i have feelings about my own characters

anyway all you need to know about Rachel @ FT5 is that she’s the most #MilahDefenseSquad EVER and she totally gets where the character was coming from when it comes to Milah’s depression and Rumple’s abuse and leaving Baelfire for his own good, and she just GETS IT and refused to be baited into saying shit about her own character

also Colin was super duper amazingly #TeamMillian and defending it when people were booing (the fuck dudes???) the fact that if Milah hadn’t died Killian would have still been with her and the fact that she was sooo important to Killian (re: his revenge) like

I feel so blessed about my ship right now

I know the follow forever isn’t a flashy picture, but I kind of want to speak from the heart with this post. I don’t really believe having a flashy promo or follow forever really matters as long as you enjoy what it is you’re doing (not to discredit anyone that does make everything look beautiful and amazing with their promos/follow forevers!)



So, I started this blog about a month ago and Ken is one of my two muses that I created when I was a kid. The other muses name is Akio Shimada and both of them were like separations of myself. Eventually, as time passed on, Ken became more of his own character. I brought him to tumblr about a month ago and the reception I received with him was astronomical. I’ve heard people reading about my threads (people who I don’t even interact with) to people who have recommended my blog to other people. Seriously, it’s a huge honor and it makes me feel so good that people actually feel like I’m someone worth telling  other people about. I don’t want to keep it super mushy because I have people who I really want to mention below



@domina-gladiis : You should have known you were going to be on this list. We’ve talked about Ken and Elizabeth so much that Ken has actually mentioned Elizabeths name in a couple of my other threads LOL. You’re such a wonderful person to talk to and I was so surprised that you came to me to talk about Ken and Elizabeth. We’ve been talking ever since that first day and I really enjoy all of our threads. Those two are so cute for each other and are definitely one of my favorite ships on this blog. I love the two of them so much.

@radiantdescender: There are so many things that I want ot be able to express to you and some other people that I can’t in mere words. You’ve been with me since I first started my blog with Akio and you still decided to follow me onto this blog. While Rias may like Akio more, I personally like Ken and Rias a lot more. They have such an interesting dynamic, but it’s really hard to pick favorites with either of my boys LOL. Seriously, you’ve been so supportive since I began this new blog and I appreciate you so much for it ♥

@morteem: Yet another person who has been so supportive and has followed me to the ends of the Earth. I really appreciate all the conversations we have and the fact you take the time out of your day to talk to me is phenomenal. I’m so glad to be apart of your life!

@karismatickitty: and yet ANOTHER person who I literally can’t describe in words. I’ve known you for a very very LONG time and everytime we’ve talked you have been supportive. You were with me when I FIRST started Akio and we’ve been RPing and friends ever since (even though we don’t really talk as much anymore). You’re a great person and I never want you to change. I appreciate all it is you’ve done for me (especially all of those cute drawings you did of Akio when we first met LOL). I really really enjoy our conversations and I hope you’re doing well!

@aceprinccss: You literally talk to me everyday. I’m honestly surprised you haven’t gotten tired of me. Even though I may not seem like it, I am genuinely interested in all the stuff we talk about when it comes to Eve and Ken. It all makes sense honestly and the two of them together are super cute. Ken will protect his smol girlfriend at any cost.

@seacrowned : I don’t really know where to begin honestly. We talk on skype a lot and you really do mean the world to me! 


People who I don’t talk to as much, but we all have threads together and we’ve talked once before. I love you all! I want to talk more to people!

