imaginary town

Look Only at Me

What even is this? Self indulgent Victuri smut is what it is!
Episode 6 sent my imagination into overdrive and that’s my only excuse.

“Viktor come on! I’ve felt so unmotivated without you.” Chris whined, his voice echoing around the empty bathroom.
Yuuri stilled, his hand holding tightly onto the door as he tried to stop it from slamming shut. An uneasy feeling washed over him, as Yuuri realised he had walked in on a conversation he had no right to be hearing. He should leave, or walk around the cubicle wall so Viktor and Chris knew he was there. It wasn’t like Yuuri was doing anything untoward, they wouldn’t be shocked by his presence. It was a public bathroom after all. Yuuri had only been looking for Viktor, he just wanted to see him and now he’d succeeded. So why was he hiding? There was nothing stopping him from speaking to his coach. He should just do it. Still, something twisted in the pit of his stomach and it kept Yuuri rooted to the spot as he waited to hear Viktor’s response.
“So?” Viktor replied sounding unusually cold.
“So?” Chris snapped incredulous, before purring “offer me something to look forward too. You know how skating makes me.”
Yuuri felt his heart drop as he realised the implication behind Chris’ words. He suddenly felt very sick and reached for the door not wanting to hear anymore.

“True but I don’t feel like it. You’ll have to find someone else.” Viktor suggested helpfully.
Yuuri’s hand froze in mid-air. Viktor was turning Chris down.
“Viktor don’t be like that! Do it for old times sake. Playing coach must be stressful… all that tension building up - how long has it been since you’ve had someone inside of you now? You’re body must be aching for release. Just remembering the way your nose scrunches when you’re being fucked and the noises you make. I could come right now.” Chris sighed.
“You’ll ruin your outfit.” Viktor deadpanned.

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An Emotional Storm Breaks In Paradise In ‘A Bigger Splash’

Fresh Air critic at-large John Powers writes: 

Every movie is set somewhere, yet most movies feel as if they’re happening nowhere at all. They’re set in a Manhattan so generic that the filming was actually done in Toronto, or in a Paris we only know is Paris because we get a shot of the Eiffel Tower, or in an imaginary small town from some unnamed state whose purpose is to be every small town. Such settings have no presence, no weight, no humidity, no purpose — they’re background.

If you want to enjoy a location being used properly — and alluringly — let me suggest A Bigger Splash, the gripping slow-burn film by Luca Guadagnino, the Italian director who made I Am Love, the swooningly romantic hit film starring Tilda Swinton. Set on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, where the likes of Madonna and Giorgio Armani go for R&R, this remake of a 1969 French thriller offers the brand of grown-up entertainment that has all but vanished from our theaters.

Photo: Penelope (Dakota Johnson), Marianne (Swinton), Harry (Fiennes) and Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) are an unlikely foursome on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria. via 20th Century Fox

anonymous asked:

Any tips for creating an imaginary town (one that fits in with the normal world today)?

Imaginary Towns

I love imaginary towns, and I frequently use them in my own writing. When you make up a town, as opposed to choosing one, you get to spend your time being creative instead of doing endless research that leaves you wondering just how accurate you really need to be. Here are your tips:

1) Choose a place to get inspired by. 

Even though you’re about to make up your town, it’s smart to go into it with an idea of what type of town you’re modeling it after. Are you wanting a small town? A foreign city? A metropolis? Decide what kind of vibe you’re going for. Even better, if it’s the city/town you currently live in, allow yourself to get inspired by the energy of the town, the traditions, the habits and routines of the people that live there. 

2) Naming your town. 

Generators are great for this, but be prepared to cycle through several options before finding one that really fits your town. Seventh Sanctum is my go-to place for most generators (especially character names), but as far as settings go, it’s more geared towards fantasy setting names. For my anon’s purposes, I’m going to recommend this City and Town Name Generator. Here’s what I like about it, and how you should use it. 

  • Allows you to choose a country, so the name you pick fits in well with the region
  • Gives you names of mostly small, unknown cities, so they won’t sound made up
  • Let’s you generate up to 50 at a time for easy browsing 

Even though they’re giving you real city names, you can doctor up the names to make them unique. I did a test run and saw two city names beside each other: Westville and Bellview. Quick Google search, we’ve got a town in Indiana and a town in Florida. Put them together and we get Westview. Westview is a school district in Indiana, but as far as Google is concerned, this is not an existing city anywhere in the U.S. So by combining two real city names, we have a new city name that sounds legit enough to work. 

Experiment with two word city names too, by adding words like “falls,” “hills,” “park,” or even just straight up “city.” Use this generator as a place to start, and get creative. 

And always Google your town name when you’re finished. It’s okay if the town name does already exist, as long as you’re putting it in a different region and making it really different. If you’re writing about a big city in Kentucky, and the name you come up with is an existing small town in Oregon, that will be fine.

What you’re really doing with the Google search is having a background of the town name and seeing if there are any existing associations people might have with it. Once you’re happy with what comes up, you can move forward. 

3) Choose important locations within your town.

Figure out what places in the town your characters will be frequenting, and have a clear picture of where these locations are in relation to the other. Are they walkable? How long does it take to get from one to the other? Also, what’s famous about the city (if anything) or what landmarks/statues/bodies of water/parks ect., are at the center of town? What are the places that everyone who lives in the town are aware of it and what all do they know about it?

