but i sure like this song in relation to them and just in general also

now that i’ve begun working more with energy, i wanted to share my methods of casting circles! when i first started working with energy, it was really hard to find references for casting circles, especially ones not dealing with the traditional Wiccan god/goddess. here are some methods and uses of casting circles!

Why Cast a Circle?

the primary reason i cast circles is to protect me from outside energy influences. most people associate circles to protection from ‘malevolent’ spirits, however, it’s just a great barrier in general!

here are some following scenarios i cast circles:

  • divination- to protect me from energies that might influence my cards or my interpretation o the cards
  • spellwork- pretty self-explanatory. i cast circles to protect from energies i don’t want in my spells, or from potential spirit attraction.
  • meditation- again, for energy use and to also not be disturbed from anything spiritual.

Methods of Casting

1 - Invoking Elements

a very basic way, if not the go-to way, of casting is to place each of the four elements at each of the cardinal directions. Earth at the north, Air in the east, Fire at the south, and Water in the west.




  • stones or crystals (this is what i love to use! just be wary that some stones are aligned with other elements. clear quartz is a go-to.)
  • salt
  • dirt (from your backyard or specific, such as hospital or graveyard. make sure to cleanse it.)
  • herbs (especially roots)
  • brown or black colored items


alternatively, any of these could be replaced with a tarot card of the corresponding suit! (wands for fire, cups for water, pentacles for earth, and swords for air).

to close the circle, walk clockwise starting in the east (air) and complete a full walk around the circle. do this as many times as you feel needed to envision a complete circle! after your use for it is done, unwind it by walking the same number of times counter-clockwise.

note: if you live in the southern hemisphere, you may want to reverse fire and earth in your directions and walk counter-clockwise to close the circle, and clockwise to end it.

2 - Envisioning

this is a very, very simple way to cast a circle! if you have very little time, simply imagine a ring of light around your workspace. you could align color to purpose as well.

the only downsides to this method include the fact that it may not be as strong as a physical circle for beginners especially, as i have learned many times over as i find energy that i don’t want in the circle. on top of this, to make it very successful, you may have to keep this image in your head throughout your spell or energy work, which may distract or hurt your concentration.

however, like i said before, it’s very easy, discreet, and requires no clean up! with practice, it could be very easy to maintain.

3 - Salt Circle

by simply spreading salt in a circle clockwise (or counter-clockwise depending on your location), you can create a strong barrier. as you walk around, envision your purpose of protection and safety.

if you are working outside, do not use salt. it will kill plant life! instead, consider alternatives such as: egg shells, diluted salt water, crushed herbs, flower petals, etc.

if working inside, consider setting out foil, cloth, or a tarp for easy cleanup. 

4 - Cleansing the Room Itself

if you find that you for some reason cannot cast a circle, or maybe are just starting out, consider cleansing the entire room instead!

some methods include:

  • smoke cleansing (NOT smudging. please do not call this action smudging unless it is part of YOUR culture.)
  • salt or protective mixture
  • dance/song
  • salt/water spray
  • incense and candles

for smoke cleansing, light your bundle and start facing eastward, spreading the smoke and asking for protection from either the corresponding element or any deities/spirits/etc. you worship. move clockwise or counterclockwise.

for salt or protection mixtures, simply place a small pile in each corner of the room or at the cardinal directions.

dance and song can celanse the room when accompanied with smoke especially. 

the salt water spray can be used similar to the protection mixture – spray a little in each corner or at the cardinal directions.

incense and candles can be placed in corners, the directions, or just throughout the room to act as protective energy.

Final Notes

  • make sure to remove your circle after you’re done!! leaving it up isn’t safe and could be draining on your energy or health.
  • try not to leave the circle in the middle of your work, if it can be avoided. ive had to do it before and nothing bad happened, but sometimes it ocould break the circle, or bring unwanted energy or precense in.
  • do your absolute best to have all your materials in the circle before you cast it. bringing items that were not in the circle before could carry energy that you just do not want in your circle. i’ve messed up plenty spells because of it already. if it is really necessary, cleanse the item as thoroughly as you can (quickly if you need to), and enter the circle from the east.

if these methods don’t work right away, don’t worry! these take lots of practice. some easy ways to try casting daily include:

  • cast a circle before you meditate
  • cleanse your room before you do homework for a safe space to work
  • if you have a form of divination, cast a circle before drawing a daily reading (i do this in the morning to see how the day will go or seek advice for the day!).

good luck!

anonymous asked:

hey! could you recommend any Spanish TV shows?

ok, so there are TOO MANY. I’m gonna split them into two categories: historical drama (soap operas, really) and “modern” shows, basically because many soap operas tend to use a Spanish we don’t really use anymore. I’ll also add the TV channel, because most of them have the episodes on their websites. If not, try pordede.


I feel like most of our TV shows are soap operas. Here you have a list

  • Amar en tiempos revueltos/Amar es para siempre (TVE/Antena 3). Ok so this soap opera was produced by Spain’s national television, but now it belongs to Antena 3 and the name has changed to Amar es para siempre. It’s about the lives of a group of neighbours in a working-class neighbourhood in Madrid. It starts in the 40s or so, and currently they’re in the 60s. Many characters change from season to season, and it airs from Monday to Friday, Friday being more “intense”. It deals with the problems people faced during the dictatorship (abortion, forbidden love, poverty, sexism (still happens lmao), LGBT issues, etc.), but it also talks about love and gossip. You don’t have to watch it from the beginning, just start one day and keep watching it.
  • El secreto de Puente Viejo (Antena 3). So this takes place at the beginning of the XX century in a small village called “Puente Viejo”. There’re many things related to the political situation of the moment and it tells the story of the citizens of the town. I’d recommend this show if you have a really good level, because they use really old-fashioned Spanish. The acting is not that good, tho.
  • Velvet (Antena 3). This is actually about to end THIS WEEK, and parts of the last episode will be aired LIVE. If you liked Sense8, Miguel Ángel Silvestre is in this show. It’s about a chain of department stores and the lives of those who work there. Takes place in the 50s.
  • Gran Hotel (Antena 3). Kinda like Downton Abbey but in a hotel
  • Cuéntame cómo pasó (TVE).  The title is a famous song . This has been airing for… 17 years? It’s about the life of a kid from Madrid (he starts as a child, now he’s 18) in fascist Spain. It’s really good to see how Spanish society evolved and became more modern, or the changes in the country in general. I think that now they are in the 80s, but I stopped watching. The language is not difficult since it deals with daily issues, and you might learn slang! You don’t have to watch it from the beginning.
  • Seis hermanas (TVE). This is quite new. It’s about the life of six sisters in an upper-class family during the Industrial Revolution in Spain. Never seen it.
  • Águila Roja (TVE). This show had a lot of success, then they stopped. Then they came back. This takes place in medieval Spain, and that’s the only thing I can tell you because I’ve never seen it.
  • Isabel (TVE). A show about the life of the queen Isabel. It was quite successful.
  • El caso (TVE). This show is named after a magazine that existed during the dictatorship. They published news about murders, kidnapping, etc. This show talks about the life of the members of the magazine, and also shows the problems they had as people and as journalists during the dictatorship.


  • Aquí no hay quien viva (Antena 3). A CLASSIC. It’s over now, but it was quite good. It’s all about the lives of a group of neighbours who live in the same building. You have the rich girl, the three old women, the gay couple, the girl that never finds a boyfriend, and a great cast in general. I think that this shows represents modern Spain very well, and the Spanish they use is the one we use when we talk, so you’ll learn slang too. There’s a “sequel” called “La que se avecina” but I don’t really like it.
  • Aída (Telecinco). This was really good. It’s about the life of a woman called Aída in a working-class neighbourhood. You have other characters, of course, and most of them are quite funny. It’s really good for language learning because they use modern Spanish. They’re also good at showing what Spain is like.
  • El Ministerio del Tiempo (TVE). Ok so everyone LOVES this show. The writer actually finished the show while he was dying at the hospital. Anyways, this is about the Ministry of Time, a Ministry of the Spanish Government that has agents that travel to the past to solve some problems that would affect our present (most of them are related with Spanish history). You have characters from different historical periods that travel in time together. THIS IS SO GOOD.
  • Los misterios de Laura (TVE). Have you ever seen the American show “the mysteries of Laura”?. Well, that’s actually the copy of the original one, the Spanish version (which is WAY better). It’s about a woman who is a police officer, and she has to solve crimes. But she’s quite comical and the show is also about her relationship with her colleagues and relatives. There’s humor. Really good to learn vocabulary related with crime.
  • El Barco (Antena 3). So this show is over, but everyone loved it. It’s about a group of people who are in a ship and land just disappears, and they think they might be the only ones alive in our planet. Lots of drama.
  • Los Serrano (Telecinco). This show is over, and let me tell you, everyone HATED the ending. It’s about a family, really. This show was quite successful in Finland, lmao.
  • El Príncipe (Telecinco). This finished last year I believe. It’s about el Príncipe, a real neighbourhood of Celta. The main characters work for the police and you can see how life is like in this neighbourhood. They get to talk about racism and other issues. 
  • Vis a vis (Antena 3). Women in prison. Yes, everyone thought it was a copy of Orange is the new black, but it isn’t. Really good.
  • Allí abajo (Antena 3). This is a comedy about a guy from the Basque Country that moves to Andalucia. Stereotypes everywhere. Never seen it, but I’m pretty sure you’ll hear a lot of the accent from Andalucia.

And there’re MANY more. If you search “series (TV channel) online” you’ll find the official websites where you can watch the episodes, or even find new shows. Enjoy!

dating joshua dun would include 2

(because the first was fun)
• going out for coffee
• laura (josh’s mom) telling you embarrassing stories about josh’s childhood
• “josh, why are you staring at me?”
• “sorry, you just look really cute right now.”
• “but you always stare at me?”
• “well you’re always cute.”
• him comforting you when the clique hates on you
• staying up late coming up with conspiracy theories
• him trying to get tyler to let you help write one of their songs, and/or play an instrument/sing in one of them
• him trying to teach you drums
• “no, (y/n), that’s the wrong–! nevermind…”
• helping him dye his hair
• picking out his hair colors
• he literally has his hair dyed your favorite color for years
• painting each other’s nails
• him dying your hair fun colors
• at your wedding, he’s so nervous that his “i do” is literally a little squeaky “enoo” because that is all he can get out of his mouth
• him being more protective of your daughters than your sons
• him hogging the oreos
• him also hogging the blanket
• doing his eyeshadow (or just makeup in general) for tours/music videos
• subconsciously talking while you’re doing his makeup
• “ah, you look perfect! …stunning…gorgeous”
• “i didn’t before?”
• ^apologizing quickly
• him never leaving your side in public
• him getting scared when paparazzi show up, so you hold his hand and tell him it’s okay
• ^kindly
• him finally getting the french kiss
• he actually thought it was kinda gross
• he thought your tongues felt like slugs when they touched and two seconds in he said, “nope this is gross”
• naming your cat something space-related
• falling asleep spooning on the couch while watching movies
• instead of “cuddling” he says “snuggling”
• during interviews he says “yeah, when i get back, me and (y/n) are gonna snuggle.”
• speaking of interviews, he always talks about you. even if the topic totally isn’t related to you at all, he’ll find a way to fit you into the conversation
• he legit loves you more than he loves his drums
• you are the light of his life, his world, his one and only, he neeeeeeeeds you
• touching foreheads
• falling asleep on each other
• once you wake up to josh p much laying on top of you and it was very uncomfortable and you couldn’t breathe
• tracing his tattoos with your fingers, admiring the colors and everything
• getting tattoos that kind of look like his but different
• ^for example, you get his tree sleeve done along your thumb and index finger, or instead of the drum tattoo on the back of your arm, you get whatever instrument you play/something you love, like a pencil and pad if you love drawing
• getting your kid’s names tattooed on you two
• jamming out on the car
• tickle fights
• ^you made josh pee his pants once and it somehow made you love him even more because it was oddly adorable???
• saying “i love you” alllllllll the time
• tyler getting grossed out
• jenna getting jealous at how romantic josh is with you
• him helping you defeat your blurryface
• helping him defeat his
• kissing him all over his face after concerts, no matter how sweaty he is (but you cringe and wipe your now-sweat-covered lips on your sleeve every time)
• tyler not wanting to hand josh the microphone on stage because he knows josh is just going to talk about you and how much he loves you for twenty minutes
• running on stage sometimes in between songs to give josh a kiss and then running backstage again
• the crowd going nuts after you do the aforementioned kiss
• once josh had you on stage with him the whole time, he had you sit on a chair he pulled up next to/behind his and after every song he’d turn to make sure you were still there, and when he saw you he’d say “i love you, (y/n). a lot. more than you could imagine. you’re gonna make a fine wife to me someday, just you wait, love.”
• ^tyler repeating what josh said there to the crowd and josh gets embarrassed and then #thefuture(y/n)dun starts trending on twitter
• and when you get pregnant, #babydun starts trending
• AND when the baby’s born, josh tweets, “my baby was born today. i love her so much, both my girls. i love (y/n) (y/m/n) dun and (y/d/n) (y/d/m/n) dun. welcome to the world, my child.”
• poems written about you by the clique
• crying because the poems are so sweet
• wearing josh’s tøp merch
• memorizing every rap and every word to every song and you end up smoking tyler and josh is so proud
• cute snaps with you
• when you get married and josh finally lets you sleep in the same bed as him, it’s a little awkward at first and you’re “first time” *winkwink* is funny because it’s his ACTUAL first time and he’s so awkward with it
• “what am i supposed to–?”
• “(y/n) is that supposed to happen?”
• “am i supposed to feel like– oH GOODNESS GRACIOUS.”
• josh doing ugly open-mouth sobs at your wedding
• your first kiss as a married couple, right after your “i do"s, is so soft and josh treats you so carefully like he’s afraid he’ll hurt you if he kisses too hard


