Okay so you’ve got these five high school girls, right?
Rachel is your typical Alpha Bitch. She’s the head cheerleader, the most popular girl in school, all the boys want her on their arm, she probably sleeps around, she’s always stylish. She doesn’t see herself as “not like other girls”, she sees other girls as not like her- but obviously she’s everything a girl wants to be and everything a girl should be.
Opal is the goth-punk-emo-rocker girl who has just discovered feminism, and isn’t quite sure what to do with it yet. She wants to throw off the shackles of the patriarchy and embrace all other women in the solidarity of sisterhood, except for all the ones who are still conforming to social expectations of women because they’re obviously The Enemy™. She’s not like other girls- she’s far more enlightened. She’s openly a lesbian and has some terfy leanings.
Hannah is the athlete, the star of the girls’ basketball team and the girls’ track team. She scoffs at weak, shallow girls who don’t have the wherewithal to go through the intense training she does, as well as scoffing at the frivolity that comes along with it. They care far too much about clothes and make-up and boys and she doesn’t have time for any of them.
Gertrude is a tomboy, kind of plain and unassuming and frequently mistaken for a boy. She’s “just one of the guys” and prefers it that way, because girls have too much drama and boys are just easier to talk to in general. She’s never worn a dress in her life and jokes about how much it “burns” if make-up even comes near her. Everyone assumes she’s a lesbian but she’s not.
Eloise is the smartest girl in school. She gets straight-a’s, wins academic awards left and right, and has never missed a day of school in her life. Everyone already knows she’s going to be valedictorian and they’re only sophomores. She, too, has recently discovered feminism, and knows exactly what to do with it- she spends quite a lot of time talking down to the other girls in school for not being more like she thinks they ought to.
So you’ve got these five girls, and you’ve got this secret organization who are researching genetic engineering. And for some plothole reason they need a bunch of teenage girls to subject to some experiments to do with superheroes. And they decide to pick the girls who are The Most™ because they’ll be best suited for some reason. And the girls consent, and next thing you know you’ve got these five ordinary teenage girls who now have superpowers and have become very technopunk magical girls and are helping the secret organization to save the world or something idk I’ll think of it later.
The point is, most of the character development across the story is going to be about the girls becoming better people and learning and growing and realizing that “not like other girls” shouldn’t be a weapon against each other, and they shouldn’t be competing for the approval of men but instead uplifting and supporting each other.
Also Rachel and Hannah end up being a couple because I want to play around with the “jock gets the cheerleader” trope a bit.
I was thinking about Coupling and how I might rewrite it to keep all the things that charm me about it while making the gross icky parts less gross and icky, and I realized that ninety percent of the changes would pertain to the handling of Jane and Jeff’s backstories.
Because Jane was a bisexual woman repeatedly being told that she wasn’t, was obviously suffering from depression, and was very clearly desperate for meaningful companionship (it should be noted that after bonding with Sally and Susan, and to a lesser degree the boys, she loosened her hold on Steve), and Jeff was an abuse victim whose mother had so badly twisted him that his concept of appropriate behavior was vastly skewed, and all of this was clearly dismissed by friends who, while obviously disturbed by his history, tended to write this history off as just Jeff being mad.
Both of them deserved so much better than the treatment they got, and honestly I would love to see them handled better.
In other news, I've been having bad head days again. It's always really easy, when I'm feeling good, to pretend that the bad head days are gone, but of course they always come back, lurking in the back of my mind to tell me all the reasons I'm worthless.
Did my workouts and drank my water and ate my sportscandy anyway, because fuck you bad head days.
(Project Theo is not just about physical improvement but also improving in any other ways that strike my fancy.)
The current routine is push into each stretch until I can feel it, then hold it for a ten count. The idea is to gradually get to the point where I can go farther (and longer) until I'm as flexible as I want to be. My soft goal for the end of the year is a split- I've always wanted to be able to do a split, but never felt like putting in the time to learn- I'm a very instant gratification kind of guy and this is something that takes time and effort. But I figure as long as I'm doing this, I might as well make it a thing I try to do.
Pushups are still hard. I'm not really trying to up the ante with those yet, since I can still barely do the ten I've decided to set as my starting point and half the time struggle to get through all of them in one go. But, again, this is one of those 'it takes time' things; it's not like I was expecting to just jump into one-armed pushups the first week.
(Though I did just drop and try them, just to see- I can hold myself up with my right arm, but I can't start lowering. My left arm is a pansy and dropped me immediately.)
- One fresh fruit or vegetable a day (try to eat the whole thing)
- One glass of water a day (preferably in the morning but any time is fine)
- Stretches after waking and before going to bed
- Pushups before bed (try to keep a consistent schedule for these)
(The mental version of the plan doesn't have a checklist, it's mostly just trying to stay positive by avoiding drama and not seeking out negativity. That's harder to quantify as a checklist.)
He's just a really good dude? There's jokes about not knowing where Magnús ends and Sportacus begins but jokes aside, he very much is the sort of person Sportacus encourages us to be, and that's not a bad thing. He's kind and friendly, he likes to have fun, and cares about people, he works hard and he has nothing but glowing praise for the people he works with. Watching him in things he's adorable, the way he just lights up with delight. He might be a little bit extra, what with all the sports tricks, but to be honest I know that if I could do that kind of stuff I'd never stop either.
He's even given me the last bit of inspiration I need to actually start taking an active role in trying to get stronger, rather than just waiting around for something to happen, though I'm putting it off till after the holiday season because there's some minor logistics I need to sort out and right now I'm just too tired.
I loved my old url, wyomingsmustache, and it's a wrench to change it, but I feel like it's time for a change, and anyway, wyomingsmustache is associated with too many things that hurt now. So I'm sportabean now. (It's a lazytown url.)
I've been thinking about Hope and Dark lately, and I've got this idea for the fourth arc that involves the third arc ending with Dark killing the big bad, because he can see (where Hope can't) that there's no reform for this guy, and that given the sheer number of people who have died/are going to die because of him, he also doesn't see that he deserves it.
But Hope is one of those "give everyone a chance" heroes, and never wanted to make the decision for anyone else, and can't grasp the whole idea of "sometimes it's you or them". I blame the fact that his first two villains got redemption arcs. It set a precedent.
Anyway, Dark kinda enjoys killing Kickstarter, he gets a thrill from it, and Hope can see this, so he gets angry, and there's some displacement and they argue and Hope ends up telling Dark the fuck off and don't come back. So Dark does, and the fourth arc is a recovery arc from the first three as the story shifts into a new arrangement.
At some point during the separation, Dark's original fire-based powers come back, so part of the arc is him learning to use his powers in conjunction with each other. This makes him one of only two characters to have more than two base powers, the other being Trinity, who has three but can only use one at once. (Everyone else has two and can combine them. Dark gets three, and expects to have the same limitation, except that he can combine his, and is very confused. Unfortunately the scientist studying the "outliers" is part of their group and he stubbornly refuses to be the one to go back to Hope. If Hope wants him back, he'll have to do the legwork himself.)
At the same time, serious talk is popping up on the news and in the media about these outliers and how dangerous they are and whether they should be allowed to continue, because no one in this verse has read comic books or something. Though some excellent points come up about how, sure, some of the outliers have been sure not to cause trouble, but some have gone out of their way to, and humanity is dependent on other outliers to prevent them from causing harm. In Amity it gets especially brutal because Claudia's research ended up drawing a lot of outliers, and Kickstarter's plot created more, so now a small rural town is basically crawling with heroes and villains, and while they were pretty chill with one each, dozens and dozens is more than they're prepared to deal with.