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Lighting in The Last Jedi trailer and that scene we are all talking about.

Like many of you that last bit of the trailer had me screaming at the tv. After the initial freak out phase had passed, I began to slowly shift into the what if phase, meaning– are they baiting me? Now there are several theories out there about who Kylo is holding his hand out too. Some say its Leia and not Rey. What if I told you the proof is in the shot itself? 

I am about to give you a quick lesson in lighting, visual storytelling, and cinematography. 

Let’s go back to The Force Awakens as a reference guide. The lighting on Starkiller base bridge you know that scene where he kills his dad? 

Lighting was something they made sure to get right in this scene. Notice how Kylo’s face is half hidden in shadow and the other in light. Signifying his split.

JJ says this  “ And you see the light go away. And now they’re in this darkness. And darkness takes over.”

The play with light was even more apparent when Kylo and Rey face off against the edge of the cliff. 

Now I’m about to throw some cited literary sources about Film and Lighting just so it’s importance is established. 

“In visual storytelling, few elements are as effective and as powerful as light and color. They have the ability to reach the viewers at a purely emotional gut level”(Brown, 2012, p. 8).

Light becomes mood that gives its tone to a film. It calls upon our memory to react to physical phenomena such as cold, rain, fog, sun, or dryness, and come up with psychological equivalents such as annoyance, sadness, mystery, fear, anguish, comfort, joy, gaiety, etc. As these effects produce immediate impressions in viewers, the cinematographer is able to obtain psychological reactions out of mere technical means (Geuens, 2000, p. 153).


Architecture and Film both use perceptual psychology to get people to see spaces in a certain way. Architecture lighting designers skillfully illuminate buildings and rooms with psychological intentions.

Lighting designers think about a psychological response and how behavior is affected by lighting. Some examples are:

1. Visibility of vertical and horizontal junctions aids orientation.

2. People follow the brightest path.

3. Brightness can focus attention.

4. Facing wall luminance is a preference.

5. Lighting can affect body position (Ginthner, accessed April, 2013 p.2).

Just as lighting designers light spaces to stimulate human mood and behavior, Cinematographers light the space inside a movie frame with the intent to persuade a viewer’s perception. The way objects are lit in the frame will focus the viewer’s attention, the amount of shadows cast will limit perception, and changing lights can indicate a change in a character or opportunity (Brown, 2012).

However, unlike film, architecture has had a psychological study on how different light in a physical space effect human arousal, concentration, memory, work productivity, and Mood.

If you take any type of filmmaking class, this is one of the first things you learn. Nothing is a mistake in these films everything is as designed to serve a purpose. 

So let’s dive into the scene in question. 

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First of all, let us talk about how these two shots are framed. They are close up only showing the faces of our characters. 

Close up shots typically contain just the face and shoulders of a subject, with a little headroom above. This prevents ‘floating head syndrome’ as the shoulders suggest to the brain that there is a body below! These shots are the most common of all as they can convey a real sense of emotion and help the audience to connect with the subject.

Second, let’s talk about the choice of lighting

They are both in a warm fiery glow. 

You can judge the quality of light in a film scene through the hardness or softness of its shadows. Hard quality light has dark shadows with sharp edges and often feels more raw than soft quality light. Soft lighting, often used in older films, has lighter, diffused shadows and tends to feel more sentimental.

And with advances in film technology, sharp shadows can also be quite romantic. Case in point, this still from the end of the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice:

Third, let’s talk color 

Color temperature is one of the first things to note when studying the lighting in a romantic scene. Is it orange? Bluish? White? Most often, warm colors add to an inviting, romantic atmosphere. For example, the warm light in the sunset scene in Titanic draws the audience in, unlike the cold, blue lighting later in the movie, after things get dire.

Forth let’s talk context

This is not the same scene with Kylo. Rey is still wearing her resistance clothing. This is the beginning of the film. 

The context matters especially in this scene where Rey is talking about needing someone to show her where she belongs. Is this romantic? The answer is, no. Is it intimate? Yes. The scene can be set up this way without any romantic implications. But it is definitely meant to be intimate. Rey is vulnerable at this moment and is speaking from her heart to Luke. Please show me what to do with myself. 

Now let’s move to Kylo’s scene which is no doubt at the end of the movie (because his scar is healed.) 

