The series of interviews conducted by Dr. George Henry with lesbians in the ‘30s illustrates a contentment in the lives of many of these women that would have frazzled the censors had that picture been reflected in the media. Many of his interviewees were self-actualized individuals, living to their full potential in mutually productive relationships. They say things such as:
“I’m doing the work [as an editor] I always wanted to do and I’m very, very happy. I’m very much in love with the girl too. We click… She has had the most influence for good in my life.”
— 20-year old white woman
“If I were born again I would like to be just as I am. I’m perfectly satisfied being a girl and being as I am. I’ve never had any regrets.”
— 26-year-old black woman
“Our relationship is just as sweet now [after eleven years] as in the beginning.”
— 29-year-old white woman
“Since we have been living together our lives are fuller and happier. We create things together and we are devoted to our [adopted] baby.”
— 30-year-old white woman
“I have a great confidence in the future. I think I’m going to be a very well-known artist… Homosexuality hasn’t interfered with my work. It has made it what it is.”
— 30-year-old white woman
— Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, pg. 112 by Lillian Faderman
I hate making posts like this one. I feel mean and like I’m being overly aggressive. Denying other people a good time.
But I really feel like I have to say something in this case. So lets talk about the hongi/honi, and fandom culture (particularly shipping culture).
(Image description: Pictured above is a still from
James Cameron’s Avatar where two aliens are leaning in to press their noses and foreheads together. Bellow it is a photo of a Maori person and a white person engaging in a Hongi with their foreheads and noses pressed together.)
Said Hongi in New Zealand, and Honi in Hawai’i, the custom of pressing ones forehead and nose to that of another person is a traditional greeting.
It’s used widely in New Zealand in all situations. From formal events at parliament, graduation, a gathering at a marae (meetinghouse). To casual situations like visiting ones uncles, aunties, and couzies. Or welcoming an interviewee on a midday TV show.
A Hongi represents equality, trust, the sharing of ha (breath of life), the sharing of communal responsibilities and duties, belonging, respect, and conveys a welcoming spirit.
It’s considered to be somewhat like a handshake, and often accompanies a handshake. The one thing it doesn’t imply? Romance between the participants.
Except with the greater visibility of Pasifika culture late last year and early this year (2016-2017), fandoms have been picking up on the Hongi. But the problem is I’m only seeing it depicted in ship art.
This is harmful. It’s appropriating, and divorcing it from it’s true cultural function. And it’s creating some awkward associations for people trying to participate naturally in their cultural customs. Yes a fan artist might think “It’s just one picture.” But their one picture is one of many that are having the effect of misrepresenting and fetashizing the Hongi for use as ship fuel.
And in fact, this colonization has been in effect longer than one might think. Consider that the Honi is often translated or explained as “The Hawaiian kiss.”
So this is just a request to fan artist, to be careful, and to practice cultural sensitivity.
About 6 or 7 years ago, I was trying to enlist into the military. I ended up not joining but that’s a story for another time. At this point, I was led to believe I was about 4 months away from leaving for Boot camp. I was running out of savings, and needing a part time job for some spending cash while I waited around.
So I did what any enterprising 20something would do, and searched craigslist for jobs. I normally hate sales jobs, especially those based on commissions, but figured it would be a great way to earn some extra cash short term. Found a few job listings that looked promising, and put out some applications. A few days later I received a call from David. He was opening up a new store and needed associates. He liked my resume and asked if I’d be available for an interview on Friday morning. I was very up front with him, and let him know that the distance was a bit more than I’d normally drive for a retail job, and asked what he was offering for an hourly rate, to see if it was worth the drive. He told me that they were planning on offering an hourly rate in the mid teens, along with commission. Seemed like an ok deal, so I agreed to be there Friday at 8am.
Never afraid to speak and/or draw her mind, Los Angeles based artist and illustrator, Hellen Jo and her characters can be described as rough, vulgar, tough, jaded, powerful, bratty and bad-ass - AKA her own brand of femininity. Known for her comic Jin & Jam, and her work as an illustrator and storyboard artist for shows such as Steven Universe and Regular Show, Hellen’s rebellious, and sometimes grotesque artwork and illustrations are redefining Asian American women and women of color in comics. In fact, that’s why Hellen Jo was a must-interviewee for our latest Sketchy Behavior where we talk to her about her love of comics and zines, her antiheroines, and redefining what Asian American women identity is or can be; and what her ultimate dream project realized would be.
10 Things I Learned as an Interviewer for the Interviewee
As a fourth year medical students (yikes) I was able to
become an interviewer for my medical school. So yes, that means maybe someone I’ve
interviewed may one day see this. Though probably not. Anyways, it was very surreal
to be on the other side of the process all these years later and while I’m
getting ready for interviews myself (anyone want me for residency, btw?)
