AND THIS IS JUST AN EARLY VERSION

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I’ve often been asked to release the hundreds of thousands of words that I cut from rough drafts as I write; here’s why I don’t. This is an early chapter of an early version of The Raven King. Those missing words that are hidden away in outtakes documents in my computer are not extra content but rather just inside-out versions of the final story. I rather expect this tells readers far more about my writing process than it does about the characters featured in this chapter.

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THIS IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTANDING THIS COMIC: this is part of a serious autobio series I started months back to document my gender transition. These took place months ago, during the early days, when I was very visibly trans. I’d only been on hormones for 5 months.

June 5th, 2016. Back then, I could only start to see myself if I was wearing makeup, it helped highlight my more feminine features. The end of the day was terrible. I still had a ways to go with laser so I’d see a patchy beard shadow too, which didn’t help any. Using makeup to see a more feminized version of myself felt like a double-edged sword. It just felt like I was getting my hopes up on a daily basis, but I needed to do it for my own peace of mind.

I think one of the biggest misconceptions that a lot of folks have about early tabletop RPGs is the assumption that high-level play is meant to look basically the same as low-level play, just with bigger numbers and different-coloured monsters.

If you look at the way they’re put together, however, that’s clearly not intended to be the case. Particularly among early versions of Dungeons & Dragons and its various imitators, there are clearly defined early, late and endgame phases, and in some cases, even a sort of postgame - though it’s often a challenge to tease out exactly what those phases are meant to look like; if there’s anything that early D&D and its contemporaries share, it’s being absolutely terrible at explaining how the rules are assuming the game is going to be played.

Take AD&D, for example - moreso the first edition than the second, though they both have similar ideas in mind. Folks often wonder what the deal is with high-level fighters spontaneously developing armies of followers. It’s kind of weird for them to just pop up out of nowhere as the rules suggest, and anyway, what good is a hundred first-level mooks in a high-level dungeon crawl? Wouldn’t they just die?

The answer is that, well, yes, they would be useless in high-level dungeon crawls, but the game is making a tacit assumption that dungeon crawling is no longer the primary focus of play at that level. Though it never actually comes out and explains it, the game has a baked-in progression whereby levels 9 through 11 mark a transitional phase away from dungeon crawling and toward domain management: fighters claim fiefdoms, clerics establish temples and train disciples, wizards begin constructing dungeons of their own and stocking them with monsters.

That’s why the rules want all those followers and infrastructure to just pop into existence at the appropriate level: to smooth over the boring setup phase and let you dive right into the fun parts of managing your domains. That isn’t to say that dungeon crawling stops outright, but it becomes a bit of a sideshow - if you’re tackling a dungeon, it’s a means to an end, not a goal in itself. Heck, if you’re a wizard, you may well be the one running the dungeon!

(That touches on another subtlety that often gets lost in translation, incidentaly. If you ever thought the spell list for high-level wizards looks weird as hell, you’re totally correct - from the perspective of a dungeon crawler. Look at it from the perspective of a dungeon administrator, however, and those spells’ intended purpose becomes much clearer. Prior to the game’s 3rd edition, which retooled itself to focus on dungeon crawling over the full span of levels, basically any wizard spell of 6th level or higher is operating on a totally different set of gameplay assumptions than the ones you might be expecting.)

Of course, none of this should be a new concept to modern players; many single-player CRPGs exhibit a similar transition from running fetch-quests to building and overseeing settlements at high levels, and even MMOs tend to have well-defined main game and endgame phases that share little in common in terms of their core gameplay. The problem isn’t that it’s an unfamiliar notion; the problem is the presumption that it’s a modern notion, when in fact the opposite is true - tabletop RPGs that remain focused on dungeon crawling throughout the life of a campaign are actually the more recent development.

The Origins of Pasta

Pasta, as we know it today, can only be made from triticum turgidum var. durum, or “durum wheat.” Because of its high gluten content, this type of wheat allows hard, dry pasta with a long, safe shelf life. Because the ancient Etruscans and Romans did not know about durum wheat, they could not have invented pasta.

