but if you could be so kind as to REBLOG this entry

Grimoire Challenge - Week 1


Monday: Preparing your grimoire

  • Include your name and the date
  • Create a dedication to put into your grimoire. Dedicate it to whatever or whomever you praise.
  • Write it out and put it into your grimoire. Make sure to ask for protection as well.
  • Create a color magick chart. Correspond ink colors with your intention when writing in your grimoire.
  • Draw sigils that bring protection to your grimoire and wards off unwanted eyes. 
  • Chart out or make a timeline of your witchcraft so far, make it easy to expand and add onto. Include any events that helped shape your path.

Tuesday: Start of the year journal prompts

  • Define your path.
  • When did you begin your path?
  • How has it changed over time (more specifically how has it changed since last year?)
  • What makes witchcraft YOUR path?
  • What does being a witch mean to you?
  • What do you hope to achieve and and learn through witchcraft?
  • How has time affected your beliefs?
  • How did you come across witchcraft?
  • What made you want to practise witchcraft?
  • What do you hope to achieve by doing the 2017 grimoire challenge?
  • Is there anything you fear while following this path?
  • What type of entities do you believe in?
  • Who are your patron Gods and Goddesses, if any?
  • In what ways do you hope to grow?

Wednesday: Goal Setting

  • Set a goal you want to complete by the end of the month.
  • Set five goals you want to complete by the end of the year.
  • What are your witchcraft related life goals?

Thursday: Chosen tools of your craft

  • What is the one tool you use immensely in your craft that you could not practice without? Why? What are its correspondences, properties, uses?
  • List the main tools used in your practice.
  • Do you work with crystals? Bones? Herbs? How do you use them? Why do you use them? What kind or role do they play in your craft? 

Friday: Types of Witches

  • Are you a solitary practitioner or do you practice with a coven? Why do you choose the solitary path or vice versa?
  • Do you use a label?
  • If so, what kind of witch do you label yourself as?
  • If not, what are your reasons for not using a label?
  • Do you agree with the use of labels? Are they used too freely, with not enough thought put into them?
  • Is there a certain witchcraft path that you may not agree with? What is it that you do not agree with?
  • Do some research on it, gather enough knowledge for you to understand their practise. Once you gather enough of an understanding do an entry on it. Make sure to include your opinions before and after you did your research.

Saturday: Full Moon

  • There is a full moon on Saturday, February 11th.
  • Do you have anything planned for the full moon?
  • What is your favorite activity to do during the full moon?
  • Do you perform rituals? Cleanse crystals? Cast spells?
  • Do you have any full moon traditions?
  • Create a correspondence between full moon and the months. Does a certain month influence the moon’s magick?
  • Create a list of 2017′s full moons.

Sunday: February Magick Calendar

  • Draw out the February calendar in your grimoire. Include any important magickal dates such as the full moons, sabbats, retrogrades, eclipses, and any other important magickal workings. Use this to organize when you want to practice magick or meet with your coven.

If you post your progress make sure to use the tag  #moonlight grimoire challenge so I can reblog it here. Good Luck!

Moonlight Grimoire Challenge

Goldilocks || 06

Happy kind of early 700 followers! How?! I only reached 600 last week. You guys spoil me. As thanks, here’s 6.4k of “pure,” unadulterated Goldilocks.

Rated M (language and smut)

Warnings: Masturbation, hand job, just general cringe worthy stuff

Summary: After getting evicted, your two best friends Jimin and Taehyung offer you a place to stay until you get back on your feet. Needless to say, with a part time job and a mountain of student debt, that’s not happening any time soon. Eventually, they DO become really fond of having you around, helping with chores and even splitting rent. So when you come home one day to find someone has been sleeping in your couch-bed, well… it’s something you won’t take lightly.

Out of context Goldilocks quote:
“Wait, random arguments about ass? Or just like, getting mad about nothing? Because one of those is definitely better than the other.”

Links to: Goldilocks Masterlist || Previous || Next Part (coming soon)

not my gif, credit to owner


A/N: OH LOOK THE RATING CHANGED. If you’re someone who doesn’t like smut, asterisk* is where it starts, skip until the *asterisk where it ends. You won’t be missing plot stuff. I made sure of that. Special thanks to @echo-writes


Taehyung’s room, too hot.

Jimin’s room, too cold.

You flop onto the empty sofa. Just right.

While you love Taehyung and his bed, there is a strong possibility that you would give your nonexistent left testicle to kick out Jungkook and sleep here again. Couch is love. Couch is life. You contemplate taking a nap while you have the house to yourself, but then you smell it, something that is awfully, unmistakably him.

You roll sideways, onto the floor, almost hitting the coffee table.

He’s contaminated it.

Jungkook has gone and rubbed his stupid smell all over your precious couch-bed. Not that you… know what he smells like. You cringe. Spending a third night in Taehyung’s bed might not be so bad after all. If you just down another dose of god knows how old NyQuil like the past two days, at least you’ll be spared the horror of another wet dream.

Besides, you’d probably have to fight Jungkook for the couch anyway. Then again, maybe you could shove the golden haired muscle pig into Jimin’s room. That would take care of two problems.

The sound of jingling keys pulls your attention to the entryway. It’s too early for Jimin to be home from work and Jungkook can’t get in without someone unlocking the door for him (maybe there’s still a chance you could “accidentally” leave him outside at some point). So the logical conclusion is, Taehyung is home from school early.

You’re pretty sure he had an exam today, but because your friend is surprisingly one of those people who can get a solid 95% without reading the textbook, studying, or even attending lectures in some cases, he probably finished in less than twenty minutes. Classic Tae. Technically, you’re not supposed to be home either, but your first class was canceled despite having spent all weekend slaving away, shut inside the bathroom on Jimin’s laptop to finish writing your essay.

The bathroom? Yes. Don’t judge yourself. What were you going to do? Continue suffering in Jimin’s room? Move to Taehyung’s and get distracted by the mess that would even put a garbage dump to shame? Or worst of all, confront Jinglekook in the living room or kitchen?

