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TAROT REFERENCE

Major Arcana

0 The Fool – New beginnings, optimism, trust in life; Reversed: Delays

1 The Magician – Action, the power to manifest; Reversed: Misunderstandings.

2 The High Priestess – Inaction, going within, the subconscious; Reversed: Manipulations.

3 The Empress – Abundance, nurturing, fertility, life in bloom; Reversed: Neglect

4 The Emperor – Structure, stability, rules and power; Reversed: Chaos

5 The Hierophant – Institutions, tradition, society and its rules; Reversed: Hypocrisy

6 The Lovers – Sexuality, passion, choice, uniting; Reversed: Separation

7 The Chariot – Movement, progress, integration; Reversed: Defeat

8 Strength – Courage, subtle power, integration of animal self; Reversed: Fear

9 The Hermit – Meditation, solitude, consciousness; Reversed: Isolation

10 Wheel of Fortune – Cycles, change, ups and downs; Reversed: Stagnation

11 Justice – Fairness, equality, balance; Reversed: Lies

12 The Hanged Man – Surrender, new perspective, enlightenment; Reversed: Stubbornness.

13 Death – The end of something, change, the impermeability of all things; Reversed: Limbo

14 Temperance – Balance, moderation, being sensible; Reversed: Impatience

15 The Devil – Destructive patterns, addiction, giving away your power; Reversed: Freedom

16 The Tower – Collapse of stable structures, release, sudden insight; Reversed: Control

17 The Star – Hope, calm, a good omen; Reversed: Darkness

18 The Moon – Mystery, the subconscious, dreams; Reversed: Paranoia

19 The Sun – Success, happiness, all will be well; Reversed: Failure

20 Judgment – Rebirth, a new phase, inner calling; Reversed: Regrets

21 The World – Completion, wholeness, attainment, celebration of life; Reversed: Incomplete

Suit of Swords
• Other Names: Staves, arrows, spades
• Element: Air
Attributes: Active, male
Astrological Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
• Direction: West
Season: Pagan – Spring / Esoteric – Autumn
• Self: Mind, thoughts, intellect
Jungian Function: Thinking
Body Part: Head
Qabbalistic World: Yetzirah – the Formative World

Air is seen as the intellect, logic and reasoning. An active element, Air circulates and so cleanses; it carries your thoughts and dreams; is also expansive when hot and is said to be expressive. Your mind or thoughts can be seen as clear or clouded; speech requires breath, which requires air.

Swords represent logic, the mind and your thoughts. They deal with problems and troubles, planning, communication, ideas, your intellect and how you use it. They represent your daily and life struggles, problems in general. The very nature of a sword is aggressive and warlike. Combined with the swiftness of air, the combination can see situations arise quickly. The ability to see clearly means resolution is quick also. Swords people are great thinkers. You will find them in study, research, academia, the sciences, law courts and libraries. They love to learn and live to do it in any capacity.

Keywords: decisions, worries, problems, issues, tension, communication, intelligence, disagreements; arguments, logic, reason, cognition, ideas, inspirations, balance, equilibrium, the mind, mentalism, thinking, facts and figures, definition.
Reversed: vicious, ruthless, manipulative, cold, unemotional, spite and malice, accidents, inertia, indecision, confusion, mental blockages, biased, illogical, mental health issues, negative life changes.


• King – Serious, controlling, rational and mind/intellect-focused; Reversed: Foolish
• Queen – Intelligent, writer, communicative yet cold; Reversed: Ineffective
• Knight – Fierce, determined, aggressively pursues goals; Reversed: Boredom
• Page – mentally unstable or intellectually immature, acts without thinking; Reversed: Stupidity
• Ace of Swords – A fresh start, a sudden opportunity or idea, clarity; Reversed: Improbable
• 2 – Indecision; Reversed: Conflicts
• 3– Heartbreak, betrayal; Reversed: Torment
• 4 – Meditation, rest, retreat; Reversed: Disturbance
• 5 – Mind games, hostility; Reversed: Treachery
• 6 – Leaving, accepting help, going somewhere better; Reversed: Trouble
• 7 – Secret plans, abandoning ship; Reversed: Clumsiness
• 8 – feeling powerless and stuck; Reversed: Escaping
• 9 – Overactive mind, anxiety; Reversed: Martyrdom
• 10 – Feeling defeated, self-sabotage; Reversed: Sabotage

