It’s time for another Hiveswap development team interview!
Hey there, Hiveswap and Homestuck fans! Ash here once again, and as promised, it’s time for another interview with the talented folks on Hiveswap’s development team! And don’t worry – if you missed the first interview, with our environment art director Rah, you can find it right here!
Who’s in the hot seat today? Why, it’s Adrienne, our lead animator! She can tell you far more about her work on the project than I ever could, so without further ado, I’m going to hand things off to her – after reminding you all to take good, long looks at the wonderful examples of her work peppered throughout this interview. Take it away, Adrienne!
Introduce yourself to the fans! What is your specific role on the Hiveswap team?
Hiya! My name’s Adrienne and I’m the lead animator for Hiveswap. I work together with Angela, the animation director, on roughs, cleanup, background and cutscene animation – anything that moves!
When and how did you get your start on the Hiveswap project?
I was hired full-time in January 2016, but I started doing some sprite conceptualization in late 2015 in tandem with [S]:Collide work (I animated sprites for the main big bads and did thumbnails for some of the sequences).
Tell us a little bit about your career background! How did you get your start in animation? Do you have any advice for others looking to enter this field?
Homestuck is basically my career background, ahaha.
I drew a lot of fan art for Homestuck after I finished catching up in late 2012. I got some attention from my work and I was asked to do comic pages for Paradox Space. Then I did work for the Homestuck calendar. Then I just became more involved in the comic after that by doing thumbnails, sprite animation, comic pages, snapchats… and now I’m working on the game… it’s been a wild ride from fan to full-time fan.
But as for how I got started in animation, a lot of it was influenced by anime and then DeviantArt while I was growing up. I grew up with Naruto and loved Norio Matsumoto’s work in it (he did the key animation for the best episodes!). And on DeviantArt, I liked following OCTs (Original Character Tournaments) and was particularly inspired by Unknown-Person’s work.
My general advice would be to value learning and exploration, and have less expectations of what life should hand you – it makes a lot of circumstances feel like a pleasant surprise and a good opportunity to learn something new. That’s how I felt when I stumbled into this field anyway, haha.
We’re making a video game, so of course the question must be asked: what’s your favorite game of all time, and what games are you playing currently (if any)?
Agh, what a difficult question. My most-played genre is colorful multiplayer shooters like Team Fortress 2, Overwatch, and Splatoon.
I finished Nier: Automata recently and now I’m working through Persona 5. But when I’m not working through that game, I play Breath of the Wild (most of my time is spent riding my horse around Hyrule – it’s very calming).
Are there any games that you currently use or have used as inspiration for your own animation work here on Hiveswap, or just in general?
I generally use Homestuck flash animations as an inspiration for Hiveswap sprite animations.
When I’m working on cutscenes, I look to Professor Layton stuff. I love how they integrated cutscenes with gameplay in that series.
As an animator, you must have some favorite cartoons and/or anime – tell us about them!
My recent favorite is Mob Psycho 100. The raw and rough quality of the animation for that one is my jam and the main cast is really inspiring. Avatar: The Last Airbender is still my top favorite for its epic storytelling and world-building. Naruto always has a special place in my heart since it’s one of the earliest things that inspired me to study animation.
Other big influential works for me were Princess Mononoke and How to Train Your Dragon.
What’s your workstation like? Do you like to listen to any particular kinds of music while you work? If so, tell us about it!
Here’s a picture of my workstation! If you squint at the bottom screen closely, you can see me taking the picture. But anyway… yeah. I am a little embarrassed for people to know how saturated my workstation is with inspirational quotes (there are papers of handwritten motivation on the walls behind me), but that’s just how I deal when the anxiety gets a little rough.
When I want to focus (usually for rough animation and concept art), I pull up an electronic or classical playlist on YouTube (and recently Spotify) or have no music playing at all. But for everything else (cleanup, in-betweens, etc.), I dig into different genres once in awhile but Imagine Dragons and Americana/folk stuff are my go-to. Acoustics sound really nice in these speakers.
Favorite Homestuck character?
Egh, this is impossible… I’m gonna say it’s between Rose, Jade, Roxy, Kanaya, Terezi, and Vriska… um…
Favorite Homestuck ship?
Rose/Kanaya has never once failed me! c: (I think John/Terezi is really funny too.)
Favorite Homestuck flash?
