in the saga of « I don’t know how to make pretty graphics but i tried » here’s my first bias list!
I want to say that I was really shy about bringing my ocs to tumblr but after some great talk with some great people, I’ve decided to try and honestly, it’s been nothing but a blast since then. I would like to thank all the people who encouraged me and all of you who are following me or roleplaying with me.
But since I’m an asshole (I’m sorry!) I’m going to dedicate a bit more time to some specific people. :* Don’t feel bad if you aren’t on the list, like I said, I’m an asshole and this is a bias list. It wouldn’t be very bias if I just tagged my 200 followers.
EYEING U UP SOMETHING FIERCE.
People I’ve not yet roleplayed with that seems legit and makes me have some nice feels at the bottom of my spine and in mah belly when I read them. Ya just have a way with words that gets me and I’d really love to do the word thing with you. I haven’t worked up the nerves yet either because I don’t know much about your fandom or haven’t seen a meme that fits with my muses. But it’s coming, trust me.
And this here is for the people I’ve interacted with and whom I’ve had an immense pleasure of discovering their muses and creativity. I love everyone I interact with but these people just make me love this hobby so damn much I wouldn’t ever be able to consider quitting. ( not that I would, I’ve already been roleplaying for 15+ years but I’m becoming an adult™ with a lot of responsibilities and time is against me so-) I’ll always make time for roleplay, BECAUSE of people like yall. I’ll be thirty soon but I doubt I’m going to give up roleplaying anyway, I love writing too much and it’s partially because of people like you.
@despairforme - Can’t make a list without mentioning the tobs. Toby is one of the people who inspired me to make a multimuse and show my Ocs to Tumblr so I wouldn’t be there without them. Also, they fucking rock and no matter how busy I get, I just can’t put their replies in a queue- or rarely do because I just??? love Toby so much. Your writing is hella sensational, no matter which muse, no matter where we interact. Thank you for interacting with me <3 You make this place so amazing for me. You followed me from my OP blogs and I’m so happy you did and are interested in my ocs as much as you were with my canon muses. Thank you.
@wuthering-emily - You write beautifully and it’s always a delight to read your replies. I’m glad we started roleplaying even though I’m slow as beans with our thread. I just want to make sure I offer the same quality whenever I reply <3
@askkav / @empyrean-reveries - Another blog that followed me from the OP fandom and that I’m glad to have on my dash over here too. Even if we don’t interact here because my muses are little assholes, I swear i’ll bring one in eventually that would match with Kav <3 You are a beautiful person in and out and I am really glad we met.
@queen-yggdrasil - I love Doll and you a lot. I know I may seem like I lack enthusiasm because I don’t talk a lot OOC and don’t reply fast but I swear I love everything about your portrayal. From how you write to how you make your muses unique, passing by the love you pour into them. You’re a great roleplayer and reading you is a real pleasure- but interacting with you is even better.
@z-amasu - I find your writing very interesting and the kind of beauty that makes me want to improve my vocabulary. You know a lot of words and use them well and me, as a non-native english speaker, take everything I can from my rolelay partner to improve. You write purple prose, but the tasteful kind. the one that you don’t need 20 thesaurus and a dictionary to understand. Poetic, beautiful but it flows magnificently when we read you. I hope we end up roleplaying for a long time because I enjoy writing with you as much as I love reading a good book. And you are both, to me.
@carnivorarium - We’ve only just started but I really enjoy the interaction we are having between Trish and Zippermouth. Your muses stand out and are interesting and I can’t wait to see how far we’ll be going!
@gxxdgiirl / @cfshadcws - I’ve told you countless time but thank you for being there. I love roleplaying with you on either of your blogs. I love your writing, I love your muses and I love you a lot too OOC even if I suck at being a normal conversation partner. You are an amazing roleplayer and easy to communicate to as well, which makes you definitely a keeper in my book <3 Thank you for roleplaying with me.
@lucian-silvestris - I love your muse and you deserve your spot on here too! Writing with you is fun and I’ve laughed a lot in our interactions. You are the kind of person that makes me want to come online <3
@kallxope - You are probably the person I have the most threads with right now on any blogs confounded. You are amazing. Your muses are amazing and all of our interactions are pure, solid gold. I don’t know where you were all my life but I feel like we’re riding on the same wave when it comes to roleplaying and I find it incredibly rare and precious. thank you for following my blog and interacting with me, our interactions have been nothing if not awesome.
