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Bigotry and Fraud Scandal at Kindergarten Linked to Japan’s First Lady
An ultraconservative school backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife is facing claims of promoting discrimination and of receiving illicit financial favors.
By Jonathan Soble

At Tsukamoto Kindergarten, an ultraconservative school at the center of a swirling Japanese political scandal, children receive the sort of education their prewar great-grandparents might have recognized.

They march in crisp rows to military music. They recite instructions for patriotic behavior laid down by a 19th-century emperor. The intent, the school says, is to “nurture patriotism and pride” in the children of Japan, “the purest nation in the world.”

Now Tsukamoto and its traditionalist supporters — including the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — are under fire. The school has been accused of promoting bigotry against Chinese and Koreans and of receiving illicit financial favors from the government.

A growing outcry has put Mr. Abe’s conservative administration on the defensive and drawn attention to the darker side of an increasingly influential right-wing education movement in Japan.

I’m not sure why I hate the epilogue of Harry Potter so much, but I always imagine Harry getting completely BORED of normal life a year into it. He can’t handle it. His life has always been filled with trouble, kind of like Lord Tennyson’s view of Ulysses, and he goes stir-crazy, engaging in reckless behaviour almost daily. Hermione is worried sick because it’s causing Harry and Ginny to fight. ‘You got through all you went through in your 19 years just to kill yourself on some bloody dare?!’

Draco Malfoy shows up on Hermione’s twentieth birthday with a story of how he can’t handle how he was a coward and talks of how he killed a demon that tried to devour an old lady on the outskirts of muggle London. He says he wants to do this again; the thrill of it was amazing but he needs a partner or two. Harry and Hermione are all for it. Hermione, too, has grown tired of the Ministry life. After all, she has already secured rights for elves and goblins if they want them; that only took her a year. Hunting evil things is appealing, and she’ll be helping not only the wizarding community but the non-magical one as well.

Ginny is furious and leaves Harry for Blaise Zambini. Ron is not keen on more adventure, either. He decides he would rather help George at the joke shop than work with a Malfoy, although he, Harry, and Hermione will stay in touch. ‘Write to me every week,’ he threatens, ‘or else.’

Harry, Hermione, and Draco go on to live their lives doing the things Gilderoy Lockhart only claimed to do: battling demons, ghosts, poltergeists, sirens, urban legends, vampires, and more –all with a magical tent and three wands instead of a Chevy Impala and guns.

They call on Luna Lovegood whenever they encounter a creature they know next to nothing about, pop in on the Weasleys from time to time, and even allow Ginny to write books of their travels based on Hermione’s obsessive journal-keeping.

They become animagi. Hermione watches in surprise as her patronus changes into something unexpected. To her utmost delight, they learn about different forms of magic, even gain new magical abilities whenever they encounter a wise tutor well-versed in the more obscure magical arts.

Odd things happening while on the road are completely normal: one time, this crazy drunk American fangirl dressed up like Supergirl, who went by the name of Charlie Bradbury, latched onto Hermione’s back like koala bear when they were investigating a case at Comic-Con and wouldn’t let go, proclaiming as loud as that Banshee that one time in Ireland that Hermione was her idol, and that she was so glad she didn’t actually marry Ron.

'She reminds me of you when you were around Gilderoy Lockhart,’ Harry had said with great fondness afterwards. The backhand he took to the gut and death glare from his best friend, he thought, were completely worth it. 'Look at it this way, Hermione, she was so drunk she got a Princess Leia tattoo. She won’t remember anything.’

Imagine Hermione frustrated and flustered with her head in her hands as Harry and Draco’s school rivalry almost cost them their lives yet again. Then, she loses her temper, and both boys shrink back in fear. 'Has she always been this scary?’ Draco mutters out of the corner of his mouth to which Harry can only nod furiously. The disappointment the both of them feel is almost childlike. Draco and Harry become very close. Killing creatures will bond even the worst enemies together.

It changes Draco. All of his prior prejudice is smashed having spent so much time with his childhood rivals, and he becomes a much better person for it. Harry is reminded of Snape, and how Dumbledore once voiced he thought they sorted too early. Maybe Draco belonged in Gryffindor, too. Though the pain etched deep within Draco is visibly fading, it will never go away completely, and Harry often wonders what would have happened had he been sorted into Gryffindor with them.