A lot of expectations and previous notions about
interviews that I had really did change and I can see how intricate the process
actually is, and I get why we get asked the questions we do. At least somewhat
All experiences and interviewers are different but here
are some things I think can really help out the interviewee. Maybe things you
thought were hard and fast rules but aren’t or things you didn’t expect us to
be looking for. Anything to help! And while this is directed at pre-meds, the
advice should still general enough that anyone can use it, if they want.
Some things to know beforehand; I was part of a two-on-one
interview setting which lasted 30 minutes with a few preset questions we needed
to ask. The interview was blind, so we couldn’t see stats.
Take a second to
observe your interviewers.
This isn’t an open invitation to judge your interviewers,
but most of us are pretty telling in the way we present ourselves. If you can
take a break for the nerves for a second pay attention to our introductions,
our demeanor and how we’re dressed. It can give you a sense of how relaxed or
stringent we may be and what our personalities may be like even if we were told
to stay stone cold poker-faced. And always keep in mind who your interviewers
are and what departments they’re from. It can help guide the tone we set for
the entire interview.
Play off the
Now that you’ve taken a moment to take in your
surroundings use those to your advantage. If we’re playing tough, answer with
strength and intention. If we’re relaxed, don’t sit so stiff and maybe get us
to laugh. If you are asked thought provoking questions, take time to think about
it and provide thought provoking answers. The more you work with us, the easy
and more open a dialog becomes and the more personable the interview will
become. It’s a great way to show flexibility and adaptation, and for the
interviewers who did this well we found ourselves impressed.
If I’m offering
you information, take it.
If I am telling you that I am a 4th year and I
can answer your questions about rotations, classes, or student life I am
literally giving you questions to ask me in the event you have forgotten all of
yours. If faculty tells you which program they are a part of and what they
specialize in they are opening that line of information for you. They are
telling you were their interests and focuses are and you can run with that, if
Please, please do
We had an application who couldn’t tell us what they
liked our school. Had no idea what the mission statement was or what the goals
of the school were. Didn’t have a clue. I had to use my doctor face so I could
stay neutral. It was bad. I get that you just want to be in medical school but
come on. Point blank, there is no excuse for anyone to know nothing about the
program they’re interviewing for. You should also have worked out answers for
frequently asked questions. Getting stumped on classic medical school questions…it’s
a big red flag. So please plan ahead and do your research.
Pick the length of
your answers carefully.
Different types of questions prompt different types of
answers. There are a lot of questions that can prompt follow up questions.
Hobbies for example; going into every detail about your hobbies is probably
counterproductive. But that’s assuming you have a fair amount of things you
like to do that aren’t medicine. You can add a snip here and there, like “I’ve
done that for 15 years” or “it’s really a huge passion of mine” but if there is
interest in hearing more, we’ll most likely ask. If you only have one thing, don’t
think “I like running” is a good enough answer. Give us something to work with.
There are questions, especially theoretical ones or tell me a story situations
that are meant to be longer. And always keep in mind your time limit.
Be confident, not
There is a huge difference between smug and confident. We
had one prospect who gave this shit-eating “gotcha” grin after every question
they thought they had aced. It was almost like they were trying to directly
challenging me. It got to the point that I stopped caring what they were saying
and was just getting pissed. The answers could have been great (they weren’t)
but all that stuck with me was the cockiness. Not sure if you do that unintentionally?
That’s what practice interviews are for. There are very clear differences when
someone was proud of an answer and were pleased, and what this individual was
doing. And if you do act that way, personally, I don’t want you representing my
school, regardless of what your application looks like.
I don’t care about
the “right” answer. I care why.
I know there are certain questions answers that are kind
of set in stone. And I know straying too far from say, an ethics question, is
hard to do in a new and unique way. The way to make yourself stand out from the
crowd is to explain the reasons why you believe this to be the “right” answers
since those tend to differ among applicants and shows your critical thinking
skills past “well obviously this is the right answer”. Aside from that most
interviewers don’t have specific expectations for most questions. We’d rather
just hear about you and your personal experiences, honestly.
We’re not always
looking for your spoken answer.
Sometimes we’re looking at your body language. I will
purposefully ask questions I know there are only a few answers too. Not because
I want to know if you know it, but rather how you viscerally respond. Do you
look uncomfortable when answering an ethics or grades question? Did you answer
robotically? Are you still looking at me? Can you pick yourself back up after a
rough question? What you do speaks just as loud as the things your saying and I’m
looking for it.
Use your personality
and responses to show you want to be here. Not your grades.
This was not an isolated event. I had a few prospective
students speak about a class and sneak in “which I got an A in” and continue. Not
really a fan of that. I naturally assume that everyone we interviewed had good
enough grades and scores because, well, you’re at the interview. At this point
in the process all I want if for you to shine beyond those things and prove to
me that you can be a doctor on paper and in person.
Make me feel
connected to you.
