and we talk about that a lot as side notes

my mom's comments on every act 2 hamilton song
  • What'd I Miss: oh THIS is Thomas Jefferson!!
  • Cabinet Battle #1: "turn around bend over i'll show you where my shoe fits" still more civilized than the 2016 presidential debates though
  • Take A Break: philip grew up fast
  • Say No To This: how hot was this hamilton anyway (me: what why) a lot of people seem to be in love with him i'm just wondering
  • The Room Where It Happens: this must be your favorite song, because it's about wanting to be included
  • Schuyler Defeated: *hears first four notes* i thought we already heard this song
  • Cabinet Battle #2: i wish all debates were just rap battles
  • Washington on Your Side: the fast talking guy is back
  • One Last Time: did he die
  • I Know Him: is this the king again (me: yes) oh i thought he died or something
  • The Adams Administration: "sit down john you fat motha--" i thought he was friends with john though (me: nope wrong john)
  • We Know: "my god" is it weird that his voice is soothing to me
  • Hurricane: intense
  • The Reynolds Pamphlet: were the hamiltons like the kardashians
  • Burn: this is angelica right (me: no it's eliza) well the hamilton doesn't deserve her
  • Blow Us All Away: "How about when i get back we all strip down to our socks" I DONT LIKE THIS BOY
  • Stay Alive Reprise: oh no.
  • It's Quiet Uptown: i should be crying but it makes me wonder if i would be this sad if you died, and i don't know if i would be, so now i'm just guilty (me: oh my god)
  • The Election of 1800: "can we get back to politics please" i agree
  • Your Obedient Servant: this song is almost as passive aggressive as you are
  • Best of Wives and Best of Women: how did she forgive him
  • The World Was Wide Enough: "the world was wide enough for both hamilton and me" wow
  • Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: if your father cheated on me and then wrote a song about it i probably would not do anything for him again
  • Conclusion: good music but i'm still not buying you tickets
Beauty and the Beast (Remake) Review

This is going to be a spoiler free review, so I won’t be able to go into too much detail, but let me give you a short preview of what I feel about the movie: It was utterly and undeniably magical!

I just left the cinema and instantly made my way home and to my laptop to write all this down so I would not forget a single thing I wanted to share with you guys, because let me tell you there is so much to say about this movie and all of it is good. Over the past couple of weeks I have seen so much negativity surround this movie, so many people threatening to boycott yet another movie they haven’t seen on the sheer basis that a character was supposedly gay and once more mistreated for it.

I write this to share with everyone willing to read just what an amazing experience it was watching this movie. I want to preface the following review by saying that both my best friend and I are not overly emotional people. Neither of us cry at the drop of a pin, especially not in the cinema. Yet in the matter of ten minutes both me and my friend had our first tears in our eyes. I say first, because the movie takes you on quite the emotional ride and it is magnificent. Now, I’m no professional, but I’d consider my opinion rather objective and trustworthy. Of course, I’d suggest you go see the movie yourself nevertheless.

Let me begin with the basics such as scenery, music and cast. The scenery was quite literally breathtaking. The second Emma Watson stepped out of her little home in that little village of France you are there with Belle. I had the pleasure to watch the movie in 3D IMAX and it was absolutely worth it. I’d recommend for anyone to pay those extra bucks, because I feel it really added to the tone of the movie.

While the CGI was certainly visible at times and slightly over the top for my taste here and there the overall feel of the movie is not damaged by it at all. Wherever the movie takes you, it seems real despite of it. The camera work is to thank for it as well, as it really helps to set a specific tone. All in all the movie does great in making you feel a certain emotion at the appropriate time by using all the means they are given to do so; including the sets and the way the camera is handled.

The music and especially the musical numbers were quite mesmerizing. Amongst the familiar classics like Beauty and the Beast itself the movie offered some new pieces as well. Especially one towards the end – sung by Dan Stevens as the Beast – caught my attention and heart in particular. They use the songs not only to entertain, but also to convey emotions and a deep insight into the characters themselves. Some performances I liked better than others – I was disappointed by the audible autotune used on Emma Watson herself – but overall the numbers were all equally entertaining.

As for the cast I have to admit I had my doubts. I was especially worried about Josh Gad as Le Fou as I’ve gotten to know him as a pretty poor comedic actor. I say poor as most jokes are at the expense of him and his weight rather than made by him. After watching the movie I can say that I could not be more pleased with the casting, even Josh Gad. I was honestly surprised as to how well he handled the role and happy to see him take on a more serious side. Of course he was still funny, but this time the humour wasn’t at his expense, but rather due to his wit and clever sarcasm.

Now I want to tackle the characters, specifically taking the accusations into account, and talk about how the movie performs in comparison to the old classic we all know and love. While a lot of the original story has remained untouched and recognizable, there still have been quite a few tweaks and they were for the better. They made the story more understandable, the characters more memorable and real. I am happy to note that the characters are granted a new depth they were lacking in the original. Thanks to that the story is much better fitting for our time, age and new audience.

Gaston I was especially pleased with, for multiple reasons. Towards the beginning of the movie I found him to be rather charming which was a clever move to make. It only made him seem worse when finally his facade dropped later on the movie. It makes you truly detest his character and therefor the movie managed to create a good villain in him. Despite being the bad guy, however, his relationship towards Le Fou is in no way hateful. In fact, their friendship is one I considered to be one of the most interesting in the entire movie!

As for Le Fou, I dare say he was one of my favourite characters. Contrary to his original counterpart he is in no way a fool. In fact, he is the one keeping Gaston in check, knowing his best friends behaviour, trying to keep him in line while simultaneously taking his jabs and making fun of him as well. Compared to the original, their relationship is much more equal and lighthearted. Gaston is still the dreamy guy everyone is into, but he doesn’t treat Le Fou as a peace of shit for it. In fact, despite his obviously homoerotic undertones, even towards Gaston, the latter never once ridicules him for it. Not only that, but Le Fou undergoes great character growth over the course of the movie and it was a pleasure to watch.

As for the Beauty and the Beast themselves, there is not too much to say. The characters themselves weren’t changed too much and yet there was still a fresh air about them. It’s hard to explain without giving too much away. However, I can say that both of them are obviously flawed and both of them undergo a growth as well. Not only the Beast but Belle too. Instead of brushing their flaws off once the plots wants them to be in love they are openly addressed and worked on. Both parties realize their mistakes and even admit to them. It certainly was a nice, little change and I happily watched their relationship develop step by step.

