Later, Colonel Philips asked Stella, “Where did you manage to find so many women on the front lines?”

Stella smiled. “I didn’t.  They were already here.”

[Apologies on Dernier’s Google Translate French.  :(  She’s supposed to be saying about punching HYDRA guys in the face.]

[More on Stella Rogers and Jennie Barnes]


So I had this idea that HYDRA would need women to experiment on, and so they’d isolate any women they captured in a separate area.   Then I decided that I’d like to do voiceover narration practice and also learn to use Manga Studio 5.  So this happened.

The Howling Commandos:Jane Morita: 3rd generation Japanese girl who grew up in Fresno.  She hated the camps, partially because she hated being forced to be more Japanese than she felt like.  WAC was looking for Japanese-speaking women for the Signal Corps to help with communications in the Pacific theater, so Jane pretended to know enough Japanese to get in, and then went to work proving her mechanical aptitude.

Jeanne Dernier: She’s part of the Free French army, but before that she was a baker.  She’s a bit older than the rest, and is short and stocky.  As a baker she has strong arms and a finessed sense of ingredients, which is why she soon became the expert bomb-maker.  She also has great scouting and tracking skills, which is why she heard Stella coming, and probably also heard her keys.

Mary Falsworth:  She was part of the Air Transport Auxiliary , which started out mostly doing cargo transit, but by 1943, was getting sent to the front lines.  Probably the most socially competent.  Bit of a jokester,

Gabby Jones: She went to teacher’s college, where she learned French and picked up German and Spanish on the side.  When the war started, she joined the Red Cross as a nurse.

Thelma/Timothy Dum-Dum Dugan: He was born as Thelma, but prefers Timothy or Dum-Dum.  Was the bearded lady in a circus before enlisting with the 107th.  He originally didn’t like being reminded of his past as Thelma, but hanging out with the awesome ladies of the Howling Commandos has made him more accepting of his lady origins.  (And introducing himself as Thelma is his way of apologizing to Jane…. judging by names and all that.)




Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago


Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago


life lessons with snails


life lessons with snails


"Adam" (09.05.14)Model:  Rahm Bowen


"Adam" (09.05.14)
Model:  Rahm Bowen


Glenn Close for The Hollywood Reporter, Oct 25, 2014.



the bible said adam AND eve so i slept with them both

Well it’s the Bible, not the Straightble, I’m just following the book.


More and more photos of my Wolfwood cosplay! :D

Thanks for the photos to: Nika and Nita


No one defines you but you.  

By Artsy Artichoke

October “Toby” Daye was in many ways my first “real” protagonist. She was complicated, she was sad, she was bruised and refusing to break, and she was not afraid to put her duty ahead of her desire to be liked. She bullied her way through the world she was created to inhabit, looking at every complication that stood in her way and saying “No, you move.” After a lifetime spent moving dolls through stories, it was like I finally had a real person to follow and document. I started writing her adventures, and sending them out to people I trusted to read and review. Midway through either the second or the third book—I don’t remember anymore—I got a note from one of my proofers saying “You can’t have Toby do this, she’s always been a little bitchy, but this makes her a total bitch. No one will like her if she does this.”

I panicked. I couldn’t write a series about an unlikeable character! I’d never get published, no one else would ever meet my imaginary friends, and everything I’d worked for my whole life would be over, all because Toby was unlikeable.

Then I took a deep breath, and wrote back to the proofer requesting that they do a find/replace on the .doc, and plug in the name “Harry Dresden” for every instance of “October Daye.” They did, and lo and behold, what had been “bitchy” and “inappropriate” was suddenly “bold” and “assertive.” A male character in the same situation, with the same background, taking the same actions, was completely in the right, justified, and draped with glory. He was a hero. Toby? Toby was an unlikeable bitch.

The proofer withdrew the compliant. I have never forgotten it.

seanan_mcguire: Characters, criteria, and causation: where the problem lies. (via helavik)

Absolutely amazing, and totally on point.

(via unicornempire)