i don't like it but it's too late to not publish it

Don't Be Late


Word Count: 920

Genre: Suggestive/smut

Plot summary: You’ve been showing up late to work for quite some time and the CEO Mark Tuan isn’t too happy about it, which he shows you in a peculiar way.


The familiar sound of your alarm clock made its way to your ears and woke you from your slumber. You turned it off and checked the time. “Shit, I’m going to be late for work!” It had happened too often that you overslept these past few months and you were anxious about the consequences it would have on your job. You quickly got dressed in your work clothes, got cleaned up and left in a hurry.

When you arrived at your destination, you were already 15 minutes late due to the traffic. You apologized repeatedly to the secretary and hastily got on the elevator to reach your office before anyone else noticed.

You began working the moment you sat down at your desk. Working at a publishing house had its advantages, but it was always very tiring to review and correct potential books for hours. You had always been a bookworm and you had managed to obtain your dream job after years of hard work and determination. The one manuscript you were reading was actually quite good compared to the others and you made a mental note to emphasize on publishing it to your boss.

You went on working for hours upon hours until you glanced at the clock and saw that it read 1 pm which was usually around the time you would take your lunch break. You finished what you were working on, grabbed your purse and made your way out of the office. You walked to the elevator and headed to the main floor. As you were about to leave, the secretary’s voice made you stop in your tracks. “Miss Y/N! CEO Tuan would like to see you in his office, he’ll call you when he’s ready for you.”

When you came back from lunch, you concentrated on getting as many manuscripts reviewed as possible. It was hard to focus on them though. The phone’s ringing disrupted your daydreaming as you quickly picked up with a hesitant “hello”.

“Miss (Y/N), come down to my office when you have a minute.”

You managed to recognize the CEO’s voice before he hung up, not giving you the time to mutter a response. You picked up your belongings and locked your office for the day, intending on going home afterward. You were about to knock when Mark Tuan himself opened the door wide, letting you in and locking the door behind you. He gestured you to have a seat in front of him as he leaned on his desk, hands in his pockets. You shifted in your seat, growing uncomfortable at his intense gaze on you. You would never admit it, but you had a crush on your boss ever since you started working at the company. There was just something about him that made you nervous whenever he was near.

“So miss (Y/N), first you show up late multiple times to my company and now you think that skirt is appropriate in a workplace?”

Your jaw dropped as you waited for him to continue.

“I don’t think you understand how much you’ve disrespected me and believe me I hate being disrespected. Stand up.”

You did as he asked, afraid and anticipating what was to come. He walked towards you until you felt your back pressed against the wall. His breath was hot on your cheek as he went on, his proximity tormenting you.

“I don’t appreciate what you’ve done, sweetheart, and I’m gonna make sure you know just how angry I am with you.”

Your breath hitched as you felt his long fingers crawling up your thighs. He stopped when he reached your inner thighs, massaging them in circular motions making you bite your lip. He stared at your lips intently before leaning in and kissing you hungrily.

“Skirt off. Now.”, he commanded.

You obeyed him, wary of the punishment if you disobeyed. You stared at him doe-eyed, awaiting his next actions. He bit his lip before kissing you once more, leaving you out of breath. He took off your shirt and smirked as he attacked your neck and collarbone, sucking and biting at the sweet spots. The pain and the pleasure made you moan as you tugged at his hair, needing more contact.

You bit your lip as his hand reached where you needed him most. He took off your panties and started massaging your clit as you yelped in pleasure.

“Already so wet for me, baby”, he whispered in your ear.

Without a warning, he slipped two of his slender fingers into you. He started pumping them faster and just when you were about to come, he took them out, making you groan out in frustration. He leaned into you and asked: “How does that feel (Y/N), frustrated enough yet?”

Satisfied with himself, he decided to let you come and resumed, slipping three fingers into you this time. It didn’t take long before you felt the familiar knot in your stomach.

“Come for me, baby.”

His hoarse voice took you over the edge as you came all over his fingers. He licked your juices off them before tossing you your clothes. You got dressed and waited for him to say something.

“My office, same time tomorrow. Don’t be late for once, gorgeous.”

He kissed you once more, squeezing your butt in the process. He broke the kiss and smirked before opening the door for you. You were sure you saw him wink at you before closing the door. ________________________________________ If you have any requests, feel free to share them it would be my pleasure to help my fellow ahgases💛

