# i'm working on some others too so feel free to add

Oh almighty napkin arm with googly eyes, I humble peregrin dare come forth with a request... could you make some character design breakdowns for some more realistic characters? Like your power ranger fanart? I tried to break them down on my own, but I'm not sure I did it that well... it's incredibly useful and interesting... Keep being awesome, and thanks for how you already helped me anyway!

Thanks for the patience, had to mull this one over. The more complex a design gets, the more difficult it is to break down. Basic character design tips may not be enough…so let’s delve into:

## Character Design Tips Part 2!

Before we start, it’ll help to read my last character design post, where I laid out four concepts: shapes, silhouettes, colors, and inspiration. In this post, I aim to build on and rephrase these in a way that hopefully makes it easier to apply them. I’ll be drawing examples from my Power Rangers (2017) fanart to illustrate my points.

(Disclaimers:)

• (Ideally, you should already be comfortable with drawing people. If not, look into figure drawing, gesture drawing, etc.)
• (Whereas my previous tips were more tried and true, the tips here are more my own thoughts, so they may be half-formed.)
• (Again, these are not rules. They’re just tips to add to your toolbox; the more tools you have, the more versatile you’ll become.)

Based off what we know about shapes, silhouettes, colors and inspiration, I want to cover: lines and angles, external and internal silhouettes, values, and references.

## 1. Shapes => Lines and Angles

Last time, I laid out three basic shapes:round, box, and triangle.

Problem: limiting yourself to these 3 shapes can be useful and fun for simpler designs, but they may be too simple or look out of place on more complex designs.

Solution: let’s go to the next level! Instead of shapes, shift your thinking to lines and angles!

Lines can be curved, straight, or diagonal.
Angles can range from obtuse to acute angles.
Follow your intuition: what feeling do you get from each line or angle?
If I follow my own intuition, I see that:

• curved lines = natural, soft
• straight lines = balanced, grounded
• diagonal lines = off-balance, in motion
• obtuse angles = broad, relaxed
• right angles = rigid, unnatural
• acute angles = slim, dynamic

If this sounds familiar, you’re right! It’s just the shapes all over again:

• curved lines make round shapes
• straight lines with obtuse/right angles make boxy shapes
• diagonal lines with acute angles make triangular shapes

But lo! Since we broke the shapes into their smaller components, it’s much more flexible! Now we can use lines and angles for more complex designs:

## 2. Silhouette => External and Internal Silhouettes

Last time, I explained the silhouette test: if you black out the figure, it should still be readable.

Problem: blacking out the figure only tests the outline of the design, i.e. the external silhouette. But what about the inside of the design?

Solution: block in the figure and test for the internal silhouette!

If you want not just an interesting outline, but an interesting costume, block in the major components of your design to see if it has a readable internal silhouette. This test can help you avoid boring or cluttered costumes and makes your design stand out. If your internal silhouette is too empty, try adding props or designs. If it’s too busy, simplify it.

## 3. Colors => Values

Last time, I talked about the 60-30-10 and 70-30 rules for color.

Problem: those rules work on the assumption that you’re only using 2 to 3 colors. But what if I want to use more colors?

Solution: good news! The same idea applies if you split your palette into 3 major values: shadows, midtones, and highlights.

Balance your palette by converting your colors to grayscale and applying the 60-30-10 rule to the values. This is related to the idea of silhouettes; if you get a nice internal silhouette, you’ll probably end up with a nicely balanced set of palette values, and vice versa.

(Fun fact! You can split your palette in different ways. In a watercolor tutorial, Miyazaki splits the palette into bright, dark, black, green 1, green 2, blue 1, and blue 2.)

## 4. Inspiration => References

“Good artists copy, great artists steal!” -Picasso

Problem: Coming up with something 100% original is tedious and doesn’t always give great results. It saps the inspiration right out of you!

Solution: It’s a lot easier to steal ideas from references!

Note: don’t just copy, steal! Cherry-pick/massage the aspects of the reference you find the most appealing and work them into your design. Ditch anything that you don’t care about. Make it your own! Make it something you can put your own name on! Below is the reference image I used for my designs:

And below is my fanart:

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading! If you guys want to see any other topics, feel free to ask and I can try my hand at it.

If you want to see my previous character design tips, click here.
If you want to see the full-size Power Rangers fanart lineup, click here.
If you want to see other character designs I’ve done, click here.

How to Write a Resume LIKE A BOSS

So you’re ready to assume some responsibility and apply for your first job (or your fifth job or your fiftieth job) and you want some tips on writing a good resume, huh? Well, are you are in luck because 1) I’ve edited and proofed so many resumes I could probably write one for each of my friends without their input and 2) I’ve actually taken some classes on this shit. So, basing this primarily on comments I’ve made while correcting someone else’s resume (and while looking at my own for reference), here are my tips on writing a resume.

I should probably warn you that: 1. The idea is very old; 2. I mostly write stuff so I can push character limits, and here I clearly pushed too hard. Basically, expect lots of OOC.

Title: Think Before You Speak

Fandom: MommaCQ (belongs to @alainaprana)

Wordcount: 983

Warnings: OOC; mentions of injury and hospitalization; blatant angst.

Summary: Error hates the hospital.

Every relationship is different, but these are some things that tend to ring true across the board.

• Have fun. No matter what age or how long you’ve been together, you should always be able to make each other laugh.
• Let your partner have their own passions and life. Have your own too.
• Compromise. Relationships are about balance and finding happy mediums.
• Touch. Being physically close and connected to each other is what creates that amazing comforting bond. Don’t ignore that, a little goes a long way.
• Date somebody that you would be friends with.
• Listen. Pay attention to the little things, to the dreams they think are too crazy or a throwaway comment of their interests. Showing thoughtfulness is such a sign of love and respect.
• Never leave the house in a fight
• Know that it won’t always be easy, but that’s no reason to give up.
• Accept that nobody is perfect. You aren’t, so don’t hold unrealistic expectations for someone else. Love them as you love yourself unconditionally as you both work to improve yourselves.
• Know the other person’s love language. This helps you communicate better, understand one another’s mindset and make sure you both feel cared about.
• Don’t take things too seriously. I feel like this is general life advice, but make time to see the positive and do things that will make you happy. Keep that playful element.
• Finally, its great for your partner to be your best friend, but don’t let them be your only friend.

can you recommend some korrasami fics?

Of course I can! Man, I don’t even know where to start, but these are some of the ones that come to mind:

March of Progress by @threehoursfromtroy

The Avatar must protect nature, foster peace, and keep the world safe.
The CEO of Future Industries must expand, innovate, and, at the end of the day, turn a profit.

Korra and Asami have fallen in love, and fallen hard. But when their duties come between them, their world convulses around them, and their pasts still haunt them both, can the world’s most powerful couple survive?

~ I’ve recommended this many times and still stand by this fic (and the whole Comes Marching Home series). We get to see the development of Korra and Asami in terms of their relationship, their characterization and their hardships. Also, the author is an absolute sweetheart!