Our big bad villain is bathed in nearly the exact same lighting and color as Rey’s shot, even the framing is the same. In no other shot ever has Kylo Ren been depicted in these colors. Not in the teaser and not in TFA. Kylo is always in red or dark. The context of this shot is very very important. He is reaching out palm up as to take someone’s hand. He does this slow and gentle. His face is soft with what I would say a plea. 

Yes, this is a call back to Darth Vader asking Luke to join him on the Darkside in Empire Strikes Back. But if you go back and watch that scene it is intimately framed (remember context matters), but the colors are pale. Lukes’ face is in agony. Vader extends his hand it’s rigid and forced.


Before I get into more examples, I want to point out that yes trailers are meant to give you an idea, and intrigue you but they are also meant to misdirect. 

Trailer Misdirects/Visual Storytelling and Dialogue

The misdirect of this scene is to make you believe Rey might join the dark side with Kylo or at least first glance. General Audience viewers casual fans who do not give it any second deep thought will accept this and move on. However, more dedicated fans will step in and try to dissect the scene by looking at the image and not the overall meaning behind everything we discussed above. The trailer isn’t designed to give anything away. Which leads me to say this is very smart editing on Rian’s behalf. While it doesn’t give us the answer of will, she or won’t she? It provides us with the question that we will inevitably discuss in length until the movie is released. 

 I would also like to point out there is a visual storytelling aspect of this trailer when it comes to the dialogue. 

One example of this not related to the scene in question comes from Poe Dameron.  He states “We have the spark that will ignite the fire to bring the First Order down.” The next scene we get is Finn. It is pretty clear that bit of dialogue was meant for Finn. He will no doubt help bring the FO down as other Stormtroopers defect as he did. Finn is that spark for the rebellion. Now let’s talk about the Rey/Kylo scene. The same thing happens here. Her dialogue coincides with the next shot of Kylo. Also, notice (scroll up if you need to) how their faces are opposite each other Rey is looking slightly to our left while Kylo is looking slightly to the right. Their positions are mirrored which is a recurring theme in the TFA (see the snow fight). This is beautiful visual storytelling. TFA was full of the same imagery lighting and storytelling. I have a post about it HERE

I went through and found scenes that mimic that of what we saw in the trailer, down to color, lighting, and frame.  I also chose male and female characters. Guess what, all of them were romantic. 

I chose this because of the flares in the background and the close-up framing of their faces. Notice yes the color is blue because they are parting (remember CONTEXT). 

Next, we have a scene from Pride and Prejudice, but beyond the romance aspect, I want you to watch the light change of this scene. Elizabeth is bathed in blue until she accepts Darcy, taking his hand. The sunlight beams between them warming the scene.  Skip to 3:10

Here is an oldie but a goody. I chose this due to the color. Now remember this film is old, lighting techniques have come a long way since the 1930s, but their choice of color is important, along with the shadows on their faces. 

Ah, Jon and Dany. This is very romantic (even tho its incest lol) But take a look at the lighting between them also this part is (NSFW) if you are gonna watch till the end. You were warned. 


And now for the grand finale TFA cliff scene. Oh, I chose this little diddy to drive home a point. Kylo and Reys’ faces are framed intimately (which signified they would have a more profound connection later and at that moment they were finding the Force together) But also notice their faces are bathed in mostly pale colors due to it being cold. Yes, the lightsabers flicker red and blue onto them. Yes, that holds meaning as well, the fight between the dark and the light. But the overall pallet is pale frigid colors. Also, the context -- there’s that word again– of this scene is they are enemies fighting. Kylo does want to teach her, but he’s aggressive and forceful, to say the least. It is a stark contrast to what we see in TLJ trailer. Where he is calm relaxed and in warm, inviting lighting. No aggressive posture, no forceful plea.

If you want to contrast another couple, please refer to Pride and Prejudice again. I can’t upload it here, but this is the link. This is where Darcy says he loves Elizabeth, but she rejects him. They have close-ups, but the color and lighting are not intimate. Its pale lighter and blue. All things that are associated with sadness rejection etc. You get the point. 

So in conclusion. It is my opinion based on all information gathered on cinematography, that yes the relationship between Kylo Ren or perhaps Ben Solo at this point has drastically changed. It is no longer one of animosity or hate. Judging by the warm colors, and the soft shadows and above all else the context of the gesture/posture/facial expression of Ben it is romantic or at the very least (for the skeptics) a special relationship– Remember Rey and Ben are similar in Force power according to Luke- this gives them a bridge to each other one that will take them to understanding and COMPASSION. I am not saying they kiss, I am not saying they are a couple at the end of this movie. I am saying that it’s possible that it will move in this direction. They no longer hate each other. How did we get to this point? Well, we have a whole Act 1 and 2 to get through for that answer. 

