chrysler building

half the time I’m optimistic and excited about my life and career and the other half I’m just like ‘fuck it I’m moving to my little piece of damp forest in rural new brunswick and living in a trailer’

i’m not… excited alex is gonna be tortured? but i know she lives through it and i know that she’ll have maggie, kara, and the rest of her family to comfort her if the writers decide they care enough to show alex with repercussions of what happened. i wish we could get alex development through some other manner but what’s happening is what’s happening, and i don’t think it’s romanticizing alex’s hardships by being excited that she’ll get some screen time.

SWTOR Headcanon - OOC to IC amenities

The GTN is an actual thing that works like eBay. You can check it on your personal datapad and then go down to your local GTN kiosk to collect your item a few days later when it has been shipped in from another planet. They are located in major commercial areas, such as the Senate Commerce District and just down the road from the Promenade Market.

Aesthe-Tech surgery machines are advanced, automated surgical apparatus which will anaesthetise a wealthy client and non-autonomous droid surgeons then begin to remodel their body to a chosen appearance before slowly withdrawing anaesthetic once the recovery process is nearly complete.

Galactic Cargo-Hold Ltd. is a shipping and logistics company. Customers can deposit items at a local repository and their planet-hopping movements are tracked, so that possessions can be quickly transported and are soon accessible once on other worlds.

Certain medical droids around the galaxy are known to charge extortionate amounts of credits in exchange for basic medical supplies. In fact, some of them will actually barter their drugs and medpacs for seemingly useless items, clothing or even weapons! What they do with this remains a mystery.

There is a company owned by the Hutt Cartel who are licensed to produce exact replicas of outfits worn by famous Galactic figures, made to measure for the client. This industry has been entirely monopolised and the prices make this service accessible only to the richest in society.

Anyone got any others?

ramblingrubyred  asked:

Thank you for your awesome helpfulness! In my WIP, magic exists through spell usage. I want to explain that magic has an energy cost ("All magic comes with a price") but I'm not sure I should just come out and explain why and how it works. I'm writing in third person limited (I think) and it feels silly to explain what the protag already knows. Any ideas for how to say spells=energy drain without coming right out and saying it? Thank you again! *high fives*

This is a great opportunity for showing rather than telling. If all magic comes with a price, then show the readers the cost of someone overdoing it. 

You could have your protagonist witness someone attempting to use too much magic and suffering the consequences. Think about the mood and situation that the character is in, and you’ll find the situation that will fit:

  • Is there a battle? A warrior mage makes a great big push against enemy forces but drains their last reserves of magic and collapses on the field.
  • Is it in a school? A student is attempting to show off to their friends and over-estimates their ability which winds up with them face-planting in the middle of lunch and having to go to the school nurse.
  • Is it in a professional setting? The healer is faced with saving a patient from the brink of death – using up all her magic reserves – or being able to treat a number of less serious, but still pressing, injuries.

Essentially, your magic having a price sets you up with a lot of great opportunities for conflict, and it’s going to be a matter of figuring out where it’s best to showcase that. The reader will be able to figure out the rules of the magic in your world through the assumptions and reactions of your protagonist. Your protag might witness, say, the schoolyard showboating and roll their eyes and scoff when the other kid over does things “What’d they expect?” Your character might think.

Remember, when you’re establishing your world through the eyes of a character, your first step should be to figure out what your character thinks of as normal, and how the character’s normal differs from your/ the reader’s sense of normality.

A good example of ‘magic has consequences’ is Stephen King’s Carrie – when Carrie overuses her psychic powers, she gets nosebleeds, headaches, and faintness. I’m pretty sure also that many of Tamora Pierce’s books feature magic that comes with a price.