ARIES-LIBRA:Aka everyone’s favorite pair,the best balance between beauty and conflict,one is the gold crown and the other is the sparkling gem stone embellishing it,the creator-destroyer pair,the fire tornado of astrology,super loyal and protective towards each other.
TAURUS-SCORPIO:The embodiment of the pleasing seasons:spring&fall,very intense relationships full of love,really keen on keeping each other happy,royal blood running through their veins,one is the the rose the other is the thron,their bond will never truly disappear
GEMINI-SAGITTARIUS:The diamonds that glitter beautifully and break glass,meditate together while listening to nature sounds,one is the arrow the other is the red target point,have the grace of old school swing dancers,the most beautiful song players,one is the ocean the other is the wind
CANCER-CAPRICORN:The most wonderful parents,the stoic couple that will survive every battle,one is the timeless wooden box and the other is the haunted treasure,fairies with star sparks in their hair,the sweet scent of old perfume bottles in their palms,give the best kisses
LEO-AQUARIUS:The Gods drinking ambrosia on the white clouds,always wear nice fabrics that fit well,one is the candle light and one is the butterfly orbiting around it,have and impressive old book collection,feel at home on old wooden stages that crack under their feet,the stars that attract us towards them
VIRGO-PISCES:The glamorous rebel pair that don’t care about your opinion,one is the crystal glass the other is the cold pink champagne inside it,their skin makes them look like sculptures in moonlight,can almost physically music notes at concerts,put daisies in each other’s hair,the embodiment of the lovely new year’s kiss
Steven is basically his season 1 self: Naive but wise, a sweet boy who’s doing his best to understand all these complex things but sometimes oversimplifies things and fails miserably at his task. He doesn’t get a handle on his powers so quickly and he learns that there’s no shame in asking for help.
Garnet is also her season one self, but instead of being super stone cold, she tries her best to hide her emotions but sometimes breaks down. She’s trying to be everyone’s rock and keep the group together, but she forgets that she has her weaknesses too and sometimes just needs to be comforted. Ruby and Sapphire have better personalities outside of Small Angry™ and Cold Elegant™. Ruby is actually the more empathetic one who is really very sweet, and Sapphire is sweet too but she has trouble understanding how people might feel (as seen in Keystone Motel).
Amethyst is mostly the same, but she has issues outside of being defective. She feels left out among the gems because she wasn’t there for the war, she joined everyone really late and doesn’t know much about being a gem. She misses the bond she could have had with her fellow rebels, and as soon as she meets the Famethyst, she argues that they should take them back to Earth. (Plus her sloppiness is taken down a notch or two– having the fat character be extremely lazy and disorganized while the skinny characters are elegant and pretty is fatphobic)
Bismuth is exactly the same; she’s really well written and I love her. I made a post before about how she’s unbubbled immediately and goes to travel earth for awhile to think about what happened and try to calm down. That’s her story and maybe she gets a spinoff about her adventures.
Pearl is less abusive, more like a mother who tries her best to be a good mom but is often misguided because she doesn’t know what she’s doing and Garnet and Ame usually step in to help. She misses Rose but she has issues outside of her dead pink girlfriend and/or being just a pearl. She has problems with perfectionism and will absolutely push herself to be perfect and not allow herself to mess up. (Give me Pearl with OCD, honestly).
Peridot is a mixture of her pre-redemption self and redemption arc self. She’s brilliant and can be stone cold but is also very easily flustered. She can be very tactless and say things that come off as rude, but it’s not out of maliciousness. She’s curious and speaks her mind often. She has a quick temper but it’s not played for laughs– instead it’s more heartbreaking because she’ll tear up in frustration over not being able to understand. She wants to understand and know things because she wants to be good, but certain concepts are hard for her to grasp.
