Bienvenue and how-do-you-do, you've found me times — which is to say you've found RAYGUNSUE dot organization, a site by me, an irritating narrator and halfwit designer named Sophia. It's called a collective because I collect things that I've made here; it's called the Puer Aeturnus Organization because I've got lofty aspirations that I hope to make a reality.
“And you collect what, exactly?” Fansites of my own devising, making me a fortiori a fan. If you've never seen such a place, get to the bottom of the page and deep-dive; there's a whole world of hobbyist webdesign as an act of love. ♥
Technically I registered this domain in late 2014, then paid a hundred dollars a year to do nothing with it on GoDaddy. (I've since transferred everything to Dreamhost.) The name, “raygunsue”, is one of my default usernames, along with “friedectoplasm” and “quidprocrow.” The last I stole from Kay Ryan's poetry, the second I stole from the Descendants, but Ray Gun Sue is my own cheap devising. I know it's used furniture, but having grown up on a rural Pennsylvania horse farm while wanting desperately to be a 21st century woman, space-western is an appealing theme to me.
Seemingly without clear genealogy, many personal collectives have subtitles: The Epic Something-or-Rather Network, or, in this case, The Puer Aeternus Organization. Sheila Heti put this work by Mary Louise Franz on her list of surprise self-help books, a Jungian psychologist trying to explain what's tricky about the archetype that energetically begins projects without finishing them. Hands up if that's uncomfortably accurate. () It ends up being an ode to hard work. Naming my collective after that is me nodding and rolling my sleeves: yeah, I've got the beginner's eagerness; and I'm gonna put my nose to the grindstone. Boo-ya.
Version 4.0 primarily features Junebug and Johnny from Kentucky Route Zero. Apparently I'm a sucker for a lady on a motorcycle. “Pretty” graphic design is my weakness, so it fits snugly into my trend of geometric shapes splattered with subtle patterns, but I hope to make the layout evoke the beautiful game — a point-and-click surrealist experience, with a unique polygonal art style that participates in the player's experience. As your perspective shifts, the polygons themselves congeal into different shapes, different things, making gameplay a disorienting and gorgeous experience. Play it.
VOX POPULI 14 MARCH 2017
#shrine #badassbitches #dystopia #transistor #supergiantgames #ladiesonmotorcycles
BOMBSHELL 14 MAY 2017
#shrine #badassbitches #instructor #finalfantasy #misslonelyhearts #feelings
URSA MAJOR 12 JUNE 2017
#shrine-in-progress #fanlisting #512kg #overwatch #nationalism #soldier4life #h8robotz #togetherwearestrong
PERDURE 15 OCT 2017
#shrine-in-progress #fanlisting #horny #notthatway #pyre #nationalism #soldier4life #h8harps #supergiantgames
PLORT 15 OCT 2017
#fanlisting #pure #slimerancher #spacewestern #muteprotagonist #spacepoop
FAVE 28 OCT 2017
#directory #tldrfriendly #listyrfavoriteshrine #readothers #popcornemoji
SPINSTER 29 NOV 2017
#shrine-in-progress #romance #steampunk #steamy #bodicerippers #seriesshrine #nosuchthingasaguiltypleasure
The titular Sue, except Sophie Sue, except Sophia. Clear as mud? I grew up being called Muffin Sue by my mother, Sylvia by my father, with a birth certificate that said Sophia and a classroom of kids dropping the last vowel to Sophie. I have a graduate degree in philosophy, two red-eyed rabbits, a career in roller derby forestalled by a bum hip, a PC I built myself like so many expensive legos, and a giant collection of giant earrings. INFJ. Hufflepuff. Chaotic neutral. Not an optimist, but a meliorist: with effort, the world gets better.
Truly, thank you for visiting. ♥ Should you have any thoughts, good, bad, or ugly, please do share them with me. Below find affiliates, link exchanges, and plain-old folks I admire.... but first, some close friends, who are all three but especially admired.
Benevolent, diligent, eternally willing to lend a hand or critical eye. Queen of mid-afternoon twitter sympathy.
Brilliant, thorough, thoughtful. Ready with the bullwhip when you're feeling lazy, or the kind word.
Fierce, frank, l33t, and deeply caring. Intimidatingly well-versed in everything — but uses that to be inviting.
Motivated and multi-dimensionally creative. Checks in with a chamomile tea whenever I'm at my lowest.
Hilarious, sneaky, super sus. Stands in front of me when I glitch out of an FPS so we can die together.
Sincere, sweet, optimistic and rooted. Witty. Fabulous design sense. Loves big butts and cannot lie.
Manically productive, easy to talk to, politically engaged. Keen artistic sense and a great laugh. Terrible driver.
Once more unto the breach,
dear friends, once more