i also entered these in a contest that i'm not going to win

This is now OVER!

Our fragrance for Hancock will be called Isodoped, and one will be sent to @road-slime

The winner of Eternal Steel was chosen from a bowl of written out names, Hunger Games style. The odds were in @belleroo ‘s favor!

Perfumes/Colognes in Fallout 4 inspired fragrances, including our traditional oil roll-on style, our moisturizing mists for body and hair, and for the first time a traditional perfumer’s alcohol based parfum (spray).

Pictured: Fancy Lads Snack Cakes, Power Armor Grease & Testosterone ( @papidanse that one will be on its way to you tomorrow! I know you’ll dig it) Wooden Soldier, Eternal Steel (NEW!), Valentine Detective Agency, What’s the Angle Here…, and Nuka Cola (Cherry version is also available).

I have a PERFECT scent blended for Hancock! Here’s the thing - I don’t have a NAME for the Hancock one. HELP! Reblog this with your idea for a name for it; I’ll pick one of those, and that person will get a free roll-on of it. <3 (Description if you need inspiration: It’s all about his coat. A hint of grape mentats, a touch of gunpowder, and a pleasant blend of musk, patchouli, and amber (all sweetened with a bit of caramel) because damn, that’s an old coat.)


You all had great ideas, and I chose to go with the “obvious” Isodoped. It was a close race between that and Of The People, For The People,  and the first person who suggested that (Kat?) will get a certain bonus in their package if they decide to place an order. ^_^ I will contact the winner as soon as I finish posting this.

Shockingly, I don’t think too many have entered the contest to win a bottle of Eternal Steel. Again, just relog (or edit your prior reblog) to say you’re interested and your name will be included! I’ll be choosing tomorrow afternoon/evening, whenever the kids allow it.


I also want to give away a roll-on of Eternal Steel. It’s new and I have a lot of followers who love Maxson! (Again, inspired by his coat: Leather, cold steel, rich bourbon and vanilla tobacco, a touch of ozone from laser rifles; an interesting mix of warm and sharp notes. Quite masculine.) The rules: I don’t want this to go to someone who just wants a freebie, I want it to go to a FO fan, especially a Maxson one. So you have to be following me, and your blog has to have some obvious FO content. If you’re interested in this giveaway, just send me a comment! ^_^ It’ll be done Hunger Games style, names in a bowl.

Shop, which will be reopened soon: False Nostalgia Shiny Scents & Sundries

PS: yes, I’m working on more. Preston’s is going to be lovely.

nerdmigerd  asked:

How would you recommend a young writer to make a profit off of their work? I'm unemployed and want something to make an early living off of.

Okay, so, my answer may be quite disheartening, but instead of being discouraged by it I expect all y’all young writers looking to make some cash to decide this will only mean you will work harder and not ever give up. In this line of work, you have to hustle.

There are ways young writers can make money. But those ways are tough and discouraging and require a shit ton of work. If you’re smart, you will pursue just about every option there is.

1. Writing Competitions/Contests

There are approximately fifty zillion of these things, all with varying rewards (many of which actually aren’t monetary). All of them have different restrictions (must be a certain genre, the author must be living in a certain place/be of a certain age, the topic must be on something specific, etc). And the only ones that are easy to find, open to most people, and have a good monetary reward are pretty much always the ones that have an entry fee. Usually entry fees are between $5-50, most often around $20. There are a good number of free writing competitions, but those are the ones with the most restrictions on them.

Writing competitions are (usually) different from writing contests. “Contests” are usually the ones held by really selective literary magazines that p much no one reads, and they’re looking for only the snootiest, driest literature there is. Often these mags will pay you in publication/a number of copies of the issue where your story will be. They also probably want rights to your story until after Jesus comes.

Writing competitions are usually for genre stories. They’ll call for a specific genre, a specific word count, and those are pretty much the only restrictions. The rewards will vary from a few hundred dollars up to about $3,000 for popular publications like Writer’s Digest. (The ones that offer more than that are mostly grants, which are an entirely different beast I don’t know nearly enough about to speak on.) Unfortunately, they also have a huge number of applicants, so there’s a lot more competition.

