jumping off point

athletic feats performed by moana
  • multiple occasions of makeshift ziplining
  • midair spear-throw so hard it not only hits a thin mast but sticks deep enough for the line to support her entire weight with no problems
  • pushes over an enormous solid rock statue to get a good jumping-off point
  • climbs up through a rock passage with no handholds or footholds
  • smashes a kakamora right into the deck, shattering several planks
  • climbs the near-vertical entrance to lalotai completely unassisted, beats a demigod with superstrength to the top
  • climbs up a pretty-much-smooth spine to get out of tamatoa’s cage
  • climbs tamatoa’s shell, grabs maui’s hook, and gets down and back to maui in seconds, all after running top speed to get him away from maui
  • and literally any bet i care to make says sailing that canoe is hardcore physically demanding even without trying to dodge a hostile lava monster

conclusion: moana is shredded. moana has an 8 pack.

The New Sugar List: 47 Songs to Inspire You

I created the sugar list out of need. I needed to songs to get ready to, to boost my confidence to, to remember why I had decided to go pro in the first place. Once I started the list, I found myself listening to and discovering new songs to add to the list. It’s an ever growing monster that I hope you enjoy. There are some songs that would be perfect on this playlist that I avoided because I had exhausted their appeal to me and others because I didn’t like the artist or the message they were providing. This list is just a jumping off point. Tweak it to your hearts content. 

  1. Whatever You Like- T.I.- Perhaps one of the first songs I ever heard that talked about sugaring. It’s still a dream. A man that will look me in the eye and say I can have whatever I like? Please, sugar gods, please. 
  2. 6 Inch- Beyonce- Walk in the club like nobody’s business….
  3. Pay Me- Miguel- …and tell them to pay you. 
  4. Normally I Get It-Lola Wolf- This song is SO me as a newbie. Improvising, taking advice I should have ignored, wondering how it all went wrong. It’s an excellent reminder of how far I’ve come and an opportunity to laugh at the past. 
  5. Lemme Get That- Rihanna- Her Excellency appears on this list five or six times. There’s a reason for that. This song in particular has always warmed my heart. There was a time when I was breaking up and making up over furniture.
  6. Bandz a Make Her Dance- Juicy J- Because, yes, bandz will make me do things that I wouldn’t do otherwise. Like pay attention to you. 
  7. Can’t Tell Me Nothing- Kanye West- This is my reminder that I’m not sugaring for accessories. I’m trying to better myself. To get certain things that will advance me towards my goal. To build a business that will get my money so right, I’ll only have men around for giggles. 
  8. Money Make Her Smile- Bruno Mars- Well, this isn’t a lie. 
  9. Work B**ch- Britney Spears- It’s my alarm to get up in the morning. It’s my reminder that this life isn’t easy
  10. Pour It Up- Rihanna- A reminder not to be afraid to get what I want. He could leave me tomorrow but I’ve still got these gifts and I know I can find someone to get me more.
  11. Glamorous- Fergie- If you aint got no money take your broke ass home. Thanks
  12. Maneater- Nelly Furtado- Because after some time spent fumbling, I’ve figured out what type of seducer I am. Men beware. 
  13. Raining Men- Rihanna- I could dwell on my failures or I could recognize that there’s more than one rich man out there and get another.
  14. Murder- Justin Timberlake- The self esteem boost I need when I can’t get my eyebrows right.
  15. Luxurious- Gwen Stefani- You worked so hard to get an SD and now you have. You worked so hard on your profile and gathered the courage to go on a POT date. Celebrate
  16. Love ‘Em All- K. Michelle- When my vanilla friends ask how I can go from man to man so quickly, this is the song that starts playing in my head
  17. Faithful- Drake- This song doesn’t really belong on this list but when I heard Amber Rose saying that she just liked really expensive shit, well I had to add it. 
  18. She Knows- Ne-Yo- I didn’t quite understand the concept of owning your sex appeal, of never apologizing for it. I get it now. 
  19. Throw Sum Mo- Rae Sremmurd- If you’ve got cash who or what should you be spending it on besides me? Throw some mo.
  20. Shawty is Da Sh*!- The- Dream- Yes, actually, I am. 
  21. All N My Grill- Missy Elliott- To the men who want to text and email and date the women they met on SD sites but don’t want to do the one thing that the site says they should be doing. Why aren’t they paying bills?
  22. She Wants to Move- N.E.R.D. - When it’s time for me to leave you, when it’s time for me to dance, you don’t need to come with me, daddy.
  23. Paper Planes- M.I.A. - All I want to do is take your money? Sounds accurate
  24. Got It- Marian Hill- My reminder that the things I have, the things I bring to the table can’t be bought or stolen by any man. There isn’t enough money in the world
  25. My Love is Like…Wo- Mya- This is not a lie. I will change your life. You will crawl back to me over and over again because of what I provided.
  26. Feeling Myself- Nicki Minaj- Because I am, I am feeling myself. It’s hard work but I’m successfully doing what I said I was going to do. 
  27. Bitch Better Have My Money- Rihanna- Does this honestly need an explanation? While I’ll never be posting allowance shots, I want what I was told I could have when I was told I would have it. 
  28. Plastic Bag- Drake & Future- I do deserve it, yes. 
  29. About the Money- T.I.- His second feature on this list and perhaps one of the more obvious songs. If it aint about the money, why are we speaking? What else could you possibly offer?
  30. Mascara- Jazmine Sullivan- Perhaps the song that speaks the most blatantly about life as a sugar baby on this list and the song that I think should be the sugar baby anthem, it’s a reminder to always stay well dressed, always stay ready for more. 
  31. The Boys- Nicki Minaj and Cassie- They’ll always spend money when they think there is love. 
  32. Guap- Big Sean- If you’ve ever gotten anon hate, dirty looks when you’re out in public, or patronizing conversations with friends that couldn’t begin to do what you do: I need you to blast this song. 
  33. Conceited (There’s Something About Remy)- Remy Ma- The attitude you need to have when they say you aren’t good enough and walk away, announce they don’t desire you, or try to lowball you. 
  34. Afford My Love-Dreezy-  The truth is, salty salts, you can’t afford me. This is not my problem.
  35. Money Over Love- Bilal- Money over love cause the best things in life aint free. 
  36. The Morning- The Weeknd- The money is the motive
  37. Spoiled- Wale- The song opens with Wale affectionately saying “with your spoiled ass”. I laughed. I am spoiled. Why shouldn’t I be?
  38. Anaconda- Nicki Minaj- A reminder that a man can want you for your body. Do you know what you want him for? Cause he buys you Balmain?
  39. Ex’s & Oh’s-Elle King- They always want to cum but they never want to leave (or pay).
  40. Sally-Bibi Bourelly- They don’t understand us. Hate, jealousy, and fear are better. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance. Let me see you rock little Sally.
  41. Back Up-Dej Loaf- Yeah, I made you feel good but…why are you blowing up my phone? Is there money? No? Back up off me. 
  42. Nun for Free-Zonnique- We don’t do nothing for free. Amen, amen.
  43. Nothing is Promised- Mike Will Made-It & Rihanna- You can lose it as quickly as you got it. Be smart
  44. Rich-K. Michelle- The only way to solve rich people problems? Get richer. Grind ladies
  45. Sex With Me- Rihanna- If I could play this song every time I’m asked if I’m a sexual person…the time I could save.
  46. No Scrubs-TLC- No explanation needed. They knew.
  47. Buy the World- Mike Will Made-It- What you think we out here hustling for? We’re just trying to buy the world and do the impossible.

