Can I have a hug, pls? Idk why I'm the only person who feels STRONGLY for Sans' death in Glitchtale. It's just that even though it's not canon and fictional, I can't help myself but depress myself to think of it. I mean, darn... Sans was my #1 favourite character of all time and when he died, I felt like a part of me was taken away. ._.
((Of course you can!
It’s not strange to feel this strongly for a character you love, especially when their death came as such a shock. This is a character you identify with and probably admire - the fact that his death hurt you like this just means you truly cared for him. I’m so sorry it’s affecting you the way it is, but try to keep your head up when you can. We’re here for you <3))
There are a lot of MAP (minor attracted person aka pedophiles) blogs lately and I was wondering what do you think about it? I mean most of them are 'non-offending', but I'm not sure what to think. I don't know if it's healthy for them to be on a website that 13 year old can use, or is it good that they talk about this issue? A lot support fictional CP though, so it kind of creeps me out, not to mention that many of them seem to think of pedophilia as an orientation, which is really weird.
Pedophiles are pedophiles are pedophiles are pedophiles. Things like “MAP” and “non-offending” are smokescreens to make pedophiles seem like something different than pedophiles. It’s not an orientation. It’s not a mental illness. If they don’t want to be treated like pedophiles, they should maybe stop being attracted to children, which they absolutely can do and no, before these creeps get all in my ask box with their weak defenses, this is absolutely nothing like asking a gay man to stop being attracted to other men. Block pedophiles, “MAP” blogs, “non-offending,” any of that shit on sight.
Oh and someone who’s posting child pornography isn’t “non-offending,” fictional or not.
Does anybody else remember a time, long long ago, when you could just enjoy things?
You could watch a movie and just appreciate it instead of over analyzing every single scene to make sure there’s nothing remotely offensive about it.
You could have a favorite character and just like them and appreciate how great they were written and portrayed, without being told you’re terrible because they’re a villain. Even though they’re FICTIONAL and most likely were deliberately written to be likable. (Even if they were written as an evil character, I still think you have a right to like them, but maybe that’s just me)
You could love and be a fan of the actors without having to go full on FBI agent, looking into their backgrounds to make sure they are 100% perfect and had never made a mistake ever.
You could post about said actor without some busybody little fandom cop, slithering into your inbox to tell you(all too happily) that your fave is “problematic” (god, I fucking hate that word), and you’re disgusting if you still like them.
I’m in my 30’s so I remember those good ole days and it’s kind of sad to know, that most of you will never truly know how great that was. That’s a time long since forgotten. Bummer.
15:47 sometimes the words i can’t say build walls in my throat, post guards to lean against my teeth, an oppression that forces my thumbs to tap out text messages i never let myself send [UNSENT]
15:48 you take my scarf every morning. i think you like how it smells. i think you notice that i notice. i don’t think you notice that i take yours too [UNSENT]
16:10 yess i got the milk, blue like you asked. did you want me to grab bread? [SEEN 16:11]
23:45 every conversation we have is a complicated mess of maybe and could be and i wish it would be [UNSENT]
00:59 sometimes i think i can hear you breathe through the walls. your sighs shake the foundations of our house and they rattle my bones. i hate that you’re unhappy and i hate that i could help if i just opened my mouth to tell you i love you because i do. i do. i just can’t say it yet [UNSENT]
03:09 the last time you told me you loved me it was because i’d stubbed my toe and then flailed around the room like we were on a boat rolling over the waves and i had nothing to hold onto but your laughter and so i prolonged the moment, drew out the pain just to see you smile for a little longer. i didn’t know what to do, what to say, how to act. how to say it back [UNSENT]
08:05 you took my scarf again and i took yours. i watched you through the window as you flung yourself from the front door. tonight i’ll roll my eyes like i always do when i pull it from your neck. i’ll laugh because it’s a habit by now and we’ll linger in the silence that follows, two stars in the same sky but still thousands of light years apart [UNSENT]
22:05 that’s it. that’s enough. i can hear you crying through the wall we share. it’s muffled like you’re trying to hide it and it kills me that you think you need to. i’m putting the kettle on and we’re going to eat cake and i’m going to kiss the crumbs from your face, if you’ll let me [SENT] [SEEN 22:05]
07:00 i think that last night was the best night of my life. i love you. the weather woman said it might snow. i love you. don’t forget to take my scarf when you leave. i love you [SENT] [SEEN 07:01]
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A list of bad writing excuses you need to stop using:
Applies heavily to Fairy Tail, but also to many manga and fiction in general.
“It’s his story, he can write/draw whatever he wants!”
A similar thought process could be used to defend Mein Kampf. I have the right to email you a picture of my middle finger raised, but that right certainly doesn’t invalidate your own right to raise hell about it. Please refer to bullet point #4 as well.
“It’s just comedy!”
And it’s not funny, so it’s pretty shitty comedy, isn’t it? I’ll judge comedy the same way I judge any other form of writing. Do you realize how immature that sounds? That’s just the whole “I-said-something-offensive-so-I’m-going-to-backpedal-and-say-it-was-just-a-joke” defense taking another form.
“Stop judging fanservice so harshly!”
Is it fanservice, or authorservice? I assure you I did not request all of these fucking scenes where a character is undressed at the expense of the story tension. Get with the program, and realize that the reason you’re feebly defending it is because it’s points for your camp.
“If you don’t like it, go read/watch something else!”
Woe is me, for I have not yet found that one golden piece of fiction that I feel is absolutely perfect in every way and thus does not warrant me complaining ever. I suppose I could write one, but that tends to produce mary sue and self-insert fiction! Such is the price of the paradox of writing for oneself, yet publishing to an audience: I open myself up to mine audience’s judgement and wrath!
“No story is perfect!”
See above. Imperfection is the reason why it can be criticized, not why it can’t. Moreover, I do not expect things to be perfect. Even Harry Potter isn’t perfect, and it’s rightfully held up as some of the greatest fiction literature of all time. But I don’t complain about it because it’s apparent the author put everything she had into her work and had it edited and double-checked dozens of times. A substandard expectation may lead to less disappointment, but will always prevent real happiness or satisfaction.
“How many mangas/books have YOU written?!”
I don’t need experience writing bullshit wish-fulfillment mary sue fiction fantasy, I have enough of that from when I was 13 and so do most people. The difference is that I grew out of it. And one day, you’re going to say that to someone who actually is a published author and you’re gonna look like a dumbass. More of a dumbass, anyway.
“It’s just fiction! It doesn’t mean the author condones it!”
This is an excuse I see a lot and I’m here to cut it down. Theoretically? Yes, it doesn’t mean the author condones it. But if they don’t, that leaves very little room for why exactly they wrote whatever it is that is being burned at the stake. Most people, shocker, write what they know or feel. Male writers write male characters because that’s familiar to them. Writers write main characters who are in the writing business because that’s familiar to them. LGBT+ people write LGBT+ stories and characters because that’s familiar to them. And creepy people with fucked up ideas or fetishes are no different. So for all of you “mun =/= muse uwu fuck off” people out there? I’m callin’ your asses out. And I am especially calling out authors who use outdated tropes they think are cute that have long since been revealed to be unsettling or unfair. Subject matter is not so important, it’s how and why you portray it that matters.
“This is how it is, complaining about it won’t change it.”
That is very untrue. Most things that get changed do so because people express their dissatisfaction for the current system. That’s sort of a basic component of most systems of decision-making, including writing into such unrelated things as law and justice. And, pray tell, if you don’t think complaining will change anything, what exactly would you suggest that would?
Coming soon: A list of bad writing complaints you should stop making!
When writing speculative fiction, one of the writer’s most important jobs is to establish the new rules for their world. In many branches of speculative fiction, especially fantasy and even horror, this is magic, though it can also be technology and alternate scientific rules for science fiction. Whatever alternate fact(s) or reality you utilize to make your fictional world possible, that qualifies as a “magic system.” Your magic system is most often defined by what it can’t dorather than by what it can.
Why do I need a magic system?
When writing speculative fiction, it’s usually assumed that something about your world is different than ours. That can be a small tweak or it can be a complete dismantle-and-reassembly of physics as we understand it. Whatever system you choose to implement, it needs to have internally consistent rules. If, throughout the course of your book, magics begin to contradict each other, then it will disturb your readers suspension of disbelief. You don’t want your awesome magic to yank your readers from the believability of the story. But…most important of all…you have to establish some sort of rules and limits in order to prevent yourself from pulling a deus ex machina. No one likes a poorly executed deus ex machina. Few people like a well executed one (is there such a thing?). If you have rules, limits, cost, built into the magic or technology of your world, then you establish something that is not only nuanced and interesting, but believable.
Why write speculative fiction if I have to create and follow all of these tedious rules?! The real world has rules enough.
It’s true. But following your own rules and following real worlds aren’t the same thing. Lots of you have probably heard the little saying, “Give your world a Flux Capacitor.” If you think about it, Back to the Future’s Flux Capacitor doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s not explained. But we accept it because it’s magic. And when Doc says, “Here’s this thing. It makes time travel possible.” We accept it because it’s a simple alteration. He doesn’t try to use it to do more than what is initially established. It never breaks that rule. It’s not used to get Marty out of an impossible situation, defying any previous understanding of the technology. That’s why it works.
So where you do start?
First, you need to probably choose what type of magic you will use. Will be elements based? Or energy based? Spirit? Physical? Time and Space? What things is your magic summoning/manipulating/drawing from?
Now you’ll want to focus on the parts that make your magic yours. Sure, elemental magic has been used half a zillion times, but it can still be interesting if you do something new with it. The best way to do something new is to alter its limits, change the cost, give it a new spin that makes your regular ol’ fire magic something intriguing.
You can do a little bit of research into ancient forms of magic, into other literary uses of magic. See what those before you have done and use it as an inspiration.
If you’re having trouble knowing where to start, I’m here to provide you some thoughts concerning the skeletal-assembly of your magic system! Use these prompts as you see fit!
What does magic use/alter/manipulate?
laws of physics
water, only, in all of its forms
fabric of space
items of specific color or texture
Who possesses magic?
random lucky people
anyone who’s ever petted a dog
How is it acquired?
intense study and training
through random action
through a ritual
as one ages
From where is power drawn?
alignment of the stars
physical contact with _____ (the earth, another life force, a drawing or rune)