I have a question for all of my chubby followers:
Do you find it difficult to break the association between exercise and weight loss? (i.e. can you exercise without obsessing over your weight at the same time?)
If so, how do you avoid/how have you broken out of those ideals?
A lot of us have…
Dieting (especially cutting calories) while you work out is really hard on your body. You need the extra energy to burn.
My advice would be… dont think of it as something you have to do to stay healthy. That makes you want to know your weight, to put a number on it, just as a means to seek confirmation that youre doing good.
Instead focus on how you feel. Walk because you feel good about it. Run because you like the burn in your legs. Lift because it makes you feel strong, Hike because it feels good to be outdoors. Whatever suits you. Think of your aching muscles as a badge of pride.
Don’t consider our mixed up notions of health and cosmetics in our culture.
Exercise because it reminds you your body is powerful.
How much of your bod likes to be muscle vs fat vs whatever doesnt matter. Exercise because it keeps your body functioning at its best, because it makes you feel good.
Dear god this essay… I was pretty neutral about this gun topic but….. wow it… just keeps getting more rediculous
I mean really… Its more convenient to shop for deadly weapons than it is to find half my comic books ??? what the fuck I just assumed you had to get guns at specialty shops…AND THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW WHATS IN STORE NEAR ME. AND Im sure those minimum wage employees are gonna put up a hell of a fight to prevent theft!! Nobody ever steals from a walmarts no
make guns as easy to get as a popsicle and we wonder how we have such high violent crime rates god damn
Bart can hold it together. He can do his job. He has, and will again put aside his own feelings about a matter to do the work that desperately needs doing. But while he can do that, he can’t do it forever.
Hence the throwing up. The mission HAS affected him, but it won’t stop him doing his job until his job’s over. :)
Aaaah yes yes~ That came through in the writing perfectly~
I love that. I like to think that Barts just been through so much shit and had to learn how to deal with so much just to survive that when shit starts to go down, he goes cold and clicks into “Dealing with this shit” mode right away. The extent to which he manages to completely dissociate his emotions from critical situations even freaks out his team mates sometimes. Then everything just hits him all at once later when he feels like hes safe and everything is taken care of. So the whole scene was just so perfectly lined up with that little headcanon and just awesome~
I love the way you write Bart~ He’s that perfect balance of being really needy in a lot of ways and yet so ferociously able to do whatever he sets his mind to. I love the ways you play up how unbelievably brilliant the kid is and how everyone underestimates him.
Also, reading Bart being super resistant to his attraction to Jaime is so so so sooo good~ I love how he keeps trying to remind himself to call him Jaime and NOT Blue or Blue Beetle because he still thinks of the Beetle from his time. Thats an angle I really dig the emotional complexity of~ <3 Im super excited to see what you do with that whole situation~
I love the kind of relationship you gave him with Bunker too~ The casual “we tried but dont quite fit but, hey, friends with occasional benefits is working smoothly” and that kinda… comfort in not hiding his sexuality that he keeps separated from his other friendships is just really interesting…
I also liked the art thing and painting his memories to honor his past(the future) aaaaahaha, but I’ll stop there, I ranted a ton alread. I like your fic lots okay
Concerning people’s drawing styles, I find that the way that they draw people reflects themselves, their personality and even ends up looking like them (sometimes?). I just really started noticing this after a couple of print classmates commented on the way that I drew characters for my fairytale prints looked like me.
I’ve been watching bonez’s stream for the past while, and I started noticing that her Marceline almost looks like her (goooorgeous!). And even Vlad’s stuff looks like them (Vlad for chrissake, you have to draw more). It’s really interesting to look at characters this way…has anyone else noticed this? It’s mildly freaking me out.
I feel like it might be because a lot of people use themselves for reference? Or possibly because art is self-expression, or because people tend to see themselves as default????
idk, it makes sense in a lot of ways to me.
I think art is definitely a psychological self portrait. ((Its especially fascinating getting self portrait assignments in drawing classes to me. You see these little hints of how people see themselves. Do they exaggerate their worst features? Do they smooth everything over and end up with this perfect barbie doll face? What expression do they choose?)) And when drawing other characters, parts that you associate with yourself tend to leak in as you relate to your subject.
It could also just be people liking things that are like themselves. Like a how a lot of dog owners look really similar to their pets kinda thing~ It is a really interesting thing that happens~
Bluepulse or speedbuggy isn’t a ship I take much Issue with. While I don’t myself ship it I can clearly see why people do. But in regards to thing that revolve around the ship there is an issue I feel should be addressed.
The bluepulse porn/smut whatever I find is rather disturbing for one simple reason; Bart is twelve and Jaime is sixteen, this is a huge age gap. And it’s not just the age gap, it’s the age itself.
Despite the fact Bart is mature in some sense; a lot senses really, he should not be having sex or engaging in sexual acts at the age of twelve. This is something that simply should not occur.
Now am I in anyway saying people should not ship them? No, course not. I am simply putting it out there that mature content really should not be found for this ship unless the author/artist makes the statement that Bart has been aged up.
Of course I realize people are still going to do it but I felt this is something that genuinely needed to be put out there.
Heh, what a nice invitation to rant.
1.) Its fictional. Jaime and Bart only exist as an idea, they arent actual teenage boys, so nobody is getting hurt. It makes them the perfect vehicle for /real/ people to explore ideas and if those ideas happen to relate to sexual interactions, big whoop. Its still fiction.
2.) I think pretending that kids dont have any interest in sex is more harmful than fic/art of fictional people. It doesn’t matter if you’re 12 or 16 or even 8, placing that taboo just makes kids feel shame over something thats completely natural to be curious about. Never letting them talk about it or see it is what leads them to making mistakes in real life. Any thing that let kids explore their sexuality with no risk is better than keeping them ignorant.
