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I'm Kiyumi, and I like drawing, dabbling in new computer programs, reading, and roleplaying. My main fandoms are RPGMaker games and Madoka Magica, but I post a lot of other things as well. I've recently started designing themes. This one is my own invention.
Hero of Justice
Hero of Justice
Hero of Justice

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liegh42 asked I have a character that slowly (but surely) goes insane throughout the novel. She starts off a little insane, being able to see ghosts and all, but at the end of it she goes completely nuts and ends up killer her father (well, that's the plan at least). How can I still make this character relatable? Her situation is no the most common (with some people it is I guess...) so I imagine it's hard to make people like her. Have any tips?

elumish replied:

Firstly, you have so many negative mental illness tropes in this that I’m not sure where to start.

I don’t know what you mean by “insane”. It’s not a medical term, and though it is a legal term, it doesn’t refer to what I assume you mean to say, which is delusional or having hallucinations (which would probably be termed psychotic.

By saying she is able to see ghosts, you are implying that ghosts are real and that she has the ability to see them. Which is a fine premise for a story. I have no issue with that. The thing is, though, that if she has the ability to see ghosts which do exist, she is not hallucinating, so I don’t know how she’s insane. And if she is hallucinating the ghosts, then she can’t see ghosts, she hallucinates, in which cases she likely has either a brain tumor or any in a set of mental illnesses that has hallucinations as one of its symptoms.

Again, I don’t know what you mean by “goes completely nuts.” Does she have a psychotic break? Does she have a nervous breakdown? Does she begin to exhibiting erratic decision-making processes? Does she begin to have delusions? Does she begin to experience the symptoms of other mental illnesses (i.e. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.)? Does she lose touch with reality, as with psychosis? Does she begin to have more than just audio-visual hallucinations the ghosts (if they have hallucinations)? If the ghosts aren’t hallucinations, what do they have to do with the psychotic break?

Why does she kill her father? Presumably she doesn’t wake up one day and decide that she wants to kill him for no apparent reason. Did she exhibit prior violence? Is it because she loses touch with reality and believes that he is somebody else or that she isn’t killing him? Does she want to kill him? If so, why?

I might be being harsh, but the problem is that vague and incorrect ideas about mental illness are a major reason for the incredible stigma against people will mental illnesses. Precision is important, and so is the acknowledgement and understand that mental illness does not equal violence. Being mentally ill does not necessarily make a person violent, and most crimes committed by the mentally ill are found to be unrelated to their illness.


I want to tack some links (and personal commentary) on to this already quite fine answer.

Using the Insane Equals Violent trope does a huge disservice to people living with mental illness. Real life people suffer from mental illness, and perpetuating the idea that someone who has or develops a mental illness simultaneously develops a propensity for violence and committing violent crime (when the opposite is far more likely to be true) is a harmful way to create cheap drama in a story.

Mental illness is not a prop for writers to use to motivate characters. It is a real world thing that affects a lot of people. Similarly, the explanation of “she goes completely nuts” on its own is not a diagnosable mental illness. This is more an example of Hollywood Psych (or even Rule of Cool), in which a writer shirks off doing the research involved in accurately writing a mental illness in favor of writing it in the most “interesting” way for the story.

The way media includes and talks about mental illness absolutely affects how the general populace sees mental illness. You owe it to yourself, to your story, and to your audience to do your due diligence when it comes down to this. Please seriously think about the role mental illness plays in your story and the message it sends about people who live with mental illness.


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