might edit this a lot in future

Translation: ONE-Sensei Young Sunday Interview :D

I did my best to summarize this hour-long interview with ONE-sensei, uploaded to YouTube by Young Sunday in March and uploaded to Tumblr by the lovely and talented @one-blog last week. Please note, while my Japanese is decently high-level, I typically translate written Japanese rather than spoken Japanese (which, by its very nature, is harder to translate), so there might be mistakes here or there. That said, I believe I captured the general gist of things. If you’re fluent in Japanese and want to do a more comprehensive translation in the future, please feel free!

EDIT: Here are some more detailed translations of selected parts of the interview, based on Japanese transcripts that @isasm found. :)

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A short preview of my futur Favorite Character Countdown video ^^ Since I will not be able to finish this project before season 3 / 4, I thought you might be interested to see an extract of it in advance !

Hope you’ll enjoy it :) I had a lot of fun editing it so far ! 

[Kirishima’s transition is not really clean though, but I think I’ll wait for chapters 133/134 to be animated so don’t mind it ^^]

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Finally Tumblr let’s me upload this! 

Sorry I haven’t post much CS/OUAT fanart of late, but to be perfectly honest I had no inspiration. Let’s consider this a warm up, it’s not perfect but it helped me to get in the right mindset for future fanarts.

I might go on uploading the simpler sketches from now on, unless we get some scene that demands to be drawn, when I feel the need to step away from my sewing machine.

I’ll graduate on April 3rd, and I still have a lot of work to do… So, I’ll save the more complicated fanarts for really important scenes, maybe I’ll mak esomething new for tomorrow since it’s my birthday, but we’ll see.

PLEASE DO NOT EDIT/CROP/REPOST ANYWHERE WITHOUT PERMISSION

That was one of my faster renders, but let’s say the moment I laid eyes on that model I had to do something with it. Ignis in combination with that outfit is just my most favourite thing in the whole game. So I apologize in advance if there is a lot of Ignis coming up in the future. I try to keep myself in check but, I can’t promise anything. XD Might still have to do some changes on the render setup and the materials later though.

Made in XNALara, render in Blender Cycles and edit in Photoshop!
All Models © by their respective owner’s! Fanart only! No copyright infringement intended!  

SO YOU WANNA GET INTO DISGAEA... a handy guide, by nami

because i talk about disgaea a lot and try to get everyone who becomes friends with me to play it, i’m making this post as handy reference for people who are looking to get into the series. i’ve been a huge fan since i was 12. im in my mid 20s now. trust me i can tell you everything you need to know! LET’S RIDE!!

Q: WHAT’S EVEN THE APPEAL OF DISGAEA ANYWAY?

A: [vibrates] IF YOU CAN’T TELL BY LOOKING YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS HERE

Q: DO I HAVE TO PLAY THE DISGAEA SERIES IN ORDER?

A: nope! it’s nice to if you can though, because it’s a lot harder to go back to playing the older ones when you’re used to the super polished gameplay of the later entries.

Q: SO WHICH GAME IS THE BEST PLACE TO START?

A: that depends! disgaea 1 is available on the most platforms, so it’d probably be the EASIEST place for most people to start, but the one i’d have to recommend to anyone with a PS3 or vita, is disgaea 4! it has the best cast/story imo–it’s probably the most solid entry of the series in all areas! disgaea 2 is also very very good!

Q: WAIT HOW MANY DISGAEAS ARE THERE??

A: at the time of writing this guide, there are 6 total! disgaea 1 (ps2, psn, psp, ds, pc), disgaea 2 (ps2, psp, psn, pc), disgaea 3 (ps3, vita), disgaea 4 (ps3, vita), disgaea d2 (ps3), disgaea 5 (ps4, switch). there are a bunch of spinoffs and other related nis titles, but i won’t go into those here.

Q: SERIOUSLY WHY DO YOU LIKE DISGAEA AND WHY SHOULD I PLAY

A: IT’S, THE BEST TACTICAL RPG YOU COULD ASK FOR, WITH COLORFUL CASTS AND FUN NETHERWORLDS AND THE MUSIC RULES AND YOU’LL LOVE EVERY CHARACTER, PLEASE PLAY DISGAEA!!!!

Q: WHAT’S DISGAEA ABOUT THO?

A: all the disgaea games are about people of all different backgrounds coming together to accomplish their goals, building trust and camaraderie through their various battles together and developing DEEP BONDS! of LOVE! despite most of them being demons who are supposed to see love and friendship as a weakness…! it’s about found family!! and self discipline and sacrifice!!! and doing things that are absolutely ridiculous while taking it completely seriously!! I LOVE DISGAEA!!!!!! p-please…. play these games…

Q: ARE ALL THE STORIES CONNECTED OR MORE STANDALONE?

A: every game takes place in a different netherworld with a new cast (except for disgaea d2 which is a sequel to the first game). there are some recurring characters in the main stories (etna from 1 is in 2, axel from 2 is in 4) but you don’t necessarily have to play the ones those characters are from to be able to follow the story. although, your impression of etna will be pretty different if you only play 2 and not 1… i promise there’s a lot to her character ok…

Q: UHH CAN I CHOOSE WHICH ONE I WANNA PLAY BASED ON SETTING/PLOT SUMMARIES…

A: I’M GLAD YOU ASKED, I’LL BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU!

DISGAEA: HOUR OF DARKNESS - super classic. you play as laharl, a demon prince who wakes up from a 2 year nap to find out his dad’s dead, so it’s time for you to take the throne!! your only pals are your loyal(?) vassal etna, and an angel trainee who tried to assassinate you in your sleep. good luck, laharl…

DISGAEA 2: CURSED MEMORIES - this one takes place in a human world where everyone’s been transformed to demons by the big baddie! YOUR NAME IS ADELL AND YOU’RE GONNA PUNCH THAT BIG BADDIE IN THE FACE, TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY!!! but when you try to summon him for a beatdown you get his hot daughter instead? and you fall in love and it’s one of the best love stories in video game history, the end.

