fourth element

Everything in the entire present universe is connected. Everything. Not simply in a spiritual sense, but also scientifically. Water is the quintessential example of this fact. The human body is composed of 50-75% water, and it’s crucial to our well-being – we need & enjoy it, we consume it, we submerge ourselves in it, we use it in practical ways, it’s key to thriving & surviving.

The astrological element of water represents the same substance in a different context. A significant part of us is composed of emotion and spiritual energy, and the majority of religions define the essence of a person as solely spiritual, naturally nonphysical. Water signs are pools of this in concentrated amounts because it’s fundamental and dynamic in the development of their worldly existence. Interpersonal contact with water signs is a stimulation of our own inner “water,” or at the very least a reflection of it, so whether you tend to get along with water-influenced people or not, they signify how embedded we are in this world as physical and metaphysical creatures, and they are tools of this, facilitators of the bond between our essence and our environment. They are inseparably in tune to this connection, and they can pour awareness of it through us by simply being. It’s their nature to cultivate that sort of consciousness, and they can be rejected by secular society because of it, which speaks volumes of the deliriously solipsistic state of this species.

The relationship between Jungkook and Jimin is true love. Whichever way they identify their relationship amongst each other, it is one I hope they cherish forever. Romantic or not romantic. The foundation of KM’s special relationship appears to be built on four key elements. All of which they have displayed that can help us better understand their deep loving bond. 

The first element that makes up true love is happiness or offering happiness. “His happiness is my happiness”

The second element is Compassion.

“Your suffering is my suffering.” 

The third element is Joy. 

“When we’re together, we literally glow, illuminate”

We are all constantly joking that they seem to be in a never-ending honeymoon phase which ties into all of this as well. Which leads me to the fourth element of true love and that is Growth. “True love continues to grow and will be all-embracing for everyone to witness.”

The purity associated with this kind of love is something that we all strive to find in our lives. It doesn’t matter if it comes from a romantic partner or a life long companion. And I hope people can look at KM’s relationship not just as a competition or a tool for personal fantasy, but as an example of two men who have a mutually beneficial and joy-making relationship that is unbreakable. After all these years Jungkook and Jimin have remained so incredibly close.

With a relationship based on true love, there is inclusiveness, no desire for separation between you and the other person. There is this constant need to be close and be with that person who brings you comfort and complete happiness

5 Writing Tips for Roleplayers

These are tips I keep in mind regularly and feel they really work for me, while I occasionally notice sometimes people haven’t quite grasped the concepts and may be interested in doing so. In no way is anyone roleplaying incorrectly, but these are just ways to make the experience perhaps more enjoyable for you and those you interact with!

1 Be aware of whether or not you’re actually giving your partner something to respond to. Upon finishing a para or multi-para reply, check if your reply has at least two of these three things: dialogue, action (aside from speaking), or imagery describing the scene or your character’s appearance. This should give your partner a substantial amount of material to base their reply off of. They can have their character speak back to yours, react to the action, or react to/build on the imagery! All three are great, but not always necessary. This tip also may not always apply depending on the kind of interaction you’re having, but in your typical para they will be what keeps the story moving. Note: Your character’s inner thoughts are a fourth element to add in a reply, and while it’s important and interesting to read, keep in mind that sometimes it’s not easy to base a response off of.

2 Another tip for giving your partner something to respond to when it comes to one-liners or dialogue in general is to avoid saying single statements pertaining to one idea. By this I mean something like, “That’s cool” or, “I wish I could do that.” Instead say something like, “That’s cool. Where did you learn to do that?” or, “I wish I could do that, but I don’t have anyone to teach me.” Adding a question of course never fails to give your partner something to respond to (and therefore can even be written by itself as it’s not a statement). Making a compound statement or more than one statement on a subject essentially gives people two things to work with, and responding to it will feel less restricting. For example: Instead of your partner saying “You never know until you try” to the simple statement (creating another boring statement), by adding to yours you could invite them to say something like, “You never know until you try. I could teach you!” Now there’s something you can easily respond back to!

