also how beyond late this is

My Life as a Cartoon Network Intern (and how I think you can Intern in Animation too!)

Over this past summer, I was given the amazing opportunity to be a Production Intern at Cartoon Network (I worked on Clarence; woo!)

Every once in a while I get people who either come up to me in person, or who message me on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram etc. and ask me how I got the opportunity, and how they can intern in animation as well. Recently (Over the course of the last week or so) I’ve been asked a bunch, so I decided to create this massive master post in an attempt to get the information out to as many artists (and non-artists) as possible! 

I know a lot of people who feel like getting into the animation industry is completely impossible, (I should know, I felt the exact same way not too long ago) and I also know just how LITTLE references there actually are on finding an internship, and beyond that, the type of experiences that people who gotten the chance to intern have had. I told myself that if I got the internship, I would try to change that, and here we are! (A little late, but I really want to make this as helpful as possible)

If you all could please Reblog this to your followers I would love it! You never know who’s looking and hopefully, I can help people with my experiences! 

So to make it easier for people who don’t have the time to read all of my ramblings, AND for the sake of ease/reference; I’m going to break this post up into different sections: My Internship search My initial excitement/rejections - How I got the internship - My experience as an Intern and How Interning has helped me as an artist

My Internship search: 

Halfway through last year (My Sophomore year of college) I had decided that I would take a leap of faith and apply for some internships. I didn’t expect much of it, but my hopes were high because I thought I had at least a halfway decent portfolio, and my resume had some pretty okay animation experience on it (I’m the head of the only Animation organization on campus) and I’m majoring in animation so I had some 3D experience and 2D experience (which I’ve worked on on my own time, since it’s what I want to do) 

One of my biggest worries was the fact that I go to a state school: Southern Illinois University. The school is great, and I love it there, but I couldn’t afford art school, so I was very worried about how many opportunities there would be for me in Southern Illinois. Especially with the amount of amazing art that I see coming from people who go to schools like CalArs, Sheridan and the like. I was frustrated because I wasn’t there and felt like I would never get the opportunity to work in animation, which has been my dream since I could hold a pencil. Cartoons have changed my life, and they still do; but I was genuinely afraid that because I couldn’t afford a more art-related education, that I wouldn’t get the opportunity to tell stories like I’ve always dreamed. (But I digress) 

As I was saying: I was doing all of your standard (I want/need a job) searches to try to find something in animation: Glassdoor, Internships.com, JOBS.com; stuff like that. FUN FACT: I’ve read every single Glassdoor review for both Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Every Job. All of them.

Some internships are a lot easier to find: Nickelodeon, Disney, Titmouse

While some are WAAAAAY more elusive: Cartoon Network… 

This narrowed my search down from a bunch of animation studios.. to a handful. My candidates were: Nickelodeon, Dreamworks and Titmouse. (All wonderful animation studios!) Now here’s where it gets interesting:

 My initial excitement/Rejections:

I didn’t hear back from any of them! NOT ONE. Which I learned after a very long, VERY stressful waiting period. (At this time it was early to mid April) Now; I knew that I was really too young to be applying for the internships, (I’m young for my grade so I was 19 at the time) And I knew that all of these internships specified that they wanted a Junior or above, but I figured since the year was almost over and I had good grades that MAYBE, they would let me slide. But I had no real experience working in animation, and although my hopes were high, they were also reeeeeeeal low. 

After waiting for the few weeks that I did, and not hearing a peep, I was dejected, frustrated, and I felt like there was no hope for me… Which leads us to…

HOW I GOT THE INTERNSHIP: 

When it comes to how I actually GOT the job: The answer I want to give you guys is that it was complete luck, and that by a series of random occurrences, somehow I was offered the position…. BUT, that’s only half true. Honestly, I worked really hard on making sure that I had as good a résumé as I possibly could: 

By that, I mean that I’ve worked really hard in school to get good grades/dean’s list/honors program, etc.; and I also started an animation organization on campus. (There’s a major, but there was a huge lack of enthusiasm and community within the program at SIU so I wanted to help to bring other artists and myself closer, and make great art while we’re at it) 

On top of that, I wrote (what I think was) a really good cover letter. But… Even with all three of those things, I don’t know if I would have gotten the position if it wasn’t for the internship coordinator at my school. I go to Southern Illinois University, and she pointed me in the direction of the Cartoon Network internship. (The Turner website isn’t like Nickelodeon, they only post internships when there’s a position to be filled)

LUCKILY for me, the Producer of Clarence (The wonderful Keith Mack) is an alum from SIU, so he connected with the internship coordinator (bless her heart) and I learned exactly when the position opened up. My resume and things got sent straight to him. I got a Skype interview a couple of weeks later, and I got accepted the day of the interview!

So I mean… Looking back, it was half luck, half hard work. 

It’s not like the grades and stuff really matter outside of college; Grades are just arbitrary letters, after all. But, I say that to say that I’ve tried to work hard in college even though I’m not at an art school, and that if you’re focused, it doesn’t really matter WHAT you’re good at; but how hard you work and the type of person you are. You can never go to college but be an amazing artist and an amazing person, and if you meet that ONE right person, or if you’re at that ONE correct place at the correct time; amazing things can happen; and I FIRMLY believe that. 

While I was at CN I was talking to someone (I don’t know if it’s best to call her out by name?..) But anyway she was telling me about how some of the artists are found at CN and she told me that Tumblr, YES TUMBLR. Is a HUUUUUUUUGE factor in the hiring of some people! So if you can… POST POST POST! Putting your art out there is the absolute best way to get seen. You NEVER know who’s looking at your artwork, and this website is an amazing platform for sharing, and learning about art. (And as a shameless plug: The blog Artists-Everyday is actually meant for just that ;) check it ouuuuut)

But moving forward; let’s talk about: 

THE INTERVIEW:

The interview to be an intern at CN was both really intimidating, and really comfortable at the same time. I love animation pretty much more than anything, so the idea that a single interview could determine whether or not I got a life-changing opportunity was pretty much one of the most daunting things that I could think of. The fact that I was in southern Illinois RIGHT at the time that I would have had to interview really didn’t help either… It was really scary to me, because it meant that I wasn’t going to be able to interview in person. It was a Skype interview, (a group one at that) and it was my first time ever interviewing for a position online. 

Once I got past all of the initial fear, the interview was smooth sailing. They had already seen my resume and cover letter; so we really just spent a lot of time talking about casual things: my favorite animated movie, what my favorite episode of Clarence was, etc. It wasn’t like your usual interview where they ask “why would we hire you” or “what is your greatest weakness” and I really appreciated that. They weren’t robots, they weren’t the ANIMATION GODS like I was imagining in my head – they were actual people, who happen to love animation, and the interview reflected that. 

I learned that I had gotten the position the day that I interviewed, and I’m SO GLAD I didn’t have to wait any more days, because at that point I was on fire on the inside. II don’t know what the hiring process was like for interns on different shows, so don’t take my word for how long it’ll take if you make it this far) 


MY EXPERIENCE AS AN INTERN/HOW IT’S HELPED ME AS AN ARTIST:

There is no one word to describe how amazing it is to work at Cartoon Network. A lot of CN stuff is “hush hush” high security, and they don’t allow you to take pictures of the inside of the buildings - So I’m not going to say much, other than: It’s magic. Pure magic. But I will say one thing: Free food. AT ALL TIMES. EVERY DAY. 

Working there is one of the most creatively satisfying things I’ve ever done in my life. The people, the atmosphere… it was all so inspiring. I’ve learned more in those past three months than I have in the last two years, and It’s all because I was surrounded by so many people who are better than me. People, who I might add, are some of the greatest, nicest, and most helpful people I’ve met in a long time. Plus, Cartoon Network really goes out on a limb to take care of their employees. 

I got to sit in on voice actors doing their recordings, I got to see storyboard pitches, I got to see animatics and assets for episodes that were unaired, and it was all being created right in front of me by such PASSIONATE people. 

I EVEN GOT TO MEET TOM KENNY. He remembered my name… 

As a production intern you get to see the logistic side of things: and you really grow to appreciate Production and that side of the industry, because without the production team, there would be no show! Even though I want to be a storyboard artist, I now know more about the industry and Cartoon Network as a whole, and it makes me feel much more connected to the shows that I watch on television.

One of the other biggest things about the program is the fact that I got to take storyboard/character design tests for practice, and I got the chance to pitch a show to the studio, in front of the Clarence Crew and even some really important executives! which was an AMAZING opportunity that I learned a TON from. I got amazing feedback, and I had to push myself harder than I’ve ever pushed myself before. Mentally, artistically, and personally. 


IN CONCLUSION

It’s possible. Being an intern at an animation studio is possible. Getting a job in animation is possible. Making friends in animation, and actually feeling like you belong to something you’ve dreamed about since you were a child is POSSIBLE. It doesn’t matter where you go to school, it doesn’t matter if you’re afraid, and it doesn’t matter what you look like. People are drawn to people who are genuine; and if you love animation, or production, or storyboarding or character design, and you work hard and try to really open yourself up artistically; you CAN do it. Take it from the 20 year old black guy who loves anime, video games and cartoons. You can do it. 


I don’t know how many people will see this or how helpful it actually is; but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE feel free to share this info with your followers, and on top of that if you guys EVER have any questions about my experiences or need me to clarify anything for ANY reason you’re absolutely welcome to contact me! 

