experience the sights

ty for tagging me @conan-doyles-carnations! ⭐️

how to play the game:
- answer the 11 questions from the person who tagged you
- compose 11 questions of your own & tag others!

1. If you could only have one of your five senses, which one would you keep?
- this is so difficult bc my fav sensory experience is sight and sound interacting w one another (which happens when i’m listening to music, esp in the car). but if i had to keep one i’d keep sight so i could read and witness the beauty of nature ofc

2. Plays, musicals, or concerts?
- recently i’ve been more into plays, but some of the best moments of my life have been at concerts.

3. What is at the top of your bucket list?
- interrailing round europe for sure! we have to go alex omg

4. If you could relive one moment of your life, what would it be?
- leeds fest 2016. that weekend literally changed my life

5. Describe yourself in three words. (I realise this is not technically a question, but I’m asking anyway!)
- bad at this

6. If you could go back in time, who would you want to meet and what’s the first question you would ask them?
- i would want to meet shakespeare, but i wouldn’t ask him anything

7. What is your idea of a “perfect” human being?
- there isn’t one lol but even if there was they’d be imperfect (perfection is in a sense an imperfection, no?)

8. Sun, moon, or stars?
- ARGH moon (but frick i love the stars)

9. What would your ideal house look like?
- it would probs be either a skyscraper flat/ apartment in a city with a huge glass panel where it’s possible to stare over the city by night, or a cottage in the middle of nowhere surrounded by beautiful scenery, or a small house by the sea

10. What is the weirdest/best dream you’ve ever had (that you are willing to share 😉😂)?
- i actually have no idea! hav drawn a complete blank sorry :\\ i dream v vividly but can never usually remember them, they start to fade when i wake up and within 10-15 mins are gone completely

11. What is your most prized possession, and if you had to get rid of it who would you give it to?
- thinking about this i actually don’t have one! which makes me feel a bit weird bc i thought i was attached to so many things

my questions:
1. what is your favourite poem and why?
2. do you think that shakespeare is the greatest writer of all time? why/ why not?
3. is the western canon overrated?
4. do you prefer galleries or museums?
5. do you have a favourite period of literature/ art/ music?
6. are the arts and the sciences in opposition?
7. do you write in books? why/ why not?
8. what city would you most like to visit and why?
9. do you think that photography is art?
10. fav figure in greek mythology?
11. are memes worthy of study?

i tag: @conan-doyles-carnations (u don’t have to think of any more qs or tag any more ppl but would love to see what u think of these qs - only if you’d like to tho!!!) @alain-fournier @d-winifred @englishlitstudent @the-metal-kettle @jehanfleur @jjohnkeats @jawnham @literaetures @queersandcommies @asteriea @wholockedhousekeeper @cassiopeaia @lanternheart and it’s also an open tag!! 💫

Inspired by today’s eclipse and for @sterekwritingroom‘s flash event.

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The first group of weres pass through Beacon Hills on a Thursday. Stiles probably wouldn’t notice except that he’s spent the past year and a half hanging out almost exclusively with supernatural beings and that… well, ok, these guys aren’t exactly subtle. They tilt their heads almost in sync as he passes by them –– heading in to pay cash at the gas station while they pile back into their packed SUV. Noses flare, stances shift, and Stiles has about point five seconds to plan a bolt back to the Jeep before one of them’s announcing “Don’t trouble your Alpha; we’re just passing north for the event.” And then they’re back in the SUV and gone.

So… yeah, not to diminish Stiles’ awesome deductive skills here but… not subtle.

The second sighting happens before school on Friday, when Stiles ducks into the Dunkin’ Donuts for some much needed coffee and practically trips over a trio of sugar-high toddlers. One of them, wearing what looks like a home-painted t-shirt, decorated with a slightly uneven yellow circle, is midway through whining “Momma, we’re gonna miss the––“ when she stops in her tracks to stare up at him.

Stiles blinks down at her, the door perched against his elbow.

“Say ‘scuse me,” the boy next to her murmurs. It’s too early for this, brain crawling the sludge-slow of non-coffee through his system, and Stiles isn’t sure which of them he’s talking to.

“Excuse me,” he says and all three immediately shuffle, staring wide enough it makes Stiles’ eyes ache for them. He starts past, scrubbing a hand across his jaw self-consciously, wondering if he’d missed sleep drool or a sock in his hair or something on his mad rush out the door but, two steps past, the youngest kid snuffles and speaks up, soft: “Are you gonna come see the moon with us?”

