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Mercury In The Houses

Mercury In The 1st House

  • Positive Traits: agile, instinctive, literary
  • Negative Traits: insensitive, sometimes you only talk about the things that you are interested in and don’t care to hear what others say, brusque
  • Celebrities: Grace Kelly, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penélope Cruz, Niall Horan

Mercury In The 2nd House

  • Positive Traits: powerful, clever, well-thought-out
  • Negative Traits: hard-headed, whiny when things don’t go your way, you aren’t as flexible as you have the potential to be
  • Celebrities: Pamela Anderson, Lindsay Lohan, Ben Affleck, Gerard Butler

Mercury In The 3rd House

  • Positive Traits: communicative, excellent at multi-tasking, agog
  • Negative Traits: you find it difficult to sit still and relax, scatterbrained, you may form opinions too quickly
  • Celebrities: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jim Carrey, Alicia Keys

Mercury In The 4th House

  • Positive Traits: homely, conventional, strong memory
  • Negative Traits: manipulative, frequently upset, narrow view of the world
  • Celebrities: Jay-Z, Colin Farrell, Eva Longoria, Brittany Murphy

Mercury In The 5th House

  • Positive Traits: lively, quick-witted, comical
  • Negative Traits: your jokes may offend people often, tendency to exaggerate, prone to fabricating stories
  • Celebrities: Alice Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Rita Ora, Diana Ross

Mercury In The 6th House

  • Positive Traits: hard-working, reliable, attentive
  • Negative Traits: perfectionist, nervous energy, you may feel confused a lot of the time
  • Celebrities: James Franco, Matthew McConaughey, Serena Williams, Betty White

Mercury In The 7th House

  • Positive Traits: analytical, productive, great debater
  • Negative Traits: competitive, you feel incomplete without romance in your life, hesitant to think about the future
  • Celebrities: Whitney Houston, Clint Eastwood, Snoop Dogg, Christina Ricci

Mercury In The 8th House

  • Positive Traits: strategic, good at problem-solving, psychic
  • Negative Traits: you guard your heart too much, suspicious of people, you hardly open up
  • Celebrities: Demi Moore, Sean Connery, Matt Damon, Pink

Mercury In The 9th House

  • Positive Traits: consistent, versatile, skilled conversationalist
  • Negative Traits: impatient, you make fast judgements without being aware of all of the facts, authoritative
  • Celebrities: Al Pacino, Céline Dion, Mila Kunis, Robert Downey Jr.

Mercury In The 10th House

  • Positive Traits: reasonable, thoughtful, efficient
  • Negative Traits: materialistic, power hungry, afraid to ask others for a helping hand (in fear of appearing weak)
  • Celebrities: Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, Heidi Klum

Mercury In The 11th House

  • Positive Traits: humanitarian, unique, individualistic
  • Negative Traits: disorganized thought process, may find yourself saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, overly talkative every now and then
  • Celebrities: Salvador Dalí, Anne Hathaway, River Phoenix, Lorde

Mercury In The 12th House

  • Positive Traits: selfless, accepting of different people and ideas, tender
  • Negative Traits: vulnerable, secretive, you have trouble focusing on important details
  • Celebrities: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frida Kahlo, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash

Numerology 101

In my time running this blog, I haven’t seen a single post about numerology, maybe just because nobody knows it, or maybe because witches have a pathological fear of math. Either way, it’s a shame! The basics of numerology are painfully easy to grasp, and I would mark it down as one of the easiest divinitory systems I’ve tried to date. So let’s hit the basics!

We’ll jump right into it.

The Math

Actually, we need to work out the numbers we’re using first. While a person’s birthday is already very handily in a numeric form for you, their name is written up in pesky letters. But every letter has a corresponding numerological number, and by noting the number for each letter in a name, you’re able to calculate what you need.

Here’s a chart of the numbers, nice and easy and not necessary to memorize at all.

The numerological ‘alphabet’ if you will, only goes from the numbers 1-9. The letter ‘A’ marks 1, then J does again, then S. The more you work with numbers, the more you’ll come to just know what letters are associated with what, but even if you don’t, this chart is easy to replicate and even easier to find online.

The next part comes in writing out the numbers for a person’s name. You’ll want to keep this organized rather than messy, as  you’ll be using different parts of the numbers to calculate different things. I like to write out the names, then write the numbers for all the vowels above the name, then all the numbers for the consonants below the name. When you’ve done so, it should look something like this:

Some things to note:

  • Y is treated as a vowel when there are no other vowels in a syllable (Ex: Lynn, Carolyn)
  • W is treated as a vowel when preceded by a vowel and when it produces a single sound (Ex: Bradshaw, Matthew)

The birthday, again, is already in numeric format, so now all of your numbers just need to be added properly. Which brings us back to the scary part.

