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anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm interested in hearing a bit about how you write Garnet, if you have the time. Thank you!

Not sure how strictly writing-related I can make it, but I’ll certainly give it a try! 

I went looking for earlier wordy Garnet posts, and I found some here, here, here (this post is quite old and kinda funny to read with what we know now, but it - and its tags especially - still reflects a lot of my main Garnet feelings), and here, if you want to check them out.

I think one of the most important things to keep in mind with Garnet in general and that I see people struggle with post-Jailbreak is that she is her own person. In a writing sense, this is especially important if you’re going for Garnet POV. If I want to include Ruby and Sapphire in things, and I often do, the way I kind of conceptualise it is that, rather than Ruby and Sapphire piloting a mech called Garnet, you have Garnet going around with Ruby and Sapphire sitting on her shoulders and occasionally chattering like those little angels and devils they use for consciences in old cartoons, you know? A bit like in this promo.

Fusion is obviously a concept that has both none and many parallels and almost-equivalents to us humans, which is, I think, what makes it so fascinating, and why writing from the POV of someone who lives her life as a fusion is both challenging and interesting - and potentially very rewarding. Fusion “headspaces” like the stuff we’ve seen in the show with Malachite and Stevonnie can be an interesting thing to explore. In Garnet’s case, there’s sometimes just one person there, but most of the time it’s really three people - only in times of great upset or crisis, close to splitting apart, does it become two. She’s also not this even split of Ruby and Sapphire traits that can be neatly sorted into two baskets or whatever, and things like “Garnet is crying out of this one eye, means it’s Ruby who is upset” just don’t work. Keeping It Together is an amazing episode for getting a better understanding of Garnet and I feel I’ve rewatched it countless times while getting into a Garnet-writing space (also, post-KIT hurt/comfort is an instant win if you want to pander to me, just fyi).

With the obvious big deal of fusion out of the way, we have the other big Garnet issue, which is her future vision. Rebecca Sugar gave a nice summary of it in this year’s Comic Con interview:

[Garnet’s] future vision is specifically their combined power. There’s a way I like to think about Garnet’s future vision: Sapphire can see the future if she is completely passive. When you see her in the past and she knows what’s going to happen, it’s what will happen if she doesn’t intervene with anything, she’s a completely passive character at that time. Ruby is extremely impulsive and was able to derail what she knew would happen by changing it. Garnet’s future vision is not Sapphire’s future vision, it’s a series of possibilities based on what would happen if she did do something. Sapphire on her own would never do something but they can track possible outcomes of their combined personalities. That’s why her power is not always flawless, but a lot more expansive. 

We know from examples such as Pearl’s deception in Cry for Help that Garnet has to actively look into the future and seek out probabilities - in that instance, her attempts to find a specific future outcome with Peridot completely blinded her to the fact that Pearl was the one fixing the communication hub. From a ficcing perspective, it can be a real gift if used right, especially in more plot-heavy things. It also gets pretty heavy when you consider just how many highly realistic visions of things going wrong Garnet puts herself through on a regular basis. Kinda related, a nice thing to notice is Garnet usually fiddles with her shades when she’s actively using future vision.

More technical things, hm… don’t try to write her accent. Trying to render a dialect or accent leads to an unintelligible mess of weirdly placed apostrophes more often than not and can really take you out of a story (it’s frustrating to have to puzzle over what a character just said). Just write what she’s saying and get the speech patterns down as best as you can and have faith that your readers know what Garnet sounds like.

Garnet generally doesn’t talk a whole lot, but when she does she makes it count and it is usually in brief, straightforward statements. She’s hilarious (Master of Comedy™) but her jokes tend to be these deadpan things with killer delivery rather than, say, Amethyst and Steven’s ridiculous puns. She’s super Cool and quite a bit reserved, but in a very deliberate way, like she’s keeping up an image (which she is, because she is also a big dork - especially if we’re talking about love and fusion). She also isn’t very… hm, I’m not quite sure how to put this, but… she isn’t very dramatically physically demonstrative most of the time, or rather she has her own brand of it, she’s just kinda lowkey casually physically affectionate, accepting, and present? Like carrying Steven around (often on her head) or letting Pearl cling to her and hide behind her, stuff like that.

