50 list

Rabbit’s 12(ish) Days of Floofmas will be happening!

Full details / requests will open tomorrow (Tuesday 11/22) @ 5pm EST

What is Floofmas?

Floofmas will be a Gabriel x Reader series that will be primarily fluff/romance based.  Here is the premise:

Gabriel is back and being targeted by a group of demons.  No one knows how or why, just that there’s one major problem: he’s completely human.  The Winchesters assign you the task of protecting him until they can figure out what’s going on.  You call in one of the few favors you have left, which sends you both to a remote location for the holidays *cue Hallmark music over Supernatural intro*

Parts will be based off requests made from two holiday themed lists of 50 quote prompts and 30 things.

Only the first 5 requests are guaranteed to be fulfilled although I will be writing as many as my schedule will allow and hope to get as  close to twelve as possible.

If you’re interested in being tagged in the official details post (or the series) just let me know!

anonymous asked:

Off the top of your head, are there 'phan' moments that are so significant they always make you smile and randomly spring into your head? For example, the viscosity discussion and the "you loved it, you wanna do it more" attack me when i'm doing work, and i'm equal parts elated and worried for my sanity because they take up such a large portion of my thoughts lol. I hope your move was good :)

omg sorry this took me so long to respond to but i didn’t even rly know where to begin bc there are so many??? i’m not sure if they’re ‘significant’ but this is just a short list of moments that jst keep me up at night from time to time bc they’re so Good: 

1. that time dnp did a joint live show on october 19, 2015 and not only acknowledged their friendaversary but also dan went on the world’s most Extra rant about phil’s enjoyment of pumpkin spice lattes when like, literally, no one asked or came for phil about that ,,, i often find dan’s repeated ‘get over it get over it get over it … you cynic … gEt oVeR iT’ stuck in my head in random moments. that’s also the live show where dan went on the world’s second most Extra rant about the walking dead and the Themes and the Complexity for like 3 whole mins and phil sat there imitating all of his wild gesticulation until he literally got so fed up that he stops and rolls his eyes and follows up dan’s review with the fucking iconic: “my review is, it was alright” 

2. phil’s tweet and photo of dan celebrating the release of the tatinof films bc i was so sure they’d be having some sort of party, a flipside party at least, but instead this pic confirmed they were celebrating this huge release in the most dan and phil way possible: just sat together in their lounge dressed in onesies and drinking rose :) 

3. the ridiculously cute time that dan confirmed in a liveshow that phil had come w him to wokingham in 2011 to celebrate his mum’s birthday 

4. in 2014 when dan broke his and phil’s filming camera and tweeted about it while phil was out and phil replied 'do you want me to buy a glue stick on the way home’ bc like, what the fuck. cute 

5. in the making of tabinof video when they’re talking about writing in a hotel room in orlando and dan’s handling the camera and phil is basically all up on him to get in frame and and dan’s in socks and it’s all v soft and cozy 

6. ‘your eyes are like three colors at the same time. that’s a trick question. your eyes are blue, green, and yellow.’ (x)

7. ‘i’m obsessed with your curl dan. how did that form?’ (x) .. and really all of the pastel edits video

8. dan going out of his way to add the clip of phil spanking his ass with the plushy snake at the very end of the pinof 6 bloopers even tho ,, no one asked or needed that and it was obvi in the original ,, like why 

9. the fact that when dnp went shopping for the suits they were gonna wear to the brits in 2015 phil just needed to take a spontaneous pic of dan in the shirt he ended up picking, obvi bc he felt a pressing need to commemorate the moment and he thought dan looked beautiful: 

(but rly tho, why did phil need a personal photo of the shirt dan was going to wear to the event, an event at which there would be like 500000 professional photos and videos taken … what a sap)

10. iom for phil’s birthday this year was so great and obviously so was the fam vacay and whatnot but it’s sometimes easy to forget how long dan has been a part of the family, and so i often think about phil tweeting out that he was celebrating his birthday with his family and dan at “the coolest thai restaurant ever” all the way back in 2012, complete with photo: 

they’ve just been a part of each others’ lives on such a deep level for so long it continuously boggles my mind <3

studyblr asks (feel free to add to the list)