The Actual Math

Really, it’s nothing more than basic sums. If you can add, you can figure out your numbers. Hell, if you can’t add, you can have a calculator figure it out for you.

It is a little more involved than adding all the numbers you’ve so dutifully marked down and calling it a day, but let’s work through it first.

First, add all the numbers from the vowel section together. Then, add all the numbers from the consonant section together. If we go off the name I provided above, it should look something like this:

Congrats, the hardest bit of math is over!

“But Shay,” you say. “You said the numerological alphabet only consists of the numbers 1-9!”

And so I did. But I also said only the worst of the math was over. Next, we need to break down the numbers we got until they fall into that range. What you do for this is you take each numeral in the number and you add them together.

Let’s break it down. Looking at the vowel section, we’ve been left with the number 22. To get the numerological number, you take each numeral and add them together - here, that looks like 2 + 2 and leaves us with the number 4, perfectly within our range.

Our consonant number at the moment is 54, or 5 + 4, which adds up to 9. Again, in range. Should you get a number that’s still too big, keep breaking it down until it’s only one digit. For example, the number 98 becomes 17 (9 + 8), but then 17 becomes 8 (1 + 7) and is now within the acceptable range.

You’ve just calculated the Inner Dreams number and the Soul Urge number. And by adding those two together (and reducing as necessary) you will have the Destiny Path number. In this case, it’s 4 (The Soul Urge and Inner Dreams numbers 9 and 4 add up to 13, and 13 as 1 + 3 equals 4).

That’s three numbers down, one to go.

We’ve largely neglected the Life Path number, but all it really requires is the reduction method we just covered.

Take my birthday. April 27th, 1993, or in number terms, 04/27/1993. All you have to do is add all these numbers together, then once they’re nice and neat in one giant number, you simplify it as you learned. 04 + 27 + 1993 = 2024, which gives us a number to reduce. Even though it’s more than two digits, you handle it the same way. 2 + 0 + 2 + 4 adds up to 8, making a quick work of the reduction and giving us our Life Path number.

For you visual learners out there, it looks something like this:

Breaking it Down

So now, we have all four of our numbers! And with minimal tears shed. For the sake of having everything in one place, all of my numbers put together look something like this:

A number showing up more than once implies a strength of presence in that number - two or three times indicates that the traits associated with that number are strong, as do numbers that ‘resonate’, such as how 4 fits evenly into 8 or 3 fits evenly into 9. If there are too many repetitions of a number, expect to see more and more of the negative associations of those traits brought to light. Keep your eye out for these, as they will amplify one another.

Okay, but what does it all mean?

The Divination

There are four major numbers you go for when putting someone’s numbers together. The Life Path number, the Destiny Path number, the Soul Urge number, and the Inner Dreams number.

Life Path:

The life path number is the sum of the numbers in one’s birthday (date, month, and year). It relates to the path in life one will take and the traits one has at birth.

Destiny Path:

The destiny path number is the sum of all letters in one’s full name. It relates to the tasks one was meant to achieve in their lifetime.

Soul Urge:

The soul urge number is the sum of all vowels in a person’s name. It represents a person’s inner cravings, their likes and dislikes, and what they value most.

Inner Dreams:

The inner dreams number is the sum of all consonants in a person’s name. It represents secret dreams, inner desires, and fantasies.

And lastly, the meaning of the numbers themselves. This post is already long enough to the point where I’m not going to write up a paragraph about each and every number (they are all available and more if you look them up online), but I’ll give you a run-down for each.


Positive Traits:
Initiator, pioneering spirit, inventive ideas, strong leadership skills, independent
Negative Traits:
Overly assertive, aggressive, domineering, impulsive, egotistic, boastful


Positive Traits:
Cooperative, adaptable, considerate of others, sensitive, diplomatic, modest
Negative Traits:
Shy, timid, fearful, drowns in the details, easily depressed


Positive Traits:

  • Self-expressive, inspired, happy, fun-loving, keen imagination
  • Negative Traits:
  • Scattered energies, self-centeredness, unfinished projects, lack of direction


Positive Traits:
Strong sense of order, highly practical, steady growth, fine management skills
Negative Traits:
Lack of imagination, stubborn, fixed opinions, argumentative, slow to act


Positive Traits:
Expansiveness, new visionary ideas, quick thinking, versatile, resourceful
Negative Traits:
Restless, discontent, edgy temperament, dissatisfaction, overhasty, impatient


