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likesunsdoforskies · 3 hours ago
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So during Pride month I was traveling down in Louisiana with the fam and in New Orleans it was just. SO wonderfully queer. So there I was, a closeted baby queer desperately searching for validation, in the back seat of the car with my homophobic family and the BOOM, I saw a freakin progress Pride flag out the window! I had never seen one irl, so I was trying to get pictures as discreetly as possible before we passed it and I never saw one again. But as soon as it was out of sight there was another one, and another and another and another all lined up along balconies and storefronts and streetlights. I was so happy! Ofc I had to pretend I wasn’t so the fam wouldn’t be suspicious of me, but still.
When we found a place to park and walked around the historic section a bit, 1 in 3 couples in sight at any given time were visibly and proudly queer. They felt safe touching each other sweetly on the shoulders/back/arms/hands like any couple would, and the more obvious little giggles and pecks on the cheek. Lots of people wore very gnc/genderqueer-looking outfits too. I had no idea how much seeing that would affect me, but I was smiling so hard I could hardly keep my mouth closed to chew beignets. Before this my experience with queer people off the internet was limited (to my knowledge) to that one sad bullied gay kid in an elementary class, so I guess I subconsciously thought queer people didn’t exist irl or that all queers would be super sad all the time.
Anyways I just wanted to share that bit of joy I experienced with y’all. This isn’t saying New Orleans was perfect (honestly the queer aspect was the only upside, the place hasn’t regained the hope and money Katrina destroyed), but they sure know how to celebrate Pride month. 🥳
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likesunsdoforskies · 23 hours ago
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Here I am
eating cake
from a cup
in a tree
in the middle of winter
while my family howls at the injustice below me. 😋
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likesunsdoforskies · 2 days ago
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So I used to tell my younger siblings all about my current writing and art projects. When I realized I was queer and it’s not safe to come out, I decided to write and draw some queer characters and storylines to help with self-acceptance. My siblings still ask about the projects tho, so I’ve become as terrible adept as historians at covering up anything queer.
“Why’s that girl dressed like a boy in the illustration you drew?” “...it’s a Halloween costume.”
“Wait how come those two characters are kissing if they’re both boys?” “Uh...didn’t you know James is also a girls’ name?”
“Is that character a boy or a girl?” “Nobody actually remembers but they’re all too scared to ask because it will make them look stupid.”
“How come you keep writing xe and xem instead of he and she?” “Well...important people have to use special pronouns in this world because normal ones are for commoners.”
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likesunsdoforskies · 3 days ago
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So ik at least Sammy and Yaz got a turn on the bed at Mae’s place. Can you imagine what it must have been like for the campers to sleep on thick mattresses in s4?
Like, you lay down and all the sudden the bed is swallowing you, and you start to panic even tho you know you’re safe but it feels so good and soft that you let yourself relax. The pillowcase feels so much softer than you’re used to on your face and you can feel all the cricks working out of your back from the months of tensing with anxiety and the sheets smell nice and...you’re out for like ten hours.
That must have been heaven to experience, I almost envy them. 😩
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likesunsdoforskies · 4 days ago
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When I was younger I would read multiple chapter books daily, and could even finish a thick book the size of the later Harry Potters in one day. I realize now that I was only able to do that because I was using reading and escapism as a coping mechanism. After going through depression tho, it’s like my specific coping mechanisms have adapted to suit my current problems. Whereas before I desperately and childishly wanted a new life where things were better and to feel someone else’s pain instead of my own, now I’m more focused on trying to build and envision that life I want. The internet fits better for escapism there, because I can interact with real people like myself and learn more to prepare me for life, and it’s also easier to fit into my more fractured time and schedule.
Bringing it back to the beginning of my point, I can’t read as much anymore. The crazed necessity to become immersed isn’t there, so I find myself often laboring through the pages and losing focus. At first I was angry at myself, but it has its upsides. I’m now able to appreciate the technical, lyrical, metaphorical, and artistic facets of books I read instead of judging them solely on how well they mirror my personal likes and dreams. Looking back on old literature textbooks and notes I can see how widely I missed the point authors and teachers were trying to give. I can enjoy a character without frowning over how little they resemble and act like me, and love a book without trying to change myself and my life to mirror its plot and characters. While I do miss being a big reader at times, I’m overall glad for the new way I can experience my favorite media. I like to think of it as my payoff for a year of hellish emotions and happenings.