Suit of Cups
• Other Names: Chalices, Grails, Cauldrons, Hearts, Vessels
• Element: Water
Attributes: Passive, female; cold, wet
Astrological Signs: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio
• Direction: East
Season: Pagan – Autumn- / Esoteric – Summer
• Self: Emotions, love, receptivity
Jungian Function: Feeling
Body Part: Heart
Qabbalistic World: Briah – the Creative World

Water is seen as the emotions, your feelings, and your intuition. Considered passive, water can be deep or shallow; you like the ocean, are responsive to the moon; your tears can rise and fall; out of control, your emotions flood;

Cups represent your emotions, feelings, your subconscious, intuition and psychism. They deal with love affairs, all relationships, inner expression, your reactions or responses and the pursuit of happiness. Generally passive and not outwardly extrovert, creativity through expression are some of the traits of this suit. Careers are usually in the arts or creative pursuits, they are, poets, painters, florists and designers, nurses, social workers and care-givers. Cups people are happy in the background doing their own thing, though they are often actors distinguishing the limelight from private time like no others.

Keywords: creative, intuitive, clairsentient, psychic, passive, affectionate, receptive, imaginative, caring, relationships, love, dreams, sensitivity, romantic, artistic, spiritual, compassionate, tactile, nurturing, the unconscious mind, domesticity, culture, expression, flexibility, fluidity, calm motion, serenity, empathetic, aesthetics and beauty.
Reversed: needy, co-dependent, intense, neglectful, fantasists, uncaring, cold, unfeeling, moody, unresponsive, illogical, lost, negative, pessimistic, emotional, overly sentimental, tearful, selfish.


• King – Repression of deep feelings, possible alcoholism; Reversed: Selfishness
• Queen – Emotionally nurturing, intuitive, sensitive; Reversed: Ignorance
• Knight – Romantic, adventurous, following one’s heart; Reversed: Pessimism
• Page – Creative, inspired, learning artistic skill; Reversed: Gloomy
• Ace of Cups – emotional fulfillment, joy; Reversed: Indifferent
• 2 – Partnership, mutual attraction, compatibility; Reversed: Abandonment
• 3 – Celebration, fun with friends, laughter; Reversed: Jealousy
• 4 – Boredom, dissatisfaction with what is being offered; Reversed: Avoidance
• 5 – Dwelling on the negative, self-pity; Reversed: Alienation
• 6 – Sentimentality, kindness, help; Reversed: Discouraging
• 7 – So many choices, indecision, getting lost in fantasy, wishing and dreaming; Reversed: Lethargic
• 8 – Abandoning something in search of something better, vision; Reversed: Sacrifice
• 9 – Indulgence, self-satisfaction; Reversed: Disintegration
• 10 – Emotional bliss, happiness, attainment; Reversed: Disruption


Suit of Wands
• Other Names: Batons, Staves, Rods, Clubs, Staffs, Scepters
• Element: Fire
Attributes: Active, masculine; hot, dry
Astrological Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
• Direction: South
Season: Pagan – Summer / Esoteric – Spring
• Self: Will, actions, desire
Jungian Function: Intuition
Body Part: Genitals
Qabbalistic World: Atziluth – the Archetypal World

Fire is energy and action, passion, drive and ambition. An active element, it can cause permanent change; is expansive; can be aggressive; is pro-active and undeterred.

Wands represent creativity, energy, passion and action. They cover your spiritual pursuits, your career and creative projects. Leadership, self-growth and general optimism are some traits of this suit. Careers are usually in business, they are leaders, entrepreneurial & sales focused. Wands people like to get ahead and are generally pro-active in all their activities. With an unrivaled healthy vitality, they are often accomplished sports people.

Keywords: intuition; creativity; vitality; sexuality; spirituality; vision; energetic; outgoing; impulsive; motivational; pro-active; spirit and spirited; optimistic; enterprise; commerce; business; careers; opportunities; the thrill of the chase; competitive; growth; personal development; inspirational; enthusiastic; sexual; passionate; action; movement; initiation.
Reversed: rash; impetuous; ruthless; greedy; narrow-minded; hyperactive; brash; manipulative; conniving; mean-spirited; overly optimistic; risk takers; heartless; aggressive; selfish; misleading; sadistic; distrusting of others.

