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when catching a clow card may involve ghosts
  • Kero: Sakura, it’s a perfectly fine plan.
  • Sakura: No. No, it isn’t.
  • Kero: You don’t just get to say no.
  • Sakura: This plan involves me! I get to say no! No.
  • Kero: Sakura--
  • Sakura: Let me introduce you to my good friend 'No.'
  • Kero: Maybe we can compromise.
  • Sakura: No.
  • Keroi: Sakura!
  • Sakura: ‘No’ is a magical word. Here’s how it goes. You say, ‘Sakura, I have an insane, suicidal plan. Would you like to help me carry it out?’ And I say, ’Why, no.
modern clow au
  • Clow: [On a video screen] Unfortunately, I have been incapacitated. This is merely a recording I left in the base’s computer to help you along your way.
  • Yue: Then how are you talking to us?
  • Clow: I’m not. I merely used logic to determine what questions you would ask and in what order. Then I left the appropriate responses.
  • Yue: Oh, reall-
  • Clow: Yes, really.
  • Kero: Okay, I like cheeseburgers.
  • Clow: Stop trying to test me.
  • Yue: London Bridge is Falling Down.
  • Clow: Seriously, stop.

anonymous asked:

well erm.. I was kinda hoping you'd help me telling the difference between each personality of each zodiac sign ?

Well let’s see here… Pages of notes on the subject. In quotes are each sign’s mantra, which sums each of them up pretty well. The elements draw strong parallels between each sign, too! Fire=dynamic, Earth=stability, Air=charisma, Water=emotion.

If you’re basing characters off these, keep in mind that two people can fit the same sign while still being completely opposite from each other. Rarely will a person fit every quality of their sign, which is why I like their mantras. It is a good place to start, since the signs all have an even mix of positive and negative qualities!

Aries — (fire) “Thrill of the Moment.” Tends to be independent, ambitious, and quick-tempered. They’re confident, sometimes to the point of arrogance, but also brave and adventurous. Aries is generally the type to jump into things without thinking too much about it—they’re headstrong, daring, and rash. Definitely fitting of their fire alignment!

Taurus — (earth) “Emotional and financial security.” Typically Taurus is the motherly figure of the zodiac. They’re family-oriented, dependable, and stable. They’re all about being safe and secure with people who love them. As an earth element, there’s definitely that feeling of nurture and prompting others to grow. They can, however, be stubbornly fixed in their ways and slow to change.

Gemini — (air) “To explore a bit of everything.” Gemini is the quick-witted trickster type of the group. They’re clever, talkative, and can easily adapt to any situation. They have a lot of energy, but because they’re so interested in everything, they find it hard to focus on one thing. Geminis can be restless if stuck in the same situation. They like being able to move around how it pleases them, regardless of what other people need or want at the time.

Cancer — (water) “Constant reassurance and intimacy.” Another family-oriented sign, Cancer is loving and peaceful. They’re also sensitive—sometimes over-sensitive. They can be highly loving, romantic, and nostalgic, with a poetic, dreamy-eyed view on life. And while they want to protect those they care about, sometimes they’re the ones who need protecting. Cancers, in their daydreams, are often unrealistic and all too willing to give away their heart, making them vulnerable and susceptible. Dreamy can also fall more under the lines of lazy.

Leo — (fire) “To lead the way.” Leo is a true leader.They’re noble and strong-willed, with a courageous will to be a hero and save the day. Leos are also proud, often to the point of vain, and confident, often to the point of arrogance. Like the other fire elements, Leos are outgoing and ready to tackle the world, sometimes without fully thinking things out. They’re fiery and quick-tempered (sometimes violently) but they speak from the heart and will get things done.

Virgo — (earth) “Do the right thing.” Virgos are usually good students. They’re reliable and precise, well-organized, and hard-working. They like helping people and they’re honest and loyal to those they think deserve it. However, they like things done a certain way (very detail-oriented) so they can be fussy and inflexible. Virgos tend to be shy, reserved, and modest. Even though they don’t talk much, they’re always analyzing and calculating.

Libra — (air) “To be consistent.” As the sign famous for its scales, Libra likes things fair and balanced. They’re smooth talkers always looking for a diplomatic solution—something that’s peaceful and agreeable to everyone. They tend to have charisma, and usually they know about their affect on people which can sometimes lead to being vain. Libras are all over ideas of justice and communication, even if it means they have to be insensitive to reach that solution.

Scorpio — (water) “To survive against all opposition.” Scorpio tends to be a sign of whole-hearted passion. They’re strong-willed and resolute in their ways, and no one can tell them how to act. With charisma and cunning, Scorpio tends to have high ambitions. They’re competitive and aggressively chase what they want, no matter the cost. Scorpio is the most sexual of the signs, which they tend to see as another tool they can implement for manipulation.

Sagittarius — (fire) “To live the good life.” Like the other fire signs, Sagittarius is independent and adventurous. They can be reckless, but only because they want to see the world. A natural optimist, Sagittarius is energetic, charismatic, and fun-loving. They’re also straightforward in their ways.

Capricorn — (earth) “To be proud of achievements.” Capricorn can be considered the ideal hunter. They’re precise, steady, patient, and persistent—they won’t give up their chase, even if they have to be ruthless to get there. Capricorn is typically a sign of focus and discipline. They may be distrusting and withdrawn, but if you can get one on your good side, Capricorns are honest and reliable.

Aquarius — (air) “To understand life’s mysteries.” Often seen as the inventor of the group, Aquarians tend to be clever and inventive. They’re forward-minded—always looking to progress the world and make a difference. Their thought process is eccentric and you can rarely predict their actions—others see them as paradoxical. As humanitarians, they’re charitable and generous. They can, however, get caught up in their thoughts and become distanced, elusive, or idealistic.

Pisces — (water) “To feel connected to others.” Like the other water elements, Pisces has a lot of emotion and compassion. They’re devoted to the people they love and are filled with thoughts of romance, mystery, and opportunity. The emotion can go overboard at times, though, when they get too escapist or idealistic. With their heads in the clouds, Pisces can easily be scatterbrained or indecisive. They’re also one of the more self-victimizing signs and can be irrational and self-pitying when things don’t go their way.

Planning your Series

Ideally, you’ve already read my post on why a trilogy shouldn’t be your default goal.

A series needs to be planned. You shouldn’t have a complete story that starts, ends, and fully resolves with a single novel but force it into three books. From the start, you should know the basics of each book in your series. Even if you don’t know the details, and even if you make changes later on, each story needs to have its own independent plotline that contributes to a larger series plot and is completely necessary to your series’ success.

And let me say this straight off: I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. I don’t write out intricate outlines and all that. I also don’t go in blind. Whenever I write, I try to at least know the basics specific to that novel:

  • Who will be introduced?
  • Who is the villain and what is their goal?
  • Who is going to die?
  • Will the hero succeed?

And if you’re writing one installment for a larger series of books:

  • How does this contribute to the larger plot?

Because ideally, each book could stand on its own. Each book in the series needs to have its own plot that will be resolved during that particular book. At the same time, all these single book plots need to contribute to the larger series plot. Take a moment to think about your series and decide if that’s the case for you. Here’s an example:

Book one: Princess is captured. In the end she escapes.

Book two: Evil prince tries to hunt her down. In the end he’s killed.

Book three: Evil king summons a god to get revenge for his son’s death. Happy ending.

And voilà! For the level of planning I do, that simple outline would be enough for me to start writing. Each book has its own plot. Each of them could be its own stand-alone novel. At the same time, each of them is open enough to allow for a sequel with higher tension that the last. Except maybe book three, because it might be hard to outdo summoning a god to do your bidding.

When you know off the bat that the prince won’t be one to let go (because all of book two he’s devoted to recapturing her), you can hint at that during book one by making him possessive and stuff. In book two maybe he starts dabbling in summoning demons to hunt down the princess, which helps the father-like-son thing for book three when daddy dearest turns out to be a more powerful sorcerer than his son. If you know he’ll be the big bad for book three, you can introduce him during the first two with prime foreshadowing.

And of course, the notes I wrote for that are really bare bones. They don’t go into side plots or anything like that, so there’s plenty of room to expand. Don’t feel like plotting the future books of the series will restrict you. In fact, it’ll set you up for an intricate plot with plenty of room for foreshadowing. You can always make changes later on, like it’s actually the prince’s sister that wants revenge or whatever. But if you have an idea of where things will end up, you’ll find it much easier to write.

–E