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Not Your Average Zutara Fic Rec

So I’ve gone through a LOT of Zutara fanfiction, probably too much if I’m being honest, and finding good fics can be really hard. When looking up fic rec lists I’ve noticed that a lot of the lists are just the same select fanfictions recommended over and over (We get it, everyone and their mother loves ‘His Majesty Prefers Blue’ and ‘Stormbenders’ [I never finished HMPB, sue me]). 

So this list is for all of you who are in my shoes and can’t seem to find anything besides the same ten or fifteen stories recommended and are desperate for something new. Everything listed is complete! (If I listed the incompletes/abandoned stories I’d have a lot more chaptered stories listed… RIP ‘The Confrontational Approach’…) 

I have a lot of bookmarked stories that I have yet to read and am in the middle of (Almost caught up on @firelordandlady ‘s ‘Say Anything’!), so I’ll try to update this when I finish something I think deserves a recommendation. 

Chaptered

In the Same Candlelight by Like a Dove

In a world where there is no war, Zuko and Katara spend their summers together. Growing up is messy, embarrassing, and at times sad, but they think it might be okay because they have each other. Edited summary.

I know. I KNOW. I LITERALLY JUST SAID I WASN’T GOING TO RECOMMEND FANFICS THAT ARE ON EVERYONE’S LIST. But I NEED to mention this one. I spent so long not interested in this fic. I don’t like drastic AU’s, or modern AU’s. My taste is strictly canon divergence, so I didn’t think I would like this. I WAS SO WRONG. Trust me, if you are like me and don’t like big AU’s, read this anyway. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Characterization is still so spot on, even with such a different take. Aang is precious. There is nothing but fluff, fluff, and fluff. It will melt you. You will probably die and your spirit will rise up smiling and beaming out rainbows and sunshine. That’s what happened to me. 

Lilacs and Lily Pads by sadladybug

A tale of clumsy courtship and calamitous court weddings, featuring awkward family encounters, floral mishaps, cultural complications, and good old fashioned fluff and conflict. Takes place in the five years following war’s end. For Zutara Week 2016. A prequel to Bones.

Clothe Me in Seasons, Dress Me in Snow is a very commonly recommended Zutara fic (And for good reason, I shed many tears reading it). But this two-shot (A companion to Bones, a smut one shot) by the same author is really underrated and beautifully written. It follows Zuko and Katara as they try to plan their wedding, as well as shows two scenes from before they got engaged that solidified the relationship to be one they knew would last. Just really well done overall and very very sweet. 

EDIT: I talked with the author and apparently it isn’t finished?? But they are apparently working on the next chapters so yay!! And each chapter is independent so it doesn’t feel unfinished.  

The Slow Path by Tazainian Devil

Eight years after the fall of Ozai, Aang returns to the friends he left behind - Taang, Zutara, Sukka

This is technically a Taang fic, and if I’m being honest I kind of just skimmed through the non-zutara chapters, but the Zutara storyline was good enough that I think it’s definitely worth the read. And the overall plot has a great premise. Be warned, it has a sequel that was never finished. 

Another Word For Alchemy by FanPanda13

Five years have passed since the Avatar defeated Fire Lord Ozai, and the members of the Gaang have all gone in their own direction. But when Aang invites them all to a Peace Summit at the North Pole and tells them of his new project, for which he will need their support, the group comes together again for adventure, fun and romance. AU. Zutara. COMPLETE.

So this fic is crazy for me. At first, it started as just really good natured fluff. The writing wasn’t anything fantastic (Although I loved how it broke the 4th wall and didn’t take itself seriously), and there were some definite OOC moments. But I had so much FUN with it. The plot (while definitely not the focus as everyone is more concerned about when Zuko and Katara will get together) was interesting, and there were some really sweet moments. It was also HILARIOUS and I had multiple moments where I genuinely laughed out loud. But then about five chapters before the end, the quality SKY ROCKETED. As the plot and mystery come together, the characters all come together in a moment that truly feels like it came from the show. Even the writing quality increases by a lot and I was genuinely shocked and impressed. Definitely recommend. 

Kyoshi Hold ‘Em by cupid-painted-blind

When a blizzard shuts down the fourth annual Peace Summit, the group has to find some way to pass the time. /Zutara, Taang, Jet/Mai, Jet/Everyone, Sukka

If you’re looking for a good crack fic, look no further. It’s post war and utter nonsense. Jet is alive for some reason??? No one questions it and he’s shipped with pretty much everyone. It’s funny, it’s decently written, there are drinking and sexy time shenanigans, and overall just lighthearted. Also, it does a great job of being a crack fic without crossing the line and becoming unfunny and just a trash fic. A lot struggle to find the balance and resort to going over the top and ridiculous, but this one does a really good job. 

Come With Me by Steamboat Ghost

Coauthored by fuzzytomato. Troubled over his newly restored honor, Zuko finds solace in the familiar guise of the Blue Spirit. In a chance meeting with the Painted Lady, a friendship is forged as the two heroes seek to help the Fire Nation’s neglected.

I’ll admit it: I’ve never gotten into Blutara fanfictions. I only read the first couple chapters of HMPB and dropped it after the tree scene. I don’t know, it felt really OOC for me and I may go back and read it again just because EVERYONE raves about it, but IDK. I’ve never been a huge Blutara fan because while I love the concept, I’d much rather see the Painted Lady and the Blue Spirit come together as equals. Most fics present Zuko behind his mask to Katara, and it feels imbalanced. There aren’t a lot of stories where we see their alter persona’s come together even though that’s the entire point of the parallel between the two. Insert this fic. I only wish there was a sequel dealing with Zuko in the Gaang after these events. Hey, a girl can dream. 

A Zutara Story Anastasia by LastSunset

Katara, the only suviving waterbender of the Southern Water Tribe, joins two con men, Zuko and Iroh, while a fearful admiral chases for her death. A Zutara Story. Based on the movie Anastasia.

So this isn’t so much a retelling of Anastasia but with Katara and Zuko as it is a fanfic version of the movie but with the characters names and world changed. It takes a lot of lines from the movie. But WHO CARES? It’s Anastasia and Zutara!!! What more do you need??? 

Oneshot

this burden you bear by cowlicklesschick

Word travels, and war stories will be told round campfires and on freighter ships until every person in the world knows what Master Katara did for the new Fire Lord. She fights the burning in her throat at the thought of people knowing why she had to heal him in the first place. Post-war Zutara.

This is an angst-with-a-happy-ending, which I say is the absolute BEST type of angst. Katara deals with the guilt of what Zuko did for her as the Fire Nation celebrates what she did to save his life during the Agni Kai. The two come together beautifully while struggling to see the feelings they both share. Really well written and like I said, it has a happy ending, which we all need. 

The Best of Me by Laririn-Shadow

The night before his eighteenth birthday Zuko wraps a bandage around his left wrist. He has a country to run and no time for frivolous things. It will make everything easier if he waits. Zutara Soulmates AU

Soulmate AU’s usually aren’t my thing (With the glaring exception of one Until Dawn Soulmate AU, but that’s besides the point), but I really enjoyed this oneshot. It isn’t sweeping or insanely romantic and the reveal isn’t “OMG I’VE LOVED YOU THIS WHOLE TIME” But it’s a subtle love that grows, which I really like. 

snuggling dysfunctional cats by emletish

Toph thinks Katara and Zuko were a ridiculously, incredibly, stupidly adorable couple. There is only one problem, they were not actually going out. This confuses Toph. could stand alone or be read as a companion peice to my stalking series

Fun fact: Before this oneshot, I had only ever read one fanfiction over 200k words, and had no desire to read another one again. And then I read this. This one shot was so fantastic that it was the reason I ended up reading the ‘Not Stalking Zuko’ trilogy (Also by emletish), which totals almost 900k words because this companion piece had me so sold. Yeah, it’s THAT good. 

my salvation, he’s not anything by sarsaparillia

Let’s run away and start another war. — Zuko/Katara.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What can I say? I love the ‘Let’s run away together, consequences be damned’ trope. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Time is Ripe by Casa Circe

ZUTARA WEEK 2012 Day Seven: Seasons. There are many stages that a heart goes through before it can finally be ready for the love it was meant to have. The road is often a rocky one but eventually, it leads you home.

A oneshot for the Zutara Week 2012 prompt ‘Seasons’. Not too much to say about it. Short, sweet, and well written. What more do you need? 

Serendipity by Boriqua-chan

Iroh goes hunting for tea leaves and finds something…interesting. /Zutara week, day 1/

Secret relationships! Fluff! Happiness! And all from Uncle Iroh’s perspective!! Everything I love in one great oneshot! 

Too Close for Comfort also by Casa Circe

ZUTARA WEEK 2010 Day Three: Pain. After watching “The Ember Island Players”, no one is in the mood for teasing. But a little slip of the tongue leads to the painful realization that the play was more accurate than they were willing to admit.

There are two Zutara plots/tropes that I am a complete and utter SLUT for. The first is the ‘Let’s talk about that EIP show’ trope. This is one of my favorites. 

The Color of Truth is Red by Mrs. Pettyfer

Written for Zutara Week prompt “awkward.” Zuko and Katara discuss the Ember Island Players.