• King – Career focused, mature, passionate; Reversed: Impostor
• Queen – Confidant, focused, has zest for life; Reversed: Fatigue
• Knight – An adventurous risk taker who follows his passions; Reversed: Apathy
• Page – newly inspired, excited about life and work; Reversed: Passive
• Ace of Wands – New beginnings, creative spark, fertile ideas; Reversed: Unpromising
• 2 – Contemplation, assessing one’s life direction; Reversed: Dispute
• 3 – Reaping the rewards of your efforts; Reversed: Idleness
• 4 – Celebration, safety, the home; Reversed: Discord
• 5 – Competition, minor struggles or disagreements; Reversed: Timidness
• 6 – Success, accolades and achievement; Reversed: Disapproval
• 7 – Feeling defensive and on guard; Reversed: Yielding
• 8 – Speed, things manifesting quickly; Reversed: Stagnation
• 9 – Pessimism, gearing up for the worst; Reversed: Weakness
• 10 – Feeling oppressed, exhaustion, too many responsibilities; Reversed: Impractical

Suit of Pentacles
• Other Names: Disks, Coins, Deniers, Stones, Diamonds
• Element: Earth
Attributes: Passive, female
Astrological Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
• Direction: North
Season: Pagan – Winter / Esoteric – Winter
• Self: Body,
Jungian Function: Sensation
Body Part: Feet
Qabbalistic World: Assiah

Earth is seen as the material, the physical & the sensual. A Passive element, Earth allows growth & production; promotes prosperity; is the foundation on which anything is built.

Pentacles, represent all things material and physical, what you experience using your senses. They deal with your money, business deals, material possessions, your job, arts, crafts, your home & garden. Working hard & getting the job done are attributes of this suit. Pentacle people don’t mind getting their hands dirty whether that’s working with the land or in a factory. Strong & dependable, often found in the trades, removals, farming, landscaping & homemaking.

Keywords: sensual, sexual; strong; lithe; dependable; reliable; stoic; practical; skilled & skillful; artistic; common sense; traditional; regular; straightforward; grounded; sensible; lush; fertile; growth; luxury; wealth; prosperity; apprenticeships; scholarships; dull; dutiful; realistic; down-to-earth; materialistic; money motivated; domesticity; health & fitness; exercise.
Reversed: miserly; slave drivers; workaholics; pleasure seekers; neglectful; shoddy work; dullards; negative; pessimistic; superstitious; thoughtless; penny pinchers; lazy; unforgiving; selfish; greedy; covetous; moronic.

• King – Enjoys the good life (food, drink and leisure), financially secure; Reversed: Hoarder
• Queen – Healthy in body and finances, grounded and calm; Reversed: Unreasonable
• Knight – Cautious, sensible and slow to progress; Reversed: Inexperienced
• Page – Student, commitment to learning; Reversed: Rookie
• Ace of Pentacles – Financial reward, clarity of life purpose, goals; Reversed: Debt
• 2 – Balance, multitasking; Reversed: Impractical
• 3 – Meaningful work, enjoying one’s work, suitable career; Reversed: Mediocrity
• 4 – Hoarding, feeling poor, holding self-back out of fear; Reversed: Greed
• 5 – Minor money troubles, health problems, feeling like an outsider; Reversed: Helplessness
• 6 – Charity, accepting and giving help; Reversed: Cruelty
• 7 – Patience, waiting for your plans to bear fruit; Reversed: Unemployment
• 8 – Hard work, focused efforts, laying the groundwork; Reversed: Skill-shortage
• 9 – Luxury, rest, financial and material comforts; Reversed: Dependency
• 10 – Financial success, strong business relationships; Reversed: Restrictions

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okkkk let me show u smth
this photoshoot is really old, i think its from 2015, but anyway it is still my favourite
i wish i could change my wig styling hah but i still look rly good i think meenah is one of the coolest cosplays of mine :oD 
ph: RedCrow 

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Snape Appreciation Month   

Day 1. General Snape Love 

Unfortunally, because of some university works I had no time to draw something for the first day of snape appreciation month… But despite that I wanted to leave my contribuition so I made some gifs.

I really like this character and I wish snape would receive a lot more love and less hate because he deserves better.

Me, scrolling through the Voltron tag: Do you guys… do you guys even like this show???
Like are you sure??? You say you like it but don’t seem to be having much fun???

  • Fat acceptance blogs: ♡♡~~:):)listen to your body, if it's telling you its hungry, eat, your body knows best :):)~~♡♡
  • Fat bodies: please, the extra weight is giving me knee,back and all around joint pain. You're close to getting type 2 diabetes from the unhealthy diet, and you're skins got marks from the stretching.
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Vigilante: Boku no Hero Academia Illegals

Note: Spoilers ahead for both manga.