  1. What year are you?
  2. What’s your major/what do you think you want to major in?
  3. If applicable, what is your thesis about?
  4. Do you think you picked the right major?
  5. Ultimate educational goals?
  6. Career goals?
  7. Do you think your goals are realistic?
  8. What classes are you taking right now?
  9. Favorite class out of everything you’ve ever taken and why?
  10. Least favorite class ever and why?
  11. Current favorite class and why?
  12. Current least favorite class and why?
  13. Favorite STEM field?
  14. Favorite humanities subject?
  15. Class that you’ve always wanted to take but never had the chance?
  16. Do you use caffeine and if so how much daily?
  17. What’s your preferred method of taking in caffeine?
  18. Have you ever tried study drugs?
  19. Are you a homework-in-the-morning kind of person?
  20. Do you listen to music while you study?
  21. Crowded area or quiet place?
  22. What’s your preferred writing implement?
  23. Do you need to work out before you can study well?
  24. Describe your perfect study environment.
  25. Are you procrastinating right now?
  26. What was the last thing you procrastinated?
  27. Are you a perfectionist?
  28. Do you like easy classes or do you feel bad if you’re not working hard?
  29. Are you a good test taker?
  30. What are you the proudest of out of all the assignments you’ve ever had?
  31. Do you talk to your teachers/professors a lot?
  32. Describe your favorite teacher/professor and why you like them.
  33. Describe your least favorite teacher/professor and why you dislike them.
  34. Have you ever thought about becoming a teacher/professor?
  35. Most profound thing ever said to you by a teacher/professor?
  36. Best feedback you’ve ever gotten on something academic?
  37. Worst study habit and how are you working on it?
  38. Are you an in-class fidgeter?
  39. How’s your handwriting?
  40. Write “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” and post a photo.
  41. Neat or messy notes?
  42. A lot of notes or the bare minimum?
  43. Post a photo/scan of your notes from your favorite class.
  44. Are you a doodler?
  45. Post a photo of your doodles if you have any.
  46. Do you have pre-test rituals and what are they?
  47. Are you a tangent-question asker?
  48. Do you make jokes in class?
  49. How many hours do you spend on academics per day?
  50. What’s something more important to you than school?

Writing Autistic Characters: 50 posts from scriptautistic

Happy Nanowrimo! In honour of national novel writing month 2017 we have put together this list of 50 of the most useful questions and answers from our blog this year. We hope you find them useful - happy writing!

-the scriptautistic mods




Emotions and empathy

Sensory sensitivities






Fun posts

50 life lessons:
1. Happiness is a mood, not a destination
2. If you spend every day wishing and wondering you will only look back on your life and wish and wonder
3. That cookie won’t kill you
4. Neither will that shot of tequila
5. Everything in moderation
6. Exercise will always put you in a better mood
7. A hot shower or a long nap can cure anything
8. Spend days with the people you love
9. Tell people how you feel
10. Never give up on a dream
11. That guy/girl was not your soulmate , soulmates don’t leave you laying in your own tears alone
12. Once a cheater always a cheater
13. People do change
14. But sometimes they just become better liars
15. Jumping into a cold pool on a hot summer day is an amazing thing
16. Wear that bikini, wear that red lipstick, wear whatever the hell you want
17. So what if your thighs jiggle?
18. Never let someone else decide your life for you
19. Don’t have sex with someone you would not want to raise a kid with
20. Buying condoms is less embarrassing than buying a pregnancy test
21. You can always order yourself flowers and buy yourself chocolate
22. Jump off cliffs, go skydiving, make sure you at least feel that thrill once
23. Do not let winter cause you to be lazy and sad
24. Sometimes all you need is to clean and organize things to feel like it’s all back in place
25. Your GPA isn’t the most important thing in your life
26. It is important though, study, focus, but never put your education over your physical well being
27. Go to the doctor and dentist
28. Listen to your gut, it really knows what is best for you
29. Always talk to somebody on the phone while walking alone at night
30. Sometimes all you need to do is laugh at your mistakes and move on
31. Find your comfort food
32. Never be afraid to go home
33. If you are, find a new home
34. Life is not a puzzle, the pieces will never fit perfectly but isn’t that the point?
35. Never dull your enthusiasm
37. Educate yourself on current events, from more than one source
38. Wear sweatpants or dress up, your significant other shouldn’t care what you are wearing
39. Sometimes you just have to act like a child
40. Go to carnivals, go camping, have adventures
41. Go to as many festivals and concerts as possible
42. Learn how to cook simple meals
43. You won’t always have someone there, learn how to do things on your own
44. Treat animals with the respect they deserve
45. Believe in whatever religion you like or don’t, but do not shove your beliefs on others
46. Watch as many movies as you can
47. Music is the gateway to the souls
48. Summer nights with friends are always the best
49. True friends aren’t always true friends, if they talk gossip with you they will talk gossip about you
50. Always smile, always love, never judge, and never dull your passions

I feel like the sheer goofiness of the Wild Magic Surge mechanic in D&D isn’t appreciated nearly enough. If you’re a sorcerer and choose the Wild Magic origin, you have some teeny problems controlling your magic, so that any time you cast a sorcerer spell, the DM can make you roll a d20 to see if you get a Surge. If you roll a one, it’s Surge time, and you have to roll a 1d100 to see what the heck has just happened to you. 

