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The 3 Elements of a FLAWED Character

You know that moment when you find an old notebook, and you start reading the story you were writing years ago, and after about one page…  

And then after a few more paragraphs … 

This has happened to me several times. On every occasion I want to curl up in a small box and wait until everyone forgets I was ever a writer. And every time, no matter which old story it is, what sends me crawling into that box is the same thing: the main character. Even after I had learned to incorporate empathetic qualities into my heroes (as listed in the last post), my protagonists were still deeply annoying – if not more unbearable than before. 

Why? What made them this way? They had winningly empathetic traits! Were they terrible people still? No, and that was the problem. They were perfect. Smart. Noble. Brave. They had dazzling martial arts skills. They loved people and people loved them. They were Chosen in some way and destined for greatness. Angst-plagued though, of course. They were tragic little heroes, misunderstood and abused, driven by the desire to vanquish all who caused them suffering.  

I could’ve composed a Gaston-like song enumerating their virtues and sorrows. 

And the only thing that would’ve made them more punchable is if they did use antlers in all of their decorating.

Characters can’t be completely likable. Yes, they must possess strengths that win the reader’s empathy, but without an equal amount of flaws … they can’t function. If they’re not flawed, they shouldn’t be the main character. Story is about someone changing, for better or worse. Under the surface, all good stories are about this process of human growth or decline. So if a hero is perfect from the beginning, there’s nowhere they need to go. And consequently, there’s no reason for a reader to follow. 

The inclination to follow a story is begun with interest in the premise, of course – but it is locked in when empathy occurs, when we begin to care – the moment the reader transposes their own external and internal lives onto a character’s life. A process which starts when a reader recognizes a shared something between themselves and the hero. Sometimes, this is a goal or strength or situation. And sometimes, it’s a flaw. We meet a character that is weak in the same way we are, and a strong internal connection is born between the reader’s life and the life on the page. On a deep level we’re thinking “This person is like me. What happens to them? How do they deal with it?” And because of this connection based on what is lacking in our lives, we want to live the story, see how it ends, and find out how the main character – who is just like us – reached that ending. Because it’s our lives we’re reading about, and if we play it out in advance, maybe we can reach a positive ending too. 

So! In what way should a main character be FLAWED? 

1) Weak in a way that only hurts themselves. 

Let’s call these MIND.

2) Flawed in a way that hurts others. 

Let’s call these MORAL.

The most realistic – and most compelling – characters have both types.  

And if a character has these flaws, the story must be steering them towards what they NEED to overcome them. The main character needs to learn something, a truth, a new way to live. This is the theme of the story. Theme is a statement the story seeks to prove, to the main character and the reader, about how to live a better life. It’s the solution to whatever moral and mental conundrum they’re facing. So … 

3) The SOLUTION to their moral and mental weaknesses. 

How does that work? To illustrate, let’s look at Stitch and Alexander Hamilton. (What a combination.) 

STITCH

Moral: He’s destructive. Violent. Rude. Vindictive.  Manipulative. Enjoys the suffering of his enemies.

 And in general, pushes everyone and everything away.  

Mind: Despite his violent ways, he yearns to belong, and senses that he can’t.

He believes he’s alone, he’s unlovable, he’s monstrous, he’s never had a family and never will – he’s lost, like the Ugly Duckling. He’s missing a family he’s never had.  

Solution: He just needs to start treating people like family to be accepted into one. 

HAMILTON

Moral: He’s selfish. (“Be careful with that one love, he will do what it takes to survive.”) He’s arrogant. He’s self-centered. (Think of the entirety of Burn.) And in his obsessive journey to succeed, he pushes everyone out of his path.  

Mind: He has a fixation on death, on time running out, which drives his manic desire to achieve. (“I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory.) He’s insecure. ("Graduate in two and join the revolution. He looked at me like I was stupid. I’m not stupid.”) 

Solution: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story? Eliza tells his story. Hamilton’s goal throughout the story is a legacy; he strives to achieve this immortality in any way possible, even if it means neglecting his loved ones, or even ruining their lives. He needs to learn that his loved ones are enough. Eliza is enough. And through her, he will live on. 

What would have happened if they weren’t flawed? The stories would have been boring. What would have happened if their flaws had been treated like attributes that didn’t have to change? The stories would have ceased to be. Progress couldn’t happen, because by accepting the status quo of their mental and moral states, we’re refusing the call to adventure outright. They’d just exist in the same state they were in the setup, stagnant, somewhat lifeless. Flawed characters must motor towards that NEED, or solution, that will save their lives. 

(I realize this “need” element is rather vague, so it’ll get its own post.)  

But in conclusion, this balance of strengths and flaws – and how this fictional person deals with the adventure they’re thrown into – is what makes a main character compelling, empathetic, and real. 

So when I unearth a notebook years in the future, containing one of stories I’m writing now, maybe the main character won’t make me feel like this:

Maybe it’ll even be like this: 

And best of all, maybe one of those characters will make a reader somewhere feel understood and helped and not alone. Wow. That would be amazing.

