Oof sorry about the last post.. I hope the picture shows up more clearer this time..! These are my brush settings when I use paint-tool sai :=) !!!!


do you ever get that feeling that you’ll never amount to anything in your life and time will go on and everyone will forget you in a few years after your death because you never did anything that great or different and in the end you were just the same as almost everyone else and you’ll never get another chance to do it all again

the Bechdel test, the Ellen Willis test, ALL THE TESTS: or, a handy guide to feminist critiques of narrative


(reference for when i am trying to explain these to people and they are looking at me like “huh”):

  • the Bechdel test: does the story have a) more than one women, b) who talk to each other, c) about something other than a man.
  • the Ellen Willis test: if you flip the genders, does the story still make sense?
  • the Sexy Lamp test (courtesy of Kelly Sue DeConnick): can you replace your female character with a sexy lamp and still have the story work? if yes, YOU ARE A HACK.
  • the Mako Mori test: there is a) at least one female character, b) who gets her own narrative arc, c) that is not about supporting a man’s story.
  • the Tauriel test (which i made up in response to The Hobbit 2 [which passes] and Skyfall [which fails]): a) there is a woman, b) WHO IS GOOD AT HER JOB.

and in justification of my recent TV obsessions, i would like to note that Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy, and Nikita (ALL HAIL MAGGIE Q) pass all of these tests with flying colors.

UPDATE: i just discovered the Finkbeiner test and it is FANTASTIC.

FURTHER UPDATE: these were noted by oranges8hands and are EXCELLENT and add some much-needed intersectionality:

The Deggans Rule: a) At least two POC characters in the main cast, b) in a show that’s not about race.

The Racial Bechdel Test (I first saw it laid out by Alaya Dawn Johnson): a) it has two POC in it, b) who talk to each other, c) about something other than a white person

and then I offered an amendment to the Bechdel test: d) both women have to be alive at the end

Good day

Despite being in a complicated situation, I had a good day today. Finally brought a graph notebook, some much needed combs, and a cap for my hair. And it was beautiful out today as well. So I’m just going chill, play some Mass Effect, then eat, later on probably work on my characters (and maybe a story? I dunno)

Ballet Dancing. Information that you can give me on ballet dancing? A character being a Ballet dancer


Look here

Some more links specifically on ballet:

On tumblr: 

Outside tumblr (general):

Outside tumblr (experiences):

Outside tumblr (videos):

Hope that helps! Sorry for the wait!



Community creator Dan Harmon’s Plot Embryo

  • character is in his/her comfort zone
  • but wants something
  • finds him/herself in an unfamiliar situation
  • that forces him/her to adapt
  • character gets what he/she wanted
  • but pays a heavy price
  • character returns to the familiar/the comfort zone
  • having changed

Also, check out the article How Dan Harmon Drives Himself Crazy Making Community from Wired about Community creator Dan Harmon’s theories on storytelling.

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