@rosaiism @fxlsificxtion @unknxwn-hxcker @vericulumvenatrix @kizcku @oblitusxxpuella @queenharumiura @kinkshameus @undesiredcrown @awadatsu @woodrattt @belladonnax

People who I have yet to talk to yet but never be afraid to message me! <3

@panthertastic @behutend @gothiciism @galaxtia @milagrosloera @juhososhiken @nekoka @crxssedworlds @thecrystalizeddemongirl @the-younger-umino @bubbleheartz @pplwatchrz @captivusborn @maddesan @hikxrii @amxgii @summersworn @fructevampir @oongxku @childxvil @detectivewxlf-revived @sullyxwan @succubiism @ousaiacademy @ammxt @fragilefated @shxnigxmi @stzgesu @bluepedant @sofficecuore @divinaedominus @lunarcyrus @lcvasuite @insomniius @kxkehi @fanxlis @koseisha @bimycu @chiijoku @avengeriiism @kniightli @verdiansoul @dissimulxte @sxikii


If I didn’t tag you I’m so sorry! Thank you so much everyone! I love you all! My inbox is always open and it always will be! ♥♥♥♥


EDIT: In conjunction with this here is a picture of my discord!

Fake G1 Screenshot Commissions

By semi-sorta-but-not-really popular demand, I’ve decided to add these to my commission list. I gave them their own separate post because I really didn’t want to have to go back and edit the entire thing. Anyway, here are the guidelines. Feel free to talk to me if you’re uncertain about anything or if there’s something I don’t cover.

Prices:

$35USD - Waist upwards

$45USD - Full body

+$10 for any extra robot characters with a maximum of 2 per drawing

+5 for a sketchy reference of the redesign, should one need to be done

This cost covers:

- A single, full illustration with background included

- Complete G1-styled redesign of any character not featured in G1 or a similarly-styled continuity.

- Overlays, gradients and other what-nots to give it that old, G1-ish feel

- Optional add-ons (no extra charge): small animals/props, text, weapons, simple shading

Example: 

Notes:

- I’ll need the type of scene/set up you want; location, time, feel, what you want the character to be doing or saying, etc. Not necessarily all of them, but every little bit helps the process. Feel free to provide references to other scenes if you want.

- For OCs, I’ll need a visual reference of said character(s). Any continuity is fine; the cost will remain the same. If you have a good ref for a canon character, I’ll take it. Again, it’ll help. Feel free to specify if you want a full on redesign based off G1 models or just minor g1-style modifications.

- Side note: There’s a 25% discount on canon G1 characters designs. Using designs based on other continuities (like say, using, Megatron’s IDW design as a base and giving it a G1 twist, over using his actual G1 design) counts as a redesign.
- Any text or miscellaneous gubs you may want

Humans:

- Given that humans are considerably simpler than their companions, there are a few separate rules for them.

- I won’t just draw a human alone, there has to be a robot with them
- $5USD for each human, maximum: 3

I Will Draw:

- Any canon character, OC or filthy self-insert (I say this with love) from any continuity. Yes; this includes the Unicron trilogy and Bayverse

- Humans
- Any pairing type, so long as it’s consensual (one-sided crushes count; anything involving minors with adults don’t)

- Mild gore/suggestive material (moderate swearing, some innuendos, etc)
- Weapons

I Won’t Draw:

- Any animal-related alt mode except for canon Sharkticons, Dinobots and Insecticons, since they already have designs I can work with. I still don’t feel comfortable drawing animals and am still a tad iffy on this.

- Heavy gore/explicit material

- Abuse in any form

Regular Commissions

anonymous asked:

39 and 47 for the author's ask!

39. Do you base your characters of real people or not? If so, tell us about one.

I actually don’t! I’d feel kind of weird doing that.

However- traits of people I love, as well as my own traits, tend to show up in characters. For example if I want to write the character as particularly lovable, my best friend’s vivaciousness tends to slip into that character, or if I’m writing a love interest, they’ll have my SO’s gentle kindness. 

I think a lot of authors subconsciously do this and I find it really fascinating! There’s no one character who is SUPER like someone I know IRL though :)

47. Do you start with characters or plot when working on a new story?

Honestly a little from column a, a little from column b. Paige popped into my head as a character before a general plot of a novel happened! My exact thoughts were “what if there was a girl who knew all the fairy tale characters, but was forgotten about?”

Generally I think I lean towards character creation, in depth, first though. I find that if I plot too heavily, my writing becomes dull and I lose interest! Weird! ^O^

thank you for the questions!

Ask me an author question :)

i really like the advice “write marginalized characters but don’t write about marginalization unless you experience it” 

absolutely i think cis people should expand their horizons and write trans characters, but they shouldn’t write stories about being trans. likewise i think allistic / NT authors should write about autistic characters! but not stories about being autistic. 

represent us. absolutely. but don’t tell our stories. let us do that.

send me a tv series and I’ll tell you:

  • my all-time ultimate fave character: 
  • a character I didn’t used to like but now do: 
  • a character I used to like but now don’t: 
  • a character I’m indifferent about: 
  • a character who deserved better: 
  • a ship I’ve never been able to get into: 
  • a ship I’ve never been able to get over: 
  • a cute, low-key ship: 
  • an unpopular ship but I still enjoyed it: 
  • a ship that was totally wrong and never should have happened: 
  • my favourite storyline/moment:
  • a storyline that never should have been written: 
  • my first thoughts on the show: 
  • my thoughts now: 
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Jellybots started as a number of character designs back in 2011- (which started as an attempt to prove to a friend that Beard Holograms are a sweet idea) then some more designs, and eventually a mini comic and a longer comic pitch (very just *almost* a series of GNs) and persistent dreams about wanting to do something bold and colorful and sci-fi/fantasy about growing up and mixing in major personal influences in a very particular sort of way that haven’t left me alone (despite never feeling like I have enough time or followthrough to do it justice). A quick googling should fill in some of the details but suffice it to to say: Jbots is my little personal project about kids and monsters, and a story world I’ve been taking trips to for years. Most characters are based, if loosely, on my irl friends. #DailyJellyJam is a month long attempt to take some of my own advice: one push-up is better than no push-ups! And a little bit of dreaming a day is better than no dreaming at all. So, at the suggestion of @erkshnrt, I’m making time to do some low-stakes worldbuilding at the glacial pace of no money, and I sincerely hope you guys are enjoying it! :)) Above is a sampling of some of the work that’s come together across the last few years- it’s all evolving and much is outdated and likely to be revised, but hopefully it gives you more of a sense of The Thing, or at least how gelatinous sausage gets made ;) new art momentarily!

Daily updates and process videos on Instragram:
https://www.instagram.com/nicholaskole/

The 5 Elements of a LIKABLE Main Character

“I don’t like your main character. He’s kind of obnoxious.” my beta reader laughingly told me, after reading the first chapter of my novel.

On the surface, I looked like this: 

Inside, I looked like this: 

Aloud, I said “Oh, well, he’s kind of hard to understand. He changes by the end.”

Inside, I screamed “How could you not like him?! Do you have a heart?! Is there a void where your soul should be?! Are you actually a Dementor that’s really good at makeup? Well, I guess this is what the Dementors are doing after getting kicked out of Azkaban!”

Outside: “But I really enjoyed it!” *Hugs between broken writer and Dementor in disguise* “Thank you for reading!" 

But you know what? That person that might be a soul-sucking cloaked demon creature? They were right. The character was unlikable, or more accurately, there was no reason to cheer him on. There was nothing to make the reader connect with him, relate to him, transfer themselves into his story, feel affection towards him. 

And if the reader doesn’t connect with the character through empathy? Nothing else in the story can work. Everything relies on this one fictional person. The basic definition of story is "A flawed hero with a goal overcoming obstacles to reach that goal, and how that journey changes them.” So without character, you don’t have story. Without empathy from the reader, you don’t even have character. 

So what is empathy when it comes to characters? 

It’s the process of a reader transferring their own lives onto the character. When this happens, the character’s goal and inner desires, values and weaknesses, everything about them, become proxies for our own. We learn of a shared piece of human nature between us, something we have in common on a significant inner level, and suddenly we want to see this character succeed. Because now, they are us – and we want to see ourselves succeed in real life. We feel what they feel, we experience what they experience.  

The best way to sum up character empathy in my opinion, is this quote from C.S.Lewis: “Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another ‘Really? You too? I thought I was the only one!’”

That’s empathy. 

Which doesn’t mean the character has to be an angelic little cherub …

There are characters that operate in a moral gray area, there are characters that are downright awful, there are characters that shouldn’t be lovable …but we love them. So this is NOT saying that a main character has to be a perfect angel that rescues baby squirrels when they’re not busy volunteering at the local soup kitchen, it just means there’s something WORTHWHILE in the character that persuades the reader to stick around. We need a reason to relate with that at-first-glance unlikable character. Just as we have flawed people in our own lives who we can forgive and love.

A good quote for this one would be this, by G.K.Chesterton: “That’s the great lesson of Beauty and the Beast; that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”

So how does a writer accomplish a good empathetic connection?

Luckily for us, establishing this only takes a little planning in the beginning of the story. Certain elements foster empathy, elements which you can give to your character and display in the story. Making sure to incorporate a few of these will ensure that first connection between reader and character. A connection which you, the author, will then be able to grow. It’s this tiny first note of shared humanity which deepens into those important links we hold with characters. We’re living people, they’re imagined and comprised of words on a page; yet these people can be friends to us, family, mentors, role models, and become some of the most influential people in our lives. 

And how does that begin? Evoking empathy. 

And how do you evoke empathy? Well here are the characteristics that human beings instinctively identify with and admire … 

– Courage (This is the one EVERY main character should possess. Gumption to pursue what they want separates main from background characters.)

– Humor (Wit charms us without fail.)

– Goal-Obsessed 

– Hard-working  

– Noble motivations

– Loving

– Loved by others

– Kind 

– Treated unfairly

– In imminent danger, physically

– In imminent danger, emotionally

– In a sorrowful situation

– Smart/Expert at something

– Suffering from psychological weakness  

– Haunted by something in their past

– Dissatisfied with current state of their life

– Lacking something like love, friendship, belonging, family, safety, freedom, etc

It’s a good plan to give your main character at least FIVE of these empathetic little “virtues.”

If this sounds like a resume, that’s kind of what it is. “Dear Potential Reader, I’m applying for the job of Main Character of this book series. I aspire to consume your every waking thought and drastically change your life, for better and worse.” It’s a diagram of the worthwhile traits of the hero, the characteristics that win us over, which promise the reader “If you follow my story, knowing me – and experiencing the story through me – will be well worth your time.”

These traits will be displayed in the set-up of the story, the first ten pages or so. But the story CANNOT stop to let the character exhibit these winning behaviors; the story must KEEP PROGRESSING, every empathetic element must be shown with a story reason for existing within a scene. Like exposition, empathy needs to be added in subtly, as the story motors onward, slipping into the reader’s knowledge without them noticing. If it’s a scene created for the express purpose of convincing the reader “This character is lovable! Love them! I said love them!” then it will be glaringly obvious and the reader will feel the exact opposite. (They’ll also feel that way about the author, incidentally.)

Now! How does this work? 

Harry Potter: 

Harry is the poster child for being treated unfairly. Yet in the face of the abusive treatment of his childhood, Harry is courageous. He does not succumb to the Dursley’s relentless campaign to stamp the magic out of him, and become a proper Dursley; though this would’ve won their approval, put him in their good graces, and made his life exponentially easier – but he didn’t do it. He knew they were wrong, knew what was right, and refused to become like them. So heck yes Sorting Hat, there is “plenty of courage, I see”. He was loved by his parents, by the three that dropped him off at his Aunt and Uncle’s, and by the majority of the Wizarding World. He’s also snarky, loving, and in constant danger. 

Judy Hopps: 

Every reason why we care about Judy is established in the first few scenes. She’s courageous. She’s funny. She’s loved by her parents. She’s motivated by noble values. Definitely goal oriented, hard working, and smart. She’s also in imminent danger, and being treated unfairly.

If we took out the pieces of the story meant to evoke our empathy, what would happen? 

Nobody would care. Judy Hopps would have been an annoying, smug, and consumed by ruthless ambition. Harry Potter would have ceased to exist because everything about him is empathetic. 

Establishing these early allows us to begin the process of temporarily transferring our lives into a story. Or in the case of some life-changing stories, not temporarily transferring, but letting them become part of our souls forever. 

Yup, having your story connect with a reader forever starts with just a little empathy. Pretty useful.

Oh, and speaking of souls, give me mine back, Dementor reader. I learned how to make people like my characters. Now you’re out of the Azkaban job and the beta reading job. 

what she says: i love freeze your brain

what she means: If you look at Freeze Your Brain at face value, you could easily interperet it as simply about JD’s fixation on 7/11 and his issues oversharing. But it’s really more about a place that feels normal and familiar and safe in a frightening and new situation. It’s easy to overlook this, as a lot of the song is made to be comedic. Take the lines “When mom was alive/we lived halfway normal./Now it’s just me and my dad,/we’re less formal” for example. During the musical, it’s easy to focus more on Veronica freaking out than on JD’s words and their meaning. This is done intentionally, as if to show that JD hides how hurt he is about his mother’s death with other emotions, as many people do. Towards the end, it is shown that JD uses slushies to control a possible self-harm habit and self-destructive thoughts, and that’s when the gravity of the song hits you. Despite sounding light-hearted, Freeze Your Brain is about a teenager trying to hold onto the one place that makes him feel safe and happy no matter where he is. If you consider the possibility that his mother introduced him to 7/11, it’s also about trying to recapture childhood emotions, despite the fact that so many things have changed.

Positivity Post

Listen, I get that there are some issues with Andromeda. The first few hours of the game really feel like they’re trying to find their footing, which isn’t hard to understand - it must have been really hard and stressful to create a game that measures up to the trilogy.

But I’m really sick of the constant posts shitting all over the game and I’ve talked to lots of people who feel the same. It seems like a lot of people are worried about posting anything positive at all for fear or retribution.

So here, have a nice happy post about some of the AMAZING things about this game, which in my opinion totally holds up as a new addition to the series.

  • Awesome hair animation. I’m totally in love with how natural the hair looks. It moves around, looks great, and flows naturally.
  • The dialogue system. This is probably the first time in a video game that I actually feel like I can develop my own personality and have a truly unique OC. Plus, you can develop different relationships with different characters, which truly makes you feel invested in the world.
  • The side quests. There are some fetch quests, sure, but I’ve never found them to be boring. They’re always grounded in a story. I find the quests to be meaningful and interesting and engaging.
  • SQUAD MATES! This might be the first game where I absolutely adore every single person on your crew. The characters feel real and they all experience really touching character growth over the course of the game.
  • FRIEND DATES!! Maybe my favourite detail that’s been added to this - the nice outings you get with your squad after you earn their loyalty. Every single one was so touching and I treasure those moments.
  • ALIEN SEX okay so I’m obviously biased on that one…
  • Beautiful landscapes. I’ve come across some small landscape bugs, but in general each world feels unique and realistic. I love parking the Nomad on top of a hill and just admiring the scenery.
  • THE NOMAD BANTER! They absolutely nailed the banter in this game, I’ve teared up a few times while listening. I love it when squadmates can help each other with things that you can’t because they have different experiences than you. It feels realistic and wonderful.
  • Truly touching moments. I don’t want to say more for fear of spoiling anything, but I’ve cried so much at this game.
  • RYDER. Holy lord in heaven I love Ryder. They’re so well-written and totally hold their own against Shepard. They experience character development over the course of the game, the voice acting is fantastic, and basically I just really love Ryder holy shit

Please feel free to add your own, I really love this game and I’d love to see more people focusing on the things that make it so incredible.

Also if you see this and absolutely need to be negative, please keep it far away and make your own post. I understand that people have complaints, but I’m 150% done with hearing about them.

Much love to my fellow Andromeda explorers!

