and is also why i get nothing done

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“and that’s why I’m trying the tour thing that I’m trying to get done.. I’m trying to make sure it’s something that I’m actually proud of and something that’s, like, a great unique experience for people”

I respect this. It’s always nice to see that money and fame and all that stuff didn’t change him for the worse. Also, I don’t think this is considered to be “shitting on other youtubers”, in fact it’s something to be proud of, there’s nothing wrong with talking about it and cherishing it, in my opinion! :D

(from the “Tea Time!” livestream)

An ENTP’s thoughts on the types

INTP: Dude, live a little. Stop hiding in your numbers and facts no one cares about. Also fewer details. But still, your brain is the coolest thing. Brainstorming with you is one of the most fun activities I can spend time doing. Who the heck cares if we didn’t end up making that Role Playing system, it was fun discussing theoretical mechanics of magic for 3 hours.

ENTP: Duuuuuuuude. You either SUCK as the looseriest looser of all losers or you are a ton of nerdy, chill, sociable fun. 10/10

ENTJ: Where are you? Probably somewhere more successful than me. From the one or two I’ve observed you look super cool and successful and put together. Well done gentlemen

INTJ: CALM DOWN. You don’t have to hide in a dark room just because there are people outside! Though, when you aren’t hiding from others, you are like, the best person to conquer the world with. Fun, Intelligent, and oh so delightfully logical.

INFP: Man you are fun. Like, there is not a single type that makes me giggle with silly glee more. Also, the only type to have a relationship with based on memes. Most excellent.

ENFP: Eww. Stop being so happy. The world is not great and people suck and just stop having so much optimism. Idk why I just have a hate for you. Nothing personal.

ISFJ: Ummmmm. You are nice and sweet? But pretty boring? So yay you? Also can be hella passive and manipulative, so boo you

ESFJ: Oh my god. Just stop. I don’t care if Timmy’s brother’s mom’s said that you were failing her. You aren’t and you are great and you try too hard for too many people. Super sweet but you try way to hard.

ESTJ: You are pretty sweet and GETTING STUFF DONE and it blows my mind but no to relax I would not like to chat about my goals and current objectives.

ISTJ: You are a human calendar/reminder/notebook thingies with one or two shy quirks. Please be happier and don’t freak out when people don’t write out lists for you.

ESFP: You are tons of goofy fun in short doses, then I just get angry with how stupid you are.

ESTP: Bruh. You are like the sexier more active version of me. I dig it.

ISFP: You have such a simple beautiful view of life. I’m not good at communicating in colors but it’s actually kinda nice even if I can’t rationalize it. Also, you like animals more than people so that’s.. yay?

ISTP: I wanna be you. You are cooler, sexier, smarter, everything that I have the potential to be but no drive for. Rock on Mr backflip genius doctor sexy man!

ENFJ: Honey… please calm down. It’s okay you aren’t dating anyone and it’s okay you aren’t making a difference. You are pouring yourself into like 20 people and super chill and high-class hipster.

INFJ: I just wanna keep you safe and let you do your silly change/save the world thing while I keep all the bad things away from you. You are too pure for the world.

Stress Cleaning (ALiL Deleted Scene)

Summary: (College!AU) In which you’re too stressed to get any schoolwork done so Bucky offers an alternative plan.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Word Count: 2,370

A/N: An anon requested The reader is really stressed and Bucky helps her calm down. It’d be cool to see them clean the kitchen together and joke around. This occurs between “The Little Things (Part One)” and “The Little Things (Part Two)” I should be doing work and preparing for finals, but I was too stressed so I wrote this instead

“A Lesson in Love” Masterlist + Soundtrack

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You stare at your textbook, willing the words on the page to somehow become more interesting. When they don’t, you move the book from the table onto your lap in the hopes that this new angle will help you absorb what you’re reading. After you catch yourself skimming over the same paragraph for what is now the third time in a row, you slam the textbook closed in frustration.

Midterms are upon you and what you should be doing is studying for the exams you have this week. Unfortunately for you, your brain is not in compliance with this plan. It wants nothing to do with the study guides, outlines, and index cards you’ve created. You had hoped that switching gears and reading straight from your textbook might work, but that attempt failed just as badly as the rest.

You lean forward and rest your forehead on the edge of the cool, wooden table as hopelessness and frustration overwhelm your senses. The last thing you should be doing right now is nothing, and yet, nothing is all you can bring yourself to do.

“Hard at work I see.”

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“You’re kind of an asshole” - Superboy x Reader

I just finished season 2 of Young Justice (I know, I’m super late to the party)…And I kinda totally love Conner. So. Here we go. 

Summary : Reader is Batman and Catwoman’s daughter, and has a thing for Superboy…Maybe part one of a series ? Don’t know yet. 

PART 2 PART 3

(My masterlist blog here : https://ella-ravenwood-archives.tumblr.com)

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You were SO DONE with Superboy and Miss Martian lovey dovey behavior. So damn done. They were always smiling stupidly or looking lovingly at each others and all of that bullshit. Besides, you totally had a crush on Conner since the day you met him, and seeing them together made your heart ache a bit. 

Except that you were wrong. Because his eyes shone with love not for Megan, but for you…But you didn’t notice. You thought he was looking at her when he never was, as you were always there, in the background. You never even noticed that he kept his eyes open while kissing her to stare at you. Your oldest brother, Dick, noticed, and was fomenting a plan to clear things up for the both of you, hopefully not hurting M’gann in the process. 

M’gann was feeding him a cookie when you finally had enough, rolling your eyes to the sky, you left the room under his gaze, unaware of his attention. 

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Sometimes I find it really disheartening when I see numerous black girls tear down another black girl for dating out or wanting to date out. I just don’t get it. Y'all claim you want black girls to be happy and find whoever loves and cherishes them, but as soon as the said person is white or a non-black POC, everyone, black men (who aren’t even checking for black girls 😒) and black women alike attack her. What’s more annoying is the excuses that the said black men and woman use to try to “beat her into submission”.

“No one else can understand the black struggle except a black man!” If you open your eyes and see, black men don’t even understand our struggle as black women, you can see it by how dismissive they are online and offline when black women try to bring up the disrespectful things black men have done them within the black community. If you “don’t see” the disrespect I’m talking about then you’re probably in denial or playing a part in it.

“They’re probably just fetishizing you!” Yes, there’s some truth to that statement but come on! Y'all who say this may not realize it, but you’re making it sound like a black woman couldn’t possibly have any qualities a man would would find alluring. Like her smile, her laugh, her hair, her eyes, the way she always brightens up the room when she walks in…Nothing! Plus, those who say that act like black men don’t already fetishize black women’s skin and bodies but I guess they get a pass since they’re black too.

“You’re betraying the black community!” “We have to preserve the black culture, we can’t do it without black men!” Is that right? So why is it no one is saying the same thing to black men who date outside? I guess black men are the only way black genes are passed down I guess. Also, hetero couples are not the only way to this can be done, but people seem to forget this.

Honestly, just let black girls be happy! If they fall in love with someone who is black that gives her the love and respect she deserves, great! If they fall in love with someone who isn’t black that gives her the love and respect she deserves, great! Just leave her be!

