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Lychnomancy

Originally posted by spirits-of-lavender

I’ve been wanting to make this brief introduction to lychnomancy ever since I made my first post about the different forms of Pyromancy and after reaching the 400 follower milestone, I figured it was about time!

Now, admittedly, lychnomancy is not a very complex practice. It is a very basic form of divination involving three identical candles arranged in a triangle; you ask a question, light the candles, then focus on your query as you or someone else interprets the candle’s flames. 

If one flame burns brighter than the others, the answer is a positive one. Wavering or flickering flames indicated a journey, or that you may encounter obstacles. If your flame spirals upward, enemies are plotting against you. An uneven flame indicates danger. If sparks occur, caution is advised. It is considered very bad luck if all flames are extinguished at once, but I have never personally seen this occur and consider it rare!

Originally posted by she-is-beautifully-broken

Despite being rather simplistic, I really do love this form of divination. It speaks to me on a level that I cannot describe and every time I read the flames to answer my own questions, it feels deeply personal. 

I’ve taken creative liberty with this practice to spice things up every once in a while. Sometimes I will take a crystal that represents my emotions, charge it with my thoughts and feelings, and place it in the center of the three candles just before lighting them, as a way of focusing. This way the fire is able to draw on the power of raw emotion. Other times I will include tarot, using a combination of a single card and the three flames to find the answer to my question. It feels more detailed and dynamic this way.

I love what fire represents. It is the energy of life. It is passionate, raw and untamed. Dangerous, necessary, creative, and destructive. It is the most lively of the elements, and it can do so much. It is no different in lychnomancy. When practicing, keep that in mind. A simple candle flame can be so many different things, and it’s important to be in touch with your emotions when you practice any sort of pyromancy. However, be sure to balance yourself out afterward. If you do get this involved with your divination you’ll start to feel burnt out, like a candle at the end of its wick. Take a moment, drink some water - to put out the flames inside, of course - and breathe. Use the other elements to ground yourself. Sit on the floor, breathe deeply, and have some water nearby.

Originally posted by blackaestheticsoul

 As a special gift to all of my followers, I will be keeping my divination requests open throughout the month of May starting today, April 30th! I will be answering questions using the very basic form of lychnomancy as not to exert myself with constant, draining sessions. Feel free to send me an ask at any time ( anon or not! ) with any questions you may have, and I will answer it as soon as I am able!

Practice safely, my witchy friends~

Gekijo-ban Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale)       2016

Tomohiko Ito

Animation / Action / Adventure

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Stars : 5/5

Huge fan of this saga and the movie was no disappointment. You do need to watch the anime to understand this and enjoy this to the fullest though. This time, our main characters are faced with a new threat, augmented reality. We get to see old and loved characters, but new villains and new friends. The animations is excellent, even better than the anime, full of detail, color, dynamic fights, interesting boss fights, etc. Exciting through and through with an epic battle and sweet ending. 

First things first- I’m not a native English speaker, I suck hard at grammar and some additional things and -you know.. I’m a bit shaky articulating myself - read with this warning in mind and have fun!

Some time ago I happened to catch an episode of Flapjack on TV. Each time I see it I get more impressed by this show– each time it seems wilder and more vibrant than the last time – just the finest breed of unpredictable. And maaaan I love the location of this show. This filthy, moldy, contagious harbor, isolated in the eye of the dead sea but containing so much bursting life in its small belly. God I love the possibilities of this place – its so fun how it expands and shrinks according to the story, almost as if its it own independent character, it’s silent but it moves and talks and reacts and breathes. This makes it feel so much bigger and exiting – I could gawk  at this gorgeous art design forever, and I probably will, but I got caught of guard and distracted by the the end credits for a moment-

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Tyler Joseph Imagine- Part 2

*present time*

Later that night, Tyler was tidying up the apartment while a balsam scented candle burned, when a knock sounded on his door. He took a deep breath to prepare for whatever nonsense was about to go down, and reminded himself that he needed to play nice, before opening the door.

Y/N greeted him with a smile and a box that looked like takeout in her hand.

“I brought dinner,” she declares, holding the bag up in the air.

Tyler rolls his eyes, “It’s like nine thirty, did you think I hadn’t already eaten?”

She lets her arm fall to her side and glares at him, “The polite response would have been ‘thank you’, but no, it’s fine, really, your manners are wonderful.”

She pushes herself inside then, not bothering to wait for an invitation.

“Speaking of manners,” Tyler scoffs.

She completely ignores him, “Well?” she says, turning to face Tyler with her hand on her hip.

“Well what?”

“Are you going to teach me how to be your girlfriend or what?”

“I shouldn’t have to teach you how to be a girlfriend—“  Tyler rolls his eyes heavily, all while following her into the living room.

“Not just a girlfriend, idiot.  You’re girlfriend.  I need the details.  God, have you even thought about this at all?  Oh, and where’s your phone?”

“Uh,” Tyler patted at his pockets before pulling his phone out.  

He handed it over to her without really thinking.

“Right,” she says, “Come on then, smile big.”

She opens her arm for Tyler to stand close, before slinging it around him and counting to three. Tyler smiled, and at the last second, Y/N turns her head and kissed him on the cheek. Tyler’s skin felt the remnants of her lips, the shock shooting through his whole body. What the fuck?

“There,” she turned the phone so Tyler could look at the screen. “That’s your new lock screen.  Put my number in, too. Use some emojis or whatever.”

“Do you do this a lot?” Tyler asks.

“Hmm?” she hums, not paying much attention as she grabs a seat and starts opening the box of takeout on Tyler’s table.

“The fake-dating thing, you’re suspiciously good at it.”

She laughs, “No, but my mind wanders a lot when at work.  I thought it’d be a good idea.”

She cracks open the styrofoam lid of the box and the smell of Chinese food fills the apartment.  “So, is there anything I should know about your family before I meet them?” She asks, leaning back against the kitchen chair.

“Like what?” Tyler asks.  He joins her at the table by scooting out his own chair.

She rolls her eyes, “Like, maybe their names, for a start.  Are your siblings older or younger than you?  What’s the family dynamic? Just details that a boyfriend would tell his girlfriend.”

