i rather have a hard copy

A story of why you should ALWAYS pay your web designer...

So I have (had?) a client that decided he didn’t want to pay the full price for my web design services AFTER he signed the agreement. What happened was he paid my 50% deposit, and I sent him the beta version on my server. He took that link to other designers and asked them to build it for cheaper. When he found a designer who would, he told me he was no longer needing a website for his business and wanted to terminate. When I said he was on the hook for the amount, he ignored me for a week and then told me he hated the website. I sent collections after him and the agent found out he had another designer working for him. This new designer charges $350 for a complete website with a year of hosting and SEO.

What happened next is phenomenal.

New designer couldn’t copy my website, so he provided an HTML (non responsive, to boot) website instead. Collection agent gave me the new website and when I looked, it was okay looking. I checked the source and right in the header tag, it said, “mirrored from…”

His designer copied the code, pictures, slogan and favicon from this other company. Being the good little designer I am, I contacted the company and asked if they knew their website had been copied. Obviously, they did not. I sent a bunch of screen caps and information to him.

Owner of website contacted my (ex) client and ripped him a new one. Client threw the designer under the bus, so the company owner called the designer next. Owner of the company threatened corporate lawyers on him.

By 11pm last night, the website was offline. By 7am this morning, a new website was up… again mirrored from a hair & beauty salon in Las Vegas.

So I called the web designer of that website and let him know. His response, “of all the websites I’ve done, they copied that one?”. He called the designer and the designer responded by removing the “mirrored from” tags in the code. Original designer will be doing a little research and starting the process for theft of intellectual property tomorrow.

Because I’m a horrible person, I went through this designer’s profile and found a few more copied websites, and sent screen caps of pages and the code to each of the original owners, as well as information on what to do. If someone wants to copy code and learn from it, fine. But don’t sell someone’s hard work as your own.

At this point, I don’t even care if I get paid from my ex client, because I have been so amused by this entire saga. But I updated my collections agent and after he was done laughing, he was going to call my ex client back and recommend he pay me completely and get the original website I created for him, rather than the mirrored hack job(s) he also paid for.


Thank you guys so much for your patience! Got stuck at work longer than expected, but I’m here and I’ve got the results of the contest for ya. Before we jump into it, I wanna say I loved each and every one of the entries I received, and it wasn’t easy at all to pick — I’m gonna have a little blurb on each, and everyone reading, please, please be sure to follow them and shoot them some love for their work! Everyone did fantastic and I love the results.

Firstly, anyone not selected in the winner results below, please still e-mail me at ashtraydentist@aol.com — you will be receiving a notecard drawing of Sam and some stickers for your participation in the contest! Just let me know who you are, your entry, and your address, if you’re comfortable with that. 

The winner of the contest for the prize of the comic prompt is @withthedemonblood! Please e-mail me and we can get your unique Sam-centric comic started for you, your eyes only! Unless you wanna post it when you get it. Y’know. Whatevs.

The two winners for the fanfiction category is @brothersapart and @womanoflettersinthebunker ! The two winners for fan art is @sketchydean and @fioreitaliano (which is not letting me ping you, what a butthead tumblr is). The two winners for fan edits are @samprincesschester and @jaredbottoms!  Let me know if you would like The Little Golden Hunter’s Book or a grayscale copy of Ask Sam Stuff Volumes 1 or 2. If you would like to wait, you can request to have grayscale Volume 3 when it is completed! If you would rather have a drawn piece that is SPN-related, let me know, we can work something out that is non-book-related.  

(IF YOU ARE NOT ON THE LIST BELOW, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I will add you and you will still be able to get a gift for partaking for your hard work — a Sam notecard of thanks and stickers! Apologies to the helpful notes left on the previous post before this one; I was at work so I couldn’t respond. :’))


Metal by @waytoomuchanalysis : A fantastic continuation of the bend the spoon entry, it dives into the potential of Sam stil having his powers! Look out for the warnings, and enjoy a dose of hurt!Sam, too! I love me some hurt!Sam.

The Long Road Home by @brothersapart : A wonderfully well-written ‘novelization’ of here and here, where Dean died as a child in the fire with their mother. Really awesome to tackle this one, and you did a great job conveying additional things in the narrative!

I’m Okay by @ultimatefandomtrash61 : A gritty and heavy covering of the entry involving Sam’s feelings after Toni’s deceit in 12x02; heed the warnings at the start! It’s a tough subject for sure, but it’s done very well!

As Dreamer’s Do by @withthedemonblood : Really wonderful descriptions and details as this goes, this takes what is a pretty silly entry and adds a lot of personality and weight to it; I love me some weechester stuff, and there’s even a little hurt!Dean in there for you guys who like fairness in torment, haha.

Manoir de Mes Reves by @captain-sodapop : I gotta say, I didn’t even remotely consider the http://asksamstuff.tumblr.com/post/118043076689/an-interesting-afternoon-at-the-mills-residence twister entry on Sam’s Birthday bash would end up as an entry! Great humor and a fun concept, check this one out.

I Love You, Too by @manuscript-or : Based on Sam's addiction to coffee (dude sometimes there’s such a thing as too much), this AU of the pilot episode is pretty cute and full of Jess and Sam goodness! And y'all know I’m a sucker for Jess and Sam. Check this out!

