i am super grateful

the first (and hopefully only) time I cried today:

My school had a mock election today. When they announced the results - Hillary Clinton, by a huge margin - one of my students, who is Muslim, burst into tears. She and her friends spent the last two minutes of the day exchanging hugs and enormous smiles, and for half a second I thought, you guys, chill, it’s a mock election, it doesn’t count for anything.

But of course there is nothing “mock” about it. Her classmates overwhelmingly rejected a man who doesn’t think that she and her family belong here. My students’ votes don’t count in the election, but they matter in our school. And today, my students affirmed the safe, inclusive environment that we all work so hard to nurture.

So of course. Of course she was celebrating. 

Me too, kiddo.

  • blizzard team: *doesn't release sombra*
  • blizzard team: *has left multiple ARG clues/updates, ON TIME, and was very, very likely to release sombra at blizzcon anyway*
  • overwatch fandom: ugh i'm so pissed off that they hyped sombra again for nothing! i hate her now!
  • me, seeing the glitches, messages, and art: my acne has cleared, my crops are growing, my rivers are flowing

#transformationtuesday Today I turned 32. Felt like an appropriate moment to stop and appreciate how much I’ve grown and learned in the last year– How much more comfortable I am with myself and how peaceful my heart feels. Super grateful for my loving and supportive family and friends, and so grateful to finally feel unburdened by lifelong fears and insecurities. Life isn’t always 100% peaches and sunshine (it never is) but I feel like I’m living in color again and living as authentically as possible.

INKTOBERTALE

Hello everyone!! I apologize for the late in this message, I didn’t have internet for a few days and I’ve been studying all day so I sort of forgot after a while, but…

I hope you had a GREAT Halloween, and thank you SO much to everyone who participated to the blog’s event Inktobertale!!

It was honestly a blast and I received wonderful feedbacks about the event!! I tried to congratulate as many people as I could personally but it’s not really easy, so I just wanted to make an overall message so everyone could know how grateful I am.

There were all AMAZING entries, with super awesome and determined artists and it was a blast to share thoughts and ideas with all of you! I can’t believe some of you were determined enough to draw this guy the whole month… Even I couldn’t… //sweats

Again, thank you SO much!! Feel free to browse #inktobertale to look at all the amazing drawings of the month!!

Happy november everyone, and let’s all get prepared for Christmaaaaaaas! :DD

Okay, Saizo turned out the best imo so far… Probably cause I spent the most time on him rather than just a quick sketch…lol Guess I gotta go back and do Shingen and Masamune justice by spending more time on their drawings ヽ(;▽;)ノ

I see quite a few reblogs & likes on Masamune and Shingen sketches and I am super, super grateful that you are enjoying my drawings! ❤️ thank you so much!!!

I wonder if I should do Kenshin or Nobunaga next… Maybe Yukimura…??? Ahhh so many great options… Maybe even Kagetsugu or Toramatsu cause they both are awesome too… (*´▽`*)

I figure I can upload this on it’s own.

This is the piece of artwork from the final chapter of What Lies Behind the Throne done by Naz on Etsy of Alistair, Roselyn, and their son, Edward.

One of my favorite images of one of my otps, ever. It fits the scene beautifully. I am super grateful to Naz for this.

What Lies Behind the Throne on AO3

What Lies Behind the Throne on tumblr

[please do not tag as your own warden]

Fanfiction Appreciation Post: Haikyuu!! (KageHina)

I am super grateful for all the wonderful people who put all their hard work into writing fanfiction beautifully. So, since Fandom Fic Rec Days are coming soon, I’m going to make a couple of posts dedicated to my favorite fanfics! I have too many in Haikyuu!!, so there are subsets based on the main relationship in the fic. Enjoy!

Works

sometimes your heart will ache but that doesn’t mean you’re weak by takokun (G; 6.6k; English; Complete)

When Kageyama wakes up he finds tears on his pillow.

Disclaimer: This is endgame HinaYachi, but honestly the KageHina portrayal requires this fic to be in this post too. 