Tyler bit his tongue at her sassy tone and hated the idea of her intrusive questioning. But he had to give it to her, those were all things that she would know if she really was Tyler’s girlfriend though, so he sighed and answered.

“Madison, Zack and Jay,” he told him. “Those are my siblings’ names.  Mad’s twenty-two, Zack’s twenty-six, and Jay’s eighteen. Madison and Zack are both married.  Madison’s husband’s name is Will, and Zack’s wife’s name is Tatum.”

“Big family,” she remarks in between bites.

Tyler nods.

“So you’re the oldest,” she states.  “What about your parents?”

“What about them?”

“Are they together?”

Tyler nods.

“Any nieces or nephews?”

Tyler shakes his head.

“Any grandparents?”

Tyler nods.

“Any pets?”

Tyler shakes his head.

It continues like this all night.  Interrogation questions.  Tyler’s exhausted when he finally lays his head on his pillow that night, but it doesn’t stop him from staying awake and pondering the plan over in his head for hours after.

Tyler had told his family the vague truth about how he and Y/N met— that she stole his parking space on the first day he moved in and that she lived next door. The truth ended there.

Y/N insisted that they have a story for how they got together, in case anyone asked, so the official lie was that Tyler asked Y/N out after the party at her apartment.

They also discussed the more intimate details of their supposed love life.  

“Have we told each other ‘I love you’ yet?” she asked, after Tyler told her enough information about his family and life back in Columbus to make their relationship credible.

Tyler sputtered.  “What?”

“We’re supposed to have been dating for about five months, right?” she asks, “that seems reasonable.”

“I guess…” Tyler admits.  He was beginning to think that Y/N was a secret undercover agent of some sort.

“Okay, so we’re on the ‘I love you’ basis,” she says, almost to herself.  

“How affectionate are you around your family?”

“Excuse me?”

“Keep up, Joseph!” she says, clearly frustrated that she has to keep explaining herself.  “Do we hug, do we kiss, do we hold hands?”

“I— I don’t know,” Tyler says honestly.

“Well what have you done in the past when you’ve brought a girl home?”

Tyler bites his lip but stays silent.  He grits his teeth but feels his cheeks growing hot with embarrassment.

She raises her eyebrows at his silence, but surprisingly doesn’t push.

“We’ll just try to be natural about it, okay?” she suggests.

That night, Tyler couldn’t sleep. Y/N had gone home a few hours ago, but Tyler’s head was still spinning with all the planning she’d put into this whole ordeal.  They’d be leaving for Columbus the next afternoon, and in some ways, Tyler couldn’t imagine pulling this off.  He’d spent a good portion of time wondering if Y/N was toying with him.  What if this whole thing was a way to prank Tyler and the second he brought her home she’d tell his family the truth?  

Tyler pushed that thought out of his mind, because in all honesty, he had no choice but to trust her at this point.

She showed up the next day with nothing but a duffel bag at her side.

“That’s all your bringing?” Tyler asks, shocked at how light it felt.

“Yeah, we’re gone for what? Four days?”

“I think I even packed more than you.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” she scoffs.

“Nothing, I just thought that girls always packed their entire wardrobe whenever they went anywhere.”

“That’s exaggeration and a stereotype,” she says, “want to throw a hyperbole in there, too?”

Tyler rolls his eyes before grabbing his own duffel bag.  He swings it over his shoulder before double checking the lock and shutting the door.  

“So how long’s the drive?” she asks on the way down to the car.  

“About five hours.”

She groans, and all Tyler can think is how much he agrees.  It’s bad enough being cooped up in a car for that long alone.  He can only imagine how much worse it will be with someone you’re not particularly fond of.  

“Do you get car sick?” Tyler asks.

“No, why?”

He shrugs nonchalantly, “I just don’t think I could stand getting puked on by you again.”

He tries not to notice the shade of red instantly casting over her face, he tries even harder not to notice how adorable it is.  

“I’m glad you’re not a Christmas-music-type-of-person,” she says about half an hour into the drive.  

Tyler had said little to nothing so far, but he finds himself laughing at her comment.

“I love Christmas music,” he counters.  That was an exaggeration.  Tyler kind of didn’t mind Christmas music.  He just really felt the need to disagree with everything she said.

“Well then I’m glad you’re not forcing me to listen to it,” she alters.  Tyler glances over to see her staring out the window.  She was fiddling with the ring on her finger as she gazed at the highway passing by.

“Why do you hate Christmas music so much?”

She just shrugs.

“You can’t be a Grinch around my family, okay?  They love the holidays and you can’t bring those negative, Scrooge vibes to Columbus.”

“Don’t worry, I brought my reindeer sweater,” she says, offering Tyler the slightest smile.

Tyler knew there was something up.  He could sense it by the sad tone to her voice.  He was used to snarky comebacks and constant defenses.  But instead, she sounded defeated.  Tyler knew there was a story behind her hatred, but he didn’t push.  

“Josh will probably stop by,” he says.  The silence was making him uncomfortable all of a sudden.

“Pink haired guy,” she says, still staring out the window.

“Yeah, he’s been my best friend for years now.  He knows about all of this, says he’ll play along.”

“Oh yeah?  And what’s he think of it?”

“Thinks it’s mental.  Thinks I should just tell my family the truth.”

“And why don’t you?” she asks, finally tearing her eyes away from the outdoor scenery to look at Tyler.  

Tyler reciprocates Y/N’s earlier shrug.  “If you knew them, you’d understand.”

She nods thoughtfully before leaving it alone.  Tyler was grateful.  

“Hey, can I ask you something?” Tyler asks after a few minutes of utter silence.

Y/N looks up at Tyler again and nods ever so lightly.  He wouldn’t have even seen it if he hadn’t been staring right at her.  Tyler tightens his grip on the steering wheel, his knuckles turning a soft shade of white.  He wonders if he’s prying too much, but he really was curious.

He goes for it, “How come you were so willing to come spend the holidays with me?  I mean it’s Christmas, didn’t you have anything better to do?” He adds a little laughter on at the end to ease the tension in the car.  

