i often question

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A very long time ago when I used to regularly make fakemon I often got the question as to how I came up with them. At the time I didn’t really have a good coherent answer nor the English vocabulary to actually elaborate how so I decided to do something special and create a design notes image submission to go alongside the actual starters.

So yeah the first thing I do when I come with any creature design is basically creating a synopsis in my head for it. For these Pokemon it was: starters Pokemon you could find in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. Starter Pokemon usually a grass type based on an extinct animal, a fire type based on one of the signs of the Chinese Zodiac and a water type based on a amphibious animal.

From there I kinda brainstorm what could fit those niches and came up with Dimetrodon, Holstein Friesian cattle and a North American beaver. Furthermore most Pokemon are animal with a twist so in this case I tried to apply their elemental types into the designs themselves. Frondon and Beablet have that elemental type around the unique feature of their species though Taurch was a based on the fact cows use their tail to swat away bugs (therefore bug types, which are weak to fire, would be afraid of a flaming tail to be sure). In addition Taurch also is based on a minotaur in addition to being based on a type of domestic cattle which explains some of its design choices. Also I gave Frondon some mammal like features actual dimetrodons likely didn’t have (like erect ears and a deer like nose) to make the fact its based on a synapsid more obvious as I had some concerns people would think its a stegosaurus lol.

From there I put their general shape (often called a silhouette) onto paper and tweaked the designs until they felt like Pokemon. That’s definitely a thing you can’t teach easy but its mostly just learning to balance markings. Beablet is about as complex as you want to push it.

As a last point don’t be afraid to based a fakemon on a creature that already has a Pokemon based on it. As fun as it is to try to come up with designs based on obscure creatures that haven’t got a official design based on them yet that can lead to you trying to force the design. That can definitely lead  to designs that just look off. The world will not mourn too heavily seeing another cat Pokemon I promise you, if that’s what your mind wants to make go for it!

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Behind the Scenes of The Poison Sky / The Sontaran Stratagem (Part Five)

Excerpts from the DVD Commentary with David Tennant, Russell T. Davies, and producer Susie Liggat:

RTD: Do you know, I’ve always wanted to ask you, David.  When you get a script what do you do?  From scratch
DT: I read it.
RTD: Yeah, but…
DT: I just read it to read it the first time.  And then I’ll read it and I’ll usually mark it up, which is literally just underlining my bits
RTD: Yep yep yep
DT: Which is the first stage of learning it, I suppose, and then you just read it again and you go over certain scenes.  Depending upon how much time you’ve got, whether it’s a script that you’ve had a few weeks in advance or whether it’s one of the ones that creep in at the last minute
RTD:  [laughs] Like they do
DT: …for whatever reason.  Sometimes you have to sort of just buckle down and start learning specific scenes if a schedule is in front of you…
RTD: Do you have to learn it according to the schedule
DT: Yeah, you do.
RTD: Sort of going, “Right, all of the UNIT scenes are first so I’ll learn those first”
DT: Yeah, yeah
RTD: That’s hard, isn’t it?
DT: Well, it’s easier than just learning it chronologically, because you’re just kind of keeping up with the schedule as it comes
RTD: Because it always strikes me, and actually everyone always says this, that you come to read-throughs incredibly prepared.  Do you, or are you winging it?
DT: Weeellll, it’s somewhere between the two, I think.  I think probably as the years have gone on, I enjoy winging it a bit more
RTD: Right
DT: Because I think it can be a bit more… sometimes you can over-prepare things, I think.
RTD: Yep
DT: and I think when we started I think I probably, sort of, would come to the read-through having practiced
[ RTD & SL laugh ]
DT: having made some decisions.  As time goes on it’s better sometimes to… especially when you’re meeting actors for the first time and responding to what they do for the first time, if you’re less… Because the first read-through, you’re sitting there thinking… and everyone… all the BBC bods come up from London… and we did three scripts!  We did The Christmas Invasion, New Earth, and School Reunion in one day and I’d never read The Doctor out loud before
SL: [ gasps ] How frightening!
DT: …and there’s all these people, all these bods coming up from London to kind of… and you’re just sitting there thinking, “I’m going to get sacked!”
RTD: [ big laugh ]
DT: That’s all you’re thinking.  So you’re very precious about it, and I think as time goes on you begin to feel slightly more confident of your position, and you think, well, it’s more interesting, actually, to maybe be a bit looser with it.  A bit freer with it.
RTD: And when do you learn the lines?  Is it late at night?  Is it first thing?  
DT: Just as you go.  Weekends a lot… you know.
SL: Because you are extraordinary.  I can say, I’ve worked with you now virtually solidly for four years - on Casanova and then on to this…
DT: Yeah, yeah. That’s true, that’s true
SL: …so I have seen HOURS of television with you
[ DT & RTD laugh at how she dragged out the word “hours” ]
DT: Hours of it!  
RTD: Sound a bit happier about that!
SL: Hours of Russell’s great writing!
[ waiting for the laughing to die down ]
SL: No! What I’m going to say is, I think in all that time, in all those days and all those lines, I think you’ve probably fluffed twice. You know, it’s extraordinary, you are extraordinary.  
RTD: That’s cursed it!
DT: Yeah!
SL:  No! You really are - at learning your lines
RTD: You are, that’s true
DT: It’s the homework, isn’t it?  You’ve got to do the homework.
SL: Well, you say that but you know some people don’t.  It’s brilliant - you are a great leader by example.
DT: I think you’ve got to. I think we’re in such a privileged position, and I don’t want cameramen standing around waiting for me to remember my lines, you know?
RTD: But also it is a skill of yours, actually.  Actors who have learned their lines, who’ve done all the work, can fluff on the spot
DT: Sure, and sometimes we all do, yeah
RTD: Yeah, but you do it less than most.  Now we’ve cursed it - it will all just go to pot!
DT: Yeah!  Tomorrow’s going to be a really long day!
RTD: Never speak about it out loud. 

A big “thank you!!” to everyone who shares set photos

Additional parts of this photoset: [ one ] [ two ] [ three ] [ four ]
The rest of the behind-the-scenes photosets are available [ here ]

anonymous asked:

how did you learn how to draw? and any tips for people who want to learn?

i get this question often and i’m never quite sure how to answer it, because i didn’t really learn it from anyone/anywhere? for me it wasn’t about how i “learned” to draw, but how i “allowed” myself to draw. for years i felt guilty drawing because it was something i did secretly instead of studying. this went on forever until around 2 years ago, when i finally gave myself the time to draw. so, to answer your question my tips would be-

  • don’t rush
  • when you’re drawing, you’re drawing. try and forget about everything else
  • give yourself some time
  • explore different styles (especially when you’re beginning. having an “artstyle” doesn’t make you cool)
  • look back at your progress from time to time and feel good about what you’re doing
Musical Theatre Themed Ask

Some musical theatre related questions I often find mylsef thinking about:

1. What was the first musical you saw?

2. What musical got you really  into theatre?

3. Who was your first Broadway crush?

4. Name three of your current Broadway crushes.

5. Name four of your dream roles.

6. Favourite off-broadway show:

7. Favourite cast recording.

8. 2013 Tony opening number or 2016 Tony opening number?