As for a direct comparison of the original to the new one I can say without doubt and guilt that the new movie is better. A lot of the flaws of the original – whether due to ignorance or because of the time it was created it – were taken care off in this movie. The Stockholm Syndrome people accuse the original of is handled better and I say this with a particular conversation in mind that directly addresses the issue of freedom there is for Belle. The movie also works much better in establishing the character, their relationships and especially their pasts. You get to know more about Belle and the Beast that give you a better insight into them and explain, to a certain extend, why their relationship develops the way it does.

So, in conclusion, the movie does great in sweeping you away into a beautiful, magical world. It has a great tone, the music is catchy, the scenery is breathtaking and it hits home in just the right places. While the original was beautiful and unique to experience and is an irreplaceable part of many childhoods, it was extremely flawed. While it isn’t to say that this version is not flawed – it undeniably is – the new Beauty and the Beast managed to give you nostalgia without making the same mistakes as its predecessor. It adds a new depth and strength to our already beloved characters that make me happy in the sense of knowing that another generation will grow up with a better version of our childhood heroes.

anonymous asked:

is dirk a canon horse furry?

You probably weren’t expecting an essay length answer to this question. So like let there be no doubt at all from this point onwards this is exactly the kind of content you can legitimately expect from this blog. This is who I am. I’m sorry.

Also, you’re welcome. 

Yes, Dirk is a furry. And his relationship to furries shows us a lot about his parallels and similarities to one Rose Lalonde. Who is also a furry.

Let’s get into this. 

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Meeting Iain and Elizabeth - My Weekend at C2E2

I don’t really know how to start this because this weekend was such an experience, and I had to the most wonderful time. I know a lot of you have been asking about my time there, so here’s a full rundown of my weekend. Most is under the cut because IT’S A LOT.

I’ll start with what you really want to hear. As most of you already know, Iain and Elizabeth were both the kindest human beings on the planet. Iain was just so nice and thoughtful, and he genuinely enjoyed meeting everyone at the con. You could just tell he was having a lovely time, which made the whole experience even better. And of course, Elizabeth was a complete angel, running a guy down to return his pen, and was completely sweet throughout the whole weekend.

Now, onto my Saturday experience!

First off, I have to thank @eclecticmuses​ for letting me follow her around like a lost puppy all day Saturday. Honestly, I had no idea where to go, so thank you for being so kind and leading the way. You were a lifesaver, and so much fun to hang with all day!

After meeting up with some of her cosplay friends, we went directly to Iain’s autograph line. We were about 15th? in line, so we didn’t have to wait that long, but let me tell you. Once Iain came out and sat down, the f-bombs were flying amongst our group bc we were losing our shit. After about a minute of everyone having a little excited panic, we calmed ourselves (as much as possible) and waited for our autographs.

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John Sheppard and Don't Ask Don't Tell

Along with doing a rewatch of Stargate: Atlantis, I’ve begun reading fanfic in the fandom again.  It’s been a lot of fun to rediscover old favorites and find new stories.  Most of my reading has been Gen and, to the surprise of no one, McShep.

Within the McShep stories written there are, of course, the familiar enemies from canon: the Wraith, the Gennii, and the replicators.  But the one of the greatest and most often used foe in McShep fanon is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).  It’s the policy that will prevent Sheppard from telling McKay how he really feels.  It’s the policy that makes Sheppard resist making the relationship serious.  It’s the policy that means our two lovers must keep their forbidden love behind closed doors.  Among the fanfics that comment on or to any extent explore John Sheppard’s opinions of DADT, they strongly lean towards Sheppard veiwing it hostily.  

But I wonder if that’s an accurate reaction.

Prior to DADT, LGBT individuals were not allowed to serve in the US Military.  They could be investigated for “homosexual activity” and discharged, dishonorably.  DADT was debated heavily in congress; it was something that confused teenage me paid extra attention too (eventually I realized I was bisexual).  It was a type of compromise: basically if you stay in the closet, you’re allowed ot serve.  If you’re out, they’ll throw you out.  Moreover, the military was, officiall, no longer allowed to investigate your sexual behavior (unless they witnessed something themselves).  DADT was far from perfect, but while villified now, it actually represented an early step towards progress in 1993, when it passed.  (And yes, it was high time it was canned when it was in 2011.)

Now look at it from John Sheppards point of view.  As he was born in 1970 and went to Stanford, the earliest he would have joined the Air Force would have been 1992.  (It is never elaborated on what degree John Sheppard obtained.  Stanford currently offers a PhD in mathematics, but not separate masters program.)  In short, since no draft date is given, it is possible that John Sheppard joined after DADT was passed.  In fact, if he wasn’t straight, it’s very possible he joined the military, in part, because DADT was passed.  Living when he did, John Sheppard would have seen DADT much like a did; a small step in the right direction.  A gentle nod towards progress.  It would have made a career he might have previously seen as impossible, possible.

That isn’t to say his feelings might not be mixed.  DADT in practice was followed in a very haphazard way.  Some people were investigated and rooted out despite the fact that DADT was supposed to protect for just that.  Others were pretty much out, at least to their unit and commander.  The unfair and uneven use of DADT may have been part of the reasons it was revoked in 2011, allowing LGB (though really not T) members into the military.  It appears that Sheppard often conflicted with superiors in the military, but had better relationships with his follow soldiers.  We can only speculate on who knew how much about his sexual orientation (including Sheppard himself) and how much of that he shared.  Obviously, however, anyone looking to kick him out could have easily pointed to his attraction to men as a method to do that, so it is likely that he was largely discrete.  One would also think, that exposure to other cultures in the Pegasus galaxy may have also opened his eyes, as it is likely that other cultures had different attitudes towards what we think of as homosexuality or bisexuality.  (Talking with anthropologist colleagues during lunch, many cultures don’t have these concepts, at least not defined as we do.)

In short, John Sheppard’s opinion of DADT was probably a lot more mixed then I’ve often read in fanfics.  He probably recognized it as a protection and some measure of progress.  He might even be willing to defend it.  But he’d also come to see how different societies and cultures have less or little concern about “homosexual behavior” and come to view DADT and the culture it sprang from more critically over time.

As a complete side note, can you imagine Rodney McKay’s reaction if he learned John dropped out of a Ph.D program at Stanford to become a pilot in the Air Force?  Oh boy.

