not sure how many characters i i will make sets for so

can we just talk about the character development in arms outstretched for a second?

first there’s merle, the failed cleric and deadbeat dad, who is canonically jealous of every competent person gets close to his team. who sees his two boys leave him - one possessed, one unconscious. but merle doesn’t give up, because he knows he can save them. he has faith in himself, that he can get them back. he summons up a sixth level spell - which was, i think, the highest spell slot he had at the time - and pulls both magnus and taako back from death. 

then magnus, the steadfast warrior, who has lived for love so many times and had it ripped away from him just as often. he’s dying, and he knows that if he dies he’ll get to see julia, and that’s all he’s ever wanted for years - to be reunited with his beloved wife. but he doesn’t go quietly. he says i want to get back to my body, i have to help my friends, and with the family he’s found in merle and taako, decides to live. 

and taako. taako, who doesn’t even have a heart. he looks at a clearly-possessed magnus, a terrified merle, and throws his soul out of his body. not only is he not sure whether he’ll be able to get magnus back, but there is no guarantee that he’ll have a body to return to - edward and lydia could easily destroy it while he’s gone. and then he’d be dead, just like magnus may well be. but he does it anyway. he puts himself in danger on the slight chance he can save magnus. even though he professes to trust no one, even though he doesn’t remember his own heart, he makes a desperate grab for the person he’s come to call a friend. 

arms outstretched really was a defining moment of this podcast. not only did it set the tone for the finale - this is the ending you earned - but it showed how our boys react in dire situations. when things look bleakest, they turn to each other.

RPG Maker Fever Undead and Deranged

Warning:This article may contain spoilers and the content inappropriate for children…or may not contain.But get the children away from the screen just in case.

Good morning! Or is it already evening? Meh, as if it matters…cellar, where I’m chained and writing my articles  is pitch-dark 24 hours per day. So, today we’ll learn how to make friends, control the undead and have a happy dream ( with some experimental drugs involved).Now then, shall we get started?

1. 1bitHeart

Alright, here goes our first title, made by the author of Alice Mare and LiEat series. 1bitHeart is an adventure game, where your goal is to make as many friends as possible . Game plays similar to Ace Attorney series, but with some QTE-scenes, while setting and atmosphere is kinda similar to TWEWY.You can make 49 friends in total, all of them have unique appearance and personality. Plot of the game is pretty good, dialogues are well-written and sometimes hilarious. Besides, every dialogue has it’s own mood supported by stylish well-chosen music track and quality voice acting. Additionaly I want to praise 1bitHeart’s presentation, since  both artwork and sprites are extremely beautiful .

2. The Boogie Man

And here comes the Boogeyman, the Boogeyman comes for me. Here comes the Boogyeman, he’s gonna take me in my sleep…Nah, actually not. Here comes the latest installement in our favourite  the Strange Men Series. This time with the fully voiced in-game cutscenes (and skippable as bonus). The Boogie Man stays true to series and plays like classical horror-adventure with action cut-ins. At some point of the game you can even play as our old friends -David and Sophie, but new protagonist Keith is quite notable too (he’s my personal fav to be honest).Overall the game makes very good impression, the story is interesting and dialogues are bright and entertaining (with many references to previous games).


I’m not the sensitive type, but  even I was kinda hesitant to play this game at first, since it has waaay too many suggestive content, supported by quite a lot of graphic violence.But after beating it I can state that this game is totally drugtastic. END ROLL plays like quality role-playing game and somewhat reminds the wild mix of the Gray Garden and Re:Kinder, but with better story-writing and gameplay I believe. Game has plenty of  unique dungeons (all of them has some plot-related meaning behind it) as well as tons of optional content, which along with well-designed and interesting characters make END ROLL very enjoyable.

4. Guuzen ~ Ningyou no ito

What? Don’t tell me you’ve never heard about the rite named “doll’s prayer” .You’ll forget all of your worries and  path to the Heaven will open before you. But the place, our heroines’ve found themselves in, can be hardly called Heaven. I wasn’t expecting much from this game, but it turned to be quality horror with beautiful character designs, memorable soundtrack, logical puzzles and surprisingly mature story. The game reminds us that we’re often starting to value something only when it’s already lost.Sadly, right now  Ningyou no ito is only available in chinese, japanese and russian.

5. Liar Jeannie in Crucifix Kingdom

Yet another full-fledged role-playing game has made it to my list.And kinda tough, I must say. Imagine what if Dark Souls was the turn-based RPG with cute nun as protagonist and you’ll get Liar Jeannie… more or less.Unlike many RPGs, this one doesn’t  have any levels, and your stats and basic skills fully depend on your current equipment (by the way, every item in this game can be equipped). A special mention is deserved for game’s bosses - there’s a few main bosses and a lot of optional ones -all of them have their own battle tactics and require some thinking before acting ( especially Pleiades Knights-you want to defeat them, trust me).Also, if things during the fight will become real ugly, you can always summon expendable monsters as your allies (or living shields,heh).

6. At the Tale End

Here we have a game, which looks like a regular fantasy-adventure, but only at first. Plot includes our standard party of heroes (fighter,mage,priest and thief), cursed princess and battle with the local dark lord.But each of these elements plays very different from your typical fantasy stories.At the Tale’s End is definetely a unique experience, a role-playing game in it’s original meaning, without countless random battles, but with a certain weight of responsibility for your actions within a narrative.Also this game has detailed and interesting world as well as quality animated cut-scenes.

7. Pocket Mirror

A long-awaited Pocket Mirror has been finally released this year. And I’m amazed with  enormous amount of work made by the  team of developers.When it comes to game’s graphic, Pocket Mirror is stunning. Beautiful artwork and memorable soundtrack help to create this mysterious, unique atmosphere of dark fairy tale. And with that Pocket Mirror has some gameplay issues. You see, while some puzzles are interesting, most of them is quite uninspiring, some of the locations are pitch-dark and hard to navigate.And with that plot of the game is quite complicated,but doesn’t make much sense,if you don’t pay close attention to numerous in-game notes and letters.This game is definetely not bad,but still leaves some feeling of unpolishness.

8. The Maid of Fairewell Heights

Despite the fact that story of the Maid takes place at the haunted apartment complex, this game has no horror elements. Maid feels more like comedy anime straight from ‘90s. Gameplay (along with main character’s outfits) varies depending on the room your’re currently exploring. Starting with regular cleaning you can end up playing detective or running the shop. Game has bright illustrations, good humour and overall is pretty good.

9. Libretta

I’m sure everyone knows that beside translating games vgperson also makes their own, and Libretta is one of them..This game  definetely gives an interesting experience. While playing similar to Ib, Libretta has it’s own unique atmosphere and somewhat complicated plot, where everyone can find something for themselves (or so I think). Libretta has memorable soundtrack and interesting puzzles, requiring some thinking from the player Also playing shirigories between chapters is kinda fun.

10. Imaginary Friends

Imaginary Friends is a classical rpg-horror-game with quality visuals, well-thought puzzles and some minor chasing scenes. While story lacks originality, it’s still interesting to follow, since charactrers are nice and game has several endings. Game is about 3 hours long and leaves mostly positive impression. So, if you like old-school rpg-horrors-be my guest.

11. Red Trees

While having some minor horror elements, Red Trees stays warm and relaxing adventure game with humorous and ironic view on horror genre and quite unexpected ending in a way. Graphic style of the game and whole atmosphere of a local town is somewhat reminiscent of Mother series.Gameplay is quite simple and consist from few “find-and-bring-to-the- right-person” puzzles, which can be easily solved in 30 minutes or so.

12. The Stairway

Like Red Trees this game is also recommended for players, who’ve already tired from jumpscares, explinct content and overthinking bizarre puzzles. This game has simple yet nice story, unique visuals and some easy logical puzzles.So, if you want to neatly spend 30-40 minutes of your time, try and climb The Stairway to see what’s awiting you at the very end.

13. Friendship

The most fitting description for Friendship would be “horror for the beginners”, since it can surprise or startle you only if you haven’t played any other rpg-horrors before. In fact Friendship doesn’t stand out much compared with better quality school horrors ( like Misao or Amayado Bus Stop ).But it doesn’t mean that the game is bad-Friendship is a good way to spend 30 minutes seeing how strong attachment to a friend can turn simple game into yandere-horror.  

14. By Ourselves

 And here comes our closing title about two former classmates, who’ve found themeselves trapped in the room. Game is only 10 minutes long and basically is one big locked door puzzle. You find the first hint and then successively exploring the room for the way out. Game has two endings determined by how much attention you’re paying to your comrade in distress.

Bodzvokhan: The Orcish Language from Bright

The Orcs in Bright lived most of their existence in the Pripet Marshes. They spoke their own language, but as the Russian Empire grew, many learned to speak Russian, as well. When Russia began a campaign to exterminate the Orcs, they emigrated to many places, including the United States. The Orcish language had an old, ancient script (Vukht) which was replaced by a variant of the Cyrillic alphabet. After the emigration, the Orcs reclaimed their old writing system and began using it once again (with some modified Cyrillic letters used for sounds not present in the language when the Vukht was originally in use).

The language itself is SVO and somewhat agglutinative with minimal case marking. Phonologically, it’s highly permissive of consonant clusters, and has low-high vowel harmony. The Cyrillic writing system is, of course, alphabetic, and the Vukht is abjadic. This is a rundown of the phonemes and how they’re spelled:

These are the original six vowels of Bodzvokhan. They come in pairs like this, so every affix that takes -i with high vowels will take -e with low vowels, and vice versa. These are high and low with respect to one another, not in terms of their exact IPA definitions.

A couple of important notes here on the Vukth (ignore Cyrillic for the moment). The abjad works by placing the two lines you see in the low column below a consonant to indicate that there is an [a] vowel there. Without that, it’s assumed that there is either no vowel or [ǝ]. The original semi-vowels *j and *w are used for the vowels [i] and [u], respectively, and the low mark is used below them to indicate [ɛ] and [ɔ]. Because consonants indicate the vowel that occurs before them, the symbols for [a] and [ǝ] are never really used, and don’t differ from one another (this is also due to the fact that [ǝ] is never written at the end of a word, so usually you only see that glyph if it’s [a] at the end of a word and not obvious).

Here’s an illustrative example:

These are two different words that are nevertheless written with the same characters. The main characters are, in order, <vʀbwʣ>. In the first word, though, <v>, <b>, and <w> have the low diacritic beneath them, meaning that the vowel before them is [a]. When it occurs before <w>, the interpretation is that they combine to form [ɔ]. Thus the first word is pronounced [a.vʁaˈbɔdz], which means “I plant it”, and the second is pronounced [ǝ.vʁ(ǝ).ˈbudz], which means “I yank it”. Each of these can also take a final -a or -ǝ, respectively, but it’s usually left off (more on that later).

The Cyrillic should be uncontroversial, save using <э> rather than <е>. This is done because <е> is used elsewhere. The vowel <ы> was used basically for the “other” vowel in Orcish, and is used in Russian borrowings for the original <ы> vowel. For that reason, it can be pronounced [ɨ], but that’s usually done only by those fluent in Russian, and only in Russian borrowings. Otherwise, it’s just the symbol used for [ǝ]. Also, unlike in the Vukht, the vowels are always written.

Otherwise, the romanization is straightforwardly i, e, ǝ, a, u, o. In the scripts, I didn’t differentiate between [a] and [ǝ] at all (they were both spelled a), since (a) Final Draft doesn’t support <ǝ>, and (b) I was going to be on set to make sure it was always pronounced right. Plus, unless the word has all [a] or [ǝ], it’s obvious which it should be.

Now here are the consonants:

All of these were romanized as you can probably guess (so: ch [tʃ], j [dʒ], sh [ʃ], zh [ʒ], kh [x~χ], h [ħ]. ng [ŋ], y [j], and r [ʀ]). There are just a couple of notes to make.

There are some sounds present in the chart which have spellings in both systems that are no longer present in the language. At this stage, the phonemes and letters associated with the proto sounds *[ɢ], *[ʁ], *[ɣ], and *[ʀ] are all pronounced [ɣ~ʁ], and are all romanized as r. It’s only in the two orthographies that those sounds are still differentiated, leading to some complex spellings one has to remember.

Aside from the glyph for y [j], the entire palatal column has been borrowed from Russian, and from Cyrillic. This entire series is not native to Bodzvokhan, and is not spelled with native Vukht characters.

Those familiar with Cyrillic will doubtless have some questions about the characters chosen for the sounds not present in Russian. I went with systematicity over adhering to any specific Cyrillicization scheme, figuring that the orthography would have been created by a missionary some time in the late 1700s/early 1800s. I think it works very well as a system, but hope it works historically.