I will stress that I believe that yes Ben/Kylo is holding his hand out to Rey. And no, it is not out of malice or deception. He is not asking her to join him on the Darkside… He is asking her to go with him and for acceptance. 

I made a follow-up post to this because this was so long! Please click here to see more examples and extra information

An oldie, but a goodie: the Rowan cross

Today on my romps around London, I found a twig from a Rowan tree. A tree of so much magical potential that one of its many nicknames is, in fact, the Witch Tree.

How could I NOT do a spell with it?

So today, I did a little home warding charm called a Rowan cross, for warding the home from negative energy and ne’er-do-wells. This particular charm goes back a long way here in Britain – a few hundred years, at the best guess. I reckon you could also carry this with you while traveling, both to protect your things and to keep from getting lost – another use of the good ole’ Rowan tree.

Here she is, with instructions to follow:

For this, you need only two things

  • A twig at least 6 inches long, or 2 twigs of 3 inches or more, either from a Rowan tree or any other tree you associate with protection and the home.
  • Red thread, string, or yarn
  • (optional) Glue

You can do any sort of mood-setting ritual you like. Personally, I simply lit a while candle.

If you have one 6+ inch twig, cut it in half. Once you’ve got two little twigs to work with, decide whether you’d like to glue them in the middle to make a cross to help you get started. Personally, I didn’t bother. They stayed fine after my first couple rounds with the yarn.

Tie them together in the middle loosely with your yarn. Now, we wind the yarn!

So as not to make this stupidly linguistically awkward, I found a nice little diagram on how to do this if you’re unfamiliar with this pattern. Basically, you go over to the right side of the twig, under to the left side.

You can cover as much or as little of the twigs as you like. Personally, I just went until I felt it was done.

I tied the yarn around one of the rungs and passed it over the flame, asking it to protect my home.

Then you can hang it in front of a window, a door, whatever entrance you’d like to protect.

Ta-da! Thanks, Rowan tree.

I made this playlist for an upcoming roadtrip to Queensland AU with my partner, and I thought u know what… what an excellent masterpiece I have put together. I’m going to publish it so that others may share in its excellence 😛

I made this playlist with the open roads of outback NSW and the Queensland coast in mind, but it’s equally suited to any kind of long roadtrip anywhere around the world.

The mix contains 16 hours of roadtrip-worthy, mostly upbeat indie/rock music. Some oldie-goodies (Crowded House, David Bowie, Cold Chisel), some classic indie (Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Arcade Fire) and some very new tunes (from the latest albums of ALVVAYS, The National, etc.) Best listened to on shuffle. I hope you enjoy! x

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My list of little treasures I have read the last couple of weeks.

An Experiment By Any Other Name by adventureofthedancinggirl: Sherlock conducts an “experiment” that involves giving John a rose every day.  The results could change the dynamic of their relationship forever. (Teen and up; 21k). It’s sweet anf fluffy, romantic and funny, and yes, even with a Garribeds-remix. And I can promise you: You learn all about the language of flowers! ;)

Incidents with Dogs, Curious and Otherwise by DiscordantWords: Rosie, it seems, is quite taken with dogs. So is Sherlock. John cannot help but notice. (Teen and up; 6k). Parent!lock at its finest; matching coats, a nod to ACD (it is a reference to “Silver Blaze”, is it not?), gorgeous fanart by @khorazir, spot-on dialogue, all you wanted of a post-season 4 (fix-it). Highly recommended.

the argument from roses by syllogismos: Universal pleasures do not exist: some people don’t like the smell of roses, some people don’t like sex. (Explicit, 9k). It’s an oldie, but a goodie (published in 2013). Its’ asexual!Sherlock trying to make a relatioship with John work; and to debunk some assumptions while doing so. One day, I will print out the first paragraph about the church’s “argumentation”… Spot-on.

Language of Love by @isitandwonder: Sherlock wants to brush up his German.  The source he chooses leads  to some unexpected events, featuring awkward conversations, the misuse of a fountain pen and the usual misunderstandings. But they figure it out in the end. (explicit; 3k). That story is hella fun, cracky as f*ck, and probably sexy. And I have a soft spot for languages. Give it a try - THIS one will definitely surprise you!

