but they just continue to work hard

Welp, it’s official.

If you haven’t heard the news, as of today (July 17th) it’s official that Sega has terminated their partnership with Archie Comics, meaning that after over 500 issues, this incarnation of the Sonic comics has come to an end

I figure I should say something since I run this sporadically updated blog about the franchise, huh

This is sad news. I don’t think it’s hitting me as hard as a sudden cancellation would be, though, just because the writing’s kind of been on the wall for the last few months. The comics have been on indefinite hiatus, and the creative team has been looking for work elsewhere. And while this is an abrupt end with no closure for the story, these comics lasted several hundred issues longer than anyone could’ve ever imagined. Seriously, comics based on video games just don’t last this long. It’s a miracle that we had a continuous run of Sonic comics from one publisher for 25 years. But it’s still a shame that such a legendary series had to go out like this

While I’m still nowhere near caught up on the comics, they meant a lot to me personally. They helped me get into video games as a kid, and had a huge impact on my art and writing at that age. It’s hard to pinpoint a chain of cause and effect like that, but who knows? Maybe I wouldn’t be here making a video game about gay anthropomorphic animals today if it weren’t for the furry melodrama of the Archie Sonic comics

My heart goes out to the creative team laid off due to Archie’s poor business practices. While the comics certainly had a rocky history, they’d found a passionate and incredibly talented creative team that gave us some really wonderful comic books. I hope that they can find work elsewhere–maybe even on Sonic comics for a new publisher like IDW or Boom, if Sega takes Sonic elsewhere

Even if that doesn’t happen, I wish them luck with their future endeavors. I’m sure they’ll make great things

RIP Archie Sonic, 1992 - 2017

anonymous asked:

Hello! Just wondering but will you be continuing the swan princess au? Because all I can imagine now is the ball where their dancing and how would that logistically work out? Because in the original, the assistant witch turns into Odette and does that mean that Zarkon's hench person thing has to try and seduce Lance/Derek (Not hard, but he only has eyes for conspiracy nerd this time round) I need to see them arguing as kids! >w<

Will I be continuing the Swan Princess AU? Hell yes, my friend. This is only a tiny fraction of the notes I’ve got for it (that’s The Notebook, by the way):

I’ve got pages and pages of part script and near finished plot outline, with some actual storyboarding mixed in for key panels. This is a really big project and I’ve unfortunately not had the time in amongst all my commissions and zines and full time work to knuckle down and make any progress. Eventually the plan is for it to be a full length comic. 

The open pages in the notebook are actually the plan for the opening of the ballroom scene you’ve asked about. Obviously the main villain set-up here is Zarkon/Rothbart and Haggar/Bridget, and if I were going scene for scene it would be Haggar who disguises herself as Keith in order to seduce Lance at the ball, but you are forgetting one key player here.

Summon Prince Lotor…

*waggles eyebrows*

STREAM THE WAR KOKOBOP

pls continue streaming whenever you can!!!!! we’ve dropped on genie, and we’re not the only fandom who’s group is having (had) a comeback. don’t worry about polls like the billboards (which is like purposely putting kpop fandoms against each other just for attention and crap bcuz like really, we should be focusing on our boys), and do what you can!!!!!!! Also, just because it’s been more than 24 hours and we didn’t exactly meet our goal (for youtube), its okay!!! we just gotta prove that we’ll continue working hard for our boys and continue gaining more views!!! we can do it exo-ls!!!!!! Let’s make our boys proud!! WE ARE ONE!!

We’ve reached 800 followers on this blog! That’s like, 799 more people than I genuinely expected. :D/

Thank you all for tuning in, and for creating beautiful art, fic, meta, jokes, etc. Its your hard work and brilliant imaginations that keep this blog alive, after all. I hope to continue making this blog an enjoyable space not just in the P5 fandom, but for Goro (and Akeshu!) fans as well.

Have a nice day!

A Brother’s Approval


Liam smiled to himself as he watched Margot dance with PeeBee on the stage. They had just defeated the Archon and felt the celebrations needed to continue, so here they were at the Vortex. He was amazed that this place was even still intact after that crash.

