(Internet nick)name: Ariane —but that’s usually taken on websites and then I usually use any of the following: ariane666, ariane179254, Nekhbet, Nekhebet, nekhbet_ariane, extant, auexisteamor, intothisshadow—
Birth date: 1974
(unemployed and looking for work) (solving chronic health problems, looking into rehabilitation and probable career change and/or /disability/retirement due to impaired health)
Interests: screencapping, music, reading, making wallpapers, making websites, Photoshop, HD/UHD/4K, tv shows and movies, backing, writing, acrylic pouring
Screencapping prefix: screencaps I made all have the prefix ariane179254_ until about April 21, 2017. After that, the prefix is extant_ So if a screencap is named something like ariane179254_TeenWolf_1x07_NightSchool_0068.jpg or extant_TeenWolf_1x07_NightSchool_0068.jpg it means I made it.
My Not-So-Brief Online History
I got online in autumn of 1996, and made my first website a few months later. I can’t remember whether it was the Dark Skies site, or the Star Trek one, that I made first. I just know they were both online by the early 1997. And then I made several more. I was involved much the same fandoms as I am now: Star Trek, Xena, Dark Skies, Jeri Ryan, Oded Fehr. Some newer fandoms have been added since. I make websites, graphic work like wallpapers and icons, and have written some fanfic.
For several years I used various free hosts to host my sites, until I in 2003 I bought my very first domain landofdreams.net and at the same time, get my first paid hosting account. I hosted all my sites in subdomains of landofdreams.net for a couple of years.
In 2005, I dumped landofdreams.net and bought crystalfires.net. Around the same time I first registered oded-fehr.net for my Oded Fehr fansite, and then jeri-ryan.net for my Jeri Ryan fansite, while all my other sites continued to operate from crystalfires.net subdomains.
In late 2008, my account had grown too big for Dreamhost to keep on their shared hosting plan. I didn’t and don’t have steady income so I can’t and couldn’t afford a virtual server. I moved all my sites twice, first to one host, but they weren’t good/deleted me only after a month or so. They did not like big fansites 🙁 And then to a second host, with same results. This is what now called the hosting disaster of 2008. Lost everything, had to reupload everything on every site. I aimed to get my most important site, Jeri Ryan, Oded Fehr and The Mummy sites back online. At this point, _snitchbitch @ Livejournal offered to host me, and she saved several of my sites from death by hosting them. But I wasn’t totally happy, felt guilty using another person’s account, and I wasn’t in a position to buy hosting anywhere at the time. So I decided to apply for hosting at fan-sites.org, for my Jeri Ryan site. Happily, I got accepted, and after that, over the next 12 months or so, gradually all my sites were accepted for hosting there. I was hosted by fan-sites.org for many happy years, until they had to shut down. Since then I’ve been using paid hosts. For the last two years (from 2020 onwards) I’ve been with WebHostPython which, along with fan-sites.org, is the best host I’ve ever been with. I have one of the DirectAdmin reseller plans.
Back in the late 90s/early00s, I didn’t talk much. I mostly lurked on forums and only posted when I had something of substance to say. And I preferred to send feedback about fanfic by e-mail, rather than leave it in a public place such as a forum. I mainly participated by sharing things like wallpapers and making sites to show my love for the subject. I’m not a very social creature by nature, and it takes effort to do talking and posting and such. Sometimes more, sometimes less. I’d heard a lot about Livejournal but wasn’t interested in it although I did get an account in 2005 because I fanfic writers started to post their fanfic only in their Livejournals.
When I explored Livejournal after that, I saw a lot people posted screencaps about anything, and that was the defining factor why I got into Livejournal, and started to use my own LJ too. I still didn’t talk – I tended to reply to comments my screencap posts go only if they asked something, because replying “You’re welcome! :)” to dozen people felt both stupid and redundant.
Around the same time, I started to cautionally leave feedback on the fics posted on LJ in the comments even though I still made zero personal posts myself. It seemed awfully difficult at first, but now I’m pretty good at it 🙂 Sadly, now there’s not that much fanfic that I read, especially since I’m not really into slash. If I could be as into into slash than I am into het, it’d be great 🙁 Seems like most people have moved on but I’m still stuck on the same characters and fandoms I was a decade ago 🙁 Being loyal to a fandom or characters has its drawbacks when other people move on to newer fandoms.
Anyway, I had started to make very occasional personal posts about my job (or lack of it), or about something that pissed me off by the time June 2008 rolled about. June 2008 forever be notable point in my life, because that was when I started to make really personal posts about my health. Posts that a year before I wouldn’t had dreamed of making for all the world to see, no matter what.
Long story short, I’ve been having migraine-like headaches for as far back as I can remember. It was never diagnosed, or shown any attention to by the doctors, nurses, school etc. and the parents didn’t really understand how bad it was and how often, because I was so used to waking up at middle of the night to a horrible headache that I did not wake them anymore. I knew they couldn’t help me, couldn’t make it go away, and I couldn’t stand them fussing about me. I just wanted to be in peace, in darkness and quiet so it’d go away. I’d tell them later I had had one again, but telling isn’t the same as living through it with me each and every time. So they didn’t really know how it was.
Anyway, the end result was that I ended up taking way too much over-the-counter, especially after I moved to another town to study when I was 17. With all the requirements and exams and such, I started to take them before it came just to be sure that I wouldn’t have a bad headache on when I had take an exam, or write my final big work to graduate. And it jsut went on from there. All until June 2008 when I was hospitalized because my hemoglobin dropped so severely. The reason suspected for the drop internal bleeding caused by overuse of over-the-counter medicine I’d been taking for the headaches for almost two decades.