Another post EIP oneshot

Enlightenment by Blade Quill

Choices are made on the day of Zuko’s coronation, and sometimes, enlightenment is just the simple truth at hand. Zutara. AU of the final moments of the Book 3 Finale

The OTHER plot/trope I’m a slut for is finale rewrites. LET ME SEE THEM COME TOGETHER AFTER HE TAKES LIGHTNING FOR HER. Ugh, I love it. 

Framework by profoundlycan

What if in “Sozin’s Comet” Katara had come into the room instead of Mai? Zuko/Katara. Prequel to Schema.

 Another finale rewrite! Let’s just get Mai out of the picture here… 

Lightning Shocks the Heart by drunkzutarafeels

Why do our hearts remain dormant until a climactic moment makes time stand still?

And here’s yet another finale rewrite. There is a really popular Zutara gifset that someone animated of the Agni Kai ‘Thank you’ scene, but Katara kisses Zuko after she hugs him. This is the fanfiction equivalent of that gif set. 

Sunrise by lewilder

The days go on and on, and even if she feels more comfort from the moon, Katara learns to cherish the promise of each new sunrise. Zutara AU, largely finale-centric. Oneshot.

LAST FINALE AU I PROMISE. Really sweet, starts right after The Southern Raiders and goes past canon. 

all the ghosts we cannot kill (we learn to love) by raisindeatre

Zuko and Katara; the moments we didn’t see. Or: Maybe we are all somebody’s ghost. And maybe sometimes we can be more than that.

“…My quarrel has only ever been with you, Zuko,” she says, his name sharp on her tongue. “This has only ever been about me and you.”

“You’re wrong,” he rasps, his voice rough in the late afternoon sunlight that falls around them, tangles them in golden nets. “This has only ever been about me and the Avatar. Not you and me. What we hold between us has nothing to do with it.”

This is a really beautiful one-shot that follows a battered, war torn and hardened Zuko and Katara through the scenes we DIDN’T see throughout the entire show. A Zutara must-read.

Drabble Collection/Series

And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Advocaat

A collection of humorous and crack-tastic oneshots corresponding to the days of Zutara Month

Really great Zutara Month themed drabbles, and it contains the only body swapping plot that I’ve read and really enjoyed. Also the chapters ‘Potential’ and ‘Festival’ are some of my all time favorites. 

Zuko Was No Coward by hootowl

Zuko was many things, but a coward he was not. A collection of Zutara100 prompts. Title may change.

Definitely some heartbreakers and angsty drabbles in here, but all well written and thoroughly enjoyable. If you read ANYTHING from this list, read chapter two of this drabble collection. I MELTED when I read it. It’s perfection. Aunt Wu’s prediction has always been a plotline I’ve loved in Zutara fanfiction, and this one just does it PERFECTLY. 

Zutara Week 2012 by ichilover3

A collection of oneshots inspired by the prompts for Zutara Week

Not much more to say. The first, third, and fourth prompts are my favorite from this series. 

Zutara Week 2015 by bianca_anna

It started at a tea shop and ended with forever. My entries for Zutara Week 2015. I hope you enjoy them.

Oh my GOODNESS. So they’re Zutara Week prompts, but all set in the same universe. The Zutara!Family depicted in these drabbles has become my headcanon. I’ve seen many a Zutara family, but this one is by far my FAVORITE. This is now my official family for them. I want the very last chapter fully animated because it’s so good and epic and I want more of this families adventures. 

anonymous asked:

I read several days of this blog and did basic research, but I still don't understand what's going on that led to #Norbury. Why are the Pike fics significant if they're not officially connected? I know ARG, but what does PTB stand for? Why do we have sufficient reason to bring Takei into this? I see the arguments about why /not/, but I don't see anything why /for/. Everyone's acting like these are things everyone already should know, but I can't find simple explanations?

Ok anon, strap in:

  • I believe the Pike fics are officially connected. Though it takes some extrapolation to get there (which I’ll explain in a moment), the content of the fics themselves are such that there would be no purpose or motive in writing them UNLESS you had the knowledge and opinions of a showrunner looking at fandom from the outside in. Read The Players for yourself.
  • “TPTB” means “The powers that be,” referring to the nebulous group of people in charge of Sherlock (in this case) who call the shots.
  • Dale Pike’s legitimacy comes from the assumption that the twitter elements of the ARG are real (imo, likely controlled by Joe Lidster). There’s a large network of these, I haven’t been super tuned in, but essentially, consider them NPCs that exist to wave flags and give us sidequests.
  • Our attention to Dale Pike came from parody twitters for two once-prominent members of the Sherlock fandom. These led to Dale Pike’s twitter, which, in turn, led us to their AO3. The AO3 contains a fic series called “Spoiling Sherlock in Real Time,” and has written and published several fics with info about s4 episodes prior to the episodes airing. Identifying Eurus as an imposter, that Sherlock would not be saying “I love you” to John, and…… jesus christ, just trust me on this? They predicted things they couldn’t possibly have known. Although it is possible for ao3 fics to be backdated, we know from the twitter and tumblr bots that update when new johnlock fic is posted that they were published when Dale claims.
  • These fics intricately express tjlc #moods, often featuring female audience inserts who bemoan about the existence of “The Good Story.” In several cases these inserts can be identified as specific Sherlock fans. Ashleigh @kinklock​, for example, is clearly The Girl from the Bus. (Yes, in the show too! That is why she LITERALLY LOOKS LIKE HER FUCKING CLONE.)
  • On the 29th, when most hope for a special was spiraling, Dale posted a plea that we tweet #norbury, complaining again about ALL. THIS. SHIT. Unfortunately, however, Moffat read his audience incorrectly, as they blew up the theater, and the audience fell into chaos. (READ THE FUCKING PLAYERS.)
  • I believe #norbury is the correct course of action because the emotional climax/resolution, post-bomb blast, is Steven (YES, STEVEN IS NAMED IN THE FIC) begging a lone remaining believer to PLEASE pull him out of the mirror well and to “TELL THE WORLD WHO I REALLY AM!!!!!” Capslock all Dale’s.
  • While I’m also willing to believe the bomb in the theater is about exposing canon johnlock (vs. blowing up the show with TFP), I feel like there’s no other real way to expose canon johnlock than complaining about how canon johnlock didn’t happen, AND with the who you really are thing, like, how else can we throw him the rope? What else is there.
  • Also in The Players, John and S are searching for the bomb, which they INSIST must be on the main stage. It must be (it turns out to be strapped to S(herlock) and John themselves–who, imo, might mean Moffat and TJLC), but as they’re searching John discovers two things: That it’s S who brought this dangerous bomb into the theater, and actually, oops, he doesn’t know how to solve the problem.
  • (This is debatable, because S and John have this whole conversation about whether or not this is a trick and he knows how to land planes, but this post is long enough as it is lmao.)

About twitter:

As far as I’m concerned, what’s really important is attempting to get #norbury trending at 7pm London Time/2pm EST/11am Pacific on March 4th and 5th. Whatever methods we want to use to try and get this to happen are up to the people that decide to play.

***WHY NOT TRY TWEETING TOMORROW, MARCH 1ST AS WELL?

George Takei comes from the fact that one of the NPC ARG twitters, I believe @contactWSSH, contacted one of the people organizing #norbury from the get go (I’m sorry idk who you are! pls message me if you want me to edit this and credit you!!!) and suggested that 1) If we can get someone with 50k+ followers to retweet our message, we will be trending within minutes, and that, 2) Why not try good ol’ George, elder of the gay tv community.

I personally feel that there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS COURSE OF ACTION. Whether or not you believe contactWSSH to be legit, the advice about retweets is, and there’s nothing wrong with @’ing a celebrity on twitter. This is actually laughable and perplexing to me. I’m not wild about the concept myself, but one of the basic appeals of twitter is the ability to talk to verified celebrities. People are asking George to retweet shit all the time. This man almost certainly has interns fielding this shit. The worst case scenario I can possibly imagine is George seeing the tweets and going “huh.” If you’re down to believe that WSSH is Joe Lidster/TPTB/what have you, then you can further conclude that maybe George (or George’s PR team) has been NOTIFIED about this and is READY AND WILLING to help us try to make sure this happens.

Because in The Players, in its opening lines, the narration acknowledges that things aren’t going as planned. There are far fewer people milling around backstage than expected. Maybe, just maybe, imo, George Takei is a failsafe.