What would you add to this list? Do you have any favorite songs that you get ready to take over the world (or a wallet) to?

“Ivy,” Batman said, grabbing Robin by the collar to pull him out of the way of a lashing plant root. “Where’s Nightwing.”

“You’ll find out soon enough,” Poison Ivy sang, lounging on an approximately king-sized fly amanita. Her dress looked like a pitcher plant.

“If anything’s happened to him—”

“You have to warn us if you whammied him!” Robin interrupted, cutting to the chase.

“If I — what?” Ivy’s features all scrunched sideways, splaying out her fingers in confusion.

“Answer the question.” A carefully-aimed batarang severed the connection between the main plant system and the closest roots.

“I don’t understand the question,” Ivy said.

“Did you whammy him or not?” Catwoman asked. Harley Quinn’s hammer cracked concrete as Catwoman dodged sideways.

“What’s whammied?” Ivy demanded, exasperated.

“You know,” Robin said, using an encroaching root as a jumping-off point. “Whammied.” He made a face and gestured with both hands.

“That doesn’t mean anything!” Ivy said, irritated, sitting upright and giving up on lounging entirely. She looked to Harley for support.

Harley lifted the hammer up to rest it on her shoulder, taking a break from trying to hit Catwoman. She cupped her hands around her mouth. “They mean fuckmadness!”

“Hey!” Robin protested with faint offense.

Ivy threw up her hands and then let them fall. “Why didn’t you just say so?”

“Why didn’t I just say ‘fuckmadness’.” It both was and was not a question.

“Stop saying that!” Robin protested, navigating back toward Batman.

Harley swung her hammer at Catwoman with enough force for a quadruple pirouette. “Fuckmadness?” she asked, stumbling in a circle.

Robin, frustrated, grabbed Batman’s hands and pressed them against his ears. “There is an impressionable child present!”

