As we get closer and closer to VidCon, both my excitement and my anxieties are climbing. I am so looking forward to all the fun that is sure to be had. But I’m a somewhat shy person with a tendency to become overwhelmed in large crowds and unfamiliar situations. While there are elements to VidCon that make me apprehensive, I’m choosing to not let my anxiety hold me back and keep me from doing things I really want to do.
I want to make the most of my experience but I don’t know what to expect. I have so many questions!
How early do you need to arrive to events/panels?
What about meet-ups/signings? How do they work? Is it a photo and your gone? Or do you get a minute?
How early are daily agendas available for planning purposes?
What if I cry? Because I’m pretty sure I’m too old to cry?
What is the meaning of life?
What’s your favorite color?
Which tastes Greater? a) ½ a pizza, or b) half of an apple pie?
Okay. That last one might be a quote from the book Math Curse by Lane Smith and Jon Scieszka…but I still want to know.
Headcanon Vernon Boyd really loves popsicles. His favourite are apple flavoured and whenever he sees some he gets ridiculously excited and has to buy them. (Erica finds the whole thing extremely adorable, when she isn’t busy making innuendos.)
hey! would you mind doing like a little guide on hw you’re planning? bc im freaking out :)
First of all, I’m cheating - I had this story planned out during the summer, I just never got to writing it. Second, I’m very good at starting stories for some reason, but I get just as waylaid by the middle as anyone else. I generally approach plotting this way:
The characters and the ideas have to grow first. I have some cool ones kicking around that haven’t found a decent plot yet, but once I have enough, I get going. Pick your strongest idea and the one you’re most excited about. You’ll need that momentum to get through NaNo.
I split the story into scenes the best I can, either when writing or in the pre-plotting process. Obviously more scenes will pop up or be cut, but this helps me figure out how much stuff I have and where my target goals should be. I can also chart goals for each scene, who’s in the scene, etc - you can kind of see I have things separated by colored sticky notes on the page - I usually separate summary, characters, scene goals, and location into separate sticky notes for a wide view. Splitting it up into scenes helps you and the story move forward. That page you’re seeing on the left is the list of scenes, the right is the page devoted to the first scene. I can through more sticky notes on it later if I need to get more down. I also give my scenes names so I know exactly what happens when even though they’ll be compressed together into chapters later.
It’s okay not to know your characters all that well when you get started. I don’t know my main character much at all half the time! You just want what you can get. I like finding pictures of people to use as reference, because it’s fun and it can help me hammer down their personalities later. My castlist so far looks like this:
Fill out the details as you go. I add to my plan when I figure out more details. I have the start well planned, but it gets sketchier as it goes on. That’s okay, that’s what NaNo is for! I usually have a page for each scene, and put them in a folder for shifting around and adding pages.
It’s totally cool to slap down a note that says ‘fuck fuck figure this out later.’ I do that all the time.
Try to figure out the ending, if not right away, then as you go. Figuring out the end helps a whole lot with figuring out how to get there.
Also, noveling soundtracks are cool. If you get really truly stalled, work on that soundtrack to get you through certain scenes. This works a whole lot for me.
Hopefully that helps! It’s okay to have tons or minimal planning for NaNo, as long as you’re willing to drive in and write no matter what comes out. If it takes you awhile to find your story, just keep going! You can always come back and fix it when you win this thing!
If I just had one person that sincerely believed in me, I could go on forever.
I don’t know if I have that kind of person yet, but when I think about the people; you people, who’ve followed me, it makes me feel just as well. I recently hit about 100 followers, which may not be much compared to most bloggers here, but I couldn’t be happier. Never in my life have I ever had an audience as big as the one I have now. Somehow it feels a bit unreal… But that’s just my doubt talking, I suppose. (That guy, right?)
I just want you all to know how happy I am to be a part of this community and drawing for people who enjoy what I make. From all the things I’ve seen floating in this little world of ours, I am always so inspired, I see so many wonderful people. I just love how creative everyone is, how much depth is put into your characters, the stories you tell, how much fun you have with your imaginations, how you interact with each other and fill this place that would otherwise be an empty space and create a universe. If only this message could reach all of you, so you could realize how wonderful you are. I truly can’t express the depth of what I’m feeling, it’s a dream come true. I wish I could make it up to every single one of you. But ahaha, I’m not sure if I have the skills to do something so grand! So I want to keep working for you, and not just myself. You are my inspiration and my tenacity, and I want you to know how much I love you. Each and every one of you helps spin a thread in the wonderful web that entwines us all together. And even to the silent watchers or anonymous, who simply admire our work from afar. I Thank you, all of you, again. For being you.
