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Editing Manga Icons for Skintone: A Guide

Well, as long as I’m in the process of editing these icons, I might as well throw a tutorial together for anyone who might need it.

As you’ve probably noticed, there are very few manga faceclaims out there with darker skin colors, which seriously limits FC options for some muses, since not everyone is comfortable with live faceclaims or can draw their own. SO, here’s a simple guide for how I edit my icons

I’ve found this method is easier with icons that are already cropped & resized, so it’s probably in your best interest to make the icons before editing. It’s pretty quick (even if you’re like me and use a crappy laptop trackpad); editing one icon usually takes under 1 min. once you know what you’re doing. 

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Mild (and awkward) edit of the Lorax Movie so it's not retrospective

I mildly edited the Lorax movie so it’s not retrospective, meaning there’s no Ted sections and no Old Once-ler either. This makes it so during the movie, the ending result of the Once-ler’s actions is not known until seen near the end.

It’s 40 minutes long (including credits).

Notes and some of my thoughts:

- Unfortunately having to cut out the old Once-ler’s narration about how much time has passed between some scenes makes the young Once-ler sometimes seem a little bit whinier than he is when he gets angry. The amount of struggle and effort the Once-ler goes through doesn’t get conveyed across, which is a real bummer. (Maybe I should’ve left some of the narration in at the cost of the non-retrospective-ness…)

- Whenever the Lorax speaks, to me, he really dominates the scene. It feels like the main character of the movie switches back and forth between the Once-ler and the Lorax.

- The file is titled “douche cut” because I feel like the narrative is a douche to both the Once-ler and the Lorax. Both of them lose out.

- The ending. Just having the words UNLESS and then an abrupt “THE END”, it made me think more about how the Once-ler felt during the scene. In the scenes before, his company is dead, everyone has left, and all the clues on what to do next is a bunch of rocks saying “Unless”?! It’s no wonder he mulled over that word for so long, because what in the world would that word mean after he went through a devastating realisation and period of his life? What was the Lorax trying to say to him!? A (hypothetical) audience would be just as confused as the Once-ler if they ever saw a movie whose ending is a bunch of rocks with a word, and then the credits suddenly roll. I think they’d mull over whatever “Unless” meant too.

- I wish I had someone around me who knows nothing about the Lorax, so I could see how they would react to the edited version of the movie, since my perception of the edit is already changed by the knowledge of the full movie. Who would they root for? What do they think of the characters? How has the editing changed the pacing for them, is the How Bad Can I Be era still too short for them? Did the Once-ler’s whole How Bad Can I Be surprise them, or did they see it coming? What did they think of the ending? What do they believe “Unless” means?

- O’Hare’s appearance is never resolved. In-story, that’s awful because it would be impying that the Once-ler isn’t going to be the last person to ruin everything…

- To be honest, the credits song of “Call me Call me” from Cowboy Bebop was mainly random. It replaced Let It Grow because Let it Grow seemed too optimistic for what just happened, plus I didn’t want the song to suddenly be sticking a happy ending on by implying any possible actions the Once-ler might’ve done after the movie. (I wonder how a hypothetical audience would interpret the meaning of the random choice song.)

dryraindrops  asked:

So, first of all, I am super excited to have found somebody as excited about the clone as I am. I've been thinking about it a lot since Butch posted his video. But, I'm confused, because I thought this was ten years into the future? Wouldn't original Danny be older? Like 24 I think? Aside from that, you guys got some really good ideas about this character, and I've been laughing at some of the comments for a good few minutes.

AHHHH someone else who likes the clone! Welcome friend!!! 8) lmao, I was browsing the Phantom tag yesterday was was so disheartened by how many people were irritable at all of the designs or downright kicking them to the curb. Which, is understandable, everyone has their tastes, and I agree that most of them are just…..Put Them Back embodiments, but it was still sad to see so little interest in the Clone.

Because its such a good idea ripe with potential, both for TUE levels of darkness and for hilarious scenarios. For once (ONCE) Butch has done okay by me.

And now to actually answer your question, lmao: Yes, you are correct, the original concept was Vlad for ten years into the future, with a teenage Danny clone (I do admit that’s super squick, like Vlad do you have no other hobbies besides being fucking creepy? Go outside and play some tennis my dude.) since the video was a part 2 to the original Phantom concepts for the ten year anniversary. However, at least in the ideas and concepts I’ve been talking about and personally throwing around, I’ve gotten rid of the ten year span.