Ivy squinted. “Is he serious?”

“I don’t know.” Batman attempted to reclaim his hands, and lifted Robin off the ground. Robin continued to hold Batman’s hands like earmuffs, and kicked furiously at vines with both legs. “I think it’s some kind of ironic meme thing.”

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Red and Blue are back and are probably in love

A recent trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon revealed the final evolutions for the game’s starter Pokémon, but it also revealed the new, older versions of Red — the protagonist of the original Pokémon Red and Blue games — and Blue, his rival. It became a jumping off point for a fan theory about Red and Blue being really, really gay for each other.

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tangled ribbons, ch13: reverance

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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13

Wow. Ok, so, here we are. Before we start, a few things:

(this note is super super long so the full thing is on ao3!!!) 

THIS is the inspiration for Mari’s solo. It’s more contemporary than I imagine but it gave me a jumping off point. THIS isn’t the inspiration for Adrien’s because I didn’t have one but it’s really amazing. THIS I’ve linked several times and again I had no real inspiration for the duet but I used this for a few reference points 

Thank you to everyone who has read and commented and reblogged and left kudos! Thank you to everyone who created something for this fic because every time I saw anything in this tag I cried for hours. Thank you to readers who have been here since the beginning, who joined along the way, who jumped on now, and who will read in the future <3 

Thank you to the @ml-network​ and @mlfanfiction​ for your endless support. For being such fantastic friends and providing me with so many laughs and so so much love. Thank you to @matchaball​ for listening to me ramble and for giving me your lovely thoughts. Thank you to @ladriened​ and @reyxa​ for promising to cry with me. Thank you Rey for inadvertently giving me this deadline. <3 Sorry it’s not a coffeeshop au, but I did my best. Happy birthday!! Thank you again to @zoenightstars​, @chassecroise​, @adastrabella​, and @chatstronaut​ for being with me since the beginning. 

And finally, thank you to @gabzilla-z​. Thank you for inspiring me with your art because and thank you for supporting this fic <3 Without you, we wouldn’t be here 

I hope you all enjoy~

Marinette carefully makes her way through the class of younger dancers who are milling about in the lobby while waiting for their costumes. One of the girls gasps, her eyes sparkling.

“You’re so pretty!” she coos, clapping her hands together.

Marinette thanks her and can barely keep the smile off her face as everyone else starts chiming in. Marinette turns pink as she ducks inside the studio, leaving the group to talk loudly and excitedly about their own costumes.

“Finally fight your way through your adoring fans?” Adrien jokes as he chaînés out of a turn. He spins to face Marinette and his eyes go wide in surprise.

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Can I interest any of y'all in a special one time Christmas donation to the horse rescue I volunteer at?

I’m here today and tomorrow and I believe New Years too because they have absolutely no other help. This place is run by an older couple with disabilities who work other jobs and they still manage to care for an excessive number of neglected and abandoned horses.

This is where I got Zeke, and this place is the reason I survived college, and this place was the jumping off point for my clicker training and work with horses.

I have absolutely nothing to offer them right now except my time, but if y'all enjoy my blog, think my horse is cute, have learned anything from my dumb videos and dumps on clinton anderson, if you have even ten bucks to spare, it would mean a lot to me to get these guys a holiday bump in donations.

I’m currently standing in a dirty stall typing this, but as soon as I get the donate link I’m gonna post it, along with a bunch of cute pony pictures, from today until the holiday season is done.

I’ve volunteered here for about four years and I can vouch for how hard these people work and how much they deserve to have a slightly less shitty Christmas.

Discovery Bay” 1976

Quite possibly the most-desired unbuilt concept in the Disney portfolio is Tony Baxter & Harper Goff’s iconic Discovery Bay expansion planned for Disneyland. This steampunk-infused land, to be located just beyond Big Thunder Mountain, would celebrate “an age of discovery and expansion” and feature attractions based on the works of H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, as well as the 1977 film, The Island at the Top of the World. The project floundered when that film, seen as a jumping-off point, bombed at the box office. However, remnants of this one-of-a-kind land exist at other Disney Parks worldwide. Elements of can be found in the Verne-esque idealized future stylings of Disneyland Paris’ Discoveryland, while Tokyo DisneySea’s stunning Mysterious Island is a love letter to what Discovery Bay could have achieved. Figment, EPCOT’s signature purple dragon, and his cohort The Dreamfinder,  also found their start as part of Discovery Bay.

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I have not read a single book in the Wings of Fire series. Heck I havent even bothered to look at the actual covers of the books yet. My only jumping off point is hearing an acquaintance describe said series as “Warrior Cats, but with dragons”.

