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Okay, decided to whip this up because of the following reasons:

1) I get this question a lot. Apparently there are a ton of folks out there that are really new to paypal and while I don’t mind helping, having a good reference page for folks that shows you exactly what to do will cut down the time I spend explaining it.

2) I’ve had two flags on my account in the past year because no one check the “No Shipping Required” box. So Paypal comes to me and says “Hey you didn’t ship our their thing!!!” but I do digital commissions…there’s nothing to ship! So this step is really important!

3) I often have to give out my Paypal email over and over for this and I figured having it in one spot might help!

There will be a new page on my blog with these images and I’ll try to keep them up to date if Paypal happens to change their format! Hope this helps you guys!

(Interested in commissioning me? Check out this page here!)

Putting this on my art blog ‘fo my folks.


Oh my god, seriously???

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Brush Textures for FireAlpaca


So I know a couple of my followers may not have photoshop for mac, and as an alternative they may use FireAlpaca. As a drawing program its pretty solid, though it does have problems reading PSDs. Anyways, I posted a couple of my brushes a day or two ago and dusty-windows asked for the source images. I figured while I was at it I might as well add some others and post all of them at once along with some tips and tricks for using them.

They’re under a read more because it’s very long-winded and because I will add more to the list as I make them.

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voicesofreasons asked: Hey I wanted to know if you had any in depth or helpful information about writing a soulmate au?


Sure! I’ve actually had a lot of thoughts about soulmates recently, so this is a good opportunity. My basic feeling about soulmate stories is that they shouldn’t be as light, fluffy, and easy as they often are. The first reason is because conflict generates interest (which is why true utopias are so boring to read about) and the second reason is because life is hard. So here are some tips…

  • Do not stop their development as a couple. Their time together will change the nature of their relationship. Put the realization towards the beginning or middle of the story so you can explore how being together causes them to see the world differently.
  • Open the attachment to other forms of love. For example, squishes and friendship. Also make the attachment open to more than two individuals in the case of polyamory or a group of really close friends or something.
  • Let the couple have differences. It seems that a lot of soulmate couples just click within their first few dates and it’s all sunshine and rainbows from thereon out. You can still fight with someone and love them. You can have long-standing disagreements with someone (and not just those cutesy disagreements like who saw who first) and still love them. I know a couple that can’t stand each other during election season. After the election is over, they get back together like nothing happened. Even though they’re on different sides of the political spectrum, their love and mutual interests on other issues overcomes politics.
  • Don’t cure things with soulmates. Finding your soulmate should not cure things like addiction, self destructive behavior, or mental illness. It should not instantly iron out personality flaws. While a soulmate can be part of the healing process, they should not be the sole cause of their partner’s recovery.
  • Let people have relationships outside their soulmates. People don’t need to wait until they meet their soulmate to have meaningful relationships or do things you’re supposed to “save until marriage”. Even in a soulmate world, you should be able to go on dates with non-soulmates and have one night stands with other people. At the very least, I’m sure people want to figure out this dating nonsense before they try anything with their soulmate.
  • What about missing soulmates? Your soulmate could die young, fall in love with someone else, or seem utterly disappointing. Your soulmate could be a farmer in the American Midwest while you are a herder in rural Mongolia. Your soulmate could have been born in the 1800s. You could give up waiting for your soulmate and choose someone else who you are still really happy with.    
  • Finally. I’ve noticed that a lot of soulmate AU ideas on Tumblr involve your soulmate’s name somewhere on your body or a clock on your wrist counting down the minutes until you met them or some other clue as to when you will meet The One. Break that system.

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How to write disabled characters: An opinion piece.


As always, this is nothing more than my opinion and you need to keep two things in mind while reading my suggestions:

1. There is an exception to every rule

2. Context is everything.

We are more than our disability/disabilities.  

What I mean by that is that it gets really tiresome when a story bangs on and on and on and on about the disability of a character. Unless your story is specifically about that struggle it really shouldn’t be the focus. Obviously, disabilities have an impact and that impact shouldn’t be ignored, either.

For example, your character is more easily exhausted because of their disability than they otherwise would, or maybe they have to take certain medication. There are many ways of incorporating disability, get creative. 

Do you research. Listen to people’s thoughts. 

Well, it’s really a writer mantra at this point but let me elaborate:

It is important to know the cold, hard facts surrounding the disability. However, that’s hardly where the research ends. From where I am sitting it is far more important to know how it impacts the way a person feels, thinks, and perceives the world around them and how the world does so in the same way. Because of my disability I am treated differently than my ablebodied friend. That’s fact.

Lucky for you there are countless blogs, books, and articles out there where you can find all these opinions and viewpoints. You have a wealth of information at your disposal. Use it.  

Ask people with first-hand experience for their opinion. And the fear of screwing up. 

I have two trans women in my story and once I have a draft that’s remotely readable I am going to ask several trans people to read it and point out the many mistakes I’ve probably made. 

I entirely understand the fear of fucking up but I’ll let you in on a secret: That’s okay and normal. Keep trying and listening. 

There is no one way to write a disabled character.

That’s hopefully obvious to most of you but it bears mentioning. We are a diverse bunch and everyone is different. There is no easy way to write a disabled person because it is only one factor of many that made them into the person they are today. Significant part, yes, certainly, but not the only or even the most important one. It varies from person to person.

You need to alter the way you think.

I’ve been doing a truckload of reading on writing diversity lately and I’ve come to the conclusion that one needs to change the way you think if you want to write from the point of a person that’s part of a marginalized group. 