DISGAEA 3: ABSENCE OF JUSTICE - the whole netherworld is a GIANT school. DEMON SCHOOL! you play as mao, the overlord/dean’s son and the NUMBER 1 HONOR STUDENT (meaning, he’s never once gone to class–the concept of a good and bad student are switched in the netherworld.) basically your goal is to defeat the overlord buuut it’s much more complicated than that–the characters are really great, especially almaz and sapphire, and that’s all i can really say about it without going into too much detail!!!

DISGAEA 4: A PROMISE UNFORGOTTEN - this one’s got a political theme! it’s centered around valvatorez, a vampire who was feared as a tyrant until he stopped drinking blood due to a promise he made in the past. THIS IS THE STORY OF HOW HE GOT A SICK CREW TOGETHER AND REFORMED THE CORRUPTERNMENT AND SAVED THE WORLD AND STUFF!! (this is hands down my favorite and i can’t recommend it enough…)

DISGAEA D2: A BRIGHTER DARKNESS - finally a direct sequel to the first game! laharl and co are back in action and there’s all these flowers spreading all over the netherworld and making things STRANGE. also laharl and etna gain siblings. this one’s great to play when you wanna feel like WOW DISGAEA HAS COME SO FAR ;O;

DISGAEA 5: ALLIANCE OF VENGEANCE - ok so… 5 has the longest story but probably the most simple plot: void dark’s army is taking over all the netherworlds so go beat him up. there’s a big focus on revenge in this one (it’s a cool and fun mechanic in the game!)–you play as killia, a mysterious loner, and you get a bunch of flashbacks to your dead girlfriend and you just wanna kill void dark so much. yep! that’s disgaea 5!

Q: I HATE GAMES, CAN’T I JUST WATCH THE DISGAEA ANIME INSTEAD

A: no, oh my god, LOL PLEASE DON’T LET THAT ANIME BE YOUR ONLY EXPOSURE TO DISGAEA!! IT’S NOT GOOD!!! it’s really funny to watch after you’ve played the first game and want to cringe over how they ruined the characters/story but please, if you must watch it, let it be as a goof.

Q: SPEAKING OF ANIME, I DON’T WANNA BE PLAGUED BY GARBAGE TROPES… IS DISGAEA GOING TO HURT ME?

A: disgaea will hurt you a little, sometimes. i wanted to talk about this because i think it’s important. maybe the biggest thing (that gets to me personally) is that there’s running jokes in disgaea about flat-chested characters being mad about not being curvy. there’s like… little annoying lines here and there enforcing dumb gender roles or like where the joke is that a character maybe isn’t straight or something–BBUUUUTTTT compared to other anime games i’ve witnessed, it’s not NEARLY as pervasive or focused on as like, the stock gag. SO EVEN IF YOU’RE SENSITIVE TO IT, IT’LL BE OK!!!! it’ll be ok…

Q: DOES DISGAEA HAVE ACTUAL QUEER-CODED CHARACTERS OR IS IT ALL JOKES THAT WILL MAKE ME FEEL BAD

A: what a specific question that i was actually just looking for an excuse to discuss. something i really value in disgaea is that the characters are just allowed to be who they are. it’s the netherworld! they can go as wild as they want! which means flower monsters who look like girls but they’re boys!** the extremely feminine and cute male healers in dd2 and d5! they introduced choosing personalities for your units in d4 and a few male classes have lines that suggest they like men–heck, a succubus tells you she’s bi! raspberyl in d3 has 2 girlfriends (not exactly confirmed but they at least both canonically have feelings for her), and don’t even get me started on fenrich and valvatorez. also, as an ace spectrum person, i feel that this series is suuuper ace friendly. to the extent that i’m genuinely curious if ace people are naturally attracted to disgaea, or maybe i just really get along with other ace spectrum disgaea fans and that’s why i have so many? woah this is really off track. FORGIVE ME…

**EDIT: ive been informed this is considered a garbage trope to some people–which, i can understand… d4 literally says the words “trap action” when describing them which is REALLY UNFORTUNATE… it also stops being so much of a thing, in d5 they’re just feminine (with one “tomboy” personality) and counted as female units. so i don’t know if this is a win or not. i like the idea of the class but i’m also painfully aware the writers’ intent wasn’t to be inclusive. like anything in disgaea i’m just happy for something that can just exist the way it wants to be, which is why i mentioned it. that’s all!

Q: ANY CONTENT WARNING TYPE STUFF TO BE AWARE OF??

A: some of the bad ends are pretty gruesome (2 has one that haunts a lot of people still), but it’s hard to reach that stuff especially on accident. disgaea is pretty lighthearted otherwise! it doesn’t get too heavy and is generally light and hopeful anyway.

Q: IS THERE ANY REASON NOT TO PLAY DISGAEA?

A: no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Q: SERIOUSLY…

A: NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

please play disgaea…

i don’t know how to end this other than insisting again that everyone get into this series… i might edit/add to this post in the future as well… there’s gotta be more disgaeas in the works, right…? please nis… ah…  i love….. disgaea….

thanks for reading…. ;o;

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Spent all day posing these three in SFM and playing with Photoshop. I came up with a lot of images I really liked, so here’s all of them because I can’t decide which I like best.

Also ay these are perfect wallpaper sizes! (3840p x 2160p) You can use these as a wallpaper or anywhere else so long as you give me credit. These were super fun to make, I might do more in the future!

