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tflatte:

evilhasnever:

How come you got all the pretty dragons? :P

Trolling the auctions! :B

Are you getting problems with the art too? I keep noticing the baby art got bigger when the hatchlings…

The having to refresh the images problem when dragons grow up is a known bugthing that I think FR has given up trying to fix (other than giving you the image refresh button).  Another tip:  if you have multiple dragons that have the grainy big pic, putting some apparel or a skin on them will also refresh their image without having to image refresh each one.  :)

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Songbirds of Valnon: Book Two Sneak Preview

valnon:

Thanks everybody for celebrating Songbird Day with me! (Or at least, for putting up with all my spam. New followers: usually I only have about three queued posts a day, so don’t be alarmed by today’s deluge.) For my own celebrations, Joy’s taking me to a fancy-schmancy dinner tonight, and just a bit ago I transferred my Smashwords first-quarter ‘14 royalties to my savings account. I can’t think of a better way to spend my Songbirdversary. It’s not a huge amount, but it’s some of the best money I ever earned. I might get myself something special at the beach this weekend with it.


Here’s a little peek at the draft for Book Two! (I’ve tried to find an innocuous bit, but if you’re spoiler-avoidant, read Book One first!) It is a draft, so it’s both rough-cut and subject to change, of course. But after a year, I thought you’d like to see what people are up to in Valnon. Enjoy!

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*flail!*  :DDDDD  

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unfriendlybambi:

f-emasculata:

REALLY just wanna take this chance to remind the people who follow me to not kill/trap opossums if they’re in your yard, and do not call animal control! Seriously.

  1. Opossums are literally 100% BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of carrying rabies. Their body temperature is too cool to incubate it properly.
  2. Opossums are actually quite gentle and NOCTURNAL, so if they’re roaming, they’ve probably gotten lost, been injured, and are looking for a place to hide.
  3. Young opossums tend to try to climb into garbage cans when they’re starving. This is because THEY ARE LITERALLY STARVING. Don’t fucking shoot them or hit them with things because you wanna be some fucking macho top-of-the-food-chain cocksucker.
  4. Mama possums are amazing mothers and if you encounter an “aggressive” opossum, it’s probably because she’s got babies hanging off her nipple and she’s freaking out. They’re clumsy. Sometimes they don’t hear you coming and  you catch each other off guard.
  5. Wanna lure an opossum off of your property? You can set up a box with some greens and cat kibble in it, hide it well, and lure them out that way. They’re actually quite harmless and keep other predators away. they eat lotsa gross stuff.
  6. Opossum mamas who get hit by cars often still have their helpless babies attached to them. Possums get a bad rep and people say they are “the dumbest animal”, but they are incredible creatures who have been around since the days of fucking dinosaurs so treat them well, okay?

Aww!!!

Doesn’t this make you want to watch that vid clip of the momma possum out for a walk with like 15 adorbs babies hangin’ off her?  Me, too. Here, I provide a link.  You are welcome.

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momoless:

I think I am in love with drawing babu Tailgate. Uniformshark’s dragonformers are just to cute ;v;

momoless:

I think I am in love with drawing babu Tailgate. Uniformshark’s dragonformers are just to cute ;v;

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inonibird:

More doodles of my Darkling Antiquarian~

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white-aster:

justanothershrub:

white-aster:

evilhasnever:

fayren:

Some clean versions of the pages that just went up on Newsrama. Windblade #1 comes out in two days!

Starscream, stop trying to act like Megatron. It’s bad for you. Unless he’s whispering to her “girl, who does your makeup??” In which case carry on.

What I don’t understand is how we get from this and this (mrow) to the above.  I mean…those others struck me as looking mature and powerful.

The above looks adolescent, dwarfed by everyone else, and semi-permanently wide-eyed about everything around her.  These communicate really different things about the character.

Is it the artist?  Do they mangafy everyone?  I can see the stylistic difference here, but Chromia doesn’t strike me the same way, and…I can’t help but think that Windblade’s depiction here is because “omg we have to make her more FEMININE!”

I’m trying not to put down a character by how they look (though the wide-eyedness really gets to me as a way to make her seem subtly incompetent and unable to handle whatever is happening because she’s semi-permanently surprised by life), but…this metamorphosis really rubs me the wrong way.  