It takes another step for Stiles to register that she’s talking to him, but by the time he blinks back the boy’s already tutting at her.

“No Lucy. He’ll go with his own pack.”

The little girl’s mouth opens in a wide, understanding O, while her older sister tugs proudly on her yellow circle shirt. It’s painted a messy black in the middle, inside the bright golden edge, and Stiles kind of forgets coffee for a minute in the face of actual werewolf children and then there’s a woman stepping up behind them, coffee and a box of munchkins in hand, dropping a fond hand to ruffle the boy’s hair as she gives Stiles an apologetic smile.

“Sorry about that, they’ve never been through another pack’s territory before. We’ve been driving since Arizona –– long trip for the little ones. But I couldn’t miss the chance for them to experience this. Best sighting until totality in 2017!”

“I’ll be ten,” says the boy, in the tone of one who’s done the math very carefully a dozen times over.

Stiles nods, a little lost because werewolf toddlers, and manages “well that’s… good.”

“I’m two,” the youngest puts in proudly, vaguely missing the thread of the conversation but eager to take part, and Stiles smiles back, wishing he had a little more coffee in his system because it’s not like he’s oblivious about what’s going on in the world this weekend, but he’s starting to feel a little dense for not connecting all kinds of dots sooner.

Then again, there’s another person who probably could’ve connected them for him.

“They don’t know how lucky they are,” the woman adds, beaming down. “I had to wait years for my first one and I’ll never forget the experience. Of course, you won’t feel it the same way as us,” her tone going apologetic, “but I’m sure your pack can’t wait to take part.”

And then she’s ushering the kids out the door with promises of donuts in the car, and Stiles is tugging out his phone, pulling up Derek Hale’s number.

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endless list of favorite characters → rose quartz (steven universe)

↳ “this world is full of so many possibilities. each living thing has an entirely unique experience. the sights they see, the sounds they hear, the lives they live are so complicated…and so simple. i can’t wait for you to join them. “

Good Hair, Better Fics (Week 1)

Hey, y’all! A proper, comprehensive reading list is something I’ve been wanting to do since before I went on break and what better time to start than on Fanfiction Writer Appreciation Day? Below you will find a collection of fics (listed in no particular order) by countless amazing writers who deserve all the kind words in the world for providing us with this amazing content.

Bucky Barnes x Reader

Steve Rogers x Reader

Peter Parker x Reader

Eggsy x Reader

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Alien & UFO Viewing Pleasures MASTER LIST

☆ Netflix:

»Aliens on the Moon: The Truth Exposed || Ancient Aliens || Ancient Extraterrestrials: Aliens & UFOS Before the Dawn of Time || Unsealed: Alien Files || Alien Abduction || The Hidden Hand: Alien Contact & the Government Cover Up || Alien Visitor || UFOs: The Secret History || The Truth Behind: UFOs || Shaun Ryder on UFOs || Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings || The Truth Behind: UFOs over Phoenix || The Truth Behind: Crop Circles || Chariots of the Gods || A Field Full of Secrets || Mirage Men || Sirius || The Fourth Kind || Extraterrestrial || Almost Human || The Day The Earth Stood Still || Dark Skies || The X Files«

☆ Youtube:

»Secrets of the Star People || I Know What I Saw || The Visitors || UFOs: Above Top Secret || Rise of the Anunnaki || The Greatest UFO Crashes of All Time || Alien Contact: A Global Phenomena || Mystery of the Sphinx || Ships of Light || Out of the Blue ||  UFOs: The Secret History || Crossovers from Another Dimension || Crop Circles: Quest for Truth || UFOs & the Alien Presence || Fastwalkers Files || The Phoenix Lights: We Are Not Alone || The Roswell UFO Crash || The Walton Experience || Top 10 UFO Sightings of All Time || Contact in the Desert Series«

☆ Movies:

»Fire in the Sky || Contact || Close Encounters of the Third Kind || The Fourth Kind || Dark Skies || Alien Abduction || Extraterrestrial || Area 51 || The Day the Earth Stood Still || War of the Worlds || The Abyss || Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County || Battle: Los Angeles || Communion || Night Skies || The Shadow Men || X-Files: Fight the Future || Roswell || Signs || 2001: A Space Odyssey || Apollo 18 || The Astronaut’s Wife || Cowboys & Aliens || Dreamcatcher || The Fifth Element || Stargate || The Forgotten || Hangar 18 || Interstellar || The Man Who Fell to Earth || Starman || UFO Abduction«

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august 2015 | instagram | flickr | prints - road trips are so much more than the destination. road trips are a way to create incredible, lasting memories with whoever you travel with. they are a time capsule of your relationship/friendship at the time. the stories, inside jokes, songs on the radio, shared new experiences and sights all become important stories in your life with those people for years to come. 

dan and phil ; adventuresome globetrotters

“i find myself becoming greedy.
greedy for new experiences,
new sights, new cities.
i’ve become an addict for adventure,
and i’m afraid there is no cure.”

