i was going to make it my sidebar

i fucking love the adventure zone because sometimes it’s like…absolutely heartbreakingly beautiful story-telling or on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrills 

and then sometimes it’s justin, travis, and their dad chanting “FANTASY SHORTS. FANTASY SHORTS. FANTASY SHORTS” at poor griffin who’s trying to move the plot forward 

XD

How to Fix Tumblr’s “No Posts with External Links Show Up in Tags” Nonsense!

Hey fellow creators! So, as some folks may have recently become aware, Tumblr posts with external links don’t show up in relevant tags (as detailed in this post). IE, if you post a Steven Universe picture and tag it “Steven Universe” and there’s an external link in the post, it won’t actually show up in the “Steven Universe” tag! This is very frustrating! What if I make a post and want to link to my Twitter in the description? What if I want to link people to my online store when I post a piece of art? What if I want to link to a YouTube video and still have it show up under the relevant tags I put into the post?

Hold on to your butts kids cuz here’s how we cheat the system. 

The thing about Tumblr’s Anti-Linking nonsense works is that it only blocks external links. Internal links are fine. So if you wanted to post a link to another Tumblr post, or someone’s Tumblr blog, you’re good. But if you wanted to link to your Twitter page or something, you’re screwed. So, all we gotta do is make your external link into a Tumblr link. Sounds weird. I know. But here’s how it works. 

First, go to your Tumblr blog. Hit the “Edit Theme” tab. 

In the theme editor sidebar, scroll all the way to the bottom, the “Page” section. (Here’s what mine looks like- I already have a few of these set up)

Hit “Add a Page”, and this window will pop up. By default it’s set to be a Standard Page. Hit the dropdown and select “redirect”. 

For this example, let’s say I want to link to my Twitter page. I’ll name the page “Twitter” (this is what the redirect URL will end up being- IE yourblogname.tumblr.com/Twitter), and insert my Twitter URL under the “Redirect To” tab. Leave “Show a link to this page” turned off. (Unless you want the link to show up on your blog, in which case, turn it on. Do what you want, I’m not your mom)

Hit “Save”, and your new page should now show up on your Page list!

And done! So now, let’s say I wanted to use the new link in the text portion of a post. Simply use the Tumblr redirect link instead of the direct URL! As a test, I linked to my Twitter in a test post, using the redirect link instead of the direct link, and there it is in the tag! Success!

I recommend making a Redirect Page for any external links you’ll be using frequently. I like to post links to my webcomic/Twitter in posts fairly often, but doing that made me take a pretty big hit since my posts wouldn’t show up in tags. With this method, I can keep the external links, and have stuff show up when I tag it! Workarounds are fun! 

Hope that helps!
-Star

(Reblog to spread the word!)

anonymous asked:

im still recovering from the shocking events that took place last week, so im trying to make myself happy by watching older shinee variety shows. I was wondering if you know where I could watch the SHINee vs SHINHWA broadcast? it got taken down on YouTube so I cant watch it. Thank you 💕

I know, it got taken down off of Dailymotion too! BUT I FOUND IT FOR YOU!

YOU CAN WATCH ALL OF SHINHWA BROADCAST WITH SHINee HERE . That link will take you to episode 12, but you will find links to episodes 13 & 14 in the right hand sidebar. Enjoy. I also downloaded all the episodes and am going to put them in one of my google drives. I had them before, but they were one of the things I lost in a hard drive crash. This time I’m going to make sure they are backed up some where :) 

Laugh along with them and heal a bit. It’s hard, but we are all going to get through this…

take care and keep loving SHINee

New Brown America

When I was a kid, the one thing I wanted more than anything else was a Cabbage Patch Kid.

But, in the late 80s/early 90s - they didn’t make Cabbage Patch Kids with light brown skin and dark brown hair and eyes. 

There was black and white and that’s how the world was divided….but not because I grew up in Southall. 

Pretty much every kid I went to school with had brown skin, brown hair and a mom who made them eat rice every night. 

So, where were our dolls? 

I watched Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix special - Homecoming King - recently and I fucking loved it. LOVED it. It was like hanging out with my coolest cousins - it was hilarious, heartfelt and bilingual. 

Originally posted by allycoalition

Here’s a dude that looks like me and sounds like me. 

Someone who can reference Drake and knows heartbreak. 

Someone who also understands that if you’re reading this, it’s already too late, I’ve bit the fucking laving in the biryani and I think I might be dying, man. 

Over the past couple of years - I’ve noticed it more and more. 

More Indians represented in media. 

More people who look like me and sound like me. 

For me, it started with Kal Penn in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle

Originally posted by okaayawesome

For the first time in my life - I saw an Indian character I could relate to. For once, I saw an Indian person who didn’t have a thick, ridiculous accent. An Indian person who wasn’t mocked with “smelly curry” jokes. 

Sidebar: Literally fuck every single person who makes this joke. Firstly, people didn’t die in the spice trade for you to be so goddamn ignorant and secondly, do you even understand how complicated and lush and beautiful a curry is? How much time and energy and love it takes to make? No. You don’t. So, shut the hell up and try not to choke on your shitty mayonnaise sandwich. 