Positive Traits:
Responsible, artistic, nurturing, community-oriented, balanced, sympathetic
Negative Traits:
Self-righteous, obstinate, stubborn, meddlesome, egotistical, dominating


Positive Traits:
Methodical, analytical, intelligent, scientific, studious, solitary, perfectionist
Negative Traits:
Hidden motives, suspicious, overly reserved, isolated, inflexible


Positive Traits:
Good leader, strong sense of direction, sound judgement, decisive, commanding
Negative Traits:
Overly ambitious, oppressive, impatient, stressed, materialistic


Positive Traits:
Hearty friendliness, humanitarian instincts, giving, selfless, creative
Negative Traits:
Self-adulation, scattered interests, possessiveness, moodiness, carelessness 

So there you have it! Put the numbers you calculated to their associated meanings and work it out in your head, just like with tarot or other divinatory practices.

Just a few parting comments before I end this post.

In Summation

This is the setup for a slightly above basic numerological reading. The most basic that I ever use involves taking just the Life Path and Destiny path numbers. To take an even more complex spread, you could break down the person’s full name by each individual name, analyzing the vowels, consonants, and overall number for the first, middle, and last name individually, so that you can study what builds a person up into their full name and their path numbers. This gets very extensive very fast, and even with just the four above, you may end up doing three numbers per name plus the Life Path number. For your standard 3-name schema, this would involve ten numbers. Still manageable, but quite a lot.

On the topic of nicknames: generally, the rule in numerology is that you should use the name a person has held the longest. For example, Shay isn’t my birth name, but I’ve been called Shay for just over half of my lifetime. This is a good guideline, but please consider it only as a guideline. If someone has a name they do not wish to be called, respect them, and analyze the name they give you instead. An interesting thing to do - if the subject is comfortable - is to compare the birth name with the chosen name numerologically, and they can comment on advances that you have made through your life.

This is all I can think of at the moment! Go forth and numerolocize!

Lastly, I put together a blank template so you can practice on your own :D

Im laughing, im doing some rereading of the fz novels and look at how Kirei’s master/servant relationship with Gilgamesh is described:

“Although Kirei knew that having three or four battle plans ready for the potentially unpredictable fight with Rider would be good enough, Archer did not agree to it. This battle did not belong to Kirei, but the King of Heroes. Kirei needed to respect the wish of the warriors if they desired a face-to-face rivalry. This was likely the biggest difference between Kirei and the other magi, who merely used Servants as tools.

He was opposed to using even a single Command Seal on Archer. He would only get the opposite result if he forced a man with such a huge ego to serve another’s will. The best way was not to control this Servant as a pawn, but to use him as if he were an environmental condition, like the weather or the direction of the wind. A sailor could not control the wind, but he could dexterously control his boat using the sail. That was his reasoning.

Archer had left for the moment because he didn’t like being locked up in this underground place. Kirei understood that Archer would rush back when necessary, so he did not feel uneasy in the least. Kirei did not regard this King of Heroes as a familiar, but as an accomplice with mutual interests.

I’m just so amused by how Kirei is confirmed to see Gilgamesh as a storm that comes through and he just tries to hang on. I can only imagine how things were during the 10 years of domestic bliss. If some of the priests saw Kirei’s messy office on a night after Gil was raiding the wine stash he probably just said something like “Ah yes, a terrible storm blew through and left my office a mess.”

Also gotta love the difference between Good Guy Emiya “My servant is nothing but a tool that i don’t even need to speak to.” Kiritsugu, and Bad Guy Kotomine “My servant isn’t a familiar or a tool, but my accomplice working towards our mutual interests.” Kirei.

but what if what sets humanity apart from all the other aliens, what makes us notable in the interstellar community isn’t one unusual trait, but like… two or three fairly common traits that are almost never shared by a single species

like… I don’t know. maybe we’re unusual in that we’re highly social with our own species and with other species. maybe there’s no one else with our particular combination of “long-range pursuit predator stamina” and “brachiating/throwing arm.” maybe we’re the only intelligent species that can stomach both beer and chocolate

anonymous asked:

My brother, who knows me and how I communicate very well, says that when I talk to other people he is constantly thinking "oh they didn't get that" or "they understood you differently" but the other people think they understood me. Other people think I'm a neurotypical communicating effectively but since I'm apparently not expressing what I want to, is this a communication problem?