Hope that covered all the bases. 💜!

anonymous asked:

In Canto how widespread is this "lazy sounds"/懶音 phenomenon & what's your opinion on it e.g. Letting it just happen or trying to "correct" it? I've heard things like "nobody ever says 我 as ngo or 五 as ng anymore" but idk

AHAAAAAA this is a REALLY REALLY good ask !!!!!! I’ve gotten into some heated discussions with Cantonese speakers about “懶音” but as a (baby) descriptive linguist I just sit back and enjoy the show tbh. Humans have been complaining about the deterioration of human language since the beginning of human history, this is nothing new or special LOL. The change is actually very exciting, because it is a fairly recent shift, with a huge wave of pronunciation differences happening sometime after World War 2. Of course, sound shifts, like any other language shift, happen in layers over time, so the majority of speakers who have merged certain sounds together are still within the younger generation. Also, maybe you’d find it interesting to note that an earlier change occurred sometime in the 1800′s to early 1900′s, where sibilants got depalatalized in words like 張, 昌, 傷, in contrast to its non-palatal counterparts 將, 搶, 相; a distinction that still exists in many Northern Mandarin varieties (the classic zh/z, sh/s, ch/c), but in modern HK Cantonese we would pronounce the sets 張/將, 昌/搶, 傷/相 as zoeng1, coeng1 and soeng1 respectively, with no clear distinction within each set. (although some non-HK varieties have maintained the distinctions - older GZ generations still keep some distinctions I believe, but the younger GZ generation would speak similarly to people in HK)

My speech actually has most of the sound changes, because when I was younger I tried to imitate a HK accent in an attempt to make myself sound more native, so the way my brain interpreted “more HK sounding” was to adapt as many of these sound changes as possible LOL (oddly enough, before I even knew “懶音” was a thing). For example, I do find myself:

  • deleting ng initials a lot while also adding them where they weren’t originally (愛 oi > ngoi, 眼 ngaan > aan, 銀 ngan > an) 
  • I have the gwo > go, kwo > ko shift (過 gwo > go, 國 gwok > gok)
  • sometimes i mix up final k/t (like in 特別 dak bit > dat?k? bit or 突然 dat jin > dak jin - funnily enough, i struggled for a second when i typed out 突然 just now in jyutping lollllll)
  • and i also have the classic n > l merger (你 nei > lei,奶 naai > laai,男 naam > laam) 

The one change that I don’t find myself doing too much is the final ng > n merger, although I’ve heard this particularly in stereotypical 港女 speech (靚 leng > len, 橙色 caang sik > caan sik/sek, 正 zeng > zen).

One “argument” against sound change in Cantonese that I’ve heard time and time again is that we are going against what the Qieyun or Guangyun rime dictionaries have written down, since we’re losing sound distinctions. and for some highly prescriptivist Cantonese linguists, this is extremely disastrous, because once the change has occurred and a large population of people have adapted to the change, it’s very very difficult to change back the way millions of people speak. But of course, I see absolutely no problem with that, because Sinitic varieties have been changing for THOUSANDS of years. The Qieyun and Guangyun were written in 600 AD AND 1000 AD RESPECTIVELY, why are we prescribing how people should be speaking based off of thousand year old records? That being said, the Qieyun/Guangyun dictionaries are EXTREMELY EXTREMELY important in learning about Chinese phonology and to Sinitic linguistics in general, but I think it’s problematic to assume that somehow we are magically going to maintain all sound distinctions with no losses. That’s why I roll my eyes when I see Youtube videos about 粵語正讀 like “pls spare me from ur overly prescriptivist ways i do nut need u to tell me how to do the spek”

On a relevant note, if Old Chinese had never lost its derivational affixes, the Chinese varieties MIGHT (key word: MIGHT) not even have developed tones, although ofc it would be 100% impossible for a language to remain completely frozen in time for thousands of years, especially if people were actively using it on a daily basis. As well, ever since the rime dictionaries were written down, we have been merging a lot of initial consonants, and we actually lost the entire voiced consonant set in some Sinitic varieties (we have no b, d, g initial consonants in Cantonese OR Mandarin, contrary to popular belief - shocking, I know - although there’s still b, d, and g in Taiwanese Hokkien and Shanghainese for example). Some people act as if the “懶音” of today are some kind of new event started by the Youth of Today™ but it’s been happening since the time of Confucius and even way before that. Humans generally use language creatively and efficiently: we may shorten things, simplify articulation, introduce new sounds, mix things up, etc etc., and that’s all a natural part of language development, which is why old Cantonese linguists who can’t get over these so called “懶音” drain the life out of me LOL ;;; 

I assume you’re a Canto speaker as well, so next time someone tells you to stop speaking with lazy sounds, you can rant about natural language change hahahahhaa 

This is more of an afterthought actually, but some non-HK varieties of Cantonese have already undergone initial ng- dropping and certain vowel changes, even faster than some of the changes in HK and GZ Cantonese !!! On the other hand, some other Guangdong varieties have maintained a lot of sounds (even sounds that we don’t pronounce in HK/GZ Cantonese anymore). Like in 中山 and 珠海 Cantonese, they still pronounce words like 魚,驗,研,語 with an ng- initial (which is actually closer to the reconstructed Middle Chinese pronunciations), even though we’ve reduced it to a y- initial in HK/GZ Cantonese, although no one would even try to argue that /ŋ-/ > /j-/ is a detrimental sound change to Cantonese.

tl;dr - im hella salty about extreme cantonese prescriptivists and i’m excited to be part of a modern sound change !!! speak however you want bc it literally doesn’t matter !!! language is cool and dont be afraid to embrace change !!! 

Edit: I have been informed that TW Hokkien does not have a d-initial I AM A GOOF, I should’ve double checked that oop. Thanks @bessely for pointing that out though!! (Also YES I WAS GONNA MENTION THE HAKKA STUFF TOO but I don’t know enough about it to talk about it confidently hehe)

Okay so I literally just started writing this Jarchie thing (I put it under the cut) and want to know what everyone thinks/if I should continue it/put it up on AO3 etc etc. Especially since I wasn’t aiming to have a WIP for Jarchie but here I am, writing a thing. 

I’m basing it more off the new comic versions, but I’m also keeping in mind the TV show, so I won’t have Grundy and I’ll probably keep Jug in the beanie as opposed to the cap. Idk yet, I haven’t made any description of it yet. 
It’s got ace Jug, possibly aro, since yeah I am basing it more off the comics but im not sure yet and I just want to say that because hell it may end up having qpr jarchie but then it might not idk idk this is just the first chapter. 

Basically, I wanted to write one of those disgustingly cliche high school AUs, except obviously they’re canonically in high school. So AU instead where Jughead and Archie were never friends.
Jughead’s that emo loner & Archie’s that popular jock dating that popular girl (Ronnie) and every girl wants Archie. EXCEPT Archie’s kinda pining after Jug, but has never done or said anything because he doesn’t think Jug would care or want to even be his friend or anything (’then why’s he dating Ronnie?’ you may ask, it’s in the chapter’s my fellas). 

So it’s kinda like, you know the story line… that guy that’s perfect and every girl wants but he ends up falling for that one girl who’s average and underwhelming and people are like HOLY SHIITTT HOWWW because they’re destroying the social ladder or some shit. And writing those really cliche scenes, except all of a sudden, I’ve realised, they might not be that cliche because this is Jug we’re talking about like… how will this fold out? As cliche as I was planning to write? Or maybe not so much??? idk…

Currently about 3k words under the cut! (not edited since I JUST wrote it)

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~ My first try at gifs + “5 years of  m r t f l r”  tag ~

A bit late but HAPPY SERIES ANNIVERSARY to all of the fandom!! So @skylars-selection​ had the wonderful idea of starting a tag [here] to share our experiences with this book series (thank you for pointing out this day to all of us Sky!) and I was tagged by @illeaslockedbluebox​, @thedandelioninperspective​ & @the-selection-bitch​ [who made America fan art and shared her story here]. You all have such lovely things to say, so I guess it’s my turn…

When I joined: I read The Heir in November of 2015 (I know that’s not the first book, I’ll explain further on), but it wasn’t until around the time The Crown was coming out that I joined the Tumblr fandom. Actually, it was a few weeks before “The Heir with dolls” video was posted; those were my first interactions with the fandom–way back in April 14th of 2016–when I made my first mrtflr post on this blog!! Just realized it has been a year since that, le gasp. The fandom was fun and filled with wonderful people with incredible talent (and it still is)!  

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anonymous asked:

Hey! So this might sounds a little meh, but do you think you can help me find some Sterek fics with some detailed plots? Like where the story has just as much development as the characters. Idk I just want something good to read on the subway

Okay, So I went with Slow Build and longish. Hope that helps with the subway trips. - Anastasia

Originally posted by thehassasin

Somewhere In Between by amazingpages

(1/1 I 33,092 I Teen)

Derek’s been letting his job dictate his life ever since he was promoted from freelance photographer to official travel photographer. In his five years of travel, he’s built relationships in countries all across the globe, yet he still returns home after each job as lonely as ever. When he decides to try out the pen pal site Laura recommends to him, he doesn’t know what to expect. Derek isn’t prepared for Stiles, a small town guy with big dreams of seeing the world. And he certainly isn’t prepared to fall in love with him. He has to remind himself that this is just a pen pal thing and not to get carried away. It’s not like Stiles could ever like him back.

Right?

A Heart is a Heavy Burden by lielabell

(13/13 I 41,242 I Teen)

In Which Stiles: is accosted by unhappy witches, becomes friends with fire demons, is rescued by darkly handsome wizards, discovers hidden inner depths, is introduced to princes, and finds true love. Though not necessarily in that order.

(Or the Howl’s Moving Castle AU fusion fic you never knew you wanted but are delighted to have.)