So there you found yourself, in the bathroom hunkered under a layer of blankets in the bathtub and on a throne of pillows, telling all three guys to “fuck off- go piss on a tree” whenever they came knocking. The only time you let them in was the rare occasion you had to leave for important things like food or when you left for a four hour shift at work on Sunday.

You were being difficult, yes.

But if a certain someone hadn’t taken your beloved couch, it wouldn’t have been a problem.

Suddenly, the door swings open, slamming against the wall and bouncing back to hit a very excited looking Taehyung in the shoulder. Leave it to him to make an entrance.

“I’m home early~ before everyone else~” he playfully sings to himself. You contemplate telling him you’re here, but then, “Gonna go watch porn~ with the volume on~”

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(I decided to post this outside my reblog from @language-princess to keep better track of it)

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My Valentine Ex

Sasusaku university/college au :) Happy ending. This is my short fic for day one of sasusakufest :D Please like or reblog to show your support for my entries. This fic is sfw but has adult themes within that.

Day 1, username: merinxd

The steps were cold against her thighs even through her dark leggings. She didn’t know why they were here, it was warm inside the cafeteria, and their friends were waiting.

Sasuke pulled her to the side on their way to dinner, which she wasn’t expecting. She remembered watching Naruto and Hinata go on without them. Her dark haired girlfriend looked over her shoulder, giving her the thumbs up.
It was as if they knew to leave her.

It was Valentine’s Day, which wasn’t her day with Sasuke, and her levels of suspicion were rising. They had never been very good friends on February Fourteenth. But they’d been very good friends for a long time.

Sakura’s shoulders became burdened with Sasuke’s thick jacket and she felt warmth envelope her. Then he sunk down beside her. His jeans were warm against her leg and she huddled into his side.

Sasuke was one of her closest friends and her ex long term boyfriend. This year they were both single, but something romantic wasn’t in Sasuke’s nature.

“Sasuke, why are we out here? Can’t we go inside?” She asked him and he rolled his eyes. She knew what he was thinking. “I’m not being dramatic, I’m cold.”

Sasuke sighed. “We can go inside in a minute. Just let me think…I’ve been thinking about this for awhile but the words are hard.”

His hand cradled beside him, between them snugly.

She pressed, “No one is at my dorm right now.”


She was instantly quiet and her heart began to race. It had been a long time since he’d acted in this way. But they had been inching closer together since first year ended. They weren’t high school idiots anymore.

“Do you remember when we first broke up?” Sasuke said abruptly after a moment. He sounded almost conversational and it was unusual, they had never spoken of that time.

“You mean in high school? Yes, I remember.” She paused, thinking back to that day…those years together.

“It was Valentine’s day,” He murmured. 

Sakura breathed out in understanding, “And we were sitting on the library steps.”

She gazed up at Sasuke then, who was looking down at her.

His dark eyes were expressive and serious, wavering with the intensity of the moment. She felt herself give way, and the emotional strength she usually carried began to crumble.

She whispered, “You broke my heart.”

Sasuke sighed deeply, fingering through his long fringe, pushing it back.

He looked up to the sky.

“You broke my heart too…Sakura. My parents wanted me to go in a direction I didn’t end up taking…and it all got fucked up. Look. I didn’t want to lose you from my life even after we broke up, so I told my parents to shove it and applied here with you and Naruto.”

Sakura frowned, “You’re saying you think we made a mistake.”

Sasuke nodded slowly and she watched his profile for any changes in expression.

“We’ve missed moments because of my stupid decisions,” he sighed.

She was instantly curious, “Like what?”

He shrugged, “I dunno. I’m sure there’s some.”

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hiii lovelies! a couple of days ago, i reached 1k. i started this blog one month ago today and i never dreamed of ever reaching 1k, much less of reaching it within only a month, and i still kinda can’t believe it to be quite honest. and then yesterday, i reached 1.1k, and now i’m at 1.131k, and i’m pretty much shaking. i’m so incredibly grateful that all you wonderful, kind, lovely people have, for whatever reason, decided you wanted to follow my trash blog, and so i wanted to do my first ever tumblr awards, which i’m hoping as many of you as possible will participate in♥

rules, prizes and categories under the cut!

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Realised Desires

The final part of my little trilogy. As a new txf writer, I’d like to thank each and every one of you who has liked, reblogged or commented. Your support has been overwhelming and I love you all. 

Special thanks to my own little Mulder whom I adore. 

Part One | Forgotten Secrets 

Part Two | Remembered Promises 

Prompt: Things that made me feel real | MSR fluff. 

Scully glanced up at Mulder with an eyebrow quirked as he patted down his jacket for his car keys.

“Don’t tell me you’ve finished already?” she asked, her words somewhere between dubious and mocking. Mulder smiled at her and nodded once, a smug grin on his face. He’d spent the day powering through the paperwork that he always somehow allowed to build up. Friday evenings were usually reserved for working through it with whatever food he could get delivered and then making his way home via Scully’s place, but tonight was different. He needed to get everything done so he could leave as early as possible. Finishing touches needed to be made.

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long overdue but thank you all so much for one thousand followers!!

I’ve thought a lot about what I could offer you guys for helping me reach this goal and I decided on a little giveaway- it’s not a lot and I’m open to suggestions on how else I can celebrate.

1st winner: a photoset (6 lockscreens) designed by you! these can be fandoms or specific requests but just tell me what kind of things you’d like and I’ll make you a set of lockscreens dedicated to you

2nd winner: the exact same thing as above however instead of 6 lockscreens there will only be 3 

3rd winner: the exact same thing as above however instead of 3 lockscreens there will only be 1

how I’m going to do this is everyone that interacts with this post will get their name written on a piece of paper which I shall put in a jar and winners will be randomly selected!


1. must be following me (kinda obvious as it’s for my followers)

2. reblogs will get you two entries, liking will get you one and both will get you 5 enteries!

3. I have the right to refuse lockscreen ideas if I don’t feel comfortable doing them and I have the right to refuse if I find you rude (I will choose winners again)

good luck!!

anonymous asked:

I've been reading your metas and I want to say that they're really well thought and impressively intensive! Got a question that I'm not sure if you've answered however: if Ouma was meant to be a "pawn of the mastermind" and had despair imbued into his talent, do you think his amazing intellect might have come from actually having the SHSL Analyst talent along with his Leader talent?