Yeah ok ok I get that the guidance counselor could have done more to help I guess but like before we call him the Absolute Worst let’s sit back and consider things
• Hannah wouldn’t tell him who assaulted her and idk about y'all but I literally can’t think of a single thing that ANYONE can do to change anything if you are giving them nothing to work with. I know sexual assault is so so so awful and I completely understand that it’s difficult for victims to talk about their experience but I also am failing to understand why clay and Hannah both get so angry about the fact that the counselor is unable to take action on it. Should he have called her parents? Probably. But that doesn’t change the fact that if he doesn’t know who raped her, he can’t do anything to eradicate the issue. She seems ready enough to tell him until he says that he can’t ensure that Bryce will go to jail (which is to be blamed on the legal system and not the counselor), and even though he says he will do everything he can to protect her and keep her safe, she still refused because he can’t promise the endgoal of Bryce ending up in jail. And yes, I know the big issue everyone has is his “move on” comment….he could have worded it much better but honestly what else could he say at that point? She doesn’t seem to want to take action on it and any sound person would advice someone to move on from bad things rather than let it fester inside them and dominate their lives. Hannah also can’t seem to grasp that “move on” doesn’t mean “get over it.” He’s suggesting that she try to work through this and put it behind her but she responds as if he tells her it wasn’t a big deal and just to forget it happened.
• Hannah basically expects the counselor to read her mind. She gives him almost no insight into what she’s thinking and what she’s been to and then is driven over the edge when he doesn’t come running after her when she leaves. You have to talk to someone about things for them to understand. People don’t have ESP and can’t just intuitively pick up on what’s in your head. Therapy didn’t work for me for years because I wouldn’t tell my therapists what was on my mind, I didn’t want to talk about it, I wanted them to just know. But like you can’t do that. I hate Hannah’s mentality of “I just want someone to save me!!!” because it just does not work that way. You have to let someone know what’s happening if you expect help to be given.

So anyway chill out w the guidance counselor I feel like he did his best considering the circumstances

Sometimes, after a particularly dangerous mission, Keith is unable to calm down. The excess adrenaline continues to course throughout his body, and he just… can’t stop moving. It’s not in huge, obvious ways, but more in the sense that his fingers keep twitching unless he taps them against his thighs; in the sense that he can’t stand still and has to continuously shift his position.

On these days, Keith burns off the adrenaline by heading straight for the Training Room and fighting with the bots. Lance catches him once; he scoffs and says that Keith needs to take a break (and mutters something about how “this is why I can never beat him”). Keith agrees with this sentiment; fighting after such a harsh mission is hardly the way to recuperate, and he knows resting is important. But he also knows that he won’t be able to sleep, that he’ll be restless, turning and twisting in bed. There’s no point in staying up and doing nothing, so he may as well get some training in.

On another day, Shiro catches him. Keith doesn’t notice until his simulation is done because unlike Lance, Shiro watches him until the end.

“It’s late,” Shiro says.

Keith nods. “Yeah.”

Shiro approaches him and takes his hand (as Keith drops his weapon), running his thumb across Keith’s knuckles. Until then, Keith hadn’t realized that his hand had still been twitching. But in Shiro’s grasp, it stills for a moment, and Keith no longer feels the irresistible need to move around.

Stumbling a bit, Keith leans into Shiro’s hold.

I feel like I am this weird combination this weekend of “I am Not Doing Well” and “But don’t freak out”. Because like…on the one hand I have had this headache for two days (thanks global warming, a high pressure system causing 70F temps in February is totally normal) and I’m tired and nothing looks like anything I want to eat. 

On the other hand I got a bunch of fanfic done (4 to go!) and I made cultured butter and I TRIED to make chevre (it did not chev) and I think I may have successfully invented ukulele tabs for The Star Spangled Man. Also I’m feeling pretty good because I tracked my purchases for this month to see why I never have any money and it turns out groceries, so at least I know I’m not poor because I’m blowing all my cash on fripperies that somehow disappear before I get home.  

Guys if you ever feel like you are simultaneously a mess and killing it, just know you are not alone. 

I believe White Diamond ordered OUR Pearl to shatter Pink Diamond

Steven Universe Wanted has warmed me up to this theory since its episodes have aired. We are now certain that Rose was NOT the one who truly shattered PD, and that she was framed in some internal politics by one of the Diamonds. This theory is based on the limited information we do have and speculation on my part. The Crewniverse can easily throw a curve ball and shatter this theory in a second, but I digress. 


My theory: I postulate that Pearl was originally made for White Diamond, but was given to Pink Diamond as a “gift” for her work on her first planet
(probably because she was ‘defective’ )
. Pearl’s true objective was to Spy on PD and to gather intel on how the planet was going, and information on the Rose Quartz situation which had already been underway for some time.

The reason for the spying? White Diamond did not care for PD’s fascination and preservation of organic life. It went against the established order that the three of them had already created before PD came along. On top of that, PD’s gems were becoming particularly willful as shown with Rose Quartz’s rebellion. Rose Quartz in general upset WD, because not only were they geared towards preserving and caring for organic life, they were excellent support units that could heal gems, making rebellions that much more feasible against the Diamonds. PD, WD mused, was going to unravel everything the Diamond Authority had made if it was allowed to continue.

So, WD engineered a plan, a plan that her “gifted” Pearl would carry out for her. Pearl would Shapeshift into Rose Quartz in front of someone particularly impressionable, like a Ruby, and Shatter PD , throw her planet into chaos , and ultimately force the operations to shut down, corrupting any gems left behind and use it to create a theoretical planet sized weapon in the process. ,


During Pearls mission however, right up to the shattering of PD on WD’s orders, she had been racked with guilt and fear over what she was being made to do. It was killing her that she was going to have to assassinate a Diamond she actually liked more than her old one. When she had actually done the deed and escaped, it had left her broken in more ways than one. She had nothing left.


That is when Rose found her, when she had lost everything, racked with guilt and shame over what she had done, and took her in with open arms. Rose didn’t even care that Pearl framed her, it wasn’t her fault Rose would say. Finding redemption and a new sense of purpose in Roses acceptance of her, Pearl zealously turned against Homeworld and WD, declaring she was her own Pearl and she was owned by no one, all the while giving herself to the gem who gave her a purpose when she had lost everything.

 She still thinks about it too this day though. In one way that isn’t blatantly obvious is she refuses to shape shift and never has during the show. She probably swore off ever doing it after performing the deed of framing Rose and Shattering PD. 

  You can even see it in her Hologram copies of herself. Just look at where it instinctively stabbed with its sword. 

Right in the body where PD’s gem would have been. It would also explain why Pearl threw herself into the fray, getting poofed over and over again for Rose. The combined guilt of Shattering PD and framing Rose would definitely drive someone to that point to feel redeemed. 

It was Pearls past deeds and who she used to be that made her feel like she was nothing, but it was Rose who pulled her up from the brink of despair and guilt over what she had done, and “made her feel like she was everything.”

That’s where I think her near desperation over Rose comes from. Even Now, through Steven, she is still being treated with kindness she doesn’t believe she deserves.  

That’s my theory anyway. Like I said in the beginning of the post, it could get debunked in an episode. Still, I think it holds water. 

Ever so Charming~ Newt Scamander x Reader

Request: Right I have this idea that the reader is really good at charms and stuff so one day she’s with newt and they get into some sort of a tricky situation and reader does a charm on herself to make look attractive to whoever sees her so then she like flirts her and newts way out of the tricky issue and afterwards newt is like super confused cause she looks just like she always does. Fluff please.

A/N: I’m so sorry these requests are always taking me so damn long. I had this one half way done for a bit but then the flu came…I’m sorry

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When your friend Newt Scamander wrote you to invite you to join him on a trip to study bowtruckles, you were not at all expecting to find yourself surrounded by a group of rude smugglers in a heated debate as to what they should do to the two of you.

You had known the Magizoologist for quite some time, and had bonded rather well. To say that you did not feel a warm feeling creep onto your cheeks or an increase in your heartrate around him would be an absolute lie. The once shy Hufflepuff had stolen your heart without even trying, but you couldn’t tell him so, as your friendship would surely plummet. Being his friend though, you accepted his frenzied invitation of excitement without hesitation, and you two soon set off in search of “these magical and fantastic and incredible bowtruckles” that Newt had rambled about.