Using the wisdom of pictureless descriptions and vague information on the internet, I have managed to draw what I think several of the dragon species in the series would/should look like.

Shit Aph Belarus Does #173

Has too much time on her hands so she attempts to learn other nations languages, but her procrastination levels are out of this world so she never actually gets around to it

How To Stop The Decline of The Walking Dead Series.

I am one of the many disgruntled fans of The Walking Dead who is unhappy with the recent story line of the show, since the Season 7 Premiere. I have not stopped watching the series yet, unlike the apparently six million views who have turned off the show since the first episode of this season. I believe the show can be saved, if some changes are made before Season 8 is filmed. Of course, if the writer/producers are arrogant enough to believe that we will come around, and carry on with what has been scripted for another season, they will be guaranteeing a swift death for this once great show. Following are what I think should be done to stem the hemorrhaging of viewers of The Walking Dead series.
1. Stop following The Walking Dead comic book story line. Yes, use some events and characters as a jump off point, but understand that what may work on the pages of a graphic novel does not necessarily translate well to the television screen. Case in point: The Kingdom. The Kingdom is a community of the post zombie apocalypse, run by a man who has pronounced himself king and created a medieval type setting, including horse riding guardsmen, wearing some sort of armor. It may seem like a cool idea in the world of the comic book, but in the television version of the modern post-apocalyptic world, it comes off as just plain silly. It was especially annoying to be introduced to this world immediately after the slaying of two beloved Walking Dead characters, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz). Rather than seeing how the surviving Rick Grimes family is coping, seeing the lost laid to rest, and if Maggie Rhee had lost her child, the writer(s) thought we would much rather be entertained by a pretend king and a pet tiger. Uh…that’s a hard no.
2. Stop abusing the lead characters (also known as the heroes of the series). This season we see Rick Grimes once again emotionally broken (remember Lori, the prison?), Carol Peletier paralyzed by an attack of conscience, and Daryl Dixon (already a survivor of childhood abuse) imprisoned in a cell and being physically and emotionally tortured by Negan (the villain). Michonne, Rick’s lover, and our favorite female warrior, is also fighting the urge for revenge because of her love and respect for Rick. Losing an original and beloved main character to a violent death (Glenn) was upsetting enough for many viewers to abandon the show. Disabling all of these characters at once, and filling in episodes with secondary characters won’t do. Having to watch week after week of little action and broken heroes is going to be intolerable, and inspire many more to click off that remote control in response.
3. We want to see the good guys win. That’s why we watch the show. We don’t watch it to feel pain, we watch it to feel hope. I am really, really, getting tired of the anti-hero. I want John Wayne. I want Clint Eastwood. I want Charles Bronson. I think we all want heroes. I think many of us struggle in our daily lives, and need to escape to a place where people don’t just survive, but they fight and win against the rising odds. Give Rick Grimes back his balls, find him a gun, put him back on his horse, and send him after the bad guys. Get Daryl out of that cell, give him back his balls, give him back his cross-bow, give him back his motorcycle, and send him after the bad guys. Lastly, give Carol, and Michonne back their balls and let them do their thing (which will be to kill the bad guys, and save Rick and Daryl). Okay, I am being a bit facetious. They will need to gather others to join the battle, obviously.
4. Stop playing bait and shock with the fans. Stop it. Do you understand Mr. Kirkman? Mr. Gimple? There will be no need to play games to avoid spoilers, if you write original material that is only loosely based of the comic book, or not at all. You have jumped the shark, and we are not impressed. I looked up ‘jump the shark’ to find out exactly what it meant. I suggest that everyone involved with producing The Walking Dead does the same.
5. Stop killing off our favorite characters. Now I know that Mr. Kirkman likes to say that anyone can die at any time, and in fact he has already planned their deaths. He thinks because he created the comic series that the show is based on, that the characters belong to him, to do with as he pleases. Mr. Kirkman is wrong. Once those characters came to life on our television screens, once the actors imbued them with the subtle and inspiring characteristics that made us love and admire them, and want to take this wonderful and terrible journey of survival with them, they became ours. They belong to the fans. They belong to the viewers. If you kill them, we will, with the click of a remote control, kill your show. Simple as that.
6. Identify who is important to our story. Since you (the producers of The Walking Dead),  clearly underestimated the value of Steven Yeun’s Glenn, we can’t trust you to know who those characters are. I’m talking about what has now become the core of the Rick Grimes family.

Let’s start with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) himself. This has been Rick’s story since day one. No matter who else has come to the show, or been killed off during its run, the man we are always following is Rick Grimes. Maybe he is a little more Gary Cooper than Clint Eastwood, and he is a man who has certainly been given his fair share of flaws, and made more than one mistake, but he is none-the-less our constant hero. When Rick Grimes dies, the story will be over. If he must die Mr. Kirkman, I strongly suggest you choose the last minutes, of the last hour, of the last episode, of the last season of The Walking Dead.