I think it’s a distinct possibility! Ouma’s despair role is interesting, because clearly it’s something he himself wasn’t the most aware of. Or rather, while he suspected himself of having been the intended figurehead for the real mastermind, and he knew he clearly had things about himself that were fitting for an “evil Supreme Leader,” etc., he didn’t know about hope vs. despair terminology, because those things weren’t something that Tsumugi actually busted out as her trump card until Chapter 5.

So while Ouma definitely seems to have been someone Tsumugi wanted to manipulate and use as a pawn the entire way through, I don’t think he actually was supposed to know or think of himself as SHSL Despair until the very end. Had everything gone according to Tsumugi’s plans (meaning if Ouma hadn’t been nearly as big of a pain in her ass as he was), she probably planned to corner Ouma with a remember light specifically designed and entailed for him, to make him “remember” about how he was “the successor of Junko Enoshima” and encourage him to go full Remants of Despair Leader, claim credit for everything, and ultimately be “defeated and talked down by students of Hope’s Peak Academy,” only to kill himself in a fit of despair just like Junko did.

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lumiereswig’s fanfics to date

I should probably make this a permanent link at some point, but for now, I want to THANK Y’ALL for the asks, and also say hi to the new followers, and also (and here’s the important bit) slamdunk in links to all my previous fics so you can have homework and know exactly what I’ve written already.

Sit down, y’all. I’ve been cranking out a hell of a lot of fics these weeks.

Lumiere discovers something new, post-curse: Matches

Plumette/Lumiere, pre-curse. Plumette growing up and Lumiere growing close. Lit By The Sun

Plumette/Lumiere, immediately after being cursed. It’s so angsty and I’m gonna rewrite it eventually, but here it is for now: Fire and Feathers

Lumiere meets the prince for the first time, the prince is a little kid and Lumiere is an overdramatic theatre kid: A Showman Through and Through

Plumette/Lumiere as college kids who have never resolved their sexual tension and it’s kinda wistful and weird: Modern AU that is not super great but eh i tried

“Can you do a fanfiction of young Lumiere and Plumette falling in love? Or just the first time they kissed?”: it’s right here for now (at least until I edit it and make it better)

“ok but i kind of want to know about the time travel/Scotland vacations”: haven’t had time to go into time travel yet, but it’s post-curse and here’s Scotland

“imagine also, like a maid that has a crush on Lumiere faking being Plumette and trying to seduce him”: hahaha this one still makes me laugh

Somebody on AO3 asked for a “Plumette is kidnapped and Lumiere will not rest until he finds her” fic. We’re three chapters in and it’s just getting sillier—here

"Can you write about Lumiere finding out that Plumette is pregnant?” Here.

“could we have a follow up story where Lumiere sees the baby for the first time? Please?” Here. Aww.

“a one shot in which plumette and lumiere go on a romantic tryst about the castle in the days following their wedding 💕”:  poor cogsworth

“i wish you would write a fic ; where lumiere ISN’T the sexiest sandwich in the palace.” For context, I claimed that Lumiere knows himself to be “the sexiest sandwich in the palace,” and then I got committed to this inexplicable slang term, and. uh. all you really need to know about it is that Plumette & Company get really, really drunk. Here.

and here’s your daily reminder that your faithful fanfic writer really, really appreciates reblogs, particularly if they come with nice comments (in the tags or otherwise), and what takes you five seconds can make my whole day. so pls be nice to the blogger and grant me that

and if you looked over this whole list and read every single entry and are still like “wow holy shit i can’t believe lumiereswig hasn’t written a fic about THIS THING yet,” here is my ask box where I happily take fic requests.

[Mercy76 Week ] Announcement

Hi All,

We are having a great week so far, with fanarts and fanfictions posted every day. It doesn’t matter if they are delayed, every contribution is worth the wait!

I wish I could thank you all one by one, and maybe I’ll do it at the end.

But now I’d like to talk about a beloved member of our Mercy76 family. Her name is @kazoomiller​. She is the artist responsible for some of the most amazing and lovely art about not only Mercy76, but also other Overwatch ships and heroes.

You can find her fanart on her blog, like this example or this one.

She is very talented in drawing that kind of art, and she does it because it’s the only way she is able to draw her characters and share her passion for Overwatch and ships.

Unfortunately some people straight up attacked her for what she posted around the Internet. Not only she got attacked for shipping Mercy76 as many of us have experienced,  but she got also bashed for drawing animals! Names she got called include insults like “fucking furry” (she is not one, just fyi), “Dog-fucker” and “Cancer of Overwatch”. Needless to say this hit her hard, harder than most. Coupled with some really bad RL problems this put her in a very, very bad mood.

So I was thinking: How about we show her some support? Reblog her art if you really like it, leave an encouraging comment or some constructive criticism! 

That said I propose you to dedicate all your entries for the last day, Day 7: Freestyle, to her. You don’t have to change what you already planned, just tag her and wish her all the love you can! Of course you can make something special for her.

Let us show her that this fandom is truly a family!


Overwritings Fanfic Contest!

Hey!!! This is a kind of (late) celebration for 1000 followers!!! Thank you guys so much, this is probably one of the most positive experiences I’ve had on Tumblr so far! This is mostly just for fun but there will be some small prizes (I wish I could do more but I just don’t have the time or money for it)

How to Enter:

  • You don’t have to be following me but it would be appreciated!!
  • You can either submit your story to my inbox or @ me and post it on your own blog for me to reblog! If you chose to @ me and I don’t reblog it within a day message me about it because Tumblr might eat it!
  • Reblogs/likes don’t count for anything but reblogs help a lot!! If any of your followers might be interested in this help get the word out!


  • There will be three winners, one that I pick and two that my followers vote for!
  • First place(my pick) has the opportunity to be a mod/co-author on my blog. This can involve anything you want to do on it, from revamping themes, organization stuff, answering asks, or writing any prompts received here! 
    • If you want this prize please let me know somewhere in the entry or send me a message letting me know! That way I won’t pick anyone that isn’t interested in it!
  • Second and third place will have a permanent shout-out on my sidebar. I know it’s not the most amazing thing ever but this is for fun and it’s really the only thing I got at the moment


  • Doesn’t have to be reader-insert or anything like that, but keep in mind that that’s most of the prompts I get, so if you wanted to go for the mod/co-author prize be aware that you’ll have to be comfortable writing in a reader-insert format.
  • Try to keep NSFW to a minimum!
  • One entry per person
  • No specific theme! Aus, romance, angst, anything you want to write is all accepted!
  • 500 word minimum!
  • Must be Overwatch related!