A Mutual Agreement // A Phan One-Shot

Genre: fluff, domestic fluff

Words: 2.6k

Relationship status: together

Warnings: alcohol, swearing, mentions of sex

Summary: Those nights when Dan and Phil have nothing going on are the best nights. / A.k.a. an unnecessarily fluffy fic.

A/N: This is in celebration of getting 2000 followers! I hope you all enjoy this insanely fluffy fic that I wrote at 11:30 last night lol 

I might make a part 2 to this sometime in the future (and you’ll understand why when you read the fic :D)

I hope you enjoy, and once again, thank you for 2000 followers!

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It’s been a while, but here’s a manip I decided to make this weekend!

I know I haven’t been posting much for… a while, but trust me, I’m trying.  I have found myself steadily busy, but when I can, I work a bit on story ideas.  I know that doesn’t mean much, since I’m still having a hard time finishing anything for this blog, but maybe manips will help to fill the gaps.  I had a lot of fun working on this, and with Thor: Ragnarok in my near future (I’m so excited omg), I have been feeling the itch to do some stuff for my favorite god.
I made this with two Tom modeling pictures, various images from Thor movies, a small detail from the Thor fireplace video, and I painted on additional details(and modified/repainted like… half of the background).

I might have started calling it “date night with Loki” while working on it

Kill Your Darlings - When The Finale Isn’t Final (TBTP Fanfic)

MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR 3.06.

In which the end wasn’t really the end, or at least not in the way they wanted you to believe. A rewrite type continuation of the finale, because some things just can’t be left unsaid.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR 3.06. FINAL WARNING FOLKS. DON’T READ IT IF YOU DON’T KNOW!

Ok, now that’s done, this is a very hastily written rewrite/ continuation of the finale ending, because of course it is. I am mad/sad as I am sure lots of people are, but this little headcannon was making me less sad about it all so I figured putting it out there might help others see past the single episode for the hypothetical future of our favourite demon denouncing duo.

There might be errors, as I have written then posted with only a small amount of editing. I may go back and change these when I have had a night to sleep on it, but for the ideas alone I needed to get them out there, so have at it folks! Please do let me know what you think, or in general just to talk/rant about the finale in general!

I don’t own the rights to the Black Tapes Podcast, or any characters. These headcanons are mine but are meant for the masses :)


Two tickets. Two options. Two weary faces not breaking eye contact as they said the lines.

Of course that hadn’t been the end.

It needed to be. Oh god with the threats and the phone calls and that video, it needed to be the end more than either of them could ever say.

But it wasn’t, because they were both in Strand’s living room, Alex cross-legged next to the coffee table and Strand with his hands tensed in his lap on the sofa, staring each other down as they let the recorder hear their magnum opus.

The ultimatum was their way out.

Not in the way that the podcast listeners would hear, even though that idea grew ever more tempting each time one of them fumbled, or coughed when their throats dried out with nerves, or that one time a book fell over and their hearts jumped so much they had to stop altogether till a good part of the bottle of wine was in their systems. No, the ultimatum was their way out in the way a flashbang hides a magician.

The podcast had gotten too noticeable. Of course Alex knew that, as did Nic and the office and every one of the blogs that talked about it, recommending it to more and more eager listeners as the plot wove on. But noticeable in the charts was not noticeable to the kinds of people filming the presenter sleeping at night, and now that both those types of ‘publicity’ had merged, the podcast had gone from an interesting medium of discovering the truth, to an intrinsical part of the mystery, and one that was proving ever more dangerous.

Kill your darlings, Steven King had said. And so Alex was killing her podcast, rushing to a conclusion that wasn’t satisfying but was final; anything to let her and Strand and Nic and everyone else tangled up in its strings fade into the shadows that so often haunted their movements.

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anonymous asked:

reader is a mermaid/merman as they got lost from the great sea, they end up in Zora's Domain, when they bump in to Prince Sidon, seeing as he is a shark they are scared at first but Prince Sidon are interesed in what they are, slowly they begin to trust Prince Sidon, so when Sidon ask them to meet there father, they get fluttered because they can't stand on her tail, and afther that fluff happen if you don't mind <3 <3 <3

Hey darling! I noticed you mentioned “her tail” on the request, but used mostly gender neutral pronouns elsewhere. So for now, I’m going to stick to gender neutral, but if you want me to change that, just say so and I can do some edits. Also, this is why I took so long yesterday, it wound up going for a lot longer than what I expected. if I get enough requests for it, I might consider making it a series in the future, it was a lot of fun to write! Hope you like it, I was psyched to write this!

-Mod Pinks


Mermaid/man s/o lost in the rivers (Sidon) (Warning: Mild Cursing)

No. No no no no nO NO!

Again the angry waves of the sea slammed down on them, forcing them deeper into the new territory than they had ever dared to go, all while the river tried to shove them back out to the treacherous sea.

A simple mission to find special river herbs to make some medicine, that’s all it was supposed to be. They hadn’t meant to take so long. They hadn’t seen the storm, how could they have known what was to come. 

More waves crashed heavily and they found themselves swimming harder upstream, trying to escape the dangerous waters. Suddenly, they felt themselves start to swirl. Oh no- the river joined with another, and the current propelled them uncontrollably away from the sea, and all they could do was scream and hope for the best, as the current dragged them further and further from the sea. 

That had been nearly 2 weeks ago, and ever since then, (Name) had been objectively and fully lost in these new waters. They had no idea where they were, and the last time they stuck their head out of the water, they had been attacked by the strangest green and red creatures they’d ever have the displeasure of coming across. 

Thanks the Wave-Bringer that they weren’t due back to their home for another 2 months- they had left on an expedition to get and study new medicinal herbs, and while (Name) couldn’t argue that the objective was certainly well-over completed, they longed to find the exit so as to be back in waters they knew.