If you want additional world-building for BNHA, I recommend reading the spin-off! Just by the title itself, the focus of the story are the “vigilantes”, would-be “heroes” who aim to do good by using their Quirks without a professional license, technically breaking the law even if they do it in the name of justice.

While it’s set in the same universe, it may feel very different as it’s focused on the other “darker” parts of this universe, like how small time criminals committing crimes are overlooked by Pro Heroes as they’re focused on bigger criminals, or how the world has adapted to the existence of Quirks itself, both positively and negatively.

The MC is so lovable and the other characters are also very interesting! There are also characters from the main BNHA story making an appearance, such as All Might, Eraserhead, and the other Pro Heroes.

Is this canon? Horikoshi obviously has influence on the story as he is the original writer of BNHA. But what made me consider this canon is the introduction of the Trigger in the main story. The Trigger, if you’ve read the latest chapter of BNHA, is the Quirk enhancement drug you saw being used by the minor villains in the latest arc. This drug made its first appearance in Vigilantes, and it is actually the source of conflict in the spinoff. Horikoshi introduced it in the main story maybe as a form of continuity in the “Hero Aca universe”.

The Vigilantes timeline also seems to be set in the past, as the MC Kouichi has met and befriended Iida Tensei while he’s an active Pro Hero.

(also he said Iida is not able to make turns lmao implying this is in the past)

Anyway, try giving it a read! The spinoff is only released once a month and currently only has 7 chapters, so it wouldn’t take too much time to catch-up! Plus you get to see Tensei!!

TAKING MEDICATIONS IS NOT WEAKNESS!!!

SOMETIMES, YOUR BODY AND MIND NEED A LITTLE HELP TO WORK AT THEIR BEST!!! IT’S NOT WEAKNESS TO NEED THAT HELP, IT’S YOU BEING FUCKING CONSCIENTIOUS AND PRO-ACTIVE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF!!! WELL DONE!!!

samii-somnium  asked:

To fulfil the contract and eat Ciel's soul, Sebastian needs to find the people who killed his parents. So do you have any idea why Sebastian hasn't even started looking for his parents' killers although it has been 3 years since the contract was sealed? :O love your blog btw

Thanks!

I guess the reason for that is that Ciel never ordered Sebastian to find the murderer of his parents to begin with? D:

The details of their contract were as follows (ch62)

  • protect Ciel until he accomplishes his revenge
  • obey Ciel’s commands (-> Ciel stated in ch8 that basically, Sebastian isn’t allowed to take actions on his own without Ciel’s orders)
  • no lies

So finding the culprits wasn’t even included in their contract.

And since 1) Ciel’s approach in his investigation of the murders of his parents is extremely passive rather than pro-active (all he does is literally waiting for the culprits to come to kill him)

and 2) Sebastian is currently enjoying his butler life to the fullest and doesn’t have any reason to want to end their contract (game) anytime soon,

it’s no wonder that they haven’t made any progress in the investigation in the past (almost) 4 years :/

Honestly, I don’t know anyone in the pro-Templar camp who thinks that the Order and the Circles are perfect exactly as they are in DAO and DA2. Vivienne is my favorite Divine not because she reinstates the Circles but because she *improves* them, offering the mages more freedom while still insisting on structure and safety.

There really is nothing more dangerous to a mage than a lack of knowledge. Connor, Amalia, Feynriel, Olivia, Meredith’s sister, the little girl at the chateau in the Emerald Graves–none of them were bad people; they were just kids who couldn’t control themselves. Education for young mages needs to be absolutely mandatory and strictly enforced, and frankly, the pile of non-mage corpses left behind by the aforementioned children says to me that non-mages have too much of a stake in that to be cut out of the decision-making process. The Ideal Circle is one where the Knight-Commander and the First Enchanter work together for the good of the Circle and of the outside world. That’s the ideal I believe in, and I think it’s the one most pro-Templar fans believe in. That’s why we say that pro-Templar doesn’t mean anti-mage.

Oh, and for the 9000th time, many of us ARE mentally ill/PoC/lgbtq/Jewish/Muslim/etc. I literally do not think I have ever met a pro-Templar person who was a straight white male, despite what the Mage Rights crowd claims. Please stop using and buying into the “oppressed people relate to mages so if you don’t support the most radical sects of the Mage Rights movement then you must hate oppressed people,” bullshit.

