....sort of but not really

Character Drabbles


Arthur Kirkland: Is 23 years old, acts like he’s 60. Graduate student. Bachelor’s in English Literature; doctorate’s in sarcasm. Is the king of losing things and life seems to have a knack for making him miserable. Now owns a tea shop in his hometown; his cross and his passion. No one ever seems to want to buy his homemade pastries at the shop, which confuses him because his blueberry scones are bloody fantastic. People keep mistaking his shop for a café; he tends to snap at these people.

Alfred Foster Jones: Is 19 years old, acts like he’s 12. Went from prodigal son to family rebel in the blink of an eye ‘cause he was tired of having his old man trying to live through him. Is now a freshman in THE Oxford University; feels like Harry Potter. Majoring in Astronomy and Physics, lives off coffee and ramen, is roommate to a dude who is very Awesome and very unBritish and who sometimes comes back to the dorm drunk but that’s okay. Is very confused by British slang. Why does that guy in his History class keep calling him a skive? What the heck’s a quid? Why do people have interpersonal relationships with their onions? Bollocks are balls? Who the hell is Bob??????? 



I’m kinda late on that update, so have some scribbly character drabbles instead!

I am very much not British and thus have no idea if the slang I used is up to date and stuff, but I thought it was pretty cute so here are what google said the meanings were:

Skive =  Lazy, Quid = Currency (Like saying ‘Buck’ in America), Bob’s your Uncle = There you go!, Know your onions = Knowledgeable.

Also, Al’s roomie is Gilbert Beilschmidt, a very Awesome and very German albino dude.

Also^2: Foster is one of three things Hima said Al’s 'F’ could stand for. The other two were Fuck and Franklin. 

anonymous asked:

What are your goals in life?

To write and publish at least one book that I feel proud of.

To make a comfortable living doing something I enjoy where I can not only provide for myself, but still have enough left to continue to give to others.

To fully come to terms with the things that have been done to me, to stop diminishing it or making excuses for it and to find some sense of peace with that.

To love myself.

To be happy. 

Shirayuki was starting to feel some false pride in her sneaking and stealth skills, but something inside her said that the reason nobody caught her yet was because the place was a mess after the news of the recent attack on the Sreg fort near Willant spread like wildfire, that even guards from Larias in the far north were required to attend immediately as many there were injured and manpower was desperately needed. And since the messenger birds could not survive in colder weather because of their tropical origin it was out of question sending a telegram to the northern checkpoint and only one man whether tired and injured or not could convey the message as fast as possible.

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tagged by @darkthestars, love ya!!

One Song: My music taste is absolutely wild, so I’m terrible at picking a favorite song, but honestly right now I’ve been singing “More” from the Moana soundtrack outtakes to myself nonstop

Two Movies: Ahhhhhhh first off is The Force Awakens because Star Wars and good memories and g a y s  i n  s p a c e guys this movie has it all and I love it. Another movie I love is (big surprise) Moana because the soundtrack is absolutely beautiful and the animation is amazing and it just has a lovely message and I’ve cried both times I’ve watched it but whatever

Three Shows: I love love love Brooklyn 99 because of how diverse it is and how amazingly they handle tough issues with love and humor. I don’t think there’s an episode that aired that didn’t make me laugh out loud. I sincerely hope it’s one of those shows that goes down in American TV history. Another show I love is a pretty recent one–American Gods just started airing a few weeks ago and since it’s based on one of my all time favorite books, I started watching it and it’s AMAZING. Seriously, not only did they do a phenomenal job of casting every single character (and no whitewashing too which !!!), but everything about that show is gorgeous, from the myths it draws inspiration from to the cinematography itself. Finally, I have to talk about a show that’s stuck with me for a long time. The cartoon Adventure Time was probably one of the first shows I really got into and it’s been one of the constants in my life for a long time. Even when the show gets batshit crazy (which it’s been doing with alarming frequency), there’s always this kind of quiet steadiness that has always felt like coming home, to me.

Four People: ahhhh okay um @starlitdreamscapes @infinitrinx @darkthestars and @not-darquesse I love you all

Five Foods: Gah I love food how can I pick just five Cinnamon rolls, lemon pickle, mocha lattes, fresh roti, and my dad’s Korean potato soup

Six Tags: No pressure to do this! I tag @infinitrinx @not-darquesse @whyndancer @prettyblurryboy @starlitdreamscapes and anyone else who wants to do this!

