even though this is super late

anonymous asked:

How come your legacy is just like calebvatore's?

It’s super unintentional! I realized the similarities in the legacy waaaay too late into playing, considering my queue is in the triple digits and I just had to accept it? CalebVatoreand I are best friends, and I draw a huge amount of inspiration from her, and I even asked if she thought it was okay for me to also use Liberty and if it would bother her at all and she said it was fine. 

Also, Hunter wasn’t going to end up with Liberty, I had planned for him to be in a relationship with Miko but, he would also find Liberty and flirt with her. 

Each house when: it's their last day at Hogwarts
  • Gryffindor: Does That Stupid But Awesome Thing they held back doing for 7 years like trying to ride the Giant Squid (and they succeed)
  • Hufflepuff: Throw the party of the year in the kitchens with all the other Puffs (Sprout even brings some homemade Butterbeer but shh *wink wonk*)
  • Ravenclaw: Brings a bouquet to Mrs Pince with an apology note for all the times they’ve been late to turn a book in. (They probably still have one in their trunk though).
  • Slytherin: Goes say a super awkward but genuinely respectful goodbye at McGonagall that makes her question her dislike for the house (Snape makes sure she remembers in september though)
Misdialed Call (Part Two)

Summary: After an overall bad day, you call your best friend to rant and to vent. But when you accidentally misdial, you end up talking to a complete stranger. What you don’t know is that this stranger may not be a stranger at all. He may even be the world’s first superhero.

Pairing: Steve Rogers x Reader

Words: 752

Previous Part: Part One

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WORKING AS A TRANSLATOR #1

A long, long time ago, I promised you to make some posts about being a translator… Finally, I have some free time to do it! Sorry, for being so late! As I said before, I’m not super experienced in translation, but on the other hand I don’t feel like a total beginner anymore, so I want to share my knowledge with you. Let’s start with the basics.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU NEED?

Some people will tell you that you don’t need any qualifications. And sometimes it’s true. There are people, who work as translators even though they have no official qualifications. But of course, it’s much easier when you get the right education. There are some things that will look very well in your resume.

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STUDY LANGUAGES/TRANSLATION AT UNIVERISTY

That’s probably the best thing you can do. You can learn the language really well, you have opportunity to work with professionals, you are going to be well-prepared and you will get the right knowledge. Your future employers will appreciate a degree in languages for sure, if you want to work as a professional translator.

LANGUAGE COURSES

Taking part in language course is also a good idea, especially if you can get a diploma that proves your participation. You can learn many useful things and sometimes you can also enroll in a course abroad. Learning with native speakers is a great way of practice!

COURSES FOR TRANSLATORS

Some language schools organize special courses for translators. They can teach you about translation methods, special software for translators etc. It can be very useful.

LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES

Many translators study one or two languages at university, but they are also fluent in other languages. To prove their language proficiency, they get language certificate. The higher your level, the better. C1 or C2 level is always impressive.

GET A SPECIALIZATION

Translating is not always as easy as it seems. Sometimes you have to translate a text about something and you don’t really know the vocabulary in your native language… That’s why translators often choose their own specialization. Some specialize in translating technical or medical texts, other focus on literature, art and psychology… The list is endless. So if you are interested in something, try to read about it in your target language, too. There are also special courses where you can learn specific vocabulary.

LEARN LANGUAGES ANYWHERE

Learn languages on your own. Take a Duolingo course, learn on your own, read foreign books. Not everything can be taught at school, you need to put a lot of effort in learning languages. The sooner you start, the better. Practice make perfect!

A final preview of my piece for the wonderful @meowraculouschatnoirzine!! I’m so happy that I not only finished on time, but before the deadline!

Even though life has been hectic lately, this piece was fun to work on. Ladybug is super excited (and so am I)

Meet & Greet

Ellen Muth - We got Ellen at our table straight off the bat (not a sign of things to come!) she was super sweet and less nervous than I imagined. 