Voltron season 3 at SDCC

So here’s what I’ve read on what went down at the panel:


1. Season 3 will be 7 episodes long and will air on August 4th while season 4 will be in October. 

On the negative side this means that Shrio may actually be absent for season 3 (yeah, I’m sad too) and that leak we saw back in April may have been a clip from Season 4. But on positive side the wait won’t be that long because season 3 is shorter than what originally thought (13 episodes). It seems like the plan is that as expected, season 3 will focus on the team evolving without Shiro with the cliffhanger being Shiro revealing to be alive somewhere in the universe (there was a teaser of him opening his eyes but I can’t confirm this to be true).


2. We learn more about Prince Lotor

I had to do a google search on Lotor beforehand and in a nutshell he:

-Has a love and hate with his father, Zarkon.

-Is very pro-active. He’s not some guy who sits in a chair and sends minions to do his bidding, he’s comes to you.

-Is a creep when it came to Allura. In the Japanese version it was because she looked like his Altean mother. 

- Has a “girls club” if you get what I mean.

- Despite being a villain he has a sense of honour. This means that there are moments where he’s “good”.

-Is Kieth’s rival. If Zarkon is Shiro’s foil then it makes sense for Lotor to be Keith’s due to them now taking over for their missing/comatose leader.

Combining what we’ve learn from past interviews and today’s panel this Lotor is:

-Half Altean. We already knew in the first teaser so it’s no surprise.

-Still maintains his ‘good’ qualities. Whether or not this leads to a redemption arc remains to be seen.

-Won’t be a creep to Allura. A popular theory is that these two could be half-siblings or cousins but even if it’s not true keep in mind that it’s 2017. What was okay in the 80′s is not going to fly today.

-Has four female generals. I’m not a shipper  but do you think it’s possible that the reason Lotor isn’t interested in Allura is because he’s already in a committed relationship with one of them (or someone that isn’t a general)? If it wasn’t done in the original then why not do it here (As long as it’s well-developed and not the main focus of the story I’m okay with it). It would give Lotor a personal life outside of his villainy.

Overall, Lotor does seem to be shaping up into a complex villain.


3. We learn more about Lance and Hunk.

It’s been confirmed that Hunk will be getting development this season because as The Heart of the team, he’s gong to be the one who will try to keep the teams morale up. As for Lance, it turns out he’s the youngest in his family. I’m sensing that this is going to play a part in Lance’s story arc because being the youngest can give you insecurities. 


4. Keith’s origins remains a mystery

I’ve never cared about a character’s ethnicity (and I still don’t because a character’s likability shouldn’t be determined by their gender, race, sexuality, etc) but I’ll admit that Keith being the only one out of the Paladins to not have his ethnicity confirmed is odd. We know he’s half-Galra so why not confirm he’s half-human. He’s half-human, right?

……………..Right?!



And there you have it. Unless I come up with more theories I’ll see you in two weeks.

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It was quite disturbing to me, to be honest. There are some exceptions. For the most part, I was surprised with the representation of female characters on screen in these films. I do hope that when we include more female storytellers, we will have more women that I recognize in my day-to-day life. Ones who are pro-active, have their own agencies, just don’t react to the men around them. They have their own point-of-view.

Improving your writing

How to Improve your writing

So all of us roleplay here, but how many of you wish to truly improve your skills, gain a better style, learn and drive yourself to be better? I know that’s something I’ve always wanted to do no matter how well I write, I always strive to be better.

One thing to understand is that in roleplaying, there is no end. Even if you meet the end of a thread, it doesn’t end there. There is so much to realize. So in a sense, there is no goal in roleplaying, you are simply here to write and develop. Just like you develop as a person, you are developing your writing AND your character.

Another is to understand that you ARE your character. Let go of yourself, let go of everything you are and dive into your character. Become one with that person, see from there eyes. Don’t take the 3rd person point of view, standing above like god watching his children, join the heart and soul of your character .

How to Write

First and foremost, remember that role playing takes effort, time, and dedication. This shouldn’t, however, make writing any less fun!! But as writers, one thing we are all striving to do is improve, develop, and define our own writing style.

Let’s start with the basics. These are questions and comments you should think about when writing a post.

  • - The time frame. You need to know the date, it will determine what exactly happens to your character and what has happened before.
  • - The Season. This will determine what your character is wearing, what is going on around you, the environment and more.
  • - The Situation. What is going on that day? Is it changing your characters emotions? Could there be conflicts?
  • - The overall attitude. Your characters personality is going to shape how they look. If they are angry, it’s obvious they should appear that way. If they are happy, why are they happy? Write all this in.
  • - The appearance. People can’t read your mind, so state in some way what your character is wearing. How is their hair? Do they have anything odd about them that day?
  • - The Area. Again, people aren’t mind-readers. Describe the area you are in. Is it night or day? Is it wet? is it hot? this goes hand in hand with your season as well. 

