important people coming through

When I was younger and more abled, I was so fucking on board with the fantasy genre’s subversion of traditional femininity. We weren’t just fainting maidens locked up in towers; we could do anything men could do, be as strong or as physical or as violent. I got into western martial arts and learned to fight with a rapier, fell in love with the longsword.

But since I’ve gotten too disabled to fight anymore, I… find myself coming back to that maiden in a tower. It’s that funny thing, where subverting femininity is powerful for the people who have always been forced into it… but for the people who have always been excluded, the powerful thing can be embracing it.

As I’m disabled, as I say to groups of friends, “I can’t walk that far,” as I’m in too much pain to keep partying, I find myself worrying: I’m boring, too quiet, too stationary, irrelevant. The message sent to the disabled is: You’re out of the narrative, you’re secondary, you’re a burden.

The remarkable thing about the maiden in her tower is not her immobility; it’s common for disabled people to be abandoned, set adrift, waiting at bus stops or watching out the windows, forgotten in institutions or stranded in our houses. The remarkable thing is that she’s like a beacon, turning her tower into a lighthouse; people want to come to her, she’s important, she inspires through her appearance and words and craftwork.  In medieval romances she gives gifts, write letters, sends messengers, and summons lovers; she plays chess, commissions ballads, composes music, commands knights. She is her household’s moral centre in a castle under siege. She is a castle unto herself, and the integrity of her body matters.

That can be so revolutionary to those of us stuck in our towers who fall prey to thinking: Nobody would want to visit; nobody would want to listen; nobody would want to stay.

Slytherin and Hufflepuff: Shopping Edition 🛒
  • Hufflepuff: *sitting inside cart determinedly looking out beyond the aisles of canned food*
  • Slytherin: *pushing cart* What do you see, Puff?
  • Hufflepuff: *serious look on face* too many shoppers, not enough PopTarts
  • Slytherin: Do you think everyone here is buying PopTarts?
  • Hufflepuff: Maybe. If they are, there definitely won't be enough for us
  • Slytherin: Oh dear, well let's get a move on shall we?
  • Hufflepuff: *leans out of cart as it's moving to reach for PopTarts* nnggh *snatches a box*
  • Slytherin: *speeds cart past people to get to the front of the store* MOVE IT, PEOPLE. WE HAVE IMPORTANT STUFF COMING THROUGH
  • Hufflepuff: *making finger guns at shoppers* PEW PEW PEW PEW

Also, why does La La Land feel like the Musician!Seb, Actress!Mia Coffeshop AU of its own story?

Grocery shopping
  • Heather Mac: *sitting inside cart determinedly looking past the aisles of canned food*
  • Veronica: *pushing cart* What do you see Mac?
  • Heather Mac: *serious face* Too many shoppers not enough poptarts.
  • Veronica: Do you think everyone here is buying poptarts?
  • Heather Mac: Maybe. If they are, they're definitely not gonna be enough for us.
  • Veronica: Oh dear, then let's get a move on shall we?
  • Heather Mac: *leans out of cart while it's moving to grab poptarts* hhhggnn *snatches box*
  • Veronica: *speeds cart past people to get to the front of the store* MOVE IT, PEOPLE. WE HAVE IMPORTANT STUFF COMING THROUGH!!
  • Heather Mac: *making finger guns* PEW PEW PEW

witchofcolombia  asked:

I have a cool character who is desperately lacking some personality due to my own lack of subtlety. I wish I could draw it out in a way that lets readers bond with the man without typing "ARROGANT BUT OVER-PROTECTIVE" in the center of the paper. Any tips? And yes, I am a bit of an amateur. Thank you for noticing.

It’s okay to be new at things! Don’t fret when you can’t get it down right away! Check out our personality and character tags, and also check out:

When showing personality, there’s several things you can do:

  • Convey personality through action. Your character’s actions are going to tell us far more than actually listing his personality. What does he do that’s arrogant? How does he show that he’s overprotective? Those actions are super important.
  • Convey personality through dialogue. Personality comes out in how people talk, what they say and how they say it - and also what they don’t say. An overprotective person might not want to say why they’re so protective - especially if they’re arrogant. Tap into your character through dialogue!
  • Convey personality through how others view them. An arrogant person may not believe they are arrogant, but others are going to disagree. How others view your character is important and will tell us a lot about your character.
  • Convey personality through fashion/possessions. How a person dresses and what they have also act as guides to their personality. An person may dress well because they view themselves as better than others - or they may dress poorly, because they don’t care about what others think. They may pride themselves on listening to bands no one else has heard of, or will defend their collection of Nickelback CDs until the day they die. What they have and what they like will tell us about their personality as well!

A promise that took a bit too long, but was kept anyway.