show, don't tell (II)
fear - open mouth - backing away - fake smiles - hugging themselves - long / dragged breaths - rocking
jealousy - snide remarks - darting looks - self-deprication - visible judging - folded arms - arguing a fair point
hurt - steadying breaths - overly bobbing head - teary - anger - trembling - pressed lips - insisting everything is 'fine'
lying (ticks) - picking at nails - touching hair - licking lips - laughing too loud - avoids subjects - won't meet eyes
worry - reaching out physically - pursing lips - looking to others - reassuring smiles - looking you up and down - tilted head - sympathetic nod
shame - will not meet eyes - feet turned away - teary - desperate - fidgeting - begging
humiliation - lashes back - cheeks flush - palms turn sweaty - face frowns -> brows scrunch, lips pull back - teary
love - looks for approval - blushing / turning red - clammy palms - nervous around certain people - laughs hard - turning clumsy - slip of thought
a few reminders because i’m tired and angry
- fandom is a hobby, not a form of activism
- adult women aren’t inherently creepy for being in fandom and having hobbies apart from raising babies and doing taxes
- the vast majority of people pushing back against the worrying trend of instigating harassment over fictional characters and relationships aren’t incest supporters or pedophiles, actually
- liking a m/f ship doesn’t make someone a dirty heterosexual invading your space
- preferring gay ships doesn’t make you ‘’woke’’ and good
- no one owes you a disclaimer that they are a good person who recognizes that their favorite fictional villain’s actions are evil and that they don’t condone those actions irl
- liking a fictional villain is in no way comparable to advocating abuse/murder/genocide/etc and you’re a fucking idiot if you believe that
- just because a woman is attracted to a fictional villain doesn’t mean she’s promoting toxic relationships or going to end up in a toxic relationship. assuming women can’t tell fiction and reality apart stinks of internalized misogyny
- some rando’s a/b/o fanfics have none of the level of influence that popular tv shows and movies spreading propaganda have
- no one owes you a detailed description of their traumas and mental health problems
- abusive relationships are not the same as enemies to lovers ships
- y’all need to chill the fuck out over people, relationships, actions and events that don’t actually exist and learn how to enjoy and discuss them like normal people
- fandom is a hobby, not a form of activism
feel free to add more
Go OFF op
I will say Neil Gaiman was right (shocker I know) in that not giving Dream his comicbook eyes minus some scenes was the right move.
Because those moments when we see a glimpse of his eyes like that, they are so much more effective at conveying the reminder: This is not a human, he is beyond what you understand.
I think I know why we still meet here, century after century. It’s not because you want to see whether or not I’m ready to seek death. I don’t think I’ll ever seek death. By now, you know that about me. So, I think you’re here for something else.
And what might that be?
Most of the fandom really overlook how many times Loki sacrificed themselves. Like...
For Thor (again):
And possibly in Ragnarok when he went to wake Surtur up. (Because there were no many ways to survive in a castle which is crashing)
...You know, what? I don't remember many heroes sacrifice themselves as often as Loki does.
And people still call him a careless narcissist and a villain. Huh.
Modern technology is making us anti-social!
It’s almost like people would rather not talk to every random stranger they see in public.
Fun fact: People once tried to get NOVELS banned because “reading that much made people lose touch with reality and become anti-social” Humans never change. We’ve always avoided talking to random people and random people have always hated that we don’t wanna talk to them.
There is no such thing as an unproblematic piece of media, production team, or morally-pure person. There isn't. There's only "what flaws I am willing to put up with," which is going to be different for every person. If your friend has a different level of acceptable bullshit than you, it's probably fine, actually? The sooner people learn that, the happier in general they will be.
Pros of being a Fandom Old: - never have to worry about my mom finding out about my porn fic - have seen it all before and give few if any fucks
Cons of being a Fandom Old: - forced to work at actual job instead of writing fic all day - have seen it all before and get regular “ugh not again” moments
“THE WORLD IS increasingly designed to depress us. Happiness isn’t very good for the economy. If we were happy with what we had, why would we need more? How do you sell an anti-ageing moisturiser? You make someone worry about ageing. How do you get people to vote for a political party? You make them worry about immigration. How do you get them to buy insurance? By making them worry about everything. How do you get them to have plastic surgery? By highlighting their physical flaws. How do you get them to watch a TV show? By making them worry about missing out. How do you get them to buy a new smartphone? By making them feel like they are being left behind. To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act. To be happy with your own non-upgraded existence. To be comfortable with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business.”
Random ways to kill writers block and then to beat it with a stick
- Switch up fonts, try new ones that fit your characters or the vibe of the story.
- Take a break. Go to sleep and see if tomorrow brings more ideas or improves the flow. If it’s a long term thing, maybe take a break from writing for a few days to a couple weeks.
- Look at Pinterest for anything that might relate to your story in any way. Search up a vibe or aesthetic and see where that takes you.
- Look at quick writing prompts.
- Moodboards!!!! Make them and see if you can get reattached to your WIP.
- Listen to good songs and maybe good songs will spark creativity.
- Listen to instrumental. I find that instrumental really works to spark creativity because it’s so easy to imagine scenes play out with that music in the background.
- Literally beat the writers block with a stick. Hit it and take all your frustrations out with a club and a manic grin :)
ONE of the most important rules of the Galactic Federation concerns humanity. If a human ever says “Hold my beer”, either stop them, or run.
Two of the most recognized human warships have never fired a shot in anger. Their mere appearance once stopped a genocidal war, and they have been invited on peacekeeping missions simply based on reputation.
The ships’ names:
UNS Fuck Around And Find Out UNS Hold My Beer