Unfortunately, you two were not the first to arrive to observe these bowtruckles, as various men larger than the both of you had stuffed them all into crates like circus animals and had already begun to write out price tags for many, many galleons on each wooden prison. You were both wandering the forest as when you heard their laughing decrease to hacking, most likely from the large cigars they held in eat of their sausage-like hands. You both attempted to try multiple spells in order to evacuate or free the creatures to safety, but Newt had accidently let his hand slip, resulting in a few of the empty crates toppling over one another. This alarmed the men that they were indeed under a watchful eye, and now you were in the middle of them as they trailed their beady eyes down your body and spit down at Newt’s boots.

“Oy Leonard, looks like we got a couple of snoops here,” cackled the thinner of the men.

“Aye we do mate, aye we do. We can’t be having wandering eyes around our work. They’d snitch on ya,” spat the one who you assumed was Leonard.

The men then tried to decide on what they should do to you, and this made you quiver in a bit of fear. You looked over at Newt who looked just as fearful as he stared at the ground, wand still in hand, but if he were to use it, surely a larger fight would ensue. Your heart pounded in your chest as a shorter and plumper man with a scraggly mustache was giving you a look laced with lust and desire in all the wrong ways. You tore your eyes away and moved closer to Newt, yet you were already back to back. The men around you could do anything and you had to keep yourself calm and ready to defend yourself, and Newt, if needed of course.

“Y/n I’m so sorry about all of this,” whispered Newt, tears evident in his eyes. He felt horrible for dragging you into this mess, as it was his fault for making the noise that caused the smugglers to catch them.

You gave a soft smile to mask your growing fear, “It’s fine Newt, you didn’t mean to. Let’s just try and get ourselves out of this mess.”

He gave a nod at your statement and began fiddling with the buttons on his shirt as he tried to think of a way out. You stared off in thought, trying to think of a way to avoid using combat spells and spells that could easily be noticed. Rubbing your thumb over the texture of your wand, you hatched a clever and possibly extremely effective idea.

You had been gifted in the area of charms in your years spent at Hogwarts, and you had even been recognized for you talent by many of the professors who taught there. Often, you would find yourself staying an hour or so after class just to practice in the classroom, not that your professor minded, as they were more than impressed and ecstatic that a student was as invested in the curiosity of charms as they were. For some time after you graduated, you halted your practice and development of other charms, but now in your stressful and chaotic situation, you remembered a particular charm that could save you both without a hassle if you could pull it off.

The knuckles around your wand turned whiter and your heart rate sped up. You focused on your surroundings to make sure there were no distractions, and you murmured under your breath while giving the wand a shaky twirl. It had appeared that nothing had changed, as you two were still stuck in your sticky situation, however, that was quickly refuted when one of the men glanced your way with a softened look in his eyes. Simply, you smiled at him, before going through with the second part of your idea.

“Hello there, would you mind helping us out, we seem to be a bit stuck here,” you giggled, quickly earning the attention of a few of the other smugglers.

Your charm had in fact worked. You had remembered it as one of the most complex ones to pull off, but nonetheless, you had achieved success. Rather than combating the men with a fiery range of hexes and spells, you had charmed yourself to appear attractive to the men’s standards, and with this, you could talk and flirt your way into getting them to let you, Newt, and the bowtruckles, free. Though the charm was powerful, it also had the chances of letting up earlier than anticipated use, so you had to act swiftly. You sent another small smile their way, but earned a puzzled look from Newt. He was confused as to why they had suddenly stopped tormenting you, but he was more baffled as to what the charm had done. Nothing appeared different, you simply looked, in his opinion, just as radiant as ever.

The smugglers continued to stare at you with a lost gaze as they began to await for you to continue.

“We need to get out of here, but I think those creatures in those crates need help out as well. Would you all be a dear and perhaps, lend a hand to a simple witch like me?” you paused before walking over to one of the stockier men, “I think that someone as strong as yourself could do just that don’t you think?” you sealed with a smile and a wink.

The smugglers were practically stepping over one another to unlock the bowtruckles from their prison. You began to dust off your clothing when Newt turned to you, his hair flopping in the breeze and the eminent look of confusion etched on his features.

“Is there something I’m missing?” he asked.

Your eyes widened as you brought your hand up to your mouth. You had intended to appeal to the smugglers, but you could only imagine what effect the charm had on Newt. As much as you wanted him to show feelings or attraction for you, you wanted it to be real, not just as a side effect of a complicated charm.

“I-I um, the charm. I charmed myself to look attractive to them. That’s why they’re…doing that…” you trailed off, slightly embarrassed now, cheeks reddening.

Newt tried to speak, but he was cut off by the smugglers returning, yet this time, they hastily set down the opened crates of the bowtruckles. You moved towards them, turning their focus towards yourself so that Newt could transfer the creatures to his case without them noticing. Within minutes, you convinced the smugglers to let you and Newt go, and had you stayed any longer, the charm would have surely worn off.

Once the two of you were safely away, you both apparated back to where you were staying, miles away from the smugglers who were probably being interrogated by a group of aurors by now. You carefully mixed together a potion inside Newt’s shed, swirling the various herbs and ingredients that would hopefully heal the few injured bowtruckles. You washed your hands and then ventured out of the shed and walked towards where Newt was moving in the new arrivals. On your way, you continued to greet the other creatures, including the graphorns and Dougal, who continued to hold your hand as you maneuvered your way down the wooden steps. Newt was calmly speaking to the last few bowtruckles when you arrived, and he turned toward you with a lazy smile. He removed the potion from your hand, but let his smile slip as he looked into your eyes.

“Newt, is something wrong?” you asked, slightly confused still at the events that had happened. Why was he acting normal? Why didn’t he react when you were charmed?

“Yes, everything is fine, except these bowtruckles are a bit sick I’m afraid. They’ve got some nasty colds. Brilliant thing you did back there though, you were absolutely incredible,” he replied while administering small doses to the waiting creatures.

“You didn’t seem phased about it though.”

“Well, you said that you looked different, but I didn’t really understand that part of it. I thought you looked the same as always,” he continued.

You knew the spell was unpredictable, but you were confused as to why it hadn’t affected him in the slightest way.

He then added, “Just as beautiful as always,” but it came out as more of a hushed whisper.

Dougal looked up at you, his eyes flashing a brilliant blue, before scurrying away. You looked at Newt who now had cheeks the color of crimson. The bowtruckles climbed onto their new home after departing his hand, and he slowly walked over so that he was inches away from where you were standing. He tried to muster as much courage for what he was about to do.

“Newt what-,”

“Y/n,” he cut you off, “I said that you looked beautiful…a-as always, because you do. Not just on the outside, I meant on the inside as well. Perhaps that’s why I never thought a man as average as myself could win the heart of someone like you.”

He reached out for your hand and rubbed his thumb over your knuckles as you stood there slightly flabbergasted at his confession. You stumbled forward, hand still in his while he extended another to catch you if you fell.

You smiled up at him without a care in the world about the charm or why it hadn’t worked on him. His eyes shone brighter than the moon with hope before you whispered against skin, “I never thought that you were average.”

His grin grew larger before he leaned down to capture your lips with his. You expected a soft and gentle kiss from him, but it quickly melted into one of passion. The kiss was liquid gold, warm and breathtaking. His hand held onto yours firmly while your opposite one wove itself in his hair and then slowly trailed down from his cheek to his chin, running over the faint stubble that had appeared after days of travel. He deepened the kiss, further pulling you in. When his lips left yours, you were still breathless and wanting them to return. He simply flashed his signature and lopsided smile.

