i've posted this before but this is a much better photo of it

Peraltiago in Paris Headcanons

these got away from me tbh, like there are so many that I put some more under the cut!

  • So Jake and Rosa get out of jail (yay!!!) and get crazy amazing court settlements for their wrongful time in jail
  • Jake and Amy decide to use his for a trip to Paris (of course)
  • The first thing they do is visit all of the stairs from Jason Bourne and the bridge from Inception, and talk about how cool perp chasing on foot would be in Paris
  • Jake and Amy both took French in high school, but neither of them were very good at it, so they keep accidentally calling people idiots when they ask when the tour begins
  • Little does Amy know, Jake also used the settlement to pay off the engagement ring he bought for her
  • The whole time they’re there, Jake keeps trying to propose but something goes wrong literally every time

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kitsunesongs  asked:

Yay! Because I've been wondering for a while - what if, after viewing the security recording, Obi-Wan had stuck to his guns and refused to fight Anakin? Maybe Yoda wasn't there to push it? And Obi-Wan runs, possibly after dropping by Padme's to warn her - and afterwards, Vaderkin focuses on hunting down Obi-Wan and Obi thinks it's to kill him, but no its because he wants Obi to marry him - he wants his Master back, to raise his kids since Padme died, and obi-Wan is HIS after all...

First of all, I have to throw a shoutout to @fireflyfish. Her fic After the End of the World is almost this exact prompt, minus the marriage part and + Fem!Obi. It’s a great fic, and you should definitely read it if you aren’t yet.

Without further ado…

Ring

Rating: T

Relationships: Obi-Wan Kenobi/Darth Vader

Additional Tags: Post-Mustafar AU, Canon-Typical Violence, Vaderkin

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sweetest-garlic  asked:

I'VE NEVER COSPLAYED BEFORE BUT I'M DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH WONDER WOMAN AND I WANT TO COSPLAY HER AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START HELP ME PLEASE, I'M JUST A GAY LOOKING TO MAKE A COSTUME

Hello there!

If this is your first time cosplaying and you don’t know where to start, I’d recommend taking a look at this panel first, as it helps lay out some of the first steps of starting a costume:  https://fabrickind.tumblr.com/post/155789815919

For Wonder Woman, it all depends on how difficult you want to go. If sewing is your thing, there are versions where she’s mostly clad in spandex and you wouldn’t have to do much (if any) armor or props. If armor is your thing, you can do one of the more recent armored versions. If you don’t know what your jam is, that’s fine! You can try out a little bit of everything and see what you like. There’s also nothing wrong with purchasing some components and making other components.

I’d recommend to start small if you’ve never crafted before. Instead of jumping right into sewing your entire costume, make smaller pieces to practice with how to sew. I’m not sure if a skintight knit costume would be ideal for a first sewing project, but with a pattern and some know-how about sewing with knits, you can probably do it. If you can find a version that’s not skintight or would be simpler shapes and woven materials, I would advise going that route instead.

If you’ve never done anything like armor before, start small. Make her bracers. Make her tiara. Then move into making her torso armor.

Comic book characters tend to have very thick, long hair. If you don’t have perfect hair already, I’d recommend a wig. since Wonder Woman doesn’t have bangs, a lacefront wig is best, since this mimics a natural hairline. You can often find dark natural colors for relatively cheap at beauty supply shops or online at places that cater to fashion wear (especially for black women), though be sure to budget at least $30 for the wig, since that will be the low end for a lace front. I would also recommend wearing some makeup while at a con, so that your face shows up well in photos – foundation, powder, mascara, and lipstick (even a nude lipstick) is the baseline, and you can add from there, such as eyeliner, darkening your brows, blush, contouring, false lashes, etc.

I’d point you to more specific tutorials, but without knowing exactly which outfit you want to do, they may or may not be relevant. I would advise doing some research, choosing a costume, and then doing research on the components of that costume that you will need – armor, sewing, propmaking, etc. There are a lot of tutorials out there for various versions of this character specifically, and many more tutorials for general skills that may apply or for other characters where you can adapt those skills.

And really, it’s your first costume. You will learn a lot. You may mess up a lot, and that’s fine. Just remember to have fun with it, and take what you can to make your second costume even better :D

I hope that helps! Good luck with your first costume :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

Nick & Judy open up their relationship to the public:

Quick notation: Nick and Judy finally decided to open up their relationship to the public on Instaram (Instagram in Zootopia of course). The following picture is the picture he posts on his account with the username: NickDaHustler. Judy’s username is OfficerHopps and Benjamin’s username is BenLuvsDonuts.


NickDaHustler: Have you ever met someone who believed in you 100% for who you are? Have you ever met someone who motivated you to do better in life? Have you ever met someone who accept you as your own self? And finally, have you ever met someone who always has your back and will stay by your side forever? Well I have and her name is Judy Laverne Hopps. We started off on the bad side until I found out how determined she was about her passion as a cop. Then, we later on became really close to each other during our night howlers case. And now I am her partner because she accepted me for who I am and I honestly never thought for once in my lifetime EVER have I thought that I would be a cop, but surprisingly, I am, all because of her. I didn’t become her partner because I wanted to be a cop, no, not at all, but I became her partner because it just explains how much she has really cared about me, and now, my life just gets so much better throughout time. Now, going to work is my favorite daily routine, because I get to see the bunny who makes my day ten times better. Every time I look at her, my heart just beats faster, and seeing her face everyday tells me how blessed I really am to have someone like her to come up into my life, and that feeling is the best feeling I could ever have, EVER, so as soon as I couldn’t take it anymore, I had to open up her, and I honestly know she wouldn’t say no because I’m the only person she has ever felt the same way towards, and because I know how much she really cares about me, and she told me herself that she cares so much about me to the point where she doesn’t care or worry about anyone else in her life. And now, she is not only my best friend and my partner at work, but she is also the beautiful little bunny I fell in love with. She just might be the love of my life, my soulmate… I’ve never felt this kind of love before, ever. Falling in love with your best friend is the best kind of feeling anyone could ever have, EVER, and I’m so proud of her and myself on having this outcome. Throughout time, my love for her just gets much stronger and I can’t wait for what the future holds. I love you so much Carrots, and I always will! 💚😭💘

OfficerHopps: 💜💓💖💗☺️ oh Nick…😭

BenLuvsDonuts: Photo Creds to me btw✌🏿. They’re so adorable together and I’m so proud of these two! OM GOODNESS!! 😢😭😭


Lol this was my gift for getting 100 followers btw. I decided to use this pic, because it looks a lot like something that would be posted on Instagram tbh. I hope y'all liked it :). BTW the original source for this picture is down below the tags lol

anonymous asked:

Fake relationship with bed-sharing for the ao3 tag, because I've always wanted to read about Hommels in a (not so) fake relationship. I'm sorry but I couldn't send you the link or the photo of the tags. P.S. Your fics are amazing! Have a good day!

Oh I love these tropes! And Hömmels are definitely the best couple for this (aside from Schweinski ) so here you go! Buckle up, this is going to be a slightly long one - enjoy!

Set in my I-spy universe, because it just fits.

Additional tags: there is some mild smut under the cut, so if it’s not your thing, you can stop reading there :)


Toni’s not sure if he should be surprised that Mats and Benedikt don’t even bat an eyelash when they’re told that they have to go undercover and pretend to be married. They don’t ask why they couldn’t send an actual couple, like Thomas and Lisa (already on another mission) or Marc-André and Bernd (on holiday) instead. In fact, the only thing that they have a problem with, is who gets to take whose last name.

“I’m not taking your name!” Mats objects. “Honestly? Matthias Keller-Müller just sounds so wrong!”

“How is Jans Müller-Keller any better?” Benedikt demands.

“Why the hell do you need double-barrel names, anyway?” Toni interrupts the bickering. “Just stick to one.”

“Mine!” they both say at the same time.

“Rock, paper, scissors,” Mats suggests, holding out his fist. Benedikt holds out his fist. Benedikt loses. Mats looks smug and Benedikt starts pouting.

Toni sighs and wonders if he can get Mesut to go with Bastian on this mission instead.

-

The gated community that Mats and Benedikt move into is comprised primarily of snobby white collar professionals who own luxury cabins both in the Alps for winter skiing and at the Riviera for summer holidaying. Mats and Benedikt - a journalist and a sports physiotherapist, respectively - don’t quite fit into the community; despite having respectable jobs, neither of them had salaries that should have allowed them to afford a property there. Which is exactly what Toni had wanted: to make the neighbours curious enough at “the Kellers’” source of wealth that they would go out of their way to befriend the new couple.

It takes one whole week before any of the residents make small talk, and it just so happens to be when Benedikt is checking his mail; Toni sends up a prayer of thanks that they’d attached a button-camera onto the mailbox just in case someone got curious enough to steal their mail.

“Hi there!” a middle-aged man wearing an (undoubtedly extremely expensive) pinstripe suit calls out. “You guys must be new; I’m Miles, Miles de Villa.”

“Hi yourself! Jans Keller,” Benedikt replies, holding his hand out to shake Miles’ hand. “And yes, you’re right, we’re new; my husband and I moved in last week and we still haven’t unpacked.” Benedikt rolls his eyes good-naturedly. “I told him we should take time off from work to settle in but he insisted we didn’t have that much stuff. Obviously he’s wrong.”

“Moving always takes more effort than you think,” Miles nods. “How are you liking the Perella’s old place?”

“Nice enough in the summer, though we’ll have to see what it’ll be like in winter. I’m not sure if I like having this tree blocking our front window so much; it’s great for privacy, I guess, but I prefer the sunlight in the colder months.”

“So you’re planning on staying long-term?”

Benedikt is intelligent enough to realise that pin-stripe suit is very subtly scoping them out. “That’s the plan.”

“You’ll have to come to the barbecue at the pool house next week, then. We have one on the first Saturday of every month; it’ll be the best chance for you to meet the other residents.”

“Sounds great! I’m sure Matthias will enjoy it, he does love a good barbecue and beer.”

“Excellent! Looking forward to seeing you and your husband there!”

“And we’re looking forward to going.”

-

“That’s rather fortunate,” Mats says when they discuss the barbecue that night via conference call and Toni updates them on what he’s found out about these monthly gatherings. “I was wondering what dramatic thing we had to do before someone noticed us enough to come snooping around.”

“Being the only gay couple in the community doesn’t make us enough of a curiosity?” Benedikt asks, placing a plate of food in front of Mats before sitting down next to him with his own food.

Toni doesn’t mention the casual domesticity that they’ve already settled into despite it being only a week into the mission. “The whole gay couple thing was to get their attention, you now have to make them curious enough to look into you more.”

“Do we know if Dr. Deitrich is really going to be at the barbecue?” Mats asks.

“According to their Facebook page, he’s been to at least half of the events that they’ve posted about, so there’s probably a good chance that if not this one coming up, then the next one at least,” Toni replies. “If he’s there, talk to him - but only if he approaches you first. Reports say he’s suspicious by nature, so a couple of strangers showing too much interest in him will trigger his alarms. Just use this first event to perfect your “loving couple” image and we’ll work on you getting an invitation to his place afterwards.”

“Not a problem,” Mats says confidently.

Toni isn’t even surprised that Mats is right.

The two agents are a hit, what with both of their natural charm and the residents’ curiosity at their new neighbours. They even remember to act like the loving couple they are supposed to be for the first two hours. Then they go back to their usual bickering and playfulness. Since the agents are wearing cameras, Toni is watching all the interactions live.

Benedikt starts teasing Mats’ regarding his obsession with the NBA, and this starts an argument with the other basketball fans on whether the Warriors deserved to win the last finals. 

“He yells at the TV,” Benedikt rolls his eyes at one of the wives. “You’d think something more dire than his team losing was happening with the way he carries on.”

