compliment people. not in the “fake” way, but in the sense that if you notice how great their hair looks, or how hard they have been working in the past few days, or how cute and inspiring their blog is, tell them. they’ll appreciate it, and maybe blush a little or smile, eyes lightening up, and maybe that little compliment or ask will make their day.
1. As far as Book Three goes, by far the biggest change is that Zuko joins up with the Gaang in Book Two during “The Chase”, so he is already a well established member of the Gaang, the same way Toph is, since they joined at about the same time. In part this means that when they sneak on board the Fire Nation ship and sail to the Fire Nation, he is there to share in the despair and fear they’re all feeling. He is also able to smooth over some bits of Fire Nation culture clash for them, like explaining to Aang that the clothes he picked are a school uniform, and if he wears them, he’ll get dragged in for truancy.
2. Hama takes one look at the former Fire Nation soldier traveling with the Avatar and his friends and singles him out for kidnap. He goes missing under the light of the full moon, and the gaang sets out to find him while Katara studies waterbending with Hama. Afterwards, Hama’s story, and Hama’s rearrest, bring up Zuko’s past as a prison guard. He opens up to the Gaang about the Boiling Rock and his experiences there.
3. On the Day of Black Sun, Zuko tells the Gaang how to get into the bunker, but other than that, not much changes. Azula is still able to delay them for long enough for the eclipse to end, and they still have to escape by the skin of their teeth, leaving the adults behind.
4. Speaking of the Boiling Rock… Zuko’s story means that Sokka knows where his father and the other Southern Water Tribe warriors are probably being kept. He takes Zuko with him to get them. At the Boiling Rock, things have changed since Zuko was there last. Mai’s uncle has been transferred away, and Mai herself is a prisoner, in a cell next to Suki’s actually, because that’s just the way Azula is. Also at least half the guards know and recognize Zuko, and it’s not hard for him to spin a yarn about being transferred back. It’s Sokka who gets caught and thrown into prison, and it’s his presence as one of the Avatar’s companions that causes Azula to come, only to find her brother there too, leading an escape. In the end, Sokka and Zuko are able to rescue their girlfriends and Sokka’s dad, and it’s Ty Lee who fights to protect them and is thrown into prison for her betrayal.
5. After the Boiing Rock, when Azula attacks, the Gaang flies off and accidentally finds the Sun Warriors. Aang and Zuko have their little dance with the dragons, Sokka makes fun of them, the Sun Warriors glare at him, Katara hits him in the head. Good times.
It’s the little things he does that make you fall in love. Like the way he always texts you good morning, or the way he tells you he loves you and compliments your known insecurities. It’s the way he holds your hand and kisses your cheek and whispers “I wish things could always be like this.” You don’t need flowers or jewelry to know he cares, just his words and the way he looks at you will prove that.
I’m lucky enough that I can count the number of disparaging anons I’ve recieved on one hand, but this actually hurts.
I work on Home every day, as I have done for the last 2 years, and every day I beat myself up a little for being such a slowpoke. Making the art has been therapeutic for me. I’ve always favored movies over books because I believe visuals add something that words can’t capture, so I try my hardest to create the same for my story. W, something like this makes me feel like thousands of hours I’ve spent drawing is worth nothing to your eye; why would you want to bring an author down like that?
Fanfic authors/fanartists do this for free. I will need another couple months to make Home perfect with an abundance of paintings, whether you’re there to read it or not.
i’ve never really been one to be drawn close towards someone because of their beauty, it’s more about their conversations. the way their minds think, the books they have read, the dreams they dream, stories, loads and loads and loads of stories, i wanna know what i can learn from them, i want them to admire the scenery with me, to see a tree and see so much more, to see a sunset and feel the world in their hands, to admire the beauty of life and compliment the little things and to just talk, i love conversations, i love knowing what other people think about topics i’m so passionate about.
So the way this fic is going to be laid out is that the chapters are days or moments. I plan for this to be a fluffy, light-hearted fic. No angst. I’ll also suggest a song to listen to per chapter to help readers know what tone I was trying to achieve.
It all started with a fan meeting. You had wanted to make an impression on your bias, Jungkook, so you used what Korean you had learned so far to put together a compliment. Little did you know how that one moment would lead to many more.
I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself.