also if you were wondering if i know how to do any other kind of edit the answer is no

Hit Korean boy band BTS is ready to take over Anaheim

Rap Monster, one of the seven guys in the South Korean boy band BTS, says it was only at the end of 2016 that he and the others realized how huge their band had become around the world.

“Somebody in the company sent me a message: ‘You got No. 26 on Billboard OMG congratulations,’” says Mr. Monster, the 22-year-old rapper born Kim Nam-joon, by phone from Chicago where BTS was set to play on Thursday before hitting Honda Center for a pair of sold-out shows on Saturday and Sunday.

“At first I thought, 'Ha ha, your humor isn’t really very good,’” says Rap Monster, the leader of the group and its primary songwriter. “We didn’t believe it.”

But as more messages started to ping onto their phones he says the BTS boys realized it was no joke: Their sophomore album, “Wings,” entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 26 after its October release, making it the highest chart position for any K-pop act – not to mention one that sings primarily in Korean – and offering a bit of foreshadowing for Billboard naming the record the best K-pop album of the year.

Since then things have only gotten sunnier for Rap Monster, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. In February, “Wings” was re-released in a new edition as “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and the combined editions have since sold nearly 1.5 million copies worldwide. Music videos for “Spring Day” and “Not Today” were released a week apart last month as well and exploded on YouTube where they’ve currently racked up 59.2 million and 60.1 million views respectively.

“When we heard that and really got that, I was saying, 'OK, this is going to be a whole other world,’” Rap Monster says of the significance of the Billboard chart success and all that followed. “And I feel like we should do something more, and dream something more.”

This past week they’ve taken a step toward something more, playing their first headlining and sold-out arena dates in the United States, after previously having mostly played on multi-artist billings at KCON conventions held here.

“So many people just to see BTS was really an honor,” Rap Monster says of the opening pair of shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. “It feels dreamy these days.”

Not, mind you, that it’s been anything like an overnight success or an easy road for him and the other BTS members.

He grew up a top student in his school who loved American rappers such as Eminem and Nas, performing even as he attended high school and eventually catching the attention of BTS future manager Bang Si-hyuk at BigHit Entertainment in South Korea. And though he says he gave up on music when he was 16, lacking confidence in where he was headed, he says Bang encouraged him to stay strong, believe in himself, and sign on as the first to join BTS, even though at the time he wasn’t sure who or what it would end up incorporating.

“I was not aware of the other members,” Rap Monster says. “But I like the company and I respect them. And he promised to me, 'I will make you do your music and get big someday, so please believe me.’

"So I believed him.”

The other six members soon were selected, each of them bringing different talents on the mic or on stage. Songs were developed by Rap Monster and the other members, with a team of producers working to craft the best music from the raw material, the melodies and beats, that they created.

“Our chemistry is different from other groups,” Rap Monster says. “Everyone has their own points and characteristics. If I’m a bad dancer, a good dancer teaches me. If I’m a good songwriter, I help the others with a good melody.”

We ask the obvious question: Are you a bad dancer?

He laughs and answers: “Yes, I’m a bad dancer.”

Their music is different from a lot of K-pop acts that have made ripples on the American airwaves. They’re not popular because of the novelty aspect of their songs – think “Gangnam Style” by Psy from a few years back. And they’re not quite as bubblegum as a group such as Girls Generation or as eclectic as the synthpop of f(x), the first Korean band to play the South By Southwest festival.

Instead, BTS often aims for that sweet spot where R&B and rap get together, the kind of stuff Justin Bieber might be doing if he sang in Korean and there were six Bieber variations with fashionable hair and eclectic yet unified fashion choices.

“BTS music sounds like it’s from America,” Rap Monster says. “We decide to always watch the trends and watch what’s going on over the world. America’s the No. 1 market in the world so that’s why people in America prefer us.”

As for communicating through the language divide, Rap Monster says that’s partly handled by the group’s wildly enthusiastic social media following: “Fans translate our lyrics and interviews,” he says of a following that has landed them at the top of Billboard’s Social 50 list for a total of 17 weeks since “Wings” dropped in October. “They’re able to say, 'OK, BTS is talking about us and our lives.’”

And it’s partly addressed through lyrical subjects that express the common hopes and dreams and fears and worries of any teenager or young adult in any country.

“Our lyrics are mostly Korean but we always talk about the young people’s lives and their minds,” Rap Monster says. “There’s something similar between every young person in the world, in America or in Korea. We share something together even if we use different languages or live so far.”

American fans are also the savviest music lovers in the world, Rap Monster says, which made heading out on this brief headlining tour a little bit intimidating at first.

“We actually were scared of performing in America as a solo act,” he says. “Their playlists are the best in the world. I was really nervous for them.

"But after we were on stage our fear disappeared. They’re like everybody, they’re like friends. Singing along all of the lyrics even through the raps. They know how to play, the rhythms and the dances.”

An aside here to share our favorite piece of Rap Monster trivia. You might be wondering whether he spoke through a translator. He did not. His excellent English skills were polished in the classroom but also at home through what he refers to as “a Korean mothers syndrome.”

“'Friends’ was really famous for the mothers in Korea for English education,” Rap Monster says of the hit American sitcom from the '90s. “It was kind of like a syndrome. Korean mothers make their kids watch 'Friends’ even when they were eating food or playing.

"I think it really helped. It has like 10 seasons, I think, and I watched it like more than five times through the 10 seasons. They use the gestures and expressions, like, Americans use, right? I think that naturally teaches me how to speak or how to make a gesture when you try to express some emotions.

"Thank you, 'Friends,’” he says, laughing. “God bless 'Friends’!”

Rap Monster recently collaborated with the American rapper Wale on the song “Change,” which like some of BTS’ other songs – and unlike most K-pop – touches on politics and societal issues. He says he’d loved Wale’s music for a few years when the opportunity to do the song came along last year “like a miracle, like a dream come true.

"The song has already come out and we shot a music video together, but still sometimes I lie in my bed and think, 'Did I really do something with him?’” Rap Monster says.

He knows that boy groups from Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync to the Jonas Brothers and One Direction tend to have a finite lifespan before members get restless to move on solo projects, acting gigs and other opportunities. But he thinks the variety of interests and musical genres that individual BTS members have can be handled on the side or even within the group, and BTS itself can carry on.

So while Rap Monster says he’d love to collaborate with Drake or Miguel one day, Suga feels the same way about Kanye West and Flume. Jungkook seems more inclined toward pop R&B – his dream musical partners would include Bieber or Charlie Puth. V is a little bit old school, having mentioned Norah Jones and the Fugees as on his wish list. Rap Monster ticks off the rest of the band: Jimin digs Chris Brown, J-Hope is into the similarly initialed J. Cole, and Jin is a fan of old-school showman Bruno Mars.

“I always tell them that every time we have hits under the name of BTS we shine the best when we are a team,” Rap Monster says. “I know all the seven members, they love music, and I know their No. 1 wish is for us to perform and make music and sing and dance.

"Maybe someday someone will want to be on a television show or be an actor,” he says. “I just hope they know all of the popularity and fame and money is from the name of our team. That’s not one person, everybody contributes to the team.

"Nobody knows the future. I just hope it can last as long as possible.”

Peter Larson @ OCRegister


April’s Featured Game: ARCADEA

GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure, Puzzle
SUMMARY: In the world of Arcadea, people can accomplish their dreams. How? Through video games of course! Everybody who lives in Arcadea has a special arcade machine they can visit in their dreams that lets them fulfill their strongest wishes. Whether it’s to go on an adventure, or make friends, or fall in love, or solve a mystery, or completely start a new life, there’s a game made just for them..
The game follows Maisie, a new arrival to Arcadea. She’s not very interested in all this gaming stuff; her only goal is to find an important person. But along the way, she can’t help but be roped into other people’s problems. She also can’t help that the arcade machines seem to glitch around her. A lot.