Highlights from the list of 50 possible effects:

  • You grow a long beard made of feathers that remains until you sneeze, at which point the feathers explode out from your face.
  • You cast grease centered on yourself.
  • 1d6 flumphs controlled by the DM appear in unoccupied spaces within 60 feet of you and are frightened of you. They vanish after 1 minute.
  • You turn into a potted plant until the start of your next turn. While a plant, you are incapacitated and have vulnerability to all damage. If you drop to 0 hit points, your pot breaks, and your form reverts.
  • You can’t speak for the next minute. Whenever you try, pink bubbles float out of your mouth.
  • For the next minute, you must shout when you speak.
  • You cast polymorph on yourself. If you fail the saving throw, you turn into a sheep for the spell’s duration.

I mean, it’s funny enough to picture a brand-new level 1 adventurer accidentally spitting out these super-powerful spells, but just imagine an epic-level sorcerer in the middle of a world-ending confrontation accidentally turning themself into a potted plant that takes double damage. Incredible.

50 Things To Remember In Life

Dear Friend,

There are 365 days in a year
And you and I both know from many unfortunate personal experiences,
That not all of those days will be good.
For some, the majority of those days will be a breeze
For others, each day will be a trial.
The world is a difficult place.
The world is an interesting place.
I am here to give you a few reminders
To keep up with this trying world we live in.

1. Follow your own heart and dreams. Don’t ever let anyone else tell you what you can or can’t do.

2. If you want something enough, you will find a way to make it happen.

3. You will meet people who hate you, and you will meet people who love you, and you will meet people who you think love you. Don’t be fooled. Some people are just passing by in your story called life. They’re there to teach you something, so always be aware.

4. Always remember that bad things and situations you don’t like will end. It may take minutes, hours, days, or years, but never forget that they will end eventually. You can get through anything.

5. You are your own person, not anyone else’s. Don’t let people take control of you and change your beautiful self.

6. The people in your life who make you giggle and smile in the darkest of times are ones you need to keep with you forever. There is always the potential for hard times, and you’ll need someone to cheer you on.

7. You do not have to live up to any standards or expectations. Family and peers and society are constantly telling us that we have to be a certain way, or else we aren’t good enough. Tune out of that thinking and just be yourself. That’s the best thing you can be.

8. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Being out of the box can bring on so many amazing new opportunities you never even thought existed.

9. A lot is going to happen to you during your lifetime, so let yourself feel anything and everything. Always feel as much as you can. It makes you experience things at a higher level and you can say, “Yes I know this feeling. I’ve been here before.”

10. A good cry cleanses the heart and mind and soul.

11. Appreciate the small things. They can teach you to love and be at peace with everything around you.

12. It’s okay to take a break from everyday duties once in a while.

13. Travel whenever possible, it opens the mind. Go on adventures in new places and learn about the world. You will come back a new person.

14. Get up the courage to talk to strangers. That’s how you meet people. Who knows, the next person you meet could end up being your new best friend.

15. Stand in the rain and breathe in the wide open air and absorb everything you can about the earth.

16. Long walks are something that can clear the mind and resolve many issues.

17. It’s okay to lay in bed with a book all day.

18. Look out the window and watch the snow silently fall. It’s one of the most peaceful and relaxing things you can do.

19. Remember that everyone is living their very own life with their own problems, so always be kind and respect others.

20. Keep and open mind and listen to people’s thoughts. You might discover more than you think.

21. You are not defined by your weight or skin color or career or the number of friends you have or your grades in school or your decisions. You are so much more than that.

22. Everyone makes mistakes in life, so don’t judge a person based on their decisions.

23. Keep your own limits and morals. Don’t give them up for anyone.

24. Live a little. Be spontaneous and experience all that you possibly can.

25. Aim to live a life that you will be proud of and content with when you’re 90 years old.

26. Things in life will tear you down, but time heals everything.

27. Rumors don’t help anyone. Don’t start or spread them.

28. Your soulmate is out there in the world searching for you too. Don’t lose hope. You’ll find each other one day.

29. Treat yourself once in a while.

30. Random acts of kindness can make someone’s day and it can make you feel good too.

31. You’re going to have to work if you want to live a truly happy life. Don’t cheat or make someone else do the work for you. That will only make an unfulfilled and empty life for you in the end.

