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.

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PATRONESS BABA YAGA

THE DOMAIN

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.

PUER AETERNUS

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.

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FOUR POINT OH

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.

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THE NETWORK

VOX POPULI 14 MARCH 2017

/RED

#shrine #badassbitches #dystopia #transistor #supergiantgames #ladiesonmotorcycles

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BOMBSHELL 14 MAY 2017

/QUISTIS

#shrine #badassbitches #instructor #finalfantasy #misslonelyhearts #feelings

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URSA MAJOR 12 JUNE 2017

/ZARYA

#shrine-in-progress #fanlisting #512kg #overwatch #nationalism #soldier4life #h8robotz #togetherwearestrong

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PERDURE 15 OCT 2017

/JODARIEL

#shrine-in-progress #fanlisting #horny #notthatway #pyre #nationalism #soldier4life #h8harps #supergiantgames

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PLORT 15 OCT 2017

/SLIME

#fanlisting #pure #slimerancher #spacewestern #muteprotagonist #spacepoop

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FAVE 28 OCT 2017

/FAVE

#directory #tldrfriendly #listyrfavoriteshrine #readothers #popcornemoji

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PROJECTS

  • Shrine: Keladry - Protector of the Small .
  • Shrine: Urdnot Wrex - Mass Effect.
  • Shrine: Bea - Night in the Woods.
  • Shrine: secret - Final Fantasy VI.
  • Shrine: Iron Seas book series.
  • Directory: hobbyist collective subtitles.

THE GIRL

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.

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THE BREACH

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.

Masao
@shinshoku
Benevolent, diligent, eternally willing to lend a hand or critical eye. Queen of mid-afternoon twitter sympathy.
#plumwine
Lethe
@oubliette
Brilliant, thorough, thoughtful. Ready with the bullwhip when you're feeling lazy, or the kind word.
#tldr
Larissa
@redcrown
Fierce, frank, l33t, and deeply caring. Intimidatingly well-versed in everything — but uses that to be inviting.
#masseffectreplay
Chibi
@eternalwings
Motivated and multi-dimensionally creative. Checks in with a chamomile tea whenever I'm at my lowest.
#henrycavill
Emily
@catnox
Hilarious, sneaky, super sus. Stands in front of me when I glitch out of an FPS so we can die together.
#sk
Aku
@nunyabsns
Sincere, sweet, optimistic and rooted. Witty. Fabulous design sense. Loves big butts and cannot lie.
#peachemoji
Stefi
@blizzara
Manically productive, easy to talk to, politically engaged. Keen artistic sense and a great laugh. Terrible driver.
#voltronfanfic
Once more unto the breach,
dear friends, once more
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE - HENRY V
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aminuetCOM
asclariaORG
ash-katCOM
asukaNU
azurelightNET
besaidORG
blizzaraORG
catnoxORG
celestialisCOM
cissneiNET
esperitsORG
eternalwingsNET
fatedUS
fictioninfictionNET
firey-wingsNET
genrouCOM
hakurenORG
inbrightestdayNET
iocane-powderNET
ishiryokuNET
jinkakuORG
kurikaeshiORG
kuroi-hoshiORG
kyouNU
ladyaiORG
liciousORG
like-knivesORG
londonboyORG
lost-boyORG
love-galaORG
missing-ninORG
nevarraORG
nymphaeNET
nyxZONE
ohmydarlingORG
oublietteNU
overskillORG
papercranesORG
piratesboardNET
potionNU
psycheNU
quicksilverNU
rayjahNET
refleraORG
redcrownNET
rigelatinNET
rinoaNU
rydiaNU
silverbloodNET
sharkboyORG
shinshokuNET
shatteredORG
skycrownORG
sky-petalsORG
snow-heartNET
sohryuNU
somnusNU
sun-crystORG
sutarodoNET
urbangeishaNET
valiantknifeORG
venusgospelNET
wild-sevenORG
withinmyworldORG
wing-heartORG
zabimaruNET
zerudaORG
Ah, ladies on motorcycles.
Apparently that's my aesthetic.
RAY GUN SUE Hobbyist collectives have lots of fun nonsense and this is another example of that: a very dramatic subtitle.
The gold star marks someone absent who I nonetheless idolized. Alex's layouts and wit are something I've been coming back to for years.
The gold star marks someone absent who I nonetheless idolized. Linh had such a distinctive writing voice and fresh design style.
The gold star marks someone absent who I nonetheless idolized. Sheila's was the collective I remembered most when I would peek back into the shrining world, perhaps because I initially hated its title character — or perhaps because her layouts are always evocative, stylish, delightfully feminine.
Look, when I stop paying for it, I'll stop mentioning it. Feel free to change the subject in 2042.
*sobs*
After I put this here, I wondered about it. I know calling women girls is infantalizing, but it's weird to think of myself as a bill-paying womyn in the context of making fansites about things I adore, given that this is my preadolescent dream.
SHERMAN & WILLA
Y'know. Just in case you forgot what the page you're looking at looks like.
Actually it's shattered-memories.org, I just didn't have enough space.
*sweatdrop*
Fave is a directory for shrine-makers to list their favorite of their works.

DIRECTORY

A directory, like a fanlisting, is fairly intuitive: it's a list of things within a particular category. I do hope to produce a few directories and cliques in the coming year, because, a bit like fanlistings, those offer services to fellow hobbyists. It helps augment one's web presence, sure, but it's also a way to give back something in a way that you enjoy. I'd like to do that, because I've been quite touched at how warm this corner of the web is.

FANLISTING

A fanlisting is exactly what it sounds like: a listing of the fans of a particular subject. These are curated by TheFanlistings.org, and their approval is seen as a kind of official stamp. These sorts of projects are approved by that organization, and will likely be nothing further than a fanlisting. That's not a bad thing — in contrast to a shrine, which involves immense work but does not offer a 'service' beyond thoughtful commentary and intensive research, a fanlisting is a great way to discover others interested in the same items you are, particularly if they're esoteric.

My interest has always been in producing shrines, but there are a few things (like dear Slime Rancher) that I love so much that I just want to be a part of the fan community for it somehow, and give back a bit.

SHRINE IN PROGRESS

Projects of this kind are things that I am working on ... in a very vague sense. That means that I am satisfied with its current web presence as a fanlisting, but that I also hope to slowly build on this. This is a combination of two things: first, I tend to just simply really like the subject; second, there may be very little information on their background. (For whatever reason, I like big women of mystery!) And since what I am feeling is a vague sense of love, it feels like enough to have a fanlisting, where my life is tending to an outpost of similar fans — rather than a many-thousand word examination of my emotiions.

So the items on the project list are technically at a higher urgency than these, and you may very well see completed versions of them first. Do feel free to bug me about that! Or if you're interested in any sort of a collaborative project (I'd love to co-shrine something), please reach out. Nothing motivates me like another person looking over my shoulder at what turns out to be trashy techno remixes and a blank document.

SHRINE

Turns out what a shrine is ... is complicated. The term itself connotes something more spiritual than its usage here intends, but a shrine is about something that the maker deemed important and wanted to direct attention to. Since this is a small corner of the world-wide-web, the motivation has to be intrinsic: this is something important to you, enough that the project's public placement amounting to nothing would still be acceptable.

Shrines, for me, a general a response to a hmm reaction, rather than pure love. In fact, the projects motivated first and foremost by adoration of the subject tend to stagnate for me, personally. For me, the most interesting thing to write is an interrogation or a record of my thought process — hence the high premium on a hmm. I can't promise that it's interesting for anyone else, but it's fun enough for me to design something and fill it up with my writing, even if nobody else reads it.