Our Interview With The Dev Team Below The Cut!

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Diana on FB 😀 First a Full Day In Cape Town

Interesting days, limited time to write about them… Cell-phone roaming charges being what they are, I mostly don’t get to post stuff until I get up to work in the middle of the night. And I do actually need to work (no, really…<g>. I’m answering the copy-edit of the BESIEGED novella, so the whole SEVEN STONES book can go to press). A quick bit, though, of Our Adventures to Date:

Friday was our first full day in Cape Town, and the major activity was going to the Outlander Studio, to meet Maril and everybody, and tour the amazing new sets!

Wonderful to see Maril, Sam and Caitriona again, as well as Nick Heckstall-Smith (AD) and a few other of the Scottish crew that have come down. Also Luke Schelhaas, one of the new writers, who’s covering this block (meaning he’s the writer on set every day, responsible for the billions of on-the-spot changes and adjustments to the script that are needed; all scripts flex a _lot_ during the actual filming, no matter how many revisions they’ve been through beforehand).

We were just in time to catch David Brown, the Executive Producer for the whole show (meaning he’s the person without whom none of this could happen–he knows where to find anything and anybody, and how it all works) before he caught his flight back to Scotland (where the flock is gathering to begin prep for Season 4–this stuff takes a _LOT_ of work and thought and planning). David drove us off at high speed in his golf-cart, and we zipped out to tour the ships (I figure I’m not giving away any state secrets by telling you there are ships in this part of the show…), which are fabulous, and I don’t only mean cosmetically (my baseline for 18th century sailing ships is Disneyland’s “Columbia” and these are even better); they’re equipped with all kinds of hydraulics, gimbals, and water cannons (!!!) that make the ships nearly as expressive as the actors.

We also roared through several newly-built (and in-progress) outdoor sets, some adapted from the existing Black Sails sets (but you’ll never recognize them) and some newly built. Most striking aspects were the landscape plantings and the sand (I won’t tell you why; you’ll just have to wait and see…). Ditto several enormous tanks of water (well, we didn’t roar _through_ those; just up to the edge to have a look).

Then David had to rush to catch a plane, so Maril took over and we had a look at the indoor sets inside the (HUGE!!) studio buildings. The last one we came to was in use, and we waited a moment for the take to finish. Then Maril led us up a short flight of stairs to the door. It opened before she could reach for the door-handle, and out popped Sam and then Caitriona, both in costume and perspiring as though it was in fact July in Jamaica (film lights are Way Hot, especially in a small, confined space). Lovely to see them both again.

Short break, then back to filming. We were kindly accommodated with seats in the DOP (Director of Photography)’s tent, with headphones, so we could watch the filming. Usual mixture of fascination and boredom, with incidental entertainment (as someone said to me afterward, “How can they be giggling and poking each other, then in half a second, they’re somebody else completely and doing their lines?” To which the only reply is, “They’re actors.”)

Shared the late lunch/tea-break (they were shooting until 11 PM, so “lunch” was at 6:00 PM) with the crew, watched a bit more filming, and then bade the hard-working cast and crew a cheery farewell, and rolled back to our hotel to eat medium-rare springbok and mango sorbet. And the morning and the evening were the First Day…

“LAFF 2017 Women Directors Interview: Meet Jennifer Morrison — ‘Sun Dogs’”

Jennifer Morrison is an actress, producer, and director. Her acting credits include “Once Upon a Time,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “House.” She’s the founder of Apartment 3C Productions. Her short film, “Warning Labels,” premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “Sun Dogs” is her feature directorial debut.

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Writer’s Block 4.1

So I’m taking a different approach to finishing this story. Instead of writing a monster chapter, it’s easier for me to do chunks of it at the moment. I’ll post every 2000 words here, and when it’s complete I’ll post it as one continuous chapter on the archives. Just seems easier for me. Hope you like this one! 4.2 isn’t far behind… Let me know what you think!

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What the fuck am I reading? I toss the book aside and try to forget about the alien species commingling with human women as they take over the world with their disappearing magic lube, never-ending sexual appetite and nanocytes that heal the bruises they leave behind from their love-making. If it can be called that.

None of that garbage is going to help me write the next scene. The scene. The one I have zero experience with. Every time I sit down to write it I get nervous and edgy. But I need something written down that at least Peeta can make changes to. He won’t be much help to me this week since he’s busy finishing up an art project that’s due at the same time. I told him not to worry, that I would wrap things up on this end so he could focus elsewhere.

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(English) After the Rain interview from Utattemita no Hon Magazine (May 2017 edition)

Buy the magazine overseas here (Includes large poster of the Soramafu cover art, as well as lots of other utaite pics and posters!)

After the Rain was interviewed in the utaite magazine “Utattemita no Hon” for their May 2017 edition, which was published at the start of April. They discussed each track on their 2 new single CDs, the process that went into making them, and they also answered some random April-themed questions at the end :P Italicized questions here are what the interviewer was asking them to respond to. Enjoy, and let me know if you spot any typos or anything weird~!

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soolber  asked:

Hey there! Could you possibly write more Yuri x Otabek (or just Yuri, lol) exhibitionism? You wrote something similar before and it was great :)

I know you requested Otabek and Yuri, but my hand slipped and it turned into Otapliroy. Whoops! It’s in the same universe as my last drabble, so I hope you like it! :P



JJ hadn’t suspected anything out of the ordinary when he received an early morning call from Otabek. They had become friends in Canada when they shared a rink together and now that JJ had decided to finally visit St. Petersburg, it made sense for Otabek to want to spend time with him. He told JJ to run over as soon as he could, assuring him that breakfast would be ready and that Yuri was also looking forward to seeing him. Emphasis on Yuri


The last time he had had any interaction with the punk was when Yuri had shown up at his place unexpectedly, pushed him against the door as soon as he was let in, and proceeded to give him one of the best blow jobs of his life. He said Otabek had given him permission and that he had always wanted a taste of him. Well, that would have been fine and dandy if it had been true. Turns out Yuri had used him as his own personal fucktoy and Otabek had in fact, not given permission. Too bad JJ was already finishing up inside of Yuri by the time Otabek arrived. 

Otabek had never gotten upset at him about it, even when JJ found out the truth and apologized, but after this morning’s phone call, he wasn’t so sure anymore. 

When JJ finally arrived, he was greeted by a smirking Otabek at the door who leaned in for a hug and invited him in. Nothing was seemingly out of the ordinary as they walked, Otabek appearing genuinely pleased that JJ had visited, but as they entered the kitchen, JJ’s jaw dropped, freezing in place as he stared on in disbelief.

Right in the center of a large assortment of breakfast items was a very naked Yuri. Bent over the table, his arms were tied behind his back, a blindfold covering his eyes, ball gag in his mouth, and what JJ assumed to be a vibrating bullet inside of him, string hanging down between his legs. The side of his face was pressed against the dark table, complimenting the color with his golden strands. He looked absolutely wrecked, as if he had been there a while.

JJ swallowed. Don’t get hard, don’t get hard. 

He turned to Otabek for answers, but Otabek’s expression remained casual as if his boyfriend weren’t whimpering on the kitchen table with a vibrator up his ass. 

JJ looked on as Otabek walked over to Yuri, unable to say anything. Otabek went on to remove Yuri’s ball gag and lightly moved his hair behind his ear. Yuri let out a small groan of relief, nudging his head against the hand on his head. His tongue darted out to lick his lips, saliva running down his chin. 

Staring at JJ directly, Otabek said, “Yuri, we have a guest today. He’s going to join me for breakfast and you’re going to entertain him. Is that understood?” 

JJ tried to cut in, confused as to what kind of situation he had just gotten himself into, “Beka–” but Yuri cut him off with a gasp, “Is that…JJ?” He sounded surprised. Embarrassed even. As if JJ hadn’t seen him in a sexual state before.

