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May 08 2017


Let’s normalize the idea that not all trans people were “born trans” and that a lot of trans people have no evidence that they were trans from their childhood and that that doesn’t make them any less trans than people who “always knew”.

how to trick writers into giving you more fanfic to read

May 05 2017

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A long day and a calm night.

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Today is the anniversary of this iconic tweet

Want to take immediate revenge on House Republicans who voted to destroy health care? Here's how




Contributing to oppositional nominee funds for 24 vulnerable Republican representatives is a way to get them good and scared now, so they won’t try any more shenangians.


No Victor we Binktop like men

May 04 2017


Good anatomical comments: wrists should be near crotch, torso is roughly two ribcages tall, hands are about the size of your face

Bad anatomical comments: “girls have smaller, thinner shoulders while males have broad ones”, “women have soft faces while mean have harsher features”, “women should have wider hips”

self discipline tips


here are tips I discovered very recently:

  • something is better than nothing. 5 minutes of work are better than zero. Just because you missed something on your schedule doesn’t mean you can’t still work on it, even for 5 minutes. Grow and build on this.
  • second drafts / reviews can be done after.
  • Don’t think you are going to do your very best work on the first try. Take the weight of perfectionism off your shoulders.
  • don’t think about doing it. just do it as fast as you can.
  • build on your productivity, not your failures.
    • If you come from a past of procrastinating and now feel motivated to change and discipline yourself, do NOT try to do everything at once.
    • if you have a set of different goals to accomplish, begin with the most important one. Wait until the rotine of working for that one settles in (you feel productive and comfortable-ish), and then begin with the next. Repeat.
    • this way you’ll be building your way up and not juggling everything at the same time, hoping everything works out.
    • be patient with yourself, you’ll get there!
  • set smaller deadlines for your goals
    • have monthly and weekly-ish deadlines
    • e.g. if you are doing a project, due 22nd Feb, set personal deadlines, like have Introduction written by 2nd Feb, have Methods written by 10th Feb, have project complete by 18th Feb.
    • take them as seriously as you possibly can, don’t miss out on yourself.
    • write realistic daily tasks and don’t stop until you finish them. after them you can do whatever you want
    • on writing realistic daily tasks, the secret is knowing you can only do so much in one day, but trusting you can accomplish everything in the course of any period of time (a week, or 2 weeks or a month, etc.) because you will combine the work from all these different days.
    • it’s very tempting to write down all the tasks you need to accomplish in one day to just get over with it, but the real deal is you won’t accomplish half of them. You’ll feel very unproductive then, wich leads to demotivation.
    • spread daily tasks in the time necessary.
  • have a consistent sleep schedule.
    • if your mind isn’t ready everything will fall apart.
  • have one rest day per week where you plan nothing, do whatever you want except studying. this can be harder than you expect!
  • (don’t forget these are effective only if you actually put them into practice! good luck babes!!)

    May 03 2017



    7 times Victor Nikiforov was extremely gay for his fiance and it showed on his face


    7. The “my boyfriend just made puppy eyes at me so I decided to give him my soul, my body, and the whole world” look.

    6. The “this boy is so cute and perfect I want to squeeze his cute little body and kiss his face but since I can’t kiss his face I’m going to settle with squeezing his perfect body everytime I get while I scream internally” look.


    4. The “I’m at the point of no return nobody save me i’ll die happily in the arms of this wonderful boy” look. 

    3. This one needs a gif. The “somebody hold me right now this boy is too cute for this world too beautiful omg what’s happening what is this feeling inside of me ***It Must Be Love playing in the background***” look. 

    2. The “I saw him already this morning we woke up in the same bed and everything but oh my god Yuuri there you are why did you took so long nevermind I’m so glad you are here I’m so happy to see you again run to my arms my beautiful fiance” look. 

    1. The “literally dying from proud I am, how much I love this wonderful, perfect boy, how happy I am to see him triumph and how unbelievably lucky I am to be engaged to him” look. 






    i don’t understand why atlantis isn’t more popular of a movie

    i mean


    amazing and unique art style 


    spot-on humor


    strong, badass female and/or POC characters


    awkward but incredibly intelligent lead that isn’t conventionally attractive




    history jokes that you won’t catch as a kid







    did i mention






    i just have a lot of feelings about atlantis and i think it needs more love than it gets

    I love this fucking movie, and from what I gathered from the commentary (which is amazing and worth a listen) a lot of it has to do with it being a Disney movie with no musical numbers and a piss poor marketing campaign.

    It deserved so much credit it was so good.

    Why have I never seen this movie??? 

    Odd fact: since this movie is 16 years old (!!) there are plenty of young people on tumblr who haven’t seen it simply because it’s before their time.

    s3 prediction


    [the gang is in some tough situation]

    Hunk: *sigh* I wish shiro was here

    Lance: yeah he’d come in here all like *finger guns* POW POW POW

    Pidge: I think you mean like PCHEW PCHEW

    Shiro: *drops out of the ceiling behind them* actually it’s more like BLAM BLAM BLAM

    Keith: ugh no that’s totally wro–SHIRO???!!

    Play fullscreen


    This is such an interesting dissection of a very common trope in writing female characters that I never really thought about before, but it’s so prevalent and so obvious and so fucking disgusting.

