Critique, the oily beast

Hi, it’s me again.

Below is a text of personal opinions that I’ve decided to share, concerning a downside of constructive criticism, and it might read as an angry rant. I apologize for that. Before I begin, I also want to point out that I’m not targeting anyone specifically. What I am doing is sharing my views on a behaviour that I’m not fond of. Parts of it is tongue-in-cheek, but the subject might be touchy. Wall of words after the cut, if you want to read it:

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about duplicates
  • Duplicates are friends, not rivals.
  • Duplicates have the right to rp the same muse as you are.
  • Duplicates are not here to steal your friends/partners.
  • Duplicates bring in their own interpretation and uniqueness to their muse.

I do UNDERSTAND there are duplicates who were problematic, like stealing headcanons and ideas from their muns who are rping the same character they are. You have the absolute right to be wary, ignore them, and not befriend them. Though, for the most part, they’re all here to have fun and bring in their own style. And I am starting to notice people are leaving fandoms merely because there are muns who hates “competition”. 

                  Since when did rping become a contest to see who’s the best?

Like I said, you have the right of not wanting to associate or befriending with duplicates especially if you made it known in your rules. But throwing in the passive aggressive attitude and telling others not to interact with them, ostracizing them from the community is not the right way to do it if you feel insecure around them. There’s the block button and tumblr savior. 

Most importantly: You have the right to be insecure, but your mental illness is not a valid excuse to be mean.  

DON’T send me your Infinity Train ideas.

Please don’t send me your Infinity Train ideas. I can’t accept them.

Let me run you through a scenario (pretending that the show exists):

1) I come up with an idea for the show.

2) I start implementing the idea.

3) Someone else comes up with a similar idea and sends it to me.

4) The idea that I had ends up in the show.

5) The person who sent me the idea says “hey, that was basically MY idea! You owe me money now!”

6) Some sort of legal battle ensues.

I can’t accept ideas, stories, new characters, new cars, or anything like that for the show because it opens me up to legal ramifications down the line. I don’t seek out fan fiction, as much as I love it, specifically because that’s a legit possibility. I don’t wanna get sued.

So please don’t send me your ideas. I appreciate your enthusiasm, I love how excited everyone is, but we have to have some limits and this is one of them. If I ever read something in a message from you and it has even a whiff of “I had an idea for the show…” I am closing that tab and never looking at the rest of your message because I don’t want to jeopardize anything.

Also, please don’t contact me on Facebook. For me, Facebook is for friends and family only. There are plenty of other ways to get in contact with me online, it’s just facebook that is off limits.

Again, thanks so much for liking and sharing the pilot! I hope to one day have the chance to make you even happier with more Infinity Train!

3% of people in the United States own half of the 340 million guns in this country.

9.79 million people own 170 million guns.

That’s 18.28 guns per person.

The other 313 million people own the other 170 million.

That’s 1.9 guns per person. I consider these people the hunters, the “shoot at the gun range for fun” people. This doesn’t worry me like the previous statistic.

I’ll let you make what you will of this information. But to me, there is something fundamentally wrong and terrifying about that kind of gun concentration.

Don't take pictures of service dogs!!!

Besides it being a major breach of privacy you don’t always in what it does to the handler. I have a lot of issues with paranoia and that can sometimes be a problem in public.

Just the other day my friend and I were walking through the mall and I turn around to be surprised by a girl taking a picture of me 10 feet away. I speed walked a little ways off and had a panic attack while my dog gave me dpt to try and calm me down. Now I know this girl didn’t mean to freak me out like that but you should NEVER assume someone will be okay with you taking their picture. Especially someone with a disability that you know nothing about.


UPDATE 5 Nov 017 : She now has a safe and happy home.


This sweet little girl followed me on a long run through Forest Park in NW Portland today. No collar or tags, and seemingly on her own. I asked around, and came to the conclusion she’s just another stray.

There’s a nasty gash on her forehead, and another on her right shoulder. She also has some scarring on her belly which appears to be from cigarette burns. Due to my ridiculous nurturing tendencies, I brought her home to clean the wounds. (I have a long history of collecting lost animals.) Then we stopped by the vet for a check-up and to see if she’s been microchipped for identification. She hasn’t, as I suspected, but otherwise she’ll be fine.

Tonight she’ll have a dry blanket and a healthy meal. She’s safe. I will continue to look for an owner, but after a few days, I’ll need to take her to a local no-kill shelter unless I find someone willing to adopt. I would love to keep her myself, but I just can’t… I have two animals already and they’re quite settled in their ways.

So, if you’re in the Portland metro area and wish to adopt a little dog in need, send a message. She’s lovable, good-natured, and could use a friend. If you’re interested, please let me know. I’ll even drive her to Seattle if anyone up there is interested.

Y'all realize that bullying fucking 12 year olds and making fun of the things they like is shitty right? Like you do realize that an 11 year old who likes fidget spinners doesn’t hurt you in the slightest? Or a 13 year old who like Minecraft? Y'all dub shit 10-13 like as cringy and then it trickles down to their age group and the edgy mean kids bully kids who are hurting no one for liking something???? So maybe don’t be a dick to children please??

How to filter Fanfics from Ships you aren’t interested in Ao3
(now with pictures)

Step 1: Go to your Ship tag (in this case Jonerys)

Step 2: Open in a new tab the Ship tag for the one you aren’t interested in and press the RSS Feed button

Step 3: Copy the Number in the page direction; 33899

Step 4: Go back to your first tab and add the Number to the “Search within results” with an “-” before the number and Filter.

