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Your Heart’s Desire

a very late submission to @tmntflashfic‘s valentine’s day prompt thing, since it got insanely long, and has to be broken up into parts.

Master Post of Chapters.

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Chapter Three.


Somewhere about a week later, the whole ‘never’ part of meeting Raph’s family became untrue.

Casey had been smoking a cigarette on his piss-tiny balcony, when an enormous shape flew up in front of him, and he’d nearly inhaled his whole cig.

Two huge limbs sank their claws into his apartment’s outside, while another two latched onto his balcony- causing it to bend dramatically.

Casey’s back slammed against the glass sliding door, and he fumbled to grab the handle.

Huge wings blocked the sun from view, as a hungry maw with rows of sharp teeth hung in front of Casey’s face.

Two glowing blue eyes stared at him, and the demon’s tongue lashed out to lick its lips.

“͝SO ̶Y̡OU͟’R͝E͡ THE͡ ̢H̢UMA͝N҉ W͏H͟O ͟CAŲG̢H͟T͟ RAP͟H́!́”͏ ̕ The demon boomed. “W͞ELL,́ ͡I͡ C̕A҉N͘ FI̕X̷ TH̵A̸T ̧E̷ASY̸!̴”̀

Casey had about a second to sputter “-the FUCK-?!”  before an enormous hand closed around his waist, and he was ripped from his balcony.

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Too late…


Dedicated to certain members of the skk discord group (you know who you are) who have been screaming for crying Dazai since weeks ago

p.s. I made my own insta (yulicechan) so don’t repost my art without permission anymore T_T

Her Skeleton Will Lie In The Chamber Forever…

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Aaaand more triforce voyage AU, now with colors.

Expect a comic soon.

Heroes of Olympus Halloween
  • Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter alternate between years to host the Halloween party
  • This year it’s Camp Half-Blood’s turn
  • Percy dresses up as a pirate and hands out blue candy
  • He decorates the Poseidon cabin so it looks like a sunken ship
  • And he hides a treasure chest full of candy somewhere by the lake for people to find
  • Tyson builds little bronze fish that swim through the air inside and around the cabin
  • Annabeth makes riddles as clues for the treasure hunt
  • And she dresses up as a pirate with Percy
  • But she also helps decorate the Athena cabin
  • They have a lot of really detailed carved pumpkins
  • And they always have a huge maze in a blocked off area of the woods
  • There’s puzzles to solve and monsters to fight
  • They give laurel wreaths to the team that finishes first
  • Jason jokes that the statue of Zeus is all the Halloween decoration he needs
  • But he ends up turning cabin one into a haunted house
  • It works really well with fog and random bursts of wind added to the constant sound of thunder
  • He dresses up as Superman
  • Piper changes all the lace curtains in Aphrodite’s cabin to cobwebs
  • She also helps run the costume contest cabin 10 holds every year
  • The ones that aren’t on the panel of judges do face painting
  • She dresses as Helen of Troy
  • Hazel uses the mist to create illusions all around camp
  • She makes candy apples and other snacks to hand out to everyone
  • And she helps the Athena cabin add an underground portion to their maze
  • She also reads some stories to the younger campers
  • She dresses up as a ghost
  • Frank helps the Ares cabin with their decorations
  • But he’s also in charge of helping to oversee everything since he’s one of the Praetors
  • Whenever someone asks where his costume is he turns into the first animal that pops into his head (usually an elephant)
  • Leo and the rest of cabin 9 make a ton of really great special effects
  • They also create a smoke show, sort of like the fireworks for Fourth of July, but with different colored smoke instead
  • Nico summons tons of skeletons
  • Some dress up as pirates and go to cabin 3, some go in the haunted house, some help Hazel hand out candy apples, and some just wander around camp
  • He puts up a lot of decorations around the Hades cabin
  • He and Will both carve pumpkins to put by the door
  • And he has Jules-Albert hand out candy
  • Nico and Will both dress up as zombies
  • Will always hands out full size candy bars
  • Cabin seven plays spooky music at the amphitheater
  • And they have a horror movie marathon later in the night
  • Reyna and Rachel team up for the Athena cabin’s maze and are the first to finish

Imagine a pouty Woozi asking for a kiss before you leave the house and when you playfully deny him a kiss, he gently pulls you back and steals a small kiss from your lips.

“So we meet again, Makki.”

Matsukawa leaned against the doorframe, shivering slightly as the cool night air blew across his bare chest. He stared as Hanamaki swayed on his feet, barely able to keep his eyes open as he waited for Mattsun to let him in. The top few buttons of his white button down were open, and his choppy pink hair was more unruly than usual.

