Super duper last minute sketches to take to the signing thing today at Wondercon with the Voltron Cast. I hadn’t planned on going until yesterday so I didn’t get much sleep last night but I did the thing !
“su would be sooo much better if rebecca sugar storyboarded more episodes”
rebecca sugar is responsible for most of the show’s most reviled mistakes. from sugilite’s concept and design, to the human zoo + it being portrayed as an utopia, pearls obsession w/ rose and abuse bc of it, to bismuths concept and imprisonment, to the diamonds sympathetic portrayal…
that last part specifically, she said that she disliked how yellow diamond was written in “message received”, so she took it upon herself to storyboard her and blue diamond in “that will be all”. whats the big difference in those two episodes? the first got huge critical acclaim. yd was shown as the cold, focused, ruthless dictator she is, with a pearl (slave) who is afraid of her. the second showed her as poor hurt and emotionally repressed, as suffering through her role as a dictator leader, on the verge of crying. with a pearl (slave) who happily served her. and blue diamond, the homophobic dictator, as a sobbing heartbroken mess whos WOAH suddenly gay.
sugar’s work on adventure time, tho extremely popular, also had a lot of glaring mistakes. she was responsible for the twist in fionna and cake- it was a fanfic written by the ice king. ok, funny..but the joke is that the ice king is writing 13 year old fionna/genderbent finn romancing him. or in “i remember you”, jokes likw marceline getting hit on by her father figure the ice king, or the looooads of ableism in that episode that tbh, as someone w/ mental illness in my family, made it hard to watch.
and tho she gets credit for starting bubbline in the show, all the bubbline eps by other boarders wrote them as…getting along, being nice to each other. she wrote them as having a lot of hate and repressed feelings. which creates a pretty bad pattern when u look at the gay relationships she writes in su- the unhealthy mess thats pearls love for rose, aforementioned portrayal of blue diamond… yeaaaa
tl;dr: rebecca sugar has some qualities as a writer, but still creates a lot of awful implications in near everything we’ve seen her do for su and at. she is responsible for most of the shows mistakes
Figure Skating AU - An old piece among various others tba soon
Note: This was done back in early 2015 (yes, before YOI. I’ve always loved the sport) in conjunction with Nicole’s lovely birthday gift for me that year (Read it on AO3: HERE). It belongs to an art log full of pair-skating Eruri illustrations. Hopefully I will finish it all sometime this year orz
So sorry for the silence for the past 2 months. >_< I’ll jumpstart again within the next month!
Writing is just writing. A writing career, however, encompasses so much more than that. Here are the basic elements of a writing career:
Research:Perhaps your character works in a profession that you know nothing about. Or maybe your setting is someplace you’ve never been. Maybe you research floor plans because you have difficulty describing your character’s apartment, or maybe you research hairstyles. Research is not only for the speculatively inclined, ever author of every genre will have to research at some time (or see their writing suffer).
Writing: Writing is, of course, essential part of a writing career. And it is still the most important! So while you are researching, marketing, networking, etc, make sure you remember what this is really all about in the end: Writing!
Editing: Editing is probably the second most important part of writing. Like research, all writers must edit (or see their writing suffer). Even if you are going to hire an editor, you need to edit your own work. This is because editors don’t want to have to fix all of your glaring obvious mistakes that you could have fixed yourself, and also because you don’t want them to. You don’t want an editor to rewrite most of your story for you and most of the time, and editor simply won’t do that. A lot of editors will simply refuse to work with some one whose work is not at a certain level, or offer a different service (usually labeled “mentoring”) for pieces that are really out of shape. In short, your work must be edited, and you can’t just pay some else to do all of that for you.
Marketing: Marketing means getting your book out there! Paid advertisements, your own blog, writing posts for other blogs, even handing out or posting up flyers are all marketing. Marketing might include a book signing or book giveaway, promoting a hashtag or posting links to your book on writing groups. Even if you are traditionally published all writers must market their own book (or see sales suffer).
Networking: Networking means meeting other writers, editors, literary agents, and most importantly, readers. It differs from marketing because you are actually meeting people and becoming friend with them, not just asking them to buy your book. Like all careers, networking is very important for breaking in and making a name for yourself. Blogging, conventions, book clubs, and social media are all useful for networking.
