Okay, BIG update!
Of geeks and lampshades.
Lampshading, in case you're too lazy to take the links, means this in a nutshell: Lampshade Hanging is the writers' trick of dealing with any element of the story that threatens the audience's Willing Suspension Of Disbelief-whether a very implausible plot development, or a particularly egregious use of a trope-by calling attention to it... and then moving on.
While I wouldn't say that Sasha's effeminate nature is something of an implausible plot development, it is a tropish change I've made to the runt that aims him right down the barrel of being both Bishi to an unhealthy extreme and the victim of what some would call fetish fuel in some social circles. But there is explanation that I will go into further down the road. But I'm just getting this out of the way now. ^___^
Oh yeah! People! I do speedy commissions! Drop on by Ustream, the specific link is HERE! I am on during the week days between 10AM and 4PM Mountain Time, and then I try to hop back on at 8:30 til about 11:30 at night. So if you want fast (in about an hour) and effective (just $8 for black and white) art, there is your place! Don't make me beg. =-0