“Tock the Gnome” page update!

Happy last day of Pride Month and Junefae, all 💖 No matter what’s going on around you, keep being true to yourself. Keep shining.

And on that note – ding ding!! A new page of “Tock the Gnome” is now available for reading!

(Not to mention an exclusive print, still available on my Patreon, AND a new Webtoon update, too!)

Read here ❤

Or start from the beginning here ❤

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“Tock the Gnome: The Rescue Quest” is about a Gnome woman named Tock, who lives in a Steampunk culture in a high fantasy world. Driven by a Fairy Tale about a trapped Elven princess on a floating island, she convinces her friend Bumble – an airship pilot – to join her quest to rescue her. They hire extra firepower from unfamiliar lands, and together they seek the island and the princess. But what they seek may not be quite what they expected…

Proudly contains queer characters and romance, size-positivity, Faerie, spiritual magic, conundrums and tomfoolery.

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Sunday Gnomedays 6-26-22

Could not manage whimsy today, dear followers.

Too furious.

Too terrified.

For myself, for my loved ones, for anyone with a uterus. For the rights they’re going to try to take away next.

Like my marriage.

Like contraception.

Like access to hormone replacement therapy.

Like any and all bodily autonomy and privacy.

Here’s some places that could use support, if you’re able:

abortionfunds.org

keepourclinics.org

And here’s how to contact your senator:

indivisible.org

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Sunday Gnomedays 6-12-22

(Hope you lot are happy to see LOTS more of Tock herself this JuneFae, since apparently she’s my drawing comfort space, and I seem to be needing a lot of that lately!)

As for today’s – I started a new sketchbook recently 🦋 And as I’ve mentioned before, I always start a new sketchbook with a drawing just for me, and a quote that both inspires and resonates with where I’m at, at the time.

Full drawing with the quote, and my notes on why I chose it, available here 💖

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Fanart Friday and comic review – Suitor Armor

Fanart Friday time with comic recommendation – perfect for both Pride month and JuneFae, again!! One of my favorites on Webtoon – “Suitor Armor,” by purpah.

Short take:

A delightful, surprisingly intense, gorgeous Faerie tale about love, identity, and power.

Long take (or, a proper review):

I’ve been reading this amazing faerie story for a while now, but didn’t get *really* into it until recently. For some reason, of late, faerie stories that deal with what we humans have done to them are resonating with me REAL hard, and SA falls into that category strongly and gracefully.

(I will try to make this as spoiler-less as possible.)

(Also, trigger warning for discussion of trauma at the end.)

(Also also, the above fanart is NOT a spoiler, I just needed to draw some AU married fluff for self care.)

The story starts with Lucia – our heroine, a fairy hidden among humans after being “rescued” by one in particular as a child, who then chose to raise her as a human (specifically as lady in waiting to his daughter, Kirsi, who is to be queen one day via arranged marriage to the Prince of the realm) and protect her that way. Our view of things is her view of things. Very narrow, hyper-focused on keeping her secret and preparing her lady and friend for the royal role she will marry into. But everything changes, right away, as Lucia and Kirsi head out from their home into the human capital – to the palace – and Lucia starts learning more about what’s happening in the world and what’s happening to the people of her birth.

As you might expect, a certain war between the fay and the humans is not at all what it seems. And reality has humongous repercussions for Lucia.

All this changes her – as does meeting a certain enchanted suit of armor (see what they did there? Eh? Eeeehhhhh?) – Modeus – and forming a connection with him, despite both their circumstances, despite people dehumanizing both him and herself.

I am a sucker for “secretly powerful person falls in love with perceivedly-“non-human,” “built” being who is supposed to be an automaton but is not” stories (hey there fellow Scarlet Vision fans!) so obviously I was here for this from the start. However, I want to throw an extra shoutout to the author here, for the way they’re handling the situation.

Romances like this always, ALWAYS, read as queer to me. Hands down. (….not to mention the fact that I headcanon Lucia as ace, or at least demi, because of one thing she says that I won’t spoil.) The way people react to their attachment and individual personhood – not acknowledging her armored interest as a PERSON, not using his chosen pronouns, treating her as mentally ill, almost, for being so close to him? Yeah. Feels SUPER familiar. This queerness is further highlighted/complimented by their mural close friendship with another queer couple in the story (who I won’t spoil either, you should get to read that reveal as lovely as it was written, but I promise it’s coming and it’s *so good* even if it’s not glaringly obvious from the first episode. Look for subtlety. Look for details).

The romance of Kirsi and her prince, now King Reinard, is also handled with grace and thought. Arranged marriages can be handled very awkwardly, in my reading experience, but both characters in this situation come to it with openness, acceptance and a willingness to build from that space, genuinely, together, and it is so beautiful to see unfold.

As a Faerie fan (to put it lightly), I am also super impressed with the choices made about the fair folk in this world. One choice in particular feels very Froudian to me, and thus very True. – but again, no spoilers. Please just trust ME that it is GOOD work.

The only note of warning I would throw in – which is, again, a good thing in the end – is that there is something that can happen to certain characters, a violent trauma, that reads very clearly to me as rape allegory. I’m not sure if that was intentional, but if so, it is very well constructed. I’m glad it’s in there, since it opens up a dialogue about trauma and personhood and power. We *are* eased into it, but it signals a shift in the tale (and in Lucia’s perception of the world) from relatively safe and understandable, to something real and dangerous, and we do eventually see the act happening to one of the side characters.

That’s as spoilery as I’m gonna get. But yes. It shook me a lot harder than I thought it would – which is GOOD writing, and it’s handled tastefully, as much as the intensity of it bears mentioning. They do also start discussing actual sexual assault, or at least the history of it, in some of the chapters of season 2 so far – and again, the mindfulness is there in the tone of the story. But there isn’t any kind of a trigger warning ahead of the violence until much later than its originally mentioned, and no trigger warning before the rape discussions, either, and that’s really the only thing I wish was different.

Just read responsibly and take care of yourselves, survivors and allies 💗

That said, I recommend this series from the bottom of my heart, and I hope you check it out!

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Sunday Gnomedays 6-5-22 (with Tock the Gnome WBW!)

With Sunday Gnomedays and Junefae vibes – time for another patrons-only “Tock the Gnome” world building post, dear readers!

(For the record, we will be bouncing back and forth between this blog and my Tock-specific one for all JuneFae posts this month – I will do my best to reblog appropriately so no one misses anything 💖)

Anyhoo:

This week, we’re taking a bit more of a streamlined look at when/how airships came into popularity in Gnomish culture.

Full post available here! 🎈

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Sunday Gnomedays 5-29-22

Drawn in a desperatey-panic moment earlier in the week, and so, grateful for the magic and hope it offered! Both then and now – as, on the day of this posting, I am more than likely looking at a challenging day again (graduation season at hotels is SUPER fun, everyone).

Whatever challenges you’re facing, I hope you come through them smoothly, with faith in the Universe too 💫

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Sunday Gnomedays 5-22-22

Continuing the theme that’s popped up a couple times on-and-off this past month-and-a-half of “When in doubt, draw Tock looking peaceful with exterior objects of Significance and/or people she loves.”

So today, daisies. Which – as noted before in the dream sequence for her tale – signify innocence, purity, new beginnings, true love, and the keeping of secrets. All things Tock herself heralds, in one way or another! And things I hope will start resonating – constructively (or destructively, if something needs tearing down!) – for all of us, soon.

As always, you can read more about Tock here 🌼

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