any excuse to french

fake vignettes #13-#17! regardless of the lazy painting i’m acutally v. pleased w how these ones came out, i’m so glad i decided to go on w this excercise uvu the original sketch is some ink w some marker shading!

presented to you w no context bc my aus make no sense but i’ll use any excuse to draw the blitz

A Thousand Natural Shocks - Chapter 2

Sorry for the long wait, everyone! College apps have taken over my life, but the good news, I spent a while writing out a basic outline for most of the fic.

This is departing wildly from @notllorstel’s Neverhuman AU in terms of fae vs whatever Stan is in here, but much of the existing comics and art still line up! I drew directly from one of the earlier Neverhuman AU comics for a certain part in here.

I’ll be happy to answer any questions y'all have about the fic and/or give hints about what’s coming.  ((Also… if this seems to be heading in a worrying direction, I did take a lot of inspiration for my version of Neverhuman!Stanley from @minty-draws-cartoons‘ Rift!Stanley AU. Maybe that’s reassuring, maybe it’s not.))



Admittedly, Stanford Pines wasn’t the best sleeper, even before the whole fiasco with Bill.  

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Rolling Stone: Behind Hozier’s Unlikely Rise

Meet the singer behind the smash “Take Me to Church”

A little less than two years ago, Andrew Hozier-Byrne sat down at the piano in his parents’ home near Dublin to work on a song called “Take Me to Church.” Hozier-Byrne was a struggling musician, often seen at open mics around town. In front of him was a notebook full of lyrics, some of which expressed his frustration with organized religion — and particularly the Catholic Church’s history of mistreating gays and covering up child sexual abuse. “I was just fumbling around and I came upon the idea for a chorus,” says the singer-songwriter, 24, who performs as Hozier. “Then I went up into the attic and made a little demo.”

Today, the vocals he laid down at that session are the key ingredient in a global smash. “Take Me to Church” would eventually top charts around the world (and hit Number Two in the U.S.), win raves from Taylor Swift and Adele, and earn the previously unknown Irish singer high-profile gigs on Saturday Night Live and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. “I always thought of myself as a very, very obscure artist,” says Hozier. “I never thought Irish radio would be turned on by my music — or any fucking radio station, excuse my French.”

A soaring ballad that mashes together blues, gospel, folk and soul, “Take Me to Church” sounds like little else on Top 40 radio in 2015. Hozier credits this to the fact that he grew up in a vastly different environment from most hitmakers. “We lived far out in the Irish countryside,” he says. “We had a very, very bad Internet connection.” His main source of music was his father, who played drums in blues-rock bands and owned a vast collection of vinyl and cassettes. “I developed a fascination with the roots of African-American music,” Hozier says. “I love Muddy Waters and Nina Simone. I also watched The Blues Brothers movie over and over.”

Hozier taught himself guitar and sang in his school choir. He was admitted to Dublin’s prestigious Trinity College to study music but dropped out, figuring his time would be better spent writing songs. Progress was slow and he eventually moved back home, where he had his breakthrough moment with “Take Me to Church.” His rough attic demo got the attention of the indie label Rubywords, who teamed him up with producer Rob Kirwan, best known for working on U2’s Zooropa, Pop and All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

Kirwan heard tremendous potential in the crude demos. “He’s got so much soul in his voice and he’s only a youngster,” he says. “He’s a bit like Adele where his voice belies his age.” They spent a few weeks replacing the programmed music with live instrumentation, though the original vocals on “Take Me to Church” were so powerful he dared not touch them. “I thought he’d have a slow burning career, like PJ Harvey,” Kirwan says. “I never foresaw a stratospheric rise.”

To promote the song, Rubyworks hired the tiny Irish production company Feel Good Lost to create a “Take Me to Church” video. Working with a shoestring budget, they created a stark, black-and-white clip about a homosexual man who gets brutally beaten by a gang of thugs while his lover looks on helplessly. It gets right to the central message of the song. “Growing up, I always say the hypocrisy of the Catholic church,” Hozier says. “The history speaks for itself and I grew incredibly frustrated and angry. I essentially just put that into my words.”

