rurounihime: (comfort)
A couple years ago, I asked you wonderful people for help, because a friend of mine was homeless, living out of her car with her husband and three kids, and basically at the end of her rope. I wanted to give you an update and a personal heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated to help them, because it makes me smile from top to bottom: My friend and her husband are now both employed. They have a home. They have a car that works, and the kids are all in school. Everyone is doing well. They are some of the lucky ones, and they couldn't have done it without your help. I can't tell you how amazing it feels to know they are safe and sound. Words cannot express my gratitude to everyone. Thank you.
rurounihime: (loki)
Hi, all my folks who have some experience with symbology or tattoos (or both)...

My sister and I are looking to get matching sister tattoos. We are representing both sides of our family: English-Irish and Norwegian. The tattoo design we have in mind at this point incorporates the Viking Vegvisir compass and an Irish sister knot. I just want to check in with people if they know if this is a legit sister symbol in Celtic knotwork. The most prominent ones I have found are this one or variations on the theme.

Another option I like is this one, but I'm leaning toward the three-pronged knot just because I've always liked sharp, defined edges.

Thoughts? Tips?
rurounihime: (loki)
I am posting to apologize for a comment I made during Leviosa's Sunday panel on Adversarial Relationships. In response to the topic of canon HP characters currently being re-imagined as people of color and/or marginalized sexual and gender identities, I attempted, poorly, to discuss the ways this might make fandom experience difficult for individuals who use fandom as a way to set aside the weighty societal issues they face every day. I don't remember the exact wording of what I said and won't attempt to recreate it here, but after extensive soul searching and discussion with a close friend, I realize to my shame that my comments were entitled, naive, insensitive, and inappropriate.

The comment was supposed to be about the fans who don't want to view their fandom activities through the lens of social or political justice, who want to leave all of it outside when they go in, for whatever reason. But it definitely didn't come out that way. Instead it sounded as though I think issues of race, identity, and under-representation don't belong in fandom at all. Issues of discrimination in any form belong in the fandom, full stop. They are already there. People's discomfort with such topics is unimportant because discomfort doesn't dictate what must be acknowledged, and also very important because it is this inherent discomfort that must be addressed. It was not my intention to insult anyone, but that doesn't really matter either: as a white cis woman, I had no place making such a point in this way.

I wanted to discuss the importance of fandom as a safe and enjoyable space, which it is for me, but that really is the kicker, isn't it? As long as discrimination and under-representation are ignored in fandom, it isn't a safe and enjoyable space for everyone. The weighty social discussions keep getting shunted aside. We keep fostering ignorance of the problem.

I love fandom and I want it to be a place people want to be a part of. The re-imagining of canon characters is exciting, and the added bonus is that it brings societal discussion easily into the "safe space" fandom has created, rather than allowing it to continue to be viewed as a threat to the fandom experience. The more fans are exposed to something they fear or distrust, the faster they learn that they don't need to fear it, and the faster we bring it back home into everyone's safe space. Which is where it has always belonged anyway.

I made a mistake, and I'm very sorry for my comments. I'm trying not to shy away from these discussions because avoidance is currently the norm, and I don't think it's a good idea to avoid these topics. This dialogue needs to occur so that a lasting and constructive understanding can also occur.

But obviously I need more practice in how I approach the discussion. So I will continue to work at it. Thank you for your patience with me.
rurounihime: (loki)
I will be at Leviosa Con in two weeks, running a panel with the lovely and talented [ profile] oldenuf2nb and Cecilia Tan about going from slash fanfic to slash pro-fic! Hope to see some of you there!

(Oh gawd, Las Vegas in the summer. O.o What am I even doing...)
rurounihime: (loki)
Making the rounds and reposting this fundraiser for my friends in case it was missed the first time.

My friends are still on the job hunt... Any help, job opening advice, or housing tips are welcome!

If you have already helped or are unable to, just passing the word along is great!
rurounihime: (loki)
Everyone, I have a friend from my elementary school days whose family is in dire straits. They have been homeless for a couple months now, she, her partner and their three children, living out of their car, which is not in the best shape. They've gone through the official channels, including CPS, and are on multiple housing lists in the Sacramento, CA area, but have had no luck getting housing. Both parents are work-capable, and drugs are not involved. Both Tashina (my friend) and Steven have appealed to their families for help with even just one of the children, and have had no takers. They are now seriously considering putting their children into the foster system.

