This is the dumbest fucking company I have ever seen. God
Diversity isn’t your issue, idiots. You’re losing in sales because you don’t give books a fighting chance. You launch a new event every three months and force creators to tie their books into the shitty event - how you expect creators to tell their story AND explore character development whilst tying into an event that makes 0% sense is beyond me but work - then you cancel a book after 6 issues because they’re not selling to your unrealistic expectations. When the sad thing is no one is going to invest their time, heart and soul into a title when they know full and well that the book is going to either restart (with the same three issue character introduction 🙄) after twelve issues or disappear and have the characters never be seen from again. It’s the same thing every year, year after year but lol okay, diversity is the issue here
When you go back to selling exclusively books about stale white men and their lame issues, see how that works out for you
I received my advance copy of @dndwizards’s new book Tales from the Yawning Portal not quite a week ago. If you haven’t heard of this book here’s the gist of it:
TftYP is a collection of seven ‘classic’ dungeon adventures from D&D editions past, all updated with fifth edition rules. In this book you get…
Against the Giants (AD&D)
Dead in Thay (D&D Next)
Forge of Fury (D&D 3e)
Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan (AD&D)
The Sunless Citadel (D&D 3e)
Tomb of Horrors (AD&D)
White Plume Mountain (AD&D)
All of the maps and layout have been updated to make them easier on the eyes, while their traps, monsters, structure, and challenges remains largely unchanged. TftYP is a ‘best of’ book, rather than a remake or reboot of these adventures.
If you’re a millennial who got into D&D through things like Acquisitions Inc, The Adventure Zone, or Critical Role, my take on this book is gonna be of interest to you…because this book might be specifically FOR YOU.
So SJM said this book will actually tie into all that is going on in the TOG world right? What if her plot twist is that Chaol somehow ends up at the very end of the novel where Aelin is? We all keep talking about how Rowan is going to save Aelin and all that, but what if this books sets it up to where Chaol is first on the scene at least? The person who despised Aelin, but loved the “mortal” deadly assassin? The person he somewhat blames for Dorian. What if he was the one to start the entire process to saving her, or at least giving her strength to keep going. I feel like I would be totally down for this outcome even if it isn’t the most likely.
Check your rising (the sign acquaintances see) and midheaven (the sign work bosses/employees and strangers see). Also check your sun and dominant.
Based on experience with others’ sun/rising/midheaven
The walk of an Aries:
When the Ram walks, they do not swing their hands. Their walk may seem quite sloppy, but it is just straight to the point. They stand tall, but not completely upright, and their shoulders are quite relaxed. Aries do not take quick paces, but instead long strides. They are the one mindlessly fixing their hair as they walk. Eyes exploring their surroundings, sometimes Aries seem lost, even when they know exactly where they are going.
The walk of a Taurus:
They keep their body straight, with their shoulders slightly hunched down. Often, they are fiddling with their belt or sweeping their hair to the side. Their strides are big, and they walk fast. The walk of a Taurus almost seems mechanical. When walking, they are looking at their destination, or whoever is with them. They are the ones to turn around in the middle of a busy hallway, without noticing it is packed, just to tell you about a movie.
The walk of a Gemini:
With almost a swagger in their step, their shoulders are down and back in confidence. Their thumbs may be in their pockets, or hands playing with an object. They walk at a quick pace, with usually quite small steps. Their eyes are usually fixed on the destination, even if talking to someone on the way. The walk of a Gemini almost looks unbalanced, as they may sway slightly come side to side. They are the ones who blindly stop in a crowded doorway.
The walk of a Cancer:
Their walk seems to be in slow-motion, and is usually quite humble. They have relaxed shoulders and an air of softness in each step. They are usually talking to someone when they are walking, but if alone will be minding their own business; maybe playing with their hair. Often their hands have to be still, but doing something; like being in their pockets, or holding a book. In busy hallways, they are snaking through the crowd.
The walk of a Leo:
Very proud. Their shoulders are down, their back in straight, and their chest is puffed out. Their movement is bold, with short steps. Often, they are carrying a folder under one arm. Leo will be set on their destination until something breaks their focus, and their eyes start darting around their location. A Leo may swing their free arm swiftly, their palm faces either up or down. They are either the ones blocking the path, or the ones grumpily trying to get past.
The walk of a Virgo:
Their hands have to be busy; fiddling with a tie, holding books, or holding their hands together. Their steps are short, but their pace is quite quick. They are often looking to the ground and glancing down, only looking up to appreciate the scenery around them. Their shoulders are always relaxed, but either enclosed on themselves or open, depending on how confident the Virgo is in a space. They are the ones navigating through crowds.
The walk of a Libra:
Their walk can be seen as sloppy, but usually it is just because they are very chill. They talk soft-footed small steps, and do not walk very fast. A Libra believes they have all the time in the world to get to their destination. Often engrossed in conversation or thought, Libra is looking around, but never as anything specific. They are the ones who block doorways as they are unaware of their surroundings.
The walk of a Scorpio:
The movement of the Scorpion is swift. It is almost like they have perfectly rehearsed every single movement. They usually have their hands in their pockets or a bag around their arm, with the feet pointed out like a penguin. Watching people, their eyes often fix on individual things, then move onto something new. Scorpio walks at a fast pace and is often conscious of those around them; opening doors and standing to one side in order to not be in the way.
The walk of a Sagittarius:
They are fun and sloppy, often stood straight backed in contrast. The Archer is usually find standing tall, with their chest puffed out so slightly. They use their bodies and gestures boldly, maybe their shoulders move up and down when they laugh, or their whole side turns as they open doors. Blissfully unaware of those around them, Sagittarius may fall into you or stop in front of you quite often.