Couldn’t deny that these new waters had piqued a bit of their interest. They were much sweeter, and the fish in them were as well, so starvation was far from a problem. And the sights in them-! Why, whenever they stuck their head out of the water and weren’t immediately chased away, they’d see sights they’d never imagine before. Green luscious mounds of some sort of plant, boulders so tall they looked like they could reach the sky- and beneath the river, scores of fish and plants they wished they had the time to study.

Perhaps when they managed to find their way out, they’d have to come back to map and study everything specifically in the rivers- there was so much to study and see and rUN AND AVOID IS THAT AN OCTOPUS FIRING BOULDERS AT THEM HELLS NO RETREAT RETREAT!!!! 

Time waits for no man, and right now (Name) assumed life waited for no lost merfolk who were about to possibly die, so with all their might they swam in spirals away from the horrendous creature of death, searching for a place to hid- THERE! With surprising speed, they rushed to a little hole in the side of the river, relieved they found shelter at such a time of fear- WHUMP.

Why was the Universe so vindictive? Did they unknowingly kill some orphan’s best seahorse on accident in another life to deserve this- this- HUMILIATION.

Twisting and turning, shoving and heaving, (Name) faced the terrible realization that there was no way in hell their lower half was going to fit. Coincidentally, there was no way their upper half was going to be easy to dislodge from the hole, not within their lifespan at least.

Damn it. They were going to die from getting a direct hit from a rock octopus to the ass after getting stuck in a damn hole. Maybe it was for the best that they were lost alone, goodness knows that if there were living witnesses they’d have to haunt their ass to ensure their silence.

Good bye, beautiful world. May the Wave-bringer bring their soul back to the sea-

Was that blood they smelled? Why did they smell blood? Why wasn’t it there own, did the octopus managed to hit itself oH GOODNESS WHY WERE THERE A PAIR OF HANDS ON THEIR TAIL?!

“Looks like you got yourself in a bit of a bind, friend.” Huh? “Don’t worry, I’ll have you out in a moment.” Rescue..? People?! Oh thank you Wave-bringer! Her temple was going to get a big donation of fish the second she got back for sending them a rescuer! (Name) excitedly pushed their hands against the dirt, trying to help their hero dislodge them from their badly-chosen prison, shoving and pushing with all their might as they felt as if their tail was being pulled out of existence. Just a bit more-!!!!

Whump. Freedom! Sweet glorious freedom! They heard a gasp behind them- right, the owner of the two hands still on their tail, they best turn and thank them for helping… them.

Huh. Suddenly, the rock octopus made a lot more sense. After all, could they really fault the poor creatures for having to evolve the ability to toss boulders when tHE SHARKS IN THESE WATERS SOMEHOW KEPT THEIR ORIGINAL BODY BUT ALSO GREW A TORSO WITH ARMS AND TWO EXTRA TAILS.

“H…Wha-” ARE THOSE SHARP TEETH NOPE NOPE NOPE THEY ARE NOT ABOUT TO BE DINNER TO A GODS-FORSAKEN GIANT SHARK PERSON WITH TWO TAILS NO SIR. 

“Hey! Wait-!” Nope nope they were out of there, twisting in it’s grasp quickly forcing it to let go as (Name) booked it down the river, continuing the way they were going with much more rejuvenated vigor and determination than before. A trail of bubbles was all they left behind them as they swam with everything they had, praying they lost that…that….shudder Shark-being. If they ever made it back to the ocean, they would leave that part out. No need for stupid idiots to call them a liar over this, they wouldn’t believe them anyway.

Especially the part where they kept running into the creature for days on end. Every day, at least once, or sometimes unfortunately twice, they’d spot the red and immediately start swimming until their fins couldn’t move an inch, escaping the teeth just barely. Sometimes the creature would be strange, and throw a fish at them, as if trying to feed them right before they ran off. Other times, (Name) would wake from a daydream to see it swimming alongside them, smiling and watching. Those days were particularly terrifying. 

They hated to admit it though- they had grown somewhat used to seeing the red streak, and was actually growing - dare they say it- attached to strange little being. It was at least a presence they could interact with for a few moments everyday. 

Which made today so strange. No red, no sign of it anywhere. They should have been relieved, but they couldn’t shake the feeling that it was nearby, waiting, watching, for a chance to strike. Hours passed, and finally, finally, they no longer felt the sense of dread upon them, and they stopped…somewhere in the river. At least they weren’t retracing their steps, that’s the good news. They looked around them, listened and observed for what must have been an hour at least, waiting for anything, any signal to book it.

There was none.Whew.

But it was late. The shadows of night crept upon them, and if a sharkperson and boulder octopus were scary at daylight, there was no way they were going to gamble with running into them in the dark, absolutely not. 

After some searching, a few boulders moved and some seaweed gathered for a decent bed, (Name) curled up beneath the shelter of boulders they had made, laying on the cool seaweed. Today had taken its toll, and within moments, they were asleep, dreaming of making their way home safely.

…“h…o”

Groooan…. infernal fish, with their incessant need to make so much noise in the mornings.

…“H..e..o…”

Hrmph. Dedicated lousy fish, couldn’t they see they hadn’t slept in ages?

…“..Hello..?”

….That’s not a fish, is it…?

Opening one eye, they hoped, prayed, that it was all some hoax, a late night illusion.

And saw a mouthful of grinning shark teeth.

“Ah, you’re awake, good. I was afraid you were hurt; the river bed is no place to rest-”

“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!” Not letting its startled reaction to their scream go wasted, (Name) launched forward between its tails, swimming blindly as their bleary mind struggled to make up from down this early in the morning- resulting in slamming straight into the river bed.

Well. That wasn’t exactly graceful. 