Eraser: Eraser is easily one of Ed’s best and most honest raps I think he’s put out there. YNMIDNY and Take It Back have more the undertones of not giving a fuck about what the industry thinks and staying a step ahead while being aware of the darkness to avoid. Eraser shows the side of Ed I feel he had been trying to hide from us. It’s honest about his struggles and alludes to cocaine, which is a terrifying drug (not that he needs to be told).  It seems to be an almost apology for the wrong turns he’s made throughout his career; to us, to his family and friends, and to himself. I think this song is the perfect reminder as to why Ed took his year long break to find himself and his happiness again and for that reason it is a perfect opener for this album. It forever warms my heart endlessly to know Ed trusts us with songs like this that are so brutally honest and full of his deepest emotions. I feel happy that he can open up and get these feelings out, but I hope he never feels like he needs to apologize to us for things like this. This is a reminder that celebrities are real people too, just like you and me. It can’t be easy to live under a microscope all the time. I hope he knows how much we love and appreciate him. We are well aware he is not a perfect person and it is totally acceptable to make these mistakes and lose yourself because everyone does.

Castle on the Hill: I remember when Ed dropped this song and Shape of You at the same time, I was immediately drawn to this one despite the ABSOLUTE BOP that Shape of You is. It made me feel so nostalgic for a childhood that wasn’t even mine and that is an amazing talent that no other artist has ever really made me feel (besides when I was 4 and first heard ‘butterfly kisses’ with my dad). This song made me, for the first time in my entire existence, feel nostalgic for my home town, I remember being back on campus in the city and crying in my bed about home AND I WAS MISERABLE IN MY HOME TOWN. I have always heard that nostalgia is a dirty liar and they would be right. But I found that, even though I hated home, I felt a longingness to be there and was reminded of the little moments of drinking in corn field at my friends barn and running through fences when the neighbors called the cops, of driving down every country road around my house with my dog or best friend listening to music, of all the little memories Ed sang about. It gave me an over powering feeling of excitement for the future; to look back and feel happy and whole at my life as ed does. As I have said so many times, I feel blessed to be alive at the same time as an artist like Ed Sheeran. He trusts us with these personal feelings. Hearing this song reminded me a lot of the same sensation I got from watching the Photograph music video. I felt like he had let us into such a different point in his life, before fame and music and before we existed in the same world. Letting us into his childhood and pre-fame life is such a big deal and he has no obligation to tell us anything about his past. I’m lucky to love an artist that acts as our friend in telling us childhood stories and secrets.

Dive: This one if for sure in the top 3 best of this album. I love the beat and the whole idea of starting a relationship and being nervous on whether or not to trust them or to just dive in. I think this might be the most relatable and best song both lyrically and sound wise on this album. Also, I low key see this as an Ath*na drag… do with that what you will.

Shape of You: I’m very happy Ed released this song first because it’s catchy and attracted more people to the album and him in general. It’s a very different sound and at first listen, I thought it was the SING of divide and didn’t love it, though it is an absolute tune. As I listen to it more, the more I really hear the lyrics. I appreciate a big star like Ed writing a song about the female body without degrading it. Also, he is talking about the entire shape of the female body; any and all types. As someone who has struggled with eating disorders and body image issues, it actually made me tear up a bit when he talked about appreciating the female body because the media usually puts pressure on women to look a certain way that isn’t possible and I guess I just really love Ed’s appreciation of women in every sense that he does. Also, that music video actually killed me and is absolute perfection. *cough**cough* SHIRTLESS ED!!

Perfect: I knew this song would be my favorite on the album because Ed had told us that this song was about Cherry and you all know how hard I ship them. Lyrically this song is beautiful. I think it really shows a very happy and in love side of Ed that we didn’t really get in + or x and I love that he is happy now. It is the purest song I have ever heard and an amazing change of pace from all of Ed’s other love songs because it’s not so sad. Thank you Ed for sharing yet another extremely personal part and emotion in your life. Cherry is extremely lucky to have such a beautiful song written for her AND I BETTER BE INVITED TO THIS WEDDING.

Galway Girl: This song makes me want to take Irish dancing again like I did when I was 4 years old just so I have the proper dance moves for this tour. I really appreciate hearing Ed say “pretty little” and sing about Irish girls. I had heard that this song wasn’t approved by his label because I guess Irish folk music isn’t popular but bitch now it is. I appreciate that Ed has always felt he could stay true to himself and where he comes from in his music. He is always 100% honest and embodies his roots, even when it’s not “the popular” thing to do. He had always talked about how important it is for artists to break in America to make it big, so most artists gear their art towards the American audience; Ed, though, has always kept it diverse and different. He further emphasizes the importance of being yourself to be the most successful you can be. Without realizing it, Ed has influenced and inspired so many people, whether it be in pursuing a musical career or just going out and doing what you want regardless of what anyone says. What a guy, what a bop.

Happier: This one was such a tease because I was really expecting a happy song but instead I got my heart ripped out. I think this goes with New Man because it’s about moving on from someone. It’s very heartbreaking to see someone you loved be happier with someone else and learn to be okay with it because if you really loved them you’d be happy for them regardless on if it includes you. This is another + vibes song and a sad song, and I live for the sad songs.

New Man: This song is a great change in pace and it gets goofy but is also serious. This is part of The Holy TrinityTM: YNMIDNY, Take It Back, and now New Man. This is such a drag on the fuck boys and I appreciate it and the fact that, even big famous popstar Ed, isn’t a fuck boy. This song drags this New Man to the deepest pits of hell with a catchy beat and lyrics about bleached assholes. Clearly this song is the quality content we all expected on this album and this honestly has to be in my top 3 favorite tracks on this album.

Hearts Don’t Break Around Here: For whatever reason, I really thought this was going to be the next Take It Back. I thought it was going to be a rap but again I WAS WRONG. This is the only time I actually enjoy being wrong and I should just learn to expect it with Ed because he’s always doing some type of shit to surprise us. It ended up being one of the sweetest songs on the album. It really continues on from Perfect and it makes my heart feel so full when I think of how happy he is now. As a fan, I think our job is to support his career but also respect his personal life and encourage his happiness; even if that doesn’t include us. This song just fills my heart and warms me at the thought of the place someone must be in to write songs like this. I feel lucky to hear it and anyone who has been through heart break and come out the other side can relate to the complete feeling you find in someone that you know won’t do that to you again. Ed somehow has the talent to make me feel in love when I’m not and has the ability to articulate the sweetest and purest feelings through amazing lyrics and song.

What Do I Know: To be completely honest, this is my least favorite song on the album and the only one I don’t really like. Ed had said his favorite lyric was in this song (Love can change the world) but I personally find it generic. Whoops. I do like the beat and how he mentioned his father. This album has such a big emphasis on family and love, so lyrically it related to that. But yeah not my favorite so I gtg.

How Would You Feel (Paean): I love this song and I’m adding it to the second Holy TrinityTM on this album: Perfect, Hearts Don’t Break Around Here, and How Would You Feel. These all truly embrace the happy and in love feeling of this album and of course I love any song about Cherry. The story behind this song actually makes me kind of laugh because Ed had only just reconnected with Cherry a week before writing this and he says he loves her. I actually really do love the sound of this song, though to be honest it’s not my favorite on the album or lyrically. I think I didn’t dismiss this song because of the back story of it. I think this song has a very + feel to it about being young and innocently in love and I really live for that. It’s a very soft and beautifully written insight to the very precious and personal time in their relationship.

Supermarket Flowers: OH GOD HERE COMES THE WATER WORKS. This song killed me just like I had expected. Ed has always been incredible at writing songs in honor of other people. I think this song killed me just as much as Afire Love did because I had just lost my great grandmother a week before this album was released. I felt an incredible connection to putting someone to rest and getting supermarket flowers to decorate their grave. It’s heartbreaking but also peaceful to know they are at rest. “you are an angel in the shape of my mom” killed me because I have never heard someone describe having an angel in such a beautiful way, as well as “heaven singing hallelujah you’re home” describing the peace that comes at knowing someone’s at rest. He wrote this song for his mother and played it at his grandmother’s funeral, which is so personal and beautiful.

Barcelona: Hearing Ed sing in Spanish was beautiful and amusing because I don’t think it was proper Spanish, but again I love the very worldly vibes that came with this album. I think this year off was both good for Ed’s mental health and his sound. It’s not only lyrically diverse but also sound and culture diverse and I love it. I feel like I’m traveling around the world listening to this album.

Bibi Be Ye Ye: I was especially excited for this song because I knew it was the song he wrote in Africa. This song truly embodies the theme of Divide and its diverse sounds. I remember when x came out and people were complaining that he “sold out” to pop and lost his sound, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was pleasantly surprised that Ed took such a big leap in sound and really changed his image and I loved it. He got to experiment and find himself in x and I think that gave way to his confidence to make Divide because he did so well last time with the diversity. I appreciate the he takes sounds from all over the world and represents other cultures while still respecting them and of course giving them credit. This is also such a BOP and the upbeat kind of song that it going to make everyone dance at his concerts.

Nancy Mulligan: This is an absolute BOP and the story behind it is amazing. It’s quite amazing that he wrote a song in the point of view of his grandfather, much like how I was blown away by Small Bump. The idea that he could embody the view point of a love story that happened years before he was born is quite amazing. One of the things I enjoyed most about this album was his focus on love and family and this song fuses them together with a very Irish sound. When this song title came up on the track list before the album was dropped, I was very curious to find out who this song was about because WHO IS NANCY? Ed being Ed didn’t fail to let us in on not only his very personal life but also his grandparents love story, which is quite an amazing tale. Like so many of Ed’s songs, I felt like I was almost invading someone personal space or listening in to a deep conversation that I was not part of. It is so personal and no matter how many times Ed is open and honest with us, I still get blown away; especially with this song in the fact that he references his grandmother in the point of view of his late grandfather. His story telling skills forever give me chills and take my breath away. I can only imagine what his grandmother must feel listening to this.

