canon is a confusing term

I really hate it when people confuse the terms “Canon”, “Headcanon” and “Alternate Universe”. 

“Canon”: Something that has been outright been stated in canon outside of a joke, in a way that unambiguously means this exact thing and nothing else.

“Headcanon”: It was never unambiguously specified in canon, but I interpret this on my own in a way that goes along with canon without contradicting it

“Alternate Universe”: My game, my rules. 

They are not interchangeable terms. 

Why is it rude to give critiques when they’re not wanted? When is it okay to critique someone? What is a bad critique?

Critiques are often seen as good, helpful things so a lot of people will give them out freely and abundantly assuming that they’re helping without actually realizing, “Huh, this could probably be a dick move…..”

I’ve been a victim of unwanted and unhelpful critiques myself (so much so that I no longer accept them ever and they’ve just become a very sore subject to me…) and I have seen so very many wonderful and talented artists here on tumblr also fall victim to the unwanted and unhelpful critique. Because of this I’m making this post so all a y’all help-givers out there can understand when it is and isn’t okay to give artists critiques and what isn’t actually a helpful thing to say in a critique.

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anonymous asked:

I just saw that you also read Tomlinshaw? 😁🙈 could you maybe rec some fics? Because I just recently got into that ship (I'm larry af, but it's still fun to read) and I'm a bit lost 😁❤️🙈

Yes!! Definitely I can!! ahah I love doing fic recs because I love talking about fic. Okay, these are not going to be in any particular order.  

  • Something Personal  by Checkthemargins (21k)  - This is a really nice fic where Nick is a neurosurgeon and Harry also works at the hospital and Louis is his friend.  The Nick/Louis dynamic in it is so well done! All prickly and stuff, but soft underneath in just the right way.  I’ve read it like 3x. 
  • The Disgruntled Novelist’s Bodacious Pornographer (or, that time Nick and Louis were rival romance writers) by aliferuined (9k) - This was so delightfully funny!!! The title pretty much says it all. 
  • Getting Good At This by pukeandcry (43k) - Nick ends up with custody of his god-daughter in this one. Then Louis starts helping him out taking care of her because he has no idea what to do.  And then it gets all wonderfully emotionally complicated!!! 
  • set the pace by flimsy (34k) - I really loved reading this fic.  The angsty/pining parts of it hurt just right!!! and there is nice resolution. Louis is in Uni in it and Nick is still radio 1 Nick.  They start sleeping together in secret.  ahahah i don’t know why but just describing that made me feel this huge rush of affection for fic in general. 
  • Here’s to the Assholes and the Last Calls by alison (5k) - This one is so cute and sweet!!! okay wait, here is the description on ao3: Louis gets drunk and declares his love for Nick. Nick won’t kiss him.
  • The One Where… (series) by checkthemargins (34k total) - This is my favorite fic to recommend whenever someone is like asking for tomlinshaw recs.  Louis is 1D Louis in it and Nick is radio 1 Nick.  ahaha does that make it a canon AU? whatever i’m getting confused about the terms. Anyway, I don’t think this is too much of a spoiler, but I can never shut up about it because there is an email exchange between them in the 3rd part that I love SO MUCH that sometimes I just go back and read it like four times in a row.  It makes me feel like, how can anyone dislike fanfic when this exists in the world?? this particular imagined email exchange between Louis Tomlinson and Nicholas Grimshaw?? 
  • boyfriend material (that’s what you’re made of) by carissima (11k) - Just read this the other day and was so happy to be reading it the entire time.  Nick accidentally tells his parents he’s dating Louis.  This is another canon fic. 
  • getting late to give you up (series) by aliferuined (15k total) - canon fic where Nick and Louis start messing around and then Nick is not very emotionally smart about it before gets it together and you feel happy at the end.  
  • I Had Rather Hear My Dog Bark At A Crow by sunsetmog (123k) - This fic is very intense and very good. be sure to check the tags, though.  okay here is the description on ao3: The first time Louis Tomlinson kisses him, Nick is three sheets to the wind, wearing a pirate hat, and so fucking tired of Louis being a complete and utter knobhead that he’s spent the last ten minutes snapping at him.The kiss takes him rather by surprise, all things considered.Or: Nick and Louis don’t like each other, not even a little bit, not even at all. 
  • Hi, Hey There, Hello by usernicole (15k) - Louis can talk to animals in this one.  It’s really cute and fluffy!!!!!! 

Okay I feel like that is a good range of word counts and stuff!! I hope you find something that you like!! Sorry if I messed up any of the links, I’m sleepy.