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.
Currently you're looking at layout 3.0, let's call it, uh, minimalism. Featured heavily is the font Adam, as well as the less stylish Google Font Zilla Slab, and the even un-stylish-er Century Gothic. I have to credit the fonts first because the layout is largely fonts, though the charming speech bubbles from Vitek Prchal's collection add a lot, as does the lovely window you're reading is courtesy of FancyBox 3.0. The central flower is plucked from Denise Anne's Darling Days collection. All of the icons used throughout are credited to Freepik.
Specifically, the construction and theme of this layout was inspired by the Flower Garden Layout Marathon at the Rose Keep. There were three keywords: bloom; greenery; fresh start. Obviously I went heavy on fresh start, after a disastrous few hours trying to mash Sailor Jupiter into a collage with Napoleon and a storm of roses, so I veered off into the other side of my aesthetic, big blocks, large fonts, pink. Though I go slack jawed at Scandinavian interior decorating, I'm a more is more girl to the core; I tried to tame that part of myself, trim down somewhat will doing something more challenging in terms of execution. Or perhaps I should say I tried for a different sense of more. I like when each part of a design feels specific, when things move when I hover them, and I hope you'll see that at work here. There's a single conciliatory bloom if you hover dead center — beyond that, this was a raze and burn operation.
Note also that my 404 page features Michiko Shibata of Please Love the Useless Me, in one of her frequent poses of shock, with the fonts Amethyst and Chunky Funks. The subtle patterns that appears are from, suitably enough, Subtle Patterns. It's a good thing.
The original recipe featured Cath and Kaho from Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight. It was red, and gray, and totally effin' simple. I wanted something more complicated for 2.0, certainly more color, but Momodora was an important game for me, and I've tried to carry on the tradition of only cementing things that I consider meaningful in my domain layouts.
My second attempt featured Bee & Puppycat of the eponymous animated and comic series. While almost-not-quite unemployed, I discovered Bee, who works for a transdimensional temping agency with her ferociously adorable cat. I got a lot of lovely feedback from my friends at Amassment regarding the CMYK color scheme and the layout.
In contrast, 3.0 is much more sedate, at least in color and subject matter. It's texty, big time! What I've found, as I've gone on to design more sites, is that I really love when things change as you hover over them; this layout is a little love song to my own pet pleasure in web design. What it lacks in visual punch I hope it makes up for with increased interactivity. Regrettably it looks terrible on anything that isn't essentially a desktop computer with a big honking monitor — pace Larissa.