once again, I just want to say from the deepest depths of my heart, thank you, thank you for staying and giving your support for my art!
I started this art blog for over a year now, and I am so glad to have met and gotten the chance to interact with the lot of you! I’m happy I can express what I want through drawing, and it’s you guy’s continuous support that helps me get through art blocks/insecurities! so here, I will be holding my first ever raffle as a thank you!
PLEASE READ BEFORE ENTERING!
to enter, you must reblog this post. and that’s it! simple, yea? no likes will be counted as an entry (unless you want to keep this post in your saves or smth it;s totally cool but it’s not counted).
you can reblog this post up to 10 times for a higher chance of winning! just make sure you don’t piss off your followers if you reblog this over and over all at once!
for followers only, I will be checking!
the raffle starts April 29, 2017 (Saturday, now lol) and ends May 31, 2017 (Wednesday, 7:00PM GMT)
for the first raffle winner: full colored lineart + character of any choice, it can also be a ship!
for the second raffle winner, base color lineart + character of any choice!
and for the third and last raffle winner, lineart + character of any choice!
that I will not be doing anything nsfw, mecha, or animals, because I want to be able to make art I am familiar with and hope not to disappoint the winners! so fan art or original characters I can do!
so, there will be a total of three winners! but this can change
depending on the amount of entries, so I will still have to consider
if this post gets less than 30 different entries I might cancel it, for the sake that I might start to think that people dont likemyartlmaoimsoparanoid ahem
anyways, that’s that! once again, thank you! and good luck!!!
Wooow guys. 711 followers. Can’t believe y'all actually like me that much. Thanks. :’)
But no really. I fucking appreciate the fuck out of you all. I love you guys.
So I’m holding another art raffle!
*STARTS at 4/28/17 ; ENDS at 5/28/17
*Must be a follower. New ones are not included.
*The password is “ Aj was here ”. It’s just to let me know you read the rules. :)
* Must reblog at least once to enter! If you reblog to your sideblog, please leave your main blog in the comments or tags.
*There will be two winners~
Winners will receive:
Either a fully colored half body or fully colored chibi.
*I can draw OCs, fanart, etc. Just ask if you win.
I haven't been keeping up with EXO while they were in America but I just read your post of how insignificant your support felt compared to another concert. Please don't feel this way, you gave it your best, Your best will always be enough, even EXO know that ; so please don't feel down. You guys worked hard for that concert, as you said you pushed for it and gave it your all. If that isn't support then I don't know what is. I hope you feel better soon :)
Genuinely guys, I’m starting to feel a lot better now because of these. It’s because of messages and support like this that we exo_l can push past the negativity and not get bogged down in pointless comparisons, especially when we all love exo!! I know that I gave it my absolute best, and that our boys did the same, along with every other exo_l there. That’s what’s important, even if we don’t fully measure up 💜 we are not 2, nor 3, nor 500, nor 5000-
Writing Tip: Don’t Be Afraid of Mixing Dialogue and Action
So I’ve been reading a lot of amateur writing lately, and I’ve noticed what seems to be a common problem: dialogue.
Tell me if this looks familiar. You start writing a conversation, only to look down and realize it reads like:
“I’m talking now,” he said.
“Yes, I noticed,” she said.
“I have nothing much to add to this conversation,” the third person said.
And it grates on your ears. So much ‘said.’ It looks awful! It sounds repetitive. So, naturally, you try to shake it up a bit:
“Is this any better?” He inquired.
“I’m not sure,” she mused.
“I definitely think so!” that other guy roared.
This is not an improvement. This is worse.
Now your dialogue is just as disjointed as it was before, but you have the added problem of a bunch of distracting dialogue verbs that can have an unintentionally comedic effect.
So here’s how you avoid it: You mix up the dialogue with description.
“Isn’t this better?” he asked, leaning forward in his seat. “Don’t you feel like we’re more grounded in reality?”
She nodded, looking down at her freshly manicured nails. “I don’t feel like a talking head anymore.”
“Right!” that annoying third guy added. “And now you can get some characterization crammed into the dialogue!”