Because it literally doesn’t make sense.

I have contempt for the official Phantom timeline bc its so inconsistent, but a majority of people have it taking place over a two year time span, based on the two summer episodes. (This is something I personally don’t agree with, but I have no evidence to argue it so I’m stuck like a petulant child grumbling in the corner) and Vlad gives Valerie her gear in S1 Ep10, Shades of Grey. I cannot recall if it was specifically stated in canon Vlad was using her to get Danny’s DNA, but I’m trusting the wiki bc I really don’t want to endure re-watching Kindred Spirits and D-Stabalized. If we assume that this had been Vlad’s goal from the start (something I disagree with and will touch more about below), that means that he’s been gathering Danny’s DNA for about a year to two years if we estimate heavily with the nonsense time between the episodes.

In that time span, he figured out how to do the cloning, built the equipment, went through countless prototypes to figure out all the bumps and snags, made several decently “functional” clones (Dani and the one he fucking murders as a display), made the “perfect” one, and figured out exactly what he needed to stabilize an artificial hybrid of ghost and human origin.

In two years max.

It would not take him ten fuckin years to recreate a successful perfect clone. Even if everything was destroyed twice and he lost Valerie’s “assistance”. And the reason for that is because he already knows how. The hard part is done. Once you know how to do something through so much trial and error, you know what not to do and what you should do the next time around. Vlad doesn’t need to re-figure out how to make a stable, perfect clone again, he can just get the equipment, the DNA, whatever and just do it.

Which he was most likely attempting to already do in D-stabilized.

[Edit: I neglected to look on the wiki before writing this entire thing bc I was confident I know the material and apparently I need to get a reality check on my ego bc I was completely misremembering D-Stabalized. The fallowing should be taken with gratuitous lumps of salt bc I’m salty at this discovery and also I haven’t changed anything in it.]

Why do you think he was going after Dani? Why would he want that information of “Why are you so stable?” if he wasn’t trying again? If he wasn’t at the point that he NEEDED to stabilize something? For future knowledge? Please. If Vlad was truly going to make another perfect clone, he would not wait several months after loosing the first doing literally nothing but tormenting Danny and being an ass, nor until after he’s figured out Dani. He was working on the Clone project for a long time under everyone’s noses in the first place, so who’s to say he wasn’t again?

I’m saying Vlad was literally within inches of succeeding in D-stabalized. That he already had a second Clone ready to stabilize.

[Edit: I was incorrect in thinking Vlad only wanted Dani to learn why she’s stable, he wanted to use her to make another perfect clone. I was close, but not close enough. I am still standing by my theory, however, canon can suck it. It’s still at least feasible.]

Hartman suggested in the video, as I’m sure you know, that the Clone (I call him Daniel bc there’s literally no way he’s not named Daniel.) has some of Vlad in him. And this, my friend, melds so well with where canon dropped off.

Vlad wanted and attempted to stabilize the clones with Danny’s full DNA, probably so it would be 100% Danny, enough to the point he was willing to murder Dani to figure her out/use her. However, after failing to get the mid-morph from Danny (failure 1) and failing to get anything from Dani (failure 2), Vlad would be unlikely to try the same things again. I would also like to think he’d also be unlikely to continuing to announce “OI I’M CLONEING YOU” to Danny, but it’s Vlad so you never know.

He would be forced to think of something else.

There is nothing in canon suggesting that Vlad couldn’t use his own mid-morph to stabalize a clone. He never brings it up, never explains why the mid-morph is the critical link aside from the fact that it just is. There’s very little info about just how these clones are made, so there’s no known rules to what could work and what wouldn’t. A possible reason this might not work is that it could function like body parts or blood types, where you need a match in order for it to be properly accepted. In that case, however, its just figuring out what you need to tweak in order to force an acceptance, something probably made easier to do when you’re in control of the entire genetic sequence you’re fiddling with.

This would not take ten years to do. None of it would. It would take at most, I think a year. Maybe two, but that’s pushing it. I also have a theory that Vlad was being so obtuse in Season 3 was to purposefully distract Danny, but take that as you will.

This is all of my fancy way of explaining why my personal ideas are set so close to the actual canon and kicking that gross ten years to the curb.