In the end, I want to feel like I know who you are. I want
to know what you stand for and I want to experience the person who wants to
become a physician. I want to appreciate your story and how far you’ve come. We
don’t need to become best friends, we don’t need to have similar thoughts or
values or personalities. But I want to feel like we could understand each other
now and in the future. Let me be excited about you and for you. Let me want you
to be here so I can check accept.
I hope someone was able to get something useful from this because for all of you here dying to enter this crazy profession I want you to reach your goals. I really do, and I’m just doing all I can on the internet. Good luck to everyone on your interviews!
ARTICLE: Yuzuru Hanyu: I am at 20% right now (Number 934-5)
In a rink reverberating with music and the sounds of blades against the ice, quiet surrounded Hanyu. –– Takaomi Matsubara
Despite still trolling with one single 3A, the brat (you’ll see) shows his tender side (you’ll also see) in his pursuit of figure skating mastery and ideals…This is quintessential Hanyu––calm, confident and thoughtful as he discusses the Olympics, his programs and the significance and meaning of skating itself. - gladi.
Translated by gladi. Please do not repost without permission. Images belong to Number.
From Number Issue 934-935. Published on 2017.08.24
Contending for successive Olympic victories, the champion––Yuzuru Hanyu. Programs for the season have been decided, preparation is steadily underway. At his training base in Toronto, Hanyu talked about his thoughts on the Pyeongchang Olympics, and the ideal skate he continues to seek.
Text by Takaomi Matsubara・Photography by Asami Enomoto
Once again, I’m low on interviewees. Since I don’t have the time to constantly post calls every single time I’m running low, I’m hoping to use this post as a kind of a reminder:
ASEXUAL ARTISTS IS OPEN FOR INTERVIEWS YEAR-ROUND!
I’m always looking for artists who are on the spectrum to interview. Any and all kinds of artists are welcome.
This is including but not limited to:
WRITERS: all genres and forms are welcome (novelists, short stories, poetry, flash fiction, etc). It doesn’t matter if you’re unpublished, just starting out, a student, a hobbyist, or established. Traditionally published, self-published, small press, etc. You’re all welcome and you all have something to offer.
VISUAL ARTISTS: Self explanatory, any kind of visual art you can imagine (photography, painting, sketching, drawing, sculpture, installation, etc.).
FANARTISTS: Another self-explanatory category. Cosplay, visual, fanfiction, etc. Whatever you do in your fandom (any and all fandoms welcome), you’re an artist.
FILMMAKERS: YouTubers, directors, cinematographers, anything that has to do with making films (short, features, documentaries, etc).
PERFORMANCE ARTS: actors, theater arts, singers, mimes, any sort of performers.
DANCERS: Any kind of dance style you can imagine is welcome here (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, burlesque, belly-dancing, ballroom, etc.)
MUSICIANS: playing instruments, composing, singing, anything involving music
CULINARY: maybe your medium of choice is food. If so, you’re welcome here.
CRAFTS: any sort of craft you can think of (sewing, knitting, crocheting, candle making, jewelry making, etc.)
All levels of artists are welcome: whether you’re a student or a professional, just starting out or already established. If you create, you have something to offer and therefore I want to interview you :)
If you’re still unsure whether or not your art qualifies (there’s a 97.9% chance it will), and your question isn’t answered in the F.A.Q., please contact me at email@example.com
If you want to be interviewed, please email me at the same address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This site continues because I get requests for interviews. If the interviews run out, this site will remain as a resource :) Updates will continue as long as there are aces out there willing to be interviewed.
Yuzuru Hanyu Interview at 2017-18 Media Day (Kiss&Cry): On SEIMEI, goals, and shortcoming
An exclusive interview from Kiss&Cry (TOKYO NEWS MOOK #639). On SEIMEI, goals, and shortcoming.
What else can I say? I remember the title of another piece, “Confidence without Conceit.” That describes Hanyu perfectly, and I think we’re in for a feast this season. - gladi
Translated by gladi. Please do not repost without permission. Images belong to Kiss & Cry (Tokyo News Mook) - ideally don’t cut out credits from the pictures :)
Text by Satoko Sawada. Photography by Nobuaki Tanaki (SHUTTERZ)
(Introduction skipped––same old, same old)
I would like to show a “Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu”
SEIMEI uses music from Onmyoji, a movie set in the Heian period. Last season’s free skate, Hope & Legacy, was also said to have been chosen due to [Hanyu’s] desire to “go wa style” (t/n - Wa is Japan, Japanese-style. But also harmony, peace, soften). Why is Hanyu insistent upon “programs of wa”?
“Well first, number one is the great feedback when I tried SEIMEI. Before I did SEIMEI, I didn’t have the sense that ‘wa’ would absolutely be a good fit for me. But when I did SEIMEI, a program that is faithful to ‘wa’, I received excellent evaluations, and for sure, the program also felt good to me. Now, I see ’wa’ as [my] weapon.“
According to Hanyu, he and “programs of wa” are on the same wavelength.
