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Christine’s age progression. “Progression” seems misleading, considering there are only two images here, but meh. I’ve always imagined that Christine grew into one of those inordinately elegant older women who become even more beautiful with age. Audrey Hepburn was a big inspiration here–beautiful inside and out, at 20 and at 60. Here I wanted to show Christine in her 20s (when she met Erik) and in her (early?) 70s.


It’s so odd when you think about it because if Christine was 20 in 1881, she was 70 in 1931. What a world of difference between those two years. I’m continually amazed thinking about people who lived through the Victorian era and the 20th century, a time span covering some of the most incredible social, political, technological, artistic, and scientific advances in human history. What must it have been like for a woman who, in her youth, donned corsets and bustles and rode in carriages to grow old in a world of cars, movies, telephones, and, horror of horrors, shorter skirts? Did the world seem bigger for her? Smaller? More troubled than ever? Or just as troubled, but in different ways? Do we witness the same monumental changes but our own subjectivity bars us from appreciating them?

I won’t post my full spiel here because I always end up typing a wall of text, but if you’d like to read it, you can find it here in the artist’s comments. :)

Based on my own experience with abusive relationships over the course of my life, I personally feel really kind of meh about hearing that Chloe Price is ‘abusive’ and ‘manipulative’. Of course, the fact that this is based on my experience does not necessarily mean that this should be in any way championed as the be-all and end-all interpretation of her character because there are other people who will have had vastly different experiences to me and will have something of a different view of her character.

I do feel that there’s really something of an inherent hypocrisy in singling out Chloe as being ‘manipulative’, unless you’re playing the game without ever rewinding time because the very central mechanic of the game is literally you, as Max, manipulating other people to like you or have them do things your way. Geek Remix made an amazing video on the subject which all of you should watch, The Morality of Time.

One of the very first things you do in the game upon awakening in Jefferson’s class is steal an answer from Victoria by rewinding time in order to get to get to the bathroom. Victoria did the homework, the reading, the research - she earned that knowledge, and Max stole that from her. This isn’t the only instance of such a thing, it’s the principle on which the game’s mechanics are built. Interactions with people like Juliet regarding the whole pregnancy test stuff where you go snooping around her bin have negative consequences, and Max has the power to utterly negate the impact of that - it’s brought up by a lot of characters in an off-handed fashion that they wish they could rewind time, but they can’t. They have to live with who they are, what they’ve done, and they develop naturally because of that - I don’t believe the same can be said for Max. Be it something trivial like the identification of a drone, or trying to not appear to be a ‘poser’, or choosing to cause a great rift in the Price family.

As players, I really feel that we should rather be more concerned with our own actions and the consequences thereof - as the tornado coming to destroy Arcadia Bay may very well end up being caused by Max, by you, in the first place.

As a final note on manipulation, I might add that everybody in this game is manipulative, and you take on the role of the most manipulative person of all…

But anyway, onto Chloe.

Her history rather speaks for itself, right? Her father died. Her best friend leaves for five years and never gets in contact with her - not even when she returns to Arcadia Bay, which leads one to wonder exactly when Max was going to get back in contact with Chloe, if at all. Joyce marries David, the relationship between him and Chloe is made quite clear so I don’t think I really need to touch on that. Rachel goes missing, her fate is uncertain, and we learn some rather unsettling things about her that causes an even greater rift with Chloe as it seems that she was being lied to.

Somebody who goes through all that shit in their formative teenage years IS GOING TO HAVE SOME SERIOUS INSECURITY AND TRUST ISSUES. There’s no consistency in Chloe’s life, the only consistency she experiences is inconsistency in the people who love her and leave her - be it of their own volition or not. Consider the timeline of the game as well, we’ve quite literally been back with Chloe for… what, three days now? Suddenly they’re back to being best friends forever, but it’s consistently brought up just how different they’ve grown to be.

From Chloe’s point of view, in these few short days she’s probably thinking that if Max could just drop out of her life before, what exactly could stop her from doing it again? Of course she wants to hang onto Max. Of course she’s wary of her spending time with others, because she’s scared of being replaced by somebody else - just like Rachel appeared to have done.

Now, exactly how in-the-right Chloe is is something that’s certainly up for debate. She’s impulsive and irrational almost to the point of paranoia, she has that much in-common with David at least, and that is where she’s flawed - but, to me, that flaw comes with understanding and reason. This, to me, is what makes her an interesting character, and I do personally relate to a lot of the abandonment issues that are deeply rooted in her characterisation.

If you want to tell me that you’ve never said something manipulative (regardless of whether you intended it to be or not) in a heated argument with somebody, be they friend, significant other, or whatever, then fine…

But you’re fucking lying.