Then again, it had been a one-time thing, and Yuri had been in full control. Yuri, the ever-evolving monster, always in control, always calling the shots, never willing to submit. Never in a position where JJ potentially held complete and utter dominance over him.



JJ’s dick twitched, stirring in his jeans. He should turn around and go home, leaving the two boyfriends to resolve this sexual tension themselves, but he hesitated, locking eyes with Otabek again. 

“Yes. It’s JJ. And he came all this way here just to see us.”

Yuri shook his head, “Like hell! JJ, don’t look! Go into the other room or something!” he tried to close his legs together, the tremors in his body causing his usual venom to come out shaky and unconvincing. 

If this were any other time, JJ would have probably listened to Yuri, but Otabek had invited him there. He had planned this whole situation, knowing fully well that Yuri would be embarrassed about JJ being there. 

This was probably one of the punishments Otabek had mentioned that one time they had talked about sexual endeavors over a few beers. JJ had imagined it to be spanking or some other light shit, but this was way beyond that. This was downright hardcore. But also, unexpectedly, this was…really fucking hot.

Managing to get himself over the initial shock, JJ responded to Yuri, confidence lacing his words, “Sorry, Yuri–no can do. Beka’s right. I came all this way and I’m not planning on leaving any time soon.” 

JJ pulled up a chair and sat down in it, clasping his hands in front of him, pangs of adrenaline hitting his stomach in waves. Otabek nodded his approval at him. Whether he was ready or not, JJ was now in this for the long haul.

“See, Yuri? And since our guest was nice enough to visit, you’re going to show him what a good kitten you are.” 

Kitten. He called him “kitten.”

“But–” Yuri whined.

“Excuse me? Did you just talk back?” Otabek interrupted. 

It took a moment for Yuri to answer, chewing on his bottom lip, “…No, Daddy. I’m sorry.”

Fucking hell. 

JJ couldn’t believe what he was hearing. The proud and domineering Yuri was not just only relinquishing power, but he was calling Otabek “Daddy.” This would definitely be a memory he’d never forget.

“Good. That’s what I thought.” He got off of Yuri, giving his ass a spank before walking over towards JJ and producing a control of some kind out of his back pocket. 

“What’s this?” JJ looked up at Otabek as he took hold of the device. 

“It controls the vibrator in him–eight different speeds. Knock yourself out. Oh, and, I hope you like the food. Yuri made it himself.” He let out a devious smirk that made JJ’s heart skip a beat. Who knew Otabek was such a freak?

As Otabek sat on the opposite end of the small table, grabbing toast and eggs to place on his plate, JJ looked on in wonder at the scene before him. He proceeded to take a sip of the water placed in front of him, stabilizing his breath before he switched the device to a higher setting. The buzzing of the vibrator got louder, causing Yuri to let out a surprised moan he failed at suppressing. 

JJ grabbed a slice of toast for himself, reaching for the butter and grabbing a few pieces of Canadian bacon. He felt his dick stand to full attention, pressing uncomfortably against his jeans. He wondered just how far Otabek was willing to take things as he clicked the device into yet a higher setting. 

Yuri’s wanton sounds prompted JJ to take a bite of his food. He reveled in his newfound power, looking forward to taking full advantage of it. 

JJ lifted his glass and looked over towards Otabek before cranking up the device to the highest setting. Yuri’s body convulsed as the first of many orgasms took him over in that moment, unable to control the buckling of his knees as he came hard on the floor in front of him. 


EDIT: One of my friends made me realize that I posted daddy kink on father’s day, so…. surprise!! Happy father’s day! LMAO 😂

loudlyvalentina  asked:

I just saw the otp questions post! can you do 2 and 14?? xx

thanks for asking, @loudlyvalentina! I’ll answer 14 in another post.

2: Who sleeps in the other’s lap?

betty was, needless to say, exhausted. it seemed everything had been building up to take a toll on her, and surely her lack of sleep wasn’t helping. insomnia was also a side effect of her new pills, and during the daytime it practically felt like weights were tied to her eyelids. betty was hardly paying attention in class. jughead had noticed. 

“hey, betts, are you sleeping enough? you look…tired,” he noted, hoping he wasn’t offending her, as she pulled books drearily from her locker.
“well, I am. remember the article we were doing for the blue and gold? well, my mom gave me an editing job for the register, and meeting both deadlines had me up all….” she yawned. “night.” she said, finishing her sentence with a huff. “don’t worry about me.”

“come on, you know that whenever you say that, I end up worrying. meet me in the blue and gold room during free period, okay?” he said, smiling a little. 
“of course.” he kissed her temple softly and they went their respective ways to class.

for once, betty was more than thankful to hear the typically abhorred sound of a school bell. she walked as quickly as she could to the blue and gold room, looking over her shoulder to see if archie or veronica had followed her. they hadn’t. the crowded hallways were filled with students going this way and that, a beehive to various classrooms. but neither the ginger boy or the “raven haired princess” (jughead’s description,) had seemed to wonder where she was disappearing to.

she liked archie and veronica, they were two of her closest friends. but something was different about jughead. the way he treated her like royalty, and wouldn’t pass her up for anyone else’s company. betty tried not to take it personally, but it stung when the two bailed for a surprise date night, or veronica went out with the cheerleading squad on a night where betty was swamped with schoolwork, or editing articles for the register. even though she was a river vixen too, veronica didn’t even bother to say, “hey, the vixens are going out tonight, want to come?”  even though Betty was contractually invited as part of the squad. she definitely didn’t like tapping on her screen only to see more and more snaps of veronica with all the other girls, as she sighed and went back to modifying and swapping words for others out of written articles to be in print within less than 24 hours.

it felt less than good when Archie cancelled on not just her but jughead too, when they had their monthly movie nights in the coopers’ living room, trading his childhood friends’ company for his football jock-friends. as jughead had put it,

“being mr. popular-football-guy means putting childhood friends on the backburner sometimes,” he said, laughing humourlessly. he didn’t like Archie’s flaking any more than she did, but he definitely tried to hide his disappointment much more than she did.

but she smiled at his sarcastic humour, lightening the otherwise annoyance-filled atmosphere. it was one of the things she liked most about jughead. “but is it so bad? being alone without archie here?” he whispered, leaning in to kiss her. “hmmmm…guess not.” she said, smiling against his lips. maybe archie wasn’t always missed, but the cancelling wasn’t forgotten. especially when three monthly movie nights were skipped in a row with the same excuse.

but jughead would never do such a thing. he was a man of his word. and if anything concerned betty, all other things could be damned. jughead stood by her in happiness and sadness. they could laugh together, cry together, and simply spend time in comfortable silence together. jughead would defend betty to his dying breaths and he knew just as confidently that betty would do the same. he smiled at the memory of how she once walked out of a river vixens practice, suffering cheryl’s side eye practically burning into the back of her head just to do so, because he was upset. it was nice, to be someone’s number one for once.

jughead was so thankful for the worn couch in the school paper room. while it wasn’t pristine, the old leather had some cracks on the surface and a rather stiff armrest, it had a perfect nook to settle himself into when typing, and it wasn’t horrible for the occasional power nap. he pulled up the throw blanket betty kept on the floor next to it for just that purpose. he sat next to it, typing some aimless ideas floating around his brain all day into a new document as he settled into his typing nook on the couch. at this point, it had practically shaped itself to fit his slouchy posture.