He couldn’t believe it! They found a home, a place where they could actually call a “home.” He almost didn’t believe it. They all did this, deserved this. The fight with the Archon, the search for Meridian, all hard work that lead them here.

They made it.

“From the way you’re grinning at her, i’m guessing you’re him.”

Liam searched around for the voice, finding Scott standing behind him with an amused expression. He raised a brow at the other man, they haven’t had the chance to properly meet before, now was the time for that.

“‘Him’?”

“Oh, I’m sorry. ‘The guy my sister can’t stop gushing about even if she tried,’ better now?” he sat on the stool next to Liam.

“You two really are twins,” Liam chuckled and turned to Scott.

“Sarcasm runs in the family, you must be used to it by now,” he grinned. “What, with Mar being possibly the most sarcastic person in Andromeda and the Milky Way combined.”

“And maybe a bit more than that,” they laughed at Liam’s remark before ordering two drinks for themselves.

“Seriously though, I’m glad she’s found someone like you. From what Carlyle’s told me, you two might blow yourselves up or find a way to flood the ship, but I’m still happy.”

“You haven’t spoken to Cora yet, right? She’ll tell you some stories…” Liam barked out a laugh at Scott’s disgusted expression. “No, no, I don’t mean like that.”

“Moving on from that,” Scott took a sip from his drink. “Like I was saying before I was interrupted by your terrible sexual innuendos–”

“Oh my god,” Liam groaned and covered his face with his hand.

“Mar hasn’t been this happy in a long time,” Scott began, Liam took his hand from his face and listened carefully. “After what happened to our mother, she just stopped being herself. She stopped ballet, boxing, she stopped going out with me and our friends, it’s like she just shut off. There were always times when I tried helping – when my dad even tried – nothing worked.”

“So what did help?”

“I don’t know if I should tell you this – you’re not the jealous type, right? Bah, probably doesn’t matter now,” Scott waved off the thought and took another sip from his drink.

“She met someone?” Liam asked.

Scott didn’t answer immediately, he only stared at his drink for a few moments. “She did meet someone, yes, this Asari with a rep that wasn’t the best. She got Mar into a lot of bad things, red sand, stealing, you name it. Now we already didn’t have the best relationship with CSEC since we had a gang of our own, and I’m using the word ‘gang’ loosely, the worst thing we did was vandalism.”

“I take it Alec wasn’t happy about this Asari friend?”

“There were arguments, don’t doubt that. But then we found out about the Initiative, I never saw that Asari friend after that. I don’t know what happened between them but Mar… hardened after that, she kept her guard up around people and that included us,” he glanced at Margot with a sad smile. “I’m just glad to see the old Margot again, it’s been a while.”

Liam glanced at Margot as well. She smiled and laughed at something Gil had said, made a remark with a smirk on her lips which caused the man to laugh just as hard. She made her way over to Suvi and pulled her to her feet, she twirled the other woman while the both of them wore the brightest smiles. She then made her way over to him and Scott, putting an arm around Liam’s shoulders.

“You’d better not be telling any embarrassing stories,” she playfully glared at Scott.

“No worries, only good tales of how you jumped off the roof of the house and face planted into the window,” Liam snickered at Scott’s remark.

“Stupid Citadel gravity,” she mumbled to herself.

“Stupid Mar, more like it,” Scott remarked, to which Margot replied with sticking her tongue out at him.

“So what were you talking about? Is it guy code? Am I not allowed to know?”

“I was trying my damnedest to get his approval, I don’t know if I have it yet, though?” Liam raised a curious brow at Scott.

Scott finished off his drink and stood from his seat. “You’ve got it, now don’t go breaking her heart or I’ll test if this place has the same gravity as the Citadel,” he winked at Liam which only caused a chuckle to escape the man.

“You don’t have to worry about that,” Liam wrapped an arm around Margot’s waist.

“I know, just wanted your reaction,” and with that, Scott made his way over to the entrance.

