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Today, on the 21st of September, Filipinos from all walks of life march for human rights, and against tyranny.

(I do love this country, warts and all.)

(And shout out to all the schools using their social media platforms to give voice to the cause, and to their faculty, staff, and students who are using the cancellation of classes to join the march.)

Morally Grey But Still Likable?

Writing morally grey characters readers will love.

@coinsanddeadlypoisons asked:

Do you have any tips about writing from the point of view of a manipulative character? I don’t want him to be an asshole but i am afraid the readers would see him as such. 

The large majority of the characters in The Warlord’s Contract are morally grey in one way or another, with one in particular being rather manipulative, and I’ve found that the same basic principles and tricks apply to them all, no matter which negative “asshole” attributes they exhibit.  

1. Why do they do what they do?

Readers will forgive most morally gray actions if they feel the character has a good reason for it. This reason can be anything number of things, often compounded. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The character’s goal is worth the sins they commit in the process.
  • Their past has conditioned them to do what they do.
  • They believe that they (or someone else) will suffer if they don’t.
  • They believe everyone else is already doing the same and they’re evening the playing field.
  • They believe their actions will benefit others in the long run.
  • They’re convinced they’ll be hurt if they don’t do it.

The reason(s) you character has do doing what they do should also make sense within the context of the story itself. Thematically, it should match or mirror other cause and effect situations you’re presenting, and it should fit (and often intertwine) with the character’s backstory and personality.

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The will to succeed

I lay here contemplating life. Debating between pushing myself to complete my business plan and throwing it all away to succumb to the mundane lifestyle of 9-5. Wondering if my ideas with ever come to fruition. But then I think of all the support I have. It doesn’t seem so large a task after all. To everyone who supports me, thank you.

hopefullyfunnystuff  asked:

What the heck is a feral horse????? Do this like attack people or something?

So the southwest in general has this kinda serious problem with poorly-managed ranches where horses escape/get lost/get abandoned and run around the mountains and breed with each other and you get these horses that haven’t lived with humans for 3 or 4 generations and are only kind of domesticated.

They don’t go out of their way to attack people, but they’re not chill like regular horses that have been socialized to live with humans, and they REALLY don’t like dogs and might kick the shit outta you if you get too close.  99% of the time they just run away though.

The more serious issue is that they’re aggressive around any surface water, which discourages the native deer/elk/antelope form drinking, so they die, and they are also a major vector for a bunch of ungulate and livestock diseases.  But people get really pissy when the park service rounds them up and sells them off because sometimes foreign companies purchase them for meat/the whole “we should find homes for these animals!” Ok brenda u gonna feed this pretty much wild animal?

it’s kind of a huge mess.

Silmarillion Project Help

As some of you well know, this semester I am attending a lecture class called the ‘Life and Works of J.R.R. Tolkien’. As expected, we have a finale project at the end of the semester in which we are supposed to present. Such must of course relate in some mannerism to Tolkien’s life or his works.

For myself, I have decided to discuss the dynamics between Morgoth and Sauron, primarily their roles as Dark Lords. The presentation within itself is to explore the differences between their approach and ultimately strive to answer the question– could it be argued that one is more dangerous than the other?

As some of you know, an often disputed conversation is a quote found within the Silmarillion when Sauron is first introduced stating; “–and was only less evil than his master in that for long he served another and not himself.” It is obvious from a logical approach, Sauron cannot be more powerful (or even equal) to the authority of Melkor, as being a maiar; he is physically weaker to that of a Valar, especially one that is ‘mightiest among the Ainur

However, as directed in the Silmarillion; “In all the deeds of Melkor the Morgoth upon Arda, in his vast works and in he deceits of his cunning, Sauron had a part–” Sauron’s influence in Melkor’s dominance over Arda cannot be disputed or discredited. But as we are evidently shown throughout the legendarium, Sauron was no master of war. Where as Morgoth could easily designate with brute force, his servant had to turn towards charm and manipulation for gain.

