i said i would post more

carasauruswrex  asked:

Hey, just saw your post about the "understated" reunion and you brought up the "destiel doesn't exist" thing and I just wanted to get your thoughts on that real quick. If the writing is continuing to straddle the line where destiel is becoming more and more canon, why do you think Jensen would have said that? It only fired up the antis and gave them a mantra to chant. It also makes Jensen come across as UNWILLING and that just looks bad. Whenever I think about him saying that I lose hope... :(

:( try not to lose hope hun.

I know it’s difficult. Especially when the anti’s are such assholes and literally use it constantly rather than providing actual evidence in the text to back up Jensen’s claim. 

All you have to really remind yourself of is that fact that Jensen doesn’t watch the show, often gets things very wrong, and blurts out nonsense when he is uncomfortable. I watched that moment and listened to the asker and Jensen appears very uncomfortable throughout that panel. (Then again I always think he seems uncomfortable in J2 panels at creation cons. They attract a different crowd and the tone is always quite clear.). The asker’s tone was entirely defensive from the start which may or may not have been nerves, but it rubbed Jensen the wrong way. He has never been comfortable with shipping asks and one reason could be that he knows he can’t talk about it. He’s not very good at making things up on the spot or diverting questions.

However. One thing I like to believe, not that I have any real proof, is that Jensen got called up for saying that. We know through Misha that TPTB will call the stars up on things if they think they have said something they shouldn’t have said. Misha got in lots of trouble for saying the show was misogynistic that one time for instance. 

I would also direct you to practically every con and PR moment and Jensen’s social media SINCE the “Destiel doesn’t exist” moment. Because Jensen has apparently changed his mind. The few times it’s been brought up since he’s smiled, laughed, flirted, played along and joked about himself. Jared as well has upped his shipper game HARD to prove he is totally cool with it. They are constantly validating us and proving the anti’s wrong by repeating over and over again how much they love Misha and how important Cas is and Jensen’s whole demeanor on the subject and anything even loosely related to the subject has drastically changed. There has been a huge upsurge in destiel positivity from the cast since that moment and it seems far too much to me to be a coincidence. 

This is all just speculation and conspiracy theory of course but I dunno, the ‘destiel doesn’t exist’ thing doesn’t bother me. I don’t care what Jensen thinks. He thinks Dean only likes classic rock and nothing else. Canon tells us otherwise. He has recently admitted that he isn’t so much like Dean anymore, that Dean isn’t who Jensen thought he was (or something like that, don’t quote me on it).

At the end of the day Jensen doesn’t know the show or the characters half a well as he might lead us to believe. He doesn’t even watch it properly! Whereas canon has given us so much evidence of destiel that even the GA are sitting up and noticing and its causing the anti’s to cry and rage quit and have toddler tantrums much to the delight of many of us. They don’t call us delusional anymore after all. Nope. Now they say the show is pandering to us. Yeah. Cos they SEE IT.

So the statement “Destiel doesn’t exist” is factually inaccurate. It does exist. it exists here on tumblr, on twitter, in the minds of millions of fans, for the cast and crew - who talk about it on social media, and most importantly, it exists within the show. Because if it didn’t exist, we wouldn’t be here talking about it to begin with. 

Jensen was just having a bad day and a bad moment. Do not hold him to those words, because time will prove him wrong.

anonymous asked:

People call Anne rice crazy and as someone new to the fandom can you explain? Also everyone says the books get bad could you explain?

Thanks for the question! First off, though, as a disclaimer: I am nowhere near an Expert on Anne Rice Fandom Shenanigans, as in the relative scheme of things, I am an infant in this fandom’s timeline (I’m twenty). Asking the lovelies, @vraik or @anton-mordrid or @i-want-my-iwtv would be best, as they’re Certified and Respected Olds and were around in the Dark Ages of the Internet,  for the Spec Massacre. Certified Olds or people with more Know please add to this post if I’ve missed something or to add your two cents.

