Hi, everyone! I hope you’ve all been doing well. A lot of people have been asking where I’ve been. I don’t usually share much personal information online, but I suppose I can spare a little bit.
Full disclosure: I am a college student and I’ve had a very busy semester. These past few months have been full of incredible new opportunities, experiences, and achievements for me in my life away from the internet.
I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to do, but I’m sad that this blog fell to the wayside. I love to write, I love TV and I love engaging with other fans online. I wish I could always have time for that.
That being said, the semester is wrapping up and very soon I will have time. In fact, I fully plan on posting texts along with the new Steven Bomb as it airs on TV this coming week.
I’m excited to be back! Running Texts Between Gems brings me great joy, and I hope that you will share in that joy with me as I become more active again. I appreciate you all. You make being a fan so much fun.
He governs the affairs of the various kingdoms and He commands and forbids, creates, sustains, gives death, gives life, gives power, strips power (to and from whom He wills) and alternates the night and day. He gives varying fortunes to people and alternates governments (and states), destroying some and bringing some into existence. His Command and Power are dominant in the heavens and their zones, the earth and all that which is on and in it, in the seas and in the air. His Knowledge has encompassed everything and He counted everything. He hears all types of voices and they do not confuse Him. Rather, He hears each voice in its distinct language and need, and no voice will make Him busy from fulfilling the need of another, and no need will ever escape His Perfect Knowledge (and His Power to deliver).
He does not become bored because of the many needs of those who need. His Sight encompasses all that which there is. He sees the movement of a black ant on a barren rock during a dark night. To Him, the Unseen is uncovered end the secret is secret no more,
“Whosoever is in the heavens and on Earth begs of Him (its needs from Him). Every day He has a matter to bring Forth (such as giving honour to some, disgrace to some, life to (some, death to some, etc.).” [Quran 55:29]
He forgives an evil deed, makes depression vanish and brings reprieve from disasters, relief for whoever needs it, wealth for the poor, guidance for the misguided, light for the lost, help for he who is desperate, fullness for the hungry, cover for the barely clothed, cure for the ill and ease for he who suffers. He accepts he who repents, gives reward for he who does good, gives aid for he who was dealt with injustice, destroys an arrogant person, covers mistakes, gives safety after fear end elevates some people and humiliates others.
If those who inhabit His heavens and His earth and all those whom He created, whether mankind or the Jinns, had hearts similar to the most pious heart, His Kingdom will not increase.
If all His creation, whether mankind or the Jinns, had hearts similar to the heart of the most wicked heart, this will not decrease from His Kingdom. Also, if all those who inhabit His heavens and His earth, all mankind and all the Jinns, the dead and the living, stand up on one strip of land and each asks Him for his need, and He then fulfils their needs, this will not decrease from what He has a bit.
He is the First, nothing is before Him, the Last, nothing is after Him, the Most High, nothing is above Him, and the Most Near, nothing is nearer than Him. He, Exalted and Ever High as He is, is the Best Whom one can and should remember, the only One Who deserves to be worshiped and thanked, the Kindest of all those who own and the Most generous of all those who are asked to give.
He is the King Who has no partner, the One Who has no competitor, the Samad (Self-Sufficient) Who has no offspring, and the Ever High, none like unto Him. Everything perishes save His Face and every kingship is bound to perish except His.
He will only be obeyed by His Leave, and His Knowledge uncovers all disobedience to Him. When He is obeyed, He thanks for it, and when He is disobeyed, He grants forgiveness (for those who truly repent to Him). Every punishment from Him is just and every bounty is a grace. He is the Closest Witness and the Nearest One with His Perfect Care. He controls the forelocks of everything and has the full records of all deeds end the books of all ages. The hearts are unmasked to Him and the secret is unveiled. His giving and punishing is merely a Command, “Verily, His Command, when He intends a thing, is only that He says to it, ‘Be, and it is!’” [36:82].
[“The Weakening of Faith - Its Symptoms – Causes & Cure” by Shaykh Muhammad Saleh al-Munajjid]
reasons why shattering homeworld gems isn’t a great thing to do
okay so the crystal gems are fighting for the liberation of their kind form the tyranny of homeworld, and because of this, shattering homeworld soldiers would be against their cause. this is because homeworld soldiers are victims of the same tyranny that the crystal gems are fighting against. these new eps have firmly established the fact that gems are born knowing their purpose, jasper in recent eps is a prime example of this. her purpose is to serve as a loyal solider, as all quartz are supposed to. bismuths are builders, the engineers. the homeworld soldiers are victims of this system because they are simply living out their purpose. they are living the roles that the diamonds had neatly set out for them. bismuth established that rose quartz was able to show gems that they can be more than what they were created for, that they don’t have to conform to the lives that the diamonds gave them, that they can create their own purpose. the majority of the hw soldiers haven’t realized that, and that they don’t have to obey the diamonds forever. loyalty is forced on gems from the moment they are born (this is supported by peridots long lived loyalty for yellow diamond, who literally abandoned her on earth ) except for the probable few that that truly believe in homeworld’s cause, most of the gems in the war are victims of the system they were created in.
basically, shattering hw gems is killing innocent victims of the tyranny that the crystal gems are fighting against, and if you’re harming the same victims that you’re trying to save, then are you really fighting against their oppressors?
