bored fast

patrickarch  asked:

Diana crashes at the manor one night, only to walk in and see Bruce with all the batfam on the couch watching movies. The kids are all asleep on him

Diana pressed the doorbell and waited for someone to open. Alfred welcomed her with a smile, “Good evening, Miss. To what do we owe the pleasure of your presence?”

“I thought I could stop by and see Bruce. If he’s not busy, that is.” Diana stepped inside the vast hallway of the manor and strode next to Alfred. 

“Yes, Miss. He’s in the living room.” Alfred headed to the kitchen. Diana headed to the living room where he saw Bruce with three boys seated next to him. A younger boy rested his head on Bruce’s shoulder. The rest where already fast asleep. 

“Bored them to death, Bruce?” Diana chuckled. 

“It was Dick who picked The Black Dahlia but he was the first to fall asleep.”

Diana sat down across the sofa and smiled, “I wonder if I’ll fall asleep if you pick the movie.”

Bruce smirked, “I don’t think so, Princess.”

Jason stirred and wrapped his arm around Damian. Diana chuckled, knowing how Jason and Damian somehow always never agree. 

Diana glances at the screen and sees the part where ScarJo and Josh Hartnett make out. Diana suddenly felt the blood rising to her cheeks. Her eyes darted towards Bruce but she caught him already looking away from her. 

Suddenly, the kids awoke in a stir. 

“What the sh-”

“Where we”

Their eyes then darted to Diana then back to Bruce. Dick chuckled and said, “Alright, Kids. Time for bed!” Tim and Damian rushed to the stairs up to their rooms. Jason nudged Bruce’s shoulder and winked with a chuckle, “Someone’s getting some tonight.”

Dick laughs out loud before walking with Jason up to their respective rooms. 

Bruce covered his face with his hand, “Goddamn it.”

Diana shakes her head with a small smile, “It’s alright, Bruce. I was thinking of the same thing.”

———————

HAHAHAHAHA. I’ll just leave this one hanging and leave you to your imagination. 

  • Leo: Are you mad at me?
  • Piper, Jason, Hazel, Frank, Percy and Annabeth: No
  • Leo, internally: I can’t believe they’re fucking mad at me

anonymous asked:

How many types plot structures are there and how are they used?

Hiya! Thanks for your question! Plot structures are important for creating a good story.

There’s an infinite amount of plot structures depending on the story you’re telling. Some types are better than others within certain genres. Here are the most common plot structures, and how they’re used:

The Four Main Plot Structures:

Freytag’s Pyramid:

Also known as dramatic structure, this is the most simplistic of plot structures, and probably the one you were taught in elementary school. In this type of story structure, the climax falls in the middle, and the latter half of the story consists of falling action and the resolution. This was developed to analyze Greek and Shakespearian plays that use a five-act structure.

Why it’s good: It allows authors to explore the consequences of one’s actions. It’s also good for story analysis.

Why it’s bad: Long resolutions get boring fast. Modern novels don’t use this because no one wants to read a story where the villain is defeated in the middle.

When to use it: Children’s books and short stories

It’s good to use in children’s books because the goal of most children’s books is to teach kids a lesson. Using Freytag’s Pyramid gives writers the chance to teach kids the consequences of doing something wrong (lying, bullying, etc.). It works in short stories because the limited length prevents the denouement from being too long and boring the reader.

Examples: Any of Shakespeare’s plays

The Fichtean Curve:

This is what most modern novels use, no matter the genre. The Fichtean Curve features a varying number of crises (or mini-climaxes) within the rising action to build up to climax about two-thirds of the way through the story. The falling action is short and used to wrap up loose ends or establish a new way of life for the characters.

Why it’s good: Putting crises throughout the story will keep readers hooked until the end. It also helps to keep good pacing. Despite being frequently used, this structure is loose enough that anyone can use it and make it unique for their own story.

Why it’s bad: Too much action can be overwhelming. This structure also doesn’t work well with certain story types such as Voyage and Return, Rebirth, or Comedy.

When to use it: Action-packed stories, Overcoming the Monster plots, or Quest plots

Examples: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, World War Z by Max Brooks, or Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Hero’s Journey:

Another common plot structure that is seen in modern novels (especially western literature), and can be combined with the Fichtean Curve. Often, modern novels are a combination of the two. What makes the Hero’s Journey unique is that the protagonist must go through a literal or figurative death that completely transforms them. The death is usually, but not always, the climax of the story. Another key difference in The Hero’s Journey is that the protagonist must atone for their past rather than overcome it or move on without going back.

Why it’s good: Allows for great character development in character-strong stories.

Why it’s bad: Nearly every western novel, film, or TV show (successful and unsuccessful) uses this plot structure. It’s a little overdone, but if you can put a good personal twist on it, it can work out just fine.

When to use it: First-person stories, stories with small casts, Voyage and Return plots, or Rebirth plots

Examples: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, or Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Media Res

Latin for “in the middle of things”, In Media Res is a unique plot structure. Rather than start with an exposition that builds up to the action, In Media Res starts right in the middle of the story. If you were to start your story at the second or third crisis point of the Fichtean Curve, you would get In Media Res.

Why It’s Good: Dropping people in the middle of the action will hook the right from the beginning.

Why It’s Bad: Starting with the action can be disorienting for readers. Make sure you fill in the backstory as the plot moves on.

When to Use It: Stories with small casts, Crime plots, or Mystery plots

Examples: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, or The Iliad by Homer

There are plenty more plot structures, but these are the main four, and all others are based off these in some way. Keep in mind that most stories use a combination of these plot structures, so you don’t have to stick to just one.

Thanks again for your question! If you need help with anything else writing related, feel free to send in another ask. Happy writing!

- Mod Kellie


If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask us!

The 9th House

sun in 9th: idealistic, highly curious, philosophical, spiritual, loves learning, sincere, wise, lucky, humanitarian, can be bad tempered, inspiring, good teacher, constantly searching for purpose, tolerant, open minded, optimistic, self righteous

moon in 9th: lacks practicality, imaginative, spiritual, curious, restless, longs to travel, cultured, wanderer, likes change, inquisitive, intellectual, easily bored, fast paced

jupiter in 9th: wise, true humanitarian, knowledgeable, energetic, enthusiastic to learn, endlessly curious, open minded, can be scatterbrained, independent, has naturally good fortune, intuitive, visionary

mercury in 9th: intellectual, lively, consistent, adaptive, philosophical, always wants to learn more, loves conversation, decisive, can be judgemental, doesn’t pay attention to details, good teacher

venus in 9th: passionate about learning, philosophical, spiritual, creative, charming, values independence in a relationship, zestful, free spirited, falls in love easily, decisive, fast paced, adventurous

mars in 9th: strong morals, full of ideas, restless, adaptable, compelling, explorer, often active/athletic, straightforward, likes debating, sincere, open minded, social butterfly, busy mind, unorganised, humorous

saturn in 9th: intellectual, stubborn, firm beliefs, can be seen as orthodox, inflexible, skeptical, often religious, conventional, can be narrow minded, responsible, enthusiastic about learning, rational

uranus in 9th: open minded, loves learning, loves travelling, original thoughts, imaginative, flighty, expansive, optimistic, intuitive, unique views, rule breaker, hates restriction, despises the status quo

neptune in 9th: mystical, has big dreams, optimistic, wears rose tinted glasses, inspirational, prophetic, balanced, lacks focus, psychic, sensitive, lacks discipline, confident in ideas, faithful, attracted to exotic things

pluto in 9th: loves travelling, busy mind, impatient, enthusiastic, optimistic, fears opposing ideas/beliefs, can be argumentative, creative, analytical, needs meaning in life, dislikes hypocrisy, interested in law


aries in 9th: finds identity through philosophy/religion, impatient, spontaneous, attacks corruption; protester, quick thinker, adventurous, optimistic, can be insensitive, adaptable, brings ideas into action, calm under pressure

taurus in 9th: tends to be traditional, cautious when travelling, unchanging beliefs, patient, persistent, practical, drawn to earthy tones, likes visiting places to do with nature

gemini in 9th: easily bored, adventurous, curious, always wants to try new things, can lose enthusiasm easily, challenged by authority figures,  has a mixture of beliefs, communicates understandably & effectively, interested in literature, finds meaning in everyday life, logical

cancer in 9th: intuitive, finds protection through spiritual/philosophical beliefs, can be self centred, emotional attached to beliefs, defends beliefs, needs instruction to grow, selfless worker, adaptable

leo in 9th: optimistic, bring ideas into action, calm under pressure, likes travelling, self confident, ideas are lofty, likes learning, enlightens others

virgo in 9th: interested in word events, ideas are orderly, strictly follow rules, can be judgemental of others beliefs, seeks higher knowledge, abstract thinker, down to earth

libra in 9th: likes to travel, wants to be in a harmonious environment, strong sense of equality, respects all beliefs, enjoys learning, indecisive about beliefs, intellectual, artistic, tactful

scorpio in 9th: interested in conspiracies, secretive, prefers not to travel, emotionally invested in beliefs, critical, can be judgemental, likes to research, loves culture and religion

sagittarius in 9th: positive, expanding mind, open minded about belief systems, ever changing mind, likes to travel, passionate about teaching, wants to discover the ‘ultimate truth’, philosophical, versatile interests

capricorn in 9th: conventional beliefs, requires facts to believe something, normally doesn’t like to travel, street smart, often wants to be the authority figure, traditional, ambitious, practical

aquarius in 9th: unconventional beliefs, progressive, enjoys to travel, interesting teacher, advanced thinker, can be aloof, eccentric energy, embraces other cultures

pisces in 9th: fiercely spiritual, likes to be around water, too trusting, creative, selfless, compassionate, believes everything is connected, can have delusional beliefs

Ushijima Wakatoshi may be an antagonist, but he is not a malicious person

@shiratorizawa-headcanons’ recent post reignited the fervour and indignation I feel about popular fanon mischaracterisations of Ushijima, so here we go.

First thing’s first. Ushijima is an antagonist. That much is clear. He is clearly intended to provide opposition to the main characters of the series, pushing them to grow. Their goal has to be accomplished through defeating him.

However, antagonist is not synonymous with evil, or “bad person”. L from Death Note is the antagonist to Light Yagami, but I’m sure everyone knows who poses more of a danger to society between the pair of them.

More importantly, I feel the need to clarify and debunk popular fanon interpretations of Ushijima.

“You should have gone to Shiratorizawa” is a joke that probably everyone who watches Haikyuu!! knows. It’s gone from a slightly funny meme to a stale, overused, tasteless joke. While I do not condemn the use of it as a joke, it has affected the way people view Ushijima’s character.

And is it really accurate or relevant? Name one instance where Ushijima has actually physically said the words “You should have gone to Shiratorizawa.” to Oikawa. When? Yes, he has said that “He should have gone to Shiratorizawa”. To Hinata and Kageyama. And his reason? A powerhouse team like Shiratorizawa that actually makes it to nationals and has a chance of winning would be more beneficial to a setter of Oikawa’s calibre. There is nowhere in canon where he has stalked, harassed and haggled Oikawa, begging or forcing him to go to Shiratorizawa. All that is baseless fanon bullshit. There’s literally no canon evidence suggesting that Ushijima even thinks about Oikawa outside of volleyball competitions.

I’ll admit that Ushijima did tell Oikawa, “You chose the wrong path.” and that did cross the line. That does not, however, automatically make him a creepy, overbearing, obsessive stalker. People are allowed to interpret fiction differently (as a literature student I’m more than aware of that). But Ushijima’s words were an act of concern, rather than coercion or violence.

What people need to understand is that Ushijima, while a talented player, is terrible at predicting and understanding the effects his words and actions might have on people. He is a blunt, straightforward and honest person who says what is on his mind. The reason he feels that Oikawa should have gone to Shiratorizawa is because he respects Oikawa’s abilities as a player and sees Oikawa’s potential. His way of showing it might be odd, but it is precisely because he respects Oikawa as an opponent that he questions Oikawa’s choice. To Ushijima, being at Shiratorizawa would allow for Oikawa to fulfil more of his potential (of course, the validity of that belief is questionable considering the treatment of Semi Eita, but that is another argument to consider) He honestly just wanted to warn Oikawa not to “make the same mistake” again without realising that he was basically rubbing salt on Oikawa’s wound + being offensive by telling Oikawa that the decision he’s based the past three years of his life around is wrong, because he genuinely wants to see Oikawa fulfil his potential as a player.

Ushijima’s intentions are not malicious. He respects his opponents despite his thoughts on their abilities (or lack thereof), and when he realises that he’s offended someone he’s quick to apologise (i.e. when Hinata questioned Ushijima calling Seijoh “infertile soil”. Ushijima sweated nervously and apologised for causing offence.) Even Oikawa and Iwaizumi, the two characters who dislike Ushijima the most, acknowledge that “he’s genuinely being sincere” when Ushijima wishes them good luck in their final high school tournament.

Ushijima isn’t the type to deliberately rile up his opponents. He doesn’t look down on them either. Up until Hinata’s appearance in his life, he’s competed against no one but himself mentally. And when Ushijima questions Hinata on being an unskilled and short player? He’s not insulting Hinata for that either! His first impression of Hinata gave him high expectations - a challenge he looked forward to facing, and when he realised Hinata’s abilities were much lower than what he expected, he was genuinely curious, because Hinata had spoken so boldly (about beating HIM, a top 3 ace, and going to nationals) before!

Ushijima states that “baseless self-confidence is something I dislike”, so he certainly does not exhibit that himself. He obviously doesn’t expect someone he acknowledges (Hinata, in case I’m not being clear here) to be arrogant, because in his eyes, an opponent he acknowledges and respects should have a “good” attitude just like his. He does not dislike Hinata himself, but is nonetheless infuriated by Hinata’s “arrogance”, because Ushijima works hard. Yes. Here’s the thing. Contrary to popular belief, Ushijima did not get his accomplishments handed to him on a silver platter. He works hard to become a strong volleyball player. Shiratorizawa’s image of him is “The Super Volleyball Maniac”. He wasn’t just naturally good at it. He spent time and effort practising and improving his skills, just like all the other hardworking characters (Oikawa Tooru) you worship.

Remember that Ushijima does not have the luxury of viewing the events of the manga (or anime) from an outsider’s perspective. He does not know of Hinata Shouyou and his struggles. All Ushijima knows about Hinata is that 1) The boy showed him up at Shiratorizawa and proclaimed that Karasuno would defeat Shiratorizawa and go to nationals and 2) Hinata Shouyou does not exhibit the skills necessarily to back up that statement. Ushijima literally has no idea that Hinata had no proper volleyball team or training up until last year, so it’s entirely within his rights to be annoyed that someone with such crappy skills (which Ushijima would attribute to slacking off/not working hard enough) would claim that winning against Shiratorizawa was so easy. He could’ve been nicer about it, but hey, he wasn’t that hostile to Hinata off the court, as you can see with the training camp arc. At the end of the match he acknowledged Hinata’s abilities as a player. Then in the manga, he (and Tendou) was shocked that his coach did not see Hinata as a worthy player to invite to the Miyagi First Year Training Camp, and he encouraged Hinata to keep working hard, “What are you doing standing there?”

Obviously, people are allowed to dislike characters, and Ushijima has done/said things to grate on people’s nerves (as a Seijoh stan and Iwaizumi lover, his “infertile soil” comments do irk me at times). Nonetheless, your personal feelings towards him do not indicate that he is as bad person (especially not a stalker or a rapist, gosh) canonically.

When retired marine Sgt Derek Hale takes a job as a private security contractor on Isla Nublar, he expects it to be a piece of cake. The pay is good, the weather is nice, the hotel bar is always full of pretty one night stands, and the nerds keeping a watchful eye on their pets make his job super easy.

 It gets boring real fast. 

Derek is not much into gossip, but when he hears about the “raptor whisper”, he is obligated by duty (and by boredom) to check it out. 

The whisperer turns out to be an obnoxious little jail bait with snarky attitude and a name impossible to pronounce. And yes, Stiles (what kind of nickname is Stiles?) is 22 and a fully grown man, thank you very much, but his doe eyes and bouncy enthusiasm make Derek itch to ask if he should be in school. So Derek does. 

“Sure, if you’ll be my homework”. 

And the bastard winks -which redirects the blood from Derek’s brain to down south, and that is probably why he doesn’t notice Stiles’s pack raptors, offended for their mom’s virtue, go into full attack mode and launch at Derek’s ass. 

What happens next seems like something straight out of a movie- Stiles grabs Derek’s booty and fireman-carries him out while shooshing raptors to behave, dumps him on the ground outside of the enclosure and goes back in, grumbling about marines and their stupid tendency to upset the pups.

Derek is one part pissed, two parts impressed and seven parts aroused.  

He immediately hatches a plan to snatch Stilinski all for himself, no matter the competition.

He doesn’t expect, however, the competition to be so dangerous or so relentless.

Or so hungry. 

The 1 Class Band: (Probably) The Rarest D&D Party...

This is something almost everyone’s campaign has, the old troubles of not making everyone the same class.

And this brings up troubles, most of the time…

You don’t want a duplicate of something the party already has. 

The Party already has a Barbarian, a Cleric, a Ranger, a Rogue and a Wizard…

So what are YOU going to play?

Well, to celebrate this month’s “Opposite Day” Theme, we’re flipping the tables…

(Not literally, because I’m not cleaning that up…) 

And encouraging people to run Oneshots, Short Campaigns, or even a full Adventure to Level 20…

All as the same class…

Keep reading

You know what I don’t get? Is how you can just suddenly not like a ship. People will go from loving them, being so dedicated to their once “OTP” to suddenly throwing them aside because they found a new ship or they got bored. How does that even work? There are ships I don’t pay much attention to anymore but that doesn’t mean I stopped shipping them, I don’t like them anymore or I moved on to a “better” ship. I question your loyalty? They will be like “oh my gosh they are so real!” to “I don’t like them anymore. It’s boring now.” Like ??? This is the same with people, bands and such too. I honestly don’t understand.

anonymous asked:

Hi. I wanted to ask you if you ever done a tutorial of how you color your arts, it look so realistic, I need some tips

this could be a really long answer, because it’s a super loaded question! it depends on what specifically you’re having trouble with. i just did a speed paint of a little comic piece i did recently:

but with something like this:

you’ll see it’s a layering process. the canvas is also huge! so to start:

  • i lay in flat base colors that are in the general wheelhouse of what i want to build on top of. everything has a trillion values, but normally there’s one that acts as a baseline for all of them. this includes big shadow values as well. i consider them to be their own beast.
  • i do the most detailed/technically difficult parts first, generally starting with the face. the secret here is, i bounce around with a thousand different colors with a brush with opacity control turned on:

i use solid blocking of color VERY conservatively, so when it is in place, it actually stands out. 

while not classically trained, i’m like 95% sure my style falls under impressionism. so even though it’s not blended, the colors give an optical illusion from afar that it’s realistic. i also don’t use black!

it’s hard to give tips on something that more or less came to me organically as i started doing more and more of what i wanted. i simply discovered i hated the way i did smooth blending, so i tried a different method instead. experimentation can sometimes be the best thing you can do! i’ve also been on youtube studying a lot of other artist’s work, which has been a huge help to me personally in the past year