3 If you’re anything like me and prefer replies to stay concise so that things move along more quickly, avoid multiple lines of dialogue pertaining to many different ideas and avoid having more than one goal to obtain through action. This is something that happens a lot, and even the most experienced roleplayers do it unintentionally. I am still guilty of it myself. We all go a little overboard sometimes, and you will notice that once someone goes overboard the replies have a tendency to keep expanding. Even if more is happening at once, the story tends to drag. This can be a problem because it’s one of the main reasons we will get bored of a thread, or feel too overwhelmed by it, or both. Try to restrain yourself by finishing the reply after you have responded to the one or two things your partner has given you. Instead of focusing on matching word count, focus on matching ideas. Feel like it’s still not enough? Throw in some imagery or insight to your character’s thoughts.

4 When writing a starter for an interaction with a character yours has yet to interact with, this should be a given, but read everything the mun has provided about that character. If it’s a canon character and particularly if it’s one you’re not as familiar with, go beyond that and look them up on a fandom wiki, just make sure to recognize where the character may be canon divergent if they’re supposed to be. As you do this, pick out ways this character may relate to your character. Do they have similar or conflicting interests? Are they from the same place or been to the same places? Is there something about them your character finds impressive or something that bothers them? Is your character’s personality one that might clash with theirs? Once you’ve got answers to any of these questions, have your starter comment on or insinuate something you’ve discovered. This gives something for your characters to discuss and jumpstarts the creation of a story to share, which is especially important if it’s their first meeting as those threads are always in danger of feeling redundant and flat from the start.

5 Find your character’s voice (a.k.a. their way of speaking). As you write their dialogue, ask yourself questions like these: Where/when did they grow up and how did people (of their social class) speak there? What kind of accent do they have? What slang do they use? Do they avoid using contractions? Do they use foul language and how often? Are they articulate with a wide vocabulary? Do they keep things short or are they prone to run-on sentences and long-windedness? Do they have a speech impediment? Are exclamations (!) common for them or do they speak more calmly? Do they address people with pet names/nicknames? And a bonus: If texting/typing applies to them, do they use correct grammar, capitalization, acronyms, emojis, etc? Finding your character’s voice is key if you really want to get to know them and it’s also one good way to be sure you’ve created a solid character. You may feel it comes naturally, but take note of it and make a conscious effort to keep it consistent. It also may evolve over time, but be aware of that, too!

anonymous asked:

Thanks for answering a pervious question I asked :) Just a follow up. Hope this makes sense. What are the things you can do in a scene that push the boundaries of headhopping without actually headhopping?

How to Head Hop without Head Hopping

Great question. You’ve got a few options here (and maybe more that I haven’t thought of):

#1 Create a POV character with a bigger range of perspective

Does your story need a narrator who can know about events they didn’t experience, and/or see into the minds of other characters? You might need to think about using a different narrator, or positioning your narrator in an altogether different relationship to the story events.

  • Use an omniscient narrator
  • Make your POV character psychic, time-traveling, etc.
  • Put your POV character in the future and have them reflect back on events that have already taken place. If you need them to have internal access to other characters, they could be a detective or heir that has access personal letters, or they can talk to others who were there when the events took place. There are endless configurations of this device, which is commonly used device for stories where the author doesn’t want to use an omniscient narrator but needs access to a sweeping range of historical information.

#2 Speculate

With this technique, your POV character basically guesses at what other people are thinking or doing. For example, if you want to show that Manny went home from the party and cried, but Manny is not your POV character and your character is not present in the scene, you can have her speculate or imagine Manny’s actions:

“Jess could tell that Manny was sad when he left the party… She imagined him arriving home, opening the door to his empty house, and collapsing onto the bed. Would he cry? Yes, she decided. He would wet his sheets with his tears…”

This lets readers visualize something even though your POV character wasn’t there. Use verbs like imagine, wonder, guess, visualize, assume, had a feeling, etc. to indicate that we haven’t left the perspective of the main POV character.

You can also use speculation to give readers an insight into internal states that your POV character doesn’t technically have access to.

In fact, depending on the situation, it’s not always necessary to speculate: “Jess saw Manny’s clenched jaw and knew he was upset.” “Jess could tell Manny had been crying because his eyes were red and moist.” It just depends on your characters, the story, and the situation.

