Fill your heart with bees. If someone breaks your heart, then they have to deal with the bees.
Sulphur Hexaflouride is much denser than air.
Species introduced as villains in book 1:
Non-minor (>2 books) species that don’t commit genocide in the course of the story:
I will say that I am sad today and that I am going to talk about a thing because I am sad and thinking. I’m sad that people are abused and that their abusers are often just clever enough to hide behind their respectability facade.
I am sad that openness about one’s abuse experiences often results in the victim or accuser immediately coming under attack or being the subject of ridiculous criticism. (I spent many years with a partner who beat and raped me, and in the aftermath it became very important to me to speak frankly and openly about what happened. One response was, “weren’t you a women’s studies major?” Implying that feminism makes one immune to domestic violence. I was shamed for speaking out and shamed for staying as long as I did and shamed for being too stupid to realize the relationship was abusive.)
I am sad that there is often no space for victims to tell their stories because the abuser is allowed to enter the space and shout them down in the name of fairness. Not that people don’t have the right to defend themselves but that spaces often lack breathing room for the victim to finish speaking, to tell their story without interruption. We see this literally, in the case of my dear friend whose boyfriend would beat her badly enough that she needed to be hospitalized and then go to the hospital to contradict anything she said to the doctors or police. We see it more subtly in the way communities respond to these horrific events by often doing nothing.
I am sad that, in my experience, there IS no fucking community that rallies around survivors for the long-term. We think that our identifiers (nerds, kinksters, queers) will do that for us but they often don’t. People used to invite my abuser to the same parties as me, knowing what happened. They just cared more about not upsetting the social status quo. They put the responsibility on me to somehow fight through my ptsd and coherently and politely interact worth my rapist because “I can’t believe he would do that, he’s always been nice to me.” Or to leave the party for my own self-care, and be shamed for being….rude? Creating an awkward situation?
I have another friend who is in the same professional line of work as her rapist, and people have simply decided that, even if he is a rapist, he’s more fun at parties. She loses out on work because it goes to her rapist. She loses out on work because people will roll their eyes and say, oh we can’t invite her, she and rapist don’t ~get along~. So much drama, you know.
I am glad to see lots of discussion happening today about what to do when an influential person is accused of something horrific, and how that affects their influence. I just hope it continues and people don’t lose steam over upsetting the status quo.
I have spent my life begging, please listen to us. We have been through hell. Just let us speak, and think about what we say.
GATHERERS, another new one for SooJin Buzelli at PlanSponsor. This is for an article about how healthcare and retirement planning can work in unison.
I liked all my sketches for this, though, as usual, only one of them actually works for the prompt. It usually takes me a bit to really suss out the core of the article. There’s a balance that the working sketch strikes that none of the others do.
When these projects pop up, and I can more or less draw anything, as long as it relates back to the topic, I almost always try to exhaust whatever current topic my mind is focused on, before trying different subject matter. Last time it was knights, this time it was strange animals.
I usually get a lot of color advice from Kali, but she had a bigger hand in this one than usual. Pretty much steered the whole ship for a little while.
FOR ALL MY SISTAS HAVING TROUBLE FINDING THE RIGHT SHADE OF FOUNDATION/CONCEALER, THE KEY IS TO KNOW YOUR SKIN TONE AND UNDERTONE. HOPE THIS HELPS :)
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