Urgh… I don’t know, there’s so many that I love. In terms of like… cool and creative setup, [S] Cascade probably? [S] GAME OVER is cool too, because everyone died and the stakes just got so much higher. Oh! I just remembered [S] Make her pay as well!
This question is impossible.
(In the above animation timeline, the first frame is held for 4/24 of a second, the second frame for 2/24 of a second, the third for 2/24, and so on.)
Do you have a personal message you’d like to relay to all the Homestuck and Hiveswap fans out there?
Thank you for all your support, and for your patience in making it through the Giga/Mega/Omegapauses intact!
Where can people find more of your work? Link us to your own little corner(s) of the Internet!
If you want to see more of my stuff, my Tumblr is the place to be!
Thank you, Adrienne! Well, folks, I hope you’ve enjoyed this second Hiveswap development team interview – and don’t worry, there are still plenty more to come!
Now that we’ve gotten things rolling, from here on out we’ll be bringing you a new interview every Wednesday, so be sure to check back every week for a new behind-the-scenes look at the development of Hiveswap and the talented people behind it!
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway encouraged people to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” during an interview with Fox and Friends Thursday.
Conway used her appearance on the morning show to promote Ivanka Trump’s brand, a day after President Trump used the official @POTUS account to slam Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s clothing line.
Nordstrom announced last week that they were dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line because of declining sales of the brand. After the president’s public condemnation of Nordstrom, the company reiterated that their decision was based on the brand’s performance.
However Conway appeared to criticize the online retailer for using Ivanka Trump to “get to” the president.
“I do find it ironic that you’ve got some executives all over the internet bragging about what they’ve done to her and her line and yet they’re using the most prominent woman in Donald Trump’s…you know…she’s his daughter, and they’re using her whose been a champion for woman empowerment and women in the workplace to get to him,” Conway told Fox and Friends.
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you,” Conway added. “I hate shopping but I’m gonna go get some myself today.”
“Conway’s encouragement to buy Ivanka’s stuff would seem to be a clear violation of rules prohibiting misuse of public office for anyone’s private gain,” Don W. Fox, former general counsel and former acting director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) toldThe Washington Post.
Federal ethical regulations state that a government employee cannot use his public office “for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.”
The provisions issued by the OGE are designed to ensure that government employees do not misuse their official position.
“This is jaw-dropping to me,” Fox told the Post, adding that the OGE Standards of Conduct applied to all executive branch employees and members of the armed forces.
If you have never been in, or aren’t around people who’ve been in, I would dearly love to give you a few pointers.
Let me preface this: I love it when people write military fics (be they AU or canon-fic). I love the characterizations, the story arcs you create, and the love with which you create the stories.
But I’d like to help you make the actions of military personnel as accurate as possible, so someone who’s actually in doesn’t start to read your fic and roll their eyes at some of the things you unknowingly write.
-First off, you do not salute in civilian clothes. It’s actually unauthorized. There are only two exceptions to this rule: the President is allowed to salute in civvies, and if the national anthem is playing outdoors, combat veterans are now allowed to salute. (That came about in 2010, for accurate reference.)
-Do not salute indoors, unless during a formation (but I doubt people who don’t have intimate knowledge of drill and ceremony would bother writing about a formation, so that point is mostly just thrown in for shits and giggles).
-The army and air force do not say, “sir, yes sir”. That’s a marine thing (I’m not sure about the navy, since I’m not in the navy, but I’m sure someone else could help out if there’s a question about it).
-Saying “black ops” isn’t really something we do. For the army, you’ve got SF (which is how we refer to special forces–the guys you’re probably thinking about (”green beret” is an old term for them that’s not really used anymore)) and Rangers for the two big special operations forces. SEALS are the navy force, and I apologize, but I don’t know the other branches’ special forces. Again, ask someone who’s served in that branch.
-People don’t usually refer to themselves (or others) by their ranks. Exceptions are usually made if hanging out with people from your unit speaking about a superior, such as “Yeah, LT and I were talking the other day and …”.
-Sergeants are not referred to as “sarge”. You have no idea how many people got the shit smoked out of them in basic for that error.
-Army goes through Basic Training (or Basic Combat Training now; BCT for short), and marines go through Boot Camp. Yes, there is definitely a difference in terms. Army people tend to refer to their initial training as simply “basic”. I don’t know about marines or other branches.
-Calling someone “Soldier” is really something only done on TV/film. It’s usually mocked by people who are in.
