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Brain: Hey, so, how xeno do we want to go with this ABO remake we're doing? 'Cuz I know knotting is fairly standard, but if we're tearing half the stuff down and rebuilding anyway, we can basically go bananas if we feel like it. Thoughts?

Me: I thought we were working on that ML fic? With the cheese? And the [spoilers]?

Brain: Yeah, but I don't want to forget this while we're doing that, so note this down real quick. I'm thinking, antlers for Alphas, fins and gills for Betas, insect wings for Omegas?

Me: *buries face in hands* Let me get back to you on that.

Brain: Cool cool cool, as long as we don't forget.
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Me: *describes someone stretching in a fic*
Me: Hmm. I wonder if the description is ambiguous enough for people to not immediately guess this character's species?
Me: Eh, whatever. It'll be fine either way.


Edit: That special writer feeling when you get almost half way through a story and realize that one of the characters may have been planning for exactly this turn of events for aaaaaages now.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Had a Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria* attack(?) today. If anyone happened to feel like showering me with compliments, I wouldn't complain.



* If you have ADHD and have not heard of RSD, I highly recommend you read that article.
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Okay, here we go!

Part Two: Gender and Sexuality )

Summing up:

* Most cultures recognize six genders, mostly alligned with assigned sexes, but are beginning to recognize and accept non-binary (Solar), non-trinary (Lunar), and non-hexary[?] (both/either) genders
* Delta individuals are intersex based not only on ambiguous genetalia, but on unusual hormone production and experiencing cycles not consistent with their assigned sex
* The prescription for both trans and Delta individuals is primarily acceptance, support, and medical and gender autonomy
* Anyone who is not cis, perisex [not intersex/Delta], or allo-attracted to the genders they would be (most likely to be) able to sexually reproduce with is queer
* There are special ace and aro identities for those who feel specific attractions only when in heat/rut themselves, or toward someone who is themselves in heat/rut
* Attraction to Betas of a gender one can't typically reproduce with is considered typical/accepted for heats/ruts, but not for long term relationships

I think this is about it for gender and sexuality stuff? Lemme know what I'm missing or if I need to add more detail on anything, and especially if I messed up badly somewhere. And if you're just curious about something, questions are definitely welcome :)b
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
I keep drifting in and out of academic language here ._.a

Also, full disclosure: This has probably been percolating in my brain since [personal profile] askerian made a Tumblr post pointing out that Betas didn't really have much influence in A/B/O dynamics and that was super boring. Said Tumblr post quickly got out of control, though, so I've decided to keep this stuff here on Dreamwidth unless prompted otherwise (though other folks are welcome to share if you'd like).

Part One: Reproduction and the Sexes )

In summation:

* There are six-plus sexes, divided by Solar (male/female, assigned at birth) and Lunar (Alpha/Beta/Omega, assigned at sexual maturity) categories; most people fall under two categories, but Delta (intersex) individuals may fall under less (note: not fewer) or more
* Assigned Female and Assigned Omega individuals can become pregnant; Assigned Male and Assigned Alpha individuals can impregnate
* Heat and Rut cycles as commonly understood are caused by long term exposure to Beta pheromones; at least one Beta must be sexually attracted to at least two other individuals, at least one of whom they can reproduce with, to begin producing these pheromones; without exposure to this Beta pheromone, heats and ruts occur only twice a year, at the solstices [subject to change]
* Heats and ruts are actually more enjoyable with at least one Beta involved, likely due to the production of the aforementioned pheromones, leading to a high prevalence of stable triads involving at least one Beta



(This probably needs a lot more work, but I'm leaving it here for now. This has been a lot of words and Figuring Things Out. Up next is probably a lot of cultural stuff, like gender and queerness. Probably mostly gender and queerness, really.)
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Me last night: Okay, I need to be up extra early tomorrow because the weather is being obnoxious again and I am overly cautious, so tonight I am actually going to turn out the light at a reasonable hour.

Bedtime: *approaches*

Me: *manages to get the light out shortly after 8pm*
Me: UGH I am so tired, but I made it! I managed it! Hooray!

Brain: Hey.

Me: ...yes?

Brain: You need something to think about while you're falling asleep, right?

Me: ...that is our usual arrangement, yes.

Brain: Cool! *ahem*
Brain: "Facilitators: An exploration of the cultural history and knowledge of Betas and their role in triggering heat and rut cycles"

Me: ...what

Brain: "Contrary to centuries of popular belief, Omega heats and Alpha ruts are neither wholly random, nor entirely cyclical; instead, they are frequently triggered by exposure to Beta pheromones. In this essay I will--"

Me: What

Brain: Oh man, it would be super cool, right? Like, there have been studies done, and when segregated in to groups of only Alphas and Omegas with no Betas, their ruts and heats do turn cyclical but only occur, like, twice a year, whereas in a group mixed with Betas they seem like they happen randomly but are actually triggered whenever A's and O's spend a significant amount of time around a B who finds them sexually attractive (more details to follow).

Brain: And obviously different cultures figured this out at different rates, but the ancient Greeks and Romans were kinda shitheads about stuff, and Europe mostly adopted their ideas during the Renaissance, and then European colonialism, so.

