going to do some more original post about different people i find online

anonymous asked:

How’d you learn to draw mechas? I’ve been wanting to try that myself for a while, and I know as an artist that the only way to learn is to just Do it, but it’s so daunting! I have no idea where to begin. Do you have any advice or tips? Thank you for your time!

Okay first of all, sorry to take so long to answer. I really wanted to draw some pics for this, and the last weeks have been quite busy. 

1. Draw from the reference

Drawing is like learning a new language: You can’t say you wanna learn English and then just start making up your own words because you think that finding words in the dictionary is cheating - It doesn’t make sense. Find a super cool robot picture and try to copy it. These are called “studies” for a good reason. You’re studying the vocabulary of those drawings. Many times people don’t share their studies since it’s only for the practice. But don’t study just one person. You don’t want to become that person - you want to become better! And if you post your study online, don’t forget to credit the original artist!

2. Try different techniques

One of my favorite techniques is something I call color blocking - I’m not sure if it’s an actual term or just something I came up with. I kind of carve the silhouette of the robot with one color and then I add a second color and carve the details in. I do this also if I have a picture with lots of characters and I want to make sure everything reads correctly. But these are all personal matters. Try different techniques until you find a one that works for you. And remember to flip your canvas!!

3. Try different brushes

My favorite brushes vary, but these three are the ones I keep using more than the others. Kyle’s brush I got used to while I was working on my freelance work - it just feels good to draw with. The square one is really fun to work with in mecha designs, and the basic one also feels surprisingly good while drawing. Sometimes I just grab a new brush, start doodling, and end up with a decent piece.

4. Symmetry vs. asymmetry

This one I included especially because I’m talking about robots. Breaking up the machines with asymmetrical parts gives them more character BUT it’s important to keep the symmetry in mind. If I do a robot that has a one big arm and one small arm, I later make sure that most of the other parts are symmetrical. This way the asymmetry is the choice rather than a mistake.

5. Draw from the reference (!!!)

Yes, I added this the second time because I really feel it’s important! I use Pinterest all the time - I have a board with over 1000 pins of robots! There are paintings from my favorite robot artists, 3D models of super cool robot designs, and even photos of real robots all collected in one place. And for anyone who feels “wrong” doing this: Finding reference DOESN’T mean copying - it can be just an idea or inspiration: It’s finding the language you want to use. Sure you won’t need  the reference as much later on as you build your own “shape-vocabulary” - just like you won’t need your dictionary after you have learned the words you use.

6. It doesn’t have to be perfect

I’m never 100% happy with my work. But I have learned to say “oh well” and move on. Next time I’ll do better.

7. BE PROUD! 

Don’t talk down your own work no matter how much you’d like to. If you’re not standing behind your drawings, who will? Sure you do see the mistakes, but it’s still a great piece of art you made!

physics doesn’t have to suck: how to enjoy and do well in your required physics classes

As someone who doesn’t intend to take a physics class ever again, I was relieved when I walked out of my second semester physics final. That said, physics doesn’t have to suck or drag your average down. 

(1) How to enjoy physics: Adjust your attitude. Physics is so cool if you actually think about it. Your attitude will dictate your experience. (2) But physics is so hard: Change the way you study and don’t give up. I did better in university physics than in high school. The content was way more difficult but it was my studying methods that made the difference.

This post is split into 3 parts: Introductory physics (very basic physics, that unit of physics you had to do in a lower level science class), high school physics (physics from an algebra-based perspective), and university physics (calculus-based physics and labs). (Obviously these overlap a lot but I needed to organize this somehow)

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anonymous asked:

I can't fully express how off point you are with some of your memes. You're obscuring young people's understanding of history

I gladly invite you (or anyone) to link me to every post from our archive that you feel to be historically inaccurate, including your justification. I’ll be the first to admit that not all of our memes are perfect. This blog is a collection of content that is either created originally, submitted by you guys, or found online. I’m just one person, be it the creator or the cultivator, but still one person. Simply a full-time student who can’t operate with the same intensity and vigor as an entire fact-checking or editing department – although I wish I could. 

Humor is subjective in nature, so I’m not at all surprised to hear you say that “some” of the memes feel off; not every joke told is found funny. Further, you have to realize that our history memes are admittedly vague and short; we can only fit so much historical context into the joke. My job is not to paint a historical reference in every detail and provide readers with a full history education, for that is well beyond my scope.

With that being said, I find your charge of “obscuring” our youths’ understanding of history to be unfair. For a reader to even understand our memes, they must first understand the history, the facts of the past, which drive the very humor of our content. Sure, it’s fair to say that we do more than simply reinforce our followers’ past knowledge. I’m sure it’s possible that people may learn details or context that they didn’t know before. People may also see a history meme that they don’t have the full pretext to understand, and subsequently go about researching the topic further. Many even message me that our memes work as memory devices, which aid them greatly during tests. 

My point is, you seem to be demanding too much of a Tumblr blogger set out to make history jokes. People should definitely use a different source of information, besides a Tumblr blog ran by a student, to build their understanding of history. People shouldn’t take everything they read at face value, and should put all information – especially that of which resides on social media – under intense scrutiny. And maybe, just maybe, the history memes aren’t all that bad. 

I want to talk today about why Why Animals Do The Thing is done educating on behalf of the wolfdog community. This doesn’t mean I won’t be doing education about wolfdogs if the subject comes up, and I still encourage people to utilize @packwestwolfdogrescue as a source for wolfdog-related information, but WADTT will no longer be advocating for the private-ownership wolfdog community or collaborating with them. I know WADTT readers have really appreciated the previous education surrounding wolfdogs, and I apologize for not being able to continue on a topic that garners so much interest. This is a not a choice I want to make, but one that is necessary, as it has been made clear there is a fundamental incompatibility between their ethos regarding education and public outreach and mine. My ethos for WADTT has always been to create accurate, fact-based education drawn from comprehensive research and to foster a community that encourages dialogue and active collaborative efforts; it is time to disengage from supporting a community whose approach to education is spreads misinformation, attacks learners looking to engage with it, and actively supports harassment.

I’ve been in the various wolfdog Facebook groups since Pack West and I began discussing collaboration about a year ago, because they’re the best source of general education for people interesting in learning about phenotyping and wolfdog behavior. I learned a huge amount from those groups - both about wolfdogs and about the general mentality of the people who own them and participate in discussions about them online. As an educator, it was hard to watch and as someone who wanted to learn it was even harder to engage in.

The education done there of new members was consistently combative and hostile - with threads often devolving into lambasting people for not doing more research before asking questions - and occasionally threads would be created about the new members and how much their attempts to contribute to conversations before they knew everything were a problem. The only people who were considered credible when discussing wolfdogs were those who had owned wolf content animals for most of their lives - which meant that the input of anyone with relevant professional experience was ignored, if not often outright denied as being valid. This meant that the actual education accomplished in the groups was really vitriolic and frequently inaccurate: some posts would invite people to try to phenotype animals for education, but the same people involved would immediately turn around on other posts and condemn people for phenotyping animals they hadn’t met; the discussions about wolfdog behavior I observed were full of urban legends and misunderstandings of dog behavior, and awareness of recent research or even understanding of basic behavioral science concepts was frequently absent; training wolfdogs was not considered unimportant and frequently discouraged, and it seemed that using preventative training strategies to safely manage typical wolfdog behaviors wasn’t even on the radar. Education from the groups in general required being able to discriminate between mythology and fact and the ability to weather the constant unpleasantness that pervaded the threads. I chose to stay because I didn’t want to ask Pack West to be my only wolfdog primary source, and it was important to me to engage with the community I wanted to assist as an outside educator.

Last week, I published an article on what people should know about one of the most internet-famous misrepresented wolfdog, Loki. I’ve talked about Loki in posts a few times on this blog, and while I was at Pack West in January it became clear from our discussions that a larger article was necessary due to the frequency of questions received about him. When the article was published, while the response on tumblr was fairly positive, it brought on a deluge of harassment from the wolfdog community on Facebook that has not yet ended at the time of writing this post. It is the response to that article, specifically the pieces of it that they chose to attack, that finalized my choice to disengage from the private-ownership wolfdog community and helping with their outreach efforts.

I originally shared my article on the groups I was in as an offer of an outside resource that could be utilized, since I had asked the groups for assistance finding sources when I began writing it two months earlier. In the time I had been part of the groups, Loki had been a frequent topic of discussion and irritation, and I assumed that it might be useful for them to have a link to offer people rather than having to reiterate the facts so often.

In response, I was swamped with enough comments to shut down my ability to use Facebook for a couple days: how I don’t have enough experience to write anything education related to wolfdogs, how it’s completely unthinkable to publicize even a well-agreed-upon phenotype on an animal I have never personally met, how I should get sued for writing such a character attack, how I’m not actually an educator and just a person with a vendetta, etc. In addition, multiple threads discussing how appalling it was that the article existed at all and everything wrong with it showed up in the groups, because the fact that they were visible to me didn’t matter. I engaged with a few of them in a similar matter to how I respond to critique on the blog, explaining my reasons for writing and my sources. The comments and the private messages got nastier once I made it clear I wasn’t willing to capitulate to taking the article down. I was eventually kicked out of the main group without any communication or explanation from the mods as to what I’d done to violate the rules. It was exhausting and it hasn’t calmed down: I’m still getting passive-aggressively tagged in things on the groups I haven’t left to give my “expertise”. I recently received a letter from the board of the National Lupine Association, whose phenotyping pamphlet I linked to in the text of the post as further reading, officially requesting that I remove any reference to their association from my blog post. It’s awful and it’s exhausting, but the harassment isn’t why I’m no longer willing to support the private-ownership wolfdog community - it’s because of the type of feedback given regarding how they want education regarding wolfdogs to be done.