Happy Halloween by @womanoflettersinthebunker : Based on the halloween post about Abby the little sassy cowgirl with read hair and freckles! I really love the alternate route this took, and it gave Sam a fun little adventure to boot — love the details of Sam naming trick-or-treaters in this head! Fantastic work. ♥

Proud Defense by @my-pen-is-my-sword : Very, very neat — an expansion of this strange creature from a pre-series comic! I’m impressed with the attempt to tackle this one, since it was one of the more vague and mysterious comics I’ve thrown out there, but it ended up being a really great piece! Excellent job.

Scars by @samsexualdeancurious :  A short but sweet Jess/Sam entry, exploring a panel in this entry a bit more. Did I mention I’m a sucker for Jessica and Sam? Because I am. Great job on expanding on that entry, and great writing.

A Long Night (Part 1 | Part 2) by @borrowedtimeandspace : A lovely write-up of a section of the Ask Lil’ Sam Stuff plotline; I really loved doing that story, and I’m tickled to see that it was chosen to be done for the entry! They’ve done a really good job adding little narrative touches to this, and it’s a nice addition to the bitty!Sam collection!

Fan art:

BANANA SAM by @fioreitaliano : Based on this. I cannot believe my eyes. A+ banana!Sam. I’m so happy to have laid eyes on him in all his wonder.

No but Really, Call Me, Cont’d by @saintedsam : The cutest little continuation of Max Banes and Sam Winchester, from my entry of Max hitting on an oblivious Sam. And here he is, continuing to be oblivious! What a cute art style, I love it! (And that shirt, Max.)

The Purple Dog Shirt, Pt. II by @sketchydean : What a great follow-up to the purple dog shirt comic! It can be tough to whip up comics, but this is done extremely well and feels like such a solid continuation, I love it. Now - where the heck did that shirt go!!

Dean, I Made You More Pie by @h3dgehogjohn : Isn’t this so cute? A picture of little Sam from this entry making more 'pie’ for his brother! I love them in their little socks; great job, and a+ freckles. ;)

It was a long night by @dovesdanceatdusk  Banana!Sam strikes again!! This time with some backstory! I love the way Sam’s drawn in this, what an excellent style, and — yeah, it was a long night.

I’m Gonna Rip Your Lungs Out! by @nisaki-chan : Oh man, protective!Dean, weechesters, and the threat of lung-ripping. Our favorite! Great art style and an excellent choice in topic. I approve.

Take Care of Yourself! by @dozmuffinxc : Look at this cute entry! A Sam swathed in blankets! A really adorable art style, and a good point to keep in mind for everyone, especially over-working little Sam.

Samulet? … Deanmulet? by @sakurinn : Based on this post, sakurinn made an excellent video of Sam getting his own personal samulet! A Deanulet? A wonderful shout-out to you for making a video entry!! This is her first post on tumblr, so please be sure to send lovely wishes and a welcome to the community! ♥


Lack of Agency by @jaredbottoms : An excellent study in gif-form of some of the lack of agency in Sam’s life, based on this post — it’s crazy to see it all laid out, and important to remember. Great selections for a strong gifset.

Cute-o-Meter by @samprincesschester : Something a little less serious — a good ol’ cracky screencap comic, based on this cracky lovefest of a post! I love the humor in this, and I love the team effort going into reminding everyone what a cutie-patootie Sam is. Thanks a ton, Team Freely Loving Sam Winchester.

Once again, give everyone a hand and some reblogs/notes/follows, they’re all super awesome and I’m so happy to have seen their work! Again, if you have an entry that isn’t here because I’m a dipstick and missed it, or I lost it while pasting together this monstrosity (so much linking, so much writing, ieieeeiee), message me and let me know! You’ll certainly still get yourself some stickers. ;)

Until the next contest??? Maybe??? 

I’ll just see you next entry, haha.

— Ashlee

P.S. Happy birthday, Sam. Congrats on being alive somehow in your canon!

anonymous asked:

I was a little angry at Mary, but then he said "my boys" including Cas and I forgave her ❤ 12x12 has me with my heart in my throat

I think there are a lot of mixed feelings about Mary after this episode. I still love her, and the portrayal of her in the show, because I totally understand what the writers are trying to do with her character. I have decided to use your ask to voice my opinion on the current “Mary debate”. Hope you don’t mind. 12x12 also had me choking on my own heart nonny! I am with you there.

Before this season Mary has always been this fantasy figure of motherly perfection to the boys - specifically Dean. They put her high on a pedestal as a symbol of the life they were robbed of. Not to mention the fact that she was framed as “Mother Mary” the holy mother of Christ prior to this season. She was always this perfect “ideal mother” who could do no wrong. Yes we learned of her back story as a Hunter and how she met John but ultimately the “young Mary” story is still separate from the Mary of the pilot and the Mary in the photograph that pulled Dean back from the brink among other things. She was always framed from Dean’s POV as the perfect mother figure. 

So to bring her back to life, to give a life and story and personality to the original fridged woman who has been sat on a pedestal all these years? Its fucking amazing is what it is. You NEED to tear down that “holier than thou” image of her. Of course she isn’t gonna be what her sons expect. Of course she is gonna struggle to adjust. Of course she is gonna make dodgy choices (because she wouldn’t be a Winchester if she didn’t).  She is FINALLY being portrayed a a real person with flaws and problems and I am lapping it up. Women aren’t fucking perfect. They can be a million different things but never perfect. Perfect is boring. If you’re character is perfect, then they aren’t really a character at all. 