“I’m so sorry, I-I hadn’t meant to startle you- are you injured-? Wait don’t-!” Oh Wave-bringer below what was charging at them, they couldn’t see anything, their mind was too exhausted to see anything straight- what was it?!

“PLEASEDON’TEATMEIPROMISEYOUITASTEAWFULAAAAAAH!!!!” (Name) swam back into their boulder shelter, slipping between its arms and curling as much as they could as far back into the makeshift shelter as they could fit. This is it. This is where they die. Goodbye cruel world.

“Eat- Oh, so that’s why you- I’m very sorry if I gave you that impression, but I assure you I don’t eat people. They don’t taste particularly good- no no that was a joke! A joke!” The creature seemed more distressed as (Name) pushed further back into the shelter, not comforted one bit. The creature sighed, and swam up t the entrance, extending its hand forward gently.

“Let’s start over, please. My name is Sidon, Prince of the Zora people, and you are in my home-”
People? A-as in, more of you???”
“Yes, but I promise you, just like me, they don’t eat people. And honestly, I am sorry for scaring you, I just… hadn’t seen someone like you before so I was a bit tongue-tied at that time… Please, come out of the cave, I just wish to talk to you.”

Hmm… it sounded sincere… And upon closer exposure to it- his- hand, (Name) saw that whatever a ‘Zora’ was, it didn’t seem to have the skin of a shark… so maybe… maybe it wasn’t a shark.. person… And if it really did want to eat them, he could have done so so many times by now (daydreaming and swimming were going to be the death of them someday). 

“…How do I know I can trust you?”
“er… If at any point I scare you again, you are free to hit me and run- I will not chase you and will never bother you again.”
“…You swear this?”
“Yes. On my honor as Prince.”

….It’s not like they had a whole lot of better options… If anything else, if they died, at least it would be quicker than starving in a shelter as someone circled above waiting for them to starve to death. Hesitation wrecked their body, doing little to stop them from slowly edging to the exit of the shelter and even more slowly exiting it.

Getting a good first look at the crea- man before them, (Name) finally saw him beyond the terrifying teeth and head shape. Red, brighter than more fish in the sea, danced on his skin. Deep yellow eyes, metal necklace and a strange… poofy white thing on his person. And huge. Can’t forget his huge height.

All in all though, not *quite* as terrifying as they had first seen. Still, they kept their distance as this Sidon sized them up as well. 

The man had a very nice smile, (Name) had to admit that. Even if the teeth were still making sure they stayed a nice few meters away from him. 

“Oh. Sorry, I had not meant to gawk but… I’ve never seen anyone quite like you before. Who are you, and what are you?”

“…(Name), Scholar of the North-sea merfolk clan. I’m a merfolk. A… pleasure to meet you. S-…Sorry for screaming.”

“Likewise (Name), and apology accepted.” Strange. Their name sounded… somehow warmer when they said it. Damn it, they really needed to get back, this isolation was not good for their soul at all. “If I may ask, what brings you to the Zora domain? The sea is weeks away.” 

“I assure you, I had no idea I was in anyone’s domain. I’ve been lost in these rivers for weeks trying to get back to the sea.”

“…You’ve been trying to get to the sea, and you wound up here?”
“…Yes..?”
“In the Zora Domain?”
“…Listen, if you’re going to sass me, at least use real life stuff to do it-”
“-You really are lost, the sea is in the exact opposite direction of us.”

… 

…aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-

“…Beg your pardon?”
“The Zora domain’s stronghold is a lake, not a few hours continuing this way in the river-”

-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-

The sea, by river at least, is at least 2 weeks of navigating the rivers away.”
-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-

“…I…I….see…” Take a deep breath, (Name), deep breath. Aaaaaand try to figure out the right thing to say now to Prince Sidon, this awkward silence really isn’t helping in the “not crazy” argument more than likely going on in his head. “Thank you, for…clarifying that Your, uh…Your High-ness, is that the right-? Okay, good.” Awkwardly drummed their fingers against the sides of their tail, really unsure as to what to say. Half a month really had done no favours to their people skills at all. “Soooooooo…., I had best be getting on then. 2 weeks of swimming and all. Again, sorry for the whole ‘screaming my head off thing,’ won’t happen again-”

“Perhaps I can help you/So see you later/Oh sorry you go first/No, you/I-”
“Please. I gave you more than a difficult time earlier, and I can see this is something that distresses you. Allow me to make it up to you.”
“…What exactly did you have in mind?”

….

….

…. Looking back, maybe having an actual bed to sleep on and a water-proof map of all the rivers wasn’t as worth it as they had thought. Not that being surrounded by more Zora sharkpeople (minus the fin, what had happened to the fins, were they chopped off, what-) was bad, though it certainly didn’t help out a whole lot, what with their intense staring and all. It’s just…

Most people prefer to be surrounded by stuff they can actually move in, that’s all. 

“Allow me-”
“No no, I can do this, just give me a mom- A-HA! There we are!” It was wiggly, “standing”, as the prince put it, on their tail, but it was something. Even if it was faaaaaaar from dignified. “As you were saying, you said you believe your father can be of assistance to me?”

He nodded enthusiastically. “Of course! Father knows our rivers like the back of his hands. If anyone can find a fast route to the sea, he can. And he’ll no doubt want to know of our new neighbors in the sea.” 

“ ‘New”  is a strong word, but I can understand that-”Splash. 

“Surely you’ll let me help you, you can’t just move like this in these waters, they’re too shallow.” (Name) politely waved off the prince’s outstretched hand, wobbling back into an upright position. The shallow water forced them to, which was relatively demeaning, but with a bit more practice, they should be able to somewhat navigate it. 

