DOES THIS EVEN MAKE ANY SENSE

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Today with these two was the absolute best! I have a million and ten pics and videos and I’ll get to them some time but for now…just….they are SOOO LOVELY!!! so kind and beautiful! I flipping even got up there and asked them a question! TINYLITTLESHYME!lol! it prolly didn’t even make any sense, but fuck it, I did it lol!  they are THE BEST! So happy these two are ma ship! SO DARN HAPPY !

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Is it like Cheryl’s official role to point out when the show is engaging in outdated cliches about gay people and how they should have died in the 90s. was that part of her casting description.

Like seriously. this didn’t even make any fucking sense. Cheryl’s like “your routine did not have fire” and then Veronica’s like “OKAY BETTY LETS MAKE OUT” like what the fuck. what kind of logical leap is that. what does that have to do with cheerleading.

Literally the only way this makes sense is if Veronica wants to kiss Betty so badly she’ll make up the flimsiest pretense possible (and honestly her behavior during this entire episode would have supported that. She has acted way more interested in Betty than she has in Archie. Like really). BUT THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GO THERE WITH THAT, AS HER ACTOR HAS ALREADY CONFIRMED IN A TOTAL ASSHOLE WAY, SO.

like there is ltierally no reason for this scene to exist. I’d assume that Cheryl would like, ask to kiss to get on the team as “bullying” or whatever. Granted this is better. but it also. is so dumb.

One of my favorite phrases my Creative Writing professor had for when you’re writing fantasy is ‘giving your story a Flux Capacitor’.

Because it’s not real, it doesn’t exist. But the way it’s thrown into Back to the Future, at no point does it throw the audience off or suspend any more disbelief than time travel would. You believe Doc when he says he created the Flux Capacitor - the thing that makes time travel possible, because the universe never questions him. 

So it essentially means like, there are going to be elements to your universe that are just not gonna make any sense, even if you set up a whole system based on it. And the only way to make it work is completely own it. You cannot second-guess your system or else the reader will too. You can give it the strangest explanation, but write it like you own it.  

neil and andrew’s first kiss is so important

it’s andrew giving in to an impulse he’s been fighting off because he knows deep down kissing neil would not be anything like kissing roland. because he cares about neil and he hates it but he knows that there’s no turning back now

it’s neil figuring out that he really does want this but still unsure if it’s worth the risk

it’s andrew saying ‘tell me no’ and neil not saying anything because he’s kind of in the middle of a crisis and he wants to kiss andrew, he doesn’t want to say ‘no’ but he can’t say ‘yes’ yet either

and it’s andrew pushing neil away even though he doesn’t tell him ‘no’ because he didn’t say ‘yes’ either and he knows that even if he had neil isn’t in any state of mind to be able to give consent

that kiss on the roof is the start of everything and andrew is terrified of falling but he’s really too late to stop it 

all of the celebrities, the people in power, even the republicans who were for hillary and somehow he’s still winning? it does not make sense. it does not make any sense

Rewatch Thoughts

On rewatch, John makes me sad. It all makes sense to me, and it’s sad. 

Why does he do it?

He’s been restless since the wedding, seemingly about to walk out the door at any moment. He doesn’t know the first thing about his wife, and then she up and vanishes, like Sherlock did. John suggests the tracking device; he doesn’t know who this woman is and he doesn’t trust her, clearly. At points it seems he doesn’t even like her anymore, though there are no screaming fights and few harsh words. He used to like her, he says. Not anymore, one assumes is the next part of that statement.

And Sherlock invites her along on cases, so he doesn’t even have that as an escape. (He doesn’t seem all that put out about that, but surely he would be? Wouldn’t he? I don’t know.) Is John dissolving in the pool that is Mary’s new identity? As she recreates herself, is she also re-creating him? Does he feel like he’s getting lost, is he barricaded in? As long as he doesn’t say anything, he can blame her for anything he likes.

