ONE MORE SECTION LEFT TO GO

Summer Solstice Celebration!

Hello my lovelies! 
Only one week left until the Summer Solstice and I am just beaming for the upcoming celebration! I decided to make another post like my Spring Equinox celebration one since you all seemed to like it so much. I do plan on having a bit more of a ‘proper’ ritual and celebration of the day since that Monday I have off from work, but here are some other low-key ways that I am going to celebrate the day. I’ve split it into two sections of day activities and night ones because the Summer Solstice can go all night long and I plan on doing a whole cycle’s worth of things. 

During the Day:

  • Greet the sun! I know it’s going to be an early sunrise, but if you’re there to greet the sun, you’ll be starting the day off on the right foot! You can either just lay in bed and watch the sun rise from your window or head outside and do a sun salutation, both will give you energy!
  • Wear your favourite summer clothes! Shorts, tanks tops, t-shirts, sun dresses- even flip flops if you can get away with it! The colours associated with Liltha are reds, oranges, yellows/golds, blues, greens and white! 
  • I’m going to be setting my citrine, clear quartz and peridot stones absorb the sunlight throughout the day- other gems that would love to be out on the Summer Solstice would be fluorite, sunstone, agate, carnelian, and any stone that is green or yellow in colour! But you best check to see if it’ll fade in colour before you set it out all day. If that might happen, then the moon light will work just as well. 
  • For lunch, enjoy a summer salad filled with summer berries like strawberries and blueberries, apples, leafy greens and a sweeter dressing! The berries are a great way of celebrating what the summer will bring for you. 
  • Get outside! I don’t care if it’s for five minutes at your lunch break or an hour long hike like I plan on doing, but get outside and live in nature! Breath in the fresh summer breeze, feel the sun on your skin, meditate and be with nature. 
  • There are so many ways to drink summer in- literally! Lemonade, iced tea, fruit juices, herbal teas like chamomile, rose or lavender will be such a great way to get just that little bit of summer in you. 
  • Today is also a great day to try and interact with the faeries and fae folk. Leave a small offering of milk and honey (or a honey cake!) outside in your garden, in a park, on the outside window ledge, and the fae will appreciate the gesture! Who knows- that could be the start of a relationship between you and them. 

At Night:

  • Have friends over or go out to dinner! If nothing else, the summer solstice is about celebrating with friends and family! It’s about being thankful for what you have and getting excited for the summer, so get together and discuss your upcoming summer plans! Who knows what might come out of it?
  • Listen to music- your favourite music, and sing your heart out! The god Apollo (the Greek god of Light, Sun, music and poetry) is one of the many gods who will be thriving off the activities of today and you can honour them by just enjoying music and art. 
  • Light candles- or your barbecue! Traditionally, this sabbat is celebrated with a balefire (outside campfire), but if you’re like me and lack an outside fire pit, then lighting up the bbq and cooking up some veggie or meat kebabs will be a good way of making a feast and substituting the ‘real thing’. No BBQ? No stress- light up some candles and watch it glow. Bonus points if they are coloured or scented to match the holiday. 
  • Make a craft for the summer- a flower crown, a bird house, a sun catcher. I know I plan on making a flower crown and perhaps painting that day, but so long as you create something, spell or not, it can honour the day’s celebrations.
  • Watch the sunset- like watching the sunrise, watching the longest day of the year come to a close will be an amazing way to celebrate the whole of the Summer Solstice. 
  • Are you of legal age? Have a drink of summer wines or berry ciders- just remember to give either the first or last sip to nature, the faeries will find it! 
  • Decorate your home for summer and for the summer solstice by incorporating some common symbols as decor- seashells, fresh flowers like sunflowers, daisies, carnations, and peonies, little statues of birds, deer, faeries, feathers from birds, and shining crystals. The summer decor, beach house look is always a popular one during June and July so you’ll bled right in.

So this is the rough outline of what I plan on doing during the Summer Solstice! I am going to do a spell that day I think, but I haven’t decided what just yet. I’m thinking a motivation spell or a creativity spell, so I can charge up my summer and all the writing I plan on doing. All I know is that it’s going to be a great day! I hope that I have inspired you to celebrate, regardless of how busy you may be that Monday. 

I hope you have an amazing week and a fantastic Summer Solstice! Love you all and sending all my good vibes out to you for this summer.

