i mean compare how they were up on that stage to how they are at cons

anonymous asked:

I'm currently having a dilemma were I feel like I'm "too late" to cosplay. As if, everyone who is already cosplaying has mastered it and become presentable, where as I'm just starting out and don't even light a candle to most of the crowd. I really adore everyones craftsmanship, and it's an incredible hobby to be apart of. But no matter how many tutorials I see I feel like I simply don't have the skill/talent to put together a cosplay, or as if I can't be a beginner. Has anyone been thru this?

Hello there!

Sorry that you feel that way about cosplay. It should be something fun, but if you feel inadequate, that can take away from it.

Know that it’s perfectly okay to be a beginner. Cosplay is a growing hobby, and people are getting into it all the time. There’s no shame in being new! I’d guess that the cosplayers who are relatively new at a con probably vastly outnumber those who have been doing it for 5+ years (who outnumber those of us who have been doing it 10+ years, etc.). Just remember that there’s a reason why you see so many “cosplay 101″ panels at cons, and why help sites like this one can exist: because so many people are getting into the hobby or looking for ways to get into the hobby that this kind of thing can be sustained.

The thing about skill is that it’s something that comes with practice. No one is amazing at something on their first try. It takes time and experience to get good at something, and it’s hard work. You can’t compare yourself to someone who has been cosplaying for a number of years and has more skills and more resources than you. Only compare yourself to your previous self. Did you learn how to make a new type of clothing, even if it’s not perfect? Great! Your next version will be better. Did you have a problem with something and it didn’t turn out? That can be discouraging, but you learned something from it, and now you can apply that knowledge to future projects. Reading tutorials will only get you so far. You have to actually do things.

Also, there’s no shame in starting small. You want to get into cosplay but can only do minimal sewing? Modify pre-made garments. This can also help you learn how things are constructed. Make simple outfits to begin with. Most complex costumes are just lots of simpler sewing techniques put together, and while this takes time to do, it can help to think of a more complex outfit as smaller pieces rather than as a big complex whole. Your first cosplay doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t be!) a super elaborate hand-beaded Sakizou design, for example, or a full suit of armor. Learning how to make simple things so that they fit well and have clean construction will be much more useful and much more impressive in terms of construction than trying to tackle something far outside your skill level.

It also helps to take things slowly and set reasonable goals. Say you want to make a whole costume in a year. Set a goal so that you make the skirt one month, the bloomers another month, the top another month, and the accessories another month. Take your time with the items, and remake them if needed. Break down each piece into even smaller pieces – make your goal for that week to learn to sew a zipper, or learn to sew elastic, and then work your way up to the more complex princess seams on the top, and then the more complex boning in the top, and then the most complex item, such as a small bit of embroidery. Make mockups and practice pieces (I /still/ make practice pieces for new techniques) so that you can do the technique a few times before doing the final piece. Learning skills in small, manageable chunks will make it less overwhelming, and you’ll learn how to put things together in a practical way that can then be applied to a more complex outfit next time.

You can also enter a contest that has a beginner skill division. Ask for advice from the judges on how to improve. Attend a con in normal clothes or a storebought costume and see how you feel about that. Take some of the pressure off, and refocus a bit on other aspects of cosplay before tackling a project.

Also, keep in mind that a lot of what you see online and the viral images you see of cosplays are the “best” images – the most impressive construction, the best photography, and any “flaws” are often hidden in creative photography or photoshopped out, etc. (Of course, “best” is super subjective here, and there is no “best” way to cosplay, hence the quotes, but I think my meaning is clear.) The average cosplay at a con doesn’t look like that, certainly not while walking around the floor, and there are a lot of beginners around, or people who cosplay for reasons other than the construction, and there is nothing wrong with that. I’d actually recommend looking at con coverage photos and videos, or digging through the tags for local cons. You’ll often see photos here that are hall shots (not staged photoshoots), usually taken by fans of the series because they like the character, not because the cosplayer looks like they just stepped off a movie set. Look at photos and videos of crowds and gatherings. You’ll see a lot of cosplayers there of all skill levels – you’ll fit right in no matter what your costume looks like. 

And hey, a lot of attendees will see your costume and be amazed by it even if you only see flaws! People are often just excited to see their favorite characters, or don’t notice all of the tiny things that went “wrong” that you might.  

It can be hard to deal with feeling of inadequacy, but you’ll get to the level of skill you want to be at faster than you think if you continue to work at it. Here’s the secret: a lot of artists (cosplayers included) are hardest on their own work. Even someone like me, who has been cosplaying for nearly 15 years, deals with these feelings. The secret to overcoming it is not to look at other people’s work (”this person is at a way higher level than I am and they just started!” or “I’ll never make anything that amazing!”), but to look at how far you’ve come, and what you are proud of in your own work. I’m a pretty practical person, so if I ever do feel that kind of inadequacy, I usually stop, identify where I can improve, and set out to do those specific things. Even then, you will see your flaws, while others will see your strengths. Learn to identify your strengths and appreciate them, and work on the things that you see as flaws. Know that no one can do everything perfectly, and learn to embrace that.

I mention my own experiences here because you sound like the kind of cosplayer I am. I’m the type who has the most fun with the construction aspect of it, and has fun trying to plan out and problem solve a cosplay, and then showing off all my hard work. Not everyone places as much personal importance on those aspects of the hobby, so this kind of advice doesn’t really apply to those who have different versions of fun. This answer isn’t meant to be a “you have to have good construction to be a good cosplayer” response, but since you specifically want advice on construction skill, I would guess that you’re the type who likes to make things.  

You’ll get there, but remember that you are always allowed to be at the skill level you are at. Always.  

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

Wedding Plans, Lin-Manuel Miranda x Reader

Prompt: Second part to ‘Backstage’ + First Date + Lin-Manuel Miranda

Words: 1352

Author’s Note: Been awhile since a full fic! Thanks for the patience! So…I got a job. Don’t know how this will affect my writing, hopefully it doesn’t?

Warnings: None? I think?

Askbox | Masterlist | Part onePart three | Part four


It took less than an hour for Lin to send a rather lengthy and detailed text to you. You had to assume he got your number through Daveed.

From: Lin

Hey, Lin here! Usually lunch is better for me, now that I think about it. Although, I guess it depends on the day…If we decide on lunch, what time would work for you? I’m sure your schedule is insane. Anything before 1 is fine with me. What do you like to eat? I mean, I know food is probably a good guess…are you a soup or sandwich person? OR BOTH? I’m sorry about all the questions, it’s very late and you make me very nervous…I’m going to end this before I say something stupid (I guess it’s too late for that - I accomplished stupid by starting with ‘Hey, Lin here!’). Okay…bye.

From: Lin

This is Lin, by the way. Pathetically asking for a date. You can always say no, by the way. No pressure. You’re just really beautiful and I promise I won’t be this weird in public.

To: Lin

Considering I’ve spent the last few weeks mostly watching re-runs of Friends, I’d say my schedule is rather open. Especially compared to yours. Lunch sounds great, I guess I’m a soup and sandwich person? What do you think that says about me? You should probably get to sleep and we can talk about this more tomorrow.

To: Lin

You’re not the only nervous one here, just to let you know.

To: Lin

This is Y/N, by the way.

You met him for lunch at a diner a few blocks away from the theatre. He told you he had a feeling the lunch would last much longer than either of you intended, and he wanted the theatre to be close by, just in case.

He ordered soup and half a sandwich, you ordered a burger. You promised you would share your fries when the food came and he looked immensely jealous.

Conversation was easy and light-hearted, mostly aimed at the fact that he was rather nervous, and you confessed that you were as well.

“I make you nervous?” He laughed, reaching over to steal another fry, “How?”