-In the army, it is against regulation to just stick your hands in your pockets. We mockingly call them “Air Force gloves”, though I don’t know if they typically put their hands in their pockets. There is also a big stigma against wearing “snivel gear”: the poly pro cold-weather protection gear worn underneath your uniform.
-The everyday Army uniforms are called ACUs (Army Combat Uniform). They are never called anything else, but especially not fatigues. If you’re going back to 2003 or earlier, the uniform was BDUs, or the Battle Dress Uniform. The tan uniforms worn during the Gulf War and first few years of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF; Afghanistan) were called first chocolate chips (gulf war-era) and then DCUs (Desert Combat Uniform).
-The dress uniform is called something different depending on what time period you’re going for. Saying “dress uniform” is usually a good bet, because you’ve also got Class A’s, Class B’s, ASUs, Dress Blues, Khakis, etc.
-Typically when meeting someone else who’s in, the first things you ask are, “What’s your MOS (military occupational specialty–your job)? Where were you stationed?” Giving out rank and deployment backgrounds out of the blue don’t usually happen.
-Time spent in the military is usually referred to as simply being “in”. “How long were you in for?” is heard way more often than “how long did you serve for?” That question is usually asked by civilians.
-There are enlisted, and there are officers. Enlisted are those who start out as privates, work their way up through the NCO, or non-commissioned officer ranks: sergeant (called “buck sergeant” in a derogatory term for someone who has been freshly promoted), staff sergeant, sergeant first class, and eventually get to first sergeants and sergeants major after fifteen to thirty years in. Officers also usually start out as privates and specialists, then graduate from college and commission as second lieutenants (the derogatory term is “butter bar” and is usually used in reference to said officer’s lack of experience and knowledge) before working up to first lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel (”light colonel”), and colonel (”full bird”). The general timeline is making captain (”getting your railroad tracks”) after about 5-8 years for competent officers, and spending 5-10 years as a captain.
-We do not stand at parade rest unless forced. Ever.
-Or at attention.
-When talking to an NCO, a lower enlisted will stand at parade rest. When talking to an officer, an enlisted will stand at attention.
-The highest ranking NCO is lower ranking than the lowest ranking officer.
-If you want to throw in some humor, if there is a lower enlisted (E-4 (specialist) or below) joking with an NCO, and the lower enlisted says something, the NCO can snark back with, “I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you because you weren’t standing at the position of parade rest.” It’s a dick move usually to call people out for that, but it happens often enough that if you put that in a fic, someone who’s in will likely laugh at that for a few minutes.
-There is a term for a slacker in the army called POG (pronounced “pohg” with a long o). It stands for Personnel Other than Grunt, meaning everyone who’s not infantry. The term has transformed to mean anyone who shirks their duty or is kind of a shitbag and should be kicked out.
-There’s also a bit of a stereotype that infantry are made up of dumb guys, because you don’t need a high GT score to get that MOS. Their nomenclature for their MOS is 11B (eleven bravo), which is often referred to as an “eleven bang-bang” when trying to insult them.
-If someone is making someone else do push-ups, they do not say “drop and give me x number”. They’ll tell them either to push, or tell them to get in the front-leaning rest. The front-leaning rest position is the starting position for the push-up.
-Usually referring to basic training and AIT (advanced individual training, where you learn your military occupational specialty), you get “smoked” on a regular basis. This refers to PT (physical training), usually in the form of push-ups, flutter kicks, and sprints. It’s not fun. One of the least favorite phrases to hear in basic is, “Platoon, attention! Half-left face! Front leaning rest position, move. In cadence! Exercise!” Because that is the full command for getting people to do push-ups. There is literally no other reason for the half-left face movement. It honestly exists only for push-ups.
-It is awkward as fuck to be told “thank you for your service”. It’s wonderful that people want to show their support, but it is very difficult to respond to that without sounding like a douche.
I know I said a lot about basic training in there, but that’s because I tend to read a lot of fics that are either about basic or about deployments. I can give some pretty firm answers on basic, but everyone’s deployment is different, and I also could be violating a shit-ton of OPSEC (operation security) by telling you guys specific details about deployments. Everything I’ve told you is information you can look up on your own on the internet, but this is a bit more insider’s culture for you to help make your stuff more accurate.
And if you ever find yourself writing a military fic and have questions, by all means, inbox me. I’ve been in for almost nine years and I do have one deployment under my belt, so I can give you accurate army info. I’ve never served in any other branch, though, but I can probably give you a little bit more accurate info than what the movies do if you’ve got general questions.