Some, but not all, of the native Vukht consonants have a special geminate form used only when the consonants appear as true geminates (so you’d use them for a theoretical word ǝnni but not inǝn). This is a list of them:

Those should be fairly self-explanatory. In addition, there are a number of Cyrillic extensions that are used for Bodzvokhan. I’ll discuss them after I show them:

Russian has an entire palatal series that’s written by having two sets of vowels. Each of these made its way to both the Cyrillic writing system and the Vukht. The sequences [jɛ] and [jɔ] actually do occur in native Bodzvokhan words, so the character are sometimes used for that, rather than the traditional sequence of the character for <j> followed by the modified character for <j> or <w>. Old *[jɔ], though, eventually developed into modern [œ], and so now the new character <ё> is used for that vowel. In parallel, the character <ю> is also used for new [y]. (So now Bodzvokhan has an eight vowel system.) Other characters are used variously in borrowings, with the old Cyrillic character <я> used now in English borrowings where [æ] is wanted.

The old Cyrillic soft sign <ь> was only used in the Cyrillic writing system for Bodzvokhan, and only in borrowings—and even then, inconsistently. The hard sign <ъ>, though, developed a life of its own. Old sequences of stops followed by *[ʀ] have evolved to become hard consonants—probably velarized. Or something like that. As a way of marking these, the hard sign is used following stop consonants. There are no longer any sequences spelled with a stop glyph followed by the glyph for r in either the Cyrillic version or the Vukht. (In addition, velars became uvulars before r.)

Anyway, that’s more or less the phonology. Stress is on the second-to-last syllable of the root.

I see this is way longer than expected. lol I’ll show you some minimal grammar stuff, then.

Nouns distinguish singular and plural, as well as nominative and genitive. Here are some examples:

  • NOM. SG.: dri “stone”; qǝs “summit”; dǝzhn “language”
  • NOM. PL.: drif “stones”; qǝsif “summits”; dǝzhnivǝ “languages”
  • GEN. SG.: drin “stone’s”; qǝsǝn “summit’s”; dǝzhnǝn “language’s”
  • GEN. PL.: drim “stones’”; qǝsim “summits’”; dǝzhnivin “languages’”

If you take those same three types of words (ends in a vowel; ends in a consonant; ends in a consonant cluster) and switch out the vowels with low vowels, then you get low vowel suffixes. Thus, with örq “orc”, you get örqeva, örqan, and örqeven.

Verbs agree with their subjects, direct objects, and indirect objects, and also mark aspects, polarity, and a few voices. I’m actually going to be super lazy and put up table images, because why not this is huge anyway. lol

These are all things that come before the root. So if nǝd is “give”, ǝmvrǝnǝd is “I give it to [him/her]”, kvǝvrunǝd is “You gave it to me” (can’t have a geminate [v] like that, so the [ǝ] breaks it up), khngrbǝzninǝd is “They always give them to you”, and khngrbǝznunǝd “They always used to give them to you”, etc. The nominalization can be used to make regular verbal nouns, but also complex infinitives, like ǝngvrhunǝd “for me to have given it to you”.

There are two types of suffixes that can come after the verb root:

The position 4 suffixes are optional (used only when needed), and the affirmative polarity suffixes are generally not use save for emphasis at this stage (which is why many verbs end with the verb root, in practical use).

The third person agreement prefixes are also used to form agentive nouns. Thus, the verb form pegazdasa, which means “s/he works regularly”, is also the noun to mean “worker”. (In fact, as a noun, the final -a will always be on there, whereas for the verb most of the time it will not be.) These nouns, then, don’t have the usual case frame, as their “plurals” are actually just plural verb forms. Thus:

  • NOM. SG.: pegazdasa “worker”
  • NOM. PL.: khegazdasa “workers”
  • GEN. SG.: pegazdasan “worker’s”
  • GEN. PL.: khegazdasan “workers’”

That gives you some of the major points of the Bodzvokhan language. There are adjectives, they come before the noun, and they agree in case and number. There are lots of borrowings from Russian, and some from English. Here’s probably my favorite sign that the art department came up with:

Öl Ruf. Öl El. “Dark Times. Dark Ale.” lol The ale is called Omarzo Gǝrrul “Ugly Gargoyle”. And that word mark for the word omarzo, “ugly”… Just brilliant. You know, I first came up with the Cyrillic script for Orcish, because, based on my understanding of what I discussed with David Ayer, that was the only one that was going to be used. But then he said he wanted another script—more angular and crude-looking—so I came up with the idea of the old script that was reclaimed. I didn’t like the look of it at first, but when I saw what they did with that word mark, I was like, “All right. This works. This is good.” Those art department folk are wizards. There was a guy there that had an Ugly Gargoyle ale shirt with that on it, and I’ve never coveted anything so bad…

Anyway, that’s an intro to the Orcish language, Bodzvokhan. Hope you like it! Up next is Elvish!

On Minako and Yuuri


I know a lot of people are trying to dissect Viktor and Yuuri and the dynamics of their coaching relationship. (It’s really hard though since there are literally no boundaries between them as student/coach, fiancés/lovers.)

But anyways: let’s talk about the single most underrated teacher/student relationship in the series.

The easy route to go with these characters is to parallel them with Yurio/Lilia. Both Lilia and Minako are celebrated dancers (they probably knew each other or of each other) and both are extraordinarily influential in their students’ skating styles. Yurio’s FS isn’t possible without Lilia’s ballet-boot-camp. We joke about how Yuuri’s dance mastery—and subsequent banquet shenanigans—is all because of Minako? 

What sets him apart as a skater?

His ridiculously high PCS scores? That’s Minako’s lasting influence—she trained Yuuri as a dancer, probably made sure he was as skilled in it as he possibly could be, and as a skater he made up the score gap with his artistry. Even notoriously hard to impress Yurio is intrigued by Yuuri’s step sequences—the figure skating component more “dance-like” than anything else.

But let’s go to the Scene that Keeps on Giving

1) We get Viktor and Minako in a room together. Please people, keep imagining them talking with each other. They are in many ways, very, very similar and very, very much in awe of Yuuri. If Viktor is an unending source of romantic love, Minako is basically his second mother, and an unending source of familial love. They are both Yuuri’s eccentric teachers.  They both are prodigies in their given fields.

(That pretty statue we see in Minako’s studio? That’s a Prix Benois and it’s the highest dance-award you can get. On that note… 

Hell: if Minako is in her 50s, she was most probably, in-universe, The First Asian Woman to Win All her Prizes. She was probably, in-universe, The First Asian Woman to Dance Principle in X, Y, Z Ballet Company Abroad.

I know homophobia is handwaved in the Yuri on Ice universe, and to a lesser extent, racism. But Phichit and Otabek are always pointed out as trailblazers. When you see them crying or proud because they’ve done something for their country that no one else has? Minako’s been there, done that, and still hasn’t aged.


But going back to Viktor and Minako… Just think of all that underlying tension. Minako is all “Take advantage, Yuuri” to Yuuri’s face but you can bet she’s somewhat leery of Viktor. Because she’s heard the stories. If Yuuri’s idol-worship is keeping him from realizing how creepy Viktor’s arrival is… I’m imagining the good people of Hasetsu are all… “So this Viktor guy just shows up naked, unannounced, and he says he’s teaching Yuuri.” 





“Hand me another drink ji-san. He kept staring at my boy’s ass for all two hours of our ballet class.”)

Minako would probably be the first person to cut Viktor if he doesn’t make good on his coaching Yuuri promise.

2) The scene is used to establish that Yuuri is a genius of hard work.

(This distinction probably only means anything to Minako and Viktor, who most likely both worked their asses off but had the sheer talent to boost them up to living legend status.)

but: Here’s Where This Becomes The Most Enlightening Scene Ever


To unpack this:

Minako is low-key telling Viktor: “Yes, Yuuri gets anxious. It’s not just a competition thing. He’s been anxious his entire life. This is his coping mechanism.” 

And then: *bam* “I usually go along with him.”

Can we just?

Imagine baby Yuuri, who probably has used up all his spoons for the day, and then there’s his teacher Minako, who notices and goes all “Okay, what do you need? You need to skate? Ok. Let’s tell your parents, I’ll go with you, and I’ll stay with you.”

No questions asked, she’s just there.

Like—she’s either dancing with him or just watching him ice skate for however long it’ll take the anxiety attack to go away. 

The fuck.

For the entirety of his childhood, Yuuri has had this one woman support system of “You need to skate/dance right now? Kay, let me just find my coat, off we go Yuuri!” Can you imagine? How many hours? How many times a week? And she’d just go with him. 

Minako is the ideal teacher: She saw what Yuuri needed and gave it to him.

Bonus: She wasn’t at the GPF where Yuuri failed. She didn’t fly into Russia for the Rostelecom Cup where he was alone for the second half. You can imagine that before Viktor arrived, Minako was the person most likely to help Yuuri during an anxiety attack. 

Interview with The Last Jedi’s Domhnall Gleeson AKA General Hux

Moms ‘N Charge | Dec 14, 2017

So this week has been all about the interviews we conducted with Star Wars cast from the Global Press Event. I’m excited about sharing today’s interview with Domhnall Gleeson AKA General Hux himself. When he walked in the room and we greeted him with cheers and rounds of applause, this was his reaction:

“You know I’m not Cate Blanchett, right? [LAUGHTER]. I used to get called Cate all the time when I was nineteen cause I look like her… How you  all doing?”

I loved that! He was so fun to chat with. Check out our interview below.

On why he didn’t screen the film with his fellow castmates the night before?

“I decided I would rather see it with two thousand people who don’t know what’s going to happen. Just the feeling in the room…at The Force Awakens, that premier was insane. I was there with my dad and my friend Lawrence. The whoops and cheering and big gasps and everything. I didn’t want to miss out on that being my first experience with the film, so I’m waiting until whatever day it is next week.”

Regarding Disney’s Star Tours ride: How Domnhall feels about it

I talked about our experience at Disneyland during this press trip. So we wanted to know what it was like to be a part of a ride that is at Disney?

“Once he realized we were down the street from Disneyland, he responded: Oh, I’ll have to go, [LAUGHTER].  It’s cool. Like, being part of two different rides that literally millions of people will go on is kind of ridiculous. But, in a way, it’s no different than the films. So many people are going to see Star Wars that it’s a bit nuts. The whole thing is a little bit nuts. It’s good though!”

About filming Star Wars in Ireland where he’s from

“I love it. And I love that the people who went there had an amazing time. I love that they got good weather. And that they were all the way up and down the west coast, and Ireland is my home. I think it’s the best place in the world, and I’m just happy for people to see it. It’s an intensely beautiful place, and they got to see it in intensely beautiful weather, which is ridiculous. That never happens [LAUGHTER].”

“So when they came back and they were all talking about what a good time they had in Ireland, even though I had nothing to do with that, I have to say I was pretty proud, yeah.”

Domhnall shares how past Star Wars Villians helped to shape General Hux

“You can’t steal, but obviously, his place in things at the beginning of the film is like Peter Cushing’s kind of role. That’s in terms of the way the villains are set up. He would be fulfilling that role a little bit, just that very clipped English accent, I liked for that. But then you have to go to the real world to find you influences cause you can’t take your character notes from other characters. I think you want to base it on something that’s real.”

“So I understood where he stood in things, but no, the influences would have come from elsewhere. And the most interesting version of Hux, it turns out (which is not there from the very beginning) was the one that’s actually very dysfunctional with Kylo Ren and battling for his place in things. And for favor from Snoke.”

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how to survive final exams

an informational masterpost by @briellestudies

study tips

- you remember material better if you physically interact with it as opposed to just scanning it over with your eyes

  • instead of merely reading a page of notes, go through it with a pen/highlighter in your hand. underline/circle/annotate things as you review the material

- make a study schedule. include which days you want to study for each subject, deadlines (e.g. “finish essay by tuesday”, “study guide for physics should be done today”), any study sessions you might have with others, and time for sleep

  • finals season often overwhelms students because of the sheer amount of work facing them. by breaking things down into a schedule and focusing on smaller portions of work day-by-day, things appear much more manageable

- use mnemonic devices to help you remember things (when applicable)

  • i like to use them for memorizing groups/orders of things - for example, when i took a class on dinosaurs, i had a lot of trouble keeping the paleozoic/mesozoic/cenozoic and triassic/jurassic/cretaceous orders straight until i realized that both were in reverse-alphabetical order

- different study methods work better for different classes

  • flashcards are best for classes where you have to memorize lots of information (without providing further explanation), e.g. introductory psychology
  • mind maps are good for organizing thoughts and seeing how ideas fit together, e.g. english and literature classes
  • practice problems/practice tests are usually the best way to prepare for STEM classes, e.g. math and chemistry 

optimizing your performance/productivity

- try to get some sleep. try.

