i would source these images but i just don't know where they are from

anonymous asked:

Hey! Its old news but what do u think of the fact that jm stated that jk used to him? In my country guys have a totally different kind of behavior so I can't compare but it can be seen 3 ways, either jk bullied jm (which I don't believe) or it was part of his teasing like sometimes guys yank girls ponytails at school coz they like them. In my country it could be a guy trying to assert dominace in a group of friend to show who's the boss but with the hierachy in korean culture idk if that happens

jm stated that jk used to him?      

Sorry, Anon, but I’m not very clear about your question. Are you talking about this?

jk bullied jm (which I don’t believe) or it was part of his teasing like sometimes guys yank girls ponytails at school coz they like them

About JK “bullying” JM, I insist readers emphasize on the highlighted portion of the image above. Jimin has made it clear that he lets JK treat him the way he does and likes it too. 

Bullying… not really.

cr.

In my country it could be a guy trying to assert dominace in a group of friend to show who’s the boss 

Please refer to Sajeon-nim’s posts about speech pattern in South Korea which may enlighten you to some extent about the social hierarchy there. 

Why would JK want to assert his dominance? He’s the youngest member in a group of seven. He’s cherished by his hyungs who love to take care of him and call him the “Golden Maknae”. JK can’t be a boss in a team where each member is just as important as the other. I don’t know how anybody gets that idea that JK wants to be a boss and dominate over his hyungs. Seriously, what????  

JK said this once: Hyungs gave me the nickname “Golden Maknae” I think I misbehave a lot because we’re all really close.

The reason why JK treated JM the way he did, i.e., pushing him around could be because he considers Jimin as his equal. That they are close enough to disregard the social hierarchy and take the freedom to do whatever they want with each other.

JK has come a long way: from not knowing how to react to Jimin’s constant attention and affection to embracing his feelings about his hyung (whatever they may be, adoration, respect, love…). During the phase where, supposedly, he refused Jimin was the time when he was a teen, unsure about himself and the people around him. It’s no mystery to any of us how our adolescence is a very confusing period in our lives where we have so many questions and so few reliable sources to seek answers from. Jungkook was no different. So his behavior can be attributed to simply the fact that he was just a boy trying to figure out the world.

As far as Jimin is concerned, he has changed a lot over the years, too. No wonder. We all do. But even during the days when he let JK walk all over him, it was totally his choice. Had he hated JK’s behavior towards him, he would’ve stopped him for sure. On numerous accounts, members have revealed that Jimin’s the scariest when he’s angry. No matter how docile, cute, and delicate Jimin may appear, he knows how to handle himself. Being cute =/= weak. 

tl;dr

Jungkook didn’t bully Jimin. He doesn’t need to assert his dominance and be the boss. He’s a respectful lad who knows his boundaries and loves his Jiminnie-hyung to the moons and skies and everything beyond we can ever imagine. ♥

cr.

P.S. If it isn’t too much trouble, please don’t miss out on keywords in your asks. I might end up misunderstanding your questions and waste your time on an answer you never asked for.

anonymous asked:

Hi, if you don't mind could you explain what that means because I'm lost, also what trend where you talking about here: "me, being kicked out of school for plagiarism: um you’re not entitled to my emotional labor? find the sources yourself"

um, you’re not entitled to my emotional labour.

No, I’m joking, of course I will explain.

This is a joke about an exchange you might see rattling around tumblr, usually in regards to social justice topics. Someone will ask for an explanation of or clarification on a topic, or advice on how to handle something and they’ll just be told to “educate themselves”, and sometimes told directly that asking is demanding emotional labour of minorities.

(in case you’ve not run across the term, emotional labour originated in describing the extra emotional theatre service workers are expected to perform for customers, but nowdays gets used more broadly to demands for emotional support and processing and free domestic and similar labour which is disproportionately demanded of women and other minorities).

So the joke is about the differing epistemological standards between Tumblr, where that’s appropriate and academia, where you’d actually be punished because you are, quite legitimately, expected to back up your statements.

And the reason that I reblogged it specifically in the meanest way possible is that I do not like the concept of “just educate yourself”. I really, really do not.

This is an idea that comes from a lot of good places, which is what I’m going to start with. But it also gets used in a lot of ways I find at best deeply suspect and at worst fairly toxic, which is why I was reblogging the joke in my nastiest voice.

1. I do think that if you’re going to ask someone for advice directly the polite thing to do is to exhaust your own resources first. The idea that Dr. Google should be your first stop is a good one and I don’t want to bash on it.

2. A lot of this arises from people who get deluged with questions, often invasive, and often repeatedly exerting the right to take a break. AND THAT’S DEFINITELY AWESOME. No one should be compelled to do activism. When someone says “hey can you answer my question” unless you’re actually being paid to educate them, “no” is definitely an excellent and reasonable answer. And if someone tells you their not doing the question answering thing, the only polite option is to gracefully go ask someone else.

3. Some people get tremendously picky about how other people offer them free time and effort and the call to educate yourself comes, in part from people who’ve been offered summaries and curated reading lists and demanded, instead, private lessons. Which is just bloody rude.

BUT, even though “go away and educate yourself” is a totally reasonable idea in many circumstances, as I’ve listed, there are some really icky ways I see some of this getting used.

1. I find the idea that dropping an ask in someone’s open ask box is a “demand” very suspect. Its certainly a request, but there’s no force associated with it. If I’d decided not to answer this, for instance, I could simply delete it. If I kept getting too many asks I could even close my ask box, or turn off anon. You can’t compel me to answer your ask. You can’t punish me for not doing it. (I am perfectly happy to answer this, fyi). Now, the nature of Tumblr means that searching is very hard and its easy to end up deluged with the same basic question over and over. I’m not an education blog, I get few asks and I’ve still been asked what image captions are for 5-6 times. So I get that it can be very frustrating… but its still not a demand.

2. It often seems to carry the idea that finding information is a lot easier than it actually is. Really basic information can be readily googled. But there’s huge amounts of ideas I’ve encountered during fandom conversations, or just floating through tumblr threads, or on ask blogs that I have LITERALLY been unable to find via google, even after a good few hours looking, and that’s for information that I already know. I don’t think this is malicious a lot of the time. When you’re an expert its very easy to loose track of what is and isn’t easy to find for a non-expert. But its still pretty brutal to exhaust your google-skills, go ask something and be told in so many words to “just google it stupid”.

These two aren’t so bad, they’re mostly just a case of conflicting experiences and that happens. But.

3. Even though “go do it yourself” is a great thing to say if you’re looking to avoid activism (and I’ll reiterate I think that’s everyone’s right and you should never feel bad for saying ‘no I’m done/not doing this’ about activism, God knows I do it enough) I see it being used as activism instead. And it gives me a case of the nopes. Because the person who does the educating sets the curriculum. And when you say “go educate yourself” you’re rolling the dice on if the person who does educate them is on your side or not. Especially because it is virtually impossible to fact-check something you’re unfamiliar with. There’s also often a HUGE effort imbalance. Like, sure, it takes me some effort to dig up my “here’s why image captions are a thing” post. And it took me a bit of effort to write it in the first place, but It would probably take the asker a lot longer to google it all up. And that’s a pretty simple topic. I’ve asked activist friends for reading lists before and realistically getting 20-30min help from them has saved me probably 2-3 hours. And the information quality is better on top of that.

4. While this doesn’t happen a huge amount, I see this sometimes attached to very complex issues, or or topics where opinions are very diverse and then it, quite frankly, creeps me out a bit. Because when I see “just educate yourself omg” attached to a post with a strong opinion element, even though it might not be intentional, I cannot help but perceive an undercurrent of “if you were truly educated you’d agree with me” and “how dare you ask for sources, don’t question me, just shut up and do as I say”… and those… those are not good dynamics.

titan-of-the-void  asked:

So... we know that Kiritsugu lived in the same house that Shirou summoned you in, and that Illya was Kiritsugu's biological daughter, whom you met before the fourth Grail War and fought against in the fifth. But you two either don't remember each other or just don't want to think about it? Either way, should you have told Shirou about the time you helped out Kiritsugu?

saber didn’t recognise illya because she didn’t think the child she saw 10 years ago would still be a child obviously. all the einzbern homunculi look like each other and saber just assumed that illya was some other einzbern (this was canon confirmed somewhere but i dont remember where….. probably some ubw anime booklet. source: just trust me on this one). illya was also left to stay in the main einzbern castle in germany while kiritsugu went to the one in fuyuki with saber and irisviel, so it’s not like illya has many memories of saber either and it’s possible that illya never even saw her in the first place. the two of them don’t get to actually know each other until like halfway fate route

personally I don’t think saber should have told shirou about kiritsugu. first of all just for the sake of the story the kiritsugu thing needs to be a dramatic reveal and it loses its effect if we’re not properly shown what kind of image shirou has of kiritsugu and how he tries to follow it first. saber also has many bad memories of her time with kiritsugu and shirou is basically the complete opposite, so i like to think that initially she even wondered just how common the name “kiritsugu emiya” is in japan and if she happened to have worked with a completely unrelated kiritsugu emiya because there’s no way this kid is related to the asshole from 10 years before. when it becomes clear shirou really is related to That kiritsugu she’d still have reason to avoid bringing it up because a) shirou wants to follow kiritsugu’s footsteps so if she told him about what he did he might copy that & treat her like shit & also ditch the ideals she kinda lost already because of 10 yrs before but doesn’t want to give up on completely and b) shirou looks up to kiritsugu so much and she doesn’t have the heart to tell him what kiritsugu was really like. there’s not really any particular benefit besides telling the truth on principle. she doesn’t bring it up until pretty late in the route of your choosing (i actually dont remember what routes she opens up in except that The Reveal happens unusually early in hf so its gotta have happened in earlier routes too aaaa it definitely happened in fate route right) when she’s confident enough that shirou won’t turn on her or be completely devastated.

anonymous asked:

So someone who is a muslim told me Linda sarsour one of the women who started the women's march wants sharia law and is super anti women rights in the Middle East. They sent me sources like breitbart and their conservative junk so I was wondering if you or any of your followers know anything? Because i don't trust those sources at all.