Please, do not be afraid to get descriptive, get in there, place yourself there and let people see what you have. If you barely give the minimum what you see in your mind the other play can see completely differently.

Do not get this confused with having to write a lot. Word Count is not important. Your beginning post can be pretty lengthy  but do not let this intimidate you. If you give a good basis then the roleplay will become more enticing, allows a story to unfold and you will find yourself addicted to the scene.

Roleplaying Fluidity

So you have reach a point and you don’t know what to do, do you? How do you keep a thread liquidity moving so that you don’t feel stagnant and bored?

  1. Don’t linger in the same spot. This means that you want to reply to what a person has given you but also add a little more to the end. Always go with the Who, What, Where, When, and How. Maybe someone interrupts you? Maybe you move to a new spot and it makes your character think of something? Maybe you find the time is short and suddenly you are late. Always keep a thread moving in some way. This will help you move a thread on for many posts.
  2. Be Flexible. Allow for change, get into things you don’t expect. Don’t be firm on what you think will happen, roleplay is a fluid movement and if you don’t allow yourself to bend then you won’t get anywhere and the post can easily be killed.
  3. Don’t be a dictator. You are not going to control the other person’s character or decisions nor will they to you. Play your character how you see fit for the coming post. So maybe things will end there, or maybe something crazy will happen!
  4. Don’t focus on size. Word counts, the number of paragraphs, this doesn’t mean anything. What is most important is the fact that you give what you receive. If you give very little, do not expect much in return. This is where the effort comes into play. You want to give people something to work with. The more you give the more you receive! 
  5. Take a step in their shoes. Become your character. I can’t say this enough, get in their shoes, their body, their mind. Think of all those questions!!! There is so much that can happen within in a five minute period and you should touch base on it all.

I need the FEELS!

You see so many people writing these feelys threads and you want to do one too but you don’t know how?

Feels engulf everything. Happiness, passion, sadness, pain, hurt. These are just a few of those words that can touch on the feelings of people. So how do people cause others to feel such emotions. Like I’ve stated, you must BECOME your character.

Think about these questions. What is their heart saying? What is their mind saying? How do the feel? Are they scared? How are they showing they are scared? Why are they scared? What caused such fear?

These and more will help you develop the emotion and drive of a certain feeling. Dive into the questions, don’t be afraid to think of them and to really feel them.

Connect with your other readers/players. Let them KNOW how you feel. Metaphors and similes make for great ways to connect. Bring to view history that has caused these emotions. Don’t be afraid to get into the meat of the emotions. Just what is drawing out these feelings that could cause such a deep rooted emotion.

But how do I describe?

Description is a major part of the thread, and as I’ve stated above you need it. But just HOW do you describe? The best way to describe anything is to think of the five senses. Many would think this is obvious by thought, but in truth you have to active think on it, not just realize it.

  1. Sight: What are you seeing? What colors, people, trouble,s dangers. This makes up most of what is going on in the roleplay. If you don’t know the set up how can you reply? Set it up.
  2. Hearing: This is probably the second easiest way and usually always in the thread. What do you hear? Any conversations? Fighting? Crying? Is there a crash somewhere. What sounds are around so that someone else can react.
  3. Smell: This is one sense I rarely seen used unless it’s obvious. Think about what is around. The scent of the forest, the smells of the sea, is there food cooking or do you smell something rotten? This will help you better know the role play and what to expect.
  4. Touch: Touch is one that is obvious yet so unused. Just think about everything you touch, from what someone wears to the things around them such as grass and trees. Clothing, armor, there is so much to go about. Uses this sense will make you ‘feel’ it and become more connected to it.
  5. Taste: Taste is probably the hardest sense to try, but if you think about it, you do taste the world around you. It’s not just when eating, but you can also taste things like the dirt in the air, the taste of smog and the stenches. Smell and taste can go hand in hand as your nose is connected to your throat. Expect the detail of the taste.

Be sure to be descriptive, but not OVERLY descriptive. Don’t talk about a flip of your hair for three paragraphs, that’s outrageous. This is known as 'floof’.

Describe the meat, but don’t overcoat it with gravy.

Words, So many words! 

Sometimes words and word count can be intimidating. But the beautiful think about this site is there is no demands on how much or how little you can write. This is known as relative word count. You write what you want, but I think it would be respectful to also, like relative word count, to give what you received. This doesn’t mean match word for word, or match count for count. 