When she doesn’t answer at first, Tyler wonders if he’s upset her.  He looks over anxiously to the passengers side and see’s her fiddling with her fingers again, staring down at her lap.  She opens her mouth to speak, before closing her eyes and replacing it with a grin.  

“I just thought I’d fit in one more good deed before the New Year,” she answers as she folds her hands in her lap.

A deluded answer.  How shocking.  

Tyler thought about all the things he told her to prepare for this entire scheme.  He told her past stories and family traditions.  Things so near and dear to his heart, and it was only now that he realized that he knew absolutely nothing about her.  

“It’s not fair, you know?”

“What?”

“That you know so much about me, and I know nothing about you.”

She rolls her eyes, “Let’s not forget who’s doing who the favor here, alright?”

Tyler scoffs, “That may be so, but how stupid am I going to look if my mom starts asking me questions about you when you’re not around, and I can’t answer them?”

Y/N scrunches her nose, and Tyler realizes that she hadn’t thought that far ahead yet.  He feels relieved knowing that she’s not quite the expert he originally thought.  Maybe she was human after all…

She pulls her legs up on the front seat and wraps her arms around her legs, pulling them tightly to her chest.  “Fine,” she remarks.  “My dad’s a pharmacist and my mom’s a teacher.  They live in Kalamazoo with my younger twin sisters, Isabel and Cassie.  We have a golden retriever named Gravy and the reason that we’re going to your family’s instead of mine’s is because we were at my family’s for Thanksgiving.”

Tyler narrows his eyes, “You have a dog named Gravy?” he asks in disbelief.

She rolls her eyes, “His fur color resembles gravy,” she says as if it’s a fact he should have known.

“Okay, okay,” Tyler lets out a sigh, “Was any of that true?”

“Of course it’s true,” she snaps, “Why would I lie?”

Tyler puts his hands up in defeat and shrugs, “Okay, okay… just checking.”

The ride drags on torturously slow, especially after Y/N falls asleep in the passengers seat with her face pressed against the window.   He can’t help but cast occasional glances her way.  He watched as a strand of her hair slowly slides in the her face.  It rises and falls with each breath she takes.  Tyler’s not sure why, but he couldn’t stop thinking about how peaceful and pretty she looked while sleeping.  He tried pushing the thought out of his head, she was rude and loud and puked on his shoes for Christ’s sake.  He shook his head and started drumming his fingers anxiously on the steering wheel, trying to push through the last hour of driving without crashing the car from staring at his passenger.  

He finally stops for gas about forty five minutes outside of Columbus.  He wanted to push through, but his poor car just wouldn’t allow it.  

He’d never admit it, but he slams his door extra loud in an innocent attempt to wake her up.  He’d spent the last hour and a half sitting in absolute silence and he actually craved her company.  He smiles, pleased with himself, when she stirs awake.   He pretends not to watch through the window as he pumps fuel and purposely turns his head away once he notices her looking around, dazed.  

She’s in the midst of a grandeur yawn when Tyler climbs back in the driver’s seat.

“Nice little nap?”

“Shut up,” she snarls.

How pleasant, Tyler thinks as he continues his route back home.  Maybe she could fall back asleep again for all he cares.  

They arrived in the early evening. Tyler had Y/N announce their presence by having her text Zack when they were pulling into the driveway.  

Y/N surveyed the house as she unwrapped the scarf from around her neck. Tyler looked at her wide-eyed gaze, wondering what she was thinking about.

He didn’t have to wonder for long though… “Your house is fucking huge—“ she sputters, turning to look at Tyler from across the car.

He shrugs, “It’s just home.”

“Just home?” she gasps, “What are you, a fucking princess or something?”

“Shut it—“ Tyler snarls as he hears the front door bustle open.

“Tyler!” an array of voices shriek.  

He plasters the fake smile on his face and rushes around the car to greet his family.

His mother, of course, is the first one out.  She’s wearing an apron around her waist and has a spoon with cookie batter on it in her hand.  She wraps him up in a giant hug and plants a kiss on his cheek.  He smiles at her.

“Hi mom.”

The rest of the family piled out and Tyler next noticed Jay beaming and turning to Madison with a smirk. “You owe me twenty bucks.”

Madison gave him the stink eye in return. “Shit.”

“Why do you owe him twenty bucks?” Tyler wondered.

Jay smirks devilishly before casting a glance at Y/N, still lingering by the car.  “She didn’t think Y/N was real,” he informed him, “But I had faith in you, Ty guy.”

“You bet on me?” Tyler asked incredulously.

“Yeah,” Jay and Madison said in unison, like it was completely normal to bet on your brother’s relationship status. This kind of behavior was why he needed a fake girlfriend in the first place.

“Unbelievable,” he mutters, shaking his head.  

“Exactly,” Madison says, then turned back to Jay. “That was really immature of us. Which is why I’m going to hold off on that twenty bucks.”

“You’re such a shit—“

“Stop!” Tyler’s mom says, “Enough, all of you!”  She then turned to Y/N, who was hastily holding her duffel bag and looked overwhelmed already.  

Tyler squeezed his eyes shut, this was such a bad idea.

“Jay, help her with her bag,” Tyler’s mom ordered.  Jay obliged, skipping over and taking it from her hands.  

“Thanks,” she says sweetly.

“I’m Jay,” he introduces, holding out his hand.  

She shakes it kindly and returns his smile, “I’ve heard so much about you.”  

Tyler was impressed by how confident she suddenly seemed.

“Wish we could say the same about you,” Zack suddenly appears.  He introduces himself and shakes her hand, Tyler wanted to strangle him. If Y/N actually was his girlfriend, that statement would be extremely hurtful. He had no class. “But Tyler’s always really evasive when you get brought up.”

But she laughs it off easily.  Tyler was starting to become grateful for the easy confidence he usually found annoying. “That’s probably payback for that time I stole his parking space.”

After introductions were over, Tyler and Y/N made their way up to Tyler’s room to ‘get settled in’, as his mom called it.  She opened the door and let out a hasty sigh upon noticing the double bed in the center of the room.

“Oh goodie,” she said sarcastically.

