how many hours went into these

I have to be honest with you. I cannot believe cannotFUCKING BELIEVE that I read all of homestuck. do you know how fucking long that is? how many clickthroughs there are? how did I do it? where did all that time go? when did i even do this? I feel like the fucking HOURS i must have spent reading homestuck were just swallowed up into a void like I went to a fucking different interdimensional plane to read homestuck and came back with just fukcing piles of information in my head I will never use again and lost every sense of patience to ever read something that long ever again. I’ll never read war and peace because of homestuck. we all did this,, what the fuck

Questions time
  • 1: is there a boy/girl in your life?
  • 2: think of the last person who hurt you; do you forgive them?
  • 3: what do you think of when you hear the word “meow?”
  • 4: what’s something you really want right now?
  • 5: are you afraid of falling in love?
  • 6: do you like the beach?
  • 7: have you ever slept on a couch with someone else?
  • 8: what’s the background on your cell?
  • 9: name the last four beds you were sat on?
  • 10: do you like your phone?
  • 11: honestly, are things going the way you planned?
  • 12: who was the last person whose phone number you added to your contacts?
  • 13: would you rather have a poodle or a rottweiler?
  • 14: which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain?
  • 15: would you rather visit a zoo or an art museum?
  • 16: are you tired?
  • 17: how long have you known your 1st phone contact?
  • 18: are they a relative?
  • 19: would you ever consider getting back together with any of your exes?
  • 20: when did you last talk to the last person you shared a kiss with?
  • 21: if you knew you had the right person, would you marry them today?
  • 22: would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
  • 23: how many bracelets do you have on your wrists right now?
  • 24: is there a certain quote you live by?
  • 25: what’s on your mind?
  • 26: do you have any tattoos?
  • 27: what is your favorite color?
  • 28: next time you will kiss someone on the lips?
  • 29: who are you texting?
  • 30: think to the last person you kissed, have you ever kissed them on a couch?
  • 31: have you ever had the feeling something bad was going to happen and you were right?
  • 32: do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to?
  • 33: do you think anyone has feelings for you?
  • 34: has anyone ever told you you have pretty eyes?
  • 35: say the last person you kissed was kissing someone right in front of you?
  • 36: were you single on valentines day?
  • 37: are you friends with the last person you kissed?
  • 38: what do your friends call you?
  • 39: has anyone upset you in the last week?
  • 40: have you ever cried over a text?
  • 41: where’s your last bruise located?
  • 42: what is it from?
  • 43: last time you wanted to be away from somewhere really bad?
  • 44: who was the last person you were on the phone with?
  • 45: do you have a favourite pair of shoes?
  • 46: do you wear hats if your having a bad hair day?
  • 47: would you ever go bald if it was the style?
  • 48: do you make supper for your family?
  • 49: does your bedroom have a door?
  • 50: top 3 web-pages?
  • 51: do you know anyone who hates shopping?
  • 52: does anything on your body hurt?
  • 53: are goodbyes hard for you?
  • 54: what was the last beverage you spilled on yourself?
  • 55: how is your hair?
  • 56: what do you usually do first in the morning?
  • 57: do you think two people can last forever?
  • 58: think back to january 2007, were you single?
  • 59: green or purple grapes?
  • 60: when’s the next time you will give someone a big hug?
  • 61: do you wish you were somewhere else right now?
  • 62: when will be the next time you text someone?
  • 63: where will you be 5 hours from now?
  • 64: what were you doing at 8 this morning.
  • 65: this time last year, can you remember who you liked?
  • 66: is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?
  • 67: did you kiss or hug anyone today?
  • 68: what was your last thought before you went to bed last night?
  • 69: have you ever tried your hardest and then gotten disappointed in the end?
  • 70: how many windows are open on your computer?
  • 71: how many fingers do you have?
  • 72: what is your ringtone?
  • 73: how old will you be in 5 months?
  • 74: where is your mum right now?
  • 75: why aren’t you with the person you were first in love with or almost in love?
  • 76: have you held hands with somebody in the past three days?
  • 77: are you friends with the people you were friends with two years ago?
  • 78: do you remember who you had a crush on in year 7?
  • 79: is there anyone you know with the name mike?
  • 80: have you ever fallen asleep in someones arms?
  • 81: how many people have you liked in the past three months?
  • 82: has anyone seen you in your underwear in the last 3 days?
  • 83: will you talk to the person you like tonight?
  • 84: you’re drunk and yelling at hot guys/girls out of your car window, you’re with?
  • 85: if your bf/gf was into drugs would you care?
  • 86: what was the most eventful thing that happened last time you went to see a movie?
  • 87: who was your last received call from?
  • 88: if someone gave you $1,000 to burn a butterfly over a candle, would you?
  • 89: what is something you wish you had more of?
  • 90: have you ever trusted someone too much?
  • 91: do you sleep with your window open?
  • 92: do you get along with girls?
  • 93: are you keeping a secret from someone who needs to know the truth?
  • 94: does sex mean love?
  • 95: you’re locked in a room with the last person you kissed, is that a problem?
  • 96: have you ever kissed anyone with a lip ring?
  • 97: did you sleep alone this week?
  • 98: everybody has somebody that makes them happy, do you?
  • 99: do you believe in love at first sight?
  • 100: who was the last person that you pinky promise?

Man Up

by reddit user Pippinacious

When the bookstore at the mall put up its help wanted posters, I jumped at the chance to put in my application. Between being an avid reader who had practically lived amongst the store’s shelves in high school and a broke community college student taking a semester off to save money, it seemed still customer service.

