So I just saw [this post] on my dash and wanted to add on but the post was already super long so. Here are some things I’ve learned from about a decade of martial arts (both practicing, competing, and teaching) that might be useful for writers:
If your character practices martial arts at a school, know that every school will teach that particular style a little differently.
If your character doesn’t have flexibility/doesn’t stretch. they. will. hurt. themself. trying. to. kick. Even if it’s just waist-high. People who aren’t used to fighting will pull something.
People who have been training for a long time will have stronger hands/feet.
Grappling is dirty work. You’re on the ground, you’re grabbing what you can, it’s not as hot as you might think it is.
Holds/grappling/etc. are ingrained reactions. If someone grabs your wrist, reacting immediately is something that is a trained reaction. Same with throwing someone over your shoulder. The steps are practiced again and again and again until they’re gut reactions.
Building off that: even if you’ve trained with a million of these drills, real life is always a little different. You have to be ready to improvise.
For the love of all that is holy, karate is not a universal name for martial arts. There are usually modern/sport and traditional versions of martial arts. In my experience, bits and pieces from others will mix together. (for example, I learned a lot of aikido and judo learning self-defense in taekwondo)
The effectiveness of the way your character fights can depend a lot on where and how they learned how to fight.
This may not be important for writing fight scenes in general, but just as a side note: martial arts have philosophies. If your character is trained in a particular MA, make sure to do research on that philosophy. It might be important to your characterization.
Getting hit hurts. Unless you’ve been fighting for a while and are used to getting hit, you’re gonna be shocked.
The most strategic person is going to lose at least 80% of their thought-process when fighting. The RDJ Sherlock Holmes fight scenes? Where he thinks everything out? Nah man. A lot of fighting is muscle memory & practiced combos.
omg your art gives me life!!!! I love it! just wondering have you ever tried drawing hq characters as toddlers???
oh, thank you very much, that’s so sweet!! ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ and well, I…. I actually used to have an ask blog for karasuno as kids! it was set at daycare, except everyone knew each other?? and played volleyball?? and it was basically just a mess
this was the banner (LOOK OLD ART)… it is not my fav memory but this ask made me look out the window and go “HOW DID THEY KNOW!?” so there’s your fun fact of the day!
After a bunch of recent redos - and some older ones - I wanted to put together a compilation of some of them! I won’t be redoing all of the older Pokemon lines, but there’s still several ones I’m planning on redoing at some point. It’s kind of fun revisiting old lines to see how I’ve improved over the years. Hopefully I won’t have to redo these ones eventually!
I rewrote yesterday’s scenes in terms of Plot (cause I can’t stop the snark)
[Robert in the pub on the phone] ROBERT: Don’t mess me around Bex, we have to meet to discuss our plot. It’s very important. […] Yes, we have to meet at the scene of the incident. It’s very important that we continue to cause the audience a maximum amount of pain. Be there…half past…or else.
[The pub with Robert, Aaron and Charity with a baby…just as a reminder of where this is all going]
ROBERT: Aaron, I can’t go with you to counseling right now. I have a plot…I mean work crisis I have to attend to.
AARON: (Clearly should know work crisis is code for plot) Are you sure? I really need you there Robert, because the writers have taken away my entire support system so that you’re all I have left.
ROBERT: Sounds about right. Now I’ll just go take care of this plot thing and meet you there.
*cheek kiss* - for the fans
I just saw my cousin as Grantaire in his high school’s Les Mis
I’m hella biased because a) he’s my cousin, and b) Grantaire is both of our favorite characters (we need help), so this is going to slightly focus on R (sorry not sorry), but here are all of my thoughts:
-They didn’t have a lot people, so in the opening number Grantaire sings “I’ve done no wrong, sweet Jesus hear my prayer”, Marius sings “I know she’ll wait, I know that she’ll be true”, and Feuilly sings “we’re not yet free, you won’t see me here for dust” (and I just thought that was so perfect with their characters)
-Because it’s a high school play they had to do a censored version, which means they can’t really state that Fantine is a prostitute, so Lovely Ladies was hysterical because so many of the lyrics had been changed and it was so ridiculous I can’t even remember what they changed the lyrics to it was so off
-Confrontation was insane because they gave Javert this whip/chain thing and had Valjean ducking under it and at “I’m the stronger man by far” he catches it mid-air and just damn it was intense
-In The Beggars/Look Down/What-ever-you-want-to-call-this-song, Enjolras and Marius are handing out papers to recruit other students to their cause, and later in the background (while Marius is singing with Eponine) Enjolras is trying to give R a paper and recruit him, and R is kinda like “I don’t know…” until Enj puts his had on R’s shoulder, and then he smiles and just nods and they spend the rest of the scene talking together in the background
