Also as an aside, I feel we are in a dark age of printed book design. Weird sized margins, unbearably precious fonts, mismatched running titles, ruling between lines of type out of proportion with the font size, and title pages that look like they were designed to go with a different text block. Cover art is whatever (sometimes good, sometimes bad), but the actual typesetting and mise en page is so amateurish it looks like they’ve left the interior pages to a fifteen year old who is still figuring out how Adobe InDesign works.
i got tagged by the lovely @prarrish and @bangtantea to answer a bunch of questions! since i did a similar tag earlier, i’m going to link that here, answer the basics (like my name), then pick questions i haven’t done yet for this tag! c:
birthday: december 28th, 1997
relationship status: single af and okay with it
siblings: a more attractive and athletic fourteen (soon to be fifteen) year old brother named odin (yes, like the norse god) srsly tho i’m so bitter he’s taller and thinner than me and has thicker brows and more angular features which i want bc my cheeks are chubby and he has hazel eyes as in like golden brown flecked with green and i just??? like he’s 5'11" to 6'0" ish and still growing rapidly at fourteen years old this shit ain’t fair he stole all the good genes and apart from looks he’s generally the cooler sibling too like he has this ‘i don’t give a fuck’ vibe at all times and he plays basketball and he’s smart then you have me and i literally do not shut up and am uncoordinated as hell and spend all my time doing arts-related stuff that i end up showing no one bc i hate feeling vulnerable??? why is he the better sibling in every way i’m so bitter??? the only thing i’ve got going for me when compared to him is that, apparently, i’m sweeter, more polite, more enthusiastic, more creative, and i’m nice to him whereas he ignores me like 85% of the time
sleep: i love it but i don’t get a lot of it
type of phone: iphone 5 with a broken screen (still better than the iphone 3 i had before lol)
love or lust: love (even though i’m a cynic and i don’t believe that i, personally, will find it. that’s a huge improvement tho tbh bc i used to not believe in it at all, and i’m still skeptical about it when in comes to love and me personally, but i’ve seen some friends of mine be happy with their significant others for a long while now and not flaunt it in an over the top manner but remain subtly in love so i believe that other people can find it, i just don’t see anyone falling in love with me and staying in love with me for various reasons. i’m totally okay with this by the way. sure, falling in love and staying in love seems like it’d be wonderful, but the chances of that are v slim and there’s a much bigger chance you’ll get hurt than there is you’ll stay happy. i’m logical enough to know that and not let the lack of love in my future upset me, much like most people are logical enough to know that winning the lottery would be a wonderful occurence but they almost certainly won’t win it so they won’t spend their lives sad that they won’t win the lottery.)
cats or dogs: dogs (i somewhat like cats too tho??? idk i just like dogs better bc they’re more affectionate and hyperactive and fun and i just love them, also, i’m allergic to cats lol)
a few best friends or lots of casual friends: a few best friends
coke or pepsi: coke (but like i don’t rly care if i get pepsi it’s not a big deal i don’t get people who’re snobs about this??? diet soda, on the other hand, i won’t touch. diet soft drinks are nasty.)
wild night out or romantic night in: is a platonic night in an option? friendships > relationships
day or night: night, when it’s quiet and dark and i have all the freedom in the world
text or call: depends, i like physically talking but i hate calling people i don’t rly know
ever met a celebrity: yup, my parents are in the chinese film industry so we have actors over for dinner sometimes bc they’re my parents’ pals (it’s mostly 徐峥 and 黄渤 who come over, though i have 景甜’s number on my phone she’s cool even though she gets shit she doesn’t deserve bc people don’t think she’s a good actress i interned on a film set over the summer and we became friends, also one time 郑恺 came over which was p cool bc i’ve been a 奔跑吧兄弟 fan since season one, a bunch of other people come too but i forget who’s an actor and who’s not) and sometimes when foreign actors come to china i get to meet them bc my dad’s working with them or something (off the top of my head, i’ve met matt damon, pedro pascal, will smith + family, and keanu reeves) honestly tho famous people are still people and it’s not a huge deal??? they gotta have non-famous friends too, and there’s no point constantly freaking out bc you’re in their presence like they need some relaxation time
smile or eyes: a cute smile totally melts my heart so i’m going with smile
light or dark hair: i mean if you’re talking natural hair colors i like darker hair but if you’re talking dyed hair i like unnaturally light hair idk man
shorter or taller: taller for dudes, shorter for girls (this is just my preference tho like at the end of the day i don’t rly care???)