-Faye xx

Actors

Are we ready for another breakdown? Because I’m going mental. (Haha lame jokes over for now)

(RPG Maker 2000)

(RPG Maker 2003)


(RPG Maker XP)

(RPG Maker VX)

(RPG Maker VX Ace)

(RPG Maker MV)

Alright, to begin, let’s talk about the layout of sections. Most of these are almost identical to one another, though a few things have been moved in a couple of the latest engines. Mostly the levels, and the parameter curves, though I’ll go in more detail about those in a little bit. Let’s quickly go over what an actor is. In the RPG Maker engine language, an actor is a playable character (PC) or a character within your party at some point or another. On the far left is our list of actors, this is where we store all of our party members. How fantastic is that?

The next few fields I will go over are very basic fields though they are good to know, especially for beginners. The name field is where you can redefine your character’s names, and close to that, there is a field called “Nickname” and what this is is where you put in your characters name to be displayed on the menu screens from within game. So say we were using the 2000 engine and had our default Alex as our player, we would open up the menu and the name that would be displayed for him would be Hero and not Alex. Alright, let’s move onto the face set, this is one of my favorite areas for customizing anything. I tend to use anywhere from two to three pages just for the faces, though in this the face is supposed to be set for what image to display when the in-game menu is open. Graphic/Character/Character Graphic is where we keep our player sprites. This allows us to actually be able to move around the map and explore our words we create. Now for the versions of RPG Maker so far (without scripting for isometric movement) there are only four directions you need worry about; up, down, left, and right. 


These sprites are set up in 3x4 grid patters. Three across and four down. In the respective orders of course. Now each one of these sets is divided like this and can contain up to eight sprites on one page. Some people will have anywhere from one to three sets for a single character, perhaps even more if there is more to do with said character, for instance, sitting in a chair, laying on a bed, crawling across the ground, so on and so forth. These can be possible. In the case of The Huntress of the Hollow, that one used multiple sets to change the character’s color as you progress with the game. Though one thing to take into account is having the right size of sprites.


RPG Maker 2000 - 24x32 piccas
RPG Maker 2003 - 24x32 piccas
RPG Maker XP - 32X48
RPG Maker VX - 48x48
RPG Maker VX Ace - 32x32
RPG Maker MV - 48x48


And of course, these are the default sizes which does not consist of the expanding love for over-sized sprites, over the chibi styled sprites that are used. This is where “Loose Leaf” comes in. Admittedly, I do not generally care for the anime or chibi styles but I do like using them as templates for my own characters and designs to be sure they fit right with the rest of the game size wise and style wise.


Moving onward, we also have the Initial level, and max level for our characters, and starting equipment. Now these are things found through out the engine series that I cover here. Initial level determines how much experience you start off with, and affects how your character’s parameters curve depending on your specific parameters. It is wise to be cautious when choosing your starting levels because you don’t want them to be too over or under fed with EXP. Max level determines where you stop leveling up. That’s pretty simple. Starting equipment may also play a hand in this due to if you want your players to with anything or if you’d rather them be completely defenseless. Having a character with too little too soon could spell out a lot of rage and frustration for your gamers as well. Though you don’t want them starting off with “god-like” gear either. It’s finding the sweet spots that work for you that make the difference.


Another part of these that should be mentioned is the traits. You can have multiple characters of the same class, though you can make them a little more diverse if you choose to let them be. For instance, you can give one immunity to poison or immune to sleep due to an insomnia trait. So they can battle no matter what, or if you want you can have a fatigue counter on your characters. The notes boxes can be used to store information for you, or scripts to run certain bits of a plugin. 


From the older versions to the newer ones, we can see that some things have been taken out of this menu, so where did they go? Simple! They have been moved over to the class tab. On the class tab you can find your parameter curves and abilities. A few of the others have their own tabs as well now. Though we will cover those on a later date. Until then, stay awesome.

About a day ago, I had six followers. Since then, I’ve gained 184 new followers. And only one of them was a porn blog!

So, hello new folks! I’m assuming y’all are all here because of my Reaper story. I initially intended to leave it as a short story, but I’ve had a number of people asking for more (including my sister), so I’m going to see about continuing. It will probably be a little while before I can post another section. I’ll need to do some serious world-building and story planning first.

Thanks to everyone who’s messaged me or left a reply on the post. You’ve all been so lovely!

