and innate strength

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The “anti-chosen children”-click on pictures for more explanations!

I hope tri will explore the challenges of staying true to one’s values and innate strength while transitioning into adulthood. My personal favourites in this set is Taichi, Jou and Takeru, which has darker concepts written into it.

EDIT: AH! After a good night’s rest, I think Mimi would suit something along the lines of vengeful or vindictive rather than corruption. But I guess I wanted a verb than an adjective.

Your Zodiac Sign’s Super Power

Believe it or not laid-back Libra makes an excellent shape-shifter. They make friends from all walks of life and you’ll find them in the middle of all types of groups and friends. Other like Taureans are superbly lucky. They’re born with an innate super strength— both emotionally and physically; while logical Capricorn may actually have mind control powers. Find out where you stand, below according to our in-depth astrology analysis.

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On Character Abilities

Think of what the last character you read about likes to do. The last book I read was Eragon, so I’ll say the protagonist (Eragon) likes to practice magic, sword fight, and ride his dragon. Eragon is the best at all of these. He bests his mentor in sword fighting within months, knows all teh magikz (within about a year and a half), and his dragon is so great at flying she’s told she has skills only a wild dragon would normally have.

They are the very best like no one ever was. I mean, they’re best friends in a world they must defend, so they obviously need to learn fast, but that doesn’t justify their insane innate strengths. Oh, and Eragon picks up poetry in the second book. Even the elves think he’s good.

My point is that characters -  especially main characters - aren’t allowed to have a hobby they aren’t the best at. They cannot enjoy art unless they have godlike/Alice X Zhang level abilities. They cannot enjoy music unless their every tune sounds like an eargasm. They cannot enjoy playing a sport unless they can run circles around the competition. For that matter, they aren’t allowed to be smart without being the smartest, fast without being the fastest, fashionable without being the most fashionable.

This post is in defense of characters having abilities where others are better than them. I’m sure all of you have that one skill that people are like wow or that skill that you pride yourself on that you know you’re good at even if other people don’t acknowledge it. Then you have other skills that you’re alright at but you still enjoy. I’m a good writer. I’m also alright at contrabass clarinet, but I still love playing it. 

Yes, yes, you argue, but there are people out there that are good at everything. I agree. My best friend is … I don’t even know how to describe him. He’s crazy intelligent, a great poi spinner, a great actor, eloquent, picks up any sport you teach him, a freaking music god, and in his free time he does math equations - not to mention he’s just a good, nice, funny person. I’m better than him at fictional writing, tennis, contrabass, and drawing, even if I’m not nice/funny/eloquent/Music God of Eternity/Einstein.

Which brings me to my second point. I’m better at fictional writing, tennis, contrabass, and drawing because I do it a lot. Do you know why he’s a music god and a talented poi spinner? Because he practices. A lot. If your character is good at something - especially a learned skill like sports, music, and drawing - you’re going to need time to practice. To harass poor Eragon more, Eragon is 15-17 years old. His dragon is 0-2 years old. They only have about a year and a half of their respective skills under their belt by the series’ end. It’s not enough to be an amazing flier or the best swordsman ever or a better spellcaster than elves who have been casting spells for 19403859 years. You can have some innate talent, but you must practice to hone these skills. I didn’t become a writer overnight. I have shitty stories from when I was 10. They read like My Immortal, I s2g. What did I do? I read books by published authors. I read articles on the internet. I sat my ass down and wrote. I practiced.

tl;dr your character need not be the best at all their hobbies and if they’re really good at their hobby/hobbies, show them practicing.

Why Not You?

Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you?

Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?

Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you?

Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you?

Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you?

Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you?

Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you?

Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you?

Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you?

Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more. Why not you?

Today is a new day!

Many will seize this day.

Many will live it to the fullest.

Why not you?

—  Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Why Not You?

Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you?
Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?
Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you?
Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you?
Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you?
Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you?
Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you?
Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you?
Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you?
Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more. Why not you?
Today is a new day!
Many will seize this day.
Many will live it to the fullest.
Why not you?

—  Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
What Oliver Does for Felicity

lewisgirl123 submitted: Hi Jen! Your post on Felicity’s season 3 journey was very beautiful.  I really love how you remind us that Felicity is her best self when she’s with Oliver.  I just wanted to share a few thoughts on what that means and why that’s true.  I think it’s so easy to see what Fellcity does for Oliver - she’s his light, brings out his humanity, makes him smile, makes him a hero - that it’s sometimes easy to forget what Oliver does for her, and I think it’s something that doesn’t’ get talked about nearly enough.

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Private Pockets

I’m owned by everyone
my being spread too thin
tho there are shards of me
cherished glittering rocks
of me which are only mine
strength innate to these bones
misaligned dreams I’ll never share
loves hates joys sorrows which
have nothing to do with any of you
protected little pockets of private
insanity I nurture with soul colostrum
Yes…I’m yours…all of yours…
the shiny steel saturated truth
though
Is in the end I am only mine

Max Out Your Pokémon with Hyper Training

Hyper Training Maximizes a Pokémon’s Power

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, you can draw forth a Pokémon’s power to its utmost limit with Hyper Training.

Pokémon grow stronger by raising their levels and increasing their base stats. However, their power is still affected by the individual strengths innate to each Pokémon. Now, with Hyper Training, Pokémon that have grown to Lv. 100 will be able to increase their individual strengths, which has never been possible before.

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RA 31 Day Challenge - Day 18: A favourite quote about him

“One of the things we knew the character needed to have was innate strength. That’s what we saw in Richard. He came in and read and it was one of those moments where you go: “Thorin Oakenshield just turned up. He’s our guy.”

