» Because only Vin Diesel could ever be ridiculously nerdy enough to attend the UK world premiere red carpet for Guardians of the Galaxy wearing a “I am Groot” t-shirt and walking on stilts
/spends an embarrassingly long time drawing an answer to a simple question
I talked a lot with friend & fellow-comicker Steph and she helped me organise this a lot, so hopefully something here is helpful for you guys!
Getting a website or what resolution/size you wanna draw your pages and things like that are good to think about, too, but I think those things are secondary! The most important thing is to GO FOR ITTTTTT!!!
Also, you can always use tumblr for a website until you get that figured out. Here’s a tumblr theme for comics Steph pointed out to me!
Rule #1, always post the rules.
Rule #2, answer the questions the person who tagged you asked, then write 11 new ones.
Rule #3, tag 11 people then link them in the post.
Rule #4, tell them you tagged them.
Rule #5, tell the person that tagged you when you’ve answered the questions.
1. Do you have a book/TV show/movie you just keep coming back to?
Absolutely. Black Jewels Trilogy (or Series now, I suppose), by Anne Bishop. They’re comfort books, which is weird because they deal with a lot of very unpleasant topics in problematic ways and the beginning of the series is honestly not super well written. There is, however, a kernel of an idea in them that I have legitimately never found in any other book series and I the way it’s explored keeps me returning again and again.
Otherwise… I can’t get enough of Fifth Element and I’m distressed that Leverage is over, and if you want to talk about movies I can finish and immediately restart, those are Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle in addition to Fifth Element.
2. Any new hobbies lately?
Lately? Dragons. I’ve been playing Flight Rising and it has nommed my free time. Omnom. I also picked up WoW again and I log in a couple of times a week. Mostly dragons, though. I knew it would take over my life as soon as the registration window opened and I was not wrong.
3. Your favorite/most effective mental health practice?
Oh, this is an interesting question.
Hrm. My most effective (if not one I use too often) is actually stream of consciousness writing. I have word files, notepad files, physical notebooks, and a handful of private journalling websites that I have filled, over the years, with unformed rants. They’re not stories, they have no internal logic, they’re just pages and pages of words detailing every aspect of why I’m anxious or upset. It gives them shape and form, and for some reason when I put something down on paper my brain decides it’s allowed to breathe and forget. Some of my earliest ones I printed out from notepad on the family computer and hid. Later ones are on http://750words.com/, which is glorious because times how fast you can reach 750 words while you’re streaming, so it encourages less thinking and more just letting things flow.
My FAVORITE mental health practice, however, is grounding myself. I’m kind of tall and beefy, and I connect very strongly (personalitywise) with stone. So I will wander out somewhere where I can touch the ground or a big fuckoff rock, and commune with nature. It’s a little bit actual meditation and a little bit just, “Hello, rock-friend, may I borrow your strength? Have some of my human-living-creature energy and warmth in exchange.” It’s just very freeing, because it’s just slightly ridiculous. To concentrate and focus on something that feels silly to me takes the burden off of being… right? Acceptable? Perfect? Me and this rock are having a party and nobody else is invited and it always makes me so happy.
4. If you’re in fandom, how did you get started? If not, tell us about another nerdy thing you do.
I blame Doctor Who. (Oh god yes, I’m in fandom.) I watched the first four of the modern series in about two weeks and craved more, so I hunted up tumblr and joined formal fandom. Fandomentanglement was originally a doctor who/crossover blog. (Ahaha… ahahaha. XD) I’ve since moved on from Who for Reasons, but that was my first foray into the modern incarnation of social media fandom.
Before that I did Pern and Black Jewels. I spent several years on a Pern Moo playing a bronzerider (that was… an experience), and I frequented BJT forum roleplays. Before Tumblr, my encounters with fandom were /always/ roleplay. I fall in love with worlds, not characters, and I seek out novels and movies and stories that provide me with that more than characters I can connect with. It’s honestly only been recently that I’ve started to blend my love of worlds into exploring characters by writing shitloads of AUs. :)
5. Do you cook? If yes, make any recipes people just rave over? If no, what is your favorite homecooked food/meal?
*wheezes* I have a -15 in my Kitchen Skill, though I’ve skilled up a little bit recently. So far, I don’t have any ‘you HAVE to make this food’ thing, though I’m rather fond of my chocolate avocado cake thank you very much, so I can only really say what my favorite homecookeds are. I’m a huge fan of Beef and Barley Stew that my mom makes, I will kill for the pavlova that Gen makes as well as her tiny sweet-onion-and-cheese savory croissant pastry THINGS, and even if it’s simple and comes from a can, I really like green bean casserole and will eat it in vast, unhealthy quantities.
