turtle stacks

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So in Final Fantasy VIII, an adamantoise was roughly the size of two sea turtles stacked on top of each other. In Final Fantasy X, an adamantoise was about the size of a garage. In Final Fantasy XIII, they were the size of brontosauruses. Now in Final Fantasy XV, they’re PRACTICALLY FUCKING MOUNTAINS ON LEGS. In Final Fantasy XVI, will the whole world just exist on the shell of one giant fucking adamantoise, or have they finally hit their limit in XV?

anonymous asked:

what do you think of the cover of turtles all the way down? i didn't like it much when it was announced (it's very different to what i was expecting), but it's grown on me

so here’s the thing, Tutles All the Way Down is designed like an adult lit fic cover, not a YA cover, and your opinion on it is pretty much determined by whether or not that fact is in line with your expectations.

I think it’s a fine angle to take. The publisher was equipped with the rock-solid knowledge that this book would get a ton of attention and adult readership; it makes perfect sense for them to turn to the conventions of “higher” lit for its visual identity and eschew the par for the course cutseyness or heavy-handed representationalism of most contemp ya covers.

As for the design itself, there’s a reason I don’t normally review lit fic covers, and it’s because they tend to be both well-designed and abstract as fuck; reviewing them would be less about trying to pick holes in the near-immaculate design craft and more about disseminating the contents of the book thematically and semiotically, and deciding if the abstract imagery “fits” a story is wildly subjective.

That said, this one is both straightforward and fairly clever, playing on the multiple ideas presented in its odd title as well as the book’s theme of mental illness. The tightening spiral implies rather than represents the Literal Stack of Turtles the title makes you picture while also giving the impression of a downward motion, and moreover lends itself as a visual for the spiraling thoughts and destructive habits the main character struggles with as part of their OCD. The caution-cone orange is alarming, uncomfortable, even, a subconscious call to pay attention, stay alert; the hand-done, messy, textured slant of the letters is a bold contrast to the solid thickness of the spiral. The choice to do the author’s name with no delineation from the title is a choice of minimalism, of introducing as few elements to a thing as possible. There’s really only two elements at all, the black type and the spiral; the tan secondary type being done in the same hand-done style makes it more or less disappear. By the time you get to it visually, you’ve already accepted the weird raw dynamism of this thing, and don’t question the light scrawl off to the side. (And I’d make the argument that it also works because the cover’s subtly balanced: the secondary text is on the bottom left, while the spiral comes in from the top right)

The element that really elevates this, though, is the way some of the letters interact with the spiral, ducking behind or meeting it at edges. It’s a subtle but almost optical-illusion esque way of introducing depth (and possibly thematically reflecting mystery or hidden/obscured things; having not read the book, I don’t know if that’s actually a thing or not, but that would be my guess.)

TL;DR: I don’t personally have an opinion, but I can tell you why it’s well-designed; albeit by minimalist lit fic cover conventions rather than YA ones.

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my mocca fest haul from yesterday! @zinehug’s beautiful studio ghibli zine and soot sprite pin, a lovely print from @celialowenthal, and the ladies of literature book! many thanks to @aimeefleck, @aatmajapandya, and @kevinjaystanton for signing it for me. I was so pleased to pick up such beautiful work!

But, as Yertle, the Turtle King, lifted his hand
And started to order and give the command,
That plain little turtle below in the stack,
That plain little turtle whose name was just Mack,
Decided he’d taken enough.  And he had.
And that plain little lad got a bit mad.
And that plain little Mack did a plain little thing.
He burped!
And his burp shook the throne of the king!

Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

I was tagged by the lovely @wonderseverythingabove 💕 TYSM ❤️

5 things you’ll find in my bag

- Ibuprofen ( I am very clumsy)

- My iron man note book : because I try and keep track of everything but don’t

- bandaids

- lotion and perfume

- gum

5 things you’ll find in my room

- many posters

- my many many many many t shirts

- like 10 pillows

- trash

- my dog

5 things that make me happy

- my friends

-making new friends!

- Ereri/Riren

- reading books

- my dog 🐕❤️

5 things I’m currently in to

- Linkin Park (alwaysandforever)

- Ereri/ riren

- Hart of Dixie

- Marvel ❤️💕

- dog training (I want to be a trainer some day)

5 things on my to do list

- Laundry

- go to the DMV

- buy fish and turtle food

- read the stack of books that I have

- go to the pharmacy


I tag: @sluttttysurveycorps, @thecolossustitan , @yanderr02 , @ereri-fanfics as always y’all don’t have to do it 💕😁

The Bitty Bunny-Stuff Giveaway!

As a big thank you to all of our followers, Pip & I have decided to do a (sort of Autumn-themed) little bitty bunny-stuff giveaway!

Prizes:

The winner will receive: 

  • A Pets at Home loofah teddy
  • A packet of Woodlands natural twiggy treats
  • (apple, linden and birch tree twigs) 
  • A Woodlands small grass house (which is great for stuffing hay, veggies and treats into!)
  • A Woodlands natural stuffed parsley wood roll
  • A Woodland’s natural large bull rush ball 
  • Stacking turtles like these (not pictured)
  • Stacking cups like these (not pictured)

The giveaway prizes are made up of toys and nice treats that have proved to be Pip’s favourites, and we think another bunny could love them just as much as he does!

Rules:

  • Please be following the blog (Pip will check!) no contest or giveaway blogs, please and thank you!
  • Obviously, this giveaway is for people who own or look after rabbits! If you don’t own -or know someone who owns- a rabbit who will enjoy these, then please don’t enter the giveaway!
  • Winners will be chosen randomly from the notes of this post, so you may reblog and like as many times as you want!
  • Prizes will be sent by me, so the winner must be okay with giving me their address! If you win, I will message you privately, so please make sure your ask box is open if you enter!
  • I will only post to the UK or USA- so please only reblog or like if you live in those places!
  • You must be over 18 to take part in the giveaway (or have the permission of someone who is!)

The giveaway will end on the 31st October 2014.
Pip & I will choose a winner on the 1st November.

Thank you again to all of our followers, and good luck!

xB (& Pip!)