“Thomas gets like that with football,” Maree confides in a loud whisper, already onto her third glass of rosé despite it not even being noon yet. “You have no idea how happy he was when his beloved Dortmund beat Bayern in the last Cup.”

“Oh dear, Matthias is a BVB fan as well,” Benedikt sighs, “we’re never gonna see our husbands now. They’ll always be together.”

“At least we know where they are,” Maree giggles. “You’re not a football fan?”

“Not as much as Matthias; but I do like Schalke since I was born in the area.”

There’s an audible gasp at Benedikt’s words. 

“How did you two manage to get married if you’re revierderby rivals?” Andreas, another doctor and acquaintance of Dietrich, asks in surprise.

Toni snickers. That had been a memorable day. Mesut, Julian, Mats and Benedikt had come back from a week-long mission with Mesut looking completely done, Julian extremely amused, and Mats and Benedikt ignoring each other. Apparently, they’d started talking football on the second day and that’s when they’d discovered that the two were bitter derby rivals. The rest of the week had been tense; poor Julian and Mesut ended up practically communicating at one or the other because they refused to talk to each other the rest of the mission. They’d obviously “kissed and made up” since then, but seeing the normally close friends bicker and snipe at each other for a month afterwards was actually entertaining.

“What can I say? Love is blind,” Mats replies with a grin.

Very blind,” Benedikt agrees wryly. “If we weren’t already partners when I found out, I’d probably have run away screaming.”

“You’re going to have to come our football nights,” Andreas says. “Dietrich here is a Bayern fan and we all give him shit for it. We basically cheer for anyone who plays against them.”

“Laugh it up,” Dietrich says, “we’re gonna win this season again and I’m gonna rub it into just like I always do.”

Mats wrinkles his nose. “That’s only slightly better than being a Smurf.”

Benedikt throws a breadroll at Mats. “Matthias. Jesus. What have we talked about you calling me that?”

To his credit, Mats blushes. “Sorry babe,” he mutters. Then, “not my fault if you are one.”

“Christ,” Benedikt groans, looking upward.

Everyone just laughs and Toni snickers some more, enjoying the entertainment. But what he’s enjoying even more is the fact that both Mats and Benedikt have already gotten invited to socialise with their number one suspect.

“Try and talk to Dietrich some more,” Toni says softly into Mats’ ear-piece. “Get that invitation to his house as soon as possible.”

Toni spends the rest of the day only half paying attention to Mats and Benedikt. Mats - although not quite getting an direct invitation to Dietrich’s place - has stayed by the doctor’s side the whole afternoon, Dietrich seeming to find Mats’ stories about his work as a political journalist to be really interesting. Benedikt has rather strategically targetted Andreas, and had even managed to land a dinner invitation from Maree Schuller, the undisputed alpha wife of the residents. 

All in all, it’s a good day’s work from the two agents, and Toni tells them so; he doesn’t even object when the two go with a few of the residents to another person’s house in order to “have some real drinks” (according to Maree’s husband). Mats and Benedikt leave their cameras on just in case knowing the layout of the Schuller’s residence ended being important for the mission later on.

Close to nine, Mats and Benedikt say their good byes then walk the ten minutes back to the house. They barely manage to stumble their way upstairs, both tipsy, stripping off their clothes and throwing them into the laundry basket. When Toni hears the water run and sounds of teeth brushing going on, he turns off the camera recording for the night so he can go to bed as well.


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sheslike-omg  asked:

Hello! I've been drawing my whole life, but I've never done digital art, I know nothing of it and feel like, one step behind bc of it. What would you recommend for a beginner? Thanks!

@sheslike-omg

Originally posted by tinaillustration

Hi!! I’m really sorry this took me such a while to answer, but I really had to think the question through since I, myself, have been drawing since I was a little kid. But, on that note, I know several ones that consider themselves beginners and they, too, felt at loss.

Honestly, things aren’t as complicated as people might think. The first thing I suggest you to do is to save a collection of art that you find inspiring, perhaps even styles that you admire and want to be something like. Don’t immediately think you will draw like this though — even if you’re a natural and draw things perfectly, you, yourself as an artist, will probably not feel completely comfortable with it. Understand and accept that an artist always strives to be better, and yes, that includes those talented artists that you admire! I assure you that they too sit there and groan at least every now and then because their art isn’t going the way they want to. It’s part of being an artist, and all you need to do is to feel comfy  in that and see it as a challenge of sorts. So, as soon as you have accepted this, you’ll be ready to take action!

The first step I’d say is to study the art (or photos) that you collected. What is it that you like about them? What is a method the artist seems to be using? What makes it unique? How would you translate all this into your own style, using it as inspiration and not as outright copy? Think of it as ‘I really like this thing about this artist, but if I did it, it’d probably be this way instead.’ Remember, though, that the first years (and it will be many years, but they’re fun and educational, so don’t worry!) will all be a tryout for you. It’s all experimental, so don’t limit yourself too much. Think of how you’d like to try out things, and as you go, realize what you find fun to draw. It doesn’t really matter if you’ve been doing it since you’ve been little, it’s all about your mentality and when you’re ready to develop as you grow up. No one is a master at painting at the age of 5 (okay let’s admit it, all kids are little art geniuses, but you know what I mean).

Second is tracing. Before everyone gasp and say how horrible it is, I’ll tell you that it’s highly educational and it doesn’t mean that you’re some thieving copycat. You’re just trying out the ways of other artist and kind of getting a grasp of how they do things, it lets you become comfortable with your own brushstrokes as you follow theirs. Never post traced art without permission (unless it’s public, non-licenced art, such as classical illustrations, etc) and never trace with the goal to copy them. Think of tracing as a method of getting used to art and understanding drawing. Do this during the first period of your learning state, but you must learn to not keep doing it, and eventually I suggest you stop altogether (unless you’re really in a rut). One tip is to alter the traced pics to your liking, to add your own style and touch to it! Be experimental.

Third step is drawing by reference. You might be wondering, after tracing, how does one just stop? You use can still use said pictures as a guidance, but instead of tracing them, use them as a reference, meaning you simply look at them while you draw on your own. Remember that it’s okay to not have it look exactly like how it originally looks! Remember that it’s your art and it’s all about your path, in the end. Reference is something you never have to quit using, in fact, I highly recommend you use them, but use them with care. Simply learn the difference between copying and using inspiration.

This is a useful little guide on both tracing and using reference.

Fourth step is to study and learn tutorials and how to draw books. I’ve already made a list of useful anatomy books here (I highly recommend checking that out!) and my own tutorials can be found here

A few years ago, I wrote some tips for one person who asked for them, and I’ll quote:

  • Make a list of things you like; things that interest you, things you’re passionate about, things you like to draw. It could be anything, like “Silver, Mythology, Coffee” etc. Then, go on a follow spree. Search for these things and follow the blogs you find interesting. Then, make an inspiration blog; like I have my blog hoursleep that’s there only there for the purpose of inspiration.
  • Then, follow art blogs! How-to-draw blogs, art inspiration and whatnot. This is really nice since it helps you refreshen your artsy parts of your brain every now and then.
  • When you are bored, make sure to have a paper and pen with you; preferring in a small, travel-size. Doodle whatever - and if possible, draw the things or people around you, even if it’s all messy. You won’t regret doing these doodles. They’re good for you.
  • My final tip is NEVER THROW ANY DRAWINGS AWAY, NO MATTER HOW “UGLY”. Save every drawing you do!! Why? One day you’ll need to look back and see your improvement - or perhaps things you even liked about it! I like to look at my bad, ugly art and redraw them to something better. This is a great way to practice your skills, and nothing boosts your self-esteem more than seeing how you’ve become better with time. ♥

And that’s about it, honestly. Many feel too intimidated to be starting out with art, especially in later age, so all you need to do is to sit down and feel comfortable by letting other things teach you first. Starting out drawing without any clue how to start is much like trying to learn advanced maths without knowing the basics first. It’s okay to to depend on other sources first, it’s okay to feel frustrated over your art, it’s all okay, because you do have room to grow, always. Never feel like your lack of experience means that you have no hope. You always have, you just need to be determined!

Oh, and I realize now that these weren’t specific for digital art. So have some extras that are more specific for that subject!

I highly recommend getting a tablet. I know that not everyone can afford a Cintiq, but if you can, don’t hesitate to get one! (I really recommend getting Cintiq 13hd for first time users, such as myself). However, getting a normal tablet is perfectly fine as well. Wacom Bamboo is my absolute favorite, and do not buy from Trust. Once you get your tablet, don’t feel frustrated because it doesn’t look perfect, or even good. It’s completely normal, and you’ll need a few weeks at least to adjust. I remember getting my Cintiq and I worried that I had spent so much money on a thing that I couldn’t even draw on, but given time I grew used to it, and now I draw on it just fine, and I have no regrets. In fact, I’m so happy I got it, I truly am!

If you want a free program, I suggest getting GIMP. It got a lot of tools and yet isn’t too advanced for those just starting out. However, what I truly recommend is SAI for beginners. Sai is very simple but it has just about everything you need, and I myself used that for years, and I still do when I sketch sometimes. When you feel ready to advance, I fully recommend Manga Studio 5. It’s my favorite program for painting and it got amazing preset brushes that are simply perfect, in my opinion. Photoshop CS5 and higher is extremely good too, but while I don’t think it’s that good for painting (many may disagree, since I’ve seen many artist paint in this program), it’s completely wonderful for  touch-ups, effects, and filters. Keep in mind that Photoshop is a rather advanced tool, especially if you’re used to SAI. Going over to Manga Studio 5 is easier because it is like a mix between SAI and Photoshop.

Keep in mind that there are many digital art tutorials out there that tell you how you “must” draw/colour. However, drawing digitally is like art in real-life too, it’s all about your own taste and what tools and methods you like to use. Use tutorials as a guide, not a rulebook. No, not even mine. For example, tutorials might teach you how to lineart and cellshade, but you might prefer lineless, smooth works over that style, and that’s fine! Or you want to mix the two! Or maybe, you want to do lineart but you want to colour outside the lines. be experimental, try out things you haven’t tried before. Try odd brushes, try colours you find fascinating, try messing with layers, just mess things up. If you’re afraid to mess things up, you can save your document before doing anything extreme, just so you can feel safe going outside your comfort zone. You learn a lot by daring!

I hope that was of any help! Let me know if you have more questions.

Sixteen Again

(Yeah, I know, Original-Title is Original)

So this is chapter one of that teen-All Might prompt by @the-button-harlequin. Yes, ‘chapter one’ because that “probably a oneshot” has become a “probably a five-shot”. Hopefully. (Please plot-brain, don’t try and turn this into a 50-chapter epic. I know that’s your default setting, but please don’t.)

Anyway, I hope this is at least part of what you were hoping for @the-button-harlequin.

Summary: A couple weeks into the new term, All Might is suddenly turned into a 16 year old. With no culprit in sight to reverse the process, Toshinori is left with no choice but to adapt and hope it wears off. But while being 16 again has its challenges, it brings with it several blessings as well. Ones that almost make Toshinori wish he could stay like this.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

No one ever does find out how it happened, though they do figure out that it must have required physical contact and time to take effect. But that means it could’ve been anyone All Might had encountered recently, whether a child with a newly activated quirk, or an adult with full control. In the case of the latter, they could have been a villain with hopes of knocking the famous Symbol of Peace down one final peg, or someone with more benevolent intentions, hoping to restore the retired hero to his prime.

Regardless of how or why, though, it doesn’t change what happened.

It’s halfway through Class 1-A’s heroics class, joint taught this time by both All Might and Aizawa. The students have been split into several teams and were sparring against each other. The focus here to not only refine their new techniques so that they didn’t actually cause too much harm to their opponent, while also learning how to adapt them to work with their teammates.

All action comes to a halt however when All Might suddenly collapses.

