non human characters

A Guide to Making Up Diseases (as Explained by a Biologist)

So listen up y’all, nothing drives me crazier as both a writer and a scientist than seeing alien diseases that make no fuckin’ sense in a human body. 

If you’re talking about alien diseases in a non-human character, you can ignore all this.

But as far as alien diseases in humans go, please remember:

DISEASE SYMPTOMS ARE AN IMMUNE RESPONSE.

Fever? A response to help your immune cells function faster and more efficiently to destroy invaders.

Sore/scratchy throat? An immune response. Diseases that latch onto the epithelium of the throat (the common cold, the flu) replicate there, and your body is like “uh no fuckin’ thanks” and starts to slough off those cells in order to stop the replication of new virus in its tracks. So when it feels like your throat is dying? guess what it literally is. And the white spots you see with more severe bacterial infections are pus accumulation, which is basically dead white blood cells, and the pus is a nice and disgusting way of getting that shit outta here.

(No one really knows why soreness and malaise happens, but some scientists guess that it’s a byproduct of immune response, and others suspect that it’s your body’s way of telling you to take it easy)

headache? usually sinus pressure (or dehydration, which isn’t an immune response but causes headaches by reducing blood volume and causing a general ruckus in your body, can be an unfortunate side effect of a fever) caused by mucous which is an immune response to flush that nasty viral shit outta your face.

Rashes? an inflammatory response. Your lymphocytes see a thing they don’t like and they’re like “hEY NOW” and release a bunch of chemicals that tell the cells that are supposed to kill it to come do that. Those chemicals cause inflammation, which causes redness, heat, and swelling. They itch because histamine is a bitch.

fatigue? your body is doing a lot–give it a break!

here is a fact:

during the Spanish 1918 Plague, a very strange age group succumbed to the illness. The very young and very old were fine, but people who were seemingly healthy and in the prime of life (young adults) did not survive. This is because that virus triggered an immune response called a cytokine storm, which basically killed everything in sight and caused horrific symptoms like tissue death, vasodilation and bleeding–basically a MASSIVE inflammatory response that lead to organ damage and death. Those with the strongest immune systems took the worst beating by their own immune responses, while those with weaker immune systems were fine.

So when you’re thinking of an alien disease, think through the immune response.

Where does this virus attack? Look up viruses that also attack there and understand what the immune system would do about it. 

Understand symptoms that usually travel together–joint pain and fever, for example.

So please, please: no purple and green spotted diseases. No diseases that cause glamorous fainting spells and nothing else. No mystical eye-color/hair-color changing diseases. If you want these things to happen, use magic or some shit or alien physiology, but when it’s humans, it doesn’t make any fuckin’ sense. 

This has been a rant and I apologize for that. 

lgbt+ book recommendations

I often see people talking about how they would like to read more lgbt+ books/series but do not know where to find them. SO I’ve made this list to give people somewhere to start !

PLEASE NOTE; I’ve written which stories are #ownvoices that I know of, some of them that I didn’t mention may be - sometimes it is hard to know, especially since it’s not something all authors write in bio’s ect. :) Please forgive and correct if you know some are #ownvoices that I have not mentioned. 

f/f

  • counting to zero - a.j quinn (#ownvoices)
  • everything leads to you - nina lacour
  • of fire and stars - audrey coulthurst
  • not your sidekick - c.b lee (poc)
  • the long way to a small, angry planet - becky chambers (#ownvoices)
  • a closed and common orbit - becky chambers (#ownvoices)
  • ice massacre - tiana warner
  • axiom: the last hope - marie rachel pearcy (#ownvoices)
  • get it together, delilah ! - erin gough
  • empress of the world - sara ryan
  • the upside down of unrequited - becky albertalli
  • girls man up - m-e girard
  • tell me again how a crush should feel - sara farizan
  • juliet takes a breath - gabby rivera

m/m

  • the foxhole court - nora sakavic (also poc)
  • the raven cycle - maggie stiefvater
  • six of crows duology - leigh bardugo (also poc)
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe - benjamin alire saez (ft. poc characters) (#ownvoices)
  • will grayson, will grayson - john green and david levithan (semi #ownvoices)
  • we are the ants - shaun david hutchinson (#ownvoices)
  • the five stages of andrew brawley - shaun david hutchinson (#ownvoices)
  • the mortal instruments - cassandra clare (also bi rep, poc)
  • the dark artifices - cassandra clare (also bi rep)
  • the love interest - cale dietrich
  • captive prince series - c.s pacat
  • the song of achilles - medeline miller
  • whatever. or how junior year became totally fucked - s.j goslee
  • grasshopper jungle - andrew smith
  • ill give you the sun - jandy nelson
  • simon vs the homosapiens agenda - becky albertalli
  • carry on - rainbow rowell
  • boy meets boy - david levithan (#ownvoices)
  • two boys kissing - david levithan (#ownvoices)
  • the perks of being a wallflower - stephen chbosky
  • the gone series - michael grant (also, lesbian character. However, both side characters (though major ones), and not explored until later books. both poc )

trans

  • a kind of justice - renee james (#ownvoices)
  • if i was your girl - meredith russo (#ownvoices)
  • the art of being normal - lisa williamson
  • george - alex gino (#ownvoices)
  • every heart a doorway - seanan mcguire (asexual character)
  • coffee boy - austin chant
  • when the moon was ours - anna-marie mclemore 
  • roller girl - vanessa north (also f/f couple)

bi

  • adaptation - malinda lo (#ownvoices)
  • ash - malinda lo (#ownvoices)
  • radio silence - alice oseman

other lgbt:

  • magnus chase and the gods of asgard - rick riordan (genderfluid character)
  • every heart a doorway - seanan mcguire (asexual character)
  • the long way to a small, angry planet - becky chambers (gender fluid and non-binary characters - NOTE: this is a space opera and features aliens who are non-binary/gender fluid not humans. however, the main character who is human is lgbt - this is a very socially aware book and I recommend it even if it’s non-human characters) 

FINAL NOTE: I have not read all these books and cannot comment on the representation in all of them, but I have only included books I’ve heard good reception about. 

feel free to add on !! or check my READING LIST for more

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female awesome meme: [4/10] non-human characters

You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate… It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves… You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. — Yvaine

harry potter asks!
  1. What is your Hogwarts House and which of that House’s traits resonate the most with you?
  2. What is your Patronus and what do you think it says about you?
  3. Which is your favourite book and why?
  4. Which is your favourite film and why?
  5. Which scene was left out of the films that you think should have been included?
  6. Which scene was added into the films that was a great addition?
  7. In your opinion, what was an Iconic Moment™?
  8. What is your favourite quote/passage?
  9. Who is your favourite character and why?
  10. Who is your least favourite character and why?
  11. Who is your favourite non-human character?
  12. Which character deserved better and why?
  13. If you could swap one dead character for one character that survived, would would you revive and who would you kill?
  14. Which character would you like to know more about?
  15. Which character do you feel you have the most in common with?
  16. Which character’s death hit you the hardest?
  17. What is your OTP, nOTP, brOTP and OT3?
  18. What would be your favourite and least favourite Hogwarts classes?
  19. What is your favourite magical creature?
  20. What is your favourite spell?
  21. What do you think is the most useful spell?
  22. What do you think Amortentia would smell like to you?
  23. What do you think your Boggart would be and what would it change into?
  24. What is your favourite magical object and why?
  25. Which of the Deathly Hallows would you pick and why?
  26. What is your opinion of Dumbledore and his actions throughout the series?
  27. What is your opinion of Snape and his actions throughout the series?
  28. Do you agree with Dumbledore’s statement, ‘Sometimes I think we Sort too soon’?
  29. If you could own one piece of HP memorabilia, what would it be?
  30. If you could ask JKR one question, what would it be?
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narnia week 2017

↪ day 3: favourite non-human character(s) - aslan and jadis

“the term is over: the holidays have begun. the dream is ended: this is the morning.”

“understand that you have given me Narnia forever, you have lost your own life and you have not saved his. in that knowledge, despair and die.”

It’s 2017 can we stop pretending the skin color of a non-human character is the only thing that plays into racial coding? Physical features, voices/accents, etc also play a big part. Quit it with the “she’s purple she can’t be latina” and the “she’s blue she can’t be white”.

Non-Human Prompt Meme

Send me an emoji and a character!

👽 - alien
🐠 - mermaid
🌹 - fairy
🐕 - werewolf
🐾 - other were (specify)
🌊 - sea monster
🌙 - vampire
👤 - cryptid
👻 - ghost
✨ - witch/wizard
⚡️ - demigod
🍃 - nature spirit
🐲  - dragon
🔧 - robot
👣 - giant 
🐣 - phoenix
👓 - superhero

anonymous asked:

Hey, i'd be interested if you have any book rec's with ace/aro protagonists? I'm struggling to find many good ones.

Hey!

So I’ll level with you here, depression’s been beating my ass for the longest time, and even though I know there’s good stuff out there, I’ve not had the energy to go delving into the nooks and crannies of the fiction world to find it, because…… y’know, it’s hard, there’s fudge all out there, I’m tired

But I’m so glad you sent this ask because it’s given me the motivation to sit my butt down and make this happen and this is IMPORTANT to me. So this ask has been an adventure for the both of us, anon friend~

Here’s what I found in my search! I’ve only read a few of them, for the above reason, but I’ve tried to collect stuff that’s been written by aro/ace authors or has received positive reviews from aro/ace people!! Here goes!!! I hope it’s not too lengthy, I got excited!!