So I’ve looked this up and… These claims seem spurious and based on what a “liberal Muslim” should look like.

The claims that she “minimises” Saudia Arabian treatment of women comes from a single tweet where she said that women there got paid maternity leave. Pointing out a way that SA does something well is not a way of approving of anything negative they do.

She didn’t do the Charlie Hebdo support thing which people say makes her an extremist. I didn’t stand with Charlie Hebdo either, while I felt for the victims the movement seemed mostly about bashing Islam and forcing Muslim people into respectability politics, where they either agree and are “good Muslims” and if they disagree they are “bad Muslims”. They didn’t bother to look at her criticisms, choosing to believe that she was saying that she supports terrorism, rather than seeing that she just didn’t support the way the Charlie Hedbo thing was managed.

She refused to say “I am Charlie Hebdo” Stu therefore anything she had to say wasn’t relevant to some.

They say she minimises honor killings, yet all I have seen her say about this was against a film called Honor Diaries, and there was NOTHING negative said about the victims, she simply said that the producers and creators were islamaphobic. Which is true. She said that they didn’t need islamaphobes hijacking issues for them.

Regardless of where you stand on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, she is very vocally anti-Islam and, while she definitely has her reasons, there are other women who feel that Ali looks over other women and contributes to the problems they face.

The “she wants sharia law” claims are absurd. The people levying them don’t even know what sharia law is. It’s mostly property, marriage and inheritance law. Yes, some places have ridiculous versions of sharia law, yes some places will dole out lashings. But that’s not… That’s like saying “law is bad because is some countries law is used to murder gay people”.

Sharia Law is not inherently bad and it’s incredibly different from place to place. It’s not a terrifying boogeyman.

Now, the ONE criticism I could find that had some merit was that she is antisemitic. But it’s very, very hard to find anything because it’s all right wing media spruking the same nonsense over and over. She supports a more free and independent Palestine, which is not abnormal. The only thing I could find that was assuredly antisemitic was “zionism is creepy” which seems to overlook why Jewish people would want a safe homeland.

But any of the things about her having ties to Hamas is because she has some family who were in them. As far as I can tell she has never actively supported violence committed.

She also was a part of banning pro life “feminists” from the march, which many people are like “how DARE you silence these women” as though those women weren’t actively looking to control the bodily autonomy of anyone with a uterus.

From the research I have done, all the criticisms are REALLY badly sourced like, they literally show tweets of her lamenting that people don’t know what sharia law is and espousing some benefits as “evidence that she wants people to be forced into sharia law”.

99% if it is that she doesn’t fit the “progressive mold”, she’s proud to be religious, she’s defensive of her right to be and she won’t tolerate things that she sees as a threat to that without saying anything.

A feminist is not meant to be Muslim. She can probably be Christian but definitely not Muslim, it’s cultural image is at odds with the narrative constructed by western supremacists, who believe that we are just simply more advanced in every way.

Be critical of her if you want, hell… Be critical of EVERYONE. Buy a LOT of this criticism is simply because she has the audacity to be Muslim and proud.

Also, if anyone feels I am out of my lane here let me know. I tried to tread carefully and I recognise that many of these issues have a deep complexity that I myself will NEVER have to experience.

studyvaggio  asked:

Hello! I was wondering if you recommend any websites or books to help you start learning korean. I checked out a verb book from the library but I couldn't find use for it in the sense that i don't even know how to form a basic phrase so why learn the verb. I also find it difficult considering I only know English and Spanish so Korean, as you know, is completely different so I can't even begin to approach it. What do you suggest?

What can i recommend? (This is from a previous ask that I answered sorry it took so long to reply I was trying to look for it so I could give you some nice sources!)

But back to the rest of your question! But I totally understand the crazy jump from English to Korean! For me I jumped from studying French to Japanese then Korean so it was funky at first!! But really it’s just a process! The transitions will be weird and it’ll be frustrating at times learning a whole new writing system and grammar structure but all it takes is self discipline with studying and memorization! 

So what do I suggest for approaching the language?

→ Find a book that you enjoy using with lots of examples and ‘problems’ for you to work on. If you are using material that you don’t enjoy using then it’ll make things crazy boring. 

→ Figure out your schedule! There is nothing worse then when you are ready to start studying a new language but you don’t have a solid schedule to study regularly! Having a good schedule made out for what days you’re going to study is really important. I suggest studying in 30 min increments so you don’t get overworked with the language (because like you said; its a totally different language compared to English and Spanish) 

→ Find a study group! Having a really great support system and place where you can go to ask questions is really important when studying well really anything! There are a lot of really great groups on tumblr and whatnot even if you find just one person who you can practice the language with will help immensely

Blogs!:

:: @dailykoreanwordswithme​ :: I really like using this blog as a vocabulary builder

:: @gongbu-blr :: In all honesty, I just love this blog. Its great for a lot of things. Just go check ‘em out haha

:: @h-eonno :: So this blog is great because it provides images with the weekly lesson and its content is amazing!

:: @hangeulit :: This one is another really good place to study vocabulary and phrases!!

:: @study-korean :: This is a great blog for grammar!

Sites:

:: Memrise :: I put this on a list for what I used for Japanese too! It is really great to keep on your phone or laptop to review vocabulary and stuff like that

:: easy-korean.com :: If you are stuck on beginner stuff this would (hopefully) be useful!

:: elle.co.kr :: So even though you said you just started, if you ever want any reading comprehension practice and like stuff like fashion and what not I suggest reading the Elle Korea website. I read it all the time to strengthen my reading plus I mean, its Elle, what isn’t there to love!

:: Naver :: So again, for reading help and stuff Naver is kind of a great go to. I keep it on my phone and will read it throughout the day to check on news and stuff! There is also a Naver Dictionary that has a translator if you ever need that and it has some awesome vocabulary too!

anonymous asked:

Your recent reblog made me realise how mistreated artists are. I've seen many people simply reposting arts and not complying with the wishes of the artist. Far too many people just find a pretty picture on the Internet and either illegally use it or claim as their own. As an artist myself, I know how much effort goes into each piece. Especially digital art because I've seen many people saying that it's not real art. Far too many people don't care and they won't stop reposting no matter what.

Hi Nonny!

Firstly, I want to thank you for messaging me because I actually feel really strongly about this topic and I have a lot to say about it so. 

I’m going to sound old and crotchety when I say this (and I’m 28, which I know for a fact IS old and crotchety to some of ya’ll), but when I read about how badly the internet has damaged the music industry, the anime industry, the publishing industry or the movie industry, it always makes me think about fandom. Internet and social media have done us dirty too in a lot of ways.

The same exact arguments for why the movie, anime and other industries are struggling so much at present can be made for fandom creators. Too many advances and changes in too short a period of time. The fandom landscape changed so much in so few years that we are still dealing with the fallout. 

Fanzines, as just ONE example, date back to the 30s, but they are something of a rarity now in their original form and one big reason for that is the internet’s impact on the availability of content. The internet has encouraged the consumer culture we’ve developed, where it’s easy to right click and save a picture and save a fic as a pdf to your kindle without ever acknowledging the creators.

I’ve been lurking around internet forums since 2004/2005, though I first got involved properly in fandom in 2007 and I want to make it very clear that reposting and the general mistreatment of content creators is not new. When I first skirted on the edges of the Naruto fandom, reposts of fanart to catchy tunes on YT was a very big part of the fandom community in ways the Vine repost culture kind of is now. 

And obviously in retrospect, I personally didn’t know a thing about reposting at the time. I wasn’t the one uploading them, so I don’t even know if the artists gave permission (though…I doubt it). 

But reposters often claim one of three of the above as a reason that they should not be judged for their actions when the reality is that they didn’t know and should learn better.

The judgement for reposting doesn’t come from a place of being angry at ignorance. It’s from the unwillingness to learn. From deliberation and the actions of individuals refusing to not only read disclaimers but to ask questions of those who would be only too happy to answer their questions.

And I’ll be honest, it’s CRUCIAL that fandoms (not only Mysme) learn better.

It’s crucial that we as a generation move on from this.

I’ve been on tumblr specifically since 2011 and I’ve watched so many fandoms come and go. A significant weight for a fandom’s lifespan rests on the shoulders of content creators and when those same content creators are disrespected in a multitude of different ways, exactly why should we (I am including myself, by the way, as a writer) stick around?

If the fanbase reposts art often enough without credits, questions commission prices all while begging for free art etc etc, doesn’t it make sense to leave?

This is a problem that goes beyond Mysme Fandom. It stretches as far as Pixiv, where Japanese speaking artists place English disclaimers for Western fans asking that they do not steal, having had their galleries picked clean.

I’m not going into the BS writers face because that’s a whole other topic tbh

Content creators work for free and are usually not professionals. All they ask is respect. It is an enormous disrespect to take something of theirs and claim it as your own. Reposters lose the right to victimhood when they are inherently in the wrong. A lot of times I see people confronting reposters and it makes me uncomfortable, since the reposter flips the blame on the artist so quickly that it verges on gaslighting, which is-by the way- an abuse tactic.

Time for a game of reposter bingo:

“It’s online, it’s your fault!”

“I just wanted to have fun!”

“I just wanted to give X artist exposure!”

I think every fandom forgets that its content creators are fans too. They create from a place of love, but they share because they want their work to be seen and they are not in the least bit obligated to do so.

Sourcing that art properly is an obligation though and it is not difficult. 

I will also argue that it is our obligation to educate reposting etiquette in the same manner that we do tag etiquette. There is something very wrong with the shape of a fandom where every artist I know has had their work stolen at least once and has to literally beg and plead in the face of people who -by and large- ignore them. I want to say that it should go unsaid that stealing art is wrong and people should not NEED to be taught otherwise, but it is becoming so ingrained in fandom dna that at this point it feels I’m being condescending by saying otherwise.

Here are some sourcing tools:

Google Reverse Image Search

SauceNao

IQDB

These do not count as sources:

-Pinterest

-WeHeartit

-CREDIT TO THE ARTIST

Here is a tool to disable right click

It’s important that we move past this and get our collective shit together, because this is not only a fandom exclusive problem, but it is for damn sure one that arrived with social media and it’s impacted everyone in a lot of unforeseen, harmful ways. 

If we fandom bloggers don’t protect one another and learn from our mistakes, then who is to stop the bigger corporations from taking advantage of us.

Elly out

korrasforevergirl  asked:

Would it be okay to ask how comics are actually made? Like are the panels drawn out first and the story put in them or does the story have to be planned and drawn before the panels go down? I would use bing but I don't know how to word the question right to where I don't get everything but I was looking for so I can make panels the right way. There was something that lets you make it on tablet, but I have no tablet

Sure! This might get long, so hold onto yer butts.

Creator-Owned IPs vs Licensed IPs
We’re gonna start off with a broader understanding of the different directions comic creation start from. Creator-owned books (we call them ‘books,’ though we mean comics, and this umbrella includes both single issue series and GNs) are exactly what they sound like: IPs that are owned by the creator(s), series like Saga and most Image titles; original graphic novels; and designated creator-owned series from publishers who handle both licensed and creator-owned works. Contracts differ for exactly how much a creator-owned IP is owned by either publisher or creator, and this is why people like the Image comics model, because creators own all of it. This sounds like the best case scenario, of course, but it’s a tough road, because you need to have a pitch ready, your pay is almost always back-end (meaning you get the profits after you sell; advances are either small or rare), and it helps to have notoriety to get the right eyes and ears on your work. Licensed IPs on the other hand are works that already exist, and then are licensed out into comic form. Think of video game comics, or comics series like Adventure Time and Legend of Korra. Licensed work also tends to have lots of chefs in the kitchen, which is its own kind of hell, since things need to stay on-brand or follow age conventions for narrative/visuals.

DC and Marvel also fall under this label. More generally, we call it ‘work-for-hire,’ and it means you own none of the art, property, etc. But it also usually means you’re paid for the work before sales, and, depending on the publisher, it can mean more money upfront. In general, comics pays absolute shit unless you’re working for the Big Two (Marvel/DC) or have a successful creator-owned title at Image or elsewhere. 

Writer/Artist/Editor Relationships
Creator-owned work processes vary greatly, since their circumstances are all different (story & concepts could’ve been done together, or a writer may have found an artist to work on her idea, etc). I’m going to mostly talk about the work-for-hire process, since it’s a little more consistent across the board. The publisher will hire a writer, who will in turn write a script, and the script will be sent to the artist to draw. For Mike, Bryan, Nickelodeon, and me, we communicate through our editor Dave, and his assistant Rachel (a saint, truly). If I’m being honest, it was a little overwhelming for me in the beginning to receive so much feedback from many many people, which I was not used to from previous comics experience. But we’re all growing to understand each other, we all respect each other deeply, and our editor does an amazing job making sure communications between all of us remain clear and effective. I’m leveling up like crazy from the constructive commentary I receive on every page!! I can’t wait to come out of this project a total badass, haha.

I also can’t forget to mention the colorist, who is a very crucial part of the process. As it is, the industry severely undervalues colorists, and moreso, the flatters that sometimes help them (they basically do simple color fills so the colorist can get right to rendering, etc). After I’ve uploaded my linework, the pages go to Jane for colors. After another round of edits and approvals, they will go to the letterer, which I also find to be an underappreciated craft.

Process
1/ Mike writes the script
2/ Editor reviews. After edits & approval, it is sent to me
3/ I send back thumbnails of what all the pages in the GN will look like
4/ Edit/approval review, edits are made, and then I start on pages
5/ I don’t have a pencils step; I blow up my sketches onto my pages at low opacity and ink right over them
6/ Uploaded for review. If it requires edits, I fix and send it back
7/ Colorist receives pages and does her thang,
8/ and after reviews/edits, it is sent to the letterer.

And that is all the process I am closely tied into, but beyond that (the publishing and marketing deets, etc), I am not.

Artistry, Paneling, Tools
As for the actual technical part of comic making, it’s harder to get into the specifics only because it’s super different for each artist, and our education comes from different sources. Growing up in Japan, I read a lot of manga and Franco-Belgian comics, so my layouts and style will more closely resemble that stuff. Many people still work on special comics paper or just 11x17 bristol board, but I work exclusively in Photoshop on my Cintiq, on special Dark Horse formatted comic page files. If you want to read more about how comics are made and the concepts behind good composition, paneling, etc, I’d pick up Scott McCloud’s UNDERSTANDING COMICS. It’s a good primer, and fun to read, since it’s just one giant comic!

Industry Thoughts
I think I need to add this here, because understanding the general atmosphere of the industry informs why creators are/act/work a certain way, or have a specific kind of online presence, etc. The industry is still very much a white boy’s club, and it is a constant battle for the marginalized to work in an industry that seems to hate us with every microaggression (and just outright bigotry) at every corner. Additionally, as mentioned above, comics pay is super garbage; some of us are full-time freelance and some of us still have day jobs; we get no benefits, etc; and, as in most entertainment industries, it’s just as much about who you know versus how good you are. Networking is key, and you’re much more likely to get hired for being a polite person who gets their work in on time over being an amazing talent who is always behind and a jerk. Unless you are certain dudes are certain big publishing companies. *side-eye*

Being a comics creator is grueling, and you definitely put in more than you get back. We also feel a need to maintain some amount of online presence, and I take the effort to curate my social media feeds, both what I consume and what I put out. Me being me, I wear my heart on my sleeve, my loud mouth says whatever the fuck it wants, and sometimes I’m super crude; but I am trying to not be so curt with the over familiar or well-meaning folks who appreciate my work, and maybe just overstep some bounds. (The creepers can fuck right off, though.)

ANYWAY. Hope that’s all helpful to know and gives y’all some perspective! :)

Some rough sketches which began as a way of practising drawing Jenna in particular, since she is the Series ½ character I find most difficult to draw. Anyway, I started with ‘What if Jenna was a Formula 1 racing driver?’, which is always a good question to start with in any situation, which led to this:

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anonymous asked:

after my break up of a 3 years relatnsp,I still havent had a stable relationship. I'm a female & I often find myself dating narcissists. I'm highly educated,my appearance is ok,I'm a bit curvy one. I don't know what I'm doing wrong & I always end up hurted. I don't know what's wrong with me. My appearance,my character,my mind,i still dont know what the heck attracts shitty people to my life.

in 7th grade my best friend rodney would invite me to bbqs. i always accepted his invites because i was a huge fan of soul food & good music/people/energy. i remember seeing really, really thick and curvy women there. these women would always bring empty tupperware containers in their purses (to take food home). that used to trip me out, but you know what tripped me out even more? these curvy/think/big women were always with buff/ripped or skinny guys (the men they were with were hotter than the men the skinny women were with). always. i used to wonder how these women were able to pull these men. but after awhile of getting to know them… i finally understood why & how. these women saw themselves as bold/beautiful/brilliant; they spoke their fucking mind out; they had the self-confidence of a lion(ess); they didn’t give a fuck; they had a very dominant personality; they didn’t put out desperate energy; they were honest/funny/passionate; and they just knew how to have a good fucking time. i knew a strong woman when i saw one… because of my mother… and these women were strong as fuck (spiritually/emotionally/physically/mentally). i soon came to respect & admire them because they shed light on areas i needed to work on… i’ve seen this throughout my life - that women who were 5’s or less (1-10 scale) but possessed self-confidence, usually got what they wanted/deserved/expected. many of my friends & exes were raped when they were younger or in college. that shit really fucked them up; they felt tainted/ugly/marked/disgusting; it screwed up their self-esteem/image/confidence. if they asked me for advice, i’d always recommend that they sign up for boxing or self-defense classes so that shit never happens again. most of them took my advice & signed up. after a few classes/sessions you could see something inside of them was changing - like they were transmuting the pain/insecurities/fear/negative experiences into power/self-confidence/love/respect. they would tell me that every time they punched a bag or learned a new move… that it was like a metaphor for being able to defend themselves against whatever life threw at them. it was like they could finally fight back against the shadows of their former selves… and win. it was like they could finally muster up the courage to say ’fuck you for trying to fuck to up my life! i’m in charge now bitch! don’t fuck with me anymore! i’m charging forward like a bull motherfucker!’ some guru once said, “the past does not equal the future” i happen to agree. i’ll tell you this… maybe there’s nothing wrong with you my dear. maybe you’re fine just the way you are… maybe it’s your environment and strategies. have you ever tried to catch king salmon with hotdogs? doesn’t work. have you ever tried to catch catfish in the ocean? you can’t - b/c they don’t live there. have you ever looked for bigfoot in the desert? good luck with that darling. do you see where i’m going with this? there are a lot of great men out there. unfortunately, most of them are shy. when you understand this, then you’ll start asking yourself better questions. like what can i do to land a nice/sweet guy? where can i find them? where do they eat at? what are they into? should i put an ad in the newspaper? maybe i need a fucking vacation (always a great idea). i would look to women like oprah, ellen degeneres and j.k. rowling as role models. fuck the fashion magazines. that shit is fake. you want ‘real’ women doing big things. you know oprah used to be really, really fat & then she became skinny and now… well… she’s fucking perfect. she used to stress over her body all the time but then she said fuck it i’m changing the world; i’m beautiful because i’m changing lives! fuck what they think! my value comes from making people feel beautiful about themselves! i love you oprah. will you marry me? you know… she could pull anyone, and i mean anyone… not b/c she’s a billionaire - but b/c she’s a goddess. and most men nowadays worship goddesses. so focus on yourself. try to figure what you have to offer the world. women who are trying to make a difference are very attractive. tap into the source within. here’s what happens when you become a goddess my dear… weak men will either shrink in fear or they will worship you and strong men will rise up and rule the kingdom with you. you’re a goddess, start acting like one. ~rob
p.s. repeat after me: “i’m a fucking goddess goddamnit!”

saintjoan  asked:

Casually dropping by to thank you for that great trivia post, esp. for including Emperor Hadrian! Any book recs on roman history? Also, where do you go for uni, if you don't mind answering? From the post I get the sense that the profs are great when they're not being awkward :)

Ooh, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it :) I wasn’t expecting it to be such a hit (well, for me, anyway) because those are just the facts I know and I’m used to people finding them super boring and rolling their eyes :’) Once my friend said, ‘There was this game in the 70s…’ and I said ‘BC or AD?’ and she was like ‘THE NINETEEN SEVENTIES.’ I’m that kind of historian.

