There are so many excellent books about fairy tales and I will never be able to read them all. Why is life so unfair? :(
Because it’s so much better than the alternative, where there are exactly three books about fairy tales and they all suck and once you have read them all you get NO MORE ANALYSIS OF FAIRY TALES EVER AGAIN!
writing that last post was like opening a dam. I’ve been unable to say that since I had this big talk with someone ages ago about it and I burst into tears at the time, and I just can’t… I haven’t been able to say it. writing it here in tubmlr is the closest I’ve come.
jesus shit I don’t know how to deal with these feelings
I don’t know how to deal with these feelings AT ALL.
well I’m going to treat me like I’d treat someone else who came ot me with this, that’s how I deal with it I suppse. so I’m going ot be real nice to me and curl up in bed and just… i dunno watch movies or something i guess.
words of advice or hugs or whatever are really really really really appreciated right now
I have no time right now, but I want you to know that you are not alone, and it wasn’t your fault, and there are good people in the world who care about you and would do everything in their power to help you heal. I say this as someone who’s been there.
It sucks. It really sucks, and it doesn’t stop sucking. But it does get easier, and I don’t mean that in the bullshit “it gets better!” way so much as “put enough time between you and something traumatic, and you learn enough ways that you can cope.”
My cope methods are writing extensively (far more than I ever show people, but if you want to see the stuff I’ve written publicly, ask Lee to let you see kdsorceress.livejournal.com/tag/therapyfilter —I just put him on there) and listening to a lot of music. My favourite specifically for dealing with the rape/abuse woes is Amanda Palmer’s “Oasis”, specifically because the message isn’t “I was raped and everything is tragic” but “I was raped but I will keep going”.
And I wish I had more time to say everything I want to say, because it’s a horrible thing to deal with. Hugs, as many as you need or want, and I truly wish you the best of luck. In all my minor interactions with you, you’ve done nothing but impress me, I know it sounds patronizing right now, but you will get through this, because you are strong and awesome and better than them.
Let me share these feels with you tumblrites. I don’t bite, unless you ask nicely.
I thought this said “I AM FULL OF EELS” and I was really scared.
I don’t have time to find the appropriate Mighty Boosh clip on YouTube, which is JUST OKAY REALLY. But I wish I did.
(If you’re curious, and have a high threshhold for “wtf horror!”, the keywords are “The Hitcher” and “Eels up inside you”. Warning, boosh is often offensive, and has a fair amount of non-con for laughs, including I believe that episode.)
It occurs to me that as of yet, I have failed to address the source of the title of my blog (and it’s url). I will now attempt to fix that.
Once upon a time, there was a wonderful comic book series called “The Middleman” and it played on tropes and cliches found in other popular comic books. Then, one day, the author, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, had the awesome idea to turn it into a TV show, thus ABC Family’s “The Middleman” was born.
Now, this was no ordinary TV show; it was very fast-paced, chock full of ever-so-slightly esoteric references, with tons of witty banter and it never took itself seriously. It was fantastic, creative, hilarious and always engaging. Not surprisingly, the show was nearly immediately canned. Regardless, us viewers can still enjoy the 12 episodes, the 13th episode in comic book form (and supposedly a table reading) and the original comic book series.
Here is a promotional image from the show:
Here is a more accurate depiction of the show:
So, clearly the show is all sorts of zany and wacky, but what makes it unique? What makes it stand out as a good story, and not just some goofball comedy?
By the time the show ended we had only begun to see the long-term story arc and (what may have been) the Big Bad. As a result, the individual episodes were, in many ways, very standalone. So, as awesome as the long-term story line could have been, that wasn’t what drew me in. What it ultimately came down to was the characters.
It is evident fairly early on in the show that the writers could have taken the easy way out and used cartoonish 2-dimensional characters, a technique used in many, many TV comedies. Instead, they chose to have genuine characters (though they are still goofy) who are simply clever and level-headed enough to match the pace of the humor in the show. This allowed for more complex and less cliched relationships between characters. For example, the show features: a very close, yet very platonic relationship between a man and a woman, a non-catty, non-passive-aggressive, loving, sisterly relationship between two women, and an actual healthy and supportive romantic relationship between a man and a woman. If you think about it, TV shows today don’t have nearly enough of any of these.