The rules of dialogue punctuation are as follows:
Each speaker gets his/her own paragraph - when the speaker changes, you start a new paragraph.
Within the speaker’s own paragraph, you can include action, interior thoughts, description, etc.
You can interrupt dialogue in the middle to put in a “said” tag, and then write more dialogue from that same speaker.
You can put the “said” tag at the beginning or end of the sentence.
Once you’ve established which characters are talking, you don’t need a “said” tag every time they speak.
ETA: use a comma instead of a period at the end of a sentence of dialogue, and keep the ‘said’ tag in lower caps. If you end on a ? or !, the ‘said’ tag is still in lower case. (thanks, commenters who pointed this out!)
Some more examples:
“If you’re writing an incomplete thought,” he said, “you put a comma, then the quote mark, then the dialogue tag.”
“If the sentence ends, you put in a period.” She pointed at the previous sentence. “See? Complete sentences.”
“You can also replace the dialogue tag with action.” Extra guy yawned. “When you do, you use a period instead of a comma.”
So what do you do with this newfound power? I’m glad you asked.
You can provide description of the character and their surroundings in order to orient them in time and space while talking.
You can reveal characterization through body language and other nonverbal cues that will add more dimension to your dialogue.
You can add interior thoughts for your POV character between lines of dialogue - especially helpful when they’re not saying quite what they mean.
You can control pacing. Lines of dialogue interrupted by descriptions convey a slower-paced conversation. Lines delivered with just a “said” tag, or with no dialogue tag at all, convey a more rapid-fire conversation.
“We’ve been talking about dialogue for a while,” he said, shifting in his seat as though uncomfortable with sitting still.
“We sure have,” she agreed. She rose from her chair, stretching. “Shall we go, then?”
“I think we should.”
“Great. Let’s get out of here.”
By controlling the pacing, you can establish mood and help guide your reader along to understanding what it is that you’re doing.
I hope this helps you write better dialogue! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an ask :)
hey guys! I just commented on someone’s post about this, and I realized I haven’t shared my method with y’all yet. I started doing this recently, with Jane Eyre in spanish! there’s a lot of words I don’t know, so this is really helping me! hopefully it comes in handy for you guys, too!
step 1: read the passage.
obviously, to learn vocabulary, you need to read the vocabulary you’re learning. but here’s the thing: don’t stop to learn the vocabulary. i want you to read the entire passage and try to understand it as best you can. you need that reading practice, too!
something my spanish teacher taught me is that when you immerse yourself in something that’s challenging and “monotonous”, you get overwhelmed very easily and do worse than you would if you slowed down at worked at your own pace. (monotonous meaning without change, i don’t mean to say it’s boring. the idea is if you stare at the same page for too long, you zone out.) she said that listening is the hardest, because students can only pay attention for ~30 seconds before getting stuck and being unable to focus on the rest of the listening. (because of this, she pauses the listening every once in a while to ask questions).
because of this, it’s best to section off your reading in chunks. if it’s a short article, you can read the whole thing through. but if you’re reading a challenging book, where the chapters are more than a few pages, you’ll want to break it up - or else you’ll forget what you’re doing!
step 2: underline unknown words.
you can do this during or after reading. for me, i haven’t figured out which works best yet. go through the section and underline any words you don’t know - even if you could guess their meaning from context. basically, anything you haven’t studied. if you can’t think of the word in your target language while speaking in conversation, you should probably underline it.
if done during reading: make sure you don’t focus on the unknown words! underline them in passing while trying to understand the reading as a whole.
step 3: make a list of those words!
you can do this in the margins or on a separate piece of paper. you’ll want to make the list so that there’s the unknown word, then room for two more words, then however much space you want between your list items. (for instance, using 4 lines on a page: unknown word / space to write / space to write / space between vocab words
step 4: guess the meaning!!
this is what that extra space is for! go back through the passage and try to understand the unknown words. write what you think the words mean, either by literal translation to your native language, or describing the meaning in a phrase. this is super important because it forces you to practice using context to understand unknown words, and your basic knowledge of the language to understand things like whether it’s a noun or verb, singular, plural, etc. when using the language in real-time situations, you can’t just pull out a dictionary!
step 5: look up the words
plain and simple, use that final space to write the literal definitions. you might want to rearrange the order of your list, like putting the definition and the word side-by-side or something so you can study more easily. in the end, your guess doesn’t really matter; it was the act of guessing that made you improve.
