and she's my first new new companion

Over the last 30 years Link’s partners have included at least five different fairies, a talking ship possessed by the ghost of the king, a robotic spirit that lives inside his sword, a flying bear, and a sentient version of his own hat, yet somehow people seem to feel the strangest and most illogical idea we have been presented with is Link going on his journey alone

When I was 18 I read my first full comic series: Young Avengers V.2 and something changed inside me. I don’t know how to explain it. In interviews, @kierongillen used to describe the story’s theme as a metaphor to growing up, to that time in your life when you’re entering college and your life changes in a way that is not often explored in fiction. This is exactly what it was for me.

First of all, entering a communications environment meant constantly coming into contact with people who’d read more books and watched more movies than me, people who prided themselves on their knowledge of obscure films and independent “”“deeper”“” creators. I felt so lost. I have always loved creating fiction, especially fantasy and science fiction, all things that had no place within an elitist artistic community. And yet, here was this book that wasn’t afraid of being colorful and fun and pop, without being any less meaningful. It was a breath of fresh air. It was a beacon of hope.

Not only that, but every single theme in it resonated deeply within me. Adults not understanding you no matter how hard they or you try. Friends leaving and friends coming together. Searching yourself across multiple possible futures. Wishing you were better. Having to accept you are yourself and that is good enough. Wanting to change and grow, and having no choice but to do that because you’re suddenly thrown into an adult world when five minutes earlier you were being treated like a child. Suddenly, you realize your whole future is in your hands and it’s terrifying and exciting.

Most of all, America Chavez resonated with me. Here was a Latina where I was not expecting to find her. A strong woman self assured in her identity, strong and caring. She had taken a leap of faith in the search for her identity and she has fought to make it work. She was everything I aspired to be and since then I have followed her journey through Marvel while I follow my own.

This is my last semester of college and I’m about to go abroad to get a Master’s degree. I’ll be on my own for the very first time. I’ll be starting classes in a new college, in a new city, in a new country where my identity as a Latina will be a new thing for the first time (as opposed to living in a Latin America country). I am excited and terrified of this new journey of self discovery I will be jumping into.

This year, too, thanks to Gabby Rivera, America Chavez will go to college. She will, like me, start new classes, a new life, new experiences and a new search for her identity. The timing couldn’t have been better. I can’t believe I will get the chance to have her as my companion through the next adventure in my life. I am so grateful.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, representation matters. Comics matter. Stories matter. To me, at least, they have meant everything. I don’t know if I could have gotten through life this past four years without them. Maybe, but the ride wouldn’t have been this good. So thank you.

extasiswings  asked:

Friend! Out of curiosity, as Resident Historian, do you have any thoughts on historical ableism and acceptance/non-acceptance of disability? (Ideally especially during the Golden Age of Piracy but I'm also generally fascinated)

Hehe. Of course I have Thoughts. When do I not have Thoughts.

Medieval disability studies have started to become a considerable trend in just the past 10 years or so, and that link above provides a brief overview and several selections for further reading. The medieval era is obviously the one I know most about, and there was – if no form of institutionalized or regularized medical care for the disabled and ill – not total ignorance of it either. Almshouses (essentially charity homes for the sick and disabled) and leper hospitals were increasingly common in Europe from the eleventh century on. Leprosy was associated with the crusades, and the founding of hospitals for them was viewed as both a social necessity, to segregate those with a highly visible, contagious, and debilitating disease from others, and as a charitable duty for the care of holy people (crusaders) who had achieved some virtue by their actions. There was considerable influence in ideas about the holiness of suffering, and that those who did so were closer to God. In fact, medieval care of the disabled was strongly influenced by classical Christian ideas of piety: care for the sick, feed the hungry, etc, and there were orders of monks and nuns dedicated to it. 

As ever, your class was the strongest determining factor of the care you received: if you were wealthy, you could pay for servants to tend your needs, and live fairly comfortably in your own home. Disability and illness was not a disqualifying factor from attaining high office (as you might expect in a world without modern medical care – everyone would be subject to the same things), and there are many representations of disability in medieval manuscripts. But if you were poor, you were reliant on whatever care your family could or wanted to provide for you, or had to hope you could get a place at an almshouse or similar institution. There were superstitions around disability, and if you had to work for your living in any way (aka everyone below the nobility), this seriously disadvantaged you. But the disabled lived fairly freely in their communities, including in positions of power, weren’t an uncommon or unexpected sight by any means, and had some basic (if doubtless not particularly comfortable) system set up for their care, based on religious charity and individual piety.

As leprosy, a visibly disfiguring physical disease, mostly disappeared from Western Europe around 1500, a new focus on mental disability appeared instead, centered especially on the imagery of the “Ship of Fools.” Michel Foucault talks about this in Madness and Civilization, but it was a particular theme in literature and art, based around the 1494 epic poem “Das Narrenschiff” by the humanist Sebastian Brant. It was, once again, a moral commentary on both humanity and, particularly, the corrupt Catholic Church. The “fools” were placed on a ship and ostracized (symbolically) from the body politic; madness was a concerning and troubling political feature among several monarchs (such as with Joanna “the Mad” of Castile and Charles VI of France, as well as Henry VI of England) and it began to be viewed more negatively than it necessarily had been in the medieval era. Aka: as ever, physical disability was easier to understand and to care for, but mental disabilities got the shaft.

In regard to the Golden Age of Piracy (1650-1726, or thereabouts) pirates were, as ever, radical in their social organization and mores. We already know that they were hella queer, had their own form of gay marriage (often shared in a threesome with a woman) and in general were socially liberal, egalitarian, and democratic (honestly, Black Sails is incredibly accurate in capturing the spirit of the historical pirates’ republic and lifestyle, and it was conceived specifically in response to the brutality and oppression of the Navy, which many of them had fled). This extended to their treatment of disability, though medical care and disability had obviously been common to seamen long before pirates. However, while a debilitating injury often meant that a merchant or Navy sailor was turned out with not much option for future employment, pirates established basic workman’s comp and social insurance for everyone aboard a ship. Pirate articles often included specific provisions for disability and loss of limb; Henry Morgan’s in 1671 spell out various sums for the loss of a leg, arm, or eye. Furthermore, disability payments could sometimes continue indefinitely. So a pirate with a peg leg or a hook for a hand or an eyepatch (or all the other pirate trappings, many of which were popularized by Stevenson in Treasure Island) would actually be uncommon. If they got severely or traumatically injured in the line of duty, they could retire with enough money to support themselves, and not need to hazard the dangerous and difficult life of an amputee aboard a traditional sailing ship. (Incidentally, the popular image of a pirate is often how disability began to be represented in the media.)

The excavation and recovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge has yielded nearly a full kit of medical supplies, and Blackbeard reportedly forced the three surgeons to stay aboard the ship when he captured it. There is some debate about how the image of the “disabled pirate” – Stevenson’s Long John Silver and Blind Pew, Barrie’s Captain Hook, etc – began to be common, and the answer is probably tied to the attitudes of the late 18th and overall 19th centuries, which were absolutely disastrous for disabled people. The rise of the asylums began around now, including the notorious Bethlem Royal Hospital (from where we get the word “bedlam.”) Workhouses were built en masse, where the destitute poor and the actually disabled alike were shoved in indiscriminately and treated abominably, and “asylum tourism,” aka go to the madhouse to admire the architecture (and gape at the patients) was a real and horrifying thing. Thus, disability became tied to immorality, weakness, deficiency, and the need to be publically segregated from society (until then, the disabled had been cared for at home – there were a small number of patients in a few private charity hospitals in 1800, and by 1900, there were almost 100,000 in countless workhouses/asylums/general pits of misery). You have Capitalism! (take a shot) and the Industrial Revolution to thank for that. If you couldn’t work in a factory, and you couldn’t earn a wage, and you were a burden on your family who now would be expected to work for an income to support themselves, yep, it was the madhouse for you. And of course, plenty of totally non-mad people got shipped off as well. As I said. Disastrous.

In fact, we have Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Jane Cochran, a reporter at the New York World, who I wrote about in my first Timeless historical companion piece) to thank for starting a conversation around asylum reform. In 1887, in a groundbreaking piece of undercover journalism, she got herself committed to Blackwell’s Island asylum in New York and then wrote Ten Days in a Mad-House, revealing both the nightmarish conditions and how every doctor who examined her instantly declared her insane with no hope for recovery. It caused such an uproar that there finally started to be some attempt at oversight and reform for mental hospitals (although there is obviously still a long way to go, yeah – the nineteenth century was The Worst for this.)

So yes. As ever, that was probably more than anyone wanted to know, but the Golden Age of Piracy was particularly focused on social and financial care for members of its community who became disabled, paid pensions, and actually would not have needed to have too many walking wounded seamen/sailors, because there was no incentive to have to keep earning a wage by physical labor when you would be supported from the communal treasure chest. Aka yes, the pirates’ republic of the 17th and 18th centuries was light years more politically and culturally progressive than 21st century America (/stares at the latest Trumpcare bill/Obamacare repeal up in the Senate) and it ain’t close.

since some followers aren’t on discord. I just wanted to share… one of my cats ran away friday evening

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I Can Finally Announce It!

Hello, everyone! My name is Rose, and I am so excited to announce the upcoming release of my new original work!

History Repeats Itself, or HRI for short.

This is a work of fantasy and adventure, with its own hand crafted world and history! Here is a synopsis:

Calla Hayate leaves her family’s temple for the first time in her whole life, ready to explore and put her elemental powers to the test. But when she ends up roping herself into a ‘clan’ of rowdy, wild companions, she realizes she’s bit off more than she can chew.

A hidden prophecy hangs over her head. Will she and her two new friends be able to handle it?

I plan to have this be a three to four book series, with at least ten chapters per book? That might change as time goes on, but either way, it is going to be amazing!