#3 Triangulate

So, I’m pretty sure I made this term up. Basically, if you need to reveal something your POV character doesn’t know, and you can’t figure out a way to do it, add another point of contact to the scene. Another character. An object. An event. How you do this will depend on the characters and the story. But here’s an example:

You want to reveal that character B is hiding something. Unfortunately, character A is your POV character, and she doesn’t know character B very well. Furthermore, there’s nothing in the interaction between character A & B that would reveal character B’s true motives, because they’re on a first date and B is on his best behavior.

Solution: Bring character C into the scene. While in the presence of character A, B is polite and gracious. But as soon as C walks in the door, B quickly reaches down to close his bag, which was left open on the floor. Character A notices this… and can, if appropriate, begin speculating.

Triangulation works in two important ways. Bringing a third (or fourth, or fifth) element into the scene gives you the opportunity to show something your POV character might not otherwise have seen. It also lets you create dramatic irony by revealing something to the reader but not to your POV character. E.g. while B & C are talking, they exchange some information which goes right over A’s head, but which we as the readers will catch on to. Triangulation lets you create a situation where your POV character recedes into the background—even while they are reporting on the events taking place.

…basically, you’re using “show don’t tell” to solve a point of view problem. But doesn’t “triangulation” sound so much cooler?

I’m sure there are other ways to head-hop-without-head-hopping, but these are the ones that immediately came to me. Maybe others will have stuff to add, too. Hope this helps!

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One Month Countdown to the Olympics, with Yuzuru Hanyu: Day 22/31

This Step Sequence was performed at the 2017 Four Continents Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, the venue of the upcoming Winter Olympics. It was the fourth technical element in Yuzuru’s Long Program, beginning with the exit from his first spin and leading straight into a triple flip jump. The sequence received a Level 4 assessment based on 4 features:

  • Complexity: the sequence’s technical content featured the following difficult turns and steps, in order of execution: choctaw CW / bracket CCW / choctaw CW / loop CW / rocker CCW / counter CCW / loop CCW / twizzle CW / rocker CW / counter CW / counter CCW / twizzle CCW / bracket CW / rocker CW / bracket CW / counter CW. All 6 types of ISU-designated difficult turns and steps were included and performed in both directions.
  • Rotations in either direction with full body rotation covering at least 1/3 of the pattern for each rotational direction.
  • Use of body movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern.
  • Two different combinations of 3 difficult turns on different feet executed with a clear rhythm within the sequence: rocker - counter - loop on the left foot (3rd gif) and twizzle - rocker - counter on the right foot (4th gif - this was in fact a combination of 4 turns, since Yuzuru performed an extra counter leading into the spread eagle). He further exceeded this requirement by performing an additional rocker - bracket - counter also on the left foot (6th gif).

This Step Sequence earned a Base Value of 3.90 and a Grade of Execution of +2.43, equivalent to +1.70 after Scale of Value conversion. Possible GOE criteria awarded: bullet 1 for good energy and execution, bullet 2 for good speed or acceleration during sequence, bullet 3 for use of various steps during the sequence, bullet 5 for good control and commitment of the whole body maintaining accuracy of steps, bullet 6 for creativity and originality, bullet 7 for effortless throughout, and bullet 8 for element enhances the musical structure.

This performance of Hope and Legacy was awarded 206.67 points, and was the third time Yuzuru delivered a 200-point-plus Free Skate in international competition. 

anonymous asked:

Soooo I read a Klance fic about Lance and Keith getting stuck on separate worlds but they're still able to hear each other through their helmets and Lance ends up seeing some creepy aliens and Keith is trying to find out what's happening without actually being there. Do you happen to have any fics with the same sort of "something bad is happening to Lance but I can't get to him"? It doesn't have to be Klance btw. Thank you <3

OH BOY HERE WE GO
First there’s ghost of a king by ashinan! I’m ,ashamed to say I’ve still only skim read some of the in-between chapters bUT it’s well written and the concept is Beautiful