As for my forgotten notion about why I don’t think Vlad started cloning from Valerie’s beginning was because Vlad was still mostly focused on Maddie up until Maternal Instincts, which occurs 6 episodes after Shades of Grey. Shades of Grey is only three episodes from Bitter Reunions as well. That’s a pretty small amount of time for someone still (reasonably) sane to go “I liked that kid, I want him to be my son. I should clone him.”

I’d also like to state that in the four episodes Vlad appears in before Kindred Spirits (not including TUE) but after Maternal Instincts, not once is his main goal Danny. Nor is it ever Maddie, either. Danny becomes a factor in Million Dollar Ghost, however his main goal is still stealing the portal. In Reign Storm, he’s more inclined to use Danny than to try to make him his son, bc again: his goal is the artifacts. In Secret Weapons, Vlad isn’t even interested in Danny when he’s dropped in the middle of his lab. Tbh, I can’t for the life of me figure out what Vlad’s goal was in the whole sibling battle thing, he really just fucked his plans up himself in that one. In Masters of All Time, his goal was the cure, and again, had no problems using Danny as a pawn.

Kindred Spirits is the first place in the entire series where we see the extent of how far he’s willing to go to get Danny to be his son. The first episode where it’s his maingoal.

I just realized how close MaoT and KinSpirits are, I wonder if Vlad triggered the Ectoacne flare working with the ectoplasm for the clones? Hmmm, interesting.

Anyway, the point is: Vlad kept his cloning stuff a secret, but for how long remains a mystery. Mostly because there’s no point in time where it becomes obvious just how desperate he is to have Danny. Is it when he saw an opportunity with Valerie? Or is it after Danny ruins his attempts to get the Ring of Rage back from Pariah by blowing up the ectosuit so he was just like “Well fuck, now what do I do to keep myself busy?”

Getting back onto the topic of Clone and Original Danny, there’s a second, lesser reason I’ve personally bumped the time skip, and that’s because there would be literally Zero conflict between a 14 year old and a 24 year old.

OlderDanny would kick his ass, training from Vlad be damned.

OlderDanny would also not be fazed as much as a younger Danny as his identity being perverted by a clone. This is because the age gap would automatically render them as being two different people. OlderDanny would not see the clone as himself, at least not fully, because he’s already a mature adult. The clone could not torment Danny with the fact that he’s him, that he’s stealing anything, that he’s threatening his notion of being and sense of self. Because OlderDanny has nothing to fear about a younger version of himself; he’s stronger, wiser, and different enough. The dynamic simply doesn’t work. This is why Danny could be okay with Dani: he doesn’t see himself in her. He doesn’t think of her as a clone, as the doppelganger. Because she’s a girl, she’s younger, she’s different. She isn’t him in his eyes.

With an identical copy, that’s not something you can avoid or ignore. Can’t deny that its not your face twisting into that evil smirk that looks so wrong because its familiar but not. Its you, but its not, and its uncomfortable, its an invasion of privacy, the ultimate identity theft. Its a person that wears your face, sees with your eyes, speaks with your voice, thinks with your brain, and bleeds with your blood. And yet its not you.

The closest thing Danny had to this was Dan. But Dan could be defeated. Dan could be made so that he never existed in the first place, completely avoided.

Daniel could not.

Daniel’s creation is out of Danny’s control, his existence never takes into account what Danny wants or cares, because its done at Vlad’s whims. And that’s the worst part: the lack of control. To know that an identical yet completely wrong version of yourself exists against your will and you have absolutely no control over it is torture, especially for someone who already had cause to fear himself once before. Sure, Danny can fight Daniel, suck him up into a thermos, and maybe kick it into the ghost zone to try to be rid of him forever, but he would still exist and he could always come back. Unlike Dan.  And there’s nothing Danny could do about it.

What even could be do? Try to destabilize him? Ask clockwork to erase him from existence? Lock him in a thermos and bury him deep in the ice caps? Kill him?

Would Danny truly be the person to try any of those?

In other words, the closer Daniel is to being like Danny, the worse effect it would have. So its all about maximizing that to get the full potential of the conflict. Danny needs a reason to see Daniel’s creation as the ultimate line crossed, the “This has gone too far” moment. Danny needs a reason to not only despise, but fear his clone.

There are some….problems, with this, and I’ve already used them in my argument: the fact that it an other you is too different, you stop seeing it as yourself. And Daniel is not an identical copy. He has aspects of Vlad in him. There’s a very fine line to be walked, between Daniel being similar enough that it hurts Danny while being different enough to count as a different character. The design alone might already doom it. But fuck it, you people can pry my inverted skunk haired baby from my cold dead hands.

