i really want to do gijinkas like you do but ive never really took motifs from anything to use in another thing and i was wondering if you could provide some simple, even sketchy examples, or provide tips on picking features and transferring it into a design?
Hmm, I’ll try my best to help. First, here are some examples. I’ve redrawn a few water-type Pokemon in a way that makes their patterns and shapes visually clearer.
Milotic has a streamlined design with repeating inset petal/diamond shapes. Gyarados has a lot more extremities with uneven, jagged edges. And Seaking is all smooth curves and frills. It also has a repeating blotch pattern.
The way I prefer to see it is turning a design into a concept rather than a template. Milotic’s tail looks like a skirt, but you could just as easily use that shape to make a wrist cuff or neck scarf, like so:
So, uh, yeah! Keep experimenting and putting your own twist on things. I hope this was helpful.
I think the reblog stack update makes sense (I was just thinking today how hard it is to tell who said what in a long chain) and looks okay and it’s pissing me off that people keep changing the posts that the staff makes to announce these things
make your own post if it bothers you that much; I thought it was generally agreed that changing someone’s text was rude, regardless of who they are.
I used to hope that my name would
stick inside your mouth like honey
and you would speak it
like you could taste it.
I have realized now that
when I am stars someday,
you will not know me by my name
You will call me by the things you keep
under your tongue before the dark comes.
You will name me by your own secrets.
You will know me by the taste
of the lover in your mouth
when she kissed me into your eyes.
When I am stars someday,
you will not know me by my name
I am seeing a crisis counselor and she keeps saying things like “you are the expert in your own mental health” and “just because the feeling can’t be rationalized doesn’t mean it isn’t valid” and I just want to clone her and send a copy to every person I know who has sat through harmful and invalidating therapy, including myself for the past 15 years or so.
To the anons criticizing my recovery [in addition to the criticisms about how I answer questions]:
Unfollllooooooowwww me so that neither of us have to be annoyed. The criticisms that you give mean absolutely nothing to me because all that matters are the conversations that I have with my treatment team and the honest conversations that I have with myself. It is so interesting: the BETTER that I continue to do in recovery and the further along I get, the more criticisms I receive on here. It is almost as if some of you are actively looking for a reason to keep me on a disordered level that is relatable to your own eating disorder. I have a few other theories too but I can sure as hell bet that one of them isn’t that you have “genuine concern” for me.
You guys need to remember that people without eating disorders do things all the time that could be considered “disordered” but that doesn’t mean that that is their intention. I am in a place in my recovery where I can skip a meal/snack and it doesn’t matter because I’m not on a meal plan anymore and I trust myself to eat enough. I can run despite a possible [undiagnosed] injury because I am listening to my body and I would obviously stop if it got to a debilitating point (plus, go to a race and ask EVERY runner if they ran through an injury at some point during their training…you’ll get a hell of a lot more yes’s than no’s). I can eat a low fat/diet food without any disordered intentions (like if I’m at someone’s house) because I can also eat the regular versions without any disordered thoughts. I could go on and on with this. What I am saying is that a year ago, all of ^those things would have been slippery ground for me (and the vast majority of my followers are in that place now). I had to take extra precautions for a long time in order to not slip into a fast relapse. I am past that point though and I do not have any fear of relapsing; I can finally confidently say that I am 100% sure that I will reach a full recovery.
That being said, I know in my heart how I am doing and I have close relationships with my team and supports; I do not need you to tell me so don’t waste your time :~)
Could you give me a few tips on how I should improve? (I love writing, but I have a few issues when it comes to thinking properly, and word choice.)
Especially if you have problems with word choice, read a much as you possibly can. Find the books that fly by as if you’re watching a movie, and analyze the author’s style. How do they phrase things in certain places? What do they emphasize to create the mood? Why was one word chosen over a potentially infinite number of possibilities?
How you decide to write is up to you, but what has always helped me is this this idea: “Take someone else’s style. Now use that style poorly. Keep making changes until you have your own style.”
And while you’re starting out, do a million random scenes with your characters. Fit yourself into their skins, so that when it’s time to write something for the world to see, their thoughts and actions come naturally to you. If you don’t have to think about the characters, the words will follow.