That being said, the reason why Anne Rice is a bit quarrelsome (I don’t want to use “cr*zy”) is because, well, the kindest way to put it is that she’s a bit of an ego-maniac. 

During the fledging days of fan-fiction on the World Wide Web, Anne Rice declared that all fan fiction was stunting to her writing process, illegal, immoral, (*insert here*) and all fan-fiction of her works should be PERMA-BANNED 5EVA. To the point she had a team of lawyers sent Cease-And-Desist letters to fan-fiction writers and FanFiction.Net pulled all works in the Vampire Chronicles tag and still doesn’t allow works to be published under that category. That’s also where the putting-disclaimers-before-fics originated from, btw. You can read about it on the FanLore.org page

It’s funniest because Anne Rice literally wrote Jesus Christ fan-fiction and Sleeping Beauty BDSM smut AUs. (Both of which are awful, sorry, I’d rather read sexier and much better written fan-fiction).

I’m not sure exactly when she dropped the whole fan-works issue, but when I initially went searching for VC fan-fiction as a fledgling in 2010, I found absolutely nothing outside of snippets on DeviantArt or hidden within ancient late 1990s dot.com websites and geocities pages.   

She even put a full-page advertisement in a newspaper urging people not to see the Interview With the Vampire movie because it starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, which she quickly redacted.

She also straight-up refuses to have an editor. For any of her works. As someone whose been writing since I was about eight-years-old and is currently doing a Creative Writing degree and hoping to do a publishing masters, this is mind-bogglingAnne Rice refuses to have an editor at all – she has an “agreement” with her editor that she isn’t to touch “a single word” of the manuscript or change it in anyway. This is phenomenally stupid and the complete opposite of what an editor is supposed to do. If you ever want to publish – DO NOT DO THIS. We are here to help, not hinder. It’s probably why all her novels starting at the Tale of the Body Thief have weird rambling plots, no to little character development, out-of-character behaviour of key characters, and a sense of naff about them. (Though this is my opinion and you can have a different one; I’m just Salty). EDIT: to answer your question, there is a consensus the series seems to death-spiral worse and worse either with TotBT or after TotBT; I’m in the with category. It does come down to opinion, I love the Pandora and Vittorio novels, but other than that, I don’t consider any others “true” VC novels. 

Nowadays, Anne has mostly stuck to being a dictator on her FaceBook page with her “People of the Page”. She replied to one of my comments once, but I honestly can’t remember what. It’s not uncommon for people to get blocked and banned from her Page for the most benign of comments, and she occasionally reposts fan-art of her characters she likes. 

With the new VC television series in the works, a lot of people (myself included) are waiting in a sense of trepidation about new fans coming into the fandom – not because “ew new fans!” (I love new fans, please come, we want you) but because of how they’re going to be received by Anne. New Fandom is different to Old Fandom, and fans are more comfortable creating works and sharing them more boldly than the Specs of Old, and also with holding content creators and their works Responsible for “wrongs” or whatever – both of which should be said, Anne’s works are kinda racist, kinda sexist, sometimes feels it fetishises homosexual men, and sexualise teenagers/children. 

How she’ll react nobody knows. But previous behaviour dictates it may warrant some popcorn and a jumbo-cup of something strong.

650 words today on the prison AU – it’s going to be this scene and one more and then I’ll post part 3, then go back to Backbone.  Or at least that’s the plan; we’ll see if it plays out that way.

Snippet from prison AU concept 3.

“I should think it would be obvious what happened, Agent Mircea,” said a voice from behind them.

Roberto barely managed not to jump, using the aborted motion to turn instead with what he hoped was no indication of surprise.  He hadn’t heard the door open.

The being that had entered the room was a Pau’an male, tall and sepulchral, with grayish skin and red markings like something out of a youngling’s nightmare.  The Imperial sigil was marked on its pauldrons, but Roberto didn’t need that to know what it was.

“Inquisitor,” Mircea said, her voice wavering slightly.  “I didn’t realize that you had been notified –”

“Your colleague informed the Crucible of Kanan Jarrus’s capture a few hours ago,” said the Inquisitor.  “Before the boy escaped.”