I realize that this is a very long response, and very little of it pertains to what you asked. However, I hope you enjoyed my analysis and my explanation of my personal reasoning. This was a lot of fun to talk about (I can’t remember if I got into some of the things in other asks or if I’m recalling them from a thing I was gonna post but hasn’t gotten to yet. If there are repeat things, I’m sorry! My memory is v bad.) and I thank you for the ask!

I also realize that a majority of this ask talks about making Daniel Danny’s worst enemy, which goes against the “They slowly become bed buds” ask I got earlier. I received that ask before I really had any ideas of what to do with Daniel, and since I’m loving this worst enemy idea, the conflict is understandable. The friend idea is still on the table tho! All it needs now is a climax, a trigger, a turning point. Something that changes the dynamic to start that “I hate you, but not as much as I did, and I kinda sorta enjoy your company a little bit.” ball a’ rollin.

Fuck if I know what that is tho lmao

HOW TO TUMBLR 101 - Making an Art Tag :)

I see A LOT of people who are new to tumblr struggling with posts and making art tags and such, mainly because English isn’t their first language.  

So, as a non-native English speaker who has also struggled for MONTHS with Tumblr, I’m making this post to help you guys out :))) TAG YOUR ARTIST FRIENDS!!!!! 

This is far from perfect, but i’ll try my best!  

1. What is tagging??

These are tags.

They are like bookmarks and the posts are books. If you search Tumblr for a certain tag, it will show ALL posts with that tag in it!

The same with searching for tags in a blog.  

after the blog’s URL (the www.[blahblahblah].tumblr.com thing) will be /tagged/[the tag you search for]

and this page will only show posts on that blog with this tag :) 

so, the big question:

2. How to make an art tag???

if you understand all the above, this should be simple (kind of)! :D

When you post your art, put a tag that you will use as your art tag in the #tags part. It could be anything you like, for example “my art”, “mine” or use or own “blog name”.  I am mattockmaniac47 so i can use “Mattock’s art” as my art tag.  Just use whatever you like, really, as long as it stays the same on all your art posts :))

If you already made a post but forgot to put an art tag, you can always EDIT the post and add the tag. 

first, get the permalink DIRECTLY FROM YOUR BLOG (go to your blog, find that post and get the permalink)

Once you’ve gotten to your post, the edit button should be on the top right corner 


save it and we’re good!

So, once that’s done, you can go to your blog and click on you art tag and it will lead you to a page with ALL YOUR ART

AND TA-DA! All your stuff! 

Now, how to add a link to your “art tag”???

3. Adding a link to your blog

Now, to the more confusing part… But don’t worry, it’s not THAT hard! just do it SLOWLY :)))

First, go to your blog and choose “Edit theme”.  You all first start with this theme, so i’ll just go with it, ok? :) 

after clicking that, this should appear

scroll ALLLL the way down to the bottom!

and click “Add a Page”. This appears:

There are 2 METHODS:

This is METHOD #1 & here is how mine looks like when finished:

This is METHOD #2:

and how mine looks:

Try to follow the instructions above and then save & exit the “edit theme”! (sorry for bad quality!!! Tumblr is shit!)



Once you’re good at it, you can play around with the themes and making pages like this: 

it’s pretty fun to do, actually :)))

I hope this helps you!!! 

anonymous asked:

hi! is there a way to edit + put borders on multiple icons at one time? or do you have to do them all separate?

Hello, anon! There are definitely ways to work with multiple icons at once. I think you’re asking me one of two possible questions.

One is, “How can I edit a bunch of icons that are already saved?” Like if you wanted to add a border or watermark to a bunch of icons you already have! If that’s what you’re asking, here are two tutorials that might be of help to you, both of them on batch editing icons:

The other is, “How can I make a bunch of new icons, all at once?” I believe there’s one specific process you can use in Photoshop, involving the Timeline and a Photoshop script. Here are tutorials on how to use it:

I hope these were helpful! In case I didn’t hit on what you were looking for, here is the icon tutorial tag at dear-indies, which is a great resource.

Star Wars: Ewok Feast: Special Edition

Star Wars: Ewok Feast: Special Edition

Interviewer (off-screen): So, tell us about your worst Life Day Feast.