Matsukawa knew he should step aside and let Hanamaki into his apartment, but a bit of punishment was in order for waking him up at three in the morning on a Wednesday. The lack of an annoyed jab was a testament to how tired the other male must be, and Mattsun let him in with a resigned sigh.

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anonymous asked:

your line art style is so smooth and real looking omg if it's not too much trouble, could you make a tutorial showing how you do it?? like what is your process?? how do you get your proportions so perfect and the lines so clean?

first of all I’m so sorry about how long this took! second, thank you?? you’re so sweet <3 I wasn’t really sure what you meant by “tutorial”, and since I was already in the process of drawing something, I hope some screen caps will do 😁

please bare in mind that this is what works for me and may not be the best method for someone else! I’m still working on improving, and this is what seems to work best for my style.

  • I use a huge brush for blocking out the basic shape and proportions of whatever I’m drawing, based off of the reference. No worries about whether it actually looks like anything or not.
  • Next I lower the opacity of the first layer and start a new layer, sketching out the general location of features and such with a slightly smaller brush.
  • Then I lower the opacity of that layer, start another new layer with an even smaller brush, and sketch out features more detailed, mostly focusing on where the eyes, mouth, ears, etc are and basically creating rough line art without worrying about how clean it is.
  • Lastly, (you guessed it) I lower the opacity so that all three base layers are faint enough to simply act as guidelines, start a new layer, and use a hard ink round brush, 100% opacity, to create the clean, detailed line art using my ref photo as a guide.

And I think that’s it?? Idk tbh anon I’m still working on getting better! oh, also, be sure to pay attention to line weights. See how my lines aren’t the same thickness everywhere, but are thinner in some places, and darker in others? I find that doing this really helps emphasize depth and lighting without actually shading anything in, if that makes sense.

as for how I get my lines to look clean, it’s really just lots of practice and LOTS of using the undo button!. but basically, it’s all about creating your lines in one fluid motion with confidence.

I hope this was at least somewhat helpful?? ^^ please let me know if not!

final taehyung line art can be found here

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Venture to the outskirts of China’s biggest cities and you’ll find soaring towers and a barren landscape. One day, these futuristic high-rises will house the 250 million or so people the government hopes to move from villages into cities. For now, though, they remain all but empty. “They look like ghost towns,” says photographer Aurelien Marechal. “They’re suburbs in the middle of nowhere.”

SEE MORE: China’s huge, eerie tower blocks that will soon house millions.

anyone else deal with that adhd feel when you genuinely cannot read/watch something you’re not super interested in 

like, i am sorry friend i wish i could watch this show but i do not have the interest, energy, or willpower to watch it on my own, even if you think i may enjoy it

and/or that adhd feel when you genuinely cannot read/watch something you are sort of interested in because something about the format makes it really difficult to sit through and process

because then like, i am sorry friend i wish i could read this thing you sent me because i am interested in supporting you but it is too many words and i cannot focus on it and there are too many huge blocks of text 

Lavender ✽

anonymous asked:

As a deaf person with limited/no context for how words sound, I'm finding the conlang community's fixation on starting with sound to be a huge stumbling block when trying to learn how to make conlangs that aren't signed. Do you have any advice on how to work around that?

Two three actually four things:

(1) “Phonology” doesn’t simply refer to sound. (I mean, etymologically it does, but not in linguistics.) Phonology refers to how a language uses unanalyzable, meaningless units (phonemes) to create larger chunks that do have meaning (words or affixes). In a spoken language, this refers to spoken phonemes (e.g. /p/, /b/, /d/, etc.). In a sign language, this refers to places on the body, motion, and handshape. If you know ASL, compare the sign for APPLE to the sign for ONION. These are almost exactly the same sign. You put your hand in the 1 handshape with the first two segments completed curled under, you put it up to your face and twist a couple times. The difference is whether you put your hand up next to your eye, or up at your cheek. That’s the only difference between those two words. Thus, the difference between APPLE and ONION in ASL is the same difference (quantitatively) as the difference between English “meet” and “mitt”. I share this example to show you how the principle behind the arrangement of both systems—signed and spoken—is the same. They differ in their expressions (i.e. through speech sounds and through movements done with the hands and body in particular places), but the notion is that there are certain things that have no meaning (for example the place next to the eye in ASL), but you can use those things in combination with other bits that have no meaning to form meaningful units.

