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I’m starting to be seriously impressed by the structure of Milo Murphy’s Law. Because it’s becoming clearer that it’s structured around a season arc, rather than an episode-by-episode arc. This wouldn’t be impressive–it’s the go-to structure in the Netflix era, after all–except that this is a series of 11-minute absurd cartoons, not a series of intense 45-minute drama episodes.

In a drama, the season arc becomes clear very early on, and you expect certain threads to build to a big show-down in the last episode of the season. But with Milo, you expect 11 minutes of random humor. The show is so unpredictable and off-the-wall, everything looks like a one-off joke. So when some of those running jokes start to thread together and affect the plot, it comes as a delightful surprise.

For example: The “Mr. Draco might be a vampire” bit from “Athledecamathalon” looked like a random running joke that didn’t affect the rest of the episode. Then the joke ran into a couple of other episodes (on rewatch, I found out that Mr. Draco showed up in “Career Day” as well–the running joke was running before we realized it had started).

Then in “School Dance”, the off-the-wall running joke unexpectedly runs headfirst into the one clear plot arc of the season–the time-traveling pistachio protectors. The kids defend their teacher from what they think are vampire hunters. The time travelers interpret the incident as proof that Milo’s a pistachio-hating time-traveling counter-agent. The silly running joke has suddenly steered the plot into a whole new direction.

It’s delightful. And it’s all the more effective because the low-key, laid-back weirdness of the show lulls you into going along for the ride and not looking for the connections. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here–but I’m not going to start making predictions. The show’s design makes it more fun to go with the flow and see what happens.

slides in on this lovely tuesday what up!! so, holy shit, i had no idea this blog would gain as much traction as it has over the few weeks i’ve put myself out there, but i want to thank you all so, so much. i know 100 isn’t a big number these days for most people, but as someone who’s not put an OC so near and dear to me out there for years, it means so, so much, and i can’t thank you all enough. now, i have to apologize because i know i will miss people, but know it’s because i’m spacey as all heck and not because i don’t appreciate having you around!! @ every mutual… thank you for following/following back, it means the world to me.


RIDE OR DIE – my best friends, my long term writing partners , those who i love dearly, and who i’ve been able to create so much with, because of their creativity and support!!

@fatalayi / @autolatres / @nucleicity / @atomicstasis / @theraphim hey, hey, hey my no. 1, love and life partner. i can’t believe i was lucky enough to hit you up four years ago and start the strongest and best partnership to date. all our characters mesh so well, i’m so proud of the worlds we’ve build together, the threads and interactions we have, and so grateful to have you around. thank you for inspiring me to do so much with my characters despite the b.s. we’ve both been through over the years, i can’t wait to do more with you.

@hyrkanian kisses you and welcomes you back to roleplay with open arms. thank you so much for being there as a sounding board for me through all the years we’ve known each other, the constructive criticism and support you’ve given me over time makes me want to be a better writer and more creative person, and i can’t thank you enough for that, honestly.

@nastyass / @samahll / @koranatos / @xtafra / @adahlan wrow so i have to apologize for being so shy with you despite admiring your writing and creations for the literal YEARS we have known each other. dude you’re one of the best, i mean it, and i’m really happy we finally have a lot of shit going because i pulled my head out of my ass. i look forward to doing so much more with you.


PARTNERS IN CRIME – friends i’ve made, recently or over time, whose writing, muses and creations i adore, and who inspire me to write. i can’t wait to do more with you all!!

@cityowned / @welldriven@platiinvm@aurabcrealis / @loveardently / @ofvileblood@camillelafaye@impirist / @enchantedboy@gunfiire / @fiighter / @bloodamy@faxwhispering / @aboutwinning@leslce@roadangels / @scalethrown


ASSOCIATES – those i admire from afar or have only just begun writing with, but love seeing on the dash, and ultimately want to do more with!!

@akamorte@badgeheld@ciacowboy@coastsick@crossworn@dinerdad@fearedleader@flwerpower@genkibat@ideolgue@mohope@ncwandyke@notslow ♡  @thecodekeeper@trashkick@waiitress@wiidowed

Is it your thread? No? Then get off!

Each of us is here for a reason. We love this Fandom. We come her to interact with people who have similar interests, and have the pleasure of building relationships and stories with some pretty incredible muses.

I think that it is important that we respect the relationships that those muses build with other people too, and be a little more considerate of them. Each of us has our own little story with these characters, so it is absolutely not okay to jump into another person’s storyline. Consider each individual thread closed, unless you have discussed joining a thread with all parties previously involved. If you happen to like the content of that thread, then do just that. Like it. Or comment, but don’t try to insert yourself into someone else’s relationship by reblogging to steer attention in your direction. Go interact with them on your own, with your own ideas.