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Questions time
  • 1: is there a boy/girl in your life?
  • 2: think of the last person who hurt you; do you forgive them?
  • 3: what do you think of when you hear the word “meow?”
  • 4: what’s something you really want right now?
  • 5: are you afraid of falling in love?
  • 6: do you like the beach?
  • 7: have you ever slept on a couch with someone else?
  • 8: what’s the background on your cell?
  • 9: name the last four beds you were sat on?
  • 10: do you like your phone?
  • 11: honestly, are things going the way you planned?
  • 12: who was the last person whose phone number you added to your contacts?
  • 13: would you rather have a poodle or a rottweiler?
  • 14: which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain?
  • 15: would you rather visit a zoo or an art museum?
  • 16: are you tired?
  • 17: how long have you known your 1st phone contact?
  • 18: are they a relative?
  • 19: would you ever consider getting back together with any of your exes?
  • 20: when did you last talk to the last person you shared a kiss with?
  • 21: if you knew you had the right person, would you marry them today?
  • 22: would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
  • 23: how many bracelets do you have on your wrists right now?
  • 24: is there a certain quote you live by?
  • 25: what’s on your mind?
  • 26: do you have any tattoos?
  • 27: what is your favorite color?
  • 28: next time you will kiss someone on the lips?
  • 29: who are you texting?
  • 30: think to the last person you kissed, have you ever kissed them on a couch?
  • 31: have you ever had the feeling something bad was going to happen and you were right?
  • 32: do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to?
  • 33: do you think anyone has feelings for you?
  • 34: has anyone ever told you you have pretty eyes?
  • 35: say the last person you kissed was kissing someone right in front of you?
  • 36: were you single on valentines day?
  • 37: are you friends with the last person you kissed?
  • 38: what do your friends call you?
  • 39: has anyone upset you in the last week?
  • 40: have you ever cried over a text?
  • 41: where’s your last bruise located?
  • 42: what is it from?
  • 43: last time you wanted to be away from somewhere really bad?
  • 44: who was the last person you were on the phone with?
  • 45: do you have a favourite pair of shoes?
  • 46: do you wear hats if your having a bad hair day?
  • 47: would you ever go bald if it was the style?
  • 48: do you make supper for your family?
  • 49: does your bedroom have a door?
  • 50: top 3 web-pages?
  • 51: do you know anyone who hates shopping?
  • 52: does anything on your body hurt?
  • 53: are goodbyes hard for you?
  • 54: what was the last beverage you spilled on yourself?
  • 55: how is your hair?
  • 56: what do you usually do first in the morning?
  • 57: do you think two people can last forever?
  • 58: think back to january 2007, were you single?
  • 59: green or purple grapes?
  • 60: when’s the next time you will give someone a big hug?
  • 61: do you wish you were somewhere else right now?
  • 62: when will be the next time you text someone?
  • 63: where will you be 5 hours from now?
  • 64: what were you doing at 8 this morning.
  • 65: this time last year, can you remember who you liked?
  • 66: is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?
  • 67: did you kiss or hug anyone today?
  • 68: what was your last thought before you went to bed last night?
  • 69: have you ever tried your hardest and then gotten disappointed in the end?
  • 70: how many windows are open on your computer?
  • 71: how many fingers do you have?
  • 72: what is your ringtone?
  • 73: how old will you be in 5 months?
  • 74: where is your mum right now?
  • 75: why aren’t you with the person you were first in love with or almost in love?
  • 76: have you held hands with somebody in the past three days?
  • 77: are you friends with the people you were friends with two years ago?
  • 78: do you remember who you had a crush on in year 7?
  • 79: is there anyone you know with the name mike?
  • 80: have you ever fallen asleep in someones arms?
  • 81: how many people have you liked in the past three months?
  • 82: has anyone seen you in your underwear in the last 3 days?
  • 83: will you talk to the person you like tonight?
  • 84: you’re drunk and yelling at hot guys/girls out of your car window, you’re with?
  • 85: if your bf/gf was into drugs would you care?
  • 86: what was the most eventful thing that happened last time you went to see a movie?
  • 87: who was your last received call from?
  • 88: if someone gave you $1,000 to burn a butterfly over a candle, would you?
  • 89: what is something you wish you had more of?
  • 90: have you ever trusted someone too much?
  • 91: do you sleep with your window open?
  • 92: do you get along with girls?
  • 93: are you keeping a secret from someone who needs to know the truth?
  • 94: does sex mean love?
  • 95: you’re locked in a room with the last person you kissed, is that a problem?
  • 96: have you ever kissed anyone with a lip ring?
  • 97: did you sleep alone this week?
  • 98: everybody has somebody that makes them happy, do you?
  • 99: do you believe in love at first sight?
  • 100: who was the last person that you pinky promise?

A few months ago, I said on this blog that in my head PJO is an anime with a badass opening credits. I meant it quite literally, like I can actually picture this OP in my head, with all the shonen tropes like Percy walking around pretty backgrounds, cool fighting scenes with lots of camera movements and huge statues of the Gods standing ominously in the background, Nico standing in the rain till Reyna and Hazel and Jason come for him and a ray of sunshine breaks throught the clouds and light hits his hopeful face, GIMME ALL THE TROPES hahaha. Doing the whole opening would be impossible for a single person but I really wanted to try one big “shonen” group shot, so here you are !!! This actually took me AGES, I’m not kidding, the folder for this on my computer is named “batshit crazy ” for a reason, it may not look like it if you don’t know animation but a really huge amount of work went into this. I think it’s actually the biggest thing I ever did for a fandom. I can’t say how many hours I spent on it since I didn’t count, but let’s say I started this in September and spent a lot of week ends and most of my Christmas holidays on it, and I just finished it this week. I had a lot of fun though !!! And I learned a lot too, this was my first time trying to animate japanimation style, with not many in-betweens and ultra dynamic poses. So yeah, I hope you guys will like it !

I want to thank fimyuan and bisexualjason for keeping me motivated with their lovely comments through the project, even when I was complaining about my own decisions to animate friggin’ skeletons, hahaha. Another big thank you to my friend Wekake who went through the animation frame by frame and spotted all the little compositing mistakes that remained ;p

A few words on the process : I animated and colored everything in TV Paint, drew the background in Photoshop, and composited everything in After Effects. The song is an extract of the Yowapeda opening “Reclimb” by Rookiez is Punk’d because I wanted something very distinctively shonen but no lyrics, and I like that song ^^ I animated directly without any model sheet references which is definitely not how you should do it, hahaha, hence the design inconsistencies, but honestly even my madness had its limit and I didn’t want to spend more than a year on this thing ;p

BRUTAL HONESTY HOUR
  • A - If I’m in love.
  • B - Who the last person I talked to on the phone was.
  • C - How long it’s been since I’ve kissed.
  • D - If I have a preference for boys or girls.
  • E - How many holes I have in my ears.
  • F - Give me any options, like ‘hot or cold?’
  • G - The last person I said 'I love you’ to.
  • H - The last person I hugged.
  • I - The last time I felt jealous, and why.
  • J - Are you insecure. What about?
  • K - What my full name is.
  • L - If I have siblings.
  • M - If I forgive betrayal.
  • N - If you want to know how I treat my friends.
  • O - If I like my school.
  • P - What kind of music I like.
  • Q - What the last party I went to was, and when the next will be.
  • R - For me to tell 10 of my curiosities.
  • S - 2 habits.
  • T - 5 things I love unconditionally.
  • U - How many texts I send daily.
  • V - 3 big dreams.
  • W - An idol.
  • X - If I’ve done something I regret very much.
  • Y - If I like my town and why.
  • Z - Ask any question you want.
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trade mistakes // panic! at the disco

Hey noodles! I’m back with another masterpost! I’ve gotten a few asks about how I take photos, so I decided to condense all of this into one post.

all my posts | my masterposts | ask me anything


Lighting:

  • Shoot when it’s light out for best quality photos, because natural lighting is honestly your best friend. Taking them when it’s lighter out will also make it easier to edit them.
  • ** A lesser known tip that I’ve learned myself is to take photos in pure light. My room is pink, so unless I take pictured in the middle of my room at noon they turn out with an annoying purple tint. it’s hard to edit that out, so I sometimes go to other spots in my house to take photos.
  • EXTRA: If you’re taking photos with a screen turn down the brightness. High brightness gives the screen so much glare that you often can’t see anything other than a bright spot.