Amor Fati by alocalband

(8/8 I 42,812 I Explicit)

When Stiles gets thrown into the bank vault about twenty minutes after him, Derek isn’t even surprised.

As it turns out, neither is Stiles.

Seeing Wolves (Where There Are No Wolves) by MellytheHun

(16/16 I 67,901 I Explicit)

Or otherwise known as “Derek Goes to the Doctor,” wherein Derek gets the therapy he so desperately needs and gets healthy. The clearer his head gets, the more room it seems to have for Stiles.

Didn’t See That Coming by knittersrevolt

(43/43 I 83,838 I Explicit)

Stiles leaves Beacon Hills in the dust after he catches his husband cheating on him.

He finds his way to New York where he starts working for the Hale House Nursery, accidentally adopts a werewolf baby (through no fault of his own thank-you-very-much), and somehow starts training to be an Exorcist Emissary. So, in general, life was going good.

Then he hears that demons have found their way into his hometown. Can he face his inner demons and go back to save the day?

Love Thy Neighbor…He’s Hot by Triangulum

(3/3 I 117,105 I Not Rated)

Derek and Laura seriously lucked out with Stiles as their neighbor. Yeah he can be loud, but he keeps it to normal hours, and he brings them food, they have movie nights, he’s so beautiful, and okay, Derek might be pining. The only problem is, Stiles has a girlfriend. And Derek HATES her.

OR

The one where Derek and Laura live next door to Stiles, and Derek has a completely out of control crush. A Sterek as neighbors one shot AU that got wildly out of control.

Pack Wars by miss_aphelion

(31/31 I 158,626 I Mature)

Scott liked to call it the Great Pack Divide of 2012.

Derek liked to call Scott an idiot.

(Or the one where Derek kidnaps Stiles to teach Scott a lesson, and ends up learning a few things himself)

Don’t Savage The Messenger by exclamation

(61/61 I 172,379 I Explicit)

There is an uneasy truce between the werewolves in the woods and the humans who live in Beacon Hills, protected by a magical boundary that gives warning any time a werewolf crosses it. Then the sheriff is taken by the werewolves and his son offers himself in exchange.

Stiles promises to serve the werewolf pack, not knowing what horrible use they might have for him. But it turns out his most useful skill is the ability to cross the boundary line between humans and werewolves. Life with the werewolves is nothing like he feared and the werewolves themselves are nothing like the hunters’ stories would have him believe.

Baking My Way Into Your Heart by theSilence

(22/22 I 178,630 I Mature)

Derek is an uptight college student, all work and no play. His carefully scheduled life is thrown kilter when his regular barista is replaced with someone new.

When Rome’s in Ruins (We are the Lions) by Kedreeva

(14/14 I 209,091 I Explicit)

Humankind has turned arena battles between supernatural creatures into its largest form of entertainment. Stiles Stilinski is a well-known warden who comes to arena-fighter Derek Hale to make him an offer.

Indelible Marks by billtheradish

(87/87 I 295,695 I Mature)

The house never burned. The pack is strong. Derek will never need to be the alpha, and his sister is a troll. (Actually, most of his family is like that.)

Derek is an apprentice tattoo artist, and Stiles isn’t old enough to get ink of his own yet. But that doesn’t stop him from being interesting…

(This story is now out of buffer, but I will always announce when the next update will be, and am trying to keep to a regular posting schedule. Also, please be advised that this is essentially a rough draft. That doesn’t mean it’s riddled with typos, every chapter is edited, just that the overarching plot and side stories haven’t had a chance to be edited in full yet–but they will be. An edited version of this story will be posted eventually, so if the current length isn’t your cup of tea, just come back later.)

The Feeling That I’m Under by wearing_tearing

(20/20 I 289,584 I Explicit)

Stiles is a paramedic and Derek gets into a bike accident.

It’s kind of love at first sight.

Photographer!Yoongi

Before I start this I just wanna say a h u g e thank you for 2,400 followers!! It means the world to me !!!!! Someone mentioned photographer!yoongi to me and I just really think that sounds like something that needs to be done so here is half of the Daegu line, my spirit animal that I think a lot of people can relate to, Min Yoongi aka Suga aka August D

  • So this is gonna be a mix of college!yoongi and also photographer!yoongi bc I have a plAN
  • Okay but I just wanna point some things out bc they’re fucking me UP
  • Just picture this for a second
  • Photography major!Yoongi who always has his camera
  • Like he has his school bag on him while he’s on campus of course but he also has his camera bag
  • Bc he never knows when he’s gonna see something that makes him want to stop and take a few pictures
  • He would prefer film over digital
  • Don’t get me wrong he does love digital cameras too
  • They’re quicker to use than a film camera so if he needs something to be done quickly he can just use a digital camera and be good to go
  • And he gets to play around with editing
  • He normally doesn’t edit much bc he likes to keep things natural
  • But there are a few times where he takes a picture and the lighting isn’t up to his standards maybe or maybe there’s someone in the frame and he wants to crop it out
  • He can’t really do that with film so he does like being able to perfect things that are bothering him
  • But he would prefer a film camera
  • Idk why but I see him as such a film camera guy
  • He has a collection of cameras for every occasion
  • He’s got a couple polaroid cameras of course, which are good to use when he’s going for a certain look
  • He’s got a couple digital cameras, some are old, some are new and haven’t been touched and are still waiting for the day he takes pictures with them which knowing Yoongi will not take long
  • He’s of course got his bbys, his film cameras, most of them are a bit banged up after being used so much bc he literally takes them everywhere
  • They’re his go to camera so of course he’s gonna take it on the go but that also means sometimes they deal with bumpy car rides
  • And there was the time he let one of his friend’s kid play with one of his cameras and she ended up dropping it
  • They still work of course, he makes sure of that but they aren’t all shiny and new
  • But at the same time he kinda loves that about them
  • You know how when you open a book and the pages have the lil dog ears and you can tell people have read it and it’s just got personality bc of it
  • It’s exactly like that
  • There are rolls of films literally everywhere
  • He has five cases on him at all times
  • They’re scattered all over his room, he even finds one in his shoe one day and he spends like a solid ten minutes wondering how the fuck
  • He’s almost always in the darkroom
  • He seems to always have something developing, something printing and something drying
  • Everyone in the photography center knows him, all of the students and the workers and the professors
  • You two meet on campus
  • You happen to be sitting in one of his favorite places (on campus) to take pictures
  • You two have seen each other a few times
  • Standing in the same line, walking in the same direction, sitting in the same area that type of thing
  • You can’t help but notice that the guy that almost always has a camera covering his face is actually niCE when he lowers the camera
  • The glasses, the beanies, you’ve even seen him smile once when a little girl ran up to him and asked him if she could see what pictures he was taking
  • Your heart honestly melted bc not only does the cute guy have the most adorable smile you’ve ever seen but he’s also smiling at a child and being cute and letting her take pictures with his camera
  • After that event you give him the name of Suga bc he seems like a total sweetheart so whenever you see him around campus, you always call him Suga in your head
  • You finally decide to say hi while he’s putting a new roll of film into his camera
  • “What kind of camera is that??”
  • He looks up and your heart does the thing again bc he’s got these beautiful brown eyes that are amplified by the glasses and he just looks so cute but also ni C E
  • Like his hair is all ruffled up now that he’s taken the beanie off and it looks so soft and touchable 
  • He starts talking about the camera, which was actually a pretty good first conversation 
  • Like you were worried that maybe he’d just tell you that it’s a film camera and then carry on with his business but thankfully he tells you a bit more about it
  • You two end up sitting in the grass together, under the shade of a tree so he can load the camera without exposing the film as much
  • He shows you some of the pictures he’s taken and you just about fall in love bc they’re so beautiful
  • Like they’re simple things that he just elevates somehow
  • Like he’ll take a picture of some cool shadows but just the angle makes it go from oh cool to damn that’s pretty
  • You two talk for hours as he’s taking all of these pictures that you know will be amazing
  • “Why don’t you show me those once you’ve got them all printed out?? Maybe you can text me once they’re all done??”
  • Spoiler once you two are dating, he lets you try out his favorite camera
  • He definitely stands a lot closer than he has to and his hands are covering yours to show you what to do even though you could easily figure it out by him just verbally telling you
  • But you aren’t complaining bc his hands are soft and warm
  • You end up sneaking a few pictures of him which he has no idea about until he’s developed the film
  • Even though he prefers to be behind the camera, he still has to smile at it bc now he knows why you’d been bugging him to print them out for you
  • He sends you a picture of the finished product of one of the pictures you took of him
  • “I’ll buy you a frame on my way home”

anonymous asked:

Hey :) love love love your blog! I was wondering about the graphics you mentioned.. I would love it if you did a whole post on how to make them, I'm so lost in that area haha.. thanks a million

oh man oh man oh man okay. first, thank you so much for the compliment, it means so much to me that you like my blog, thank you bby <3 and okayyy let’s do this. oh boy. alright anon, i’m not a professional or all that good by any means and there are other amazing graphists that make amazing graphics but i got you, so welcome to-

let’s begin:

okay i use photoshop to edit my graphics but you don’t need to ok??