Mircea shot a betrayed look at Roberto. “Of – of course –”

“What do you mean that it should be obvious?” Roberto asked. “We took every precaution –”

“If that was true, we would not be having this conversation because the boy would be in our custody,” the Inquisitor said, putting enough emphasis on the word our to make Roberto wince.  “The boy is a Jedi.  It’s obvious he used a mind trick on the guards to force them to release him and the girl.”

“The Jedi are all dead,” Mircea said, shocked. “That boy couldn’t possibly –”

“He is,” the Inquisitor said.  “He was captured a few weeks ago and escaped.”

independent.co.uk
This is what Victoria's Secret angels eat after a show

Celebratory pizza for everyone!

Chelsea Ritschel in New York
November 21, 2017

While it may seem like the Victoria’s Secret angels are immune from mundane worries like cravings, it turns out that after the annual fashion show is over, they are just like us - and it looks like Victoria’s Secret is more than happy to cater to their cravings, once the angels’ work is done.

According to angels Karlie Kloss and Jasmine Tookes, Victoria’s Secret throws an epic post-show pizza party, where the models are free to eat as many carbs as they please.

When asked what she would be eating after the show, Kloss said, “Rumour has it there’s really good pizza that’s gonna be at the party tonight, so I think we all will be chowing down.”

Tookes seemed similarly excited about the post-show pizza - “The first thing I’ll eat after a show is pepperoni pizza because we always have a really fun pizza party” - proving that pizza is the clear winner for most popular post-show food among the angels.

But although it is nice to imagine the models eating pizza for the first time in months, it turns out that pizza isn’t necessarily banned from the angels’ strict pre-show diet. According to former Victoria’s Secret model Jessica Hart, being healthy means trying to give your body what it wants, even if that craving is pizza.

Jealousy aside, the angels work extremely hard for their bodies and definitely deserve a cheat meal.

Independent UK

So I told My Crush I like Him *with update & the post from more than a month ago lol*

More than a month ago:

I told my crush I like him and it took him about 2 hours to respond. He said, “Hey! You’re an awesome friend and I like you. Im not interested in a relationship just yet. Maybe in awhile :)” Then the next day, we knew that we both saw each other, but we didn’t make eye contact, were not near each other, and we didn’t talk to each other at all. My friend asked him if I asked him (my crush) to homecoming what would he say. He (my crush) would say yes. It was very awkward. But before this even happened, he called me his bestie, smiled at me a lot, looked at me a few times, and etc. I’m friends with his sister. I feel that I messed up our friendship, as me and him. I honestly don’t know what to do at this point…

Fast forward to now:

So I don’t like him anymore, I tried making the whole situation professional as possible. Okay, maybe not. I did ask him to homecoming over text, but he said he couldn’t because his sisters had to go somewhere. My friends found out that I told him, actually everyone found out that I told him. Basically, my crush at that time told everyone. And I was yo wtf, but whatever. Then one day, a friend of mine told me that they (the boys) talked about it “every day” at that time. He told him (my friend) that “Who the f- does that over text.” And I was sitting with his (my crush at that time) friends for lunch and showed the text and we were like wtf and just shocked that he said that because he doesn’t sound like that tbh. Anyways, I told my friend (the same guy) that I was hurt with his “quote”(my crush at that time), and he (my friend) said that I shouldn’t put pressure on him, which I didn’t mean to. So our friend group is “divided.” IDK anymore tbh lol. My crush at that time also put a lot of shade on me too, saying “Good things happen if you wait,” in front of people and I was even there and I heard it too. I still want to be friends with him, but I guess one of my friends was right. She thought he was a terrible person. He sometimes looks at me secretly, but I don’t he lowkey does lol. I don’t think his sisters know so whatever. Overall, I had my me time and I can’t do anything anymore. I’m over him, but I still care about him somehow. My head doesn’t but my heart does. He showed his colors from the reaction of this whole situation. And honestly, we both see each other as ghosts. So he turned out to be a doggy bag. And honestly, I happen this happened to me because it tells me about life and people and society. I guess the good can be bad and the bad can be good. 