I saw an Indian dude who dropped pop culture references and used the word “dude” about as much as I do. I saw someone whose dad looked like an angrier version of Paps. I saw an Indian who wasn’t a doctor or an engineer or a call center employee. 

Alright, fine. He was applying to med school in the movie but like the man said:

Originally posted by thecheeziersnack

And then came Mindy Kaling who was basically a goddamn revelation in really cute shoes. 

A smart, funny, mouthy Indian woman WRITER who gives ALL the fucks about cute packaging for make-up and SNL sketches? 

Originally posted by shashaaussi

It was like hearing my voice for the first time. Holy shit - that’s what I sound like?! That’s amazing! My voice is like a cross between Fergie Asha Bhosle and Jesus! 

And of course, there’s Aziz Ansari. A man who created a genuinely honest look at the first-generation immigrant experience for millennials with Master of None

The “Parents” episode of the first season and the “Religion” episode of the second season really hit home for me. The former deals with the stark differences between immigrant parents and their children and the latter deals with coming out to your parents about your lack of religious convictions - both issues I’ve certainly dealt with in the past couple of years. 

I am part of #NewBrownAmerica

I can talk about the issues of the GOP condemning systemic poverty as if it were a mortal sin, I can rhyme every single word in Montell Jordan’s This Is How We Do It, I know how Ganesh got his elephant head and that Mom has hidden little Ganesh statues in all of my apartments she’s been in and I’ve been making cups of chai since I was six-years-old, so I’m totally comfortable mocking the shit out of anyone who orders chai tea lattes. 

Chai means tea. Latte means milk. You’re ordering a tea tea milk and you need to knock it off. 

And I can do whatever the hell I dream of doing because isn’t that the promise of America? 

I’ve even become more comfortable with speaking Gujarati. I mean, I’m super rubbish at it and my pronunciation will make every one of my masis wince, but I’m not embarrassed anymore like I used to be. 

We were trying to book an AirBnB last night and I asked J to text the link to our buddy. 

“How do I do that?”
“Here. Batawu.”

As in, here. Let me show you. 

I’m becoming more myself and it feels easier. 

Maybe because I’m in my mid-30s and you just don’t care as much about that kind of stuff anymore but also because there’s a we now. 

I see people like myself on television and it’s such a big fucking deal. And you know what’s even more exciting?

In like, fifty years - it won’t even be a big deal anymore. Some little Indian girl is going to see tons of people on TV like her and she won’t even bat an eye because duh, why wouldn’t Indian people be on TV like everyone else? 

Representation matters and seeing this new crop of talented, smart, funny and brilliant brown people who grew up on Bollywood and Barbies, Ganesh and Ghostbusters and the goddamn pressure cooker going off at 8:00 in the morning gives me such hope. 

Still waiting on that Cabbage Patch Kid, though. 

I’d like to talk about Call Me By Your Name for bit.

If you’re not aware – and I gotta say I’m kinda envious if you’re not – there’s been a wee bit of discourse surrounding this film.  Not an overwhelming amount, and even then thankfully very little of which has reached mine dashboards, obviously because everyone I follow is such a boss! or whatever

But it’s still there, and because I’m such a nosy prick who lives in tags, I’ve had the opportunity to glean a lot of the dispute on both ends.  And so, I’d like to talk about it, this thing that…by essence is going to be very controversial to try to talk about.  Especially on here, this site so known for being so very, ah, passionate and implacable about the issues it has taken to heart, mostly for the good, sometimes less so.

Specifically, for anyone still unaware, the issue is that the film’s story is about a romance between a seventeen year-old boy and a twenty-four year-old grad student who visits his house for the summer.

And the first thing I’d say, which is what most people would also probably say first, is to please watch the film (or read the book) before forming any strong proclamations about it one way or another.  And try not to watch it with a…miserly eye, being on the constant alert for any ammo you can use to fuel whatever blog post you’re gonna write after the fact.  I’ve done this myself before, and it’s an inept, feeble method of critique; confirmation bias is a thing that exists, and if you’re going in with the sole intent of finding every bit of toxicity and harmfulness you can in this storyline, then that’s truly all you’ll end up finding.  Instead, try to watch it for the simple fact of watching a story unfold, of wanting to know what happens, of allowing yourself to experience what these filmmakers and actors are trying to convey.  After which, if you still dislike what you’ve seen?  At least you’ll be better able to articulate why without having to rely solely on sound and fury.  And then you can call the cops on me, ‘cuz they’ll obviously prefer well-reasoned allegations of pedophilia-apologism as opposed to half-baked ones!

The next thing I say is going to be a bit of a…melodramatic diatribe about queer experiences.  Bear with, please.

When you’re a queer person living in certain situations – whether you’re a child, teenager, or adult – much of your entire identity is based on the need for repression, for secrecy, for hiding.  Every bit of affection, desire, or attachment you have to someone of the same gender, which is something that’ll happen near every day of your life, is something else you’ll have to learn to smother.  Everything about what you’re feeling is confusing and yet you don’t believe for a second that there is anyone you can trust to share these confusions with or to experience these desires with.  This pain of repression and confusion is something that the film version of CMBYN does hint at, but that the original book actually explores in broad, vivid detail, some of which I’m going to quote mostly verbatim for just how truthfully it paints these anxieties.

