WHAT ABOUT ELIZABETH!??!
Also don’t lie you call her a blazing supernova and if you don’t, here’s the door please use it, k?
WHAT ABOUT ELIZABETH!??!
Also don’t lie you call her a blazing supernova and if you don’t, here’s the door please use it, k?
oh my god i just saw the news over 50k people form all across canada and the us are driving to ottawa over the weekend to demand the government resign and I want to go home.
Rip I’m way too used to tagging the inactive If/Then instagram account on insta lol and forgot if you tag an active account they might actually see it.
Do we know if David is a surgeon or if he just works in the hospital? I always think he’s either a pediatrician or a specialist.
some of y’all with printed copies of fanfiction are going to die someday and your books will end up at the secondhand book shop and someone is just going to innocently pick up blorbo/shitto enemies to lovers and when i think of it this way let’s keep printing fanfiction
A lot of marginalized history is lost when people die and folks going through the estate in a hurry, with no idea what they’re looking at, pitch it all in the “Donate” box – or the garbage. This last especially happens when it’s LGBT+.
Fanbinders and folks who received copies: it’s something to think about! Do your part to preserve fandom history.
* Put your books in your will.
* Choose a fannish next of kin. (You can formally designate a fannish next of kin on AO3 for your account there.)
* Put copies of your wishes for the books *between* the books on the shelf.
Speaking as a fandom historian who’s finding it stupidly difficult to collect older zines in SETS so I can document the conversations had in the letters to the editor:
PLEASE DO THIS!!!
Heaven forbid any of you should pass on at an untimely age, but I can’t tell you what a blessing I’d consider it to receive someone’s hand-bound fanfiction as a museum exhibit with a little letter in the front explaining why they picked that story to bind and how they did it. THAT’S HISTORY. THAT’S MAKING HISTORY. That letter would be called “provenance” and it explains where the item came from and how it came to be, and may provide things like a date or place of origin. I’m literally reading a novel-length fanfiction right now in a fandom I have zero interest in because it’s from 1978, I found the author–still alive–online, and I want to talk to her about her fanfiction before it’s too late. You can have that conversation now. Even if you’re like “I’m 17, who cares about my Dream SMP fanfiction?” I assure you, years from now, having a bound copy of your Dream SMP fanfiction will be something to write academic papers about. On the levels of transformative work (since Dream is, himself, making a transformative work of Minecraft), on the fact that this was a digital fandom from which a tangible work was created, on the fact that you took the time to learn amateur bookbinding to make it happen, all of that will be as historically valuable 30 years from now as teenage diaries from the moon landing are today. All of it! Anything you write in there? Thoughts on what you read, on the bookbinding process, on where you found the story? That shit is so valuable it makes gold look cheap.
If you’re in an all-digital fandom, the fact that you have this item tangibly makes you a keeper of record. In other words: if the entire internet went down forever tomorrow, we would still have proof the property existed and some evidence of how people interacted with it, thanks to you. I can’t overstate how important that is, but I can give you an example: do you know we don’t actually know what all the items were in a traditional Victorian condiment set? Today we’ve got salt, pepper, ketchup, sugar, and occasionally mustard, but we have no idea what all of those items were 130 years ago. Nobody ever fucking wrote it down. It was just assumed that you knew what went into A Proper Table Service, and as times and tastes changed, whoops, there goes that knowledge. Are you bookbinding the next Shakespeare? Probably not, but let’s get real, back in 1598 even Shakespeare wasn’t Shakespeare, he was just some guy who wrote pretty good plays–but today we consider his work a wealth of cultural knowledge.
So yes! Keep this stuff! Write down the provenance! Consider also looking into generalized historians like me (there aren’t many of us out there, but the number is growing as academia realizes how much transformative fandom really has its own culture and history), and looking into specific places you want your fannish works to go. There are academic libraries out there absolutely overflowing with Kirk/Spock zines they can’t interpret (because they have nobody on staff who studies fandom history), don’t know what to do with, and now have to consider throwing away because what the hell do they want with a copy of Spockanalia? (ME. SEND IT TO ME.) BUT, there are also academics who’d love to get their hands on this stuff, if only people knew they existed. Do a little research, make fandom historians happy, and rest easy knowing your work will be treated with care and dignity when you’re gone.
Please, please, please do this.
Do it for the historians of the future.
