Tax time

Apr. 9th, 2013 09:18 pm
I'm alive! I hope to post fannish things again soon :(

In the meanwhile, it's tax time.

"Did you have any medical expenses in 2012"





I realized that I even more belatedly did not signal boost this here! THE SHAME. You still have a day or two to do it =D

These surveys will help two great folks as they put together a panel on sexism in anime fandom. You can read a little more about the surveys at a post on Altair and Vega. They plan to keep the surveys running past the con, as data collection for possible future projects, but the deadline for data to be used in the Otakon 2012 panel is July 20.
Research Survey For Otakon Sexism Panel 2012: This one is for any of you who’ve attended a convention. We’re trying to get a sense of how people feel at events and how they connect to the community.

Sexism in Cosplay Survey for Otakon 2012: This one is for you cosplayers out there. If you’ve cosplayed or do so regularly, we’d love for you to take the time to fill it out.



May. 18th, 2012 12:07 pm
I have finally officially put in my two weeks' notice. I am OUT of here. God, my life.

Did you know that finding health insurance out in the private market sucks? WELL IT DOES.

What I expect is two weeks of frantic closing-up-shop activity, followed by at least a week (more likely two) or absolute depressive crash, and then somewhere around my birthday I expect to start having a life again and like. Maybe having fun. Or something.

Thank you everyone for your support during this shit time. See you on the other side, I hope!
or possibly the other way around

either way there will be much throttling and tears
holy flippin' fuck but WHAT is with this incredible tendency of health insurance people to be SO DAMN UNWILLING to tell you WHAT their coverage would be before you actually sign up with them?

what the holy jesus is that even on about

Fandom | Cast: Final Fantasy XII, Vaan.
Notes: Was having a super cranky afternoon, then saw this and decided that I needed to do that pose with a guy. I started just drawing it and it turned into Vaan. The ragedoodle looked okay, so I coloured it. The end. Took about an hour all told.

Been a while.

FFXII - Accidentally Vaan )

Just a friendly reminder, folks! Signups close in just over a day, so mosey on over! =)

It all started with the gas being turned off.

The setup: We're moving to Pittsburgh, in stages. The place we picked is the upstairs unit in a 2-unit house. This past weekend was to be the stage where all the furniture/boxes/junk and the four pets join partner T in PA, and then I return to DC to work some more. T has a job interview Friday morning, after which he plans to head down to DC, pick me up from work, head towards my parents' place where most of our stuff lives, pick up a U-Haul truck nearby, we all load the truck, go back to MD where I and the pets live, sleep, pack up the single room we rent there, go to PA, arrive in the afternoon, and unpack with the help of awesome local friends.

Here is what happened instead.

Adventures! )
And here we are with a little FFVII post to follow from the FF Tactics recs! We're starting off with a vid by the same vidder that closed out that post, so let's go!

Don't ask me how so much Aerith/Cloud ended up here; I have no idea ._.

Final Fantasy VII: 8 arts, 2 cosplays, 1 vid, 1 craft )
Wanna know something weird? There is a surprising amount of overlap between people who make FFVII stuff and people who make FFT stuff! I was trying to put together more rec posts and I realized that a lot of the people I'd pulled for one had also done something for the other. So why not! Lady Agrias led us off the Final Fantasy Ladies recs post, and here we are diving into FF Tactics by her lead. I'm rounding this post off with a great FFT vid (yes! a vid!), and the next post will open with another vid by the same vidder, but for FFVII. Which I think is super neat =D

Like the last post, this seems to run on themes, a bit. There's actually a bunch more art I want to rec but wow I ran out out time so very hard >.>

Final Fantasy Tactics: 12 arts, 1 cosplay, 1 vid )
Guess what! [personal profile] seventhe and I have a teaser to celebrate [personal profile] renay being awesome and having a birthday and GRADUATING COLLEGE! There is a SURPRISE inside the teaser!

Teaser is over here! It is over six thousand words long, whoops!

Exclamation marks!

