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Journal Entry: Thu Jan 29, 2009, 4:28 PM
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<div class="header2> My Five Stock Rules

1. Be creative in all aspects of your life.

2. Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do.

3. Do your best, and strive to do better.

4. Only send me a note if you want the thing faved.

5. ---This Space Intentionally Left Blank---

FAQ
1. Yes, you can submit your works as prints that use my stocks.
2. Yes, you may use them off-site.
3. Yes, you may --Blank-- Since you're asking nicely.



I'm spending much more time these days on
my ART page.  markopolio :iconmarkopolio:
So, if I...
Fave and run
:hug: Comment
:nod: Comment
NOT Comment
I apologize.
I'm just not here very often these days.
I'm also selling my 3D morphs on Renderosity.
Giving some of them away on ShareCG.

As soon as I get it together,
I'll post some here for you to use.

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My New Stock Rules

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 26, 2008, 4:29 PM
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<div class="header2> My Five Stock Rules

1. Be creative in all aspects of your life.

2. Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do.

3. Do your best, and strive to do better.

4. Only send me a note if you want the thing faved.

5. ---This Space Intentionally Left Blank---

FAQ
1. Yes, you can submit your works as prints that use my stocks.
2. Yes, you may use them off-site.
3. Yes, you may --Blank-- Since you're asking nicely.





The Contest Results



The Winner is:
tearsofrisingstar :thumb101297565:
Second Place:
Josiane-Rey October Sabbath by Josiane-Rey
Public Choice:
Mind-Illusi0nZ :thumb100779792:
Most Improved:
PoisonGirl-sts Despair by PoisonGirl-sts



Prizes For The Contest:

First Place -
MoFarrelly A one week feature.
MossCowStock An exclusive 3 piece stock pack.
lucretia-stock Two exclusive stock packs, your choice.
From <a href='"lucretia-stock.deviantart.com/…">Lucretia-Stock Exclusive Packs
markopolio-stock - A one YEAR subscription.
virgo-e - A gallery poster, made of elements of your own gallery.
Rachastock - A week-long feature.
dauntiemagic - A week-long feature.
markopolio-stock - A month-long feature of five works of your choice.

Second Place -
lucretia-stock An exclusive stock pack, your choice.
From <a href='"lucretia-stock.deviantart.com/…">Lucretia-Stock Exclusive Packs
lindowyn-stock - An exclusive stock pack.
markopolio - A one month subscription.
dauntiemagic - A personalized stamp.

Most Improved -
lucretia-stock An exclusive stock pack, your choice.
From <a href='"lucretia-stock.deviantart.com/…">Lucretia-Stock Exclusive Packs
lindowyn-stock - An exclusive stock pack.
markopolio - A one month subscription.
dauntiemagic - A personalized literature tag.

First, Second and Most Improved -
Valedhelven A week-long feature.
YamiChi - A feature of some sort...
Sammykaye1sStamps - A personalized avatar.
monksjuhgipibzby A week-long feature.
RhysGriffiths - A week-long feature for the winners.
lil-punk-angel - A week-long feature of 3-5 of your works.


Public Choice:
The piece that gets the best public vote.
Valedhelven A week-long feature.
lil-punk-angel - A week-long feature of 3-5 of your works.
lucretia-stock An exclusive pack, her choice.



lucretia-stock has been having trouble with her internet.  Please make allowances.






This will be the final monthly contest.

I thank you all for participating.
It's been grand fun.
But it's time for me to move along to other stuff.
I'll be concentrating on my artwork more.
Hopefully, it will inspire more and better stocks for your attention.
It's been a year, and it's about time.



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Sept Results - Final Contest Themes

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 6, 2008, 5:43 PM
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<div class="header2> My Five Stock Rules

1. Send me a note.

I ignore messages on my front page.
Not that I want to be mean. I just never remember to look.
So you may as well not bother.



...Rules Continued

2. Be creative in all aspects of your life.

3. Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do.

