but i really really wish they had done something different from the comics

Why is no one talking about this?

(Note: this is a long-winded rant(?) about a genuinely minuscule thing that really is just an excuse to nerd out, so if you’re into that, too, keep reading! Otherwise, you might not be that impressed. )

Yup, still on the My Hero Academia bender. Followers may have picked up my obsession over this purple-haired character named Shinsou in particular, but let me tell you that this character has less than some 20 pages in the manga and less than 20 minutes of screen time in the anime and is already more nuanced, complex, and emotionally compelling in that time than most of the characters in the protagonist’s immediate circle.

There are character analyses out there that do a great job of explaining all those points (this is one of the best I’ve seen and you should probably read that first and come back: http://manipulatorshinsou.tumblr.com/post/166609989279/the-appeal-of-shinsou-hitoshi-analyses), but I want to point out a tiny detail that I feel like almost no one has explicitly brought up that says something so enormous about his character arc that, though redundant at this point, is such a small but lovingly crafted detail that it really encapsulates one of my favorite things about this series - subtle emotional storytelling.


Now, there’s mild spoilers for all this, but you REALLY should go watch/read this series at some point anyway. However, I wanted to point something out that’s unique to the anime adaptation. Though some details often get left out in the adaptation process or are edited to fit film storyboarding rather than comics, film has a distinct advantage over manga in two areas - color and space.

Now, the entire point of Shinsou and Midoriya’s duel in the Tournament Arc was to draw multiple direct parallels to each character and highlight the major and really only significant difference between them - luck. In the end, both must fight an uphill battle above and beyond what would be expected of them to achieve their dream; but unlike Midoriya, Shinsou loses and his dreams are dashed. He’s no longer just disillusioned with the popularity games of hero society - he becomes discouraged and disheartened completely from having every last effort and every last plan easily pushed aside from someone more fortunate than him despite his efforts to appear confident and intimidating and to put his rivals off-balance.

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Midoriya knows exactly the kind of struggle Shinsou has been through, and half the battle was to keep himself from trying to comfort Shinsou, not just because of All Might’s secret, but because they were rivals fighting for their own individual dreams, and attempting to help him would have resulted in Midoriya losing the match and the tournament. He also knew that after the fact there was nothing he could have said to Shinsou that would have given him comfort. Despite every amazing effort, he would once again be put down - the loser who just has to deal with the cruel reality of life.

Okay, nerd analysis time!

MHA is amazing at being emotionally compelling. They hit just the right line of performance, framing, and music to make you feel exactly what it wants you to. The example in particular I want to bring up is this scene (that legit put my husband -who is very much a “manly man”- in tears when he watched it).

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At this point, Midoriya is told by the person he looks up to and admires more than literally anyone else in the world that regardless of his past inability to even come close to reaching his goals he still had the power to become a hero because of something beside and far beyond just having a powerful quirk.

And Midoriya is broken and in tears.

The cherry blossoms are a detail unique to the anime regarding this scene (Chapter 1) and really serve to add to the drama of it - particularly because of the saturation of color and the cultural significance of the Japanese sakura: the beauty and fleeting nature of youth, the coming of spring, and renewal. The Japanese consider the falling of the cherry blossoms to be a reminder that “it’s time to pay attention to what’s happening right now!”

Midoriya has finally experienced his own blossoming as a hero. Based on the scene in this episode and the direction the petals are falling insinuate that this feeling is all around him. His hero is standing over him and telling him that he can become just as great as he is. Everything at that moment has come together to recognize his dream.

Fast forward to Shinsou’s flashback at the tournament:

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Absolutely the cherry blossoms are there, and it’s even clear in the manga that there are cherry blossoms outside the class window. However, what happens in this scene is that Shinsou recollects a point in his life that he considers to be the epitome of his struggle.

“Whoa, Shinsou! That’s a really cool quirk! Just don’t use it on us and make us your slaves, okay?”

“Heh, everybody says that…” 

And the scene goes grey. This should have been his chance to break out and come closer to his dream, but that wasn’t the case. No color, no focus- just a blurred, painful memory to encapsulate the seemingly inescapable feeling of defeat as he lays on the ground, out of bounds, so close but yet so far once again…

And then-

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“You’re amazing, Shinsou!”

“You’re the shining star of General Studies!”

“His quirk is so powerful and can be so useful in capturing villains!”

“What a waste that he’s stuck in General Studies!”

“I wish I had a quirk like that!”

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No “what a scary quirk” or “I hope he doesn’t use it for his own purposes”! Just:

“Look at what an amazing hero he could be!”

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Did you see it?

There isn’t a cherry tree for miles around this arena. Everything for so long has been against him from the start. The fire inside him has all but been snuffed out yet again. This should be like every other disappointment he’s had to endure, and yet somehow it isn’t - against every odd.

He may have lost. He may have fallen short, but his real goal has been realized. He’s been seen. It’s time to pay attention to what’s happening right now.  Shinsou has blossomed.

It’s not as flashy or spectacular as Midoriya’s, but it’s just as significant. In fact, it’s exactly the same, regardless of how big it shows on the outside - Midoriya and Shinsou are the same, and they’ve both made it.

Again, this detail of the single petal falling isn’t in the manga (Chapter 34), but it was even more emotionally impactful to me than Midoriya’s awakening because I immediately saw the parallel. I feel that many did, too; but the choice to have the one fall into frame hit me where it counted. It almost wasn’t there, but it was!

I’m done rambling at this point, but really if you haven’t at least checked out this series yet, I highly encourage you to - even if you don’t like normally like anime! Most of the elements that tend to put me off of a lot of popular series are minimal or non-existent, and though it still uses major tropes in the shonen genre it has a tendency to go above and beyond philosophically, intellectually, and emotionally than it has to. It’s not a good anime. It’s a well-written and impactful story!

roxyblade  asked:

Hi Carrie. I don't know if you're doing prompts or anything but I needed to ask anyway. You're always able to help me when I need it (when my mum was diagnosed with cancer and when I broke my elbow). I had to have my 12 year old German Shepherd put to sleep last night (April 28th) and I feel so empty and lost now. I don't know what to do and I was hoping you could write something to cheer me up/help/distract me?

i’m so sorry to hear about your dog. this is a little late, but i’ve been travelling and stuff and i’ve only seen this message just now. sending you lots of love, and i hope this ficlet cheers you up a bit

Derek loves his family, he really does. But sometimes he wishes they weren’t so… weird. And it’s not that he doesn’t have fun at the annual Hale-Extravaganza, the ridiculous family reunion that they hold every summer at Lake Bellasue. When he was a kid, he looked forward to it every year, how all the Hales from all over the country would gather and he’d get to see his favorite cousin from Texas and see Aunt Jo and Uncle Monty argue over jam and his grandma would make all the best food. It’s two weeks of potato-sack races, scavenger hunts, s’mores, swimming, and more, and the only time Derek sees his cousins and stuff. 

Even if they weren’t werewolves, they’d still be weird. For instance: Derek is wearing a bright pink t-shirt (Cora’s design, this year) that proudly declares HALE PACK WEST COAST BEST COAST because in about an hour he and the other kids (Derek is twenty-two years old, and he can’t believe he still has to play all these games) on his team are gonna face off against the cousins from New York. 

The matching t-shirts, Derek could probably explain. There are a lot of families who do that. There’s at least two other reunions (none quite as large as the Hales) at this lake, which is a popular vacation destination. Derek’s never took much notice of the other people there; just usually kids on spring break from the local college partying and swimming and racing around on jetskis and stuff. 

But this year is different.

“Hey, Derek!” 

Oh, fuck, he’s shirtless again. Derek can see every one of his moles playfully scattered across his chest. There’s a mole right on his hip, and Derek freezes. 

“Hi,” he manages, his throat closing up. Derek is painfully aware that there is glitter on his cheeks, and probably mashed potatoes still in his hair, and he’s wearing mismatched flipflops. 

Theoretically, Derek should be annoyed by Stiles– everything from the backwards hat, the board shorts, the litany of “dudes” that flow from his mouth, the fact that he is one of the obnoxious spring breakers. But the first time they ran into each other, Stiles immediately got into an argument about him about Star Wars (Derek absolutely does not count the extended universe as canon, and Stiles does), and then proceeded to help Derek’s two year old niece tie her shoe and well… Derek is, for the lack of better word, very, very distracted this family reunion.