Definitely! And it’s one that I share. If what you intend to communicate is not being received as such by other people, that is a communication problem. It can often be hard for us to notice this is happening because we tend to not be great at reading other people and rarely in conversation do you ask someone if they understood what you meant. However, someone who knows us well and can read people better will be able to notice this difference between what we mean and what is received. 


anonymous asked:

I'm really glad that one anon brought up the autism thing. I'm an actual autistic person and when I read fics (usually kl/nce) w/ autistic k, I felt uncomfortable. I always felt like autism was being weirdly fetishised, like "k has stims, that's so cute." They would also act as if he were very child-like which is insanely ableist. I also agree that they're suddenly using his "autistic traits" (bad communication and rashness) to say he's a bad leader. Antis are disgusting.

They’ll fetishise anything in their fics. Autism? Cute. Latinx? Hot, can be used to serve as a Spanish kink. Asian? feminine. Two guys hate each other? Yaoi tropes.

Their fetishisation is masked as inclusive activism.

That other Mermaid Malec AU ...

I had an idea, so I decided to share, maybe somebody will like it :)

A world, in which there are normal animals, that are worshipped for the most prat because they are the ‘purest form of creatures’, then there are shapeshifter, that can shift between full animal and human with remaining parts of animals and then there are shifters, that can take on only part of the animal form and can turn full human without any remaining traces of the animal.

Magnus is a full shifter, can turn into a cat and when he’s human his skin is slightly uneven or something, where the stripes are on his cat fur and his eyes remain those of a cat. He’s part of the ‘royal society’, which all full shifter belong to. 

Alec is part fish (basically a merman), lives in the main river of the city, this story takes place in, with his family/siblings. He is a half shifter and works in the office of communication, that handles traits with full humans. 
(Also, there are boxes for clothes under every bridge for those shifters living in the rivers to put their clothes or get new ones, when they leave the water. Sea shifters don’t have a concept of belongings, when it comes to clothes. They get mostly donated stuff as well.)

One day, he saves a cat from drowning, but when he brings it to the side of the river and is just about to call for help or get help, the cat suddenly turns into a guy and Alec realizes, it’s a full shifter. But not just that, he also sees the mark of a traitor and convicted criminal (something serious) on Magnus’ shoulder, so he’s like ‘I don’t want to get into trouble, I saved you and that’s as far as it goes.’ 

Magnus on the other hand is terrified, that the moment Alec gets away, he would ring the alarm. He tries to get a hold of Alec, but Alec bites him and disappears into the water. The next few days, Magnus is more paranoid, than before, but nothing changes much from how the police was looking for him before. So, he figures Alec didn’t tell them, which makes him suspicious again, so tracks Alec down at his day job, to find out why he didn’t sell Magnus out to the police. 

A story of them working together against the evil people, that got Magnus wrongfully accused of the murder of his stepfather in the first place. 

It involves Magnus as a cat, riding in Alec’s back, while he swims through the river to some destination and a boat full of tourists being stunned by the cat’s ‘Deal with it’-attitude on the merman’s back. 

And Alec being super unimpressed, when Magnus actually tries to intimidate him with a ‘Cats eat fish, you know’-kind of line. Magnus might also get dunked several times in this story, when he gets too cocky. 
And Alec has the habit of just slipping underwater, when he’s uncomfortable or doesn’t want to talk about something or is embarrassed and so on. x3

And of course, them falling in love. :3 

anonymous asked:

I think you've mentioned that the "race" thing is more of a game mechanic than a actual concrete depiction of the various people in tamriel but what would say a nordic-dunmeri child generally look like? and would they inherit both their parent's elemental resistance to frost and fire?

Is the mom a Dunmer and the dad a Nord? The kid will look primarily Dunmeri. Maybe their ears will be blunter or their eyes a human color. 

Is the mom a Nord and the dad a Dunmer? The kid will look primarily Nordic. Maybe their ears will be pointier or their eyes red. 

In regards to the racial powers and traits in the games, the conversation gets trickier still. I tend to think that they are representations of both cultural traits (Dunmer commune with their ancestors = can summon a ghost), physical traits (Khajiit can see in the dark = Night Eye spell), and actual magical abilities. We don’t really know if the Nords’ resist cold ability translates to all Nords magically being immune to cold, or if it just means that they’re more used to cold and know how to make warmer clothing. Likewise, we don’t know if the Dunmer are just more used to hot temperatures or if they’re literally able to walk through fire. If the “powers” are primarily cultural or location based (used to cold/warmth), the child would have the “power” of whichever culture or location they’re raised in. If the “powers” are primarily magical (complete natural immunity to frost/fire), the child would likely have a combination of both, though I don’t think it’d come at full strength. 

anonymous asked:

I recently got diagnosed with autism, and from what I've understood with my research is that one of the most common things is that it's difficult to communicate with people. But I kinda wonder how my communication translates, because I'm good at talking and sarcasm and stuff, but I have it very difficult to start talking or texting to someone, and it also translates to being almost unable to ask questions on tumblr unless there's anon. How does that fit autism?