“What never crossed my mind was […] that someone else in my immediate world might like what I liked, want what I wanted, be who I was. It would never have entered my mind because I was still under the illusion that, barring what I’d read in books, inferred from rumors, and overheard in bawdy talk all over, no one my age had ever wanted to be both man and woman— with men and women. I had wanted other men my age before and had slept with women. But before he’d stepped out of the cab and walked into our home, it would never have seemed remotely possible that someone so thoroughly okay with himself might want me to share his body as much as I ached to yield up mine.”
***
“Perhaps the very least I wanted was for him to tell me that there was nothing wrong with me, that I was no less human than any other young man my age. I would have been satisfied and asked for nothing else than if he’d bent down and picked up the dignity I could so effortlessly have thrown at his feet.”
***
“They worried for me. I knew they were right to worry. I just hoped they’d never know how far things stood beyond their ordinary worries now. I knew they didn’t suspect a thing, and it bothered me— though I wouldn’t have wanted it otherwise. It told me that if I were no longer transparent and could disguise so much of my life, then I was finally safe from them, and from him— but at what price, and did I want to be so safe from anyone?

There was no one to speak to. Whom could I tell? Mafalda? She’d leave the house. My aunt? She’d probably tell everyone. Marzia, Chiara, my friends? They’d desert me in a second. My cousins when they came? Never. My father held the most liberal views— but on this? Who else? Write to one of my teachers? See a doctor? Say I needed a shrink? Tell Oliver?

Tell Oliver. There is no one else to tell, Oliver, so I’m afraid it’s going to have to be you…”
***
“[…] another part of me knew that if he showed up tonight and I disliked the start of whatever was in store for me, I’d still go through with it, go with it all the way, because better to find out once and for all than to spend the rest of the summer, or my life perhaps, arguing with my body.”

Now, I’m not saying this stuff to grind for sympathy points or to be needlessly depressing, and I should probably sidebar here to make it clear that, in spite of the quoted passages above, neither the film or the book are as remotely fixated on these sorts of oppressive life experiences as it might seem; quite the opposite, in many ways.  But I’m still saying this stuff to contextualize a lot of peoples’ mindsets and experiences going into a story like this, and of the social foundations from which this story was conceived.  Because the fact remains that when you’re a queer person living in certain situations, this repression and confusion is your reality as you know it.

And this sort of reality…a disease, really…is something that will eat away at you day after day, week after week, month after month after year.  This is the sort of toxicity that can actually scar someone’s identity, if not ruin them outright.  And as for romance?  It’s not even just a matter of your options being limited, it’s as drastic as you never being able to show your affections, and no one will ever return those affections even if you show it, and you’ll probably never be able to tell anyone any of this.  It’s not simply a matter of not having someone in town that you can get your rocks off with, it is a matter of having to hide so many important parts of yourself, a matter of feeling so alone in many of the ways that matter most.  And none of that is even going into the shame you feel in yourself, in your own body, for just being wrong somehow.

Queer Tumblr is such a place of liberation and celebration for the most part, and that’s a good thing, but I feel like it’s easy to forget that this liberation and celebration comes about specifically as a shelter against the repression and shame out there in our real lifetimes.  And I feel like we can be so fiercely, indiscriminately protective of our younger generations – precisely because there is so much genuine danger out there to have to protect them from – that we might miss the danger in seeing only danger and scandal and malice where there might instead be something important and cathartic and affirming in this story for anyone – queer or straight, young or old – to experience.

Bluntly: I’m not saying that seventeen year-olds should be pursuing twenty-four year-olds, and certainly not vice-versa.  But given all that above, is it really so difficult to imagine why many viewers might not be so quick to disapprove of the relationship depicted in CMBYN?  Is it so hard to imagine why it is not so vile or perverse for a seventeen year-old to have someone who understands his loneliness and alienation to assuage those vicious anxieties?  That this seventeen year-old deserves the chance to explore and express his identity with someone in a caring, compassionate manner?  That any sort of inherent harm that a difference of seven years might potentially do them might indeed be more than balanced out by the virtues of getting to experience the sort of love and companionship that only comes from total honesty and understanding between partners…something that they as queer people in their situation might have never thought possible.  That the freedom to love and be loved in this safety of this validation is a gift and not an onus.  That the appeal of this story is not about how cool or sexy it is for seventeen year-olds to be sleeping with twenty-four year-olds, but about how both of these boys – and by inference every boy like them, every girl like them – deserve the chance to not be repressed, to not be shamed.