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@adhd-is

Hey! I’ve never posted proper photos of myself on here before, but now I’m like, #yolo, even if just for today, so here we #golo

ADHD is…

Not being diagnosed in childhood, because you did “too well” in school

Spending your teens feeling stupid as all hell, because you struggle to meet deadlines and can’t quite understand concepts in subjects that don’t 100% capture your interest (math, u lil bitch, i am lookin @ u)

Having your executive dysfunction chalked up to “laziness” because if you’re smart, you “can’t” have ADHD, so you’re obviously just unmotivated and lazy. Except if you were unmotivated and lazy, you wouldn’t have high achievement, so like, check mate, bud?

Being told that ADHD isn’t a reason for your behavior, it’s an “excuse”, and that you should just “do better” despite your brain literally not being able to

Not being told you have it until you’re 18 and struggling to function like an adult

Having trouble driving because you can’t focus, having trouble sleeping because you can’t stay still, having trouble with chores because you never remember anything

Hyperfocusing on something so hard that suddenly it’s 6 AM and you’ve ruined your sleep schedule all over again

Suffering from loads of mental health issues, overcoming literally all of them, and having your executive dysfunction still blamed on them because people just??? really love????? to use mental illness and their ableism as a scapegoat?????? instead of trying to help, and recognizing that adhd is a permanent part of you?????????? like “are you sure you’re not just depressed” yes. thank you for your opinion even though i never asked for it, but I am actually very sure, good day to you too sweetie :) :)) :)))

Not being able to make yourself shut up when you’re speaking about something you’re passionate about. Having that problem in college lectures, and hearing a few people snicker each time you talk because you’re /that girl/ who /talks too much/ and has /too many opinions/ like gawd sorry for taking up space ffs

BUT ALSO, ADHD IS…

Finally having an explanation for some of your less-loved quirks, and knowing that you’re not just lazy or stupid

Finding a whole bunch of people who get it

Being able to do amazing things when you hyper focus, getting more done than most people because you actually can’t get distracted for once

Finding outlets for your energy very early on in life, and finding them to be your favorite things in the whole world (acting, dance, music)

Being able to multitask like a pro (and also having to multitask, because when you have the tv/radio/whatever on in the background, it’s a distraction you can control, which helps a lot)

Knowing a whole ton of totally random trivia about so many different things, and a bunch of information on a few select topics, to the point that people think you’re a student in those things (example - I’ve been very physically sick this year, I like to read medical journals, and when I went in to get a CT scan a few months ago, the tech asked me if I was a medical student because of how much I know about it all)

Having a huge amount of energy when you’re doing things you like, and feeling it exponentially grow, feeling like you can take on the world

Understanding that nothing’s wrong with you. You work differently than most people, and it makes life hard, but that’s because of the world, not because of you. It’s just how we are.

givemepaperandpen  asked:

That artwork you just posted of Zora's Domain blew my socks off! :D I'm curious though, how does using a photo texture work? I've seen it done before but I don't understand how it works--the results are always fantastic though and I'd like to try it in my own art :)

Thankyou so much! :) Answering this publicly because I know there’s other artists wondering this too, hope that’s cool. 

The way I use photo textures is by using Masks in Photoshop and then painting the texture in with an Air Brush: for me it feels more intuitive that way instead of cutting and pasting it in. You don’t want to be controlled by the photo - make the texture work for you and your idea. 

Here’s a super quick tute to give you the idea:

Always start with your idea first. The cooler and more exciting, the better. For the sake of just showing this technique, I’m just going with the idea of some rock in a forest and working from there. Block in some shapes, whatever colours. 
Then you get your photo and plop it on top. 

This is a photo I took when I was in Hokkaido, Japan. I recommend using your own photos, Google can be pretty boring sometimes (along with the whole copyright thing. So just use your own stuff, or royalty free photos). 

Then you do this: With the photo layer selected, click the Vector Mask button (as above). At first it might seem like nothing has happened, but then go Ctrl+I or Cmd+I to invert the mask layer and it disappears! OOoooooOOh

Then the fun part. Grab a brush, the best I’ve found is an Airbrush, make sure the colour is white and then paint a few strokes on the vector layer. 

You are now painting in the texture! Cool right?!! :D 

From there that’s when you experiment, flip the texture upside down, try different Layer Blending modes for cool effects, and just mess around with it. And of course paint over the texture so it becomes part of the painting. 

It can be fun for a good starting point and to get a colour palette down. Just whatever you do - make the photo your slave. Don’t let the photo restrict you, control it and make it work for your painting and idea. 

My streams on Youtube are a more easier way to see how I integrate the photo textures into the painting (here’s the channel), but I’m painting differently now than I was 6 months ago - nowadays I’d only use 1 or 2 photo textures while handpainting the rest. I’m still learning too and my technique changes as I keep painting. 

Hope this helps you guys! :) 

Mythbusters: Johnny Depp Edition

ALRIGHT LISTEN HERE, TUMBLR.

I’VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOUR FUCKERY WITH JOHNNY DEPP NONSENSE.

SO HERE IS LANI TO DROP SOME TRUTH BOMBS AND CLEAR UP PHOTOS/QUOTES/EVENTS THAT ARE ATTRIBUTED TO MR. DEPP BUT DO NOT, IN POINT OF FACT, HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH TRUTH.

1. THIS. IS. NOT. JOHNNY. DEPP.

2. DITTO TO NUMBER ONE. NEED REMINDING? THIS. IS. NOT. JOHNNY. DEPP.

3. THESE WORDS HAVE NEVER EVER BEEN UTTERED BY CAPTAIN JACK. NOT IN COTBP, DMC, AWE, OST, NOR TPOF. STAHP

4. MUTHAFUCKA, Johnny Depp was coked out as fuck when he was 16, ain’t no way he’s looking this polished. He is 22 years old in these photos, which are screen shots from the film Private Resort (1985). 

  • You can check out that scene here. And don’t let the clip fool you okay. The actual film is much much much much worse.

5. THIS IS A FAKE PHOTO. I mean, John’s said and done some weird shit and YES he used to play barbies with his daughter but he doesn’t need to BE COMMITTED YET.

THIS. Is the photo where his head in the above photo came from:

6. NO. NO NO NO. Granted, this is one of the better impersonations I’ve seen, but NO THIS IS NOT JOHNNY DEPP, VANESSA PARADIS AND/OR THEIR CHILDREN. 

7. This… this is just COMPLETE AND UTTER FICTION OKAY. This was at the Golden Globes in 1991, when they were very much still engaged. 

  • FEAST YOUR DAMN EYES. AIN’T BROKEN UP:
  • The original post was posted by Amy ( @becauseitisjohnnydepp​ ), whose caption got deleted. It has almost one million notes BASED ON LIES. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS, TUMBLR.

8. This was a quote that came from Johnny Depp’s mouth BUT NOT FROM JOHNNY DEPP. This is a quote from the film Don Juan DeMarco. Johnny’s a romantic but he’s not Don Juan for shit sakes.

9. THIS. IS. NOT. LILY-ROSE DEPP. This photoshoot was done in 1992, 7 years before Lily-Rose was even born. The girl in the photos is Johnny’s niece Megan, the daughter of his half-sister Debbie. She’s now about 29 years old.

 10. WHILE WE’RE HERE CHATTING ABOUT LIES AND WHATNOT, let’s just get it clear that Johnny Depp has absolutely ZERO social media accounts. ZIP. ZILCH. NADA. I don’t think he can even turn on a computer without a map so if you’re following a ‘real’ Johnny Depp account, YOU BEIN’ HOODWINKED, SON.

Feeling homesick at college? I have some suggestions...

1) Walk around campus, actually explore it. A lot about being homesick is not being familiar with a new area. You REALLY need to do this. Everything you used to know has changed, and you need to get used to the change. The more comfortable you feel in your surroundings, the more comfortable you will be in general.

2) Pick a day that you and a friend/roommate/classmate can get together the same time every week. Doesn’t matter if you’re just sitting on the promenade people watching. That constant companionship got me through every winter, and that’s the hardest time.

3) If there a regional food from where you live have someone send you it (in bulk, preferably). I’m from Cincinnati and we have a restaurant called Montgomery Inn, and even as an adult I have an entire shelf of their bbq sauce in my pantry. The most simple things can make a difference and change your day, and this is it for me.

4) A photo of a place you love is really great. I actually decorated my apartment at college with photos of all over Cincinnati. Photos I took myself, and even some old ones I pulled of the museum catalog online. Also, I really liked being able to talk about those places, because they had obviously meant a lot to me.

5) People are going to tell you “go out and join groups!” - but if that makes you uncomfortable, don’t do that. Do things that interest you, or even just talking to people in classes, will have you making friends. (I highly suggest not joining groups freshman year because it gets overwhelming really fast).

6) When my best friend of many years transferred to FIDM in Los Angeles, we both got really sad. It’s hard leaving people you know so well! We decided to start a pen pal system, and we did that for YEARS. I still have random post it notes she’s sent me with positive affirmations and random notes from the kids she used to nanny (I’m a sap). It brightens your day, especially if you’re not telling the other one something is coming.

7) Don’t be afraid to schedule Skype catchups, or FaceTime to your friends and family! Honestly, they will be worried about you too, and it’s really nice when you visit and you don’t have to tell them a million stories at one time, and not have any real fun while you’re home.

8) I just remembered calling my dad crying two weeks in to term and going home and stealing the couch pillows from his living room… he was not as upset about it as I thought he would be, and it made me really happy having a piece of home around. Maybe ask your parents before you swipe something, but this probably made the biggest difference for me, personally.

9) I know I said don’t join any groups if you don’t want to, but you can always find an animal shelter nearby. They are always in need of people to walk and play with the dogs, or even just socializing the cats. Pets are a great way to relax, and you don’t have the added stress of upkeep like you would if it was your own.

10) If your a month or so into the term, and nothing is getting better, please reach out to your schools counselor or health center. Depression and anxiety only get worse if left untreated, and it’s okay to ask for help. College is stressful enough, it’s okay to talk to someone and it’s okay to not be okay.

so I uploaded some of the photos from my graduation ceremony that happened yesterday on FB and I’ve never had so many notifications before it’s wild. 

btw I have a university degree now. I mean I had for over a month but the ceremony was yesterday 

anonymous asked:

I feel like I've asked this before, but Tumblr might have eaten my question (or else I just missed seeing it on your blog -- if that's the case, go ahead and skip this!). Anyway, do you have any headcanon face claims for other POTO characters like Meg or Carlotta? Thanks! xoxo

Be warned: Thar be an enormous text/photo post below!

MEG: I have TONS of headcanons for Meg. TONS. In my mind, she’s a sassy, take-no-prisoners kind of gal. Because ballerinas are hardcore. Do not mess with them. They are angels of doom. 

My Meg loves horror stories, hence her eagerness to talk smack about the Opera Ghost. She has a mean right hook. She’s very flirty, where Christine is more withdrawn. She defends her friends to the death. Like her mother, she’s a born leader. She once kicked Erik in the groin.

It was awesome.

Not for Erik, but for basically everyone else.

Faceclaim-wise, I actually always end up picturing Meg looking like the 2004 version (ditto with her mother), but with significantly smaller ta-tas. I have nothing against the aforementioned ta-tas—it’s just that in my head, Meg’s rather lithe, being a ballerina, although I do picture her having a round, sweet-looking face that belies the fact that she can beat the crap out of someone if she wants to. (I picture Christine being tiny-curvy. Do you know what I mean? Petite, but curvy.)

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If we’re talking Leroux-verse, I imagine Meg and her mother being either Indian or of Indian descent. She’s described as dark-skinned, and for whatever reason, I started picturing her as Indian. (Incidentally, I want to make a race-bent Phantom piece while I’m still on break because that would be so much fun.)

CARLOTTA: Okay, Minnie Driver’s Carlotta was my absolute FAVORITE part about the 2004 film.  She was hilarious. I LOVED it. Personality-wise, her portrayal ALWAYS comes to mind when I think about Carlotta. But I like to flesh her out a bit. I imagine she lashes out because she knows she’s getting older and her voice isn’t what it used to be. She KNOWS Christine is exceptionally talented and fears being replaced and forgotten. She comes from a wealthy Italian family—yes, I know the book states that she’s from Spain, but I can’t get Italian out of my head—and is used to being spoiled and getting exactly what she wants. And she’s very talented. That has to be a given, because there is NO WAY the opera would keep her around if she couldn’t sing and sell tickets. Carlotta HAS to be talented, but again, her voice is slipping. Because she yells so much. :D 

I do imagine, however, that she has a very loyal, loving side to her. She and Piangi are head-over-heels in love. She flirts like crazy but always ends up going back to him because they’re two peas in a pod. They bicker and argue, but at the end of the day, they have matching socks and pajamas. They’re those people. And he treats her like a princess and she thinks he’s the best thing to ever happen to her, hence her devastation when he dies. They never marry—she doesn’t want to, because then her wealth and property holdings will go to her husband—but they basically are married, for all intents and purposes. 

Physically, I picture her being va-va-voom curvy. Average height, black hair, dark eyes. And very pretty. Very Mediterranean. Think Cecilia Bartoli:

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NADIR/THE PERSIAN/DAROGA/RESIDENT BADASS: I’ve mentioned before that we have a family friend named Nadir who has permanently become my image of the Daroga. He doesn’t know it, but my design for the character draws heavily on his appearance. Short, stocky, thick graying beard, slightly balding (Erik’s fault, I’m sure) and with twinkling, kind green eyes. I imagine him being about ten years older than Erik, so in his mid-to-late fifties. Being an ex-police chief/detective, he’s extremely intelligent, which irks Erik to no end because Nadir is the only person on the planet who can see through and escape Erik’s tricks and traps. He knows Erik better than anyone else, and cares about him deeply, although Erik drives him up the wall. He never quite gives up hope that Erik can be redeemed. He tends to feel that way about everyone, despite the horrors he’s seen living under the shah’s regime. 

He always looks like he’s just about to smile. He’s deeply devoted to his Islamic faith, loves world literature, has a quiet yet sharp sense of humor, and is an avid gardener. He takes his gardening extremely seriously. Do not mess with his begonias. 

When Raoul and Christine comes along, he immediately takes on the surrogate dad role and tries to protect them. 

He has a slight thing for Madame Giry, though he’d never admit it. SHE has a thing for HIM, though she’d never admit it. I ship the two of them like crazy. I seriously do. Not book-Madame Giry, but my own version of her, who’s quite a bit like my version of Meg— independent, powerful, sharp-tongued and quick-witted. Talk about a hardcore couple. Erik grudgingly ships it.

There are a few drawings of him in my gallery. As far as face claims, as I said before, the Nadir we know fits my mental image for him. I also LOVE Homayoun Ershadi with a beard as the Daroga:

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MADAME GIRY: In my mind, she’s a force to be reckoned with. I like the  name Antoinette for her. Not because I like The Phantom of Manhattan, but because Antoinette just fits her. She was a prima ballerina for years until she married a young lawyer, settled down, and had Meg. Her husband died when Meg was a toddler, but she didn’t want to marry again and missed dancing, so she returned to the opera and was given the position of the ballet mistress. She runs a tight ship, which is why the Garnier corps de ballet is the best in Paris.

And she’s fiercely protective of her girls. When anything’s threatening them, she goes into mama bear mode. She seems outwardly cold, but loves deeply and fights for what she believes in. Do not mess with her. Everyone at the opera harbors a deep respect and admiration for her, including Erik—though he’d be loath to admit it. She, like Nadir, is exceptionally intelligent and saw through Erik’s ruse fairly quickly.

One night in the early days of the Garnier, when everyone had supposedly gone home, she confronted him when he thought he was alone in Box Five, whacked him upside the head with her cane, pinned him to the floor with the end of the cane pressing into his throat and told him that if he ever came near her girls, she would skin him alive. 

Erik believed it because she probably meant it. The two came to a wary truce and he does leave the ballet girls alone, save a harmless prank here and there, although Meg’s storytelling paints him as the resident poltergeist.

Over the years, she’s learned more about him—as much as he allows, anyway—and finds herself becoming more concerned about him, despite her better judgment. She’s never seen his face, but suspects that it’s the cause of his dissatisfaction. They like to talk politics and history and stage blocking. They’re both on the same page in regards to the latter, but always end up arguing about the two former. She and Nadir are the only two people who can safely get away with insulting him.

He also occasionally leaves her English chocolates in box five. She makes sure to leave him half of the box with a note nagging him to eat something, for God’s sake. Occasionally, he will, because he can’t help but like her. And her affinity for dark clothing.

Miranda Richardson was the first Giry I ever saw, so she’s perpetually ingrained into my mind as the character:

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Andre and Firmin: Second favorite part of the 2004 film. Okay, they’re right up there with Carlotta, if I’m going to be honest. I absolutely adored them in the movie. Again, they were my first introduction to the managers, so I always end up picturing Cirian Hinds and Simon Callow as the characters. Although I don’t picture Firmin with the pompadour. I love the pompadour. I do. But I cannot picture him doing that every single day. Although, let’s be honest—he probably does.

Also, I ship ‘em. Definitely, totally do. Don’t we all? Look at this perfect couple:

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So I can finally say I’ve made it. We all did. School seems to go on forever but #walangforever…. haha it was good while it lasted. Here is a photo heavy post of graduation! Read on! the actual text post kwento is below, continue breezing through the photos!

Hey there! If you’ve reached til the end of this post then cool! As I’ve promised, I’ll make a backlog post about the events that transpired from an almost 3-month hiatus. (ps. my mem card got corrupted where photos with all of my friends are, although I have selfie pics with all of them I guess it’s enough memorabilia)


Ahh, it’s still surreal. As my readers would know, I’ve set up objectives for myself to attain. Dream big they say, so if you fall short at least it’s near to where you want to be. I’m not really a studious person, I’m not the type to review frantically for quizzes and such but I do get shit done and I am passionate about learning. I do believe in having a good balance betwixt having fun and being responsible with my tasks as a student. Looking back, I’ve had a pretty amazing college life. I am so overwhelmingly blessed and I will be forever grateful for all that has been bestowed upon me by Gman while I work hard for what I want. You see, nothing is impossible. That day, everything paid off. All of the sleepless nights, the sorry-I-can’t-go-out-with-you-guys-today-I-have-to-do-something scenarios, the aching wrists as I type 1000 word essays (that got a perfect score damn #braggingrights *sheds tear*), all those nights and days of making character designs, acrylic paintings, editing videos, shooting films, going to school with no sleep, torn scripts, deadlines deadlines, deadlines. It’s not just academic work I’m submerged in, all those hosting duties, events, shoots, that I have to juggle while studying, hah, also being an entrepreneur at 18 and making my own money from my art that I’ve put so much work on. It’s tough, challenging, and amazing at the same time. Sometimes, well most of the time, I can’t really internalize my achievements and I feel like I’m just not enough. Not for the sake of fishing praises or whatever but I guess it has a lot to do with wanting to make my parents proud and happy and being the eldest daughter I had to set a standard or an example towards my younger siblings. Although my family did nothing but to support all out with my endeavors, always making sure I get to and fro school safe, (side story: I’ve been carpooled for more or less half of my college life not because I do not know how to commute but they love and care for me so much that they want me to travel safely and my gosh, I’ve no complaints it’s a big relief cos I’m always late and ang hassle mag commute whenever they’re too busy to make hatid or sundo haha), so I guess, it’s just me. I’m always in competition with myself. And during that day, I’m really happy and contented. I feel so utterly blessed and full of bliss. I have had my fair share of detractors and haters (everyone has one) but I’ve continued to focus on the positive and making myself better instead of being a hater myself. I’ve proved to myself through and through that I can do this, and I did. The people who are there for me, my family, mentors, friends, and forever-supporting readers, you have my unending thanks. The ones who have been with my adventures since I started this personal blog of mine, I guess you could see my growth and the challenges I had to hurdle to get where I am now. Yes, some may say grades do not measure your intelligence but I say, it measures your perseverance, your diskarte in multi tasking, in balancing your social life, school, family, love life (hirap mag aral tapos nag away kayo?Then I actually get a good grade on my exam. I deserve an award!!!! Char) (side story: amiga of mama: ang ganda naman ng anak mo! May boyfriend na ba??? Mama: Oo amiga: pinayagan mo? Mama: Oo, responsible si Pau eh, kahit ba may boyfriend o wala, maayos ang grades, in fact constant dean’s lister siya so no problem. BOOM AMIGA U JUST GOT BURNED) and other extra curricular tasks, I say I get good grades cos I am in love with what I do, I am passionate with the program I took up so I give it my 100% no excuses. I remember an anon way back in  2011 saying before “sabi nila maganda ka lang daw” and I just smile at the thought of it now. I believe, beauty is nothing without brains, and brains are nothing without good character.  Hah, I pardon if I am speaking well, writing, in a somewhat fragmented manner. I guess I have a lot of stories to share and to my new readers who might feel lost with what I’m talking about feel free to back read hehe. To end this post, I say, just do your thing. Be you, be a better person each day, use everything around you to be a positive force in the universe, let go of toxic people, the ones who can’t be happy for you, let them go, the ones who deserve to stay in your life will always be proud and be there for you, make mistakes, learn, we are not perfect individuals, we will never be, be true to yourself, to the people around you, sometimes it’s better to be hurt than to be the one hurting others, be patient: you are a work in progress, it’s okay to rest, YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER, banish this image of instagram perfection, bask in the joy of knowing life first hand, go out! Go to actual mountains instead of googling them, remind people that you’re there for them, say thank you to those who have affected your life in a good way, even to those who didn’t, be thankful, for you will grow and be a better individual. Show your love to your parents, your grand parents, they won’t be around forever, as well as your siblings, they won’t be little forever. I say this now to you, at this moment, you are enough. You are worth it. Stop saying that “I’ll be happy when…” No, you don’t have to acquire things or be something so you could say you’re happy. It is within you. Celebrate the little things! Celebrate your achievements no matter how small or big it is. Work hard, stay humble. Live one day at a time, enjoy school, enjoy learning, stay inspired,everything has its own time. I’ve made it. And so will you.

From The Archive: Jennifer Lawrence On Hunger Games: Catching Fire
On flipping the bird at the Oscars and why Katniss is the unluckiest person in film…

Jennifer Lawrence is an interview goddess. More charming than you ever thought she could be, the Oscar winner was on very good form when Empire spoke to her in Cannes earlier this year. As The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits cinemas this week, we thought we’d run the extended interview first seen (in part) in the November 2013 issue of Empire. This time around, you’ll hear more about sandwiches, swearing and what to call an ear infection…

You’ve won an Oscar. What’s the plan next?
I don’t know… go into television? Or do something totally unexpected. I’ll start doing voiceovers for Animal Planet. No, but seriously now, that’s something I really want to do. (Laughs)

But after the awards is there a feeling that you’re better than this blockbuster malarkey now?
You know, it’s funny how much it doesn’t change things. When you think about it, it’s just a little statue. It’s really only… a positive thing. A really nice honour, a really lovely thing to say that you’ve done, and then you move on. You keep working!

Is the sequel going to be better than the original?
I don’t know… I have not seen it yet. (Laughs) Hopefully! It’s what you hope for from any sequel - that it’s as good, or better. Nobody wants worse. I just don’t know if it’s going to be better. I really hope so!

Did you pick up any injuries this time around?
In the first one I ran into a wall, but that was during training. Once we got into filming, there were no more bizarre injuries. In this one, I went deaf for a week, and yep, I’m still having ear problems, so that’s cool. My ear pretty much covers it. It was the star of the injury show on this last one.