Leia: Ha, that’s too easy. I mean, all Life Day Feasts are awkward, but this one started off on the wrong foot right off the bat. I mean, we haven’t even gone inside yet, and my boyfriend already shoots my dad in the hand. Like, not even just once! He shoots him in the hand like five or fifty times. I lost count.

Leia: <snort> Yeah that was pretty bad. It got even worse, too. But like, ever since then I insist Han keep his cool for at least 3 parsecs. Is that too much too ask? Just 3 parsecs of peace in the Galaxy? Apparently with Han, sometimes it is. <laughs>

Leia: Shot him in his bad hand, too.

Luke: They were both bad.

Leia: What?

Luke: They were both bad hands. He had two bad hands. I’m the one with one bad hand.

Leia: What? You told me his right hand was bad.

Luke: Oh, right. Yeah, like two decades later I found out both his hands were bad. Obi-wan’s ghost told me. Actually, Obi-wan’s ghost and Dad’s ghost were arguing about it and I got the gist of it.

Leia: Oh, the ghosts told you.

[Leia makes a face at the camera]

[Leia turns back to Luke]

Leia: Oh, don’t tell Ben.

Luke: Wait, what?

[Leia bends forward starting to chuckle]

Leia: Heh..heh…heh. Okay, okay. No Luke, okay, we told Ben a different thing when he asked us about our worst Life Day Feast.

Luke: What?

Leia: <snort> Okay, little Ben’s like 6 or 7, right? And he’s, so cute. And like, he’s asking us all about Life Day and we tell him about the time we got eaten by Ewoks. Ewoks!

Luke: No.

Leia: Yeah, Ewoks! <giggles> And little Ben, his eyes go wide and he looks really concerned and worried. And me and Dad are just trying not to lose it it’s just so funny…

Leia: And little Ben is about to start bawling and he squeaks out, “…What happened?”

Leia: And me and Dad lost it and we just start busting out. Dad somehow gets out, “Don’t worry, Ben, we got better.”

[Leia starts cackling]

Luke: <thoughtfully, and slowly> …Huh. Okay, that makes sense…

[Leia eventually stops cackling]

Leia: What makes sense?

Luke: Did Ben know that Ewoks are little bear-like folks and not huge Sarlacc-like monsters?

Leia: …hmm…I guess not. No wait. NO.

Luke: …uh…

Leia: <giggling> Oh my, you mean all this time Ben has been thinking we actually got eaten by Ewoks? Muahahahaha! Oh, that’s too much!

Luke: Hold on. Look, I was telling Ben about the Sarlacc pit one day, and Ben was like seriously freaked out by it. I mean, like freaked out like I’d never seen him freaked out before.

Luke: And when I got to the Sarlacc he asked me if it was like an Ewok.

Luke: I said, “No, not at all. An Ewok’s like a cute little bear.” And so I’m continuing the story a bit and suddenly Ben starts cursing up a storm.

Leia: Holy Force! I wish I could have seen his face when he found out! <crying tears of laughter> I gotta tell Han about this. He’ll die laughing!

Luke: No Carr Leia. You don’t understand. He like, was pissed.

Leia: Cute little quiet Ben? Oh, that’s too awesome! Hahahaha…

Luke: No, I mean PISSED. Ben’s had serious rage issues ever since that day. I don’t think he’s going to ever let this go.

Leia: Come on, lighten up, Luke. I don’t see how that little joke could bite us in the back. I’m sure that once we all get together about it, Ben will come to see that that was one epically funny joke. hahahaha…

Luke: (mumbling to himself) Maybe I should have started training Ben when he was younger or something. I mean, I’m just going by Master Yoda’s example but I’m beginning to feel like he didn’t know what he was doing…

Leia: <still laughing> Besides, Luke, what’s a little family drama? A little family drama never killed anyone, right?