“Of course, there is a somewhat retrospective aspect in ‘evaluations,’ but more than anything, I personally was immensely interested in traditional performance arts. And then, there was also the meeting with Mr. Mansai Nomura. So first, my interest towards “wa”, followed by the feeling that “programs of wa” and I have come to be a good fit.”
All eyes are on the Olympics, so what is he like––the Yuzuru Hanyu he intends to show there?
“Since Ballade No.1, my short program, is classical music and has nothing to do with ‘wa,’ with SEIMEI, I hope to bring out its contrast to that. To add to that, SEIMEI’s protagonist, Abe no Seimei, is a character who existed in reality and is also widely known through movies, et cetera. Not only do I want to be true to that, I would also like to show a ‘Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu’ through my performance.”
Hey humans! Aunt Scripty here. This post is a submission by Brittany, whose Tumblr handle I surprisingly don’t know. This post came through the Submissions Box. If you’re interested, I encourage people to submit articles to appear on the blog! [though it may behoove us both if you message me first, as I have a few posts in-progress and I don’t want us to duplicate efforts]
Anyway, give Brittany some props! This is an awesome post, and I’m CRAZY thankful she wrote in! And now, Brittany, take it away!
Disclaimer: This applies to the American medical system only, and may be biased by the author’s experiences. Also note that this is the process for becoming an MD, not a DO (both MDs and DOs are fully licensed physicians, but DOs have a stronger focus on the musculoskeletal system and their schooling is slightly different).
Disclaimer Part 2: I swear, this was SUPPOSED to be a brief post. Oops.
The quick and dirty:
—4 years of undergrad
—4 years of medical school, 2 in the classroom and 2 clinical
—3-5 years of residency depending on what they specialize in. Can be longer if they add subspecialties or fellowships.
The in-depth description:
Getting in (Premed student)
Acceptance to medical school is hard enough to start with. There’s an estimate that 75% of applicants are qualified, but only 50% get in. Your character doesn’t need to major in biology or pre-med, but there are pre-requisites: two semesters each of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus, and physics, plus a couple biology electives, and I think psych and statistics have been added on since I graduated, but don’t quote me on that. That’s pretty much 2/3 of a science major right there, so you can see why a lot of people just end up with that. During spring of junior year, they’ll take a giant standardized test called the MCAT that covers all of those topics and is notoriously difficult.
Along with the classroom work, they’ll have to get clinical experience—most commonly volunteering, shadowing, or working as a medical scribe, but you can get creative—and usually do a little research of some kind. Med school is hard and being a doctor is harder; they want to know that you’ve got an idea of what you’re getting into. If your character does all that right, they interview with medical schools during the fall of senior year, and hopefully get accepted!
Year 1 (MS1)
Your first year is classroom based. You get daily lectures on very complicated medical topics, with relatively little patient interaction this year. Schools will include more practical classes as well, including a cadaver dissection, pathology (where you train to look at cells and understand what a healthy vs. diseased one looks like; some schools are old school and have people still work with slides and microscopes, others like mine do it virtually), and standardized patient encounters (where they hire actors to come in and work with us so we can practice histories and physical exams and basically get a baseline on things like “what does a normal lung sounds like?”).
Patient interaction varies from school to school, but generally is pretty low. You can shadow a certain specialty you’re interested in, volunteer in free clinics, join different clubs/interest groups, or do various electives that will focus on teaching certain aspects of patient care (nutrition, medical Spanish, global health, etc.), but you have to go look for them. If I hadn’t done any of that, I would have seen maybe… two patients a month? Most students will branch out with those other opportunities, though.
Year 2 (MS2)
Similar to MS1 in that you’re still on classroom duty, still not seeing many patients. Typically you learn more sensitive physical exams this year (urological, gynecologic, breast, etc.), and you’re finished with the cadaver dissection, but things are otherwise the same. At the end of your character’s MS2 year, they’ll take their first board exam, called STEP 1. You can take it one time only unless you fail. Low scores or a fail are really frowned on, and can limit the specialty your character goes into, so you can imagine the pressure.
Year 3 (MS3)
Yay! Your character’s now ready to be let loose on the clinic/hospital!
Boo! This year kicks. your. ass.
This year is all about making your character feel like an idiot putting what your character’s been studying for two years into action. The schedule is broken up into rotations, which are periods of 4-8 weeks where students focus on a specific specialty each time. These courses are: pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatry, ob/gyn, neurology (usually), emergency (sometimes), surgery, and internal medicine. Difficulty varies by rotation, with surgery and ob/gyn being the worst (12 hour days with only one day off a week, max; surgery adds in occasional 24 hour shifts too, just to spice things up). Occasionally you’ll land on a nice one, like psychiatry, with 10 hour days and free weekends.