Most of these contests/competitions are for short fiction, poetry, or short non-fiction (essays, basically), so if you only write novels or screenplays, you’re (mostly) out of luck.

BE CAREFUL. As many reputable contests are out there, there are twice as many scams. Be careful.

Resources on writing contests/competitions:

Writer’s Digest Competitions

Poet’s & Writer’s Grants and Awards list (a great resource for those super snooty litmags)

Poet’s & Writer’s Submission Calendar

PEN Literary Awards 

20 Tips for Winning Writing Contests

(NO ENTRY FEE) List of 27 Reputable, Free Writing Contests

(NO ENTRY FEE) Freelancewriting.com’s Creative Writing Contest List

Another List


I’m not even half way down the first google page there are so many just look

2. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is multi-faceted. It can refer to blogging, writing articles, writing for social media, copywriting, etc. Journalism kind of stuff. I have limited experience with this–not with doing those things, just with getting paid for it–but there may be more input from people in the notes, so make sure you check that out.

In a similar vein, you can also try freelance transcription, where you basically listen to/watch a recording and transcribe what’s said in the recording. This is more difficult than it sounds. But if you have a wpm of 80+ and great hearing (and a lot of patience), go for it.

Beware of scams–anything that wants you to pay to get a job is not a real job.



Paid Writing Gigs

Call for Submissions

Freelance Job Openings

Freelance Transcription Jobs

Transcribe Team

3. Self-Publication

This is one wild beast that should not be entered into lightly. If you publish something, it will always be in your publishing history. Even if you don’t sell anything. And with even more self-pub/e-pub stories out there than there are competitions, you really, really have to work your ass off to make decent money self-pubbing. 

It’s recommended that you only self-publish if you: have worked for an extended period of time on this piece (years), have had professional eyes look over it (more than once), have done your homework on which self-publishing sites you want to use, are prepared to do all the work necessary to see to the success of the piece (editing, formatting, design, promotion, etc), have a good reason for choosing to self-publish (i.e. not because you’re impatient, bitter at being rejected, unwilling to put the work in, etc.)

If you are sure you want to self-publish, here are some resources:

25 Things You Should Know Before Self-Publishing

Writer’s Digest Best 101 on Self-Publishing + Resources

52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers

There’s this book called The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide

Also check out YouTube because a lot of self-pubbed authors go there to promote, and they have videos talking about their self-publishing journey, so you can learn from their mistakes/emulate their successes

4. Crowdsourcing

I’m mostly going to be talking about Patreon here because that’s really the only thing in this category I have experience with. As far as I’ve found, this is the most conducive site to crowdsourcing for writers who don’t necessarily want to publish a book. I don’t even think it’s technically crowdsourcing.

Patreon is a way for your supporters to support you. It can be for anything. You can write short stories, create art, make tutorials, etc etc. You actually don’t even have to do anything if you’ve got people willing to give you money for that. Set up rewards that your patrons will receive when they pledge a certain amount (exclusive content, physical rewards, etc).

There are two ways to find supporters: connecting with other creators on Patreon, and getting in touch with supporters you’ve already established (friends, family, fans). I don’t know much about connecting with people through Patreon because I just haven’t put much effort into it so far. 

As for reaching out to other supporters, a great way to do this is through social media. Network with fellow creators/consumers through sites like here on tumblr, fictionpress, wattpad/figment, fanfiction sites, Twitter, YouTube, etc. Also, if you can stand it, tell your family. No one wants to support you more than your sweet grandmother who is deep-pocketed, near-sighted, and technologically impaired.

Most importantly, establish yourself where your target audience gathers. Put out as much original content as possible. Make a name for yourself–which brings me to my next point.

5. Social Media and Writing-Adjacent Work

A lot of the sites I listed that you should establish yourself on have ways to make some change if your site gets some traffic. You can put ads on your tumblr blog (or on your fictionpress, I think), you can monetize youtube videos, and the like. You have to get a lot of traffic to make some decent money off of ads, but it’s something. And it’s always good to promote yourself anyway.

As for writing-adjacent work: on the internet, where many people live nowadays and where indie creators have the best chance of making some money, there is a lot vying for your audience’s attention. It’s good to have a shorter, more attention-grabbing service to offer that is relevant to your writing that will draw your audience to you. Basically anything that gives you authority as a creator and interests people that might also be interested in what you’re creating.