4. Do your best, and strive to do better.

5. ---This Space Intentionally Left Blank---

FAQ
1. Yes, you can submit your works as prints that use my stocks.
2. Yes, you may use them off-site. Send me a note with a link.
3. Yes, you may --Blank-- Since you're asking nicely.





The Contest

Here are the particulars.  Four themes at a time, you pick whichever one suits you.  Never mind which week.  Enter all of them, or any.  Enter as many times as you like, let's not get enter-crazy though.

Four weeks or more to get your entries in.  Good so far?  Then just check out the prizes down below!



Themes -
1. Halloween
2. Non-Haloween
3. Scary
4. Not Scary



Deadline:
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008, 12:00 Noon (Eastern Time Zone)



Rules -
1. Send me a note with your contest entry.  No note, no entry.
2. Link this contest in your entry, not required, but if there's a tie...
3. You're not likely to win if you do things like submit one picture to more than one contest.  
4. Using Google for your stock images is a no no.
I check links, maybe not ALL of them, but you'll never know which one's I will.
5. You can use any stocks you choose.  If you use them, give credits.
6. Enter as often as you like, on whichever theme suits you.  But let's not get carried away.
7. Any media are accepted.


Prizes For The Contest:

First Place -
MoFarrelly A one week feature.
MossCowStock An exclusive 3 piece stock pack.
lucretia-stock Two exclusive stock packs, your choice.
From <a href='"lucretia-stock.deviantart.com/…">Lucretia-Stock Exclusive Packs
markopolio-stock - A one YEAR subscription.
virgo-e - A gallery poster, made of elements of your own gallery.
Rachastock - A week-long feature.
dauntiemagic - A week-long feature.
markopolio-stock - A month-long feature of five works of your choice.

Second Place -
lucretia-stock An exclusive stock pack, your choice.
From <a href='"lucretia-stock.deviantart.com/…">Lucretia-Stock Exclusive Packs
lindowyn-stock - An exclusive stock pack.
markopolio - A one month subscription.
dauntiemagic - A personalized stamp.

Most Improved -
lucretia-stock An exclusive stock pack, your choice.
From <a href='"lucretia-stock.deviantart.com/…">Lucretia-Stock Exclusive Packs
lindowyn-stock - An exclusive stock pack.
markopolio - A one month subscription.
dauntiemagic - A personalized literature tag.

First, Second and Most Improved -
Valedhelven A week-long feature.
YamiChi - A feature of some sort...
Sammykaye1sStamps - A personalized avatar.
monksjuhgipibzby A week-long feature.
RhysGriffiths - A week-long feature for the winners.
lil-punk-angel - A week-long feature of 3-5 of your works.


Public Choice:
The piece that gets the best public vote.
Valedhelven A week-long feature.
lil-punk-angel - A week-long feature of 3-5 of your works.
lucretia-stock An exclusive pack, her choice.





Judges :

markopolio
Anonymous People, who I ask opinions,
and discuss your works with.
So you don't get all weird on them.
The Winners


Winner
RebeccaFrank

Second and Most Improved
AussieSteve1961

Pop Up Book With Style by AussieSteve1961

Public Choice Tie
Lady-Symphonia :thumb93614203:
DesignbyKatt Water Bender by DesignbyKatt

The Remaining Top Ten
In the order of submission
Synthetamine
allison712 A Star for a Heart by allison712
Octobralia :thumb97067367:
Lissaburd
Iriesurfinchick BF4E by Iriesurfinchick
Lissaburd








This will be the final monthly contest.

I thank you all for participating.
It's been grand fun.
But it's time for me to move along to other stuff.
I'll be concentrating on my artwork more.
Hopefully, it will inspire more and better stocks for your attention.
It's been a year, and it's about time.



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Romance Project Update - Sept 25th

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 25, 2008, 2:16 PM
For the newest Contest journal, stock rules, etc.
Look here :spotlight:
markopolio-stock.deviantart.co…

The Update...