32. Be proud of everything you do.

33. Self love never hurt anyone.

34. Find things to look forward to. It will keep you excited and more hopeful for the bright future.

35. Leave a piece of you in every place you go and with every person you meet.

36. Always listen to people. Everyone just wants to be heard and understood and feel like they matter to someone.

37. Do what is best for you in the long run, even if it hurts at first.

38. Love with all your heart and soul at every opportunity.

39. Never settle for less. You deserve the best and whatever makes you truly happy.

40. Don’t feel bad if someone doesn’t like you. It’s their loss because they won’t get to experience your magnificent presence.

41. Never fear love. Love can make you grow and blossom and teach you so much. Don’t fear it, but proceed with caution. Broken hearts will heal with time, but they are never fun.

42. Dancing silly to your favorite songs will guarantee some giggles and smiles.

43. Always sing in the shower, and when you’re home alone, sing as loud as you can.

44. Put effort into everything you do. It makes it all worthwhile and you feel better about it in the end. You can reflect and say “Look at this. I’m proud.”

45. Exercise makes you feel good and you’ll feel accomplished too. Try it sometime.

46. You are beautiful exactly how you are. Don’t deny yourself of your own loveliness.

47. You may not be perfect, because no one is, but you’re hella radiant, which is near perfection.

48. To grow as a person and expand your mind and soul, learn at least one new thing everyday.

49. Don’t beat yourself up about things you have no control over.

50. Happiness is not a goal or a point on a map. It is a state of being that everyone deserves.

Now my friend, I hope you can carry these things with you in your heart
Because every time you are down
You can always get back up.
Every time you are afraid
The fear won’t last forever.
This world and the people in it may knock you down
But you need to keep getting back up.
You have to.
Live, live, live.
Live your dream life. Make things happen.
It will be hard and it may seem hopeless and pointless sometimes,
But just remember that things really do get better.
The world is a difficult place.
The world is a beautiful place.
But only if you believe it to be.

Don’t lose hope.
I love you.

Sincerely, Me.

—  s.h. (via evanescentbeings )
Get Curious!
  • 1: Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
  • 2: Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
  • 3: Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
  • 4: Do you always smile for pictures?
  • 5: Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
  • 6: What is your Song of the week?
  • 7: What do you drink with dinner?
  • 8: What is your favorite food?
  • 9: Which movie could you watch over and over and still love?
  • 10: Last person you kissed/kissed you?
  • 11: Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
  • 12: Can you cry on command?
  • 13: Are you loyal?
  • 14: When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
  • 15: Favorite kind of sandwich?
  • 16: Best thing to eat for breakfast?
  • 17: What is your usual bedtime?
  • 18: Are you lazy?
  • 19: How many languages can you speak?
  • 20: Are you stubborn?:
  • 21: Are you afraid of heights?
  • 22: Do you sing in the shower?
  • 23: Do you think musicals are cheesy?
  • 24: Is Christmas stressful?
  • 25: Ever eat a pierogi?
  • 26: Favorite type of fruit pie?
  • 27: Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
  • 28: What do you wear to bed?
  • 29: Who would you like to see in concert?
  • 30: What was the last concert you saw?
  • 31: Tea or coffee?
  • 32: Do you want to get married?
  • 33: Do you want kids?
  • 34: What’s your favorite part about today so far?
  • 35: What are you doing tomorrow?
  • 36: What are you doing next week?
  • 37: Have you ever tried sushi? (Did you like it?)
  • 38: How do you like your steak cooked?
  • 39: What do you like least about yourself?
  • 40: Who’s your best / closest friend?
  • 41: Who do you trust with your secrets?
  • 42: Which friend would you go to in an emergency?
  • 43: What was the last text you sent?
  • 44: Does anyone hate you?
  • 45: How did you meet your spouse / girlfriend / boyfriend?
  • 46: Would you rather live in the countryside or in the city?
  • 47: Ever had a detention?
  • 48: Which swear word do you use the most?
  • 49: Ever cried at school?
  • 50: Who is the most intelligent person you know?

The ultimate lifestyle changing list.A healthy lifestyle doesn’t only consist of healthy eating and fitness. It also consists of goals, dreams, attitude, self-care and love, sleep and many more things. A healthy lifestyle also leads to a happy life and stressing about what you are eating or missing a gym session won’t be helping you stay healthy either. Yes, make healthy choices, but also lead a lifestyle that will lead up to a happy life.


endless list of favourite movies: 
002. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrariwise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?


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Why Jonsa is happening in 10 reasons or less

Hi! Thank you for this question I’ve been DYING to put these thoughts into words. Unfortunately, I can’t list just one thing, because one piece of evidence can be easily dismissed! It’s all of it together, so I’ll list my top ten reasons.