(optional) step 6: check your answers
now, you can go through the list and see what you guessed right! you can be loose with how you measure yourself - for instance, if you didn’t know the word for “bush” but you guessed “some kind of plant,” by my standards that would be correct. you’re not going for the exact perfect meaning; that’s nearly impossible. but you got the basic idea of what it was describing, and that’s what matters.
totally optional, but one (arbitrary, probably meaningless) way i measure progress is by making a score for myself for each passage. correct guesses out of unknown words (in a percentage). hopefully by the end of the book, my average will go up!
finallyyyy, study the words! use your own methods. if you like quizlet or memrise, make yourself a deck using your list. personally, I use Anki, and I have a separate deck from my vocab list deck, meant for miscellaneous vocab that i learn from reading and speaking. on the other hand, if you like playing memory games to learn vocab, or writing the word over and over - more power to you! i’m not here to tell you how to study vocab, just to help you get a better grasp on it when you first come across it.
I hate the “You’ll never make it big” argument as a deterrent for aspiring writers. Look, I’ve done my research, I know how tiny, tiny, tiny of a chance that I or anyone else will “make it big” is. But listen, my guys, that chance isn’t zero. Every famous author started out with the exact same odds, remember that, don’t let people who shove “you can’t make it big” down your throat deter you.
And if you DO fall into the vast majority and your story doesn’t get that movie you dream of, and it doesn’t sell a million copies, is that really so bad? No matter the scale your book is read on, big or small, someone out there will read it, and someone out there will love it just as much as you do. So write, guys, write.
The world will never run out of a need for stories, it needs you.
Aaah, the Lethifold! One of my favourite creatures from reading the book as a child. Thanks to @zinfandelli for suggesting it as a creature, I was psyched to draw Credence with one. (And of course I saw the official design on the bluray just as I was about to start colouring, and had to change up a bunch of stuff from my sketch haha) Art blog: questionartbox
BACKGROUND: Jungkook’s first time had left him traumatized of having sex ever again. It had gone so far to the point that a rumor had even spread about him not being able to get hard-ons. You then decide to step in and prove the rumor wrong. What was supposed to be a simple test of theory leads to a night that you weren’t going to forget for the rest of your life.
AUTHORS NOTE: Omg I haven’t written something in so long. I’m so sorry this took me quite a while. This actually started as a drabble but I kind of got too into it and finished it into a full blown story. I’ll be working on the remaining requests sent to me before, soon I promise you guys, I’m just trying to come up with ideas! But I do hope you enjoy this, tell me what you think.
Jeon, as forever, is a sinful little shit.
If there are any errors, I am sorry about those! I did proof read but I know I still missed some.
Your pen hangs off of your
lips, fingers tapping lightly against the glass table as you study the boy in
front of you. He has his face buried
between the pages of his Physics book, eyes scanning through each paragraph in
close precision, oblvious of your scrutiny. You slowly turn your logistics book
shut, choosing to ignore your studies as the conversation you had with your
brother during last night’s party flashes through your mind.
For the prompt post: “i was hitchhiking and you picked me up and WHOOPS YOU’RE A FAMOUS ROCKSTAR” au OOOOOOR “i had a one night stand the night before i started a college class and WHOOPS I ACCIDENTALLY BANGED THE PROFESSOR” Please and thank you!!!!!!!!
“Just try,” Sam says, shoving Steve towards the bar.
“Sam!” Steve hisses, but it’s too late — he’s already bumped into the man he’s been ogling half the night.
The guy starts a little, dropping the book he’s been reading. “Sorry!” Steve manages.
“It’s alright,” the guy says, looking up. Then he looks up, obviously checking Steve out. “Hey,” he says, voice sounding a little lower than it did before.
Steve can’t help it; he blushes. “Hi, uh, you’re alone?” he asks, and he can hear Sam snicker behind him.