Contest starts April 17th and ends May 29th. Voting will take place from the 29th-31st of May so there’s time for people to read over fics and get their vote in! Feel free to ask any questions! Get writing!!

Of cats and muses

This is my a little fic made as a gift for @anoverwhelmingquestion for the ”Shadowhunters Summertime Fest” exchange.

I’ve decided to post it here (instead of reblogging from the exchange site) because I want all of my fics to originate from this blog. And I came up with a small graphic that I didn’t submit there, so here’s hoping my giftee will like it.

I am… disappointed by the way the exchange worked. There was a lot of misinformation, miscommunication and overall confusion. I think someone more experienced should take over if there are plans for 2017 edition. I know I won’t take part in it, at least - I’ve been successfully discouraged by the whole ‘you didn’t submit your entry’ affair when I’ve done it before deadline.

PS: This is my 100th post on this blog. Yay?

Beta-read by @brizzbee



Chairman Meow liked his life.

It was good. He had his routines and rituals, which dictated the pace of his existence. He usually started his day not long after dawn, stretched out in his bed in the corner of the living room, hidden partially - for privacy reasons - behind a statue of a naked lady with cut-off arms. Then a quick visit to the bathroom to do his business. By that time his water bowl was already refreshed and his food dish was filled; Magnus liked to get up early and make sure to take care of the priorities first. After breakfast Chairman was ready to start his day and pursue the activities worthy of a great feline.

Sleeping. Bird watching. Sleeping. Playing with Magnus’ ingredient collection. More sleeping.

Preferably in that order.

And maybe a little bit of interdimensional time traveling too, if that tiny portal underneath Magnus’ dresser was still open. He missed his friends on the other side, especially good old Erwin Schrödinger, always so lost in thought but always prepared with snacks on hand for his “muse.”

This day, however, his morning routine was ruined by the most unimaginable, atrocious and breath-taking scandal that Chairman could think of.

His food bowl was empty.

And that was not okay.

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hi guys!!

SO. i’ve recently hit 250+ followers!! thank you all so much!! i can’t even tell you how happy that makes me!! so, because of this wonderful milestone (eeeep!)  i was wondering if you guys would be interested in some sort of contest with a small (i haven’t actually decided on the size yet hah, let’s go with small to start with) giveaway? i haven’t really decided what it would be yet, i just wanted to put this out there and gauge interest to see if people would really participate or be interested. the contest/giveaway would obviously have to do with mjf and/or bttf of course. if you’re interested, you could like or reblog this post, or message me. 

okay. just wanted to quickly put this out there, and thank you. have a wonderful night!! 

{edit: the giveaway is going on right now!! until 4/23! go reblog or like the post if you’re interested!}

Hobbit Falls AU

Earlier this week I reblogged a meme that said:

1 - TAKE YOUR OLDEST FANDOM you know the one, that first thing you made art or wrote fic for, where you made all those really weird over the top OCs because you didn’t know any better
2 - TAKE YOUR NEWEST FANDOM yeah, that thing that you love and can’t stop thinking about right now
3- SMASH THEM TOGETHER like freakin’ conceptual play-doh
4 - MAKE SOMETHIN’ OUT OF IT make fic! art! a song! whatever!

And I remarked (in the tags): “if you think I wouldn’t do a Tolkien-Gravity Falls mashup, then you have another thing coming”.

My initial thought was more along the lines of, Ha ha, that would probably work really well with a DD&MD reference or something, Ford and Dipper as elves, etc. etc.

Then on the bus home, it hit me.  The Pines are totally hobbits.  Disreputable hobbits with a taste for adventure, of course.  But absolutely hobbits.  And after that, it wouldn’t leave me alone.

This got long, so… hit the link below for lots of thoughts, plus better views of the figures.

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whynotmyblog  asked:

Sorry this was so long!! I am so so impressed with your work and I saw you were really nice when answering to people so I just had to! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us!!

Hi Love! Sorry for making you wait ten days for this reply. I have no straight answer for your question, but I will do my best to explain my situation. Unlike you, I didn’t always know that I wanted to be a concept artist. When I was a kid I didn’t even know this sort of job existed, you know? I went to a school that didn’t even have a proper art class, pretty much all I was good for was decorating bulletin boards and heading the props team and placing in the odd art competition. 

I feel like I wasted most of my teen years trying to perfect my “personal” manga style. Not anime style, manga style. That’s where it all started. I started working for a local publisher when I was 16 and I actually worked on pages while in class with the teacher droning on in the background, I was so bored. Needless to say the pay was shit but I didn’t care, I was one step closer to becoming a world-famous manga-ka, ha! In case you’re curious:

At one point I even teamed up with a friend to create a serial webcomic, with OCs that I loved dearly. Ah, this stuff is so old I feel like I’m not even really within range to feel the embarrassment anymore…

Soul Dice, co-written with Tako (pre-slash, totally safe, got discontinued before it had the chance to become anything else)

Tokimeki Encore, discontinued original written by E

Okay… So after high school I went to another country to study animation. For some reason anime / manga-style was sort of looked down upon at my school. Whatever, while I was there I was exposed to a plethora of other styles. Most of them I rejected at first, but now I can now honestly say that I’m able to appreciate almost any art style whether it’s traditional or commercial, from manga to Picasso to Gobelins animation and so on and so forth. 

Here are some of the stuff I did during my college years:

So, college really opened my eyes, like there are so many different angles to every single piece of thing ever and I did a lot of growing up with regards to that and it all happened cos I chose to go to school instead of straight to work as a full-time manga artist like I wanted, I was so impatient.