Save Myself: Jesus I was not ready for this song. It had so much pain in it and it kills me to know how greedy and selfish people are towards people who give and are the most selfless. It worries me a lot about Ed, but again I think this song compliments Eraser. He really needed the break from fame and especially his phone. I hope Ed learns to say no and to learn to be a little more selfish when it comes to giving people things, and I hope people who took and took from him learn to be more appreciative. I could say so much more about that, but I think I’ve rambled enough.


So, overall I think this is the best album Ed wrote and I love every song on it, which is a first! He was so open and honest with us about his family, emotions, love, pain, and loss. I appreciate Ed and all he gives us. Love you Ed, I wish you a long life xx

anonymous asked:

What kind of stuff in a person's chart indicates talent in singer or just music in general?

I did quite a bit of research on this… One of my favorite topics, astrology and music. Both are gifts to our world. Both are languages to help us understand energy and what energy feels like.

The entire chart plays a significant role in someone’s ability in singing and music so I will try my best to illustrate everything as I hate leaving information out.

The information I’ve collected is from other astrologer’s opinions and charts of different types of musicians I’ve looked into.

I’ll start with the houses that have importance to this ability, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th house.

The 1st house, I believe for the most part, dictates the style in which a musician goes for. So why would the 1st house play a role in the style of music a person goes for? Well, the ascendant is pretty much our doorway between the inner and the outer; how we present the inner to the outer. Our style would come from the 1st house directly.
Take a look at someone like Björk (Icelandic singer) and her chart. She’s got her 1st house starting in Scorpio. If you listen to her music, the style is very Scorpio inspired; it’s strange, penetrating, and unconventional. She has no problem expressing the energy a Scorpio represents in her music.
Now lets take another singer with a different ascendant, perhaps someone like Freddie Mercury from Queen or Robert Smith from The Cure; their ascendant is in Leo. Their sound is in no doubt very different from each other, but they seem to fit in that category of the dramatic Leo. Almost all of Robert Smith’s songs express the loving lion a Leo represents, its essence is of what Leo/5th house expresses. Then if you look at Freddie Mercury’s music, it is dramatic and theatrical like the Leo.
So looking at all the different ascendants, a person’s musical style (disregarding the rest of their chart) may be whatever energy that sign represents. An Aries maybe angry and raw and a Pisces may be hippie and psychedelically inspired. Maybe… This is my opinion on it, subject to change though.
I wouldn’t mind hearing other people’s opinion on the ascendant and how it demonstrates a person’s style in music. To get your minds thinking, here’s a random range of artists and their ascendant…
Rihanna - Aries
John Lennon - Aries
Mariah Carey - Taurus
Lana Del Rey - Taurus
Lady Gaga - Gemini
Billy Idol - Gemini
Tchaikovsky - Cancer
Annie Lennox - Virgo
Kurt Kobain - Virgo
Beyonce - Libra
Jared Leto - Libra
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Scorpio
Aretha Franklin - Scorpio
Prince - Scorpio
Elvis - Sagittarius
Kesha - Sagittarius
Barry White - Capricorn
Tom Jones - Capricorn
Ariana Grande - Capricorn
Taylor Swift - Capricorn
Adele - Aquarius
Nicki Minaj - Aquarius
David Bowie - Aquarius
Michael Jackson - Pisces

One last note before I move onto the 2nd house; I also noticed that almost all of my favourite singers had their ascendant in Leo which is funny because my ascendant is in Leo… We pick music that best suit our style. What are your favourite artist’s ascendants and can you relate to them?

The 2nd house rules the throat. The condition of the throat itself will impact the sound of someone’s voice. Having many beneficial planets in the 2nd house would be good for a singer, some singers even have stelliums in the 2nd house. I know some other people made some really good posts about the 2nd house and its affect on voice so I won’t go too deep into the 2nd house and what planets do what to your voice. To sum up the affects of planets in the 2nd house, it’s pretty much what you would assume; Mars in the 2nd house would give a powerful or even masculine voice whereas Venus in the 2nd house would give a soft and feminine voice. So think of the planet and what it represents to know what it does to a person’s voice.
I do however want to however talk about whatever sign is cusping the 2nd house and its impact on a person’s voice.
Lets talk about the elements itself; what might a fire voice sound like? a water voice? an earth voice? an air voice? I’ve been trying to put my finger on this exactly, semi-stumped still; don’t really know how to put it to words.
I do know for sure the air voice. These are people who have an unafflicted 2nd house in an air sign. Their voices have the potential of singing at operatic levels. Their voices are light, high note reaching, and quite literally I would describe them as airy. Just a few examples of people with an air sign as their second house; Joan Sutherland - Gemini (opera singer), Annie Lennox - Libra, Ariana Grande - Aquarius, and Mariah Carey - Gemini.
For the fire voice, this was difficult to put to words. They seem to put a lot of emphasis on the words and sounds they make. Some of them even sound like they are straining their voice or really pushing the sounds that they make. Their voices can be strange, raw, or even penetrating. Some examples of fire voices; Robert Smith from the Cure - Leo (he also has Pluto in the 2nd house) and again Bjork - Sagittarius (she has quite a few planets in the 2nd house including Mars, Venus, and Mercury). For an actual example to listen to as I am bad at explaining things, here’s Robert and here’s Bjork. Adele also has her second house in a fire sign, Aries. She is influenced quite a bit by other parts in her chart, but she definitely has the crackly fire in her voice.
For the earth voice, I think is grounding yet dynamic because each of the earth signs are very different from each other in my opinion. Freddie Mercury for example has his second house in Virgo which is the essence of dynamic earth (ignoring the fact that he has many planets that are in the second house in Libra). It’s almost as if Virgo is also influenced by air because it is so mutable and changeable. The earth voice is usually light and pure. It’s smooth and vibrato. I believe Taurus is the richest earth voice of them all as it is grounded and ruled by Venus. So the examples for the earth voice I would say are Freddie Mercury - Virgo, Elvis - Capricorn, and Louis Armstrong - Taurus.
Finally for the water voice, to put it simply their voice usually has a LOT of soul. Some examples, Lady Gaga - Cancer, Barry White - Pisces, Tom Jones - Pisces, Beyonce - Scorpio.

Moving onto the 3rd house briefly. Now the 3rd house doesn’t have much to do with how your voice will sound, it is more of the mental side of communication. So things like lyrics and composing music would come from this house. Also because the 3rd house rules the hands, it may also dictate your ability in playing music.

And onto the 4th house. The 4th house is similar to the 1st house in such a way that is dictates style again. It Is actually sort of a mixture of the 1st house (who we are) and the 3rd house (how we communicate that), but the 4th house also reveals our emotions, the songs that come from within. The 4th house will show the root and meaning of songs; the feeling. Naturally water signs/planets can easily express emotions versus the air signs who may have some difficulty, but fun fact; the best poets/musicians usually have both air and water very prominent in their chart.

And the 5th house plays just as important part as the 4th house does. It’s creative potential. So if you can express your emotions through the 4th house, you need to creatively use them in the 5th house. Some of the best musicians have the 5th house prominent in their chart.

Pulling away from houses now… I want make a quick note about the blessing of how having a good balance of all the elements in a chart really can help a musician. Fire = passion/drive, Earth = rhythm, Air = intellect/skill, and Water = emotion. Obviously not all musicians have it all, but it really helps to have a good balance of them all.

Good placements for singers/musicians

-Venus in the 2nd or 5th house
-Venus in its ruler or exalted sign
-Venus in conjunction with the ascendant or midheaven
-Venus having harmonious aspects to the ascendant or midheaven
-Venus, Moon, and/or Neptune is prominent in the chart
-Moon is not afflicted
-Moon in Libra or Taurus
-Stelliums in Libra, Taurus, 2nd House, or 5th House
-Good aspects between Sun, Moon, Venus, and Neptune.
-Good as aspects/placements in the 3rd house (will help indicate if there’s ability to play instruments)
-Quintiles and biquintiles can show hidden talent. See if there are any between Venus, Mercury, Moon, or Neptune.

Not so good placements

-Any afflictions to Venus or planets that sit in Taurus/Libra/2nd/5th can cancel out singing ability.
-Any afflictions to the Mercury or planets that sit in the 3rd house or Gemini can make learning musical instruments difficult.

(A table of contents is available. This series will remain open for additional posts and the table of contents up-to-date as new posts are added.)

Part Eleven: Companions From Myth

The scale of creature companions can be measured in all kinds of ways, from non-talking to talking, small to large, minor to major characters, and mundane to mythical. As we’ve progressed through the series and talked about all kinds of things to keep in mind as you go about creating and writing with your creature companions, I’ve touched somewhat on the extra considerations needed when your companion is a creature drawn straight from the pages of myth, but these unique and long-standing legends are just a bit more complex than picking up your average draft horse and shoeing them into the story. First, as stated in Part One, this series is dealing specifically with mythical creatures that do not share body shapes with your humanoid characters. We’re not talking about satyrs and minotaurs, naiads and harpies; we’re talking about chimeras and hippogryphs, dragons and phoenixes. Aside from should they exist, what their physiology is, what abilities that physiology gives them, and the general advice on writing characters not cardboard, what else could there possibly be to cover with mythical creatures?

Yes, That Research Word Again

As a fantasy reader and writer, a lot of my advice steers toward the fantasy side of things, which has brought in a lot of fantasy-oriented authors. This leads to lots of ideas and inspiration drawn from all kinds of places across the globe. As great as it is to start seeing more creatures than the standard (often) Roman and Greek mythos, writers hoping to incorporate these creatures should be doing as much research and reading as they can. Maybe you don’t plan to stick that close to their origins, or maybe your world has different circumstances for their creation, or some of their abilities/powers function differently than they do in the legends, or maybe you’re afraid that filling up with the origins will taint or diminish your ideas for what you really want to do. I still advocate for taking a look and reading some of the myths where these creatures appear. Knowing the baseline for what your audience is going to be expecting when you say the name of your creature will help you better meet or completely twist those conceptions. What’s the saying? Know the past so you can avoid it in the future?

Research will also afford you a really interesting view into how a creature has made the rounds across the globe. Have you ever looked into gorgons and naga, let alone the hundreds of different ideas about dragons and Bigfoot and yetis from across the world? There’s a global disparity in how each of these creatures are believed to exist and function. If you’re able to kind of put aside what your expectations are and open yourself up to learning about some of the variations, you may find yourself flooding with new ideas to work with, providing a welcome twist on an old subject.

Remember, too, that your audience’s knowledge of these creatures will have come not only from ancient stories, but also from modern interpretations. Much in the same way that donut has become an accepted spelling of doughnut through media and marketing, so too have pegasi and other creatures changed over the years from perpetuation of an idea that went over particularly well (think Tolkien and elves). Research will help you discern the differences that have arisen through the years between the original and the modern interpretation.

Establishing Your Mythos

With your newfound awareness from your research and before you begin writing your mythical creature, it’s your turn to decide what stays and what goes from the original sources. This creature is coming to life in your world, not our world, so the associated historical mythology that comes with the creature changes. In essence, you are creating your own sets of history and mythology taking place in the world you’ve created for your story. You get to decide how they work, where they come from, how many there are, and how their abilities/powers will work. Maybe much of it remains the same, maybe not. It’s up to you, but it needs to be consistent.

Sirens were birds who threw themselves in the ocean when Odysseus resisted their song, not the dangerous merfolk we think of now. So, metaphorically, what does “siren” mean in your world? To be more clear, what is the essence of the creature you chose within your world’s setting? What are they? What kind of creatures are they and how do they function in this world that is not ours?

Take notes, make rules, and stick to them. Just like with magic systems and deciding what kinds of creatures have the ability to talk, for your mythical creatures to work and function as believable races, there have to be certain things about them that are unique identifiers to their race that are consistent within their race. Let’s say your sirens are merfolk. This means that every time they appear in your narrative, they should be the half-fish, half-human merfolk of your world. You shouldn’t have sirens that are also elfish, nor dragon-sirens unless you’ve established that the “siren” ability to draw people with your voice is an ability that anyone could have rather than a racial/creature function. In other words, know your world! The basic ideals that create good, understandable, relateable worlds apply to your mythical creatures, too. Be consistent, know what you’re writing, and don’t deviate from the rules you’ve established.

