go out and start creating

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TFC-NET’S 2017 Spooky Creation Event: .

↳  “Question for you, Neil. Do I look dead to you?” - Andrew Minyard, The Raven King

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These are pictures of Chalo running a race against himself, and I have good news: he’s winning.

“…If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching tv. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop. They will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open you mind, arms and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often, getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion." 

I’ve been inspired by The Holstee Manifesto for many years and I have a poster of it on my wall to remind me whenever I need it. What’s your favorite line from The Holstee Manifesto?

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop. They will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. All emotions are beautiful. Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Live your dream, and wear your passion.

Choosing a Language

One of the things I struggle with most as an aspiring polyglot is which language to learn next. As a native English speaker, there are tons of resources available through apps and books, so it seems the options are endless. I made this post to show what checklist I usually go through to figure out which language I want to learn.

  1. Start by creating a list of all the languages you want to learn. For each, go through these questions.
  2. Why do you want to learn a second (or third, or fourth) language?
    1. If it’s for practical purposes (ex. you want to study abroad somewhere), your decision is pretty much made up!
    2. If you want to be able to use it frequently, I would suggest Spanish or Mandarin, two of the most-spoken languages (esp Mandarin!!). If you live in an area or country where people speak multiple languages frequently (like Quebec), then you’ll have plenty of conversation partners.
    3. If you just want to learn a cool new language, that’s okay too! Language learning isn’t about a destination. I normally go with what I’m interested in. A lot of times I draw from history and pop culture to find a language that I think would be neat to know.
  3. What kind of materials are available?
    1. A lot! Check out the langblr tag or your specific language for masterposts on common languages!
    2. If you want to learn a language that doesn’t have a lot of information, that’s okay! Don’t give up because it’s hard! You can check out this master post on how @lovelybluepanda learns languages and adapt to fit your needs.
    3. Remember that even if it’s not on Duolingo and doesn’t have a bunch of free MOOCs, the information is out there. Even if you have to google individual descriptions (ex. “french past tense”) to learn about different grammar concepts, you’ll get it eventually. While having a book or website to lay it all out neatly might help you, it’s not the only way you can learn a language. If you’re ready for the challenge and you want to devote a little extra time to planning, it’s worth it.
    4. In terms of vocab, I would suggest getting a dictionary or finding a good (not google translate) one online.
    5. Don’t forget to check your local library if you’re studying a popular language! The books might be a bit old, but the basic ideas are the same.
  4. How much time can you devote to this language?
    1. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend each week on learning a language, it might be easier to start with a language of the same alphabet/similar alphabet as your own. That way, you already know the sounds the letters make in isolation.
  5. -Who can I talk to/how will I use this language?
    1. We all want to be able to use the languages we learn.
    2. For me, this means I’m less likely to learn Latin, because most people don’t use it, but if you’re into Greek/Roman writing, then talking to another person might not be one of your goals.
    3. If you have a friend or family member that speaks your target language, you’re in luck! Also if you live in a community where people often are bilingual, you can practice with people in your town.
    4. Tumblr! The langblr community is great. Go through the tags and see if you can find someone studying your target language. 
    5. Having trouble finding a speaking partner? Ask around. If you have friends who travel frequently, they might know the basics of some languages or know native speakers.

There you have it! By the time I’ve finished thinking through starting, learning, and speaking in a target language, I’ve got a good idea of how time consuming it will be, which means all I have to do is fit it into my schedule.

Ok so imagine

Pidge finally finds their family. They break down. They’re in tears. They just can’t stop crying. They’re smothered in hugs. Shiro even joins in.

Then they are killed by the galra while trying to get to the lions.

Pidge is lost. They break down. They’re in tears. They just can’t stop crying. They want to be alone. They even shoo away Shiro.

They are so devoid of emotion that they can no longer even access the bond of the green lion.

Originally posted by stydiaeverafter

Hello Clexakru! I haven’t been on here in a while. So I know we still have 8 months to go until Clexaweek2018 (it’s only been 4 months since Clexaweek2017 but gahh it feels like forever), but I thought we could do a little mini thing in the meantime? 

I propose a Clexa Holiday Special!

Here are some possible options: People can send in prompts, ideas, aus etc, and we can vote on them, and then set them up. OR just prepare to write whatever, and post them on the specific holidays and tag it ClexaHolidaySpecial and I’ll compile a masterlist just like I did after Clexaweek2017. 