1. The original outline. Jon and (his sister) fell in love. They were tormented by the fact that they thought they were siblings. Remnants of Jon/Arya are there in the fake!Arya storyline. Arya was replaced by Sansa, and Sansa will arrive at the Wall as the grey girl.

2. The parentage reveal. It gives Jon and Sansa permission to be in love. This is HUGE. It also gives Sansa a reason to marry Jon so he can be accepted at Winterfell with the Starks. 

3. Sansa is unlucky in love for a reason. All of her suitors are somehow “not quite right.” Her love life is written as a Goldilocks story. Jon is the perfect bowl of porridge. 

4. Prince Charming was right there all along. More than any other character, Sansa is characterized by her idealism of knighthood/courtly love and her belief that she needed to go south to find it. Jon is the knight/prince next door. To quote S6 Sansa after Jon kisses her: “Back then I thought about what I wanted, never about what I had.”

5. The blue flower prophecy. Sansa as Winterfell’s blue rose (the daughter of Winterfell/Bael the Bard) is the blue flower growing in Jon’s wall of ice. She is growing through a “chink” in his armor, meaning there is a weakness in his armor. Sansa is his “weakness” (Greyworm and Missandei are foreshadowing Jonsa).

6. Constant incest discourse in Jon’s storyline. He has a conversation with Ygritte where she asks him “Would you bed your sister?” He thinks of Sansa twice when he’s staying at Craster’s Keep. He has a dream of feeling ashamed to have sex with Ygritte in the godswood because his father/the gods are watching them. He already obsesses over the idea of Arya in a forced marriage, when it’s really Sansa who is in one. Jaime (Kingsguard=Night’s Watch) from the outline was given a twin, whom he’s in love with. Technically, Sansa is a Lannister; Jon is a Targaryen, and both families practice incest. This is why the parentage reveal is so important. It’s a relief from the guilt of loving Ned’s daughter; that love is a respite for not being Ned’s son.

7. The order of Jon and Sansa’s chapters. More than I can discuss here, but Jon and Sansa are trapped in romantic situations at about the same time. Jon is trapped with Ygritte, Sansa is trapped with the Tyrells, then with Tyrion. In Storm of Swords, Jon Chapter 15 has him thinking of how to make the best out of Ygritte’s pursuit of him while Sansa Chapter 16 has her thinking of how she can make the best out of a bad situation with Willas as a suitor. Jon Chapter 79 has him contemplating Stannis’ offer of becoming Lord of Winterfell and rebuilding it while Sansa Chapter 80 has her building Winterfell as a snow castle (complete with a snow knight for christ sake). 

8. The romantic tropes in the show and Sansa’s accelerated storyline. Others in the fandom have done a much better job of detailing this. But what stands out to me is that Jon is awestruck when he first sees her. Jon and Sansa flirt when they first meet. He cloaks her; she cloaks him. They argue like a married couple. They work together to achieve a common goal. The scripts write them as “regal and majestic” and their arguments skirt around the “true tension between them.” Sansa’s storyline was also accelerated in the show. This was done to lay the groundwork for a romance across the last 3 seasons of the series. Dany/Jon was written as a bare bones “romance” to troll the shippers and create buzz in the off-season. Woe to thee who fail to recognize Jonsa.

9. The absence of infatuation. At this point in the books it is true that Sansa/Jon rarely think of each other. However, the absence of thought is evidence. First of all, they were described as “not close” for a reason: to put familial distance between them so that when they reunite they will feel more like strangers, less like close siblings (Jon/Arya). Second, the absence of thought is very simplistic evidence for anti-Jonsa arguments. Why should we only pay attention to explicit, surface-level infatuations that the characters have? If that was the case, then we would be shipping Sansa with Joffrey, Loras, or Harry. If the books are complex enough to have LF and Varys engage in an epic shadow war, why wouldn’t an epic love story be hidden in the text as well? Book foreshadowing for their relationship exists; it can be found in their opposite-sex relationships and in the stories and songs that Sansa idolizes (Florian/Jonquil, Jenny of Oldstones, and Aemon/Nerys for example). Jon and Sansa are thinking of each other, just subconsciously, through wish fulfillment in their suitors and monomyths in the universe. Freud and Jung would instantly pick up on it.

