Alright, I think I’m good to call my break finished. This was done up over the weekend - reinterpretations for Exeggutor + species dimorphism. Five of the eight (concept) species present here are based off of real plants / trees (Boab / baobab tree, dragon tree, pitfall trap, corpse flower, palm). This was quite the exercise, as I haven’t actually made any real attempt to draw vegetation before now - very nice learning experience. Drawing foliage is… interesting. Both was and was not as hard as I thought it would be. I have a four-and-a-half page write-up for Exeggutor, which is still growing (for no particular reason beyond too many ideas, not enough words to express them all). I won’t harass your dashes with that, but I will share a paragraph or two:
Adult Exeggutor are producers, with some species also falling within the consumer population (ex. the predatory Exeggutor, Planoosylva carnis). Other consumer Pokemon species feed upon and rely on them to maintain and sustain their ecosystems. Exeggutor provide shelter, nutrients, as well as food and access to prey to other species. The presence of Exeggutor often denotes and / or produces a very healthy, diverse, and stable ecosystem. In some cases, the Pokemon itself is an ecosystem. Areas populated by the species are often untouched by human hands due in part by the Pokemon’s special ability, “Hypnosis”, which permits the Pokemon to ward away invaders.
The genus is most commonly found in the tropics, where its range extends across nearly every undeveloped stretch of land available. Locations known to support high numbers of wild Exeggutor are considered hotspots for Pokemon biodiversity and are proven homes for rare and threatened species of all types. Such areas are regular targets for poachers and trainers, but breaches into such oases are rare thanks to the Pokemon’s vigilance over its territory. Wild Exeggutor are nonaggressive but highly protective of their nesting areas. Intruders who venture into their ranges are quickly hypnotised and sent back to whence they came or, in the cases of encounters with carnivorous Exeggutor, eaten. Human intruders stumbling upon Exeggutor ranges often have no recollection of their encounter or the paths taken up to it. Because the range of hypnosis is limited, it is assumed that trespassers are hypnotised within striking distance of the Pokemon, who then directs them away from their territory for up to several miles. The intensity of the hypnosis exacted by the Exeggutor onto a victim is believed to interfere with short-term memory, resulting in an inability to recall any events or sensory or rational cues before and during hypnosis. As of current times, the only successful breaches into wild Exeggutor territory in the tropics have been via remote-controlled machines. Due to their mobility, any location may come under control of Exeggutor at any time, and they may similarly leave at any time. Clearings or forest floors spotted with deep rounded pits and / or holes arranged in geometric pairs or tripodal- or quadruple-formation are sure signs that an Exeggutor grove had previously taken root in the area and has vacated. An open or wooded area suddenly becoming inaccessible or regular travellers finding themselves unable to find their way or remember time spent in once-familiar areas are indicators that Exeggutor have begun to take root in that location. Highly aggressive attempts to invade or chase out Exeggutor from their territory are responded to with equal aggression. Angry or threatened adult Exeggutor will spare no quarter against their enemies and will use all abilities available to them to render their attackers dead or unable to take action. Vine whips can sever limbs and cause concussion; channelled blasts of wind can force antagonists off of cliffs; psychic shocks can rend flesh from bone, cause catastrophic compression or explosive expansion; shrieks can cause deafness; fertilised and unfertilised seeds can be launched at speeds and with forces comparable to a cannon shot; Exeggutor in movement can trample or crush foes underfoot.
I started a new temp job during my break. I have to say I haven’t spent this much time on my feet for quite a while. I’ve been brought in to do inventory, going from office to office to check assets and serial numbers. I’m sure my voice is going to be incredibly hoarse by the end of this week; I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve greeted people, asked them if I could look over their office, followed by a considerable number of “thank you"s. I think I spoke to at least 100 people today. Definitely working on my speaking skills though, that’s a plus. Good grief I’m tired.
“all my life i’ve been the property of men: that ends today.”
[songs for freedom and recovery, for finding yourself, a new purpose and reclaiming the girl you once were]
↳ a santanico pandemonium/kisa mix
i’m from nowhere - neko case // the riot’s gone - santigold // a commotion - feist // mother - florence + the machine // scar - foxes // to be a dancer (i’m alive) - lovers // before - wye oak // king of the world - first aid kit // living proof - cat power
// now is the start - a fine frenzy // golden age - tv on the radio // ageless beauty - stars // pearl’s dream - bat for lashes // woman king - iron & wine // wilderland - anaïs mitchell
I h a v e to get over my dislike of starting things that can’t be finished–and therefore cleaned up after*–on the same the day they’re started, because what actually happens is that I say “Oh, there’s not enough time to finish that, so why even start, and, hey, spend the time you could have used working a little bit on a project to poke around the internet instead.”