“For one, you’re a fry stealer.” You playfully swatted his hand away from your plate, “Secondly, I think you drastically underestimate yourself,” You sipped at the straw of your drink, watching his face heat up with pride, “You’re hot.” You said simply.

He sputtered out a response as a waitress came along with the check and a few boxes. He took care of the check before you could protest. You let him, with a feeling in your stomach that you could pick up the tab the next time the two of you went out.

With take out boxes in your arms, he offered to take you to the theater, thinking you would probably want to catch up with Daveed and some of the other cast members before the show.

He escorted you through the busy streets you had yet to get used to, weaving around bodies moving not nearly fast enough for your liking.

The roar of the crowd outside the RIchard Rogers escalated as the two of you approached. They were able to connect the dots rather quickly, his hand in yours tugging you along, the matching take-out boxes. It was obvious the two of you had gone out together.

He told the crowd he would be out after the show, and he had a short discussion with the doorman as a few people asked for pictures.

You were thankful none of them asked of the nature of your relationship with Lin, as you really didn’t know how to answer a question like that. Were you dating? Could you consider one lunch together as ‘dating’? His eyes met yours and he gestured for you to follow him through the stage door.

Most of the cast was already there, conversing and lightheartedly getting ready for the show. With a few hours until places, they were still rather relaxed and in no rush. That meant they were all very happy to see you trailing after Lin into the building.

Daveed was quick to embrace you and show you around his dressing room, which he shared with Oak. It was nicely decorated and simple, and he hastily shut the door and sat you on the couch, him and Oak in their respective chairs.

“What’s going on, guys?” You chuckled nervously, your hand finding a Jefferson-inspired pillow and clutching it to your chest.

“Did you just come back from a date with Lin?” Daveed asked, leaning forward in his seat in anticipation.

“We had lunch,” You answered, but that seemed to be enough for celebration. They each fist bumped, cheering in happiness.

“Flower girl. I’m calling it. I have a lot of experience.” Oak said, patting you on the shoulder, the most bro-esque gesture you have ever received from someone else.

“Flower girl for what?”

“Your wedding, obviously.”


Chris had already cornered Lin in his dressing room, carefully interrogating Lin on the nature of your relationship and the events of the date. Pippa and Renee stood behind him with knowing smiles on their faces.

“I took her to the diner, we talked, we had lunch.” Lin said casually with a shrug, moving around the room to clean any mess incase you decided to walk in. All three people raised their eyebrows in anticipation of more, “She called me hot.”

The room erupted in cheers. Chris looked so proud he could burst.

“We need to become her best friends. If we’re not in their wedding, I will go on a rampage.” Renee whispered to Pippa, before launching into fantastic details of how it would work out.

A knock sounded at the door and you peeked your head in.

“Can I come in?” You asked, pushing the door open further. With no protest against it, you stepped in as the three of them excused themselves. They all glanced at you with excited smiles on their way out.

Pippa gave you a look that said ‘We have things to discuss.’

“So, Daveed and Oak suggest a Fall-time wedding. Orange everywhere. Pretty sure they have a gown picked out for me already.” You joked, plopping onto his couch. He let out a huff of air, leaning against his desk, crossing his arms.

“Damn, Pippa insists on a Winter wedding. Red everywhere.”

You looked up at him with a smile, patting the seat next to you. The couch shifted as he took it, eyes never meeting you.

“There’s no pressure, right?” You asked, settling your head into his neck, eyes glancing around the room, absorbing everything you could.

“There is.” He answered honestly, “Does that scare you? I mean, we have only been on one date.”

“Not scared. Nervous.” It was a word you had thrown back and forth a few times now. You wondered if the feeling you deemed as ‘nervous jitters’ in the pit of your stomach was something else completely.

“‘Cause I’m so hot?” He looked down at you with a joking smirk.

“That’s certainly part of it,” You paused, testing the atmosphere of the room, “Our relationship will be very public if we decide to have one. We’ll be on different schedules.”

“Those are the cons. What are the pros?” He leaned back on the couch, slinging his arm back to be around your shoulders.

“I like you.” You nuzzle deeper into his side.

“I like you, too.” He answered, head falling back so he could watch the ceiling fan turn, “I think it’s decided, then.”

“Me too. I have to go. Break a leg tonight.” You pecked his cheek with a kiss, moving to collect your purse and towards the door.

“No goodnight kiss?” He whined.

“It’s lunch-time. Take me out to dinner and we’ll talk.” With that, you confidently strode out of the building, saying a few goodbyes and getting a few knowing looks on your way out.

If anyone asked if you were dating, you now had a good answer for them.

Feeling Alive- Part 6

Summary: Dance school!AU (or the Step Up/Pride and Prejudice mash up nobody asked for). Bucky Barnes is forced to take twelve hours of commercial dance classes to pass the year- and that just happens to be your regular weekly dance class.

Introduction

Part 1 (Slow Hands)

Part 2 (Stay)

Part 3 (There Will Come a Time)

Part 4 (Weapon of Choice)

Part 5 (Came Here For Love)


Where the Sky Hangs OR Strip That Down

Pairing: Bucky Barnes X Reader

Chapter 7/?: Where the Sky Hangs

Word count: 2590

Back up in the word count and racing ever onwards! Although I’m only halfway through chapter twelve, so I might have to ease off the gas a bit (not to mention my other fics are crying out for attention), but don’t worry- we’re going to get to the end of this! But, for now, simply enjoy ;)


The next week, an unexpected heatwave rolls across the country: weather forecasters fan themselves, insisting it’s just a flash in the pan, and the students stumbling into the library at all hours now carry sunglasses and moan about the missed opportunities outside. Trapped in your office during shifts, you can’t help but sympathise. Still, the discomfort is almost worth it for the moment you come through the door each evening, kicking off your shoes and pulling on a pair of shorts with the windows thrown open and music blasting from your laptop. A certain someone, however, is not enjoying it at all.

B: I’m melting

You’re slowly recalibrating your brain from James to Bucky. Changing his name in your contacts helped a bit.

B: I hate this

B: this is hell

In fact, you get a message complaining about the heat pretty much every day. It’s like a regular touch-base; something to be expected. It makes you feel a whole different kind of warm inside.

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Got7 Reaction: S/O Nervous To Sing Infront of Audience

Request:

hi! could you make got7 reaction to you being nervous to sing in front of an audience please? thank you ! 💓

-Anon

Mark

I feel like Mark would be more logical and rational about the whole thing as well as give you the freedom to choose. He’d show you the pros and cons to each side and talk things through with you, but try to persuade you more into going on stage, cracking a few jokes every now and again. He’d use his quiet, soft spoken, and sweet nature in order to convince you into doing it and not be as scared. I mean, he will be in the audience to support you~

Originally posted by jypnior

Jaebum

I feel like Jaebum would probably use his leadership skills in order to convince you without you realizing that’s what he was doing. I see him using personal experiences of his performances after he had gotten used to it and constantly re-assuring you that you’ll do great. He (Unlike Jackson and BamBam) would catch himself, not letting you know that he heard you sing before your performance.

Originally posted by nyeong-ing

Jackson

I feel like Jackson and BamBam would be very similar in this situation except Jackson would bargain with you. He’d probably crack a lot of jokes to make you feel better, maybe even give you the short version of the “Imagine Them In Their Underwear” speech. Although, just like Bambam, he may let it slip that he heard you singing your piece before the performance by accidentally playing it for you to prove that you’ll do great, causing you to playfully punch him. Let’s be honest he’d probably be your biggest fanboy though and have a lot of random secret videos on his phone of you singing.

Originally posted by got7ish

Jinyoung

This Little Shit. He’d probably use the fact that he’s heard you sing against you. He’d talk about how you were going to be famous one day and maybe even convince the boys to Fanboy whenever you were around to boost your self esteem. The more nervous you were, the higher the hopes he told you he had for you. Now, the way I’m explaining it makes it sound like he’d make it worse but he’d actually explain them in ways that would hella boost your confidence.