10. Redheads. Need I say more?

anonymous asked:

poetry book recs, kind sir?

ooooooh YES!! 

ok so I’m going to leave out stuff that’s Too Obvious, which means a lot of this is niche (to me) or contemporary, and… I recently had a canary on twitter about how much ~*~modern~*~ poetry GETS MY GOAT. I’m reading a lot of New poets/collections this year purely because I… didn’t really read that much contemporary stuff before, and I thought I should branch out. (so far I’m dubious.) so, yes – obviously Plath, Blake, Hughes, Sappho, Eliot, Keats, Shelley, etc. etc. ad nauseum, The Greats, yadda yadda, here’s some others.

so far this year I’ve read (and ENJOYED - I’m not reccing the ones I wasn’t into/thought were pants, soz): 

  • Letters From Medea by Salma Deera
  • Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
  • Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (I actually LOVED this) 
  • Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics

I’ve also read and loved:

  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
  • The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
  • The Curse of the Vampire’s Socks and Other Doggerel by Terry Jones
  • Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Let Us Compare Mythologies by Leonard Cohen

my personal 10/10 all-time go-tos are:

  • Crush by Richard Siken (despite appearing on every single tumblr graphic between 2011 and 2013, it still gets me in the heart guts)
  • The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy (which I have loved wholeheartedly since I was 17 years old)
  • pretty much any collection of Great War poetry: Up the Line to Death, Men Who March Away, Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches (the Great War poets are my favourite. like, of all poetry, ever)

my favourite individual poems, as we’re on the subj, are: 

finally, a heads up: youtube literally anything by Brave New Voices, sit back, prepare to be Shook. ‘Transcript of Civil Rights’ by Shanita Jackson and Dakota Oder still DESTROYS ME five years later.

THERE YA GO. not much, but not nothing! enjoy!! maybe?!?

Hit Korean boy band BTS is ready to take over Anaheim

Rap Monster, one of the seven guys in the South Korean boy band BTS, says it was only at the end of 2016 that he and the others realized how huge their band had become around the world.

“Somebody in the company sent me a message: ‘You got No. 26 on Billboard OMG congratulations,’” says Mr. Monster, the 22-year-old rapper born Kim Nam-joon, by phone from Chicago where BTS was set to play on Thursday before hitting Honda Center for a pair of sold-out shows on Saturday and Sunday.

“At first I thought, 'Ha ha, your humor isn’t really very good,’” says Rap Monster, the leader of the group and its primary songwriter. “We didn’t believe it.”

But as more messages started to ping onto their phones he says the BTS boys realized it was no joke: Their sophomore album, “Wings,” entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 26 after its October release, making it the highest chart position for any K-pop act – not to mention one that sings primarily in Korean – and offering a bit of foreshadowing for Billboard naming the record the best K-pop album of the year.

Since then things have only gotten sunnier for Rap Monster, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. In February, “Wings” was re-released in a new edition as “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and the combined editions have since sold nearly 1.5 million copies worldwide. Music videos for “Spring Day” and “Not Today” were released a week apart last month as well and exploded on YouTube where they’ve currently racked up 59.2 million and 60.1 million views respectively.

“When we heard that and really got that, I was saying, 'OK, this is going to be a whole other world,’” Rap Monster says of the significance of the Billboard chart success and all that followed. “And I feel like we should do something more, and dream something more.”

This past week they’ve taken a step toward something more, playing their first headlining and sold-out arena dates in the United States, after previously having mostly played on multi-artist billings at KCON conventions held here.

“So many people just to see BTS was really an honor,” Rap Monster says of the opening pair of shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. “It feels dreamy these days.”

Not, mind you, that it’s been anything like an overnight success or an easy road for him and the other BTS members.

He grew up a top student in his school who loved American rappers such as Eminem and Nas, performing even as he attended high school and eventually catching the attention of BTS future manager Bang Si-hyuk at BigHit Entertainment in South Korea. And though he says he gave up on music when he was 16, lacking confidence in where he was headed, he says Bang encouraged him to stay strong, believe in himself, and sign on as the first to join BTS, even though at the time he wasn’t sure who or what it would end up incorporating.

“I was not aware of the other members,” Rap Monster says. “But I like the company and I respect them. And he promised to me, 'I will make you do your music and get big someday, so please believe me.’

"So I believed him.”

The other six members soon were selected, each of them bringing different talents on the mic or on stage. Songs were developed by Rap Monster and the other members, with a team of producers working to craft the best music from the raw material, the melodies and beats, that they created.

“Our chemistry is different from other groups,” Rap Monster says. “Everyone has their own points and characteristics. If I’m a bad dancer, a good dancer teaches me. If I’m a good songwriter, I help the others with a good melody.”

We ask the obvious question: Are you a bad dancer?

He laughs and answers: “Yes, I’m a bad dancer.”