Garrett and Marian - Legacy Banters
  • Marian: Well... not quite how I imagined this family reunion going. I was envisioning more hugs and maybe some wine over dinner. Not attempted assassinations
  • Carver: Really? You think this is so abnormal for our family?
  • Marian: Well you got me there
  • ---
  • Bethany: What could our father have to do with this mess? The Carta have had more than enough time to try and find us
  • Garrett: I imagine that having two Champions of Kirkwall with the last name Hawke may have tipped them off
  • Bethany: But it's been three years since you and sis defeated the Arishok. Why wait that long?
  • Marian: Well I don't know about you, but if I was going to go after the people who killed an Arishok then I'd probably want to make a little time for planning, wouldn't you?
  • Carver: Do these morons strike you as the sensible type?
  • Marian: Two points in one day Carver? Don't tell me the Templars are actually drilling some wit into that skull of yours
  • Carver: *laughs* At least /my/ wit makes a point, dear sister
  • Bethany: Ooh, that had to hurt
  • Garrett: Do you need some healing for that one, Marian?
  • Marian: Oh shove off, all of you
  • ---
  • Garrett: And we're back in the Deep Roads
  • Marian: Oh it's not that bad. I mean... Look at all the... Ugh, no, you're right this is terrible. Let's all promise never to go to the Deep Roads after this. Three times is enough
  • Garrett: Three times? When was the second?
  • Marian: Um... well...
  • Carver and Bethany: *sing song voices* Somebody's in trouble
  • ---
  • Bethany: Varric wrote to me the other day
  • Garrett: Telling another of his stories, I bet. Was it the one about the high dragon, because that didn't really-
  • Bethany: No. He was giving me an update. On you, actually. I was... worried, so I wrote to him and asked
  • Garrett: I'm fine Beth. Really
  • Bethany: No you're not. Not yet. But I know you, and if anyone can get past it, you can
  • Garrett: Thank you
  • ---
  • Carver: You might want to be watch yourself, Garrett
  • Garrett: How come?
  • Carver: Ever since you sided with Orsino the other day, there's been... Rumours. Meredith isn't happy with you, and it's only because she allows it that you're still free
  • Garrett: So is she going to have me dragged to the Circle, or is she getting the Brand ready now?
  • Fenris: Don't say that
  • Carver: I would never let it get that far. But I thought I'd warn you, just in case you were thinking about making her mad
  • Garrett: I appreciate you telling me Carver. Don't worry. I'll be careful
  • ---
  • *after completing Malcolm's Will*
  • Marian: So... the stonework down here is... lovely, isn't it?
  • Carver: Not now, Mary
  • Marian: I was only... Alright
  • ---
  • Marian: Are you okay, Gary?
  • Garrett: I'm fine... Just...
  • Marian: He loved you. And Bethany. He'd be so proud of you
  • Garrett: You sound so sure of that
  • Marian: Of course I am. Because it's true. And don't let that nasty shit in your head tell you otherwise - it's a liar, remember
  • Garrett: *chuckles* Alright
  • Bethany: Be careful sister, people might think you've got a heart after all
  • Marian: *dramatically* Oh no! *clutches chest* I think... I think I'm getting feelings! Quick, someone beat them out of me!
  • Carver: *laughs* You be careful what you wish for sister
  • Isabela: I'd rather ride them out of you
  • Garrett: Ah, and there's the dirty line. I was starting to worry something was wrong Bela
  • Isabela: And you're as sweet as ever, Garrett
  • ---
  • Varric: Twenty silvers, that's my final offer. Take it or leave it Elf
  • Marian: What are you betting on, and why am I getting left out of it?
  • Varric: You want in? We're betting on what it'll take to get Junior and Waffles to hug
  • Garrett: *groans* You're not calling me 'Waffles' again, are you?
  • Varric: I have to. Every time I say 'Hawke' all four of you turn around. I'm being considerate
  • Carver: I bet there's /someone/ here who'd like to see him covered in syrup
  • Garrett: Carver!
  • Fenris: *embarrassed noises*
  • Isabela: Ooh, new friend-fiction idea!
  • Garrett: Don't you even dare!
  • Isabela: Too late, already dared. Can we make camp? I need to make notes
  • ---
  • Varric: Hey, Rivaini, I'm expecting royalties if that friend-fiction of yours gets published
  • Carver: When you didn't even come up with it?
  • Varric: You wouldn't have brought up syrup if I didn't call him Waffles
  • Garrett: Maker save me...
  • Bethany: And me...
  • Marian: Usually I like dirty things... But this is too far, even for me
  • Isabela: Are you saying you wouldn't like it if /I/ were covered in syrup?
  • Marian: Oh I'm sorry. I didn't realise you were my very hairy twin brother, Bela
  • Isabela: Well when you put it that way...
  • ---
  • Isabela: I always thought we were the loud ones, you know
  • Fenris: What?
  • Marian: I know right. Maybe they're just less shy about it now
  • Garrett: Do I want to know?
  • Isabela: You already know. Or did you deafen yourself?
  • Marian: To think, they don't need us shouting encouragement through the wall anymore. I'm so proud
  • Isabela: Our boys are growing up so fast. Maybe next they'll master foreplay
  • Carver: Oh Maker, I do not want to hear this
  • Bethany: Neither do I
  • Garrett: *loudly* And I would be very happy if we could stop talking about this. Right now
  • Isabela: Yeah, see. That kind of loud
  • Fenris: *deadpan* If you're so fascinated by Garrett being loud, then you must not be doing a very good job at making Marian scream, Isabela
  • Marian: Oooooooo
  • Isabela: Oh, you snarky little shit
  • Bethany: *loudly* If we could stop discussing my older brother's and sister's sex lives, I would appreciate it
  • Carver: *loudly* Oh look, more darkspawn. Let's kill them so we can stop talking about this
  • ---
  • Marian: So our choices are the nice, Tainted madman, or the mage who wants to let a darkspawn magister out of his hole in the ground? Why can we never make nice decisions, like what kind of wine to have with dinner?
  • Fenris: I agree. It is the only decision worth making
  • Marian: When you're not throwing it at the walls, I assume?
  • Fenris: That was six years ago
  • Marian: And you never offered me a glass
  • Fenris: You are recycling jokes now? Has the great Marian Hawke's wit finally lost it's edge?
  • Marian: Ooh, you are just asking for it now
  • ---
  • Varric: You okay Garrett? You've been a bit quiet since-
  • Garrett: I'm fine Varric. There's more important things to be worried about right now
  • Varric: It's not easy to realise that someone you looked up to wasn't quite what you imagined. You ever need to talk, you know where my suite is
  • ---
  • Isabela: So... is no one going to bring up the fact that Varric called Garrett by his name earlier?
  • Varric: What are you talking about Rivaini? Waffles and I were just having a friendly chat
  • Isabela: Don't bullshit me. You called him Garrett. I heard you
  • Varric: That doesn't sound like me, Rivaini
  • Marian: He called you by your name when Velasco carted you off to Castillon
  • Isabela: What?! No fair, I didn't get to hear!
  • ---
  • Bethany: Are you sure about this, brother?
  • Garrett: It has to be done
  • Bethany: I could do it. I am a Hawke after all, and a mage. You don't need to-
  • Garrett: No, Bethany
  • Bethany: But-!
  • Garrett: Bethy, if I let you use blood magic, I'd never be able to live with myself
  • Bethany: And if you do it, will you be able to live with it?
  • Garrett: I'd rather it be me than you
  • ---
  • Varric: If he pulls a dragon out of his ass, I'm leaving!
  • Marian: Oh great, and now he's almost certain to pull a dragon out of his arse! Way to go Varric
  • ---
  • Bethany: Here, you didn't get a chance to close that wound earlier
  • Garrett: Thank you
  • Fenris: I just hope it was worth it
  • Marian: Well we /did/ just kill a darkspawn magister. I can't wait to hear how Varric tells this one
  • Varric: Well I doubt I'll have to exaggerate a damn thing, considering how weird this shit is
  • Fenris: That isn't what I meant...
  • Garrett: I'd have avoided it if I could, but someone had to. And if it meant sparing my little sister from that...
  • Fenris: I understand. But... Please, just be more careful from now on
  • Garrett: I will, I promise
  • Isabela: You two are so sappy... It's actually rather cute
Anything for the Bakkoush siblings

Biology, and science in general, is very interesting to Sana. She likes learning how organisms work, she likes learning about the reasons why processes, things and begins are the way they are. She likes learning all that because it helps her make sense of the bigger picture. Sana loves that but what she doesn’t love is the pile of homework her Biology teacher always gives the class. Essays to write, experiments to do and pages over pages to read. Sana wonders if her biology teacher doesn’t know that she, and every other student, has other subjects to do work for.

Staring at her laptop she sighs and closes it. Sana thought having the house completely to herself, silent, would help her concentrate. Actually, it did. But she has been sitting at the kitchen table, completing task after task, for about three hours now. It’s about time to take a break. Her brain needs a rest. She gets up, stretches and walks over to the window to open it. Her mother had closed it before she left three and a half hours ago because she didn’t want Sana to get cold. The problem: the lack of fresh air gives Sana a headache and she was so invested in her work that she didn’t even realize it at first. Her eyes wander down the street, as far as she can look from her spot at the window. Now that she doesn’t drown in school work, her thoughts promptly go back to that one thing she can’t stop thinking about. Or better said, that one person. Especially the absence of noise, usually produced by Elias’ friends, reminds her of him. Pretty much every Saturday, for too long to remember when it started, her older brother and his friends spend their day here. Even before they started that whole YouTube thing.