INFJ: the satanic Ni-Ti loop & escaping its pentagram

i hate Ni-Ti loops. i’m also in one way too often. my fellow INFJs, here’s what happens when you loop and how to (theoretically) thaw the ice in your heart, you frigid bee-yotch you

Reminder that Ni, on its own, can be a remarkably cold function. It thrives on analysis and possibilities. Ni says to the INFJ, “Here is one idea! Here are the infinite ideas that branch off from this singular idea! And here is how they are all related!” Ni hands the INFJ the world, and its possibilities, on a silver platter.

In short, Ni grants the INFJ the ability to look at infinite possibilities. But remember: Ni is a perceiving function, not a judging function. When people say that Ni is always sure of its vision, that’s kind of an incorrect statement, because Ni doesn’t actually do the judging, nor does it produce the INFJ’s vision. Ni does, however, give the INFJ the ability to be sure of their vision, since it lets the INFJ see every possibility and the flaws in each; therefore, the decision of the judging function appears to the INFJ as absolutely correct.

Ni, on its own, is not sure of its vision. That’s a side effect of whatever judging function accompanies it. The judging function produces the vision, which Ni assures the INFJ is the right vision. But really. The judging function’s the one in charge.

In a healthy INFJ, that judging function is usually Fe – kind, friendly, gorgeous Fe. Fe usually is there to wrap Ni in a comfy warm blanket, which is why lots of people don’t immediately recognize Ni’s potential for coldness. When the INFJ relies on Fe to produce their vision, that vision is usually one that wants to help people, as is the nature of Fe. The INFJ looks out for others. They help their friends. They, I don’t know, save the world, save kittens from tree branches, become Jesus or whatever.

(side note: Fe can easily be toxic/unhealthily developed, as I also mentioned in the post I linked before, but that’s not what I’m talking about here)

But! In a loop! We don’t have Fe to produce the vision. We have Ti, the next judging function. Which can be detrimental to the INFJ due to several key differences between Ti and Fe:

  • First, Ti is introverted. There’s a reason that extroverted judging functions usually accompany introverted perceiving functions (and vice versa). The balance between introversion/extroversion is absolutely critical to any functioning member of society. In a Ni-Ti loop, the INFJ lives entirely in their own head, bypassing their immediate connection to the external world.
  • Next, the nature of Ti: internal blueprints, assessing new information based on an infrastructure of logic. Ti obviously works wonderfully when in harmony with other functions, but when it interacts with Ni alone, without Fe’s help, Ti uses logic to justify selfishness.

INFJs in a loop are withdrawn and shut people out. When I’ve looped in the past, I completely cut off a close friend who was nothing but wonderful to me, simply because I was busy & our friendship was a lot of work. Not your stereotypical INFJ saint, eh? And the worst part is that toxic Ti’s logic will fool you. It’s hard to get out of a loop because Ti makes the looping make 1000% logical sense. You’ll say to yourself, “Hey, ignoring this person isn’t awful of me, even though she’s going through a lot & needs my friendship. This is just what makes sense. I have to look out for myself.” Wrong! You’re just acting like an asshole. I promise you, I could have handled my shit and also have been a good friend. Ti was just a lot more convenient for me to use in that situation. That’s what I mean by selfishness.

So: You lost your Fe, and Ti’s making all of your decisions, and you don’t like it. You feel trapped in your mind, and often disconnected from your emotions. Likely you feel numb and detached. So what do you do?

THE BAD SOLUTION: When you try to get out of a loop, your first instinct will be to rely on Se, as a way to get out of your head. This is not healthy. If you use Se as a crutch and do not healthily develop it, you will only make things worse. Se will make you overeat or undereat; it will make you sleep too much or too little; you will do dumb self-destructive things and drink too much and maybe even have sex you’ll regret later. Please practice Se responsibility. Like they say in vodka commercials.

THE REAL SOLUTION: Develop your Fe, god damn it. Do random acts of kindness and make up with that friend you’ve been ignoring. Go outside. Feel grass in between your toes and sun on your skin and be inspired to love. I promise you, sending one text to one person with the pure intention of brightening their day will help you out. Practice the good qualities of Fe: empathy, kindness, and understanding. I promise things will work out.

Ok so here’s the thing about Newt Scamander…

I don’t think I’ve ever related to a character so much before him. Honestly though, you know how a lot of stories talk about that “awkward person” and how a lot of the time they are actually not awkward at all, they just trip a lot and wear glasses?
Well Newt was awkward. And he was awkward in the same way I am. He’s not good with people. I’m terrible with people and it is only with very specific people that I can truely be myself around.
I enjoy my own company as does newt, and I guess I don’t realise how much I need companionship until I meet beautiful people who like me for who I am (sad how rare that is right?)
The character is so enduring, and it proves that you don’t have to be the most competent, stealthy, confident person in the world to make a difference. I like this a lot.

Also, as a side note, can we please talk about how all the characters in this film took gender stereotypes and threw them out the window!!

I mean, Newt the main male protagonist is not a natural fighter, he is nurturing and caring. He openly cries in the film, blatantly refers to his male friend as a “friend” and someone he “likes”. Also, refers to himself as mother to the creatures in the case. I mean, COME ON! How often do we get to see this on screen!

Then you got Tina and Queenie. Both brave, and caring, strong and fragile - and so far from one dimensional that I want to cry!

Then of course Jacob! The average joe of the film who is “actually” an average joe. Completely regular, friendly, and an all-round good person, who is not only there for laughs but also for his huge heart.

Anyway sorry for the long post, but this film is so beautiful that is hard for me to take in.
Be ready for most posts :P

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ROTBTD AU: Once Upon A Time
(Jackunzel as Captain Swan)

i am a pirate, you are a princess;
we could sail the seven seas

Happy, happy birthday Justine!! ♡ 

lastbms  asked:

Common Tongue, all the Krem bits for the DVD Commentary meme please! I love the way you write him/about him and tend to re-read Common Tongue every few weeks/months when dire Krem-withdrawal strikes. Withkremal? Kremdrawal? Krem-cravings? Kremvings? Kremvints! Either way, thank you in advance if you get around to it!

Common Tongue was a lot of things, probably too many things, but a not insignificant part of it was me hammering out a Krem characterization, it’s true! The scene in the barracks/the bit where I talk about Dorian edging up Krem’s undercut/Krem stepping on his fuckin feet anyway were my first attempts at it. 