One of my prized possessions is a spiral bound copy of a typed up Kirk x Spock fanfic from the mid 70s that I found in a thrift store in Provincetown in 2003.
Don’t tempt me
(Image source) [ID: four black and white photo’s of a person demonstrating how to wear a simple wrap top made out of a rectangle with a neckhole and straps at the sides.]
Easy vintage wrap top
This vintage wrap top design is an easy beginners project: you don’t need a pattern, you can customise it to your own size, and despite lacking stretch it doesn’t require any zippers or buttons.
The top is made out of woven fabric and consists of a rectangle in which a hole for the head is cut. Straps are added to the short sides of the rectangle to tie the top around your body.
Given the simplicity of this top, it’s a neat way to use up old bed sheets and such.
(Image source 1) [ID: a person standing in a kitchen while wearing a gray wrap top with t-shirt-like sleeves and a round neckline.]
(Image source 2) [ID: a gray wrap top lying on a wooden floor. The top consists of a rectangle with a hole cut in the middle for the head. Two sets of straps, one thin and one thick, have been sewn to the sides of the rectangle.]
(Image source 1) [ID: a person modelling a royal blue wrap top with large sleeves and a slot neckline.]
(Image source 2) [ID: a royal blue wrap top lying on a tiled floor. The top consists of a rectangle with a hole and a slit for the head, and thin straps at one end of the rectangle and thick straps at the other end.]
(Image source) [ID: two photo’s. Photo one shows a person wearing a wrap top made from a dark blue fabric with white flowers. The top has very wide sleeves. Text: “Free pattern + video”. Photo two shows the same top lying on a white background. It has a drop-shaped neckhole, two sets of straps (one thin and one thick), and round bulging sleeves.]
I made a similar thing, not a wrap (which is brilliant, but a shirt that is a rectangle with some trimming
It’s the same concept as the wrap, but sew up the sides instead! I added trim around the arm and neck holes, but you don’t need to
[ID: a person wearing a white blouse with black trims around the short sleeves and slot neckline.]
Looks great! The black trim’s a nice touch.
Sewing up the sides instead of using straps an option too, indeed. Just make sure to give yourself plenty of ease so you can easily put it on and take it off again if you’re using woven fabric.
You can also use the same idea to knit yourself an easy top.
While this principle has been used to make clothes in plenty of different times and cultures, it would be fun to see it make a comeback today as it was very popular just a 100 years ago.
(Image source) [ID: vintage instructions on how to turn a rectangle of fabric into a top with a v-neck from the 1910’s-1920’s magazine “La Femme de France”.]
(Image source) [ID: vintage instructions on how to make a top out of a rectangle of fabric with short sleeves, a square neckline, and flower embroidery from the 1920’s-1930’s magazine “Les Dimanches de la Femme”.]
An easy alternative is the 1 hour dress, which was designed in the 20s to be able to sew it together in an hour, it’s super easy
basically you take the measurements you need [remembering that the waist line sits paralell with the opening in your thighs,] add seam allowance not your hips, cut 2 on the fold bind the neck and sleeves and sew ip the sides, either gathering or pleating “g” depending on your preference. Then hem
this is a fantastic dress for would be pattern drafters, because you can alter it SO easily
want a handkerchief hem, don’t gather G but have it as wide as the skirt is long [ie make the skirt bit a square] and sew it up as the side.
want full length sleeves - elongate the sleeve
want batwing sleeves draw a line from where G meets the sleeve
want to take the sleeves off - do it
want the sleeves to delicately hang from the wrist - don’t sew up but hem that sleeve [roll hem for delicate fabrics]
want a boatneck instead of a curve - draw up the side line until it meets the shoulder and then draw across the neck in a straight line
want the skirt to be pleated all the way - cut the skirt off, pleat it, put it back on [you’ll need it to be wider, depending on the depth of the pleats, but three times as wide is a good start]
it really is the best place to learn because there is so little that can go wrong and you can do so very much with it.
Thank you for your addition!
The 1 hour dress comes highly recommended indeed for anyone looking for an easy sewing or pattern drafting project, or if you’re looking for a highly customisable pattern.
1 hour dress resources:
Original 1920’s 1 hour dress drafting guide by Mary Brooks Picken
(Image source) [ID: a page out of a 1921 edition of the French magazine “La Femme de France”, showing instructions on how to sew a one hour dress.]
