it feels good. Smiling that is. And it's just so wonderful to hear from you! :')

Hee, I can be sneaky like that sometimes. First I spend ages totally off the radar and then I come back bearing R rated gifties. *grins* Only to leave again and go back to missing you guys most severely, though. Blah. Life can be such a bitch sometimes. But I find that a bit of Spuffy hotness every now and again makes even the bitchiest life remarkably more bearable. ;)

Thank you so much for your kind words considering both the manip and my health! I really appreciate it. *huggles*
11th-Aug-2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. Guh. This is just so hot and gorgeous. Love it!

11th-Aug-2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Aww, you're so kind. *blushes*
Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I'm absolutely delighted to hear you find the manip to be to your liking. :)
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