descriptive processes

Writing Image Descriptions

I wish more people would try to write at least some of their own image descriptions for the pictures and images that they share.

Yes, blind people do use the Internet–I have literally known dozens of blind people who are using computers every day to do their jobs, including using the web. I have even known blind computer programmers and IT experts, including at least one who is deafblind (i.e., both deaf and blind).  They way they do it is that they have software that can convert text into speech.  (Or, for deafblind people, software can convert text into braille with the use of a braille output device that they connect to their computer. ) But this only helps for text that a computer will recognize as text. If you just have an image, including scanned images of text or text on top of gif images, then screen reading software will not help. But if people provide image descriptions, then that gives blind people another way to understand what the pictures show and what message people are meant to get from the pictures.

Image descriptions do not only help blind people. Some people need to turn off all images for various reasons – for example, people with photosensitive epilepsy are at risk of seizures if they see flashing light images, and turn off images to keep themselves safe. Some people have visual processing disorders, which means they can see things but the part of their brain that processes visual input and interprets it may not work properly so they may miss a lot of important detail unless someone helps point out key elements in the image.

Blind people often have a lot of frustration using the internet because, even though there is a lot of content perfectly accessible for them, there is also a lot of content they can’t see that doesn’t come with image descriptions. This is similar to the frustration that we deaf people feel when we come across a video we want to see but can’t, because the video doesn’t have captions to tell us what people are saying in the video.

I try to write image descriptions at my blog as much as feasible. But sometimes I see posts going around that I would really *like* to share, but I have to ignore them because I just don’t have time to keep writing image descriptions for every post I see that I would like to share. If more people wrote at least some of their own image descriptions then I could share more of their images with my followers.  

I’m glad for blogs like @image-descriptions (which shares images with image descriptions) but wish it wasn’t so rare for people to write their own image descriptions.

Please consider adding image descriptions to at least some of the images that you post. Even if you might not have followers who need them, some of the people who reblog them from you might have blind followers or others who need them.

Dialogue Breakdown

Dialogue is an important part of storytelling. While I’m not perfect by any means, I definitely consider this to be my strength when it comes to writing. So hopefully I can shed some light on this subject and help those that want to improve their dialogue in some capacity.

Internalized thoughts:

  • I consider internalized thoughts dialogue said to oneself. Which is why I’m going to talk about it here.
  • I like to use dialogue for characterization, mostly. Since it really won’t move the story forward (since the character is only thinking it to themselves), I find it helps to create juxtaposition between what is said and thought.
  • Examples of how to use what is said vs. what is thought to create drama
    • Character is quiet or seems that way, and thinks a LOT more than what they say
    • A character is a liar, so they may say one thing, but we don’t know it’s a lie until they think it
    • A character is trying to examine someone or something else silently
    • A mute character
    • A character that reads minds—can be challenging but fun to write


  • Speech and creating personality:
    • Think about the way someone speaks: accents, if they use curse words, if they’re always “proper” or always using slang
    • Think about what they say vs. what they won’t. Are they falsely sweet? Always challenging someone?
    • Having one character have a saying they always use is a fun way to build personality. For instance, Ron in the Harry Potter books always saying “Bloody hell”. You can come up with your own creative “curse words” that aren’t actually curse words. That will definitely up the personality of the writing and characters.
  • Advice for writing dialogue
    • If you have trouble varying the speech between characters, I’d suggest 1. Listening to people around you and what they say and how. 2. To practice. 
    • Think about various emotions and how that can change the tone, words chosen, etc. Speech and dialogue will really speed up scenes. So if you feel like a chapter is paced a little bit too slowly, adding some dialogue between characters will speed it up.
    • If you’re stronger at description and find you never add enough dialogue, look through your piece and think about various areas that could be changed to dialogue instead of description OR scenes that could have a small but interesting conversation. 
    • On the same note, sometimes it’s easier to describe a conversation than write it all out. 
      • For example, conversations that happened in the past that someone is describing, conversations that perhaps are important to know happened in general but not in detail, etc. 
    • You don’t always have to write out the FULL conversation. A good example of this is phone conversations. Writing out all the pleasantries (greetings and polite “how are you”s) really aren’t necessary. Get the main “point” of the conversation. I.e. why it is important for the reader to know.
    •  Not every line of dialogue needs a dialogue tag (i.e. “she said”). If it’s between two people, and they’re really going at it (because they’re angry or they’re playfully bantering or something), the dialogue tags become unnecessary and honestly bog down the quick flow. Just clue the readers every few lines or so. 
    • Read your conversations out loud! Does anything sound awkward or unnatural? Hearing it will help clue you into those areas that could be changed or revised. 