I know how many people would love to intern, and I know (from experience) how DREADFUL It is to find conducive information about how the process works and how YOU can get an internship. 

Hope you guys stuck with this post till the end, and like I said if you ever have any more questions, (hell, or if you even want to share YOUR art with me… I’m always open!) 

TL;DR:                  This Gif Sums it Up 

-Sean 

Yuri snorted, trying to keep from laughing. Otabek looked up from his book curiously.
“What’s so funny?” He asked.
It took Yuri far longer than it should’ve to respond, breaking out into full on laughter. He rolled closer to Otabek, the comfort of the bed suddenly forgotten.
“I found fan art,” Yuri replied in between giggles.
“Of?”
“You. But you’re completely naked.”
Otabek’s face turned approximately six shades of red. “W- what?!”
“…I’m responding to it.”
“What are you saying?” Otabek made a grab for the phone in his boyfriend’s hand, but Yuri was quick to dodge.
“I’m only pointing out the inaccuracies!” He insisted. He hummed thoughtfully, examining the drawing. He began typing, speaking every word as he went, “Good, but inaccurate. His six-pack is not that defined, neither is his v-line.”
Otabek looked as if he were about to self destruct. Yuri reveled in this newfound side of the older boy. He smirked mischievously before adding, “Also, his dick is bigger-”
“YURA!”
This time, the Kazakh boy managed to grab the phone, but it was too late. The damage had already been done.
“Oops,” Yuri said in a way that definitely held no apologetic tones. Otabek groaned, embarrassed beyond belief. “I’m sorry, Beka, but they needed these details for future drawings.”
“How would you feel if you found a naked drawing of you online?” Otabek challenged.
“How would you?” Yuri shot back defiantly.
The older boy had no idea how to respond. He was finished.

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ART STYLE CHALLENGE!! FT. my favorite ham artists (with honorable mention of birdloaf, unfortunately i could not find a sufficient ref of philip in a sketchier format :///) I tried to emulate everyone’s styles down to the brushes!! did I do it okay? i think i did!! Honestly I’m a little terrified at my style malleability, and also disappointed because i’m drawing like this when i obv have the ability to go beyond that?? and yet…

(can you see who influenced me && how lol)

@me wyd

@spibbles YOU…. YOU. You freaking astound me, your style is fantastic and lately it’s been so warm and nice and all your shapes are a-fucking-plus, and your color usage is gorgeous and your shading is On Point and your rate of improvement is 10,000 penstrokes per hour, you’ve left me in the goddamn dust and i just….. go d

@raythrill you and @huitality are the only blogs I follow as closely as I follow you two and honestly it’s so great to see your styles bounce off of each other and I adore you guys’ style okay?? Ray I love your color usage and shading and I’m pretty sure I already sent you an ask that’s just me gushing but Hui you’re also really great and your anatomy and proportions and posing is (100 OK emojis) and the thick lines are a good reminder that I can make thick lines, not go lineless, and still be a good artist

@terror-in-the-dream GOD………….. YOUR SHAPES AND SHADING AND E Y E S… GORGEOUS i can’t believe you exist. also i adore the way you draw plants and flowers too and your blocky shading is lovely. i’d love to see intense expressions from you tho, most of em seem v calm???

@lauwurens tbh i probably have no right to tag you but Gosh, I haven’t seen anyone else who adores philip to such a degree and also your style is absolutely lovely I adore it so much what the fuck,, philip’s curls and and your eyes and GOD, everything is like, perfect

@eightmonkeys your usage of shapes and your flow of figure is the most unique and absolutely amazing thing i’ve ever seen i love it ok… and it’s also a really good reminder for me that things don’t have to look v realistic to look fantastic

@pia-soleildiddle MMMM GOD I’VE SEEN YOUR ANIMATICS AND YOU’RE SO FUCKING C R E A T I V E THAT IT HURTS MY SOUL, WHAT IN HELL, your interpretations have FLOORED me, also I adore the little unique things you put on all the characters, like ham’s double cowlick and jeff/laf’s forehead lock, and philip’s also double cowlick, and jfc, why are you so good

@kei-pai i……… you…,,, god i don’t know i guess the simplicity just attracts me, and also just the pure stylistic factor is great I can’t name why I like your style in particular, it’s probably the fluidity, but honest to god i like yours a lot but I can’t name why (edit: 3 days later and only now i realize I’ve left out the freckles oops)

The loveliest thing about shinee world v overall was seeing shawols gather together after the concert at nearby restaurants, seeing them linger around the hotel socializing with one another until late hours that same night, and seeing them out in town the following day.

What’s so precious about what I mentioned above is the fact that some of these individuals attended the concert on their own, while waiting outside of the venue to enter became friends with fellow shawols who were also waiting, and once the concert was over exited the venue accompanied by one another.