Points of characterization we get to work with for this two-cutscene side character: 

  • likes 2 turn up
  • roasts the Iron Bull
  • writes very formally worded notes/reports to the war table and signs them “Lieutenant Cremisius Aclassi” 
  • raised a tailor
  • his dad sold himself into slavery
  • ran away to join the army
  • fights with a big ole hammer, can’t use a shield (but he’s working on it)
  • trans

So at some point, I fixed on “extremely fussy yung military dude whose hardened carapace of Fuss and Perfectionism from years of striving to go unnoticed in the army took Bull a very long time to break through, and who is lowkey vain and loves being fancy whenever he can make the opportunity” as my characterization of choice, as a foil for Bull, and you know what, I think it’s worked out for me. 

anonymous asked:

Admin, what would you be if you could be a shifter? I would wanna be a hummingbird (bias is Jinyoung)

Ah I’ve talked about this a lot with friends and I think I’d probably be either an Arctic fox or a red fox. But not like a suave, cunning fox - more like the ones that jump headfirst into the snow to look for food~

Side note: We watched a documentary in biology about those foxes in Freshman year of High School and as soon as the fox did that on screen all of my friends were like, ‘oh hey! It’s you!’

people trying to excuse julie for writing the s4e5 fight scene that portrayed ALL boys of colour in a violent manner by bringing up the fights in s1 and s2 being blindingly white (side note: white people calling themselves ,,yakuza,, is appropriation that’s confirmed) completely ignores the fact that people of colour suffer from such representation in more ways than whites (if they suffer from it at all)

when wilhelm and his group fought the ,,yakuza,, boys, what we got from the other characters was praise

when elias was shown in that conflict where isak was hurt,  elias was being called ,,crazy,, and other racist things while fandom also ,,cancelled,, him

what i’m saying is bringing up how whites also get portrayed as violent in previous seasons do not undermine the negative effects resulting from the s4e5 fight scene

it’s like when poc get called names/slurs and whites are like “yea we get called becky too and it’s also a slur* so your complaints aren’t valid” – the difference is we suffer in more ways than one when being portrayed as ALL violent… just ask the police

bruh. seriously.

*no it’s not.

Husband!Jin

Okay so this is the final part to the marriage trilogy, I have gotten requests for boyfriend!bts as well as husband!bts and since there isn’t much difference, i’m going to be combining the two so as usual to start us off is our amazing prince, Kim Seokjin aka Jin aka his voice is just phenomenal 100/2

  • Proposal here, wedding here, honeymoon here
  • Okay but Jin is honestly such an ideal husband
  • Like Jin’s already ideal enough with the cooking and “mothering” of bts but then add in that he’s incredibly sweet and is just an actual ray of sunshine
  • He wakes you up with breakfast in bed on the weekends when neither of you two are working
  • He always always always includes a lil flower on the flower and a cup of juice and maybe some coffee if you drink it
  • Side note can we talk about how adorable cooking with Jin would be
  • Jin’s seems like a natural cook, I can see him as someone who has a lot of lil recipes or add ons the previous recipes
  • He seems like the type to eyeball everything like he just tells you to add in like a tablespoon of something so you look for the measuring tool except there aren’t any
  • He literally just comes over, dumps out a bit into his hand and then is like voila this is about a tablespoon maybe a bit more but that’s okay
  • If you couldn’t cook he be so so okay with teaching you
  • He would stand behind you and wrap his arms around you to guide
  • He would rest his chin on your head or your shoulder and probably just smile bc he gets to spend time close to his love
  • If you can cook though he’d be just as ecstatic
  • He honestly wouldn’t mind if you switched the roles and you were the one hanging onto him and guiding him
  • Date nights are common
  • It may not be a weekly thing rn (he’s a bit too busy to do it every week and you have you own things to do as well such as school or your own job)  
  • It’s more of a random thing like just one night he gets up and is like I want some sushi come on my love
  • ALSO he doesn’t use too many pet names but the ones he does use are adorable
  • He likes calling you his love the most though bc it’s v v true
  • He also likes the cute sounding names like darling, angel etc
  • He’s just a giggly ball of fluff really but especially around you
  • He never truly stops getting all flustered whenever you say I love you and he kinda just does that cute lil laugh of his and is like whoa what really
  • “Yes Jin, you’re my husband we’ve literally been dating forever of course I love you”
  • Tbh it just sets him off more whenever you called him husband bc honestly he was still getting used to boyfriend and then fiancé and now husband !!!
  • He’s just giggling and hugging you so so tightly against his chest bc wow wow you’re mine I love this
  • He just loves you so so s o much
  • He makes sure you have everything you want and would love to spoil you in lil ways
  • Like he’s not gonna shower you in jewelry bc to Jin there’s more to spoiling than the big things
  • Like whenever he sees your favorite chocolate in the store, he picks up a few and brings them home
  • Random teddy bears to keep you company if you’re home without home
  • Tons and tons of kisses
  • No matter how busy or tired you two are, he makes sure there’s a good morning kiss, a goodnight kiss and a hello and goodbye kiss at the very least
  • Okay but his kisses would be so so soft bc his lips just look really soft
  • He’d love forehead kisses
  • While he is a tall man your height didn’t matter, shorter, taller just about the same, he’s still giving you forehead kisses
  • It’s a lil way of being like hey how are you I love you
  • His favorite moments are when you two are just chilling in your bed and it’s like your hair is messy and his is going off in every direction, you’re both in pajamas but he loves it
  • He loves being able to see you so relaxed with him even though it’s literally been years but honestly I think Jin would still be awing over it when he’s in his fifties
  • The pillow talk is adorable
  • He l o v es hearing you talk and hearing what you think about things like hey love what’s your opinion on sharks?? just curious
  • He would kinda just lay next to you and have his head propped up his hand so he can look at you and his hand is just trailing up and down your arm as you talk
  • You have his full attention in those moments and they very quickly become your favorite as well bc it’s just you two
  • His cuddles are so so warm and tight and he’s the type to love it when you have his head on his chest bc then he has so many options
  • He can rub your back, he can play with your hair, he hold your hand he can do all of the above!!!
  • Okay but just imagine this real quick
  • You wake up and see Jin’s sleeping face not too far from yours and he’s definitely got his arm around you somehow whether it’s under your head or around your waist, over your shoulders just anything to make sure you’re safe
  • His hair’s even worse now and there’s just a random piece that sticks straight out but he still looks so good??
  • Like you know how Jin does that thing where he looks like a model just by standing there that’d happen a lot
  • He wouldn’t mind if you were to trace his features like you could run your fingers along his lips, down his nose, under his eyes and he’d let you if your touch was gentle
  • Even if you did wake up, he’d just smile up at you and let you continue but this time he’s doing it back
  • Husband!Jin is just a sweet sweet man who loves you beyond words and is just so happy to have you in his life and never wants to let you go and doesn’t plan to tbh
The song that told us about the GPF banquet but we didn’t know it yet

We all know how Yuri on Ice likes dropping hints of what’s happening in the story through their soundtracks. Stay Close to Me is a fandom favorite to analyze, followed by Tales of a Sleeping Prince, which a lot of people saw similarities between the lyrics and Viktuuri’s story. 