“One reason that I don’t look at my films again once they’re finished is because I’ve already learned from them what I’m going to learn and watching them over again doesn’t teach me anything. There’s a quote by the French poet Paul Valéry; he said, ‘a poem is never finished, only abandoned.’ You could edit a film for the rest of your life and still keep changing it and changing it, but at a certain point it leaves your hands and you send it off to military school, or whatever; it’s gone, it’s on its own, you know. You kick it out of the house and it’s gone, and it has to live in the world itself. I have a personal motto that it’s hard to get lost if you don’t know where you’re going. I really believe that intuition is the real guide. Therefore to me my work as a filmmaker is a process and there is no destination; it’s like the Buddhist saying, the path is the destination. I really feel that way. I loved it when they asked Kurosawa, when he was in his eighties, when would he stop making films, and he said, ‘as soon as I figure out how to do it.’ It’s very hard to say specific things you learn from each particular film, but the experience of making the films is the end result. And the film itself is something you kind of leave in your wake as the result of the process.” – Jim Jarmusch

anonymous asked:

your doing nanowrimo? is it your first year? any advice?

I am!

I’ve actually been doing Nano for a couple of years! My advice is, have a basic outline of what you want to write even if its something as simple as just knowing your main events. That way you already have your road map but you can fill in the road all that you want with whatever side plots or character arcs you want to fill. My outlines are always really detailed, but I tend to get derailed from them, but I can always touch on the main points. Another thing that I like to do is set a daily word count goal, mine is usually around 3k.

Also, don’t get bogged down in the details, just write until you finish the story, and then once you reach the word count, then go back and edit and rework it. This is meant to be a rough draft! So I don’t really sweat the small stuff like my character was wearing a red shirt at the start of the chapter but for some reason they spilled juice on the purple shirt they’re wearing, I fix those errors later.

I think my final piece of advice is don’t worry about whether or not your plot is as good as someone else’s, write your own story!

I need to finish up my fancomic (trials) so i can do another non-main comic* comic I thought of

and its an original idea (rather than fan idea) about a gay scientist and her gf like??? I need to write it this instant but i can’t have 3 comics going on at once

*my main comic is the 1 i update 1nce per week and rarely post about here cuz its got its own tumblr i dump those thoughts on. but shameless self promo here (link) is the link

EDIT: forgot to add! and this potential comic idea already has like a predominant color scheme which is something I almost NEVER do normally my colors are just “whatever”

Whatever it takes, I will follow my heart back to you, if only so I can show you how deserving you are of every happiness. - Robin

I haven’t made anything in forever! *bites nails* hope y’all like it. You MUST read Tethered by @repellomuggletum15 if you’re not already! Check it out here and on her tumblr!

here’s a network for all the dean lovers out there that love dean winchester more than anything else in this world and they would sell their souls just to see him smile one more time  (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧*:・゚✧.

(sorry for the crappy edit made in 5 seconds)


  • mbf this dean lover
  • reblog this (likes don’t count as an entry!)
  • no survey bc i’m super lazy
  • have some spn on your blog!

what am i looking for

  • kind and friendly blogger
  • you gotta love dean ofc
  • nice and organized theme!
  • cool posts!
  • tagging system is a plus but not required!
  • did I already mention that you gotta love dean??
  • if you contribute to the fandom with graphics/fics/edits/etc that’s definitely a plus! (not required though)

what do you get

  • follow from all the members!
  • we could share our edits/graphics/work/gifs/fics/etc
  • help with polls/html and stuff
  • a special tag where we can reblog each other’s works/promos/whatever
  • we could cry about dean all night long
  • new awesome friends!!
  • a special spot on this hella cool page
  • group chats and possible movie nights (◕‿◕✿)
  • my eternal love and friendship
  • +my firstborn

what do you do once you get in

  • follow all the members!
  • submit an icon and a description for the network page (don’t worry I’ll send you a message asking for it + some extra info)
  • so have your askbox/submit open!
  • put a link to the network page somewhere on your blog!
  • track the tag #deanloversnet for updates and more

extra info

  • I’ll pick around 15-20 people at first but I’ll add more people over time!
  • so don’t worry if you don’t get picked in the first round! you have lots of chances!
  • if you have any doubts, ask me
  • good luck!! and reblog away!  (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

changed the edit bc it was horrible before woop

im picking the members now!!

Ten mistakes independent authors should avoid at all cost

1-Don’t quit your day job to be a writer. To write you need inspiration and inspiration dies the minute you have to write to pay the bills. Most writers spend nights, weekends and lunch breaks on their projects. Once you become a bestselling author, then you quit your job.

Originally posted by t3quila-mockingbird

2-Don’t release your book too soon. You think your book is done, you’re excited and want to share it with the world. You can’t bear to reread it anymore. Well, let it sit for a month, then read it again. See all those typos? Those extra characters? TAKE YOUR TIME! If you send a mediocre work out, you’re through. 90% of self-published books are garbage. Make sure your work is the best it can be. How?

