Egocentric ramblings from The Overlady

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Would we accept “if you don’t want to get shot, just do what the EPA regulator tells you”? Would we yield to “if you don’t want your kid tased, do what the Deputy Superintendent of Education tells you”? Would we accept “if you don’t want to get tear gassed, just do what your Congressman tells you?” No. Our culture of individualism and liberty would not permit it. Yet somehow, through generations of law-and-order rhetoric and near-deification of law enforcement, we have convinced ourselves that cops are different, and that it is perfectly acceptable for them to be able to order us about, at their discretion, on pain of violence.

It’s not acceptable. It is servile and grotesque.

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Sunil Dutta Tells It Like It Is About American Policing | Popehat (via brutereason)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/08/19/im-a-cop-if-you-dont-want-to-get-hurt-dont-challenge-me/

"Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”

I think it’s important to note another of Sunil Dutta’s articles.

swapcats:

So! I finished writing my books. All three of ‘em. It’s been a huge undertaking and I’ve put as much time as I have love into them. I’m feeling all kinds of things right now, but that’s not what I want to talk about.

I want to take a moment to thank all the people who’ve supported me along the way. Who’ve listened to me blab about the characters endlessly, who’ve read the books and helped me figure out what does and doesn’t work. The people who’ve shared their headcanons with me and drawn me art, the people who’ve pointed out typos and just given me so much encouragement.

I honestly wouldn’t have got this far without all of you, and it certainly wouldn’t be a story this dear to my heart.

So in no particular order, all my thanks to: skepticarcher, ourfaeriesarediffering, dem-hips, qthorn, tchbee, tentacle, fluffymurellow, fmorgana, sturmschwinge, sassygaykorra, paschblue, sakuraaas, gryfeathr, zellk, lionsenpai, Grace, and I really, really feel like I’m forgetting people because I’m exhausted from writing and also starving, but I really appreciate you all! 

Go. Consume the foods. Feast in celebration of your achievement! Sound the great horn of buch-duniad and let all give a mighty cheer!

zellk:

Second commission for the amazing swapcats ‘v’ !! Two other ladies of her story Dragonoak, the Queen and her Guard.
It is always a pleasure to draw your characters Swap :3

Look at how good everything in this picture is.

zellk:

Second commission for the amazing swapcats ‘v’ !! Two other ladies of her story Dragonoak, the Queen and her Guard.

It is always a pleasure to draw your characters Swap :3

Look at how good everything in this picture is.

Aug 7

Why’s it called assassin’s creed rogue if he just looks like all the other ones anyway? Fooling nobody, Ubi.

swapcats:

skepticarcher:

Ladies for swapcats! =v=

Sir Ightham, out of her armour for once, along with Rowan, everyone’s favourite tiny necromancer and friendly neighbourhood narrator (who never seems to change her clothes).  

Look at these nerds. Have I mentioned recently that Sam writes totally cool books and 9/10ths as cool fic sometimes? They’d have parity, but that’d require someone else to write someone as cool as Sen or Akela or Rowan, and as of yet, it’s yet to occur. Anyway, take a gander at all the cool stuff on her blog and improve your day and/or 1am.

swapcats:

skepticarcher:

Ladies for swapcats! =v=

Sir Ightham, out of her armour for once, along with Rowan, everyone’s favourite tiny necromancer and friendly neighbourhood narrator (who never seems to change her clothes).  

Look at these nerds. Have I mentioned recently that Sam writes totally cool books and 9/10ths as cool fic sometimes? They’d have parity, but that’d require someone else to write someone as cool as Sen or Akela or Rowan, and as of yet, it’s yet to occur. Anyway, take a gander at all the cool stuff on her blog and improve your day and/or 1am.

COMMISSIONS!

qthorn:

Money’s been a bit tight lately, so I’m opening 5 commission slots!  These’ll be available in two separate tiers: inked/colored, and painted bust.  Here are the prices, along with some examples to give you an idea of what to expect.

Inked/Colored—$45 (plus $15/additional character)

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Portrait/Bust—$65

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I do take NSFW commissions as well so if that interests you, please check out my NSFW art blog.  

I will gladly draw any and all characters (e.g. monster, anthro, mecha, etc.), but please provide ample reference by way of images or detailed description if necessary.  Backgrounds and scenery may be added for additional charge.

If you wish to commission me, my email as well as my paypal are queuethorn@gmail.com.  Payment must be received in full before I start the piece, but please do not send payment until I’ve sent you a confirmation email.

Thank you so much for your interest and as always, reblogs are greatly appreciated!  

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Reblogging because everyone should know about Jeff’s arts and give him money.

skepticarcher:

Commission for Serene! 

I wear what I like.
Because whilst most art I’ve got of Lavender has had her in her purple tunic, her actual taste in the book is considerably wider, and I liked the idea of her in something yellow for a change. :)
Thank you to Skeptic once again for making something incredibly pretty for me!

skepticarcher:

Commission for Serene

I wear what I like.