My heart is always open to those who open theirs. —吉
Ok but can I just say how proud I am (as I’m sure we all are) of Grace and Hannah? I’m so excited that they got to make something they enjoy and share it with us. EWDG is so great in every way and I’m just SO HAPPY FOR THEM. Look at them go they’re doing it!!!! They’re living their dreams and I AM FEELING SO MANY THINGS ABOUT IT!! CONGRATULATIONS HANNAH AND GRACE AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WITH US!
Just overworked. How’s it going, guys? I’ve seen the spoilers for chapter 21 and I am fucking pumped. TWO COLORFUL PAGES OF BLOWJOB, 31 PAGES TOTAL, THOSE CONTACTS BETTER STAY IN DOUMEKI’S POCKET.
I guess the big announcement here is that I will not be releasing chapter 20. Why? Because another group already did it, because I still get anon messages thanking me for scanalating chapter 20 why do you guys think that’s me?, because everyone has read it and knows what’s happening, and especially because I’ve been working 60+ hours a week and have little free time and I”m usually braindead in that time.
I’ve also been considering a Major Career Change and, well, I’ve decided to take the plunge. While things aren’t happening for a bit, it’s been kind of a weird/scary/frustrating month for me and just realizing that I have to make the change and deciding to make it was rough. I’m excited about the future though! I will certainly post here about it when things start taking off.
And do not worry, I specifically took vacation to coincide with the release of chapter 21, which means yes I will be scanalating it.
There’s one other thing I will tell you about what happened that summer. As I was considering everything, I had this realization that I was 19 years old and I was miserable, right? I had been smoking, I was drinking, I was heavy. Not that those things have to make everybody miserable. But the way I was doing all of them [created] this low-grade level of constant misery.
I said [to myself] if I kept living this way I could hit 29 and never have a boyfriend and not know what I’m doing. … I could probably live with that low-grade level of misery for the next 10 years, not understanding how progressive the disease was and how bad it would get.
But from that snapshot I was like, well, I could live like this for the next 10 years and hit 29 and be just as miserable as I am now … or I can endure a high-grade level of misery for a shorter period of time, but then after that there’s no limit on what I can do. No limit on what my life could be like or how happy I could be if I am willing to deal with whatever’s behind all these addictions — to walk through that fire. If I’m willing to place myself in that crucible and get distilled down to the essence, I can do anything.
I don’t know how I knew there was a trade-off between low-grade, longtime misery and high-grade, short-term misery, but I did. And I took a bet. I took a bet that I was right on there being a transition trough. And I remember when I went out with some friends to celebrate 20 years of sobriety, that’s when I fully realized that the bet paid off and I wasn’t wrong.
Ok so there’s 250 of you??? How???? When I started this blog a year and a half ago I had no experience with rping whatsoever, the only thing I was sure of was that it had to be Josh. Since then I’ve grown so much closer and more in tuned to him and I’m so so so glad. So thank you to everyone! Image credit: x
The ones who make going on this sight worth it even when I should definitely be doing homework
@unendiing: my sister(no really guys my actual blood sister) I would never have started rping in the first place if it wasn’t for you and I’m so glad you introduced me to this world. I hope to be as good a writer as you someday
@essentialis: I am so happy that you messaged me about shipping that fateful day because look how far we’ve come. I literally watch episodes of tww and am like this is wrong where is Sadie? She means so much to Josh and you’ve become probably my closest friend on here. Love you Anna
@mrpolitico: I know we literally just started talking but I can tell it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship, between muses and muns. Josh really needs Curtis to mess with him and I’m excited to get to know you better!
@codenameprinceton@dramatispersxnae@theirlawyer: My west wing squad. For the longest time I was the only ww rper on here and it was so lonely and I’m so so glad you guys came around and we really need way more threads than we have right now. You guys rock.