If I was writing the show, I would write her pretty much exactly how they are writing her. I would write her struggle to accept that her babies are grown up, that they are still hunters, that her perfect life that she desired from a young age was robbed from her by the same demon that killed her parents. The only thing that pisses me off about the shows version of Mary isn’t even Mary’s fault, its the stupid fucking format of having to make side characters disappear every couple of episodes because for some reason having them pottering around in the Bunker whilst Sam and Dean work a generic MOTW case isn’t a good enough excuse. 

At the same time I get that she has turned back to hunting for a distraction to her pain. Because she is still a woman mourning the loss of her children. She missed them grow up, she doesn’t get to hold baby Sammy in her arms and kiss Dean on the forehead goodnight anymore. (My mum tells me she misses me all the goddamn time. She misses her little girl like she is mourning me because I am a 30 year old woman living away from home and see her every couple of weeks. My mum still hasn’t quite accepted that I have grown up. But at least she got to experience it.) Mary has been robbed of that. Hell, Sammy was only just 6 months old. She was probably still breast feeding him when she died. Imagine having that ripped away from you?

I wish they explored her pain in more depth, but I get where they are going with it. She has turned to the BMOL because they have given her a promise, to rid the world of the monsters that stole her life from her. They have given her focus, because clearly the shoving your problems down and ignoring them and throwing yourself into work is a genetic Winchester/Campbell Gene. Could she have done more to save Cas? Yes. She could have given up the Colt if it would have saved Cas’s life. It was their only shot, and she chose wrong. I don’t quite forgive her for that but I wanna see where they take her story. She is traumatised by what has happened to her, and not thinking clearly. She is our season 6 Cas parallel as well lets not forget, and in her mind she is doing the right thing. That doesn’t excuse her, but then Cas actively put Sam’s life in danger too… and a lot of people hated him for it at the time (and still do sadly).

Mary did indeed call Cas one of her boys at the end there. I think perhaps by that point the whole situation had sunken in more. She knows how much her sons care for him, how they view him as a brother (and spouse) and after recent events I think she has realised just how important Cas is. She connected with Cas, and also there is probably some residual guilt there from not handing over the Colt at the time.

We just need to see where her story goes. Honestly I see it going the way of 6x20 and beyond. But then again this is supposed to be a re-write of season 6 rather than just a hard copy with different characters. I expect Mary to come to her senses and do what Cas never did in season 6, because I expect that Dean (and Sam) would have learned from that mistake and make an effort to resolve the situation. Communication is a key theme this season so hopefully this will come into play in later episodes. We can only wait and see.



right now i’m working on the high res pages! to give you guys an example, the left is the draft you’ve already seen, the right in the finished (or like, mostly finished) high res, redrawn page.

during a lot of these drafts, i was still working on design, so there will be a number of changes in the actual hard copy! i might sell digital versions of this one, simply for those dedicated swaingel fans who wanna see all the new work right away rather than wait for the book to come out :’D

but all-in-all, you guys’ve already seen pretty much all of the content it’ll have to offer. hopefully the middle of this month will be the last you have to hear me talk about it!!

anonymous asked:

Do you ever get to a point where you naturally sense what to include where in a book, rather than forgetting to add details (small to big) and having to go back and edit them in? Maybe it's just because I have ADHD, but even when I throughly plot things out I'm always forgetting something, if not multiple things, that I eventually have Ah ha moments about then have to go back and include and sometimes rework to make them fit. Do you ever get to a point where this at least happens less often? 😣

I do have a good natural “on the fly” sense for this kind of thing, but I tend to backstop it by making sure that all but the most casual details are slotted into the “step outline” for a book where I expect they’ll be needed. The motto is: if something gets forgotten, let it be something minor. (And the corollary, of course, is that Nothing Is Minor.)

I prefer to handle this kind of issue in hard copy, rather than just letting things float around in my head to deposit themselves where needed on demand, because let’s be frank here, I am nearly 65 and the brain chemistry operates in a more leisurely manner these days than it used to in the 30s and 40s. (I.e. my brain is still like a steel trap, but the jaws close more slowly.) :) Something once jotted down / slotted in can always be moved later.

When I get what seems to me a good idea about a piece of character business or a buried motivation or whatever, I pull out the project file immediately (this is one of the joys of Scrivener, in that I can now use it as an app on the iPad as well as on the big machine or the laptop) and put the thing in place. Barring that, at the very least I dictate a note into Evernote (or type one) and then set an alarm to remind myself to transfer it to the main project file when I get home. (This is one of the things IFTTT is good for: I have a “recipe” in there that, when I’ve been away from home, uses my phone’s GPS to (a) notice when I’m back and then (b) screams bloody murder at me to move any newly made notes into Scrivener and lock them into the structure where they belong. Yes, my life is a noisy place.) :)

As for the Ah Ha moment: we all live for these, I think… the times when it becomes plain that the unconscious mind / subconscious mind / Back Of The Shop has been quietly processing away on some issue for days or weeks or MONTHS… and then, suddenly, without warning, hands you a solution to something that’s been bugging you for days or weeks or months or YEARS. (I had one of these the other day and it blew me away. This particular thing had been bothering me on and off for FIFTY YEARS and suddenly the answer popped up. Now all I have to do is figure out what to do with it.) :) …Either way, all you can do when one of these happens is sit down with the Work At Hand and figure out where it belongs (assuming that’s not already blindingly obvious).

Do the go-back-and-fix-its happen *less* often as you work more? I think probably they do. But best practice is to always, always ALWAYS be prepared for something to appear out of sequence or at the worst possible time. Being prepared is best. :)

#70 - For placidus

Filling the prompt “taking photos of van while you have a bath together would be v cute”

“When we buy a house, it has to have a really good bath. Like, one of the free standing ones with the little claw feet,” you said. Van put too much of the mix in, and the bubbles were overflowing. You watched them slowly melt down the side of the tub and disappear into the drain in the middle of the bathroom floor.

“They’re kind of creepy though, you know what I mean?”

You were lying in the bath between Van’s legs. You were using them like armrests, as they rested on the edge behind you. Your legs were shorter, so your feet could sit flat against his chest. He was running his hands up and down your legs. In the water, covered in the soapy bubbles, skin was extra smooth. Some of Van’s hair was wet, some dry; it meant it stuck up all over the place. He closed his eyes and leant his head back on the wall. You slowly leant backwards to the little table next to the bath. It’s where candles, water bottles, and phones were kept. You flicked the switch on the side of your phone to make it silent, and started to take sneaky pictures of Van. His eyes didn’t open, but his mouth curled into a grin.

“I know what you’re doing, Y/N,” he said in a tone that he’d probably use with his future children. “If you drop your phone in the bath, I’m not gonna feel sorry for you,”

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mythinktankguys  asked:

Say, an emp bomb crashed the economy, by turning all those pretty ones and zeros into plain old zeros and every last shred of digital money was gone for good -- how would that go down? What would go down first? Would there be anyone to benefit from it (at least for a while)? How would the government possibly reestablish order? (They did with lots of police and districts within cities eventually, but like the first few weeks/months were everything is chaos and people go nuts.)

Okay, you guys are really into destroying the digital economy! Which –disclaimer– is something I’ve never studied. All those ones and zeroes, that binary code that binds the world together? I’ve no got a clue how it works. Nothing, nada. I can’t even code well enough to edit a tumblr theme, so the complexities of the computers that run the digital economy are a total mystery to me. Plus, the complete destruction of digital money? Not something I can research here, either.

But! This is where the magical, beautiful majesty that is the rest of the ScriptFam steps in to help out, in this case namely @scriptaccountant and @scripthacker.

Hacker says (paraphrased by Econ):

First off, it’s highly unlikely that an EMP could destroy every piece of digital information pertinent to the digital economy. EMP-shielded electronics are a thing, and while a lot of information that isn’t properly protected would be lost, big banks and corporations tend to invest a lot of money in protecting their data.

Likewise, most governments will have protected electronics, to prevent against an EMP-style attack from a foreign nation if nothing else. Remember, a lot of big banks, corporations and governments trade on the back of their credibility: would you give your money to a bank you thought might lose it? I certainly wouldn’t. So these big organisation likely have very well protected electronics, and paper back-ups to boot.

Accountant says (again paraphrased by yours truly):

As far as the disappearance of everyone’s money goes, that information (paychecks, bills etc.) should actually be covered by good accounting practices wherein the banks etc. should have hard copies of everything plus backups off-site for digital files.

So in summary, I’m afraid we’ve rather sat on your idea. I know it sucks when you come to an advice blog and they tear down your idea, but if you’re going for realism it looks like your situation is very unlikely. You could find some way to also destroy the digital backups if your villain is clever, or incorporate the backups as a way for the government to get everything rolling again after the crash. I’m sure if all credit cards stopped working and the banks had to manually sort out the hard copies of everyone’s finances there would be a lot of frustration and quite possibly riots etc. to provide the chaos you’re looking for, and it would probably take quite a while to sort out. As for people who would benefit, I suppose those with a lot of cash on hand or goods to trade and barter (if the situation gets that desperate) might be better off than your ordinary Joe, but off the top of my head I can’t think of many people who would benefit from the total collapse of the digital economy other than hedgefunds massively shorting on banks shares and government bonds (and if you want me to explain that concept, feel free to send a follow up ask but it’s currently a topic for another day). But if your villain wants to make money from this, betting against banks and other businesses with a lot to lose sounds like a good plan; I’d definitely suggest they sell any Bitcoins they might have!

So while I fear that this might not be what you wanted to hear, I hope that it helps you out somewhat. Good luck with your writing!

anonymous asked:

yikes i wanna be as good at art as you one day,, im working extremely hard to improve. do you have any tips?

Oh thank youuu ^u^

  • I find it really useful to have a place when you can save all the art, music, photos or anything that inspire you in any way. It helps when you don’t know what to draw or your art block hits. I usually look for certain techniques that I like, general ideas or just something that’s interesting and I work from that. Don’t copy other people’s work but rather take small ideas from them and then build something from that and your own imagination .^.
  • Most artist will tell you to draw everyday and it was really hard for me for a while but it really helps so much it’s unbelievable. If you don’t have enough time or energy try finishing at least one piece a week. That made it easier at least for me.
  • If you can’t draw something especially hands draw them anyway If you don’t draw the thing you’ll not get better at drawing it. Sometimes it’s better to make art that you don’t like so you will learn from it 
  • I guess be patient? Art is really hard and there are moments when you’ll feel like you’re stuck and you’re not improving but you can work through it and it’s the best feeling in the world when you finally do c:

That’s the most general tips that I thought of at the moment I hope it helps .^.