Drawing a Character, Not a Caricature

Look, half this series has been about making sure your creature is more than just a side character or a gag. If you’re going to have these creatures, they need to be characters, too! The same goes for your mythical creatures, but with an even heavier emphasis. These creatures come with preexisting ideas and it can be very easy to just say, “It’s a unicorn! You know everything there is to know about them already! Moving on.” And sure, you don’t need to spend 20 pages explaining what they are and how they came to exist, but you do need to remember that these creatures are more than their lore. They’re more than a horse with a horn. They’re more than symbols of innocence myth has painted them to be. These are characters first and foremost.

It’s possible your creature may be the main character of your story, but maybe not. When you’re writing, be sure the focus is kept on what’s really important to the story. If that’s not the horn on your unicorn’s head, don’t start your paragraphs pointing it out. Put the focus where the focus belongs, even if that means paying less attention to this super cool creature from myth because your main humanoid character is the focus at the moment. You send your audience messages through the amount of time you spend on things: in short, just like with class lectures, the more time you spend talking about A Thing, the more your audience pays attention to It and takes note that perhaps this Thing will be important later. If it’s a false signal you’ve given because you wanted to spend time talking about this very different, very new, very unique creature instead, and it never does really “pay off” later, then you’ve created a sticking point for your audience that never resolves and never feels cathartic.

It’s an easy trap to fall in, especially since we have a tendency to describe things which are out of the ordinary and skip over the things which are not. If a character goes to the bathroom and it’s not plot-relevant, we don’t describe it. We assume our characters do certain things and that there are certain setting pieces included when we say “in the library” without always describing those. However with a mythical creature present, everything about them becomes new, shiny, and extraordinary. We’ll always describe their webbed fingers when they come on screen, or mention the sharp edges of a claw digging in the dirt. Those details can be great, to a certain extent, but it can also become overwhelming and a word sink. Keep yourself aware of the picture you’re drawing of the creature with your words. Are you over-exaggerating certain features or physiology on accident because saying, “It walked with them,” felt too understated when dealing with a sphinx?

Finally, your book is not a history lesson. Any world lore (from our world or yours) that you want to include should be fully integrated into the story, not a word-dump on the page. Just like with the tumultuous history of a key trade city, you don’t want to just give its history on the page. Integrate the information into the story in ways that make the information natural to what’s going on. And if it never comes up? Don’t force it. Conversation, action, and observation are great ways to build natural segues for your world-building, so use your imagination and ingenuity to find ways to feed those details in where they’re necessary for the understanding of the story. Be discerning and take a long, hard look at whether the information really is required. Your audience is smart; don’t underestimate them.

Next up: Creatures in real estate!

my highlights list of Owl City songs

maybe you’ve only heard like “fireflies” and you dont have shit taste and aren’t a coward and so you’ve always hoped i’d make a list of imo extra standout owl city songs; maybe i just wanted to make something like this list even though i didnt try that hard to cut it down and it would change every day and i dont think i dislike any of his songs and could give reasons why i especially like some element of pretty much each of them

Assuming Everyone’s Also Heard: VANILLA TWILIGHT (Ocean Eyes), GOOD TIME (The Midsummer Station)
they’re both amazing. vanilla twilight is intense and good for when you’re looking at a nice sunset and feeling brave. shaq is in the music video. that carly rae jepsen and adam young happened to team up was a great move by whoever initiated it, and good time is iconic, and there’s a version where carly rae jepsen is also singing the chorus and its better but i dont really know how to search for it in particular because its otherwise identical

***HELLO SEATTLE*** (Ocean Eyes)
this was on the radio too so it couldve gone in the above section but it needs its own. im not sure i’d say this is officially my favorite owl city song but if someone hadnt heard anything by owl city this is the one i’d choose to represent his entire vibe and be the first impression. and you’d think nobody could possibly remix it but adam young himself did and its fantastic and relatable even though the only lyrics are the occasional words “hello seattle.” technically the first version of this song is on the album “of june” and theyre both good but i like the ocean eyes version best

the most upbeat song on the album probably. adam young is very very good at lyrics and some elements of this include his imagery, rhythm, alliteration, wordplay, and general ability to make the words in a song both euphonic in the sound along but also be very Pretty content wise. ok im most serious about how good he is with lyrics so maybe i’ll be more concise after this one

owl city songs aren’t depressing or even really Sad even when they’re sad (w/ some exceptions…cough silhouette) but they’re good if you are / have been a Sad Person Who Lives In Their Head because thats what a lot of the songs are about / the perspective theyre from. this one sounds like that and also like an overcast day

***IF MY HEART WAS A HOUSE*** (Ocean Eyes)
the Best love song of the whole discography imo. it goes hard as fuck. i don’t date but for the duration of this song i have a gf/bf/nb-f

one of the best and another one of the best love songs. im especially partial to the winter theme now o course. this super cool thing happens in the middle with amazing lyrics and this volume effect. the instrumental versions of this and if my heart was a house are also killer

ANGELS (All Things Bright And Beautiful)
adam young loves jesus a whole lot; this song is about literal christian angels. i love the alliteration of the lines “in the dust on the cellar staircase / a pair of footprints followed me / i saw a flicker in the fake fireplace”. not many owl city songs are from both an upbeat perspective AND have upbeat music, and this one’s chorus really goes for it. adam y.’s pretty excited about jesus stuff i think and so when he channels that in songs especially about jesus, it’s pretty energetic. but for the most part his songs arent overtly christian save maybe some passing references, so if thats a concern dont worry

for example, this one definitely has a jesus line. but this is just one of the references to an unspecified “he” which means it could also just be interpreted as gay. (owl city belongs to the gays btw) and this really is a song to go ham to and listen to it with stereo speakers because one of my fave parts relies on that. the intro is a bit jarring because the outro of “january 28, 1986” is meant to transition into this one

DEMENTIA (The Midsummer Station)
i’d put this as a highlight but recognize its coz its a personal fave. it sounds like it would be incredibly depressing of course but it has nothing to do with actual dementia thank god. it’s a love song and very upbeat in both sound and content. i’m hugely partial to the lyrics, especially the pairs “every light in the night flickered in and out / every bone in my back shivered up and down”; “every voice in my head shouted yes and no / every freight train of thought fought to stop and go”; “every tear in my eyes dripped and wouldn’t drop / every disc in my spine shook and couldn’t stop” and “every hand let me go that i tried to hold / every warm-hearted love left me freezing cold”

he has a bunch of random christmas singles and this ones the best. the titles ridiculous and i love it, and the song isn’t really about anything and i love it. it is such a bop. “peppermint winter” and “humbug” are the other best xmas ones

half the songs on this album are summery dancey songs about having fun with other people (usually owl city songs are about being lonely or having fun with one other person tops by cloudwatching, so this album is unusual in that regard and rocks out a bit which is also unusual as per owl city’s tendency to sound really dreamy or otherwise fairly light. it bothers people who are in the “the old stuff is better” camp of everything) and the other half are upbeat summery songs that are encouraging and tell you you’re a good and special person. this one is the latter and a lot of fun. i like the lyrics and melody of the lines “fan a flame so hot it melts our hearts” and “let your colors burn and brightly burst / into a million sparks that all disperse / and illuminate a world that’ll try to bring you down” (but not this time)

GOLD (Midsummer)
same category song as above (title refers to “i know you’re gold”). it’s great and sung to a person about to go off and do something and you’re telling them they can totally do it because they’re great. i maintain that one of the Owl City Signature Moves is The Affectionate Sigh: he’s very good at working in words sung with a rising/falling tone, a la a sigh, and its an upbeat delivery not like a “im sad” sigh. when it happens in this song is my favorite part of the whole thing, at the end of the line: “you’ll never be far, i’m keeping you near, inside of my heart, you’re he^re”

the songs on ultraviolet all have a super cool sound, kind of mixing the more loud/layered/noisy quality of midsummer station with the more introverted vibe he usually has, and are all kind of about being stressed and sad but looking to something or someone and kind of seeing a chance to feel okay. “this isn’t the end” is completely about a girl who’s dad kills himself but it has the really good line “you fight to survive cuz you made it this far” and otherwise has a technically uplifting end but without much of the “you shouldnt kill yourself because life is magical” bs which is useless and irrelevant imo but instead the “life is chaotic and you cant say the future is going to be good but it exists and meanwhile you’re not dead yet” which is an infinitely more thoughtful approach. but anyways, about beautiful times: its also about being happy but usually being really sad (“this fight of my life is so hard (so hard, so hard) but i’m gonna survive, oh oh these are beautiful times,”) and also isnt very patronizing about the subject (the prospect/aspiration of feeling happy when you’re a Sad Person) and frames everything in having had damagingly negative feelings while still being overall positive. i really like the way he sings into the first few verses with an echo of what will be the first couple of words, overlapping slightly and growing in volume before taking you right into the actual start of the verse. this is the most upbeat sounding song of the EP imo

THUNDERSTRUCK (Mobile Orchestra)
the intro alone is killer. one of the most Go Hard to songs of the owl city discography. proudly carries the tradition of singing about ghosts (see: plant life, a fun-to-sing-along-to song all about an actual haunted house)

this album has a lot of sounds that, while familiar, are different from any of the other albums, like this one which is very very country. it goes hard as fuck. it uses the word “fireflies” for the first time since fireflies. i love it

personal fave of the album is mostly why this is here. as the title suggests its a dramatic love song, i love how pumped the chorus is and the way the outro sounds. Love To Sing Along

this is peak “happy music, sad lyrics” even though thats everywhere in owl city music, its pretty rare to find songs that are straightforwardly happy. this song is a banger and lyrically crushing. i guess its in the “bittersweet” category like a shit ton of owl city songs are, but still. this song changed our lives

has this sick chill drumbeat throughout the song which is kind of rare. it kind of fuses his underwater type sound with his going hard as hell sound. like, it would be like the choreography of “bet on it” if i was listening to this song while standing up. you get really into the lyrics. i love this part at the end where the music pulls back for just a second while he goes “the thought is KILLING me!” shoutout to “kamikaze” where he yells half of it and its invigorating, shoutout to “paper tigers” which is an amazing song that hasnt shown up on an album

SUNBURN (Ocean Eyes)
possibly the cutest owl city song. it has a sweet guitar riff. cute sweet, not sickass sweet.

possibly the happiest owl city song. extremely cute but not as cute as sunburn but happier than sunburn.

killer intro, really upbeat, the melody of the verses is great and the chorus goes pretty hard

RAINBOW VEINS (Maybe I’m Dreaming)
another top level cute and happy song (“cheer up and dry your damp eyes, and tell me when it rains, and i’ll blend up that rainbow above you, and shoot it through your veins”) and has a top tier chilled out whispery interlude/bridge/whatever that then throws you into this pumped up finale

speaking of being thrown into a pumped up finale, this does that too. so does “umbrella beach.” this one goes hardest imo and the live version of it goes even harder than that. plus the lyrics are amazing and the alliteration is stellar

***SUPER HONEYMOON*** (Maybe I’m Dreaming)
consistently one of my top tier faves. i like the semi staccato delivery of parts of the lyrics, the music is fantastic, also very Classic Example of owl city

super dreamy and pretty and bittersweet sounding, classic

a bop!!! electronica on electronica

so fun and sounds like a song to be going to the beach to

YOUTOPIA (ft. Adam Young)
obvs not owl city but i’m putting it in, the full 4 min version. not only dreamy and bittersweet but one thing i always love in music is an unresolved musical phrase repeating on end. there’s also this part in the middle where his vocals kind of layer and grow and it has a long E sound and when he lingers on the long E its one of those things that would be grating except for its actually great because of that. see: honey and the bee

MR. HEARTACHE (ft. Adam Young)
a total bop about being sad. like i wanna jump around to this song. see: tokyo, the song by adam young (owl city) featuring the artists of this one, SEKAI NO OWARI, which has my fave lyric “are you having fun yet, i’ll send you the sunset, i love the most”

FIREFLIES (Said the Sky remix)
the intro to this is like, oh my god. the only fireflies remix the world needs.

