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Reileen van Kaile
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What I fear most, I think, is the death of the imagination . . . If I sit still and don't do anything, the world goes on beating like a slack drum, without meaning. We must be moving, working, making dreams to run toward; the poverty of life without dreams is too horrible to imagine.
-Sylvia Plath
. b a r e . b a s i c s .
Reileen - undergrad - artist - writer - pianist - singer/songwriter - bibliophile - paganostic - south sider - flip-am - intellectual?

. f i l l i n g . i n . t h e . b l a n k s .
Reileen. That's me. 'Sup.

Undergrad. Currently attending DePaul University. Majoring in art and design.

Artist. My style is heavily anime-influenced. I usually work on the computer with Adobe Photoshop and an eight-year-old Wacom tablet. I do, however, enjoy traditional media such as pastels and paints, even though I fail rather impressively at them. For information on commissions, click here!

Writer. I usually write prose and song lyrics, but occasion I delve into poetry. My main genre is fantasy, and I've done stuff in or am planning to do stuff in regular fantasy, urban fantasy, and science fantasy.

Pianist. I've played piano since 3rd grade, but I don't have much to show for it except an apparent penchant for sight reading. And maybe a rambling rendition of Mozart's Rondo alla Turca.

Singer/songwriter. A new side of myself I've just discovered. Naturally, I currently suck at it. But I'm trying.

Bibliophile. My mom claims I was reading books at a little over a year old. As with all parental claims of childhood precociousness, this one is subject to cynicism. But I do remember always liking to read. My tastes tend towards fiction, particularly fantasy and sci-fi, but I'll give almost anything a try.

Paganostic. I'm a Hellenic Polytheist with an affinity for Artemis, but I'll always have a skeptical side. Also, Hermes has been poking at me lately.

South Sider. I'm from the South Side of Chicago. No, I don't give a shit who wins either the World Series or the Superbowl, thank ye kindly. But the South Side still rocks, you know. Because I'm from there. Q.E.D.

Flip-Am. Filipino-American. You can't deny the Pinay!

Intellectual? ...well, I can get by.

. w a r n i n g .
1. I tend to swear. A lot. As a matter of fact, I find it highly amusing. If you don't see the hilarity in four-letter words, you probably don't want to friend me.

2. While it probably won't show up as often as my penchant for swearing, I also have a tendency for off-color humor. If this makes you blush, you probably don't want to friend me.

3. I am pro-choice. I am pro-gay marriage. If any of these ideas raises your blood pressure, you probably don't want to friend me.

4. I mostly talk about frivolous things on here, such as books, my life, video games, anime, and the interwebs. If you're looking for serious business, you probably don't want to friend me. (However, while I lack the ability myself to make thoughtful, intelligent, and insightful posts, I do have the ability to link to places where such posts are located.)

5. Anyone who comes on here just to be a jackass either to me or my friends gets banhammered without apology.

. o t h e r . f u n . p l a c e s .

deviantArt: http://reileen.deviantart.com
I show off picamatures.
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/reileenvankaile
I show off mah muzak (of which there is none at the moment, sry2say).
LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/saturnaliac
I show off mah b00kz.
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ReileenVanKaile
Vids and music and stuff.
Twitter: http://twitter.com/reileenvankaile
Stalk me, creepy people.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1495697922
Just In Case.
Dreamwidth: http://reileen.dreamwidth.org
'Cause everyone else was doing it?


Writer Beware: http://accrispin.blogspot.com
A small group of professional writers owns the asses of those who would dare to scam other writers.
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com
Two smart bitches discuss romance novels with a good helping of smart, snark, style, and sexy.
Claudia's Room: http://claudiasroom.blogspot.com
A blogger fondly (or not) revisits The Babysitters' Club book series.
Slacktivist: http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/left_behind/index.html
Fred Clark snarks the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Be sure to check out his main blog too!
Seventh Sanctum: http://www.seventhsanctum.com/
Desperate writers can put their muses at the mercy of program-generated ideas.
Serendipity: http://nine.frenchboys.net/
More generators for desperate writers!
Dear Author: http://dearauthor.com/wordpress
Six devoted readers provide commentary on the romance genre with regards to fiction, publishing, and the genre itself.
Whatever: http://whatever.scalzi.com/
Sci-fi author and blogger John Scalzi writes about whatever.
National Novel Writing Month: http://www.nanowrimo.org
Write a 50,000 word novel in a 30-day month. Yes, it is as crazy as it sounds.
MangaBlog: http://www.mangablog.net/
Bringing manga news and reviews from both stateside and Japanistan.