Korra and Asami on the steady, special road to life partnership. A post-reunion, post(ish)-college roommate AU.

~ So, I’m not usually a fan of AU stories, but this one has left me stunned on multiple occasions. The characterization of Korra and Asami is divine, their relationship progression is so pure and beautiful and the story is captivating. It’s a slow burn story that is definitely worth your time!

(The characterization in this story reminds me of Nightmares and Daydreams by SorbetLaitier - another sort of slow burn  story that I would highly recommend –> https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10837027/1/Nightmares-and-Daydreams)

Absence of Light by @sniperct

Ten years ago, Avatar Korra opened a spirit portal in the center of Republic City. In the decade since, Korra has overseen a new era of peace. But there are dangers old and new, creeping shadows threatening to strangle and choke out the light and throw the world back out of balance. In the absence of light, what hope remains?

~ I’ve recommended this to some people because it’s honestly one of the best stories that I’ve ever read (this too, has its own series called The Avatar and the Inventor). Here, we have a badass married Korrasami couple and a very interesting/dangerous villain. We also get to see some good ol’ characters from ATLA!

All These Broken Hearts on That Pole by Gummy

Korra knew this was insane. Absolutely utterly mad. The first time she ever stepped foot in a strip club and of course she had to fall for one of the strippers. The entire thing felt like a tired, worn out cliche. But cliche or not, something was happening and she sure as hell wasn’t going to let it slip through her fingers.

~ This is another AU involving a strip club - need I say more? I haven’t read this one in a while, but I would definitely say that it’s worth the read!

Parts to Play by @darling-gypsum

Asami Sato has been raised her whole life to distrust benders, but now, she doesn’t know quite what to make of the Avatar. The two girls bond as the Equalist threat looms over Republic City, but the threat could be closer than Korra realizes. Asami’s allegiances are tested. (designed to blend the “Asami Equalist AU” into most of the show canon, so Korrasami, Makorra, and Masami ships are all acknowledged and explored)

Unseen moments in the last two books, as Korra and Asami fly out of and back into each other’s lives.Sequel to “Parts to Play” Books 1 & 2.

~ This is definitely a must-read story! It takes an alternative path in books 1 & 2 with an equalist!asami narrative. Book 3 & 4 are more of what we are used to in the show. The characters really get fleshed out and we get to see lot of behind-the-scenes moments/interactions. A very beautiful story/series indeed!

Book 5: Light by @asami-snazz

A complete Book 5 story following Korra and Asami from the final and beyond as the couple navigate through their new relationship whilst also dealing with rising anti-spirit tension at home and considerable political instability in the rest of the Four Nations as Korra and Asami are tested more than ever before.

“The canon seemed to be being fired carelessly from the Spirit Wilds. Korra…No…Gut instinct told Asami that the Avatar would be there.”

~ I’ve always had a great liking for this story! Very nice characterization and relationship-building for both Korrasami  with a really neat plot! It starts out fluffy but gets very interesting as the chapter go on! We get to Asami have some amazing moments and we also get to see a bit more about Korra’s mental state. Highly recommend this!

Some other must-reads that are well-known include:

The Seeking Balance series by SimplyKorra (a.k.a weissrose on this site)

Spin the Rails series by @lokgifsandmusings and @progmanx

Venti Sized Crush by ZoeReed

They say that true love hurts. Well, this could almost kill me by frenetic_core

http://archiveofourown.org/works/3765220/chapters/8363638

…and a whole lotta others that I want to include (but this list is already getting too long :p). I haven’t bothered adding my own commentary to these last few ones due to their well-known status. But seriously, read them all!!!

Hopefully you can find some nice stories in there that you haven’t read before. They all deserve the chance to be read and loved!!! Feel free to add on some other stories if you think I missed some good ones (which I know I did).

Basic transits meaning

I’ll cover the houses here. If you want to check your transits, here you have a tutorial by @astrologanize

Sun: focus, where you shine brighter than ever! Where the sun falls, it’ll be your main interest for a certain time. For example, Sun transiting your 11th house will focus on social life, friend groups and your dreams. Sun transiting your 6th house will be focused on routine and getting things done, rather than dreaming and being social.

Moon: this planet’s transits are really short (2 days approximately), so its effect is more like “daily mood” than big and meaningful cycles in your life. These transits show where your emotions are focused on, and where you may be more creative. I highly recommend to check the sign where the transit Moon is in! For example, Cancer moon is transiting in your 2nd house. That’ll mean you’re a lot more attached emotionally to your material goods, and you may buy too many things during this transit. Of course, this feeling only last for like two days so next week you might regret all the useless things you’ve bought…

Mercury: this planet’s transits tend to last one month aproximately. These transits show where your mental focus is, your mental state and what kind of subjects are you up to learn. Plus, it brings a lot of energy to the house’s activities. For example, Mercury transiting the 3rd house will be a lot more witty and will seek more mental stimulation than usual. It may be difficult to stop thinking and you may jump from one thought to the next fearly quickly. This is a good time to focus on mental activities, like school or college.

Venus: this planet’s transits last about one month. This transits tend to show where you feel more confident and social. If it isn’t in a bad aspect with any natal planet, it’ll be a good transit. Depending the house transit Venus is, you may be a lot more creative and artsy. For example, Venus transiting your 5th house will make you more prone to flirting without a clear objective, more like an entertaiment than a real affair. This placement is perfect for creative activities, like drawing.

Mars: this planet’s transits last about one month. This brings a boost of energy to the activities concerned to the transited house, and may indicate what drives you during that time. For example, Mars transiting your 9th house will be eager to learn, and motivation to travel and experience new things.

The following planets have a wider orbit around the sun, therefore, they stay longer in each house. Personally, I think their effects are way more crucial than, for example, the moon’s.

Saturn: this planet’s transits last about one or two years. It is mostly seen as a hard aspect because it shows where one have work to do in order to reach a goal, where we don’t feel enough and it sometimes lead to insecurity and limitations. For example, Saturn transiting in the 10th house can make you feel useless in your career and vulnerable in front of others, and you might feel your work isn’t rewarded. This is a good time to work harder than ever and find holes in your public image and goals.

Jupiter: this planet’s transits last for one year. It shows where you find yourself luckier and happier, and what will help you to expand your life. This is generally seen as a good transit, not matter what kind of aspects it has with your natal planets. For example, Jupiter in the 12th house finds happiness and expansion through relaxing and spiritual ways, like meditation. This is a good time to analyze yourself and let your ego wash away.

Uranus: this planet spends many years in one house and sign. It brings change and mental energy. Change is abrupt and may be caused by a change of mentality or plain boredom. Uranus is here to start new things, to dare and to challenge you. For example, if Uranus is in your 1st house, you may feel you need to change your appearence and your identity may be challenged. This is a good time to change your style and re-create yourself.

Neptune: this planet spends many years in one house and sign. Where it is placed, things get burried. It’s a time where you are more creative, spiritual and confused at the same time. This transit paints a certain part of your life with fantasy. If Neptune is transiting your 6th house, for example, you’ll daydreaming a lot more than you’re used to and procrastination may take over your life if you don’t control it. This is a good time to make art though.