And if I may be a bit of an asshole for a second.  I look at the culture of Tumblr and I am persistently inundated with favored pairings that are born out of animosity, out of antagonism and toxicity if not outright violence.  I have seen so many instances of fictional characters wholesale harming other characters both physically and verbally and having those things be called romantic by scores of thousands of likes and reblogs.  Look up maybe any fandom in the search bar and chances are good that some of the most popular pairings are gonna be the ones most shrouded in dysfunctionality.  Heck…even the ones that are ostensibly “the good examples” of healthy functional vanilla romances tend to be constantly punctuated by stretches of jealousy or dishonesty or manipulativeness or other such sorts of crass relationship issues in order to drive drama.  So many creators’ ideas of what make a fictional relationship appealing – or even a non-fictional one – often feel like trying to air all the dirtiest laundry you can find in that household and calling that romance.  And let’s not even venture for now into the dark boiling abyss that is the queerbaiting issue.

Now…‘nother sidebar…I’m not saying that the romance of CMBYN is a perfect one; there are certainly issues of insecurities and miscommunications that afflict this relationship as well, and all that these sorts of things entail.  I also don’t wanna blow this whole film out of the water like it’s some sort of immaculate remedy to all the ills of film and literature and the evils of the world or whatever, which is just gonna lead to disappointment if you do watch it.  I definitely do not want to undermine anyone’s legitimate concerns over the issues inherent in age-gap relationships.  Liberation is nice, naiveté is not.

But, again…is it really so difficult to imagine how people can look at this story, borne so thoroughly out of care and validation and respect between two people for whom those things are not readily-available, and be engaged by its content instead of repulsed by it, finding it vastly preferable to what usually passes for steamy pairings nowadays?  Is it so unbelievable for people to be engaged by the goodness depicted in Elio and Oliver’s courtship with each other, to not throw complaints of harmfulness and toxicity at something so marked by its distinct lack of harm, even with the seven years’ difference between them?

I’m not saying that seventeen year-olds should be pursuing twenty-four year-olds and vice versa.

But man, do I ever wish that more stories ought to be taking more cues from the way that this one does it.

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Getting Asks

A lot of people on my dash seem to feel disheartened by the lack of asks they receive.

While it is good to communicate how you feel every now and then and that it is completely understandable to feel dismayed at the lack of response from other people when you reblog an ask (it happens to me too!), it’s not very effective motivation to call people out on their ‘failure’ to send asks. A gentle nudge, a gentle reminder that we appreciate receiving asks is great. But.

Here’s the thing. No one is obligated to send you anything. In the end this is all for fun. No one likes being guilted, so let’s not play the blame game. Instead of going at length about that, here’s what I think:

I DO think it’s common courtesy to send someone an ask before reblogging (I certainly do it, and make an effort to choose questions that might be interesting/challenging) but it isn’t necessarily a requirement.

It’s a two way street. You may be doing things that put people off, and I’ll tell you what and how you may improve interest from other people.

1. Make your characters accessible.

Here is the number one thing that personally stops me from sending asks for more people, or responding to some asks. I don’t know anything about some of your characters. I know some off the top of my head, but for people I don’t know very well, sometimes I’d like to get better acquainted. Then I get to their blog. No links to profiles. No links to character tags. I don’t even know the character’s full name, so I can’t even look it up on lodestone. I have no face to put to a name. I don’t even know what race this character is.

People are curious. Let them be curious, but point them in the right direction! Put stuff about your character where people can easily see, on your sidebars/links. I have encountered interesting characters just by reading before sending an ask.

2. Don’t reblog 50 ask memes in a row.

As fun and as tempting this is to do, a stranger going to your blog and seeing nothing but reblogs is… off-putting. It’s hard to approach someone you don’t know so well. It’s much easier to send asks to a blog with a personality, which brings me to my next point.

3. Original content makes your characters attractive.

Maybe you like drawing your character. Maybe you’re good at taking screenshots. Maybe you’re good at edits. You don’t even have to be good at visuals per se. You can write drabbles. Or maybe you have a wicked sense of humor involving your character and you can make memetastic content. Go for it. People will be curious. People will get to know you and have a better idea how to approach you. Put your heart into it, show people who your characters are, what they like, little scenes of their lives. People like stories, so tell them a story.

Put you and your character out there, and people will recognize you. People won’t know anything about you or your character if you don’t take this step.

4. Don’t JUST send asks. Talk to people.

Sending asks is only ONE part of the give-take. Get to know the people around you. IC and OOC. Sometimes sending asks isn’t enough. If people have only seen a name a couple times, interacting with them to send one symbol and disappearing, never to speak to them again, it’s not a memorable thing. Talk to the people around you. Befriend them. Get to know THEIR characters. Show interest in theirs, outside the ask box, on a more personal level and with luck, they’ll show interest in yours. Have fun with other people, share silly things you do with them. It helps. It’s easy to want 328490 anon asks, but it’s also very satisfying to receive asks from friends who understand your character.

5. Reblog the 'correct’ kind of ask meme.

You’re free to reblog any ask meme, just understand that if the topic is not one other characters can relate to easily, people aren’t going to send you asks. If it requires intimate IC knowledge of a character, it’s difficult to send asks to you. If you want a wider audience, here’s a litmus test: reblog memes that you can easily send to a stranger without shame. You don’t really want to send one like [MY OC DIES IN YOUR OC’S ARMS] especially if that sort of a thing only elicits an IC reaction when your character personally knows them. Speaking of which, people usually love memes that have your characters gauge theirs. Sometimes you’d be surprised to know your character may feel antagonistic or attracted towards someone else’s. Or even ones that ask your character questions without putting their own character in it, to see yours have a fun reaction. It’s a two way street, and if it’s fun for them to read, chances are they’d love to come back and send you more.