Therefore, the purpose of this presentation is to discuss the basis of Chaotic Evil vs Lawful Evil. Such is where I would love to have your thoughts and/or opinnions upon this topic for I do not believe there is an honest answer here. 

Some may believe that Sauron came closer to achieving the conquering of Middle Earth in the 6,000 years he reigned from the Second to Third Age then Melkor managed to accomplish in the 50,000 years that was the First Age. However, an argument could be poised that Sauron faced a lesser competition, with the glory of the elves fading and the Valar retreating from this world. After all, Morgoth did manage to hold superiority for 50,000 years. 

But what do you all think? Is the brutality of Morgoth more deserving of the accreditation of a Dark Lord or do you believe in the slyness of Sauron proved a much more deadly advisory? Feel free to comment on this post or even reblog with your ideas or simply share to help spread the word! After all, asking yourself who’d be worse to deal with is a lot left up to opinion then an honest answer and because of that– I need opinions for this presentation!

- Ardie

It’s late 2004 when Petunia receives - by owl, of all things - a copy of The Daily Prophet. She almost throws it away as a reflex, but movement on the front page catches her eye. A newborn baby held in the arms of a red-headed woman who looks vaguely familiar stares back at her from the paper. The headline reads SAVIOR OF THE WIZARDING WORLD AND STAR CHASER WELCOME NEW BABY JAMES SIRIUS POTTER-WEASLEY. 

She drops the paper to the kitchen floor in shock. Harry. Nasty, freakish little Harry, who couldn’t properly cook bacon has a son. 

She’s slightly more prepared two years later when another copy of the wizarding newspaper soars through her window. This one she has to open to the second page, but sure enough, HARRY POTTER CAUSES CONTROVERSY WITH NEW CHILD’S NAME blinks from the top of the paper. Another baby, this one looking more like Harry himself had - where had THAT thought come from - blinks up at her. 

Petunia Dursley has a nervous breakdown, though, after an anxiety attack caused by a third birth announcement from that world. Vernon enters the kitchen to find her sobbing on the floor, next to a newspaper - a moving newspaper - open to the fourth page, which proclaims, LILY POTTER-WEASLEY BORN NEW YEARS EVE. 

Your weekly reminder that:

  • Victor Nikiforov’s name is officially spelled with a C as decided by the show’s writers
  • The YOI Wikia is WRONG, they know it and they refuse to correct their mistake, therefore invalidating their role as a source of objective, factual information. If they can’t even get a main character’s name spelled correctly, then none of their information can be considered reliable because who knows what else they changed just because the admins wanted. (ETA: At the very least now they have a note that acknowledges Victor as the canon spelling, but why they insist on keeping the incorrect one is beyond me)
  • If you write it with a K because “that’s more correct in Russian”, I hope you also write Atabek Altyn, Yuriy Plisetsky (or Yuri Plisetski) and Akuseeru, Ruuppu and Ruutsu Nishigoori, because those are more accurate and correct spellings in relation to those characters’ countries of origin, and if you don’t use those spellings, then you don’t care about being “culturally appropriate” and are just being stupid :D

If you spell it with a K for aesthetics… I mean that’s your prerrogative and I’m not gonna bitch at you for it but I’ll also never undestand why

Please fire me. I am a paralegal, and one of the basic pieces of information we need from new clients for legal purposes is their date of birth. Usually, we simply allow them to write down said information on an intake form.

Today, I discovered that one of my clients listed their DOB as “12/31/15.”

I guess the unborn ARE entitled to legal representation, after all.

anonymous asked:

Do you think Sherlock is a bottom?

Oh Nonny, are you trying to cause trouble?

I am a switchlocker. I get having a preference, that’s fine. But to say that the only way Sherlock can top is if he’s aggressive and DFP (and honestly if someone enjoys that, more power to them!) is a load of bullshit.

To say bottomlock is right and toplock is wrong is honestly so fucking stupid and the opinion of a very vocal group on this site. 

I also wonder why we even need to have this conversation in this, the year 2017.

So no Nonny, I don’t think Sherlock is bottom. I think he loves John and loves all the ways he and John can touch and love each other.