The absence of noise helped her study better but when she’s not doing that, there is nothing to distract her from her thoughts about Yousef. Spending an entire evening with him, just talking and with that getting to know him more… The way they teased each other first, but then could talk about such an important topic to her and obviously to him too and how effortless the transition was. Yousef listened to her and she listened to him. None of them was judging the other even when they were of so opposing opinions. Sana doesn’t have conversations like that with many people; she barely ever has conversations like that with anyone. So her inability to stop thinking about him is partly due to yesterday evening.

While Sana is still deep in thoughts, contemplating how to deal with her situation and weighing the options in her head, the doorbell rings. Elias has probably forgotten his keys. He left in a bad mood after arguing with their mother and his keys probably weren’t the most important thing on his mind. Sana still wants and needs to talk to him but she also knows it’s better to give him space first.

Lazily she walks to the door and rubs her eye. One of the ups of not wearing make-up. All that studying has exhausted her.

Opening the door, Sana is greeted with a familiar face but not that of her brother.

“Hey.”, he says at the same time she does. Sana didn’t expect Yousef. He’s only here when her brother is.

“From the surprised look I assume that Elias didn’t tell you I’d be coming over?”, Yousef asks, a small smile on his lips, his eyes trained on Sana.

To recollect her thoughts she shakes her head and stands up a little straighter. Yousef is still standing outside, just standing there with his hands in the pockets of his black jacket. The one he wore yesterday too. “No,..”, Sana begins and is very aware of Yousef’s eyes on her. “He doesn’t need to tell me that.” Sana notices Yousef smile getting a little bit bigger and tries not to smile too much herself. “But Elias is not home.”, she concludes.

Apparently Yousef didn’t know. He wouldn’t be here if he did but his eyebrows shoot up in confusion.

“Oh, he texted me this morning to come over around 5 so I thought he’d be here.”, Yousef explains. Well, it was not up to Elias if he could spend the day at home.

Sana thinks about it for a second, in which Yousef presses his lips together and waits. When they talk, he never pushes her. He doesn’t make her feel like she has to be a certain way or act a certain way. Sana tells him:“Eh.. Mom was kind of mad at him for spending the night out and not telling her where he was.. so she made him go run every possible errand.”

Sana thinks that Yousef should know this because he was the one to save Elias from a bigger catastrophe and called Sana to find a solution. Sana still doesn’t know why Elias got drunk that bad and that so early but they haven’t had a chance to properly talk. Yousef looks worried for a second. Eyebrows furrowed, he bites his lip in concentration. Sana cannot help but to notice it and get distracted for a millisecond.

Yousef starts talking and Sana quickly averts her eyes. She hopes that he didn’t notice. Usually Sana is able to focus, not let herself get distracted but when it comes to Yousef, it’s a little different.

“O god, how did it go this morning? I only talked shortly to Elias. He only told me that he’s going home and to meet him here later.”, Yousef rambles. He has his right hand at his neck and his gaze is fixated on Sana. Never looking away.

Sana doesn’t know how much Yousef tries to look at her without her or anyone catching it. Yousef isn’t sure how successful his attempts were because he assumes Elias kind of suspects something but he can’t help it. As soon as Sana walks into the same room as him, his eyes find her immediately. She is beautiful, everybody knows that. With her make-up and without it, like right now. As Sana opened the door, Yousef directly noticed the difference. Usually, Sana wears dark make up, it’s part of the tough-girl facade she has built up for herself. Sure, she is tough. But at the same time, she can be so innocent and cute. And Yousef likes her either way. More than he should, she is his best friend’s little sister. But at this point, it’s too late. He knows that he won’t ever be able to see Sana as just his best friend’s sister.

Even when he’s always reminded of it. The topic of their conversation is Elias after all. Yousef realizes that he was so deep in thoughts, that he probably looked her in the eyes a little too long. No, Sana is looking at him like she was yesterday. Smiling but trying to contain it. Always trying to be in control of everything. But once in a while she forgets that, like right now. The longer they stand there, the bigger her smile gets. Her dimples show and Yousef feels the need to cup her cheek but refrains. He knows his limits, her boundaries.

Someone, one of the neighbors, slams their door which makes both Sana and Yousef jump. This bursts the small bubble they were in. They always seemed to be in, when they look at each other like this, expressing more with their eyes than with their words.

Again, Sana lightly shakes her head. That is something Yousef has seen more than once and she clears her throat.

“Mom..”, Sana starts talking and Yousef blinks a few times to concentrate on her words, “.. interrogated him and asked where he was and such. You can imagine.” Yousef nods, which Sana shortly mimics. It makes Yousef smile but Sana looks worried and the small smile on his lips vanishes.

Sana looks up at him again and hesitates a little, before finally saying:“He said he was at your house.” Yousef nods again. He assumed that that would be the excuse and is fine with it. “But mom said she saw you outside… with me.”

Unsure what he is supposed to say to that, Yousef waits. Yesterday, he couldn’t care less that Sana’s mother interrupted them. He would’ve loved talking to her longer but the day they spend together was more than he had imagined for him and Sana. Especially, after his confession and her reaction being not talking to him for a week. Yousef understood, didn’t like it, but understood. That she felt so comfortable around him yesterday made him happier than he wanted to admit to himself.

Sana smiles. It’s barely there. But it’s enough for Yousef to notice. “I just wanted to tell you. I don’t want you to get in trouble because of Elias and I.”, she thinks for a second, “In more trouble than you already got because of us.” The faintest smile on her lips is gone now, Sana frowns and Yousef’s hand itches to reach out and straighten that worry line in between her eyebrows.

“Don’t worry. I’ll be fine.”, Yousef says and smiles at Sana. She is back to avoiding his eyes and instinctively he tries to make their eyes meet. “Hey.”, he says smiling and hoping that she’d do the same. She looks at him again and irks an eyebrow at him. She presses her lips together and Yousef knows it’s because she tries not to give away too much of what she feels. Yousef waits a few seconds, in which Sana and he look at each other. It’s innocent and playful at the same time.

Finally, when she looks him in the eyes, Yousef says:“Anything for the Bakkoush siblings.”

Sana laughs a little at that. Yousef can’t help but grin at that. Making Sana smile is one of his favorite things. She’s always so tough, breaking that facade for even a second is pretty satisfying to Yousef.

“Hmm.”, is all Sana says at first, smiling and with her eyebrows raised.

“Hmm.”, Yousef mimics her and also raises his eyebrows.

“Anything, hm?”, Sana asks smiling widely. Her dimples make an appearance and Yousef looks at them and back into Sana’s eyes.

Yousef nods, his smile almost too wide to fit on his face:“Anything.”

If somebody didn’t close another door loudly, Sana and Yousef would have been standing there, smiling at each other for who knows how long. Again, they both jump at the loud sound and turn around at the same time, when Elias says:“Hey.”

He was the one that closed the main door and walks up the stairs. He stops next to Yousef who is still standing in the hallway outside of the apartment. Yousef didn’t even notice nor care about that.

