careful balance

mod rick: shows up after a week of nothing, literally lights the blog on fire
mod negan, who has slaved over a hot stove of regan edits and careful reblogging/queue balancing in her absence: why 

anonymous asked:

this may be a rather dumb question, but what is the fourth wall and what does breaking the fourth wall mean?

When a character or series of characters break the fourth wall, it means they recognise the audience and the fact that they are in a TV show.

In ARG terms, Sherlock and John are now in OUR world. They are not from a TV show as they’ve been brought into our reality. So saying they’re in a TV show is breaking the fourth wall which is what we don’t want… so by saying we’re looking for the lost episode of Sherlock to Sherlock, it’s going against the rules and threatens to break the careful balance TPTB have worked so hard to create


Aries, some ghosts are here to teach you instead of haunt you.

Taurus, your mother is not disappointed in the person you’ve become or the people you have been.

Gemini, it is difficult for an artist to love another artist; you both desperately want the other to hold still.

Cancer, avoiding important conversations because they’re difficult does not make anything easier.

Leo, you are still adequate even when you are not receiving constant validation.

Virgo, the life you deserve is fulfilling and filled to the brim with glittering magnificence.

Libra, everyone misses you even when you don’t think you’ve gone anywhere.

Scorpio, healing doesn’t have to mean yanking the memory down like the string of a ceiling fan.

Sagittarius, the careful balance of chaos and beauty in your life is inspiring to those around you.

Capricorn, some things are just meant to be a conversation; not everything is meant to be a poem.

Aquarius, the person that once made a city out of your heart is still looking for your tongue in the mouths of strangers.

Pisces, good intentions are not good excuses.
—  FEBRUARY HOROSCOPES, by Blythe Baird (2017)

Person A, who does most of the cooking, is planning a big holiday meal. However, the day that they are going to start cooking, they hurt themselves so that they can’t cook or really be in the kitchen much at all. Person B (and/or C, etc. if applicable) has to balance taking care of person A and trying to prepare a meal far beyond anything they’ve ever done, because person A is still insistent that ordering takeout is impossible/unacceptable.

A nice thing to think about when I’m feeling sad. The potential to create beauty is always there. More at @coutureandcaffeine

he must appear as a caged animal // fight or flight behind his eyes.

countless people // vulnerable // seeing around tired corners // shadowed soul // take care of yrself. 

lost self for a moment // forgot to be the man she painstakingly outlined in calligraphy pen. 

Black violin // Black eschewing violence // live in this purpose // continual construction // strength opening out of formerly solitary silence. 

true productivity, friends, care // clawing his way towards balance near. 

fight flight live side by side // see saw balanced // running wrinkled brain over memory // brooding laughing sprite of melted moshed mountains. 

they are each the dark and the light // bouncing shadows unsaid // boldly spoken // languages different. 

she is movement frozen image // her language lean, cuddle, (laugh or sob?) press, subtle squeeze, gentle caress

words explode out of his chest. // xxx SirPup Kingston


I Care vs. I Don’t Care

So, take an ISTJ and an INTP. I know I use these two types a lot, but not I’m using them because I think that INTPs are one of the most classic examples of Perceivers, and ISTJs are one of the most classic examples of Judgers. 

Actually, it’s sometimes easier (I think) to spot a Judger than a Perceiver. But INTPs are usually so obvious about being Perceivers that they make good examples.

We all know the difference between the two, right? Perceivers go with the flow,and Judgers create the flow.

So, real life example:

ISTJ and INTP are going to get a rescue dog. ISTJ researches out different dogs in the area and looks up all the information from the Humane Society and other shelters within a twenty-five mile radius. ISTJ has a list of the types of dogs which would be appropriate (no pit bulls, German Shepherds, Labradors, or hounds), and also insists on finding a slightly trained dog so that minimal work will actually need to be done once the dog is acquired.

INTP takes a different route. INTP thinks that maybe we should just go down to the shelter together and look at the dogs because that way we’ll find one with a good personality that we know we like because we’ve actually met it. After all, the dog might look a lot different on the Humane Society web page than in real life.

Naturally, we follow ISTJ’s plan. Because the Judgers make the flow, right? Also, Judgers have a hard time understanding why Perceivers don’t seem to care.

And here’s the thing. Going with the flow doesn’t mean you don’t care. It just means that you care about different things. Going with the flow means that you prefer to deal with your problems as they come to you, rather than making a lot of work at the beginning. This is viewed by many as irresponsible, and I can definitely see how this impression is created.

But Perceivers aren’t inherently irresponsible. They don’t “not care.” Rather, they understand that there’s more to life than making plans, and while planning definitely has its place, there’s another aspect to life: that of understanding and seeing life as it happens.

Here’s the other thing: There are more Judgers than Perceivers in the world, and every Perceiver probably has to put up with some Judgers in his life. You see, we wouldn’t work very well alone. Our way of doing things would probably result in stuff falling apart in the long run.

But when you couple Perceivers with Judgers, you get a balanced view of life. Perceivers, if they’re nice about it, can help the Judgers chill a little. Judgers can help keep the Perceivers on track. It’s a symbiotic relationship, doncha know?