Size:

  • so when you make a graphic, you need to specify your image size.
  • tumblr photos (like the one i have above) has a horizontal length of 500 pixels 
  • so your image should be 500 x a number. the one i have above is 500 x 200 pixels. you can make it 500 x 300, 500 x 700, whatever your heart desires.
  • facebook timeline covers are 815 x 315 pixels, instagram photos are 500 x 500 (but they’ve changed so you can have any size)

Background:

  • so anon! i’m assuming you want to make graphics like the ones i’ve made before, right? (bc i dabble in lots of different graphic editing there’s a lot more different types of graphics but i think the one we want rn is like the one above)
  • so you should just start with a solid colored background
    • usually, light, pastel colors look the best. 
    • when you go dark, unless you go navy blue dark or some variant of gray or black, the background usually looks hard to look at and is less pleasing to the eye.
  • so yeah! solid, light colored backgrounds work just fine.
  • but you can hit that up with some Patterns
    • yah so you can add patterns to your background if you wanna spice things up a bit ey (waggles eyebrows)
    • either go black, white, lgiht gray or go home when you do patterns. don’t try and mix up colors for patterns for backgrounds 
      • unless you’re super super sure that your pattern will look ok
    • you can make horizontal lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, crossed, etc. for your patterns and add them to your background!
    • do not make the patterns too bold or complicated or put too much, because the patterns on your background should be subtle. 
    • so yup, you can do things like i did in the header for this post! gray diagonal dotted lines. 

Text / Fonts

  • so next step is fonts or your text or whatever it is that you want to say in your graphic
  • typography and text is a whole thing in itself and you could write like, two hundred posts about it and not be done, but i’ll try my best to pass on a quick tuto for this
  • so first choose a text color that compliments your background. here this usually involves color coordination, but you can go by a few rules
    • and you can make cool text effects. for example make a few copies of your text and change the color just a shade lighter or change the color just a tad and kinda move the texts behind each other so they diagonally overlap to get a hella cool bg.
    • if you have a light / pastel bg
      • you can either do colors that are right next to what your bg color is (pink and white and orange, red and purple, remember the rainbow: ROY G BIV)
      • go with white. white is always an option. always looks hella good.
      • you can go opposite the color of your bg, so pink and blue, purple and yellow, etc.)
    • if you have a white bg:
      • you can work with any color, really, and it’ll look really nice!
      • go gray or black to get a more clean and crisp look.
        • special tip: to make your text pop but not look tacky, don’t go complete black. go very dark gray or just gray and the color makes a world of difference!
      • if you’re going to work with multiple colors, just remember to follow the color rules and u know what if u don’t know the color rules or just are too lazy just eyeball it
      • (no that’s not what i do with every. single. graphic i make hahaahaa h  aa (laughs nervously))
    • if you have a darker bg:
      • once again use white as ur text color
      • or just super light colors like sakura-color pink or something
  • then you’re going to choose a font
    • fonts are so darned complicated ugh ugh ug H
    • but okay. you can go on google and look up font tutorials to really get into the whole font thing but here’s a super basic rundown on fonts
    • use the basic, common fonts (but not comic sans please or i will poke you in the eyeball om g). here are the basics I use
      • vijaya, times new roman, arial (u can go all caps and get a super aesthetic thing)
    • use uniform, clean fonts (idk what to call these, i should know but wtv)
      • slim joe, big john, basic title font, brain flower, bebas, znikomit
      • whaTEVER idk these are the ones i can think of off the top of my head ok
    • use cool handwritten fonts
      • selima, levibrush, peach sundress, satisfaction
      • you can look on creativemarket in fonts to find more free pretty handwritten fonts
    • use weird but amazing fonts
      • fyi: never go overboard with the more complicated fonts never ever bc it only makes your graphic look yucky 
      • wolf in the city, men in black, franks, easy going stroke, a series of unfortunate events, romangridcaps
    • once again, there are rules to making different fonts and different styles go together, but once again, i say just eyeball it if it gets too complicated. 
    • i usually just slap a handwritten or cool font and add a preinstalled normal font to go w/ it in a smaller sized font

Shapes and Other Things 

  • you can then add different things and shapes to add extra dazzle to your edit
  • just add stuff
  • i don’t really know what to say for these shapes bc um honestly i don’t have a guide for doing this. i usually just randomly do whatever looks good to me.
  • squares, circles, and triangles are super cool though. you can experiment and play around and see what looks good to you.
  • also look on google for images that end with .png because those will have transparent bgs and are easy to use as shapes and stuff

Color Schemes / Palettes

  • i am way too lazy to explain all the color things but in general
    • go either similar or go opposite
    • light shades or colors go with light shades (pastel yellow with pstel orange) or color or light shades go with dark shades (dark dark gray with pastel pink)
    • colors go with colors right next to them on the spectrum (orange and yellow, purple and red, blue and green) or else opposite (red or orange with blue, purple and yellow)
    • and of course, white, gray, or black go with anything!
    • to look for nice color palettes to choose colors that go well together

umm so i don’t know what else to put on here. i’ll add stuff if i remember though. this was a super basic rundown on making a graphic, so sorry about not being able to answer your question more thoroughly, anon!!! 

but please, message me again if you have a more specific question like how i made my header for this post or how i made my minimalist edit, my ‘drink water’ edit, or my iphone wallpapers because i can answer your question if i know what type of graphic you want!!!

happy editing!! xoxo

-jo


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Murdoc’s family

I was trying to think of a neat way to format this but am now resigned to the reality that it’s just going to have to be messy. Anyhow, to circle back to the title, when I say family, I’m referring to Murdoc’s family outside of his older brother and father. I’m not sure if this has been the experience of anyone else, but I often find myself falling into the assumption that growing up, Murdoc only had his dad and brother. While I still kind of think this is the correct assumption (i.e. family was poor –> lack of access to resources like transportation, vacations and therefore pretty “stuck” in one place) Murdoc has mentioned other members of his family in ways that suggest he spent some time with them. Now, with him being an unreliable narrator, there’s always going to be the a chance that these anecdotes are made up, not remembered accurately etc. But they’ve left me more questions than answers (typical Gorillaz) and I’m going to try to make sense of some of this under the cut.

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anonymous asked:

Your tags on the post about Annabeth losing the laptop and dagger 👌 she actually did go through so much more though and no one talks about it

like honestly yes this girl is a fuckin legend::
• her father wasn’t ready for a child, like at all ?? he was a grad student ((?) like of fucking course he didn’t want a kid ?? but he was still Super Bad Dad
• like frederick read the damn terms and conditions of flirting with a goddess and maybe u wouldn’t be blaming ur 6yo daughter for things YoU DiD
• then he married someone who verbally shows her dislike of his daughter and he just hangs back like ‘o sure yea that’s chill’
• n then he’s blaming annabeth for the monsters that’s ?? and having her apologize to her stepmom for endangering Their Family when she literally has no control over it
• “apologize to your stepmother for being born please”
• oh and then she runs away at age 7
• i believe she lived in virginia? and i’m pretty sure thalia and luke found her in dc ((i could totally be mistaken) that takes days by foot to travel to??
• and she was in pajamas when they found her like how cold do u think she was freeZIN g
• okay and she finally thinks she has a family and she loves them
• until O Shit thalia gets turned into a fuckin tree sksnjs
• and luke was probably changed by that and more distant and annabeth was terrified (nudgenudge) and in a strange place and feelings so scared
• i bet she curled up by thalia’s tree to sleep a lot when she was young because she missed her so much
• anyway she’s there in the child army for awhile
• and probably has watched lotsa ppl die
• blahblahblah Percy Jackson Comes Along
• do do do queestingg
• and then we have the Betrayal Of Luke, the person who she has a huge crush on, the last pieces of her shattered family, her big brother, the person she trusted most et cetra
• alright then she hears what the sirens say, and idk something about learning your deepest desire probably messes someone up a bit ?????
• lol and then she gets kidnapped by the person she once loved, the last pieces of her shattered family … and ye she stil gets manipulated by him and wow ya that’s fucked up
• oh and then she holds the world on her shoulders for who knows ho w l o ng
• the weight of the world was on a 13yo shoulders like holy shit
• then thalia joins the hunters to escape luke and what’s happening and idk abandons annabeth kinda ?
• like everyone talks about how fucked up bianca leaving nico was but thalia kinda ditched annabeth too and in a way it was worse because she had just gotten her back and idk it’s Fucked Up
• fast forward a bit to the culmination of her feelings for percy??
• she kissed him in the middle of a volcano before a battle
• and had probably realized before her quest that she really liked him
• and was probably feelings super shitty because she knew percy was the child of the prophecy and idk….. doomed to die ???????
• anyway percy disappears for a week or so
• and she probably realizes in that time that she’s in way too deep and probably spent 50% of that time trying to figure out where he was and she was probably so angry and frustrated and cried a bit but she could not believe he was dead
• then :// percy :// shows up :/ at his own funeral :’/
• and she was burning the shroud like
• :///////// that’s :/
• then we have the tlo and she watches some of her best friends die and get injured and she gets injured herself and wow this is what happens when u join a child army
• fucking hell
• then she watches luke commit suicide and you all kno why that’s Fucked Up
• lol and then she almost loses percy and she Cannot lose him because even if she’s his anchor to the mortal world He Is All She Has (not counting other close friends(like silena but wow she died hahabwh)/chiron/grover)
• then she actually does lose him
• and is searching the country for him and she’s just :\
• now her mothers messed up and says she’s not her daughter which is super shitty because one of the only things annabeth had was the knowledge that she was a daughter of athena, a demigod but lmao No
• anyway Solo Death Quest
• she’s marching towards her biggest fear yada yada
• loses her dagger: something she’s had practically her entire life, given to her by luke, one of her most treasured possessions, killed the titan king …
• loses the laptop, losing all knowledge of daedalus and that’s sjagwhb too bc she knows the actual man was a piece of shit but his ideas were amazing and it was knowledge and She Lost It
• falls into tarturus
• she falls into actual hell jus t leave me alone
• anhway im sad leave me olone;)
edit: whoops i forgot!! she goes to boston to search for her cousin, 1 of the only family members she probably doesn’t hold a grudge against, find out he is dead, attends funeral, finds new pantheon of shitty gods that ruin her life

theorilliaorange  asked:

