...............this was fun though

Okay so Japanese chi has these quests which are quizzes. Basically they give you a question with three options and each option corresponds to a portal. You enter the portal that corresponds to the right answer you find the boss. You enter the wrong portal a giant Darkside one shots you. 

The main reason I bring this up is…it’s weird getting these wrong. Like they’re in Japanese so I have to guess (cause more effort than it’s worth to translate) but I know if they were in English I would ace every one. 

2

I am so excited!!! This little book (well, 264 pages) has been about 9 months in the making, and it’s finally done. Good grief.

Basically, many of my friends at my undergrad university did Creative Writing with me, and for our final project we had to write a 6k word short story and 2k critical commentary - which, by the way, as someone who has done a Master’s since and written a 20k thesis, was just as hard as writing a standard dissertation. As a surprise to everyone, I sneakily got copies of everyone’s short stories by pretending I just wanted to read them and compare them to mine, and I made them all into an anthology, which I gave to everyone at graduation. It was a really fun project to work on, even though it took ages to proof read the entire thing and design the cover and cry over Word formatting. We called ourselves the Come Along Collective because ‘come along’ was kind of a catchphrase of ours and ‘collective’ sounded professional and artistic. Sue us, we had degrees in this shit.

In June last year, about 3 years after we graduated, we met up (a pretty big deal, seeing as one of us now lives in the US!) and decided to do another anthology. Without the immediate option of including our conveniently timed university dissertation equivalents, we agreed that it would be really fun if we all wrote a short story of between 4-15k words - this is actually why I wrote Here, the World Entire, which appears in this anthology in a slightly shorter form! Since I made that first anthology back in 2013 our friendship group has changed a little, and so one contributor to the first anthology isn’t in this one and we have a new contributor, but that’s OK; it kind of charts the progression of everyone’s experiences since university.

So, over the past 9 months or so, we all wrote a story each, and everyone put their all into their stories, despite being 23-25 now and not having the luxury of time that we used to have, and honestly, the stories are amazing. There’s not a single one in there that I wouldn’t read in a literary magazine. One person didn’t do Creative Writing and was really worried about their story not matching up to the others, but it absolutely does. I did a little cry when I read it because it was so good and the writer didn’t think it was (I think they are now aware that they are actually super talented and should definitely write more). That was one of the reasons I’m so happy to have this physical copy as proof that it’s done, and people who thought they couldn’t do it did do it, and they did it fabulously, because every single person wrote something phenomenal.

There was one person in the group who wasn’t able to write anything because they had a lot going on in their life, and so the rest of us prepared a SUPER SECRET SURPRISE, complete with a secret Facebook group chat (which was literally titled THE ONE THAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO KEEP SECRET) in which we collaborated and wrote a story for her instead so that she would still have a story in the anthology. One person wrote a section, then handed it to the next person, and so on. It turned out to be an absolutely hilarious story involving Emily Blunt as an evil sorceress, Jez and Mark from Peep Show as couriers, and our old landlord as an arch villain. It’s pretty rad, not going to lie. That person still gets their name on the cover because the story wouldn’t have been written without them; we basically tried our best to put that person’s personality into a narrative, and that’s why it’s so weird. They are weird, is what I’m saying.

This whole thing was a massive labour of love for all of us. I was literally proof reading it on lunch breaks, and taking graphic design assignments at work so that I could practice for when I made the cover (which I think looks snazzy, if endearingly off-kilter). Everyone was hugely supportive of one another, giving each other prompts and feedback whenever anyone got stuck, and it was such a fantastic experience to make it from start to finish. I’m so, so proud of the end product, and I’m excited to see what our next one will look like!

I have also prepared a super secret special surprise of my own for everyone within this anthology, which I won’t disclose here just in case any of them happen upon this post. It’s rad, though. I’m excited for everyone to see it.

This isn’t available for commercial purchase or anything like that, but it’s a personal project that’s been taking up a lot of my time lately (in a good way!) and it’ll be kind of sad not to have this to work towards. Still, onto the next thing!

Sleep-talking Grantaire

I like thinking about Grantaire talking in his sleep. It’s usually just gibberish and unintelligible murmurs, but he often says words or complete sentences out loud.