Happy to answer any questions. Happy Writing!

Since I recently got a number of questions about Fall Out Boy’s songwriting process, particularly with regard to the lyrics on Save Rock and Roll, I figured I’d throw in Joe’s response to a Reddit AMA from last year. I’m including the full thing because it’s interesting, but specifically with regard to lyric duty: “Lyrics are a  Pete thing that get handled by Patrick.” I think that’s a really good description of their process, as I understand it.

Queer Eye for the “Straight” Guy

FINALLY, six months after I was commissioned, this thing is done.

I’m truly sorry to my donation winner, Cindy. Lord knows you never asked to put up with my procrastinating ass.

But I’m truly happy with how this turned out! And I hope you, Cindy, and the rest of y'all are too! This work is a part of the Fandom Trumps Hate auction. Check out some other cool works and support these charities this movement helps!

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Never had Castiel been checked out with such scrutiny.

The man walked around him, eyes slowly dragging over his body, just on this side of appreciative. They were green and critical under contemplative eyebrows, pushed together to form a crease in the middle that Castiel kind of wanted to poke. The man’s arms were crossed over his chest, his thumb playing with his lower lip as he circled.

Castiel just stood, arms loose at his sides, posture normal which was to say terrible. He watched the man watching him.

“Well,” the man said, facing Castiel but also kind of facing the large camera he’d brought with him. “The suit is awful but we can work with it. Are you sure I can’t talk you out of the trench coat?”

Castiel shook his head, his mouth grim.

The man sighed. “Well, I’ll figure something out.”

He then explained to Castiel some of what he was going to be doing. Usually the exposition would take place among the five men who hosted, but Castiel understood this was a special case. The usual five men to do the job was now one.

“Hi, and welcome to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy : celebrity edition. Where instead of the Fab Five, who are all experts in their fields, you have me, Dean Winchester, a bisexual hockey player who is slightly above average at these things.”

Castiel was, in this scenario, ‘the straight guy.’ He supposed that description fit simply by process of elimination. He knew he wasn’t gay because he did not wish to have sex with men. He didn’t particularly want to have sex with women but he liked them well enough: enjoyed the softness of their lips when they’d kissed him and liked their smell and general company.

So yes, Castiel could be the straight guy.

Although Dean Winchester’s shoulders looked very nice…

“Today’s victim is Castiel Novak: world renowned entymologist specializing in honey bees. His latest research publication is receiving all kinds of awards so he’s going to have a little celebration tonight. That’s where I’m here to help.”

“Okay, Cas, it may only be me, but I’ve still got some hired guns to help me move shit – er – junk around your apartment.” Dean turned to a woman wearing headphones. “Do I have to say that again?”

She smiled and rolled her eyes. “If you would, please.”

Dean sighed and repeated himself, this time leaving out the swear word.

This was all far too much production for Castiel. He preferred quiet libraries or the gentle hum of apiaries to the clapboards and shouted instructions of a television set.

“A necessary evil “his agent had called it. “ How do you expect to get more funding, Castiel, if no one cares about your research?”

Castiel had thought this quite unfair and demonstratively untrue. Plenty of people cared about his research! Students and… kindergarten teachers…

Castiel supposed those groups didn’t pay very much. He may have seen Meg’s point.

He didn’t know why that meant he had to be involved with a reality show, though. He glowered at the camera.

Dean smiled at him, unaffected. “I have given the crew my instructions so now I can whisk you away for a fun makeover montage.”

Castiel turned his glower on Dean.

He winked. “Yes, you’re very scary. Let’s go.”

