Riddle 0003

Riddle 0003 of my personal riddle log. All riddles are by me. Date 5/11/17.

I am as fast as sound yet I can not be seen. I am everywhere yet you cannot find me. I make friends, sometimes couples. Use me well or there will be trouble. What am I?

The answer is the joufsofu.

 

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‘Not Queer Enough’

Have you ever been called “Not queer enough” before? I haven’t for one reason: I’m Transgender and Pansexual. There’s a current very sad and disturbing trope about certain members of the LGBTQIA+ community not actually being in the community because they “aren’t queer enough.” This “not queer enough” category (for lack of a better word) includes, depending on who you talk to, Cisgender Bi or Pansexual people, Cisgender Heteroromantic Asexual people, Cisgender Aromantic Heterosexual people, Transgender Heteroromantic Heterosexual people, AFAB Demigirls/AMAD Demiboys, Nonbinary people, and many more but it also includes Cisgender, white, gay men. Now I call this one out in specific because of something I’ve been noticing that’s apart from the “Not queer enough” trend, this is when someone who disagrees with the idea of “Not queer enough” says that Cis, white, gay men aren’t part of the LGBTQIA+ community because they are Cisgender, they are white, and they are men. And that’s not true. The acceptance that the LGBTQIA+ community has today was built on the backs of Cis, white, gay men and women, who are we to say that now they aren’t part of the community anymore? The LGBTQIA+ community should not be one to say who is in the community and who isn’t. We should be accepting people for who they are, wether that’s Transgender, gay, lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, Asexual, or Cisgender and Heterosexual. Everyone is valid.

I Draw: Harvey’s Evolution

Who remembers Harvey? Everybody? For those who don’t, Harvey Bay Bastion is my character and the main character of my webcomic (link opens in new tab) and I draw him quite a lot. So, a while back I posted a timeline of Harvey’s different looks throughout the ages. Well, I’m back with some NEW art of everybody’s favorite ginger! Get ready!

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When I first introduced Harvey’s freckles I drew this. xP
glitch harvey computer ginger hair green eyes freckles ripped shirt 999 background
This was inspired by Echo by CircrushP (CircusP + CrusherP) a Vocaloid Gumi song.
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When I first created Harvey, he lived in the town of Eerie Creek, a swampy forest-centered town where toxic waste had seeped into the water system and everyone had become mutants except for Harvey’s scientist husband, Kaden. It’s quite a different Harvey but I really liked his mutant design that was based on an angel with wings and multiple arms.
cutesy harvey pink sillhouette ginger green eyes green sweater collared shirt heart adorable sweet silly
This is the most recent. My art style has changed so much and this is currently my favorite picture that I’ve ever drawn.

Reopening/My Secret Li’l Hobby

Wooo, so sorry guys! I haven’t been on in so long…but I’m back, I swear! So, I must reveal something…I consider myself a Wiccan and practice Witchcraft. Yesterday my dad and I found a witchcraft store (it wasn’t open) so we went today! They had a whole rack of what looked to be nearly 100 different herbs. It was a buy-one-get-one free so I got two and a potion glass. I made a pretty cool intelligence/healing potion with those herbs and some catnip leaves from my yard. Tonight is the Harvest Moon and I’m gonna burn some incense candles (mmm french vanilla and amber).

Let’s Talk Vocaloid: Ranking My Favorite Vocaloids

As of late I’ve discovered a love for Vocaloid music.

 

Vocaloid is a singing synthesizer application. The software enables users to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and melody. It uses synthesizing technology with specially recorded vocals of voice actors or singers.

Thank you, Vocaloid Answers wiki.

May I also mention that there are Vocaloid mascots. Ever heard of Hatsune Miku? I’m guessing you have. She’s one of the biggest and most popular Vocaloid mascots. Well, today I’m going to be ranking my top 4 favorite Vocaloids of all time!

5 – IA

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I just love IA’s voice and it certainly helps that she has such an adorable design! Favorite Song: Revenge Syndrome.

4 – Gumi

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Gumi’s design is so playful and cute with the perfect mix of green and orange. Her voice matches her playful design and she generally seems like a real cutie! Favorite Song: Invisible.

3 – Megurine Luka

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Luka has such a beautiful design and her voice is angelic! Her name means “songs to all around the world as scent spreads.” Cool, right? (Seriously, though, her hair is gorgeous.)

2 – SF-A2 Miki

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Miki is so cute, I love her star motif! Her sci-fi look is very refreshing, considering the common school-uniform look of most of the mascots. Her voice is adorable and I just love her songs! Favorite Song: iNSaNiTY.

And last but not least…..

1 – KAITO

KAITO vocaloid.jpg (source…actually, I drew this myself, heh heh heh)

I know, I know, everyone loves KAITO but he is pretty awesome. His design is just soooooo….blue! And blue is my favorite color. I love his voice, it’s a refreshing difference to the trend of Vocaloids with high and squeaky voices. I can’t help it. I just love KAITO.

 

Well, thank you for reading this, I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with my fanning.

Tell me your favorite Vocaloid(s) in the comments!

I Draw: Very Random, Lots of Stuff

Yeah, I have some random character for you guys today! (also some random fan art <-<)

nara portrait
A character named Nara. I’m not sure what I’ll do with her yet but I have a few ideas… (btw her eye is white, I wasn’t just too lazy to color it *cough cough* I totally was *cough cough*)
chara from undertale
A cute little doodle of Chara from Undertale.
frisk undertale cute
A doodle of Frisk from Undertale.
cassidy bastion harvey's sister
Harvey’s sister, Cassidy.
harvey and kaden together forever stup(id)endous
Harvey ❤ Kaden. I’m pretty sure this is Kaden’s final design.
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Drake Adams, a businessman. Or shall I say….business DEMON? His human name is Drake Adams but his demon name is Kirā Akuma (which literally translates to Killer Demon or, since Akuma is his first name, Demon the Killer). Also….lol Kiss tongue.

Writing A Different Type of Depressed Character

When you’re writing, depressed characters are an appealing option. They’re so easy to expand a story upon: there’s the backstory of why they’re depressed, the story of how they get help, and romantic interests seem like angels because they’re interested in someone who’s depressed. But when I write a depressed character I try to avoid tropes. This makes things a lot harder. Ahem, I should warn you…there will be mention of suicide and self-harm. (Note: DC means depressed character.)

Depressed Character Tropes

The Loner – This is a trope in which the DC is a loner with no friends and usually little to no family.

The Cutter – This is a trope in which the DC is constantly doing self-harm. Often their parents don’t even notice…somehow.

The Tsundere – This is a trope in which the DC is constantly rude to everyone and justified with “they’re depressed, what do you expect?” Usually they’ll find someone they like (romantically) but try to hide it and deny it for no apparent reason.

Mr/Ms/Mx Obvious – This is a trope in which the DC is obviously depressed to everyone, yet no one makes any attempt to help them except the love interest.

 

These are just a few tropes I’ve found. There are plenty more. But these are the tropes I tried to (mostly) avoid when creating Harvey.

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Harvey Bay Bastion is a young, middle-class gay man with a love of animals and a low-paying job as a barista. Harvey’s only ever had a few boyfriends and things ended badly with all of them and no one really understands why.

You see, Harvey is depressed. But his cutesy, cheerful exterior hides that. Unless you can get close, really close, to him, he won’t show you the side of him that’s constantly scared and lonely. The side that remembers the abuse he suffered for years from his own mother. The side that remembers holding the hand of his dying father. The side that remembers walking in on his brother having killed himself. Harvey’s been alone his whole life and that does something to a person. He acts like a crazy cat-loving barista but every second of every day for him is filled with paranoia that someone might find out who he really is.

But the happier side of Harvey isn’t necessarily fake. He does love cats. He’s a kind, sweet, bubbly man. But everyone has multiple sides to them.

I have given into the Cutter trope with Harvey, but only a bit. He doesn’t hurt himself constantly without any consequences like is common with this trope. Instead he has bursts of self-harm that send him to the hospital.

I really tried to stay away from the trope of him falling love making his depression instantly gone. Harvey is newly married to Kaden Clament and Kaden understands that Harvey is depressed and constantly urges him to get help but Harvey would rather just sweep it under the rug and pretend he’s fine.

I also tried to avoid Harvey having little to no family. He’s the youngest of five. The sister of the two oldest (twins) is the one he’s closest with. The brother of the twins is the one who killed himself. I haven’t developed the other two very much yet but I’m working on them. I might make another post about his siblings in the future.

Anyway, I hope you liked this! Please tell me your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading ~