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Miraculous Fandom Events: June Reference Sheet

There’s a lot of stuff happening in June in this fandom, so I figured a quick rundown of everything that’s coming up for this month might be helpful for some people who might not otherwise know what’s happening and when. 

1) Think Outside the Lovesquare ( @thinkoutsidethelovesquare )

  • A month devoted to rare pairs and non-lovesquare pairings and each week has a different theme (daily prompts, remixes of scenes from the show, a week for polyamorous ships, and remixes of other people’s fics). 
  • Here’s a link to a post explaining the entire month
  • Here’s a link to all of the prompts for Week 1 (which starts tomorrow!)
  • Make sure to check out their FAQ and send their blog asks if you have questions

2) Julerose June ( creds to @loosescrewslefty )

  • A month devoted to Julerose (Juleka x Rose) that’s got daily prompts for each day of the month for you to content create for
  • Here’s a link to the post with the calendar of all the prompts since this also starts tomorrow!

3) Miraculous Pride Month ( @queermiraculous )

  • June is Pride Month! So a bunch of queer Miraculous fans came up with a calendar of prompts in honor of Pride Month! 
  • Because this is a pride-themed calendar, these are meant to be used to celebrate any queer ships within the miraculous fandom
  • Here’s a link to the post with the calendar of all the prompts (creds to @megatraven for making the calendar). Starts tomorrow!

4) Ladrien June ( creds to @professaurus )

  • A month devoted to Ladrien (Ladybug x Adrien) that also has daily prompts for each day of the month for you to content create for
  • Here’s a link to the post with the calendar of all the prompts. Also starts tomorrow!

5) Chlonath Week (creds to @powerdragonmoon )

  • A week devoted to Chlonath (Chloe x Nathanael) that will run from June 11th to June 17th and will have daily prompts for each day of the week for you to content create for
  • Here’s a link to the post with the list of all the prompts so that you all can get a jump on it early and be prepared

6) Chat Noir Zine Pre-Orders ( @meowraculouschatnoirzine )

  • If you didn’t know there’s a Chat Noir Zine currently in the works! Creators are still hard at work finishing up their pieces, but if you’re interested in pre-ordering a physical copy of the zine, those are due on June 5th
  • Here’s the link to the pre-order information. If you’re interested in getting a physical copy of the zine, there’s a minimum donation of $10 to cover printing costs (if you’re able to donate more, it’s appreciated! It’ll either be used to cover the costs of zines for people who can’t afford it or be sent to charity)
  • Keep an eye on their blog for more information about shipping costs when the zines are ready to be sent out! Free digital downloads will also be available to those who want that as well

7) Voting Period for ML Ultimate Guess Who Challenge ( @mlficwritersanon )

  • A bunch of writers all got together and anonymously wrote reveal stories so that the fandom can try and guess which writers wrote which fics! The deadline for voting has been extended until June 18th. 
  • Here’s a link to the AO3 collection
  • Here’s a link to the post explaining the ballots
  • Check out the Rules and Guidelines if you have questions. 

EDIT: 8) Alyadrien Week ( @miraculous-weeks )

  • Alyadrien Week is back on! It’s a week devoted to Alyadrien (Alya x Adrien) that will run from June 12th to June 18th and will have daily prompts for each day of the week. 
  • Prompts haven’t been decided yet but I’ll update this with links once prompts are released. In the meantime, go here to suggest prompts you’d like to see. 

If I’m missing anything, let me know and I’ll edit the post :)

orugomagno  asked:

I write to inquire about tuiton fees and financial aid at Elsewhere University. I would be very grateful for any information on the cost of enrollment for incoming students and any form of funding available to students with a low income and/or outstanding academic record? I would also like to now, if I am unable to afford tuition, would it be acceptable for me to Make A Deal? Thank you very much for your time.

Elsewhere University has phenomenal financial aid, primarily merit-based (and what constitutes as merit is shifty, at best) - this has something to do with a deal struck a long time ago, a game won by some philanthropist. It also has a lot to do with the fact that Elsewhere University can recognise that if it intends to carry on being a university, it’s got to have most of the students be clever enough to make it through four years.

