Reblogging for the tag: #fanfiction failed us
dude that bed barely fits the eleven year old HOOK WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU KNOW YOUR FEET AREN’T SUPPOSED TO HANG OFF THE EDGE RIGHT
where the hell is emma supposed to sleep dingus
Actually, I’m feeling kind of vindicated. :) I got a few things wrong: I wouldn’t really describe those fabrics as “sumptuous”, and I got the type of cabinet doors wrong, and overestimated the size of the windows, and the maps nailed to the walls—though that might be true in “Hook’s” cabin. Hard to tell in the shot from tonight’s episode. But otherwise I pictured it pretty closely (and I wrote this during a Season 2 hiatus):
… stretched out on Killian’s narrow bed. The only light in the room is from the moon and the stars, shining in through the large window that makes up the rear wall of his quarters. Emma remembers wandering in here, on their way back from New York. In daylight, the cabin is an old-fashioned mix of dark wood furniture, bolted to the floor, and sumptuous fabrics covering his bed. Maps are nailed to the walls and several chests are stacked in the corner. There’s even a cabinet full of books, the glass doors firmly latched shut.
In the dark, it’s small, cozy, and full of shadows. Moonlight washes across the table and floor to pool beside the bed. Waves rock the ship gently.
From my fic “The Path That Moonbeams Make.”
Cover of Guns-n-Roses “Sweet Child of Mine”, performed on the guzheng.
Shit gets real a little bit before the three-minute mark.
Just… just yeah. Just - go watch this and you’re welcome.
So. I See I’m A Girl. :/
When I was a teen, I spent a lot of hours wishing I’d been born a boy.
It wasn’t because I wasn’t happy in my own skin. It wasn’t that I looked at my face in the mirror and thought: that’s not me. It was just because I had seen the sort of person I wanted to be when I grew up and none of them were women.
Teen-Maggie loved all sort of books and movies, particularly thrillers and adventure stories. Like most readers and movie-watchers, I had a long list of characters I’d admired for sometimes very shabby reasons: Maverick from Top Gun, Sean Dillon from Jack Higgins’ novels, Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, Tyler Durden of Fight Club, Athos of The Three Musketeers. The list was longer than that. By a lot. It was also all male. I wasn’t crushing on them. I wanted to be them. I wanted to be the wise-cracking adventurer with hidden depths, fearless and aggressive and bad-ass and car-racing and explosion-making and just … sexy.
I spent a lot of time looking for equivalent woman. But in movies, they usually wore spandex. And in fiction, they were called “sassy” instead of “funny.” And in real life … well, they didn’t exist in real life. At least not in my rural middle-class part of the world. How could you reconcile a funny, fearless adventurer with a Nurturing Mother Type?
I’ll give you a spoiler, in case you’ve never seen the hundreds of blog posts, articles, and generalized confessions of women feeling guilty about working away from home. You couldn’t.
So here was the moral of the story for teen Maggie: be born a boy, or take your toys and go home.
Don’t get me wrong, there were strong female characters in many of the books I read. They were just strong in different ways. When they appeared as secondary characters, they were the rocks the tempestuous men tied themselves to. They were the helpmeets and the scholars, the ones who did their homework and the ones who appeared with solutions at the last minute. And as narrators, they were often plucky and fearless and capable. But they were never just a female version of any of the people on my list of Dudes I Wished I Was. Where was the woman I wanted to be?
She didn’t seem to exist.
The thing is, girl characters mostly look different than boy characters. Even when written by women. We have hundreds of years of story-telling to tell us what a hero looks like, and what a heroine looks like, and that stuff is ingrained deep. It’s not that we don’t want to write women who are capable in the same way as men. It’s that it requires a helluva lot of imagination to overcome the weight of that narrative history. It’s one thing to write a better version of something you’re already looking at. It’s another thing to write something you haven’t ever seen before.
We talk a lot about strength in women characters, but not so much about the things male characters still have a corner on: humor, aggression, confidence, ambition. Heroes and heroines wear these things so differently still — look at the Avengers. Just look at it, okay! We’re still so stuck on gender roles. I’m reminded of it every time someone asks me about my masculine hobbies.
They’re not masculine hobbies. They are Maggie hobbies, thanks.
I wasn’t born a boy. And it’s taken me 31 years to finally become the person I wanted to be — 31 years to find a way to translate my list of admirable fictional role models into a woman I can actually be in real life. It took me that long to find a way to translate my often “masculine” interests into a “feminine” persona. It meant overcoming quite a bit of failure of imagination. Much of it mine.