  • you probably won’t be getting your full 7-8 hours during finals season. fine. completely understandable. but a couple hours here and there throughout the day will do wonders. your brain doesn’t work at optimum levels when you’re sleep-deprived, so while you may not have time for solid 8-hour blocks of sleep, it’s in your best interests to get 1-2 hour powers naps in when you can. aim for at least 4-6 hours of total sleep time per day

- finals week is not the time for junk food. if you’re going to push your body to its physical and mental limit (as so many of us do), you’d better make damn sure you’re at least giving it the best possible fuel to run on

- you should be aware of your study habits by finals season. take them into account and use them to your advantage

  • more productive in the morning? set an early alarm and get yo ass up
  • procrastinate a lot? bitch me too!! it’s not necessarily a bad thing - some people do their best work under time pressure. try this thing i like to call “productive procrastination”: if you wanna procrastinate on something, do so by working on another assignment/studying for another class. this way, you fulfill your desire to procrastinate but you’re still being productive and not completely fucking yourself over
  • more productive when working with others? try to organize study sessions (or you’re the opposite like me and prefer to study alone, don’t feel guilty about declining requests to work with friends/classmates)

- there’s an app called “self control” that blacklists or whitelists websites for a given amount of time (that you set yourself). it forces you to stay focused if you can’t help but peek on social media sites every so often when working on your laptop

- prioritize! know which finals will require the most effort on your part and plan accordingly

  • give more priority to finals that are worth a higher percentage of your overall grade
  • calculate the minimum score you need on the final that’ll still get you the overall grade you’re aiming for - generally, you should be spending more study time on finals that you’ll need a higher grade on

test taking tips

- if you finish with extra time, go through your test again and attempt to answer every question you left blank (unless you’re penalized for guessing, of course). the potential for partial credit is better than definitely receiving no credit

  • for multiple choice, use process of elimination and then make your best guess
  • if you don’t know the answer to a short answer/essay-style question, then answer around it. for example, if you don’t know the significance of caliban’s soliloquy in shakespeare’s the tempest, talk about the character of caliban in general and/or the role soliloquies are meant to play in shakespeare’s works
  • if you’re stuck on a math problem and have no clue how to even begin, just start manipulating numbers and applying formulas

- dress in layers so you’re comfortable no matter the room temperature

- always answer the questions you’re sure of first

- don’t be afraid to ask the proctor if you’re unsure of what something on the test is asking of you (i.e. questions for clarification)

- pay attention to the questions on the exam - sometimes one question may hint at the answer to a different question

  • e.g. 2) what year was x fossil discovered? and 31) who discovered x fossil in the early 1930s?

miscellaneous advice

  • try to get everything you need (calculator batteries, scantrons, blue books, writing utensils, etc.) the weekend before exams start. this way, you’re not freaking out right before a test because you’re missing something
  • try to time your coffee/lack of sleep crashes such that they don’t happen during a final exam (see tip about scheduling above)
  • if you’re pulling an all-nighter, set alarms periodically throughout the night (e.g. every hour and a half) so that if you accidentally fall asleep, you won’t sleep through the whole night
  • also set an alarm 20-30 minutes before each final. just in case ;)
  • bring an extension cord to the library if your school always seems to be short on outlets during finals week
  • always use the bathroom right before sitting an exam (even if you don’t feel like you really need to) to avoid getting up and wasting time during the test itself
  • turn off your motherfucking cell phone before your tests omfg

a note on adderall, a popular “study drug” students take during finals season:

i personally advise against the use of any study drugs that are not prescribed by a medical professional, but the fact of the matter is that students are going to use them regardless of what i say. when they don’t know what they’re getting into, they put themselves into very dangerous positions - often ending in trips to the emergency room or rehab. so in the interest of promoting safety (well, as much safety as is possible given the circumstances) and knowledge, here are a few things you should know about adderall if you decide you want to use it:

  • addy is very addictive and can make the user dependent on it
  • if you take it, you’ll start to sweat. a lot. dress accordingly
  • addy will make you lose your appetite. don’t listen to your body when it says it’s not hungry. you gotta force yourself to eat bruh
  • it’s also really easy to get dehydrated on addy - not only do you sweat a lot, but lots of people tend to pee a fuck ton while they’re on it. stay hydrated
  • addy is a stimulant. you won’t be able to sleep until its effects wear off
    • and just like other stimulants (e.g. caffeine, ecstasy), you will experience a “crash” afterwards. the crash is more pronounced than one you would get from coffee or even caffeine pills
  • there are two “kinds” of addy: IR and XR
    • IR means “immediate/instant release” - whatever dose you take will be released into your system all at once
    • XR means “extended release” - there will be an initial release of the drug into your system and then small amounts thereafter over an extended period of time
  • always err on the side of caution with dangerous drugs - when in doubt, start with a lower dose

as a parting note, i would just like to remind you all to keep in mind the importance of self-care and finding balance. there is a fine line between making temporary sacrifices and being self-destructive. sometimes it’s good to push yourself - “no pain, no gain” as they always say. but analogously, you also gotta recognize when it’s time to dial it back a bit - allow yourself a nap or an hour break to grab dinner with some friends every once in a while. trust me, you deserve it. good luck!

anonymous asked:

Can you recommend any good bellarke fics?:)


You can check out my AO3 tag with fic recs here. I keep adding to it, but the fics that are in there right now are all FANTASTIC so I’m positive you’ll find something you like in there. :)

And my fanfiction tag on Tumblr is here (it’s mostly fic recs from other people for my own reference but I also reblogged some drabbles/one-shots I like that people have posted on Tumblr).

There are so many fics I’ve read that I adored but unfortunately I can’t remember which specific ones they all are (but they should be bookmarked on AO3). I do remember certain fics so I’ll put some of my absolute all time favourite fics below.*

*Since I don’t know everyone’s tumblr usernames (and for navigation purposes), I’m listing all the author’s AO3 usernames!

“To My Favourite Scar (To All Of The Stars)” by prosciutto

Short disclaimer: I’ve recently been working my way through all of prosciutto’s Bellarke fics so a decent amount of my fic recs are by that specific author.  I can say that she is absolutely AMAZING and I have yet to be disappointed by a single thing she has ever written. I HIGHLY recommend reading her stuff.

Anyway. This fic is just fantastic. It’s a Modern AU with Bellarke as co-captains of their exy team (which is delightful!) and it’s got all the great enemies-to-friends-to-lovers angst and fluff a girl could ask for. I have to admit that I was hesitant to read it at first because I’m not much into sports so I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy it but I am SO glad that I did because it is one of my favourite fics ever. A must-read.

“You’re Just Another Recovering Heart” by prosciutto

This is a Season 5 spec fic and it BROKE MY HEART A MILLION TIMES OVER (but in the best of ways, ya know?) It’s so emotional and beautiful and an example of canonverse at its very best.

“Kept Going, Kept Rolling with Nowhere to Go” by marauders_groupie

This is a modern travelling AU and I REALLY enjoyed it. There’s so much great character work in this one (especially for Clarke) and its just really emotional and beautiful. 

“Sleight of Hand” by prosciutto

This is a longer multi-chapter fic where Bellamy and Clarke are basically trying to pull of a heist. It is absolutely BRILLIANT, especially if you are into fic with longer chapters (like me). 

“Up The Ante” by prosciutto

Companion fic to “Sleight of Hand” - if you liked the first one, you can’t miss it.

“In the Skylines up Ahead” by prosciutto

If you enjoy soulmates AU’s, this fic is about to become your life blood. Be warned. It’s stupidly cute.

“This is a Song About Somebody Else” by grumpybell

I cannot express how much I loved this fic. It was SO good I read it twice. Back to back.

The universe is unique because it is post-apocalyptic but in a different universe than The 100 so it has a very similar feel to the canonverse but also manages to be its own entity. The character work in this one is just phenomenal and the relationship development makes my soul weep with the beauty of it. And, it’s a three part fic with long chapters (my absolute FAVOURITE). There’s a lot of angst in this one, but it never comes off as being heavy-handed. 

Basically, what I’m trying to get at is this fic is emotional and beautifully written and perfect so why are you still looking at this when you could be reading it right now????

“we’re too good at goodbyes” by LaughingSenselessly

This is another Season 5 spec fic and after reading it I basically just wanted to mail it to Jason Rothenberg and be like “scrap all your s5 scripts - I have a better one for you”. That’s how good it is. 

It is so emotional and angsty and AMAZING in every way - it displays such a clear understanding of the characters and was so well-written. I could barely function after I finished. 

“i think it’s called love” by LaughingSenselessly

This is a modern setting high school AU and I don’t know what to say about it without spoiling other than to say it is AWESOME and everyone reading this should definitely read it! But, then again, I think LaughingSenselessly is physically incapable of writing anything bad so is this really a surprise???

“I dreamed you a sin (and a lie)” by monroeslittle

I have to be honest: its been awhile since I’ve read this fic so I don’t have too many details to add about it (other than that it’s an FBI AU) but I do distinctly remember dying over how much I enjoyed it. So don’t miss it.

“in this house on the corner” by ofhobbitsandwomen (litvirg)

The birth of my love for modern au’s began with this fic. I don’t think I’ve ever recovered since. It has the best kind of angst and the way this fic unfolds is honestly masterful. I was so sad when it ended (and now you must be sad too! but first, you have to read it and LOVE it like I did). 

“Weave Me A Myrtle Crown” by AJRedfern

WARNING: this fic has not been updated in over a year and it doesn’t look like it will be any time soon!

THAT being said, there is still almost 80k words of pure beauty RIGHT. THERE. And you would be a fool to pass that up because this firefighter!Bellamy/paramedic!Clarke fic is literally to die for. 

PLUS, it doesn’t even end in a wholly unsatisfying place - a few things are left unresolved but as for the Bellarke stuff (which is the most important part) the only unsatisfying part about it is that I WANT MORE!!! But, if the writer so chose to, they could probably have just chosen to wrap up the fic in the same place that their relationship is at where it is in the latest chapter. 

SO. Even though this fic is incomplete, I still absolutely recommend it.

“How You Stay Alive” by LaughingSenselessly

I might have weeped for joy when I saw that there was 88k words of a Bellarke reincarnation AU and I was definitely not disappointed. Each chapter is better than the last and it has one of the most satisfying endings in any fic I’ve ever read. Really great in every way.

“How to Save a Kingdom” by LaughingSenselessly

A prequel to HYSA, but it doesn’t require you to actually read HYSA beforehand to follow it (although, as someone who did, I think you’d appreciate it more if you had ;)). I loved it just as much as “How You Stay Alive” and it deserves all the love!

“Meet Me in the Morning” by monroeslittle

In this fic, Bellamy and Clarke are trapped in a time loop in early Season 1, and everything that happens after that is just great. I have so much love for this fic and its premise. 

“Picking Up What You’re Laying Down” by verbaepulchellae

This modern AU has literally everything that a girl could ask for. It is a mixture of smut, angst (the ANGST!! *shakes fist*), and a healthy amount of fluff, too. AND, the best part is there’s almost a whole 120k of it! I’ve read this fic multiple times and lost multiple nights of sleep where I simply contemplated how bloody amazing it was. 

From checking the description, you may think this is just an average smut fic. But - believe me - it goes way deeper than that (if you like more than smut in your fics) and everything about this fic is to die for. 

“Survivor’s Guilt” by LaughingSenselessly

Odds are you’ve heard of this one because - let’s be real - it’s essentially the holy grail of Bellarke fanfic. But, nonetheless, I’ll still recommend it because this is probably the single best canonverse fic I’ve read. Like, ever. It was completed awhile ago now, but it still holds up amazingly well and I’ve read it start to finish two times now and it was STILL incredible the second time around. This fic should be required reading in the Bellarke fandom, I’m not even kidding.

That’s not even close to all of my favourite fics out there but they should all be in my recommendations on AO3 so if you read all those, and still want more, do check it out! Hope this was helpful, nonny.

Happy reading!

Star Wars Breakout Kelly Marie Tran on The Last Jedi and Kylo Ren’s Shirtless Scene

— Kyle Buchanan for Vulture | Dec 20, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a lot of characters to service, from franchise icons like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) to heroes introduced two years ago in The Force Awakens, including Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Poe (Oscar Isaac). 

It’s a testament to Kelly Marie Tran, then, that the character you’re most likely to talk about after you leave the theater is her series newbie Rose, a mechanic who teams up with Finn (John Boyega) to embody the central theme of the Rian Johnson–directed film: A hero can come from anywhere. 

The 28-year-old San Diego native imbues Rose with such heart that she all but steals The Last Jedi, and offscreen, Tran is just as winning, repeatedly describing herself as a fan who’s hit the jackpot. With her big breakout now in theaters, Tran rang up Vulture to discuss how she’s dealing with her new place in the galaxy.

Tell me what it was like to see the movie at its first premiere in Los Angeles. How were you feeling before you got there, and then what was it like when you arrived?

It all happens so fast, it truly does. It feels like you’re getting married! So many people were going to be there, my friends, my family … there’s a lot of nerves involved. And then when I finally arrived, first of all, I was listening to Hamilton in the car with all my girlfriends, trying to get pumped up for the situation. I was like, “I’m not throwing away my shot!” And then I got out of the car, and it was just madness, immediately. There’s cameras everywhere and people saying my name — first of all, they knew my name, which is very different for me. And then I saw this girl who was dressed as Rose and I just lost it.

How come?

Because I know how impossible this is. I had been auditioning for so long and my parents aren’t from the entertainment industry. It just seemed like a dream the entire time, and to have it hit this final moment was a very big deal. It’s still a big deal. I never want to forget that I’m doing an impossible thing. How rare is it that you get to be part of something people love? It’s really special. It’s a very out-of-body experience to be a part of something so huge.

Now, that was the second time you’d seen it, right? I heard there had been a first screening for all the actors the week before.