It turned out not to be that, but the scare was enough that for the first time in my life I felt the need to tell my story, just incase it would prevent even one other person from doing to same. And since then I’ve been continuing chronicling, partly for my own use (I can check back for the dates! and what happened), partly because I feel that once started, it’d be unfair not tell people how it turns out.
Anyway, June 2008 started the whole health-problem-thing that’s still going to this day. Some things have gone, other things have come to replace them, but at the moment things are fairly ok. The good thing that resulted from the hospital scre trip was that I finally got to see a neurologist, got a diagnosis (it’s a text book case of non-aura migraine, apparently), and the treatment is undergoing. The migraine isn’t completely under control, but it’s so much better than it was even just 6 months ago.
Not going to talk more about it here, the whole thing is chronicled and detailed in this tag at my Dreamwitdth.
The reason I told that health stuff just now, is that if it hadn’t happened like it did, this page wouldn’t exist now. Very likely, this site wouldn’t exist as it is today. Because I would not say a word about anything that affects me deeply, whether it’s health of job or whatever. Whereas now I do… Sometimes LOL
And now to happier things… 🙂
My Main Fandoms
These are the subjects of my most fannish efforts, or because they keep making me think. I’m also usually always looking for new fanfic and fanart to devour.
Actors & Actresses: Oded Fehr. Jeri Ryan. Rachel Weisz. James Morrison. Morena Baccarin. Tricia Helfer. Zahn McClarnon. Jon Bernthal. Rory McCann.
Movies: The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.
TV: Lost. Battlestar Galactica. Xena Warrior Princess. Law & Order (all). Star Trek (all). Dark Skies. Stargate: Atlantis (Wraith-related only), Space: Above And Beyond. Teen Wolf. Game Of Thrones.
Characters: Ardeth Bay. Evelyn Carnahan. Anck-su-Namun. Meela. Seven Of Nine. Ba’al. Juliet Stuart. Phil Albano. Todd the Wraith. All the other Wraith. T.C. McQueen. Derek Hale. Lydia Martin. Sandor Clegane. Sansa Stark.
In addition I enjoy a lot of British shows and movies, especially thrillers/cop shows and historical costume dramas. A few examples include Inspector Morse (cop show) and Aristocrats (historical costume drama). And my sense of humor is definitely more in line with with British shows – favorites include The Fawlty Towers, Black Adder, Keeping Up Appearances and many others – than US sitcoms (only ones I’ve ever rewatched and/or collected are Get Smart! original tv series), Soap and Sledge Hammer!)
The best way to find all the sites I run is to visit My Sites page – there are links to all my sites there.
I make wallpapers, icons, Tumblr edits and have written some fan fiction. These all are posted at here. Sadly, ever since the health stuff started, I have had problems being creative, but I hope it’ll change in the future. Especially writing, I’d like to write something again. And I miss working on a new wallpaper or two every week. I just don’t have as much physical or mental energy anymore as when I was in normal health 🙁
In spring 2018 I got into acrylic pouring and I love it, so fun and relaxing 😀 Also love playing with watercolors and alcoholic inks!
In 2019 I got into fountain pens because I need to keep logs of my daily symptoms, and got fed up with pens running dry every three weeks. I googled for good gel pens (for some reasons, shops near me don’t have them) and somehow wound up reading fountain pen usage reviews! Turns out my hand won’t get tired so quickly writing with a fountain pen, and I love how pretty they can be and all the colorful, pretty inks! Makes a rather sad task much less so! My favorite pen brands so far are Jinhao X750, TWSBI Eco and PenBBS pens. Favorite ink brands are Diamine, J. Herbin, Sailor and Pilot Iroshizuku.
Capping & Fansites
TV series and movies I cap tend to be long-time favorites or develop into such, and they just grab me from the beginning and don’t let me go. I may lose active interest for a year or more, but always find myself coming back. I do get an intense desire to bring back my fansites for them every time I see Morena Baccarin or Lucy Lawless in something, but so far I’ve manage to resist.
In about 2008 I got into capping HD, but I still do DVDs when HD isn’t available. I don’t cap from VHS or standard definition TV broadcasts at all anymore, although I used to back in late 90s.
In the recent years I’ve been wanting to reduce the number of sites I have, and the responsibility that comes with them. In January 2017 I closed about half of my sites (7), and while I was sad too, mostly I was hugely relieved. Since then I’ve had waves of intense desire to close all my other fansites.
My Oded Fehr site fell victim to that desire in April 2019 when the domain expired. Although it was also partly due to the site not getting much traffic anymore, and me not enjoying Oded’s recent works as much as his earlier. Even the fanfic slowed down. And other fans moving on to other things. It feels really weird not the have this site anymore, after having it for 18 years and it being the other of my two dearest sites for more than a decade (Jeri Ryan site is the other one), but I’m feeling also gleeful and free. I’m still keeping Weaver Of Dreams and Land Of Dreams fanfic sites going though!
In January 2020 I figured out how to fix the 4K/UHD HDR to SDR problem using VirtuaDub, which makes capping it a lot faster (1 hour versus 6 hours, using ffmpeg, for a one-hour episode) 😀
Closed/adopted out/sold fansites starting January 2017:
https://www.star-trek.info (adopted out)
The Vampire Diaries (closed)
And earlier, I owned even more than these now closed – such a Jewel Staite fansite and a fansite for The Wraith from Stargate Atlantis.
I can’t believe I used to own so many sites! Looking back now, how on earth did I have the time and energy to look after them all?!
Currently I only have 5 fansites, only one of which is big (Jeri Ryan) and this site which is my blog/collective/fanart portfolio. You can find a list of all my sites here.
Updated: March 23, 2022