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How to Read Tarot Cards When You Don’t Know Shit

OR: HOW I STOPPED WORRYING AND LEARNED TO LOVE PRACTICING TAROT

This is a simple exercise I’ve done really to hone my intuition while divining. I like to pull a three card spread (past, present, future) but you can really use whichever spread you’d like.

Major Arcana:

  • Most trump cards can be self explanatory if you’re good at word association.
  • The Fool card starts a story that follows a journey through to the World, the end. Everything in between is character development.
  • Death does not mean death. Unlike most horror films, its appearance can actually signal a new beginning or change.

Minor Arcana:
Know what each suit means or symbolizes in general.

  • Cups: Water, focuses on your emotional self, creativity and romance, following your heart over your head.
  • Pentacles: Earth, focuses on your physical self, material ideas like business or wealth, manifestation.
  • Swords: Air, focuses on your mental self, action and concentration, intelligence and conflict.
  • Wands: Fire, focuses on your spiritual self, intuition and inspiration, values and flaws.

All in All: 

  • Use the context clues in the imagery of your cards to guide your intuition.
  • Don’t worry about misreading a card or getting anything wrong. This is really about trusting yourself and your gut instincts.
  • Don’t be afraid to take the surface value of the card during this exercise. It’s just an exercise. 

I hope this helped you if you’re just starting out, want to try a different method to divining with tarot, or just want to generally work on trusting your gut.

Originally posted by scampthecorgi

Yuri on Ice visual storytelling meta

While watching Yuri on Ice I couldn’t quite understand the vague sense of frustration I felt with some scenes where one thing was being told and a different thing was being shown. You know, like when Yuuri is all like “those are lucky charms blah blah” and the entire setting, montage, frames, sound etc. just scream “PROPOSAL”. The same goes for the airport scene, the kiss in ep 7 and some minor scenes too. It’s almost like the visuals tell a slightly different story than words and actions of the characters.

It seems like the writing is more focused on an inner journey, a path to self discovery etc., while the settings, montage, light, sound effects tell a romantic story - it all just bluntly screams “a love story”. The usage of romance iconography (like running to meet the lover) is clearly intentional and never a parody. They look like a couple. And yet we all feel that need for more confirmation.

I couldn’t quite put it into words until now, but there is indeed a curious gap between storytelling and directing here.

Disclaimer: I worked in a big-scale animation production, it kinda changes the way you look at things. And you start seeing that such a production is a result of many people having different ideas and different attitudes towards the same material. And even when they work together, they might end up telling different stories.

And that’s what I think is the case with YOI.

I think this gap between the raw story and its visual storytelling actually subtly reflects the attitudes of Mitsuoru Kubo (writer) and Sayo Yamamoto (director).

Kubo is very focused on characters’ inner journey and leaves almost everything to viewer’s interpretation, driving us all nuts with her vague answers. While Yamamoto apparently ships Victuuri shamelessly and comes up with scenes like the airport reunion (bless that woman).

Kubo tells a brilliant story about struggling to accept yourself, about getting over your failures, about struggling with (incredibly well-portrayed) anxiety and finding strength to go on. Yamamoto on the other hand literally does all that is humanly possible within directing boundaries to tell a pure and sweet love story, on top of all that is already there.  

I’m not saying that Kubo didn’t write Victor’s and Yuuri’s relationship as romantic.

What I’m saying that the one who tells the love story is not Kubo. It’s the director and the animation team. They tell us the love story. And if you can’t find what you are looking for in Kubo’s words, please pay attention to the pictures.

After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. ;)

uhhh a lil rant re: laur-n z-ke’s post 

the episode “too far” had always rubbed me the wrong way, and now that lauren has said amed-t was just meant to be a crush makes me fully realize why:

  • it should’ve been a more amethyst-centric episode. we get this huge reveal and theory confirmation that amethyst was supposed to look like jasper! that’s huge! 
  • unlike the previous episode, “back to the barn”, in which peridot insults pearl, it focused on pearl’s feelings. pearl was allowed to retaliate against peridot’s prejudice. “too far”, on the other hand, focused on peridot and how she felt bad about what she did. amethyst’s hurt isn’t the main focus.
  • another but more minor thing is that amethyst is written pretty out of character; she openly laughs at steven when peridot insults him (like, ame can be mean, but she’s not overly vicious), and this is never addressed! ever! it just feels uncomfortable and out of place especially since steven seems pretty upset afterwards

tl;dr the fact that peridot’s feelings is the focus instead of amethyst’s really made that episode fall flat. this has probably already been discussed but i finally realized this after seeing lauren’s post

so you liked The Get Down...

