Renaissance Faire wiiiiings!!!
I knitted these!!
What a shower, [the Grand Master] told himself. A bunch of incompetents no other secret society would touch with a ten-foot Sceptre of Authority. The sort to dislocate their fingers with even the simplest secret handshake.
But incompetents with possibilities, nevertheless. Let the other societies take the skilled, the hopefuls, the ambitious, the self-confident. He’d take the whining resentful ones, the ones with a bellyful of spite and bile, the ones who knew they could make it big if only they’d been given the chance. Give him the ones in which the floods of venom and vindictiveness were dammed up behind thin walls of ineptitude and lowgrade paranoia.
And stupidity, too.
–Terry Pratchett, “Guards! Guards!”
(illustration by Paul Kidby taken from the 2021 Dunmanifestin edition)
(And here we have the Unique and Supreme Lodge of the Elucidtated Brethren of the Ebon Night!)
Hey it’s ace week and you’re local ace has something to say! I’ve been out as ace for 3 years now and it’s still a big part of my identity that I’m proud of so here’s a lil something for those who need it!
Saw this and HAD to repost! I love it so much!!
Just looked up when ace week starts this year and I’m going to be in Disney World that whole week!! It’s going to be the BEST week EVER!!!!
Ace week starts October 24th this year!
My part in @addieelisabeth DTYIS! I wanted to play with brushes a bit but ended with the set I always use, so congratulations to me.
Btw, my print preorder slowly coming to an end and will be closed within two days. It is last chance to get my prints this year! CLICK if you’re interested.
Penny is Five Today!!!
We just got back from a lovely party for her at my parents’ house. The Child received toys and treats, packed in bags (which she loves to play with). She had a really great time—her tail was going a mile a minute while she dove into each gift bag!
(I’m proud of her for posing for my mom to take that top photo, and for keeping her bandanna on so long.)
I can’t believe our little one is really old enough to go to American Human Kindergarten!
Now a black-robed figure scurried through the midnight streets, ducking from doorway to doorway, and reached a grim and forbidding portal. No mere doorway got that grim without effort, one felt. It looked as though the architect had been called in and given specific instructions. We want something eldritch in dark oak, he’d been told. So put an unpleasant gargoyle thing over the archway, give it a slam like the footfall of a giant and make it clear to everyone, in fact, that this isn’t the kind of door that goes ‘ding-dong’ when you press the bell.
–Terry Pratchett, “Guards! Guards!”
(illustration by Paul Kidby taken from the 2021 Dunmanifestin edition)
who exactly are the writers ?
We just gave our some mini bios on our curiouscat on twitter, so we’ll pop those over here!
Rien Gray is an author of F/F and F/NB romance, and probably responsible for all the coffee being gone.
Arson Kidder writes high heat weird queer shit. You probably know them as Xekstrin but this is their new shiny official writer name.
Dayna Smith is a Michigan farm witch who writes werewolf westerns and alien sex comedy. Check out her story Hangdog in Beneath Ceaseless Skies!
Eve Golden-Woods is a writer and producer for Dreamfeel, a small Irish games company that released the award-winning If Found… in May 2020. She lives in Dublin, and when she’s not writing she can be found reading, drawing and listening to way too many podcasts.
Devan Soyka is a DC-based game writer who is generally writing about sword duels when she’s not actually in the middle of one.
Frances Maples is a cis lesbian who loves writing romances that encompass the wide spectrum of what it means to be queer. Her career has been in game writing for the past five years or so, but she also writes prose, stage plays, and audio dramas.
A.K. Fedeau is a fashion fiend who wants to try every genre once. If there’s a gritty middle-aged man in one of our stories, it’s her fault.
Amanda Louise is a writer, editor, baker, and animal lover. Her passion is writing about magic, whether it involves kissing or spells.
Alix is a Jewish lesbian based in NYC, writer of comics, games, fanfiction, and all sorts of romance—and terminal sufferer of fandom brainrot.