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overemphasizing astrology’s role as a descriptive process distracts from the fact that astrology allows us to “hone in.” the entire concept of the 12 hinges on the fundamental connectedness of life + humans + a grander cosmic narrative. themes replicate in all of our lives. astrology doesn’t want to collapse or reduce the complexity of human individuality into 12 tropes or 12 personas, which is what most people ~think when they consider astrology. rather, it wants to highlight the ways that compassion + empathy allows us to relate + care + heal one another.

astrological interpretation can guide us to areas we haven’t considered. i think if there is a theme that you disidentify with in your chart, you should be less keen on resisting astrology and deriding it as “false” and more contemplative on whether that theme is a source – or a neglected solution! – to stagnancy, unhappiness, or discomfort.

Rooftop Sunset, Rabat, Malta

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Sorry for the long absence! Been enjoying my summer and organising for my next and final year at university, aiming to keep regular updates going now.

evangelionunitkenway  asked:

Okay, this is weird, and can you make this public, please? Are you telling me this. Mages become Tranquil and it is when you lose your powers or something/ Or its when a mage dies in the fade, and they become like... well zombies? (correct me if I'm wrong). Cassandra is a seeker, which from what I understand was someone who was made tranquil and it was reversed, which gives them other abilities. So basically Cassandra is an ex-mage? Am I understanding this right?

“If I felt pain, it is meaningless to me now. Once I knew only fear, but now I know only service. Whatever pain there was, I believe it an acceptable trade.”

Tranquil aren’t really “zombies”- they don’t want to hurt anyone and have self-preservation and a desire to be “useful”. When mages become Tranquil, they lose access to the Fade, leaving them emotionless. They retain awareness of their past selves and the world around them, but they cannot feel anything about either. The Tranquil process everything logically and still have preferences.

If a mage dies in the Fade (like Feynriel can in DA2), he wakes up Tranquil. If that’s how the Rite of Tranquility works, it hasn’t been officially confirmed as yet; we haven’t seen a defined description of that process anywhere.

Cassandra has abilities, but they are different than a mage’s- she never had an innate ability to cast magic in the first place.  Her abilities are more in-line with a Templar’s, but she doesn’t need lyrium.  Bioware hasn’t really elaborated on this point, but Cassandra is proof that non-mages can be made Tranquil as well.  It seems to be that if a non-mage uses lyrium or is briefly made Tranquil in the manner Cassandra was (the Seeker’s Vigil), they gain some magical abilities, but are not classified as mages. This distinction is likely due to the fact that Templars and Seekers did not naturally manifest their powers like mages.

Neither of us has read Asunder (despite the quote at the top of this post - thank you, Dragon Age wiki), so maybe someone who has can say more about the mage whose Tranquility was reversed.  They had some issues re-adjusting to their non-Tranquil state, which Cassandra mentions to Solas in a banter that unlocks after completing her personal quest.

  • Cassandra: Solas, I assume you know it’s possible to reverse the Rite of Tranquility.
  • Solas: I did hear of what you learned, yes.
  • Cassandra: I know of only one mage thus cured, and… he had no control of his emotions. He was distraught.
  • Cassandra: Do you think that would have passed? If the Tranquil are cured only to end up thus…
  • Solas: They would be a danger to themselves and others, yes.
  • Solas: It is difficult to say. In your Vigil, you were Tranquil for but a moment. They have suffered much longer.
  • Solas: Such control is like a muscle, atrophying without use. Given time it might be restored, but until then…
  • Cassandra: That may be a risk we are obligated to undertake.
  • Solas: They will be grateful… even the ones who do not survive.

It’s hard to say whether the mages who were willingly made Tranquil would agree. Tranquil are less desirable targets for demonic possession, though they are not immune. But the Tranquil who were unwilling? They’re a different story.

-Mod LC and Mod KM

Tell me you see it

Peter Parker x Reader

Summary: You decide to take a photography class to help Peter out with some work endeavors. He takes the class with you. It goes much better than you expected.

This one works a little like ‘Have I told you?’ where the italicized bits are flash backs. Peter is older. (Also, I have no idea how pictures are processed in a dark room, so if you do, excuse my descriptions and hastily researched process.)

Just some good ol’ fashioned fluff.

Words: 3,160

Originally posted by tomllholland

It hadn’t taken too much convincing from your friend to finally sign up for the Photography workshop your college was offering. Taking photographs had never really been much more than a hobby.

It was Peter who had a knack for it.

His passion for capturing the world had recently turned into a way to make money to help his Aunt out with a few bills; his pictures of Queens’ very own friendly neighborhood vigilante gracing the cover of the Bugle nearly every issue.

