americans are so lucky

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Yuri on ice parody, completed 

This was part of a yuri on ice Fanbook (with just Latin American participating) so i was lucky enough to be chosen …..well i wanted to put this here first, because i think it was really difficult the work of the translation and the drawings, i made this in 3 weeks while i was pressed with my job and well… at the end i could finished it and i hope you can enjoy it as i did when i made it and  thanks to @nekobill yo bitch helped me alot

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anonymous asked:

Isn't MadMoon abusive?

why would you ask us, a narnia blog, this

i’m…. honestly not sure why you’re asking me of all people in the universe? i’m legitimately confused because i have maybe posted like. three madmoon things? so it’s not like i’ve been super hardcore about them and getting asks about this surprises me

but to answer your question… no? i personally do not? think so? why would it be? because they fought…? is that all it takes for something to be abusive? i’m. confused..? how many question marks? i mean if madmoon were actually canon i don’t see it being abusive tbh shadow moon is a very loving partner and i truly do believe temper aside mad sweeney is just a bit of a stupid who’s trying to get by and doesn’t really know how to human properly but he’s far from bad

My Hebrew name is Hannah.  I got it from my first female Jewish ancestor to come to America.  She traveled with her fiance and his brother, and didn’t marry until they had made it all the way across the Oregon trail.  My Jewish family has been here since before the Civil War, and I have spent a lot of time tracing through her descendants, and through her brother-in-law’s decedents, finding my far-flung American family.

I am lucky.  There are piles and piles of us, a thriving family tree.  My grandparents did not lose their whole families to the gas chambers.  My parents did not grow up with the silence of absent aunts, cousins, and grandparents.

Two years back, on Yom HaShoah, I looked up my family to see if I could find them.  I did, on Yad Vashem.  I share my Hebrew name with a young girl, my distant cousin, who died in Buchenwald.  She had a little brother and parents, and they fled together to France, before the Nazis came there too.

I am lucky.  My family is so very lucky.  My grandmother was an American child during World War Two.  She was born in England, after the Holocaust had been raging for years.  She was three when her distant cousins that she had never even known existed died because of it.  Her family left for America a month after her birth, and she grew up in rural Pennsylvania, hearing nativist, pro-Nazi demagogues playing on the radios of her classmates’ families.  Her family buried their Jewishness as far down as they could, and she and my mother grew up with a very different kind of silence.

The Shoah happened within living memory.  It reverberates through the Jewish world, a piece of our history that twists and impacts everything that comes after.  I am one of the lucky ones, my family was one of the lucky ones, but no Jewish person is so lucky as to be untouched, or unscathed.

On Yom HaShoah, we remember our dead, and we remember the dead who have no one left to remember them.  May their memories be a blessing.  And we remember the living, who carry this history with them in their memories.  May those memories be a blessing as well.

GQ ROMANIA INTERVIEW FULL: Captain Romania! Sebastian Stan - now playing in our movie.

EDIT: I finally found the magazine and bought it. Too bad I’m too busy sorting books in German at college and I can’t scan the photos, but at least here is the interview.

I hope I did my good deed for this year and Santa will come by :D

Note: I couldn’t find the magazine, so I had to use some not very good photos some Anons sent me. I also have to write a 15 page-long essay in 3 hours, so if I made some mistakes, I am sorry, but I am in a hurry.

(Edit: The photo was blurry and I couldn’t understand the last 3 questions and answers. If anyone has a better version… you know what to do.)

Thank you, dana2931 for the photos!

Born in Constanta (aka my town, the place where you can’t find this freaking magazine) on 13th August 1982, he broke some hearts in the HBO production Gossip Girl, he starred with Natalie Portman in Black Swan and is at the moment in two American Marvel blockbusters. Sebastian Stan is the one who has been so lucky from an early stage in his career. Even though he has moved from Romania at a young age, he is still speaking Romanian fluently (because of his mother) and he is still incredibly modest.

How was for you leaving Romania at only 8 years old?

