but i'm on board with this ship just for this look

umm AU where harry just went through a really bad breakup in which his douchey ex-fiance leaves him for a huge corporate job offer. which yeah good for him except he was a jerk about the breakup, left him via phone message, and didn’t look back. which sucks all on it’s own but now harry finds himself confused because he’s not nearly as sad as he thinks he should be about it, and frustrated because he has two non refundable tickets for a honeymoon cruise. enter childhood best friend louis, who he calls up the night before while packing and is all like, “ummmm so. how’s a free vacation sound?” and louis’s like “nothing’s free in life harold…. but….. i’m listening.” it honestly doesn’t even take anything to convince louis. most of his protest is just for show because harry can already hear him dragging his suitcase out of the closet. so.

so they arrive at the dock where they’re supposed to board the ship and louis’s like “um so why is everyone holding hands lol” and harry’s all “yeah…. so… funny story… ummmm i got dumped and this is my honeymoon cruise surprise :)” (louis is tempted to throw him overboard. they haven’t even gotten on the boat yet but the sentiment is still the same). but now that louis knows the whole story (which harry tells amidst deep frowns and lots of tears), he is determined to be the best fake™ husband ever. so he signs them up for all the couples activities because “go big or go home styles. or tomlinson. styles-tomlinson? who are we again?” and they end up doing better than most of the couples there when it comes down to How Well Do You Know Your Spouse trivia. it should be embarrassing really, because everyone around the ship already knows them as the dream team and it’s only been 4 days.

cue dramatic confessions, bed sharing that means nothing till it means something, an obscene amount of nautical references, and cameos by the rest of one direction lol

conchacunt  asked:

So given the information we saw in season three and how Haggar and Zarkon had Lotor after they became quintessence zombies, do you think that has any effect on how powerful Lotor is or on how he reacts to quintessence?

Okay, so, here’s something small that I’ve been chewing over since s3e7.

Let’s assume getting fried into space zombies didn’t actually change their genetics, just their appearance.

Honerva had golden eyes and dark-colored hair.

Zarkon had no real hair, and red eyes.

So where between them did they produce this vividly blue-eyed, white-haired child? Lotor looks more Altean than Haggar does at this point which would seem to suggest he draws from both of their pre-quintessence genetics.

But neither of them have blue eyes to give him and Haggar’s hair isn’t naturally white. It bleached out because of her overexposure to quintessence. That’s not something you’d pass onto a kid unless her genetics changed- in which case Lotor should have monochromatic glowing eyes as both Haggar and Zarkon do now.

We also have no confirmation Haggar is Lotor’s mother- she just remains the most likely candidate as Zarkon’s now canonically confirmed wife.

But what if Lotor wasn’t exactly… conceived normally? As I’ve said before, Haggar talks about Lotor like an experiment.

Since my theory that Haggar was the queen of Altea was sunk decisively, Haggar’s not of the royal bloodline, and we don’t know if she had that particular Altean power the way that Alfor and Allura seem to have. And Haggar’s very scared of Allura’s power in some way, suggesting she knows about it. Possibly, wants to use it.

You know someone who does have both white hair and blue eyes?

Allura’s entire family- the royal line of Altea.

Coran didn’t see Altea being destroyed, but Zarkon would have had Altea and all its people, including Alfor and, were she still alive at the time, Allura’s unnamed mother.

They could’ve taken things. Like, y’know, blood samples.

Now, remember s3e5? How the Alteans on the other side needed someone from Allura’s bloodline, with Allura’s power, to awaken that ship and move it?

Remember how Lotor was the one who switched that ship’s beacon on- which would seem to necessitate him boarding it and activating its systems?

It also doesn’t exactly make sense to me that after being undead for ten thousand years, Haggar and Zarkon would look up from their intergalactic conquest to decide they really want to have a kid together. Especially since both of them have apparently been uptight workaholics for most of their lives with very little time or patience for anything but each other. And Zarkon has no reason to worry about an heir, he already died once and walked it off.

So…. what if Lotor is more of an experiment than a child? Someone spliced together genetically? 

Please ignore this, it is a Random rant. When I last visited my best friend she asked me if I’ve heard of that Disney theory where Anna and Elsa’s parents are also Tarzan’s parents. She’s a huge fan of the Frozen film and I’m… well I hate it. She thought that this tidbit which was supposedly confirmed by the Frozen director would make me like it more. Which surprise: It did not. I mean, for one that interview where they said he said so, he stated: “So in my little head, Anna and Elsa’s brother is Tarzan – but on the other side of that island are surfing penguins, to tie in a non-Disney movie, ‘Surf’s Up.’ That’s my fun little world.”

So like… that’s not a confirmation tho. That’s a HEADCANON. And yes, even creators can have headcanons that don’t fit into canon heck I have them all the time just for flights of fancy on my own work. Least of all what annoyed me was that Tarzan’s parents and the Frozen parents don’t really look alike the more I scrutinize it. Not to mention they’re canon from England??? And the royal couple is not??? I can’t remember if they have British Accents in the movie but I’d dismiss that cuz everyone always defaults to British for rich people/royalty in English speaking media. Their hair colors are different? Sure you can argue that their faces sort of look alike but…. Disney generic faces??? So I’d dismiss that too.

Not to mention the timelines don’t hold up? Frozen takes place according to the artbook in the 1830s-40s and Tarzan takes place in the 1890s. That’s like a 50 year difference unless Tarzan aged extremely well that jungle sure must have some fountain of youth. But there are other indicators like… TECHNOLOGY! That is not yet available by the time Anna and Elsa are adults (or when Tangled takes place also cuz we know for sure Frozen and Tangled take place at the same time). Jane arrives on a fucking steamship that’s bigger than the royal ship for fuck’s sake. Another thing is that the King and Queen’s trip was only supposed to take 2 weeks. But Tarzan was born ON THE SHIP, so she’d have to be heavily pregnant when she boarded that ship which she clearly wasn’t and if she was I actually doubt they’d let her sail on it. Either that or their 2 week trip somehow turned into 9+ months. SO. MANY. HOLES. Like, it just annoys me to no end that this movie is trying to shove itself in every Disney place it can.

Like I know I know… Yume you’re taking this way too seriously. It’s all for fun. And sure if you like this theory than sure but like… the people who made this theory sure thought seriously about it. Why can’t I? 

In conclusion no, I do not like Frozen any better now, and fuck this theory.

P.S. Surf’s Up takes place in modern times with reality TV Mr. Director, please stahp. The only way I will accept Surf’s Up into cartoon canon is if Chicken Bob is a descendant of HeiHei.

That buzzing sound in your ear

Okay, so…after a night of thinking and seeing reactions/comments/etc., I’ve gained a bit of perspective on all of this. Also note that this post is more about the fandom behavior and not so much about the issues of representation, because I don’t think I really have a valid opinion in that discussion. 

