Very very quickly, for the sweet anon that asked about some more Aggressive Hufflepuff Arthur. <3
Of course it was Arthur that cast engorgio on the badger. Her name is Hilde.
Very very quickly, for the sweet anon that asked about some more Aggressive Hufflepuff Arthur. <3
Of course it was Arthur that cast engorgio on the badger. Her name is Hilde.
Anonymous said: Hi! Could you please explain what you meant by this: "Blaming anti-semitic violence in Europe on the actions of Israel. I see this literally every single day on this site, and it’s very upsetting. Jews that live in the diaspora are not responsible for Israel’s actions, and especially should not be suffering at the hands of white people in Europe under the guise of anti-zionism." Sorry, I just don't quite understand what you mean, and would appreciate it if you'd clear it up for me. Thank you :)
I’m really not sure what is not clear about this. But let me try to clarify. Since Israel started bombing Gaza, there has been an influx of antisemitic violence all over Europe. Synagogues being firebombed, Jews being attacked or denied medical care, and it’s all done under the guise of “anti-zionist activism” by non-Palestinian white Europeans. These are basically the same people who have been oppressing Jews for centuries in Europe before Israel was even formed, but are now doing it more out in the open and calling it activism. I have seen people on tumblr say that this is all caused by Israel’s actions, where in reality it’s just an excuse for antisemitic Europeans to act out their bigotry and call themselves progressive. Jews in the diaspora have no control over the Israeli government or their actions, and are just going about their daily lives existing as Jews. Pro-Palestinian activism does not call for the punishment of diaspora Jews. This does not support the Palestinian cause, and in fact does the opposite, because Jews in Europe are now fleeing to Israel. I don’t know how much clearer of an explanation I can give you. If you’re still struggling with this concept, I suggest asking someone else who can articulate this thought better than I can.
Followers, feel free to weigh in.
this is on a whole new level of patience
This is natural art.
During Arthur Conan Doyle’s first tour of the United States, in 1894, he encountered a cabbie in Boston who declined his fare and asked instead for a ticket to that evening’s lecture. Surprised, Doyle asked how he had recognized him. The cabbie replied:
“If you will excuse other personal remarks, your coat lapels are badly twisted downward, where they have been grasped by the pertinacious New York reporters. Your hair has the Quakerish cut of a Philadelphia barber, and your hat, battered at the brim in front, shows where you have tightly grasped it, in the struggle to stand your ground at a Chicago literary luncheon. Your right overshoe has a large block of Buffalo mud just under the instep, the odor of a Utica cigar hangs about your clothing, and the overcoat itself shows the slovenly brushing of the porters of the through sleepers from Albany. The crumbs of doughnut on the top of your bag could only have come there in Springfield … and stenciled upon the very end of your walking stick, in fairly plain lettering, is the name Conan Doyle.”
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'And you were pleased, because you always wanted to hear about yourself on the radio.'
Yes, I know I reblogged it before; I’m reblogging it again.
This image epitomises the delight I get from transformative works, and it’s a beautifully eloquent response to Robin Hobb’s misguided rant about fanfiction:
“The intent of the author is ignored. A writer puts a great deal of thought into what goes into the story and what doesn’t. If a particular scene doesn’t happen ‘on stage’ before the reader’s eyes, there is probably a reason for it. If something is left nebulous, it is because the author intends for it to be nebulous. To use an analogy, we look at the Mona Lisa and wonder. Each of us draws his own conclusions about her elusive smile. We don’t draw eyebrows on her to make her look surprised, or put a balloon caption over her head. Yet much fan fiction does just that. Fan fiction closes up the space that I have engineered into the story, and the reader is told what he must think rather than being allowed to observe the characters and draw his own conclusions.” Robin Hobb on fanfiction
And she’s wrong, she’s SO wrong. Granted, drawing a mustache onto the Mona Lisa would be a bad thing, a final thing, a change-the-source thing, but there are COUNTLESS images that mess with the Mona Lisa without ever actually damaging the source image, without ever preventing a viewer from engaging with the pristine source image and interpreting it as they see fit. The Mona Lisa remains inviolate, regardless of weed-smoking iterations or The Da Vinci Code, and the audience are free to interpret her as they will. Transformative works based upon her are examples of people sharing one possible interpretation, or addressing problems they perceive, or bringing a marxist/feminist/whateverist reading to the fore, or just making their friends giggle.