Well, there’s my writing motivation for today. I’m going to go make my main character more of a lovable jerk.

It’s amazing that we have a president with no redeeming human qualities whatsoever. We’ve had some terrible presidents, but if you dig deep enough you could find some spark of humanity in them, some quality you might want your children to emulate. Hoover grew up as an orphan with a sterling work ethic. Nixon joined the navy in WW2, even though being a Quaker could have gotten him a draft deferment. Bush Jr. beat alcoholism. But there’s nothing in Trump’s being that is remotely admirable, he’s pure greed, stupidity, anger, bigotry and hatred.

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A Vision to Behold (WIP)

“Erm.. nothing. I… uh…”

“You kept me waiting, darling. Oh! I managed to decipher the manuscript. Page two-thirty-eight contains instructions to create an instrument - something akin to a miniature cannibal star - that is sure to nullify the charges of anything that is a construct of similar constituents; designed to then consume the…”

“Baby, please. Please don’t do this to me.”

“Do what?”

“You can’t be unclad and immersed in water, looking like Nerites himself, and be throwing science at me. It weakens me in every manner.”

“And what if I say: everything you lay your eyes on is for your taking; will you then feel powerful again?”

anonymous asked:

A thing that I have noticed is that a lot of webcomic dont use the art as tool for storytelling, there's so much one can do playing with panel size, form, coloring and perspective to stablish a character or narrator mental state, the mood of the scene and the foreshadowing! I dont usually read manga, but recently I read one that hides tarot card numbers in panels and uses a lot of visual cues to enrich the story, like a particular gesture to indicate that a character is lying or nervous, (1/2)

(2/2) a checkered pattern floor to show that the protagonist is being manipulated or just a well-placed flower (flower language), I never though of this things but now it has made more conscious on how I draw comics and at the hour to read a webcomic it has made me pay attention to panels details and not just the dialogue, to really treat comics as a visual medium. Sorry for the long text and mistakes (learning english!), I just wanted to share thoughts and thank you for all your advices!

Back in ye olde days of late 90s early 2000s, basically no one in webcomics could draw. 

Questionable Content, 2003

Narbonic, 2000. Narbonic got very good very fast, though. 

And any comic with even a competent artist would get a lot of attention just for that. 

Nowadays, actual artists realized that doing a webcomic could build a portfolio and even a brand, and the market with flooded with quality art

Ava’s Demon

Unsounded

And it became the Conventional Wisdom among us Webcomic Reviewers that art “didn’t really matter”. There were tons of beautiful comics with terrible storytelling, after all, and they were a chore

Dresden Codak. Note that the thing we’re supposed to be looking at in panel 2 is the metal ring showing that Kimiko’s arm is a prosthetic, but the camera is pointed at her boobs. 

Whereas webcomics with bad art but good writing were good comics.

Dinosaur Comics sets the floor for artistic quality, but is still really liked

Some of this was a bit of jealousy, too. Most people who write reviews of comics are bad at art, and prefer to think of writing, which is the thing they do, as the Primary Driver Of Quality. Then other reason is 

Understanding Comics

But the actual fact of a comic is that art is writing, and writing is art. They’re too intermixed to think of as separate skills

Dresden Codak has bad art. 

Technically, it’s fine. Hell, technically it’s amazing. If I quit my job and spent 40 hours a week practicing drawing, It would take me years to get to this level. But it’s not functioning. The panels are in a confusing order, and the shot of Kimiko with her back arched way back as if she wanted to make her boobs more prominent in the shot both makes no sense for the scene (compare to the last panel, where she’s leaning forward in a way that makes more sense), and is the wrong type of shot.

The point of that panel is to draw our attention to the symbol on the back of Kimiko’s black crop top thing, but because it’s a medium shot for some reason (so Diaz can draw boobs), there are TWO symbols on her back. The one of the back of her top is center-panel, but there’s a gear symbol peaking out from beneath the top that more literally fits the description of “the one on your back”, especially since we have no reason to think that the silver symbol isn’t part of her shirt. It should’ve been a close up of the symbol! So that we knew which one it was! 

Compare this page in Gunnerkrigg Court. This is technically bad art. I could possibly draw something like this in a day with my current skills. But the deterioration of the drawing quality is good art, because it gives the sense that Annie’s falling apart, which is appropriate to the scene. 

Tom Siddel can draw like a motherfucker when he wants to (also this layout is excellent), but for this scene of Annie taking her makeup off, he doesn’t want to, and that’s an artistic choice. A pretty good one, actually. 

Order of the Stick is one of the simplest comics out there in terms of visual style. This panel isn’t that hard to draw (compared to Unsounded, for instance). But it works.Even if you don’t know anything about OotS, this shot tells you a ton. You understand that these characters have been going through doors at random, and you know that there’s a shitload of doors. Despite it’s simple art style, this panel effectively conveys the scale of the challenge. 

None of this requires gimmickry (and sometimes gimmickry is good). You don’t need to be great at drawing to make a panel like that OotS one. 