Planning: Planning happens at every stage, and it isn’t only for “planners.” At the writing stage, whether you outline every scene, or simply daydream them, you are preparing yourself for your writing in some way. For research, you have to know what you are looking for to find it! Editing usually has some sort of plan (in what order do you edit, what things do you edit first, when do beta readers see it, etc). Marketing and networking have their own set of plans and research too (who is your audience and how will you attract them, what events or clubs will you participate in to meet new writers, etc)
Summary (story spoilers): someone delivers some unexpected and unpleasant news, sending you running. Sam and Benny confront Dean, and the three of them go looking for you.
Pairing: AU!Dean x Reader
Word Count: 2,500
Warnings (again, spoilers): lots of language, angst, cheating, feelings of betrayal and worthlessness
A/N: Thank you guys for all your patience! My show this weekend went really well! I came in 3rd out of 17 and qualified for Nationals in early May! Hope you enjoy this installment, though I think I’ll have a few upset messages…
There are a thousand examples for why all of Sherlock S4 was fake, but here’s the only one I hold to:
The door to John’s flat was completely moved from its original location in MHR and HLV. There is no narrative purpose for this. The story doesn’t work better because the layout of the flat changed. This production design team is so meticulous in their sets and props, they would not just forget where this door is. They had a poster in the Pool scene in ASIB that was a shoutout to John’s blog post “The Speckled Blonde”, and we only saw it for three seconds. They had a painting made for TAB that was on screen for two seconds, just because they wanted a hand-painted sign of a man that looked like their director. They put every episode story into a stained-glass window in TAB that nobody noticed. They are *not* lazy. Any glaring set mistakes you see are meant to be seen.
John’s flat is different because whatever POV we’re in has not seen John’s flat, except for maybe in pictures. So, who would that be?
Sherlock. He’s never gone to John’s flat. He’s still in his mind palace. It’s EMP, starting at his gunshot wound or at the “You’d still have a future, with Mary”/“Anderson, here’s what happened” mind palace moment in The Empty Hearse.
Critics and fans rate this series at an all-time low, because we’re told to accept a bunch of implausible actions as truth.
Based off my favorite song from the album and my favorite pet name. I’m not going to edit this so please ignore any glaring mistakes.Thank you for reading and i hope you have a swell day!
You had the string of the tea bag twirled around your finger.
Slowly, you dipped it into the mug with steaming water, humming along to the radio playing softly in the corner of Harry’s rather large kitchen. You were wide awake at seven this morning and no matter how hard you tried to go back to sleep, you couldn’t. So you stumbled out of Harry’s plush bed and found his pajama pants and a discarded t-shirt sitting on the ottoman in front of his reading chair. You needed socks for your insanely cold feet now, but you weren’t going to go back upstairs to disturb him. He was sleeping soundly and you didn’t have the heart to go back up there. So you decided to stay down here on the first floor drinking a cup of tea while you tried to get some work done.
@sarogane’s super amazing Shance fic Something Just Like This (starts singing) just ended and I JUST HAD TO DRAW SOMETHING FOR IT BECAUSE THIS FIC GAVE ME LIIIIIFE!!! So here, have some married Shance being completely in love with each other even after years being together *sobsforever* (Thank u so much for this fic)
I was thinking about YOI, as I do every waking moment of my life, and I noticed something I thought was odd at first. I mean, I had noticed before but had written it off for the most part and put it in the back of my mind, but: Victor has a missing 6 seasons of skating.
We know from flashbacks that he was a junior world champion by the age of 16
and that he was very well known by the age of 15/16
(you can find a fan-translated version of that magazine here)
However, he only has 5 Senior Grand Prix medals and the same number of Senior World Champions. The Grand Prix medals at least are confirmed as consecutive in the show (but I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to extend that to World Championships)
meaning that the ages of 17-~22 are completely missing.
(So. Do I have a point or am I just pulling out the obvious? Both.)
Anyway, I was running through the possible reasons for this, and my first thought was writing error, but the creators care too much about the show to make such a glaring mistake. And then I remembered a line from episode 4. A line that was brought up so casually and quickly moved past for things that were more important at the time, so I had nearly forgotten about it.
“You haven’t suffered any major injuries, and you’re younger than I am.“
I thought the wording was odd when I saw it for the first time. Victor is comparing Yuuri to himself. ”You haven’t suffered any major injuries,“ implying something kind of angsty: Victor has suffered a major injury.