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likesunsdoforskies · 5 days ago
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studying the camp model for a drawing and then thinking about where exactly ben was sleeping when he moved into the fort
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i feel like darius’ room could be the top bc of the dino decoration. the curtain is probably a communal changing room which is why yaz was walking down from there at the start of s2e2 (and also why would she choose a bed with stairs willingly when her ankle was still injured + when bunking with sammy is an option) of course darius could have the yellow hammock under brooklynn’s bed but im thinking since in s3e10 darius and ben both come down from up there it’s darius’ room after discussing the final plan (since this model only has 5 beds im assuming its pre-s3) (gif source)
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now this is important bc it leads to 2 conclusions (bc theres no way the campers would let ben sleep on the ground w bumpy)
1.) ben sleeps on the green couch…sad life but probably likely mr “i dont need a bed everything is temporary anyway also ive slept on the ground in the wild before”
2.) ben sleeps on the upper floor too on the space in front of the changing room which is why ben and darius both discussed stuff up there and why they seem closer post s2 (roommates arc!!) and like. darius would totally be like “oh you can take my bed ill sleep on the couch until we find you a mattress then you can take the space there” 
i kinda wish that we got a more in depth tour or more shots in s2-3 esp since we dont even know what the top floor looks like without this model but yeah fun brain worms i love looking at insignificant details
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likesunsdoforskies · 6 days ago
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As a writer, I know how everybody dies in my story’s universe. I know the major events in their lives, who they end up with, how many kids they have, what career they choose, and all their personal struggles. But if I ever end up publishing their stories, I’ll leave that out. The readers don’t need or necessarily want to have the end all tied up in a nice little square knot with an aged up epilogue; they want hope and inspiration to keep fighting like the characters do and an unfinished feeling of promise that will carry over into their own lives after they finish the narrative. I know at least I do.
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likesunsdoforskies · 7 days ago
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likesunsdoforskies · 8 days ago
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Encanto 2 where they focus on the warm colors family with epic solo songs for them and an absolute bop of the cool family together + Bruno adjusting back to the family.
No I don't take criticism.
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likesunsdoforskies · 9 days ago
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Behold, a poorly-photographed drawing of my fave, the inimitable Alex Fierro!
Still figuring out the brush pens but I think it’s going good so far. Alex was such an inspiration to me during a really dark time and helped me come to terms with my own gender fluidity. Forever stan. ☺️
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likesunsdoforskies · 9 days ago
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this may be unpopular but i think darius not having trauma is ooc, especially after s2 when he had nightmares about not saving ben...
yes he likes dinosaurs, yes he does everything in his power to protect them, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have trauma from the thousands of times he was ATTACKED and ALMOST KILLED by said dinosaurs and other human beings.
i don't think they should place darius as 'oh he likes dinosaurs so when he sleeps he doesn't have nightmares about almost being killed over and over again or seeing his best friends dying or getting hurt'...
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likesunsdoforskies · 10 days ago
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People are always like, “Where do you feel you belong?” But that question is hard for me. I’ve learned that I can grow to belong in almost any place in the nation. But the more I belong everywhere, the more I also belong nowhere. It begs a definition for belonging. I have been taught that to belong is to be home, to find a community, to be in a box of people rather than walls. This definition makes sense, but is it right?
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likesunsdoforskies · 11 days ago
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Look I drew an itty-bitty teeny-weeny sketch of the campers! (And Bumpy)
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likesunsdoforskies · 12 days ago
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I’m reading “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket (beginning book 4 right now) and while I absolutely love the writing style and theme of siblings against the world, I have one major qualm.
Uncle Olaf has a bunch of henchpeeps and one of them “looks like neither a man nor a woman.” While I like that there’s some rep even among the villains (any publicity is good publicity as they say) I REALLY don’t like how they are portrayed.
They/them pronouns are consistently bypassed for “it” and “he or she” even when it makes little sense grammatically, and they are described with animalistic and dehumanizing terms. Their lack of gendered features is highlighted repeatedly as terrifying and unnatural and wrong in and of itself, as if their sidestepping of gender norms is what makes them an evil person.
I’m really hoping this problem will be remedied at least a little bit in the later books. 😬😣
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likesunsdoforskies · 13 days ago
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I’ve been part of a close-knit family unit for so long that I default use collective terms (we, us, our) when referring to myself by accident sometimes. I’m sure other people find it interesting-in-a-bad-way. Like, am I acting snobbish and pretending to be royalty? Am I possessed? Do I have a mental health condition causing this? Did I just forget how to use grammar? People who don’t know my background will never know. 😎
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likesunsdoforskies · 14 days ago
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This right here is gender envy 😳
Also I just can’t get over how absolutely breathtakingly beautiful this is...
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JLQ’s Glacier concept art by Meghan Hetrick [x]
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likesunsdoforskies · 15 days ago
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My very thoughts. An idea I think is likely rn is that he reverts to his own looks when unconscious or sleeping.
watched encanto for the first time a day or so ago so naturally ive been consuming the encanto content on tumblr and i have a Take ok
theres the horribly sad camilo hc that since he shifts so often he forgets his own face?? devastating it ruins me But would he not revert to his original appearance by default? theres the "camilo fix your face" bit but even then hes still mostly himself
we know he shifts involuntarily in response to shock/surprise but if he doesnt actively try to turn back to himself, does just stay as the last person he shifted into? youd think his power would be something he has to activate intentionally (with the exception of sudden outbursts) and that when not in use he would just turn back to himself automatically idk
i just think itd be very sad to forget what you look like :( to have to be reminded what your own face looks like??? agony i will start screaming
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