You didn’t need an explanation for the charm’s results, not when you finally had everything you’d ever need right in front of you. You closed your eyes once more and let the silence speak for itself as Newt wrapped his arms fully around you, lifting you slightly, and brought you into another of his kisses that would soon become very familiar.

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And Now This is Happening

by: mldrgrl
Rated: R (language)
Summary: The Hanella misdiagnosis (or misdiagnosis adjacent) fic that was highly requested for some reason is finally here.

“Mmm,” Hank murmured, stepping up behind Stella in the kitchen and pressing his face into her neck.  “You smell delicious.”

“That isn’t me,” she said, wiggling her shoulders as he tickled her neck with his breath.  “It’s the leftover pad Thai.”

Hank licked the side of her neck where the tendon crept up from her shoulder and she chuckled in spite of herself and shifted her shoulders again.  She stopped spooning leftovers from a paper container onto a plate for a moment to push him away.

“Definitely you,” he argued.  “Like apricot.  New body wash?”

“Yes.  Did you want me to heat any of this up for you?”

“I like it, and yes, please.  Fasting is cruel and unusual.”

“How come you’re home so late?”  She licked pad Thai sauce from her fingers and moved to the microwave.  “How did it go?”

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The art of planning and organization is the basis of every study blog.

However, with all the different forms of organization tools out there, it’s hard to really decide which one works best for you. In order to help you out I decided to make a list of the differences between our most dueled stationery: the planner and bullet journal.

THE PLANNER

1.       PRE-MADE LAYOUT- One of the biggest contentions for this stationery is the fact that it is not time-consuming as it already has an easy-to-use layout. Many don’t have the time to deal with creating a lay out every week the way one does when choosing to use a bullet journal. If you’re someone who doesn’t have much time and just likes to jot quick appointments down, a planner is better for you.

2.       CONSISTENCY- Since all planners have that pre-made layout, there really is no change from week to week. Personally, I like the consistency that comes with planners, especially when I go back and flip through old dates. Just like I prefer to only use a black pen in a notebook I started using black pens with, I like to see the same layout all the way through in my planner.

3.       NOT TIME CONSUMING- Once again, with a planner it’s very easy to write down the necessary notes and fin, you’re good. I want to emphasize this as much as possible because this is usually what keeps people holding onto planners instead of trying out the bullet journal. Truthfully I would much prefer a planner over a bujo in high school because when it really comes down to it, there’s just not enough time in the day to deal with laying out set ups every week.

THE  BULLET JOURNAL

1.       CUSTOMIZATION- This is the biggest reason many have hopped onto the bujo bandwagon. With a fresh, blank page there are so many possibilities. Many don’t like the already made layouts that come with planners so they resort to lined notebooks or to do lists. If you’re one of those people, I would definitely consider a bullet journal.

2.       CREATIVITY- For many, (including me) being artistic and letting ideas flow out into the wind have always been apart of their life. However most (also including me) don’t have the time to bring out all of their arts and crafts supplies and get at it. That’s why with a bullet journal, there’s a space to let creativity flow even if it’s in the simplest of ways.

3.       SPACE- This, I believe, is a contention that started the bullet journal completely. It’s happened so many times where there’s days filled with ABSOLUTLY NOTHING and days where there’s just not enough hours to get everything done. A planner will have a set amount of space for each day and each week. Many hate this because it wastes space that could be used for busier days.

 

POINTS TO CONSIDER

·       (Pl.) CUSTOMIZABLE- The planner still has so many customizable features! There are so many stickers and washi tapes and whatnot that many have created to evolve the art of the planner from generic to gorgeous and personal. Don’t stray away from a planner simply because it lacks personality!

·       (Bujo) ARTISTIC?- I’ve heard and read about so many people who don’t want to use the bullet journal because they “don’t have pretty handwriting” or “could never make it look pretty.” The truth of the matter is that no agenda or calender is meant to LOOK PRETTY. We use agendas to keep track of events and tasks. To stay organized and manage time. As long as you’re getting the use out of it that you’re supposed to, then it’s working. Even if your handwriting is illegible or your drawing looks like a five year old drew it, don’t distance yourself from the bullet journal!

This was an extremely basic guide to planners and bullet journals! I really just wanted a layout that would show the distinct differences of the two. I hope this helped you in any way possible. If it did, let me know which you’re going to choose for the upcoming school year!

Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of my Back to School Series HERE!

-much love, studyessie ♡

Jealousy

Request: So glad you opened requests! Could you do #30 with Newt! Thank you sooo much! Love your writing!

Prompt: #30 “Idk! Maybe because I desperately want you!”

Warnings: none

You were good friends with every boy in the Glade. Everyone adored you and most viewed you as a sister. Though there was one particular Glader that never viewed you as a sister. He viewed you as a crush; a lover. His name was Newt and it was safe to say that you liked him the most. He was always so calm, but also funny. You got along with him the most.

“Gally, no! Don’t do that,” you laughed as Gally messed around with some tools to make you laugh.

“What? What am I doing?” He chuckled at you.

“That, don’t do that,” you smiled wide as he attempted to juggle two hammers. “You can hurt yourself.” You snickered.

While this was going on, Newt watched from afar. He was walking past when he witnessed what was going on. He didn’t like it. He got jealous so easily. Any time you were with another Glader, he got a tint of jealousy.

“Gally, knock it off. Yu’re supposed to be working, not bloody playing.” Newt scolded the boy, walking up to the scene.

“Oh, come on, Newt. We’re just messing around,” you whined at him. 

“No, we need to get to work. There’s no time for playing right now.”

You rolled your eyes in annoyance. Gally stopped what he was doing, getting back to work. You walked off to where you were supposed to be, leaving Newt with crossed arms.

Later that day, you were laughing with Zart. You worked in the Gardens with him, and you two grew pretty close. Zart kept mocking other Gladers from afar, imagining what they were saying.

“Oh look, I’m Ben. Watch me hold all this lumber.” Zart mocked Ben’s voice while making a silly face. You laughed at him, covering your mouth.

“And I’m Gally. Watch me yell at everything, Rah!” You joined in.

Once again, Newt was getting jealous. He worked in the Gardens as well along with you and Zart. But he leaned a little on his shovel, envying Zart. He couldn’t help himself, he walked up to you and Zart.

“What is up with you today, Y/N? You’ve been slacking all day. Messing around and not doing work. I’m tired of it. Do your share,” he scolded you which was something he never did. “And you too, Zart. Get back to work.”

Once again, you rolled your eyes. You also scoffed. 

“What’s your issue today? I’m always doing my work, you know that. I always mess around, but I also get my work done. So why is today such a huge issue?”

You were fuming, getting real tired of Newt’s attitude. Though he didn’t reply. He looked like he was hiding something. 

“You know what? Come with me. We need to talk. Now.” Newt demanded. He didn’t even give you time to react. He grabbed your wrist and took you to the Homestead for some privacy. He took you up the stairs where his bedroom was.

“What the hell, Newt?” You shouted at him. “Why are you acting like this? You’re never like this. What are you hiding?”

“I’m hiding nothing. I’m just buggin’ tired of you playing and messing around with everyone. You need to get work done.”

“Oh, slim it! We can have a little fun in here, can’t we?”

Newt huffed, staring at you. You stared back, confused as to why he was acting so out of place. You sighed, running a hand through your hair.

“What’s really going on? You know this isn’t you. Talk to me.”

“I’m…” Newt started, but had a hard time spitting it out. “Jealous.”

“What? Jealous? Of what? I’m literally talking to people. How could you be jealous?”