I don’t know.  Someone tell me if she redeems herself in the text?  Please tell me that she acts like a mature, capable, clever commander.  Please?

Why does she have boobs. Whyyyyyy.

I mean, I’m not clear on why we needed ‘female’ giant robots in the first place, I know why they did it from a marketing perspective and in terms of equal representation or something even though they’re giant robots and I don’t really get why they would have gender at all. But that is my take on things and I know others probably feel differently. Still: boobs? Seriously? We’re not gonna know she’s a she unless she has water balloons strapped to her chest?

I think I’m going to want to like this, if only because Starscream’s design looks badass and I like the colouring style. I just… ergh. I don’t know what to think.

I know that this has been discussed ad nauseum on the ‘net (with varying degrees of extremism on either side), but to sort out my thoughts, here’s my take.

I support “female” Cybertronians not for the sake of the plot (because why would they have females!  Why would they have sexual dimorphism!  Why would their “females”, even if they had them, coincidentally have forms reminiscent of human mammary glands and child-bearing hips?  Answer to all of this is just “because A) a great deal of humans get uncomfy with the idea of gender fluidity and B) our readers will find it pretty.”  Kay, whatevs.)  I support having female Cybertronians for the sake of female readers.  

Because all the Cybertronians are pronouned as male.  Semantics of how it’s just a convenient pronoun aside, the fact is that most folks reading this comic (including kids) will read the characters as male.  This doesn’t mean that women/girls can’t enjoy it (*raises hand*), but it does feed into the same troubling trend of not having female representation in media, with all the attendant effects on readers both male and female.

I remember being glued to the TV when I first saw the G1 ep that introduced the femmebots, same as I was glued to the TV when GI Joe or other shows devoted a show to one of their female characters.  I loved She-Ra, as well, and Princess Allura from Voltron.  Why?  Because there, on the TV, kicking ass and taking names and being competent, was someone like me.  Granted, I didn’t have much in common with the mature, lissome, and frequently acrobatic forms on the TV, but I was a lot more like them than I was like the “boy” characters.  

Case in point, when I played, I would play at being She-Ra or a femmebot or Princess Allura.  I would never play at being Optimus Prime or Hawk or He-Man or Keith.  Why?  Because I knew that those roles were Not For Me.  

Let me repeat that.  I knew that those roles (frequently key leader roles) were Not For Me.  I was six years old.

…can we just sit with that for a second?  I’d never realized that.  I need a moment.  

…anyway.  I am for “female” Cybertronians for the same reason I’m for successful, competent female roles (female soldiers, female presidents, female scientists) in other media:  it teaches kids that those are appropriate roles for women as well as men.  It reminds adults that those are appropriate roles for women as well as men.  

Would I like it if the femmes were less anthropo-centrically designed? Yes.  Do I think that the shift in Windblade’s physical depiction between her appearance in IDW and in this comic is disturbing and a result of sexist forces in comics that say that if she’s female she has to look like X and Y?  Yes.

But if she’s another She-Ra, who teaches another generation of six-year-old girls that they can be heroes?  That they can solve problems and fix things and take initiative and don’t need to wait for a man to help or lead them?  I’ll take it.

Dang, I made myself cry.  It’s hard unpacking all this, isn’t it?

…because this is the internet and therefore everything automatically gets misunderstood: I would like to state for the record that I do understand why the female ‘bots were included, whatever my hastily written rant above may have implied to the contrary. And I agree wholeheartedly that more female representation in media is a good thing. My comments about them being needed or not is me as a *mumble*-year-old consumer thinking about the universe itself and getting stuck on the robo-biology of it all, and was not intended to be any kind of commentary on how we fleshlings relate to said universe.

No problem!  *squishes!*  I totally didn’t think that you were remarking on anything but the robo-biology, and I went on into srsbizness mode all on my own.  I was mostly saying the above because I’m still working through my issues with women in media and my own internal biases, and I just wanted to work through them in words.  I tend to forget that Tumblr can be a conversation-having medium as well as a this-is-just-me-talkin-to-the-air medium, and I forgot to say that the above was the latter for me, not specifically a response to what you were saying, except that your reblog made me think of it.  :)  Sorry if I wasn’t clear or made you feel bad!