“Help me how exactly? Don’t worry, I’m getting the hang of this “standing” stuff, it’s the uh… what’s that other word-”
“Walking.”
“Yes, that! Just give me a moment, I can figure this out-” Splash. “Just, one moment, so jumping didn’t work, what about” Splash “…If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”Splash. “…About that help…” They did their best to feel no offense as the prince stifled a laugh at their clumsy attempts to walk with one tail. No doubt it did look rather silly. He knelt down towards them, his arms outstretched. 

“May I?”
“…Sure.. what exactly are you doiNG?!” From demeaning to just undignified, the little squeak at the end they gave at the sudden shift of position was just not respectable in any way. Nor was the way their arms tightly gripped ‘round Prince Sidon’t neck any way close to being ‘respectable,’ they hadn’t been held like this since before they learned how to swim. “…Guess that does solve the problem, even if the solution is rather… unorthodox.”

“Have you never been held like this?”
“I’ve never been fully above water, period. This is…strange, but nothing some time can’t help.”

Secure in his arms, (Name) finally had a chance to take it all in. Arcs high above, silver blending into the water and lit up by the brightly-colored people in its very inconveniently shallow waters. Were they an artist, they could argue it was objectively stunning. 

(Name) was in a whirl. Stunning sights all around, people with knowledge that back home they hadn’t even begin tapping in, incredible culture and people that were kind of terrifying but also so strange and new. And charming in the case of some particular individuals.

They looked up at their red rescuer, and couldn’t help but give a bit of a smile.

Maybe they would enjoy those extra two months after all.

anonymous asked:

good fanfiction... recommendation...... please............

first of all, here is my femslash recs list from a while back; check that out first!

second of all, a recommendation for in what distant deeps or skies even though it’s on the other list already because i recently had time to finish it and it is amazing. i don’t think i’ll ever get over vrisrezi space opera fics.

hm. haven’t had time to read much recently, but i’ve been reading Like One Sundered Star over the past 2 days or so and it’s good. the length is daunting but if you haven’t checked it out already, i suggest checking it out.

ill met by moonlight is another (vrisrezi) fic by unintelligiblescreaming and yeah, there’s a little bit of explicit stuff but most of it is SFW and it’s very good; a fae AU, a lot of fun, and some great vrisrezi moments. just getting into the action now.

if you haven’t read song of the pyre by now please do anyways that was your legally obligated Roxi Rec™ for today


i don’t have any other f/f to rec today because, well, i’m lame and haven’t read much homestuck fic recently (get into bnha and i have a large list of super good fics though) so here’s some misc, genfic, and m/m:

i dont think i’ve officially put this on a recs list even though i have recced it before so here: romancing the spitting image of your ex by veniae is like, a really good dirkjohn fic, and it’s super funny and a cool exploration of Life Post-Sburb.

It’s always a near miss. this is a genfic and it’s uhh.. dont wanna spoil anything but it’s about hal. and dirk. and like, apocalypse stranded ocean dirk. it’s……fun

It Had To Be You is a davekat fic i’ve been following since it started, and it’s pretty fun - dave getting over a crush on john (haha) and reconciling with karkat, with whom he hasn’t spoken to in a while. also the writer, ro, is a sweetheart.

the sun coming through is another davekat fic that i really really like, one of my faves - classic college au. karkat is trans, which is a bonus. it’s really well written, superb sense of characterisation, fun times. lots of that sweet pining.

paper knives i know i don’t talk about it a lot, but i still love paper knives a lot - real life au where alpha dave / rose and Not Evil bro and mom lalonde (but a bit different) adopt dirk and roxy, who’ve had bad experiences with foster care etc. rose and dave are there too. it’s fun times and a lot of the sweet, sweet genfic centred around strilondes that we all wanted. also void if you’re seeing this i love you.


edit: i have a text next period so i don’t have time to write more, but thanks for asking! i might make a list in the future if someone asks, once i actually buff up my list of fics (i recently lost my chrome bookmarks, where i’d saved a few hundred homestuck fics, listed by ships and characters etc., which is disappointing.)

EDIT 2: OKAY I’M BACK. AND I HAVE A FEW MORE:

category: edgy/angsty/Not So Fun fics

The Footsteps is a post apocalyptic story focusing on Bro (Not An Asshole Bro) and young Dave trying to survive. it’s got some serious themes (like cannibalism) and it’s a…good read. genfic.

How To Never Stop Being Sad is a Roxy-centric (wooo!! a rare gem!) fic surrounding Roxy dealing with unrequited feelings for Jane, who confides in her about Jake. it’s written by a lovely person, and it’s a beautifully written piece.

If I Lose Everything In The Fire is a pacific rim davekat AU which is… it’s a lot. i don’t wanna spoil anythign but it’s good.

a two shot series called We Are Legend which is, guess what, more apocalypsestuck. dunno why i used to read so much apocalypsestuck but…fun


category: fun family times

the Perfect Little Freaks series is another Super Large Strider-Lalonde Family Fic, if that’s what you’re into. uh, sidenote though, i’m not a fan of all the side ships, but especially for the early fics in the series, they aren’t touched on as much.

me, recommending Paper Knives twice in one post: read it???just? read it y’all

the all in good time series which is about…post-game dave? the second fic, called Falling For The First Time, is an alpha dave + dirk centric fic, which is a lot of fun. alpha universe fics are pretty fun.


these are all the ones i remember from when i was reading a lot last year; if i read more i’ll let y’all know.

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Wherever you are in life, there will always be someone on this earth who will be worse off than you and I just love the kind of work that UNICEF does to actually move mountains and move the needle for kids across the world that might be dealing with poverty, war, displacement. My favorite part is looking at all of these kids who get so excited-just meeting someone who wants to spend time with them and ask them what their aspirations are and their dreams. We’re like the means to the end. The end is giving a prosperous future to every child in this world or as many as we can. I’ve seen a lot of success stories of kids that started out under circumstances where you would never think there would be a success story and then they end up achieving their dreams because of a helping hand that they might have got and a drive and an ambition and it’s amazing to see that.  