Also, if you’ve got questions about PTSD, I can help with that. It’s not the cake walk that a good deal of fics portray it as, and it doesn’t always involve nightmares and aversion to touch. It can present as depression, intense anger issues, pulling away from loved ones, driving in the middle of the road, freaking out over pops, bangs, crashes and other unexpected noises, being easily startled by things other than noises, hypervigilance, the inability to sit with one’s back to the room, sudden bouts of anger, depression, tears, silence, or mood swings, among many others.
-Also, please, please, if you’re going to write about someone with a disability, or something that gave them a medical discharge, talk to me about the VA first, unless you’ve got a lot of knowledge about them. Not only am I in, but I’ve also worked professionally for the VA, some of that time in enrollment and eligibility, so I know a lot about disability pensions, who would qualify, what type of benefits they would qualify for, etc. I also know the ways that people can accidentally get screwed over from the VA. (It’s actually one of my long-term professional goals to change some of those things, so I am very passionate and very knowledgeable about it.)
TL;DR: I know shit about the military and the VA. Ask me if you have accuracy questions.
I love butt stuff. I hate spiders. I stole a pen from the bank. I cried during ‘About a Boy’…the soundtrack! I can see why women find Clive Owen attractive to the point where I might just as well be attracted to him. I use comparisons to Hitler to win arguments on the internet at the drop of a hat. I know nothing about wine. I’m more turned on by women in pajamas than lingerie. I just wanna know that they’re comfortable. I didn’t get Inception. I didn’t get Inception! There’s so many layers.
Anon requests:can you please do a part two of “The reader and the
writer”? i’m shook, lost and now stressed over who she really is
The Reader and the Writer is amazingggg! Are u gonna do a part 2?? I
wanna read more!!
could you do a part 2 of the reader and the writer, i’m obsessed!!!
Is there going to be a part 2 for The Reader and the Writer? Can there
be a part 2? I loved it by the way :)
PART TWO OF THE READER AND THE WRITER PLEASE OMFG
Omigod, I love your Reader and Writer imagine soooooo much, are you
going to write a part two??
OK PLEASE WRITE A PART TWO TO THE READER AND THE WRITER IS WAS SO GOOD!
Wtf?!? The reader and the writer is honestly amazing! I love it 😍 2pt maybe? I wanna know what
happens with the reader and Jason
I love love love the reader and the writer, if you aren’t too busy could
you please update it with a second part soon? I can’t bear to be left for days
without knowing what Jughead found 😂 thanks x
Will there be a part 2 of “the reader and the writer”? Its
really good! I hope you will write more of it!
I love this new jughead imagine ! Are you writing a part 2 ?
OH MY GOD PART 2 ASAP
I really love your writing! I’m very excited about part 2 for the Reader
and the writer
part 2 of “The Reader and the Writer” ?? it’s greattt 😭
please do a part 2 of the reader and the writer!@@@ I need more!
Can you please do part two or the reader and writer?!?! It is so good!!
The reader and the writer was amazing and i got too attached. Part 2
please if you don’t mind.
confrontation ensues between the reader and the writer
Word count: 887
A/N: I’m glad you
guys liked the first part so much! Enjoy part 2!
(Y/N) didn’t return to Pop’s. Every night, Jughead sat in his normal booth
typing on his computer, but his eyes constantly flicked up towards the
entrance. His friends noticed his shift
“Jug,” Archie sat across from him, “you gotta snap out of
“Out of what?” Jughead asked monotonously, rolling his
eyes. “I’m fine, Archie.”
“I know you like to sit here and brood all mysteriously,”
Veronica interjected, “but this is sad.
Just call (Y/N).”
“(Y/N)?” he scoffed. “This
isn’t about (Y/N).” When the entire
table sent him disbelieving looks, he sighed and looked out the window. “I already called her.”
“How many times?” Kevin asked with a smirk. Jughead sighed again, refusing to make eye
contact with anyone.
Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Kevin all shared a knowing glance. “I know what you guys are thinking and no, it’s
not like that. I’m not some pathetically
smitten person, okay?”
“Okay, Jughead,” Betty said, but rolled her eyes. “If you insist.”
To say (Y/N) felt guilty would be an understatement. From the moment she stomped out of that
diner, regret gnawed at her inside out.
Without the consistency of her nightly stops in Pop’s, she didn’t know
what to do with herself. She spent every
night after school in her room sulking.