Because whilst most art I’ve got of Lavender has had her in her purple tunic, her actual taste in the book is considerably wider, and I liked the idea of her in something yellow for a change. :)

Thank you to Skeptic once again for making something incredibly pretty for me!

skepticarcher:

Ref sheet commission for serene!

Yesssss. This is Nal, who is from a race of trolls based upon goats, and is the protagonist of the book I will be starting the very moment I’ve finished Lavender’s story!
Despite my umming, ahhing, and unconscionable prevarication on a few details, Skeptic once again knocks it out of the park and through the moon for me. Thank you!

skepticarcher:

Ref sheet commission for serene!

Yesssss. This is Nal, who is from a race of trolls based upon goats, and is the protagonist of the book I will be starting the very moment I’ve finished Lavender’s story!

Despite my umming, ahhing, and unconscionable prevarication on a few details, Skeptic once again knocks it out of the park and through the moon for me. Thank you!

mothergrotesquerie:

smth i hate is when i see ppl giving writing advice that says to ignore certain words entirely and never use them

like, the word ‘very’.  can you say ‘enormous’ instead of ‘very large’ and other such examples as that?  yes!  you can!  and it might get boring if you use it all the time.  but the thing about ‘very’ that is its strength as much as its weakness is that it’s a childish word.  you can use it to evoke things like wonder or awe or naivete.

another example: the word ‘said’.  you can pretty your dialogue up with more descriptive verbs, but there is a use for this, too.  it puts the focus on the words themselves instead of how they are said.  it feels like an understatement, and that gives both power and simplicity.

i just, idk, i hate hard and fast rules about how to write, bc i feel like anything can have its use and there are so many ways to make things have impact.  even if a trick might seem to be too basic, that can still be used as contrast, for instance.

repetition can have value.  simplicity can have value.  don’t ever write things off bc anything can be used for anything

A 1 step guide to interpreting writing advice:

1: Consider every rule as a rough guideline.

For every author that exhorts you to follow a hard and fast rule - never use said, or very, or the passive voice, adjectives instead of verbs or verbs instead of cattle, there will be another, just as respected, saying the exact opposite. And both of them are wrong.  In fact, just to illustrate the nonsense of ‘don’t use said’ I’d advise anybody reading this to open a book - with dialogue, semantics fans - and search for a conversation. Take a close look at how the speech is depicted. I’ll wait.

Let me take the liberty of guessing:

Said said said said said said said continued glared said said said scowled said nodded said said said whispered said said said yelled.

Close enough? Amazingly, if you write dialogue, most of the time, said is enough. The reader is acting out your scene in their head, and if you’re doing it right, you don’t need to accompany every word with a set of stage directions.

But sometimes you do. Sometimes the reader needs their hand held. And this is also fine.

(How many so far are irked at how many sentences I’ve began with and or but? How many haven’t noticed?)

A helpful way I’ve found to entertain writing advice is to consider it akin to the way a teacher might introduce a complicated subject to students.

The boiling point of water is 100 degrees, except when it’s not.

Letters aren’t part of maths, except when they are.

Poetry rhymes, except when it doesn’t.

There are exceptions to every rule because writing is art, and art is at its best when it’s challenging your preconceptions. Why would you avoid very? Because it’s easy to rely on. The idea is to use the right word in the right place, and if you’re always using very, you aren’t doing that. Should you excise it from your vocabulary? Of course not, because then you’d be messing up all the times when very was the perfect word to use. Rather, just make sure you’re thinking about your words. Don’t get comfortable.

All rules are guidelines.

Except that one. Follow it.

qthorn:

Commission for the extraordinary ourfaeriesarediffering!
(p.s. Lavender is phenomenal go check it out)

Malin and Tal are great big dorks and I love them. Many thanks to Jeff for this lovely drawing! It came out even better than I could have hoped for, and I’m tremendously appreciative! Thank you so much for it!
PS: If you haven’t read Lavender, it’s never too late to start!* If you want engaging, female led, feminist, character driven fantasy, with vivid characters and an intimate, personal narrative, look no further!

*It can, however, be too early. I don’t recommend starting at any date prior to oct 16, 2011.

qthorn:

Commission for the extraordinary ourfaeriesarediffering!

(p.s. Lavender is phenomenal go check it out)

Malin and Tal are great big dorks and I love them. Many thanks to Jeff for this lovely drawing! It came out even better than I could have hoped for, and I’m tremendously appreciative! Thank you so much for it!

PS: If you haven’t read Lavender, it’s never too late to start!* If you want engaging, female led, feminist, character driven fantasy, with vivid characters and an intimate, personal narrative, look no further!

*It can, however, be too early. I don’t recommend starting at any date prior to oct 16, 2011.