Enjolras found out the worst way possible: one of the first nights he and R slept together he woke up hearing his boyfriend whisper:
“..Who’s the little girl standing in the corner?”
He obviously freaked out and switched on the lights, just to see Grantaire peacefully sleeping next to him.

Obviously Grantaire never remembers anything in the morning, so Enjolras reports his gems:
“What time is the swan leaving?”
“I can’t remember where my kidney is”, “Don’t turn off the light while I’m dabbing”…


It’s not always that fun, though. Many times Enjolras wakes up hearing Grantaire cry. “It’s not my fault…”
“Please, don’t leave me alone…”
“I’m trying..I swear I’m trying”…
Those times, he holds Grantaire as close as he can, stroking his hair trying to calm him down.

Once Grantaire was almost screaming in his sleep, so Enjolras woke him up to make the nightmare go away, and tried to reassure him in any way he could. He waited to hear Grantaire’s breath slow down again before allowing himself to close his eyes and go back to sleep.
Just then he heard the whisper:
“Thank you for staying always by my side. I love you so much.”
Whether Grantaire was sleep-talking in that moment or not, he didn’t really care.

anonymous asked:

what all languages do you know? i saw you speaking german and i lowkey fanboyed because i'm cuban and german (but born in the usa so english is my first language)

Haha, it’s Dutch actually! So my mother tongue is Dutch. (Flemish to be precise, it’s not entirely the same) The second language I learned speaking was French since it’s an official language here. (though I’m not too good at it, especially now that I don’t have classes anymore, but I can help myself and understanding goes really well) Then English obviously. I also understand some German, but can’t really speak it since I literally had classes for 1 year and only once a week. (but it’s pretty similar to Dutch) I also followed Italian classes for two years, which was fun, but it’s not like I can say or even understand too much.

All of this plus taking Latin for 6 years in High School, gave me (who believe it or not has absolutely zero feeling for languages and actually sucked at any foreign language + my mother tongue until I was 16) the ability to understand a thing or two in other Roman and German languages such as Spanish, Romanian, Swedish etc. (but it’s not like I can speak those language, I can just understand some things, mostly when written because then I have time to see what I can recognize in words!)

All about me

I was tagged by @endlesschoices19 and @annelyseadairs! Thanks guys!

Rules: tag nine people you want to get to know better.

I’m tagging: @kaitlyn-liao, @mrs-reyes, @xo-endlessmayhem-xo, @closetdreamer, @tkxo-ashton, @angie73183, @kittenmusicals, @pixelbirb-choices, @pb-boeboe

Sorry if you’ve already been tagged!

Relationship status: Single

Last song I listened to: I think it was Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes by Fall Out Boy. It was either that or Smooth Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors by Neck Deep.

Last book I read: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh. It’s very good, I recommend it.

Favourite colour(s): Honestly?? It changes everyday. Currently, I actually don’t have one.

Top three shows: I hate this question because it’s so hard to narrow it down!! I’m gonna go with Coronation Street, Doctor Who and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Ugh, this was so hard!!.

Top three characters: I’m gonna keep this within the Choices universe. Val, Zack, and Furball.

Top three ships: Again, keeping this within the Choices universe. Val/Kenna, MC/Quinn, and Zack/Brandon

anonymous asked:

yes tell us about beta, wHO IS THIS

The short answer:

The slightly longer answer: He’s not Nico! ttttechnically. He’s essentially an anomaly in Nico’s natural magic (which has happened before- Nico’s been prone to “glitches” so to speak, among which was phantasms/clones not behaving or dismissing as they should) that was mutated into Something Else when in contact with the loose chaos magic around Metrica Province. Over time, Beta evolved into his own being. An independent, solid mesmer clone.

As his own being, he can actually create mesmer clones of his own, but they’re extremely fragile, basically only made to be shatter bombs. He’s just kind of loose in the world as is– he had his fun tormenting Nico already.

ALSO even though his tag thus far has been “Betademus” he’s not Prototype Nico as I described a long time ago, that whole ‘evil scientist would probably be Inquest if they wouldn’t dissect him’ version. Beta actually doesn’t have much ties to Nico’s personality at all aside from them both being childish and bad at emotions.

