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Lately it has become a bit of a thing for people to ask me what I think of Doctor Who episodes because I've said I watch the show and I've done some fanart.

First off, I'm not so much a Doctor Who fan as I am an Eleven fan. Years ago I bought the Nine season cheap just because I knew Simon Pegg was in an episode. I watched it from start to finish but it didn't grab me at all.
Later a friend sat me down to watch the Ten seasons and I watched it to the end but it still didn't catch my interest.
Then I started watching the Eleven seasons on my own because I knew Mark Sheppard was in two episodes, and I fell in love.
So yeah, I was certainly not a case of "you always prefer your first Doctor" and it will be interesting to see if I will fall out of love again now that Eleven is gone.

Secondly, I have a very hard time taking the show seriously. Sure, I cry a bit from time to time and sit on the edge of the sofa when it gets existing, but I will never be one of those people who jumps up ready to fight if someone insults the show. I watch it because it is corny and childish and over the top and weird and stupid. I don't expect continuity or serious subjects from it any more than I expect it from a Sunday cartoon.
Sometimes when I watch it with a friend he will say "This part is so embarrassingly stupid. Shame they had to end such a good episode so stupidly" and all I can do is look at him and ask "How is that any more stupid than everything else on the show?"

So asking me what I think of a Doctor Who episode will always get the same answer:
It was stupid and silly and weird, but I had a lot of fun watching it.
Now that the holidays are upon us and the new year is just around the corner, allow me to give you a little positive life advise.

Take a chance.

I know, it's such a lame advise you hear all the time, but it's only recently I realized that's what happened to me. I used to have such a shitty lonely life because I always said no to everything because I was afraid of people. The few times I said yes and went to parties I was uncomfortable and always ended up leaving early.
Then I was offered to be a guest at a convention and I was very close to turning that down too. Just the thought of either sitting at a table and nobody caring or too many people caring and flooding me was terrifying. 

I ended up saying yes, and when I got there it turned out to be the second scenario. I was sitting in a ridiculously hot room over an indoor swimming pool and a wall of faces and arms around me asking for autographs, wanting hugs, taking photos, and all talking to me at once. Any of those people can confirm that I was terrified. I was shaking so hard I couldn't write my own signature, even my voice was shaking, and I had a lump in my throat like I was about to cry. The next day I was so frightened by the first experience I showed up very late. This meant things were a lot quieter and I actually had a chance to talk properly with a few people. 

That was when things turned around for me. I was afraid and didn't expect to click with the sort of people who went to conventions just like I had never clicked with the people who went to parties when I was younger. But I did and I went to a lot of conventions after that.
Things got weird and crazy for some time after that because I was suddenly known by a lot of people who were very different from me and expected something from me I couldn't deliver because I was only just coming out of lonely shell and didn't know shit and said shit as a result. But that also put me in contact with people who told me what's what and not only did I become more informed I also gained some friends.
Today I am at a level I am comfortable with. I have few close friends but that's all I need, and more people I can just meet up with a few times a year and have a good time with, not to mention a more moderate following on the Internet who stayed with me through my meltdowns and (continued) development who I feel less overwhelmed by.

So if you feel lonely or like life is going nowhere, next time you get the chance to go bird watching or someone suggest you come visit their knitting club even though you don't knit, give it a go. You might not like it and then you can just go home, but you might also like it. Or you might like it but get on a crazy roller coaster ride and suddenly find yourself living in a different country. ;)
This is just going to be a rant about something that has been on my mind for a while.

I keep hearing people, religious or atheists, say "You have to pick a side. Picking a side is important. Are you religious or atheist? Picking a middle way like agnostic is cowardly"

You want to know what side I'm on? I'm on the side of I want state and religion to be separate and for it to otherwise not matter.

It's usually people who come from countries where religion still has a big hand in law who feel strongly about this, and I can understand why. Where they come from it is important, but the entire world isn't like that. In the part of the world I come from it doesn't matter if you're religious or not. 