What caused the ear problem?
First, I had to jump into stagnant water for a stunt, which caused a double ear infection. Then I had to jump into water jets, and one jet went into my ear, making a ‘PSHYOOOOOV!’ noise, which made me deaf for a week, but I didn’t go to the doctor because I’m a genius. So I eventually got my hearing back, and now I get this tearing noise every time I yawn. I really should go back to the doctor and ask them what that means. 'Tell me, is this normal?' I’m in pain. 24/7. Help me.

How is your hair handling the dying back and forth?
Not well. (Laughs) I knew I had to cut it short because I don’t like staying brunette - I keep having to touch it up because I am actually a blonde. So I knew I wanted to go blonde and I knew I had to go short because there’s really only so much hair can handle. It’s held up for a long time, so I’m very pleased.

What advice would you have given yourself, your younger self, before you started The Hunger Games?
(Laughs) I got something to say, but I can’t…

You know, I think I’m doing everything perfectly. I think I’ve just about nailed it. 100%. And also, I know me, and I know I wouldn’t have listened, because I had a lot of people tell me what to do before and I did not listen. I don’t think I would have made an exception, not even for myself. No-one can actually give you any advice. It’s one of those day by day, every situation is different things, so there’s no way you can really prepare for anything. It’s kind of like, 'Oh well, let’s strap in, see how it goes, hope for the best…’

How much do the photocalls actually feel like The Hunger Games?
It’s just a completely different animal, all that stuff. It’s really bizarre. I should say, it’s not that bad. I don’t know why everybody acts like it’s that torturous - you are just standing there with a lot of flashing lights, so it’s not as bad as it could be. It’s not as bad as when the photos actually come out. That’s like The Hunger Games.

The photo of you flipping the bird at the Oscars could be one of the best Oscar photos of all time.
It’s so funny how much I freaked out when I realised that happened. I told my publicist, saying, 'Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God…’ and now I am like, 'That’s probably my proudest moment in my entire career.’ (Laughs)

That moment really pointed out to me how whenever people talk about not having a filter… Just how much more in control my limbs and mouths are than my actual self. It’s shocking.

What are people saying to you on the street?
Generally… people are really nice. Sometimes someone will shout, 'You’re a dirty whore!’ But I think that would happen anyway. I guess I should probably dress better. (Laughs)

Where is Katniss right now?
Where is she right now? Are you insane? I have no idea. Maybe… 'sitting here’. Oh, you mean at the point of Catching Fire? Right, okay, sure.

After The Hunger Games, Katniss has moved into a house, she’s a Victor now, and she’s trying to get her life back together. She’s suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and her life is very different now because she goes home to the people who she knows and they don’t really know her any more. There’s a certain side of her that really only Peeta knows at the point, and she’s always felt there’s a side of her that Gayle only really knows because of her history, and now her life is so different and she’s just trying to piece it together before she finds out she has to go back.

Have you admitted to anyone you haven’t read the books yet?
Ha! And I don’t know until the day I show up on set… 'This is the day you get brought back into The Hunger Games…’ And I’m like, 'Are. You. Kidding me? Again? What do I have, a brother?’

Do you have a favourite of Francis Lawrence’s music videos?
'I’m A Slave 4 U’, Britney Spears. He was making those music videos for me. They were for my generation. It’s really funny, most of the music videos that I’ve seen and loved are his.

Jenny From The Block…
I know, there are so many nicknames.

No, the music video, the song.
Oh God, I’m such a dick. I get called Jenny From The Block… I just presumed. You know people call me J-Lo, right? You didn’t thank about that, did ya?

Jimmy Fallon and I asked Jennifer Lopez to dance once and she said no. That was also because Jimmy pussied out at the last minute and I ended up… well, it was meant to be a choreographed thing, me saying 'Dance with us!’ and then I went and did it and it turned into 'Dance with… me!’ That probably did seem really weird. She was like 'I’ll watch.’ 'Okay…’

What’s your favourite sandwich?
Philly cheesesteak. But also an Italian, which is turkey and ham.

Do you feel like The Hunger Games, with two more years to go, is taking over your life for the forseeable future?
When I signed on to the franchise, I was so prepared. I said to myself, 'Well, you’ll have fun on the first one, and the next one you’ll be miserable and it’ll seem like it’s forever and you’ll get really bored…’ I was just prepared for that. But it hasn’t happened. I get really excited when I’m shooting. I was just doing ADR and I was so excited to get back to shoot 3 and 4, because I know everybody and we’re buddies, so it’s like going back to school. Except it’s more fun than school. Much more fun.

But I really do actually enjoy them. A lot. I do. I feel like it’s going home. Other jobs make me feel strange - 'I don’t know these people!’ - and then I go back to Hunger Games and I’m like, 'Okay…’

Is there a similar feeling to Days Of Future Past?
I just freaked out over Peter Dinklage. I lost my mind. I was like, 'That’s Tyrion Lannister!’ I’d imagine myself getting on my knees and saying, 'My liege…’ He’s The Angry Elf. He’s just everything. Yeah. I freaked out over him. Actually, everybody on set was freaking out. Hugh Jackman was sunbathing, I’m blue Mystique, and then Peter Dinklage walks by on a cellphone and everyone on set says, 'Oh my God, Tyrion Lannister is talking on a cellphone!’

Are you in the blue make-up a lot, or are they going to give you a break this time?
I am blue a lot. But I get little moments here and there. It’s great because it’s the perfect kind of shooting schedule. Everybody gets time off, which with The Hunger Games movies I am definitely not used to.

And what about David O. Russell, is there a similar with-the-gang feeling there?
It feels wonderful. I love him so much, and this last film was really amazing. He’s just so incredible when he gets his imagination going. I think it was even better the second time.

Do you have a favourite Hunger Games character name?
They are all very out there. There are times when I am travelling around and I’ll see signs, and I think, 'Ah, that’s probably where that came from.’ Or I’m in the doctor’s office, and I hear about a new disease. My ear infection is called 'Claudius Templesmith’.

Have you been showing the newcomers to the franchise the ropes?
No, I’m not a jerk. 'Okay you guys, follow my lead and you’ll be fine…’ No, everybody just got stuck in. Jeffrey Wright, Jenna Malone, Sam Claflin… everybody was so nice. They all moved in really quickly. As long as you’re nice, we like you.

And Josh and I really needed a break from each other, so bringing in new blood was good for us. It was getting unhealthy. I think now the ear infection may not have been from the water - it may have been from Josh talking in my ear too much.

Thank you very much for your time, Jenny From The Block.
I hope I gave you something useable. I’ve had way too much caffeine and I’m like, 'NYEEEEAR.’ I thought you were going to think I was on crack or something. Which I might be, if this is what that feels like.

   Interview by Ali Plumb

anonymous asked:

Rhay, I've been a follower of yours since day one. I respect the transformation you have gone through. There is no question that what youre doing now is getting yourself to a much brighter and better future. But what about the men who had there priorities before sneakers. Why can't there be a balance? I was a devoted reader and learner of all subjects just as you were but picked up sneakers as a second hobby. This hobby has not gotten in the way of my other goals… So why can't I do both?

My personal development, doesn’t necessarily need to be yours. I would say I am an extreme example; during the past four or five years I’ve spent over 50,000 dollars on sneakers, and it literally got me no where. I was a classic case of a kid of a kid having too much money, and too much time to spend it. I had to stop taking pictures entirely and delete my social networks, because they were the root of my problem. You may say, “well, I wouldn’t find myself in that situation”…But  My story isn’t so much of a stretch to imagine. I know plenty of guys who would do the same now, if given the chance to. We all want the same things……and its not actually sneakers, clothes, or anything materially, we need those things to be able to gain self-esteem. Its the validation that you receive that gives you the satisfaction of a new purchase, it really doesn’t have any inherent value to you. If you don’t believe me, what is the first thing you do when you get a pair of shoes? As a kid you may have put them on and ran around the house in delight. Now? Now you take your phone out and snap a picture of them and post it on your twitter, then your instagram, facebook….Maybe all in that order. After you get a few likes on your photos, and props for getting them, then you may wear them.. The point is if you’re taking pictures of what you have in order to impress other people, and if those objects in your life don’t have any real inherent value to you besides to show them off. Do they really belong to you? Or do they belong to your followers? There is a difference between owning your possessions and having them own you. Do you see where I’m coming from? The people who like your pictures are just as insecure as you are. The only reason they praise you is because you have what they want, and they don’t believe they can get it. The sneaker game is in a perpetual cycle of neediness. You need to buy shoes in order to impress other people, and you need your followers in order to validate yourself that you’re going down the right path.

Buying things you don’t need is an addiction that is just as destructive as buying cigarettes. There are far more things you could, and should be investing your money in….Yet you ignore those facts and choose instant gratification. Its a case of work and reward. You work your ass off at your little part-time job for two weeks, and buy a pair of shoes with that money just to get a few pats on the back from your followers. Does it sound ignorant? That is because it is. This transcends just sneakers alone, have you heard of the new “high-fashion” cults? The amount of money you have to spend to stay relevant is outrageous. You have kids spending 2000 dollars on jeans, and 1000 dollars on sneakers. Most of these guys work part-time and go to college, so they’re using their financial aid checks to buy all these things….Or credit cards. They live at home, and have no responsibility. They live like their parents are going to take care of them forever, or money is something that should be taken lightly. They don’t know it yet, but they are ruining their future just to be “cool” on tumblr. Its a rude awakening when you get out into the real world and everything comes and hits you all at one time. So you have to ask yourself, Is being “cool” now really worth throwing everything away later? Of course not…Its obvious that path will only lead to poverty. Yet everyday you have 30 thousand dollar millionaires who spend all their effort and money to sustain the illusion of being rich. Trying to look rich is counter-productive. Its like quicksand. They more money you spend trying to present yourself as wealthy, the deeper you sink into poverty. The reason why most people are poor, is because they make poor choices. Poor decisions are the leading cause of poverty. What are poor decisions? Trying to dress like Kanye West, when you work at Taco Bell. Or buying a pair of red-bottoms and putting it all on a credit card. All of these choices will destroy you. Most of your “friends” who spend all their money on sneakers, will be poor in the near future. If you’re not careful and remove yourself out of that crowd, then poverty will be a self-fulfilling prophecy for you too. Insecurity will end up costing you more than you can afford…

Your time and your money are your two most powerful assets……..If you don’t protect these assets, you will waste them….And when you lose them, it will be hard for you to get them back.  Don’t take up any hobbies that may put those two assets in danger. They’re literally all you have.

May God bless you.

-Rhay.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm new to the fandom (lolz) and I'm on the fence on all sorts of things. I've seen proof masterposts for larry and ziam being real that had some super convincing points that can't be argued against, but I've also seen some for elounor (and sophiam but more so elounor) that I felt had irrefutable points too. Clearly they can't all be real and I don't know what to think. This fandom is either insanely smart and perceptive or downright delusional lol maybe i'm just scared of being wrong?

Hello!  It’s crazy to be jumping into the middle of things all at once I’m sure.  I didn’t start investigating Larry until I was a fan for 5+ months and then it took me several months to be sure about that.  I discovered Ziam a few months later, but by then I knew what I needed to be convinced.

There are a few things I always keep in mind.

1) If there were attempts made to hide interactions between 2 members, you have to wonder why.  The whole selling point of the band is their friendship, so there’s no reason to be hiding that. It’s against their business interests and given 1D’s schedule over the last 5 years, it’s clear 1DHQ’s main interest is money.

2) Trust what you see from the boys in person.  If you don’t see and hear it coming from the boys’ mouths, then there’s really no good way to know if they said it.  If I left my computer lying around logged in, anyone could use it to post on my Twitter.  The same is true for the boys’ social media except in their case, it’s deliberate social media management.  