It wouldn’t be unacceptable to strike a deal, in the sense that something would certainly accept it; it might not, however, be advisable.

Romanogers Artwork

As promised here we go with the Romanogers Artwork. I had it for a while in pending,so I decided to post it.

Ther is still the possibility to make an Artbook about all my Romanogers works in HQ definition . Let me know if you want to have it,because I got a few requests and then I can start to create a project for you and inform you about the costs.

Thank you

The Office

2 teams of 6 good looking men, 1 intern, 1 receptionist and an overwhelming amount of tension and flirting.

Part Seven - The Fern & The Pepper

Genre: CRACK | Fluff | Angst
Members: OT7 
Word count: 3,037

A/N: I wrote some of the parts in these later chapters months ago, and this one has got to be one of my favourites. As I was writing I was laughing my ass OFF. J-hope you guys love it, thx - Amelia

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Originally posted by jamless-vibes

A few months ago I bought Jin a fern for his birthday. I don’t know what he’s been doing to it, but I think he gave it some sort of miracle grow because hot damn that thing is huge now. My only regret is trying to support him and his fern. Now, I have 5 angry men and one passive aggressive boy glaring at me all day as that giant fern sits atop Jin’s desk and basks in the radiation their angry bodies emit. I never should’ve bought him that fern. I should’ve left it at the store with that red velvet cake I told myself I didn’t need. Where was the restraint, Y/n?

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Soo you’ve been asking for submissions and I’m trying to sell my prints, maybe this could work together^^ 
Those are available on my instagram account called @kuntstuff (more information for costs and shipping in the description under the picture) and if you’d post this, some more people might see it. I’d be really happy about this, thanks a lot!


submitted by @ausziehungskraft!

usatoday.com
Groups unite to create roadmap for replacing lead pipes that poison water
Nearly two dozen groups are uniting for a common purpose: to help communities nationwide replace lead pipes.

Nearly two dozen environmental, health, consumer and water utility groups are uniting to help communities replace old lead pipes that are the primary culprit behind the lead contamination of millions of Americans’ drinking water.

The Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative won’t change out the pipes itself. But starting this week, it will provide communities with advice and tools to speed up pipe replacement.

Organizers say the effort was inspired in part by a USA TODAY Network investigation that found excessive levels of lead in almost 2,000 water systems spanning all 50 states. The reporting also revealed a double standard that leaves Americans served by small utilities especially vulnerable to lead-tainted tap water. The primary source of the toxin is old lead water pipes, and communities and homeowners, especially those in small, rural communities, have struggled with the cost of replacing them.

“You showed (lead in water) was a broader problem that reached beyond Flint,” said Tom Neltner, chemicals policy director for the Environmental Defense Fund, a Collaborative member. “We had all sort of suspected this, but we didn’t have compelling evidence in front of us.”

Starting with $300,000 in foundation funding, the Collaborative aims to help community leaders and utilities by:

• Launching a website this week to provide utilities information on cost-effective, safe pipe replacement options, how to pay for them and how to engage with customers;

• Providing technical assistance for pilot projects;

• Sharing lessons learned and recognizing successful programs.

“It’s a matter of helping communities with a roadmap of how to move forward,” Neltner said.

An estimated 7.3 million homes are connected to their utilities’ water mains by individual lead service lines — pipes carrying water from mains under the street onto people’s property and into their homes. Experts liken them to “lead straws” because the brain-damaging toxin can leach from the pipes into water. The estimated cost of replacing these old pipes nationally is $30 billion or more.

Federal regulations currently consider lead service line replacement a last resort. Utilities aren’t required to replace pipes unless more than 10% of tap-water samples across a utility’s system show lead levels above 15 parts per billion and efforts to control corrosion with chemicals fail. USA TODAY found thousands of small utilities skip tests or don’t do them properly and more than 100 utilities didn’t promptly start treatment plans after finding excessive lead.

The creation of the Collaborative “is a recognition it’s going to have to be an all-hands-on-deck approach to getting the lead service lines out,” said Greg Kail, communications director for the American Water Works Association, a Collaborative member that includes public water utilities.

Neltner said some members of the Collaborative were represented on a working group of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council making recommendations to the EPA about lead regulations. A "concept paper” laying out the Collaborative’s purpose says it’s focused on supporting local actions, not on EPA’s revisions of the United States’ drinking water regulations.

