Roach is a twenty-something time traveler living and working in Chicago, IL. She likes science fiction, feminism, and fanart. Commissions are open!
hello ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE
today is my BIRTHDAY!
please send tributes of barbecue and exotic houseplants as you see fit, but remind yourself that to live forthrightly and excellently on this day of all days is to me, the most perfect of gifts.
go forth! glorify my name through good works and tipping an extra 15% when your waitress is having rough day!
*lights one up in your honor*
bigbonesjones asked: sounded like experience. You okay?
Nope! Me and my best friend fucked each other up pretty good and I’m still intensely ashamed and regretful about how i handled the whole mess, even two or three years later. Hollywood narratives where love fixes people can suck it.
Subspecies of Alces Alces
1) The European or Eurasian Elk is usually smaller than its north american cousins, often with shorter, less saturated fur, antlers with more distinct tines, and less bulky bodies. [X]
2&3) The Shiras Moose is found in the southern United States and is the smallest moose subspecies native to North America. Its fur is slightly darker and thicker, and younger individuals such as the cow in the second picture often have a ridge of fur along their neck and shoulders. [X X]
4&5) The Alaska Moose is the largest subspecies of Alces Alces, as well as one of the largest cervids that has ever lived. In winter months their fur is lighter on their shoulders and back, and darker at the base of their legs and stomach. Compared to other subspecies the white coloring on their legs is very faint, with some individuals having no white at all. [X X]
6) The Eastern Moose, native to Canada’s eastern provinces, is very similar to the Alaska Moose, with the main differences being smaller size and more saturated coloring. The closely related Western Moose is endemic to the western side of the country. [X]
i somehow had no idea there were different species of moose
Also, if you are going to date someone with a mental illness (or any illness) make sure you have accepted that they might not get better for a very long time, if ever.
Do not enter the relationship thinking that you can fix them or that they will be fine in a few months. Never do that.
Movies really give us a false sense of what happens in these cases.
this is important
It’s also not your responsibility to try to *fix* that person.
also if you really do want to help them get better you will not do it by having deep cathartic soul-searching conversations and seeing immediate improvement
you will do it by driving them to appointments when they don’t know what the fuck day it is, picking up their prescriptions when they can’t get out of bed, helping them remember their meds, finding the last pair of clean pants for them while they’re panicking and crying, listening to the same self-destructive skipping-record speeches some asshole parent or teacher or doctor said to them which keep looping no matter how many times you say they’re NOT worthless or ugly or stupid or faking it, and a whole lot of other stuff that takes up your time and energy and is not glamorous or exciting, stuff that is in fact boring and tiring and embarrassing and sad.
my spouse is willing to do all these things for me, and sometimes i have no idea what he ever got out of it but my gratitude and love, but he’s the reason i’m alive and so much better than i was.
Also if you are going to date someone who doesn’t want to deal with their mental illness and you yourself have a mental illness you don’t want to deal with it’s possibly going to feel like a really great coping strategy to repress all your emotions and problems in favor of giving your partner care. The result of this technique is a codependent soul-crushing clusterfuck culminating in an elaborate year-long spiraling breakdown when you finally burn yourself out and realize somewhere along the way you’ve lost the ability to love them under all the accumulated fear and resentment. Do not do this. It’s awful for everyone.
Crossed Genres Magazine needs 600 subscriptions by the end of the year, or they’re going to have to close. I don’t want to see that happen, both because they provide a market for new and diverse authors and because they offered to publish a story of mine next year. It’s fifteen dollars a year for an ebook subscription, or thirty a year for a print subscription. If you’ve got that to spare, please consider sending it their way.
Please consider supporting this magazine! They’re a great market for stories about under-represented minorities and they make an effort to publish at least one story by undiscovered talent each month. They only need a couple hundred subscriptions to keep going! We can make this happen!
ivsovi asked: Hey Roach, I am attempting to switch over to digital art, and I have no clue what program I should use to draw with. No one has given me a straight answer. What do you use? If you use photoshop, is there a specific version you use? I'm sorry to bother you, this has just been really bugging me.
I’m sorry to hear you’ve been given the run-around. But the thing is, lots of people use lots of different programs, so it’s hard to recommend you just one.
I personally use Photoshop CS6. I’ve been using one version or another of Photoshop since I was like, fourteen, and though I’ve prodded at other digital programs the hotkeys and such are all different and they really screw me up. There’s nothing particularly special to me about CS6, other than that it’s pretty streamlined and has kind of an obnoxious window configuration, it’s just what I managed to crack into after getting a new laptop, because I cannot possibly afford to buy Photoshop. I liked CS3 more, but I guess you can’t stop progress.
If you want a good, free digital program, use Paint Tool SAI. I’ve heard it’s great for digital painting. I know a number of my friends use it, and there’s plenty of tutorials out there. There’s also Mangastudio that’s reportedly very good for putting together comic-type images.
mercurialmalcontent said:Note! SAI is only a free *trial*; after 31 days one is expected to buy it.
timaeusglitch said:SAI costs like 50 dollars. Fire Alpaca and GIMP are the actual free ones. There are plenty of free download links for SAI, though, so yeah.
Hope that helps!
petition for capaldi’s doctor to get stranded on planet of hugs and kittens for at least a bajillion years who’s with me
"Whovians have been wondering what Capaldi’s Doctor will be like, but Moore doesn’t delve into his personality. If the split-second cameo in"The Day of the Doctor" is any indication, he’s certainly not the happy go lucky Doctor fans have seen in recent years.”
would anyone want some baby dragons if i just gave a bunch away, i don’t really want these guys but i feel bad exalting them when some of em did come out in some nice colors—send me a crossroads offer of whatever if you’d like to take some off my hands.
i really like the idea that the signless met the disciple by falling into one of her traps, and then having to tell her a story every night to keep from being breakfast! eventually he tells her such good stories and he’s so worn out and feverish from his imprisonment that she takes pity on him and lets him free and then follows him around for the rest of his life but still every night he tells her a story so she doesn’t eat him—though he suspects, by eight or nine sweeps in, that she might be joking.