And that’s just basic shot composition! There’s also stuff like the tarot card gimmick you mentioned, color palettes, and visual metaphor. 

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While it’s important to remember films != comics, they can be a good resource for this kind of visual thinking. If I’m filming a scene two people talking, I can “draw” nearly as well as any director, since I have a camera on my phone. The difference between me and a great director (besides budget) is where I point the camera, and what decisions I make.

Anyway, here’s a nice set of panels from Octopus Pie, which are great at getting us into Marigold’s frame of mind in a way a good drawing wouldn’t.

Reasons why I think people ship Syndisparklez part 2:

Part 1 here

1. Reactions to the first kiss:

- Jordan’s reaction included noises that sound like he didn’t think he’d like it and then it was surprisingly pleasing (at 15:05, the link already has the time built in): https://youtu.be/4MooEz_scbU?t=15m5s

Also here’s the excerpt: http://communitymc.tumblr.com/post/141797412040/were-you-sober-when-you-kissed-tom

Another important thing is that Jordan said he wasn’t drunk, which made us realize that it was a lot more consensual then we thought in the first place (yes, there were posts talking about how the whole thing was problematic and people wrote fics about how Jordan was so drunk he couldn’t even stand up. So knowing he was fairly sober made me and a lot of people feel much better about the whole situation). Also Tom said he didn’t have a hangover, which made us believe he wasn’t really drunk either (https://youtu.be/B4Dm6pqd5Kc?t=3m46s - at 3:46).

- Tom’s reaction was that he really liked it: http://communitymc.tumblr.com/post/142711271111/did-i-enjoy-kissing-jordan

2. New York:

- Unfortunately those who missed the livestream probably won’t ever see all the Syndisparklez moments that happened that night. The audio was terrible (I mean seriously, the organizers of the event were really unprofessional) so Jordan decided not to upload his stream even though he had better audio than Tom. 

Tom did upload his: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MqO_NHAN4c (there’s also a part 1 that’s only 24 minutes long cause his stream crashed, I don’t remember if there are Syndisparklez moments in there, you’re welcome to check), but just beware of really bad audio quality, you can barely hear him and Jordan even less. The bummer is that on Jordan’s stream you could hear both of them but he didn’t upload it. If anyone recorded the stream that night, could you please let us know?

- But there’s one screenshot I took at the end (which isn’t on Tom’s stream but was on Jordan’s) where Tom couldn’t hold back any longer and tickled Jordan’s shoulder:

Screenshots of the tickle that smorescake took (at least I think so; it was posted on their blog): http://communitymc.tumblr.com/post/143027807783/smorescake-i-dont-know-what-to-say

- Tom’s vlog of the day they spent together at New York is full of Syndisparklez stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZexIlKh5RZs&t=382s

Video highlights of the vlog:

Look at his pants, they’re ridiculous: http://communitymc.tumblr.com/post/143069785835/look-at-his-pants-theyre-ridiculous

This is the most romantic walk to the toilet: http://communitymc.tumblr.com/post/143069962394/this-is-the-most-romantic-walk-to-the-toilet

Other highlights: 

  •  I love you to pieces:
    Tom: Jordan listen, listen, listen alright? I love you to pieces…
    Jordan: By the way…
    Tom: No green shorts, but… *zooms in on Jordan’s ‘shoes’*
    Jordan: What are thoooose?
    Tom: *What* *are* those*? I’m not even doing the ‘what are those’. I’m genuinely asking. Are they loafers?
    Jordan: I don’t know what you call them.
    Tom: Loafers. You’re a loaf of bread.
  • Tom searching desperately for Jordan cause he loses sight of him for a second.
  • Tom zooming in way too close on Jordan’s face quite a few times.

3. Conventions in June 2016:

- Tom texted Jordan while drunk asking him to loan his house for a party (2:27): https://youtu.be/V7YsgJKkT1Y?t=2m27s

  • Tom: Hey, if I did ever do it I’d give you buttery nipples all night long.
    Jordan: Mmmmm, oh that’s…
    Tom: In a sexual term.
    Jordan: That’s more tempting.

- He asked Jordan to give him a return kiss and looked really bummed out when Jordan backed out and walked away (6:14): https://youtu.be/xuuvBLRwg6Q?t=6m14s

Excerpt instead of whole video: http://communitymc.tumblr.com/post/146461823225/do-i-get-a-kiss-now-you-gotta-return-the-favour

  • Tom: sneaks up behind Jordan with his phone recording so Jordan sees the phone right in front of his face before he sees Tom
    Jordan: Oh! Hi!
    Tom: laughs
    Jordan: That was abrupt.
    Tom: Do I get a kiss now? turns his cheek to Jordan You gotta return the favor. taps his cheek
    Jordan: stares at the camera awkwardly
    Tom: Jor… looking dejected
    Person behind camera: Ooh, ooh…
    Jordan: opens mouth as if to say something, still looking really awkward, then closes his mouth and backs right out of the frame and walks away
    Tom: walks forward looking really sad

4. Pokemon GO:

- Highlights from the Pokemon GO adventures that Jordan and Tom had with their friends:

5. THE SECOND KISS:

Tom comes back to Los Angeles and Jordan stars in two of his vlogs. In them they both act like boyfriends.