    May 02 2017

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    Tell me this isn’t how it’ll go down

    Gender & Fandom


    Hi all!! As the link description says, I’m conducting research on gender in fandom and the effects of cosplay on gender.  This is part of my junior year independent study and a longer trajectory of research I’ve done on gender in fandom.  Previously I’ve studied the psychological and cognitive reasons behind trans headcanons and genderbending and trans adolescents’ gender development in online and fandom spaces.

    I’m trying to get a pretty large sample size with this survey, so please feel free to reblog/share/link on other platforms!  Questions, concerns, comments, critiques, and suggestions can be directed to me here, on Twitter, or Instagram (all @irismusicia) or to my email at mremilla@wellesley.edu.

    April 30 2017

    A Cosplayer’s Guide to Colored Contacts and Eye Safety (AKA How NOT To Fuck Up Your Eyes Forever)


    I’m a cosplayer, I’ve worn contacts for almost 18 years, and I’ve seen so much horrifyingly dangerous behavior with colored contacts and general eye safety in the pursuit of our hobby that it makes me want to scream. I’ve ranted about this before on Twitter (and often) so I decided to make a megapost about it.

    I AM NOT EXAGGERATING ABOUT FUCKING UP YOUR EYES FOREVER. I have seen people LOSE AN EYE or get permanent eye damage from unsafe behavior; I’ve also seen people carted off to the hospital over it. Colored contacts and heavy eye makeup can be entirely safe, but you have to know how to use and wear them properly! 

    This post will be very long, but I encourage everyone who has an interest in colored lenses (especially circle lenses!) or cosplay makeup to read it. I don’t want you to lose an eye.

    Keep reading

    April 29 2017


    Yuri on Ice movie: announced
    History Maker: blasted
    Hype: reignited

    I am forcefully escorted from the realm of speculations and uncertainty.


    Yuri on Ice team: NEW MOVIE CONFIRMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    me, unable to comprehend that Yuri on Ice just saved this year as well:

    April 28 2017

    How to show expression with the mouth!


    This was a request and at first I wasn’t sure if I had anything to provide with, but as it turn out it got a little longer than I expected because there were actually things I had to say!! Wow!! 

    Anyway, this is some guidelines I follow when I try to make the face expressfull, more specifically the mouth! It is often neglected, since it’s actually pretty hard, I’ll admit. But I’m here to help (hopefully…)! A mouth expression tutorial as per request. Enjoy and hopefully it will help some a little. ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

    Draw the teeth at the right angle. 

    This is super important. The upper jaw follows the angle of the head, and the lower jaw will depend on how open it is. Make sure you have a rough estimate of where the teeth are, and how much of them you’re going to see!

    The lips will VERY roughly follow the same angle as the teeth. It really depends on the character, but it gives you a sense at least. 

    If you DON’T do this, you’re going to lose so much volume and the mouth is going to end up looking unrelatable. I showed this example in this tutorial:

    It’s not just the lips! 

    The cheeks, chin, and tongue play a role too! 

    Try look at your own mouth or references! I have a very pliable and large mouth, so that’s one reason why my characters have it too lmao.

    ASYMMETRYYYYY (ง ͠° ͟ل͜ ͡°)ง

    I cannot emphasize how important asymmetry is when drawing expressions. It applies not only to the eyebrows to achieve the Dreamwork Face™, but also the mouth. Seriously if you draw a symmetric mouth I will deliver myself to your mailbox and then shout at you until you fix it. 

    Look at the difference between these two for example: which one has more “life”? 

    I think you get the idea.

    Push and squish - give it flow

    Here’s an old drawing I have but it illustrates how I think when I squish the mouth, and use folding and wrinkles to my advantage.

    Look at your own face and see where skin bundles up, where it creases the most and when bumps appear on your chin. Subtle details makes all the difference! 

    One VERY effective detail is illustrated in the first sketch, where I pull upwards on one side, and downwards on the other. That’s a good detail to use when the character is making a skewed expression, or is extremely frustrated. I encourage you to play around with that concept bc it’s ~super effective~!


    Happy: Your entire mouth is pushed upwards, not just the corners of your mouth!

    I tend to draw a :3 mouth bc I’ve been drawing Lance too much….. You don’t have to but it’s basically imprinted in my motor memory by now. 

    Pouting/frowning: corners are pushed down, middle pushed slightly up. Sometimes, there’s a slight dip in the middle too. It can give a sense that the character is biting their lips.

    Showing frustration/intimidating/is intimidated: basically showing a lot of teeth. The corners are as open as possible and the middle sorta more squished. An extremely important detail here is showing some of the gums, and open space between the cheeks and teeth. That way it looks like the mouth it open to it’s full potential. Here is also where you basically MUST add folds and bumps, or else it’s not going to look relatable. 

    (Here I am again with the pulling upwards on one side and downwards on the other, as illustrated on the last sketch)

    And then again, here’s just another doodle showing how important it is to show the gums. It’s the same face twice, but the second one looks slightly more frustrated doesn’t it?

    (from my other tutorial on how to draw facial expressions)

    As you can see, this last one is very versatile and I draw it a lot. Play around with the basic shape and see how much subtle details makes a lot of difference! 

    That’s it! 

    I hope that cleared some things up and was somewhat helpful! Enjoy drawing ✨

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