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Cursed Child rant

Alright, Witches, Wizards, Muggles, and magical creatures big and small, hold onto your broomsticks because I’m about to tell you why I do not like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child nor accept it as canon. 

Spoilers ahead. Obviously. but c’mon who hasn’t read it or been spoiled by now Also, it got super long. 


Let’s start off by saying: it’s been months since I read it. If I get some things off a little, go ahead and tell me; I’ll edit the rant and correct it. If you just don’t agree with me… that’s great for you. Okay? We good? That’s all the disclaimer you’re getting. Moving on! 


Where do I begin? Um… Let’s recap shall we? 

It starts with Albus Severus Potter (who’s name I still cannot get over) meeting and becoming friends with Scorpius Malfoy. 

Okay. Great. We’ve all wanted that for years. No problem. 

We’ve also played with the idea of Albus in Slytherin for years. I have no problem with that either. 

What I do have problems with is the way Albus is treated after he is put in Slytherin. He’s the outcast of his family. He’s the “disappointing son”. After Harry’s canon “the bravest man I knew was Slytherin” speech (don’t get me started on Snape), I expected a bit better treatment of Slytherins. But Albus is Slytherin and looked at sideways by the entire cast, except Scorpius. This could easily become a rant about Slytherin’s and stereotypes and treatment, but I give enough of those already. 

My issues are mostly with Albus’ personality. Now, I didn’t write the character. He’s not mine. I don’t have the authority to tell anyone how he should be. All I can do is have headcanons. But “canon” Albus doesn’t exactly display a lot of Slytherin traits. Sure he sneaks around, but so does Harry, Ron, and Hermione and they’re all Gryffindor. If my memory serves me correctly, Albus goes to Slytherin because he basically thinks, “Well, the Gryffindors I know suck, let’s try Slytherin.”it’s been a while since I read it okay  

Albus is jaded by the time the plot picks up. He doesn’t like flying, isn’t that good at it or Quidditch (which honestly feels like they’re just trying to make him as unlike Harry as possible which I could handle if it wasn’t so badly written), and is basically convinced his life is horrible. (I’ll get into why a little later.) This kid shows no Slytherin traits that I remember. He hardly shows any traits really. I think it was the play format, but Albus becomes a stereotypical teenager who has daddy issues and doesn’t like his life. 

Scorpius I don’t really have a big problem with, besides it going against my personal headcanons. He at least shows a bit more Slytherin traits than jaded Albus. I feel like they were trying to break Slytherin stereotypes with him- which is great and all, but it almost makes me feel like that’s all Scorpius’ personality was. As if he was made to simply disrupt our preconceived ideas of what Slytherin is. I don’t like it. Stereotypes are something I can’t stand, but come on, people, don’t strip my house of what we actually are. 

Okay, moving on from Slytherin. 

Let’s take a step back from the new characters and visit the one’s we already know, we already love. Oh wait, they’ve been ripped to shreds. 

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Once Upon a Time Creators Break Down Emma's Big Reveal and What the Hook Twist Means for Regina and Rumple

For the Once Upon a Time fans who were fretting over Emma and Hook being separated by a new curse and thus losing their happy ending, suddenly everything is clear.

Or clearer.

For as revealed on Friday night in the second episode of Season 7, Seattle police detective Rogers is not a cursed version of the Captain Hook we know but instead is actually the Wish Realm’s version of the infamous pirate.

Though Wish Hook was in the same, sad (rotund) shape as when we met him in Season 6, a bit of blood from his KO’d doppelganger and a wave of Lady Tremaine’s fairy wand turned him into an exact Xerox. He then aimed to derail Henry’s pursuit of Cinderella and take claim the other Hook’s life and wife. But once the news that Emma had been waiting to share with Henry got out — she is pregnant with her and Hook’s first child together — the pretender pirate had a change of poisoned heart and aborted his plan.

Following their New York Comic-Con panel, here is what Once creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis shared with TVLine about the decision to tuck a bundle of joy into Jennifer Morrison’s final appearance as Emma. Plus, does the swashbuckler switcheroo mean that Roni and Weaver aren’t who we think they are either?

TVLINE | Talk about the decision to reveal Emma as pregnant. Was it in part to get the most bang out of Jennifer Morrison’s final appearance?
EDDY KITSIS | Given the ending that we came up with last year — that happy endings are everyone living their life with the people they love and doing what they love to do — this was really the next step in the relationship between them. They’re a newly married couple and it’s the cycle of life. The audience was worried we’d kill Emma or do something crazy, but the truth is they’re living their lives in Storybrooke, happy.
ADAM HOROWITZ | This was an extension of the happy ending you saw between Emma and Hook last year, but another thing that’s really important to understand, and will become more apparent as the season goes along, is this is not a replacement for Henry. In Emma’s mind, Henry will be back sooner or later.
KITSIS | It’s like someone who moves from New York to Milwaukee and comes home for Thanksgiving.
HOROWITZ | The other thing to realize — and this is a tricky thing to get your head around, but if you think about it, it makes sense — is that in the timeline where Once Upon a Time exists this season, it’s not like Emma has been away from Henry for 10 years and Lucy has completely grown up. [In this episode] she is seeing Henry right around the time when he’s first met Cinderella. It’s not like Emma is just sitting on her lands going, “I wonder what happened to Henry.” She’s gone off to have this life, and as Eddy said, it’s like your son moved to New York. It doesn’t mean that they don’t have their off-show interaction. Because as we’ve said, this is the last time we’re seeing Jennifer — she was gracious enough to give us this episode — and for us that was a continuation of the happiness.
KITSIS | The family grows.

TVLINE | People have been wondering about the math of it all….
HOROWITZ | To everybody scratching their head doing math, our hope is they go on the ride and when they get to the end of the season they’ll look back and go, “Ohhhh, this makes sense.” And Emma and Henry are still a family unit. It’s important for the audience not to feel like she’s abandoned Henry to go off and do whatever. Sure, we’re not seeing Emma on the show going forward, but luckily we do a show that deals in magic and different realms.
KITSIS | They FaceTime off-screen through a magic mirror.

TVLINE | How does this pregnancy reveal inform Rogers’ storyline?
HOROWITZ | It actually has a massive impact on Rogers, and you saw that in the episode. He was there to kill Hook and take over his life, because he has a poisoned heart that he thinks Emma can heal it. But when he discovered that Hook and Emma are having a child, it awakened the bit of good inside him.
KITSIS | And the reason Wish Hook is doing all this is because he has a daughter he’s been separated from through a curse, and he’s trying to find his way back to her.
HOROWITZ | Wish Hook’s path to redemption in Hyperion Heights is about finding this daughter and reuniting with her, and healing his poisoned heart. In Hyperion Heights, he doesn’t know he has a missing daughter or who he is, but this missing girl case is the analog for the missing daughter in the fairy tale realm.

TVLINE | Does this Rogers/Wish Hook twist mean that Weaver and Roni aren’t actually new personas for Rumple and Regina?
HOROWITZ | No, Rogers is the only one we’ve done with this. By Episode 4, Weaver being Rumple and all that becomes clear — Regina/Roni and Weaver/Rumple are who they are — and you’re going to find out the whole Belle and Rumple story, as well.

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More Important than Fish (Jared Kleinman x Reader)

A/N: Here’s more Jared and Pregnant reader content here

Warnings: Pregnancy, Language 

WC: 1,312

Request:  Hey! Could you maybe write a Jared x Reader fic where the reader is pregnant and she has trouble telling Jared about it???

In freshman year of college, you met Jared Kleinman. A week after that, you two went on a date to Jared’s favorite sushi place. Next thing you know, you were graduating college with Jared as your fiance. You two bought an apartment and had your wedding, and now you were pregnant with his child.  

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anonymous asked:

i'm sorry it why do you ship junkrat with mei?? if you haven't noticed or actually played overwatch, you'd know that mei hates junkrat, they despise each other and they're total opposites. and no, opposites don't always attract.

Ladies and Gentleman, we have a first!

In the two or so years I’ve had this blog, I’ve never had an antagonistic anon before. Then again, I only ever started branching out into non-Soul Eater things in September, so maybe this is just what happens when you start to create content for bigger fandoms? 