Technical skills on the other hand, I think I could have saved myself a lot of trouble if I’d skipped college and gone straight to a concept art training center instead. The specialized training course I applied to lasted for three months, and the lessons were condensed and to the point, covering almost every aspect of 2D game design. Our weekly assignments also formed a nice portfolio and with each piece more or less having been quality-controlled by the teacher who is an industry professional I was easily able to find a job at a small outsource studio.

Here are some of the more decent pieces I did while there. My coloring was even weaker back then so most of these are linework. They are a few years old but it might give you an idea about some of the stuff I do for work. (It’s not the same as the stuff I post on Tumblr…)

  • Anatomy 01 
  • Creature 01
  • Lineart to Values (World of Warcraft; angel) 01 
  • Chara design entry-level 01 | 02 | 03 
  • Chara design high-level 01
  • Character action pose (Tera; dark elf) 01 
  • Map 01

There are also some stuff I made for games that have already been released at my current dA account

At this point I don’t want to become a world-famous anything anymore. I mean let’s be real, that’s pretty much impossible. (I’d rather be a rich ghost drawer working for game development companies in exchange for silver and gold.) Anyway, ha, I sort of forgot where I was going with this… Just. Listen, listen to grandma, and try to imagine… I got my first tablet when I was 13. It was an Intuos 2 and 12" x 12" cos the salesperson said the bigger, the better. 

So back then, even crudely-made photomanipulations garnered oohs and aahs. Nobody knew how they were made, much less actual digital paintings. But eventually more and more people started doing digital art, and at some point I started wanting to do stuff beyond just manga lineart and cell-shading. I wanted to be able to do semi-realistic and atmospheric color illustrations, but I realized I’d reached a road block and couldn’t improve further – not without the honest-to-god basics that I skipped over cos I was going to draw manga, I don’t need to know that stuff! – so then I had to circle back and relearn all that shit. 

Anatomy (I mean real anatomy, muscles, bones and all). Perspective. Hue / saturation / lightness. Composition, mood lighting, the list is never-ending and even now I’m still learning by increments. But honestly all the backtracking and unlearning wrong drawing habits cost me years, also back then the style was completely new to me, it was a bit discouraging cos after all the hard work I dedicated to developing my manga-style it felt like I was starting from scratch. Those were rough times, but ultimately it put me on the right track to get to where I am now. You see it wasn’t a straight line, but here I am anyway.

So yeah. Don’t be afraid, don’t… don’t think about all of it too closely, just take it one step at a time. You’re still so young and there’s so much quality learning material available on the internet now and just as many masterful artists to look up to. And I don’t just mean on Tumblr or dA – I mean ArtStation. In my country the people they hire get younger and more talented each year it’s kind of scary to think about for us older guys with only slightly above average skill, but it makes sense since you guys have been surrounded by rockstar-quality work for most of your lives. You see, this is a good thing. If you persevere I have every reason to believe that you will be much better than I am now when you reach my age. 

Also please remember that internet fame isn’t proportional to talent and skill. I mean… ofc, ofc it means so very much to me that people like and reblog the fanart I post here, but it’s different, it’s for the fandom. But by industry standards, I’m nothing special. Like, at all. I realize I sound pretty cynical but really I’m not, these are all just facts. This is also why I draw a clear line between professional work (where my fate is in the hands of clients) and fandom (where I feel safe), and why I do not take fandom commissions.

So, in conclusion. Tutorials, tutorials and more tutorials for you. Internalize that shit. You have to be open and observe and analyze and just… sift through existing concept art and slowly learn how to tell what designs work depending on the look and feel of the project and why. Try to decipher and understand the inspirations behind each successful design, keep doing this until you have built a reservoir inside your brain that you can draw from, until good design becomes second nature. 

Don’t rely too heavily on brushes in the beginning. Once in a while you might be able create something amazing completely owing to the effect of a certain brush, but what about the rest of the time? You don’t want to be a one-trick pony, also why would you want to limit yourself? A textured brush is still just a tool, it’s like a magic wand, you can’t wield it properly without mastering the incantation first. Once you have most of the basics down and your style stabilizes, the use of special brushes will come naturally. They’ll offer you the final push that gets you there. But first you have to know your stuff, this is the most important thing. 

Anyway I hope my babbling has helped you in some way or other, like I really hope so seeing as it took me all morning to type this, oh my god. (Not your fault, I’m just so bad with words likeugh.) And thank you so much for liking my art here! Just be patient and train and your time will come, bb, it will. *huggles* <333

positivity + self-care challenge :)

hello, wonderful people.

i’ve come with a challenge for each and every one of you.

i challenge you- yes, YOU, the person reading this- to complete a 30-day positivity and self-care challenge! :)

a couple of weeks ago, i was inspired to write up something on here about self-care/self-confidence/etc. the original plan was to simply make a post encouraging everyone to take steps to make themselves happy and healthy, but i recently decided that it might be more fun (and more likely to actually be done) if i made it a challenge. because, yknow, who doesn’t love a good challenge?

the rules are simple…
1. message me saying that you’re starting the challenge. i’m gonna to make a list of everyone that’s doing it, and i want youuuu to be on it! ideally, this list will also allow me to keep track of your start and finish dates, so i can send you a lil message when you complete it. :)

2. reblog this post to nominate all of your followers. this’ll also let them know that you’re completing the challenge so they can help cheer you on!

3. begin the challenge. go through the list of tasks below, completing one each day unless a day is skipped, in which case, you can double up to catch back up. you can go in any order you’d like!