People say shit they don’t mean when they’re angry, and a consistent pattern that you’ll notice with Chloe’s behaviour is that she pretty much totally goes back to talking to Max quite normally once things have cooled down. Additionally, there are multiple occasions where Max calls her out on this, in fact Episode 3 is full of moments where you can do this - especially towards the end. Anger breeds irrational behaviour, and Chloe is a very angry person.

Of course, that’s not to excuse her behaviour at all - in fact, I do not think the game means to present them in any kind of positive context at all. This is really where the difference of experience and perspective in the player takes hold because the things Chloe says and does may well have been said to other people in their own relationships which, quite understandably, will not endear them to the character. At all. That’s for them to decide, and it’s totally valid for them to not like Chloe - hell, it’s totally valid for anybody to not like Chloe for whatever reason they like. I am simply not among those people.

People have flaws, and Chloe, as a product of her experiences in being let down by the most important people in her life, is quite understandably abrasive when things aren’t going her way - something that you might say Max barely actually experiences in Life is Strange because she has the power to change almost anything to match her favour.

Again, how people feel about Chloe is totally up to them and their views of her should be respected because you don’t necessarily know what that dislike is based off. For a game that so strongly covers real life issues, it’s worth considering that some people may just find some of her words and actions hit a bit too close to home for them. So there’s no desire on my part to invalidate or vilify the fact that other people have that interpretation of Chloe, I simply wish to articulate the reasons for why I do not fall into that particular camp.

Creepypasta #669: I Keep Finding Hair In My Drain, And It Doesn’t Belong To Me

Story length: Super long

I live a normal life. I have a normal job, and normal friends. I’ve never really been great at anything, but, then again, I’ve never really been terrible at anything either. My life had just been, well, meh. And I was ok with that.

Looking back, I was very ok with that.

But that all changed the day I found hair in my shower.

Allow me to explain.

For some people, finding hair in their shower is a normal occurrence. Maybe it’s their own, from their chest, legs, scalp, or places less mentionable. Or maybe it was their girlfriend’s- from past experience, I know that they can shed more than the golden retriever that grew up in my childhood home.

That would be normal, if my hairless twenty three year old body looked like puberty had even crossed my mind, or if I had gotten laid more than once in the past six months since I had moved into my new apartment. But it didn’t, and I hadn’t.

My apartment had only one bedroom, one kitchen, one bathroom, one unused living area, and one refrigerator filled with much more than one bottles of liquor. I worked long hours at my job, a low level accountant crunching numbers delivered to my desk by an endless conveyor belt of business transactions, so it was rare that I saw my neighbors.

Sometimes, though, as I ascended the three stories of wooden steps in tune with the moon rising into the deep night sky, I caught a flourish of black hair whipping into room 312, just across the hall from me in 311. I also caught myself wishing she never left so fast, and maybe invited me out for a drink in the hallway between our rooms. I could see the drops splattered from her nightcap drink on the concrete outside, and sometimes even casually wondered if she was a beer or liquor person.

Most likely beer, I thought, looks like she could go for a corona. With a lime wedge.

I don’t really know what made me think she would like a corona, but it made sense to me. Just kind of felt right.

Then the one day I climbed the stairs a little quieter than normal, and I caught her before she could disappear.

“Hey there,” I said, putting on my best smile and waving my hand.

She was sitting on the bench outside her room, staring at my doorway in front of her. Her face was in her hands, and I realized that the drops on the concrete might not be from condensation on her night cap drink. She started, glancing up towards me and wiping her eyes, the water droplets causing dark stains to bloom on her crimson dress as she spoke.

“I’m sorry, I should be going. Didn’t mean to bother you.”

“No, it’s ok. Here, what’s your name? I’m Michael.” I held out my hand, but she didn’t take it, so I sat next to her instead, and continued talking, “Nice place, this complex. Don’t you think?”

“I hate it.”

“I’m sorry then. There’s other places you know, other places around here you could go to.”

“I can’t leave here. I just can’t.” She said, and tears welled into her eyes again.

“I didn’t mean to upset you, -”

“Maria.” She said, and offered me a faint smile.

“Maria. It’s too beautiful a night to be sad. Would you like something to drink?”

She hesitated, glancing over me, and I could almost feel her gauging my creep factor.

“I would like that, Michael.”

“Good. Let me guess- Corona and Lime?”

As soon as I spoke, the flickers of smile that I had kindled across her mouth were extinguished. She stiffened, her eyebrows knitting together.

“I’m sorry, I’ll be going now.”

“Wait, I-” Before I could finish speaking, the door slammed and, as if to add an insult, the lock clicked with indignation a second later. I left a note below her door the next morning, vaguely apologizing for an unknown crime, but I never caught more than the tips of her hair each time I ascended the stairs.

She apologized the next week, when I caught her outside my door again.