Harry, however, is fully satisfied in that moment. They are in the middle of a hunt. Sitting against the front of the tent in a small forest on the east border of Paris, Harry lets out a long sigh. It is the first time he feels truly at ease in a while. Adjusting his glasses, he takes in the loving and relaxing company of two of his closest friends.

Draco is fiddling with the old radio, and tears of laughter escape Hermione as she reads. This is a normal night for all of them. 'Albus Severus?!’ she hollers, unable to keep her grip on the novel that has her undivided attention. The pumkin-coloured book falls, still open, flat on her stomach, and she dissolves completely into a fit of giggles. 'Muggles have quite the imagination these days, don’t they, Harry?’

'It’s not that bad of a name,’ Draco says, rolling his eyes. He turns the dial on the radio, and a hauntingly familiar tune sounds through it. His annoyed frown is replaced by a smirk, 'Your song is playing, you two.’

Harry can’t help but snort. Hermione throws a sarcastic remark towards Draco over the name Scorpious, before Harry finds himself being dragged to his feet by his childhood friend. Green eyes meet brown ones with a grin. They can’t not dance to 'Oh Children.’

Holding Hermione’s body close to him and swaying to the music under the stars, not all that different from the time they did a little over five years ago, he knows he made the right choice in going on the road. He is drinking life to the lees. This brilliant life with all its scars, beauty, and constant excitement is magical. It has made everything well again.

—  Non-Canon Epilogue : Drinking Life to the Lees
Hamilton Characters Based on Things my Friends Have Said

My friend group is weird.

Alexander Hamilton: “If someone made a musical on me it would probably be called ‘Short angry bisexual fights everyone and fucks up again’”

John Laurens: “Why does everyone think I’m gay?! I’m not!” *guy walks by* “Never mind.”

Hercules Mulligan: “I will fight the next person that makes fun of my name or the fact that I’m knitting an oversized sweater right now.”

Lafayette: “You are- how do you say this?- a complete asshole who is beneath me and everything America stands for.”

Eliza Schuyler: “Why am I the ‘nice’ one? Just because I help everyone I come across and forgive too easily doesn’t mean I’m nice! I punched a nazi once!”

Angelica Schuyler: “I really hate men sometimes. Not because I’m a feminist, because they can be such oblivious and inconsiderate idiots sometimes.”

Peggy Schuyler: “How did you guys forget me??” *no one hears her* “Seriously.”

Maria Reynolds: “I know I’m gorgeous, but I’m secretly very self-concious.”

George Washington: “I’m going to die surrounded by screaming children. Oh wait, that’s right now.”

King George III: “Bow down bitches, the king has arrived.”

Thomas Jefferson: “Mac and cheese is the food of the gods and I will rap battle anyone who disagrees.”

James Madison: “I just want to go home. Can I pretend to be sick? Wait, I actually am sick. I always am.” 

Deaf!Will headcanons
  • He wasn’t born deaf, but he was born with a sever immune deficiency, which kept him from being able to get vaccinated. 
  • When he was seven, he caught meningitis and was in the hospital for 48 hours. No one was sure if he was going to make it. 
  • Apollo completely ignored Zeus’s command not to interfere and showed up at the hospital. 
  • Originally, Will had been blessed with a gift of music, but realizing that his hearing would never be as good as it was, Apollo retracted his gift, and replaced it with the gift of healing, and blessing that Will would never get sick again. 
  • Once Will recovered, he started learning ASL, then speech therapy. He caught on pretty fast, and was soon signing like a champ, and so was his mom. 
  • When the doctors offered Will’s mom the cochlear implant, she asked Will what he wanted. 
  • He said he didn’t want the surgery. He could still hear enough with hearing aids, but he kind of liked being able to take them out. He liked who he was. 
  • He missed it some days, but once he got to camp and learned who his father was and what he had done for him, he embraced it. 
  • Because his eye sight has become so much better since losing his hearing, he was actually able to  learn how to bend light at his will – an ability few Greek children of Apollo had, since Helios is technically the Greek sun god. 
  • When young kids and teens are listening to their music too loud, Kayla will go up to them and say “If you keep listening to it that loud, you’ll go deaf.” And Will will come up behind her, pull his hair back from his ears, showing his hearing aids, and just say “she’s right.” It’s a pretty good way of keeping their cabin sort of quiet. 
  • When Will gets annoyed with someone or doesn’t want to listen to them, he will look them dead in the eye as he slowly takes his hearing aids out. The first time he did this was the first time he heard his dad’s poetry. 
  • Will’s name sign is the sign for “happy” with a W 
  • Will’s name sign for Nico is literally “death boy” 
  • Will taught Nico some ASL, and Nico learned a lot on his own. Nico also tried to teach Will some Italian. 
  • “I’m learning a language for you, you can try to learn some of mine.”
  • “It is perfectly reasonable for a deaf person to ask their hearing friend to learn sings. It’s a little harder to argue that I should learn Italian.” 
  • “Fair.” 
  • Will still learned a few key phrases, and how to write Italian decently. 
  • When things got hectic in the infirmary, Will tends to turn his hearing aids off or take them out all together. He is then able to focus on what he needs done, tell who ever is helping him what he needs, and not have any unnecessary distractions. Chuck was delivered completely without Will being able to hear a thing. 
  • Will has incredibly good vision, and is often used in Capture the Flag as the look out. That’s why he was positioned at Half Blood Hill the day of the battle. That and baby delivery is one hell of an experience. 
  • When he is in his twenties, Jake Mason now a bio medical engineer, came up with a hearing aid that will fully restore hearing, but can also be turned down or turned off completely. It’s perfect for Will. While he fully embraces who he is, it is nice to hear his mom’s voice again. 
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LGTBQ BOOKS

