Monday, March 26, 2007

What's Next?

Whew, I was more worn out than I thought, lol! Now that I've had time to recover from all the excitement, it's time to start looking to the future! For those of you who are wondering, yes, I do intend to hold another contest! Though I cannot afford to do this right away, hopefully I'll have the time and funds later this year to do so. Haven't decided on a specific theme yet, but here's what you can definitely expect for the next event:

  • Video game related!
  • All entries posted!
  • Improved scoring system!
  • More prizes!
Be sure to check back from time to time for announcements on what's in store! ^^

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


This is it--the moment you've been waiting for! I hereby present the Ocarina of Time fanart contest's Top 30:

If the slideshow doesn't work for you or you prefer going at your own pace, try this link:

Congratulations to the prize winners and to everyone who made the list! It was extremely close, with several entries having tied scores, in which case I had to make my choice based on personal preference. You all did very well; no one scored below 25!

Here are these entries' scores and an explanation of how they were judged (but be sure to visit one of the above links first if you don't want to ruin the surprise):

If your entry is not listed and you would like to know your score, feel free to e-mail me for it. I did my best to judge each entry fairly, but inevitably someone will see a score with which he or she does not agree. Please, no questioning or criticizing of scores, no insulting others' work, and no flaming. How one appreciates a piece of art depends heavily upon personal opinion, and these scores reflect mine. I appreciate everyone's maintaining a friendly, respectful atmosphere regardless of who got what.

My deepest thanks goes out to each and every one of you for your participation! You've made the contest into everything I hoped it would be and much more. I'm pleased and honored to see how many lives it's touched with enrichment and inspiration. As a special token of my appreciation, I would like to offer this gift: the original soundtrack to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess! Since the CDs released by Nintendo contain only a fraction of the game's music, this is the only way I know of that you can get the rest of it. Please help yourself and enjoy!

TP OST archive (.zip, 229 MB)

(There will be lots of ads on the page; look for a link that says "Download for free with FileFactory Basic.")

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Share Your Art Galleries

Almost there!! I've got all the entries scored, and now I'm double checking for consistency and such. Hoping to finish today!

In the meantime, if you would like to share your other art with everyone, you're invited to post a link to your web site or DA or other art account in the comments of this blog entry! This way visitors will have a single location on the blog at which they can find these links. After seeing your stuff here, I'm sure they'd love to see more!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Photobucket Service Restored

Geez, yesterday I still had 1 GB of bandwidth left...didn't think it'd get used up so fast! ^^; My account's next monthly cycle wasn't to begin until the 20th, and that's just way too long of a wait, so I went ahead and forked over the $25 for an upgraded account. Now my bandwidth's unlimited for a year! ^^ Feel free to use the regular gallery link again, or whichever you prefer.

BTW, judging is coming along very nicely! At this rate I should have it about wrapped up within the next couple of days.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Entry Processing Complete

Aside from a few bathroom and meal breaks, I've been working non-stop since my last blog post on getting the last of the entries processed and posted...and it's FINALLY finished!! All contest entries are now posted! If you do not see yours and/or have not received an official confirmation e-mail by now, please contact me ASAP.

Since my Photobucket account is getting perilously close to its 10 GB bandwidth limit, you're encouraged to use the above link to view the entries for the time being, in the interest of reserving what's left for the winners announcement. They are listed there in alphabetical order. (It provides the option of listing the pictures by upload date, but I'd already uploaded them in alphabetical order before I found that out. ^^;) Enjoy!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Judging Has Commenced!

Back at last!!!

For the last few days I've been down in Georgia with my brother, helping him get his stuff packed and hauled up to Missouri. The trip back was tense because we not only had a big moving truck to maneuver but a trailer hitched to the back with my bro's car on it! Thankfully, everything went very smoothly and we made it home with no problems. I appreciate everyone's patience during that time!

Getting back to business, I hereby officially announce the commencement of the judging process! Not sure how long this is going to take, but I anticipate having the results posted sometime next week. EEEEE, the excitement!! ^^ In the meantime, I'll also be posting the entries received while I was gone (for which entrants should be receiving confirmation e-mails today).

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Deadline Details

The final day is nearly upon us! The clock's ticking, my nerves are frazzling, and the last-minute entries are streaming in! I'd like to take this opportunity to clarify a few details for everyone regarding the contest deadline:

Entries will be accepted through midnight the night of March 7, Central Standard Time. I'm going to be a little flexible on this since things like server downtime and delays beyond our control can and do happen, so if something comes in, say, a half hour late, I'll go ahead and take it. Just don't be trying to send me something next week and be all like "Did I make it?" 'cause I'll be all like "Uh, no."

Also, don't panic if you don't receive a confirmation e-mail for your entry before the deadline. I will probably be out of town again on the 7th, unfortunately, but incoming mail is timestamped, so I'll see that you got your entry in on time and will process it accordingly upon my return. If you don't receive a response by the end of the week, please leave a blog comment and let me know.

This is it--the final stretch! Best wishes on your tail-end entries! ^^

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Nothing Escapes Murphy's Law

This week reeeeeeeeally isn't going as I hoped it would! I'm back from my trip, but a couple of other things have come up that HAVE to be done this week. With only three days left, it's the worst possible timing, I know, and I'm very sorry. This doesn't mean the contest is extended or anything like that, but it does mean that my response time on correspondence is going to be slower and that judging might be slightly delayed. I do anticipate still having it done by the end of the week following the deadline, though, as originally promised. I really appreciate your patience in the meantime. You guys have been great! I'll do my best to keep caught up and keep you up-to-date.

Thursday, March 1, 2007


Boy, I have lousy timing. Starting this (Thursday) afternoon, I'm going to be out of town for the weekend, on a trip that was postponed from a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, there will probably be little to no Internet access where I'll be staying, so anything I'm sent in the meantime may not receive a response until I get back. Please allow me to extend my apologies in advance for this absence, especially being so close to the deadline. I promise to catch up as quickly as possible upon my return! 'Til then, take care, everyone!