And, if you’re wondering, the ISTJ may have caved and let the INTP pick out a cute dog that fit most of the criteria.

anonymous asked:

Hey Pia, I've read your post and tbh I'm not really sure what to say. Except... all the best. You're an amazing writer and an even more amazing person. Even though I'm just an anon, I will wish for your safety and full recovery in all of what's happening soon. *hugs*

<3 Thank you so much anon. I don’t think any anon is ever ‘just’ an anon, I really appreciate your words. And I’ll keep folks updated as well, for my own sanity as much as everyone else’s! *all the hugs* *hides out in a blanket fort*

Doing something about your mind. Spend some time daily in preparing your mind by
reading good literature, listening to good music and entering into conversations that ennoble.
—  Neville Goddard

Ardyn & His Daemons, Part I

One may think Ardyn Izunia is plagued by the constant voices inside of his head, but the truth is far simpler. He can not pinpoint their voices just the general writhing of hundreds, if not thousands, of dark beings clinging to his very soul sharing the same too small vessel. They do not whisper or talk. Beings made far too inhuman to be capable of such anymore. Individual daemons contain little to no will of their own within his body. Just added to the collective mass that call Ardyn’s body home.

What they do provide is nearly endless scratching in his mind that rises and falls during various situations. A cacophony that will drive Ardyn to seek solitude in order to silence their restlessness or give into the mania.

A sensation crawling beneath the skin that over centuries the Accursed has perfected control over. But do they cause him discomfort? Endlessly so. The Scourge conflicts and fights daily for complete control over the body shared. It is only by careful balance that the fractured psyche of Ardyn remains the one in control; the man in charge of monsters.

But how does he maintain this balance? He is a man of strongest will gifted so long ago with the light and blessing of the gods. Fashioned to be Oracle and King both. Where in the coming generations the plague would claim the lives of countless Oracles so young in years he is but the longest lived of them all even before immortality took it’s hold. By possessing traits and powers of both he had strength enough to bind them to his will without the darkness completely overriding whom he was.

akanesarumara asked:

Hi I was thinking, everyone says you have to be careful to balance a character’s backstory, so how about hiding it in dreams to show how it affected them? Thanks for the answer!

There are so many better ways to show a character’s back story than through dreams. For that reason, using dreams to showcase back story tends to be a bit of a cop out. Here are some other things you can try:

1) Have your character think about their past, relating it to what’s happening in the present, for example.

2) Have your character discuss some back story with another character.

3) Have another character discuss an element of your character’s back story with another character.

4) Have your character recollect a memory, to themselves or another character.

5) Use objects, character traits, and other details to tell us something about the character’s past. For example, a tattoo might indicate that they were in the military. 

The goal is to use a combination of these techniques to illustrate the important elements of the character’s back story. Not all at once, but woven throughout the story. :)

Have a writing question? I’d love to hear from you! Please be sure to read my ask rules and master list first or your question will not be answered. :)

the-five-stages-of-feels  asked:

Okokok idk if you've done this before but could you make a list of the powers a child of hades/pluto could have? If you've already done this could you maybe give the link or tag? Thanks 😁

I haven’t actually done a lot of powers, but I’m down for it! Hades has quite a few very powerful ones, so if you were using this as a reference for a character I would be very careful to balance it out! I’ve added some suggestions for balancers for some of the powers :)

  • Geokinesis: The power over earth and stones. Hazel has this power, where gems pop up when she’s anxious. To balance that out however, she is cursed. It should also be noted that she’s a child of Pluto, and it’s stated that gems/earth is more Pluto’s thing than Hades’ thing. So, this would probably be a more minor power. I imagine it manifesting in one of several ways;
    • Being able to feel when there’s precious stones around/when natural disasters such as earthquakes are about to occur.
    • Being able to tell when precious stones are fake, much like the way Leo can read a machine by feeling its engine.
    • Earthquake production: Being able to produce earthquakes. Probably wouldn’t be major ones, just minor rumbles unless in a dire situation.
    • Gem production: Hazel’s power, the ability to feel and call up gemstones from the earth.
  • Ferrokinesis: The ability to call up and multiply precious gems/metals. Would be a very VERY draining power to balance it out. Maybe some sort of sacrificial system, where the owner of the power has to sacrifice something in order to multiply those stones, such as a part of their sanity or something they love.
  • Necromancy: Summoning of the dead,the ability to reanimate the dead. Reviving them, bringing them back to life, is a much harder process but can be done in some cases.
    • Control over the dead: Would kind of go hand-in-hand, but if somebody else was to summon the dead a child of Hades could theoretically be able to take control.
  • Death Aura: The ability to see someone’s life aura. This can be interpreted many ways, such as a Death Note-esque countdown clock or a simple gut feeling, or a change in colour in the aura.
  • Skeleton summoning: The ability to call up skeletons, a bit self-explanatory.
  • Ghost summoning: Performing certain rituals will allow you call ghosts/spirits. No guarantee there will be any answer, however.
  • Ghost control: Control over weaker spirits/ghosts, either ones that have lost all memory of their past lives and therefore float aimlessly, or simply ones with weak-willed personalities.
  • Umbrakinesis: The big one, shadow control.
    • The ability to summon shadows as a limited power, plunging certain people in darkness.
    • Shadow cloaks, making the caster virtually invisible and unnoticed.
    • Shields of darkness, which protect the caster.
    • Bolts of darkness could be fired, should a child of Hades have a very good grasp and understanding of their powers.
    • Shadow Travel: The ability to travel by melting into the shadows.