Comments: I NEVER thought I would have one favorite fanfic in all the fanfiction I have read, but this is IT. Every now and then I go back and read it again, and it still makes me feel the way I felt the first time I read it. I cry throughout the whole story now, but honestly, I’m so glad this exists. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Painting With Words by iwillstillopenthewindow (@iwillstillopenthewindow(G; 5.1k; English; Complete)

Hinata just can’t seem to write anything these days, until he gets an invitation to an art exhibit.

Comments: I have no words for this one. It’s just such a wonderful piece of art. In fact, the whole series is awesome, if you choose to read it.

and i would say i love you but saying it out loud is hard by calliopinaround (@calliopin-around(T; 1.6k; English; Complete)

No matter how hard he tries, Kageyama thinks, he always ends up like this.

Comments: Just… the simplicity in getting together. I love it when ordinary antics and moments lead to extraordinary developments. 

you’re the wings on my back, and together we conquer the sky by earlgrey_milktea (@puddingcatbae(G; 5.1k; English; Complete)

“Oi. Your turn to make dinner.”
“No, it’s your turn.”
“No way, I made it last night. Remember? We had ramen.”
“Instant ramen. Which doesn’t even count as cooking.”
“I did it in a pot on the stove, so it does count.“
or, kagehina in their twenties;
adulting is an everyday adventure when you’ve got your best friend right there next to you.

Comments: I read this right after I got into a QPR myself (and I got my lovely QPP to read it too), and it just blew my mind. The realistic portrayal, on-point characterization and relationship development, amazing. 

Count by someonestolemyshoes (@someone-stole-my-shoes(G; 5k; English; Complete)

Kageyama’s first kiss was with a volleyball.

He was six, and the smooth, cool leather stung where it smacked to his mouth. It tasted like dirt, like dust and gym shoes and a little bit like sweat, too, and it stole the breath from his lungs and took his two front teeth away with it.

It…probably doesn’t count as a kiss, honestly, because balls don’t even have lips to kiss with, but it made him fall in love with volleyball the way real kisses make boys fall in love with girls on the playground, so Kageyama thinks it’s probably good enough.

It didn’t matter that it hurt - that it bled, bust his nose and ripped his gums and stained his mouth in red and blue and purple - what mattered was that it was his first kiss, his best kiss, and nothing was ever, ever going to change that.

His second kiss is with Hinata.

Comments: I don’t even know why or how I came to like this one, but I do. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I counted the kisses I received just like Kageyama does here.

Series

love and victory by bigspoonnoya (2 works; 36k; English; Complete)

Comments: This entire series just… gave me the feels so bad. Gosh, if you ever need lots of angst but also happy tears and you like the college AU and have enough time on your hands to read a ton, this series is for you. Actually, even if you don’t have time, this series is worth all the procrastination in the world. (Be sure to check the warnings on each work first; I haven’t put them up here.)

This list is in no way complete. These are just a handful of the several fics that have given me the feels, warmed my heart, made me melt, brightened my day, and/or inspired me. Even if those fics aren’t up here, I really appreciate the hard work of all those writers.

Stay tuned for appreciation posts of fics with other Haikyuu!! pairings, and for appreciation posts of fics for other fandoms!

For KuroTsuki fic recs, go here

10

a year or two ago i toyed with the idea of starting to  document/collect queer narratives here in Ghana in other for there to be some kind of reference point, an archive of sorts for the future. I  Never really thought i would set off this year, actually collaborating with all sorts of brave amazing people, some i knew already, others i had to know from scratch. living, making memories together, lending our lives to this record.

