if not how did you miss it

anonymous asked:

How do you write a fight scene without becoming repetitive? I feel like it just sounds like "she did this then this then this." Thanks so much!

I watch her as she fights. Her left leg flies through the air – a roundhouse – rolling into a spin. She misses, but I guess she’s supposed to. Her foot lands and launches her into a jump. Up she goes again, just as fast. The other leg pumps, high knee gaining altitude. The jumping leg tucks. Her body rolls midair, momentum carrying her sideways. She kicks. A tornado kick, they call it. The top of her foot slams into Rodrigo’s head, burying in his temple. Didn’t move back far enough, I guess.

His head, it snaps sideways like a ball knocked off a tee. Skull off the spine. His eyes roll back, and he slumps. Whole body limp. Legs just give out beneath him. He clatters to the sidewalk; wrist rolling off the curb.

She lands, making the full turn and spins back around. Her eyes are on his body. One foot on his chest. I don’t know if he’s alive. I don’t know if she cares. Nah, she’s looking over her shoulder. Looking at me.

The truth twists my gut. I should’ve started running a long time ago.

The first key to writing a good fight scene is to tell a story. The second key is having a grasp of combat rules and technique. The third is to describe what happens when someone gets hit. The fourth is to remember physics. Then, roll it all together. And remember: be entertaining.

If you find yourself in the “and then” trap, it’s because you don’t have a firm grasp of what exactly it is your writing. “He punched” then “She blocked” then “a kick” only gets you so far.

You’ve got to get a sense for shape and feeling, and a sense of motion. Take a page from the comic artist’s playbook and make a static image feel like it’s moving. Try to remember that violence is active. Unless your character is working with a very specific sort of soft style, they’re attacks are going to come with force. So, you’ve got to make your sentences feel like your hitting something or someone.

“Ahhh!” Mary yelled, and slammed her fist into the pine’s trunk. A sickening crack followed, then a whimper not long after.

Angie winced. “Feel better?”

Shaking out her hand, Mary bit her lip. Blood dripped from her knuckles, uninjured fingers gripping her wrist. She sniffed, loudly. “I…” she paused, “…no.”

“You break your hand?”

“I think so. Yeah.”

“Good,” Angie said. “Think twice next time before challenging a tree.”

Let your characters own their mistakes. If they hit something stupid in anger, like a wall or a tree then let them have consequences. Injury is part of combat. In the same way, “I should be running now” is. When the small consequences of physical activity invade the page, they bring reality with them.

People don’t just slug back and forth unless they don’t know how to fight, or their only exposure to combat is mostly movies or bloodsport like boxing. Either way, when one character hits another there are consequences. It doesn’t matter if they blocked it or even deflected it, some part of the force is going to be transitioned into them and some rebounds back at the person who attacked.

Your character is going to get hurt, and it’ll be painful. Whether that’s just a couple of bruises, a broken bone, or their life depends on how the fight goes.

However, this is fantasy. It is all happening inside our heads. Our characters are never in danger unless we say they are. They’ll never be hurt unless we allow it. A thousand ghost punches can be thrown and mean absolutely, utterly nothing at all to the state of the character. This is why it is all important to internalize the risks involved.

The writer is in charge of bringing a dose of reality into their fictional world. It is much easier to sell an idea which on some level mimics human behavior and human reactions. The ghost feels physical because we’ve seen it happen on television or relate to it happening to us when we get injured.

You’ve got five senses, use them. You know what it feels like to get injured. To be bruised. To fall down. To be out of breath. Use that.

Here’s something to take with you: when we fight, every technique brings us closer together. Unless it specifically knocks someone back. You need specific distances to be able to use certain techniques. There’s the kicking zone, the punching zone, and the grappling zone. It’s the order of operation, the inevitable fight progression. Eventually, two combatants will transition through all three zones and end up on the ground.

So, keep the zones in mind. If you go, “she punched, and then threw a roundhouse kick” that’s wrong unless you explain more. Why? Because if the character is close enough to throw a punch, then they’re too close to throw most kicks. The roundhouse will just slap a knee or a thigh against the other character’s ribs, and probably get caught. If you go, “she punched, rammed an uppercut into his stomach, and seized him by the back of the head”, then that’s right. You feel the fighters getting progressively closer together, which is how its supposed to work.

Use action verbs, and change them up. Rolled, rotated, spun, punched, kicked, slammed, rammed, jammed, whipped, cracked, etc.

You’ve got to sell it. You need to remember a human’s bodily limits, and place artificial ones. You need to keep track of injuries, every injury comes with a cost. Make sure they aren’t just trading blows forever.