Also this is the last time I’ll talk about this. I won’t answer asks and I won’t bring it up again because I don’t want this space to become centered on it. 

1. When stuff like this goes down, I should just turn my computer off and play video games for a while because spontaneous reaction is never ever good. I got angry last night and it was dumb and I feel dumb for it. I love this damn show so much and I won’t let something as small as this ruin it for me

2. Do not, under any circumstances, attack Arryn for this. She is a voice actress with no creative input in the series at all. She was looking out for the fans and trying to do a good thing. She’s already timid enough about social media (and rightfully so) don’t scare off someone who openly stated that she was the captain of the ship and supports it whole heartedly. 

3. Stop expecting Rooster Teeth to spoil their most popular show with some kind of statement about the song or the direction they’re going with Blake and Yang. They’re not going to because that would be stupid. If Bumbleby is meant to bee then giving that away in a journal on the RT site would be criminal. Not to mention that we’ve gotten so much more in canon already than just this random song.

4. I understand the caution, but people really need to calm down. It’d be one thing if we saw Sun and Blake kissing or Yang and Blake openly saying “we’re not in love with each other!” in an episode - but we didn’t. This is a song that was put on the soundtrack, that definitely shouldn’t have been, and the bees fans ran with it. I’m not faulting them at all, I was one of them and I jumped right on board the hype train. But even if it’s not directly meant to be about the ship - I highly doubt it was put on the soundtrack with any sort of malice intent.

5. Which leads me to the next point. Stop pretending that Rooster Teeth is rubbing their hands together and laughing like they’re doing this just to spite people. Could they handle some things better? Absolutely, and they’d be the first ones to tell you that - but they’re not mean spirited people. They’re not trying to upset their fans and this notion that they “don’t care” about their fans is ridiculous. 

6. Patience, please just have some patience. Stop living and dying on every small thing that comes across your dashboard. This show has such a long run left in it and to this point romance has been so so small on that spectrum. Volume 5 is not going to suddenly become a big love story. Even if the bees are going to happen it’ll be subtle as hell and probably take a long time. So one song and one response to a song should not suddenly shut you down from wanting to watch the show at all. There’s so much more to RWBY than this.

7. While this does have the potential to be very bad, it isn’t yet - it’s not even close. I’m just asking that you give them a chance to tell their story without constantly looking for a reason to jump down their throats - all that does is make them leery of you. Writers have the right to tell their story and that’s the whole point. We’re here to watch the stories, not dictate them. If they do queerbait (which I personally don’t think they have, I think that can only happen at the very end of a show or if one of the two characters is killed with no resolution), then they will be in the wrong and they will be met with an even larger version of what happened last night. For now though, just let them make the show and quit hunting for reasons to make them the enemy. 

8. Lastly, please don’t stop shipping bumbleby. Don’t stop talking about how much you love them. Don’t stop making arts and fics and long posts about why you love them. This whole thing wouldn’t be a thing at all if the fans hadn’t seen what they saw in these two and turned it into the biggest ship in the fandom that it’s become.

Son of the Sea

This is dedicated to the shadiest person around. She’s always out there killing us with her fics, so this week a group of us are out to return the favor! And we’re doing it in the most loving way possible of course😘  Happy birthday to the beautiful and talented @kpopfanfictrash ! I hope your birthday was everything and more! ily <3

Taehyung: hinted demigod au.

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On Keith and leaving Allura behind

One thing I’ve always wanted to clear up is the ‘Keith is cold-hearted’ thing. I can see how the scene of him being ready to leave Allura behind might come across as such, to quote Hunk: “Keith, that’s cold-hearted even for you.” 

But that is not how things actually are. Let me explain why he acted the way he did back then, because Keith has had just as many emotions about it as everyone else. 

Keith is rational, observant and tends to state stuff exactly as it is, with all facts lied out to make sure that everyone gets the whole picture. (see: how he explained his board in s1e1, how he argues with Lance at the beginning of s1e3 etc.) He has been known to accept critique pretty well - he actively tries to work on his temper (“patience yields focus”) and accepted that Lance’s plan was better than his in s1e7. In turn, however, he expects people to treat him the same way. If there isn’t any evidence to contradict it, he takes things people tell him at face value and accepts them as facts. It is one of the reasons him and Lance clash often, Keith can be found constantly correcting Lance’s statements and Lance doesn’t appreciate that. 

This is coupled with his rational personality. I have no doubt that part of that comes from having been forced to grow up without a family and people to comfort him when he was feeling lost, he has had to deal with reality screwing him over quite a lot of times already. He is extremely cautious and protective of his friends when a possible threat appears (see: how he placed himself in front of the team when Klaizap appeared in s1e2), probably exactly because he knows that when they are gone, they are gone. That happened to his dad, that happened to Shiro. 

And now he thinks the same thing has happened to Allura.

It is not that he doesn’t want to help her - because he does. He really does, he even said so himself. (And he wasn’t lying. We all know that Keith is an absolutely horrible liar.) In his mind, there were four facts battling with one another: 1) I want to save my friend; 2) “the ship that is headed to Zarkon’s central command?” “the place that’s way too dangerous for us to attack?” (a direct quote from an exchange between Hunk and Keith from s1e10. Keith had accepted that information a fact); 3) we are fighting against an enemy we know next to nothing about; and 4) I am responsible for the entire universe and I can only protect it with Voltron, for which Allura technically isn’t essential. 

So he stands there and goes through all the facts. And he comes to the - absolutely logical - conclusion that it is too dangerous to go to Zarkon’s headquarters. He could lose even more friends. He could lose the universe’s only hope. So he does what he always does: suppress his emotions for the greater good. He did that there, he did it when he decided to give up the blade in s2e8.

But then the others turn against him. We can’t see his face when they begin to vehemently protest against his statement-

-but I have no doubt that it would be serious and reflective. The backlash would have made him reconsider the conclusion he had come to. Because that’s what he does when he faces critique: take a step back and reevaluate. Obviously, fact 2) wasn’t quite right. [Also note how open his body language is, he is more than willing to discuss this.] 

And once the execution of their plan starts, which means an actual chance for getting his friend back, he is right at the front of the group again. 

Keith isn’t cold-hearted. Not at all. Does this look like the face of a cold-hearted person to you?

Because that is the face he made when he came to the conclusion that it would be too dangerous to save Allura. He is not happy about it. He genuinely believed that she was already lost and they were about to condemn the universe for a suicide rescue mission. If there is anything he can do to save his friends, he will do it. Like, seriously - he had never seen Zarkon before that episode. For all he knew, Zarkon could be 5ft tall, wield magic and be immortal. But as soon as he saw a normal-sized Galra in armor, Zarkon suddenly became less of an abstract concept and more of something that he has an actual fighting chance against. Look at how his attitude towards him changed in season 2, at the end of it he volunteered to infiltrate Zarkon’s base on his own!  