:iconjarryplz: Sept. 25th
I sent out today
Seattle, Washington
Loveland, Colorado
Anaheim, California
Oakdale, California

My wife received, in the last few days
Hong Kong And a traditional good luck New Year's Envelope!
Montreal, Canada :hug:
And from Port Moody, BC.. Nancie sent a lovely picture in frame.  
I must take a picture, and show you all how beautiful it is!

:icondeathhugplz: Sept. 15th
I'm closing in!  The letters that are left to send are all within the continental US.
Some letters have begun arriving!  Odd how some few in the same countries haven't arrived to you yet, and others are already back here!  Mail systems are really strange.  There really was no way to do any kind of coordination.

Arrived!...

England, Yorkshire, and Northampton
Brazil, Belo Horizonte, and Porto Alegre
Belgium, Diksmuide
France, Sceaux
Sweden, Billesholm
Estonia, Harjumaa
And
Croatia, Zagreb - I'd like to thank you Antun, for such a touching letter.
Odd, Elizabetta, also in Zagreb, got hers almost a week earlier, and it still isn't here yet. :shrug:



:iconjarryplz: Sept. 6th
I wrote out the notes, etc. to;
Ontario, Canada - 14
Port Moody, Canada - Stanza 15
I WAS going to mail them, but I met my WIFE in the Post Office!
Oh, just checking the mail!

She got the first letter back yesterday too!
Sceaux, France - Stanza 23
Some that I sent a week earlier haven't even gotten there yet!

I sent the letters to;
Montreal, Canada - 16
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico - 17
Queretaro, Mexico - 18

:iconeyeplz: Aug. 31st
People have started receiving the letters! :w00t:  Those of you in the US and Canada... I will be sending them out Tuesday, if everything goes as planned!  There was a bit of a snag when my envelopes got wet, and all stuck together.  I salvaged some of them. :faint:

Here is my wish to you all.

You'll be a magnet for money.
You'll be a magnet for love.
You'll feel right in your body.
Your spirit will feel content.

:iconbigheartplz: Aug 25th
I mailed the letters to Europe and South America today!

Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Stanza 19
Porto Allegre, Brazil - 20
Northampton, England - 21
Yorkshire, England - 22
Sceaux, France - 23
Dresden, Germany - 24
San Quirico, Italy - 25
Diksmuide, Belgium - 26
Billesholm, Sweden - 27
Jyvaskyla, Finland - 28
Tallinn, Estonia - 29

AND Someone sent me their address in Hong Kong! :w00t:
So I sent a regular love letter there.

I don't mean to insult those of you who have offered to pay the postage, but I've forgotten who needed it.  So, even though it may be useless to you, I'm including a US Dollar in each letter.  Save it, spend it, since who knows when it will be worth anything again.  Your help is worth so much more than that to me.  Don't worry, I'm using my still smoking penalty jar.  That's where I put a dollar a pack I still smoke.  When I quit, I'll use it for something non-smoking fun/healthy.  Maybe a retirement investment, or something.

:iconbigheartplz: Aug 22nd
I mailed the second batch of letters today!  Half-way to the other side of the Earth!  I figured, since Eastern Europe is a bit farther, I should send them a bit earlier.

Moniuszki, Poland - Stanza 30
Zagreb, Croatia - 31
Zagreb, Croatia - 32 (Different people...)
Sofia, Bulgaria - 33

I will mail all of Western Europe at one time.  Probably Monday, unless I can get a few done tonight, and make it to the post office tomorrow.  Wait!  I would need some other excuse to go to town, so Monday is probably better.

:iconspinplz: Aug 20th
I mailed the first batch of letters today!  The five to the other side of the Earth!

Kalbarri, Australia - Stanza 38
Kelantan, Malaysia - 37
Manila, Philippines - 36
Singapore, Malay Peninsula - 35
Montagu, South Africa - 34

You know who you are, I assume.  According to Steve, they should arrive to you around this time next week.  About the 27th.  And a bit of good news!  They only cost 94 cents each to post!  Apparently they were lighter than estimated!

Next up will be Europe and South America.  I may send Eastern Europe theirs a day ahead, since it is further away...