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"Get him the character hoodie," you said. "He’ll look absolutely adorable," you said. What’s the worst that could happen? Fast-forward 35 years. Your job-holding, society-contributing son now stands before you, covered head-to-toe in silicone scales. He communicates in chirps and clicks, and insists you refer to him as "Chalakon." Yes. Your son is a merman. Not a real merman, of course, because those don’t exist. But he is a real-life PhD in Education earner and tenured college professor who just happens to enjoy attending conventions dressed as a mythical fish beast. And it all started with that damn hoodie you bought him when he was 4. (via Character Hoodies 4-Choices (Sizes 4-7))
I see nothing wrong with this at all. They’ve also got Bumblebee.
They also get props for clarifying that OP is “(Original Optimus, Not Michael Bay Optimus)” A+, Woot, you make me wish I fit into a boys’ size 7.

"Get him the character hoodie," you said. "He’ll look absolutely adorable," you said. What’s the worst that could happen? Fast-forward 35 years. Your job-holding, society-contributing son now stands before you, covered head-to-toe in silicone scales. He communicates in chirps and clicks, and insists you refer to him as "Chalakon." Yes. Your son is a merman. Not a real merman, of course, because those don’t exist. But he is a real-life PhD in Education earner and tenured college professor who just happens to enjoy attending conventions dressed as a mythical fish beast. And it all started with that damn hoodie you bought him when he was 4. (via Character Hoodies 4-Choices (Sizes 4-7))

I see nothing wrong with this at all. They’ve also got Bumblebee.

They also get props for clarifying that OP is “(Original Optimus, Not Michael Bay Optimus)” A+, Woot, you make me wish I fit into a boys’ size 7.

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justanothershrub:

white-aster:

evilhasnever:

fayren:

Some clean versions of the pages that just went up on Newsrama. Windblade #1 comes out in two days!

Starscream, stop trying to act like Megatron. It’s bad for you. Unless he’s whispering to her “girl, who does your makeup??” In which case carry on.

What I don’t understand is how we get from this and this (mrow) to the above.  I mean…those others struck me as looking mature and powerful.

The above looks adolescent, dwarfed by everyone else, and semi-permanently wide-eyed about everything around her.  These communicate really different things about the character.

Is it the artist?  Do they mangafy everyone?  I can see the stylistic difference here, but Chromia doesn’t strike me the same way, and…I can’t help but think that Windblade’s depiction here is because “omg we have to make her more FEMININE!”

I’m trying not to put down a character by how they look (though the wide-eyedness really gets to me as a way to make her seem subtly incompetent and unable to handle whatever is happening because she’s semi-permanently surprised by life), but…this metamorphosis really rubs me the wrong way.  

I don’t know.  Someone tell me if she redeems herself in the text?  Please tell me that she acts like a mature, capable, clever commander.  Please?

Why does she have boobs. Whyyyyyy.

I mean, I’m not clear on why we needed ‘female’ giant robots in the first place, I know why they did it from a marketing perspective and in terms of equal representation or something even though they’re giant robots and I don’t really get why they would have gender at all. But that is my take on things and I know others probably feel differently. Still: boobs? Seriously? We’re not gonna know she’s a she unless she has water balloons strapped to her chest?

I think I’m going to want to like this, if only because Starscream’s design looks badass and I like the colouring style. I just… ergh. I don’t know what to think.

I know that this has been discussed ad nauseum on the ‘net (with varying degrees of extremism on either side), but to sort out my thoughts, here’s my take.

I support “female” Cybertronians not for the sake of the plot (because why would they have females!  Why would they have sexual dimorphism!  Why would their “females”, even if they had them, coincidentally have forms reminiscent of human mammary glands and child-bearing hips?  Answer to all of this is just “because A) a great deal of humans get uncomfy with the idea of gender fluidity and B) our readers will find it pretty.”  Kay, whatevs.)  I support having female Cybertronians for the sake of female readers.  

Because all the Cybertronians are pronouned as male.  Semantics of how it’s just a convenient pronoun aside, the fact is that most folks reading this comic (including kids) will read the characters as male.  This doesn’t mean that women/girls can’t enjoy it (*raises hand*), but it does feed into the same troubling trend of not having female representation in media, with all the attendant effects on readers both male and female.