I’ve seen advice that says fights all by themselves aren’t interesting. I challenge that assertion. If you’re good at writing action, then the sequence itself is compelling. You know when you are because it feels real. Your reader will tune out if it isn’t connecting, and the fight scene is a make or break for selling your fantasy. It is difficult to write or create engaging, well choreographed violence that a reader can easily follow and imagine happening.

-Michi

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martin freeman at a red carpet gig gothic

you join the party after the fire has started, you scroll, it’s the same picture, same pose from a different angle, martin from behind, martin from the front, cropped photosets of martin, the same photo but zoomed in, the same photo but someone’s added a filter, finally you reach the border between Before and Now, you reminisce. it was a calmer time. you have a full head of grey hair now, you’ve grown a beard, you’ve missed your youngest child’s birthday party because you’ve been sat here all your life staring at different versions of the same 10 pictures for as long as you can remember. you don’t remember when you started writing this post, you wonder how much more has happened since you did. you reblog that photoset again.

Melodrama sentence starters
  • "I know about what you did and I wanna scream the truth."
  • "You're such a damn liar."
  • "Thought you said that you would always be in love, but you're not in love no more."
  • "Did it frighten you how we kissed when we danced on the light up floor?"
  • "Honey, I'll be seein' you wherever I go."
  • "I'm waiting for it, that green light, I want it."
  • "I'll come get my things, but I can't let go."
  • "Played it so nonchalant, it's time we danced with the truth."
  • "I'm acting like I don't see."
  • "My hips have missed your hips."
  • "Will you sway with me?"
  • "We're King and Queen of the weekend."
  • "Ain't a pill that could touch our rush."
  • "But what will we do when we're sober?"
  • "These are the games of the weekend."
  • "We pretend that we just don't care."
  • "I know you're feeling it, too."
  • "Don't know you super well, but I think that you might be the same as me."
  • "Let's let things come out of the woodwork."
  • "I'll give you my best side, tell you all my best lies."
  • "Know I think you're awesome, right?"
  • "Blowing shit up with homemade dynamite."
  • "Might get your friend to drive, but he can hardly see."
  • "I guess we're partying."
  • "You know it's really gonna blow."
  • "Half of my wardrobe is on your bedroom floor."
  • "I am your sweetheart psychopathic crush."
  • "I overthink your punctuation use."
  • "A rush at the beginning, I get caught up, just for a minute."
  • "Lover, you're the one to blame, all that you're doing."
  • "Can you hear the violence?"
  • "Blow all my friendships to sit in hell with you."
  • "We're the greatest, they'll hang us in the Louvre, down the back, but who cares - still the Louvre."
  • "You are not my type, still I fall."
  • "I'm just the sucker who let you fill her mind."
  • "Baby really hurt me."
  • "He don't wanna know me, says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm, says it was poison."
  • "I guess I'll go home."
  • "I'll go home into the arms of the girl that I love."
  • "She's so hard to please, but she's a forest fire."
  • "You're a little much for me."
  • "You're a liability, you're a little much for me."
  • "The truth is I am a toy that people enjoy 'til all of the tricks don't work anymore and then they are bored of me."
  • "Better on my own."
  • "I understand, I'm a liability."
  • "Get you wild, make you leave."
  • "I'm a little much for everyone."
  • "You're all gonna watch me disappear into the sun."
  • "Please could you be tender, and I will sit close to you."
  • "Let's give it a minute before we admit that we're through."
  • "I remember the rush when forever was us, before all of the winds of regret and mistrust."
  • "Our love is a ghost."
  • "Well I guess I should go."
  • "Alone with the hard feelings of love."
  • "God I wish I believed you when you told me this was my home."
  • "I light all the candles, cut flowers for all my rooms. I care for myself the way I used to care about you."
  • "I care for myself the way I used to care about you."
  • "These days, we kiss and we keep busy."
  • "Three years, loved you every single day."
  • "It was real for me."
  • "Now I'll fake it every single day 'til I don't need fantasy."
  • "I still remember everything, how we'd drift buying groceries, how you'd dance for me."
  • "I'll start letting go of little things 'til I'm so far away from you."
  • "Bet you wanna rip my heart out."
  • "Bet you wanna skip my calls now."
  • "Well guess what? I like that."
  • "I'm gonna mess your life up, gonna wanna tape my mouth shut."
  • "We're a loveless generation."
  • "We're a loveless generation; all fuckin' with our lover's heads."
  • "Know you won't remember in the morning."
  • "All the glamour, and the trauma, and the fucking melodrama."
  • "They'll talk about us, all the lovers, how we kissed and killed each other."
  • "We told you this was melodrama."
  • "You're walking out to be a good man for someone else."
  • "Sorry I was never good like you."
  • "Hated hearing my name on the lips of a crowd."
  • "Did my best to exist just for you."
  • "Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark."
  • "She's gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart."
  • "I'll love you 'til my breathing stops."
  • "I'll love you 'til you call the cops on me."
  • "I'll find a way to be without you, babe."
  • "I still feel you, now and then."
  • "When you see me, will you say I've changed?"
  • "I love it here since I've stopped needing you."
  • "I am my mother's child."
  • "We keep trying to talk about us."
  • "I'm someone you maybe might love."
  • "I'll be your quiet afternoon crush, be your violent overnight rush."
  • "I fall into continents and cars, all the stages and the stars."
  • "In my head, I do everything right."
  • "When you call, I'll forgive and not fight."
  • "Ours are the moments I play in the dark."
  • "We were wild and fluorescent, come home to my heart."
  • "Maybe all this is the party, maybe we just do it violently."
  • "You're not what you thought you were."
  • "Every night, I live and die."
  • "It's just another graceless night."
  • "I hate the headlines and the weather."
  • "I'm 19 and I'm on fire."
  • "When we're dancing, I'm alright."
  • "This is how we get notorious."
  • "We are young and we're ashamed."
  • "All of our heroes fading."
  • "I can't stand to be alone."
  • "Let's go to perfect places."
  • "Let's kiss and then take off our clothes."
  • "All the nights spent off our faces."
  • "What the fuck are perfect places anyway?"
  • "All the nights spent off our faces, trying to find these perfect places."
4

