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We've all seen our share of scams and fake deaths in fandom. It's reasonable to have doubts, it's reasonable to be wary. It's reasonable to want verification. I do understand that.

It is not reasonable to decide that in the absence of concrete evidence that meets your standards, you will embark on conjuring up elaborate conspiracy theories and baseless accusations that mock the dead and bereaved, with no justification beyond not being 100% certain that someone's story is true.

In response to people who fall into the first camp, it may reassure you to know that I attended [personal profile] fizzyblogic's funeral this week, where I met his family and paid my respects. I spent time with [personal profile] leanwellback, who thanks to your generosity is now in a better position to keep his home and take care of himself and his cats (who are, incidentally, very adorable) while he deals with his grief and starts looking for work.

In response to the people who engaged in the second sort of behaviour, I really have nothing to say to you. If you were genuinely concerned about verifying James's story, there are any number of people you could have approached, myself included. I hope that people who know me know that I'd never push for a cause this strongly if I wasn't certain it was true. Instead, you've ended up hurting people who are already in pain, so good job.

Comments closed - I really don't want to stoke this fire any more. If you continue to have concerns, I'm not sure what I can do about that beyond giving you my word, but you are welcome to contact me privately if you would like.

And to the vast majority of people who've been nothing but kind during all of this: thank you. ♥
such_heights: a hand cupping a candle (stock: candle)
The aftermath of [personal profile] fizzyblogic's death has been awful in all kinds of ways. For his partner, [personal profile] leanwellback, one of those ways has been financial. James has written about his situation here on tumblr and asked for help so that he can support himself and their cats while he looks for work.

I can't bear the thought of James having to worry about putting food on the table on top of everything else.

So! I am accepting commissions. If you have some money to spare and can make a donation, I will make you a thing! I've tried to come up with a Kickstarter-style sliding scale of incentives (say that three times fast), from ficlets to multifandom fanvids.

Available fandoms and prices below. If you've already donated, you can absolutely still commission something.

Available media: fic, vids, podfic
Possibly also available: icons, graphics/gifs, rec lists, fanmixes, meta, anything else you can think of that I might be able to do.

Examples of my work: fanworks masterlist | tag list | AO3 account | tumblr graphics & gifs

more details )

Number of commission slots: we'll see how it goes. If I get lots of requests, I may close this. If you'd like to tell me about an idea to make sure I'll be able to do it, please do ask.

To commission something, leave a comment/email me at such.heights at gmail.com.

Donate here


Signal boosts of James's original post are also hugely appreciated. <3
such_heights: a hand cupping a candle (stock: candle)
[personal profile] leanwellback has written about [personal profile] fizzyblogic's passing here, and set up [community profile] inmemoryofjason for the people who knew him to share messages and memories.
such_heights: a hand cupping a candle (stock: candle)
I am tremendously sorry to write that [personal profile] fizzyblogic passed away earlier today. Via his husband's twitter feed, [twitter.com profile] leanwellback, it looks like he was rushed to hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning, and today he was gone. He was 28 years old.

On Wednesday night, we were discussing an idea for a story he was thinking of writing. It breaks my heart that I'm never going to read it.

Jason was a wonderful member of the fannish community. He was endlessly kind, supportive and caring, as well as full of creativity and enthusiasm for the things that he loved. Every entry in his journal is a testament to his wholehearted passion for stories, for art, and for his loved ones. He went out of his way to be good to me on so many occasions, and it has been an honour and a joy to consider him a friend. I will miss him very much.

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