I don’t know! Maybe because I desperately want you!” He spat out.

Your eyes went wide as you stared at him with disbelief in your eyes. You couldn’t find your voice at all. Your stomach dropped, heart raced, and you felt butterflies.

“Isn’t it bloody obvious? I love being around you. I love making you laugh. I always want to be with you. Always want to make sure you’re okay. I want to be yours and I want you to be mine. I thought I made that obvious.”

You opened your mouth but no words came. What could you say? You didn’t know, but before you knew it you started responding.

“I… I thought you were just being Newt. You’ve acted that way towards me from the very beginning. Since we met. I… I never expected you to like me. I never expected you to think of me that way…”

“Well I do, and clearly you–”

“I feel the same way,” you cute him off. Newt shut his mouth tight, looking at you with amazement. 

“What?”

You nodded your head. It became silent then, you two just staring at one another. Neither of you knew what to do. Neither of you didn’t know how to respond. 

“Are we gonna stand here or are you going to kiss me?” You chuckled nervously. You were scared to kiss first for some reason, so it was all on Newt now.

Newt didn’t hesitate. He took a large step to you, grabbed your cheeks, and planted his lips right on yours. You two kissed a while, just one big kiss. Your lips never separated for the time being. 

“You’ve no idea how long I’ve been wishing for that,” you breathed.

“Trust me, I might have a clue,” he giggled. “Sorry I’ve been a slinthead today… That wasn’t fair to you.”

“It’s okay. Ease up. None of them will take me away from you, okay? Besides, they all view me as a sister.”

Newt’s lips twitched up. A smile formed on his mouth. He grabbed your hands in his, pulling you in for another kiss.

Fairy Tail Chapter 540 Review

Boy is this a chapter I have mixed feelings about…

Our cover page is the sun village arc! Huh, kinda odd how no one ever talks about it.

We open in the Ravines of Time. Where Natsu is able to figure out this is Acnologia. Y’know Wendy did the same thing I’m wondering if it’s the smell power dragon slayers have that tips them off.

Acnologia shows off how he has all the dragon slayers in pillars. He goes on to explain that eating the ravines have given him time-space magic, which will give him the power to destroy the world. Y’know given how strong Acnologia is I don’t think he needed more help destroying the world.

Okay I’m going to ask you to keep this term he uses of “I shall exterminate you all” in mind for later. As well as this image of Igneel being killed by Acnologia. Trust me there’s a reason.

Outside the Ravines, Acnologia flies away to Magnolia (of course where else would he go). But what appears from the sky?

Yep, it is true. If you are a good guy no matter how unimportant, you’re going to live. This is still stupid but honestly I’m not as mad at this because these two are both pointless and I wouldn’t care about their status either way.

Yeah Anna, you fucked up.

So Anna explains that Acnologia due to having so much power has lost direct control of his physical body to compensate his soul is still in the ravines controlling the body, and he needs the dragon slayers to help circulate the body.

Alright first off, I will give the chapter this, this is a really cool idea. Now one could say this is giant contrivance that just exists so we have a way to defeat Acnologia easier highlighted by the fact he’s in human form. I will agree that this mainly happened just so we could make it easier to defeat him, but I will defend the human form because it’s his soul and no matter what Acnologia is human on the in side.

Second, why he didn’t kill you? If he need Dragon Slayers to properly control his body why didn’t he just kill you instead of spending time pushing you out?

Third, remember I asked you to remember the phrase “I shall exterminate…”, well this basically means he’s no exterminating them he’s just imprisoning them. So really his motivation of destroy dragons is pointless because he’s not going to kill them and actually needs them.

After hearing this Erza decides to embark to Magnolia. (Yeah sure ignore the fact your body is still damaged.

I had said that I enjoyed half of this chapter and that half was everything about the dragon slayers. This other half is just awful and pointless, and you’ll soon see.

Oh look it’s Mest. Guess everyone was wrong he doesn’t have a loli detector, he has a plot convenience detector.

So Mest Teleports Erza to Magnolia…

Slogan of the series…

And here is why I hate this half of the chapter. That it and by extension what’s happening with Erza, is a waste of potential. For the last couple months since the end of the Irene fight, Erza has been a glorified extra. She has sat on her ass and contributed nothing of value or anything character related (outside of that very small conversation about trust that went nowhere). You could white all of Erza’s scenes since getting on christina and insert any background fairy tail character, like Max, warren, Nab, etc, and you would get all of her scenes to the same effect. But now we are presented with a moment that could be a big characterization moment solely for Erza.

Now we have Erza seeing Makarov alive again, after see herself watched his sacrifice and used it as tool to help stop Natsu and Gray from fighting. But not only that, we have had her go through an experience where she met her biological parent and throughout it said that Makarov was her real parent. That want mentality helped Erza through fighting against Irene, that rage and loss she felt helped motivate her and now you have her seeing that he is alive once again. She can have this opportunity to reflect on how actually relived she is and how she’s able to be with her parent again. This should be a big moment for her, not something that can be solved in this few of panels! It’s so impersonal that once again we could easily replace Erza with any other FT member and we’d get the same effect from this wasted scene.

This isn’t me hating this chapter solely on Erza, this is me hating all the potential that her scenes could have and how compelling they could be this chapter. This isn’t the only scene either, that teleportation is another missed opportunity. We know Mest can’t directly teleport in kilometers, his magic only moves in small increments. Through this, while teleporting Erza could see all the destruction caused by Acnologia’s eternal flare and see how people, just normal people, were effected. She could be rattled by this and then seeing Makarov again puts her at peace or she could reflect on this, motivating her to want to stop Acnologia more. There is so much you could do to not humanize the situation their in, and it’s not taken advantage of.

So back on track…

Oh god, I simultaneously love and hate this scene. It is so great to see all of these characters together. It is so awesome. But what ruins this for me is a lot of these characters have done nothing for so long, by a base definition there’s no reason to start caring about them right now, and the other thing that hurts this is that again, wasted potential. All these characters and exploring character aspects of them, isn’t taken advantage of. How about Millianna being surprised that the OS were from the tower, or Kagura is happy to see Erza again, or Richard being happy that Sorano found her sister and he feels like finding Wally again. There’s tons of things you can do with this setup. By the way, Midnight and Minerva talked together, a ship has just been born!

And here’s what also gets me about this other half of the chapter. In the the grand scheme it’s pointless, because it seems to be setting up that they’ll handle the physical Acnologia. The one that is unstoppable and whatever fight they do put up is pointless because the Acnologia that’s controlling the body is going to fight the DS and if they kill the soul (Which they likely will) then body will stop working. Maybe they won’t fight it but it just seems like it’s set up to eat away more page space.

Back in the ravines Natsu breaks out of being encased.

Okay little odd here, Natsu used his damaged arm to break out. It’s implying that Wendy semi healed it to move (I’m going to assume she broke out while they were distracted). Why did Natsu need to use the broken arm to break out? He clear has another arm could’ve done it.

And again another missed opportunity. The are all breaking out because they hear the voice of the people that are waiting them, while cheesy I’d be fine with that, but again it could be more. Remember that image of the dead Igneel? We could maybe have had Natsu trapped in the pillar and then because this place is nebulous with time, we could flashes of Natsu’s timeline like that memory that motivate him to get his second wind. IN fact, you could do that for all the dragon slayers. Remember from my last review I had a problem with bringing focus on characters who’ve done nothing and are suddenly trust into relevance with out proper setup. Well through the way I desribed of having them see their time lines and becoming motivated it not only helps the audience be reminded of why should care about these characters but also helps the theme of this being an ending arc.

Okay not gonna lie, that’s a pretty awesome two page spread.