This is the usual, of course, which only serves to highlight occasions where it’s all flipped; where Garnet clings to Pearl and quietly screams over Smoky Quartz for an entire minute, for example, or breaks down when faced with the fusion experiments, or gathers up her entire family and hugs the hell out of them. Dunno, it’s just that like so many things about her, she really makes it count and it stands out to me. I like that we’ve had more and more of these instances - a big thing with Garnet now compared to Garnet in season one is how much more open and relaxed she is, and this progression is something I adore and hope to see more of (I also really really want to see more of her goofing off with Amethyst). You can also sort of keep track of this if you take note whenever she removes her shades (which has been happening more and more often, too!), usually in really touching, honest moments, taking great care to be approachable, and allowing herself to be vulnerable.

Notably, while Pearl is the show’s go-to Exposition Provider, it’s usually Garnet who sits or kneels down to Steven’s level and calmly explains something about his powers or Gem magic or Rose to him. She has this whole… special gentle tone of voice when she does it, I love it, it’s the best. In Log Date she does this for Peridot, too. Another one of my favourite things was brought up during last year’s Comic Con and it’s the fact that Garnet never asks questions - that’s an actual official guideline for SU writers:

Q: When it comes to tie-ins like the comics, for example, what kind of input do you have?

REBECCA SUGAR: I’m very much in the show all the time, and everything that gets made somewhere else is like a little harder to collaborate on because the show takes up so much of my time, so we talk broad things about the characters. For example, Garnet never asks questions. Ever. She’s sure of everything she says, so if you’re putting this in, she’ll never ask a question.

IAN JONES-QUARTEY: If you see Garnet ask a question in something, it’s not canon.

It’s neat that this is a thing in-universe, too. Notably it was recently amusingly lampshaded in Know Your Fusion, when she wanted to ask Steven and Amethyst what they were planning together and ended up getting Pearl to ask them for her. Even her backstory episode is called The Answer - and it features what is perhaps the root of this, a great scene of confused newbie fusion Garnet being told by Rose Quartz:

No more questions. Don’t ever question this. You already are the answer.

She is often almost aggressively positive about herself - Garnet always wins, Garnet is awesome, all that (very true) stuff. It’s very much a part of her rebellion: we know now that she’s had (and has) to prove this (herself, her own right to even exist) over and over - hell, in her very first seconds of existence she was called “disgusting”. From another recent interview, a note related to that:

Garnet’s confidence is so much of her character, because it’s something she earned, and this was the first time we’d get to show her original state, a being that exploded out of an outrageously romantic gesture.

The above interview also mentions the team dynamic often being split in a Garnet + Pearl/Amethyst + Steven sense, and this is something I find very interesting. Garnet and Pearl are the ones who’ve been through the war, who’ve been with Rose the longest, who pal around and reminisce with Bismuth, and who for better or worse know Homeworld best (the reveal in The Answer that Garnet herself was never actually on Homeworld puts an interesting spin on things, making her “experiences” exclusively filtered through Ruby’s and Sapphire’s own).

Going from there, contrasting Garnet with Pearl is interesting because Garnet, to me, besides her efforts to be the dependable stoic leader of the Crystal Gems, has this whole “lover not a fighter” air about her. She fights when and because it’s necessary, because otherwise she quite literally wouldn’t get to exist - it’s not something she sees or paints as great and glorious and that she derives personal satisfaction or pride from, like Pearl often does. Rose’s Scabbard with their contrasting descriptions of the strawberry battlefield is a good in-show example of this, I think.

If you’re up for more Garnet meta, there’s some good stuff here, in particular a bit I really like featuring a nifty summary of her unique connections with each of the other CGs:

Garnet is willful. Garnet is protective. Garnet is loving. She is an Earthling like Amethyst; a fusion of love like Steven; a leader like Rose; a fighter like Pearl. Garnet is also an embodiment of balance: Ruby is fire, Sapphire is ice.

Finally, since this was supposed to be about writing, let me just grab my Garnet fics from my masterpost and put them here.