(I'm sorry, I have like. 3000 questions for you) Your writing is so lively and vivid, what kind of things do you try to do/avoid to keep from getting too bogged down/being too descriptive/not descriptive enough? Do you have any recommendations for someone feeling like they're in a rut with their writing? Are there any authors/books that inspire you, particularly when it comes to writing smut?

Thank you, what a wonderful comment. I have to laugh though because I just spent my whole morning going “oh god there’s too much exposition in this scene, why, why can’t I just make this concise and aptly descriptive and move on with my life, whyyyyyy I am the woooooorst” and smacking my head off the keyboard.

So i guess in answer to your first question is “idk lol?”

I do tend to read things out loud though, it helps me find the rhythm of the words and cut out anything that sounds jarring or too fiddly. Sometimes I hate it to do it too because I really love a turn of phrase, but if it sounds out of place when reading aloud, then it has to go. I will keep it to one side however, in case there’s another time when I might use it. I have a whole word document that’s just filled with clever things I’m saving for rainy days.

As for being descriptive enough, I like to play with things like that because my inclination is to always gush about small details, even though I know it’s not always good for the narrative. So for instance in my current novel I have two main characters Vlad and Nathan. Vlad tends to be much more detail orientated than Nathan is, so if I want to go off and a spiel about how something looks, such as room furnishings or someone’s attire, I indulge in that through Vlad’s POV.

Nathan for instance, would never notice that Lady Katherine’s gown had pearl buttons at the cuffs, merely that she was wearing a blue dress and it suited her. He’d be more inclined to notice the brightness of a person’s smile over the polish of their shoes.

Vlad on the other hand might describe it as a confection of sky blue silks with a dazzling assortment of adornments, from the pearl buttons at her lace cuffs, to the blue sapphire brooch pinned to her bodice in a tasteful display of style and wealth. He might also note that the cut of the gown was several seasons out of date, but seen as how he’s wearing an eclectic mix of his favorite styles from the last century he’s hardly one to judge.

Doing it this way allows me to play more with my levels of description, without foisting a lot of descriptive narrative onto the reader all the time. It also serves to give the POVs a little more diversity and realness to them, as I often find when you get the same narrative focus from multiple different characters, it can be a little…well unbelievable I suppose. There’s no way Mister Darcy would look at a dress and see the same thing as Elizabeth would, what he might call frippery she might assess to be delicate. So play around with it, try to make it a part of your character narrative and not just you narrating descriptors at your reader, if that makes sense…

As for what to do in a rut, I’ve been severely depressed for months—everything has been a rut.

The way I coped with it creatively was to take my characters out of their established world and drop them somewhere new, or to go off on a tangent like I’m three books in and we’re all good and old. Basically I was writing fanfic of my own work. There’s a different sort of feeling to fanfic compared to the “pressure” of original content, which I am not sure if everyone else gets that feeling, but I used to feel horribly overwhelmed by the thought of “I’ll never compare to XYZ with my own work so I should just stay in this already nicely built playground and share it with friends”. So I’ve just stopped thinking of how much work I need to put into things in terms of world building, and act as though it’s already done. I write the characters like they’re well established and loved characters with many years of world building behind them. It seems to work in that it tricks my brain into thinking “this is still hard work but we’re not terrified to do this”.

One of my other favorite things to do is take characters on a lunch date, drop them somewhere nice like a cafe where they can people watch and do simple things like savor the rich taste of fresh coffee and indulge in internal monologuing which would otherwise bog down by proper narrative. I find doing this helps me to flesh them out more and I come back to my work with a better understanding of who and what I want my characters to be. I do this with places too, take a scene and describe at dawn, noon, afternoon, dusk and midnight. It lets me dilly dally and play with words until my brain clicks on something it likes and once that happens I just keep following that tangent until I find my way back in my narrative. Sort of like a shortcut on a map that ends up taking you the scenic route.

if I’m really struggling I put my work away for anywhere from a day to a month and come back to it with fresh eyes. I go do something else, either I work on something else or I spend my time reading and doing things I enjoy. Creative burn out is a very real thing, and while some people might be able to keep working through it and just keep pushing until they break through, some of us do need time to recharge. So don’t berate yourself for not always working on something. Sometimes the brain just needs to rest and reset.

As for smut, although I edited a lot of professional smut, I still find some of the best smut writers are fanfic writers. Probably because they do it for the genuine love of it and not “for easy money” which sadly a lot of published erotica writers do. There’s a lot of people who think it’s “easy” or like it’s cheapening to their “skills”—which frankly if you feel the need to degrade certain types of genres but you’re still willing to do it for the money, your skill probably isn’t as great as you think it is.

For published small time(ish) writers whose work I enjoy still, Tanith Davenport is a lot of fun sometimes, as is Sierra Cartwright who apparently now has a tumblr: http://devilsden-mastered.tumblr.com/.

Another writer I like to promote was Paige Turner but I currently can’t seem to find her work anywhere :( which is a shame because gay archeologists in the Victorian era was incredibly fun to read and edit.

As for fanfic writers whose smut I enjoy, I’m currently really enjoying @blustersquall‘s “What Lies Behind the Throne” a Dragon Age AU.

@bettydays fanfic and original work is frankly some of my favorite things at the moment, it’s very self aware and refreshing as well as packing an emotional punch of catharsis.

And @canistakahari ’s “here comes the spark” remains my firmest go to happy fic with smut. Like, it’s that one fic if I’m feeling down I just start reading it again and all is right with the world for a little while.

That said I don’t actually read a lot of smut, (perhaps because so much of it bothers me (dear god use lube, USE LUBE) after several years of editing and not being able to resist the urge to want to “fix” things.) instead I prefer to open up a conversation tab and harass either @renegadecupcake, @outsidershrine @jeneelestrange and occasionally @thehuxdeluxe on snapchat and inflict my own thoughts on them until they respond with something just as equally depraved and delightful. That’s always a fun diversion. Some of my best ideas have come from conversations that have started with me going “what if” and the other person going “oh no :)”

So if you struggle with writing smutty ideas, I’d highly suggest getting yourself a group of like minded people who don’t mind getting a text message in the middle of the night that says “how do we feel about gratuitous boot grinding and oral sex?” who may then reply “JOY IT’S THREE AM” followed by “what kind of boots are we talking about tho?”

I hope this helps? I never know if I’m giving useful advice or not, but I hope you’ll find some of it useful <3

anonymous asked:

Hi there! Could you recommend some good Voltron fics?

Oh gosh uhhhh, so first up, some ‘disclaimers’: I’m gonna be honest I have only read klance things, so if that’s not your cup of tea then I won’t be any help to you :’)  I also tend to avoid reading fics shorter than 1k words simply as a personal preference, so I’ve probably missed a lot of nice drabbles.  Naturally some of these fics are going to be heavy on the spoilers bc Season 1 is over.  I’ve also read way too many things in the past week alone, usually at like 3 in the morning, so I can’t remember which ones are nsfw without rereading all of them, so please check the archive warnings and fic summaries to make sure you’re gonna be okay with the fic contents.  Cool beans.