And we end on Acnologia’s face, and next chapter they will most likely fight. I’ll give credit to this, since they’ve escaped from the pillars Acnologia most likely has less control of his physical body thus prolonging time for the people outside of it, meaning the constant spouting of”we have to believe in them” actually matters.

Post Chapter follow up: As I said my feelings are mixed. I want to really like the stuff that was done well and I do. The problem is it’s also bogged down by these moments that could be so much more.

I’ll start with the positives, while this body split does exist more for making it easy to kill Acnologia it is still a very good idea. It’s definitely more interesting then the usual status of fights.

Also this is minor, but I love the atmosphere generated by the ravines of time. It really feels like this almost hopeless situation and the images of the dragon slayers in the pillars is so strong.

I also gotta give credit to the pacing of the chapter, it was much stronger than it usually is. I’m also very excited for the DS vs Acnologia.

The bad stuff, is pretty evident. It infuriates me how little goes into these moments that could add so much to the story and characters.Another thing in the bad side of things is just how pointless the stuff focusing on  the other characters outside the ravines are.

Also, another fake out death. Just because I’m not mad at it, it’s still bad writing.

Overall I want to say this could’ve been better if it cut out the scenes with the non dragon slayers and focused a bit more on them character and motivation wise. But since the Erza stuff is included we have to add this to the final grade.

Final Verdict: 4/10

  • What it does well it does well
  • Interesting setup
  • wasted potential
4

I Don’t Do Jealous


The hunt through time to stop Vandal Savage continues, you and the rest of the team get prepared to face him while Rip comes up with the best time to strike. In the beginning, you thought travelling through time to stop the bad guy would be easy, thinking that it would be one quick trip and you would all return home in no time. Your adventures thus far with this team have proven otherwise. You can’t even remember how long it has been from the moment you decided to join this crusade. When the missions is complete and the time has come to go home, you can return with your head held high knowing you saved the world from a great evil.

Your teammates are a bunch of unique individuals, who in an ideal situation, would be unlikely to work together. Yet here you all are, travelling through space and time with one another, learning to work as a team effectively. Slowly but surely you are getting there. Sure, Snart and Rory are a bit of a wildcard but even they have proved themselves to be worthy team players, which you never thought for a second would happen. 

For some reason, Snart draws you in. The more time you spend getting to know him the more a bond between you forms. Of all the people on this ship, you did not expect to catch a soft spot for Leonard Snart, a well-known criminal. He’s not your go to type but there’s just something about him. Maybe it’s the way his cold blue eyes stare directly into yours when he is talking to you. Or perhaps it’s the way a small smirk forms on his lips whenever you stand your ground with the others and when he sees you fighting. You can deny it all you want but the fact is you have feelings towards Leonard. 

At this very moment, Leonard is contently watching you from a close distance. He casually lays on the floor, resting his head against one of the metal pillars behind him, one leg crossed over the other. You are sitting down in the middle of the floor in a meditating position to focus your mind, using your telekinetic abilities to levitate random objects around your body. They orbit around you like the planets do with the sun, you are the life force that keeps them going and Leonard finds it oddly satisfying to watch. You don’t have a concentrated look on your face, it is free from any expression as you carry out this display with such ease. 

Even with your eyes completely closed you can still feel Leonard’s eyes on you.”You know it’s rude to stare, right?” A smile appears on your face as you direct a question to him. 

To which he smugly replies. “Did you know that I don’t have any manners? And I wasn’t staring, don’t flatter yourself.”

You open your eyes and turn your head to face him whilst keeping all the objects in the air, even he can’t deny the fact that is rather impressive. “You’re such a charmer, Snart.” He laughs slightly at your comment.

What he likes about you the most is your sarcastic sense of humour, it strikes well with him. While many others would be easily offended by your sharp tongue and forward nature, Snart admires it. Sure, you may be like the others on this team who believe in protecting the innocent and doing what is best for the greater good and all, but he sees something different in you. You’re not afraid to make those tough choices that the others are morally restricted by. You can easily take back control of a situation when it is spiralling downwards and that is why this team needs you. That and so you can keep him and Rory in check because they respect you enough to actually listen. 

Deciding that you have trained your mind enough for today you get up onto your feet. That’s when Ray enters the room with his pearly white smile, causing Snart to roll his eyes and look the other way. Although he has grown to tolerate Ray he still can’t stand him at the best of times. 

“Hey, y/n. I’ve been looking all over for you.” Ray stops a few steps away from you. 

“Hey Ray, is there a problem?” You return a small smile. 

“There’s no problem exactly… But I could use your help with something.” He begins to say walking towards you slowly. Even Snart can tell that he is clearly trying to be flirtatious in the way he carries himself and how he looks at you. This isn’t exactly the first time he has witnessed him flirting with you either.

Keep reading

house of cards (US) starters

from the fourth season.
content warning: violence, profanity

  • ❝ I don’t respond to threats. ❞
  • ❝ You’re stronger than he is. But you gotta put him in his place. ❞
  • ❝ You see, all he needed was a little motivation. ❞
  • ❝ It’s as though she never left. ❞
  • ❝ We make each other stronger. Can we agree to that? ❞
  • ❝ You’ve let your ego get in the way… ❞
  • ❝ You can’t win without me. ❞
  • ❝ I refuse to indulge you any further. ❞
  • ❝ You have to let this go. ❞
  • ❝ Watch your step. There’s blood on the floor. ❞
  • ❝ I’ve had enough people say “I’m sorry”, and I know you don’t mean it. ❞
  • ❝ Courtesy never got me anywhere. ❞
  • ❝ We also can’t afford any more of your mistakes. ❞
  • ❝ If I can’t get your loyalty, I will have your obedience! ❞
  • ❝ Rest your eyes. We have all the time in the world. ❞
  • ❝ I’m not leaving here until we have an agreement. ❞
  • ❝ I’m done letting you have your dignity. ❞
  • ❝ The truth is you’re a beggar on your knees, and you will take whatever we shove down your throat. ❞
  • ❝ Stay with me. ❞
  • ❝ It’s us against them. Always. ❞
  • ❝ Well, I know why we’re smiling; we survived. ❞
  • ❝ You felt something for him. ❞
  • ❝ Saying nothing says a lot sometimes. ❞
  • ❝ The only problem with common sense is that it’s so… common. ❞
  • ❝ You’re a motherfucker! ❞
  • ❝ We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror. ❞
Walking on Glass A little SJ fandom rant

Wow…. How about that new episode of Samurai Jack? Pretty trippy right? I mean, that part where he eats something and his head turns into a fish. Like how dose that work exactly? Pretty funny, huh? Heh…heh…heh… Where do I begin? So happen was, last night was the premiere of the new Samurai Jack season 5 episode 8, in which Jack and Ashi are making their way across the desert. Hmm… Why dose this sound familiar? Anyway, during their ride on a giant camel monster used as a bus, Jack and Ashi find themselves in a pretty close to each other and it is that this point where they’re relationship takes quite a turn. During their journey, they come across a large spaceship to escape a dust storm. Only to find out that the ship is still infested by a leach monster. After they finally defeat it, at the heat of the moment Jack and Ashi then make out and that when the “fans” starting setting fire to their insides. 

