thor is always running into little kids who are thrilled to meet him - he doesn’t really understand the concept of signing autographs, but he starts carrying asgardian toys around in his pockets to give to kids he meets (much to shield’s chagrin - how are we supposed to keep alien tech under control when the god of thunder is giving out magnetic propulsion toys to five-year-olds?)
but one day, he meets this girl who’s nine, maybe ten, and she runs up to him all misty-eyed and immediately asks him if he knows jane foster
and her mother’s embarrassed because “honey, that’s thor, aren’t you excited to see thor?” but the girl just explains that she wants to be a scientist when she grows up, and that jane foster is the astrophysicist (she pronounces the word carefully, as if she’s been practicing) who found out how the rainbow bridge worked - isn’t that so cool? she read about it in kids discover and they watched a documentary in school and dr. foster was in it and it made her think that maybe because she likes planets so much she could be a scientist, too
and thor smiles broadly and tells her that wanting to be a scientist is a noble dream, and he says “if your mother would be willing, i could introduce you”
and that’s how jane foster ends up with a tiny science geek in pigtails trailing around behind her in her lab, asking how everything works. jane can’t really comprehend the fact that a kid would want to meet her, but she likes explaining things and she looks at this girl and can’t help seeing herself. thor is just fucking delighted because to him the idea of jane being a child’s hero makes perfect sense, why wouldn’t it? she’s jane
and years later the girl grows up to be an astrophysicist or an astronaut or an aerospace engineer and she never forgets the time that dr. jane foster knelt down beside her and said, don’t let anybody stop you from chasing the stars, if that’s what you want
jane foster inspiring girls in science, y/y
ANOTHER ANATOMY POST! Only three vertebrate groups have successfully evolved flight: Birds, Bats, and Pterosaurs, which are NOT dinosaurs, and are an extremely diverse group of reptiles! Pterodactyl is not the only one. However, birds ARE dinosaurs. Avian dinosaurs!
Wings are not some extra structure you tack on to a creature and somehow the arms go away— they ARE arms. Think about that when you are designing creatures with wings and also giving them arms. That means your creature has six limbs.
Next anatomy post: The anatomy and evolution of DRAGONS. If you guys have any requests, feel free to send them in!
I’m sure everyone has at some point come across the post where a teacher claims killing off your characters shows bad writing skills…
Well, I agree with that.
Killing off a character is the easiest possible way to elicit a response from an audience.
Obviously, there are some exceptionally well written death scenes and I may have cried at the passing of more than one fictional characters, but the general point still stands.
It’s a big emotional thing, but pretty much any way of writing “that character died” would get a response from someone who adored the character, just because of the subject matter. You can be saddened by anyone passing, even someone who was in your school but never talked to, so therefore it’s incredibly easy to get you to cry when a character you think you know dies.
But if any writer thinks that the absolute worst thing that could happen to a character is to kill them, that is bad writing skills.
Confront them with their fears. Confront them with their flaws. Turn their friends against them and see what the character does. Make me relate to their feelings, make me worry for them, make me pray for them, and if you can do that, that is good writing.
If you can make someone cry over a character, that’s fine. If you can make someone cry over something as insignificant as a spoon, that’s great writing.
Tinkering the TARDIS with a normal screwdriver because your “sonic” one is too much technology sometimes…
The 12th Doctor is systematically shedding the things he’s used as security blankets throughout his previous incarnations - He’s going back to his ‘roots’ and I think this is something we shouldn’t ignore. The thought I keep coming to is that he’s Weening himself off of the things he’s relied on for so long.
Rather than using the Tardis computers to solve problems, he writes them down on chalkboards. He’s getting more intimate with his thought processes. I don’t know about you, but when I bend myself over a piece of paper and write things out, I’m in a headspace where the gears are -really- turning.
Episode 3, he’s got to think his way out of a situation without the aid of his Sonic Screwdriver and in Episode 4, we’re seeing him separating himself from his dependence on it to do -everything- for him. And we see him pushing Clara into the Tardis to face things by himself. He’s weening himself off her, too.
This Doctor is a lot more actively introspective. I think we’re going to see a lot more of him exploring what makes him Tick and I think we’re going to see more of his past as he tries to decide if he really WANTS to find Gallifrey again, and maybe ‘go home’.
what a great way of thinking… i couldnt agree more…