It’s beyond heartwarming knowing that new friendships have been made as a result of shinee world v, and truly amazing seeing how united shawols are in real life.

My predictions/wishes for The Future, and beyond.

The next episode is nearly upon us, and because like many of us who appreciate and care about Castiel, are casually wandering what is next for him. I want to write about what I want to happen on thursday. This is a complete gut feeling, mixed with some “research” that I need to do to make some sense so this doesn’t looks like one of my usual ramblings. This is serious, I want this to happen, even if it hurts a little.

First, some context. I just noticed that the first time we meet Cas on “Lazarus Rising” SPN 04x01 , (I personally named it “The First Blind Date”) while been interrogated by Dean, Cas starts to rummaging on a book that I assume Boby brought to the barn for the sigils that they used all over the place. This becomes a kind of trade of Cas when he meets with the boys, or while is questioned about something that he can be completely honest to discuss, he start to check papers of a current case or opens a book like trying to read it, I interpreted this as a kind of gimmick to avoid confrontation.

I know I saw this several times in other scenes, but other concrete episode was the “The Third Man” SPN 06x03 when he is being questioned about Sam’s return from hell and the civil war in heaven. So, my point is, we have come to know the traits of how Lucifer interacts with almost every other character that Mark Pellegrino uses constantly and Misha Collins portrayed very well in every detail.

As research, I review the interaction of Chuck and supposedly Lucifer inside Cas on the bunker in “We happy Few” SPN 11x22. He is holding a book while Chuck tries to start a sort of conversation with him, asking the mandatory questions about how he was and how he had changed. I believe that in this particular scene, Lucifer let Cas talk directly to Chuck, because both felt the same about how he left them. I can’t avoid to think about how in “Dark side of the moon” SPN 05X16, Cas was broken and disappointed with Chuck and the way he talked to him. You can say, maybe later when he brought him back to life he understood that he was making a kind of amendment, and forgave his words. And also later is the I ignore Chuck issue, when Lucifer is expelled by Amara from Castiel’s vessel, and when Chuck is dying Cas makes no effort on taking care of him or offered any company or assistance.

But this brought me to the prediction/wish that I been cooking lately about the next episode and the rest of the season. I believe that Joshua by Chuck’s orders made him or will upgrade Castiel to an Archangel. I think Chuck saw Castiel in that interaction, and how he stood in front of him without fear and told him in his face “screw you” from Lucifer and the second “screw all of you” from Castiel. Chuck knows that Cas has evolved beyond an Seraphim by his own means and will to serve humanity, his most precious creation, that he also learned to love trough Dean Winchester. I think he choose this time as perfect opportunity to give him the chance to stand alone in front of Lucifer and the Nephilim. And also, as you know in Jewish lore Cassiel the angel in which Cas is based was an Archangel.

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Now, As I can´t avoid to look through the spoilers, I think this will happen along the next episodes, and “The future” will be the point where Cas decides to accept the actual change from Seraph to Archangel, in order to protect The Winchesters, to find Kelly and the Nephilim, that I’m not sure if he will end up protecting or have the guts to kill because of this change.

Here comes the “but”. At first you can say its great news for we the fans of Cas and how much we miss to see him with his wings and with full celestial powers. But, I have to remind you how he reacts when he is given power, exactly like Lucifer. Anyone remembers Godstiel? And also the probability that in the process of this significant change that it has to be made to evolve Castiel into an Archangel, explained by Chuck himself: “stuff of primordial creation” they probably had to reset him to factory settings.

Yes, probably forgetting everything he lived in this past 8 years with Dean and Sam Winchester. Maybe he will remember all but with a “different point of view”, as an Archangel, specifically about “humanity. I hope I’m wrong about this gloomy possibility, and right about the perspective of this mayor evolution for Castiel because of the need for a matching power against Lucifer. I will love to see him full of grace with all his powers and celestial capabilities like in season 4, and also as a shiper I want to believe that Cas will choose this, and the first thing that he will have in mind when he accept this, will be the possibility of becoming a stronger and better ally in the protection of “humanity” (cleans a little tear of feels about this).

To finish this delirant and desperate “prediction”. I want to believe, (oh X files, you taught me well about paranoia and speculation) that Cas will protect Kelly and Lucifer´s spawn because of “Lilly sunder has some Regrets” SPN 12x10. For the way Cas said: “Ignorance is no excuse” and how bad he felt in being part of the killing of a supposed Nephilim at that time. For this he needs redemption. Thru all the episodes centered on Cas of this season the same doubts and questions are presented about how he looks at himself. Is he an angel of the lord? Part of the Winchester family? A useful tool for his brothers when they need someone who do the job?