Over Earth and Under Earth by @khorazir: Three months after finally acknowledging their mutual feelings, John and Sherlock are not much closer to sorting out their relationship, hindered by cases, work, family issues, everyday matters and by being themselves. Will a strange case out in the Suffolk countryside bring a solution or further complicate things? (mature, 195k). This one is part of a series “Over/Under” but IMO one does not have to read the other installement to enjoy this one. Actually, you do not even have to no something about bicyles (because I don’t and I still enjoyed it) or horses or the English countryside. If you happen to love those things, run. If you are still hesitating: think about the fanart, think about the tags (developing relationsip…), think about the post the writer made about writing this particular story (in @atlinmerrick “Spark”), and then RUN. It took me more than a year (!) to finally convince myself to give it a try (see: bicyles); you do not want to make the same mistake. Read. Now.

BTS as Flirty Starbucks Guys - Taehyung

Request by@belikelasagna: Annyeonggg Request: Them as flirty Starbucks guyss Hope you don’t mind me requesting reeeally often!! :))

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Please remember I’m going to be posting 1 a day for the next 7 days (a member a day) and it’s going to be in the order in which the ideas came to me and I wrote them😋

They all vary in length but I’ll give a word count before each one💁

I thoroughly enjoyed writing Taehyung’s one and actually sat and wrote it all in one go!😅🙌

I can’t believe in the last 3 days you guys have gotten me to over 800 followers!😭😘I really can’t thank you enough for all the love and support💖

Let me know what you think and, as always, feel free to make requests (HERE)

I will update my Masterlist soon and I promise another update for Heartbreak Girl is coming, but I was busy working on this😅

Enjoy!✌

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Member: Taehyung

Length: 1735 words

“Why is he singing?”

“Why is who singing?” You reply to your friend, not even looking up from the crossword you had in front of you.

“The guy we ordered our drinks from, who got your name wrong.” She mumbled back around the straw in her drink, taking a long sip before gesturing with her head to said singing guy.

“Oh him, that’s Taehyung, he always sings when he cleans. You kind of get used to it after a while, it’s quite endearing.” You smiled, “Also, we have this running thing going. If he can guess my name, then I said I’d give him my number.”

Your friend scoffed in disbelief, raising her eyebrows but you only nodded, smiling.

“Okay, then what are the rules to this so called game thing you’re playing?” She finally asked and you smirked.

“Glad you asked. Basically he knows the first letter of my name, I had to give him somewhere to start. And then it’s kind of like hangman I guess, but with names.” She looked at you confused, “Okay, I know that sounds really weird but what I mean is that I told him the first letter at first to help him out and said he had 5 guesses to use whenever. The catch was though that if he couldn’t get it in those 5, I got a discounted drink. He used the 5 guesses straightaway and got it wrong, I paid less for my drink. I thought that was that but it turns out he is quite competitive.” You laughed.

“The next time I came in, he guessed again and again it was wrong. So I decided to give him the next letter of my name and 4 guesses this time. He didn’t use them all at once, but eventually they ran out and I got slightly more discount on my next drink. He now knows the first 3 letters of my name and has 2 guesses left after today.” You were smiling as you finished your explanation and your friend just shook her head and laughed.

“Only you would get into a guessing game like this with someone.”

You just shrugged and reached for your smoothie, taking a sip and humming in approval before looking back down at your crossword.

“Is he allowed help?”

You didn’t need to look up to know it was your friend who’d spoken and shook your head ‘no’, tapping your pen on the page in front of you because what the hell was an 8 letter pick-line related to coffee and why the hell was that one of the questions?

“Well as exciting as this is, I have to go to an even more exciting lunch with my family who has decided we are also going to try tandem cycling afterwards.” Your friend sighed and you giggled, looking up at her and the pouting look she was currently giving you.

“No, no puppy dog eyes. I’m not bailing you out again with a fake emergency. Do you know how long after the last time your mom kept reassuring me that ‘it’s okay, a lot of people trip up the stairs, it doesn’t matter that there were only three’.” She shook her head, “Well to answer that question, she still does it. I had to fake a sprained ankle for almost 2 weeks whenever I saw her which was always, thanks to you saying you needed to make sure I was okay.” You gave her a pointed look and she looked slightly guilty before breaking into a laugh.