6. You have 50 characters.

This isn’t a bad thing but this is related to points 1 & 3. It’s hard to get to know and remember so many characters. You might wanna put one in the spotlight if you really want to maximize interaction. I have difficulty getting attention for my alts but that’s because I personally hardly produce content for them. I love my alts, and I want people to know them, and I’m sure some of you do as well, but realistically, if you want equal attention on your characters? You need to put equal effort into posting about them.

7. Sometimes people won’t send you anything.

THIS IS THE REALITY OF LIFE. Sometimes you’re SUPER into a set of questions that people are coincidentally not. Maybe they’re busy. Maybe your reblogged it at a weird hour. Maybe they’re feeling shy. In any case, this happens. If it does, move on. Don’t dwell on it. You’ll only feel worse.

anonymous asked:

Do you think, if they survive the second apocalypse and the end of the show, that Clarke and Bellamy could ever have a family? How do you see each of them handling parenthood?

This has been sitting in my inbox forever, mostly because parenting and to have/to not have kids is a topic that risks alienating people and it is so difficult to talk about without someone feeling like you’re shitting on their choices and I have not had the brainpower recently to navigate it. However, @wellamyblake‘s awesomely morose headcanon on this subject (I loved it. I cried. I loved it some more and then yearned for fluff) has inspired me to put digit to keyboard at last.

This may border on fluff. You have been warned, but WE ALL NEED HAPPINESS RIGHT.

Disclaimers out the way first, because this stuff is important.  Women in all walks of life face so much pressure to have kids and it annoys me immensely that happy story endings for ladies almost always involve children somehow, even if a female protagonist has repeatedly said she doesn’t want to procreate (I’m looking at you Suzanne Collins). THAT SAID, it also annoys me immensely that parenting is repeatedly shat on as a lesser (i.e. feminine) choice more generally, as in bringing up other humans could not possibly compare to the Very Important Man Jobs that also make the world go round, and I wish that parenting and its associated joys and terrors were tackled more frequently in the media more generally.

You see the minefield we’re dealing with here.  (Sidebar: my feminism is undoubtedly not what you were after with this ask but I offer no apologies for delving into it.  THIS STUFF MATTERS.)

So what follows is just my read of Bellamy and Clarke and my own personal headcanon – no more valid than anyone else’s – and is inevitably coloured by my own experience as a parent.

OK, so the question at hand. Could I see Bellarke family? The short answer is YES PLZ, because my beautiful space babies have been through so much and I would dearly, dearly love for them to have a shot at family life after everything they’ve been through, and to reap the rewards thereof. Not actually in-show, mind you (JASON NO), but this is what my headcanon looks like.

I’m going to reference MJ throughout because her headcanon was so beautifully put together and I super agree with lots of it. Bellarke’s legacy will absolutely be cemented in the lives they’ve saved over and over again and I don’t think Bellarke kids would be relevant to their legacy per se. So too, Bellarke’s legacy will exist in the found family they have amongst the delinquents.

But honestly, I think that having a family would be something selfish, just for them and just about them as a couple, and that’s what I like about it so much after all the sacrifices they’ve made for their people.

Let’s rewind for a second. Why would Bellamy and Clarke even want kids?  Well so much of it for me is bound up in their respective childhoods. Bellamy’s family life was clearly very important to him.  He loves his sister. He loved his mother very much too. It is this love from which he derived so much of his strength in impossible conditions in the Ark, and later on the ground. In fact, Bellamy is basically made of familial love – the love for his actual family, his love for his found family, and his love for the various waifs and strays he picks up on the way (Charlotte and, *cough* Riley).  How awesome would it be for him to have a family on his own terms?  A family which he chose to have (rather than foisted upon him), with the woman he loves? The thought of it warms my tired, grizzled heart to a veritable furnace.

Need I mention this:

Originally posted by stiles-lydia

Clarke’s situation is slightly more complex, as biologically she would bear the initial brunt of parenthood, and let’s face it, Clarke is a person with Shit To Do. But in my headcanon, Clarke is tired of saving the world, ready to try something different even if it’s just for a little while, and take on a challenge of a different nature. And my girl NEVER shies away from a challenge if it’s something she wants. I get the impression that Clarke’s childhood was relatively happy, and I think Clarke, like many people, would like to recreate that childhood happiness for someone else with someone she loves.

Also this

Originally posted by alexmaggie

And just, drawing from my own experience, having a family together is about building a life together, and while achieving that through kids is not the right thing for everybody, I think Bellamy and Clarke’s depleted family connections and unique situation would drive them to create something new in their own image.

Now, MJ made the absolutely valid point that Bellamy and Clarke wouldn’t feel worthy of passing on their legacy via the gene pool, having had  hand in circa 1,600 deaths between them. This is 100% fair, but one thing about being a parent is this: you want better for your children than you had for yourself.  You want your children to be BETTER THAN YOU. You want to pass on the wisdom gained from the mistakes you’ve made so that they don’t make them.  And Bellamy and Clarke, who have made so many mistakes and had the courage to face them all, would have more than a little invested in passing on their wisdom to a second generation of Skaikru.