Cyrus is an NYC based playwright, game writer, and now, soon-to-be author! They write relentless optimists and secretly soft skeptics falling in love.
A. Hendricks is a seasoned m/m romance and game writer who loves happy endings earned from lots of angst and tears.
Cherry lives in NYC, works in fragrance, and spends 90% of her time daydreaming
T.K. Hirst is a writer currently based in Jakarta, Indonesia. They enjoy watching cars go around in a circle for fun. Between writing characters smooching, thinking about characters smooching, and talking to friends about how said characters should be smooching,
Margot Madison also finds time to teach high school, crochet, snuggle with her cats and her wife, and go hiking at every opportunity.
Fisher Strunc finally committed to making her silly made-up internet name her official pseudonym. When she isn’t writing stories with intensely fluffy happy endings, she can be found drawing, watching horror movies, and/or playing video games.
Abigail Laughlin is fifteen minutes late with Starbucks, imposter syndrome, and a very demanding cat. Her main characters tend to fall into one of two categories: emotionally repressed jerkfaces, or Miyazaki Girls.
OKAY we’re playing Psychonauts 2 and RIKKI SIMONS IS IN IT?!?! As Raz’s little paper self?!?!?
We both literally SCREAMED it’s Chill Kid Zim AND GIR HOLY SHIIIIIIIIIIIT?!?!?
The light from the shelves didn’t so much illuminate as highlight the darkness, but by its violet flicker a watcher might just have identified an ancient and battered desk right under the central dome.
The snoring was coming from underneath it, where a piece of tattered blanket barely covered what looked like a heap of sandbags but was in fact an adult male orangutan.
It was the Librarian.
Not many people these days remarked upon the fact that he was an ape. The change had been brought about by a magical accident, always a possibility where so many powerful books are kept together, and he was considered to have got off lightly. After all, he was still basically the same shape. And he had been allowed to keep his job, which he was rather good at, although ‘allowed’ is not really the right word. It was the way he could roll his upper lip back to reveal more incredibly yellow teeth than any other mouth the University Council had ever seen before that somehow made sure the matter was never really raised.
–Terry Pratchett, “Guards! Guards!”
Hello! Most of the webcomics i’ve read have reader comments below each post, but homestuck doesn’t have that despite the pages i’ve read looking like they’re reader comment driven. That’s the primary reason i’ve not really started it yet, it feels weird getting the latter thing without the former. Where are they?
Ok my memory is pretty bad, and i only started reading HS in 2012, butttt:
It started off prompt-driven through the MSPA forums(as was problem sleuth), then eventually became too story driven to continue with the prompts. The forums were still around until they suddenly got deleted without warning (I think after VIZ got ahold of HS in around 2016) and a lot of stuff was lost.
Also the homestuck site is incredibly broken now, so I’d recommend looking up the unofficial homestuck collection to read it properly if you ever do get around to it. It has all of the other free stuff on it as well! I also recommend problem sleuth because I’m one of those people who will tell you it’s better than HS (and also an easier read because of how much sorter it is.)
Y'all feel free to correct me if I got any of that wrong there.
Since I see people worried about whether or not Kris’s friendship with Susie will survive the whole “ghostly possession” issue, or if their friendship is even real at all when Kris is being possessed…
Here’s a list of things that show Kris wants to be friends with her outside of our influence:
i never watched sailor moon everything i know about it is just through the internet but every time i see usagi i just feel so happy she is the sweetest looking girl
she’s my good friend
she fills my heart with joy thank you for telling me this
Me: Okay, time to try to catch a Tiger Trout, it’s an extra good luck day so hopefully that means the game will give me one.
Me: *is not catching anything but smallmouth bass and salmon in the river* Hmm. *looks up Tiger Trout on the wiki to make sure I have the info right*
The Wiki: You can get Tiger Trout in fall in any weather in the river until 7 pm. Also sometimes Krobus has them on Wednesdays.
Me: *looks at date*
Date: *is a Wednesday*
Me: AAAAAAH KROBUUUUSSSSSS!!!! *dives into the sewer right next to where I was fishing* KROBUS KROBUS KROBUS do you have…Tiger Trout?
Krobus: Yes, human, would you like to buy–
Me: YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND. *throws money, shoves fish in pocket, and runs up ladder like a lemur to go complete the next-to-last fish bundle*
And that’s the story of how it was an extra good luck day after all!
So how can you celebrate?
♀ Rewatch or reread your favourite Venus-centric chapter, episode, or musical! She might’ve been the last of the Sailor Team to be introduced, but she was actually the first Sailor Soldier ever - Sailor V. Prominent 90s anime episodes include episode 036, one of the earliest Venus-centric episodes, where she take Usagi out for a haircut to cheer her up; episode 042, where we finally learn of Minako’s (anime-canon) past working in London as Sailor V with her mentor, Katarina; episode 078, where the rest of the Sailor Team falls ill with a mysterious flu and it’s up to Minako to “help” nurse them to health; episode 100, where an old unrequited flame gets Minako rethinking her life goals and considers quitting her duty as a Sailor Soldier; episode 114, where Minako gets a shot at becoming a real idol, but has to compete with the villain Mimete; episode 141, where Minako goes on two dates at the same time and reaps the reward of her own hubris; and episodes 175 and 192, where Minako gets even closer to realising her idol dreams with some industry experience.
Did you know Minako has her very own manga series? In fact, it was written before the Sailor Moon manga even existed! Codename: Sailor V is much shorter, more comedic, and action-oriented than PGSM, and elaborates not only on Minako’s character and role before meeting the other Guardians but also the history of the Silver Millennium and the Dark Kingdom.
If you were disappointed with Minako’s under-utilised role in the 90s anime, now is the perfect time to give the 2003 live-action a shot, where she has a much more prominent and plot-heavy role.
♀ Sailor Venus has several official image songs across different canons you can play for her big day, particularly in the live action, where she is a professional idol:
90s anime: Anata no Yume wo Mita Wa [“I’ve Seen Your Dream”]; Setsunakute Ii [“It’s Fine Even if it Pains Me”]; ROUTE VENUS; Ai no Megami no HOW TO LOVE [”How To Love per the Goddess of Love”] Live Action: C'EST LA VIE ~ Watashi no Naka no Koi Suru Bubun [“C’est la Vie ~ The Loving Side Within Me”]; Katagoshi ni Kinsei [“Venus Over My Shoulder”]; ROMANCE; Kiss!² Bang!² [“Kiss! Kiss! Bang! Bang!”]; Sayonara ~ SWEET DAYS [“Farewell ~ Sweet Days”]; HAPPY TIME, HAPPY LIFE; I’M HERE Crystal: HEART ga Tonjau Sora Dakara [“As It’s the Sky My Heart Soared Through”] Musicals: TRADITIONAL THE GRACE ~Ai no Arashi~ [“Traditional the Grace ~Storm of Love~”]
Her voice actress Rika Fukami also recorded a cover of Shocking Blue’s hit song, Venus, inspired by the Bananarama cover that popularized the song in Japan. The opening bars of their version were also referenced in many of Minako’s official video game themes.
♀ Indulge in some of Minako’s favourite foods! Minako is living that carb life, as her faves are ramen, gyoza (potsticker dumplings), and curry rice. Order out or challenge yourself to cooking them from scratch - just don’t include any mushrooms, which are Minako’s least favourite food.
♀ Minako is a very goal-oriented person, even if she’s not always the most focused, and many of her hobbies revolve around her dream of becoming an idol. Topmost, of course, is singing! She’s loved to sing and dance ever since she was a child. Learn a new dance routine - YouTube is a great start - or go clubbing with some friends. Minako is also particularly relevant to karaoke in the live action; why not gather a group and hit a karaoke bar?