[personal profile] renay. We hope you like it =D
Some recs! Because I need to feel better! I was going to post these Wednesday and then do two more rec posts Thursday and Friday, but instead I got rear-ended and my car was totaled. Whoops! That was awkward. That is pretty much 2011 for me. So I am going to rec shit because it is better than dwelling on everything. OH WELL. RECS.

Some of these are on pixiv, where you need an account to view pics full-size (let me know if you want/need any help with that!). I also translate titles if they're only a character or place name; otherwise I leave any other titles and all usernames as they are.

And apparently FFVIII is first because I want to show off that vid that much. A lot of these kind of have themes within each canon.

Recs: Final Fantasy Ladies Edition


  • 6 cosplays (FFIV, FFVIII, FFIX, FFX-2, FFXII)

  • 1 fic (FFVI)

  • 1 vid (FFVIII)

FFVIII - 1 vid, 3 arts, 1 cosplay )

FFIV - 1 art, 2 cosplays )

FFVI - 4 arts, 1 fic )

FFIX - 1 art, 1 cosplay )

FFX - 5 arts, 1 cosplay )

FFXI - 1 art )

FFXII - 2 arts, 2 cosplays )

FFXIII - 1 art )

FF Tactics - 1 art )
Two things I ran across on tumblr in quick succession that I feel go nicely together and made a better day for me. This is not the post I wanted to make — there's important other stuff I wanted to post about — but I have been mega sick and basically I just want something feelgood.


Item A: Two Men Tango; Follower in High Heels

I basically don't have words for how hot and awesome this is. I love dancing; I love ballroom dancing; I love gender fuckery and subversion; I freaking love how hot tango is. Anyone have more awesome tango videos to share?

(on tumblr, with source and talk from source)

Item B: First Sailor off the Ship Kisses Her Girlfriend

It’s a time-honored tradition at Navy homecomings — one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one.
Today, for the first time, the happily reunited couple was gay.

The dock landing ship Oak Hill has been gone for nearly three months, training with military allies in Central America.

As the homecoming drew near, the crew and ship’s family readiness group sold $1 raffle tickets for the first kiss. Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta bought 50 - which is actually fewer than many people buy, she said, so she was surprised Monday to find out she’d won.

Her girlfriend of two years, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, was waiting when she crossed the brow.

They kissed. The crowd cheered. And with that, another vestige of the policy that forced gays to serve in secrecy vanished.

By Corinne Reilly
The Virginian-Pilot
© December 21, 2011

(on tumblr with source, etc.)

Speaking of tumblr, anyone know any themes that display things as... tiles, I guess, rather than in a long vertical column? The theme I have now ( ) used to do that, but then got an "upgrade" so now it's all broken and only has two columns. [personal profile] seventhe has something close ( ), but I like how on my layout things are different dimensions and text stuff is actually there, not just a preview (or it should be; layout is borked...). Any help? =\
Fandom | Cast: Final Fantasy I; Male White Mage, Female Fighter, Thief, Black Mage
Rating | Warnings: All clear
Feedback: Always welcome!
Notes: This is a bit of Chocobo Down for Small Fandom Appreciation Month at DOINK! [community profile] ff_exchange

The prompt was: "A MALE WHITE MAGE. FOR ONCE. Seriously, I don't care who he is or what he does or whom he does it with, but for the love of Moogles can we have a single male white wizard, like the good old days?"

This is the first bit of art I've done in at least half a year due to sickness, exhaustion, or broken/packed away supplies. It felt like a good warm-up to getting back into the swing of things. This took I guess maybe 4-5 hours? I like this sketch and hope to one day colour it =)

Protect )

x-post: Hosted on my DW [personal profile] justira [here],my LJ [ profile] justira [here], and on AO3 [here].