 If you are like me and love books you can relate to and are also queer as heck this is a list for you!! Working in a book store you get a lot of time to wander around and find good books and well teen LGBTQ books are my favorite to find. The list is small for now but I will be updating as I find more and more. All the main characters in these books will be queer, not the side characters so there lots of extra gay to go around. So here are some of my favorite LGBTQ books! 

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Amateur Explorer Actually Excited by Discovery of New Invasive Species

A new species has been discovered in the forests of Ossiriand encroaching on the territory of the Laiquendi.

“This was completely unexpected!” enthused discoverer Finrod Felagund, better known as the ruler of Nargothrond despite his reputation as an amateur explorer and musician. “I was wandering around the springs of Thalos and saw fires, and had to go check it out because usually no one around here is stupid enough to light fires. And bam, what do you know, there they were!”

According to Felagund, the new species appears bipedal in stature and patriarchal in structure. Its members exhibit most semblances of sentience, including the use of clothing to signify rank, the ingenuity to make anything into weapons, and enough avarice to clout one another over the head for a bit of well-polished rock.

“And an appreciation of music, which really cinches it,” Felagund said. “So even if they don’t look much like us, they act like us! I’m calling them the Atani.”

Atani, plural of the Quenya Atan, means “Second People,” and in the Eldarin scheme of creation, signifies that Felagund’s new species are being hailed as children of Eru beneath only the Elves themselves. Felagund’s Khazad neighbors are alleged to have sent several politely-worded inquiries inquiring as to their own rank in this schema, and how it might affect trade with Nargothrond.

“Not that we’re complaining about being the children of Mahal, you understand,” a Khazad spokesdwarf offered, on severe condition of anonymity. “But if these new buggers can claim better prices for whatever it is that they’re coming around selling, we want to know.”

Little progress has been made determining what Felagund’s Atani are doing in Ossiriand, but Felagund himself remains optimistic.

“Music is supposed to be the one true language, right?” he said. “So there’s hope yet. I mean, they liked mine!”

Felagund played the Atani his renditions of the Noldor’s Greatest Hits, minus the Noldolantë, while seated around their campfire.

Musical Training Creates New Brain Connections in Children

Taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

(Image caption: Fibers belonging to the greater forceps pre-musical training are observed (A, B, C). Fibers belonging to the same patients after 9 months of musical training are observed below (a, b, c))

“It’s been known that musical instruction benefits children with these disorders,” said Pilar Dies-Suarez, M.D., chief radiologist at the Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez in Mexico City, “but this study has given us a better understanding of exactly how the brain changes and where these new fiber connections are occurring.”

The researchers studied 23 healthy children between the ages of five and six years old. All of the children were right handed and had no history of sensory, perception or neurological disorders. None of the children had been trained in any artistic discipline in the past.

The study participants underwent pre- and post-musical-training evaluation with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of the brain. DTI is an advanced MRI technique, which identifies microstructural changes in the brain’s white matter.

“Experiencing music at an early age can contribute to better brain development, optimizing the creation and establishment of neural networks, and stimulating the existing brain tracts,” Dr. Dies-Suarez said.