First things first: If you don’t like the content I post, I suggest that you either unfollow my blog or use blacklist to block the tags for content you don’t like. Your Tumblr experience is curated by you. I’ll tag my content to help you blacklist topics you wish to avoid, but it’s ultimately up to each user to take the necessary steps to tailor their dashboard.

Secondly, in sending me a rude ask, you have given me an excuse to talk about a favorite ship of mine. So buckle up, we’ve got a long post incoming!

Why ship Junkrat and Mei? Why ship any two characters?

Take a gander at this post by @chaoticlivi. It’s a pretty exhaustive list of reasons people get invested in the relationship between any two characters. They span from aesthetic and visual tastes (these two look great together!) to more in depth, thematic ones (their relationship embodies a theme I care about). Basically, there are many many reasons to love a ship, and canon rarely has much to do with it.  

In general, canon is a box of scraps. This is especially true for Overwatch, which despite its exhaustive lore leaves many holes in character stories and relationships. Nothing in the game itself (which I do play often, btw) is ‘canon.’ The voicelines you hear haven’t actually happened. They are meant to give us insight into the characters, their histories, and their relationships, but you can’t quote them as something Mei or Junkrat have actually said.  

In-game content is also in flux. As more shorts and comics come out, as the actual Overwatch lore grows, the game evolves too. It’s possible what’s canon within the game now will change later on. 

What I’m saying is, you can point at two voicelines and wave around words like ‘hate’ until you are blue in the face, but that won’t 1) make it canon that Junkrat and Mei will be at odds forever or 2) make me any less likely to ship them.

Now that I’ve got the “shipping doesn’t need a canon basis and Overwatch shipping is a crapshoot built on nearly nothing anyway” part done, I can actually talk about Mei and Junkrat.

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Cole Sprouse Opens Up About Growing Up in the Public Eye.

Cole Sprouse once left his Disney mouse ears behind for a cap and gown, but he’s recently pulled on another famous hat—or, should we say, crown beanie? Sprouse returned to the small screen this year as the lovably brooding Jughead Jones on Riverdale, the CW’s twisted take on the beloved Archie comics.

If you haven’t heard of the Gossip Girl–meets–Twin Peaks hit, you’re probably the only one. Since its premiere in January, it’s become a cult favorite. If he were any other member of the cast, Sprouse might be overwhelmed with the fame and recognition. But he’s been here before.

We talked to the 24-year-old about life as a child star with his twin brother, Dylan, weird fan interactions, feminism, and those divisive Riverdale ships.

A lot of the Disney cohort went on to major acting careers and projects right away—what made you choose to go to college and take a different route?

I think regardless of success, all those kids were dealing with a similar dilemma when it came to their maturity and their publicity and fame, and how they were viewed in the public eye. Some people choose sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll to come to terms with it. Some people find religion. [College] seemed like the most productive way to prove to people we were coming into ourselves. I was finding out my identity and growing by going to an institution where I could evolve and become more adept at understanding why I was thinking certain things, and how society viewed me.

Acting requires a great amount of empathy for real lived human experiences. I hadn’t lived any real human experiences outside of homeschool and being in a sound stage, and there was really no other option. I couldn’t continue to live in a bubble and hope to be an empathic actor. It doesn’t work. I was really sick of the entertainment industry and wanted to step away. Dylan and I were nonstop—we were being recognized and it was overbearing, and I figured it would be nice to let that dissolve. I didn’t know if I was going to return, and then this project sort of crept up.

Are you enjoying it now that you’re back?

Yeah, it’s fulfilling, and I think that’s the only currency I am looking for right now. As long as it stays fulfilling, I will continue doing it, but the second it stops being fulfilling I’ll leave.

What does your brother think of 'Riverdale’?

He supports the show…. I don’t know if he enjoys it. This kind of programming has never really been our flavor of choice. I don’t really want him to watch anything I do and I don’t really watch anything he’ll do. We have a very easy time separating work and play and I wouldn’t really care less if he watched or if he enjoyed it. I don’t really have an easy time watching myself, so I guess I sort of imprint that upon my friends and family.

Originally, you you argued to keep Jughead asexual and aromantic, as he is in the comics. What did those conversations sound like?

When we got the parts, the creative team sat down with the actors and asked how they saw each character. I had argued for a super faithful representation of Jughead as he lives in the comics, which inherently was also me arguing for the aromantic, asexual Jughead. But [they] are two very different versions of the same character in two very different universes.

It’s very strange to me how much attention this [has received]. I am an actor. I have an idea of what I see for the character and I can express that idea and that opinion, but ultimately it is out of my hands. If this were a different kind of programming or it were my show, it would probably look a little bit different, but the commercial success of Riverdale and how people are talking and liking it shows that we’ve gone in a direction that makes a lot of sense and works.

It’s one of those things that needs representation but has not been properly represented. It’s something I still fight for and it’s something I fought for about the second season, but ultimately it’s not in my court. I guess we will see where the narrative takes us.

On a lighter note, once and for all, because the internet can’t agree, is the Jughead/Betty ship called Jetty or Bughead?

[Laughs] I think it’s Bughead. It’s the single strangest name for a coupling ever, but it works.

There seem to be two main Riverdale fan ships: Bughead and Beronica (Betty/Veronica). Which one are you behind?

I actually really ship Betty and Archie. When I would read the Archie comics when I was younger I was rooting for Betty and Archie way over any alternative. [I think I would have seen] that long-lived, childlike romance from two people knowing each other since youth as probably quite romantic. I am a sucker for that childhood romance narrative.

I know our fans take very specific camps with who they ship and who they want and all those camps are at huge war with one another. Riverdale is about to ignite into flames considering how the camps are at war with each other. I try not to involve myself too much.

I am sorry I just brought you into it.

[Laughs] Well, the question we get all the time as a cast is, 'Are you a Betty or Veronica person?’ I don’t like that. I think it’s hard and it also puts the cast members against one another in a strange and competitive way that makes me a little uncomfortable. So most of our cast don’t even answer it.

How did your fan-catcher Instagram account @Camera_Duels get started? Are you ever going to bring it back?

I was younger and just about to go to college, and very discontented with the way people were treating me in the public sphere. Sometimes you can read someone’s aura and actions—they’re shifting and fidgeting, and they’re fumbling for the phone. It’s a dehumanizing, very obvious kind of thing.

I would always be dissatisfied that people wouldn’t just ask, because I always say yes. So @camera_duels was born. It was a way of coping or trying to turn it around in my favor and give me more agency in a situation. I felt sort of like a man behind a glass wall. It ended up really helping me, so much that I stopped. I found the whole thing not to really disturb me anymore.

I am sure with Riverdale increasing ever so slowly in prestige, it will only increase in intensity and I’ll bring it back. But I think it deserves something a little bit more now. I’ve been thinking about getting a film camera with a quick auto focus and a nice flash to make it into something that could be found in a gallery space, which I think would be more enjoyable to me.

You recently subtweeted yourself, over a comment you made as an 11-year-old, where you said you like girls who don’t wear too much makeup. Do you consider yourself a feminist?

There is no question I consider myself a feminist, but I also think the term 'feminist’ has become a topical thing to say without backing it up with any real action. My satirical tweet about my old opinion doesn’t solidify me as a figure within a conversation that’s so much greater than my straight, white male opinion. My Twitter is a joke toilet and I filter all these old, cringe-y parts of my brother and my childhood through that, in an attempt to flush it down the drain forever. When you grow older, you unpack the way masculinity teaches you to view women.

Going back to the question of whether I am a feminist or not: Yes. I think the core of that question is do you support equality for women, and of course. It’s funny that it even becomes a touchy or sensitive thing for people to announce formally, it’s kind of fucking ludicrous. There is not a question in my mind. There are, of course, places and spheres where I wish I would have done more to make those actions back up the title, but I think that’s something that as I grow and I age and I get a little more agency within my society, I’ll always try and work towards that.

renaroo  asked:

So your DickBabs commentary is some of the best around, but I was wondering if you might be willing to explain what works about BatCat for you? : )

So, it’s taken me forever to answer this because my life has been ridiculous lately and also I’m terrible sometimes, but! I did not forget about you, dearest of Renas! (To those who don’t know, this post is to celebrate Rena reaching 1000 followers!) So, let’s get down to this:

(Also: Thank you for the compliment on my DickBabs commentary. <3 *hugs*)

So, I think a lot of people spend most of their time talking about why Selina is good for Bruce when they talk about this ship, and there’s definitely a lot to be said there and I’m going to get to that, but I want to start off talking about why I think Bruce is good for Selina, which is a side that I think often gets ignored. (Possibly because Bruce gets such a bad reputation that people can’t believe he could possibly contribute anything positive to a relationship - but that is only true when Bruce is written by terrible writers like Frank Miller, and I firmly ignore that characterization of Bruce.)