I have a regular-sized tumbler while the coffee machine is proportioned for a mug-sized one so I can mix random coffees together or add extra milk and stuff mwhahaha. Also, all the different coffee settings taste the same but people keep telling me they don’t. Also also, I put hot chocolate in the coffee.
I’m wondering how weird I can make this until neighbour doesn’t want to associate with me lol. Although as soon as we start having sit-down meals and she can see my crimes against fashion that might happen. We’ve gone shopping a few times and I’m just like ohhhh fibre ratios and pretty colour while she’s all trying to match it to trendy but also need to fit into the I’ve studied a year in Canada aesthetics.
I think my redbubble shirt is a defect honestly it feels like it’s 100% cheap polyester. It’s so unbreathable that I get dizzy wearing it for a few hours from being too hot and the collar irritates my neck.
all the tips I found for drawing a fantasy map are like :) “here’s a strategy to draw the land masses! here’s how to plot islands!” :) and that’s wonderful and I love them all but ??? how? do y'all decide where to put cities/mountains/forests/towns I have my map and my land but I’m throwing darts to decide where the Main Citadel where the Action Takes Place is
okay so i know i said most of this in the replies but it might be easier to actually reblog and say stuff instead lmao
Cities - go near water! freshwater lakes and rivers (rivers especially) are the best places for cities because A) source of water and B) travel and trade is much easier cus you can put your boats like right there. Basically ever relevant city ever was built on a lake or a river.
for rivers in general - because gravity, rivers run from mountains (forming from melting snow and ice (this is why they get fat in spring–more stuff melting)) to lakes/ocean where they can empty out (and even lakes will have rivers leading out that eventually get to the ocean), which can help when mapping out where those start and end. rivers are also much thinner and faster in steeper elevations and very slow and wide when the land is flat
mountains - i like to think of what the tectonic plates look like because that’s what makes mountains! mountains are also never standalone they’re always in mountain ranges (archipelagos are really just underwater mountain ranges babey). a cool trick I like to do is occasionally separate mountain ranges across continents, because over time the tectonic plates shifted and literally split the range in half. These mountains are really old tho so they’ve eroded and therefore it makes them smaller and rounder (like the appalachians) as opposed to relatively young mountain ranges like the rocky mountains which have taller and sharper peaks
Another mountain trick: if your mountains run along the ocean, the ocean side of the mountains will get a LOT of rain while the other side will be very dry–almost desert-like, in fact. think of temperate rainforests in British Columbia vs the drier conditions in the canadian prairies
forests - depends on how warm the area might be. coniferous forests are found further north (before you hit the tree line, and then it’s only tundra onwards) but as you head south you get leafier trees, and the leaves tend to get larger too
If you think about general elevation too, you’ll have places that might be swampy (wet + lower). if your world has an ice age like we did, then glaciers may have carved the land, leaving piles of soil in the south that was left when the ice receded and places where the bedrock has been bared north of that (like the Canadian Shield in Canada–the reason we see that is because of the glaciers)
You might also have a land that’s dotted in a shitton of freshwater lakes as well because the meltwater filled the holes that the glaciers scraped out (this is why canada has so many goddamn lakes)
and if the ice age was more recent than it was in our world, then you might not even have the forest re-growth and it could be a lot of open plains
tl;dr i like to think of major climate events that might have also shaped the land on top of some basic rules
The Artifexian has an entire series on building your world from literally the stars down and then the ground up.
Though, for fantasy, you can make the world operate on entirely different principles:
With that done, the actual topic of city placement can be covered by videos like this:
Once you have your places, if you want help naming them in realistic ways, this video can help:
This one is on architecture, which is definitely a subset of cities:
But for a more relevant practical guide on making settlements realistic:
Here’s a quick guide for making demographics:
Oh. Oh wow.
Okay, I queued a few more memes from the drafts I decided are ok, the rest have been deleted
and burned. Idk if all of these should exist, but there’s a solid queue that now will over the next few days.
Be prepared, I’m queuing the If/Then memes.
WILD: A Musical Becoming
We want you to PANIC
We want you to ACT
You stole our future and we want it BACK
Rip all the things in my drafts like the half-stirred (won’t even called this partially baked) essay on how the trope of NYC being a character in media works in If/Then and it’s effects on the portrayal of the American dream and hustle culture.