I really like this development for him, because these are real, ugly feelings that come back to haunt you when you actually have confront them. He thought the worst of her when he was at his worst. Not without cause: Mary is not blameless, she has lied to John from the start. She shot Sherlock. John married a figment of her imagination, her fantasy self. He tells her: couples talk about this kind of thing, but he’s just as guilty of not talking about their issues. He’s running off on his own too, it’s just less obvious.

Credit to the writers on this one: Mary and John abandon each other. Mary runs off on her own, and John checks out emotionally. Mary martyring herself means John can’t blame her anymore. It’s a grand but cruel gesture, really.

Sherlock made a vow and couldn’t keep it; you made a vow too, John. And you lied and lied. What a beautiful mess!

And who is Elizabeth? Did someone send her to seduce John? What does she herald? Nothing good, I’d imagine. Nothing good.

within the sherlock fandom, who else has come up with a unified theory that explains every single thing that’s happened and will happen in the show? which other theory is supported by hundreds of clues, visual subtext, plot points, character arcs and by the show’s music? if tjlc is so obviously untrue, why hasn’t anyone else figured out what the the “correct” theory about the show is? does it make any sense to presume that the fandom famous for obsessing over every little detail and deciphering the most hidden of clues wouldn’t be able to come up with something better if that something actually existed? if tjlc isn’t real, then what is? what is the overarching plot of the series (which moffat & gatiss have repeatedly told us exists, and has been planned since the beginning)? where do they plan to take us now? what is the core of the show, if it isn’t john and sherlock, despite, again, moffat, mark, martin, ben, and even amanda saying they are? 

it’s easy. if tjlc is some sort of mass delusion thought up by desperate teenagers… where is the better theory? where is it? 

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aaand here’s the art trade I collaborated on with my wonderful friend and the fantastic author, @starfiretheninja (totally recommend a follow!)!! We decided on tired and cutesy college student Connie and Steven.

Click to read her amazing, adorable drabble below!


“Wh-what does that even mean?!” Connie grumbled. Squinting at the dense digital wall of text, she blinked in an attempt to bring moisture back to her dry eyes. After a few moments of staring, the exhausted college student realized that her eyes had shifted out of focus, causing the words to blur together. Connie shook her head and refocused, reading through the next few lines.

The words before her still didn’t make any sense.

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albaharuland  asked:

Hi! I wanted to ask about fantasy world building based on a mix of cultures, even if those cultures are totally different. For example, a country that has an architecture based on egyptian and arab art, or one that is a mix between indian and russian architecture. I dont know if that would be appropiation or offensive, or how to avoid it or doing it in a respectful way. Also if there is a problem only using the art part and having a different made up traditions/lore (thanks for your time!)

On Combining Cultures Respectfully, Art, and Architecture

“Does it make sense within the world”

Avatar: the Last Airbender mixes Inuit and Japanese culture. Is this any form of sensical in the modern world? Sort of, with how there’s a language link between Siberia and the Canadian Arctic. Does it make sense within the confines of A:tLA? Absolutely yes.

I’m not against the concept of cultural blending. It just has to be sensical within the world itself. They might not be neighbours in the real world, but if you end up with a culture that’s “ocean-heavy Arctic on top of Asia”, then Inuit+ Japan makes tons of sense. But had it been even “continental Arctic”, then the Inuit influence would’ve barely made any sense at all, because they’re really not a continental people.

-Mod Lesya

Like mixed-race characters, blending real-world cultures in fantasy isn’t prima facie a problem, but you’d better make sure it makes sense within the world you’re constructing.  Lots of times authors fall prey to the “Rule of Cool” and just throw in things they think are neat without thinking about how they could have reasonably got there.

