...but I'm not sure how would be best.

It's for my Silver and Cold comic - which is in no danger of cancellation or interest loss on my end - but... There's just stuff about it I'd like to bounce off of someone else.

To the prattle! )
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.


This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.


It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.



---------

Agents? Publishers? Listen to me carefully: GAY PEOPLE BUY NOVELS, TOO. Whatever straight readers you may lose to including ONE gay character when FOUR others are hetero, you're going to get back double or triple from gay readers who are thrilled to have a romance they can actually relate to for once. Why would you continue to ignore and erase a virtually untapped demographic WITH MONEY TO SPEND ON YOUR BOOKS?

One day, you're going to realize that this behavior is no different than telling an author to remove a character just because they're black, or female, or Jewish. When that day comes, you're going to be kicking yourselves for years over all the potential sales you've lost, just because you had to hold fast to outdated and bigoted views. What people can or cannot read is not and never will be up to you. This story WILL get out and be told, one way or another. You aren't "protecting" anyone. What IS up to you is whether you'll be the publishers and agents to profit from it, or if you'll just sit back and allow another firm to rake in the cash from an unexpected best seller.

You're business people, right?
On GoS' Wishing Tree in recent weeks, there was a request for some AF woodland nymph clothing by Sherabim on MTS to be converted for AM use. That request has been removed by mod housekeeping because I'm slow and utterly suck.

If it was your request or you remember whose it was: I am working on it and I will finish it. I found a very nice AF mesh to redo the Sherabim textures on, as well, that doesn't have the odd tip-toe effect of the original. It's the same alpha skirt I'm converting, in fact. I'd like to see if I can make the AM version's skirt longer for later versatility, but it will at least accommodate the leaves and vines as it is.

But in the end, I'm terribly sorry it's taking so long. It's stupid for taking so long, really, because I want the final products, too x_x

crabofdoom: (wat?)
( Dec. 18th, 2010 01:18 pm)
As you can tell by the sudden absence of several images here, the related photobucket account that is hosting them has exceeded its bandwidth. This is actually the first time I've ever had a PB account (I have three) do such a thing. What could have caused this phenomenon?

I used this particular account to host the preview shots for my advent day on GoS. The thread overall appears to be far more active than I had anticipated. Whoops.

Anyhow, I'm going to reload the advent pics to another host, but the pictures that are missing here will remain in place and should return around January 1st or so. I'm still trying to work on my secret santa project, have already lost two days' time to moving furniture at home and don't feel like wasting a third swapping pictures around to solve a temporary problem.

My apologies if you cannot see something that piqued your interest, but the advent calendar has killed a third of my online visibility XD
crabofdoom: (WHAT)
( Dec. 18th, 2010 12:55 pm)
As you can tell by the sudden absence of several images here - including my header and my lovely two-piece self-promotional buttons in my GoS signature - the related photobucket account that is hosting them has exceeded its bandwidth. This is actually the first time I've ever had a PB account (I have three) do such a thing. What could have caused this phenomenon?

I used this particular account to host the preview shots for my advent day on GoS. The thread overall appears to be far more active than I had anticipated. Whoops.

Anyhow, I'm going to reload the advent pics to another host, but the pictures that are missing here will remain in place and should return around January 1st or so. I'm still trying to work on my secret santa project, have already lost two days' time to moving furniture at home and don't feel like wasting a third swapping pictures around to solve a temporary problem.

My apologies if you came, looking to download and cannot see something that piqued your interest, but the advent calendar has killed a third of my online visibility XD
Between packing up a TARDIS-like townhouse and moving its contents across state lines, I've completely missed out on contributing to GoS' Retro 20th Centry theme. This bums me, but does not prevent me from making things on my own, of course. I was hoping to come up with things that were more based throughout the 1910s, 20s, 30s and early 40s.

Why I'm posting about this here is I'd like some suggestions from other interested parties on what sort of things would make a room look appropriate for any of the above mentioned periods for you. Clocks? Radios? Vases? Essential furniture? If you know of a picture of what you have in mind, that'd be great, too. But yeah, looking for suggestions. I found a couple weeks ago that lileks.com has a whole section of the site dedicated to commercial artwork and photos from the 30s, so I've been trying to glean inspiration from that.

My strengths, such as they are, lie with deco objects and simple furniture, maybe head accessories - hairs and clothing are out of my league. I can't guarantee that I'll make every suggestion or give an ETA on when it'll get done, but I definitely want to make up for the lost month. Some of the things I've already been considering are some manner of Hoosier cabinet, top-motor refrigerators, older stoves, that kind of thing, so if you either want to elaborate on these or suggest other objects from the first forty-five years, please feel free!
crabofdoom: (Default)
( May. 3rd, 2010 06:27 pm)

Once GoS is back, be prepared! An entry on jenfold's journal doth declare the winning theme to be the Apocalypse! So go ahead and plot out your goodies to make your sims' lives hell, since none of us can throttle TSR 'cause it doesn't have a corporeal form and stuff. Living well is the best revenge, so think up something awesome to make them seeth with jealousy that you are a free creator and they aren't getting a dime for your superior talents.

And if you know any GoSlings who don't hang around LJ or DW, do let them know, as well.
crabofdoom: (kill everyone)
( May. 3rd, 2010 06:26 pm)
Once GoS is back, be prepared! An entry on jenfold's journal doth declare the winning theme to be the Apocalypse! So go ahead and plot out your goodies to make your sims' lives hell, since none of us can throttle TSR 'cause it doesn't have a corporeal form and stuff. Living well is the best revenge, so think up something awesome to make them seeth with jealousy that you are a free creator and they aren't getting a dime for your superior talents.

And if you know any GoSlings who don't hang around LJ or DW, do let them know, as well.
With my unerring attention to detail, It's really amazing I haven't blown myself up before now.

So, yes - Presario F700 went kaput, and sold on eBay for $115 for the parts, so that's the end of that. The guy who builds his own towers had recently sold off all of his extra parts, as well, so that left my best option as buying the clone of my best friend's laptop. So, I did.

He's an MSI GX630, black with red trim, and I named him Reno. He still has Vista, but as I don't know whether ComicWorks, Sims 2 or Milkshape will run on Windows 7, that's probably for the best right now. He's done great, right out of the box, except that I couldn't get his wifi card to pick up a signal from my router. Turns out, though, that I just couldn't read my own writing and kept reading "b" in the password as "6". Once I realized I was doing it twice in the code? Works just fine. *relieved headdesk*

I think I only have ComicWorks and my Sims games to reinstall, then life will be mostly back to normal x_x
The gist:
they have not been abandoned.

The explanation:
well, there isn't  much of one. My Gadwin snapshots have piled up on me again - Almost 200 for Mako City and 100+ for Easy to Please - and at about these levels, I'd prefer to scream and flail than approach them maturely and sort them down into story-sized folders (and actually write all the text.) Added to that, I wanted to switch houses for the EtP couple, and have to figure out how to keep continuity. Hooray for me and my fickleness.

So, that's pretty much it, and I'll try to get to new installments soon. If you read, thanks immensely!
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