The guy smiles, sort of leans back on his bar stool. “Mmm-hmmm,” he says, and Steve can’t stop staring at his plump lips. “Why, you want a drink?”
“If you’re not busy,” Steve says, looking at the book, which he can see now is heavily-annotated.
The guy seems to trace Steve’s gaze and shuts the book. “Just over-preparing. First classes start tomorrow.”
Steve nods, chuckles. “Oh, I know,” he says. It’s pretty much all he’s thought about since he decided to put that GI Bill to good use.
“I’m Bucky,” he says, reaching out a hand.
Steve takes it. His grip is firm and… lingering.
“Steve,” he says.
Bucky smiles again. “I’ve got good drinks over at my place, if you’re—“
“Yes,” Steve says. “Let’s go.”
“Jesus,” Bucky says, rolling over the next morning. His hair is a goddamn mess, and Steve’s pretty proud to have made it that way.
Steve yawns, stretches. His nerves have dissipated somewhat, thanks to Bucky and his amazing hands.
“Mornin’,” Bucky says, looking over at Steve and smiling.
“Hi,” Steve says, unable to keep the dumb smile off his face.
They look at each other for a few moments, just soaking each other in. They hadn’t had much time for conversation last night, but Steve had fun. He can already tell that Bucky has a great sense of humor, and he’s obviously incredible in bed, and Steve really wants Bucky to ask him for his number.
Bucky sighs. “I hate to lose the view, but I gotta get ready for my class.”
“What time is it?” Steve asks.
“Quarter to eight,” Bucky says.
Steve nods. “Same.” He’ll have just enough time to get home, change, and get to class. Not enough time to worry about anything.
“You busy tonight?” Bucky asks, then ducks his head. “I know it’s a little overeager but I’d like to actually take you on a date.”
“I’m free,” Steve says. “Very free.”
Bucky looks back up and smiles. “Meet me here at seven?”
Steve nods. “Yeah,” he says. “I will.”
Maybe it was naive of Steve to think that he wouldn’t actually see Bucky again until that night.
“I can’t believe the front row was already taken when we got here,” says one young woman as she slips into the seat in front of Steve. They’re in a relatively small lecture hall, but it had also surprised Steve that the entire front row was taken, even despite him getting there ten minutes early.
The girl next to her sighs. “I know. The one class with a decent view and we’re stuck in the third row.”
“Jesus, Prof is dreamy. This is my fourth class with him and I’m not even a history major.”
The other girl laughs. “He’s why I’m a history major,” she says.
Steve wants to laugh, but keeps it to himself. Maybe he would be a little more excited about the prospect of a dreamy professor if he were a little younger, but he’s older now. More mature. Crushing on the professor seems like a cute thing to do when you’re young, though, and he can’t blame the women (or apparently the entire front row) for having a little fun.
He readies his computer and focuses on preparing a Word document. He doesn’t even notice that the professor entered the room until he’s standing at the podium and starting to speak.
In a very familiar voice.
“Welcome to the History of World War II. I’m Professor Barnes, your sergeant for the rest of the semester—“ While the rest of the class giggles Steve feels the blood drain from his face. “And I…” Professor Barnes — Bucky — looks up and locks eyes with Steve. “Steve?” he chokes out and the class all swivel their heads, trying to find whoever it is Steve is.
You should read Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, someone tells you. You pick up the first book. You quite like Kelsier.
Although Vin is badass, you wish there were more female characters. Just wait until Wax and Wayne, your friend tells you. You do not know what that means.
Your friend tells you to keep an eye out for a guy named Hoid. You do. You do not see what’s so notable about him, but you remember the name.
You progress to the second book. You miss Kelsier. Why is Elend so naive? You rant.
You are worried about Marsh.
You start the third book. You do not understand anything. Your friend keeps talking about shards. Shards of what, you ask? They do not answer. No one answers you. You are alone, with far too many questions and no answers, just like Marsh.
You root for Spook.
You are concerned about Spook.
“When I said I missed Kelsier, this isn’t what I wanted!” you cry out to the void.
Your friend tells you to pay attention to Demoux’s physical description. You do, and then you promptly forget it.
You are bothered when Vin flees Fadrex on a recon mission. You do not understand. You find no answers the further you read.