So, to get there I’m going to start off talking about this scene, which is one of the most essential Bruce/Selina scenes in my book:

This is from the first issue of Ed Brubaker’s Catwoman run, which I’m sure you already know, but I’m just stating it for the record so that if anyone is reading this post and hasn’t picked up Ed Brubaker’s Catwoman run, consider this my advertisement for it: Go pick up Ed Brubaker’s Catwoman run. You will not be disappointed. (Also… not to beat a dead horse, but… the above scene is the note Ed Brubaker chose to begin his Catwoman run on. Let’s just compare that to how Judd Winick chose to begin his. *moment of silence*)

Anyway, there are a handful of scenes that just define Bruce and Selina to me, that are the first to come to mind when I’m thinking about how I see their dynamic and why I ship them, and this is one of the major ones. Because here’s the thing I think so many people miss: The reason Bruce treats Selina differently than his other antagonists isn’t just because he thinks she looks hot in her costume. It’s because he knows she’s not a villain, at the core of who she is. He thinks she’s a good person, in spite of everything. And that is so, so important.

See, here’s the thing: Selina is someone who’s been underestimated and dismissed for most of her life. She’s been looked down on for her gender, her lower-class background, her history in sex work. And when she has been taken seriously, she’s been perversely appreciated for the bad side of who she is. The few people to really respect her have appreciated her intelligence and skills for how useful she could be to them as a thief. But no one really looked at her and saw her as someone with the potential to be more than a thief. (Not even Holly, although Holly’s relationship with Selina is positive and good for Selina in different ways.) Certainly no one saw her as someone with the potential to be a hero - until Bruce.

And if you’ll forgive me for going into Psychology Major mode for a minute: People will live up or down to expectations. If you’ve been treated all your life as if you can’t be anything but a thief and a troublemaker and someone with purely selfish interests, it’s really hard to believe that you can be anything else. It’s not impossible, and I’d certainly never suggest that Selina never did anything heroic or altruistic until she met Bruce. But it’s hard. Someone believing in you is a really, really powerful thing.

This is something that, for all its faults as a movie, The Dark Knight Rises did get very right about Bruce and Selina’s relationship:

Selina tries to present herself as someone driven purely by selfishness, but Bruce sees through that: “I think there’s more to you than that.” And I think what Selina says in response is so revealing. It’s clearly intended as a denial - saying that if he keeps expecting her to be better, he’ll only keep being let down in response. But it also clearly shows that he’s gotten to her - which is, of course, confirmed by the decisions she makes later in the movie. As much as she wants to pretend it doesn’t, Bruce’s faith in Selina has an effect on her.

The thing is, knowing you’ve let someone down isn’t a pleasant feeling. But it can sometimes be a positive thing. Knowing you’ve let someone down means knowing that they had high expectations for you in the first place. It means someone saw you as capable of making the right decisions, and that’s actually much healthier than knowing you didn’t let anyone down because they never expected anything better of you to begin with.

Bruce is good for Selina because he looks at her and says “I believe that deep down, you’re really a good person.“ Because he looks at her and says ”There’s more to you than that.” And that’s something Selina hasn’t had a lot of in her life, maybe something she’s never had until Bruce comes along. He sees past her bad side and sees her potential to be something better. And instead of letting her off the hook, he challenges her to be the person he knows she’s capable of being. He has faith in her. He believes she can be a hero, and eventually that leads to Selina believing it, too. 

(But it’s so, so important to note that Selina doesn’t start acting more heroic for Bruce. She’s not doing it because he wanted it or to make him happy. She does it because it’s right for her. At her heart, Selina is a hero - all Bruce did is see the heroic qualities that were in her all along.)

The second reason I ship them so hard together is: They help each other have fun.

(The comic this panel is from - Catwoman #32 - is basically my all-time Bruce/Selina issue ever, and you’ll definitely be seeing more scans from it in this post.) 

Bruce is the one who needs more help in this area, obviously, like he says here. It’s no secret that Bruce is serious and withdrawn even with the people he loves most, and has a tendency to focus on The Mission above everyone else. So it’s a huge deal that he’s playful and mischievous and flirtatious with Selina, because not many people get to see that side of him. And no one brings it out in exactly the way that Selina does. He lets himself relax around her in a way which is really good for him:

(See? I told you we weren’t done with that issue! I love this scene because you so rarely see Bruce - or Selina, for that matter - being so completely relaxed and happy and normal.)

But I think it’s worth noting that Selina always looks like she’s having just as much fun as Bruce is, and I think that’s really good for her, too. I think people tend to forget that as much as Selina is by nature a more playful and flirtatious person than Bruce, she isn’t really a much happier one. She’s had a really hard and lonely life over the years, and that’s why it’s so great to see how genuinely happy she seems with Bruce:

I always love how huge Selina’s smile is in the first panel of this sequence (drawn by the always awesome Cameron Stewart). She’s just having so much fun, and I think that’s really just as good for her as it is for Bruce.

Even when they’re fighting, it’s very often play-fighting more than anything else:

(This scene, which is from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, can be watched here. And it is awesome.)

Look at those smiles. Bruce and Selina just bring out the fun side in each other, and I really love that. You’d never see Bruce smiling like that if he was fighting, say, the Joker. (For good reason.)

This is something Gotham has also gotten very right in their depiction of baby!Bruce and Selina:

SO. FREAKING. CUTE.

AHEM. *is mature*

(By the way: Do you remember a while back when I sent you a message that was basically like “RENA RENA RENA YOU HAVE TO GO WATCH GOTHAM NOW”? It was right after this episode aired.)

I find this scene particularly poignant because this is not long after Bruce’s parents have died, and it’s the first time you really see him having fun, smiling and laughing like that. Frankly, it’s the first time in the show that you see Bruce or Selina acting like normal children. (Even Alfred notices and is forced to approve of Selina!) And even as adults, I think they still bring out that lighthearted side in each other:

Although as this scene shows, what Bruce and Selina consider “fun” might not be what most people consider fun, which bring me to my next point: They just get each other, on a very fundamental level. Partly that’s because they’re very alike, and partly because they’ve come to understand each other over the years. There’s this scene I really wish I could have found - I tried, believe me - where (if I’m remembering correctly) Selina is sneaking into Gotham during the No Man’s Land era, and Bruce knows exactly how she’ll do it - because it’s the same way he would. Bruce and Selina are also very different from each other in certain ways, obviously, but a lot of the time they’re just very in sync like that:

Despite their differences, Bruce and Selina have a lot in common. They’re both highly intelligent and skilled, they’ve both known a lot of tragedy in their lives, they’re both far lonelier than they care to admit. They’re both hesitant to trust people. They both follow a unique moral code that others don’t always understand - though those moral codes are not exactly the same. They’re both highly independent and can be too stubborn for their own good. At their heart, they’re both driven by a very real desire to help other people. And I think they’re similar in a more indefinable way, too. They’re just cut from the same cloth, somehow. They understand each other both instinctively and also, as the years go by, because of the true friendship they’ve formed:

I think that’s something that’s so often overlooked with Bruce and Selina: People look at them and only see the Cat-and-Bat game, the “lovers on opposite sides!” trope, and they overlook the fact that Bruce and Selina are genuinely friends. More than that, despite all the odds, they’ve come to really trust each other over the years. Even though they still disagree over plenty of things, they know they can always turn to each other in a time of need:

I think nothing says more about how much Bruce trusts Selina than the fact that he willingly told her his secret identity - something that I’m not only pretty sure was unheard of for Bruce to do, it’s pretty dang unheard of in the superhero world in general. For a point of comparison, Clark didn’t tell Lois his secret identity until after they were engaged, and whether you think that’s good writing of Clark or not (I don’t, necessarily), it still says something about what a big deal it was for Bruce to trust Selina that way. In the superhero world, telling someone your secret identity is basically the biggest statement of trust you can make.