This, though, this is so much better than anything I’ve seen that transforms the Mona Lisa. This takes that gorgeous, familiar image of Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring (an image that the book and movie of the same name have made familiar to people outwith Art History students [who might know it as the ‘Mona Lisa of the North’]) and reworks it with brilliant and elegant simplicity.
Manet’s painting ‘Olympia’ does something similar with Titian’s ‘Venus of Urbino’ (which is itself a reworking of Giorgione’s ‘Sleeping Venus’); Georgione dresses up his objectifying & titillating high class porn as an image of a goddess, and has her eyes closed - she doesn’t know we’re ogling her. She’s helpless before our (male) voyeuristic gaze. Titian’s nude knows we’re ogling her, but she’s still putatively a goddess, and despite that she’s glancing coyly away as she consciously provokes the viewer, offering herself up to him. Manet’s nude, however, is unambiguously presented as a human and a prostitute, and she looks straight out at the viewer, her hand on her thigh making it clear that she alone chooses who gets access to her sex. The painting was received with shock and disgust and had to be protected from those who wanted to destroy it for its obscenity - not for showing naked flesh, but for making the naked woman into a subject, rather than an object.
God, I’m rambling. Anyway, point being - transformative work, intratextual work, is most emphatically not a new thing, nor a creatively barren thing. It’s awesome. And this image here is delicious, because it takes that lovely painting, in which the model is mysterious, alluring, her parted lips gleaming and her eyes wide as she looks out at the viewer, objectified - and it drags it straight into the 21st century by adding the camera, making it into that recognisable MySpace pose, making her the CREATOR of the image not just the object. She is looking at herself, not at us, and this careful composition becomes an ephemeral snapshot, a fleeting moment in her day.
Reblogging for all the commentary. There has been so much transformative work that has elevated the original, turned it on its head, made us all think, and yes, hangs in museums today. When the author of that quote thumbs her nose at fanfiction, she turns her head away from Warhol, from Ovid, from motherfucking Shakespeare.
These are the creators who have transformed their world and placed their own indelible marks on society as we know it, with their “fanworks”.
there is this idea in the world that the author is somehow infallible. that they can’t make mistakes when it comes to their text. and to a certain extent, yes, that’s true; what happens in the canon is canon and that is that. no amount of it being stupid or poorly thought-out or narratively problematic will make it not so.
but the idea that this somehow translates into “everything the author does is perfect STOP TOUCHING THE THING I MADE” isn’t based on some kind of high-minded artiness. it’s territorial.
and look, i get it. this is a thing that you made, that you put your heart in soul into, and i understand not wanting other people messing it up. you love those characters, you don’t want some dumbshit thirteen year old writing them in a poorly-imagined porno with that background character you secretly think is a little shit.
but you know what? that’s too damn bad.
because the very act of engineering
the space … into the story, [where the reader is] allowed to observe the characters and draw his own conclusions
is what fanfiction is for.
what is it, exactly, that you think fanfiction is? it is the act of drawing conclusions. a fanfiction writer is the most active, engaged, hungry reader you’re ever going to get. so if you want someone who is going to sit back and drool mindlessly over how pretty your words are, yeah, you know what? fanfiction writers are not for you.
but if you want to talk about it, if you want people to actually engage with your art, have it affect them, then you’ve got to be willing to let your intent give up the ghost a little.
ps. i’ve said it once and i’ve said it again, shakespeare wrote fanfiction. he literally wrote ovid fanfiction. and what exactly do you think adapted movies are? what do you think “she’s the man” is? what do you think “the lion king” is? they’re AUs.
i can just see Walt Disney with his own blog being like, “oHMYGDO i just tripped and wrote a hamlet au except their lions wHAt am I DOING” and amanda bynes like, “i did a highschool soccer au for 12th night and i’m not even sorry about it” and way back in the late 1500s/early 1600s shakespeare wrote a letter to ann and he was like, “i just did a retelling of philomel but with a lady it’s AWESOME ps say hi to the kids for me xoxo billy.”
spoiler alert: those things didn’t happen. but like. metaphorically they did.