The brain’s white matter is composed of millions of nerve fibers called axons that act like communication cables connecting various regions of the brain. Diffusion tensor imaging produces a measurement, called fractional anisotropy (FA), of the movement of extracellular water molecules along axons. In healthy white matter, the direction of extracellular water molecules is fairly uniform and measures high in fractional anisotropy. When water movement is more random, FA values decrease, suggesting abnormalities.

Over the course of life, the maturation of brain tracts and connections between motor, auditory and other areas allow the development of numerous cognitive abilities, including musical skills. Previous studies have linked autism spectrum and ADHD with decreases in volume, fiber connections and FA in the minor and lower forceps, tracts located in the frontal cortex of the brain. This suggests that low connectivity in the frontal cortex, an area of the brain involved in complex cognitive processes, is a biomarker of these disorders.

After the children in the study completed nine months of musical instruction using Boomwhackers—percussion tubes cut to the exact length to create pitches in a diatonic scale, DTI results showed an increase in FA and axon fiber length in different areas of the brain, most notably in the minor forceps.

“When a child receives musical instruction, their brains are asked to complete certain tasks,” Dr. Dies-Suarez said. “These tasks involve hearing, motor, cognition, emotion and social skills, which seem to activate these different brain areas. These results may have occurred because of the need to create more connections between the two hemispheres of the brain.”

The researchers believe that the results of this study could aid in creating targeted strategies for intervention in treating disorders like autism and ADHD.

I was thinking about this today while I was jogging, but I never see any posts about physically handicapped/disabled demigods.

Like, when I work out or run, I have to take it slow, because I have a heart murmur that acts up when I’m too active for too long a period of time. As a demigod on a quest, that would be a massive liability to me. So like….

What about blind demigods? Deaf demigods? Demigods with heart problems or in wheelchairs? Like….idk how do they adapt to BEING a demigod, something that, as we’ve seen, is INCREDIBLY hands on and physical

I have no doubt in my mind they could all do it, but I’d be intrigued to have a character who, in our world, would be babied and treated as an invalid, but in the demigod world THRIVES.

Children of Hephaestus in wheelchairs that fucking trick them out with every known weapon in the world they can fly and shoot lasers and shit and if you DO get close enough for hand to hand the kid has a fucking knife and a killer right hook

Blind children of Demeter who pull a Toph and use their surroundings as an advantage, able to “see” so long as there’s ground under their feet.

Deaf children of Apollo that are boss at music because they can feel the vibrations of whatever they’re playing.

Children of Ares and Hermes who, because they have heart problems, can’t do as much that’s physical, but they’re the best strategists and thieves.

Idk. I’ve seen a lot about demigods with PTSD and depression and anxiety, but I’ve seen nothing about physical disabilities that are incredibly common in the real world. I don’t think Rick has had a demigod with a physical disability yet (unless you count Jason needing glasses, which is a whole other can of worms because glasses and sweat don’t mix) (I could have forgotten about someone tho esp with the KC books bc I haven’t read them in a while)

Just a thought *shrug*

I actually headcanon that Kraglin not only really likes Peter’s music – or music in general – but also can dance quite well.

He basically grew up with Peter, and Peter dances even in dangerous situations, so he probably did it half of the time while on duty on the Eclector – there surely has been a time when Peter, cute and childish and all big pout and puppy’s eyes, managed to get Kraglin to dance with him. And after that, it just kind of stuck with Kraglin, and he’s really quite good at it, and proud of it, too.

Not that the others would believe that. Seeing that Drax was already wrong once about who dances and who doesn’t, and Rocket claims to be a pro at being an a-hole, the first reaction to Peter pointing out that Kraglin can dance (quickly followed by Kraglin’s “An’ why are ye tellin’ them that now, Pete?!”) is disbelieving glances and loud snorts.

 

“What? Kraglin?!”

“He can dance!” Peter insists, close to feeling personally insulted – he taught the older, after all. He interrupts his protest to grimace as Drax almost breathes his drink up his nose in laughter. “Ew, gross.”

“’s okay, Pete,” Kraglin mumbles, feeling slightly uncomfortable as both Groot and Mantis look at him with wide, amazed eyes, as if it’s something really super cool that he can dance. Which he can, mind you. No matter how much Rocket almost doubles over in laughter and Drax slaps the table’s surface.