UMBRELLA BEACH (Long Lost Sun remix)
the original is great but i love this version even more. the finale is fantastic and exuberant

THAT’S IT i could include all the songs because i have good things to say and specific things to point out about each of them. for example: dental care is a masterpiece of puns. puns are a running theme in owl city. so is ghosts, the sky, the ocean, and The Affectionate Sigh. if you listen to enough songs you find repetitions of certain phrases like “oh darling i wish you were here,” “i feel like a postcard, i wish you were here,” “like hundreds of postcards, that say i wish you were here” and someone should make a post of all of them. it would be me if i had a laptop. anyways i like owl city you’re welcome for this post

ANALYSIS: mindful education and kill la kill

((Sooooo, it’s been a while! but i’m here to point out some stupid stuff. PS- THIS IS RATED LIKE.. PG15 OR WHATEVER. THERE WILL BE ANIMATED BLOOD and under boob i guess))

Mindful education, it was a great episode that centered around fusion, specifically stevonnie. Steven and Connie learn how to stay as a stable fusion with the help of Garnet, this episode was loved for it’s exploration into anxiety and it’s way how showing people that it’s better to face the truth and facts rather than push it aside and ignore it. Not only that, but it was also the first episode on Steven universe to have a guest animator, that animator being  Takafumi Hori!  Takafumi Hori works for trigger studio, specifically i’d like to point out, he worked as an animation director on kill la kill. 

“now, what does this have to do with anything and why am i bringing it up now? so and so already talked about it!”

shh. i’m sure they did, but i am yet to see that. after the little nod to mindful education in the recent episode storm in the room, where Connie makes the same hand position that Steveonnie and Garnet did in that episode, and after me watching kill la kill again, this time appreciating it’s story telling, art style and messages, i realize how many similarities it shares with mindful education and i could see why they had  Takafumi Hori guest animate the song sequence “here comes a thought”.

((if you haven’t already watched kill la kill, i recommend it, but do go in with an open mind as people are always quick to judge it for it’s … well.   fanservice. in truth, it gives a messages about being true to who you are, body positivity, opening yourself up to others and relationships, whether it be friendship, romance or platonic love.

so quick summary of kill la kill for those who haven’t watched it: a young girl named ryuko matoi goes to honnouji seeking answers as to who killed her father, there she makes friends with mako and her family, finds a living sailor suit, that she names senketsu (fresh blood) since they meet over him wanting ryuko’s blood and discovers there is more to her existence than she thought.))

 What i’ll talk about here will probably not contain any major spoilers to the anime, but it would make more sense to someone who has watched and has an appreciation for kill la kill, so, here we go.

First off, i’d like to point out what a major part of kill la kill is, in the first few episodes, ryuko and senketsu have trouble syncing and being one, this is caused by ruko silently pushing senketsu away out of embarrassment. 

very soon after in a fight with satsuki she realizes what she’s doing and accepts senketsu and her body and stops being embarrassed. 

(side note, i just realized how dopey and cute sentektsu looks on ryuko in his unfully activated state X3)

now that you know how their relationship works, ryuko and senketsu having to rely on each other to stay at full power and do their best, doesn’t that remind you of mindful education? having to work together with someone else and sync with them to perform at your best.

another point i would like to make, is what happens when a member of the pair loses it. 

for a fusion, they will break apart, or try to stay together and experience something like a nightmare or hallucination of what is bothering them. This could be guilt or pain of any emotional kind as far as we know.

and guess what happens in kill la kill with ryuko and senketsu!??

one of them loses it,

both of them

f*cking lose it

this scene right here, is ryuko getting so mad over nui coaxing her about the death of her father that her blood is so hot and boiling to the point senketsu loses control too. They become a literal monster. 

but how is this freaking monstrosity the same i don’t hear, but presume you ask- 

in kill la kill, this example would be the most extreme, ryuko and senketsu don’t technically break apart from being unstable, but they will when senketsu is not emotionally close enough to ryuko and can’t hold his actual kamui (godrobe) form in worry that he will kill ryuko or knock her out from blood loss (yes, he drinks a small amount to a moderate amount of her blood to stay in that form), this is because he needs to drink more of her blood in order to be close to her if she is pushing him away out of embarrassment or general emotional resentment of any kind. This causes senketsu to go back to his sailor uniform-form to save ryuko

this in away is like a fusion splitting up. but back to monster ryuketsu (ryuko wearing senketsu i mean) the way they lose each other is the same way Steven and Connie lose each other in their pain in their hallucinations, one of them loses it. both of them lose it. They both get scared and stressed and it just gets everything much worse till they split up. 

few more things i’d like to point out, acceptance and being emotionally synced (in relation to the here comes a thought) . 

acceptance, toward the middle and end of mindful education, Steven tells Connie that he just pushes his feelings aside and ignores them to the best of his abilities. He tries to take the easy route out by ignoring everything to stay happy (ignorance is bliss). Ryuko goes through the same thing while wearing junketsu, for a while, she tries to keep her ignorance, going to kill mako

even though technically, this is a forced feeling, ryuko does have to power to resist it, which is what she ends up doing, though at first she seemed to be more content with killing the ones that deny her fake happiness. Just as ryuko had mako and senketsu, Steven has Connie to help him get over his wanting to ignore his problems and be ignorant to it all. 

They both face the fact that it will be better for them not to live like that and accept reality. Steven couldn’t help those gems and Rose is not as perfect has he thought, Ryuko is not happy and her wedding is not real, her mother is a manipulative b*tch and junketsu is not good.

now for the song and kill la kill. 

just listen to them both and think about the lyrics. now

they both tell about how they must both be calm and not lose themselves in their problems and mind, to level the head and sync, they will have problems but they have each other and they still exist. 

alright, that’s all.

oh wait

dont forget dis

Why I’m Writing Marco and Marty

(Some kvetching, some oversharing, some meandering) 

Hey, gang!

Today’s MM will be posted in the late afternoon, I suspect. Feeling sick today so I am catching up on sleep. Gonna try to make a concerted effort to get back on schedule this weekend, but I also wanted to say a few words on what’s been going on in my life. 

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joannalannister  asked:

Could I ask you to talk about your idea of Westeros as an iconophobic society? Also what about art patronage vs art collections? I love your thoughts!!

This was also something @him-e asked for so here we go! ( @maravding: I’ve only now seen your reblog and I’ll do another post for the Martells and Tyrells, it’s probably going to be short but this one turned out already long enough!)

I used “iconophobic” pretty broadly, I should probably have said “a culture that looks bizarrely uninterested in pictures considering that, if we have an idea of how people in the real life historical period ASoIaF is based on thought and looked like, it’s also because they left us a shitton of visual sources” (though iconophobic is probably right for the North, but that’s farther down in the post).

It’s certainly not an iconoclastic culture because there’s no apparent ideological or religious condemnation of pictures, they just don’t seem to feature very prominently in the way culture is shared, and I think this can be traced back to a couple of issues I have with the general worldbuilding in the series: late Medieval England as a template for Westeros, and Martin’s own bias as a writer.

Disclaimer: I *am* about to nitpick and this is not a dig at Martin’s ability as a writer and worldbuilder. I think that overall, the worldbuilding in ASoIaF is impressive: you get a feeling of a rich, tangible world especially wrt Westeros (Essos is a bit more stereotyped, Sothoryos even more so), and I guess that’s exactly why the corners that Martin doesn’t explore as thoroughly stand out to me.

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One more person tries to tell me the reason Hoseok got ZERO lines in Spring day is because he had a the intro and the most lines in BST and imma pop off. 

First of all, BTS always rotates which member gets to do the intro. This is not Hoseok sweeping forward and idk, stealing the intro as a second song, this is his RIGHT, FINALLY, to do the intro. It’s not his fault they also chose the album he FINALLY got to do the intro on as the album where the entire group also gets a solo song. The fact that he has 2 songs is literally irrelevant in this case, at least, it should be, because those solos shouldn’t conflict with the fact that it’s his turn for the intro.

 True, this does equal a fact that he got 2 solo songs on the solo album, but it’s not really the same? I think it’s kind of like saying that Namjoon or Yoongi’s intro counted as a 2nd song when the other albums had the cypher series? Idk, it just? it’s not really even a factor. Besides, Hoseok earned that intro spot. Namjoon has his side projects and his mixtape, Yoongi just released his bomb ass mixtape that’s been well received, Jeongguk has MCing and he relreases solo tracks, Taehyung now has his acting and he and Jin collaborated on the OST track, Jimin has several dance features this past year. Hoseok’s intro was a ncessity at this point, no one should be counting that like it’s a negative and he shouldn’t be ‘paying’ for it by losing album time.

Second of all, saying that Hoseok is getting cut out of Spring Day because of his Blood Sweat and Tears lines is literally ludicrous? Hoseok routinely gets less time on the tracks as a rapper compared to Yoongi and Namjoon, as a Hoseok bias I have no issue with this in general because Yoongi and Namjoon are more experienced, and they mix the track based on a lot of things, from flow to style to how many lines they were able to write, and even all the way down to balancing the entire album. So don’t yell at me about being a Hoseok bias who’s clearing just talking shit. It’s not about that. But Hoseok generally has less time on tracks, so the fact that he had a lot of lines on Blood Sweat and Tears isn’t really a big deal in terms of him getting too much. That’s like saying; oh, Jeongguk had a lot of lines in every single song that’s why we literally excluded him from this song? The fact that he has a lot of lines should be irrelevant. Besides, even the lines he did have in Blood Sweat and Tears were shared with Jeongguk during live stages, and let’s not even TOUCH on what they did to Jin then, and now, in Spring Day, because Jin deserves his own 109 page rant.

This is about Hoseok for now. I’ll do a Jin related rant probably.

ANYWAYS, I think my biggest problem is that there isn’t even 1 line? It makes the balance of the song feel off, wrong even. Even in Fire, Hoseok showed up for around 5 lines total, that was a very short verse but it felt balanced, and the fact that he had a shared verse with Namjoon helped too. Even Jin had lines in Fire. Fire may not be my favorite BTS song but at least the balance didn’t feel as off as if has in the past. 

I think I wish they could have pulled a fire, and at least let Hoseok have at least one line. I’m assuming that it’ll be handled like they did with Jin in BST, where the live stages might have at least 1 line or so for Hoseok just so that he’s not standing around doing nothing. Or maybe the dance will be Hoseok centric (which, i lowkey doubt it because they love to play 2seok but whatever now i’m getting salty).

In short, people like to try to justify the reasons for 2 members in particular always getting shafted like there’s a reason. I’m sure there is a reason. Balance of the entire album is one, maybe Jin’s filming got in the way, idk what got in the way of Hoseok having a single line, maybe he got lost in the bathroom idk, but, I’m AWARE that there are reasons okay. And I’m not blaming the Boys, and I don’t even blame the production staff, I understand balancing reasons, I understand lots of things, I even know for 100% fact that BTS tries realy hard to be accepting of each other, not to get jealous or mad about line distribution, and is one of the most solid groups under the ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ philosophy. 

Still doesn’t make me, a Hoseok bias, feel any better about my man not having any lines okay. So Please let me cry without telling me that I’m being stupid or that he DID have lines, remember he had lines for BST and he had an intro. TT. 

TLDR: please let hyung line biased fans, partially Hoseok (and Jin) biased fans, mourn in peace without telling them that you’re tired or that they’re unjustified ! ! ! As long as they’re not complaining directly to the boys, or about another boy getting too much, etc, then it’s not problematic it’s called venting. Venting is fine. The real issue is when people start blaming other members for their own fav members not getting enough time. But yeh, anyways, this was long. RIP.