Meringue: Hey Grammy.. it’s Meringue.. I wish you were here right now. School is such a horrid place. No one likes me there… I have zero friends… *sniffles* I just miss you so much..

Never have any close friends or relationships other than grandparent from Generation 1 until the grandparent dies ✔

(Meringue did have a relationship with Uncle Sage but I never considered it to be close like what she had with her Grandmother. So this rule might have been bent a little bit depending on how people saw it..?)

anonymous asked:

You mentioned that there was going to be a trio focus? where did you get that ?? I WISH WITH ALL MY HEART THAT THIS IS ACTUALLY GONNA HAPPEN OMG I MISS THE MAIN TRIO SOOOO SO MUCH especially mikasa

I really got that idea from how much Isayama talked about wanting to make them have different ideologies/ sort of oppose each other as part of his conception of this last arc
I mean sure, opposing and what not, that might not be the focus we hoped for but I have to remember Isayama isn’t gonna reveal his final cards and ending, this just part of his conception, creating a problem/knot is part of making a story arc

when I remember Kruger reminding Grisha that he needs to save them all “Mikasa and Armin and the others” even though he personally doesn’t even know who they are, I can’t imagine that anything will hit their bond severely, they’re both still the main focus of whoever sent the memories to Kruger (Eren most probably)

anyways, the way Isayama talked about it seemed like it’s gonna be a big focus, which makes sense, it’s only natural for the story to come full circle, Trost arc started as being very trio focused, and we will close off by giving their bond development and closure

monstafeels  asked:

this just popped into my head a lil while ago but what would the members be like as crusty old fellows? I haven't seen much of your writing recently so I thought maybe I could ask you to do what you do best? I just really miss your writings. Grandpa! au? hehehehehe

oh my god this took so long life has been kicking my ASS but anyways aww i miss writing too 😩 ive been so severely unmotivated and busy w everything but im out of school for 2 months so!! hopefully im more active

shownu

• does not understand how technology works he will ask u how to take a picture and get freaked out when live photo kicks in
• “ah yes what pretty pictures - oh my god why did it move”
• goes back and forth between two photos to see them move
• doesn’t faze with anything, it takes a while for things to process
• eats the same porridge with orange juice every single day, does not get tired of it
• talks SO loudly on the phone u could hear him in the next room

wonho

• he’s that old person u see walking up and down the block with their hands behind their back every morning
• drinks omega 3 oil and claims he feels 20 years younger after he drinks it
• thinks emojis are the coolest thing
• encourages young people to live as long as he has and gives pats on the back
• “if u work out like i did back in the days u’ll be as healthy as me!!”
• breaks into a coughing fit