These are the major points made by the private-ownership wolfdog community (meaning they were repeated multiple times by different people) in response to my article that elucidated how incompatible the reasons I do education are with that community:

  • My article was not approved by the general community and therefore should not exist. The private-ownership wolfdog community hates messaging they cannot control, especially if they do not agree with it. Some of the well-respected members had told me not to publish when I first brought it up in January, and they were furious that I had not obeyed.
  • My article might have created blowback against the wolfdog community by Loki’s owner, which meant silencing me was more important than educating the general public. The private-ownership wolfdog community is terrified of aggravating Loki’s owner, as they believe he has threatened to use his fame to go anti-ownership, and are desperate to do anything to prevent that occurring. No matter how many animals are killed or left in horrible welfare situations because of the exact type of misrepresentation Loki and his owner perpetuate, it is more important to the majority of the Facebook community to not risk having someone popular speak out against them than to accurately educate the public to prevent other animals suffering in the future.
  • My article contained a phenotype I did not have enough “experience” to be giving, no matter where I sourced it from, so the article could not be credible. Even though I had produced educational content for the wolfdog community regarding phenotyping before, did research into Loki’s parents and kennel of origin, and discussed his phenotype at length with an expert before writing, my lack of personal wolfdog ownership discredited the validity of any educational material produced.
  • My article mentioned having been in contact with a government agency as part of my research, which is a cardinal sin. I contacted USDA regarding the existence of an exhibition permit for Loki - the private-ownership wolfdog community does not believe anyone should ever interface with any authorities regarding a wolfdog, no matter what the situation. (In some ways, this is a reasonable concern, as people have historically reported animals to the government and gotten them taken or killed. However, as Loki is internationally famous, he is not an animal that animal-related government agencies would not already be aware of. Moreover, Loki lives in a wolfdog legal state, USDA considers wolfdogs domestic animals by their own regulatory definitions, and USDA is primarily concerned with enforcing licensing and registration in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act. Inquiring as a journalist about the existence or lack thereof of a specific permit would, at worst, get Loki’s owner fined and forced to get the permit.)
  • My article told the truth about rabies law as it applies to wolfdogs, and it was inappropriate for the general public to be aware of that information.

That is not the education I believe in doing. I do not believe in advocating for people who allow vague threats to keep them from speaking out about an issue that regularly gets animals they care about killed. I do not believe in being told not to do thorough research because it might involve a regulatory agency. I do not believe in being told that it’s inappropriate to educate the public about laws that both protect our pets and could also get them killed just because the truth isn’t pretty or straight forward. And I really don’t believe in supporting a community that is willing to attack and discredit any advocacy on their behalf that they don’t control.

I’ve chosen to remove the Loki post from the WADTT side indefinitely. I abhor letting the bullies win, but the choice comes down to the fact that this is not the hill I want to die on. What I’m trying to build with WADTT is bigger than this and I’d rather fold on this single piece of writing for now to facilitate what I want it to become in the future. The blog has been completely dark for over a week, which hasn’t occurred since I started it two years ago, because this has impacted my mental health so drastically. The folk supporting the WADTT patreon and WADTT’s future are supporting me so I can be present and do daily education, so for now, that’s what I’m choosing to prioritize.

Regular posting and the queue should resume in the next couple of days.

There’s a lot of cynicism in the world now, and something that I find depressingly common is the notion that “following your dreams” is a trite phrase only for children. That there’s no reason to waste your time chasing something that could practically be considered a statistical impossibility in the first place. I disagree.

My father is the “Rick” in Heir of Rick. He could always draw anything I desired at the drop of a (top) hat. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to be an art wizard, capable of conjuring any creature with a wave of my magic wand. With a few quick strikes, I would be able to create wonder and joy, just like he could. I always had it in my head that, if I were to be anything as an adult, I would be a master artist. That was the dream.

As I got older, my dream became more and more fantastical. I imagined I would be like my new heroes on the Internet: webcomic artists, who spun tale after tale week after week. I discovered online animators, and my dream only grew. I would create animations, my own fully animated music videos. And my dream kept spiraling; I wouldn’t just animate, I would be an animation director. I would unleash all kinds of cartoons and comics and drawings onto the world. It was my wildest fantasy. An impossible dream.

When I made it to college, I quickly realized I was nowhere near as good as anyone around me. In a flash, I gave up on all my wild dreams. I largely stopped drawing, with only a doodle here and there outside of the art class I didn’t drop out of, committing myself to other activities. But the dream still lingered. Then in February of 2011, I was introduced to this little cartoon you may have heard of, with magical ponies, friendship, and songs. And I loved it. I loved it so much, I dusted off my old art supplies and drew a big, smiling pony. And then I drew another. And another, and another. And I drew Pokémon again, and my own original characters, and all kinds of dumb stuff.

And then one fateful day, remembering that silly dream of maintaining my own webcomic, like my heroes, I started posting my drawings to tumblr. And I would get likes, and reblogs, comments, and asks. And I realized that I was reaching people. I was touching their lives in some small way, adding wonder and joy. And it was a dream come true. I would go into reddit threads and do drawn responses, and with a wave of my magic wand, I could brighten peoples’ day. My follower count grew slowly over the years, but I did not care. If I could get 20 followers, that would be magical. I was flabbergasted the day I reached 100 followers. And when I reached 1,000 followers it was truly unreal. People were coming week after week to see what wonderfully stupid new thing the Heir of Rick had cooked up. And then out of the blue I was given the opportunity to collaborate on a genuine, bonafide animated music video. I traveled across the country to see it premiere live. It was met with applause. I was signing autographs afterward. As of right now, it has been viewed over three million times

But of course, the best part of it all was meeting the most wonderful, creative, encouraging, absolutely fantastic friends in the whole world. Encountering people like them was something I didn’t dream of even in my wildest fantasies.

I never did become a master artist, able to draw anything at the drop of a top hat (frankly, I consider myself the worst artist in the fandom). I never became the next Awkward Zombie. And I’m certainly not pumping out a new animation every week. I did not achieve my wildest dream. But it was not a waste of time to pursue it. I would say the time I spent chasing this “impossible dream” was the most personally fulfilling thing I’ve ever done with my life.

And so I say to you now, follow your dreams. (You have to be responsible about it of course!) But follow your dreams. Where you end up may be completely different than where you imagined you would, but if it truly is something you are passionate about, something fulfilling, you won’t even notice. You’ll be too busy enjoying the journey. I see so many up-and-coming artists on tumblr, and I get excited to think they’re at the very beginning of the same incredible journey I’m experiencing. And if someone with my meager skill could get all of this, I can only imagine what magical doors they’ll unlock. 

So don’t give up on your dreams, at least not entirely. Don’t stop believing in yourself. And continue to be absolutely fantastic.

WLW TV Recommendations for Everyone Sick of the BYG Trope

So, I know that most of us are tired of the representation we get and of wlw characters getting constantly killed off. I wanted to write a post about all the shows that don’t fall into this trap - I have included three shows that do at some point kill off a wlw, however this is either because - in the case of the first two - almost all of the main characters are wlw and the deaths aren’t particularly offensive, or - in the last one - the death is irrelevant, doesn’t have to be watched + and doesn’t have to affect the story (…I’ll explain later, it’ll be in my second post). This post will focus on wlw-centric shows, and then I’ll be making future posts on shows with one or more main wlw character, and then shows with side wlw characters.

WLW-Centric Shows

Shows which feature majority wlw characters and/or explore primarily wlw themes.

Banana

Drama. Banana is the counterpart to C4′s Cucumber (a drama about a group of gay men living in Manchester) - it consists of 8 25-minute episodes, each focusing on a different character, all of whom are LGBT+. Three focus on mlm, four on wlw, and one on a straight trans woman. All of them vary in tone and offer very different topics. Most of the characters also appear in Cucumber as side characters or guest stars, and vice versa. How good is the representation? Much more racially diverse than most of the shows on this list (unfortunately) with around half of the episodes focusing at least partly on POC. Some sensitive portrayals of living with mental illness and taking care of someone with a disability. Could use more bi/pan characters - as far as I know none of the primary characters are bi/pan, though there is a main bi guy in Cucumber who appears as a side character in Banana. Status: Completed.  Where can I watch it? If you live in the UK, it’s available on 4OD. It’s also pretty easy to find links online.

Faking It

Comedy. Faking It starts off with a potentially offensive premise - in a hilariously liberal high school in Texas, two best friends are mistaken for a couple and decide to keep up the facade once they realise it’ll gain them popularity. However, by the end of the pilot, one of the girls has realised she has feelings for her best friend and from there on out the show becomes about her getting to grips with her identity, and the relationship between the two girls. The first season is the best, and unfortunately after that its original premise starts to get somewhat watered down as it tries to be an ensemble show - however that ensemble features a gay guy and an intersex girl, and side characters include a number of gay and bi girls, gay guys, a trans guy, and a bi guy (there’s also an asexual who pops up for about two seconds). Both Karma and Amy, our love interests slash best friends, are confirmed by the writers to be wlw, but unfortunately the show was cancelled before one of them could come to terms with her sexuality. How good is the representation? There’s a lot of representation but it’s not always handled in the best way! A number of characters express overt biphobia and aren’t always called out on it - bizarrely, considering Karma + Amy are both portrayed to be bi/pan. Mostly white cast. Status: Completed. Where can I watch it? Super easy to find links online!

Lip Service

Drama. Lip Service follows a group of WLW living in Scotland. It’s basically the less offensive, British version of The L Word. I don’t see it mentioned much and yet it’s one of the gayest shows out there so you should definitely give it a go! There is a character death in S2 and it’s unfortunately when the character is feeling happy about a love interest, but I’m giving it a pass since literally all of the main characters are wlw. How good is the representation? As you can see, the show is overwhelmingly white. There is also very little bi rep - all of the main WLW are lesbians apart from one whom I’m not sure whether is gay or bi, and only one bi love interest. The characters are also all cis. Status: Completed.  Where can I watch it? Easy to find links online.

South of Nowhere

Drama. South of Nowhere follows a relatively conservative family who move to LA, but its primary narrative is the romantic relationship between their teenage daughter Spencer, and the new girl she meets, Ashley. It’s soapy and often over-the-top, but the relationship between the two girls is well-done. It’s also one of the only shows where the WLW couple get a very overtly happy ending. How good is the representation? Throughout the first two seasons there’s a well-done narrative about police brutality against black people and the alienation of being a black kid in a white family (Spencer’s brother, Clay, is adopted) but they unfortunately end that narrative pretty badly. The portrayal of Ashley’s sexuality isn’t great in that, after seeing all 3 seasons, she seems to be pretty clearly bisexual and yet very often refers to herself as gay - however, this is a mid-00s show so I’ll forgive them. Status: Completed.  Where can I watch it? Easy to find links online.

Sugar Rush

Comedy. Sugar Rush takes place in Brighton and follows 15-year-old ‘queer virgin’ Kim, as she navigates coming to terms with her lesbian identity, her infatuation with her straight best friend, and her eccentric family. It’s super fun and light and basically the diary-style teen comedy young wlw need (you’ll enjoy it if you’re older, too!) How good is the representation? The cast is largely white (sensing a theme here), and Kim definitely displays some biphobia (I can’t remember whether she gets over that or not) as well as making some immoral decisions (afaik these are portrayed as such though). Overall it’s pretty good for something released in 2004. Status: Completed. Where can I watch it? It can be a tricky one to find but I’ve personally had good luck with DailyMotion. DVDs are available.