It goes back to what I’ve said earlier about perception. Marginalized people’s perception will be different because once you notice the ways in which we get shat on, it’s hard to ignore it. There’s a wide spectrum of discrimination. 

It is staggering how “easily” I can get sad simply by looking at modern media and the lack of disabled characters in it, let alone well written ones.

Consider intersectionality.

Meaning you should consider writing characters that differ in more than one way from the norm (that being straight, white, able, cis, etc etc, men).

Having a disabled character is great, but what about the disabled, lesbian trans woman? Sure, the more specific you get, the less likely it is to encounter these people in real life, but all of them deserve stories. Every single last one of them. 

Should you even write a disabled character?

That’s a tough one. On the one hand we really need more diverse stories and a lot of them will have to come from white, straight, able, etc, etc writers who don’t have first-hand experience. 

I understand why many don’t want that. 

It’s a question you are going to have to answer for yourself because it is one of those “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” type of situations. All I can say is think about why you want to write/include marginalized people in your story. If it’s because you want to be more inclusive, then do your best. I am eager to read more diverse stories. 

A well-rounded character will sing regardless of any “modifiers.”

Meaning that basic character development is still the most important thing of all. Just keep in mind their life experience and what makes them tic and you should have little to worry about.

Treat them like people and be open to suggestions and criticism. You won’t get it right on your first try, but that’s okay. Keep trying and listening, that’s all I can really ask. 

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on writing disabled characters


for chronikou

some of these resources aren’t targeted writers, but i included them because they are useful tools in understanding how disabled people live

disabled characters in general

How to Write Disabled Characters

Tips for Researching and Respectfully Writing Disabled Characters

Combating Stereotypes: Why Movies About ‘the Disabled’ Stink

Big Ideas: Stella Young On Disability & Inspiration Porn

The Spoon Theory 

fellow writers and artists who are creating characters who belong to marginalized groups you are not a part of

What is Ableism? Five Things About Ableism You Should Know

physically disabled characters

Top Fifteen Things Not to Say or Do to a Physically Disabled Person

Some Thoughts on “Physically Disabled Protagonists”

autistic characters

Writing autistic characters

Mental age is not acceptable (applies to people with learning disorders or other cognitive disabilities too)

Against “mental age”

Infantilization or Not?

15 Things You Should Never Say To An Autistic

The Problem With Functioning Labels

Television on the Spectrum: The Best (and Worst) Depictions of Asperger Syndrome on TV

mentally ill characters

Character Development: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Brief Advice on How to Write Depression: Imagination and Research

psychopathy and why everything you think about it is wrong and terrible (the author of that post says that fang is willing to answer any questions on the subject)

the DSM-5 

my own thoughts

if i had to write a ten commandments for writing disabled characters they would probably be:

  • don’t reduce them solely to their disability, but also don’t act like their disability is separate from who they are (if you have multiple disabled characters though, it’s fine for them to feel like this is true for them personally). develop them as a person with likes, dislikes, etc.
  • don’t use them to ‘inspire’ people because they’re disabled and are able to ‘overcome’ it.
  • don’t cure their disability in the story. please, please, please.
  • don’t pull a JK Rowling. explicitly state that they are disabled within the story proper. otherwise it’s not really representation at all.
  • don’t rely heavily on things that people who are not part of the group have written about disabled people, if possible. if you do, you may end up regurgitating some really gross ideas. (avoid Autism Speaks resources like the plague.)
  • don’t have other characters describe the character as ‘trapped in their own body/world’ or better off dead, unless you will have someone else confront that character about what they said.
  • don’t act like the only obstacles they face are from their disability. show how the social and legal stigmas against disability affects their lives too.

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Romance: From Hate to Love


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Common POV Problems


Understanding POV (point of view) can be a huge source of frustration for many writers. We often struggle with what POV we should write in, how it should be utilized, and what we can do with it to strengthen our stories. If your readers are often confused by your POV choices, take a look at these common POV problems to figure out what you might be doing wrong.

Here are a few POV problems to keep an eye on:

Bouncing Around

It’s fine if you want to include multiple POVs (focusing on different characters), but it can get confusing if you switch from 1st person to 3rd person, for example. You also need to make it clear which characters you’ll be focusing on. If you’re focusing on 4 characters, don’t suddenly include a 5th character for one chapter. Obviously, there are reasons why you would suddenly include a new character (an intro to the sequel, a surprise twist, etc), but try to stick to a pattern. A Game of Thrones focuses on many different characters, but they all stick to a storyline and only certain characters are included in each book. Don’t confuse your readers!

Describing Things a Character Wouldn’t Know

If you’re writing in 1st person, you need to be very careful not to describe something your main character doesn’t know. For example, they wouldn’t know how someone else was feeling unless they were told. They can take a guess or they can ask, but they can’t just mysteriously know things. You also need to be careful when writing in 3rd person if it’s not omniscient. If a character isn’t directly involved in a scene, there are certain things they wouldn’t know. Try to stick to what each character sees, hears, or feels.

Lacks Connection to Any Character

You can switch between characters, but your readers should have an emotional connection to at least one character. There should almost always be a main focus. You can write a story about someone losing a loved one, but you still need to focus on what the main character is feeling. It can’t just be all about the dying character. We need to know that the main character is feeling something or experiencing something that will somehow change their life. You’re not just telling a story, you’ll letting us in on your character’s emotional journey.

-Kris Noel

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