Originally posted by umma-jy

Youngjae

I feel like Youngjae would do more to physically prepare you rather than just talk you through it. He remembers when he was nervous going out on stage and would explain. He would also host mock performances for you so that you would be more comfortable going out on stage. (He’s such a sweetie oml). I highly doubt you’d be nervous for your performance if he was your S/O~

Originally posted by pinkhoodiemark

BamBam

As I stated in Jackson’s part, I feel like these two would be very similar. I feel like BamBam would light-heartedly tease you and try and make you laugh to ease your nerves. He’d be the second biggest fanboy compared to Jackson and would be right in the front row of your performance to support you. He’d probably gush about how good you were and give you the extended version of the “Imagine Them In Their Underwear” speech causing you to most definitely laugh.

Originally posted by se-tae

Yugyeom

He would be a lot like mark and Youngjae I feel. He’d really wanna prepare you, but if you backed out at any moment he wouldn’t stop you. He’s still young and new to performing so he’d quite understand where you were coming from. He’d talk you through and weigh the pros and cons to each side, as well as come up with a system that would help you prepare as well as improve your performance. I feel like he would also suggest you both start doing duets as well because he loves the sound of your voice and loves to sing along with you.

Originally posted by just-keyboard-smash

Hey~~

I’ve had this request forever oml

I’m glad I finally had a few ideas for it though~~ I hope it came out alright haha

-Admin Min-Y

~The Gifs Are Not Mine~

So @getinthefuckingjaeger sent me this post about Colin Firth FARRELL (thank you aquarterquell) giving Eddie Redmayne a backrub before a comic con thing to help him calm down.

Who am I to disagree with a thing like that?


Newt’s book is a success.

Of course it’s a success. It was written by the best magizoologist alive - the best wizard alive, in Graves’ humble and completely unbiased opinion. If it wasn’t a success, he’d be storming around with his wand out in search of whatever foul play was interfering with the success of Newt’s book. Probably dark magic. Evil dark magic that wants to stop Newt’s book being the success it was always destined to be. The dark magic should count itself lucky that Newt’s book has sold out every print run to date, because otherwise it would have a severely pissed off Graves knocking on its door.

But. That’s by the by.

Newt’s book is a success, and the wizard - and his heroic, daring exploits as he tracks down and saves his many fantastic beasts - have become something of a sensation in the wizarding world. Strangely enough, it’s the younger generation that have taken to him the most. The older wizards are still shaking their heads about newfangled notions and the follies of having feelings for potions ingredients, but the younger generation have full-out gone for it.

With a party.

A huge, fantastic beasts themed party.

It’s billed as a collection of seminars, a convention of sorts - leading experts from around the world giving lectures about magical animals and what they mean to the wizarding world. There’s networking, a whole lot of people very interested in working with magical beasts and a whole lot of people sitting up and taking notice of the funding pouring in to various reserves and research centres. There’s even a few hands-on sessions where people can get close and personal with some of the tamer beasts.

But, basically, it’s an enormous party. However you dress it up (and yes, quite a few people have dressed up). And Newt is the star speaker, about to go out on stage in front of hundreds - thousands! - of wizards and witches from about the globe to talk about his book, his travels, and his beasts.

Graves couldn’t be prouder of him.

Newt, on the other hand, is a nervous wreck backstage and if it weren’t for the anti-apparition precaution wards put up around the whole place, he’d be several continents away by now.

Graves approaches with caution.

“Newt?” he asks, laying a hand on his shoulder. Newt spins, eyes wild and wand half-raised in front of him. He stutters to a stop as soon as he recognises Graves.

“Sorry,” he mumbles miserably. “I didn’t - sorry.”

Graves fights the urge to wring his hands like a distraught housewife or find whatever is making Newt sad and hex it. “No no,” he says. “Don’t be sorry. Just, tell me what’s wrong?”

Newt fists his hands into his hair, coming dangerously close to sticking his wand in his eye, and struggles to find how to word it. Graves’ hand finds its way back to his shoulder, thumb rubbing gentle circles against his shirt.

Slowly, the tension eases out of Newt’s frame. Not completely, but enough for him to lower his hands and lean back slightly into Graves’ touch. “It’s a lot of people,” he finally says.

Graves hums. “It’s not that many,” he disagrees lightly. “Not as many people as there were faeries at the solstice gathering you took me to.”

“They’re considerably bigger than faeries,” Newt huffs, but Graves only raises an eyebrow to that.

“They don’t have to be,” he offers. “Send Frank up into the rafters with a shrinking potion, I’m sure he can fix things.”

“Frank isn’t a potions dispenser,” Newt protests, but there’s the beginnings of a smile on his face.

“Or I can cast engorgement charms on you until you’re twenty metres tall and they’re tiny little peanuts compared to you, that would work as well.” He tilts his head, mock-serious with his considerations. “Not sure how where we’d transfigure that many flower petal outfits from, though. Some of them may have to go without.”

Newt whacks him on the shoulder. “You’re awful,” he says through a grin.

“Thoroughly,” Graves agrees. He steals a kiss and herds Newt to the stage, though not before conjuring the sparkliest, floweriest petal dress for Pickett to wear. He even gives the bowtruckle a pair of glowing wings, much to the little thing’s delight.

“Awful,” Newt repeats, but he’s too enamoured with fairy-Pickett to remember to be nervous when he turns to face the crowd.

asiah-iroki  asked:

two questions eating me from the inside after reading your blog for about a month! (yeah im pretty new). 1. what is this thing about Hiro getting bullied and his hardships upto this stage? 2. i'd be very grateful if u could tell me the reason why Kid'z changed his name? in both the cases i want to know, what exactly happened??

Hi,

I’m aware that there are new fans who read my blog but I’m not sure how far that you guys dig up from it because, at this point, there are many blog posts. You guys probably haven’t read all of them. So, I can understand if some things appear blurry.

1. Hiro & cyber bullying

I actually touched on this on my very 1st blog post here.

http://japanessie.tumblr.com/post/111920492632/championing-hiro

(*Caution: 1 person labelled me rude and offensive on FB for criticizing Hiro’s vocals in that post. I guess to some people, supporting means you can’t give your honest opinion to the person you support.)

Coming from a famous family has its pros and cons. Sadly, even though the majority of MFS fans come from OOR fandom, so do the haters. Both Japanese and international fans.

Reasons for the hate based on what I went through on 2ch Japan:

1. They assumed that MFS was handed to Hiro on a silver platter and all paid for by Papa’s money.

2. They compared it to how Taka struggle through hardship to get to where he is today. They felt things were too easy for Hiro and MFS. While many bands including OOR had to start on small stages in small clubs, MFS who started in August 2011 was already on Summer Sonic* stage in 2012. 

* Of course these haters were oblivious to the fact that MFS team core GEN and KTR were hardworking industry veterans who were no strangers to the festival organizers.

All the posts on the forum were anonymous. They used very very strong words and graphics to throw the worst insults imaginable to Hiro, MFS and even his parents. Sorry, I’m not going to go into details because it was too awful for me.

Taka fanatics

Not everyone who flocked to Hiro’s social media was interested in MFS. They were just Taka’s fans who stalked his baby brother because Taka didn’t have a public social media account at the time. By the time Hiro quit Twitter, his followers exceeded MFS followers by >2000 pax.

It seems to me that people took advantage of Hiro’s online presence to direct their insults to him or to be nosy about Taka’s personal life because among Hiro’s last tweets was this: “I started blocking fucked up people!“.

I will never know how bad it was but it was enough to make him decide to quit public social media.



2. Why Kid'z changed to a stage name

He was worried about fans’ acceptance. He understood the music industry well enough to know that some fans can react very negatively to changes in bands’ personnel. Nobody wanted to be looked upon as the guy who “stole” Masaki’s place. Especially with a small number of fans knowing him from his old band.

Masaki’s decision to leave the band was a big secret that the fans didn’t know. Kid'z was not in a position where he was able to tell the world about it and that he had nothing to do with Masaki’s decision. It’s not like he needed the job in MFS. He was in Nano’s band. Still, it was disappointing to Masaki’s fans. From the outside, it didn’t look pretty. It was as if, “Oh, so MFS replaced Masaki with that LOTH drummer, huh!“

Not to mention that it was a pretty awkward situation considering Kid'z’s own band LOTH just freshly split up at the time. LOTH disbanded officially in November 2015. I noticed he dropped LOTH name from his Twitter handle at the time.


Anyway, I believe Sho had kept his eyes on Kid'z when Masaki decided to leave. Hiro said in an interview (I forgot which one) that Masaki already hinted to leave since 2015. 

I remember how strange to me to see Sho and Kid'z at SAKAEYA in January 2016 because Kid'z normally hung out with the younger MFS members Teruki and Hiro.

Then I saw him again at SAKAEYA with Nob in February 2016. I still thought it was a bit strange, “Since when has he been hanging out with the older MFS members?”

As it turned out, they were recruiting him!


Kid'z only started to come out of “hiding" after MFS released The Puzzle MV and then Missing You. Fans were impressed by his drumming and gave positive feedback. People started to post nice messages for him on social media. Particularly prominent on IG. With his positive attitude and fun personality, he won hearts quickly. Having a pretty face didn’t hurt either XD

When he was asked on his birthday what was the most surprising thing to him in MFS, he answered, “The kindness of the fans!“

So, he’s a happy camper now! (^^)

RIP Monty Oum (June 22, 1981 – February 1, 2015)

Who was Monty? Monty was the personification of motivation, determination and resolve. He was the man who never slowed down, who always wanted his life to be efficient, quick and as productive as possible. To those of you that never knew Monty, it might be hard to imagine to what extent of this I mean. Imagine a man who would literally microwave food by hitting random numbers, then pull it out the second it was ready, to rush off to an 18 hour work day where his uniform was a suite adorned with ping pong balls. Imagine a man who opted to have a work space right next to a motion capture stage because it was the most efficient location. Imagine a man who operated his computer entirely via keyboard shortcuts, hardly ever needing to touch the mouse, frequently breaking his keyboard keys from the break neck speed he worked. This was Monty, a literal Bruce Lee of animation. He would slow down for nothing more than his amazing wife Sheena.

I first met Monty in 2009 at Anime-Expo, the second time I’d been to the United States. I walked up to his tiny little table at the convention where he was promoting his series Dead Fantasy by giving out free DVDs. I was dressed as the sniper from TF2, as my friends were doing a group cosplay and wanted me on board as I still had my Australian accent. We started talking shop as we were both animators and through this we became quick friends. After the convention he came back to a friends apartment where I was staying and we hung out the entire time he was still in town. Here he showed me parts of Dead Fantasy that he was working on and I got the first look at how fast he was able to work, it was awe inspiring. At the time Monty was living in San Fransisco working at Namco Bandai as a combat designer for the Afro Samurai game, so obviously he had obligations he needed to return to.

He went home and I went on with the rest of my trip, until Comic-Con 2009 where we ran into him again. Here I attended a panel he was on about creating content online, it was interesting to listen to him talk about how he never wasted any time in his day and was all about constantly moving and always working. I quickly found myself looking up to Monty and I think some of my friends even jokingly teased me about it, but he deserved any to all admiration he recieved.

After Comic-Con I was coming to the end of my trip, as my travel visa was running out and my flight home was quickly approaching. My friends took me to a Korean BBQ to wish me a safe trip home, I was rather upset that I had to leave as I was becoming quite fond of all my friends in the US. Then I learn Monty is flying down from San Fransisco to join us. He literally flew down to Los Angeles to come to my going away party so he could wish me a safe trip home. It was then I knew that this guy was something special and a really good friend.

From here I was obsessed with the idea of living and working in the US, so I tried to see how possible it was but always hit walls. In 2010 Monty was finally working at Rooster Teeth, a place that had been constantly trying to get him to come work for them. He was working incredibly hard on Red vs Blue and he needed all the help he could get. He asked me if I’d be interested in coming to the US to work with him on RvB, I was so thrilled by the idea. I told him that if he could make it happen I would absolutely be down to work with him.

Time passed and Monty eventually had to tell me that he had been talking to Burnie and the other high ups at Rooster Teeth, they had told him it wasn’t possible to hire me and get me into the country. Apparently they had been having problems getting someone else into the country to work at Rooster Teeth who lived in the UK. So because of this, I never ended up working at Rooster Teeth. I of course later learned that this person from the UK was Gavin. How funny it is that people constantly compare me to him and we both went through the exact same thing, I’ve also still never met the guy!

Time passes and myself and Monty run into each other again at Comic-Con in 2011. Here he we manage to squeeze in 1 night to talk to each other about what we’re working on. I don’t have much to share other than I want to possibly reboot my old series “Gameoverse”. I believe I told him I had been slacking off playing video games, to which he responded “game developers are going to be fine without you, they have plenty of people to play their games. You don’t have time for that, you need to be animating”. He seemed eager to share what he was working on, as apparently he was wrapping up on Red vs Blue and wanted to shift focus into a series of his own. This night he explained the entire concept of RWBY, it was a lot to take in but I was thrilled to hear it. The weapons and characters he envisioned just sounded so much like something he would make, I remember a lot about that conversation. He even tried to see if maybe both me and Arin wanted to come work on the show.. While it was tempting I had to decline because moving to Texas didn’t work for either of us and we had other projects going on. The next year, exactly as he said he would.. RWBY rolled out in full force. It was everything he said it was going to be.

Fast forward and I’m now working as a part of the Game Grumps channel and making many convention apperances. I was taking every one I could to catch up with Monty, who was generally at the same events with Rooster Teeth. Every time we hung out he would constantly nag me about Gameoverse and my other personal projects, which I always felt lazy for not having done anything with, whilst he had conquered his own. But I know he just wanted me to be the best I could be.

2014 rolls around and it’s our first time every appearing at the Rooster Teeth convention “RTX”. We were thrilled to be going as guests and I was very excited to spend time with Monty. I went to all his panels I could and spent as much time with him as possible, it was great. Back stage after one of his panels I was introduced to the CEO of Rooster Teeth, Matt Hullum. Monty said to him “remember that Australian kid I wanted to hire to work with me and we couldn’t do it?” then he proudly pointed at me, I was damn flattered. Here I am years later as a guest of Rooster Teeth, it was kind of funny to think how these things work out. After Matt left, I spent a while talking to Monty who wanted to know more about the series I wanted to make, I told him literally everything. He seemed to like it, but was curious why I hadn’t started. I told him “I’m not totally confident on the first episodes script, I feel like it needs a lot of work and polish and–…” he stopped me and told me “Ross, it doesn’t matter if the show you want to create isn’t amazing at the beginning, the important thing is that you start it. Eventually down the line, it will be what you want it be.. That might be season 2, it might even be season 5.. But it WILL get there”. This stuck with me, he was totally right.

Later that year Monty and his wife Sheena came by and visited the under construction Game Grumps office with our mutual friend Jason. I think he was really proud of us for getting to this point and according to Burnie (which we learned from later) he had an infactuation with our desks? Apparently he thought we had great desks. I was so happy that Monty was seemingly proud of what we were achieving, being a person who knew me when I was struggling to get by in this crazy world.

MAGfest 2015 I’m doing our Game Grumps panel and mid-way through I recieve a call from Monty’s number. You can audibly hear me say in a recording of the panel “Monty Oum is calling me for some reason??”. Thankfully I didn’t pick up, because it was obviously the bad news that he had been hospitilized and was in a coma. Sheena contacted my wife Holly with the bad news and she held out on telling me till after the Game Grumps signing.. I’m glad she did because I was on the balcony at MAGfest crying for what felt like an hour. I kept up appearances for fans for the rest of the convention, but I was incredibly distraught and barely able to think about anything else.

The following week I left for Texas to see Monty in hospital and to support everyone he loved. I’m going to keep details about this very minimal, as it’s intensely personal. But saying goodbye to Monty in the hospital was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. The rest of the weekend I spent with our friends at Rooster Teeth trying to lift everyones mood by hanging out playing games, watching cartoons, playing laser tag and eating Texas BBQ. We were all feeling it, but I’m glad we were all there for each other. I even took the opportunity to take a set of RWBY action figures for the Grumps office, something that Monty always promised us but kept forgetting.

On the way to the airport we drove past Monty’s hospital. I whispered to myself “goodbye Monty”, minutes later I get a call from Jason to inform me that Monty had just passed. I took it pretty well, I don’t think it would’ve been humanly possible to have anymore closure than I had recieved. As we were getting our tickets in the airport, a airport employee came up to us and asked “hey are those some anime figures?” looking directly at the RWBY toys.. I said “yes, yes they are”. Monty thought it was so silly when people would say RWBY wasn’t anime, I had to agree. I mean for gods sake, a japanese company was localizing his cartoon and it was never a conversation as to if RWBY wasn’t anime or not, it just was.

What I took away from this final goodbye is that I needed to honor Monty by creating something great. This year I want to start making an animated series, I feel like that’s what Monty would want me to do. It’s what Monty would want YOU to do. Go out there and create art. Music, animation, movies.. Anything your heart desires. Honor Monty by creating your art. I’ll end this with some great quotes from his personal blog.

“I believe that the human spirit is indomitable. If you endeavor to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams is something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death.”

“Can you match my resolve?
If so then you will succeed”



Goodbye Monty, we love you.

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Characters: asexual!Reader x Osric friendshi

Words: 994

Warnings: cussing

So the asexual thing is just mentioned, but I felt it fit, and I wanted to include it, Really loved writing this, a bunch. :) 

Written for the Supernatural Hiatus Writing Challenge Week 14! Enjoy!

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I Met Nichelle Nichols!

I’ve been meaning to post this for a few days but I thought I’d save it for the #blackout. 

A couple weeks ago I attended Megacon 2016 in Orlando, FL. While I go every year for the general fun of the con, I had a goal this time around, to meet Nichelle Nichols. So armed in my Lt. Uhura t-shirt I made my way back to the celebrity signing area and took my spot in line. I was so pleased that there were people there waiting for her as I was nervous she wouldn’t get the love I feel she deserves.

She came out around 10:45am and she was beautiful as always. I hadn’t seen her since her stroke and I was pleasantly surprised by how good she looked and energetic she was. She came out blowing kisses and waving at us in line and you could really tell she was happy to be there and see everyone.

As my time came to approach her table my heart was racing I was so nervous. I hadn’t checked if she would be able to sign my shirt or if I would have to buy a picture. I asked the people running her table and they said it would be fine so I handed over my money and waited for my turn. I suddenly found myself looking up at her, thee Nichelle Nichols, seated at her table on a small stage.  I couldn’t believe it. She saw my shirt and absolutely LOVED it and pointed it out to her assistant. I then asked if she would sign it and she said she’d be happy to and I pointed to the shoulder since that’s all she could reach. She then said, “Why don’t I sign it down there?” and pointed to my stomach. Her assistant said that’s a much better idea then told me to walk around to join them on stage so Nichelle could reach! I WAS FREAKING OUT!

So then I found myself on stage NEXT TO NICHELLE NICHOLS waiting while she signed another fan’s memorabilia and I could barely contain myself. Then her assistant pointed me out to her and she told me to come over and pulled me closer so she could get a better angle. As she’s signing my shirt she asked, “Does this tickle yet?” and proceeded to TICKLE MY STOMACH!! I wanted to cry it was amazing.

I barely formed words to tell her how much I love her and she took my hand in both of hers, compared our jewelry and then she saw I was about to cry and said, “Give me a kiss.” Still seated she pulled me down to her and KISSED MY CHEEK! NICHELLE NICHOLS KISSED MY CHEEK!! I said goodbye and waved as I walked away from the stage shaking.

It was a dream come true. She was everything I hoped and more, such a sweet and generous woman who seemed to genuinely love her fans. A blessing.

HAPPY BLACKOUT DAY!

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Genre: Angst,Romance, Fluff, Smut(ish)
Pairing: ReaderxTaehyung 
Word Count: 2600

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There are some perks being a make up artist for idols. I get to travel the world, attend festivals, concert and award shows.  I get to be backstage and see some of my favorite bands and idols. I get to make up cool and pretty people! What more can I ask? 

Oh, whom do I work for?

Bangtan Sonyeondan. Of course!~

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It’s Time To Elevate Gotham’s Jerome To The Full Joker

This Monday, Fox’s pre-Batman drama series “Gotham” wraps its winter run with the full, ferocious return of Jerome. Now, fans of the show are undoubtedly excited about the development, but casual comic book types are likely asking a simple question. “Who the Hell is Jerome?”

This is what you’d call a problem.

For three years, “Gotham” has worked hard to prevent itself from committing to any one portrayal of the Joker – the Dark Knight’s indisputable arch nemesis and perhaps the fan favorite supervillain of all time. But over the past two seasons, the show has also elevated recurring guest star Cameron Monaghan’s unhinged, circus-born serial killer Jerome Valeska to a major foe. With pasty-white skin, an ear-to-ear grin and a cackle that could curdle blood, Jerome has been one of the most memorable additions to a show that’s often in desperate need of crowd-pleasing moments.

So why not just call him the Joker? Despite “Gotham’s” insistence that it’s entire run will be an origin story for the Batman’s world, there are plenty of reasons that this one particular piece be put in place now. Below, CBR runs down six reasons why turning Jerome into the purple-suited Clown Prince of Crime will make the character and the TV show stronger.

Joker’s Nonexistent Past Is Hardly Canon

It can be argued that there’s never been a definitive origin story for who the Joker was before he gained his repulsive rictus. But don’t believe people who tell you that the villain has never had or should never have an origin tale. It’s not just that “Detective Comics” #168’s legendary story “The Man Behind The Red Hood!” gave us the most accepted version of Joker’s “thrown in a vat of acid by Batman” origin (written by co-creator Bill Finger, no less). Over the years, dozens of comic creators have filled in bits of Joker’s backstory, from Alan Moore to J. Michael Straczynski, though they’ve often left specific details vague.

Only since Christopher Nolan’s film “The Dark Knight” have people embraced the idea of a Joker who aggressively denies any true past as canonical. This may have been inspired by his initial, origin-less appearances, but back then, such things simply weren’t stated — like most comic villains of the era. So anyone who claims that Jerome’s origin of murdering his mother before going kill-crazy breaks some kind of rule established by the villain’s creators is missing a whole lot.

More importantly, film and TV versions of the character have been happy to create the character’s full backstory when it suits them – most famously the “mobster who murdered Bruce Wayne’s parents” angle in Tim Burton’s classic 1989 “Batman” movie. And stories like that – while usually much more widely seen than any comic book – have done little to blunt the impact of the Joker as a character all his own. Nobody today expects that making Jerome the Joker full-on would somehow taint the character or irrevocably alter how he’s portrayed in the comics.