Taking the photos:

  • I’m using a colorful planner as an example, so I’m using a white background.
  • If your subject is plainer, you can use a brighter background. (I used a sweater)
  • You can also take a picture of your whole desk.
  • EXTRA: lots of pillowcases/sheets=lots of backgrounds!

Editing:

  • I use Aviary and vsco, and I edit the brightness/exposure, contrast, saturation, warmth, and tint. On vsco I add either the filters A6 or OC and add on the following to fit.
  • Brightness/exposure: turn these up depending on how bright your original photos are
  • Contrast: turn this up for clarity
  • Saturation: turn the saturation up because photos will generally look washed out after you turn up the brightness (be careful that it doesn’t look unnatural)
  • Warmth: always turn this down, especially if you take pictures in artificial light.
  • Tint: this is what I use to correct the purple-y tint that a lot of my pictures cave because of the color of my walls (I turn it greener, but I imagine it’ll be opposite if you have a green/blue room).

Here are some more before and afters:

++look at this post for the individual photos

I took these around 5 PM, and you can definitely see the purple I was talking about above.

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@studie-s | posts

@studyfulltime | posts

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An important point:

You don’t have to do this at all to be a good studyblr. Plenty of amazing studyblrs don’t jump through this many hoops every time they want to post. I would actually encourage you to not do all of this every time you want to post. I used to spend hours agonizing over my photos, and, believe it or not, my grades went down! Now I know how to balance the aesthetic and actual studying, but I was so caught up in how my notes looked that I wasn’t studying them. If you like to take pretty notes and photographs, then have fun with it, but definitely don’t feel pressured to do all of this if you don’t want to.

different headcanon questions!!

1. What are three Netflix shows that they’ve rated five stars?
2. Where do they prefer to read? On the sofa, in bed, at a table, on the porch, in a cafe?
3. Do they like to play games? What kind of games: video, card, board? What are some of their favorites?
4. What’s their food weakness? What food can they never turn down?
5. Do they prefer movies or TV shows? Why?
6. What holiday is their favorite? Which is their least favorite?
7. What’s their diet like? Are they vegetarian, vegan? Do they have any food allergies that make them have a special diet?
8. What sort of toys did they play with as a child?
9. How often do they go grocery shopping? Do they tend to do one large trip, or smaller ones throughout the week?
10. Do they eat breakfast? What’s a typical breakfast look like for them?
11. Do they like going to museums? What type of museums do they like to go to? Art, science, historical; interactive, quiet, a mix?
12. How do they organize their books? Alphabetical by author, by title? By size, color, date published? Is there any rhyme or reason?
13. Have they ever been do Disney World/Land, or any other amusement park? What do they prefer to do at them: go on the rides, play the games, eat the food?
14. How do they eat their popcorn? What do they put on it?
15. When do they pay their bills? As soon as the bill comes in? At the last moment? Or are most of their bills automatically taken out of their account?
16. What time do they normally go to bed? How many hours of sleep do they usually need to function in the morning?
17. Do they have cable, or do they rely mostly on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services?
18. What is their preferred weather? What would be a perfect weather day?
19. Are they more of a snacker throughout the day, or they eat three meals and call it a day?
20. Have they ever had an imaginary friend?
21. What were they a part of in high school/college, if they went? Were they a part of any clubs, did they play any sports? What clique would they have been considered a part of?
22. Do they have a favorite restaurant? How often do they go to it, and what’s their usual order?
23. How do they prefer to watch movies? In the theater, on a streaming site, from an owned DVD/digital download, rented from somewhere?
24. Do they watch any sports? What are they a fan of, and what teams do they root for? Do they watch the games/matches on TV or do they try to be there for some in person? Do they just catch the highlights on their phone later on?
25. What do they prefer to do in the summertime? Do they like going to the beach, do they prefer camping, staying in the city? Do they like to stay indoors and away from the heat?

