The tumblr of the purple chicken



This year’s Hugo for Best Professional Artist went to Julie Dillon!

The heart of “Scholars’ Tower” is the great golden celestial globe, a tidy clockwork universe beset by controlled chaos. Books are jammed onto shelves in no particular order, overflow in messy piles on the floor. The cats go everywhere they please. The scholar in blue minds her step very carefully on the way down the stairs.

bookelfe, this reminds me of your story!





mentally ill people can be confusing and belligerent and unfriendly and ungrateful and violent and not want to be medicated and STILL be entirely fucking deserving of your help and support lmao you don’t just get to handpick the nice ones

yes you do

that’s how it works with non-mentally ill people. I don’t go out making friends with assholes, I’m not going to waste my time with a toxic person, regardless of whether you’re mentally sound.

my mom’s ex boyfriend was a paranoid schizophrenic who stole our money and had a gun under his fucking bed and tried to board up our windows

so nah i’m pretty sure i’ll pick and choose whoever the fuck i want

You’re not obligated to help or like anyone if they are abusive to you, regardless of their circumstances.

And I say this as someone who has severe mental illness.

It’s ableist to suggest that you should over look someone’s abusive behaviour just because they are mentally ill. We might not be culpable for our actions in the grip of psychosis, but that doesn’t mean people are obligated to tolerate abuse from us.

I think the OP was trying to talk about the fact that there is a basic standard of support all people should get if they need it, even if they’re not very nice. Like, access to treatment, compassion for their disabilities, not being called slurs etc. But they expressed it really badly. Because that’s the thing with mental illness: there is both the idea that you only deserve compassion/accomodations etc if you’re “good” AND the idea that we can’t ever be held responsible for our actions. And this leads to people putting up with really awful behaviour from nasty people who happen to also be disabled. 

Some disability advocates seem to get into this mindset where anyone who doesn’t perfectly accomodate disability is being ableist. But sometimes needs clash. If two mentally ill people are incapable of supporting each other, who is in the wrong? 

These girls aren’t wounded so much as post-​wounded, and I see their sisters everywhere. They’re over it. I am not a melodramatic person. God help the woman who is. What I’ll call “post-​wounded” isn’t a shift in deep feeling (we understand these women still hurt) but a shift away from wounded affect: These women are aware that “woundedness” is overdone and overrated. They are wary of melodrama, so they stay numb or clever instead. Post-​wounded women make jokes about being wounded or get impatient with women who hurt too much. The post-​wounded woman conducts herself as if preempting certain accusations: Don’t cry too loud; don’t play victim. Don’t ask for pain meds you don’t need; don’t give those doctors another reason to doubt. Post-​wounded women fuck men who don’t love them and then they feel mildly sad about it, or just blasé about it; they refuse to hurt about it or to admit they hurt about it—​or else they are endlessly self-​aware about it, if they do allow themselves this hurting.

The post-​wounded posture is claustrophobic: jadedness, aching gone implicit, sarcasm quick on the heels of anything that might look like self-​pity. I see it in female writers and their female narrators, troves of stories about vaguely dissatisfied women who no longer fully own their feelings. Pain is everywhere and nowhere. Post-​wounded women know that postures of pain play into limited and outmoded conceptions of womanhood. Their hurt has a new native language spoken in several dialects: sarcastic, jaded, opaque; cool and clever. They guard against those moments when melodrama or self-​pity might split their careful seams of intellect, expose the shame of self-​absorption without self-​awareness.

Leslie Jamison, “Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain” (via fleeten)

my social worker always talks about how I’m this way.

(via likeawraith)

This was interesting reading, though I think some of it went over my head. Made me think in particular of the way women diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder are treated. 

[Title image: Newt holding a pipette and a box of test tubes (…I think) looking up at a kaiju embryo]  


First a Darling, Then a Marvel
(20648 words) by isozyme
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb
Characters: Hermann Gottlieb, Newton Geiszler
Additional Tags: Science, Biology, Post-Canon, Mild Sexual Content

Newt runs a simulation given three constraints:

1: Newt wants to clone a kaiju
2: Hermann does not want Newt to clone a kaiju
3: Newt is going to clone a kaiju anyway

Hey guys I finished my monster Pacific Rim Newt/Hermann science manifesto!  If you like obsessively true-to-life biological research and hopeless pining wrapped up in bickering and banter, this is the fic for you.

I like all of these things AND some other things the story gave me which I was not expecting. SO GREAT. 


[Three adorable cats snuggled up together on a fluffy red chair]

Aww. I miss these little guys ;_; Give them a snuggle from me.


“But given that your measurement of distance was done by pacing off the length, your answer is certainly within the margin of error.” She smiled at him. “Well done. Now should you like to try something difficult?”

“That wasn’t difficult? There were sines. And arctangents. I didn’t think any problem should be thought easy if it involved arctangents.”

“Hush, you great big baby.” She shook her head, but she was smiling at him. “All you had to do was look up a number in a table. Was that too difficult for you?”

“A great and mighty table, ringed by fearsome logarithms, with their terrible, terrible…” He trailed off. “Oh, very well. Set me another problem, Miss Sweetly. My resolve is firm and my angles are acute. But beware—if I have to draw another diagram, things may become graphic.”

She raised her hands in surrender. “No more mathematical jokes,” she said in horror.

“Why? Afraid we might go off on…a tangent?”

- Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

Once again Courtney Milan goes straight for my id *_*


People there is a fanfic on the archive about MCU characters playing Flight Rising. This is not a drill.

I’ve seen an engineer play FR. Tony would get frustrated with the bad programming and hack into the site and add better image loading and more features. Then he’d create an AI to hug his familiars, predict and capitalise on colour trends, search his hoard and the auction house to always get the best deal etc. Problem solved he’d just ignore it and watch the money pile up until he got caught and kicked off the site.  