“Why are you standing at the door?”, Elias asks and looks from his little sister to his best friend. Elias has too many bags in his hands to carry and Yousef and Sana go to take some from him at the same time. Elias smiles tiredly at both.

Sana answers:“Yousef came by like you two talked about.” Elias nods, Yousef observes the looks between the siblings and smiles to himself. Even if everything goes wrong, Sana has Elias and Elias has Sana.

Now, Sana opens the door more and lets the two boys in. Yousef smiles at her while passing her and then going straight to the kitchen to put down the bags.

Yes, he’ll do anything for the Bakkoush siblings. For Sana, he’ll stand at the door as long as necessary if it means that she is comfortable and he can talk to her.

anonymous asked:

I'm planning on getting a Lupin manga soon! Any recommendations on where to start? I've heard that many of the episodes come from the manga and I don't want to get a volume which stories I've seen already.

Hey!

I have had this question a couple of times over the past few days, all from anonymous users. 

I’ll do my best to answer this for you, but I am still yet to read through every one of the Lupin manga’s. It is probably the part of the franchise where my knowledge is weakest. If anybody would like to chime in with their own opinions / information, then please feel free!

There are six different types of Lupin manga. The first series ran in the late sixties and set the foundations for the 1971 TV series. The second series began on June 23rd of 1977 and was akin to the red jacket TV show.

Twenty years later, Lupin and company returned one again, this time with a manga titled Lupin III S. It started its run during the January of 1997.

Lupin III Y came out a year after in 1998, after which six years passed before the series continued with Lupin III M in 2004. Finally, Lupin III H was included as part of the official Lupin magazine in Japan and it ran during 2010 to 2011.

The only series that was not written by Monkey Punch in this list is Lupin III S, which was instead penned by Satosumi Takaguchi.

Let’s take a quick look at all six and I will try to explain in brief what each is about:

Lupin III [The original manga series]:

The first Lupin III comics were written and illustrated by Kazuhiko Katō, best known by his pen name of Monkey Punch. It was published in Weekly Manga Action, a Japanese magazine that featured the Lupin series between 1967 to 1969. The publication also featured other classic mangas such as 009-1, Lone Wolf and Cub and more recently, Crayon Shin-Chan.

If you got into the Lupin series by anything other than the green jacket series, these might not be to your taste. The original manga series is a Marmite affair, you either love it or hate it. The artwork is sketchy to the point of not being able to see who is who and some of the stories can be down right insane.

Lupin and co are very different here, too. Lupin is a bad character, but a smart one. He will get his way by any means necessary. He is a drunk, a sexual predator and a conniving little shit. Fujiko is here too, but her character is not consistent. Originally, the character of Fujiko was a type of bond girl. Each new chapter had a different female icon, although her name was always the same: Fujiko Mine. It wasn’t until later volumes that she became one consistent, reoccurring character.

Jigen isn’t Lupin’s best bud. He’s a mysterious hit man that is likely to shoot Lupin between the eyes if the money is good. Zenigata appears also, but he’s not a by-the-books cop as he is in the series. Zenigata isn’t afraid of using dirty means to get what he wants, something which is very much against his TV equivalent.

Goemon appears later in the manga, although he is very much as he is during the first few episodes of the green jacket show. Goemon wants Lupin’s head on a platter and he will stop at nothing to kill the thief.

This first run of Lupin manga’s was picked up by Tokyopop in the early 2000’s and was released abroad. Since then, the company has been restructured and publication has ceased on all Lupin releases. This means that the manga’s are awfully difficult to come across at a reasonable price and it is a huge shame no other companies have picked it up.

If you enjoyed the darker tone of the green jacket series and aren’t afraid of getting to know some downright nastier versions of the characters you may already love, we would suggest giving this a go. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but each chapter is an interesting read and often an entertaining one too. We guarantee you will be scratching your head at some parts though, but it’s still a huge part of Lupin’s history and we like it.

Shin Lupin III:

My personal favourite is this second series. Titled Shin Lupin III in Japan, this series first released on June 23rd, 1977 and ran for 188 chapters. As with the first manga, it was also written and illustrated by Monkey Punch. It was released abroad in limited quantities by Tokyopop as Lupin III: Worlds Most Wanted.

Shin Lupin is much more like the Lupin you would expect. It is very reminiscent of the red jacket TV show, only it has Monkey Punch’s unique take on the updated characters. The tone of each chapter is still a little grittier than the red jacket TV show, but when compared to the first run of Lupin manga’s it’s a lot sillier.

My personal favourite is this second series. I prefer the more light-hearted Lupin and it still features Monkey Punch’s crazy style of storytelling, which helps keep it interesting. If you are looking to get into a Lupin manga series, I say this is the best place to start.

Lupin III S:

Lupin returned in 1997 for a five story long run in both Weekly Action Manga and 2 Action. The series featured a bold new art style and was written by Takaguchi Satozumi under the ever watchful eye of Monkey Punch (he acted as supervisor on this one.) The artwork was by Shusay.

As much as I would like to, I haven’t actually read Lupin III S. It has been republished a couple of times in Japan since its original release, but it is still pretty hard to get hold of in Europe or the US.

Lupin III Y:

Lupin III Y feels like a modern Lupin III. This series was written once again by series creator Monkey Punch and it features some more futuristic stories, some of which include some pretty freaky looking cyborgs.

The characters are all reminiscent of their TV counterparts in this series. All of the main characters star, with Lupin, Jigen, Goemon and Fujiko teaming up for some great heists. Inspector Zenigata has plenty of time in the spotlight too, which is never a bad thing!

The art style to this series is cool looking and a define improvement over the original’s sketchy artwork. With that said, it lacks a lot of the original character and in my opinion, isn’t quite as good because of this. A lot of the characters appear a little stiff and I definitely miss the energetic feeling everybody had in the originals.

Lupin III M:

Lupin III M first showed up in 2004 and once again had a brand new art style. The series ran for eight volumes and was also written by Monkey Punch.

As with Y, this manga is incredibly hard to find outside of Japan. I’m still yet to read both of them, so I cannot really make any recommendations! I am a big fan of the cover artwork though and it looks like something I would enjoy.

Lupin III M Neo:

There isn’t much to say about Lupin III M Neo other than the fact it was a sequel series to Lupin III M. The series consisted of a very similar art style to its prequel series, featuring a more grown up look for Lupin and company.

Lupin III H:

The final Lupin III series manga ran in Japan during 2010 / 2011 and was included as part of the official Lupin III magazine. This series is very much like the more recent Lupin works and it has a good sense of humour. As with previous lettered releases, this series was written by good ol’ Monkey Punch.

Again, I am still yet to read this series but judging by the cover artwork, it features a variety of very familiar art styles.

Lupin Jr [Notable mention]:

Lupin Jr. was a fun little side project for Monkey Punch. A couple of episodes in the original manga’s featured a child son of Lupin III as he goes on adventures with a woman named Fujiko (and as confusing as it sounds, she is completely different to the Fujiko we all know and love.)

Monkey Punch enjoyed the strip so much he decided to continue on Lupin Jr.’s adventures in his own manga series. It ran for a good few volumes and the first three are fan translated and available online. It was never officially localised in the west.