Bruce telling Selina his secret identity (though I firmly headcanon that she’d figured it out anyway) is a huge statement - and, as he basically says himself here, tantamount to an admission that he wants a real relationship with her. For Bruce to willingly make that leap is huge.

Because of that trust, you see Bruce and Selina really open up to each other in a way that they really don’t with most people, especially other love interests. They’re willing to let themselves be vulnerable and emotionally open. And Bruce is actually vocal about his feelings in a way that you practically never see:

Now, obviously Heart of Hush as a storyline is not without its problematic elements, but I still love this scene. Because Bruce pouring his heart out like that? Bruce basically never does that. Getting an “I love you” out of Bruce is a big deal already, but an entire speech? That says a lot, again, about how much he’s willing to open up to Selina. (Granted, she was pretending to be asleep… but let’s be honest: he most likely knew she was pretending.) 

I think it’s also significant that pretty much any time either of them dreams about settling down, or there’s an alternate universe where they do, it shows them ending up married to each other:

I think for both Bruce and Selina, when they imagine living a normal life, they think about having a normal relationship with each other, ending up married. But they think that because they’re not “normal”, they can’t have that - which is a theme going back to the earliest days of their relationship:

(This scene is from Batman #3, which also happens to be the issue where Selina kissed Bruce for the first time.)

Bruce and Selina will never be “just another boy and girl”, and I think they both assume that means they can never have anything resembling an actual committed relationship. The fact that they were starting to take steps in that direction before the reboot was a huge deal for both of them. But I think it’s going to take a lot of character growth for both of them before they realize that they can have an actual relationship without either of them compromising who they are.

One more reason to ship them: Bruce moons over Selina like a little schoolboy. Enough said. ;-)

CONTROL YOUR FACE, BRUCE. You are supposed to be the terrifying personification of justice and the night and you’re acting like an absolute goober.

(And it’s amazing.)

Oh, and Dick approves:

Dick approves so much that Dick is actually the one who encouraged Bruce to tell Selina his secret identity, which, again: Huge frickin’ deal.

It’s not just a “Ha ha, Dick ships it” thing, either. Dick knows Bruce better than pretty much anyone. So the fact that Dick looks at Bruce’s relationship with Selina and says “Yeah, this relationship is good for you”? That says a lot. Because Dick knows what he’s talking about when it comes to Bruce.

Also, they have almost 75 years of history, which is pretty dang cool:

I’m a sucker for history. And theirs is a 75-year-long multimedia history spanning comics, cartoons, live-action TV, movies, and videogames, which just makes it even more amazing. 

In conclusion: Have some of my miscellaneous favorite Bat/Cat scenes that I couldn’t find a way to include in this post.

(This is another scene that speaks to how well Selina understands Bruce… and also brings up a very important point about Bruce’s nature that far too many Batman adaptations forget.)

(I did warn you there’d be a lot of scenes from this issue.)

And last but not least:

Yeah. That seems a good note to end this post on.

Hope you enjoyed, sweetheart! (And same goes to anyone else reading this, too!)

GaaLee Summer Fest: The Summertime of Love

It’s finally time to take another stab at a proper GaaLee fest! For those who don’t know, back in 2010 and again in 2011, I attempted to hold GaaLee exchanges that both had to be canceled due to lack of participants. Hopefully, this time will be different! It seems that the GaaLee community is a bit more broad and a bit more diverse and a bit more active! So without further ado: 

(banner art by @rockgaara)

The GaaLee Summer Fest: The Summertime of Love

Sign-ups: May 22nd-June 15th
Prompt Claiming: June 16th-June 30th
Submissions Due: September 1st 
Posting: September 2nd-October 1st (depending on how many entries)

Sign-ups for the GaaLee fest will stake place from now until June 15th to hopefully give plenty of people time to see this and take part. We are looking for artists, writers, betas, and pinch-hitters! There needs to be at least 10 people committed to the fest before we move forward with prompts, because a fest really isn’t a fest without people! Once everyone has signed up, prompt claiming will begin. One person per prompt! After that, you will have two months to write or draw your assignment. Betas will be assigned to writers who don’t already have a beta. Pinch-hitters will be contacted as needed. 

Follow @puregaalee and the tag #gaaleefest17 for updates! If you want to meet your fellow participants, the aforementioned tag is a great way to do so!

This is a general fest, but in the future, if this goes well, we will have more theme-focused fests and exchanges. In this case, I chose ‘Summertime of Love’ because this is really just about having fun and getting people excited to be involved in the GaaLee fandom again. 

Below the cut there is going to be a lot of info, so bear with me. 

Now for the rules and the proper sign-up forms: 

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

I don’t think I really mentioned how much I really enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming. 

I know I’m a little late to the party but yeah I truly enjoyed it, I’m going to give it some time before I declare it’s my “favorite” but I think it’s up there and I figured I should but down some reasons why.

1) Diversity. In and of itself having a diverse cast doesn’t make a good movie. However for someone who grew up with an endless stream of early 2000s love letters to New York City, like Friends, Sex in the City, Will & Grace, and indeed the original Spiderman movies that took place in a seemingly fictional all white NYC, it was shocking (in a good way) to see the real life New York in all it’s multicultural multiracial glory, with Peter often the only white person in frame in the halls of his high school. 

2) Peter is not a fuckboy. It would be all too easy and all to predictable for the writers and the director to pull the tired and deeply creepy Superhero trope of the hero manipulating the fact their love interest has feelings for their hero identity. Even though it’s put out there that Liz has feelings for Spider-Man, Peter actively resists using Spider-Man to get the girl. The temptation is there of course but he understands even in his hormonal brain that it’s not the right thing to do. In fact he decides against becoming Spider-Man at Liz’s party to impress her and is going to go in after Flash bullies him, and in part to make Ned “cool” in the eyes of their peers. 

3) Peter feels real. It’s never bluntly stated in weepy monologue or anything but there’s a real relatable teenage desperation throughout Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. He wants to do something important, be someone, in part because he’s a loser and a nerd, in part you sense a need to get out of his apartment because it’s too painful, and in part because he’s a teenager and everything feels so immediate at that age. Likewise when he’s trapped under the warehouse roof you get the sense this is the first time he really gets it, it’s a tried trope that teenagers think they’re indestructible but they do in a way, and in that moment Peter realizes that Tony was right and he has been playing a dangerous adult game with very real risks.

4) Vulture translated well. Like with a lot of heroes dreamed up in Sliver Age of comics Spider-Man’s main villains have always been a little campy, colorful and goofy. While heroes like Batman have made their villains darker and more serious Spider-Man (and the Flash) never really have. Which has always made translating them onto the big screen a bit of a problem. Homecoming delivered a Vulture who’s character design was a terrifying nightmare (highlighting that Peter is really a child in a big scary world he doesn’t understand) while Michael Keaton gives an equal parts creepy and relatable Toomes. We get why he does what he does and can’t say if put in his shoes we wouldn’t do the same thing.

5) Tony’s behavior is understandable. Is Tony a bad dad/dick in this film? yeah yeah he is, but he’s also busy clearly shown as keeping too many balls in the air and in his very Tony way he’s guilty. We can see that Tony clearly brought Peter into this hero stuff in a fit of bad judgement and he knows it and also has no idea how to get this kid to quit the drug that is heroing. 

6) Peter comes off as a teenager and it’s not condescending. This is a rarity, but Peter’s glued to his phone, very high school vibe and character are both pitch perfect teenager but also show real affection for generation Z. GenZ and their older Millennial siblings are so often treated as the downfall of everything because they love social media and smart phones it is a breath of fresh air to see a movie look at them and say “The Kids are alright” 

7) The supporting characters are a revelation. We’ve seen Spider-man’s cast brought to the big screen twice already and it’s a nice to see a movie that knows Peter is a nerd/geek. Ned is a big part of that. It’s also nice to see Aunt May given some personality. In comics and the past two movie versions Aunt May has been a personalitiless widowed catholic grandma worrying and making soup. Here she has a personality a sense of humor, the worry for Peter is there but she’s not sitting in a corner praying or something. Also MJ, starting in the comics MJ was a sex kitten, wish fulfillment dream girl for Peter, here, she’s not here for him, she makes fun of him, but I also like that the movie doesn’t do the “they act like they hate each other because they’re in love!” BS, sure she teases Peter but she doesn’t hate him and he doesn’t hate her. 