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– but Mint Eye Yoosung tho ((mmmMMm how r u gonna smooth all that edge))

SPOILERS!!! [sort of] gr8 now i wanna draw mint eye rfa Flipped!AU zzz ((basically the only good people are saeran and rika ++ MC idk AAAAAAAA))

sorry ive been a bit inactive bc of work but hhh here’s some quick sketches sjkdfhdk O<-<

friendly reminder that “getting to stay in bed all day” is different from “having to stay in bed all day”

@ymanimon happy birthday my love! I’m wishing you all the good things (which includes a lot of good sleep) and keep being the awesome sweet bun that you are!

A loved one not lost but remembered. 

Submission: As a queer, nonbinary person and an animal educator, I’ve thought a lot about the issues recently being discussed on this blog and I wanted to share some of that here. I’ve tried to be as calm and clear as possible, but this is an emotional issue for me so it might be a bit emphatic.

Serveral people in this discussion have mentioned already the problems with questioning the existence of bi/pan/trans/ace/aro animals, but not questioning the existance of straight, cis animals. You’ve made passing mentions to this, but I think it’s actually really important to step back and reframe the entire discussion in this context, if you want to be fair and accurate both to the animals and to the people emotionally affected by this issue.

In particular, this passage: “However, the animal science world uses gendered pronouns to denote physical sex in an animal, because that is how efficient and accurate communication about the animal is ensured” raises some massive red flags for me. Yes, it’s important to clearly communicate with your vet about the body parts an animal does and doesn’t have, for ease of treatment. However, pronouns are far from the only way to do this, and definitely not the most efficient. The pronoun “she” doesn’t tell you if a dog is unaltered, spayed, in heat, pregnant, or menopausal - information your vet definitely needs to know.
It’s the work of half a moment to state “my dog is a spayed female” at the start of an appointment, regardless of what pronouns you use after that. In fact, many trans* people have already learned to talk with their doctors in specific terms about their hormone levels and organs they do or don’t have, and cis people need to catch up. Part of the reason this is such an emotional issue for trans people is that the argument, “your doctor needs to know the gender you were assigned at birth! Therefore everyone you meet needs to know, and it should be on your ID, in case you get in an accident and we have to tell the doctor!” is often invoked. (I wish that was an exaggeration. It’s not. This is in spite of the fact that, as a trans* person, knowing the gender you were assigned at birth is more likely to lead to false assumptions about your health and biology than true ones.) So yes, your doctor needs to know about your biology and your vet needs to know about your pet’s, but gender pronouns really aren’t the way to do it.

Outside the vet’s office, insisting on cisgender-equivalent pronouns for your pet leads to a world of problems. I volunteer at an animal shelter, and I see people misinterpret animal’s actions through their percieved, anthropomorphic gender roles constantly. They’re more eager to read aggression from a male animal and affection from a female, which has the potential to lead to massive problems, since both of those behaviors can be dangerous to misinterpret. I would personally argue for the stance that people would be more able to accurately interpret the behavior of animals if we refered to all non-human animals with gender-neutral pronouns, to more accurately reflect the fact that animals do not have gender. Even in social animals that do have sex-differentied social roles, those are completely different from human gender roles and should not be confused with them by the use of human gendered pronouns. If the biological sex of an animal matters in a particular context, you can mention it in that context, rather than applying it all the time as though it was part of their identity.

I do understand that some people find it reassuring to observe that the social roles of biologically male or female animals are different from those of humans, and that they too can be as nurturing as a male penguin or as fierce as a female hyena. So I understand that sometimes people will want to refer to those animals as male or female, in the same way that I want to refer to a cuttlefish as genderfluid because it makes me feel happy and validated. I just want cis people to understand that those interpretations are exactly equivalent.

As for how this perspective affects the emotions of humans impacted by this issue: claiming that gendered pronouns are a form of scientific terminology that accurately reflects the biological sex of an animal is, intentionally or not, supporting the idea that there are biologically and scientifically two genders. It gives fuel to people who try to force that mindset onto humans, and believe me, they use it. I’ve met many people who become enraged if I use the wrong pronouns for their dog, but refuse to respect my identity and pronouns. The attatchment of gendered pronouns to biological sex in non-humans is absolutely reflected back into humans by most of the public, whether that is your intention as an educator or not.