Media articles aren’t any better and can be manipulated quite a lot.  Don’t trust the media blindly.

3) Look for consistency.  If you notice that an article says one thing and the boys act completely differently, that’s a huge warning sign.  Someone is lying to you.  For example, why have the UK press all been trying to tell us that 1D is breaking up and the boys aren’t close when the boys’ actions and words show the complete opposite?  

You have to question who has something to gain from the particular lie being told.  On the other hand, if you know the agenda of 1DHQ and something you see on social media etc. doesn’t fit it, that may be an indicator it’s really the boys doing it.

5) Keep in mind that the point of bearding and closeting is for it to look realistic.  A few smiley or intimate pictures can easily be faked.  Watch one of those romcoms where the characters pretend to be dating and see everything they do to convince people they’re dating for real.  Then remember that 1DHQ has a whole team they can dedicate to doing the same thing if that’s their goal.

Closeting is not new.  Teams lying and doing shady things is not new.

6) To add to that, I don’t like taking gifs or heart eyes pictures for proof for Elounor or Larry for instance.  There’s far too much personal interpretation of what intimacy and emotions are with that.  There’s also missing context and possible angle and distance manipulation with pictures.  I like facts and logic because they’re not as easy to skew.

7) Remember that 1DHQ are not our friends and they’re not the boys’ friends. All you have to know is that Niall was told he needed knee surgery 1.25 years and a full tour with 123 shows before he actually was given enough time off to get it.  He performed on that painful, dislocating knee for that long just for the sake of 1DHQ getting tour profits.  

They then had him show up to the Brits only 1.5 weeks after surgery and put him back on tour after a week less than the bare minimum of time he needed to recover. 1DHQ will do what they think they need to to earn their money and they don’t care about how it hurts the boys. 

If you need to know how the boys feel about 1DHQ, some of it is here.

8) Be careful of assumptions.  A lot of things used to create a false narrative are simply hints that are meant to lead you to assumptions.  For instance, if you see a photo posted, you tend to assume it’s current unless there’s some big indicator it’s not, like an old haircut.  That’s not necessarily true, though, since people can hold on to pictures and post them whenever.  

They may post a picture that’s supposed to make you think Zayn is in LA for instance, but then you find that the picture was stolen off the internet.  Break down all the assumptions being made about evidence and think about whether the assumptions are actually solid.  

9) One is an incident, two is coincidence, three is a pattern, more is ridiculous. That’s the rule in general and with 1D.  The thing is that the same specific things happen over and over and over again in the same ways.  When there are too many coincidences, it’s just not a coincidence anymore


Hopefully those things help a little bit in terms of how to judge what’s important and what’s not.  Of course it’s up to you if you agree, but those are a lot of my guiding principles.

I’m also going to say that if you haven’t read the Harry Louis Treatise or watched the ILYSM videos, they’re amazing sources for Larry and Ziam proof respectively.  If you haven’t done those yet, definitely do.

I also have tags for analysis resources, ziam resources, and larry resources on my blog.

Like I said, it took me some time to come to terms with everything, so if it takes you time, it’s not at all weird.  There’s a huge backlog of information to go through to see the patterns that emerge and the shady things that happened over 5 years.

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“Hey could you do a song preference kind of thing? I don’t really have anything specific but maybe something kind of sad-ish and not a 5sos song please :) thanks!”

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It was the middle of the night and the sound of my phone ringing startled me from my mindless staring at the ceiling. This was a normal thing for me now - never being able to sleep at night because of the thoughts running through my mind and the pain aching in my heart. Tonight was harder than usual. It would have been mine and Calum’s 5 year anniversary, and it was also the one year mark since our break-up.

We were together for 4 years and I was sure he was the one I’d be marrying someday. We were in love. He was my soulmate. We had planned out our entire lives together. But then one day, everything changed. The life of being a band member’s girlfriend wasn’t easy but we had made it through plenty of tours in the past. This time was just different for some reason. We spent more time away from each other than we did together. I don’t know, maybe that’s what the whole thing came down to.

It was our 4 year anniversary and also the day before he left for tour again. This tour was the biggest one yet, and he’d be gone longer than ever before. I was trying to stay positive and was looking forward to spending the day celebrating 4 years, but I had an uneasy feeling in my stomach since the minute I woke up that morning. I couldn’t help but feel that something was off. Calum was supposed to pick me up later that afternoon for our date. But when he showed up unexpectedly on my doorstep with that look in his eyes, I knew.

As cliche as ever, his reasoning for splitting up was because of tour. He tried to reassure me many times by telling me that all of his feelings over the years were real, that he was in love with me and always saw a life together for the two of us. And I never doubted that for a second. But he said as happy as I made him, this isn’t what he envisioned for himself, or for me. He barely spent any time at home anymore and regardless of how much we tried to deny it, it took a toll on our relationship. He said it wasn’t fair to either of us and that we both deserved more than a relationship based on phone calls and seeing each other briefly every few months. I think a part of me knew he was right, but the idea of living without him was something I couldn’t even fathom at the moment. I sobbed and begged him not to give up just yet… to give it a chance, to give us a chance. But he had already made up his mind. And with that, he was out of my life and off to somewhere new again.

I was absolutely heartbroken. I had never felt so much pain in my entire life and there were times when I felt like I didn’t even have the will to live anymore. I was hurt, sad, pissed, just about every emotion in the book. How could someone who truly loves you just disappear from your life and never talk to you again? Although a part of me knew it was probably better that way because talking to him would make it harder to move on and let go. About a month into tour, photos and stories of Calum and other girls started to surface. It was like twisting the knife in my back even deeper, but I had to face it. Being committed to me all those years prevented him from going out and meeting other women like his bandmates were able to do. A few months later, he started dating someone new. I think that hurt even worse. Hooking up with different girls in different cities was different because there weren’t feelings involved. But dating someone new meant he had feelings for someone else and I didn’t know how to handle that. She’s from LA which made sense because anymore, the guys spend more time there than they do at home. A year later and they’re still together. My heart still aches and I still miss Calum but I’ve moved on.

“Hello,” I answered.

“Hey.. it’s.. it’s Calum,” he said with a quiet raspyness to his voice.

“Hey,” I whispered, trying to steady my breathing.

“So it’s been…,”

“I know,” I said, cutting him off.

“….How are you?,” he asked hesitantly.

“It’s been a lonely year,” I replied, trying not to let him hear the sadness behind my words.

“I miss your voice,” he said hesitantly after a bit of silence.

“You know… it still hurts me to know you’re not alone? Don’t worry, I’ll stay out of your life.. but it still kills me,” I spit out. 

“Maybe I don’t want you out of my life anymore,” he replied.

“Whatever Calum, I bet I don’t even run through your mind,” I shot back.

“I’m the one who called you, didn’t I?,” he replied, and I didn’t know what to say, so I sat there not saying a word.

“I write songs about you all the time,” he said quietly, almost whispering.

“You know, it’s 4am and you’re keeping me from closing my eyes yet again. I just have to know, does the thought of me ever keep you up at night?,” I asked.

“Of course it does, all the time. I miss you,” he answered.

“Calum, why did you even call me? What was the point?,” I finally asked after a few more seconds of silence on both of our ends. Awkward silence is something that had never happened between us before.

“I don’t know really. As selfish and crazy as it sounds, I guess I just want you back in my life,” he said.

“You know Calum… I miss you. I always miss you. I probably always will. But you gave up on me… you gave up on us. and now I’ve given up on you.” I said as a tear rolled down my cheek and I ended the call.


Ok this was shitty I’ve never done one of these before so don’t judge me but I wrote it a while ago and decided to finally post it. Idk, let me know what you think??? 

anonymous asked:

so i found your page and since today's my birthday, would you mind writing hc's about what the rfa + saeran and v for mc's birthday and where they'd celebrate it? thank you! i love your page so much!

[ Happy Belated Birthday anon-san!! Ooh this is a great one, thank you so much! Consider this a b-day gift from me^^ 

Oh, but unfortunately I can’t do Saeran- I am still unfamiliar with him (I’m finishing Jaehee’s then Seven’s will be my last)- so sorry I can’t do him for now! Hopefully I’ll add his later on -u-; Sorry!

~Z:)  ]

 ***I APOLOGIZE BEFORE HAND FOR LONG POST DUE TO BEING FULL OF FLUFF AND CHEESE

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Yoosung: 

  • this puppy boy is so excited 
  • his favorite person in the world’s special day!! 
  • And he has been planning it for a while- the perfect day! 
  • He tells you a day before that you two will be going on a trip
  • He’ll actually have your backpacks and the car all packed with snacks, change of clothes, nintendo ds for the ride, and other little (secret surprise) things by the next morning 
  • Of course after making you a grand “Happy Birthday!” breakfast of all your favorite things (his omeletts have improved greatly), you guys will hit the road early 
  • “Where are we going?” 
  • “It’s a surprise!!” he’ll sing while bouncing in his seat 
  • this precious summerchild 
  • Unfortunately, halfway there, you guys run out of gas and the car breaks down 
  • He nearly cries, but you calm him down enough for you both to walk to the nearest exit and get gas
  • Sweaty from the walk, you’re at least two hours behind his planned schedule 
  • But he cheers up as you two start doing karaoke listening to the radio 
  • “Oppa Gangnam Style!”   sorry what is this 2014
  • Then, as you drive along the coast, you see it 
  • THE BIGGEST BOARDWALK AMUSEMENT PARK 
  • *both of you scream with excitement* 
  • You’ve been wanting to go since last summer, and here you are! 
  • He even bought special tickets for all the attractions and front-of-the-line passes (his bank account is officially dead)
  • You two are running around all day- challenging each other to who can last the longest on the UFO ride, laser tag, roller coaster screaming, and just messing around while having the best time 
  • at one point you guys ate too much cotton candy 
  • he of course also made lunch for you guys, so you sit out on the beach and enjoy a picnic of your favorite sandwiches and just chill 
  • when it starts to get dark, you guys get on the ferris wheel and watch the sunset (awwwwwwwwwww) 
  • After you guys had your fill of fun and are exhausted, he takes you back out onto the beach for a bonfire, all snuggled up in his hoodie and spare blankets listening to the ocean waves 
  • “MC, I have something for you.” he has a white box and a wrapped up package 
  • Ripping opening the package, you find a handmade and cute, geeky birthday day card that says “You fill up my hearts” with a LOLOL character design
  • and under it is the softest hoodie with your favorite quote on it 
  • You stare at it for so long without looking up that the poor boy starts to panic that you didn’t like it
  • “MC? Oh no! It’s too cheesy, isn’t it? If you want, we’ll go buy-” 
  • You turn to him with the biggest grin and nearly topple him with a tight hug, assuring him repeatedly that you love it 
  • You almost don’t trade wearing his for your new one at the moment, but of course he gives you the puppy eyes 
  • Almost forgetting the white box, he opens it to give you your birthday cake! Which he made himself and had put the message in icing-
  • “Happy Birthday, MC!!! I love you!” 

