Some dumbass: Kobayashi doesn’t give a fuck about Tohru and her feelings
Let’s Tohru, a dragon prone to disaster, live in her house for free
Expends her little free time making sure Tohru and the other dragons are adapting well and not causing trouble
Adopts a dragon child and raises her with Tohru
Teaches the dragons about this new world
Rents a bigger apartment regardless of her financial conditions so her new dragon daughter and Tohru can live comfortably with her
Openly says she hardly ever used to smile before Tohru got in her life
Makes a huge effort to learn how to be a good mother
Already has an unhealthy work load but overworks herself even further so she can be more present as a mother during her daughter’s important moments. More present than said daughter’s biological parents. More present than Kobayashi’s own parents ever were.
Some dumbass: What an unhealthy relationship, this woman just doesn’t give a fuck
I am so excited!!! This little book (well, 264 pages) has been about 9 months in the making, and it’s finally done. Good grief.
Basically, many of my friends at my undergrad university did Creative Writing with me, and for our final project we had to write a 6k word short story and 2k critical commentary - which, by the way, as someone who has done a Master’s since and written a 20k thesis, was just as hard as writing a standard dissertation. As a surprise to everyone, I sneakily got copies of everyone’s short stories by pretending I just wanted to read them and compare them to mine, and I made them all into an anthology, which I gave to everyone at graduation. It was a really fun project to work on, even though it took ages to proof read the entire thing and design the cover and cry over Word formatting. We called ourselves the Come Along Collective because ‘come along’ was kind of a catchphrase of ours and ‘collective’ sounded professional and artistic. Sue us, we had degrees in this shit.
In June last year, about 3 years after we graduated, we met up (a pretty big deal, seeing as one of us now lives in the US!) and decided to do another anthology. Without the immediate option of including our conveniently timed university dissertation equivalents, we agreed that it would be really fun if we all wrote a short story of between 4-15k words - this is actually why I wrote Here, the World Entire, which appears in this anthology in a slightly shorter form! Since I made that first anthology back in 2013 our friendship group has changed a little, and so one contributor to the first anthology isn’t in this one and we have a new contributor, but that’s OK; it kind of charts the progression of everyone’s experiences since university.
So, over the past 9 months or so, we all wrote a story each, and everyone put their all into their stories, despite being 23-25 now and not having the luxury of time that we used to have, and honestly, the stories are amazing. There’s not a single one in there that I wouldn’t read in a literary magazine. One person didn’t do Creative Writing and was really worried about their story not matching up to the others, but it absolutely does. I did a little cry when I read it because it was so good and the writer didn’t think it was (I think they are now aware that they are actually super talented and should definitely write more). That was one of the reasons I’m so happy to have this physical copy as proof that it’s done, and people who thought they couldn’t do it did do it, and they did it fabulously, because every single person wrote something phenomenal.
There was one person in the group who wasn’t able to write anything because they had a lot going on in their life, and so the rest of us prepared a SUPER SECRET SURPRISE, complete with a secret Facebook group chat (which was literally titled THE ONE THAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO KEEP SECRET) in which we collaborated and wrote a story for her instead so that she would still have a story in the anthology. One person wrote a section, then handed it to the next person, and so on. It turned out to be an absolutely hilarious story involving Emily Blunt as an evil sorceress, Jez and Mark from Peep Show as couriers, and our old landlord as an arch villain. It’s pretty rad, not going to lie. That person still gets their name on the cover because the story wouldn’t have been written without them; we basically tried our best to put that person’s personality into a narrative, and that’s why it’s so weird. They are weird, is what I’m saying.
This whole thing was a massive labour of love for all of us. I was literally proof reading it on lunch breaks, and taking graphic design assignments at work so that I could practice for when I made the cover (which I think looks snazzy, if endearingly off-kilter). Everyone was hugely supportive of one another, giving each other prompts and feedback whenever anyone got stuck, and it was such a fantastic experience to make it from start to finish. I’m so, so proud of the end product, and I’m excited to see what our next one will look like!
I have also prepared a super secret special surprise of my own for everyone within this anthology, which I won’t disclose here just in case any of them happen upon this post. It’s rad, though. I’m excited for everyone to see it.