Pluto: this planet spends many years in one house and sign. Transformation is the key word for this transit. Where transit Pluto is placed, things (think about habits, cycles, etc) end in order to start new ones. Also, it can symbolize that your current habits will be transform permanently. Negative feelings may be regular in certain times. Things from the past may do a come back. For example, if Pluto is transiting your 7th house, several of your relationships and friendships may transform in something new, bad or good. Plus, some of your relationships may end and that will mean a new cycle, a “new” you. This is a good time to reevaluate your relationships and throw away the negative ones in your life.

-Melisa.

Hello, yes, hi, I recently found your art and account and I love what you do. I'm turning 14 in April and I've asked for a drawing pad, but I have no idea how to use one as of yet. Have you got any tips or anything? Because I've wanted to try digital art for a while and your art makes me want to even more lmao. Thanks! - B.A.

BOI OH BOI DO I GOT SOME TIPS FOR U <3

(I’m not sure what kind of comp you’re going to be using, so I’ll list for both.)

FIRST: Drawing Programs; the free and the great.

-Firealpaca: Lightweight drawing program. I draw Recovery using this! It’s easy on the RAM if you have a weak comp/are paranoid about yours like I am, it is mainly for basic comic making, and has all the basic brushes you need (pen/pencil/airbrush/symmetry/etc). You can add your own brushes as well but they’re p basic settings. Has basic Animation/Gif making as well using Onion Mode! Layout is a piece of cake. Please note that If you leave it open for a week it’ll crash on you, even if you haven’t anything on it at the moment, and sometimes the brush sensitivity just stops working so you just have to close and then open it again. (Also I have no idea how to update it aside from deleting it completely and just downloading the new version from scratch, so thats a thing.) Mac/Windows

-MedibangPaint: This is basically FireAlpaca But Better. Has tons of screen tones, brush patterns, and tools. I don’t use it much because I’m used to FA’s layout and get confused with the the placement of tools in here, so if you can I highly suggest just going with this first. Also has basic animation/gif making! Has storage for the website as well, and you can upload more preset brushes. It’s v anime. This program has waaay more in terms of basically everything, so it just takes more RAM. NBD, you don’t have to have every brush downloaded from the storage ^u^. Mac/Windows

-Clip Studio Paint: Okay this one isn’t free, it’s a pricey one, HOWEVER once a year they take the price way fuckin down by at least 75%. Sign up for the email list and it’ll let you know when that precious day comes. It’s how I got it @u@, around christmastime? This program is basically MedibangPaint On Steroids. I do all of my digital-yet-tradition-style-painting on here! The brushes all have some neat af settings to play with, you can make your own brushes, has tons of screen tones, pre-made panels, and settings. You can save projects as basically anything you need, is a hardy program that almost never crashes, and It’ll take a nice chunk of space on your comp depending on how much memory you have but hey, its worth it. It’s much more complex layout-wise than the other two here, but you get used to it after playing around and watching tutorials haha.

-Mischief: It’s a 25\$ app, has like four brushes and five layers only but is vector-based with an endless canvas. Not really worth having unless you like the vector thing. UP TO YOU. I spent forever with this one doing all that homestuck stuff, so it’s not really bad so much as it is a basic bitch. Mac

-MyPaint: I used this a bunch when I still did digital art on my windows laptop before I upgraded to a Mac. It’s easy on the comp and has plenty of brushes and settings. You can also get brush packages if you don’t feel like you have enough that comes with the program! Also has endless canvas; pretty sure you can just select an area and then export as is. I barely remember the rest but It’s pretty great. Windows/MacPorts(which I hate)

-GIMP: I hate this thing. I cannot figure it out for the life of me. It’s got loads of shit though, can handle layers, has plenty of brushes, and can do basic animation/gifs if you ever figure it out. Windows/mac

I’ve heard good things from paint tool SAI and Krita as well, but have never used them myself.

***You can always pay through the nose/use a student discount for the photoshop series and pay that shit monthly, those fuckers have literally everything, but I am a cheap college kid making minimum wage with a car payment; I’d rather just pay once/not at all.

TABLETS: treat that shit like a newborn babe 24/7

-I have literally only ever owned a Wacom Intuos4. It has lasted me six years, and at least five moves across many miles. I broke one of the cord ports the day I opened it by holding it wrong, have one left, and now treat it like it’s going to die if the cord moves badly. Please be aware that if you break both ports, you better either sodder it back together yourself or upgrade to smth else because it costs about as much as the tablet itself was bought at to be fixed. Good news, though, it comes with at least six extra pen nibs, has programable buttons on the side (that I have never bothered to use) and a scroll bar in case you’re too lazy to use the keyboard (…I don’t really use that either unless I’m just scrolling through tumblr LMFAO).

-I would die for a Cintiq.

HOT TIPS: its useful.

-most of the programs listed use the same keyboard shortcuts. MEMORIZE THEM. It’s pretty easy, since you’ll use em a lot. [cntrl/cmmd+T] lets you resize what you just drew on that layer, and [cntrl/cmmd+z] is undo. I use those the most, for obvious reasons.

-vector-based programs are pretty great because when you resize an image it looks prefect. You can’t do that with a program that isn’t, so I just resize the base roughdraft and draw the lineart again on the layer above so I don’t get weird JPEG quality lines.

-You can use a ruler with your tablet, just slap it on and go, but honestly most programs have settings for that. just use those.

-You can also trace stuff on your tablet, so long as the paper isn’t too thick. I just scan/take a photo and then open it up in the program, though. much easier.

-SAVE CONSTANTLY. Art programs like to crash on you, even when they’re hardy and you have a good comp. make it a habit to quick save your work.

-Use a desk and have good posture. You’ll be able to draw a hell of a lot longer if you do. I personally keep fucking up my knees by sitting on my legs as I work out of habit, and don’t actually have a desk chair. Keep your screen at eye level and at a fair distance to prevent eyestrain and also neck-strain haha

-Chances are you won’t be used to the tablet right away. Most places you buy from say it’ll take a couple of months to get used to how weird it is to draw while not looking at your own hand, so don’t be frustrated If your drawings look a bit off at first.

-if you draw at least one thing every day, by the end of the year you’ll have improved exponentially. I literally made this blog to make myself draw once a day.

-don’t be afraid to check out speedpaints and tutorials. It’s always good to get more familiar with the program you’re using and new techniques previously unconsidered.

-get familiar with clipping layers. They are insanely useful; you clip one layer to the one below and then when you draw it only shows up on the drawing of that layer below. Shit is a godsend if you’re bad at coloring in the lines/lazy. The bucket tool is also really useful, and you can adjust the expansion by pixel so you don’t miss anything between the lines.

-experiment with your brushes, shit be fun af

-warmup your wrists before and after drawing. prevent swollen veins and such. dont want hand pain/numbness, its reaaaaally bad.

—basically if your hands hurt stop for the day.