  • Back then everything happened quickly. My family was moving quite often and the time to assimilate what was happening was insufficient. I had to adapt myself really fast to new surroundings. It was a cultural shock. I remember that I was in a supermarket in Vienna and it was the first time I saw bananas. Now that was an event! When you are young, you are just like a sponge and this helped me integrate quickly.  But I did feel like a stranger in the first years.

 On what level did you feel the change the most?

  • The biggest change was the language barrier. When I moved to Vienna, I had to learn German. Then, when I was 12, we moved to the USA and I had to change the languages again. I couldn’t have learnt so fast if it weren’t for my stepfather who is of American origins. It was really difficult for me in high school only because I had an accent. I remember that there was a year during which I spoke English defensively – even with my mother who continued to speak to me in Romanian. It was a great effort for me because I just wanted to be like all children and to lose my accent.

 Which is your greatest memory about Romania?

  • I have some unforgettable memories from the Revolution. I remember that one afternoon I was playing outside – I was 6 or 7 years old – and I heard a really loud noise coming from the street and all the children were running to see what happened. When I approached them, I saw a Dacia (Romanian car) full of students shouting, raising their fists through the open side windows and with the town hall’s Romanian flag – with a huge hole in the middle where it used to be the communist symbol - blowing in the wind. Even though I was very young, I did understand that what was happening was very important.

What made you become an actor?

  • I actually had the opportunity to perform when I was in Vienna. My mother took me to some auditions and my first role was the one of a homeless Romanian child. I was filmed in a subway in a short movie. I didn’t like it too much. I found it boring having to wait on the set for such a long time. Only when I was already in my first year of high school in America I started enjoying it. I had a friend who, even though he had hearing problems, he was responsible of all the school plays.  His attitude and the fact that he didn’t let a disability to discourage him made me try.

Which were the first steps you took in your path to this career?

  • From high school to summer school and until college in New York, I only had one motto: “If this went well, then I’ll take the next step and see where it leads me.” Fortunately, my path had already started forming on itself. My luck has played a very important role and until this moment I am grateful to my parents for bringing me to America. The greatest moment occurred in Stagedoor Manor, an acting camp in the north of New York. There I met my manager with whom I’ve been working for 17 years. I started going to auditions in New York when I was 16 and all those years were fundamental to me.

 It is not easy to get to Hollywood. What motivated you?

  • I find myself a very lucky man who has had many opportunities. My work depended on what I did with all those opportunities. I didn’t have the slightest idea that I would get where I am now. Starting from my family’s journey in 3 different countries, I never knew what to expect and to what to get attached. Therefore, I realized that no matter where the path leads me, I must trust it. Trust is what has been motivating me so far.

What were the challenges?

  • The challenge was to remind myself that everything is entertaining. As you grow up, there are more responsibilities and the industry continues discouraging you with its rejections. It’s important not to take it personally, even though it’s hard to do this. You become exhausted, you start blaming the others and sometimes even yourself. There were some times when I felt lost. I was young and I had forgotten why I was here. But, slowly, I returned on my path.

You have played in various different movies. Which one of your characters was the most demanding?

  • It’s always different and sometimes I have no idea how I should start preparing myself. I trust my instinct very much and also the feelings/impressions I get from the script. However, I remain very open in what concerns the director’s concept/view and I respect it. It’s very important to know your limits and the area in which you are working. “Captain America” was based on the story from the comic books and this was really helpful.  They (i.e. the comic books) were like a map and I only had to follow it. When you work with a director like Darren Aronofsky, who has a very precise vision, you only have to honor it.

You prepared yourself for theater. How is the stage opposite to the movie industry?

  • Television is the writer’s area, the movies are the director’s area and the theater, finally, is the actor’s area. What the public sees is only what the actor says. He is his own editor. The theater gives you the possibility to do something new every night. Countless revelations about a role keep appearing and this makes every performance different. It’s very interesting and it keeps you fascinated. In movies, the director edits the performance in a room. As an actor, you are at his mercy. But, in a movie, you can communicate only through one scene/close-up. It’s a special thing which you can’t do on stage.
Constance Wu: Art & Wholeness

As a kid, whenever I went to plays or watched movies or read books, it wasn’t the beautiful girls or the cool guys who inspired me. Honestly? It was embarrassing stories of complex people with difficult feelings. Feelings that I too was feeling but too scared to admit, making me feel very alone, and very lonely. Writers or actors who were brave enough to be real, unpretty, messy, scared, vulnerable … It was those stories that told me: You Are Not Alone.