On a more day-to-day level, third years are usually part of a small medical team that cares for a set of patients. The team consists of an attending (fully licensed physician), residents (physicians who are training in their particular specialty), and medical students (MS3s and MS4s both). MS3s will usually get a small subset of hospital patients they care for every day—take their histories, do their physical exams, list what you think they have, and suggest treatments/tests—but because you’re not licensed, you basically take all that to the attending/resident who hears you out and then says ‘yea’ or ‘nay.’ As the year progresses, hopefully you hear more ‘yeas’ and fewer ‘nays.’
At the end of this year/the beginning of 4th year, there’s another board exam called STEP 2. Half is your typical multiple choice test, with a numeric score—much like STEP 1—while half is a pass/fail practical where you work with standardized patients.
Year 4 (MS4)
Hopefully by now your character has figured out what they want to specialize in. I can go over specialties in another post if anyone’s curious, but the biggest ones are basically the same as the ones listed as core rotations during the MS3 year. There’s a giant application/interview process that takes up the lion’s share of the summer/fall/winter for interviews with residency. At the end of the process, everyone ranks the residencies they interviewed with from most to least favorite, and at the same time the residencies rank their interviewees from most to least. The whole thing goes into a giant computer algorithm to give as many people as possible as high a choice as possible, and then on the same day of the year, at the same time, MS4s across the country take a deep breath and open envelopes saying where they ‘matched.’
In addition, with those pesky core rotations out of the way, the character has time to take electives that may or may not be applicable to their future specialty—me, I’m going for emergency medicine, so I’m doing several rotations in EM as well as EMS, but I’m also doing a two week course forensics because it sounds awesome.
Otherwise, 4th year is widely known as the ‘take a breath’ year. People get married or have babies during this time, travel, and generally start to act like human beings again. There’s space in your schedule that’s off—it’s generally intended for interviews or studying for STEP 2 if you’re taking it late, but people will use it for anything.
Not going to give too much detail about it, seeing as how your character is technically a doctor at this point, but residency is basically 3-5 years where your character trains in a specialty—yes, they’re physicians, but they don’t know everything about their particular field and need trained. You’re in this weird limbo between student and employee; you make a salary (although a very low one considering the number of hours) and can prescribe medication, perform procedures, etc., but an attending is responsible for you, you still attend a weekly lecture, and you can’t practice independently. To give you an idea of how hard these years are, they recently had to limit things like “don’t make residents work more than 36 hours in a row,” and “don’t put the doctor who graduated med school a month ago in charge of an entire floor of ICU patients for a night with no backup.” Incredibly, some of the old-school attendings think said changes are a bad idea and will produce doctors who are “weak.”
Also, you thought your character was done with standardized tests? You sweet summer child. STEP 3 has to be finished before you can complete residency, and is usually done during intern year. The good side of this is, you’re in a residency now, so as long as you pass, no one cares about the score.
—This is a sample timeline, following your ‘traditional’ student. It’s becoming more and more common for people to take a couple of years off after undergrad and apply for medical school after that. If you want a chance for your character to gain some non-medical life experience (travel, other skill sets, becoming a parent, etc.), this is a good chance for them to do it!
—I’ve been asked by a writer I know in RL how young someone could potentially become a doctor. I think she wanted to put in a prodigy kind of person. The problem with that is that medical schools don’t just look for smarts, they look for maturity—imagine having someone who looks like they can’t drink yet tell you you’ve got a terminal disease, and you can see why. That said, there are a couple of accelerated programs, where I’ve seen people graduate undergrad a year early and go straight into medical school, or where they condense medical school into three whirlwind years because the person’s on track for a specific primary care residency. So if most people graduate medical school at age 26-27, you could have someone out at 25 or maybe 24, but probably no younger. And remember, they’ll still need residency training from there.
—Not gonna lie, medical school is incredibly difficult. That said, I think the best students/doctors are the ones who maintain an outside interest or two, so don’t feel like your character can only have medical skills (*cough*Grey'sAnatomy*cough*) . Give them a few side interests to maintain their spirit.
—I can give more detail about any and all of these if anyone asks; these are supposed to help you understand what your character has had to go through to be a doctor, not be a full detail spiel. I can also do ‘day in the lifes’ if someone’s writing a med student character and wants an accurate description, but let’s be real: most people want to write the master, not the pupil.
Hey everyone!! Sorry for uploading this so late, I’ve had a really busy day! Thank you for all your recs this week, I couldn’t include them all so if your rec isn’t on this post it will most likely be on next week’s list :)
Rec’d by anonymous: over and over by Ceta, Teen, 24k Victor meets Yuuri in a bathroom. They hit it off from there.
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Rec’d by @ria-channn : The blood in our veins by Ria_channn, Gen, 1.1k (WIP) When Victor Nikiforov, first prince of St. Petersburg sneaked out with his personal attendant and best friend out of the palace to attend a commoners’ party, he doesn’t expect to get swept off of his feet by a drunk Japanese man.