8) no Uncle Ben, no Spider. Like I said we’ve had two major Spiderman movie franchises already, Spider-Man in and of himself has always been one of the most popular of superheroes. We don’t need to see the origin all over again. Homecoming manages to skip the trap BvS fell into and we never see either the Spider or the death of Uncle Ben, indeed he’s never even mentioned. Nor does he need to be, we feel him in the worry between Aunt May and Peter when Peter got “fired”. We’re not told but shown Peter’s feels about making May worry, and the damage that Ben’s death has done to May all without having to hamfistedly throw his name around. 

Any ways those are my reasons, I think Homecoming should serve as how to do a reboot of a franchise that’s maybe been around too many times. The energy and feel are so different it can be a little hard to remember that there were other Spider-man movies or that they’re related. Tom is clearly the most endearing and interesting Peter Parker and I’ll go out on a limb and say Spider-Man as well, I want more of his story and not just as part of the wider MCU. That might be my main issue, I know I’m unlikely to see this Spider-man in as many solo movies as I’d like It’d be great to have movies kinda like the Netflix shows where we all know they’re in the MCU and we mention things from it but mainly it’s just about the character in question and not tying his stuff to the wider story arch. 

A piece of mind - Reaction too askers

So its been a while since i did one of these, but i think its about time too adress a few things that have been done here and since i took a few samples and listened too a few opinions i think i will just share my mind, and let you guys rip me apart.

The subject of the day, my dear friends will be, as always my Undetale OC - The Knight.

Oh boy, this will be a good one.

So ! Let us get on the railroad and move on.

The Knight was created many months ago as my persona, and my wish too make an Undertale AU lead me too wish too create something original. Whenever i looked around me i have seen such amazing and great OC´s and creations of other artists. All kind of versions of Frisk, Sans (mostly Sans), Papyrus, Undyne (thank the Emperor and @superyoumna for Othertale) and other characters.

Many of these characters are from the original game and as such have a deep bond with you as the player, watcher and artist. I quess my inability too find such a bond with the game itself made me unable too create my own good version of these characters. And i quess this desperation lead me too my maybe one of the few original things i ever did since i began doing art for real. It was my persona.

The winged helmet of a Knight. And well…ideas began too explode, but more then the ideas i started with questions arent the character.

This is the first design of the Knight.


The Knight was intendet too be a creation of something that would have a part of knighthood inside of him, but also would be somehow connected too the universe. Here we go with the silly attempt too give him Sanse´s jacket. He came out of nowhere, had no connections too the world around him outside of that jacket.

The helmet was inspired by the Royal Guards, for in the beggining i actually intendted to do an OC Royal guard. Why ? Cause im never good with loved characters. I always like too dig for the support ones. Those that have not too much attention. Maybe its just a cowards way of how too trying too make something interesting, but well, never said i was a genius.

The Knight slowly got a form and then what was important was too make the small details. What race is he ? How old is he ? What is he ? What is his purpoese in life ? Can he be in different AU´s ? Is he himself an AU ? 

All of these questions crossed my mind again, and again until they railed themselves in my brain and slowly i began too give the Knight a personality, a backstory, i tried too make him real.

I quess the greatest development the Knight got, was on the RP Discord Server Omega Timeline, where i was able too trully flash out his mindsets, hobbies, moral standarts, emotions, and just really express him in the world of different OC´s . And too my shock, he really began too take his anchor and holding his ground.

Clothes got different, his magical power shifted a bit, he developed both mentally and physically. And too my surprise, people began too…well not like that.

The most often question i got was, “Hey Deusn, got a question. Why do you never go for a Frisk OC ? Or why not going with a Sans ? I am sure you would be really good at RPing that. After all you have always a connection too a character.”

But i understood that too the Knight it was personal. This was MY character. AND CAREFULL READER, I AM NOT SAYING THAT AN AU OF AN EXISTING CHARACTER IS LESS ! SHAME ON YOU IF YOU THINK THAT, YOU BAD BAD READER !

I already was able too discover soo many beautifull characters and AU´s that showed me how immensely an wonderfull an AU can be. Just too give out a few ones. (I am very sorry for pining you guys, but i have too be honest about my senpai´s and those whose art  i love and follow, you guys are awesome !)

- @blinddetermination
- @oraclesaturn2
- @diesel-1997
- @xxmileikaivanaxx
- @keru-the-green and @amachi-blaze
- @xxtc-96xx

And for a few known AU´s like Flowerfell (absolutely love it),Othertale (Undyne as a main character ! SIGN ME IN !!!) Faithtale (love it all), Underfell, Underswap…crap cant remmember more. But if you know what i am talking about i am sure you are much more knowledgable about those AU´s then i am.


Anyways back too the Knight. At this point, thanks too the love of my life @xxmileikaivanaxx i got the chance too make a comic where the Knight will be. I can give him his own thing, shine a bit on his backstory and his personality.

Also a personal, big THANK YOU too @eclipticart for the cool RP´s i was able too do with her, for it also helps me a lot too experiment and work on the OC. Which is really cool !

So. 

For those of you, who do not think that the Knight AINT a OC for UNDERTALE for he doesnt come from the milking cow of the main storyline, i am very sorry. But i can assure you that i would not dare too create a OC without giving him a good backstory, explain it properly and for gods sake, no matter what you guys say will make me give up on the guy.

I love my knight. 

I love you all. Even those mean peeps. I love you especially, you help me rethink my decisions. And mostly make sure i did the right thing. xD


Thank you all for reading. Please go check out the precious artists that i linked (and who are probably going too kill me right after i post this) and give them your sweet support and love. They deserve it.

Praise the sun ! Deusn

Day 3 of Make-Up MariChat May: Injured 

*EDIT: If you like this story, you can read part 2 and part 3!

“Thinking of You” Part 1

She hadn’t meant to, really. He had completely surprised her, and she had reacted out of instinct.

He rubbed his nose, hot tears edging his bright green eyes.

“I’m really sorry about that,” she apologized saccharinely, though still sincere.

“Guess that’s what I get for trying to be sneaky…” he groaned. “Karma. Or my own bad luck.”

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anonymous asked:

I have a question. I'm currently working on my own webcomic and I actually really want to start publishing it. I have thought through the main plot (how it'll start, go (roughly) and end), but one friend of mine tells me not to start the comic yet, because I have to think it through FULLY first as I might miss some plot twists. And I have a question for you : have you already fully thought backlash through or just the main plot? Or do you come up with some things while drawing? I need your help;

THIS ANSWER GOT REAL WORDY, SORRY

I want you to know that I read this ask and as soon as I got to the line “have you already fully thought BACKLASH through or just the main plot” I let out a noise similar to a goose honking. My guy. Let me tell ya. I am not the kind of writer that waits until I know even 1/3 of my story before I jump into making it.

BACKLASH is a story I’ve been working on since 2012. The very first try at this story I ever did was in 2012, and all I knew about the story was the characters, and vaguely that there was some kind of big bad guy who was oppressing humanity or something. This version of BACKLASH didn’t last long. I got maybe a chapter and a half through it (like 45 pages?) and then I stopped, realizing I didn’t know what I was doing and didn’t have a direction. I was just drawing comics for the sake of ‘I want to make something with these characters’. It was good practice, but wasn’t shaping up to be the narrative I wanted it to be!

I took a few years off, sat down and wrangled in my story and characters, and then started again in 2014 (I think? shoot my timeline is all hecked up, it might have been 2015).

I want you to know that I did not figure out the lowest, ‘dark night of the soul’ moment until like three months ago, and I didn’t figure out the final rising actions/final confrontation/exact ending until last month. Literally. I was sitting at my day job and it just, boom, hit me like a ton of bricks, and NOW I know the exact timeline for my entire comic. I’ve been doing this comic for 3-4 years and I only just now figured out almost everything. So take that information however you want.