 How about Castiel the Archangel decides to ignore, first heaven that sees him as a incarnated blasphemy for his love to “humanity”. Second, he could take some time apart and away from his love for the Winchesters, whom I believe are taking him for granted. And finally he can ignore the ancient beliefs of what exactly an abomination like Lucifer’s child could bring to the world. As it supposedly never happened, how they can be sure that such creature will surely became something evil/negative? Let Castiel the Archangel to decide.

While I was originally (and still sort of am) rather irked, for lack of a better word, over Akira’s approach to Kaneki/Haise this chapter, being a complete turn-around on what her previous stance seemed to be, I honestly think that this hypocracy was intentional in the story.

Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of stuff in the narration that shows us that maybe the characters really haven’t grown as much as we assumed, and they are still stuck in a lot of their old faulty ways. In my opinion, I believe this to be another instance of that.

While finding out that so many characters have yet to better themselves when it comes to certain things is beyond frustrating, I can’t help but also note how much on an impact this all will probably have on the plot. If many key characters still have their old mindsets about so many matters, having a human/ghoul alliance is going to be near possible.

Progression in societies require individuals to make their own progress. If this theme of hypocritical actions does keep up, :re following the path of being a tragicomedy, as opposed to straight-up tragedy like TG, seems more and more likely. If I had to put my money on the most likely result for the alliance between ghouls and humankind, and ultimately the ending of :re, I’d have to say it’d be failure due to the lack of progression in mindset. I think it’d be pure irony, along the lines of “Well, we tried and failed to unite, and in the end it was our own faults we didn’t succeed. We really never do change!”

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Then and now: Still just as cute.

whew

I feel like there’s more throwbacks out there for this post, but I couldn’t think of any, so feel free to chime in if you think you know who’s missing.

***EDIT***: I just remembered another! Kerry Washington, DUH. She was in the first season of Boston Legal, as Chelina, the co-worker that took Alan to Texas for a last-minute execution appeal… AKA ‘the episode in which I BAWLED like a baby and stared at my screen with total disbelief, utterly devastated, as the credits rolled’. On a happier note, it’s also ‘the one in which Alan looks hot in a cowboy hat and kisses Chelina and rides a freaking mechanical bull’.And I was thankful beyond words for being so late to the Boston Legal party, 'cause I didn’t have to sit on that ending during the long, between-season months. I just hastily jumped to s02. ANYWAY, I digress. After Boston Legal ended, James and Kerry did Race, a Mamet play.

I’ll concede that Kerry isn’t exactly a distant throwback, but I’m lumping her in there anyway.

And right now I’m annoyed 'cause I can’t seem to figure out how to edit a post in order to add a photo. If anyone can assist, I’d be tremendously thankful.

Remember when you asked me why I love you and I couldn’t exactly explain? Of course you’re beautiful, even far beyond beautiful. And you’re a good kisser, too. Also you’re a passionate lover, and our minds are quite alike. But I think… I think it’s the little things that made me fall for you, and still do, every day, over and over again. I think it’s hidden in the way you talk about your friends, or how you’re late for work every morning, but never forget to kiss me before you leave. I think it’s because we both know I cook like shit and often my dishes taste like baked air with salt and pepper, but you shove it in until the very last bite and look at me and say “Thank you darling”, and be genuinely grateful for it. Or maybe it’s because you know that certain simple things that seem so easy for other people, require so much effort for me. You see through me and allow me to grow. It’s in your kind attitude towards strangers, it’s in the graceful and peaceful manner you approach my family with. You fill up a room with your bubbly spirit, yet never demand too much space. It’s how your voice floods into a high pitch when you’re finally able to play with your cats again. It’s not only your body, but the elegance you move it with. Not just your beautiful face, but the way in which it exposes the depths of your soul by just a subtle twitch or a hurting smile. It’s in the way your hand seeks mine at night, after a long silence, when we turned our back towards each other. Or maybe… Maybe I just love all those things because someway, somehow we just found one another and it really just doesn’t matter, because darling I love you, and literally nothing in the world could change my mind.
Maybe in another reality, we would work. We have a chance now, but it’s slight. See, this love I have for you goes beyond any line the words best friend draw. There’s so much more that I want to give you, there’s a gilded place in your heart reserved for someone more special, and I want it. I want you in your entirety, and I want to give you the same. We haven’t been speaking as much lately, though, so I don’t know how to tell you all of this. I also don’t know how we’ll get anywhere with your mother’s blatant disapproval, but I do know one thing - I know that if I’m going to say anything, I have to do it soon.
—  Maxwell Diawuoh, Request: a girl falls in love with her best friend and years later she still can’t get the courage to tell her that she loves her. They slowly are losing contact and it might be the girls last chance to admit these feelings but her mother wouldn’t ever approve of her daughter dating another girl.

anonymous asked:

Would you mind explaining why you see Ouma as "definitely, undeniably confirmed gay"? The only evidence I know of is him saying he "likes" Saihara after he leaves the VR world, but that's in the context of strangling people to keep their eyes on him, which may be a dark joke about Miu's death. Additionally, I've been told the word he uses could also mean "interested in/fascinated with" as well as "like". Could you clarify? Thank you!