4. enjoy the positivity!!!! by the end of the challenge, you’ll have helped spread happiness to others as well as encouraged your own happiness and self-confidence. :)

and finally…

     ☆post a list on tumblr of at least ten things you love about yourself that aren’t appearance based. these could be about your personality, skills, interests, etc. the more, the better, because- hey- you’re pretty awesome!
     ☆identify the people in your life who make you happy, and thank them for all they do for you in person, with a text message, in a hand-written letter, or through any other form of communication that you’d like. these people might be your parents or guardians, friends, teachers, neighbors, grandparents, other relatives, etc.
     ☆do three things that make you happy. this could include doing a hobby, playing a sport, eating your favorite food, reading a book you love, etc.
     ☆listen to your favorite upbeat songs and sing along.
     ☆try to eat three good meals and drink plenty of water today. a healthy body is a happy body!
     ☆send your favorite tumblr blogs a message telling them why they’re your favorite. try to send a good-length message to at least five. they’ll definitely appreciate this, even if they’re well-known.
    ☆give at least four compliments today. one must be to yourself, and one must be to someone you don’t usually talk to. these could be given verbally or over the internet.
     ☆make a list of things you’re grateful for. take extra care to appreciate those things today.
     ☆share an inspiring story of your own on tumblr. talk about the event itself and how it changed your life for the better.
     ☆try to sleep for about eight hours.
     ☆make a long list of things that make you happy. post at least a portion of this list on tumblr.
     ☆post a list on tumblr of at least five things you love about your appearance. if you’d like, you could also include an awesome selfie.
     ☆spend time outside. if the weather is nice, try to stay out for at least an hour. while you’re outside, you could try to write a poem, draw, write a journal entry, do some other creative activity, or simply enjoy the scenery. fresh air is always good for you!
     ☆give someone who needs a pick-me-up a high-five or hug.
     ☆reach out to five people on tumblr that follow you but you’ve never talked to. thank them for following you, give them a compliment (could be about their blog or something else entirely), and try to start a conversation with them.
     ☆go out of your way to do nice little things for people today. this could include holding the door for someone, offering to pick up someone’s trash for them, asking someone how their day has been, sending someone a kind text message, doing someone a favor, etc. helping others always feels good! :)
     ☆take a long, relaxing shower or bath.
     ☆give a shoutout to someone on tumblr. talk about why you like them/their blog and encourage your followers to follow them.
     ☆give someone a random gift.
     ☆try to smile at everyone you see, even strangers. it might seem silly, but who knows, it might really improve someone’s day!
     ☆make a list of your greatest accomplishments and why you’re proud of yourself for achieving them. then, make a list of future goals and why you want to achieve them. you can post one of these lists, both, or neither; whatever you prefer.
     ☆smile and say something nice to yourself in the mirror. suggestions of what to say: “i love you”, “i believe in you”, “you’re a great/awesome/strong/brave/smart/funny/kind/thoughtful/amazing person”, “you’re beautiful, inside and out”, or “i’m proud of you.”
     ☆make a list of all your talents. these could be academic, athletic, artistic, relationship-related, serious, funny, random, crazy, anything at all! give yourself a pat on the back for being such a talented person. :)
     ☆try meditating, taking a nap, laying in a hammock, or relaxing in some other way for at least thirty minutes.
     ☆create the greatest dance party playlist ever and post it on tumblr. test it out by dancing for at least five minutes.
     ☆make a list of the best things that have happened recently, no matter how small; if it made you happy, put it on the list. keep this list, and continue to add onto it each day.
     ☆forgive someone else for something verbally or over the internet. then, forgive yourself for something.
     ☆think of a list of your own positivity and/or self-care tasks and make it a goal to try and complete them, even after this challenge is done! if they’re not too personal, post them on tumblr and encourage your friends to complete them as well.
     ☆pick at least three of your favorite tasks from this list and make it a goal to keep doing them regularly after you finish the challenge.

have fun spreading the love and happiness!!! :)

xoxo nova.

How to network/do informational interviews when you’re autistic

(First three posts on this topic:

not being scared about networking

, and

what it is/how to do it.

And then

how to find people to do it with

. Below: the actual nuts and bolts of what to do.) 

This advice all really applies to anyone, but I feel like it is particularly apt for us autistic people because we love (and often rely upon) scripts. And on finding out beforehand how things will play out and what people’s mental pictures of them are, so that we know how to fit ourselves in.

So, you have people you want to network with. What do you do?

I started out with people I knew: my little sister, a friend of a friend, a college friend I hadn’t seen in ages. I did talk to someone else over the phone too, I forget what our connection was. Even if someone isn’t doing the kind of work you want, or at the kind of place you want, you can ask them to do this with you for practice!!

The script I got from Ramit’s class, for contacting total strangers that you have something in common with, was:

Hi Steve,
Greetings from a fellow UCLA alum! I was doing some research on Project Manager positions on LinkedIn, and I noticed you’re a Project Manager at Acme.

I’m on a quest for my dream job and would love to ask you 3-5 questions about your experience at Acme. Would you be available for a quick chat over coffee this Thursday at 10am? I’m also free any time Friday.

John Smith

P.S. I’m sure you’re busy, so if it’s easier for you, I’d be happy to send my questions via email.

And you just replace “Steve” and “Acme” and “Project Manager” and “UCLA alum” and “John Smith” with the appropriate names. (And replace the two times with any times that work for you.)

But don’t use that script with people you know! I would have thought it would work just as well with people I knew. In fact, it turned out that it made them uncomfortable to get something that formal. They acted like it was weird.

So, with people I knew at all, I started saying something totally informal like: “I have to ask for 5 informational interviews for this class I’m taking.“ As long as I had an explanation like that, people totally relaxed and were very excited about talking to me! (It was true at the time, but now I would probably vary it a little because the class is over. I will likely be committing to asking a certain number of people each week/month and then telling them something like,

Hey, I have been taking computer science classes and I really want to learn more about what it’s like [working at [company]/working as a developer]. Can I buy you coffee and ask you stuff? I’m available evenings and weekends right now, I could do any time next Saturday if you’re around!

- Dani

p.s. I’m sure you’re busy, so we could also just do email if it’s easier for you!

Depending on how close I am to applying, I might also downplay my experience less and start with a sentence like “Hey, I have been working on my [web developer/mobile app] portfolio and” everything else is the same from there. Because I know I have a tendency to try to minimize what I can do, and that doesn’t really serve me here!

(I used to say “and pick your brains” instead of “and ask you stuff,” but then my friend-of-a-friend wasn’t familiar with the phrase and thought it sounded very creepy. So I scrapped it!)

What do you say once you have them?

First, you make the “we just got here” small talk. This is generally along the lines of “Hi, how are you, how is your day going, did you have any trouble finding the place, have you ever been here before, oh I love it they make the greatest pour-overs.” A lot of autistics and introverts loathe this stuff. I love it because it’s hilarious to me that allistic people have what is basically scripts too, and mostly, because it’s this subtext of “I like you! We are going to be friendly now!” and it’s so handy to be able to communicate that. (I’m an autistic extrovert though!) And yes, you need to do a little bit of that small talk stuff even if you are meeting online or on the phone.