The other songs with lyrics all make sense to their own characters - Still Alive talks about Leo de la Iglesia, Shall We Skate references Pichit’s passion and motivation, and JJ’s song is… Well, about himself. Yet, we’re left with a song with lyrics that still made no sense until episode 10.

I’m talking about Intoxicated, Chris’s short program song.

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Hae Soo: Fire tests gold

I should be doing school work, but I sit here listening to the saddest song in the universe (the song at the end of episode 11–the episode that wrecked us all, and I’m still sobbing over it) and gathering my thoughts about Hae Soo. I think we can agree that this girl has been through so much, both as Go Ha Jin and in her new life as a Goryeo girl named Hae Soo.

And the world will continue to test her, over and over. 

While I was watching episode 11, a song kept popping into my head that reminded me a lot of Hae Soo’s circumstances. If you’re a fan of saeguk, you may know this song through other sources: “If I Leave” (나 가거든); it was a song that came from the drama called “Empress Myeongseong.”

(Like daaaaaamn, the way she gathers her strength and rises again. I think it’s symbolic that So and Soo stand in the rain again. The first time it rained, Soo gave strength to So, and now Soo draws on strength from So. And then there’s Wook–man, I still really like him because I can understand why he made the choices he did, even as cowardly as it was. And Lady Oh is right… it will come back to haunt him, in more ways that he ever anticipated.) 

But back to what I was saying about the song. Here are a portion of the lyrics:

I have to live even though I am sad
I have to live because I am sad 
I know that I’ll understand when this life is over
The reason as to why I walked upon this earth 

The lyrics of this song really reminded me of Hae Soo’s hardships. I think both Soo and So continuously wonder why they faced the things they do, and they continue to deal with such harrowing circumstances. 

Why did Go Ha Jin fall into the body of Soo? Why is she here, in a place that is so different from the world she came from–a violent, ruthless world, where within the palace you can trust no one? 

She–and we, the audience–won’t know why she came here to Goryeo (is she here to save it, as the trailers claim?). And she cannot let herself get sucked into those thoughts as well–Hae Soo can only forge ahead, and live. Survive. Just as she has up until now. Lady Oh’s death will have forever changed her, but I’m curious as to the path she will now lead. 

Side note: I noticed that people talk about how Hae Soo has lost a lot of her spunk. But so many things have changed and that is to be expected. Even Prince Jung comments on how he wants to go back to the past, to the way things were. But they all can’t. They can only look forwards. As Hae Soo gets used to her life in Goryeo, sees the way the world operates, she’s bound to change alongside of it–she has to. She has to adapt to survive. She matures. She breaks. She laughs. She cries. But she hasn’t lost her compassion and kindness and her good heart–and I hope she continues to help the ones around her. Because I love her, for her heart of gold. 

From the Episode 12 trailers, Taejo orders Hae Soo to be sent far away where the princes won’t ever be able to see her. Hae Soo becomes demoted down to a musuri (무수리; a maid who does all of the cleaning duties). It’s really interesting to see how her status changes over time, how she goes from being a well-respected lady from a noble family, to a palace maid, and now even below that, as a cleaning maid. 

(Of course she gets mistreated…) 

To go over a little background information, musuris existed in both Goryeo and Joseon. They were of lower status that palace maids, but they were special in that they were able to go home after they finished their duties–they lived outside of the palace. Conversely, palace maids cannot leave the palace and reside within–and pretty much live there for the rest of their lives. However, musuris could still become concubines/get married–the most famous case in Korean history is probably Sukbin Choi, who was the concubine of Sukjong and mother to one of Joseon’s greatest kings, King Yeongjo. So it’s not a surprise that So asks for Soo to be married with him; the only problem is that her status is so low now compared to him. (But as if So gives a shit about status). 

Off on another point, I think it’s really interesting how well So and Soo compliment each other. Coming with a modern day mindset, Soo grew up in a society that was democratic and everyone was considered to be equal, but So, on the other hand, having faced isolation and harsh treatment from his family really doesn’t care about the rules nor does he know how to deal with people in a proper manner. They both don’t really care about status, or who’s family is more powerful or not, or the rules. They care about the people that are important to them–it’s the heart of the person that counts. 

Hae Soo tells Yeonhwa that the princess always looking at status before the person, and Yeonhwa says that she has no reason to change the way she is–and Yeonhwa is right. She has no reason to be nice to those under her. She’s got her eyes set elsewhere, trying to grasp the power that she can as a restrained woman in the Goryeo period. And cut from the same cloth, Wook is the same way. He cares about rules and what people think and so forth, because that’s the way he was raised. That’s the burden he carries. And that’s also where Soo and Wook are quite different, and So and Soo are quite the same. 

BUT BACK TO THE POINT.

I think if Soo is a musuri, it may be able to explain why she’s outside wearing very nice hanbok, as opposed to her pink hanbok as a servant. 

So: Let’s get married. You’re already my person anyways. 

LIKE HERE. It is so adorable that So saved the hairpin he gave her, and gives it back to her–I think that’s what she’s holding in the shot.

With the WookSoo ship sinking to the bottom of the ocean, because someone turned her back on her… we are expecting to see this scene between Wook and Soo, which I reckon will be the goodbye scene? 

Wook: I missed you every moment. 

look buddy you don’t even have THE RIGHT TO EVEN BREATHE IN THE SAME SPACE AS HER 

BUT we also see Soo and So taking off!! *wipes away tears*

(He’s wearing his mask again! My favourite one, from the first few episodes!) 

So: She’s not a person I can throw away. 

But while Hae Soo in this state, I don’t think it’ll last forever. We still have shots from the highlight video where she’s wearing an outfit that Lady Oh used to wear as a sanggoong. 

And then His Highness had to be dramatic and upload this onto his Instagram.

ARE YOU SERIOUS. You’re SHIRTLESS. IS SO INJURED? SOO IS WEARING SUCH A PRETTY OUTFIT? HER HAIR???????? IS UP ????IN A DIFFERENT STYLE THAN IF SHE WAS A PALACE MAID??????????// I??????????  YOU CAN’T JUST DROP SHIT LIKE THIS AND NOT EXPECT ME TO LOSE MY MARBLES 

Nonetheless, I just wanted to write a short piece on Hae Soo. Okay, “short” is wrong. But I wanted to somehow write about her because what she went through made me think a lot about her character and I had to vent it out somewhere. This is such a beautiful story. I wish the Korean public loved it more. 