-Go to writers’ groups

-Get beta readers

3-Don’t reject criticism. I know it hurts, but freaking listen already! It will make your work better! 

Originally posted by bookjunkie26

4-Get beta readers! Some people don’t because they don’t want to give away their book away for free. This is a huge mistake. Beta readers are AWESOME (thank you guys!) they provide a safe environment where you can learn if your book sucks before you send it out in the world. Also, if your book is good, there’s a good chance they will buy it anyway, in fact even multiple copies for friends (I always buy books I loved for my friends!)

Originally posted by falling-inlove-with-books

5-Don’t underprice or overprice your book. You know how many hours went into your book. Some people think that giving away their book for free will help them get it out there, but the truth is that most cheap books (not all, but most) are really not that great. If your book is good readers will pay a fair price. But don’t overprice your book. You’re not a bestseller, so stay reasonable! Average size paperbacks are priced $14-18. Young adult tend to be a bit less. I am thinking to price my first book around $9 (paperback).  E-books should be lower (I’m thinking $4-5). Audiobook are expensive and depend on length. What are your thoughts on pricing?

6-Invest in your book! The worst thing you can do is to think “I wanna make money on this, not blow them!” Well, you need to invest into your project to give your book a chance. This is your dream. Especially if this is your first book, plan on investing in advertising and professional help when needed (editing, cover design, etc…). Don’t make debt, ever, save for it like you would save for a pair of shoes you like. Our biggest mistake is to think that we are not worth it, when we have no problem throwing money on a dinner out or somebody else’s book. Invest in yourself, give your dream its best chance! 

Originally posted by kesterkreative

And…don’t count on making money out of your books, hope that you will. There are about 300,000 books published per year in the US alone. Only 100 make the best seller list and the big bucks…Write because you have to and want to say something, not to make money. 

7-Don’t underestimate cover design. Design a mind blowing cover! If you can’t, pay someone to. 

8-Don’t think that your book it’s going to sell itself. Even if it’s the best book to have ever seen the light on planet earth, readers need to know it’s out there. The average author (with a publisher!) sells 400 copies per book (sadness). You need to spend time doing research and marketing (see post on marketing). 

9-Don’t think “I’m a writer, it’s not my job to…” It is. If you are self published, it is your job to edit, design, market, engage readers, travel the world…do whatever it takes to get your book out there.

Originally posted by datenshi1

10-Don’t start marketing your book once it’s out. They say it takes three years to build a decent networking/marketing system. I don’t know about that, but start as soon as you can! 

Thanks for reading, like and reblog, I’m always looking for more bibliophiles to follow ^_^

Next up on the mic, Rumpleswagstin

I highly regret making this

  • Best Luke URL
  • Best Ashton URL
  • Best Michael URL
  • Best Calum URL
  • Best 5sos URL
  • Best writer (this includes fanfics, one shots, blurbs, imagines etc.)
  • Best edits
  • Horniest blogger
  • Funniest blogger
  • Nicest blogger
  • Best icon
  • Favourite Luke girl
  • Favourite Michael girl
  • Favourite Ashton Girl
  • Favourite Calum girl
  • Most likely to date Ashton
  • Most likely to date Calum
  • Most likely to date Luke
  • Most likely to date Michael
  • Best theme
  • Overall favourite
  • Must be following me - new followers more than welcome! I will be checking out everyone
  • Must reblog this post - likes don’t as an entry. (but you are more than welcome to like for bookmarking.)
  • I will be going through every single blog who reblogs this, then once there are a decent amount of notes I will pick winners.

  • A follow back (if i’m not already.)
  • A spot on my updates tab
  • friendship duh
  • idek whatever you want I just thought this would be fun. I’ll promo everyone too.


Once Upon a Time » 20 days challenge.

Hey, so I have no idea if this has already been done but I thought I would do it anyway haha. I feel like even if there’s alot of appreciation weeks going around, there’s a lack of ouat on my dash and I thought i’d do this.

So basically, you can make gifsets, graphics, edits… you also skip days, or do whatever you want, feel free to message me if there’s something you’re not sure about.