Every night, her phone rang, lighting up with Jughead’s name. She was tempted to answer it every night, her
finger hovering over the answer button, but then she turned away and ignored
his call. (Y/N) missed Pop’s: she missed
the delicious foods, the quiet yet comforting atmosphere, and the person who
sat across from her in their usual booth.
One day, Jughead sat with an uneaten burger in front of him,
laptop closed. Today had been an
especially slow day, both in Jughead’s mind and Pop’s. Suddenly, a jingle of the bell signaled that
someone new entered the diner. Jughead
sat up a bit to see who it was. When he
identified the new customer, he perked up immediately. Grabbing a book, he shot up and walked over
to the table where she had just sat down.
“(Y/N) (Y/L/N),” he said, slamming down the book in front of
her, “is an author from the 18th century. She wrote four novels, all of them published
under an alias at first. It was not
until two hundred years later that the true author was discovered. She has been dead for over two hundred years,
and she is most certainly not you.” (Y/N) looked up at him with wide eyes.
“What, I can’t have the same name as someone else?” she
fired back, but there was a waver in her voice.
Jughead glared as he sat down across from her.
“You see, I would think that, too,” Jughead responded, his
voice dripping with sarcasm, “but I searched for you online, and I couldn’t
find anything on you. Not one thing.”
“I like to keep my life private. I don’t publish stuff about me online.”
“Yeah, but there’s something about everyone on the world
wide web if you look hard enough,” Jughead explained, his voice accusingly
sharp. “Now I have two theories: one,
you’re a very experienced hacker, and you’ve gone and wiped all information
regarding you off the internet; or two, you’re hiding something, and you’re
using a dead unpopular author’s name to keep your real identity a secret. Personally, I’m choosing the latter,
considering how well-read you are.” (Y/N)
stared at Jughead with sad, wide eyes. “When
were you going to tell me?”
“I wasn’t,” she whispered.
Jughead clenched his jaw and shook his head.
“Whatever,” he mumbled, standing up. He began to walk away when (Y/N) shot up from
“I was born in Riverdale,” she called out to him. Jughead stopped in his tracks and slowly
“I was born in Riverdale,” she repeated slower. Jughead neared the table and sat down across
“So I-,” she started, “I can’t- I can’t just tell you everything.” Jughead rolled his eyes and began to push his
chair out when (Y/N) placed her hand on his, her eyes silently begging him to
stay. “If you care, you’ll trust me.”
“What makes you think I care?” Jughead demanded, and (Y/N)
couldn’t help but notice how he didn’t move his hands out from under hers.
“Because you called?” she offered, causing Jughead to sit up
a little straighter. “You called me
every night, Jug.”
“I was worried,” he muttered, looking away. (Y/N) smiled, patted his hand, and stood up.
“Keep writing, Jughead.
See you around.” Spinning on her
heel, (Y/N) grabbed her copy of The
Picture of Dorian Gray and exited the diner. Jughead’s eyes followed her figure out until
the door closed behind her. Then he
pulled out his laptop and started to furiously type.
“And so, a little light shined on the dark mystery of
Riverdale’s (Y/N) (Y/L/N) like the calm before the storm. The writer becomes the reader, the reader
becomes the read. I found myself hooked
on her just from a little information, like a drug addict craving his fix. New girls can never hide in a small town like
Riverdale, but God, I knew (Y/N), in all her enigmatic splendor, would lurk in
the shadows of this town for as long as she possibly could.”
The genres vary this week, as always. We’ve got beauty vlogs, lifestyle vlogs, cooking vlogs, music vlogs, talk show set ups, and a bunch of other types of content! One thing is for sure, and the whole point of this entire project: these are all LGBT+ YouTubers. A lot of them are here on Tumblr too! So I added their @’s for you as well.
If you think I’ve mislabeled someone (as in, if I have put them in this list or in the gifs above when they aren’t LGBT+), please tell me immediately as there’s nothing I value more than accuracy - I will be sure to follow up. In addition! If you’ve got recs, don’t hesitate to send them my way(particularly LGBT+ YouTubers who are people of color - I was underwhelmed to see the vast yet not so diverse YouTube vlogging landscape when it came to popularity.)
Next week: LGBT+ HISTORY - a compilation of academic journals, articles, autobiographies, YouTube videos, and other types of media that cover the long and too often glossed over history of the vast and diverse LGBT+ community. If you have any recommendations, send them my way!