“It’s not okay, dude,” Peter slaps the older’s upper arm, ignoring Kraglin’s scrunched-up nose at that gesture. “You don’t gotta act like it’s okay when they are being a-holes, we’re not ice-cold, uncaring Ravagers, after all – present former Ravagers are obviously excluded from the ice-cold part, too.”  

“I’m not even trying to be an a-hole!” Rocket insists, still cackling as he wheezes out his words. “I just think… he would rather stumble over his way too long legs instead of really dancing, you know!”

They burst into laughter again, even when Gamora glares at them and Groot protests “I am Groot!”

“Aw man, come on, I’m not being mean, I’m saying the truth!”

“I have to agree with the raccoon,” Drax pipes up, wiping his eyes. “Kraglin is a good companion, but not an imbecile like you, Quill.”

“Gee, thanks, man, much appreciated,” Peter drawls.

“I’m just stating that I cannot imagining our new friend fidgeting around like you do, claiming it to be a sort of dance.”

“Okay, now I’m really feeling insulted over here.”

Peter is starting to frown much like Kraglin is used to see from him and his old Capt’n – that downwards-curl of lips while blowing out his cheeks, eyebrows furrowed. All a clear sign that Peter will get seriously pissed any moment now, or start sulking. Or both.

And to be quite honest, Kraglin may or may not be slightly pissed himself that he’s being underestimated that badly. So he makes a quick decision, thinking that he will just blame Peter later if he is going to embarrass himself now.

“Pete, hold my beer.”

“Huh? Okay,” the younger scrambles to do as told, gaze flicking from the tankard in his hands to Kraglin, who is shrugging off the upper part of his jumpsuit. A wide grin eliminates the upcoming frown in an instant. “You’re showing them? Sweet! Go kick some ass!”

“’m gonna kick yer ass if they start laughin’ at me ‘gain,” Kraglin grumbles, though he pats Groot’s head when the little tree looks seriously worried about the threat.

“Dully noted.”

“But smiling is okay, right?” Mantis pipes up as she takes Kraglin’s jacket, looking equally worried and excited for what was to come.

“Smiling is more than okay, bug,” Kraglin assures her, stretching before aiming for the free space in the middle of the room.

Gamora is the first to notice that something is going on, by the way Peter is beaming like a giant sun as he runs to turn on the music as loud as possible, searching for a song that is good for dancing. Groot and Mantis are already fascinated like little children, watching Kraglin’s every move as he taps his foot and waits to find a good rhythm.

Gamora smiles to herself and settles back, deciding to watch the show. Perhaps it will shut up the laughing guys next to her.

 

And oh, how she’s right about that. She has never seen Rocket’s mouth snap shut so quickly, or Drax eyes go quite that wide in disbelief.

And if Mantis and Groot all but hang onto Kraglin, wanting to learn to dance, too, and Peter uses the loud distraction to pull Gamora to her feet to get her to dance with him and bellows over to Rocket and Drax to try it, too, and the evening ends in a chaos as everybody tries and not all of them succeed to dance as if they have any idea how to do it… Well. Gamora sure isn’t going to complain about it.

Do you get to eat fruits in heaven? Are the trees different from this place? Maybe everyone gets to ride motorcycles all day long without fear of an accident or cops because you’re speeding. What kind of currency do you guys use? Is there gender there? What about love? Do you get to fall in love there? I bet you do. Does Cupid write silly love letters for everyone? He sucks at aiming, always have, always will. What about music? Oh my god. You must have music! There has to be a jukebox around every corner. What about racism? That’s not possible. Do you own planes? You wouldn’t put a 90 ban on anyone, right? And religion? Maybe, there’s freedom up there too. Every epic, every Greek god gets a place up there. I bet Apollo sings the best songs. I bet Artemis hunts cloud shaped rabbits for the children– you guys don’t need nutrients. Does the sun speak? Every metaphor coming to life. Every love story finally has a happy ending. Edgar isn’t so sad. Shakespeare is telling everyone that the poetry he left here is really written by him. Are liars allowed in heaven? God forgives everyone, right? Is there right or wrong up there? Earth is getting scary. America is getting scary. I’m terrified. Do the stars look pretty up there? Can you just float and hug them? Do you have feelings or sensations? Do the stars shine? Do you experience day and night? Can you flip a switch and it’s bed time for everyone? I bet it’s beautiful, I bet you’re smiling. Do you feel okay? How are you? I miss you. I still write about you and one day, I won’t. I’ll be up there. I’ll be somewhere up there. Maybe I’ll run a tea shop and you can stop by. We can ride down waterfalls and not worry about anything. We can write our names on oak, we can kiss the stars goodnight. I’ll hold your hand if you hold mine type of night. I suck at singing, but I’ll sing for you. Do you miss me too? I’ll write about you until my last day. It won’t be too long now. Time is timeless up there. I’m sure of it. I’m sure of you. I have to be. Oh. Almost forgot.
—  P.S. I love you
30 Day OC Challenge because I need to spam you guys