minhyuk

• talks to every person he meets, once he sat on the bus next to a woman who ended up having to tell him about her family, her pet parrot, and what college she went to
• they ended up exchanging emails bc minhyuk’s such a cute little old man
• sometimes when he’s bored he calls up the people he’s talked to and starts off with “hey old sport!”
• he’s enthusiastic about everything he attended morning tai chi with kihyun one day and he just kept yelling “C'MON GUYS! GET THOSE RICKETY BONES MOVIN’”

kihyun

• that old man that yells at kids to get off his lawn, probably waves his cane around
• looks at himself in the mirror and sighs at his wrinkles bc it just reminds him that he’s old
• sings old trot songs while dancing in his living room, hurts his hip and sits back down while singing
• pretended he didn’t know minhyuk when he went to morning tai chi with him
• ‘go to ur happy place, kihyun, he’s not here, i don’t know a minhyuk-’
• “HEY KIHYUN”


hyungwon

• sleeps literally all day
• he goes to sleep at 7pm and wakes up at noon, has a 3 o'clock to 4 o'clock nap
• when he’s awake he reads books that he never gave back to kihyun, he still gets annoyed phone calls about needing to return the great gatsby
• falls asleep while reading sometimes
• sometimes he goes out to his front lawn, lays a mat, and naps in the sunlight
• no one knows how he’s alive

jooheon

• walks his dog around the neighborhood everyday at 7am
• “sanche slow down!! i’m old!!!”
• is always playing and listening to throwback hip hop songs
• one of those old people that’re like “back in my day music was good”
• has a bunch of winnie the pooh antique plates in a cabinet at home that he doesn’t let anyone touch
• wears that paper boy hat every single day

changkyun

• literally has more facebook friends than u, no one understands how
• leaves comments on facebook posts about science
• “Wow !! back then Pluto wasn’t a Planet! Science has really gotten so far since my time! Good Job Nasa! 👍🏼”
• likes every comment underneath that post
• likes to look back in photo albums and reminisce on the past

PSA

Everyone is talking about how you shouldn’t miss gender someone but sometimes it is a mistake.

Instead of getting offended and screaming “did you just assume my gender!?”

Politely say “I prefer to identify as…etc”

Because sometimes it’s an honest mistake and getting upset and yelling just isn’t the right way to handle it.

When somebody drops a plate and breaks it you don’t get mad at them because it was an accident if somebody honestly miss genders you by accident and makes a mistake getting mad it’s just making them feel as shitty as you feel when people miss gender you on purpose. It was an honest accident they deserve to not be screened that, as a society we have to work on being a little bit more empathetic towards people who make mistakes everybody does we have to understand that

I Miss you..

i know i make a mistake for being too wild..I feel bad tho..trying to move on but still its very hard when i dont even have place to talk n lean on when my day is bad..how i wish u can forgive me..I miss those hand..I miss those laugh..I miss those stupid talk we did..i miss talking to you till early morning..

Behind those smile, my heart is screaming for you to come back..im just trying to be strong.. 💔💔

anonymous asked:

WHEN THE MISSUS GETS HOME THAT NIGHT SHE GOES DOWN ON HIM AND IS LIKE "DID YOU MISS ME, BABY"

FUCK THIS IS SO TRUE. Because he’s been waiting for her all night and he’s so needy and desperate for her, so she just gets him off right there. Licking her lips clean as she pulls off. He came so hard and urgently that it’s dripping down her chin. She keeps teasing him with her tongue until he’s whimpering and squirming feeling overstimulated and sensitive. She smiles against his tummy, kissing the jittery muscles, reveling in the sated little hums and quiet curses of how good he feels under his breath as he comes back down. xx.

archaicsextoy  asked:

WAIT WAIT A SECOND YOU DID HE WHO FIGHTS MONSTERS???? HOW DID I NOT REALIZE THIS I AM BLIND BUT ALSO YES GOOD LORD THAT FIC IS AMAZING 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND

Yes ahahaha how did you miss that lmao!! I did, I love dragons and weird supernatural being AUs are kinda my thing

FINALLY, an adult version!!
Tired of those surveys made by high school kids? ‘Have you ever kissed someone? Missed someone? Drank alcohol?’
Here are 35 questions for Grown Ups 

 1. What bill do you hate paying the most? Medical bills. Holy crap are those the worst. So much fighting with strangers. 

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner? Romantic is a stretch these days, but a date…umm…Texas Roadhouse? So romantic. ;p 

3. What do you really want to be doing right now? Feeling inspired to write. 

4. How many colleges did you attend? One…ish. It wasn’t really a real college. 

5. Why did you choose the shirt you have on? It’s a workout shirt because I just came from the gym and was too lazy to change. 

