Rachel E Garcia

official Tumblr for the author of the Illthdar series. Reblogging items of interest not related to @illthdar. Advocate for change and ally of lgbtqai+, people with disabilities, mental health, people of colour. Latina-American living in the UK. Tumblr mom.

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2020-07-09 18:40:33

    Dame Archer kicks McDougal’s Scots ass there in the rain at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire - August 11, 2018 - Photo by Douglas Herring

    Oh NO.

    me, a sheltered noblewoman: Pray who is that brave knight? Dame Archer:*turns around* me: gasp! *instantly in love*

    my bi heart………



    Oh shit.


    Fellas I’m real gay


    A/N: If you’d like to see me do more of these, please let me know!

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    As someone who struggles with arthritis in the hands on a daily basis, I thought I’d share a few facts and tidbits that will help you if you’re writing a character that suffers from the same thing.

    I have not been officially diagnosed, but it’s pretty certain that it’s rheumatoid arthritis. In examples I give you below, these are things I personally struggle with and not everyone will be the same.

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    In movies, television, and sometimes commercials geared towards arthritis patients, the person is portrayed flinching at the pain and rubbing their joints. While that is a very accurate representation, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.

    When writing a character that suffers from hand arthritis think about these points:

    - your story will need to have conflict, whether it’s external or internal. arthritis in the hands can be debilitating, so if your character uses their hands for combat or every-day things like typing, that can be part of the conflict…for example, if your character has an email deadline looming, arthritis may affect the consequences of a late email.

    - physically speaking, arthritis can be dull and achy. Often it’s sharp and cold. In cold environments, the joints lock up and movement is nearly unbearable. Warmer environments cause the joints to swell and it may feel as if the hands are burning. 

    - in patients with RA, the fingers become deformed and many people develop what is called swan neck deformity. This deformity alone can inhibit movement.

    - mornings and evenings are the worst times for the majority of arthritis sufferers, especially if weather plays a factor. Waking up with stiff joints is a common complaint.

    - treatment options are available, but not always accessible depending on laws and financial status. medicines such as ibuprofen and aleve help to a certain extent. other remedies include holistic approaches such as essential oils. 

    * My personal recommendation is to use cool (NOT COLD) water on hot, swollen joints and warm (NOT HOT) water on the joints when they feel sharp and stiff. *

    * I also recommend compression gloves *

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    There’s a blockade in the Black Hills, up to Mt Rushmore, native people (Lakota) stopping everything up.

    Someone shared a video of military marching in on them.

    Can’t watch. Gonna have a full scale panic attack.

    Thank you for the update 💕

    Black Hills Legal Defense Fund: https://bhlegalfund.org/

    Thank you for adding this! Here’s a working link, tumblr didn’t seem to like the original:

    Defending the Black Hills, our demands. Close Mount Rushmore as a National Monument
    Return the land to the Lakota people whose land it is for them to decide what to do with it going forward. End white supremacy and systemic racism.
    Shift decision making power back into the hands of BIPOC people. Stop the Trump regime from continuing to tear apart this nation.
    Return the Black Hills back to the Lakota and Indigenous people of the region

    What Would A Mediocre White Man Do? (new mantra to live by!)

    “if you actually met 100% of the requirements they couldn’t afford you”

    I really needed to hear this. I had never thought of it this way. This literally never occurred to me, I’ve just spent my whole adult life thinking I was underqualified for everything. Thinking I’m not good enough for anything because the “minimum requirements” are so high.

    I need specifics. I wanna know what I can get away with. I wanna know what they really mean by “minimum.” I wanna know how much I’m actually worth.

    As someone who worked in hr, this is true.

    True to the point that if someone was extremely unqualified, but because of timing we were desperate, we’d bend rules to get them hired. And the only people taking advantage of this were guys.

    <>if you actually met 100% of the requirements they couldn’t afford you

    this made so much click in my head. because this was literally it–spend half the time being unqualified for everything and just not applying. and the rest of the time being qualified and not getting hired. because ahahaha fuck you, you’re too expensive now/we’re too worried you’ll jump ship and leave us because of how qualified you are! guess we’ll just hire this shitty dude to do it !? ?

    I debated posting this here but WWAMWMD? He’d post it. #girlgogetyours

    It’s way more than<> “if you actually met 100% of the requirements they couldn’t afford you” 

    The reason they couldn’t afford you is that if you meet 100% of the requirements<>, you’re ready for the next position up.