The group’s concept paper also says pipe replacement plans should benefit all households regardless of income, race or ethnicity. But as for how much of the cost homeowners should pay compared to the utilities, Neltner said, “it’s going to be a community-by-community decision.”

Madison, Wis., which has replaced more than 8,000 pipes since 2001, came up with a compromise on that issue. That city required homeowners to replace the portion of the lead pipe on their properties, but offered to pay half of the costs — up to $1,000. The average homeowner paid $675.

Queen Zakia Shabazz, CEO of Collaborative member United Parents Against Lead, said failing to deal with lead contamination endangers millions. Doctors found high levels of lead in her 22-year-old son’s blood when he was 2, and he suffered cognitive deficits, impulsivity and dental problems. She said health officials traced his lead poisoning to paint and soil, but they never tested tap water in their rented home, which she suspects had lead pipes.

“Flint can happen again, and we need to prevent that,” said Shabazz, of the Richmond, Va., area. “We know lead causes permanent and irreversible brain damage. … And once a child is damaged, there’s no coming back from it.”

Article: Timing and Pricing

The question comes up all too often, and I hope this article will help guide you with tips on how to achieve fair pricing for your art, fursuits, and more!

Introduction

Obviously there are a lot of ways for any given person to answer the question of pricing, in this article I am going to address how I arrive at pricing my creative efforts. It is one among many ways to price creative work. Once you read this article, I am happy to hear if this method worked for you, or see suggestions on improving accuracy (as I am still open to personal improvement!), but I do find this to be a professional, very reliable, accurate way to do it, as well as being useful for other aspects of the creative processes well! 

For a little backstory, I have been involved in the furry fandom since 1999, and fursuit making has been my hobby since 2001 and now it is my profession. I’m also an artist, a tailor, I do costume refurbishing, create unique props, and make my own merchandise that I sell at events. I am only one person, and don’t outsource my work to other companies, so I don’t have one single thing I do that doesn’t need the effort I put into it figured out. Even personal items, prototyping, and practice – I try to think about how much effort I put in to achieve the item I have created.

How to figure out pricing!

I time myself! I use a dedicated timer (I’ll touch on why I use a dedicated timer below), it is this one to be exact: http://amzn.to/1KOZdXK I ordered it in 2011, and have been timing everything I do ever since. I selected this timer specifically because it has a “count up” setting, so I can start and stop that as I work on my project, and set the other programmable preset buttons to count down to when I should stretch or take a break, (because I can totally work all day and forget to eat lunch), or even for when it is time to end work for the day.

I keep a log. You can organize your log however you wish, but I simply write my times down in a notepad each time I stop and switch tasks. I am careful to pause it when I need to take a break, or move away from my desk to end work for the day, if I didn’t do that then my times would not be accurate. In my log I write notes on what I accomplished within the timed span – this will help you generalize and find areas to improve in the future!

It is important to mention that I have decided to use a dedicated timer, rather than a timer app on my phone or a timing website on the computer, because I do not want the temptation of getting distracted from the task. You may have a different working style, that’s totally ok! Just be sure you are not approximating your times and are truly working towards accurate timing. How else will you know for sure? Part of being accurate about these times is being disciplined about starting and stopping the timer.

What does one of the timed project logs look like?

I recently worked on a fursuit prop skull for a client, a completely unique project that I had not made before. I couldn’t promise a flat price because of the possibility of undercharging, but I do work within a client’s specified budget so there are no surprises. 

Here is how my timed work on this project was written down in my log:
Planning: 30 min
Foamwork: 2 hour 50 min
Taping: 55 min
Pattern trace: 15 min
Cut fabric: 33 min
Sew: 1 hour 23 min
Glue: 25 min
Hand sew: 49 minutes
Teeth: 49 min
Paint: 37 min

546 minutes / 9.1 hours

I break down my times into minutes and then a decimal of the hours, this is so I can easily convert it into the agreed-upon rate. This timing process can even apply to illustrations or anything else you work on! Additionally I time all my prototypes and practice, even for things that are not as unique as this prop, this allows me to generalize future pricing to give an accurate quote on if I can work within someone’s budget or not.