-PNGS are for internet, JPEGS are for printing/fucking with quality (cough hack homestuck)

-resolution doesn’t have to be much more than 350 dpi if its just going to be on a webpage. Maximize that shit if you’re going to be printing, though. Especially if you put stuff on redbubble.

-DeviantArt has this thing called Sta.sh where you can dump art, keep it in perfect quality and just share it with certain people with a link instead of all of the website. Great for storing commission pieces, its the only reason I have DA in the first place.

-you get a different audience depending on what site you use for posting art, so keep that in mind for the kind of feedback you want.

-after awhile of drawing using a tablet, you may lose patience/forget that in traditional art there isn’t an undo button lmfao It’s cool; you don’t have to choose one over the other or anything.

-Honestly you can work around almost anything. You just invent new ways and techniques for yourself and you’ll do just fine.

Aaaaand that’s all I got for today! Thanks for sticking around <3

Here's my simple list of rules to reading fanfic: 1. Unless you know the author makes consistent updates, don't start a WIP 2. If you don't like it, stop reading it. 3. Ask in the comments if the author would like feedback. If the answer is no, then don't leave feedback. I'm talking critique, not positive feedback. If you can't be nice, blah, blah, blah. 4. Heed the warnings, but also 5. No one owes you trigger warnings. It's nice, but people need to take care of themselves, not the writer.

Which leads to 6. People interpret trigger warnings differently, therefore, the reader is responsible for policing their own psyche. 7. My idea of what an excellent fic is will be vastly different than someone else’s idea. There is something for everyone, don’t shit on what other people like. 8. A person wrote this for any number of reasons. Be happy it exists. This might be the only place where you come across something that speaks to you personally & that’s true for someone else too.

These are all really great points.

I’d also like to add that some of us writers don’t tag everything, even relationships, because we have no idea when we start that a certain pairing is even going to be a thing. If you follow writers like this (like me!) please be aware that following a WIP may mean you get occasionally blindsided. The author probably was too.

There are also certain things I won’t tag because I don’t want to give away spoilers. If that’s something you disagree with, yelling at me about it won’t change my position. In which case, either don’t read my stories, or have a friend read them first to make sure there’s nothing in there you hate.

An interesting example of this was Save Me, where I had Braeden appear out of nowhere as a character. And wow, did I cop some backlash for it. We’re talking Braeden, on her own, and no, she wasn’t pairing up with Derek (it was a Steter fic anyway, but hey…)

And no, I didn’t tag her as a character because right up until she appeared, I had no idea that’s who the story needed. I write on the fly. Planning novels is for work, and that’s not what I’m here for.

So I’m going to tell every reader what I told that reader: You can feel free to stop at any time, but I’m going to keep writing my stories how I want.

There are plenty of readers and writers in fandom, and everyone is free to find someone who is the right fit for their needs.

Hi! I'm writing a story, and I was wondering if it were possible for birds to evolve to glow in the dark within the next hundred years? If that is impossible, could they be made to glow?

So they definitely could be made to glow! There’s lots of genes out there that code for fluorescent proteins. My favorite is a jellyfish gene called GFP (which stands for green fluorescent protein), which codes for a green protein that glows under blue-violet or UV light. (however, it doesn’t necessarily glow in the dark, I’ve looked over the other known fluorescent proteins and I’m not sure of one that specifically glows in the dark, but I believe GFP or one of its derivatives would do the job, as they’re specifically related to jellyfish bioluminescence! It’s also possible I’m getting way too into specifics here, so moving forward, feel free to read GFP as ‘generic fluorescent protein which also glows in the dark because scifi’)

This gene is easily extracted and has been sequenced already (fun fact: we do need to sequence genes before we can work with them extensively - that’s why it was such a big deal to sequence the human genome!) so it’s often used as a marker in the biotech industry (not sure if your gene is being expressed? Just add GFP! You’ll know if it glows!)

To actually make an organism glow, you’d need to combine GFP with a gene that codes for a protein involved in the actual structure of the organism. For example, when I was in school, I did a project where I made yeast cells glow by combining GFP with one of the major structural genes of yeast, creating what’s called a recombinant gene. This meant that instead of just coding for the protein it originally coded for, (which was used to build the cytoskeleton) it coded for both that protein, and for GFP. When I put this gene into new yeast cells and let them colonize, their cytoskeletons also contained GFP, making them glow!

This is what GFP looks like in action! Yeast cells are pretty simple, being single-celled organisms and all, but birds are a little more complicated. It could be done (and combining some mammal DNA and even human DNA with GFP already has been done!), but it would take more time than just a semester. I would say several years at the minimum, and they might run into some problems with animal rights laws/ethics laws depending on the government where your scientists are science-ing.

You also wouldn’t have all birds glowing, just a specific species, probably manmade. It’s possible this could happen naturally, but unlikely, and you’d probably only see isolated cases unless something in their environment was making it more useful to glow than not. (It’s likely the opposite would happen - it would make them much more visible to predators, for one, and I’m not sure what might offset that to make it useful enough to be selected for. However, birds are weird, and sometimes select for things harmful to their survival because they think it looks pretty, so it’s entirely possible that happened.) You’d be unlikely to see an entire glowing species develop within 100 years from natural evolution alone unless the glowing trait was being heavily selected for.

This is such a neat idea! Good luck with your story!

pidge and lance are best friends: a illustrated guide that nobody asked for

hey y’all i’m emma and welcome to jackass appreciating pidge and lance’s beautiful friendship

(this is long af with many screencaps, but i describe them, so you don’t really need to open them all if you’re on mobile ok i know the struggle and i’ve got u)

Hey! What're your thoughts on Agents of SHIELD moving to Fridays at 9pm? I'm worried about the future of the show...

Hey, anon! So I apologise in advance if this gets really in depth, but I’m actually a television scheduler myself, so I’m really into how other channels put their schedule together and why they do it.

Anyway, without further ado! Here are my thoughts on the matter. Under the cut for length.

Hi Emma, I'm a first year law student who just finished HSC last year. I'm completely over my head in terms of study techniques - they basically don't exist. My main concerns are what notebooks to use for everything, what stationery, and obviously mainly how to go about studying. I understand that it's something I have to figure out myself, but I just can't - how do I start organising everything??? I still end up freaking out the night before due dates and I hate it.