》》other edits/phanarts《《

requests are open.(if you want me to make you one of these, you can private message me a picture of your choice and i’ll be pleased to work on it)

anonymous asked:

Hab grad eine Polizeirechtsklausur geschrieben. Jura ist an sich gemein, aber die Klausur hatte ein witzigen Sachverhalt, es ging um pfeifende Murmeltierjunge. Kann ich was mit Tony und einem pummeligen Murmeltier bekommen? Bitte bitte?

Du hast mein volles Mitgefühl. Ich hab Jura nur ein Jahr durchgehalten, und selbst das nur im Nebenfach. Respekt, dass du es durchziehst! Und vielen Dank für dein Ask! Ganz ehrlich, das ist das erste Mal, dass ich mir Gedanken um Tony und Murmeltiere gemacht habe, aber ich habs probiert :) [Die Sachverhalte, die zum Teil behandelt werden, hab ich zugeben auch als das Kurioseste am ganzen Fach in Erinnerung] Ich wünsch dir ganz viel Glück bei deinen Klausuren!

Random silliness lies ahead, consider yourself warned!

Alright lovelies, let’s talk about that time Tony met a pudgy, little groundhog. See, it’s not all that well-known. Maybe because it’s too obvious, too into-people’s-faces to be deemed of importance.

But Tony lives in a tower full of glass and glamour and metal and hidden scanners. Because everything about Tony is glamour and shine. He’s too vibrant, too futuristic, too technology-obsessed for anyone to expect something different.

Never mind that he could live anywhere he wanted. Could have tiny house in the middle of nowhere, where at least he wouldn’t be bothered by people and villains and other pesky annoyances. But he hasn’t. Instead he’s built a tower with his name lit up in bright, shining lights in the middle of New York City because that’s the way Tony Stark does things.

It’s not because he doesn’t like the outdoors. Or small, moving…things. Not at all.

It’s just nice to be surrounded by–not so alive things, you know? Tony doesn’t hate being in direct contact with nature, he’s just more comfortable surrounded by the soothing hum of his tech.

JARVIS might disagree, but who listens to JARVIS anyways? Besides he’s exaggerating. It’s not like Tony wants to erase nature or for all animals to drop dead or anything. Except maybe spiders. And mosquitos. And anything that crawls.

But contrary to popular belief, Tony is not a crazy super villain in the making. He’s not gonna start burning down a forest, even though the midges had it out for him specifically. No matter how tempting it may be. 

Instead he’s dealing with his–dislike like a responsible adult: by hiring the best cleaning crew, improving his roombas, and working a decontamination bottom into the standard safety design of every floor of his tower.

So when, on an ordinary Tuesday mid-morning, Tony stumbles into his kitchen and finds a–a thing furry enough to definitely not be a robot waiting for him, staring at him with blank, black eyes that hold an abyss of soulless nothingness, he can be forgiven for screaming.

Loudly and heartfelt.

Neither JARVIS nor the devil in fur are impressed.

Tony presses the decontamination button.

JARVIS reminds him that protocol commands the process can only start once there are no humans in the room in question.

Tony presses the decontamination button again. (He presses the decontamination button a lot, that morning.)

A lot of arguing follows because JARVIS is too damn soft-hearted for his own good and refuses to call the suit in to deal with this threat to national security (not to forget Tony’s sanity). Until they eventually compromise on calling the closest animal shelter and asking on the best procedure.

Only when Tony turns around–and really, he can’t believe he turned his back on the Intruder for even a moment–the furry monster is gone

He spends the next ten hours combing over every room of his floor in search for the damn thing, but it’s nowhere to be found.

The next morning the Evil That Knows Nothing But How To Evade Tony’s Excellent Security System once again awaits him in the kitchen.

Tony once again screams.

JARVIS sighs a very human sigh.