9. Favourite show currently on Broadway.

10. A musical that closed and you’re still bitter about. Rant a bit.

11. Best stage to screen adaptation?

12. Worst  stage to screen adaptation?

13. Favourite #ham4ham?

14. A musical you would love to see produced by Deaf West?

15. If you could revive any musical, which one would it be and who would you cast in it?

16. If you could go to a concert at the 54 below, who’s would it be?

17. Do you watch broadway.com vlogs? Which one is your favourite?

18. Make a broadway related confession.

19. What do musicals mean to you?

20. Express some love for understudies and swings!

21. Best Disney musical:

22. Which Disney movie should be made into a musical?

23. Which musical fandom has the funniest memes?

24. Name a character from a musical you would sort into your Hogwarts house.

25. Name a Broadway star you would sort into your Hogwarts house.

26. Best on stage chemistry?

27. A Broadway duo you love.

28. What book, tv show, movie, biography, video game, etc. should be turned into a musical?

29. If you could make a jukebox musical, what artist or genre would you pick?

30. Favourite role played by _________________?

31. What musical has made you cry the most?

32. What musical has made you laugh the most?

33. Current showtune stuck in you head:

34. A musical that has left you thinking about life for a long time or deeply inspired you.

35. If you could perform any ensemble number , which one would you pick?

36. Name a musical you didn’t like at first but ended up loving.

37. What are some customes you’d love to try on?

38. Favourite dance break.

39. Favourite Starkid musical:

40. What’s a musical more people should know about?

41. What are some lines from musicals you really like?

42. Name a Tony performance you rewatch and rewatch.

The Witchy Lifestyle - Witchcraft for the Closeted Witch

I often receive questions regarding how to practice discreetly or incognito. In large part, the witches asking these questions are closeted witches - witches who, for various reasons, may not feel comfortable or safe enough to be open and public regarding their craft. While there is plenty in the community in terms of spells and altars and rites, as well as incognito spellcraft, there’s rarely ever a guide meant for the closeted witch. I’d like to change that, and provide an article that can at least be the basis for starting a closeted practice. So without further ado, read on, my new witches, and hopefully there’s a nugget of golden help in here!

The Broom Closet

First off, there is sometimes the question of “what is a closeted witch?” In short, a closeted witch is as I’d mentioned above. He or she may not feel safe or comfortable with revealing practices in witchcraft. The term used by the community for such witches is that they are “in the broom closet.”

The reasons for remaining in the broom closet vary. In the United States, the most common reasoning is that the witch might live with family that have a very conservative Christian outlook. (Keep in mind that Christianity is not the issue here - at one point in time, followers of that faith had a rather harsh and bigoted view regarding witchcraft and secular practices. Many witches today are still Christian, but have mixed witchcraft into their spirituality in order to enrich their lives.)

In other parts of the world, the fear of witchcraft is still instilled in law and cultural rules. Either a witch becomes ostracized, shunned, or worse, killed (usually by a punishment that ranges from drowning to stoning to beating or decapitation, though burning is still sometimes used). And sometimes these punishments aren’t limited to the individual, as entire families can become victims of these situations.

When I first started practicing, I was closeted. It took a lot of willpower for me to come out of the broom closet and declare myself a witch in the public eye for fear of being judged harshly by family and friends. Keep in mind that I live in an area of California that is exceptionally tolerant of religion and spirituality - the pagan and witchy population of San Luis Obispo is surprisingly large and open. I can’t imagine what it must be like for others who live in less tolerant regions.

The Incognito Witch

Ultimately, though, nobody ever wants (or should) to give up their spirituality and practice simply because others disagree with it. And witchcraft is something that isn’t just spiritual - it’s a way of life. So the question remains as to how to live this life without drawing undue attention. After all, it is awfully hard to maintain an altar when others would look at it as if it were devil worship.

An altar is common in witchcraft, but I don’t feel that you need a permanent altar to practice. It’s nice to have shrines and altars, but for the sake of being unnoticed, it’s best to either disguise it or do away with it. And an altar need not be deity statues, pentacles, and crystals. My first altar was simply a picture of a dragon pinned to my bedroom wall with thumbtacks, with a small dish in front of it which I told my dad was for spare change (though the coins I placed in it were actually offerings that I would later gather up and donate to charity).