You don't want the abortion because of your religion? Fine, no one is going to force you, but if you do, you can have it. You don't want to get married in a church or have your child baptized? Fine, we'll take care of that at the City Hall. You're gay and want to get married in a church, but the local priest doesn't want to wed you? Fine, the priest in the next town does.

It just doesn't matter. 

Of course, human rights comes first and you will be judged for shitty behavior no matter if you do it for religious reasons or just because you're an asshole.
Your religion tells you to have five wives? You might not all be married in the eyes of the law, but if you have some sort of ceremony that makes it more official to you and everybody's happy, then go on your marry way. You're forcing someone to marry you and keeping them against their will? In the slammer you go.

I'm what we call a culture Christian. I'm not religious but I like Christmas and I had my confirmation because I wanted the party and presents, and the church was happy to confirm me. They got something out of it, I got something out of it. Happy times all around. An non of it meant I or the priest who confirmed me are going to go out and burn down a Muslim family's house or bash the head of a gay baby in.

Which brings me to another point. If people are assholes they will use any excuse they have. 
If you hate gay people and you're religious? It's against the bible! 
If you hate gay people and is atheist? It's just plain disgusting!
Religion has started wars because someone just really wanted to fight someone and used their religion as an excuse, and it has helped millions because someone just really wanted to be nice.
Parents might tell their children that a group of people are horrible because the bible says so, but the children might still grow up to think that group of people are actually pretty awesome anyway and still be religious.
Religion doesn't make someone a better or worse person. It makes them exactly who they already are. Same goes for atheists.

That is how religion is looked at in my part of the world. It doesn't matter. How you act matters. You can take part in religious acts just because they're fun and the religious people will usually welcome you knowing you won't join the religion afterwards.

So that's the side I'm on. I want it to not matter.
So I'm finally able to watch anything involving Marvel Thor and just tell myself "It's just a movie. No reason to get hung up on the details"

But I still come by some people who only know the myths through the movies and make comments that just make me go nnnnggggg.

"I think some Norwegian myths or something said Loki was Odin's son" 
No, I will repeat this forever, Loki was Odin's blood-brother (they cut themselves and mixed blood, making them official "real" brothers by Viking tradition). Loki was Thor's "uncle". Again, you can enjoy the movies/comics as much as you like, but it's silly to try and change the myths to fit them.

"According to some myths Frigga taught Loki his magic" 
Again no. Jotuns (ice giants) were by default able to preform magic, and the myths very clearly say that Loki learned it from other jotuns.

If you want a plot bunny for your next Thor fanfiction however, this should do. The Vikings considered women to be magic, men not so much. It was seen as unmanly to even try, and it would seem like it was fairly common to believe men couldn't even do it properly. The only other god who does magic is Odin who was taught in secret by Freya, and he mixed blood with Loki...
So the fact that Loki could so easily do magic could have caused some serious suspicion by everybody who wasn't in on the adoption secret in the movies, not to mention Loki feeling like a weird effeminate "freak". Basically, to Vikings a boy who showed signs at being good at magic would be like a boy menstruating (showing signs that he could get pregnant, which Loki of course also did plenty of times)

So yeah, I suppose my point is that if you feel like taking from the myths by making Tom Hiddleston Loki a gender fluid pansexual, go nuts. Just please don't do it the other way around by getting into fights with people over if Loki was Odin's adopted son in the myths or not. That will just give poor Scandinavians headaches and that is, like, super cruel.
...Well, the same parts of Europe for the last few years at least.

I'm being fairly inactive on here, but as it turns out my body would prefer to be active in the real world. My back starts to hurt if I sit at a desk for several days in a row, so I've made a deal with it to only draw every other day which is slowing me down considerably, and I was never fast with pen and paper to begin with. 

So to the people who worried about me, that's all there is to it. No big problems at the moment. Just leaving the desk more.