“Shall We Dance” - Digital Oil Painting

I love the way this one turned out, all the little details like the hair and the lace and the fabric folds! I also love that you can interpret this as different BP and DT characters. She could be Lily, but she could also be Rose, all pink and yellow, after convincing the Doctor to actually stay for the party in their honor and their hosts provided them with appropriate clothing. She just caught him looking at her cleavage during their dance and he’s fumbling for an excuse or apology, he’s not sure which, while continuing to look-notlook. Hehe! Feel free to use as inspiration for fic, if you want!

If you enjoy my art, please consider subscribing to my Patreon! I am saving for a wheelchair lift and new battery.

Stereotyped vs Nuanced Characters and Audience Perception

Writing with color receives many questions regarding the stereotypes Characters of Color and their story lines may possess.

There’s a difference between having a three-dimensional character with trait variance and flaws, versus one who walks the footsteps of a role people of their race/ethnicity are constantly put into. Let’s discuss this, as well as how sometimes, while there’s not much issue with the character, a biased audience will not allow the character to be dimensional.

But first: it’s crucial to consider the thinking behind your literary decisions.

Trace your Logic 

When it comes to the roles and traits you assign your characters, it’s important to ask yourself why you made them the way they are. This is especially true for your marginalized characters.

So you need an intimidating, scary character. What does intimidating look like on first brainstorm? Is it a Black man, large in size or presence? (aka a Scary Black Man) A Latino with trouble with the law? If so, why?

Really dig, even as it gets uncomfortable. You’ll likely find you’re conditioned to think of certain people in certain roles on the spot.

It’s a vicious cycle; we see a group of people represented a certain way in media, and in our own works depict them in the way we know. Whether you consciously believe it’s the truest depiction of them all or not, we’re conditioned to select them for these roles again and again. Actors of Color report on being told in auditions they’re not performing stereotypical enough and have been encouraged to act more “ethnic.” 

This ugly merry-go-round scarcely applies to (cis, straight) white people as they are allowed a multitude of roles in media. Well, then again, I do notice a funny trend of using white characters when stories need a leader, a hero, royalty, a love interest…

Today’s the day to break free from this preconditioned role-assigning.

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please stop reblogging this post

i made this post, and i never expected it to reach past like … 20 notes which wouldve been just all my friends who actually know about charm

im very uncomfortable with the amount of reblogs this post has gotten. i am very uncomfortable with how it has spread to places that i do not, to people who i’ll never know.

do you know how many people have asked me to use charms name for their npc/dnd character? too many

do you know how many people have used charm’s name without telling me they have, resulting in me probably never finding out about it? i dont and that makes me so fucking uncomfortable.

first and foremost, before charm dimeshore is a punny name, he is MY character. i made him lonnggggg before i came up with his name. charm dimeshore is just charm to me, and he is a character who i have poured my heart and soul into. he’s one of my favorite characters and his story means so much to me.

and i dont want anyone taking that away from me

i DO NOT want charm dimeshores name to be stripped away from him by people i dont know, to be used for their own characters by people who know nothing about charm or how he came to decide on his name as a trans man

i have given like…five people permission to use his name for npcs but ive given them very specific guidelines, because otherwise? it just feels fucking disgusting. it just feels like stealing. 

charm dimeshore is more than a name to me, and i dont like how likely it is that someone could steal him from me and ruin him without my knowledge

and dont you dare tell me that im overreacting. dont you dare tell me that “its just a name”. because its not. its not

so unless youre matt fucking mercer or some bullshit, do NOT come to me and ask to use his name for an npc

and if you do it anyway? im disgusted by you. you disgust me, and you honestly dont understand how painful it is to me to have charm become much bigger than myself and risk losing him

please stop reblogging that post. instead, if you want to, reblog this one.

It’s down to me and you
In this cold and empty room
Forgotten what we’re dieing for
Just tell me what to change
Just tell me what to say
‘Cause I can’t feel it anymore
But why are we so incomplete?
It’s down to you and me
In this cold and empty street
Forgotten what we’re living for
Just tell me what is right
'Cause it’s more than what’s inside
Cause I can’t see it anymore
All I see are kings and thieves

When all I own is just dust and gold
Oooh…
Don’t let go yet
Don’t settle for this
And everything you are…
Why are we so incomplete?
All I own is just dust
Just dust and gold
When all I see are kings and thieves
When all I own is just dust and gold
So rescue me
Rescue me
So rescue me

Arrows to Athens - Dust and Gold

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A fast Marco before the Ouji-Characters will going on ^^ With a LOT of glow and glitter and gold, cause for me, everything looks better with glow/glitter/bling bling :D (I want to have a bit of glitter on me, too :X maybe I would feel me beautiful, too?)

I feel like crying all day since saturday and my body-feeling is like 0. I often catch me that I think about skipping meals to feel better (or less guilty). That sucks. I am really anxious to get in my old bad habbits again… so I try to distract my mind while I doodle like crazy ^^; haha. The last few days I started … 10 or more sketches, after every on of them, I thought “oh no, there is another idea!” and started another one without finishing on of the 9 before @_@. I hope it will only be a short phase of confuse ;) ~

Crossing Lines: Arrow 5x19 Review (Dangerous Liaisons)

If 5x19 is indicative of the final four episodes of Season 5, then we are in for one hell of a ride. 

After setting Oliver and Felicity off into trajectories, Arrow returns to the center as Felicity’s relationship with Helix come to a head. Original Team Arrow is splintered as Felicity aligns herself against Oliver and Diggle. Smoak versus Arrow is more than just Felicity going head to head with those who know and love her best. It’s about diving into Felicity’s real motivations. Sure, we were told Felicity’s grief over Billy is pushing her over the edge 

(keep singing that tune Arrow), but we knew there was more. The truth is, Felicity’s motivations haven’t strayed too far from center after all.

Let’s dig in…

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An open letter to Griffin and the McElroys

Lup is a trans woman.

I can explain what this means to me, but it’ll be long and emotional, so please forgive that.

Sawbones was my first McElroy podcast. I knew right away that I identified with Justin - the fact that we’re both peripheral to medicine, and around the same age, with similar frames of reference helps a lot. He’s also a complete goof, which people who know me will likely find at least a bit familiar.

Over the years I’ve started listening to more and more of y’all - Interrobang, MBMBaM, and Griffin and Justin’s work on Polygon, but as a dyed-in-the-wool nerd, TAZ has fast become my favourite of all your body of work. One of the reasons that I identify so strongly with y’all, is that I see my brother in you.

My brother, Dan, died almost seven years ago - he would’ve been Travis’ age now. In all of you, I see his sense of humour, his passion, his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and music, and above all, his kindness. In some very small way, listening to the three of you and your relationship has helped me keep close what I treasured most about my own brother.

Dan died before i could come out to him as a trans woman. I don’t have any doubt that he would’ve been loving and supportive, because our relationship only improved as we aged, but I still never got to tell him about this thing that is so central to who I am as a person. Griffin, it may have seemed like a simple decision to include a woman like me as a character in your podcast, but your acceptance of and sensitivity toward people like me was like a touchstone to how i feel Dan would have reacted if I’d had the chance to tell him. It’s why I broke down with tears of joy listening to the episode, and it’s why I’m crying now, writing this.

I know it’s a little weird to be so emotional over one group of people I’ve never met, and another group who are entirely fictional, but this strange daisy-chain of associations means that this simple gesture was actually of deep, deep significance to me.

From the bottom of my heart, and from my brother and me, thank you.

What comes to mind when thinking of Wander Over Yonder are the brilliant variety of alien designs and planet settings. But the other thing that stands out are all the vehicle and ship designs! It’s hard to pick an absolute favorite, but I always found these to be the most interesting:

Dr. Screwball Jones’ Ship

Just look at that design! I’ve always loved how the ships resemble the characters that own them, and Screwball is basically a cartoon alien version of Weird Al…if…he were also a banana…or something. What i’m saying is…Weird Al would totally fly this thing and that mental image makes me love it more.