That would be a form of difficulty with communication. Many autistic people are able to speak eloquently and use non-literal speech. However, difficulty initiating conversations is a form of difficulty with communication that many of us experience. 


gemini at a glance

general: witty, emotionally mutable, talkative, courageous

element: air; see their flighty mood

modality/quality: mutable; see their need for movement

ruler: mercury, god of communication (speaking)

hidden trait: easily bored

deadly sin: lust

crime if arrested: perjury or public intoxication… haven’t quite decided.

loves: talking

hates: being stuck in any situation

will: make you laugh

won’t: leave you when you need them


anonymous asked:

Les cinq situations qui font pleurer AM quoi qu'il arrive? (et BH aussi, pas de jaloux)

Ouh, c’est une excellente question. Je vais croiser canon et headcanon, parce que oui oui, on a des preuves canon, ça leur arrive de pleurer, ils sont sensibles et c’est pour ça qu’on les aime. Et puis parce que les meilleurs headcanons ont une part, même minime, de vérité.

Notez cependant qu’ils sont relativement pudiques à ce niveau-là, donc “pleurer” sera en fait seulement “les larmes aux yeux”, au mieux.

Bon et puis c’est pas vraiment des situations, mais voilà.

Pour AM :

  • Parler de son père / repenser à lui. (il est extrêmement pudique sur la question, et les rares fois où il en parle, il est vraiment hyper ému, j’ai toutes les raisons de croire que quand il y pense un peu trop, ça lui arrive de pleurer. AM vous file des leçons d’admirations.)
  • Les trahisons. (qu'elles soient politiques ou personnelles. J’ai lu que quand il était chargé de la rénovation du PS par Aubry, il faisait tout pour qu’elle accepte d’organiser des primaires en 2011. Cela a donné lieu à un certain nombre de disputes, et apparemment, lors de l’une d’elle, il avait carrément les larmes aux yeux. Et puis il y a l’histoire du Congrès du Mans, qui a vu FH être élu Premier secrétaire du PS. La plupart des fondateurs du NPS avaient finalement choisi d’accepter la synthèse avec les hollandais. Mais pas AM, qui ne voulait pas que ses thèmes phares soient dégagés au nom de la synthèse. Il a prit le ralliement de Peillon et Hamon (surtout Peillon, d’ailleurs) comme une trahison, et les témoins racontent qu’il est parti complètement abattu, déprimé.)
  • Ses enfants. (Là encore, c’est canon. Je pense que c’est un trait commun à toutes les femmes et tous les hommes politiques qui ont des enfants : ils ne les voient pas beaucoup. Et bien AM n’échappe pas à la règle, et il reconnaît lui-même que c’est dur de pas les voir autant qu’il le voudrait. + Il a une fille née dans des conditions difficiles, et on voit dans Une Ambition Intime que c’est toujours dur pour lui d’en parler. Genre vraiment. Il est au bord des larmes).

Donc ça c’est pour le canon. Pour ce qui est des headcanons :

  • Quand il est surmené. (qu’AM soit émotif, voire qu’il “cache un dépressif potentiel” c’est canon ou presque. Donc ça ne m’étonnerait pas, mais il ne s’agit là que de mon avis, qu’une accumulation de trop d’émotions négatives le fasse craquer. La fatigue, la déception, la colère, quelque chose qui ne va pas dans son sens, un nouvel obstacle alors qu’il en avait déjà abattu une dizaine auparavant et hop.)
  • Quand on le rassure / qu’on lui dit qu’on l’aime sincèrement (AM a très souvent été seul dans tout ce qu’il a fait. Je pense que sa solution pour remédier à cela, c’est d’exister. Politiquement, médiatiquement… Sauf qu’il s’attire beaucoup de soutien, mais peu d’amis. Alors, c’est 100% HC sur fond de CHB, mais je pense que quand on lui dit sincèrement qu’on l’aime (*tousse* BH *tousse*) et qu’on est là pour lui, que c’est un gars bien, etc., il peut avoir la gorge serrée, voire même se mettre à pleurer.)

Pour BH :

Et c’est intéressant parce qu’une fois, Bourdin lui a fait écouter Boys Don’t Cry de The Cure, et il a ajouté “Ça leur arrive pourtant et c’est pas mal, pour les garçons de pleurer deux, trois fois”. Voilà, mon coeur saigne, je vis pour BH qui réhabilite les hommes qui pleurent. Ceci dit, ce n’est pas évident de trouver cinq situations, parce que tout pur qu’il est, il m’a plutôt l’air d’être un tough smol.