“Okay, I’m sorry, but I had to think on the spot. You can’t honestly say you would have left me stranded to me sit through a family choir sing-a-long competition thing.” She raised an eyebrow and you caved and laughed.

“No, I would never let you be put through that.” You sighed, “But not today please? I’m really not in the mood to talk about my ‘poor coordination skills’ with your mother again.”

“Fine, I won’t fake emergency you today. But if my parents take photographic evidence of me ever going tandem cycling with them, you owe me 2 emergency bail outs.” Your friend held out her hand and you grabbed it, shaking on it.

“Deal.”

It was quiet for approximately 3 minutes after your friend left when a slight cough to your left startled you and you all but jumped in your seat.

“What the actual –?”

“Bean Mine.”

“Excuse me?” You choked out, hand still held to your chest as if would slow down your rapid beating heart (not likely, but the illusion helped) and raised your eyebrows at the person who was at fault for you almost having heart failure.

“Bean Mine.”

“Taehyung, I’m flattered, really. But number one: that is super cheesy, number two: you still haven’t guessed my name and, number three: didn’t that one guy Yoongi put up a ‘no pun pick-up line’ sign?” You were smiling now because Taehyung was smiling at you and it was nearly impossible not to smile back as he looked down at you.

“Glad you’re flattered but, number one: that was the answer to the question you’re stuck on in your crossword, number two: I still have 2 guesses left and, number three: Yoongi-hyung did put up that sign but he’s off today so we’re all safe.” He grinned, flashing you a peace sign, “Also, I wouldn’t use a line that terrible if I was going to use one on you.”

“Thank you,” You flushed (mostly because you were embarrassed that you guessed and failed that he was trying to pick you up but also because wow, his smile was… wow), pointing to your crossword, filling in the answer. “So are you going to use your other 2 guesses now or save them?” You asked, before continuing, “And if that was such a terrible line, I don’t suppose you know any better ones? Seeing as its safe and all.” You gestured towards the Yoongi-less Starbucks and – somehow – Taehyung’s grin got brighter.

“Maybe I will, maybe I won’t.” He referred to the guessing game you guys were playing, “But I do happen to know a few lines I think aren’t so bad.” Taehyung wiggled his eyebrows and you laughed, waving a hand to say ‘proceed’.

“There’s always the oldie but goodie, are you from Starbucks? Because I like you a latte.”

You laughed some more and groaned at the terrible pun. “Next!”

“My coffee hasn’t kicked in yet, so I can’t think of a charming pickup line.” Taehyung shook his head as if he were just waking up and you grinned.

“A little better, but I think you can top that.”

“Hey, was your daddy a barista because you are ALMOST what I ordered.” He laughed at this one, slapping his hand on his knee, “Get it? Because you don’t always get the right thing.” He managed to calm himself down but as soon as he saw the amused look on your face, he started laughing again.

“Okay, that was a giant step back.” You groaned playfully again, “Thank God Yoongi isn’t here or you’d be dead.”

Taehyung snorted at that and rolled his eyes, “Please, he loves me. The worst he’d probably do is ban me from his apartment for a while and even then Hoseok-hyung would let me in because he loves me too.” He grinned again and then rolled his shoulders like a Boxer before a fight. “Ready for the next one?”

You just shook your head and giggled, “I don’t know, am I?”

“Oh you’re such a TEA-se (insert wrong name guess here)!”

“Maybe,” You poked your tongue out playfully, “but at least I’m one step closer to another discounted drink because that, Dear Taehyung, was wrong.”

“Damnit, I really thought I had it this time.” He pouted, “Time for the big guns though.” He took a deep breath and suddenly there was a shy look on his face and your heart started melting and wait, what the heck? “I like you about 1/18 as much as I like a Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is to say I like you a lot, go on a date with me please Y/N?“

You felt your whole body flush and had to look away from the sweet, hopeful look on his face because holy hell were you not expecting that at all.

“What, did I get it wrong again? Must I get you your discounted drink now? Was that really that bad? I kind of made it up on the spot.” Taehyung was rambling and it was so endearing, just like the way he sings when he cleans, how he pulls funny faces at you whenever you walk in, how he gets so excited about guessing, how his hair falls in his eyes if he doesn’t tie it back with a bandana because he told you he’s too lazy to go for a haircut, and how he’s always just so freaking nice to everyone, and so when you suddenly turned to face him again – he stopped.