intelligence or appearance: intelligence
city or country: city, though i love nature too so i don’t mind the countryside, i just prefer cities
last song you listened to: chained up - vixx (it’s still stuck in my head gdi)
favorite animal: wolves, for their fierce intellect and adaptability. wolves live primarily in packs, but there are also lone wolves who survive just fine. this sense of being able to work together with others yet exist independently is something i admire. a lot of wolves’ prey are also faster than them, so they strategize and catch their prey with brainpower rather than brute force and sheer speed. they’re also resourceful as hell. in the winter, when it’s harder to find and catch prey, wolves will bury what they don’t eat in the snow to preserve it, like a natural refrigerator. idk i just rly admire wolves and i have for a while.
favorite video game: tbh probs still super smash bros brawl after all these years (back when my brother showed emotions and actually talked to me we used to play a lot, but i haven’t played in quite a while)
favorite character from anything: i’m in love with alaska young tbh like maybe she’s a moody bitch but i love her???
favorite pokémon: i mean, it used to be latias and latios when i was in like first and second grade, but then people started telling me they don’t count as favs bc they’re legendaries, so then it became eevee bc of all the possible eeveelutions and all the potential of the pokemon, but then i started to feel lame bc eevee by itself is kinda meh and other people had all these rly cool favs, so in the end it became lucario, gengar, and metagross
do you prefer being active or relaxing: depends on how much energy i have, i’m p lazy a lot of the time but if i’m in a high energy mood i’m hyperactive as hell
coffee or tea: tea
favorite season: autumn. the weather’s nice, pollen’s not flying everywhere like during the spring, and hues of colors in the trees are pretty.
favorite song: i’VE ALWAYS HAD SUCH A PROBLEM PICKING FAVS but at the same time i’ve avoided this question entirely too often so i’m gonna just list a few of my all time favs since my current favs change wayyy too often to be pinned down: lithium - nirvana, baba o'riley - the who, disorder - joy division, the killing moon - echo and the bunnymen, feel good inc. - gorillaz, the pretender - foo fighters, in-between - title fight
any pets: a v hyperactive golden retriever named sander
look, my favorite thing about bloods is the characters okay. like, the aster quartet has my VERY FAVORITES (brightsword, loreleaf, doli lin, jademoon, jat) amongst a fair-sized cast who of course i love but not love love love. in bloods it’s like…….every single character is my child my precious sweet child.
beacán jayne the a fifteen-year-old intercultural communications prodigy who starts out dreaming of greatness, convinced that he’s doing the right thing by sticking with his family’s side of the government, then gradually begins to see that his mentor’s side of things is actually right, but then discovers that NO ONE IS ACTUALLY RIGHT and that people are hurting no matter which ‘side’ he’s on, and that he’s never going to win the kind of validation he wants by actually helping those people.
dara jones, later dara iliad, the normal girl who has a bunch of crap shoved on her, from her infancy up to now, who shrinks up and dies a little but then reaches out and grabs onto the hands offered to her. she goes through so much shit and she’s as scared of the limelight as beacán is greedy for it but she puts herself out there and fights and learns that all the claws that magical experimentation gave her aren’t just for scaring kids but for defending them and bringing hidden problems to light
JUDAH D’ARVILLE, BABE OF ALL BABES, the woman who was an abomination, shunned and hidden away, pawned off onto a man who left her for dead, rose from her own ashes and taught herself how to survive and do it with more style and chutzpah than anyone around her. she can chase down a criminal in high heels and she can summon fire from hell, and she can also take dara’s hand and never let go. she’s terrifying and beautiful and she finds killing too easy, but she’ll hold back for her family’s sake.
(the whole d’arville family, though. i don’t have space/breath for them, but the d’arvilles. avalon, draco, scott, REECE. dear dead jordan. even bitchy journey. but we don’t talk about prime douchecanoe nathan.)