    Career strategy 101: The most valuable employees are always learning. Every company wants employees who won’t stagnate, i.e. sit in one role doing the same thing ever year and continue getting annual raises. A company wants to hire you for one thing at one salary, and then move you up through higher positions over the years, i.e. they keep getting new benefits for the additional money they’re spending on you.

    A good company will offer you development opportunities, either within your role or in addition to it. So when the company interviews you, they want to see that you can learn what they need, and you want to see that they can teach you new skills. Companies know that the best applicants are interviewing them in return and that if they don’t offer development, they will lose those applicants to better jobs.

    Companies structure positions this way intentionally and they assume you know it.

    So not only should you apply to jobs you aren’t 100% qualified for, you can use 100% qualification as an indicator that you’re overqualified and should look for the next job up.

    This started funny but became really important to know. 


    so im trying to write my first ever multi chapter fic, and i started out pretty good, i got a chapter out every week, but then i hit a roadblock. i can see the scenes for the next chapter, but i cant cant them sit on the paper properly, and i feel like im letting people down. i keep thinking ive got it figured out, and telling people that hey this next bit should be coming out soon! and then i get stuck again. its one of my most popular fics and i feel like ive failed. any advice?

    Never underestimate the power of a beta reader. Seriously. They can be a fellow author, they can be a reader from your fandom, they can be someone else that you trust. But having someone else that you can bounce ideas off of is a fantastic resource. 

    More than once, I’ve pulled a friend into a conversation about a story where I tell them what’s happening in the fic and then where I’m stuck and together we float a few ideas for how I can get past it. Almost every time, I’ve left those conversations with a plan for how to proceed. 

    And when I find myself immovably stuck on a scene? I skip it and pick the story up after the point where I’m stuck. Once I’ve got the next chunk of the story written, I can go back and see what I need to write to bridge between the two finished parts. Sometimes I can scrap the scene entirely. Sometimes I just need to add a sentence or two here or there. Sometimes that one scene ends up needing to actually be five different scenes in order to set things up properly. 

    What about the rest of you? How do you get past a roadblock like this?

    Agree about the beta and the scene skipping. Another bit of advice I learned (I think from AO3COTD) is "your problem isn't the last line, it's ten lines back."

    What this means is if something feels off about the part you're trying to write, take a look back at what's before it. Sometimes you realize that, while you bad written something before, it should be phrased differently, or a word is used incorrectly.

    Note, when following this advice, try not to go further back than one scene or chapter, cause else you can get caught in an editing cycle and not be writing.

    I also find that taking a break from writing and simply thinking about your story while doing a mundane task that does not involve staring at a computer screen or a notebook can really help with inspiration. I’ve come up with some of my favourite plot moments while cleaning/tidying, not to mention unconsciously come up with solutions to plot problems.

    Fun Fact, thats, more or less, something that wealthy people in China and Japan did, they were called “musical floorboards.” Designed to squeak when stood upon. A person could make noise all the way down a corridor.

    The residents and servants knew which floorboards made a sound and avoided them. But a burglar, or assassin didn’t. If you heard the creaking of floorboards, you knew danger was coming.

    Even better, despite what movies may show, a lot of the old west was founded by Chinese immigrants, so there could have been carpenters around who knew how to make the musical floorboards!

    They were also called Nightingale Floors, and looking up to make sure I had the right term, I found they were super clever! They were more than just ill-fit boards or whatever makes floors creak normally, they actually used little metal bars under the boards placed into small holes in the boards to cause the creak.

    The best things on the internet are when someone makes a joke and then Miss Frizzle rolls up for an educational adventure.

    Illthdar - Guardians of Las Review!

    @illthdar​ generously sent me a copy of her book, Illthdar, Guardians of Las earlier this semester and I finished it the other day! It took me a while to finish, not out of lack of interest, just because I’ve been busy. Here are my thoughts!


    “Illthdar: the land that logic and reason forgot. A place where every fairytale exists, and not in harmony. Pulled there by a mysterious force, Zercey Stamos learns that she is part faery must join the Order of Mana. The religious protectors of the sacred crystal are fighting to save everyone from mana waste. None of the displaced humans or aliens can leave. The Order does not want them to leave.”