@maljefe - I loved Loni way back as an iron little blacksmith fucker in OP and I still love her as she is now. Niji loves her too. Your writing is just as phenomenal as it was back then and our interactions are precious. I’m glad I found you again and that we now can rp for real because in OP it was harder due to my muses being assholes who are hard to interact with. Anyway, I’m glad!!! :’)
Hi folks <3 This is Mod WifeyWifey popping up in the blog like the uncalled-for diglett that I am xD. I’m not dead I swear.
Either way this is just to let y’all know we have a new theme going - well, sort of. Is the same theme (from the absolute PDA-approved sweetheart @glenthemes, for who’s lovely work we can’t thank enough. Check their stuff out if you are looking for a quality theme!), but with different images and visuals and such, which I hope you like :D
Momma Dragon wanted some young!Aizawa+Hizashi theme, so that’s what I did o/
There you go. As always, you can find the Mods Descriptions and the image usage credit to the right authors (as these are fanarts. So if you like, go check their work out! They are amazing artists, hands down) if you click on the wee arrow to the left of the header. The credits for icon and mobile header are also there.
The links for the masterlist and rules are both on the blog’s bio and as links on the theme. I will try to keep an eye out so the links on the bio will keep working, as tumblr seems to have this fun past-time to erase the links randomly. We are also aware that they do not work for android users for some reason, whereas they work for iOS users, but there’s nothing we can really do about it as it seems to be a tumblr app issue. I apologize for it.
As always, let us know if there are any issues at all and we will do our level best to solve/help <3
Having a “mainstream” special interest as an autist is a blessing and a curse.
My special interest is Skyrim and I think it’s no exaggeration to say I know almost everything there is to know about the game and the Elder Scrolls lore. I have played Skyrim with all DLCs and various mods more than I care to admit.
But I want more! And I struggle with finding high quality material about the game and the lore that would scratch my itch for more content. I swear if I search the Skyrim tag on Tumblr one more time and see nothing but sexy anime girl mods or lame ass memes, I am going to scream.
I want to read about lore in detail, about weird and unique encounters and Easter eggs even I haven’t found yet. So please hmu if you are such a high quality Skyrim blog or know some good blogs, websites, YouTube channels for people who are not only Skyrim fans, but really obsessed with Skyrim. You can also reblog this post.
And to my autistic friends who happen to share my special interest, feel free to infodump me about anything Skyrim, I would be very happy to share my obsession!
Are there any sources you could recommend for someone doing Rammstein research?
The answer is: yes!
Obviously one has to look at various interviews and articles and try to keep up-to-date with them. There are years’ worth of those in video/audio/written form - Rammstein’s been around for two full decades, so just looking through them will help to piece a lot of things about their history together. There is not a specific one that I would recommend fullheartedly; sometimes interviews do suffer from contradictions (as things are reported or recalled wrong) or bias (given that many interviews are conducted with one or two members of R+ only), so reading just one or two won’t help too much. And some interviews are either not translated or translated poorly, which is always a drawback. But if you have a lot of time and patience - and most importantly, if your ‘research’ really is about Rammstein’s history as Rammstein/the band members’ opinions of each other and the world/logistics of tours or future plans etc., interviews and articles should serve as your primary source.
I can also recommend the following books (which I have all read and do possess), if you are also interested in Rammstein pre-history or want a lot of context as to why sometimes they say/think/do the things that they do. They lived through a very different, and if I may say so, quite an unusual period in history. There’s a lot you can gather from wider research. These are all primary sources, they all come directly from the band members or related parties.
The Rammstein Autobiography (ISBN: 3931126323) This fetches a pretty high price nowadays b/c it’s out of print. It’s from 1999 and can provide no information re: the post-millennium exploits of the band, but it is beautifully illustrated, contains long and really quite insightful interviews from everyone in the band (except Olli, who only has a two-page spread of photos, and Flake, whose entire contribution basically reads like ‘this_band_has_caused_me_nothing_but_suffering_and_misery.txt’), and also contains some lyrics and Till poems from a time before either Messer or In Stillen Nachten. Some of those clearly went on to become Rammstein lyrics. Best of all, all the text here is translated side by side in German and English, which is not a common attribute to many R+ ‘primary’ texts. I’d check this one out, if you can get your hands on it.