For example: create a writing advice blog, build your writerly “brand” on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, tumblr, offer freelance editing, and more that I can’t think of off the top of my head.

Each of these things requires a great deal of work for a lot of initial rejection and not a lot of initial reward. However, if you pursue many or all of these things and really dedicate yourself to them, you will eventually get a payoff.

anonymous asked:

The whole elven runes post that you reblogged got me thinking about the lights of arlathan found in the cadash thaig in dragon age witch hunt. If i'm remembering correctly that the elves that took shelter there where refuges from the fall of arlathan(and maybe solas forming the veil)

We’ll be covering Cadash Thaig in a couple of videos, so I won’t give you the long version here as it has its own entire video I have to do, and I always release the written scripts for people who don’t want to watch them. :)

Long and Short: Lights of Arlathan were left there by refugees fleeing Arlathan, likely due to the Veil and NOT from Tevinter, though it was clear there WAS a fear that partnering with the elves in Cad’Halash would cause problems with Tevinter later, as the dwarves razed their own thaig themselves rather than actually let that news fall into the wrong hands. There’s a LOT of weird shit about the thaigs, and I KNOW I babble about them a lot (go check out “deep roads” tag and see how many of those posts are just mine XD), but there’s a lot more to Thedas than “look elves” and the intersectionality of all these points does matter.

Elvhenan subjugated the dwarves. They defeated the Titans, and in so doing “gave the dwarves dreams”. This is a society that was built on power and might - the Evanuris were gods because they had the POWER to do as they wanted, not because they ACTUALLY WERE GODS (and the factions working against them likewise had the power to stand against them so we’re talking a LOT of power-struggles). We have an inherent system of slavery (wave to Solas as we pass by this topic, everyone), which was delineated by ownership in the form of markings made of blood (or more likely in this instance lyrium like Fenris), which suggests that vallaslin was more than just a pretty design. It’s RUNES. 

Elvhenan existed at the intersection of the Fade and the Earth. For more on this whole topic, check out my Monthly Theory Posts as we’re currently digging through a LOT of this topic right now (part 2 of…oh god it keeps just getting longer). The problem with many of the problems in Thedas is that they stem from the same primary sources and the questions we have interconnect where those sources lie, but that’s also where we’re lacking information, and puzzling it out is a mess.

Long and short of it, the Evanuris killed Titans for lyrium and “something else” according to the codices we receive in Trespasser and dialogue from a Quizzie who has already completed Descent. That something else is likely linked to power, because power was everything in Elvhenan. You either had it or you did not. 

In other words, Elvhenan was Tevinter V. 1. As with many other Tevinter customs, social class and power struggles were inherited from those that came before. Tevinter has done a LOT with their time and made a lot of additions to that but we cannot deny they were built on the remnants of Elvhenan, down to and including dealing with the dwarves (except friendlier in this case - trade rather than war in a deal that also built the Dwarven Empire in turn). 

So we have Elvhenan and the Titan Age. Elvhenan wins and the two are linked, with Elven ruins leading into the Deep Roads. Then we had the fall of Elvhenan with the creation of the Veil, and the rise of Tevinter and the Dwarven Empire from its ashes, and then we had the fall of Tevinter and the Dwarven Empire and the rise of the Andrastian Empire under Orlais from the ashes. 

The elves didn’t die when the Veil was formed. They CHANGED. Tevinter didn’t disappear when Andraste marched north. It CHANGED. Such is the way of the world. The struggle is in teasing out the patterns. 

It was cataclysm that led to the formation of the Veil - infighting among their own kind, the war between the Evanuris and the Forgotten Ones, and the awakening of something in the depths that the Evanuris in their greed disturbed and then tried to seal back up. 

It was cataclysm that led to the rise of Andrastianism - the faltering of Tevinter faith and the subsequent cracking of the Black City that resulted in the First Blight that decimated Tevinter over the next century and a halfish and which changed the face of Thedas entirely. 

Humans existed before the Veil. Elves exist after. Dwarves are still clinging on. Darkspawn…well…they’re clinging on too. 