If anyone else wants to do this with me, I figure these prompts can be answered however you want whether it be telling everyone, drawing, making gifsets, writing a short blurb, whatever!

Day 1- First Impressions: Introduce your character as if we are meeting them on the street. How do they come across to us?

Day 2- If you wanna be my lover: Friends, Family, and SOs. Tell us all about them and their relationship with your OC!

Day 3- When I was a young OC: What was your OC’s childhood like? Were they a tiny terror or a little angel? Or did you give them such a traumatic past they didn’t get the chance to be a kid.

Day 4- Dress to impress: Is your OC a fashion icon or a throw on whatever is available type of person? What kinds of clothes will we find in their closet?

Day 5- My English teacher was right all along: What are some symbols that follow your OC throughout their journey/story? Do they have any emblems they identify with? If not, what’s an object that has meaning to them?

Day 6- Whoa, listen to the music: What is your OC’s theme song/theme songs? Explain.

Day 7- Sugar and Spice: How is your OCs relationship with children? Do they plan to have any?

Day 8- A feast fit for kings: What does your OC eat? Do they cook for themselves or are they hopeless in the kitchen?

Day 9- Phenomenal Cosmetic Powers: What three wishes would your character ask a genus for?

Day 10: Itty bitty living space: Where does your character live/ how is it set up? Messy? Minimal? Filled with books or movie posters? Do they share it?

Day 11- Dancing with Myself: How does your OC handle social interactions? Social butterfly or anxious corner go-er? What large scale social interaction do they face the most?

Day 12- Shop til you drop: (You can do grocery shopping, magic ingredient shopping, clothes, furniture, ect, or all of the above depending on what kind of world your character is in and how it would relate) How does your character feel about shopping? Do they buy until they’re broke or have to haggle everything?

Day 13- Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home: What’s your OC’s Hogwarts house? Because we all know this is a valid personality test. (Alternately, if you aren’t a fan of hogwarts, what’s their Myers Brigg Personality)

Day 14- Self-depreciation at its finest: What does your character dislike about themself? Why? Do other people feel the same way about that trait?

Day 15- I don’t give a damn about my reputation: What kind of reputation DOES your OC have? Do they know or do they remain blissfully ignorant? If they do know, what do they think of it?

Day 16- Emperor’s New Clothes: Is your OC a fashion icon or more a throw on whatever kind of person? What kinds of things would we see in their closet?

Day 17- Everybody’s workin for the weekend: What is your OCs “job” (however they define that)? Do they love it or do their co-workers constantly make their life a living hell?

Day 18- I’m bored: What does your OC do in their free time/ for fun?

Day 19- Man’s best friend: How does your OC feel about animals (both wild and pets)? Do they have an animal companion?

Day 20- I can explain, I swear: What would your OC get arrested for? Would they try to weasel their way out of it, pay off bail, or do the time?

Day 21- On the road again: Does your OC travel? Do they want to? Where would they go? And how?

Day 22- Monsters in the closet: What is your OC afraid of the most?

Day 23- Hi mom: What would your OC get famous for and how would they/their friends feel about that? If they are famous- do they like it?

Day 24- Tropes are overrated: What tropes does your OC fall into the most?

Day 25- Are we there yet?: What are their ambitions and aspirations? Do they have any real chance at reaching them?

Day 26- Senior Quote: Pick a quote that perfectly describes your OC. Explain.

Day 27- Weapon of Choice: Does your character kill with kindness, slip out of things with a quick tongue, take an axe to the problem, or just fail miserably?

Day 28- A dream is a wish your heart makes: What/Who is the hope that keeps your OC going? What do they live for?

Day 29- They grow up so fast: If you’ve had this OC awhile, how have they changed from your original idea of them? If they haven’t, how have they changed as they aged in story?

Day 30- Before we go: Quirks, habits, and fun facts about your OC.