Ideally, if you are meeting over coffee/tea, you offer to buy them whatever. Just say “Can I get you anything?” or “What are you having?” and then go buy it for them. Or when you get up to the counter, say “Let me get this! It’s the least I can do.” Get yourself something too, even if it’s the cheapest drink on the menu, because many people find it utterly awkward to eat in front of someone who is not eating.

Once you are seated, you can jump in with your first question. Start with something casual like, “So, how do you like [working at [company]/doing [this kind of work]]?” For example: “So, how do you like working at Intel?” Or “So, how did you end up being a rocket scientist?” (replace with their actual company or job please!)

(If they jump in first and ask you something (like “So, what got you interested in [company/job]?”) then too bad, you have to talk more :)  But sometimes it’s nice that they got the conversation started for you!)

You can totally write your questions down and read from the page. Feel free to take notes. You can write down a blurb about why you’re doing this or what experience you have. You can write down how to do small talk. You can even write down the directions and how to order a drink, for all anyone cares. That is the beauty of informational interviewing! 

I have a list of questions that I pick from depending on who I’m talking to, and what I’m talking to them about. 

If you’re trying to figure out what jobs will work for you, it can really help to figure out what the potential problems you might face are, and then ask about that kind of stuff. For example, do you need a workplace or career that lets you work from home? One with unlimited sick time? (yes, that exists) One that lets you work a flexible schedule depending on how many spoons you have? One where you definitely do not need to interact with other humans? One where you get to interact with other humans a lot, but at predictable times? One where you can work part-time, but where you can eventually make an hourly rate that lets you live on those hours?

Once you know that kind of stuff, you can ask about it. This is a scenario where it might make sense to seek out other “spoonies” to interview, instead of people in a specific career or company – unless you definitely know what you want to be doing, and are just trying to figure out what options it offers.

Other things you might want to ask people:

What made you choose this company? / How did you end up working here?

What do you love about what you do? What do you wish you could change about it?

I was also thinking about [these other companies/types of work]. Do you know anything about them? What’s your impression?

Most of the ads I’ve seen ask for at least [x] years of experience. I know I have the skills they need, but I only have [x amount of experience]. How important is that requirement, and how would you approach those jobs if you were applying with this much experience?

(You can also tweak the above question to ask about a specific type of knowledge or experience that you don’t have. See below for another example. It is a little-known fact that most companies do not expect you to have the whole list of requirements. Yes, even though they call them REQUIREMENTS! Often they’re happy to get someone who has 70%+ of the requirements they ask for.) 

It seems like most [X] positions require you to have some experience with [skill – double-entry bookkeeping, gymnastics, C++, whatever]. Is that something I can learn on the job, or would I have to get more experience on my own first?

I have a lot of experience doing [type of work]. It’s a different field, but it uses a lot of the same skills. Do you think that people would accept that experience for these positions?

Besides a great resume, what really makes someone stand out to the hiring manager?

What’s the hardest thing to find for this kind of position? For example, how would you finish this sentence: “Man, it’s really rare these days to find a [job title] who can really do (blank).” [That’s pretty much a direct quote from Ramit. If you have a specific skill in mind, you could give them an example instead: “For example, it seems like it’s really hard to find admin assistants who are really great with computers. Is that true?”]

Can you tell me about your experience interviewing with [company]? [You can also ask more specific questions: How many rounds of interviews did they do? What kind of people did they have you talk to? Do you remember what kind of questions they asked you? Was there anything that surprised you? If I applied there, what do you think would make me stand out? If I had an interview next week, what kind of advice would you give me?] 

On one hand, I’m interested in pursuing X, but I’m thinking it might make more sense to do Y first because of Z. What do you think? Or is there another option that I’m missing?  [For example: I’m interested in learning Rails, but I’m thinking it might make more sense to do Javascript first because it’s applicable everywhere. Or: I’m interested in trying to get an office manager job, but I was thinking it might make more sense to go for an admin job and try to work my way up.]

Given everything we’ve talked about, what other companies do you think I should be looking at?

Are there other people you think I should be talking to? You’re definitely more plugged in than I am, so I would really appreciate any suggestions you have.

If you were in my shoes, what else would you be asking? [One person I talked to straight-up said, “I’d ask for a job!”]

Thank you so much for your time – it was incredibly helpful. I think my next steps are [A, B and C]. Do you think I’m on the right track?

When you’re done: tell them “I guess that’s everything I wanted to ask! Thank you so much, you’ve been really helpful!”

Last step: in the next couple of days, email them again to thank them. For bonus points, send them an article or a cool blog post that you think they’d be interested in based on what you guys talked about. The script for this is basically, “Thank you again for meeting with me! I ran across this post about [whateverpants] that I thought you would like - check it out!” [and a link]

The Next Undertale Game

I love to talk about this. In my head, I’ve solidified a few things. We know that Toby will make another game in the Undertale world, and I believe that this game will be a prequel, featuring gaster prominently. Perhaps even featuring a living Chara as our main protag!

I’m going to try to anticipate responses and address them in order. First, I’ll go with the knee-jerk ‘no new game’ reaction that so many people go with first.

Toby Won’t Make Another/Can’t Make Another Game In The Undertale Universe/It Would Ruin The Story/It Would Be A Cheap Cash Grab/He Wouldn’t–

It doesn’t matter what you think or feel or believe, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve built up UT in your head to be an unchanging golden goose.

In a kickstarter stretch goal that he reached, Toby said that he would make another game. 

It’ll take years, because we have to assume it’ll at least be as expansive as Undertale, and Undertale took three years to make. Could be he won’t even start until the other kickstarter stuff is finished. 

But no one’s loose, thematic analysis of Undertale or guesses at the mind of a man they do not know can trump the promise that he made to 2,398 backers to the tune of 7500 dollars

A promise that you can still look back at now after all this time.


So please, purge this purist ideal of Undertale as a golden goose that should never be touched from your minds. From the moment you began to think it you were destined to be disappointed. 