You looked down once, taking a deep breath before meeting his eyes again, “No, you didn’t get it wrong actually. No, I don’t want my discounted drink now. And no, the line definitely wasn’t bad at all. In fact,” You ripped off a piece of paper from the bottom of your crossword and scribbled your number down, holding it out to him, “I owe you this, for winning the game of course. But how about instead of another discounted drink, I pay for us to get drinks sometime, somewhere not here.” You blushed, looking down again and bit your bottom lip because Taehyung was now holding your hand that was holding your number out to him and even though his cheeks were tinted pink, he looked a whole lot more composed than you and how is that fair?

“How about another discounted drink here, together, on my break today. And I take you out for dinner,” He was grinning his bright, boxy smile and swinging the hand of yours that he was still holding, back and forth, “so I can try guess your favourite colour.”

You laughed loudly at that and already decided – whether you knew it or not – that your new favourite colour was the pink of Taehyung’s lips after he’d bitten them to fight off the even bigger grin from when you agreed.

anonymous asked:

#1 Hey Kosmo! I am a big fan of your sims. I don’t have tumblr, but have been following you for several years now. I need some advice girl. I have been using Ephemera’s Natural tan + skin to make some grey-scale dark-skinned sims. They look great in CAS. However when out of CAS, I can literally see none of the details I’ve worked so hard on. What is going on?!? Is this game lighting issue or a skin issue? I’m thinking maybe this skin has too low of a contrast.

Ello Nonny! First of all I want to say thank you for following this Trash Sims Blog of mine lol 💕 Finding grey-scale dark skin is really hard and its easier to just lower the color saturation in GIMP/PS. Coming out of CAS, you have to make sure dark skin has a decent enough lighting because EA sucks at lighting dark things in The Sims games. It also helps to have your detail settings on high and have an HQ mod. Second, Sorry this took so long to answer. I ended up being rather busy the past few days but this post you made has just inspired me to do something of a general WCIF for Black Sims CAS CC basics (stuff that isn’t just hair). Specifically for Dark Skinned sims because its hard to find and I get a lot of questions about it. So without further ado:

Kosmo’s Genereal CC for Making Dark Skinned Sims:

First is Skins. Skins are usually what help shape and make a sim. That definitely is true for dark skinned sims. These are some of the skins that get dark and keep their detail or are made specifically to work for dark skinned sims that I keep in my game.

Skins

Next up is makeup that I think helps when making dark-skinned or just ethnic sims in general since Black people have the widest variety of facial features. Things like Nose masks can help give your sim’s nose new shape if sliders aren’t cooperating with you. And face highlighters are essential when it comes to dark skinned sims because without them, their face lack the natural looking shines and reflections that appear on them in real life. They’ll look flat and monotone in color which is just plain weird honestly. I also listed my favorite lipsticks that can get dark enough to match dark skinned sims.

Makeup

A Few Slider Suggestions ^_^ I HIGHLY SUGGEST just going through OneEuroMutt’s Sliders in general. They have a lot of them and they’re very useful for sim making diversity

Sliders

I hope this helps you guys some and I might add on to the list as I’m constantly discovering better ways to create and tweak my sims lol 💕 Sorry for any typos, I’ll fix them as I see them.

anonymous asked:

You should do the oh shit wuddup meme because it's an oldie but a goodie

You hummed as you scrolled through your blog on your phone,surrounded by snacks in your nesting area down at the sewers.Penny had asked you to meet him down there as he has been really interested in the circus theme lately and wanted to try out a few tricks.

“Darling,are you ready?” He called out from the tunnel far off to the left.

You nodded and set your phone down,stuffing your mouth with snacks and muffled an “Mhmm”.

“Get your camera ready! I want you to record this! And read from the paper I gave you.”

You grabbed your phone and muffled another “Ready!” before looking down at the notepad.

“Here come dat boi!”

Penny came out riding a unicycle,”O shit waddup!”

goawar  asked:

So I just recently finished reading Hikaru no Go (what is up with that ending???!?), idk if you've read it, but would recommend b/c everybody acts so fucking gay in it, but I digress. The point is, I'm feeling kinda in the mood for some oldie but goodies because of it, and I've seen you reblog some stuff about Saiyuki occasionally. Obviously you enjoy it a lot, but can you give me a basic rundown of what it's like? The wikipedia description didn't give me much to go off of.