“Fan fiction closes up the space that I have engineered into the story, and the reader is told what he must think rather than being allowed to observe the characters and draw his own conclusions.”
Fanfiction is the drawing of those conclusions. That’s the point. It just takes it a step further and writes them down as opposed to keeping them purely mental. Just because someone writes a fic about a missing scene doesn’t mean everyone else has to accept it. It just means that people are engaging with the material and with each other. And frankly, I cannot understand how that could in any way be considered a bad thing. Do you not want your readers to engage with your text? Do you not want them to get attached to the characters, to want to know as much about them as possible, to view them as real people? Do you not want them to connect with each other out of love for the text you have created? That seems like a profoundly selfish attitude and an insulting one at that.
Everything above about fanfic. My opinion of an author has started seriously going DOWN if I find out they have a vocal negative opinion on fanfic of their works.
My favourite author opinion on fanfic is Jasper Fforde’s - he came to our bookshop for a signing and talk and the topic came up and he explained, while he was bemused and a little negative about the concept when he first discovered it as a phenomenon (via someone emailing him a fic set in his Thursday Next series and asking for an opinion on their writing - so NOT the best introduction), he has come to consider it a CELEBRATION of the stories and characters the fic is based on. Which I think is a great and pretty accurate description :)
All that said, about the painting/picture above - isn’t she pointing the camera at US though, as opposed to taking a picture of herself?
All of this. Fanfiction can be a fan trying to fis in their own headspace something that they didn’t like in the original piece, and then sharing it, or it can be a great celebration of the work that inspired it. Either way, it means they are attached to your work and that it got them thinking, that what you did has some meaning for them and has allowed them to grow.
Fanfiction (and fanart, for that matter) is one of the most fascinating phenomenon there is. It’s people absorbing a given artwork, making it theirs, criticizing it, discussing it, interpreting it, contributing to it with their experience and what they are without actually changing the original in any way. As a mass phenomenon, it get further than that, because it’s people sharing that transformative work, deciding to give it as a gift to the world, to whomever feels like welcoming it, without money or any other interests than personal pleasure involved.
We willingly put our works in common and let other people anjoy them for free, with no harm done to anyone, no resouces wasted, no significative limitations, asking for nothing in return. Just because we want to. Writer or not, as a person I could never consider such an activity something negative.
"All that said, about the painting/picture above - isn’t she pointing the camera at US though, as opposed to taking a picture of herself?"
I believe she is supposed to be taking a picture of herself in a mirror.
Anonymous said: hi! i know you said you read a lot of lesbian literature. do you think you could make a rec list of your favourites (or just... all of them). it'd be awesome, and thank you in advance if you do, but obviously i understand if you don't want to, are too busy, etc :)
Sure I will!
The first thing to say as that most, if not all, of these books are in some ways imperfect in terms of representation (e.g. be that falling into racial tropes etc.), but none have done so in a way that has seriously impacted on my enjoyment of them. Some of them are also clearly not wonderful works of literature, but none of them are awful either. Those books I never finish so aren’t on the list. I’ve grouped them by vague genres/categories. I should also point out that these books would more correctly be labelled as ‘queer women’ literature. This list is by no means complete. I may make a second list in the near future.