Just thirty more pages, you tell yourself. Your favorite characters can make it thirty more pages.
“What’s wrong?” your friend asks when you call them sobbing. “I finished Mistborn,” you say. “Oh,” they say, “I’m so sorry.”
Your friend tells you to read Warbreaker. You like the world of Mistborn. You don’t want to read a completely different series. You want more Mistborn.
Your friend smiles. You read Warbreaker.
You do not understand. Why is Hoid here?
It is time, your friend says ominously, for you to read Stormlight Archive.
You have many questions. Some of these are answered. Many are not, and you gain new questions. You fall in love with Jasnah Kholin.
You find the Coppermind. This does not clarify anything. The more answers you find the more questions you have.
Your friend laughs at your plight. You have no true friends anymore. Only an endless supply of questions.
You read Mistborn Era 2. You have very strong opinions about Wayne. You worship MeLaan as a true goddess in her own right. You are concerned about Sazed.
You finish Bands of Mourning. You scream into the void. I fell for it once already, you tell yourself, I will not fall for it again. Kelsier isn’t really back. Right?
Cackling, eyes brimming with the fires of inner madness, your friend hands you a duct-taped tome. On the cover, etched in faded silver ink that has seen the rise and fall of empires, you can just make out the words “Arcanum Unbounded.”
There are mysterious stains on many pages indicating that your friend either performed satanic blood rituals over the book or stayed up late reading it while eating spaghetti with red sauce. Either is likely, and you do not know which scares you more.
You stare numbly at the wall. School does not move you and neither does work.
You are scared. You are scared of what you do not understand, which is more than ever. You are scared of Kelsier. You are scared of the mysterious gray people (don’t bother with Elantris, your friend told you once). And most importantly you are scared of Hoid.
I’ve read so many fics lately my heart has been bursting with feels and i hAVE to share them with you! The writers below, god I love every single one of them and hope my writing is as good as theirs one day!!!
God. GOD. THIS ONE. tHIS ONE IS BY FAR one of the best fics I’ve read. It held so much emotion and the plot was beautiful and honestly the story just felt so real to me, I’m amazed. Jen, you are the definition of writer goals. I LOVE YOU! <3
*SCREAMS* is an accurate represenation of me the whole time I read this, goshhhhhh Jimin scenarios are honestly my weakness and tie in the whole “I hate you and you hate me but I actually love you but my pride and ego won’t allow for that ha nope”
Yes I just gave her actual account stars because I have read (I’m not joking) every single one of her stories and loved every single one like her writing is beyond this universe and yet it’s so simple and beautiful at the same time. I can even say that Kaye was the reason I wanted to start writing because I wanted to be able to read my works one day and say that “i wrote that” and that wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Kaye. THANK YOU SO MUCH KAYE for being an inspiration, an amazing and beautifully talented writer who manages to blow my mind every single time.
For my followers who don’t know her, don’t even hesitate to read her works cause you will love them, a 100% guarantee from me. BUT I’ve still managed to compile my favorites from her writing below (probably the most difficult thing I’ve had to do lol)
low and behold the holy grail of Kaye’s work. This one was a rollercoaster of emotions and there were surprises at every single chapter that I had never anticipated and in a honestly, this was a real piece of art.
BUT that’s all for now guys! Once I read any more, I’ll definately update the list and let you in on the great fics floating around on tumblr. But if you guys have any recommendations for me ( I AM OPEN TO ANYTHING SEND ME ANYTHING I LOVE ANYTHING ), just drop them in my ask or message me and we can fangirl about it together once I read it hahaha!
Hope you guys enjoy the list and don’t forget to check out the other works of these writers too! They’re all amazing and truly talented!
‘The tavern where adventurers all meet to begin a quest’ - prompted by @neverwhere
I can confirm that is run by Fry Guy, but isn’t owned by him and he hates all the regulars.
Bitty works there as a cook. He knows how the magic in the tavern works and he’s always amazed to watch it.
(Basically it will put together an unlikely group of people for quests that seem impossible, he’s seen it happen a few times.)