Lord Dominator’s Ship

While it may not have my favorite exterior, that interior is what really wins me over. It’s like I can almost feel the heat just from looking at these. Everything about these designs just screams “deliciously evil”.

Catastrophe Cars

This one’s sort of just an honorable mention. I think if I had to pick one vehicle to own in this series, that little red car with the wings would be it. And I love how they look little easter eggs from above. 

And I can’t end this post without mentioning the Skullship. Everyone loves the Skullship.

rainintothesea  asked:

Hi, Cassie! 1) Thank you x 1000 for sharing your stories with us! Your books helped me through the worst time of my life, & I'm more grateful than I could ever explain. Truly. 2) I freaking love Diana as a character! She's fascinating! Could you give us any more info on her? You mentioned her secret having to do with her brother & Thailand. Is her brother really dead? Is the warlock she visits somehow connected/related to her brother? Is the person she's visiting really a warlock? Thanks! ❤️

Diana is one of my absolute favorite characters and she has, I think, an interesting backstory for a lot of reasons. She will give her backstory in Lord of Shadows and I feel like I should leave it to her to do that in her own way. But I promise we spend some quality time with her, and you’ll find out a lot about her and the story of her family, and her friendship with Caterina (who she is often visiting.)

i think one of the biggest plot twist that could possibly happen at this wedding, besides Luffy actually sticking to the plan, would be if Pudding ends up aiming the gun and shooting at Big Mom instead. although if she does end up shooting Big Mom, i believe it will be because of a separate agenda of her own, not that she’s trying to help Sanji and co. 

just think about it for a minute here… she shot Reiju to test out the gun’s abilities, and discovered that the bullets could easily pierce through even the ‘iron bodies’ of the Germa soldiers. then in this latest OP chapter, Bege compares Big Mom’s tough exterior skin to an ‘iron balloon’… perhaps i’m reading too much into this, but i feel like there’s more to the reason as to why she shot Reiju than we’ve been led to believe. 

and i can’t quite put my finger on it, but after the revelation of her twisted personality, this scene here of Pudding having such thoughts to herself about Big Mom and Lola also seemed rather out of place…

i guess it seemed to me like the fact that these were thoughts she had to herself might actually give us a better glimpse of her true feelings regarding this whole situation compared to any other scenes with her and other characters present. maybe she desires her own freedom and choice like Lola, who was brave enough to seek it.

i also think it’s fair to assume that the majority of Big Mom’s children and/or subordinates serve Big Mom simply out of fear, not out of love or any similar reason. so, Pudding’s actual loyalty to Big Mom may be pretty questionable as well…

with that said, i’ve been 100% behind evil Pudding from the very start, and would be glad to see it going either way… whether she tries to shoot Sanji at the wedding or ends up double-crossing Big Mom.

the ironic thing is, the first time I played Fallout 4, I played for HOURS before I went to find Nick - I actually put it off for a while.

I had managed to avoid all spoilers, and when I heard the name “Mister Valentine” I imagined a very suave, very cool, very film noir gritty character who would be very stylish but maybe not have that much to him. I didn’t dislike the character, I just assumed he was gonna be a handsome normal human NPC - okay but not particularly interesting.

Then when I finally got round to vault 114, the first thing that stuck me was the voice, and then when I saw him I was like “WOAH! He’s a busted up old robot!”

and I know it sounds weird, but I’m just very grateful for the character.

Because, he could have been written to be very cool, but not much else. Like he could have been nothing but noir grit and sass, but he isn’t - there’s a lot of heart to him, and a lot of human dorkiness too. It really feels like he was written as a full person and character rather than “Lets have a cool film detective robot!” - real thought was put into him.

the guy who says “Goodnight sweet prince” to a downed mob boss, and quotes poe ominously while the prydwyn flies overhead is the same guy who laughs at his own joke about a trash heap, comes up with pastrami-golems, pretends to tame giant lion statues, thinks there is no way to ride a seesaw with dignity and admits that having wings “would be nice”.