Ouma is confirmed gay because his line about Saihara is pretty undeniably romantically inclined, regardless of context. It’s also completely unskippable in the plot. Unlike bonus mode content such as the RPG or love hotel scenes, or even FTEs which are also optional, Ouma’s interest in Saihara comes up canonically in Chapter 4 no matter what the player does.

It’s also something he says on screen without anyone else around, even Saihara himself. Without any other characters around to listen in, there was no point of the scene other than to illuminate the fact that Ouma was clearly interested in Saihara beyond the point of just “casual” or “friendly” interest. 

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Imagine being so ignorant of the variation in the way human societies deal with sexual dimorphism that you think gender is reducible to what sex chromosomes you have. And then imagine being such a petulant fucking ignoramus that you not only deny such variation exists, but argue that there should only be two genders, and that this should be socially enforced through ostracism, psychiatry, etc., while also refusing to recognize the essentially social source of gender as an explicit signification of difference.

Like, I try to avoid gender discourse, but it’s shocking to me how the “there’s only two genders” crowd adamantly refuses to engage with any theory on the subject beyond their own “common sense” approach, which wouldn’t be common sense to anyone born outside of the English-speaking world in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. And then not only do they refuse to engage with any of the variation in the way we treat gender across societies, they also think they’re the fucking smartest sons of bitches for doing so! It’s such a stunning example of Dunning-Kruger.

Courting and Wooing-Percival Graves x Reader

Requested by Anon: Could I request some headcanons on how Graves would be during the courting/wooing period with the person he would officially make his s/o please?

Kind of fun doing research on how 1800′s and 1900′s courting was like. Plus mixing it with 1920′s courting. Pretty entertaining!

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  • Graves is ever the gentleman when it comes to courting and wooing
    • Remember, he was born in the late 1800’s, so his idea of courting is completely different from modern, or even courting for the 1920’s
      • He wouldn’t even begin to think of the idea of courting if he wasn’t serious about the relationship

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anonymous asked:

You are happy to follow gillian's social media. For me, it's very difficult, everything seems strange.

Hello, Anon!

To be honest with you, I totally understand. I’m seemingly walking down memory lane this week and I just remembered this article from last year ‘Gillian Anderson has one of the most delightful Twitter accounts on the planet and beyond.’  and damn, how true that was only a year ago! I also enjoyed her social media more when it was fun, playful, and often feral but mixed with serious topics. Probably it felt more close, more intimate. It made us all excited and we felt more involved.  Lately, we have a more focused, more resolute Gillian which brings us to the strange and distant social media interactions. I respect her change in focus, and I understand that for her to be taken seriously she needed a bit of change. 

But, you are not the first person who feels this way. Most of us, I think, miss that interaction, miss that excitement. Hopefully, it will come back! Just hang in there! Don’t lose hope and let’s just wait a bit more maybe something will change. In the meantime just focus on the things that still make you happy! 

Welcum Back, Soldier

Summary: Bucky finally returns home after a week long mission and as soon as he walks through the door you show him just how much you’ve missed him.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Word Count: 1995

Genre: Smut

Warnings: Swearing, light dirty talk, fingering, oral (male receiving), unprotected sex.

A/N: Oh my stars, I wrote another smut piece! I hope it’s not awful haha, let me know, guys! I’m still finishing up ‘Coming Home,’ I just felt like writing some harmless smut in between because…well, I wanted to. ❤


Seven days. He had been away for seven days. To add insult to injury, he was also three hours late. Patience was not necessarily your strong suit and you were far beyond your threshold now. Bucky was supposed to be home from his mission before midnight but as 3am hit he was still “En route,” according to F.R.I.D.A.Y.’s hourly updates. You had long since changed out of your little lingerie number that you wanted to surprise Bucky with.

The climate of the tower’s residential floors had once again come under attack with another one of Tony’s unnecessary upgrades. It wasn’t absolutely freezing but at the same time, it also wasn’t the type of environment that would allow you to wear a skimpy silk outfit without eventually catching hypothermia. So you changed into a tank top and a pair of comfy, form-fitting sweatpants. You had been toying with the idea of pleasuring yourself while you waited for Bucky to arrive, but decided against it. You wanted him to be the one to coax that orgasm from you. Longing for the feeling of his fingers on your skin as he slowly touched up and down your body, his large hands memorizing each curve as you melted beneath them. The feeling of his tongue licking a wet path from your breasts to your jaw before plunging into your mouth, lapping against you as he swallowed your moans. You shut your eyes as you started fantasizing about Bucky, just indulging yourself a little bit with your imagination. Except your hands began traveling over your clothed body and your breathing got a little heavier. You licked your lips as you imagined wrapping your mouth around Bucky’s thick, hard co—

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Gag Reel (Chris Pine x Reader)

Imagine: You are a famous actor and in a relationship with your co-star Chris.

