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Sunday, December 25th, 2016 11:46 pm
Namely: Can this disabled fictional character be replaced in the plot by a broken lamp?

For example: Man's [wife] is [sick]. He gets into debt to try and fix his [wife]. [Wife] has no lines and no other effect on the plot except to be a loved burden.

You can replace "sick wife" by "broken lamp" and the plot works just as well. Thus, like almost every story involving a sick wife, the example passes the broken lamp test.

Inspired by the sexy lamp test and Cam ranting to me about the ableism in the OA. And while most 'sexy lamps" get some lines and some choices, even if they're vapid and meaingless, many "broken lamps" don't get any lines or agency at all and could quite literally be replaced by broken lamps.

I mean I think these "tests" can be overused and unhelpful when a deeper and more nuanced analysis would be more productive. But I am still pretty happy with this as a term.
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Friday, May 30th, 2014 12:46 am
While avoiding the usual negation/"irony" (blind but psychic, intellectually disabled with super strength, paraplegic with telekinesis etc) Here's what I've come up with:


  • CFS plus phasing through solid objects
  • Paraplegia plus super strength
  • Autism plus size changing
  • Blindness plus flight
  • Amputated arm plus precognition
  • Downs syndrome plus super speed
  • Anxiety plus laser eyes
  • Epilepsy plus the ability to control plants
  • Deaf with healing (they like being Deaf thank you very much ;))


What with it being midnight I probably haven't been as clever as I'd like and regardless a bad writer could still make them fit into the usual awful tropes. Still, it's fun to think about each superhero's adventures.

(if you want to poke at the concept yourself here's a list of disabilities and a list of superpowers)
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Friday, January 4th, 2013 07:49 pm
I would post this to [personal profile] alias_sqbr, but this is the paid account.

Imagine yourself pondering playing a free steampunk vampire f/f dating sim/visual novel. Which title sounds more appealing?

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 28


Which title is more alluring?

View Answers

Copper Rose
15 (53.6%)

Copper Roses
13 (46.4%)

Other (explain in comments)
0 (0.0%)



In other news my visual novel project is coming along pretty well :) I keep being paranoid that we've wandered into unfortunate implications with various plot points despite all of us trying very hard not to, I will definitely be asking if any of you guys want to be in on the alpha once we get to that stage.
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Friday, March 30th, 2012 11:47 am
Normally I'd be loathe to be all "LOOK AT MY AWESOMENESS" but it is SO HARD to find not-totally-creepy fanworks about disabled characters that I decided this would be worth doing. Here's some recs to other people's fanworks.

All art has a description, and all comics have transcripts (if I've missed any let me know), and all art is safe for work (not all the fic is, but it's labelled). All characters mentioned are canonically disabled, and I've only included works where the disability feels at least vaguely relevant.

Pride and Prejudice, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Mass Effect, Homestuck, Misc )
sqbr: Hannelore: Worry hat! Bravery plus 10, charisma plus 5 (worry hat)
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 07:50 pm
So! I just made this anxiety related icon, and would like a similarly cheerful icon about being touch averse (and specifically, not liking hugs)

Thinking about it, while I had a number of sympathetic anxious characters to choose from I can't think of any positive portrayals of people being being touch averse in a good natured "this is just how I am" way, it's all grumpy messed up people like Fenris. Can anyone else think of any examples? Closest I can think of is Rogue, who is polite about telling people not to touch her or they'll die, but I'd rather someone less wracked with angst.
sqbr: zuko with a fish on his head (avatar)
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 03:01 pm
First: I finished the Dragon Age story I asked people about (in a locked post), here it is at AO3 and at Fanfic.net for anyone who doesn't read [personal profile] alias_sqbr and is curious to see how it ends. Further criticism entirely welcome. I don't know that I'm up to editing the story any further but if necessary can add a note or something.

Anyway: While I can intellectually understand the appeal of modern AUs of non-modern stories they tend to leave me a bit cold(*), but I have encountered quite a few Avatar ones here and there on my travels and found some enjoyable enough.

The thing that bugs me, though, and I was wondering if anyone who seeks the genre out knows of any counterexamples, is that they all seem to be set in the modern U.S.