*

two months later

“Yo, Stark! Why is there’s a fat groundhog in your kitchen?!”

“Leave Sith Lord alone, Barton, what the hell? He’s not fat, maybe a little pudgy but there’s nothing wrong with that! Hey J, does Patty-Patter still hold those body positivity seminars?”

“I believe Miss Perrington does indeed, Sir. She is also petitioning to hold a seminar called ‘Why Tony Stark Should Not Be Allowed To Nickname His Employers’ if you are interested.”

“Very funny, J. Why don’t you sign Barton up to one of those, hm? And you, Sith Lord, better get out of here before–where did he go?”

Ferris Wheel

Summary: At a carnival, Bucky experiences love at first sight when he sees you, completely blown away by your beauty. Throughout the night, he can’t help himself by making an effort to ask you out, even though he will not take no for an answer.

Word Count: 1,642.

A/N: After watching one of most cliche films ever, “The Notebook”, I got major inspo after watching the scene where Noah meets Allie for the first time. And here we are now, hope you enjoy! :D (this is also based off of pre war!bucky & steve because why not)

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More comparisons about Steven and Nora’s videos

Clues that Steven’s tape was recorded first:

-Greg didn’t have his intro decided in Steven’s video. We get his awkward attempt at introducing himself, he stops the recording, then we cut to his “They call me Mr. Universe!”. in Nora’s video he goes directly to the Mr. Universe intro.

-Rose’s joke about the seagull helping Greg with his intro “this time” make it sound like this is the second time they’re recording. Also it seems to suggest this is the same seagull that scare him awake in Steven’s video and it just came back.

The only thing that could suggest Nora’s video being filmed first is that we see the battery of the recorder going out at the end of Steven’s video. (But they could have simply charged it and recorded the second one later)

Rose’s message is basically the same but slightly different each time:

Steven’s: 

Isn’t it remarkable, Steven? This world is full of so many possibilities. Each living thing has an entirely unique experience. The sights they see, the sounds they hear. The lives they live are so complicated… a-and so simple. I can’t wait for you to join them. Steven, we can’t both exist. I’m going to become half of you. And I need you to know that every moment you love being yourself, that’s me, loving you and loving being you. Because you’re going to be something extraordinary. You’re going to be a human being.

(Greg off-camera: Hey, Rose!)

Take care of them, Steven.

Nora’s:

Isn’t it wonderful, Nora? This world is full of so many possibilities. Each living thing has an entirely unique experience. The sights they see. The lives they live are so complicated… and so simple. I can’t wait for you to join them. Nora, we can’t both exist. Though I won’t be gone, I’m going to become half of you. And every moment you enjoy being yourself, that would be me loving being you. Because you’re going to become something extraordinary. You’re going to be a human being. That’s my favorite part, a human being, a human as in action. I wonder who, how you’ll be, what you’ll think, what you’ll want, I’m so happy for everyone who’s going to know you.

I’m rambling…

If they look to you, trust yourself. Take care of them, Nora.

Other shots that are entirely missing in Nora’s video: the temple, Greg being silly in front of the camera at the start, Greg and Rose’s kiss at the end.

Steven’s video is missing the part in which Rose gets rambly entirely.

(I personally like Steven’s message better, but I also like the rambly part from Nora’s. But since Nora and Steven are actually the same person, the ultimate version of the message would be a mix of the two, I guess)

BTS Reaction- Finding Out Your Nipples Are Pierced

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BTS Reaction to your nipples being pierced

Smut/Fluff

I’ve not really done reactions before, so I hope this is good. I don’t know much about nipple piercings, so I hope I haven't put down anything wrong.😊


Jin

Originally posted by fawnave

As your chest came into his sight, Jin would be momentarily confused since nipple piercings aren’t super common in Korea. However, he wouldn’t pay much attention to it in the moment. I don’t think he would think much of it in general, it was just an extra to you. He might occasionally joke about it, but that would always be in private. It would be something special to him, that only he is allowed to see, so there would be a sense of excitement about it.


Yoongi

Originally posted by seokjins-wings

Yoongi would like it, it’s something different than what he’s used to and it made you unique in a sense. I feel like he would be one who would mess with the piercing out of curiosity, and not necessarily in a sexual sense. I don’t think he would ever really say anything about them, but he would appreciate that they’re there.