That honor likely goes to the Arabs. In a dictionary by Syrian physician and lexicographer Isho bar Ali published in the 900s, we have something called “itriyya” – string-like pasta shapes made of semolina and dried before cooking. This early Arab version made its way to Sicily a few centuries later, where it was called triyakh. However, there is still debate today over whether the Sicilians had pasta introduced by their Arab invaders, or independently invented it, and just picked up the name.

when te fiti has her heart, it’s assumed she can gift life to anything, right? well imagine this:

te fiti is really greatful after maui apologizes. she knows from past personal experience how stubborn he can be, so she does a little bit more for him than just fixing his fish hook for him

after he leaves moana to sail herself home he’s flying around when a small island he doesn’t recognize from the sky catches his attention. 

curious, he lands on it and looks around at this beautiful lush green island just blooming with plant life. it confuses him that he’s never seen this island before because he knows for sure he would’ve remembered pulling up something so beautiful until he stumbles upon this large boulder with famaliar looking carvings on it and it just hits him all at once

this was his island. 

Te Fiti took what used to be a pile of boulders and wiltering plants and restored it to the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen.

she didn’t just fix what he valued most

she took this place he was trapped on for a thousand years, this place he thought he hated, and she used it to give him a home.

Something he’s never really had before.

Right Now?

We Were Married Last Christmas Outtake

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Warnings: Explicit Language and Pure Smut aka Semi-Porn without Plot?

Word Count: 1.1k+ (short and filthy)

A/N: Those of you who haven’t read the series may take this as an AU, but it’s just after they completed an undercover mission early. They chose to “stay” at their home for a little while. Those of you who have read the series will enjoy this (the outtake is part of the uncut version), so have some smut.. x. T


At the sound of the door slamming and the hush of wind blowing in with the figure that stomped into the foyer, your head jerked up from the stir-fry you were tending to and you caught a glimpse of a shoulder before he disappeared behind the wall again. You turned off the heat on the burner and wiped your hands on the dishtowel, trailing to the large entryway and leaning against the framework to gaze at the dirtied soldier taking his work boots off.

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15.12.16// Studying by Coffee Fellows, after my early morning yoga practice. 
Tomorrow I’ve got my Referat on Hannah Arendt and “the Origins of Totalitarism” and I’m quite nervous since the final version of the Handout and the speech are not ready. Hope I don’t have to cram for this.
I just want to be done with everything and go home for Christmas, 
*Heimweh Mood*.

Ten years of this

You stood there in character, the Winchester’s little sister, as Dean made threats against you and Sam from the locked room he was in. You were clutching onto Jared’s arm in fear, just as Jensen had directed you to earlier in the shot.

It was going surprisingly well. So far you only had to do this shot two other times, running the different lines for the different versions it called for. You were ecstatic on the inside, thinking you might get out of filming early.

That was until Jared started jumping up in down out of “fear” while Jensen opened the door and began laughing like a mad man before making a disgusted face and shut the door.

Everybody on set began laughing and you simply rolled your eyes. It was only the second day of shooting for the season and they were already goofing off.

The camera panned back around to Jared who had finished jumping up and down and the cameraman focused on you. Grinning to yourself because you knew this was going to make the gag reel you looked over at the camera and deadpanned, “Ten years of this. I’ve survived ten years of this. Yet it still surprises me when they act like five year olds. I should know better.”

Jared started cracking up next to you, as did some of the crew members. From behind the camera you heard the cameraman go, “Yeah, whatever Y/L/L, you’re usually kidding around with them causing just as much trouble.”

Letting out a chuckle you looked back into the camera and shrugged as Jared threw this arm over your shoulder, “This is true.”

Thigh Riding || A.F.I

Originally posted by irwinsource

Summary: When you’re lonely you know that Ashton will always be there for you in whatever you need him. 

Relationship: Ashton/[Y/N]

Word Count: 739

Warnings: daddy kink, thigh riding (duh), swearing, the word slut is used so, etc


Your relationship with Ashton was anything but vanilla. You two were always up for trying new things, food, hobbies, and sex. You two were big on foreplay so when Ashton brought up his Daddy Kink, you were shocked, but relieved because you had always wanted to experiment with it. Ever since then, it’s been something the two of you just do. 