So Saiyuki is hands down my favorite fucking manga ever. Like - without hesitation or doubt, it’s number 1. That means I’m probably a little biased, but - 

Are you familiar with The Journey to the West? It’s a Chinese novel from the 16th century and just really amazing. Saiyuki is a quasi-modern take on that with a lot more bloodshed and snark. 

To start off with, the characters are amazing. You’ve got Genjo Sanzo (who happens to be my favorite character in anything ever), who’s a snarky, grumpy, homicidal priest who drinks, smokes, curses, and tends to shoot anything that annoys him for more than .002 seconds. Which is pretty much everything. (He’s also very, very pretty and very, very wise, though it kind of comes out of left field whenever he is.) There’s plenty of tragic backstory for him, and most of it revolves around his former master Komyou Sanzo (who is extremely awesome) and the five Founding Scriptures of Heaven and Earth, two of which were passed on to Sanzo when Komyou died, and one of which was immediately stolen. Sanzo is…complicated. He’s a bastard, but he’s simultaneously noble, and he gets attached to people despite himself. 

Second mc is Son Goku, who looks like a kid but is actually 500 years old. Saiyuki Gaiden goes into his backstory, but he’s basically a demon (the Great Sage Equaling Heaven and Earth, is his official title) who Sanzo rescued from the mountaintop where he was imprisoned. He pretty much sees Sanzo as his father figure/sun and their relationship is a lot of bickering and sacrificing for each other and it’s very sweet. Goku gets the most character development as the story goes, and he’s always amusing. 

Third mc is Sha Gojyo, who’s half-demon, eternally snarky, a playboy, and Goku’s partner in trying to make Sanzo commit murder at least once an hour. (They bicker. Constantly. It’s hilarious.) He also has an extremely tragic backstory as a taboo child, given his heritage, but doesn’t let it stop him from being awesome. His relationship with Sanzo is…prickly, to say the least, but they’re also hilarious.

Last mc is Cho Hakkai, who used to be a regular human but slaughtered 1000 demons and got turned into a demon because of it. Yeah, he’s kind of ridiculously badass, but also the Mom Friend who never drops his vaguely terrifying smile. Like the rest, his backstory is horrifically tragic, with the added bonus of incest, but except for a few scary moments when his power limiters come off, he’s fairly easy-going at this point. Hakkai is pretty much the only reason Sanzo & Co manage to survive any part of the trip. Not because of fighting, but because they would never get anything done without him and/or would have murdered each other in the first few minutes. 

As for the story, it takes place in a world with random technology and dragons that transform into jeeps and such, and Kanzeon Bosatsu (who is a massive meddler and also kind of Sanzo’s aunt? It’s complicated), who’s responsible for sending Sanzo and co on their quest in the first place. The quest is more or less to stop an Evil Overlord from being woken back up, though it’s admittedly a bit more complicated than that. 

Really, read this manga. It’s fantastic. There’s lots of humor, heart, and meaningful moments. I only wish I could write something as awesome as Saiyuki.  💕

Sam the Sunflower

Bringing this oldie but goodie back. I wrote it more than four years ago and I think it was one of the first fic(let)s that I ever wrote. Short but oh so sweet. Enjoy!

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Sam was going to kill Dean. He was used to going undercover, they did it all the time. Cops, FBI, pest control, antiquers, whatever it took to get the job done. But this…this was so much worse. And this was all Dean’s fault.

Sam stood backstage, looking at the outfit that the costume designer had just handed him. Dean strolled over, paintbrush in hand and a sick smile on his face.

“Heya Sammy, whatcha got there?” he asked innocently, but his eyes betrayed him.

“I’m going to kill you, Dean,” Sam answered, throwing his best bitchface at his brother. “Why do you get to be on set design and I have to be a fucking…” he trailed off, looking at his costume again.

“Cheer up, Sam. We ganked the ghost that was killing off all those actors. Now we just have to put on a spectacular play tonight and then we can leave.”

“Why can’t we leave before the play?” Sam pouted.

“Now now, Sam, you made a commitment. You can’t just disappear. They need your expert acting skills or this whole play is a bust!” Dean said, every word dripping with amusement and sarcasm.

“I swear to god, you better watch your back,” Sam hissed. Dean just grinned at him.

“You better go change, you know, curtain rises in 30 minutes,” Dean said, slapping Sam on the butt as he walked away. Sam gritted his teeth. He knew he was never going to live this one down.