*I can tolerate a bit of clutter, but nothing my brain decrees is a mess. Unfinished projects almost always register as mess. Not sure if getting a workbasket, where I could put things while not being worked on, would solve the mess problem, or just turn it into ‘out of sight out of mind never finished’ which segues into my other “can’t start a new project until you’ve finished the first one!” problem–that one generally leads to the first one not getting finished, because I resent it so much for not being finished already…
There’s probably nothing I can say that hasn’t been said already with much more elegance; this is more an outlet to help me express my own thoughts at this point, because I had to take a few days and really consider how to proceed.
I’ve gotten lots of messages over the past year from people who have left the fandom and even left tumblr entirely, and yet still follow me, and I thank you for that. It saddens me so much that its had to come to this because I really miss alot of those people, their presence and creative endevours, but I completely understand why.
What it all boils down to the show used to be clever, and it isn’t anymore. And even enjoying it on a superficial level is becoming impossible, because its painfully clear that the characters I used to enjoy are boring, or confusing, and the ones I STILL enjoy are given non-exsistant screen time.
Belle wasn’t out of character, in my opinion. I agreed with her needing to stop Rumple from what she thought was a machiavellian world domination killing spree (which it wasn’t because LeatherDerpPants barely talks to her. Or maybe he did at home but it was all superficial pillow talk. Who knows? LACK OF SCREEN TIME.) Belle’s been his emotional stabilizer since they reunited in Storybrooke and all she’s ever wanted in their relationship is inclusion, and for him to trust her. She wanted to feel wanted (as we all do) just as much as Rumple. It still shows insecurity from her and one of the reasons I love her so much still is the infamous line: “Do the brave thing and bravery will follow”. It shows that though she’s a character that lives in the light, she’s not a self assured ass about always being right. Shes one of the most realistically human characters.
Will would have made such a good broship for her, maybe with a touch of romance between them would have been fine, but he’s had even less exposure then Belle. We STILL don’t know what happened to Anna. (Did I miss it? does anyone know? L-L-Lack of screen timeee) Emilie gave us more info about Belle’s thought process and that relationship in the #regalcon interview yesterday than we got to see all year. Probably unpopular opinion, but I actually felt it was sweet that she protected his shop when he was gone. It would have been more heartbreaking to see her leave and sever those ties with him entirely.
Rumple, frankly is one of the most complex characters, ever, PERIOD. But alot of the circumstantial plot points and how he’s become distant from Henry (“The Boy”) made no sense considering his level of devotion to Bae for all three previous seasons. This one dimensional villain plotline does him just as much disservice. I feel like were barely trying to give him some of the ambiguity of intention he had in season 1.
On top of this, I felt like the fans were callously backhanded by a couple of the scenes in the finale, mainly the book signing with the “author”, and the one near the end with with Henry asking the apprentice if he could bring his father Baelfire back to life. It very much felt A/E writing themselves in to the show and saying HUR HUR HUR NO SPOILERS! and FUCK U FANS STOP ASKING ABOUT BAE. HE’S DEAD SHUT UP HAVE SOME CAPTAIN SWAN NOW! CS is a fixture. WE GET IT. Stop beating us over the head with it in every scene.(Apologies for being ranty. apologies for all the hook fans who have come to follow me. The pirate inspires such a knee jerk reaction of hatred for me now, because I liked him as a villain in s2.)
Yes this show started off with Emma and Henry as the mains. but what made the universe so rich was the messages and the intricacies of all the other characters around them too. Rumbelle being one of many.
BatB element of Rumple and Belle was really a source of inspiration, having so little time on screen in S4 to address any of this has really hurt alot of fans who were looking forward to exploring more of this. My personal consolation to myself last year for the upcoming Frozen arc and CS, was that the Rumbelle wedding would have let us have some little happy moments between them before the ineviatble crash and burn Rumple was heading for. But they’re being written “deleteable” scenes. Even the scenes that NEEDED to be shown for actual plot to make sence were deleted. It’s infuriating. I actually felt emotionally withdrawn from them at points, and some of their scenes felt like they were on fast forward. (CUT FOR TIME.) And frankly, having them be in this sad place for so long has really depleted me emotionally. They’re one of my few happy places in life, and I’ve have no hope that the situation will improve in s5, because we’ve been on a rapid downward slide since s3.