Liam pulled Margot into his lap and pressed a gentle kiss to her lips. He gazed at her eyes and the way they both literally and figuratively lit up, how the right side of her mouth would quirk up before the rest when she smiled, the faint freckles she had across her cheeks. 

God, he loved this woman.

“I love you so much, you know that?” he asked, which caused the smile to reappear on her lips.

“I love you too.”


Thank you for reading, likes and reblogs are very much appreciated! ❤

anonymous asked:

I am a young teen and already getting wrinkles, it makes me really sad. It's probably because of my unhealthy sleeping schedule (sleeping 3- no hours per day) and my parents honestly don't give a rat's ass about me. What do I do?? - KS

DRINK WATER!!!! SLEEP EARLY!!!! EAT FRUITS!!!! QUIT OILY FOOD!!! SKINCARE IS IMPORTANT !!!! STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE!!!!

i kno its hard to change your sleeping patterns suddenly so start small!!! start sleeping at like idk fifteen minutes earlier each day or sth DO IT FOR YOUR BODY AND FOR YOUR MIND !!!!

and i kno that really sucks and this answer is probably gonna be really bitchy but sometimes our parents arent the best people in the world and you gotta depend on yourself. i kno its shitty and all but thats just how the world works so i would say to continue to talk to them bit by bit and do things with them like cooking or going for a walk or sth idk but sometimes you only have yourself so thats what you gotta do !!! please please please talk to me if you ever feel alone i care about all of you so much and i wna be here for you guys and support yall i hope you guys kno it

anonymous asked:

Hi beautiful :) So yesterday I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and already have a severe allergy to dairy/milk casein. So now I have 2 HUGE dietary restrictions placed upon me and as a recovering anorexic, this makes me extremely nervous. It's been 2 years since the last time I left treatment and I've maintained a solid recovery for the majority of those 2 years but about 3 months ago I started slipping a bit. Not a full blown relapse, but definitely a lapse...

continued: “I lost a bit of weight and have been working hard to gain it back and also work on expanding my food variety again. But now this. And I don’t know what to do. I’m scared it’s going to hinder my recovery. Gluten and dairy are like, 2 ingredients found in just about everything. And now I can’t have either. How am I supposed to recover from a restrictive mindset while having to avoid so many foods?? I’m terrified I’m going to fully relapse and don’t know what to do. Help? :(”

Hi gorgeous :) I know this is probably so, so hard, and I cannot relate from personal experience because I’ve never had a food allergy/intolerance, but I promise you that you WILL find ways around this and to manage it in a way that allows you to continue moving forward in recovery as well as finding delicious meals and foods without the dairy or gluten, it will just take a little more work :)

The first thing I would recommend is finding a dietitian who specializes not only in eating disorders but also works with those who have Celiac Disease and/or dairy allergies, etc. A resource that I’ve discovered at NEDA is EatRight.org and it’s a site you can use to find dietitians near you, also using a filter to include ones that work with eating disorders, etc, specifically :)

I’d check that site out. I promise you things will get better! You’re doing amazing and I’m sending you the biggest hug. Love you! Hang in there

anonymous asked:

im just annoying. too trusting. tries too hard to be a good friend and people don't have to care anymore because i do all the work for them. im sorry im probably being annoying to the person with this blog right now with my continuous asks.

I realized I have a lot of blogs that follow me that are huge Prompto fans and he’s the one I write the least about. Like what I write the most about Prompto is the yandere one that will be continued soon (next week?) as I have the muse ideas for it now. (Damn depression and wanting your role models to notice your hard work.) Next I’ll have a bunch of Noctis blogs that follow me and I write about him just as little. I mainly deal with my fatal attraction to Gladiolus and Ignis.

