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gentle request to artists and designers

In case you haven’t seen the post announcing the GRSHN’s new initiative “Spread Shirts, Spread Help” - gentle reminder is now selling shirts, and all proceeds are being donated to charity!

However, these shirts need to be designed, and who better to design them than the community that has bought the blog to this point and given us this opportunity? So if you would like to help charity by donating a simple, positive, gentle reminder based design to sell, please contact us at gentleremindertumblr@gmail.com and we can get your design on the redbubble store as soon as possible to help charity! You will be completely credited for your work, and thanked on our ‘contributing artists’ page of our website. Feel free to also contact the network if you have any questions!

Even if you can’t design anything, or if you can’t afford a shirt, please spread this post around to anyone who you think will be interested! 

Thank you so much, and I hope you have a lovely day. 

Additional note: You have to be 16 years old or over in order to donate your design; my apologies if this inconveniences or saddens anyone, however thank you so much for your interest!

Here’s a strange but true fact about us complicated humans: our brains can’t actually distinguish all that clearly between real events and imagined ones. So by using creative visualization, you can harness the power of the mind to define your purpose. Using your imagination, you can create a memory bank of positive experiences that will motivate you and improve your self-image. In turn, these visions will help you believe in your potential to make your dreams a reality.
—  Jillian Michaels, Unlimited:  How to Build an Exceptional Life
I will remain strong

Recently I was removed from my position as Communications Manager at Pale Sea Inc, after a long and frustrating creative struggle with the Board of Directors who is largely made up of egotistical fish-crazy billionaire “philanthropists”. My job was onsite at a remote marine research base 1km off of the coast of Myggbukta, Greenland. It seemed like a dream job at first, but once you spend a few months in the arctic surrounded by these micromanagers telling you which fish you can and cannot post you start to lose it.

I am currently hiding in a large storage facility attached to the base, but I am constantly on the move to avoid detection. I’m not sure what happens to people when they are fired, but I am not going to stick around to find out. My current plan is to stow away on the next supply ship and get the hell out of here.

In the mean time, I will do whatever I can to elude security and disrupt their social media output. Serious seaweed, indeed.

-Your mod on the inside

Former Communications Manager, Pale Sea Institute Arctic Research Station

After a little bit of traveling while she’s figuring out exactly what she wants to do, Cat Grant decides revisit an old pen name.  She wrote a few children’s books when she was younger under the name Charity Malkin, mostly to settle a bet with Lois, but there was no reason Charity Malkin couldn’t come out of retirement.

She finds she enjoys it, and finishes her first book in record time.  She sends it in to CatCo’s publishing department, through the normal approval procedures.  Sure, she could just order it done, but Cat refuses to take the easy option.  Her employees have been trained to recognize quality, and if her book doesn’t pass muster, she’ll just have to try harder.

Her book is picked up, however, and the first limited run is snatched up quick enough that she’s approved for wider release.

Charity Malkin gets fanmail, drawings from little children and thank you letters from parents, but two letters are sent to Cat Grant specifically, despite her expecting at most one, or more likely zero.  After all, Lois was the only other person who knew who Charity Malkin was.

Sure enough, one of the cards is from her former colleague, congratulating her and insulting her in equal measure.  The other card didn’t come through the mail, but instead appeared on her kitchen counter along side a styrofoam container with breakfast from her favorite bistro in France.  Kara’s card was short, congratulating her on her return and hoping for more, with no explanation as to how she figured out Cat was the author or why she had read the book in the first place.

Fueled by her initial success, Cat keeps writing.  The average american family hadn’t been static over the years, and Cat refused to use the stereotypical 50s family.  She didn’t always make it the focus, but her books were quickly noted as some of the best new examples of non-traditional families available.  Divorce, Adoption, Gay Parents, Transgender characters, characters on the spectrum, and more.  Cat did her research, interviewed real families to make sure she was accurate, because she knew children deserved to see themselves in books.

Cat has never been willing to settle once she’s on a roll, and she starts writing for older kids, first chapter books, then some young adult fiction, all the diverse casts she had made her mark with.  She made sure anyone who read her books could find themselves in the pages, and from the fan letters that made it to her and the communities that sprang up, Cat had succeeded.

Kara kept sending her cards whenever she published something new, usually a few lines about what she thought, but sometimes, the whole card is full of words, and once or twice, there’s notebook pages torn out and stuffed in the card, and Cat reads every word, more than once.  Those letters always end up in her collection of favorite fanmail, alongside pictures of kids and families dressed as her characters, fanart of her heroes, and letters that brought a tear to her eye.

Charity Malkin was successful, but reclusive.  Cat had fun lurking on the official Charity Malkin forums, posting only occasionally, typically to end discussions that had gotten out of hand, or to critique particularly bad grammar.  Her favorite section was the creative writing boards, and encouraged everyone to contribute.  It was considered high praise to have TheCharityMalkin leave a comment, even when she only left a few words, because she rarely left more than that.

But Cat wanted to be able to interact with her fans more directly than through an internet filter, and began planning her reveal.  A press release would be boring, and a media campaign wasn’t the right strategy.  Inspiration struck when Supergirl landed on her balcony.

Supergirl hadn’t taken much convincing to agree to her plan, not that Cat expected it would.  Two weeks later, Supergirl landed in front of the children’s hospital for a publicized meet and greet.  A camera followed her as she met the kids and answered their questions.  Eventually the kids were assembled for storytime, and Supergirl introduced her friend, Charity Malkin.  The camera barely left her face as Cat read her new book, about an alien who came to earth, and how she had managed to adjust to life on a new planet.  The kids clapped for the book when she was done, and Cat warmed because she knew they weren’t clapping just because of who she was, because most of them still didn’t recognize her.  It was a change Cat didn’t know she would appreciate so much.

The video was sold to everybody pretty much immediately.  Cat let the media run with it, and refused to answer her phone, except when Lois called for a comment, and Cat only did that because she knew nothing either one of the said would be fit for print.

Cat kept writing, though she slowed down production somewhat now that she was public.  She refused to do a full book tour, but instead, she would fly out and did public readings and Q&A sessions in bookstores whenever it struck her fancy.  Charity Malkin also spoke at fan conventions, where she lectured on writing and storycraft, and gave maddeningly obtuse answers whenever she was asked about a spoiler.

It’s the happiest she’s been in years.

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This is the final weekend for the exhibition “Real American Places: Edward Weston and Leaves of Grass,” on view through Monday (March 20) in the Chandler Wing of the Scott Galleries and featuring 25 stunning photographs made by Weston in 1941.

View the gallery guide here.

images:
The Brooklyn Bridge, 1941
Gelatin silver print
Photograph by Edward Weston
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
©1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

Woodlawn Plantation House, Louisiana, 1941
Gelatin silver print
Photograph by Edward Weston
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
©1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

New Orleans, 1941
Gelatin silver print
Photograph by Edward Weston
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
©1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

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A little girl is warned by her father about the giants in the forest! But when the little girl loses her precious doll in the river- she follows the water into the dark forest. But to her surprise, a kind giant finds her doll and brings her home safe and sound! YAY!

- This was a small storyboard/event board I made! I think if I drew more the story would be adorable!