Brain: Oooo, and then we can talk about the interplay of gender and sexuality in a society with six primary sexes! (Also intersex people, because we are absolutely not going to forget them. They will henceforth be known as Deltas, because yes.) And the dynamics of being trans and dysphoria are completely different, though I'm going to point-blank decide that hormone therapy in this universe is very effective and super easy to acquire and take, and also pretty well accepted in most places, because the genders are a lot more mixed and better acknowledged than they are here.

Brain: Also there are absolutely ace and aro folks whose identities are influenced by heats and ruts. Like, there are people who feel no sexual and/or romantic attraction at all, except when in heat/rut (or spending a partner's heat/run with them), and vice-versa, as well as all the variations we know in our world, including never experiencing sexual and/or romantic attraction.

Brain: ...Are you taking notes? Because this is important.

Me: *whimpers* I just want to sleep!

---

(My brain didn't actually get into this much detail until the drive home today, but it was still a helluva thought train to be hit by on the way to catch some Z's.)
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Cut for images )

All done! Or, well, as done as they're getting on my watch :P There's definitely some things I could have done differently, and probably will do differently if/when I make a new pair. Still, for a project that was at least half "proof of concept", I think they turned out reasonably well!

The "butterfly garland" stencil I found in the clearance section at Joann's, and I really think the added "interest point" on the lighter panels helps tie the look together better. The results were a teensy bit splotchy, but I was getting a bit impatient. The butterflies also help make the way the lighter fabric shifted to the front of my shins from the side of my hips look more like it was on purpose, though it definitely wasn't.

Despite my best efforts, the waist did end up a little tighter than I wanted. I noticed shortly after I started applying the waist extension, but at that point I was ready to be done, so I let it go. They still fit pretty well, and at the end of the day, that's most of what I was going for; I'll just have to remember to either get slightly larger pants next time, or maybe to get a third pair to tie in.

Both pairs of pants I found on the discount rack of a local secondhand store, though the lighter of the pair was put there erroneously; the darker pair was also much more expensive than most of the other jeans before being marked down. If both of them had been marked down to/from the typical price I find jeans at that store, I might only have spent five dollars total on the two of them; instead the cost was fourteen. Still, not bad for a pair of plus-sized jeans.

Oh, one more thing to note: The front pockets from the darker pair of jeans, the ones that were least altered to make the current pair? They started out as nice, deep, functional pockets, but those nice, deep pockets now fall a lot closer to my crotch 9_9a Meanwhile, the side pockets (originally back pockets) from the lighter-colored panels are super comfortable and natural to use, though not quite as deep as I would like. Definitely something I'd want to fix before sewing everything together in a future pair of fusion pants.

Overall, this was a great experience, and definitely a project I would do again.

Edit: The Tumblr post that inspired it all.
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A pair of bicolored jeans

Fusion Jeans progress! I have successfully attached two panels (of four) from the lighter colored jeans to the sides of the darker colored jeans. I also hemmed the bottom of the darker colored jeans, since they were originally much longer.

The resulting jeans fit! They sit quite low on my hips, though, so I'm planning to take the remaining light-colored panels and make a waist extension; I already picked up some jeans buttons from the craft store to finish things out.

Since the light colored panels "migrate" more up front when worn, I also bought a couple of paint stencils to put a design on them. I think if they're more visually interesting, they'll look less... out of place? I may also re-hem the bottoms to even them out, but I don't have as much wiggle room there as I might like, so I may wait and see how the slightly uneven edge looks first.

Anyway, they're mostly done, and currently wearable, but I want to finish out a few things to make them 100%.
soc_puppet: Miraculous Ladybug; the design from the Cat Miraculous: A green cat pawprint on a black field (Cataclysm)
Me: Hmm...
Me: *looks up Camembert cheese on Wikipedia for a fic detail*
Me: ...Holy crap, it literally smells like gym socks???

Wikipedia: Camembert cheese gets its characteristic odor from many compounds. These include diacetyl (buttery flavoring for popcorn), 3-methylbutanal, methional (degradation product of methionine), 1-octen-3-ol and 1-octen-3-one (degradation products of fats), phenethyl acetate, 2-undecanone, δ-decalactone, butyric acid, and isovaleric acid (odor of gym socks).

Me: Well. That sure is a thing, then, isn't it.

---

In other news, it does seem like Camembert can be safely stored at room temperature for a fair amount of time, so I don't need to sneak a Camembert-exclusive mini-fridge into Adrien's room. Not that Plagg would let any go uneaten long enough to go truly bad...
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You know that Tumblr post that suggests Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was basically throwing shade at her husband and other literary douchebags by writing Frankenstein: The New Prometheus?

AU where Victor's sweetheart finds out about the monster early on and basically adopts and raises him while leaving Victor in the cold: A very unsubtle allegory for fandom/fanfiction when TPTB are fucking asswipes.