Tyler honestly hadn’t thought about that—  

Y/N sat on the bed whilst pulling on her hooded sweatshirt, “So how thick are we laying this on?” she asks.  

Tyler raises his eyebrows in contemplation, “Pretty thick I’d say, if they were betting on me…”  


She chuckles, “Yeah, what the hell was that all about?”

Tyler shakes his head, “Oh, just you wait…”

“You have a beautiful home,” she says to Tyler’s mom as they join her in the kitchen.  “We brought over some leftover cookies,” Y/N announces sweetly, moving around Tyler in the kitchen with the container he didn’t even notice she brought.  He gets goosebumps as she ever-so-gently brushes her hand over his hip convincingly.  “Tyler and I baked them this week, but I see you guys have started baking without us,” she motions towards the spoon in Tyler’s mom’s hand.  

She poked her lower lip out into a pout that Tyler wanted to wipe off her face. He couldn’t decide if it was annoying or adorable, and that worried him.

“Oh my goodness!” his mom gasps, holding out her hands to take the container, “We just baked these from a package, I’m sure whatever you brought is much better!”  

She opens the lid and observes the cookies, “You convinced Tyler to bake?” she asks surprised.

“It was like pulling teeth, but the rules were that if he licked the spoon, he had to help,”  she slides into his side and wraps her arm around his waist lovingly.  Tyler instinctively coils his arm around her and waits for a reaction.

Everyone laughs at her remark.  As Y/N smiles up innocently at Tyler, he grows suspicious that they might just end up liking her more than him by the end of this.    

Later that night, everyone had congregated to the living room.  Tyler noticed Y/N lingering around the Christmas tree.  She seemed in awe and he was about to go join her, but Madison beat him to it.

“Hey,” she says smiling, “Sorry about the whole, not-thinking-you-were-real-thing…” she says, blushing slightly.

Y/N smiles, “Hey, for twenty bucks, I would’ve done the same.”

They both rejoin Tyler and the rest of the family by the couches where Tyler’s dad is using the remote to flip on the DVD player.  

“Y/N, I don’t know if Tyler told you, but it’s tradition for us to watch A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, every year,” Tyler’s dad says from the recliner.  “Have you seen it?”

Maybe he’s imagining things, but Tyler swears he feels Y/N stiffen beside him.

“Yeah, I love that movie,” she says.  Her voice is thick, but only Tyler seems to notice.  

It’s a tight squeeze this year.  Tyler’s parents claim the recliners in the room, while Zack and Tatum occupy the love-seat.  Jay plops in the bean bag chair normally located in his bedroom, and Madison and Will snuggle closely on the couch.  Tyler plants himself on the couch beside his sister before making enough room for Y/N.  He hadn’t thought about it before Y/N mentioned cuddling, but this would be where they really had to sell their relationship. They needed to look comfortable in each other’s space–it would definitely raise suspicion if they didn’t.

Y/N squeezes beside him, giving him a look of intention before burrowing into his side.  She nods ever so into his side, as if to ask, “is this okay?”  Tyler responds by wrapping an arm around her frame, trying to pay no mind to the fluttering in his stomach.  

Y/N shifted slightly as the opening credits played, and Tyler became all too aware of their proximity.  She was warm next to him, her head so close to Tylers’ that he briefly stopped breathing in an effort to stop fluttering her hair.  Her breath on the other hand, was slow and rhythmic, and Tyler could imagine being lulled to sleep wrapped up like this.

Fuck, they hadn’t even been sitting together ten minutes and Tyler was already completely losing his mind.  Tyler tried to focus on the movie to take his mind off of her, and he succeeded for a little while until she grabbed his loose hand in hers and started stroking his skin ever so lightly, and every nerve in his body was on alert again.  She seemed to notice his discomfort and immediately let go, in what Tyler was sure was an attempt to be respectful or whatever.  But Tyler frowned at that response and gathered her hand in his again.  He smiled when she gave it a reassuring squeeze.

Tyler couldn’t focus on the movie anymore, and instead found himself wondering how natural and right this felt.  It was nice for once to not be subjected to a bean bag chair, alone on Christmas.  And with her, it felt even better.  

He was in trouble.

As the movie went on, Tyler felt like Y/N was uncomfortable.  He scooted his body up in order to get a good look at her face, and when wet eyes and pierced lips were what he saw, he immediately knew something was up.  But she stared straight ahead at the screen through the movie.  

Finally, Tyler thought of a cop-out.

“I don’t know about you babe, but I am beat from that drive…”

She looks up at him, confused.

“Oh, I can only imagine how exhausted you must be,” Tyler’s mom gushes, “Why don’t you head to bed?”

Tyler let’s out a yawn, “You know what, I think I will.  You coming?” he asks her.

She nods softly before standing up from the couch, even taking his hand in the process.

“Thank you again for inviting me, I’m so happy to be here,” she says sweetly.

She’s answered by an abundance of “goodnights” and “sleep well’s” before they’re off to the bedroom for the night.

Tyler hears her tiptoeing back from the bathroom, all changed into some shorts and a pajama shirt once they’re upstairs.  

“Thanks for uh- rescuing me on that one,” she says, not quite meeting Tyler’s eye.

“Yeah sure, Muppets make me emotional too,” he jokes.

She nods and smiles softly, dumping her dirty clothes into her duffel.  “That movie just reminds me of someone.”

“Is it yourself? Because you kind of resemble a Scrooge.”

She laughs and playfully pushes his shoulder.  “I am not a Scrooge,” she argues.

“I know, I know- I’m only kidding.”

Tyler grabs an extra blanket from the closet and plops a pillow down on the floor.  He notices Y/N biting her lip anxiously from the bed, like she’s thinking really hard.

“You know-“ she starts, “They could pop their head in, in the morning, or something.  If they see you sleeping on the floor, our cover’s gonna be blown. Why don’t you just sleep up here?  We might as well go all in, right?”

Tyler squints his eyes at her, sure he’s hearing things incorrectly.

“Are you sure?  You don’t have to, we can think of a lie if anyone sees…”

She shakes her head, “No, I’m sure— come on up.”  She scoots herself over so that there’s room for Tyler in the bed.  He picks up his pillow and blanket before sliding in beside her.  

