1. What OTPs in your fandom(s) do you just not get?*
This time around I’m gonna pick on Felix and Locus. Because I hate myself and HEY WHY NOT we’re getting salty anyway. But I suppose a more accurate description here is that I don’t understand the way fandom OTPs them in RvB and not so much that I don’t get shipping them, because lowkey I do love examining really fucked up, unhealthy ships at the end of the day. I actually kinda love it and see it as an exercise of sorts to really examine what is bad but still rewarding for people that keeps them coming back for bad blood and what not.
And they’re easily the best and most intimidating villains of the series thus far, and their partnership is a huge part of that. So I absolutely get being fans of them as villains and trying to dig into the inner workings of that relationship.
But fandom… it’s. Okay. If people do this fine, but like. I hate that the fandom default and prevelence is that it’s a healthy GoodTM relationship with nothing fucked up or wrong with either of them ever bc they’re squishy lima beans who love each other forever and GENOCIDE WHAT GENOCIDE FELIX AND LOCUS DIDN’T COMMIT A PLANETWIDE GENOCIDE FOR MONEY AND A TV SCREEN THE SIZE OF A BILLBOARD WHATEVER DO YOU MEAN.
Like. It’s not cool. It’s not cool that you’re a horrible person for trying to point out that the canon relationship is, at best, fucked up, and founded on mutual blood money and coldly murdering an entire planet’s worth of people for profits. And I’ll be really happy when we’re far enough from the Chorus arc that we’re allowed to talk about those facts again.
I know you didn't say anything about hating vegans or anything but are we actually doing a bad job? like is all of this just a lie and not actually helping the environment or anything :/ because one of the biggest reason for me to go vegan is cause of environmental issues and all
I don’t hate vegans, not the ones that aren’t spreading misinformation or think they are on some sort of moral high ground to everyone else. But I don’t agree with it myself because it is all superficial, without any proper action if I’m being honest.
And when there is action it’s usually targeted at the wrong issue and does more harmful then good. My main issue is that vegans see animals as very individual. They want to save every single cow or pig or chicken without thinking about it rationally or about the horrible impact that would have no important species (species that are actually vital to ecosystems). Veganism fails to see the bigger more important picture.
“Saving” domesticated farm animals is not important. I’m sorry but it’s just not. Not when it means “saving” these animals will have drastic negative effects.
I mean there are always ways that agricultural and animal industries can be improved. But just refusing to buy meat or use animal products don’t change anything. And realistically we’re not going to stop eating meat or producing wool ect. You have to understand that and accept it and look at ways to improve those processes not try and shut them down completely.
And more veganism just means more demand for certain crops, which require more land clearing + more pesticides ect. Veganism is just as bad for the environment and animals as any other diet is. In a capitalist society there really isn’t any ethical consumption.
The world and the environment can’t survive under a capitalist society. Capitalism is what’s stopping us from using green energy solutions or inverting more. Not because these solutions are “expensive” or hard to make or whatever use excuses are being made. It’s because they won’t make as much money as easily.
Just like buying honey isn’t going to “save the bees” or turning the tap off when you brush your teeth won’t save water. They’re things corporations and company’s push because they’re easy and shift the blame onto consumers and away from them.
We need to look into real solutions. Realistic solutions that aren’t just superficial I-want-to-feel-good-without-doing-anything-too-hard “solutions” but real ones. And they need to be towards actual important significant issues. Animals being killed for a source of food or harvesting honey or wool, is not even close to being an issue we should be worried about.
I’m sorry that you’ve been led to think otherwise, there is alot of misinformation out there and people will lie to get their agenda across. But veganism just doesn’t help the environment. It just doesn’t.
