I managed to get the cover art sorted in the long run. I stumbled across a vintage ferris wheel picture, and while there isn't a ferris wheel in the story, it still evokes a carnival and the coloring/mood was perfect. So I went with that and an image of hands holding glowy stuff to make it look like they're doing magic. It's simple, but it's going to work, I think.
I did manage to get a teensy bit of fic reading done, though, since Elysian Fields has started the Secret Santa posting. Nothing long, but honestly, one story has really stood out for me so far. It's Sleeping Arrangements by Cosmic Tuesdays, and it's a post-Chosen Spuffy story told from Giles's POV. It's absolutely lovely.
Yesterday's meme question: Do you take compliments or praise well?
No, not great, though I'm much better than I used to be. I grew up being criticized for every little detail and expect that at every turn, so being praised always embarrassed me, even when I craved it so much. If I'm better at it now, it's purely of Craig and his unfailing love and acceptance.
Today's meme question: Who was your first teeny-bopper celebrity crush? Did you have posters on your wall? Did you ever see them in concert or meet them in person? (Pictures, please! Gotta have that pin-up poster on the wall.)
I'm not sure who I had crushes on before high school, but in 9th grade, it was Jack Wagner who played Frisco Jones on General Hospital. My friend Starr and I were both obsessed with him. She's an amazingly talented artist, and in 10th grade, she did a pencil drawing of him that was so lifelike, it could've been a photo. She was that good. She had it printed on a postcard and gave it to me for Christmas. I think I might actually still have it stashed in a memory box somewhere. And we were OBSESSED with this song:
Yes, I still know all the words, lol.
8 What is your morning routine like?
9 What is your evening routine like?
10 Of the four personality temperaments based on the ancient Greek humors—sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric, and melancholic, which one best describes you?
11 If you could live in any TV show, which one would you choose?
12 What’s your favorite holiday cookie? (Post the recipe?)
13 What is something you’ve done that no one would expect of you?
14 If 2021 could see you moving to another city, where would you go?
15 What’s the best thing to do on a snowy day?
16 Are there any foods you are allergic to?
17 What was the biggest change in your life in 2020?
18 What is your favorite local restaurant where you live? What type of food, atmosphere, and prices does this place have?
19 Have you ever been told you look like someone famous?
20 What TV game show would you be really good at?
21 At the solstice, as the light begins to return, what would you like to see increase in your life over the next few months?
22 Are you a “peeker” about gifts, or do you prefer to be surprised?
23 Do you think you will be making any New Year’s resolutions in January?
24 Do you prefer to receive money/gift cards or an actual gift?
25 If you could receive a $1000 gift card from any store, which would you choose?
26 It’s Thank You Note Day/Boxing Day. Do you write hand-written thank-you notes or do you thank people for gifts in some other way?
27 No matter what holidays you do (or do not) celebrate, do you have a good recipe for leftovers? Post it!
28 Do you usually make a special effort to thank someone who does you a favor? How do you react when you aren't thanked for going out of your way for someone?
29 Would you rather your life have a rewind button or a pause button?
30 If you could change one bad habit you have, what would it be?
31 Do you prefer beginnings or endings?