Hozier has been labelled an atheist by the press, but he says that’s not the case. “That term is associated with a belief that maybe there is nothing,” he says. “I’m very comfortable not knowing. I think searching for it is quite absurd. I think discussions about it are equally absurd. It’s a tough one, but I’m very, very comfortable just not knowing.”

The “Take Me to Church” video went viral after its September 2013 release (it’s now up to 86 million YouTube views). “I remember someone texting me to say it was getting 10,000 views an hour,” says Hozier. “I went home that night and watched the views rise hour by hour. It was just crazy.”

The success of the video attracted the interest of labels from around the world. “He did one gig at a church where there were about 100 people and 20 of them were A&R reps,” says Kirwan. “If a fifth of the audience at your show is A&R guys, you know something is up.” One of them was Justin Eshak from Columbia Records. “My friend in the U.K. sent me a link to the video,” he says. “The song was already rocketing up the iTunes charts in Ireland. The very morning after I first heard the song I hopped on a plane and flew to Dublin. I didn’t want to waste any time.”

Columbia won the U.S. bidding war for Hozier, convinced that “Take Me to Church” could find a place in the American pop landscape. “If you’d taken a song with a slow tempo and a heavy subject matter to Top 40 a year ago they would have looked at you like you were crazy,” says Eshak. “But there’s been a shift due to artists like Sam Smith. The music is connecting because when it gets on the air it’s such a sharp juxtaposition to the existing material on Top 40 radio.”

The song first popped up on an Adult Album Alternative radio station in Nashville. “Just from that it was the most Shazam’d song in Nashville,” says Eshak. “It’s very unusual for that to happen just off Triple A radio. Shazam usually follows the Top 40. A programmer at the Top 40 station in Nashville saw that reaction, listened to the song and decided to take a chance.”

It became an enormous hit in Nashville, quickly spreading all over America throughout the summer and fall of 2014. Offers for live performances began pouring in, and Hozier found himself stepping onto American soil for the first time in his life. “The diversity there is just incredible,” he says .“It’s almost like the European Union. The states are enormous, almost the size of countries.”

His first gig was at New York’s tiny Slipper Room, but soon enough he was onstage at prestigious places like the Ryman in Nashville. Taylor Swift saw one of his shows and tweeted about it. “She has more followers than God,” says Hozier. “So that was a big deal. We hung out a bit. She’s incredibly kind and very funny. Adele saw me in London, though thankfully I didn’t know until afterwards. I have such respect for her.”

As Hozier criss-crossed America throughout 2014, “Take Me to Church” slowly climbed the charts. Eventually, the call came in from Saturday Night Live for an October appearance. “The Top 40 crowd is really just discovering it now,” says Eshak. “Saturday Night Live really helped with that. It’s one of the few institutions left in America, and in terms of credibility it’s just huge.”

The whole thing is still rather baffling for Hozier. “I’m still trying to figure out what’s happening,” he says. “I never wrote music for the mainstream. I think I was incredibly fortunate that the song crossed over and people connected with it. Spotify played a big role. It’s a discovery platform and it’s been invaluable to me over the past year.”

Even though he spent the entire year of 2014 on the road, his calendar for his year is already booked straight though Christmas. “He’s gotta make hay while the sun shines,” says Kirwan. “His song is on the charts all over the radio and he’s gotta capitalize on all that positive energy. But how will he have time to write a second album, let alone record it?”

Hozier is aware of the dilemma. “Sadly, I’m too busy to work on my second album in any meaningful way,” he says. “But I have a guitar with my everywhere I go and I’ll try to keep the ideas coming. I just won’t be able to do much meaningful work until 2016, I think. We’ve just had some fantastic offers this year and we don’t want to pull any punches. We’re really going for it.”

The possibility of “Take Me to Church” becoming too big does weigh on him. “You don’t want a song to be bigger than yourself,” he says. “I mean, do you? Maybe you do. I don’t know. I guess I’ll find out.”

kohakufox  asked:

if the Boys had a chance to learn a different language,what would they pick ?

Osomatsu would probably want to learn German. Not only because he’d think of it as a pretty sweet language but he’d probably love to angrily yell german words leaving his brothers wondering if they were caring words or insults. He’d also enjoy trying to use pick up lines in german on others hoping his dorky foreign words would somehow capture their heart.

Karamatsu would probably attempt to learn Italian finding it to be romantic enough to soothe his bleeding heart. Though he’d be very confident his pronounciations…would most likely be a little off. He would, without a doubt, slowly lower his shades making sure they catch a glistening ray of sunlight and say in the deepest, most sultry voice he can muster, “Ciao bella.” He would do this constantly and the brothers would wonder if he actually knows any Italian apart from that one phrase.

Before Choromatsu makes his decision, he would 100% use google to look up the best languages to learn in terms of job prospects. He might learn English or Spanish at first and would try to aim for learning two languages eventually. His second language would probably be something obscure and difficult like Latin, so that he can just pull out random phrases in Latin whenever he wants and insult his brothers whilst feeling smug about it.

Ichimatsu wouldn’t like to communicate verbally, instead he would opt for sign language. Sometimes he’d find it easier talking in the language, whenever he came across someone who knew the language he would end up talking more than he usually did. Internally he’d wish he could use it to talk to everyone instead.

Jyushimatsu would learn Spanish. He would love singing (well, yelling) out Spanish lyrics at the top of his lungs, and reciting various Spanish commercials. He would watch Spanish Novelas to get better at talking Spanish and because they were downright entertaining. Heck one day maybe he could perform in one.

Todomatsu would most likely try to learn French viewing it as ’ trendy or elegant’ he’d use any excuse to insert simple French words onto the captions of his twitter and instagram posts. He’d also relish in the fact that he knew a language his brothers did not resulting in him trying to incorporate French into anything he did with them. Going as far as to sometimes wear t-shirts with French saysing such as “Vie en rose” and “Je t’aime”.

Kitty Avengers! Inspired by a google pic I came across the other day. I’m going to see the movie tonight & any excuse to do themed nails right?

Used in this mani:

Wet N’ Wild - French White, Black Creme

Jordana - Crystal Glitter

Characters painted all with Apple Barrel acrylic paints

HK Girl Topcoat


Wear leather skirt at work: check.

Swear at work: check

Notice Reed is wearing leather trousers:  check. (ooh boy)

Find any excuse to French kiss Reed: check.

Twice: check.

Get Reed to spend a night in my bed:  Work in Progress.

Teach Jim about boundaries: check.

Make Jim feel like a mistake of Creation: check.

Get padlock for dream diary: to do.

The Tenant, AKA the Rumbelle Sex Shop Challenge

Blame this on the RMC. Specifically blame this on Lost. This is entirely her fault. All of it. Something she said sparked the idea for an AU where Belle, new in SB, opens a sex shop, much to Regina’s dismay. Gold is both amused that the mayor is up in arms about it and quite a bit… intrigued. As the landlord he takes it upon himself to regularly check on the business and Belle, slowly, coaxes him into.. trying some stuff out.

The Challenge: This is the Introductory fic. Whoever wants to add to it is welcome to do so. It’ll be like a messy round robin, slowly leading towards a growing emotional and physical intimacy between Belle and Gold.

The Rules:

  • Each fic must feature a toy or a product from the sex shop Gold tries out or learns about through Belle.
  • No repeating toys or products. 
  • Ideally the intimacy must slowly be built on, though of course it doesn’t much matter if the fics jump back and forth a bit as long as you clarify in which state of the relationship they’re on. When it’s all done we can figure out some order.
  • The initial fic is canon and cannot be contradicted.
  • You do not have to ask for permission but if you decide to write something let me know and I’ll see if someone else is already writing something using that toy or if it fits what other people are writing.
  • EVERYONE can participate.
  • It does NOT necessarily have to be smut.
  • Tag the fic The Tenant.

If you have any doubts about anything you can send me an ask, I really don’t mind.

Rating: (This part) PG-13


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