:iconbigheartplz: Aug 18th
I just want to thank all of you for supporting me in this.
I really could never have done it without you.
Epic Love Poem Such As It IsThese words, they travel far and wide,
Of love and life together.
Distant lands a memory,
Returning to your arms.
As child, said I to Mother mine,
A rich man will I be,
My words do mark this day.
Though I knew not of which I spoke.
The day I child had uttered oath,
Not once did I imagine.
Watch as we together grow
Old and young as one.
A boy, I ran away from home
To join the carnival.
A life of candy floss and ferris wheels.
Alas, I was rejected.
A man, I looked to make a home.
A picket fence parade.
A life of sugar kisses, sweetest wine.
At last to be accepted.
For solitude upon
A mountain made of gold
Can not compare to smile of yours
These eyes to behold.
A yearning to be needed ran
Deep within my bones.
Wanting more than lust and empty
Promises of love.
Relax and stay with me you said.
Sit and talk awhile.
Until the dawn of day arose,
We spoke of all and nothing.
Be with me.
And in that breath of silence,
Our two hearts are as one.
As wind among the maple trees.
I fell in love with
  Here's the poem...
I'll start sending pieces of it out tomorrow.
SouthEast Asia, Australia, Africa are in the first batch.  I'll have to check on others.
But then a few days later, I figure Europe and South America should go out.
Another day or two and North America gets mailed.

I checked on the postage, for everyone's budget, including mine.
Less than $2.00 US is the most expensive.  Australia, and Singapore.
Around $1.75 US to Basically everywhere else outside of the USA.
Right at $1.50 for Mexico and Canada.
And however much our postage has gone up to today for the US.

:iconbigheartplz:  I love you all!  Aug 13th

Here are the screenshots of how well my love for my wife is covering the globe at the moment.  As of Aug 13th

Google NorthAmerica by markopolio-stock Google Alaska by markopolio-stock
We are at the red pin!  Here is where the letters will find my wife.

Google Europe by markopolio-stock Google Africa by markopolio-stock
Europe seems to be nicely involved in my project.
And YAY!  Someone from Africa brightened the dark continent!

Google Southeast Asia by markopolio-stock Google Australia by markopolio-stock
In Southeast Asia, and Australia...
My dear friends, what would the world be without you rare few!

Google Australia by markopolio-stock
YAY! A representative of romance in South America!

And here is the first draft of my epic love poem.
Romance Poem First DraftAs a child, said I to Mother mine,
A rich man will I be,
My words do mark this day.
Though I knew not of which I spoke,
Vast treasure which awaited.
For solitude
Upon a golden mountain
Can not compare to smile of yours
My eyes to behold.
The day I child uttered the oath,
Not once did I imagine.
To watch as we together grow
Old and young as one.
I fell into the deepest pool
When you became my wife.
Put my sail against the wind
To find a home, a life.
Wait for me until the day, you said,
I know your love is true.
Until another time, you spoke,
For certain hearts to bond.
A time by time the seasons pass.
My one true love does wait.
Again I spake of deepest vow.
And yes, upon another year, spoke thou.
Until the sea becomes the land,
If that is all you ask.
For love as mine shall never fade,
Though days, as eons pass.
As my hair on chin begins
To turn as spring to winter,
I look into your eyes of blue
And sense the timelessness of love.
My eyes that watch the seasons pass
Grow weary on the


Aug 10
The latest developments on the love letter project.  
I figure I'll finish writing an epic love poem very soon.
I'll post the rough draft as soon as I can.
The tricky part is having the theme tie the parts together.  
Each part has to stand up alone, and flow as my wife puts them in order.  
It's possible that one or more may get lost along the way.
Some postal systems are really good, and some not so good.
But I'll have to trust that things will get delivered both ways.

The places represented so far...

USA, Alaska, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Utah, Connecticut, Ohio, California, and Washington
Finland
Poland
Canada, Ontario and Montreal
Great Britain, Yorkshire Northampton and London
Croatia
Mexico
Puerto Rico
Australia
France
Philippines

I don't suppose anyone knows someone on the continent of Africa.  
And China is a big blank spot.
Mongolia would do since both China and Russia claim it. :rofl:
...Maybe Hong Kong?
I might ask the woman who runs the Chinese restaurant if she can help.  She seems nice.
I have a few notes out for South America, but no response yet.