Which means: BOOKS ON ROMAN HISTORY?! Thank you for asking.

Firstly, my area of expertise is 146 BC to AD 54. So the most famous areas of Roman history, Pompeii and Hadrian (!), I haven’t really studied those :( 

Personally I prefer the study of ancient sources, so first here are continuous narratives by ancient authors worth reading, which are not mentioned below:

  • The biographies of Plutarch (the source material for Shakespeare, so worth reading, even if they’re vague and inaccurate in places)
  • Velleius Paterculus, History of Rome (usually dismissed as a source simply because he was a soldier serving under Tiberius, but see my note on Clodius; Velleius is actually quite a sensitive author whose contemporary testimony debunks some biased claims of Cicero among others and even Tacitus)
  • Cassius Dio, Roman History (the only continuous narrative of the whole period, not ideal but pretty impressive in its scope)
  • Appian, Civil Wars (often criticised because he makes some mistakes, but really, they had no computers to cross-reference, he must have used shit-loads of papyrus, and the nature of his project is quite visionary)
  • Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars but DO. NOT. buy the translation of Robert Graves, it is awful
  • Caesar, Civil Wars if you really want to read Caesar’s own words but honestly, long passages are military and you would be better off getting a broader sense of the whole period

I think the best introductory books would be:

  • J. Boardman, J. Griffin and O. Murray, Oxford History of the Roman World (get the illustrated version if you can)
  • H.H. Scullard, From the Gracchi to Nero: A History of Rome 133 BC to AD 68 [a classic, perfect short introduction]
  • M. Crawford, The Roman Republic
  • T. Holland, Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
  • A. Garzetti, From Tiberius to the Antonines [very enjoyably written and a balanced point of view, although not sourced as often as I would like]
  • C. Wells, The Roman Empire
  • Oxford Classical Dictionary [just useful to have for delving into or for following up the name of someone who intrigues you]

More scholarly approaches, but still readable for non-specialists:

  • E. Gruen, The Last Generation of the Roman Republic [one of the major historical surveys of this period]
  • C. Steel, The End of the Roman Republic [a more recent effort, shows how far Roman history has come — including the fact that this is the first book I’ve included to be written by a woman — and how far it still has to go]
  • R. Syme, The Roman Revolution [this is an amazing book, v. hard to read though, in that he goes out of his way to say things in the most complicated way possible]
  • P. Zanker, The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus [if you’re seriously into Roman history, I would recommend reading this book and the previous one together, as they are the most pioneering books of the 20th century]
  • D. Feeney, Caesar’s Calendar [one of my favourite ever books; it describes the history of the literature of this period through a single and fascinating focus, the way the Romans described time]

I actually think, though, that the best thing to do would be to get yourself an illustrated history, and a good translation of the Aeneid. My favourites are by Robert Fagles (in English) and Paul Veyne (in French). When reading the Aeneid bear in mind the following things, and you’ll have a pretty good intro to the period:

  • It was written shortly after 2 decades of civil war
  • Vergil was the least expected person to write this: his previous work consisted of gay love poetry and a farming manual, and I don’t think it’s appreciated how much Romans disapproved of gay love poetry especially when it was connected with soldiers; this poem is RADICAL AS HELL
  • Many episodes in it are either taken from the Iliad and Odyssey (but Vergil usually twists it, so triumphant moments in the Odyssey are poignant and sometimes even harrowing in the Aeneid) or Sophocles’ Ajax; or from contemporary history, so for example
  • Aeneas’ alliance with Dido is based on Caesar’s and Antony’s affairs with Cleopatra
  • When Dido dies (I don’t think that’s a spoiler), she calls upon an unnamed avenger, which means Hannibal, Rome’s greatest enemy and still quite a traumatic name for most Romans. And as Dido does this, she has the poet’s sympathy. Did I mention this poem was radical as hell?
  • The death of Priam was based on the death of Pompey who was persona non grata under Augustus even though Augustus copied him (did I mention this poem is radical as hell?)

I can’t put into words how shocking this poem is. The Roman public expected a glorious poem about the founding of Rome, and Vergil is proud of Rome to be sure, but the poem ends with the founder losing his mind because he has suffered so much, and if that’s not incredible I don’t know what is. This is not a poem about Augustus. It is a terrible warning that hardly anyone has heeded. This and Tacitus’ Annals are I think till the greatest testaments to human perseverance through terrible mental suffering. And that in itself is quite a radical thing to say about Tacitus; but it doesn’t seem so bizarre if you realise that one of Tacitus’ great models was the Aeneid (the other was Sallust). This poem is seriously the best way to see how a Roman who was not quite marginalised but was certainly not typical (Vergil had lost his family home to make way for Augustus’ veterans, but then Augustus liked his poetry so rewarded him) viewed Rome’s glorious military history.

Other reasons you should read the Aeneid so you can go and tell everyone how wrong scholars are about it:

  • The hero and heroine of this poem were refugees from Troy (modern Turkey) and Tyre (modern Lebanon), and Renaissance art portrays them as blonde and pale and confident BUT NO. They are flawed and they are wonderful.
  • This poem has an equal number of male and female lead characters
  • In order for the Romans to exist, the narrative requires the male king of the gods to beg the female queen of the gods to allow it, even though her reasons for opposing the Romans are not particularly reasonable
  • The poet only speaks in his own person: a) to ask the Muses for inspiration, b) to ask (repeatedly) why the gods are so cruel to good people, c) to claim immortality in his poetry for the poem’s homosexual romance (which was illegal in Rome)
  • Its ending was so shocking that scholars for years thought it was unfinished. It wasn’t. That’s how awesome this poem is. In school everyone laughs at Aeneas because he’s so un-heroic but you get older, you suffer and then you realise you have this masterpiece to go back to, where the author gifts you with a relatable hero, a human being, A REFUGEE (can I have that in flashing lights please) who thinks immortal renown isn’t worth the shit he’s had to put up with, but he keeps going for the sake of his people and is forced by the gods’ intransigence to do terrible things.

Moving on to individuals, let’s start with some people I think deserve more attention:

The Gracchi ~ D. Stockon, The Gracchi [2nd century reformers murdered by rich oligarchs who either disagreed with their laws because they helped the poor, or disagreed with their laws because the laws were good and they wanted the credit for them; IT MAKES ME SO MAD]

Sulla, dictator ~ A. Keaveney, Sulla: The Last Republican [okay so Sulla was the conservative of conservatives so not likely to be a very popular guy on this website, but he is a very important figure to understand, and it’s quite fun to read about him, firstly because he was quite badass in his younger years, secondly because he was not that much of a monster in comparison with his rivals, and thirdly because later uber conservatives didn’t realise he was conservative and so got themselves in a mess by undoing his laws]

Catiline ~ Sallust, Catiline’s War [Catiline was the first great rival of Cicero. There is no good modern biography of him so I’ve included Sallust, just so it’s not Cicero. I’d like to point out that Cicero openly admits in his speech Pro Murena that, in order to scare the people against Catiline, he attended the forum wearing a suit of armour. What prompted him to do this? Catiline announced that ‘he would support the interests of the poor’. Sallust’s Catiline is still a villain, but he has surprising redeeming qualities, and in Sallust’s version he is driven to his position by the greater evils of the society at the time. I recommend the translation of A.J. Woodman for Oxford World’s Classics]

Clodius ~ W. J. Tatum, The Patrician Tribune: Publius Clodius Pulcher [the reformer who exiled Cicero because Cicero executed citizens without trial, and was later murdered by a gang hired by Cicero: THIS MAKES ME EVEN MADDER because scholarship STILL accepts Cicero’s version of Clodius even though Cicero PLAINLY ADMITS ‘I had him murdered’ and people have judged some ancient authors ‘not a very reliable source’ for way less than this]

Pompey ~ R. Seager, Pompey the Great [I hate Pompey. When people talk about the rivalry between Caesar and Pompey they make it look like Caesar had a crazy exceptional career but actually no, it was Pompey. He raised an army on his own aged 23, and provided the biggest precedent for Augustus, that complete monster. Literally Pompey’s ONLY redeeming quality was that he was one of Rome’s best ever generals, efficient and fair.]

More famous people (biographies listed in order of accessibility):

Cicero (self-proclaimed saviour of the world)
D.R. Shackleton Bailey, Cicero’s Letters to his Friends [this is a REALLY great way to get right into the nature of the sources we have for Cicero’s lifetime, which are mostly… Cicero; the letters to friends aren’t as emotional as those to Atticus but still a great read. There is no good English edition of the letters to Atticus.]
D. Berry, Cicero - Defence Speeches and Cicero - Political Speeches [Cicero’s speeches are more accessible in English and these two volumes provide a good survey]
E. Rawson, Cicero
D. Stockton, Cicero

Caesar (dictator)
A. Goldsworthy, Caesar: Life of a Colossus
C. Meier, Caesar [but really only if you read German; there’s an English translation available but it removes all the references]

Antony (loyal general of Caesar unjustly vilified by that twerp Octavius)
A. Goldsworthy, Antony and Cleopatra
P. Southern, Mark Antony: a life

Augustus (princeps, 27 BC to AD 14)
A. Goldsworthy, Augustus: from Revolutionary to Emperor
P. Southern, Augustus
A.H.M. Jones, Augustus
B. Levick, Augustus: Image and Substance
A. Cooley (ed.), Res Gestae Divi Augusti [Augustus’ own biography, it makes you want to punch him]

Tiberius (Augustus’ chief general and his reluctant successor as princeps AD 14-37)
D. Shotter, Tiberius Caesar
R. Seager, Tiberius
B. Levick, Tiberius the Politician
A.J. Woodman, The Annals of Tacitus [this is the best introduction to Tiberius really, if you read it without any prior assumptions, and you read it more than once; it is an incredible rollercoaster ride; better in Latin, but this version is as close as close can be, a masterpiece in itself]

The later Julio-Claudians
A. A. Barrett, Caligula [princeps AD 37-41, not as mad as people say]
B. Levick, Claudius [princeps AD 41-54, not an invalid, probably involved in the murder of Caligula]
A. A. Barrett, Agrippina [sister of Caligula, wife/niece of Claudius, mother of Nero]
M. Griffin, Nero: The End of a Dynasty [emperor AD 54-69]

I am also much in favour of historical novels as a way to get people interested in a period so here are a few of my favourites.