ask me these things okay omg

1:Is there a boy/girl in your life?
2:Think of the last person who hurt you; do you forgive them?
3:What do you think of when you hear the word “meow?”
4:What’s something you really want right now?
5:Are you afraid of falling in love?
6:Do you like the beach?
7:Have you ever slept on a couch with someone else?
8:What’s the background on your cell?
9:Name the last four beds you were sat on?
10:Do you like your phone?
11:Honestly, are things going the way you planned?
12:Who was the last person whose phone number you added to your contacts?
13:Would you rather have a poodle or a Rottweiler?
14:Which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain?
15:Would you rather visit a zoo or an art museum?
16:Are you tired?
17:How long have you known your 1st phone contact?
18:Are they a relative?
19:Would you ever consider getting back together with any of your exes?
20:When did you last talk to the last person you shared a kiss with?
21:If you knew you had the right person, would you marry them today?
22:Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
23:How many bracelets do you have on your wrists right now?
24:Is there a certain quote you live by?
25:What’s on your mind?
26:Do you have any tattoos?
27:What is your favorite color?
28:Next time you will kiss someone on the lips?
29:Who are you texting?
30:Think to the last person you kissed, have you ever kissed them on a couch?
31:Have you ever had the feeling something bad was going to happen and you were right?
32:Do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to?
33:Do you think anyone has feelings for you?
34:Has anyone ever told you you have pretty eyes?
35:Say the last person you kissed was kissing someone right in front of you?
36:Were you single on Valentines Day?
37:Are you friends with the last person you kissed?
38:What do your friends call you?
39:Has anyone upset you in the last week?
40:Have you ever cried over a text?
41:Where’s your last bruise located?
42:What is it from?
43:Last time you wanted to be away from somewhere really bad?
44:Who was the last person you were on the phone with?
45:Do you have a favourite pair of shoes?
46:Do you wear hats if your having a bad hair day?
47:Would you ever go bald if it was the style?
48:Do you make supper for your family?
49:Does your bedroom have a door?
50:Top 3 web-pages?
51:Do you know anyone who hates shopping?
52:Does anything on your body hurt?
53:Are goodbyes hard for you?
54:What was the last beverage you spilled on yourself?
55:How is your hair?
56:What do you usually do first in the morning?
57:Do you think two people can last forever?
58:Think back to January 2007, were you single?
59:Green or purple grapes?
60:When’s the next time you will give someone a BIG hug?
61:Do you wish you were somewhere else right now?
62:When will be the next time you text someone?
63:Where will you be 5 hours from now?
64:What were you doing at 8 this morning.
65:This time last year, can you remember who you liked?
66:Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?
67:Did you kiss or hug anyone today?
68:What was your last thought before you went to bed last night?
69:Have you ever tried your hardest and then gotten disappointed in the end?
70:How many windows are open on your computer?
71:How many fingers do you have?
72:What is your ringtone?
73:How old will you be in 5 months?
74:Where is your Mum right now?
75:Why aren’t you with the person you were first in love with or almost in love?
76:Have you held hands with somebody in the past three days?
77:Are you friends with the people you were friends with two years ago?
78:Do you remember who you had a crush on in year 7?
79:Is there anyone you know with the name Mike?
80:Have you ever fallen asleep in someones arms?
81:How many people have you liked in the past three months?
82:Has anyone seen you in your underwear in the last 3 days?
83:Will you talk to the person you like tonight?
84:You’re drunk and yelling at hot guys/girls out of your car window, you’re with?
85:If your BF/GF was into drugs would you care?
86:What was the most eventful thing that happened last time you went to see a movie?
87:Who was your last received call from?
88:If someone gave you $1,000 to burn a butterfly over a candle, would you?
89:What is something you wish you had more of?
90:Have you ever trusted someone too much?
91:Do you sleep with your window open?
92:Do you get along with girls?
93:Are you keeping a secret from someone who needs to know the truth?
94:Does sex mean love?
95:You’re locked in a room with the last person you kissed, is that a problem?
96:Have you ever kissed anyone with a lip ring?
97:Did you sleep alone this week?
98:Everybody has somebody that makes them happy, do you?
99:Do you believe in love at first sight?
100:Who was the last person that you pinky promise?

Ask Away!

1: Is there a boy/girl in your life?
2: Think of the last person who hurt you; do you forgive them?
3: What do you think of when you hear the word “meow?”
4: What’s something you really want right now?
5: Are you afraid of falling in love?
6: Do you like the beach?
7: Have you ever slept on a couch with someone else?
8: What’s the background on your cell?
9: Name the last four beds you were sat on?
10: Do you like your phone?
11: Honestly, are things going the way you planned?
12: Who was the last person whose phone number you added to your contacts?
13: Would you rather have a poodle or a Rottweiler?
14: Which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain?
15: Would you rather visit a zoo or an art museum?
16: Are you tired?
17: How long have you known your 1st phone contact?
18: Are they a relative?
19: Would you ever consider getting back together with any of your exes?
20: When did you last talk to the last person you shared a kiss with?
21: If you knew you had the right person, would you marry them today?
22: Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
23: How many bracelets do you have on your wrists right now?
24: Is there a certain quote you live by?
25: What’s on your mind?
26: Do you have any tattoos?
27: What is your favorite color?
28: Next time you will kiss someone on the lips?
29: Who are you texting?
30: Think to the last person you kissed, have you ever kissed them on a couch?
31:Have you ever had the feeling something bad was going to happen and you were right?
32: Do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to?
33: Do you think anyone has feelings for you?
34: Has anyone ever told you you have pretty eyes?
35: Say the last person you kissed was kissing someone right in front of you?
36: Were you single on Valentines Day?
37: Are you friends with the last person you kissed?
38: What do your friends call you?
39: Has anyone upset you in the last week?
40: Have you ever cried over a text?
41: Where’s your last bruise located?
42: What is it from?
43: Last time you wanted to be away from somewhere really bad?
44: Who was the last person you were on the phone with?
45: Do you have a favourite pair of shoes?
46: Do you wear hats if your having a bad hair day?
47: Would you ever go bald if it was the style?
48: Do you make supper for your family?
49: Does your bedroom have a door?
50: Top 3 web-pages?
51: Do you know anyone who hates shopping?
52: Does anything on your body hurt?
53: Are goodbyes hard for you?
54: What was the last beverage you spilled on yourself?
55: How is your hair?
56: What do you usually do first in the morning?
57: Do you think two people can last forever?
58: Think back to January 2007, were you single?
59: Green or purple grapes?
60: When’s the next time you will give someone a BIG hug?
61: Do you wish you were somewhere else right now?
62: When will be the next time you text someone?
63: Where will you be 5 hours from now?
64: What were you doing at 8 this morning.
65: This time last year, can you remember who you liked?
66: Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?
67: Did you kiss or hug anyone today?
68: What was your last thought before you went to bed last night?
69: Have you ever tried your hardest and then gotten disappointed in the end?
70: How many windows are open on your computer?
71: How many fingers do you have?
72: What is your ringtone?
73: How old will you be in 5 months?
74: Where is your Mum right now?
75: Why aren’t you with the person you were first in love with or almost in love?
76: Have you held hands with somebody in the past three days?
77: Are you friends with the people you were friends with two years ago?
78: Do you remember who you had a crush on in year 7?
79: Is there anyone you know with the name Mike?
80: Have you ever fallen asleep in someones arms?
81: How many people have you liked in the past three months?
82: Has anyone seen you in your underwear in the last 3 days?
83: Will you talk to the person you like tonight?
84: You’re drunk and yelling at hot guys/girls out of your car window, you’re with?
85: If your BF/GF was into drugs would you care?
86: What was the most eventful thing that happened last time you went to see a movie?
87: Who was your last received call from?
88: If someone gave you $1,000 to burn a butterfly over a candle, would you?
89: What is something you wish you had more of?
90: Have you ever trusted someone too much?
91: Do you sleep with your window open?
92: Do you get along with girls?
93: Are you keeping a secret from someone who needs to know the truth?
94: Does sex mean love?
95: You’re locked in a room with the last person you kissed, is that a problem?
96: Have you ever kissed anyone with a lip ring?
97: Did you sleep alone this week?
98: Everybody has somebody that makes them happy, do you?
99: Do you believe in love at first sight?
100: Who was the last person that you pinky promise?

“Haha wow im so forgetful i would leave my head somewhere if it werent attatched to my body!!!!!11!!!!1!!!1” you joke as i stare into the void, reminded of all the times i lost my robotic replacement of a critical organ for basic body functions because it was not atratched to my body

low-key upset how so many su fans, myself included, spent hours and hours of time designing gemsonas that represent their gem and creating backstories for them so they would fit into the world su has built, only for the crewniverse to churn out such disgustingly bad designs for canon characters.

like I’m sorry but, to me, this

resembles aquamarine a lot more than this 

who essentially has the same color palette as Lapis (another water-based gem with water wings and a teardrop shaped gem…….crewniverse come on you went to art school)

i’m not saying my design is the best–I’ve never studied design and I’m self-taught when it comes to art, but I certainly feel like more thought has been put into my aqua’s design than the crew’s and that riles me up. and please, don’t get me started on how she looks like a flattened emoji and how they made yet another thousand-year-old character look like a child.

Player Vs Player [m]

smut /// Knowning how much you love to play games, Minseok challenges to probably the competition of a lifetime. His mouth versus your will. Who will win?

“How long are you going to play that game?” You had your eyes glued to the screen but you could tell Minseok was at the doorway, watching you with a subtle glare.

“Uh…I’m ending soon.”

The uncertainty in your voice caused him to sigh. “You need to eat dinner.”

“I’ve eaten,” you said.

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Ask me questions!?

1: is there a boy/girl in your life?
2: think of the last person who hurt you; do you forgive them?
3: what do you think of when you hear the word “meow?”
4: what’s something you really want right now?
5: are you afraid of falling in love?
6: do you like the beach?
7: have you ever slept on a couch with someone else?
8: what’s the background on your cell?
9: name the last four beds you were sat on?
10: do you like your phone?
11: honestly, are things going the way you planned?
12: who was the last person whose phone number you added to your contacts?
13: would you rather have a poodle or a rottweiler?
14: which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain?
15: would you rather visit a zoo or an art museum?
16: are you tired?
17: how long have you known your 1st phone contact?
18: are they a relative?
19: would you ever consider getting back together with any of your exes?
20: when did you last talk to the last person you shared a kiss with?
21: if you knew you had the right person, would you marry them today?
22: would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
23: how many bracelets do you have on your wrists right now?
24: is there a certain quote you live by?
25: what’s on your mind?
26: do you have any tattoos?
27: what is your favorite color?
28: next time you will kiss someone on the lips?
29: who are you texting?
30: think to the last person you kissed, have you ever kissed them on a couch?
31: have you ever had the feeling something bad was going to happen and you were right?
32: do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to?
33: do you think anyone has feelings for you?
34: has anyone ever told you you have pretty eyes?
35: say the last person you kissed was kissing someone right in front of you?
36: were you single on valentines day?
37: are you friends with the last person you kissed?
38: what do your friends call you?
39: has anyone upset you in the last week?
40: have you ever cried over a text?
41: where’s your last bruise located?
42: what is it from?
43: last time you wanted to be away from somewhere really bad?
44: who was the last person you were on the phone with?
45: do you have a favourite pair of shoes?
46: do you wear hats if your having a bad hair day?
47: would you ever go bald if it was the style?
48: do you make supper for your family?
49: does your bedroom have a door?
50: top 3 web-pages?
51: do you know anyone who hates shopping?
52: does anything on your body hurt?
53: are goodbyes hard for you?
54: what was the last beverage you spilled on yourself?
55: how is your hair?
56: what do you usually do first in the morning?
57: do you think two people can last forever?
58: think back to january 2007, were you single?
59: green or purple grapes?
60: when’s the next time you will give someone a big hug?
61: do you wish you were somewhere else right now?
62: when will be the next time you text someone?
63: where will you be 5 hours from now?
64: what were you doing at 8 this morning.
65: this time last year, can you remember who you liked?
66: is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?
67: did you kiss or hug anyone today?
68: what was your last thought before you went to bed last night?
69: have you ever tried your hardest and then gotten disappointed in the end?
70: how many windows are open on your computer?
71: how many fingers do you have?
72: what is your ringtone?
73: how old will you be in 5 months?
74: where is your mum right now?
75: why aren’t you with the person you were first in love with or almost in love?
76: have you held hands with somebody in the past three days?
77: are you friends with the people you were friends with two years ago?
78: do you remember who you had a crush on in year 7?
79: is there anyone you know with the name mike?
80: have you ever fallen asleep in someones arms?
81: how many people have you liked in the past three months?
82: has anyone seen you in your underwear in the last 3 days?
83: will you talk to the person you like tonight?
84: you’re drunk and yelling at hot guys/girls out of your car window, you’re with?
85: if your bf/gf was into drugs would you care?
86: what was the most eventful thing that happened last time you went to see a movie?
87: who was your last received call from?
88: if someone gave you $1,000 to burn a butterfly over a candle, would you?
89: what is something you wish you had more of?
90: have you ever trusted someone too much?
91: do you sleep with your window open?
92: do you get along with girls?
93: are you keeping a secret from someone who needs to know the truth?
94: does sex mean love?
95: you’re locked in a room with the last person you kissed, is that a problem?
96: have you ever kissed anyone with a lip ring?
97: did you sleep alone this week?
98: everybody has somebody that makes them happy, do you?
99: do you believe in love at first sight?
100: who was the last person that you pinky promise?

Daily reminder that so many people auditioned for the part as Even in S3, SO MANY, and then Henrik came in and did his audition. And he and Tarjei talked and it was very important for both of them to feel comfortable with each other and be able to talk about how they wanted to tell the story.

And then Henrik went home thinking that he screwed up the audition and that he wouldn’t get the part, but it was also then that Tarjei was like “he is Isak’s Even”. It was then that Tarjei chose Henrik to be the Even to his Isak.

And a few hours later, Henrik got the part.

#natural connection

Humans are Weird: Pregnancy

What if most alien species reproduce like avians or reptiles with large clutches of eggs which they don’t spend much time with, so the concept of raising a child inside of oneself is absolutely disgusting. 

Y’xplc wandered the corridors of the ship in the middle of the night-not that it mattered in space. Most everyone was in their sleeping pods, but he heard shouts from the humans’ pod. He scuttled over as quickly as he could to investigate. There were clearly loud shouts and signs of aggression. 

“I don’t want to have the baby here!” Human-Sarah cried, “In space! What if something goes wrong- what if the spaceship air hurts it. What if-” 

“That won’t happen,” Jane interrupted her, “Nothing’s going to happen to the baby,” Jane soothed. 

