i choose to have many lives

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This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.

A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!

Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.

All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.

Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!

It’s never going to be perfect and I think that’s why so many of us are unhappy. We keep waiting for the moment everything changes and everything will be good but that moment doesn’t exist. So we keep waiting for a future that never comes and we will die waiting. I have advice for everyone who is waiting: stop. Start living your life the best you can and don’t wait for that sign you’ve been looking for. There is no sign and there never will be. The sign needs to come from inside you, the sign is the moment you choose to live. So close your eyes and inhale. Open them and exhale. This is your sign. Stop waiting, start living.
—  quotingfangirl 

anonymous asked:

I want to live by myself when I move out of my parent's place but I'm really afraid of money problems? I'm afraid that the only place I can afford will be in the ghetto and it'll all be torn apart and I'll only be allowed to eat one granola bar a week. I'm really stressing out about this. I don't know anything about after school life. I don't know anything about paying bills or how to buy an apartment and it's really scaring me. is there anything you know that can help me?

HI darling,

I’ve actually got a super wonderful masterpost for you to check out:

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Once you’ve looked over all those cool links, I have some general advice for you on how you can have some sort of support system going for you:

Reasons to move out of home

You may decide to leave home for many different reasons, including:

  • wishing to live independently
  • location difficulties – for example, the need to move closer to university
  • conflict with your parents
  • being asked to leave by your parents.

Issues to consider when moving out of home

It’s common to be a little unsure when you make a decision like leaving home. You may choose to move, but find that you face problems you didn’t anticipate, such as:

  • Unreadiness – you may find you are not quite ready to handle all the responsibilities.
  • Money worries – bills including rent, utilities like gas and electricity and the cost of groceries may catch you by surprise, especially if you are used to your parents providing for everything. Debt may become an issue.
  • Flatmate problems – issues such as paying bills on time, sharing housework equally, friends who never pay board, but stay anyway, and lifestyle incompatibilities (such as a non-drug-user flatting with a drug user) may result in hostilities and arguments.

Your parents may be worried

Think about how your parents may be feeling and talk with them if they are worried about you. Most parents want their children to be happy and independent, but they might be concerned about a lot of different things. For example:

  • They may worry that you are not ready.
  • They may be sad because they will miss you.
  • They may think you shouldn’t leave home until you are married or have bought a house.
  • They may be concerned about the people you have chosen to live with.

Reassure your parents that you will keep in touch and visit regularly. Try to leave on a positive note. Hopefully, they are happy about your plans and support your decision.

Tips for a successful move

Tips include:

  • Don’t make a rash decision – consider the situation carefully. Are you ready to live independently? Do you make enough money to support yourself? Are you moving out for the right reasons?
  • Draw up a realistic budget – don’t forget to include ‘hidden’ expenses such as the property’s security deposit or bond (usually four weeks’ rent), connection fees for utilities, and home and contents insurance.
  • Communicate – avoid misunderstandings, hostilities and arguments by talking openly and respectfully about your concerns with flatmates and parents. Make sure you’re open to their point of view too – getting along is a two-way street.
  • Keep in touch – talk to your parents about regular home visits: for example, having Sunday night dinner together every week.
  • Work out acceptable behaviour – if your parents don’t like your flatmate(s), find out why. It is usually the behaviour rather than the person that causes offence (for example, swearing or smoking). Out of respect for your parents, ask your flatmate(s) to be on their best behaviour when your parents visit and do the same for them.
  • Ask for help – if things are becoming difficult, don’t be too proud to ask your parents for help. They have a lot of life experience.

If your family home does not provide support

Not everyone who leaves home can return home or ask their parents for help in times of trouble. If you have been thrown out of home or left home to escape abuse or conflict, you may be too young or unprepared to cope.

If you are a fostered child, you will have to leave the state-care system when you turn 18, but you may not be ready to make the sudden transition to independence.

If you need support, help is available from a range of community and government organisations. Assistance includes emergency accommodation and food vouchers. If you can’t call your parents or foster parents, call one of the associations below for information, advice and assistance.

Where to get help

  • Your doctor
  • Kids Helpline Tel. 1800 55 1800
  • Lifeline Tel. 13 11 44
  • Home Ground Services Tel. 1800 048 325
  • Relationships Australia Tel. 1300 364 277
  • Centrelink Crisis or Special Help Tel. 13 28 50
  • Tenants Union of Victoria Tel. (03) 9416 2577

Things to remember

  • Try to solve any problems before you leave home. Don’t leave because of a fight or other family difficulty if you can possibly avoid it.
  • Draw up a realistic budget that includes ‘hidden’ expenses, such as bond, connection fees for utilities, and home and contents insurance.
  • Remember that you can get help from a range of community and government organizations. 

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Keep me updated? xx

Spec: Nicole’s ‘Death’ & Subverting BYG

Hear me out. Two reasons why I love the speculation out there that Nicole will possibly die and be resurrected this season: 

  1. It would be a stellar continuation of Wynonna Earp’s subversion of the Bury Your Gays trope, which the show began in 1x13 with Nicole surviving a gun shot by wearing a bullet proof vest
  2. It would be another homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer but with a rectifying twist

It’s no secret that BtVS helped inspire Wynonna Earp, and many fans and television reviewers have repeatedly noted the connection between the two shows. We’ve already seen one big nod to Buffy in WE 2x08 where  Wynonna “dies” for a few seconds and is resuscitated, leading to Bobo’s return from hell. That parallels Buffy’s “death” in BtVS 1x12 for a few seconds before being resuscitated, leading to the activation of the next slayer.

I watched Buffy live during its run, and one storyline that wrecked me when I was younger was Willow and Tara’s split in S6 over, interestingly enough, trust, control, and betrayal issues. Then, as many of you know, right after they reconciled, Tara was killed, leading Willow to go full-on Dark Willow.

So right now in Wynonna Earp, we have Waverly and Nicole still in a bad spot over - wait for it - trust, control, and betrayal issues. We know that Nicole is in danger thanks to Widow Mercedes and that, per Syfy’s site, Waverly will have to choose between saving Wynonna or Nicole. There have also been two instances of Waverly and Wynonna saying in previous episodes that Waverly “would die” if something happened to Nicole.

Furthermore, Emily Andras jokingly tweeted last week about having to avoid fire from fan reaction after 2x09 and 2x10. (She’s also joked several times on twitter about writing out Kat/Nicole.) So what could possibly incense fans even more after 2x09 than Nicole’s death? lol

If Nicole does die (maybe Mercedes bites her? Idk), I’m betting that Waverly’s grief will cause her to go full on “Dark Willow.” Not necessarily in an evil sense, but I think Nicole’s death would trigger Waverly’s supernatural side, whether she’s half-revenant, half-angel, half-something else. 

The big twist, of course, would be that Nicole doesn’t stay dead for long and is resurrected, either by Baron Samedi (thank you Purgatory Case Files), Mattie the Blacksmith (aka the “white witch healer whore” lol), or some other unknown force.

So in one fell swoop, Wynonna Earp would again pay homage to Buffy while continuing to subvert the BYG trope. At least I hope!

Okay but serious-talk tho - Biphobia disgusts me on so many levels

Righty - I’m just here to try to spread some positivity to the wonderful people that are so often shunned from all sides for no apparent fucking reason

Pansexuals - Bisexuals - You are all so fucking amazing, do you know that?

I myself am a lesbian, there’s no way around it. Because of society - I told myself I was straight - then I stumbled into thinking I was bi - then into pan - but now I have found myself as a lesbian and that’s just how it is.

It disgusts me to see how many of my fellow sapphic ladies refuse to date bisexuals. You ARE part of the LGBTQIA+ community - I don’t get what’s so hard to understand?

“Oh but they’re more likely to cheat on me!”

“Oh yeah I like lesbian porn so I don’t mind if my girlfriend gets it on with a bisexual - we can have threesomes”

“You have to choose”

Listen - If I can’t choose to be attracted to men, then a bisexual/pansexual person can’t decide not to be.

And as for the fucking ‘more likely to cheat’ get the fuck out - seriously!
More likely to cheat than who? “Oh I hate my wife so much lol” straights ™?
And even from homosexuals - like really? We’re shunned as it is - why create rifts within our own community just because you can’t relate to them?

No - I couldn’t relate to someone being attracted to men. If my future girlfriend would be attracted to other genders than my own, then that’s her buisness, and I wouldn’t love her less. It would actually make it more amazing!
Because listen here - this shit is really important to remember:

Pansexuals and bisexuals have at LEAST double the amount of people they could potentially fall for compared to you - and STILL they choose YOU! So many stars in the sky - so many fishes in the pond - and still they decide that YOU shine the brightest in their life!

Bisexuals and pansexuals - and of course you wonderful gems that are demi, ace, poly or any other part of our family - our community - Thank you for brighting up our lives. Thank you for being you. I wish I could be like you

Originally posted by queer-positive

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Harry Styles’ solo album might be the most anticipated debut this side of the millennium. Following years as the bullseye in the global behemoth that was One Direction, the singer is taking center stage with a self-titled effort that’s a classic cocktail of psychedelia, Britpop, and balladry. If it was a color, it would be the baby blue of Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster or the soft pink of Mick Jagger’s suit when he performed on “Top Of The Pops” in 1971. It’s rock and it’s roll, but it’s also soft and sensitive. Produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Fun.) it’s a record that could force the position of mainstream radio by ushering in a reprise of proper music — ensembles, verse-chorus-verse, rich instrumentation, or, basically, Adele’s bag of tricks.

Despite the red herring of lead single ‘Sign Of The Times’ (it clocks in at just under six minutes in length), the album is a short shrift 40 minutes and contains ten songs that are largely about women. Unlike Robbie Williams and Justin Timberlake before him, there’s a deepened millennial sensibility to being a leading man. Harry is a sensitive soul; A post-Drake phenomenon; A serious pop performer with enviable vocal chops and a gifted ability to convey a song’s emotional heft. He oozes class, ease and a sense of import without thrusting forth from the hips, or wreaking of a self-satisfied sense of boyband emancipation. Both respectful of his past and nervous for his future, “Harry Styles,” the album, looks both ways. - Variety

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I was talking to a friend who was feeling down about human-caused global climate change. “It may be,” I told a friend in London as we walked across Tower Bridge, “that our ticket was punched before we ever got started.” While there is no doubt we’re cutting our time on earth shorter through carbon emissions and the destruction of the ecology, it might be that our species was never going to make it past the end of the womb of our ice-age birth. I explained this, about how fragile an organism we are, and how the ice ages cycle. She laughed, she was used to my strange form of hope.

“You have to choose to have hope, or just jump out of a window,” a person I was interviewing once told me, a person who’d been accused of techno-utopianism. We were walking along the California coast hills at sunset, talking about all the ways our technological lives could go wrong, and the many ways it is going wrong. He wasn’t utopian, it turned out, he’d thought of the worst long before his detractors had. He’d decided to try to head it off, instead of jumping out of a window.

We are diseased and angry and we kill each other and ourselves and all the world. We are killing off life on Earth like a slow moving asteroid. I try to look at this, and my own part in it. Sometimes it is overwhelming. I feel so powerless trying to comprehend all the terrible things we face, much less get past them into our future, with our humanity and our inconceivably beautiful little blue-green planet preserved.

All these grown-up monsters for my grown-up mind, they are there in the nights I wake up terrified and taunted by death. When I feel so small and broken, when despair and terror take me, I have a secret tool, a talisman against the night. I don’t use it too often so that it doesn’t lose its power. I learned it on airplanes, which are strange and thrilling and full of fear and boredom and discomfort. When I am very frightened, I look out the window on airplanes and say very quietly:

I have seen the tops of clouds

And I have. In all the history of humanity, I am one of the few that has seen the tops of clouds. Many would have died to do so, and some did. I have seen them many times. I have seen the Earth from space, and spun it around like a god to see what’s on the other side. We are the only consciousness we’ve ever found that has looked deep into the infinite dark, and instead of dark, we saw galaxies. Galaxies! Suns and worlds beyond number. We have looked into our world and found atoms, atomic forces, systems that dance to the glorious music of the universe. We have seen actual wonders that verge on the ineffable. We have coined a word for the ineffable. We have coined thousands of words for the ineffable. In our pain we find a kind of magic, in our worst and meanest specimens we find the flesh of a common human story. We are red with it.

I know mysteries that great philosophers would have died for, just to have them whispered in their dying ears. I can look them up on my smartphone. I live in the middle of miracles, conceptions and magics easily worth many lifetimes to learn, from which I can pick and choose. I have wisdom and knowledge poured around me like a river, more than I could learn in a thousand lifetimes, and I am still alive. It is good that I am alive, it is good that we are alive. Even if we kill ourselves off with nuclear fire, or gray goo, or drown ourselves in stinking acid oceans, it is good that we have lived, that we did all of this, and that we grew into what we are, and learned to dream of what we could be. The only thing we can say for sure is that we will die, but we will die having gone so far above our primordial ponds and primate forests that we saw the tops of clouds.

Banning abortion means prioritizing a cluster of cells over a grown human being, or as the case may be, a pregnant child as young as 10 or 11.

Banning abortion means forcing women to be mothers regardless of their position in life without ever forcing men to be fathers; without even making sure that men pay child support from wherever they choose to run off to.

Banning abortion means forcing those with female reproductive systems to suffer the risks of ectopic pregnancies, pre-eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, placenta praevia, placenta accreta, unforeseen hemorrhages, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, amniotic fluid embolism, and sepsis– risks that include everything from emergency hysterectomy to death.

Banning abortion means condoning the consequence of more girls and women dying from illegal and self-induced abortions, and more newborns left on doorsteps, and more newborns left in cardboard boxes and garbage cans and bodies of water, many of whom will die.

Banning abortion means cornering rape victims into maintaining long-term contact with their rapists and experiencing the powerlessness of sharing their children with people they know to be unsafe, or to experience the trauma of giving up their babies for adoption.

Banning abortion means requiring once joyful mothers-to-be to carry nonviable or dead fetuses– forcing devastated couples with the nursery room already painted– to suffer through a gruesome late miscarriage, stillbirth, or the torture of knowing their child will be born only to suffer horrifically and die within minutes, hours, or days (whereas the parents of already born and terminally ill children have the choice to transition their little one to hospice care or end life support).

I understand and respect why some women (as well as transgender or nonbinary uterus owners) would not feel comfortable choosing abortion for themselves, and at the same time I truly believe we must allow all owners of uteruses autonomy over their bodies. We cannot claim to respect bodily autonomy of all people equally if even a non-sentient deceased body’s organs cannot be donated to save many lives without the person having agreed to it while alive, yet a living adult can be forced to submit to a nine-month saga right in the middle of their internal organs that totally transforms their body and ends in either the extremely painful and potentially injurious event of childbirth or very invasive C-section surgery, not to mention a baby they must now make decisions for. Outlawing abortion is not about saving lives– we know already that outlawing abortion results in people (mothers as well as children) needlessly suffering and dying. Outlawing abortion is about devaluing women; controlling women; dismissing that a woman is qualified to make choices regarding her side of the reproductive process.

anonymous asked:

Ok, controversial question warning. Aren't the Norse mostly violent? The historical records, the sacrifices and the die in battle or go to Hel thing makes me uncomfortable with the Scandinavian pantheon. Even more than other equally old or older mythologies. Old Testament included. Thanks!!!

Ok, so, I was really going to just say no and let it go but I’m honestly so frustrated because you straight up think the Norse(and do you mean the Norse people or the Norse pantheon -  you should really be more specific so I can answer more thoroughly) more violent than Christians and I would just like to casually remind you of the Crusades. Where a bunch of Christians just went an waged war on Muslims in the name of God and trying to eradicate them from the Earth. Like no one is more violent than Christian history. Ughhh. Anyways, I’m not going to deny Scandinavian history, yeah? Vikings definitely raided, killed, and raped, so have most militaries throughout history. It’s very unfair to the Norse deities and people to act like all they were was violent barbarians. 

Let’s begin with saying we don’t know everything about our gods and their history because there’s not that many resources on their stories or lore. Sure, our gods are a bit violent but that’s because they have to be - they’re warriors, they’re not immortal by nature, they bleed and breath just like you and I and they have to fight for that. As far as I’m concerned most deities are immortal and don’t have to fight to live. But really not all Norse gods are violent? Freyr(sweet precious bee dad) absolutely forbids weapons, armor, and violence in Alfheim because he chooses to promote peace and equality. 

Also, the Norse aren’t the first or only religion that includes sacrifices? Did you not have a history course in school? Manyyy ancient religions in civilizations practiced human sacrifice - Celts, Incas, and the Egyptians are the three that I remember the most from college. 

Furthermore, there’s more than Helheim and Valhalla when you die. Sure, Hollywood may make it seem like those were the only two options but you could be with Freyr in Alfheim, or go to Fólkvangr with Freyja. The Norse knew this, there were priests of Freyr who would work in his temples in hopes of going to Alfheim, it just so happens many of them wanted to go to Valhalla because it was d o p e. Endless beer, battles, and food? Sign me the fuck up.

To continue, can we please address that there was more to vikings than just violence? They were master blacksmiths and were forging incredible armor and weapons with iron/steel while many other countries were still using bronze? And can we talk about them being significant mercantile traders with parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Northern India, Kashmir, North and Eastern Africa. They were farmers, BOAT BUILDERS, and bomb hunters. the superiority of Viking ship-building skills enabled them to trade in much farther lands and carry way more goods and they were probably the most successful traders of their time?

I don’t know man, I had more to say but you’ve been kind of rude about this whole thing so this is it. Good luck.

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It’s 230 am, if you know where this alley is in downtown phoenix and want to bear witness to the spectacle that is the savage wrath of Chaos Vortex and fully understand why Im known in over 30 countries as The Dragon Of Devastation in the streets and in both official and underground martial arts fight circuits worldwide, then get here by 3 cuz shit is about to go the fuck down. 2 squads are bringing their 10 strongest warriors to finally settle a decade long rivalry with no weapons… And i set it all up by going to the enemy stronghold by myself to put an end to the fued through one final battle. Why did i approach both sides with this plan? Because unifying warriors, expanding my network of underworld connections, and restoring peace on the streets through the use of honorable combat is what i have always done everywhere I’ve been to in the world. Your either born a fuckin leader like myself or a follower. If you’re a leader, that’s what you should do. But If you decide to lead and others choose follow, then it’s your responsibility to use your clout to enrich their lives regardless of whether it puts you in danger or not because it’s the right thing to do. I exist to empower and assist my fellow humans. That is why i do things like this. On the surface, it may seem to many like im just a crazy adrenaline junkie and do so much dangerous shit cuz i have a reckless disregard for my own life, and to an extent they’re right, but really drives me is my passion to hone my talents. We all have our own unique talents for many reasons, but to me, the main reason we have them is because there are so many way that they can be used to help others. Tonight is another example of how i utilize my inborn talent for hurting people to help them. Open your third eye and im sure you can you feel the energy of my bloodlust emanating through the screen when you look at my pix. As the time for war draws closer my soul grows colder and the ability to grant mercy is now devoid within me. Mother nature always thirsts for blood in her soil, and Tonight we will give it to her.

anonymous asked:

I'd love to hear your thoughts on La La Land's ending! If you don't mind.

SO HERE WE GO. I’ve heard a lot of think pieces/complaining about how the movie is about hollywood, or white men saving jazz, or unrealistically fulfilling your dreams all at once, etc., but I don’t see how you can watch that ending and come away with those things. Sure, the movie dabbles in all of that, and you can make commentary on how unrealistic that is, or in the case of John Legend’s role in the movie, how shitty it is—but then, there’s that ending. That glorious, perfect pitched ending.

The last we see of Mia and Sebastian together, they’re making a choice many of us have or will make in our lives; a turning point in a relationship, where you have to choose what you’re willing to sacrifice, or give to keep the love that you have. They make what I would say, as a person who has made this very choice, the right choice, and seperate for the good of their careers. And realistically, painfully so, that is a lasting break—we jump five years, and things have happened that make their separation permanent (Mia is married, she has a child). That’s startling and, because it happens so quickly instead of the slow and quiet way that it occurs in real life, unbelievable. We think, they’re playing a trick on us, this can’t possibly be where this movie of sparkling lights and love songs is going to end. But the longer the scene goes on, and we see Mia in the car with her husband, so comfortable, it starts to set in, and then, even though we know it’s coming, when she sees the sign at his club—the sign she made for him—we feel the way she does. It’s been five years for her, and she has that space that we, as an audience, were not given from the main storyline, so she’s surprised, and suddenly longing, and that’s an emotion we can feel. 

But the ending isn’t about where Mia finds herself, it’s about Sebastian. He plays his song, and the fantasy begins for him and we get to go along with it. Mia may have moved on, but Sebastian is closer to us, he still feels that sting when he sees her, much worse then she felt. The cinematography here is beautiful, and the music carries us through it, and it’s satisfying, just to retrace the steps of where we have already been with these characters, to hear the same cords they sang together. You can’t tell me it didn’t hit you when, in the bar, the music swelled and he walked right up to kiss her. 

Because this is from Sebastian’s point of view, we see the way he wished it had been, how they could have stayed together, and it is so firmly planted in what he could have done differently. Mia still takes the audition, gets the job, goes to Paris, but he never takes that job with the band, he’s there at her show, he goes to Paris with her. His fantasy includes being there for her, in a way that he never really was during their relationship. He puts her, her dreams and ambitions, first, so that in the end, Mia ends up exactly where she is now, where she’s meant to be, but she’s married to him instead. And even while he’s thinking of it, the unreality of that situation bleeds in—through the film set, the Van Gogh-esque swirls of Paris. It could never have been real, because he was a different man then, he would have always made those choices. He had yet to learn his lesson.

In the end, they are able to smile at each other and part again, because this isn’t a love story. This is a story about growing up. It’s a story about how a person can mean so much to you during one point in your life, how they can change you, can take up all of the space in your world completely, and how much you can love them in that moment—and how beautiful that is. It isn’t lasting, it’s not guaranteed, it’s something you may regret and dwell on over and over later, but it is beautiful. Sebastian’s dream looks so unreal because not only did it not happen, it couldn’t have happened; there were a gulf of reasons why the two of them never would have worked out, even if he had gone with her to Paris. 

But they changed each other. They nudged each other towards their futures. They were each other’s turning point, towards success, their dreams, all the things that felt out of reach when they met. So when they said, before they parted, I will always love you, what they really meant was; I will always love what you have given me. 

Research:Large to Small Scale, Avoiding Homogenizing East Asian Cultures, & Paralleling Regions Appropriately

I’m currently working on a project set in a secondary world, but with nations that roughly correspond to major cultures in our world. 

By that I mean I’m trying to create amalgamations of cultural groups. For example, one country corresponds to Germanic cultures, one to Celtic, one to Mediterranean. There are, so far, also countries that correspond to Eastern Asia - a mixture of Japanese, Chinese and Korean, mainly - South America, “Arab countries” and so on. My first question, in that regard, would be whether or not this concept - creating a “vibe” that reads Eastern Asian, for example, but is not one specific culture - is offensive and if it is, what I can do to solve it. 

The project I’m working on makes use of so called FaceClaims, which means that, for example, actors are used to represent fictional characters. If I based the country on China alone, then I could only use Chinese FCs and would thus greatly limit the representation. A solution I thought of was to have each country be inofficially split up in itself, so the “East Asian” country would have a “Chinese” region, a “Korean” region and so on.
Secondly, I have a desert region that I thought would be nice for an “African” (I am very much aware that there is no such thing as an “African culture”, so bear with me) cultural group. For this “country”, I thought of a loose union between different nations of people. There, I’m stuck - should I choose one region in Africa, let’s say West Africa, and base each nation on one specific peoples there? Or should I create my own “African-inspired” cultures? Or should I choose cultures from all around Africa and base a nation on each?

My third question goes along a similar line: The “cultures” I have chosen for the countries are by far not all there are in the world. There is no country for Native Americans, for example, none for South-Eastern Asians (unless I integrate them with my “India”), no Central Asian, etc. I know it is impossible to include all cultures there are in the world, but how do I choose which ones to represent in a concept like mine? I don’t want to exclude them, but I simply cannot create as many countries as there are cultural groups.

One possible solution I thought of specifically refers to Jewish people, since I feel it is important to represent them more in fantasy writing. My current idea was to have their story go similar to that of our world: Exile, long travels, and a split into groups, one of which would be the Ashkenazim, living somewhere near the Germanic country, and the other would be the Sephardim, which I imagined to live in between the “Arab” and “African” country, in a semi-autonomous city-state. But is it offensive to adapt what happened to the Jewish people in a secondary world or should I make it so that they have a more positive past and life, no exile like there was in our world? As far as I know, the exile is an important part of Jewish identity and cultural understanding, but I thought I’d ask anyway.

I’m going to preface this that some of this wording might sound very harsh, but I recognize you are genuinely asking out of a place of respect but you just aren’t sure what the best way to respect the world’s diversity is. The problem is it’s still not quite respectful enough, and shows sometimes glaring ignorance of nuances in the region.

I would also like to remind people that just because your exact question hasn’t been answered to the full scope you’re looking at, doesn’t mean you can’t get an answer as a whole. For example, we’ve discussed the concept of how and when to mix different cultures in the East Asian tag. Shira will cover your questions regarding Jewish representation below. 

However, I’m going to specifically tackle this from a research and worldbuilding perspective, primarily talking about a history of forced homogenization and how to avoid recreating colonialism/imperialism.

Notes on Language and False Equivalences

For starters, basically all of these groups are too broad. By a long shot. Either they flatten sometimes dozens to thousands of cultures (“Native American country” is in the thousands, “West Africa” is in the hundreds, “China, Japan, Korea” is in the dozens, if not hundreds, same deal with India). This language use makes people pretty uncomfortable, because it implies that the basis is stereotypes. It implies you haven’t done research, or, at least, haven’t done enough. When discussing nuance, it’s best to imply you understand there is nuance— like you did with Africa and Jewish culture, but neglected to do everywhere else.

You also go very broad with all non-European cultures, but narrow down a general homogeneous part for your European analogues, by picking Germanic and Celtic.

This double standard is something that is exactly what we try to draw attention to at WWC: to our ears, it sounds like “I’m taking Germanic peoples for Europe, but I’m going to mix three East Asian countries because those two regions have the equivalent amount of sameness that I can pass it off.”

While that sounds specific to just you, it’s not. We’ve received this type of question dozens of times in the past and it’s a general cultural attitude we’ve faced lots and lots and lots of times. Western society makes you think the equivalence is equal, because they’ve flattened all non-European countries with the single broadest brush, but it’s not.

I would also caution you on relying on media images for face claims, because media images only represent the idealized version of beauty. We’ve written multiple description guides that point out how much variety exists within all ethnic groups and how people seeing us as all the same is a microaggression.

You are right that you can’t tackle all of the world’s diversity into your worldbuilding, because, well, there is so much. The core of your question is basically how to narrow it down, which is what I’m going to tackle.

My suggestion is twofold: 

  1. Research big, top level things, over a few centuries— namely, keep track of empires that have tried to take over places and look at what groups Western society lumps together when it spreads multiple regions.
  2. Build small with a focus on a very specific place and group— namely, pick the smallest possible region you can and see what you have to build from there.

Researching Big

Researching big helps you catch what not to flatten, or at least, where flattening might be reinforcing situations that a government perpetuated. I’m going to focus on East Asia since that’s the bulk of your question, and it’s also where I’ve spent some time worldbuilding. The principles apply to all groups you’re trying to research.

East Asia— namely Japan, Korea, and China, although that is an oversimplification itself— is composed of two empires: China and Japan. This makes homogenization extremely risky because you’re touching two nerves of countries trying to take over in very recent history.

China has taken over a very large swath of land over centuries, and still has independence fights to this day from their recent history. As a result, they have both a roughly overreaching culture because the empire is so old, and a very fractured culture with over 50 recognized ethnic groups. When you think of “Chinese” you usually think of the dominant Han Chinese, but because of its old empire roots you can get a giant variety. In modern day, some provinces have kept their individual culture, while others have been part of China for so long there is a general “sameness” to them that can capture the flare you want.

Japan’s imperialism is similarly recent, only ending in 1947, and it left wounds across the Pacific (including Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Malaysia). Many of their actions are classified as war crimes. They’ve also erased their own Indigenous population by insisting only one ethnicity lived in the country. Both of these factors make mixing Japan into an “East Asian” mix tricky. Japan’s culture, while heavily impacted by China and Korea, is pretty distinct because of its island status.

Big research also lets you see the neighbouring areas at a time borders might not have been the same. For example, in the 1600s, China was much smaller because the Manchu External Expansion hadn’t happened yet. As a result, places we now think of as “Chinese” actually weren’t, and you’ll have to account for these differences in your worldbuilding. You can determine this by looking up historical maps/empires, which might require book research (libraries are wonderful).

This does not mean you can ignore recent history, however. Because the story is set in modern day, people will be viewing it through a modern lens. You need to research both the modern and the historical context in order to understand how to go about crafting a respectful world.

So that’s stuff you would’ve discovered by big research. By tracking empire movements, you can see where old wounds are and what historical contexts exist within whatever region you’re pulling from. If you take North America, you can see how each individual tribe is cast aside in favour of settler stories; in Africa, you can see how multiple empires wanted to plunder the land and didn’t care who it was; in the Middle East, you can see both the recent military involvement, the historical Ottomans, and the historical Persians.

Build Small

You can also see what empires influenced their regions for long enough to create a similar-ish culture throughout multiple regions, which can help you extract the essence you’re looking for. I would add a very large caution to only do this for historical empires where those who suffered under the regime are not fighting in present day/ have living memory of it (such as incorporating too much of England, France, or Spain in the Americas, along with the two examples above).

Now you can build small. If you wanted to give a sense of, say, coastal China with a heavy amount of trade, you can pick a major port city in China and figure out the pluralism in relation to that city. What parts identify it as Chinese (architecture, governance, food, general religious practices— folklore changes by region, but the general gist of practices can remain similar enough to get a vibe), and what parts are borrowed from a distinct enough culture they’re noticeably different?

By going from a city level, you can imply pluralism by throwing in asides of differences “out there” that shows you’ve thought about it, without cramming your world full of cultures you can’t fit in the plot. You can then also narrow down what to include based on map proximity: if there’s an easy sea or land path to an Egyptian analogue, you’re probably going to at least hint at it. This is a known historical trade, btw. Egyptian blue and Han purple are made of similar substances, pointing to an ancient cultural link.

You can research this by simply googling the country and looking under its history in Wikipedia. If you look up “China”, you can see “Imperial Unification” as one of its history points. “Japan” similarly gets you the Meiji period. Turkey shows the Ottoman empire. You can also look up “empires in [region]” that will give you a similar overview. This even works for places you don’t think have historical empires, such as North America (the pre-colonization section notes several).

This also is a starting place for what the borders would’ve been during any given time period, and gives you places to potentially factor in military involvement and recent strife. This is where modern research comes in handy, because you can get an idea of what that strife looked like.

Hope this gives you an idea how to go about worldbuilding a diverse population, and how to avoid paralleling recent wounds. 

~ Mod Lesya

Regarding Your Jewish Characters

I think it’s valid to reflect our real history in fantasy although if you dwell too much on the suffering aspects and not the “richly varied cultural traditions” aspects you’ll probably lose some of us because suffering-porn written from the outside gets old fast (if you’re Jewish yourself you 200% have the right to write this, of course.) Human Jewish characters living in pockets in fake-northern-Europe and fake-Mediterranea and fake-North-Africa (or even Fake China and Fake India; we’re there, too) is actually injecting some well-needed historical accuracy back into a genre that’s been badly whitewashed, gentilewashed, etc by imagining a Europe where nobody but white gentiles existed until they conveniently popped into existence during whatever era the writer thinks is appropriate.

In other words, if your fake Germany has a Jewish neighborhood in its largest city, that’s a way of making pseudo-European fantasy more realistic and less -washy, and is overall a good move, despite the fact that the destruction of the temple is the reason we were in Germany in the first place. (I mean… it’s not like you’re planning on sitting there writing about Tisha b'Av itself, right? You don’t have to say “And the reason there are Jews here is because a bazillion years ago, we wound up getting scattered” just to have Jews.)

By the way, having myself written secondary-world fantasy where entire countries, plural, get to be majority-Jewish, and 100% free of on-screen antisemitism, I think both ways are valid.

–Shira

Going from living at home with your family to living at school with a stranger is a major major change. I had a very negative roommate experience my freshman year (which I will be making a post about all on its own) and I don’t want any of you to live that so here we go!

  • DON’T ROOM WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND. Obviously, you can take this idea with a grain of salt, but this is advice that’s been passed down to me by many people and I agree with it. If you happen to be going to the same school as your best friend from high school, or your cousin, or someone you’re close to, I recommend against rooming with them. You’re going to college to meet new people and have new experiences; you don’t want to spend your time around the same people you have your whole life. Also, living with someone brings out a different side of them. They might have quirks you hate. Spending so much time with someone can make you sick of each other. You don’t want to enter college besties and leave it enemies, so just be careful. I love my best friends, but I can’t imagine living with them full time because we’re so different!
  • It doesn’t really matter how you find your roommate. Whether you use your school’s facebook page like I did, or choose to go random like many of my friends, it doesn’t matter. Not meeting your roommate until you move in doesn’t put you at a disadvantage. My roommate messaged me on facebook and we talked all summer before move in and didn’t even survive the year. Now that I think about it, all the worst roommate nightmares I’ve heard of were with people who met each other beforehand, and all the people I know who went random were fine. You truly don’t know someone until you live with them; just because you get along great while messaging doesn’t mean you’ll be that way when you’re together almost 24/7. If the deadline for housing is nearing and everyone around you is already paired up, stop stressing and go random. It’s a tossup either way.
  • Accept that you might not be best friends, or even friends, with your roommate. Even if it starts out that way. Again, you don’t really get to know someone as a roommate until you live with them. I went from loving my roommate to not even speaking to her by the time she moved out. You might think the little differences you have don’t matter, but they do. It’s fine though, because you don’t need to be friends with your roommate. You just need to respect each other and get along. It won’t be awkward or uncomfortable if you don’t talk all the time and share hair products. You’ll have plenty of friends you don’t share a room with.
  • Take the roommate agreement seriously. At the beginning of the year, you might just fly through it like it’s a joke, because of course you won’t have any problems! This is untrue. The tiniest thing over time can accumulate in passive aggressive behavior and blow up into a huge conflict. Go over everything and talk about it in detail. Print it out and keep it on hand in case of conflict. Change it if needed. Don’t be afraid of seeming like an overbearing, annoying person because you don’t want your roommate to have the light on after midnight. Be honest and open at the beginning or else it’ll be six months later and way harder to bring it up. Determine who will clean what and when. Determine what is okay to share and what isn’t. Especially determine anything involving other people and your room, which brings me to my next point.
  • DON’T BRING PEOPLE BACK TO THE ROOM WITHOUT ASKING. EVER. This was the thing that ruined me and my roommate. She constantly let guys sleep over without asking me, which was extremely uncomfortable. If one of you wants to bring friends back all the time but the other doesn’t, come to some type of compromise and put it in the roommate agreement. If one of you has a significant other who wants to sleep over, talk about it in length and put it in the roommate agreement. Your room is exactly that; your room. If you want that to be a space for just you and your roommate, the one place on campus you can escape from everyone, that is totally fine. Make sure your roommate knows that. Even if it’s in the agreement that you can bring people over without asking, ASK ANYWAY. It’s common courtesy and respect. A heads up text goes a long way.
  • Communication is key, but escalate if needed. At some point, you’re gonna have some sort of issue, whether it’s big or small, you have to talk about it. If you don’t, it’ll just fester and get worse until you’re pissed at your roommate for something they don’t even know they did. It might seem uncomfortable, but it’s a lot better to squash it immediately than having a full-on fight a few weeks later. If you have a serious issue that’s making it hard to live with your roommate and you’ve talked to them about it and they haven’t fixed it, talk to your RA. They’re there for a reason and you can’t always handle things on your own. When I got to the breaking point with my roommate, I went to my RA. When my RA did nothing, I went to the area coordinator. When they did nothing, I went to the director of housing. You do not have to put up bullshit when you’re paying to live somewhere. You have just as much right to the room as your roommate, so if that’s being compromised, don’t stop until you can find someone to help.

Most people live with a roommate at some point in their life, it’s almost like a rite of passage. It could turn out awful, but it could also turn out to be a really awesome time. I hope for you all that the latter is true! Next post scheduled is advice on college classes and schoolwork, another thing I haven’t had the best of time in. Yay!

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  ONCE  UPON  A  TIME  PROMPTS.

  • ❛ There’s just one problem. All magic comes with a price. ❜ 
  • ❛ I don’t remember all the crazy stuff you told me. ❜ 
  • ❛ Darkness never wins. ❜ 
  • ❛ It just fools you into thinking it does. ❜ 
  • ❛ You really don’t believe. ❜ 
  • ❛ There’s nothing to believe. ❜ 
  • ❛ Your family isn’t going to exist long enough to save themselves. ❜ 
  • ❛ I’ll be damned if it ends there, too. ❜ 
  • ❛ If we don’t stop the Black Fairy, all the realms will be destroyed. ❜ 
  • ❛ Curses have never stopped us before. ❜ 
  • ❛ Today will be no different. ❜
  • ❛ I ended up in this nuthouse because I believed you back then. ❜ 
  • ❛ I was never a fan of white weddings. ❜ 
  • ❛ The least I can do is make sure you get to enjoy yours. ❜  
  • ❛ I ruined your parents’ wedding. ❜ 
  • ❛ I wasn’t even brave enough to keep you. ❜ 
  • ❛ You were with me my whole life. ❜ 
  • ❛ There has to be a different ending to this story. ❜   
  • ❛ I’d rather gouge my eyes out with a rusty fork. ❜ 
  • ❛ They say that a captain’s heart belongs to his ship. ❜ 
  • ❛ But with this ring, it now belongs to you. ❜ 
  • ❛ But thanks to you, now I have. ❜   
  • ❛ You got your happy ending. ❜ 
  • ❛ That’s not what this is. It’s something else. ❜ 
  • ❛ You could have just told me that. ❜ 
  • ❛ So you’re kidnapping me now. ❜ 
  • ❛ I thought there’d be like flying pigs or talking doughnuts or something. ❜ 
  • ❛ Well if you’re not impressed, I can leave you here.. ❜ 
  • ❛ I’m doing what I have to do to save my son/daughter. ❜ 
  • ❛ They run strongly in our family. ❜ 
  • ❛ It is a vile, dangerous world, _____.❜ 
  • ❛ Thank you for fighting for me. ❜ 
  • ❛ The only thing I know how to drive is a broom. ❜ 
  • ❛ That’s dark, even for the Dark One. ❜ 
  • ❛ Aye. I’ll bring the rum. ❜ 
  • ❛ Wedding venues? Living our lives? ❜ 
  • ❛ I’m not afraid of some monster in the woods. ❜ 
  • ❛ Let’s get on with it. ❜ 
  • ❛ I never get tired of that new baby smell. ❜ 
  • ❛ Lay a hand on her/him again and you’ll lose it. ❜ 
  • ❛ I know that you face an uncertain future. ❜ 
  • ❛ But there’s one thing I want you to be certain of. ❜ 
  • ❛ I will always, always be by your side. ❜ 
  • ❛ Will you marry me? ❜ 
  • ❛ I will always find you. ❜ 
  • ❛ I believe the greeting you’re looking for is, Hello. ❜ 
  • ❛ This potion clears up the darkness. ❜ 
  • ❛ It’s not like it’s the first curse we’ve ever woken up from. ❜ 
  • ❛ Didn’t expect to ever see you back on this rock. ❜ 
  • ❛ This wasn’t exactly what you’d called a planned excursion. ❜ 
  • ❛ I suppose thanks are in order for the daring rescue. ❜ 
  • ❛ Who said this was a rescue? ❜ 
  • ❛ If you want answers, I suggest you start by asking nicely. ❜ 
  • ❛ I’m done with nice. ❜ 
  • ❛ I’ve cleaned up almost all my evil half’s messes. ❜ 
  • ❛ I think I know what it is. Bloody hell. ❜ 
  • ❛ You’ve had me locked up for how long now? ❜ 
  • ❛ What did I do to you that was so bad? ❜   
  • ❛ You lied to me. ❜ 
  • ❛ Let’s get my pirate back. ❜ 
  • ❛ Son of a fish! ❜ 
  • ❛ I’m not as drunk as your other opponents. ❜ 
  • ❛ I’m not a bloody matchmaker! ❜ 
  • ❛ Why is this rug flying? ❜ 
  • ❛ I have a toddler and a sleeping curse at home. ❜
  • ❛ I know you’re hurting. But you can’t just run from this. ❜ 
  • ❛ How many times are you almost going to kiss me? ❜ 
  • ❛ I have to get back and tell him/her the truth. ❜ 
  • ❛ Did you not hear the captain? ❜ 
  • ❛ Well you know who does? ❜ 
  • ❛ I’ve spent a lifetime running away from those beasts. ❜
  • ❛ Then they won’t know to expect us. ❜ 
  • ❛ Love can save even the darkest souls. ❜
  • ❛ You just have to believe in it.  ❜
  • ❛ I’m going to do what we never could. ❜   
  • ❛ I’m going to be brave for both of us and choose love over hate. ❜
  • ❛ I already destroyed my own family once. ❜
  • ❛ I just—I didn’t know how I could live with that. ❜
  • ❛ We have to stop hiding things from each other. ❜
  • ❛ That is what I thought we were together.  ❜
  • ❛ I tried to destroy my dark side up on that rooftop in New York. ❜
  • ❛ Guilt can be as corrosive to the soul as revenge. ❜
  • ❛ I’m a queen. Not some burlap-loving peasant who sleeps in dirt. ❜
  • ❛ I was there when she/he threw her/him chance at love away. ❜
  • ❛ I command you. Don’t try to stop me. ❜
  • ❛ A little early for rum, isn’t it? ❜
  • ❛ Oh. That’s called an alarm clock. ❜
  • ❛ Life is too precious. ❜   
  • ❛ Do you want to be able to look back? ❜
  • ❛ I’m afraid to tempt fate. ❜
  • ❛ I know. We make our own fate. ❜
  • ❛ I did it. And now it’s your turn. ❜
  • ❛ Fate’s a tricky business. It still requires work. Planning. ❜
  • ❛ You were certainly a little more spry in your younger days. ❜
  • ❛ A thief who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. ❜
  • ❛ Gives to the poor? Why the hell would I do that? ❜
  • ❛ You have my blessing. I didn’t realize you were so old-fashioned.  ❜
  • ❛ Once you give in to darkness, it’s almost impossible to resist its calling. ❜
You have to choose, Castiel, us or them?

Writing meta about Castiel is always interesting to me. For the past three years I’ve been talking about Castiel’s endgame and the fact that Jeremy Carver changed it. Since Cas was introduced, he has never stayed with the Winchesters for a long time. In this post from 2014, I explained what the questions regarding Cas were and that he had to make his final decisions based on something he wanted, not on something he had to do. As a complement, in this post from last year, I explained that Cas’ endgame was clearly heaven for a very long time until Carver came along and flipped the script. Cas’ journey has been pretty evident since the Carver era: In the end he’ll choose humanity. However, I think the meta I’m writing right now is necessary to explain that if Cas chooses humanity, he has to do it because he wants to, not because it’s the only choice available.

Many people are upset because Cas is going back to Heaven without even telling Dean. I, on the other hand, feel excited about what happened in episode 12x15. We already know that Castiel’s family, the angelic one, hates him. He’s not welcomed in Heaven at all, and he knows it. I suppose that must hurt. Let’s think about it for a moment. If our blood family rejects us, we can always have people in our lives that we consider family –although not by blood, but that doesn’t mean the rejection will stop hurting. What’s the point of Cas choosing Dean and the other Winchesters if they are basically the only choice he has?

I would thank Andrew Dabb forever if he found a way for Heaven to forgive Cas and welcome him once more. After everything Cas has done (no matter if he’s meant it or not), I’ve always thought that having the angels accept Castiel again as one of their own is a difficult but necessary task. Why do I say it’s necessary? I say it because when Cas makes his final decision regarding what he wants to be (angel or human), where he belongs (heaven or earth), and who his family is (the angels or the Winchesters), he needs to know that he can pick either.

Truth be told, it would be even better if Cas didn’t have to choose between heaven and earth. However, unless the narrative changes in the hands of Dabb, Castiel’s journey has been set to choose only one option. That was definitely Carver’s idea. Do you Remember Naomi’s words? “You have to choose, Castiel, us or them?” Cas’ endgame was foreshadowed back in 8x17, and I don’t think Dabb has changed his mind about what Carver wanted for Cas, or at least I don’t have proof of that in what the show is giving us. As recently as 12x14, Dean was angry with Sam because Sam’s always split in the middle. In fact, Dean asked Sam to pick a side. That’s precisely what I think Cas will have to do one day in the foreseeable future.

What I know for sure is that Castiel’s endgame won’t be in Heaven. Cas doesn’t belong there anymore, but he needs the chance to experience that for himself. If the angels accept Cas, and he’s welcomed in Heaven again, he will realize how much of an outsider he is now. He will always go back to his family, the one that means the world to him, the Winchesters (mostly Dean), but when he does it, it will be because he wants to, not because he has to. He will choose the Winchesters because he loves them, because they’re his family, not because Heaven won’t take him back. He will say goodbye to Heaven not because he’s not allowed there, not because he’s the most hated angel after Lucifer. He’ll do so because Heaven isn’t Cas’ home anymore.

And on Earth there will be someone ready to show Cas the way to find his real home:

L’Officiel Hommes April 2017; Chanyeol’s interview (Part 2)

L’Officiel Hommes: You’re 25 years of age now. If you were to choose something that you would like to pursue and accomplish while you are still in your twenties, what would it be?
Chanyeol: I have many things that I wish to do within this period of time. It’s almost too much. I don’t simply wish to just accomplish merely one, but all. But if i really had to choose just one out of the list, it would be to release a solo album of my own. By that i mean an album that lives up to not only my personal expectations, but those of the people around me as well.
L’Officiel Hommes: As the saying goes, “With youth, comes pain”. You’re currently at the primer of your youth, what significance does being a youth in your twenties hold to you?
Chanyeol: I personally feel that it’s everyone’s time to shine the brightest when they’re in their twenties. It’s as though we’ve transformed into adults overnight, fueling our desires to take on new challenges that we’ve previously been shying away from. That, i feel, is where the true essence of being in your twenties lies in. When i was in my high school days, i yearned to be 20 years old quickly. It was almost as though it held they key to the doors that opened up to a whole new fascinating world. I still have the same sentiments now that i’m actually in my twenties. Being in this age group is truly a period of time where one’s mental and physical abilities are at its prime. It allows you to undergo the various challenges, while sustaining the tenacity to overcome the underlying failures and obstacles that come your way. It’s a time where instead of feeling isolated, you feel a sense of euphoria in whatever you do. However, being in your twenties isn’t always a bed full of roses either. It’s one where it lets you have a chance to really explore and harness your talents. Hence, to truly enjoy this experience, you would have to physically act on them. In order to achieve what you desire, you have to constantly be pursuing and striving towards them, at the same time keeping yourself in good shape!
L’Officiel Hommes: You’ve recently collaborated with a fellow artist Junggigo on a song entitled “Let Me Love You”. How has this experience made you discover distinctive aspects about working with other artists in the music industry?
Chanyeol: Besides working with people that i’m familiar with, i enjoy the refreshing feeling of being able to meet with new people as part of the learning process. When i’m collaborating with other artists, i enjoy the process of discovering our similarities in music. When we are in the process of discussing about the lyrics, we discover and learn about our mutual passions and concerns outside of music as well, i really enjoy that. Both Junggigo and i harbor a soft spot for a particular line in our recent song “Let Me Love You” that goes “And now, you would just have to nod slightly in agreement”. It’s about a guy professing his love for his partner. I’ve always wanted to bring up this suggestion during my process of lyrical composition, and finding someone who shares the same sentiments. Collaborating on a song is as special as the process of falling in love.
L’Officiel Hommes: You’ve recently portrayed the role of Lee Yeol in the drama series “Missing Nine”. You’re similar to the character in terms of the fact that you’re a composer as well. Where do you particularly harvest your inspirations from and how do you go about doing so (composing)?
Chanyeol: Going as far to label it as “inspiration” sounds a little too far fetched for the time being. If you were to ask me during which point of the day i feel is the easiest to draft out an idea for a self composed song, it’ll be at times when i’m feeling the most empty and lonely. This often happens when i’m overseas during concerts. By the time i return to the hotel at the end of the day, i find myself inevitably absorbed into the realms of composing a song. After performing in front of thousands for a period of 3 hours, i’m alone again once i’m back in the hotel. I’ll just be there sitting quietly, but due to the loud noises during the concert, my ears would still be buzzing. On a whole, how should i put this, i feel a sense of tranquility. And at this moment, i would have various thoughts floating through my mind, and this is exactly when i’m the most fluent in composing. The songs that i’ve revealed on NAVER Vapp are often those that i’ve penned down when i’m in the hotel during my overseas trips for concert tours.
L’Officiel Hommes: During the 4th E-daily Culture awards ceremony held on the 16th February, EXO won the “Most outstanding” award in the concert category. What aspect of the EXO concert are you particularly most detailed and concerned about?
Chanyeol: The preparation of the stages as well as the choreography. I would always make sure to make a constant effort to remember the notes made, as well as the layout and positions that i’m supposed to be in. Also, the certain degree of fan interaction that i would require. Whether they are able to thoroughly feel the energy and message that i’m trying to bring across. I would always say a quick prayer before the start of every concert. “Please give me the peace and the strength for everyone to thoroughly enjoy the performance fervently”. I would feel an immense sense of accomplishment if i felt like i was able to accomplish what i had set out to do. Alternatively, should i fail to do so, i would seek to find ways to improve the situation in the future.
L’Officiel Hommes: Recently what are the 3 things you personally feel you find strength and vitality in?
Chanyeol: Lyrical composition, my beloved animal companion (Toben) and my current interests. I’ve been extremely busy recently, but whenever i feel like it, i would always take the time off to go snowboarding. It is through this that i feel that i’ve fruitfully made use of my free time.
L’Officiel Hommes: My final question for you, what’s your life motto?
Chanyeol: It’s “Just Enjoy”. I’d like to make everything that i do enjoyable for everyone. When i’m enjoying myself, i make sure that not only do i find joy in the process, but to also strive for a positive outcome at the very end. With my recent desire to pick up the Japanese language, i’d love to see it as a light hearted past time, as opposed to pure learning, hence i see myself gradually making improvements along the way. When i make sure to make my lyrical compositions for EXO songs an enjoyable process, i would pour in more effort into it, and in turn embark on a more professional-based betterment of myself.

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I want to expand more on this, but something that a lot of people seem to lose is that a lot of what makes 17776 so incredible is that it is dealing with so many parts of what Postmodern American Football is as a sport, how difficult it is to understand and to pin down specifically because of how the game has changed over time, how the game has evolved and expanded. I mean, some of the jokes work anyway but the thing is that when Juice talks about the definition of a catch? That’s an actual question that is being debated right now specifically because receivers are pushing the boundaries of what is possible as far as controlling a football goes, and review technology is so advanced. 

When you have a league with Odell Beckham Jr, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, even guys like Julian Edelman and Doug Baldwin and Larry Fitzgerald always pushing the sport to its limits you’re going to have to make some tough calls. I mean, we’re living in a time where we see wide receiver talent we haven’t seen since the NFL was at the peak of 90s football. the sport is entering new phases, new modalities, and there very much is a question of what the future of football looks like when so many young athletes will end up choosing a different sport because by its very nature football is brutal, is violent, cannot exist without trauma repeated over and over, football is Oedipal and at times even capitalist, as Juice notes. 

17776 responds to the question of what football is like in the future by entirely redefining both, by abandoning the parameters of the question entirely even in the medium of response. In no small part, this is speculative fiction as the only possible answer to a question of such size.

GORILLAZ PROFILE: ABOUT 2D

PERSONALITY

he is the stooge

he’s trusting, a dimwit, clumsy, irresponsible, egoistical, talkative

but a good listener, a sweetheart, a bit of a prude, polite & well-mannered

would make a good boyfriend (if he wasn’t distracted)

people who are less charitable call him thick though


MISCELLANEOUS

he couldn’t believe he saw Kelly Clarkson in a party (for whatever reasons)

he compares himself to Brian Eno

he would like to relocate Britain to the Carribean if he were prime minister

he had a slot on Dragons’ Den to present his idea of a softer world, but his foam suit caught fire because of cigarettes & he had severe burns

he thought Britt Ekland was attractive, but her ass wasn’t as big & she was annoying him in real life since Murdoc gave him a copy of Wicker Man

he wanted to be an actor but it was too much work for him

he can burp the entire national anthem


POLITICAL VIEWS & OTHER FUN TIDBITS

He practises Buddhism

He was in an order of monks in the Himalayas but was kicked out by the chief monk when he tried silent retreat for 6 months but just kept on talking

He thinks mediocre people die early & nobody knows because they’re mediocre….

I think it’s important for each and every person to have the liberty and the freedom to live their lives how they choose to without the interjection and repression from heavy handed authorities. It’s about basic human rights, really

There is a lot of pain in the world. I think part of the problem is that there are too many hard, sharp edges. If the world was softer, like if everything was covered in foam, there would be fewer accidents because when people fell over or walked into things they would bounce

We look for signs of life outside ourselves, for a connection to…alleviate the sense of solitude. That’s why we all do what we do, whether we know it of ourselves or not.”

You remember when you were a little kid and you would look at the clouds in the sky as the sunlight bounced off them. And something that simple would make you feel a part of everything and all alone at the same time. And that feeling’s not something you can ever put into words so you spend your whole life chasing it; making music, taking pictures, painting… whatever, in the hope that other people will understand that sense or… feeling. As creative entities we look for signs of life outside ourselves, for a connection to… alleviate the sense of solitude. That’s why we all do what we do, whether we know it of ourselves or not.”

Why do people always want to go back in time? I’d go to the future, though I heard from a song once where they were singing about having been to the year 3000 & that not much had changed but they lived underwater, which I think is a big change actually because how did they breathe?

Rule number one: Don’t muck about with fireworks in the bunks.”

Some people dream of being in a band, but my dream is to go back to Eastbourne funfair and run the dodgems again

That’s the future, you can’t worry about that too much. What’s happening right now is all that counts

It’ll be alright in the end. And if it isn’t alright, it’s not the end.

Being a pop star is cool sometimes but not other times, like when people take photos of you going to the toilet. So I’d say, “Don’t get into it for fame; do it ’cos you enjoy it.” My favorite job was running the dodgem cars [bumper cars] at Eastbourne Funfair. I’d go back in a second, but Murdoc threatened to take me down, Gladiator-style, if I ever left Gorillaz. He has a whip and a trident and a leather loincloth, so I know he’s serious.


on survival skills,

Learning that you need very little to get by in life: just a fire and some food. It was an enlightening experience. I’m actually hoping to go back to the island some day—partly to learn more survival skills and also ’cos I left one of my flipflops. The flip, I think. Or maybe the flop. Never know which is which. The point is, they belong together—the distance must be really painful.”


on cannibalizing himself if there’s no other choice,

I’m a humanitarian, which means I don’t eat human meat. But you’d be surprised how much nourishment you can get from eating your clothes. I made quite a nice shredded T-shirt salad to accompany the whale blubber.”


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