Lapis is… Well, let’s be real, there’s not much to start with. I’d make her super humorous and silly, but also melodramatic with a persecution complex. She constantly thinks gems are out to get her and takes things very personally. It takes her awhile to learn to trust others, and let go of some unhealthy coping mechanisms. She eventually learns to let loose and especially bonds with Amethyst over their shared sense of humor.
Jasper’s personality would be the same as her canon self, but her story would be different. Instead of Lapis dragging her to the ocean and her being tortured, she tells Lapis that the crystal gems are probably just going to bubble them both and that they’ll never be free. That they can only do this together. Lapis believes her, they fuse, but instead of fighting them, Lapis takes control and they fly away. Both dislike each other, but are too afraid of being hurt to unfuse. It’s a toxic relationship but not really an abusive one (they’re not the same thing. You need a power imbalance for there to be an abuser, and there can only be one abuser in a relationship). Jasper and Lapis both feel like they’re stronger together, and despite not getting along, they both make the decision to fight the crystal gems. During the Malachite arc, there’s a fight with Alexandrite and it’s a stalemate, and Steven actually convinces Lapis to unfuse, reaching her through Malachite. Lapis unfuses with Jasper and Jasper runs off. Her arc mostly plays out the same way, but Steven fights to heal her during the corruption scene. She gives up on fighting them, but doesn’t join them either and instead occasionally shows up to help with a monster or something, sort of being an anti-hero. She’s good at calming the corruptions down and knows how to reach out to them since she worked with them in her army. Maybe she and Bismuth even meet up for an episode and work together to help some monsters.
The Ruby squad doesn’t change much, but instead of rotting in space they show up as Team Rocket-esque villains who torment the Crystal Gems with a kinda, punch first, ask questions later personality. The CGs have no idea what they want until they reveal they’re looking for Jasper and when they’re told that the CGs don’t know, they give up and search for Jasper on their own. They get some cute episodes about their quests.
Yellow and Blue diamond aren’t really leaders– they’re just puppets for white diamond. Blue is devastated after the rebellion and the loss of Pink, and thinks that they need to go against White (who is kind of their abusive mom). Blue is also less pissy with Ruby and Sapphire– they’re brought in front of WD and she demands the shattering. Yellow is more terrified of what would happen if they went against WD and “what’s the use in feeling blue” is more about convincing her to stop her insubordination. WD hates PD and sees her as a failure, so she wants evidence that she existed to be eradicated.
I have tried to collect a comprehensive list of both fiction and non-fiction books that are about trans men or have trans men in them. Despite a lot of research I’m sure I have missed some. If you know of a book that should be on the list please let me know. As a disclaimer I have not read all of these books and cannot speak to how well or poorly they represent trans men.
A Boy Like Me by Jennie Wood
Albert Nobbs by George Moore
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Becoming Alec by Darwin S. Ward
Busy by Elio Knox
Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper
F2M: The Boy Within by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy
Holding Still for as Long as Possible by Zoe Whittall
I am J by Cris Beam
I Know Very Well How I Got My Name by Elliot DeLine
If We Shadows by D.E Atwood
Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowry
Morgan in the Mirror by C.C. Saint-Clair
Parrot Fish by Ellen Wittlinger
Portside by Elyan Smith
Refuse by Elliot DeLine
Sacred Country by Rose Tremain
Something Beautiful by Andrew Jericho
Some of the Parts by T. Cooper
Stone Butch Blues: A Novel by Leslie Feinberg
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
The Best Boy Every Made by Rachel Eliason
The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard edited by Tom Leger and Riley MacLeod
Transparency by Ethan Stone and Sara York
Trumpet by Jackie Kay
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Wandering Son by Takako Shimura
Where No One Knows by Jo Ramsey
Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community by Noach Dzmura
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
Blue Water Dreams by Dena Hankins
Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits by Loren Cameron
Female-to-Male Transgender People’s Experiences in Australia: A National Study by Tiffany Jones, Andrea del Pozo de Bolger, Tinashe Dune, Amy Lykins, and Gail Hawkes