I am a huge fan of your style! It's absolutely lovely! How long have you been drawing and how did you develop your own style?
ive been drawing my whole life! (always an odd question for me bc like…. yall stopped drawing after kindergarten? what did you do all day??)
as for developing style, my biggest piece of advice is just! keep! drawing! its been a bit hard to follow my own advice lately because my depression keeps fucking up my motivation and for the first time in my life i just dont feel like drawing, at all, ever. but if youre having similar motivational issues or if youre just starting out and you just arent feeling satisfied with your art, dont give up! the less you draw the harder it will be! i have a personal policy (that i dont actually remember to follow) where even if i dont want to, even if i hate how it looks, i have to draw at least once a day every single day. i swear it will improve your work if you do this. its hard, i know, i havent been doing it, but follow my advice not my example! (honestly im the embodiment of that quote “I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.” by Lewis Carol)
the other piece of advise i have is honestly…… steal art.
“gasp! but Kate,” you say, “stealing art is bad and wrong!!” you say, “i know because of all those ‘art theft is bad and wrong’ posts i reblog!”
look. thats not what im saying, im not telling any of you to try to pass anyone elses art as your own, or use other peoples art without their credit. dont to that its bad and wrong. what im saying is LOOK at other peoples art and copy what they do. copying other peoples art styles is how every artist has learned for centuries. i started out drawing myself as a powerpuff girl or as a pokemon character just like everyone else. hell, i used to straight up print out and trace drawings i found on deviant art, which is a perfectly viable way to learn styles (muscle memory) so long as you dont try to pass it off as your own work then honestly its not stealing.
for example recently i was trying to draw these cat characters i had come up with, and i could not for the life of me draw these cats they were just turning out so ugly,
so i was like “well fuck this, i just need to find a simpler style” and by some kind of MIRACLE, while i was looking up drawings of cats i stumbled across this one blog, daily cat drawings. and it was like, holy shit this is it this is the exact style i need to draw my cats in. so first thing i did was try to follow some of their drawings exactly, not tracing but the closest you can get by sight.
after i felt like i kinda had it down i drew that athena. NOT based off of any one of dailycatdrawing’s pieces, but still using the basics of their style. after that i felt confident enough using this style to draw the rest of my cats and they turned out great! naturally i had to draw hermes again because i couldnt just use such a blatant copy of another artists work, and it turned out even better than before!
which proves my earlier advice about how every single time you draw youre improving! its also important to note that even if you try to copy an artists style exactly you will probably never have it perfectly, and thats a GOOD THING! because it means that you arent truly stealing someone elses work, youre just using it as an example of ONE WAY a drawing can be good. by paying attention to MANY artists styles you can use all of them together to make your own unique style! even trying to copy dailycatdrawing’s style to a T i still ended up using elements from other artists and my own experience to change the style just enough to make it personal. looking at hermes’ face you can tell ive unintentionally taken some inspiration from lackadaisy’s art style, another artist i really admire.
this turned out way longer than i meant it to, sorry, i always get so caught up in explaining things when people ask for advice. hopefully this helped someone!
Collapsed in the hallway because my friend wasn't paying enough attention to me, spent hundreds of dollars on a gift for same friend, and pissed off a bunch of my other friends by declaring said friend as my favorite
Accidentally kicked one of my friends in the head, then laughing when she got pissed
Woke my mom up at 2am because of all the racket I was making in the kitchen while stress baking cookies
Showing my friends photos of my boobs because "don't they look so good in this photo?" and getting the response "your boobs are fantastic"
Keeping a folder of all the ugly selfies my best friend has ever sent me to give to her future boyfriend
Picked up friend and ran to PE because "your legs are too short to keep up with mine, either buy roller skates and hold onto my sleeve or let me carry you, we don't have all day"
Sent my girlfriend at the time 500 seconds of snapchats in under 10 minutes before she woke up and then continued to send more after she woke up
Gave an hour long lecture to one of my best friends who I consider to be family on gender roles and why I generally dislike men who aren't fictional that some how turned into me listing reasons why girls are beautiful and I Love them
Have given the same two pieces of dating advice to one of my friends for years, "dump him" or "give me your phone, I'm going to fight him"
Hugged one of my best friends for over an hour, actually it was closer to two, I only let go when I fell asleep
Talked for a full hour about how hot I am to one of my friends and then after a few minutes of silence, whispered "oh god, I really hate myself" and then curled up into a ball and cried
Consistently terrifies friends with shrieking flying tackle hugs from behind, screams of terror usually ensue
Robotically wrote the Bee Movie Script on the classroom board when we had a sub, "Do you have work you are supposed to be doing?" "Yes." "Is this it?" "No, do you have any more questions?" "I- uh, no, I guess not."