Do you doubt that Toby will one day give us the comics he promised us? Do you doubt that one day he will complete the alarm clock app? Hasn’t he delivered well on his promises over the past year? 

If you don’t believe that we will get another Undertale game you are casting doubt on Toby Fox’s integrity as a game maker and, more importantly, as a dog.

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averesentimenti  asked:

Hi there! I was wondering what kind of French classes you took/take (in school, outside of school, online, etc.) because I'm an anglophone who's been taking French in school for four years, but I'm nowhere near your skill level. Thanks :)

Prepare yourself because this is going to be a LONG post! 

So I started French almost three years ago at university and my first two years were just French 101, 102, 201, and 202 - the basic sequence at the college level. If you’re American, this roughly translates to four years of high school French. 

At the end of that, which was about a year ago, I had done extremely well in my classes but I still wasn’t happy with my level of French. I basically have my summers off, so I decided to spend that time really getting into French. I tried a LOT of techniques and some of my favorites can be found on my Masterpost, which I’ll reblog for you but which is also found on my homepage. 

One of the first things I did was improve my pronunciation with Introduction to French Phonology, which is produced by US government for soon-to-be diplomats heading to a francophone country. It’s very boring, but extraordinarily effective for helping with pronunciation. (It’s a public course, and you’ll need the textbook and the tapes - both can be found on the site I linked but if you google the title you’ll find it hosted in a lot of places.)

This was around the same time that I got more into Tumblr. On here, I started following a lot of francophones and people who blog quotes and writing in French. (search “citation” or “français” and you’ll find a lot). Every morning I got up, scrolled through my feed, and made a list of maybe 20-30 words I didn’t know and looked up the translations. I then made flashcards out of those words in Ankidroid, an flashcard app on Android (dunno if it’s on iOS) and reviewed them from time to time (maybe 4 times a week). 

Also on my phone I downloaded Memrise and started doing the course Advanced French (there are 3 parts) which introduced me to a lot of cool and useful words and phrases that are used commonly in France. There are other “Advanced French” courses on Memrise that are probably also good, but I can only vouch for that one personally. 

I wrote something small almost every day, either in my journal or as a private entry here on Tumblr. Sometimes, I submitted those things to Lang-8, where it would be corrected by native speakers. 

I watched a lot of movies and television shows in French - sometimes with subtitles, but I tried to do without when I could. There are millions of recommendations out there but I’ll highlight the following things: you can watch shows from Canal+ here (I like Le Petit Journal et Le Chiffroscope) and on Netflix there is a show called Les Revenants that is creepy but addicting. 

I also watched a lot of Youtube - some of my favorite channels for learning are Easy Languages - French, and silly things like Bref (a little more advanced) and Parole de Chat. The nice thing about Youtube (obviously) is they’ll give you a lot of recommendations in the sidebar and you’ll probably discover your own channels that you like. 

On Facebook, I started following a couple French news sources like Courrier International and Le Monde and I tried to read a couple articles every day. This is a pretty common tactic and it’s good, but try not to focus too much on news because I have found that everyday French and news French are pretty different. 

Books: I read Le Petit Prince on my Kindle and I downloaded some pdfs of books in French that are recommended as easy for non-native speakers. I also read the first Harry Potter in French (can’t find a link right now, but it’s floating around on line). The site FluentU does some good blog posts about books, and if you search “french edition” in the Kindle store you’ll find some kids books and stuff. 

When school started up again, I was in another intermediate level French class that kind of mixed literature and grammar/vocab. We read L’Etranger (not my favorite but pretty easy to understand and obviously a classic) and part of a book by Marc Levy called Le Voleur D’Ombres. That one is more modern and fairly easy to understand as well. 

I listened to a LOT of radio and podcasts. I walk to and from school and it’s about 2 miles, so I had a lot of time to listen! If you have a smartphone, download the TuneIn app and search “france”. Some of the my favorite channels for listening were RFI and France Inter - both do news and features with guest speakers, which is good because it will expose you to a lot of different accents and voices. Sometimes you’ll find you understand someone very well, and sometimes you won’t be able to understand a word, and it’s more based on the speaker than the content or level of French, so it’s very good experience. 

For podcasts, I liked Native French Speech (weekly conversations about different topics in French - usually something relating to France so you’ll also learn a lot about culture, history and geography) and News in Slow French, although for the whole content you have to pay and I’m not wild about that. Both are available on iTunes.

Lastly, I made a close friend this year who is French and there is no resource like having a native speaker friend. We have lunch at least once a week and we talk for an hour or maybe two in French, and we spent a week together on vacation and spoke in French about half the time. If you can find a way to have regular conversations with a native speaker, do it - but I don’t harp too much on this point because I have an incredibly hard time with new people and I know a lot of others do as well. It was just serendipitous that I made a good friend this year who is French.

To conclude, I’ll give some short and sweet advice:

French is a common language for Anglophones to be learning so there are a TON of class-type resources out there on the Internet and in bookstores. But honestly, they’re all at at a similar level, and you won’t necessarily advance very much with something like Living Language or LiveMocha if you already have an intermediate vocabulary, understand and can form all the verb tenses and know grammar decently well. That’s the level a lot of class sequences try to get you to. Same with Youtube channels titled things like “Learn French with so-and-so.” Many are fantastic for beginners, but in order to make the jump from intermediate to advanced, you have to just sink yourself into real spoken and written French as much as possible. (Note: I’m not at all familiar with your skill level but I assume you’ve spent the last four years focusing on grammar and vocab. If you’re still weak on those things, then Living Language tends to be a good resource as well as things like Duolingo.) 

I hope this helped! Please feel free to ask if you have any more questions. 

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Hello witches! Today I reached 200 followers, which is more than I could have ever asked for considering this blog is only ~2 weeks old! Anyway, I just want to thank you all for being so kind and helpful, so without further adieu, my first giveaway!

+ Florida Water
+ A pack of tea lights and herbs
+ Some vintage rings & antique jewelry
+ A pouch of assorted crystals (some tumbled, some double-terminated, some misc.)
+ Custom sigil designed by me! (Like the one I made above)
+ Tarot Reading

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