Beneath My Palms

Amethyst tends to comfort simply by existing. Pearl is fussy and overprotective. Garnet appreciates them both. Keeping It Together episode tag. Mild Polygems. | AO3

That Original Lifeline

Protection, comfort, and safety, or the Terrifying Renegade and the Fusion through the years, and a small tribute to those “five times plus one” fic formats of old. Pearl/Garnet. | AO3

The Hidden Law Of A Probable Outcome

The beginning of the rebellion. Pretty much everything is new to Garnet, but some things are new to Rose and Pearl, too. Or: Eloping to Earth is a grand idea. Garnet, Pearl/Rose, and a guest star, The Answer episode tag. | AO3

Every Time We Open Up Our Eyes

It may not be a role she ever wanted to play, but she likes to think she isn’t doing too shabby. Garnet and her team. Or: well, Gems talking, mostly. Garnet POV snippets from what we’ve so far seen of the Barn Arc, and a sort of intro to The Answer and the Steven Bomb. Gamethyst if you squint. | AO3

There’s also a couple in which Garnet isn’t the focus, but plays an important role:

A Language Of Its Own

On the nature of human affection-related rituals, their application in several established Gem relationships, and fusion. But mostly kissing. Pearl/Rose, Garnet/Rainbow Quartz. | AO3

Peel Away The Bark

Wallowing in guilt and drowning in apologies, or: Pearl POV snippets from the Week of Sardonyx and its aftermath. Pearl/Garnet, Steven. | AO3

and like ive always been p convinced im going to come out the other side of transitioning lookin like jason momoa but its probs more likely ill end up lookin more like norman reedus lmao

anonymous asked:

Nah its my love reflected in your tin and tht sexy latex trash bag 😋 Also your ability to show that beauty can come in all shapes, sizes, and materials! 🙆💕

I’m so flattered. My cheeks are flushing so silver right now, but you can’t tell. My whole body is silver. My body is literally tin. YOU ONLY WANT ME BC IM A TRASH CAN I KNEW IT UGH. *sobs*

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Stunning Kinetic Sculpture in Downtown LA Moves with the Wind

Located in Los Angele’s Pershing Square, a glittering and kinetic installation spans around 15,000 square feet. Created by  Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, the exquisite piece resembles a futuristic hologram, due to its reflect materials, i.e., holographic mylar and monofilament.

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Clean your Heart 

Here is an exercise for your heart that could save your life spiritually:

1. Think of a family member, friend, or “enemy” that you know.
2. Imagine if you got a phone call that that person’s parent, spouse, or child has passed away.
3. Imagine if you heard they’d been a terrible car accident and might not make it.
4. Imagine if you heard they’d been diagnosed with a terminal disease.
5. Now think about what you would do?
6. Would you call them? Would you go to the hospital to hug them? Would you show up to the funeral of their family members?
7. Now think even worse, what if you heard that that person actually died.
8. Would you go to their funeral and cry knowing that your ego stopped you from working things out, and you have to live with that regret for the rest of your life?
9. Imagine if the next time you see that person is on the Day of Judgment.
10. Now ask yourself: Is it worth it? Should I really wait until one of the above happens?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) mentioned a man being from the people of Paradise simply because he cleaned his heart every night.
It’s time for you to clean yours…

Oh Allah, let our love for You overwhelm our hearts in such a way that they cannot contain poisonous hatred. Ameen

By Omar Suleiman

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↳ Theme: Members + Colors |  Prompt: Pete Wentz + Crimson

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SASO Team SouMako - MR1

MR1 served as a really huge challenge for me since I’ve barely touched on practicing backgrounds, but even though it was tough (and i wanted to cry) I’m glad for it. I was able to test a little bit of painting and just experiment with my art style in general. These were my personal favorites out of the arts I worked on for mr1 and I’m very proud of them :>

(if you haven’t watched our video entry here’s the link! we tied for 2nd place ^o^)

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UNDERWATER THEORY


As well all know we are half way thru Future Arc and there are some mysteries that I may have figured out. Like for example Munakatas Secind Sword, The Secret Door, The Missing Mark.

So before I start saying my theory ill like to point out this. The Future Foundations HQ and The Fun House   (Second Game Chap 4) are linked. I mean it in the structure way and let me explain. Look at the picture where you can see the HQ where it reflects the water. Its just a reflection? IN MY OPINION ITS WRONG THAT ISNT A REFELCTION!!!!


 THATS THE WHOLE BUILDING IT SELF!!!!! MEANING THAT THERES A SAME BUILDING UNDER THE ORIGINAL FF HQ!!!!! MEANING THAT THEY ARE UNDERGROUND AT THE MOMENT OR MAYBE UNDERWATER.
Now u my say if its upside down wont they be like on the roof? Well ill just say even if the building is underground the floors are still normal and not upside down.

Ill also like to add that the place looks without lights all darkish and in ruins plus if they only threw one missile before they fell asleep. How could ALL the exits be blocked unless they were under ground where there are no exits. Also doesnt seem odd that Monaca didnt see surprised when Makoto said to blow up walls? Meaning that she knew blowing up walls was useless if they were underground.