10.18.16

So, it’s already mid October! This is my layout for the month, as you can see I decided to go minimal this time. The reason for this, is that I stopped using rolling weeks on my dailies, so I needed more space here.

This layout took me about 30 minutes, from start to finish. I started measuring the grid, and after I added a section for goals, and one for tasks. Since there wasn’t much space left I didn’t go fancy with the quote, this month by Nelson Mandela.

The materials used, where a black Pilot Pop’lol (I think they are similar to Pilot Juice) and a Phtalo Blue Faber Catell PITT artist pen size B. The notebook is a Leuchtturm 1917.

One more day~~!

When I get home tomorrow, the first thing I’m doing is going to the NEX and buying…. A bookshelf. After that’s over, I’m gonna mosey over to the video game section and pray there’s a Switch left on the shelf to take home, as well as a BotW copy, because otherwise what’s the point.

My text blog session will be just a daily status update on my quests and perhaps some picture uploads, if I’m able to do that directly, or some crap phone shots when I can remember

Guide: Animations

(2000)

(2003)

(XP)

(VX)

(VX Ace)

(MV)

Alright, the title of this area is self explanatory. We are going to dive into the animations tab for the RPG Maker series. Now, in this section is where you give your skills and states either pre-made or custom animations. This is a good area to mess around with though can take a lot of time to get used to if you’re not familiar with animation to begin with. Luckily though, that’s why we have the default ones to learn from. Let’s break the sections down and go into a bit of detail with these.

On the far left with all the other tabs thus far, we have the list of animations we can have in our games, though this is editable through the maximum number button at the bottom of the list. That takes care of the easy side, let’s move over and look at the more advanced stuff.

Just like the other tabs, there is a name tab that is displayed up at the top, whatever you decide to name you animation, this name will appear in the list off to the left. Now let’s look over to the animation graphic. The animations are split up into animation frames known as cells, and the cells are played one by one at a specific rate to create what we know as animation.

Now where it says Max #, this is where you can set the maximum number of cells to an animation sequence. In the standard formula 15 frames is the equivalent to one second of time for the animation to complete it’s motions. So a 5 frame animation would last 1/3 of a full second and 30 frame animation would last 2 full seconds. (Sorry I really should have put up a warning that this does deal with some actual math and fractions before hand.)

Alright, now that we have our frame number taken care of, let’s look at scope. This is taken away in the newer version of RPG Maker though let’s go over this for those who still have the option. What this does is allows the animation to decide whether or not the animation affects just a single target, or if it affects the entire screen. So for instance, if you have a melee hero going into battle with boxing gloves, then you wouldn’t want to have an attack animation scope the entire screen unless it’s a special melee blitz fury type of attack, for the most part, you’re going to want to keep it in the zone of a single target scope. The other case is maybe your hero ate some garlic bread and has a poisonous breath. I don’t know, brain is making up stuff at this point.

Position you shouldn’t have to worry about too much unless you are looking to have specific skills do certain things, such as a slowing skill, you can aim for the feet, if you’re looking to daze an enemy with a head shot or such, you can take aim at the head. For some of the later RPG Maker engines, the skill option that targets the whole screen has been moved into the position area. 

Frame Number, this one should be fairly self explanatory. Remember back to the Animation Graphic area? This is where we see those cells are put into the time alignments, the beginning graphics should usually start on the first frame unless you have something extremely fancy going on. If that’s the case, then show us what you got!

Next to there we have a grid display and one of our game enemies displayed as a graphic, this allows us to preview our animations and make sure they look to our desire before we put our games out there. We can test these out by using the buttons close by with the play button. Near those, there are options to batch the cells, copy/clear cells, clone last frame, and tweening. For now we won’t worry about the use grid.

Let’s move on to some of these options just mentioned. Batching cells is more or less a more fancy way to edit your animations to make them more unique to you. These can be nifty if you’re into creating your own graphics and putting in a lot of time to your game. Clone last frame makes a copy of the cell before the selected one and automatically applies it to a frame in your animation sequence. Copy/clear cells does just as it says, it copies and clears cells. Play is just the same way in that it does what it says it does. It plays your animation over the example target shown in the animation grid box below. Tweening can be a little difficult to understand, though all tweening really is is creating the cells between the animation cells to make them flow more smoothly. Not too difficult is it?