Oh yeah, and just so you know… Lupin Jr is a total dick. Needs a good clip around the ear hole, I say.

Lupin III B [Coming soon]:

A brand new Lupin III manga is soon to be released in Japan. The new series, as with previous ones, will be written by Monkey Punch. You can pre-order the first volume over on Amazon Japan and it will release on the 28th of this month.

The new series will be published by action comics and it sure is exciting to see some new Lupin related work from the original creator. Be sure to stay tuned to Lupin Central for all the latest news on this upcoming series!

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Phew! That is pretty much all of the mainline Lupin III manga series covered. There are a couple of other spin-off series, such as Sexy Lupin, but to save writing paragraphs more, we will have to save them for a later date!

Unfortunately, you will find it quite difficult to buy one of the volumes in either of the first two series without ending up with one or two familiar stories within. A fair few of the early 1971 green jacket episodes were based on tales from the first run of Lupin manga’s, which partially explains why those episodes were of a darker tone.

Still, we say don’t let this put you off. The manga versions of these stories are quite different and unless you’re absolutely one-hundred percent intending to see new entirely new content only, this shouldn’t be much of an issue. If that is however an issue for you, we would suggest going with one of the later manga’s, perhaps Lupin III Y or Lupin III M.

We hope this helps, thanks a lot for writing in and don’t forget to let us know which one you end up buying!

Yoonjin amnesia au

I accidentally wrote a half outline/half fic of an amnesia au and it’s accidentally 4000 words so I’m accidentally posting it here because this is how I spent my day.

Yoongi’s from a Good family. Like not chaebol but a Good. Family. They sent him abroad to study, they got him tutors, he always had the latest cell phone, etc. Privileged. But he’s never wanted that life. He’s never wanted this life that’s about buying a car you can’t afford to impress people you don’t even like. He doesn’t want to be a doctor, doesn’t want to be a lawyer or a law maker or a business man. He wants to write music and live honestly, not hide his words or his feelings. So he rebels. Of course he rebels, he’s Yoongi.

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ficklestateofmind  asked:

Ok so the thing is im struggling a bit and i don't know what to do. I have been trying to make female friends/lover and its been to no result. If they don't want anything like that but just friendship im completely fine with that too. I just really and im not joking about this. I have no female friends. I have made post before and 2 things happen. no one answers or my Anxiety kicks in and i delete it. How do i make female friends or how do i know if a girl is even interested. >_<

I don’t have many friends so I’m not sure to know how to help but I’ll try my best!

I think it’s important not to let your anxiety tells you to delete your messages, I know it’s difficult but I also know that most of the time your anxiety is wrong or exaggerates everything. People won’t judge you or hate you for sending a nice message; so go ahead and if the person doesn’t reply that’s ok, there are plenty of other people who would love to answer you!
You can also make friends at school, university, college, your workplace etc. wherever you go quite often, you can try to start the conversation about something you have in common (your classes/job etc.) and if it goes well or if you’re able to talk with them then it’s easier to start a friendship! It might take a while though but don’t give up, you can do it!

As for flirting with a girl or knowing if she’s interested in you (or in girls), I’m sorry I have absolutely no idea..! I think you can talk about it to find out her opinion and then if you’re close friend with her you can ask her directly, she won’t mind letting you know I think!

From Sept 2012 to July 2013

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September 2012 to January 2013

Liam : Payzer breaks up (Sept, 26th) then rumored to be dating Leona

Zerrie : 2nd cheating scandal (Sept 25th) then silence for 2 months

A little before the actual Payzer break-up, Ziam are w-i-l-d with flirting (they can feel the freedom coming) and even after the actual break-up and Zayn’s cheating scandal, despite the supposedly bad times they’re both going through, Ziam has never been this happy !

Liam goes also wild, laughing his ass off at Louis’ sexual innuendos, which makes Zayn quite jealous :

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anonymous asked:

Golly prompt: Holly + Gail + Family Man (the movie). I don't know if you watched this movie (if you aren't, do it, it's great) 10 years later in San Francisco, Holly's guardian angel shows her what would have happened if she had stayed in Toronto with Gail...

My dear Anon, I watched this movie and loved it.  I couldn’t write this prompt in 1000 words or less, so you’ve actually prompted me to write a small multi-chapter fic.  Here is Part 1 of 5. I hope you like it!  I’m just finishing up Part 5 now.  I plan on posting them once every day or two.

Enjoy!

Part 2-Part 3-Part 4-Part 5

The Family Woman – Part 1

It’s late.  She’s been at the office all day working on her latest research article.  It was going to be published by Science, one of the most prestigious and popular science journals but she’d found a small problem with the data.  She had needed to get it sorted out before the deadline which was why she was walking to a corner store on her way home.  It was the only thing open this late on Christmas Eve, even in a city the size of San Francisco.

She tossed the overpriced, over-processed sandwich on the counter along with a questionable looking apple, and a small chocolate bar.  She deserved a treat.  The clerk started to ring in her order. 

“No big Christmas dinner?” the woman asked the now Director of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. 

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reginamantle  asked:

hi Faith! I'm a big fan of your work, you have a great style and I love seeing the progress posts on The Nameless City. I had a question and I hope it's okay to ask -- at what size do you tend to draw your pages at, and do you have any advice or dos/don'ts when it comes to sizing? (i.e. should one always work at A3 size or can 8.5/11 work too, that sort of thing) thanks in advance, sorry if this is out of place!

Thanks very much! The Nameless City pages are 10 by 14 inches with bleed, which is 1.6 times the size of the book when it will be printed (First Second tends to publish at a standard size of 8.5 by 6 inches). The live area (where important things like speech bubbles should go) on the original pages is 4.875 by 7.5 inches, so they aren’t super big, but big enough. I’m comfortable working at this size. I drew Friends with Boys and Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong at this size too. 

I think whatever size you draw at that is comfortable for you is probably correct, and you needn’t worry about what the “correct” size for drawing comic pages is. I’ve drawn comics at a lot of different sizes. When I did my old webcomics Demonology 101 and Ice, I drew on 8 by 11 inch printer paper. When I drew The Last of Us: American Dreams, Dark Horse sent me Official Comic Paper, which was much bigger than I normally draw, about 11 by 17 inches with (I think) a live area of 10 by 15. 

One suggestion, though: I would recommend drawing as small as you can, because that encourages speed. Drawing The Last of Us on huge sheets of paper really slowed me down, because I felt like I should fill every inch of the paper with detail. When I draw smaller, I focus more on what’s really important in the panel (the characters, the composition, the emotion), instead of tiny details that *seem* important when you’re drawing on a giant page, but then aren’t so important once the page is shrunk down and printed. …. soooooo many late nights on that Last of Us comic, drawing bricks, so many bricks, filling the background with bricks, aaaahh. XD

anonymous asked:

I had an argument with someone who was misrepresenting mental illness and also romanticizing it but they argued that since it's fiction she can do whatever she wants (because it's not real). I don't know what to say to that.

It can be difficult to negotiate with people like, especially after you’ve already spoken to them about the issue. 

Although it may be a break of trust and kind of sketchy, you can create a fake profile as a beta reader and convince this writer to get a beta reader by recommending your fake self. This will give you a fresh way of giving your opinion before this person puts that story out there. Whether you do this or not, here are some tips for approaching these writers:

  • Try to react calmly first. No one likes their work to be critiqued. They go into defensive mode and they will be less inclined to change anything if they’re upset. If you’re calm, it’s more likely they’ll be calm too.
  • Ask questions that will make them reanalyze their work. Sometimes people romanticize self-harm. An example question for that would be: “If A wants B to stop self-harming and if B wants to self-harming too, then why would A kiss B’s scars and say they look pretty?” If you ask a question like this, you’re addressing both romanticization and character inconsistency. A writer will be more likely to respond to that.
  • Make suggestions for changes. Going with the example above, you might say something like: “Wouldn’t it make more sense if A kissed B’s scars in a more “kiss the booboo and make it better” kind of way so that you can show that A is supportive and there to help?” Again, writers are more likely respond to something like this.
  • Talk about the writing, not the writer. Rather than saying “I don’t like that you did this”, try to say “I don’t like [character]’s behavior” or “I don’t like the way this was described”. Avoid the word “you”. Talk about description, character, plot, setting, etc.
  • Be blunt. Be calm, but blunt. Sometimes writers don’t react positively to the above. So if something is offensive, just say it is. Don’t start a debate or an argument. Don’t allow room for a reply. Just say something like: “I think this scene/character/portrayal was offensive because x, y, and z. It made me uncomfortable, it was inaccurate, etc. and I do not wish to read any more of your work.” It’s brief, to the point, and it doesn’t allow much room for an argument from the writer. Let the writer know that their actions have turned away readers.
  • Don’t respond. This is a continuation of the previous point. After you’ve given your word, don’t respond unless the writer is willing to learn and change. Even then, you’re not required to be a resource to them.

If your friend ends up posting this story, self-publishing it, or traditionally publishing it without facing rejection from agents and/or editors who see that it’s inaccurate and offensive, then the readers will definitely spot the flaws and they’ll give their opinions through reviews. Once potential readers come looking for a book and see that her work has a low rating, they’re probably not going to bother with it. Sometimes writers learn from that experience, even if it is a bit late.

anonymous asked:

i'm interested in why u don't believe in zerrie!! i'm a h&l fan who's on the fence abt ziam, but i follow a few ziam blogs and from what i've seen zerrie has been seeming particularly shady lately.. so why do u think it's not real? (also just fyi ur askbox doesn't appear w the current 'askme' url you've got - it works when u just type 'ask' in the link instead)

First of all, I completely forgot to fix my ‘askme’ page when I switched urls so thank you for reminding me!

Second, here is a little list of why I started doubting Zerrie (because I actually used to love/believe in them but things got very sketchy very quickly):

  • My first point of doubt was when Zayn supposedly held Perrie a surprise birthday party, but there was a full-fledged make-up and camera crew to take pictures of the “happy couple” and touch them up with make-up when needed. It just looked super staged and awkward, I guess? It was just weird that they went to so much trouble to make an obviously set up situation seem organic when it clearly wasn’t.
  • When Zayn apparently went with Perrie to visit her grandmother, a reporter from a British paper/magazine (can’t recall which one, sorry) was also somehow there and able to get pictures of the whole thing? Like, he had photos of Zayn posing with Perrie and her grandmother that had never been released prior to the paper being published, even though they were meant to be in a private, homey setting where a reporter usually wouldn’t be at unless they were invited or told to show up?
  • Another time, Zayn and Perrie purposely made sure fans knew they were hanging out together and as Zayn was leaving, he uncharacteristically stopped his car with his windows rolled down and took pics with some of the many fans there. This isn’t really Zayn behavior, so one can only assume he was doing it to ensure people knew where he was coming from.
  • There’s been, like, a constant trend of Modest trying to paint Zayn as a bad person (i.e. allowing drug rumors to fester, practically encouraging cheating rumors, and so on) while Perrie is still the perfect little angel. While Zayn is apparently off doing drugs and cheating, Perrie is apparently being loyal and trying to make their relationship work by spending time with the Maliks and devoting her time to their little zoo of animals. 
  • Recently, one of Zayn’s sisters (Safaa) has been posting a lot of Perrie-centered instagram pics and hardly ever mentioned her actual brother, who she has probably spent more time with than Perrie. This leads me (and many others) to believe that someone is running the account for her and really trying to push this whole “Perrie spends loads of time with the Maliks!!!” narrative that probably ain’t true. It’s just so awkward how they keep trying to force it down our throats.
  • One of Zayn’s aunts actually goes around liking Ziam posts on Instagram. Not necessarily solid proof, but still cool enough to mention nonetheless.
  • The recent tweet “Zayn” posted on the Little Mix account also really seemed suspicious as fuck. If his phone is simply uncharged/dead, could he not have waited for it to charge back up? And if he really was with Perrie and used her phone, why didn’t he just log into his own account? And was it really that important to let everyone know your wig was actually your hair? (Which, personally I don’t think it is, but I digress.) This was obvious promo for Little Mix; they’re only using Zayn/1D for their fame and hoping some of their fans convert to 'Mixers.’
  • Do you see how sad and dejected Liam gets when the Zerrie engagement is brought up? It’s absolutely heartbreaking, anon, and I can only describe it as utter frustration at the fact that the man he loves is being paraded around with someone that isn’t him. Painful, but I hope it comes to an end soon enough.
  • Speaking of the engagement, they keep putting it off and saying they’re too busy to start planning – which is total bullshit, of course. I’m sure they have enough time together that they could start planning their wedding (IF they were really engaged) and get help from family&friends along the way. She’s had, like, tons of downtime in the UK and it’s really not that hard to text or email or call or video chat about what your possible plans could be. Super, super fishy.

Um, I think that’s about it for now? I’ll probably remember a few things when I think about it some more, but until then, hope you’re okay with my explanations!