6. Thoughts on gas prices? I don’t pay as much attention to them as I used to. Either way I gotta get around, right? 

7. First thought when the alarm goes off in the morning? What’s going on today? What day is it? Is there a GMM to watch? 

 8. Last thought you have before you go to bed? If I don’t go to sleep I’m going to be a wreck tomorrow. (I hate going to bed. I’m a super night owl.) 

9. Do you miss being a child? Not really, but in some ways I suppose. 

10. What errand/chore do you despise the most? Does “all cleaning” count? I hate cleaning so much. Windows might win. 

11. Up early or sleep in? Sleep in if I can, but I have children! 

12. Found love yet? Yeesh. Yes? Past tense? It needs a lot of work. 

13. Favorite lunch meat? Roast beef 

14. What do you get at Walmart every time? Groceries of some sort. 

15. Beach or lake? Beach 

16. Is marriage outdated? You’re killing me, Smalls. 

17. What famous person would you like to have dinner with? Rhett and Link (they count as one person) 

18. Ever crashed your vehicle? Minor crashes, yes. Fender benders. 

19. Strangest place you’ve brushed your teeth? Is it strange to brush my teeth in the shower? Because I do that all the time. 

20. Somewhere you’ve never been but want to go? Europe 

21. At this point, would you want to start a new career? If that’s writing, yes. 

22. How old are you? 36 

23. Do you have a go-to person? A couple, yeah! 

24. Are you where you want to be in life right now? No 

25. Growing up what were your favorite cartoons? Gummi Bears, Duck Tails, Bugs Bunny, Animaniacs 

26. What do you think has changed about you since you were a teenager? Almost everything. 

27. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life? Hell no. 

28. Are there times you still feel like a kid? I don’t feel like a kid but I do sometimes forget I’m not younger than I am. 

29. Did you have a pager? No 

30. Were you the type of kid you’d want your children to hang out with? Sure, I was pretty straight-laced. :) 

31. Do you tell stories that start with “when I was your age”? Probably sometimes! 

32. Are you religious? I’m in flux. I grew up religious and I’m reframing what stays and what goes. It’s a fascinating process!

anonymous asked:

I just hope CS doesn't go the route of established TL like Daniel and Regina but I don't think it'll go that way at all.

Daniel and Regina as “established true love” what are you talking about? “True love” is a magical construct on this show, not just you deciding two people kinda dig each other. Did I miss a true love act between them? Hell, I don’t even consider Robin and Regina “established true love” cause they didn’t get that true love confirmation.

And comparing a one episode plot device/catalyst with the central love story of the show for 5 seasons? No, I reject the premise.

How could CS go the way of Regina/Daniel, when Daniel died when they were teenagers before their relationship really began? CS’s love story already has come to fruition, they are actually established true love and are married. It’s impossible for them to go the way of Regina/Daniel because they have surpassed them in every way. I honestly don’t understand what you’re getting at.

Listen I’m bi as Heck and as much as I love girls, I also love boys? Boys are amazing and pure and liking boys is a wonderful feeling? I never see a lot of posts talking about cute boys so

Some Boy Aesthetics™ I’m in love with include:

Their tired grins? Have you seen a cute boy grin when he’s tired? Life Changing

Sleeves rolled up to forearms is all good and Well but also when they have Sweater Paws in their hoodies or jumpers? Makes the tallest of them seem so smol? I’m lov?

When they run their hand through their hair and it sticks up in places and it looks So Good

Collar Bones

Soft pudgy stomachs they absolutely make me melt

When ya boy gets flustered A++ Bonus points if he giggles Boys giggling is Everything

I’m afraid to tell you that I miss you because I know you won’t say it back.
—  💜
How many hundreds of men do you think I’ve sent out to be eaten by titans? One arm isn’t nearly enough to make up for that. I hope I’ll be able to pay back the rest in hell
—  Erwin Smith (Ch. 51) which sadly skipped during the animation

primtheamazing  asked:

Iiiii just had a thought!! What if in the episode where Chuck gets all weird bc boosters he just fucking jumps Mike without hesitation bc haha consequences don't exist!!! Mike is super taken off guard and bewildered, but he's also got an assumed-unrequited crush on Chuck, so. Also, aftermath after the boosters come out and Chuck gets his fear reaction back aaah

Well on the one hand (and I feel like this has been drawn ten thousand times before but I had to I’m sorry)

But honestly even more importantly, emotional drama aside, just…………..

CUTE???!?!?!