You should give the quality that you received.

First off, read the post. Don’t think about writing, just read it. Afterward, go back to the top and read the first paragraph and respond to that. Sometimes you can’t respond to the paragraph, and that’s okay. Sometimes when you respond to that paragraph you write two paragraphs. All that matters is that if you can respond, do it.

Ignore how long the post is. Like I said, count isn’t important, its the quality.

When writing, try not to reuse words over and over. Try to expand on them. The thesaurus is a wonderful tool for this. Connect with your audience as well as bring in things they may know. 

However, be aware of the word, use the dictionary as well. There is nothing wrong with the word said! or fingers, or anything like that. The theasaurus is a great way to find a variety in a word but you also need to be aware of what that word means. Just because two words are synonoms doesn’t mean they will mean the same thing in your sentence. Don’t be afraid to research up words and expand your plane of knowledge. This is what makes you go from good to excellent.

 This is where metaphors and similes are so useful. This allows you to write something that may not actually be in the time period but not expressly state in character. 

Being Pro-active, not Re-active.

I GOT A POST!

Awesome! But remember, when you a replying to a thread, you don’t want to just reactive. This style is bad form, being just a reactionary type person. This will definitely kill your thread, causing people to just stare and go 'nope’ cause they have no real reason to reaction.

So what I mean by proactive. You need to actively engage the thread. React to what happens, but push it forward as well. Like I’ve stated above, there are things you should do and reply to, but always give a little nudge at the end of the post.

Now, as it is, I do not mean 'shove’ the thread. This can always kill a thread, sending something so off the wall people are just going to go 'WTF?’.

Don’t be afraid to close the thread if you think its done. You can always start a new thread, a new plotline and more. Some threads can last for only five post, others for twenty, and even more. The joy of roleplaying is you never know what will happen! You don’t have to involve everything in the one thread, so simple react how you need to and move on.

Representation is Important

Raphael being asexual is exciting for many reasons, but for me personally, the most important one was finally having a context to explain the concept of asexuality to my mother.

I’m not out. I’m 25 years old, and I’ve never been in a relationship, I’ve never talked to her about crushes, I’ve never brought anyone home to meet the family. But she doesn’t know I’m ace. She just thinks I’m shy and sad. She pities me.

So the thought that I’d get to explain asexuality to her and gauge her reaction was honestly so exciting. I wasn’t even honestly that nervous - she accepts Alec and Magnus, and that was quite a hurdle for her, so I wasn’t expecting a terrible reaction or anything. I didn’t prepare myself for a major letdown.

I should’ve.

I had to pause in the middle of Raphael’s ‘coming out’ scene because my mother’s, “What the hell is this?” was making me miss it.

I explained that asexuality is a thing.
Mum: “But he said he has feelings for her.”

I explained the split-attraction model.
Mum: “That doesn’t make sense - having feelings includes sexual feelings.”

I explained that not everyone has the same perspective on sex and romance as her.
Mum: “No, sex and romance go together - if you want one you want the other. That’s what 'feelings’ means.”

I tried to explain that obviously, Raphael feels differently.
Mum: “Whatever, he’s just stupid. I’ll never understand all this crap.”

I was shocked. I hadn’t expected such a strong negative reaction. I was a little numb as I gave up and clicked play.

We watched the rest of the episode.

We got to the part where Izzy 'broke up’ with Raphael.

Mum: “Good. He wouldn’t give her what she wanted, I say good for her.”

Poor, naiive little me: “No, he’s willing to give her the venom, she just doesn’t want it anymore. Badass Izzy is finally back.”

Mum: “No, the sex. She wanted sex, he turned her down. Good riddance.”

Me: *stunned silence*

I just… I guess I won’t be coming out anytime soon.

This is why representation is important.

I won’t pretend to believe that my mother is inherently more aphobic than she was homophobic. She grew up conservative Christian. She used to roll her eyes if two women or two men kissed on a show, and that was an improvement from her upbringing. She’s come a long way. She’s actively pro-Malec now.

This is what representation does. It normalizes. The idea of gay people are no longer shocking to her - exposure through representation is a big part of that.

She’s never been exposed to asexuality or aromanticism before. It’s still viscerally offensive to her, because she’s never been given the opportunity to get used to it. Most people haven’t.

*I* am still viscerally offensive to my own mother. My only saving grace is that she doesn’t know. I was hoping she would, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

I’d rather she think me shy and pitiful than think that I’m wrong and deserve to be alone.