Priyanka Chopra for Variety’s Power of Women

Finally got my 500 follower promo pic finished. Figured I’d buckle down and work on it one last time before I reach 600.
Sorry I haven’t been posting much. The game isn’t dead, I’m still working on it. There just isn’t a lot of fancy things to show off.
I wanted to add a few more monsters but I’m real tired and need to take a break so I might edit it in the future.

Hope you enjoy it!

Why Pledis isn’t a Problem, or why Seventeen won’t be Nu’est

I decided to write this post a little while ago, because even though I didn’t get an actual anon on it, it’s something that comes up in conversation a lot. People are always mentioning Pledis’s previous failures, and how they’re worried for Seventeen’s future, and then they’ll comment on how I don’t seem to be worried at all. And that’s because I’m not, and I wanted to explain why. Also, while I was writing this out, I found this post by @persephonebasilissa​ (who runs a super tight, really really great blog, by the way) and it makes a lot of really good points, so I edited it a bit to reference to it. It might seem like I’m contradicting her, but bear with me for a bit, because I’ll explain it all. That post also outlines some really good ideas for Seventeen’s future and how they can continue to ride their momentum, so definitely go read it, but this post focuses a bit more on why After School and Nu’est failed, and why Seventeen isn’t doomed to the same fate. 

When I first got into Kpop, I was actually very interested in business. My mother had a job working in social media marketing, and my sister had just started dating an entrepreneur who pretty much just starts businesses and then sells his ideas to people who can keep them going, and it fascinated me. And then getting more and more into the culture and the world of Kpop, I learned a lot about how to have a successful product, and the first thing that you have to realize is that the music is the product and the company is just trying to sell it. The artists image, the talents of the group, even the people themselves can be in the eyes of a businessman as just a product that needs to be sold. In the past, Pledis products do not have a good track record, and they need to completely rebrand. So to understand why Seventeen isn’t going to fail, we need to understand why their other groups did.

After School debuted in 2009 with a pop style and a concept of adding new members and graduating out old members. In their first year, they opened for The Pussycat Dolls, and although their initial debut wasn’t too popular, they became more well known with the release of Because of You. They won on Inkigayo three times for Because of You. The next year, they released Bang! which featured a concept with a marching band, which was developed into Let’s Do It, in which they work as a functioning, actual drumline even for live performances. They debuted in Japan in 2011, released Flashback in 2012, and then First Love in 2013 where they brought a concept of Pole Dancing to the stage, but even though they remained fairly well known, they never won another music show after Because of You. Now, from After School, we can figure out that Pledis artists problem isn’t because they aren’t hardworking or talented. Turning your group into a functioning drumline requires an insane amount of sync, and pole dancing is very physically strenuous and painful and is as much of a sport and a workout as it is a dance. So it can’t be said that Pledis artists fail because they don’t work hard.

Nu’est debuted in 2012 with a “Urban Electro” style. Their debut song, Face, actually had very good numbers and sparked hopes for Nu’est’s future success. Currently, Face is at over 46,900,000 views on 1theK. But if you look at their following songs such as Action, released in the same year and currently only at 13,800,000 views, Hello and Sleep Talking released the following year with 10,000,000 for Hello and then only 5,800,000 for Sleep Talking, Good Bye Bye with 5,400,000 in 2014, and then just under 1,400,000 for I’m Bad in 2015, it’s clear that Face’s popularity was a fad that died quickly. What we can deduce from Nu’est is that Pledis artists don’t fail just because they’re from a small company, and they don’t fail because no one is interested in them. In fact, Ren is an extremely recognizable face in kpop, and among reaction fans and video fans he’s a favorite to show to newcomers to the fandom because of his feminine features. The potential is there, so why isn’t the popularity?

There are other Pledis artists of course who failed, such as Hello Venus which was a collaborative with Fantigo who has since been split from Pledis, but these are the two I want to focus on in relation to Seventeen because these are the ones that prove that Pledis artists are capable of gaining fans and of being well known and being popular. Probably Pledis’s most well known group, Orange Caramel, is a sub-unit of After School, set apart by their unique concepts and fun songs. So it’s not that Pledis artists aren’t unique and they fail because they’re the same as every other artist. So what is the problem? Well, circling back to the product example, to sell a product, you have to make your product worth selling and then you have to prove that it’s worth buying with marketing. And in the past, this has been a big problem with Pledis, marketing and promoting their artists correctly. For Nu’est, they were rushed to Japan to try and become a worldwide group before their place as a Korean group was established, leaving most casual viewers to fall prey to “Yeah, there was one music video I really liked… I wonder where they went to because I haven’t seen anything with them since” syndrome. The point of a subunit is to gain new followers for the main group, as well as to express a side that hadn’t been seen of the group before. But Orange Caramel’s success was harmful to After School, as people began seeing them as Nana, Lizzy, and Raina of Orange Caramel and After School fell away from the spotlight, even in group promotions when the MCs would recognize Orange Caramel and give them more time than the actual group due to Pledis’s bad promotion of Orange Caramel as part of After School and not an entirely new group with an entirely new concept. 

All of this can be incredibly worrying. But the main point of this post is why we don’t have to worry about the same thing happening to Seventeen. After all, it’s not a different company. It’s still Pledis, so why won’t they screw over Seventeen? And the fact of the matter is, they probably will. They kept this one group locked away for three years in the Pledis basement before debuting them, as if they didn’t have much confidence in their ability to save Pledis. But I think that’s almost the key, is realizing that if Seventeen succeeds, it’s not going to be because Pledis has changed at all. It’s not going to be because suddenly they’ve figured out how bad they are at certain things and fixed it. It’s going to be because of who Seventeen is as a group.

