17 May 2011 @ 01:51 pm
Not reading or watching gay-centric entertainment may not make you anti-gay, but your reasons behind it and feelings about it may require a bit more examination. For example, as much as m/m has exploded in the e-published romance genre lately, gay storylines are still almost unheard of in popular media. (And let’s not even talk about multisexual, polyamorous, asexual, and trans* storylines. It’s too depressing.) We don’t get gay people on TV who have more going on in their lives than Just Being Gay. We don’t get books about gay characters who fall in love as an afterthought to the things going on in their lives. So people who think there is “too much gay” in modern storytelling might want to take a second look at how much the gay people in their lives, their best friends, their ubiquitous gay brother or sister or uncle or cousin, whom they claim to love, are getting ignored, erased, and overlooked. And maybe then they can find a little more patience with the few times we do manage to get our own stories.

Jules Robin, GLBTQ activist and troublemaker, in an IM to hir good friend and ranting partner

So much this, thank you Jules.
28 October 2010 @ 09:36 am
Muslim's Wearing Things -- this is just awesome. Leave your stereotypes and bigotry at the door, please thank you (not that anyone on my f-lists would have those things to begin with >.> ).


26 August 2010 @ 11:46 am
I'm so embarrassed by how long it took me to accurately complete this: http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html ; it's a fun and awesome learning tool, though, for the geographically challenged. XD
05 August 2010 @ 12:14 pm
Yesterday I began an initiative to un-gold Tarnish. This ended up involving more brush cleaner than I care to admit, a rather large glass container, and about ten hours of soaking.  It's unfortunate that she had to be blanked, but at this point she's staining all her clothes, the chipping at her joints is disastrous, and I cannot find a gold touch-up paint that matches. 

I thought that i might still put her glow-in-the-dark highlights back on after the blanking, but now that they've proven to be a bitch and a half to remove I'm having other thoughts. 

She's pretty much white-skinned.  I say "pretty much," as the gold may have stained her a little off-white.  It's too early to tell, as she needs another round with a fresh batch of brush cleaner (she turned what she was soaking in, into opaque gold soup) and a clean scrub brush before I'll be able to tell, but right now it's the difference between egg-shell and yellow-white.  Then again, maybe she's originally DZ yellow-skin.  It's difficult to say.

Either way, I've pretty much made up my mind to go Dios De Los Muertos on  her, at least through Halloween.  Here are my inspiration pictures:

large images under cut )

The top most is the one I want to copy the style of the most.  Not the markings, per se, but I am planning on making the headdress and head-cloth-thing.  I'd also like to do a pretty, though simple, skirt and top.  If I can talk a friend into helping with her sewing experience. 

Beyond the clothes and face-mask, though, I plan to do a full-body skeletal "tattoo" on the girl. It'll be a black skeleton on white skin, sure, but still there.  I want to try and get it as anatomically correct as possible, thus the anatomy books are going to be drug back out of storage.  We'll see how well this goes, and how long it lasts.  

Right now, I think the tattoos will mainly be on  her front and backside; I'm wondering if i can't somehow work in a way to do the side-view of the spinal column in a way that actually makes sense.  Will report back with findings.

Also wondering: do they make faux flowers that small which actually resemble real flowers?


The sunny side of life has a few clouds forming, over in the corner where work and your deeper yearnings aren’t seeing eye to eye. As much as you’re proud of what you’ve accomplished, you’re beginning to see that this could be the beginning of the end as far as the road to mediocrity is concerned. These things hit us in cycles. At those points a choice has to made between the prescription we’ve been given and whatever it is that gets us going. If you think it’s time to settle into something permanent, give yourself a chance to reconsider your dreams.
~Cal Garrison