Everyone writes differently, everyone tells stories and builds worlds differently. You have to know how your brain works and what type of groundwork you need to do before starting, but you also need to know what you can come up with and what blanks you can fill in as you get to them.

Some people need to know every single story beat and every single moment of their entire story’s timeline, and that’s totally fine! Some people (like me) only really need the general direction of what their story is leading to, and prefer not knowing every tiny detail until the story is finished.

I will say that no matter what kind of writer you are, I think you should definitely know what your story is leading toward before you start. You should have a general idea of what the plot is, and how the end might play out. Your ending can change a thousand times as you’re working on the story, and that’s okay! If you have the idea of ‘okay these characters are going to eventually get in a fight with this big bad character because they need to be stopped’, then you know what your story is building toward and it will help you keep things on-track and relevant. It will help you avoid rambling and going off on weird tangents. If you aren’t building to anything, your story will just be whatever you think is cool or would be funny, and it might be fun for you to make, but as a narrative it might not be great.

I personally enjoy leaving things for future me to figure out! It keeps me interested in the world and story and characters. But I make sure that I know enough about each of my characters that I can lay subtle groundwork that foreshadow big reveals and twists that will happen later on in the story! Even if I don’t know EXACTLY how something is going to play out, I know enough about the characters and their dispositions and relationships that I can drop hints and clues in dialogue and in the environment. (This coming from someone who is definitely a character-first type of writer. All my stories are character driven and the character arcs and storylines are the most important aspects of my stories! So knowing my characters makes writing a story in which they all interact a LOT easier, haha~)

I’m also a very avid supporter of “JUST DO IT” with regards to webcomics. If I waited until I knew every little thing about my story to start, I still wouldn’t have started my comic. The best way to get better is to not wait and jump in feet first.

If you feel like you’re ready to start your comic, I say go for it! You know what’s best for your story, and you know if you’re ready or not. Webcomics take a LONG TIME to make too, so, by the time you’re done writing and drawing the beginning, you’ll have had all that time to think about the future events of your comic. You’ll have a lot of time to think about how you’re going to build your story WHILE you’re making it. That’s the curse and the blessing of webcomics.

I wish you luck!! Listen to your heart!!

Day 10: Favorite Romance

Fair Warning: This is an incredibly long essay with tons and tons of flycammed screencaps.

Obviously, my fav romance is Shakarian. It’s my favorite for many reasons, but I think the reason that I like it best is simply because it is actually a romance. I honestly love it so god damn much that I’m having a hard time focusing on what I want to talk about with it, because its that damn good.

I think I’m going to talk about the development of it, because there’s lots of essays out there already about why they’re suited for each other or what makes them such a good pairing. What I think is particularly interesting about the way the Shakarian romance is set up is that so much of the romance is not in what they say – it’s in how they say it.

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In Dreams 18

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There are times when things are crystal clear, when everything makes perfect sense. He can distinctly remember feeling like he understood his place in the world, but that was a long time ago. Now, he feels like he’s on the road not taken in some strange way, lost in Frost’s yellow wood, meandering about, distracted by sounds, by the beauty and the dark places. Sometimes she’s right there next to him and others, he’s certain he’s lost her.

These last few months, he’s been wandering. Lost as he can be, distracted by Diana, by little white pills, by memories and nightmares when all along, the thing he needed to pay attention to, to keep his eyes wide open for, was her. Always her.

She’s asleep on the couch, she was so drained by the time she checked her apartment and got back to his place that she curled up and drifted off in the space of just a few minutes. He’d read in one of the books that the overwhelming exhaustion is normal, that he shouldn’t worry. But he still does. It can’t be helped.

He’s spent the last couple hours cleaning up the bedroom, making space for her. It dawns on him as he hauls out boxes of magazines and clippings that it’s the first time he’s done something like this for her. It wasn’t so long ago that they were discussing why she didn’t have a desk. She still doesn’t have a desk. She takes up so much of his heart, so many of his thoughts, but she can’t live in either of those places. He’s determined to change that, starting right now.

He may be a lost man, but one thing he’s sees clearly is her and if he can see her, he can find his way.

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Meant for You Part Two // Barry Allen x Reader

Summary: Barry decides to go back in time to save his mother but when he finds he doesn’t have you in the new timeline he tries to go back to the ‘original’ timeline. Only to find he doesn’t have you there either. He goes on to try to convince you that you two are meant for one another.

Word count: 2,599

Warnings: None

Barry went outside onto the porch to call you, he just needed to hear your voice and make sure you were still here. He looks through his contacts, three times, and he can’t find your name. He looks past it and just dials your number. It doesn’t ring but an automated message says how the number is no longer in use. Again, he looks past it and just decides he’ll go and see you tomorrow.

The next morning he heads to Jitters before going down to the precinct. When he’s walking out, you’re walking in. He sighs in relief when he sees you.

“Y/N, oh my gosh it’s so great to see you,” he hugs you, clearly catching you off guard.

“Oh, hey, Barry,” you say hesitantly. “It’s Barry, right?”

“Um, yeah,” he says confused as to why you seem to not know him that well. “When was the last time we saw each other?” He tries to play it off cool, while trying to get some information.

“Um, I guess when Team Arrow was helping Team Flash with Zoom,” you shrug with a slight laugh in your voice.

“Oh, yeah,” he acts as if he recalls you being there, he does but not for Team Arrow.

“I’m glad that I’m finally seeing you in a time that’s not full of crisis,” you smile.

“Me, too,” he says. “So, what brings you to Central City?”

“Visiting family,” you answer. “I was thinking about stopping by S.T.A.R. Labs later, do you think everyone would be cool with that? I know there’s a lot of tension nowadays,” your lips pull to one side of your face.

“Tension? There’s no tension,” Barry states.

“Barry, you don’t have to lie to me,” you raise an eyebrow. “I know I’ve only been with Team Arrow since the last time you were there but we still need to be transparent with each other.”

“I’m not lying,” he says, genuinely meaning it. How much of this timeline did he change?

“Felicity tells me everything, and you’ve called her a lot about how you and Cisco aren’t getting along and neither are Joe and Iris. I know it’s bad now but you guys can all get through it, I’m sure of it,” you explain and Barry’s knees go weak. He’s changed a lot.

“Well, I better get going,” he says before darting off, not even waiting for your goodbye.

He’s in the alleyway of the precinct when it hits him. You’re not his anymore, you barely even know who he is. He can’t hug and kiss you anymore whenever just because he wants too. He can’t fall asleep holding you in his arms. He can’t pick himself up when he’s down on a mission just from you whispering sweet, encouraging words into his earpiece. He can’t tell you how much he loves you, and he can’t hear those words come from you.
That’s when he breaks. He falls to his knees sobbing. He doesn’t know what’s worse, the timeline where he saw you dead or the timeline where he sees you living a happy life without him and where he can never be happy without you. You don’t know how much you mean to him, you don’t know your his source of light, happiness, and life. You don’t know you’re his everything and he’s supposed to be yours.

“This is all my fault,” he mumbles. “I did this, I lost her.”

He sits there sobbing for what seems to be hours. Nothing else matters, nothing else that changed in this timeline could hurt more than this. He feels his heart breaking and his soul being crushed. How could he lose you, the only person that matters? What has he done?

Barry gets to S.T.A.R. Labs and everyone just seems to be waiting around glumly. Cisco’s normal, chipper demeanor has done a complete one eighty and he just sits there with a frown planted on his face. Caitlin just looks blankly at her screen along with Iris. The only one who seems to be in a good mood is Wally.

“Hello, hello,” Barry hears your voice fill the cortex, lifting everyone’s demeanor just the slightest.

“Y/N,” Caitlin smiles while giving you a hug.

“Hey, stranger,” Cisco smiles, walking over to you.

“What brings you here?” Iris asks.

“Well, I was just in town visiting some family when I ran into to Barry and figured I needed to see the rest of Team Flash,” you smile.

“It’s great to see you,” Caitlin says. “Especially when it’s not about a major crisis breaking out,” you two laugh.

“Though, speaking of major crisis, I could use your engineering expertise on the project I was talking to you about,” Cisco chimes in. “I’ve managed to set fire to my workplace about five times while working on this new project.”

“What?” Everyone in the cortex asks at the same time.