Besides that not much is going on. Recently came back from two weeks in Denmark immediately followed by a week in Wales which was highly exiting and fun. If you are in need of an old castle, Wales got plenty to go around (apparently they have more castles than any other country in the world)

December will be filled with more traveling, but November shall be nothing but relaxing and lazy, so hopefully I can get some proper work done. :)
I've seen it joked about a few times by Swedes and Norwegians that Danish is so difficult to understand that not even Danes understand it and occasionally have to switch to other Nordic languages to have a conversation.

I thought it was just a joke, but after traveling a lot to Norway and Sweden I've realized that surprisingly many Norwegians and Swedes honestly believe Danes can understand Swedish/Norwegian even when they (the Swedes and Norwegians) don't understand Danish.

I'm sorry to disappoint, but the trouble of understanding goes both ways. Of course it can be done depending on where you're from, how slow you speak, and how willing you are to listen, but I know a few people who work in tourist areas and they all say they understand the Germans better than people from other Nordic countries, even if they didn't have German in school.

So for the joke to be more correct it should be that Danes understand no one. Not Swedes, not Norwegians, not Danes, but a bit German.
Moving to another country (England) as been quite the eye opener when it comes to culture clashes. I was prepared for the big things like driving on the other side of the road, but overall the English culture is so like the Danish that a lot of small differences sneak up on me. Like how a lot of stores have only one big queue, or that people will offer you tea when you visit but not even think to ask what kind you want because they all drink the same thing (In Denmark if people have tea they will offer you at least five different kinds).

A favorite of mine so far has been the word spastic. In Denmark it's completely neutral if you call someone who actually is a spastic a spastic. That's the name of the muscle disease.

But as I learned after far too long, if is very much an insult in England. When people asked me about my convention experiences I would often mention a spastic girl who came up to my table at most cons in Denmark, and how we got to know each other well enough that once on her birthday she demanded a gift from my table. We joked around and I told her to get lost, at which point she acted up her handicap, flailing her arms about and making stupid voices saying "But I'm haaaandiiiicaaaapped!" and it became a battle of will before I finally gave her a small gift and she returned to normal "Aww, you shouldn't have. Thanks"

I told that story for years in England until someone finally said "You shouldn't call her that if you like her. That's really insulting"
"Spastic?"
"Stop saying that"
"...But she is a spastic"
"Stop!"

So yeah, culture clashes. You learn something new every day. :XD:

What is this Swedish construction? I've seen it in quite a few Danish music videos, such as
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSKn7w…
and
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gM1dX…

A short list of things that will help you better understand Scandinavian folklore creatures. Some I've talked about before, others are new.

1) They are people. While they could turn invisible to humans they weren't considered spiritual creatures, but people with their own cultures. The troll culture, the elf culture, the gnome culture, and so on. They were believed to live normal everyday lives with their own conflicts and struggles, much like fantasy races in modern fiction.

2) They will treat you like you treat them. While some creatures are more dangerous than others, they always respond to respect with respect, kindness with kindness, and rudeness will be severely punished. This goes for ALL of them, even those popular media has taught you are either nice or evil.

3) They are connected with sex. Some like the huldra are inherently sexual, but even those that are not sexual in nature like gnomes still hold a stronger power over people who think a lot about sex, such as young people and those about to get married.

4) They don't care about gender. Don't think that just because you're a woman the elf girl won't ask you to dance with her, and the huldrekarl will be happy to take you to his home even if you are a man.

5) While most are magic users, it seems to drain them. Trolls and elves are very good with magic, while most others can only use it for a few minutes. Gnomes are so bad at it that a lot of stories involve them turning into calf or foal and suddenly changing back in front of humans because they couldn't keep it up.

6) While most of the creatures can be found in Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish folklore, they don't act exactly the same. A rule of thumb seem to be that the creatures are nicest in the south and becomes meaner the further up north you get.

Hope that helped those of you who have asked a lot about the nature of Scandinavian folklore. :)
Got any stories from the news that could be explained but are still somewhat mysterious? Stories like:

A few years ago I was watching the news when they said a man had been driving on a dark lonely road out in the country when he suddenly ran over a person on the road. He called the hospital, but when the ambulance got there it turned out the man had been dead for a while. The car's wheels hadn't hit anything vital and nothing on the man's body suggested he had been murdered. 