Second is Today, anew by MemeKonVLD (MemeKonYA), which is more Keith-centric, hear me out ok– he watches Lance die like five times because he’s stuck in a time loop B,)it’s a happy ending, don’t worry

Third and fourth some element of that is in What A Healing Pod Can’t Repair and your claws in me, but who doesn’t know those fics tbh so moving on,

These are the ones that either fit the description, but only in some parts, or may or may not fit (rest assured, they’re all still high on Langst™),,so if you’re willing to give those a shot there’s (get ready):
Quiet in the Morning by TheQueen,
second to last chapter of Catch Me If You Can by MilkTeaMiku,
the first part of we’ll make it, you and me by asexualrey and-actually-that’s-one-of-the-old-and-gold-ones-that-I’ve-been-procrastinating-on–
Serum by chromaticality (already on blog),
and Empty Shell Inside Of Me by infiniterhapsody and vagrantBreath (also on blog)!
Happy Reading 8^)

But ALSO, minor theme parallel thingy I noted: 

The Crossroads of Destiny

A firebender (first element in the cycle) kills the airbender Avatar (second element in the cycle), who is later healed by a waterbender (third element in the cycle).

Venom of the Red Lotus

An airbender (second element in the cycle) almost killed the waterbender Avatar (third element in the cycle), and is later healed by an earthbender (fourth element in the cycle). 

Arrow Season 2 Highlights

As part of my countdown to the season 7 premiere, here are my picks for the best and most memorable parts of season 2. Though not one of my favorite seasons overall, it has some of the absolute best moments of the series. 

Top 5 Episodes

  1. Keep Your Enemies Closer 2x06- Frankly, I just love whenever the show does anything to do with Russia or the Bratva. This one breaks formula a bit, which is fun. It’s got the reveal that Diggle and Lyla were married and has nice Dyla stuff in it, along with some of the earliest signs of Oliver having romantic feelings for Felicity. It also has strong Diggle character work, not just with Lyla, but also with Deadshot. It has Anatoly, who is a favorite of mine. And it has Oliver threatening people in Russian. 
  2. State V. Queen 2x07- This episode has Arrow’s most interesting courtroom scenes until season 6. Moira gets to shine, and her relationship with both Thea and Oliver is important. Thea gets some nice character work. The vigilante story line plays out in a less conventional way with Felicity getting to a take action a bit. Laurel and Oliver’s relationship is put through some interesting tests. Oliver’s priorities are explored and he’s dealing with a lot emotionally. Seth Gabel is back as the Count. And, of course, there is a very important scene for Oliver and Felicity’s relationship. 
  3. Three Ghosts 2x09- Barry Allen gets thrown into the world of vigilante justice and gets a look at the real Oliver. And really Barry’s presence and the lighter moments he brings are great when sprinkled through a more serious and a bit sad episode. Anytime Oliver hallucinates, I have a good time. His scenes with Shado are sad and lovely. The Slade hallucinations serve as a great tease of what’s to come. We get to see our beloved Tommy and he delivers what comes to be his defining line (even though he never actually said it…). Roy has an interesting arc. And we see the tragic death of Shado, followed by (in two senses) the birth of Deathstroke. One of the best episodes of the show. 
  4. The Promise 2x15- the action in the flashbacks drives this episode and its such a fun spy-style adventure, with Oliver, Slade and Sara trying to break on to the Amazo, all while Slade is slowly losing himself and while Oliver and Sara lie to him. It’s also where we see the relationship between Oliver and Slade fracture and it’s immediately reflected in the fantastic present day story line that sees Slade reappear in Oliver’s life. The tension in the present scenes keeps you fully engaged even as most of what happens is just small talk with Moira and Thea. But you can feel Oliver’s fear and anger and the subtle menace Slade brings. 
  5. Seeing Red 2x20- It’s a great exploration of Thea and Roy. It has good character moments for Sara as she tries to come to terms with the darkness in her. The scene in the tower where Sara and Oliver confront Roy is a great one. William is teased for the first time. But we all know that this episode is one of the all time greats for 1 reason: Moira. Her flashbacks with Oliver. The ways she reaches out to Thea. Her reveal that she knows Oliver is the Arrow and that she’s proud. And of course, her death scene. It’s a great swan song for one of the Arrowverse’s best characters. 