    This book has excellent world building and characters. A lot of thought clearly went into the development of Illthdar and the diverse cast; there’s a lot to the planet of Illthdar and I expect even more will be revealed in coming books. The magic system is well-constructed with clearly defined limitations, which I always appreciate, and is fun! The different types of magic and physical appearances depicted in the book create what I can best describe as visual interest (not sure what the right word is for a book). Each character had a distinct personality, motivation, and voice, which is especially important with a relatively large cast. Garcia used classic tropes while adding unique twists and traits that helped them come to life rather than feeling canned. The writing is skillful in terms of sentence structure, active voice, etc, and uses artful prose appropriately.


    As for critiques, the pacing in the beginning felt a little fast to me and I would have liked to get a better sense of Zercey as a character before going to Illthdar. A few of the descriptions confused me or didn’t give me a clear picture, though overall they were clear. The shifts in POV felt too fast for me at points. A range of emotions is represented throughout the book, but I think at times it could have been pushed further, especially considering some of the situations the characters are in (though I am sensitive and dramatic so my taste may not reflect most people’s thoughts). I also would have liked to see more of an arch in the plot; I expect the purpose of this book is setting the world and characters for the rest of a series, which it did well, but I felt there could have been a clearer rising action and climax. Still, the book maintained my interest.


    This book was fun, well developed, and had refreshing representation. While I have critiques, I would absolutely recommend it for fans of fantasy or anyone looking for an interesting, semi-lighthearted read. I look forward to the rest of the series!

    <>Link for Purchase:

    ($12.95? That’s damn near free, can’t afford not to buy it!)


    Now is a great time to buy Illthdar: Guardians of Las. Why? Because the profits of all purchases of it between now and the end of August 2020 will be donated to Gendered Intelligence.

    In response to Jk Rowling’s anti-trans statements, as well as the need for change highlighted by the black lives matter movement. As an advocate for change, I am always prepared to use my platform and privilege to amplify great causes and support underrepresented groups.

    Why is Gendered Intelligence important? They’re a not-for-profit organisation in the UK that, among other things, provides support to trans people of colour.

    If you’re unable to help support the cause, I do hope you will join me by signal boosting and sharing the news so that as many people as possible can help contribute.


    LOUISVILLE KY 6/29/20






    check out #boycottamerikkka on twitter for more info. this time is not just about creating an economic blackout through corporate boycott, but also about supporting black businesses. let’s show up for them


    [both tweets are by Majesty Ria and tagged with #BoycottAmerikkka : You don’t need to go to Target for hair products & body wash or body oils when there are plenty of black owned stores that’s ready to cater to your needs. You can stop eating Chick-Fil-A for a while.. & support some local mom & pop restaurants with better burgers! #BoycottAmerikkka is a community effort. I started it but it’s not mine. It’s ours. Im black, so it’s naturally a Black movement but Malcolm X said “I, for one, will stand with anyone, I don’t care what color you are as long as they wanna change this miserable condition.”]

    You shouldn’t be treating nb people like the secret sexy 3rd gender. Nb people don’t look like a mash of male and female, they’re not sexy androgynous twinks

    white skinny androgynous nb people reblogging this and saying shit like “Well this is what I look like! So I feel represented!” Are literally part of the problem. I’m not saying that no nb people are white/skinny/andro, I’m saying that those are the only type of nb bodies that get represented 

    its nice, isnt it, when nonbinary people are visibly distinct from binary people? its easy, isnt it? you can remember to use “they” for people who have no visible breasts or beards, right? no need to challenge the notion of male vs female if nonbinary people have their own look, isnt that right?

    its time to step the fuck up and really understand that nonbinary looks like anybody. nonbinary looks like you. nonbinary looks like your family and friends and it looks like the strangers who you thoughtlessly call “he” or “she” because of their appearance.

    really supporting nonbinary people means understanding that theres no visual tell - you wont recognise all of us as nonbinary on sight. you have to actually LISTEN to us. you have to BELIEVE us. and it means challenging your assumptions about gender, starting with the assumption that youre an ally to trans people while youre still doing puerile shit like gendering body parts and clothes.


    What you think is happening vs. what is actually happening

    Source: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/new-cases-50-states/california

    Yep, this ain’t the second wave.

    In order to have a second wave, we had to actually stop the first one.

    Also that link is acting weird for me, so here it is again directly:https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/new-cases-50-states