Highlights from the first video (https://youtu.be/Ri59_jeVwNo):

  • Tom: (sees Mclaren) Oh my gosh Jordan you fucking sexual man!
    Tom: Can I have your baby?
    Jordan: Um if you want…
    Tom: Can I have your baby?
    Jordan: I know a lot of…
    Tom: Dude we’ve already been shipped. We’ve already been shipped!
    Jordan: A lot of people on tumblr would love that.
    Tom: Yeah, can we have babies then? (Jordan: ye, yeah) Can I have your babies (Jordan: yeah) and can this (points at Mclaren) be my, be my present to be your husband? (Jordan grins and nods: yeah)
    Miniladd: Can I be in the background to make weird faces again?
    Tom: God you shit! (I think? I didn’t hear it well)

    (conversation copied from my post on my main blog: https://ineharnia.tumblr.com/post/156368985946/from-toms-video-happy-birthday-surprise)

  • They act soft around each other.
  • Jordan grinning when Tom points the camera at him and then laughing in happiness at the grin: https://ineharnia.tumblr.com/post/156550993956/this-is-my-first-gif
  • Tom has visible hickeys at the end of the video:

Highlights from the second video (https://youtu.be/36U_dqRgQj0?t=9m49s - 9:49, before that he goes iceskating with other people):

Bonus stuff:

- Twitter since December:

‘Get a cleaner side shave and I’d fuck you (no homo)’ - https://twitter.com/CaptainSparklez/status/809852523481706497

‘You look like Dwayne Johnson’ - https://twitter.com/CaptainSparklez/status/810164150294970368

‘I’d love to skeet with you’ - https://twitter.com/CaptainSparklez/status/816402931666731008

‘Will gladly compare dick sizes’ - https://twitter.com/CaptainSparklez/status/819390353547534337

‘Thanks bae’ - https://twitter.com/CaptainSparklez/status/821625510493061121

‘Date night *smirk*’ - https://twitter.com/CaptainSparklez/status/823792024159600640

*kisses pp better* - https://twitter.com/CaptainSparklez/status/829502423945277440

pp kissing ship support - https://twitter.com/CaptainSparklez/status/829549890736762880

‘Will you be my valentine?’ - https://twitter.com/CaptainSparklez/status/831562841639444480

- Tom feeling Jordan’s abs: http://communitymc.tumblr.com/post/139819733580/tom-feeling-jordans-abs-enough-said

- Tom kissing other men (plus being extremely flirty and making gay jokes - not the homophobic kind - throughout the videos):

https://youtu.be/HWutpsDEkVU?t=17m16s

https://youtu.be/zGfhLFxx-zA?t=5m58s

Also here’s a playlist I made of all the Syndisparklez vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLefkFsq32NceWkxW_efhhyzOHcemOU1nd

Skeleton Boys: Ideal Dates

lol plz enjoy my take on these nerds perf first dates. also these are from the point where they’re all now on the surface!

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Classic (UT!Sans)

You’d think he’d pick something where he wouldn’t have to leave his house because he’s lazy but really he’d like something where you both were outside. He loves the outside. Almost any season, though Fall and Spring are by far his favorites. He’d really love a picnic date. One where you both just lay back, maybe next to a pond and eat some tasty hotcats and toss some popcorn to the ducks while you talk about anything and everything~

Papy (UT!Papyrus)

Papy wants something cool for your first date! And nothing is cooler than roller-blading! So he decides to take you to the park so you can both skate around! And worry not! If you don’t know how to skate yet then he would be thrilled to teach you! And there’s nobody better to help you learn than Papy! And maybe after a few laps around the park you can both stop for some Nice Cream! His treat of course! <3

Red (UF!Sans)

Red’s a simple fella and also wary of gold diggers (they were everywhere in the Underground) and so for your first date he’s gonna just take you to see a shitty movie. Probably some cheesy horror flick or a goofy sci-fi film. No concession food though cuz he’s not a billionaire ffs. If ya ask real nice he’ll help you sneak some compac snacks in. Oh and he’ll be giving you a running commentary of whatever you’re watching. If you have a good time and genuinely laugh at his lame jokes he’ll be wanting a second date for sure.

Pyrus (UF!Papyrus)

A fancy dinner date! Nowhere near as laid back as Red, Pyrus is planning a ritzy dinner for you both! But he loves to show off so of course he’ll be cooking the meal, and thank your lucky stars that he and Angler (UF!Undyne) have come so far cooking wise since getting to the surface. So your taste buds will be in for a real treat. Compliment him lots he craves compliments like fish crave water and take turns picking subjects to talk about and and he’ll definitely think of asking you out for a second date.

