In each person, there is an inner world—
A cozy corner of the mind, body, and soul where feelings and senses flow together as one. Distinctive from reality as others know it, yet distinctly, irreplaceably human.

My name is Starly and this is FlowerState, my free-flowing cozy corner on the Internet. May it provide a glimpse into my own inner world, and the myriad creations from my past, present and future.

Note: This site is best viewed in Firefox on a 1920x1080 monitor. It is not yet optimized for mobile but should work decently on iPhone.

Updates

June 19, 2024

I have made a page dedicated to a broken Sony Dream Machine, appropriately titled "Requiem for a Dream Machine". I do not usually get so strongly attached to a piece of technology I have barely experienced, but this one has proven to be special in a peculiar way.

June 18, 2024

The home page now has an intro, setting the overall atmosphere for this site. While working on that, I found an issue where a link could not be clicked if it was placed inside the banner above; that has since been fixed. The link to my "About Me" page should work, although there is nothing on it for the time being. In the meantime, check out the standard About section if you want.

June 12, 2024

The main gallery has received a huge update where you can view any piece of artwork right from the same page. Simply click on any thumbnail on that page and it will bring up the full-size image plus a description on the "making of" that piece.

If anyone has any suggestions or feedback surrounding FlowerState, feel free to let me know on Neocities or Instagram. I have more ideas planned, both for my gallery and for the site as a whole, and I'm always searching for ways to improve my craft as an artist and an indie web coder.

June 8, 2024

I found time to edit the site, after a day of work and some much-needed cleaning. It's at midnight, but I'll take it! I tweaked the home layout again and I got full-sized images to show up in the main gallery. I'm too tired to fix the jQuery script that viewed them before; it got broken somehow. For now, the pictures are direct links. Some of them may take a while to load when they're clicked on, so please be patient.

Anyway, time for me to officially get some sleeeep...

June 6, 2024

Ah... Another day, another edit to the home layout. More specifically: the logo banner felt too geometric, so I moved the navigation bar to be directly below it and gave it a rounded look. I've reworked the main portal for my artwork as well. I'll make it look prettier when I have more time. Been focused on doing stuff in the real world lately.

May 14, 2024

I edited the home layout again.

April 26, 2024

CASIOPEA and Grimes have been added to my Listening Log. It's nothing much, just tackling the myriad of artists from my original Discogs list one day at a time. Updates for other pages are on the way.

April 25, 2024

Christophe and Com Truise have been added to my Listening Log.

April 24, 2024

Various albums by AIR, The Beatles, and The Buggles have been added to my Listening Log.

April 23, 2024

I've made a page dedicated to the many albums and singles I've listened to. There's still a long way to go before every album and artist gets added, especially since I'm transferring them from a list of 500+ on Discogs, as well as directly resizing, adding and compressing the album covers myself. I will try to make frequent updates when I can. For now, I've added a full list of albums by David Bowie. Still figuring out how I should sort compilations and EPs by artists, though, hmm...

April 11, 2024

The home page received yet another drastic update. It's not the first time, and it certainly won't be the last, but I can say with confidence now that it looks better each time I work on it.

April 3, 2024

I made a big edit today by adding the first big sub-section to the Art Gallery. This is being done so that I can eventually organize and archive my art pieces from 2022 and years prior. My 2023 pieces and commission work will have their own pages shortly.

As a side project, I'm making a part of the site dedicated to my experiences with listening to discographies from various musicians, bands and genres. Stay tuned... pun not intended, hahah.

April 2, 2024

I edited the Home layout... again. With the way I have the code set up, I can tell it's not going to look as nice on mobile as it did before. Ah well. I'll have to fix that later.

March 20, 2024

Got around to checking the site on mobile and noticed the width of the main content box was wonky, so I fixed that. It should look okay on smaller devices now, or iPhones at the very least. I still recommend flipping your screen orientation so it's set to landscape though.

March 19, 2024

The home page revisions continue. I'm making progress this time though! There's a patterned background now and the navigation bar is closer to the way I like it. I adjusted the main layout so that it may look somewhat better on other monitors. Not sure if it's optimized for mobile yet (I'll test it out when I'm not lazy about checking my phone).

March 18, 2024

Small tweaks have been made to the main layout.

March 15, 2024

The layout is getting a drastic update again. The other one was soothing and the colors were nice, but I need something that gives off stronger Starly vibes. Ideally, that means more vibrant colors and more abstract design, and a little bit more maximalist patterns if need be. How these features will translate visually, we'll find out eventually. For now, I've redesigned the logo, changed the palette, and the overall positioning of some of the layouts. The other parts of the site will be revised accordingly once I get a good look for the Home page.

March 12, 2024

I adjusted the layout slightly so there's less empty space at the top of the page and the main content is closer to the navigation. Would a vertical nav (what most web designers on Neocities choose) suit this website better? That's a question I'm still thinking about. I may change things up visually as I add more pages and get a better idea of how I want each part of the site to look.

March 7, 2024

I typed up a story on the "making of" of this site on the About page. It was going to be a short paragraph or two but then it turned into a whole essay (oops :p). I have a way of doing that when it comes to writing things.

March 6, 2024

Slowly but steadily, the aesthetics are coming together. The banner at the top now has a fittingly flow-y background, inspired by abstract design and my growing affinity for floral patterns. And after going back and forth between different shades of lavender and orange, I decided on a general color scheme of blue-green and yellow-orange with a touch of peach. I didn't want to give up the lavender initially but visually, things have come together better this way.

I fixed the Art section so that it has the same layout and made it look presentable. For some reason the navigation wasn't working right and didn't link to that page, so I fixed that. Nothing too hard, just something I probably missed.

March 4, 2024

I've added the Art page and with it, a broad assortment of my finished art. Most of it is from this year and 2023, with a few older pieces from 2020-2022 in the mix.

March 2, 2024

From this day forward, F l o w R S t a t e is officially LIVE.

I've been working on this site offline for a good two years or so a while. While it was (and still is) a work-in-progress, I decided to publish it to Neocities anyway. It removes the barrier to entry of actually starting and finishing—things that tend to hold me back when working on creative projects. Now I have an extra incentive to get going, and to stick with what I'm making. And I'm going to make this place beautiful.