Something I haven’t mentioned yet, but is an absolutely important part of pricing (especially if you are making physical things!) – Materials cost! Materials are also part of pricing, as is Overhead. If you are working for yourself, you should be keeping receipts of the things you buy for tax purposes. Looking back at the receipts for items you buy and use on your projects, you can more accurately estimate what you’ve used up for this project. If you bought extra material in the process, you can measure what you’ve used for your projects and figure out a fair materials price from there.

Here is another breakdown of my timed logs, this was for a Black Lab fursuit head I made. Is the time taken how long you expected? (Keep in mind I have been doing this for a lot of years, but I am also not a high producer. I make one or two fursuits a year, among other things. If you are new at this, or are a professional with a different working style, you will have a different experience from mine!) For this project, I also wrote a comprehensive materials list, shown below.

The time breakdown:
Foamwork: 4.85 hours
Head patterning: 2.39 hours
Liner: 1.43 hours
Furring: 15.83 hours
Nose: 1.56 hours
Ears: 1.43 hours
Eyes: 3.65 hours
Neck: 2.5 hours
Mouth detail: 2.4 hours

36.04 hours

Materials list:
Black fur (provided) - On forehead, upper brows, cheeks & back of head.
Beaver fur - on muzzle, lower brows & ears
2" (older lot) luxury shag - cheeks
2.5" (current lot) luxury shag - neck
Lycra, black - nose
Minky, pink - ears and tongue
Vinyl, black - eyelids
Anti-pill Fleece, black - Inner mouth & eyes
Whiskers (clear nylon) - face
Sculpy Ultralight - Nose, teeth
Upholstery foam - head structure
Quilted Broadcloth - liner for head & neck
Hot glue - various
E6000 glue - various
Paint, black/yellow/white - eyes
Plastic mesh - vision
Waterproofing sealant - eyes
Sandpaper - nose & eyes
Masking tape - patterning process

You can see that the amount of materials used adds up, even in small quantities! Think about the time it has taken to collect these items, running to the store to get them, ordering them online, going to the post office to deliver your finished project to your client, and so on. That should be included as part of your overhead. Overhead is your operating costs, and it is fair to think about to figure in to your pricing as well, especially if you are a digital artist who may have few materials costs yet have high equipment costs – or a fursuit maker, who also has high equipment costs, such as a sewing machine. I don’t have an exact figure on how I work in overhead in my pricing, but I absolutely think about it as part of pricing for something, especially if I need to buy a new piece of equipment to accomplish it!

What does this information do for you?

Okay, so I understand that the above may look like a lot to consider, but it truly is important to know. As a fellow businessperson I just can’t stress enough how important it is accurately knowing how long it takes you to make something! It is quite useful, not only for pricing but other aspects of crafting, such as deciding where you need to improve! I admit, it took a while to train myself to remember to start and stop the timer. I placed a few post-it notes around, stuck to my sewing machine that says “Start Timer” and another on my computer that says “Stop Timer,” little reminders definitely helped. Now it is second nature to use the timer and helps me get focused on working!

Using a timer also allows me to take into account if I need to shave off time to bring a price into an affordable range for my clients. I can think about it in the sense of “How can I pattern this more efficiently?” “Where can I design this to be simpler?” but still be stylistically good, and so on. It also allows me to see if something is not worth offering for commissions, because the price a client would likely pay does not match up with the amount of effort it takes me to create it.

Another important aspect that comes out of accurately timing your work is seeing how much effort you put into your pieces. It serves as a good marker to see if you are spending too much time on less-important parts of the task versus a very important part of the task. It allows you to quantitatively see where you can streamline or simplify your patterning process, or maybe just where to hone your practice more. When I started timing myself I found it incredibly easy to get distracted from the big picture while working on projects, in the past I have hyper-focused on details that just did not effect the end outcome, and timing has helped me recognize that. I’ve since thought of better ways to accomplish what needs to be done and use my time more efficiently. Some of these include rearranging the order I complete tasks, and even compiling a more efficient list to get started on future big projects. Setting yourself up to succeed is an important part of this!