*Upon reviewing my entries in the other sections, it appears I also really like 2x04, so consider it an honorable mention*

Top 5 Fights

  1. Arrow v Bronze Tiger 2x02- to be perfectly honest, I was struggling to come up with a fifth specific fight scene from this season that stands out for the fight itself. Without just listing every time Slade does anything. But this is a fun fight. Bronze Tiger is a nice villain of the week and with this scene they had a fun situation where it wasn’t so much a direct fight as Arrow just being unable to find Tiger and it gives this impression of being hunted which fits Bronze Tiger’s vibe nicely. 
  2. Arrow and Canary v The Mayor 2x04- This fight is one of the first times (if not the first time) we see Canary and Arrow fight together and at the time that prospect was very exciting. In fact it was probably the first real superhero team up fight in the Arrowverse, unless you count Huntress in season 1 (or if I’m forgetting something). But the real reason it stands out to me,  is the fact that at one point Arrow and Canary drop their weapons, Arrow picks up the bow-staff, Canary grabs the bow, and they continue on like nothings happened. And it’s awesome. 
  3. Arrow V Nyssa 2x13- Nyssa’s first major fight on the show (maybe first ever?) is also probably her best. It really goes out of its way to show how skilled she is and to make her into someone who rivals Oliver. Some fun acrobatics and clever moves make it fun to watch. And I just love Nyssa. 
  4. Team Arrow v Deathstroke bunker fight 2x19- It’s like the first thing in the episode so it catches you off guard. It’s quick, it’s brutal and it’s terrifying how easily Deathstroke fends off all of Team Arrow in their own hideout. 
  5. Arrow/Oliver V. Deathstroke/Slade Dual fight 2x23- The twin fights are so nicely juxtaposed. It depicts the relationship so well. It’s nice to finally see these two go head to head on an even playing field. And the contrast of Oliver chosing to kill Slade in the past, versus sparing him in the present is such a great moment. 

10 (+ a few) Great Scenes/Moments

Not a top 10 because I’m sure I’ve forgotten some. But 10 that I really like. Plus honorable mentions.