“hey juggie,” she said with another yawn. “hey back, you seem so exhausted Betty, relax for once.” she overworked herself to the bone sometimes, and he hated it. he loved seeing her at peace.

she walked in right after, practically stumbling. drunk on the feeling of sleep deprivation, she dropped right onto the couch and threw her legs up. jughead looked over at her, and was reminded how betty seemed to be the most beautiful girl he had ever met. she was effortlessly beautiful, because her personality was. sweet, kind, loving, and far from perfect, he fell a little more in love with her every day. jughead loved her eyes when they looked at him, her lips when they kissed him, her hands when she held them. and when you fall for someone’s personality, looks are simply a bonus. Betty seemed so pretty, even with the shadows under her eyes, those blue eyes hidden from the world under her now dropped eyelids. 

her head was resting gently on his shoulder, but she seemed less than comfortable. 

“come on, move up a little,” he said closing his laptop and placing it on the armrest. this was a risky move, it had fallen from there once and nicked the corner, but it seemed jughead hadn’t learned his lesson as he perched it precariously once again. he hadn’t realized how tired he was either, resolving to take a nap as well once betty was asleep.

upon the sound of his voice, she opened her eyes a bit, and shifted herself over his lap, settling comfortably with her head on his right arm. jughead looked at her, moving a bit in his place to make himself more comfortable with betty’s new sleeping position. not that he minded. 

it seemed as though her previous stresses slipped away, as her lips parted to let air in and out. her previously stress-induced erratic breaths were now replaced by slow and steady rises and drops of her chest. no one could tell how tired or stressed she was now, she seemed…peaceful. he pulled the blanket out from under her as gently as he could, willing himself not to wake her. he spread it over her. one thing seemed off even still, the ponytail her hair had been forced into seemed less than pleasant. it was practically pulling her hairline back.

he felt his hair unwind the little band keeping it in perfect form, and watched as her golden tresses loosened. he wove his bony fingers into her hair, caressing it absentmindedly, until he too fell asleep, the girl of his dreams still settled comfortably on his lap.

and so once again, the school bell became a despised noise once more to the resting couple. Betty woke with a jolt at the harsh ringing noise, but not standing, as she noticed her position. she was juxtaposed across his lap, him in a seated position, and her lying across his lap with her head resting on his arm. Betty pressed a kiss to his jawline, as his eyes fluttered open. she noticed her hair down, and smiled, deciding to keep it this way for the rest of the day.

“feel a little better?” he mumbled, sleep not having left him quite yet.
“yeah. come on, let’s go to class.” she said, rubbing her eyes. the nap had been no substitute for her week of bad sleep, but it was enough to keep her going until the end of the day. “thank you juggie,”Betty said, standing up and off his lap. he whined at the sudden lack of her presence.

“jughead, we have classes now!” she said again, as he stood up and mumbled something about the school system having no consideration for tired students and how an exhausted teen couldn’t produce quality work anyway. she laughed.

“don’t you remember what happened last time you left your laptop on the armrest? need I show you the corner again?” she said, picking it up and clutching it possessively. he glared at her, only half jokingly.

“sorry, now give it back! my life’s work is on there!” 

“if you want it, you’ll have to catch me!” she said, her voice just heard over the late bell, as she dashed out of the room, laptop in hand, the beanie clad boy chasing after her.

(A/N: I did not mean to make that so long! whoops! I think it came out pretty fluffy though. I'll answer 14 in another post as I hadn’t accommodated for how long this would turn out to be.)

He’s… Mercurial. Shear talent. A genius. One of the leading actors in the world. An incredibly formidable presence. A Porsche 911.

Great people about Cumberbatch.

“Hands down, I believe that he’s the most versatile, surprising and charismatic actors of our time.” Christina Bianco, actress

“Benedict transforms, he doesn’t act. He becomes Turing.”, Morten Tyldum, director

"Even as a 13-year old, he was obviously an outstanding actor - a combination of intuition and intellect. It’s probably once in a lifetime that you find a boy actor as magnificent as this. I don’t think I had to speak or work with him in any way when I was directing him. I felt like I was working with a fellow professional rather than a schoolboy.” Mr. Tyrell, Cumberbatch’s acting teacher in Harrow

“Benedict is witty, mercurial… thoughtful and expert. He’s very intelligent but he doesn’t let it show by commenting on the character he is playing.” Richard Eyre, theater director

"He has a sensibility and an oddness to him… and a directness and a fantastic sense of humor (…) So I respect him on a pretty fundamental level (…) He’s an actor who has the ability to play in the outer field of basic acting work (…) He is a very generous, very sensitive, very thoughtful, focused, disciplined actor and, you know, when you work with somebody like that it’s just like playing… like Ronnie Scotts with B.B. King… it’s just a question of when or if… you know when someone’s got it and he’s got it.” Tom Hardy, actor

“He’s a fabulous actor and happens to have the zeitgeist. Sherlock has lifted him into a global star but he manages to combine stardom with utter brilliance which is really rare.” Hay Festival director Peter Florence

“Cumberbatch is a remarkable actor. He can quietly project the inner turmoil that more animated actors can only mimic.” Matthew Gilbert, TV critic

“Benedict Cumberbatch is shear talent. I mean he’s such a fantastically talented actor. He has a marvelous look of course, he has cheekbones you could shave Parmesan of and he’s just a magnificently talented actor. I’ve seen him do so many different things, with such style and he’s also an incredibly nice man and he deserves the enormous acclaim he receives around the world.” Stephen Fry, actor

“He is phenomenal. The amount of work that goes into his roles, he has a great work ethic and a genius mind, he is so inspiring. He really raised the bar for me and he had this integrity and genuineness. I feel really blessed to have worked with him. Plus he is so much fun, he’s become a good friend.” Adelaide Clemens, actress

“Everytime Benedict Cumberbatch opens his mouth it is positively electric… At the time I was getting really into Sherlock series one and I was just totally hypnotized by Benedict and I said to JJ ‘You gotta watch this guy, and one thing let to another and… Thank God! …. All credit goes to Benedict but I was smart enough to realize he is a genius.” Damon Lindelof, screenwriter

"I didn’t really know him as a stage actor. I knew what a fine screen actor he is. But there’s a physicality involved in the theatre. It’s not just about mannerisms or impersonation, which screen often is: it’s about sustaining a narrative with mind and body. When I saw him for Frankenstein, that was the only thing I wanted to know. Did he have that physical capacity? And of course he does. We met and I asked him to do a few things and he was extraordinary in the room. He’s as fit as a boxer, which you have to be for the stage. You have to have an internal fitness that allows you to carry the story so it never sags. He had this combination of the cerebral and the physical which you can see when you look back at his screen work – in Hawking, it’s there. Frankenstein was a great one for using it. That’s why he’s now what he is: one of the leading actors in the world.” Danny Boyle, director

“He’s a genius. There are certain actors who have the ability to take a line of dialogue and add a ring to it that you didn’t even know you put into the dialogue, into the line. And he’s one of those really brilliant actors. Just listening to him talk…you could enjoy him reading the phone book.(…) And he’s an incredibly formidable presence. He’s amazing.” Alex Kurtzman, screenwriter

“We found Benedict Cumberbatch fairly early. We needed a very good actor, someone young enough to be believable as an aristocratic, an almost slightly dislikeable character who is an adolescent in terms of his views of the world, his upbringing. But we also needed someone who could hold the screen for four and half hours, in every scene. We needed someone with experience who was not only a very good actor, but also with terrific comic timing. Benedict was the ideal answer to that.” David Attwood, director (To the ends of the earth)

“Everyone just looked at it and went “Oh. All right.” Meryl looked at me and gave me a big smile, which is Meryl’s way of saying “Well done”. It was not the best quality you’ve ever seen. And his face was very close. But he was wonderful. At first I didn’t realize that he was British because his southern Oklahoma accent was very good. There’s nothing guarded about him. It can be a little daunting because you have the clear impression at all times that he might be more intelligent than you are.” John Wells, director, about Cumberbatch’s iPhone auditioning for August: Osage County