Hey! For notebooks, I’d recommend purchasing the A4 poly Arc Notebook from Staples.com.au. Here is a link. I used it for all my HSC and the last two years of uni. It’s fantastic and I love it. It is a little bit expensive but honestly, it is the best bit of stationery I have ever purchased. For pens wise, I’d recommend getting your hands on a pack of Staedtler 432 ball pens. They’re available at Officeworks or Big W. They’re nice pens, a great set of colours and easy to hold. Muji pens are also nice but gel so if you’re a leftie, not always fantastic. I think highlighters are important too. My favourites are the Zebra Mildliners (I purchased them from the UK Amazon site) and Stabilo Swing Cool Highlighters (from Officeworks). I don’t think you need to go over the top on stationery. Just a small selection of things that you will actually use! For organising here are a few things you could try to do - you may already be doing some of it so just ignore those:

• spend a full day/weekend going through your desk - throw out old stationery that doesn’t work, pile up unused notebooks, and recycle old scraps of paper! Make sure anything you might have from HSC is away (unless you need it) or you’ve recycled it. Try to get your desk only for university. If you’ve got drawers make them for certain things. I have one for things I use regularly (post-it notes, usbs, stapler, etc), stationery in general (to-do pads, stickers, etc), a drawer for uni (my binders, course information, etc), spare stationery (unused notebooks, diaries) and a drawer for accessories/spare paper for my Arc notebook. I recently did a clear out of my desk (it was supposed to be a ‘tidy’) and it took me like 4 hours). You’ll feel so much more clear and organised once it is done. I’d also recommend tidying your desk once a week - making sure everything is in it’s correct place - and then clearing it out properly each semester.
• organise your laptop/desktop - have a folder for the year > add in a folder for your semester > add in a folder for each class > add in a folder for each week and general stuff. I find it so much simpler to have it super organised instead of having one folder to drop files in. Remember to save things in the actual place and the correct name!!!!
• try OneNote (if you aren’t already) - honestly, it is the best note-taking app you can have and it’s free! Everything is automatically saved, it doesn’t create a million different files per class, easy to format, etc! If you prefer writing notes that is your choice, but I find typing much easier for university! Here is a post on how I set mine up.
• find a planner - again, a kind of simple one but if you’re not using it properly then it shows! Find somewhere (either a notebook, your phone, your computer) where you can write down what is due. Always add in reminders two weeks, a week, a day before something is due. That way you won’t be as likely to forget. You can also use it to make schedules for working on your assessments. If you can say, set yourself 2 hours every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday to work on an assignment due that coming Monday you’ll have more chance to get it done - rather than just winging it over the weekend! You could also check out my printables so you can plan your time without spending money!!
• plan as much as you can - for big assessments this is key! I will also spend a few hours drafting up what I want to include in it. Sometimes I’ll spend a day (not a full day, just part of it) planning it out, finding my references, my main points, evidence and then breaking up the structure and word count. Then I’ll go back either the day later or a few days and start working. It makes tackling assessments much less stressful if you’ve prepped before hand.
• have a binder per subject - since you’re doing law I assume you get a lot of worksheets/readings/case studies that are printed! Get yourself a 4 ring large binder from Officeworks, some extra wide dividers and thick plastic sleeves to house it all. I do the same and I put my notes from my Arc Notebook into plastic sleeves once I’ve finished with them.
• determine a notetaking system - I organised mine during HSC and still use it. It makes life a million times easier if you can just understand your notes. Mine is here if you wanted to look. Other people use the Cornell method!
• organise yourself with a productive and efficient study method - try to find out what type of learner you are by taking this quiz. Then use this infographic to help determine what would be best for you! My study routine is here.
• use productivity apps - these are so helpful, I cannot stress that enough! I love the app ‘Forest’ for keeping me off my phone and focused. Here are some apps to try.
• Other things to help: beating procrastination; preparing for a new semester; managing your time whilst note-taking; revising notes; overcoming self-doubt; staying focused in lectures/class.

I hope this helps! Best of luck with everything! xx

Hi, TLP, I'm a big fan of your work both art and otherwise, but can I ask how you write action scenes? Weird Ik, feel free to ignore.

Oh i got another ask just like this but I kept forgetting to write it out, thanks for reminding me!

Heres some tips for how i handle things when I’m writing an action sequence.

Depending on your writing style it obviously affects how the scene plays out. If you focus on everyone while writing (meaning its not only the perspective and thoughts of one person) it can get kind of difficult, because you’ll keep wanting to play out where EVERYONE is and how they dodge or react to each attack. Focusing on just one person at a time helps keep YOU focused as well as the readers. Imagine a fight with three good guys and two bad guys. Now while facing the enemy and gauging their attack it isnt logical for the view of the scene to include what the people behind the person you’re focusing on are doing, because clearly person A cant see person B or C at this time. Reminding yourself what your focus character can actually see helps keep the readers focused on the action and also builds suspense and intrigue, because the last thing A saw of B was them getting tackled and thrown into a wall, but before A could get to them they were pinned down by bad guy 1. Now they are on their feet but they don’t have a visual on B and they can only hear C in the distance. They can now choose to shout out for B or tell C to find them. Get what I mean?

When a character is hit hard they are thrown, and clearly at this time they don’t have a grasp on their surroundings. This forces you to focus on the impact and description of the pain, which does something I call ‘Closing In’ . Closing In is what happens when the character in question looses a handle for a moment on the whole situation and you as the writer are forced to focus on what few details you have. The character was hit hard in the chest and skipped over the ground before colliding with a wall HARD. The wind was knocked out of them and they are dazed, their ears are ringing and they are grasping weakly at the ground trying to push themselves up. Their chest is aching, they can’t hear, they can’t see. Their hearing returns only vaguely like they are underwater. They can hear fighting, they can hear their friends, only distantly- they are pinned to the ground, their spine flaring in pain as they are crushed by the enemy that had thrown them. In their pain and distraction they hadnt noticed the enemy approaching.

With a closed sub-scene like this you forget about the WHOLE scene and focus on the smaller scene, which makes the whole thing way more urgent because where the hell are B and C. Are they okay are the even alive? And what about A? They are screwed and on their own. Now at this time you can do a scene shift and only now focus on where the crap C has been this whole time, because for the first time C has a visual on A and they are being lifted from the ground by the kneck, their body terrifyingly limp.

See the change? You push the scene forward by not switching the perspective to one of the other characters. Now you can play up everything they are feeling and reference injuries they may have earned while not being focused on, because they have to get to A. Again this adds urgency and desperation, and you are given the opening to focus on the new sub-scene, which is the fight that B and C have been having this whole time. If you now reference this battle with details hinting at what HAS happened ((something simple like saying they were pulled back in which implies this has happened before)). Now you can focus on characters B and C, which leaves the readers like where the crap is A. Which pushes the scene.

It isnt all about dodges and attacks, honestly the more detailed you get with those things the less interesting it can be. Letting the readers fill in the exact WAY he twisted and lashed out can enrich the scene for you, but again being way too vague and saying “he attacked” all the time sucks, so play it by ear and view it critically. Imagine it like a movie. I get around this problem by focusing on the physical aspect of everything that is happening, the power behind each hit, the weight behind the lunge, the grind of his heels through the dirt as he is pushed back and the bite of his shield into the gaps of his armor. The more the reader understands how HARD each attack is becoming the more desperate it seems because exhaustion is now a new threat. If you start simple and just say he rolled he attacked he lunged, then later go into how heavy everything is getting you can imply without saying it directly that things are getting more urgent.

Everything in fights comes down to risk and urgency. How dangerous is what they are doing and how much time is there left? If a ally is wounded their time is cut down and urgency rises. If a character is getting tired the risk of every new action is higher, and so on.

