Rae
05 August 2011 @ 04:05 pm
I might as well call this the "Unpopular Opinion Time" meme or something, but these are the various head-canon/fandom related things which have occurred to me today:


Harry Potter:

Harry Potter )


I'll probably add to this as I figure them out.
 
 
 
 
Rae
13 July 2011 @ 02:54 pm
This is what happens to my nights when I have caffeine:


cut for weirdness )


...it doesn't really make much sense, I know, but it was creepy as all get out when I was "there."  The sad part is, I kind of think it'd make an interesting story if it were cleaned up.
 
 
 
 
Rae
19 January 2011 @ 11:53 am
what  
I have never before had a genre grab me by the bullhorns and scream "WRITE ME DAMMIT."  Well, genre, if you would give me a story to go along with that demand, maybe you'd get results.

Damn, vague story bunnies.

 
 
 
 
Rae
18 December 2010 @ 02:18 pm
Anyone got some lyrics to a Chinese rap song laying around? Don't care what song, just... anything. Especially if it is terrible. You know the kind I'm talking about.

Link me to it and I'll love you long time, m'kay?


There is a plan for this, I swear it.
 
 
 
 
 
Rae
10 December 2010 @ 07:30 pm


No,seriously?  ... Seriously. =.= And it's just as shallow as you might think.  If you're curious and don't mind giving up whatever sanity you have remaining: www.bookbyyou.com

 
 
 
 
Rae
19 November 2010 @ 12:11 pm


This is right outside my office right now. XD It's just too great. We're waiting to see if another tow truck comes, because damn.
And before I even finished posting this, this happened:
More pics under cut )

All three of them together. XD We are dying, in the office.

 
 
 
 
Rae
11 November 2010 @ 09:54 am
Heavy duty lessons and levels of emotional intensity, along with ‘should I stay or should I go’ scenarios, and reminders of people who have up and left; any and all of things are what’s on top of the stack at the moment. You know for sure that you’ll make it through this, but right now you’re feeling like it would be great if someone or something would come to the rescue. If I told you that this too shall pass would it help? Beyond that, it looks to me like this isn’t over yet. Don’t succumb to despair. If you play your cards right your deepest wish will come true.
~Cal Garrison

Once again, this woman delivers the advice I needed exactly when and why I needed it. What the frick.

--

Page nine of WS still isn't done. Why? Because I am an over-ambitious idiot who insists on attempting to draw detailed backgrounds with complicated perspectives. And did I mention horses? A freaking lot of horses. Next time I insist on pairing a tribal culture with a whole herd of the damned things, please shoot me.

That being said, I am actually pretty proud of myself for this.  The scripting is coming along well, though I would like a second opinion on it (my beta is awesomely awesome, but I'm a firm believer in multiple sets of eyes) as my beta-the-second has given up her position due to RL issues.  If anyone on my FL has some free time and wouldn't mind, I'd appreciate it.  Totally willing to trade beta-ing, or possibly art sketches (though please understand there's a wait on the latter.  Standing commissions and all that jazz).

I'm considering switching over to Let It Be next week, as a bit of a "break," though I really need to be working on Endangered as well. LiB is only six pages, though, so in a week I could have a complete short story. Either way, I think that will be done by mid December. 


Back on Wind Spirits, though, I've decided to give myself a firm deadline of January 1st, no matter what. That day, the site is launching officially, and the first seven pages are going to be released, at the very least.  This gives me a little under two months to finish the first chapter, and retool the website. Considering what I've proven I can get done when I have a short deadline, I think that's doable.  But this involves some other considerations, like promotion posters and banner ads.  I've been reading over articles on marketing, and... well that's what I do at work, but I'm still not sure what my best bet on marketing for an article would be.  Especially when it comes to social networks.

I've been told that StumbleUpon works very well for some people.  I recently joined up and took a look around it, and it does seem as though it could work--but in order for it to pick up initial momentum, several people have to "stumble" your website, not just one. So, question number one to cyberspace, how many people use Stumble, here? How many people actively "like" websites on StumbleUpon?

Then there's the ever-popular facebook.  Some webcomics have success in making something called "fanpages" for their comics, and tend to generate some mild traffic from that. I know I have friends on FB, though I don't currently use it myself.  Is this a feature that, hypothetically , you would use?

Aside from that, though, all I've heard is mixed results.  Twitter works for some crowds, it doesn't for others.  Advertisement programs, like Project Wonderful, work for things, and not for others. As those programs are usually paid, I'm not sure how viable that option really is at the moment.  Are there any social sites that I haven't heard about, which you use? 

