honest always

anonymous asked:

omg chessy i'm so in love & i just want to it share w you. so he's literally the sweetest person, always tells me he loves me, is a giver (in terms of sex lol), checks my zodiac for me, has never gotten angry at me, from a broken home yet so loving, always calls me to make sure i get home safe and talks me through my anxiety, has helped me end a really toxic friendship, is always honest, & inspires me but doesn't pressure me. he's my best friend and i'm so lucky & i just had to tell someone omg

this is beautiful thank u im so glad ur happy!!!!

                 You know what? Let me tell you about an amazing person whose name is Nat ( @leternelle ). 

                  Honestly, she has been here as long as I was in Fate fandom, maybe a little bit less. I still remember how we’ve met, I was still on Jeanne D’Arc’s blog, and I remember how I was admiring you from afar and when we started talking it was the best. Nat … she has always been honest and kind to me. She is an amazing roleplayer, a beautiful person and she is honestly someone I look up to. She has come a long way and that only brings me more admiration towards her. Her straightforwardness, honesty, dedication… She knows what she’s doing and I cannot stop cheering up for her. To be honest, I was really worried about who might take my place as Jeanne before, but you know what? That was the silliest thing to think about. And after I saw Nat’s astonishing portrayal of Jeanne, my heart started singing from amazement. Such fantastical portrayal left me speechless and happy. Nat has been on of the people who actually helped me GROW as a person, as a roleplayer… Even though she might not know it.

                But yeah, I just… want to thank you, Nat, for everything you’ve done to me. For all smiles, for friendliness and kindness. From what I see now, you’ve become stronger and maybe it’s just me, but… I wish I could be like you, I wish I could face things like you do. You said you have goals, you are doing your best in real life. It’s something that I wish to find as well, to live peacefully with my real life and not depend on this website for my personal happiness. But yeah, lmao, I got too into depressing shit rn. 

                 So, yuppy yup! Stay as awesome as you are and improve improve improve because you have so much potential! I wish all the best for you and thank you for always telling me to take care of myself and to b careful. The same goes to you, total sweetheart! 

anonymous asked:

I have to say that I find Bukowski's poetry really inspiring. It's raw, sometimes crude, but always honest. It's about recognizing the ugliness just as much as the beauty of things - as they're two sides of the same coin. It's also unforgiving, unapologetic. I think those last two are probably things that Harry finds inspiration in, and Bukowski might just be the embodiment of those sentiments. I don't find Bukowski as a person inspiring, but I love the poems. They're silent songs basically.

It’s very possible, likely perhaps, that Harry is seeing what you’re seeing. I admit, I don’t see this in his work. I find the poems to be the equivalent of the dirty, cheap rooms he so often writes about. I understand that he’s looking at the ugliness of the world, but it’s just a perspective I don’t really find inspiring. But I am very glad that you are finding more to his work than I have and that it speaks to you. The beauty of art is that different people find different things that inspire them.

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Which do you prefer?

The 9 Elements of a VILLAIN

If we’re being honest, one character is always the most fun to develop when you’re writing a new story. It must be the main character, right? The person you’re going to follow throughout the story, the one that means the most to you?

Nope. It’s the villain.

Villains are just FUN. You get to creep into the darkest corners of your writer brain and conjure up the most unashamedly detestable human being you possibly can. 

This is how we look when we begin creating a villain. 

But sometimes, it can be difficult to to make sure they’re fully believable humans. So here are the nine elements that have helped me out when developing these terrible people … 

1) Hero’s Shadow:

The relationship between the main character and the villain is the most important one in the story, because it is the source of all conflict. Without the villain causing trouble, the main character wouldn’t have the chance to be a hero. Without that trouble, the main character’s weaknesses wouldn’t be pressured, which means they couldn’t change. The villain is a condensed and magnified embodiment of the inner weakness that the hero is battling. They’re the SHADOW of hero, the example of what will happen if the main character goes down the wrong path. Both are facing the same problem in different ways. For example Darth Vader and Luke.  

2) Conflict Strategy:  

In the pursuit of stopping the hero from achieving their goal, the villain is going to attack them on 1) a personal relationship level 2) a societal level and 3) an inner level. They’re going to attack the people around them, they’re going to cause consequences for the community surrounding them, they’re going to get into their head and plague them. Because the hallmark of a villain is that they’re the person who’s perfectly suited to attack the hero’s greatest weakness. Villains should have a distinct set of tactics to destroy the main character, on at least two levels. 

3) Flaws: 

This one’s expected. Of course a villain has flaws, it’s in the job description. But flaws do not equate to ‘He kicks turtles every morning before breakfast’ or 'His favorite hobby is butterfly stomping’ or, more within the realm of possibility, “He wants to kill the hero”. These are evil actions, NOT flaws. A lot of villains, particularly in movies, will be given horrible things to do without any explanation for WHY they do them. And it’s pretty easy to give them reasons: just give them human weaknesses! That’s it. Whether the actions they take are as small as theft or as big as blowing up a planet, these actions stem from recognizable HUMAN FLAWS. So like a main character, a villain needs mental and moral flaws.  

Yup, even Maleficent has human flaws. And she’s a dragon part of the time. 

4) Counter Goal: 

All characters exist because they want something. And what do villains want? To get whatever the main character wants (for very different reasons), to stop them from reaching their goal, or another goal that directly conflicts with the hero’s goal. As long as that big tangible thing they want locks hero and villain in battle, you’re good. Think 101 Dalmatians: Cruella and the good guys are fighting over the puppies.  

5) Surface Motivations:  

Why is it that villains always have a team of followers? Because villains never outright state their true motivations. They always have a cover story, and that cover will paint them as righteous. Villains want to look like the good guy. So their real Hidden Motivations are defended by twisting perceptions of Good & Evil, by portraying evil acts in a positive light, by indulging their followers selfish emotions and desire to feel like “one of the good guys. " 

Take Gothel for example: she’s a loving mother who wants to protect her daughter from all the world’s darkness. (Sure you do, Flynn stabber.)  

Surface Motivations never stand up to logical scrutiny and a functioning moral compass, but giving your bad guy a compelling argument against your good side always makes things more interesting, which brings us to …

6) Counter Statement:

The main character needs to learn some kind of truth that will enable them to fix their lives, overcome their weaknesses, banish their ghosts. It’s whatever statement about "how to live a better life” you want to prove with your story. Your villain has other ideas. They don’t agree with that statement, have other beliefs about living life well, and represent an argument against it. For example, Voldemort: “there is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it." 

Although your argument isn’t very convincing, Voldy. I mean, you’re living in the back of some guy’s head.

7) Characterization: 

This is everything on the surface of the villain. The way they speak, the way they look, the way they act, their role in life, their status and power. This is the facade they project for the world to see, a calculated effort to control how they are perceived. This is closely connected to that surface want, because that surface is what they wish people to believe about them. Over time, the reader and the other characters are going to be able to see through this mask and see what it conceals. My favorite Disney example of this is Mother Gothel: on the surface she’s this bubbly mom who loves Rapunzel and wants to protect her from the harshness of the world. 

You can think of this as the text … 

8) Hidden Motivation: 

And this is the subtext. That surface motivation they want the world to believe is a mask concealing their true motivation, which is always rooted in their flaws,  selfishness, and skewed beliefs. 

9) Ghosts, Justification, Self-Obsession: 

These three are closely related, so they get counted together.
Like main characters, villains have GHOSTS: events from their backstories that knocked their worldviews out of alignment, that marked the beginning of their weaknesses, that haunt them still. Because these happened, the originally benign person allowed themselves to turn into someone who could occupy the job of "villain” in a story. Usually, these events are genuine misfortunes and are worthy of sympathy, just like the ghosts of a main character. Think of Voldemort growing up in an orphanage talking to snakes.

BUT! When it comes to ghosts, the major difference between a hero and a villain is HOW THEY DEAL with these unpleasant past events. Both have suffered, but react to suffering in very different ways. A villain will be consumed by these events, obsessed with the real (or imagined) persecution or disadvantage they’ve endured, convinced that all personal responsibility is nullified by their status of injured party. Past tragedies become a talisman that grants immunity from decency. 

This scene from A Series of Unfortunate Events sums it up.  An adult makes an excuse for a terrible person by saying he had a terrible childhood. And Klaus replies: 

Yes, maybe they’ve both lived through tragedy. But THE KIDS aren’t hurting others because of it. 

Because villains, who are constantly victimizing heroes, are completely convinced that THEY are the true victims here. No matter what they do, no matter what they are, they blame everything on that ghost, whether it was another person, society, or circumstances. And later they blame the hero, who they see as the REAL villain. For example, Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame:  

“It’s not my fault, I’m not to blame”

So! WHY are villains like this?