It makes sense. It accounts for the absent years. Maybe he had to temporarily retire to take care of it, and then work his way back up. The line from episode 4 works perfectly with that narrative. Yuuri is a major Victor Nikiforov fanboy; he would know about anything that happened to Victor during his career, so he wouldn’t react strongly to the line.
The only question I have left is, what happened to Victor?
Disclaimer: Artistic liberties taken regarding the publishing world and timeline. I’ve put the warnings below and tagged them as well just in case. As always, let me know if there are any glaring mistakes. I always love feedback!
The song is the lead single from Zayn’s second album, yet to be released. It was produced by Frank Dukes (who recently produced Lorde’s Green Light, and has worked with Rihanna and Drake) and Murda Beatz (who produced No Frauds for Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil Wayne).
In this post, I will be referring to times from this video:
I admit I’m not used to writing about dance or R&B music, and if I make any glaring mistakes, please message me!
This song is part of the slew of Caribbean-inspired tropical house or Jamaican dancehall music that have drifted in and out of pop charts recently, often collaborations between artists and producers, whose engineering of bass lines and percussion is a significant portion of the songwriting.
These songs might sound tropical, and fresh, and sunny, but their pedigree is firmly rooted in Motown R&B. And the looming figure in contemporary R&B and dance whose influence and sound are inescapable is Michael Jackson.
this was meant to be a very small and simple sketch but then… anyway urbosa is my fav champion by far. THUNDER THIGHS. sorry for any glaring anatomy mistakes, i used a reference but this is my first time drawin this body type. anyway i love her a lot..
Some of you, those who have been following me for a while or seen me at conventions, know that I am *trying* to branch out into designing toys rather than just making them. There are a lot of reasons for this, primarily so that I have time: time to design new things, time to rest, time to do literally anything other than crochet delightful sea creatures - you get the gist.
It’s not that I don’t love making things, I do. And I’m certainly not going to stop making things; I’m pretty sure I can’t, to be honest. But I have to admit that it would certainly be much easier on me, at least for my wrists, to have sewing machines do most of the work.
So. The dragons.
I finally made enough money to get a run of plushies made, and I decided to start with my red dragons as my first line. Dragons were one of my most popular items, but they were a lot of work to make, so I figured they would be perfect as plushies.
I decided to go with Gann Memorials for my production. Now that I’ve already made my mistakes, I’ve had a lot of people tell me that I should never have partnered with Gann, but since nobody felt the need to tell me anything about them previous to my giving them quite a lot of money, that’s who I went with. I did have one person tell me that they were “skeevy”, but since she wouldn’t go into any detail or even use any other words to describe them, I assumed her issue was personal in nature and dismissed it. I wasn’t planning on spending time with these people, I reasoned, just entering into a business arrangement with them. I don’t care if they’re skeevy. I care if they’re competent.
Well, now I know.
We began in July of 2015, a year and a half ago. I made the initial phone call (which was grand, because I have social anxiety and calling people on the phone is one of my least favorite things to do). Chris Gann (hereafter Chris) was a genial guy, very much a salesman - but, since I was looking to buy things from him, that was pretty much what I was looking for. We set up an account for me. Promises were made, verbal assurances; they specialize in quick turnaround for orders, I’d have them in less than three months (assuming that I don’t take forever making alterations, of course), they have very high quality standards, et cetera.
A few days later he set up a Basecamp account. Basecamp is an app for communication between people working on a project together. I can definitely recommend it; it works out beautifully for that precise thing. The account was started July 27.
So far, so good.
On August 11, he sent me the first sample images. They needed some tweaking, but I was starting to get excited. I made my recommendations and he went off to relay them to the production team.
On August 19, he sent the second sample images. These were very close. I accepted this version:
Cute, right? I think it’s cute. Grumpy, but not off-putting; now that I have a little more experience under my belt, I can see where I would make further changes, but it’s still very cute.
September 1: Chris tells me that the dragons will be shipped to me in October.
September 7: Chris informs me that these guys are going to need tags. I hadn’t thought about that, but I whip up an acceptable tag design (it’s not great but it’ll work) and send it off to him two days later. I don’t hear back from him until October 2nd, when I ask for a shipping estimate; Chris assures me that they’ll ship by the end of the month.