6. What’s your biggest flaw? How have you tried to fix it?
My flaws. Oh honey. I have so many flaws. If I were forced to name one, though… I’d probably say my Obliviousness. I have to make a deliberate effort to be observant, and I often joke that I have a goldfish memory simply because I dump things that my brain decides I don’t need to care about. This could be important things like deadlines (urk) or special considerations I need to make for friends (they hate… mayo? Or was that guacamole?) or events that I had whole conversations about and then forgot were approaching (T_T introvert me didn’t prepare properly).
Being Oblivious has it’s perks, like cliques in HS didn’t really dent me, a lot of normal types of interpersonal crises/drama fly right over my head, and I can ditch a portion of my anxiety by cultivating a dashboard full of kittens, but it’s so often accompanied by careless cruelty that it’s almost not worth it. I /forget/ to tell people things. Events. How much I appreciate them. Things that I intended to communicate and don’t realize are crucial. Obliviousness is probably the absolute worst trait for someone else with anxiety to encounter, and my flavor is exquisitely self-involved.
To counteract this trait, have a bunch of… cultivated habits, I guess you’d call them? Always thank people. For everything. At the first sign that I am grateful and that they’ve expended effort. Be upfront about communication to the point of being blunt and slightly awkward. Keep notes about stuff that other people find important. Try and focus on people if I must focus on something. Observe and read emotions, especially body language and tone of voice. Have a ‘transparency’ policy with respect to relationships. Mention things as soon as they happen, because I will absolutely forget about something if it’s longer than a day since the occurrence. /Fix/ things with people as soon as they break, otherwise my coping mechanism of ignoring something until it goes away will rear it’s ugly head.
Of all the ways I’ve counteracted my Obliviousness, though, I think non-defensive listening is probably the most useful. If someone is telling me something, or bringing something to my attention, I reroute my defensiveness into internal reasoning, because a lot of times if someone has a problem? I’m abso-fuckng-lutely at fault because I’m careless with people. If I can’t reroute my defensiveness and I can tell that I’m not going to be able to, I inform the person: ‘I’m getting super defensive, so I’m not going to say much.’, I perform damage control, ‘here is the situation, here’s how I can help you right now’, and I delay my response, ‘I need to take time to work through this, but I’ll get back to you at this prearranged time.’
It’s taken me a zillion years to get to this point, of course, but now that I’ve worked it out through trial and error, it seems to help. :)
7. Favorite candy?
Everlasting Gobstoppers. Gummi worms are a close second.
8. Name something you absolutely must do in the next ten years.
Make a living by writing, and by ‘living’, I mean ‘all my monthly expenses plus enough money to go out to dinner without worrying about my bank account’. :)
9. What piece of clothing in your closet do you want to keep forever?
Er… um, so I’m not really super attached to clothing. Oh! My leather jacket.
So I have this jacket, and it’s quite large on me, but it’s a non-falling-apart replica of the one I stole from my dad and wore all through high school. I just love it and it makes me think fondly of my dad. We’re both super undemonstrative and very introverted, so any little point of personal connection is very valuable to me. :)
10. What’s your favorite type of tea?
Vanilla Rooibos, hands down. I love anything with vanilla in it, but ESPECIALLY tea. I am also fond of vanilla in black tea, and - as sort of an outlier - Son of Coul tea from Adagio.
11. What’s your Chinese Zodiac Sign? Does it fit? Do you care?
Chinese Zodiac. Oh. o_O I was going to go on this big long rant about Libra, but no. Right. Ahem.
I was born in the year of the Rat. When I was growing up, I was always mildly disappointed with this, because rats, man. I didn’t know nothing about rats. Two things happened: I learned about pet rats, and I watched Fruits Basket. I discovered that there’s a whole Thing about intelligence and tenacity and artisticness, and a whole slew of positive traits. And, sure, it fits. So do the flaws, in part, with critical, selfish, and manipulative.
Do I /care/, though? Not really. I mean, I cared enough to be disappointed and glad now that I’ve come to terms with it, but in the grand scheme of things it really has no impact on my life. :) I mostly think that astrological classifications are broad enough to apply to anyone and narrow enough to be distinguishable from others.
1. If you were a dragon, what color would your scales be and what would be your element?
2. Is there a particular heirloom in your family that you are fond of, and do you have a story about why?
3. What is that one unique thing (fandom, topic, favorite animal/hobby/kink) on your dash that you ALWAYS KNOW will be from a particular blog, like they’re showing you a whole different side of tumblr that you never would have seen otherwise?