A vase with flowers, simple decorations within your room, et cetera, can serve as your shrine or altar so long as you prescribe meaning to it. Dedicating something to a god or goddess doesn’t require incense, candles, or liquor. It can be as simple as holding it in your hands and praying. For instance, if the witch follows Hecate and has a stuffed animal puppy, she can hold the plush in her hands and mentally say something to the effect of “I dedicate this animal to the goddess, Hecate, that she watch over me and protect me as her daughter.”

Stuck at Church

Believe me, I know the feeling of being dragged to church and having to sit through a service or sermon. However, as a witch, the situation need not be torturous. Every faith has something positive to say - some sort of message that resonates with witchcraft. It’s for this reason that even after starting my practice and coming out of the broom closet, I still find some excitement at the prospect of visiting a church, attending a service, or going to the nearest synagogue or mosque. I’ve attended Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, and Mormon events, been to a Catholic mass, visited a Hindu shrine, and visited a Buddhist temple. I’ve spent many hours speaking with rabbis, priests, pastors, Native American elders, and other witches. And all of that has only enriched my practice and helps me to understand not only the viewpoints of other religions, but also to discover different facets of my own.

If you’re closeted and are in a family where going to church is a requirement, use it as an opportunity to learn. And, just because the prayers at the church are directed toward the Christian god does not mean that you can’t direct your own toward your own god or goddess. At family events, for instance, I still join in the family prayer before the meal. Though my whole family now knows that I’m pagan, they welcome me into the prayer because I’m praying for the same thing - just to different gods. They’ve never balked at my saying “So Mote it Be” at the end when they usually say “Amen.” That said, if you’re closeted, “amen” has much the same meaning as “So Mote it Be.” And remember, you’re not stuck in the same house forever! Be patient!

Spells and Magic

Browse the witchy section of Tumblr and you’ll find a veritable dragon’s hoard of spells. But the majority of them make use of not-so-discreet materials or practices. When closeted, it’s not exactly a simple matter to light incense and candles, say incantations, and fill a jar with herbs that you don’t really find in the kitchen very often such as angelica root or Saint John the Conqueror.

Ingredients are not a requirement for working spells. So long as you have your mind, body, and hands, you can cast spells. Channel intent into meditations before bed and after waking up. If you drink coffee or tea, you can channel intent into them while stirring in your favorite sweetener. If you cook for the family, you can channel love and healthful intent into the food. If you like to draw, you can create sigils and pass them off as doodles.

If you already collect rocks, then collecting crystals might not cause any heads to turn. But if not, you can instead use your jewelry (though I don’t wear any crystals, I’ve found that any piece of metal jewelry or hand-woven jewelry like a friendship bracelet can be made magical).

If you’re a bit of an artist, you can channel your intent into whatever you are creating. For me, this meant that I channeled intent into beadwork, music, and even some of my narratives!

Glamour spells are practically made for practicing spellwork without attracting unwanted attention! Channeling intent into your cosmetics both before and during application is a great way of bringing a bit of magic into your daily routine!

And as I mentioned above, remain patient. Eventually when you’re in your own place you’ll be able to practice as you’d like.

Learning

Chances are, you came to see this article because you’re browsing Tumblr to learn more about witchcraft. It is an excellent website for this purpose, but by no means your only option. If you have access to Nook, Kindle, or another ereader, you can have access to plenty of books which can teach you more about witchcraft, paganism, and spirituality! Dig in and do your research!

In Conclusion…

As I and many other witches say, witchcraft is not just a path. It is a way of life. Nothing can stand in the way of you being the witch that you want to be. Even when closeted, you’re still a witch, and have many opportunities to grow and develop your path!

For me, starting off as a closeted witch gave me opportunities for growth and learning that I don’t think I would have had otherwise. It taught me how to be flexible in my craft and how to work magic into my daily life. Many witches eventually get to the point where they’re using magic constantly. If you’re closeted, don’t see it as a hindrance. See it as a blessing, because when you no longer have to remain in the broom closet, you will have the flexibility and discipline that you’d need to reach that point of constant magic!

Blessed Be! )O(

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My new kids!
Dusk and Dawn are a duo of assassins whose origins and real names are unknown to all. They operate all around the galaxy and their services are heavily sought after. They can be found on Nar Shaddaa when they’re not on a mission, and they tend to avoid Republic space.
So, Dusk is a Devaronian, and Dawn is a Zeltron! She used to be a SIS agent, while Dusk was an agent of the Republic SpecForces. They’re both criminals now, I wonder what happened to them…

friedchicken96  asked:

Who's Nozomi's best friend from aqours?

That’s a good reason to call someone a best friend. Especially for Nozomi.

They learned to learn a lot about each other during Nozomi’s stay. And since she’s staying until september, they’ll have precious memories to share !

Get out
  • Phichit: do you ever have those moments when someone you're following on social media and they post something completely unrelated so you start questioning yourself why you even follow them in the first place?
  • Seung: how would I know I don't even use social media much
  • Phichit:
  • Phichit: please get the fuck away from me

mylyannasnow  asked:

Kinda weird question but, do you think Cersei ever dressed in Baratheon colors during her marriage with Robert, or did she always prefer Lannister red/gold?

Well… Cersei has never worn Baratheon colors in her appearances in the books. She favors green, but sometimes red and gold, sometimes white and gold, and black when in mourning – but never gold and black combined. Except once:

When it was time for the changing of the cloaks, the bride sank gracefully to her knees and Tommen covered her with the heavy cloth-of-gold monstrosity that Robert had cloaked Cersei in on their own wedding day, with the crowned stag of Baratheon worked upon its back in beads of onyx. –AFFC, Cersei III

Though Cersei really has no room to talk about cloth-of-gold monstrosities, considering Tywin’s cloak:

His greatcloak was sewn from countless layers of cloth-of-gold, so heavy that it barely stirred even when he charged, so large that its drape covered most of his stallion’s hindquarters when he took the saddle. No ordinary clasp would suffice for such a weight, so the greatcloak was held in place by a matched pair of miniature lionesses crouching on his shoulders, as if poised to spring. –AGOT, Tyrion VIII

and it’s not like she hasn’t worn cloth-of-gold herself:

Cersei’s gown was snowy linen, white as the cloaks of the Kingsguard. Her long dagged sleeves showed a lining of gold satin. –ACOK, Sansa V

Queen Cersei shimmered in a cloth-of-gold gown slashed in burgundy velvet –ACOK, Sansa VIII

At least I will not be expected to don mourning for Tyrion. I shall dress in crimson silk and cloth-of-gold for that, and wear rubies in my hair. –AFFC, Cersei II

She wore a white gown slashed with cloth-of-gold, lacy but demure. –AFFC, Cersei VI

So, evidently it’s not the cloth-of-gold that’s the “monstrosity” to Cersei… but the Baratheon part. And since Robert permanently alienated her on their wedding night – and since she is quite definitely Cersei Lannister, never Baratheon – then yes, I would doubt if she ever wore Baratheon colors, gold and black, except incidentally in addition to Lannister crimson.

Write Me! AKA I know too much about y’all for it to even be healthy.

Andy Gray came to San Francisco to bake mandrake cupcakes and to be gay.
The Bay-Area Baking competition was hours away when they decided to add something special to their mix. All good decisions should be made spur of the moment, thought Andy, sampling the batter. As they ducked forward again, eyeing their fondant critically, a shock of dark hair fell into their face.
“Should I cut it?” Andy thought, pushing the stray lock back behind their ear.
“No!” came the collective shout from Tumblr. Funny, Andy hadn’t posted anything concerning a haircut, but it was as if Tumblr and Andy’s brain were becoming one.
“They’re mine,” growled KP, half-asleep on the kitchen island. “But do what you want with your hair, we’re in a secure and trusting relationship where both parties retain personal autonomy.”
This made Sirius Black Andy Gray smile, thin lips pulling back to reveal perfect, shining teeth. They momentarily blinded KP, who squeezed their eyes shut tighter, at once completely asleep.
A peppy melody forced KP’s eyes wide open. It was as if the song were all the sweeter when Katie was calling them.
“KATIEEEE!!!” KP had accepted the call before Andy moved a muscle of their willowy frame.
“Hey!” Katie grinned beatifically. “So, I heard you were cutting your hair?”
“Where—?” Andy began, wondering if it was the raw egg, or the special ingredient, that was prompting this madness.
“You can’t do that! I mean,” Katie chuckled once, “you can, you can do anything, Andy Gray! It’s just that I’m the haircut one now, you’re the smirk one always.”
To illustrate this point, Andy smirked directly into the camera. All of Tumblr descended into madness. It was a weird day.
“What am I?” asked KP, wary, as ever, of being called that horrible B-word.
“You?” Andy turned to their dear DM, reaching up to taking their face gently between their long fingers. “You’re a legume. The legumiest legume. You’re the legume all the other legumes wish they were,” Andy promised Remus Lupin KP.
With a sigh, KP nodded their acceptance. Being a legume was arguably better then being a bean.
“AND WHAT AM I?” bellowed Lunday, swinging the kitchen door wide open to reveal a face we, quite frankly, don’t see enough of anymore.
“You’re Lunday!” each member of the Fab Foursome answered as one. Rays of sunlight bounced off each wide grin; the heat cooked the mandrake cupcakes to perfection.
“They’re of consenting age,” said Andy Gray, holding a cupcake to their mouth. “Time to kill them for the greater good.”
“Isn’t that essentially the plot of Harry Potter?” asked the narrator, breaking down the fourth wall because we’re at the end of this little story.
“Essentially,” replied Andy. “Have a cupcake.”
All was well gay.

(I am so sorry, not to Andy, who asked for this, maybe not this exactly, but whatever but for the three of you who literally did not. If it’s of any consolation you didn’t consent, therefore by the laws of this story you cannot be killed! @siriusly-not-over-remus; @whompingwillovv; @girlswillbeboys11; @lundayy)

anonymous asked:

i'm taking a history class with a bunch of my friends but they think they're somewhat better than other people because they usually get high grades. and so i'm taking this class with them, and it's not like i do badly but i am always about 5-8 points lower than them on just about everything which puts my grade at a solid B which isn't bad but they always indirectly make me feel bad about how i'm not getting an A in that class. i actually study and stuff for it but they just wing it and get an A

ok, here’s a strange (but true) fact about people: they say that they “wing” it when in actuality, they studied / tried really hard for it. i’m super guilty of this too, and i don’t really know why people do (but literally everybody does it).
so, please don’t feel bad when they “just wing it and get an A” because chances are, they’re actually not.

also, there are a variety of reasons why you may not be getting the scores you want in the classes that you’re in (and this applies to all classes):

  • you’re focusing too hard on the areas that you don’t need to focus on
  • you’re wasting your energy on irrelevant things / details
  • you need to work on your test taking skills
  • you need more time to retain all of the info

here are some ways to fix that:

  • ask your teacher where you are lacking. yeah, it’s not going to be fun to listen to, but your teacher knows this the best (i mean, they’re grading your papers all the time anyways)
  • evaluate the mistakes that you make and if you’re consistently missing some type of question or time period or whatever. now that you know what you’re lacking in, fix it.
  • use a different study method if the one you’re currently using isn’t working for you
  • my post on test taking tips

and finally, do keep in mind that different people are good at different things. for example, i’m good at world history, but i cannot remember how to do math for the life of me. your friends may just be naturally better at history compared to other things. don’t let that deter you from getting the grades that you want though. figure out your problem areas and address them ruthlessly.