  • day1: favourite episode from season 1
  • day2: favourite episode from season 2
  • day3: favourite episode from season 3
  • day4: favourite character
  • day5: favourite otp/ship
  • day6: favourite place
  • day7: favourite outfit
  • day8: favourite villain
  • day9: favourite objet
  • day10: favourite quote
  • day11: favourite season
  • day12: favourite dead character
  • day13: favourite hairstyle
  • day14: favourite scene
  • day15: favourite persona from anyone
  • day16: favourite second character
  • day17: a character from disney you would like to see in the show
  • day18: a character you would like to see more
  • day19: favourite brotp
  • day20: favourite magic (dark, white, etc…)

So I hope, you’ll have fun doing this and make sure to tag “ouatchallenge” in your first 6 tags so I can see/reblog your posts!!



I need money ;n;

I’m home from school for the summer and now I have time to open commissions to help pay off some car loans! SCORE. 

SO, if you are interested:

  • “Chibi” Style: $10
  • Lineart: $15
  • Flat Colors: $20
  • Simple Shading + Flat Background: $30
  • +$5 per extra character

I will pretty much draw whatever you want EXCEPT FOR anything NSFW or animals/furries. I also reserve the right to refuse a commission for any reason. I’m basically open to anything, so if there’s something you want that isn’t mentioned on the price list, just message me and we can work something out! 

Prices are in US Dollars and payment is via Paypal only, and payment will be expected upfront. If I can’t complete a commission for whatever reason and you have already paid, I’ll refund you entirely. 

email me at Kelslk.art@gmail.com be sure to include in your message:

  • commission type
  • any character refs
  • any specific pose/ facial expression/ preferences etc (basically what you want it to look like!)
  • any extra info (whatever else you think I should know for this)

After I get all this business, I’ll email you my paypal information for payment. Once I get that, I’ll send you an in-progress sketch, where you can request changes, etc. Then, I’ll start your commission! 

So yeah that’s pretty much it. I’ll probably add more/ edit some stuff to this as I think of it, so these rules are all subject to change!

Thank you! :D


In honor of reaching 1,400 lovely followers, I decided to do a Tumblr awards as a thank you to all of my amazing followers. (This is the first time I’ve done anything like this, so please keep that in mind if I mess up or something.)


  • You must to be following me since this is a thank to all of my followers
  • You must reblog this, not like it, in order to be nominated for the awards. You can like it to book mark it if you like
  • This must reach 50 notes
  • There will be one winner for each of the six categories
  • I’ll be the one selecting the nominees for each category. There will be eight for each, then they’ll be put into a pull for others to vote.
  • Don’t hate on any of the chosen nominees and winners
  • I’ll notify the nominees once I have chosen them on the 24 of March


Best URL

Best Posts

Best Icon

Best Theme

Nicest Blogger

Best Sidebar

The winners will get:

A link on my blog for a month
A Promo once they win and a promo whenever they’d like
A follow from back me if I’m not already following themA Disney short story written by me. It will be about whatever they choose (It may suck and this is optional)
Anything that they want! Please note I’m pretty bad at edits.

I think that’s everything. If you have any questions or something was not clear, please just message me, I’d be happy to explain. Thank you once again for following me. I love you all and I’m so thankful for everyone of you. I hope that you all have a very Disney filled day <3

And GO!

sage’s johnlock network!

hello lovelies–

yes, i’m making a network. let’s pretend that edit up there doesn’t exist okay

SO. why you should join~

  • it’s fantastic is why. this is a network to support the creation of johnlock fics, meta, fanart, edits, and all other lovely things. the goal is to get an audience of friends who can support/read/see/reblog your things, help edit and give feedback, give prompts, distract you from working (ha.) , etc.
  • new friends and followers, of course!
  • centers around johnlock (of course), but other ships are welcome.
  • note: there will be nsfw. you have been warned.

how to apply~

  • mbf moi
  • reblog this post
  • message me your name, a few things about yourself, and what you make or write (edits, meta, art, whatever). i’ll look at your things when i pick people <3
  • i’ll pick the first ten or so people at 10 pm eastern time (USA) this sunday.

once you’re in~

  • i’ll have the page set up
  • follow everyone in the network (i’ll follow you guys if not already)
  • track the tag #sage’s johnlock network
  • post your lovely works to the tag as well as blog rates, botm, selfies, everything.
  • this sounds stupid, but… talk to each other. i’ve been in networks where no one knows anyone else and it’s boring. you guys can all message me randomly tbh.


if this doesn’t get 20 notes this never happened