Welcome to the Love Gala Organization, a collective domain owned by yours truly, Destinie, that revolves around fansites based off of things that I like. If you are new to this part of the internet, you may be confused as to what the point of this site is. In short, it is a home base for all my fansite projects and a place to learn a little bit more about the mind behind them. If you are not new, then welcome and I do hope you enjoy what you see. I've spent countless hours pouring in time and energy into building sites, or "shrines", dedicated to analysing and presenting my favorite things about my favorite fictional characters. May these sites serve as insight in a creative fangirl's mind.
This layout features Vampire Princess Miyu and was a lovely gift from Masao! My domain had been in "hiatus" mode for a while until this year I felt that I wanted to revive it and continue to work on it. I was suffering with layout block, however, and Masao volunteered to make this gorgeous layout for me. Welcome back, Love-gala! (To read more about the domain and its history, as well as more about the creator, click on "Domain" to the left.) Enjoy your look around!
The Love Gala Organization is registered through Namecheap and am hosted by Todd, who has been more than generous over the years in lending me space on his web server! I moved here from a small collective entitled "Little Wonders" after my first and previous domain, uingu-boy.net expired. Partially due to lack of funds at the time and also because the name was difficult to type and spell. I wanted to move to something that expressed my affections for the topics I cared about but also something that seemed warm and welcoming, because those attributes are something that I aim to be achieve in my every day life.
I started webdesign in 1999 when the web was young and it was a simpler time where people were still exploring what the technology could do. My very first website was on the now defunct expages.com that was, essentially, a form where you could pick what you wanted to show up on the page and it would generate it for you. My very first fansite was dedicated to Beanie Babies.
Wow, how far the web has come! I took a break from fansites somewhere around 2004 but they are always apart of my internet routine. Even though these early shrines were used as a way to network with people before social networking, these days I see them on par with fanart, fanfiction, fanzines, and other fanworks. I continue to make fansites to help sharpen my web language skills, to network with other fans, and also to talk about things that I love in ways that I enjoy.
About the Webmistress
My name is Destinie, and yes, that is my given-name. I have been doing web design since 1999 and now work as a professional user experience designer, meaning: I work to create intuitive and easy to understand web interfaces, as well as graphic design and illustration. I majored in Illustration in college and aside from working on fansites, playing video games, reading manga and watching anime, I also draw and paint. To be honest, I have far too many hobbies. Hopefully my sites will give you a glimpse into the things that I love and do, so instead of continuing to babble, I thought I would highlight a few things I feel would help you understand more about me:
- I dislike writing about myself
- My Myers-Briggs result is ENFJ
- I consider myself an ambivert
- I love meeting new and interesting people
- Like my teacher, Jesus Christ, I try to be loving and compassionate every day
I fail a lot but it doesn't keep me from continuing to work on it
- I was married in 2013 to my best friend and love of my life
- I am a Breast Cancer Survivor
I'm always interested in making new friends. You are more than welcome to visit me on these various social media platforms. Please do not by shy and come say "hello"!
This layout was designed and coded by Masao. Thanks so much! ♥ Vampire Princess Miyu image from minitokyo.net, background pattern from amidnighteaparty.tumblr.com, and watercolor textures from sorrydearie.tumblr.com. Do not reuse any part of the design or code without explicit permission, thank you!
This is the heart and soul of love-gala, the network page, which houses all other websites that are officially a part of this collective. My tributes are hosted here while some other domains I own are listed as part of the collective. Love-gala.org remains as my central hub for all of my tributes/character fansites that I currently have online. There are currently 8 tributes listed at Love-gala and 1 subcollective.
A lengthy tribute to Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia. This site went live in 2008 when there were numerous other Symphonia-related sites on the web. I almost didn't make this site because of it but now I am glad that I did.
Created in 2009, Asunder is a tribute to the character Ur from the RPG for the Nintendo DS entitled Avalon Code. There is not much information to share so the shrine focus on speculation and theories.
My first ever shrine for a manga character is dedicated to Cooro from the manga series +Anima. The series and character is under appreciated and I wanted to take the time to show how much I love the topic! Debuted in 2011.
The Legend of Zelda is one of my top fandoms and Darunia is one of my favorite characters, even though he doesn't get a big role in the game(s), he leaves a lasting impression. Created in 2012 for Amassment's Minor Character Marathon.
I was inspired to work on a shrine of Link when I realized I had a severe lack of Legend of Zelda shrines in my possession. Created in early 2016, this site is a wordy analysis of Link from A Link to the Past and similar incarnations.
The following sites are listed as part of the Love Gala Organization but are not character shrines.
Tsum Tsum Collection
Here are some images if you would like to use a button or banner to link back to love-gala.org. Please remember to save all images to your own server. If you wish to see more options, click the "See More" link below. A very special thank you to everyone who has donated their time to make me some very beautiful buttons! Masao, Sarah, Dubs, Sofia, Mikari, and Neo!
Below are those who are affiliated with this domain; they are all wonderful people and get a nice little shout-out here. Affiliation is open to those I consider friends and communicate to fairly often via twitter or chat. You're more than welcome to e-mail me about a link exchange but affiliation is invitation only.
Below are links to other wonderful domains and collectives! If you have a fansite domain or collective and are interested in exchanging links, please let me know and I will add you below. These sites are all ones that I enjoy browsing pretty regularly.