It was right after we did Jimmy Kimmel, so if I can paint a picture for you, it was kind of a smaller room. Daisy and Gwen were on my left, and then Oscar on my right. And Laura Dern! Behind us, John and Andy Serkis. Sitting in that room with all these people that I’ve looked up to before I even got that first audition was a big deal for me, and we were shouting for each other. Every time someone would appear onscreen for the first time, we would all just scream. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of tears. It was a very emotional experience, and one that I will definitely cherish. The most comforting thing about this whole experience of being the new person was meeting everyone else and realizing that everyone was just as excited and pinching themselves.

How has your family reacted to the movie?

They were there at the premiere. My parents are refugees from Vietnam, so they didn’t grow up with Star Wars. I don’t think they know what’s going on in the movie at any given time. [Laughs.] But my dad stayed awake during this movie, and my dad never stays awake when I take him to the movies, so that was a good sign.

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Annotating Effectively

Not to brag, but if there is anything I have mastered so far in my high school career, it is the art of annotating poetry and prose for close text analysis. This guide will focus primarily on close-text analysis, but will also touch on a full annotation of a larger piece. Basically, I will be giving you a few different techniques given to me by my English teacher, as well as a few that I have learned on my own! Enjoy!

{ Some of the names are weird because my english teacher is a hilarious person! }


  • What: Basically coondog is all about “sniffing out” motifs and symbols. So for example, when reading a series of poems, if you realize there is a lot of references to the ocean, go through from the beginning with a highlighter and highlight every single reference to the ocean you can find – whether it literally mentions something like “waves” or “fish”, or is far more subtle.
  • Why: Using coondog is extremely helpful, especially as writing about a motif is a great starting point for an essay or paragraph. If you are in the IB program, motifs are awesome for anything from an English extended essay to your unseen oral commentary. Remember, a motif can vary! Some examples of some I have seen commonly are: water, corporeal, animals, time of day, cosmic, textile, etc.
  • My English Teacher came up with the name (I think it comes from one of her crazy life stories haha)


  • Who: Who are the characters? What is the point of view?
  • What: What happened in the piece (paraphrase)?
  • Where: What is the setting? How does the setting effect the piece?
  • Why: Why did the author do _______?
  • When: When was the piece written?
  • How: How does the author create the feeling of ________?

Read Aloud Silently

  • What: This is basically just making sure you hear the piece in your head as you read it. This is extremely important while reading poetry.
  • Why: Reading aloud silently will you help you catch so many things you wouldn’t by just skimming through it. Things like internal rhyme, rhythm, onomatopoeia, tone, consonance/assonance, cacophony/euphony, etc. will all become more obvious. This also ensures that you don’t skim past a line or anything.
  • Even if you hate every single other tip I have given you, just use this one and you will benefit incredibly.


  • Title: Read the title before reading the piece. Is it an allusion? What does it connote? Does it reveal anything about the novel?
  • Irony: Look for irony and humour in the piece. Both are excellent to write about, so keep your brain peeled!
  • Paraphrase: After you finish reading everything, think about what literally happened in the piece. Do this before finding the ‘sub-text’.
  • Connotation: Time for sub-text! What is the piece saying indirectly? As in what is it trying to reveal other than the literal happenings of the work? Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time to read underneath the lines!
  • Atmosphere: Highlight anything that reveals the tone/atmosphere of the piece. Highlight any hints you find that make you think the story is shifting in one way or another.
  • Shift: Find any narrative shifts. This could be anything from a shift in tone, to a shift in point of view, to a shift in the characters feelings.
  • Title: Now that you have examined the piece, look back at the title and think about it’s relevance. Were you right when you looked at it the first time? Or did it reveal a hint about the ending?
  • Theme: Now it’s time to put it all together! What is underneath the piece? What is the author trying to convey? Remember the theme will often be something profound and important!


  • Beginning & End
  • Never skip your beginning and ending as I personally feel as if they are perhaps the most revealing sections. The beginning will set the tone and mood for the poem, while the end will ultimately reveal the theme. When examining the beginning and end, one way to comprehend what happened in the piece is to map out where it started, and where it finished, and fill out (with quotes) how the narrator/characters got there. This is most helpful with poetry or prose excerpts as novels would have wayyyyy to much going on in the middle.


  • Poetry has feelings. Yup. That’s a thing.
  • So, remember, atmosphere and tone are incredibly important. Write down how the poem makes you feel, how the poet might have felt when they were writing it, how the characters/speaker feels about the situation – any feeling word that comes to mind will be significant when you talk about the atmosphere of the overall poem! Plus it will give you a more thorough understanding of the premise :)

Handy Dandy Things to Watch For!

  • Bored of talking about Simile’s and Alliteration? Here are some other things (often a little more rare) that are almost always relevant when annotating poetry (and a lot of prose as well!)
  • Allusion: I promise you, there is almost always allusion in poetry. Biblical will probably be the most common allusion you see (in Western literature), and it is extremely easy and effective to talk about it. Allusion to mythology is also common, and is often used in order to show the universality (through space and time) of a specific theme.
  • Elevated/Archaic Language: Always keep an eye out for this, it is extremely
  • Parallel Structure/Anaphora: You can never go wrong with parallel structure and anaphora as they will exist often! It doesn’t have to be a perfect parallel structure, it always elevates and intensifies a piece of poetry or prose.
  • Structure: In poetry especially, sentence/stanza structure is extremely significant. Look at the length of each line? Is it short-long-short-long line structure for the first few stanzas and then all of a sudden just a rhyming couplet of two short lines? Mention this! Talk about why this might be. Also keep an eye out for the actual structure of the stanzas on the page! This is not on accident, poets often put thought into the way it will look printed out. Plus, if you are unsure, you can always say “perhaps” to keep yourself save. Remember rhythm, syntax, enjambment, and general structure are your friend!

My Method (close-text, small section) ~ This is how I annotate for unseen timed commentary’s (but it is effective for all annotation!)

  1. Read aloud silently.
  2. Write down the general tone/feeling I get from the piece.
  3. Read second time focusing on a possible theme.
  4. Underline any poignant/interesting/beautiful imagery (as guess what, this is usually the best stuff to talk about in your paper!)
  5. Write down a tentative theme and/or thesis (just off of what you get out of the poem the first time around – don’t worry, this isn’t permanent!)
  6. Why did you pick that thesis/that theme to work with? Think of 2+ points that support your thesis.
  7. Highlight any quotes that support these points.
  8. And there you go, a body for your essay is completed.
  9. Annotate with more specific notes towards each highlighted section. This is when you think of literary techniques used like simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, etc.

For a Whole Book / Set of Poems:

  1. As you read the book, highlight any interesting/potentially useful quote.
  2. Let’s say you finish reading for the day after an hour. At that point, open a word document (or notebook), and record every quote you have found in different categories (include page numbers!!!!!).
  3. Categories could be things like: John Doe’s Character Exposition, Water Motif, Setting & Context, etc. etc.
  4. There are a few perks to doing this. First of all, you have all your quotes sorted, chronologically. This means that when looking at something like character development, you have a list of interesting quotes in the order of them happening thus basically creating a skeleton of their character arc! Second of all, having quotes in a large word document makes it far easier to find them! You can use command-F (if on a Mac), and search for a specific word/quote. This way, you don’t find yourself wasting time tracking down one tiny detail for an essay. Another perk is that by recording a few chapters wort of quotes at a time, you won’t be overwhelmed by hundreds of highlight marks throughout your book after you have finished reading. This basically ensures that once you have finished reading, all you have to do is sit down and write! No more spending hours searching for that one perfect quote in a 400 page novel!
The Best Films of 2017.

2017 was a banner year for genre films. Genre films took a lot of risks this year and paid off big time with some important themes and messages.There were five more films I wanted on this list. Honorable mention goes to mother! the type of bold film that I wish every studio took risks on, and The Post. The Post reminds me of why Speilberg is one of the G.O.A.T.s. I have a personal bias against The Post (this has nothing to do with the film itself), so that’s why it didn’t make the cut. One last special mention to Wonder Woman. Really wish I could have Annihilation on this list, but alas that’ll be for next year.

19. Logan Lucky - This film marks the return of Steven Soderbergh with a stacked cast delivering a fun, southern-fried heist film. I have never rooted for a heist to go right in a long time.

18. Thelma - This film from Norway had so many things I did not see coming. By the half-hour mark, I was enthralled on where this was gonna end up. I was not disappointed.

17. Girls Trip - Yeah, these ladies are wonder women too. Like I said in my review it’s rare to see four black women treated with this much respect. Full thoughts here.

16. A Ghost Story - Moving on is hard when you have unfinished business. Some people may find this film pretentious, and I get that between the party scene and the scene of Rooney Mara eating a pie. Look the pie eating scene serves a purpose, but I get it if it tests your patience. To me, David Lowery crafted a very moving film.

15. John Wick: Chapter 2 - The first John Wick was unexpected. Chapter 2 does what I wished most sequels would do which is a) expand on what was presented in the first film, b) explore the world, and c) be at least as good as the first. Full thoughts here.

14. War for the Planet of the Apes - What a way to close out a trilogy. Full thoughts here.

13. Split - Who would’ve thought an M. Night Shyamalan film released in January would end up on this list? Never has a film lost me in its climax only to win me back in its final reveal which recontextualizes what you just watched. Looking forward to what comes next. This has one of my favorite scenes (blocking, directing, acting, and scoring) of the year.

12. Call Me by Your Name - I thought we were done with coming-of-age dramas. Well, 2017 said not as this came and is seriously one of the best films of first love I’ve ever seen. There is one scene here that is powerful and reconfirms that Michael Stuhlbarg is one of the most underrated and underappreciated actors working today. This would be higher on the list had it not been for something that rubs me the wrong way as it did a few other black critics as well as some women too. I’m probably alone in saying this but this could’ve shaved off about ten minutes as well.

11. Logan - Well, Fox had a banner year for the putting the period on some characters between this and Apes. Of note, you can go dark, but it has to be earned with characters to care about and a story worth telling. I hope DC fans can learn that.This plays much better on the (many) times I’ve revisited it. Full thoughts here.

10. Lady Bird - Like I said, coming-of-age films came back hard in 2017. Actress Greta Gerwig makes a seamless transition into writing and directing presenting one of the realest portrayals of the parent/child generation gap. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf give great performances that speak a lot even when silent. I also loved the high school dynamics in this as well finding them to be very genuine. 

9. The Lost City of Z - Simply put they don’t make adventure films like these anymore. This two and a half hour film flies by as we are always on the cusp of something big. That maddening obsession is one I can relate to. A drive to reach that goal despite all costs. Once the final shot came across the screen, I knew the end credits were about to roll and honestly I could’ve stayed for another thirty minutes.

8.  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Martin McDonagh has made another nihilistic movie.One that may be his best yet. The characters are complex. They take unexpected turns. And yes, parts of this rubbed me the wrong way. But I can’t stop thinking about it. What exactly does justice mean? How far are we willing to go to get it?

7. Blade Runner 2049 - Again this is a masterwork across the board. Reading all the bad (and wrong) takes on The Last Jedi makes me happy that everyone chose to skip this. Full thoughts here.

6. The Shape of Water -  This is hands down my favorite Guillermo del Toro film. It’s a love story made with love featuring a powerhouse Sally Hawkins as mute Elisa Esposito. As always, del Toro’s attention to detail from set design down to performance is outstanding. 

5. Dunkirk - The most cinematic experience I’ve had all year. If you missed out on a 70MM or IMAX 70MM experience, you fucked up. Hell, this was worth it even in fake IMAX. Full thoughts here.

4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - The problems I had with this are virtually gone after a second rewatch as thematically it all came together much stronger including the purpose of some characters. Full thoughts here.

3. Mudbound - I was wondering when Dee Rees was gonna make her second film and she did not disappoint. The way PTSD is used here to tell a timely and important story of how we let small differences cripple us made for some of the best storytelling with a knockout cast. Mudbound is a film I wish got a better distributor than Netflix as even Amazon Studios makes sure that their films get a proper theatrical release. Really wish I saw this in a theater.

2. Baby Driver - Every time I’ve seen this I’m always left with a smile on my face. A masterclass in directing and editing, like Dunkirk this is truly a cinematic film in every sense of the word. Full thoughts here.

1. Get Out - Was there ever a doubt that this wouldn’t be my number one? Nothing has hit me as hard as this. And like Baby Driver, there’s not a wasted moment in this as both films make great use of their runtimes. Read my full review, as I don’t think I’ll ever write a review that good again.

anonymous asked:

why exactly do people think that timmy and armie are passionately in love?

I’m going to try to be as thoughtful as I can be about this because it involves opinions and someone is bound to be put off by whatever I say, so hopefully this is coherent.  I’ll also preface this by saying that everyone is different, and some people ship them for different reasons than I may list here. 