(Also. He was the one that asked Allura if she was sure that she wanted to come with them: “I’m sorry, princess, did you say ‘we’?!” in s1e10. He was worried for her. There is no way he didn’t want her back.)

Keith constantly watches out for the greater good. It’s what he told Pidge when she wanted to leave to go look for her family - “everyone in the universe has families!” - and what he did when he gave up finding out about his past in the Trials of Marmora. He pushes his own emotions down because he genuinely believes one person’s life and/or comfort isn’t worth putting the entire universe at risk. And that does not equal being cold-hearted.

tl;dr: Keith has had perfectly valid reasons why he hesitated to go on the rescue mission. He wanted her back just as much as everyone else. He is not a cold-hearted asshole.

anonymous asked:

Hi Hannah, do you have any Fenrys headcanons? Maybe him with the cadre idk I'm just desperate for anything Fenrys!

  • Fenrys only washes his hair with quality soap. He hates the generic stuff the rest of the cadre use, and he HATES when he can’t wash it. He doesn’t do “greasy” hair.
  • Sometimes he uses his ability to jump through space just to keep his clothes clean/to avoid a mess. For instance, this one time when Gavriel was about to rip the throat out of a Valg. Black blood came at him in a wave, and he disappeared to stand behind Gavriel nice and clean. Gavriel was like, “Really?” And Fenrys replied, “You looked like you could handle it on your own.”
  • Fenrys loves it when people brush his hair. In human form and in wolf form. He LOVES it. He once spent a weekend with a woman who’d always wanted a dog. So he let her rub his belly and brush his coat in wolf form. He thinks about her every now and then. Her name was Leah, and she smelt like basil and cherries. 
  • He once tried on women’s underwear just to prove to a woman that he would, indeed, look as good as she thought her would in them. What he never told anyone was that he actually like it.
  • He is a foodie. He’ll eat anything, but he has a palate like a master chef. If he could escape his blood oath with Maeve, he’d like to open a restaurant.
  • He’s thought about killing himself by breaking the blood oath with Maeve. He thought about it but only got to far as to put himself in a healers care for a week because it was painful and he realized he was being a selfish ass to leave Connal. The only one who ever knew was Gavriel. And when Fenrys was healed, he took him to the mountains and spent three months punishing him with grueling workouts and late night therapy chats. When Gavriel was done with him, Fenrys never thought about killing himself again.
  • Fenrys plays a mean fiddle.
  • He hates camping. If he is going to spend the night outdoors, he does it in wolf form because it’s somehow more bearable. He hates it when the cadre make him sleep outside in Fae form.
  • He likes wild things because he feels leashed to Maeve. The first time he sees the Thirteen fly in on their wyverns when they’re battling Maeve’s forces, he thinks it’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen. And for a moment, he wishes that he could be a wyvern, or a bird, or anything—just so he might fly with them and know freedom like they do.
  • After Maeve puts Aelin in the coffin and they board her ship, he thinks about killing himself again. Thinks that should Maeve give him the order to kill Aelin, he will use every last piece of his magic, heart, and soul to break his blood oath with her. And he doesn’t think it’s not such a bad way to die. He doesn’t think it’s such a bad way to die protecting the queen he wished he served. Protecting the queen who was more deserving of his loyalty in her infancy, than Maeve has been in all her thousands of years. 

anonymous asked:

Hey, I'm writing this story and I have all my characters planned along with a few main points of the plot. Now, I'm writing a pirate fantasy romance story and I wanted some advice on it, especially on the relationship with the pirate and the main girl. Since most of the story will be set on the pirate ship I needed some help on things that could happen between them on it to get them to get close (The girl is captured by the way). Also about parts of pirate ships if it's too much.

Ooooh boy did you come to the right person! I know a few things about pirates and definitely knows the parts of a ship. I’d say “don’t get me started on pirates” but I’m afraid it’s too late.

Let’s talk about the ship first, since familiarity with it well help you set the scenes more naturally, and then we’ll brainstorm some things that they could do together on board.

First of all, let’s talk about types of ships. There isn’t just one established “pirate ship” that all pirates use. Ships were designed and redesigned for different purposes and conditions- some were built for speed, some for cargo, some for long voyages or harsh conditions, some for defense and some for attack. No single ship would ever be completely perfect- if you want your ship to be fast, for example, you might have to sacrifice some cargo space, which meant a smaller crew and less months at sea before you have to make port to re-stock again.

However, with all that being said, there was definitely some favorites. While it’s true that pirates from different parts of the world sometimes preferred different ships, the most common and popular would probably be the sloop. (Yes, I know it’s a funny word, lots of ships had funny names.) 

Sloops were a favorite among pirates because they were slim and fast, which made them great for intercepting other ships and escaping attacks themselves. They typically only had 1 or very rarely 2-3 masts, and usually had up to 75 crew members, at its largest, and a max of 14 cannons, which is pretty darn good.

Of course there are other options, depending on the needs of your particular pirates. Another popular option was the brigantine, which was not nearly as fast, but better suited for the long term, with a crew closer to 100 members and usually around 12 cannons. 

I know more ships, but let’s not get carried away. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting parts of the ship.

Basics:

  Port= left, starboard= right, stern=back, and bow=front. When you refer to something as being “aft”, you mean it’s towards the back of the ship, towards stern. When something is “fore”, it means it is found closer to the front of the ship, or the bow. 

Galley= kitchen

Brig= prison

The head= the toilet

The Helm= the “steering wheel” of the ship

First, let’s know our decks. As you probably know, the deck is the top part of the ship, the wood that you walk on and where you see most of the action take place in movies, but there are different names for the different parts of the deck. The “poop deck” is the highest part, usually raised above the captain’s quarters, which was typically found “aft”, towards the back of the ship. The quarterdeck, on the other hand, is the important deck, usually where the captain or quartermaster stands and gives the orders. The big part is just called the deck or main deck.

The Captain’s quarters were briefly mentioned- the captain was the only one who had his own residence, and they were typically pretty luxurious.

Now the actually somewhat interesting parts.

NOT “The Crow’s Nest”!!!: The part you know as the “crow’s nest” is not actually called a crow’s nest, or at least, not on a pirate ship. That’s actually whaling terminology. The platform at the top of the mast is actually called the “top” or “fighting top” and yes, it can be used for scouting out land or obstacles, but it was actually known for a being a good place to sit with a gun and shoot your enemies on the deck, like a pirate sniper.