Moving on, I think I am not exaggerating in saying that Daryl Dixon is the most popular character on The Walking Dead. He is complicated and damaged, and he does not even exist in the comic book series. The acting instincts of Norman Reedus have taken Daryl in a direction that veered away from the cliché racist red neck, and toward a man, who in some ways, was made for this new and damaged world. His basic human nature is one of goodness, loyalty and bravery, and he inadvertently became part of a post-apocalyptic family that has allowed those traits to flourish. If Daryl dies, we will riot. It will be a quiet riot, sounding something like the clicking off of millions of remote controls around the world.

Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) was a survivor long before the dead rose. The difference in the Carol we first met, and the woman we see today, is that she now knows she has the strength to fight for herself, and her fellow apocalyptic survivors. I am not convinced this recent anxiety about taking lives is necessary for her character development. It was refreshing to see a mature woman, who was not dressed in a skimpy super-girl costume, become a leader and a hero, not just to other women, but to the male fans of the show as well. We’ll always be rooting for her, and she won’t let us down. It would be a very great mistake to take her from the series, and from the fans.

Michonne (Danai Gurira) Our scowling, dreadlocked, sword-wielding warrior woman, who moves with almost a dancers’ grace while fighting for her life. Michonne has been a gift to Rick Grimes, and to the fans of The Walking Dead. Each revelation this amazing woman brings forward, just makes us love her more. I see her as an asset to any future story line, and someone who can not, and should not, be killed off and replaced.

Glenn Rhee (StevenYeun) He has already been taken from us, but I have to point out what a beautiful, and well defined character he was, and why he will be missed from now on. Glenn was often said to have grown up, and become a hero, throughout the run of the show. I feel that Glenn was a hero from his very first appearance (when he rescues Rick and cheekily calls him an *ss hole into the bargain). He emotionally matured I will agree. I always saw him as brave, loyal and smart. He was always the first to step forward and volunteer for any job that would help his apocalyptic family survive. Glenn was something of value to every viewer: friend, lover, brother, husband, family member, hero. I don’t care that he died in the comic book. I don’t care if Gimple and Kirkman feel that these deaths are inevitable, and make the story more realistic. It’s a zombie apocalypse for heaven’s sake! Glenn’s presence could only have added to any future story, but you have taken away that possibility now, and I think the show can only suffer for it.

Bad choices are being made by the writers and producers of The Walking Dead.
Some of them are unrealistic: Maggie in danger of miscarriage, battling walkers on a giant tractor, and belting a man in the face.
Some of them are offensive: Daryl, a survivor of childhood abuse, being tortured and abused is particularly disturbing, and not something I believe he would survive in reality. Why choose to punish this character in such a way?  What are we supposed to feel, other than sick to our souls?
Some of them are repetitive: We have seen Rick broken before. Remember, Lori, the prison, Rick battered almost to death by the governor? Carl, angry and rebelling?
Some things just make no sense and have no explanation: How could the weapons inventory be complete when Tara, Heath, and Carol, all took weapons with them when they left Alexandria?
The timeline of the comic book will not work for the television series: They will have to find a way to expedite the building of relationships with new communities, and creating an army to battle Negan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a wonderful actor, and I wish he could be a long-term character on this show, but a little Negan goes a long way. If they follow what appears to be the present series story line, I fear that the show won’t survive through season eight.

The is more I could say, but I think I have made my point. Below is one of the meanings I found of ‘jumping the shark’.

Jumping the Shark: moments labelled as “jumping the shark” are often considered indications that the writers have run out of ideas; that the show has strayed irretrievably from an older and better formula; and/or even that the series as a whole is declining in quality.

anonymous asked:

idk if vampires count as mythos?? but if they are can you tell us more about them?? maybe from a 'mythical' standpoint?? some stuff that isnt relevant to todays time?

Hey there! There’s a long and interesting history behind vampire myths, so I’m really glad that you asked this question. It’s a pretty big history so I’m going to give a pretty brief overview. Hopefully it’ll give you a good jumping off point for future research (and of course, feel free to come back to our ask box with any more questions).

Cultures all over the world have stories about creatures that are like Vampires. Human-like things that drain either blood or life-force are pretty common throughout history, but myths about what would evolve into the creatures of our modern Vampire stories started to crystallize in medieval Europe. While earlier myths tend to focus on demonic creatures, later ones begin to describe vampires as humans who have risen from the dead.  

The first historical record of a person accused of vampirism comes from Croatia in the early 1600s. Jure Grando was a villager who was said to have terrorized his village for 16 years following his death, until the eventual exhumation and decapitation of his corpse.