In the cases you mentioned, there are some historiocultural overlaps between Indian and Russian cultures (for instance, similar building materials, similar types of timbers in temperate parts of India and southern Russia, very deep cultural roots shared between Slavic and certain Indic cultures, etc.) that would give you a foundation to build on.  Other times shared cultural aspects have a common but non-native root—for instance the Russian onion dome and characteristic Indian Taj Mahal-style dome may have a shared origin in Islamic and Middle Eastern architecture.  Islamic culture is native to neither India nor Russia, but it touched and influenced both areas extensively.

Similar constraints hold for Egyptian and Arab art and architecture.  They used similar building materials but produced different results because the culture and artistic preferences were historically different, but we know that Arab culture strongly influenced Egyptian art and architecture in the Islamic period (think going from pyramids to Graeco-Roman amphitheaters to mosques and minarets, but all made out of limestone, mud brick, and very little wood).  Saladin Ahmed’s fantasy novel(s) feature an Islamic/Middle Eastern-influenced culture built on top of a dead Ancient Egypt-analogue [Nikhil’s note: I’m reading this right now and it’s awesome and you should too].

But regardless of the cultural influence, the material culture stays similar in place—in some Indo-Russian hybrid you might be looking at imported marble and precious stones for those buildings whose patrons could afford it, provided they have access to those materials either through production or trade, but for poorer constructions you’re looking at local building materials—so maybe thatch and half-timber framing and wattle-and-daub in Indo-Russia, or stone and mud brick in a desert environment like Arabegypt.  Art and architecture are functions of culture, and culture as a primitive exercise arises from the local environment, since it’s only once you get to the level of at least an organized economic community that outside trade starts to be a significant factor, which would facilitate creating art and architecture that would be exotic to the local environment.

-Mod Nikhil

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If you had asked me 8 months ago if I’d be going to ClexaCon, I would have snorted and shook my head no. For me, fandom was a personal experience, one I enjoyed from behind the privacy of my computer screen, away from my real life. If it weren’t for a few Clexa fans, two who literally live down the street from me, I would have never ventured out of my closeted fandom world. And it was like living in the closet. I was always too embarrassed to share my love of femslash, to show off my vids and artwork, to my closest friends, all of whom I love dearly. There was shame and the fear of someone coming across my tumblr, or my YouTube page. So finding these women, united by a common love of Clexa, has been a sanctuary for me. 8 months of getting to know each other through crazy late night twitter chats, to having everyone over at my house for booze and Clexa vids, to our crazy trip to Clexacon, it all has been a blessing. I never had irl fandom friends, in fact, I never even had irl lesbian friends, despite being out since I was 20. They mean the world to me, more than I think they realize, and they came along right when I needed it. The joy and camaraderie you see in the video is real. We fangirl and we fangirl hard.

Draco The Pun Master

-So obviously Draco would be the pun master of the relationship and Harry would be the king of horrible knock-knock jokes and/or pickup lines 

-Except hardly any of Draco’s puns make any sense whatsoever??? Or they’re just insanely, ridiculously lame

-And Harry gets so fed up with all the puns but he secretly adores them and thinks they’re the cutest, dorkiest thing about Draco (even though he thinks everything Draco does is cute and dorky).

-”Potter? More like HOT-ter haha get it Harry? Bc you’re my boyfriend and you’re super fucking hot”

-”Draco are you a software update because not now”

-”What the fuck is software. Why are we updating it”

-”No, Draco- it’s a joke-”

-”Harry Potter? More like Harry NOT-ter because none of your jokes make any fucking sense”

-”Draco I swear to god”

you know how when you’ve just graduated from uni there’s this thing about employers not wanting to hire people with no work experience so you can’t get your first job in order to get this very experience to get another job later and it’s just like an endless cycle with no breaks?

i kinda feel the same about getting a relationship rn. like it seems that most people have been through all the “first time"s during middle/high school and here i am, closeted and with zero experiencte in any kind of relationships, and i don’t even know how to meet someone but even if i do i won’t know how to act or what to say or do and i feel like i’m just gonna fuck it up from the start bc there’s no way it can work out when you have no idea what you’re doing y'know? and so there’s this very same cycle where i’m doomed to never have a relationship bc i never had one.