The L Word

Drama. The most classic of all WLW shows, The L Word follows a group of WLW living in LA and generally having a lot of sex and getting into a lot of drama. It has a lot of issues but if you still feel able to watch is a lot of fun and super addictive. How good is the representation? The first 2 seasons are great in terms of bi rep, but bizarrely and unfortunately the show becomes super biphobic as it goes on. It can also unfortunately be very transphobic (this will be expanded upon in the triggers section). Again, very white. Two wlw characters are killed off but I’m giving it a pass because everyone’s a wlw. Status: Completed.  Where can I watch it? Should be easy to find links anywhere online! DVDs are available.

Transparent

Dramedy. Transparent follows a Jewish LA family after the father comes out as a trans woman - three of the five main characters (pictured above) are WLW, and the focus of the show is on how all of these characters relate to their own genders and sexualities and how that affects their relationships with another. It’s a beautiful, poignant slice-of-life show. How good is the representation? The main trans woman is played by a cis man, which is a con, but all of the trans female side characters are played by trans women. The bisexual wlw never says the word bisexual, and I personally feel they could’ve gone into more depth regarding one character’s realisation of her sexual identity - however, this is really a cut above the rest. Frustratingly, also mostly white. There’s a potentially very triggering scene regarding a trans woman character - as a cis woman I’m not sure I can say whether it’s offensive or not, but I’ll explain more in the triggers section. Status: Still Airing. Where can I watch it? On Amazon Prime, otherwise, it’s easy to find links online.

You Me Her

Comedy. You Me Her explores the polyamorous relationship between two bi/pan women and one straight man. I’ve yet to see it but I hear that it’s well done and a sensitive portrayal of bi/pansexuality and polyamory. Status: Still Airing. Where can I watch it? Easy to find links online.

Please let me know if you need help finding the shows, and if you watch them and enjoy them! Trigger warnings are below the read more (will contain spoilers).

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alpojones  asked:

Saw your post on George Miller and Justice League. Any tidbits on what his version would have been like vs. the typical Hollywood one?

Sometimes, I get asked about movies “in production,” or made recently (a bit outside my wheelhouse), and my response is usually that I only know what the news sites know…and they don’t know anything.

The script for the unmade George Miller JLA script (possibly not the finished script) leaked online, and some fascinating concept art and storyboards exist for it.

I don’t have psychic powers to tell me how the movie would have been, but I have trouble imagining a scenario an Aussie JLA film by the “Max Max: Fury Road” guy starring the Valkyrie as Wonder Woman would have been anything other than fun. That’s like something a pop culture fan would wish for if they had access to an omnipotent genie. Max Max: Fury Road was one of my favorite films of 2015. The DC films we did get ended up being extremely divisive instead of Guardians of the Galaxy-style crowd pleasers everyone loves, and we only occasionally got a glimmer of the warm characters we know and that people like. 

Although it would be a crying shame to make a Justice League of America movie without maybe the most scene stealing and gorgeous background person of all time, Brooke Ence, who actually might be a real immortal Amazon from Paradise Island who brought her own Amazonium armor to the shoot and just kept edging into frame. Most upstagingly gorgeous extra since Figwit in Lord of the Rings. Remember Figwit, how that was a thing in the early internet? He ended up getting his own action figure. If they end up making more of these, I hope they do the same for Ms. Ence, give her dialogue, make her a part of the plot.

Personally, my favorite tragically unmade films have to be:

Odd John starring David McCallum. There was talk there was going to be a film adaptation of Olaf Stapledon’s scifi novel Odd John in the late 1960s, featuring a weird sinister advanced mutant the world isn’t ready for, starring David McCallum. Alas, it never happened, but that’s a case of perfect casting.

Time Machine II. Not much is known about this one, but there would have been a sequel to George Pal’s Time Machine with the original cast, and it would have involved stop motion monsters made by Ray Harryhausen. George Pal and Harryhausen sounds like a dream film!

Federico Fellini’s Mandrake the Magician. Tastes differ, but I’ve always thought the warm, humorous and human Fellini was the greatest director of all time (I’ve always preferred “warm” directors like Fellini and Spielberg to “cold” ones like Kubrick and Nolan). Fellini was actually close friends with comics great Lee Falk, and he tried for years to make a Mandrake film with Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale (he was not alone: his fellow Italian Sergio Leone wanted to make a movie about another Lee Falk creation, the Phantom, in the 1970s). Fellini loved magicians; a big plot point in the otherwise realistic Nights of Cabiria was a stage magician who hypnotizes people. Fellini loved Mandrake so much that he did a photo shoot for French Vogue with Mastroianni in full costume as he would have appeared for the movie. 

Supposedly, Marcello Mastroianni wanted the role so badly that he interrupted a meeting on the second story of a building by “levitating” up to the window. 

By far the single most tragically unmade film of all time, in my opinion, would have been the War Eagles in the late 1930s, a film created by the people who made King Kong, like King Kong director Merian C. Cooper and with special effects by Willis O’Brien, who did the original King Kong effects. The plot is that an American aviator, when flying over the south pole, crashes and finds a lost land of Vikings who ride giant birds. In the finale, the Nazis attack Manhattan with fleet of Zeppelins equipped with something that sounds like an EMP, and so the only hope is for our hero to ride to the rescue on the back of giant birds with his Viking allies. The final battle would have been over the Statue of Liberty. The only thing we have left of the film is concept art, a script, and some special effects test footage.

War Eagles ended up not being made for maybe the awesomest reason: Merian C. Cooper, director/producer, left the United States to join the anti-fascist Flying Tiger aviators in China. Also, the anti-Nazi themes of the film made it incredibly controversial in the late 1930s. The film was never made, but it’s pretty obvious that if it had been, it would have changed movie history the way King Kong did.

What to Bring to Korea

I originally wrote this post for my new blog but since that is being postponed for the moment because of life, I decided to post it here so that at least it can be read by some people haha. Plus I still get asked this question a lot so it might be able to help some people! Also sorry this post is so long, I’m on mobile and can’t make a cut.

Whether you’re going away for a quick trip or making a big move, packing to go somewhere is always a complicated process, especially if it’s somewhere out of the country. I’ve been living in Korea quite some time, but when I think back to my bb teen days before I came here, I remember that I frantically searched the internet for lists about what I needed and didn’t need to bring with me to Korea. Honestly, I think the task of packing for Korea seems a lot more intimidating than it really is. Almost everything you think you’d need is probably available in Korea in some form, things might just be harder (and more expensive) to get in Korea as opposed to your home country. The list below are things that I always try to bring back to Korea with me whenever I make a trip home:

(Also disclaimer: I’m a woman so many of these items are things that women might need and not necessarily men)

1. Deodorant 

That might be an odd thing to consider hard to find in a country, but thanks to Korean genetic makeup most Korean people do not produce body odor which means they don’t need deodorant. I know. I’m salty about it too. Since most Koreans don’t need deodorant, finding it in Korea is actually a challenge if you don’t know where to look and it’s expensive. Deodorant is such a rarity, in fact, that my boyfriend didn’t even know what it was when he first saw me put it on and legitimately thought I was putting perfume on my armpits. 

Worry not, however. If you’re like me, and sometimes forget to put deodorant on while getting ready in a hurry, stores like Olive Young and Watsons do sell some pretty good Nivea 48 hour wear deodorant that I’ve bought on occasion. Though it’s around 8,000 won (8 USD) on sale. That’s the only decent deodorant I’ve ever found in Korea and only at those two specific stores (now that I think about it, Lohbs might have it too but I’ve never checked) so it would be better and more affordable to just bring a supply of your favorite deodorant along with you and pray you’re not like me and forget to put it on when you’re in a hurry. 

2. Toothpaste

Before you freak out on me, yes toothpaste exists in Korea and yes Koreans brush their teeth (very frequently actually). However, I’ve come to realize that Korean toothpaste tends to be a lot less minty than the toothpaste I’m used to back home and there is a very high possibility of accidentally buying sweet toothpaste or salty (yes salty) toothpaste if you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for. This is a personal preference of course and I’ve been using Korean toothpaste for years without any major problems or yearning for American toothpaste BUT if super minty fresh toothpaste is what you’re about then I’d suggest bringing some along with you.

3. Makeup

Korean beauty is always ahead of the game and coming out with new, innovative, and affordable products to test out and buy. However, there is a downside to Korean makeup. Since Korean beauty products are made in Korea and mainly marketed towards Koreans, it can sometimes be hard to find colors to match your skin tone, especially when it comes to foundation or bb cream. If you go to a Korean makeup store it’s not uncommon at all to find only two or three (if you’re lucky) shades of foundation and bb cream being sold. Some brands like Missha sell a wider range of colors online, but the actual store still only carries two shades. So if you’re lighter or darker than the average Korean skin tone, I’d pack a big enough supply of makeup to last you you’re whole trip. As a blonde, I also want to point out that finding eyebrow pencils to match blonde or red hair is also going to be extremely hard. I have settled on the light brown wood brow pencil from Missha but even that is a bit too dark for my hair color. I’ll definitely be stocking up on blonde eyebrow pencils on my next trip to America. Other than foundation and eyebrow pencils, Korean makeup and skincare is pretty great and affordable and fun to experiment and play around with! 

4. Clothes and Shoes

It’s no secret that Koreans tend to be on the smaller side when it comes to body composition (or at least they strive to be), and that is definitely reflected in the clothes and shoes that are available for purchase here. While finding clothes might be a little more difficult for us girls who aren’t a size zero (*cough*), it’s definitely not impossible as long as you know where to look. Basically every article of clothing I own I purchased in Korea and they all fit perfectly fine~ (for reference I’m a size small to medium in tops and a European size 28 in bottoms) but there are some items that I definitely have to stay away from. In general, lots of clothes that are sold here are ‘free size’ meaning they are intended to be a one size fits all deal, which obviously isn’t always the case. Luckily, I find that a lot of clothes like shirts, sweaters, jackets, cardigans etc. are meant to be worn oversize and thus fit well on most people.

 Pants, dresses, and skirts, however are a different story. In a typical shop the biggest pants size you’ll be able to find is a European size 30. Skirts usually come in small, medium, and large, but be wary that a Korean small, medium, or large will be a bit different (and by different I mean smaller) from the western equivalent. The main gripe I have with dresses here is not the sizing necessarily but the fact that THEY ARE SO SHORT. I’m 165 cm (5'5") which is by no means tall, and it’s very hard for me to find a dress that isn’t going to show my ass to the world every time I lean over ever so slightly. I have bought a few dresses here that are a comfortable length for me but the struggle is real. There is always the option of buying maxi dresses, but the taller girls out there might have trouble with that as well. Also ladies out there with a chest size bigger than a B cup, say goodbye to dresses and shirts with a fitted top, unless of course feeling suffocated by your own boobs is a thing you’re looking for.