Aaron Abrams - He said lovely things about my flower crowns (the ones at our table and at others) decided that I should promo my crowns with “the cumberbund feel”. 

Demore Barnes - Had some lovely white wine, we watched him read his invite and it was beautiful!

Hugh Dancy - So we went around the table and asked where everyone was from, being from Hampshire I won! He left with lots of Jaffa Cakes and after having some whisky (and safe to say his tolerance for whisky is v. different from fanfic Will.) He was super lovely and up for the weekend and it made me really happy to see him comfortable! It was decided that Tr/ump talk was banned for the weekend to give everyone a week. Hugh took three taps to be pulled away from our table so dude wanted a chat!

Scott Thompson - He recognised me from RDC1! Amazing! We played Cards Against Humanity and of course the “Preller” white card won!

Bryan Fuller - We were the last table at the Meet and Greet, Bryan didn’t manage to get to us until just after 3am. He was lovely and still up for it even though it was so late! It was amazing how he just stayed at those tables until their chats were done. He saw my Cards Against Hannibal and took a photo of a chilton card to show Raul! We talked loads about American Gods, got loads of tit bits and then finally got around to discussing Hannibals future. I thought it was super important we translate this info to everyone:

The options are as follows:

Swing Gaumonts Way: Continue the Hannibal and Will story (CUBAAAAAA) 

Swing MGMs Way: SOTL but, they loose Gaumont and the rights to Will.

Bryan was basically gauging the opinion of the room. There is a option to do Gaumont first, and then potentially go to MGM after. But basically it’s a choice about whether we want Will to continue being in the show. (And with Hugh Dancy here, it’s awful to think about!)

I’m personally massively of the opinion to finish what’s been started story wise, we need to continue with Will and Hannibal, and I’m happy to sacrifice a potential SOTL story line for it, but there’s always a chance to go back to SOTL with MGM after the Hannibal/Will story.

Let Bryan know your thoughts but it’s important to know that a SOTL story will not include Will in his current form.

(Serious bit over)

We got out of the M&G just before 4, Bryan did mention he hit a wall and honestly I don’t blame him. It’s by far the longest M&G but absolutely worth it!

Bryan took selfies with every table and hopefully he’ll upload them.

Friends with Kids

I see your friends with benefits fics and raise you friends with kids.

A/N: So this started out as a list fic and then turned into 5,000 words.
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For your consideration. Picture Holster as a coach for peewee hockey and there’s this little girl, let’s call her Piper, and she’s super cute and her parents are literally always late to pick her up from practice. Once Holster had to call them and remind them to come pick her up cause practice had ended an hour ago - and just, this girl is so awesome and loves hockey even though she kind of sucks at it and she carries this little Dora the Explorer backpack with her everywhere. 

So whenever she’s waiting for her parents to pick her up she’ll grab a book or toy or coloring book out of her back pack and at first she’d just play quietly while waiting, but then Holster tells the other coaches they can go on ahead (cause they’re always anxious to leave once practice is done since it’s unpaid volunteer work) and he starts talking to her. Eventually one day after practice she just sort of climbs up into Holster’s lap while they’re waiting in the lobby and gives him her book to read to her and his heart just? melts a little honestly

And he legit always comes home to Ransom - they’re roommates, again because Holster tried the whole nine to five thing three states away from Ransom and he would rather be barely making ends meet by working at the local hockey rink than making six figures if it means he gets to spend every day with his best friend - but that’s a whole other story. But anyway he is always talking about how smart Piper is and what funny thing she did that day. Ransom even feels like he kind of knows her because Holster talks about her so much. 

One day when they have a game on a day that Ransom has off from the hospital he surprises Holster by showing up. He talks to the other parents in the stands and quickly figures out which kid is Piper, because when they come out onto the ice Holster is practically carrying her and it takes almost a full three minutes of coaxing before she lets go of him and skates over to her spot on the ice. 