Book Asks!


1. Libraries or bookstores?

I like to have my own collection so definitely bookstores.

2. Hardcover or paperback?

Paperback, especially the floppy kind. 

3. Hard copies or ereaders?

I have an ereader that I sometimes use but I would rather have a hard copy.

4. Bookmarks or dogears?

I don’t judge but I would never dogear a book. I have a small bookmark collection or will use random pieces of paper. 

5. New books or worn books?

I would rather a new book but I also love used bookstores.


1. Genre?

Young adult fantasy

2. Author?

There are so many authors I love but right now it might be Rick Riordan.

3. Series?

I love the Sarah J. Maas books but I haven’t finished one of her series yet so probably The Mortal Instruments series.

4. Individual book?

Dragonfly by Julia Golding is still a favourite of mine.

5. Classic book?

It’s a tie between Macbeth or Hamlet by Shakespeare.


1. Favorite time of day to read?

If I can read from morning to night than I’ll be happy.

2. Favorite place to read?

I have a reading nook in my room and I love it.

3. Silence or background noise?

Silence but sometimes if I have a song stuck in my head I’ll put on some instrumental music to drown it out.

4. Preferred weather for reading?

Snow storm all the way.

5. Favorite reading-time snack?

Anything that I can eat without getting a stain on my book.


1. Favorite childhood book?

Amanda Greenleaf by Ed Kavangh

2. Currently reading?

Nothing right now but there are so many good new releases that come out in the beginning of May that I can’t wait for.

3. Book you want to read most?

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

4. Reading goals?

My goodreads goal is 100 books this year.

5. Book you could read forever?

Either A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas or The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read them both so many times and I love them.


1. Worst book you’ve read?

I know I’m repeating myself but Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews makes me angry it was so bad.

2. Book you couldn’t even finish?

I bought Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith recently and thought I was really going to like it but one of the pov’s was so bad that I didn’t even care what happened to the other characters.

3. Book you didn’t understand?

After I thought about it a little bit I vaguely got the ending but I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak was good but so confusing. 

4. Most overrated book?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was a good book but it was way over hyped, especially when the movie came out.

5. Problematic book?

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon kind of romanticized illness and the twist ending made it even more apparent.

AESTHETIC: (feel free to include pictures)

1. Prettiest cover?

It looks better in person and has gold edged pages.

2. Best illustrations?

An Illustrated History Of Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld illustrated by Cassandra Jean is so, so beautiful.

3. Favorite map in a book?

The map in the Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is totally my favourite.

4. Best overall book aesthetic?

The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series booth have these special edition spines that are amazingly illustrated.

5. Ugliest book?

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor is a good series but the covers are just so bad. 


1. Scariest book?

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters was super creepy and there was this one scene that haunted me for weeks afterwards.

2. Best fantasy world?

The Shadowhunter world made by Cassandra Clare has a couple great series in it that I love.

3. Funniest book?

The sarcastic humor in Rick Riordan’s books is so funny to me. 

4. Saddest book?

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins made me cry so hard with that heart wrenching ending.

5. Book you would never want to read?

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson sounds like a good book but it is going to be at 2 different times and show how these twins relationship was damaged. I don’t like that writing style. 


1. Character you wish to be friends with?

I would love to be Rowan Whitethorn, first seen in Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, is amazing and I love him and Celaena together. Even hanging out with him a day would be cool.

2. Favorite antagonist?

So even though he was literally the worst and such a bad guy, I thought Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments series was such a good bad guy. 

3. Favorite protag?

Katy Swartz from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout is someone I relate to so much and I found her perspective refreshing.

4. Favorite supporting?

Nico di Angelo in The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan is a perfect little baby who I must protect at all costs. He is adorable! 

5. Most-hated character?

Maybe not the most hated but I found Colin Singleton, from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, to be kind of a pretentious character.  

#PickUpPitch Letter to Hulu

Hey Pitches.  I just wanted to show you the hard copy letter I sent to Mr. Erwich at Hulu.  I kept it rather short and sweet and just emphasized how impactful the show was.  I hope this inspires more of you to join the campaign.

Dear Mr. Erwich,

Thank you for taking the time to consider having Hulu pick up Pitch. In this age we are living in, it’s important to represent people of color in a positive way and allow women to be seen as strong and capable.  Pitch succeeded with both brilliantly.

I actually came to the show a few episodes in. I teach in an Arts school in Brooklyn and one of our theater majors couldn’t stop talking about Pitch. She was so excited to see that there was a show that allowed her to believe that, even though she was a person of color, she wouldn’t be relegated to servant if she was decided to pursue her acting career past high school. That’s the impact that The cast of Pitch has on people.  She was the one that made me watch the first episode and from there I was hooked. The acting, the chemistry, the writing, the dealing with important social issues, all leant to some of the most amazing TV I’ve come across in a long time.