  1. Oliver kills a man to save Shado 2x01-  In flashbacks, Oliver tries to save Shado from an attack, loses control and beats a man to death with a rock, ending up with blood all over his hands. This is only the second person Oliver has deliberately killed but already he’s turning into something else. Even hardened warriors like Slade and Shado look a little wary. It’s an important step in Oliver’s characterization– if killing Fyers was a step toward heroics, this is a step toward being a monster. It also leads to a nice demonstration of the found family aspect of this trio. 
  2. “It means strength” 2x04-  we meet Anatoly and Oliver pulls a bullet out of his own stomach. It always stands out to me as one of the defining moments of Oliver’s experiences on the island, and really its a testament to his strength, like Anatoly said. And it is the foundation of the friendship that he and Oliver form. 
  3. “Five years where nothing good happened” 2x04-  Oliver reveals  that Sara is alive to Diggle and Felicity and they begin questioning him, leading to this line. It showcases Amell’s acting talent. It shows Oliver’s emotional vulnerability and gives a little glimpse at why he’s so closed off all the time. It’s also a good moment for Diggle and Felicity, even though the focus isn’t on them. You can see their doubt and frustration as they realize how little they know about this man that they’ve thrown in with. 
  4. “There was no choice to make” 2x07- Not actually the scene that this quote is from (though that is a great one) but the one that precedes it– Oliver saves Felicity from the Count by shooting his three times in the chest. With prejudice. Because nothing is going to stand in the way of Oliver protecting Felicity. It’s a defining moment of early Olicity and it’s so. so. good. 
  5. Roy finds out Oliver’s identity 2x12- I just love secret identity reveals. I particularly love the shock on the faces of people (like Roy) who didn’t think Oliver was capable of being the Arrow. It also transitions the uneasy training dynamic Roy and the Arrow have into the actual mentorship role that Oliver takes on. And it’s always nice when someone takes a moment to love and appreciate Oliver, the way Roy does in thanking Oliver for saving him at the end of the scene. 
  6. “I am done chasing after you” 2x14- Oliver and Laurel’s fight after the Lance family dinner. I think the acting in this scene is top notch. The emotions are raw and real. And I thinking it is a defining character moment for both of them. It’s where they finally stop chasing after who they used to be and are finally able to break free from the toxic relationship they’ve had. I define this as the moment these two break up, even though they weren’t dating. From here they could have rebuilt something better romantically, but instead they moved forward. And only after this break were they able to build a friendship. 
  7. Slade in Queen Mansion 2x15- The relationship between Oliver and Slade is one of the most important of the show. And this demonstrates one aspect of that perfectly. The tension in the scenes, with Oliver unable to do anything to stop it, and Slade toying with him. And especially the moment when Oliver is so desperate that he tries to kill Slade with an icepick in his own living room, with his mother and sister right next door. 
  8. “Can you imagine what it’s like to be him?” 2x19-  Quentin gives Laurel a speech about why he doesn’t want to know who the Arrow is talking about how he can’t imagine what it’s like to be the “man under the hood”. It’s a great look at Quentin’s perspective, and a nice outside analysis of how hard it is to be Oliver, which everyone needs  reminder of every once in a while. It’s a lovely little scene and it results in Oliver getting a much needed hug later in the episodes. 
  9. Moira’s death 2x20- Moira’s death scene is powerful, and emotional and a testimony to her character. Her bravery, the brutality of the scene, and Oliver’s utter desperation and devastation make it easily one of the best Arrowverse death scenes. 
  10. “You are not alone and I believe in you” 2x23 (I think. could be 22)- Another defining early Olicity moment. It’s a nice character moment for Felicity, it’s a nice shared moment between the two of them. It’s the belief that Oliver needs at that moment. 
  • Meet Barry Allen 2x08- Meeting Barry changed the Arrowverse and gave us the definitive Flash portrayal. 
  • “What’d you say” Please” 2x06-  Oliver threatening the guy in Russian and then shrugging it off to flirt with Felicity is just so great. 
  • Moira tells Laurel and Quentin about Sara’s death 2x13- It’s the first time we get a glimpse of what it was like for the families when they thought Oliver and Sara were dead and it’s such an emotional scene. 

The Four Elements Of Love That Make It True Love, According To Buddha

What exactly is true love? Different people have different ideas of what true love is. To some, this is when their partner looks and behaves the way they want. To others, it’s the kind of love we see in romantic movies. But, I believe we can all agree that it’s the most powerful and fulfilling experience.
True love is so much more than just finding the perfect person to be with. According to Buddha, if kindness, compassion, joy, and freedom are the qualities that characterize your relationship, this means you’re experiencing true love.

So, true, strong, and long-lasting love doesn’t necessarily have to be something magical that springs out of a fairy tale. It can simply be achieved by the combination of the following four elements.
Here they are:

1. Maitri.

Maitri, or kindness, is the desire and, most importantly, the ability to make someone happy. You can love someone a lot, but if you don’t love them in the right way, they won’t be happy. When you’re kind to yourself and your loved one, you’re able to make both of you feeling satisfied, appreciated, and happy.

You can harness the ability of Maitri, by developing a deep understanding of who they are. By understanding their needs, desires, insecurities, and problems, you’ll learn how to love them in a meaningful and fulfilling way.
How to develop this element.

Learn to mindfully listen to your loved one. Ask them about their hopes and goals. Refrain from judging their opinions and perspective. Let them know that you understand how they feel and what they’re going through.

2. Karuna.

Karuna, or compassion, is the desire and ability to alleviate the pain of others. This element is developed when you have a true understanding of your partner’s suffering because it’s only then when you can help them get through and ease their pain.

How to develop this element.
Ask your loved one what distresses them and if there’s a way you can help and support them. Try to understand how they feel and let them know they can always rely on you for your advice and help.

3. Mudita.

The element which connects all four elements together is Mudita which means joy or happiness. When you’re in love with someone and this fills you with real joy, you experience love in its truest form. If your love makes you feel satisfied and happy, you can be sure that it’s true love and that it grows stronger as well.

On the other hand, if your love makes you feel stressed out and upset, then you should know it’s not love.
How to develop this element.

Take time to do the things that fill you with joy, as individuals or both of you. If it’s your hobbies, watching a movie, or walking in nature alone or together with your partner that brings you joy, ensure that you make time for it. The joy you feel in yourself enables you to share your happiness with your loved one.

Additionally, it’s important for you to be able to find joy within yourself and with each other as well so as to experience love in its truest form.

4. Upeksha.

Upeksha, or freedom, is the fourth element. To be free while being in a relationship with someone is a sure sign of true love. When couples experience this kind of love, each of the partners enjoys the freedom to be an individual and grows in their own way. This enables them to be themselves and have me – time while knowing that their loved one is enjoying the same things.

Additionally, when your love is characterized by this quality, it means that you’re free to share your opinions and ideas with each other without feeling uncomfortable or afraid that the other person might be judgmental.  You accept each other’s opinions and attitudes without discrimination and prejudices.
How to develop this element.

Do the things that you enjoy, such as practicing your favorite hobbies or hanging out with your friends. Spend some time apart from your partner without calling them a hundred times a day trying to find out where they are  and what they’re doing.  Have meaningful conversations with your loved one in which you’ll discuss your ideas and opinions without judging each other.


~ Riley Cooper
Curious Mind Magazine

anonymous asked:

what are your favorite books about writing?

Hi, anon! I will read pretty much anything if it’s about writing, but here are some of the best off the top of my head (links are to Amazon pages so you can see what they look like):

On Writing by Stephan King
This is my absolute favorite book on writing fiction. 


On Writing Well by William Zinsser 
This is for non-fiction writers, but it’s still an excellent read for any writer.


Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
This book is a fantastic resource. It will really help you with editing and your writing in general.


The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
This book has a lot of great information, but it’s not the most fun to read. It’s been a classic writing reference for 100 years though, so I think it is worth it.

I’ve found most of these in used bookstores. Every time I go, I check the writing section. You never know what you’ll find there. Last time I bought a reference meant for mystery writers about all the many types of poison, their sources, doses, and manner of death.

OneShot Banner

ONESHOT IS SUCH A GOOD AND PURE GAME OH MY GOODNESS! i love this game a lot, especially its fourth wall breaking elements. the protagonist is a super adorable cat (and yet not cat) little cutie. i love this game to bits and it deserves so much more attention. i really hope it wins pc game of the year. love love LOVE it
(and if any of you have seen this on steam it is because i drew it a while ago and posted it under Dragonia40 there. I even got a comment from NightMargin which was awesome! to think the artist for the game thought my art was cool! :3)


Oneshot is made by these lovely people:

@nightmargin

@elizavq

@girakacheezer

lianneder  asked:

Do you or your followers know a fic where Sherlock and John realise they are characters in someone else’s story (in the spirit of the Sherlockian game) and set themselves free in some way? Does a fic like this exist?

Hi Lovely!

ACTUALLY, I just passed one on my dash this morning, haven’t read it yet but it comes highly recommended, hang on….

Who I Want To Be by hubblegleeflower (G, 3131 w.|| Meta Fiction, RPF Elements, Fourth Wall Breaking, S4 Fix It Fic) – What happens when your author writes you wrong? When someone else has the power to decide who you really are? Does it matter?

I’m sure there are a tonne of others… Anyone have any they can think of?

~Twelve Days of Simsmas~

Day 6: Harry Potter walls and Floors, converted from the Harry Potter games, plus resized and recolored TSM stone floors, plus resized maxis floors. (pictures of all these are in the RAR).

Also, Harry Potter Tapestries (on the fourth element mesh) and Hogwarts Architect statue, also converted from the Harry Potter games.

 

Download: https://simfileshare.net/download/841435/

Edgy media

I’d love to talk about this subject, since it’s somewhat related to BBR, too. It started out as such, and even though it became much less twisted and grim with time, it still has a fair share of fucked up things.