This series ill be posted both on Tumblr and Wattpad!

The prologue and first chapter is planned to be published by November 10th this year! If it’s not up by that time, you all have permission to yell at me. ^.^
Thank you, and goodnight/day!

Writing the Doctor: Things to Know
  • Their blood is tinged orange. Orange-red. Blood orange. 
  • Two hearts, obviously
  • Gets about 1/5 as much sleep as humans. Most timelords can get by on about a decade for every century. 
  • Can survive a fall of about 30ft
  • Can hold their breath for a few days in an absolute emergency 
  • can detox (see: The Unicorn and the Wasp) from most liquid poisons
  • The limit on how many times you can regenerate is not a biological law, it’s a written one. Time Lords ascribe you a number of regenerations / limit them otherwise. That’s it. 
  • Time Lords/Ladies are just Gallifreyans who have graduated from The Academy. 
  • The Doctor originally stole the TARDIS and ran away because his granddaughter, Susan, couldn’t get into the Academy and her entire family shamed her for it / were like ‘nooooo you’re not a part of our family anymore ew’ and he thought that was rubbish, so whatever. 
  • It takes 7 Time Lords to fly a TARDIS. Typically. The Doctor was crazy enough to fly one, anyway. 
  • Time Lords are traditionally loomed on a thing called a Time Loom, not born. This means they’re made fully grown, and have to develop emotional intelligence as they go. Contemporary canon directly contradicts this, so it’s up for debate. 
  • The Doctor’s participation in the Time War involved using something called The Moment to put both Gallifrey, its entire population (with one or two exceptions: the Doctor and the Master, e.g.) and (supposedly) all of the daleks into something called a Time Lock. 
  • There are certain points in time that are called “fixed”. It’s a plot device used for whenever the Doctor can’t change something that’s happened, because it’s too important that it did. A good example would be – if you’ve watched Les Mis – the initial part of the French revolution; without those kids’ deaths, there would never have been the more proper Revolution. Important events also include Hitler’s whole Hitler thing, the death of Rose Tyler’s father, the deaths of the first people on Mars… and Gallifrey. 
  • ALSO when under the effects of anaesthetic, Time Lords cannot regenerate. That one’s important because I think 7 died by way of being taken to a hospital and they decided to operate on him and remove one of his hearts because “He’s human!!!” and then they dumped him in the morgue and only once the anaesthetic wore off was he able to regenerate
  • also notably I don’t think his wife was ever introduced or mentioned, people just pretend she existed
  • his first companions were Ian and Barbara – two teachers at Coal Hill Highschool (which, incidentally, Clara works at, as a bit of a nod to them); they tailed Susan home (to a junkyard with a 1960s police box in it, though this was set in the 1960s so it was normal to them) after realising that she knew more about their subjects than they did and wondering what was going on. The Doctor took them aboard by way of kidnapping, tbh. One was a grump. 
  • ALSO a particular time of Time Lord cuisine is Food Bars. Think Willy Wonka’s bubblegum, that’s really what they are, but they’re more rectangular and… kind of like a longer type of matchbox.
  • The universal sign for hospitals/medical attention is a green crescent moon, just in case you ever want to use it, but that’s more contemporary canon than old
  • and the name of the planet is New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New Earth. that’s 15 News.
  • Adric I believe was the first companion to die. He died for no reason trying to do something to save the day that eventually had no effect on the final outcome at all
  • also if you ever talk to an old!who fan they’ll mention Ace. Ace is apparently the “model” for the current-day companions. She liked blowing things up, I’m told.

anonymous asked:

After the bearpit Jaime thought "he was beginning to wish he had left her for the bear after all" about Brienne. Do you think he really meant that? :(

Nah. :) Jaime does this a lot. His internal monologue in asos (yes, even after the bearpit) is full of back and forths between mentally cursing Brienne and reluctantly finding himself appreciating her. Brienne unsettles him in several ways, which is why his feelings for her are so ambivalent. She’s everything that he isn’t; she chose to live her life in a way that’s almost diametrically opposite to his own. Hence, her very existence both unnerves and challenges Jaime, forcing him to look inside himself in ways that make him feel deeply uncomfortable, and to question his self-indulgent belief that since the world is horrible, the only possible conclusion is become horrible yourself.

So let’s put that quote into context, shall we? 

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: David Tennant & Freema Agyeman Doctor Who Cast Announcement (2006)

FREEMA: “I’ve been keeping this secret from my friends for months - it’s been driving me mad! Auditioning with David in secret down in Cardiff was unbelievable, but I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d actually become the new companion. Billie rightfully built up an amazing fan base and she will be missed, but I hope the fans are willing to go on new adventures with me. It still hasn’t quite sunk in, I’m sure it will slam home first day on set when I’m stood gazing at David Tennant!”

DAVID: “Freema was a joy to work with in episode 12 of the current series. She is not only very talented and very beautiful, she’s great fun and I’m delighted she’s coming on board the TARDIS full time. I can’t wait to welcome her into the Who family.”