As for how they’d handle it. Well parenthood is and always has been about sacrifice, but (where it is a choice) it is also a selfish thing too – about bringing life into the world partly for your own benefit. And who knows more about sacrifice, or deserves more selfish pleasure than Bellarke? What’s more it has always struck me that Bellamy and Clarke are both naturally very affectionate people.  They enjoy lavishing love and affection on people and receiving in return. Again, own family, own terms.

And most importantly, Bellamy and Clarke have each other. They are a team. Bellamy may struggle with letting his impulses get the better of him, or expressing himself; Clarke may struggle with relating to those she loves, but between them they’ll muddle through because they always have and they always will.

(Before embarking on yet another sacrificial journey though, both Bellamy and Clarke deserve a long, long rest of several years, just them, spending lots of time together lounging in long grass, swimming in lakes and screwing in caves. Just have a look at the fanfic, OK? It’s all there.)

I warned you about the fluff. Now I’m embarrassed and I’m going to shove my face in a cushion until you all go away and stop looking at me.

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Maybe life should be about more than just surviving.

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Dydia Christmas AU - in which Lydia helps to bring out Derek’s Christmas spirt

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”

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Meeting Robin ♥️ (Writing on mobile full of feels and happiness so might be a bit unstructured with pics and text lol)

Sooo I met Robin today at the Heroes & Villain Fan fest!! Aaaaaaaah! It was so amazing and he is a pure cupcake of kittens! As we know since before! Ugh. So me and my friend went right to his booth for the autograph! It took a long very worthy wait until he showed up ♥️♥️ And it felt so unreal to just see him IRL. Ugh he was so nice and cute. I came to the three first in line but then he had to go to photo op. And when he left from his chair we happened to make eye contact aaaah because he saw my shirt, the oswald’s club, and also my sidebar for like 2 years now heh, and he shined and said aaah I love your shirt! And gave me the cutest smile and a wink!! Omg! And i just got so hit by surprise and just heeeeh thank you so much!!! :333. So then we in line got these cupouns thing so we would get first in line when he would be back aftet op, so that was really nice! So then we went back a bit later and got to almost front. And so I took up my photo I wanted sign, one of my favs ever of Robin! And so his manager I think it was sat first to like structure stuffs and she was soo impressed by the pic haha like “woaaah that is an amazing pic where it’s from??” And I said it was one of my favs ever and she just yeaah it’s beautiful! THEN I got up to Robin aaaaah, and to get that eye contact was just so magical and he was smiling and shining like he always is uuuugh ♥️ So we said hii! and nice to meet you! And I told him here this is one of my absolute favorite pics of you!! Because it’s just so stunning and perfect aaaah. And he said it was a really nice picture! And asked my name and I told him so! And he smiled so nice and then we took the selfie and to get to just touch this amazing cupcake for a selfie hug, guess I was just a total blushing mess all throuh it lol. Then I said thank you so much and he said thank you and have a nice day and again how he thought my shirt was amazing :3.

Then it was the panel, which was lovely too and to see all the other casts too ♥️ But yas Robin is my fav as you might know heh. AND I CAN’T BELIEVE ALL THIS AND I FEEL SO HAPPY AND FUZZY INSIDE ♥️♥️He is the sweetest ♥️♥️

And yes that is an emoji on me, I prefer to stay lowkey faceanon :P But maybe some of you recognize me from my outfit anyway if you were there ;)

Master Fanfic Post (So far)

So here is a master list of all my fanfics  that can be found here: http://lilyharvord.tumblr.com/myfanfics%20

Song of Fire  (SoF)

(AU following King’s Cage where Mare is pregnant and dealing with that and the trouble that Cal’s decision at the end of Kings Cage has caused for both of them)

Part 1/Part  2/Part 3/Part 4/Epilogue 

Modern Au (MAu)

(A modern au set in no particular time at all in which mare and cal meet after she stays over to work on a project with Maven. Cute fluff and angst and more fluff follow as they move through their lives together.) 

Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4/Part 5/Part 6/Part 7 (warning: M rating for this part)/Part 8/

All the Little Horses  (AtLH)

(another modern au which picks up in no particular time at all, and follows Mare and Cal after they find out Mare’s pregnant (I know, I know, another pregnancy au? wtf is wrong with you??? I dont know man, I guess I just love the idea of them having bebies)) 

Part 1/Part 2 

Blood Oath (coming after AtLH)

(Vampire Au, in planning and writing process)

Look guys, I dont know how to make it any easier to find these. Tumblr will not let me post a link in my bio, and the best I can give you is this. If anyone knows a way to make my link to my page available on mobil that would be awesome. If you are on the computer though, simply go to my page, (not the side bar one, the one that takes up the whole page, you can get there by clicking my icon on the sidebar), then go to the menu button, click it, then click my fanfics. It’ll take you right to the page where they all are. 