There are layers to this question that I think need to be addressed before I can answer. The first is what kind of love we’re talking about here, just so anyone reading knows exactly what I’m referring to. “Passionately in love” is a very different description from “love.” There are people who like Charmie that don’t or won’t cross over that line into the “Passionately in love” theories, but will happily stick to the “love” ones. And then there’s the opposite, and there are people in this fandom who see it as some limbo state between simple love and something more romantic. Sorry for going through this, but I really like to establish what level of love we’re talking about in cases like this. To be clear, I fall somewhere in the middle. Think of these shippers as people on a spectrum of emotional chaos which shifts and moves day by day. 

SO, why do people think they’re passionately in love? There are a few reasons, probably many more than I’ll be able to list here and even am aware of. The first is the raw vulnerability the two had to tap into the film their scenes together. Their roles were emotionally challenging and required a lot from them, especially the emotionally intimate scenes where the majority of what’s happening for their characters is beneath the dialogue. By the very nature of creating scenes like that, there was a necessity for them to grow close enough to develop a bond and trust that would allow them to generate that emotion and portray it honestly. Yes, it’s acting, but any actor will tell you that you pull from experience and build off of and use what you know. This is the case with them, we know because they’ve said so in interviews, as has Luca. They’ve talked about how they had to be vulnerable and let that be a part of their process, and Luca has mentioned that he was trying to capture organic moments instead of contrived ones. This can only happen if there is a high level of comfort between actors, in this case caused by emotional intimacy. They spent nearly every moment awake together or at least near one another. That’s a lot of time logged generating chemistry and emotional intimacy. 

This leads me to the second big factor for shippers: the parallels. I know, I know, that’s fiction and this is reality. However, a distinct line drawn between the two doesn’t exist in the case. It’s incredibly blurred, something that the actors and Luca have alluded to, even said, but it’s also something noticeable in their speech. They often slip up in talking about scenes, drifting from Oliver/Elio to referring to those characters as Armie/Timmy/Me/Him/Us/We/Our. Some actors just do this, it could mean nothing. Luca does it too, though, when he talks about them. Sometimes he’ll talk about a scene they filmed and he says Armie did this or Timmy did that, one time he actually in the middle of a sentence backtracked because he caught himself describing Armie doing something instead of Oliver, and backed up to fix his error. There’s also the element of their lives in Italy serving as a striking mirror to Oliver and Elio’s story itself. They describe their meeting as a meet-cute that screenwriters not only dream to be able to create, but in some cases probably have. They describe their chemistry as instant, and then the first thing they did together was ride around Crema on their bikes, Timmy showing Armie around. They spent their days talking about books and music and rode bikes and had meals together and spent so much time together. Then they began filming and they did the scenes in order, meaning as Oliver and Elio build intimacy, so are Armie and Timmy after already living mirror lives for a few weeks to Oliver and Elio’s casual day to day routine. Normally, parallels might not be that significant, but in this case, the sheer amount and nature of the parallels is enough to make it clear that this was a unique experience that generated genuine chemistry, intimacy, and emotion, because it was happening in real time on and off screen, romantic or not. It cannot be emphasized enough that a huge selling point for shippers is that Luca, Armie, and Timmy all have said that the environment Luca created, which consisted of endless parallels, made it easy to develop chemistry and intimacy with the characters, as well as each other. 

This leads to the third and final reason I’ll cover, which is the way Armie and Timmy talk about one another, as well as how they act (their body language) around each other. Those slip ups I already mentioned are when they’re trying to talk about their characters. There’s a whole other element, though, which is that they talk about their real life relationship as being something special. Armie has said so many times that they’re closer today than they were when they filmed. Armie has also said that he loves timmy, fell in love with him, multiple times. Timmy has also said it. Their body language is a display of emotion and genuine adoration. There is a magnetic response that happens when they’re near each other, and I’m not trying to romanticize it I promise. If you watch, they gravitate towards one another. 

Now, just one of these things alone is one thing. But combined, and adding in all the other various reasons I haven’t covered, people find themselves a bit conflicted. If this were a tv show and you were an objective observer, you’d see these signs and think it was a classic set up, the writers foreshadowing something that’s clearly in the works. But this is reality, and that’s so much messier, especially when you throw in the fact that Armie has a wife and two kids, and is presumably very very happy with them. Hence the shipping being more like a spectrum where day by day you can go from appreciating their love and thinking it’s likely just platonic, to seeing all of this and being overwhelmed, thinking there’s no way it’s just platonic. 

My final point to leave you with, dear anon, is a personal opinion, which I realize I probably shouldn’t offer up in a meta post about shipping, but I feel may help you understand when you see me reblog things that are clearly implicating some romance. It’s difficult to look at them and not see that they care about each other as humans. But the glances and everything I’ve mentioned above create this feeling that’s hard to shake once you get it. There’s a natural anxiety when it comes to looking at these two and recognizing classic signs of infatuation. Logic kicks in and you think that there’s no way they’re romantically involved. For some, that’s where the process ends and that’s perfectly valid. But then, for someone like me, I think about how close they had to be in Italy, and how Timmy punched a wall during the filming of their last kiss “out of frustration” and that Armie began pulling back because he felt people around him weren’t as invested in the emotions and story as he was, and this narrative is formed without any help from anyone but them and Luca. The reality is, Timmy thought about leaving the set and Italy when he filmed that last scene, he said as much. The reality is, Armie considers the experience to have changed his entire life. There was a love that built there, whether it was romantic or not who’s to say but them for sure. But what I can say is that it literally pains me to think about two people finding each other and having instant chemistry, spend day in day out with each other for two, two and a half months, and then walk away like nothing ever happened. It hurts my heart to think that love can be so easily discarded. I hold onto the idea of shipping them because to think they let that love fall away after filming is something I personally cannot cope with, not just because it’s them, but because it’s love. The rest is semantics. It boils down to love, and it’s there. Whether or not they ever act on it is the issue, it’s the issue that a lot of people debate and take sides on. That’s okay, because looking at love is always entirely subjective. It’s constructed of your own experiences, your own emotions and heart. What I see is foreign to someone else who has had completely different but perfectly valid experiences and is absolutely fine with assessing this stuff between Armie and Timmy and coming to the conclusion that nothing ever has or will ever happen. That’s fine. That’s beautiful, actually. 

So, why do people think they’re passionately in love? The long answer is above. The short answer, lovely anon, is that people see what they need to see. Why do we ship anyone, why do we think our crush might have been staring when we see them look away? We see things because our heart decides that there is something worthwhile to stake a claim on, and our head relents. It’s all about what you’re bringing into the equation, my friend. Once you realize that, it all makes a little more sense. 

Why Mitchell is abusive towards Eliot.

I’m going to be honest at first I only watched 5 minutes of the cartoon therapy video quite simply because I don’t watch Steven Universe and wasn’t that interested in it. I only watched it recently as my signif (love them so much!) suggested it may help me better understand my experiences. However I heard quite a bit about it including Eliot, and his partner Mitchell. There was a lot of support going around for Eliot but there were also a lot of people saying that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge Mitchell and should hear his side of the story too. This didn’t sound quite right to me however I hadn’t watched the video so couldn’t weight in. However after watching it I completely disagree with that for a number or reasons some of which are very personal that I will explain now. This is still something I’m learning to deal with myself so some parts might be vague because they’re difficult to talk about.

First of all I’ll start with the light reason on why we probably shouldn’t come up with theories about Mitchell, he doesn’t exist. Thomas gave us the information he wanted to based on the concept he was trying to create. Thomas portrayed 3 types of relationships in the video: an older one that’s starting to break down; a new one that is still being created; and a toxic one. I hated Larry at first as I saw him as a loud obnoxious man which I think is what Thomas intended, however his character developed and we warmed to him because we learnt more about him which is what Thomas wanted. This didn’t happen with Mitchell because there isn’t another side to him. He disregards Eliots feelings, makes no attempt to compromise for Elliot, and refuses to make an effort. There are also strong signs of someone who’s been emotionally abused in Eliot’s character but I’ll get to that later. In my English Literature class a common mistake our teacher hates is when we theorise “what might have happened” this is when you change the events to create different outcomes and intentions, however this is irrelevant as that is not what the characters did or could have done as they’re not real and it’s not the story the author chose to portray. Thomas also talks about Malachite, a toxic fusion in which one of the two is forced to carry all the weight of the relationship as a metaphor for their relationship, this was mentioned after he had gone through multiple other fusions and ruled out explanations for Mitchell’s behaviour. The video is set in such a way that gradually shows us exactly how toxic/abusive it is while Picani tries looking for different explanations until he comes to the conclusion that it isn’t misunderstood it’s just bad. In summary for this paragraph Thomas chose to portray the relationship as unhealthy so therefore we can presume that it is unless given further information.

So why was it abusive? Sure Eliot isn’t happy and Mitchel isn’t really present but it’s a bit harsh to label it as abusive right? Wrong. There’s so many red flags displayed in the video from what Eliot says right down to how they act. As there’s so many I’ll split them up into different paragraphs.

They’re desperate to talk to someone. They needs to ‘talk through’ a lot of stuff, which they can not do with his partner. The obvious thing they would want to talk about is the relationships issues, there’s clearly a lot and they’re unable to talk through them with Mitchel which is very unhealthy. However it also suggests they want to talk about Mitchell’s treatment towards them. They’re hesitant in the video to ever outright say that it’s bad so they’ll drop little bits on informations in the hopes that someone will listen. I did the same and it took years for anyone to listen. There was so much I knew wasn’t right so I would try to give people small bits of information in the hopes that they would care and ask more questions, however most of the time it was ignored or excuses for the other person was made. In the end it took two years of me trying to talk to people for someone to finally care and ask for more information instead of making excuses for them and that’s partially why it’s so difficult for accept that the they were abusive as no one else seemed to think so. You can see this in Eliot as they know Mitchels behaviour isn’t right, which is why they need to talk about it, however they can’t accept that it’s abusive which is why they feel guilty over talking about it, feeling like Mitchel deserves a voice. Again I felt the same way and still somewhat do as I felt that I was demonising my friend, however if you can’t put any positive intention onto a persons actions even when you want to then you aren’t demonising a situation. The situation is just bad.

They says that there is a sweet side to him which there may be, if he was always horrible then it would be easier for Eliot to leave. By giving Eliot niceness every now and then they’re giving Eliot hope that the relationship can be saved. He also gains more control over Eliot as Eliot becomes convinced that that relationship can’t possibly be abusive, why abusers aren’t nice?! This leads Eliot to question what they’re doing wrong as he doesn’t believe his unhappiness can be Mitchels fault. It can also act as an emotional reward system, if Eliots 'good’ Mitchel will be sweet, if Eliot try’s to gain control Mitchel becomes cold and distant. This may be me now creating false scenarios however I see it as close contextual analysis as I’m not creating new possibilities from nothing I’m analysing the information given and considering what Thomas may have intended.

A very common form of abuse is isolation. My friend would never want to spend time with my other friends, constantly trying to make me see them in a bad light, and become openly angry when I made plans with others. Mitchel will skip any events in which others will be present and there are many possibilities for that. One reason may be to stop Eliot going to future events, not showing up it sends a message that somethihg is wrong, which combined with completely freezing Eliot out (not answering his phone in the beginning) would make it easy for Eliot to come to the conclusion that they did something wrong, and may avoid doing that again in the hopes that they’ll get to experience Mitchel’s 'sweet’ side. It may also suggest that Mitchel is embarrassed about the relationship, he’s unwilling to let others see him with Eliot. A third option may be that he’s not committed to the relationship, which I’m aware seems obvious at this point however when gathering conclusions it’s important to know how you came to that reasoning, otherwise you haven’t really learned anything. Mitchel may not care about spending time with Eliot and does not care about his feelings when he fails to show up. In turn this suggests that Mitchel doesn’t care about the relationship as in a conventional relationship that would be something that would probably end it. However in this relationship it’s seen as a small annoyance which suggests that Eliot doesn’t see themselves as worthy.

This brings me into the next point very nicely. Eliot isn’t listened to. 'Sometimes’ Eliot feels heard. Is that really a good standard for a relationship? The base of a good relationship is communication, no relationship can survive without it. Eliot doesn’t feel like they can talk to Mitchel about their feelings, why is that? How does Mitchel respond? For me whenever I’d try telling my friend that they upset me I would be given a list of things that I’d done wrong and end up apologising instead. This is a possibility for them as Eliots hesitant to really talk about anything Mitchels done wrong, and mentions how they aren’t perfect either. While it’s healthy to reflect on your own behaviour it’s also healthy to recognise the different levels or wrong behaviour which Eliot seems to struggle to do.

I could talk about more however this essays getting very long so I will finish by talking about one more thing, Joan. This is not intended to make any assumption about Joan or their experiences it’s just an theory. Joan helped write this episode, played Eliot, and got very emotional while playing Eliot, to the point of tears. They may just be a good actor and writer however the entire relationship is a very accurate portrayal of abuse and there are many details I don’t think one could put in unless they experienced it in themselves. If this is the case then I very much doubt that Joan intended the audience to sympathise with Mitchel as I sure as hell wouldn’t want people minimising my experience because the other person didn’t give their account. Also is there really any other side to the story that could excuse this without erasing Eliot’s experiences. I for one would be quite angry if this did happen unless there was an extremely good explanation.