As far as shoes go, most stores only sell up to size 250, which is an equivalent to a size 9 in America. If you’re not from America, I’m sorry I don’t know the exact conversion but it’s easy enough to look up! There are some stores that will have bigger sizes available in the more touristy areas such as Itaewon, Myeongdong, Gangnam, or Hongdae but they are harder to find and most of my friends with feet bigger than a 250 buy their shoes online or bring them from home.

Shopping in Korea can be a really fun experience and many places will have things that fit, but if you’re not sure then I’d pack what you think you might need for your stay here. Also if anyone is interested on a more detailed shopping guide for Korea, let me know!

5. Tampons

This is another thing that is completely up to personal preference and convenience. Tampons are definitely available in Korea, but like deodorant they are a bit more rare and a bit more expensive than what you could find in your home country. Also the selection is less extensive so your favorite brand might not be available or it might be way over your preferred budget for tampons. If you have a brand you swear by and don’t want to be stuck in a situation where you have to settle for a brand you don’t necessarily want to use, I’d bring a supply of tampons along as well.

6. Food/Snacks

I’ve been living in Korea long enough that I don’t ever find myself missing food or snacks from back home, but when I came here for the first time and I was still adjusting to life here, nothing was better than coming home after a long day and indulging on some of my favorite American treats. Living in or visiting a different country isn’t always unicorns and rainbows and sometimes you’ll have hard days where you get really homesick and need something comforting that reminds you of home. Maybe I just like food too much, but when I first came to Korea it was really important to me to have a little stash of my favorite snacks for days when I just needed a little pick me up. These days, foreign food shops and marts are getting increasingly popular in Korea so there are always lots of different food items available from all over the world so as always it comes down to price. Obviously if you’re buying an import item somewhere, it’s going to be more expensive than if you’d bought it in the country it’s from. Also, despite the sudden influx of foreign food shops here, there are still lots of items that aren’t available. If you have a snack you love to indulge in, I’d bring it along with me for those days when you need a little reminder of home.

7. Medicines

One positive thing about being sick in Korea is that if you go to the doctor here, it’s extremely affordable and the medicine kicks ass and will make you feel better in under a day. That being said, going to a doctor in a foreign country can be really stressful especially when you’re already feeling under the weather and just want to stay in bed and watch Netflix all day. In Korea, there is no such thing as going to the store and simply walking down the medicine aisle and buying whatever medicine you think will work for you. Any time you want to get medicine, regardless of whether or not you have a prescription, you have to go to a pharmacy. Tylenol and weak cold medicine which wont do much for you anyway can be found in some convenience stores, but everything else will be sold in a pharmacy and you’re going to have to go there and ask the pharmacist for it, which may be hard for people who don’t know exactly what they are looking for or don’t know Korean very well. A lot of the time, it’s way more convenient and way less stressful to have your own stash of cold medicine, Advil, sleeping pills etc. that you brought with you from home. It’s extra helpful when you get sick on the weekends or after 9pm because most pharmacies will be closed then and you won’t be able to buy medicine even if you want to. Nothing is worse than being sick and being stressed about what medicine to get or where to buy it, so stocking up on medicines you already know and love from home will allow you to rest and get better without having to brave the streets of Seoul with a fever and runny nose.

I’ve thought long and hard back to my days before I came to Korea, and I can’t think of any other things that are a necessity to bring along with you (except for obvious things like power adapters and chargers). Fortunately, Korea has almost everything you’re going to need and even most of the things mentioned on this list are still available here, they might just be harder to find or more expensive. As long as you have an open mind to trying out new products or doing a little exploring, packing for Korea should be a piece of cake!

anonymous asked:

Hi!! I was wondering if you had any advice for a newbie studyblr / bullet journalist ?

Hello there, lovely anon!! ♥ I actually joined the studyblr community pretty recently (just this month!) so I hope I can answer your question well /// !! Since I’m pretty new, there’s still quite a bit I have yet to learn myself! 


➸ advice for a new studyblr

Don’t be afraid to just start. 

  • Honestly! There’s no need to feel insecure about your posts, spreads, handwriting, picture quality, stationary - everyone in the studyblr community is so sweet and positive and helpful I begin to feel spoiled. I hope you do to!
  • Don’t feel self conscious about anything. You’re beautiful, wonderful, and perfect just the way you are. There is no better you than you!
  • Stop comparing your posts and blog to other people’s. There’s a lot for you to learn, and it won’t all come immediately. Notes, followers - it takes time. 

Reach out to other studyblrs!! 

  • Say hi, send asks, make friends! Make comments on other’s posts, send compliments or help where you can. Just being active in the community can help you get attention but also give you a wonderful time. A studyblr is to help you grow, and this is a great way to keep you motivated in doing so.
  • Along the same line, try to find ways to interact with your followers!

Tags, Tags, Tags! 

  • A lot of studyblrs will track a tag and will often reblog your content if you tag your original posts with it! You can find out what tag to put by checking out a studyblr’s page (for example, I track #studyfeather). You can make a list for yourself if that helps! (: But try not to be too overwhelming or overuse it. Maybe switch up which tracked tags you use from post to post. 
  • Make a tag for you to track! It would make sense that if you’re using tracked tags to make one for yourself to spread the love. 
  • Have a tag that is specific to your original content (mine is #featherpost)!!! It will make it nice and easy for those who come across your blog to find what you’re posting about. Having original content helps others have more interest in your blog!
  • A lot of what you are reblogging can serve as a resource for yourself. I like to reblog posts that inspire me, or have spreads I might try, masterposts, etc. If its important for you to find what you’re reblogging for later, make a tag system for yourself. For example, heres @ / studypetals’ tags page or @ / studyquill’s navigation page if you need any ideas. This is a great idea if other people begin using your blog as a resource as well. 

Take advantage of all the information you see. 

  • There are so many posts that address procrastination, time management, stress, note taking, school - anything at all - that is made available to you. It’s one thing to see the information, but it’s another to make use of it. (And don’t be afraid to share your knowledge either!) You can even make posts about trying out different advice if that helps motivate you to try something out.

Make an introductory post!

  • Help others get to know you better by putting together an introductory post! It’s never too late to make one, so don’t worry about making one if your blog has been up for a bit.
  • From what I’ve discovered, introductory posts tend to have the following information (not every one has ALL of this, it’s up to you what you’d like to add): name, age, school year, why you started a studyblr, your classes, some of your favorite studyblrs, other blogs you have (and other sites you’re on), any anything else you’d like to say/add. 
  • If you use tracked tags or tag studyblrs you love, it can help get your blog noticed! (:

Post original content!

  • I touched on this earlier, but this is so important. One of the best ways for your studyblr to succeed is posting your own work and sharing it to the community. You never know how many people will love it, be inspired by it, follow you from it, or contact you because of it.
  • Be fairly consistent in posting original content. I try to post at least once a week even though I’m pretty busy. It helps motivate me to keep my bujo and studyblr going! You can try out the 100 days of productivity or some studyblrs put together monthly study challenges you can keep up with. As an example, here’s a May Study Challenge I might try out!
  • In posting original content, make sure you link information you’re referencing to help others that much more!

Queue your posts!!

  • A great way to keep your blog active is to queue your posts. I have my posts queued at 10 each day and try to keep at least 20 posts in my queue at all times, in case a couple of busy days keep me from adding more. Some people unfollow inactive blogs - and this can be a way to prevent it. 
  • The only thing I don’t queue are original posts and asks, but it’s up to you if you decide to use the queue system or not!

➸ advice for a new bullet journalist

Real quick!! I would advise taking a look at the bullet journal’s official website to help understand the basics of bullet journaling. 

  • It’s designed to be quick and customizable way for you to keep information and tasks organized. A great way to make use of this (that I’ve found) is to make a key for each of your logs. You can see my key here. You can also search tumblr for bujo keys to see what others have come up with. If you do want to make a key, make it so that it works for you!  It can be as simple or detailed as you want, with or without signifiers, etc. If you don’t like this system, that’s just fine!

Discover different journal options and where to find them.

  • There is no set journal to use, however there are popular choices among the studyblr community: Moleskine, Leuchtturm1917, and Muji journals - but it is NOT limited to these. Working with a regular notebook works just fine as well! 
  • It’s one thing to find and purchase something online - but I like being able to find what I’m looking for in person. It saves shipping + handling costs, and I get to it immediately. And, sometimes, they can be cheaper too! I found my moleskine journal I’ve been using at Barnes and Noble, and have also seen Leuchtturm1917 journals at my school’s book store. (The temptation is real every time I walk past OTL) 

Your bullet journal is for you, so let’s make it that way.

  • A big part of having a studyblr is to help yourself in becoming more productive in learning and improving a lifestyle (or this may just be how I see it). So! There is no set format for you to use a bullet journal. It’s up to you to figure out what works best for you.
  • You can take inspiration from other people’s post to help experiment with different spreads and layouts. (Be sure to credit/tag if you do! Just to be safe.) 
  • You can find out different things that you can add to your bujo! Habit trackers, daily/weekly/monthly/yearly spreads, lists of things to keep track of (books to read, tv shows and episodes to watch, shopping/wish lists, bucket list, etc), anything you’re interested in. Depending on your interests and areas you wan’t to use a bujo to help you with, this can vary. If you want, you can test out different ideas to see if you like it or not. It will take time to find what you like, so don’t stress about it in the beginning. You’re just starting, after all!
  • There is always something for you to do, it’s just a matter of finding out what that is. If you need any help of finding something to do, feel free to message me! (As long as you don’t mind me asking a bunch of questions haha.)

Don’t be afraid to use pencil first when making your spreads.

  • Me being me, trusted myself to use pen right off the bat. Boy, do I regret that XD It got to the point where I purchased an erasable pen but I’m finding nothing can beat pencil before pen. But before you erase the pencil - make sure the pen has dried. I can’t stress this enough. I’ve gotten impatient multiple times and go ahead to erase, and instantly wished I hadn’t. You can try to find pens that prevent this from happening, but waiting is the best alternative. Something you can do is make a spread at night, and wait to erase when you wake up in the morning. You can keep your bujo open to the page you worked on for it to dry better.