Specifically, none are set in Asia, nor do they have Asian protagonists. Apart from the issues of race and representation etc I just think this is a missed opportunity for potentially interesting stories. That and I find myself wanting to write an AU where they're all Asian Australians or something (and then I remember I suck at AUs) I've often had the idea for drawing them as modern day teenagers from the respective cultures that served as inspiration for the different nations or the adventures of Mai, Tai Lee and Azula as Shoujo schoolgirls but I don't feel up to getting it right. Still. I realise the show itself is from the US, but that just goes to show that writing beyond what you know can be done.

EDIT: I don't think there's necessarily anything wrong with any given individual modern U.S. AU. But it just seems a pity that that's all anyone ever seems to write/draw. And for example I get the impression that a moderate number of Merlin AUs (not the ones where they're actually the same characters in the future) written by US writers are set in England because they see the characters as Inherently British. Or maybe there's just more British fans of Merlin than Avatar, idk.

Since I tend to skim over them vaguely I'm not sure if the characters are always white (apart from maybe Sokka and Katara). Zuko does get to keep his scar most of the time at least.

It bugs me a little with Dragon Age as well, but it's not like a modern British AU would be all that different to a modern US one, and it's not subject to the same subtext of cultural and ethnic erasure. And I do understand the "write what you know" thing: when I did my own Dragon Age modern AU I imagined them as Australians just because why not. Maybe I just need to get into more culturally diverse fandoms...

(*)Unless they're movies, for some reason.
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Friday, November 6th, 2009 03:54 pm
For anyone not subscribed to [syndicated profile] alias_sqbr_feed:

House: Young Foreman

SGA: Ronon in a suit

Main updates at my lj, but I'll post the odd roundup here when I've done a bunch.
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Saturday, August 15th, 2009 08:56 pm
(at my lj since I'm all out of icons here)

A follow-on to Anti-racism is the new black.
sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)
Friday, July 31st, 2009 08:49 pm
Reading this misogynist slash fangirl bingo card I started thinking about how much more effective it would be if you put the contradictory squares next to each other. It's rather like solving a jigsaw puzzle making them all be contradictory, including the "Sod it, this doesn't quite fit but I'll put it there anyway" stage :D (And yes, no "Free Space", it mucked up the order)
Slash Mysogny bingo card

Note: Not all slashers/yaoi fans are misogynist, not even (necessarily) when they use these arguments. But if you manage to fill an entire row all at once then you probably are.

I had some gaps, then came across this post about Uhura bashing in the Star Trek kink meme via friendsfriends. The "GLBT activists" pushing for Kirk/Spock is a good example too. Thanks for the inspiration, Star Trek fandom!
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Monday, May 11th, 2009 09:24 pm
Another one! I think I'm done now, at least for the evening :)

EDIT: Here are some other things DW stands for, the only other one which sounds promising to me is "Discworld".

From my lj (the place I tend to post all my creative stuff):

After making my last icon I remember [personal profile] angriest saying that that "DW" made him think of Dr Who, so I decided to google image search Dr Who and see if anything inspiring came up, and there was the perfect image. It's a woman! In pink! In the foreground! With the keys to the Tardis! That's the way fanfic fandom on DW sees itself right there, I would say :) (Fandom may disagree)



Original image. That has to be the quickest icon ever :)
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Monday, May 11th, 2009 06:39 pm
First off: someone gave me a month free time, thanks! I got all confused and submitted a support request because I had too many icons :)

Second: A new DW icon! Which I probably won't actually use but the idea refused to go away:
sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
Monday, May 4th, 2009 09:02 am
So, a couple of days ago I made a genderswapped Ronon off Stargate, inspired by [livejournal.com profile] swirlygate. Today I did a genderswapped Teyla. You might note I haven't coloured it or anything: this is because, having finished it, I feel rather conflicted and weird about it. (I inked it without fiddling with the costume etc despite the obvious flaws for similar reasons. I realise he looks like a girl :/)
Read more... )
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Saturday, April 18th, 2009 09:27 am
Yesterday, watching Xena I was inspired to draw this picture of two princesses. Yeah, totally self indulgent, live with it :)

I was also inspired to make this attempt to capture the weird visual distortions I was getting at a work party yesterday morning, normally it would lead to a migraine but for some reason it didn't. (Huzzah!) Picture by QuintanaRoo via Flickr, and as per her CC rules it is open to remixing/reuse with attribution itself.

