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Journal Entry: Mon Nov 8, 2010, 3:42 PM
What is this Journal about?

This Journal consists of a short list of frequently asked questions, questions asked by friends, watchers, acquaintances, and just random visitors.

Why am I reading this page?

If this Journal hasn't landed in your inbox, you might have been linked to it by the Master Planner, who tired of answering your same dumbass questions repeatedly and linked you to her Official FAQ Journal.

Did you make the plushies yourself?

Of course I did. All my shitty fanart is produced by my own two hands. I know dA has a problem enforcing their anti-theft policies, but I know it would be unethical to post art on my dA gallery that I didn't make. So thanks for basically accusing me of being an art thief, farthuffer. :|

How much time does it take to complete a plushie?

About seven to fourteen days, with 4-6 hours of work each day. Some plushies, particularly those with more detail work, take longer -- up to a month in some cases. Some take a shorter time; one of them was completed within three days, but then I was severely ill with nothing else to do.

What kind of yarn do you use?

For plushies, I typically use Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn for the body and Caron Simply Soft or KnitPicks Shine for hair, with various other premium yarns for clothing and accessories. I favor the KnitPicks line of yarns and think that Red Heart Super Saver is the devil. I also list any other materials used in the Artist's Comments of each textile deviation.

I use Clover brand Amour hooks and Tulip and Scribbles brand fabric paints.

Thanks! But I can't find this stuff where I live!

Have you ever heard of this wonderful thing called "online shopping"?

Do you have a tumblr/facebook/etsy/pinterest/instagram/ravelry?

Yes, I have a tumblr. My username there is themasterplanner. I sometimes post exclusive work there, so please follow me and reblog my stuff! My tumblr is mostly fandom bullshit, but my crochet work is always tagged with "things i made."

Yes, I have an Instagram. My username there is themasterplanner0923. It's a work in progress, but I'm hoping to host all my crochet work there as well as some exclusive work and progress pictures!

No, I am not on Facebook snapchat, or Twitter. I do not have an etsy shop, though I might change my mind someday.

My ravelry name is MasterPlanner, but I'm hardly ever there. =p

In short, deviantArt is my home. :la:

Can I share your work on other sites?

Yes, you may, as long as you include credit and a link back to the source. I like when people share my work with others. I do not like when people claim my work to be their own, or let others assume such.

If you want to share my stuff on tumblr, please reblog it from my page, don't repost.

Where does your username come from?

"The Master Planner" is actually an alias that Doctor Octopus once used. No rly. spiderfan.org/comics/reviews/s… www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq4QGk…

Why do you only do fanart?

Because I like to. I enjoy it and makes me and my watchers happy. Besides, we both know that original art, no matter how well-done, never gets as much pageviews and attention than fanart. :nod:

I just gave you a llama, give me one back?

No. Piss off. :|

Buy me a cake badge?

No. Bugger off. :|

Can you donate me points/a core membership?

I donate points when I can buy some, and I donate them to whom I wish, when I wish. Begging is undignified and unbecoming of an artist, and definitely will not incline me to help you out.

Thanks for watching me, commenting on my work, or adding my work to your favorites section!

Believe me, I sincerely appreciate every piece of feedback that I get. You are very and graciously welcome. However, one thing I do not like is people leaving me "Thanks for the fav!" messages all over my fucking homepage. I consider that spam. You only do leave me messages like "Thanks for the fav on fav.me/d1jffee " because you just want every other fucker visiting my homepage to look at your work too. I know you just want to show your gratitude, so maybe :+fav: one of my works in return, or leave me a critique or comment, or just give me a llama.

Why do you whore your art all the time?

Because deviantArt has approximately a googol of members with a googolplex of deviations between them. dA is not the Field of Dreams where if you build it they will come. You have to actually work to get yourself and your work noticed here. :nod: It's called advertising, and it's a part of capitalism. And if you have a problem with capitalism, why don't you gtfo to Cuba and see what ole Dr. Castro thinks about deviantArt?

Do you take drawing requests?

Generally I only take them if a) you're a close friend and or b) if the request makes me laugh and I deem it worthwhile to spend my time and money drawing it, having it scanned, and posting it to dA. I don't have the time or spoons these days to spend drawing your marysue, sorry. I'm not even that great at drawing.

Can you make me a plushie of this?! I don't have money to pay you, but I want it.

I can't make anybody anything for free, because yarn costs a pissload of money, shipping isn't cheap either, and the labor of love I put into it can't be free for everybody.

Occasionally, I lend my talents to dA groups I'm a member of, to crochet plushies as contest prizes. So the best way to get something for free is to watch when I offer a contest prize, enter the contest, and win. I also give out mini-plushies as prizes for kiribans, so you can also try your luck at giving me my millionth pageview or ten thousandth :+devwatch: or something.

Can you make my favorite character? I just want to see what he'd look like as a plushie!

Because of restraints on my time and money, I do not make plushies that are unlikely to sell unless he's one of my favorite characters. A friend once pointed out, however, that all my favorite characters end up as plushies some time or another. ;p

Do you take art trades?