These are all fics I have bookmarked on my phone so I don’t remember all the exact details, but this is what I remember of them:

Completed

  • Stormchasing by sinelanguage – keith and lance find space pirates and then have to try and get out of a shitfiesta together, it’s just a really fun read the whole way where they slowly trust each other and compromise and work together and you should read it
  • A Fish and a Bird by Methoxyethane – this is like straight up adorable with all the character interactions, but also lance doesn’t realize for ages that he kinda-accidentally-asked-keith-out and has a space boyfriend, and it’s funny bc we know he did
  • A Quarter Past Midnight by Gigapoodle – [warnings: fic features some transphobic characters, internalized transphobia, unintentional misgendering] – i am a sucker for angst but im also a sap for happy endings, but this is a character study of sorts for trans!keith that made me cry at like 4am i cry easily ok
  • you’re so sweet; will you be mine? by jojotxt – they’re rival bakers and they passive-aggressively send each other desserts with notes to flirt / one-up each other and it features lance yelling hysterically and angrily in spanish bc he’s bad at feelings, 11/10
  • the electric synthesized pop ballad of why keith can’t have nice things by kay_cricketed – i normally don’t read A/B/O dynamic fics but this one is pretty lowkey, and honestly it features keith cluelessly trying to stuff a space pillow through a door to give to lance at one point, and that should sell it to you
  • Thunderstruck by xShieru – lance is so obviously crushing on keith and then takes him to a space prom
  • Color Me Intrigued by dreamcp – lance likes to sketch, and realizes he has a crush on keith after he keeps drawing him :^)
  • Voltron Kitchen by caecily – cutthroat kitchen au i shit you not, this was super entertaining to read, and also a fkn hilarious use of the “i cradled you in my arms!” quote
  • In English, Please by princevince – lance is bad at feelings and starts ‘insulting’ keith in spanish, so keith gets annoyed and asks pidge to make a translator, and it turns out lance was flirting oops
  • twelve feet deep by starspecters – something adorable with keith and lance getting together
  • Waltz by wolfgun – modern au where lance asks keith for a dance at hunk and shay’s wedding
  • you, me, and UST by andreaphobia – lance Cannot Handle the fact that keith is hot and does stupid shit like yell about keith smelling like flowers, it’s hilarious
  • In dreams, I dance with you by scarletdevil – ok i had to rec this one just bc it’s a band au and i am a sucker for those
  • A for Effort by amcw177 – it’s like through spacedad’s pov but it’s hilarious watching the voltron crew try and get keith and lance to date bc they are so bad at matchmaking
  • there was a fic called you have received entirely, entirely by loveghost but i think they deleted it, that was a beautiful one-shot though and i’ll miss it very much, mild regret that i didn’t reread it another time before it was gone 8′) if it ever returns you should read it!!

WIPs

  • Dirty Laundry by Gibslythe – fake relationship fics are my reason for living and with that out of the way, lance brings keith home for christmas as his fake boyfriend, and i just adore the character interactions in this and how the author created lance’s family, also it’s funny as shit in some moments and really goddamn adorable at others, i can’t wait for more
  • What a Healing Pod Can’t Repair by Remember_Me – one of the fics i will literally catapult out of bed to read if there is an update, mostly bc i enjoy Suffering, and this has like Quality Angst; one of the chapters details what lance is up to and like i stg my heart straightup dies bc it’s so fkn sad and it’s great, i need to know what happens next please join me in this hell
  • Orbit by RainIsMyFavouriteColour – lance gets into barfight bc people were insulting keith, and according to the summary shit’s gonna hit the fan eventually, so i am waiting for more plot and you should suffer with me anon
  • Drive! by wolfgun – they’re like high school age or something, keith leaps into lance’s car at a gas station to avoid being beat up by some hooligans, and then keith gets to stay at lance’s house for a while, and idk how to explain this but it was fun to read ok
  • One New Message by mikuridaigo – there’s only one chapter at the moment but the idea of lance and keith accidentally hooking up and becoming friends via grindr amuses the shit out of me, and i can’t wait to see what happens next

and ok this list got kinda long (there are actually even more fics that i’ve read and enjoyed but i didn’t have them bookmarked and didn’t want to trawl through all of ao3 again), i hope this helps???

edit: i have more fic recs here!

On pitching.

One of my favorite things about editing is finding new voices. It was my focus for my entire year at Thought Catalog — though it wasn’t necessarily my job description at the time, it was something I naturally fell into — and it’s something I’m really looking forward to doing at my new job at Teen Vogue. I like hearing what other people have to say. I like considering angles and takes that I wouldn’t necessarily think of or argue — that’s why I’m assigning the piece out to you, the writer, instead of taking it on myself. But in finding new voices comes what is easily the worst part of the entire writing process: The pitch.

And it’s something that nobody really teaches you how to do.

This is, in part, because English courses at colleges can vary widely in their usefulness — like, seriously, that poetry workshop I took junior year where we talked about the color of clouds for half a semester?!?! — and also because no two editors like to be pitched the same. It takes time and effort to nail down an all-purpose formula that is the least offensive to the greatest amount of editors, but in my experience on both the writing and editing sides, there are a few things that help.

Please note that these preferences do not reflect my employers in any way, and are just the habits of a very, very type-A neurotic.

1. Take a stance. It doesn’t have to be the hottest take this side of the sun or even the most novel spin on the same tired subject everyone is writing about, but it does have to be a stance. Have an opinion. Pick an angle. Find a catchy way to worm your way in. And don’t be afraid to back it up, no matter how absurd it may seem. 

2. Flesh it out. A headline is all well and good, but signing up for that could be a recipe for disaster. You could go literally anywhere with a headline, and I might need to kill a piece if I take that risk. Send me a paragraph instead explaining what it is you want to talk about and why. Hook me in. Make me want to know more. This can be 100 words, it can be the first half of your piece. As long as you explain your stance fully enough to convince me to see the rest of it, we’re good.

3. Please don’t ask me what kind of pitches I’m “looking for.” The short answer: I don’t know. The long answer: I don’t know, but I’ll know when you tell me what it is! Really. It’s often as simple as a gut feeling. I will know what I’m looking for when you tell me what it is I’ve been looking for all along.

Full disclaimer: I’m guilty of this, too. I used to do this all the time, and would reach out to editors blindly, introducing myself and asking if they’d give me a little insight. They are too busy to give you insight. Take a look around at their website, and things they’ve published lately. Draft up a few pitches off of what you’ve seen around. Even if they’re all wildly off base, I can at least give you a reason why. I can’t give you a reason why off of nothing. Trust me — I’ll appreciate a wild stab in the dark more than an open-ended inquiry any day. 

(And while I really, really appreciate people who reach out to introduce themselves out of the blue, there is about a 0.5% chance I will remember your name and area of expertise when it comes to assigning a piece on a deadline. I just can’t separate one email out of the rest. Bylines and clips are important, and they give you a bit of pull, but ideas are important, too. Mostly, I’m interested in those.)

4. Remember that I might not always be able to provide feedback. I try to. I really like providing feedback, partially because that’s how I always grew as a writer. When people would ask me questions and back me into a hole where I had to explain my way out and really stand by my ideas, that’s when I’d create the most fully-formed argument. And I’d like to think I’m good at providing feedback! The main way I measure whether I’m a good editor is if I help you become a stronger writer — the best writer you can be in that piece and in that moment. I’d like to think I’m not bad at it, but IDK, I’ll let other people I’ve edited chime in on that verdict.

… All of that said, sometimes I might not be able to explain why I made changes to a piece, or why pitches aren’t the right fit, whether because it’s a long day and I’m busy, or because it’s just not part of the greater scope of what we’re trying to achieve. Please understand that I might not always be able to give you my insight, so sometimes just taking another stab at another pitch later in the week or month is for the best. It never hurts to ask why, but pressing the issue isn’t a cute look. 

5. Ask yourself if the angle you’re taking is the strongest one. I’m putting this next to last because seriously, go back to step 1 and ask yourself this again. If you’re working on an evergreen story, does it have a timely peg? If it’s a more time-sensitive piece, would you read this a month or even a year from now? See if you can expand it. The longer a piece can live on, the more I like it.

6. Make friends. This is by far the most useful thing I’ve ever learned how to do, and I chalk it up to my hometown’s motto of it being all about who you know. (I mean, you have to have talent, too, but knowing people helps.) Follow people on Twitter. Engage with them. Engage with the stories they post. Show an interest not only in them, but in the site you want to write for. Make yourself memorable, and then pitch them. It was sort of sneaky, but I would often build up a rapport with editors before pitching them, but it worked in my favor because then they already knew who I was, and they had a better idea of my humor, my stances, and what I was capable of. 

(It also lead to a lot of people emailing me out of the blue asking if I’d share my contacts so they themselves could pitch them, and like, just please don’t do this. Your writer friends worked hard to make their connections. Make your own. They’ll be stronger for it. And you’ll look like a less awful, opportunistic leech if you don’t email only when your writer friend has a super awesome byline. Really. That’s suspect every time.) 

TL;DR, I don’t bite, and I want to hear from you. Please say hi, even if it’s just on Instagram. Even if I don’t work with you now, we might work together in the future. Who knows — maybe one day I’ll be pitching stories to you.

anonymous asked:

can i request a harry imagine, where ure dating? like you snore in your sleep &amp; u hate it/its so embarassing. H invited you to stay over (its the first time) &amp; you dont want to bc u snore (he then finds out and says its okay/or y/n keeps it secret) you agree to sleep at his but you try to stay awake so you dont snore and then idk maybe he notices maybe not... maybe you'll find a good ending haha does this even make sense?:/

Snoring The Night Away 
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[A/N: HOORAY! SO, SO horribly sorry for how late this came! I apologize for my inactivity, I really wanted to put something out for you all and this was the easiest for me to churn out. I was half asleep when I wrote this, so if it’s crap, sorry! I was just wondering if you guys would mind this becoming more of a fan account (I’ll still write)? That way, you guys can know I haven’t just dropped off the face of the earth!  If not, that’s completely okay! Just let me know because I want this account to be one you all
want to follow! Other than that how are all of you? Please don’t think that I’m ignoring your requests, because I’m not! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a lovely rest of your days, my loves! :)]

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Followers - I’m gonna take a day or two 3x14 The 100: Reactions and Predictions

All right, guys. I’ve got A LOT of real world responsibilities over the next two days. I need to go focus on those for a bit. I promise, I will return to all the amazing asks/messages I’ve gotten. I have A LOT of ideas for the finale, but still I am very unsure of many things–which is why I need time to rewatch the episode and take time to answer your questions to the best of my ability. So, PLEASE give me time and patience. 