  • S. Saylor, The Venus Throw [plunges you right into the social scandals Cicero was involved in, which is good as it recognises that this period was not just ‘CAESAR POMPEY AND CRASSUS’] [Edit. I originally wrote S. Scarrow here. Someone reblogged saying that they thought it was Steven Saylor who wrote the book, which it totally is. I was a bit punch-drunk after finishing my exams and got the two SS authors confused; Simon Scarrow does also write Roman historical novels!]
  • T. Wilder, The Ides of March [epistolary, very entertaining]
  • J. Stoner, Augustus [semi-epistolary; not the way I’d view Augustus but a good book]
  • R. Graves, I, Claudius [much of this is verbatim from his translation of Suetonius, which is a poor translation of a frequently misleading Latin text, but it’s a good gauge of how Britons of that era viewed the emperors]
  • M. Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian [JUST READ THIS BOOK, it is EXQUISITE; it was an 18th birthday present from my Greek teacher and it changed my life; if you have French, read it in French]

And I wondered how long it would take for someone to ask :P I study at the University of Oxford (in fact I have just completed my undergraduate degree), and the profs are indeed both awesome AND awkward (they’re never not being awkward) XD

anonymous asked:

Hey... I have a lot of ideas for writing but I juat can't put it on paper... Whenever I try to write I really hate the way it turns out and throw it away... I don't know what to do, how can I write better and stop being ashamed of myself?

Well, the first thing that occurs to me is that you need to stop throwing away what you do write.

The negative perception you’re describing here – where what you’ve just done seems awful or looks like shit – is something that (as far as I can tell) every writer living deals with to a greater or lesser extent, and the only way many of us get anything much done is by learning to shut it up or just ignore it. Some writers suffer from it far worse than others, especially when they’re just getting started.

Here’s the source of the problem. Most of what you read in the world (unless you spend most of your time reading the comments on YouTube) is well-structured, polished, “finished”. It’s been rewritten sometimes numerous times, and then it’s been edited multiple times and gone over by either gifted amateurs or paid professionals. Even badly written stuff, by the time you’ve seen it, looks pretty good.

What comes out of your head onto the paper the first time, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of finished. It is just beginning. It’s almost certainly fragmentary. It’s likely to be all over the place both structurally and stylistically. You may have absolutely no clear sense of where you’re going with it. You may not really know who the characters are or what’s driving them. (Or possibly worst, why anyone in their right minds would like them.)

And all of us who do this work sooner or later find ourselves, in our heads, comparing these tattered just-written piles of unlikely-looking word-blots and splotches against two things: the images of what other people’s work looks like – well-structured, eloquent, rounded, very put-together – or the image of what your work was supposed to have come out looking like. This is where a lot of us run into trouble. We can see in our minds that shining image of the completed work, effective and beautiful and perfect (look up the word eidolon, it applies…). And the shabby raggedy ill-realized thing that’s all we were able to create today stacks up so unbelievably poorly against either what our work (we think) should be, or what (we think) others’ is, that the urge to chuck our own production in the fire or highlight the whole damn thing and hit DELETE is extremely strong.*

And this comparison is exactly the wrong thing to be doing. It is the job of written works in their early stages to be threadbare and patchy and faded-looking. The process of turning them into finished work is like making a film of the wearing-out of a piece of clothing, and then running that film backwards. You look at the patched holes and pull the patches off. The holes get sharper-edged. Then they heal. The garment gets less faded as you work. The seams pull tighter together. The longer you work the more clearly you can see what the “new” garment looked / will look like. And finally you’re done (or as done as you can be when you’re finished telling yourself the story for the first time). …This is of course the point at which you realize the garment’s pockets aren’t big enough, but never mind: dealing with that is what your next draft’s for.

You’ll never get there, though, if you keep trashing your work in the thing-of-rags-and-patches stage. That initial sense of shame will only get worse the more you indulge it; so you’ve got to stop indulging it by throwing your work away.

Therefore, your mission (Mr. Phelps, should you choose to accept it) is this: you’re forbidden to throw any writing away any more. Everything must be kept. Not just as part of a plan for dealing with this problem, but because (deep breath: shouts) NO WORK IS WORTHLESS. Every piece of writing you do is worth something. You may not be able to perceive just what, at the moment, but that’s not your job. Analysis comes after execution. Overindulge the analysis in the “during” stages and you’ll just turn yourself off.

So cut that the hell out.

Your job now becomes to write and then put what you’ve written away. Don’t come near any given scrap of work for at least thirty days. Put it in a drawer and lock the drawer. Or give the file to someone who won’t look at it. Don’t peek. Let it alone.

After a month you can take a given piece of work out of the drawer and look at it. And you are still not allowed to throw it away. If you hate it, you have to sit down and write at least a page of analysis, specifying what about it doesn’t work. (And none of this “Because it sucks” crap. You need specifics.)

Then you put that analysis away with the piece of writing and leave them for another month. (And no, I’m not kidding. In this world of instant gratification, one of the single most useful things a writer can learn is patience. Are you serious about this? Then take a breath. Having written, go do something else. Leave that bit of work alone and don’t even think about picking at it. Give it time to mature.)

And also: the next day, write another thing. And put it away. And then another thing, and another, and put them away. Little scraps, they can be. To start with, the garment always looks like it’s entirely made of patches. (Which is just fine, because it is.)

If you did that for a whole month – wrote, say, a thousand words a day, and put them away – by the end of the month you would have thirty thousand words. They might not be joined together in any recognizable sequence, but that doesn’t matter. You’d have 30K of words, and such are the wonders of the Law of Averages that I can tell you this with absolutely no fear of being wrong: They cannot all be bad. Some of them will have to be good if only by accident. (Lots of us are beneficiaries of these happy accidents. The more you write, the more likely you are to have them. The universe can be surprisingly kind once you’re starting to impress your will on it at regular enough intervals.)

Anyway. Do that for another month, and you’ve got 60K of words. Do it for another, and you’ve got 90K. That’s a fair sized novel’s worth of words, these days.

Now you put them all in that drawer or file folder again and let them be for another month. No peeking.

After that month, you take out those scraps and start arranging them into a shape that approximates a story. Don’t rush. Pull out and set aside the sequences of words that you don’t like in association with the others. They may be useful for another project.

Something you’ll notice at this point, though. Your embarrassment, your shame at the newly-created stuff, will have started to fade, because you will have been reeducating the parts of your brain that were harboring it into more useful behaviors. Somewhere along the line you’ll realize that you’ve sweated the shame out entirely, forgotten about it. It may pop up again every now and then when you start something new or something particularly ambitious, but the same approach outlined above will get rid of it again. You may have to exorcise this particular minor demon a few times. Don’t fret: you can do it. You’ll find it gets easier every time.

…Now get out there and get started. One scrap at a time. :)

*My personal image of Heaven is (among many other things) as the place where you get to sit down and read the perfect, Platonic-solid versions of your books – the books that have actually come out the way you saw them in your head; as if lifted up at a great distance, radiant, satisfying, perfect. Every writer knows what it is to look at a book, even a very successful one, and sigh because whatever else it is, it missed that. And you turn away and say to yourself, Ah well… because we’re in the wrong place for perfection. But it doesn’t mean we don’t yearn.

(ETA: reposted at “Eating Paper”)

In His Office (Jin x Reader)

Requested by anon:  can we get a doctor!jin (smut?) or something along the lines of roleplay bc doctor!jin is 👀👀👌👌🙌🙌

[[A/N: I wanted to write a bit more but I guess this time I want to ‘leave it to the imagination’]]

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Here you were, practically plastered to the door in his office as his body slightly squashed itself closer to your own - whether or not he was purposely invading all of your personal space was quite questionable as you knew he could have easily move you out of the way if he really wanted. Your eyes slowly travelled up to stare back into the incredibly intense glare that presented itself your way, you had to admit that his instant irritation towards you was only turning you on more by the mere second. 

“Stay” you said as his pager began beeping, yet again. His eyebrows knotted themselves together as he found himself beginning to hesitate between choosing you over his work and vice versa. Though, at this very moment his thoughts were only switched on to what he would do to you if he did stay in here with you, the image of him slowly removing the pieces of clothings that clutched themselves around your beautiful figure and whilst doing so, he would make sure to occasionally let the tip of his smooth fingers roam in places only he knew would make your knees weaken from intensifying pleasure. He tried to quickly get his thoughts back on to the meeting he was about to miss if you didn’t move out of his way. 

“I can’t - the last time I ‘stayed’ we almost got caught- you know that I can’t …” his eyes dropped down to focus themselves on your slightly parted lips causing him to bite down harshly on his bottom lip. 

“Please, I promise you’ll be on time for your meeting and if you don’t make it I’ll take care of it … Jin~” you were beginning to subtly undo his tie, taking your precious time even though you had literally just sworn that you’d be quick. 

“Move” you were prepared for anything but that, you understood that his work was a priority for him however, it was rather selfish of you to desperately want him to be with you but we all know that the heart can’t be denied of what it yearns. Despite you wanting to protest over his command, you still obeyed and moved out of his way … Confusion sprung deeply inside you as the sound of the door locking reverberated in his office. He turned back, swaggering towards you as a playful smirk full of mischief drew itself upon his lips.