We can generally name these threats, but the details are missing. The Blight’s origin is contested - the Dwarves claim the darkspawn existed in the Deep Roads well before the Archdemon. The Chantry tail paints it as something of an instant rejection and corruption of sorts. The Avvar have different names for darkspawn entirely. We KNOW there ARE ancient darkspawn magisters, because we’ve seen them. But the ritual to kill an Archdemon that the Wardens “discovered” was likely some hold-over too. 

After all, a corrupted demon-dragon is actually precisely what the Evanuris-Forgotten One war boils down to in the end. 

That explains the Archdemons, but not the darkspawn and the blight itself. 

And so we go further back, to that thing the Evanuris woke up in the dark.

We have instances of cults worshipping that which might destroy them. In the Tirashan, elves worshop the forgotten ones and slay anyone who enters on sight. Their vallaslin is red like blood, or perhaps like red lyrium. We have references to the dragon cults throughout history, into the modern day. We know that many tried to appease Dumat when the first Archdemon rose, thinking that their god was back, and dying for it. We have references in codices to people literally worshipping the Blight as well, or the Void. In Inquisition, there’s a cult in the Hinterlands literally worshipping the Breach. So, all in all, people do weird shit.

That Thing in the Dark is another of these worshipped points. I don’t think it represents the Blight, but I don’t think it’s one of the Evanuris or Forgotten Ones either. Its statues stand in locations like Sundermount, where a pride demon has been sealed inside, not unlike how the dwarves have sealed Gangue within the stone too, usually with the use of runes. 

Runes are power and energy bound to form - vallaslin possibly serves to keep spirits drawn across the veil in their physical forms while the Evanuris had the powers of shape shifting and change. Runes hold magic, drawing ice or electricity into a weapon, making something real when it otherwise was not. And it does this using lyrium. 

There’s power in the earth, just as there’s power in the Fade. We know what happens when the Fade is corrupted, when spirits twist into demons. We fought Nightmare in Inquisition. And let us not forget the Blight itself is a mental and physical illness. It corrupts the body, but it also corrupts the mind, twisting those enduring it into paranoid, rage-filled, angry beasts until it kills them entirely. It corrupts them from their purpose. Wardens on their Callings will confirm similar states - irrational anger, the desire to kill, and the darkspawn are no different. It corrupts the body - we have plenty of ghouls to prove that point. The Blight IS corruption. 

The Blight is the original gangue, the waste, the darkness that lies within the Stone. 

The Evanuris woke something, after their slaughter of the Titans, after they subjugated the very Pillars of the Earth, carving their effigies into their forms, and stealing their lyrium life-blood to power their magic. Whatever they woke, it was angry, and it scared them so much, held so much power, they fled the Deep Roads and sealed them shut in their wake. 

We have references of monstrous things rising up to wage war on the elves of Elvhenan. This might be the Titans, but it is also likely this other Thing. The Thing the elves woke in the Dark. 

The statues of the Thing in the Dark are likely not true representations (any more than Mythal is really as she appears in her statues, or Solas is truly a wolf, or Andruil a hare or owl, or whatever else. But since corrupted spirits (like Audacity) have been sealed into these strange warped farms, and since there were factions that wanted to stand against the Evanuris even during their reign, there were likely those that turned to worshipping this sort of power that could so frighten the Evanuris. 

I think the Thing in the Dark is perhaps THAT thing in the dark. I think the statues we see are perhaps remnants of the cults that worshipped it, carving its effigy into stone as Elgar’nan had done, or as the dwarves do with paragon statues. To carve something into stone is to force it to hold a shape, so even if it did not look like that, the carvings serve to remember. 

There’s theories that the ancient elves enter Uthenera in much the way a spirit returns to the Fade - to power-wash away all the sorrows and weight of the world. Or, in Cole terms, to FORGET. This concept of forgetting kept them pure and free. Memory and time are necessary to grow, but the Fade is bad at remembering - “They are ALL true,” Solas says when asked the story of Ostagar. It is good at reflecting, at shaping its raw forms into spirits formed from the ideas of the earth. 

Time is an earthly construct. Time and Memory. 

The dwarven memories are carved into the earth, literally written in blood (or titan blood at least). The dwarves are creatures of memory. The earth remembers. The Stone remembers what the Fade forgets. 