Their music is different from a lot of K-pop acts that have made ripples on the American airwaves. They’re not popular because of the novelty aspect of their songs – think “Gangnam Style” by Psy from a few years back. And they’re not quite as bubblegum as a group such as Girls Generation or as eclectic as the synthpop of f(x), the first Korean band to play the South By Southwest festival.

Instead, BTS often aims for that sweet spot where R&B and rap get together, the kind of stuff Justin Bieber might be doing if he sang in Korean and there were six Bieber variations with fashionable hair and eclectic yet unified fashion choices.

“BTS music sounds like it’s from America,” Rap Monster says. “We decide to always watch the trends and watch what’s going on over the world. America’s the No. 1 market in the world so that’s why people in America prefer us.”

As for communicating through the language divide, Rap Monster says that’s partly handled by the group’s wildly enthusiastic social media following: “Fans translate our lyrics and interviews,” he says of a following that has landed them at the top of Billboard’s Social 50 list for a total of 17 weeks since “Wings” dropped in October. “They’re able to say, 'OK, BTS is talking about us and our lives.’”

And it’s partly addressed through lyrical subjects that express the common hopes and dreams and fears and worries of any teenager or young adult in any country.

“Our lyrics are mostly Korean but we always talk about the young people’s lives and their minds,” Rap Monster says. “There’s something similar between every young person in the world, in America or in Korea. We share something together even if we use different languages or live so far.”

American fans are also the savviest music lovers in the world, Rap Monster says, which made heading out on this brief headlining tour a little bit intimidating at first.

“We actually were scared of performing in America as a solo act,” he says. “Their playlists are the best in the world. I was really nervous for them.

"But after we were on stage our fear disappeared. They’re like everybody, they’re like friends. Singing along all of the lyrics even through the raps. They know how to play, the rhythms and the dances.”

An aside here to share our favorite piece of Rap Monster trivia. You might be wondering whether he spoke through a translator. He did not. His excellent English skills were polished in the classroom but also at home through what he refers to as “a Korean mothers syndrome.”

“'Friends’ was really famous for the mothers in Korea for English education,” Rap Monster says of the hit American sitcom from the '90s. “It was kind of like a syndrome. Korean mothers make their kids watch 'Friends’ even when they were eating food or playing.

"I think it really helped. It has like 10 seasons, I think, and I watched it like more than five times through the 10 seasons. They use the gestures and expressions, like, Americans use, right? I think that naturally teaches me how to speak or how to make a gesture when you try to express some emotions.

"Thank you, 'Friends,’” he says, laughing. “God bless 'Friends’!”

Rap Monster recently collaborated with the American rapper Wale on the song “Change,” which like some of BTS’ other songs – and unlike most K-pop – touches on politics and societal issues. He says he’d loved Wale’s music for a few years when the opportunity to do the song came along last year “like a miracle, like a dream come true.

"The song has already come out and we shot a music video together, but still sometimes I lie in my bed and think, 'Did I really do something with him?’” Rap Monster says.

He knows that boy groups from Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync to the Jonas Brothers and One Direction tend to have a finite lifespan before members get restless to move on solo projects, acting gigs and other opportunities. But he thinks the variety of interests and musical genres that individual BTS members have can be handled on the side or even within the group, and BTS itself can carry on.

So while Rap Monster says he’d love to collaborate with Drake or Miguel one day, Suga feels the same way about Kanye West and Flume. Jungkook seems more inclined toward pop R&B – his dream musical partners would include Bieber or Charlie Puth. V is a little bit old school, having mentioned Norah Jones and the Fugees as on his wish list. Rap Monster ticks off the rest of the band: Jimin digs Chris Brown, J-Hope is into the similarly initialed J. Cole, and Jin is a fan of old-school showman Bruno Mars.

“I always tell them that every time we have hits under the name of BTS we shine the best when we are a team,” Rap Monster says. “I know all the seven members, they love music, and I know their No. 1 wish is for us to perform and make music and sing and dance.

"Maybe someday someone will want to be on a television show or be an actor,” he says. “I just hope they know all of the popularity and fame and money is from the name of our team. That’s not one person, everybody contributes to the team.

"Nobody knows the future. I just hope it can last as long as possible.”