 I said I was gonna get back to the messy subject and the hail storm of raging “fans” that apparently this episode has brought upon. After reading through a number of these hissy-fit heated debates, I couldn’t help but laugh at a few, roll my eyes at most and have the rest cause me to put my hands in my face. Seriously, all it took was a kiss and some awkward but sweet bonding moments for people to get up in arms saying crap like “They ruined the show!” “How could you Genndy?” “The show’s gone downhill.” And those are just some of the less visceral comments I’ve seen…. It really makes me sad. It really makes me sad to see a show I loved as a kid, get second chance at finishing it’s story and the one tiny moment that wasn’t even remotely negative in any way, would then cause such a shit storm, that I have to sit back and wonder why did I have to be born as a human being… Oh am I sounding bit harsh here? *eh-hem* I suppose some would prefer it if I went back to my dark little corner of the internet and remain silent like I usually do. Heck No! I feel I should be aloud to express my own opinion, while setting somethings straight. (Pun not intended.) Now, I will not be completely demonizing people who are against this ship, because some do have a few valid points as to why they don’t like it or this episode and thats understandable. I’m not saying you have to like it. Again it’s all matter of choice and opinion. (get use to hearing that.) But! What I am irritated by is how people are practicality screaming out things like “Pedophile” “Forced” “Rushed” “Poorly Written” “Not gay equals bad” “Boy-cot” and other things that are just… Really really stupid… So I may has well give you guys my own two cents here. I don’t expect to change any minds here; just take what I say with a grain of salt. You have plenty of it, anyway…

Jack and Ashi should have been platonic. Like father and daughter.”

The moment I was first introduced to Ashi in episode 1, I knew she was going to play some important roll in the new season. I knew she was going to be some kind of ally to Jack. She wasn’t a mindless drown like her sisters. She was curious about the world. Now keep in mind, from the beginning, I wasn’t automatically shipping these two. I knew a bond was gonna form between them eventually, but I really didn’t know what type of relationship it was gonna be, nor did I care. Yes, it didn’t really matter to me, father/daughter, teacher/student, boyfriend/girlfriend, whatever! All I cared about was seeing these two lost souls find happiness in one another. They make a great team already, so no matter which way it was gonna go, I was going to be satisfied either way. Being the gray smudge that I am, I kept an open mind about this. I’m not a big crack shipper anyway. Then again I don’t get into ships that much because I know how scary they can be. So thats why I stick with pairings that are canon and that I like. But I’m sure that this might be one of the reasons why people were a upset by this. They were really hoping for that platonic relationship. Sorry, don’t know what tell you there. Not everything in a show is gonna go your way. This is what Genndy wanted, but just because you didn’t agree with it, doesn’t mean you should be flat out calling it bad writing and hate the rest of the series for it!  I’ll get into the pacing issues later, right now it’s time to adress the elephant in the room…

Jack’s too old for Ashi and Ashi’s a little girl!”

Yes, time is a BIG issue in this series and I can understand the problem some “fans” are having with the whole age gap thing. Like he should be really old by this point, but heres the thing. Jack doesn’t age. He’s still stuck in his 20’s psychically AND mentally. Yes, I said mentally as well. His mind is worn out but not old. Like Jack said, time has lost it’s a effect on him. As for Ashi, I’m almost more than certain that she’s in her 20’s as well. The real problem shouldn’t be the fact that he’s older than her. The REAL problem should be the fact that he can’t age but she still can. Really, I’m surprised nobody’s getting more mad with Aku about this, since, you know? He’s the one responsible for this whole issue in the first place. Whats more annoying though, is the fact that this has become the main and almost only reason “fans” have for not liking this pairing! I mean come on! I can go on for why Edward and Bella are a bad couple, not just because he’s a hundred years old, but also because despite being a hundred he still goes to high school for some reason, acts like a creep around Bella, calls her his personal brand of heroine (and how much he wants to eat her.) breaks into her room to watch her sleep at night and throws her against the wall. Yet she does absolutely nothing about it and still acts so dependent on him like she can’t stand on her own two feet! * hem* Getting a off topic, I should also point out that this is not the first time we’ve seen a fictional couple where one person is way older than the other. It’s been done many times in media. Aragon and Arwen, Rose and Greg, Aang and Katara, Inuyasha and Kagome and nobody bats an eye there. But I know you’re probably going make excuses as to why I’m wrong for comparing some these couples to Jack and Ashi. “Uh, but Rose isn’t even human! She’s a gem and they don’t age!” Still doesn’t change the fact that she’s still thousands of years older than him. What does being a rock- I’m sorry, a Mineral not a rock, have to do with her age? And that can go the same for Arwen and Inuyasha as well. “But-but Aang was frozen in a sphere of ice.” Yeah, keeping him persevered for over a hundred something years thus delaying his ability to age until he was set free and why he’s still twelve. Even though technically speaking he was born way before Katara was born. Hell, I could dare say that Jack is in his own sphere of ice. Just not literally. Time and age have stopped round him. Thing is, even with out the fifty year time-skip Jack would still be considered thousands of years old since he comes from feudal era Japan. So no matter what girl he ended up with in this future, he would still be way older than her regardless. The more I hear this excuse brought up, the less water it holds and the more desperate it sounds. Especially when you have no other strong argument to bring, as to why these two shouldn’t be together. Oh, and don’t even think about calling it pedophilia! Just because we saw Ashi growing up as a child doesn’t mean she is one now. I’m pretty certain she’s past the teen stage. In fact we even saw what she looked like during that stage. So treating her like she’s still a child is kind of insulting, honestly. You’re consent miss use of the word, makes me want to strangle myself. Okay I’ve been ranting about this for too long… Let’s- let’s get to our next topic.

Why does media keep pushing for heterosexual couples? What a bunch of Homophobes!”

*Sssssssiiigggghhh….* I know not everyone who disagrees with this pairing thinks this way, but my God Tumblr… What’s with the extremism? I’ve always tried to be more opened minded about a lot of things. Accept others for who they are and have always said love is a very strange thing. So don’t you DARE blindly accuse me as a “homophobe” for what a I’m about to say here… Not everything has to be gay, in order to tell a good love story! There I said it! A good love story is when you can feel the connection between two characters no matter what their sexual preference is. I don’t like Ruby and Sapphire just because they’re mineral space lesbians, I like them because of how much they care for each other and how they can have fights and make-ups like any other couple and so on and so forth. Thats what makes a good pairing. Also saying it’s out of character for Jack to have an attraction to a female because your head-canon tells you he’s either ace or homo, is also not true as well. Not saying you still can’t have your ace/gay Jack crack ships. You don’t have to have canon dictate to you what you can or can’t ship. I’m simply saying that Jack has always been attracted to woman in the show. Remember when he got kissed by that girl in the field when he was a kid. He still has fond memories of it. And is it just me or did everyone forgot, Ikra, Josephine, or that creepy flower lady from ‘Seasons of Death’ happened? Given how nervous he gets around woman he finds attractive and how flustered he gets when seeing Ashi naked, it’s clear to me now, that he is definitely not her biological father as well. Now that he’s out of his depression, it was only a matter of time before he started falling for Ashi. Why is this anti-hetero/homophobia thing even an argument at all?! Why is it even brought up?

But the pacing felt so rushed! How dare they force the love-interest trope down our throats. This came out of nowhere!”