Perhaps I’ll sway their minds~.

if you could rb this esp if you’re non-muslim, it would be very appreciated. 

i’m always happy to see people supporting muslims. however, as the month of ramadan approaches, i’ve noticed a lot of the “nsfr (not safe for ramadan)” posts popping up. these are mainly made by white people, although some by muslims.

the whole point of ramadan is to be surrounded by food, water, swearing,(NSFW things are excluded from this post, those should be tagged) etc, and resisting the temptation to participate in anything. ramadan is about recognizing what we take for granted everyday and learning to appreciate it. we mindlessly feed our bodies food we don’t necessarily need everyday. to be able to let yourself be thirsty and hungry gives an insight to those who live like that daily, with no end to it. they do not get to just wait until the sun goes down to be able to eat a big meal surrounded by family. they continue to be hungry, regardless of what time of day it is. it reminds us of the struggles that poor and/or homeless people face. 

the point of fasting is to submit to Allah for as long as humanly possible, which is from dawn to dusk. fasting is indeed incredibly hard, that is true. seeing water when i fast is very difficult for me. however, people in countries who mass celebrate ramadan, go to work in the 100+ degree F weather, the kids at school don’t stop fasting just because they’re in school, etc. it’s slightly offensive that these posts are made “uwu!! be safe!! it’s hot out!!! don’t let yourself pass out!!!im tagging everything i can!!! uwu!!!” because most of those posts are made by people asking for notes rather than those who actually care about muslims. 

i’m going to wrap this up because it’s long, but please, don’t treat muslims like babies. we are mostly capable of seeing such things you guys tag during ramadan and not being affected. if you DO reblog posts about NSFR things, please do so FROM AN ACTUAL MUSLIM. 

thank you.

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I love this thread because Trump is obviously a shining example of white male privilege and mediocrity, but his Presidency also flies in the face of the American Dream that’s shoveled down our throats from the time we start school.

Study.  Work Hard.  Be Great.  And You Will Succeed.

The fact that Trump is wholly unqualified for the job he got, the fact that he’s completely unsuited for it, contradicts that.  It’s an uncomfortable looking glass for a lot of mediocre white people who’ve been given things they don’t deserve.  It’s hard for them to admit that Trump is a lying fraud who has no business being President and only got there because he’s white and put on a good show because that means privilege is real.  It’s right there in his orange face.

Plus, the myth of moving up the economic ladder becomes harder to believe if you admit that someone who is not qualified and does not deserve the position they hold is sitting in the chair through no efforts of their own.  That would then mean the inverse is true, that you can in fact work hard and want it just as badly as the next guy and still fail.  

Americans have a problem admitting that a huge component of success is luck and circumstance because we’ve been taught to believe that anyone can succeed if they work hard enough.  Admitting that someone in the highest position in the land most certainly did not work for it and is clearly unqualified for it shoots a big hole through the bootstraps mentality.  They can’t accept that.  Accepting that would mean recognizing the necessity of welfare and free education and a higher minimum wage, so they just go along with the farce and continue to pretend that Trump is strategically disruptive as opposed to a walking disaster crashing his way through global stability.

Today is special.

Why?

Because today is the 4th anniversary of a group of boys who started from the bottom and climb, and are still climbing as high as they can.

These boys are Bangtan Boys also known as BTS.

Originally posted by sannal2054

For me BTS is one of the most special groups to exist.

Because not many groups are willing to tell their stories.

BTS does not have to rely on buying song after song after song. After all, they have the freedom to produce, experiment, write and create the art they want to create. It is amazing to see a group of people who write in an industry where many companies opt out of letting their idols write and create and instead choose to mostly buy songs, giving their artists minimal freedom in many cases. BTS, however, does have that freedom and uses it to their full advantage.

Originally posted by meandmyopinionss

Look at the solo songs or any of their solo work as an example.

Rap monster tackles society, Illness, pressures and so much more in his songs. He shows worry for the new generations and generations to come faced with injustice, anxiety and depression. He worries about his members and shows understanding and compassion. In fact, he uses lyrics as an expression of his inner struggle and philosophical thoughts and in turn opens conversations that are very much needed in society. He works hard to communicate with all the fans and in general, he works hard to communicate with people. He does not just show interest in his fans but in society as a whole.

