The entire reason we want to have writing “rules” is so that we can break them.
Between my annoyed ranting and my personal opinions, it slipped my mind that many people haven’t been told this, and it’s only been brought to my attention recently that my own posts (and many others) don’t emphasize this point nearly enough.
Please take every writing guideline with a grain of salt.
If someone says don’t do this it should never mean don’t ever do this but rather do this sparingly in order to get the effect you want out of it.
If you use stammers and ellipses to show pacing throughout your story, those things become the pacing itself. But if you use the sentence structure and action tags to show pacing, you can use stammers and ellipses to show anxiety, or create a unique speech pattern for a particular character, or a multitude of other cool things.
If you constantly use epithets to describe every character in your story, they become a long, often annoying alternate to a pronoun or name. But if you cut out most epithets, and just use a specific one to refer to a particular person or group of people, you can show something about your pov character’s view of the world, whether prejudice or admiration or adoration; the possibilities are endless.
The same idea can be applied to most things pertaining to writing. Remember that almost anything you use frequently throughout your writing will loose its point.That’s why said is such a good dialogue tag. Once you use it enough times, most readers don’t notice it anymore.
So when you read a writing guideline, one of your first thought should not be that’s a foolish rule or wow my writing must be terrible, but rather in what ways could this rule be broken in order to achieve a certain effect?
Once you know that, it’s much easier to tell if the rule itself (and the breaking of it) is something you think would benefit your writing, or if you’d be better off ignoring it entirely.
(If we could pass this around the writeblr community that would be wonderful!)
shiro says he doesn’t mind, but he’s an apple guy at heart
don’t tell anyone but he just thinks his new, shiny, silver arm looks pretty dang great next to his shiny macbook and his space grey iphone. it’s for the aesthetic, lads
(space instagram goes crazy for it)
his iphone has a word password he doesn’t tell ANYONE and it’s always capitalised or has a number somewhere. he doesn’t even use touch id in case someone tries to force him into unlocking it. he values his privacy!
(by that, he means he values people not seeing his awkward ‘flirting’ with matt over text. most of it is star wars references.)
when he was at the garrison, keith tries to unlock shiro’s phone while he’s sleeping by pressing his thumb to the home button. it doesn’t work with any finger. when keith looks at shiro, he’s not even sleeping and looking at him with the biggest shit-eating grin
pidge can use any laptop immediately but is a windows supremacist. she appreciates the aesthetic from apple and everything but you can’t play ANY good pc games on mac so
lance: hey my mac is acting weird. can you help me pidge?
pidge: maybe you should have fucking thought twice about buying a macbook huh lance
screams when her faithful dell laptop lags and and lance’s macbook is still going strong
(also shushes her laptop when the fan whirrs. “don’t admit defeat now chad”)
lance shops exclusively at apple. probably has the rose gold 6s
“hey lance the leaked iphone 8 has no home button” “what the fuck”
“lance the leaks say that it doesn’t have touch id either??” “what the FUCK”
allergic to xperias. samsungs are okay, but they’re on thin ice. lance genuinely thinks he will Die if he ever lays his eyes on a windows phone bc the shock will kill him
hunk doesn’t…. mind? and unlike shiro he truly means it. he doesn’t see or get the difference- considering processors, ram, and everything, there’s not too big of a gap.
if he had to pick, he’d pick hp but only because that’s the only one he really knows/has ever owned
probably has a big samsung phone. his hands are Large and it’s hard for him to use little screens.
hunk knows he says he doesn’t mind, but he also can’t use macs.
is That Guy who curses under his breath when he realises the command/control button is placed differently on macs
keith has a fucking nokia
still thinks sony ericsson/walkman flip phones are on the market and are also The Best. he idolises the red ones. hunk has to break the news gently
when he finally gets a smartphone, it’s an 2015 sony android he got second hand. keith loves it and lance nearly has a stroke when he sees it
lance, mortified: what is that. what is that. keith, what is t
keith: it was red! :(
lance takes EVERY opportunity to get rid of it. he swears it’s cursed because it always finds it’s way back to keith. always.
he first just tries to break it and make it look like an accident, but he forgets xperias are virtually indestructible
lance later flushes it down the toilet, but it clogs the pipes and coran has to fish it out.
keith: hey, thank god that it’s waterproof, huh?
lance, clutching his still-not-waterproof iphone in pure rage: :) yeah how lucky
the next time they’re on an friendly alien planet, lance yeets that shit out the closest window just as they’re about to leave. one of the friendly aliens thought it was an accident and brings it back to them just before they launch. keith is thankful. lance is This Close to just dying
he takes the battery out so it’s useless and keith has to trash it, and throws that down a random vent. pidge brings it back
keith also thinks alienware/gamer laptops look cool
lance introduces allura to the rose gold iphone and allura has actually never Shut Up about it since
(on that note, coran thinks the gold iphone is great but settles for his altean tech. he likes the idea of ipods and really likes earth music too!!)
allura: you earthlings are so slow with technology! this ‘phone’ is blocky, heavy and
lance: i can just take it back, then..?
allura: you will have to pry this shiny, pink, archaic little device from my cold dead hands. just fucking try me lance
Please Spread This Around, Nazi Defender in the Pokemon Community
I genuinely don’t like spreading this stuff, but I haven’t seen ANYONE else talk about this and I need to get it out there before younger people in the Pokemon community think its okay.
Recently due to the events of Charlottesville, a popular Pokemon Youtuber by the name of Verlisify has been discovered to be defending Nazis and White supremacists on Twitter.
In this video, ( https://youtu.be/pWnAzeiD_Vo ) made by DuncanKneeDeep, you can see evidence of Verlisify defending Nazis and the like on his Twitter, stating how people defend the “not all Muslims” statement in reference to how the majority of Muslims are NOT terrorists, to how people attack the “not all Nazis” statement, basically claiming not all Nazis are extremists, but they are. Nazis ARE extremists, they want a 100% white country and with that the ERADICATION of every other race, sexuality, religion, and gender identity that does not fit their criteria.
I am here to spread the video and warn people about what this man has said and agrees with.
Please, if you are subbed to this man, unsub to him, unfollow his Twitter, BLOCK it need be.
Make sure your younger siblings and cousins and anybody impressionable are not subbed or following this man. We do not need more people agreeing with these ideals.
And I BEG OF YOU, spread this around, reblog it, spread the video link above EVERYWHERE.
We need to protect the younger children and ourselves from these horrible, disgraceful ideals.
I’m making this post because he is a huge Youtuber in the POKEMON community, which is a MASSIVE community comprised of mostly children. I do not want children who only came to see Pokemon develop the thoughts that it’s okay to kill everyone that is different from you.
I’m not making this to doxx him or witch hunt him, that is not the intention of this post.
It’s to bring awareness to this and protect everyone from a Nazi defender.
Please spread this, please. Even if you don’t like Pokemon. Think about the children who do and might watch this man.
overall: who? / i hate them / i dislike them / kinda wanna fight them / they’re alright / i like them / i love them / *accidentally drops thousands of pictures of them* opinion: again, who??? / the purest bean / cinnamon roll / who knows really / sinnamon roll / the problematic fav otp(s): other ship(s): #noromo ship(s): crack ship(s): fav headcanon(s):
Alright, so, with Autism Acceptance Month in full go, and with me still not having managed to get Thomas to acknowledge this, here we go again.
Some of you may know that I made another long post about this a while back, and I am so happy that it got as much traction as it got, it wasn’t enough as the point of the whole thing was to get @thatsthat24 himself to acknowledge it. Which is why I’m doing this again. Now, strap yourselves in, because this is gonna be a long one.
I’ll get straight to the point; from watching Thomas’s Sanders Sides videos, I have come to the conclusion that Logic, also known as Logan, is without a doubt autistic. Why is that, you ask? Well, he exhibits a lot of common autistic characteristics:
He takes things very literally, and has a hard time with metaphors - having to use flash cards to memorize them.
He is often unable to tell when something is meant as a joke, and even when he gets that something is a joke he often gets frustrated by false facts. For example, his reaction to Morality’s dad jokes in the Q&A video.
He is incredibly socially stunted - just look at his attempt at “flirting” with Valerie in the valentine’s day video.
He has Special Interests - most notably poetry and crime novels. He has infodumped on several occasions: for example, in the Q&A video, when asked about his favourite book, he wanted to tell the viewer about everything that happened in the book. He has also several times used quotes from poems or poets in otherwise irrelevant conversations, and it is also important to note that he knows more about poetry than Roman, who is the one that’s supposed to represent that sort of stuff. As for crime novels, not only is his favourite book a murder mystery, he has also dressed up as Sherlock at one point, and his favourite disney movie is Big Hero 6, which could be seen as a crime story considering it’s about a bunch of kids trying to figure out who a certain criminal is.
He has difficulties comprehending emotions, especially the emotions of other people. His knowledge of psychology and body language seems entirely like something one has read up on in a book - it doesn’t come naturally to him. He’s also, word for word, said: “Emotions, the bane of my existence”, which implies that he just… doesn’t understand them.
There are more, too, but these ones are the most prominent ones.
It is also worthy to note that, as mentioned earlier, he has dressed up as and explicitly been compared to Sherlock Holmes, who is one of the most well-known examples of an allistic person accidentally writing an autistic character.
Now, I am very well aware that Thomas probably didn’t intend this. It’s a common trope, after all - the emotionally stunted nerd genius - and not many allistic people realize that it’s actually a (somewhat distorted) portrayal of autism.
However, I think it is extremely important that he is made aware of this as soon as possible, as examples of this “trope” often tend to fall victim to different kinds of mockery - being called inhuman, having their special interests mocked, being referred to as cold-hearted machines… A well known example of this is Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory - he is obviously autistic, but the creators keep mocking him and encouraging their viewers to mock him for exhibiting autistic behaviours.
I don’t want Logan to become a Sheldon. I don’t want the Sanders Sides to become a Big Bang Theory. I am terrified of this happening, even though I know that Thomas is a good person, because if he doesn’t know what he’s doing then how do we know he won’t accidentally end up making autistic people the butt of a joke? We’ve already seen slight examples of this, for example in the most recent video not only Anxiety but also Thomas himself essentially mocked Logan for taking things too literally, and that stung. So please. I beg of you. Reblog this. @ Thomas in this. Send him asks about this.
Guess who just got rejected for not one, not two, but three jobs!
That’s right. All of the workplaces I applied to have officially turned me down.
Starbucks ran out of space, which I totally understand.
My local pool turned me down, as they were only accepting people who were certified to teach lessons. Again, I can’t help that, totally forgiveable.
But then… a small Halloween Store officially turned me down for being trans. Like, seriously? This is 20-heckin-17, people. They wanted me to use my birthname and wear the female uniform (which happens to be a form-fitting dress). So I told them no, and they immediately said there was no chance of having a trans worker in their crew. How messed up is that?
I dunno guys… I wish I could live off commissions but the income isn’t steady enough… If you get a chance, could you maybe take a look over on that page? I’m officially between jobs for who knows how long, and I hate being so desperate.
I have stated this a couple of weeks ago and it seems that my assumptions were not wrong. I said that this fandom is decreasing in safety at an alarming rate. Sadly it is true. I’ve personally wanted to speak up and talk to Jack personally about this for a while now and sadly to even today, he hasn’t realized it. I know its understandable for a creator to stay out of their own fandom drama but honestly I am worrying for the safety and the good atmosphere our fandom is known for. Coming across as a social media manager, or an advocate or representative of the fandom is not my intention. I just really, really want Jack to atleast be aware of what’s going on behind the scenes in his own fandom.
People are harassing eachother, and I see it more and more each day. Not only on Tumblr, but on twitter, the youtube comments, or even on discord servers.
There is a girl harassing Jack and Wiishu on Twitter. There are friends of mine being harassed and blamed for abuse. There are minors who are toxic to other fellow fans in a way of guilt-tripping. People hate on eachother for the fact that they enjoy Anti’s existance.
For your aesthetic blogs: Stop stealing edits For your “imagine”blogs: Stop stealing gifs For any other fan account with compliations of anything in this fandom REBLOG. DONT REPOST.
How many more times do I need to speak up about this? I am a freelance captioner and since a few months, every video I watch, I see incorrect captions. They are not there for your own fun! They are a tool for the hearing impaired! Its not cute or quirky to write your own comments there!
This is what I see in the captions in every video: Self-made comments Selfpromotion People putting words in Jack’s mouth People captioning in zalgo text Putting in fake Anti hints Full on caps-lock captions People putting in random words And this way I could rant about it for ages.
Jack I am seriously concerned and I’d love an opportunity to speak up to the entire fandom about this. It’s not fun anymore to see your hard work being stolen. It’s not fun to see people mess up captions for other people. It’s not fun to see your friends being abused by other fans. Stop the toxicity. Please Jack. I beg you to be atleast somewhat aware of what’s going on. People you reblog everyday are harassing other fans behind the scenes. Its devastating to see toxic community members get praise, Its devastating for artists to see you reblog stolen fanart or gifs sometimes. And personally, it hurts a lot to see people like the “funny captions you put in” on videos.