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thestormdrake  asked:

Hello! I'm considering working on writing what I think could be a major undertaking for me, this being a long (epic?) poem, involving the Fair Folk! I know you do a lot of stuff related to Greek and Roman mythology, but fair folk count as mythological too (don't they?) and I thought perhaps they'd fall under your area of knowledge. If that's the case I was wondering if you had any sources you might be able to direct me to, so I can learn more about them? Thank you! I very much enjoy your blog.

Hello!! Sorry that this is a bit late, and I hope it’s still useful.

So, on my Master’s, I did a module on Celtic mythology which included a bit on fairies. However, I decided to write mostly on the realm of the fairies (the Otherworld idea) more than the fairies themselves. I can give you a few sources and ideas, though!

  • As always, I’m going to shove the old disclaimer here that Celtic studies really had a bit of a teething problem. The earlier scholarship (think late 19th to early 20th century) is incredibly fanciful and based almost entirely on speculation or inaccurate reconstructions. Some things that we tend to consider as key tenets of Celtic myth, like their ~closeness to nature~ and their ~matriarchal or egalitarian societies~ are honestly just wank made up by bored white people, usually Americans, who wanted to pretend that their heritage was idealistic so they could feel proud of it and therefore closer to it. Oops.
  • Fairies were spooky as hell!! They weren’t necessarily tricksters or even malevolent, but they were considered to live by a totally different moral code to humans, a bit like the gods in many of the well-known Greek and Roman myths. Not that their code was similar to that, because it wasn’t, but the idea of a difference in morality between humans and fairies was prevalent. This meant that fairies were often depicted as being very unpredictable, because certain acts necessitated consequences that to humans seemed irrelevant, but followed the fairy moral code.
  • An example of this would be the entrance to the Otherworld. Human beings were not supposed to contact fairies. They were supposed to wait for fairies to contact them. To make this more feasible, the entrance to the Otherworld, where the fairies existed, was temporally and spatially distant from the human world. There were certain times and locations at which the two worlds blurred and it was possible for humans to traverse the boundaries – fairies, of course, didn’t need to wait, and could cross at any time. However, it was possible for humans to seek out these specific locations and cross into the Otherworld, essentially traversing the boundaries not only between the worlds but between human and fairy moralities, and this usually led to punishment for the human. The most common form of punishment would be temporal displacement; the human would live happily in the Otherworld for, say, 5 years, and when they decided to leave, they would find that 500 years had passed in the human world and they were barred from the Otherworld, essentially living in neither world. Seems a bit out of proportion to me, but there you go.
  • tl;dr fairies are often presented as inherently malevolent, when actually they just Did Things Differently.
  • Death!! You’ll probably come across some wank sources which claim that Celtic fairies are definitive proof that Celtic people worshipped the dead, or that they represent Christian angels, or that fairies were pagan gods. None of these are accurate (or at least proven to be so), so take those with a pinch of salt. However, there are links between fairies and death. You couldn’t eat in the Otherworld, for example; a bit like the Greek myth of Persephone, who wasn’t supposed to eat in the Underworld. Fairies could literally take you out of the human world and trap you forever in theirs, which has obvious parallels with death. Certain rituals described in fairy lore, such as feasts and dancing in the Otherworld, resembles what we know of burial rites and death rituals. None of it is definitive, but it’s enough to posit that fairies had a very dangerous side.

Some fancy sources:

  • Katherine Briggs – Encyclopedia of Fairies
  • Carole Silver – Strange and Secret Peoples (this one is actually about the role played by fairies in the Victorian era, when much of the spurious scholarship was being produced – still interesting!)
  • W. Y. Evans-Wentz – The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries (one of the old ones, but one of the less wanky ones. Linking it primarily as it’s freely available here)

I’m not sure what your access to journals and stuff is like, so I won’t link specific articles, but Folklore, Ériu and any of the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium would also be good places to look!

Hope some of this is helpful!

anonymous asked:

So i have something to ask..I'm pan and polyamorous and my boyfriend is too He wanted to date one of our friends who we both have a crush on and we started dating It's been a month and she barely talks to us She only gives kisses when we ask I don't know what to do because I'm scared of confronting her about it My bf's and I 7 month anniversary was a few days ago and she didn't even notice why we were so giddy about homecoming Do you have any advice on what I should do?

You should sit down and have a talk with her. Maybe she’s a bit uncomfortable, because there’s something she’s never experienced before. It’s best to show you care and that you all want what’s best and most comfortable for each other ☺️❤️

Okay so like, I have no motivation or inspiration to write… I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I just don’t want to and I have no idea why and I don’t want to force myself to write anything or The Way You Looked at Me for the matter and regret posting because I didn’t pour my heart and soul into it like I usually do and make it half assed… I don’t know when I’m going to next post, it could be tomorrow if I feel up to it, but right now I just feel meh so yeah… Sorry.

~K.