In Summary

With your timing information and materials costs figured out, you now have a baseline for how you can price! This may not be the exact cost for the object or art that you charge in the end. However, it is absolutely a good start for beginning auctions, a low-end price for taking offers, or setting base commission prices by! Deciding your own rates are entirely up to you, I cannot tell you how much to charge, but I do need to stress DO NOT PRICE BELOW MINIMUM WAGE. You are worth more than that!!! You’re not doing yourself, your clients, or your colleagues any favors. Fandom work is very niche work, and it takes an immeasurable amount of practice and honed skill that should not be dismissed. You are a crafts-person who is skilled at your craft, and skilled labor has a value!

Old school fandom advice on pricing is incredibly varied, and sometimes involves the soul-crushing advice of looking at others’ work that you think matches your skill level and copying their price strategies. This doesn’t help you. I always thought it was really hard and demoralizing to try to research other makers I thought were in my skill range and ballpark pricing that way. I came up to a wall when I couldn’t find people making things like I was making, I was at a loss. I had to break away from that thought process and since I felt it was really unhealthy, and I really hate creative competition, timing myself has saved me the stress. Comparing yourself to others is a fast path to feeling discouraged – I’ve been there, grasping for pricing advice and feeling lost on how I should price a con badge or a sketch. Timing myself has thoroughly solved this! I can feel very good about pricing and the direction my work is going because I can quantitatively see the improvement as I practice a pattern and my times get better. I never feel like I am undercharging, additionally I never feel like I am overcharging either because I can see how much work it took! It is the one thing that has helped me get by confidently, without looking at what anyone else is doing, and still get a satisfying price for my work. A price that I am happy with and that clients are happy with.

Remember!

  • Time yourself
  • Pause the timer for breaks and distractions, to keep your times accurate
  • Log your times with a few details on what you accomplished in that period
  • Keep track of expenses and overhead to figure in to pricing
  • Identify areas where you can practice more to improve
  • Use past timed work to generalize pricing for future work and have more accurate quotes!
  • Decide a fair rate, never go below minimum wage! 
  • You don’t have to compare yourself to others! 

I do commissions possibly a bit different than some of the other fandom content creators, but I do hope timing work becomes more a standard practice among the creative folks in the fandom. This style of pricing has really been what works for me, especially with all of the unique and varied things I do. 

Keep up the good work and keep moving forward. I hope these tips help, happy crafting! 

Understanding Love (Clint Barton Award)

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Pairing:
 Vision x Reader
Winner:
 @0sungoddess0
Warnings: None
Notes: So since I’m pretty much bed bound (once again!) I’ve been getting through these slightly faster again. Anyway, Vison fics aren’t really my thing so sorry if this is shit but I really tried. Sorry there isn’t much Vision/Reader interaction, but I felt it worked better without it. Enjoy! (Thankyou to my beta readers: @supernatural-pants and @harlcyqunn)
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Facts. They were easy to understand. Something was either right or wrong, there was no room for deviation. Feelings, however, were not as straight forward. They were messy and confusing, and often without reason, this was why out of everything Vision had come across, feelings were just not something he could wrap his head around. Enter: you. You’d been trying to acclimatise Vision to the human world, teaching him how to act ‘human’ and introducing him to the things you liked the most; movies, songs, tv shows etc. During the many hours the two of you spent together, doing anything from cooking to having a Disney film marathon, Vision had begun to fall hard for you. The problem he had was; he didn’t exactly understand what his feelings meant, or how they even worked. He knew he needed advice on how to proceed, he just wasn’t quite sure who to approach to receive the relevant information.

“Mr Stark, may I ask you a question?” Vision spoke as he phased through the lab walls, causing the scientist to jump slightly. “Of course, my purple skinned friend.” Tony grinned, spinning a small piece of rounded metal in his hand. “I have found myself being drawn towards Miss L/N, and I don’t quite understand why.” Vision said, moving to stand beside Tony as he continued to fiddle with his newest invention. Chuckling, Tony just clapped him on the shoulder with a shake of his head. “Do you remember that book we gave you? It’s meant to explain these kinds of things.” Tony said with a smirk and a raised eyebrow. “With all respect Mr Stark, but that is not quite what I meant.” Vision replied, sure that if it was physically possible then he would be blushing as red as a tomato. “Ah I see.” Tony smiled, head turning slightly at the sound of the lab door opening and a familiar blond super soldier walking in.