You don’t need any fancy or expensive stationary.

  • Seeing the pastel highlighters, wide variety of pens and miscellaneous tools it’s easy to think you need to have it all but … you don’t have to have any of it. Especially if you are low on funds, don’t worry about getting anything new. Just work with what you have! I have been using pens I’ve owned for years and have hardly touched to see what I can do with them and am pleasantly surprised! I have a bunch of supplies that I have gotten for school that haven’t been used that I plan on finally putting to use. 
  • Your basic school supplies with notebooks, highlighters, pens and pencils, post it notes, can take you as far as you wish!

Having a difficult time coming up with a spread? Here’s some ideas! 

  • Try out different hand written fonts. This can include headers/titles and subheaders/subtitles. Try headers, banners, and dividers too! Here’s some different ideas: x | x | x | x
  • Give your spread a theme. Disney, movie, music, history, art, cartoon shows, books - anything at all! This can help with finding art to fill in blank spaces to give your spread some more interest. Here’s a post with a bunch of ideas you could use.
  • Colors! Try out different color combinations! Being an art student, I’m overly conscious of colors. They can help set a mood, evoke certain emotion, some colors work best with others (be smart when using complimentary colors), etc. Here’s a site that covers basic color theory. But … this is me being nerdy. This can take quite a bit of thought - but you honestly don’t have to (: !! It’s best if you stick to one or two colors within a page not to overwhelm what others are seeing, especially if you’re wanting to keep things minimal. If you want me to go deeper into this, and talk more about contrast and whatnot … I can make a separate post as not to clutter this one ♥
  • Make goals for yourself! This can be included in a habit tracker, but doesn’t need to be. They can be as small as going on a 20 minute walk each day during this week, being sure to stay hydrated, doing something with a family member or friend, completing or starting a big project or assignment, etc. 
  • Find some quotes and add them! Here’s some quote masterposts I’ve come across: x | x | x | x

When taking pictures, be conscious of lighting.

  • The best kind of lighting is natural lighting. Taking pictures outside (or inside) during the day will help your image quality! I know before I said picture quality doesn’t matter much, but this can be a simple and easy way to help improve your posts. 
  • If natural lighting isn’t helping you the way you want, you can take a look at different apps with photo editing capabilities or filters. I have a horrible app finding ability, and just use Photoshop (you can get PS CS2 for free here) or Clip Studio Paint to edit my photos. My favorite tool to use is the tone curve. However you can see this post to look at other options, like apps (it also links to other posts you can look at)!

Have a good time!

  • Honestly, I feel this is what it boils down to. As long as you are enjoying what you’re doing and continue to have a passion for studyblr related content, you’ll succeed. Don’t stress about it and take one post at a time.

I’ll start putting together a post of how I started my studyblr in case that may help as well! Thank you for asking, anon! Hopefully this helps, and that I was able to cover everything! T o T Sorry I kinda went on a bit of a tangent in some areas.

@yuriplisetsky is a size queen

Otabek Altin/Yuri Plisetsky

2,900 words

“What are you talking about?”

“Your Twitter? Your thread that spends about ten tweets waxing poetry about the size of my dick? Everyone’s talking about it, the fans are going crazy, I had Victor ringing me up half an hour ago to ask if it was true and if I really had deflowered Russia’s Fairy like that, and I just – what the hell were you thinking, Yuri?”

In which Yuri gets drunk and Tweets some things he probably shouldn’t have.

AO3 link


So @94mercy made this post that headcanoned that Yuri gets drunk one night and talks about the size of Otabek’s dick on social media, and I immediately knew I had to write it. Otherwise known as me just wanting to join in with all the hung!Otabek content that’s been coming out of this fandom in recent weeks. 

(Also tagging @daddybek because that’s where this all started back in February)


They’ve been dating for a few months when it happens.

Yuri goes round to Mila’s for a few drinks after practice one day, and they steadily make their way through a bottle of vodka, laughing and talking about their respective partners. The music is loud and Yuri feels all loose and giggly as he reaches for his phone, taking selfies and documenting their escapades on Snapchat. He’s never been this drunk before, so drunk he’s not even sure what order his memories from the last few hours go in, so drunk that he can barely stand, so drunk that the room is spinning.

He sits down and opens Twitter, starting to type. He doesn’t even think about what he’s Tweeting, just starts a thread and keeps on going until he gets it all off his chest. Mila is grabbing at his hands and pulling him up so they can dance together again, and Yuri’s phone lies on the couch, forgotten.

So he doesn’t see what he’s done until morning.

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Tarot Blogging What I Wish I Knew

Running a Tarot blog is such an interesting and rewarding experience. It can be used as a wonderful creative outlet where you can freely express yourself, meet like-minded people, grow and learn throughout your Tarot journey. Are you apprehensive about starting a Tarot blog or feeling a bit discouraged with your current one? Here are some things I wish I knew before starting my Tarot blog.

Dare To Be Different

I cannot stress the idea of daring to be different. When I first started my blog, I was met with many harsh comments and mean messages from other bloggers who wanted my blog gone. I was constantly told that the combination of tarot and prose was such a stupid idea and that they were tired of seeing my content in the tags. I blogged for myself for so long. I did my best to continue on my journey of blogging despite the discouragement I had and it was the best decision I have ever made.

Trust Yourself

You are going to grow and learn a lot about yourself as you blog and use Tarot. It is okay to step away from what others consider universal practices and challenge what you read or have been told. Your divination journey is yours and it is all about trial and error. There will be some people who may disagree with you, your practices and your process but that is perfectly okay. Do what feels right and trust yourself.

DeckLust Is Real

When you are a Tarot blogger, you will come across many beautiful Tarot and oracle decks that you may lust and love over. I wish I would have known how much my deck collection would grow being a Tarot blogger but I was not prepared. Make a #DeckLust wishlist to keep track of your deck wants. It has helped me so much.

The Follower Game

You won’t obtain thousands of followers overnight. It takes time for people to learn who you are, what you are about and if your blog and content is one they would like to follow. When I first started blogging it was difficult trying not to dictate the value of my blog and my content by the number of followers I had. I learned early on that my follower count shouldn’t be my driving factor of content creation and expression or I would be blogging for all the wrong reasons.

Mass Appeal

You cannot appeal to every single person that comes across your blog. You shouldn’t want to either. There are going to be people who like your content, and those who do not. Accepting that is the hard part. Embrace that you are wonderful just the way you are and focus on those who enjoy your content rather than those who do not.

Original Content

Creating original content is hard work. I spend hours upon hours writing, rewriting, revising, taking photos and photo editing before my content is ready to be posted. I love sharing my thoughts and unique flare in regards to Tarot and divination. Although creating original content can be difficult, I find it the most rewarding.

Social Media Is Your Friend

Social media has been my greatest asset in helping my blog grow. Utilizing social media networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter helps me to curate my original content and share my blog posts so those who are active on those platforms can find and view my content and hopefully share it.

Set A Schedule

Having a blogging and post schedule helps take a lot of the guess work from blogging. In the beginning, blogging can be a bit overwhelming but if you create a schedule that allows you to queue posts and curated content, you have more time to do other things like interacting with others.

The “Need” For A Shop

Running a shop to accompany your blog is serious business. You do not need to sell Tarot readings or divination services if you aren’t comfortable doing so. You do not need to open an online shop to accompany your blog to be considered a “real” Tarot reader. You do not need to open a shop to “prove yourself”. You are still a legitimate Tarot reader and blogger without it. Do not feel pressured to start selling readings if you are still trying to figure out your own Tarot journey.

Tarot Burnout

It is okay to take a break from your blog and put the Tarot decks away and take care of yourself. I wish I would have taken my own advice looking back. I was always on ‘go’ so to speak in the beginning and put my health and needs last.

Community Events And Divination Challenges

When I first started my Tarot blog I felt so alone. I didn’t really know many people. I strived to interact with others in the community the best way that I could. I started participating in tarot community events like Tinychat hangouts, rabb.it rooms, discord servers, and divination challenges hosted by my favorite bloggers. I’ve also joined Tarot Facebook groups, google hangouts and webinars about Tarot. This helped me meet lots of new people. Networking is so important.  If you are interested in weekly community events, I host some twice a week. More information HERE.

Making Friends And Losing Friends

You are going to meet some incredible and life long friends on your blogging journey. Once I started interacting with other bloggers on a regular basis, I began to form positive friendships that I could talk to about Tarot, divination and other blogging things. These people have helped me so much in my life and I owe it all to the wonderful Tarot and Divination communities of social media for bringing us together. Another sad truth I  wish I knew was that some friendships just don’t last. Whether it’s growing apart, having different interests, no longer liking one another anymore,  or one person being jealous over the other, etc. some friendships have the potential to be long lasting, others do not.

Legal Issues And Copyright

My first year as a Tarot blogger, there was a community-wide issue with legal uses of Tarot deck images and cards. This put a lot of bloggers in a sort of limbo, unsure if they could continue blogging, myself included. It is important to seek out deck and artist permissions for decks before using them on your blog or social media accounts, especially if you want to keep you and your blog safe legally.

Anonymous Bullying And Trolling

It is no secret that I have had my fair share of anonymous bullying and abuse during the life of my blog. My biggest advice is to delete the anonymous hate messages and comments, the trolling messages and block the IPs if you can. I’ve also blocked the drama/gossip blogs. Once I cleared my space from all that noise, I was able to blog peacefully and without fear.

Haters And Constructive Critics

Something I wish I would have known was to take critiques in stride and acknowledge when someone was intentionally being a bully to me. There are going to be people who hold your best interest at heart and want to help better you and hold you accountable for your growth and mistakes and then there are those who want nothing more than to see you discouraged. Knowing the difference is so important.

Safe Spaces And Blog Boundaries

Never feel bad about cleaning up your blog list, unfollowing, blacklisting or blocking someone who jeopardizes your safe space. Also never feel bad about asking your followers or mutual followers to tag things that are troubling and triggering for you. Set boundaries for yourself and your blog. I learned early on that it was impossible for me to try and answer every question that was sent to my inbox or e-mail.  I also knew that I could only devote a certain amount of hours to blogging a week. It is important to set limits within your means to keep your blogging experience enjoyable and safe.

Competition And Comparison

There is no use in trying to compete or compare yourself to another blogger or their blog. As I mentioned above, being uniquely yourself is so much better than trying to be a copy of someone else. Allow yourself to grow and learn and become the kind of Tarot blogger you want to be.