Your eyebrows rose in astonishment once he had pulled you in a little closer for a taste of your soft lips. A discreet smile formed itself against the pair of his lips as he gradually became much more evasive with his movements, there was no doubt that his kisses were extremely passionate - it was almost as if he was intoxicating you with his strong aroma of lust. His passion was similar to one of a burning flame that could never be put out no matter what … Like, an everlasting source of light which erupted such warmth and comfort into your soul. While his unseated tongue began to come into contact with yours, you decided that it was best to distract your hands with the buttons on his shirt until his upper body was exposed to you, but, not fully bare. After your hands were teasingly sliding down near to where his erection was possibly developing, you rested your arms around the nape of his neck before he broke from your lips that had comfortably found its place inbetween his, allowing you time to wrap your legs around his hips as you gently nuzzled the tip of your nose at the side of his neck; preparing to mark your ‘territory’ as he was taking you in the direction of his desk. 

Wasting no more time, he swept all of the paperwork off of his table with one arm before placing you on top of his desk. You were complete caught off-guard with how fast he had managed to undress you. The thing is, you weren’t exactly butt naked, he merely made it so that once you were both done you would be able to put your clothes back on with no hassle. He let his index finger lightly caress the length of your inner thigh and only allowed it to come to a halt as soon as it felt the material of your skirt under his touch. Anticipation stirred at the pit of your stomach as his hands pushed away the clothing that disrupted further activity from taking place. A bright twinkle installed itself in his eyes emphasising on just how much he was amused to see that you weren’t wearing any panties. 

“What kind of secretary walks around without any underwear in a building full of workers who take their profession seriously?” You giggled at his question, carefully hopping off of the desk. 

“Actually … Doctor Kim Seokjin, I think you’ll find that you’re to blame for that.”

“Oh, really? How so?”

“Every time I come here, they just seem to - disappear. I’m starting to think that I’m running out of them”

He placed himself behind you, purposely allowing his hard progressing bulge to poke into your ass cheek as his digits made their way down to your (now) throbbing core, soothing it out by rubbing a series of tiny circles over your clit which caused a breathy moan to come out more suddenly than you had expected. “That’s okay, baby. Either way there’ll be no point for you to wear them because I would just take them right off.”

With each words he appeared to quicken the pace at which his fingers were moving at which consequently meant that the faster he was going, the more pressure he was adding. The tiny circles he rubbed were no longer light but, they seemed to make you extra sensitive to all that he was doing to you as shudders of exhilaration cascaded down along your spinal cord “Ah, Jin~” you squealed and squirmed whilst trying your absolute best to hold back a rather loud moan and (of course) failing.

“You’re doing so well babe, I just need to get you nice and wet for me.”

-admin blxnktae 

anonymous asked:

Hello! c: Could I please request a GOM + Kagami, Himuro, Hanamiya scenario where they wake up from a (fairly realistic) bad dream where their SO either leaves them, dies - or anything along those lines - and when they realize that their SO is not in their bed (in the restroom, getting a drink) they express a moment of panic until they come back?? I don't know if that makes sense, I apologize if it's confusing or oddly specific so feel free to change it up~ Thank you! <3

These got quite long in my opinion, so I only did the GoM+ Kagami and Hanamiya. I hope you don’t mind!

Mild language use in Aomine’s and Hanamiya’s part

Kise:
A fear of Kise’s was losing people, specifically those who he held close, which is why he tries hard every day to meet up to everyone’s expectations by being the perfect man they sought him out to be. But his fears still haunt him even in his dreams.


The Kaijō ace bolted awake, heavily breathing as tears sprang out of his golden eyes. Inhaling sharply, the memories of the horrid nightmare flooded his mind. His beloved s/o, walking away from him, leaving him alone to rot away and all he could do was scream out their name in desperation until his throat felt raw and dry.

The male looked to his side only to notice the other half of the bed empty. Quickly bringing his knees to his chest, he quietly sobbed into them, quietly whispering their name over and over. He hadn’t noticed the hand on his shoulder shaking him until it became a bit more violent, snapping his head up he was met with the worried face of his s/o.

“Ryouta what’s wrong?” Their soft voice called out to him. Without thinking he wrapped his arms around their waist and hid his face onto the crook of their neck. “Promise me that you won’t leave..? Please..”

Midorima:
It truly was bad luck for cancers as Oha Asa unfortunately announced. And it all started with a series of nightmares, all including his s/o brutally dying in many different ways.

The green haired male tried to calm his beating heart down, taking steady breaths but it didn’t seem to work whatsoever. He could feel the beads of sweat trickle down his forehead. He reached his arm over to the small desk on the side of his bed for his glasses and swung his legs out, attempting to calm himself more by getting a glass of water. His mind was buzzing and he kept trying to tell himself that it was all just a dream and that everything was going to be okay. Except that his s/o wasn’t even next to him in their shared bed, which is why he was filled with anxiety.

“Shintarou? Why are you up so early?” Midorima whipped his head to the source of the sound and saw his s/o sitting down on the dining table with what seemed like a cup of milk. Without thinking the shooting guard wrapping his arms rather tightly around his s/o, which surprised them. But what surprised them the most was when he began to quietly sob.

Aomine:
Aomine had been thrashing around in his bed throwing his sheets away, sleeping under his pillow, and many other ridiculous acts. But nothing he did could distract him from the horrible image that seemed to linger in his head, from just a few moments ago.

He dreamt about his sweet angelic s/o falling ill and was at the verge of death and all he could do was stand still and watch them pass away painfully. A shaky breath escaped his lips as his vision began to blur. ‘Fuck’ he thought to himself ‘Not now’. He shot up when he finally realized that his s/o wasn’t even with him in his bed.

There was a moment of panic as Aomine’s mind went blank, and all he could feel was the rush of adrenaline pulsing through him, he breathing getting heavier and he didn’t feel like he was even breathing anymore.

“Daiki stop hogging all the blankets…it’s cold” came a quiet sleepy voice from the other side of the room. The tanned male snapped out of his paniced state and rushed to direction of the noise. And it was his s/o, that..fell? It looked like they fell while they were sleeping. Maybe that might have something to do with his dream. “You fucking idiot..” Aomine chuckled as the tears slowly made their way down to his chin.

Murasakibara:
The giant male had recently watched a horror film with his teammates at a gathering, much to his dismay, and the film mostly displayed graphic blood and murderous acts starring a main villain. His teammates teased him and said that he would cry during the movie but he was going to prove them wrong.

By the time the male went to bed snuggling up to his s/o, his mind began to recreate the nasty images of what he watched earlier, replacing the actors of the movie for his friends and family. The nightmare lasted long and it was pure cruelty for the poor boy. Finally waking up to the rough shaking of his s/o all he could do was stare at them with teary eyes whimpering a bit.

“Sushi are you okay? Was it a nightmare?” They asked worriedly. Murasakibara could only sniff as he pulled his s/o into a tight hug and sobbed into them, mumbling inaudibly.

Akashi:
When the Rakuzan captain woke up from the petrifying nightmare his first reaction was to search for his s/o and see if they were okay. Much to his shock he couldn’t find them anywhere on their large shared bed. Which began to get Akashi worried. He started thinking of the worst case scenarios. What if his dreams weren’t just dreams? What if his s/o has left him just like in his nightmares? He knew he wasn’t the best of people to be around at times..

The emperor started to felt weak, he felt empty, and desperate. He didn’t know what to do. He shakily reached his hand out for his phone and slowly typed the familiar number. It rung once…twice… thrice and no answer. He dropped his hand as the grip on his phone tightened. The red haired male was unable to breath, he felt as if the walls were closing in on him, he felt
Trapped.

He wasn’t used to losing anything, he always won and was always the best at almost everything, that’s what he believed. So when he thought that the love of his life had left for someone else, he felt as he had lost everything.

“Seijūrō! What’s wrong?!” A loud but hushed voice came from the door, and footsteps could be heard running towards him.

“_-____..?” The emperor called out, looking up to meet his s/o’s worried yet gorgeous eyes. The emperor kept silent as tears began to flow freely down his cheeks shocking his beloved. His s/o immediately pulled him in for a tight embrace, not letting go even if he protested. Hesitantly he leaned into the embraced feeling its warmth, breathing in their scent, and that’s all it took to lull him to sleep.

Kagami:
The Seirin ace was having quite a normal relaxing dream, he was playing street basketball with his teammates and having an enjoyable time with them, even his lover was there to support him. Until he accidentally pushed his s/o off of a cliff that managed to appear out of nowhere, killing them in the process. Kagami woke up with a loud gasp. Now to any other person his dream would’ve sounded silly or immature, but to him it had all felt too real. The male looked at the other half of the bed, expecting to see his lover there sleeping peacefully as always but the spot was just empty.

Kagami began to tear up and he felt a sudden wave of panic rush into him. He bolted out of his bed and ran out the door, hollering his s/o’s name, searching room to room. He could see that their shoes were still at the front door, which meant that they were still home, but just where?

“Taiga what’s with all that screaming?” Came the sleepy voice of his s/o, their head sticking out from the back of the.. couch? Kagami wasted no time and he hurriedly ran to their side and pulled them into an embrace surprising them a little. “Did you have a bad dream?” They asked in a motherly tone concerned for their boyfriend, all he could do was give a small nod hiding his face in the crook of his lovers neck. “Hush it’s okay, you’ll be okay and nothing will harm you it’s just a bad dream” they pressed a kiss to his temple and rubbed his back in an attempt to distract him from his nightmare.

Hanamiya:
The raven haired male was trapped, there was nowhere to go or hide. He clicked his tongue with annoyance hating to admit defeat. And the ones who were causing him difficulty were a gang he had accidentally ran into. The men, who were much older than him, only laughed at the younger male’s distraught. “You must be from the ‘Clear Gang’ huh?! Are you a spy?” A man, who had the aura that shouted ‘danger’, spoke as he approached him.

Hanamiya kept silent, confusion written all over him.

“Well if you’re not gonna speak then I’ll have this young feller of yours speak for you” The man smirked, before he yanked Hanamiya’s s/o in front of him. Beaten and bloodied.