Ransom thinks that’s like the cutest thing ever. He asks the parents who are sitting near him whose kid she is and all the parents are saying she isn’t theirs and Ransom is confused before one of the moms sitting nearby asks who he’s talking about again. He points to number three on the ice and the mom tells him that Piper is in foster care and the parents – “are a steaming pile of shit.”

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anonymous asked:

Hey, I heard someone say the Hunger Games isn't immersive and I was wondering what is an immersive universe, and is it something I should be doing/writing? And how to do it? Thanks

Thanks for your question, love!  I’m very much in agreement with that person’s opinion of The Hunger Games.  While THG is a brilliant plot-driven series, I’ve never been able to “get into it”, for many of the reasons I will discuss here.

So immersive storytelling is definitely tricky, just because of the factors involved.  Instead of trying to get readers to a certain place, you’re trying to keep them there.  You’re trying to keep them from getting that feeling that you get when you’re watching TV and you notice the edges of the screen and the rest of the room and you break focus and you hear the clock ticking in the background until you completely lose track of the scene.  Immersion is the reason I couldn’t stay awake through any of the Thor movies.

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(Seriously, if he didn’t look like this, I wouldn’t have made it 10 minutes.)

My point in saying that, though, is that while the Thor movies have that zoning-out, thinking-about-what’s-for-dinner effect on me, they manage to totally captivate some other people!  So immersion, first of all, is different for every reader, every viewer.  I’m only able to give you my perspective on what makes a story captivating for me, so take my words with a grain of salt.

Anyway, now that that’s out of the way… the actual advice.


6 Keys to Immersive Storytelling

1. A Journey

A journey can be defined as many things: a physical journey from Point A to Point B (e.g. Lord of the Rings), or an emotional journey from a personal or interpersonal State A to State B (e.g. The Fault in Our Stars).  It can be defined as a story in which a moral is taught, the main character is changed, or the reader is changed for reading it.

I define a journey as this: a story throughout which the reader feels they are heading somewhere, and, by the end of which, feels either satisfied that they have arrived, or unsatisfied that they never quite made it.  In either scenario, there is a goal in mind – the only difference is whether or not the characters are victorious or not.  But victory doesn’t define the journey.  Motion does.

2. Relatable Characters

The only way for your story (and therefore, your readers) to keep moving is to be propelled by characters – and while The Hunger Games and Thor both certainly had characters, what they lacked, for me, was relatable characters.  No matter how compelling the journey of a story is, the reader has to both understand and care about whose journey it is.  Otherwise, you’re just watching Grey’s Anatomy.

*bitter cough*

3. Strong Imagery

Another way that the THG books fell short, for me, was their physical description of the story – the sensory experience of it.  For all the experiences Katniss went through, both physical and environmental, something about the description felt singular.  The reader didn’t get to experience the sights, sounds, and feelings of the environment.  They didn’t get to see each environment through Katniss’s eyes, through the tint of her emotions.  It felt empty, in a way.

And that’s a major part of immersion.  Make sure that your story isn’t experienced from an overhead camera, but through the sensations and emotions of your POV character.  Use your settings, and the way we experience them, to enrich the story and create that movie-effect!

4. Real Stakes

Even from the very first page, stakes are necessary to keep readers invested in the story.  Whether they’re small-scale stakes (getting to school on time) or large-scale (getting to the bomb in time), having a mystery or impending doom or just some carrot to dangle will make it more difficult for the mind to wander and the hand to close the book.

Just be careful not to make it hyper-intense all the time, or else it can feel gimmicky or melodramatic.  My main point here is to avoid stalling or creating too much lead-up/exposition without creating tension,  Slow starts = quick death.