This is why representation is important.

doctorrichardstrand  asked:

similar to your analysis of the pug crisis: is there anything that can be done to more ethically breed english bulldogs? obviously crossbreeding is the best option, but is there a risk for those puppies to have some of the same major health issues as well?

There has been quite a lot of different attempts to make a healthier version of English Bulldogs, aka British bulldogs. They vary in how successful they have been, and are likely to be in the future, at eliminating the major concerns in this breed. Bulldogs have had more external pressure applied to the breed than pugs have, at least since Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

The white British Bulldog above is a fairly typical example, not the most extreme. A few things to take note of:

  • Stenotic nares visible from outside. Most likely has other components of brachycephalic airway syndrome
  • Broad front and broad base stance
  • Skin folds on face of this individual are not too extreme as far as the breed goes
  • You can’t see what condition its skin is in
  • You can’t assess it’s gait, heart or metabolism from a picture.
  • This example is a fairly moderate one. Compare to the dog of the same breed below.

Please, please don’t think the structure of this brown and white dog is desirable in any way.

Now, multiple groups have made an attempt to ‘fix’ the breed or make a new, healthier version, with varying degrees of success.

Aussie Bulldogs are in my view the least successful. I have quite a lot of experience with this breed, and know about some of the dodgy practices that went into breeding them, like claiming the hip scores of the female don’t matter so long as the male has good hips, for example. The breed club also wants vets to fill out a certificate saying the dog is in good health at the time of breeding, but the certificate is so wishy washy and non-standardised that it stands for nothing. It asks for a subjective opinion and so far I haven’t met one that I would have considered ‘healthy’ for breeding. Not to mention the certificate gives dogs a pass for major issues that should be addressed, like stenotic nares and allergies. They are often nice dogs, but I couldn’t call them a significant improvement.

American Bulldogs are an old breed that trace their heritage back to bulldog types. It is larger and generally fitter, but not completely free of the problems of the British Bulldog. They are generally speaking more functional and athletic, and are often mistaken for a pit bull rather than a bulldog.

The Olde English Bulldogge is a promising breed, but still has a long way to go. They are more in line with historical bulldog types, and generally have a less extreme body. They still visibly suffer from stenotic nares, but their form is generally less extreme. This will be an interesting breed to watch in the future, and as far as I can tell breed clubs seem pro-active and pro-science when it comes to the health of the dogs. They’re not very common down here though.

We don’t see British Bulldog crosses very often, because this breed typically needs to procreate via artificial insemination and caesarian section. Crossbred puppies are absolutely at risk of the same conditions as the parent breeds, but because many of the bulldog’s concerns are directly linked to the extremeness of anatomy, if pups are more moderate in form the severity of those conditions would be expected, on average, to be less.

anonymous asked:

how do we refrain from antisemitism while supporting palestinians?

im really disappointed in myself to think about the one million ways i might’ve contributed to violence towards marginalized people when i was younger–and the fact it was unintentional, (or worse: with good intentions) does not matter because my intentions will never erase the impact my words/actions might have. in particular antisemitism, is so pervasive and insidious it can present itself in the mildest of ways and in ways that make it look totally normal. and that’s the ugliest, most disconcerting thing of all. that you might be contributing to the hatred of jewish people without at all thinking you are–which is exactly why it is so important to listen to jewish people when they tell you your behaviour is violent. this is why we have to be extremely extremely careful that our “activism” doesn’t align with an excuse to hate jewish people. another extremely concerning point is that it is always non-palestinian “pro-palestinians” who delve into antisemitism without thinking twice, using their support for palestine as a thin guise for their own antisemitism. 

The most important thing is to always listen to jewish people and respect their thoughts and feelings. if your behaviour is violent, be ready to rectify it. if you’re supporting antisemites, be ready to separate yourself from them. if fighting antisemitism is not a priority for you, ask yourself what thoughts and opinions led you to such a sentiment. 

i am still learning how to dismantle antisemitism in my everyday encounters with people who toss antisemitic rhetoric into conversation or within their actions, and also looking to expunge my life of antisemitism in its many forms: on tv, in movies, in books, in the news etc.  

in order to transfer this effort into your support for palestinians, it would be in my opinion extremely beneficial to learn from jewish activists who are themselves committed to the liberation of palestine and palestinians. i can suggest jewishvoicesforpeace.org as a starting point, and i hope my followers can suggest other resources which can shape pro-palestinian activism in a way that also works to dismantle antisemitism.