So write a fic, make some art, make an aesthetic post, anything- for a Clexa Halloween, a Clexa Christmas, Clexa Hanukka, a Clexa New Years, you can even do a Clexa 4th of July, a Clexa Thanksgiving Day, a Clexa boxing day, etc- whatever holiday you may have in your country that you want to write with Clexa! Maybe we could do 3 main ones, for Clexa Halloween, Clexa Christmas/Hanukka/etc, and Clexa New Years, and then we could have a couple free days where you do any holiday? Or, you know, we just post these on the holidays themselves so whoever wants to do it will post it that day and it works out. Either way, do you guys want to do any particular themes for the holidays, or just do anything as long as it somehow involves that particular holiday? Or if this is a dumb idea period just let me know XD


So these are just shooting some ideas around because I love Clexa and miss it and I love any excuse for us all to create and share new content, and while I’d love to do an entire other Clexaweek sometime soon it’s just so busy and I don’t want to halfass one, I’d rather wait and go all out for Clexaweek2018 (I’ll probably start creating posts for people to send in their theme ideas so we can start voting and preparing in advance sometime in the next couple months). 

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once; seize them. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream, and wear your passion.
—  The Holstee Manifesto

It was the era of the Polaroid and the beginning of videotape. He was the director and I his star acting out fantasies. We dressed and undressed, played and wrestled, told stories, acted out our fantasies, and invented scenes. Whether it was dressing up in my school uniform and playing at being sweet, innocent schoolgirl, or a secretary coming home from work and relaxing in the privacy of her own bedroom, or a teacher seducing her student, we were always inventing new stories, and eventually, I learned what stimulated Elvis the most.
Almost every night I made quick trips to the local drugstore to buy considerable amounts of Polaroid film. Some of the cashiers knew me, and I wondered if they suspected what we were doing.
I put on dark glasses to “disguise” myself, but ended up looking even more conspicuous as I’d sweetly request twelve packs of Polaroid film while making excuses like, “Gee, the others must have been defective. I just can’t seem to get them to come out,” or “You’re not going to believe this, but someone stole my film.”
Making it in and out of Graceland was no easy feat, either. I’d pass Mr. Stall at the gate at odd hours of the night, smiling and waving hello, returning shortly with the same smile and the same wave. I was sure he harbored some suspicious thoughts about what I was doing.
Elvis laughed when I told him. “It’s all in your mind. He’s no more thinking anything than a dog sleeping.”
“Well, what if he starts spreading rumors, like I go out at night?”
“It might create some excitement around here. This town’s dead. Memphis needs a little gossip!”
Elvis and I both loved creating these sexual fantasies and it seemed to bring us closer together. I had no previous sexual experience to compare with his inventive sexuality and I was ready to indulge him any way I could. Being in the fast lane, he was exposed to every pleasure available in life. Ordinary thrills sometimes were not enough, especially when he was under the influence of powerful drugs.
At first I was totally open to Elvis and many of his ideas. I lived for those moments we were alone. I was careful to say little that might jeopardize my bond with him. I fulfilled his needs, and his beliefs became mine. Under no circumstances were his ideas or playfulness perverted or in any way harmful.

Chapter 14 excerpt from Elvis and Me.

Perfect pixel-art with specular and bump lighting in unity

Here’s how I do the lightning and pixel-art textures for MegaSphere.

I assume you have a general idea of how unity and photoshop work. If not, its pretty easy to figure out, let’s go!

First, create your object base texture

In photoshop, start new document and create your object.

I suggest to go with a sprite sheet right away for your objects, instead of putting objects into separate files. Less files means less hassle with file import settings, maps, materials, performance optimisations. Make it pretty big (I start at 256x256 pixels), and you can adjust it later.

This is the base texture of our future object. I use a slightly modified metal barrel from MegaSphere as an example. I used restricted palette here, with some shading, but how your sprites will look is up to you. I feel some shading and depth in texture map itself add to the look of sprites in game.

I assume you already started a 2D project. Save your main texture PSD into your unity project. Find or create “Assets” folder, save it there or start organising like a grown-up and create a ‘Sprites/Objects’ folder.

In a new separate file, create the depth map for your object

This file is the data that tells the shader how to light your sprite.

Create a new document with exact same size as base texture file (don’t forget to resize it too, if base texture changes).