Enjoy: LGBT+ YOUTUBERS
Pero Like - “Pero, like… You know what we mean. Weekly videos of tu vida.” A Latinx-oriented vlog in which one of the YouTubers is Salvadoran and gay, but LGBT topics are not the main thing they vlog about
Claudia Boleyn - A bisexual YouTuber who makes videos about mental health and social justice issues
Miles Jai (giffed above) - Posts improv sketches, parodies, “beauty tutorials”, as well as vlogs
Kat Blaque@katblaque (giffed above) - “Opinion Vlogger, Children’s Illustrator and Thrift Store Addict”
Sara@rnashallah (giffed above) - Totally not putting her up here because we’ve been mutuals on Tumblr for like mad long and I’m just very fond of Sara as a person. She vlogs about her life and tbh that alone is worth a sub in my book!
Eileen W.@peeves (giffed above) - Another good friend of mine (let me live). HILARIOUS, sarcastic, honest, and is pretty much always there to Validate You, so support her and subscribe!
Kid Fury@signedfury - “Born in Miami and raising hell in New York City, Kid Fury is a media mouthpiece with a whole lot of nerve. This channel is one of many avenues Fury uses to cover life, pop culture and more with a unique and sharp flare of truth, shade, and fuckery.”
Hey! Regarding the sixpenceee fiasco I've been reading her posts and stories for like years and it might just be because I usually skim but I don't recall any specific stories that target mental illness. Do you have any clear examples??? Rly shocked tbh bc I used to love her
I’ve been seeing the stuff go around for a couple of years now and I admit at first I didn’t pay it much attention, which is a shame because a lot of those call out posts had good links that are now all gone because of people deleting. As a result, a lot of the initial stuff that made me start thinking more critically about sixpenceee’s posts have been deleted. I’ve spent the last few days trying to source them again via people’s new urls and internet archives, but literally 90% of the links are gone.
So, I’ve done a bit of digging of my own, and I’ve managed to find some still live posts that I think illustrate what I’m saying a bit better. I’ve screencapped them all and will be hosting the images myself independently of a specific post, so the links should always work.
I’m specifically focusing on the content of this ask here, with posts that use mental illness as entertainment, or treat it in the same way as regular “creepy” (i.e. horror) content.
The case of Margaret Schilling is a post about a woman in a psychiatric hospital who died after getting lost in the building, and her body wasn’t found for many weeks. There is a short paragraph at the end about how the hospital is apparently haunted by Margaret now, but the majority of the post focuses on her being mentally ill and the suffering she must have felt being lost and dying of cold and exposure. There’s also a picture of the stain her decomposing body left, so beware of that. It’s tagged #paranormal.
The Mentally Ill Man Who Cured Himself With a Gun is a post about a man with serious OCD who tried to kill himself by shooing himself in the head, resulting in brain damage that “cured” his OCD. The photo is of a man with a gun to his head, if that will bother you. It’s tagged as a science post.
Short Creepy Storyis a story from Reddit where the “creepy” event is a schizophrenic woman acting strangely because of her hallucinations. That’s it. Dude’s mum is schizophrenic and he goes upstairs to find her in the bathtub thinking she’s in The Little Mermaid. The title is “short creepy story” so like, yeah.
The Child Staris a story from Reddit which focuses on children being sexually abused and not understanding what’s going on, and the police interviews with one of the grown up children who is now clearly suffering from mental illness thanks to the trauma. (Full story)
The Suicide Orphan is a story from Reddit which focuses on an orphan that drives people insane and results in them committing suicide, and I know that this isn’t the only example where sixpenceee posts things that use suicide as the main element of a horror story, which is exploitative and also I personally think it’s inappropriate to use something that comes as a result of serious suffering and imply that it was the creepy ghosts that did it. (Full story)
“Psychopath” post includes a link to a quiz where you can see where you “fit in on the psychopath sprectrum”. I’ve seen people mention her using outdated terms in her posts and so this is here as proof that it does happen, and also because “do you have a severe personality disorder?” is a bit of a cheap entertainment trick in my opinion.
Karin Catherine Waldegrave is a post about a woman who replies incessantly to her own posts on social media, believing she is the target of a conspiracy. It’s clear she’s likely mentally ill. The post is tagged #creepy.
Chinese Water Torture is a post about the torture method that drives victims to extreme stress-related mental instability, and is here both because of that and because the fact that it’s tagged #creepy, which doesn’t seem appropriate.