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Okay!! So I think IchiRuki fans should calm down because IchiHime is not happening.

Here are the reasons why:

Fate and destiny. Ichigo and Rukia’s story is beautiful. Everything changed for the both of them after they met. Ichigo knew and met Orihime long ago. And nothing changed!!! She already started to like him but he was like.. meh.

Strength. Never forget. Ichigo made a decision to save Rukia. He was going to learn his zanpakto name and he was going to learn bankai for her. He didn’t care who stood in his way. He grew stronger for her. It was a conscious decision. The monster part for Orihime, that he did not choose. He didn’t like it. Because it is not positive strength. Orihime even admits it. Rukia also grew stronger because of Ichigo. She was never allowed to reach her potentials before meeting him but after Ichigo, everything just got better for her and they continued to encourage each other.

Friendship. They have a balanced friendship that is emphasized by Kubo-sama again and again. You don’t get that even with Ichigo and Orihime.

Closeness. Ichigo hangs out at Rukia’s house every new year. I don’t know if you guys have seen Colorful Bleach but basically that is what happens: Ichigo spends time at Rukia’s house every new year and I heard that Japanese people spend this sacred day with very close people in their lives. Like family and their girlfriends boyfriends. Again, after meeting Rukia, Ichigo’s lifestyle changed. He visits Soul Society a lot, struts in like he owns the place, like Byakuya’s brother in law. And Rukia moves in and out of his house. like Isshin’s daughter in law

Context. Ichigo and Rukia have the same feelings for each other. Ichigo is the person who changed Rukia’s life, and Rukia is the person who changed Ichigo’s life. 

There is no one who gives Ichigo hope and inspiration like Rukia.

Ichigo is the guy who said to Ishida,

Telling me would not make me more careful. I would have forgotten right away”

But Rukia’s influence on Ichigo is so great that he remembers every word she said back to Isshin.

 

Same with Rukia. She admires him, respects him.

Ichigo feels the same, because he said, those are his lines:

Proven again here:

She greatly admires him, respects him.

IchiRuki’s relationship is mutual from the beginning until now.
Ichigo and Rukia changed each other’s lives like Isshin and Masaki changed each other’s lives. 

Ichigo and Rukia are nothing like Naruto and Sakura, nothing like Naruto and Hinata. 

Ichigo is not waiting for Rukia to return his love like Naruto with Sakura, and Rukia is not waiting for Ichigo to return her love like Sakura and Sasuke or Hinata with Naruto. Bleach is not Naruto. Don’t let IchiHime fans tell you otherwise. They are wrong the day they choose not to ship IchiRuki.

Since Chapter One Ichigo and Rukia’s relationship has doomed all other people who potentially wanted to have a relationship with them because this is a story about fate and destiny.

IchiHime fans say that Aizen planned Ichigo and Rukia’s meeting and Kubo didn’t do it but that is stupid. Aizen also allowed Isshin and Masaki to meet without interruption. He wanted them to fall in love.

That’s the same case with IchiRuki too? I don’t know what was IchiHime fans point. They don’t make any sense.

I like Rukia and Renji too but I think Renji lost his chance. I will still support him. I don’t think he will be unhappy if Rukia is happy even if not with him. Because Renji is just that kind of awesome guy.

this is Castiel (ik he doesnt look much like misha, but no use cryin over spilled milk) from riseofthefallenone and seraphlimonade/LimonadeGaby’s fic Angel’s Wild!!! <3 I haven’t even finished the fic yet, but the image was stuck in my head.

the flowers growin from his body are all peonies (i assume from google hehe) and the one he is holding is a purple lilac.

CONFESSION: I bought DA2 because I had nothing else to play. I found it meh at first, but after a couple more playthroughs (still had nothing to play at the time) it grew on me and I ended up buying DA:O and then the ME trilogy. All the games had their pros and cons, but it’s the storytelling and NPCs that make them wonderful. It’s also because of DA that I discovered that I have a thing for deep voices.

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Interviewer: Define ‘grew up together’
Kirstie: Like my mom asked Scott’s parents if she should start sending them child support…
Scott: Cuz we spend all the time together

Interviewer: [speaking about a 10-day cleanse]
Avi: No meat?
Like it’s basically a personal affront or attack or something.

Interviewer: Are there any vegans? Vegetarian?
Mitch: I go in and ou….
Scott: [cuts in] He goes to In-n-Out.

Best Segue Award: Mitch
“I’ve been trying to not [be obsessed with my phone] so much, because its really bad, it makes me like more anxious I feel I'mReadingABookOnMeditation like social media, and text messaging…”

And a confirmation about the tour bus situation
Tour Bus 1, The Bro-ey Bus, “Kevin and Avi and all the crew guys like Bro Out™ and play video games and…”
Tour Bus 2, “and the other one are just us girls [Scott points to the Trio], doing our face masks, and paint our nails”

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Aged up baseball boys sketches! 1st year uni students + 3rd year senpais. 