“Mr Rogers.” Vision greeted the Captain, who responded with a nod of his head before turning back to Tony. “Stark, Fury is asking for you.” Steve said, arms crossed against his chest. “I haven’t done anything!” Tony exclaimed, hands held up in surrender. “Tony…” Steve sighed, lips pursed slightly, giving his best ‘Captain’ face that implied, ‘Just do as I say, or else!’. “Fine, fine.” Tony muttered, leaving Vision and Steve in the room alone. “Captain?” Vision turned to the super soldier, “I have a query that you may be able to help me with.” He continued, moving slightly closer to Steve. “Oh yeah? How can I help?” Steve replied, seeming to relax at Visions casual tone. “It is about Miss Y/N…” Vision started, pausing at the knowing smile that immediately spread on Steve’s face. “I see…” Steve injected, urging the android to continue. “Well, I always have this strange urge to be in her presence, and protect her at all costs.” Vision informed him, as Steve’s grin just spread wider. “Well, I think there’s a perfectly simple explanation for that.” The Captain chuckled, finding great enjoyment out of the usually smart assed robots confusion. “You’re in love.” Steve smiled, patting Vision on the shoulder. “Love…?” Vision spoke quietly, brow furrowing. “Is she the only thing you can think of? Do you find yourself always searching for her when you walk into a room? If so, then I think it’s pretty self-explanatory… You’re head over heels in love.” Steve explained, a fond smile on his lips. “I… I need to go speak with her.” Vision murmured, before phasing back through the wall and going in search of the one person who was always on his mind.

the-awkward-goldfish  asked:

What's your take on analysis and powers for a Seer of Space? Thank you! I hope you have a good day!

The Seer of Space

A Seer understands their aspect and understands through their aspect

Space is the aspect of physics, creation, and the present


Nothing is better than learning to think and understand the world around you in creative ways, and no one is better at thinking creatively than a Seer of Space. Like most Space players, the method to their madness is almost exclusively kept to themselves, and they’d love exploring the natural world and seeing both the beauty and the science of it. They’re the type of person to have mnemonics for remembering obscure facts and trivia, and they’re great fun to learn from. However, like most Seer’s, this information comes at a cost: self-doubt. They’d never be able to know enough, they’re always be something they’ve forgotten or some mistake they’ve made, and it will tear them apart from the inside. Their goal over the course of their journey is to accept that they’ll never be a perfect encyclopedia and to use what they do know to help their team prosper and thrive.

When it comes to powers, a Seer of Space would have visions or sources of information similar to Rose’s cueball, the Horrorterrors, and her other resources. Maybe their interest in nature would lead to them learning about larger concepts through relatively small things, like the Fibonacci Sequence in flowers or the nuances of flight from birds. The longer they spend exploring, the more they’d be able to understand. As a fully-realized Seer of Space, they might be able to temporarily observe any visible location in their timeline, similar to the properties of Jade’s Spectagoggles. However, this is an immense drain on all but the most experienced Seers of Space would be capable of using this power for more than a few seconds.

Like all Space players, the quest for a Seer of Space would be to breed the Genesis Frog to prepare the player’s entry to their new universe. Their planet will almost absolutely be Land of ___ and Frogs, with the ___ being something relating to their personality or character. Much in the same way that Rose had the Land of Light and Rain (Light literally being her aspect) and Terezi having the Land of Thought and Flow (thought being synonymous with Mind), a Seer of Space may have a space-themed planet. Their quest, however, is certainly to make the Genesis Frog and overcome their personal challenges described in the analysis.

Strife Specibus:

Sniperkind, Shrunkenkind, ThrowingKnifekind

Finally, their outfit looks just so mysterious and fabulous!