Astor Fiedler RP Hooks, Info & Connections

Common name: Astor (surname unknown)
In-game: Astor Fielder
Race/Nationality: Highlander Hyur - Ala Mhigan
Occupation: Astral Witch for Hire

The following is IC knowledge and information about Astor that most people with a decent awareness of the related areas or in general can know! Rumors abound, so feel free to use any of this in RP for scene/encounter hooks (or distort it, depending on who they might have heard it from).

Gridania/The Shroud:
Some might find it strange that an Ala Mhigan would linger in the Shroud. He’s a common haunt seen at the edges of settlements or slipping through Gridania, often vanishing into the thick forest and not emerging until many bells later. He’s never been known to ask for succor or assistance from any inhabitants. In fact, reports say he always has a little offering for the elementals and other spirits before he descends into the Wood. Whether they’re approved of… is another matter entirely. Certainly not by many of the locals who view him as an intrusive interloper.

Even so, his effective witching work speaks for itself. Though they’re secretive about it, a fair number of Shroud dwellers seek him out for wards, poultices, charms, and even delving deeper into the more dangerous parts of the forest where most of the smallfolk dare not enter. Some would consider his actions brash and disrespectful, even blasphemous, the actions of a presumptuous and invasive outsider going where he should not be permitted. Despite a lack of evidence, murmurs that he steals children for bizarre stellar rituals or desecrates sacred places cling to his heels.

The various authority figures of the Shroud – whether Wood Wailers, Twin Adders or Godsbow – tend to keep an eye on him when he’s about due to his reputation, the superstitions for the doings of a known witch, and a general dislike for Ala Mhigans. Rumor has it whenever he kills a Redbelly or poacher, he leaves the corpse with a Nymeian lily between the teeth. The strange, blood-stained sword and compact astrolabe at his side support the beliefs that he is a man quite capable of violence.

Here Astor’s services range from anti-theft wards for market stalls to charms for a restful night’s sleep to aid rich, restless merchants. However, he’s just as often seen in the darker alleys leeching poisons from winners of deathmatch ring fights, selling salves to courtesans in brothels, and imbuing various items for people of less than ideal repute. Though he’s yet to be arrested, Astor has been detained several times by the Brass Blades or Immortal Flames after unfortunate incidents. His heritage does him no favors as some suspect him of anti-monetarist and anti-Sultanate sympathies, even possibly working to undermine them.

Though not intended, the reputation of a skilled witch and the ability to provide have earned him clients with ‘unusual’ requests… whether just for increased stamina or more obscure 'interests.’ After all, why ask the local, well-known physicker for the perfect potion to make your feet temporarily bigger and hairier when there’s a witch skulking abouts. Surely no one would believe a Mhigan if he tried to tell tales. Who knew the fetish market in Ul'dah was so robust? (Everyone.)

Known to the Immortal Flames due to an association alongside his mentor, Volgeant Castellaine, both vanished during the Battle of Carteneau and were declared “Killed in Action”. When they reappeared about four years later, having the status rescinded caused several issues and Astor’s own reputation in the city has further tarnished his standing with the Grand Company.

General Info/Rumors/Knowledge:
At 5 fulms and 8 ilms, Astor is a near-slender man with lean muscle and could be mistaken for a Midlander from his stature. There’s extensive scarring on all visible portions of skin, most appearing to be old and likely from whips. He’s draped in an impressive array of jewelry and charms, simpler in design and enchanted for practical purposes. Tangled waves of light champagne hair reach his waist and are usually left loose with scattered metal clasps and the occasional braid. The dark circles about his eyes are stark while bruises and scrapes litter his knuckles. His voice is a low, lilting tenor with a very apparent Ala Mhigan accent and a faint rasp in his throat. An odd but subtle reverb is just barely audible when he speaks. The hum of a two-tone, noteless song seems to follow him.

Outside of the cities, he’s been seen in ruins, at old librairies and nearly anywhere else with an abundance of aether and aetheric activity. Voidsent and other dangerous beasts seem to have little deterrent to him; one would assume he’s fairly adept at defending himself even though he does not appear to have much physical strength.

With a decent grasp of both Doman and the Xaelic tongue, the witch has likely been to the continent of Othard in the past. He also has been witnessed providing assistance to the refugees at Little Ala Mhigo, though it seems he did not arrive at this region of Aldernard with them or any of the others. However, he had been seen at the fringes of the ill-fated Ala Mhigan Resistance group before the slaughter at Baelsar’s Wall.


(Unfinished) portrait art of Astor courtesy of oboon, painting of Astor courtesy of vlada-artblog, used with permission!

Usual Playtime: 6-12pm EST
FC: <<ESO>> Esoterica

Looking for:
Everything and anything! 

Astor performs a variety of witchy services from commissions for charms, wards, spellwork and rituals, to hunting down beasts and relics, to astral 'fortune’ readings and so on. I can do entirely organic card readings (I have several physical decks I use) or ones entirely manufactured to push forward your own RP plots or ideas. I’m always happy to help you expand on something or further your own RP with Astor’s work.

Socially, Astor is quiet but very genial and even a bit of a flirt at times, prone to wandering and able to run into people in nearly any circumstance or location, though he’ll be slightly less inclined to show up at the nicest of restaurants or areas. He knows a wide spread of people from various backgrounds.

Wanna be racist at an Ala Mhigan? Awesome! Got a law-enforcing sort and you wanna harass/detain/question a Suspicious Undesirable? Hell yeah, let’s do it! Underground or criminally-related RP? Sure! I’m very open to conflict RP; I’m playing an Ala Mhigan witch, after all. XIV is a setting full of prejudice, racism, superstitions, crime and corruption; those themes can be interesting to write when everyone is OOCly okay with it.

Limits: Given inconveniences for RP, I prefer to avoid the loss of limbs and death. Content wise, I don’t have any particular triggers but for pete’s sake at least be respectful of sensitive topics.

Any of this sound neat? Drop me an ask or message on tumblr, a tell in-game or discord info! I’m always looking forward to meeting new people for RP or starting up stuff!

Reverse Idol (Jimin)

And now it is time for the first half of the Busan line, one part of the maknae line, a total angel whose pink hair has officially fucked me up I think he’s blonde now (last I checked at least these boys dye their hair too quickly for me to keep up sometimes) but the pink hair was so amazing while it lasted I’m in love, Park Jimin aka chim

  • This AU is gonna be about what I think would happen if the reader was the idol and BTS were the fans, you can also think about this like a general celebrity post, I’m gonna be basing this off of kpop idols bc it’s easier for me to write with just one focus instead of being all the over place with it but if you wanted to see this as an actor!reader or a non-kpop singer!reader post, you could easily do that (and of course this is all still gender neutral)
  • Another series with idol!reader is my idol couple series (Jimin’s post is here) where both the reader and BTS are idols
  • This is gonna feature some bassist!Jimin (here) to sum it up, he’s in a band with the boys and he plays a bass
  • We’ve actually seen fanboy!Jimin in action (with Big Bang of course, Taeyang especially) and it’s super cute bc he’s done lil snippets of covers so many different times and he respects him so much
  • He’s the type of fanboy to know all the choreographies, all the lyrics, the mannerisms just all the things (I’m loving this bc this is all canon this isn’t even head canon) 
  • He wears merch here and there publicly but at home, it happens a lot more often bc he bought one of your hoodies and it’s winter so he’s cold and needs warmth so why not rep his favorite artist while being warm
  • He’s got zero issues getting the boys into your music, especially the maknae line bc we all know those three are forever together
  • All three of them have lip syncing nights, dance nights, they watch the music videos together and Taekook tease Jimin whenever you come onto the screen bc crush alert
  • Jimin would be so cute about it though like sometimes he’ll just get really smiley and blushy and you know that shy smile that he does, he does that a lot when they tease him bc he can’t deny it it’s true
  • Jimin reacting to performances is so cute bc you can tell he’s so happy and sometimes he’ll dance in his chair but there was one Big Bang performance he reacted to and he was just swaying in his chair all happy and it was the c u t e s t
  • He’s the type to absolutely lose control and jam out to your music but then be really calm (on the outside) when he had people watching him bc our chim chim is a shy bub at times and he gets this sheepish smile when fans catch him doing it and he can’t help but laugh
  • It’s well known among both of your fandoms that he’s a fan of your music
  • He mentioned you as his ideal type or celebrity crush in an interview back towards your debut and when he’s on tour, he’s got his favorite album of yours with him so he can listen to it after shows and relax
  • One day, Tae takes over his twitter and tweets out that Jimin is in love with you (Jimin gets his revenge by tweeting at Tae’s crush from his account) and everyone is kinda just cooing at how cute it all is
  • He does this “room tour” video on youtube and you can see one of your posters on his wall and he has this huge album collection and he’s got all of yours in it of course
  • Tae’s filming it all so he’s commenting on everything and he makes sure to stop at your poster and albums bc he’s one of those best friends
  • No one edits it out though bc even the editors want you to find out about Jimin’s crush, it’s been there for like two years ever since he saw you perform your debut song he’s been all heart eyes
  • Okay so head canon time bc I gotta
  • Head canon that chim goes to a few of your concerts and everyone on social media is !!! over it bc he looks so :) watching you perform and he’s so content and of course all of the boys are there with him
  • He gets Taekook to join him (tae’s a guitarist, kook’s a drummer) in a cover of one of your songs but it’s more of an acoustic laid back version of it
  • It’s Jimin’s favorite song of yours bc the lyrics relate to him so much and he’s got so much emotion in his voice when he sings it and he does that thing singers do when they get really into it where their eyes close and sometimes their brow furrows and it’s a breath taking cover
  • You’ve known about Jimin for a while but you’d never actually seen or heard him until that cover and then it’s just w o w bc even though it’s your own song, he totally flips it around and adds his twist to it and makes it his own
  • You start binge watching all of his performances, his songs with his band, his bass playing bc his voice is really addicting like Jimin’s one of those people that you just want to keep singing he’s got such an amazing voice it’s gentle and soft but then it can be really powerful and of course the high notes are just whoa
  • You watch some interviews and you can’t help but smile whenever he comes on bc he’s so cute and smol and his giggle is so contagious and even his smile is adorable you can’t believe this is the same person you just watched rip his shirt off at an awards show
  • Then you find videos with fans and that’s even cuter damn it he gets so shy but grateful around them and he can’t stop thanking them the entire time he’s signing their things and taking pictures with them
  • You get s o happy when you remember that this is the kid that everyone says has a huge crush on you bc he’s super cute in every way and you really wanna get to know him more bc you think he’d just be really really interesting and funny so you decide to private message him and just cross your fingers that he responds
  • “Your voice is amazing, we should do a cover together!”
  • Side note, Jimin sees the message as he’s getting out of the shower and he screams from the bathroom and Jin’s sitting there making some tea when Jimin runs past the kitchen in nothing but a towel screaming for Taehyung to “come look”
  • Namjoon kinda just looks at Jin and looks back at the hallway
  • “Should I even ask what just happened”
  • “I don’t think you wanna know” 

romidavane  asked:

ok so i know cc is a problematic author, like a person, but what's problematic abt the books? im curious, cause i've heard they have problems but i don't know what. thanks!

I think the answer depends on who you ask, and I can only speak for myself. The problems with the books – mainly The Mortal Instruments – as I see it are about the unpleasant/tedious/you-name-it character interactions meant to be anything but; poorly constructed plot, its subsidiarity in relation to character-drivenness, and, you know, just bad writing.

But that’s a pretty general statement, really. When it comes to the characters the biggest issue, I think, is how horrible they are to each other. Of course, we are told that some of them are best friends, some of them are family, and some of them fancy each other and all that. This what we are told (oh, the dire case of telling, not showing). However, all this becomes debatable because of what we are shown instead. Words and actions never match in these books.