The quality of the photos were astounding and frankly a little unbelievable; the angles and perspective such that it was difficult to comprehend how someone could possibly be in the right place and time, every time, to even obtain images of such class. How did Peter get up there? What was Peter even doing hanging around that part of town? What kind of lens was Peter using to get so much detail?

Why was no one asking these questions?

It was obvious to you, but then you also had the advantage of knowing that Peter was in fact taking photos of himself. 

Easy to take pictures of Spider-man when you’re Spider-man.

Which was why it had been an easy decision to sign up for the class; you were going to start helping Peter with his photos before anyone had the opportunity to develop any suspicion.

He had then signed up with you.

Your first assignment had been to pick a partner and over the course of the next week, work on taking portraits. ‘I really want you to focus on the quality of light. How does light affect the subject matter and vice versa?’

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The Elite Bourbon From the 'Kingsman' Sequel Is Coming to Life
Statesman bourbon delivers a kick.

The Kingsman film franchise is a gift that keeps on giving.

We’re not just talking about delivering on laughs and epic explosions, but products, too. In addition to the clothing line in collaboration with Mr. Porter and costume designer Arianne Phillips,The Kingsman: Secret Service, out Sept. 22, is also bringing with it a new, premium liquor.

After director Mathew Vaughn settled on the idea of having a bourbon business as the front for the sequel’s new stateside Statesman spies (led by Agent Champagne, played by Jeff Bridges), it didn’t take long for him to get in touch with the folks at Old Forester, a Kentucky-based brand which has been churning out “America’s first bottled bourbon” since the 1870s.

“[Vaugn] was very purposeful in creating the equivalent of the British tailor shop as an homage to tradition for the second world, the Statesman world,” said Campbell Brown, president of Brown-Forman, which produces Old Forester. “He wanted a similar American type of backdrop for these spies to operate under and he landed on distilleries and bourbon.” He went on to describe a serendipitous conversation between his brother and Vaugn that took place across the pond, where he informed Vaugn of the rich family business which has been going strong for five generations.

“That’s exactly the kind of thing he was looking for,” said Brown.

From there, the Old Forester team assisted the Kingsman crew in re-creating an authentic set with all the proper vintage elements. “We provided his production team with some of the story elements, we showed them our Pre-Prohibition bottles, aging warehouses and barrels. Initially it was only a technical assistance,” noted Brown. “But then we got excited about the whole idea. Part of this film shows the Statesman brand, so we decided to create the actual Statesman Bourbon.”

When asked if the whiskey bourbon was simply a current recipe repackaged with a fancy “Statesman” label, as some companies in the movie-marketing sphere are wont to do, Brown guffawed at the idea.

“Of course we wouldn’t do that,” he said, before launching into a detailed description of the brewing process for the Statesman batch, which is smaller in volume, “with fewer barrels, which we selected from the warmest warehouses, and the locations from within the warehouses that get the most heat.” He said of the brew, “It’s got quite a bit of character.”

And unlike the traditional Old Forester, which is 86 proof, the Statesman batch is 95 proof. “We wanted something really rich, like the characters,” he said. “Statesman has a depth that you wouldn’t get on the 86 proof. It has a more robust flavor and feel to it.”

The Statesman bourbon ($55) will be available in limited quantities ahead of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby, and will be released wide to coincide with the film’s September release.



Since the previous batch sold out - thanks a lot to those who bought a copy! - and there have been people asking if there’s going to be a reprint: yes, there is going to be a reprint! 

The art book contains 22 full-page colour images with written descriptions briefly explaining the thought process and the ideas behind each design. 

The book costs 25 euros and it ships worldwide (shipping expenses depend on your location). Any future reprints are entirely dependent on the demand which means that I won’t stock these. Now is a rare chance to get this book!

 I’m currently also working on more designs and illustrations to gather material for a second book. This is a heads-up to those who already own the copy of the first book!

If you are interested, let me know by the end of August. Please not that I do not count “strong maybe” or “if the stars align correctly” as answers. “Pretty sure” is good enough. Do let me know if you’re absolutely certain you want one so I’ll know to put enough books aside. Thank you!

anonymous asked:

just wanted to say that there's a lot of controversy surrounding the first they killed my father film bc in order to cast the actress to play the young main character, jolie used a completely dehumanizing casting method with the cambodian kids so yeah :/

I talked about this before but it’s worth saying again, especially because I have a lot of directors and aspiring directors who follow me.