Another time the news told of a Danish man who had disappeared. The police had been looking for him for only a few days when they got a call from Canada. Some Canadian hikers had found the man in the mountains, dead. He was wearing normal everyday clothes, his house keys and wallet in his pockets. He even had his car key despite the car still being back in Denmark.

Both stories could be explained. Maybe the man on the road had a heart attack. Maybe the guy in the mountains wanted to die and chose the Canadian mountains as his final place. But they still have an air of mystery to them and it wouldn't take much to create a supernatural story around them.

So got any stories like that from your local news?
So, all the people saying "No I don't want to know their names because it would take away from the mystery" has actually convinced me to tell you guys their names some day.

Because trust me, there is no awesome mystery and you will still call them 300 and 250 afterwards because oh my god are their names boring and a bit of a pun.

Also because they are going to be interacting a lot with people who know their real names (family) and it's getting harder and harder to not use them.
I'm working on a Niels comic today. It involves Wendy drawing her new family (Thomas, Irene, Britney, 250, and 300).

Question is, do you want to know 250 and 300's real names in this?
Sadly I've become critically ill, so I won't be going to London Expo this time. :(

It is sad times indeed, but there'll be a table selling my stuff in the dealers area, so stop by for a print, book, or beer ghost pin. :)
So, I've uploaded a ton of very sketchy pictures lately and very few digital pictures. That's because, as it turns out, Photoshop works shit with Windows 8. Screen keeps flashing and going black when I try to do something even semi advanced such as *gasp!* using the lasso tool.

Oh well, I like the sketchy look with minimal work done to it. Makes it feel more raw and less set in stone.
So, something about the new frontpage being different for everybody? It's meant to know what you like?

Why am I getting so much My Little Pony, sparkly anime eyes, and weirdest of all, flowers? A lot more flowers than usual. I never click on flowers.
Got myself some ice cream and will be making myself compfy on the sofa so I'm ready for the big, glittery, horrible music, camp, pointless politics, drama that is eurovision. It never disappoints me. :la:

Sadly I will be alone for this one. Matt had to do a concert he didn't want to do, so I will be live tweeting (humonlazydiva) my impression of the whole shebang. :D
I keep getting questions about this, and while I've already talked about it on my Twitter (humonlazydiva) it might be an idea to mention it here too.

Yes, I'm going to the new convention in Glasgow. This year because, it's the first convention for them ever, you got a free table in Glasgow if you bought one at the London expo, so of course I'll be there. :D
I have reached a point in my life where I no longer feel a need to talk about my personal life on the Internet other than funny little stories, both because from there very start people would misinterpret what I was getting at which made it feel kinda pointless, and also because I'm now more calm and at ease with myself.

But one thing I have never shared with you is why I joke about things. Obviously humor is very important to me, but I'm rarely completely honest about why I think some serious subjects are okay to joke about.
I deal with my own traumas that way.

I'm very much a Chandler ("Friends"). I don't do deep emotional moments. I make silly comics to get it out, and they are my equivalent of "You don't have to comment, just listen" and "It's okay, you don't have to feel awkward about this with me just because I've been through shit. We can joke about it"

Of course I've been an idiot, because how are people supposed to know it when I don't want to talk about it to random people on the Internet? And I don't know how many people use comedy to deal with their traumas, but to those who don't, comedy just looks like a way of demeaning serious things they feel should not be joked about. And for that I'm sorry. I've said it many times, I never mean to hurt anyone. I've just been dealing with my own things in my own way, such as illness, abuse and self harm, and made the mistake of not thinking about how that would come off to people.

On a lighter note, I also joke about things I like. If I watch a whole movie with you at home and didn't say a word, I most likely didn't like it. The more I talk and the more I joke, the better. That of course makes me a less than ideal movie buddy for some people, but luckily I've found people who do the same and all is good.