Step 5: Enjoy.

All the credits go to @possibly-an-obsession and their tutorial here

if someone does not want to be with you because they find out you are bisexual, leave their sorry ass. don’t fight for them. don’t try to win them back. people who no longer find you attractive because you are attracted to other genders than theirs do not deserve you. better things will come than them i promise you. 

Long-winded thoughts on levelling up as an artist

Hi everyone,

Sometimes, I get asks from people who want to know if I have any tips on how to go about something when drawing. This is very flattering to me; I’m awed that complete strangers have the courage to contact another complete stranger and ask them for help with their art. And that this second stranger, in this case, is me is difficult to grasp. In a cool way. I would never dare to do that.

So thank you, all of you, who consider me an artist you’d like to seek advice from.

Sadly, I only reply to a very small portion of these asks. I want to respond to all of them, but unless they are very specific, I rarely get around to it. Broader subjects, such as how to convey volume and weight in a picture, or how to ger proportions and perspective right are good questions worth looking into, but they are still very broad subjects. Whenever I answer these kind of asks, I try to do it with pictures and thought through explanations. All of this takes a lot of time, and that’s hours that I don’t always have. To answer questions about the fundamentals of image composition and anatomy is a huge deal, and I don’t have any quick solutions to any of it, just a lot of thoughts and some experience. To package all of this into a tumblr post that is actually useful is close to a full time job. This is why I don’t do it so often. I wish I could, but I can’t. I’ll continue to post my process pictures and might, if people are interested, try on streaming in the future. We’ll see. 

Flitting lightly over that… I’ll leave you with what I, and many others, feel is the most important part in learning how to draw: USE REFERENCES.

There are a million posts out there stressing this a million and two times, but I’ll do it again. If you like the way I draw, which isn’t exactly realistic, but not exactly cartoony either, references is your best shot for practically everything. If you’re stuck: use references. If you don’t know what something looks like (you don’t): use references. It’s not cheating (seriously, it’s not). If you’re not an abstract artist, you probably already use references when you draw, in a way, even if its just your memory’s poor rendering of them. There’s no way you can know what a human, cat, cloud or road sign looks like if you’ve never seen one. So look again. I’ve come across a few good articles and posts on how to use references, so use your Google-fu if you’re interested. Here’s a gif I recycled for this post: 

There. Now I’ve said that, and can move on to some other thoughts that I’ve had. Anything below here might just be silly nonsense.

I’m pretty sure all artists have their ups and downs when it comes to their art. No one is on top of the wave all the time (and if there is such a person, they are probably a superhero of sorts). I dip frequently, then bounce back up and spit out ten pictures in two days, all in pretty regular intervals. The world ends whenever I’m at the bottom of my inspiration pool, because it ran dry, and I’ll never ever stop drawing or smiling whenever I’m swimming in ideas and creativity. At this latter point, I also forget to eat. I’m sure I could make a pretty nice, even graph out of my pattern.

But then there’s this other line on my graph. My level. Pretty much every artist I’ve ever talked to about getting better have had some sort of experience when they felt they’ve come a new, higher point in their craft. A new level of experience, often reached after finishing a piece that had something new to it. Something outside of that worn out “comfort zone”. I’ve heard it described as a feeling of achievement followed by a period of confidence, as “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE I AM THE GREATEST”, and as everything in-between those two. I’ve experienced both (and a lot of in-betweens). Few things are as satisfying as this.

And how do you level up? Yeaaaah… y’all know how to level up ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Ninety-eight more random encounters, five bosses and nine annoying-ass quests, because there ain’t no rare candy or cheats in this game. Only your hard work and I love it. My friends tease me for it regularly, but:

I’m a grinder.

I’m an honest to god level hundred gotta catch ‘em all gamer who explored every inch of every map to get the crystal bunnies and I’m writing like I’m running out of time. Each brush stroke is another point of experience, and I brush my strokes like I run on Duracell batteries. I believe this is one of the main reasons why I’m an okay artist. I artist a lot. I also verbify nouns.

So here comes my second piece of boring, always given advice, as worded by Shia LaBeouf: JUST DO IT.

Draw. Draw. Draw. Hate it. Love it. Do it. Tell a friend when you get there. Proud of you. How much experience you’ll need to reach the point where you feel you’ve gained a level will vary of course vary and it will be hard work, but when you get there, it’s the best feeling of all. A girl worth fighting for ~♫

That’s my longest text post thus far, I think… and will probably stay that way. You might’ve noticed that I’m a pretty shy and private person, but here you go! A peek into my head. LLAP.

(TL;DR: read the only bold words in this post. That’ll get you far.)

Here is Important News: Please don’t guilt-trip your current or past RP partners, it’s not a fun time for anyone. Don’t do the thing.

PSA: Throne of Glass

It’s impossible for Hollin Havilliard to forge the new Lock. He didn’t receive any of Mala’s powers. Aelin received the eternal inferno of flames and embers and ashes, and Dorian received Mala’s brute power, combined with Elena’s raw magic. (EoS 605)

Because it took all of Mala’s power that filled her mortal body to forge the first Lock, it will take nothing less to forge the second. Meaning only Dorian or Aelin can forge the new Lock and seal the Wyrdgate with the sacrifice of every last drop of their magic (Mala’s magic) and mortal life force. Unless of course they find another way. Damn you, Elena.

So, looks like we need to find another way to kill off that whiny little ingrate.

This has been an SJM PSA.