hopefully this means I can come up with detailed pictures more often

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“Welcome to Blue Lion!”

Tho there are already million bakery AUs, I too had to make one where Keith is a tired college student™ who stumbles into an old but cozy bakery/cafe and meets the bubbly baker~

Also this was the first time I created the setting on Sims 4 and used it as base bg. Much more easier than building on Google SketchUp :’)

aspiringsalami  asked:

Also there's this thing with the sea, that has been a huge part. Emma being scared of it, because of her parents and Jules (and the other Blackthorn kids?) loving it, because it reminds them of home and sea demons and stuff being present. Lastly, there's Thule, which was mentioned a couple times in the book. The poem in the beginning of course, but also one of the Seven says something about it..? Thoughts about all this? (pt3)

I love getting questions and have lots of thoughts on this!

I’m turning this into a post because I think a lot of other people might be interested, although it contains a fair amount of trivia, history and folklore…

Disclaimer: My theories are built not just on the Dark Artifices, but from all the previous books as a whole, and will contain SPOILERS (including from Lord of Shadows) if you haven’t read them. These ideas are based solely on book canon.

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anonymous asked:

Hi, i wanted to start a rp blog here on tumblr, but i have no idea how rp works here on tumblr, can you help me or give me some tips??

*Cracks knuckles* okay here we go (also I am kind of a novice, 5+ years on tumblr rp)

You can look at my blog @comingdxwn as an example if you’d like. The theme is a bit more complex than most, but I’d say my writing style/formatting/etc. is fairly common among roleplayers. ^-^ I don’t know how much you need to know, so I’m going to speak as if you know nothing. 

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fic length vs book length: a (hopefully) helpful comparison

Because my new novel, An Accident of Stars, is due out in the States tomorrow - UK and Australian releases to follow shortly - and in honour of the fact that there are so many amazing fanfic authors out there who, in addition to gracing us with wonderful fics, are working on original stories, I wanted to give you a breakdown of wordcount in publishing vs fanfic. Thanks to endless fanfic binges, I now have an extraordinarily accurate knowledge of how long it’ll take me to read 20k or 50k, but that knowledge is less helpful when it comes to traditionally published works, as you don’t really have a good sense of the wordcount. Which is, I think, intimidating for a lot of people who’ve acclimated to fic-as-default, not only in terms of approaching a book - it can be jarring to simply not know how long it’ll take to read when you’re used to being able to plan that out - but also when it comes to your own original writing.

First, some basic info on publishable length: if you’re writing YA or romance, your default length is going to be somewhere between 55k and 90k; a regular work of fiction is probably between 80k and 100k, and if you’re writing in SFF, the high end potentially stretches out waaay beyond that - Patrick Rothfuss’s second book, The Wise Man’s Fear, is 400k, while the most recent instalment in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series, A Dance With Dragons, is 422k. Granted, those are both exceptionally long works, contributing to existing series, written by prominent, popular authors - meaning, they’re more exception than rule - but generally speaking, the point is that SFF works tend to be a bit longer.

An Accident of Stars, which is the first book in a series, is 134k. Here’s what that looks like in terms of paperback thickness:

That 134k is broken down into 24 chapters - I’m somewhere in the middle re default chapter length, being shorter than some and longer than others - which are split across four sections. Here’s what the sections look like when you hold the book open at those points:

Part 1 is roughly 32k. Part 2 is 38k. Part 3, the longest, is 48k, and Part 4, the shortest, is 13k. (Those numbers are rounded down rather than up.) The rest is acknowledgements, glossaries and other details.

In fanfic, 20k is something of a golden length - long enough to get invested, not so long that you’re in danger of staying up until 3am. (Unless it’s already 3am. Which it often is, I won’t lie. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.) So if you’re trying to translate a good 20k fic to publishing length, it’s potentially a quarter to a fifth of an entire 80k-100k novel, or a third of a YA book, which is pretty awesome!

In conclusion, fanfic writers are unicorns and should come rub their queer, diverse, subversive little hands all over every other genre, and I hope this is helpful to anyone who’s been worrying about word length. Moar good books = NOM.

[Pictured above: the author being a dork.]

The Eight Cognitive Functions Part 1: Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Authenticity

This will be the first of eight post introducing you to the cognitive functions. Today we will look at Introverted Feeling (Fi) / Authenticity.

On a side note, if it isn’t clear to you already, I absolutely love Personality Hacker. They have a wonderful way of explaining difficult concepts as simply as possible, and my hope with this blog is to take what they have taught me, and apply it to my ongoing work as an aspiring author. Their system has given nicknames to each function, and I have decided to introduce them to you, because they help beginners grasp the core of each function, and leave a much more memorable picture in your mind to connect each function to.

So without further ado, an introduction to Authenticity.

Authenticity (Fi)

This is the first of the decision-making functions. It is an introverted function, which means it’s focused on dissecting and organizing the internal world, rather than the external. The Authenticity function is very similar to the Accuracy (Ti) function, as they are both interested in clean-slicing information, and categorizing it in the most specific possible way. All of this information becomes, for both functions, an intricate map of their entire conscious thought. The difference between the two, however, is where their interest lies. For someone using Accuracy, what intrigues them is data, logic and thought. But for Authenticity users, they are fascinated by values, ethics and emotions. Skilled Authenticity users can recognize the difference between two types of embarrassment with the same level of accuracy (if you’ll pardon the pun) as an Accuracy user explaining the difference between a brook and a stream.

As I mentioned before, introverted functions tend to seek order and understanding within themselves, rather than outside of themselves. For Authenticity users, this comes out in their desire to know themselves as much as they possibly can, and bring order to their internal world, so that they can be highly flexible when it comes to interacting with the outside world. If they know to what depth they care about a certain event or person, they know how to prioritize it and to what degree they can allow other things to get in the way. So they strive to know themselves so much so that they can intuitively know how much they want to eat Thai food in a specific context, for instance. Or how important it is to them that they honor their work commitments, or family commitments etc. If they know this in advance, it helps them to make basic, daily decisions much faster than they otherwise would. This also means they are not wasting energy fighting for things they don’t really care about (like, for instance, someone choosing for them to go to an Indian restaurant when they would prefer Thai would rarely make them bat an eyelid). They are highly aware of the inherent worth of their wants and desires, and the difference between wants and values. In almost every day-to-day circumstance, their values will trump their desires. (So for instance, the fact that the friend wanted Indian food even though the Authenticity user wanted Thai would’ve kick-started the value-system, and the Authenticity user would’ve judged that they’d prefer to honor their friends wishes and enjoy a lovely evening out than insist on eating their favorite cuisine. If the Authenticity user was a vegetarian, however, and the Indian restaurant did not cater for that, then that would be reason for them to speak up in favor of getting Thai.) For the external viewer, this characteristic of Authenticity users is seen as a highly easygoing nature, that can instantly switch to a highly passionate nature at any given moment, depending on the inherent value of the decision at hand.

Because Authenticity users focus on developing expertise in understanding and identifying emotions, they makes decisions by discerning what choice is most in alignment with their core beliefs and values. What is right is often very important, as is staying authentic to those core beliefs. When used healthily, an Authenticity is not devoid of logic, as their internal map can sense when they are being driven to irrational thinking (particularly when it is due to their emotional state) and take that into account.

Authenticity users are less likely to reveal their emotions to others, particularly dangerous or strong emotions when they are in high intensity situations. They are much more likely to hold their tongues for as long as they possibly can, and seek out alone time, so they can actually process their emotions in a safe environment. If they do speak up, likely you struck a deep value they can’t stand to see trodden on, which is why they are more likely to speak out as a form of protection for somebody else, rather than in defense of them-self.

Finally, because of their highly detailed understanding of their own personal emotional state at any given time, they are also very adept at reading other people’s emotions, transferring their personalized knowledge to other individuals. They can connect the signals a personal is giving off to specific emotional states they’ve experienced themselves or seen before in somebody else. The level of discernment they can reach is extraordinarily high.


Feel free to give me feedback, let me know any thoughts you’ve had or any ‘aha’ moments this post inspired (hopefully it inspired one or two…), and send any questions you may have my way.

Happy Leo Day 2017! (Well, in a few hours anyhow)

If you are getting ready to celebrate a certain Jung Taekwoon’s 27/28th birthday why not begin with a celebratory astrological analysis? I have done my best to prepare this reading of Taekwoon’s day chart but if you haven’t yet please read my disclaimer post to understand what kind of kind of rules I’m using!

If you want to check out my posts for other members you can find them here: Hakyeon | Sanghyuk | Hongbin (Wonshik and Jaehwan coming soon hopefully!)

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SnK Chapter 85

Weeks ago I mentioned that my wish list for this chapter included three things: closure, consequences, and a big reveal. I needed Erwin’s death to be acknowledged and his body to be dealt with. I needed the debacle on the roof to be realistically addressed, and I needed the basement. I can pencil in checkmarks next to all of those things.

Closure
Erwin’s death wasn’t just acknowledged - it was a centerpiece. Every character with a speaking role (aside from Eren, Mikasa and Jean) paid tribute to the Commander. His body wasn’t left on the roof. The four hour time skip allowed Levi time to prepare a pristine resting place – a simple room, spotlessly cleaned after years of neglect, with fresh flowers placed by Erwin’s side.

I am not ok with this.

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