I watch Pitch on Hulu because I don’t pay for cable anymore. I know many people do as well. Those fans of the show that are not subscribers will become ones if you pick up Pitch. The fan base is passionate and will grow with the right promotion. We fans see it as a win-win for both us and Hulu. Please consider Pitch as a Hulu Original. You won’t be disappointed with the response.

Thank you in advance for your time,

Stephanie Nickolas

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kellynewbook  asked:

I have such a hard time choosing between my Kindle, my hardbacks and my paperbacks. I'm s notorious cleaner. My house is usually spot on and I'm all about the art of discarding. But I refuse to throw away books. But there are some that I probably should get rid of. How do you sort through and manage all of your books? I'm running out of space in my tiny apartment :/ thanks for any advice on it.

Book triage is one of the hardest things in the world, but sometimes it has to be done. Here are the things I would get rid of:

  1. Books you’re never going to read again. If you honestly know you’re never going to read it again—even if you kind of liked it—let it go to a new home and make space for something you will read a hundred times. 
  2. Books you got bored with or didn’t like. If you have books that you didn’t enjoy, were poorly written, or didn’t hold your attention, toss ‘em. Life is too short to make room for books you don’t like. There are a million books in the world you might love which are more deserving of a place on your self. (Although, if a book provoked any sort of strong feeling in you, even if it was negative, that might be one you should hold onto. Anything that didn’t allow for a passive reading experience. I don’t know if that makes any sense.)
  3. Dime-a-dozen paperbacks. Do you really need a mass-market copy of The Da Vinci Code? No. You can find that shit anywhere. Toss it.
  4. Things that are so battered you can’t tell what they are. If it’s missing pages or covers or you spilled coffee on it so the whole thing has expanded like an accordion file, let it go. Do yourself a favor and get a new copy if you really want to have it in your library.
  5. Stuff you loved ten years ago. For instance, I really enjoyed A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was like, ten. They’re great books but they take up a huge amount of room and I doubt I’m ever actually going to read them again. I’d rather some ten-year-old kid have my set then let them continue to take up space. 

This is a hard process but it’s part of the book-lover circle of life. Best of luck.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice to pass onto beginning artists? Love your art !!

thank you so much!! ^^

well, I don’t think i have anything to say that others already haven’t but here are some things that i would tell my younger self and myself at the moment as an important reminder:

- don’t expect everything you draw to be astonishing - especially if you’re a beginner. Don’t push yourself to create finished masterpieces, your learning process should consist mainly of sketches, studies and doodles. It’s okay if they’re bad, it’s okay if they look nothing like what you had in mind. That’s normal and part of the whole process. It might sound a little discouraging but it will make you improve, I promise. Allow yourself to make mistakes!

- do studies and use references - at the beginning I considered references as cheating, I thought that artists were there to create whatever they wanted out of their minds. This is not true! You’re not a machine, you’re not supposed to know everything. References are here to help you, but you need to know how to use them. Here are two videos that teach you how to do it. Of course building your own visual library is incredibly important too and that’s why you should do studies! I think it would be better to focus on one element (form, anatomy - you can divide it into parts as well, lighting, perspective and so on…). If you want to study let’s say leg muscles, go and find a dozen of photos on the internet of different legs and analyse them. Break them down into simple shapes and draw these shapes, think how they’re connected together, take notes! This might be tiresome but I believe it’s worth it.

- practice the smart way! - please watch these videos, 

- don’t rely on talent - whether you’re considered as a “talented” person or not, talent won’t do your job, ever. It might make you learn a bit quicker, but hard work is the key here. I don’t believe in talents that much, tbh. 

- don’t compare your art to other’s people art - I know that it’s hard not to do that when we have so many incredible artists around, but try to treat their art more as a motivation, a goal to achieve, rather than something that discourages you.

- study other people’s art - again don’t try to compare yourself but analyse their works. What makes them so good? Is it the anatomy, the lighting? The atmosphere they created or the colors they chose? Study their art, but be careful - don’t copy them right away or you might find yourself copying their mistakes instead.

- listen to what others have to say - here is the list of my favourite youtube channels that focus mostly on digital art:

1. Ross Draws - one of my favourites, his videos are like a ray of sun, so funny and cheerful. He shows different approaches to illustrations, drops some very important tips and his art is goals.

2. Proko - well I think we all know this one, very useful and informative, perfect place for studying and learning fundamentals, especially anatomy. 

3. Istebrak - TONS of imporant informations, tutorials, paint overs and critique hours. Incredibly useful and the host’s attitude towards drawing is very down to earth. 

4. Kienan Lafferty - this is my recent discovery, so I haven’t watched that many videos, but you’ll find in-depth voice over processes, tutorials and tips. 

5. Sycra - again, very famous channel, tons of tutorials and speedpaintings, some very valuable advices and good attitude.

6. Ahmed Aldoori - beautiful, colorful art and amazing style. You’ll find tutorials, speedpaintings and a heathy attitude towards drawing. Plus the host’s voice is just made to be listened to. 

7. JJcanvas - one of my fave concept artists, you’ll find very atmospheric mostly landscape speedpaintings.

8. FZDSCHOOL - this is another super popular channel, over 80 videos of tutorials, advices and speedpaintings that are super useful. Focused on concept art.

