I’d say that’s the gist of Merric’s character, but what I like about him is that he’s the hot-tempered type that’s also really submissive to conventional authority (or people he respects), and this makes his interactions with Kel really interesting to me. It’s just fascinating to see the way she’s able to really temper him and hold him back from doing rash things, and the way she sort of - opens his mind, in a way? Merric seems like the type to fly off the handle, but I feel like he really does things by the book and doesn’t question social norms, whereas Kel, while super chivalrous and straightlaced, acts according to her own principles. Because of his conventional thinking, Kel is sort of afraid he’ll feel offended that she’s commanding him (and maybe he would be, if it were another of their yearmates, but it’s Kel and he’d follow her anywhere), which of course he doesn’t. Many of my favorite moments in the series are between them - when she asks teases him when he’s injured by bandits, when she holds onto him to prevent him from directly confronting Joren+co at the Midwinter Banquet in Page, when he takes her (and only her) aside before his Ordeal and asks her if she’s scared too, the way he calls her Mother, when he asks to be tied to his horse even though he’s injured so he can follow after her, I just, I just love them so much v.v
IIRC, Word Of God has it that Saraine is based partly on Mongolia and partly on the cultures of Vietnam/Cambodia, so you’d be right that she’d have Asian features.
I feel as if I am the only person to have immediately pictured Thayet as Asian (or what passes for Asian in Tortall.)
Japanese, maybe, or Korean.
Listen. White people aren’t the only ones with white skin. This is important for everyone to know.
Just because a character is described as having “ivory skin” does not mean that they are a White Person. Because you know what? They don’t have a monopoly on pale skin.
White people are not the only people with white skin.
Fire and Brigan, definitely.
Now that I’m done with school for the time being, I plan to spend the bulk of my time drawing - I still have prints and stuff to do for AX, but it would be nice to pay off that plane ticket (along with other expenses), so I’ll be opening commissions again. Hit me up with an ask if you’re interested!
So since AX is in a month, I need to start making prints. I have some stuff in mind already for merch (Tortall/Emelan bookmarks, a few Korra prints, maybe Attack on Titan), but I’d love to hear what you guys would like to see/be willing to buy, esp if you’re going to be there!
oh god I never noticed that the song Tyrion kept whistling back in S2 is the Rains of Castamere
It’s taboo to admit that you’re lonely. You can make jokes about it, of course. You can tell people that you spend most of your time with Netflix or that you haven’t left the house today and you might not even go outside tomorrow. Ha ha, funny. But rarely do you ever tell people about the true depths of your loneliness, about how you feel more and more alienated from your friends each passing day and you’re not sure how to fix it. It seems like everyone is just better at living than you are.
A part of you knew this was going to happen. Growing up, you just had this feeling that you wouldn’t transition well to adult life, that you’d fall right through the cracks. And look at you now. La di da, it’s happening.
Your mother, your father, your grandparents: they all look at you like you’re some prized jewel and they tell you over and over again just how lucky you are to be young and have your whole life ahead of you. “Getting old ain’t for sissies,” your father tells you wearily.
You wish they’d stop saying these things to you because all it does is fill you with guilt and panic. All it does is remind you of how much you’re not taking advantage of your youth.
You want to kiss all kinds of different people, you want to wake up in a stranger’s bed maybe once or twice just to see if it feels good to feel nothing, you want to have a group of friends that feels like a tribe, a bonafide family. You want to go from one place to the next constantly and have your weekends feel like one long epic day. You want to dance to stupid music in your stupid room and have a nice job that doesn’t get in the way of living your life too much. You want to be less scared, less anxious, and more willing. Because if you’re closed off now, you can only imagine what you’ll be like later.
Every day you vow to change some aspect of your life and every day you fail. At this point, you’re starting to question your own power as a human being. As of right now, your fears have you beat. They’re the ones that are holding your twenties hostage.
Stop thinking that everyone is having more sex than you, that everyone has more friends than you, that everyone out is having more fun than you. Not because it’s not true (it might be!) but because that kind of thinking leaves you frozen. You’ve already spent enough time feeling like you’re stuck, like you’re watching your life fall through you like a fast dissolve and you’re unable to hold on to anything.
I don’t know if you ever get better. I don’t know if a person can just wake up one day and decide to be an active participant in their life. I’d like to think so. I’d like to think that people get better each and every day but that’s not really true. People get worse and it’s their stories that end up getting forgotten because we can’t stand an unhappy ending. The sick have to get better. Our normalcy depends upon it.
You have to value yourself. You have to want great things for your life. This sort of shit doesn’t happen overnight but it can and will happen if you want it.
Do you want it bad enough? Does the fear of being filled with regret in your thirties trump your fear of living today?
We shall see.” —You’re Not Making The Most Of Your 20s by Ryan O’Connell (via blueyelid)
Haha yeah I think Eren views Mikasa completely platonically, but I could see Mikasa liking Eren romantically (just from her various reactions to things, though I doubt she would ever act on it - she just wants to always be around him. It’s a protective, not a possessive sort of love). I do enjoy very much that she plays the role of the overprotective older sibling, which I often see assigned to male characters.
I plan on it!
Haha I’m up-to-date on the manga so it wasn’t a surprise, but I was super happy to see Rivaille and Hanji, who are my favorites *____*.
YES!! I mean, CoM (sort of cheating by counting the entire universe as a single series) is actually probably my favorite after Protector of the Small, so it’s pretty high up there. I adore Briar and Rosethorn, so I really want to find out what happened to them in Gyongxe.
Ahh, I haven’t read 7 Seeds in a long while! I’m really attached to Summer Group A for whatever reason (probably because this feeling of doom hangs onto them despite the fact that they’re the most “trained” of all the groups). I don’t ship anything too hard, though I do like Hana and Arashi together.
You can read 7 Seeds HERE (it’s brilliant, and it’s written by Yumi Tamura, the author of Legend of Basara, aka one of my favorite manga in the world). For those who want a plot summary, here’s something from mangaupdates:
In the immediate future, a giant meteorite has collided with earth. All living organisms, including mankind, have been wiped off the face of the planet. The government, who had foreseen this outcome, took measures to counter the worst-case scenario. In particular was Project “7 SEEDS”, in which five sets of seven gifted young men and women were carefully selected and placed into teams (Spring, Summer A, Summer B, Autumn and Winter). Each participant was then put under cryogenic sleep in hopes of preserving the continued existence of mankind.
When those men and women awoke, they found themselves suddenly thrust into a cruel world. While bereft and grieved over forever losing their loved ones, they sought to find ways to survive.
It depends on whether I have a particular composition in mind or not - for mindless sketching, I usually start pretty large (2000x2000) and shrink to about half that size. My default right now is 1000x1200. For commissions, I want the final high res image to be larger, so I go into the 2000s and up.