Vienna Teng.com Official Forums: http://viennateng.com/forum
Reileen and other Vienna fans stalk Miss Teng on the interwebs. Oh, and discuss her music as well.
Vanessa Carlton | Let's Make This Our Story: http://www.freewebs.com/nessfan12/
A Vanessa Carlton fansite with downloadable sheet music.


The House of Vines: http://thehouseofvines.com/
sannion discusses the religious traditions of Hellenismos (modern Greek Paganism).
Neos Alexandria: http://www.winterscapes.com/sannion/
A Greco-Egyptian website founded and maintained by sannion.


Talk to Action: http://www.talk2action.org
People reveal the dark secrets of the dominionist Christian movement in America and other places around the world.
Angry Asian Man: http://www.angryasianman.com/angry.html
An angry Asian man takes on issues of racism in today's world with regards to all varieties of Asian.
Disgrasian: http://www.disgrasian.com/
You're a disgrace to the race! More blogging about Asian-American culture, as well as culture in general.
Shapely Prose: http://kateharding.net
Kate Harding, along with Fillyjonk and sweetmachine, blog about issues that affect the "fatosphere", as well as talking about body acceptance in general.
Tiny Nibbles: http://www.tinynibbles.com/
The website and blog of "sexpert" Violet Blue, featuring the latest on erotic photography, film, books, advice, and other such things. Not safe for work.
The Angry Black Woman: http://theangryblackwoman.com/
Blogging about politics, race, gender, and sexuality from the POV of an angry black woman. "Why are black people so angry all the time? Probably some dumb shit you did..."
Shakesville: http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/
A feminist blog, a feminist's blog, a progressive blog, a blog about nearly everything under the sun (and probably some things over it).


Fandom Wank: http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank
People mock the stupid in fandom...and there is a lot of stupid to mock.
xkcd: http://xkcd.com
Mathematical and scientific geekery combined with just the right amount of sarcasm and cynicism produces some of the cutest webcomics ever to grace the interwebs.
Superdickery: http://www.superdickery.com
Superman is a dick. And Batman is totally Not Gay.
Tokyomango: http://www.tokyomango.com
Lisa Katayama blogs about the oddities of Japan.
Penny Arcade: http://www.penny-arcade.com
gamez r teh sirius bizness.


Gothic Charm School: http://www.gothic-charm-school.com/
Half-serious, half-tongue-in-cheek lessons about being "goth"...whatever the hell that means.
Sparkle Text Generator: http://misc.inexistent.org/sparkle/
For all your obnoxious, blinking, marquee, sparkly text needs.


In no particular order.

Lip Service: http://www.lip-service.com
Really awesome (if pricy) collection of gothic/neo-victorian/clubwear fashions.
Tripp: http://www.trippnyc.com/
Another awesome collection of gothic clothes.
Demonia: http://www.demonia.co.uk/
A line of goth/punk/industrial shoes.
T.U.K.: http://tukshoes.com/
More shoes!
Goth Auctions: http://www.gothauctions.com/auction/XcAuctionPro.asp
Just as the title says.
Maruione.jp: http://maruione.jp/en/?zenid=6e79c57dd55dd080a33ce9a246cfc7a0
A portal site for various styles of Japanese fashions, from gyaru to visual kei.
Shrinkle @ Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5399789
Includes handmade, unique items and vintage finds.
Wai1222 Collection @ eBay: http://stores.ebay.com/id=56802808&ssPageName=STRK:MEFSX:SST
A Hong Kong-based eBay vendor selling visual kei/gothic lolita-style clothes.
Retroscope Fashions: http://www.retroscopefashions.com/
Gorgeous lolita and Neo-Victorian clothes.
Timeless Trends: http://timeless-trends.com/
A site that makes custom-tailored corsets.
Clockwork Couture: http://www.clockworkcouture.com/
Selling steampunk-style clothes. Not a lot of styles yet, but what they do have looks promising.
Sock Dreams: http://www.sockdreams.com/
Selling socks, gloves, and related accessories.
Urban Decay: http://www.urbandecay.com/
Bold, wild makeup shades for the daring (...or the crazy) fashionista.
Pyramid Collection: http://www.pyramidcollection.com/
Fashion, books, and gifts for the new age. Okay, yeah, so it's uber-fluffy, but sometimes one just needs some fluff, dammit.
Abaxion: http://www.abaxion.com/index.htm
Featuring an enormous selection of merchandise relating to the occult, witchcraft, and paganism.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/
Offering a varied array of hand-blended scents for body and home.
Phoophie: http://www.phoophie.com/
Super cute stationary. You cannot resist the cuteness.

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