The accusation was a precursor to what would be called the “18th century Vampire Controversy”, a rash of vampire sightings and accusations in Eastern Europe. The accusation of real people with vampirism in some ways mirrors the accusations of witchcraft that happened around the same time. They also differ - vampire accusations were less common, and the accused were generally already dead. The vampire accusations died down by the late 1700s, but like the vampires themselves, the myth refused to stay dead, and in the 19th century a Vampire Panic swept across New England in tandem with a tuberculosis epidemic.

A satirical cartoon printed in The Boston Globe in 1896

The characteristics of vampires vary across times and places, but they are generally defined by their connection to death, and their practice of feeding on either the blood or life force of their victims. Much of the folklore focuses on ways of identifying the vampires and their victims.

 - Fedelm

The only two creatures I can really think of are the Chupacabra (meaning goat sucker) and the Chonchon. The Chupacabra is not at all humanoid and is more like a lizard creature. All I know of it comes from Puerto Rico in the 1990s where a chupacabra was blamed for the deaths of a lot of cattle. I’m sure there is more information on them, but that is unfortunately all I can say for sure. 

The Chonchon is very much like another creature mentioned by the chorus, which is how I remembered this little one. This one comes from the Mapuche. I don’t know as much about them, but they are humans who have died and their heads detach from their bodies, their ears grow large enough to be used as wings, they gain feathers and bird feet, and they fly around drinking blood. There are also some myths claiming that they Chonchon is not from a dead body but an evil priest who has learned how to do this and uses it to gain more power. Unfortunately, that is all I know about the Chonchon. 

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There are also a lot of mythical beings with similarities to Vampires from various cultures. An incomplete list:

For vampiric creatures in East Asia, the Chinese jiangshi immediately comes to mind. It is an animated corpse that consumes people’s qi, or life force. There are multiple hows or whys for this: a jiangshi could be the result of resurrection by some type of priest/shaman/mystic; spirit possession; a soul that has failed to leave the body upon death; a corpse absorbing enough surrounding qi to animate itself. More contemporary imaginings allow for a jiangshi to ‘pass on’ its condition to others, such as through injury (similar to how one might be infected by a zombie bite). Their appearance can be perfectly unremarkable if the body is only recently deceased, or could be a rotting horror. Sometimes, their limbs are so stiff they can’t move them so they have to get around by hopping. Due to the conflation of the western vampire with eastern ideas of hungry ghosts, modern depictions of jiangshi also allow for the consumption of blood, introducing a more literal vampiric aspect to them.

There’s also the penanggalan which is a Southeast Asian witch that detaches her head which flies around at night to suck the blood of pregnant women and children. Thier entrails trail after them and must be soaked in vinegar afterward to shrink them down and fit them back in her body.

Iceland has its Draugr, revenants that wait in their graves to guard treasure left in burial mounds.

Strix, from Roman mythology is a bird that feeds of flesh and blood. The word is the root of the Romanian “strigoi”, the word for “vampire” in that language.  

Lilitu from ancient Assyria, is a precursor to Lilith from Jewish mythology.

There’s Lamia, from Greek mythology, a beautiful queen who becomes a child-eating demon.

I feel vampire-like is also a bit more ghoul-like with how we are talking about it (feasting on the dead, entrails, what have you vs. drinking human blood). Aswang would definitely fit the ghoulish profile. Yes, they are often beautiful women. But of note, they are often depicted as introverted or doesn’t sociallize with people as often (because it is important in the culture that you socialize with people often and if not, you are strange and weird).

I feel like the Aswang mentioned has mixings of the “Manananggal”— a common misconception since both of them appear in stories where babies or dead innards are eaten. But Manananggal is the one that detaches the upper half of its body from the lower half and flies off to eats babies with it’s long tongue (actually very similar to the Penanggalan except for the place of detachment. Even the root of both of those words come from “To detach”). To kill it, you must find the lower body and put spices into where the detachment was– because they must fuse back together before sun down or they will die and the spices make it painful to fuse back. That part of the myth is where it intersects with vampire lore because of the spices they put (garlic is commonly used as is salt), and  the come back before sun down. The Mananggal doesn’t die when it is whole and exposed to sun like the vampire because it masquerades as human– only when it can’t fuse back.

In comparison, the Aswang doesn’t split. But it is a shape shifter– commonly shape shifts into a large boar or a large dog (where it gets its name. kaWANGis ng ASo means ‘look like a dog’). The Aswang is a fascinating creature because it’s depiction varies per location it’s in.