The Forecastle: This is the quarters of the crew. Often times in stories I see the crew each having their own cabins, or at the most, a roommate or two. That’s not exactly how it worked on an actual ship. Not that they actually spent much time in the bunk- it was really just a place to sleep when not on duty.

The Bilge: The is the bottom part of the ship. Dark, dank, musty, gross, but also the first place to tell if you have a leak. If you do have a leak, you want to run down to the bilge and fix them quickly, because if it fills up, you’re going down.

The Mast: There are actually different names for the different masts, depending on how many your ship has. If you have a speedy ship, it’s probably slow and you probably only have the one “main mast.” If the mast is destroyed, it’s not uncommon to build an emergency one really fast, called the “jury mast”- since you do need a mast to sail. The mast is the big wooden pole in the middle from which the sails are hung.

The Yardarm: This is the long pole that goes across the mast to hold the sails. I included it because it was also a popular place to hang people on.

Gangway/Gangplank: They’re actually different things. The gangWAY is the passages along the side of a ship, like a hallway. The gangPLANK is what is set down to walk on between ship and pier. 

In honesty, all of the sails and lines have different names and purposes too, but I’m not going to get too into it right now. You can find some of them on websites like this or this.

Now for what they can do together…

A lot depends on their status on board. If the girl has been captured, determine how her captivity is taking place. If she’s being locked in the brig or cabin, their first interactions might involve them bringing her food or care, etc.

- It’s also possible that they are made to guard her, and hours of boredom turns to conversation after a while

It also matters what role the pirate has on board the ship. Here is an idea of roles on board a pirate ship.

If she has some amount of freedom (it is a ship at sea, what’s she gonna do, run away?), that will open up some more possibilities.

  • If the girl is curious, she might be interested in seeing how the ship is run. Or, the captain could potentially decide to make her help out with things. She is an extra pair of hands, after all. 
  • There are lots of tasks involved within the running of a ship. She doesn’t necessarily have to be doing the sailing- she could help out in the galley, sew sails or clothes, maintain weapons, and so on. 
  • Maybe she is made to do some tasks, but she doesn’t know how, and they take pity and try to help her out a little
  •  There’s nothing like a nice emergency to make people work together. Being forced to work together for survival- a storm, a mutiny, an attack,etc- is a great bonding experience for anyone.
  • Perhaps the girl has something that the pirate wants, depending on her background. A random example- perhaps she has an educated background, and the pirate has something that they need read, or written, or something else. Really, it could be any knowledge that she has that they might be interested in.
  • Maybe she has something they want to know, so they’re nice to her in trying to get information, but then end up actually becoming close
  • Conversely, maybe she is interested in something that they can do, and keeps talking to them about it until their interest becomes mutual

I’m going to have to wrap this up, as it exciting as it is, my inbox is flooding, but I hope this helps some! Good luck, sounds like fun! Hit me up for any additional help with pirates or otherwise!

~Penemue

He said “when you’re away” in those notes.

…not “Gone” or “Dead” He wrote “when you’re away” like Shiro was just on some long trip, not announced dead due to a pilot error. These notes on the board were made after Keith got kicked out, after the pilot error was announced, after Keith started looking for a purpose again. …he didn’t want to think that Shiro was dead. He didn’t want to believe it

LAWLESS

Summary: Despite his youth, Eren Jaeger is one of the best and most popular doctors of the Kingdom. Among those interested on his services is included a recognized criminal clan, which does not hesitate to use the youngest of the Ackerman as bait. Eren never imagined that this “harmless” girl in red dress would get him into so much trouble, turning his world upside down.


N/A: since I deleted my blog back in March, the “read more” of my old posts is not working anymore, so I decided to re-upload chapters 1 and 2 together to make things easier for anyone who’s interested.

Art by Dani ♥ the full version of Lawless’ cover is here and there’s more related fanart here - I still have to reblog everything again, so the tag will collect more beautiful things done by Dani soon. You can also read the rest of the chapters on FF.net


Chapter 1. Crimson


Mikasa hit the wall hard. In spite of it, the coldness of the bricks did little against her accumulated body heat. Today’s training had been tough, since she had to battle against the stockiest and tallest man at Kenny’s service.

Will, who was practically a beast of a man lay face down on the floor, blood dripping from his broken nose.

“Is he dead?”

The girl shook her head slightly, without even looking at the man approaching the scene. She needed to catch her breath and calm her heart rate. She wiped the sweat from her forehead with her forearm while she thought that yeah, she could have killed him. The idiot would have deserved it only for trying to be too clever.

“He should be dead, huh?” murmured the man in an expressionless tone, but Mikasa knew him well enough to perceive his simmering anger.

“The fucking pig”. Levi turned Will over easily with a foot, without any care at all, so he could check his face. Mikasa had done a good job wrecking that stupid face, the guy was going to look uglier than before. Usually when a training session ended like this, it was because the practice puppets had said something disgusting to her or tried something they shouldn’t have.

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anonymous asked:

I think one of the things I love about you is how unapologetic you are about loving stuff, but also you're kinda sneaky and strategic about it- love a character/series nobody's heard about? draw so much and so well people look 'em up. love a character who most people don't understand or have a biased opinion of? draw balanced narratives allowing for empathy about 'em. love an obscure ship? dRAW

now this just looks like I killed you before you managed to spill the final secret of getting people on board with obscure ships what am I going to tell the cops

FIC: “The Utterances of Storms” OMGCP, pre-graduation

Bittle, after laughing into his cup of tub juice for a good forty seconds, explains with only a little bit of a slur to his words that he’d need time—his mother would have to ship things and he’d need to bother someone named Katya for music.

Jack can’t hear what Ransom says in reply over the din of the party, but Bittle nods a couple of times and grins, cheeks flushed with alcohol.

It’s probably nothing.

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Shitty texts him in the middle of World War II in Europe.

dude get to faber asap

It’s not just the lack of exclamation points that makes him leave class early—something he’s never done before, and the betrayed look that Professor Shahabuddin gives him as he’s sorry-ing his way past everyone else in his row tattoos itself on the part of the brain where the ocean of his guilt lives. It’s not just the knowledge that Shitty has his schedule memorized and would never dare interrupt if it weren’t important enough to rattle the cage of what he calls “The Zimmerbeast” that spurs Jack into running across campus.

It’s the “dude.”

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Kuroshitsuji Chapter 129 Analysis: Gaging the Morality and Possible Lack of Self of R!Ciel

Now that we’ve got the twins, many recent posts within the Kuro fandom have debated whether or not R!Ciel can be classified as the “evil twin,” following the event of Agni’s death and in comparison with O!Ciel.  While it is possible to generalize him as such and it is most likely that he was one of the two killers that had attempted to murder Soma and killed Agni, it also opens up a lot of questions in how we might interpret his behavior and why he is the way he is. 