I remember being glued to the TV when I first saw the G1 ep that introduced the femmebots, same as I was glued to the TV when GI Joe or other shows devoted a show to one of their female characters.  I loved She-Ra, as well, and Princess Allura from Voltron.  Why?  Because there, on the TV, kicking ass and taking names and being competent, was someone like me.  Granted, I didn’t have much in common with the mature, lissome, and frequently acrobatic forms on the TV, but I was a lot more like them than I was like the “boy” characters.  

Case in point, when I played, I would play at being She-Ra or a femmebot or Princess Allura.  I would never play at being Optimus Prime or Hawk or He-Man or Keith.  Why?  Because I knew that those roles were Not For Me.  

Let me repeat that.  I knew that those roles (frequently key leader roles) were Not For Me.  I was six years old.

…can we just sit with that for a second?  I’d never realized that.  I need a moment.  

…anyway.  I am for “female” Cybertronians for the same reason I’m for successful, competent female roles (female soldiers, female presidents, female scientists) in other media:  it teaches kids that those are appropriate roles for women as well as men.  It reminds adults that those are appropriate roles for women as well as men.  

Would I like it if the femmes were less anthropo-centrically designed? Yes.  Do I think that the shift in Windblade’s physical depiction between her appearance in IDW and in this comic is disturbing and a result of sexist forces in comics that say that if she’s female she has to look like X and Y?  Yes.

But if she’s another She-Ra, who teaches another generation of six-year-old girls that they can be heroes?  That they can solve problems and fix things and take initiative and don’t need to wait for a man to help or lead them?  I’ll take it.

Dang, I made myself cry.  It’s hard unpacking all this, isn’t it?

evilhasnever:

In case you haven’t seen yet, circuit will be trumped by any other tertiary, so you’ll need another circuit dragon to breed him with. If you haven’t gotten one by the time he’s ready to breed, lemme know? I’ll prob have someone I can send over. :)

Oh, good to know! D: So is circuit the “weakest” tertiary? A recessive gene? Damn, I should have expected that :’D thanks!

There really should be more officially about this, shouldn’t there?  :P

Circuit is definitely the weakest tertiary.  There’s no “recessiveness” sort of genetics in this game, where a dragon can “carry” a gene but not show it.  What you see is what that dragon can pass on, and what shows up in the kids is kind of a RNG battle royale between what the two parents have.  

In general, the weakest genes in the prim/sec/tert spots are iridescent/shimmer/circuit.  I haven’t worked out the math here, but if you want to reliably get any of those three traits, it’s a good idea for both parents to have them.  You DO have a chance to get a circuit if you breed a circuit to a crackle or an underbelly or heck, even a basic, but it’s a low chance.  I’m pretty sure that there’s a hierarchy of all traits, but I haven’t really worked out the math of, say, how tiger vs. clown goes down.  (oooh, here’s a slightly-old [no crackle, for instance] chart!)

In general, though, at the very least it’s good for you to breed tri-gened dragons to tri-gened dragons (or, dual-gened dragons to dragons with genes in the same slots), so that you don’t have any chance of “losing” a trait in the kiddos.  That is, unless you like the look of basic in any particular slots, of course.

If you’re planning to breed for a particular trait or combination of traits (or heck, even if you just are bored), I’d suggest playing with the Foresee Progeny tool in the Scrying Workshop.  You can plug in your dragons and see what the chances are of you getting what you want.  Also useful when you’re poking around the AH for a mate for someone.  :)

Oh!  And also, again in case you haven’t run into it:  there is an incest ban.  ;P  Two dragons that are related…whut, like up to 5 generations back cannot breed.  The Assay Bloodline tool in the Workshop will let you know if you’re going to run into this problem (praise all the dragon gods for that…the Workshop is a new thing…we used to have to just try to keep track or guess.)  So, unless you like charting out family trees, you’ll probably find yourself on the AH a lot trying to find a mate for someone you want to keep but who…is related to everyone else.  :P

Hope this helps!  Let me know if you have any other questions.