Originally posted by momo-foam

Suga too wanted his voice to be heard. He said it himself, he was not content with just rapping. He wanted people to listen to what he has to say too. And definitely, Yoongi has a lot to say. At first, he seemed like such a closed person, but his mixtape gave everyone such an amazing insight into his mind. From the depression, to self hate, to allusions to suicide and social anxiety he bears his soul to all, in turn trying to help others realise that they are not the only ones going through a hard time. And if he continues to recover(because I believe that even if one gets better, some demons still remain and always have to be fought)  then hopefully so can we. And also, how can one not love a man who reveals a song called ‘first love’ only to reveal that his first love was his piano, when that is such a beautiful and sincere confession.

Originally posted by junghosyub

J-Hope’s mixtape is one I definitely cannot wait to hear. Because I feel like he is a member who also has a lot he wants to say without any constraints. Hoseok ’s song ‘mama’ just showed how amazing he is as a person. He had a solo song in the Wings album, like all the members and he chose t write a loving and sincere song thanking his mum for all that she has ever done for him. For how she loves and supports him in this difficult path. He seems to struggle with feeling like he is not good enough. As a member or son. I hope that’s not true. He also shows his emotion through his dance.

Originally posted by gdiminyoongi

Not these three members show us the most of what they are feeling through writing and producing. However, the other 4 are also working hard on developing as writers, amazing sure to develop and also express themselves.

Taehyung showed his inner turmoils and  guilt over an unknown action or feeling in stigma as he apologise see to his brother and sister and even worked with Namjoon to produce a new song, showing a different side of him, as well as a different singing technique deciding to tell different stories with his voice and songs. Taehyung is also proving himself to be a very good actor, telling more than than just his story.

Originally posted by pjkook

Jungkook, in my opinion, seems to struggle most with expressing himself. And I believe that that is normal. After all from a young age he has been a trainee with means that most things kids get to experience such as relationships, getting in trouble, love, sex and more this teen was not allowed to have. He was too busy being 'manufactured p’, as some may say, to be the perfect idol. However, since he grew up in the public eye for quite a long time we see how his story is his progress as he tries to gain confidence and express himself asking Namjoon for help with his songs 'Begin’ as well as by releasing amazing covers.

Originally posted by jeonity

Jimin, like Hoseok shows his emotions through dance but also has shown us how he can communicate through his vocal colour and his emotional expression. He worked on 'LIE’ showed confusion, loss and heartbreak as he is 'caught in a lie’ and while we do not know the reason for these emotions we can appreciate them better and can relate them to us and our situations.

Originally posted by jikookfantasy

Lastly, Jin is the member, who I believed was the least able to express himself, not because he doesn’t want to but because he doesn’t have the opportunity to showcase his stories as much. However, his solo song 'Awake’ is a true gift. It tells the story of a boy, not a man but a boy, who comes to the heartbreaking belief that yes, he may never be able to reach the top like others but he will continue to work just as hard and give his all to be better and better and better. It shows his loyalty and passion and that is what I love about Jin. But I would really love to see Jin tell other, different stories through acting.

Originally posted by catchsuga

So as you see they all have something to say and they all try their best to say it.
and let’s not forget all the amazing choreographies

And let’s not forget just how close their bond is

Originally posted by sweaterpawsjimin

Originally posted by pkjmnie

Originally posted by yoongiski

So thank you Kim Seokjin for always making us laugh, for being so kind and caring.

Thank you Min Yoongi for opening up to us and inspiring  us

Thank you Jung Hoseok for being a true sunshine, giving strength to all

Thank you Kim Namjoon for working so hard to create and for always choosing BTS and freedom of speech

Thank you Park Jimin for being so supportive, always being there for your me,beds, hugging them and making them feel supported and loved

Thank you Kim Taehyung for showing us your different sides and working so hard at writing.

Thank you Jeon Jungkook for showing us all your different talents and inspiring us to try new things.

Thank You BTS for being a part of out loves.

Thank you to all the staff for working so hard for our boys success, be it makeup lighting or anything else.

Thank you to all the managers, the CEO and anyone else helping them on their journey.

Thank you to the parents and family of the members for giving birth to such amazing, kind and talented people.

Originally posted by trashoferverything

Originally posted by lostinbangtan

As always, I hope BTS is healthy both physically and mentally and  that they know we are here for them and that we will always love and support them.