To make a depth map you need to think about your object in 3d. Pixels that are further from the ‘viewer’ are darker. Those closer to ‘viewer’ are brighter. There’s no color, just grayscale and transparency. Here’s how my barrel depth map looks:

Barrel is a cylinder so middle is closer, sides are further. Basically a horizontal gradient: black to white to black. I added 1px horizontal ridges, mirroring those in texture itself. The triangle window would be the insides, so its black.

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Back flips Aren’t for Everyone - Joe Sugg (Requested)

Prompt: You’re the lead singer of a band at warped tour and accidentally hurt yourself on stage and Joe takes care of you. 

A/N: Apologizing now because this one is kinda lame, sorry! xoxo

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“Great rehearsal guys! We’re going to kick some serious ass tonight.” You told your band. You were scheduled to play at warped tour again this year. It’s become a traditional thing for you guys. Every year you guys agree to play and it just keeps getting better and better.

You loved the thrill of going onto the stage and seeing all the fans in the audience. It warms your heart to stop and think that they all care about you and like your music. Ever since you were a little girl your heart was committed to music. You were always tapping away on your desk at school making beat patterns. You’d go home and play your guitar until the early morning, writing songs. You and your 3 best friends decided that you were going to create a band together.

It started out as just playing in the basement, but then you started to get low-key gigs. Your fan base just blossomed faster than you’d ever imagine.  You had always felt at home when you were making music. High school was a dark time for you. You were always getting picked on because you actually cared about your grades. You wouldn’t go to parties and get wasted like everyone else. You would stay at home and do homework and write songs.

High school wasn’t all bad though. Some good came out of it. Like your boyfriend, Joe Sugg, for example. You two have been friends for years, and he’d always stick up for you in school. You were amazed that he stayed around because he was one of the most popular kids in the entire building. Everyone wanted to be friends with him. Ever since you were little you had a crush on him. You never gave into the urge to tell him, but everything changed when he took you to prom. That night, dancing on the floor to a slow song, you two had finally crossed the line into a beautiful relationship.

Now, here you are, 5 years later, your 3rd year of warped tour. Joe had always supported you through everything. He came to every performance and even went on tour with you. Considering he was a YouTuber, he was able to do his job from anywhere. He’d record videos on the tour bus, sometimes he’d even ask you to be in it. He’d always promote your music to all his fans.

“You guys can do whatever you want, just remember that we go on in an hour.” You told your band. Everyone except for you walked off the stage to go who knows where.

“I swear every time I hear you guys play, you sound better.” Joe said coming up to you and wrapping his arms around your waist.

“Thanks, babe.” You smiled. “It’s just amazing, you know?”

“What is Y/N?”

“My entire life. I mean, think about it. I was bullied every day in high school, and look at me now. I’m just so grateful for everything. The fans, my band, my music,” you listed. “But most of all, you.”

“You know I’ll always be here for you. You know that, Y/N.” Joe hugged you tighter. “I don’t think I could walk away if I tried.”

“I love you, Joe.”

“I love you more, Y/N.”

With that, you both walked off the stage and went to get some food before you had to play that night.

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You were on stage, singing your heart out. Running around, touching the hands of fans in the front row. Now, every band had a signature move that they would do, yours just happened to be backflips. You would make sure to do a backflip at least 3 times during every performance. You’ve already done it twice and you decided now was as good a time as any to finish them off.

You waited until the music break to run over to each one of your bandmates and dance around with each one before returning to center stage and flipping. However, you didn’t get a high enough jump and when you landed, you felt your ankle snap.

You don’t like to disappoint, so you kept singing. You made sure you danced around a lot less, so you mostly just stayed around the mic stand and bobbed your head. You turned your head and saw Joe backstage. “You okay?” He mouthed to you, the worry obvious on his face.

You just shook your head no and finished up the song. You were scheduled to do about 3 more songs, but the pain was growing to be unbearable. You decided that you needed to cut the performance short and get off your ankle.  “Thank you! You guys are great, I love you all!”

With that, you hobbled off the stage and collapsed into Joe’s arms. “Y/N, what happened?”

“I think I landed weird when I did my third backflip.” You said, feeling the tears start to come. “I can’t put any pressure on it. It hurts too much.”

Joe picked you up and carried you over to a chair so he could look at your ankle a bit better.

“Y/N, you might have broken it. It’s already starting to swell.” He sighed, “I’ll go get the medic, I’ll be right back.” And with that, he ran off.

“Are you okay?” Austin, your drummer asked.

“Yeah, I just really screwed up my ankle. I had to get off of it.” You replied, the pain growing.

“Well, do you want me to go get Adam?”

Adam was the only medic that you were able to fully trust here. You made sure that every year he would be working just in case something went wrong. A situation that was apparently much more likely than you had anticipated.  “No, it’s okay. Joe’s already on it. Thanks though.” You smiled.

Austin nodded and went over to the food table. You laughed, that boy honestly did nothing but eat. It’s amazing how he managed to stay so fit. You heard footsteps to your right and glanced up to see Adam rushing over to you.

“What seems to be the problem, Y/N?” Adam said walking up to you, Joe tailing closely.

“I twisted my ankle while doing my backflip, can you check it out for me?” You said, the tears now falling down your face. It hurt like hell, you weren’t going to lie.

Adam checked out your ankle and came to the conclusion that you had broken it. He told you that you needed to let it rest for the remainder of the night, and go to the hospital for a cast the next day. Upon hearing that, Joe took you up to your hotel room and laid you down on the bed. He left you there and walked to the kitchen and got you a bag of ice. “Can I get you anything else?”

“I’d love some ice cream and a movie?”

“Be right back,” He kissed you on your forehead and went to get some ice cream. He came back with a bowl of cookies and cream and popped in your favorite movie; Fast and Furious. He laid down next to you and pulled you close to him. His head resting on top of yours and kissed the crown of your head periodically throughout the film.

You quickly forgot about the pain in your ankle and got lost in the world of Brian O’Conner and Dom Toretto. You never once stopped thinking about how lucky you were to have Joe as a boyfriend. He always cared for you, making sure that you were okay before he went and did anything on his own. Your happiness was his happiness. You lay there, cuddled up into him, and looked him in the eyes. He gave you a  heart melting smile and kissed you softly. “I love you, Y/N. So much, it hurts.”

“I know the feeling, Joe. I love you, too.” Before you knew it you fell asleep with your head on Joe’s chest and remained like that for the rest of the night.

In the morning he took you to get your cast and you tweeted out that you were sorry to all your fans for cutting the performance short. You went back to the room and starting trying to come up with ways to make it up to them.

Honestly, I think some of the best ways to handle sci-fi is to start off small. Of course, I’m not limiting anyone to this, you can go big. But the way I started was fairly small. 

At first I created a campaign with normal DnD rules from the book, but altered some of the things in there, such as technology and stuff like that. It wasn’t a grand scheme of a multitude of planets and races that flooded the galaxy. Although, there were a select few planets where different DnD races resided. 

As I got better at DMing I started to increase the changes I made, just little by little. I picked out a direction I wanted my universe to go towards and started creating based on that. 

Everything in a story has to have some sort of flow, you don’t want a patchwork of random species, planets, a couple alien creatures, and other things just thrown on the quilt. There has to be a balance. What fits within the theme of the universe, and why does it fit with that theme. If you want to go dark, I recommend not throwing in vibrant species.

Again, I am not saying you have to, but I always recommend avoiding the patchwork method.

Which is the process that you follow and what time do you go out to create a piece?

I start by drawing several sketches until I end up with something I like, then I adjust it to the wall that I want. I don’t have a specific time, it depends on the circumstances.  

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This is your LIFE. Do what you LOVE, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; They will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share you inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share you passion…
—  Carissa Moore, Professional Surfer A.K.A My biggest inspiration
In defense of “The Index”

Ok, well, I expect a lot of hate for posting this, but I don’t think that The Index, nor putting Skye on it, is a bad idea or evil or whatever.

What exactly IS The Index? As we learned in 01x05, it’s a list that SHIELD keeps of people (and objects) with powers that they then monitor. There are obviously multiple reasons to keep such a list, but I don’t think any of them are terrible.

The first -  to help the people who SHIELD found with powers. Chan Ho Yin, for example, was added to it when he started exhibiting pyrokinetic powers (something, might I add, that’s extremely dangerous) and they simply checked up on him to make sure that he was dealing and coping and not being dangerous with his powers. We forget that powers are not something all people want, and a lot of them are associated with highly traumatic and awful situations, and these people would need the assistance with coping. (By the way, there is a clear parallel with the Inhumans here who have their own monitoring system, and are able to immediately find new Inhumans and assist them.)