Where those two grew out of the mullets. And they visit Seido one random day (cue whispers up and down the halls, ”kyaa who are they” “they were on the baseball team, don’t you know?”), to visit their favorite loud pitcher. “Ah, Sawamura-senpai? He’s usually with Kominato-senpai!” Then those two make their grand entrance down the hall cherry blossoms fall loljk wait when did this turn so shoujo and HOW DARE WHO ALLOWED YOU TO GET SO HANDSOME TALL?!

I am NOT READY for the end of S2 ;A; at the same time, I’m also looking forward to being able to read the manga once it’s done?!

Alec Lightwood x Jace Herondale → Jalec

      “I grew on you, though,” Jace stated confidently.
“Eventually,” Alec agreed. “Like moss, or a skin disease.”
                                “You love me.”

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the end of the year is approaching more rapidly than i’d like it to and i just want to take the time to thank all of you for making my dash amazing and filling it with tons of quality content of all the things i love! (more and more star wars as the months grew colder) without you tumblr would only be half as fun! my last tumblr year has been filled with greatness: i got asked to join vikingssource​, i got quite a lot of follow-backs from blogs i admired for quite a while, i have about twice as many followers than last year (thank you all so much for putting up with me!!!), i taught myself how to make gifs although they are kinda crappy - sorry and made new friends <3

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surprise update!

and by that I mean, “isn’t it surprising that I’m still writing at all ever period” update!

“You should stay,” Kat says, trying to keep the pleading out of her voice.
“For the movie. Do you like Harry Potter? You should stay.”

Johanna snorts, sitting up cross legged on her bed and smirking at her. “Look Brainless, I don’t know what kind of Footloose town you grew up in but I’m not gonna stay here and chaperon your little movie date.”

 Kat feels her face turn hot with embarrassment. “It’s not a date,” she snaps.

Johanna smirks again. “Does Peeta know that?”

chapter 3 of Wherever There is You can now be read on AO3 and FFN.

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Le “epic” traditional sketches, made in school, like always X’D
*i have problems to draw faces from the side, because of that i have to draw them quite a lot & of course i show you only the stuff which is for me good enough ~ to draw the pants was fun <w< and the hair <3
Best drawings for me here: Goku on his cloud, & Raditz (1, 2)

I think I’m officially over Pemberley Digital. And that’s really sad to me because I came in so excited and so hopeful. But really, the aspects about LBD that bothered me grew and grew as other series came along, and I just think I’m completely over it. It’s not that I hate EA or FMD, and I’m still watching all the episodes that come out, but it’s more with a “Meh, okay, new video” attitude rather than the “Yay, new episode!” vibe I used to get when I was still hopeful.

I think most of it comes from what I’ve mentioned before–if you’re making a vlog, it needs to feel like a VLOG. It must feel organic, homemade. The Carmilla webseries that’s out right now is a bit more polished than some other series, but even it has a more genuine feel and honest humor than Pemberley series. My all-time favorite series, The Autobiography of Jane Eyre and Nothing Much To Do, both capture the raw, organic vibe of vlogging, which plays well with making us feel for the characters.

Perhaps I’m being too harsh, but I just don’t think that PD gets its venue. There’s no moving camera. There’s cuts to new angles that suggest multiple cameras in a way that really ruins the vlogging vibe. AOJE had very little budget, but even though they had many stationary shots, they utilized what they had to work with and took the camera outside the bedroom. There is a whole world to work with for vlogging, and Pemberley just doesn’t use it.

There’s still aspects I really like about PD series. It’s not all bad. But I think it would really help them if they would either drop the vlogging style altogether and go for a more traditional shooting style–a la Submissions Only–or really make the vlogging style real.

They have such great characters to work with. I think a change in filming style could help us better enjoy them.

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2013 vs. 2015 (ღ˘⌣˘)❛ั◡❛ัღ)
↳ From poopy to a little less poopy ♡

I think we did quite a few Naruto cosplays, huh? (。ˇ艸ˇ)

Sorry I had to fix the MinaKushi one like that since it’s originally vertical (and apparently we didn’t take any horizontally haha). This is basically when we first started cosplaying (2013) to recent/now (2015-2016).  On top of that, these are from all the small shoots we did with my DSLR (so this excludes video screencaps, selfies/phone photos, etc.).  Look how far we’ve come.  We went from no wigs, to badly wearing wigs, to meh wearing wigs, and barely can wear a wig -(。ノᗨ<。)ノ  Oh, and Minabutt barely grew any taller HAHA.  IMPROVEMENT YO!

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