Growing up as a Chinese-American girl in the predominantly white suburbs of Richmond, Virginia, I always felt a certain unplaceable level of discomfort. To compound that, I was prohibited from examining this discomfort because Richmonders truly are the nicest people you’ll ever meet and we all used to think that racism and sexism did not exist when people are nice (I have since found this to be unfortunately untrue.). This discomfort and the ensuing prohibition from examination of the discomfort made me go internal. It must be my fault. I was flawed or crazy. And while I wouldn’t wish that feeling on any child, it did activate me to make sure I worked diligently and thoroughly to “earn” my place in the world. How sad is it that it never occurred to me then that I should be able to be in the world, just by being in it, rather than by earning it. That easy confidence of self and place didn’t come intuitively to me, as it did to my friendly Southern neighbors.

Then, after 10 years of grueling hard work and devastating rejections, I became an “overnight success” as the star of the first Asian-American network sitcom in over two decades. At first, when asked to speak on Asian-American representation in media, I shrank from it. Suddenly, here was the issue that I had been internally transforming into self-blame my whole life. And I was suddenly being asked to speak on it. It was terrifying for me. Up until that point, my denial and internalization had made me believe that there weren’t any issues for Asians. Because I had thought they were all my own personal issues. While that may sound naive, one need only look at the narrative content in the room in which they are currently sitting. Is there even one children’s book with an Asian-American girl protagonist? How many magazines have Asian-Americans on the cover? Novels? Movie posters? The answers are low, and so were my resources, and, therefore, so was the implicit ceiling of my imagined potential. But I honestly believe, if you’re lucky enough to, say, have a network television show that prompts you to speak about uncomfortable things, then it is not only your duty, but it is also your privilege to use the power for good. And to use it smartly.

So I began to read. About Asian-American identity. About race relations in America. Blogs, books, journals, magazines. I began to engage some of my woke friends. Humbly listening, asking embarrassing and uncomfortable questions.

And from all that self-initiated knowledge-seeking, a miraculous thing happen. All the discomfort I had felt as a child, that I had thought I was crazy for feeling, that I hadn’t expressed … all of it suddenly had language. And having the language for it, and the voice to speak it, freed me.

My career choices no longer became about personal fulfillment, but about, well, service. How can I best serve that little Asian-American girl inside of me who feels all alone and has no language to describe her feelings? How does that serve many Asian-American girls right now? Even in playing my role in “Fresh Off the Boat”, it would be very easy to just know my lines, hit the jokes, and be delightful in interviews. To do “just enough”. But I wanted to do more with it. I wanted to make her a complex human. I wanted to avoid the easy jokes in favor of truth (which is always funnier, in my opinion). I wanted to use my interviews to raise uncomfortable issues … not to make people feel discomfort, but because stretching our imaginations and extending our dialogues about race is as good for our hearts as exercise. It’s also just as strenuous and fatiguing. But that fatigue is how you know you’re working. If it’s too easy, then you’re not going to get results.

The same thing can be said for creating difficult characters in TV and film.

When we watch one-dimensional characters who are easy to predict (i.e. stereotypes), I think we not only expect little of them, but we are forming a world that doesn’t exist in real life. In reality, we all have complicated families, backgrounds, motivations and difficulties. That kid who was always the class clown? His parents might have been going through a bad divorce. He just didn’t tell you because that’s not how he coped with it. When we marginalize or narrow the way that characters can be seen or understood in TV, we marginalize our own imaginations of human potential. That’s why it is important to me that I study the people that I portray. Human stories must be honored in a way that is greater than a quick laugh or a snap judgement. And sure, in a 30-second commercial or a two-minute trailer of my TV show, it might seem like we just hit the easy beats … that’s why it’s a trailer. That changes when you watch the show in its entirety. I honestly believe that the reason “Fresh Off the Boat” is going into its third, critically acclaimed season, is because we do the hard work of creating complexity out of what could have been one-dimensional. In preparing for my role playing Jessica Huang on “Fresh Off the Boat”, I make a concerted effort to understand the life that informed the behavior. I try to show the vulnerability of Jessica, the anger and frustration when she doesn’t feel heard. When she does feel heard, it’s showing how that anger melts away and there’s nothing but gratitude and love. That’s the key to connection for her. She, like us all, is a complex person. I want to show Asian-American characters not in a good light, but as whole human beings with the good and the bad, the ugly.

