do not set it on fire

demonicmiracles  asked:

Do you have any tips for keeping tension in a scene? I'm stuck in this one part where a village has been set on fire and the hero is trying to help put it out.

Hi there! 

There are many things you can do to keep the tension, and I’m sure I won’t be able to list them all, but here are a few good ones I found.

Time: If your character has a time limit to complete a task, then that can hold the reader’s attention. It’s like that music in the Sonic games when you were underwater and the music went faster the less time you had. The less time you have, the more of a panic you feel, and the more tension you create.

Panic: Not just general panic of everybody around, but the panic of the protagonist creates some great tension. If the protagonist has no idea what’s going on, then neither do the readers. If there are people screaming, monsters running around, and buildings crumbling, then it’s only natural to panic.

Something to lose: It’s one thing for a single building to be on fire and the protagonist is using a fire hose to put it out with everybody safely behind them. It’s another thing if the entire village is on fire, people are scattered, and your character is rushing into the building because they heard a scream from inside. Personally, I’ve always found the later more tense. Maybe your protagonist’s best friend or parent or love interest was in the village and nobody’s seen them. Maybe they hear their scream from inside the building. Maybe it’s their elderly family member who can’t walk fast or their sick sibling who can’t get out of bed. If the protagonist has something important to lose by failing, then the situation instantly becomes more stressful. 

High chance of failure: Nobody’s going to be worried if saving the world revolves around Hercules lifting a cart off of a person. But if it’s your average person trying to life a 200 pound cart off of somebody, then it’s a bit more suspenseful. Because the chances of success are smaller, the victory is that much greater for the character. If the reader doesn’t know whether or not the protagonist can do it, then they’re more likely to find themselves on the edge of their seats as they read. 

And there are many other ways of course! Finding which one suits your story is something you’ll have to figure out for yourself, although we are happy to help if you find yourself with more questions! Hope this helps!


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anonymous asked:

Have you ever played or wanted to learn any instruments? If so, which one(s)?

🔥 Well, uh… I set a guitar on fire once? Saw a picture of a dude with a yellow pirate shirt doing it, so… Figured I’d try that.

But I would like to learn piano… or violin. Sounds pretty. 🔥

A Deep Breath and Steady Hands - a Julius Escapes AU

Summary: When his family is killed by visitors to Whitestone and Julius is the only one to escape their clutches, he loses his faith and seeks justice on his own power. But fate seems to have a different idea, when he ends up in the path of a certain group of mercenaries and he finds something he’s been missing.
Rating: Teen and up
Words to date: 1513

(So this is a Julius-escapes-instead-of-Percy AU, inspired by this post by @tanoraqui, and this post by @arkhamarchitecture, who both kick-started my muse for this. Some things will be different than their ideas, and some things will be similar, but I highly recommend you check out their individual works!)

[read on AO3]

Chapter 1: Set a Fire in Our Flesh

There was a part of Julius that remembered his time in service to Pelor and wondered what he would be doing had he continued with that path in life. He’d left Whitestone before swearing any oath to the god of the sun and agriculture, but there was an indecisive part of him that stirred at the worst moments, questioning his actions.

Julius was quite sure that, had he become a champion of Pelor, he wouldn’t be loitering in a tavern, waiting for proof of his foe’s presence there so he could take the opportunity to murder the man.

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zuendzie  asked:

Okay. Agree or disagree. Here are my zodiac headcanons. Scout - Leo Soldier - Sagittarius Pyro - Cancer Demo - Pisces Engie - Taurus Heavy - Aquarius Medic - Libra Sniper - Capricorn Spy - Gemini

Ok you might hate me but I disagree with a few.

Scout I see more as Aries:
Aries people are creative, adaptive, and insightful. They can also be strong-willed and spontaneous (sometimes to a fault). Aries people can be driven and are very ambitious often making them over-achievers in anything they set their mind to tackle. Aries are fire signs, and so too is their personality. They may be quick to anger, but don’t take it personally, it’s just their fiery, passionate personalities showing through. Aries signs have excellent sense of humor, and they get along with almost everyone at the party (and they DO know how to party). Aries can be impatient, but we love them anyway because they are devoted friends, lovers and family members - they are loyal to then end and will fight for their causes (usually supporting the underdog).

Soldier perhaps being Taurus:
Taurus zodiac signs and meanings, like the animal that represents them, is all about strength, stamina and will. Stubborn by nature, the Taurus will stand his/her ground to the bitter end (sometimes even irrationally so). But that’s okay because the Taurus is also a loving, sympathetic and appreciative sign. The Taurus is very understanding and when we need someone to unburden ourselves to, we often share our deepest fears with the Taurians of the zodiac. Taurians are very patient, practical and efficient, they are excellent in matters of business and are also wonderful instructors/teachers. Although initially they may have their own best interest at heart, they are ultimately and endlessly generous with their time, possessions and love.