“The difference between stars and just great actors is that stars can make parts into them, rather than themselves into parts; they make those people them. They never quite play it like you expect them to, so it becomes very much Benedict’s Sherlock. Look at how Sean Connery owned James Bond.” Steven Moffat, producer and writer

“He’s a stick shift; he’s changing up and changing down. He’s a Porsche 911.” Gary Oldman, actor

“I would like to officialy declare my love for Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, that’s right. I’m in love with him.” Paul Feig, director

“He’s an immersive actor; he’s physical. You have to keep feeding him, trying to keep him stimulated. The engine has to be stoked all the time. The joke is that Hollywood thinks it’s investigating him right now to see what he’s made of. The truth is: He’s investigating them.” Danny Boyle, director

“Watching him physically train to play James (He dieted, ran the cliffs and swam in the cold sea), and also delve into the meaning of every line in rehearsals, and then plot the effect of his illness on his body and mind as it would be in each scene (shot in the wrong order), while all the while being a joy to be around was impressive to witness. To see it as one performance in the final cut was remarkable. - He is rare even amongst the acting breed. If the character description says handsome: he is. If it says Nasty: he is. Older: he is… Younger: he is. For this reason I just can’t wait to see what he will become.” Vaughan Sivell, producer and screen writer („Third Star“)

“Being on the set with him… I think everyone was bringing their absolute A-game. I think, frankly, in a way, [his] presence sort of elevated everything. Time and again, every scene, Benedict brought a surprising, unexpected, grounded, real and often terrifying aspect to the role. So we are incredibly grateful, all of us.” JJ Abrams, director

“Benedict Cumberbatch is one of my very favorite — excuse me, favourite — actors today, and he brought his brilliant mixture of confidence and strength to Khan in a way that, with all due respect, Montalban never did. Never once does Cumberbatch make the obvious choice, his performance is always subtle, always controlled, and when he finally goes full-Khan, scary as hell.” Will Wheaton, actor

“I think he’ll be one of the guys who lasts, that’s my take. It’s what George [Clooney] said to me ten years ago: If you can pull off ten years in this business, then you’ve done something, and we both kind of agreed that that was kind of the benchmark. And I think [Cumberbatch] is of the new crop.” Matt Damon, actor

“Benedict Cumberbatch is truly one of the greatest actors I’ve ever seen. And my favorite thing about him in this movie is that instead of his bad guy being adorned and wearing some crazy mask and costume and hair… he is just a simple man standing in a black shirt and black pants, just a common man… and his performance is so powerful in it’s simplicity… and that to me was an incredibly exciting thing to see: how little he needed to be that powerful.” JJ Abrams, director

“When he was at school, parents came to see him in plays their own children weren’t in - THAT is how good he is.” Tatler magazine

“Yes, Benedict has darkness. He has a light, brilliance, wit, sophistication, an imposing presence. He’s threatening; he’s physical. He’s also sympathetic. He does these things and makes it all look so damn easy. And the other actors … it was so funny. Every time we were doing a scene with Benedict, they were standing a little bit taller. He has a presence that is ridiculous and that voice, oh my God. There wasn’t a day working with Benedict that I didn’t think, this is insane. He elevated that moment. He made that thing that I thought was going to be really hard, authentic. He’s not like his character in any way, physically or emotionally, but he transformed himself physically. He was suddenly this wildly intimidating big guy. And he’s not. When you talk to him, he’s sort of slight. But in the movie, I spent a year editing him (Benedict’s footage). So it was like I got to see him every day. I got so used to him as that character. So when I saw him again recently, I thought, God, he’s so small, compared to how he is in the movie—he’s so epic. He is an utter chameleon who I think can do anything. He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen, let alone worked with. He was able to bring all of these incredible nuances and attitude to a role that in lesser hands would not have worked remotely that well.” JJ Abrams, director

Kaiidth. Or Whatever.

For JayTim week- Valentines edition: Stargazing 

rating: T

length: 7.6K

summary: Then Jason’s face closes off completely. He turns blank, emotionless. And while this would be normal for any other Vulcan in the universe, it isn’t normal for Jason, and this is what pushes Tim from concerned to terrified. Like Jason was, just a second ago.

“Excuse me,” Jason says, and his flat tone creeps Tim the fuck out. He turns and walks away, leaving Tim sitting there, alone, shocked, with their unfinished breakfast.


A/N: This is a collab with the amazing @tanekore. Go check out the artwork she did with Vulcan Jason- I cry every time I see it <3

(If you aren’t super familiar with Star Trek, there are a few terms you’ll need the definitions of:
Kaiidth- “what is, is”
T'hy'la- can mean “friend,” “brother,” or “lover.”
Also, you need to know that Vulcans are touch-telepaths, so they don’t usually let people touch them.)

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#133 - For anonymous x2

Filling the prompts “could you do one with a plus size model?” and “Fic based off of heathrow? The lil "snog her in the kitchen/ dance with her to lemonworld” bit?“

Note: To the plus sized model requester: you may also like #69 - click here. To the Heathrow requester: I hope you’re okay with how I used the song in this fic? Gives it a little more originality than a basic story based word for word on the lyrics, you know? =^.^=

You’d only done print media before; just photographs. When the opportunity came up to audition for a music video, you jumped at it. The casting call write up was vague. They needed a girl aged between twenty and thirty that was comfortable smoking on camera, and looked good in a leather jacket. That was it. There were no specific requirements about hair colour, height, body type, or anything like that.

As you waited for your turn to audition, you sat in a row of other girls. You stood out. You were the only one who wasn’t wearing makeup, and you were the only one who could be considered plus size. Knowing very little about the project, it was hard to determine if those were going to be strengths or limitations. When it was your turn, the butterflies in your stomach settled. The anticipation was what killed you. The actual audition part was easy.

In the room there was a rectangular table. Behind it sat someone introduced as Andy, the director, and another as the label rep. Sitting on the table itself was a guy who presumably was in the band, or was already cast to be in the video. He was in black ripped jeans and a black and white striped shirt. His name was Van and (you had correctly guessed) he was the singer. You shook all their hands and watched for any immediate reaction. Van smiled warmly and as he blinked you noticed the length of his eyelashes. You knew models that would kill for them.

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The first chapter of my fic for @shippingwithstiles day 3!!! i’ve still got another scene or two to write before it’s finished, but i wanted to make sure i got it posted on the right day lol.

shout out to @inell for convincing to write this and being hella helpful and sweet, and to @thedaughterofkings for being as wonderful a beta a cheer-reader as always, and one more to @iamsorrymyfriendbutwedonot for some close editing!!

April 3rd - Black Magic (Supernatural Stiles)

[and also secretly April 2nd-I Kissed a Girl (Stiles/female), snuck into the background to make up for missing that day lol]


Allison didn’t look too great when she answered her front door. Well, really, she looked the same as she always did—obnoxiously pretty and generally well-put-together—but she didn’t have the same warm smile on her face that she usually did when she greeted Stiles. Instead she looked kind of grim, a frown on her lips and a little crease of worry between her eyebrows.

“Hey, Stiles,” she said. “Thanks for coming.”

“Anytime. What’s up? Your text sounded kind of urgent.”

She stepped back to let him through the door and closed it behind him, ushering him into the apartment.

“I might have a tiny situation,” she admitted. “Or potentially not-so-tiny, I don’t know yet.”

“Okay,” Stiles said slowly, following her down the short hallway to a home office type room. He leaned into the doorway, hands in his pockets and watched curiously as she came to a hover in the middle of the room. “And you call me for this situation? Just me? Seems more like a Scott thing. He’s usually the one everyone goes to for situations.”

“He’s busy with alpha things,” Allison said distractedly. Her hands flitted over the back of her dad’s desk chair for a moment, then skipped over to the nearest shelf to run along the spines of the books there. Her eyes were just as restless, darting around the room on a loop without ever settling on anything. “And anyway, I don’t think his help is the kind I need. This is more up your alley.”