I think it’s to be expected that this story will be sad, and Lady Oh’s life parallels and foreshadows with what Hae Soo will face into the future. But she cannot turn away now.  Hae Soo shall continue to walk forward, step by step, carefully. 

“나로인해 누군가가 죽을지 알았다면 다시 살겠단 욕심을 내진 않았을 겁니다.”

If I had known that someone would have died because of me, then I wouldn’t have been so greedy to live again. 

–Hae Soo

How does the kagune speak?

I’m really interested in how this thing is even possible. Yeah it looks freaky and badass, very nice, but how the hell does a kagune grow vocal chords? Not to mention lungs to push air through them - you need more than teeth and a tongue to speak, after all. Eto said once that a kagune’s shape is determined by intelligence/creativity, but still, this is pretty excessive. If we assume the kagune really does have lungs to push air through it’s apparent vocal chords, does that mean Eto’s/Kaneki’s kagune are… breathing?? Why would it need to breathe if it has no heart to run? I mean, unless you count the kakuhou as a sort of “heart” that is pumping RC cells throughout the kagune, but I’d assume it would get it’s oxygen from the ghoul’s own heart.

Plus, there’s the question of how the kagune even knows language. Even if we accept that a kagune can have tongues/teeth/vocal chords/lungs in order to make sound, the fact that it actually can speak coherently implies that it thinks, i.e. a connection to a brain somewhere. Is it Eto’s brain? Kaneki’s? If we assume Kaneki’s kagune is connected to Eto since it gained this ability after he ate her kakuja, then is the kagune “thinking” like Eto? Come to think of it, when Eto’s own kagune was yelling stuff, was it saying what she wanted it to say or was it choosing it’s own words? I could go on forever, there are so many mysteries. 

I guess what I’m getting at is the old question of whether kagune and by extension, quinque, are sentient, or alive separately from the ghoul. I know this subject has been discussed by a lot of people, sorry if this has all been said before! I just wanted to ramble a little because this has been bothering me. We still have very little idea as to what kagune really are, and I feel like this will end up leading to an explanation at some point. 

side note: what do you think the kagune’s voice would sound like? Personally I’m imagining something raspy, lol. Anyway, thanks for reading! 

Jessica Dilaurentis vs. Mary Drake: the theory masterpost

So the twin reveal gave us one solid answer: Jessica Dilaurentis has a twin, Mary Drake. In typical PLL fashion, that means we have 500 new questions. 

(side note: wow i can’t believe i wrote this theory!!! look at me go. im tooting my own horn ok)

Question #1: Who buried Alison? Jessica, to protect Cece? Or was it Mary, to protect Cece?

A lot of people think that the reveal of Mary Drake means Mary buried Ali to protect Cece. But I still think it was Jessica.

  • 4x02. You know, the episode where Hanna is introduced to Tippi the Clue Parrot on the Dilaurentis front porch.
  • Jessica’s in the front lawn, talking about shit living under her porch (Mary, Cece, Raccoons.. who knows? Not me)
  • Hanna asks if Jessica saw Ali’s body when the gazebo was moved. Jessica says “Once I saw the yellow top that was enough to know it was her” (don’t quote me on that, I’m paraphrasing)

I always assumed Jessica said this because she actually did bury Ali, and because of this, she firmly believes Alison is dead until she arrives at the police station that night. She spouts off the yellow top line to Hanna because she didn’t look long at the body. There was no reason to look any longer than a glance.  After all, she buried Alison… she knew Ali was under that gazebo… she “knows” she is dead.  Jessica buried Ali, because this was not the one time we saw Mary Drake.

Question #2: When did we see Mary “one time” prior to the reveal in 6x20?

For me, it can only be one scene: and that’s the scene where we see “Jessica” (Mary) behind Spencer in 4x22.

  • “Mrs. Dilaurentis” (Mary Drake) is not seen by any character on the show. Veronica and Spencer don’t notice her. She is no hallucination. She is ONLY REVEALED TO THE AUDIENCE. This is huge. We even see her shadow as she is leaving behind Veronica and Spencer. This is not something we have to doubt a character for (such as when Ali sees Wilden, and we have to question hallucinations).
  • This is only shown to the viewers and never mentioned again. Just like when we, the audience, not the characters, saw Cece in the black hoodie spying on Ezra. 
  • Ezra’s book “research” makes him believe Mrs. D could be A. His cameras weren’t catching Jessica- it was Mary. 

If we’ve only seen the twin once, we have to remember we saw a lot of interactions with Jessica and Cece- so those had to be Jessica, not Mary. And Cece definitely felt Jessica was/loved her as if she were her mother, which makes me assume Jessica felt a similar love for Cece as her daughter. It’s because of this love that she buries Ali to protect Cece. It doesn’t matter that Cece is her niece, rather than her daughter. (Besides, Cece still shares at least half of Jessica’s genetic makeup anyways, as her mother is Jessica’s identical twin!) It may even be out of love for her sister, too, that she buries her daughter in order to keep Cece from jail. 

Question #3: Who killed Jessica Dilaurentis?

The only answer that fits, in my opinion, is that Mary Drake killed her own twin sister, Jessica.

  • Ali’s story of twins foreshadows this.
  • In the books, Alison kills Courtney for “stealing her life” (or some other twisted weird version of this idk Sara Shepard is wild lol. its been a while since i read the books yall dont come after me for it).
  • Book homage- Mary kills Jessica for stealing her daughter from her.
  • Maybe even for giving her a life in Radley rather than a life of freedom (since Mary had to live in Radley, most likely after hurting Jessica as kids). Another tribute to the books.
  • Mary might feel Jessica has brainwashed Cece into loving her instead of loving her real mother.
  • On top of all this, Mary can’t take over the Carissimi Group if Jessica is alive. She needs to get back the fortune her daughter created, and that’s not possible if the real Jessica is around to keep Ali from signing over the rights to 51% to Rollins.
RANT TYPE THINGY NON DRARRY

Sorry, I just really need to get this off my chest

So you hear about race equality, gender equality and even mental illness equality in the LGBTQ+ community all the time on here at least but no one ever talks about physically disabled members of the community, I think I’ve seen two posts on here at the most.