Amethyst really like purple things, especially grape soda
Lars is a straight trans guy, and Sadie is a bisexual cis woman
Steven grows up to be transfeminine, Connie grows up to be transmasculine
Rose also used fae/faer pronouns (she thought they were cute)
Greg got his facial hair when he kept forgetting to shave for a couple weeks in a row; Rose liked it, so he kept it after she stopped existing
Steven is probably the first in his family to not have a chronic hoarding problem
Steven is panromantic/sexual
Connie is aromantic bisexual
Steven will have a band at some point, one-man or otherwise; his music will be loved by few, but mostly ignored
Connie probably grows up to be a talented author, a dabbling musician, and a casual athlete
Steven ends up living with or near the gems for most of his life, mostly to keep in touch and help with magical things
Peridot secretly just wants to be accepted and be her own boss for once; she eventually joins the Crystal Gems
Jasper and Lapis eventually separate; Lapis joins the Crystal Gems, while Jasper runs off to formulate her revenge, and try to find a way back to Homeworld
Real life malachite releases a toxic gas when submerged in water; the ocean around Beach City is slowly growing deadly, which will eventually cause all its citizens (aside from Steven, Connie, and the Gems) to evacuate, leaving Beach City a ghost town
Sour Cream will go on to developed music for video games and movies
Lion is mostly immortal, as well as a reformed gem-monster (Rose Quartz, as the Rose we know is likely Rose or Pink Diamond)
Centipeetle is Vesuvianite, and will eventually be reformed.
Pearl is autistic, and has OCD
Connie has Social Anxiety Disorder
The giant axe from Rose’s Scabbard belonged to Rhodonite
Alexandrite + Rose Quartz would result in a far more stable fusion
Pearl likes pie, not in the traditional sense, but because she enjoys the aesthetic, process, scent, and concept of pie
I like how Peridot says Wow Thanks when Steven hugs her. It is so cute.
It was very sweet! And its interesting ‘cause, like, Gems are generally pretty rigid and rule-oriented but they’re also really fast learners. So, like, when they learn and change, they’re adopting new rules for their behaviors (I think Amethyst is less this way, since she was never part of Homeworld society and wasn’t held to a rule set. I think she may have a subconscious pull to adhere to some rule set which she dislikes, but that’s speculation for another time)
Steven taught Peridot that when you receive a gift (which, by Steven’s definition, is something you give to your friends to make them feel nice and to show you care) that you say “Wow, thanks!”. So that’s the model of behavior she’s following. Even when she was angry and rushed Steven off after he gave her the paint cans, she still screamed “Wow, thanks!” at him
So her response to him was because she felt him saying he loved her was a gift, it was a demonstration of caring and it made her feel nice, and she responded with the proper response he had taught her, which is “Wow, thanks”. Its really sweet
So I had this headcanon that Karkat is afraid to show his gem, not cause of like the color or anything, but cause it's just like a rock. Like all the other gems get shiny polished faceted surface, and his is just pure unshaped unpolished, but pure, bloodstone. What do ya think?
I think I’ve pegged exactly what bugs me about Amethyst tossing Peridot’s limbs over the edge in Catch and Release. It’s multifaceted, but here goes.
While we don’t have an obvious, visceral indication- like Peridot not having limbs without them- it’s abundantly clear that those enhancers are some kind of assistive technology that Peridot is dependent on. Consider Homeworld’s mindset of utility, plus the fact that they tend to be kinda bad when it comes to taking care of people: if Peridot did not have a serious “medical” need for those I don’t think she’d have access to them given what her social status seems to be. So first and foremost, it’s the metaphorical equivalent of capturing a wheelchair-bound individual and then kicking their wheelchair into traffic while they aren’t in it. You can argue that the arm pieces at least are a dangerous weapon, but you can’t ignore the fact that the escape pod is practically armed to the teeth and the Crystal Gems methodically kept and stored that.
do you remember in the episode "an indirect kiss" when they went to rose's fountain and saw all the vines and pearl said something like "they're a mess without her guidance" and it showed a shot of her feet, and she moved her foot and it really looked like a foot moving inside a shoe? i really appreciate that little bit of animation
yea, I always liked that too! Its like the front bit of her shoes are blank space (like the toes only go just past the opening of the shoe). Not really, though, their clothes are part of their body so they whole thing is her foot. It looks neat though. Raven seems to like to give Pearl floppy feet, ‘cause Pearl also does this in “Mirror Gem”
Okay so im just spit balling right now, maybe im wrong, but hear me out
Now we know that “love conquers all” and jazz like that, and that’s
possibly how the crystal gems will win or w/e but realistically we know they’re
gonna need some kind of back up.
We know that all of the ‘monsters’ they fight were once
gems and that Rose quarts was looking for a way to fix
them but never actually succeeded. Considering all of that, what do we know about
STEVEN! He can not only heal gems, but he can also tame the wild ones as well. He already tamed and made progress
with one of them, HE EVEN MADE THE PROMISE TO COME BACK AND ‘HEAL YOU UP SOMEDAY’.
We are constantly reminded and told how much he is like Rose and how much she cared
for any other kind of living thing and how she tried to help those she saw good
I believe that there is a strong possibility that Steven
will be the one to bring all of those ‘monsters’ back and learn of a way to
protect earth with their help (not to mention that those gems they fight didn’t just pop
out of nowhere. More likely than not they were once part of roses army lost in
the fury of battle, left behind like their weapons. If they were brought back then it wouldn’t be
too far to say that they would help the Crystal Gems cause)