Blue (US!Sans)

Blue is torn between wanting to keep it simple and classy or go nuts and have an adventure. In the end he decides there’s no better place for a first date than a carnival/fair! He’s so excited to go on all the different rides with you! If you giggle and tease him by asking “even that one?” while pointing towards the Tunnel of Love then he’ll have a blue face for the next hour. He’ll totally change the subject, still blue, and lead you towards the games. Where he will proceed to win you one of everything. Even somehow from the games that are so obviously rigged?? You don’t question it. 

Slim (US!Papyrus)

He takes you to Ikea. ….Like seriously. It’s weird and definitely a first but you have fun?? For real, you have a blast trying out all the weird shit Ikea sells. You steal all the pillows and make a fort in the bed/bedding section. You even manage to make a sign that says “no dorks allowed” with some paper and a marker Slim just happened to have on him?? It’s great and you even play hide and seek! You always managed to find you so easily you think he totally cheated. But finding him was always so hard! He’d end up in the weirdest places. But eventually you both got kicked out. So all in all? Best first date ever.

Black/Boss (SF!Sans)

Shopping date! But don’t get too excited. You’re just going with him while he spoils himself with a new wardrobe. Also he might want you to carry his bags. But on the bright side you get to sit and watch him do a little impromptu fashion show for you. He’ll try on all sorts of things and let you critique them with him. But here’s where the trouble might happen. Boss is a lot better at telling when people are lying than most give him credit for. So he demands your honesty. But he’ll also throw a fit if you say anything too negative about how he looks. Best route if he puts on anything is to make sure to insult the clothing. Not him. Say he’s wearing something that makes his bone structure look cartoony. Just say something like “the fabric it’s made of looks cheap. you deserve higher quality.” He’ll beam at you and toss the clothing away. Win/win.

Rus/Mutt (SF!Papyrus)

Honestly, he’ll just ask you what you want to do. He’s not terribly picky about what you both do so long as he gets to do it with you. Caution though. He’s uncomfortable in crowds but if you want to go somewhere crowded then he’ll go even if he’s sick with anxiety the whole time. He’s such a sweetie but he forgets he’s allowed to set up boundaries too. So make sure to keep his interests in mind while picking where you both go. Best place for a first date with Rus would be either the aquarium or the zoo (on days with no field trips). He likes looking at all the fish and critters. It really soothes his tired soul~

“It’s Normal” au CHANSAW

It was at least four months into the new school year when Veronica heard the weeping as she walked across the hall. It was coming from the nearly abandoned girls bathroom, that usually was reserved to whatever the Heathers wanted: crying, throwing up, attempting suicide, fucking guys, fucking girls; and fucking each other. The sky’s the limit to what they could do in that bathroom alone.

So, when Veronica heard the crying she automatically thought it was Heather Mac. Each Heather had a distinct sound when they went into that bathroom: Duke it was puking, Mac was crying, and Chandler was almost always moaning and panting. And everyone knew that, when the teachers passed by they knew to look the other way (except Fleming), nerds knew to back up, and if any straight girl heard the moaning she’d walk away, not wanting to be seduced by Chandler.

