"Through the fathomless deeps of space swims the star turtle Great A’Tuin, bearing on its back the four giant elephants who carry on their shoulders the mass of the Discworld. A tiny sun and moon spin around them, on a complicated orbit to induce seasons, so probably nowhere else in the multiverse is it sometimes necessary for an elephant to cock a leg to allow the sun to go past"- Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters.This is the Art of Paul Kidby, who has illustrated not only the covers to a great many discworld books, but also illustrated calendars, art books and the fully illustrated stories like The last hero.Terry Pratchetts Discworld is easily my favourite fantasy world.
Paul Kidby rocks.
I love Paul Kidby’s Discworld illustrations. <3
it always disappointed me that Monster Girls are an anime porn thing rather than something used to explore the way society and the media dehumanises women, but oh well
shout out to all my fellow monsters
a team of magical girls, each granted powers based on their obscure music genre of choice
but no can you imagine like
the main char who’s p much a giant nerd who plays vidya and knows nothing about music just that she likes video game music…
How Rogues Work: A Summary.
Oh, lovely. Rogue players, take note.
If Exarius got into combat.
Rogue tactics 101.
Fairy rings occupy a prominent place in European folklore as the location of gateways into elfin kingdoms, or places where elves gather and dance. According to the folklore, a fairy ring appears when a fairy, pixie, or elf appears. It will disappear without trace in less than five days, but if an observer waits for the elf to return to the ring, he or she may be able to capture it. They are soooooo beautiful!
fairy rings are usually caused by decaying organic matter, generally a tree stump. many types of fungi have symbiotic relationships with tree roots and mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of such fungus. So if a huge old tree was cut down, you’ll often find fairy rings. they can last for years and years as the earth reabsorbs all the nutrients left behind by the beautiful tree.
sorry, didn’t mean to crush dreams - but i have a degree in horticulture and i was really excited when i first learned this.
maybe fairies and fungi are joining together to mourn the loss of the tree
NO BUT FINDING OUT ABOUT WHY FAIRY RINGS EXIST IS ALSO REALLY COOL.
From a writer’s perspective, it’s even more interesting to find out why they exist on a horticultural level, because it opens up a whole realm of fictional possibilities. Science doesn’t have to invalidate mythology or fiction, no more than mythology or fiction invalidates science.
For example, doesn’t that just essentially make this a tree grave? And if folklore has taught us anything, it’s that “fairies” and other spirits usually occupy trees, or have them as their life force. And that’s to say nothing of the folklore of trees being spirits in and of themselves, or kitsunes that live in tree hollows, or dryads, etc., etc.. So, if it’s disrespectful or feels like a slight to step on human graves, wouldn’t that logic transfer to stepping inside the Fairy Circle, AKA, the tree’s grave? It’s essentially giving more fuel to the story, not detracting from it, in my humble opinion!Science doesn’t have to invalidate mythology or fiction, no more than mythology or fiction invalidates science.
I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!
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My linguistics textbook is talking about the formation of the words “shipping” and “shippers”. I kid you not.
Our fandom, filling lexical gaps, making sociolinguistic history. Is anyone else tearing up a little?
"…To take another example, if you participate on a posting board dedicated to a popular television show, say The X-Files, you might have expressed on the board (a foreclipping, by the way) your desire that someday Mulder and Scully would become romantically involved, would have a relationship. In that case, you would be a Mulder/Scully shipper. Shipper is an innovative clipping from relationshipper. Note that the root of the word is relationship, not relation or shipper. As it turns out, your hopes for Mulder and Scully were at least partially realized. And shipper is an excellent example of a word formed to fill a lexical gap. Can you think of any other word that expresses the concept ‘one who hopes that two people (actual or fictional) will develop a romantic relationship’?”
Something I find interesting about this is that, if I’m reading right, shipper came first, which would make both the noun and verb versions of ship back formations. Intuitively, just looking at usage, you’d expect that the verb came first- “I ship them, therefore I’m a shipper”- but instead it was the reverse. And it makes sense, because in the X-Files fandom, the major distinction wasn’t between ships, but between interpretations of THE ship. Shipper referred to people who wanted Mulder and Scully to get together, distinct from noromos who didn’t, and fans who were into other pairings either didn’t have names for themselves or used labels that didn’t make it into fandom vernacular- as, indeed, shipper wouldn’t have if it hadn’t acquired a much broader meaning- the one provided by the text. Now, if you say you’re a shipper, the natural response is “what do you ship?” The verb ship is almost always transitive, a usage that would have made no sense in the original context because there was only one possible direct object -the good ship MSR.
*wipes small tear*
I distinctly remember folks on the art communities DA and Side7 around ~’04-‘07 using the terms ship and shipperwith one other meaning and derivation: from worship and worshipper, that is to say, one who likes, supports or intensely favours a particular character. You would hear, for example, 'I'm a Katara shipper', which was understood as meaning ‘I love Katara’s character’, with no preferred relationship implied or inferred unless additional information outside of this clause suggested such. Of course, it’s likely that this was reverse etymology in action, as use of shipper clearly predates DeviantART. However, with this as my online background, I always felt that ship, shipper, and shipping might have two parents. One wasn’t just a fan of a pairing, one worshipped the relationship, and the common morpheme -ship was too good to pass up as an abbreviation.