Hi there! I'm Minutia. I write fanfiction, draw the occasional fanart, and burble on about fannish things. I also do other things, but not with this identity.

 

dailybirdbeast:

anguiculus:

I LIKE BIRDS AND I LIKE MOTHS SO I MUSHED THEM TOGETHER INTO ONe…thing
(whiskered treeswift, long-tailed tit, blue nuthatch, & brassy-breasted tanager on generic sphingidae-shaped bodies if you were curious!!)

Some STYLISTICALLY BOSS mothbirdbeasts!!! You would not believe the noises I made when this turned up in the tag.

oi harshwhimsies

dailybirdbeast:

anguiculus:

I LIKE BIRDS AND I LIKE MOTHS SO I MUSHED THEM TOGETHER INTO ONe…thing

(whiskered treeswift, long-tailed tit, blue nuthatch, & brassy-breasted tanager on generic sphingidae-shaped bodies if you were curious!!)

Some STYLISTICALLY BOSS mothbirdbeasts!!! You would not believe the noises I made when this turned up in the tag.

oi harshwhimsies

wcreaf:

In honour of Jack ‘The King’ Kirby’s birthday here’s the time he designed a college production of Julius Caesar. Part 1

istolethelightning:

Okay let’s just talk about Hazel controlling the mist because HOT DAMNHAZEL IS FINE

istolethelightning:

Okay let’s just talk about Hazel controlling the mist because HOT DAMN

HAZEL IS FINE

Useful Crafts - Chapter 2 - Minutia_R - The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan [Archive of Our Own]

“Ready?” said Annabeth.

“For a visit to a museum?” said Rachel. “I think I can handle it.”

Leo tilted his head back, and back. “It really does look like a giant measuring tape. Weird.”

“And you really look like a tourist,” said Annabeth, because she doubted Leo would appreciate anything she had to say about the graceful lines of the building, or its innovative use of light and space. Giant measuring tape! “Let’s go inside before somebody picks your pocket.”

Chapter 2 of Useful Crafts (aka the one where Annabeth, Rachel, and Leo go on a quest to the Guggenheim Museum) is up!

cabinpersephone:

(snipping previous discussion)

I really like your interpretation of Leo, I think it fits well. And yeah, I get why he would feel that way (I’m sure I would too in that situation), especially remembering the part in The Lost Hero where he was talking about feeling left out even with Jason and Piper, who are supposed to be his best friends. Also, as much as I like Rick Riordan, he is WAY too focused on relationships. I mean, these are teenagers trying to save the world they have more important things to worry about than being stable and heterosexual. But I think a lot of the problems I have with Rick Riordan as a writer come out most in Leo, so even though I feel for him and want to like him as a character, I find it really hard to enjoy his sections.

I also remember what it was like being a confused, single teenager with a whole bunch of relationship obsessed friends and how it felt to see relationships constantly portrayed in literature as the be-all-end-all of happiness, and I really wanted better from a favorite author. I guess, I get why Leo is the way he is, but I think writing him that way and in the position he’s in was kind of a harmful choice from an author’s perspective, if that makes sense? 

I guess I react kind of the same way to Piper, like I really wanted the books to address the trauma of her memories being messed with and the fact that basically someone else (Hera) was forcing her to have feelings for someone she’d never met before and might not even have liked under natural circumstances. So I was pretty upset that Jasiper proceeded so smoothly into being a couple. Like, they’re cute, but they have a lot of unaddressed issues that make the relationship a little hard to swallow.

Yeah, I also have some issues with Jasiper … as you can probably tell by reading my fic.

(Actually Jason is a decent example of the thing I was talking about at the beginning of this conversation, because I didn’t dislike him exactly before writing Aphros’ Sacred Brownie Recipe but I found him kind of boring and weirdly passive?  But then I was writing something from his point of view and suddenly I was coming up with ideas about why he is the way he is and being interested in him as a character.)

And yeah, people will say (usually in regards to hating female characters but whatever) that you have to separate the character from the way they’re portrayed but in practice the thing that makes someone a fictional character is that they don’t actually exist outside of the way they’re portrayed, so … I can understand your frustration with Leo (even if he is my baby.)  I think the approach you’re taking is a good one, focusing on the things you like/find interesting and letting the rest kind of slide—as long as there are enough things you are interested in from his canon characterization to keep him recognizable.

Good luck with your fic!  I am looking forward to reading the next chapter.

(Meanwhile what is giving me trouble, as always, is plot.  Plot is hard.  Which would not be a problem if I was the kind of writer who was happy only writing things with no plot, but … I really like plot.)

cherryandsisters:

What was clarisse’s life like back in Phoenix?
Like, what was her mom like?
Was her mom a soldier like frank’s mom? Or was she a really sweet lady who despite her nice personality, didn’t put up with any of ares’s shit? Is her mom still alive? Does clarisse have a good relationship with her? Does clarisse love her mom more than anyone ever? Does clarisse hug her mother a lot? Is clarisse la rue a complete mommy’s girl?

 i’m really worried about clarisse’s home life because she’s a year round camper i always assumed that meant something pretty awful happened to her back at home but maybe she just attracts too many monsters

It’s also possible that Clarisse and her mother felt that Camp Half-Blood was the best educational environment for her.  I mean Sally was pretty determined to as it were mainstream Percy, and she had her reasons, but Clarisse’s mom may have looked at the options and come to a different conclusion—especially since Clarisse was likely to have had even more trouble in a regular school than Percy.

We don’t know much about how year-round campers are educated, but there must be some kind of schooling available that is not totally incompatible with contemporary America’s idea of education, because not only was Annabeth able to go to a regular high school after being a year-round camper from age seven, but wasn’t Beckendorf supposed to be headed to college if he hadn’t gotten killed?

heichou-bender:

Tried out the color palette challenge for the first time and I gotta say it was a lot of fun! Especially since it gave me an excuse to draw hazel and her fabulously voluminous hair

Used this piece as reference

cabinpersephone:

minutia-r:

cabinpersephone:

Writing about characters you don’t actually like and trying to like them…

I actually find that nothing makes me like a disliked character more than writing something from their point of view.

Unfortunately having one of their fans explain to you why they are so great doesn’t usually work as well, otherwise I’d be happy to help you out where Leo is concerned …

I’m actually finding something similar to be true in this case! I’m not actually writing from Leo’s point of view, but writing him in this particular fic is helping me remember that I actually liked him best back when I first read The Lost Hero. I really want to like Leo, but some of his perspective stuff in later books makes me really uncomfortable. Also, love triangles are one of my biggest literary turn-offs… But I really like his friendship with Piper and his backstory with his mom and potential relationships with his siblings, so I’m trying to focus more on those things than the romance angle.

And I’d totally be happy to talk to you anyways! 

Ah okay, I hear you on the love triangle thing.  I actually read Son of Neptune first of the Heroes of Olympus books (because it was the one my library had?) and went in prepared to dislike Leo because a) love triangles must we and b) Hazel and Frank were pretty much perfect already and didn’t need anyone to interfere with that.

I’ve seen people complaining about how Leo is too obsessed with finding a girlfriend, and why does everyone have to be paired up and can’t he just be happy single and so on.  And … well, a couple of things.

I think it’s kind of useful to separate out the creator and the character for something like this?  Because yeah, Rick Riordan can be a little pairing-happy, and there probably isn’t a need for everybody to end up in happy, stable, heterosexual relationships when they’re still teenagers.  And the whole Calypso/Leo thing felt very unnecessary to me, not to mention kind of inconsistent with both of their previous characterizations.

(Not that I hate Caleo, but … let’s just say I like it better in (some) fanworks than in canon so far.)

On the other hand, from Leo’s point of view, he’s a horny single teenager on a ship full of couples, so yeah, he’s going to be a bit focused on wanting a girlfriend and being upset that he doesn’t have one.

But it’s also … with the whole seventh wheel thing and so on.  I think some of what’s going on is that Leo spends a lot of his time feeling profoundly alienated.  In The Lost Hero he talks about doing better with machines than with people, and he tells Jason at one point that he needs a break from organic life forms—but on the Argo II he never gets a break from organic life forms.  And he’s forced into intimacy with all these people and he’s uncomfortable with it and he feels like he doesn’t fit … and it’s really easy for him to latch on to the fact that everyone else is paired up and he isn’t, and to think that that’s the source of the problem and that if he had a girlfriend everything would be fine.  He’s wrong, but it’s easy to see why he thinks that.

(And here is where I come out and admit that I headcanon Leo as autistic.  I know, I know, I’ve been on tumblr too long … but he really reads that way to me.  I mean, look at the descriptions of his constant fiddling with things and tell me he’s not stimming.)

So yeah …  there are my way too long-winded thoughts on Leo and romance.  I hope that helps?


"I was screaming long live that look on your face/ And bring on all the pretenders/ One day, we will be remembered." Taylor Swift Art Challenge - Long Live

"I was screaming long live that look on your face/ And bring on all the pretenders/ One day, we will be remembered." Taylor Swift Art Challenge - Long Live

(Source: kevinkevinson)

cabinpersephone:

Writing about characters you don’t actually like and trying to like them…

I actually find that nothing makes me like a disliked character more than writing something from their point of view.

Unfortunately having one of their fans explain to you why they are so great doesn’t usually work as well, otherwise I’d be happy to help you out where Leo is concerned …

Spam

camwyn:

Uh.

I can understand the ‘WE HAVE DRUGS WE ARE A LEGIT CANADIAN PHARMACY WE SWEAR’ spam.

I can understand the ‘ENLARGE BODY PARTS YOU DON’T HAVE TO PLEASE THE FEMALE SEXUAL PARTNER YOU DON’T HAVE EITHER’ spam.

I can understand the online casino spam, the emails claiming I won a lottery, the emails begging me to help foreign royalty move money out of their country, the BS medical discoveries, the offers of attractive mail-order brides, the warnings about compromised bank accounts at banks that I don’t do business with- all of these things are part of the World of Spam and I just sort of let it fly on by. Even the Chinese-language spam I can’t actually read is sorta acceptable based on what I used to have on my web site.

But I would like to know why I’m getting spam every few days offering me more than twelve thousand different plans to BUILD AMAZING OUTDOOR SHEDS.

Seriously? Shed plans? That’s a thing that draws the unwary to click on links from total strangers? Illicitly obtained shed plans?

I don’t… I just… I dunno. Sheds.

Wat.

lazyleezard:

Can we ignore how late I am for Theyna week and instead appreciate how amazing would it be if Thalia joined the quest to return the Athena Parthenos? 

bonus amazingness if they met like this

Scene Bucket #181

weformallyapologize:

Grace: Leo going to Percy for dating advice. They’re all at the beach hanging out. Percy says “Look, having good game is all about timing and assessing the situation. Once you’re dating a girl for a while—and I mean awhile, like, established dating. Not the first few weeks when things are still fragile, but when you’re into it—you can say things you couldn’t say before. I can say things to Annabeth that you should never say to a girl if you’re trying to pick her up. Look, I’ll show you.” And he turns and lifts his hands to either side of his mouth and calls “YO ANNABETH” and in the distance she calls back “YO” and Percy calls “I LIKE YOUR BUTT” and she calls back “THANK YOU”. And Percy turns to Leo like that was perfectly normal and says “See? If you did that to Calypso she’d probably break your ribs.”

Macy: xDD

Grace: Leo like like, actually taking notes

Macy: one of those little shirt-pocket steno notebooks and a pen

scribbling furiously

Grace: At some point Jason jogs up with a football and no shirt on and he’s clearly been in the water and he’s like “percy wth you said you’d come play with us, what are you two doing,” and the second he hears what they’re up to he sits down like “NoNONOnoOono, Leo, no, see, you’re talking to the wrong guy. I’m taking a daughter of aphrodite, alright, you want my advice too.”

And he and Percy just start fucking with him.

Macy: Leo doesn’t have the people skills to realize it at first, so he’s taking down all their bullshit advice like it’s all very serious, and after a while Percy and Jason just look at each other. “Wow, my conscience just kicked in hard, I can’t even do this anymore.”

Grace: xD They both put an arm around Leo’s shoulders and Jason takes the notebook away and they stand up and Percy does the Captain Morgan thing on a nearby log and they turn him dramatically toward the sunset and Percy says “Leo, we’re going to get you laid. For real.”

"Really?"{

"That’s what for real means, son."

"I hate you both."

Macy: "I’m gonna go back to the bunker and ignore you." "If I wouldn’t let Nico hide from the rest of us, what makes you think I’d let you?"

"And here’s Jason, rocketing straight to the top of Leo’s First People To Die When I Take Over The World List.”

Grace: So they spend the rest of the evening sitting on the beach talking about not being a dick and all this good moral advice, and Leo just nods and tries to take it in, and it’s easier once Percy suggests he think of it as a machine, and the next afternoon they find Leo and Calypso on the dock at the lake with a nice picnic between them and they both look perfectly happy and comfortable.

And Percy and Jason just fist bump and roll out.

Macy: "Our boy’s all grown up." Percy wipes away a fake tear like a proud parent. Jason chuckles. "Yeah, soon he’ll be asking for the car and staying out past curfew."

Grace: "Let’s have another."

They look at each other and there’s a pause and then they both just say “Nico,”

*.

Macy: Somewhere across camp, Nico flinches and looks up from his book in a panic. “Oh god, my idiot cousin senses are tingling.”

Grace: xDD

"… time to go"

pine-needles-underfoot:

I painted Dulcinea Pilgrim from Diana Wynne Jones’ Witch Week

NAN <3

pine-needles-underfoot:

I painted Dulcinea Pilgrim from Diana Wynne Jones’ Witch Week

NAN <3