This outburst surprised Y’xplc, surely human-Sarah couldn’t be concerned. The air was kept at a stable oxygen level for most species. And there were incubators for all species, the eggs would be kept safe. 

Human-Sarah had been absorbed into the crew for the most part. After a few words with Jane, the message about the shrieking had been conveyed and she had stayed quieter. Sarah even taught some of the crew-mates how to play chess. Many hours waiting in deep space were spent staring at a chess-board interspersed with some compulsory cursing as pieces were taken. 

  Human-Sarah had warmed up to the aliens and was friendly with everyone, though it wasn’t hard to notice how she shied away from direct contact with anyone, Jane. 

However, in the recent weeks, Human-Sarah had been getting moodier. Y’xplc assumed it had something to do with the eggs. But when he went to the incubator there were not any eggs there. Perhaps the laying cycle was not going well. 

Months passed and Y’xplc began to notice other things as well; human-Sarah was eating excessively and was gaining weight, a lot of weight. Progesterone levels were also increased to an unhealthy amount. 

Eventually, Y’xplc contacted human-Jane about. She was under the belly of a generator fixing it with a sonic wrench. 

“Human-Jane,” He asked, “Is human-Sarah ok?” 

“What do you mean,” Jane looked up “Is she hurt?” 

‘No, but she is gaining weight rapidly and it’s noticeable as well as increased progesterone level.” 

“Oh,” Jane let out a rush of carbon-dioxide. 
“That’s just because of the baby,” She explained

“But there are no eggs in the incubator,” Y’xplc questioned, “Are you keeping them elsewhere,” 

  There were a few species who liked to keep the eggs safe with their own body-heat as part of their customs. 

“Eggs? What does this have to do with eggs,” Jane asked confused. 
“The eggs-your offspring.” 
“Y’xplc,” she garbled, “Humans are mammals we carry are babies in us.” 
“What?” Y’xplc couldn’t hold back a sound of disgust. 
“That’s why she’s gaining weight and eating so much, she has to feed the baby/” 
“That’s like a parasite,” Y’xplc unconsciously scuttled backward. 

Human Jane's eyes narrowed angrily, “Our baby is not a parasite.” 

“No,” Y'xplc backtracked quickly, “Of course not.“ 


In the coming weeks, human Sarah’s belly swelled to unimaginable sizes and she spent most of her days lying in bed. Jane too was preoccupied with the baby and Sarah. She was reading books on human child-care almost constantly whens he wasn’t fetching Sarah food. 

Most of the other aliens kept a wide berth from the baby inside of Sarah. The idea of keeping one’s young inside of themselves was absolutely disgusting. 

Then one day, Y'xplc her screams from their pod.
"It’s starting,” Human-Sarah half screamed, half groaned. “the contractions." 
Many hours later a squirming ball of flesh popped out of human Sarah’s reproductory region. It was tiny and delicate. It’s smooth round head. Human-Jane carefully swaddled it into a soft blanket and handed it to human-Sarah. 

"Your baby. It’s a she,” Jane smiled. 

“Our baby,” Human-Sarah sighed in relief. “It has your genetic code." 

The baby soon became a constant on the ship. Its wails punctuated the night and were subsequently followed by either Jane or Sarah cooing and shushing before providing it with sustenance. 

Y'xplc documented the babies growth and wondered why humans would give birth in such a dangerous and painful manner. Well, humans were weird.  

anonymous asked:

So I reading chapter 90 and just WOW!!!! Is all I have to say. I love that Deku says it can't be anyone but Kirishima. But can you explain that a little more please! But only if you have time.

The timestamp on this ask tells me I’ve been thinking about it for eight hours and right this moment I just decided, fuck it, the day after the anniversary sounds like a perfect moment to lose my shit over chapter 90 again, let’s do this

So the short answer in case you don’t have time for a trip through ninety chapters of the bnha manga is, Kirishima has with Bakugou a relationship unlike nearly anyone else, based on mutual trust and faith in each other’s strength and the firm understanding that neither of them is putting themselves above the other ever, and that made it so that in the group of people present at the moment Kirishima was the only one Bakugou would have willingly accepted help from, so that’s why it had to be him 

That’s some great foundation for a mutually respectful relationship if I’ve ever seen one and my heart weeps a lot 

BUT I said I was gonna cry about this properly so let’s do this let’s just go back to the beginning of the manga anon my pal I need you to understand why everything about that chapter has me in tears still even though it’s been a year and probably a thousand read-through’s

(this is seriously image heavy I’m so sorry oops)

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The Painting

Hi babes!💘 this is a smutty oneshot about the reader ignoring Tom when she gets an idea for a new painting, and Tom only wanting to gain her attention more! A small argument and sexy time ensues! I hope that you guys like it!👼🏻

The Painting

When Tom had come home, he’d found her with her hair tossed messily into a bun, stains of color smeared across her skin, and standing in front of a rather large canvas dressed in an imbrued art smock. The smock in which his girlfriend sported was backless, and Tom was delighted to find that she was wearing nothing but a pair of sheer, pink panties and bobby socks beneath it. He not only had a clear view of her legs, but her bum as well, and there was absolutely no way Tom thought that he would be complaining about anything when she was in such a state, but, there he was, complaining.
“Baby,” Tom whined, flopping into the nearest chair to her, “pay attention to me. I’ve spent my entire day missing you and now you’re barely even speaking to me.”
She sighed, scrunching up her nose and pursing her lips, scrutinizing the piece of art in front of her. Crossing the room to mix together a concoction of red, pink, silver and white paint to create the perfect rosy tint, she answered Tom. “You know that I’m not trying to ignore you, I love you. It’s just that I think I may finally be breaking through the weird mental block I’ve had for a while.”
Tom nodded, understanding that she supported his artistic expressions, so he would have to buck up and support hers. It wasn’t as if he was unhappy with her painting, in fact, he was the exact opposite. He was thrilled to see her final product, and he loved seeing the spark of imagination light up her eyes, but as Tom said before, he missed her so much. Their time together had always been limited and he was jealous that her painting was receiving more attention than he was, considering that she could spend a million and one hours with her painting at her leisure, but she had maybe 90 something hours with him .
She plopped down into Tom’s lap and kissed him on the cheek, “you can mix the paints if you wanna.”
Tom held the spatula that his girlfriend had handed over to him, and did his best to focus on following her directions, while defying the feeling of his girlfriend in basically squirming around on his lap while she glided her soft, warm lips up and down the base of his throat in between her orders.
“Can I see what you’ve done so far?” Tom asked, curious as to what she was even painting.
Her kisses paused briefly, and then started up again between the words she said, “No! You can only see once I’m finished. I want it to be a surprise.”
Tom groaned, “is this good?” he motioned the colors he’d mixed. When she nodded, she made sure to turn her head to press a heavy, hot kiss to Tom’s lips before she hopped off of him. Sliding a hand down his face, Tom got up to leave the room. If he’d stayed there any longer, the images of her bending over in next to nothing would make him too hard to bare, so he decided that while she painted, he would busy himself with whatever nonsense that he came into contact with.
It had been a day and a half since her art project began, and since then, Tom had learned how assemble both a dresser and a cabinet, fixed every leaky faucet and broken appliance in her apartment, and had perfected a few random recipes he’d stumbled across on the internet. He was going out of his mind.
As time went on, she became even more and more appetizing to him. She was passionate and focused and Tom was, at that point, hard. No matter how many hot showers, cold showers, or even baths he’d taken, it wasn’t enough for him. Tom felt that if he didn’t have the real her soon, he’d burst into flames or melt into a puddle of sticky goo that would stain her carpet.
A few hours later, he heard the pitter patter of her socked feet rushing to meet him in the bedroom. Laying across her bed, Tom rolled over onto his side and peered at her smiling face when she entered the room.
“Tom, I need you.” She said, a blissful expression warming her features.
He quirked a brow at her, “oh yeah? What for, my darling, little love?” He looked her up and down, taking in the paint soils splashed all over her body, the exposed skin of her legs, her lack of bra, and hoped her response would indicate that she needed him to take her.
She rushed forward and knelt down by his bedside, taking his hand in hers, “help me with the painting, I’m just about finished.” She kissed his knuckles and laid her head onto her mattress.
“I thought that I wasn’t allowed to see it until it was all done?” Tom said confusedly.
“I know what I said, but I’ve changed my mind. The painting needs your special touch!” As she got up off the floor, still holding his hand, Tom could think of more than a few things that could use his special touch.
When she finally brought him to a stop in front of her painting, Tom understood why she hasn’t allowed him near it. He could tell that the figures trapped within her canvas were lovers, even though they appeared to be more similar to florets than people. All the colors were soft and romantic, and he could see that she had added a tinge of shimmer to particular images, so the painting looked mystical and otherworldly. Truth be told, if he’d gotten anywhere close to it earlier in the day, he would’ve messed it up.
“Darling,” Tom breathed out, desperately trying to figure out how to express the level of his admiration to her, “I just don’t know how you manage to be so fucking magical all the time. It’s beautiful, I love it, but I’m afraid that me just standing this close to it will ruin it. Unless you need me to lift it, I don’t know how to help you.” Tom bent down and kissed her gently on the forehead, moving to tuck some of her untamed fringe back behind her ear, where he couldn’t help himself but press a kiss to her earlobe as well.
Tugging his mouth back down onto hers, she mumbled in between long kisses, “help me just fill in a few spots, then it’s yours. I read somewhere that if someone helps you complete a task, the task, or in this case, the painting, will make that person think of you.” She broke away from Tom for a brief moment, and Tom heard her airly whisper into the crook of his neck, “I wanna make you think of me.”
Tom’s eyes opened and he guided her body away from his, “what are you talking about?” He was so genuinely puzzled that his confusion took the place of his desire to have her until the sun came up. “I always think of you. Literally, always. Ask anyone I work with, I never shut up about you.”
“Okay,” she said, disbelief laced firmly into her tone. Grabbing a paintbrush, she leaned into Tom to kiss him again.
“No, no, baby. Honestly, do you not believe me?” Tom was growing so perplexed that he was starting to get angry. “I love you, do I not tell you enough or something?” He knew that he was being abrasive and slightly over sensitive, but he didn’t know why she was playing as if Tom didn’t care for her.
Groaning, she walked out of Tom’s reach and back to where she stored her varying paints. “Tom, it’s fine. Don’t worry about it.”
“Uhm, nope. I’m going to worry about this because I’m pretty sure that this is something most couples in a healthy relationship would speak about.” Tom said, moving to stand in front of her.
“Let’s not do this,” she said, pushing her art smock’s strap back up to it’s proper place on her shoulder.
“No, no, let’s!” Tom declared.
“Tom, no! There is literally no point to this argument, if you don’t want to help, it’s cool.” She stood onto her tiptoes to press a quick kiss to the corner of Tom’s unprepared lips. “See? It’s all good,” she said, going around Tom and back to her mostly filled in canvas.
“Please, can you just talk to me, darling?” Tom wrapped his arms around her waist and hugged her body to him as tightly as he could without crushing her. “I love you and what’s important to you is what’s important to me. So please, please clue me in.”
The girl didn’t even need to turn around to feel his puppy dog eyes burning a hole into her back. “Fine,” she said shortly, “when ‘Homecoming’ drops, you’re going to be huge, bigger than you already are. Like you’ve said before, life is going to change and nobody can say for sure what will and will not change, only that there will be changes, and if life makes you go away, at least you’ll have this painting. At least I’ll be remembered as the girl who painted you the weirdly rosy painting.”
Tom was so stunned that he couldn’t think of one appropriate thing to say. “Are you serious? Sounds like you’re pretty sure you know what’s going to happen with us, huh, smart girl?” He knew that getting mad wasn’t going to help the situation, but his feelings were hurt that she thought he’d drop her just like that.
Removing his hands from her body, Tom turned, “fuck it, that is so irritating. I am not leaving you, and unless you plan on ditching me, I think that we’re going to be together for more than a long while, darling.” He sneered, pacing back and forth across the limited space her living room provided. “This is ridiculous, you’re so intelligent, so why you’ve gotten that into your head, I have no idea. I’ve made sure to factor you into nearly all aspects of literally everything I do, now why do you think that is?”
She knew that she was being dumb, but she couldn’t help it. She was so paranoid that Tom would be out one day and he would come across someone shiny and new, and then he’d realize that being with her was not what he wanted anymore. When she started her painting, her only goal had been to give Tom something that would leave an imprint of her in his mind, so that no matter what happened with them in the future, she would still be apart of him.
Her eyes grew glassy and tears threatened to boil over her waterline and smudge her mascara. She was mad at herself for being so insecure, and for possibly ruining her relationship with the one thing she’d meant to sort of bandage over her issues, and she couldn’t come up with a statement to justify herself to Tom.
Tom looked over to her figure, standing in front of the pink canvas, frilled bobby socks and lacy blue panties in all. Even though he was both pissed off and taken aback by her behavior, Tom couldn’t deny the urge to just slam himself into and make her understand she was the only person on the planet for him. Muttering, “oh, for fucks sake,” Tom marched purposefully over to her and smashed his lips roughly down onto hers.
Yanking her hair out of it’s rubber confinement, he broke away from her to watch it tumble down in waves to frame her face. Forcing her to look into his eyes by pressing a finger beneath her chin, Tom practically growled, “I am not going anywhere without you in my life. It’s like they say on that one soap opera that never seems to end, you’re my person. Couldn’t leave you to save my life, I’d come back to you forever.” He looked into her eyes, trying to find better words to make her understand that he was completely and utterly dead serious. “Get it?”
Her lips were puffy and her skin was still soft, despite being nearly every color of the rainbow and Tom was going to rip that smock off her body if it was the last thing he did. He could tell that she was humiliated that she let her paranoia get the best of her, and Tom, for a brief thought thought that she deserved it for thinking so lowly of their relationship. He only stopped once he took into account that if the roles were reversed, he’d be a snivelling mess of a human being because she was an angel among humans. He didn’t deserve her, but then again, surely no one else did either.
Tom’s grip on her calmed and he lovingly pried the paintbrush out of her hand and shuffled her around in his arms so that she too faced her masterpiece. “We’re going to paint this together,” Tom said, as his hands began softly untying the knot of her smock. “I’m going to continue thinking of you always and forever, even though you’re still going to be my girl and I’ll still be undeniably yours. Got it?”
Her eyes fell shut and she gasped when she felt Tom’s mouth press adoringly wet kisses to her exposed shoulders. She arched her back as one of Tom’s hands moved to the front of her body to knead her breasts. Blinking her eyes open, she saw that Tom’s other hand was still clutching the paintbrush and that he was currently dipping its tip into a circle of paint. “Answer me,” Tom ordered, sinking his teeth into her skin.
“Got it, got it, got it,” she rambled out dreamily. “Gonna be your girl forever.”
Maneuvering her slightly so that his view of the canvas would be clearer, Tom began to paint the little empty spaces she’d left for him with long brushstrokes. “That’s right sweetheart, my girl forever.” Switching hands, Tom held her to him with the hand that was also holding the paintbrush, and yanked the closest chair in arm’s reach over to where they stood. Sitting down, Tom guided her around to face him before pulling her onto his lap.
Her cheeks were rosy from a mix of blush and paint and her lips were parted and her chest was heaving. Her gaze flicked up and down Tom’s body so obviously that he had to smirk. Forcing her closer, Tom brought his hips closer to hers and watched as she subconsciously leaned into him, bracing her hands on his chest.
She shuffled a bit further onto his lap, so that she was aligned perfectly with the bulge in his jeans. Letting out a gasp, her hips bucked against him and she bit down on her lip to prevent another louder gasp from escaping.
Tom’s arms constricted themselves around her, one went around her waist and the other tangled itself into her hair. “I think the painting is finished.”
Not even turning to look, she nodded, breathing out a response so faint that Tom couldn’t even make it out. She slid a hand under Tom’s shirt to trace over the lines of defined muscle on his stomach. “I’m really sorry about earlier. I don’t know why my head makes me think things like that.”
Tom kissed her tenderly on both cheeks before placing an even softer kiss to her mouth, “it’s alright, darling. I don’t know why I got so mad before. I honestly don’t know how my head would make me think if our roles were reversed.”
“I’ll love you forever,” she said, rolling her hips onto Tom’s lap.
“I’ll love you for some time after that,” Tom chuckled, his hips beginning to meet hers. “But don’t take my word for it,” Tom began to litter kisses up and down her throat while he reached up to untie her smock, “let me show you how fucking much I love you.”
“Okay,” she said, her lips covering Tom’s as his hands tore the art smock from her body. Their hips collided as their clothes became one with her floor, and the rosy painting in front of them was to be hung and framed in the apartment that they came to share.