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time to bust out my bravure and take a couple specialty commissions! these ones go really nicely on sidebars, as gifts, perfect for your mantelpiece, they’re great with children…………the whole package, really. you’re free to check out my art tag for additional examples of my work, as usual ✨

if you have an idea but you’re unsure with the execution of it, drop me a message! i’ll make you a rough draft and give you the price estimate free of charge. i’m also up for negotiating prices to a certain extent.

i have 3 slots open for starters, but depending on demand that might be bumped to 5. :V if you have any questions, let me hear ‘em!

reblogs and sharing is appreciated as always!

ashesofgold1  asked:

Do you have a masterpost for your original content? Thank you so much for all you do! :)

Hi, thanks for writing to me. You can access various masterposts for various topics on my blog by clicking the links in the sidebar of my blog. 

These are actually pages, but I’ll link them here really quick to make it easier to find.

Please note that these aren’t rebloggable (they’re pages), but I can always create a rebloggable version of them when I get a chance, maybe later in the week. A few of them need updating, anyways, namely the Grimoire page.
On a side note, I wanted to apologize for allowing so many asks to pile up and go unanswered. I’ve been sick this week, and prior to that, I was quite busy with home improvements and a lot of other things. I will try to answer more asks over the next few days.
Again, thanks for writing to me!

anonymous asked:

Hello! I love your artwork and in particular, I like how unique and distinguishable each and every one of your characters are! Do you have any tips in regards to character design? Especially clothing! I try my best to make my characters look unique, but I honestly struggle with designing the clothes and it ends up looking generic and bland! I have no idea how you do it and I'm not sure where to start!

Hey ! Thanks a lot ! Character design per se isn’t my specialty and when it comes to designing features and body types I don’t go for much variation (I do characters for fun, not for work, so I usually stick my usual style), so I’m mostly talking about clothing here. Honestly the best I can tell you is just to try and build a little visual library of your own with as many different things as possible, whether that’s just in your head by looking through exhibs and photos and people in the streets, or an actual place where you store your ideas (I use my ref blog and pinterest a lot for that). Try to look at what’s done around the world to get new ideas of shapes and patterns and color associations. Do crossed research with time period+world area. Even if you’re not going to design something historical, it might still give you ideas of cuts and such to integrate in a more casual design. Be super curious and try to understand how outfits are built and what makes a silhouette interesting !
Loads of my pinterest boards are public, so you can click the pinterest button on my sidebar to check out some of my refs if you’re interested !

Objblogs Complete!

Thank you all for sticking around for this absurdly long project of mine. It’s been about 3 years since I started and I’m glad that it’s finally done. I may go back and sort of my favourite ones to make more books but for now, I’d like to let it rest for a while and enjoy its final state.

Also apparently in the time that I was using this tumblr theme, tumblr made it a theme you have to buy so I can’t really change the number on teh sidebar without purchasing it. But just know I’ve reached 4529/4529!

anonymous asked:

omg wait how do you get a ringtone onto an iphone with the new itunes update? i tried to set it as this mashup of something and it didnt work :(

Hi Lovely!

Okay, so in the old iTunes, I used to have a folder synced on my computer so that when I added a new ringtone, I just plopped it in there and it updated whenever I plugged in my phone. For some asinine reason, Apple decided that was too easy and decided to hide how to put on a new ringtone. 

When I did mine recently, I found this website here very helpful; I’ll simplify it for you, so that I also have the instructions and I can add my own again without googling how to do it LOL.

Okay, so I’ll go from start to finish, since I always make my own ringtones. For this tutorial, you will need Audacity, which you can download for free here (always support open source programs! <3). Audacity also requires a plug-in to convert audio files to MP3; it’s also free and instructions on how to install it are here.

NOTE: You CAN also make ringtones in iTunes, I just prefer to do it in Audacity because you can be a lot more precise on the length and the Start-Stop positions and play with the audio; in iTunes you need to know EXACTLY the start stop times. The initial tutorial website shows you step by step how to make a ringtone using iTunes, so you can do that if installing and prepping programs is a bit daunting for you! I always have the most difficult way possible to do anything, but if you’re willing to put the time in, it’s also the most fun :D 

Either way, remember that the most IDEAL RINGTONES are between 20 and 30 seconds; the longest you can make one for iPhone is I THINK 45 seconds.

If you want to just make the ringtone, skip to Section B: Adding the Ringtone in iTunes.

NOTE YOU NEED TO HAVE AN UPDATED iOS FOR THIS TO WORK. I am running iOS 11.0.3 on my iPhone 6S Plus.

Okay so here we go!


A. Making Your Ringtone Using Audacity

1. Choose your song; it can be any song, as long as it’s a format supported by Audacity (FLAC, WAV, AAC, and MP3 I know for sure. I believe it supports all kinds of audio files). Right click, and choose “Open With > Audacity”.