And I think that's enough rambling from me for now. XD I have got to get better at this whole... article writing jazz.


      

 
 
 
 
Rae
05 November 2010 @ 10:42 am
1) What songs do you find particularly spiritually meaningful?

The Goddess and the Weaver by Spiral Dance has always been one of my favorites, but there's also  Fires at Midnight by Blackmore's Night, Witch's Rune by Inkubus Sukkubus, The Mystic's Dream by Loreena McKinnet, and Christians and the Pagans, by Dar Williams.


2) Where do you draw the line between "honoring other cultures" and "cultural appropriation?"

I don't.  Quite frankly, "cultural appropriation" is the same thing as "inspiration," is the same thing as "things change, deal with it."  So  you go to another culture and see that they have this tradition which is cool, and kind of a Good Idea, so you learn about it and then try to do something similar.  Congratulations, you just did the same thing our ancestors have been doing for millenia. (And when I say "our," I mean "everyone's.") There isn't any such thing as an untouched, holy culture that got all its ideas/traditions from... I don't know - the air? They spoke with one another, changed their minds, chucked some traditions and altered others, and changed. Constantly. That's how humanity works.

3) What's your opinion on the witchcraft-and-magic coverage in the media?

At this point, I'm just tired of being pissed off about it.  It still makes me sigh every time I hear someone speak of witchcraft with amusement or fear, but I acknowledge that 99% of those people have no idea what they're talking about.  Even if they did, they may not agree.  I'd actually venture that most of them would still be amused - and I'm OK with that. To each their own.

And quite honestly, I think a lot of Pagans shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to public relations.

Going on TV and talking about how your "real name" is Unicorn Swirly Sparkle Pants and you're a level 13 high priestess of Gozer who talks to fairies and cruises the moon waves every solstice... even I, a fellow pagan, can understand why no one takes you seriously. Sorry, but that's the truth.   Talk about your belief in the Gods and Goddesses, by all means, but put an emphasis on charity work and community values - keep your crazy in a closet, please.

Better yet, take a step back and consider, for a moment, how most people (who aren't members of this group) react to the nutter Evangelicals who think that babbling incoherently and having violent spasms is "speaking in tongues."  How exactly is that any different from a pagan who claims that a 15$, gaudy mirror they bought in a pawn shop was a "gift from a dragon?" (Seriously, I've had that conversation with someone before, and I still think he was off his bloody rocker.)   The truth is, it isn't different at all.

So yes. While media representations of pagans mostly just annoy the piss out of me... it is, sadly, just a mirror reflection of the very worst (and unfortunately, loudest) of our kind.

4) Do you wear Pagan jewelry in public?

I don't have any. XD

5) Do you believe a person or coven is responsible for the actions of the people they initiate?


Yes and no.

I believe that any organization holds some responsibility for the sort of people that it associates with.  Though the organization cannot control the actions the individuals within it takes, it can hold them responsible for their actions.

If a member of your church/coven/religious-whatever has been making a public ass of themselves in a way that invokes their religious beliefs, and your organization takes no action to either reprimand this member or else disassociate yourselves from their company, then their actions are applicable to the entire organization.  No ifs, ands or butts.  Your harboring this person automatically includes you in whatever it is that they were saying or doing.

For example:   Let's say that "Andy" has been seen on the local news repeatedly spouting off anti-gay propaganda, and backing it with religious zealotry. It is a well known fact that Andy is a deacon of Generic Church of Christ - which he also names on the local channel.  Though Generic Church of Christ claims that they do not teach anti-gay propaganda and do not back his claims, they allow him to continue his work as a deacon in the church.  No matter what they have said to defend themselves, these are just words and not properly backed by action.  Unless Generic Church of Christ revokes his deacon-ship, and removes him from their organization's leadership (at the very least), then they are backing his anti-gay vitriol.

The same applies to any religious organization, so far as I'm concerned.  Coven, temple, church, whatever. You have a responsibility to lead by your actions, as well as your word.



/takes a step off the soapbox/ 

   

 
 
 
 
Rae
02 November 2010 @ 10:32 am

Last night I awoke to Zues throwing a bitch-fit outside my window.  I then spent at least an hour wondering if it's appropriate to think of my Gods as throwing "bitch fits."  

...

Probably not, but I'm going to anyway.

I got me a counter! ^___^

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