The second - to assess threats. This is the part that I think tends to have a bit of backlash, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this aspect of it. In the most recent episode, Cal collected people whose powers were “suppressed” by SHIELD and talked endlessly about how terrible that was. The problem with this line of thinking is the assumption that everyone who has powers is like Skye, someone wants to help and protect others. The guy May fought - he was a MOB ENFORCER. Would our sympathy for SHIELD giving him medicine to keep him docile be removed if we saw the innocent people he most likely tore to pieces? Or the guy with tech powers who had no moral compass? Would we feel badly for him if we knew his crimes? (What if he was a rapist - how would we treat him then?) The problem is that powers seem to be an amplifier of current behavior - good people with powers try to use their newfound abilities to help, while bad people are just given new weapons to wreak havoc. (Let’s compare Skye’s drawing her powers inwards, to Raina’s killing spree the moment she changed.) SHIELD has no way of knowing which way a person is going to swing, so monitoring them, to once again, PROTECT INNOCENT PEOPLE, is really not that villainous. (Especially since, unless they do something terrible with said powers, they are, as mentioned at point 1, simply assessed to make sure they are coping.)

The third, and I think often overlooked part - to create statistical trends. If SHIELD is able to monitor and track the appearance of new powers (especially in situations like Skye’s), they might be able to better help those who get them. If they find 10 people around the world who have developed pyrokinetic powers and have helped them cope, they will do an even better job with the 11th, because they won’t be going in blindly. Also, if they notice that, people who go into a particular area all start coming out with the ability to create earthquakes or turn into prickly things, they could go into the area and figure out what’s going on, and prevent someone bad from going there to do the same (which is exactly what they did by flooding the temple). The statistical importance of The Index is really invaluable, and I think it’s something that’s very much ignored.

It’s also important to note that The Index keeps all the information private. The whole plot of 01x05 was that SHIELD was hacked and Chan Ho Yin’s information was leaked, which was seen a HUGE security threat and they were sent to deal with it immediately because they didn’t want someone hurting Yin or abusing his powers. 

While, obviously, there is potential for abuse with The Index, that doesn’t mean inception or its purpose is inherently bad. 

I really don’t want this to lead to a discussion about the Civil War (since it hasn’t happened in the MCU yet). But, I’m just going to note that The Index IS very different than much more invasive and strict Superhero Registration Act. (Which was, by the way, in fact, enforced by a SHIELD led by Maria Hill, which I feel is important to note because I see a lot of people saying she wouldn’t stand for it???)

The Problematic Elements within DC's New Female Lead Titles

With all the talk recently and all the misunderstandings on the topic, I went ahead and made this thing its own post in order to sort of lay out what people are finding problematic with the new female lead titles that DC is turning out. On the one hand, DC now has several female lead titles, which hey, awesome idea! But on the other, there is a very disturbing, and even insulting, trend forming in which these titles consistently strip these characters of any form of their previous personalities in order to cash in on making them ‘hip, fun, and trendy~’. Instead of giving us good solid female lead titles with the characters we love, we’re being given wacky basis with a one note tone.

No one’s going to pretend that Pre-52 was perfect when it came to feminist representation, but the problem is that with the complete remaking of the continuity and characters in the N52, new problematic elements have been implemented on an industrial scale. It’s important to acknowledge that this isn’t some singular writer who is taking on a different interpretation/exploring a new aspect of female characters. No this is completely remaking a character and stripping them of all previous qualities while still giving them the same name.  Understand that the problem people are having isn’t that there’s a comic that has a college girl having a one night stand and taking selfies, or that there’s a naive sweet girl leading a title, or even that there’s a female lead character in a rock band. The problem is that the person taking selfies is Barbara Gordon. The problem is that the girl crying because a random old lady died and being cutesy and air headed is Starfire. The problem isn’t that there’s a ‘badass rock girl’ who’s in a band and runs into trouble it’s that the problem is that the 'I don’t work as a hero’ rock girl is THE FUCKING BLACK CANARY.

It would be one thing if these were new titles with new characters. But instead of creating new characters to give these titles to, they’re taking AWAY aspects of pre-existing female characters to MAKE them fit a mold to cash in on a gimmick. Which is where the problem is. It’s not interpreting or exploring a character, it’s blatantly taking existing characters and making them OOC. Could you imagine Barbara Gordon taking selfies as Batgirl and making an Instigram account? Could you imagine the powerful but kind warrior Starfire crying at the drop of a hat? Could you imagine Dinah leaving behind the hero life to be a rock singer? No. 