5. Rich Narration

Whether you’re narrating, yourself, or through the voice of a character, a strong narrative voice is key to a compelling story.  A lot of this takes place in the second draft – editing and rewriting, once you’ve gotten the first draft out of the way.  It’s like putting together a bouquet of flowers – you’re not going to use all the flowers you grow, but you have to plant a bunch of different seeds and figure out which colors you like.  So let yourself out of your box!  Write all those beautiful descriptions and wacky humor and long, emotional tangents about your characters’ introspection.  Really fill your garden with every kind of flower you can cram in there, and let it simmer over the first draft.

Then, when you’re going back to edit, be sure not to let self-consciousness rule you.  Delete the unnecessary stuff, of course, but let yourself keep the personality.  Don’t try to make your story too clinical or perfect.  People are reading it for you and your voice, so let yourself get swept away, and they will be, too.  But if you sit there typing with your head somewhere else, that’s exactly how the audience will read it.

6. Authenticity

Seriously, this is the most important key for any story, and I can’t preach it enough: readers can tell.  Everything.  They can tell if you’re bored.  They can tell if you’re rushing or trying to slow everything down.  They can feel when you’re having fun and they can sense when you’re holding back.  They may not be aware exactly what the problem is with something like The Hunger Games (or whatever story any individual person finds non-immersive), but they’ll feel that vacancy all the same.

I could’ve gotten over Thor’s sheer lack of pacing technique.  I could’ve ignored The Hunger Games’ emotionless POV character.  I could (and still do, for complicated reasons) continue to watch Grey’s Anatomy even though they’ve exhausted their plots and continually create (and punish) their unlikable, soulless characters.  Those things are problems, but they’re not the reason why I can’t enjoy them.

The reason is that I don’t sense an honesty from the creators.  I don’t feel a personality behind the voices and the storytelling.  I don’t feel like I’ve gotten to know the person behind the pages (or the screen) at all.  And because of that, I didn’t get to meet a part of myself through these stories, either.  Instead, I’m just… bored.  And lost.


Anyway, that got hugely long and it’s super late, but I’m gonna publish this now and pray for few spelling errors.  I hope this answers your question, one way or another!  Thanks again, and good luck :)


If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

Some canon Enjolras moments that aren’t just him being “hot” and “angry”


  • He genuinely hates that he has to kill in order to bring about the revolution. He says “Death, I use you but I hate you.” He believes that there will be no murder in the future and that the “human race will love.” He understands the value of everyone’s life, and he even cries when he shoots a guard.  
  • He calls everyone “Citizen”, the huge nerd.
  • Enjolras is Feuilly’s #1 fan. At one point, he is ranting about how great the future is going to be, and then he just goes “Feuilly is the best, I love Feuilly, everyone needs to be more like Feuilly” and then keeps ranting about justice and equality. 
  • Enjolras knows that everyone on the barricade is going to die, so he asks people to leave. Even though no one actually wants to go, he orders the revolutionaries to save themselves. 
  • So Marius shows up super late to the revolution, and after he threatens to literally blow up the whole barricade with everyone in it he’s all like “hey, who’s the leader because Cosette is leaving and I want to join in on this party now.” and Enjolras responds with, “You’re the leader.” Because he thought that what Marius did was noble and heroic or something even though it was actually really stupid.
  • Bossuet is trying to joke around, and so he says “I admire Enjolras because he’s a virgin who doesn’t have a girlfriend.” And Enjolras just mumbles, “France is my girlfriend,” to himself. N E R D.
Hung-up and Hungover (Bucky Barnes x reader)

Request:  Could I request a Bucky x reader fic where the reader totally kicks his ass at a drinking game or pool and he’s so in awe of her that he flat out admits that he has a crush on her as she’s celebrating her victory? :)

“Nope, you guys can’t play,” Tony argued, pointing at you and Clint, “you never miss, so that just sucks all the fun out of it for the rest of us.  Besides, this game of pool is for cash and posterity, and you’re broke, so…point made.”

Clint snorted in disgust and waved Tony off, shaking his head and pointing at you with the hand that held his half-empty beer bottle, “that’s not fair.  She misses all the time, no need to punish me for it.”

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