In conclusion Mitchell’s an abusive piece of shit and I do not care about any non existent reasoning for his behaviour. Thank you.

365 Writing Challenge

New year, new writers! Here are 365 challenges to take you through each day. The stories don’t need to be long, they don’t need to have continuity, they don’t need to be good. These are all exercises to help you be a better writer; some of them I stole from my former creative writing classes. Have fun with it!

Edit: Please tag me if you do any of the prompts! I want to see your progress :)

1. Write a story about a character after a New Years’ Eve party
2. Write a story using only dialogue. No description. Dialogue only.
3. Write a story with absolutely no dialogue.
4. Write a story with no characters. Let your scene tell the story.
5. Write a story in the style of your favorite author
6. Write a story in the style of an author you hate
7. Write a story in first person
8. Write a story in second person
9. Write a story in third person
10. Make a moodboard for your story or one of your characters
11. Make a playlist for your manuscript
12. Reblog writing from 3 other writers.
13. Leave a comment on 3 other writer’s pieces.
14. Write a description using all five senses
15. Write a story based on five things you find in your pockets or purse
16. Write a description of what you see outside of your window
17. Put your music player on shuffle, or turn on the radio. Write as long as two songs last, and write according to what you hear.
18. Write a fantasy story
19. Write a sci-fi story
20. Write a story set in a time period before your birth
21. Write a story set in modern times
22. Write a romance story
23. Write a scary story
24. Write a mystery
25. Write about what happened after dark
26. Write about what happened in a storm
27. Free write for 20 minutes. It does not matter what the words on the page are. Do not stop writing for 20 minutes.
28. Write 500 words today. One of them will probably be good
29. Outline a story. Enjoy deviating from that outline later
30. Take a walk and write about something you saw on the walk
31. Take a shower or bath. Write about the idea you got there
32. Write about what happens the day they showed up
33. Write about love
34. Write a story. Don’t let any sentence be more than five words.
35. Write a story. Don’t let any sentence be less than five words.
36. Write about your favorite smell
37. Write a story set in winter
38. Write a story set in spring
39. Write a story set in autumn
40. Write a story set in summer
41. Write about someone who hurt you
42. Write about someone who made you happy
43. Write a story about where that smell is coming from
44. Drink water. You probably forgot to today. Write about being thirsty
45. Write a story that involves a cat
46. Draw one of your characters. It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw. They can be a stick figure. Draw them anyway.
47. Write about what your character wore to a funeral
48. Write your character’s death
49. Write your character’s birth
50. Write about the noise you heard in the middle of the night
51. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Let it out slow. Repeat five times. Write something relaxing
52. Write a story set by the sea
53. Write a story set in the mountains
54. Go back to an old prompt. Repeat it. See which version you like better
55. Write as badly as you possibly can. Break every writing rule. Spell everything wrong.
56. Go back and edit that worst possible writing. Try to make it as polished as you can.
57. Treat yourself because you had to edit terrible writing. Then go back and edit it again and see if you can make it even better.
58. Like 3 other writer’s pieces
59. Talk to someone you don’t know today, online or in person. Write about something unexpected you learned.
60. Write about someone who made a bad decision
61. Write a story about someone who is not where they belong
62. Look inside of your refrigerator or pantry. Write a story involving three items there.
63. Write a story about an unusual day at work
64. Write about your favorite holiday
65. Write a bad memory. Write it on paper so you can enjoy ripping it to shreds later.
66. Listen to the playlist you made for your manuscript. Write 500 words.
67. Write a story that features the color blue
68. Write about your character’s children. Write about why they don’t have children.
69. Write about someone who is the opposite gender of you. If you’re non-binary, pick a gender to write about.
70. Write about someone of a different sexual orientation than you.
71. Write about someone older than you
72. Write about someone younger than you
73. Write about yourself
74. Write in the style of another writer on tumblr. If you’re feeling daring, tag them in it
75. Write a fanfiction
76. Write something original
77. Write about being late for something
78. Write about a volcano
79. Look back at the moodboard you made. Do you still like it? How would you change it? Is it because the character changed or the story changed? Take some notes
80. Eavesdrop on a conversation. Use it in a story.
81. Write about an apology
82. Write about the scent of the earth after rain
83. Eat a snack. Write about being hungry.
84. Describe one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
85. Look up the definition of a word you don’t know. Look up a synonym of a word you do know.
86. Write another 500 words
87. Write another story using only dialogue. Which one did you like better? What did you learn?
88. Write a horror story
89. Write a love story
90. Write a story that has aspects of both
91. Write about what started the whole thing
92. Describe panic
93. Free write for 20 minutes again. Do not stop. I see you looking at tumblr. 20 minutes, no stopping.
94. Did you forget to set your timer? Did someone interrupt you? Do another 15 minutes of free writing.
95. Write about lightning
96. Write about the time when it hurt
97. Write using your opposite hand. If you use a computer, try to type with your eyes closed.
98. Write about why the chicken crossed the road
99. Write about an idiom.
100. Write about reaching a goal
101. Write the first line of a story. Write the last line of a story. Try to connect them
102. Write about being scared
103. Describe something powerful
104. Time is short. Write what happened in under 20 minutes.
105. Go back to another piece you have written. Edit it. Bonus points if you don’t cry.
106. Write something that would make your readers cry. Bonus points if it makes you cry.
107. Describe a field of flowers
108. Describe what’s hiding in the field
109. Write a piece that English professors would want to analyze. Use as much symbolism as possible. Nothing is real. Everything is a metaphor
110. Write a list of metaphors and similes.
111. From that list, pick your favorite and write a story using it
112. Write about a flood
113. Drink water again. Write about someone forgetting something.
114. Did you remember what you forgot? Spend the day thinking about what else you’ve forgotten. Write any plot ideas down.
115. Start a dream diary. Keep a notebook by your bed, and write down what you can remember of your dreams when you wake up.
116. Describe what’s in your character’s bag
117. Write a story set in Paris
118. Write a story about the cliff
119. Write a poem
120. Write a story about a fight
121. Remember that dream diary? Write a story based off of one of the dreams
122. Describe something you would see at the zoo
123. Write about the first day of school
124. Write about the first day of work
125. Write about the last day of work
126. Describe the smell of fall
127. Listen. Write about what you hear
128. Write your character’s dream
129. Find a faceclaim for one of your characters
130. Outline a story.
131. Take a walk. Write about whatever you thought of while walking.
132. Write about the first time someone saw a giraffe
133. Write about an extinct animal
134. Describe the sound of bells
135. Write a story set in space
136. Write a story about something soft
137. Describe hands touching
138. Describe what anger looks like
139. Describe what happiness looks like
140. Write what was behind door number one
141. Get a deck of cards and draw a card. Write about the card.
142. Flip a coin. Heads, write about winning. Tails, win about losing. If you don’t have a coin handy, write about cheating.
143. Write a story about someone getting caught.
144. Describe fire
145. Go read one page of a book. Write the next page.
146. Find another writer online and send them an ask about their story or characters
147. Get up and stretch. Write about why someone’s joints ache.
148. Write about anticipation.
149. Find another writer online and comment on their work. Make their day.
150. Describe the feeling of disappointment
151. Are you still keeping that dream journal? Did I tell you to stop? Write about a dream.
152. Go back to any other prompt and repeat it. And probably drink more water.
153. Write about a mom
154. Describe how you feel when someone you love is near you
155. Write about a cliff
156. Write about your zodiac sign
157. Write about a misunderstanding
158. Describe something underwater
159. Write about your least favorite food
160. Do a chore around the house. Bonus points if it’s washing dishes or something equally menial. Think about your manuscript while you do it. Did you get any ideas?
161. Write a story set in Egypt
162. Describe the color red
163. List as many words as you can think of that start with the letter Z. No cheating. Use one of those words in a story.
164. Look into a drawer. Write about what’s inside.
165. Write about why someone deleted their social media
166. Describe winter
167. Write about the heat
168. Write what you want to write. Make sure it’s at least 500 words.
169. Write about a fairy
170. Describe the feeling right before you fall asleep
171. Drink water. Write about someone’s chapped lips.
172. Write about flying
173. Write a story about someone who made a mistake
174. Write about a superhero
175. Describe home
176. Send an anonymous message to someone on tumblr and make it positive. Write about their reaction. (or lack of reaction!)
177. What language have you always wanted to learn? Write about how that language sounds.
178. Write a story about a magician
179. Write a story in first person
180. Write a story in second person
181. Write a story in third person
182. Look back at your first, second, and third person stories. Edit your favorite.
183. Write about a pillow
184. Describe the feeling of pins and needles
185. Write about anxiety
186. Write about someone strong
187. Write about someone weak
188. Have them meet
189. Write about someone who had too much to drink
190. Describe restlessness
191. Free write for 20 minutes
192. Write nothing at all today. Think about your manuscript.
193. Set yourself a new writing goal
194. Write a story without using the word “the”
195. Write a story about a character with no gender
196. Write a story about a character who is asexual
197. Reblog writing from 3 other people. Make sure you leave a comment.
198. Write about a bite
199. Describe New York City
200. This is prompt number 200. Go back to another prompt with the number 2 in it, and repeat it.
201. Write about frustration.
202. Describe the feeling of someone watching you
203. Stretch. Write about someone who exercises too much
204. Drink water. Write about a mermaid.
205. Write about a monster
206. Write a story with a happy ending
207. Write about why someone pops bubble wrap
208. Describe a character’s clothing in detail
209. Turn on the radio or shuffle your music. Write a story based on the first song that comes on
210. Write about the moth attracted to the flame
211. Go back to one of the pieces you’ve written and edit it. Let the red ink flow.
212. Describe someone stepping on a Lego
213. Write a sci-fi story
214. Write a fantasy story
215. Write another story with absolutely no dialogue
216. Write a story about an animal
217. Write someone’s surprise party
218. Take a walk. Write about how you got there.
219. Describe a haunted place
220. Write about the grim reaper
221. Write about someone who is not in control
222. Describe how your character breathes
223. Write about snoring
224. Write a funny story. Bonus points if you laugh while writing it
225. Give feedback to another writer.
226. Direct another writer to this prompt list. (Kidding.) Write about someone being self-serving.
227. Free write for 20 minutes. Is it becoming easier yet?
228. Write in five 5 minute increments today. Were you eager to go back to writing?
229. Write a story that takes place in a courtroom.
230. Describe the smell of a tree
231. Write about a werewolf
232. Write another description using all five senses
233. Describe someone salty (Erotica writers, it’s your time to shine)
234. Still keeping that dream journal? Write about another dream
235. Write about pain
236. Write a story using as many long words as you possibly can. Make it pretentious.
237. Pick a name that you dislike for no reason. Name a character that, and write a story about them.
238. Kill a character.
239. Save a character.
240. Drink water. Redo another prompt.
241. Your character can no longer say any curse words. What do they say instead?
242. Write a story that has a bad pun in it.
243. Describe a reflection
244. Write a story set somewhere hot
245. Describe your character’s scars or tattoos. If they don’t have any, give them one.
246. Describe someone else’s character. Tag them in it if you feel bold.
247. Write about someone avoiding their past
248. Write a story about someone who does not want to be there
249. Write a story in the form of text messages back and forth
250. Write about a phone call
251. Stretch. Do something you’ve been putting off doing.
252. Describe your character’s hair
253. Write a story in the style of someone who doesn’t understand the correct definition of words. Their, there, and they’re must all be used incorrectly. To, two, and too, too. Which deer is my dear? Remember, English steals words from everywhere, so it gets confusing.
254. Fix that story. Feels good to edit it, doesn’t it?
255. Write a story in the form of twitter posts.
256. Write about someone of a different nationality than you
257. Share a piece of writing
258. Write about unraveling
259. Write about why your phone won’t stop ringing
260. Describe lights reflecting on a car window
261. Free write for 20 minutes
262. Write about what you found in your closet
263. Write about what you found under your bed
264. Describe something soft
265. Describe something hard (Erotica writers, here’s another free pass)
266. Write about a scandal
267. Like 3 other writer’s pieces
268. Drink water. Write 500 words today.
269. Find out something new about a time period you’re interested in. Try not to lose yourself in Wikipedia articles.
270. Write about what you found out.
271. Describe a sunset
272. Try to write like an author from your childhood
273. Describe an item in a museum
274. Write badly. Laugh at yourself
275. Stretch. Look up the best stretches for writers.
276. You thought I forgot about the dream diary? Look back at some old dreams
277. Write about a nightmare
278. Write about an exhale
279. Write about someone being saved
280. Write banter between two characters
281. Write fanfiction. Write bad fanfiction—try to make the characters as opposite as possible.
282. Write about joy
283. Describe something sticky (Erotica writers…)
284. Repeat a prompt, but write it from a different perspective. Can be stylistic, or simply from the viewpoint of a different character.
285. Write the beginning of a story
286. Write about why someone killed
287. Describe a character wearing facepaint
288. Write about success
289. Write about failure
290. Write about something that is both
291. Describe what jewelry your character wears
292. Outline a story.
293. Write at least 500 words
294. Boost another writer. Give them encouragement, reblog their writing, leave a comment, send them a prompt.
295. Drink water. Write about the ocean.
296. Describe music
297. Write about someone waiting
298. Write about someone who said the wrong thing
299. Describe someone who appears intimidating, but is actually a cinnamon roll
300. You’ve reached 300. Redo another prompt that includes the number 3.
301. Write about why someone wears gloves
302. Describe a kiss
303. Write what your character does for their favorite holiday
304. Write about something disgusting
305. Write using slang from another generation. Tubular, dude.
306. Draw your character. No eraser necessary.
307. Take a shower or a bath and plot.
308. Describe the scent of a candle
309. Free write for 20 minutes
310. Go back to your playlist. Pick three songs, and write a story based on those songs. Write for as long as the songs last.
311. Boost another writer. You know the drill by now.
312. Take a deep breath. Take a few more. You are a good writer. You are getting better every day. You can do this.
313. Write about being tired
314. Write about someone who has missed something
315. Describe the sky
316. Write about someone named Oliver
317. Describe what was left after it happened.
318. Write about someone with a lot of money
319. Go back to another prompt. Do it again
320. Write about a bird
321. Write a story that includes the word “plant”
322. Write about a heist
323. Describe the smell of a wedding
324. Write about a mythical creature
325. Write about what’s behind door number two.
326. Which door was better, number one, or number two? Think about it. Write about it.
327. Boost another writer. Support the community.
328. Write about gratitude
329. Describe someone who can’t get to where they’re going
330. Write about the stars
331. Write something about a dystopian future
332. Describe a theater seat
333. Write about a character who cannot sing
334. Describe what your character does when they are bored
335. Go back and edit one of your other prompts.
336. Drink water. Describe what your character goes for when they are thirsty.
337. Write about getting something for free
338. Write about not getting something for free
339. Write your character’s worst day ever
340. Ouch. Why don’t you make it up to them? Write something good happening.
341. Boost another writer
342. Write about someone who helps another person
343. Finish a task you’ve been putting off. Does not have to be writing related.
344. Describe hands not touching
345. Write about a bruise
346. Write about the reason why someone stayed
347. Write something that makes you uncomfortable. Delete if afterwards if you need to.
348. Take a deep breath. Relax for 15 minutes. See what happens
349. Write about goals for the next year
350. Write about a Viking
351. Describe the dark just before the dawn
352. Write about the number 29
353. Make a new character
354. Write as badly as you can. Is it getting harder or easier to write badly?
355. Go back to your dream journal. Write about a character who has a repetitive dream
356. Describe what your character wears on a date
357. Describe something green
358. Drink water. Write about an angel
359. Describe someone trying not to be seen
360. Write about someone being discovered
361. Repeat a prompt. Do it better.
362. Write about nearing the end
363. Write the end. The End. Big E.
364. Boost another writer
365. You’ve made it! Celebrate by sharing some writing.