  • Ses filles (I mean, vous avez déjà vu plus Papa Poule que lui ? Il avoue, dans la fameuse interview de Bourdin, qu’il a pleuré quand ses filles sont nées)
  • Quand il déçoit des gens. (pur HC, mais je pense qu’il déteste voir de la déception dans le regard des gens qui comptaient sur lui, que ce soit dans sa vie professionnel ou personnelle)
  • Les messages d’espoir, les moments de fraternité, d’unité. (Je pense qu’il déteste le conflit. Il aime les gens, il aime l’entraide et le partage. Là encore, c’est un peu du HC, mais est-ce que vous l’avez vu à Bercy. Il avait l’air tellement ému, rien que de voir tant de gens rassemblés pour écouter ce qu’il avait à dire, à mon avis il ne lui aurait pas fallu grand chose de plus pour verser une larme. +Je pense que certains grands messages d’espoir peuvent toucher AM aussi.)
  • Certaines chansons, certains livres, certains poèmes, certains films. (Ce n’est qu’un HC et je ne saurais pas vous dire lesquels par contre, mais voilà, ça m’étonnerait pas. On a déjà parlé d’AM qui pleure devant des films, mais je pense que BH a CE film qui le tue à chaque fois. Genre un film sur un père et sa fille, ou un film un peu émouvant sur la Résistance par exemple.)

Ça fait que quatre, mais j’ai aucune idée pour une cinquième, les seuls trucs qui me viennent sont nuls. Soit j’en sais bien plus sur AM que sur BH (ce qui est possible, mais ça me rend un peu triste), soit cet homme est véritablement the purest badass, parce que rien d’autre d’un tant soit peu crédible ne me vient. Si vous voulez compléter, please do.

anonymous asked:

Any tips for writing guns + gun scenes ?

Guns are ranged weapons.

No, really, people forget this one a lot. A gun, whether it’s a pistol, a rifle, or a gattling gun, is meant to be used at range. If the opposing person is within eight to ten feet from the person with the gun and the gun is still in its holster, they won’t have time to clear it before they’re reached. The advantage of the gun is distance. If your character is using their gun at close range, then they are making a mistake. If your character is pressing a semi-automatic pistol against another character’s body, then they are (usually) going to be disabling the pistol. On most semi-automatics, pressing the slide back will unseat the battery (the chamber that holds the bullet about to be fired), and it will temporarily disable the weapon.

This is actually one of the main issues with the gun as a self-defense weapon. Most self-defense situations happen within the eight foot range, usually within grabbing distance. Reaching for the gun first is a great way to get killed if they’re too close.

The gun is not some ultimate god weapon or instant win button. In all it’s types, they very effective and dangerous. However, like any weapon, they also come with disadvantages and situations where they don’t shine. This is the main reason for training with and carrying different kinds of guns, and also different kinds of weapons such as knives and training in hand to hand.

There are many different kinds of guns and they all come with their own quirks

“Guns” is a very broad term for a very large variety of weapons. When I say it, I usually think of semi-automatic pistols but really if you’re also thinking assault rifle, shotgun, black powder pistol, machine gun, or blunderbuss, you wouldn’t be wrong. This is long before we leave general categories and get into sub categories like compact, sub compact, automatic, semi-automatic, pump action, and different manufacturer. Many writers (including me when I’m lazy) will use terms like “gun”, “pistol”, or “rifle” to convey a general term and, you know, that works with characters how have no idea how to tell a Glock 17 from a Colt 1911 to a Smith & Wesson. However, if you’re writing a character who owns a gun, then they should probably know what it is.

There’s a wide range of variety amongst the different manufacturers. Not all pistols will carry the same amount of ammunition. Different manufacturers are popular in different areas of the country. While the Glocks are very popular amongst law enforcement groups in the United States, for example, each precinct has their own preferred standard. It varies, sometimes wildly.

So, do your homework.

You want to write about characters using guns, then you need to research them. Find out how they work, find out how to care for them, find out different scuttlebutt, research the different pistols you see characters using in movies and television shows. Research the history behind those weapons, see if the production staff has ever offered up any particular information on why they picked those particular ones and not others. You can use a character’s choice in their weapons to communicate character traits and their combat preferences. Source the real world information on it. That way, you can make executive decisions and you sound more like you know what you’re talking about. (You do!)