To highlight my point, I’d first like to go to Seventeen project, episodes 2 and 3. In these episodes, there are similar situations. Seventeen is given a performance to do, they’ve prepared, blah blah, they’re on their way to the venue to perform. In episode 2, the PD announces that they sent out the venue name and time at noon the same day, and Seventeen’s reactions are immediately skeptical, understanding their target audience age and the time of year around exams where many fans might not be able to come, especially with short notice. As it turns out, they’re right, and very few people show up. This is what Pledis’s problem is, bad marketing. But then, the situation plays out differently in episode 3, where the PD announces that this time they announced it 3 days before, and Seventeen comes back with a response that no one expected. Clearly, in the last episode, they expressed their disapproval with the way it was handled and the announcement having such short notice, however they didn’t just expect the PD to do it differently this time. Instead, they took matters into their own hands and directly looked the PD in the eye and said the equivalent of “If you won’t promote us, we’ll promote ourselves” and went out with the stickers Mingyu designed by hand, their variety skills, and went to the crowd and drew them in instead of expecting the PD to be any different. Seventeen has seen Nu’est fail, they’ve seen After School die, and they are smart because they know exactly what they have to do. They have to expect the same thing to happen to them and they have to fix it themselves. How many people do you think would’ve come if they hadn’t seen the boys walking the street and inviting them? What kind of an impression does it leave to meet an idol on the street who personally raps for you and asks you to come to see his group instead of one handled completely by corporations who tell you what time to be there if you care? The fact of the matter is, Seventeen isn’t going to sit there and let themselves be screwed over, and if they have to they’re going to throw away dignity as idols and go get their own fans from the street, willing to work for it and do everything themselves, and that’s one of the main reasons they won’t fail.

Also, and here’s where I want to reference that post I linked earlier, Seventeen is extremely strong as a group. To quote Hoshi, they really are all better when they’re together, probably because they’ve been together so long. They’ve all been together through the painful, hellish amount of waiting. Coups had been promised into groups so many times just to be burnt, and then he finally gets his own group and they don’t even debut. How does he know this one is real? All of them had to go through that nervousness, and all of them had to face that uncertainty, but more than that they all had to face it together. As she pointed out, Seventeen wasn’t formed in a rush and thrown out the door. Despite it being probably awful and uncertain for the boys in the years predebut, it also helped them grow to have more time to be mentored in singing, dancing, variety, and even in leadership and it shows. Seventeen are a machine with a solid leadership program, they do everything themselves including producing and writing and choreographing, and they work as a team with an insane group dynamic that is so strong, even down to the units and the personality types within. The “conversation time” they do is because of a misunderstanding, I can almost guarantee, that could’ve broken the group apart because both sides weren’t expressed. In a large family, things need to be cleared up immediately or they spiral out of hand with people taking up sides and internal arguments, and the fact that Seventeen realizes this and once again takes matters into their own hands and does their little meetings every night to discuss things just brings back their level of maturity. They’re so solid, as a team, as a group, as friends, and (I’m actually going to quote the bible, amazing) a cord of three strands is not easily broken. 

You can also see it in One Fine Day, as the boys are left without their staffs. Coups says it, I think. He says something along the lines of “No matter what happens, as long as we work hard, we can be happy” and I think that really puts Seventeen into perspective as this group that is really strong because of what they’ve had to endure. Because they suffered predebut, and they still came out of it to debut and their debut and follow up was great coming from a tiny, broke company, they’ve already conquered so much. If they were going to give up, why didn’t they do it then? Because they didn’t, now they can face anything. They can face it strong and ready, they can face it together, and as long as they work hard, they can be happy because they’ve already survived that.

And then… Worst case scenario… Pledis completely falls apart as a company, and they break Seventeen and disband them. The truth of who Seventeen is doesn’t change at all, even as individuals. Vernon, for instance, is already very anticipated as a rapper. Assuming Seventeen breaks and he goes to pursue his own career, his own success won’t be entirely because of his talent but also because of what he learned from Seventeen. Because he knows how to promote with nothing and he knows how to take matters into his hands, he knows how to communicate and function in a group and he knows what it’s like to go through being a nobody and desperately wanting. He’s not from a privileged background in a big 3 company where, when he goes out on a solo career, he’s just popular because he is and sure, he’s talented enough, but he’s also a brat to people because he’d had everything handed to him and he doesn’t know how to be humble in the face of fame. And that goes for every single member of Seventeen. Are they perfect, flawless angels who have mastered everything? Of course not. They’re going to make mistakes and be humans. But Seventeen has a lot of experiences that most groups don’t have, and a lot of strength for it. Even some groups that have been around for years aren’t on their level in determination, teamwork, respect, humility, and most of all, the readiness to screw the system and do it themselves, to go out and get what they want with their own two hands. Did Pledis change? Did they successfully rebrand? Maybe, maybe not. But more than that, because of who they are as people and as a group, Seventeen almost can’t fail. And that’s why I am not worried at all about my boys.

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The roof is on

It’s a shame not to have detailed roofs in our game, so there is a kind of solution to that. You can actually replace roof texture of every lot (one by one) in your hood, but be aware of that it will disappear every time the lot is saved. Might work flawlessly on community lots though. Okay, let’s just start!
Things you’ll need:
— SimPE (with Nvidia DDS plugin)  
— Graphic editor of choice (I will use good old Photoshop CS4)
— Patience

Let’s choose which lot we want to see with better roofs first. Thyme has lots of them. But I’d be happy to start with this one. Take a screenshot of your lot, you might need it soon:

This old town block would look great with more variety in roof detail, so let’s proceed.

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