Is French fanfic more like written or spoken French?






Previous discussion snipped: Why are written French and spoken French so different?

Anyone know to what extent French fanfic uses the passé simple? My informal impression is that English fanfic tends to use present tense and second person at slightly higher rates than published English fiction, but that overall there is a considerable overlap. But since fanfic writers face fewer barriers to entry than published writers, perhaps not everyone who writes fanfic is comfortable with the passé simple. On the other hand, since writers are often also readers, maybe they are. Or maybe there’s some sort of progression as people develop as writers.

I honestly have no idea, but I have a feeling that tumblr is the right place to be asking this question. Anyone?

This is amusing because I was going to say that not confusing second-language learners of French with passé simple actually sounds very sensible, rather than making them believe they should use it in common conversation, but I understand your frustration x’) I got into a lot of small arguments with my English teachers at school because they would say “this form/phrase is never correct, use this instead” and I’d immediately think of exceptional examples I’d read… in English fanfic.

And about fanfic, that is indeed an interesting question. I remember when I started out writing fic, I used passé simple but still wrote as simply and closely to SF as possible — skipping subjunctives or using the easiest tenses as often as possible and even using passé composé regularly. I’m sure a lot of it was technically grammatically incorrect, but I was praised for my writing and my good grasp of my grammar (especially for my age). I think this was and still is the general trend; you do sometimes encounter the odd perfectly grammatically correct fic in passé simple with perfect concordance des temps, subjonctif imparfait, etc, but this seems weirdly jarring if the fic’s topic or tone isn’t especially serious.

I remember that I did eventually start writing French fic in present tense without really thinking about it, though probably because I’d been reading English fics that did it — and this caused lots of immediate reactions in the French fandom, from “Wow, that was surprising, but interesting choice! It gives a feeling of realness and instantaneousness! Very creative, I might start doing it too!” to “This would be a good fic if it weren’t in present tense. That’s just plain wrong. Change it to passé simple, that’s the rule”. (I was very surprised ‘cause it hadn’t even occurred to me that I was doing anything unusual, it was just a lot easier and more natural to write…)

That was around ten years ago though. These days, from what I’ve seen, I think more and more of French fanfic has absorbed the English trend of using present tense and second person as well (I think it was at first seasoned writers deliberately experimenting with something new, and now there are also young newbie writers who simply don’t know/think about “the rules” and feel free to do whatever as well); but it’s more noticeable/noticed, since there’s such a strong tradition tightly linking fiction and passé simple. You do run into the occasional grammar nazis who try to bring the rules of the Académie Française to the creative fanspace, though.

This is just my experience of French fandom; I’ve been more into English space for the last few years though, so there may be people with a totally different experience! There’s definitely something interesting going on there, though, and I think it might be relevant to note that many French fanficcers read a lot in English, but write in French, and might “bring” English fandom trends as well as linguistics characteristics to French fanspace. (The Harry Potter did some fun things back in the days…)

I remember reading some French novels that used the present tense ~10 years ago, back when I was regularly reading French novels, and at least one was a translation of an English work that had been written in the past tense, so it’s not necessarily a new/Englishy thing. 

Anyway, since I posted the question I’ve been sent a link to all 5000+ fics on AO3 in the French language category (thanks, destinationtoast!). I am obviously not going to check them all manually (although if anyone wants to write a script that would compare each of them against a list of words in the passé simple, that would be really cool). But I did check the first 10 and last 10 fics in the list (I’m not sure what criteria they’re listed by, but whatever it is I didn’t want it to bias my sample).

At any rate, 14/20 fics used the passé simple, 5/20 used the present, and 1/20 used the passé composé, and there was no discernible effect of list position. Of course, they all used the imparfait, and I didn’t check for the past subjunctive or how accurately they used the particular verb forms. 

So it definitely looks like the passé simple is very much alive in French fanfic, at least on AO3! 

The problem with shipping


I followed a bunch of Linzin shippers, which is great, but there’s a strong overlap between that and Tokka shippers.  

And usually I’m like, fine, I don’t ship it, but I’m a grown up with a scroll button, I can deal. 

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight up until I see people calling for Suki’s death.  Then I get cross, and allofthefeelings' tag runs through my head: “Fandom's misogyny has let me down again”. 

ahhhhhhh faaaandom /o\ And it’s not like you NEED to come up with an extreme way to get rid of Suki, there’s no canon evidence they got married or anything so…they just broke up! And went on with their lives!

*ships all combinations of Sokka, Suki, and Toph and is grumpy at fandom*



hey does anyone know of a game for the ds, 3ds, or pc (preferably ds/3ds but pc works too) that is long with a lot of stuff to do but also isnt very expensive?? ive been very depressed lately and playing games can sometimes help take my mind off of things but i dont have any new…

ohh!! machinarium is a cute game with puzzles and robots! you can actually play the demo in a browser online for free to see if you like it.

I have spent a hundred and thirty hours playing Triple Town when feeling fatigued or anxious. It’s somewhat repetitive puzzles, but you build up points you can use for stuff, and it’s cute and if you are super down you can just slowly click without thinking very hard and still make progress. It’s available on the PC and costs $10 unless you wait for a steam sale.

I’ve also been paying through the Dark Parables series of lightly plotted, fairytale themed, hidden object/puzzle games, which are $10 each and half price like every second weekend. I only get a day’s worth of play out of each but they’re more compelling when I feel REALLY awful. They all have free demos. 

Before I got into Guild Wars 2 (which is fun, but costs $50 full price) I was playing a lot of the simple but satifying RPG Torchlight.