Both of them lay awkwardly on their backs.

“Are you comfy?” he asks.

She nods beside him, “I’m good.”

Tyler snaps off the bedside lamp, illuminating the hundreds of star stickers that Tyler had plastered over his ceiling as a kid.

He hears Y/N gasp beside him, “That’s so cool—“ she says.  

“I stuck those up there when I was five,” Tyler tells her.  “I was always afraid of the dark but didn’t want a nightlight, so my mom came home with a bunch of light-in-the-dark stickers instead.  I loved space, so these made me feel extra safe.”

Tyler inhales as he feels Y/N lean her head on his shoulder softly.  

“I like your family,” she tells him.

“Well that’s good, cause they definitely like you.”

She scoffs as if she doesn’t believe him, “They barely know me…”

“Trust me, my mom’s treating you the same way she treated Tatum the first time Zack brought her home.  And my dad made a comment about how I ‘picked a good one’ while you were with Will and Mad.  They like you.”

She sighs deeply, “Is it weird that I’m really relieved?  Like this is a fake relationship, but I still really want their approval?” she laughs, “How weird is that?”

Tyler frowns at her reminder that this wasn’t real.  He squeezes his eyes shut and firmly pushes the urge to grab her hand again out of his head.  Yeah, he was definitely in trouble.  

Judo technique of the week: Yoko-wakare

Summary

This dynamic Yoko sutemi waza (Side sacrifice techniques) requires a coordinated body motion.

Features of this Waza

The Yoko-wakare (Side separation) Waza consists of sliding both legs beneath the opponent and sharply twisting the body to perform a dynamic throw.

Waza details

After first destabilizing Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) in the backward direction, Tori (Player executing technique) induces Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) to attack. Then, at the moment Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) steps forward, Tori (Player executing technique) executes this Waza.
Just before Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) stepping foot makes contact with the floor, Tori (Player executing technique) uses his Hiki-te (Pulling hand) to pull Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) forward and destabilize him toward the front corner. Tori (Player executing technique) then slides his Tsurite (Lifting hand) side leg to the outer side of Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) Tsurite (Lifting hand) side leg, while at the same time continuing to pull Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) with his Hiki-te (Pulling hand) and twisting his body until it is sideways. Tori (Player executing technique) backward-falling posture further destabilizes Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) toward the front corner.
As Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) begins to topple, Tori (Player executing technique) slides his Hiki-te (Pulling hand) side leg in beside his other leg with knee slightly bent. While pulling Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) strongly downward with his Hiki-te (Pulling hand), Tori (Player executing technique) rotates in a circular motion centered on his extended leg to throw Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack). After the throw, Tori (Player executing technique) body is approximately at right angles with Uke (Player receiving opponent’s attack) body.

Source: The Judo Channel

@linovariel You’re right, exploring those dynamics in more detail really would be interesting! I keep thinking that generally speaking it probably won’t be too big an issue. Tony is the Stark heir, he isn’t going to let anyone push him around, not even his shadows. So if they go too far, he lets them know very clearly. And the protectiveness works both ways, Tony too is known to go to ridiculous lengths to keep Bucky and Nat safe and happy–which they aren’t always happy with either. So yeah, there would be arguments and sure, all of them would be jealous at some points, but it wouldn’t be a huge issue that constantly tears them apart.

Now Rhodey I could see being the exception of that rule. Because you’re right, Tony takes issue with anyone who dislikes Rhodey. Rhodey would throw Bucky and Natasha off, because they aren’t used to Tony hanging out with anyone, never this easy, affectionate closeness they’re suddenly witnessing, and the way he talks with Rhodey so freely. That would be a bit of a shock, especially because they’ve never even heard of Rhodey’s existence until he showed up one day.

Tony is probably too caught up in the excitement of seeing Rhodey again at first to even notice the tension. But he catches on after the initial excitement and not gonna lie, at first he’ll be devastated at the thought of three of the most important people in his life not liking each other. After that he might–get pretty pissed, actually? Because how dare they making silent death glares at each other over his head, like he isn’t self-conscious enough about his height already?

I’m honestly not sure how it would go down after this, whether Rhodey would go out of his way to confront Bucky and Nat (or the other way around), or Tony would pout everyone in submission or there would be a big fight or-

There are simply so many possibilities!

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EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF IS TRUE / FANFIC GRAPHIC

When things start to go very wrong for the Musketeers in the field, Treville sends in the best spy he can think of to sort things out. Things get much worse before they get better, and the fate of France may hinge on whether Athos and Milady can learn to trust one another again. [ Canon divergence after S2. ]

As statements go, failing to meet her at the crossroads had not carried the same finality as having her hanged, but even so: It was hardly ambiguous.

WRITTEN BY: @atratum

anonymous asked:

your character designs are incredible! they're so colorful, detailed, and dynamic without being too loud or busy, and they convey so much character to boot! you're amazingly skilled, thank you so much for sharing your art with us!!!!

such sweet words anon! you make me so happy ty.

as ive said before they are great exercises for me when i draw, im glad you like them so much, i hope to continue to share more and make ones you all love.

one of my favorite things about the animation in tfp is how the robots use their entire body to express emotion. Like the animators took robots, something that would stereotypically be stiff and lifeless, and imbued them with so much life and personality by taking advantage of every unique part of the robot’s body. One of the first things that comes to mind is the way starscream emotes with his wings. Like you could tell just by looking at his wings whether he’s scared or smug or spiteful and I just love that. And then you’ve got all these mechs with ridiculously expressive eyebrows and dramatic hand gestures and optics that dilate and refocus and this wonderful mix of bold, dynamic movement and little details that add so much more and I just really love the way this show animates robots wow

anonymous asked:

BUT PICTURE THIS: steve is torn up between choosing to wake bucky up and tell the news so he doesnt have to spend his pregnancy w/o his alpha OR does it by himself because he can't stand to go against bucky's first decision and wake him up and by the time they found a cure for bucky, steve's there with their baby in his arms ;-;

You wanna know that sad part. I actually thought about this as I was falling asleep last night. I pictured it all out in my head, maybe Steve stays in Wakanda since hes basically off the grid now. Natasha finds a way to contact him, she knows why Bucky went under and tells Steve that she might be able to find a way to help him, but it’ll take time.