Texted someone that if they messed with my best friend I would brutally murder them and then followed up with blushing emojis and flower emojis
Listened to the same song on repeat 12 hours a day, for over a week, until I could hear the song playing in my dreams
Bonus, Coaches + Teachers:
Some how became the mom friend despite the fact that I can't even take care of myself, "I swear to god if you skip physics oNE MORE TIME", "Do your homework, I know where you sleep", "Oh for fuck's sake, come over to my house, I'm not going to listen to you bitch for weeks because you didn't want to disinfect your cuts"
Was running a high fever during my physics final to the point where I was fading in and out of consciousness, and aced it
Developed a reputation for having terrifying kicks after I realized that the men in my karate class couldn't hold back their punches if they were too busy avoiding getting nailed in the balls
Refused to stop smiling and laughing for a full day, actually got kicked out of class because I laughed so much
This whole thing, it was so stupid, and it made Annabeth feel stupid, and she wasn’t stupid, she was smart, gods damn it, so why couldn’t she do this? She should have been able to do this.
She only realised she was crying when a tear splashed on to the page of her textbook, blurring the black letters printed on the white page. That tear falling felt like conceding defeat, and soon enough she was crying in earnest, sobbing hard enough that the words became even less intelligible than they’d already been.
She put her head down on the book and let herself cry, feeling terribly stupid and sorry and frustrated. Her whole face felt hot, flushed with anger and annoyance - at this essay, at herself, at the fact that she was a daughter of the goddess of wisdom and she couldn’t seem to write a simple fucking essay.
When the door to her room opened she instinctively straightened, grabbing her dagger and spinning in her seat to face the intruder. When she saw who it was she immediately collapsed back onto the desk, face first, letting her dagger fall to the floor.
She heard Percy shut the door behind himself. There were a few soft footsteps, and then a gentle hand on her shaking shoulder and a quiet question. “Annabeth, hey, what’s up?”
ive noticed a thing on this website (and in a lot of social justice spaces in general) where people are more focused on making themselves look good by announcing their stance against, like, shitty groups (like terfs and nazis, which is popular here in particular) and make/add onto posts like “reblog to punch a nazi” or “reblog to make a terf angry” and such, but they dont really do much to like……. uplift or rally for or even really discuss their support for OR the discrimination happening against, yknow, the groups actually affected by, say, terfs and nazis.
i see people on here talking about hating terfs all the time but rarely show any support for actual trans women (and also thinking terfs are the end-all, be-all of transphobia, and that transmisogyny doesnt take other forms which MANY of us are complicit in as well, even if it might not be consciously), and as a jewish person myself, i remember seeing dozens of posts about punching or killing nazis after the richard spencer thing, or the captain america thing, but i rarely see anyone but other jews actually uhhh discussing actual antisemitism and the actual, real, tangible damage nazis are doing and have done to people like me and other minority groups
people who were happy to talk about how much they hated nazis because it was cool at the moment or it was about a fictional character didnt even touch upon antisemitism or jewish people, and now that its not as topical anymore, it DEFINITELY isnt being talked about outside of largely jewish or rromani circles
like yeah of course assholes like transmisogynists and neo-nazis shouldnt have a platform and of course people SHOULD be opposed to them, but patting yourself on the back for barely even doing the bare ass minimum and then not doing anything to show solidarity for the groups who are hurt by the hateful folk yall claim to be opposed to? embarrassing
"Why are POC, LGBT, and people of religious and other minorities siding with republicans, anti-sjws, and going conservative?????