Veronica stopped dead by the door when she noticed something. it wasn’t Mac, no Mac’s was timid and had a lot of sniffling. She had to comfort so much since she joined the Clique, that she picked up all characteristics of Mac’s weeping. No, this was sobbing. Like rocking back to forth, hyperventilating, crying so hard that even china can hear you. It was probably a really bad day for Mac, even though Mac was happier and cheer ball for the most part, she did have some really bad days but still it didn’t, sound like Mac. Veronica knew that she should probably let it go. She had a class in five minutes and couldn’t be late, but then again Heather probably needed her in there, or whoever it was. Veronica could never walk by crying like that without helping her. Taking a glance to the far door where her teacher was waiting, Veronica opened the bathroom door and walked in. It was even worst in there, even Veronica couldn’t think it could be this bad. The tiles made it echo, an arena of sobs and tears. Peering across the room, she saw a familiar red purse’s handle under the door.. She knew she shouldn’t walk on. Leave her alone and avoid confrontation. She knew what the girl crying in the cubicle could do to foes, but she stepped on. Slowly and calmly, a second before she lifted another foot. Around three feet, there was a large sniffle. A silence went over the room and Veronica stopped dead. “GET OUT!” The demon queen erupted. “YOU B-bitch.” “Heather, its Ronnie.” Veronica said stepping in front of the door. She winced as what seemed like a roll of toilet paper hit the door. Resting her cheek against the door, the sobbing began again. Just go, she thought, she probably has something sharper to throw at her in her blazer. But she couldn’t. Even though Chandler was never the easiest, she couldn’t handle that Chandler was crying this hard. Even though she could deny it as much she wanted, Veronica cares about everyone in that damn school, and Heather Chandler has grown more and more, even more than JD. Veronica could see some qualities of chandler, not terrible, like Chandler let Veronica in her clique, she cared about Mac, and seemed to care about Veronica too. Maybe even romantically. But she still couldn’t figure if that was true. “Heather, are you okay in there?” Veronica said turning around on her back tiredly. “I’m-I’m f-fine. Leave me be, Sawyer!” Heather answered, her voice breaking. “No,” Veronica sighed. “You’re not.” There was another burst of sobbing that answered her. And without asking, she opened the door and felt a string being plucked as she saw Heather Chandler. She was on the top the toilet, her arms crossed and shaking. Her knees were up to her chin. Mascara was rushing down her red face, her hair in ruffles and her shoulders slumped so much you would believe that she wasn’t wearing shoulder pads. She was still shaking back in forth, blinking down tears and her lip shaking. Kicking away the toilet roll, Veronica walked closer to Heather, a foot away and looming over her. She couldn’t seem to say anything. Veronica always knew what to say to Mac, the same things to make her cheery again. But she never seen Chandler cry before, and Veronica was pretty sure no one ever has. Chandler was like a goddess, like not human. Someone above petty human emotions, and seeing this goddess crumbling infront of her. It left her speachless and her throat dry. Wiping away of fresh tears on her red blazer, Chandler stands up and meet eye to eye with Veronica. “My Grandma,” She started, straigting up, her eyes red. “Was diagnosed with brain cancer, a year ago. My dad told me before I left for school today, that the funeral will be this Saturday.” Veronica tried to choke back the gulp. Tried to think of something to say. Something to make her stop crying, to feel better. But now she couldn’t match wits with her. After a solid minute of staring into each eyes. Veronica grasped Chandler, and embraced her. Brought their warmths together. Veronica could still feel Chandler shaking in her grasp, but Chandler didn’t step back or slap her, which suprised Veronica. No chandler, gripped her harder, her nails piercing his back blazer. “It’s going be okay,” Veronica whispered in her ear. But heather broke away and shook her head, tears rushing down her stained cheeks. “Its not okay!” Chandler exclaimed, crossing her arms. She looked away, from Veronica gaze, and rushed away. but before she could Veronica held her arm as a wall. “Why?” Veronica said, tilting Chandlers chin to meet their gaze. “You can’t see me like this.” Heather whispered, her voice drenched in sorrow. “No one can see me like this. Vulnerable and weak! Hell, I can barely see myself like this.” Veronica smiled and then saw the beauty in Heather chandlers eyes. She was just a girl who had sadness buried down and emotion down in there. Leaning into her cheek, Veronica kissed Heathers cheek lightly. Gently. Barely touched. Heather eyes widened, and she opened her mouth, but didnt say anything. Veronica takes Heathers hand and guides them gently out of cubicle. Chandler lies her head on Veronica’s shoulder, and Veronica then knew that this could work. And there was spark to be lit. Before walking out, Veronica grabs a few dozens tissues and put them out for heather to take. “Don’t be embarrassed. It’s normal. Everyone feels, it’s part of the human experiance.” Veronica said gently, smiling softly to Heather. Heather smiles back and lifts her head high and they walked out of the bathroom, hands together.

4

Guess who didn’t post shit for Raffles week even though I got maybe 70% of the prompts done bc I had to finalize my designs

and i never got to scan them bc the scanner never got fixed so here are more phone quality photos I love YOU GUYS

thoughts on hearing about the little shop off horrors remake:

  • you literally cannot improve on the 1986 film’s execution. it was already intentionally dated as a period movie when it came out so it feels like its visuals and sense of humor haven’t aged a day. the casting and acting are spot-on. no cgi could rival that audrey ii animatronic. the only thing that needs updating is the racism, and i somehow don’t feel confident that that’ll be a priority for the guy who directed monster trucks. i don’t even trust him with the heavy-handed jewish coding, though i’ve never found that antisemitic as much as an in-joke…
  • another possible route to a good movie: a more direct adaptation of the stage musical. imo, frank oz probably left off some of my favorite songs “now (it’s just the gas),” “mushnik and son,” and the latter half of “the meek shall inherit” for a good reason: film and stage are fundamentally different. on stage, you’re sharing a space with your audience, and it makes sense to vocalize thoughts. on film, the transparent wall between performer and viewer is thicker, and monologuing is less believable, even in a movie as stylized and novel as little shop. but soliloquy on film is far from unprecedented, and the new movie might try to pull that off. personally, i prefer the 1986 ending to the stage show ending because i think killing off a female character to punish a male character is obsolete at best, but whatever. the rest is fine and i hope this movie tries to set itself apart from ‘86 somehow.
  • the big joke about both seymour and audrey is that they’re supposed to be seen as pathetic. seymour is nebbishy, unfashionable, weak-willed, and unsuccessful without the help of a murderous plant. audrey has “led a terrible life” and there are jokes about her wearing too much make-up and tacky clothes. even though i don’t see anything about audrey as deserving of judgment, it’s clear you’re supposed to think the only thing either of them has going for them is that they’re nice. i just worry about how that supposed pathetic/unattractive quality is going to be treated with 2 fat comedians both of whom are known for playing pathetic/unattractive characters. @_@ but that part is just anxiety more than a judgment, they could end up proving me wrong.