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“[+35;-0] I feel like they’ll go for a long time. I was surprised seeing how they call their dorm “home”. They live together in the dorm very freely and look like a real family.”

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TOASTYSTATS: GEEKGIRLCON 2017

The above are the first half of the slides I presented at GeekGirlCon (along with some annotations to explain things I only said out loud :) ) – for the second half, read more below the cut.  I’ll also be sharing the slides from the other presenters here, too, as they’re posted!

The gender representation work is part of a longer analysis that I will be posting in full soon!

Beneath the cut are also a few additional slides that I would have presented with a bit more time – several of which address things that came up in the question session.  Edit: warning for some mature text content in the extra slides.  

Edit 2: Also, if you want more notes about when and how I collected this data (e.g., some of the data in the first section is a couple years old), you want clearer text/images, or you want to get at the raw data, check out the links in the speakers notes in my Google Slides

…And the extra slides (content warning for mature themes in text):

Hansol’s live~

Most notable event. Hansol casually came out as asexual and my love for him has somehow multiple just when I thought I couldn’t love him any more.

It pretty much went something like this:

Fan: “Do you love me?”

Hansol: “Yeah.”

Fan: “Will you marry me?”

Hansol: “Nope.”

Fan: “Why not?”

Hansol: “I’m asexual. You guys know asexual? I don’t like men or women. I want to live alone.”


I love him so much.


If I find out this post gets Hansol hate I’ll probably delete this post and then run to protect him. Just so you know what happened.

Update/Edit: He also said he was thinking about it for a long time and it’s part of the reason the shipping made him so uncomfortable

Edit: Deleted a paragraph ‘cause it was misleading and some thought I was gloating. Originally was gonna’ edit to make my message more clear, decided it would be a bit forced when I tried to think of wording, decided the post as a whole would be better without it. I reblogged this once with an explanation if you really want to see though.

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Relevance was such an all-around great episode with so many good scenes, but this one really stuck with me. I knew very little about the show or Shaw as a character when I started watching so I had no idea what to expect. Shaw, despite what she says, is a badass in this episode, and I fully expected her to be shown here as the cold-blooded killer who guns down everyone in the room, makes a quip about it, and then has a beer. Because that’s the type of narrative I’m used to seeing in media. Which…almost happened. But then she let Louis go. She stopped, thought about it, decided Louis wasn’t someone she needed to kill, and let him walk out (and then had her beer). And, for me, that helped frame Shaw as a character. Absolutely someone who could kill without remorse when needed, but not someone who would kill a relatively harmless, unarmed man with his hands in the air. Not because she’d feel bad about it, but because that wasn’t how she chose to do things.

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Since the “Know your Links” post went super well, I made a follow up of all these Zeldas!! 

Zeldas are trickier to handle. Not just because “Zelda” is the name of every single female princess born into Hyrule. But also that Zeldas are mostly seen with relations to the Goddess Hylia. Not every Zelda is a carrier of Hylias powers. So I just went with the most major of major Zeldas. 

that being said GOOD GRAVY this took so much longer then i thought it would, almost every Zelda has 2 or more outfits or states of being. I tried by best to have as many as possible within reason. (and the fact that Zelda dresses are extremely complicated) 

same as last post, Official Links on top in Purple, Non-official ones in teal. 

anonymous asked:

I'm not a shipper, but @ every shippers who want a canon mlm representation, should stop erasing Keith and Shiro's relationship just because it's notp. Because from the look of it they're the ones that seems to have chance in becoming canon. People are screaming broganes! in every posts to the point of sounding like old homophobes, and even from non shipper's view, it's transparent as fuck. Like it'd be easier if people just admit that KL are not important to each other as people make out to be.