Then he ends up finding out hes pregnant and he’s just so conflicted. He wants to wake Bucky up, but he also knows its way too soon and he knows he should wait till Nat can find a way to help him. Its what Bucky wanted and probably needs, so he waits. Nat does visit sometimes, and maybe a few others but its always short. They dont want to compromise anyone finding where he is or where Bucky is. T’Challas there too, but its not the same without Bucky.

By the time he’s ready to have the pup anyday, Nat finds a way to help Bucky and they make preparations to wake him up. But before he can make it over to see them wake him up, Steve goes into labor. He’s so emotionally drained from not having Bucky by his side through all of it but there’s no choice for him now. They can’t wait for Bucky to recover from cryo to join him, the pup is coming now. Nat is there to help him while T’Challa stays with Bucky.

By the time its over and Steve’s set up in another room with the pup, all he wants is his alpha. He has no idea how to take care of something so small, he wasnt cut out for the family life. But then Bucky finally comes into the room and slowly makes his way over. He doesnt notice the pup at first, too focused and concerned about seeing Steve in a hospital bed, until he hears the small cry. Its quiet for a long time while Bucky stares, until Steve finally breaks the silence with a, “Hey, Buck……come meet your son.”

Mmm sure I’ll accept it.

This is personally how I’d like to see Lion. His current body-to-head is super weird looking to me. I hope when I get better a details (metals, dynamic lighting) I’ll be able to pull off an even better Lion picture.

He used to be a knight, so I spun his body type base on that.

Super Long Kylux Rec List #2 (WIPs)

They Team Up to Defeat Snoke & Rule The Galaxy (or Parts of It)

To Sleep, Perhaps to Dream by GallifreyanOmnishambles aka GenerallyHuxurious @creepycreepyspacewizard
M - 89k, updated 12/26/16
A highly original Hux backstory/unusual AU set mostly within canon, up to the point of the destruction of Starkiller.  Most of the main plot elements have been resolved at this point, but there could still be surprises in store.

A Light to Burn All the Empires   by @decotext
M - 42,400, updated 11/20/16
This may end up being ‘It All Goes to Hell’, but I’m betting on ‘They Rule the Galaxy’.  Hux enlists the aid of an unusual campaign manager in his quest to become the (elected) Emperor; Kylo is torn between allegiance to Snoke and to Hux.  Campaign manager is an interesting OC, and overall the writing is light and funny.  Intricate plotting.

A Plague on Both Houses by @theeascetic
M - 47,200, updated 11/22/16
I meant to include the first part of this in my Completed Works rec list.  This is dark; Hux has taken advantage of Kylo’s vanquishment of Snoke and is now the Emperor, but he’s falling apart under the strain.  Kylo doesn’t realize he’s being used…until he does.  He’s more of a mess here than in most fics.  We spend a lot of time with Leia (peace treaty negotiations).  Story is currently at a bit of a cliffhanger.

A Song of Crows  by @ficlet-machine
E - 94,200, updated 12/29/16
Interesting medievalesque fantasy-style AU with Warchief Hux, ruler of the North; Kylo Ren is his new bonded Crow, a sort of sorceror-advisor.  Large scope of action, and as always with AUs, it’s fun to see how all of the canon characters and settings are remixed.

Cast Your Sleeping Heart Awake by @bygoneboy
M - 7,100, updated 6/4/2016 (2/3rds complete…I’m hoping for the last chapter!)
AU where Hux is the Emperor of Arkanis, Ben is the Prince (and Thief) of Alderaan, and their relationship consists of years of Ben showing his interest by pulling pranks on Hux.  Then things level up with inappropriately-timed (or are they) marriage proposals.  This author has a somewhat elliptical, poetic, and spare style of writing that gives the emotional content extra power.

It All Goes/Went to Hell (They Maybe Defeat Snoke But Rule Nothing)

Argentina  by Flyting, @agoodflyting
M - 13,200, updated 9/11/2016
Set ~20 years after the fall of the FO.  Ren is a smuggler, always on the move.  Hux is thought to have gone down with his ship but has altered his appearance and is living on a backwater planet, working as a schoolmaster.  I’m dying for this to be updated - it’s really an intriguing set-up.  This author has a restrained, measured style that conveys a lot of meaning in just a few spare sentences.

Fake Dating, Bed Sharing, Roommates, and We Just Work Together (Mostly Modern AUs)

All the Way to Your Door by @kyluxtrashcompactor
E - 32,200, updated 12/17/2016
Feeling self-conscious about his ongoing lack of dating success, Hux tells his parents that the guy in the photo on his phone is his fiancé.  Nope, it’s really just his roommate Ben, a veteran with PTSD.  Then Hux’s dad dies and everyone expects them both to show up at the funeral.  Full of authentic details that build the setting, giving the characters a place really to live.  Insightful and thoughtful writing.

Flyboys by @gefionne
E - 20,700, updated 12/8/2016
Historical AU set in WW2; Hux the RAF Squadron Leader meets Pilot Officer Benjamin Solo when he’s put in charge of training a group of fliers from the US.  He’s expecting them all to be hotheads and showoffs, because, you know, Americans.  JJAuthor has done research on this time period and it shows.  VERY promising, 2 chapters in!

Vitas Brevis, Ars Longa by @celloing
M - 42,600, updated 5/31/2016 (the longest without an update on my list - this is charming and I hope the author comes back to it)
Hux is a professor in the business school; Kylo his unruly student in a class Hux hates having to teach: Business and the Arts.  Bonus appearance from Dr. Krennic, Dean of the department.