The Thing in the Dark woke of anger. Anger requires you remember the wrongs done. And there were a great many wrongs done upon the earth. 

It’s a theory, and unlike most of my stuff, I’ve not bothered to cite things, because I don’t want to dig through the codices to do so. So take it with a grain of salt and enjoy it for what it is. If people like it enough, I’ll dig up the sources (there’s so many omg). But for now, back to the Lights of Arlathan.

Mythal was born of the earth’s sorrow and regret. It was the sorrow of the elves of Arlathan that stirred the stone and made the dwarves take in the elves, or so they say, regarding Cad’Halash. Cad’Halash is an old thaig, located close to lyrium sources. If it is possible for the earth to be angry, to rage, it is possible for the earth to be sad as well. The earth has always had its darknesses - if you remember, you always will. It has no Uthenera, no spiritual reset that wipes away and allows it to forget. It remembers. The gangue is  dealt with (by the Legion of the Dead originally), but it is also considered just a natural part of the Stone herself - it is natural to carry that weight if you cannot forget. 

The Veil may have been a way to sunder the two, an attempt to do a reset, to separate two warring factions in an attempt to halt the spread of the Blight, the anger and corruption that comes partnered with the gangue, and to send the elvhen spirits back into the Fade in a forced reset. Solas’s Veil would have been an apocalyptic event - and it was. It was the magical equivalent of cutting off a gangrenous limb to save a body. But he misjudged the cost. Because Elvhenan was not made of just the Fade, and never could be. It was made of the Fade AND the Earth. Again, it was both. What was left was ruins. 

And yet parts of the world survived. From the ashes the elves fled into refuge, lost their immortality as they were severed from the Veil. The humans and the dwarves rose - though the cost had been great to the dwarves as well, the Titans only slumber. They were not entirely gone. 

And other things slumber as well. Great Dragons that once ruled the skies, which battle the Blight themselves by sealing off its corruption into cysts within themselves, according to Inquisition, effectively repeating the efforts of the Veil in miniature - they slumber still in places like the Silent Grove as well as down in the Deep Roads where they are the Old Gods that might become Archdemons. 

Anyway, that’s a lot of babbling for 3:30am. Time to cut it short. XD *shrug* I throw too many thoughts at people I think.

  • Maya: For Halloween we should dress up as Ferris, Sloane and Cameron!
  • Farkle: No.
  • Riley: Yes!
  • Farkle: No.
  • Riley & Maya: Why not?
  • Riley: Cameron is the best friend though! He's great!
  • Farkle: Obviously, you're Sloane and Maya is playing Ferris which isn't fair at all.
  • Maya: What's not fair?
  • Farkle: Ferris and Sloane are dating! Which means you two are going to be implied dating if you dress up as them! And-
  • Maya: Are you jealous?
  • Farkle: What? No! I'm just-
  • Maya: You're jealous that you can't be Ferris and be able to reenact all their lines together with Riley, am I right?
  • Farkle: Pft, no.
  • Maya: You're such a liar.
  • Farkle: You shouldn't dress up as characters who are dating if in reality you aren't! We're not entering a couple's contest or anything!
  • Maya: Oh, maybe Riley and I should. We'd win definitely.
  • Farkle: Riley and I won FAVORITE COUPLE LAST YEAR, MIND YOU!
  • Maya: How do I know you didn't just edit that in yourself? You're on the Yearbook Team aren't you? Anybody with eyes can see that we're the better couple.
  • Maya: You don't get to make that decision!
  • Riley: *awkwardly says* Hello? Guys?
  • Maya & Farkle: What!
  • Riley: We could just go as something else. You know that way nobody's feelings get hurt. I also didn't know you two care deeply about Ferris and Sloane's relationship. Do you two care that deeply on what other people think on how we're portrayed together?
  • Maya: Shit.
  • Farkle: Crap.
  • Riley: So...
  • Maya: So...
  • Farkle: I've been in love with Riley since the first grade, therefore I get to be Ferris.
  • Maya: How is that even relevant? And we should just go as something else like Riley said so no one' feelings get hurt.
  • Farkle: Are you implying that you care about my feelings or that you're backing down from getting to be the main lead because-
  • Maya: Zip it, Minkus.
  • Farkle: My feelings are out in the open. It's only fair for you to do the same.
  • Riley: Maya?
  • Farkle: Maya's in love with you Riley!
  • Maya: I'm going to kill you!
  • Farkle: Can I at least be Harry Potter instead of a Ravenclaw student?
  • Maya: I can pull off Harry Potter better than you can!
  • Farkle: I dare you to try.
  • Riley: *Says in Hermione's voice* What an idiot.
  • Maya and Farkle: Who are you calling an idiot?
  • Riley: You two are both idiots.
I have a prediction.