Yes, I agree with you wholeheartedly. The very earliest Voltron interview I heard was before the show even released, and when asked about providing more lgbt rep the way they did with korrasami, Lauren said: “We have those first 13 episodes and if we ever went beyond that, we would like to push the envelope.” Which tells me any gay relationship they planned to expand on has been present right from the start. Add to that comments about how “Keith latches onto Shiro,” “Keith’s always scared he’s gonna say or do something wrong that’ll cause him to lose Shiro,” “He supports Keith one hundred percent, he’s stuck his neck out for Keith a lot,” and “Keith and Shiro have the closest relationship”–if they were ever hinting at anything, I think it’s sheith. 

From onscreen canon interactions, Keith and Shiro’s relationship has always read as romantic to me. And claiming what they have is just brotherly when it’s so obviously different from Matt and Pidge’s dynamic–I just don’t understand it. So many of Keith and Shiro’s scenes are incredibly intimate. They confide in one another, comfort each other, offer physical reassurances and hold each other close. Keith prioritizes Shiro’s safety first and foremost and literally vows to save him, “as many times as it takes.” We see from Keith’s very first scene a tenderness between them that’s never replicated with anyone else. So much of their relationship reads as a veritable fairytale romance. I don’t think that’s an accident. 

It’s really transparent to me when people claim that this season was somehow homophobic for veering further towards allurance or not having Keith interact with Lance?? Like, people are literally claiming the staff don’t care about representation and never had any intention of including it, but?? The crew has already blatantly informed us that it was never their intention to tease Kl/ance, and they directly said they wouldn’t queerbait it. Because it was never there. Fans making serious accusations like this is incredibly transparent–if the only representation that matters to you is your ship, then I think you should reevaluate why. As a bi guy, kl/ance has always made me uncomfortable and I never saw any precedence for it in canon. 

Lauren literally said, “we’re working in animation. Our schedule is so far in advance for that–even if people shipped Keith and Lance, we couldn’t go back and just change the story–to be like and now they’re in love!” When asked about Lance’s future “Mr or Mrs Blue Lion,” Lauren responded exclusively with female pronouns. This isn’t like the bait and switch with building up leader Keith only to throw Shiro back in the pilot seat. Representation is serious, there is no gotcha moment, they’re not continually pushing aside kl/ance so they don’t “ruin the surprise.” 

Representation is a very real concern for Joaquim and Lauren, and they’ve already outright said teasing kl/ance was never their intention. They’re completely against queerbaiting. We’ve been definitively told no. If fans are unable to let go of fanon and refuse to acknowledge the narrative we’ve been given, then that’s on them. But it seems hypocritical to me to claim they were led on when they just refused to listen. As Lauren said: “they start out at odds, but then they grow to kind of respect each other. And if that leads into people being like–they’re spending time together! Then that’s a ‘thing,’ but…We’re not trying to cater to or bait anyone into anything, we’re just trying to do what’s right for the story.”

And I’ve seen people claim–but, kl/ance is so popular! The fans love it so much, they shouldn’t discount it just yet! Things can change! And it’s incredibly clear to me that those fans are naive in their understanding of the animation industry. Joaquim said this best: “There’s just no way. We’re already years past that storyline, you know?” He and Lauren outright confirmed they can’t go back and make kl/ance canon, because the decision to do so would’ve had to have been made years ago. Animation is not a medium conducive to major change. That’s just something fans will have to learn to accept. 

Lauren and Joaquim really seem like they actually care and they’re fighting for more representation. That means something to me. And if people expect me to feel sorry for fans who harass them simply because they didn’t make their OTP canon and are trying to focus on their own narrative, then they don’t know me. If it’s representation fans are concerned about and not just ships, then they shouldn’t see kl/ance as the only viable source for it. I’m sorry if people were disappointed and wanted representation in another form, I really am. I understand, I do. But I don’t think it’s fair to tear down the creators for it when they’re trying their best and act like kl/ance was somehow our only chance. 

“Just relax, girl! It’s been a week. It’s all good!”

“I know, I know. It’s just that- Argh. I can’t shake this feeling off, that something is gonna happen.”