“Feel free to tell me what ‘this’ is anytime,” Stiles said mildly.

He couldn’t think what kind of thing would be up his alley but not Scott’s, unless it was specifically a magical problem. But even then, most people would go to Deaton before him, which was understandable. As strong as his spark was and as much progress as he’d made so far, he still wasn’t up to Emissary level yet. He was still an apprentice, at least technically speaking. And besides, he felt like Allison would’ve said magic right off the bat if that had been the case.

No reason for her to be this cagey if it was magic. It was kind of making him jumpy. He wasn’t nervous yet, per se. He wasn’t getting any overwhelming sense of impending doom like he did with a lot of the situations the pack had found itself in over the years, but the way Allison was biting her lip and twisting her fingers around each other wasn’t particularly reassuring either.

Abruptly, Allison turned to face him fully and let out a quick breath.

“Dad went on a hunting trip,” she said bluntly. “And he hasn’t come back yet.”

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A Playbutton or This?

You remember how you said you wanted a YouTuber AU for Captive Prince.
I have been thinking.

I can hear the fandom declaring Laurent as a fashion vlogger, beauty guru type person, because he’s got the face for it, and the holier-than-thou attitude that you might expect from a model, and to them I say what book series have you been reading. If anyone is going to be gently judging other people’s clothes for a living, it’s gonna be Damen. 

Therefore, I declare Damen a beauty guru who focuses primarily on clothes (though if you don’t think he has Things To Say on other stuff, you should watch search through his channel for a series he calls The War of Makeups). Everyone assumes that he is, at first glance, some online fitness instructor, or at a stretch maybe a DIY person. Someone who wears a lot of flannel and films himself as he hikes around swinging axes impressively at trees.

Everyone is wrong, and Damen kind of really enjoys the double-take everyone always does when he introduces himself. Because, like, his channel name is pretty recognizable. CaptiveDamnen (he is so proud of that channel name you have no idea) is a big deal in the community, it’s just the person that no one is expecting.

Laurent, on the other hand, is definitely a sketch comedian. Probably writes and performs everything himself, very clinical, very professional. He’s a competent video editor, because he’d never enter into a project without at the very least understanding every aspect of it, but he also probably hires a film major named Jord to help him shoot and edit so that it looks perfect. Whenever he shows up to meet and greets he manages to leave without a hair out of place.

Damen spends like half a live show the night after a big YouTube event trying to answer people’s questions about what products Laurent must use to be able to mingle with literally a thousand fans and still look like he’s ready for a professional photo shoot.

Damen, on the other hand, is very home-grown YouTube. Not that it’s shittily done, not at all, but it doesn’t have the slightly unrealistic veneer that Laurent has all over his videos. He shoots and edits himself ninety nine percent of the time.

While Laurent does excel at playing every single part himself, he also has a common costar by the name of Nicaise. No one quite knows why, because while Nicaise is a good actor and quite frankly stunning to look at, he’s probably the most evil person in the world in real life, and he makes absolutely no attempt to hide it. Fans have spent years trying to figure out the puzzle that is Nicaise and Laurent’s relationship, ever since Nicaise appeared in one of the earliest videos as a tiny, angelic looking, extraordinarily bratty child of nine. He’s not related, Laurent has never made any mention of any sort of deal between them, and Nicaise was there from the beginning so he can’t possibly have been looking to ride on Laurent’s coattails, because that was long before Laurent, and indeed the YouTube platform, had any pull anywhere.

Damen, on the other hand, most often collaborates with a fellow YouTuber, a-


Shit. Dude. Shit. Like, the sketch comedy thing makes sense because Laurent is, like, the king of wearing a different face, but I’ve already written an actor AU, and, like, Laurent would also totally be a gamer.

Like, he doesn’t look the type at all, but he is absolutely 100% the kind of person who would adore the competitive, strategic world of online gaming and he would kill as a cool, sarcastic commentator navigating his way flawlessly through level after level of the most complicated, mind-fucky games.

He still edits everything with surgical precision, his entire setup is always crystal clear and perfect, and he still gets an obvious professional to edit the videos. Nicaise is still his incredibly bratty occasional costar who nobody can figure out the purpose of, other than to look pretty and call Laurent names and purposefully get him killed.



Damen most often collaborates with a DIY YouTuber, Nikandros, who helps Damen out with the more crafty projects that require equipment that Damen doesn’t really want to go out and buy, in exchange for Damen going through Nik’s closet and finding him good date outfits while Nik stares bewilderedly at Damen’s back and very clearly does not absorb a single tip Damen gives him. Their combined audiences apparently adore watching him quietly putting a pillow over his head and giving up in abject defeat while in the background Damen keeps up a light patter of information about how it’s not his closet that’s wrong, it’s the way he’s pairing his clothes.

Damen claims that he’s an expert strategist, which is why he’s able to work the magic that he does. He says that it’s not so much an inborn “girly” knowledge of what colors suit each other as it is understanding the component parts of an outfit and how they all play together.

Damen says this at a YouTube event panel, where he and maybe fifteen other YouTubers with completely different channels have all been herded onto a stage to discuss the common links between them as members of the YouTube platform, rather than as individual creators. Nik is sitting beside him, and makes furious cutting off motions as Damen declares himself a strategist, to the amusement of the whole crowd, leaving Damen to let his sentence trail off in confusion as he looks left at his friend and doesn’t notice the icy glare coming from his right from the probably rightfully proclaimed king of strategy himself, Laurent of the channel PrinceVere.

He keeps on not noticing until Laurent leans into the microphone and says, “Expert strategist?” with enough polite poison in his voice to make the entire audience go OOOooooooooooooo as one.

Damen turns around, still so incredibly confused, and says, “Yes, I am a strategist,” and then, looking rather derisively at Laurent’s clothing choice, “You might not think of clothing as a winnable venture, but I do.”

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How to Change your Character in Harvest Moon: Animal Parade

EDIT 6/9/16: Here’s a list of the character files!

ok ok so people ask me how i did the thing where i changed my character to one of the npc’s. It’s a simple process but it’s also hard to figure out, though once you do its one of those things where you slap your face and groan in how simple it was all this time. Me? I spent days trying to research the file types used, I downloaded a bunch of different programs and no success anywhere. SO! I’ll help people out. This is gonna be long bc I tend to ramble? and ill be including pictures. i apologize 2 mobile users

A warning: im not giving out iso download links nor am I giving out the downloads for the programs used. You’ll have to find those yourself and, as for the iso, that’s up to you decide whether to pirate or to burn from a CD, sorry, i’m not getting myself in trouble over a simple tutorial post. Anyway, continue on!

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I Choose You (1/4)

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Surprise @shipsxahoy!! I’m your Secret Valentine. I’m so glad to have shared this experience with you over the last few weeks. It was a pleasure to meet you through the shared messages. I hope that now the mystery has been revealed, we will keep in touch. At least I can follow you now, lol.

Here’s your gift. As you may have already guessed, this is an AU “Enemies to Lovers” story. The story grew and grew, so it eventually became a multi-chapter. Although I have two other WIP I’ll do my best to try and update soon. I hope you like it. :)

@chrissascorner, thanks for helping me with the edition, you’re the best. Also thanks to @saraswans for her continued support and @lenfaz for taking a look at the outline.

Summary: When Emma Swan’s brother and his fiancee decide to get married, she suddenly becomes the maid of honor. Although she is not very fond of weddings, her sister-in-law-to-be assigns her a mission, helping her with the wedding photographer’s choice. What she didn’t expect is that they are the ones who need to be chosen by the photographer, who turns out to be an insufferable Irishman. His name, Killian Jones.

Ffnet here

Ao3 here

Emma Swan hated weddings. Although it was a feeling perhaps irrational, she found it extremely difficult to deal with it. The mere mention of any aspect related to this kind of event was enough for her breathing to race and for her heart to hammer furiously in her chest.