Peter Larson @ OCRegister

Superhero AUs #16

Girl Power (in honour of Wonder Woman)

- ‘I love how you wear full body armour, not like those other slutty female heroes’ AU
- ‘Look, jackass. They’re invulnerable, I’m not. Their thighs look great in fishnets, but mine look like easy targets. It’s about practicality, not promiscuity, and you can fuck right off’ AU

- ‘No, no, this isn’t right. You can’t defeat me, you’re supposed to be the damsel-’
- ‘-in distress? Honey, it doesn’t look like I’m the one in distress here’ AU

- ‘Aren’t stilettos kinda impractical to fight it? Sexy, but impractical.’ AU
- ‘Not if I never go hand to hand, and besides, they serve the dual purpose of making my ass look great and taking out men’s eyes’ AU

- ‘I’m the world’s greatest assassin. You would be wise to fear me’ AU
- ‘Oh bless your cotton socks, it’s so cute that you think you scare me. I’m a mother, and you just threatened my kids; it’s you who should be scared’ AU

- ‘Blood makes great lipstick’ AU
- ‘…I really don’t want to know how you know that’ AU

- ‘Yeah, I got kicked out of the hero league. Apparently wearing a rainbow cape for Pride Month violates the ‘no personal life information shall be shared while in costume’ rule’ AU
- ‘…I’m a supervillain and even I think that’s evil’ AU

- ‘I hate her and she hates me but for god’s sake next time the media labels our war a ‘catfight’ I will not stop her from tearing down your offices and setting you all on fire’ AU
- ‘For once we agree on something’ AU

- ‘I’m a villain and you’re a hero…but I like you and you say that you like me back. So…what does that make us?’ AU
- ‘Lesbians’ AU


1. Spacious skies, amber waves of grain, majestic mountains, fruited plains
2. Wait, what’s a fruited plain again?
3. We all want some of your fries
4. Two words: ranch dressing
5. We laugh at Uranus
6. We have awesome national and state parks
7. We have awesome nature in general
8. And a secret wish to live in Hawaii
9. After about 10 years old, the fireworks kind of seem the same
10. We know that fireworks parking is the worst kind of parking there is
11. Funnel Cake, while neither funnel nor cake, is still awesome
12. We share the struggle to remove popcorn shells from under our tongues
13. Most of us can’t really sing The Star Spangled Banner
14. But we still get butterflies when we hear The Star Spangled Banner
15. And we pretty much don’t use the word “spangled” except for this song
16. We drive 5-ish mph over the limit
17. And when it rains, we forget HOW to drive
18. We have no queen except one…and we can’t legally say her name but we all know who we mean.
19. We know that the more cheese you add to something, the better it gets
20. We did not actually meet our true love through a rose ceremony
21. We all have that one weird uncle, you know the one
22. We belong to the land that invented jazz
23. And rock ‘n’ roll
24. And baseball
25. And basketball
26. And real football ;)
27. We love lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and pools
28. But none of us feel 100% great about our current swimsuits
29. Nose hairs
30. Law and Order reruns
31. Nobody knows what the ending of “Lost” meant
32. Everybody thinks they know what the ending of “Sopranos” meant
33. We all think we shoulda won the lottery
34. We love days off, especially when sleeping is involved
35. Love for hot dogs—plain, chili, New York, Chicago-style, tofu, or just a banana split we’re calling a “hot dog” for some reason
36. Cereal for dinner? Sure
37. We all look goofy swatting bugs near our faces
38. We eat through our food holes
39. We pee, especially after beer, wine, or margaritas
40. Unless you don’t drink beer, wine or margaritas (fill in favorite beverage here)
41. We all wonder what happens to swallowed watermelon seeds, but we don’t really want to know
42. We all could have learned a foreign language with the amount of time we’ve spent on Facebook
43. We have really @#$%ing expensive healthcare
44. We think we might read Moby Dick someday
45. We think the next state over is the one that’s full of hicks
46. We’re individualists who care about each other
47. We all want a clean, green, safe world for our kids and grandkids
48. A constitution and government that has stood the test of time, but also grown with us through the centuries
49. Our votes and voices count
50. We know our country’s not perfect, but there’s still no other place we’d rather call home!

Magic Tip: Be specific in your correspondences.

I feel like one major weakness that many magic practitioners don’t realize when making correspondences is that they aren’t specific. 

Yes, basil and rosemary are both good for protection. But what kind of money spells? What kind of protections? 

A protection could work by hiding you, by filtering things out, by being an impenetrable wall, by dispelling negative energies. And if you were to pick from one or two of those- you could still be even more specific. 

How does it become an impenetrable wall? Is it the bricks themselves, or is it the cement that holds it together? 

And even then-how good is the cement? Would rosemary’s cement work better? 

Don’t just stop there- consider the different forms of the material. 

Is dried basil better at certain things then fresh basil? How does it act in a potion, in an oil, in a tincture? 

Be specific in making your correspondences to truly find out the differences between materials. It is pointless to have a list of 50 different herbs for a purpose if you do not know the different ways they carry out that purpose, because you cannot combine them to maximize their effects. 

I have made a worksheet to help make more specific correspondences here.