“Worst thing is the boy is dreaming about you now. And I mean, he got super lucky.” Alya would laugh it off. “What would he do anyway? Post pics of you on tumblr and get you a fanclub or something?”

“Alya!” Now it was Marinette’s turn to laugh “You’re impossible. I don’t know, ok?? It was in the middle of a ritual, so I couldn’t pay attention to him.”

“What did Tikki said?”

“That she can’t talk about it.”

“So let it go! Now come on, I didn’t see you eat anything today.”

“aay captain.”

[What Came Later]

Bonus (thanks to @nalciel for that!):

“Alya are you growing plants on my walls again?”
“I know nothing about it.”
“ALYA!”
“Argh, fine! But you should have more plants around here you know? Embrace the green!!”

They meet and talk to you (an artist) at the AMAs and after introducing themselves and saying a bit in English you say to them "thank you! But you can speak in Korean" in Korean (BTS)

Rap Monster: -he thought it was going to have to talk to you in English. But you came out of nowhere with Korean. He thought it was an interesting twist in events- “oh wow you-what? I couldn’t see this coming at all”

Originally posted by btsreactionsandgifs

Jin: -you would smile as he did his best to talk to you before you touched his arm and spoke that to him in Korean. He was amazed by it and a bit shocked but glad you and him could talk- “really you can? This is great. I hope we can talk longer”

Originally posted by bwiseoks

Suga: -he tried so hard and you let him try so hard in the first place before you broke out your skills and he was like so shocked by it. He sighed largely by that- “you really made me try so hard to do this and you could have made it easier”

Originally posted by sugagifs

J-Hope: -he got excited because he thought you were amazing and really wanted to talk to you even if it meant help but now he could have a real conversation- “so you actually speak Korean? That’s sweet”

Originally posted by jaayhope

Jimin: -he was shy after that, knowing that you could understand him when he was talking to Namjoon to say something made him nervous- “did you hear what I said earlier then about you? Like you understand me?”

Originally posted by chimcheroo

V: -he thought you were kidding at first and could only say a few things but you started saying more than it, he was excited- “you really can speak to me? This is so cool”

Originally posted by je0n

Jungkook: -he couldn’t believe it, the moment you said it he was in shock. He didn’t think he would meet anyone who could talk to him without the help of Namjoon- “this is really awesome. I can have a conversation with someone now”

Originally posted by nnochu

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Already posting some stuff for them. I am so happy and proud of them so I hope they have a great night and everything with all the people who will come to appreciate them!

starsfelllikerain  asked:

Please tell us more stories about the corn!!

brief preface: i live in iowa, one of the united states’ largest producers of corn (as in maize for those overseas), and worked at a corn breeding research facility. these guys are in charge of creating new lines of seed for farmers to grow; i took the job because it was the only plant science-related job i could, and it sucked but it wasn’t the worst job ive ever had and i made bank because it sucked and no one wanted to do it. there were two parts to this job: data collection and pollination. i wrote out a huge thing on the details of these and then decided it was too long and rambly so imma just gonna skip that stuff and get to the Weird Liminal Space Corn Stories:

-for data collection, our job was to take plant an ear hights in fields all around iowa, meaning that we would get to work in the morning and they would load us up into transit vans and drive us out to a random small town with a test field for testing. once we got there, we had 16-foot-tall wooden measuring sticks we would unfold and bring into the field with us, and the instructions from there were simple: 2 people on each side of the breeder. you measure the line of corn behind you by sticking ur stick next to an average looking plant and reading off first how far up on the plant the first ear of corn was, then reading off how far the base of the flag leaf was. then, you turn around to face the line of corn behind you, and while youre turning around and sticking your measuring stick into the ground on that side your partner reads there numbers, you read your second line of numbers, your partner reads their second line, and then you walk into the nearest alley and march up two lines of corn while the people on the other side of the breeder go. you read the two data points on one side. your partner reads and u turn around. you read the data points behind you. your partner does. while you are going, your breeder is walking up the field typing in the numbers on a data logger and the other team is walking up two rows. once you reach the end of the field, your breeder stops you, you walk two plots down and turn the other direction. you read off your data points, ect, you do that all the way down the field. you do this for hours until your set is done. all told, once your team of 5 people gets oriented and going, it should sound like this to you:

stick. 65, 102. turn. stick. 68, 104. pick up stick. walk down two rows. stick. 85, 102. turn. stick. 84, 103. pick up stick. walk down two rows. ect. you have to annunciate yourself and not talk to your teamates so the breeder can hear you through the corn. on windy days, you have to shout. you dont have time to stop and talk; you actually barely have time to do anything but focus on the manual task of number, turn, number, walk, number, turn, number, walk. when we were done, we would come out covered in sweat and dirt with our sticks, pile in the transit van, and drive like, the 2-3 hours back. work days were about 9 hours with 5 in the field, meaning that you worked 40 hours a week and could do overtime on weekends doing pollination (which was actually really fun). 

-no headphones. at first i thought that rule was stupid, but like, once you enter a cornfield you realize that this is because 1. if someone is screaming your name you need to be able to hear and 2. corn touches everything; when you’re in the corn, there is always something touching you. we wore special hats with veils, long pants, long shirts, eye protection, and closed toed shoes because the corn leaves are sharp and will cut you up; i have scars from this. your headphones would get ripped out within like, .3 seconds, because like corn just snags and slices up everything. 

-one time, on the hottest day of the summer, we were doing the number-turn-number-walk routine and heard someone yelling for our breeder guy. he stopped us short and called back, and like, this is the scary part about cornfields: like i said in the tags of that one post, corn swallows up sound more than anything. it’s impossible to tell where you are and impossible to hear anything, even if you scream, so its best to stay close to your team unless your doing solo work, and if you’re doing solo work like, for the love of god, keep walking in the direction youre supposed to be walking until you’re finished. trust that theres something on the other side, even if you cant see it. but anyway; hes yelling, and shes yelling, and suddenly she bursts through the corn after searching for us and says that this one kid is having a seizure. queue both of them running out of the corn and we’re just standing there. eventually we hear one of the other breeders yelling “___’s group, where are you?!” and we’re like “over here! we’re over here!” and put our sticks up, and the other breeder comes into the alley and we keep doing data points. we had like, 6 kids go home that day because of how hot it was (over 100 degrees) and we ended up not finishing the field because they decided it wasnt safe for us to work anymore. (also, kid was predisposed to seizures and they took him home, he was fine and came back to work a couple days later)

-i kind of talked about this in the tags of that other post, but i think the scariest day was the day we were in a test field a little ways away from the research center. it was kind of stormy but we were like ok whatever, we’ve gotten rained on before with no problem, queue us starting the data collection for the day. its…..really windy. like. i wish i could recreate that feel in art or something or even film it someday, because 1. when the wind blew, the whole field-which, remember, this is our whole world when we’re in there because you can’t see anything but corn in every direction- moved. like, bended, which is typical of corn because like yeah duh it does that, but its like if you were standing in a hallway and suddenly all the walls bent with the wind and so did the cieling. it was that disorienting; i actually stumbled a few times because the only steady thing was the ground and 2. it was loud, like a weird roar in the background. everything is rustling all around you at once. we had to scream our numbers for the breeder to hear us, and when i moved my measuring stick would catch the wind and drag me back a little. then, we heard thunder in the distance. our breeder was like “okay guys we’re gonna finish this field because we’re only like 4 ranges away from the road” and we’re like ok yeah, 40 plots, we can do this. the wind picked up, we kept moving at like twice the pace to get out of there, and when we reached the end it was really close and our breeder was like “come on we have to go now” and we like, picked up our sticks and ran through the corn bending around us with the thunder and everything, can i say midwestern gothic because ive never experienced midwestern gothic more than 4 teenagers with corn sticks and a dude with a data logger running through a discombobulating corn haze at 11am with thunder rolling in. we get to the edge of the field, scramble over the barbed wire fence because we are not running through the rest of the field. in a hot second more teams emerge from the field at various speeds just as it starts storming. we pack up our sticks. our team of four gets in our breeder’s pickup truck and we drive back in the rain. it was a look guys ngl