Lastly, the show has utterly fantastic one-liners. Phrases like “I’m as serious as a heart attack” are way too dull for this show. instead they kick it up a notch and give you “I’m as serious as a hefty bag full of Rottweilers.” Really, what’s not to love?
Without wanting to give anything more away, I recommend watching the show and reading reviews because, I promise you, some of the references will breeze right past you. They come at a mile a minute and sometimes it feels like even their references have references.
Oh, and because no self-respecting sci-fi/fantasy series goes without it: Mark Sheppard as Manservant Neville (that’s Manservant, not Manservant, for your information).
…if my recent posts haven’t made it clear enough, I’m in a Middleman Obsession Mode again. Only because it is the best show to ever have aired. Anyways, I should really write my own commentary sometime, but this is all accurate and why you should watch it.
So I’ve been thinking about doing a Middleman/Warehouse 13 crossover fic. What I’ve got right now is that Wendy leaves the Middleman Organization for a while and is recruited to be Claudia’s new Warehouse partner. (Can you imagine the snarking? It will be glorious.) Claudia will drag Wendy along on a mission to prove that her previous partner Steve is actually still alive. And the Middleman will just argue with Artie about which organization is better.
What I want to know is what kind of relationship people want Wendy and the Middleman to have. Some say their relationship is romantic, while other fans (and the canon) maintains that Wendy and the Middleman are like siblings. Kind of like Pete and Myka in a way: they love each other and would easily give their lives for one another, but are not connected romantically.
So, yeah, if those out there have watched the Middleman, what do you think Wendy and the Middleman’s relationship should be: romantic or platonic?
So, despite the fact that they’re only about a decade apart in age, I always got a very father/daughter vibe from MM/WW. Especially because Wendy has so many abandonment issues around the as of yet unexplained disappearance of her father, I think there’s a certain amount to which she immediately trusted Bossman because of how much he reminds her of her dad.
I suppose I’d say that WW views it as a father/daughter (but would never ever in a million years admit it, because hello, issues), but MM views it as brother/sister.
Also, personally, I ship true Partnership love everlasting and lots of rough and dirty sex in broom closets in the middle of missions (and MM is so embarrassed and awkward when that happens because he’s supposed to have better self-control, and WW finds it so hot when he does that) but that’s just because I’m terrible or something.
(Alsoalso, hello, I totally don’t know you, I just found this while browsing the Middleman tag and wanted to weigh in. Good luck with the fic!)
So, who’s going to Dragoncon this year??~***~***~*~*~*~*~
I know most of the AtlStucks are going to be gearing up for AWA this fall, but I was wondering who all is also planning on attending DragonCon as well?
Being in the DragonCon Parade is free for any of the guests as long as you sign up before hand, have a badge and they have space. I was hoping that we could get a Homestuck group together and represent? AtlStuck had such a great turn out at AWA last year, I had hoped that we could carry it over.
I’m planning on being FancyGT Vriska, so I’ll be in the parade regardless because I’m going to spend a bazillion hours on my costume I mean COME ON and I’d love to have people to walk with. I’m planning on carrying a large Prospit flag in front, and I would love it if there were people to hold a derse flag beside me, and then a banner with “MSPA/Homestuck/Other variant” behind us. It would be great to keep it Derse/Prospit themed (more fancy dreamers, yay!) but absolutely everyone would be welcome. That INCLUDES Problem Slueth and any other MSPA related characters.
I’d love to go ahead and get a headcount, so if you’d like to be included, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people and anything I may need to know concerning other banners/large things to tell the parade staff.
Also this is not only for the AtlStucks? If you’re coming from farther away for the con we’d still love to have you!
Thanks guys! <3
HEY FOLLOWERS LIKE ALL THREE OF YOU! WHAT SHOULD I DO FOR THE PARADE?!!?!
Seriously, I have like eight ideas, (and it doesn’t help that my current most-wanted cosplay is “Dominatrix!Terezi” to go along with my poor abused Lemonsnout which is both an awesome idea and something I could never wear anywhere ever because the Homestucks are all like twelve and would be all creeped out, and the kinksters are all like sensible and have no idea what a Terezi is.) and need to put some Serious Effort into one of them at least, and have no idea which. SIIIGH! MY LIFE IS SO DIFFICULT YOU HEAR ME!
FACT: Polyamorous people gain new partners through a complicated courtship dance which can last for days. During this time other partners become necessary as they act as backup dancers.