Historical Fiction (and by historical, I mean anything pre-1980s):
- The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer | This book chronicles the story of Persephone, taking us from her first love to her life in the underworld with a Hades. As you can probably guess from this being in a list of ‘lesbian’ literature, this Hades is quite different from the Hades in popular myth. This book isn’t the most elegant of reads, but it does tell a sweet story. Everything is a little simple and easily resolved, but it isn’t long, so I wasn’t expecting anything different. | Rating: 7/10
- Alcestis by Katherine Beutner | This is another book which revolves around Greek myth, and again portrays Persephone, but in a very different manner. Alcestis is the daughter of a nobleman and marries another nobleman, Admetus, who is favoured by Apollo. When it is time for her husband to die, she instead goes to the underworld in his place, becoming embroiled in Persephone’s world. | Rating: 6.5/10
- Map of Ireland by Stephenie Grant | Contrary to what is suggested by the title, this story does not take place in Ireland, but in Boston, USA in the 1970s. The story follows Ann, a 16 year old girl from an Irish family who struggles with discovering her sexuality and her identity in the midst of the desegregation of the school system. And of course, she falls for one of her teachers, Mademoiselle Eugenie, and unwittingly becomes involved with the Black Power movement. | Rating: 8/10 (mostly for writing style)
- Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood | This novel is split between modern day and the 1960s. Billie is somewhat disgruntled housewife whose life is turned upside down when the beautiful Eva and her family move in across the road. The story follows their love affair and the echoes of the aftermath in Billie’s old age. | Rating: 8/10
- Time of Grace by Gabriella | An English girl travels to Ireland in 1915 to work as a governess in the home of an English family in the countryside somewhere near of Dublin. There she falls for the family’s feisty maid, Grace, an ardent Irish republican (for American and other readers not familiar with Irish politics, this is very different from US Republicans. It is, most simplistically, a person who believes in a free Ireland). Their relationship is tested in the lead up to the Easter Rising, in which Grace is determined to play an integral part. | Rating 9/10
- The Spanish Pearl by Catherine Friend | When Kate, a struggling artist, finds herself magically transported back in time to the Moorish occupation of Spain, she is horrified by a world lacking in coffee shops, femminism and mod-cons. She is taken prisoner by a group of Christian soldiers and taking to a Moorish court where she is kept prisoner in the harem (yup, she’s confused too, and wishes she’d paid more attention to her - annoying - historian girlfriend). When her developing feelings for the charming Christian soldier Luis Navarro sends her into an identity crisis and the arms of a Moorish princess who is not used to the word ‘no’, she finds a marriage of convenience anything but inconvenient. | Rating: 9/10
- The Crown of Valencia by Catherine Friend | Sequel to The Spanish Pearl. I’ve only just started reading it.
Modern Novels (i.e. set post 1980):
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth | Small town girl falls in love with the popular girl at school and, when they’re discovered, gets sent to a pray-away-the-gay camp. This is a long, rewarding novel. I highly recommend it. | Rating: 10/10
- Empress of the World by Sara Ryan | Nicola goes to summer school, where she meets Battle (forgive the name) and falls head over heals. The style takes a little getting used to, but its worth it. | Rating: 9/10
- The Rules for Hearts by Sara Ryan | This novel follows Battle’s (see above) summer before college. | Rating: 7.5/10
- Between You and Me by Melissa Calin | This book follows Phyre, a highschool student who falls for her teacher and then realises that what she’s really been searching for has been standing beside her all along. | Rating: 6/10
- Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour | An intern in set design comes across a secret in the house of a late Hollywood Legend and goes about seeking the actor’s unwitting heir, finding romance along the way. | Rating: 8/10
- She Rises by Kate Worsley | This is your classic maid meets mistress, falls in love, dresses as a man and gets mistakenly ‘recruited’ in the Royal Navy kind of story. Yup, you heard me. This was my first foray into the genre I like to call ‘lesbians at sea’. I may have become a little addicted… | Rating: 9/10