Hospital Starters
  • [ Requested by Anon about a week ago. Warnings for blood, suicidal thoughts, and medical stuff. Thanks! : ]
  • "Hey, you're awake!"
  • "Where am I?"
  • "You hit your head. There was so much blood that I got scared."
  • "Don't try to get up. You're safe here."
  • "I hate this place..."
  • "How could you do this to yourself?"
  • "The world didn't give me a choice, and now, I'm suffering even more!"
  • "You really came..."
  • "I told you I would be here when you woke up."
  • "How many tests did they do on you?"
  • "If I wasn't drugged up, I could tell you the names of every test they do in this place."
  • "When are they going to let you leave?"
  • "They said that I'll be here for a few days. Maybe a week."
  • "What happened to you? You have so many things sticking out of you."
  • "That's what happens when you're dying."
  • "It's probably time to change those bandages..."
  • "You aren't in pain, are you?"
  • "You were in an accident. You almost didn't make it."
  • "That would explain why I feel terrible."
  • "I thought you were dead..."
  • "I'm not dead, am I?"
  • "I didn't know it was this bad..."
  • "I may not live much longer..."
  • "I'm dying..."
  • "You can't die! There has to be something they can do!"
  • "I'm too far gone for any surgery to fix me."
  • "I want you to know that I'll miss you most."
  • "Don't say that! I don't like it when you talk like this..."
  • "I just want it to happen so I don't have to think about it all the time."
  • "I wanted to say goodbye to you one more time."
  • "If you don't get some sleep, I'm going to hit this button and tell a nurse you're bothering me."
  • "Don't abuse that call button!"
  • "You know that button only works every five seconds, right?"
  • "Maybe if I push it hard enough, more will come out."
  • "I get to come home today."
  • "Did you fill out the release forms yet?"
  • "They hooked me up with a bunch of prescriptions. I'm gonna be high as a kite."
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and then i saw them. those burning red eyes…

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Dark x Light

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pas de cheval // panic! at the disco

  • Gryffindor: YOU'RE DATING SLYTHERIN?!
  • Hufflepuff: ...yes...
  • Gryffindor: How?! You're so nice and sweet and Slytherin's so...Slytherin!
  • Slytherin: Dude, I'm standing right here.
  • Gryffindor: Oh, shut up, you know what I mean.
  • Slytherin: Yeah, you're right. I'm just as surprised that Hufflepuff likes me as you are.
  • Hufflepuff: Oh, shut up, both of you.
  • Gryffindor: Well? Why do you like someone so...so...Slytherin?
  • Hufflepuff: Sly's not that bad! You just don't know them like I do! They may seem all mean and tough but, on the inside, Slytherin's just a big ol' teddy bear.
  • Slytherin: *blushes*
  • Gryffindor: HOLY SHIT IT HAS EMOTIONS!
  • Slytherin: *blushes more* *glares at Gryffindor* Fuck off, asshole.
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Even More Information:

• Non-canon animals need to be discussed in private, and might cost a few extra dollars to design.

• I have no clue how, or why, you’d want it but I’m not drawing any NSFW! Sorry bucko!

• Picture references, if you have them, will 10000% improve how I perceive what you want me to draw. Make sure to include them if you can.

How to contact and commission:

Email me at chickenstab@yahoo.com, and make sure you title your email with something commission-related. Its easy to skim over emails that I’m not looking for (at least, it is for me!).

Make sure you describe exactly what you’re commissioning (Full model, Flat colors, or Concept sketch). Doubly make sure you include every single bit of detail and information, because you’re going to want it to be perfect!

Payment is through paypal, and will be given once it’s time to pay up (I’ll specify when)!

Don’t worry, I show you my progress! But you don’t get to see the finished product until it’s paid for. That’s just me lookin’ out for myself, making sure I don’t get scammed out of my drawings!

If I get too many commissions at one time, I may close off commissions, or put people on a waiting list. I’m not a 24/7 drawing machine, unfortunately.


Thanks for reading & considering! A reblog is appreciated if you can’t/don’t want to commission yourself!

my bpd ass: i have literally no idea who i am

some fucko: but do any of us really know WHO we are? surely it is the deepest part of human nature to question existence, and wh-

me: thanks denise, but every time i look in a mirror i dissociate five inches to the left, i forget what my name is, and if you asked me what things i enjoy i would be UNABLE to tell you unless i had already made a list

kogumasden  asked:

First, lemme say that I love your art <3 I'm not talking shit, I do like it, seriously. Mind if I ask you for any tips for learning how to draw dragons, specially heads? I've been trying to learn those bastards, and I thought that looking at real lizards would be helpful, but a dragon skull and a lizard skull don't quite match if you know what I mean. Thank you in advance!

Yeah definitely! The good thing about dragons is they’re complete fantasy, so you can push the anatomy pretty far and draw your inspiration from practically anywhere. Reptiles, birds, bats, mammals. 

BUT it’s easier to create your own believable anatomy when you’re comfortable and familiar with drawing anatomy for other animals. A strong understanding of anatomy will carry you a long way. Being able to mentally conceptualize your design in 3D helps too.

I really enjoy looking at dinosaurs for dragon facial inspiration. Bats and birds are great for wings and musculature but I don’t have time to get into that.

Dragons are fun because you can design such unusual and striking silhouettes for them.