9.  sakimichan - sakimichan’s paintings in time lapses

10. LevelUp - over 70 sessions with different, famous artists. Real time video processes and tutorials, paint overs and critique hours. 

whoa, I didn’t expect it to be this long, sorry! And please remember that I am not a professional, I’ve never even taken an art class, I just think that these things work for me. They might not work for you and that’s why you should find your own way of learning. I still hope you’ll find this helpful, though! ^^

Good luck! ⊂((・▽・))⊃


I have a hypersensitive personality and mild social anxiety. I’m very shy and socially awkward, sometimes even to my own family and friends. I’m not very good with keeping conversations; I’m lacking much in the communication department and so I often worry that people get bored with the things I talk about so it’s hard for me to maintain one other than the basic greetings. I have rather low self-esteem. That’s why I avoid being around people a little too much. That and also because I’m quite the loner type. I don’t dislike people (that much) but I usually prefer being alone and doing things alone. I’m mostly serious and quiet, but I can be talkative when I’m conversing with someone I’m very comfortable with about things I like.

yes, hi, thanks for posting! it was really long and detailed so I just copied and pasted your first paragraph and made a separate post for you. I hope you’re fine with this! xxx

I match you with: Kuroko Tetsuya 

  • He understands why you’re feeling anxious at times since he deals with the same problem, too. He tries to calm you down with a patio your head and a vanilla shake in hand. He admires that you’re such a strong person for someone who goes through so much and wants to be there to be your shadow and support at all times. 
  • When you get a little obsessive, he takes you to the park for a scene change and enjoys the breath of fresh air; especially air in the morning. He takes you to sunrise watching because it helps calm him, too. 
  • He enjoys your childlike personality. He finds it adorable that you can act quite immature for your age and let loose once in a while. Even though you can be a fun energy to be around, you’re also an older role model t your family so he admires that as well because he’s an only child. 
  • He likes your simple taste in clothing. He thinks it makes you very feminine looking. Sometimes he gifts you a simple chain necklace or bracelet to match your outfits. 

Originally posted by zechs

Age of Ultron is a mess. It has no meaning behind the story, no character development except a collection of witty one liner, and the plot doesn’t advance the MCU one single bit. This movie bit off more than it could chew with an array of characters and plot line brought in only because they looked cool, and left underdeveloped in an overcrowded movie that felt about five hours long. Like Ultron is Tony Stark’s vanity project, AOU is Joss Whedon, and that’s all there is to it, made so much worse by the comparison with the first movie, and the MCU as a whole.

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The Soldier and The Surgeon | pt. 1

Originally posted by jengkook

Genre: Fluff, Humor, Angst (not in this chapter yet tho)

Member: Jeon Jungkook

Words: 4451

You are one of the most prestigious and successful surgeons in South Korea, working at one of South Korea’s best hospitals. Your life as a surgeon was boring and tedious, but everything changes when you go to Syria as part of your hospital’s medical volunteering team, where you meet a certain captain of the Special Forces, named Jeon Jungkook.

(A/N: I will seperate this story in three or four parts. This story is based on the drama “Descendants Of The Sun”, but I gave my own twist to it rather than copying the whole story. If you haven’t watched the drama yet, I definitely recommend watching it! It’s so good omfg.)

Pt. 1 | Pt. 2.1 | Pt. 2.2 | Pt. 3 | Pt. 4

Being a surgeon was not an easy job.

Being a surgeon required having long shifts now and then. Standing in an operating-room, while performing surgery for eight hours straight was hard. There was nothing to exaggerate about that fact.

Seeing blood was particularly normal for a surgeon. Some people would get scared and all dizzy when seeing a little drop of blood coming out of a tiny wound. As a surgeon, seeing blood was part of the daily life, so when a huge amount of blood splattered on your face after accidentally cutting the wrong tissue, blacking out was not an option for you.

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I was tagged by @timetobeanarwhal

Thank you very much!!

1. post the rules
2. answer the questions given to you by the tagger
3. write 11 questions of your own
4. and tag 11 people

@timetobeanarwhal’s Questions
1. What’s the hardest thing you have ever had to overcome?

I’m not sure? I just kinda go with the flow for a lot things, so nothing really comes to mind.

2. stringed instruments or wind instruments?

Stringed instruments!

3. Do you pay attention more to a persons eyes or their smile?

Their smile

4. Would you rather own the hard copy or the digital copy of a book?

Hard copy. Having a digital copy would be alright, but it usually hurts to read after a while and you can’t take them places like a hard copy.

5. What’s your number one feel good song?

Break My Stride- Matthew Wilder

6. Do you prefer the book or the movie?

It depends. I usually like the movie, but if I read the book first and the movie changes a lot of things, I may not to be to excited to see the movie.

7. Who Do you think had influenced you the most in life?

I’m not sure I guess I could say my dad, but truthfully nearly everyone I’ve met has influenced me in some way and I can’t give full credit regarding who made me who I am today to just one person.

8. What fictional world would you like to live in and why?

A lot.

9. What’s your favorite movie starring your favorite actor

I don’t really have any particular favorite movies or actors.  ¯\_ 😐 _/¯

10. Do you prefer Dancing by yourself or Dancing in the street (hehe double pun)?

A. (Ayyyy!) I’d say dancing by myself, or like 1-3 people. I’m not really one to dance in public, unless it’s some sort of planned routine and everyone’s doing it.