SELF-OBSESSION! Yup, villains spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about themselves and their plights and their plots. Think of any villain and it’s not hard to see the inherent narcissism behind everything they do. Like willingness to take action is the nonnegotiable trait of a main character, self-obsession is the trait that all villains seem to share. 

So! Developing villains in this way has worked out for me so far. If it looks like it might be helpful for you, give it a try.

And in the spirit of creating someone to torment our main characters and ruin their lives, here’s one more maniacal laugh for the road:

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andreil valentine’s day

it’s 1 am and i should be writing an essay but instead i wrote some valentine’s day andreil oops

  • it’s andrew and neil’s first valentine’s day together
  • they didn’t have anything planned or discussed it
    • neil hasn’t ever spent valentine’s day with anyone who meant as much to him as andrew has
    • and andrew could care less about valentine’s day
      • except for the excessive amounts of chocolate on sale the day after
  • the day before valentine’s one of the foxes (probably nicky tbh) comes up to neil and asks him about his plans for valentine’s
  • neil didn’t know that he was supposed to even plan anything for his whatever with andrew
  • cue nicky acting all scandalized
    • “what do you MEAN you don’t have anything planned ??? no plans AT ALL on the MOST ROMANTIC day of the year ???”
    • “why is it such a big deal it’s literally one day”
    • “WHY IS IT SUCH A BIG DEAL you break my heart neil. truly. do you hear that? that’s my heart breaking”
    • “no i dont hear–”
    • “BREAKING NEIL IT’S BREAKING”
  • neil leaves nicky in the middle of the hallway pretend sobbing
  • later that day neil and andrew are on the roof (bc of course they’re on the roof where else would they be? interacting??? with people ??? lol)
  • neil brings it up
    • “are we doing anything for tomorrow?”
    • “what makes you think that”
    • “idk but nicky rendered one of my ears useless from screaming about needing to do something for valentine’s day”
    • “i don’t care about valentine’s day”
    • “ok but like do you wanna go somewhere or not”
    • “i don’t care”
    • “you’re so annoying andrew i literally ask one question”
  • the next day neil is in class and he gets a text from andrew
    • ‘come to the roof’ is all it says
    • ‘i’m in the middle of a lecture what do you want’
    • andrew doesn’t answer
  • so neil excuses himself from the class
    • “sorry im suddenly sick cough cough”
  • when he gets to the roof andrew is sitting there but there’s also a blanket and some food
  • and andrew is avoiding looking at him until he sits next to him on the blanket
    • “i thought we weren’t doing anything today”
    • “i changed my mind”
    • you changed your mind or did renee convince you to do this”
    • “shut up and eat your food”
  • they finish their food and sit there smoking until andrew suddenly says
    • “don’t think that this means anything”
    • “i don’t”
    • “because i still hate you”
    • “i know you do”
    • “but you’re tolerable”
    • “wow what a compliment i’m so honored andrew”
    • “and now i don’t tolerate you anymore shut the fuck up neil”

anonymous asked:

Is there ever going to be an explicit reason for Adam drowning out everyone else's emotions? Is there a particular reason that you know of?

There’s not an explicit, atypical-related reason for why Adam overwhelms Caleb’s empathy. I know a lot of people have speculated that Adam’s parents have experimented on him and he has some atypical biology or something. Since this will probably never be confirmed or denied on the podcast, I’ll do it here: Adam has not been experimented on. There’s no scientific reason for it. It’s just because he and Caleb click on some basic, subconscious level. 

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He made a lot of mistakes, some of which, are probably my fault. But Regulus was true. He was always real. Always honest. And yes, he did fall onto a wrong path. He made all the wrong choices. But in the end, he made the right one. A choice that wasn’t easy. A choice, which cost him his life. History may have forgotten him. People might have made him out to be someone, who he had never been. But I knew him. I knew the boy, who loved his brother above all else. A boy, who was scared to lose his family. A boy, who was kind, and was willing to give up everything to do the right thing. Regulus was a hero. And I will always remember that. I will always carry his name in my heart. And I suppose, the ones that touch you the most in your life… never really leave you.

[excerpt from the Trace of Mischiefs: The Story of the Marauders – coming back soon]

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FAVORITES: A STAR WARS REBELS CHALLENGE
Episode  — Twilight of the Apprentice

I won’t leave you. Not this time.

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who run the world?
cordelia chase

“This has nothing to do with purity. This is all about dominance, buddy. You can bet if someone ordered a male body part for religious sacrifice, the world would be atheist like that.”

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grishanet challenge one: favourite character(s)
Kaz Brekker

“The really bad monsters never look like monsters.”