Smuggler Ben, Senator Ben, Resistance Ben & So On (Basically In-Canon Verse AUs)

Idols and Dead Men by @sathinfection
E - 58,900, updated 11/17/2016
Possibly the update most avidly awaited by me.  This is a great AU where Senator Kylo Ren of Naboo is acquitted for the massacre at the Jedi school but has secretly been working for Snoke all along.  Enter General Hux to meet with him as a representative of the First Order (which is explicitly homophobic in this AU) and many hot assignations ensue.  Very funny as well.  This is one of my favorite Huxes of all.  Lots of great art accompanies this fic, and there’s a stand-alone/side fic from the same author set in this AU that is just pi7tefiyhbl.kjdv’jpoi, Goodwill Girl.

Make Me by @singardener
E - 27,700, updated 1/1/2017
Another one I’m keeping a close eye on - it’s absolutely hilarious.  Ben is just supposed to get in, get the info, and get out.  Meanwhile, Phasma is encouraging Emperor Hux to loosen up - he really just needs to get laid.  Their paths cross.  It will surprise none to learn that Ben is a little shit.  He just can’t help himself.  Never has drunk/angry one-sided phone sex been sexier.  This author has a breezy style that is a pleasure to read, and also - hot!

Out of the Ashes by @that-vicious-vixen
E - 29,900, updated 7/14/2016
A spy is found on the Finalizer - Ben Organa.  Only Hux can interrogate such an important prisoner.    Within short order, Hux is pulling a Finn - breaking Ben out and escaping to the Resistance.  Now what?  

Reputation by Flyting, @agoodflyting
M - 13,400, updated ½/2017
Normally I’m not that interested in A/B/O verse fics, but this one?  It works for me.  Hux is the Omega, but doesn’t act like one.  Kylo is the Alpha, and after some amusing missteps in his courtship of Hux, patiently unlearns all of his ideas about how sex works - he got them all from watching porn.  Kind of sweet, actually.  

Escape Velocity by @claricechiarasorcha
E - 69,300, updated 12/10/2016
Interesting AU where Ben Solo dropped out of Jedi school (but didn’t kill all the other kids) and Hux & Dad defected to the New Republic, where Hux Jr is trying to make a go of being a Senator’s staffer.  His collision with the mess that is Ben Solo/Kylo Ren is fascinating to watch.  Their characters are nascent, still on the way to becoming the ones we know.

Strange Love and Espionage by TheCrackedKatana, @crackedverbosity
M - 25,300, updated 7/31/2016
A fight at the opera, the death of a Bothan (not one of the many who died to bring the plans of the second Death Star obvs), and leather pants make appearances in this variation on the Senator Ben theme.  From one of the fics on my Completed rec list and now this one, I’ve just realized that I apparently have an interest in down and dirty drugged bathroom sex.  Thanks, Kylux, for this dubious moment of self-insight.

The Corruption of Ben Solo by @dentigerous and wraithnoir
2 M, 5 E - 401,700, updated ½/2017
This is a pretty well-known set of fics, but I include it anyway b/c I Like Long Fics And I Cannot Lie.  TONS of worldbuilding, and lush, smooth writing that flows on by in this story of “how Ben Solo, 28, late attendant of the Senate, successful smuggler, failed Jedi padawan, is seduced by the Dark Side, dragged down by a man who’s never given a chance to see the Light.”.  The last installment is 2/5ths complete.

Interrogator!Ben/Hux by Flyting, @agoodflyting
2 G, 3 T - 11,900, updated 11/22/2016
Ben Solo is the interrogator of last resort for the Resistance…they’re all a bit afraid of him.  But who else can get into the mind of captured General Hux?  This is a 5 part series; 1-4 are complete.  In the last, Ben pushes too hard and Hux goes into a coma.

Pre-TFA - When They Were Young(er) - Includes Misc Modern AUs

Brief Encounters by @limit-breaker
E - 19,300, updated 9/20/2016
Hux wants to cut loose - just this once - after he graduates from the Academy.  He encounters Ben, with a similar goal in mind, who’s thinking about whether or not he should take Snoke’s offer and leave Luke’s Jedi school. They’re cuttingly honest with each other.

Servare Mentem by evil_saint and @lingering-nomad
E - 18,100, updated 12/28/2016
“First Order assholes being assholes to each other. Kylo wants it, so does Hux, but there are other *ahem* Forces in play…they’re emotionally stunted, maladaptive man children. They have issues, okay? Arguing is foreplay for them. It’s how they roll.” Yep, sounds like Kylux to me.  The authors have fit in a lot of KoR dynamics and details, shaping up to be a pre-TFA worldbuilding-heavy D/s sort of fic.  One with “gratuitous use of nail polish”.

Twilight Omens by @limit-breaker
E - 23,300, updated 12/10/2016
Maj. Hux seethes as he is assigned to a poky backwater planet.  Then, a group of Jedi arrive to visit the abandoned temple there.  Hux is quick to see the possible gain to himself, and to the First Order, of one of the padawans.  The author gets the mix of awkward shyness and arrogance just right for Ben.

Big Brothers AU by frapandfurious and @sinningsquire
T - 54,400, updated 1/1/2017
Rey is Ben’s little sister; Techie is Hux’s little brother.  This is a cute and mostly sweet multi-part ‘Benarmie’ modern AU where their siblings inadvertently bring them together.  The best one IMO is ‘Thinking About You’ where Hux is stationed overseas and they keep in touch by Skype and email.  The authors absolutely did rickroll me.  Credit where credit is due.

Blue Milk by zamwessell
M - 21,800, updated 4/9/2016 (I have a feeling that this will not end up being finished, but one can always hope)
High school AU; author references Heathers (so just for that, I had to read it)…but Ben & Hux here remind me more of the Columbine HS killers tbh.

Techienician - the Softest of Soft Kylux

I like Techienician and unaccountably forgot to put any of my favorite completed ones on my first list.  Will remedy that error soon.  Meanwhile, here are some WIPs.

Brothers by robinasnyder
M - 11k, updated 10/18/2016
This Techie is Hux’s brother; Matt the Radar Technician is not Kylo Ren.  All about the hurt/comfort.