Jack shows up like once a month, harassing Fry Guy about all the available lone jobs *not* posted yet on the boards, then leaving with the hardest one. He never orders a drink but does leave a tip, however the amount of people who later come to complain about Zimmermann getting special treatment is just not worth it.
Shitty is always in the tavern, he’s loud and has a lot of opinions about everything. He knows a lot about a lot of random things and would be a good person to have in a quest for the value of his knowledge alone if he wasn’t so annoying sometimes.
Lardo is a badass and pretty ok actually, but she always has paint in her hands or glitter, so it takes ages to clean up after her.
Random and Holster are never seen without each other, they are actually one of the tavern success stories.
Bitty can totally tell by the magic in the air that the tavern will do its thing soon, and it starts with Lardo showing up and sitting with Shitty, a scroll in her hands. Shitty looks interested and the two speak for a really long time.
Holster and Ransom arrive, and zero in on Lardo who apparently won the scroll from them in some sort of drinking game. They don’t seem mad just very impressed. They sit down and order drinks.
Jack shows up, and before he can get to the bar, spots the scroll which Shitty is holding up to the light. Jack joins their table. They talk for a while before he pulls out a key, their group starts to whisper in excitement and then they fall into the usual negotiations when it comes to group quests.
The group orders pie, and Bitty goes to serve them since they are short staffed that day. He peers curiously at the scroll.
“Samwell?” He reads out loud curiously, and blushes when they all zero in on him. He knows it was rude of him to try and find out details about a quest to he apologises, but Lardo grabs him by the arm and makes him take a seat.
“You can read it?” Jack demands.
Bitty looks around the expectant expressions and oh, so this is why the magic felt kind of heavy today. Shit. “…yes.”
Bitty really tries to get out of joining their quests. “I am but a simple kitchen witch!” He complains loudly, “I don’t even know how to use hexes or use swords! I can only make pies appear.”
“You can make food appear!?!?? Like that’s so damn useful, we have enough people with fighting skills around.” “It’s decided you are coming with us!”
Bitty despairs. He really is just a simple kitchen witch with no interest on adventure.
“That means you are the main character,” Johnson, the owner of the tavern tells him cheerfully while giving him a packed bag.
So off they go in their quest. Jack apparently to reclaim his kingdom which has been cursed and hidden from him till now. Shitty in search for rare knowledge that is said to be only found in the library. Lardo for inspiration. Ransom and Holster for a cure to free people from the LAX plague. And Bitty who is just being dragged alone since he’s the only one capable of reading the map.
“4 gold coins that he discovers his inner strength and true love on the way,” Johnson bets Fry Guy.
“No bet, you are a seer,” replies Fry Guy cleaning a mug and thinking how peaceful it’ll be around the tavern with all the annoying regulars gone.
“Call me a frog again to my face!”
Then two guys start fighting, while a third one tries to stop them. Fry Guy sighs, spoke too soon.
Henry Cheng is literally like a fangirl that cba to read all of trc so just got trk and started reading it halfway through. Up untill then he’d only read fanfictions and already loves all the characters but has like …. no idea wtf is going on.
who is this gay gray guy…..
*grips chest* no- my biggest and only fear of kidnapping...
guys…guys i dont want to interupt but this guy is dead - he’s legit bones
GUYS!! You leave me so many nice tags to read/ comments/ messages about our DnD characters and it makes us all so happy!! Glad you’re enjoying these little updates! We’re going to start a tumblr soon for our DnD art so I’ll be sure to post about it when it’s up!
1. Hugo wanted to investigate something and tried to convince Nimue to come with. She waited for him to make an argument but he literally just batted his eyes. Didn’t work.
2. Nim and Hugo were less tolerant than Maple and Pyrus to a certain magic in the air and it rendered them unconscious. Pyrus went back really fast to “prop them up nicely against the wall” before he and Maple explored further.
3. Pyrus was tea-wasted and looking to start trouble.
I just want to say that I appreciate and love all of you so much who have stuck by me since I started this whole thing my freshman year of college. You guys know nothing about me or who I am but still take the time out to read all my posts, personal or spooky or buy my merch and it means a lot to me! It truly does. Thank you all so much.