EDIT: I actually finished this once and then accidentally deleted most of it so what probably happened was that was something I remembered and didn’t realize was already on the list: 
Alternate Day 16- What are your OCs sleeping habits?
PSA to ALL white people: This is why black people are sensitive.

Regarding racial slurs.

 I hear the defense of “we’re not all like that” and “You cant generalize”, and those are absolutely true. But I really need you to understand this–

It fucks with our heads.

to see people we work with or were friends with, or even people we looked up to spout hate speech.

I loved pewdiepie when I was younger. I loved watching his amnesia playthroughs. I had severe depression and I’d always put on one of his playlists and just relax in bed. He made me laugh. He made me feel better. He made me feel like I was playing a game with a friend. He made me care about him and his life and want to support him.

And then he was racist.  I cant tell you how many times this happens.

It is 2017. Do you realize we live with you? No seriously. We do.

We work the same jobs, go to the same movies, buy the same clothes, listen to the same music, watch the same shows on TV– we are right here. We’re just people. We’re not on some island somewhere or behind some glass dome oblivious to it all. 

We buy your music. We go to see your movies. We watch your videos. We teach your children. We play your games. We’re your bosses and your employees. We’re your fans and your peers. We’re your neighbors, your friends, your classmates– we see, hear, and are affected by everything you do just like anyone else.

I dont know who spread this lie that we dont exist or that everyone in your sphere of influence has a white face, but I can most assuredly tell you– it isn’t true. ESPECIALLY if you’re in the public eye.

I promise you there are black people– even black children, who fucking love you and love what you do. Who watch every video, read every piece of writing, know every lyric, and think the world of you. 

I would love to get to the place where racial jokes and even slurs don’t bother me. But I’ve been burned too badly by former friends and people who use to make me happy to see the humor in it. 

Being black is like being that kid in school that’s always bullied then getting told “why’re you getting so upset?” from people who either a) are the bullies, b) stand there and do nothing but then jump in and defend the bullies if you fight back, or c) say they’re your friends but then laugh at you for the same thing you just got beat up over

There comes a point where you really start to wonder if everyone at school is like that. And you know its not true, but it really starts to feel true.

Every month it feels like people I cared about or supported or enjoyed fall into either A, B, or C. All I literally want is to be seen as and treated like a normal human. Because I am one. Black people are normal people. Normal people who’ve been bullied for a very very very long time and just want to eat lunch in peace.

pyroinquisitor  asked:

Aaaaaaalllright. Another one... Let's do... Oh! Since I love jumin (obvs)... WHAT would Mr. Trust-Fund Jumin Han be like as a Father™? After the princess Elizabeth the 3rd, would they have more cats just like Elly? Or would Seven boycott the kitties?

I wrote so much because daddy Jumin is just really cute and like I couldn’t stop. ~Admin Shadow

Jumin Han as a Father

Originally posted by amy-chickadee

• He was there the moment his child came into the world – and you couldn’t pry him away from your side for a second. He was the first person after you to hold your child and couldn’t stop himself from smiling when the baby stopped crying and stared at him. He couldn’t fathom how his child could just stare at him as if he was their whole world. It was love at first sight for him.

• Jumin is nurturing, and loving toward his children. I could see him opening up a little more with his child more so than he had with you. Hugging his child all the time and reminding them of how much they are loved is a must. He’s the type of dad that plants little kisses on their head whenever he has to drop them off somewhere or leave them for more than a span of an hour.

• Takes his role as a father very seriously and has strict rules for his children to follow – he believes that discipline is essential in a child’s upbringing. He follows many conventional rules, like his child must always eat everything on their plate, he sets a bedtime for them that they must abide by. Of course, Jumin can’t pass up offering a bedtime story – he just can’t resist watching their face light up when they get to the climax of every small novel he reads to them.

• Jumin cares greatly about his child’s education and would be very much on the fence about sending his child to boarding school or a highly respected private school near the both of you. I think he would decided upon a wealthy private school in the end, just because the idea of his child being pried away from him becomes too painful to consider.

• He still wants to make sure they are properly educated in all of the high and sophisticated literature and music of the upper echelon. He also tries very hard to push them to play a musical instrument, and makes sure they are well versed in reading people and gauging others motives. He can’t stand the idea of people trying to take advantage of his child.