So that’s the first problem: They’re taking great female characters that do have consistency and are throwing their characterization out the window.

The second problem is that these are alright ideas, but DC is blatantly refusing to make new characters to fill these roles. They have the chance to and instead they butcher pre-existing characters to keep from having to add to their female line up.

There’s also a third problem: If these titles existed as single entities that would be one thing. The problem is that they form a pattern. Right now most of the N52 is based off of gimmicks (which is a problem on its own) but there’s something to notice. All of these 'female lead-hip’ titles are very flouncy, pretty, and fun~ . Now look at most of the male lead titles. They’re dark, they’re gritty, and they’re serious. By themselves these titles aren’t problematic, but as a pattern they are. It’s a bit like the Black Widow movie sketch. DC is going ’We know what girls like’ and are dumbing down and infantilizing their female characters because obviously ‘HIP AND FUN!’ is the only thing that attracts female readers. We don’t want well rounded titles and more serious characters. We can’t possibly want that. That’s why Grayson is currently a disaster as well, it’s marketed towards females. Let me put it this way: Compare the tone of Son of Batman (starring a 10/11 year old) to the tone of Starfire or Black Canary (full grown kickass women one of which is supposed to be ON PAR with Batman as a martial artist). It’s fine that fun titles exist and that they star female characters. It’s a problem that that seems to be all the female lead/fan base titles are allowed to do.

There are many different ways for something to be falsely feminist. The fact that these aren’t new characters, that it makes no sense and butchers characterization of existing female characters, and the fact that it’s a trend are the main problems. This isn’t a feminist approach, and I do personally feel insulted on both the behalf of the characters and as a female who enjoys comics.

Some things to note however: I don’t know the Wonder Woman or Batwoman titles. I have heard both good and bad things about them, but I have no idea personally, so I am excluding them from this list. I’m also excluding them because they’re not really among DC’s newer line up, and they are not what DC’s currently pushing.

The only other female lead title I can think of is Gotham Academy, and it seems to be the exception. It’s lead by young girls and seems to have a broad base. And that’s great! Do you know what’s even better? They created characters to fit this title. They didn’t de-age other characters and then rework their personality to be whatever they wanted. They gave us new female characters. The title is cute, but its tone isn’t derogatory and it has a good base.  

We’re well aware that characters go through different incarnations. But with the N52 it’s as if the personalities of the old characters are totally gone over half the time (and then when they appear they largely don’t make sense). The good news though is that we still have other titles, such as Injustice or Earth 2 in order to try and hold onto some form of the old characters in current media. And even better, Convergence (despite what Didio originally said) opened up all time lines to have stories done once more.

I would recommend that people try to support these other outlets honestly, ones that don’t forget previous characterization and are breaking the mold that DC’s new titles seem to be trying to shove female fans into. However, please understand, no one is going to tell you not to pick up these titles. We can’t. As xcrownling mentioned once, it’s a double edged sword. If people don’t buy the comics DC may say ‘well we don’t have a female fan base therefore we don’t need to worry about female lead titles’. But if people do buy the comics then DC can say ‘Look! This is what they want, so we can just keep giving them the same flouncy fun stuff!’. So whether or not you support these issues financially is entirely up to you. And hell, you can enjoy them! Like I said, as ideas and if they weren’t part of this trend, these aren’t bad concepts. But we are asking that even if you like them, you please acknowledge the problematic areas as well.

So the problem is that among many of the new female lead titles they are stripping characters of previous characterization and infantilizing them, they’re denying us any new characters who would better fit these ideas, and they are creating a trend in which females can only like a certain kind of comic/character. A good example of how to get around this would be something like Gotham Academy, or to go and read something like Injustice or Earth 2. With all of that said, I think it’s important that until these issues within the female lead titles are fixed that we are willing to point out the sexist overtones within the industry in order to ask for better representation.

I like amnesia AUs. This is no secret.

I would also like an amnesia AU where Sasuke wakes up after being out of it for some time and most of his memories are in tact, but the one thing he is absolutely without a doubt positive about is that he and Hinata are together. Like he has vivid memories of them getting together and going out and possibly getting married, but everyone around them is so confused and telling him none of that is real.

Even Hinata is telling him it’s not real.

And Sasuke is trying to come to terms with reality, but he can’t shake the feeling that his memories of Hinata are very real.

This your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop. They will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over analysing, life is simple. Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences, ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. So go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and wear your passion.
—  Tanis, House of Hippies