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Hey, for some reason my keyboard has changed nationality. The umlaut letters don\t work *as it seems neither do the special keys either, this sentence is in brackets(. Strange thing is, it seems to only be a problem with my web browser /google chrome/, as my desktop, program control and photoshop recognize the Finnish button order just fine.

Would anyone know why this happens, and how to fix it. o.o
I want my umlauts! Oh, yeah, and other symbols would be nice to have where they should too.

Bone collecting PSA

proteesiukkonen:

As I’ve been showing off my collection of animal bones and other specimens and seen people become increasingly aware and fascinated by the hobby of bone collecting, I feel it necessary to say this:

Please, if you collect dead animal parts, make sure the specimens you own are legal to own! If they are not, please, DO NOT COLLECT THEM. Or at the very least, do take the necessary steps needed to get a legal permit for owning one.

Many people understand that endangered species’ are off limits but not everyone realizes that even animals that seem common and can be found dead along roads can be protected by laws that forbid owning and selling their parts.

For example, in Finland, all birds except for those classified as game or pests are protected meaning you need legal permits to keep or sell their bones, hides, feathers or other parts.

Please, oh please, do not break these laws, and if you introduce friends to your hobby, inform them as well! These laws are in place to protect the animals we love and respect so much. You don’t need to own a beautiful skull or hide so much that you need to take the illegal route. If you really want a certain specimen it is only respectful towards nature to own it legally and pay for a permit.

Many seasoned bone collectors know this already, but I’ve seen beginners just grabbing any bird or small critter they find dead to take their parts. This is not always acceptable, so familiarize yourself with the laws and obey them.

Thank you!

Talking about gender, is the reason you used 'he' for both whispering ones and Triaformica because you didn't know that the term 'they' is sooomewhat well-known as a neutral pronoun when you made them up? Or is there another reason? (because when you think if Iralbe as gender-neutral, the cast is slightly more balanced, but there's not many ways to know it when he uses male pronouns ^^)

For triaformica it is because back when they first came to the world they now inhabit, the people they met were pretty much all called “he”, so they took that as the norm, and started going by “he” themselves. This varies to culture to culture, and from individual to individual (like how Needleneck is often referred to as “she” because of his lifestyle and role in his family), the “he” default is used in the area where my named characters live.

As for Wurr it’s a bit more complicated. Wurr is foremost written in Finnish, and as Finnish does not have gender specific pronouns, I can’t draw too much attention to how the others call him without having to draw more/bigger speech bubbles or entire conversations explaining how Iralbe is a special case just for one language that I’d have to leave out/ change for the original. Culture wise, I imagine that whatever language the hounds speak is gender neutral anyway, as biological sex is more bendy subject for them to begin with (so it might be more correct to use “they” for everyone, but then I’d have to explain to readers why I went with that. People ask a lot). For the English version I’ve thought of it as for the hounds to see “she” as someone who can give birth, and not being able to puts you in “he” box, unless otherwise decided.

When I grew up, I watched A LOT of animal documentaries, still do, and it seems to be the norm that every animal is called “he” untill proven otherwise, so as weird as it is, I’ve come to the conclusion that “he” is more neutral than “she”. This does bug me a bit, but then again, Finnish. In my language there is no gendered pronouns, and most people don’t even bother to distinct between “he/she” and “it”, calling everyone and everything by the word “se”, meaning “it”.

(Iralbe’s gender will be talked about in a scene somewhere within the next hundred pages in the comic itself. So should have done it in the first book, but it’s a non-issue to the hounds and I didn’t know how, and we don’t speak of the first book.)

How come you have so few female characters in Wurr? I really love your series and your work and I get exited every time you post anything. It's just that I would like seeing more main females. It's so depressing seeing so many stories crowded with males and most of the females being "the girl" instead of "another character". I know your already planed Wurr, and it might show up more females later, but maybe there is a future male you can change sex to without it affecting the story negatively.

Anonymous

You know, I do wonder this myself occasionally. There was this one point where I realised that the number of named characters who were intersex outweighted the number of named female characters (you know, Iralbe+Riega/Surama) and it was… rather strange moment.

There is no answer for why there’s so few female characters in Wurr. I didn’t build the story to purposefully leave out any possible female roles, I didn’t think of that at all back in the old days when I put together the first pieces of the story and just ran off. (The comic will hit seven years next week by the way.) Some of the characters are based on my old RP characters, majority of which tended to be male for some reason. Possibly because I never felt in tune with girly stuff so playing as girly stuff didn’t strike my fancy as much (never mind that being a girl who never liked girly stuff, I probably should have known that being female doesn’t equate to girly things. Teenage brain, you know).