“..Shit” The male cursed, it was one thing for the gang to hurt his pride, but his precious s/o was another. Hanamiya lunged forward at the gang leader ready to throw a punch.

But he didn’t hit anything..? All he could see was darkness. When he knew that no one was around he quickly stood up from wherever he was determined to go get his lover back.

‘They didn’t do anything they didn’t deserve this-’ Hanamiya thought to himself, before his thoughts were abruptly stopped. The male had bumped Into something..or rather someone. Getting his fist ready to swing a punch at whoever had approached him, Hanamiya took a step back to quickly look at his opponent.

“Makoto?” A small quiet voice came from the mysterious person. Hanamiya seemed to had recognized the voice and lowered his arm. “______?” He called out to them. “Makoto what’s wrong?” His s/o had asked switching the lights on then turning their attention on him. Much to their shock the other male had dried tears on his cheeks and his eyes were bloodshot red. Acting instinctively Hanamiya pulled his s/o into a hug, before he began to cry softly into them.


-Admin Yui

anonymous asked:

lol you translated the good reactions to chanyeol's rap but left out the bad ones even tho there were A LOT of them .. chanyeol will not improve if we don't show him that he was bad, he thinks that the rap he did on the show was awesome and continue doing it and embarrassing himself

With all due respect, we don’t think that you understand why we exist, we are here to complete the full image and show the flip side to what gets fed to the fans by other translation sites. Don’t you think you should direct the question to these translation sites over why do they not post any positive comments?
But If it’s difficult to understand, we will simplify it for you.

These sites opened for no other reasons but to profit out of k-pop fans, they translate negative articles most of the time from questionable and negligible sources like pann, to relay a false image about how someone is seen, this way they are brainwashing you into thinking that this person is hated, and since negativity always gets people talking, they are assuring that you enter their site, entering their sites results into them gaining traffic they get paid over for all the ads that are available on their sites. In other words, K-pop international fans are no other than a tool to gain money for these sites, and to do so, they encourage witch hunts and spread a false image. Otherwise, why do you think they keep releasing post after post? To gain more visitors and more money, because when you are a popular celebrity and every single thing you do gets interest, you are bound to be used and taken advantage of by greedy people with no morals.

Now to answer the second part of your ask,

Do you know what’s the saddest thing a person can do? It’s to hold themselves from doing something they are passionate about just because they fear the thought that they may embarrass themselves because of a set prejudice, and that’s not Chanyeol.

Chanyeol deserves respect for having the courage to go after a dream many before him hesitated to do so, he has a goal that he yearns to achieve and he’s working hard towards it, Chanyeol is our pride, he’s an inspiration to all his fans to wake up every morning with determination to be better people at the end of every day, because successful people are not born, they are made.

Change doesn’t come over night, and the road to the top is not easy, but if Chanyeol is anything, he’s not a quitter, he feeds off his fans energy and praise, he listens to their constructive criticism in a respectful and rational way because they are not the ones who send him hate disguised as criticism, and he’s humble and understands that we weren’t born perfect, that’s why and as he said, he is always ready to take on challenges with a brave heart and open ears and a flexible attitude, to absorb what will help him. There is no other way to say this but to quote his own mannerful and wise response towards malicious comments:

Trans: I don’t know what action of me that made you not like me. But if you have criticized me this way, I will work harder.
It would be great though if you refrain from using very harsh words here in this place where many young people can see.
Moreover, I seriously created an instagram account to not only be closer to our fans but to everyone else too!
So it would be nice if everyone thinks of this lightly!
I will also listen to the comments that should be listened to and ignore what should be ignored, so don’t feel worried! I’m also an adult
So, everyone please have a good day!

And to our fellow Chanyeol fans:

A person with a dream and who has the courage to pursue that dream should never be discouraged or ashamed, a person who lives with a meaning is worth looking up to.
Chanyeol never held back from showering us with his love and care even in his busiest and most tiring days, he stays up working in his own studio that he personally built to create new sounds he can excitedly share with us later on his soundcloud. Our days feel brighter and better thanks to the happiness he gives us.
We, the  people who know him the best, should always keep our heads high and support him fully, because just like he nurtures us with love, he strives on our positive energy too.

Chanyeol said because of the prejudice, he learnt how to look beyond and it stimulates him to work harder and show a better image of him, “I really liked how I’m praised for doing good, I started working hard when I get praised”( Jonghyun’s Blue night radio)

We are finishing this note with more heart warming words from him
“Chanyeol: Everyone be happy, don’t be sick, see only good things, make only good things, while believing in each other.
Let’s all be happy.”

Thank you Chanyeol, we feel always blessed to know you.
And Thank you to every proud Chanyeol fan standing strong behind him.

anonymous asked:

If it's not too much trouble, could you point out, or detail the goodness of IzaMika? I've always been interested in their interactions, as well as the way they could really work as a pairing, so seeing someone else's views would be really cool. Completely coolio if you don't though, I'm content just knowing there are people out there who also ship them. Thank You!

It’s not too much trouble. Oh gosh, not at all. I’m so sorry for the late response (well, with midterms and my laptop breaking, I was a bit distracted). Okay, this is going under the cut due to length. Oh, and make sure to hover over the images if you want some extra stuff to read.

Here I, IzaMika Ambassador, go.

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anonymous asked:

Hi Tammy I already know you're busy but I wanna know if you know the story of ''Futakuchi-onna'' I swear is a japanese story. I wanna know you pov about this and hear that story from you, and the fact what is related to Noro & Eto's relationship. Just wanna know the story if you know it, then take the necessary time to replying me, I don't matter to wait :)

Oh anon, thank you for your ask, it was an absolute joy writing this! :D I have indeed heard of Futakuchi-onna, but I would never have thought of connecting it to TG if it weren’t for you!

Futakuchi-onna 二口女 (“Two-Mouth Woman”) is a story of a woman with a second mouth on the back of her head. She’s not as famous as some other female Japanese spirits/monsters (youkai) such as Kubi-nashi, Yuki-onna, and Noppera-bou, and as far as I can tell her first appearance in a written document was in a well-known book called Enhon Hyakumonogatari (1841), an encyclopedia of sorts listing 44 youkai that were popular in the capital city at the time. All the youkai have their own illustrations to go with their description. The entries are quite short so I’ll translate/paraphrase her entry in that book.

Futakuchi-onna

In Shimo’usa (current Chiba), there was a woman who entered a man’s household as a second wife. The man already had a daughter by his first wife, but the second wife cherished only the daughter that was born to her and was jealous of the first daughter. She neglected to feed the first daughter enough food, and eventually that daughter died of starvation. 

49 days later, the man was chopping firewood when his hand slipped and the axe hit the second wife’s head as she passed behind him. As time passed the edges of the wound rose up to form lips, part of her skull poked out to form teeth, and meat from her head became like a tongue. The wound would pain the second wife without warning, and it could only be soothed by giving it food. As more time passed a small voice was heard from the wound. 

“By my own baseness I killed the first wife’s child. I was wrong, I was wrong….”

Tousanjin (the writer) concludes that from the woman’s similarities with Jinmensou, another youkai, Futakuchi-onna is something that befalls a person when they do wrong-doings. 

Although the woman is supposed to a normal human possessed by a spirit, the illustrator Takehara Shunsensai decided to go another route when depicting her:

(image source)

Looks familiar, right? You have snake-like appendages with mouths at the end, as well as a central disembodied mouth…

Well hello there, Noro. (TG:re 49)

Now here is where I would love to make a brilliant analysis connecting Futakuchi-onna’s story with Noro and Eto. But I honestly cannot tell who the second wife/first daughter/man are until we know more about the relationship between them. There are a few random thoughts I had, which might be useful in interpreting their relationship when we do get more information:

  • Both Noro and Eto are Queens in the TG trump cards. The Queens (the other two are Akira and Rize/Kaneki) have been noted to fulfill the role of motherly figures to other characters, similar to how the Kings are father figures. It’s very interesting that both Eto and Noro are “mothers” - but mothers to whom? Although Noro is completely obedient to Eto now, could they have been like a mother figure in the past?
  • Noro may be a woman.
  • Futakuchi-onna’s mouth cries out her guilt in the murder of her step-daughter. The mouths on Eto’s kagune (and possibly Noro’s kagune, if we go by the speech bubble above) are shown to have the ability to speak, but so far it’s been gibberish. ↔︎ To contrast that, Noro has never spoken. When/If Noro finally opens their mouth, could it be to reveal a previously hidden truth?
  • Noro has a voracious appetite… starved in the past?
  • Of course, this might be just be a huge coincidence :D

If other people have suggestions on what their connection to the Futakuchi-onna story might be, I’d love to hear! I’ll probably edit this post as we find more info. Sorry I couldn’t write more on Eto and Noro’s relationship, anon. m(_ _)m


Note:

Futakuchi-onna’s appearance is very similar to another youkai called Kuwazu-nyoubo 食わず女房 (“The Wife Who Does Not Eat”). Kuwazu-nyoubo is more well-known than Futakuchi-onna but her story is very different, and in this case Futakuchi-onna fits better than Kuwazu-nyoubo.

anonymous asked:

I'm upset at the news about Mino joining iKON's japan tour. I don't want our red ocean dotted with blue. I know there are tons of winkon fans that are happy about the news, but this collab (MOBB) and Mino's guesting basically cemented the fact that Bobby's solo album will be not be happening.

Okay so I know that there are TONS of people from both sides (inncercircles & ikonics) who don’t like the fact that mino is going to join iKON on their japan tour, and they have several reasons. I personally don’t agree with any of those reason and I’m going to tell you why. 

First of all, iKON & Winner will always have a kind of connection. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not. They trained together under YG for many years, then had a survival show together PLUS they are pretty close friends outside of the studio (instagram pics, interviews and other sources confirm that). Hanbin even wrote empty for winner and bobby and mino co wrote the song. They performed together on the Mix & match final and winner showed their support for iKON when they debuted and iKON did the same via video message when winner debuted. Both groups are under YG entertainment. But what many people don’t understand when it comes to yg is that they try to sell a specific image and that is the FAMILY image. It’s called YG FAMILY for a reason. I’m not saying that they are truly like a family but that they would do anything to make people think that they are so that’s the reason why YG artists did collabs and units over the years and showed each other so much support on concerts and award shows.