Look at this cutie! 😊 Always fiddling with her hands whenever she’s alone talking to Robbie. I think somebody is nervous around their crush 😉

(Also she fixes her hair at one point when Robbie moves closer even though her hair is perfectly fine – which is usually a sign of romantic interest. Daisy’s got a crush and it’s adorable! 😊)

The Wicker House

Submitted by: Shadowswimmer77

Length: Super long

Of course everyone claiming residence in Arthur’s Wake knows tales associated with the Wicker House. It seems that every small province plays host to some structure of ill repute which, as if by supernatural magnetism, draws rumor of ghosts and bogies, wrapping the timber and stone of its foundation in a shroud of darkness and horror. In Arthur’s Wake, the Wicker House fills this odious task.

Scant days after arriving in town, while taking the time to familiarize myself with the local watering hole and its residents, I became introduced to the well known superstitions surrounding the Wicker House. As a man of science, I knew any truths to be found in these outlandish stories were likely embellished to points unrecognizable. Nothing was first hand; all experiences were from a friend who knew a fellow who may have seen something. It is the provincial mind which transforms wild dogs into wolves that walk like men and interprets astronomical phenomena as harbingers of certain doom. 

Still, my curiosity sufficiently piqued, I endeavored to better inform myself upon the subject through more objective means. To my great surprise, while failing to confirm the more supernatural claims of the tales, the town records in the basement of the local library did provide aspect to a most sinister reality all their own.

The house was built in 1920 by the millionaire Tomas Wicker who, in addition to being both a successful oil prospector and fishing magnate, was by all accounts completely insane. No one knows what first drew Wicker to Arthur’s Wake. Some speculate this as the first outward sign of his impending madness. What is known was that the foundations of the house which would come to assume his name were poured almost immediately upon his arrival.

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When Stars Align | Three

Member: Jungkook

Genre: Angst, fluff, long distance relationship

Word Count: 1.7 k

Summary: You were only going to South Korea as a little present for yourself. Nothing more than that, but when a stranger drops his phone and then becomes your seat mate on the plane, all your plans to be a tourist in another country changes. 

A/N: this probably isn’t the best that i’ve written and it’s super scattered so please bear with me. You could say that this is more of a filler chapter which is why it’s so short and I also wanted something that could lead into something more angsty. 

✩ One | Two | Four ✩ 

Originally posted by sugutie

I’m up for the challenge if you are. I hope this isn’t the end for us.  

The words on the screen seem to lift off a weight that you didn’t know was even crushing you. Of course you don’t want to end everything from the past month, but are you really up to the challenge? Your mind spares you no mercy as it throws reasons as to why you should do it and why you shouldn’t.

The pain is inevitable. You know that already, but what about the joy? The warmth of finally being able to hold the person you’ve longed for? The giddiness of finally eating a proper meal with them, sharing a drink, holding their hand, laughing together, and just being with them. So you reply with a simple sentence.

I hope so too.

“How was your day?” It’s late at night, but luckily you don’t have any classes tomorrow.

“I’m exhausted. Working two shifts a day back to back is a terrible idea. I don’t recommend it.” Despite the poor quality from your laptop screen, Jungkook does look extremely tired. Even though it’s daytime in Seoul, he’s lying down in his bed.

“You don’t have to do it if it’s making you so tired. We can find another way.”

It’s been four months since you left South Korea. Despite your concerns, these past four months seem to have passed by in a blink of an eye. When you first wake up, it seems like another day will pass by excruciatingly slowly, but soon enough you’re back in your apartment and talking to Jungkook. Contrary to belief, it’s not possible to Skype everyday for hours. With your school life still going on and Jungkook working two shifts of work, it’s simply not possible. Not to mention the fact that sometimes Jungkook has to stay late at the studio because of some projects he’s working on.

“It’s okay. I can handle it. I manage to squeeze in a few hours of sleep here and there. Besides, the more I work, the sooner I get to see you!” Jungkook is now propped up on his elbows so his face is right in the centre of the screen.

“I wish I could find another job too, but I don’t think I can handle any more especially with it being mid semester.” This is your last year in school as well. After that you’re free to find a job wherever you please.

“Don’t worry about it Y/N, I understand. After all, what kind of a person would I be if I made my girl suffer like that?” My girl. The two of you may be halfway across the world from each other and often suffer from bad wifi connection, but the names he calls you will always have the same effect.

He never formally asked you to be his girlfriend, but there’s no need for the words. Both of you are on the same page of understanding and know where you relationship lies. It would be nice if he did ask you, but you know it wouldn’t make a difference since the two of you are still so far away. Besides, you don’t want him to just do it over text or some video call. Call you sappy, but you want there to be more significance to it.

“Don’t work too hard okay? I don’t want you to be sick the next time I get to visit you.” You warn him and he laughs at your statement.

“Of course Y/N. I won’t let myself get sick even if Mother Nature forces me to.” A bright smile spreads across his face. You smile in response to his.