@selesnyapokemonprofessor

@0deadheart0

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Baltar/Six gifs: 302, Precipice (deleted scene)

I don’t think you understand the very real peril this city is in. At the end of the day, the Cylons are machines. Despite all the layered psychology, the emotional complexity built into their programming, they are only machines at heart. The contradictory impulses, the cheap sentimentality that clog up human decision-making are not meant for the Cylon. They calculate where we gamble, and they analyze where we only hope and trust. Their hearts only reason, while ours only feel. Once their careful, deductive calculus informs them that the costs of maintaining this occupation heavily outweigh the benefits, then they’re gonna make a very logical, very rational decision, and they will terminate this experiment – swiftly, certainly, and without pity.

What she says: I’m fine.

What she means: How is Pokemon GO going to work? Is every pokemon going to be within a distance for everyone to collect them? Am I going to have to travel across the world just to get an Eevee? Will pokemon show up at my college? In my room? How does it work? Am I going to have to climb a mountain just to look at a Geodude? How big are we talking of a game space? Will people actually join me in a pokemon fight? How many people are going to have this were I live? Field pokemon in fields? What if I live in a city? Only garbage pokemon? What does this mean? I need answers.

Pig Iron.

I’ve heard it said by many that you don’t become a blacksmith; instead you are born a blacksmith.

The knack for working metal seems to be as innate as an artist’s talent, a writer’s skill or a musician’s ear. It can be taught, yes, but a true master can only be forged from the right stock.

And I’ll tell you now – without the slightest hint of arrogance – that I am quite likely the greatest blacksmith who has ever lived.

Everything to which I turn my hand is flawless. Each piece of steel is wrought in crystalline perfection, the symmetry of the atomic structure uncanny, unnatural. I have forged blades for collectors, enthusiasts, the rich and the famous; each of them the newest pinnacle of my craft, and unmatched by any other blacksmith on this Earth.

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Finally opened up my commissions! All of these are my listed prices, but I am willing to negotiate if the need arises. When you approach me about a commission, I will discuss payment information privately.

Additional Information!!:

  • Extra characters will cost more depending on the type of commission. Inquire within!
  • Simple one-tone and two-tone backgrounds are free. Anything more complex will cost extra. Ask me about it! 
  • Lineart styles can be done in either pen or pencil (textured pen). If you prefer a looser line, I will adjust prices accordingly.
  • I will NOT draw NSFW/pornographic content. I will NOT draw incest, pedophilia, fetish art, and severe gore/violence.
  • If you want me to draw from a specific fandom that I am not familiar with, be sure to provide me with enough visual references, as well as a brief description of the kind of person the character(s) is, so I can be as accurate as possible!
  • Please remember any complex character designs (armor, detailed weapons, etc.) will cost extra!

Thank you! 

On BJD Costs

As the mod of this blog I have all the confession blogs blocked, but when I came across this one, I wanted to weigh in because it’s an area that I think involves general lack of information as to the costs of running a BJD business. Doll companies don’t like to whine, but in the end they’re often seen as greedy for their prices. 

Ever notice that affordable dolls aren’t recast? These companies can produce dolls at a lower cost with great quality, so why can’t others? Why do we need recasts?? Why can’t the companies just make them more affordable in the first place?? If a recaster can produce the doll for X amount… why can’t the company??? Especially if it isn’t limited,, I mean they are just reproducing the same thing the recasters are but from the original mold…

~ Anonymous


Okay, so here’s the deal: this blog’s mod works closely with several BJD artists. Here’s why some dolls cost more or less, etc, and why the price you pay may involve factors you’ve never considered. Factors that ‘cheap’ companies may have found ways to work around. 

Industry connections: So MOST doll companies have their molds made and their dolls cast by a casting studio. Large casting studios will demand large quantities and may use more industrial molds, while small casting studios like Haru (bless them for the work they do) may allow for more flexible casting quantities. The larger companies aren’t geared toward BJDs, so there’s a HUGE amount of effort in getting them to understand the industry and building a relationship with them. It’s expensive and a lot of reject dolls happen along the way. What casting studios are available to companies varies by region and country too. Obviously casting companies in places like Korea and Japan charge much more because their labor costs and overhead are much higher. So maybe a doll is more expensive because the best casting company the artist can find is also expensive. Resin costs can also vary widely from vendor to vendor, and that can also affect the price. 