Now next to all these is your target area, the target area allows you to switch between your different enemy types and see how your animations would look on which ever selected unit your characters will be up against. Under there we have SE and Flash Timing. this basically means, we want a sound effect to play at this frame in time, though the flash is for what color your enemy will turn when taking damage. Most prefer to go with either a red or white for the look of pain, and are pretty standard, though for poison type attacks, this would be appropriate to turn the flash effect to a green, blue, or purple. They never have to be this way, though I’m just giving examples.

As mentioned in guides prior, I am not an expert, though I like to give advice where and when I can, so if anyone has anything else to add to these, just let me know and I will fix the post. Thank you guys so much for everything you do, you’re all awesome and amazing people, and never let anyone else tell you otherwise. Stay awesome folks, and until next time, take care. :)

The Day is Set

Yesterday we made the trip to the local hospital to get the date set for the new baby’s arrival and meet the surgeon. Minky arrived via c-section (after a lot of induced labor going nowhere), and Navyy opted to do a scheduled c-section this time around. So barring early labor or complications, the next addition to our family will be here on the morning April 27. While we had the May 1st due date kicking around for a while this one is a little more real, and I left the appointment excited (it’s finally coming…and soon!) while Navyy left a little more nervous (it’s finally coming…and soon!). Fair enough. I’m not the one getting major surgery after all. In any case, we’ve got 6 weeks from today to get things ready. I know there’s a lot to do, but I’m very excited, and very much looking forward to meeting the little one!

coffee shops aren’t the only retail job with fun AUs

Dealing with one insane repeat customer (holy fuck not asparagus man again. Does that woman poke holes into her peppers to get a discount? Etc.) AU

We just got a whole shipment of new books and they have to be stocked in an hour and I’m sleep deprived (alternate, left glasses at home) and can’t see straight help me? AU.

You just broke essentially all the jars in the sauce section and I’m on cleaning, what the hell is your malfunction AU.

There’s an insanely drunk guy in aisle 4 weeping over some mashed potatoes. Help Me AU.

We work at a sex shop and if this guy says one more thing I’m going to slaughter him, hold me back AU.

Alternatively: I work at a sex shop and I can’t stop laughing at this new shape of dildo, do people actually find this sexy? I’m trying to ring up this poor person who’s buying one but I’m trying to contain my giggles (person B can be buying) AU

These teenagers are so high they’re asking me if this onesie will fit them what do I say AU

No we aren’t the store with the telletubbies boxers does a store actually sell those where can I get those AU

That is a children’s medium and you are an extremely tall adult I’ll check in the back if they sell that in your size AU

Help me catch this thief AU

No the price of meat has not gone up let me call in the manager/owner AU

Dude that plate was $200 dollars and you broke it AU

Someone can’t help pay so you jumped in on the check and wow you are super nice AU

Or you can’t afford what you’re buying, here let me help you pay for that AU

I’m sorry we can’t refund a bathbomb because it got glitter all over your shared bathroom AU

This is the fifth time that same man has attempted to get away with shoving frozen steaks down his pants, what do we do AU

Oh man you brought your pet into the shop, that’s totally not allowed, can I pet it AU

I just got yelled at by a crazy customer and now have a killer headache. do you (another customer) have any pain meds AU

It’s like five in the morning, we both worked a killer night shift, my car has a flat tire, can you give me a ride AU.

you and your ex/roomate/parent/a stranger are making a huge scene in the middle of the store I’m going to have to ask you to leave or at least chill AU.

I work in a flower shop and no we don’t have those stop insisting we do is that even a real flower AU

no we at goodwill do not accept that, where did you even get it AU

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Hey Taylor,
So you’ve literally changed my life in the best possible way. The picture on the left is me when 1989 came out! And the picture to the right is me last December! You’re album and you as a whole have changed how I am, I am more confident, self-involved and most importantly, happy. Honestly knowing myself I look so much happier in the right photo. And it’s all because of you. I never have been to one of you’re concerts. I was supposed to go to the red tour but due to a family emergency I couldn’t make it. But this year I’m going! I’m sitting in Section 146 Row 31 Seat 22-23 at night one of the Santa Clara shows!
I can’t wait to see after all this time!
Love you more than you’ll ever know, Julia ❤️

Okay I can’t sleep, so i’m going to do my thoughts on the end of homestuck.

Pros first
- amazing animation, absolutely gorgeous and well done homestuck is finally the animes
- the characters are happy. they are free from the game and can live in peace
- v nice music, as usual 
- dirk and jake were playing soccer i think i’m going to die laughing wtf 

Cons are a little more complicated, and I’m gonna section it into loose ends/the unexplained, and character/story potential. 