He found a tiny dressing room, just a counter and mirror and chair, and stripped off his clothes, pulling on the hideous costume. After wriggling into it (and it took a lot of wriggling) he looked himself over in the mirror.

The so-called costume consisted of a bright green body suit that left practically nothing to the imagination, and a ridiculous headpiece, with great big yellow sunflower leaves surrounding his face. He was in a podunk town taking part in some low-budget play where he had to stand around for an hour dressed like a fucking sunflower. He felt ridiculous. He looked ridiculous.

He took a deep breath, readying himself for the onslaught of teasing he was sure to get from Dean, and opened the dressing room door. And of course Dean was standing right outside, just as Sam knew he’d be, already doubled over in laughter.

“Oh, Sam, that’s just…well that’s just awesome!” gasped Dean, dragging his phone out of his pocket and snapping a picture before Sam even realized what Dean was up to.

“Oh, screw you,” snapped Sam, and stalked off.

The play went as smooth as a crappy play with crappy actors could go, and when the final curtain fell, Sam hightailed it off the stage towards the tiny dressing room, anxious to get out of that costume as fast as possible. He snuck into the room, and closed the door, but a hand stopped it before he could get it all the way shut. Dean was there, pushing the door open so he could scoot inside with Sam. Dean shut the door and locked it with a click.

He was grinning again, but this grin was different. There was something in his eyes, and it wasn’t amusement. His eyes had turned dark green and he looked…hungry. Sam swallowed audibly.

“Dean, what’re you…” before he could even finish the question, Dean was on him, lips smashed together, all teeth and tongue and rough and damn, it felt good. Dean was groping Sam’s arms, back, waist, ass. Sam gasped.

“Dean, what the fuck—“

“Shut up,” Dean said, and started pulling the bodysuit off of Sam. The thing came off a lot faster than it had taken Sam to put it on. Dean started stripping off his own clothes, and Sam reached up to take off the sunflower headpiece.

“No!” Dean growled, stopping Sam’s hands. There was a fire burning in Dean’s eyes, an evil smirk playing at his lips, and his voice was low and gruff. “Leave it on.”

“N7″

It took me far too long to finally get this one up. Things have been busy here the last few days. As I said before this is an oldie, but its a goodie. I hope you all like it none the less and I’m sure I’ll have a newer project to show off soon.

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if you haven’t heard the abbey road version of “flaws” i def suggest you do, it’s 11/10, dan smith’s vocals are incredble

rhysandis  asked:

hi darl! I just saw your percabeth fic recs and noticed that although most are pretty long, they're only really one chapter! my obsessed ass loves these but I really love dozens of chapters in fics, do you have any that are really long? :)

ohmygod YES i do ok

so Ways To Go by @maydayparade8123 is amazing i still get butterflies and i read it about 3 years ago omf (and literally anything by May is amazing omg)

I’m in the middle of reading Flaws by @romanitas and im still not done bc i love it and wanna take my time but its BEAUTIFULLY written

OMG and we cannot cannot cannot forget I Got a Boy by @flyingcrowbar and Stucco Hearts by @ananbeth and @rongasm and Little Merman by @ananbeth (this one is such an oldie but SUCH a goodie wow)

and then like…not necessarily multi-chaptered by fics/aus with multi-parts that i LOVE are the ichor group au by @blackjacktheboss the olympics au by @suchastart and also @bananannabeth has this collection of percabeth fics during ToA/MCGA times and its AMAZING start here (and literally every other thing by banannabeth is A+ god i love her

let me know if you want more!!!!

🌟 totally canon Yuugi things 🌟

  • loves puzzle games !!!
  • stars are his #aesthetic
  • likes to draw the characters from the Duel Monster cards
  • doesn’t have a very good relationship with his father 🙅
  • has duets with his other self 🎤 (Yami likes ‘oldies but goodies’)
  • often goes out with Jounouchi for sweet treats/go to the arcade 🍦🕹️

☀️ 💜 🎠 Yuugi’s Soul Room 🎠 💜 🌙 

  • vintage toys and other strange trinkets appear in his Soul Room
  • sneaks into Yami’s Soul Room while he’s in control to decorate it with cute stuff from his room, the decorations remain until he gets a chance to look at them then they vanish
  • instead of dreaming, sometimes Yuugi will “wake up” on the bed in his Soul Room and he’ll be able to spend time with Yami