Allow me, a bi black male, lay down a few possibilities.
-You claim to stand for minorities up to the point they merely disagree with you (“I don’t believe violent protest is working” is met with “ARE YOU VALUING PROPERTY OVER LIVES???????” because CLEARLY they said that.)
-Association with people that have screwed over the people you claim to be defending (the Muslim immigrant that had their limo smashed on Inauguration Day) and barely (if at all) acknowledge them
-Label everyone of a group who you claim to be out for that doesn’t support you as self-hating (because you know, that’s not cultic or manipulative at all!)
-You hate people of minorities who disagree with you (See previous point)
-The STARK lack of people of the regressive left calling out other members of the social justice movement (I’ve seen more righters and GamerGaters call one another out)
-Some of us want ACTUAL equality, NOT supremacy (hence why I believe you CAN be racist to white people)
-Your methods of combatting prejudice with more prejudice (Combatting immature people who seriously think the existence of LGBT people or women harms them in ANY way with the notion that the existence of cis people, even cis people of the LGBT community, hinders them when their character says otherwise
- “So these groups are easily susceptible to alt-right and nazi ideaologies for being isolated and shunned, especially groups with nerdy interests. What do? “ISOLATE AND SHUN THEM HARDER!!!”
-The ambiguity of whether or not you guys actually shun pedophillia (Sarah Nyberg. Enough said.)
-Attempting to rationalize the dehumanization of people for “being of the status quo” (“All males are misogynists, all straight people are homophobes,” am I supposed to take pride in being African-American and bi or hate myself for being a cis male? Superficial stuff I can’t fucking help?)
-Devaluing terms by using them on dang near EVERYTHING
-Write off any dissent by us with “you’re not the only person of this group lmao” (True, but don’t we deserve a voice too? Why should a majority be heared over a minority?)
-Rationalize violence with mere assumptions
-“Mistakes” aren’t a thing to you guys; everything is malicious
-Holding other people accountable for stuff they didn’t do, even if what they’re being held accountable for isn’t affecting anyone today
-Responding to people asking not to be called a term that was originally a slur WITH THOSE SLURS (Just ask @lethal-cuddles)
-“Righties can’t distance them from extremists, they’re THEIR people.” Yet you guys get away with multiple anti-Gators being involved with sexual crimes in the past, AND attempts to normalize pedophillia (again, Sarah Nyberg.)
And probably even more.
From what I’ve experienced, centrists, right-leaners, and ACTUAL liberals have been far more “accepting” than a lot of you guys.
Imagine keith having a long training session one night and as he’s heading back to his room everything is dark and quiet, everyone is asleep.
However when he starts walking down the hallway to his room, he hears soft noises that are barely audible.
He decides to find out what it is, only to find it’s coming from Lance’s room. He also figures out the noise is actually Lance crying. Keith doesn’t really know what to do because Lance sees him as a nemesis, so he heads back to his room to sleep.
Later, when he trains late again, Keith hears Lance’s choked sobs again. And the next time. And the next time.
Keith finally realizes that Lance cries himself to sleep every night. Keith desperately wishes he could help Lance, but doesn’t want to make Lance hate him more.
1. i don’t know how to say this so i’m just going to say it - don’t text me anymore. don’t call me. don’t ask me how i am when you feel lonely. don’t check up on me. don’t tell me you’re doing well. i don’t want to hear it. i don’t want to hear it because you fucking broke me. GOODBYE.
2. hey, okay, sooo i thought i could be friends with you but it hurts too much. not that you hurt me that much. no, i’m okay. i don’t cry in the shower anymore. some nights i actually fall asleep before 4 a.m. but then there’s some nights where i think about you and her kissing and it’s all that’s on my mind for days. no, no, it’s not like that. it’s not that i love you anymore or that i’m jealous. i just hate you for what you did to me. so yeah, anyways, just thought you should know i don’t want to be friends. hope you’re doing well though. maybe our paths will cross again.