The most prominent examples of this are probably what people complain about the most – and for a reason. Jace treats basically anyone who isn’t Clary poorly and, in Alec’s case, even humiliatingly. Jace is utterly absorbed by his own life and Clary that he fails to consider how his behaviour might affect the one he calls closer than a brother. Humiliating Alec who is already shy about his sexuality and visibly uncomfortable doesn’t count as “caring a lot” or “a good friend.” Oddly enough, Jace and Isabelle never seem to have any problems.

Clary on her own part does what she wants the same way as Jace does, neither never thinking about the consequences of their actions, nor actually facing any consequences of their actions. No one ever confronts them and just accept the fact like it’s alright to be so inconsiderate towards anything ever. I believe Clary’s hatred of other girls is at this point too redundant to go into detail. But it’s there, and it’s utterly purposeless. As protagonists Jace and Clary are inherently right, of course. But because Clare’s incapability to write likeable heroes and heroines, they end up – again, in my opinion – being the least deserving protagonists ever. Neither she nor Jace show any personal growth during the series. They are the same from the beginning to the end.

I have no issues with incest as a theme, per se. For instance, I’m not bothered by A Song of Ice and Fire in the least. It is rather disturbing in Clare’s case because it clearly serves her own preferences and fantasies and expects it to be the same for everyone. It is also used as an annoying and recurring thing that doesn’t end with Jace and Clary, but continues with Clary and Sebastian. It wasn’t really SCANDALIOUS for me when we are told that Jace and Clary are siblings, because I knew the entire time they weren’t. I can’t imagine it for those who did not. I doubt many were AWESOME, HOT, MORE OF THIS. What the hell was she expecting…?

Then there’s Alec and Magnus. Oh, boy. I think there’s more problems with this couple than with any other combined. The problems with them are a massive compilation of many things: being blatantly side-lined and ignored as individual characters and as a couple (by the author), hiding things from each other as far as immaturity goes, and never sitting down and communicating with each other. Magnus is also much older and far more experienced in comparison to Alec. I’m not quite sure if the age gap itself is the issue here, though. I don’t personally find it a huge problem. Alec will grow up and mature but that age difference will always be there very much the same way as with any other immortal/mortal pair. Because of the execution of the story, that age difference does become an issue.

The thing is, Alec is young, never having dated anyone or let himself even like anyone as openly as Magnus has always done. He’s afraid of the rejection by other Shadowhunters and his family and all that basic stuff. Magnus, on the other hand, has loved many during his few hundred years of life and ended up in a point where opening yourself up to someone new is like giving a part of your heart away, and the fear of having his heart broken yet again is a bit of a hindrance in his relationship to Alec. Magnus’ unwillingness to disclose his past and share it with Alec, the fact that Magnus will live and Alec will die, and Alec’s eventual fall into desperation because of all that are the obstacles they need to tackle as a couple aside from their individual troubles.

I think it sounds quite an interesting arc put like that. Yet the execution is absolutely unbearable. Instead of letting Alec grow out of his shell in his own time, he’s pushed out of it. Instead of letting Magnus open up about his past in his own time, Alec is obnoxious about his dating history and later on goes behind his back and does questionable things that include ending Magnus’ immortality. According to Clare, however, Alec went behind Magnus’ back in order to learn more about him despite that this fact about Alec’s intentions was never brought up in the books. No, it was just, no. Again, my brain stops working. None of it is handled maturely or justifyingly, and it rarely helps the already poor situation to completely ignore their relationship in favour of unnecessary protagonist drama. By the looks of it, Clare seems to only care for scoring fan points without doing the actual work. 

Then there’s the whole Maia/Jordan disaster, and Simon lacking any spine when he two-times Isabelle and Maia instead of being frank and honest with any one of them. All of these character interactions (to name only a few prominent ones) aren’t deliberate, because they are disregarded as nonissues and never conversed on or apologized for – which is why they are problems in the first place. All this merely exemplifies Clare’s thoughtlessness as an author. Which is actually funny, since she considers that Jace should not apologize to Alec because any apology might come across (in her mind) wrong for the readers (don’t get me started on that one). If she was so careful about what readers might think regarding anything else other than keeping up her own ideal image of Jace, I don’t believe any of what I’ve mentioned would be an issue they are now. The problem is that she doesn’t think. Her lack of awareness towards her own writing is astounding.

Really, when the lack of communication is the only thriving force in your drama, it’s just bad. It’s frustrating, because there isn’t really a reason for not speaking out – other than characters being complete assholes. And does that really make them likable and the book worth reading? The books are not really about demons or shadowhunting either; the main plot is secondary for Clary and Jace’s relationship. Which is sad since it’s sometimes laborious to read these books when a large part of it includes uninteresting characters with uninteresting and ever so redundant relationship drama. Constant contact, yearning, and elaborate prose on feelings outright cheapen their effect: it doesn’t feel like a pay-off anymore. Malec fans are starved because of the lack of scenes between the two, so I can understand why every scene they’ve got feels like winning a lottery.

I reeeally don’t know what I can conclude here other than that there are loads of things in these books that are troublesome and the very reason I made my blog. I hope this endless rambling here answers at least some of your questions! If you’re interested, I think browsing the anti-tags might give a better idea what the fandom consensus is.

anonymous asked:

Hiii !!!can you make one of those posts that come in topics (idk how to explain OMG) about how would it be to date Hoshi and you are a really hardcore Shawol like he is(maybe more hehe)?I'm sorry this is not very clear but how things would be, like would he freak out with you when Taemin is doing a comeback? And stuff like this

Hi, and so sorry it took us a million years to do this! Hope you like it ;u; 💕I tried

  • you’d honestly probably meet at a Shinee concert
  • like, you’d be queuing for merch and he’d be standing behind you, but you don’t really notice him before you’ve gotten your merch, including each member’s poster, and hear an upset “Ah, Taemin’s poster just got sold out? Well, then…”
  • you look at the pile of posters you’re carrying and get closer to the guy, who looks at you with a quirked eyebrow as he’s still trying to figure out what to buy instead
  • “I can sell you Taemin’s poster,” you offer and laugh a little when his face lights up, and he makes sure you’re serious before just settling for some of the photo sets and other merchandise
  • while he gets you the money for the poster, you talk about Shinee and find out your seats are next to each other
  • and that if anything is what eventually leads to the two of you getting closer
  • there’s just something about listening to and watching Shinee perform Close the door, wave your light sticks slowly along to it and accidentally bump your hand into his
  • when that happens, both of you just smile at each other, but there’s also a jolt of electricity running through your bodies
  • and when the concert is over and you’re both already missing Shinee, he casually asks you, “When will we see again?”
  • his question would be sudden and you’d be surprised for a while, but eventually gather yourself enough to give him a date and you exchange numbers and all that
  • you only realize at home that he was, in fact, Kwon Soonyoung of Seventeen, and not just your casual Shinee fanboy
  • you’ve just realized that when your phone buzzes with a message
  • ‘I’m Kwon Soonyoung `u´ I look forward to talking more about Shinee with you!!’
  • after that you get a photo of the Taemin poster you had been kind enough to sell him, already put on the wall
  • ‘Oh, and thank you for this. I’ll treat you out for coffee for this!!’
  • you insist that it’s fine since he already paid for the poster, but he refuses to give up, and eventually you go out for coffee
  • and a few days later for another coffee
  • and then some dinner, lunch, and so on, and before long you both hold warm feelings towards each other
  • neither of you would forget the day you became an official couple
  • you were at a café and Shinee’s View was playing, and somewhere near the middle you were both just lost staring into each other’s eyes with small smiles playing on your lips
  • “Do you want to go out with me?”
  • you’d ask the question at the exact same time and burst out into laughter right afterwards
  • “I guess that answers the question,” you’d laugh, and Soonyoung agrees with a happy smile and slowly reaches for your hand
  • NOW to the present
  • dating Soonyoung in general would be a whole lot of fun, and when you add to that that the two of you are Shawols… it only gets more fun
  • you’d always try to go to concerts together, and whenever a new song comes out, you’re both very excited and spam each other about your feelings without a second thought
  • and that’s okay because you’re both so excited
  • there’d be lots of cuddles and having his arms around you, especially when you’re both relaxing
  • besides Carats and the other members, he’d get a lot of his strength and motivation from you, and would always feel a sense of healing whenever he’s with you
  • you’d also be one of the reasons he wants to be as cool as possible on stage, because he knows you’ll see it
  • like both in general he’d love taking photos with you, like the type that you see in cute moodboards and all, of you cuddling and doing things together
  • but also cute couple pics of you being the Shawols you are, holding your light sticks or albums etc when it’s near comeback/concert time
  • (great Shawol selca day material)
  • also lots of teasing
  • you know the loving kind where he’d poke your cheek or vice versa and tease you about something
  • somehow it almost always ends with cute, small kisses and both of you laughing
  • and jokes
  • you’d never get bored with him
  • some of that might be because due to his idol career you don’t exactly get to spend so much time together that you’d grow tired of each other
  • instead, the two of you value any and all time that you can spend together and keep in touch through your phones etc
  • but even so, he’s just very fun to be around and you play a big role in that, too
  • the first time he’d tell you he loves you would be during a Shinee-themed sleepover that you’ve spent just enjoying each other’s company, watching their concert DVDs and all that, and somewhere in the middle he just looks at you warmly and says, “I love you.”
  • when you turn to look at him he blushes and averts his gaze with a soft chuckle and mumbles, “I just wanted to put that out there.”
  • your heart would flutter because you’d felt that way for a while, too
  • also good morning and good night texts are a must
  • even if you’d have just had a disagreement, you’d be certain to get a “good night baby, I love you” message 
  • especially during promotion periods when you can barely see at all, Soonyoung would occasionally give you a surprise video call
  • as soon as you answer it, you’re met with his pouty face, and pretty close, too
  • “I missed you,” he mumbles, and when you smile at him, his pout turns into a smile, too
  • you’d talk for a while, about whatever comes to your minds, and eventually wish each other a good night
  • and since both of you are Shawols
  • all the inside jokes related to Shinee
  • and inside jokes in general, really - most Seventeen members feel like third wheels around the two of you, but you can’t help it, you just match that well
  • chances are you’d occasionally also dance together, try out some new moves and even come up with some for Seventeen
  • and when you both run out of inspiration…
  • “Wanna dance to Ring ding dong?”
  • “…Why not.”
  • so you do, and as always, it’s amazing and the two of you have a lot of fun
  • and eventually end up kissing against the mirror, both of you giggling
  • speaking of kisses, his would often be playful
  • as in, he’d love to just give you a light, quick kiss that leaves you wanting for more, which you’re unable to hide, and then kiss you properly, again and again
  • okay okay if you were both in a rush he wouldn’t do that and instead you’d get like one kiss worth of at least five kisses that never fails to make your heart flutter
  • other times he’d be very passionate and boy would those times be hot
  • also highkey the type to be making out with you and suddenly blurt out something like
  • “I’m going to marry you one day.”
  • or something of that kind
  • like if it’s not about how he wants to have enough children to form a soccer team, he definitely wants to let you know that he has high hopes for the two of you, as exaggeratedly as he puts it
  • and in case it seems too much for you he’ll always make sure that you understand that he’s not that serious
  • like he won’t push that kinds of commitment and seriousness onto your relationship if you don’t want to, or at least until you want to, but he does have hopes
  • …plus honestly in a lot of cases it’d be mostly just talk
  • but imagine him saying that he plans on marrying you, and when you just frown because it doesn’t seem like anything you want to do during the next xx years, he laughs and cups your cheeks
  • “I’m half-joking, Y/N, don’t look so troubled. Let’s go at our own pace and see where we end up, yeah?”
  • and so you’re good again
  • as often as possible, Soonyoung would love to go out with you, although he’d always have to disguise himself to a point
  • but it doesn’t bother you too much, not if that means you get to go to a restaurant with him or go to an amusement park together
  • not to forget that if there is Shinee, there will be you and Soonyoung
  • you’d always look forward to their comebacks together, and quite likely even do your best to watch their music videos etc as soon as they’re out and freak out together
  • some of the other members would probably join you, too, but a lot of them would just raise their eyebrows and be confused while the two of you watch Shinee’s, Taemin’s or Jonghyun’s newest music video 
  • “He looks so cool!!”
  • “Look at those dance moves! I’m getting chills!”
  • “I know! This is so good!”
  • …and if the others are ever wondering when any of the aforementioned have a comeback coming up, they realize that if one was, they would know
  • because whenever there’s news that they’d have a comeback, Soonyoung would dash to the nearest member and exclaim
  • “They’re having a comeback next month!!”
  • and you’d both gush about it all the way until the comeback happened, and even afterwards you’d keep up with the promotions as well as you could
  • the day he co-emceed with Key would’ve been a great day for him but also for you lmao 
  • you’d snuggle him the next time you saw each other and just mumble “You met Key… how amazing.”
  • he’d laugh and be very proud for a while, probably even boast about how amazing it was, but then…
  • “…It was so scary let me tell you, he’s just so cool.”
  • and you can only imagine - if Key looked cool on stage, you could only imagine what he must’ve been like when you’re right next to him
  • in short, you’d have a loving boyfriend, a best friend and a fellow Shawol in one package and it couldn’t get better than that
  • naturally it’s not always just smooth sailing, but it would be a happy, healthy relationship
  • and although it should be a given, some of your sweetest words to each other would be
  • “I love you more than I love Shinee.”