For now, let us start with the most recent chapter and the true introduction to
R!Ciel’s character.  As O!Ciel and Sebastian enter the manor, we find that R!Ciel is already inside and has already interacted with the other servants: Finnie, Meyrin, and Baldroy.  He greets his brother calmly, and even shows concern regarding O!Ciel possibly suffering from his illness as a result of being out in the rain knowing the latter’s weak constitution.  He also tells O!Ciel that, “There is no need to worry anymore.  I will never leave your side again."    

Based on this, if we don’t assume he’s faking, we can interpret that he truly does care for O!Ciel, his brother.  There’s no telling how much he knows as of yet in regards to what Ciel has been doing over the past three years, but he’s not surprised and doesn’t seem to care if he does know that O!Ciel has been posing as him.  He’s acting almost as if everything is perfectly normal.

So what constitutes as ‘normal’ for R!Ciel?  First off, the obvious: He loves his brother.  If we reflect on R!Ciel’s appearances throughout the manga prior to his reveal in this chapter, O!Ciel has always depicted him as this protective, comforting figure that he was always able to turn to.  During the Green Witch Arc when he was suffering and basically trapped within the confines of his own mind, it was his twin–out of all people–that he envisioned being there to console him beyond the guilt O!Ciel carries as a result of the other being sacrificed.  Now, while we can’t fully trust those flashbacks due to the possibility of O!Ciel placing his brother in high regard as a result of familial love and as a result of his fragile state of mind, Chapter 129 would also support that R!Ciel is more of the protecting, loving sort where it concerns O!Ciel.     

Now, stepping into the Phantomhive manor, R!Ciel shouldn’t have had any idea who Meyrin, Finnie, and Baldroy were as only Tanaka was among the original staff before the attack on the Phantomhives.  However, based on the fact that the three had no idea about the case of their being twins until the very end of the chapter, R!Ciel just accepted the fact that they were there and already knew who he was.  If he knew about O!Ciel posing as him, that just makes it worse, because then that means he purposefully led them to believe he was O!Ciel instead of explaining things to them before O!Ciel’s arrival to the manor.  Why is this important?  Because he’s the aristocrat: They’re the servants.  As Tanaka had said during Book of Murder, "The head of the Phantomhive household should not be shaken by something as trivial as the death of a servant.  I never once saw the master lose his composure due to such trifles."  Now, we’re talking about a human life here.  Being called "trivial” and “a trifle."  On top of that, they’re servants of a dangerous family–always left at the risk of getting killed and being replaced.  This is how R!Ciel views Finnie, Meyrin, and Baldroy: Another trio of replacements for their last batch of servants.  Their presence is just something he accepts as a grim result of the attack.  This shuffle is normal to him.

Take that note to how the Victorian society placed a strong focus on social class, and it gets worse.  Even well into the Edwardian period following the Victorians, your class dictated your education, your social behavior, the places you were to go, the people you were to spend time with, and everything in-between.  For example, on the Titanic, its maiden voyage was celebrated by allowing 2nd class passengers to get a taste of the luxury of 1st class passengers by allowing them within certain areas of the ship for a short while that would normally have been excluded to them.  3rd class passengers were not allowed in these areas and the differences between the three of them were striking.  There was an African-American family on board that, while having enough money to purchase a 1st class room, was only allowed to purchase a 2nd class room because of their heritage–which leads me to my second point of what I’m about to say later.  Victorians, as a result of international colonization, also strictly differentiated each other by culture and heritage: They actually tried to come up with studies that dictated how human a human being was based on where they came from.  The elites of this era always tended to try to dehumanize others globally and among their own society.  They were elitists. 

R!Ciel shows strong hints of following that elitist mindset–in part, because he’s a Phantomhive and then also because he’s an aristocrat.  It’s strongly hinted that he views himself as being better, or more human, than the Phantomhive servants–as well as with Soma and Agni due to their being from India.  That’s why, if that’s him from the previous chapter (which it’s a guarantee, I just don’t want to call it that since we didn’t actually see a face) he says to Soma, "Don’t you presume to touch me.”  Soma may be a prince, Soma might’ve been living at the townhouse, but Soma's a stranger and is Indian to R!Ciel, and the latter doesn’t view him as an equal.  He doesn’t seem to be affected and even smiles when he’s called out as an imposter, but he glares at Finnie when Finnie speaks up.  Because Finnie is a servant, who in his mind shouldn’t have a place to voice himself: He just works there and should know his place. 

O!Ciel is a brat, but even so he treats the servants more like his family.  He tries to help Soma and protected Agni’s identity when he could’ve just thrown him to the Yard.  He spares Sullivan instead of killing her and trusts her enough to be his ally while helping her in London–all while making sure the Queen doesn’t get that deadly gas she has the ability to create despite it giving him more work and leaving him to be forced to rely on her faith and good nature.  He let Snake into his house, just the other servants, despite the attempt on his life and the possibility of Snake finding out the truth–because then Snake would really have to die.  He could’ve had Sebastian kill Doll right as soon as she showed up, but he didn’t give the order until she attacked.  He’s an Evil Noblemen and will sacrifice innocent people, but more often than not he does what he can to avoid it and he doesn’t judge others solely by their origins.  The only time he’s ever really killed someone for the sake of destruction was when he killed the children in Book of Circus–and I personally largely blame that on PTSD rather than an actual judgment call of "yeah, they couldn’t be saved" made with complete sanity because he wasn’t in his right mind at that moment and he himself is a living example of moving forward beyond tragedy, whether he believes it or not.   

“We’re strangers, so of course we’re different.  What is there to be ashamed of?  In any case, I’m free to choose my companions.” –Ciel to Snake, in Chapter 52

R!Ciel though… He might take to the title of an Evil Noble far more than his brother.  He doesn’t have to force people away, because it doesn’t seem like he cares for them anyway.  He cares for O!Ciel because their aristocrats and their family.  If we take it that R!Ciel was also the one who said “I don’t need any fake brothers,” in the chapter Yana Toboso created in the second fan doujinshi, we can also assume that he likely even views other aristocrats as being less than him–highly possible considering the Phantomhive family’s strong ties to the Queen and the amount of betrayal among the elites. (Who could you trust?)