Philippa Boyens about casting Richard Armitage

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the song of the nightmare city (Asoiaf!Gotham City) » Sansa as Barbara Gordon

These two girls have more in common than a mere physical resemblance, I assure you. Actually, Barbara was my first choice for Sansa because of her innate kindness and strength. She went through hell and back but didn’t turn bitter like so many would have. Despite being crippled by the Joker, Barbara managed to carry on and help the best way she could. She is one of the most intelligent characters in the DC Universe, just like Sansa plays a pivotal role in ASOIAF. These two caring, romantic, affectionate girls contrast wonderfully with the dark universes they live and fight in. 

The way my brain avoids doing real work

So I came up with this random idea for a Sailormoon Love Live Reincarnation AU while doing Differential Calculus and listening to the End of Ordinary Sorrow.

  • All nine of the original sailor senshi are reincarnated as the members of Muse.
  • Honoka is Sailormoon of course, was there ever any doubt?
  • Umi is Mars, smart and hot-headed, and damn good at archery.
  • Kotori is Mercury, good, kind, adorable, and very smart
  • Hanayo is Jupiter, she might not have retained the innate strength, but she sure does know how to cook.
  • Rin is Uranus, and she still loves running fast and a certain elegant girl.
  • Maki is Neptune, elegant, aloof, and very fond of her energetic partner.
  • Eri is Venus, the hardworking leader, who couldn’t quite make her dreams come true
  • Nico is Saturn, the destroyer of worlds, but still a very normal girl at heart.
  • Nozomi is Pluto, the all-knowing, all-seeing, secretly spying on Eri from the doorway of time…
  • For fun, let’s say that Tuxedo Mask got reincarnated as Tsubasa.  Just imagine her showing up to their concerts with a rose in her teeth…oh, you already are?  great!

This works really well no matter how you like to ship.  I really love Mars/Venus, but I can handle Pluto/Venus if its NozoEri.  RinMaki and TsubaHono are kinda stuck here though, being great canon love stories and all.

(Aaron’s FB Update): Good night! “Walking into suffering is the only shortcut to obtaining strength”, “try your best to stay away from the results of suffering and worry, it would only weaken ones innate strength. We need to be like mountain climbers who make the summit their goal - only by overcoming your suffering can you enhance your personal strength, while worry is the shortcut to allowing you to reach the pinnacle of life.” Friedrich Nietzsche. Quoted from Nietzsche’s book - 超譯尼采II. Have very similar thoughts to this! Go and take some early rest, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Hi, remember me?
You’re not here; but I still find you.
Find you in the sleepless nights, the hazy days, the unfinished poems and the unsent letters. Part of me hates the addiction for you. The addiction that survives by the hour, stitching the fixes- with you being my keeper.
I find you between the interspaces of my fingers.
I find you in our favorite melodies.
I do not fail to find you in the December nights and in August mornings, as well.
You quitted us unannounced and you took a spark of light inside of me, with you. But even without that light, I still find you in the darkest of places.
I still find you. Your very presence found me the shelter in this chaotically hostile soul. Assuming myself to carry the innate strength to get through the agony of love, I wanted to share every dark secret that held within me. I wanted to read every bit of the story behind your eyes. Ours seemed like the perfect unadulterated love, I always desired. But the nights of heartbreak-induced epiphanies of love, soon arrived while destroying the man-made concepts of happily ever afters, the futility of promises or life for that matter. Distance didn’t separate us, our silence did. We paved way to uninhibited, unrestrained, silent admiration which were infected with love habits. Moments progressed and I tried to move on.
My soul conspired severely each time I tried, only to bounce me back into the dark light of ‘mistaken affection’ I had dug for myself. A hurricane seemed to roll in my mind every time I saw you and my heart started to throb faster than it possibly knew it could. Months passed by and nothing changed. My unrequited love soon became the exquisite form of Self Destruction. “Never again!”, I repeatedly promised myself.
I bargained with myself perpetually. While the universal second hand of the clock started its unforgiving sweep towards the next minute, I turned wiser. My senses were awakened. Love was no longer an illusion of happily ever afters. No definition defined the perfect notion of love. It was graceful, messy chaos, after all. Our unreal affair moulded and transformed me with the mindset I have today. And now that I refuse to let those feelings wrap me in their dirty hands; because I know they are temporary; I would thank you from the bottom of my heart for not making me fall in love with you invariably, but instead making me fall in love with Myself, for eternity. I hope to find my sanity hiding amidst the vast wilderness of the world. And, I hope- you find a person who wouldn’t give up on you, like I did.
But hey, do you even remember me?
—  /reg// (do you even remember me?)

T B H it’s my own OTP Karma/Zed that is MEGA MISUNDERSTOOD. 

Folks ask me is it just a hate ship??? Why would Karma go after Zed and not Shen???? 

First of all, no, it doesn’t have to be a hate ship but it could be if it was plotted so! And my Karma in particular completely HATES Shen. MY Karma is a power-seeking political woman who will make alliances and choose friends and lovers based on what is good for her in both her personal life and her political and military life. All three must be tied together in some way, and having a physical and emotional alliance to the Master of the Order of Shadows, to her, is tantamount to her gaining an edge over Ionian government. While Karma is initially a closed-off person, she easily opens up to men like Zed who show a innate and powerful strength of will.

It’s very complicated, and finding that right partner to be my non-AU Zed will take a lengthy selection time. Once that happens, I’ll probably only have one canon Zed. 

And then we have the flawless combination of @umbra-iustitia and Karma. Her personal assassin and (almost) live-in retainer, he’s with her all the time and it was almost impossible for them NOT to fall in love.