-In Red and Black they gave Grantaire the lyrics “like the flowing of the tide, Paris coming to our side” as he goes to stand beside Enjolras before sitting down (AAHHHHH YOU ARE PARIS COMING TO ENJ’S SIDE)
-At “is Marius in love at last” Grantaire drops down on one knee and grabs a hold of Marius’s hand and at “I’ve never heard him oo and ah” he literally places Marius’s hand on his chest, like damn R could you be any more dramatic
-R stands on the table for the whole “you talk of battles to be won” part and only gets off the table when Enjolras walks over to them
-Grantaire’s egging Marius on during Red and Black is literally more snarky and cheeky than George Blagden, like dude is standing on the table holding his hand out before him like he’s in an actual opera while singing “Red”
-In Do You Hear the People Sing, since Courf and Combeferre are the same person, Grantaire gets “then join in the fight that will give you the right to be free” as he gives Enjolras a gun, which Enj the hoists into the air
-A Heart Full of Love starts off Romeo & Juliet style with Cossette on a balcony thing, and she comes down to stand beside Marius to sign her parts
-When they are on the barricade, everyone stands up at different intervals when Enj sings the “Damn their warnings, damn their lies” part, and Grantaire stands up at “they will see the people rise”… R is the physical representation of the people of Paris… the feels… I’m fine…
-They gave Grantaire’s solo in Drink with Me to Courf and I’m still bitter about it
-In the final battle, Enj and Grantaire are positioned at the top of the barricade and first when R dies he dies kneeling at Enjolras’s feet as Enj then picks up the flag and starts waving it, until he falls backwards into the traditional dead Enj position, but the only thing is he drops the flag as he dies and bam the tears
-they did the thing in Turning where the girls leave (fake) candles on the stage and in Empty Chairs at Empty Tables when Marius sings “now my friends are dead and gone” he picks up one of the candles and Les Amis start walking on stage behind the screen, and at “phantom faces at the windows” they lifted the screen and all of Les Amis walked forward and grabbed a candle, and at “where my friends will sing no more” all of Les Amis flicked off their flame and walked off stage leaving only Marius holding a single glowing candle (tears)
-They cut “this one’s a queer but what can you do”… like damn, as a queer that is my favorite line
-In the finale when Jean Valjean is in the church, there is a table beside him holding… wait for it… two candle sticks… feeeeeeels
-After the show my family was like “you were amazing, but you so should have had a bigger part” and my cousin and I are just here like “yeah, but grANTAIRE”
-Also, I’m very biased, but he might have tied George Blagden for my favorite Grantaire (why do the good Grantaire’s never get to sing Drink With Me?)
i recently re-listened to ‘you stupid bitch’ and i was just amazed at how many different levels of self loathing rachel bloom & co manage to cram into that one song… like it gets to the level where the part when she adds ‘and lose some weight’ isn’t even surprising because rebecca bunch hates everything about herself at that moment, even her physical appearance… it also depicts how easy it is for women to slip into self loathing about their physical appearance even when it ostensibly has nothing to do with the matter at hand… anyway what im trying to say is that i love crazy ex girlfriend
Arin thought that if he didn’t kill this man his memory of his mother would fade. It already had, over time. Someday she would be as far away as a star. But he couldn’t do it. He had to do it. Tell me what you did. Arin dropped his sword, dropped to his knees, yanked the woven baldric from the fallen man’s shoulder, and used it to make a torniquet to save the person he hated most.
That night, alone in her tent, she thought about the cruel cold of the tundra. Sulfur crumbling in her grip. The panic when her memory had begun to slip. The nighttime drug: soft, dense. The fear of dying far from home. No one would have mourned her. Sorrow: like a marrow in the hollow of a bone. It had been real. It still was. But it wasn’t the whole of who she was. “You could do what the rest of us do.” She would keep going. FORGIVENESS, can you imagine?⟡ part ii (part i)
ESFJ’s, and most high Fe types, have a tendency to love wide and fast.They love people who they have almost no connection to and they love lots of people. Big circles of people who they share a true but slightly shallow love with. But it takes a long time to make an Fe love deep. For them to move past the people-pleasing, acts of service love to a more pure love that is just them being desperate to spend time with you. You know an ESFJ or Fe loves you when they want things from you. When they want your love back. When they are selfish instead of just giving. When they do things for you but they expect and desire love in return. Fe truly loves when Fe wants to be loved in return.
I’m slightly unsure about how Fi love in comparison, perhaps slow but deep. Loving small amounts of people in great abundance? I can not say for certain but it would certainly make sense. I’d be interested to see an Fi’s opinion on this. Please, add you thoughts.
New idea for Pride variant things. Fancy spiral lollipops! It’s a more complicated coloring pattern than my other designs, so I just did an ace lollipop for now. If anyone really wants to see another flag done, then ask & I’ll do it for you when I can.