I've placemarked all the towns on GoogleEarth.  Would any of you be interested in seeing them?

The Request...

I have a project that I need your help with.


I want to send my wife love letters from around the world.
I'll send you the letter, postage money, or maybe a dA sub... and you send it back to my wife from your town.
If your curious what I'm going to write her, let me know, and I'll leave the envelope unsealed.  Maybe I should anyway.

It doesn't really matter that much where you're from.
You just have to be willing to give me
an address where you'll get the letter.

Just let me know if you're willing.

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Curious Thought Of The Moment

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 2, 2008, 2:53 PM
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<div class="header2> My Five Stock Rules

1. Send me a note.

I ignore messages on my front page.
Not that I want to be mean. I just never remember to look.
So you may as well not bother.



...Rules Continued

2. Be creative in all aspects of your life.

3. Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do.

4. Do your best, and strive to do better.

5. ---This Space Intentionally Left Blank---

FAQ
1. Yes, you can submit your works as prints that use my stocks.
2. Yes, you may use them off-site. Send me a note with a link.
3. Yes, you may --Blank-- Since you're asking nicely.



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Thought of the moment


The sound of one hand clapping sounds like laughter, and a slap on the knee.
The space between your ears is the final frontier.

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So many new watchers. Let's talk.

Journal Entry: Sat May 3, 2008, 8:57 PM


Who IS Markopolio?

A man.  An old man inside, though I'm only 46 on the outside.  Blonde hair, going white, just like my grandfather.  Rail-thin, I weigh in at 145 and 6 feet, or two meters and 66 kilos.  Just call me stick man.

I'm 24 years sober this coming May.  For those of you who know what alcoholism and drug addiction is like...  You will also understand that my teeth was the least of my loss.  I began my sobriety with nowhere to go but up.  

I've recovered from my alcoholism, mostly.  The material possessions were easier than the emotional catching up.  My wife and I bought our home about a year ago.  Small mortgage, and plenty of fixing.  But it's a nice house.  Old.  The emotional hurdles of getting sober are many, and of a great variety.  Turns out that there are many other destructive behaviors than just mood-altering chemicals.  

My wife said I was an artist at heart, and I should try some of my ideas.  So I picked up a pencil and paper and properly sucked.  So, I tried woodcarving.  Not bad, better.  My poetry came too easy, so I thought it must be no good.  Which I think to this day.  Metal sculpture was a bit of a failure, though not terrible.  I got a computer and started doing a bit of photomanipulation, and vintage photo restoration.  Which led me to some photography, and then to stocks.

I wanted to do a work of my grandfather, but had very few pictures of him.  So I looked into doing him in 3D.  Which became my preferred mode of artistic expression.  I'm progressing nicely with several aspects.  Namely poses, morphs and textures.  The actual modeling is very slow going, if I ever get there.  I'm trying to learn more as I am able.  But with working all day, there just isn't a lot of time left in the evenings.

I'm working my way toward retiring from carpentry.  And I'd like to take up 3D work full-time.  That's a goal of mine.

I have a talent for finding things.  Just ask for what you need.  I really can find or produce most anything.  It's nice when I can photograph or render it, but I won't make you wait too long on your art before I start doing searches for you.

I want to say more, but this is probably boring you.  So TTYL!




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My Five Stock Rules

1. Send me a note.

I ignore messages on my front page.
Not that I want to be mean. I just never remember to look.
So you may as well not bother.



...Rules Continued

2. Be creative in all aspects of your life.

3. Do what you enjoy, and enjoy what you do.

4. Do your best, and strive to do better.

5. ---This Space Intentionally Left Blank---

FAQ
1. Yes, you can submit your works as prints that use my stocks.
2. Yes, you may use them off-site. Send me a note with a link.
3. Yes, you may --Blank-- Since you're asking nicely.


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