I've started a gofundme account for them here. Please, anything you can spare will help. Tips on housing in the area, job opportunities, people renting out rooms... I think if they had a home base, they would be able to find their feet again.
rurounihime: (loki)
Soooo... I've never done this before. I have a longtime friend who is currently homeless with her husband and three children. They're trying to find the best way to raise money (read: they are not begging for help; I offered) but she is legally blind because she has no money for her prescription and therefore can't work. This also causes problems with her husband leaving to work, as they have the kids to take care of. They have a car but little else in the way of wordly belongings.

I'm just wondering... What is the best way to raise money online for another individual? I'm going to help her with her prescription, but I can only do so much. Are there any reputable sites or third party groups that you guys trust to get the money where it's supposed to go? Somewhere I can set up an account for my friend and her family?

How does this even WORK??
rurounihime: (bradley colin faces)
I know a lot of you have your own websites. I know next to nothing about it but I'd like to put together a website for my professional writing. Does anyone have anything they really recommend or don't recommend? What parts of your website and its features do you love? Not love at all?

I have a blog and a Twitter, so I'd love to be able to connect up to those via my site... Haha, as you can see, I'm a total noob at this. I don't even know the terminology.

Thank you for any assistance you can give me!
rurounihime: (fezzini)
Interesting stuff going on at my professional journal... ^_______^
rurounihime: (clucking bell)
That moment when you’re halfway through reading a REALLY GOOD FIC and you realize the themes are heading WAY close to your fic-in-progress and you have to STOP READING until you can finish writing because you don’t want anything to bleed over.
rurounihime: (loki)
I'm not actually a fan of going to movies on opening weekend. It's so crowded and people can be really annoying. Though this year I did go to The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises on opening weekend because I was looking forward to them sooooo much, usually I'm not all that fussed if I don't see the film RIGHT AWAY OMG. I'll get to it.


I make an exception for horror films. )
rurounihime: (speak friend)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!!!! I wish you excellent feasts with excellent company!

ANDPIE. Piepiepie.
rurounihime: (bradley colin faces)
What kind of video editing software would you recommend? Which one do you swear by? Which one will do in a pinch? I'm in the market because I'd like to make some music videos, but please keep in mind, I'm an amateur; I've made a couple vids, but they are not exactly full of The Michael Baysplosions, or The Spielberg Awesomesauce. ^_^

Thank you so much for your help!!!

I'm off to Lubricus con for the weekend. Wheeeeeeeee!!!!
rurounihime: (kung fu joker)
Yeah, so I MIGHT be a huge Batman fan. >.>

Just posted pics from my The Dark Knight Rises party on Sunday. On the menu were The Creped Crusader (with Ra's al Ghulberry filling if desired) and these lurvely cupcakes created by me and my sis.

My favorite cupcakes, you ask?

Wanna see a magic trick? TADAAAAAAA!!!
rurounihime: (speak friend)
Hey guys and dolls! Come on over to my other livejournal and tell me your rules for storytelling! I'm compiling a list of rules from writers AND readers.
rurounihime: (saucy)
Thank you so much to my birthday buddy [ profile] nenne for the lovely tower of gifts, and to my birthday-buddy-minus-one-day [ profile] oldenuf2nb for the bear hugs! *GLOMP*
rurounihime: (Default)
Hiya all,

Anyone know why my most recent posts on my new unpaid account are staying hidden from my lj's main page for up to a day after I post them?

If I'm signed in, I can see all the posts immediately, but as soon as I sign out, the most recent post just vanishes. The posts themselves seem perfectly accessible by outside link, even when I'm signed out, but they don't appear on my journal's main page for a long time after I post them. I've already checked my journal settings and whether or not I accidentally locked the posts in question. Everything looks shipshape.

Is this a side effect of lj's new "we're going to fix ALL the things" attempts?

Any help is appreciated, as I want people from outside lj to be able to see my posts, should they just pop onto my journal for a look-see.

Thank you so much!
rurounihime: (dear lj)
Darn Unitologists. You've ruined ALL the things. *esploded for the eleventy-third time by a singing whale necromorph*

Also, when did Silent Hill send their babies to be baptized anyway?


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