It doesn’t interest me… what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me… how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me… what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know… if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know… if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me.. if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know… if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know… if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, Yes.
It doesn’t interest me… to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done…
It doesn’t interest me… who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me..where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know… if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
Sex Worker's Guide: Red Flags & Translation (especially for Newbies)
This guide is more useful for Sugar babies but other branches of the industry should still be aware of these lines. I’ve compiled a list of common things I’ve heard/read on POT’s profiles or have had clients/SD’s message me, and I’ve taken the liberty of sharing “the translation” and footnotes attached.
•"No hookers, prostitutes, whores, etc"
-You need to run as fast as your pretty heels can you carry you away from this guy. The word “hooker” was intentionally chosen to discourage SB’s to ask for allowance.
-This is the oldest trick in the book by old pervy men. He hopes that he’ll tap into your insecurity of being seen as a whore so you’ll feel ashamed when you bring up HIS side of the MUTUALLY beneficial arrangement.
•"You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, would you?“
GURRRRRL, you’re not a car. You’re a human being. He’s gotten his “test drive” to check out his “merchandise” when you granted him the privilege of a meet and greet. Don’t fall for this. He’s gonna ghost on you after sleeping with you as many times as he can. You get to view a house before buying, not live in it.
•"I don’t believe in allowances but I’m generous. I want to show you fine dining, and experiences you wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise.“
-Roughly translates to “I’m gonna spend just a few bucks more than I would on normal courtship habits I would for women twice your age. You should feel so honored to be able to eat a steak meal now that it should be enough to get you on both your knees.”
-Ladies, the money he spends on a 5 star dinner isn’t for YOU. It’s expenses he’s spending on HIMSELF because HE gets to show off a hot woman like yourself at said restaurant. You’re not getting paid. You’re simply giving your service away for free.
•"I’m young, unlike the other guys on here. I don’t need to pay for sex.“
Group A: Young millennial men deluded into thinking they offer something so spectacular that women in need of money will drop their financial needs to cater to the ego of a kid.
Group B: (ages 29+): I’m not that young but I don’t want to admit it. I probably spend way too much money on hair dyes or gym regimens in an attempt to fool myself that I’m just as good looking as the women I’m messaging on here.
•"I will send/bring your allowance next week (some other time), I promise.”
-It really means “I promise you ain’t seeing a penny out of me but I’m gonna say the most genuine sounding lines so I can bring you to my hotel room.”.
-Any wealthy man should be able to access his OWN money before the designated date of intimacy. Always remember, no money, no honey.
•"I’m generous in other ways… ;)“
-"I’ve had the fortune of having exceptionally skilled sex partners in the past who’ve convinced me my dick is God’s gift to women. Unfortunately, I failed to realize women fake it much more often than I’d like to admit.”
•He just requests your photos without even so much as an introduction.
-He’s 9/10 a photo collector. Ignore him.
-If he’s the 1/10 that isn’t a photo collector, he’s gonna be an asshole. Can you imagine if a man in real life just went up to you and pulled down your shirt without saying anything? Ignore him too.
•"I thought part of our arrangement was that you’re at my beck and call. Why do you take so long to respond to my messages?“
-Unless you agreed to have an EXCLUSIVE arrangement, he’s trying to squeeze as much out of you as he can.
-Remember ladies, he’s buying a SERVICE. A service that is limited to the set days you BOTH agreed to. That’s it. He is buying you as a service, not a girlfriend. Gently remind him of that.
•"Cmon, I’ve been paying you/seeing you for awhile now. You can at least trust me with your real name, school, work, etc.”
-Any variation of that is a SERIOUS red flag. I’ve had clients of years try to guilt me. I’ve always either smiled then tell them I don’t feel comfortable or I flat out lie about facts.
-There’s a chance he just wants to connect with you but there’s a much higher chance of him blackmailing you in the future. These are powerful men who got to where they are by being cunning and having upper hands. Don’t think you’ll be spared if you ever accidentally upset him.
-The biggest thing I must say is: YOU DON’T OWE YOUR CLIENTS/SD’S JACKSHIT except the service they paid for. Your own personal life is NOT inclusive in your service. Keep it separate.
•If on a meet and greet he asks or tells you to go to his hotel room or somewhere private.
-Never go until the arrangement has been made. By made, I mean the cash or funds have already been paid to you.
-Semi-common for them to lure young girls and rape them.
I’m sure there are many more that I can’t remember now. I might make a part two depending on if people find this useful. Feel free to comment more red flags you’ve experience.
Make that money. 💸💸💸
Stay safe, ladies. 👍🏻
for their 1-year anniversary (in august, not may, because august was when they became official), after bitty ADAMANTLY insists jack not go overboard with gifts, bitty wakes up alone and wanders into the kitchen to find the counter covered in….well, he isn’t entirely sure.
bitty can hear the shower running and jack humming to himself, so bitty takes time to examine the objects to neatly lined up: a jar of honey (local, obvi); a pot of pretty, pink flowers; a sack of sugar; a plate of lumpy muffins; a plastic pumpkin clearly salvaged from some halloween bargain bin; a box of stale sweethearts leftover from valentine’s day; and a plush moose.”
“well, this certainly didn’t cost as much as a new oven,” bitty muses out loud. “what on earth, jack laurent…”
“nicknames.” bitty looks over his shoulder to see jack toweling off his hair, looking hopeful. “they’re, um. i tried to figure out how to turn monsieur grumpy into an object but nothing worked.”
it clicks after a moment of gaping at his ridiculous boyfriend. “wait, these are- these are all my nicknames for you?”