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Rec’d by anonymous: The Devil Wears Gucci by Multiple_Universes, Mature, 23k (WIP) Christophe Giacometti watched the new interviewee walk out of Victor’s office. Everything about him was wrong from the clothes and the haircut to his general attitude and walk. At the same time there was something naïve about him and Chris was prepared to bet that he’d just graduated from college. “Who is that sad little person?” he asked Victor. “Are we doing a before and after piece I don’t know about?”
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Rec’d by @fisukisuki : Fire series by IllyasJames, M-E, 9.7k College the time to have fun and be wild. At least that is Phichit’s intention. So being paired with a roommate who rather stays in was not what he had thought. Then again he is a minor, so having one that doesn’t party did mean he couldn’t get drunk either. So when he finds out that Yuuri does know how to party you can’t blame him for dragging him to a party off campus. Maybe he should have been more adamant in asking why Yuuri never drank before.
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Rec’d by anonymous and anonymous: To Boldly Goby xylophones, Teen, 29k A year in the life of badass science officer Yuuri Katsuki, Captain Viktor “Team Mom” Nikiforov, and simultaneously the best crew and worst crew in Starfleet history.
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Rec’d by anonymous: Golden Sun and Midnight Moonby DiamondWinters, Gen, 9.5k (WIP) Golden Sun Café opened early every day, 5am to be exact. The owner, one Victor Nikiforov was an early riser. Always up with the sun, rain or shine. He’d have freshly ground coffee pipping hot and ready to go the moment those doors opened.Yuuri Katsuki owns a nightclub called the Midnight Moon and typically sleeps all day, just to work all night. Save for the one morning when he needs a little pick-me-up to take care of some business needs during business hours.
Rec’d by @paxohana : Say You’ll Never Let Me Go by Clarinda0110, Gen, 6.5k Yuuri’s a dime a dozen artist, who had never sold a single piece of his work. In a last ditch effort to make it, Yuuri creates a statue out of marble. A vision of a man that has come to Yuuri in his dreams. He calls him Viktor. What happens when you’re handed your dream and you find out that you don’t want it.
Rec’d by anonymous: Pancakes in the Morning by ajwolf, Teen, 5.3k A year ago Yuuri drank 16 glasses of Champagne and ended up in bed with Viktor. He didn’t know what to call what they had now, but he should have known better then to fall in love with a playboy. A year ago Viktor fell in love with the shy wallflower who had asked him to dance and then seduced him on the pole. He should have told him he loved him.
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Rec’d by @artdefines06: Fatum ad Momentum by maydei, Teen, 42k (WIP) These are the moments that were lost in the rush for the Gold, and the things that were built within them. A re-evaluation of everything, from day one, the real day one. From, “Be my coach, Victor!!” And how trust, friendship, and love were built from there. Through Victor’s eyes, the story unfolds—the journey and experience of knowing Yuuri.
Rec’d by @omgkatsudonplease and anonymous: The Suffering of Potya by kiaronna, Teen, 3.8k At first, Potya believes he’s going to the veterinarian. This means a great deal of cursing from Yuri, as he tries to unsuccessfully lure Potya into the pet carrier. But as in all things, his human wins, and Yuri stalks out the door with carrier in hand, only twenty minutes late. Potya accepts his fate. Soon, he realizes greater horrors are in store for him: Yuri’s dropped him off with the dopey poodle couple, the snuggly and curly bastards.
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Rec’d by anonymous: Write Me In C Major by Thehobbem, Teen, 55k (WIP) Victor Nikiforov has just won his fifth GP and Worlds gold medals and doesn’t know where to go from here - but falls in love with Katsuki Yuuri’s music at first hearing. Meanwhile, Yuuri is just trying to bounce back from (what he thinks is) a series of flops when his idol shows up with absurd requests.
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Rec’d by anonymous: The Structure of Trust by Axlaida, Teen, 52k After a mission went horribly wrong, ex-CIA agent Yuuri Katsuki needed a career change, and Private Security was recommended by his former boss, Celestino Cialdini. Now trained as a bodyguard, Yuuri wants to overcome his past mistake and planned to take on his first assignment with confidence.When he heard that famous figure skating coach Yakov Feltsman had received multiple threats over the coming months and was the client to his first assignment, he was thankful that he hadn’t been assigned to bodyguard the coach. Yet, he never imagined he’d be hired as Victor Nikiforov’s bodyguard.
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Rec’d by @fullmetalkarneval13 : Hopelessly Devoted by nerdlife4eva, Mature, 13k As Yuuri adjusts to life in Russia as Viktor continues to be excited about the progression of their relationship. When Buzzfeed requests their participation in a love-themed Valentine’s Day couples article, Victor jumps at the chance, dragging a reluctant (but loving) Yuuri along with him.