Ashton had been working into the early hours of mornings lately and you understood that he needed to do what he did, but you had been craving him so much lately, you could barely take it. Your legs squeezing together at the thought of his skilful tongue lapping at your juices. 

You had been sitting on your bed browsing YouTube, listening to the faint drumming coming from the basement and you couldn’t help but think of Ashton’s hands. You had decided that it was enough and stripped down to just your underwear walking over to Ashton’s wardrobe and pulling out a muscle tee and then going over to yours and pulling out a pair of pyjama shorts. Once satisfied you began your way to the basement. 

Once you entered the room the sound of drums overwhelmed you and you were met with a faintly sweaty Ashton, shirtless. Not helping your situation at all considering the fact that your panties were probably soaking already. 

“Hey babe.” He said with a sweet smile as he noticed you. You didn’t say anything but just made your way to him, standing in front of his drums. 

“What’s wrong sweetie?” He frowned when you didn’t reply. You shrugged your shoulders, “nothing, just miss you.” You mumbled as you toyed with the end of your shirt hoping he would get the hint. 

“Is that so?” He asked intrigued with a smirk plastered on his mouth. You looked up at him and nodded, “yeah.” He set aside his drumsticks before looking over to you, “c’mere baby girl.” He motioned as you carefully made your way over to him crawling onto his lap. 

“Uh uh.” He tutted as you looked at him confused. He made it clear when he moved you so were straddling only one thigh. 

“Did you miss daddy?” He cooed as his hands moved to your hips slowly starting to rock you back and forth. 

“I missed you so much daddy.” You groaned as you started moving your hips with him, adding more friction between his thigh and you. 

“I want you to show me how much you missed me, can you do that?” He encouraged as he started kissing your neck. 

“H-how, daddy?” You questioned as he applied more force to your hips as you rocked at a steady rhythm. 

“I want you to come all over your panties, all for me.” He growled into your ear making you moan as you wrapped your hands around his neck as he pressed his lips against yours feverishly. 

“Does this feel good?” He taunted, “so good.” You replied already euphoric. He slowly removed one hand from your waist as he snaked it into your panties finding your clit almost immediately. 

“O-oh fuck yes daddy, yes.” You moaned as you arched your back fully riding his thigh. 

“You look so hot right now baby girl, all for me.” He stated as he began bringing you closer and closer to your release that you could feel building already. 

“Shit, I’m so close.” You whined as you began grinding your hips even harder against his thigh wanting as much friction as possible. 

“That’s right, come all over my thigh you slut.” He encouraged as he began sucking on your neck and massaging your boobs as you became an ever bigger moaning mess at just his words. 

“Shitshitshitfuck.” You managed out as the knot in your lower stomach began forming, “come for daddy.” He demanded as he rubbed fast circles on your clit making your legs tremble with the amount of pleasure you were feeling. 

“Fuck!” Was all you managed to get out before coming all over your panties and his thigh as your head rested in the crook of his neck. 

“That was possibly the hottest thing I’ve ever seen.” He determined as you come down from your high. 

“I can tell.” You smirked as you placed your hand over the obvious boner he had. 

“I guess we’re just getting started.” He smirked as you discarded your shirt from your body getting ready for the night ahead.     

whatever-fangirl  asked:

Can you recomend some good JxHQ fics?💕

Yes, of course sweetie 💕  Since you asked me for Nolanverse too, I will include both versions.

Suicide Squad-verse (Leto!Joker)

Kill Me Slowly
One of the best takes I’ve come across on their early Arkham relationship and Harley’s transformation. Raw and delicious, enthralling.

Grape Soda
Another Harley origin story that is simply so intriguing, with a twist.

Nobody Ever Comes To Our House
This fanfic switches between super light and funny and very dark. The author has such a wide spectrum for them and it’s really impressive.

Punchline
Harley’s characterization and the way she react to her struggles here is just so good.

Revenge
A delicious revenge act towards someone that hasn’t been getting much spotlight.

The Joker’s Wild
He is so desperate for Harley, it’s just amazing.