There’s something that really terrifies me though, (and I literally feel ill thinking about it). I wish there was someone on the production who could give us a straightforward non-asshole answer… I was tempted to put something on their facebook page, but I honestly feel that speaking out will have absolutely no effect whatsoever. Or induce a negative effect. And on top of all this, Kalinda has left the series and now I feel that the only champions to this tale are Bobby and Emilie, but all they can do is work with what is written for them and they have no control on what makes the cut into the show. It’s not the fact that that they set us up for the classic disney BATB cursebreak and didn’t deliver. I can understand them not wanting to kill the curse ENTIRELY at this jucture.
The way they’ve sucked out Rumples curse and landed it on Emma, I’m frankly terrified that they’re going to take the Beauty and the Beast story away from Rumbelle too. It was THE tale that brought me to this show in the first place.
I feel like they’re trying to write Rumbelle out of the show.
If all the darkness is suddenly gone from his heart, whats going to be left? Does he still have darkness at all? Is he still the beast? Is Belle just gonna go with this blank slate of Rumple? Are we gonna get answers to this or do the fans have to fill in all the blanks?
I needed a few days to simmer off and think, but I’ve come to realize: It’s so so tempting to walk away. But I will always love Robert Carlyle, and Emilie de Ravin, and Belle and Rumple.
No matter what happens in OUaT, Belle and Rumple will always be the paragon of BATB stories (for me). We’ll ALWAYS have Skin Deep, and some really beautiful scenes that followed.
There are still AU’s I want to explore. Things I want to draw. I still want to stomp around in this universe, and try to be a positive force in the fandom for as long as I can, because I’ve met some really super amazing people here and I’m not ready to let that go. ❤
Thems my thinks. THanks for readin. Cheers and Plinks!
NCSE’s “Project Steve” is a tongue-in-cheek parody of a long-standing creationist tradition of amassing lists of “scientists who doubt evolution” or “scientists who dissent from Darwinism.”
Creationists draw up these lists to try to convince the public that evolution is somehow being rejected by scientists, that it is a “theory in crisis.” Not everyone realizes that this claim is unfounded. NCSE has been asked numerous times to compile a list of thousands of scientists affirming the validity of the theory of evolution. Although we easily could have done so, we have resisted. We did not wish to mislead the public into thinking that scientific issues are decided by who has the longer list of scientists!
Project Steve pokes fun at this practice and, because “Steves” are only about 1% of scientists, it also makes the point that tens of thousands of scientists support evolution. And it honors the late Stephen Jay Gould, evolutionary biologist, NCSE supporter, and friend.
Some slight variations of that name are also included, such as Steven, Steve, Stefan, or Stephanie, or the same name in languages other than English, including three Etiennes, three Estebans, one Istvan, and one Tapani, which is the Finnish equivalent.
We’d like to think that after Project Steve, we’ll have seen the last of bogus “scientists doubting evolution” lists, but it’s probably too much to ask. We hope that when such lists are proposed, reporters and other citizens will ask, “How many Steves are on your list!?”
Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences, and the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry. Although there are legitimate debates about the patterns and processes of evolution, there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its occurrence. It is scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically irresponsible for creationist pseudoscience, including but not limited to “intelligent design,” to be introduced into the science curricula of our nation’s public schools.
Now that Season 3 has been completed, Season 4 is about ready to go and we are looking to make an expansion in our gym leader roster. We are looking for proficient, experienced and competitive battlers to join our team. Do you think you have what it takes?
We are looking for trainers who specialize in the following types:
All you need to do is send us a message and have a competitive mono type team of those stated above.
We are looking for those trainers that spend hours breeding the perfect IV’s and and EV train until their pokemon are perfect.
The league will be primarily on 3DS and on the ORAS game cartridges.
A lame attempt at warming up, haven’t drawn at all over the past week and a half. The weather can’t seem to decide what it wants to do with itself. We’re doing a round 3 of identity guessing while I figure out whether or not it’s worth running in potential rain to get groceries.