Loose Ends/The Unexplained
- the felt were left still alive on jake’s planet. Crowbar is not dumb, and was clearly alive and awake.
- Lord English’s curse. As explained by doc scratch, it passes to whoever kills the current bearer, and being killed is the only way for it to be taken away from someone. As having been the one to kill the condesce, Roxy should have inherited it, or the condesce wasn’t actually dead. 
- Hussie pointing ominously at LE. Just a glimpse of him in the flash would have been nice to note that he was still there
- The sprites. Were they allowed out of the game since they are constructs? Even if they were, none of them were at the platform. Are they all dead?
- The Weekend at Bernie’s reference was never cashed in.
- Jack noir was still alive???
- literally anyone could say ‘caliborn’ to calliope and ????
- Aranea???
- where did eridan’s gun go?
- what powers the jujus (rings of life and void, the cueball)
- Gamzee. gamzee gamzee gamzee. :o(
- the alpha kids left at the end of the masterpiece. do they just… stay there? forever? 

Character/Story Potential
- Pretty much no resolution between a majority of character relationships. i’m not talking about ships, i mean did jake and jane ever make up? jake and dirk? - rose and dirk never had a conversation.   
- Gcatavrospirte all that power, and the creation of this character led to nothing
- jane was supposed to talk to her denizen. remember that?
- rose never played the rain
- dirk never talked to /his/ denizen 
- terezi and vriska’s character arcs, but /especially/ terezi 
- Caliborn modeling himself after jake, and his OC. Many, many implications that caliborn would posses jake and there were /many/ opportunities for this
- Die’s doll with the ability to bring back members of the felt and the midnight crew, heavily hinted to be important, never used. Could have destroyed the green sun in a /very/ interesting way  
- Gamzee again. god he deserved more than that. at least if we were going to end up with him presumably dead and a permanent part of lord english, he should have gotten a Terry: Fast foward to Liv or Reader: Mental Breakdown style flash to explain it all
- Spades fucking Slick never got to truly fight lord english

now I know a lot of these are personal gripes, and i don’t want anyone to think that i don’t like the comic. it’s not even that i didn’t like the ending! I did! i thought it would have been a wonderful ending, had at least /half/ of the stuff above got resolved. I really hate complaining, and i love this comic from the bottom of my heart and hope that hussie is doing well. he should be so proud of what he accomplished, no matter the flaws. 

I usually try to stay out of YouTube’s comment section for obvious reasons but I have seen quite a lot concerned comments in the last few videos. It’s not our place to speculate what is actually going on but I doubt there is anything more to it.

Ethan has been going through finals and he still has one exam left, everyone who’s been through that knows how stressful finals can be, and I personally was annoyed with every single person who even tried to talk to me when I was taking my finals, so it’s more than understandable if they are having a hard time right now.

Plus, like Mark said in the previous video, life is hard, even for them. Yes, we see bits and pieces of their lives and usually people only feel comfortable sharing the positive aspects of it but the truth is, life is not like a bed of roses all the time, and we can expect to see bits and pieces of that also in their videos and that doesn’t automatically mean that they are breaking up or whatever the speculations are at the moment. That is life. That is reality. Not everyday is a great day.

People have also wondered why they are going to visit their parents in a couple of days but if you’ve watched their videos before, they have done so also before so there’s no reason to read much more into it. Also, I personally believe that as a couple it’s not healthy for the relationship to spend time together 24/7. Every couple has their ups and downs and I strongly believe that there is no reason to speculate anything. Mark and Ethan’s two year anniversary is getting closer and they also have plans for the summer, so I believe and know that everything will be just fine. Stay respectful. ❤

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hey taylor!! 

i’m noel (the one on the right) and on the left is my best friend teän (@daerjhon)

thank you so much for all the things that you’ve done for me (all of which i’m sure you’ve heard before), i’m beyond grateful for all the times that you were there for me, making me feel less alone and that i genuinely mattered.

not only that, i’ve met so many friends through our mutual love for you. teän was one of them, and i couldn’t’ve asked for anything more.

we’re going to see you on november 28th in sydney!!

our seats: Section D4, Gate F, Row R, Seat 7/8

hope i can thank you in person for everything soon :) @taylorswift