Every Other Faux-Joker On “Gotham” Has Failed

Aside from the “making Jerome the Joker wouldn’t really hurt the character” case, there are plenty of great reasons why making this happen is a positive thing. First and foremost is the fact that ever other attempt “Gotham” has made at channeling the Ace of Knaves has fallen way flat.

Longtime viewers of the show will recall that in its early episodes, “Gotham” peppered in “potential Jokers” all over the place from failing comedians to frustrated family men. It was such an awkward, story-killing bit of business that the producers soon dropped it all together from their creative arsenal. Later, when the series attempted to revive a piece of Joker canon with the Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo-inspired Red Hood gang, the resulting mask mobsters were completely devoid of personality. Recent attempts to revive the Red Hood angle have fared no better.

Worst of all, since Jerome landed on the show and totally stole the scene from nearly every other plotline, the writers’ initial premise that his (since overturned) death would inspire mass insanity across the city has been a dropped ball. Even when they picked that idea back up as a way to reintroduce Jerome, the story pretty much went out of its way to show how no one would ever be as good as him.

So if the acid-squirting flower fits this guy so well, why not let him wear it?

Harley Quinn’s Impending Intro Is Flawless Timing

The producers of “Gotham” have made it no secret that they’ll be introducing their version of DC’s most popular female character later this season (sorry, Diana, but you know that Truth is Truth). But with some version of Harley Quinn in the offing, the big question becomes, what is there even worth doing with this character before there’s a Joker on the scene? In almost every major Harley story of all-time, the character is played as mild-mannered public servant until Joker unleashes the crazy within her. If “Gotham’s” past is any indication, their solution could be something as bland as a forgettable psychiatrist who occasionally says things like, “I can’t wear red lipstick…that’d be crazy!”

But putting Harley center stage right when Jerome steps into the real Joker role not only solves these problems, it opens up some scary good story directions. Imagine a season of the show where fans get to see the famous Harley origin story “Mad Love” writ large – a mash-up of “Natural Born Killers” and Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie where Jim Gordon and company are hopelessly outmatched? It leans into “Gotham’s” very best tendency for absurd action (and over-acting) rather than more lame attempts at making this madcap world feel “real” (whatever that means).

The Show Is At Its Best When It Goes Full Comic Book

Cementing the argument for Jerome as Joker is the fact that “Gotham” only really connects with the wider fandom when it fully embraces comic book identities. Remember when Ed Nygma was a nerdy annoyance who just said the word “Riddle” three times in a scene before being totally forgotten? That all ended when he finally was given motivation to strike back at Jim Gordon and went all-in planting Riddler-inspired clues and bombs across the city. Since then, the villain has been one of the most enjoyable members of the show’s ensemble.

And it’s not an accident that Oswald Cobblepot has remained both the most beloved member of the show’s cast at the same time as he’s been the only character graced with his comic book alter ego of the Penguin. From his crafty takeover of Gotham’s mayoralty to the way he’s weaseled through a crime world that considers him an outsider, this Oswald is virtually indistinguishable form his four-color counterpart. (Okay, maybe add 60 pounds, but otherwise…)

When you compare these fully fledged supervillain turns to the numerous also-rans in “Gotham’s” history (Balloonman, that awful Wall Street reinvention of Black Mask, the dead end Scarecrow story), it’s clear that the show’s creators find more fun to be had when tweaking comic book character’s identities – not just teasing them. At this point, Jerome doesn’t have to be quite the dapper danger we think of when we see the classic Joker. But giving him a name and a “first draft” version of the purple costume would feel earned after so much pussyfooting.

The Supervillain’s Influence Would Cement The Need For Batman

From the first episode of “Gotham,” the show has been caught in a massive Catch-22 scenario. If the series main plot is ostensibly about Jim Gordon and company’s attempts to be white knights in a city full of black-hearted crooks, how could it possibly end in a satisfying manner? On the one hand, Jim fails, and the entire show is a tragic waste of the audience’s time. On the other hand, if Gordon succeeds there’s actually no reason for Bruce to become Batman.

Watching the Joker fully rise up as a new kind of criminal threat alters this landscape in a way that truly prepares viewers for the birth of the Dark Knight. If Jerome takes charge in turning the show’s drab mobsters into insane supervillains, then Jim Gordon totally realigning the GCPD into a fighting force for good still comes up short without totally undercutting its ultimate redemption arc. Plus, the young Bruce Wayne will be given sufficient motivation for taking his quest for justice outside the law (right now, he’s got a pretty good example of police work being a righteous path in Jim). It’s a win-win for the show’s ultimate endgame.

This Show Needs the Lift That Joker Could Provide

Finally, “Gotham” needs to make Jerome the Joker because it needs to finally give people a reason to care about it. The Fox network is traditionally pretty shifty on supporting genre entertainment over the long haul, and while this DC series has fared better than the average “Dollhouse” due to its comic book roots, the show has slipped in the ratings compared to the rock-solid (and admittedly more forgiving) numbers its CW counterparts pull. With an impending “X-Men” TV series that Fox will own a bigger part of in the works, there’s no reason for the network to support the Batman’s world over many more seasons unless it delivers something big for ratings and buzz.

Plastering a fully-fledged Joker on the side of a bus at San Diego Comic-Con might seem like a shameless cash grab (because it would be!), but in the cold hard facts of the crowded superhero TV marketplace, it’s also a no-brainer.

Plus, for all the reasons explored above, adding the Joker to the show full time will be a major creative boon as well, and “Gotham” needs that more than any other show in years. While the series has undoubtedly improved from its absolutely wretched first season, it’s never gotten more than mediocre in quality. Jerome as the Joker provides the wild energy that the series has always flirted with and a marketing shot in the arm that could let this series go down as a worthy piece of Batman storytelling.

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Characters: Jensen x Reader, Jared
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Requested by Anonymous:  Could u do a jensen ackles x reader where’s there an age difference and he’s always making fun of you because of things like your music taste and other cute stuff like that because you’re younger? Lots of fluffff! Thanks!

A/N: There’s a tad bit of angst thrown in there, but not much.

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           You had Taylor Swift blaring through the house as you cooked dinner for you and your boyfriend. You loved her music and it always boosted you into an even more energetic mood, especially if you were cleaning or cooking.

           You didn’t hear the door open and close. You didn’t hear his footsteps. But you did feel his arms wrap around your waist and the chuckle that was vibrating his chest against your back, “What is this?” he asked.

           “The music or the food?” you asked.

           “The music. I can see the food,” he teased, looking at the noodles, Chicken, and Alfredo sauce on the stove.

           “It’s Taylor Swift,” you said.

           “Who?” he was definitely teasing.

           “Jensen Ackles, you know who Taylor Swift is,” you said.

           “In my day, we didn’t have this kind of music.”

           You rolled your eyes and turned around to face him, “Alright, Old Man. You’re really not that much older than me.”

           “Enough,” he smirked.

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Uruha's interview for the 13th Anniversary pamphlet ~ part 3 (the last one)

- You mentioned that some time ago there were a lot of difficult moments in the group for you. When you just started to play together, you didn’t have any thoughts that such moments will necessarily happen?

U: Then we were obsessed with one desire - to move and to move forward, so we hadno negative thoughts. And, when we stood on the scene of Budokan, I thought: “What now? What kind of altitude we will reach”? Then we wanted to learn more ourselves, our inner world.

- It now says the group, reached Tokyo Dome.

U: No, no… At first, we just fooled around. But it is no secret that in the music business level of a group measures with capacity of the venues in which you perform. We had not special experience. Of course, the number of people willing to come to our live, is important, but personally after Tokyo Dome just one question was spinning around in my mind: “What purposes this performance on such great stage has put in front of me? What result we have reached?” Realizing that it was a great experience, even now I can not give precise answers to these questions.

- Surely after the Tokyo Dome Uruha-san asked himself: “And I myself changed after that performance?” 