Imagine going on a date with someone, and then some asshole walks right between the two of you and starts talking to your partner. If that shit happened in real life, bitches would be getting slapped. For real. Maybe people don’t realise they are doing it, or don’t even consider the fact that it’s disrespectful, but it is. I’m not talking about reblogging something that we enjoy or agree with, or a picture of a cute puppy or something funny. I’m talking about reblogging conversations people are having. Or things that very obviously fit into someone else’s storyline with that muse. Get your own story! Build your own relationship! Don’t leech off of another person’s story or style. I understand that some people have similar ideas, but some of the stuff I have seen happen is too repetitive for it to be mere coincidence.

Look… maybe you really enjoy that bloggers style or ideas… that’s fine. Like it. Be supportive. But understand that some of the stuff that goes on here might actually be personal. People put their heart into building these relationships, so to see them getting ripped off constantly is a huge piss off. And not only that, it discourages damn decent writers because they are concerned that people are going to disrespect what they are creating and use it for their own purposes.
Seriously guys. I’m not saying you can’t interact or have similar tastes, but do it on your own threads, and build your own stories. Make it real! Give it substance.

I’m sure this is going to upset some people, and that’s fine. Because the decent human beings are going to see this, realise what they’ve been doing, and knock it the fuck off. Because I guarantee that if anyone did it to them they would be seriously choked. And quite franctly, I’m not overly concerned with people being upset with me. Because this needs to be said. It’s the truth whether you want to hear it or not.

Maybe to some of you this is all just trivial, but consider that to some people these stories are personal and very close to their heart. Please take a second to think before you insert yourself. Before you click reblog on that conversation being shared between two people. You want to interact and build a strong relationship, put your own heart and soul into it. Don’t steal someone else’s. This isn’t directed at a single person. I’ve seen it happen a lot. And I’ve seen the ramifications. I would hate to see talented people leave because a few people couldn’t get the hint or are too unoriginal to come up with their own ideas. Come on guys, let’s all be original! That’s the best stuff! Make it personal. Make it relatable. Don’t decide you dig someone’s story or character and want to base your own world around that. You might think it’s flattering but it’s actually really intrusive. Respect every relationship on this site as though it were your own.

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Super stoked I was able to take the car out today. Part of me misses being able to hop in and go for a drive any time I wanted to, but it’s for the best I suppose… 

I also took some real pics (imagine that?) which I’ll probably post sometime next week when I make a semi-sappy post about how my year went. On top of that I’m gonna try to post up a build thread for my car if I can find the time to write all that mumbo jumbo between getting my shit together to move out.

@storybooksbycandlelight

she wasn’t sure what to expect when she first stumbled upon the castle. kayley could barely even believe it was real to begin with. she had heard tales of that place, but they were dismissed as nothing but tales, as everyone around her told her to do. but the stories seemed to become very real once she crossed paths with a dragon ( a dragon! yet another thing kayley was told to think of as nonexistent ). she wasn’t even sure how she’d made it out alive      her ego would tell people it was an act of bravery, of a calm mind and clear thinking as she conjured up and perfectly executed a plan on the spot.

what really happened, however, was most likely pure luck. she was good at running, and her much smaller form made it easier to slip past the dragon. a swing of her sword at the rope holding the chandelier, and she managed to knock it out cold. time was of the essence, though. it would wake up soon enough, and if everything else about the story was to be considered real now, then there was a captive princess in need of rescuing      a mission fit for an aspiring knight.

hurrying up the stairway, she knocked the door down with ease ( if it was meant to keep people away, it wasn’t doing a very good job; kayley chose not to focus too much on that ). as she ventured further into the room, she quickly found the princess      sleeping, waiting for a prince’s kiss to wake her up. right. a prince. it hadn’t occurred to kayley that maybe she wasn’t such a perfect fit for that after all.

not that this would stop her, anyway.

“hey!” she called out, stepping closer to the other. small hands settled on her shoulders, shaking her lightly. “wake up! i’m here to save you, you’re free!”

okay guys, i’ve decided to delete everything in my drafts. any threads that i haven’t responded to have officially been dropped. i’m extremely sorry that i’ve let my threads build up like this–it’s not because i don’t want to write with any of you, it’s just my lack of organizational skills.

if it’s your turn to respond to a thread, i am not dropping that thread unless you’ve decided to drop it. thank you guys for understanding. <3

anonymous asked:

how do you make your cosplays look so clean? like no wrinkles, visible threads, pencil marks, linings showing, etc.?

We wash them! Ba-dum-tshhh.

More seriously, a few things:

  • Understitching. This is when you stitch the seam allowance to the lining side so that the edge rolls out perfectly. We often do this on hems, particularly on pieces like capes, collars, etc. It’s a little like topstitching, but since its only visible on the lining side, you won’t see it in the end.
  • Proper writing utensils. Ditch the sharpies and whatnot and get proper tools. We still use sharpies when drawing on mock-ups and whatnot, but whenever you’re touching your good fabric, you should be using the right tools. Tailor’s chalk, invisible marker, anything that is 100% removable after, etc, it’s all good. Don’t use anything that would leave a residue like soap, no matter how many Pinterest “sewing hacks” suggest it. Your fabrics will thank you when they aren’t covered in soap scum. 
  • Pattern and mock-up whenever possible to avoid running into issues with your final piece. Ideally, you should always mock-up even if time gets tight sometimes, but your finished project will be worlds cleaner if you’ve done a test-run to ensure the pattern works. I never bother lining or finishing my mock-ups, but just knowing the fit/shape works is enough to make it worth my while. Which goes hand in hand with…
  • Tailoring! Clean lines are infinitely easier to get when your tailoring is crisp. It can take years to get the hang of tailoring, but don’t get discouraged; keep practicing and you’ll get the hang of it. But the other cause of wrinkles is…
  • Use your fabric correctly. Learn what the grain and bias of a fabric are and use it appropriately. If your garment has some weird wrinkles going on, it might be because you cut it diagonally or against the grain in some way, which changes how the weave of the fabric acts! Completely non-stretch fabrics all gain a bit of stretch when cut on the bias, and that can be a blessing to you or a burden if you don’t pay attention to what you’re doing.
  • Keep linings subtle. Usually we use whatever is appropriate for the character – if the costume is blue, line in blue. If the character has a white underskirt, use white. I know some people like to line their costumes in wild scrap fabrics for the sake of using it up, but anything visible should be matching or neutral. It’d be weird if someone saw up the sleeve of your jacket and saw lime green with kittens, right? Likewise, using plain black or white can be equally jarring if the character normally wears a specific colour. Just match and you’ll be fine. If you can’t match the colour of the garment it is lining, then match the colour it will be going against. (i.e., Sumia’s boot stirrups are purple, but are lined with pink because the lower spat of her boot is pink and it will blend in anyway.)
  • Thread-snip. Usually one of the last steps is to go over the costume with a pair of small scissors and eradicate any hanging tails, but doing it as you go can come in handy too. When you’re lining things, odd are you’ll get a large build-up of loose threads inside… they can usually stay there without effecting the look of the garment in any significant way, but if your costume is red and white and you’ve got loose red threads trailing around inside, they might “shadow” through the white fabric and show up… and those ones are a nightmare to get out if you’ve already closed up the garment! Be a clean worker: snip and put it right in the garbage/pile/basket.

- Jenn

[Original Character muses can have backstories, headcanons, and relations/hips that involve canon characters. That is one of the freedoms of making an OC for roleplaying.

However, in roleplaying, this does not mean that any mun who rps as that canon has to just accept that your OC has any type of connection to their muse.

This especially applies to universal characters that appear in many different canon works. Major examples: Greek gods, angels, demons, and/or popular creatures like Dracula.]

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And we love life if we find a way to it. 
We dance between two martyrs 
and we raise a minaret for violet or palm trees. 

We love life if we find a way to it. 
And we steal from the silkworm a thread 
to build a sky and fence-in this departure. 
We open the garden gate for the jasmine 
to go out as a beautiful day on the streets. 

We love life if we find a way to it. 
And we plant, where we settle, some fast 
growing plants, and harvest the dead. 
We play on the flute the color of the faraway 
and sketch over the dirt corridor a neigh. 
We write our names one stone at a time, 
O lightning make the night a bit clearer. 
We love life if we find a way to it…
Mahmoud Darwish

This day in Rooster Teeth history: May 21

2010:

  1. Geoff and Jack have a Guide to Alan Wake
  2. Geoff and Jack have a Guide to Red Dead Redemption
  3. Knuckles has a Guide to Split/Second
  4. Geoff, Burnie, Joel and Matt star in another RT Short.

2012:

  1. Join Michael, Jack, Gavin and Barbara in AHWU #113
  2. Michael and Ray Guide us in Max Payne 3
  3. Michael continues his Let’s Play of Resident Evil 4 on his own channel.

2013:

  1. Geoff and Gavin build Thread The Needle
  2. Gavin, Jack, Gus and Burnie host the RT Podcast #219
  3. Geoff and Jack show us a new track in Trials Files
  4. Geoff and Jack show us Five Facts in Bioshock 2.

2014:

  1. Jack and Gavin face off in HUNT #30
  2. Geoff and the three lads play Sports Friends
  3. The main AH crew give us a Things To Do In: GTA V
  4. Jordan releases another RTAA
  5. Ray and Geoff show us an Easter Egg in Wolfenstein
  6. Ashley (x, x, x), Barbara and Brandon give us the news on The Know.