Again, because of restraints on my time and money, I would be unlikely to finish my half in a timely manner. Because I do not want to cheat people, I do not currently accept art trade offers. If I decide I have the money and time, I will update my Journal with a notice, or make the offer myself.

Do you take commissions?

Because of restraints on my budget...of course I do! :D You can read the Master Planner's Official Commissions Journal, along with my policies on commissions, here: masterplanner.deviantart.com/j…

Do you take :points: commissions?

Can I buy groceries with :points:? Can I pay my electric bill with :points:? No? Then the answer to that question should be fucking obvious.

Do you sell your plushie patterns?

No. All of my plushie patterns and designs currently live inside my head. I may choose to sell patterns or tutorials for my smaller projects at some undisclosed future time, however there are some items that I will never offer patterns or tutorials for because they are popular and/or expensive and make up a good portion of the commissions that I receive. Letting out all my artistic secrets is like opening my wallet and inviting everybody to grab what they want from it. Remember this is a business to me, not just a hobby. These things pay my bills and one order can make the difference between making the rent on time and begging the landlady not to kick me out. I will never ever do tutorials on my mini humanoids, ponies, or the nyan cat scarf. nyanscarf by MasterPlanner

I want to make plushies just like yours, do you make tutorials?

No. There are many crocheting tutorials online, and I would be happy to point you in the right direction and answer crochet questions if you're willing to learn.

I can't believe you're an anti-SJW/conservative!

Hey, you don't have to agree with my political opinions to like my artwork. No, I will not try to convert you. No, I will not "shove my religion down your throat." I don't think I know whether you're going to Hell or not. No, I am not a homophobe or a racist. In fact, I'm biracial and not straight. No, I don't have a gun. No, I don't care who you vote for.

Besides, I don't even like to get into political arguments. Aside from the occasional comment on a political stamp and memberships in some politically-oriented groups, I don't even like talking about politics online. I have enough sense to know that the both of us could talk until we're as blue in the face as Thrawn himself and we wouldn't change each other's minds. Especially in a hyperpartisan election cycle.

Wait, was that last bit a joke? I don't get it.

Are you the only fucker on Earth who's never heard of Google? Another thing I don't like, is having to explain any and all jokes or nerdy references I make in conversation. If you are on here speaking to me, you have the whole internet literally at your fingertips. Stop being a lazy fuck and research shit for yourself.

blah blah blah white privilege straight passing internalized misogyny :blahblah:

I have a zero tolerance policy for social justice warrior bullshit on my page, please gb2 tumblr

Why do they call him Doctor Octopus when he's got six arms?

We're counting his legs too, idiot.

How can I contact you?

Drop me a note at my dA account, drop me an ask or instant message on my Tumblr, or ask me for my personal correspondence email address or if I really like you, my Skype username.

What if I have another stupid question for you?

By all means, comment on this journal or drop me an ask on themasterplanner.tumblr.com !

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MiloticScale Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
"Can I buy groceries with Points? Can I pay my electric bill with Points? No? Then the answer to that question should be fucking obvious."

You can now that dA lets you withdraw them as a check or money order. :nod:
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Considering there are 80 points to a dollar, and dA takes a 20% cut, I still consider :points: to be more trouble than they're worth, at least for what I sell.
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MiloticScale Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
No argument there. :D
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BenjaminBlunder Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Wasn't sure of where to ask this question, but would you accept payment with multiple cards? For example I have two seperate pre-paid cards with $75 each on them, but lets say what I was buying from you was $110, would I be able to use the $75 on my first pre-paid card, then use $65 on the second pre-paid card to pay you? Or would it all have to be on a single card? (Almsot forgot to add this, but Seven Fates (SilverAlchemistPony) told me to say hi. Also turns out Seven Fates added you into one of his stories as a crocheting pony.)
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
As I said, as long as I actually get the money, I don't care how many green dot cards you need :B

Also, I did not know that SevenFates changed his username. :stare: 
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Zombie-Sue Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
QUESTION

if this is a business, why are you so abrasive? Can you literally just not help it?

and where do you actually BUY your yarn usually? Do you usually go to a brick and mortar store, are you an online shopper, some combination of both?
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Most of the time, I am more brutally honest than abrasive. I usually try to be very nice, until pushed too far.

It's a combination of both. However, the selection of yarn at the local Michael's, JoAnn's, and Wal-Mart is quite small, since I live in a small town. The closest independent yarn shop is in Sacramento, over an hour away. If I need anything that can't be found locally, which is usually anything nicer than Caron Simply Soft, I do buy it online. :B
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Zombie-Sue Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Sometimes I feel like I can't help it QQ

Scramento, California?