Zen: 

  • he is fretting 
  • while racking his brain- for the first time he cursed his blessed good looks for not having a matching blessed brain
  • First- it took him days to find you the perfect gift (he actually had to ask for a recommendation from the store worker)
  • And now-
  • Why can’t he think of anything special to do for his significant other?? Something that you’d enjoy??
  • He’d love to take you to one of his shows, but you’ve guys have already done that for too many dates 
  • Fancy restauraunt? No, too cliche. Movies? No no. Carnival? Nah. 
  • the poor albino has only Meh Ideas
  • He wants it to be fun and almost calls Seven “I only need an idea, I’m not that desperate.”  Yet.
  • It also needs to be equally romantic and not where his fans can interrupt your time… Candle-lit dinner? A picnic? 
  • He shakes his head, about to scratch that off and call Jaehee for advice, but then he thought- 
  • “Picnic in the moutains! And a cabin-! And-” 
  • *brain idea generator warmed up 
  • “We’re going camping?”   “Yes and more!” 
  • He already reserved a cabin and has packed everything you’ll need in the car 
  • You arrive late afternoon after getting lost for a few hours on the way
  • As soon as you unload your things for the weekend, he urges for a hike
  • “Zen, it might get late? Can’t we go tomorrow?”
  • “Don’t worry, MC. It’s all apart of your Zenny’s amazing surprise plan!” 
  • You follow along, skeptical, and getting tired pretty quickly as you make your way through the woods 
  • Then when you get to the end of the trail, you arrive at a high clearing just in time for the goregous finale of the sunset 
  • *romance intensifies 
  • “MC?” 
  • you turn around and you see that Zen has already set up a picnic, your meal surrounded by candles and scented flowers 
  • damn boy moves fast
  • He even lights up a fire for roasting marshmallows while you both talk and laugh for a while
  • Sings and plays his guitar for you (of course he’s good on almost any musical instrument) 
  • ridiculous campfire songs
  • Soon you both lie down to stargaze in awe, and he suddenly gives you a small case 
  • Opening it, you find a lovely gold necklace with both your names intertwined on its hanging star pendant
  • “Even after, we’ll be two stars together in the sky forever,” he kisses you as he gestures to the star-stitched sky above

Jaehee: 

  • this amazing woman has it all planned
  • Heck, she has a whole schedule 
  • And she was going to make the most of the day (jumin being fond of you, gave her the entire day off despite it being extremely busy at the company) 
  • First thing in the morning, she had you unwrap your birthday gifts in bed
  • the cutest outfit and matching scarfs for both of you (scarf twins!)
  • gal pals
  • a dorky harry potter mug that says “I’m a keeper” (don’t fight me on this, jaehee is a potterhead!!!)
  • and the latest Zen limited edition merch “Baehee, you shouldn’t have!”
  • Afterwards, you guys are ready for your day
  • 8:30 am- you went to your favorite breakfast place (yummy b-day pancakes)
  • 9:45 am- took the subway to the downtown area of the city (for once you don’t mind the traffic)
  • 10:15 am- Begins your day of sightseeing and exploring the city!
  • You two have never actually been to all the attractions and done any dates to the many places in the area 
  • “What exactly are we going to do?” “All the dates you ever wanted to do, mashed into one day.”
  • Baehee, you wonderful land mermaid 
  • It’s also a bit of a girls’ day- 
  • 10:30 am- you have an appointment at the salon and spa 
  • Both of you get a relaxing pedicure, nails and hair done, and just making yourselves beautiful 
  • Treat yo self
  • One of the places you go to is the new and huuuge bookstore you nerds have been so excited to see
  • You even visit a wax figure musuem (”I can’t wait for the day they make one of Zen”) and other wacky attractions (so many goofy touristy photos) 
  • You guys pretty much throw your schedule to the wind and just go exploring
  • You end up doing shopping for random cutesy stuff while wandering the street markets 
  • She even buys you a cute teddy bear key chain and teases “It looks so much like you!” 
  • For lunch, you guys head over to the commercial district and experience the foodie adventure to the max 
  • 3:28 pm- Taking the bus, you enjoy the sophisticated wonder of the musuems 
  • At one point, you see a painting of a half-naked redhead and notice the likeness of it to Seven and end up almost dying from laughter and having to retreat from the building before getting kicked out
  • You dared Jaehee to post the picture in the chatroom “Oh wow, 707, this is a new disguise”
  • and everyone just explodes (seven actually swears that will be his next costume)
  • For dinner, you get take-out and sit in a nearby park where a street performance is going on 
  • A man had a bucket and large bubble blowing stick, which kids all took turn using to make HUMONGOUS BUBBLES (this is really fun!)
  • “We have to try that!” you literally scream as you drag her there 
  • You admire and watch all the dancers and musicians when Jaehee waves two tickets in your face 
  • “We don’t want to miss Zen’s musical now, right?” 
  • Of course she had tickets 
  • After his performance, all three of you go to Dunkin’ Coffee as Zen’s treat 
  • This day keeps getting better and better, amright?
  • The evening was still early when you both invite Zen to your next stop- the bowling alley! 
  • (Jaehee obviously wins with the most strikes) 
  • It was getting late, and surprisingly Jaehee still had another place to take you to 
  • Ice-Skating Rink (my cliche heart)
  • You, being the less coordinated person, hold on to her the whole time
  • “Don’t worry, MC, I got you.”
  • when you get to the center of the ice rink, blushing Jaehee slips out a small box and paused to kneel
  • you nearly faint 
  • “MC, please hold this while I tie your laces.”  “Oh…oh sure.” (lmao) 
  • She stands up after tying the skating laces and smiles, “Open it up.” 
  • Inside the small box were two matching frienship bracelets 
  • “Happy Birthday, MC! We’ll always be each other’s happiness!” 
  • you nearly slip from that happiness

Jumin:

  • you had specifically told him you didn’t want anything big for your birthday 
  • of course he forgot 
  • And not just your request, but the actual occasion too
  • But that was because he was swamped with work and extremely busy with a new launch in his department 
  • And just a mere day before the special date- “Mr. Han, you wanted me to remind you just in case, that you have two flight tickets booked tomorrow after MC’s party. When exactly will you be leaving?” 
  • ??? 
  • Jaehee’s eyes widen- “Mr. Han you didn’t forget MC’s birthday tomorrow, did you? There’s a large party you had organized.” 
  • He nearly fell out of his chair 
  • “Tomorrow? As in her birthday is certainly tomorrow?!” 
  • For the time he broke office etiquette and let loose a loud sting of curses jaehee awkwardly closed the door 
  • “Assistant Kang! Agh I can’t believe I forgot, of all things! I don’t even have a gift-” 
  • “Sir, you already have the presents. They’re packaged and have been delivered to the location of the birthday party.” 
  • “Oh. That’s good. And where exactly-?”
  • “A reservation at the Grand Ballroom, tomorrow at 12:00 sharp.”
  • “Ah. That’s fine. And you said something about flight tickets? It doesn’t happen to be for our weekend trip, is it?” 
  • Jaehee readily filled him in (thank you baehee)
  • Early next morning- things started out wonderfully
  • Breakfast special in bed with strawberry pancakes for the birthday girl (Jumin serving them in *ahem cough* only wearing a plushy robe)
  • Cuddling in bed with Elizabeth 3rd 
  • “Ready for your birthday surprise?”
  • You were super excited to spend the day with him and was expecting a birthday party
  • but 
  • You didn’t think it was going to be a huge one with hundreds of guests…
  • Looking across the sea of people, you realize you barely know a tenth of these people-! And most of them you only recognized from company dinners and others as business partners 
  • Jumin is oblivious to your discomfort at being surrounded by so many strangers at something so personal
  • “Happy Birthday!!!” suddenly the RFA steal you away, all the members making the awkward event much better 
  • For the next hours, Seven and Yoosung keep you laughing at their jokes and antics while Jaehee and Zen help you stay cheerful with their lively conversations- all of them trying to distract you from the one person who should have been by your side 
  • Apparently this birthday party was more of a business social event, for Jumin was constantly meeting and talking with the other guests
  • At one point you were going to snap when you noticed all the women flocking around him 
  • The others must have caught on to how upset you were getting, for Jaehee suddenly returned with Jumin by her side 
  • “MC? Are you ready to leave?” 
  • Not trusting yourself to stay in control if you opened your mouth, you simply nodded before he quickly whisked you out through the back exit to avoid the paparazzi 
  • You stayed quiet through the drive trying to form your words without letting your anger get the best of you- 
  • Just when you were going to confront him, you noticed the car driving towards the airport
  • “Jumin? Where are we going?” you now forgot your anger 
  • “MC, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the party. I understand how uncomfortable it was. But I promise your actual birthday surprise will be exceedingly better!” 
  • “Oh… actual? But where are we really going?” 
  • “Peux-tu deviner?” that’s French
  • “To France?!” your excitement makes him smile brightly
  • And sure enough, you two spend an enjoyable weekend trip in Paris 
  • Relaxing, luxurious days and romantic evenings
  • Exploring the beautiful sights and attractions, visiting museums and enjoying the classical cafes and fancy restaurants 
  • Obviously you beg him to take you to Disney World (what an amazing time you two had lol)
  • Jumin devotes all his time and attention to you (Elizabeth 3rd is staying at the company’s cat hotel)
  • And of course he had more gifts waiting for you 
  • “Jumin did you seriously buy me a villa here?!” 
  • “Yes, why not? It’ll be a lovely vacation home. I did of course attempt buying the Eiffel Tower, but the government refused selling a historical monument. It would have looked nice under your name.”

707:

  • honestly, you were a bit terrified with what he might have come up with this year for your birthday
  • *shudder* there was a year where he ordered several birthday cakes and pinatas as a prank- you had to find the one that wasn’t filled with insects or other creepy unpleasant things 
  • you say a quick prayer before getting out of bed in the morning 
  • And strange enough, the house was clean and very quiet 
  • too quiet
  • Your senses were alert as you looked for your little pepper boy all around the house
  • the place was empty 
  • but there was a note under a plate of breakfast 
  • Even more suspiciousSaeyoung doesn’t cook healthy meals?!
  • however the note said, 
  • “Happy Birthday Sleepyhead! If you want your special surprise gift- you have to find it yourself on a scavenger hunt! I’ll meet you on the way, so here’s the first clue- What’s 6ft tall, cold and gray, and almost married to the (2nd) most goregous being in the world? Tom btw will be waiting outside to drive you! Have a good breakfast and good luck MC! ~707
  • You were excited, because wow this actually sounds fun
  • It was a surprisingly good meal, and after hoping there’s no weird chemicals or some wacky microbotic insects in it, you set off
  • Sure enough, Tom was outside in his simple car and you tell him directly to go to the C&R building 
  • the first clue was obviously Jumin Han (wonder what he bribed him with to help)
  • When you arrived at the receptionist, you were surprised to find Jaehee already waiting to take you up to Jumin’s office 
  • “MC, good morning. I see you’re here for Luciel’s clue.” he then handed you an envelope with a zoo ticket pass
  • your phone vibrates and you see a text message from Seven:
  • “Good you knew Elly was 2nd to you in my world! Cool, next clue- this animal is closely related to the lovely Elly, equally majestic but with the opposite color. Can you guess which kitty this is? ~God Seven” 
  • You thank both Jumin and Jaehee before returning down to Tom’s car
  • Obviously the ticket indicates you having to go to the zoo, and the animal must be a big cat…
  • Once you arrive and grab a map at the animal park, you quickly realize the animal is a black panther! 
  • Off you go hunting for its habitat, and show up to watch the goregous black leopard lounging 
  • You look around, wondering what exactly you have to do next when-
  • “Hello. Are you MC?” a zookeeper taps your shoulder and once you confirm it, tells you to follow
  • “Oh, okay…” you say as she leads you around to a hidden ‘Authorized Personnel Only’ door 
  • “It’s feeding time, so you’ll be able to go in and retrieve what you need,” the zookeeper explains as she takes you to the back door of the panther habitat and proceeds preparing to open the gate 
  • “Wait. WHAT?! I HAVE TO GO IN THERE?!” you should’ve known Seven would have something like this prepared….
  • The zookpeeper continues to assure you that’s fine, even pointing out the white envelope tucked near the roots of the large forest tree…
  • You pray to the heavens, and if you die curse Seven a 100-fold before carefully following the zookeeper’s instructions
  • After several life-terrifying moments, you somehow have the envelope in your shaking hand and walk jitterly out of the zoo
  • Seven, being the brillant hacker he is, was likely keeping an eye on your progress
  • Your phone instantly vibrates with the next text: 
  • “Wow babe! You’re a wild one! Haha…don’t be mad at me…uhm so I guessing that wasn’t as fun. Your next clue is fun for sure!- If you can guess already, it’s what we ate on our first date! I’m sure this clue will be easy enough!”
  • Remembering to open the envelope, you find a folded popcorn bag with the logo of a popular popcorn-maker store at the mall 
  • Tom happily joins in search of the shop- you both nearly drool at the amazing selection of popcorn. There’s rainbow colored popcorn, blueberry flavored, and just soo much more in variety (btw I’ve been to an actual place like this) 
  • Focusing on your task, you quickly find the shelve of honey carmel popcorn- the exact kind you guys had on your first date when going to the movies
  • “Surprise!” a redhead suddenly pops out from behind it
  • He tackles you into a hug before handing you a chocolate covered apple
  • Of course, after accepting the sweet treat, you punch him “That’s for endangering my life!” 
  • “Aw, come on MC! How would I ever dare do that? I made sure you were safe, I was there all along!”  he’d had special security/safety arrangements just in case anything occured 
  • “Now, are you ready for the next clue?” he gestures to the shelve 
  • Behind the rows of popcorn bags, you find another envelope
  • Inside it was a page from a superhero comicbook 
  • You instantly knew where to go next, both of you grinning as you moved to leave 
  • “Thanks Tom!” you both say, Seven adding that he can buy as much as popcorn he wants for payment 
  • From there, Seven drives you (obviously in one of his babies) to the large comicbook store for the next clue
  • After a game of hide-in-seek (I, Seven-Zero-Seven, Defender of Justice, shall find the villanious MC!), you eventually find the matching page for the comic 
  • “The Magician” was the title and you racked your brain before you remembered a costume shop near the pier with that very name
  • When you arrive, you both have a game of dressing-up (you as a king and him as a cross-dressing joker) until you find another envelope hidden in the pocket of your cape
  • Inside is a unlimited token card for an arcade with a prize number
  • “Your majesty, your carriage awaits you for conquering!”
  • You spend nearly three hours winning games and gathering tickets in your crazy costumes before cashing in to get a giant teddy bear holding another envelope 
  • For the rest of evening, you two are running around finding clues all the while having the best time together (you guys almost get arrested)
  • You guys even stop at several food places for birthday specials and discounts (you literally had at least 3 birthday cakes today)
  • Finally, you come to the last clue- several numbers written on a slip of paper
  • “Hmm…these look like coordinate numbers…” 
  • Like before, Seven simply smiled and didn’t answer whether you were right or wrong
  • “Pull over to that gas station, I’m going to get a map and check!”
  • Sure enough, you found the location- it was outside the city somewhere
  • When you return to the car, you find that Seven had unlocked the trunk and was stuffing balloons into the interior of the car
  • “What are you doing?!”  
  • *literally throws confetti at you* “MC! Congrats on finding the last clue! Now you can receive your AMAZING, FANTASTIC BIRTHDAY PRESENT! Do you like them?” 
  • They were all birthday balloons, but you burst out laughing once you could see the images on them 
  • Some had your actual face on them, while others had cats and ridiculous memes- you didn’t expect less from 707 
  • As you put the coordinates into the GPS, you guys drive out of the city
  • Snacking a lot on honey buddha chips, Ph.D. Pepper, and all sorts of junk food while singing with the radio- you two were having quite the time
  • But the further away you got from the city and crowded highway, the quieter and somber Seven grew 
  • You both are obviously tired, but there’s still layer of anticipation 
  • After an hour, you pull up to a field in the middle of nowhere
  • “You aren’t going to murder and bury me here, are you?” 
  • he snickers, “Well if I do, I’m glad we made some good memories!”
  • He asks you to get out of the car, and you watch as he spreads a blanket across his precious sports car’s hood 
  • It’s dark except for the bright headlights of the car 
  • He then invites you to join him and as you curl up next to him, you realize how exhausted you are
  • “Okay, ready?” he suddenly asks
  • You aren’t sure for what, but you nod anyways
  • With his car keys, the headlights turned off
  • You were swallowed up by a darkness
  • But then, the thousands of stars above suddenly lit up the sky
  • You were awestruck- your eyes not quite believing the world around you 
  • Saeyoung chuckled quietly as he smiled at your reaction 
  • omg this beautiful boy
  • Pulling you into his arms and lying down with your head on his chest, you two admire the goregous sky 
  • Then with another click of his car keys, the car hood lowers and tens of the balloons in the car float high up into the dark sky
  • They all are dark shapes as they disappear above
  • “Let’s marry at a space station,” he whispers to you, before slipping a laser pointer into your hand and guiding it up using the red streak to point out star constellations 
  • He spelled out ‘Happy Birthday’ using the red lazer
  • You smiled, “One day, let’s.” 
  • For the rest of the night, you blissfully stargazed

V:

  • he was at a loss of what to do
  • you deserved the best, but he knew he wasn’t able to do that for you (stop hurting yourself precious blue boy)
  • Yet, he was more than willing to try
  • It was your special day, so who better to ask than you 
  • “Oh, anything really! I don’t mind if we don’t do nothing anyways.” 
  • “It’s your birthday, how can you expect me not to do anything for you?”
  • “Oh, fine then. Anything simple, like what we do for dates!”
  • Something simple wasn’t much to work on, but he was creative enough and loved you dearly 
  • He had already a gift ready for you, he’d been working on it for so long (although you’d prefer him doing something about his injury to anything else)
  • So for your birthday breakfast, he set out early to the bakery to get you your favorite morning pasteries (thankfully he came back before you could start worrying)
  • he gives you a bouquet of flowers when you come downstairs and kisses you “Good morning, birthday girl.”  awwwwww
  • together you made breakfast in pajamas with the radio tuned on and enjoyed your lovely meal out on the patio surrounded by your plants
  • it was peaceful and you two spent most of the warm and sunny morning chatting about everything happening these days 
  • Then you two went for a stroll in the park where you both watched the lively people spending their day in activity 
  • You two loved people watching, especially as V helped you learn to take pictures of the world around you 
  • You would tell him what you see “There’s a group of children playing tag on the playground…haha a cute brown dog chasing a tennis ball… And ooh a family flying kites!” 
  • He obviously caught your excited tone and suggested that you two should go buy a kite and fly it 
  • Sure enough, V helpes you get the paper blue kite up and you both laugh at the attempts you make before finally finding a good wind on top of a sloping hill 
  • he tried helping by running and launching it since he was tall, but he almost ended up breaking his neck (no V you’re blind and that’s dangerous)
  • Afterwards, you two hang out at a cafe where you drink your coffee and enjoy reading some books together (his of course is in braille) 
  • Taking your drinks, you eventually wander out to the nearby woods
  • More pictures of nature (he also sneaks some when you’re busy picking flowers)
  • “Smile, MC!”   “V, that’s a tree- I’m over here.”
  • He actually collects a bouquet of wildflowers for you (some of them are weeds by accident) 
  • Since the seasons are in the middle of changing, autumn just arriving, there are mounds of already fallen leaves 
  • You two make a large pile of the scattered leaves and jump into, making a bed as you giggle and cuddle on the forest floor 
  • “v, don’t move-! There’s a huge-ass beetle on you!”
  • Eventually you get back home, where he surprises you more with a homemade candle-lit dinner and your favorite ice-cream cake 
  • You both sit in the living room to enjoy your birthday cake and unwrap your gift
  • Carefully undoing the ribbon and not wanting to rip his carefully wrapped paper, you gasp as you hold a photo album 
  • Not able to see your face, he wasn’t sure whether your gasp was a good sign or not 
  • “MC?”   this heartbreaking teal boy 
  • “I love it! I will cherish this forever” you say to him with tears as you flip through pages of pictures, most are of you, when before his eyesight is at its worse now, others taken with the RFA members 
  • Lots were of the group messing around at meet-ups and when hanging out (there was an incredible one of Seven laughing so hard, Ph.D. Pepper shot out his nose)
  • Your favorites are the ones of just the two of you together
  • You thank him and hug him fiercly, trying to assure him that you truly love him no matter what 
  • Just as you were cuddling on the couch together, eating while watching a movie, he suddenly takes a deep breath and gets your attention
  • “I have one more present for you. It’s a surprise…” 
  • he then finds your hand and carefully places a folded paper in it
  • “What is it?” you read it and then you freeze 
  • You don’t quite believe your eyes 
  • He softly smiles before kissing you, “I’ve decided that you are the light of my life, and I need to see you if I want to give you the best you deserve.”
  • the paper had the appointment date for his eye surgery 

~~~

[Thank you for reading this super long post! Haha sorry for the length, but I was just having so much fun. I need to write one-shot fanfics for these lolol    

Requests are open on my blog!

~Z:)]

anonymous asked:

Hey Elizabeth! So I saw your post about that map thingy your drew up and it got me wanting to ask this question and for advice: what are some tips on world building??? Because right now Ibe never actually created my own world or let alone base one off of real elements and idk what to even do or where to even start. I'm kind of at a lost at this point TBH and I've only just started

(Disclaimer: I write something I like to call historical fantasy, which basically means that while I am writing in a time period/setting that is historically accurate, I also lent the characters/plot some fantastical elements…I may not be able to speak super well to either type of world, since I have no experience writing one without the other, if that makes sense!)

(A tip from a frankly unqualified writer, yours truly: Many writers consider a good book to be proficient in three aspects…character, plot, and world building. It’s important to feel confident and put effort into your world, but don’t sacrifice a good story or interesting characters for it. In most cases, your world should be shaped by your story, not the other way around. So…know your story first. Then do this stuff.)

If you’re writing…

Historical Fiction

  • Congratulations! This world is pretty much already built for you. Depending on how far back you’re going, your availability of primary sources may be limited…but try to read/view as many as possible! Those are the best way to know what people actually felt and saw at that time.
  • If your era permits, check out as many photos, videos, maps, etc., to know exactly where your events will take place, and how people presented themselves.
  • Do some research on social hierarchies, expectations, and norms. This will inform the majority of your characters’ behaviors, goals, and obstacles.

Present Day/Contemporary

  • Good on you. Your job may be as easy as looking out the window. First, define what type of genre your story is. Also, ask: How old are your characters? Where in the world are they? From there, you’ll know what areas of the world to focus in on. Is it a high school? A big city? A country farm? There’s a million places and different types of lives that exist right at this moment. Know what you’re going for, and then follow pretty much the same steps as listed for historical fiction.
  • Don’t be shy about asking ‘interview’ questions of those around you. For example, a while back I was trying to write a story about some fictional high school’s GSA. Being straight, I knew I’d need to have lengthy, genuine interviews with members my high school’s alliance in order to more accurately portray their story. Everyone I spoke with was excited to help me out, and pleased that someone had taken the time to discover the ‘real’ feelings of communities outside my own before writing. If you’re planning on writing about characters/places very unlike your own experience, do intend to participate in extensive research, hopefully with people you can talk to one-on-one.
  • Visit the location, if you can. After all, no better way to feel the story than to ‘step’ inside it. Take photos, and remember the feeling of the place. Bring it home to your writing.

Fantasy/Alternate Universe/Spec Fic

  • I’m so excited for you. This is my favorite type of genre. It is a huge umbrella term, but when I say fantasy, I generally mean any type of writing in which the laws of our reality are skewed. That could mean another planet, another universe, or maybe just our own world but with magical elements intertwined. In any case, I have good news…ironically, this is sometimes the easiest type of world building.
  • Like I mentioned earlierknow your story and let that inform this new world. I’m not saying you need to have your plot and characters nailed in or anything, but have a somewhat good idea of what you’re going for…from there, you can build the social and physical laws to best suit it. 
  • Consider all aspects of what make up a world, and make sure you can answer them before diving in. You’ll probably want to get a bit more detailed, but have an idea of: climate, social system, type of inhabitants, topography, architecture, wardrobe, expectations, societal barriers, laws, education system, family units, etc.