Secondhand Smoke - Ain’t No Church in the Wild
- Purple Teardrops - New

Joker is dark and possessive, Harley stands her ground. Harley’s origin in a way rarely told before. Very dark but beautiful.

My Weakness
Sweet reunion.

Let Fire Reign
One of those pieces with a psychological view on it, it just draws you in.

Wicked Games
It paints something really dark in a beautiful way, and I love it. Powerful.

My Queen
Sweet and hot.

King and Queen of Gotham
This one depicts the movie events in a really satisfying way. I wish this could replace the SS novelization.

The Jokes on Them
A mixture of fluff, funny, sweet and just overall so good.

Trouble Sleeping
Some heart-warming fluff.

The Next Day
This fic is exactly what I need, in terms of a Joker who is just so dependent on Harley. A perfect band-aid for the heart after reading angst, it mends and it makes me so happy.

Kiss The Ring
I love it when darker elements mix with sweet, and this is an example of such.

Where Are You Looney Tune?
I love this so much, Joker’s POV of looking for Harley. This filled a very big void that the movie and novelization left behind. The Joker being desperate is portrayed so good.

Nolanverse (Ledger!Joker)

 Bad Jokes  - Malady The Ringmaster
I consider this triology a classic, a pure piece of art. I have rarely found better writing in fanfiction, - you can really tell that the author is a published writer.
It’s one of the few fics that shows full abuse but does not make me cringe. All because of the way Harley is portrayed - she is so strong,  so fierce. It contains heavy abuse but also some moments that are absolutely stunning and balances it.

Killing Time
This is so good, I’m constantly impressed that the author portrays the Joker with such ease and still in a way that I find completely compatible with Ledger!Joker - it makes me genuinely believe this could happen although it’s sweeter than you could expect. The portrayal of the Joker is slightly different from in Bad Jokes, showing him as more human, a tad more affectionate, but still just as sociopathic.

Do Not Disturb
In case you didn’t think this Joker was capable of amazing sex, as well as humor and slaughter, well, you’re welcome. The fic is based on an amazing artwork, found here.

Used Too Well
A very dark take on it. If you, like me, are intrigued by the historical mistress theme, this is very fascinating and heart-wrenching. Non-con.

Twisted Knives
Angsty, dark and sweet.


General/Other Batman Universe

His
A take on Brian Azarello’s Joker, and his breakdown. Beautiful.

JxHQ: Piety
Another, dark take on Azarello’s famous Joker breakdown scene, showing how complex their relationship really is. 

Sign on The Line
Delicious, dark. Harley’s portrayal, the way she fights back, is amazing.

The Art of Seduction
Just in case you want some, you know, good smut.

JxHQ: Snuff
Included just because it’s funny and original; crack and seduction mixed with bloody gore.

Immediately after the Civil War ended, Southern states enacted “black codes” an early version of systemic, state-sponsored discrimination and racism meant to confine and control Black people who had just gained their freedom. Today, we continue to see the erosion of basic human rights and civil liberties of people of color and poor people through coded practices and policies.

anonymous asked:

I never knew the arthropod fandom had such intense discourse

The “Arthropod head problem” is actually a genuine long standing debate that’s over a century old, famously nicknamed as the “endless dispute” cause people couldn’t figure out what the shit was going on with bug heads (the origins of appendages and what appendages arose from what, and how different groups that differ morphologically arose.)

From what I get we think arthropods all originated out from an extremely leggy critter, and the mouthparts and antenna of modern Arthropods are all just extremely modified versions of some of their their early ancestors’ front legs. And it’s a pain in the ass to figure out what is the equivalent of what across different groups.

attackmybutt  asked:

Think we might see a kiss in the dvd version or making the scene more on point that they kissed?

Doubt it. They made it on point enough in the first place. xD

People seem to be under the false impression that the TV version of the anime was ‘censored’ in order to allow it to be aired on TV but that’s a pretty groundless assumption, considering that there are other anime out there which show kisses between members of the same sex with no problem. YOI aired late in the night so it would be even more okay for them to show the kiss explicitly if they wanted to (if it aired in the early evening or afternoon, there’s always the “think of the kids!” argument, which holds a bit more water).