In a recent Vanity Fair profile there was a description of the audition process for the lead role was to seek out impoverished children and then play a “game” with them which involved giving them some money, asking them to describe what they would do with the money, and then snatching it out of their hands and seeing what their reaction was. 

This is 100% not an appropriate way to audition anyone, but especially not children. Part of the job of a director, in addition to being the creative guiding force on a film is also to ensure the safety, physical and emotional, of every single participant. I know there are some directors who believe in bullying actors into portraying whatever emotion they want them to portray, but that has always seemed to me like an excuse to be abusive rather than an actual productive method of directing.  

Jolie later issued a statement saying that the description of the auditions were inaccurate which I certainly hope is true:

I am upset that a pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film, has been written about as if it was a real scenario. The point of this film is to bring attention to the horrors children face in war and to help fight to protect them. The suggestion that real money was taken from a child during an audition is false and upsetting. I would be outraged myself if this had happened.

Every measure was taken to ensure the safety, comfort and well-being of the children on the film starting from the auditions through production to the present.

Co-producer, Rithy Panh also issued a statement describing the measures they took to make sure the children understood what was going on and that their emotional well-being was taken care of.

A Critique of a Poisoning in Literature: A Song of Ice and Fire’s Purple Wedding.

An analysis of Joffrey Baratheon’s poisoning in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire: the chemical compound used, its effects, method of application and onset in comparison to a hypothetical real-life counterpart: strychnine, and the author’s justifications for suggesting this equivalent. Posting for those who said they were interested, a piece of coursework I wrote for a pharmacology poisons module / the university’s English literature department. I wrote this in the first year of my degree  ( 2+ years ago now! )  so don’t expect a lot from my writing/analytical skills !!!

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aboraxia  asked:

Hello again! Planning a lavellan and so I popped over to your site to see what you guys did for yours, and I saw that you didn't recommend the method in which you made your leather work. What do you recommend instead?

DEFINITELY love the wasy @hanzo-hidden-tiddy made her leather work. Its so much more dependable, and polished. 

She had a process description on her facebook here!

small brain: the muppets and sesame street are completely different and you’re a barbarian if you disagree

big brain: technically sesame street characters are muppets

solar brain: the tone of and themes in Sesame Street and Muppets are wholly opposed and they’re still different shows

galactic brain:

anyone ever notice that the small/big/solar/galactic brain meme is a description of a dialectical process

Loathing [b.b] (5/10)

Originally posted by itsjustmycrazyvibe

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Series Title: Loathing (AU)
Fandom: MCU
Characters: Bucky Barnes x female!reader, Natasha Romanoff, Steve Rogers, mentions of Sam Wilson
Warnings: Alternate Universe, minor swearing
Word Count: 2,867
Requested: No
Short Description: You try to process the news Steve gave you as Bucky tries to figure out how to tell you himself; not realising that you already know he’s in love with you. Nat sets you up on a blind date with another guy and it doesn’t go the way you expected it too.

Disclaimer: not my gif

[Y/N] = your first name

Bucky told me he was in love with you.” Steve had told you, smiling giddily. Obviously, he was drunk. “I have no idea why I hadn’t suspected it.” Steve went on, still looking satisfied with himself. “I mean, he’s always been protective of you. Despite all of the constant tormenting, of course.” 

“Stevie, I think you’re drunk.” You told your older brother gently, brows folded together with concern. “Bucky isn’t in love with me. I mean, you have to be pretty damn drunk to think that he is.” You added, mostly to yourself as you pondered it over.

“He admitted it just three days ago!” Steve exclaimed, looking offended that you would assume he was lying. His brows were pulled together as he looked you up and down, shaking his head slightly as if he couldn’t believe you. The sight was humorous, but you didn’t feel amused. “Three! That’s like… one more than two.” He added, looking cross with you.

This reaction was even more comical, but you weren’t in the mood to smile at that point. “Steve…” you said his name, annunciating the syllable very carefully as you forced him to pay meticulous attention to your words. “I think you’ve told me something that you weren’t supposed to.” You told him in a cautious tone. “If you’re sure that what you’re saying is true.”

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