…and now you’re looking for more to watch. here’s a little list of stuff that might interest you! (click on the title in bold for more info)

  • Dope (2015) is “a coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm [Shameik Moore] is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in California filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. If Malcolm can persevere, he’ll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.”
    It’s funny, the costume design is fantastic, it has a lesbian minor character and A$ap Rocky is in it. (Rated R)


  • Paris is Burning (1990) is “ A chronicle of New York’s drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.“ If you liked what Dizzee was up to in episode 6, this is a classic you should consider. (Rated R)


  • Do the Right Thing (1989) is the Black Movie Classic you should already know. Spike Lee’s most famous work is shockingly relevant today in wake of the “Black Lives Matter”-movement. Plot: “On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.” This focuses on race relations in a small-scale environment, has flashy style and good music. (Rated R)


  • Straight Outta Compton (2015): “The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.” (Rated R)


  • Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) “The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.” While there may be many movies about grafitti artists (also artists of colour) this is the only one I’ve seen and it’s definitely a good one. Also poses some interesting questions about art vs. entertainment. (Rated R)



  • In the Heights is a musical by Hamilton-creator Lin-Manuel Miranda that has a plot similar to the Mylene’s and Zeke’s storyline. “The story is set over the course of three days, involving an ensemble cast of characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.” (contains explicit lyrics) It’s also on YouTube.

I’ll add to this list as time goes on, please feel free to do the same!

Holy SHIT, I know we’re all pretty totaled in the feelings department. BUT let’s take a moment to appreciate how this show handles minor characters’ development too.

They could have just as easily focused on only the “main competitors” that we’ve already seen and become acquainted with, but no, instead they give us scenes like this in an episode that’s already filled to the brim with ships.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I really enjoyed watching Yurio evolve as a character in this episode, and also see that we weren’t just introduced in passing to Otabek. We get Viktor’s view on him, but then later we see him actually interact with Yurio, and in the same scene we are given a backstory that creates a bond between us and the character.

This show continues to surprise me and it makes me cry with happiness every time.

if everything goes well and i do become a well-respected author of novels with gay themes i’m going to pitch an “interpretation of beloved classic les miserables, focusing on the fascinating relationship between two minor characters from the original text” and at that point my reputation will be so well-established that the literati will neither know nor care that i’ve tricked the publishing industry into releasing my 500-page e/R fanfic 

just so you know how stupid the dr who discourse is: 

it focuses entirely on which of the two shittiest showrunners was the “good one”, but the first trash man’s bad stuff was framed as “representation” (like having a trans character who’s became an inhuman, villainous monster through her many surgeries or having a bisexual character who’s defined by how much weird alien sex he has) so everyone saw the first trash man as like this great guy even though both are garbage. it was like this long terrible argument over which out of seth macfarlane or seth green was the good writer who properly represents minorities and most people saying that its totally macfarlane

Finn centric recs

I just started this new blog with one purpose only, to collect links and recs to any and all fics that focus primarily on the best new Star Wars character out there. FN-2187 aka Finn :-)

I welcome asks that give me links to fics focused on Finn, which I will then share on the blog.

When I say Finn centric, I mean fics that have Finn as either the main character, as part of the main pairing, or at the very least as one of the most important characters in the story.

That does not mean fics where Finn happens to be a minor supporting character, or where he’s just there to help another couple to get together.

Anyone want to help out?

anonymous asked:

How do you feel about the fact that Amethyst and Peridot have barely interacted at all this season? They've only interacted twice, and they were very minor interactions compared to Seasons 2 and 3. This season seems to be focusing a lot more on Lapis and Peridot's relationship - I'm not really complaining since their friendship needed developing badly, but I wish Ame and Peri would actually TALK to each other a lot more, since they're supposed to be close.

I’m in agreement with you. I’m glad for Lapis and Peridot character development, and examination of the friendship between the two, but I want to see Peri and Ame interact more. I want to see Peri and Lapis interact more with all of the CG’s, honestly.

Just Like They Never Saw Me (Part 1)

Inspired by Ernst being involved in The Dark I Know Well; all the other boys hear about Martha’s struggle in passing, but they think she is in the minority- that sort of thing doesn’t happen anymore- until they see the aftermath up close. (about 2500 words. It’s sad and long.) ((Mentions of abuse)) 

Part I | Part II | Part III |

Based off Deaf West’s characters; signed dialogue is in italics

Hänschen had the wonderfully annoying habit of walking into class at the latest opportunity to be considered early. It kept the teachers from thinking he was too interested in being their favorite, like Georg, but focused enough to always be on time, unlike Mortiz.