anonymous asked:

What's your favorite (Sanders Sides) ship?

Bro,,, my dude,,,, this is the hardest question I have ever been asked in my Life. If you had asked very early on in my foray into Sanders Sides fic (dang how long ago was that? Close to a year at least?), the definite answer would’ve been Prinxiety, with Logicality as second, and no others. I didn’t even know there were more.

Now? I’m trying to explore each ship as deeply as I can, both in the writing of my own fics and in the reading of other’s, and I just don’t think I can give this question a straight answer (maybe because I’m not straight lol). They all have such potential and are paired so perfectly, I can’t choose just one. Whether platonic or romantic.

Romantic Prinxiety, my first ever foray into Sanders Sides shipping. It’s fire and fire, a battle for dominance. Two hotheads that somehow found a cooling balm in each other. Opposites attract, after all, and these two definitely apply. They’re creation. They’re warm movie nights plenty full of arguing over the best characters and plot points. They’re cold nights spent by the fire, leaning into each other for support.

Platonic Prinxiety is sibling rivalry. Two arguing brothers that are somehow still close enough to be each other’s best friends. They’re each other’s support system. They’re loud arguments over Monopoly, They’re the fights on family movie night over what to watch. They’re whispered insecurities in the dead of night, feeling so vulnerable and lost.

Romantic Logicality, my second ever foray into shipping for these boys. Logos and Pathos. Logic and emotion. A perfect balance, each keeping the other in check. They’re romantic dinners that end with a sweet goodnight kiss. They’re chocolate covered strawberries being fed to a lover. They’re whispered nothings in the silence of the night, for no reason other than the love they hold.

Platonic Logicality is a partnership that goes far beyond the average friendship. They’re those weird 3am texts you send to your best friend. They’re early morning coffee. They’re warm kitchen conversations. They’re quiet comforts, gentle hands keeping each other afloat when the seas get rough.

Romantic Royality is two romantic saps falling for each other quickly and completely. They’re trips to the amusement park, clutching each other’s hands as they ride the biggest coaster. They’re trips to the zoo, squealing over every animal. They’re puppy love that grows into something much deeper. They’re spontaneous adventures, never knowing what will happen and loving it.

Platonic Royality is a father with his eldest son. They’re playing catch in the front yard. They’re learning to ride a bike for the first time, learning to rollerskate, learning to drive. Growing up yet never growing old. Family that will never die.

Romantic Logince is competition. Fire against fire once more. They’re Mario Kart races, constantly teasing and flirting to try and distract each other. They’re long walks on the beach at sunset. They’re holding hands even when it’s inconvenient, both too stubborn to let go. They’re heated discussions over novels, carefully formed arguments over who the real hero is.

Platonic Logince is rivals become best friends. More Mario Kart, shoving each other off the couch to get the upper hand. They’re bonfire parties on the beach. A competition to see who can set off the best fireworks on 4th of July. They’re dissecting TV shows, arguing which fan theories have the most credibility to them.

Romantic Moxiety is unconditional support. Two emotional messes who have each other to keep them steady. They’re late night hot cocoa when the insomnia kicks in. They’re nighttime walks in the city, admiring the lights and the bustling people, holding hands to combat the cold. They’re picnics in the park, laughing like dorks and feeling like they’re the only two people in the world.

Platonic Moxiety is a father and his youngest son. They’re days of messy baking. First Christmas’s, with Santa’s presents surrounding the tree. They’re milk and cookies after a rough day. They’re soft, warm blankets in the glow of the television. Family that will never leave you.

Romantic Analogical is stubborn. Holy crap, is it stubborn. They’re two closed off people who somehow managed to find solace in each other. They’re quiet trips to the library, deep conversations over the theme of the book. They’re stargazing late at night, outside the city limits, cuddling under blankets to keep warm. They’re intelligent fire waiting to be released upon the world.

Platonic Analogical is the friendship of the century. They’re quiet study sessions. They’re nerding out over pop culture, coming up with the most plausible theories they can think of (and stupid ones just to make each other laugh). They’re texts of support at 1am, grounding each other when the ground’s been taken out from under them.

Romantic LAMP is the perfect balance. They all provide something so important to each other. Logan is the grounding force. In times of high emotion, he keeps them all on the ground, making sure every decision is thought through carefully. Patton is the reminder that it’s okay to feel, being a pillar of support to each and every one of them, and they know he’ll always catch them if they fall. Roman keeps the romance alive. Keeps them going when they feel they’re out of fuel. Virgil is the reminder that it’s okay to be afraid and walks them through those fears. Show’s that there’s nothing wrong with being afraid and is living proof that someone will always pull you out of whatever dark hole you’ve fallen into.

Platonic LAMP is family. Movie nights that turn into all nighters, filled with pillow forts (and pillow fights) and holding each other close. Family game nights, ending in laughter and board game pieces being thrown across the room. Surprise birthday parties with laughter and full bellies from food and cake. Family dinners full of conversation, it flowing easily with each person feeling able to be heard. Bonds that can never be broken.

That got WAAAAAY away from me. But like, I cannot physically choose a favorite ship? They all have so many aspects to them. The heartbreaking angst is unique for every single one. The tooth-rotting fluff is unique for every single one. Their dynamics are all so astoundingly different, I can’t imagine having to pick one over all the others. 

There’s so much yet to be explored with each one, too! I didn’t even cover everything I was thinking here for each ship, and I guarantee what I DID cover, I probably didn’t cover well lol

anonymous asked:

Hi! Could I get DAI LIs (pre-romance) reacting to a Desire Demon taking the appearance of the half-naked (or fully naked? Demons don't play around) Inquisitor to try to seduce and possess them? (maybe the team ended up in the Fade and got separated or something). In detail, if you feel like it, and maybe also non-LI companions reacting to seeing their leader like that, if you -really- feel like it. Hope I'm not asking too much!

Jumping right to it, anon! You’re not asking too much at all, though I do deeply apologise if this bloody essay of a post pops up on your dash when you’re not interested.

But honestly, long/big requests are no trouble. Might just take a little longer! I hope you like it! (Spoilers for Inquisition and Trespasser! Not, like, too NSFW but I wouldn’t want my mom reading it. Foul language ahead, buckaroos.)

Cullen (pre-romance):

Demons he knows too well.

When he sees her standing there, something inside him cracks for a moment. Cold, polished stone floors. His heavy Templar armour, the pain and sweat. The blood on the floor, the smell of abominations and growing, pulsing, rotting flesh. Her image is blinded briefly by the white translucent walls that had caged him, had trapped him in with anything that Uldred had seen fit to punish him with.

And then, as always, the cracks melt together again. A little tighter, more strained, more fragile. But his eyes can see what’s there.

It’s wearing her skin, her voice. And Maker is she perfect, the sight of her breaks whatever convincing he’d done to persuade himself he wasn’t as besotted as he felt.

Demon, he reminds himself, and the anger comes back. That it took what he wanted and wore her like a gown, took her body and made his first sight of her like this when she was unwilling, unaware. That it would use her as a game piece to break his mind makes the rage burn red hot in his chest.

“Cullen,” she whispers, and somehow he hears it as if it’s in his ear despite the distance. “Love. Darling. Aren’t you going to touch me?”

The leather of his gloves makes a soft noise as it curls around the grip of his sword. 

“Stop,” he says, and is ashamed of how his voice is strangled and cracked. Ashamed of how he can’t look at this thing.

“She doesn’t want you, Cullen,” she said, stronger and harsher, the tone of someone doling out hard truths. “I am the only version of her you’ll get. Give in to this. I’m soft. I’m real. As real as you want me to be.”

“Try harder,” he growls out, and his eyes are shut when he strikes the killing blow. 

Solas (pre-romance):

The Fade was, undoubtedly, a place of strange beauty. With its gravity-defying topography, electric greens weaving through the air and clouding the horizon with mist. The ever-present sense of danger, of eyes and fingers creeping up spines unseen. The Black City, as they called it, hung close enough that he felt he could reach out to touch it.

Yet none of it was as strange as her.

All softness and muscle stood like some terribly lifelike, terribly beautiful sculpture. She was the opposite of the rocky pitted ground. The opposite of terror.

Her presence made everything different, but it wasn’t her.

“This won’t work,” he warned, already gliding the staff into his usual stance. The spirit looked at him with hooded, sweet eyes. She was so beautiful, though admiring her here felt like a betrayal of trust. Like he should be admonished for being a peeping tom.

“I know,” it said simply. Her voice felt like something hard and sharp in his chest. “You don’t have many weaknesses, Wolf.”

He watched her and raised a dark eyebrow.

“She is one of mine?” He admired her, yes. Despite many- despite all of his better judgements, he couldn’t help but try to charm her. Couldn’t help but take solace in her, marvel at her intelligence and empathy.

It was wrong. He had not, wouldn’t (couldn’t) allow it to go further. The spirit’s spiteful grin made him shudder.

“She will be, Wolf. As you will be hers.”

He watched her as the disguise melted away in front of his eyes, a demonic violet woman stood in the Inquisitor’s place. Curiosity burnt, but he looked at it with icy eyes.

“Stand and fight.” He had to get back to the others, to her.

Cassandra (pre-romance):

Cassandra is a practical woman. She has never stilled her sword when she knew the enemy and knew the intentions behind them.

She knows now as the Inquisitor stands in front of her, naked and smiling, that he’s not him. He looks like him, certainly. Down to every hair, every dip and curve, the face she’s committed to memory despite it being downright pathetic. And… Below. Places she’s definitely not seen are still undoubtedly him.

But she knows what it is. A desire demon. Characterised, when in it’s ‘true’ form, by purple skin and long curling horns. Often female. Certainly not female right now, she thinks. Her eyes dart down, and her shame is amplified by that subtle, smug smile.

Her shield lifts when he reaches toward her.

“I could give you what you want, Cassandra,” he says in a perfect replica of the Herald’s voice. “Love. Sex. Passion. Take my hand, love. I’ll give you what he won’t.”

I want him, the real thing, she thinks though she shames herself for how soft it is. She has been tested many times before, in more difficult situations than this. 

“Die, demon,” she hisses.

Dorian (pre-romance):

Dorian knows the tricks of demons as well as any mage. They enter his dreams, his life, wait with bated breath for the pleasure of owning a man with such power as he. Sometimes desire demons, yes, offering sex and some of his deeper wishes in trade for something harmless on the surface yet terribly wicked beneath.