• He has certain fears he can’t quell when it comes to his children. The one thing he worries greatly about is their social skills and ability to open up. That was always his own shortcoming so Jumin wants nothing more than to guide them in the right direction – he takes them out frequently so they can socialize and learn how to interact with people their own age.

Jumin Getting More Cats

• I honestly don’t think Jumin would get anymore cats after Elizabeth the 3rd. He really viewed Elle as a companion, a friend and an outlet not so much as a cat. For him, she is irreplaceable and getting another cat would cheapen her value to him. I honestly don’t think he would ever replace Elle.

Fic Recs #21

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20

Onward with the fic rec party, my fellow revelers. It’s almost summer! Sort of. Let these long, lazy, warm days be full of Olicity fanfic and lovely hours full of AO3.

Originally posted by andantegrazioso

I Don’t Know Where To Go From Here by @bri617aroundtheworld - Bri is back! Based on a Buzzfeed video about exes being asked questions forehead to forehead.

There were three in the bed by @nightkeepyr - Series of all the smoaking billionaires smut your heart could want!!! Spicy, sexy, and super hot!

Originally posted by backwardjay

Way Down We Go by @absentlyabbie - I’ve recced this before, but idc. Part of the Long Way Down series. Dramatic, angsty, emotional, and so, so, so amazing! It just updated again. Do yourself a favor and read it!

Test and Adjust by @realityisoverrated-fic - An important part of the Infinite Love series - aka Felicity just came back from a business trip and her boys tell her some important news.

Exclusive by @dmichellewrites - Mayor Queen and CEO (Smoak) Queen do a photoshoot for a popular Star City magazine. They’re discussing a biomed merger with Wayne Enterprises and Oliver’s work as mayor. But, let’s be real. They’re here to discuss the pregnancy rumors.

Originally posted by foreverxyoungxwildxfree

Thursday by @Vixx2pointOh - Felicity moves with her family from Vegas to Starling City. Noah works for QC, and they happen to be next-door-neighbors with the Queens. Ten-year-old Felicity has a major crush on the teenage Oliver Queen, but she’s been hit by the “kiddo” curse.

Before the Dance by @REDDuke62 - Prequel to “I Thought You Didn’t Dance?” A 5 times fic when everyone in Oliver’s life is trying to tell him he should be with Felicity. (No Arrow AU!)

Growing Together by @tsukikomew - Felicity used to love Big Belly Burger, and she still does. But now it’s been overrun with paparazzi and fangirls fawning over the new waiter: Oliver Queen.

Remarkable by @tsukikomew - Two in a row! Retelling of S1 of Arrow, but Olicity met in the pilot. Don’t worry, Oliver pulls his head out of his ass WAY sooner than he did in canon!

Originally posted by just-me-and-the-tv

De Profundis by @yellowflicker09011996 - Oliver and Felicity are married. Felicity’s got her corporate job, and everything seems right with the world. But as always with Annie, we know something dark is lurking just around the corner!

The Sound of an Arrow by @lovejesusarrowavengersblog - The hills are alive with the sound of music, and this fic is alive with Olicity. Oliver is a widower with six unruly children and a broken heart that hasn’t healed after 5 years without his beloved wife. Then, he hires Felicity as the new nanny.

Words and Actions by @izzyface - Second in a series, but I didn’t read the first one. I still understand it, though! Felicity has finally been rescued from being kidnapped by Susan Williams, but she hasn’t recovered. Not even close. And she’s just found out the truth of what happened while she was gone.

Originally posted by legends-of-today

Media Confrontation by @alexiablackbriar13 - Part of the Man’s Best Friend series. The media finally finds out that Oliver Queen has a service dog.

You Are The Wolf (And I Am The Moon) by @alexiablackbriar13 - Two in a row, Lexi! Almost two years going since this was updated, and I still hold a torch for this fic. Oliver is a werewolf. He just met a particular blonde IT girl, and he’s been feeling some strange feelings about her. What more do you need to know?

Better Than Nice by @originalhybridloverfics - The bunker sex was just nice? Oliver decides to take that as a challenge.

Originally posted by felicitysmoakq

Red Square by @quiveringbunny - Oliver is an ARGUS agent who’s infiltrated the Russian Bratva. He needs some help on a mission, and Amanda Waller sends whip-smart IT girl Felicity Smoak.

Thing Left Unsaid by @nerdyandturdy - Six times Felicity could’ve told Oliver about their soulmate mark, and one time she did.