This isn’t available for commercial purchase or anything like that, but it’s a personal project that’s been taking up a lot of my time lately (in a good way!) and it’ll be kind of sad not to have this to work towards. Still, onto the next thing!
i don’t often make text posts anymore so this is a little awkward um
what i wanted to say is; i get too often comments or tags on my work that are something like ‘i wish i could do this’ or ‘why can’t i draw like this’ etc, and it makes me pretty sad. i dont think you should put other artists on some kind of…unreachable pedestal. because it’s just not true…at all
you CAN draw like this, you CAN draw even better than this. i truly believe that given time and effort, anyone can improve at drawing…just like honing any kind of skill
i played the guitar for three years in my teens and i was still awful at it, you know? i never really practiced enough, and three years is not very long. i could kinda play the melody for ‘let it be’ by the end, and i was pretty happy with that. i just never had the drive for it that i have for drawing, so i didn’t stick with it
we all struggle with not being good enough for one reason or another, and it’s normal to get frustrated at our abilities sometimes, but…
if you have the passion for it you can really do pretty much anything
•Spending most of the days after his transformation helping him get more used to his human body again.
•He complains a lot about how freezing the castle is despite the fact it’s no longer trapped in a frozen winter because he doesn’t have all that fur so it takes him awhile to get used to his nornal body temperature.
•100% using this as an excuse for you to stay close and hold him so he can stay warm despite literally every room in the castle having a fireplace.
•It takes him a bit to get used to normal signs of affection and realizing he doesn’t have to be so cautious around you all the time anymore.
•But once he does, good luck getting him off of you because from then on out he’s constantly hugging you and showing you lots of affection.
•Then again, you can’t really blame since he was locked up in his tower for years in his own isolation.
•He spends more nights in your room than his own because he never sleeps as well without you close by, or so he insists.
•Really it’s because he always nightmares of you disappearing without a trace because you didn’t want to be with him anymore and all of a sudden he’s back in his beast form.
•And because of it sometimes you’ll catch him just staring at you during trivial times like when your reading a letter or walking in the garden.
•Watching him pick up some inanimate object and talk to it as if it’s going to answer back because sometimes he forgets the curse was actually broken.
•You and him will spend hours walking around the castle grounds and talking about whatever topic comes to mind and when it rains you’ll stroll through the corridors together.
•Adam daydreams a lot, sometimes you’ll have to snap back into reality when it seems he’s drifting a little to far.
•Though most of his more animalistic traits have vanished as the time goes by, he still has acute hearing and his senses always go into overdrive when he thinks something seems off.
•Because of this he’s incredibly protective and doesn’t like you stray too far away whenever you go out somewhere together.
•Being totally miserable whenever you go away on a trip, wether it’s to see family or vist a friend, he hates not having you around.
•The first thing he does when you step through door after a long journey is hug you and hold you close for awhile.
•He’ll get this dazey smile on his face when you go out of you way to see him and pay him attention or make him feel wanted.
•Anytime the two of you are caught up in an argument the others never know who’s side to be on because they are immensely found of the both of you.
•Mrs. Potts loving your relationship the most and will sometimes have to be the one to step in and set the both of you straight if an argument goes on for to the long since the two of you are more than capable of beint that stubborn.
•Adam is lowkey always the one to apologize because he can only stand you being cross with him for so long until he just wants to hear your voice again.
•Whenever you find out his fondness for flowers you’ll always arrange bouquets for him out of the garden or you’ll stop by a florist shop in town and get him one as a surprise.
•Really though, the both of you have more plants than you know what to do with.
•After his transformation, his hair really is a mess so you’re the one that has to help him fix it every morning.
•Always having to tie the ribbon at first because his hands aren’t capable of doing something so intricate after being huge claws for years.
•Even after he’s capable of doing it he still prefers for you to it because he likes whenever your play with his hair.
•Is super tickling but will never admit defeat.
•Whenever he sees you he has to take your hand in his and kiss the back of it.
•Anytime he forgets he’ll instantly run back to you and do it once on both hands to ‘make up for lost time’ in his own words.
•Adam can’t stand seeing you hurt.
•Will always assume the worst and is ready to attack whoever he needs to.
•Calming down whenever you tell him you simply burned your hand on the stove and it was already starting to feel better.
•The man just loves you too much.
•Without exaggeration you are the most precious thing to him and he would rather suffer the torment of isolation again than see you anything less than happy and healthy.
hey i just wanted to let you guys know that I’m working on a jamilton animatic for the dads au!! So if there’s a lack of me posting art that’s why, but I’ll still draw the requests for you guys as much as I can! They just won’t be as frequent because I want to actually finish this animatic instead of abandoning it and starting another like I usually do hfsjfgsk
Angus brought chocolate chip cookies to the seekers lounge today, and when I tried one it was raisins?? I told him this and he started crying? He genuinely didn't know what he did and now I feel like a monster