Originally posted by allforbts

BTS is already perfect as is and it is  we, ARMYs that have to keep replaying these boys because they do so much for us. They say and create so much for us. BTS is kind, thoughtful, they love their fans, show respect to all and are extremely humble, not taking what they have for granted but rather strive forward to improve.

Originally posted by jhopeloviu

So thank you BTS for being BTS

I hope you will remain together for very long.

I hope there will be no serious drama between you.

And I hope that we can stand together, BTS and ARMYs for many years to come.

If we can’t understand we will try to understand your problems. So please do not push yourselves and harm yourselves. We do not want that under any circumstances.

Originally posted by fullfangirling27

I’m so proud of being an ARMY.

Originally posted by btstaehyunged

So thank you and happy anniversary

Thank you for reading

Just the Nurse

“It’s just the nurse”
A statement I’ve heard more times than I can recall.
A statement I vacillate between being utterly pissed off at; given some people take for granted what we do, take for granted how consistently we are the ones by their side and not seen - and a statement I’m also sometimes not offended at, pausing as I consider how perhaps we’re simply seen as a circle of trust.

Just the nurse who caught the baby’s heart murmur

Just the nurse who listened when everyone else walked out the door

Just the nurse who carefully cleaned parts of you when others shouted what’s that horrible smell in that room.

Just the nurse who had to call your annoyed provider 5 times just for them to come talk to you and answer your questions

Just the nurse who threw their back out from years and years of physical exertion with turning and positioning.

Just the nurse who contributes daily to interdisciplinary rounds, to discussions surrounding your care for the day

Just the nurse who advocates for quality of life discussions

Just the nurse who helped the baby docs when they were med students, when they were residents, when they were scared.

Just the nurse who continues to advocate and work collaboratively with your doctor so you get the kind of care our system so ardently resists.

Just the nurse who teaches the new mama how to hold, nurse and bathe their baby

Just the nurse who cared for you over and over, day after day, admission after admission for 12 hour shifts and made you their world

Just the nurse who fights hard for safe staffing ratios so you get the quality of care you deserve.

Just the nurse who stands their ground and tosses out anyone who interferes with your healing or recovery time.

Just the nurse who prayed for you when science no longer had any answers

Just the nurse who cares for you as you take your last breath

Just the nurse who comforts your family when they have nowhere to go with their grief.

Just the nurse who gently wraps you in a shroud and pauses quietly to keep you in their own memory and heart

Just the nurse who doesn’t demand you respect us, rather quietly asks that you don’t insult our presence.

Just the nurse, the highly educated bachelors, masters, and doctorate level prepared, certified nurses who worked hard to attain the scientific and evidence practice based knowledge that will help save your life.

Just the nurse who isn’t perfect, but works every day to learn more and perfect their care.

Just the nurse who goes home and cries for you.

Every other day, Every other week may in everyone’s eyes be about every other provider, but let today, let this week not be an insult; let it just simply be about the nurse.

Happy National Nurses Day,
Happy National Nurses week -
To “just” the nurses.

BTS FC 170309
SUGA HANDWRITTEN LETTER

Hello this is BTS’ Suga
Haha it is finally my 25th birthday?
I feel kind of weird
I feel like just yesterday I was 20 years old
Since debut, it’s both my 4th Spring and birthday
Me, a person who has always been impatient and constantly worrying about the future
Me, a person who always feels 21 years old performs in front of countless of ARMYs
And now that others call me sunbae (senior), I get to perform at concerts all around the world,
I am constantly living a busy life that gives me the opportunity to meet you all which is a dream and I’m so happy about it.
After debuting, it’s always so exciting to see so many ARMYs take care of me and wish a happy birthday
To be honest, I never cared much for birthdays
Thinking how ARMYs prepare special gifts and are happy doing it make my birthday feel special
Thank you to every single ARMY for making me a special person
I may look like a person who is living just because they were born, but I am trying very hard and my best to become a better person
So please continue to watch over me for a very long time
Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday
As I grow older, I promise to repay you guys with better music and performances

P.S. Now I want to stop growing old… ㅠㅠ

trans: jhope-shi

Respect For EXO


EXO went from being treated as a joke by the Korean public during their debut to being one of the most respected music groups in Korea.

