new because of reasons

Would you consider professional flirting a power? Idk

Zen’s the guy you’d go to if you need some help in hand-to-hand, blade-to-blade combat. Replication is his main thing, and it comes in handy when tackling the bigger, badder villains. The clones however, only possess his base proficiency at combat and flirting and none of his other powers. He also has a sporadic Psionic Intuition, which allows the team to see glimpses of the future (psychic dreams anyone?). Albeit fleeting, Zen tends to be extra sensitive to the bigger-scale, future-altering, history-making events. He might not be able to see how well you’d do in a test, but he’d definitely see Godzilla rising out of the water a couple days or weeks before it happens, so don’t worry. :D

Adoptive Muscle Memory is less of a power and more of a skill he developed. Quick perception and hella body-eye coordination allows him to study your moves and learn them with time. Short battles are of no use to him, but if the duel is extended or you come back for a rematch, then watch out bc he’s probably got all ur moves figured out. 

Yes, I did the math and estimated that his sword would be about 0.84m long in proportion to his height, which I think was about 5″9. I’m extra that way.

on fanfic & emotional continuity

Writing and reading fanfic is a masterclass in characterisation. 

Consider: in order to successfully write two different “versions” of the same character - let alone ten, or fifty, or a hundred - you have to make an informed judgement about their core personality traits, distinguishing between the results of nature and nurture, and decide how best to replicate those conditions in a new narrative context. The character you produce has to be recognisably congruent with the canonical version, yet distinct enough to fit within a different - perhaps wildly so - story. And you physically can’t accomplish this if the character in question is poorly understood, or viewed as a stereotype, or one-dimensional. Yes, you can still produce the fic, but chances are, if your interest in or knowledge of the character(s) is that shallow, you’re not going to bother in the first place. 

Because ficwriters care about nuance, and they especially care about continuity - not just literal continuity, in the sense of corroborating established facts, but the far more important (and yet more frequently neglected) emotional continuity. Too often in film and TV canons in particular, emotional continuity is mistakenly viewed as a synonym for static characterisation, and therefore held anathema: if the character(s) don’t change, then where’s the story? But emotional continuity isn’t anti-change; it’s pro-context. It means showing how the character gets from Point A to Point B as an actual journey, not just dumping them in a new location and yelling Because Reasons! while moving on to the next development. Emotional continuity requires a close reading, not just of the letter of the canon, but its spirit - the beats between the dialogue; the implications never overtly stated, but which must logically occur off-screen. As such, emotional continuity is often the first casualty of canonical forward momentum: when each new TV season demands the creation of a new challenge for the protagonists, regardless of where and how we left them last, then dealing with the consequences of what’s already happened is automatically put on the backburner.

Fanfic does not do this. 

Fanfic embraces the gaps in the narrative, the gracenotes in characterisation that the original story glosses, forgets or simply doesn’t find time for. That’s not all it does, of course, but in the context of learning how to write characters, it’s vital, because it teaches ficwriters - and fic readers - the difference between rich and cardboard characters. A rich character is one whose original incarnation is detailed enough that, in order to put them in fanfic, the writer has to consider which elements of their personality are integral to their existence, which clash irreparably with the new setting, and which can be modified to fit, to say nothing of how this adapted version works with other similarly adapted characters. A cardboard character, by contrast, boasts so few original or distinct attributes that the ficwriter has to invent them almost out of whole cloth. Note, please, that attributes are not necessarily synonymous with details in this context: we might know a character’s favourite song and their number of siblings, but if this information gives us no actual insight into them as a person, then it’s only window-dressing. By the same token, we might know very few concrete facts about a character, but still have an incredibly well-developed sense of their personhood on the basis of their actions

The fact that ficwriters en masse - or even the same ficwriter in different AUs - can produce multiple contradictory yet still fundamentally believable incarnations of the same person is a testament to their understanding of characterisation, emotional continuity and narrative. 

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Notes:

No.1: GOE +2.71 (*)
No.2: GOE +2.00 (**)
No.3: GOE +2.14 (**)
No.4: Single is the new quad
No.5: “Sure I messed up but it doesn’t matter because I’m Yuzuru Hanyu”
No.6: “I did a #yoloaxel out of an Ina Bauer the other week, how hard can it be to do one out of a hydroblade? ‘kay, turned out it’s pretty hard”
No.7: “Watch me do this impossible thing and watch me sulk when it fails”

(*) Judges were drunk
(**) Judges were hungover from fundraising parties for new prescription glasses

here’s another one i thought of


what if humans are the only ones capable of being offended?

like, an alien says, casually “i don’t like you” and the human… reacts?

the alien is all “am… i not using that word correctly? like is to indicate a preference for? and I have no particular preference for you human we just met?”

and the human is like “first of all, how dare you“

and the alien doesn’t understand why the human is angry? there was nothing about the value of human in the statement, so why did the alien’s statement distress them so?? the feeling of liking (or absence thereof) was completely dependent upon the [internal thinking mechanism process] of the alien???

and like 30 minutes of language analysis later, they come to the conclusion that, because the human is new, there is no reason for their presence to cause a pleasant feeling (which is liking? the alien guesses), that the alien wasn’t trying to cause offense (OF COURSE NOT, THEY DON’T HAVE A DEATH WISH), so the human is just like “oh, ok, i guess i’ll just have to grow on ya!” *failwink*

and then there’s the lightbulb moment for the alien, like

OH. This is why humans are aggressively social. pets/hugs/touches everything. forms pack bonds so quickly and fiercely. They like things. and they want to be liked in return.

“Don’t you forget about me”

more pottertalia

Could’ve been worse.

10 pm reflections (read: ugly sobbing), thanks to @elsaclack​:

DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT HOW IF HOLT HAD NEVER FORCED KEVIN TO INVITE THE SQUAD TO HIS BIRTHDAY PARTY, CHARLES WOULD NEVER HAVE MET VIVIAN LUDLEY, AND SHE NEVER WOULD HAVE BROKEN HIS HEART, AND HE WOULDN’T HAVE STARTED A CASUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GINA, AND THEIR PARENTS WOULD NEVER HAVE GOTTEN MARRIED, AND GINA WOULD NEVER HAVE MET THE BOYLE COUSINS, AND SHE WOULD NEVER HAVE BIRTHED THE ENGIMA.

IN CONCLUSION: EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A MOTHER EFFING REASON. YOU’RE PISSED OFF BECAUSE YOUR HUSBAND’S NEW CO-WORKERS RUINED YOUR PARTY? GUESS WHAT, THAT WAS DESTINY WORKING ITS MAGIC SO THE HUMAN FORM OF THE 100 EMOJI COULD MEET THE FATHER OF HER CHILD. ALL THE SHIT UR DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW IS GOING TO MAKE SENSE IN THE END. EVERYTHING’S GOING TO BE OK, FAM. 

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[15] pairings: [2] Chel/Kuzco (Road to El Dorado/Emperor’s New Groove)

First of all, I give a huge credit to Bleedgirl for making the amazing video linked below, all the edits in gif 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10 belong to her, so go check her and her amazing videos out!

Bleedgirl: https://www.youtube.com/user/Bleedgirl87

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pfffzzr_VYI

And also I give a huge credit to RoxStar09 for making the other amazing video, all the edits in gif 2, 6, 8 and 9 belong to her, go check her and her amazing videos out please!

RoxStar09: https://www.youtube.com/user/RoxStar09

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOCE7edggIs

Chel/Kuzco is one of the rare crossover pairings I ship. I just think that their personalities go so well together. They are one of my fave hetero pairings.