(does it make sense? probably not but i can’t help but think about it)   

I just want to say something because even though i personally haven’t seen it on my dash, I’ve seen post that mention that some people agree with Sonja? Or hate Even?? And that just makes no sense to me so, have this story. 

I don’t have any sort of mental illness but I grew up around someone who does. My aunt. She has schizophrenia. 

Growing up I saw her have a couple of episodes. I heard my mom discuss her medications, her behavior, her doctors appointments. Running off to take care of her during the episodes I didn’t witness. Felt and witnessed the anxiety and fear for my aunts safety and well being. Through all this the one thing I never grew up with? The idea that she was wrong. That she was bad. That she was “crazy”. I never really saw her differently from any other member of my extend family. 

 Her kids though, they had a problem. 

You see, my aunt’s ex husband was not a good guy. He treated her disorder as something to blame on her. As if she somehow brought it on herself. My cousins grew up with the same mentality. There is a lot of other stuff here but I won’t talk about that. The story i want to talk about is this one.

A couple of years after her divorce my aunt met someone. My cousins weren’t thrilled about this. They accused him of taking advantage of my aunt. Then after 2 years of dating and one big episode, my cousins decided to commit her. My aunts boyfriend was having none of that. He fought for her. And he won.  

I remember my mother asking him if he was sure, if he wanted to take on the responsibility of taking care of her. Do you know what he said? He said she’s always been his responsibility because he loves her. 

They’ve been together nearly 20 years. My aunt hasn’t stopped having episodes. She hasn’t stopped taking medication. It’s been ups and downs. But I never ONCE doubted his love for her. HE NEVER ONCE DOUBTED HER LOVE FOR HIM. They have and continue to live a full happy life together.

Having a mental illness does NOT invalidate someones personhood. It does NOT invalidate their emotions. It does NOT invalidate their trauma. It absolutely does NOT make them unlovable or incapable of love. 

In conclusion: Even deserves everything good and pure in the world and Sonja needs to grow up and get that Even doesn’t need a babysitter, he needs a partner. And she clearly isn’t it. 

My advice to any author who has a long haul story idea and already knows exactly how the last scene goes/ends.

You don’t.

I promise you.

Please for the love of all that is holy write that scene and give it to a friend and ask “Does that make sense after the huge journey I just put them through?”

Because no matter what type of author you are, even if you’ve planned each scene down to the last word, the story changes as you write it. It becomes a living, breathing thing and with life comes a certain amount of unpredictability. (And oh my god no, this is NOT an argument for bad plot decisions b/c this is what the story told me to write b/c bullshit we have more control than that.) The story we want to tell is almost always not the story we think we’re GOING to tell.

The Nuka World Expansion Upsets Me So Much

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For years, I have dreamed about a post-apocalyptic theme park. It was literally the #1 thing I wanted in a Fallout game. And Nuka World just sucks so much. 

It forces you to play an evil character if you want any semblance of a reward from it. Quests are standard, and they feel like nothing new. The new settlement sucks. You can’t ride any of the rides (seriously, what is up with that?). The actual layout of the park doesn’t make any god damn sense; if each land has a separate entrance does that entail that you have to pay for each land separate? If so that blows, and is even worse than what Disney World does. And it’s just so lack luster? I wish I could have just killed all the raiders, worked with the traders, and then worked with them to build the park back up. Seriously, you implement a whole new building feature in the game and you use it zero times in the actual park? What it up with that? Why? Why can’t a build anything? Bethesda why?

i think the reason that troye sivan being fancast as simon bothers me is because troye is so small??? and i picture simon as being BIG man like he’s a pretty intimidating dude! i saw fanart a while back that i r e a l l y need to find again because now i can’t picture simon any other way! and it makes sense that he looks so strange being all skin and bones if he’s got a large frame like??? simon snow is a big guy!