I’m not gonna lie, I have a soft spot for spooky and twisted tales. I’m sure many of you do. However, as it is with any genre, it requires effort to produce something likeable and timeless, something that’d stick with people. And unfortunately, most “edgy” media, especially adaptations, don’t bother with that.

Here’s the easy cheap list for making a “dark” “adult” story:

  • blood
  • swears
  • sex
  • complete misanthropy

And you’re all set, basically. And the funniest thing is that the first three things aren’t guilty of ruining the story for me, it’s the fourth element that everyone insists on so much.

(to be fair, this was the very first doodle and I immediately cringed at myself, but it still shows that a sexy anime chick with a chainsaw was the first thing that came to my mind when I thought “twisted Dorothy”)

(now a pentagram for a map is where the real edge is)

So here’s a good question to ask yourself: why does your story need this edge?

Do you want to explore creative visuals with it? Do you want to shock and offend those who deserve it, to make a useful commentary? Do you want to show that there’s always the sparkle of hope and humanity even in this grim and gritty world? Do you want to present some kind of sick, sad, but truthful moral? Do you just wanna go all out with the exploitation genre and deliver some tongue-in-cheek entertainment this way?

Or do you just want to follow the “sex and violence sell” route? Do you want to offend people just for the sake of it, because you feel superior? Do you want your story to be devoid of joy because you think that good endings are too mainstream? Do you make your protagonists immoral douches that suffer no consequences because you think they’re cool? Do you take what should’ve been black humor way too seriously?

It took me a while to realize that the twisted stories I enjoy are likeable for a very obvious reason. They have likeable elements. Well, duh, you say. But I’m serious, how many times have you encountered an edgy story, absolutely devoid of enjoyable and relatable characters, entertaining plot elements or somewhat creative visuals? I can hardly count those.

In the end, the amount of 18+ material in your story doesn’t matter. It still has to follow the rules of storytelling that’d strike a chord with the audience. Characters saying “fuck” every second doesn’t automatically make your story more adult. Graphic deaths don’t automatically make it more intense. Most sex scenes in the movies are awkward and boring.

All this stuff may sell your content, but to a specific group of people I personally wouldn’t want to pander to. Part of that group doesn’t even know any better, because they keep being fed the same garbage over and over. You need to try harder than that. Your audience deserves better.

Today in Tears for Fears history: June 7th 1993: Elemental, the fourth studio album, and the first album after Curt Smith left, is released! Still keeping the band name, the album was mostly Roland Orzabal’s solo effort.

The album produced 4 singles, Break It Down Again, Cold, Goodnight Song, and Elemental.

Happy Birthday Elemental!!

What is your favourite track from the album?

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On this day in music history: June 7, 1993 - “Elemental”, the fourth studio album by Tears For Fears is released. Produced by Roland Orzabal, Tim Palmer and Alan Griffiths, it is recorded at Neptune’s Kitchen in Bath, UK from Mid 1992 - Early 1993. Issued as the long awaited follow up to “The Seeds Of Love”, the project is essentially a solo album by Roland Orzabal released under the TFF moniker, as bassist/co-lead vocalist Curt Smith had left the band in 1991. Orzabal soldiers forward, recording the album mostly on his own at his home studio in Bath, writing the bulk of the material with Alan Griffiths, and is augmented in the studio with various musicians including co-producers Palmer and Griffiths and bassist Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd). One of the album’s singles titled “Cold”, is directed at former Tears For Fears manager Paul King (who is imprisoned for fraud in 2004), in which Orzabal accuses him of stealing money from the band, stated in the scathing lyric “King got caught with his fingers in the till. Where’s your calculator - did you leave it in your will?”. The album spins off four singles including “Break It Down Again” (#20 UK, #1 US Modern Rock, #25 US Pop). “Elemental” peaks at number five on the UK album chart, number forty five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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The order of the main  Avatar villains follows the order of contrasting, and complementing elements:

Fire is the first element in the Avatar cycle, and is the opposite of water. Water is the third element in the Avatar cycle, and complements air

Air is the second element in the Avatar cycle, and is the opposite of earth.
Earth is the fourth element in the Avatar cycle, and complements fire