Pyro being a Gemini:
Flexibility, balance and adaptability are the keywords for the Gemini. They are quick to grasp the meaning of a situation and act on it, often with positive effects. They tend to have a duality to their nature, and can sometimes be tough to predict how they will react. They can turn from hot to cold and may be prone to noticeable mood swings. However, they are generous signs with tendencies of being affectionate, and imaginative. They also inspire others easily as they seem to naturally motivate themselves - their charisma and accomplishments are infectious. Geminians are very supportive, and are especially good at promotions, sales, and driving hard bargains.

Demoman I agree with, I total see him as a Pisces!!:
Also unassuming, the Pisces zodiac signs and meanings deal with acquiring vast amounts of knowledge, but you would never know it. They keep an extremely low profile compared to others in the zodiac. They are honest, unselfish, trustworthy and often have quiet dispositions. They can be overcautious and sometimes gullible. These qualities can cause the Pisces to be taken advantage of, which is unfortunate as this sign is beautifully gentle, and generous. In the end, however, the Pisces is often the victor of ill circumstance because of his/her intense determination. They become passionately devoted to a cause - particularly if they are championing for friends or family.

Engineer more as a Virgo:
Virgo’s have keen minds, and are delightful to chat with, often convincing others of outlandish tales with ease and charm. Virgo’s are inquisitive and are very skilled at drawing information from people. This trait also makes them naturally intuitive. Combine this with their remarkable memories, and we see an advanced, analytical personality. However the Virgo needs balance in their lives otherwise they may become short-tempered, impatient and self-serving.  Virgo’s are excellent teammates in work and social activities. They work well with others, although they freely express their opinions (even when unwarranted).

Heavy being an Aquarius is a great idea!!:
Often simple and unassuming, the Aquarian goes about accomplishing goals in quiet, often unorthodox ways. Although their methods may be unorthodox, the results for achievement are surprisingly effective. Aquarian’s will take up any cause, and are humanitarians of the zodiac. They are honest, loyal and highly intelligent. They are also easy going and make natural friendships. If not kept in check, the Aquarian can be prone to sloth and laziness. However, they know this about themselves, and try their best to motivate themselves to action. They are also prone to philosophical thoughts, and are often quite artistic and poetic.

Medic I feel is a Scorpio :
The Scorpio is often misunderstood. These personalities are bold and are capable of executing massive enterprises with cool control and confidence.  They can surmount seemingly all obstacles when they put their mind to the task, and they have unshakable focus when the situation calls for it.  Regardless of their bold nature, they are often secretive, but they are always observing behind their withdrawn manner.

Sorry I see Sniper as a Libra:
As their zodiac signs and meanings would indicate, Libra’s are all about balance, justice, equanimity and stability. They easily surround themselves with harmony and beauty, but sometimes go to extremes to do so if their goals are unreasonable or unhealthy. With Venus as their ruling planet, Libra’s are very understanding, caring, and often the champion of underdogs. They have keen intuitions, but often don’t give themselves enough credit for their perceptions. They can be quiet and shy if not persuaded to come out of their shell. Ironically and in spite of their introverted nature they make excellent debaters, often proving a point from out of seemingly nowhere.

Spy being a Sagittarius:
Here we have the philosopher among the zodiac signs and meanings.  Like the Scorpio, they have great ability for focus, and can be very intense. However, they must channel their energy or they will waste time and wear themselves out going in too many directions at once. They are not very patient and expect quick results.  However, when encountered with failure they make extreme comeback’s often against incredible odds. They make loyal friends and lovers, but they do not handle commitment well as they refuse to be tied down while chasing philosophical pursuits.

I used this website:

Also I just coped and pasted what the above website had, I found that the explanation is solid and I was to lazy to re-word the above.


Activists call for a nationwide general strike on February 17

  • In a column for the Guardian on Monday, American writer Francine Prose called for a “nonviolent national general strike” to demonstrate “how many of us there are, how strong and committed we are, how much we can accomplish.”
  • She wrote: “Let’s designate a day on which no one (that is, anyone who can do so without being fired) goes to work, a day when no one shops or spends money, a day on which we truly make our economic and political power felt.”
  • Calls to do just that have been circulating online recently, with activists setting Feb. 17 — the Friday before President’s Day — as the day for a #nationalstrike against the presidency of Donald Trump. Read more
  • Lucio: Why aren't there friend pick-up lines?
  • Lucio: Like, pick up lines to make friends
  • Lucio: Like
  • Lucio: "Hey, that's a cute dress, you know who it'd look better on? Nobody else, because you're a beautiful individual!"
  • Junkrat: Be my friend or I'll set your entire family on fire
  • Lucio:
  • D.Va:
  • D.Va: Two types of people
Some AUS I want to see

“We’re supposed to be doing a school project so you came over to my house but before we could do anything, you saw my dog and now you won’t let them go please we need to get this done.”

“My dumb ass of a room mate just set the microwave on fire and you’re one of the firemen who showed up and now I’m need an ambulance cause damn ur hot.”