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‘Camren is real!’ is the most commented thing under Camila Cabello’s and Lauren Jauregui’s posts on Twitter and Instagram. Tons and tons of video’s are made of Camila glancing at Lauren or vice versa. Video’s containing proofs of moments of the two girls barely interacting are shown as them having feelings for one another, moments of them laughing at one another etc, which btw is common in any friendship. But why has Camren, like Larry, been blown out of proportion, and why does it continue to be the number one thing on a Harmonizer’s mind when watching a video with the girls? Why, after countless times of shutting down the rumours, do Lauren and Camila still get shipped? 

Let’s start with one of the first iconic moments - 'the look’. For many harmonizers, this is the beginning of Camren. 

Let’s dissect this photo - At first glance, it does look pretty incriminating - they’re seems to be quite a bit of supposed sexual tension as they  look at one another’s lips and eyes. Or it could just be them looking at one another - because that’s what humans who are friends do? 

Here’s some other photo’s were Lauren and Camila can’t take their eyes off one another 

Now let’s have a look at a well known friendship - Serena and Blair from Gossip Girl - 

If we didn’t know who they were, Blair and Serena could look like your typical lesbian couple, could they not? But because we know their life story and the ins and outs of what goes on with them, we barely assume they’re in a relationship. Unlike Camren, we have 0 ideas of what goes on in their personal lives apart from what they show us. 

Now let’s look at how Blair and Serena LOOK at one another and compare it to the Camren Look 

Look at how both Blair and Serena look at one another - with love and care. Look at their hands, almost touching. Do we ever assume that they’re dating or have a crush on one another? No. We simply take it that they care about one another VERY deeply. Just as Camila and Lauren do. 

My next point is the hand touching and holding - 

OMG THEY’RE HANDS ARE TOUCHING, THEY MUST BE DATING. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Agreed - they ARE touching/ holding hands- but does this mean that Camren is real? No. It’s just like Serena and Blair, who also continue to look each other + hold hands and touch one another, but in the least sexual way possible. 

Let’s continue to look at Blair and Serena who are bff goals - 

OMG  don’t they look like they’re dating one another? If I didn’t know that they were best friends I’d certainly think that they were together. Wouldn’t you? 

Let’s look at some iconic Camren selfies 

Just your average friendly selfies, much like Blair and Serena's 

So far - we have put down the staring and hand holding to the fact that they care deeply about one another and were/are really good friends. 

Now let’s look at their Twitter interactions - 

Yes, Lauren started the whole Camren thing BUT we are all aware of the fact that celebrities rarely if ever have control of their own social media - ESPECIALLY Twitter. So if I’m right, management planned these tweets OR it could simply be a way for them to express their friendship. The latter seems more true. 

Oh Dinah - Also played by management to fuel Camren rumours and give 5h more publicity 

Let’s not bring up the fact that so many other celebrities ship Camren - why? Because this is a moot point. Just because somebody ships something doesn’t make it exist nor make it come into existence.

But for those of you who are still convinced that Camren is real and that they’re dating, let us take a look at the technicalities behind their relationship. I for one think that Camren was public relations (PR) and their is a lot evidence pointing towards this idea. 

Let’s begin with the fact that Camila was JEALOUS of Lauren at one point - the evidence lies in her personal notes which were leaked from her phone; she wrote this a motivational thing for herself 

She says and I quote 'you were struggling with a terrible insecurity, made even more terrible by how jealous you were of L , like you were obsessively jealous and hated her.’ 

Why would Camila be jealous of Lauren? It doesn’t make sense - if they did have feelings for one another then surely Camila wouldn’t feel jealous of Lauren.. Hmm 

Look at this message from 2012, soon after 5h were first formed, Camila is chatting shit about all her band mates but is starting to like Lauren which suggests their FRIENDSHIP 

How about the fact that Camila dated Austin Mahone and Lauren dated Brad from The Vamps. Surely these weren’t staged? 

Well we definitely know that Camila and Austin weren’t staged because of Sinu’s (Camila’s mum) tweets to Hollywood life after they accused Camila and Austin to be dating only for album promotion: 

What about Shawn Mendes? Well, Camila and Shawn ALWAYS denied dating rumours, so the majority of their interactions were PR - 

This was all for PR to boost I Know What You Did Last Summer (I guess it worked) 

(texts from Camila discussing IKWYDLS) 

And then the incriminating texts between Micheal from 5SOS and Camila - you can read the full story about that here (this basically proves that Camren is FAKE because of Camila’s heterosexuality which is pretty evident). I know that she could be bisexual or even gay, but her interactions with male counterparts seem to suggest her avid interest in guys rather than girls.

Let’s not forget the many times that Lauren and Camila have denied Camren 

And the interviews where they denied Camren -




And the biggest PR stunt of it all - The Vamp’s song 'I Found a girl’ which you can listen to here 

Now, let’s talk about who writes songs for bands in general - NOT the band members, but songwriters that the bands label and management choose. The actual band members have such little input about what they’re going to sing. Who wrote 'I Found A Girl’? Was it The Vamps? Nope, it was some singer/songwriter called James Blunt. 

The truth is - Camren isn’t real. That’s all there is to it. It was all for PR (to push forward sales and views) which worked. Look how dedicated Larry fans are to One Direction. 5h’s label & management obviously wanted something like that so that 5h would get big (which they did) 

Not to mention that it’s rumoured that Camila almost forced Lauren to post those initial #Camren selfies - no wonder Lauren always calls fans out for supporting Camren but Camila hardly ever does. 

Therefore, Camila also wanted a Larry type thing in 5h - look how she’s obsessed with Harry, almost as if she wants to be him 

You can believe what you wanna believe, after all - my evidence for Camren being fake is as good as your evidence for Camren being real. But let’s be realistic - Camren is staged AF. They might have a good friendship, but relationship wise, well, that’s non existent. But you can believe whatever you want to believe. 

That’s it for now! If you’d like to see more posts like this - please let me know :) What other topics should I expose or shed light on? 

anonymous asked:

Do you have any quotes of Stevie's relating to any spiritual aspects such as astrology, purpose or manifestation?

Hey anon, I’ve gathered some quotes for you, I’m sure there are more so if anyone offers more input, I’ll edit this post, ok?

I don’t think Stevie has mentioned astrology much other than her being a Gemini, here’s the most recent quote where she cites it:

What have 42 years as a member of Fleetwood Mac taught you about ­compromise?
A lot, because when you’re in a band you have to be part of the team. There’s something comforting about that. But in my solo career, I get to be the boss. Having both, for a Gemini like myself, is perfect. And I knew that in 1981: that me having a solo career would only make Fleetwood Mac better.” (Rolling Stone, 2017.)

Click here for more “Gemini” quotes.


Here’s a little about spirituality in general:

I feel there are good spirits everywhere when I am writing my songs, helping me. I just feel them and feel good. And it’s not stupid or mystical or weird. I just get good feelings from ~ I don’t know ~ the air.” (Creem Magazine, 1982)

I think there is definitely a God. I think there was definitely an angel with me all the way through the bad times. Somebody keeping me safe. I feel very spiritual now. I really believe that God makes my music good and makes me able to deliver it and makes me able to not look or feel fifty. I mean, there has to be some outside help - this can’t all be happening on its own.” (WEGQ FM Eagle 93.7 - May 21, 1998.)

I am religious. I wasn’t raised in any religion, because we were always moving when I was a kid and didn’t get involved in any church. But I believe there have been angels with me constantly through these last 20 years, or I wouldn’t be alive. I pray a lot. In the last few years I’ve asked for things from God, and he’s given them to me. And there were things I thought were gonna kill me, and he fixed them… I was destroying this gift that God gave me and asked for help. Now I’m happy, even outside my music, and enjoying my life.
(Billboard Magazine, April 18, 1998.)

I do consider myself a very spiritual person. But I do not practice any specific religion.”

There is always magic to be summoned at any point. I love to live in a world of magic, but not a fake world of magic. We all really basically have a lot of magic… It’s only those of us that choose to accept it, that really understand it. It’s there for everyone. That’s the only thing that I feel that I am able to give to people and that’s why I know that they respond to me because I try to give them only their own magic… not mine, but theirs.”
(Jim Ladd Innerview, 1979.)


As for purpose and manifestation, I think it’d be misleading to say she has talked about those things specifically, I mean, using those words, I don’t remember ever reading that, however, I believe these quotes are really fitting:

I don’t like to lose, and that winning spirit has taken me thru most of my difficult times.”

Well, someday when I’m sitting in Beverly Hills in my small but beautiful house, next to my small but elegant pool, in my long white cotton skirt and white blouse with my hat and enjoying all the music that I love…” I mean, I’m like… I planned it out. I planned it out. I think that my life is a testament to believing that if you want something, you can make it happen, so hope springs eternal…” (Master Class, 2013.)

“So I would wear that outfit to San Jose State sometimes, carrying my Goya classical guitar. I was painting the picture… And I would literally walk through San Jose State like this… And I swear to God it was like the Red Sea parted. Because I believed that I was going be a huge rock and roll star, and I was 20 years old, and so all of San Jose State also believed I was gonna be a rock and roll star ‘cause even though they didn’t know me, they saw a girl who believed in herself. And what I wanna tell you is… That was just a dream. It was just a dream, but I believed in it. (…) And I want you, in this crazy world that we live in right now, to believe in your dreams and to know you can do anything you want.” (24 Karat Gold Tour, 2017. Read more here.)  

“This is my thought for you for tonight. The testament is dreams do come true. Anything you want is out there for you to just reach out in the stars of Bella Donna and just grab one, because it is all there. You must continue to believe that you can have what you want. Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you’re not talented enough or smart enough or any of that, because you are. You’re totally beautiful. You’re totally talented. You can do anything you want. Never let anybody get in your way. Tell them to get out of your way. You are on your way to greater things.”  (24 Karat Gold Tour, 2016.)

“Your dreams are there just hanging in the sky just waiting for you to take them.”   (24 Karat Gold Tour, 2016.)


Hope that helps a little.

The Fairest Possible Review I can Give the Fox Rocky Horror Remake

So I’m gonna start by saying I don’t resent Fox’s Rocky Horror for existing, as a lot of people criticizing it seem to. I didn’t go in expecting something that would stand toe-to-toe with the original, because I don’t think that’s possible in a modern context. I went in thinking of it like a tribute more than an attempt to capture that lightning in a bottle again.

Anyway this whole thing ended up being forever long, so it’s gonna live under a cut.

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