So TLDR

Not everyone can see everything all the time let alone process everything all the time. There are gaps in everything and focusing on what each character DOESNT know and thus the readers dont know adds more stress to the scene.

Perspective and focus points are powerful tools

In a multi person fight sub-scenes can push the larger scene while adding tension and apprehension.

Closing In creates detail and tension

Urgency and Risk are powerful motivators in every fight, remember this as you progress.

Hope this helped!

International Fanworks Day

Hey Darcyland! So, Ao3 informes me that it is International Fanworks Day, and that is awesome! And i’ve thought how to properly celebrate this day and of course I want to comment and send love to each and every one of you. But where to start? We are such a wonderfully diverse fandom, and every day more get’s added to our basket of joy, to my utter delight.

So here is what i propose:

Reblog this and add 1) Link to a fanwork that you recently read and liked and 2) one of your own fanworks.* It could be a story that you want some feedback on, or that you think is your best work. Or one that you think you failed at. Or a story that you think hasn’t gotten enough attention. Or just, any story. Don’t you dare shrink away from a little bit of self-promotion, okay?

So, do this. Everything that get’s added to this within the next 24 hours will be read and commented on by me at some point. (And who knows, maybe some other folks, too?). I will try my best to write you a long and loving comment. If you want anything in particular for that comment, feel totaly free to add that, too. I will also let everyone know who recced their thing, to spread the love even further. Let’s be honest, we all love to know who likes the things we do, don’t we?

Let’s appreciate the hell out of each other, like we always do, okay?

(* Btw, I said fanworks in general and i really mean anything. Pictures, Podcasts, Stories - anything that you or someone else did that is fanish.)

hi so I was wondering if you could tell me the best way to start off writing fics on tumblr? It feels like I'm asking a stupid question but there's just so many blogs on tumblr and I always feel so silly when I post, and end up taking them down, partly because of the fact that having it sit there gets me anxious and partly because I feel like my writing is... crap. Yeah. Help?

I get this question a lot and I never know what good advice to give because I don’t think there’s something you have to do if you want to post your stories online. If you love writing and you want to share your stories with people, you should post them. Don’t doubt yourself and your writing!

• Tagging - It’s really important to properly tag your stuff. If you’re a fic writer, there’s no need for you to tag a Jungkook story with “Yoongi smut” or “Jimin gif”. Personally, when I’m looking for something specific, I hate seeing stuff that doesn’t belong in that tag because it makes it so much harder for me to find what I’m looking for, and I’m definitely not going to click on a Jungkook smut story if I’m out there looking for a specific Jimin gif. The first five tags are the ones that show up in the search, so those are the most important ones. Tag the genre and the members that are involved.
• Networks - I don’t know when exactly, but I joined @kwritersnet and it’s  a great network for sharing your stories with people, but also for finding new stories. Since the tags are full of things that don’t belong there, I never go through them. When I look for new stuff to read, I usually scroll through the network tag and I find something new every time. I suggest you try joining that network or a similar one - it’s a good way to meet new people and share your stories with them.
• Feedback - This might be just me, but I feel like a lot of people on this site expect feedback even though they never actually give it. I’ve had a lot of people message me for the first time saying they love my stories and asking for me to reblog their story or read it or give feedback, which I have no problem with, but I’ve never even seen their urls before which means they never gave any type of feedback to me, whether it be likes, reblogs, asks, messages. I’m not saying you have to give feedback, but if you’re claiming you love someone’s work, why aren’t you giving them any kind of feedback, but expect them to give you some? I feel like some of these messages are just generic messages that get sent to a lot of writers at the same time, and I don’t like being treated like one out of 50 options. Besides, if you’re a writer, you know how much feedback means, even if it’s constructive criticism. If you interact with other writers, you have a better chance of them noticing your stories and checking them out. I’m saying this because I know @noona-la-la-la, for example, found my blog because I reblogged a story of hers and gave feedback in the tags. I found a lot writers that way too since I always check the tags on my stories.

Good luck !! :)

Hi Emma ! Do you have any tips on how to balance homework with revision ? Lately, I've been having and homework due on the same day and I'm having a hard time prioritizing both tasks. Thanks in advance :D

Hey! Here are a few things that might help:

• in a sense, homework is revision - try not to beat yourself up if you’re not getting round to studying every day! you’re still working on homework and learning, so it isn’t like you’re being unproductive.
• prioritise individual tasks - when choosing what to revise or what homework to do, you should check which is most important. Is it due tomorrow? Is it due next week? By determining what should be done first then you’re making an active decision which shouldn’t make your feel like you’re doing one thing over the other because you just want to. If you have some homework due the next morning, do that instead of revision!
• create a study timetable - plan out your daily activities for the entire week and see where you could possibly fit in some revision time. When I was in high school, I would generally do homework during the week and study over a weekend. Obviously, if I had a test coming up I’d add in a bit more revision. You can check out my study schedule printables if you want too! They’re free to download and might give you a bit of motivation to stick fo a plan.
• remove all distractions - if you can reduce the amount of time you spend on homework, there is going to be a better chance of fitting in half an hour or hour of actual studying! My top tips for removing distractions include: using Forest to stay on task and not use my phone - you can see a post with lots of time management/productivity manage apps here; have a “brain dump”/“procrastination page” where you write down anything that bothers you during a study session!
• make life easier on yourself by doing revision notes during the year - often students, myself included, will leave study or revision notes until the end of the year and then have to do them properly before starting. If you can summarise your notes throughout the year - either when you finish a topic or at the end of each month - then it will make it much easier and quick to revise along with doing homework.

I hope this helps, even just a little bit! x

Do you have any advice for quick but effective characterization without making it feel like I'm just cramming in character details? I'm planning a project where I basically have a ton of characters (31 now) in one setting and I tell mostly one-off stories featuring each of them, but I'm worried either they'll seem underdeveloped or the stories will be so full of characterization there's no room for anything else. It is gonna be character-driven, but there still should be some plot and setting!

I just sent an ask about ensemble casts and hit the character limit before I could add this, but I love your blog and I really appreciate you for filling it with such good advice and inspiration, and also for being by far the most approachable writing blog I follow! You’re very friendly and helpful and have great taste and it’s awesome!

fhsklasuhleaiwhsng Well then. If that doesn’t make a writer smile, I don’t know what will. Thanks, Anon, that’s a very good thing to hear, since approachable is exactly what I strive for here. Now, you’ve given yourself a doozy, but don’t be too discouraged. There are ways, but you’re going to have to be willing to work on them. They often don’t come naturally to us. Let’s think about this a bit:

You want your characters to be distinct. They should be recognizable and memorable, leaving a lasting impression on your readers about who they are as a person, and the kinds of things they deal with in their life. How can we get across to our readers in short, concise, camouflaged ways that these are full, round, complete characters with a wealth of experiences and background and stories behind them, without actually putting all of those experiences and background information and stories right out there on the page in huge dumps? That’s the hope, right? That readers are able to walk away from a story with the distinct impression that there’s a lot more to this character than what they’ve just read, right? I think so. How can we portray that?