In Panay, Capiz, the Aswang is depicted as that shape shifting creature and if you ask the local kids how the Aswang moves, it’s in a very… strange almost writhing manner (like how werewolves in movies transform). Mostly because there is a disorder where 95% of the people who have it have been found to originate in his Island– that’s X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism, where the movements are twisting and “looks like they’re about to shapeshift because they are an Aswang” sort of thing. So people who have the disorder tend to be ostracised and labeled as “Aswang” very sadly ;w; don’t get the medical help they need.

In other places up north, the Aswang has a different manifestation– one more intricately linked to the concept of the Soul (which is big in Philippine Myth as a concept). An Aswang often eats dead innards, especially the liver. But it will, sometimes, feast on a living soul— this manifests as being more fatigued and being more sickly than usual. Sometimes, the Aswang will eat the whole person all together and you’re left with a “husk” of the person. Looks like the person. Talks like the person. But has very little life in them and the husk will “die” very soon (but the real person has been eaten already).

There are variations across the Philippine archipelago of the Manananggal and the Aswang like the Tik-tik and the Wak-wak (named after the sound of the Mananganggal’s wings). They’re mostly seen in the northern and middle islands– very few mentions in the south. So I guess if we’re talking about vampire-like creatures in the Philippines, it is very dependent on where the character is from.

Good luck on your writing!

 - The Chorus

You might like to check out this TED-Ed video on the origin of vampires:

prequel trio video game styles
  • obi-wan: fucking casual. too busy to play games in one sitting, usually goes for games he can play on his phone, which makes his choices v limited. if he has free time he will search for a walkthrough and use that as a jump-off point/cheat sheet. the guy trolling the wiki for the best endings and how to get them.
padmé: plays video games for the STORY, is often on easy mode bc she wants to breeze through the battles and get to the meat of the plot and explore the world, but can and will kick ass in super hard mode if needed. if the game is heavy in lore, expect her to be digging up every bit of lore she can get her hands on. completes almost all of the side-quests. often gets the good endings. works hard to please her companions.
anakin: murders every NPC in a five-mile radius in increasingly creative and gruesome ways and makes so many bad decisions. steals everything he can get his filthy little hands on. high chaos runs in dishonored, aggressive options in bioware, alienates every friend and companion, gets bad endings all the time. plays the game for two days straight while drinking red bull straight from the can. the fuck, dude.

I did a Carmilla version too, FIGHT ME

Also added Laura’s shirt detail I forgot yesterday, oops

Then again, tattoo AU credit goes to bigmammallama5

Dark Souls III, Soul of Aldrich, Devourer of Gods:

When Aldrich ruminated on the fading of the fire, it inspired visions of a coming age of the deep sea. He knew the path would be arduous, but he had no fear. He would devour the gods himself.

This one sentenced leaped out at me the moment I first read it, THIS is the jumping off point the entire Souls community could use for all the fun fan theory making for how Dark Souls could connect to Bloodborne. I’ve searched around, but there seems to be nothing of the sort, I’m pretty baffled.

It was quite obvious to me what this suggests. Aldrich knew the Fire would die from the world, repeating to consolidate and absorb and relight all the souls and great flames of various lords of the land would be an unsustainable cycle. In the Dark Souls world, the opposite of the Fire and Light is the Darkness and Abyss, and it is associated with humanity, corporeal bodily essence, and being heavily influenced by the Abyss and the Dark Soul and Humanity results in freakish overgrowth and bodily mutations. How killing people and creatures and absorbing their soul/flame makes your flame stronger, likewise it is shown that physically eating and consuming people and creatures causes you to grow grotesquely large and mutate.

So if the endlessly repeating cycle of gathering and relighting the Flame was on the course to end, Aldrich sought to perform an equivalent ritual of gathering flesh and breathing new life into the world through the power of “The Deep”.

And this all fits too perfectly with Bloodborne. There’s the obvious name reference to “Eldritch”, he has primarily absorbed Gwyndolin’s appearance and attributes, and Gwyndolin is associated with the Moon which is a heavy theme throughout Bloodborne, plus she already has tentacles the first time you meet her, and the DLC ending suggests all things came from the sea, from Mother Kos washing up on the shore, the long somewhat elegant looking worm-like creature with long human arms and a face at the end.

anonymous asked:

What's better to do, have the MC (who is a mentor to the teen Chosen One, who is the 2nd MC) info dump extremely important backstory (a war, etc..) in a few paragraphs in a conversation they have so the Chosen One understands the info at the same time as the audience or should I start a bit earlier in the timeline to naturally play that stuff out + then just summarize with the CO? I know writers shouldn't start too early but they shouldn't info dump either... I'm thinking of doing the former.

A Little on Exposition

Conveying information to your characters/readers does not automatically mean you’re info dumping. And because the jumping off point of your story can be very subjective, I want to start by assuring this anon that you are not necessarily choosing between the lesser of two evils. Don’t feel like you’ve got two options ahead of you that are both bad techniques. Either choice you make could turn out good or bad depending on your execution. It’s up to you to decide which you have a better shot of executing well.