Finding Masculinity: Female to Male Transition in Adulthood edited by Alexander Walker and Emmett J.P. Lundberg
From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FtM and Beyond edited by Morty Diamond
FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society by Aaron Devor
How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity edited by Michael Cart
In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives by J. Jack Halberstam
Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality by Kristen Schilt
Letters to my Brothers: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect edited by Megan M. Rohrer
Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family, and Themselves edited by Zander Keig & Mitch Kellaway
Self-Made Men: Identity and Embodiment among Transsexual Men by Henry Rubin
Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism by Patrick Califia-Rice
Sons of the Movement: FtMs Risking Incoherence on a Post-Queer Cultural Landscape by Jean Bobby Noble
The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman
The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen
The Transgender Men’s Guide to Life: Coming Out and Socially Transitioning Towards Your True Gender by Leo Castana
The Transgender Men’s Guide to Life: Decision-Making and Goal-Setting white Transitioning Towards Your True Gender by Leo Castana
The Transgender Men’s Guide to Life: Overcoming Doubt and Negative Thoughts to Begin Transitioning Towards Your True Gender by Leo Castana
Transition and Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity by Reid Vanderburgh
Trans/Portraits: Voices by Transgender Communities edited by Jackson Wright Shultz
Transmen and FTMs: Identities, Bodies, Genders and Sexualities by Jason Cromwell
Transitioning Female-to-Male in Australia by Craig Andrews
Non-Fiction: Memoirs & Autobiographies
A Self Made Man: The Story of a Man Born in a Woman’s Body by Paul Hewitt
Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green
Being by Zach Ellis
Both Sides Now: One Man’s Journey Through Womanhood by Dhillon Khosla
Bumbling into Body Hair: A Transsexual’s Memoir by Everett Maroon
Dear Sir or Madam by Mark Nicholas Alban Rees
Emergence: A Transsexual Autobiography by Mario Martino
In from the Wilderness: Sherman by David E. Weekly
Labor of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy by Thomas Beatie
Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience by Matt Kailey
Nina Here nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender by Nick Krieger
Paralian: Not Just Transgender by Liam Klenk
Real Man Adventures by T. Cooper
Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life by Ryan Sallans
Some Assembly Requires: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews
Teeny Weenies and Other Short Subjects by Matt Kailey
The Making of a Man: Notes on Transsexuality by Maxim Februari
The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transition from Female to Male by Max Wolf Valerio
Thoughts Through Transition: The Writings of a Mentor by Sir Ledonvito
Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man by Chaz Bono
Transman - Bitesize: The Story of a Woman who Became a Man by Rico Paris
Two Truths and a Lie by Scott Turned Schofield
What Took You So Long? A Girl’s Journey into Mahood by Raymond Thompson
Non-Fiction: Medical Transition
Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men edited by Trystan T. Cotton
Masculinizing Hormonal Therapy For the Female to Male Transgendered by Sheila Kirk
Medical Therapy and Health Maintenance for Transgender Men by R. Gorton, J. Buth, and D. Spade.
The Phallus Palace: Female to Male Transsexuals by Dean Kotula
Non-Fiction: Family and Relationships
Gendered Hearts: Transgendered, Transsexual and Gender Variant Writers on Sex, Love, and Relationships edited by Morty Diamond
The Gender Trap: The Moving Autobiography of Chris and Cathy the World’s First Known Transsexual Parents by Chris Johnson and Cathy Brown
Trans Forming Families: Real Stories about Transgendered Love Ones by Mary Boenke
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper
Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary edited by Morty Diamond
Queerly Beloved: A Love Story Across Genders by Diane and Jacob Anderson-Minshall
What Becomes You by Aaron Raz-Link and Hilda Raz
Non-Fiction: Trans History
A Strange Sort of Being: The Transgender Life of Lucy Anne/Joseph Israel Lobdell, 1829-1912 by Bambi L. Lobdell
Charley’s Choice: The Life and Times of Charley Parkhurst by Fern J. Hill
From Female to Male: The Life of Jack Bee Garland by Louis Sullivan
Michael nee Laura: The Story of the World’s First Female to Male Transsexual by Liz Hodgkinson.
Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood Middlebrook
The First Man-Made Man: Love Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-century Medical Revolution by Pagan Kennedy
I’ve always loved lapis lazuli. Like, since I was but a wee child and at some point I read about a pretty blue and gold stone in a book somewhere and got little-kid obsessed with it. I’ve kept an eye out for it most of my life, but I’ve never actively hunted it down or been able to come across any in my 26 years of life.
cut to three-ish months ago: my best friend, knowing I have a proclivity for rocks, dug out a little plastic container of tumbled gemstones during a move and brought them to me. “Aha!” says I. “Perchance there is a lapis in this collection!”
…there was not. There was a very nice rose quartz, green adventurine, white howlite, and something called “mud line stone”, but no lapis.
I looked a few up online, but couldn’t really bring myself to pay $15+ for a small rock that I mostly just had a weird nostalgic interest in and thought was pretty. So I moved on, lapis-less, and didn’t really think about it.
Until I cleaned out my purse today.
There, in the bottom of my bag, is a small blue stone, wound through with white and flecked with gold.
It’s a fucking lapis.
Where did this lapis come from? I have no idea. Did it fall into my bag from space? Sure, maybe. Did it just find its way here? Might have. I have never seen this stone before in my life, until it materialized at the bottom of my purse on a Wednesday afternoon.
Either way, it’s on it’s way for a cleansing and a charging and to see what can be done with it.
sand; for focus and organisation (use beach sand if possible, or at least very fine sand)
clear quartz point; for focus, energy and direction
citrine; for creativity and positivity
tiger’s eye; for motivation and concentration
dried rose petals; for inspiration and passion (could also use rosebuds)
how much of each thing you put in is going to depend on the size of your jar. you want it to be about half full of sand but not so much that you can’t easily see anything else. add half as many rose petals as there is sand. for the stones you can use one of each or lots of smaller crystals but whatever you use make sure you can see them amongst the sand and petals. combine the ingredients (?) in whatever order seems best to you (i like to say what each part is for as i add it). you can seal the jar if you want but it works very nicely if you can take the lid off and touch the things inside sometimes! keep it on your desk/creative space and when you need a creative boost this is where you’re gonna get it from. turn it over, shake it, get the stones out and feel them in your palm, watch how the light comes through the glass and reflects on the crystals. talk to the jar, hold it in your hands. this jar is like a little friend that can guide you in the right direction, but only if you pay it some attention once in a while!
Here’s a run down on the various types of crystal balls:
Clear Quartz – These are the most common and can be used for any type of scrying or gazing. Their electrical properties awaken spiritual insight and vision. A good general purpose ball.
Amethyst – the spiritual and healing stone. Amethyst is from the quartz family and is known for both its healing properties (mental, emotional, spiritual, psychic, and physical) and its ability to channel in the violet ray of highest spirituality. It’s associated with the moon, feminine energy, creativity and intuition. It’s very calming – also very expensive and harder to gaze into than clear quartz, but one of the best spheres for communication with spirit guides. They can give important information into dream activity.
Rose Quartz – the love stone. These are very loving and gentle stones to work with, good for any issue of the heart. Rose quartz will help energize and open you to the wisdom, ecstasy, and equanimity of your open heart. It’s used to help you be vulnerable, to let your distance down between people, and to feel safe. Whenever you feel the need for forgiveness in your readings, use rose quartz. One drawback in gazing with rose quartz is that it can make you feel so emotional that you can’t see past your emotions, especially if you are tired.