“A small fire,” he defends.

“Yeah, I guess I can take a look at it,” you laugh. “I’ll talk to you guys in a little bit,” you add before following Cisco down to his workshop.

Once you’re gone Barry takes a seat and just rubs a hand on his forehead. Iris walks over to him and takes a seat.

“What’s wrong Barr?” She takes his hand in hers.

“I’ve just messed something up and I don’t know how to fix it,” he shrugs, staring off into the void.

“You want to talk about it?” She asks.

“No,” he shakes his head. “The less people to know the better.”

“Not even your girlfriend?”

His head snaps to her, confusion taking over every fiber in his body. “What?” Is all he can manage to get out.

“Me, silly,” she laughs. “Not even I can know?”

His mouth just moves up and down, trying to form words but not being able to find the right ones. So, he’s not dating you not only because you barely know who he is but also because he is with Iris. Peachy.

“You’re acting really strange today,” she points out. “Listen, I get you aren’t ready to talk but once you are I’ll be here,” she says giving him a peck on the lips before walking back to her computer.

“I’ll be right back,” Barry says, still in a confused daze, before walking out of the cortex.

He makes his way down to Cisco’s workshop where he sees you working on one of his new projects, he’s unsure of which one since he’s unsure of everything in this timeline. Cisco is looking over your shoulder in utter amazement at your engineering skills, at least that stayed the same.

“Hey, Y/N,” Barry nervously asks.

You look up at him, making sure to keep your hands in place to not mess up all the work you’ve just done. “Yeah?” You ask.

“Um, I know your busy right now but when you get the chance can we talk?” His nerves build up, he doesn’t even know what he’ll say to you but he’s hoping whatever you’re working on buys him some time.

“Yeah, sure,” you smile. “This will only take about thirty seconds,” you shrug.

Barry and Cisco watch as you twist a screw, connect some wires, and adjust a few software chips and a blue light on whatever you were making flashes on. You remove your hands and smile down at your work. You close the covering and pick up what looks to be like two bracelets before handing them to Cisco.

“There you go, power altering meta-human cuffs,” you smile proudly at your work.

“And you’re sure they’ll work?” Cisco asks.

“Well, you need to test them first,” you say and take them back from Cisco before walking over to Barry. “Put on these cuffs,” you instruct.

“At least buy me dinner first,” he jokes causing you to blush.

He slips them on to either wrists and looks to you for what to do next. “Now, run,” you instruct, “at high speed, of course.”

He goes off to run but as hard as he tries to run faster he can’t. He can only move at a normal speed. Confused, he runs back to the workshop.

“Could you run full speed?” You ask.

“No,” he shakes his head.

“Good, then the cuffs worked,” you smile while removing them from his wrists. “They’re meant to stall your powers,” you explain.

“Oh, how does that work?”

“Do you really want to get knee deep in engineering?” You raise an eyebrow.

“Not really,” he laughs.

He smiles, nothing feels different between you two. It feels like the same chemistry, to him at least. He knows you don’t feel it, you don’t feel that you two are meant for each other the same way he does. He’s just another science geek with incredible abilities to you. It hurts him to think you’ll never know what you two once had.

“Okay, now what did you want to talk about?” You ask.

“Oh, right,” his nervousness comes back. “Um, come with me,” he says and leads you out of the workshop.

He leads you to the time vault and you stand there in awe when you see how the wall opens into a whole other room.

“You going to have to give me the mechanical notes on that,” you say in awe. “That was the smoothest transitional wall I’ve ever seen.”

You two step into the vault and you look around at the empty room. You wonder why he brought you here to talk. You wonder what he even needs to talk about anyways. It’s not like you two are extremely close. Though, you will say during this visit something has felt strange between you two. You can’t quite put your finger on it but it’s like there’s more to your relationship than just helping each other when meta-humans are trying to take over the world. It’s like something is missing from your memory, you can sense it but you don’t know what it is.

“So, what is it you need to talk to me about?” You look at him and notice his usually Barry demeanor is a lot more serious. Which makes you wish there were seats in here, who has serious conversations while standing up? Wait, what serious topic would he need to discuss with you.

“I messed up and I don’t know how to fix it,” he sighs.

“Barry, I don’t mean to be rude,” you start. “But why exactly are you coming to me with this? We aren’t exactly close. Iris or Joe could probably help you more than me,” you slightly laugh to lighten the mood.

He runs a hand through his hair, clearly frustrated. You can’t tell if he’s frustrated at you or the situation. You rest a hand on his shoulder, you can feel the tension in his muscles relax under your touch.

“What happened?” You softly ask.

He looks at you and you can see the tears forming in his eyes, “I lost the person who means the most to me.”

“Barry, I heard about your dad but you can’t blame yourself-”

“No,” he cuts you off, the first tear slips from his eyes and he quickly wipes it away. “I’m talking about you.”

You’re taken aback. You? What does he mean by that? You two hardly know each other.

“Me?” You question. “What are you talking about?”

He lets out a sigh, “This next part is going to sound crazy but you’re just going to have to believe me.”

You should just leave then, he sounds completely out of it, but something makes you stay. Something makes you feel like you are the person who means the most to him and that he means the most to you. Except, you don’t know how that’s possible but you can feel it’s true.

“I ran back in time to save my mom,” he starts. “In doing so I changed the original timeline and lived in this alternate one for a little while. One with both my parents, one without any of the friends I once had, one with out you.”

“What were we in the original timeline?” You quietly ask.

He shakes his head and looks to the ground, a few more tears slipping down his cheeks. “We were stupid in love,” he chokes out. “We always said had we were meant for each other, just made to be together. On Earth Two and in the future we were married, we thought it was a sign that in every timeline, in every life, we would be together.”

You feel yourself getting choked up too. You believe what he’s saying, your gut is telling you that everything he’s saying is true. You may not be able to remember the past timeline but you can feel it. You can feel how you used too, you can feel all those feelings for Barry. You know it’s true.

“I guess we were wrong,” he quietly says.

A silence fills the room, neither of you know what to do. You feel all the emotions he described and you need a way to make sure they’re true. You lift up his chin so he is looking at you, and before he can say anything you slowly place your lips onto his. He immediately responds by kissing you back, you can sense his longing to kiss you and you feel it too. You feel his lips on yours is natural, as if you’ve kissed him a million times before. You feel as though you two are meant for each other. You feel as though some time in the past you two were together. You know that what he is saying is true.

That’s when you get a flashback. It’s if you and Barry sitting on his front porch. He’s saying goodbye. He’s saying that he’ll find you in the new timeline. He’s saying that you two will be together on every earth, every universe, every life, and every timeline. You know this memory is real, just from a different timeline, from the original timeline. That is enough to prove to you that you two truly are meant for each other.

He pulls away, leaning his forehead to yours. “No,” he sighs. “I don’t want us to be together because you feel we have too.”

“Barry, this whole time I’ve been here I’ve felt something between us,” you start. “Something I couldn’t understand. It felt like there was something between us, something that had been there for ages,” you explain and you can see the light flooding into his eyes. “When you told me about the original timeline I knew it had to be true, I just wanted to prove it. When we kissed, that was enough proof. It felt just as it did in the original timeline, and I know this because that last memory came back. The one right before you left to save your mom. When we were sitting on the porch and you we’re trying to reassure me that whatever happens we’d always be together. That we’re meant for each other.” His smile makes your heart ache to kiss him again, to be with him again. He’s yours and you’re his, no matter what.

He cups your cheeks in his hands, wiping away your few stray tears with his thumb. “I love you so much,” he smiles through the tears streaming down his face.

“I love you, too,” you smile, placing your hand overtop his.

“I’m meant for you.”

“And I’m meant for you.”

Chapter 1

Harvey’s Bar and Grill, Park Row, Gotham City. April 20th, 2028. 11:34 PM.

“To seven years, old friend,” Gordon said, his glass of Scottish whiskey raised, “and my finally joining you.”

Bruce stared silently back at his old partner, his face blank. Despite the sizable age difference between them, they both looked about equally as worn down; their white hair, the lines covering each of their faces, the seasoned look in their eyes. One might never guess that Jim had already been a grown man when Bruce was a boy. But living the life that Bruce Wayne had led comes with a price: being fifty-five years old and looking eighty-six.

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