Let’s start with the “info dumping.” The technique of having one character explain backstory to another as a means of exposition is popular because it works. You’re telling your reader important information in the midst of a scene (a conversation), which is action that is moving your story forward, and readers connect better when they’re reading actual scenes where characters speak, move, react, and ultimately learn. So on its own, this technique is a great way to go.

Where I think it goes wrong is when the writer makes the exposition the priority, and the conversation becomes secondary. They reveal information that is irrelevant in this moment, or they answer questions the other character has no reason to ask just yet. It’s easy to get caught up in the backstory, so much so that you start over explaining, and before you know it, you’ve gone on for a whole page without the other character speaking, or even reacting to what they’ve just been told.

It is possible for a character’s explanation to become a flashback - it’s a technique used in a lot of older, classic literature, though seldom used in contemporary lit.

So for my anon, if you choose to have the events explained in a few paragraphs of dialogue, you might try making it more of a conversation between the two of them, rather than an educational lecture from one mouth to the other’s ear. Have the Chosen One ask questions, demand answers, or even take a moment between sentences to react. What do they think about these revelations as they’re hearing them?

And don’t forget - no talking heads. Characters should be moving around during dialogue, even if they’re just fidgeting or nodding or gesturing.

If you constantly remind yourself that this is a conversation between two people and not a speaker presenting to a giant lecture hall, I think you should be fine explaining it all to your character/reader using this technique.

As to your second idea - starting earlier and playing it all out scenically for your reader - I feel this only works if one of your main characters is actively involved. If these events all happened before your mentor character’s time (like distant or even recent history), then it’d be a bad idea to play those events out. Your characters are the basis for the scenes you share, and if the characters you consider to be your MCs aren’t involved, then they shouldn’t be there, especially in the beginning of the story.

For example, in Harry Potter, JKR started the first novel by showing the event where Harry is brought to the Dursleys. This worked because Harry, our main character, was the focus of the event. It would have made less sense to start the story with the attack on James and Lily. A reader would start the story thinking James and Lily are the MCs, and just when they’re getting sucked into the story, both are killed. It’s jarring, and almost cruel, in my opinion, though I’m sure there are plenty of readers that would have loved to have seen the series start this way.

So where you start your story is a whole other question that requires you to consider many factors. I mentioned in a past post that if you feel like you’re having to explain too much early in the story, then perhaps you’re starting your story too late. But every good story will have some exposition, even if it’s simply character backstory that develops the relationship with other characters as it comes to light.

I hope breaking this down helps make this decision easier for you!


Rose Quartz is definitely a must-have for anyone interested in healing crystals. I recommend this beautiful crystal to my friends and family all the time as a great jumping off point into crystal healing as well as just a general, super healthy stone to keep with you! 

When I first looked into rose quartz for myself, it was because I had read that it was an ideal stone to help with relationship issues and create a stronger bond with your partner. I made myself a rose quartz anklet, and after about a month I decided never to go back!

Rose Quartz has often been called the “Love Stone,” but I feel that this name doesn’t quite do it justice. Rose Quartz has an amazing affect on the heart chakra. Pick up a rose quartz crystal every day and you will find love seeping into all parts of your life–your romantic relationship, self-love, familial relationships, friendships… It lends it’s beautiful energy to all of these.

I’ve learned that rose quartz is also amazing for stimulating the love of beauty. This stone can help you see the beauty in the nature and situations that surround you on a daily basis. This in turn is very beneficial to creatives, artists, and business people! Boost your creativity with an added appreciation and closeness to your environment!

Apart from strengthening existing love, many people use rose quartz successfully to attract romance and relationships into their lives!

This pinkish crystal is also used for dream work and remembering your past dreams!

Finally… This stone is the answer for those suffering from loss or heartbreak. Because rose quartz vibrates with constant love vibes, it’s the perfect boost for those trying to move on from a tragedy or difficult emotional time. It provides comfort and grace through your journey.

Final Goodbye

Word Count-1,208

CHARACTERS- Sam Winchester, Reader, Dean Winchester.

WARNINGS-Angst, some fluff.

A/N- Written for @lipstickandwhiskey AC/DC challenge

This is set just before Swan Song, like the night before. It’s also turned into the jumping off point for my story for @iwantthedean YouAU challenge.

Tags under the cut.

May, 2010.

    My phone buzzed in my pocket, signaling I had a text.  I opened the text before I noticed it was from an unknown number, but I was glad I had.

(Unknown) Hey, YN, it’s Sam. I’m in town, you doing anything tonight?

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