Hoseok

Originally posted by syubto

Hoseok would be surprised by them, and he wouldn’t hide that surprise. I think he would be a bit awkward about them for a while as he got used to them being there. Though, their existence wouldn’t bother him. He would probably ask you questions about them, or google any questions he had.


Namjoon

Originally posted by jjeonguk

Namjoon would ask a lot of questions about it, since it’s something that he’s not come across much in Korea. He would be very interested in them, and constantly come up with new ways to integrate them into the bedroom.


Jimin

Originally posted by sosjimin

Jimin would turn into Mochi Jimin immediately, covering his face. It would take a lot of reassurance for him to get used to them. Though, once he did, they would be his favorite thing. He would whine if you ever removed them, because he liked them, and he associated them with you. 


Taehyung

Originally posted by sweaterpawsjimin

Taehyung seems to be someone who is up for anything. So, when he saw your nipple piercings for the first time, he was intrigued. Like Namjoon, he would ask a lot of questions about them, and always come to you with new idea for things you could do with them. That would include him showing up with the oddest nipple rings, wanting you to put them on.


Jungkook

Originally posted by nnochu

Since Jungkook is young, and he’s spent the majority of his teenage years working, its safe to say that he has seen very few people naked in his life, so in general he would be nervous about the experience. However, at the sight of your nipple piercings, he would lose his mind, not knowing what exactly to do with them. It would take time for him to get used to them and with you help, figure out what to do with them. He would most likely ask his members for advice and try his best to learn about them.

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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.

Originally posted by thorduna

(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!

LOTS O’ Tips on Writing: Blindness

Hey y’all, so I’m not really a reference blog exactly, but I figured I would share some of my experience in writing (and in life) with a character type that a lot of people seem unsure of how to represent. That would be characters with partial or complete blindness. I myself have one character who is completely blind, and I too am on the low-sighted spectrum, so I figured I’d clear up a few misconceptions about characters with blindness! This is a long post, so part of it is under a read-more, but I include subjects ranging from medical details to describing non-visual senses to handling romantic relationships.

1) Blindness is totally a spectrum. Someone who is legally blind at 20/200 vision doesn’t see “nothing but black”. In fact, people who are legally blind can sometimes see enough to use some adjusted devices or read large-print books! Legal blindness (or low vision) means that someone’s eyesight is very poor even with their highest corrective lenses. 20/200 means that something 20 feet away from them has the same definition as something 200 feet away from a well-sighted person. That’s why 20/20 vision often represents “perfect” vision, because objects at 20 feet look like they’re… well, 20 feet away. Sometimes, legal blindness can be caused by natural degeneration from severe myopia (nearsightedness) from age, extreme strain, or just genetics.

2) When thinking of what a visually impaired person experiences as far as sight, ask yourself if the description is necessary first, then listen to interviews or podcasts for a description if you do need it. Please don’t take the word of someone with no eye function at all and apply it to someone with severe myopia or cataracts, because blindness varies. People with one cause of blindness may have cloudy vision, extremely blurred vision, ‘missing’ spots in their sight, or lack of color, while someone without any eye function (or without any eyes at all) will wonder why you’d even ask! Often “a black void” or “nothing but white” isn’t exactly true. Someone who doesn’t see color or light won’t see a lack of light either! Black? White? What? You really don’t have to even describe what they “see” unless they are partially-sighted.

3) Characters with all forms of disability can still do some badass shit. They can defend themselves as well as another character, they can learn to navigate a new space, they can play games and run and be athletic. They can be artists, musicians, or even own their own business. They can do their own household chores. They can be great parents. They can use modern tools and devices with the right adjustments. Don’t be afraid to let them accept - or ask for - help, but please don’t make it seem as though they’ve become useless. Give them all kinds of talents! (for example, my visually impaired muse can channel spirits, tends to her own herb garden, and is a classically-trained soprano. Possibilities are endless, you guys!)

4) Cause of blindness should be known if you insist on describing your character’s full facial appearance and how their blindness affects them. But remember this: you don’t have to draw attention to the appearance of someone’s eyes constantly. Don’t let that be the only thing that defines them. Here are a few tips though: many people who are legally blind have very ordinary-looking eyes. The cloudy white/blue eyes you often see is usually from diseases like cataracts, while paled eyes without visible pupils may be from congenital (childhood) glaucoma. Other forms of glaucoma cause black spots in the iris. Cataracts and glaucoma can coexist in one person. Eyes can have an inflamed red sclera from bacterial infection-induced blindness such as meningitis. Some infectious diseases require removal of the eyes (we see this in cats and other animals all the time). There are tons more reasons. When researching the cause of your character’s blindness, pay attention to the level of impairment, because not all causes of blindness have the same outcome!