“most of ‘em, yeah,” jack says, looking embarrassed now. “i know you didn’t want me spending too much money, but it’s our anniversary so-”
he doesn’t get to finish that sentence, because he suddenly has an armful of bitty. bits squeezes the life out of him for a full minute, then turns to appraise the gifts again. “i get honey, sugar, muffin, pumpkin- oh, sweetheart, funny. and my big, ridiculous moose,” he says, taking jack’s hand. “but the flowers?”
“sweet peas,” jack explains. “It’s- it’s my favorite.”
“sweet peas,” bitty repeats, burying his face in jack’s arm. “you’re wonderful, honey.”
“happy anniversary,” jack says softly, kissing the top of bitty’s head. “love you. and your nicknames. but mostly you.”
pphew! sorry for the late reply to these >.< i figured id just reply to all these in one post with some pics. Below are the watercolors i use and the the gold paints (keep in mind those pics i posted were like first attempts @_@ im still getting used to these…)
The water colors are Mjello Mission Gold Watercolors in the 34 tube set and the gold palette are the FineTec Artist Mica Watercolors in the Pearl set.
Now I’ll state first– both these sets are kinda pricey. The FineTec palette (about $27) is so worth it though because it comes in different golds and one tube of gold gouache is usually like $9 each or more depending on the amount of mica, so def worth the price and variety.
Below: from lightest to darkest on ivory tinted paper [Silver, Moon Gold, Gold Pearl, Arabic Gold, Tibet Gold, & Inca Gold] they look SUPER outstanding on black paper as well!
my fav is the richest one, the Inca Gold.
They are super nice, but if you plan on getting them, they are super HARD palettes! It’ll take a lot of scrubbing to get them activated and to have that nice gouache-like thickness, so if you don’t want to ruin your nice brushes, I def recommend getting some Ox Gall. Adding a drop or two of this will get them activated in no time, and with a nice opaque thickness. (the brand I have below they dont sell anymore, but other brands still make it)
As for the water colors, ehhh i feel weird cuz those vegetas were like my first attempts with this brand. Ive always used the Sakura Koi 24 color set palette because theyre super nice and super cheap (like $20) and Ive had them for years. I only got these because I wanted higher-grade watercolors in tubes. But they are very expensive, but for good reasons: they have a lot of pigment, which makes them so vibrant and bright and theyre designed to be very close to natural colors, not to mention theyre so SMOOTH when painting and they’ll probs last me forEVER because you get so much color with very little water.
(opera is best color IMHO) here’s a color chart I made (that took FOREVER btw) to give you an idea how beautiful they are and how many nice colors they make
so yea! those are the paints I used for those particular pics. Course if you would like a nice, cheap watercolor recommendation that works pretty well, Sakura Koi’s are a fantastic substitute. …..SORRY IF THIS WAS LONG i just akdfhalkfhd i like talking about traditional media..lol. hope this was at least a little informative >.< if anyone has questions or wants some recommendations (while also saving some money) feel free to ask! I’ll help in any way i can with what i know, cuz despite posting mostly digital art, I am a traditional art supply FANATIC.
Context is I needed a wand of cure wounds but all they had was moderate and it was 3,000 gold and I only had 970 and the other big problem was the storekeep didnt know how many charges were on it so im figured I’d gamble with him
Me: “so lets make a gamble, I don’t know how much is left on the want, and you don’t know how much money I have, but I will give you all the money I have if you say deal”
My DM: “I mean I guess roll, but I warn you this probabaly won’t work”
*hears my dm roll a contest with his dice*
Shopkeep, slamming the table: “DEAL, MY WIFE SAYS I CANT GO GAMBLING ANYMORE AND YOU GAVE ME THE FIX I NEEDED KID”
Idk why people always portray Alfred as such a righteous and selfless guy like guys I need a fic where he is willing to sell out his friends just because someone gave him a shit load of money. I NEED A FIC WHERE AT FIRST HE SEEM LIKE SUCH A GOOD GUY BUT THEM THIS HANDSOME BUT VERY BAD PERSON COMES UP AND SEDUCES HIM and not with his good looks but WITH MONEY
Parks & Rec-esque series where there is a semi-interview/reporting style of watching employees deal with their workday except the place is crawling with supernatural beings but no one is bothered by it its just a fact of life
Like, exemplary scene: there is an interview with the janitor and in the background there is a vague menacing black mass forming behind him à la The Grudge and in the middle of the interview the reporter notices so the janitor turns around and instead of panicking goes something like “aw crap not AGAIN I told Martha to properly clean up her damn summoning circles like ten times this month” and just goes and beats it with a broom
maybe set it in some place that has mystery vibes already like a dingy diner or Wal Mart
I mean if you’ve worked in customer service it probably won’t even be THAT far removed from reality. peak relatable
Last weekend at PAX Aus was so surreal and amazing. And exhausting! I’m still recovering from the anxiety and excitement.
The two panels I spoke at went about as expected - I was a little awkward but not awful ;) Tim Stobo and Dave Gomes from Guerrilla Games were special guests and they are such great guys! I got to have a few drinks with them after our PAX responsibilities were over and it was a blast. They added their signatures to my prize photomode print, and gave me that little Aloy plush as a gift from Guerrilla <3
The photomode art gallery was amazing - so professional and beautiful. I was able to keep the smaller of my two framed prints, and Sony wanted to keep the other one (Sony is welcome to it, I am not arguing with Sony).