as they share absolutely everything else they own

anonymous asked:

Hey, question are you gonna comment or out thoughts on that post that's been reblogged recently on gene Roddenberry? Talking about how (truthfully) sexist he was? Because I feel like TOS fans should really acknowledge all of that problematic stuff (while still pointing out why it doesn't matter in relation to the sexist reboot) - I guess I just wanted to see if you had any opinion on the dif. on how TOS was presented, and the intent behind it

Oh, absolutely.  In fact, I’m planning a long text post on the matter.  Work has just been crazy lately so I’m hoping to comment this weekend.  I don’t deny that Gene Roddenberry was an imperfect human being.  He definitely displayed sexism and the man cheated on his wife after all.  There is a danger in holding someone up on a pedestal – they’re only human and thus have faults and failings like everyone else.

To give you another example, I absolutely adore Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and I share Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s admiration for everything he achieved.  However…I also have a friend in his mid-40s who was an undergraduate at Cornell University when Dr. Sagan taught physics there.  This friend told me that he had Carl Sagan as an instructor – and that the man was a terrible teacher, arrogant, and completely bought into his own celebrity.  I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to hear this.  That being said, Cosmos was and is a great and truly wonderful achievement and I still love and adore it and think it is a wonderful example of how we need to push the promotion of science for the public good.

I feel much the same way about Star Trek.  It was a product of its time made by imperfect but idealistic human beings.  Is there sexism and racism in the show?  Absolutely.  But to ignore the historical context is to do a true disservice to Trek and everyone who was associated with it.  The writers and cast had to claw and fight for so much.  They truly pushed the envelope and took risks.  And the show should be recognized for that.

At the same time, we shouldn’t pretend that there weren’t/aren’t problematic elements to a show made in the 1960s both onscreen and (especially) behind the scenes.

But, for a show made in the 1960s. TOS is a stunning achievement.  I don’t think we should refrain from criticizing it, but we also have to consider from where that criticism stems.  Wanting to draw attention to TOS’s problematic elements is fair.  But using its problematic elements to defend Abrams, Orci, Kurtzman, and Lindelof from criticism would be wrong-headed, in my opinion.  Context matters, and to compare movies made in 2009 and 2013 to a TV show made in the 1960s without acknowledgement of this is disingenuous.

hey!!!! wouldnt it be nice to consider ethnic minorities within japan??? and i mean japanese indigenous peoples (the ainu and okinawans) because racebending poc is Not Cool. since im okinawan diaspora, im gonna focus on iruka, who ive always believed not to be part of the central ethnicity of konoha/the fire country.

(brief explanation: okinawa is the largest island of the ryukyu islands. i prefer the term “uchinanchu” instead of “okinawans” because it refers specifically to the ethnicity instead of whoever lives in okinawa. we have our own culture, which includes a language (uchinaaguchi), music, religion, etc. we also tend to have really beautiful darker skin)

iruka’s parents werent born in konoha; they moved from an island/the shore (hence their surname, “umino” and iruka’s own name) of the fire country to konoha at a young age to become shinobi. when iruka is born, his parents teach him everything about his homeland: they cook traditional food, celebrate traditional holidays, he can even speak the dialect fluently. they’re a tight family because no one else shares their culture, which is why iruka is so devastated and lonely when his parents die.

but!!! when iruka unofficially adopts naruto, he passes down his knowledge and welcomes naruto into his culture, and naruto is absolutely thrilled (they can trash talk anyone in the sea dialect!!!) and deeply touched because it means he genuinely is family to iruka.

also: grandpa!iruka in his mid-30s because his dumb dfab unofficial son gets himself pregnant with the next uchiha generation AND adopts a bunch of war orphans as if their family wasnt getting big enough with trans girl aunt sakura coming over nearly everyday with her polyamorous gf ino (who brings her bfs chouji and shikamaru) and uncle kakashi and his dogs

You Are In Love: A Steve Rogers x Reader Bit (1/3)

You take a deep breath, letting out a small laugh as the breath escaped. Being spun in the room, you knew that the reason why you were so dizzy wasn’t from the spinning. It was from the person who was spinning you.