For that reason, when her brother and his girlfriend announced their engagement, she had to hide that feeling in the depths of her heart to be able to show the joy they deserved. However, when the engagement ceased to be an abstract concept in her mind and became something real in the form of a wedding date, her joy turned into some uneasiness. When her sister-in-law-to-be, Mary Margaret, gently asked her to be her maid of honor, the uneasiness became a panic that she tried to hide behind the mask of a neutral expression.

The months passed, though, and she managed to get away from most of the usual tasks in this type of celebrations, with more or less reasonable excuses. But inevitability was bound to happen sooner or later. For that reason, when her brother suddenly fell sick and Mary Margaret came to her a little desperate, looking for help with the photographer’s choice, she did not have the heart to refuse.

That was how both ended up inside Emma’s vehicle, while she drove and her very excited and nervous sister-in-law-to-be stirred in the passenger seat unable to close her mouth. Her words came out so fast and Mary Margaret talked about so many different things that she was finding it extremely difficult to keep up with the conversation, which not only failed to improve her mood, but it was starting to cause her a pulsating headache.

“So we’re going to choose the wedding photographer.” Emma said rather abruptly, trying to cut off Mary Margaret’s endless monologue.

“Not exactly.”

Emma glanced sideways at Mary Margaret, then turned her gaze back to the road. “What do you mean?”

“Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that…” Mary Margaret paused for a moment. “We have an appointment with the photographer, but it’s he who must choose us.”

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List of Reasons Why I Think Beth is Alive
  • Andrea’s original death was so objectively bad that it was rewritten and reshot to be more satisfying. Then Gimple turns around and makes the same mistake that he’d just had to FIX from his predecessor’s work??? NO. Just no.
  • Her whole Season 4 arc pointed to a fake death. Originally I thought that was the kidnapping, but then it got totally out of control and all sorts of other S4 stuff started making more sense. BC of this, a lot of us were expecting a fake-out death, we just didn’t think it would be this good of a fake-out.
  • The stuff that we know was filmed during S5 that just seems to have vanished, which at least some people claim definitely included EK, like she was on set that day.
  • Christ symbolism. Like not even subtle Christ symbolism. Blatant, in-your-face-Pietà-Plagarism.
  • The fact that they actually put money into, and aggressively promoted her storyline, making sure to emphasize how strong she was and how she could be a survivor. Bad PR tactics for someone you’re just going to kill.
  • Giving her Andrea’s scars, “survivor’s marks” which not only supports my first bullet point, but they KNEW it was suggesting Beth as a legacy character for Andrea’s plot-lines, which would only make people even angrier when they didn’t follow through.
  • EVERY SINGLE SHOT BETH FIRES IN SLABTOWN IS A CLEAN, KILLING HEADSHOT which emphasizes how screwy the bullet that gets her is. For the sake of cinematic symmetry, it should have been a clean, straightforward shot as well, if it was going to kill her. Plus, Andrea had excellent aim, so it’s another Andrea parallel. 
  • Dawn is immediately killed with another clean, killing headshot, totally different from the sloppy steep-angled trajectory of Beth’s bullet. It’s a moment of emphasis, again.
  • That they left dangling threads of that storyline just hanging there, rather than burn everything down and push forward as is TWD custom. We don’t go back, because there’s nothing to do back to. If there’s something to go back to, it means we’re not done. That’s how TWD does it. Grady is still around, because we aren’t done.
  • All the weirdness and inconsistency about when various cast and crew say she heard about her character’s Fate. As a ‘not-lawyer-yet’ this one if frustrating. Everyone says something different about how this went down, which means that they are hiding something.
  • Her story is meant to parallel Rick’s, they admitted that much, and if that continues it means that her family has to think she’s dead and she has to track them down or else the parallel becomes broken and pointless.
  • THE BULLET - This is one of my sticking points, in fact, it gets sub-sticking-points!
      • It would have been really easy to shoot her through the chin
      • It would have made more sense to shoot her through the torso.
      • A headshot is the only way to reasonably avoid putting a dagger into her brain.
      • The angle IS physically possible ONLY if the bullet curved with her skull which would be non-fatal.
      • It’s too obvious a mistake and too easy to fix to believably be a production error.
      • It’s not like the FX crew had much else to do in this episode. Their entire focus would have been on Beth’s “death” scene.
      • It’s a main character death on a show about death where DEATH is a major theme. Mistakes in the execution (pun totally intended) of those death scene should be as close to perfect as is possible, even amateurs could do better than this. It’s either intentional, or it’s a fireable error.
  • They passed over their only opportunity to "cash-in” on the Beth/Daryl question. As a shipper, I’m just sad, but as a writer I’m deeply confused. The emotional pay-off they could have gotten even from just a close-up of their faces is just NOT the thing to pass up. Even if Daryl’s feeling for Beth were totally one-sided, you should still have a moment, SOMETHING, where they are reunited and you see the apprehension in her face, or the relief or whatever, something to “cash-in” on the last moment they were together when Beth asked him a question and he answered it with a look that killed your audience. Skipping over that is basically retconning, unless you’ll get another shot at satisfaction later on.
  • Ty’s death in the next episode was such a stark contrast as far as the total LACK of ambiguity. I mean they gave us plenty of time to get used to the idea after he got bit, after attempts to amputate his arm in time were clearly too late. They let him say a long farewell to the show and the fans that loved him and the horrible universe that ultimately brought about his demise. It was raw and personal and only emphasized how poor Beth’s “death” was. The goal is dissatisfaction, which only makes sense if it will be corrected in time.
  • We didn’t see (or even hear about) what happened to her body. If something is excluded from the narrative, be suspicious, that’s the rule.
  • Forget seeing her go into the ground, we didn’t even get a memorial. Not even a shot of them leaving behind a cross. Not only did the audience miss out on Beth closure, we’re let with the sense that the characters didn’t get that closure either, which only makes sense narratively if it will be revisited. Which is hasn’t been, although -
  • The way people are reacting to blonde walkers for the rest of the season implies that we’ve missed something HUGE. 
  • Specifically, blonde walkers in cars seem to majorly jar everyone. The group is almost fixated on them, which is especially weird given how used to walkers TF have become by this point. They basically ignore the dead these days, unless walkers are actually about to attack, and even then, the treatment has been kind of flippant. What changed between Coda and WHaWGO? And why is it only the blonde, trapped, helpless walkers that affect them this way?
  • Nicotero’s slip-up about the herd of walkers that was supposed to be in the MSF last year.
  • Also, Nicotero’s history of blonde women, head injuries and people thinking they are dead when they aren’t. See Kill Bill and “Torn Apart”
  • “I still sing” and then a music box that obviously symbolizes her starts playing after her death, in immediate response to the declaration “I have good news” which doubles as foreshadowing AND another Christ analogy.
  • I don’t typically look too closely at “Easter Egg” evidence, but I’ve got to admit, that flash in the opening credits that looks like Beth running with two other figures REALLY weirds me out. 
  • Also, as far as Easter Eggs go, putting “Green” and “Frankenstein” next to each other on the bookshelf was actually pretty suggestive, I have a hard time thinking it was an accident, and although it could just be a prop/set person fooling around, they filmed all of this long before TD was a thing so they aren’t teasing us intentionally.
  • The only other character who continued to affect the storyline this much and to be this ‘present’ after they died was Lori, who still had a ‘okay i’m better now goodbye’ moment at the end of the season, after she died. Rick got closure and Lori could go and after that her presence dropped away.
  • What did we get at the end of season six to wrap up all these Beth references and nods? Did we get a moment of closure? NO.
  • We got a blonde walker crucified against a tree (another Christ reference and a person punch in the gut to Daryl who is so far from over her loss it’s insane)
  • And we got yet another shot of the pretty dancing ballerina in the music box that totally symbolizes Beth during a Rick-monologue about showing people how to survive.
  • Beth didn’t earn death according to conventional writing rules, or even according to the TWD exclusive themes of S5, which were utterly consistent all the way through the season besides with here. I.E. one of these things is not like the others.
  • The lack of response from AMC about the twitter-riots, the petition, the general outrage. Really weird that they’ve been totally silent.
  • Emily Kinney’s canceled panels. <—never not weird.
  • And then when the creators were cornered and made to respond they basically played dumb “oh was that confusing?” which the more I think about it, the weirder it gets since THEY KNOW about us. For example: me and maybe one other person wondered if Rick really shot Pete and Chris Hardwick brought up that there was confusion about whether Rick really shot Pete. Like REALLY?! That’s the ambiguous death you’ll bring up?! The one that wasn’t even really that ambiguous, I was just indulging a crack-theory?! I’m so 3000% done with you Hardwick.
  • Emily continues to promote TWD [Edit: Oct. 10th and she not only attended the premiere but was actively promoting the show on stage with current cast members], which is really, really strange. She’s moderately famous, but if TWD is really in her past then her focus should absolutely be on promoting her upcoming projects. This is so obvious I shouldn’t even have to say anything.
  • But she didn’t do any commentary on the DVD. Even if she hadn’t done Coda, she should have at least done her solo episode Slabtown, unless she’s so limited in what she can say about it that it’s better to avoid it entirely.
  • The only reason to limit her talking about her storyline is if it’s not finished.
  • It’s a show about the living dead, so it’s logical conclusion was always to better utilize “coming back from the dead” thematically, so far they’ve played with it a little, but they’ve really got to step it up. I would have expected this sooner or later anyway.
  • I’ve avoided spoilers for S6, so keep in mind I know NOTHING. I haven’t even read up on the comic-book characters who are rumored/confirmed to be introduced. I haven’t read the interviews. I watched each of the trailers once and immediately regretted it. I don’t even like to see promo stuff before I watch the show, really. I mean, it’s pretty and all, and the stuff with the lights was wicked, and that song is PERFECT but I honestly tend to just avoid it as much as possible. ALL THAT HAVING BEEN SAID IT IS EXTREMELY BIZARRE THAT THEY CHOSE TO PUT A CODA IN THAT FIRST TRAILER THAT FEATURED DARYL APPEARING TO HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPED i say appearing bc i think the trailer is deceptively edited and something different could be going on But, anyway, it was meant to remind us of Beth’s kidnapped Coda from last year. It obviously was. It OBVIOUSLY was. WHY REMIND US OF A CHARACTER WHO’S OFF THE SHOW TO PROMOTE SEASON SIX? WHY EVEN BRING IT UP IF THE STORYLINE HAS LEFT HER FAR IN THE PAST AND SHE’S GOT NO RELEVANCE?! I”M SCREAMING NOW BECAUSE I AM SO DONE
Romance Killed the Variety Star

Originally posted by got7ish

You hated the subject of ideal types. It wasn’t that you didn’t have one (because, honestly, most people do have at least an idea), it wasn’t that you hated romance or love; you hated the assumptions from media, the teasing from those who asked the question, and the comments from fans that came along with revealing your ideal type. And most of all, you hated the awkward situation that the whole ordeal put you in.

As an idol, any comment you made regarding a member of the opposite sex tended to escalate to scandal-like proportions. The public had a habit of blowing things out of proportion. Especially when it came to relationships.

Which was why, when the question, “Who is your ideal type?” was being thrown around the room, you had to struggle to resist the urge to run and hide.

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What is a third eye? [Edited]

I am a medium, which means I can see and communicate with spirits. This means I possess what is known as a “third eye”.

It’s not a literal third eye in the middle of my forehead, for one thing. It’s metaphorical. It simply means that I can see things that exist on other levels of existence as easily as I can see things on this plane of existence. 

There are also third ears and third noses, meaning you can hear and smell things that are happening on a different plane. I know, it’s weird.

Let’s talk about the concept of planes of existence before I go on any further. You know when people talk about ghosts and say they’re “trapped in a place between our world and the next”? That’s a plane of existence. It exists close enough to ours to the point where those who have died can come through it and interact with our world. Some people (like me) believe there is a plane higher than that one where the afterlife or Heaven is located, and some people believe in a large variety of planes, like a plane where our souls go when we dream, for example. 

So, if you possess a third eye, you can see through to the next plane easily and see ghosts and stuff. You can also see auras, which is like an energy around people, and you can read auras to determine how people are feeling and what’s in store for them, etc.

How do you know if you have a third eye? My short answer is, you see dead people. The long answer is this: You can see ghosts and spirits in places where others can’t.

Period. End of discussion. It’s not a matter of “Do I have the ability to unlock this mysterious third eye?” because it is not. It’s something you are born with. You have it or you don’t.

But what if you saw spirits as a small child and grew out of it? This question gets asked to me more often than not. It’s really common for children to see spirits because they’re more willing to accept the fact that there’s a friendly man in their bedroom that wants to play. If a friendly man appeared to you when you were two, that would be awesome, but if you were ten, that would be terrifying. Therefore, spirits aren’t gonna just appear to ten year olds, because they’re not trying to scare you (most of the time).

It is possible that you do have a third eye and it is closed, as it is possible to open and close it. Maybe you saw spirits all the time as a child, and when you told some grown-up they sat you down and explained what imaginary friends were, and you came to the conclusion that spirits were all in  your head and you stopped seeing them. It’s possible you closed your third eye. It is possible to open it again, and it takes lots of meditation and some good communication with spirits. Do the reverse to close it. 

So let me break this down.

Scenario 1: You see spirits and ghosts regularly, you have a third eye.

Scenario 2: You saw spirits constantly as a child, but as you grew and became more skeptical you stopped seeing them, your third eye is closed.

Scenario 3: One time you saw a ghost, you do not have a third eye, you saw an entity that was powerful enough to come through the next plane and be visible in ours.

Scenario 4: You think you saw spirits as a child, you do not have a third eye, you have an overactive imagination.

Scenario 5: You think you might have a third eye and try meditations to open it and nothing happens, you do not have a third eye. 

Scenario 6: You want to have a third eye, you do not have a third eye.

That last one sounds pretty wacky but believe me, after the asks I’ve been getting, it needs to be said. You can’t just decide that you’re gonna have a third eye. You’re born with one or you aren’t. If you have to wonder whether or not you have one, you don’t have one. 

Please feel free to send me any asks if you have any questions other than ones ending in “do I have a third eye?” 

EDIT: Hello again everyone. I’m not sure how but this post seems to be the most controversial, as I’ve received plenty of messages saying that everyone has a third eye and anyone can unlock it.

Okay look. As someone with a third eye and has been seeing spirits unwillingly my whole life, trust me in that if you don’t have a third eye, there’s no way you can see spirits the way I can. If that were true, if anyone could have the power to see spirits wherever they wanted, we wouldn’t have paranormal investigation shows, we wouldn’t have to wonder about life after death, and so on. I know some paranormal investigation teams who would love to save thousands of dollars on equipment and be able to see spirits with their own eyes. 

Third eyes are rare. Most people do not have them, period. If you people who have been messaging me and telling me anyone can learn how to open their third eye, then prove it. Find someone and teach them to open their third eye. Go for it.

And also yes, there’s a variety of things people can see with their third eyes, like energy, chakras, auras, etc, but I’m talking about spirits because a) I’m a spirit communication blog, and b) it’s the most debatable. People can kind of tell if they can see auras because it’s obvious, but people seem to be convinced that they thought they saw someone out of the corner of their eye and now they have a third eye and are a medium. 

I’m not trying to be rude. It’s just. I mean. I can’t say “you don’t have a third eye” enough times for people to believe it.