Pairing: Chris Pine x Reader

Warnings: none, just fluffff (because Chris ia a adorable human beeing and i love him more than i love life itself)

A/N: I truly belive that there should be more imagines about this beautifull and amazing actor, with wicked blue eyes. But thats a problem i am going to solve, starting with this imagine.

Originally posted by pinerage


“So,Chris..”,James says, as soon as the screams of the audience disappeared,and the host of the Late Late Show gives him a welcoming smile:“Star Trek Beyond was released yesterday, and I have to say it’s a pretty awesome movie!”

Chris, who sat infront of him also smiles:“You’re right, I am very lucky to have the- the opportunity to work together with so many amazing actors and people on a movie like this.”

On the small screen infront of them appears a picture of Chris and you, his fiancée:“Your future wife is also in the movie, how is the “engagement life”? Because I can remember for me and my wife it was very stressful.“

The blue eyed man just laughs:"Oh man, it’s great . Sometimes stressful, of course. But at the end I am going to marry her, I mean that’s pretty awesome-”

The crowd “awws” and the face of Chris goes slightly red.

“So, you and Y/N met 2009, am I right?”,James asks, of course he knows that hes right but the story of how you two met is both beautiful and hilarious.

“That’s right!”,Chris answers and nods:“We were filming the first Star Trek movie, and she was sitting at the same table as Zachary and Karl, because she already met Zachary on the set of American Horror Story, and when we first made eye contact I was so confused about the whole situation that I tripped and fell onto her.”,the whole crowd and James are now laughing:“And instead of saying sorry, or something like that I just stood up and walked into my trailer.”

James smiles:“And then?”

“She knocked at the door of my trailer, and when I let her in she just smiled and introduced herself to me.”,Chris sigh’s:“She was so nice, even though I am the reason why her clothes were ruined.”

“I don’t think that she thought it was too bad!”,James says and looks directly into the camera:“Now here’s a small clip of Star Trek Beyond.”


“Where is Kay?”,James Kirk, who is looking at Scotty with a scared impression takes a step up to his friend:“Tell me she’s with you.”

“Jim!”,the voice of your Character,Kay, is loud but yet you can’t see her.
But as soon as Jim is turning around, you are jumping right into his arms:“Oh god, you’re alive.”

“Of course I am, Kay!”,Kirk says and smirks, before he gives you a deep kiss:“ I am not planning on leaving you.”

“I hope so..”



“Romantic!”,James says, and Chris smiles:“Is this star trek or a new version of Titanic?”

“No no -”,Chris laughs:“ Not the whole movie is like this, there is a lot of action, and also drama -”


“So I met Y/N a couple of weeks ago, when she was on my show let’s see what she has to say-”,James says and points to the screen.



“My favorite Bloopers with Chris?”,you giggle and raise your eyebrows:“There are a few, because you know, everyone on set is often playing with lines and that leads to the outtakes. I truly enjoy seeing how the fans react to all these clips-”

“Oh your fans love them!”,James says and the audience starts to scream a little bit.

“Yeah, yeah.”,you say and your Y/H/C falls into your face, before you run a hand through your hair:“And you know, Chris is always so clever with it, sometime he’s so sneaky that you won’t realize that the line changed, till he starts laughing! So one day, we were all filming and after I said something like "you know we have to make this quick!” he says out of nowhere “This is something you’re not saying in a few hours!”-“

The whole audience starts to laugh and a few woman start to scream hysterical, James on the other hand is just laughing:"Oh my god that’s amazing!”

“I just realized what he said after one minute..the rest of the cast didn’t realized as well, and when I looked into Karls eyes I immediately understood that that’s not his normal line-”

“You really thought that this was his normal line-?”,James asks and laughs again, now tears are forming in his eyes and he wipes a few away, still laughing.

“He just said it with such a professionalism- that I didn’t really paid attention to the actual line..just to my own one and my own expression!”,you answer and the crowd starts laughing.



“So when you two get married!”,James says as soon as the videoclip ends:“Youre only saying stuff like that?”

“You bet!”

Random Life Update #74134.4

Been feeling pretty good lately so I decided to make this post to celebrate all the reasons why. And also just comment on life in general because… well… why not.