3. i told myself many, many months ago that if i wanted this to work, if i wanted us to be friends, i couldn’t talk to you about my feelings ever again. i couldn’t turn every conversation into our failed relationship. so for many, many months, i’ve been letting it eat at me instead. i don’t want it to eat at me anymore and you don’t want to listen to me whine so i think this has to end. sorry.
4. hey, listen: some days i’m fine, but the smallest things get to me. like i’m pretty sure i saw you on her snapchat story. it’s none of my business, but i’m really mad at you for it. i’m really mad that you still talk to that girl you chose over me and you still like all of these girls’ facebook photos but you never like mine. and it’s not fair for me to be mad at you for having friends or being happy, i have no right to be, you didn’t do anything wrong. but it still gets to me, still eats away at me, still makes me want to knock down your door and ask you why the fuck you had to leave, why you had to do anything you did, why i poured all of my love into you that i didn’t have any left for myself and you took it and gave it to somebody else. god, this hurts. i don’t want you to know how badly this hurts but it does. i’m leaving you and taking this hurt with me.
5. hey, hope you’re doing well, but this still feels like a nightmare i’ll never wake up from. and i’m sorry, i’m so fucking sorry, it’s not fair to you to have to listen to this shit because it’s been two whole years and i’m still not over it. and that’s my problem, not yours. it will never be your fault that i’m so goddamn sensitive. i’ve never been able to get over anything and i hate myself for it. please let me heal. please leave.
6. hey, remember the summer where i hooked up with the first guy who wasn’t you, when you had me blocked on everything and i couldn’t see what you were up to? well, i still read my posts from that summer and i was actually HAPPY. can you believe that? i was actually going about my life without you and i wasn’t thinking about what you did to me. but here i am again, thinking about it and the only thing that’s changed is that you speak to me. and i would love to be friends with you, i would, i’ve been trying so hard to be for months, but it’s making me so damn miserable. and i’m so jealous that she gets to be friends with you and i don’t. i’m sorry i’m not her. i’m sorry i never will be.
7. i’ve been ignoring your messages on purpose and you keep texting me again and it’s exhausting to have to ignore you all of the time and feel so guilty about it. i just don’t understand how you just don’t get the hint. so here’s a bigger one: LEAVE ME ALONE.
8. hey, okay, i know this is sudden but i don’t want to hear from you anymore. i don’t want to think about this anymore. i want to move on with my life and there’s no room for you in it. it was stupid of me to think that just because you’ve always been a good friend to me that we can be friends. we can’t.
9. hey. first off, i want to say i’m sorry, i just need to do what’s best for me. secondly, thank you for always being there when i needed you, but i don’t need you anymore. for now, it has to be just me. it feels like i’m breaking up with you and we’re not even dating, but this is it - this is goodbye. forever. don’t contact me.
10. all you ever did was hurt me. fuck you. i don’t want to see your stupid fucking name on my phone anymore. fucking get out. leave.
10 text messages i’m afraid to send because i don’t want to say goodbye to you, not again
didn’t understand why Slughorn had placed him by Malfoy’s side of all people.
He had a grumpy Ravenclaw girl by his other side, and Malfoy had Hermione.
Harry sometimes shared looks with her, but since she was sitting by Ginny’s
side she didn’t seem all that uncomfortable with the arrangements.
was talking to some Hufflepuff boy about Ministry connections, and all Harry
wanted was to go back to the Gryffindor common room and play chess with Ron. He
didn’t want to hear Slughorn tell them the same story about how he meet the
French Minister for Magic in 1971 and rub his stomach saying happily “Those were
the days, kids! Those were the days!”.
something on his left hand. That was weird. The person on his left was Malfoy,
and it couldn’t be Malfoy trying to touch him. It must have been the fabric of
the chair, or something like that.