I also found a post where sixpenceee addresses the claims of ableism. She says she agrees on the points made about films and stories portraying the mentally ill/physically disabled as “scary”, and that she tries to avoid using words like “insane”. She also asks people to differentiate between her paranormal/creepy posts and her scientific posts. However, she still continues to frequently refer to things as “insane”, both as descriptors and to self-promote her blog (1, 2, 3).
This covers the things I’ve seen people claim she does, but if anyone has any other links (especially things saved from earlier posts like this) feel free to add on.
Hey. I am sorry to bother you, because this is a bit stupid, but may I ask for your advice? The thing is that I had horrible art block and now i have no idea what to do, because when i try to draw my drawings look very bad and when I see them I just want to give up and it gives me a bit of anxiety. Though I continue to draw I don't really seem to improve. Is there anything I can do to end this? (I am self tough in drawing, so maybe going to art school will help?). Thank you anyway.
Art school can, so can different tutorials on the internet! There’s so much helpful stuff you can learn over them! For example, if you’re bad at drawing hands, you can find a tutorial that shows how to draw them in an easier way and a simplified form!
And it’s not stupid at all. We all know how horrible art blocks can be. Usually, when I’m art blocked, I WANT to draw, but I can’t, I get all frustrated because I want to draw things fast and great, but it doesn’t happen like this. SO, I guess my first advice is to not rush it when you try drawing while you’re artblocked. Take it slow, you don’t draw for stats. You don’t have to always feel that urge to draw.
Ideas wise, sometimes it’s good to start with random shapes or even faces, sometimes the idea comes in a process and you’re like BOOM omygod I can draw again.
As for not getting better… I think you do. Everyone does, some people faster, some slower, but none the less. You might not see it yet because you still see many mistakes, which is good! Doesn’t feel like it, but it’s good because your eye can see more mistakes than your current skill can fix, for now. I think it’s worse when you draw and don’t see these mistakes. Seeing them means you crave to fix them, to get better, to keep on. While not seeing you just. draw. thinking hey, it’s great! I don’t have to do anything else.
This craving to get better and frustration with your current level of skill is completely normal and can take you WAYS. I can say from experience, I remember how frustrated I have always been, because I couldn’t do that, and this, and I just wanted to be as great as those artists I admired and I wanted to reach them. I think my obsession took me a long way.
So take your frustration and let it drive you forward! It’s okay if you’re over artblock now, it’s not going to take forever. You’ll overcome it as you overcame many of other artblocks that seemed so horrible at that time. It’s a cycle, having an artblock usually means your mind is filtering new information, lets your body adapt to something new you’ve learn. Once it’s over, you’ll get even better!
Don’t stop, but don’t beat yourself up if you have to take a pause. It’s normal to take your time to re-charge!
I really, really need the black community’s glorification of “side” chick/n*gga culture to die; it really needs to end. Before anybody tries to come for my edges, I’m not saying that black people are the only ones who participate and promote in indefinitely, but over the past few years there has been an undeniable growing fascination with the “side” culture among mainly black People . It’s not funny, cute, or anything to be proud of. So much hurt and pain is inflicted in the process. Now all you see is memes and internet gags about “side"culture, we have people coming forward to proudly admit to being a side chick/n*gga, there is a reality show in the works of being made called, “The Real Side Chicks of Charlotte” where the entire cast is black women except for ONE, endless promotion in mainstream songs, etc you name it! Like why do people find this stuff so intriguing??? I don’t understand and it makes me so mad as someone who had to witness the destruction of my parents marriage due to my dad’s infidelity and the participation of the selfish scum he was cheating with. Can we just stop glorifying this shit? I’m so tired of hearing the word! If you’re someone who’s cheating on your innocent partner, you ain’t shit and you need your ass beat and if you’re a side chick/n*gga who’s aware of the pain they are helping to cause an innocent person in a relationship that you interfere in, you ain’t shit, and that karma is going to be back to visit you at some point.