Now I’m trying to translate that back into fiction. I really want a future-Maggie to grow up with a list of fictional role-models populated by both genders. I spent so many years depressed that I’d been born into a gender I didn’t seem to belong to. I want future teen me to know that she really can be anything she wants to be … and see examples of it all around her.
I cannot even begin to talk about how true all of this rings for me. My list of heroes I wanted to be may vary, but it’s still true. Thankfully I did find a couple of female characters who I also wanted to be — who were strong and independent and badass, and in some cases did all the same things the boys did, but in a skirt (which, to me, makes it a little more bad ass).
And since I know she reads these things occasionally, I just want to thank Diane Duane for writing some of those fictional females, who taught me that girls could save the universe and be smart and funny and confident, at a time when I was a pre-teen girl desperately in need of fictional female role-models.
Q:So, Pan is Rum's father. Okay, cool. But what about Henry being Rum's undoing? No one's really expanded on that, and I'd been hoping it'd be finished in the Neverland arc, but OUaT doesn't seem to be going in that direction. I still think it's possibly the vaguest, most bemusing part of OUaT, and I just wish it'd be put to rest already. :<
Well the thing is, we might have just seen Rumple’s undoing. I mean, maybe that was it. We don’t know the consequences of a person, let alone a person with dark magic inside the, being put into Pandora’s box. The prophecy said, “the boy will be your undoing”. That verb can be interpreted a lot of different ways. It doesn’t mean that Henry is going to physically cause Rumple’s death himself (or more likely the removal of the Dark One curse). It could mean what we’ve seen: that Rumple will be undone because of Henry’s situation, which Rumple chose to rescue him from.
So idk, if that was it, that would be cool. But, they could easily have that be just another event in his long messed up life and his actually “undoing” is something else entirely.
It all depends on what the consequences are for Rumple of being in Pandora’s box. If there are no permanent debilitating consequences, then we have to wait for something else.
I’m pointing this out only because no one else seems to be talking about it:
Theories based on spoiler photos below:
Q:i LIVE to make people giggle fiendishly. as long as it's not at my expense.
What a worthy and noble calling in life. :D
…Also, I only just realized that your icon is a hOOK SWAN ALKJSDFS what genius came up with that, I want to shake their hand??
Our very own madlymel is a graphic designer among her many other talents. You should SEE the portrait she did of Hook awhile back.
I - I was going to make surreptitious puppy eyes at you and inquire after a link, but then I poked at her blog and found it and made a noise like steam escaping from a kettle and I still haven’t quite recovered control of my hansdfskffsd.
Um. Yes. Mad props to the clearly mad-talented madlymel, what an absolutely gorgeous piece of work which I am now going to save to my computer to stare at whenever I please. *_*
Thank you. And yes, she sometimes tracks her tag. :)
shit shit shit shit
WHY THE HELL isn’t Emma the one spotting this lie, dammit?! Why can’t she do that and Neal try to shut her down and then Rumpel back her up or something? Why do they NOT have her pointing it out? That’s her THING, man!
Seriously grumpy over this.
Same thing I told direboss:
Emma RARELY calls people out on their lies. The only one I can think of who she ever straight up said “you’re lying” to was Hook. Usually Emma sees the lie and then does something about it on her own, or tells other people that she thinks the person was lying.
However, Snow and Neal have both questioned her ability, and they’re both standing right there. Why would she once more use an ability that two people who she cares about and trusts have called into question, in a situation where she’s heavily emotionally invested and not entirely sure of whether she’s seeing what she wants to see or not?
Add to that — this is a scared little girl. Emma going mama bear on her would be out of character and look mean. Can’t have your savior do that. Rumple gets to look like the asshole for calling her out and trying to shove a sword in her face for it.
Big Huge List of Some Amazing Women Artists!
I have been wanting to assemble a huge post of some of the amazing women artists out there, because it seems like too often they get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there, they are all amazing, and they all need more visibility and recognition. I encourage you to browse through and visit their websites, and please reblog and add more artists to the list! I know this is NOWHERE near comprehensive and that are tons more artists out there.
This list mostly covers mostly professional illustrators and scifi/fantasy artists. I know I’m missing out on a ton of talented people in comics, animation, fine art, and people who do primarily fan work, but I don’t know quite as much about those areas so they aren’t as well represented here; my apologies.
(The tags got cut off; I guess there’s a limit now? As such I wasn’t able to tag every single artist included.)
EDIT: Added more artists!
Click the “read more” to check out the art! Warning: This list is HUGE, and very image intensive!