Friendly reminder to all working artists or (especially) aspiring artists.

If a client says they can’t afford to pay you but you’ll get good exposure, one of two things is happening:

1. They are lying. They can afford to pay you, but they are choosing not to. They will pay the printer to print the books, they will pay the mail service to deliver them, and you’d better believe they’re going to pay themselves for sending you an email explaining that they can’t afford to pay you. They think you are a sucker, and if you take the job you’ll be telling them they are right.

2. They are not lying. They have zero budget, no audience and no real distribution system. They’ll still be paying the printer and mail service because people who work in those professions don’t work for free just because someone promises them a recommendation. But they aren’t paying themselves, they’re running on an incredibly small margin, and there’s a good chance they won’t exist as a corporate entity in a few years. Publishing your work with them will give you less exposure than putting it on tumblr or Instagram for free would. It will never lead to a paying job. 

If a client starts ranting about the “short-sightedness” of artists, or otherwise complains about artists in general in their opening offer to you, run. Run as fast as you would run if a blind date spent the whole of dinner ranting about how horrible your entire gender is. Yes, there are doubtlessly clients who’ve been screwed over by artists in the past, but the ones who complain about artists in general will not respect you, they will not treat you well. 

Working for free does not prove that you are passionate about something. It proves that you do not need to be paid for your work. How many doctors went into medicine because they are passionate about saving lives? Do you think any of them are asked to perform heart surgery for free?

No one will ever pay $50 for something if they can get something similar for $5. When you charge next to nothing for art that you’ve worked for hours on, art that required years of training to create, you are telling your client that it is worth next to nothing. They will remember that the next time they want to hire an artist.

People who are looking to exploit artists know that artists are hard on themselves. They know that most artists don’t think their work is good enough to charge top dollar. They know that artists have been told from the first day they started taking their art seriously as a career that they’ll never make any money off it, that it’s not a real job, that it has no value to society. They know how to push artists’ insecurities about their profession in order to convince them that that demanding fair compensation is unrealistic and uncooperative.

If you’re just desperate for a job in the arts, any job in the arts, give yourself a job. Start a webcomic, or give yourself illustration assignments that you post on social media regularly, create work for a gallery show even if you don’t have one yet, or make a book. Give yourself a job. If you’re going to work for free, you may as well be working for yourself, setting your own hours and following your own interests. Having original art with original characters and ideas in your portfolio, and making sure your art is visible online will get the attention of publishers who are actually looking to hire people for good jobs. Drawing a shitty comic for a defunct publisher based on someone else’s shitty ideas will not.

Protect yourself, because no one else will. Protect yourself, because no one else will. There are people lining up around the block to exploit you. Protect yourself because no one else will.