Smoky Quartz – the grounding and calming stone. The darker the smoky quartz, the deeper the grounding. It’s a good sphere to use with people who are overemotional or negative, or who have a tendency to throw up blocks consciously or unconsciously to psychic activity. It’s a good ball to use for clarity of dreams and for revealing an individual’s spiritual path and the best way to follow it in the physical. It’s very expensive, though.
Obsidian – Obsidian is a powerful mirror of the soul, one of the most effective for revealing what is truly reflected in the souls of others or yourself. Its blackness helps us go into the hidden places of our own minds and bring out hidden light. The stones often have concentric circles that, when focused upon, can reveal the pattern of our spiritual path and the patterns we much overcome to attain mastery. The images and visions awakened with these spheres are often blunt and always intense. They can be used for great penetration. Use an obsidian ball at Samhain for contact with your ancestors. Not considered a gazing tool for beginners.
Malachite – useful in revealing past-life connections and where present activities and patterns of behaviour are leading to the future. Also for healing issues and relationships. Good for those wishing to establish a strong connection with the earth. It can reveal the best ways of attuning to the beings and creatures of the natural world. (This includes totems, nature spirits, and devas). It can also provide insight into creativity and artistic expression. It’s a very soft stone and can be quite expensive.
Lapis, Sodalite, and Dumotierite – the psychic stones. These stones energize the third eye, the center of intuition and psychic attunement. Used for astral journeys. Lapis was so prized for these abilities that the ancient Egyptians considered it sacred. Sodalite and dumortierite have much the same feeling as lapis, but are a touch more grounding.
Yellow tiger-eye, yellow Citrine, Topaz, Ametrine, and Amber – the sunshine stones. The power of the sun is represented by all yellow stones. They can be used to reveal the brighter side of an issue, charge the reading with energy, or warm your heart.
Yellow tiger-eye – charges with sun qualities and grounds
Yellow citrine – strengthens and disperses clouds in readings
Yellow topaz – charges and lightens things up
Ametrine – mixture of amethyst and citrine, acts as a bridge to join spiritual realities with earth realities
Amber – energizes and helps in birthings, stimulates transformations, warms the heart and draws away from colder mental energies
Green Aventurine, Green Calcite, Emerald, Peridot, and Green Tourmaline – nurturing, prosperity, and abundance. Green is traditionally associated with your heart center. Rather than deal with the emotional part of the heart, green stones are used for the nurturing part of our heart, the part that relates to mother earth and all creation. Whenever you have issues in your readings having to do with money matters, or whether something will thrive, use a green sphere. Green tourmaline is useful in transforming energy states or one emotion into another. Light green spheres are useful for cooling off heated situations.
Aqua Aura, Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Blue Calcite, and Light Blue Flourite – the sky stones. Because of their lightness and heavenly colours, the sky stones are good for lightening up anything. Use sky-stone spheres to help you uncoil tight knots of anger, lift the heavy feeling of depression, and release you from unhappiness. Unsticks readings, gives balance. Helps in communicating higher truths and visions that come from higher spirit.
Turquoise – absorbs negativity stirred up during a reading
Aqua Aura – angel stone, a clear quartz crystal that has been electronically bonded with gold. Helps connects us with angels.
Theorizing: What’s the deal with the Lighthouse Gem?
In the episode ‘Horror Club’, Steven manages to find and bubble a Gem all on his own. As far as episodes go, it has several main purposes. It let’s Steven show some of his skills away from the rest of the Gem’s, demonstrating how his combat abilities, magic and empathy have grown. It fleshes out some backstory for Lars and Ronaldo, and let’s some different characters interact. And it’s also just a really fun Halloween-ish romp.
But in true SU style, I think that the episode also is subtly setting up for future plot. Because there’s a lot of stuff about the lighthouse Gem which seems very odd.
To me, music digestion has always fallen someplace between the spectrum of two poles: complete desolation, and pure bliss– where your listening habits fall usually depends on your mood and/or environment. Andrew Jackson Jihad, Swans, and Mayhem are the artists I often reach for when I’m up to the former. But as for the latter, well, I feel every human being should pay respects to these Madchester greats whenever he or she needs total, life-affirming rapture.