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Rec’d by anonymous and anonymous: clean up on aisle five by alipiee, Gen, 5.3k (In which Viktor finds any excuse he can to see the cute boy who works at the supermarket
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Rec’d by @hawsome : Radiance by hawesome_writes_poorly, Gen, 5k In Zemlya, many people can aspire to become students of magic. Stars were the greatest mystery of anything within the magical ranks. No longer did anyone go into magic hoping to grow a star like most magicians did thousands of years ago. It was easier to charge common-folk for potions and spells than to do the impossible. To even witches, the dream of growing a star was an impossible fairytale. But then Yuri fell from the heavens.
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Rec’d by anonymous: For Anything by Harky21, Gen, 6.4k The last year skating and living with Victor has felt like a dream to Yuuri. When Victor gets injured at the Grand Prix Finals, the two learn that love and support mean more than any medal ever could.
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Rec’d by anonymous: Fragile, Handle With Care by vodkawrites, Teen, 17k (WIP) The Pen Pal AU where Victor and Yuuri are pen pals but neither know who the other person really is that no one ever asked for.
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Rec’d by anonymous: The Tsesarevich lives! by mtothedestiel, Explicit, 44k (WIP) Victor is an orphan with no name, no family, and no memory of a time before he was ten years old. Could he really be the missing Nikiforov heir? An adventure across Europe with two conmen will lead him to the answer.
Rec’d by @yuurioniceismylife : Bound to Please by paxton1976, Mature, 40k (WIP) By a small twist of Fate, Viktor and Yuuri meet in the Katsuki’s secondhand bookstore ‘Bound to Please’. Friendship comes fast as they offer something the other has never experienced before. As they strengthen and grow individually, they realize the other holds the pieces to make them whole.
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Rec’d by anonymous: Canoe-dling: Not Prohibited by shereadsthestars, Mature, 12k Yuuri is a seasoned counselor at Camp Okenoko who thought he was in for just another run of the mill, shenanigan filled summer with his friends. But he could not have been more wrong as he’s inevitably blindsided by the newest arrival. Enter one Viktor Nikiforov, who’s got the charms and good looks to woo whomever he pleases, and who’s interest is instantly peaked by none other than, Yuuri Katsuki.
Rec’d by @fiorelilyicecastle : All things must die (except you and I) by Fiorelily, Mature, 24k (WIP) Yuuri is used to being the creepy God of Death in the corner that no one dares talk to. He’s the harbinger to end all things and the world’s sorrow lands on his doorstep with every new shade. When the God of Spring, with his shining smile and silver-minted hair, tramples on the God of Death’s moment, the Unseen one’s wrath is terrible. Even worse is when Viktor creates an eternal spring of life to fly in the face of Yuuri’s entire purpose.
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Rec’d by anonymous: The Selection by Galloping_Monroe, Mature, 70k (WIP) Returning home on the tail end of an injury that ends his dancing career, Yuri Katsuki is trying to find his future again. As a Five, he knows his options are limited, but when he finds an invitation to Crown Prince Victor Nikiforov’s Selection, he is convinced by a friend to apply.He never thought he’d be Selected. When he is, he finds that his world is changed forever, and that the Crown Prince is not exactly what he’d expected.
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Rec’d by anonymous: Kintsugi by witchbane, Explicit, 78k (WIP) ***Graphic depictions of violence (check the tags!) Yuuri Katsuki is a hitman burdened with a debt he can never repay. His target: Viktor Nikiforov, next Pakhan to one of the most dangerous families in the Russian mafia.When the two are drawn into a treacherous alliance after a mission gone wrong, the bonds of love and loyalty to family and duty begin to unravel—even as they get more tangled up in each other.
“Time is gold to us. If you want to steal our time, you should have filled up your time first. Other interviewees went abroad to study, went to graduate school and volunteered. What were you doing during that time? Passion should be proven through your experiences.”
Surprise - you get a bonus Hiveswap developer interview today!
Hello there Hiveswap and Homestuck fans, Ash here! Now, I know what you’re thinking: “What madness is this? Ash said there’d only be *one* Hiveswap development team interview per week going forward! And he said they would be on WEDNESDAYS! This isn’t a Wednesday!”
Right you are, and that’s exactly why surprises are so much fun! Now, last week I mentioned that the next interviewee would be our superstar UI designer and all-around graphics guy Tauhid. Our interview with him will still be going live this week on Thursday, so definitely look forward to that, but today we’ve got another talented team member in the hot seat: Tom Hunt, our lead programmer and the prime coding whiz in charge of things on the technical side of things! Take it away, Tom!
Introduce yourself to the fans! What is your specific role on the Hiveswap team?
Hi, I’m Tom. I make stuff in Unity, which is a cross-platform 3D game engine and editor that can make all kinds of things - including the very 2D game you’re here to read about! My company neocade and I are working freelance on Hiveswap, with me as the lead programmer. Mostly, I direct and coordinate the team of programmers and quality assurance (QA) testers that are putting this game together. Sometimes I also write code.