This elitist mindset, this idea of “I must look after my brother,” and the numbness to the deaths of others and the willingness to kill should be perfectly normal for a member of a family of Evil Nobles.  It fits well with R!Ciel’s character, because this is what he probably grew up being taught to believe and act upon.  “I'm likely going to take up the work of a dangerous family that is involved in horrible things. Tragedy is going to happen both ways: Better get used to it."   He also fits well for the mantra of advice that the Undertaker claims to have been telling each generation of Phantomhives:

 "Even though I told him to hold each and every soul dear.  Because you hold great power you gradually fail to understand the importance of things that cannot be recovered.  You will realize that once it’s too late.  How many times have I told you and others the same warning?” –Undertaker, Chapter 35      

The problem is, R!Ciel clearly has not learned that lesson yet. Granted, Undertaker is a hypocrite, but he basically is saying to cherish life.  R!Ciel shows no signs of doing that beyond a select few.  And that’s jarring for multiple reasons: One because it reflects on the kind of person he was prior to his being sacrificed, and two because it can also reflect on the fact that he isn’t human anymore.  What would he care about the precious fragility of life if either A.) He doesn’t even have a soul to guide him and is truly just another puppet like all of the other Bizarre Dolls, or B.) Undertaker did by some miracle manage to save his soul, but he was revived anyway so what could it matter?  He’s alive and so is O!Ciel.  I prefer A, however, because B would allude to him not caring for his parent’s deaths either. 

Going off all of that… Let's get back to talking about how R!Ciel greets O!Ciel.  There’s no talk of the tragedy or of their loss.  There’s no warm, cherishing reunion of “I’m alive!  I’m alive and I’m here for you: I’m so glad you’re alive!  Demon, get the heck out before I shoot a harpoon through your face: You’re not touching the little cinnabon muffin that is my twin!"  Instead, it’s just, "Oh, your back!  Welcome home!  You shouldn’t be the rain,” as if nothing that they went through happened.  A normal person does not act this way.  There should be emotion.  There should be an acknowledgment of what happened.  There isn’t.  R!Ciel treats the situation as business as usual.

This hints very well to the fact that R!Ciel isn’t human anymore and likely doesn’t have a soul.  He’s more like Agares, and is just another mindless doll under Undertaker’s command.  You can’t fake humanity.  You can try to recreate a person, but once they’re gone, that’s it.  Even if you cloned them perfectly, or saved the body, with a copy of their memories, it’s just as Undertaker said: There’s only one immortal soul.  One of them in the entire world.  Without it, everything else is just parts of a machine.  R!Ciel, this doll, remembers how it used to be before his death, and clings to that: It doesn’t have the power to learn and change its morals beyond that.  (And I’m calling R!Ciel an 'it’ now because of the high chances that 'it’ is no longer a person.)  Really, it probably doesn’t have any true essence of freewill.  If there’s any actions done on its own accord, it’s because it knows was the true R!Ciel would do and acts on that, or else what Undertaker–and maybe even O!Ciel–would want for it to do. 

I’m going to bring up the anime just for the sake of comparison: Drocell/Drossel Keinz.  Drocell was the anime equivalent of the Bizarre Dolls before they showed up.  The difference was though was that he didn’t need to directly be fed commands as the others need.  Both of the Bizarre Dolls on the Campania and at Weston, while gradually being advanced, had to be basically kept on a leash whenever Undertaker didn’t want them to go after a soul.  They knew some part of them was missing.  The first batch were like mindless beasts.  The second batch could talk so long as Undertaker fed them them right words, or they repeated words that their former selves would say and still attacked without otherwise being restrained.  This time, however, R!Ciel is likely a doll like Drocell, convinced that it’s human and it’s alive.  That it has a soul.    

“To think all this time I thought I was human.” –Drocell, Kuroshitsuji anime

Unless Undertaker actually thinks he’s giving O!Ciel more than just a walking, empty corpse, unless he’s lost his sanity that badly due to his pain, returning R!Ciel like this… I can barely even begin to imagine how tortured and torn a person–O!Ciel–would be over that.  That a doll, a figment of someone you once cherished, could look and act exactly like the person you lost without ever being more than a husk.  Seeing that, knowing that it’s a problem, and being faced with a sudden choice: “Do I accept this even though this isn’t real or do I kill this lookalike? Do I destroy the one essence left of someone I cared about, or do I let this continue for my emotional benefit?"  People grieve after a loss and then they move on.  They heal.  Bringing R!Ciel back like this does not allow that for O!Ciel, Lizzie, or Undertaker. I don’t know what is going through Undertaker’s head right now, but this is the beginning of a downhill spiral of pain and misery…                        

Southern Nights (Yondu Udonta x Reader) Chapter 2 - Is This Love That I'm Feeling?


Chapters: 1  3 

Summary: Yondu takes you to his ship after he’d rescued you and things start to unfold between the two of you.

A/N: I really suck at summaries.

-Female Reader-

Warnings: Drama, Slight Angst, Swearing, Hints of Torture, Nudity, Attraction, Desire.




The Ravagers ship was one of the dirtiest places you’d ever seen. At least Yondu’s smaller ship had been cleaner but this ship; not even the hideout your kidnappers took you to had been this filthy. But that wasn’t the worst part of all, no that would be the dirty looks you received from all the Ravagers. The moment Yondu brought you on board the ship, his crew fell silent and eyed you with a hunger in their eyes greater than you’d ever seen before. The boy’s from back home never looked at you like that.

“I’ll be in mah quarters,” Yondu announced shortly where he stood beside you and turned on his heels without as much as a look at you.

“W-What?!” You watched horrified as he strolled away, down one of the corridors. Wild-eyed you stared back at the Ravagers and the big grins on their faces. Oh God, he couldn’t just leave you here could he?!


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tsume-yuki  asked:

That beautiful role reversal with Ace and Sabo... are you gonna continue it to the point when Sabo either reveals Ace's heritage or decides he's better off not knowing? Or, like, any continuation at all? I'm living for that AU right now. Pretty please?

“You okay?” 

Sabo jerks, wiping his face as Marco sits on the railing next to him. He tries his best to hide his face as the older man leans towards him, looking concern. 

Sabo mentally curses, he was sure everyone not on watch was asleep and that they didn’t come to this far back of the ship. He thought he could cry in peace here.

“I’m fine..just ..I’m thinking.” He chokes, voice horse even to his own ears. He hates how easily it is to tell he’s lying.

Marco hums but doesn't push further than that.  A handkerchief is pressed to his cheeks, smelling of sea water and smoke. 

The younger man takes it giving the First Commander a watery smile before he wipes his eyes and blows his nose. They sit in silence for a while watching the ocean waves in the full moonlight. 

Sabo shivers when a gust of wind create goose bumps on his bare arms. His clothes had been confiscated by a well-meaning  Izo who refused to let him wear the same outfit another day until they were washed.

Currently, he was dressed in a light yellow muscle shirt and a pair of Ace’s black shorts. 

An arm wraps around his shoulder bring him into a side hug.  Warmth redirects from Marco’s body and Sabo end up with his face half pressed into a well define pec. The blond blinks as a blanket is soon covering his exposed side leaving him in a cocoon of warmth.

“Wha-?” 

“You need to let yourself feel yoi.” Marco says his chin nestled in Sabo’s golden locks. “It’s alright to be sad he doesn’t remember you.”