4. What is your favorite trope in fanfiction or other fiction? What is the thing that makes a movie or tv show something you absolutely must see? Feel free to answer both or only one. :)
5. If you could tell someone you were allergic to something and they would remove it from your life forever, what would it be?
6. What is one thing you wish you had told or taught eight-year-old you?
7. What is the thing currently occupying your free time?
8. If you had three months, right now, where you had no obligations and all your expenses paid, what would YOU do on your summer vacation?
9. What is the last thing you drew?
10. If you could launch your own Alternate Earth, what is the one thing you’d change about history that would make your new Alternate Earth possible?
11. What is your favorite character archetype and what about that archetype makes you like them so much? Any examples of characters that fit?
it doesn’t matter how many “pretend to be dating” fics i read, i’m always fucking in it headfirst every time and i fall for that shit every time. i know the pattern i know the plot twists i know what’s gonna happen but every single fucking time i’m fucking on the edge of my seat wide-eyed whispering like “what’s gonna happen are they gonna fall in love” to myself like of course they are you fucking idiot this happens EVERY TIME but as soon as i see the description and it’s like “x person and x person pretend to do the dating” it’s eternal sunshine of the stupidest fucking mind over here
The language spoken by Leeloo was invented by director Luc Besson and further refined by Milla Jovovich. By the end of filming they were able to have full conversations in this language.
The Fifth Element (1997)
Each workout lasts the length of the song paired with it. So put on your sports anime playlist and let’s go!
You don’t need ANY equipment for this routine - heck, you can do this in bare feet and pajamas if you want to! It doesn’t take much room, either, so it’s perfect if you’re stuck in a tiny dorm or otherwise small living space.
Try to rest as little as possible between each move to finish when the song does. If you find yourself wanting to quit, don’t give up! Remember, Onoda didn’t quit when he had to pass 100 other racers to reach the rest of Sohoku, and neither did Seirin when they were facing Yosen and it seemed like all was lost. Push yourself to be the very best you can be!
PLAYLISTCardio: Yowamushi Pedal - "Be As One"
Strength: Kuroko no Basket - "Fantastic Tune"
Freestyle: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - "Rage On"
Launch: Haikyuu!! - "Tenchi Gaeshi"
And if you’ve still got energy left and feel like you can keep going, feel free to hit the bonus round:Cardio Burnout: Shingeki no Kyojin - "Guren no Yumiya"
It’s not sports anime, but you will feel like a total badass who can slay Titans by the time you’re done.
Peggy Carter asking to see the recruitment sheets for SHIELD as soon as she’s in charge and some lower down saying “she doesn’t need to” and Peggy INSISTING.
Peggy asking why SHIELD recruits 99.9% men.
Peggy getting bullshit responses like “women just aren’t interested” or “women don’t have the necessary skills”.
Peggy Carter personally going to universities and high schools and handpicking female agents for their test scores, for their can do attitude, fuck sometimes even because they look at her the wrong way.
Peggy Carter coming down like a tonne of bricks on sexual harassment complaints and educating the fuck out of male SHIELD agents.
Another piece for Imagined Realms!
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I see a lot of art and fanfic showing AUs of highschool, college, etc. where Bucky is the naughty, sexy bad boy. That’s all awesome, I’m not criticizing, I love those stories too. I’m just…extrapolating, I guess.
I mean, the Winter Soldier IS a bad boy, all emo with the hair and the amnesia and the metal arm. I think we can all agree that he needs a good spanking. (Just me? No?)
But MCU Bucky Barnes? At least from what we see in the movies, he’s a stand up guy. He enlisted and didn’t get kicked out; he served honorably up until his “death”; he may have been a scoundrel with the ladies but that’s barely suggested, I mean, double dating would not be considered risque for two guys in their early 20s in 1942. His idea of a good time is not a dive bar but a family-friendly technology fair.
Steve on the other hand, he’s going around with a chip on his shoulder, starting fights he can’t finish, and trying to defraud the military by lying about his identity MORE THAN ONCE in an effort to enlist. His first military engagement happened because he directly disobeyed orders and went AWOL, two court-martial offenses.
No, it’s not Bucky Barnes, punk. It’s Bucky Barnes, letter man and quarterback with a great attendance record and glowing report cards and is head of the Science Club. But he keeps getting hassled because he’s hanging around with that disreputable Rogers kid who is probably queer and thinks he’s an “artist” and has weird piercings and was last seen ditching class in order stand guard outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic or getting into a fight with the police at an Occupy Movement rally.
"Seriously, Barnes, you could do better." — every adult within five miles of Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers.