but i realized they are in the bullet train


I just realized I hadn’t posted last week’s spread. Currently listening to my newest playlist I made called ‘Carry On, Motivation’, which keeps me writing + training with energy while I cuddle with blankets on the couch aka my bed. Its cold ugh.

This month is NaNoWriMo, and I’d planned to participate with a story about constellations, space + an advanced species of humans, but then became a rebel?? According to a friend, as I’ve quickly switched over to working on my horror short story anthology. Ah well, I’m writing either way.

(Lucie’s space tapes are fabulous!!! I’m excited to be able to use them in my spreads. :D)

anonymous asked:

Do you think Quinn may kill himself after realizing the pain he has put others through? Perhaps from overwhelming guilt?

No, absolutely not. He has carried his guilt around for years, and has acknowledged it long ago. He might have been self-destructive, but he has never been suicidal. He has a will to live and a fire inside of him that he probably isn’t even aware of, as the wise @thisstartedwiththe3ofus pointed out. Even Hussein in S5 saw it. Quinn is a fighter. 

FWIW, Astrid would have been killed even if she had bullets. Belli, a trained killer (I assume), had her in his sights, and he had a sniper rifle with night vision. Astrid never had a chance. 

calculatedmadness  asked:

I'm working on writing a character who is a street fighter, but uses his knowledge of physics to gain an edge. Are there any fighting styles that rely heavily on factors like leverage or gravity to gain the upper hand that I could study for reference?

All of them.

Believe it or not, everyone uses physics even if they don’t realize it. Combat is two things: physics and physiology, put together they cause a serious amount of harm. It is actually an applied science, so applying basic science to it becomes redundant. This is like saying “I have discovered a new way to fire a gun at people, I shall use bullets”. It’s also worth noting that the actual application of leverage in conjunction with a knowledge of physiology does require at least some level of training. There’s only so far you can go with self-taught, especially in regards to grappling and joint locks because that’s where leverage really shines.

Even basic concepts like the one handed shove common in a lot of wuxia films, where they sort of shove/tap their opponent in their chest and they stumble back three feet require some level of training. That’s also science. You need a basic understanding of how to destabilize an opponent’s balance through application of force and by positioning your body in regards to theirs to accomplish it.

Congratulations for getting there though, very few people who don’t train in martial arts actually do.

The problem is that we don’t treat combat like a science in popular culture. It is, in its own way. The practical application of how to take someone apart with your bare hands. There are a lot of different ways to do it. People all over the world have spent centuries or more perfecting it, passing down their knowledge one to the next. Some traditions survived, some were lost. Some have been resurrected. There’s a lot of controversy about it too, same with everything else. Who should learn it? When should they learn? Should everyone? How much force is acceptable? When is it too much or too cruel? The list is endless.

Much like with medicine, combat and science have always been intricately linked. Figuring out the best and most efficient ways to kill someone relies on understanding the human condition from their psychology to their physiology. How the body works, how all the pieces interrelate.

Media, especially Western Media, tends to treat martial arts (particularly “Eastern” martial arts) as unknowable or magical. Blame Orientalism and exotification or simply a lack of understanding. We tend to ascribe magical traits to what we don’t understand. This is part of why a lot of combatants in fiction get described as “naturally skilled” or “native instinct” rather than it being a matter of learning or educational study. They also tend to assume that Western/European martial arts are all thuggish, brutish, and strength based. It’s also untrue. Both heavily rely on understanding physical science like force, mass, acceleration, leverage, etc in order to generate power, develop timing, and exploit an opponent.

However, your street fighter could learn some very basic basics in most police taught self-defense courses. The application is another question entirely.

The more advanced forms of combat take a fair amount of training and it’s a lot easier to figure out how to drag someone around by their hair than it is to figure out how to twist an arm around so it snaps, especially when the opponent is providing resistance.

Using leverage against someone else is about timing, you have to know when to catch them to negate the force or counter it. It’s risky business.

A basic example would be the overhead knife disarm I learned when training for my second degree. The knife comes with arm raised overhead and they swing downward. You have to catch the knife at the wrist to avoid the blade before it enters it’s downward arc and step forward past them, using your own forward momentum to stop the knife by cinching your other hand to your wrist and bending their elbow back. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to use that to destabilize them by bending them backwards and knock them to the ground. Once they’re on the ground, you then take the knife by rolling it against the thumb rather than the rest of the fingers on the path of least resistance.

That’s the science. It’s much more difficult in practice than it sounds and there are a lot of things that can go wrong. When it goes wrong, you’re lucky if you don’t get stabbed. Hell, if it goes right you’re lucky if you don’t get stabbed.

The question is what kind of fighting is your street fighter looking to do? Concepts like leverage come mostly into play when working in extremely tight quarters. Different martial arts have different ranges and practices in terms of what they define as “close quarters”.

This instructional video from Paul Vunak is a walkthrough of basic ranges. The use of leverage happens mostly in trapping and grappling range, when you’re close enough to your opponent to actually lay hands on them (and close enough for them to lay hands on you).

Jujitsu, particularly Wally J’s Small Circle Jujitsu is a good beginner’s course on the concept. He’s one of the major influences on modern Jujitsu, at least in the United States. You also have Michael Janich talking about similar concepts in his video Junkyard Aikido.

Every martial art has their own sets of traps and locks when fighting in very tight quarters, so it’s more a question of which do you want to study rather than which are the best.

The one thing that is important to understand though is when you’re looking at instructional videos that these are people with years of time invested and dedicated to the lifestyle. They’ve been trained by other masters. There’s a lot about combat in general that can’t be mastered just by fighting in the streets and a lot of things that won’t occur to a character who has never had any training.


I’m Still Free || AU

Lestat was feeling mighty pleased with himself as he stretched out on the warm bed, hearing the gentle hum of the engines below. This confined, metal beast felt like a bullet train straight to the central planets. It didn’t matter that he had no idea where it was going. He was going to get blissfully lost in space with a mysterious crew for hire. Of course, they hadn’t realized that yet. More specifically, they didn’t know the half naked youngest son of their last employer– the magnetic young blond that had made sure wine flowed freely last night– was lounging on the captain’s bed.

It had been easier than he had anticipated. The de Lioncourts were materialistically poor but land rich and needed to get rid of the bandits that had been stealing what enterprises they did engage in. It had been literally killing the town. So when that junky Firefly class craft landed on a nearby moon asking for jobs, his father jumped to hire them with promises of payment. The crew came, slaughtered the criminals, and his father repaid them with medical supplies that put a great dent in their resources.

Their debts were still a little too much to kosher, despite that. So Lestat took his chance during the celebration. All the important players were encouraged to drink their fill and, with the help of his mother, convinced his father that the gift of his youngest son was the best way to level their debt while putting a foot in the door in case of future raiders. All he had to do then was make sure that the very pretty and drunk captain accepted his tokens strung into a necklace, drank from the cup in his hands and responded positively to the vows in the native tongue. His mother wrote the document (one he could not himself read) as the chief witness. A copy for both of them.

All that was left was to stow away on the ship the next morning when they were loading the rest of the payment. The captain was too busy on the bridge to have come back to his quarters just yet. When he did, he would find a blue eyed man in his bed and a marriage certificate on his desk.

“I am more than glad to hear that. Let me congratulate on your military success again, it would be truly a waste of time if after all that training you’d lose.”
He finally gained back sone of his calmness, only realizing that so far he was bent forward, above the table and towards the General in quite a threatening pose. The knight straightened his back now, head up high.
“I will accompany you in your after hours as long as we agree in a bullet-proof strategy.”