And in the midst of all this, it’s my privilege to be able to explore characters that want to show their Asian identity as opposed to just wanting to be the faceless “beautiful girl” in a romantic comedy. After all, identity informs experience. And race is a part of identity. It’s something of which to be proud of. I hope to change that narrative of Asian-Americans into one of pride. I hope we become proud of our parent’s accents, because it means they know two languages! I hope we become proud of our different cultural upbringing, because it creates our compassion for different immigrant experiences.

I’m very grateful for my opportunities as an actress, but I never want the gratitude to lead to complacency or materialism. Anytime I’ve been seduced into the “stuff” that surrounds what I do instead of the actions of what I do, it’s fun for a while but it’s like the manic type of stuff. The “stuff”—parties, clothes, praise, materialism—is not something that you can generate from within, therefore even if you’re happy, you’re slightly afraid that you’re going to lose it. Therefore, it’s a panicked type of happiness, and it feels unstable and bad to me. I prefer the type of happiness and meaning that’s generated from within: from your friends since childhood, your big sister, from acts of service, from standing up for people, from exploring nature or literature. Because people can’t take that away from you! They can take away your car, they can take away your job, they can take away your money, but they can’t take away your ability to create something internally, that’s meaningful and worthwhile.

I know a lot of people tire of the conversation surrounding diversity. Listen, it sucks that I get asked about being an Asian-American actress in literally every interview. While white actors rarely get asked, “What’s it like being a white actor?” No, they just get to talk about acting. So yes, it’s tiring. It’s fatiguing. It seems unfair that we Asian actors should have to do it. i’m sure a lot of people are sick of it.

But I’ve learned that just because something’s fatiguing doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s like that great quote from “A League of Their Own” where Geena Davis says, “That’s it. I’m quitting baseball! It just got too hard.” And Tom Hanks says, “Of course it’s hard! If it wasn’t hard everybody would do it, but it’s the hard that makes it great!” Fatigue isn’t an excuse for inaction. All the stories that move us, not even just narratively, but politically and historically, are people going through the hard stuff. That’s what happens when you care. And that’s what happens when you care about something greater than yourself.

I have the luxury of choosing an occupation based on desire, not on survival. Why am I, why are we Americans, so lucky to have choice? I can see no other reason than that we are under some sort of special obligation to make good use of it.

Art exists to help us create meaning in our short time on this planet. It’s crucial. Because if the only reason we’re here is to make money, eat, have sex and die, that’s a squandering of our very good luck. Who we are and what we do expresses our humanity as a whole. And when we are whole, we realize that we are not alone. That we are, very much, in this together.

-Constance Wu for Darling Magazine [transcribed from these images]

This is what I am up to right now! These are baby American Kestrels. And thanks to them, my WHOLE LIFE is covered in bird poop. Did you know: These adorable little shit-bombs don’t poop straight back, or straight down. They tilt their fuzzy little butts up and EXPLODE POOP ALL OVER EVERYTHING I OWN. My clothes, my face, my drinks, my dog, EVERYTHING. They are super lucky they are so cute!

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GIRRRLS So sorry for my lack of updates! Ive had the most amazing past few months.
I finally saved up enough from sugaring to go on the solo trip of a lifetime across the US. You American babies are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country.

Went all across Cali, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New York.

San Diego, Santa Barbara and Sedona were favorites (I like warm weather lol)

I would have enjoyed NY more but went there on one of the coldest weeks! Also saw snow for the first time and looooved it… as a result had an accident and broke my arm lmao.

I would have loved to meet some of you but despite being a solo trip I was crazy busy all the time.