Besides, you’ll never know if you never look. One part of being a writer is the acceptance of being a student. Go through gun manuals at your library. Learn about the different kinds. Visit a gun range. Take a few lessons. You don’t ever have to like guns or approve of them, but you should make an effort to figure them out. (Yes, some handguns have a safety that’s a button, some have a switch, and some don’t have them at all.)

Never fire until it’s empty

Continuously firing until you run out of ammunition is a Hollywood trope and a mistake made by people who don’t know how guns work. You don’t drive your car until it runs out of gas. Don’t get caught trying to shoot someone with an empty gun. Also, save those magazines for later, don’t just toss them on the ground, bullets, and magazines, are expensive to replace.

Count your bullets

Your characters can’t really keep track of their enemy’s bullets (and if you’re writing from their perspective you shouldn’t either honestly, not having a full picture of what what the enemy is doing keeps them worrying and tension high), but they should try to keep in mind how many they have.

One bullet is not enough

If you’re going to shoot someone, then shoot them several times. This usually means three to five times to center mass, or until they stop moving. A single bullet is not a guarantee that they are out of the fight. People are durable, they can take quite a bit of punishment and keep going. Guns are not magic, neither are bullets. So, don’t get cocky.

The sign of skill is not in how few bullets a character needs to get their job done, it’s in how efficiently they work and how well they cover their ass. Their ability to close off alternate avenues, to lock their opponent into a predictable path, and finish them off at minimal risk to themselves. A character who is ignoring basic procedure because they think the rules don’t apply to them is an idiot. Yes, the rules still apply to them. Yes, they should probably shoot that guy or girl several times to make sure he’s/she’s down. If they aren’t doing that, then there should probably be consequences.

The bullets have to end up somewhere

So, where are they? Bullets will continue to travel until they hit something. A responsible shooter tries to ensure they don’t hit someone unintended in the process. Bullets go through walls, car doors, and plenty of other objects. Fire randomly into a crowd and you will hit someone, though probably not the one you wanted. Blow through and overpenetration are real issues. Shoot someone with the big ass hand cannon and you may end up hitting someone in the next room. It could be a friend, family member, or random stranger. Manslaughter is still manslaughter. If your character is going to shoot at a burglar, it’s best if they don’t accidentally murder the neighbor’s cat. (Or their neighbor.)

This is all a really fun way of saying: not only do accidents happen, there’s a element of random chance at play no matter who you are. As the writer try to keep track of ammunition spent and where it landed.

Don’t shoot into the sky

What goes up, must come down. Falling bullets can still kill you, protagonist or not, or anyone close to you. This is a real problem that affect real (stupid) gun owners in real life who have watched too many action movies.

If you must fire a warning shot then, please, aim at the ground. It’s safer. Shrapnel will still be a problem and the bullet could bounce, but at least your character has some idea of which direction it went.

Go to a gun range

I didn’t really become comfortable with writing guns until Starke took me shooting. Not until I actually held one (several, actually) in my hands. Practicing on different ones really hammers in the idea that they don’t all feel the same or fire the same, and how loud they are.

In the end, the best teacher is experience. Now, there may be extenuating circumstances for why you personally can’t do this but it’s something everyone should consider.

The best way to develop skill at writing about anything is to learn about it and go in with an open mind. Make an effort. You will be rewarded with knowledge.


ya know… i kinda think that even though bella is a mental shield, it probably wouldn’t be that hard to tell what she’s thinking or feeling if you actually paid attention to the tone of her voice and words used, and body language and stuff. as a vampire i don’t imagine it would be that difficult to learn common human traits in communication, and you could literally apply that knowledge to nearly anyone, shield or no shield. it’d be interesting to see vampires out there with these kind of abilities that’s not actually a power but learned. 

AQUARIUS Positive traits

* Communicative
* Thoughtful and caring
* Cooperative and dependable
* Scientific
* Strong belief in humane reforms
* Independence of thought and action
* Intense interest in people
* Loyal friendship
* Inventive

Negative traits

* Unwilling to share ideas
* Tactless and rude
* Perverse and eccentric individuality
* Self-interested
* Unwillingness to fight for beliefs
* Uncertainty and lack of confidence
* Voyeuristic curiousity about people

On Calling Marvin Bisexual

So sometimes in reviews or summaries of Falsettos, Marvin will be identified as bisexual. Nowhere in the text is Marvin explicitly described as “bisexual” OR “gay”. Below, I spend 1500 words explaining my complex feelings around this.

TL;DR I don’t think Marvin is bisexual based on his characterization and how his relationships are described, but, as a bi person myself, I think it’s important not to assume that if someone has a gay relationship after a history of straight ones, they must be gay and their previous relationships were invalid.