We shouldn’t forget that Lee Hi & epik high performed on iKON’s debut concert as well. But back then nobody said anything, no, people were happy about it. But when it comes to winner it’s different? Even tho we know for a fact that iKON & winner are super close? It’s weird man. Instead of being pissed or not happy about mino joining the iKON japan tour, we should rather be happy that he supports iKON and welcome him warmly. We should appreciate it, cause I’m 10000% sure iKON appreciates it as well. 

What I also don’t get is that people NOW say things like “WHERE IS BOBBY’S SOLO?!” like…WE KNEW FOR A FACT that bobby x mino unit was going to happen. I mean, we saw pics of them filming the mv just a week ago and even videos of them together in a club and in the studio. Mino x Bobby solo does NOT mean that there is not going to be a bobby solo album. It’s not like bobby can only have one. He himself confirmed that he is currently working on a solo album. He even showed us parts of two of his songs on father & I. So when people use this as an argument now, it sounds more like an excuse to hate on mino. 

And I want to say one more thing. You will never be successful when you only work alone and want to do everything by yourself. Everybody needs support and help in their lives. iKON wouldn’t be where they are now without all the people that helped them to make it this far, and I’m not only talking about their fans, I’m talking about all the people behind the camera & the other yg artists. iKON as a group is always super thankful to those people, they always thank them on award shows and repeat many times that they couldn’t do anything without those people. Epik High gave bobby & hanbin the chance to be featured in one of their songs even BEFORE iKON’s debut, gdragon gave iKON a song as a present and we know how many fans he has. Lee hi, Lee suhyun & masta wu did the same as epik high. All those artists showed their support and helped iKON to grow and to show themselves and to me, mino is doing the exact same thing right now. Bobby always respected mino the most because of his rapping style. He was even jealous of mino back then. Can you imagine how happy he must be rn because they are finally on the same level and even do a collab together? Can you imagine how thankful iKON members must be that so many people and now mino help them? I feel like people support a group but actually don’t know anything about their feelings. Nowadays all fans care about is themselves. I DON’T WANT, I DON’T NEED, WHAT ABOUT ME!? That’s all I read. It’s not our careers, it’s not our decisions, it’s not our lives. When you truly love a group support them in the decisions they make. Not all decisions ofc, but decisions like this should be supported no matter if you like winner or not cause iKON does like them and you’ll have to at least be able to deal with that if you want to be an iKONIC.

it’s not that i don’t love you

Summary: Basically, Jimin is your brother’s childhood friend, neighbor, something like a family friend and he helps you to get your crush’s attention (*cough* yoongi *cough*) and you MIGHT end up falling in love with each other instead.

Originally posted by hoseokijn

hope you enjoy this part, i’m really sorry i wasn’t able to update it sooner bc i was in my gradma’s house for a few days and there’s no internet connection there (i couldn’t even call my friends ugh)

Words: 2.819

Warnings: None

Genre: fluff, angst

it’s not that i don’t love you: prologue| part1 | part 2 | part 3 |part 4 | part 5 |  part 6 | part 7/epilogue

Part 5

You paced back and forth in your bedroom, waiting for Jimin to step inside in any minute, grappling with the tangled thoughts inside your head. You had practiced the speech you wanted to give him and no matter how many times you repeated your words, they didn’t sound right. They didn’t feel right. Your baffling murmuring was interrupted by the creaking sound of the door.

“Y/N,” Jimin hummed, the corner of his eyes wringing as he humped towards you with wide open arms. For a second you forgot, for a second you buried your head in his chest and thanked him for the way he had take care of you the previous night. But that was just for a second.

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anonymous asked:

I am at the very, very beginning of my journey and don't seem to be able to Google the right combinations of words, so please forgive me if you get this question a lot! Someone pointed me in your direction to ask. What sort of offerings should one make to Poseidon (and is there anything you should NOT offer, explicitly?), and what belongs on your average altar?

Hi! Welcome to Hellenismos! You know, one of the questions I get asked most is ‘how do I start worshipping [insert deity], and what should I offer to Them? What do I put on Their shrines?’. I figured it was time for a bit of a generalized guide, so this is not just about Poseidon, sorry.

The major difference between reconstructive religions and modern ones—especially Pagan ones—is the way worship is conducted. Individual worship of Gods as well as patronage is perfectly acceptable in modern religions, but in Recon religions and the ancient Traditions they were based upon, worship tends to be of the pantheon, not so much the one God or Goddess. As such, it is hard for me to answer questions like ‘how should I worship Athena’, or ‘what do I do to honour Poseidon’; you do pretty much the same for both, and all other Olympic Gods as well—at least at it’s core. The devil is in the details, but that is beyond the scope of this ask.

There are five steps to proper, Hellenistic, ritual: procession, purification, prayers and hymns, sacrifice/offerings, prayers of supplication and thanks, usually followed by a feast and/or theater and sporting events. We can apply this to modern worship quite easily: procession (no matter how short), purification with lustral water (named khernips), a hymn,  song or modern poem which praises and draws the Theos in question, a sacrifice of some kind—be it incense, (mixed) wine, meat or anything else—along with barley seeds tossed on the altar or into the altar fire, prayers or words of thanks, and—in communal rituals—plays, games, or (sports)-competitions. Within communal celebrations, the sacrifice can  be some of the (raw) ingredients used to prepare the communal meal that will  follow.

For those of you looking to honour the Gods with sacrifices that are not the above staples, make sure you are aware of the mythology surrounding the God or Goddess in question. In general, any sacrifice is acceptable—although probably not Traditional—but some plants/trees/fruits can be either extra special to the God in question (Laurel for Apollon, for example), or extra painful (pomegranate seeds for Demeter, for example).

We have great variety in ancient hymns that you can draw from to worship just about any deity; it’s important, though, that in the context of the worship of one God or Goddess, you at least include those closest to Him or Her. In the case or Apollon, for example, don’t forget His sister Artemis, His Mother Leto, His father Zeus, and Hera in placation. For Athena, don’t forget Zeus, Ares, and Hera, and for—for example—Poseidon, don’t forget Zeus, Amphitrite, and Rhea. Kronos if you are so inclined. Just never forget Zeus, ever. Also, in general, Hellenists offer to Hestia first and last.

Part two: shrines. An important note first: there is a huge difference between an altar and a shrine. An altar is one of those basic necessities within Hellenismos, and it differs  from a shrine. Where an altar is a ‘work space’, dedicated not so much to a  specific deity, but used to do the bulk of the (daily) rituals, a shrine is a  devotional area where an altar might be located. In ancient Hellas, the shrine  was usually a temple, the altar an actual altar, standing outside of it.  Household worship took place at a multitude of shrines. Labelling  something a shrine, does not mean you can’t sacrifice at these spots in your  home. In general, you decorate a shrine but leave the altar rather bare.

As for decorating your shrine: delve into mythology and go as wild as you want. In general, a light source and an offering bowl are staples, the rest is up to you. For Poseidon, the great Olympian God of the sea, rivers, flood and drought, earthquakes, and horses, you might look for the trident that is His symbol, appeased with fumigations of myrrh incense and the outpour of (sea) water. You could add images or statues of horses, Himself, and perhaps His wife Amphitrite to your shrine, and add seashells and anything else you can collect off of a beach for decoration. For Athena, I think owls would be a staple, Her weapon is the spear, anything with olives (including an olive tree) would be fantastic, etc.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Hellenismos is not glamorous; in general, you do the same thing over and over again with minor variations. That is what I love about it. It’s simple, clear, and repetitive. Practice it like that and it’ll become engrained into your person, and the Gods will become part of your daily life. That is the beauty of reconstruction. Remember this when you do your rituals and make up your shrines: practicality is a great good!

Friendly reminder that you can write fanfiction however you want!!

Fanfics are a fantastic outlet for exploring ideas, exploring writing styles- don’t let anybody hold you back from trying something out or even trying something new and different! Here are some words of wisdom from my literary idol, Anne Rice (because she has been on fire with writing quotes lately):

“Believe in yourself.  Believe in your own vision.  Believe in your own style.  Learn from everybody.  Choose your mentors where ever you want. Imitate no one.  Remember that being a writer takes nerve.  It takes guts.  It takes faith.  There are no real rules for writers.  Even what I am telling you here can be totally disregarded.  And even after writing 23 books, I need faith and courage every day.  I read Charles Dickens to give me courage.  I read Hemingway to give me courage.  I read Emily and Charlotte Brontë to give me courage.  You have to choose your sources of inspiration and write, write, write.”

“Writers have to go to extremes.  That’s the only way I know how to write: to go to extremes, to make a friend of excess, not to be afraid of excess.  When I sit down to write, the voices that stop me and inhibit me are the voices telling me, ‘You’re going too far.  A six year old vampire?  That’s just too far!  You can’t make a six year old vampire.’  Well, of course, I did make a six year old vampire: Claudia, in interview with the vampire.  I have to repeatedly go all the way with my ideas and not stifle them.  Take an example: queen of the damned is an incredibly intricate book, in which people’s lives and thoughts are interwoven in a unique way.  It was very difficult to write that book, but I had a dream, I had a vision of what would it be like if I could get all these different points of view in different characters, and have them all converge on one moment.  It was worth going to excess with that.  It was worth going out on a limb.  It was worth not saying, 'Oh, well, that’s too much to attempt here,’ or 'maybe that’s too much for the reader.’  I had to follow my feelings.  I had to be true to that vision.”

“I will go to any length in style to get the point across.  If it takes 50 adjectives, I will use them, because I’m always trying to capture an image, a character, a mood, an emotion; and because I’m doing that with language, I will go to extremes.  I will break any rule.  I do not believe in any rule about style except that that style has to work for you reader.  It has to bring your reader right into what you’re trying to do.”

So KEEP ON WRITING, FRIENDS!!! Don’t let anyone, or anything, hold you back!! :)