5) People whose eyes have nerve damage don’t always move perfectly together. As tempting as it is to give your visually impaired character the ability to eerily stare directly into someone else’s gaze all the time, often people who lack nerve control in the eyes have issues of mobility now and again or even constantly: eyes that move independently, one or both eyes that won’t move at all, one pupil stuck in full dilation (anisocoria), and they may not be aware that their eyes are moving in odd places. Please don’t use this as fuel for humor, as some folk go out of their way to cover their eyes constantly because of this. Speaking of cover, not all visually impaired people wear sunglasses like the cliche in movies. Many will wear them in public because their eyes are very sensitive to light rays or because the light gives them horrible headaches, while others choose to cover their eyes because they’re aware that their eyes lack mobility control or they’re shy about a drooping lid/etc. Not everyone who has problems with vision wears something over their eyes.

More information on memories, relationships, and making the best of five senses are in the read-more!

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2nd Live Pamphlet - Suwa Nanaka Interview + Kanan’s Message

I want to see the sea of light at 1st LIVE once again… and I want this to be a tour where lots of HAPPY reaches everyone!!

What would you like to do in each of the respective tour locations?

Nagoya
I hope I can perform my self-introduction and others together with everyone in Nagoya! There’s also a lot of delicious food, and I especially want to try the chicken wings and miso katsu. It also seems like eating breakfast sets at cafes is also good, so I want to experience that too!

Kobe
I hope that I will be able to discover new things at Kobe, the location of the 2nd stop of the tour! Also, I want to take a picture with all the members in a place that screams “Kobe”!
It’s the first time I’m going there, so there’s a lot that I don’t know about it, which is why I want Kanako, who was born in Kobe, to guide us around! I want to experience many sights and eat lots of local food!

Saitama
Metlife Dome is a very big arena, so I’ve never experienced the amount of distance to the stage before, but I hope to be able to have fun with everyone. I don’t know what good food there is in Saitama other than sweets, so it’s like I’m opening up a new frontier.

What do you like about the singing and dancing for HAPPY PARTY TRAIN?
I love it all, but the phrase “Hajimari to sayonara wo~” lets me imagine encounters and separations, which I really like. As for the dance, I like the part in the climax where the movements resemble a train moving.
In the animated PV, I like the scene where the young Kanan and the high school Kanan meet, and no matter how many times I watch it my feelings well up so strongly that I end up tearing up. And in the scene where Kanan returned on the train to where everyone was waiting for her, I once again felt like it was “This is the place where I truly belong”.
Also, I felt like Kanan riding the train as it rose into the sky was somehow something that was pushing me forward from behind me.
Because Kanan is the center of this song, my emotional attachment to this song is really strong, so the “Omoi wo nosete” at the climax really carries a lot of feelings, and I want to sing this at a live. The tempo is really pleasant too, so I hope that everyone can follow along with the rhythm too ♪

Please tell us about the places you want to go as all 9 members of Aqours ♪
I want us to try going to more places across the country! We will visit 3 places during this time’s tour. The 9 of us have only gone together to Osaka for the SIF Thanksgiving event and Numazu for events…
I want all of us to hold lives at the places where we went to as individual years and subunits, as well as the places that we’ve never been to. Also, I want to go to Australia, which Kanan was chosen as the world image girl for, sometime too!

Kanan’s Message
Let’s make this a stage where we can be our most pumped up today! Don’t even look away for one moment, or you’ll be left alone~
Follow after me~ ❤

🌹Rose Quartz Altruistic Love Spell🌹

inspired by steven universe, a spell to encourage unconditional and altruistic love for humanity and Earth, and give an air of approachable serenity 

Isn’t it remarkable, Steven? This world is full of so many possibilities. Each living thing has an entirely unique experience. The sights they see, the sounds they hear. The lives they live are so complicated… a-and so simple.

🌹 gather: straw, maple leaf, chocolate, and a piece of rose quartz

🌹 pair the wrapped chocolate and rose quartz together

🌹 wrap inside a maple leaf

🌹 tie with straw and seal with a kiss. 

🌹 charge the package with your love for your fellows. 

🌹 charge under the moon light

🌹 when its ready, unwrap the maple leaf.

🌹 consume the chocolate and keep the quartz on you as a charm.