Don’t Let the Morning Take It by lobstergirl
E - 11,400, updated 10/2/2016
A little more adherence to the storyline of Judge Dredd, mixed with some Star Wars and, well, Saturday Night Live.  One tag sums up the resonance of this ship: “not lonely anymore”

Focal Point Convergence  by @somethingstately
E - 32,200, updated 6/16/2016 (another one I have hopes of for an update despite the long lapse)
This is kind of a mixed bag in terms of relationships - There’s Kylux in the past, and now, two years post-TFA, here’s Hux…but he has amnesia, false memories, and he has been kidnapped into slavery - he’s now Clan Techie.  Rey & Co find him.  According to the tag, there will be Reyux.  And Kylo is on the trail.  SO MUCH POTENTIAL!

Porn Ships It

In Real Life by @unicornsandbutane
E - 34,800, updated 11/6/2016
‘RedScare34’ follows a certain webcam performer, Kylo, who happens to live in the same city as he does.  From the fic: “It was a weakness, but a necessary evil, Hux thought, typing in his login details and unticking the box that said ‘remember me on this computer’. In the unlikely event that his laptop should get stolen, he would not want even burglars knowing he had a subscription to this website.  It was paid for with a series of prepaid debit cards unconnected to his bank account. It was registered under an alias…” - Hux, 1000% Extra, All the Time.  They foolishly decide to meet in person.

Starboy by @purple-satan-fic
E - 3k, updated 12/9/2016
Bored and lonely Ben Solo obsessively keeps his weekly webcam appointment with sex worker BrenDOLL, who assumes Ben (whom he can’t see or hear) is a creepy old man.  As the fic ends, they’re about to cross paths - in their high school.  This could go, per the tags, in a lot of filthy directions.

Witches, Ghosts, Eldritch Horrors, Etc.

Life and Death After Taxes by @anorlost
E - 143k, updated 12/25/2016
Kylo Ren is the Lord Vampire of…someplace in Russia; Hux volunteers to take the place of the ‘blood tax’ sacrifice girl for that year.  Kylo decides to keep him.  If you’re looking for Kylo Ren thinking he understands human feelings, Hux being forced to wear a dress, and Snoke as the Tsar of Russia and All the Vampires (while Hux tries to catch up on his schooling and figure out a way to reform the political landscape of human-vampire relations), then this is the fic for you!

What Returns From No-Man’s Land by @generallyhuxurious / GallifreyanOmnishambles
E -  13,200, updated 11/16/2016
WW1 AU; Captain Hux of the Royal Army knows there’s…something out there, calling to him in his mind from the trenches, from no-man’s-land.  He has also spent time, Brideshead Revisted style, with the Mitaka family, the upshot of which is Hux is Not a Nice Man.  This has so much great stuff going on - very atmospheric.

What’s Real or Isn’t by @brawlite
E - 39,500, updated 11/27/2016
It starts with door slamming and progresses to “tentacles kind of”.  Is there an extra dimensional entity coming in and out of our world through Hux’s basement?  Who can say, really?

Your Sacred Stars by PaperKnights
M - 6,500, updated 12/12/2016
Hux is a demon summoned to Earth by powerful sorcerer Kylo; it’s been a while for him so he takes interest in the many developments of humanity since the last time he was here.  Like Pop Tarts.  Thoughtful details about life in hell, the mechanics of selling your soul, and the different types of demons.  Also - the origins of Snoke, explained!

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Positive Assumptions about MBTI Types

Note: These are just as stereotypical/unreliable as the negative assumptions.

INFJ: insightful, wise, kind

ENFJ: leader, conscientious, energetic

INFP: philosophical, sensitive, idealistic

ENFP: bubbly, creative, inspiring

INTJ: progressive, individualistic, rational

ENTJ: organized, focused, confident

INTP: intellectual, logical, thorough

ENTP: funny, perceptive, intelligent

ISTP: factual, persistent, self-assured

ESTP: entertaining, observant, dynamic

ISTJ: dependable, loyal, detail-oriented

ESTJ: honest, motivated, hardworking

ISFJ: nurturing, compassionate, reliable

ESFJ: caring, social, balanced

ISFP: artistic, relaxed, adventurous

ESFP: fun, spontaneous, exciting

Early announcement:

October 2017, Athens, Ohio. I will be turning 30 AND defending my dissertation, and that means there will be a celebration! Mark your calendars for the Official Forest Herb Bash, coming soon to a DIY venue near you. There will be bands, food, and a limited edition companion zine. The night will represent both a culmination and continuation, a celebration of forests, lush understories, dispersal limitation, community assembly theory and metacommunity dynamics. Details TBA.

anonymous asked:

Soo me personally I ship SH (Sasuhina) and I obviously knew they weren't endgame but anyway I ain't gone lie I was butt hurt to see SS become canon I was alright with NH bc I always thought they had slightly more development but SS got me mad at first but now I'm trying to seriously like it as a ship cuz I feel like I never really gave it a chance like that I only saw the negatives. Plus if Kishi thinks that's how it should be who am I to question? So can u explain the romance/dev of this ship?

If you don’t like SS then that’s fine Anon, you shouldn’t feel obligated to like them if they’re not your cup of tea. But if you’re not forcing yourself, and you genuinely just want to give them a try, then I’ve made several posts in the past which may help you see the key bits of information that you may have initially missed, and it should help clarify why Kishi canonised them.

  • I made a post showing how Sasuke did indeed care for Sakura over here.
  • I made a post reiterating the significance of the Curse of Hatred over here. (This is an important one Anon; the vast majority of SS haters don’t understand this aspect at all).
  • I made a post breaking down the events of chapters 685 and 699 over here.
  • I made a post detailing the evolution of Sasuke’s sentiments towards Sakura over here.
  • I made a post explaining Sakura’s confessions to Sasuke over here.
  • I made a post showcasing the significance of when Sasuke called Sakura annoying the 2nd time, to when he told her that he’d see her soon over here.
  • I made a post detailing the dynamics and love between the reborn Uchiha family over here.

Hopefully this should help you see the development of the ship ^_^

There can be only one Robot Master….

Had this idea for a while now, and I’m glad I finally had time to sit down and draw it. Possibly the most detailed/dynamic Mega Man drawing I have done yet, especially with the weather effects and lighting that I played around with. Treble was also fun to draw, wish he had better placement and detail, but whatevs.

ENJOY!