EXO went from performing in elementary schools to being the youngest Kpop group to perform in Tokyo Dome and selling out tickets for Korea’s biggest stadium in a flash.

EXO went from being degraded by the Korean public even if they were the youngest Kpop group to win the daesang to proving themselves worthy of the daesang they received by accumulating seventeen daesangs in a span of five years.

They don’t deserve ANY of your bullshit statements saying that they were only successful because they’re from SM. It’s not easy to get accepted into SM in the first place, and not all artists from SM end up being widely known and successful although they gave the effort.

EXO didn’t lose three members, face two dating scandals and still break records after that only to be fed with your negative bullshit. And according to Korean media standards, EXO would’ve already fallen down by now because they lost THREE members, not one and had TWO dating scandals, not one. But EXO proved that wrong and continued climbing their way up to the top and become one of the most successful bestselling artists in the Korean pop industry.

We are not asking you to stan EXO, we are asking you to RESPECT them and their hard work. Because whether you admit it or not, EXO is a group worthy of respect. I don’t care if you’re not well acquainted with their fans. Don’t drag them into it, because they’re not doing anything to you.

If you have nothing good to say, then kindly just shut up. It won’t hurt you to do that, won’t it?

Anyone who knows me could tell you I’m no kind of artist. However, as a professional project manager, I frequently work with artists, and one of the most frequent challenges we end up dealing with is lost work due to technical issues, unforeseen circumstances, or just plain carelessness. I’ve seen projects that have lost dozens, in some cases literally hundreds of hours due to lost or damaged artwork needing to be redone - which isn’t great news for either a budget or a timeline!

Of course, this is an even bigger issue for artists who are working solo, since you typically won’t have anything to fall back on when things go south. Lost or damaged art may set back a big project’s timeline, but when you’re working for yourself, it can be an absolute show-stopper; most solo projects that suffer significant lost work never recover at all. So here’s a basic disaster mitigation and recovery plan that anybody with a working computer can set up:

1. Sign up for a Google account if you don’t already have one. The free version gets you 15GB of storage, which should be more than enough for your current projects unless you’re working with ungodly huge files; if you are, the 100GB version is only like twenty bucks a year.

2. Download and install the Google Drive sync client - I believe they’re calling it “Drive Everywhere” these days.

3. Set up a special folder on your hard drive that you’re going to keep all of your working files in, and point the sync client at that folder.

4. Configure your art program to autosave every 20 minutes or so. How exactly you do this will vary depending on the program you’re using - you can Google for instructions easily enough.

Blam. Now you have continuously updated offsite backups; hard drive crashes, lost media, or even - heaven forfend - stolen equipment will no longer wipe out your work in progress.

Plus, go into the web console for your Google Drive and right-click a file. See that menu option that says “Manage Versions”? That’s right: Google Drive keeps separate copies of every individual version of the file that’s ever existed (or for the past 30 days, if you’re using the free version). Unwittingly saved over your lineart two hours ago? Working file irrecoverably corrupted because your questionably legal copy of Photoshop barfed? No problem: just walk backwards through your version history until you find a version that’s still good.

Now, this is by no stretch of the imagination a particularly robust offsite backup and version management scheme - I’d certainly recommend additional measures for anyone who’s doing digital art as their regular paying gig - but it’s better than nothing, and it has the benefits that a. it requires no particular expertise to set up, and b. it’s free.

  • me watching TV or listening to music to study a foreign language: I can't continue with this. I need rigor. I need structure. I need a page with words and directions so I can expand my understanding. I need hard work and pencils and pens. This is how I truly learn.
  • me taking notes from a book and writing down vocabulary lists to study a foreign language: I need experience. I need freedom. I need fun. I need to enjoy this language how its speakers do. A book can't teach me everything. I need to watch media in this language and really expose myself to it. This is how I truly learn.

