"Captain is such a dashing title, I’ve always thought." She gave him a bright, brittle smile. "I mean, colonels and so on are always so stuffy, majors are pompous, but one always feels somehow that there is something delightfully dangerous about a captain. What was it you had to show me?"
Vimes gripped his parcel like a chastity belt.
—Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!
three guesses as to what I’m rereading now, and the first two don’t count.
Rethinking my latest Emelan ‘verse read and- Daja.
black and a woman and gay
tall and broad shouldered and flat chested
ridiculed and scolded by her family for her interest in smithing
cast out and denied acknowledgement of her existence by her people after her whole family died in a terrible accident that left her stranded for days
hated by racists and ignorants for being part of the people who cast her out
afraid to forget her culture and insisting on honoring her religion and family while embracing her love of smithing and craftsmanship
stopping an enormous uncontrollable forest fire as a thirteen year old to save a huge group of the people who cast her out and regard her as cursed and dirty and not even alive
using her new magic that is physically a part of her to do something good and having it backfire in her face and being betrayed by someone she trusted and admired
taking pity on the man who betrayed her and murdered so many and making his death painless
creating things like prosthetic legs and hearing aids along with art
finding love and discovering her sexuality and leaving the woman she loves behind because of principle and morals and how much she loves her foster-siblings
Daja Kisubo, the woman whose heart is strong and bright and as big as her whole body
okay so my brother and i went to the library and i happened to notice a book called hamlet for kids and it is literally a version of hamlet for kids
my brother convinced me to check it out so i did although i was very skeptical of its merits
but after i noticed who the foreword was by i felt a bit better
let’s go on an adventure, children
an adventure entitled hamlet for kids (the artwork and some parts of it are actually BY kids this’ll be fun)
The AMAZING Regina Flath at Simon & Schuster sent me these INCREDIBLE new copies of the Lioness Quartet. It has a new afterword by Tammy!!
I can’t stop staring at the beauty of these new covers.
I’m majorly pleased with them, too. And the afterwords are different for each book!
I am back from vacation! And our studio got a few new machines, so naturally I needed to play with the new toys. The result: Tris doing what she loves most.
Only photo ref was a quick google search for a shaggy white dog to make sure I got the hair laying right. Mostly this was just for me to keep in practice since I’ve been terribly at keeping up frequent loose sketches this summer.
As most of you may know, I am doing my student teaching this year! As part of the ESL 5 class, we try to include a text written by an author from every home country of our students. Unfortunately, we’re missing a text for some home countries and I was hoping the ever-knowledgable tumblr community could help me out.
I’m specifically looking for text that fits in with the overall themes of the course.
- Outside Forces
The Home Countries:
- El Salvador
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Even if it’s just the wisp of an idea, or a place where I could find more information.
If you could signal boost this around, that’d be swell too.
(ugh tumblr why won’t you let me image look pretty)
I don’t know what this is BUT I am going to read this entire book
I’ve said many, many times that my favorite thing about tamorapierce's “Circle of Magic” universe is the fact that these four isolated children have magic quite unsuited to their stations. Class is the barrier that seems most prevalent in their world (because sexism is incredibly limited, given how many women of power we see as judges, caravan leaders, dedicates, rulers, etc.) and here we’re shown a street rat, who has no property or gardens, being gifted with plant magic. The noble who would never weave her own cloth is a stitch witch. The Traders are known for trading, not creating – and the only magic they appreciate is weather-magic to promote successful travels, but the Trader-girl has the ability to magically metal-smith. Meanwhile the merchant girl, whose family seems to value everything on its marketability, has power with weather. Everything is out of place, and in losing their backgrounds (two are orphaned, one is abandoned, one is rescued from a short life of prison labor) they are able to find who they truly are. This is my favorite kind of self-discovery book – where the possibilities are endless, once the door is opened to them.
However, let’s take a look at what could’ve been. I love the idea of switching Sandry’s and Briar’s magic, and Tris’s and Daja’s. Just to see what could have happened.
What if Daja had been the weather mage? She would live with the Traders training as a mimander, possibly saving her family from the storm that sank Third Ship Kisubo. The Kisubo clan could have become one of the most powerful among Traders, if Daja had born Tris’s magic. I can see her being enchanted with Runog’s Fire, I could see the electricity running through her veins making her hot with impatience in dealing with kaqs, and her love of her family making her occasionally ruthless when dealing with war magic and the pirates who raid the seas.
Nobles shouldn’t sew, certainly, but what if Sandry had Briar’s plant magic? It wouldn’t have saved her parents, but maybe she would’ve shown an affinity for her gardener-cousin, the empress of Namorn. Would Sandry have lived her life preferring her ties to Namorn rather than Emelan? Would she have submitted to her cousin’s rules of court life, and been a pawn in the Narmornese court, or would Sandry’s stubbornness manifested in ways that were dangerous to her? Would anyone have been able to train her?
Tris is cast aside because she offers nothing to her merchant family. But what would they think of a girl who was drawn to metal smithing, who could manufacture trinkets or jewelry or metal toys that could be sold throughout the Pebbled Sea? Tris would still have her intellectual mind… I see her making clockwork toys that dazzle the world, bringing in plenty of money for House Chandler. Would Tris be a different person, were she not denied love? Would her temper be the same without lightning being born in her hair?
And Briar… he lost his family when he was young, and would still likely have a life of crime. But I imagine snatching purses and running away from the law enforcers would be easier if you can tangle people up in their own threads. And a belt-purse made of cloth could easily develop magical holes allowing a coin or two or more to gradually slip out. There are plenty of things a clever, street-smart thread mage could conjure. Perhaps he would’ve gotten away with more, with no pesky plants in nobles’ gardens holding onto him. Who would he have become without Rosethorn to smooth out his sharp edges? (and who might Rosethorn have become – or remained – without Briar under her wing?) And what about the fact that Sandry can weave pure magic? If Briar had that, would he have been able to deal with magical locks and spells in ways no other thief could?
I wonder if this mismatched magic and lifestyle was all deliberate decision-making on Tammy’s part, or if things just fell into place on their own when she was creating it. I love this series because it makes me think and wonder so very much. My heart belonged to Tortall first, like many Pierce fans, but the Circleverse is where I’d rather live.
"NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW NOR GLOM OF NIT CAN STAY THESE MESSENGERS ABOT THIER DUTY" I’m listening to Discworld audiobooks while inking and fanart was inevitable.
I like Going Postal a lot. It’s like a Magnificent Bastard Opera.
Manga Studio, Photoshop.
sketch warmup, daughter of zeus
Michael Komarck - A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
Accurate fanart, down to the antlered helm. So much love.
Been watching Adventure Time in my spare time from work. Suddenly felt like doing fanart of Tamora Pierce’s Tortallan heroines in that style today :)