Labor and Space: Labor and space is a huge factor for doll companies. You would be shocked to know how much doll work is totally unpaid, because it’s done by the artists and company owners directly, and they often don’t pay themselves for their own work. There are also doll companies who have a few employees, and if they’re any good, they pay those employees as best they can for their time and work. Labor costs are simply higher in some places than others. Same goes for space. If a doll company uses any studio or retail space (versus running the company from their home like most do), that will cost money as well.

Does your favorite doll company have an English website and customer service? Something that isn’t done by Google Translate? Then hopefully that doll company is paying someone or several someones for their time and effort in maintaining that. 

Packaging: Packaging can actually be a huge expense, but we wouldn’t want companies to skimp on it! Packaging is often how we distinguish legit dolls from recasts, and many people enjoy the packaging. In any case, custom boxes made to the right size, stickers, foam inserts, etc all have to be negotiated with vendors, who are all going to have quantity demands and costs associated with them. Again, if you don’t find a good vendor it’s expensive and time consuming to keep testing new ones out. 

Taxes: Hooo boy, does anyone like doing taxes? No way! Anyway, taxes can be very high depending on whether or not you’re reporting accurately and what the local regulations are. They’re especially high in EU countries like France and Spain, and in Asian countries like Japan and Korea. 

Mistakes:Mistakes happen a LOT. Stuff comes out flawed and can’t be used, or it gets shipped to the wrong address, or you send the wrong part or the wrong faceup. Companies are on the hook for correcting these mistakes when things go wrong. They do it gladly because it’s a part of customer service, but it goes into the final price of the doll. 


…And this is just SOME of what influences the cost of a BJD. Every company is different, and some may have found shortcuts, or ways to minimize costs, but the margin on BJDs is very low. No one’s making much money on them if they even get a salary at ALL. 

TL:DR: Some companies are “cheap” because maybe somewhere along the line someone worked out of love and didn’t see much financial reward, or maybe the cost of manufacturing is just cheaper because they have excellent vendors who do good work affordably or simply use cheaper materials. Some companies cost more because their costs of operation or manufacturing are higher, or maybe they just pay their workers slightly better wages. 

I don’t know anyone in the doll industry who makes a large salary by making and selling BJDs…if they even make one at all. This includes even the well-known companies. Just because they look big and have people with titles like ‘President’ and ‘CEO’ doesn’t mean they are hugely profitable or that they make a living wage, or even that running a BJD company is their primary job. 

tiny metal death machine

Based off the prompt: this is a five hour long plane ride, we’re sitting together and you’re deathly afraid of flying

(feast your eyes on this random one-shot/drabble/thingie

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           Annabeth was really starting to regret becoming a bridesmaid.

           It wasn’t enough that Piper had to get married in the busiest season possibly ever, but she also simultaneously had to be married in the most inconvenient location ever.

           Well, maybe California wasn’t exactly considered the hardest place to be married ever – but Annabeth was starting to think it was.

           She swore, when she saw Piper – well, she would first demand why Piper had decided that getting married in winter would be a smart idea. Especially when her best friend Annabeth had to fly across the country to attend said wedding. When, in some areas, there was such a thing as severe snowstorms.

           They had hardly taken off the ground when the boy next to her let out a long, tight, moan of terror. Which, honestly, surprised/terrified her. The first time she saw him, she had assumed he was one of those ‘macho’ types that would plug in his headphones and flex his muscles when he thought she was looking.

           He certainly had the muscles, that much was clear from the brief glance she’d had of his arms as he’d stretched them above his head before take off. Instead, he had them clenched into fists on his arm rests, and looked out the window with an expression that made it seem like they were dive bombing into the ocean.

           Now she was just hoping he wouldn’t vomit on her.

           He noticed her looking, “What? Are you just going to stare at my pain?” he said, in a tight, scared but sarcastic voice.

           “You realize the turn off seat belt light hasn’t even turned off yet,” she said, “which means we’re literally barely in the air.”

           “Barely,” he said, “is enough.”

           She crinkled her nose, “So you’re scared of flying?”

           “Being thousands of feet up in the air, in a metal death trap – no, that’s no reason to panic!”

           “They say you know, that crashing – “

           “On the way to the airport is more likely, blah blah blah – whatever!” He reached over and yanked down the shade to the airplane window.

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