October 21: Chris asks me to approve the tag design that I had sent him. I’m a little confused, but I approve. The day after, I approve of the shipping mark and I start to get myself emotionally prepared to receive a large shipment of toys.
October 29: I check up again on the time frame. Chris says he’ll ask.
November 2: Chris says that they’ll be shipped by the end of the week.
I want to point out here that Chris told me they would be *delivered* by the end of October, not shipped at the beginning of November. I’m a little unhappy with this, but you know, things happen. Whatever. I’ll probably shop around for the next line of plushies due to this delay; he hasn’t lost my business forever at this point, but neither has he pleased me to the point where I would go with his company again as a matter of course.
November 5: Chris sends me pictures of the final product. There’s not much in the way of variation from what I had already approved, so I assume all is well. He also tells me that I’ll be getting extra product on their dime. I am pleased by the prospect, as that would mollify me about the delay. Unfortunately, it turns out not to be true.
Novemter 18: I receive the boxes. I do not believe in putting things off, so I opened them immediately and went through my product, counting and sorting carefully. I am widely dismayed by what I find.
I ordered 350 dragons. It’s a small order, in the way of these things, but it was what I could afford. I did receive exactly 350 dragons, but they were not what I had approved. Every aspect was correct and acceptable *except* the most important part of any mammal, toy or not: the face. In this case, the eyes. Of the whole order, 17 dragons had split seams (not a big deal, I’m handy with a needle and I understand that they underwent significant squishing in order to fit them into as few boxes as possible to make shipping affordable); 46 were correct, as in their eye placement and shape were in a range close to what I had approved of; and a whopping 286 of them had what I have to call drastically incorrect eye placement. Here’s what I mean:
The eyelids are too low and placed at the wrong angle, making it look sleepy (still sellable, but not what I paid for). The eyelids are, by the way, glued into place.
These eyes are totally wrong (and, may I remind you, glued into place, so I can’t fix it without cutting the eyes out completely). That’s just… wrong.
This guy has to be my favorite. One eye is significantly larger than the other one and has been placed about a quarter inch higher; the eyelids are entirely wonky - and still glued into place.
Dec 3: Chris tells me he is trying to work things out with the factory; I send him the above images for clarification. He says he may just have me keep what I received and he will replace the entire order on his dime.
I am, at this point, entirely depressed. I feel like a failure. I have a certainty that this issue will not be corrected, and even if it is, it won’t be corrected in anything like a reasonable time scale. I feel that I have wasted a very large sum of money and way too much time and it makes me angry and hugely, vastly, deeply disappointed.
January 5, 2016: Chris asks me if the appearance of the dragons I received is somehow different from the sample I approved. I wonder to myself if he has working eyeballs, or at least knows someone who does, but I respond in the affirmative and re-send all of the pictures, including the one I approved for reference. All of these pictures are still in the Basecamp account. All I have to do is scroll to look at these exact same pictures, but I send them again anyways. I also ask for honesty, here; if he’s not going to fix this, please at least have the decency to tell me about it so I can move on with my life and not have to expend my energy trying to get something done here.
January 7: Chris takes umbrage at the notion that he might just possibly not bother to fix these glaring mistakes, as he is nothing if not forthright and good. I point out that the delivery took much, much longer than he had initially told me, and that the extra product that was supposed to be included with the shipment never showed up.
January 8: Chris says that he misspoke about me getting extras; there will not be another box forthcoming, he was mistaken about that. He does graciously allow me to keep the gigantic pile of unsellable, wasted material that they sent me, and promises that he’ll have the dragons remade at his expense and the issue with the eyes will definitely be fixed in the next batch. (This also turns out to be untrue.)
January 9: Chris tells me that the next batch will ship out after the Chinese New Year. This makes sense to me; holidays always mess up shipping times, and these are travelling across the planet, after all. I settle down and assume they’ll be here in six to eight weeks.
April 20: This is more than six to eight weeks, you will notice. Chris tells me to expect a shipment some time late next month. I have given up on ever seeing these damn things.
September 23: Chris sends new pictures for approval. It has been over a year since the first time I went through this process; I was told that I would have them in under three months. Over a year. I’ve moved to a different state by this point and yes, I was snippy. I pointed out that in the FIVE MONTHS since I last heard from him, my address had changed.