(and if your friends consistently make you feel bad about your grades, you need to tell them that it’s hurting your feelings. honesty in friendships is the best policy, and your friends should be able to understand.)

Asperger Syndrome + MBTI

I often receive questions about typing someone or self-typing with Asperger Syndrome, so I decided to write a post addressing some things to keep in mind when dealing with this syndrome

Disclaimer: Though I did grow up with someone who has Asperger’s, I am not an expert, nor have I studied it extensively; I suggest you familiarize yourself with all the traits, tendencies, and behavioral and psychological elements, in order to go beyond this preliminary assessment

I believe it is possible to type someone with Asperger’s. But, the traits OF Asperger’s can obscure, mess with, or enhance elements of cognition; so you MUST learn to distinguish between what is a natural cognitive function process, and what is a process of the syndrome itself.

For example, here are a few Asperger’s traits, and the cognitive functions you COULD mistake it for:

  • Unable to read non-verbal signals like facial expressions (poor Fe/Se)
  • Poor judgment of the reaction of those listening to them (poor Fe)
  • Extremely literal and precise (strong Ti / thinker)
  • Confused by exaggeration or metaphors (sensor)
  • Struggles to think in abstract ways or understand abstraction (sensor)
  • Obsessive interests or hobbies / facts memorization (Te/Si)
  • Extreme reliance on routine as a “safe” (Si)
  • Hatred of unexpected change or interrupted behavior patterns (Si)
  • Poor concentration and easy distraction (Se/Ne)
  • Strong black and white moral opinions (Fi)

Now, imagine an ENFP with Asperger’s: a naturally abstract thinker who struggles to understand metaphors or non-literal things, but who exhibits all the other tendencies and traits of Ne (openness to new ideas, excitement about sharing new ideas and discussing them with others, broad, multi-level thinking, big picture focus, naïve idealism, and optimism); who wants to connect to others (but has poor ability to read them, or read between the lines), whose moral views may be more rigid than is normal for a Ne-dom; who believes in hard work (Te) and does not over-analyze rather than act; and who hates change, but is poor at detail retention, at providing specific examples, etc.

What you wind up with is… an ENFP… with stronger Si/Te-esque habits, but they are still an ENFP.

So, remember that when typing.

Focus on how the person thinks, and communicates, where their emphasis lies, what they struggle to articulate, and what is easy for them to say.

I seriously mistyped the main Asperger’s person in my life (I’ve known two), because I did not understand cognition or how to spot it, I failed to take into account the elements of his syndrome which might reinforce unnatural behaviors for his type, and took the “lazy” route of assuming those habits made him an STJ.

He isn’t.

He’s an ENTP.

His openness and excitement over new ideas, his need to discuss those ideas, and his desire to see humanity transform within a short amount of time speak to strong Ne-idealism / tendencies, but he could not understand or use idioms or metaphors as a child; as an adult, he finds totally abstract things difficult to comprehend, and asks others to interpret them in less symbolic language.

His intense need to categorize information, to nitpick, to ensure it is CORRECT (Ti) does battle with his “black and white” moral views (fake Fi; in reality, Asperger’s + Enneagram 1), leading to an intense internal duality that can be confusing for him, and other people. He manifests the usual tert-Fe desire to be liked / thought of as intelligent / receive affirmation / build a sense of community / see the world in terms of “us,” but struggles to understand his own emotions and tries to rationalize or “analyze” them instead of expressing them.

His sensory awareness is extremely poor, his hatred of change / unexpected profound, but his inferior Si manifests as inferior Si does – in freaking out if his internal sensory balance is off or he doesn’t feel well; every minor pain is a big deal. He suffers from intense sensory over-stimulation (loud noises, sounds, strong tastes; he avoids condiments on many of his foods) and hates crowds for this purpose; yet as a social extrovert, gets “wound up” around people.