-throwback to when i just finished doing solo tagging of the ranges in the corn in a field three hours away from the research center. our breeder said to meet him back at the truck when we were done, so when i reach the end of the field having stapled on tags for around 100 ranges (about ten minutes of walking and stapling alone in a single line; these tags will help orient harvesting in the fall), i turn around and start heading straight back, because like again, when you’re in the corn alone its best to know exactly where you are and the way out is always a straight line. i start following my tagging trail back. about five minutes into walking i hear rustling near me. y’all, i was not ready, started jogging and checking behind me and after a little bit i slow down because i feel like i lost whatever it was. rustling continues like its following me. hellno.jpg, not today, i run out of the corn into the alley on the other side, decide i must have imagined it, and start walking towards the truck. as it turns out it was another one of the guys who didn’t know where to go, saw me from his row, and was following me to find his way out of the corn. almost died that day y’all

-occasionally we would visit fields to do brittle snap count, which is lining up, walking a plot, stopping, and yelling out how many broken stalks of corn we counted in the plot we just walked through, then continuing. the whole thing is that farmers understandably hate it when all their corn breaks and dies. we went to this one field that had been hit by a wind storm; it was a really hot day and we were all like dying. this is where my aforementioned scarring comes in. in cornfields, there exists a thingy called corn rash. this is where the corn hits your skin so much that it makes tiny cuts all over you, and then pollen from said corn gets in the cuts along with sweat. it is the worst time i have ever experienced in my life like literally nope would not recommend. eventually we realized that half this field of test crop was broken. like, we stopped counting the amount of plants with broken stems and instead started counting the amount of plants still standing. i was wearing all the protection i needed/that was required (so was everyone else), but it was so hot that literally all of us had corn rash and i was bleeding, big yikes. eventually our super nice breeder for the day realized that we were Struggling™ and was like ok listen we’re going back this isn’t worth it and all the corn is literally dead inexplicably anyway and then took us to get gas station ice cream after bc she felt bad for us lmao, a blessing

-talked to the breeders a lot and asked a ton of questions. learned that sunflower breeding is a thing that happens and that they’re bred to be larger to bear more seed for like, those bags of sunflower seeds you see at gas stations. the more u know

-zoo corn

-the corn in the pollination fields (the corn being bred into pure, genetically identical lines for testing….*insert Corn Discourse Concerning Loss Of Genetic Diversity Here But Not Gonna Talk About It In This Post Bc Its Already Super Long*) gets really weird mutations that i’ve talked about before

-this post got so long im sorry

tl;dr: corn is a terrifying liminal space

Billy Hargrove Imagine- Mysterious Boy

Originally posted by xananeedscoffee

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Okay, as I said I would, I wrote a Billy Hargrove imagine.  I tried change him up a little a make him more charming rather than douchey.  I understand his character is supposed to be antagonistic and that is why I tried to change him a little to fit my narrative.  I hope you all enjoy this!  Feel free to send in requests if you have any.

Warnings: Sexual innuendoes/references, mild language, and mild violence

*Any type of abuse is a serious thing whether it be child or spousal.  If anybody is in a situation where they are under these same conditions I urge you to get help immediately.  No one should ever be getting or ever get abused.*


The obnoxious sound of your alarm rang through your ears pulling you from your slumber.  You quickly shut off the ringing and rolled out of bed heading straight to the bathroom.  Your morning routine was pretty simple; brush teeth, blow out hair, get dressed, then out the door to head to school.  Once you finished your hair, you slipped into a tight pair of high waist jeans, your Ratt tour T-shirt and leather jacket, and high-top sneakers.  You took one quick glance in the mirror before heading out to your 1984 Corvette.  Tossing your backpack into the passenger seat, you started the engine and were off.

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