I should point out that the work function spread was not anywhere near so healthy or vegan :)
sqbr: A wordy explanation that the comment is a joke (joke)
Thursday, March 26th, 2009 11:45 am
Because I have this unfortunate need to make sarcastic jokes in the ljs of strangers, and then they think I'm sincere, and it's all very embarrassing. (It's also sometimes a problem with people I know, but on the whole I think you guys have learned to go "Sophie just said something nonsensical or out of character, so even though it wasn't funny I'll assume she was joking")
sqbr: Alien city skyline (atlantis)
Friday, March 20th, 2009 08:25 am
Mafdet, Slayer of serpents, a silly little Stargate comic I made. Whether it's movie canon or SG1 canon depends on how you squint, both are somewhat contradicted by the vague attempt at historical accuracy so it's all a bit of a mish-mash :)

Somewhat inspired by [livejournal.com profile] velithya's story Momentary Paws about Tony Stark turning into a kitten :D

It really does feel like my likelyhood of being inspired to write about something is inversely proportional to how much I know about it. On the plus side, I'm pretty sure that after a afternoon or so of googling I know more about ancient and modern Egypt than your average Stargate writer...

I may get it beta-ed at some point (I certainly intend on waiting a bit then going back and fixing the dialogue and spelling etc), but right now I can't be bothered. I've decided I just need to write more rather than worrying too much about making everything perfect, if nothing else it's very cathartic getting down my personal canon/things I feel canon lacked (like giving the ancient Egyptians any agency..)
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 11:53 am
I totally bent the rules for reasons of creative license :) Via [livejournal.com profile] shrydar.

the rules )



What are odds I'd get an actual band name? (well, record label) I didn't cheat and look at any of their actual album covers before making mine.
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Friday, February 13th, 2009 09:52 am
Martha Jones has a day out (original) and edited version after people's suggestions (and a better reference pic).

This picture satisfies two of my recent artistic resolutions: first, the last lot of fanart really drove home to me the fact that my art and shading style really only suits drawing pale skinned people with pale hair and pale clothing, which is kind of limiting, so I need to practice more people with dark skin/clothing/hair(*).
Second, since I've gotten into this whole fanart/fanfic thing I should have fun illustrating my personal canon.

And something that bugged me about season 3 of Dr Who is that Martha never got to dress up! Rose and Donna did. And I bet Freema Agyeman would look great in a pretty period dress. EDIT: And indeed she does (from "Little Dorrit", which I haven't seen)

Unfortunately, I didn't entirely succeed on either front: my shading and art didn't quite meet the challenge, and the dress didn't come out as pretty as I would have liked. But there's no progress without practice!

(*)You'd think I'd have enough practice from drawing myself, hair wise, but I can never be bothered doing shading on my journal comics so its not so much of an issue.
sqbr: I lay on the couch, suffering an out of spoons error (spoons)
Friday, February 6th, 2009 01:32 pm
Not quite right but it will do until I feel like fiddling with it some more. Inspired by Kira attempting to create the situation depicted :)
sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Monday, January 19th, 2009 10:04 am
I've decided to do a bit of a summary to get my thoughts re the last couple of posts in order since I was confusing myself in the comments.

In summary, I think my argument boils down to the answers to these questions:

  • Q: Does art sometimes have a negative social effect?
    A: Yes. Certainly I don't think anyone would disagree that it can sometimes have a negative effect on an individual person.
  • Q: Can the artist predict this effect in advance?
    A: Not perfectly, but to some extent.
  • Can the artist fix this by just working on making the piece better?
    A: No. At least not unless they make the piece perfect, which they never will. So this approach isn't very effective. Also not all artists hold themselves to very high standards, which is fine as an artistic choice, but that doesn't let them off the hook consequences wise. (That argument comes up a lot with fanfic. It's just a hobby!)
  • Q: Should the artist worry about these consequences if it means the art will suffer?
    A: Worry? Yes, at least a little bit. It's part of every person's responsibility to worry about the consequences of any of their actions. Let it stop them making or sharing that piece of art? That depends, and is a personal decision. Be censored by outside forces beyond negative peer pressure? No.

Some more thinky thoughts )A note about the context )