Now that you know this info lets start:

Missing Mark on Floor:

 So as we all know before they fell asleep Izayoi threw a Shuriken before they fell asleep. And also their positions changed meaning that they were moved. Now meaning that if they were moved underground to a same building. There will be a new door with no markings. So if this theory is true that solves the mystery of the missing mark.


Secret Door

In my opinion if the structure matches the fun house and they are reallt underground then i think that the Secret door is an elevator like the one in the fun house and thats how they managed to move the bodies. I dont think that Monaca is in the secret door cause Togami said that she is hiding in Towa city and thats why they presented us Toko and Komaru.


Munakatas Sword

As we all know Munakatas original sword was used to stab Chisa and at the end he had another sword. That sword it is said to be the one found where Izayoi is looking for the gun.
Problem solved rigth? But ill like to add some info that maybe Munakata knows about the building and the secret door and let me explain.

When Izayoi found the door i think he went to look for ruruka and then they slept in the room and gave izayoi the candy which killed him. This may explain why Ruruka was found there. She never left the room and she only opened the door when she found out Kirigiri and the others meaning that she never left the room. So in my opinion Munakata went to the to the original library to get the sword. He may not been in the fake library to get the sword because Ruruka never left the library so this means that Ruruka didnt see each other.

So u may ask IF the secret door is an elevator how did Munakata got to the original library? Well i think its also like the Fun House theres a secret entrance other than the elevator that connects both places.

Seikos Death EDIT: Thanks to @valwinz pointing out that when they found Seikos body it was with water!!!!!! THIS MEANS THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY UNDERWATER!!!!!!


So this is a theory i came up with ik its crazy and it took me alot of time and thinking. Hope you guys enjoy it!!!! Remeber to leave a note reblog and Follow me for more DR stuff!!!!

Tadpole Treble hits all the right notes ⊟ 

Tadpole Treble is one of the sweetest games I’ve ever played, despite it being wall-to-wall terror for the poor tadpole.

It also seems to reflect its creator’s personality in a transparent way that I haven’t really seen before – I say “seems” because of course I don’t know co-creator Matthew Taranto, who also made the webcomic Brawl in the Family – but I feel like I know him after spending hours in the game’s hand-drawn world, listening to its weird mix of musical styles and smiling at its good-natured humor.

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Situated in Louisiana along the Mississippi river near the Gulf of Mexico, this unique little city attracts all kinds of characters. Nicknamed the “Big Easy”, New Orleans is known for it’s round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. So take a tour of the elegant Garden District, hit a jazz club, dine at the Commander’s Palace, or join the crowds on Bourbon Street. The Big Easy has much to celebrate these days, now that it’s had nearly eleven years to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina, and you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

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anonymous asked:

i believe we were promised nymph lily GO

You were promised nothing, but I’m still delivering

Two hours he’d been wandering the forest looking for any sign of the boys. Every now and then he’d call their names, only to hear his own voice echo around him. He felt as though he was walking in circles, but James finally found his way into a large clearing he’d never seen before. The tree’s canopy above shielding the harsh midday light, giving the clearing an eerie sort of glow. He dropped his pack in the dirt, and knelt down. In front of him was a pond so large that it filled most of the clearing, the surface littered with some budding, and others empty, lily pads. The water was a deep green colour, but he wasn’t sure if that was the water or the colour of the trees reflecting in its depths.

He splashed some of the cool water on his face, wishing that he hadn’t trusted Peter with their only map. He was on his own, and the others were probably back at the car by now. James heard a soft noise from the water, but he didn’t bother to look up. Part of his brain decided for him that it was probably a fish, or an animal taking a drink like himself. He filled up his water bottle, and took a large mouthful as he straightened his back. He didn’t get time to admire the crisp taste, for what he saw when he sat up properly caused the water to dribble out of his mouth and over his chin.

A girl.

A girl in the water.

A girl in the water, staring straight at him.

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anonymous asked:

What if Suwon is the sword and shield they are looking for? Is it possible?

Of course it’s possible anon :D Anything regarding the sword and the shield is possible at this stage because we have such little information on them - we don’t know if they’re people or weapons or what powers they have or how the awakening occurs or anything, so right now every theory has a chance!

Personally, I hope Soo-Won isn’t involved in the sword and the shield thing, but only because I still reside in camp ‘please don’t let the sword and the shield be actual people’. Only time will tell~