You spend the rest of the night talking to Jungkook, not caring how late it is. You know you’re going to be tired in the morning, but you never regret it because this is the only time you get to see him. As long as the time is spent with him, it’s never wasted.

“How is school?” Your eyelids are starting to feel heavy, but you don’t want to end your call just yet.

“It’s alright.” You let out a yawn before continuing. “It’s almost winter break so I have a few assignments piled up.” Like all teachers and all schools, the week before any break is death week. Teachers assign everything that’s due on the same day and you’re working non-stop until tired is a normal state.

“That’s horrible! I remember my days of university and they aren’t too different from what you’re going through, but it’s almost over right! Besides, after everything is due, you can go off and enjoy Christmas!” Christmas is right around the corner, but the festive feel is being buried by all the school work. There’s also the fact that you don’t get to spend your first Christmas together.

“Yeah, but Christmas seems a lot further than normal. Do you have any plans for Christmas?”

“I have a few big projects coming up. The other producers in my company are scrambling to get everything done for the deadline so they don’t have to spend Christmas in the office. As for the special day itself, I’m planning to just stay at home and watch some movies. Maybe make myself a mini Christmas dinner. Nothing too special.” You eyes are definitely getting a lot heavier now, as if there are weights hanging off of them.

“That’s nice…I love dinner…” As if your eyes didn’t give it away enough, your words are becoming incoherent.

“Y/N? Are you getting tired?” Jungkook looks at his phone. “Oh my god, it’s really late there! You should sleep!”

“It’s okay…Christmas break is soon…I don’t have school tomorrow…I’m fine…” He chuckles at your attempt to stay awake, but you’re not fooling anyone.

“Okay Miss Y/N. I’ll stay with you until you fall asleep okay?”

“I won’t fall asleep.” You adjust your position so you’re lying on your side.


Low and behold, you did fall asleep. It’s not the first time that this has happened, but it’s definitely becoming some sort of routine. You video chat with Jungkook until one of you fall asleep, normally it’s you. When you woke up, you noticed that your laptop screen was shut off, so you also assume that Jungkook ended the call as well.

You gather yourself and get ready for the day ahead of you. While you’re getting dressed and cleaned up, you check your phone for any notifications and surely enough there were.

You know you snore really loudly when you sleep?

You can practically hear Jungkook saying that in his mischievous tone.

Are you sure you weren’t hearing yourself??

You type back and then begin your day. Luckily for you, it is your free day today so you have some time to walk around town and run some errands. While you’re walking around town, you notice that Christmas is in full action. The lights are up, trees are put up in every store, sweaters are being sold, the christmas themed drinks are out; Santa is coming to town.

As you’re walking by a few stores, you take note of a few items that would make great Christmas presents. Of course the matching ugly sweaters are a must along with some candy, but you come across some scrapbooks and it gives you an idea. Time is cutting short so you buy the scrapbook and a few supplies without and second thoughts and head back to your place.

You spent the rest of the day finding pictures you took, printing them out at the store and then decorating the book. You searched all over the internet for inspiration, but after a while you just decided to go with the flow.

Ding ding

Looking at the time, you realize that it’s just around night time for Jungkook. You look at your phone and just as you suspected, it is indeed him.

What are you up to?

You furiously type away so you can get back to working.

Working on a few projects.

You don’t want Jungkook to know about the scrapbook at least until it’s Christmas time. It’s probably arrive to him a few days late so you will tell him soon.

As you resume your work, you manage to write some song lyrics that match your feelings towards him. Yes it sounds extremely corny, but being in a long distance relationship means that you don’t get to do these things all the time. Go big or go home right?

I got to go home early today. Do you have some time or are you busy?

You do want to talk to Jungkook, but you also want to finish this as soon as possible.

Sorry, I have a lot to do. When i’m done i’ll text you okay? Sorry!!

You feel really bad, but you’re not lying since you do have a lot to do.

Of course. Don’t worry about it!

So the night progresses and you continue gluing and printing and writing and cutting. It’s tough, but you’re determined to get this done with the little time that’s left.


The days pass in a flash as you spent countless nights working on your gift and school assignments as well. Your scrapbook took almost a week to complete, but the end result was totally worth it. It’s definitely nothing compared to the picture perfect ones you see on the internet, but you think that it embodies your relationship nicely. You never thought that Christmas break would come, but it’s finally here and it feels as sweet as ever.

With your gift wrapped up nicely, you bring it to the post office so you can send it to Jungkook. It’s two weeks before Christmas so you hope that the post service can get it to him in time. Before sending your gift, you read the message you left for him one last time.

To Jungkook:

First off. I have to say that it’s completely unfair that you left that postcard in my bag without telling me, but that’s about as much as I can complain since everything from that point has been amazing. It sucks that we can’t be together for our first Christmas, but hopefully that will change very soon. Every time we get to video chat is amazing because it makes me feel as if I’m right next to you. I can’t wait until we get to see each other again.

- Y/N