This is why I joke about queer people. For a very long time I thought I was bisexual because i had gotten it into my head that straights were closed minded, and I dated a woman for six month. But I had to face that as much as I loved her I had never been attracted to her, which was very different from what I felt when I was in love with a man. (And like last time I said this I know some of you think the body shouldn't matter and not understand why you can't date someone just because you don't want sex with them. All I can say is that sex is important to me in a relationship and that's that)

But that doesn't mean I don't have very fond memories from that time. I loved her and the people I met "at the gay scene" and all jokes are my love declaration to them. Especially to the dykes out there. You ladies have a special place in my heart *gang sign*

And for most of my childhood and teenage years I was very gender queer if not straight up trans because of my PCOS, which is an illness that cause the female body to produce too much male hormones. That meant a very male body and mind, and I didn't just want to be a boy, I felt like a was already a boy. Then I started the treatment for my PCOS and suddenly I woke up one day thinking "When did I stop feeling like a guy?" and has since learned that's what often happens to PCOS patients.
And as always I have to stress that is not to say trans people are sick. Just that PCOS has this odd side effect.
I even met a group that called themselves "PCOS trans" because they knew they were different from other trans people in that they could be "cured" but for their own reasons didn't want to.
I never knew about any of that, just that I was suddenly very unhappy with my very masculine self, but decided that I wanted the PCOS gone (diabetes and heart problems kinda sucks) and pushed through.

So yeah, I've tried to joke about that too like I do with gay people, and while I recognize what trans people are talking about when they're telling about their feelings of being in the wrong body and people treating them in ways that somehow feel wrong, I now realize that this is too sensitive a subject for most trans people and that I should back off.
But I still have fond memories of little boy me, and I can't help but think "I'm feeling ya' sistha/brutha" at trans people, though if I tried to high five them they would probably leave me hanging.

And that is why I joke. It is never ever to hurt. Just me attempt to deal with my own traumas or express my love of something.
For example, I don't joke about pedophilia because while I have friends and family who's been thought it, I haven't and I don't feel like I understand it at all.

So I'm sorry I haven't truly been honest with you guys about my reasons for acting like I do, and I'm sorry for having hurt the people I did.

And I'm sorry for the people I will hurt in the future because it will undoubtedly happen because of my way of dealing with my shit, but I will do my best not to, because I don't get a kick out of hurting others.

I've been through a lot of self hate and said some stupid shit, but I'm close to 30 years old and had a lot of time to reflect on my life so far lately, and this is where I am now. I don't need people to feel sorry for me and tell me I'm good enough the way I am. I just wanted to give an apology for past mistakes and let you know that I'm not out to get you. :)
So, London Expo is coming up yet again, and I'm so exited. :la:

And I apoligize in advance if I'm not there during one or more days. I have some pretty serious Real Life Problems at the moment that are out of my control, so if they give me an appointment during the convention I have to go.

But if all goes well, I'll be looking forward to meeting you happy convention goers again, and hopefully some new faces too. :D
People keep asking about Love and Tentacles, but I'm sorry to say that comic is as good as dead. I might draw a picture once in a while because Frida can be fun to draw, but I don't even think about LaT most of the time, unlike my other comics which enter my head daily.

But people are apparently dying to know if Tom and Frida ever had kids, and if it could even be done. So I'll give you and explanation on that.

Tentaculas have reproductive tentacles around their waist (the thin pink ones that gets thick when they get aroused). Males and females rub them against each other  and release semen and eggs into water (in these modern times its usually a bathtub unless they're hippies). They are left to float around until the fertilized eggs hatch and the tiny young eats the un-fertilized eggs. Then they move on to swallowing each other, until only one is left. Sounds unpleasant, but that is why tentaculas in general are very healthy and handicaps are almost unheard of unless they get injured later in life. And of course it creeps Tom out that Frida ate her siblings at birth.

By some kind of movie magic humans and tentaculas can have children together, and Tom and Frida have a very tentacula-like child because otherwise it wouldn't be able to survive the whole process required for tentacula eggs to be fertilized in water, or live in water for months before starting a life on land.