Oh god, given the amount of social dance I do anyways, and all of the interesting and complex mini-dramas that come out to play with that, this is so perfect. Like, I legitimately remember about a year ago talking with people at Squares and seeing if we could form a square where everyone was connected via dating-web. I think we got close (assuming one allows for very squishy forms of dating), but not quite eight. I also think most of the problem was that I don’t keep very good track of the polyweb at squares.
Also gods, Pinewoods. Just…Pinewoods. And I haven’t even *had* the serious polyyear yet, last year was just a Serious Longterm Partner and a perfectly nice entirely casual boy. This year I’ve got both of them, and another Serious Longterm Partner, and Their Partner Who Doesn’t Seem To Like Me Much. I am looking forward to many glances cast across sets, with perfectly raised eyebrows, and looking away timed exactly to get across the right message.
At any rate, this is the most accurate thing I’ve read in a long while, especially when you consider the number of relationships I’ve formed or cemented due to dancing. Come my flock, dance, DANCE! You must help me entice others into the web! Muahahaha!
Today I am addressing a problem with male writers. Of course, I guess some females do it too. And some male writers don’t. Whatever. I don’t dig with blags. The thing is, boobs.
Boobs are sometimes hard to understand.
I am reading a book my sister gave me by Mason “Tailsteak” Williams and it’s very good. I’m enjoying it thoroughly; it reads like crack fanfiction and I was hooked from the prologue. Unfortunately, Tailsteak, while being awesome and cool and stuff, made a crucial mistake that I have to say something about.
He wrote about a woman wearing a push-up bra that, “as advertised,” made her 32B measurements look like a 36C.
No bra that is desirable to the sort of woman Tailsteak was describing has ever done that, ever. Because that is a bra that would literally make you appear to be a larger weight class, with boobs proportional to the ones you had before.
Here are how bras work: the number are the inches around your ribcage. I am a 33 which means I most often wear 32 hooked a little loose. The letter is thesizeof your breasts. The letter is the cup size, which is what pushup bras add to.
Therefore, a 32B (skinny woman, smallish breasts) wanting the brief appearance of larger breasts would search for a pushup bra with padding and liftonly in the cup, which means the band would remain a 32. Let’s be frank: Tailsteak is not the worst offender of this by far. Half the erotica I’ve read (and disgustedly abandoned after the first paragraph) is making this mistake.I’ve seen so many writers fall into “larger number means larger boobs” trap and similarly many male assholes tell me that I couldn’t possibly be a 32 because my boobs are big. Yes, they are big. No,Iam not.
Hey Tailsteak! Reblogging this one for you, in case you’re reading my tumblrs.
Also, I don’t actually know that I knew that about bras. I mean, I know in my brain I was aware of it, but I never actually thought about it critically, “oh this is the band size and so bigger boobs on the same frame would only be bigger cup, whoa”.
Alsoalso, let me know how you like bang once it’s all done.
male friends: dude female friends: dude cis friends: dude queer friends: dude trans* friends: dude my parents: dude my boss: dude the president: mr. dude the queen: your dudeness the pope: holy dude
So I have been told that referring to women as ‘dude’ or ‘you guys’ is not ok because they are gendered words. This makes sense. I have also heard a lot of female-identified people (feminists among them) actively using them as non-gendered, possibly to reclaim?
I don’t know. I’m training myself to use them a little more carefully (and am subsequently saying y’all a lot more), but it’s good to know what different people I know think.
It depends somewhat on whom it’s coming from, but it does bother me to be called “dude”. But there’s a very important distinction to me: if it is used in a way that could be an interjection rather than a personal reference, it’s no problem. Contrast:
“Dude! Not cool!” - interjection
“Not cool, dude!” - personal reference
As a quick test, if you could replace the word in the sentence with “whoa”, it’s fine. If you have to replace it with “bro”, then it’ll get me upset.
And, on another note, “you guys” doesn’t really bother me, but just “guys” does — but not nearly as much as “dude”.
Reblogging just for commentary. I agree with Inurashii, in that I actively try to pay attention to when I am using dude (or guys), but in practice, I am pretty bad at not using it.
I also really like the note Dani makes about being able to replace it with “whoa” versus “bros”. These are good things for me to think about!
At any rate, most of the point of the original post was that I like the phrase “Your Dudeness”. But I like information on language as well.