U: I think there were thoughts like “So I played in the Tokyo Dome, therefore, my life should be completely changed”, but in reality, nothing is changed. I also didn’t feel great internal changes in myself.

- However, you also already realized what heights you have reached?

 U: There were such feelings with the approach of the live in Dome. In fact, I want to play there again. Carefully thought out in advance how to show ourselves this time, because for such a long time, we have also changed. We, as a group, would like to show something new, completely different. So yes, we want to try to play there again. 

- Uruha-san by nature deeply reflective man who worries about many different things?

U: Rather, it is.

- You could even say more: You - a man, constantly digging in and finding yourself cons and cons? 

U: Few negative certainly find.

- Surely the GazettE as a group has some unseen force, allowing you to reveal on the stage what is normally hidden inside.

U: Yes, yes. Before going on stage you think that you must accurately and properly play the song. But as soon as you step on the stage and see before you a huge hall, you take possession of such strong emotions, that to play out as planned, is not possible. You are well aware that no, no, you cannot play in such a way, and trying to keep cool during the performance, but … I believe that this “invisible force” reveals me on stage in such a way.

- You said that you were very worried at the end of the live in Tokyo Dome. This is due to the fact that you just gave all yourself to the group?

U: Some people who saw me crying on the stage thought that it was a PR stunt, to become more selling group, that I try to draw more attention to my person by this. But in reality just so happened that I accidentally revealed one of my weaknesses.

- Reaction to live at Tokyo Dome  was  the release of VORTEX. 

U: Yes, thanks to this single we were able to prove that we won’t give up easily. If we have not reached Tokyo Dome, probably, we would have remained at the level of mediocre teams. So, we set ourselves the goal as Tokyo Dome. After all, if there wasn’t the live in Tokyo Dome, then there would be no VORTEX, and TOXIC and DIVISION. 

- After TOXIC and DIVISION Ruki-san suggested all the members to bring their ideas into a new album (*mean. BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY). The result was that all the songs on this album were written by you together?

U: It is actually quite natural for us as a group to create all together  what we play later. And have done it, we thought: what next?

- Do you think that BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY, and last year’s tours were necessary for you? 

U: Probably… yes. The main task of this album was not to convey any message or concepts, but first and foremost to show the true essence of the five of us through music. 

- Uruha-san was able to fully express his true self in the songs?

U: Yes, I was. I did not pay attention to the technical side of recording. I was worried about one thing: if I can convey through music what has accumulated in my mind. And it was very interesting to work on making music together with all the members. It’s a first experience for us.

- And what exactly you interesting in working on music?

U: If someone suddenly took the initiative in his hands, then the atmosphere of the original song totally changed, opening this or that parts of the member, who took control of it. For example, the process of creating songs previously held under the leadership of Ruki, hence, musical vision of the group was also based on his tastes. When that changed, we face new opportunities and horizons. But still the most interesting was the working together with all the members. Despite the mistakes we could make.

- And what about the stress of working together?

U: No, almost wasn’t, on the contrary, we have fun together. And when we found that our opinions are not the same, too, were quite funny.

- That is, even conflicts seem funny to you?

U: Rather, the phrases, which the members expressed their dissatisfaction. Like: “No, I don’t want to do it in this way” or “No, I want this way here”. That was the most fun.

- I don’t quite understand what’s funny … (laughs)

U: No, no, actually it’s really fun. First, we found a good way to work on the album, and secondly, creating music together has become an excellent medium for communication between members of the group.

- This is - huge changes, right? 

U: Yes. Earlier could always annoying that everything is not going with your desire, not the way you would like. But now everything is completely different. For example, when others deny your original plan, as a result often comes a new one, much better than the first. That’s what I appreciate in such a collaboration.

- According to your way of thinking you are more prone to negativism?

U: This is certainly due to the fact that I think too much.

- Probably. But your group has as black so and white stripes, and therefore, positive thoughts, too, should appear in your head?

U: Most likely. Before, I didn’t have any definite methods of struggle against irritability. If you compare my state today with the past, I think I found a certain way, helping me not to throw out my anger on others. But I still might seem a bit negative. (laughs). Unchanged.

- If you are so seriously talking about yourself and your band, then I have no doubt that even before going on stage Tokyo Dome, you were quite confident group.

U: You know, I often ask myself, how long will we continue to believe in what we do? We - I mean the Gazette. And as for sureness in the group itself, everything’s different. Maybe it’s because of my great love to our group. But I want to believe that all our findings and conclusions as a result will be right. Therefore, we will move forward without a shadow of doubt.

- Well, now I understand exactly what the group would be all right.

U: At first glance it may be difficult to understand, but within the group, I can assure you that everything is ok. And I also want to say … I want to say that to be a band overcame 13-year milestone, amazing. 

- The live at Budokan, of course, will be an exciting, but subsequent work promise to be extremely interesting too. 

U: I agree. I’m waiting for the new album and the accompanying tour with all my heart, impatience and joy. This album has to be our foundation, and we, in turn, will try to put in the music all that we want to convey to others. I feel about this very strong and happy emotions, and will continue to move in that direction, trying not to lose this mood.


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Laura Jane Grace: Crucified Trans Woman

by Emma Caterine

I was terrified. If I hadn’t already humiliated myself by unknowingly saying it in front of Against Me!’s singer Laura Jane Grace, I wouldn’t be as blatant about it here. But since I’ve already dug that grave, I’ll go ahead and be honest.

I grew up with a lot of musically great, albeit often sexist, corny, or racist, punk bands. I listened to Rancid and AFI and NoFX. Some of these bands (hi NoFX!) in retrospect were always terrible choices that I mostly made because it was the cool thing to do. A band like NoFX or Rancid always had bro-tastic or boring shock rock lyrics that I just couldn’t sing along to because even at that time, I identified as a feminist. But Against Me! was different. Their lyrics were about anarchism. And not Sex Pistols-type, boring fuck-the-system shit; Against Me! was talking about the WTO protests and the struggle for the 8-hour work day. And they were ballads. Genuine narratives that gave you feelings about the characters in them. I didn’t just want to sing along, I wanted to scream along! And for what I perceived as an all-male band, they sure seemed to be able to portray women in non-sexist and even empowering ways (little did I know…).

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Mike & Sherl take on the world and save everyone by being perfect...ly awful

[This post is going to be more of a sketch than anything, because I'm chasing an elephant right now and I’ll never catch it if I get sidetracked with detailed debate over what I fully acknowledge is a beloved theory for some people. No matter how many words I spill, those of you who already agree with me about this issue will probably continue to do so and those of you who disagree will also stay the course. So this is only an outline of where I’m coming from for those of you who have never thought about the subject before, because you need to know my opinion before we go to the next theory stepping stones.]

By now we’ve established that I think the Lazarus solution (the explanation Sherlock gave Anderson for how he survived the fall) was a lie.

I don’t think all of it was a lie, though. The writers had to include some bits of truth to make it plausible. And there are certain aspects of Lazarus that they didn’t inject any glaring continuity errors into (such as the squash ball, the Homeless Network, and the biker), so those probably were real parts of the solution.

The thing where everything leading up to the fall was the result of a plan by the Holmes brothers, though? I think that was absolutely one of the lies.

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DAY 1 Wizard World Austin with @sebstansfan and I:

Includes: me asking my Starbucks question + Photo Op stories + Autograph pics and stories. Guys I had an amazing time and this is how it all went. HAVE FUN READING UNDER THE CUT HEHEEH (¬‿¬)

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Sunday Morning Musings: Change Is In The Air

Good morning! Happy Easter, everyone.

My, oh my - it’s been an interesting week in the Arrow fandom.

One thing I’ve always loved about this fandom is collaborating with all of you on some of the best and most insightful theories of any fandom I’ve ever been a part of. And this week, there have been an abundance of them.