I’m saying this without the intention of making you guilty but I am a physically disabled member of the LGBTQ+ community and my mother doesn’t really understand why our community has so much pride so being disabled and a lesbian in my family makes me feel like I’m a fish on Mars and the fact that people don’t realise that disabled people have feelings too is really upsetting.

I’ve met a few girls online and we talk for ages and then when I tell them about my disability, I get blanked or pitied. I get so upset and hurt that a little thing about me can change your overall opinion on me, it’s really unsettling. Side note: I don’t need pity either thank you.

The majority of physically disabled people have the same mentality as the average person so we can be different sexualities or different genders if we want to. We just want to be the same as everyone else!

But I might be wrong. I don’t know.

Even if I am wrong, I wanna start #physicalequality

A lot of people, like me, are very insecure about their disabilities and the fact that they are LGBTQ+ so I would really love it if people could realise just how much it would mean to all of us, the physically disabled side of the LGBTQ+ community, and that we are recognised.

Thank you.

I might have mentioned this before, but when I was a little girl, my mother was a chemical engineer who worked for a major manufacturing company, and she worked on a line of very popular menstrual products. So, I mean, menstrual products were a very casual thing when I was a kid. I think I already told the story about me thinking pads were just particularly soft stickers and putting them all over things when I was a toddler, but also I mean we just always had boxes of them around, and my mom would do things like cut pads open and show me how the polymer foam inside worked.

(Side note, this is also how I know that a lot of those jars of “instant snow” you can get this time of year are the same kind of stuff that’s inside pads/diapers/etc. You’re welcome.)

So I have to admit, it was kind of weird for me when I got older and realized that you basically are not allowed to talk about menstrual products in polite company. (Look at that! “Menstrual products” is such a stiff way to put it.) Like forget discussing your period in frank terms, you can’t even talk about the random products you use to deal with it. Can you imagine if it was considered so inappropriate to talk about toilet paper or baby diapers? Bodies are gross, messes happen, but periods are treated differently.

I mean, just watch a pad commercial? They’re not even allowed to use the color red in case it grosses people out. They pour some blue water on a pad, like that’s helpful at all in knowing whether a pad will actually work. And that’s if they even show a pad at all! Usually it’s just like flowers and horseback riding or working out and doing martial arts if it’s a more feminist ad. They’re not allowed to actually talk about the product or how it works, they just use vague-ass language to remind us that their product exists. Like we can forget with our uteruses throwing a giant fit once a month.

So I have to have like this secret network of menstrual product reviews amongst my uterus-having friends, like “oh this pad works a dream but the wings are weird” or “I could probably empty my aorta into this pad and it would be fine” or “I don’t like pads, I only use tampons and this brand has an applicator that should be outlawed by the Hague”. Because once in high school I pulled a pad out of my purse to clean up a soda spill (BECAUSE THEY’RE FUCKING ABSORBENT, THAT’S THEIR JOB) and all the boys looked at me like frightened rabbits.

And I mean, it’s kind of funny to watch the blood drain out of their faces just like it is draining out of my vagina, but it’s also pretty upsetting. Because people who have periods are being taught that their particular brand of excretion (and one that, lbr, is strongly associated with women and misogyny) is grosser than any other kind that comes out of the human body. Their monthly cycle makes them “unclean” in a way that vomiting or urinating doesn’t. It’s so horrible that no one even talks about it. And because no one talks about it, we have problems like people being heavily taxed for tampons, and legislators not knowing how periods work (but still being happy to make decisions about what medications are okay to use to regulate them), and homeless shelters rarely getting menstrual products in donations of other toiletries. People don’t talk about periods or menstrual products, so people don’t know about them.

Even going beyond the widespread political ramifications of this willful ignorance, it makes a normal part of life pretty scary for preteens (or teens) getting their first period. It makes it so they don’t know what isn’t normal. It makes it so people don’t know to go to the doctor for symptoms that are warning signs of severe illnesses, and some doctors don’t even know how to deal with them. It makes it so people suffer needlessly. Even if they aren’t in horrible pain, like a lot of people are, it makes it so they may not know what kind of product is right for them, whether it be a cup, pad, tampon, menstrual underwear, whatever. They may not even know there ARE options. They may not know what kind of painkiller works best for them, or what to try next.

And the fact that there’s this huge blank spot in the way we talk about sexual/reproductive health that even rampant capitalism can’t seem to fully overcome is mind-blowing to me?? Like is a bit of blood really that scary? Really? In a world where action and horror and art house movies with fountains of gore are a dime a dozen? Periods aren’t pleasant, I’m the first person to admit that, but they’re a lot less pleasant when you can’t even ask for help to make them better – at least not in a loud voice. It’s like this bizarre open secret we can only talk about in whispers among women (side note, this makes it even rougher for trans folks to get help) like it’s some kind of arcane secret or curse hanging out inside our uteruses, and if it’s openly acknowledged, it’ll devour humanity.

Anyway, I still keep pads in my purse, and I still use them to clean up the messes that a paper towel won’t touch, no matter who’s watching. I still keep a large stack of them in my bathroom next to the extra roll of toilet paper and the hand towels. I will happily teach little boys and little girls about them, because everyone should know how a basic human function works and is taken care of. Even if you don’t have a uterus, I will be shocked if you never find someone else who has one that you love, whether it’s a partner, family member, or friend. And you should be able to help them, and to give them a place where they can talk about their own body without worrying about being “gross” or “unclean”.

LIKE SERIOUSLY, just talk about periods! You never know when the person next to you might have a great tip for getting blood out of – well, everything.

Previous: Revising the second draft

My five tips:

  1. Don’t assume you can work without consulting story structures. They give you logical ways to order and pace the scenes in your story so that it flows well.
  2. Don’t define chapters by length. Forcing yourself to follow a word count will probably result in a lot of filler and mess up you pacing. 
  3. Don’t add scenes just to increase your word count. Each scene needs to add value to your story, so if you want to increase your word count, you need to brainstorm ways to create new scenes that benefit the narrative.
  4. Not each action scene needs to be meticulously followed by a reaction scene.
  5. Use you word count as a guide, not a rule. 

Remember that I said you can have multiple revisions of one draft, meaning that while you would have only just finished your second draft, it would have taken several revisions to do so. When you think you’ve got your story sorted, all of your scenes are in place, your characterisation is pretty spot on, etc., you can progress to this stage.

This is where we start splitting things into chapters, assessing the relevance of scenes, and ensuring we’ve got the right pacing and tension. How do we do this?

Step one: Make a list of scenes

It’s probably best to do this on a spreadsheet so you can fit more on a page. Make a list of scenes, using a sentence or a few words to describe the point of each. 