Okay, I’m going to briefly play devil’s advocate here. I can get where the rushed pacing argument comes from. But forced? No, put a pin on that last one. We’re gonna get back to that later. First I can agree that the pacing felt a bit rushed. (Though this isn’t the first time I’ve enjoyed something with a rushed pace. *cough*9*cough*) Still, keep in mind that the creator was only given ten episodes to work with. So certain things had to be cut out, I’m sure. If they were going make thirteen I’m pretty certain that would have given them more time to further expand on Jack and Ashi’s relationship, rather then cramming all the more romanic stuff in it into this episode. However, that doesn’t mean that the romance came out of no where. There were some hints dropped here and there since the beginning of episode 3 infact. We got only two more episodes left, so 8 had to be the one to fully confirm how Jack and Ashi are starting to feel for each other. I do feel like there could have been some other things they could have changed in the previous episodes to help further accentuate the relationship a little better in this episode. As far as this season goes, it may not be one of their strongest episodes, but it’s not their worst either. I still enjoyed it, romance and all. Honestly I think the real weak point was the conflict of being lost in the ship with the leach creatures. Like where was everyone else, what was the backstory to this space prison. This episode was always going to be about Jack and Ashi falling love no matter what. It’s just everything else was going to just feel like a little bit of an after thought. Another complaint I’ve heard was that this episode felt like “filler” and did nothing to progress the plot of the story. Well, I like to think of this as the calm before the storm. (Irony) You know, a few light-hearted laughs to put us at ease before the shit it’s the fan. (At least thats what it was suppose to be…) Though something tells me they’re just doing this to break our hearts later… And what lack of plot progression. The plot progression was with Jack and Ashi. With that said, going back to the “forced” bit. As I said before it was hinted at early on, the moment Jack and Ashi started interacting with each other. But I think the problem is because they were hinted at so subtlety, I guess it’s kinda easy for most people to miss them. Thing is we don’t really know how long it took Jack and Ashi to go from that mounted to that market area or how long it took for them to find that bird. You can use your mind fill in the gaps there. But I feel that to really cover this topic and why I don’t find their relationship “forced” I’m going to have to dive in deeper.

Shoot me…

Okay, now I’m going to get into what I think of these two and why I think they work as a pair. Starting off with Jack, he’s pretty much been through hell at this point. Losing his home, separated from his family, spends the rest of his childhood training to earn his father’s sword, only meets his parents again briefly before he goes off to fight Aku. Only to have the rug pulled out from under him when Aku throws him into the future. For fifty years this man has had to deal with so much pain and suffering. Getting trolled with by Aku, always having something try to kill him, being alone, seeing all the Hell that Aku has raised, suffering from hallucinations and no matter how hard he tries, he can never seem to reach his goal. Ultimately what leads to his depression. The more time passes him by while he remains young, the further and further his goal gets. He has lost all hope. Somewhere during those fifty years, a cult of Aku obsessed women have a ceremony for their High Priestess who’s given birth to seven daughters for the soul purpose to kill Samurai Jack. However one of these girls is not like the others. Ashi, does not have the same mind set as her sisters. She’s curious about the world outside, wants to see the beauty of nature, but is trapped with in the confides of her abusive mother. Never aloud to play or have fun. Never shown any love or bonding with her family. Forced into training at such a young age and all while being told nothing but lies about the Samurai and what an evil person he is, ruining Aku’s “perfect” world. Having never met this man, it only filled Ashi’s heart with anger and hate. Now fully grown, training complete, she and her sisters set off to kill Jack. Not knowing what they were getting themselves into. Not realizing that there mother essentially sent them out to die. And thus the journey begins for these two lost souls. Jack struggling to keep moving forward while being haunted by his own negative emotions as well as being hunted down by a shogun of death. Ashi, blinded by hatred towards a man who’s done her no wrong, she does not realizes she’s fighting for the wrong side. During the search for the Samurai, Ashi and her sisters come across a doe in the forest. That’s when the buck shows up. Thinking it’s related to Aku, they thing it’s come to “devour the weaker one.” What they didn’t expect to see was the two deer nuzzling each others noses. This was the first time any of them have seen affection before. Which leaves them so confused, as they were never taught to love but to hate. One of them even says she doesn’t like it. I also consider this part foreshadowing. It’s is only after he defeats them, does the ball really get rolling. Jack assumes he’s killed Ashi like the rest, but the guilt of what he’s done continues to eat a way at him. Ashi then wakes up, still hell bent on trying to kill him. She ends up getting restrained by her own chain and it is here, where Jack finally has a chance to see the woman behind the mask. A very troubled woman, who has clearly lost her way like him. Seeing that she is not evil and feeling bad for killing the others, Jack not only lets her live, but goes out of his way to protect her. The real turning point comes when Jack and Ashi escape the goliath monster. Ceasing the opportunity, Ashi slowly starts to creep up on him, while he isn’t looking, but just as she’s a bout to try and kill him that’s when the ladybug appears. This triggers a memory of when she was a child. During her training, she sees a ladybug and lets it land on her hand. Her mother scolds her for this, taking the bug away and killing it in front of her. Going back to reality, that bug flies over to Jack. He rises his hand to it as Ashi watches, wondering what he’s about to do. To her surprise, he lets the ladybug go, showing an act of kindness. Causing Ashi to drop her weapon; he’s not the monster her mother made him out to be. Through Jack, she learns more about the world, Ashi begins to see the truth as he shows her the beauty of nature and horror that Aku has caused. Ashi does begin to believe him, but the moment that seals the deal is after they save bunch of children from enslavement, Jack freaks out when we thinks they’re all dead. He heads off with the Omen (the shogun of death from earlier) to commit suicide and she goes to find him. Thats when she meets some of the people Jack has helped over the years, thats when she fully sees the man he really is. Thinking of her past and all the good Jack has done, this is what inspires her to change her appearance. And it’s because of her that Jack was able to regain his hope. She gave him the strength he needed to fight off his own demons. She protected him while he was in deep meditation to find his sword. From an army and her own mother no less. She does not hold any ill will towards him for killing her sisters, as it was out of self defense. It was her mother who sent them out there in the first place. Now that his hope has been restored and is back to being his old self. Now that he gotten to know her and sees how much she has changed for the better, it should come has no surprise that they would start noticing each other in more ways. I mean this is probably the longest anyone has ever traveled with him. So how does any of that sound forced? There was build up. Sorry if you couldn’t see it.

Final Thoughts…

Ya know, I find it pathetic that this is the reason people are getting so upset that they want to quit the show when theres only two episodes left to go. And you call yourselves fans… Can’t we just wait to see how the out come and then make our criticize afterwards. I’m even more disappointed with the fan-base than I am with the episode because of how everyone is acting like this pairing is such a crime. When this season started I thought this was gonna be fun. But now I’m just left sour over yet another fandom like I was with the “9” fandom. I’ve seen people literally saying that it made them feel uncomfortable and ruined the WHOLE series for them. Say, you wanna know what makes me feel uncomfortable? Is the more I think about it, the more it disturbs me that anybody will get pissed over a healthy relationship like this one, yet you’ll see abusive couples like Harley Quinn and Joker, Fifty Shades of Gray and the of mentioned Twilight get glorified. Am I the only one who sees something wrong there? And after all the shit that Jack and Ashi have been through, wouldn’t you want to see them to be happy? Isn’t that what many of us wanted? My only concern is now that it’s established that Jack and Ashi have deeper feelings for one another, how is the final going to effect them. Are the rumors I keep hearing going to be true? I’ve always been wanting to know how this series is going to end since I was eight years old and nothing is going to stop me for watching the ending. I don’t even care how it’s going to end. I don’t care if it breaks my heart. At least I will now know and I will accept what ever Genndy has in store. Like I said from the beginning, you’re not wrong for disliking or disagreeing with this pairing, I’m not wrong for liking it and thats fine. But don’t act like this is such a travesty that it makes you dislike the entire series, don’t quite while we’re so close to the end. This whole mess has just become childish at this point. But hey, hate me all you want for expressing my opinion. There is nothing you can say to me that hasn’t already been said before. Hate never fixes anything. Hate is what got Ashi’s sisters killed in the long run. I’ve been rambling on about this for too long. Now if you excuse me, I’m gonna make some Jashi fan art while I still can. In the mean time enjoy this little quote.

Originally posted by luv-lala

“Believe what you may, but if you open your eyes and let go of the hate. You will see the truth.”

~Jack