- Branded Ann by Merry Shannon | Branded Ann is a ruthless pirate with a bad reputation and a mysterious past. When she takes a ship and spares no mercy to those on board, Violet, who was on board the ship with her new husband, is taken prisoner and turns Ann’s world upside-down. But there is treasure to be won and both Ann and Violet’s pasts start to catch up with them. | Rating: 8/10
- A Pirate’s Heart by Catherine Friend | Split between a modern librarian on the hunt for a map thief (and a Pirate’s lost treasure map) with the help of a PI, and the life of pirate Thomasina Farris. Thomasina rescues a woman from a slave ship and soon finds her quest for treasure being hampered by her feelings for her new shipmate. | Rating: 8.5/10
- The Sublime and Spirited Journey of Original Sin by Colette Moody | When a group of pirates steal ashore to kidnap a doctor to tend to their wounded captain, they have to settle for his seamstress fiancée instead. Clichéd pirate stuff ensues. | Rating: 6/10
- Adaptation by Malinda Lo | Bisexuals, aliens and non-traditional representations of gender. What more could you ask for in a young adult novel? Seriously, read this series. See also Inheritance and Natural Selection. | Rating: 8/10
- Ash by Malinda Lo | Ash is a retelling of Cinderella with fairies and dashing huntresses. It’s a lovely read. | Rating: 8/10
- Huntress by Malinda Lo | Huntress takes place in the same universe as Ash and is a classic fantasy journey novel with a queer twist. Extra points for racial diversity, which is lacking in YA queer lit.
- Divine Touched by Cassandra Duffy | Female assassins (Calista), sword maidens (Harper), adventuring, ogres, giants, gods and goddesses, Viking-like female warriors, new fantasy races, this novel has it all. I steamed through this novel and its sequel, though I definitely preferred the first book. | Rating: 9/10
- Eternal Autumn by Cassandra Duffy | Takes up where Divine Touched left off. This novel focuses less on Harper and Calista than I would have liked, but it features a poly relationship which makes up for it. | Rating: 7/10
- Nightshade by Shea Godfrey | Princess Jessa is sent to the neighbouring kingdom with her cruel brother to court the son of the kingdom’s King. There she meets Darry, the King’s ‘backwards’ daughter. Lots of longing and romance ensues. I LOVE this book because I’m a ridiculous romantic. One of the main characters is a POC from Arabic/Indian/Pakistani (its not specific) type culture and I should warn that the depiction of the treatment of women in their culture follows the negative stereotype. It’s sequel comes out this autumn. | Rating: 9.5/10 (Would be 10/10 if not for the stereotyping)
- Sword and Guardian by Merry Shannon | When Talon (a woman disguised as a man in order to protect her sisters from their kidnappers) dives in front of a dagger to save the life of her sister, she also saves the life of the King’s only daughter. When her secret is discovered, the King sees the perfect opportunity to gain a guard for her daughter whom he can trust to sleep beside her bed. He didn’t count on lesbians. | Rating: 8.5/10
This is an illustration I did for the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The assignment was to show a scifi take on human aging in the future. I wanted to do something relatively positive, so I drew a lady whose life has been been prolonged through cybernetic enhancements and augmentation, so she gets to spend time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren.
Thanks to AD Michelle Mruk!
What happens after life as we know it ends?
Life goes on, altered beyond what we could have imagined. In a world where global warming has raised the seas two hundred and fifty feet life is very different but some things remain the same: friendship, family, love, hope and the inevitability of greed overshadowing joy.
Meyari McFarland presents five exciting tales in the Mouse and Snake cyberpunk universe, now available in one collected edition.
Find this Collection:
On Amazon $5.99 ebook
On Smashwords $5.99 ebook
On CreateSpace $19.99 5” x 8” TPB
Whoot! On time even! Well, mostly on time. I would have preferred to have it done Friday but nope. At least it got it all done this week? *grin*
This in a collection of all the Mouse and Snake stories so far, FYI. Much cheaper than buying them one by one at $2.99 each so I encourage you to check it out. \o/
As always, signal boosts are highly appreciated, should you be so inclined.