Tell me I shouldn't. I probably won't anyway, because Work, but still.
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Me: *posts fic*
Me: Welp! Time to go eat dinner and then do laundry and then anything else I can think of to keep myself from endlessly refreshing my AO3 page!
Narrator: She knew well, however, that eir efforts would likely be in vain.
soc_puppet: Miraculous Ladybug; the design from the Cat Miraculous: A green cat pawprint on a black field (Cat Noir)
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Summary: Adrien's attitude takes a turn for the worse when Ladybug reveals her identity to the wrong side of him. (Inspired by this post by [archiveofourown.org profile] thescuttlebugg.)
AO3 link: Read it here!
Wordcount: 3535
Notes: You ever read a prompt and not even contemplate writing it because it's so far from what you like to write that it's practically in another dimension? Ever do that and have a plot bunny hit you upside the head so hard for said prompt that it knocks it into your wheelhouse from out of left field? Which is to say: This fic is nowhere near angsty enough to do the prompt justice, but once my brain sidled up all, "You know what would be hilarious," I had to write it anyway.
Fic: Revealing Behavior )
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So this is a long shot, but uh. Anyone know anything about making coloring books to sell? (Especially with fandom content?) My PoGO friends have finally convinced me to look into it >_>
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep with a ball of white yarn for a body (Yarnsheep)
Two pairs of jeans

Inspired by spite at the folks who buy plus-size clothing and turn it into straight-sized clothing, and also by needing more pants, I decided to start Operation Fusion Pants today.

Step One: Buy pants to fuse: Complete

Step Two: The Seam Ripper: Current step

Step Three: Contemplate the merits of hip-side pockets

Steps Four and onward: ???

Let's see if this works!
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
I kinda felt like I was spamming yesterday, so here's a couple more belatedly:

The Pokemon Chandelure

Chandelure (I don't have a good title for this one)

Guess who finally figured out a good Pokemon color match for the Nonbinary Pride flag? This person!

Now a shirt!

Gardevoir, Milotic, and Chandelure say that Trans is Beautiful

Trans Is Beautiful Trio

Updated from the first version, which only had Gardevoir and Milotic. (I absolutely cheated on sizing for Chandelure; I'll probably tweak it a bit for the final version that'll go up on TeePublic, but this works better for coloring, IMO.) I always planned to go back and include the Nonbinary Pride colors as soon as I could figure out a good match for them, it just took a bit longer than I expected - plus there was the Redbubble merge, and I was a bit paranoid about that, so. Anyway, finalized TeePublic art is forthcoming! In the mean time, feel free to print and color :Db

Edit: Shirt now available! It turned out really fantastic too, OMG ♥
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
TeePublic is running a flash sale for Valentine's Day! It, uh, actually started yesterday, but I wasn't paying attention ._.a

Anyway, if any of you fine folks are in the market for a shirt or a sticker or something else with a Library Frog, or a Violin Dragon, or any number of cute Pokemon (some of which proudly proclaim their stance on trans people), feel free to check my stuff out!
soc_puppet: Computer drawingo of a strawberry dipped half-way in white chocolate, with a dark chocolate line along the middle, so the whole thing looks like a Pokeball (Strawberry)
At last, the culmination of months of sporadic work: The Pokemon Ragtime Show!

Ragtime-themed Totodile

First is Totodile, originally drawn for Pokemon GO's Totodile Community Day.

Ragtime trio Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile

Here's the whole trio together, all ready for the show. It feels like something's missing, though...

Ragtime-themed Pichu

That's it! That's what we need! We need one more Pokemon to make this...

Ragtime pokemon quartet Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, and Pichu

...A Pokemart Quartet! Appearing soon at the radio station in Goldenrod City!

Bonus:

Pichu running for a hug

The Pichu I had to draw first so I could get the hat right :P
soc_puppet: Computer drawingo of a strawberry dipped half-way in white chocolate, with a dark chocolate line along the middle, so the whole thing looks like a Pokeball (Strawberry)
I decided to go through and simplify my first batch of Pokemon coloring pages, removing the concentric lines to make them easier to color. I've got a few more to post after this, including the conclusion(?) of the Ragtime Pokemon set, but some of them still need some editing, and I don't want to do an absolutely huge image dump right off the bat.

Here we go! Click on the thumbnails for nice, big, printable versions of the coloring pages.

Gastly spooks Cyndaquil
"Astonish (Simple)"

Bulbasaur smiling at some cherry blossoms
"Petal Dance (Simple)"

Spinda plays the tambourine
"Own Tempo (Simple)"

Piplup looking up at some bubbles
"Calm Mind (Simple)"

Bellsprout looks up at Solrock
"Solar Beam (Simple)"

Butterfree sniffing a Floette's flower
"Sweet Scent (Simple)"

Shirts!

Feb. 5th, 2019 11:56 pm
soc_puppet: Computer drawingo of a strawberry dipped half-way in white chocolate, with a dark chocolate line along the middle, so the whole thing looks like a Pokeball (Strawberry)
I've got some new shirts for sale, yay!

First off, I'm pretty sure I never linked the finished Violin Dragon shirt on Dreamwidth, so here it is!

Next, I've got a frog reading a book of entomology :3b There's a version with no text over here, and a version that says, "Library Frog Has A Taste For Bookworms" over this way.

Go check them out, and then possibly buy and wear them!

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