1. Focus on your positive qualities. It’s true that we can all improve in some ways – but start by finding your good qualities – and recognise that these are a major part of who you are.
2. Be aware of, and fight against, your negative self-talk. Negative self talk can quickly snowball and become an angry tirade against yourself – so you become your own worst critic and your own worst enemy. Instead, choose to respect yourself, to love, affirm and believe in yourself.
3. Don’t dwell on things you know you cannot change. We all have imperfections, weaknesses and flaws. They’re really not that crucial, and they’re not that big a deal. Try to keep them in perspective – and change what you CAN change.
4. Make your own decisions – don’t always look to others, and think that they know better … But choose to trust yourself.
6. Always try to do your best – as that’s all that is required. You’re a normal human being who’ll sometimes get it wrong. When you do, just forgive youself, then get up and move on.
Book pirating sucks for everyone. Authors and publishers don’t get their sales. Series get axed with abysmal sales and authors/publishers are unable - unwilling - to publish more books. Even the book pirates suffer when they see their favorite authors have stopped selling new books or they find themselves with a nasty virus on their computers from diving into sketchy territory.
Simply shaming people for pirating instead of buying brand new books also sucks. Yes, we can all agree, a lot of book pirates have the means to buy a book. But what about those who do not have the means to do so? A very common response to getting books for free is “go to the library”. It’s valid - libraries record the number of times a book is checked out, providing those much needed sales numbers to publishers and authors. But it’s also a privileged response since some people cannot physically go to the library as often as they would like.
So what are some alternatives to Googling a book title + torrent or clicking links on a forum dedicated to book pirating or whatever? This post will cover alternatives to pirating. It assumes book pirates have some access to the internet and a device that can read books, even if said access is very limited. My apologies to those not so privileged I might not be including with this assumption.
1. Go to the library
This is a given. But many people do not realize many libraries have online counterparts that allow you to sign up for a library card online and check out e-books without stepping foot inside the library. If your local library does not have an online counterpart, check other cities near you until you find one. Libraries that allow you to sign up for a card for free online often do not require much proof of residency.
Many online libraries are partnered up with OverDrive and 3M Cloud Library to check out e-books. And they are so easy to use! If you have a library card, you can use those sites. Books checked out with OverDrive and 3M Cloud can be read directly in your web browser. Both websites have apps that you can download for free. OverDrive provides offline reading which is helpful for people with limited internet access. I have yet to find a way to read offline with 3M, but if someone knows, message me!
With OverDrive and 3M, you can check out books, return them, get on the waiting list for overborrowed books, and request books to be purchased by the library. They also have audiobooks and graphic novels!
Getting the library card itself seems to be the biggest hassle with this method, but once you have one, you are set! A library on your preferred reading device! How cool is the times we live in?
2. Check out sites with online books posted for free
Project Gutenburg is one of the most well-known sites for getting books that have fallen into public domain.
Wattpad is always free to read and to post your own stories - read in your browser or download the app. Many established indie and self-pub authors publish books here to gain new fans.
Smashwords allows you to filter books available for free by genre, length, popularity, etc.
eReaderIQ has a page dedicated to popular freebies on Amazon that is updated every day. If you sign up for eReaderIQ, you can import your Amazon wishlist and be alerted via e-mail when e-books drop in price, including free.
BookBub has a page dedicated to free e-books on various formats.
Be wary of any websites you google for “free reads” and do your research. Some websites look super professional and allow you to read on your browser or through their app but do not have the author or publisher’s permission to post their books. The goal to reading free the legal way is to help authors and publishers see there is an interest in the books.
3. Become a book reviewer
It sounds daunting. Setting up a website, building up page views to request Advanced Reading Copies… But it’s a lot easier to break into the book reviewing community and help support your favorite authors while also getting free books than you might think!
NetGalley is very simple to sign up for with lots of e-ARCs ready for “read now” requests (a.k.a. not having to wait on approvals). Most books require approval from publishers, but even newbie reviewers with a handful of Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Nobles reviews posted will find they are not declined for every book they request. The more books you review, the more you get accepted for requests.
