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Friends Only.
Comment to be added. :)

If you're here expecting to find icons or other graphics,
please wander over to ainabarad_icons instead. :)

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Where did you get your layout?
I made it myself using a ton of tutorials and help from various people @ component_help. If you want a layout that looks like this, I suggest you go there and look through the tutorials (and/or check ainabarad_icons to see layouts I've posted for other people to snag, customize, and use).

Why "friends only"?
For your protection as well as my own. With the exception of a small handful of public entries, all entries are either friends only or private. (As a permanent member, I occasionally make entries from previous years private.) This journal is "friends only" because 1) I like to know and have control over who's reading my journal, 2) I post about my personal life which I do not wish to share with the entire world, and 3) to protect those who do not know me personally and/or may not wish to see my entries from suffering from an overabundance of Ainabarad-esque exposure.

Will you make me [insert icon or other graphic request here]?
Please go to ainabarad_icons and join the community to request icons and/or other graphics. Unless you are a close personal friend of mine, my personal journal is not the place to request graphics.

Why do you have so many LJ friends?
Like anyone, as time goes by I meet more people. Yes, my list of LJ friends is long, but I assure you it's still all about quality, not quantity (just as it always has been with me) and I do pay attention to all of my friends' journals as time permits as well as considering them all my friends. I'm honored to know them and have them in my life. Most have many things in common with me so we get along very well. If you read my profile, find we have a lot of interests in common, want to be added to my list of friends so we can interact and get to know each other via LJ, and leave a comment introducing yourself and asking to be added, I'm certainly not going to turn down that potential friendship solely because my list of friends is already so long. Not to mention, a lot of the people on my f-list either do not post to their journal often or no longer use LJ. I'm not going to remove them simply to shorten my f-list. For example, my husband is on my f-list and he no longer uses LJ for anything anymore.

Why do you have so much info about you on your profile and in the few public entries in your journal?
So potential new friends can have a better idea of who I am, what I'm like, what I'm into, etc. and in case friends may want to read it as well. It's a shame to think of how many awesome friendships are possibly completely missed out on simply because one person or another didn't bother to offer much info about themselves. Of course, the shorter answer to this question would probably be that, although I do not actually have OCD, I seem to suffer from it when it comes to my LJ! LOL

Have a question you think should be here? Just ask!
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I've been making graphics for many years now. When I became addicted to making icons, I discovered, to my surprise, that a lot of people actually really, really liked my icons and enjoyed them so much that they wanted to use some of them. The next thing I knew, I had my own little icon journal where I'd make and distribute not just icons, but other graphics as well (mood themes, wallpaper, layouts, banners, etc.). Since then, my old icon journal/community was deleted, a new one was created that better suits me, and the rest is history! I post graphics there whenever I have inspiration and time. Feel free to check it out!!!


There are some other communities that I'd love to point out as well. I am not a founder, maintainer, or mod in regards to them, but I appreciate them so much, for one reason or another, I thought I should mention them here. They are:

component_help - Tutorials and help with the Component layout.
ljgenie - When asking your friends and Google aren't enough.
ljsec - LJ-Sec is a helpful bulk journal entry management tool.
permmembers - Similar to paidmembers, except it's for permies.
userpicks - Seen any extremely interesting icons lately?
whomadethisicon - Find out who to credit for icons you love.

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Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)

Books About Drizzt Do'Urden by R.A. Salvatore (listed in chronological order)
The Dark Elf Trilogy
The Icewind Dale Trilogy
Legacy of the Drow
Paths of Darkness
The Hunter's Blades Trilogy
The Orc King (Transitions, Book I)
The Pirate King (Transitions, Book II) (October 2008)
The Ghost King (Transitions, Book III) (October 2009)

The War of the Spider Queen by various authors
Part I (includes Books 1-3: Dissolution by by Richard Lee Byers, Insurrection by Thomas M. Reid, and Condemnation by Richard Baker)
Part II (includes Books 4-6: Extinction by Lisa Smedman, Annihilation by Philip Athans, and Resurrection by Paul S. Kemp)

Starlight & Shadows by Elaine Cunningham

Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Vampire of the Mists by Christie Golden

I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire by P.N. Elrod

I, Strahd: The War Against Azalin by P.N. Elrod

Lord of the Necropolis by Gene DeWeese

Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
Eragon (Book 1)
Eldest (Book 2)
Untitled (Book 3) (September 2008)
Untitled (Book 4)

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying by Starhawk

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I'm definitely not a snob. Most of my friends would tell you I'm probably one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. It's really not like me to say "Don't add me if..." in regards to anything other than age. However, after using LiveJournal for many years I have found that there really should be some limitations/standards to being on my list of friends, basically to ensure I'll most likely enjoy reading your journal and getting to know you as much as you will enjoy reading mine and getting to know me. So here is my "friending policy":

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tes·ti·mo·ni·al (tes-tuh-moh-nee-uhl)
A written affirmation of another's character or worth; a personal recommendation.
Something given in appreciation of a person's service or achievement; a tribute.

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Want to testify? Just leave a comment here. :)
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