The Fear Of Missing Out

This is something that I still struggle with and it is the fear of missing out. You do not need to purchase every new Tarot deck that is released, buy every new Tarot book, take a new Tarot course or fund every cool independent deck on Kickstarter and Indiegogo to be or stay relevant. You do not need hundreds of decks to be considered valid. You are valid with one deck, no deck, or if all you have is a tarot app.


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Title: Tarot Blogging What I Wish I Knew
Copyright:  © Ivan Ambrose 2017
Decks: Rosetta Tarot, Tarot Of Holy Light, Illusori Tarot
Disclaimer: This post in no way, shape, or form intended to tell you how you should approach your tarot blogging journey. The intention of this post is to share some things I wish I had known when I started my Tarot blog. What I find useful may not be useful or of interest to you and vice versa. I encourage you to do what you are comfortable with and to tailor any advice provided henceforth to your specific needs and individual situation. I encourage and open up this conversation to added commentary to supplement this post of any kind.
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  • A Youtuber who does rap covers and mostly post his own music
  • The first video he ever posted was him doing a cover on his phone
  • The video quality was so bad but the cover itself was really good hence people stayed
  • it also sort of got viral when the original artist actually shared it on twitter
  • He composes his own songs & he actually writes and produces many songs for super popular idol groups
  • He totally composed Wanna One’s Energetic
  • When he reached 100,000 subscribers, he did the alpaca dance
  • It was one the most highly requested things ever since Donghyun gave him that nickname when they did a collab
  • Brand New Boys never let him live it down
  • He wanted to take it down after a week but everyone is like ‘noooo’ and it is literally his most watched video lmao
  • He posts rap covers once a week and there are always bloopers
  • But his bloopers are literally what makes the videos 10 times cuter
  • He will be like super cool rapping and then oops made a mistake and just shyly smile and say sorry to the camera
  • *everyone watching just instantly faints*
  • His P.O Box is also filled with hair products because his hair is always a different colour that his subscribers are worried that he will have rly damaged hair
  • His editing is really simple and clean because he can’t edit to save his life me irl
  • He still gets confused at times over Youtube and there are times when has to call Woojin at like 3 am and ask why is comment section disabled??
  • “ Hyung, go to your setting and there should be a button to turn it on.”
  • “Where is the setting?? It is on the top right? Wait I. FOUND. IT.”
  • Whenever Brand New Boys vlog & they are eating Youngmin’s food
  • They will always say how it’s the best thing they have ever eaten
  • He started doing a 'Cooking with Youngmin’ Series on his channel because Brand New Boys keeps him asking for food recipes
  • He makes cooking seem easy and his recipes are super simple & easy to follow
  • In Brand New Boys’ Youtube Channel, he is the unofficial dad of the group
  • Despite being the dad, he has the least power LOL
  • Like the other boys will just poke his cheeks and go “Hyung is so cute heh” and he will just chuckle
  • Has this stare where it makes everyone go soft
  • He will sort of smile and shake his head when he sees something cute
  • There are tons of memes of him just lovingly staring at Woojin and the caption will be like
  • “Get a man like that will look at you like how Youngmin looks at Woojin.”
  • The person who cleans up everyone mess whenever they filmed a challenge
  • Brand New Boys usually films their covers or challenge at his place as he has a gigantic recording studio in his studio apartment
  • He is honestly the sweetest and kindest soul - he replies to everyone LIKE EVERYONE
  • Regardless of it being a hate comment, he is always super polite and modest
  • It has been said that 90% of his antis (IDK HOW?) have turned into his fans once he replied to them
  • You were a Youtuber who does instrumental cover (like Sungha Jung)
  • You could play almost any music instruments from guitar to the flute on your channel
  • You had a pretty decent popularity on Youtube but you still get amazed when people recognized you on the street
  • You look super serious when you post your covers
  • but you were really bubbly and talkative when it comes to uploading your monthly music playlist and it appealed to a lot of people
  • It was by coincidence when you stumbled onto Youngmin’s channel and found his music
  • You were actually looking for things to cook and saw his cooking video
  • The first time you watched it, you were wtf is this dude an idol you had no idea of
  • One video turned out to be 6 more videos and your ingredients in the kitchen was soon left forgotten
  • You only knew him on the surface but you were already in love with his smile and flaming red hair
  • You decided to check out his channel if he had other content and when you saw his rap cover and music
  • YOU WERE FLOORED
  • He was sooo talented and his music was totally your style
  • You quickly took out your guitar and notebook and did an arrangement to his latest song
  • Once you were satisfied with how it turned out, you started recoding and posted it subsequently
  • The next morning, while going through the comments
  • The top comment caught your eye
  • It was left by Youngmin himself, saying that he really enjoyed your cover and that it was probably better than his original instrumental
  • you low key had a fangirl moment
  • You noticed how it was getting spammed by a lot of people who subscribed to you two
  • You decided to message him privately
  • You told him that you were a huge fan of his songs and you hoped to work with him next time
  • He replied almost immediately, almost giving you a freaking heart attack
  • He told you that he was actually working on a new song right now and he thought it would be cool if you could add in your playing as he felt is was pretty incomplete
  • For a moment, you actually thought he was joking because what type of good opportunity is this ??
  • Both of you actually planned on just doing it online until you found out he literally lived 2 subway stations away
  • So you were heading to his place a week later after the conversation and you were a nervous wreck
  • It wasn’t even a date but you basically spent the entire night choosing the right outfit
  • Just as you were about to ring the doorbell, the door already swung open
  • If you thought he was cute on your screen, he was 100 times cuter irl
  • “Wow, you are cuter in person.”
  • When you noticed his blush, you clamp your mouth shut when you realized you just broadcasted your thoughts out loud
  • what a good first impression
  • you sighed internally but you heard him chuckled
  • He beckoned you to come in as he commented
  • “But I find you cuter.”
  • You weren’t even sure how the recording went cause his comment just kept ringing in your ears
  • He insisted that he had to walk you home since it was getting late
  • But your stomach grumbled the exact moment you guys stepped out
  • So that was you two ended up eating cup ramen at the convenience shop
  • You and Youngmin exchanged conversation - how you started youtube, how is your experience etc
  • Everything seemed to be pretty friendly until Youngmin reached out to wiped out the stain left on your lips
  • As cheesy it was, you swore your heart stopped beating
  • He pulled back his hand immediately but there was this unspeakable tension
  • You broke the silence asking if he wanted to try out the Japanese Resturant that just opened at your place
  • That conversation lead to an extremely fun date the next day as you guys went to a sushi buffet and tried to pronounce all the weird sushi names
  • It soon became a routine to have your meals with him - especially when he was cooking at home
  • Yonngmin will ask you to come over as he didn’t want to have leftovers
  • He just doesn’t want to admit that he wants to spend more time with you lol
  • That one collab became extremely popular on Youtube and you two were invited to perform for a lot of events
  • It was through one of those events that he asked you to be his girlfriend
  • He changed the lyrics of the song he was supposed to perform to something about he really like you and wanted you to be his
  • Ever since you started dating Youngmin, you will appear in so many Brand New Boys that people will think you are the new member or something lmao
  • He likes to hold your hand a lot as he thinks your hands are extremely precious as you use it to play all your instruments
  • Youngmin will just unconsciously massaged it when you two are just watching a movie and it’s literally the best feeling ever
  • He gets you flowers a lot and instead of big gifts, he shows his appreciation for you by getting small trinkets
  • He did get you an alpaca stuff toy that he won when you guys went to the amusement park
  • He gets so soft when he visits you and find you hugging it
  • He will then just hug you and that’s how cuddle dates began
  • The first video you two will film will be the boyfriend tag and e gets everything right
  • You have a lot of his hoodies and sweaters in your closet as you steal it from him whenever he visits you
  • You really like his scent and since he is tall, it goes way below your thighs
  • He wanted to be angry at you but the moment he saw you wearing hiss sweater without anything else, he literally went breathless
  • Long walks in the parks while eating frozen yoghurt or a cold treat
  • You guys talk about anything and everything
  • Communication is key for you two so there are barely any fights
  • He cooks for you A LOT
  • You will always be his taste tester when he tries out a new recipe
  • You don’t even know why because everything he makes tastes super delicious
  • More like because your reaction to good food is the cutest thing he has ever seen
  • He even has a video on it that he took along with his collection of you playing various music instruments
  • Both off you complement each other so perfectly in videos
  • Like you will play the guitar and he will start rapping and it literally sounds like a masterpiece

A/N: I’m back after being in bed for the past 2 days as I was sick T.T I will upload fuckboy! baejin (most likely a daewi fic as well) this afternoon but enjoy some Youngmin for now ;) Donghyun & Daehwi au will be different from Woojin & Youngmin as it will the process of them filming a video with y/n unlike them having their meeting through Youtube 

Requests are always open & feel free to message me anything at all!

How to verify sources and be persuasive

This is, seemingly, something that people either never learned how to do or forgot how to do the moment they left school.  It’s come up recently, so I figured I’d post another how-to, this one tailored to demonstrate how you can actually get to “the bottom” of all the sources you see flung around this hellsite and others like it.

This comes in the form of asking yourself and the source material a number of questions.


What is the source?

  • Is the source a newspaper article, a meta-analysis, or a piece of hard data?  Is it an opinion piece, yellow journalism, or hard reporting?  Accurately determining what the source actually is, at its core, is critical to determining its value and the weight it has.
  • If you’ve got this you’ve done your first job, having a reason for what you believe.

Who wrote the source?

  • How credible are the authors of the source?
    • This boils down to a matter credentials and ethics.  If an author has no credentials to their name you’ll be hard-pressed to trust their analysis of the data they’re given.  If they’re acting in unethical manners (not reporting conflicts of interest, investigating/reporting on only one side of the story, etc.) then you similarly have little reason to trust the veracity of their claims.
  • What organizations are attached to the source?
    • Almost as important are the institutions who aided in the research.  The better respected, more cautious, and more objective the organization is the more trust you can instill in the piece.  A solid and reputable organization would be the first safeguard against trash research,
  • Your job is to analyze the validity of the source


Where was the source published?

  • Was it online or in a magazine?  A scientific journal or a book?  The Times or Tumblr?
    • Similar to the organizations attached to the piece, this is another level that factors into the analysis.  A piece that made it through my clipboard from Word to Tumblr gains nothing from the process.  A piece that made it through the double-blind peer-review process holds a LOT more weight to it because it’s already been through probably 3 or 4 different revisions from experts in the field combing through things like statistical modeling, experimental design, and analytical validity.
      • Publicly-available research from a scientific journal is never the first draft.  You can expect at least 2 revisions for a variety of things, with 5 or more being uncommon but not unheard of.
  • Keep paywalls in mind when using sources, as you’re trying to give people a reason to believe you.  If your source absolutely depends on people having a full dataset but they need to pay $80 to see what you’re talknig about they’re not going to believe you past the abstract.  
    • Sourcing a book is fine, but make sure you present the wholly sufficient context from the book.  If someone questions the logic of your source the reply of “read the whole book” is a failing.  
  • Your job is to give people a logical reason to believe you, not give them a summer reading list.


Does it use the most recent data?

  • What qualifies as “the most recent data” will vary from field to field, as we’re not exactly discovering new things about Victorian England but we are discovering new things about Astrophysics and Neurology.  But it is important that you use data as timely and recent as possible for the subject matter.
    • Using the newest data keeps your points relevant, your facts grounded, and your argument compelling.  Using data on homicide rates from the 1970s is useless unless it’s part of a trend.  Hell, using crime rates from 2010 is already significantly different from today’s dynamic.  
  • Your job is to curate your data into its best possible form.


Who was the target audience?

  • Was the research pointed at people with PhDs in the field?  Or is it for middle schoolers?
    • You need to reconcile the differences between your target audience and the source’s target audience.  If the original source is a jargon-dense and 56-page piece of research you can bet your ass that you’re going to need to digest it and break it down for people.  
  • Your job is to make your sources palatable.


How are you using the source?

  • Are you planning to use this as a primary, secondary, or tertiary source? 
    • How you plan to use this determines how you present the material and should be decided by what the actual source is.  If you’re trying to use this as newspaper as a secondary source you’re doing it wrong.  If you’re trying to pass off a meta-analysis as a primary source you’re going to both get and use the wrong information and commit academic dishonesty.
  • Are you using it to refute a claim being made, support your own claim, or as an objective reference?
    • This will detail the level of “unpacking” you’ll need to do.  If it’s a blank observation the source and a summary of it should be enough.  If you’re using it as evidence you need to explain why it supports your claim.  If you’re using it to debunk a point you need to explain why it shows the other person wrong and why it’s a better source than what they used.
  • Your job is to use the source adequately and appropriately.


Who is your intended audience?

  • Keep in mind, some sources just will not garner any weight with different populations no matter what they say.  AnCaps will not put any stock in the Communist Manifesto.  Right-Wingers will never trust what MSNBC has to say.  Feminists won’t put any weight in what the Bible has to say.
  • It is your job to tailor your argument to be as persuasive and credible as it can be.


“But what if I find a source that doesn’t hold up through these questions?”

Too bad.  If you can’t find proper evidence for your viewpoint you need to change your viewpoint.  Presuming you’re dealing with a rational person (hard to find, I know), if you can’t convince them then that is your failing and you need to re-examine how solid your own beliefs are.  If they’re unreasonable then that’s got nothing to do with you, but not everyone who disagrees with you will be crazy.

Also, a final piece of advice: don’t get so locked into your perspective that you put on ideological blinders.

Why we’re eloping

Image from White Ash styled shoot

The date is set, the venue is booked, and so are our photographer and florist. That’s right, the wedding is finally on and…we’re eloping! I’m not sure if an elopement counts as authentic if you aren’t running away from home to get married in a secret, moonlit ceremony, but that would have been a little difficult to coordinate across international borders. Owen and I are not running away and we’ve let all our friends and family know about the wedding beforehand, so it’s not a traditional elopement on those counts. Still, we’re going off to the Scottish Borders next March (home to many an elopement over the centuries) and marrying each other in a ceremony with just the two of us.

Elopement etiquette aside, it was never an option for us to keep our wedding completely in the dark - everyone close to us knew it was going to happen at some point and we’d even toyed with the idea of flying one set of people halfway around the world before running into some crushingly practical concerns. We’d originally been thinking of an intimate backyard wedding with a few loved ones in attendance - neither Owen nor I have ever had any fondness for huge, extravagant weddings - but it proved to be a logistical impossibility especially with UK immigration laws. So when we decided to ditch the wedding and elope instead, it wasn’t an easy decision to make.

Image from A Beautiful and Whimsical Woodland Elopement

Our reasons for eloping might have been practical rather than impossibly romantic, but it increasingly feels ever righter for us. Last year, when we made the decision to elope, I wasn’t 100% sure about it. I didn’t know if I would be able to let go of the cosy little backyard wedding I’d been daydreaming about most of my life! But once we actually started getting our budget together, setting aside dates, booking our wedding vendors and fitting everything within our immigration timeline, I caught myself thinking on multiple occasions how glad I am that we’re eloping. I wasn’t expecting to feel this way to be honest, but our decision to elope has turned out to be the best wedding related decision we could possibly have taken. I’m trying to picture what things might have been like half an year away from a traditional wedding and the thought itself is stressing me out! It’s all fine browsing through Pinterest and pinning dream wedding ideas but the actual organizing of a wedding with people attending from two different sides of the world is just panic inducing. It’s a nightmare. I’m so glad we decided to elope, no regrets ever.

Image from Intimate Barefoot Elopement in the Columbia River Gorge

Image from Same-Sex Fairy Glen Wedding

I only wish that I could find more elopement inspiration online, especially images with fat and mixed race couples like us. I’m sharing some of the imagery that’s inspired the look and feel we’re envisioning for our ceremony, with the hope that it can help some future elopees feel less alone in the world of traditional weddings. A few of these are from traditional weddings rather than elopements and a few are from styled shoots, but I have also been pinning more elopement specific ideas that you can browse through on my Pinterest boards Over the sea to Skye and For Eloping.

Image from Elope with us

Image from Vintage-Inspired Washington Camp Wedding

Image from Jordan and Trevor: A Scottish Highlands Wedding 

Image from Kelly & Alec elopement in Scotland

Image from Earthy Forest Elopement at Ricketts Glen State Park

One more thing I didn’t expect was for the planning process to bring Owen and I closer to each other instead of driving us apart, as wedding planning has a reputation for doing. I think it’s because it’s something we’re organizing on our own, for ourselves and no one else, that wedding planning has been more of a bonding activity than a painstaking equation of friends, relatives, bridesmaids, vendors, visas and budgets. Ours is a long distance relationship. That’s how it’s been for almost four years now. Unlike the regular kind of relationship, ours doesn’t really involve anyone other than the two of us on either side of a screen or trying to make the most of our time together in person when Owen comes over. An elopement style wedding feels like a natural extension of who we are as a couple. It’s always been him and me, me and him. This is for us, and us alone.

We’d originally been thinking of eloping to the Isle of Skye or the Highlands (hence the Pinterest board!) but then we came across our venue in the Scottish Borders and fell in love with it instantly. Some of the elopement inspiration photos in this post have actually been shot at our venue by our photographer, can you guess which ones? I’m going to hold on to the specifics for a while longer, because it’s our very own not-so-secret-anymore personal project after all - but in the meantime you can expect a wedding related post or two as we make our way through the next six months! And can I just say…ohmygosh I’m so excited!

Image from An elopement

Image from A Wild and Natural Inspired Destination Wedding in Iceland

Image from Gemma & Tim {Elopement Inspiration} Country Australian Elopement

Image from Wild + Free Autumn Elopement Inspiration

Image from An elopement

Image from Boho-Vintage Day Camp Wedding: Anjuli + Jesse

Image from Rustic Camp Elopement Inspiration

Image from Emma & Chris

Image from A Beautiful and Whimsical Woodland Elopement

anonymous asked:

What do I do if someone tries to steal my art?

Do you mean, what do you do if someone tries to take credit for your art, like if they post it on their page and claims they drew it?  Or do you mean, what do you do if someone reposts/uploads it elsewhere?

If they claimed they drew your picture, report them immediately.  They know what they did and they did it anyway.  (Same goes for tracing, IMO.  Traced art should NOT be posted online; that’s plagiarism)  

For reposting (aka. someone else uploading your art onto a different website such as Instagram) you should first decide what your reposting policy will be.  

  • Some artists allow people to post their art on different websites if they ask for permission.  
  • Some artists don’t require people to ask for permission but ask that they credit/link back to their website.  
  • Some artists only allow reposting on certain websites, but not others such as Youtube, which can be used to make money off of others’ artwork.
  • Some artists want their work to stay on their own website only, and don’t want other people to post elsewhere. (aka no reposting, period)  

One thing you will want to do is make sure you write down your reposting policy on your blog, somewhere easy to find, like the front page, or on your About Me/Info, etc.  

Another thing is SIGN YOUR ARTWORK, it is soooo important!  People aren’t always going to follow the rules.  They might have a repost of a repost of a repost they saw on Google somewhere and they won’t know where it originally came from because most people don’t bother to check. 

Large signatures/watermarks can be kind of an eyesore (plus you’ll feel kind of bad you have to “ruin” your artwork), but you have to make sure it’ll still be visible enough even after the quality of the picture is turned to crap because it’s been screenshotted like 20 bajillion times on instagram.  

Also, “unsightly” signatures/watermarks can help protect your picture from people using them in more nefarious ways, such as trying to sell t-shirts with YOUR design, or tote bags, mouse pads, etc.  Yes, they can still try to Photoshop them out, but if you put them somewhere difficult to remove then they probably won’t do a good job and it’ll look ugly.  So it’s worth a shot!

(I actually really love seeing watermarks/signatures because then I know where to go visit the artist and give them love directly)  

Anyway, I hope this helps!

Dealing with religious acquaintances as an atheist.

Some of y'all know I periodically get this bug up my ass to write something to help atheists become less obnoxious people and this topic came up in a Facebook group I belong to.

I don’t think the person who posted is an atheist, but the topic itself got me thinking of all the atheists I know and how they’d react.  A lot of them would be rude and there’s just no need for that.  For every annoying Christian out here trying to save the souls of the nonbelievers, there’s an equally annoying atheist who just can’t help reminding everyone they don’t believe in god or, worse, that they’re smarter for not believing in god.  If someone says “God bless you” and your first response is “God isn’t real,” that makes you an asshole atheist.

In an office setting, talking about your religion all the time is unprofessional and I highly doubt a Muslim in the same situation would be afforded the same leeway at work.  It should be pretty easy to scoot out of the conversation without offending anyone though.  Say something positive and then nicely decline, all with a smile and a pleasant demeanor.

“Thanks for the invite, but I’m content in my spirituality.”
“No thanks, but I’ll let you know if I ever decide to look into your faith.”
“That’s nice of you, but I’ve actually been an atheist for quite some time.”