Hell, even if the only thing you learn from talking about your OTP is that you need lots of lube for butt sex then that is mother fucking PROGRESS. Because years down the line when you are sexually active, heaven help you if you should have to learn that the hard way.
3.) Its the internet man. “should” and “shouldnt” do doesnt mean shit. The internet DOES ALL THINGS. And while I totally respect anybody’s right to say “I dont like X”, its nice having that infinite wealth of information.
4.) Minor point but 4 years only seems like a big age gap when you’re young. e.g. 30 year old and 34 year old together isnt weird at all.
Uuumm…. I think thats it…. Heh, I personally tend to mentally age up everybody just because I have a personal preference for secondary sexual characteristics…. That was super easy in the Homestuck fandom. But aging up Bart and Jaime always feels like it would so drastically change their characters. Hmm… wait, tangent, I need to stop talking…
tl;dr: Drawing/Writing smut of teenage boys on the internet doesnt actually make teens run out and hump eachother in real life.
I was kinda disappointed with the new Young Justice episode(Intervention)….
Glad to have Jaime back sure but just in a technical writing/plot arc sense it was such a letdown. It was like… like “uh-oh bad things happened. LUCKILY EVERYBODY HAS BEEN WORKING ON IT OFF SCREEN also Deus ex machina magicks solve everything!”
Grr…. The payoff for Jaimes rescue was disproportionate to the build-up is all. So unsatisfying.
I blame the cancellation. The writers probably have to cram in all their resolutions now that they only have so few episodes left to work with. Such a travesty.
…..On the bright side there was plenty of bluepulse shipping fodder so that was nice I suppose…
Been Reading Impulse cause shitletsbedogtier is awesome. And then…
I know you’re for kids, comic, and you are forgiven. But really, have you ever had a head would before? Those suckers gush like theres no tomorrow! More like
“OH SHIT. OH SHIT GUYS IT WONT STOP. WhatdoIdowhatdoIdo? Shitshitshitshitshit. AW FUCK, ITS GETTING IN MY GOGGLES AAAAAA—”
((Blah blah, healing speed blah. Does super speed mean increased heart rate? Cause that would totally mean you’d bleed out fast as fuck in addition to healing fast. Depends on how many heart beats you get in before your blood coagulates. Imagine is all speedsters just exploded blood whenever you broke the skin, hahah ouch…))
Reasons BluePulse is a good ship #1 - You know how when people survive intense trauma it tends to mix up the wiring in their brains and they tend to be attracted to the kinds of things that hurt them? That x1000.
Jaime/Bart is fluffy and adorable. Bart/BlueBeetle is dark and horrible. Can’t really have one without the other. Really interesting complex dynamic.
No, that is a reason that it is an interesting ship. I ship it like nobody’s business, and I think there is a lot to explore in that area, but that does not make it a good ship.
In fact, maybe that should make it harder to ship. We all need to recognize that horribly unhealthy aspect of this ship and be conscious of it, perhaps especially now after the Scarab going back on mode.
I disagree. Very strongly. On two points.
1.) It IS an emotionally healthy ship.
Jaime is not the Blue Beetle that Bart was abused by. And on a metaphorical level, Jaime keeping the scarab in check is like someone trying to temper their own selfishness/anger.Yet its that destructive side that Bart is inexplicably drawn to. And that is not a bad thing. Surviving abuse is not a bad thing. And trying to work through your own messed up feelings as a result of it is not a bad thing.
The reason Jaime/Bart is a totally healthy ship is because Jaime keeps it under control. He’s so good at heart, he just has to focus a little harder to do what he means. And if he stays in control, then Bart gets to be treated well, while working through his own lingering issues. For two kids with so much baggage, that is a pretty sweet set up for emotional growth. (I’m sure it can be interpreted as unhealthy in the right framing. Its all relative to fanartist/writers tastes tho.)
2.) Implying any ship is inherently bad is kinda rude and pointless.
Just because one ship is all fluff and another is all abuse and angst doesnt make one ship somehow more worthy than the other. So saying one is “good” and one is “bad” seems like an ill fitting use of diction. Healthy/unhealthy are my go to words for that generally. But an unhealthy ship can be just as good as any other. Its fiction.
If you wanted to start assigning arbitrary values to ships, you’d have to pinpoint exactly what the function of shipping is in the first place. What is the purpose of pretending two fictional people have a relationship with one another? (Any relationship, family, friends, rivals, abusers)
I’d submit that the purpose is to experience different social interactions indirectly. Which means that even the most unhealthy relationships offer a very valuable insight to a particular kind of interaction. I’d be hard pressed to believe in a “bad ship.” Badly written? Yeah. Unrealistic? Yeah. Not my cup of tea? Yeah. But that doesnt change the fact that it is an experiment in interpersonal dynamics. If it satisfies its intended function, it is good at being what it is.
Good and bad values change for real life relationships because the function is different.
I bet if an elf and a dwarf had a baby… it would be like the liger of the fantasy world.
8 feet tall and twice as broad. Just fuckin huge. With really long straight hair and beards.
‘at least he’s not dead this time’ implying there was a time where Eq died?!
Oh man, hell yes.
Because as we saw in canon with Gamzee, Equius is 100% willing to DIE for his kinks.
Throw in a Life player and suddenly you HAVE A CONTROLLED WAY TO PLAY WITH A DEATH KINK. WHOA. Fuck him till he dies with a smile, rez him and HE BEGS FOR IT AGAIN. I love that idea way too much, sorry…
Anyway, haha yeah. I imagine Eq never died unless that was exactly what the plan was. I’m sure Jane would see some weeeeird shit hahaha~