Entire revamp level achieved.

You may have noticed, but the entire Apocalypse Writers website has been going through some major changes. As I’ve been talking about in the past week or two, I’ve been thinking about making a move towards making The Writers of the Apocalypse more official and just a very slight bit more professional.

So for starters, the OOAK Leaf store is no more. No one visited it anyway, and I hate wasted memory space. (Old habit from the days of smaller drives.) However, I found myself having to install a brand-new store. I attached it to a publisher imprint name, Wôks Print, and made it the hub of most things publishing. There you will find my books, my husband’s book, and hopefully some books by other people in the future. Step 1 achieved.

Next, I had to revamp the entry portal to this website itself. I could have installed an entire ecommerce solution like so many bigger publishers have done, but if I did that I would have lost a lot of things I worked to build over the years including this blog. So for now, the portal is old-fashioned html. I tried to make it look nice, at least? I invite you to take a look at it and tell me what you think.

Then I had to go through my databases and decide what stayed and what went away. I chose to close my music blog. Music is a hobby for me, and I rarely get to do it. (Although I’m working hard towards a change for the better.) Yes, I want to make more music. Yes, I love voice acting and want to go back to it. No, I’m too busy trying to survive at this time.

I’m not going to give music and voice acting up. Ever. So I merged that blog with this one. Those of you who never knew I did these things can now find the rare voice activity easily.

Last but not least, this blog needed my attention. It’s been a long while since I’ve done any major website management, so it was long overdue. The new theme is based on the old theme I had for the voice blog with a tiny foxy touch. I almost went with a Halloween theme, but decided against it. I’m good with this for now.

I think I’m done revamping this website. I hope you like it, and that it’s easier to navigate. If I start getting overwhelmed with spam through the contact portal again I’ll have to take it back down. But we’ll see how things go.

Onward and upward.

A Red Teaching

Tonight I am thinking of regalia. I’m thinking of it because of Minnetoka moccasins.  I wore the Walmart knockoffs all my life. I have a pair now. My grandmother wore them. I’m given to understand my grandmother’s mother wore them. Maybe not, but you never know….  But the hubby and I were looking at the Minnetoka shoe company’s website tonight.

If I bought a pair, I’d buy them for my dance regalia. I don’t get to dance at powwows much anymore because of finances and health, but it’s always good to be prepared. And I’ve always wanted a genuine pair of Minnetoka’s shoes.  Minnetoka doesn’t make shoes that look particularly “Brotherton”, but being as our tribe wore shoes with those horrible pointy upwards toes I’m completely fine with that.

The result is that it would throw the style out of my regalia out of whack. Do I care? No.

My regalia is a reflection of my life journey – as is old tradition – and I’ve built it over time. The result is most of it reflects Southern styles. When I go to powwows wearing it I actually get flak about it and am often berated and treated ill for not wearing regalia that matches the local style. But this is not the way. Each piece I wear is a reflection of my experience and life journey: where I have been, where I am now, and where I am going. Parts change, parts stay the same. It was originally built based on a dream I’d had, so I chose the color white. I’m fat now and have to make new parts. I am thinking the color blue or even camouflage. But my regalia is my own. When you put someone down for their unique regalia, you are putting down their entire life. So I try not to do it. Thoughts done. Moving on.