The walk of a Capricorn:
They have a natural swagger. They may have their fingers curled with one palm pointing to the ceiling, or their feet slightly pointing out. They are very active walkers in this way, as they are always doing something with their hands. Capricorn is notorious for fixing or mindlessly playing with their hair. They may sometimes seem fierce or scary, as they stand and walk quite boldly. Sometimes they block the halls, but this is because if you don’t say “excuse me”, why should they move?
The walk of an Aquarius:
Aquarius is blind to those around them, merely enjoying those they walk with or any plans they are thinking up. They lean back slightly and walk with a group of friends whenever possible. Often, you will see them subtly swinging an arm back and forth. The Water Bearer often walks with a smile on their face. They may be in the way of people, but they don’t particularly care about that, as you could probably find a different way around.
The walk of a Pisces:
They do not draw much attention towards themselves. They walk alone in peace, or often take a back seat in larger groups. The Fish may have their head to the ground as they take quick and small steps. This individual can often be stopped as they tend to swing their arms. If a Pisces isn’t looking at the ground, they may be seeing looking out to the distance, or examine an on-coming crowd.
I highly recommend this book for really anyone who needs some inspiration and guidance to mindfulness and inner peace. It’s easy and quick to read, but I’ll probably read the pages I need over and over.
Moonstone!dipper and Diamond!bill -but young diamond so not fully grown- talking about earth.
“The Earth is INCREDIBLE my Diamond! there are so many species’, and the humans! incredible! they’re so many various personalities and they don’t have destined jobs like we do! It was AMAZING my diamond!”
“yeesh pine tree, You found out that much in just a 2 day stay there? I’m starting to regret not coming with you and didn’t I tell you not to call me ‘My Diamond’”
“uh-i don’t think i can call you by your chosen name My Diamond but uh anyways,i even met some gems that graciously took me in when i lost track of the rubies!…. the uh,Crystal Gems I believe.. I met someone there, who looked a lot like me, but they were a sun stone. i believe they’re name was Mabel.” (ignores the last part lol)
“ You met Gems on earth and some gem that looked like you ? i wonder why they were there. I don’t think Big Y.D sent any other gems for recon.”
(my headcanon about them in Crystal falls is that Dipper and Mabel were hole-mates, born from 2 holes that were too close to each other so they were born at the same date and they looked a lot alike but they were separated at birth during the gem war, Mabel was in Earth and Dipper lived in Homeworld)
(Bill got his bow tie from dipper since Dipper is the prime Gem Librarian in change of all the logs of the homeworld, Dipper also has a few old age Victorian Earth books like How to Tie a Bow Tie)
(Dipper is also Bill’s personal attendant since he didn’t want a in his words “a Boring nosy busy body yellow Pearl” watching his every move, but bill is a bit wishy washy about being called “My diamond” by dipper )
Omg so happy that you got to meet her!! She looks so beautiful at the event! I knew she would love your art! Who wouldn't? Anything else you can tell us?
Goodness! Sarah J. Maas is so gorgeous and so sweet! I really hope I get the chance to meet her again.
I wish I would have taken more notes during the Q&A portion of the event, but here are some of the bits I remember:
– She is a Hufflepuff and has been slowly coming to terms with it. Her husband (who has never read Harry Potter) is the Gryffindor. (It’s ok, Sarah, I’m a Hufflepuff, too *high five*) – She hates the sun and burns easily (*high five* again), so would probably be a member of the Night Court. – She sorted the Night Court crew into Hogwarts houses, but all I can remember is that Feyre was “Slytherpuff”. <3 – Her husband was NOT the inspiration for Rhys, as many fans have theorized. However, the relationship Sarah has with her husband was inspiration for the dynamic between Feyre and Rhys. – Sarah says she doesn’t identify too closely with Feyre or Aelin (depends on her mood), but thinks she is the most similar to Fleetfoot. – There will be three more books in the ACOTAR universe and two “novellas”. The books will each follow a different romantic pairing and there will probably be some common thread to tie the books together. She said she is planning on two novellas, but they may or may not grow into something more than that. Some may take place before the events of ACOTAR, some after the events of ACOWAR, she didn’t give any specific details. –Tower of Dawn runs parallel to Empire of Storms and she HIGHLY recommends reading it before the last TOG book because there is some significant stuff in ToD that you need to know. For the Chaol haters out there, she said her editor went into the book hating Chaol and loved him by the end. – Her advice about writing was inspiring as hell. Whether you are a writer or other creative type, I think the advice applies. Some of her points: - Make time to write, take it seriously - Write everyday, even if it’s only for 10 minutes. - Don’t listen to the haters who tell you you can’t do it, or what you are writing isn’t a “real book.” - It’s supposed to be hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it. - Find and use critique partners. You will learn a lot more about your writing and how to improve. - Never give up. She never considered failure as an option. If TOG wasn’t the book that got published, it would have been ACOTAR. If ACOTAR hadn’t been published it would have been the next thing, and the next thing and so on.
baby mac absolutely freaking out over getting a doll for christmas
dennis writing, in the tie-in book, “coco chanel famously said, ‘a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.’ hey, coco! what about the legions of heartbroken little boys out there who heard that and thought, ‘what about me, coco chanel? what about me?!! i can’t be classy and fabulous too, just because i have this sad piece of flesh hanging between my legs?”
mac being newly out and demonstratively hypersensitive to homophobia
dennis’s well-documented interest in establishing makeup as unisex
mac: i don’t think this boy is being pushed into this at all. dennis: this is a boy who genuinely loves pageantry. yeah. charlie: you know what? i bet he’s never won one of these. we should help him win. dennis: totally.
like all i’m saying is, in my mind and in my heart, brian jr. is getting american girl dolls for christmas and dressing up as queen elsa for halloween and taking ballet lessons after school and mac and dennis are ready at all times to physically fight anybody who takes issue with any of it