It was early winter and Hänschen was bundled in his hat, scarf, and heavy coat as he made his way to school. The path wrapped around the town and allowed Hänschen to avoid seeing anyone from town and being stopped for senseless droning chitchat. The academy was just in his sights when noticed that all the window oil lamps were lit- something he usually did before the rest of the boys and their teacher arrived. Hänschen swung the door open and saw the other boys not only early, but all huddled around the first table.

“What are you boys up too?” Hänschen asked, using one hand to untuck his scarf and the other to sign his inquiries.

Nothing.

Otto was facing away from the table, watching Hänschen nervously. Hänschen hung up his coat and hat on one of the few hooks along the wall and watched the boys suspiciously. Georg looked between Hänschen and whatever it was they were crowding around as Hänschen walked away from the door.

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julie plec annoys me not gonna lie…

•not only does she destroys a once loved show she also annihilates the spin off by making it all about a magical baby jesus

•she cannot write to save her life, almost all of her “plots” focuses on ships or babies, she specialises in pandering to the most toxic pairing and its fans, she can’t think of anything remotely original as most of the storylines are repetitive, she has a habit of retconning things randomly too and writing characters a tad ooc

•she treats characters who are minorities horrendously by making poc sacrifice themselves and their happiness constantly whilst killing almost every member of the characters family either on screen or off screen (remember lucy bennett?), she had one mute and treated like a slave, all of her lgbt characters ended up dead

•she treats kat horribly by implying that she begged for her job as plec wanted to permanently kill off the only main woc, after bonnie became friends with damon only then did plec see her value, plec would protect phoebe and leah from trolls but would have allowed members of the fandom she caters for to send racist hate to kat, and the only time she ever did defend her it was only half hearted

•she treats female characters terribly, she destroys their characterisation so they can get with certain men, she forcibly made caroline become a surrogate, caroline wasn’t given a choice on whether or not she wanted to do it the babies just magically jumped into her womb, *cough* there’s a lot of misogynistic writing in the show *cough* because if it isn’t a character spending all of her screen time with their LI then it’s two men fighting over her

tbh it irritates me when people are like “blizzard isn’t really progressive because they don’t develop their minority characters.” My dude…blizzard doesn’t develop ANY of their characters. There’s no “character development” because nothing much has happened. Overwatch is a game that focuses on non-canonical brawls in a universe unconnected to the “”“"plot”“”“ of Overwatch. The priority of the developers is to focus on gameplay, not to write a story (a story that had holes since the beginning. Seriously y'all the lore is fun but it shouldn’t be taken too seriously). They do so much already and I think it’s being ungrateful to demand so much more story and comics and animations and voice lines for ANY character when they’re working hard rn just to balance the game and managing servers that are constantly getting hacked

I am Super Busy right now but here are some upcoming fanworks coming soon to your screen:

  • two fics for Smut Swap in April
  • Fic masterclass: in which I analyze a fic to get at why it works so well (will take suggestions for this)
  • an expansion of my Dæmorphing primer into a proper guide to the universe to put up on AO3 (will also take suggestions for this)
  • The Tree of Life: #34, #35, and Visser, Dæmorphing-style. This fic is only ~20% Animorph POV, mostly focused on minor characters.

themod444  asked:

What are your EO1 and 3 guilds like? Have you developed much for them?

I’ve dabbled in both (or three of them if you count untold1), and while they’re not as extensive as the Guardians or Phaedron, they do have some minor detailing/development. Note, though, that EO1 and Untold1 have no connection to the Guardian universe. EO2 was the first game I wrote fanfiction for, after all.

I think it would be best if I do the games one at a time or it’ll get too long! Anyway, let’s get straight to it:

EO1 - Guild Spirits

Notes: The very first game I played, these characters surprisingly don’t have the most detailed of pasts/personalities. I guess it was because I was just getting into the swing of things. I focused mostly on my favourite pairing; Landsknecht/Medic, so the ideas basically revolve around them with the others being supportive of them.

Hoyt (Red haired Landsknecht) - talented leader who garners respect due to his strength
Ethan (Blond haired Protector) - protective older brother to Alto and Phoenix
Alto (Blond haired Survivalist) - the second oldest of the siblings, super observant
Kamali (Orange haired Medic) - a real sweetheart that everyone adores
Phoenix (Blond haired Alchemist) - youngest sibling, nearly mute, only speaks by whispering to others
Gokjo (Black haired Ronin) - a bit of a silent, stern loner
Falcon (Blue haired Dark Hunter) - a bit of a pervert and loves picking on Kamali
Harlan (Orange haired Troubadour) - a chatter box that doesn’t know when to shut up
Night (White haired Hexer) - so silent that he’s often scaring people by simply coming up behind them, has the worst timing