4) Think about transportation.

What is the public transit system like? Are there buses, subways, trains, streetcars? Do you see taxis in large quantities? Do a lot of people drive their cars? Or is it small enough that many people even just walk or ride bikes? Figuring out the main mode of transportation for residents will really help bring it to life. The action on the streets paints a clear picture for most readers. 

5) Don’t forget weather. 

You might just go for a temperate climate that is as most people expect, but decide if it’s the type of place that never sees snow, or that gets more rainy days than other places. Everyone believes their home city has quirky weather, so what would residents of your town say about its weather? 

Ultimately, just have fun with it. Choose a source of a inspiration and then just alter aspects of it to make it something really new. Good luck!


denahavesomerage  asked:

Could you please explain to me what the heck is NightVale? I've seeing it EVERYWHERE and I tried to search for it and I think is like someone faking to be a radio broadcast of a imaginary town, all novel-like? And also where can I listen it? Very much thanks!

As soon as I started reading, my smirk just got bigger and bigger until I felt like:

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And that’s a pretty good gif to use as a WTNV post. XD (Seriously- it’s kind of FREAKY.) (I listened to part of ‘The Sandstorm part B’ last night and…. I … I shouldn’t have done that in the dark…. >_>) (… much blood.)
Honestly, I’m laughing so hard right now though. XD
Okay, It’s not really ‘pretending’, it’s a podcast that is basically like an audio book. If you’ve ever listened to ‘War of the Worlds’ it’s kind of the same thing. You’re playing a character as well, the radio listener, as a story happens in your world which you’re hearing about like it’s your morning news.
In WTNV you are essentially a citizen of Nightvale, and you are listening to your local community radio station hosted by Cecil Palmer. 
Cecil is the voice of the news, and he tells you what’s going on. Sometimes he has guests come in for interviews (OR ATTACKS- COUGH), so he’s not the only character. 
It’s really odd and strange but the more you listen the more sucked in you become and the more used you get to the ridiculous stuff.
But aside from all the ridiculousness, Welcome to Nightvale is actually an incredibly complex and fascinating story, and I’ve been moved to tears MULTIPLE TIMES, along with feeling I was part of something BIG. 
You really start to feel like a Nightvale citizen, and when revolutions or tragedies happen… You get this way cool adrenaline burst. I was making a quilt my senior year of highschool so I was in the sewing room a lot, and during one of the most intense/revolutionary episodes I started cheering- and then quickly pretended to cough because I forgot there were other people in the room…
I know there’s a lot of episodes, but it’s important to listen to them in order. I know people listen to them in the car, I listened to them while I cleaned my room or drew. 
But the best way is probably in the dark with your headphones on. ;)
You will NOT regret getting into this- I guarantee it.
Here’s the first episode… now come join us. :)


Pawnee Uncommon

“I hope you have a… Parks & Recreation kind of marriage.” That tidbit comes from the maid of honor’s toast at our wedding last summer.

She knew we were giant fans of the show, but that’s not enough to quite capture the aspirational aspect of her statement. Parks & Rec premiered right around the same time Sarah and I started dating and it was quickly a constant in our relationship. The characters are incredibly specific but never afraid of the broad joke and the plots often pit them against institutionalized bureaucracy or that all-American brand of uninformed mob mentality. It always has something to say about the relationship between the government and the individual, but it always said it through pratfalls, pop culture references, and unbridled goofiness. Pawnee is the most fully realized imaginary town since Springfield and my God, we’re lucky to have it on the map.

After my first week of chemo, I hit the pillows hard. I slept the whole weekend while a rare SoCal thunderstorm raged outside. Between feeding me anti-naseua pills, Sarah watched the entire first season. Of Girls. It didn’t go well. We’re big Lena Dunham fans, but it wasn’t the best option for a young couple coping with cancer. It became clear very quickly that if it didn’t star Amy Poehler or Tina Fey, we weren’t watching it. To this day, if either of us needs a pick-me-up, we turn to the show. “The Fight” and “Greg Pikitis” are old standards, but sometimes all we need is the Chicky-Chicky-Parm-Parm montage or the “Technically I’m Hoooooomeless” bit.

Back to that toast. Parks & Rec is many great things, but my wife and I will always love it so much because it’s optimistic. Leslie Knope is TV’s best example of saying that, if we’re wiling to work hard enough and care deeply enough, we can be our best selves. And our best selves make a better society. It’s rare for a comedy today to revel in anything other than cynicism, but Parks & Rec revels in bulldozing disaffection and building a kickass park on top of it. And that’s the kind of marriage (and lives) we want to have, one that embraces joy and celebrates the silly and one that, damn it, stands for something.

Parks & Rec never seems to get the ratings or awards that it deserves, but that only makes our perceived sense of ownership more passionate. The show is OURS. We’ll be making waffles tonight and smothering them in whipped cream. We’ll be eating all the bacon and eggs we have. And I guess we’ll have to start talking about Parks & Rec in the past-tense.

But we’ll keep watching on Netflix and Esquire Network and WGN and whichever outlet picks up the syndication rights next. Because it matters to us, and it makes us laugh. 

Another toast, to Parks & Rec. We love you and we like you.