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larwrence:

How Frozen should have ended

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I should totally do this for April Fool’s Day in my office next year.  My office are not pranksters, but I think that they might like this one.  :)

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The fact is, though, that nobody would climb Sagarmatha (which is what the Sherpas call the mountain, although that’s a recent coinage; before they used the Tibetan name, Chomolungma) without Sherpa aid and Sherpa knowledge. The Sherpas set the ropes up the entire mountain ahead of any other climbers, carry supplies up the mountain from camp to camp before any climbers start behind them, serve as porters for climbers throughout the process of climbing, and pack out all the trash (and I do mean all the trash, including human waste) behind. They’re the first ones in at the beginning of the season and the last ones out at the end. Every person who’s summitted the mountain in modern times has done so relying on the work of a Sherpa, and — although this is changing somewhat (but not fast enough for a lot of the Sherpas) — often without giving any credit to the Sherpas that make it possible.

So I’m saddened to hear that a dozen (or more) Sherpas died yesterday on the mountain (because the moutain will kill you as easily as not; it will not notice, it will not care), but I’m even more sad that they were there on that mountain because of alpine adventure tourism and Western demand. I’ve been pleased to see several news articles about the icefall include and acknowledge some of the ethical quandaries and the stark realities of Everest tourism. I wish this could help make meaningful change in how the commodified “climb Mt Everest” industry runs these days, and helps to get some of those unqualified people being duped by unethical expedition leaders off the mountain until they’re at least a little more qualified, but I doubt it will.

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I don’t travel. I don’t like traveling, but even more, I don’t like TOURISM. It always smacks of “wow, look at your amazingly exotic culture and land and beautiful (dying) way of life, oh gee, am I making it disappear faster by encouraging Western influence and wear and tear into your country, oh sorry, WOW, LOOK, AN ELEPHANT!” The sort of feeling that gets people up in arms about “slum tourism” hits me about most tourism. This is peoples’ lives and countries your touring, and it’s very hard to do that respectfully when you are a rich white person who probably paid more for your plane ticket than your porter/guide will make in their entire lives. This isn’t white guilt: it’s trying to be respectful of the people who are helping you and the country that you want to see.

This whole post is worth a read, and if nothing else, I hope that it (and the implications of the tragedy on Everest, because no, those people would not have been up there if Westerners didn’t want to climb that mountain) makes people think when they plan tours in other countries. Makes them ask some tough questions of the expedition companies: how much do you pay your guides? Is that reasonable for the amount of work they do/danger they are in to make this happen for me? How sustainable do you try to be? Is there anything we will be doing that some would think disrespectful? If you ask, you demonstrate that these are important issues to you.

A friend of mine climbed Kilimanjaro with her mother. She got to know the guides and asked them what they most wanted/needed. Boots, they said. Some of them climbed without them, or climbed with shoes held together with duct tape because they couldn’t afford new ones. She came home, hit up the next REI clearance sale, and paid to send a huge box of boots back to them.

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failnation:

Drinking vodkahttp://failnation.tumblr.com

Especially Ketel One.  UGH.  Protip:  When choosing your vodka, ALWAYS go for the stuff that is NOT in the plastic bottle.  ALWAYS.

failnation:

Drinking vodka
http://failnation.tumblr.com

Especially Ketel One.  UGH.  Protip:  When choosing your vodka, ALWAYS go for the stuff that is NOT in the plastic bottle.  ALWAYS.

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"Bad books on writing tell you to ‘WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW’, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery."

Joe Haldeman (via maxkirin)

Also so many books about bad relationships, petty jealousies, existential angst, and tragedies born of lack of communication.

Tbh, all of this stuff is why I don’t read mainstream fiction.  I am barely interested in these things when they involve people I know and love, and generally that’s only because I’m trying to help them out of the mess caused by all the above.  Why in hell would I want to read about it?  How do people find this fun?  *headtilt*

(I’d also bring out the “I am confused why people like to read/watch assholes do dickish things.  Are there not enough assholes doing dickish things in real life, that you have to seek out fictional ones?” rant, but that’s probably for another quote.)

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teeturtlenews:

It’s the only way to travel. Our new shirt is Mighty Hero Atop a Chicken and you can pick it up for $15 through 4/24 as part of the design’s debut sale!

teeturtlenews:

It’s the only way to travel. Our new shirt is Mighty Hero Atop a Chicken and you can pick it up for $15 through 4/24 as part of the design’s debut sale!