“What’s so funny?” He asks, smiling down at you in his arms. Can you feel it too? He questions in his head, but he knows that he can’t say it. It’s too soon to tell. The two of you had only just met.

I can’t catch my breath. His eyes are so, so blue, and they’re looking at me. Can he feel this? “I’m on a date, dancing with Steve Rogers.” You blush a bit, finally making eye contact with him.

He laughs, his eyes crinkling. You giggle, resting your forehead against his shoulder. “Is that okay? That you’re on a date with Steve Rogers?”

“It’s wonderful.” You lick your lips, biting the bottom one. You kept your face turned towards his shoulder. “And is it okay that you’re on a date with me?”

He grinned, gently pushing you off of himself to spin you once in a circle. Steve watched your hair and dress fan around you. You’re absolutely wonderful. “It’s perfect.” He pulled you close once again, and you smiled up at him as he began to hum along to the song that was playing.

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Relationships in Fiction: An Overview

A while back I asked our followers what kinds of topics they’d like to see us write more about. One of the most common responses I got to that question was “Kyo, how the heck do I write relationships with other characters?” Well, I’ve been putting that one off for long enough, so this week, that’s what we’re going to get into!

The first thing we need to do is establish a definition. This is the one I use; you may develop your own as you go. A relationship is any connection between two characters, founded on their shared experiences and their interactions with, feelings toward, and thoughts about each other. Got that? When you take out absolutely everything else, this is what relationships boil down to. Before you can understand anything else, this is what you need to understand - what a relationship really is.

There are lots of different types of relationships. Here are a few different kinds:

  • Familial: Usually our very first relationship. We learn how to bond with other people by bonding with our families as an infant. This includes relationships with parents, siblings, and grandparents; aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Anyone your character is related to by blood or marriage or adoption is a part of their family.
  • Friendly: Usually the second type of relationship we figure out. In most cases, a child’s first friendships are formed by proximity, or in other words, by having to be with someone else in the same place at the same time on a regular schedule. Usually, this means a playgroup or school. Friends may bond over shared interests or experiences, as well, and it is worth noting that as people get older, they often find friends less by proximity and more by shared interests or experiences, such as having met at a concert for a band they both enjoy or on a message board for a hobby they share.
  • Acquaintanceship: These are people who vaguely recognize each other and may, for example, wave at each other in the hall. They don’t seek each other out to spend time or converse, and generally know either little or nothing about each other as people. If they converse, it’s mostly small talk. Acquaintanceships can evolve into other types of relationships over time.
  • Stranger: The opposite of a relationship, really. If someone is a stranger, you know nothing about them, they probably know nothing about you, and they are a non-entity in terms of affecting your life. There are exceptions, such as having a stranger improve or ruin your day, but they are more like random events than actual relationships.
  • Romantic: Not everyone experiences romantic attraction to other people, so not everyone will have romantic relationships. A romantic relationship is generally built on two peoples’ mutual attraction to each other; limerence usually plays a role. People may feel like they are obsessed with another person and may desire to have their feelings reciprocated by that person. It’s worth noting that dating does not have to include romance and can be a separate thing altogether.
  • Sexual: Again, not everyone experiences sexual attraction to other people, so not every will have sexual relationships. If two characters are having sex with each other in any way, then their relationship is sexual in nature. And, again, it is worth noting that while some people may confuse sexual and romantic relationships, they do not necessarily have to overlap; you can be romantically interested in someone and not sexually involved with them, or sexually involved with someone and not romantically interested in them.
  • Platonic: In most cases, this word is used to describe a relationship where two people are very close to each other, but are not sexually involved with each other. It can be used to describe very close friendships, but I am including it here for relationships which are intimate enough that they would otherwise be considered romantic or sexual if the people involved were romantically or sexually interested in each other. You may have seen this word in terms of a “queerplatonic relationship”, which is also an acceptable use. I find it important to note that these types of relationships, which are more than just friendship, are absolutely valid, and should be more widely accepted.