A wave of emotions slam against his body, too much and too fast to be able to know what they are but one he is far too familiar with.  Sabo sniffs as guilt stirs, stronger than the rest. “He’s alive I should be grateful and not-”

“You should be allowing your self to handle the situation instead of blaming yourself for something you had no control over.” The Commander firmly says though not unkindly. 

He rubs Sabo’s shoulder in a caring way and- and Sabo can’t handle how nice it is. How nice everyone on this Sea Damned ship is. Even Ace, who isn’t as angry as he remembers him being but is still snarky and sarcastic,  is so sickly kind to him even when he’s the one without any of his memories.

The smaller blond sits up wrapping the blanket around himself looking away from the other. “I just hurt him for being here. I’m everything he forgot.” 

“And he hurts you for forgetting. It’s a bad situation all around but you don’t have to suffer alone. Sabo, your Pop’s son. We’re family, let us help.” Marco whispered softly. 

The young revolutionary shakes his head stubbornly, irritation licking into his voice as he grunts “I’m no one’s son.”

He would never again call anyone father. Not after what his did to him. The pain of that man’s actions still stung to this day. Seven years of believing he was the caused of his brother’s death were something he would never be willing to forgive.   

Marco didn’t say anything but he didn’t have to. The blond could practically feel him thinking You’ll crack soon.

Which is stupid to believe. If he lasted three whole weeks denying the old man’s invitation he could last a lot longer. He wanted to leave- being on board the Moby Dick was too painful and Ace’s presence wasn’t the whole cause for it either. 

 Just his luck Dragon demanded he stays there to negotiate the strongest man in the world’s involvement with their cause.

Sabo clutched his jaw, refusing to acknowledge the silent statement. The older man sighed “You’re too much like Ace.”

The familiar words- Dadan used them all the time when they were all so happy- probably weren’t meant to hurt as much as they did. The back of his eyes starts to burn as he grinds his teeth “No. We aren’t. Not anymore..he’s changed.” 

“When Ace first came to our ship, he was very angry and scared,” Marco mumbles after a heavy silence falls around them. Sabo peaks at him, interest pegged even as a few traitorous drops of water fall from his eyes. 

“If anyone so much as tried to befriend him the boy would attack without a second thought. I’ve never seen so much hatred in a child’s eyes before.” Marco hums then a humorless chuckle escapes him “Ace didn’t even know why he was so angry. He couldn’t remember but he…just didn’t believe he should be loved for some reason.”

Sabo closes his eyes feeling guiltier than before.  He knew the reason for why Ace’s subconscious still believes he shouldn’t be alive. It’s not his secret to tell, however, and really-

Should he? Without that information, Ace is happier, lighter than he could ever be. He has gotten past his childhood hate, fear and pain because of the family that picked him up. He doesn’t need to be reminded of bad blood ties.

On the other hand, he could be in danger if Sabo keeps his mouth shut. Ace had avoided attention for years because he was raised as a cabin boy. He was never in the fights, never in public eye, and no one even knows his name outside the crew. 

Hell, the only reason the crew knew his name was because Makino stitched it into the shirt she gave him. The one he was wearing when he was fished out of the sea by a sister ship of the Whitebeards. 

But Ace will be seventeen soon, the age Whitebeard lets men into his crew past cabin boys status. He will be out there fighting, and because of the natural strength he still possesses, sharped by years of training with the strongest crew alive he would be getting a bounty. 

His face will be on every Marines desk in the world-including the ones who know his biological father. 

“I think you’re both just need someone to help you heal,” Marco says snapping him out of his thoughts.  “How long are you going to risk your own mental health like this?”

Sabo bites his lip but doesn’t say anything. 

“Do you know why we call Pops our father?” Marco hums standing up from the railing. The smaller blond doesn’t turn around as the Whitebeard’s footsteps start walking away. Just as he is out of range his deep voice drifts back  “It’s because he calls us son. To the rest of the world, we are just outcasts. It makes us happy. It’s just a word but it makes us happy!”

With that, he left.

Sabo shutters as his thoughts bounce around in his head pulling the blanket and handkerchief closer to his tear covered face- the scent of the other man making him feel less lonely by a tad bit.

anonymous asked:

Kanej + first kiss

i was tempted just to rewrite the scene where kaz kisses her neck in crooked kingdom, but then decided against it. also: this is longer than i intended, so i apologize. read on ao3

When she leaves, Kaz rarely sees her off. He’s not one for goodbyes—especially ones that are only temporary, that feel hollow even if there’s the fact that somewhere deep inside of him, hidden in some concealed orifice, he knows that it could be the last he sees of Inej. He fights with that part of himself often, argues that the girl who’s proven herself repeatedly could find a way out of any situation she got into.

And every few months, when her ship docks itself at Berth twenty-two and those six quick bells ring out, when she quietly slips into his office and onto his bed while he sits at his desk, when she lies on his sheets staring at the ceiling and he’s glancing at her form to ensure she’s unharmed, his belief in her and her skills is confirmed. They don’t talk much, but he can’t help the smile that will sneak its way onto his face as she tells him of her trials on the sea, of the men and women and children she’s saved, of the men and women she’s killed to free them.

He wonders how many nights she’s spent awake in the underbelly of her ship, prayers spilling from her lips for the lives she’s taken.

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anonymous asked:

Cause I live for Lance, could you possibly do a scenario where the Keith, Lance and the Reader swap Lions after Shiro disappears, and the Reader ends up in Blue and Lance gets flirty and is all like 'heh...you look good in Blue' and just maybe how they bond/flirt and stuff while they're all in different lions? I'm sorry if this is long/weird but ya know I'm just Lance trash tbh

I’m Lance trash too cmon aren’t we all, even just a lil bit? Anyway!! Hope you enjoy, this is probably a bit crappy because I haven’t written anything for a few! But yeah!

“Wait, so I’ll be piloting blue from now on?”

“That’s right, the Bl-” Allura began, but Lance cut her off.

“The Blue Lion obviously requires the best and the most attractive of the group and that is why we are both pilots for Blue.” He slid to you from beside Allura, wrapping an arm around your shoulder.

You rolled your eyes, rubbing them with your hands and smiling. Yes, Lance did tend to bother you some, but, you cared for him and the rest of Team Voltron with all of you.

Allura then announced that you would all be doing exercises. Now that Shiro has gone missing, a Paladin for the Black Lion is gone as well. This means that Keith is now the Black Paladin, you are the Blue Paladin, and Lance is the Red Paladin. This means the lions must become adjusted. They need to bond all over again, so soon.

“You look good in blue.” Lance winked as you placed the last of your armor on. That was the hundredth time you rolled your eyes that day and there was bound to be more.