Being a naturally abstract thinker (Ne + Ti) who struggles to understand abstract thinking is incredibly difficult for him. Ti finds it hard to articulate what is precise logic within the mind, and often derails; his Ne does the same, and takes him so far off topic, people often wondered how he got from A to Q. He is the literal embodiment of abstract thinking, yet cannot understand high abstraction. One might mistype him a sensor because of this, unless one listened to him talk and realized his conversation is often composed of ideas, vague generalities, and concepts, without specific examples.

So, when typing someone with this syndrome, don’t look at the symptoms for indication of cognitive process, but instead look how they might IMPACT a natural cognitive process, like a filter on a video camera. It will color the cognition but the original cognition is still present.

I haven’t met Asperger’s people of all types yet, but I speculate:

High Se-users… will be focused on the here and now, notice things in detail, tend to dominate the “space,” and want to engage their hands and bodies in the process of learning. (But with a preference for routine and obliviousness to facial patterns and expressions to tell how someone is feeling / their boredom.)

High Si-users… will have precise memories and emphasis on detail; they will prefer a certain method of thinking, place a great deal of trust in their sensory perceptions, and use comparison (have I seen / done / tasted this before?) when making decisions. (Without the awareness of idioms and metaphors that Si’s rapidly learn as part of social dialogue.)

High Ne-users… will want to share, trade, and discuss ideas. They will have idealistic and sometimes unrealistic views of how rapidly society can change, and desire to see it improve for the better. (But want routine, and struggle to understand other people’s abstract, vague, or generalized statements.)

High Ni-users… will have highly personalized, abstracted, symbolic thinking and specific visions or ideas about the future; they desire to come to a single conclusion and work toward making that vision a reality. (And struggle to “get” outside vague, abstract, or generalized statements, and prefer routine.)

High Te-users… will employ blunt logic, with the purpose of accomplishing tasks, reaching goals, organizing others, and effecting change in the world. They will still rely on facts and prioritize end-results thinking. (But may be easily distracted or find it hard to concentrate.)

High Ti-users… will want to systemize and categorize everything; will correct bad logic in others, and aim for precision; will be annoyed at “mental laziness,” and may develop an intense understanding of impersonal systems (science, technology, medicine, etc). (But will struggle with outside abstraction.)

High Fe-users… will express their emotions readily, get their feelings hurt, and seek to bond or establish togetherness with others; they want to feel useful, connected, and contribute to society (despite poor social skills / awareness, and being unable to tell how someone feels about them / the conversation).

High Fi-users… will have strong internal ethics and struggle to articulate their emotions, instead choosing to SHOW people love instead of tell them (but can struggle, especially, with “putting oneself” in someone else’s shoes, and imagining “how I might feel” without external assistance, due to their literal-ism).

- ENFP Mod

anonymous asked:

I have a writing-related question: I often get an idea for a character or a short scene BUT there is no plot. How can I turn such an idea into a story / plot / outline / whatever? I always get stuck at this point. Without a plan where to go, writing feels like poking in the dark with a stick, hoping to miraculously hit a gold vein. Do you have any suggestions?

see, this is tough. coming up with actual plot, if you ask me, is one of the hardest and most woolly parts of writing. everyone has their own methods, and they swear by them if they’ve been using them long enough. it’s also, in my experience, really difficult to force - so yeah, a lot of it is poking around in the dark.

HOWEVER. if i had an idea for a short scene, i would absolutely write it down, because that could end up being the seed that i’d plant to grow the rest of the story. that seed doesn’t have to be chapter 1, or the most pivotal scene. it’s literally just a place to start.

let me do a diagram. i think a diagram would help explain:

i ask myself that over and over. total edge-of-your-seat excitement

i don’t know if it’s that i write out of order, but i find the “process of discovery” can be really nonlinear:

and then, once i’m at that point, it’s just filling in gaps. what else do i need to build toward the climax? what do i need to hint or say about this character, so that something they do 5 chapters later won’t seem “out of nowhere?” things like that. questions and answers, basically.

hope this helps!