Using gender pronouns as scientific terminology also muddies issues significantly as soon as you leave the field of mammals, where it quickly becomes clear that a male/female dichotomy is far from absolute. Do I use female pronouns for the hermaphroditic flatworm who lost the penis-fencing match and is now carrying eggs? Will those pronouns still apply after the eggs have hatched? What if they win the penis-fencing match next time and contribute sperm instead?
How about a worker bee, who is genetically female but has not developed reproductive organs and plays no reproductive role?
Do I use male pronouns for a fish who was born genetically male, but isn’t able to engage in sexual behavior and fulfill the male sexual role until mating is initiated by the supermale? How about for the supermale, who is genetically female and used to be reproductively female but has since morphed to be reproductively male due to being the largest fish in the school? Is it even accurate to say “genetically female” of a species where both major reproductive roles are carried out by the same genetic category of animals, and those born “biologically” male only reproduce at all by swimming into the middle of the mating dance, ejaculating, and hoping for the best?

A similar issue exists with the assumption that animals are straight. I’ve seen some cringe-worthy anthropomorphization of male/female pairs of animals, including calling them “married,” referring to them as being “in love,” and a lot of analogies to human married-couple behavior, but I’ve never seen this criticized or significantly discussed as an issue of anthropomorphization. But every time I see a post about lesbian birds or trans fish, this issue comes up. I don’t think that animal educators are doing this on purpose, but I do think it is an indicator that many animal educators have not sufficiently deeply challenged the cultural narrative that straight and cis are “normal” but queer and trans* are “debatable” and should be challenged and argued about. 

Science is an ever-changing field, and scientific terminology becomes outdated and is changed as we realize that it reflects our social assumptions more accurately than in reflects reality. The terms we use to discuss sex, gender, pair-bonding, and mating behavior are all deeply intertwined with human social assumptions of cisgender, heterosexual, monogamous life-time bonds that are simultaneously romantic/affectionate and sexual in nature. Scientific communication would be improved by dropping those assumptions and the terminology that comes with them.

I don’t think I have much to add to this - it’s really well thought out and well said - so I’m going to boost it as is as part of the continued discussion. 

Scientific communication would absolutely be improved by changing the terminology to something more accurate. I don’t know if it’s something that would currently be feasible - because of a myriad of things that make attempting that type of change across so many cultures and languages and historical/social contexts difficult - but I definitely support the idea. 

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and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

  • Jason: I will never pity you, Dickface. I am the perpetual family disappointment, I pity no one.
  • Dick: Oh come on, you think you're the family disappointment?
  • Jason: Well it sure as hell ain't you, golden boy!
  • Dick: We'll see about that. Bruce!
  • Bruce: Hm?
  • Dick: Who is the family disappointment?
  • Bruce:
  • Bruce:
  • Bruce: St--
  • Stephanie: NO!
  • Stephanie: Shut up shut up shut uuuupppp!
  • Stephanie: I cannot be the family disappointment because I am not a part of this family!
  • Stephanie: I don't even go here!
  • Tim: You're here all the time--
  • Stephanie: As your personal Kimmy Gibbler! Not a sister!
  • Stephanie: [to Bruce] I can't believe you. I CANNOT believe you! Say it, Bruce, swear to God, SAY IT and I will slap you again!
  • Jason: Again?
  • Stephanie: I AM NOT THE FAMILY DISAPPOINTMENT!
  • Stephanie: You know who is, Bruce? You. YOU ARE THE FAMILY DISAPPOINTMENT.
  • Stephanie: You haven't done half the crap you should and YEAH I'm pulling out receipts because I INVENTED fake dying and when I got back no one was nice to me SO YOU DON'T GET ANY FREEBIES!
  • Stephanie: I'm leaving! Tell Cass I'm not talking to any of you and I broke up with Tim--
  • Tim: How is this my fault?!
  • Stephanie: --and that I'll be at Gina's on 5th for smoothies because SOME of us keep our promises and don't just go 'hey I'm back from the dead get out of my cave even though I'm a loser who got lost in time like a loser' which, like, PATHETIC
  • Stephanie: [wads up leftover receipt from her purse and throws it at Bruce] BYE FAMILY DISAPPOINTMENT
  • Stephanie: [slams door]
  • Jason:
  • Dick:
  • Tim:
  • Bruce:
  • Bruce:
  • Bruce: I was going to say 'Stop'...