SAMMY LIGHTNESS. SAMMY, beacán’s mentor, the woman who struck out to show the coven what’s what and ended up creating her own issues. supreme leader of “think you’re doing it for the right reasons, are actually doing it for yourself.” and yet she still gets more crap done than most of the others, though it could be because of her near death wish. she just wants to solve mysteries and nurse her miseries, come on guys, stop digging up weird kids who have weird health issues from all five blood species–
kris chamber! kris! sammy’s golden-hearted partner in crime/assistant/person who tells their boss when to cool their shit. kris is such a good person and yet such a bad person at the same time. he doesn’t actually give a crap about the greater good. the bloods could be discovered by humans and get blown up as long as kris’s family are safe. mostly his family is sammy now, but he takes to both beacán and, later, dara so quickly and he is the consummate big brother, complete with bed-tucking, hot-chocolate-making, head-smacking fun. is it okay that he doesn’t give a flip about justice, about helping people he doesn’t personally love? no, but who’s saying no to his hot chocolate?
MERRY SCARLET, america the fairy, merry who is never merry, who hates the hundred and one puns you can make out of her name, the girl who watched her mother go to shit and let her little sister die, the girl who let her mother die in turn and never looked back. merry took the first job title the coven gave her, “detective,” without really knowing the connotations, and now the only thing she has more of than questions about her magnifying glass and hat is her seething, silent resentment of the entire world. but she does a damn good job of detecting, which is why she’s been doing it for three decades. judah is the only one who can get to her. she wears her hair in braids and reads shakespeare to feel less alone and guilty.
the original cast besides beacán and sammy and kris! leander burn, the asshole with a heart of, like, silver, if not gold, who was sammy’s partner before he screwed her over (he put her in jail and she put him in the hospital). that one other girl!! the one that kris liked whose name i can’t remember!!
the hippie elves who were going to start out another part of the war! addisyn and alvyn (twins) and stew (who is a girl)!! they lived out in the forest, the sketchiest of loners. i think they found dara when she was a baby!
THE DOCTOR DRYAD LADY, SIMONE. SHE NEVER DID ANYTHING BUT I LIKED HER
THEODORE PALAMARA AKA THE ACTUAL DEVIL. the boy who convinced a lonely shut-up girl that he loved her, the man who stabbed judah d’arville in the gut and left her for dead in the church (and left behind her twin brother’s corpse to boot). the Worst. conversely, the child who had an evil person’s mind wrapped around his own from a pretty young age, who let himself rot for a good long century or so after his botched attempt at judah’s murder. …still the actual devil tho
and there are like!! others!!! that i can’t remember! and don’t forget that jack frost and holly and the gang drop in from the other reality pretty often! and they bring some of the cool manipulators with them, aka VELVET aka THE PHILOSOPHER WHO FOUND AND USED THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE aka THE COOLEST LADY EVER. also hermes! and, when they were alive, archer bradbury and brian durham! AND AND AND! in the au which may or may not be canon, loreleaf and brightsword and doli lin have been to the d’arvilles, and ashleah’s (one of the mcs from the aster quartet) mom is well-known at the d’arville house!! i just!!! I LOVE BLOODS AND THE MULTIVERSE IN GENERAL I LOVE THAT THE D’ARVILLE HOUSE IS BASICALLY THE CENTER OF MY STORYTELLING UNIVERSE AND I LOVE THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN/NEAR IT
so tomorrow my sister and This Guy are going to the mall, but because they’re minors I have to go with them because you can’t be an unaccompanied minor in the mall after 6 for “safety reasons”. Which is fine because I need to look for a dress for the valentines day dance my friends and I are going to, so I mean whatever. BUT THEN they want to come back to my house and hang out so I have to like babysit? A fifteen year old? And her boy toy? On a Friday night? I feel like the LAMEST person on earth
Lol, I know. Tbh in Omniverse he looks thirteen. I guess Derrick blessed him with too much youth.
I mean, UAF and OV have such different styles, so it didn’t transfer all that well. And I can kinda sympathize with how young he looks because when I was like in eighth grade, people thought I was like eighteen, and now people think I’m like twelve and like bruh wtf man I don’t wanna look like a toddler
Edit: Also, I think it has to do with his wardrobe change. He wore a cool looking jacket, regular ol’ skinny jeans, and black and white converse. He was more low key and less gimmicky like in OV, which he wears a huge 10 on his chest, green shows, and tan cargo pants which kinda look like a little throw back to his pants as a kid.