Let them reference stuff when they talk. Everybody does it. During conversation, someone says something and it reminds us of something else, and we say things like, “That happened to me once. I mean, not the mouse thing; it was an iguana for me,” and, “Tell me about it. My sister once sat on the lid of a trunk in the middle of summer because she thought it was funny.” The key to characterization is remembering that you don’t have to go in depth and tell the whole thing for it to be effective. It’s okay to let your readers imagine what the rest of that story could be.

Your narrator is your best friend. Your narrator is there for exactly these kinds of things. Maybe showing isn’t conducive to the story and you need to do a little telling. No problem. Narrator to the rescue. Again, remember that short and to-the-point is key. Don’t mention things that aren’t relevant to what’s happening at the moment, but if there is something that adds to the reader’s understanding of the moment, feel free to briefly reference it using the narrator. “Gerret didn’t remember a time the Matron hadn’t stood her ground against the Legion. He got the distinct impression she cared more about the gods than the crown.”–and then move on. Little character details and backstory can be interwoven with current events as long as you put it in the lens of your point of view and you don’t dwell on it very long.

Additionally, when you’re trying to imply relationships the were built up before the events of the story–friends who’ve known each other for a long time, sibling rivalries, whatever kind of relationship–the way your characters interact with one another will tell the audience a heck of a lot. A character ruffling the hair of another is immediately a signal of affection without ever having to say, “The two infantrymen had been friends four years, two of which saw them in the midst of blood and battle.” Take advantage of the interactions that carry background connotations and let them do some of the speaking for you.

I’m just going to leave this here, too: Know what you’re okay with your readers not knowing about a character. Just think about it.

Texture building, my friend, that’s what I call all these little, short mentions you can slip in here and there–little details that don’t need more than a sentence or two to divulge and help give the readers impressions of grander things out there and behind your characters. It’s hard, unnatural even, and takes a bit of practice. Don’t fret if it’s not until editing stages that you’re really able to get those moments into shape. If your first draft is full of info-dumps, that’s okay. Getting it out on the page so that you can understand exactly what you’re trying to portray is helpful, too. Do what you need to do to get a good feel for what you want to include to help readers see the depth. Sometimes those crucial details don’t show themselves until you’ve already written the info-dump.

Good luck, writer, and thanks again for your kind words. -Pear

This is the penultimate of the little fics inspired by Ed and Divide. Other two are here + and here +

This one inspired by How would you feel, mush factor 3000.  Already know the last one I’ll do.

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Liam finds Zayn outside.  With a cigarette, of course.   For a moment, he just stands and watches the silhouette that stands in front of him, lit only by the summer moon as the light finally fades.

Behind Liam, in the room, it’s finally quiet.  It’s past 2am now.  Popped balloons cover the floor, and every table has empty bottles, and red wine stains on the tablecloths.

In Liam’s head, today has formed a million and one memories and that’s what he can remember now, when he sees the photos, he’ll remember all the things he won’t believe he forgot.

It’s hard though to take notice of anything when all you ever wanted in your life is there standing in front of you.

And has been since the moment you went halfsies on a McChicken sandwich meal and a Mcflurry all those years ago.

To now, the present and all that they have in front of them.  That’s what matters.

“It’s a bit creepy when you stand there all silent, staring at me, i mean it’s certainly not for me arse is it?” Zayn pauses, takes a quick drag  on his cigarette and then when he’s exhaled he adds, “Mr Malik-Payne.”

He turns his head to look back at Liam, this small grin that’s growing larger by the second.

They’ve called each other that for so long.  It’s just that now, as of seven or eight hours ago, it’s official.

Liam takes the two or three steps to move next to Zayn, reaches his hand out and Zayn knows, hands the cigarette to him and Liam takes a long drag, and then as he takes the cigarette away, he exhales, looking down at it as he does.

“We still quitting?”

“Yep, only allowed one bad habit I reckon once you tie the knot.”

“Some bloke that gave me the last bit of the Rolo ice cream McFlurry in 2010, literally the worst habit ever and yet there I was yesterday, saying all kinds of dopey romantic shit in front of all those we love and trust, and now I’ve no chance of kicking that habit, what about you?”

Liam leans forward, takes a step down to where the small litter bin is on the small paved area in front of the grass, and stubs out the cigarette, then he stops still, looks to the  ground and then upwards.

Zayn’s there in front of him now, still lit up by the moon, this half smile on his face.

This half smile that Liam’s had as the last thing he sees before he sleeps, whether they’re together or not, since he was 16 and Zayn, 17.

The half smile that he’d gone home and dreamt about after that first weekend in March.

The half smile on the roof of the X Factor house, even though Zayn was petrified of heights, that he’d offered Liam along with a place in his life, in his heart, that Liam knew he’d fallen in love with that year and yet had taken him so long to work out.

The half smile that, when they’ve had a fall-out or an argument that’s gone on for days, made worse by separation and all the stress, has shown itself and Liam knows then, no matter who’s fault it is, and really who’s bothered anyway, it’s okay.

It’s his for life.  Or at least as long as they are each other’s life.

The half smile drops, and Zayn clears his throat, and this is what it’s like sometimes, not just for Liam either, they  got lost in what’s been, and the potential for what’s to come.

He takes the 2 steps in one go and then he’s turning Zayn to face him, cocks his head to one side, and takes in the way Zayn looks.

Simple, crisp white shirt, black trousers, and okay, they probably cost a bomb, but they could be twelve quid from Primark and he’d still be everything.

Lately Zayn looks younger, it’s amazing what planning something like this can do.

Still mired in the crap, but when it’s just them, when they aren’t stuck in the middle of the that  grind, it just fades away, and it’s there still, like a low hum as a background noise, but they know not to knock into it, not to bother it, and the time will come in a matter of days that the volume will turn up but for now, it stays that way.

And they live with it, they carry on with it there, and they thrive in spite of it there.

Liam lifts his hand up to cup Zayn’s cheek.

“My bad habit?  It’s also my best habit.”

“Cheesy sod,” Zayn teases and they smile and then silently Liam moves his hand away from Zayn’s cheek, places it on the back of Zayn’s neck and he moves in closer to Zayn, so their hips are aligned though Liam’s a little taller.

And then he feels a hand placed on the small of his back and then the fingers of their free hands link together.

There’s no music, just the sound of the night, and the occasional bubble of laughter from somewhere within the grounds of the hotel.

They just sway, they stay silent, each lost in their thoughts, lost in the fact that they have each other.

With luck they’ll  grow old together, have shit times, have great times, have kids that they’ll welcome into their home if they’re lucky, live to see Batman: we said that was infinity the final episode but we were lying, and breed their own puppies.

And then one day Liam’ll wake up and Zayn’ll be deaf as a post, or they’ll lose their false teeth.

But each day Liam thinks he’ll marvel at the way that his love, it never stops building and each time he thinks “Well, that’s pretty deep, and you can’t love him more than you do.”

He’s wrong. And he doesn’t think that’ll ever change.