No Haxus today, sorry kitties

But I share a process on chibi Thace (he’s undoubtedly my favorite Galra, who might have thought…) including some savagely cut out reference lol

When I draw lineless stuff I usually don’t do sketches, just lookin’ at them refs & blocking in shapes, refining all in process, then add weird orange lines on top to define further path, & repeat whole thing until I get what I want. Pretty much it. I don’t plan anything beforehand when I’m drawing for fun (though I do have sketches if I’m drawing commissions), just hold in head the pose and important notes like, ‘don’t forget the sword pls’

(whoa no legs no arms but shading already, someone’s just too impatient)  

anonymous asked:

Crazy idea (and way too time consuming for you guys), but I would LOVE to watch LoK with commentary by you and Julia. Just throwing that wish into the void.

a bunch of us on the site have been kicking around the idea of a podcast or something, maybe “Bryke 52″ since there are 52 episodes and it’s a magic number. Rotating panel of hosts, so that @progmanx and I will be distilled in our Asami rabbit hole (we’d have to do 1x07 together though). Idk, I think it’d be fun, but still definitely in its infant stages. I’m sure Julia would want to be involved, being a Beifong-o-phile.

kissthethunder  asked:

Just read the new chapter of skeleton squatters and I'm internally screaming! It's so good to see Edge stepping up to bat and I'm squirming in glee to see the bfs ass handed to him!!! Omg I love this fic!

AHHH, I’m so glad you liked it!  <333  Yes, yes!  I told ya that Edge definitely was going to be the one to confront the boyfriend, and I went through a few different scenarios before I decided, ehhh he’ll just do it at her house.  xD  It’s going to be so fun to write out, though.

presumenothing  asked:

your actor!AU is awesome and I love it. for the MK cast: Hakuba flubs his lines every *single* time he has to say the time down to the second (it's a mouthful okay) and has taken to carrying around a pocketwatch irl so that he can get used to it, though he'd never even used one before the show. Aoko occasionally forgets to speak about herself in the third person while in character. Akako thinks the witchy scenes are super fun to do, though she isn't a great fan of the outfit, esp when it snows.

OH! I’m glad that you all seem to like the au so much! It makes me really happy to you all guys’ headcanons! 

Hakuba definitely has very difficult lines to deliver, so that makes so much sense! The pocketwatch to get in character lmao love that

Honestly, Aoko would have to repeat the same scene a million times because she keeps forgetting that her character speaks that way. Poor thing. 

AND GIVE AKAKO A FREAKING COAT DAMMIT 

anonymous asked:

Who you dislike SDR2 Chapter 3?

Oh, I don’t dislike sdr2 Chapter 3! I actually think it’s quite a lot of fun in terms of plot twists. The despair disease was a fun concept to play with, there were many interesting character interactions, and Mikan in particular got a lot more interesting as a character when exploring the whole despair memories thing.

The thing with sdr2 Chapter 3 is that even though it’s certainly fun, it’s also very rushed from a writing standpoint. But this isn’t a flaw with just sdr2; I’d say Chapter 3 is always the weakest chapter out of every DR game, actually.

Celes undeniably had the most transparent murder plan in dr1, despite being the only one who killed with a premeditated strategy and claiming that she was an expert liar. In ndrv3, Korekiyo has the weakest (and most disgusting) motive out of any culprit in any DR game whatsoever, even though his howdunnit was a bit better planned.

And in sdr2, Mikan’s murders are the most rushed. I think this is a reflection of the fact that initially Kuzuryuu was planned to be one of the victims instead of Saionji, up until they realized that this would negate the importance of Peko’s sacrifice. Of course, this negated the entire importance of Mahiru’s death too, since her memory and relevance to the plot pretty much just dies with Saionji. And Saionji was such a rushed stand-in victim that it’s very telling that you can’t even locate the actual murder weapon that killed her during the investigation.

Overall, it was just a sloppy writing choice, and pretty sad that a female character who was not tied to any male characters had to die hurriedly without any real character development so that a male character could live instead.

That doesn’t mean sdr2 Chapter 3 wasn’t plenty of fun though! Rushed writing or not, it was still highly entertaining in a lot of ways (though I wish the Mikan fanservice had, you know, been turned down). And I’d say it was probably the most memorable as far as Chapter 3 cases go.

Anyway, I definitely don’t hate it! I just feel it’s necessary to point out the flaws when trying to give a fair comparison between writing decisions in each DR game.