Mix Mir Einen Drink (ISBN: 3896029053 for the 2010 edition) The quintessential ‘where were they before they were R+’ text. This is actually an incredibly detailed biography about Feeling B, which is still a band you ought to know quite a bit about if you are researching R+ or East German punk rock as a whole. There is no translation, but it’s still a solid 600+ pages of info; what you get out of The Rammbrick this book is a detailed picture of their younger years, and it’s also funny as hell. I think this book has literal historical value; The Rammbrick’s its appendix comes with things like Stasi files that were kept on the band, for one, and it’s a vivid firsthand sketch as to what life in East Germany actually was like. You see it through the eyes of people who were, in that state’s terms, living like outlaws - and the stuff they went through? They’ll come off as at the very least quaint and at the most horrifying, once the implications sink in. (The bit about Flake being the only one to escape arrest at Schoenhauser Allee station during the 1989 protests and later turning up to a completely empty rehearsal room comes to mind.) Highly recommended.
Rammstein Liederbuch (ISBN: 0711972206) Can you read music? I got some good news for you, and some bad news. The good news is that R+ have had sheet music published of their Herzeleid and Sehnsucht songs, and they’re here. The bad news is that this is out of print, and it can sometimes fetch some truly insane prices (used ranges from £25-£430 what the literal fuck). There is basically nothing there except for sheet music, either, no bonus photos or anything. So if you can’t read musical notation/aren’t so much interested in the actual musical structure of R+ songs, you can give this one a miss. Otherwise, it’s stellar in quality and contains every instrumental part and solo - if you play an instrument, worth checking out.
Messer (ISBN: 382180730X for 2005 but I swear there is a later edition) Till’s first poetry collection. I think it’s obvious why I recommend this. If you are interested in the literary merits of Till, you are going to want this, full stop. As for translations, I did a full translation project of this in my blog here, and am slowly in the process of doing secondary clean-up of the translations in messerstein. But you really need the original German texts in front of you, too, because this is poetry and it’s often impossible to preserve devices like rhyme, meter, aliteration, puns, and such that make poetry what it is, you know? I think the 2005 edition is out of print but I swear to god I have a later printed edition that isn’t asking insane prices like £99.95 jfc it was less than £20 when I got it brand new in October 2011??!?!
In Stillen Nachten (ISBN: 3462047779) The second book of Till’s poetry. Poems in there are shorter but there are more of them, and the illustrations are… quite something. You also want this if you want to think about Till’s literary merits, and if you are a fan of Mayakovsky’s or Brecht’s or Rilke’s poetry, you are probably going to like this collection quite a lot. The Brecht is especially strong in this one. (If this is the case, I’m going to assume that you have some familiarity with Marxist critical theory and audience alienation and East German political history, though none of those things are strictly necessary to enjoy anything in Till’s repertoire.) I’m also working on translating this in messerstein and I think there is a translation coming out (don’t quote me on this) but again, same old. You need the original texts in front of you for maximum appreciation. This thing is actually affordable please for the love of god get it support Till hhhhhh
Mike Oldfield im Schaukelstuhl: Notizen eines Vaters (ISBN: 3938686618) I’ve written about this recently. This had a reprint in… 2006, I think? If you are in Germany, you’re in luck; if you aren’t, well… yeah. I’m not sure whether to classify this as an (auto)biography of anybody, whether of Till (called Timm here) or Werner Lindemann (who wrote this book). It is a book vastly about Till at nineteen-twenty years old, and covers a relatively short timespan of maybe eight months, but it’s seen through Werner’s eyes. There is very little pretense in his writing and everything is portrayed with efficient, sometimes even superminimalistic, starkness, and I think sometimes that had led people to have false impressions about how Till and Werner treated each other. If nothing else, this is a very good sketch of life in East Germany, along with the generational difference between those two. I would recommend it more because of the East German aspect, to be honest. I’m translating this bit by bit; there are fragmented translations floating around from years ago, too, though I don’t think there is a completed version.
There are also quite a few third-party publications about Rammstein, usually in the form of unofficial biographies or actual academical texts; I would advise being far more cautious with those, obviously, but if you are willing to gamble, you can gather some original insight that you might not otherwise had. ’Outsider perspective’, in other words. I’m thinking of The Little Black Rammbook (close literary analysis of some R+ songs, discussion of their lyricism, other literary references that you might like to have, etc) and Bis das Herz brennt: Die inoffizielle Rammstein Biografie (exactly what it says on the tin). They are vastly optional. Flake also has a book out. I don’t have it, and I haven’t read it, which is why I have said nothing about it so far bUT JESUS CHRIST I NEED IT SO B A D. I shall have to add that entry in later, it should be really interesting.
