Tuesday started out like any other Tuesday.. making the kids breakfast, then working and taking part in conference calls at my home workstation.

By the afternoon though, I was so excited as I FINALLY got my Twitch Affiliate invite! This means that I can now accept subscribers and bit donations. 

I was so happy, it was time for some celebratory selfies:

Thank you to those that take the time to watch my Twitch channel and have followed me there. If not for you viewers, I would not have qualified for Affiliate status. Now begins the task of trying to build the stream and really make something of it. I plan to do a lot of retro gaming from old computer systems, Ari Teaches.. X (meaning I show my viewers how to make a wordpress website or build a simple program, etc), IRL (In Real Life) Streams – come along with me to gaming conventions, or fandom conventions, trans advocacy streams, charity streams, and much more. 

If you follow me on tumblr or twitter and have not setup a Twitch account and followed me there yet, then please consider it. I truly think you will love Twitch, there are MANY great LGBTQ+ streamers on this platform and they have built some amazing communities. 

Here is the link to my Twitch channel. If you like the sound of what I am proposing to do with my Stream, then please consider not only following me, but also subscribing so that I can offset the time and costs spent to bring the stream to you. Also, if you are not aware.. ALL Amazon Prime subscribers get a free Twitch Prime account, and that Twitch Prime account gives you one free subscription per month! That means if you use Amazon Prime, then you can support my Stream each month without spending any additional money at all! Details for that program are here: https://twitch.amazon.com/prime

Once you set that up, just visit my page and click Subscribe – then elect to use your Twitch Prime subscription. You will need to apply that free subscription to my channel every month if you want to keep it active. Or, you can always subscribe using the traditional method and paying with paypal or credit card.

My Twitch Channel is:

http://twitch.tv/maidenariana

I will be streaming Thursday night (8/10/2017) around 8pm to begin the celebration so please join me! 

Thank you all so much! Let’s build a great community in Twitch!

-Ari

On to the Renaissance Faire! What does Star Trek have to do with the Victorian Age you ask? Well it was steampunk themed weekend at the faire, and I basically took some liberty with the time travel aspect of the theme for the weekend. Some people mix star wars and steampunk and I had this costume from Halloween so.. there you go. (I know it is a fringe steampunk thing at best). I can’t afford a steampunk outfit at the moment, okay!

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Let’s walk the faire!

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It was not long before I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of a blue police box just sitting in the corner. I almost missed it.. You know it is not everyone that actually would notice something like that..

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Alas.. there was no one with a key nearby to see what it was all about 😉

So.. we moved on. 

Later, a young man was calling to me to get my attention, but my communicator was buzzing me. It was my friend Megan whom we were trying to meet up with. So, I had to take it. The guy acted all hurt. It turns out he was one of the performers and wanted to show me something.. he had a communicator too…

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He was very tall! I was wearing my standard Starfleet issue boots of course so I was an inch taller than normal!

We met up with my other friends and had a grand old time. They talked me into joining the costume contest, but I knew I would not win as I was barely in the steampunk genre. 

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Still, I got lots of compliments from passersby. I had to return the Vulcan salutation, “Live Long and Prosper” on multiple occasions. I was told, “great dress,” “you nailed your cosplay,” etc. I was asked, “Hey, science officer! How is it you found yourself here?” To which, I answered, “..the captain went too fast around the sun!” Also, two different people told me the same joke.. “good work on leaving the red shirt at home”. One performer came up to me and said, “Let me guess.. you are on the holo-deck and you are the only one here that is real!” 

The people at Ren Faire are great. I also just got many smiles and nods as we walked around. Wives were smacking their husbands and pointing out my costume. It was a little disconcerting having all that attention, but I am getting a little better about being okay with it. In fact, I was interviewed along with two of my friends and we are on the Ren Faire Facebook page right now: https://www.facebook.com/bristol.faire/

If you scroll down to Posts and look for one with a caption “Steampunk gathering at the Bristol Renaissance Faire!“ you can find us. I was a little nervous with the camera in my face and I think it showed. But, who cares! It was fun!

We watched several shows and of course the jousting event. It was overall very nice weather, but still a bit hot in costume.

I hope you all have had a lovely day. I may stream some gaming tonight while still in my Science Officer uniform if I don’t pass out on the sofa. I am tired from lots of sun and walking and not enough liquids. After I recharge a bit I may post an announcement for the stream.

Love you tumblr!

-Ari

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My website for Transgender Advocacy and My Transition Timeline and Pictorial: http://arianadanielle.com

My Gaming Channel on Twitch, come visit the channel and help me make affiliate by following and watching if you can when I am online! Trans representation matters and there is a growing community of trans gamers on Twitch. As stated earlier, I do plan to do more than gaming on this platform (referring to positive transgender representation). http://twitch.tv/maidenariana

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ariana_T_G

My articles on HuffPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/ari-104

Time for margaritas and live music! Just waiting for my friend who is 10 minutes out. Yay for Friday!
-Ari

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My website for Transgender Advocacy and My Transition Timeline and Pictorial: http://arianadanielle.com

My Gaming Channel on Twitch, come visit the channel and help me make affiliate by following and watching if you can when I am online! Trans representation matters and there is a growing community of trans gamers on Twitch. As stated earlier, I do plan to do more than gaming on this platform (referring to positive transgender representation). http://twitch.tv/maidenariana

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ariana_T_G

My articles on HuffPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/ari-104