perhaps the biggest fear that drove me to start this was that of erasure, with history, and though that fear still lurks around, i am super grateful for these first steps, especially to all the participants of this project;, those whose houses and couches i hijacked for weeks, for Patrick who passed away two weeks after our brief exchange, for those who helped me up when i felt i couldn’t complete this, for those who took me to my first drag show, for all the badly fried chicken i had to swallow down,  for Alex and kwasi for the best Emotuo/grandnut soup ever, all the advice from benard and kwasi ohene before i even began, for the resources, for Andrea Stultiens’s constant feedback , for my amazing friend Kwasi, noticing that i had no clue how to start this and  offering, “ you can start with me first, at least you know me”, for the fuckers who attacked us in winneba giving me my first awful taste of “apparent” sexuality based violence in a town that is otherwise incredibly accepting, for all the back and forth with Moses for the show, for Robert Frank,   Lyle Ashton Harris, Robert Doisneau, Zanele Muholi, James Barnor, Nan Goldin for being on my mind throughout this work, for Nuku studio workshop & participants for opening me up, for magnum foundations support for the work, for my brother Kwame for the financial support, for Nubuke gallery for hosting the exhibition and excluding the fact that its an exhibition about QUEER people from their handouts, for Atsu and his incredible spirit, for all partiicipants at the exhibtion and those who have lent a listening ear during any one of my presentations.

Thank you! i am grateful.

© 2016 ERIC GYAMFI

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The River, 2016

i realize that i am the Most broken record but why in the name of fuck aren’t more people watching black sails

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@thelifeharmony @wildcat347 @aoyuki @dera-chan @shugokairifatewin @100night and @serenemidnightflower who I for some reason can’t tag,

Thanks so much!! I was super blessed with birthday wishes and I am very grateful for all you wonderful people haha. I wish I had the time to reply personally to you all, but please know that each of you definitely put a smile on my face with your messages~ (〃∀〃)ゞ

I’m also on-edge because just before the lunch incident I was at a seminar on LGBT inclusiveness on campuses and verbally outed myself in discussion without even realizing hey, I’m at a professional event (and, you know, no one in my office knows that I’m bi/gay/whatever the hell I am in my very wlw ways).

And I’m still sick. And the PTSD stuff.

…it’s just been a really rough few hours and I am super, super grateful for Reylo asks right now. Thanks, everyone. ❤

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It seems like Foxy wanted to thank you personally, donitkitt lmao!

Also, I just want to say that your words mean so much to me, I appreciate them immensely. I know i don’t say this enough, but i truly am grateful that people dig my designs/art, and super cute messages like yours always puts a big ol’ smile on my face and keeps me motivated! (which is a big deal for me)

So, really, thank you very much for being so sweet~ =‘)

kinda wanna talk about the way Arin and Danny are always so supportive of each other. it’s so refreshing, like they don’t put each other down to be funny too often and they’re cheering each other on for the most part. even when Danny made a joke about Arin in that one golf game VS recently, he had to be all “just kidding” and proceeded to call Arin “baby”…

Okay my dear friends! You have no idea how long I have been anticipating making this post. Careful not to miss today like a total space cadet, but I am on top of it y'all! I just wanna call out a few individuals that have been a pleasure to have around, see on my dash, whether we have really roleplayed much at all or not. I just truly enjoy our interactions. So without further-a-do; @saintsdevilsandrebels, @the-knife-with-an-edge, @curseofsilvermoons, @prodigalvirus, @malacchi, @lonelyeycs, @scealdraiochta, Will you be my Valentine? 

Was the cheesy as shit? Probably. *ahem* really though, You all have been super amazing and I am truly grateful you’re some level of batshit crazy for putting up with me and my muses!

anonymous asked:

why is your original fic chaptered. why is it a wip. i hate this. i wasn't even gonna read it but then i caught sight of that line about kiem joining a kids' group at a parade and i kept reading and. well, good job <3

Let’s be honest, this is so not the first time Kiem has got in trouble because he’s super weak against sad kids, or even mildly disappointed kids, or even just kids who look like they might be mildly disappointed in a minute if things don’t sort themselves out.

I am so glad you’re enjoying it, anon! Two reasons:

1) because editing this, and before that writing it, has taken up so many months that I was getting to the stage where the thought of another end-to-end edit made me want to cry and put it under my bed for a year, so betaing and posting bit by bit saves me from that

2) I really do super appreciate people’s reactions! I am incredibly grateful to anyone who has let me know they enjoy it and they’re following along, and it makes all the work TOTALLY WORTH IT <3