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lisapizza  asked:

before gansey caved and got the air conditioners for monmouth, do you think ronan cuddled with noah whenever he was overheating?

I’m assuming you sent me this ask to torture me while I was at con because I had recently reblogged this bit of art by i-am-weis, so we’re running with it!

Ronan honestly hadn’t even considered air conditioning. He hadn’t ever needed to before. The Barns had no central air–and certainly no junky, unattractive window units–yet it managed to maintain a pleasant temperature all year round. Air conditioners were for more mundane places like school and Nino’s and shitty dollar stores in fading strip malls. And, apparently, Monmouth Manufacturing.

Monmouth was not mundane, but it also wasn’t full blown impossible. It was a liminal space, a place caught between childhood and adulthood, Ronan’s magic and Gansey’s wonder. Monmouth was Gansey’s castle and Ronan’s refuge and Noah’s…haunt, Ronan supposed. There wasn’t really another word for it. The kid rarely left and always appeared out of nowhere whenever Ronan even thought about going to find him. He was just as faded as those strip malls and if he had existed outside of Monmouth Ronan wouldn’t give him a second look.

But exist in Monmouth he did, which is why Ronan wasn’t the least bit surprised when Noah, who he hadn’t seen all day, gingerly sat down next to where Ronan was sprawled out on the floor at the foot of Gansey’s bed. He had been in Gansey’s bed, just reveling in the superior airflow of the main room when compared to his room, but the sheets held too much warmth. The scratched and stained floorboards held warmth too, but not nearly as effectively. Which is to say, laying on the floor hadn’t yet turned into a feedback loop of god awful.

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fic: Time Will Tell, p17

 Slight p.o.v switch now that we are entering a new stage of the story. It’s time to see events unfold from the Doctor’s perspective (something a few of you have been asking for).

Part 1 ~ Part 2 ~ Part 3 ~  Part 4 ~ Part 5 ~ Part 6 ~ Part 7 ~ Part 8 ~ Part 9 ~ Part 10 ~ Part 11  ~ Part 12 Part 13 ~ Part 14 ~ Part 15 ~ Part 16

Later, when the four travellers were assembled in the console room again, the Doctor told them all to get ready for dinner at a fancy restaurant aboard the galaxy’s poshest spacestation.

Mickey went for a shower and to find a smart shirt and jeans. Rose and Reinette went to the wardrobe room together to pick out dresses. The Doctor remained in the console room. He booked the reservation for their table, landed them in the right place, right time, then stood at the console screen for a while, scanning through files to find the menu for this particular restaurant.

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[FANACCOUNT] 140323 IU Modern Times Showcase in HK

It’s been a wonderful and tiring journey these last few days haha. I didn’t shake IU’s hand or get an autograph or anything so my story might not be very exciting and I’ll just keep it short as I’m waiting for my flight back to Singapore.

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I actually reached HK on Thurs night lol. Spent a day at HK Disneyland (which was awesome and expensive but the fireworks and rollercoasters were totally worth all the money we spent.)

The next day, we went to the airport to wait for IU to arrive. The flight was very much delayed and she took forever to come out. I was expecting about 50 Hong Kong fancammers(?) but there were a lot more than that. Also, it was scary the number of reporters who came. They started taking photos of all the fancammers (with flash!) which was annoying. Anyway, we knew some of the fans were waiting inside the baggage collection area for IU, but I was still surprised to see CD walk out together with IU keke.. Amidst all the camera shutters and flashes, someone beside me went “squishy!” Ohh so I was like greeting people while chasing IU, knocking into people, etc. all at the same time. People were falling down here and there so it was a bit dangerous actually. But all in all, it was still quite fun haha.

We headed to Tuen Men Trend Plaza after that for the press con/fansign and got hopelessly lost ㅜㅜ There are SO many shopping malls at the same location and there’s north and south wing and whatever omgg. Anyway by the time we arrived (1hr before it started), we couldn’t see anything at all with the crazy crowd. When it started, I couldn’t even see a single thing lol. Was just watching through others’ screens. It didnt help that I can’t really understand Cantonese omgg. Lol halfway through I turned around and saw Joyrich and KobaU lol then after they left, Peterpan somehow appeared behind me too with scary zoom lens. I didn’t bring the zoom lens, so I was just like forget it, oppa take photos on my behalf. I give up ㅠㅠ

Finally today! The day of the showcase omg. Before the showcase was just a madrush to settle tickets, fangoods, fan concert goods, official concert goods, etc. I was just wandering outside Star Hall when suddenly someone came over and asked me if I was squishy lol (I think the japanese friendship concert tee is too obvious) But it was nice to make friends with all the Weibo chinese fans and those who bought 8000hkd worth of stuff at the shopping mall to get IU’s autograph omgg. Can’t believe them. Funny how when the fansite staff went on stage to pass IU presents during the showcase I finally realised how they look like in real life LOL. All these virtual identities..

Anyway, let me just jump to the showcase proper. After they looped the showcase promo video like 5 times, the MC finally came out and started the show. IU opened the showcase with The Red Shoes (of course) and I was surprised by the fanchants from the little girls behind me. (I think the gender ratio is about 50-50). At this point, I lament that oppa removed the battery from my camera for charging and didn’t replace it, so I took 0 photos during the showcase. But I enjoyed watching the concert and doing fanchants and waving my lightstick (IU said the wave of lightsticks in the audience looked so pretty she almost forgot her lyrics lol!) It was slightly annoying that they didn’t always translate to the audience what was said in Cantonese cos the interpreter would just whisper in IU’s ear and I’m like whatttt?? tell me too!! Omgg but it was funny how the fans mostly know a bit of Korean so after that when IU asked 재미있어요? (Are you having fun?) Everyone went nehh!!! before the booming interpreter voice could translate. She was so surprised like.. “You guys understood that?? And I studied chinese/guangdong dialect so hard (for nothing)” LOL when they were doing the fan interaction activities, everyone was like saranghaeyo, IU choigoda, neomu yeppeo. Lolll IU replied with her dor jeh (thank you) and hou leng (very pretty). Haha half way through she forgot what houleng meant and she asked “what does it mean again? Congrats?” And booming interpreter voice told her it meant “very pretty”. Haha I apologise that I mainly only understood what IU was saying in Korean. No idea what the fans were saying at all, but the MC got them to sing their favourite song or tell everyone why they like IU and stuff like that before rewarding them with posters.

Yeah okay actually I saw the setlist beforehand, so I was totally surprised when IU sang 挥着翅膀的女孩 (with guitar!) haha (the organiser wanted her to sing Tian Mi Mi I think.) She forgot the lyrics halfway and the audience helped her along like when she forgot the lyrics to Uaena song hahahaha. She said she practised really hard though but the pronunciation was difficult for her. Anyways, she was apologetic about her less-than-perfect perf and promised to bring a perfect one next time.

Oh and it was super funny during encore when IU asked what we wanted to hear and the camera zoomed in on Annie and Eng and people shouting Friday!! Hahahaha she really sang a short segment for us omggggg!

Fancam: http://youtu.be/X6x0KKOgeKc

Anyway, that’s all the interesting bits I can recall right now. Here’s the order of the songs (I think).

Red Shoes (She was surprised by the fanchants and said they were comparable to in Korea!)
You and I
Between the lips (50cm)
(Fan interaction)
Like a star (Guitar)
I Can Fly (Guitar)
(Giving out posters to fans)
Marshmallow
You know (she was surprised that we shouted Hey at the right bits)
Story only i didnt know
Raindrop
(Presents from official china and hk fansites)
Good day
Encore - Friday (She was surprised we even knew this song.)
Encore - Good Day (w/ 3 lvl high notes)

Alright I gotta board my flight now keke.