Minako’s pride and joy is her long, silky hair, which she takes great care of. If yours is in need of some TLC, treat it to a fancy hair mask, or make your own from simple ingredients. Alternatively, if you’ve been looking for a sign to make a drastic hairstyle change, chop, or colour, this might be that sign, as Minako is a huge advocate for how changing your hairstyle can change your outlook.
She might not seem the type, but Minako has also been shown to enjoy knitting. Maybe she uses these skills to contribute to her massive collection of stuffed toys? Pick up those needles and finish that project you’ve been putting off or learn how to start from some videos or a local meet-up. If you’re an expert, you could even try a Sailor Moon pattern.
Minako is a video game junkie, which makes sense, considering her alter-ego stars in one. She seems particularly fond of racing games, but also side-scrollers and fighting games; why not give a new indie title a try, or play as Minako herself in one of the many retro Sailor Moon games for the Super Nintendo and other systems? (Personally, my favourite is this arcade brawler.)
After being an idol, and (maybe) her duty as a Guardian, Minako’s highest priority is volleyball. She had an incredible talent for the game even before discovering her super-human abilities as Sailor V. Why not hire some equipment for a casual game with some friends on the beach? (Though Minako wouldn’t judge you if you just played virtual volleyball instead.)
♀ Dress like Minako for a day! She had the widest variation in fashion styles amongst the show’s characters, ranging from sporty, to preppy, to “cool”, to girlish, to eccentric high fashion. In colder weather she loved scarves and oversized jackets, but in warmer weather she opted for simple, breezy, minimalist looks. She favoured vests, and shorts/flowy, non-restrictive skirts so she was always ready to leap into action. The consistent element linking her different styles is her tendency to layer, layering jackets over vests over turtlenecks, layering necklaces over sun-dresses over summery blouses, etc.
Her one mainstay accessory was her iconic red hair-bow, though she actually did swap it out to coordinate it with her outfit at times, and it was a pale yellow when she was a Princess.
She started wearing the ribbon to impress a boy, but after he turned out to be a monster - uh, literally - she decided to keep wearing it because she liked it; so if something you used to love wearing has been tainted by a toxic relationship, you can Love and Beauty Shock it into something you wear for yourself. (By the way, before she wore the bow, she used a simple red scrunchie.)
(Manga scan credits: sailormusic.net, MissDream.org)
As Sailor Venus, she started with simple yellow/orange studs that later became red and wore orange flats (often styled as d’orsays) with ankle-straps. Her nail polish was a fresh tangerine, and in her attack Love and Beauty Shock we can see she wears a pale orange/coral/peach lipgloss. Her image colours are orange, yellow, and a navy blue accent.
… And of course, Minako never missed an opportunity to go big or go home; so if you have an over-the-top campy stage costume just lying around…
♀ Match with your BFF twin for the day!
♀ Take up the sword!
♀ Line up a date. Or two. On the same day. (But don’t complain if you get caught!)
♀ Fav and read some Sailor Venus fanart and fanfic on sites like Pixiv, Twitter, and AO3 - or contribute your own new content! Don’t forget to tag!
Feel free to reply and reblog with your own ideas of how you’re going to celebrate Mina’s day!
Happy Birthday, Minako!
New Villainous Episodes Coming Soon!
Trailer source: https://twitter.com/CartoonLA/status/1451186521621639168
A continuation of hit-the-head-too-hard-and-turned-nice-Vegeta AU from
Of course Piccolo has to suffer being everyone’s green dad
Also a little bit of Vegebul because memory loss or not, Vegeta would always find Bulma attractive
And Goku having a heart attack due to the shock of Vegeta finally taking his hand willingly and on top of it, calling him Goku with a happy little smile
I’m probably having too much fun drawing Vegeta completely OOC..