Do you consider yourself a yarn snob? :XD:
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, Sacramento, the capital of California :B

My pretensions to yarn snobbery are limited by my sad excuse for a yarn budget and my choice to specialize in amigurumi, where fancy wool/alpaca/angora/silk/whatever would be wasted.
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Zombie-Sue Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Isn't that kind of a big city ;.; I don't like driving in big cities :XD:

:nod: Personally I never understood yarn snobbery... It's not like I'd ever use super saver on something you're supposed to touch regularly or wear but acrylic is plenty soft now and sometimes saves the trouble of matching dye lots... ._. I don't like hand washing either.
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You should try using public transport in big cities :paranoid:

I love Caron Simply Soft and other soft, shiny acrylics that come in so many bright colors and have no dye lot. But Super Saver is no...just no.
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Zombie-Sue Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
There aren't any close enough ;.; I'd have to drive to the city just to ride the bus LOL. Why? Is it really bad? :XD:

I guess I could ride the bus there in the first place but that would be expensive and uncomfortable for that kind of duration. The closest is Kansas City, which would be like a 2 -3 hour trip in my car and the bus would add an extra hour at least QQQQ

Super saver is nasty. Feeling it, it's the only thing I can think to say xD If I use it for any significant time (10 minutes o.o), my fingers literally itch. My mother in law likes it, though, so when she makes me something it's like "... wow.......................... thanks :(" the WORST is a scarf. Your neck is REALLY sensitive and oahrpahgparea

I like Caron Simply soft too :heart: But I don't use it often because I work at Hobby Lobby HAHA I have a ton of skeins though that I got because I HAD TO DO SOME KNITTING on a Sunday and nothing I had looked appealing. If I didn't haaate Walmart so much I'd probably go back to it often.
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timmy64 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I have a question! I have a question! :wave:

If you got married, would you crochet yourself a wedding ring for shits and giggles (to wear alongside a real one, duh)?
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Perhaps, but I would know better than to expect him to wear a matching one. :nod:
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timmy64 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:iconbronies:
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:icongirlybrohoof1plz::icongirlybrohoof2plz:
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Conservatoons Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Hey, you out-harshed me.
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You'd be surprised at how many people expect me to give them a handmade plushie, totally without cost to them, simply because they want one.

or maybe you wouldn't, most of this site's membership is liberals.
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Conservatoons Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
I am not surprised. Self respect/pride are lost arts. There is no shame in begging. After all our President supports it. Frankly, if you do give one away you are likely to be considered a sucker rather than generous. Sad.
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
to paraphrase the President: I didn't crochet that :lol:
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SongThread Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, yarn DOES cost a piss load of money, lots of people who don't understand.
Maybe if you count cheap acrylics.
And wow, a sensible person who is a pro-life person. You just made me change my opinion on some topics.
I :heart: your FAQ :)
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Crochet is not an inexpensive hobby and I loathe Red Heart Super Saver acrylic with the hot hot heat of a thousand suns. :no:

Like I said, I refuse to argue politics, and will not even talk about political issues until the election is over. My reasons for my pro-life viewpoint are highly personal.
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SongThread Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I shun acrylics, some mixtures are sometimes okay but need experimenting before approval.
I go for 100% cotton (adore the new line from DMC natura just cotton) or whool, best effect and best value!

I respect that :)
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Some acrylics are okay, like Caron Simply Soft. It depends on whether you like the feel of the yarn.
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Conservatoons Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
Nice job.
Ya know what's irritating: they will read your FAQ answers and still ask the question.
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconsadtruthplz: This has already happened.
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Conservatoons Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
and so it goes.
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
*hugs* Do you feel better after your thinly-veiled rant at all the people asking stupid questions? :D
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug: Why, yes I do, thank you. Now off to make some actual drawings! :iconlawooplz:
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
*laughs* You do that. More Ock stuff, perhaps? Or Thrawn? :D
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, and Lore and Light and Ivan and all those other charming fellows you know and love from my gallery and favorites file. :nod:
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Yay!
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconyaayplz:
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Mixyk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
... I apologize sincerely for all the "thank you for the favs!" :(
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, don't feel bad. Apology graciously accepted...besides, you don't spam my page like some. :tighthug:
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Creativity-Squared Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Very nice. Now everyone should shut the fuck up... Because I'm sure that this was your sole intention. :D
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Do you know how many times people ask me if I made my plushies myself? ...yeah thanks for basically accusing me of being an art thief :|
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Creativity-Squared Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Student General Artist
They just underestimate your awesome ability, I think.
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Maybe :nod:
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Creativity-Squared Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Yeah, that's definitely it. :D
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TheHarley Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I get that question a lot too... Even when you put in the description how long it took you to make and what you used to make it... Why bother writing a description if /no one/ reads it? :frustrated:
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ExtraEspresso Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Student
Do you live next to a family of loud, angry Russians?
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
No, I live next to a family of loud, angry Mexicans. :nod:
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JLMacDonald Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
LMAO Octavius of Borg. I like it :)
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's kind of a cross between my dA username "The Master Planner" (an old alias of Doctor Octopus) and my StarTrek.com username, LoreofBorg :D
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JLMacDonald Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I havne't been on StarTrek.com in ages. I can't even remember if I have signed up or not :(

I didn't realize "The Master Planner" was an old Doc Oct alias, but now I know. I learned something today!!! :D
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You learn something new every day on here! Who says the Internet isn't educational? :lol:
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JLMacDonald Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
And it's not like the Internet would *ever* lie to us! Especially the Wikipedia.
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MasterPlanner Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, and random strangers on the internet are always truthful! Especially about their own age and sex! :nod:
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JLMacDonald Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely!!!
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