Thinking of the future of the story in the manner of Rather Important Characters, there will be at least two more female characters with a somewhat important role (who aren’t the two copper collared guard dogs, I don’t quite know how important their role will be in the grand scheme of things. Sometimes characters just decide to expand their role while I write them, but sometimes they won’t. Hard to say). There’s one male character that I can’t switch to female, unfortunately. Or I COULD, but it would take the specific feel of the character away that I personally like, and would affect another character too. Now that I think about it, I could possibly switch that smith Bakbak was talking about in the latest page (198) into female (I’d have to edit that speech bubble, though. Stupid English and your gender specific pronouns, Finnish would have made it so much easier). Although, I have kind of designed the smith’s markings to look kinda sorta like a beard, and I’m not gonna change that, so if I end up switching the gender and the pronoun, you’ll have a character that could be translated as a bearded lady. Personally I’d be totally okay with that. I’ll have to think about this and see if I can hammer him into her in my brain.

proteesiukkonen:

Finnish Alphabet & Pronunciation Part 1 of 2
—- Part 2

A bit out of the ordinary post here, but in the past people have asked me how to pronounce certain things in Finnish and just how Finnish works. Well, today I found these videos on YouTube and I think they can be quite enlightening to anyone wondering about Finnish pronunciation!

The person on the video is not a native speaker of Finnish so I think she’s able to explain this stuff so that other non-natives can get it. And more importantly, aside from having a bit of a funky accent here and there, she has a spot-on pronunciation.

I have this bad habit of being overly paranoid…

I have this bad habit of being overly paranoid…

I survived my epic walk duty today! Although I cheated about six kilometers from the sixteen, since as I started walking back from the healthcare center, reaching the second bus stop on the way the bus that was going to were I was going arrived, I took it as a sign and I hopped on. (Though, 3,40€?! Dang, the price has about doubled since the last time I drove a bus here.)

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Arcanth by Paperiapina
Woop, I did it! Or at least made it to a point when I don’t feel like looking at it anymore.

A wee bit of old character feels, Arcanth here was my first ever RP character back in the old 2003 when I found the mysterious lands of the inturwebsies.

Arcanth by Paperiapina
Woop, I did it! Or at least made it to a point when I don’t feel like looking at it anymore.

A wee bit of old character feels, Arcanth here was my first ever RP character back in the old 2003 when I found the mysterious lands of the inturwebsies.

This stuff looks So Much Easier when it’s other artists doing it.
Blarg.

This stuff looks So Much Easier when it’s other artists doing it.

Blarg.

I have absolutely no idea of what I’m doing.

I have absolutely no idea of what I’m doing.

Two of my Flight Rising dragons, Bestla and Titan.
I didn’t plan to put this up here on my main blog, but it is the first thing I did (and finished) with my new tablet, so I thought I could put it up here too.

Two of my Flight Rising dragons, Bestla and Titan.

I didn’t plan to put this up here on my main blog, but it is the first thing I did (and finished) with my new tablet, so I thought I could put it up here too.

So, I got myself a new tablet couple weeks ago, but I didn’t have a chance to try it out, and then I just forgot. I just installed it, but now, as the clock is closing in on midnight, I thought it would be perfect time to try it out. I’m playing around its adjustments, as it feels a bit weird compared to the feel of my previous one.
Brrrrllp.

So, I got myself a new tablet couple weeks ago, but I didn’t have a chance to try it out, and then I just forgot. I just installed it, but now, as the clock is closing in on midnight, I thought it would be perfect time to try it out. I’m playing around its adjustments, as it feels a bit weird compared to the feel of my previous one.

Brrrrllp.

Jul 8
proteesiukkonen:


» Click here for price list and further instructions «

Got my commission price list and ToS updated, so I’m ready to take on commissions now. Got all the info needed up on dA, so follow the link if you’re interested.
Please don’t approach me about commissions via messages on tumblr unless it’s a general question, thank you! Use dA notes or e-mail for orders and specific inquiries.

A little signal boosting for my brainstorm buddy.

proteesiukkonen:

» Click here for price list and further instructions «

Got my commission price list and ToS updated, so I’m ready to take on commissions now. Got all the info needed up on dA, so follow the link if you’re interested.

  • Please don’t approach me about commissions via messages on tumblr unless it’s a general question, thank you! Use dA notes or e-mail for orders and specific inquiries.

A little signal boosting for my brainstorm buddy.

Jul 2

fieldofmonsters:

Hope these work out for you, papermonkeyism!

Top row is fairly straightforward, lots of teeth. It’s really interesting to see how wide their jaws can open. And kind of scary. The Chasmasaurus these pictures are of had about a foot of air between beaks with the mouth open.

Middle row should be front feet, left hind foot, right hind foot.

And side views of front and hind legs.

This setup is a little old, but I hope it still helps.

Ooooo, thanks so much again! This is great help!