This compilation of (most of) The Stone Roses’ best work will have you so up-and-at-‘em, you’d swear 50mg of X somehow found its way into your morning tea. Not only is every sole track here a mini-masterpiece, The Very Best of the Stone Roses, aside from their seminal debut album, is the best possible introduction to the band.
“Dad,” she said over the line, “Stop ringing John up - he’s not your guinea pig!”
“He volunteered, sweetheart. Besides, he’s getting free drinks out of it!”
“You’re making him sick!”
“Rose,” said her father, sounding hurt.
Firmly, she repeated, “Leave him alone, Dad.”
“But how else am I going to get to see him? You barely visit us!”
Rose stared at her mobile, disgusted. Had everyone in her family fallen head over heels for John? Tony apparently worshiped the ground he walked on now, thanks to multiple visits and a toy dinosaur gift on each occasion. Jackie was constantly texting Rose, asking her how that handsome boyfriend of hers was doing, and now her father - the one person who hadn’t seemed impressed - was complaining about not getting to spend time with him. The world had gone mad. Mad, mad, mad.
I have been getting a lot of people asking about the new headbands Camelia Rose is carrying, so I figured I would make a headband master post with info about them.
Olivia (top) - This headband comes in AB and clear rhinestones in two different sizes. The small one is ideal for dancers that want a subtle addition to a bun wig look. The larger version has a similar effect as a barrel headband and looks great with bun or full wigs. Both can easily be stacked with other tiaras.
Madeline (top left) - A beautiful arrangement of AB teardrop rhinestones that looks great with buns, younger dancers, or dancers with a full wig that don’t want a large tiara. It stacks really well with the Olivia band (like Karaleigh wore).
Keeva (top right) - Smallest of the new headbands and was made primarily for younger dancers, but also looks great stacked on the Olivia for a taller look. The rhinestones on this tiara are smaller, creating a cute, dainty piece.
Roisin (bottom left) - Similar feel as the Rosey headband we released at Worlds, but slightly smaller and a different arrangement of rhinestones. This tiara creates a very elegant effect for buns or full wigs.
Brogan (bottom right) - A few years ago we made a headband named the Brogan that had a very similar look to this one, but it came to points instead of rounded off. This one looks great with full wigs or dancers wearing a bun that want to really catch the eye.
Double Orla (bottom) - Our best selling Orla headband now comes in AB, clear, red, and blue in both the single and double versions.
All of these headbands are made on a lightweight, foam backing. Unlike the metal tiaras, the stones do not pop out and weigh significantly less.
What do you think about writing action scenes? Say two characters were to have a battle, would you right all the actions they do? Or does that sounds stupid?
A play by play would get very boring, very fast. The very best action scenes make you feel like you’re seeing everything go down by giving you the “highlight reel” and including transitions that allow you to guess at what’s happening in the middle parts.
I’ll bold the transitional/summation parts in black so you can see what I mean.
Terese rolled out of the way just as the wall tumbled down. Clouds of dust rose up all around her, and she used the cover to find the dagger that she had dropped. Footsteps echoed on the stone floor and she could hear Devon’s laughter all around her like a spectral chorus.
Terese held the dagger in front of her and continued to move, saying a silent prayer to the gods when she spotted rays of light streaming in nearby. She had just managed to make it out onto the ledge when Devon’s hand reached through the window after her. She grabbed hold, telling herself not to let go whatever may happen next. Then as she pulled him towards her she sunk the dagger into his heart. There was just enough time to see the strange puzzled look on his face before he began to fall.
Later, when she thought about what happened, she would be happy he had enough time to realize he had failed before dying. But there was no time for that just then. She had to escape.
Essentially, the bolded parts tell what a character is doing and give you enough to form a picture of what’s happening (on her side as well as his) without it being a strict play-by-play.