So, can you say that Marvin is bisexual? Sure.
Does it make sense to call Marvin bisexual in the context of his character, the show, and the Marvin trilogy? I don’t think so, but I also don’t think it really matters. Also he’s fictional so it doesn’t matter, so why did I write so much fuck

The Essay:

Obviously, perpetuating the “if you have had straight relationships in the past as soon as you start a relationship with someone of another gender it means you’re now only attracted to that gender” idea is stupid. I want more stories where that’s not true, so having a bisexual Marvin would be awesome!

BUT it is also true that for some people, that is exactly what it means. Maybe they were trying to force themselves to be straight, or were in denial, or didn’t realize being gay was an option, or a million other things, and then finally were able to come to terms with being exclusively attracted to the same gender, and acted on it

And also there might be some cases in between, obviously, because I don’t think anyone’s sexuality or relationships are so simple, I mean insofar as gender is already a wishy washy subject, like who fricking knows, man? Labels are just to help us understand ourselves and communicate our traits & tendencies to others

My point is, if there’s a male character whose relationship history is:
(i.e. high school sweetheart, Trina, Trina, Whizzer)
there are still a million different things that might mean about his sexuality, depending on how he feels about those relationships and his sexuality

You can’t really say “oh he’s definitely gay and just was in the closet for a while” or “oh he’s definitely just bisexual” based on just relationship history. In real life, I would say that you can only make statements like that if the person tells you. In fiction, obviously, you can make more informed decisions also based on how their relationships are portrayed, how they feel about them, what the other characters say about them, what makes thematic sense, or, like Dumbledore, what the author says.

So let’s take our case of Marvin. I think we can safely assume that Marvin is, at the very least, sexually and romantically attracted to Whizzer. Now, the question moves to his relationship with Trina.

My first reaction to Marvin bisexuality is “obviously you’ve never heard The Nausea Before the Game” but it’s also fair because while we call it the Marvin trilogy, it doesn’t mean that the Marvin of In Trousers is entirely the same character in Falsettos. They are definitely characterized differently, I would say, which is even evident in that Alison was Trina in both IT and March, but Michael was brought in as Marv even though Chip obviously was available to reprise the role (though that might be because Chip is straight and they wanted someone queer, like Michael, to portray Marvin)

Anyway, in terms of Falsettos alone, I still think it’s evident that Marvin was not attracted to Trina the same way he was to Whizzer. Like, Trina didn’t even think he was, though that could have been based just on his relationship w/Whizzer. See: “Marvin was never mine, he took his meetings in the boy’s latrine” and “I only want to love a man who can love me” and “He told me how he loved me, how he needed and/or valued me” which always implied that he was trying to say the correct heterosexual thing to her

Also, a big clue, when Marvin’s talking to Mendel “Did she ever drive you wild? No. Never? No. Never? No no no” like I’m pretty sure that’s very explicitly saying he was never sexually attracted to Trina. Now, romantically? Harder to determine, but I’m pretty sure no. He definitely loves her, I mean they shared each other’s lives, and they continue to be, he talks her up to Mendel, etc.

I think it’s also important, thematically, for Marvin to have no romantic or sexual interest in Trina, because of the way he reacts to Mendel getting with her. Like, if he was at some point attracted to her or in love with her, it makes sense that he would be angry and jealous and generally upset, even though he divorced her. *But* if we assume he was never attracted to her, it becomes purely about the power thing, which is a consistent theme around his character, that he cares more about being perceived as powerful and desirable (you chose him to make me look bad), as well as being secure and cared for (I want a tight knit family, love me or break my heart, his obsession with being made food) than he does about others’ feelings, or even his own. I mean the man ostensibly broke up with his boyfriend because he beat him at chess.

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anonymous asked:

I've been pro dx with autism but I never fit any of the autistic created criteria. Am I still valid?

You could be the most stereotypical autistic ever, fitting the clinical criteria in the DSM perfectly, and it would be valid. The community created lists of autistic traits are about adding nuance to our understanding of autism based on the lived experience of autistics - but those experiences are never going to be perfectly uniform. If you can’t relate to some or even all of the community traits, that’s fine. You’re not any less of an autistic. Those criteria are meant to encourage to expand their understanding of what autism can look like, not what it must look like.

- Sam

anonymous asked:

You claim not to be a cat and yet you make sounds like one..

And just because I may sound similar to a cat, it doesn’t make me one.

Auditory communication is not a trait exclusively found in organic felines. Almost every creature and sentient being capable of producing sound uses this method. Cybertronians are no exception.

… in fact you could say we started using this method of communication long before your ‘cats’ existed.