Notes: Basically Hoyt is the leader of the guild and childhood friends with Kamali, the two of them starting a guild together because no one was willing to have a medic on their team because some view them as a waste of space. After a near death experience in the labyrinth, though, Kamali gave Hoyt some of his blood in order to save his life, which somehow created a psychic/telepathic link between them and they can read each other’s thoughts and communicate telepathically. Before this happened they were just friends, but after the bond, they become more dependent on each other, sharing each other’s feelings and pain. Of course, romance blossomed ^^

Links:

EO3

EOUntold1

10 Reasons Why You Should Read The Deadly Nightshade

1) A 19-year-old Hispanic protagonist. Unfortunately, it is incredibly rare to see a POC heroine in YA fiction. Well not here! Nightshade is a dark-skinned, curly-haired Puerto Rican who is lethal with a pair of katanas.

2) Diverse characters. The Deadly Nightshade features characters with a wide array of ethnicities, sexualities, and beliefs. The majority of the main characters are POCs.

3) A YA/New Adult book without the cliché and overdone romance subplot. I don’t know about you, but those cheesy love triangles you often find in post-apocalyptic and dystopian YA make me nauseous. This novel features a solely platonic relationship between the protagonist and her companion, and while there are a few minor romances between some characters, they act as important aspects of the plot.

4) Meaningful inter-character relationships. This is a novel focused almost entirely on the strength and importance of human connections in the face of adversity. Each relationship between characters is essential to their growth and development throughout the book, and they are sure to stay with you long after you’re done reading.

5) Set in post-apocalyptic America. Set in the year 2084, The Deadly Nightshade features a world where the majority of the population has been wiped out by warfare and disease—a world where gangs run rampant and terrorize the remaining survivors, a world where civilization is all but non-existent and bloodying one’s hands is essentially inevitable.

6) No “Chosen One” trope. Unlike many YA protagonists, Nightshade is not chosen from birth to reconstruct society or gifted with some supernatural power. She is an average girl who, through intense training over many years, becomes a deadly product of the chaotic environment in which she lives in order to survive.

7) Extensive character growth/dynamism. The Deadly Nightshade not only follows Nightshade’s transition from helpless child to deadly survivor, but it also chronicles her emotional growth and re-humanization as she fosters life-altering connections with other characters.

8) The protagonist isn’t necessarily a good person. Nightshade is by no means a righteous, good-hearted heroine, and she’s well aware of it. She’s got a blood-stained history, and she’s willing to do almost anything to ensure her own survival, even if it means bloodying her katanas more times than she cares to count.

9) The villain isn’t necessarily a bad person. The novel’s antagonist can’t really be considered a flat out evil guy. After all, he is seeking revenge for the death of somebody he loved by Nightshade’s blade.

10) Plenty of action sequences to keep you entertained. If you’re an action-lover, this book has a multitude of teeth-gritting fight scenes that are sure to keep you turning the page! Did I mention the protagonist wields katanas?

Order The Deadly Nightshade on Amazon in paperback or eBook form today! I guarantee there’s nothing else like it.

Beauty and the Beast Spoilers

Belle’s dress looks much better when she’s moving and the camera isn’t focused on it, but it’s still fugly as hell. It’s even more obviously hideous in comparison to all the other BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES HOLY SHIT.

There’s “man in a dress trope” towards the end, though one of the men apparently LOVES THE DRESS and later he and LaFou dance for like 5 seconds so I’m assuming this was supposed to be Disney’s great ~gay representation~ or something.

Lots of people of color as background and minor characters, which was a pleasant surprise. However the black actresses that have the most lines spend basically the entire movie as a feather duster and a wardrobe.

anonymous asked:

Hi I'm Ji-Eun from Killing Stalking. I may be uncomfortable talking to Sangwoo or Yoonbum however they are free to like this if they, for whatever reason, want to chat. I was more focused on looking for Sangwoo's other friends, or other minor characters. Thank you. Please interact with this post if you want and I'll send you an IM.

!!!

So I remember when I was first watching Naruto I really liked Hinata as a character. Looking back on it, I think I can appreciate her even more. There were a lot of sweet and refreshing things about her, and I think even more than I did back then that she was a really good and compelling idea for a love interest.

With Shippuden the show stopped focusing on minor characters, and when the Great Ninja War started the show disappeared up its own ass and generally jumped the shark. I’m pretty sure Hinata wasn’t really addressed again after Pain, but I do know that they made a “Naruto and Hinata End Up Together: The Movie”.

Does anyone know if it was any good and continued on the aspects of Hinata’s story that made her interesting, or did it feel pretty token? I’ll probably end up watching it eventually, but if it’s good I’ll watch it sooner rather than later.