The last one sometimes results in a “Well I’ll pray for you,” which is fine with me.  Pray your heart out, girl.  I’m lo-key offended if you’re deeply religious and you’re *not* praying for my soul because that would mean you don’t think I’m worth saving in your worldview.  You praying for me does not decrease my quality of life in any way but it gives you peace of mind, and that’s how I interact with religious people.  If what you’re doing doesn’t bother me but it makes you feel better, then please keep doing it.  That’s a net gain of positivity and I’m about making the world better on all fronts.

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anonymous asked:

Could it be that the Japanese female audience would never blame the authors for queerbaiting or fanservice etc? More like they are grateful for it actually. Like "please give us all those hints here and there, so we could use them as a base for our own FANON fantasies". Like it's normal for them?

Yes, in Japan actually the concept of “queerbaiting” doesn’t really exist. For Japanese fangirls it’s normal that m/m couples are all fantasy and would never happen in the actual story (unless it’s a BL manga or they are clearly shown/stated to be homosexual from the start of course), therefore they would never expect the creators to confirm something like the kiss in episode 7, or whether they eventually get engaged or not. They just take the hints to create their own headcanons and fan stories (and doujinshi), but they don’t actually hope or expect a couple to become canon. Though I have the feeling (judging from all the comments I see on Twitter) that even Japanese fangirls can perceive that the “fanservice” in YOI doesn’t really fit within the boundaries of what is normally called “fanservice”, and I believe some of them are starting to think that their relationship might not be just a fantasy, lol. (I’m amused just because it’s rare for “normal” Japanese fangirls to think a couple might be real) But yeah even if they thought so they wouldn’t expect the creators to say it out loud.

More under the cut because it got somewhat long as I delved a bit deeper into the topic.

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lizard legs [chan]

i promise the title will make so much more sense once you read it, ok?

anyway, admin mel’s second contribution to stray kids appreciation day, my soulmate au for our wonderful leader chan!! i will be writing a different soulmate au for each boy’s appreciation day, so check back (or check my masterlist) if you want to see more of them!

Originally posted by ultchris

word count: 1951

warnings: none

author: mel

extra info: soulmate au where your soulmate’s preferred name is tattooed on your wrist/forearm


Ever since you could fully grasp the fact that the name on your wrist was that of your soulmate, and you’d eventually have to find them one day, you were already done with them.

Chris.

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A Guide for Langblrs

As i promised to an anon, i make this post to give some tips, ideas and advice to new langblrs/small langblrs/whoever wants to read this. 

Note: What you will read are things i do and things i’ve noticed since i made this langblr.

The beginning

First thing is to decide your URL. You can choose something language related or something completely different. Don’t feel pressured if your URL doesn’t have the word language, polyglot, literature etc. People will find you harder, yeah, but it’s better like that than disliking your URL. (try to choose something catchy that makes sense)

Choose a description. When people come to your blog for the 1st time, they want to know a bit about yourself.

Make an introduction post. (this is optional actually, but it will be nice to make one) Tell to others who you are, what you like, why you made that blog, what you want to achieve with it, what languages you are learning. If you want, you can even add some langblrs that inspired you.

Tags. I want to mention this here since this is pretty important. Develop a tagging system. Whatever you post should have a tag or something since this can make a difference between a well-known blog and a small blog. I’ve seen once a post in Mandarin, it was perfect. However, it didn’t have any notes. Why? The blogger didn’t tag it with anything and regardless of how good that post was, people couldn’t see it. I’ve seen it only because i have the habit of checking out blogs once in a while. So, don’t forget to tag things.

e.g. languages, langblr, langblog, tongueblr, (the language i’ve used in the vocab/grammar post), polyglot, multilingual, bilingual, language blog, study, grammar, vocab list, vocabulary, learning languages, language learning etc.

I use these tags (most of them) at every post i make.

Posts

Here i’ll make a mixture of ideas and tips.

  • Decide what you like to do/what makes you comfortable. You like to write vocab lists? Do that. If you prefer grammar explanations, go for that. Memes? Jokes? Make such posts if this is what you like. I know people who likes writing posts about anything language related but dislike making vocab lists and there’s the opposite, people who build their blog on 80% posts that are vocab lists. See what works for you.
  • Mention in the title (if it’s a vocab list) what it’s the topic and the language(s). (Animals in Korean; School supplies in Chinese etc)
  • If you make vocab lists for people who learn your native language, pay attention and try to avoid making mistakes of any kind.
  • If you write vocab lists for your target language, remember that you make those lists for you in the 1st place and then for others. 
  • You can make vocab lists in 3-4 languages. (This is a new trend actually)
  • Grammar explanations. People just love them for some reason? Even i can’t stop reblogging a grammar explanation when i see it, regardless the language.
  • If you have a good sense of humour, make memes/jokes. Langblrs like to laugh and you can get pretty popular with jokes.
  • Make posts with resources. Langblrs like to collect resources so if you have something new or some kind of list, share it.
  • Be different. In this community it’s kind of hard because “someone came with that idea before” it’s what you will think when you’ll try to be original. If you are different, you get more attention than you expected.
  • Don’t focus on the notes of a post. They don’t define you and you shouldn’t care if a post has 5 notes or 500.
  • If you have “tag game” posts, tag them with not “language related”. 
  • If you have tips for language learning or just an amazing method to study, that will help others if you share it. A very nice langblr told me once “Langblrs are good with learning languages, but they don’t share their methods usually.” So share it with us, maybe we can learn something. (Unless you have the secret of learning an entire language in 2 weeks because let’s face it, that’s a secret no one will ever share.)
  • Reviews. You can make reviews of books, sites, apps. You’ll be surprised how many people know Duolingo, but you will be even more surprised by how many didn’t hear of it.
  • Share your progress with us. You finished your duolingo tree? Tell to others, everytime when i see such a post i say “congrats” to that person because they deserve it.
  • Remember to choose a suitable title for your posts. Also, as i said before, the more original you are, the more popular you get. You have looked at your food and thought of “How to learn a language while cooking”, write that. It’s new, no one wrote that, go for it. (Listen to this because this is how i wrote a post when the power went out and i wanted to study)
  • Tell us what you do daily in order to study your target languages. Not many blogs do that and i’ve seen only 4-5. Studyblrs do this mostly but we don’t need to take a picture or so. Write a 2 line post that you played on duolingo and watched a movie and that’s fine. You have no idea who you might inspire.
  • Try to post once in a while, don’t focus only on the “reblog” option.
  • Be sure your queue has enough posts. That option will save you when you aren’t online or you’re on holiday.
  • If you have a youtube channel and it’s language related, share your videos.
  • Tag the posts you reblog. Even if it’s only 1 tag with the language and that’s still great.
  • You have a blog now, so you have a voice, be careful how you use it.
  • Moodboards. This was pretty popular a while ago. However, if you make such posts, be careful not to offend someone.
  • Music/movie recommandations. This community needs this. You can even practice your target language and translate the lyrics! 

Tips

What will be a post without some tips?

  • Don’t check your followers too often. People will follow and unfollow you constantly, that shouldn’t matter.
  • Don’t think too much of “i want to become popular”, better think of “i want to help more”. (I know that everyone wants that, i wanted that too, but after a while you learn that’s better to focus on helping than becoming popular.)
  • Be sure your ask is open and that you allow anons to ask you stuff. Many people have social anxiety so the anon option helps them a lot. (You need a computer to set this.)
  • If you get a mean ask, don’t answer it. Your blog is like your reflexion and you don’t need that kind of negativity. Just delete it and move on with your life.
  • If you get more hate even if you didn’t answer to the mean asks, use your computer to log in and next to the “answer” button, are 3 dots, click on them and “block” the anon. They will never send you asks again.
  • Make friends. Try to talk/send asks to other blogs. If you are active like this, people will remember you.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t talk to many blogs or you don’t interact a lot with others.
  • Don’t judge your followers/anons and try to help them with what you can.
  • Don’t get angry if you get the same question for the Nth time. Just redirect that anon to your old answer or make a FAQ.
  • If you have time/skills to make printables, do that. People will love you.
  • Change your notes once in a while. I check them daily in case anyone tagged me somewhere.
  • Be nice with everyone even if you dislike their opinion/attitude. Just ignore them if you can’t be nice to them.
  • If you see new blogs, welcome them. They will check your blog out at some point, or they will just have a nice opinion about you and follow you. (I remember when i made my introduction post and there was this nice blog who said welcome and wished me luck, i just loved them)
  • Treat everyone equally, even if they are well-known in the community or just newbies.
  • If you need help, feel free to ask. If no one can’t help you, someone might suggest you someone who can.
  • Your blog is about languages, don’t forget this when you make posts. The blog is for your language learning journey, not to get attention.
  • Accept that everyone is different and every person has another point of view, don’t use swear words or insults when you try to say your opinion. Even if the other one may do that, you don’t have to be like them. You said your point of view, your job is done there.
  • Once in a while, reblog an “ask game”, allow to others to ask stuff about you so they know you better. (the credits for this tip goes to the anon who said that i’m “reserved”, i will never forget you!)
  • Don’t forget to add in your description what languages you know.
  • Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Don’t expect anything so you can be more excited when things happen.
  • Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong.
  • Don’t make a “joke” post. Now, i don’t talk about jokes like “I want to learn a new language. *** 1st April joke, i actually want to learn 6″, i’m talking about posts with fake info. A while ago i reblogged something in tagalog and a native wrote to me to delete it because those words weren’t actually what the blogger said they are.
  • When you make vocab lists, check the notes because if you have any mistakes, someone will point them out and you can correct them.
  • Don’t get upset/frustrated when someone corrects you or gives you advice. You, just like everyone else, will learn a lot from others in this community.
  • The last thing is to have fun. Langblr is a nice community so enjoy your studies!

I hope this post will help you guys. If anyone wants to add anything, feel free to do so. (I’m pretty sure i forgot something and in like 2 hours i’ll remember it)

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Hey guys, this is my official post declaring my participation in the Miraculous Ladybug Blackout, a two-week long protest against the rampant content theft that has occurred since the fandom has grown in the past few years. 

This protest is inclusive to everyone who has shared with us their ideas, their creations, etc etc. but no one is required to participate. It is perfectly all right if you choose not to take part in the blackout but please continue to support the fight against content theft. It’s not just art. Even fanfiction, gifs, etc. get stolen as well. 

Now I won’t be posting any new ML art for the next two weeks, but I do have something for you all that will serve hopefully as an educational but fun piece for you to read. It will be my first multi-chapter fic :)

Without further ado, here is Robbed, Chapter 1 (also found in AO3)

(OH AND COMMISSIONS ARE OPEN)


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