“My dick of an ex was trying to knock down my door but you stopped them thank you so much. Let me make you thank you brownies.”

“I was chilling in my room when you knocked on my window asking me if I could come kill a spider for you. I LIVE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR HOW WAS THE WINDOW A GOOD IDEA TO YOU.”

MBTI types as Night Vale proverbs

istj: “There’s a difference between your, you’re, and yarn. Yarn isn’t even pronounced the same way. It’s a completely different word.”

isfj: “Knock, knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn’t say your mother’s in the hospital? I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. Is there anything I can do? Listen, I’ll drive you over there. We’ll leave right now. Grab a coat, it’s a little cold out. I’m so sorry.”

infj: “You won’t sleep when you’re dead, either.”

intj: “At your smallest components, you are indistinguishable from a forest fire.”

istp: “You can’t get blood from a turnip. Listen you need some blood? I can totally get you some blood. Set that turnip down and follow me to the blood. There’s a lot of blood.”

isfp: “Ignore all the haters telling you that everything isn’t a sandwich. Everything is a sandwich.”

infp: "Feeling lost? Like you have no goal in life? Like you’re covered in dirt and wet leaves? Like you’re an earthworm? Are you an earthworm? Kinda sounds like you’re an earthworm, actually.“

intp: "Soccer is also commonly known as football, Canadian baseball, American football, violent jogging, and World War II.”

estp: “You can lead a horse to water, and you can lead a horse into water, and you can swim around with the horse and have fun.”

esfp: “On this day in history: mundanity, and terror, and food, and love, and trees.”

enfp: “If you love something, set it free. If it starts flying around and chirping, it was probably a bird.”

entp: “Everything that happens, happens for a reason. Except ostriches. What the hell, man?”

estj:  “Please keep all arms and legs inside the car at all times. Also, you are under arrest. Why is your car full of limbs? Whose are these?”

esfj:  “Listen, I’m not a hero. The real heroes are the people that point out to us when protesters have smart phones, thus invalidating all concerns.”

enfj: “Thank you for your interest in a life free of pain. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please try again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again…”

entj: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single command from a satellite-activated mind control chip.”

Maybe in ten years from now they’ll make a movie about the world today.

Maybe they’ll make a movie about a father in Syria contemplating whether to kill himself, his wife or his children in a desperate attempt to stop the Regime from getting their hands on them.

Maybe they’ll make a movie about an 8 year old Rohingya boy who was thrown into the fire in front of his mother after his village was set alight.

Maybe they’ll make a movie about a young orphaned girl in C.A.R, crying as she remembers her sexual abuse at the hands of UN “peacekeepers” who do as they please without consequences.

Or maybe they’ll make a movie about a daughter in Gaza who picks up the phone to hear an unfamiliar voice letting her know her family has 60 seconds to run before the bombs drop.

And maybe we’ll see it and shed some tears - but we shouldn’t be crying because of the atrocities that occurred.
We should cry because we watched as these horrors unfolded and in our silence betrayed them.

The seven as types of friends

Annabeth: The giant wreck friend. She’s constantly stressing about something.She’s working on four projects, none of which she’s finished. She’s set fire to at least two (2) notebooks and her diet mainly consists of bagels, coffee, and her own tears.

Percy: The protective friend. He’s a sarcastic shit and you can’t always tell if he’s being sincere, but you once saw him break a guy’s nose for insulting his brother and you know he’ll do the same for you. He has approximately twelve (12) bandaids on at all times and he’ll spot you money without ever asking for it back

Jason: The dad friend. He somehow always has water bottles for if you’re thirsty. He’s seen you cry over twenty times but he never brings it up because he’s just too good of a guy. His catchphrase is “I don’t know…” right before talking you out of doing something stupid

Leo: The dying friend. He mostly consists of jokes and witty comebacks. You’re 90% sure he’s dying inside and just uses acronyms and puns to hide it but you don’t say anything because you’re pretty sure he’d rather crawl into a hole than talk about it. He gives oddly good advice and he never fails to make you laugh.

Hazel: The you think she’s innocent friend. She’s somehow convinced everyone she’s naive and innocent when really she’s probably way more experienced in life than you are. She blushes like a maniac and uses “darn” in her everyday vocabulary. She’s an angel until you piss her off. 

Frank: The actually innocent friend. He never swears and instead uses bizarre substitutes that are sometimes worse than the actual swear word. He gives gentle high fives and he awkwardly pats your shoulder when you’re upset. He gives the best hugs.

Piper: The cool friend. You have no idea how you managed to get her as a friend. She messed up so much in her past that she’s now grown and learned beyond her years. She’s the epitome of doesn’t give a fuck. She wears leather jackets that intimidate you and she likes to flip people off. Everyone is secretly in love with her.

ive been wanting to draw ‘season two’ clothes and outfits designs of vm but also thats so many things to draw so heres this for now lmao