When and how did you get your start on the Hiveswap project?
Sometime late last year, I was looking for a gig. At the time, What Pumpkin Games was looking for an additional Unity programmer. A mutual business contact introduced us via email, and we went from there.
Tell us a little bit about your career background! How did you get your start in programming? Do you have any advice for others looking to enter this field?
I’ve been programming computers since I was a little kid. I got my first actual programming job about a month after graduating high school, and did that for a bit during breaks while I was in college. It wasn’t very exciting, had nothing to do with video games, and didn’t pay a whole lot, but it sure beat taping up boxes of hot dogs in a factory all day.
The only advice I can really give to someone looking to enter the video games field is to just start making video games. Game development tools are more readily available now than they’ve ever been.
Also make lots of friends, especially with people who can draw or write or anything. If you live near a city, there is probably at least one game dev meetup somewhere - go to those and meet people. Get over whatever shyness you have, because almost every game that ever gets made is the result of a lot of teamwork.
We’re making a video game, so of course the question must be asked: what’s your favorite game of all time?
I played the heck out of Super Metroid back in the day. There’s something about that game. I would do speedruns of it - so now, every time I go back and play it, it all just feels so fluid. There’s a fairly robust set of inputs mapped out in a way that makes sense to my fingers. The entire game itself is fairly tightly bounded - a complete playthrough can take less than 90 minutes - so in a way, this beautifully detailed, explorable world is also actually kind of respectful of my time (more so than, say, a game like Skyrim, which is almost always a multi-hour/day/week commitment).
What games are you playing currently (if any)?
To be perfectly honest, I have not been playing NEARLY enough video games lately. That being said, aside from Hiveswap, I am currently into little mobile action puzzlers that I can play on the bus. Super Hexagon and Desert Golf are great. Just tried Polyforge this morning, too; that was pretty fun.
A lot of my friends are playing Breath of the Wild. I really want to just go get a Switch and play that, but I’m afraid of that eating up my time like Skyrim did.
Are there any games that you currently use or have used as inspiration for your own programming work here on Hiveswap, or just in general?
Not really - I tend to look at each technical problem on its own merits. The creative side of things is all handled by the What Pumpkin folks. I don’t really get involved with that too much. I just work to make sure their vision is implemented, however that needs to be done.
Imagine you’ve been given an unlimited budget and time frame to make your dream game. Tell us (briefly!) about that game in terms of genre, style, platforms, etc. Is it an original game or a long-desired sequel to an existing game? Go crazy!
Given an unlimited budget and time to work on a “dream game,” I’d have to go with some kind of deeply-simulated, massively multiplayer VR thing.
What’s your workstation like?
As a programmer, I like my workstations to be fast, reliable, and quiet. I always max out the RAM on a new machine if I can, because disk thrashing is just annoying as all hell. I’ve been really digging M.2 drives lately. Also, having extra monitors is always nice.
Do you like to listen to any particular kinds of music while you work? If so, tell us about it!
Mostly instrumental electronic music. Sometimes I’ll throw on some classical. Video game soundtracks are usually a pretty good bet. I can’t listen to anything with spoken words in it, though - too distracting.
Do you have a personal message you’d like to relay to all the Homestuck and Hiveswap fans out there?
Thank you all for being so patient with this project!
Thank you, Tom! Well folks, I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s surprise bonus interview, and remember to check back on Thursday for yet another behind-the-scenes peek into Hiveswap’s development! As I teased last week, our very own Tauhid Bondia will be on hand to talk about his indispensable (my word, not his!) graphics and user interface design work on Hiveswap. See you then, everyone!
I have this hc that because our poor babybird Tim Drake is always so sleep deprived, he gets slap-happy at the most inconvenient moments.
Like he’s interviewing a candidate for an intern position that just opened up at Wayne Enterprises, and the poor guy is sooooo nervous to be sitting down in a meeting with the infamous Bruce Wayne himself and his adopted child business prodigy . He’s trying so hard to stutter his way through his skills and give the Wayne’s good reason why they should choose him.
Tim tries to pay attention, he really does, but they’ve already done ten interviews this morning and his mind can’t help but to wander.
All of a sudden a memory pops up in his head of when Jason mixed hot pink hair dye in Damian’s shampoo.
And then, in the middle of the candidate’s closing argument, Tim giggles. The interviewee stares in shock as the once disturbingly composed young man laughs until he’s gasping and tears are pouring down his face.
Bruce hurriedly ushers the candidate out of the room and apologizes. As he closes the door in their face, they can hear Bruce turning to Tim and saying:
“Again Tim, seriously?” In an exasperated voice as if this was a normal occurrence.
The candidate gets a job offer the next day, but they decline without giving Bruce a reason why.