2. So now you’ll see a waveform in Audacity. If you’re not familiar with audio editing, it can look very scary!:

BUT it’s useful for finding the part you want to make a ringtone, and is a lot more precise, because you can see where all the downbeats are in your song! As well, Audacity’s save function works like Photoshop PSD files: it saves all the layers you make of your clip, so if you want to make a mashup of a bunch of songs, you can totally do that too! Clip out the section you want to be your tone. It will require you to play with the audio sample. Remember: try to keep your clipping under 30 seconds! Audacity has a lot of fun features like tone shifting, fades and speed adjustment, so if you want a really unique ringtone, you can adjust the octave of the song or you can have fade-outs. If you’re really ambitious play with it so it makes a perfect loop!

ANYWAY. So clip out your chunk and make sure it’s what you think you want for a ringtone and that it’s clipped and edited the way you want it, and it’s under 30 seconds.

Now go to FILE > EXPORT AUDIO (Shift-CMD-E). If you’ve loaded the LAME encoder correctly, you should see MP3 as an option:

These are the settings I use for all my MP3 output. Save your MP3 in a temporary spot; you won’t need it again and can delete it after you make your Tone.

3. Now we will open up the MP3 in iTunes. Double click on the file to open it and then find it in your playlist. What we’re going to do now is Import the song from iTunes into an AAC file. To do this, you need to change the Import Options in iTunes. It took me a bit to find them since they got moved around a bit. Go to iTunes > Preferences (CMD-Comma), and you will be shown the “General Tab”; at the bottom, you will see a button for “Import Settings”; click on it.

And on the dropdown menu, make sure that “AAC Encoder” is selected. I think it’s the default, but double check. As an aside, if you rip CD’s, this is where you change it so they save as MP3′s, not M4A’s (which is what AAC’s will make).

4. So now that we’ve ensured that it is the proper format, we’re going to Convert the MP3.

Go to FILE > CONVERT > CREATE AAC Version. This will make a duplicate version underneath the one you have. 

Right-click on the second file, and “Show in Finder” (or the Windows equivalent to showing you the file location). This will bring up the file’s location on your computer. For ease, pull it out of the folder, and put it onto your desktop, then delete any folders it created. Go back to iTunes and delete from your library both the MP3 and the duplicate file, as you won’t need them anymore.

5. Now we’re going to Change the File’s extension. For this step, you need to make sure your computer is set to show file extensions. In Windows, this setting is under “Appearance and Preferences” I think, and on Mac it’s shown by default for files on the desktop, I believe (if not, it’s under FINDER > Preferences > Advanced > Show Extensions). 

Change the file extension to *.m4r. Click on  “change to *.m4r” when prompted.


B. Adding the Ringtone in iTunes

Now, the next part is the frustrating bit, because ALL the tutorials I found wasn’t clear on the syncing aspect of this. A lot of them essentially told me to turn off all my syncing, which, uh, NO because I have a tonne of music and if you de-sync your playlists, it deletes them from the device. So NO. So I’m going to show you MY sync settings, and show you that as long as you have certain boxes unchecked, you can still add your ringtone.

1. First make sure your iPhone / Pod / Pad / Whatever is hooked up somehow to your computer. BLUETOOTH SYNCING DOES WORK FOR THIS; mine does Bluetooth Syncing (which is the greatest thing ever). You’ll know iTunes found it if it shows up as a little icon on the top and it shows up under “Devices”

2. Set your sync settings. This is is done by clicking on the little iPhone Icon at the top there. You will see this:

Under options, make sure that the “Sync only checked songs and videos” box is UNCHECKED. This will NOT affect your music syncing, as far as I know, because my music stayed synced.

Other tutorials tell you that “Manually manage music and videos” also needs to be checked. IT DOESN’T. Clicking it will eff with your music sync settings, and I was perfectly able to add a tone with it unchecked.

3. Go back to the main sidebar by clicking on the arrow at the top. iTunes will prompt you if you want to Apply changes; hit yes if you did any changes, otherwise cancel.

Click on the drop down arrow next to your Device, so it brings up several options.

If you click on Tones, you can see all of the manual ringtones you have on your phone. In my case, because I have “manually manage your music and videos” deselected, mine are greyed out, so I can’t delete them unless I turn on that checkbox. 

4. Drag and Drop your ringtone onto the device. THE BLUE HIGHLIGHTING MUST SHOW UP ON THE DEVICE FOR IT TO WORK, like so:

Even if you have your syncing on, you will see it add itself to your Tones folder. It will take a few seconds, since this is being added DIRECTLY onto the device! A checkmark will show up next to it when it’s completely synced and on the device.

5. Change your tone! Now that we see it has been confirmed to have been moved onto the device, let’s load it up! On your phone, go to your Settings App. Scroll down to “Sounds”, then tap on “Ringtone”. On the Ringtone page, select your newly-added tone; Tapping on it will activate it and you can listen to it in its entirety!

To set it, all you need is that checkmark next to it, and click on the “< Sounds” text at the top-left. The text in the Ringtone section of the Sounds should now say the name of your new ringtone!

Et voila!


I hope that helped you out, Nonny! And to everyone else, I exclusively use a Mac, so I don’t know if this is interchangeable at all with a PC. I don’t have a PC so I can’t help you out beyond my limited knowledge of it. The tutorial I linked to WAY up top goes to one that has Windows OS, so that should help you out a bit. 

Cheers all!