So I was wondering, I have imaginary like... Lovers and I do find myself like, self inserting sometimes as I'm having a super rough time in life atm and it helps me cope. How did you like... Start talking about it and kinda get over the stigma?
finding people who were ok with it and supported me helped a ton, and also knowing there were other selfinsert positive blogs out there helped too !!
kylee henke personally helped me a lot aswell, she was so open about posting all her selfinsert stuff on the internet, even going so far as making comics and animations of herself with fictional characters and i was like,,, damn i want that, i wanna do that too
there was also the fact that 95% of my art is just selfinsert, and i really wanted to share it all with people but i just felt like i couldnt bc of what it was. until i said Fuckit and just made the decision to actually use this URL and make it about selfinserts
i sorta just , did all of this on impulse. it took a lot of years and thinking about it but 1 day i jst sorta got up and. made a post here and went from there like. there was no turning back lmao. AND I’VE BEEN HAVING A GREAT EXPERIENCE EVER SINCE!!!!!!!!
i think the thing to keep in mind is always that as long as you’re not hurting anybody, why should it be bad ?? if it makes you happy and helps you cope you should do it; selfinserts are like that, theyre pretty harmless and fun !! ! so just go ahead and do it !!!!!! life’s too short to be worrying about this !! !!! ! smoOCH YOUR FAVS !!!!!!!!!!!! >:0
Hey um... Im in high school ATM moment and I'm doing a project that involves me making an animation that will involve a fight scene, full body animation and other sorts of movement, but then again I'm scared it will turn out horribly because it's my first time animating on a computer... Got any advice...?
First off: Animating a full body fight scene and you’re only in high school! RAD!
Second: When doing any animation, having strong key poses is very important. Spend as much time as you can getting your poses to feel as good as you can. Luckly, you can find tons of reference for different types of fighting on the internet. Just do image searches for the type of stuff you’re looking for, sometimes theres ones where the movement is broken down into a series of photographs.
Third: The other thing you can do is obsessively watch your favorite fight scenes from movies over and over and over, frame by frame, in slow motion, and then copy parts of them and choreograph them with your friends in the park. Just a suggestion. Not like i did this a lot when i was in high school or anything.
I see your Fake AH crew and your Fakehaus stuff but give me more Fake Chop
Give me Aleks, a master in weaponry who could set up, kill and be miles away from the scene in seconds but will still cheer about it being a 360 no scope
Give me James, hacker extraordinaire who gets police off his back by using the money he warns to buy the most ridiculous shit the internet can offer him
Give me Trevor, a drug dealer who may act dumb as fuck but can scope out any room, any person to instantly find and use their weaknesses against them
Give me Joe, a sting who is a master of disguise, who can charm anyone into putting their trust into him only for him to lead them right where Aleks needs them
Give me Asher, the brute who may not look as though he can take much damage but boy put him in a right and see how long he lasts (spoiler: it’s a really long time)
Give me Anna, the number one intel acquirer who stays hidden for most operations, leaving the boys to do whatever it is the boys do and still kicking ass
Give me Brett, the kingpin. Able to get anyone to do whatever he wants, just for his own entertainment. Can get the crew out of any situation
Give me them doing shit like cosplaying for heists, just to laugh back at the footage. Breaking into a place by cutting through glass with a knife they set fire to. Destroying evidence by filling the crime scene with cereal. Branding the Cow Chop logo somewhere in every location they hit just for the sake of being cocky little shits.
My local library has a service where I ca have a librarian try to answer a question for me or find a book on any subject over the internet any time. I requested magazines in Esperanto yesterday and I just asked how closely clams and fungus were related (close, but not as close as fungus and insects[I think]) and it is free! See if your local library has this, it is so useful!
Reggie [after being injected with 'truth serum']:
I love butt stuff. I hate spiders. I stole a pen from the bank. I cried during ‘About a Boy’…the soundtrack! I can see why women find Clive Owen attractive to the point where I might just as well be attracted to him. I use comparisons to Hitler to win arguments on the internet at the drop of a hat. I know nothing about wine. I’m more turned on by women in pajamas than lingerie. I just wanna know that they’re comfortable. [starts sobbing] I didn’t get Inception. I didn’t get Inception! There’s so many layers.
Hii! I’m sorry for not posting frequently but I’m back, so I see many have just started their summer break so, it’s for all of them.
1) reading books 📚 - you can have fun with books, there is no limit to reading and you can enjoy the joy of reading.
2) writing letters - you can write letters to our family and friends or to our future self or to a person you inspire or love .
3)do science experiments - you can do science experiments from internet, text book etc.
4) find an interesting historical event and write a essay or timeline about that event.
5) organize your study space, closet, room and get rid of unnecessary stuff.
6) pursue a hobby -start to paint, draw or anything you find interesting
7) do your summer homework - do it now, so you have the rest of the holidays to relax.
*📝 *= don’t procrastinate like me and keep everything for the last day, it is really harmful.
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I’ll do part -3 soon….
Bye guys 🍋