Edelweiss is another popular site to get digital ARCs, but I do not use it myself and cannot comment on the difficulty level of obtaining e-ARCs from there.
Many indie and self-pub authors put up requests for reviews in exchange for free copies of their book on Goodreads groups or social media. Some authors also have sign-ups on their websites for ARCs, so definitely check out your faves and see if they want you to read their stuff for free!
Book reviewing is win-win for everyone involved. You’re getting to read for free, often before most other people, and you’re helping other people make up their minds about buying books. And if you’re dedicated and get super popular, you’ll find your inbox or house getting swarmed with books you didn’t even ask for. <3
Even if you do not want to go down the book reviewer route for free books, you could still leave reviews when you can to help out authors. :)
4. Follow book bloggers
Book bloggers host numerous book tours for authors, and book tours almost always come with giveaways for physical books or e-books or book swag. I use Bloglovin’ and Twitter to keep up with the blogs I follow. Entering these giveaways usually requires little more than clicking a button or commenting on the blog.
Got an author or publishing company you love? Sign up to get e-mails from them! They’ll e-mail to let you know about discounted or free books. Some authors give free books just for signing up to get e-mails from them.
There are various sites dedicated to e-mailing daily freebies too, like the aforementioned BookBub. I get e-mails from the aforementioned eReaderIQ and Amazon.
Book bloggers with e-mail listings will also e-mail you when they are hosting a giveaway on their blog!
5. Follow authors & publishers on social media
Giveaways on social media are happening every day! Twitter, Facebook, tumblr, etc. - find your faves and follow them and watch for giveaways. While publishers do giveaways for books and book swag they sell, many authors do giveaways for not just their own books but other authors’ books. Plus it’s pretty fun to peek into the lives of the people who are breaking your heart or making you cry.
With social media, you are often asked to reblog/retweet/share giveaways, so you’re entering the giveaway by providing more publicity for the book. Totally not a bad way to help the industry!
Following authors and publishers is also a bit similar to signing up for their e-mail listings in that they will post on social media when their books are discounted/free.
6. Enter giveaways hosted on book sites
Goodreads dominates this field, I think. Officially called “First Reads” but not all books listed are newly published. Each giveaway clearly lists which countries they will ship to, so you do not have to waste your time entering a giveaway that excludes your country.
Amazon hosts giveaways too, but as far as I know, the only way to find out what the giveaways are by checking the #AmazonGiveaways hashtag on Twitter. That is pretty murky since it’s not limited to books and, well, hashtags get spammed easily. If you know of a better way to find Amazon giveaways, let me know!
So there you have it - alternatives to book pirating without spending a nickel that go beyond “go to the library”! Book pirating will never phase out entirely, but there are so many more things that can be done to obtain free books without depriving authors and publishers of the sales numbers they need. Do you have suggestions for ways to get free and legal books I neglected to mention here?
how do you comfort yourself when everything feels so wrong? i don't know what to do
I usually try to slap my neuroses with some reality (ie. no point worrying about that, it hasn’t even happened yet etc) and that I’ll deal with the problems as they come as best I can and that’s all I can do, and I remind myself that I have my friends or fam and even some nice stranger on a phone help line who will be there if shit gets really bad and it’s just a nice reminder that there’s always a support network available if I really need it.
then I get any of the pressing issues or chores I have to do that I CAN do in the present moment out of the way. then a hot shower, clean up place up (makes me feel like I can think more clearly and like its a fresh start) and then I just lose myself in some drawing and a movie or a book. it’s a routine I’ve gotten into because I know that doing some chores and responsibilities helps ease the anxiety/guilt cycle I fall into, and then I feel more able and comfortable unwinding with shit that makes me happy or focuses me.
it took me a few years of learning how to take care of myself and rely on myself when things were bad to perfect (and an equal amount of years to actually deal with my anxiety and panic attacks) but if you really recognize what’s making you feel so low, what patterns or routines you might have fallen into that perpetuate that shitty feeling, then you can find ways to combat those issues. but when things are really really bad and you just cannot find a way out then I always recommend getting help from a counsellor or therapist, like I have developed my own way of dealing with this shit but at my lowest I did need to go into therapy and it has helped so much, so I always recommend it if it’s viable for you.