Text || Zargot
  • Zac: I’m sorry.
  • Zac: I just… I don’t know what to say anymore. You’re not an asshole who can’t do anything right. That asshole is me. I know because I’ve told myself that about 100 times in the past week. Maybe I’m just trying to deflect my problems. Maybe I’m just seeing a warped reality I literally don’t know but I just feel tired and scared.
  • Zac: You know what it is? Well at least a part of it. I need my best friend. I don’t want her to just be on the other end of a phone all the time because I feel like we hardly really talk face to face anymore and I hate that. I hate that every single time you find a new guy to spend your time with I just get put on the back-burner. It didn’t bother me so much before but now I just can’t stop thinking about it. I feel like my mind is simultaneously imploding and exploding and it’s not cancelling each other out and it’s somehow managing to affect practically everything I’ve ever thought and felt and I feel completely helpless. And like I said earlier I only feel like I’ve only got two close friends by this point and that’s you and Dylan. And there’s only so much Dylan can do to help. Because he’s not you.
  • Zac: I’m sorry. I’m tired and hungover and my head feels like it’s been hit against a wall a dozen times and I just want to sleep for a year and I’m not even reading what I’m typing anymore. I know I need to sort myself out. I’ve been telling myself that for months but I haven’t done anything about it. Right now I just feel like it’s be a tiny bit easier if my best friend wasn’t on the other side of the country to me.
  • Margot: and this is why you need to talk to someone and get help. You said you've been feeling like this for awhile and obviously you aren't getting better. You can't get better on your own. I can't make you better. You need a professional to help you and there's nothing wrong with that. I probably would have relapsed if I didn't continue seeing my therapist well after rehab. I don't want that for you - I don't want you to relapse. I want you to get help because I want my best friend to be around for a long time. And right now, you aren't the man who's been my best friend these past few years. You're like a shell of your former self. I'm not saying any of this is your fault. It isn't at all. Depression, addiction, and whatever it is that's going on with you isn't your fault or anyone else's. But I can promise you that if you get help, I'll be right here by your side through it all and I know your other friends and your family will be there for you, too.
  • Margot: I know I've been inseparable with Conor lately, and that's on me. But Zac, it's a two way street. I still make plans with you and text you when I'm with someone. I invited you to the fights and to my NYE party. I still make the effort. The only thing different is we don't fuck when I'm with someone. And we're both super busy, and usually in different places because of our jobs. It's hard to speak face to face when we work as much as we do. But I do invite you to hang out and I still talk to you. I don't put you on the back burner. That's not fair to say.
  • Margot: are you still in New York?
The Outsiders - Chapter Thirteen

Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three | Chapter Four | Chapter Five | Chapter Six | Chapter Seven | Chapter Eight | Chapter Nine | Chapter Ten | Chapter Eleven | Chapter Twelve |

Okay here’s the last chapter, this as a story (with the notes from each chapter) has over 200 notes now, which is insane and I’m so happy, your messages have been lovely too, and considering I said I’d never show anyone any fics I wrote because they’d think they were terrible, having such a positive reaction has been amazing. Enjoy!

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theoneandonlylobster  asked:

I'm just starting out as a writer and so far all I'm getting is rejections (I'm mostly submitting sci-fi short stories). It's just really discouraging to me lately. Actual, real, published writers have looked at my writing and told me it's good but it hasn't been picked up anywhere yet. (I don't think it's helping matters that my pdoc told me I'm depressed again.) Do you have any advice?

Keep going.

Follow the submissions guidelines like they have been handed down from above by a judgmental, fickle god who doesn’t care that you’ve just written the best story the world has ever seen; if you don’t follow the submissions guidelines, it may get rejected solely on the basis of the font choices.

Remember that the editors who are rejecting you are people, with their own narrative kinks and pitfalls.  If you write a mermaid story, for example, you will have my full attention…which is not always the best of things to have, since I will be reading with delight right up until the moment that you screw it up (in my estimation, which is not universal).  Sending in something that treads too close to those narrative kinks may result in rejection because it’s so close to right that it becomes wrong.

Remember that the editors who are rejecting you are people, and that they are outnumbered.  For Queers Destroy SF, we received over four hundred manuscripts.  I was allowed to take ten.  Ten.  Not even one in four; ten.  A lot of amazing stories didn’t make it because I just didn’t have the room.

When you are rejected, if you’re fortunate enough to get personalized feedback, consider it carefully.  You don’t have to agree with it, but you need to think about it hard.

Remember that sadly, much as it sucks, name recognition matters: as you sell stories and acquire a reputation for awesome, it will become easier to sell more.  Conversely, this means that as a new author, gaining traction is hard, because no one knows you yet.  They don’t know how well you’ll accept editorial, or whether you can play well with others.  Only time will teach them that.

I won’t preach patience, because patience is hard.  But I will say that you will make it, if you don’t give up, if your stories are good, and if you keep working to improve your craft.

You’ll make it.

I did.

anonymous asked:

Hi ally this might sound weird but I feel like I have no future. I look at everyone around me and know they'll have an amazing life, but I just know I won't. I've made so many mistakes in my past, I messed everything up. I'm not smart or pretty. I won't have a great future so I don't really see the point of staying alive? I've made too many mistakes already, it's too late, too late to fix anything, I don't know what I should do :(

Hey lovely. I’m sorry to hear you feel that way. I’ll let you in on a secret though, most of us feel that way, at least once or twice in our lives. It’s sad, because we all have UNLIMITED potential, and can do literally anything we want to. You are smart. You are beautiful. You can be anything you set your mind on, just as long as you believe in it/yourself. 

There’s a quote I love that goes ‘whether you think you can or can’t, either way - you’re right.’

If you have confidence and faith in yourself, there’s nothing that can stop you from reaching your goals. Similarly, if you tell yourself straight off that you can’t achieve your dreams and give up before trying, then you’ve already taken yourself out of the running and don’t even get a chance to try. That doesn’t seem fair, does it? You deserve a shot at life, just like anyone else. You’re a good person, you are a human being who makes mistakes like the rest of us, but ultimately wants to have a positive influence on this world… so choose to!

It is never, ever, ever, ever, ever too late to live the life you wanted, or be the person you want to be. Your past is only a story, and it only defines you if you let it. Don’t let it. Let go of any regrets - all we have is the present. The future isn’t certain either, so why not just focus on today? What can you do today that will make you happy? That will make someone else happy? What can you do today that will help you get that little bit closer to the person you want to be? I know it probably sounds like something you’d read on a mug or cheesy card, but YOU CAN CREATE ANY LIFE YOU WANT. Why are you saying you won’t have a great future? The only thing that determines that is you. Not your past, not your mistakes or your history, but the choices you make TODAY and from here on out! And if you think making mistakes or failing in the past means automatically failing in the future, let me tell you about:

  • Walt Disney - originally fired from his job at the newspaper because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
  • Albert Einstein - Didn’t learn to speak until he was 4, didn’t learn to read until he was 7, leading his parents and teachers to think he was mentally disabled.
  • Thomas Edison - Told by teachers he was “too stupid to learn anything”, was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive enough, and made over 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the lightbulb before getting it right.
  • Oprah Winfrey - Suffered an abusive childhood and then many career setbacks, including being fired from her job as a reporter as she was deemed “unfit for tv”.
  • The Beatles - Rejected by recording companies who said “we don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out”. The rest of the world disagreed on both counts!
  • Michael Jordan - Cut from his high school basketball team, and had been in the cheerleading squad previous to that. He said “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
  • JK Rowling - She was living in poverty, depressed, divorced and trying to raise a child on her own, depending on welfare support from the government and was rejected by publishers 12 times before finally having someone sign on for Harry Potter. In 5 years, she went from relying on welfare payments to survive by each month, to being one of the richest women in the whole world (and responsible for making me fall in love with reading/becoming the person I am today).

All some of the most powerful people and recognised names, all went through turmoil, and failed over and over before finding their biggest success. 

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!

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Harry Styles' Solo Album: What We Do (And Don't) Want to Hear
Zayn went R&B on his solo debut; we have a feeling Harry's will sound more familiar to 1D fans.

We know Harry Styles has some songs. “Already Home,” “Coco,” Endlessly,” “5378 Miles,“ – these are the tracks the former One Directioner registered with his publishers at ASCAP last December, leaving the legal trail to confirm what was already pretty much accepted: Zayn Malik won’t be the only freshly-solo 1D member hitting us with new music. 

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thelibrarycat  asked:

Very specific inquiry: My native language isn't English, so most games I get are localised. I mostly prefer playing in English, since so many translations are horribly botched - e.g. TES IV: Oblivion, which was actually unplayable in German because of that. I want to work on the localisation of video games in the future, if possible, so anything you could tell me about this part of game development would be great. (If you don't know anything about localisation, it's fine too. Just wanted to ask)

Localization is one of those things that most players never think about unless it’s awful, much like game UI or camera systems. The difference is that the localization work tends to be done by groups external to the game’s core development team. This is because the localization usually doesn’t need to happen until after all of the game’s text is locked down and audio is recorded, which doesn’t usually happen until late in the project. The localization team is usually attached to the publisher (and part of the cert team) since they can have one group of experts work on multiple games, rather than having to partition a (publisher-wise redundant) group of each development team to do localization and certification must be obtained for each language the game ships.

What the dev team needs to do is create a system for handling audio, text, and timing. Cinematics and conversations tend to be timed for the beats from a specific language, which means that another language with a different rhythm may not work as well. Imagine needing to time an explosion or environmental activity to a specific line. Well, in English that line might occur 17.35 seconds into the dialogue, but in German it might be 21.72 seconds in. The system needs to be able to handle variable lengths like that, as well as handle text that’s baked into textures and such too. There’s a lot more that goes into it than just taking a text identifier and pull the appropriate line in the appropriate language for it from a spreadsheet or database or something (though this needs to be done as well). These are tasks the dev team need to do. It isn’t up to the dev team to fill out the database completely though - they usually fill it out with whatever their lead language is, and then the rest of it gets filled out by the localization team.

The dev team will also (rarely) be responsible for content concerns on specific platforms. This is very very rare, but it does happen on occasion. For example, the government of the People’s Republic of China had content requirements that had to be met, or they wouldn’t allow the game to run within their borders. World of Warcraft had to make several specific content changes, including getting rid of all skeletons and skeletal type content. 

It is the localization team’s job to make sure that all of the text and audio gets filled in correctly. There is also often some creative editing/translation of some of the text in order to make lines fit on screen while retaining the correct context. For example, the line “Hello, how are you?” in English is “Hallo, wie geht’s ihnen?” in German. It might look somewhat similar, but there are 20 characters in the English string (including spaces and punctuation), and 24 in German. What if those extra 4 characters push you over the length of the line? What if they go past the total size of the allotted space for text on screen? You may end up with phrases or sentences covering each other up, and that’s a cert violation. The primary job of localization is “Make it fit while retaining the context”. Retaining that context is the hard part and why so many localizations aren’t very good.

If you’re working in localization, you’ll almost certainly never be working on a cool new feature. However, what you will do from day to day is coming up with creative and efficient ways to bring the cultural context of stories and phrases to other languages. It’s not the most glamorous job in the world, but it is a very necessary and one millions of people will likely utilize (if not necessarily appreciate).

anonymous asked:

21 DenNor/NorDen for the kiss meme?

21. Jealous kiss

oooh sounds like fun!


If Norway heard one more stupid word about that stupid bridge, he’d punch Denmark in the face.

His boyfriend was practically bouncing on the balls of his feet, jittery with excitement as he spoke. “Wow, isn’t it great how amazingly Germany’s been getting along with me? Our next project is gonna be so cool! Have I told you about it y-?”

“Yes!” Norway hissed scathingly. “Now would you please shut up?”

“But Nor, you didn’t even let me finish my question!” Denmark whined, shoulders slumping slightly and mouth tugging into a pout.

Had Norway been a less patient man, he might have expressed his genuine anger right then and there, but Denmark seemed far too sweet and innocent to mean anything by such phrases.

He retracted his former statement – if Norway heard one more stupid word about that stupid bridge, he was fully prepared to drive right over one of those bridges to Germany’s place and smack him in the face.

Knowing Germany, he’d probably just turn the other cheek.

“Norway, are you even listening to me?” Denmark suddenly asked, snark and slight frustration demanding his attention.

Welp, this was going to be fun to explain. “Sorry, I was distracted.”

“You always do this when I talk about Germany. Why?”

“Maybe if you had less of a boner for Danish-German relations, I’d be more apt to listen,” he shot back thoughtlessly, before he covered his mouth as realization hit and the blood rushed to his cheeks.

Denmark seemed confused for a moment, then a sly smile crept onto his face. “Nor, are you jealous?”

“Shut up.”

“Don’t deny it!” he shot back. “You’re totally jealous.”

“I said shut up!” Norway yelled as his lips collided with Denmark’s, biting his boyfriend’s lips just a bit too hard and pushing him into the wall just a bit too forcefully.

and then i ran out of ideas

anonymous asked:

hello! i am once again on the late train for being inactive on tumblr for a few days. can you please enlighten me on what is going down in the starlight fandom? i only see bits of it but i don't exactly know the entire story. thank you!!!

  • a few days ago right before the love equation video was released dispatch published several photos of vixx doing an activity were they had to draw pictures of each other. ravi and hongbins pictures of hakyeon were really colorist and mean. 
  • in the last few days translations of one fine day have been posted where ravi or other members have said rude things to hakyeon as well. i dont have links but theyre floating around here somewhere.
  • today a translation on twitter was posted of ken, ravi, and hongbin talking about it would be beneficial for hakyeon if the superhero era was taken away bc it was part of his “black history” (NOTE: I FORGOT TO MENTION THEY MEANT BLACK HISTORY AS IN DARK PAST NOT LITERALLY BLACK HISTORY)

since then fans have been making an effort to trend positive tags on twitter for hakyeon in hopes that will see them. others have been making attempts to tweet at other members or communicate with them. which i fully support.

many fans were upset by all of this and have been posting about it on the regular. hakyeon has expressed his anxieties about his skin tone before so this is very sensitive topic. seeing the other members unabashedly tease him for his skin tone when they KNOW FOR A FACT it makes him feel bad is really maddening. 

a fan on twitter reacted by tweeting a death threat to hongbin but was quickly deleted and someone messaged me saying they saw some on their dash but i have yet to see anything remotely like that. i havent really followed fans reactions too much on besides what ive seen on my dash and on twitter when i went thru the tags a few days ago. but ive been seeing a lot of excuses saying that “they didnt mean it” and its “all part of korean culture so its ok”.

fans have been split into three groups; fans that are openly discussing/criticizing their behavior, fans that are staying “neutral”, and fans that are either making excuses or pretending its not a big deal.