The best thing about dragons is you can draw them as alien or as terran as you want. Take your inspiration from anywhere, go wild! There’s absolutely no set form to stick to.

EMERGENCY! PLEASE READ!

Hello, my name is Amber and I need your help. This year hasn’t been the best for my mother and I and we’re struggling to pay our bills and afford groceries. We’ve had to replace our air conditioner, our car battery, a flat tire and medicine for both my mother and my sick dog. Our house payment is currently behind and if we don’t pay it within the next month or so, we could lose the house and we’ll have nowhere to go after that.

I’m in tears, shaking and sick to my stomach as I write this, but I don’t know where else to turn. My paypal is ambersou@yahoo.com if anyone can donate a couple of dollars, I would greatly appreciate it.

Please don’t just like it! Please reblog!

anonymous asked:

Hey Climb, do you have any tips for coloring cats in a night scene? I'm a newb to coloring, so I don't know what the right colors are for all the furs

yeah sure i can show you how i do it 

((lineart + character design by @hoxau))

so first things first is color in your character. it helps to already have the background done so you can pull the colors from it and help make your character blend in more. 

new layer set at normal - 20%

i use a blue i picked from the bg, and cover the entire character. darker characters need a lower opacity while lighter characters need a higher opacity. this mutes your colors and makes your character seem more natural 

new layer set at multiply - 50%

here i shade the character, using the same blue i used before. i locked the shading layer, then used the airbrush and a lighter blue color to help soften the edges. 

new layer set at overlay - 100%

using a airbrush i take a light neon blue and add a soft highlight

new layer set at multiply - 45%

taking a dark blue/black from the bg, i added another shadow under the chin to make the angle more dramatic

finally i color the lineart and add a glow behind him. ta-da 

  • Leliana in Origins: I would really appreciate it if we could help people and be nice to everyone! And you know, what's really wrong with the Chantry is that they don't emphasize love and acceptance and forgiveness enough
  • Morrigan in Origins: I care not for your petty mortal frailties! Emotion is a weakness and I want as little to do with any of you as possible
  • [Ten Years Pass]
  • Morrigan in Inquisition: Hi, I'm basically here to hang out in the garden and tell you useful and interesting facts, maybe brag about my son on whom I dote
  • Leliana in Inquisition: I killed seven men in their sleep in less time than it took me to pick out my shoes this morning
one of the purest moments from any form of media ever
  • caleb: how could you not notice that?
  • adam: i don't know, i wasn't paying attention i guess
  • caleb, laughing: you are so bad at this
  • adam: sorry, i'm just distracted
  • caleb, still laughing: adam, we're in a park, and there's barely anyone around, what are you distracted by, the pigeons?!
  • adam:
  • caleb: oh no, stop, i'm sorry, i didn't mean to make you feel embarrassed. pigeons are...cool?
  • adam, laughing: god, you're such an idiot sometimes. i... was distracted by you.
  • caleb: what? why? i've been sitting here doing nothing. i mean, look at me!
  • adam: i am! that's the point!
conversations that I wish would stop happening
  • "Real" adult: so... what's your major? Your grad school plans? Your next ten years?
  • Me, technically an adult: I'm majoring in art history and I honestly love it! I don't have any set plans, but I'm really young and I'm just happy with what I'm doing now.
  • Adult: *starts snickering*
  • Me: *trying to be polite* haha yeah it's just something I really love, i know it's stupid...
  • Adult: HOW YOU GONNA GET A JOB WITH THAT hahahaha wow whew hilarious.... good luck with that you stupid millennial.... go eat some avocado toast... haha cracking myself up here
Muse as old as time
  • "I'm far too old for these games."
  • "What's it like to be immortal?"
  • "How old ARE you?"
  • "I'm afraid I don't understand the current slang."
  • "Do you know how to use a smart phone?"
  • "I am waaaaay older than you."
  • "Being this old has pros and cons."
  • "Do you have any idea what Netflix even is?"
  • "Did you meet Shakespeare?"
  • "I was alive when the pyramids of Egypt were built."
  • "Are you an angel or demon?"
  • "Humanity has jumped chasms in just the past thirty years. It took at least two hundred years to upgrade from wood to an iron plow."
  • "I'd rather ride a horse."
  • "You can't be THAT old!"
  • "That's simply impossible."
  • "I remember when stars filled the night sky and cities were practically nonexistent."
  • "Magic is real."
  • "Your problems are inconsequential."
  • "The universe spins, the earth moves and time passes ever on."
  • "What's it like, being as old as you are?"
  • "I'm just glad corsets have finally gone out of fashion."
  • "You can be upset about security measures all you want. I'm happy it doesn't take a month to travel across the Atlantic."
  • "Are you REALLY immortal?"
  • "I have seen all of time and space. You know what? It's the little stuff that counts."
  • "It's the here and now that's important to me."
  • "Doesn't it ever get boring?"
  • "I have loved many people over the many years. Each one is special to me."
  • "Every day brings new things."
  • "Do you ever want to end it?"
  • "I couldn't ask for anything more."
  • "Sometimes I just don't get mortals."