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You know, I think sometimes we readers don’t realize just what a difference a single comment can make.

My very favorite supercat fic, Footsteps in Snow, was completed in early June and ended on sort of a cliffhanger. Well, a couple days ago I left a second comment on it (I’d commented previously, when I first read it) to let the author know how much their fic means to me, and they replied to my comment today telling me that my comment actually made them sit down and finish the first chapter of the sequel, and that they were editing it and would be posting it soon.

And so now, almost three months after the first fic ended, the first chapter to the sequel is up, solely because I took about two minutes out of my day to comment on a fic and tell the author how much it meant to me.

We all know that fic writers don’t get paid, and that we need to appreciate them. But I think it’s important to also remember that sometimes it’s our appreciation that can inspire them to keep writing in the first place. I know sometimes it’s hard to leave a comment, especially when you don’t know what to say, but you never know, you might just inspire an author to keep doing what they love when they were thinking of quitting. And that, I think, is what makes it all worth it.

So please, love your fanfic writers.

flattering imitation or copying?

aka “where’s that line?”

There is a very clear line between being INSPIRED by someone, and PLAGIARIZING them. While this usually is used when describing WRITING, on a place like tumblr where people are creating their accounts and putting time and energy into URLs, icons, format, tagging style, “aesthetic,” and writing, it can lead to a lot of people not realizing where the line is to be considered COPYING

  1. IT IS NOT JUST WRITING. Regardless of whether you just imitate someone’s aesthetic; whether by creating your own theme which is remarkably similar or simply taking the theme a person has already made, copying in tumblr writing and RP does not stop when someone hits “publish.” A good rule of thumb when wondering if you’re inspired by a person, or copying the person, is to ask yourself this question: is this thing I like canon, or is it unique to this blog? Headcanons, graphics, URLs, formats in writing, tags, alternative FCs… these are all things that can make a person feel much less than flattered when they realize that the work they have put into making these decisions were lifted by another person. 
  2. “IMITATION IS THE MOST SINCERE FORM OF FLATTERY” This phrase was never, ever meant to mean “it is okay to take someone’s hard work because it means you like it.” One of the earliest examples of this phrase was talking about RELIGION and how mankind should work to resemble divinity. It was about generally NOT BEING A DICK. And, another earlier example of this phrase is : imitation is a kind of artless flattery. This flatters no one. 
  3. HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S OKAY OR NOT: If it is general canon, you are not taking from a blog, even if they posted the headcanon first. If you have a URL that is generally similar but it comes from canon, then you’re not taking from that blog. 
    1. If someone has a URL for a popular character that you like but it is not something that was said by that character, about that character, or is generally something that would be taken from canon, then it would probably not be seen as being very flattering. 
    2. If someone has a very specific icon style that is not something that is generally seen ( aka it’s not something generally basic like a square or circle with a watermark ), then using something remarkably similar would likely be seen as copying, and not flattering. 
    3. If someone has a very specific AU verse that they developed; or they use a very specific alternative FC who you’ve never seen used in that way before, then ASK before making your own version of this. This does NOT include things that can be easily diverged from canon ( example: I have a verse where Kol is put into a different body instead of going to the Ancestral Plane. Anyone can use a body jumper verse, but if someone started using the exact same plot points that I made up, then it would cross from “being inspired by canon” to “directly copying me” )
  4. ALWAYS, ALWAYS ASK. If you like something about a blog and it inspires you on your own blog, A S K that person. A lot of people don’t like doing this because they know they’re going to be told NO if something is too close to that other person’s heart. Use this as a CHALLENGE to create something that you are still excited about, but is entirely original to you and your blog! Whether it is a writing style, word choice, URL, theme, or general aesthetic: keep the general rule in mind that if it’s not actual canon, then that person will likely feel like a bag of crap when they see their work being claimed by someone else

And always, ALWAYS remember that this is not a competition, nor is writing on here a zero-sum game. You do not need to copy someone because you think that is how you will be noticed. You will be noticed, for sure–––– but definitely not in the way you wanted! Be inspired and encouraged by other people, and you’ll find yourself having so much fun on here, you won’t have time to think about using the work of someone else. 

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what is a soulmate?
it’s like a best friend but more. it’s that one person that knows you better than anyone else. someone who makes you a better person, actually.. they don’t make you a better person, you do that yourself. they inspire you. a soulmate is someone who you carry with you forever. the person who knew you and accepted you, before anyone else did. or when no one else would. and no matter what happens, you will always love them. and nothing could ever change that.

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On this day, two years ago you were celebrating your birthday, no one knew that just 22 days later we will lose you forever.

Two years ago on this day you were laughing, smiling and having a good time. Your friends and family wished you a happy birthday. Today no one can wish you a happy birthday in person or over the phone because today you’re not here.

Your family lost a wonderful daughter/sister/niece/cousin. All your friends lost an amazing friend. And we lost a beautiful and very talented young lady. You were someone’s idol, someone’s inspiration, someone’s favorite singer and you were someone’s bias. 

I know that people who started listening to Ladies’ Code after you passed away love you just as much as fans who were following LC since debut. So please don’t make new fans feel bad when they say that they love and miss Rise. They fell in love with personality, just like fans who were following LC since the very beginning.

Happy birthday dear Rise. Thank you for making us smile, thank you for working hard, we’re so glad that you shared your talent with us. You (and EunB) might be gone but Ladies’ Code will always have 5 members. You will never be forgotten.

We lost you too soon, but while you were here you made a lot of people happy. Music is a big part of people’s lives and you were a part of our life.

I hope that you’re still somewhere (with EunB) and I hope that heaven is real because you were truly an angel.


Thank you for everything. Happy birthday dear princess.

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What’s a soulmate?

Well.. Its like a best friend but more. It’s the one person in the world who knows you better than anyone else. That someone who makes you a better person. No, actually they don’t make you a better person. You do that by yourself because they inspire you. A soulmate is someone you carry with you forever. It’s one person who knew you, accepted you and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would. And no matter what happens, you’ll always love them and nothing could ever change that.
~ Dawson’s Creek

April Ludgate or Character Development Done Right

Damn, is she talking about April again? Yes, yes I am. What can I say? We all have our faves. She’s my personal all time favorite character, and not just because she’s the perfect representation I need as a mentally ill young woman in search of herself. Another and maybe even more important reason why I love her so much is because her character evolves so much throughout the whole show and is an inspiration to me, as someone who was roughly her age when I watched.

What is good character development? Ideally, we want to see a character evolve and become a better version of themselves in a way that feels earned. No action should feel forced against the character’s nature, but there should come a point where you realize that the character from the first episode (chapter, film, etc.) never would have been able to act in such a way, and now is. Basically, it should feel organic, a narrative born out of the character themselves and that fits them perfectly.

In comes April Ludgate.

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Sooo…… i was inspired by someone online to create a digital bullet journal/diary! I cant remember what user it was but i though i’d give it a try once i saw theirs because i already had the same exact products as them (ipad pro, apple pencil, goodnotes app) so i figured why not??? 

It’s honestly a lot more fun for me because since i don’t have a printer, i can finally do little collages and post my own pictures and stuff like that. I’ll still be using my muji notebook and i’ll use it just as much, but i think using my ipad is more convenient because now i can use it on the go with just the ipad and the pencil. Now i don’t have to carry my very heavy and huge pencil case everywhere! 😊👌🏼

((click for better quality bc tumblr loves to destroy things))

this is a random character i made forever ago 

his name is Boogie and he’s some sort of demon fennec fox thing that loves to gamble and glows in blacklight.