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Prompt: Poor, underpaid, overworked Chihoko Pizza Delivery employee has to deal with unreasonably angry Mafia boss Victor. This has happened on many occasions. This time he's had it. He fights back.

“For the last time, I don’t know anything about your b–”

“Stop lying to me, you worthless piece of rotten fish. I can see the call log history.”

The sigh at the other end of the line sounded beyond defeat. Victor could nearly taste the sweet, savory success. Generally, Victor did not consider himself to be the jealous type. Yuuri was perfectly entitled to having friends and connections outside their relationship, but something about Chihoko rubbed him the wrong way. Maybe because it was that unlike all of Yuuri’s other friends, Yuuri never brought up Chihoko in conversation. Unlike his journalist friend Phichit or the cadet Minami, who often cropped up when Yuuri was chatting to Victor about his day.

But there was radio silence on Chihoko. And it bugged Victor.

Since the day when Yuuri oh so trustingly handed Victor his phone to show him a few cute photos of puppies during a date that had the both of them melting. And Victor had really not meant to invade Yuuri’s privacy. He was just curious about how exactly Yuuri had saved his name amongst the contacts, only to be flattered to see that he was listed in Yuuri’s speed dial.

Except there was one problem.

This ‘Chihoko’ was ahead of him. And it wasn’t any of Yuuri’s friends, or relatives. Normally Victor wouldn’t have thought anything about it. But next to the name 'Chihoko’ was a little '♡’ symbol. And THAT Victor wasn’t all that okay with. Not when a quick and sneaky (and admittedly very very very guilty) check of Yuuri’s call log showed that he called this 'Chihoko ♡’ every week. Usually quite late in the evening. On days he told Victor he couldn’t meet for a date because he was “working late.”

So maybe, perhaps, it was possible, that Victor got a bit uncharacteristically jealous.

“Look, sir, if you’re not going to order–”

“I’m ordering you to keep your paws off my Yuuri!” Victor snapped, wondering if it would be too dramatic to track 'Chihoko ♡’ down and remind them that swimming with fishes was still as effective a technique as ever, despite it being a bit old fashioned. Probably too dramatic. Besides, Otabek had mentioned being out of town for the weekend…

“If you keep this up, I’m going to call the police–”

“You call him and it’s the last thing you’ll ever do, Chihoko. I will personally ensure it.” Victor growled out his warning, heard a choked-gasp from the other end of the line, and then pressed the 'end call’ button hard enough he could nearly feel the screen crack. He felt oddly satisfied with himself for the rest of the day.

That was until Yuuri called him later, apologizing and saying that he had to work late again and that he would probably not be able to make their scheduled date. The regret in Yuuri’s voice was genuine, but Victor still bristled just a little, until Yuuri continued and asked if Victor still wanted to come over to Yuuri’s place even if it would be later than originally planned, for an eat-in dinner.

Victor’s foot snagged on the carpet as he hastened to reply with a delighted, “Yes, yes, of course!”

“Cool. I don’t think I have anything at home I can cook quickly, would you mind if we ordered a pizza or something? It’s not great but… I thought it’d be nice just to relax on the couch with you and be a bit lazy after how crazy this week has been…”

There might have been another pang of guilt at the center of Victor’s chest, with the knowledge that the reason for Yuuri’s increased amounts of overtime had a direct relationship to the escalation of tension between Victor’s and JJ’s gangs. So of course his answer was, “Anything you want, darling.” He could practically hear the blush spreading across Yuuri’s beautiful face, still getting used to the sweetnames Victor dropped so frequently.

“Okay, ummm, I’ll see you at my place at nine then? Can you order from Chihoko’s Pizzeria? They’re my favorite, and they don’t charge delivery for a large.”

Victor froze. Choked on a bit of air. Shattered into a couple million pieces of embarrassment and then puzzled himself back together. “Uhh, yeah, sure, of course! Not a problem.”

Turned out to be a big problem.

Victor had to fumble through several dozen excuses and explanations when their Hawaiian arrived at the door with no pineapple, no ham, a sprinkling of cheese in the shape of a sad face, and several servings of anchovies.

Victor never called Chihoko ever again.