The thing is, they just didn’t want to show it outright and I doubt this would suddenly change for the DVDs/BluRays. I don’t think it’s their ill-will or some enforced censorship; if someone really wants to call it censorship it’s self-censorship, since the creators are afraid of showing things outright since it may not be received well. Basically they adapt their work to external expectations. Not to mention that not showing the kiss is an artistic choice - and a good one, in my opinion. I think they did something similar with the first kiss ever in the Pokemon anime and that was widely accepted and celebrated so it’s not like yoi is the first one to imply a kiss without actually showing the lips touching. I personally like the way the scene is shot - they show everything (the moment before the kiss, everyone’s reactions, their behavior after the kiss) without actually showing the kiss which is clever and effective imo. It’s a good example of show don’t tell in visual story telling - we don’t need to see them locking lips to know that the kiss happened. It was shown in literally all ways apart from the obvious one with the assumption that the viewer can connect the dots. (And I appreciate that.)

I don’t think it makes the kiss any less valid or any less valuable, and as much as I’d like to see an explicit one, I think things are fine the way they are now. Maybe we’ll get one in the second season, but for now, the kiss is definitely gonna remain the way we’ve seen it in the TV version.

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Hey there! I would like to raise funds for my birthday next week. Please contact me at olivinearc@gmail.com or DM me on twitter at @thesummerwars if interested!

You get:

  • A double sided charm of whoever you want (both OCs and official characters fine!) The charm would be shipped in April.
  • A full size image of the design, just like a standard commission. You get it immediately!
  • You can pick the extra particles and pose, as well as the expressions for both sides!
  • Small Pokemon like Piplup are free to add on!
  • Pick any sort of style you’d like!

It’s basically a deluxe version of a normal chibi commission! There are two slots left and I’ll close these commissions regardless by early April. I still reserve the right to possibly re-use a design from the commission and sell it to the public.

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Extremly early but I didn’t know what to do so I already made a chirstmas version XDD I think I made some more when christmas is really near and not just like…now totaly too early XD Hope nobody minds~

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today, because i hate myself, i decided to redraw a few more early panels i had done back in july/august that are no longer up to standard. i’ve gotten a lot better at injecting acting into poses and constructing realistic spaces instead of having backgrounds look like the characters are just standing stock-still in front of wall murals

so yeah, there’s your progress update for today!

the old ones are on the left, and the new versions are on the right.

-goji

Anna is a girl as she’s based off of a character design Dusty and Anna came up with our early friendship days. I was using her (and a ghost version of her) in RPs, but due to some harassment, I stopped RPing and ‘Anna’ became my online icon just like Chara is for Dusty.


It was a surprise to me that Anna was a character for the arc involving the children, Dusty and Tem were pretty secretive about it. It’s because Anna is pretty much me that we don’t allow people to RP as her. She probably looks so gender neutral because her hair is as short as mine in real life and she’s a young kid with no distinguishing gender features yet.

So short answer: Yes, Anna is a girl.

-Mod Anna

Kurt Vonnegut: Soldier, Writer, Man, Secret Drama Nerd. Yes, the historic writer who blurred lines and blended the genres of sci-fi and Americana just wanted to be in ‘Hamilton’ the whole time, serving his true love: the stage! Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration but when you’re a true master of your art, sometimes you try to branch out a bit and see if your writing can translate to other forms.

Enter 'Happy Birthday, Wanda June,’ his 1970 play that serves as a bizarro version of 'The Odyssey’ starring a character that is eerily similar to Ernest Hemingway. Imagine Odysseus after years abroad fighting monsters, coming home to late 60s/early 70s New York. He hates animals and wussy men, and loves guns and traditional gender roles. So throw on some headphones and join Cracked’s Alex Schmidt and Michael Swaim as they get dramaturgical with Kurt Vonnegut’s play about men, guns and birthday cake. They also tackle two of Kurt’s lesser known short plays, “Fortitude,” and “The Very First Christmas Morning.”

Analyzing Kurt Vonnegut’s Overlooked Playwriting