Zayn’s voice brings him back.

“Eh you, I can hear you thinking, you’re ruining this dance, second one of the night too, you can definitely tell it’s our wedding day.”

“Was, Mr Malik-Payne, we’re an old married couple now, that was yesterday and this is today, and anyway, i have plans for this second dance, plans for you and your no arse as well,” he says the last few words with a quick up and down of his eyebrows and a smile that promises all that Liam intends to deliver.

“Oh yeah?”

“Yeah.”

“Hey Liam, jaan,i love you.”

It’s a feeling each time it happens, each time Zayn is so tender, like Liam’s heart is growing right there and then and each time he can’t find the words, so he just presses his body closer, his lips finding Zayn’s.

And that’s how he knows.  That’s what they have, a lifetime.

Them. The best and worst habits.

I dont want to sound weird, but I really want to know the instances wherein the shippers found weird traces/evidences(?) that sam and cait are probably married. Pretty please? I'm pretty new in the fandom/sam-cait ship. Thank you!!!!

Weeeeell. I’m sure this isn’t everything but these are the things off the top of my head:

It starts with Luke’s IG picture of a poker table from Nov 29, 2015 in London, which I don’t have a pic of but it seems like it as probably a bachelor party because that same weekend we knew Cait was also in London with a bunch of her friends. And then a few days later, Dec 2nd, we get the late night celebratory macarons tweet from Sam, in which he only tagged Cait and it was tweeted around 9pm Scotland time I believe, which leads one to believe it was a personal celebration for the 2 of them and not related to the show. That same night, they posted matching Instagrams of a beautiful piece of land. Not sure what that was about but I personally believe they may have bought some land/a house together (especially since it later came out Sam had recently bought a house). AND one of Cait’s friends commented on her IG with a heart.

That brings us to Dec 18th, which was the FB Livestream. Cait showed up wearing two matching gold bands on her ring fingers. The one on her right ring finger was waaay too big for her leading many to believe it was actually Sam’s ring that she was holding for him while he worked.

This was also in the midst of the beginning of when they started to ramp up the hubby/wifey stuff on twitter. It was CONSTANT for about 3 months. We got banter like every day and it was all intensely flirty and possessive and life was good. That doesn’t prove marriage but just something I thought I’d throw in there because they have since not really called each other anything other than some variation of hubby/wifey. Including Cait calling Sam “my darling hubby.”

Anyway. Cut to May of this year and Cait posted this video from the air, presumably taken as she was flying back to the UK from Cannes. The poem is called, “On Marriage.”

And then in July, I believe, you have Cait at a SAG/AFTRA event, in reference to her and Sam, saying that not only do her and Sam have a similar view on life but sometimes you get lucky and sometimes the stars align. Definitely how I talk about my co-workers???? (also it just took me 800 years to find this gif, yikes)

and now I’m going to jump ahead to the BAFTA’s even though I’m sure I’m missing things because Cait calling Sam her partner every day and both of them trying not to cry in the midst of it is very important.

the internet at my parents is so shitty I can’t seem to add another gif or the pic of her grooming him but PRETEND THOSE ARE HERE TOO.

Like I said, I’m sure I’m missing things so if people think of other things that are important, feel free to message me or add on to this post!

Hey there! I was wondering (since you seem well-versed in h/c sam fics) if you could recommend some good fics? Pretty much anything Sam-centric, lol. I trust your judgment.

This is the part where I wish I kept better records. I live and breathe hurt!Sam, but I don’t always save the fics I read.

I absolutely stand behind all my fic recs, though, which you can find on my blog here! They’re pretty much always hurt!Sam (with some Sam appreciation mixed in there).

There are tons of places to find great hurt/comfort stuff, though, and it would be silly of me not to direct you to these places first, though you may already be following them.

## Some author recs:

Choosing fics is hard, because a lot of authors have tons of great stuff and I can’t choose just one to rec. I can point you in the direction of talented authors, though! I can guarantee that their writing is going to be Sam appreciative and Sam centric.

Note: Most of these authors post plenty of fics, ficlets, and episode tags to their Tumblrs that don’t get posted to AO3. Most of them post a mix of gen stuff and pairing stuff. I’m also definitely forgetting some great authors!

• @themegalosaurus | (ao3) - Absolutely beautiful Sam-centric writing with a generous dose of brothers feels! (Make sure to check out her fantastic episode tags on Tumblr, too!) Be aware that some fic is Wincest or J2 RPF, with other pairings showing up occasionally.
• @ameliacareful | (ao3) - Lovely hurt!Sam stuff and great portrayals of the characters.
• @agelade | (ao3) - Stunning Sam-centric stuff. Generous hurt, beautiful writing, amazing focus on Sam.
• @waterbird13 | (ao3) - Posts mostly on Tumblr and contributes so much lovely fic that is basically centered around Sam getting love and being happy.
• @quickreaver | (ao3) - Lots of beautiful hurt!Sam fics, and quickreaver is also an insanely talented artist (if you’re looking for some visual hurt!Sam)! Can be slightly darker stuff. Some Winces and other pairings.
• stillwaters01 on AO3 - Just in case you want very brothers-focused sweet agony and heartbreak with your H/C.
• Let’s be real. Basically all the writers over at ohSam, too.

So much H/C you will die (in the best way).

No, really. I always indulge in thoughts of unrestrained H/C but I never seem to be able to write it. If relentless hurt (and delicious comfort) are your thing, these writers may make your day.

• Marianna Morgan on FF.Net - Suuuuuper lovely and indulgent hurt!Sam and just really idealized happy brothers fic. If caring and protective!Dean is your thing, these are lovely!
• skag trendy on FF.Net - I was trying to remember names from when I was prowling Fanfiction.Net, and I remember that this writer has just tons of hurt!Sam. You know those fics where the hurt doesn’t let up and it’s just this amazingly shameless pain-fest? Yes.
• Alex L. Kerr on FF.Net - of the famed Trialculosis Sam fic, but there’s a lot to enjoy.

Mostly pairing stuff (I’ll list which ones!)

These writers are Sam fans who write some great stuff. Some of it is gen, some of it is explicit. If you prefer gen-fic, be aware. If you sometimes love your hurt with more intimate comfort, check these awesome people out!

• @posingasme | (ao3)- Mostly Sastiel, mostly non-explicit. Beautiful and breathtaking and heartbreaking AUs that often have generous helpings of hurt!Sam and badass!Sam.
• @rosworms | (ao3)- Sam/Benny and Sastiel and also Wincest + others. Sometimes explicit. Often heavy on the comfort. <3 Always lovely. Mostly posted on Tumblr but some can be found on the Archive, too!
• @kansaskissedlips (no ao3) - Wincest and Sastiel and basically everything you could ever imagine + more. I’ll bet you didn’t know you needed hurt!Soulless!Sam. But you do. Often quite explicit fics and ficlets with some gen thrown in!

And now onto the specific fics! My fic recs are below, as well as a list (with links) of fics people have recced to me! Cut for length, and also because I plan to add more as I think of them.