I liked the new ones. These looked angrier. If I got dragons like these, I would be able to sell them in exchange for money.
November 16: Chris asks me for my delivery address. Again. I ask if this indicates that they will be shipped soon, but there’s no response.
January 10, 2017: Gene Gann, another employee of Gann Memorials, informs me that I should expect my shipment by mid-February.
February 8: Gene asks me for my phone number, which I supply, so the shipper can get into contact with me to set up a delivery time.
February 15: The shipper calls me. We set up a delivery time.
February 17, 2017: I receive six boxes full of dragons. They have the same qualities of the first batch, only there are more of them this time. Four - I repeat, four - are correct, in that they match the above picture. A further 189 are in sellable condition, looking sleepy or disappointed rather than angry but otherwise having no defects. 27 have split seams, only three of which I bother fixing since the other 24 have devastatingly bizarre eye placement. 303 dragons go into boxes with glued-on, incorrectly placed, wrongly sized eyes.
In the end, I’ve received a total of 243 dragons that are in a sellable condition. Only a small portion of those actually resemble what I ordered. 589 dragons can only be sold as misfits. I put some in grab bags, feeling guilty. I see them in trash cans at conventions and can’t really blame anyone. 218 dragons, which should have been sold at a profit to fund the next line, are utterly unusable. I have scrapped them and am using their stuffing to fill other projects.
I am bitter about the entire thing. I am angry. I am never, ever going to do business with Gann Memorials again, nor will I recommend them to anyone, as I cannot with good conscience do so, because if they had an experience anything similar to mine I would be wracked with the most horrible guilt.
I *am* going to try again. As tempting as it is to simply give up, to assume that there is something lacking about my character, that there is something about me that makes things like this happen, I won’t do it. I’m saving up for another line of plush toys. I am shopping around for a different company to work with.
My hands are tired and my blood pressure is high, but I’m still going.
(I want to put in a disclaimer that I am not assuming anything about the personal morality of Chris or Gene Gann. I do not want them attacked or thought of in any wrong way because of how all of this went down. This was a business deal, and sometimes they go sour. This could have been a series of misunderstandings, mistakes, communication errors, unfortunate events, what have you. I don’t know what’s going on in their lives. These are things that happened, and they will affect who I do business with going forward, but I don’t assume that these are bad people. I don’t think I could encourage anyone to have a business relationship with this company and these people, but if you want to have a beer with them, I’m sure they’re very nice.)
Sorry it took so long! Hope you enjoy it! Actual fluff and not angst…wow. ;)
Prompt #67: “Don’t look at me like that.”
He had thought the view would be enough. The night sky spread above you two, swirling from deep blue to a soft purple in various areas. The moonlight gently rested on the thin grass underneath and behind you. More than all of that, stars glittered against a dark canvas, shimmering across the heavens like perfectly set jewels.
So why the heck were you staring at him?
He tried not to squirm under your gaze. He wondered what you were thinking behind those eyes, their beauty rivaling the stars above. What did you see? Were you disgusted? Confused? The question of what someone thought had never even occurred to him before he met you. For some reason, the ache to exist in a special part of your mind had been so prominent since.
So, he glanced at you from the corner of his eyes. Your knees were pulled up to your chest and you rested your head against them, facing him. Small strands of hair brushed against your cheek emphasizing the small upturn of your lips. You were…smiling at him?
His heart thudded against his ribs, and he quickly returned his attention to the view in front of him. His chest loosened when you seemed to look away. His relief was short lived when he caught you again turning your face towards him.
“Don’t look at me like that,” he said finally. He meant to sound harsher, but his nerves extinguished any of his boldness, making his scolding mild and more of a whisper.
“Sorry,” you said, not one ounce of remorse in your apology.
He frowned and turned his head to glare. Big mistake. It only reminded him of the small distance between you. The rhythm of his heart quickened once again. “S-seriously, do I have something on my face?”
“Cuteness,” you shot back without missing a beat.
He chuckled despite himself. You two had always had a banter going with your meaningless flirting. But as time went on, it got less and less meaningless for Seven. The little comments he made…he meant every one underneath his teasing tone. And every remark you made shot right through him like cupid’s arrow.