based off the novel

Cas is twenty-six and has never been kissed. It’s never been a problem, but now his advisor is saying that his dissertation, a romance novel, is lacking a personal touch and won’t be liked by the board. With one day until it is due Cas is at wits end, but maybe his roommate, Dean, can give him a few pointers. 2.9k [AO3 Link]

“You love me?” Jo asked with wide, open eyes.

Anna nodded back timidly and tried to walk away, but Jo caught her arm before she could make her escape.

“How long? How long, Anna?” she demanded. “How long have you loved me?”

Anna may have been an angel, bright and powerful and able to smite Jo in an instant, but in that moment, the angel looked completely and utterly human. Her eyes were downcast and her lip was perched between her teeth. She looked terrified, which was beyond Jo. How could an angel of the Lord be terrified of a simple human like her?

“Ever since I pulled you from Hell,” she whispered. “When I touched your soul, it was the purest thing I’ve ever felt in my life. From that first caress of your being, I knew that I’d Fall for you, Jo. I just knew.”

“Anna…” Jo trailed off, because what the hell. How could an angel love her, a hunter? It didn’t make any sense, because angels hated hunters. The only reason Jo was topside was because she was a pawn in their games, and even though she thought Anna wasn’t like the others, she still had doubts at times. She thought that Anna was just putting up with her, that Jo’s love for the angel was unrequited.

“I should go,” Anna said as she turned on her heel. Her large, obsidian wings flew out, ready for flight.

Jo felt herself panic as Anna crouched down. She couldn’t let her angel leave, not after a confession like that one.

“No you don’t,” Jo said, reaching forward and turning Anna around. With a fire within her, Jo leaned in and

“Their lips…no. They touch one another with their mouths…no. They…uh…mack on one another for a long time…the end.” Cas pushed his laptop away and ran fingers through his hair, groaning. “This is impossible,” he muttered to himself, and brought his elbows up onto the table.

He’d rewritten the ending scene with Anna and Jo’s kiss a thousand times, but it never worked out. Professor Mills cited a lack of personal touch, and told him to base the kiss on his own experiences. “Add a little raunchiness, will ya?” she said to him with an upturned grin. He nodded and laughed along at the time, but now he was truly panicking. He was never going to finish his dissertation before tomorrow’s board presentation, and it would all be because he’s the only twenty-six year old on the planet who has never been kissed.

It wasn’t like he hadn’t tried before. Back in college, Cas was almost kissed a few times, the closest being when he was playing a drunken game of spin the bottle with his floormates. It landed on a girl named Meg, a feisty business major who was known for her escapades in the bedroom, but when she leaned in and tried to kiss him, he couldn’t do it. When Cas imagined his first kiss, it always was with someone he really cared about, not some girl from Edlund Hall that he barely knew.

“Yeah, wait until you find the perfect person to kiss. That’ll do you a lot of good,” Cas angrily muttered to himself as he pulled his computer back towards him. The cursor blinked back at him mockingly, and Cas carefully began typing.

“With a fire within her, Jo leaned in and grabbed Anna’s face-”

“No, no, no!” Cas cried out as he pounded on the keys. Even if he had no experience, why couldn’t he write this damn scene? Kissing was not rocket science, and he’s read enough romance novels in his life. Why can’t he just write a few lines and get it over with?

“Cas?”

He cringed when Dean’s voice hit his ears. The last thing he needed was his roommate seeing him all up in arms over this, especially since he was the one Cas had been trying to get the courage to kiss for years now. He quickly thought that if he wasn’t such a coward, then maybe he’d be able to not fail out of his dissertation.

“In my bedroom!” Cas called out, and began fruitlessly typing nonsense as Dean’s footsteps ricocheted off the hardwood floors, stopping when he reached Cas’s door.

“You okay?” Dean asked, and Cas turned around to see his friend leaning against the doorframe, lips turned up into a smirk as he toed the ground with his boot.

Perhaps it’s heightened by Cas’s troubles, but Dean looked even more handsome than usual. His jeans were rolled up at the bottom, revealing his ankles, and his white t-shirt was dirtied from his work shift at the garage. Combined with his playful gaze and his hands in his pockets, Cas felt himself blanching.

“Earth to Cas? You there, buddy?” Dean said as nodded in his direction.

Cas blinked owlishly a few times before going back to his laptop. “Yes, I’m sorry. I’m just trying to finish my dissertation.”

Dean walked over to his computer and peered over Cas’s shoulder. He could feel Dean’s breath on his neck, and it took everything in him to not turn his head and close the distance between them. It would be the perfect moment to get experience-

“Wow, this sucks,” Dean snorted, and alas, the moment was broken.

Cas glared up at Dean and pushed away from his desk. “You think it’s crappy? I’m presenting this to the board tomorrow,” Cas reminded him with emphasis. “And you decide to tell me now that it’s crappy?”

Dean held up his hands and backed away into the bed. He plopped down and replied, “Crappy isn’t the right word. It’s just…lacking. Jo grabbed Anna’s face and kissed her until they broke apart tells me nothing,” he said, quoting the last thing Cas wrote down. “I want to read about what the kiss felt like for Jo, you know?”

Cas took a deep breath and took a seat next to Dean. He folded his hands in his lap and glanced out the window, then asked the question that had been on his mind all day. “What does it feel like to be kissed, Dean?”

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anti-fans are saying that bts is glorifying mental illnesses

heads up guys, they really aren’t?

1) the hyyh concept is based off of several different novels; two major ones being Kafka On The Shore and Demian.

These two novels are both coming of age/bildungsromans. This is one similarity; another is that that they both deal with character foils and alter egos.

In KOTS, the main character Kafka Tamura is split into three different characters. There’s of course our narrator, Kafka, but he has his alter ego, The Boy named Crow, and then also a part of his spirit is unknowingly transferred to an old man named Nakata. Another example of this in the novel are the characters Johnny Walker (yes, what an interesting name. This is apparently Taehyun’s fav alcohol? But anyways there’s also a character named after the KFC chicken dude and he’s literally a pimp btw) and Kafka’s father, Koichi Tamura. They are the same person. And then later in the story, Kafka becomes Koichi and falls in love with his own mother, Miss. Saeki and then more confusing stuff happens

In Demian, the main character is a young boy named Emil Sinclair who’s constantly split between good and evil. Evil is represented by his bully, Franz Kromer, whereas good is represented by the suave Max Demian. One can even go to think that Emil Sinclair, Max Demian, and Franz Kromer are all aspects of the same boy.

What am I trying to say with all this mind-boggling stuff? 

That the idea of several different characters (with very different personalities and histories) representing one person has been a popular concept behind many, many famous pieces in literature.

It is not glorifying mental diseases such as psychosis and multiple-personality disorder.

It is an example of surrealism/metaphysics within literature, and please do not confuse this for distorted reality or schizophrenia either.

2) BTS are the one boy group that I know of who has been extremely vocal about their own struggles with mental health and has used their status as a celebrity to speak up about it

This is for those who are saying that BTS shouldn’t be using mental health (their depression, anxiety, etc) in their music since they “don’t suffer from any of these problems”

  • Since his debut, Rap Monster has been very open about his difficulty with finding happiness and his fight with depression and loneliness. You can see this in almost all of his lyrics (ex: “Life” and “Drifting”), his tweets (ex: “I sincerely hope all of you too have some sort of a shelter in your mind. Like a place you could go to as a last resort. That’s how people can live. I always feel lonely and pained but it’s a new feeling. Being able to do something feels like a luxury.” © letmesuga), and his fan cafe posts.
  • Suga literally dropped a mixtape describing his struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts, anixety, social phobia, and self hatred.
  • J-hope has revealed that he was depressed before debut and even all of bts has said that they had never seen a boy as miserable as him before. He also described his severe mood swings several times.
  • Jimin has also talked about his body image issues several times (but he has also comforted us, saying that he’s eating well now and that we don’t need to worry)

3) The mental illnesses J-Hope’s character has are relatively unacknowledged by the general public. I bet half of you didn’t even know what munchausen syndrome was before bts came out with hyyh and wings ( I know that I didn’t- and that’s why I’m even more thankful towards them)

Münchhausen syndrome was seen under the diagnosis of J-Hope’s character in his short film.

I personally think of it as awareness because unfortunately, not everybody takes a psychology course. This is especially significant in Korea as again, mental illnesses are not spoken of openly. Most people are only knowledgeable on illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, and split-personality disorder since they are the ones most spoken about in Korean media (Korean dramas, korean movies, etc) 

So when people are screenshotting the short films and analyzing it, those who aren’t going to know münchhausen syndrome are going to research it and learn about it. In this idea, bighit is bringing awareness and letting people know that hey! this illness exists too and it deserves recognition. That there are more mental illnesses that should be known of.

Without a doubt, this concept series can be taken as problematic. However, please do realize that this is also a Korean release as well as an international release. This is so important to a nation like Korea where so many of the younger generation (BTS’s target audience) are ignorant and uneducated to the issue of mental health due to various of stigmas. This concept can be seen as problematic to more open/educated countries, cultures,and people but to Korea- it is certainly a step in the right direction and I think BTS deserves to be commended for that. 

So if anything at all, BTS is bringing awareness to these mental illnesses as well as different kinds of abuse (with taehyung’s father being an alcoholic/domestic abuser) because that is also a subject that is also stigmatized.

They aren’t putting this issues in a romantic or “happy” light, they aren’t portraying it in a way that makes it seems as if they can go away easily.

All in all, BTS are truly bringing a different level to kpop (with their breathtaking films and storyline) and we should be thankful that they’re talking about topics that are usually shielded away from pop culture.

Indie Game Seasons Of Heaven coming to Nintendo Switch

Developed by French indie studio AnyArts Productions, this new adventure game will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Taking place in a post-civilization world, it centers around a group of survivors. You play as Yann, a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is accompanied by his dog Ani. The story is based off a French novel of the same name. Both Yann and his canine companion are playable characters.

Fantasy Races Based off of People of Color

I’m writing a fantasy novel and I’m working with both fantasy races and cultures that have real-world similarities. Any advice on how to avoid negative connotations between some of the more stereotypical “dark” races and the cultures they’re based off of? For example, I’ve developed a race of trolls with culture that draws from the Japanese but is different enough (from what my test readers have told me) that there isn’t enough to pin down a specific culture but they say reads as vaguely Asian. Also, mone of the stereotypically “dark” races are presented as dark solely by virtue of being what they are, and I’ve tried to give all my races both good and bad traits without playing to stereotypes, but I’m just not sure if I’ve either changed the culture enough or ought to change it more so it doesn’t read as anything (but I don’t want to accidentally cherrypick) or if I should start over and go completely from scratch.

Damn you JRRT for infusing modern fantasy literature with this idea that “races” of fantasy beings have to be all of one personality. Orcs are all twisted, elves are all haughty, dwarves are all clannish, humans are all corruptible and selfish but ultimately good, hobbits are all hedonistic, etc. It’s just as xenophobic/racist as an all-human version of the same.

There’s a subtle difference between “the culture of the elves is such that they are haughty” and some kind of biological determinism that says elves are all naturally haughty and I don’t know how to finish saying what I mean and I throw myself on Nik’s mercy because I feel like he’ll say it better anyway.

–Shira

I was about to say… what is with this obsession with making non-human fantasy races modeled on one specific (non-European, usually) culture?  This always bugged me about Star Trek even.  Like, there’s maybe one to two mentions of Klingon dialects but by and large, there’s just “Klingon” all speak Klingon and act Klingon and there’s very little room for variation.

One thing I’ve found helps in my own work is to constantly think of my fantasy races not as “races” but as “aliens.”  These are legitimately different species (even if I personally work in some magic gene-therapy bull to allow interbreeding).  This forces me into a mental recasting to think of all possible intra-species variation just as we humans have.  So yeah, it’s possible while in the course of a single story to only interact with one culture of the fantasy species, that culture is a small snapshot of a larger cultural gradient.

It also bugs me when folks just take from a real world human culture for their fantasy species without examining the geocultural and historical background that gave rise to said culture.  For instance, “Japanese culture” is product of Japan’s history and geography, etc., and just one of many possible paths that said culture could have developed along.  

Your race of trolls or whatever who live in the snow-swept mountains of Fantastica are going to have a biological/historical/technological/culture background that makes certain development far more likely to happen, but rather than try to think those out, nah, just steal from some real world human culture.  I mean, this is pretty dehumanizing in a very literal sense.  What we have here is a failure of imagination, which is ironic because it happens more often in speculative fiction writing than anything else.

-Mod Nik

This is just me, but I really really prefer it when fantasy races aren’t based on real life countries and cultures. Like Nikhil said, think alien!

Or (and I’m not Japanese so maybe this is not a good idea) there *are* troll-like creatures in Japanese mythology. This doesn’t mean making your trolls Japanese is a good idea but rather you can use oni or other Japanese troll-like creatures as a base, of sorts.

But if you don’t see the distinction between the two, or decided oni that drink green tea and wear kimonos is a good idea, I would rather people go with alien.

 ~mod Stella

Also, how to avoid negative connotations for taking the negative aspects of the culture: take from the whole culture so you have both the positive and negative aspects represented in the story. Simple as that.

~ Mod Lesya

Can you imagine a Dystopian YA novel where there is no pre-existing totalitarian government. Where there is no nuclear war that wiped everything out and the descendants are forced to live in a dangerous urban radiation filled landscape. Where there is no class system based government that separates people based on personality traits.  

Instead, imagine a novel that starts off with the world slowly descending into madness. Where governments across the world are collapsing and pure anarchy is running wild. Where there is no laws or structures at all, and its pretty much a free for all. 

And instead of a plucky main character who is the ultimate chosen one and is destined to overthrow the system, there is just a bunch of street kids. 

Street kids who grew up in this lawless world and witnessed countless atrocities. Street kids who are becoming fed up with this survival of the fittest bullshit and set off on a journey to change everything. 

Street kids, who everybody thought would amount to nothing, begin to plan and establish a new government.  A tougher, militarized government, one that restricts people because at this point people are acting more like feral savages. The street kids gain followers and establish their version of a proper society, one with laws and harsh punishment. The street kids mold their chaotic and violent world into a neater and ordered one. And throughout the years, the government seems to be working. And if people are protesting about their lack of rights, well hey what can you do about it? After all it is for the greater good. And the street kids rule with a iron fist, until years later a plucky brunette heroine dares to challenge them and leads a revolution that sends their hard work crashing down.  

And as they stand in the rubble of their established society, with nooses around their necks, and the shouts of relief and happiness from the people who are elated to see the brutal dictators executed for all their crimes against humanity. The street kids make eye contact with the elated heroine who is basking in the glow of the rebellion. And the street kids are no longer kids but adults who only wanted to make a better world. And they tell the heroine to enjoy the praise and the power for now because it won’t be too long before some one else comes along and destroys everything with one touch. 

Can you imagine a Dystopian YA novel that fully reveals the origins of a government and it’s founders.  

anonymous asked:

I was thinking. I think it's completely possible that this first season is so short because this show is coming out of no where. No fan base existed before this. It isn't based off of a light novel series (like The Devil is A Part Timer was) or a manga series. Maybe this first season was shorter because they were testing the waters to see if a fan base would develop (which yes, yes one certainly has) to see if another season would be worth it? Testing the waters, so to say.

yeah exactly; the creators/studio couldn’t be be too ambitious fearing they might end up losing $$$ for the reasons you stated. looks like the creators don’t have to worry much anymore since there’s now so many supporters!

I’m finding it interesting that BTS continues to based their music and concepts off these fictional literature/novels- that I have never heard off- [but then again I’m not really into that whole philosophical really deep stuff].. and it makes sense when these books date back to the beginning of the 1900s. But also if you’re like in college let’s say, or you’re into history and literature, or Greek mythology, you’d know about these kinds.

I am passionate about history, and I love fictional novels- like I have read my shared of stuff [I consider out of the ordinary and deep] in English class; Macbeth, The Salem Witch Trials, BelovedFrankenstein’s Monster, Medea and a few others I can’t remember, and they’re pretty awesome once you start reading it. [Also most of these^ are based on real events].

But BTS is out here connecting their personal lives with that of these stories, and it’s fucking brilliant!

I swear Namjoon is too much. Going hard on the liberal arts, like he making me want to take a philosophy course now. 

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Hey everyone,

My name is Leon Langford, I recently published a book based off of my love of anime, manga, and light novels and my desire for diversity in the YA lit world.

I was hoping you could help with just a simple reblog.

Streetslam Volume One is on sale on Amazon Kindle for 2.99.

*If you have don’t have a Kindle, you can download the kindle program to your mac or pc for free*

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B012025TA6

Summary: After the death of his mother, Devin Maxwell joins Titan Force, an organization that collects supernatural artifacts using super powered agents. Devin quickly rises to become a brash, yet successful agent under the field name: Streetslam. He forms a pseudo family with his friends and fellow agents at Titan Force.

Devin’s allegiances are put to the test after an enigmatic billionaire offers him the chance to revive his mother, but only if he turns on his new family and steals a mysterious item from the Titan Force vault.

Featuring:
-A black main lead with superpowers.
-Anime style battles.
-Characters dealing with depression, poverty, abuse, and recovery.
-A diverse and robust cast, featuring strong black women, strong hispanic women, and a trio of super powered sisters.
-Anime tropes such as BIG ASS swords, long evolving story arcs, a military organization that has no problem hiring teenagers, and even a character with animal ears.  

Thanks for all the support!

**UPDATES**

Ummm….wow! I posted this 2 days ago and we’re already at +3000 notes. My novel is now at #3 and #4 in bestsellers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much.

when is someone going to write sinjir/conder fic, i’ve been waiting for ages

am i gonna have to….actually do this myself, damn it

I love the font used in the novels. They make all the awesome historical words and names look epic. Roman Empire. Khan Hulagu. Mongol Empire. Crusade.

I've seen fanart here with Nezumi with short hair and Shion with purple eyes; what is up with that?

You are most likely looking at fanart using the novel descriptions for the characters. When No. 6 was made into an anime and manga and toi8 came up with the concept art, some of the characters changed slightly in appearance. For instance, Nezumi is described as having short hair in the novels when they meet again four years later, and Shion’s eyes are described as being dark purple, while his scar starts on his neck rather than his cheek. As the anime took a slightly different route than the novels, fan artists sometimes draw Nezumi and Shion with short hair and purple eyes respectively to show they are basing their art off the novels and not the anime, or simply prefer the novel descriptions.

We have a FAQ now! Please check it out! And if you have any questions concerning No. 6, please feel free to ask us! ;D

Scrapbook tutorial!

Okay so my inbox is full of questions about my scrapbook and i’ve been putting off making this post but here goes! Keep in mind i am poor as shit so everything is as cheap as possible.

First off as a base for my scrapbook I use just any old novel. Then I stick coloured paper over the pages and what not

Most of the pages had to be ripped out otherwise the book wouldn’t be able to close.

Because my old scrapbook is full I’ll be starting on a new book for this post. Its hardcover which I think Ill prefer.

I start by searching Pinterest for aesthetic posts which match the character. Its nice to have a strong colour scheme in mind.

Because I do this a lot I also keep lots of Pinterest boards full of images I might want to use for future pages. This also means that if I’m ever in a situation where I have free printing I can just print a whole lot of these out to use later.

Im low on printing ink at the moment so I only have 17 images for Keith but I usually get about 30. I print so many pictures because the ones I don’t use will probably be used for other pages later. I like to have at least one aesthetic board in there because aesthetic boards are fun!

Then I cram them all onto a word document to print.

Side note: I always seem to print the images too big so fair warning there.

I then go through all of my collected stickers, pictures and cutouts and pull out anything that will fit the character Im currently doing. As you can see I have accumulated quite a bit.

Side note: As tempting as it is to just always use printed out media if you do that then there will be no texture to the finished piece and it will look flat. To avoid this I buy lots of foil stickers and acrylic scrapbooking cutouts to add texture.

I then go through all the scrapbooking paper I’ve bought in the past and pick out prints that suit my character. Again I try to use a few textured prints to add a bit of dimension. A lot of the paper I steal from school art rooms and stuff.

Side note: Wrapping paper is a super cheap alternative to regular stuff.

Next I use the patterned paper to create a base on a page of the book I am using.

I had a lot of trouble with Keith because a lot of the stuff I have is more vintage or ornamental rather then bold and dark. But I think I did okay.

Then I start adding images. First I stick down the more patterned or simple images that I don’t mind partially covering up.

Then I add images by size, starting with the largest and working my way down to the tiny little stickers until the whole page is full. I end up shuffling the picture around a LOT because I want to keep the page looking balanced.

I also like to keep my pages quite linear and avoid having images on an angle just because I prefer it that way.

Side note: Its also good to cutout some of the images you collect just to make it more interesting.

Finally I use a white gel pen to write quotes and draw little doodles over some of the pictures. Theres no rhyme or reason to how I do this, I just go for it!

My gel pen ran out of ink the other day and I need to pick up another so I haven’t done that on the Keith’s page yet.

Side note: I get my Gel pens from Kikki-K because theres a store by my grandparents house but Im pretty sure thats only a New Zealand store. I don’t know any alternatives but Im sure there are some. Try those fancy designer stationary shops, they usually have reasonably priced pens and odds are they have white gel ones to go with black paper note books cos rich people love that shit.

And thats it! I hope this was somewhat helpful.

anonymous asked:

Whats the phantom of the Opera I know it's a play or smthn but that's all I know Haha sorry

Oh haha, Phantom of the Opera is a musical about a guy with a deformed face who secretly lives in an opera house becoming obsessed with a young woman who also lives in the opera house. She’s also got some issues which makes it easy for him to seduce her and carry her off to his lair…but ultimately he ends up killing and threatening people to try and further her singing career and win her affections from another man, which is NOT A HEALTHY WAY TO GO ABOUT A RELATIONSHIP. So that’s why I thought that last thing about killing family and friends was about POTO lol.

Juice=Juice as Vampires

Miyazaki Yuka: Kind and pure. Probably didn’t want to become a vampire and struggled coming to terms with it. Is the exact opposite of the evil vampire stereotype. Rocks some great gothic lolita fashion.

Kanazawa Tomoko: Smart and cunning. Queen of some underground vampire empire. She knows something you don’t, and knows that she knows it. Don’t mess with her or her friends. She’ll end you.

Tayaki Sayuki: Really classy vampire but also knows how to have a good time. Is really careful with avoiding the sun and other anti-vampire dangers. Right hand man to Kanatomo in leading her underground empire.

Miyamoto Karin: Popular, loved by humans and vampires. No one really knows how she became a vampire but she, and everyone else just goes with it. Probably has some vampire teen fiction novel written based off her.

Uemura Akari: WANTED to become a vampire. Tries to be a cool vampire after reading Twilight once. Owns 10 different pairs of red and black sunglasses but still accidently gets burnt anyway. Drinks fruit punch flavored Kool Aid and tells everyone it’s blood. Loves to hair flip. 

Y’know there’s a part of me that’s still in disbelief that a critically acclaimed blockbuster was released starring Tom Cruise based off a light novel and that a movie is currently in post production starring Scarlet Johannson based off a property made by a  Japanese Hentai Artist most known now for drawing bestiality and horse dicks than through provoking sci-fi and satire like he did in the 80s and 90s.

Things are gonna get real weird.