The Bone People by Keri Hulme is a mystery novel featuring an asexual protagonist, the reclusive artist Kerewin. It’s set in New Zealand and focuses a lot on Maori culture (the author herself is of Maori descent, as well as openly asexual and aromantic). Trigger warnings for physical abuse, suicide and illness.

We Awaken by Calista Lynne ( @calista-lynne ) features two asexual protagonists, girls who love girls, paranormal shenanigans, and the most beautiful glorious amazing cover I’ve ever seen. It’s also published by Harmony Ink Press, who do positive LGBTQ+ stories and are all round awesome in general. I think this one is available for preorder now, but releasing soon.

Sydney West by Rebecca McKinsey is a mystery/thriller I’ve seen some really great reviews on, which features a canon aromantic protagonist, and also has minimal profanity and minimal graphic description, if that’s not your kinda thing.

How To Be A Normal Person by TJ Klune features an asexual stoner hipster and honestly I don’t even know what else to say about it but this book looks like a wild and very weird ride to say the least.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire has an asexual protagonist and creepy stuff and secret doors and other worlds. Also has a trans character! Seems like a neat premise, I’m keen to read it.

Cold Ennaline by RJ Astruc is paranormal novella also published by Harmony Ink Press, featuring an asexual (and by the sounds of the description quite possibly aromantic) protagonist.

Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith is an epic high fantasy with an asexual protagonist and a POC princess and lots of awesome worldbuilding and politics and yeah!

After I Wake by Emma Griffiths features an asexual protagonist and several queer side characters and is also published by Harmony Ink Press! Hooray! Trigger warnings for suicide and mental illness (though the story itself focuses on recovery).

Sinners by Eka Waterfield is a dark fantasy about an asexual sidhe drug dealer, so what else does a person need, really. But yeah! It’s got thumbs-ups from several ace reviewers on goodreads! Trigger warnings for drug use and violence.

Clariel by Garth Nix features a protagonist who’s pretty much 100% absolutely aroace and amazing, and from what I can see many of the aces/aros who’ve read this book strongly identify with her and her experiences and the general consensus is that it’s awesome.  

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld features a demisexual WOC and a lesbian love interest and I’ve heard pretty good things about it, though I haven’t read it myself.

Quicksilver by RJ Anderson is a YA sci-fi with an asexual protagonist and lots of decent discussions on asexuality in the book, like the coming out scene, etc.

Interface: inSight by Lucy Mihajlich is another one maybe worth looking out for? It has a kickstarter going, and features a hearing-impaired aroace protagonist, nonbinary representation, and female and POC characters doing cool stuff and not dying… also has, like, cool edgy futuristic dystopia vibes~

A Word and a Bullet by Rachel Sharp has a very very very explicitly-stated aroace character. 100% aroace and cool with it. Also, quirky apocalypse stories are always fun, yeah?

And here’s some other neat stuff I found:

  • From Under the Mountain by Cait Spivey (panromantic asexual author, F/F high fantasy, lots of POC and women characters)
  • Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge (zero romance, cool premise)
  • The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan (ace character, not protagonist)
  • Radio Silence by Alice Osman (honest and open discussions of asexuality and demisexuality, female mixed-race bisexual protagonist, male and female leads do not fall in love)
  • Make Much Of Me by Kayla Bashe (lots of queer rep, including asexual and nonbinary, super positive feelgood themes)
  • Mindtouch and Mindline by M.C.A Hogarth (non-human asexual characters, queerplatonic life-partnership, sounds hELLA CUTE)
  • Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (asexual POC leading character, not protagonist)

And I added like a billion things to my TBR lmao help me anon

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I’m going to try out a new kind of commission I haven’t done in the past. If you perhaps want me to draw your character is a specific pose or costume but it doesn’t show off their face but that is something you want me to draw then this will fill both those needs. Or if you maybe want, say, the full body to be in profile, but the bust to be at a 3/5 angle. 

Please read the below information in its entirety before requesting a commission from me

The above prices are the starting prices, as stated, if your character is wearing complex armor/clothing or you want them to be posed with a prop/weapon/etc that’s complex in anyway, I will charge an extra 5-20$ based on complexity. 

If you want the bust of your character to be in color that will be an extra 10$ 

If you are interested in a commission, please e-mail me at allmadhere13@yahoo.com

Payment is accepted via Paypal ( I cannot accept any other forms of payment, sorry)

Payment is taken up front and I will not start on your commission until I have received the payment

Once I accept your commission, please be ready with lots of reference. Whether this is in-game screenshots, your own artwork, actors that you use as a faceclaim, or types of animals that will be helpful for properly portraying your khajiit or argonian characters (or other type of non-human characters). 

Please also have a pose in mind for your character, as well as clothing. People have often asked me to come up with an outfit for their characters in the past, instead of giving me reference, and that’s something I a) am not allowing people to commission at the moment and b) would charge a lot more for.

I also will decline any commissions I personally feel uncomfortable with. However, I’m totally fine with casual nudity that does not include showing the genitalia in anyway.

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