11. Do you have a favorite guitar solo or instrumental in a song?

Again nothing really seems to come to mind at the moment.

@sophia-dusk’s Questions

1. What kind of parent do you think you will be?
2. What is one of the craziest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?
3. What would you do if you had more extra time?
4. Most recent fandom you’ve gotten into?
5. Working on any projects?
6. Are there things people do where your from that other people would find strange?
7. What advice would you give yourself if you could be 12 years old again?
8. A dream that’s stuck with you for a while?
9. What was your dream job growing up?
10. If you could bring a fictional character to life, who would you bring to life?
11. A zombie apocalypse, would you be ready?

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anonymous asked:

Hi, I was just wondering in which language/translation are you reading dostoyevsky?

Hi! Sometimes it’s hard to find his books (or just classics in general) in Slovak, and even if you find some, the translation is often really poor. So I often read them in Czech. I mean The brothers Karamazov which I’m reading rn I’m reading in Czech. From time to time I try to tackle Crime and punishment in Russian since I have a copy of that but that’s rather a language practise, my Russian is’t good enough yet to just read Fyodor in Russian for plaesure. Some of his shorter novels I’ve read in English but to be honest I dislike reading Russian literature in English, doesn’t feel right no matter how good the translation is, it’s not quite the same. 

anonymous asked:

I don't know how to continue!?!?! I want to draw and somehow create and consolidate my own style but I love so many art styles and I try to ... nya not copy but want to make some parts my own (if you know what I mean) ... And now I can't do one of these or my own and everything loooks bad... My eyes, my so loosy hair and proportions... Do you have any good hint for a sad artist who wants to move forward but stucks in a giant hole?? :/

You know anon, you would be surprised how common these problems are. I’ve been stuck in your place numerous times and it always seems like no matter how much you try to step forward, you step back a few paces. 

But that’s okay :) Every art has obstacles and hurdles to overcome, so your struggle is something that’s normal. The first and foremost thing you should do and set your mind to is to keep going. Continue. Because your hard work will pay off as long as you keep going. 

I feel like a broken record when i say this because i know so many people who say the same thing, but finding your style is something that will definitely come naturally. I don’t see any problem in mimicking someone else’s style because you think it looks cool. It’s part of learning! While i don’t condone copying for the sake of “this person’s art is beautiful/popular/cool and I want it for myself!” i still think practicing via copying is a valid form of learning. 

I feel like the process of learning how to draw is a combination of drawing what you can draw and using your skills to learn what you want to draw. Nobody ever reaches a point where they think “oh, i have nothing else to learn.” If you like the way someone draws eyes, practice drawing those eyes until you like the way it looks. Rather than thinking of trying to get a result that best matches the other artists’ style, try to get to a point where you feel like your result looks good. I know that sounds like it defeats the purpose, but i honestly believe if you try too hard to copy another person’s style, then you’ll just keep spiraling down into a deep hole of dissatisfaction. Doing art is a long and complicated journey, it was never supposed to be easy. It’s like practicing an instrument, if you don’t pluck your strings, then you’ll never get better at playing the violin. 

As for tips, i think you should keep copying and using references as much as you can. Study the way your favorite artist draws their anatomy, or how they draw the folds in clothing. Look at photography of models, clothing you see at the mall or a store. If you like how someone draws hair, try it for yourself. As long as you don’t stop at simply “copying” and, rather, learn from it to the point where you no longer have to use reference, I think you’re on a good road to improving. :) 

To be honest, i personally feel like the best way i get myself back into the swing of drawing is by drawing headshots of my favorite characters over and over again, from different angles and expressions, with lots of flowy hair. I really love drawing hair, so it makes me feel better about myself and my art o)-< 

sorry for the wall of text;; i feel like i went on three different tangents ahh… o<-< i hope you find some sort of help from these words. Keep drawing anon!! 

fairyinwesteros  asked:

When did you start to read the books? I did when I was like eleven or something and couldn't put them down from then. Do you have special editions of the books? I know that in the seventies they made a movie from the books and have you seen them? I would love to see the movie although it's really hard to come by.

I was around eleven or twelve as well. I was at the thrift store in my hometown and The Valley of Horses and The Mammoth Hunters caught my eye (I didn’t realize it was a series rather than various same-era books by the author), and my mom was like ‘oh yeah those were an alright series’ and bought the first two or three for me (I picked up my other copies other than Painted Caves there as well). I don’t have any special editions, unfortunately, but it does mean that I can bully my used copies a little and take them wherever.

I’ve seen the movie, think I just downloaded it. It wasn’t as bad as I’ve always heard it was, but not very good either. I watched it when I was pretty ill so I don’t remember a lot, unfortunately. Still, interesting to get some visuals for the body paint and stuff.

As a lot of you already know when I finish my fanfictions I always print them into hard copies for my book shelf. Well I usually end up with extra copies. (I have THREE copies of some boys are monsters I am a mess) I’ve been designing Oculus (for when its totally finished- which is sooner than u think) and I’m curious if anyone would wanna have a copy.

I’m gonna buy about 4 of them so some of my friends can read them. Perhaps I could do a give away for the extra copies, so they can have happy homes that love them rather than gathering dust on my shelf.

Tl;dr: I’m gonna end up with extra hard copies of oculus you guys interested in a giveaway?