There are already people on here that are writing huge metas, so I will sit back and see what others are thinking. Already, I am finding that I disagree with some assessments being made. 

All right, I will give you a little teaser to make you think first:

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GMNY promo

Okay now that I’ve had a few moments to gather myself after the unexpected bomb that was the New Years promo…..I’m going to try to analyze it rationally (I had to watch it like ten times to catch everything, and even though I’m calmer about the promo now, it still wasn’t fun to do because every time I’m like Farkleeeee why bb)

1. “Charlie Gardner just asked if I was invited to your party”. Lucas seems more surprised by Charlie asking him that question than the party itself. So my best guess is Riley invited Lucas but didn’t tell Charlie. Once again, more of these kids doing what they do best—not communicating!

2. Lucaya and Riarlie at Topanga’s (probably later in the same scene). Charlie looking at Riley, Riley and Lucas looking at Maya. It kinda seemed like more of that look Riley gives Lucaya in Texas 3 (when she realizes they like each other but she still likes him).

3. Charlie and Auggie counting down to midnight. Cute. Also confirms midnight takes place on the roof. Also if that’s midnight, then the episode must cover until somewhat past midnight (because there’s the stills of the classmates leaving and Charlie carrying Auggie)

4. Maya, Lucas, Riley, Charlie sitting on the living room bay window. Charlie says “This is gonna be awkward”. That gap between Riley and Charlie though! Lucaya are super close together. But Riley is also super close to Lucas and not Charlie.  Okay, Riles….Also, just Lucaya is sitting under a giant clock decoration set to midnight. Knowing how intentional these show runners are about things, it seems like a good sign. And I’m guessing this scene is post-midnight, based on the clock and Charlie’s line.

5. In parallel fashion to GMT3, Farkle drags Riley outside of Topanga’s this time. “I want you to tell them”. It’s cute how Farkle thinks he knows what’s going on (side note: nice hair!). But Farkle doesn’t.

6. Matching shirts Smarckle and Farkle being a tad obnoxious about the ultimatum.

7. Quick cut to Topanga’s where they all notice Charlie for the first time in the back. Who wants to bet this takes place right after Lucas mentions “Charlie Gardner just asked if I was invited to your party”. It’d be a nice parallel to how Lucas showed up out of the blue in Semi Formal.

8. More at Topanga’s: Charlie: “Who’s with who at midnight?” Smarckle is clearly a thing, Lucaya seems to be a thing, so idk what the mystery is for Charlie. I think the order for the Topanga’s promo clips is probably Lucas’s line, Charlie’s entrance, this line, then the scene with him looking at Riley and Lucas looking at Maya.

9. Rooftop–Riley to Farkle: I just need a little more time. Farkle to Riley: I don’t think you know what you’re doing.  Honestly, neither of them know what they’re doing. It’s like Riley doesn’t know how to see beyond her bro/bf dichotomy and just be a friend to Lucas, and Farkle doesn’t know how to care for Riley in “that way” (because even if he doesn’t consciously realize yet, my Riarkle radar was going off a lot during this promo) while still being a good friend to Maya. The boy knows how to love the “two women the same” but clearly hasn’t been able to navigate being able to love them differently.

10. Cut of Charlie approaching Riley. It looks all dramatic but I bet it’s not and just the way it’s edited in the promo. Like just imagine it ending up being Charlie saying something like “Great party Riley!” or something about Auggie.

11. Cut of Lucas looking at Maya, cute af. That boy likessssssssss her. It’s all over his face. I get a gut feeling that whatever cute Lucaya shit is going on here, is what Riley sees. And maybe she finally realizes to let go over her Rucas ideal. And it’s also probably close to midnight at this point.

12. Riley trying to walk away from the party I guess (maybe she witnessed that previously mentioned Lucaya moment and decided to give up with Lucas).

13. If Riley does realize to give up on her Lucas crush, she definitely doesn’t get a chance to tell anyone that before Farkle blurts out “Riley still loves Lucas” (probably close to or right after midnight). I’m guessing the classmates scatter right after this.  As annoying and wrong as what he does is (also what a parallel to Riley outing Maya in Texas), I’m okay with it (sort of, it’s still a dick move). These kids need to be upfront and straighten out their shit. And while Farkle blurting it out isn’t the best way they could go about it (like seriously, dick move Farkle), it makes sense. Farkle, “the genius”, understands a lot, but the feelings stuff isn’t one of them. (Remember “blalalala” in Texas 3, “I don’t understand these feelings we’re feeling” also Texas 3). Obviously if he understood feelings more, he’d be more hip to Lucaya (he was there during Rules!!) and he wouldn’t say Riley still “loves” Lucas (because lol no she doesn’t “love” him like that). Anyway, Farkle likes to deal with things he can see, things that are out there, not hidden. And he wants to keep the status quo. So I get it (but still, once again, dick move Farkle).

14. Cut to Lucaya. Maya’s hands drop a bit and she looks upset. But Lucas’s face reads kind of like “What? I’m confused”. Obviously Farkle’s declaration is gonna cause some drama. But if romantic Rucas was really going to happen again for real, this would not be the Lucas reaction we see. He’s confused, but he obviously isn’t delighted or running over to Riley to make some declaration to her. That face he makes earlier at Maya (the I like you so much face) is not a face he makes at Riley when her feelings her outed (his confused reaction is not even close to his Maya face). If romantic Rucas were made to last, we’d see it in his reaction to him finding out Riley still likes him. But we don’t. Now, Maya does seem upset, and seeing as she’s Riley’s best friend, I could see her trying to step back again at the end of the episode. But I feel pretty certain that resolution will come in Legacy and Lucas will finally get his say (aka Big Declaration for Maya) and this shit will get resolved.

So yes, GMNY is going to bring on the angst, but overall I’m still pretty confident in what the end result will be in Legacy (or early S3, but I hope they resolve this triangle stuff in Legacy).

Let me know if you have any other thoughts :) Stay positive!!

Hannibal Rewatch: 2x03

Season 2, Episode 3: “Hassun”

**Warning: rewatch blogging, written with knowledge of the full series

I promised I’d not screencap any of this initial sequence, so here let’s just look at the incredible focus and lighting on this shot of Hugh Dancy’s beautiful eyes and beautiful sea-change irises, and talk mostly in the abstract about Will’s internal struggles in S2, as we do.

Alrighty, so Will Graham A TV Character is in a difficult position for a protagonist, because last season we were allowed to get up so close to him, could practically feel him tearing under Hannibal & Jack’s hands as they pulled him apart between them. Not only could we SEE him drowning, water flooding the frames nearly as often as light, we could HEAR him, because he would tell Hannibal how he felt. Will was open in S1 — too open, and he got hurt so, soooo badly. Now in S2, he’s trying to close off from others, reluctant to tell anyone how he really feels, terrified his words will echo around this dark stone chamber for anyone to grab and use against him. So he swallows down that scream perched under his chin, traps it inside where it synaesthizes into these searing visuals. Does Will feel conflicted? I don’t know, let’s take a look again at that cap up there, his face cleaved in light and shadow. Does Will feel self-destructive? I don’t know, let’s look at the scene where he imagines himself executed by his own hand.

It’s fantastically done, because as S2 Will’s words & behaviors toward the people around him change to something more filtered and defensive, his ~true~ thoughts & feelings & Will Grahamness becomes something contested — amongst the other characters, and amongst the audience. But for those of us watching the show, we get something more than Alana, or Jack, or Chilton: Will’s nightmares, his visions made of antler and blood. They’re something Will feels that only we can see, and we take this and we intuit, we come to conclusions about Will, think that we, at least, do know him.

There’s a character who feels like this too, of course.

Oh yeah, they’ve gone done it again, those brilliant storynerds: they’ve Lecterized us. And you know what happens to Hannibal Lecter this season? He gets surprised by Will Graham a fair few times. Something we’ll be able to…empathize with.

THIS. SERIES.

Alright let’s live-blog another chapter of this damn masterpiece:

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anonymous asked:

Hai tou! I wonder what kind of fountain pen should i start with? Under 10$ if possible too? Thank you ^7^

Hello!!! ^O^ All of the pens I’ve mentioned in this blog before are over 15$ and up! Its usually hard to find good pens under 15$ haha _(:3」 ∠)_ I only know of little that are under 10$;; I’ll go over a couple of good starter pens for you! 

Sorry that this post is gonna be long, but I have a lot to talk abt fountain pens : 3 cc;;; These are all opinions and they might be biased along with taste and preference haha o)-<

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