A kitty in California needs a new home (willing to drive 12 hours): Itai's new home: In which I beg for my best friend's life (another signal boost with summary )

OccupyEverywhere: Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi (from a faculty member concerning the use of pepper spray on students at UC Davis)


So. My host, dreamhost, has decided to shut down all subdomains and keep all hosted stuff on subdomains instead. They haven't given out subdomains in ages, so this affects a small number of people. But those people are their oldest and most loyal customers. And now, as far as I've been able to tell and their support department has been able to tell me, that's it. My long stay with them is rewarded by having all pointers to my art — of which there are in the area of a thousand spread across several sites — be dead on December 1. That's it. Not even a redirect after that date. Just gone. The files will still exist, but will only be FTP-accessible, not web accessible.

I am not best pleased. I'm trying to see if they can do anything better for me, at all. But for the foreseeable future:

All links/references to my art will break in about a week.

I'll be trying to go back and fix links as I can, or whatever other solution I come up with. But that could take a while and I am pretty low on energy just now. Some but not all of my art is available on deviantart under — I haven't updated that in a while though. I'll be doing what I can; I the meantime, my apologies :(

(dear AO3: y u no host my art :( )

And now, because I need something nice after all of the above:



Speaking of DOINK! it's Small Fandom Appreciation Month at the Chocobo Races! Join in and create something! ( DW | LJ ) Don't forget to check out the prompt-a-thon, too! ( DW | LJ )

A poem: "The Trees" by Philip Larkin

A vid rec in the form of a chat transcript:
[personal profile] justira: oh my god I just watched a clark/lex vid where
[personal profile] justira: clark
[personal profile] justira: gave birth to a kitten
[personal profile] justira: what did I just watch
[personal profile] owlmoose: dot. dot. dot.
[personal profile] justira: it's a crack vid and
[personal profile] justira: I
[personal profile] justira: I can't
[personal profile] justira: what
[personal profile] owlmoose: i think. maybe not at work.
[personal profile] owlmoose: sould i look for it later?
[personal profile] justira: also there were kryptonite unicorns?
[personal profile] justira: uhhhh
[personal profile] justira: I
[personal profile] justira: I don't know how or why the unicorns come in
[personal profile] owlmoose: well, do you need a reason for unicorns, really
[personal profile] justira: I
[personal profile] justira: it's
[personal profile] justira: it's actually pretty worksafe?
[personal profile] justira: possibly not brainsafe
[personal profile] justira: what did I just watch
[personal profile] owlmoose: at least it sounds like it was not dull ;)
[personal profile] justira: no it wasn't
[personal profile] justira: I don't know what to do with my life anymore
[personal profile] justira: CATBABY

I know I'm like the last person to catch wind of these things but:

[ profile] dualbunny: I Swear (Smallville - Clark/Lex)
Hey folks, I've got a small post related to the OTW elections over on my other journal.

As always, please note that my other journal is not an official outlet for OTW news or announcements, and that I would appreciate if the degree of connection between this journal/identity and the other were left up to me =)
Hey, any artists out there who want to take part in an awesome project?

Claiming for [community profile] megaflare_ff is almost over, and they need more artists! Come on, look at these TOTALLY AWESOME SUMMARIES! They are so tempting ._.

Claiming ends this Sunday, October 2, so hurry over! All you need to do is create one drawing for the story you select, and it's all very low-pressure ♥

Story Selection Post

Artist Signup Form
Is anyone else doing October 2011?

I plan to go. If it lasts through the weekend, it will be the first weekend I'll have had in months that wasn't spent trying to take care of my family -- minus the weekend of the hurricane, when not only was there a hurricane but the partner was sick. So... not restful. The protest won't be restful either. But it's important and I want to go.

If anyone plans to come into the DC area for this, we may be able to offer a place to crash. Email me and we'll see if something can be worked out.

*fistbump, fistpump*
My mom is having a crisis day. Really, there's nothing else to say. I just... wanted to vent into the void apparently.

Everyone who has helped me with my family situation: thank you so much, and I'm sorry my contact has been so sporadic — I am really, truly grateful for your help and your well-wishes, I just do not have much energy with which to express that. You've really made a difference.




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