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Heya! I'm a professional freelance artist. My days are spent whipping up commissions and comics, and my nights are spent dreaming up new nightmares for my friends in tabletop games. As of April 2014, I'm married to the most adorable sculptor online. I go to anime conventions frequently, where I sell the aforementioned comics and commissions.

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You know that part when they use the name of the thing to name a part of that thing?

This is that part.

Coloring by me this week.
@TriforceP: <3
Ahhhh! It's so cool to see this up and going! You are ROCKING your pacing, and gosh I love the way Gladiemir moves; shows that you do such a great job characterizing him, even in his movement.

I'mma go queue your link now; we gotta get you some more readers!
This. This is what the Split in the title referred to.
For some reason you all assumed it would be Lemon and Lime. now what gave you THAT impression~?

Coloring by Megan this week!
Ah, yes. Kindly Anguish. Who always treats his hyper-loyal minions so well.

Coloring by Megan this week.
You're gonna need a bigger lock on those cages.
"Villain Meltdowns for fun and Profit," by Anguish.

Coloring by Megan this week!
Look, you have to be able to apprehend the suspect. And when they're all fully flighted, it might be somewhat difficult.

Curtis would sell you out for a pat on the head, though. He's not a parrotlet, he's a stool pigeon.
Writing for Birds, part two:
Just like dogs or cats, many species of pet parrot have the emotional awareness to tell when someone is upset. If you consistently use a phrase to help them calm down or soothe them they're upset, it's not impossible that they might turn it around on you, and use that same phrase to soothe you back. We could argue whether this counts as real empathy, or if pets just don't like seeing their owner all boring and sad.

Then again, you could make the same argument regarding humans cheering each other up, too.
You know, there are a lot of writers out there who don't know how to write parrot dialogue. So here's a quick primer in case you ever want to include talking birds in your story.

The way people do it wrong: A human character will say a phrase, and the parrot will repeat it a couple times. It's not to say that a bird will never do this. But it assumes that birds just kind of randomly hit upon a sound they like, and immediately replicate it. It's good for a joke, but it's gonna sound off and doesn't treat the bird like a thinking creature.

A clever creature, like a parrot, can recognize that words or sounds have contexts. They won't understand the literal meaning or etymology of a phrase, but they can call upon phrases they've heard as an attempt to replicate the context in which they've heard it. So, if an owner says "Come here!" Whenever they open the door to their cage, a parrot can start using it independently, calling "Come here!" to their owner, as a request to have their cage door opened. They don't understand the literal meaning, however, so they might even ignore parts of the phrase, or remix it their own way, calling out "Here here come hereeeee," especially when they're younger or still learning a phrase. It takes a while for a bird to learn a new word or phrase, so the "instantly hearing something and repeating" idea is just plain not how they work.

Captain Flint is a very old bird, and a sailor, so she's going to talk like one. Honestly, everyone develops a vocabulary based on their surroundings, and has their own way of asking or demanding what they want, based on how they've been given things in the past. It's a good way to consider any dialogue. Parrots are just super blunt about it.
@Guest: Yes, indeed. They were able to obtain Citrus Co for next to nothing.

So close to nothing, it might've been nothing at all.
Well, if Lemon and Lime aren't using that national shipping hub...

Coloring by Megan this week!
Stakeout under the table!
And the moment where it all makes sense! To Anna, at least...
Time to catch a culprit!
@Guest: Yup! University College is a real and esteemed institution! The first time I heard about it was while reading The Invisible Man. But during my own college trip to study in London, I found out that it was real, while standing on the college grounds. About tripped over my own feet in surprise. XD
Coloring by Megan this week! And If you'll be at Dokidokon in Kalamazoo, please stop by the artist alley and say hi!
How do you scare someone who craves tragedy? Get alllll fluffy on them.
Nice try, but it looks like you're not really in the mood for a tragic tone right now.