Yuri on ice is going to win every category of crunchyroll’s stupid anime award thing, and why?

Not because its animation is even close to mob psycho 100.

Seriously google it, look up any gif of mob psycho 100. You’ll see, unless you’re so blinded by Victor’s ass that you can’t see anything else (I understand).

But because it’s popular.

That’s it.

Poor Studio Bones.

You worked hard on making every fucking frame gorgeous and 3-D and FUCKING psychedelically colorful and lively??

Too bad, not enough sex APPEAL.

Also prediction: yuri on ice is going to trend on Tumblr for maybe two days because it won some entirely arbitrary online anime poll contest.

And not even against opponents like snk, snk, or snk.

Against opponents like…I don’t even know, haikyuu (not enough sex APPEAL), drifters (gorgeous but not popular, too violent, not gay), bungou stray dogs (decent but not gay), All Out (hot but not hot enough), and Natsume Yuuinchou (too pure, not enough ass).

But will re zero fans pull through?


So that’s my prediction for January 10th.

Yuri on ice is going to trend and ruin a few days of my life (I’ll live. I lasted an entire two months, I’m strong).

And it’s going to win every category. Even the ones it’s not entered into.

Because I know you’re clicking “other anime” and writing in yoi.

I can’t prevent it.

But I can predict it.

And that makes me feel just a little better.

anonymous asked:

i saw your reply about how grand itd be if Oikawa can defeat Ushijima somehow in college but like.. what if they end up going to the same college.. and being on the same team !!!??!?!!? thoughts?


  • Drinking contest - winner: Ushijima (he doesn’t get affected by alcohol at all; Oikawa passed out after the third shot)
  • Alien facts - winner: Ushijima (turns out he knew a lot bc he didn’t want crop circles on his farm, so he read all about them and all the preventative measures he should take to avoid aliens ruining his crops - Oikawa was stunned and almost wanted to become his friend)
  • Lifting weights - winner: Ushijima (they were neck and neck, but Oikawa accidentally saw Iwaizumi flex on the other side of the room and lost the feeling in his legs) 
  • Drawing contest - winner: Tie (neither of them have any skills in drawing apart from stick characters)
  • Eating contest - winner: Ushijima (Oikawa accidentally ate something with coconut, which he’s allergic too, and Ushijima went to the hospital with him to make sure he was okay after his face puffed out like he was a chipmunk with a mouth full of nuts)
  • Race - winner: Ushijima (Oikawa was bombarded by girls on the street where they were running - Ushijima had to inform Iwaizumi to go fetch him and Oikawa was found hiding in a stag shop he didn’t realize he entered but was too embarrassed to be found leaving from)
  • Arm wrestling - winner: Ushijima (Oikawa was sure he’d win bc he’d been practicing with Iwaizumi, only to lose and find out that Iwaizumi let him win every time bc he felt bad) 
  • Who knows the team members better - winner: Tie (while Oikawa was amazing at this, Ushijima was very perceptive of his teammates’ strengths and weaknesses too)

I think Oikawa would still hate Ushijima, but this would give him a chance to see Ushijima as a teammate for once and, perhaps, finally get a taste of winning when it comes to volleyball! Ushijima really respects Oikawa so I’m sure he’d be pretty satisfied with having Oikawa as his setter (if that’s what is decided, of course). Oikawa would probably hold his grudge over Ushijima but he might become slightly more tolerable towards him because he knows he has to get along with him if he wants to play and bring out the best in the team. I also think Ushijima would come to like Oikawa as a person because he thinks his silly challenges are entertaining and his ideas for volleyball strategies and his precept about others are very commendable.