Finally, as part of far broader context, I would recommend reading up in East German history, especially around 1960-1989, 20th century German poetry, WWII and the rise and fall of the Nazis (important, because R+ is frequently accused of fascism, and it is absolutely essential that every true Rammfan knows why this is an objectively wrong and horrible opinion), 19th-20th century German theatrical aesthetic theory like Gesamtkunstwerk/Verfremdungseffekt (explains the philosophy behind their stage shows), Das Nibelungenlied (Till seems to be heavily influenced by it), the structure and devices associated with poetry, and Marxism because why the hell not. But they’re the most background of background readings: in most non-academical cases, interviews, articles, their actual lyrics and music, and some knowledge of their history will do the job. Happy researching!
… Now I feel like I’m setting up textbooks for a school of Rammsteinology.
I was tagged by @vulcanette to do the Five Things tag meme, so here goes :)
Five things you can find on my blog:
So much Supernatural it’s actually unreal.
A lot of political stuff, particularly American politics (I’m not American. Why I am doing this. Help.)
Clint Barton aka my agender disaster child
My art, of varying quality
My poetry (see above)
Five things you can find in my room:
Enough plushies to form a small nation
So many pens, I swear they’re actually multiplying. I do not remember buying seventeen black pens but there they are.
A ton of scented candles. Seriously. I love scented candles.
Various small decorative things, none of which match (examples include: two ceramic fairies, a model sailing ship, a wooden polar bear, a small commemorative quaich, a fuck-ton of pretty rocks and a Lego Eiffel Tower)
Fandom posters. Seriously. My walls are covered in them. They’re neatly organised by fandom, because I have too much energy at 2am
Five things I’ve always wanted to do:
Learn Scottish Gaelic
Roadtrip around France
Go climbing in the Cairngorms
Write a novel
Five things that make me happy:
Long, hot showers
Rereading my favourite books or fics
Shutting my door, turning my favourite songs (everything by Area 11) up loud and singing along
Organising shit. I get a kick out of making places clean and tidy
Being halfway up a rockface, adrenaline pumping, looking down and trusting the kit I’ve put in because nothing else is gonna hold me if I fall
Five things on my to do list:
Study (I have exams coming up), but I don’t want to :/ Half the shit I’m studying I couldn’t give two shits about, I only took it bc I had to fill out my timetable
Tidy up my room because it is a disaster zone right now
Finish writing my ‘Things You Said’ series on AO3
Cut the new insoles for my shoes to the right size so that I can actually put them in
Fill out my journal for the last couple of days
Five things you may not know about me:
I’m Scottish. Or, to be more accurate, Glaswegian - born and raised :)
I love rock climbing, and most weeks I’ll be either training at an indoor wall or out at a crag
I really like photography (particularly landscape photographs) though I don’t get many good opportunities to take photographs
I play a fair bit of Minecraft, and used to be a huge fan of the Yogscast (I still am a fan, but a much less devoted one now
So I’m just gonna have a tiny positive rant in this post for the start of 2017.
tl;dr of this entire post is pretty much ‘If you’re thinking of making a blog for writing, do it right now. Don’t do it for followers for notes, do it because you want to do it’ essentially. What’s below is a really long and passionate rant on my opinion on the topic. Like, I get if people don’t agree with me, but this is how I feel.
Also there’s loads of swearing because I am very passionate about this.
Ignore the super shit graphic. Somehow… somehow I managed to trick 800 of you into following me. 800 of you think I’m a quality blog and I am just not comprehending it AT ALL. I appreciate all of you especially those who followed me when I was a Kingdom Hearts blog and stuck around as I morphed into a veritable junkyard. If I forget anyone I swear it wasn’t on purpose! Everyone keeps changing their URL and I can hardly remember my own. (no literally first draft of this I wrote my own damn URL wrong) ANYWAY thank you all for making my experience on this site wonderful!
So I started this blog about four months ago and already have 700 of you following me and I’m amazed. No only that but I’ve made some absolutely fantastic and special friends in my time here and I couldn’t be happier that I over came my doubts of being able to play Malcolm Merlyn and made this blog throwing caution to the wind and taking a chance on a muse that I have nothing but passion and love for. Even more, you were all so welcoming from the very beginning and I’ve fallen in love with this fandom. This fandom has been so nice and all my experiences with this fandom have been better then any other fandom I’ve been apart of and I’m so happy to be apart of it.