These are just a few types of relationships. In reality, there are lots and lots of different kinds, and probably as many words to describe them, so it’s important that if you’re looking for a label you don’t rely solely on this list.

Okay, so you know what a relationship is, and you know about some of the different kinds of relationships there can be, but did you know that a relationship can be positive, negative, or neutral? I bet you did, but you never thought of it in those terms before. These labels are applied individually to relationships by the people who are in them, which means that one person may feel like a relationship is positive, while the other finds it to be a really negative experience. The best relationships come from two people who both agree that the relationship is positive! A positive relationship is supportive, respectful, and fulfilling. Negative relationships are disrespectful, harmful, and draining. A neutral relationship is not uncommon among acquaintances; generally it means that a person has no strong feelings one way or the other toward the other person.

So now that we’ve covered all this ground, how do we write relationships? Let’s go back to our definition and break it down!

  • A connection: The two characters involved have to know each other, or at least know about each other. If neither of them knows the other exists, there is no relationship. However, if one character knows about the other, while the other doesn’t know about them, you have something different - a one-sided relationship. (Fun fact: when a human being feels connected to another human being, such as a celebrity, who doesn’t know that the first person exists, it’s called a parasocial relationship, and they can have many of the same benefits as mutual relationships for the first person but come with their own unique pitfalls.)
  • Shared experiences: Every single time your characters are on the page together, they’re sharing an experience. It could be a class they’re both in, it could be standing awkwardly around at a party, it could be seeing the same sights or eating the same food - everything they do together, at the same time, whether or not each of them knows about the other’s presence, is a shared experience. Of course, it’s better if each knows the other is there. When we have shared memories with someone, we tend to feel more attached to them, particularly if the memories are good.
  • Interactions: This is the word for what happens when your characters are actually talking to, looking at, touching, or otherwise communicating with each other. They’re interacting. Two people who have shared experiences (such as being in the same class) but who have never actually interacted with each other will not have the same relationship, or as strong of a relationship, as two people who have shared experiences while interacting with each other.
  • Feelings: This is the thing your characters (and those of us in the real world) have no control over. Do they experience romantic or sexual attraction? Do they have strong feelings that make them want to protect each other? Does one of them irritate the other to no end for reasons they just can’t pinpoint? There are a lot of minute signals that people put out that we don’t consciously pick up on, such as body language, scent, eye contact, and tone of voice, and sometimes those things cause the primitive parts of our brains to do things beyond our control. We call those things feelings.
  • Thoughts: This is where your characters get to pretend they have control over their feelings! It’s also where personality comes into play really heavily. Your characters may not share all of their thoughts about each other with each other, with other people, or with your readers, but it’s important that you’re aware that those thoughts still exist, and that those thoughts drive how your characters act or react in different situations.

It is also important to recognize that relationships are like strands of a spiderweb: they will cross over with, connect to, overlap with, and interrupt other relationships. No single relationship exists in a vacuum. There will be other people in your character’s life who have opinions about their relationships, or who will try to interfere with their relationships, or who will try to forge relationships your character may or may not approve of. Relationships are complicated and messy, and that’s okay!

“But Kyo,” you might be saying. “This is all pretty basic stuff. How do I apply all of this to my writing?” Well, friend, there’s a reason why I haven’t gotten to that yet. It’s because I can’t tell you. Every single relationship in the world is as unique as the two people who are involved in it. I can give you tips for writing different categories of relationships, but even inside those categories, I’ve never written two relationships that were exactly alike. I’ve read some relationships that hit the same beats, I’ve never read two that were identical, either. Mastering the basics will never steer you wrong, and it allows you to build on them and work with them as necessary to produce unique and interesting results.

The last and best piece of advice I can give you when it comes to writing relationships is to know your characters. If you want it to feel real, then you have to really understand each of the characters involved. Know what motivates them, what they like about each other, what they don’t like about each other, what they each want out of the relationship, how they feel about each other, and how all of those things are impacted by their personalities and past experiences. People are complicated and messy, too. Sometimes they don’t make sense, and that’s okay, too. Let your characters’ relationships develop organically from the basics, and you’ll be fine.

In the future, I’d like to make individual posts about different kinds of relationships and how to portray them in your stories, but for now, this overview is a good place to start. I hope it helps some of you out there with your writing. Good luck!

anonymous asked:

This isn't about character design, but I still figured this would be a good place to ask this: What should I do when I severely doubt the quality of my work? This happens to me over and over again: I start writing a story and am proud of the beginning chapter(s). I post it up online and get nothing but praise, sometimes even from skilled writers. I continue writing, but I always realize that I made stupid mistakes in the first chapters. *Continued in next ask*

*Continued from previous ask* I try to fix what’s wrong, fail to see what EXACTLY needs fixing, and then feel ashamed that I put up something with such poor quality. All of my stories die early. But at the same time, I’m not sure how well I would work with a beta reader because of potential schedule conflicts as well as fear of clashing visions for how the story should be. What can I possibly do to get over this? It is absolutely crippling me as a writer.

I know this feeling really well and from what I’ve seen it seems to be pretty common among writers.  I might not be the best person to answer this cause I still struggle with it myself but I’ll share some things that have helped me get a little better about it.

  • It’s a cliché saying, but you really are your own worst critic.  When you write, you get to know every single line and each word seems immensely important and everything has to be perfect and in its exact right place or else it feels like it’s terrible.  But in reality, unless you have a really jacked up word choice or something else that obscures the meaning of the sentence, most readers aren’t going to care or even notice if a sentence could have been worded slightly better or if a marginally more descriptive phrase could have been used.  What feels catastrophically awful to you probably doesn’t even register as an issue to most readers.
  • If you have problems with making plot mistakes early in the story, you could try doing a rough outline of the whole story to try and minimize the plot holes, inconsistencies, or whatever issues you may have with early chapters.  Obviously this won’t fix everything, but it could give you a clearer overall picture of the plot and therefore help you keep things consistent throughout.
  • Also, writing shorter stories can be great practice at finishing stories and plots without the commitment of writing a novel-length story just for practice.  The compact form of a short story really forces you to focus on moving the plot along and wrapping everything up quickly and efficiently, which can be good practice for when you want to write a longer piece.
  • This is probably the hardest thing to do in this situation, but sometimes you just need to keep writing no matter what.  Don’t worry about editing or making it perfect.  Just write and get the words on the page and don’t let your inner critic silence that flow of words.  First drafts are never perfect, and if you’re writing anything at all, that’s a success in and of itself, no matter what your opinion on the quality of it is.  If the first story, or the first ten, that you finish have plot holes in the beginning or huge gaping flaws everywhere, that’s okay.  You can always go back and edit, and besides, no one starts out perfect at anything.  Just like drawing or learning a new language or doing yoga or just about any other endeavor you could try, writing is a skill that needs to be developed through constant practice and experience.  So sometimes it is a painful struggle to muddle through an awkward first draft, but it’s something that all writers have to do.

So yeah, long story short:

anonymous asked:

GOM+Momoi AU! headcanon where they have fellow GOM members/Momoi as a sibling/s, how would they be like? I've always loved reading the headcanons here, thank you for the lovely work!! <3

(I’m just gonna do generalized sibling headcanons as how they would act heavily depends on the person chosen and there are too many variables in that, so if you have a particular few in mind feel free to send in the ask again!)

Generation of Miracles

Akashi Seijurou

  • Akashi shields you from the brutality of your father, knowing that despite the fact you’ll have to learn how to deal with his type of person one day, that you should be able to enjoy your high school life instead of deal with constant pressure to be perfect. 
  • The first meeting with his new team goes off well as they get along with you instantly, even becoming protective over you if they saw you being harassed or bullied.
  • Akashi is one of the greatest study buddies you could ask for though you tease that he’s no fun, with him promising to buy you a treat should you get a good grade on the test you’re studying with him for.

Aomine Daiki

  • Aomine is the overprotective brother who doesn’t like it when anyone looks at you with lovey dovey eyes, quickly sending them a glare and getting them to back off.
  • Once when you were both younger, you were playing in the mountains and got trapped in a thunderstorm; Aomine sacrificed his water rations to keep you hydrated and created a makeshift camp to live in while you waited for your parents to find you.
  • When you both get older you’re bound to drift apart as you live your own lives, but Aomine will call every once in awhile to have you caught up on his life, and will send you tickets to his most important games.

Kise Ryouta: 

  • Kise loves all three of his siblings very dearly, and buys them each a present whenever he goes out shopping. Whether it be clothing or a stuffed animal, he has the three of you spoiled.
  • You know that Kise isn’t always upfront with his feelings and he confides in you his negative emotions often, not wanting you to idolize someone like him who has hidden bitter tendencies (though you insist that isn’t all that’s to his personality, perhaps making him tear up a bit).
  • When Kise was younger he used to sleep on the floor of your room to protect you from the monsters you swore were hiding underneath your bed; he kept up this charade until you were old enough to understand monsters weren’t real, and even then he would still occasionally sleep in your room as he missed getting to sleep near you.

Kuroko Tetsuya: 

  • Kuroko retained a very close relationship with you as family was incredibly important to him, and he would often think of you as his plus one to any sports event before considering someone else.
  • He used to read to you when you were little, and as he grew older the books became more complex; soon you couldn’t understand a word he was saying but fell asleep to the sound of his voice instead.
  • Kuroko would often have you practice basketball with him to help him keep control of the stray balls so he can get the most out of practice, using your presence as motivation to continue even when he wants to give in.

Midorima Shintarou: 

  • Midorima is very protective over you and refuses to let you meet any of the other Generation of Miracles, even a bit ornery when Takao forced his way into his home specifically to meet you and your mother. 
  • He’s very intelligent and put together but he never appears condescending to you when you ask him for help; he reacts like it’s the most natural thing in the world for him to be helping you with your troubles, never complaining even if your pestering was constant.
  • Though he disliked when your parents came to his basketball matches, he trusted in you not to embarrass him and would often tell you when his games were to see if you could come; when Shutoku lost to Rakuzan, you were the only reason he could put back on his ‘strong’ face after falling apart.

Murasakibara Atsushi: 

  • Murasakibara is always ready to fight with you over anything and everything, including who tapped into his snack supply, but if he saw another person get a little too threatening towards you, he’d intervene immediately. 
  • He saw you as being much smarter than him and would often come to you for help if he absolutely needed it (he tended to get pretty far with his own study methods, but sometimes you had something to offer that helped him get better scores).
  • You, and the whole family at times, make a yard full of snowmen during the snowier months, building up the snowmen to be as tall as possible, sometimes getting them to exceed Murasakibara’s height (which means he’s the one that has to dress the snowman as no one else could reach).

Others

Momoi Satsuki

  • Momoi would be the ideal big sister, sharing everything and anything with you. She would let you borrow clothes, make-up, etc. and would always have her door open to you.
  • She would be extremely worried about you falling for Aomine due to the fact she watches a little too many romance movies.
  • She likes to spend quality time with you at least once a week or else she’ll feel as though you’re both drifting apart, and likes to plan family activities to keep all of you a close family unit.

The NS wedding 

It’s hard to express what I feel for this pairing. I shipped them for years (and I guess it’s the case of most of you here) and I don’t think I’ll be able to ship any other pairing like I did with NS. 

I just love how natural their relationship is. How realistic, how you think “this. This can happen to me. This is what I want in my life…” I love how they deeply care and treasure each other, that selfless love that binds them together but in the same separates them. I love the Tsundere/cheerful boy thing, how they would do anything to protect  each other. 

Yes, I absolutely love them…and even though they aren’t canon, they are for me, and will always be. Canon doesn’t always mean that everything else isn’t good or worthless, this is one of the few things that ending taught me: fanon can sometimes be waaay better than canon, because everyone has his own and different version about how it should have happened. 

Anyway, I wish you all a happy NS day, and hope that next year, everyone will still be there to share more NS goodness. :) 

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