“Wow! You even look good in Blue! The both of you are gonna kick some a-”

“Oh my gosh, Lance, shut up!” Keith groaned.

“Come on guys, this doesn’t sound like bonding now does it.” You sighed, shaking your head and trying your best to get used to Blue.

“Heh, hey Keith! Maybe Y/n should pilot Black!”

“Lance, please.”

-—-

“Keith, did you have a hard time bonding with Red? She won’t let me board sometimes unless we’re all in danger.”

“She didn’t let me board until I was launched into the never ending pit of space itself while on a Galra ship. So yeah, Lance, I did have a hard time bonding with Red.” He snapped.

“I was just asking, okay? She’s stubborn and I’ve really tried everything.”

“Well try harder!”

“Are you guys seriously arguing again? We’re supposed to be bonding! Lance, go back to Red, Keith go to Black. Got me?” You shook your head. Again. Blue sat behind you, eyes glowing yellow. She was amused by this obviously. Her old paladin was now the color he seemed to have most despised within his time in space.

“Maybe Lance was right, maybe you should be the Black Paladin. It’s not working out for me and you’re exactly like Shiro.” He crossed his arms, eyes long and lost as he fought with himself.

“Keith, don’t say that. Just because I’m giving instructions doesn’t automatically mean I’m cut out to be fit for Black. Every one of us are capable and allowed to put our thoughts in and make up plans and help each other out. Besides, Shiro specifically stated he wanted you as the Leader of Voltron.” You placed a hand on his shoulder and smiled, turning to Lance.

“As for you, you’ll have to be patient with Red. If you’re as stubborn as her she might just never let you in. You’ll warm up to each other some time soon. Watch, just do this I guess?”

You placed your helmet by a claw of Blue’s. Walking over to Red, you decided to clear the tension in the air and joke a bit. Standing as tall as you could, you spread your arms apart and shut your eyes.

Lance and Keith smiled. Keith elbowing him and saying that he scored a great one with you. Causing Lance to nod, turn his head and furrow his brows.

“Do you like her or something?”

Bonus:

Red bends her head down to you and opens her mouth inviting you in and all three of you, just, “ok.” and go inside.

Sibylline Song

(Alright, here it is. The unedited, unfinished mer!Stiles fic. Warnings include: assholes, angst, violence, people being specist, and references to canon deaths.)

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Their journey begins with the usual amount of pomp and ceremony expected for a trade ship.

It’s the Triskelion’s forty second voyage from the colder, northern channels of Bæyan to the warm waters of Coca-Machu, and the crew means to make it a good one. Nothing too dangerous—they’re going to actually try trading this time—and everything will go smoothly. Even the weather has been fair to them since they left Port Duke with the morning tide. Many of the crew had waved goodbye to the few friends they’d made over the years, and perhaps a few enemies too. Others were more than glad to leave the port as quickly as they did.


“Are you still moping?”

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anonymous asked:

Hi Rachel! I want to start selling my stuff but i'm generally VERY anxious about the whole ordering and shipping process and bc im worried that everything will go wrong?? So what i want to ask is; do you have any tips or pointers that you find useful for someone like me? Sorry if its been asked before. You are an incredible inspiration to me! Looking through your works makes me wanna hustle x999 times more. In color, anatomy and just everything 😭😭😍

Hi anon! I understand what you feel haha, initially, it was really scary for me as well! But here’s a few things I’ve learned overtime!

1) Quantity
Start small! When ordering things like acrylic charms/stands/pouches etc, you’ll want to look for suppliers with a low minimum order. Some places will have a minimum order of 50 and some will have it as low as 1! When I first started out, 15-20 is usually the quantity I go for (still do with certain items) This is especially important if you are low on funds because these items tend to be on the costlier side of merch making. 

Prints on the other hand, are cheaper to make so you could experiment with the quantity a little more! Though from my own personal experience, prints do better at cons than online. Whatever it is, as long as you don’t spend your last penny on merch making!

2) Social Media
Post it everywhere! The more platforms you use, the more people will see! (Though im notoriously bad at this orz)

3) Shipping
Ask your local post office what the available options for shipping various items are! Some countries will charge you differently for bulky items (charms/stands) compared to flat items (postcards, zines) even if they weigh the same. So do some research before you price your shipping cost.

Tracking is not always included so you’ll have to pay extra for it! Don’t forget to include this in your shipping cost if tracking is a thing you want! For me personally, I pay for tracking out of my own pocket because I don’t want the shipping cost at the checkout page to exceed a certain number but its totally my own preference. People tend to be understanding about pricier shipping cost especially if you’re shipping internationally! 

4) Packing 
The fun part. If you’re only mailing out a few items, getting envelopes from your local stationary store works just fine. You can even get em from your post office! But if you’re mailing a larger quantity, you’ll want to source for envelopes in bulk! For zines, if you’re in the United States, some companies sell rigid stay-flat cardboard mailers! These will keep your zines from denting. Alternatively, you could mail them in regular bubble mailer with a backing board. 

For acrylic stands, sandwich it between 2 backing boards and mail it in a bubble mailer! (it still might break but only a teeny tiny small percentage) If you can find a cheap supplier for boxes, thats even better! Locally (Malaysia), I’ve found a place that does custom boxes for a little more than a bubble mailer. 

5) Communication
Give your customers an estimate on when they can be expecting their items. Usually you can get this information off your postal service’s website but its not always accurate. You can encourage your customers to let you know when they’ve received something so you can better gauge how long it takes for something to arrive at different parts of the world. 

Items do get lost in the mail so keep a few extras of everything in case you need to send replacements! 

6) Additional fees
Paypal takes a cut out of every transaction! Its 6% i think. So however you price your items, be aware that you won’t get 100% of the money. If you plan on using Tictail, Tictail also takes a cut! A huge chunk of 10% that could eat into your shipping cost. This only happens when a buyer finds your items through the tictail market place so as much as you can, try to encourage people to click to your store through the link you provide instead of searching through tictail. 

7) Out of sight out of mind! 
Breathe! Try not to obsess over it! The whole process from drawing down to mailing it out and the subsequent message from your customer that may or may not come will span over several weeks so you’ll have breathing space! The emails about missing items or broken items will come, but so will tweets about people happy to receive their goods!

It can all be a little overwhelming (it is to me!) but try not to stress over it! Don’t keep refreshing your store to see if you sold anything and don’t keep refreshing your email to wait for someone to ask about their missing items. Check it maybe once a day but thats it! Spend the rest of your time watching anime or playing a game or even drawing something new! 

As long as you are nice and honest with your customers (AND DON’T SINK ALL YOUR MONEY INTO THE INITIAL COST OF MERCH MAKING) everything will work out in the end! 

Okay i don’t know if i answered your ask at all but this is all I could think to say for now. Hope this helps 😣