Met an amazing SD over there who paid for a LOT of expenses. I was so sad to leave him. we have been talking every day and wants to take me to japan soon!

Back home now and I will be seeing Eugene this week to get my allowance. So bummed to be back. I WANNA LIVE IN THE US

Y'all Americans are so fucking lucky.
I went on book outlet today right? And three of my most wanted books were on there, cheap af. So I add them to the cart and the total for the books is 22$ (and they’re freaking hardcovers). Everything’s perfect, I couldn’t believe it.

Now comes the shipping. International shipping (which varies depending on the weight, etc) for 3 hardcover books was 33$.

THIRTY THREE DOLLARS JUST FOR SHIPPING

ARE YOU KIDDING ME

Dear American and Canadian readers, please enjoy and cherish your cheap ass shipping on book outlet lol because I can’t

anonymous asked:

For the writing prompts, might we have numbah 3 with aged up!Adrienette?

3: “This has got to be the stupidest plan you’ve ever come up with. Of course I’m in!”

(So I had this idea and then I saw your prompt and was like yes this is gonna work.  Theme Week themes are based off my own Senior Theme Week from two years ago (except we had Superhero Day rather than the Friday theme here and we had Tacky Tourist rather than American Tourist but you know).  It also got insanely long, so lucky you, anon, with your 4300 word prompt.  Enjoy!)

With the impending graduation just around the corner came a lot of things.  There were the ever dreaded exams, and the stress of finding the perfect dress—and date—for prom.

And then there was Senior Theme Week.

As was the topic of this month’s grad meeting.

The graduating class was gathered in the auditorium as valedictorian-slash-head-of-the-grad-committee-slash-future-prom-queen Alya Césaire stood on stage leading the procedures.

“Alright.  So we’ve got Safari Day, Grease Day, American Tourist Day, and Pyjama Day,” she ticked off, gesturing at the giant font Alix had been writing in on the whiteboard behind them.  “There’s still one day left, and I’ve got a pretty good suggestion if you guys want to hear it.”

There was a general murmur of assent, but Marinette was mostly tuning out her friend’s speech. She slouched in her required front row seat, fingers idly playing with Adrien’s.

Her boyfriend leaned over. “Ten euros says its Ladybug and Chat Noir Day,” he whispered into her ear, and Marinette smirked.

“Honestly, I’m surprised she hasn’t suggested that yet,” she agreed, “so there’s no way I’m taking that bet. Dibs on Chat Noir, though.”

She could see him smirk from the corner of her eye, but didn’t dare tear her gaze from Alya, knowing the lecture she’d get later for not paying attention.

“I dunno,” Adrien mumbled, his face still close to hers.  “I think I’d make a pretty hot Ladybug.  The people might call for a permanent switch-up, my Lady.”

Marinette snorted and shoved him away, tuning back in as Alya finally announced her suggestion.

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anonymous asked:

Hey there, do you happen to have any tips or recommended insightful websites/books/anything about London for non-locals? I'm writing a story that is set there and Google really isn't particularly helpful. I was wondering what resources you used for research, like "What would be a logical choice of an area for Moira to live in?" in TWU, for example - if you did such, that is. :) So if you don't mind sharing links, I'd appreciate that. Thanks in advance either way!

Things I used:

And then I’m lucky enough to have British followers, so if I couldn’t find the answer after doing my due diligence with Google, I would post a question and usually someone knew the answer.

I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAS BREATHING THR SAME AIR AS @linmanuel AND CHRIS JACKSON AND THEY SIGNED THE POSTER I DREW!!!!

i honestly briefly entertained the idea of bringing my degree in u.s. history to get signed at some point!!! thank you so much for all of your work and dedication!! as a 1.5 gen immigrant who majored in american history, this show really speaks volumes to me and i’m so incredibly lucky to have seen it in person!

I feel so bad for American fans like us European fans have the album and are getting a tour next year but America don’t even have the album so we should really consider our selves lucky
So American 5sosfam my thoughts are with you at this horrible time as us European fans are getting everything and when the album comes out over there feel free to cry as much as you want because you deserve it x