—I’m officially beyond a week from my first trans-related surgery. Had my first real shower this morning and it felt great. Time will tell how the surgery goes for me. Now just gotta wait on insurance to see when the next one can be scheduled. I’m pretty bummed about how testosterone is going as I feel like I’ve plateau’d and nothing seems to have happened in the past three months but I know I gotta keep moving forward as I’ve plateau’d before and eventually got out of it.
—Been writing a lot the past week. That felt great. I can tell my interests keep changing (that good ol’ fire element in me) and I’ve already switched my current passion to video games and painting but I’m positive it will go back to writing eventually. Been super stuck on Bendy and the Ink Machine, which is absolutely fantastic and I can’t get enough of it. I hope real merch comes out for it soon!
—Ordered a new phone case which I’m looking forward to. I’ll definitely keep my Robinsons case around (especially for when I’m cosplaying BHG) but I’ve got a Chandelure evolution line phone case coming so I’m geeked.
—Finally starting to get a better idea on my personal style?? I don’t have all the pieces I want yet but I’m getting there which is nice. I at least have my “casual” version down pat. Now I gotta work on the more style oriented version. Need that white button up shirt and some kind of black sports coat kind of thing?? Something versatile. Not sure where to go to find it but I’ll be keeping my eye open.
—Been trying to be better at actually being in contact with people rather than just lurking on every social site lying in wait until someone comes to me. Also trying to be better at actually telling people what’s going on. Hence part of the reason for this post. How many people will actually read this?? Probably not many. But who cares. It’s a blog. This counts as blogging.
—Moving soon! In about a month we’ll be able to switch houses and I’ll be upgrading from a single room to a full out third floor apartment! Huzzah!!!!
—Gotta lot of fun things planned for this year. D23, a summer road trip, two different halloween WDW trips, potential surgery (okay maybe doesn’t count as fun but at least it’s a positive thing), and also I might try to go to Bat’s Day at Disneyland???? Never been before but I really want to try and make new friends….
Which, speaking of… I’m really wanting to try hard and actually socialize. I’ve been in California for close to a year now and aside from the people I live with and their peeps… I haven’t really…. I don’t know… made any friends…. with anyone…. I’d like to change that. I don’t know if what I have to do is get a “real” job, take some classes, or volunteer somewhere or what but either way I know I’m just going to continue getting more and more antsy if I don’t do something about this.

Whatever your passion in life, don’t let it go! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

New Constellations

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So, anybody want 2500 words of pretty much solid plotless Hiccstrid smut? 

Trick question, of course you do. So here you go. It technically takes place during RTTE, but there are no real spoilers. Also I have no idea what this is beyond just like…PWP, basically. Semi-inspired by listening to New Constellations by Ryn Weaver on repeat and thinking about how much it reminds me of restless late-teens Hiccup. Also I’m putting the whole thing under the read more cut because it’s smutty right out of the gate soooo

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I got my eyebrows done this morning and the woman doing them was just the SWEETEST person!! She kept complimenting me on my brows, lipstick, etc, and when I told her where I was interning this summer she was like “oh my gosh, REALLY? What if they ended up giving you a job, wouldn’t that be the most amazing thing? I’m wishing that for you!!” and then she asked if I was seeing anyone and said with absolute confidence that I would meet someone in D.C.

And actually, yesterday I went to a career development event and I was the only one who showed up, so it was just an hour of the two development ladies affirming all my life choices. And I also went to the post office today and the man at the counter was very chipper. He didn’t give me life advice beyond how to send my envelope, but still, I’m feeling good vibes from the universe lately.

anonymous asked:

Oh Lordy, I follow someone who I'm fairly sure is a former Larrie and now they're a houis/harrie and it is fascinating to watch how much they've changed. I'm not sure if they just shipped Larry or if it was more (they wrote fic?) and occasionally reblog cute old posts but lately they've gone FULL Elounor and even Zarry. Apparently some houis' are speculating that it's a zarry song and also that Elounor are going to get married this time. I'm FASCINATED. Yikesssss.

What the heck 


Anonymous said to shadyshit91:If antis still believe Louis is a father after Lottie&now Harrys shade/behavior then they are truly beyond help. Dont say nobody warned you. Because literally everyone did. Even the Clarks and the baby was their intended cash cow.

Haha even the Clark’s genetics 


Anonymous said to shadyshit91:i’m sure if harry talked about fredo dan would have put it in the headline about how louis is a dad and larry is dead and he could have also just talked about liam because you know he’s a new dad

lol yes 


Anonymous said to shadyshit91:the difference between niall talking about frodo and harry about liams baby is that harrys something nice and it seems genuine but niall was like oh yeah THE CHILD is always sleeping i never visited when we know he had seen louis and also the baby was 5 months and niall confirmed like he didn’t care when he visited ruby when she was born it’s really diferent

I know right 


Anonymous said to shadyshit91:innocent mother. instagram*com/p/BSj06G0hFoA/

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