There aren’t a lot of signed conlangs because many conlangers aren’t as familiar with sign languages as they are spoken, and also because they are very difficult to record on paper. Any hearing person who’s studied ASL will be familiar with this: You go to class and learn, but what do you write down? I imagine every learner kind of tries to invent their own notation system to help them remember, but ultimately you just have to memorize it. That doesn’t really work for someone creating the language, though. Video is the best way to capture a sign language, but it’s not super practical (though it’s getting easier). I tried to create a phonetic transcription system for sign languages called SLIPA. I’m not sure if anyone has used it, but I think the principle is sound (or sound enough). Plus, as with the relationship between narrow transcription and romanization, I think it makes sense for the creator of the language to create a more streamlined system for use with their language that can then be explicated in a page with SLIPA.

(2) There are still other conlang types that make no reference to sound but aren’t signed. I made one called X. It’s a purely visual language (think hieroglyphs but with no phonological component whatsoever). There’s a lot to be done in this area of conlanging. You can go the picture/glyph route I did, or you could just do something totally different, as with Sai and Alex’s UNLWS. You could also do something like this:

  • #$% = cat
  • #$%* = cats
  • ##$% = big cat
  • ##$%* = big cats
  • #$$% = small cat
  • #$$%* = small cats

After all, even letters are just symbols. They can stand for whatever you want, or nothing at all! As long as you can describe what’s going on, that’s all that’s necessary.

(3) To your main concern, saying “the conlang community’s fixation on starting with sound” is, to put it mildly, unfair. I start with the sound system in the spoken conlangs I do, and I mostly do spoken conlangs. If I’m writing a book on how to create a language, that’s where I start, because I’m writing it. But just because I do it that way doesn’t mean most do. Even if you go to a forum or mailing list and you see most people falling into that pattern, that doesn’t mean that’s representative of the community either, because there are any number of people who simply aren’t replying or aren’t volunteering their methods. We’ve had the discussion within the community time and time again about where one starts a conlang, and there’s a significant chunk that start with the syntax. They’ll use English words or just nonce forms to realize the grammatical idea they’re interested in, and only grudgingly turn to the phonology after they’re done. Some don’t even get that far, because their interest wanes when it comes to phonology. This split even exists in linguistics, where we refer to P people (phonetics/phonology) and S people (syntax/semantics). Ask any linguist: these camps don’t always understand one another. The same is true in conlanging. A P person sees an S person’s awesome subordinate clause marking system with a makeshift phonology and says, “Is that your phonology? It’s a little unrealistic.” An S person looks at a P person’s incredible naturalistic vowel harmony system and says, “Why waste your time on that if you’re not even going to speak it? It obscures the morphology. I can’t make heads or tails of it. Just show me the interlinear.” And these are all hearing conlangers! If you’re only finding conlangers who are talking about phonology, then you need to look for other conlangers—like the Jeff Jones and Gary Shannon type of conlangers. This was, admittedly, an easier task when the community was smaller—before social media, ironically. But I swear to you: There are TONS of conlangers who share your interests.

(4) There are also lots of spoken conlangs that don’t bother too much about phonology. There are minimalist conlangs which, by definition, don’t really have a lot of material to work with, so there’s not much to design/learn in the way of phonology (e.g. three vowels, seven or eight consonants, no consonant clusters). There are also a priori auxlangs or otherwise non-natural spoken languages where you don’t find assimilation or dissimilation, or anything like that. If there are five vowels and ten consonants with ©V© syllables, then there are 555 possible syllables (if I counted right), and every syllable is valid and pronounced exactly as it’s supposed to be, and can occur next to any other syllable. Then there are other conlangs with complex but non-natural phonologies, where there are many distinctions to be made (many of which wouldn’t exist in a natural language), and the speaker must make them. I’m thinking of Ithkuil. There, is admittedly, some small amount of variation is allowed, but otherwise the way that sounds are arranged is almost mathematical. There is no concern for how the sounds fit together, or whether two words sound too similar: The grammar says what sounds go where, and that is that. Any type of project like I’ve described above incorporates aural phonology but in a way that I think makes a little more sense to an S person.

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If you have a particular project in mind but the approaches you’ve seen don’t match it, do a little digging and find a similar project, and see how they got going. If you have the start of something and want to know about a similar project, just send another ask, and I’ll see what I can find (most of the early conlangers have websites that are still up. Btw, newer conlangers: Even though no one does websites anymore, we need a way to see your work! Hunting through Tumblr posts/tweets/FB group posts doesn’t work!). But if I can add a tl;dr to this: THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO CONLANG! You’re good, I swear! And hey, if no one can approach the way you want, why not invent it yourself and detail it? You may be creating a method/approach that will be a great help to others down the line!