Baes I interact with on a regular basis- love y’all
Have I ever mentioned what amazing friends I have? GUYS look what I got from Amanda @jinglewhipped in the mail today!! The first four copies of P4 manga by THE Shuji Sogabe and a long and heartwarming letter written by hand!! Can you believe how lucky I am? sdjfsldfksd. Amanda is so kind and smart and funny and strong and I’m so glad to call her my friend! I just wanted to show it off because … I’m so excited to read this bc I’ve never read the manga (loud collective gasp from the audience) so it’s brand new narukami stuff that I can overanalyze and ………just look at that gorgeous signature and how kind she is sdfljsd
First, I just want to thank all of you for coming out tonight and secondly can I just say how beautiful my best friend looks am I right?! I mean damn girl! You’re making me all hot up here!! Nick, you’re a very lucky man. And there I go, making his ego bigger than it already is. Anyways, when Danielle asked me to be her MOH I was honestly excited.. until I remembered that I’d have to stand up here in front of you all and give this speech. I know it’s probably hard for most of you to believe but public speaking isn’t really my strong suit.. but.. here goes nothing.
I can never say enough good things about Danielle. She is the embodiment of the ideal friend, sister, mother and now, wife. She is always looking for the good in people and is willing to extend a helping hand to a friend in need, even if she barely knows them. I’ve known Danielle for a number of years due to working together but we never really got close until recently. Honestly, I’m so happy that we did. You have been the most amazing best friend I could ever ask for. I can’t imagine life without you in it. We are more than best friends, you’re my sister. You are always there when I need advice, a shoulder to cry on or just a swift kick in the ass. And for that I thank you. When Danielle told me she was getting married, I was so excited for her. Because I honestly can’t see her with anyone other than Nick. When I think of the two of you.. a quote sticks out in my mind and goes something like this:
“Throughout your life you will meet that one person who is unlike any other. You can talk to this person for hours and never get tired or bored of them. You can tell them your deepest and sometimes, darkest secrets and they’d never judge you for them. This person is truly your soulmate and best friend.” Well, this person is sitting right next to you and don’t you ever let them go. Because true love is so hard to find these days and I don’t know if you guys really understand or realize how lucky you are. You two have the most amazing and beautiful family. I love you both and I’m so happy to not only call you guys my friends, but my family as well. I promised myself I wouldn’t cry during this so.. onto the toast!
Ladies and gentlemen, if you could please lift your glasses as we toast to the bride and groom. Danielle and Nick, may your life be filled with love, joy and peace always and forever.
Congratulations. Now let’s get this party started!!
What I hope will happen aka me being sentimental because I slept for three hours and I'm tired af though this was the only time I could put what I think into words
I smile, thinking that, once I have children, I will tell them about how this one band made me experience things, I wish for them to experience.
How these four people wrote songs, I will still know the lyrics to.
How I stayed up until 4 am to talk with people, who loved them just as much as I did.
That we impatiently were waiting for new music to listen to, new concerts we could buy tickets for and new memories to make.
I’d like to think, that I can tell them, that the friends who come over for dinner, are those I met 30 years ago, at a concert where they were as excited to finally see this band perform as I.
I want to show them pictures and videos, tickets I kept, autographs I’ll still get this nervous feeling looking at, because I remember how I was freaking out right before I got it.
I want them to know that things do get better, if they have the right people to be around with.
I want them to have a band they admire, that they look forward to finally hear live, that they’d travel 12 hours for to see them and the friends they’ve missed over the last few months.
I want to see them smiling, when they come back, with dark circles underneath their eyes because they didn’t sleep the whole weekend.
I want them to tell me about all kinds of interactions they had and how they cried because their favorite song got played.
I hope my children will have their own Louden Swain. I really do.
Thank you @loudenswain
To: @rock-candy-drpepper ,
Oh my God..where do I start?? I mean just BIG thank you..for being my best friend. Literally from all the people I have met in my life cannot top you..nor not anyone in the future could even replace. You make everyday exciting and not just because you try kill me with your adorable OC’s and drawings. You’re their if I’m down and not much do stay if I’m down.. I can trust you more then anyone to tell you the deepest things that a lot or no one else don’t know about. You’ve put up with me for how long just makes you even more special to me.. how slow I am and all, but you have even inspired me to keep drawing when we first met and I know I wouldn’t be posting my art on this Tumblr or my DA if it weren’t for you..and/or I know I wouldn’t be into the things I am into right now either. I hope you have a wonderful day, because someone like yourself, who is that amazing deserves it. I’m just so glad I met you, because without, my life now would just be boring and lonely and I know it. Just..it felt like you add the color to my black and white life.