Step two: Identify your plot points

In Part Five we talked about figuring out the first plot point. Rather than structuring our novel, this was just to give us something to work towards so we didn’t get writer’s block 2k words in.

*Side note about story structure*

I’ve known a lot of writer’s who don’t think about structure at either the writing or revising stage. It’s perfectly find to write without a structure if that’s your process, but you need to consider it at some stage. Whether you think you’re too good for structure, or it takes the creativity out of your work, or you even think it makes your work predictable and formulaic, you still need to think about structure. Story structure is not a way to try to compartmentalise or commercialise your story and you’re probably not above and beyond the need for it. Story structure is imperative for pace and tension. If you don’t structure your story properly, it will not flow properly.

I don’t use the following story structure because it’s popular or straightforward, I use it because it’s the most logical way to structure most narratives. This particular structure is a tried and true indication of how far apart contextual shifts should be, how much time should appropriately be given to certain aspects, at what point tension can be increased to good effect, and how much tension should actually be included.

Don’t be one of those people who thinks they’re too good to follow advice or that they can do all of this naturally. You might end up dedicating half of your story to your set-up, which is not going to sit well with your audience. You might not increase the tension appropriately, which will lead to a sagging middle.

*End side note*

We’re going to identify the major plot points now:

  • The first plot point – At what point is your protagonist no longer able to return to the status quo? (When Frodo discovers that the Ringwraiths are after a Baggins in the Shire, he must flee with the ring. He will not be able to go on with his life as normal.)
  • The midpoint – At what point does your protagonist actively decide to fight back against the conflict? (Frodo decides he will take the ring to Mordor. Until now he was just trying to avoid the Ringwraiths, but now he has decided he will actively fight against the antagonist, Sauron.)
  • The second plot point – At what point does your protagonist decide to go into battle with the antagonist/conflict? (As this is only the first leg of a three-leg journey, Frodo doesn’t go into battle with the antagonist. There is a contextual shift, though: the fellowship breaks. This occurs during the climax so it is not the second plot point; the second plot point (imo) is when Galadriel tells Frodo that Boromir will try to take the Ring. Frodo makes a last-ditch effort to get rid of his burden but Galadriel declines and he’s stuck with his fate, pondering the significant change that’s about to occur.) 

Mark these down on your scene list. Each is a separator for the parts you your story:

Or, if you like a different format:

These things often come naturally because, like I said, it’s a logical structure that increases the tension at appropriate intervals and assists with keeping an effective pace. If you don’t have these points and cannot find an alternative event that might not strictly follow these definitions but is significant enough nonetheless, then perhaps it’s time to revisit your story and assess the development of your plot. If there are no significant contextual shifts, is there enough tension to keep the reader engaged?

You’ll probably notice that there are fewer scenes in some parts, particularly in part 4. Don’t be alarmed, this is just because those really significant scenes are longer than the less important scenes and will take up a huge chunk of your story. Also, don’t be alarmed if this is not the case, especially if you’re writing in multiple POVs. Your high-tension points might be made up of a bunch of short scenes. Either way, don’t let the amount of scenes on your sheet bother you.

Step three: Identify pinch points

Pinch points are slotted between plot points. They can be big events or small events, but either way, they show the conflict/antagonist/consequences coming closer.

  • The first pinch point is between the first plot point and midpoint (Saruman is building an army; or, if you don’t check in with your antagonist, Frodo is stabbed and almost becomes a Wraith.)
  • The second pinch point is between the midpoint and second plot point (They partake in battle in Moria, and while their foes are not strictly the story’s antagonists, the fellowship are in Moria because of Saruman. They lose Gandalf, their leader and guide.)

Mark these down on your scene list:

Step four: Grouping together related scenes

Close up on your different parts now. What have you got going on between the points we’ve already discussed? Try to identify the really significant moments and group together the scenes that support those moments.

I’ve read several articles about scenes and chapters that say you should alternate between action scenes and reaction scenes. Don’t follow this strictly. ‘Action scene’ does’t mean 'car chase’, it means that a character is actively progressing towards something – that they are working toward a short-term goal that might be the subject of a scene or a chapter. You could have back-to-back action scenes leading up to the completion of a chapter goal, you could have two back-to-back minor goals achieved, you could deny your characters the chance to regroup to keep the tension high, it all depends on pace requirements. If your characters are doing too much without stopping for a breath, allow them to regroup; if they seem too passive, give them more to do.

These particular articles sometimes suggest that an action scene + reaction scene = chapter. Don’t follow this advice either. You need hooks at the end of your chapters, not nice resolutions. End chapters with an action scene. End them in the middle of an action scene if you have do. But don’t think about that just yet! I’m just trying to make you realise that you don’t need to be formulaic when it comes to structuring chapters.

So we group together scenes that relate to each other and use this as a basis to separate our story into chapters:

Step five: The word count

I’ll use the word count from one of my WIPs sans most recent edits as an example rather than the LOTR book because it would be inaccurate to use the word count to reflect the pacing of the movie:

  • Part one: 29,000 
  • Part two: 17,500
  • Part three: 15,000
  • Part four: 12,200
  • Total word count: 73,700

Convert these figures into percentages:

  • Part one: 39%
  • Part two: 24%
  • Part three: 20%
  • Part four: 17%

You can see straight away that these word counts are way off base. I have a few more scenes to write in parts 2 and 3 and pretty much have to write my entire climax, but even so, if I use Part 1 (which I’m relatively happy with) as a basis, then my total word count will 120k words, which is a lot longer than what I want. Additionally, I don’t have enough action to push the rest of my parts to 30k words. This means I’ll need to consider trimming down Part 1.

Question parts that have too high a word count. Are all the scenes necessary? Question parts that have too low a word count. Does enough happen to actually sustain this part of the story? Really assess your storyline here now that it’s complete. Is it actually complete? Have you upped the stakes enough at different intervals? Have you tested your character enough? This all affects the pace because the story needs to unfold with enough drama to keep the reader interested, but also not too much so that it can increase exponentially until the end of the climax.

But don’t stress too much about the word count. While you’re assessing the word count, you also need to assess the content. For example, there’s a lot of action in my Part 1, and while my protagonist doesn’t officially make his goal until 39% through (at this stage), the foundations for this goal are laid at 17,500 (24%). This means that I might not have to trim down Part 1 too much. My First Plot Point may occur very late, but my beginning is full of action so I’m confident that breaking this rule will not damage my story’s integrity.

Continued X