He’s spent far too much time with their shadow to be scared of them.

He watches the demon taking strong, graceful steps across the ground of the Fade in the body of the Inquisitor with bored eyes. Mind games. Taking his surface attraction of the man they called a leader and standing in his naked body. Trying to tempt him.

Still, Dorian remains quiet. 

“The Herald wants you,” the demon said in his voice. “He thinks about you at night, in his more… intimate moments.”

“Does he now?” Dorian asked, bored. “Whatever you’re trying to entice me with, it won’t work.” He adjusted his staff in his hand, an eyebrow raised.

“But he doesn’t care about you,” it said, ignoring him. Dorian’s eyes narrowed. “He doesn’t love you. Won’t love you. He just wants to fuck you, like all the others.”

Demons lie and trick, and besides, why in the name of the Maker would I care? He tells himself, even as something inside him hurts and his grip on the weapon tightens so much that splinters dig into his palm.

“You’re smart, Dorian. There’s nothing out of here for you. There’s nothing you can fix or do. But I can give you everything. I know you love him. I look like him, I sound like him, I can build you a reality that loves you back.”

Every word just makes him angrier, and his resolve doesn’t falter once as the mana charges up from his fingertips.

Josephine (pre-romance):

She wasn’t even meant to be here.

Josephine’s cheeks were already dark red from panic, her breaths short and her fingers gripping the ruffled sleeves of her shirt. She thought the rifts led to the same place, yet here she was, with no Inquisitor beside her-

Until there was. She felt the presence before she saw it, turned terrified with images of demons conjured, stood weaponless against an enemy triple her size. She spun, unprepared but ready- and came face to face with a person.

“Oh, Inquisitor! I-”

The press of their lips to the edge of her jaw is… unexpected. Unpleasant, almost. It’s not that she hasn’t thought about it. About them. Of course she has, they’re… The Inquisitor. Strong, brave, intelligent. Yet the mix of terror and surprise and relief and- something just being wrong has tainted it anyway. Rotted it, soured it.

The press of them naked against her breaks whatever shock was keeping her still. She nearly fell as she stumbled away from them.

“I-Inquisitor?” She said, her fear and embarrassment amplifying tenfold. They’re stood bare, mouth curled up into a smile clearly meant to be alluring but doing nothing but setting off warning bells. “You are… Not the Herald.”

“I could be,” it says with their voice, “if that’s what you want, Josephine.”

A desire demon, then. She watches it speechless, almost admiring of how complex their disguise is. Brought from her own mind, likely- her cheeks stain darker as she realises its naked form is from her own shameful fantasies.

It’s cunning, clearly. Clever. A creature of crafted deals and words, this she knows. But so is Josephine.

Stood weaponless against an enemy. Not quite. The Inquisitor would be looking for her, she knew. All she had to do was stall.

“Let us talk about what I want, then.”

The Iron Bull (pre-romance):

Bull doesn’t like demons, though he sure as hell likes the view.

Lately, the Inquisitor has been playing on his mind pretty bad, though he’s not certain why. There are some pretty clear reasons- they’re stunning, strong, genuine. They’re funny. They think he’s funny.

So the demons picked up on that, huh? He thinks, flinching as he imagines phantom fingers digging into his mind, his thoughts, picking out his daydreams and fantasies. Until they could build up the visual that had been pacing his conscious and cover themselves with it.

He knows people are weaker than they want to be and think they are, but still. That he was so easy to figure out is humiliating in its way. Terrifying in others.

“So what are you, then?” He asks, quietly. The demon’s eyes spark, something malicious and amused that don’t fit his Inquisitor’s features. It makes their body look more like a costume. A hot costume, admittedly, but with none of the character.

“I’m yours, Bull,” they say, almost sing-song, breathy and gentle. It works its way inside his ears until he can imagine the real Inquisitor saying it. Saying it in Herald’s rest, whispering it in his ear, saying it on top of him, underneath, anywhere.

He can’t help letting his eyes drag across them as they step even closer, head tilted just a little bit, hands sliding over their own skin.

“You’re good,” he nods, “but I fucking hate demons.”

He brings down the axe as they snarl.

Sera (pre-romance):

“This isn’t fucking real!” Sera yells, her voice straining against her own pitch. There’s green fucking everywhere, and there are floating rocks and- and- there are demons and shit and it’s the Fade and you don’t piss about in the fucking Fade and you don’t see the girl you’ve been pissing fantasising about in your actual dreams all naked and shit in front of you and-

“I’m as real as you want me to be, Sera,” she says, eyes sparkling with delight and- other stuff. Sera’s been squeezing at the grip of her bow awkwardly for the last however long naked Quizzy’s been stood there.

Like, what, a minute? Too long. Too close. Demon. Solas had even gone through the types- what’s this one? Desire.

She looks so… Her. It isn’t right. It isn’t close to right. Everything’s wrong and the actual Inquisitor is off somewhere with the others, or alone, and here Sera is having a stand-off with her fantastically naked body-double.

“Nothing’s real here,” Sera says, “except me. You’re just some- some piss demon.”

“Oh, Sera…” The Inquisitor says, her voice all moan-y and it’s never like that usually however much she wishes it was. “Look at me. There’s no danger in me. I’m just what you want. What you need. I might not be real, but the real Inquisitor… She wants nothing to do with you.”

“Fuck off,” she says, shaking, even though she’s letting the Inquisitor’s hand reach towards her, sliding over the air above her hip and it would be so good.

“I’ll be whatever you want me to be, love.”

And suddenly - venemously - her mind hisses, not real though, and she’s slamming the bow into the demon’s pretty face.

Blackwall (pre-romance):

“Inquisit–” Blackwall chokes on his words when he sees her. After the destructive wake of realisation has settled - and it takes a while, embarrassingly - his first thought is, absurdly, it’s been too long. He looks at the Inquisitor’s nakedness bluntly, unable to do anything else.

The would-be Warden does take a bitter sort of comfort in his self-flagellating, denying habits. I don’t deserve it is a common thought of his, so the last time he took relief in another person was…

It’s been too long.

He watches her with a dry mouth, words clawing up but choking out somewhere between the centre of his chest and his throat. He plants his feet a little more firmly into the pockmarked ground of the Fade, don’t forget this isn’t real, and curls his finger into fists as the supposed Inquisitor makes her way towards him.

Maker, she is… He wants so many things he can’t have.

The Inquisitor did not let them step into the Fade without knowledge. They all knew of the demons. They all knew they’d be more susceptible alone. “End it quickly, firmly, and do not give them a chance,” the Commander, Cullen, had told them. An ex-Templar with experience enough to look a little haunted at the thought of demons.

Despite it all, he’s allowed her to come this close. It. It to come this close. He breathes heavy when she, it, it raises its hand. Soft and warm and it lands on his bearded face not chastely, anything but; those eyes look at him with promise. Her mouth opens, wet and shining and-


The illusion breaks. He raises his sword.

Bullet fic

scifi au, kinda: Bitty was kidnapped by a group for superpower experimentation, and presumed dead by everyone, including his husband. When he finally manages to escape, Jack’s moved on without him. Warnings for human experimentation (not very graphic), and presumed character death. This turned out to be very, very long. 

  • It’s years after Bitty graduated and he and Jack are married. As in, jack proposed and they got their marriage license immediately afterwards. they’re planning on jack coming out soon and holding a huge wedding reception after. 
  • jack’s signed a no trade clause and bought this nice, huge house a few blocks away from marty’s place. there’s a yard. jack built bitty a patio, and he built a swing set “for the kids in the future”
  • one day bitty’s invited to a fancy party with some other college alumns, and faulty wiring and a gas leak in the building blows everything up and theyre all pronounced dead or missing. bitty was one of the missing bc they couldn’t find anything in there that identified as him. 
  • but they weren’t actually dead or caught in the explosion: they were taken by a group who needed human bodies to experiment powers and run tests on. while bitty’s being strapped to a gurney and reliving his worst nightmare of being trapped, jack’s suffering a panic attack because he just got news that his husband died in a freak accident

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anonymous asked:

Question and you seem pretty chill enough to ask...why do so many hate Octavia?

Hey Anon! I’ll do my best to address the issue, but fair warning to anyone reading this: these are my opinions and though I don’t have a problem with anyone who might disagree with them, I’m not interested in anyone coming at me for saying the following: Octavia Blake is a complicated and messy character but she’s important to the story the writers are telling. I don’t particularly like her myself, but I understand what about her appeals to other fans and I’m not going to tell those people they’re wrong for liking her.

I know quite a few Octavia fans and they would be the first to tell you that she has flaws. Moreover, she’s a fictional character and liking or disliking her shouldn’t be a moral issue. Telling Octavia fans that they’re morally repugnant for liking her (which is putting it much more kindly than I’ve seen it put), is ridiculous and incredibly immature, not to mention hurtful. How we treat other fans within fandom is far more indicative of our own character than which fictional people we love or hate.

I’d wager that Octavia is the most divisive character in the fandom proper right now. I’ve personally seen much more hate for her than any of the outright villains of the show. There are certainly valid reasons to dislike her. I’m critical of Octavia and her writing at times, for sure, but I’m not going to bash her or the writers in this discussion. There are plenty of other blogs who’d be happy to do that, which you’ve clearly picked up on. She’s one of the most important characters on the show and she’s been set up with a hero’s journey like Bellamy or Clarke has, so that (in combination with her own numerous shortcomings) makes her a bigger target in my opinion.

Octavia Blake has been both the victim of horrible violence (on the ark and on the ground) and the perpetrator of horrible violence (on the ground, particularly towards her brother). She’s not an easy character to like particularly for those fans those who feel protective of Bellamy (which is a whole separate post, really). To Octavia fans, she very appealing because she’s complicated. She’s strong, she’s a fighter, a survivor, but she’s also immature and volatile. She has no concept of nuance, particularly when it comes to the conflict between grounders and sky people. She lacks empathy. She lacks experience. She’s got a lot to learn. She’s fucked up and messy and broken. So is the show, and so are the rest of our protagonists to some degree or other. No one on t100 is a cinnamon roll as much as we’d like to pretend they are, every character has made questionable choices at best. “There are no good guys.”

You can’t separate Octavia from her grief and trauma—trauma which started the moment she was born into a fucked up system which required her mother hide her existence. I’m not saying that her past excuses her violent actions by any mean, but it’s part of who she has become. Two of the most personally triggering scenes in the show involve Octavia. One is Lincoln’s death, which she witnesses. The other is directly connected to that scene, when Octavia takes out her rage and grief at losing Lincoln by blaming her brother and beating him up. I truly don’t think that the writers intended the scene where Octavia beats Bellamy to be perceived as it was by the audience, but here we are. It’s a brutal scene, and the Blakes relationship is messier than ever, and the situation seems unresolved to many even after the radio call at the beginning of 413.

The most interesting thing about Octavia to me is that while she doesn’t fit into category easily, there are so many dynamics at play in her storyline (which makes her an interesting character to write, I’m sure). She feels like an outsider even among the delinquents, immediately questioning Clarke’s and Bellamy’s choices when it comes to the grounder conflict. She doesn’t fit in with the grounders perfectly either, though she throws her entire person into trying. She’ll never fit in with the Arkadians. In the space of a year she loses her life as she knows it, her mother, her partner, and she effectively loses her brother for the next 6 years. She’s a kid when we meet her, a rebellious teenager with next to no social skills and a sibling who she loves but with who she has a super dysfunctional relationship. She has anger issues and violent tendencies, and she places blame on everyone around her (Bellamy, Clarke, Lincoln, Indra), when it comes to leadership decisions, with no acknowledgment of how difficult those decisions are to make.

I still kinda chuckle every time I contrast Octavia’s disdainful attitude for every leader on the show with her post-conclave storyline. She has the weight of the entire human race (at least one of the delinquents, opposing grounder clans, and Arkadians too) thrust upon her at the end of s4. To her credit, she herself realizes she’s woefully unprepared. “I’m not a leader, it should be you or Clarke.” She’s going to have a rude awakening to the realities of making hard choices over the time jump. We’ll see how much she’s grown and learned when s5 starts.

Hope this helps to answer your question! My inbox is always open and I’m happy to recommend other blogs in the fandom as well if you’re looking for other perspectives. 

dramaticanexit  asked:

Hi, I'm working on a historical fiction set during WW2, and at one point I'll be reaching an assassination (it's a hypothetical book, though, in real life, he died 8 days later). Do you have any ideas on how to keep people feel tense?

Thanks for your question :)  I love historical fiction, so I’m really excited for you and your story!

Creating and Maintaining Tension

Tension in fiction is a vital part of keeping your page-turner… page-turning.  The only reason your reader still has the book open is in the anticipation of something happening – and when you heighten your level of tension, this anticipation is increased.  It’s like the electricity that keeps a movie projector running.  If it runs out, your story is cut off before the audience even finishes.

While there should always be some level of tension and conflict running in your story, there are instances (e.g. your assassination plot) that require extra intensity.  There are many popular methods of creating tension, some of which you’ll recognize as commonly used in episodic TV to make sure viewers keep up with each episode of a show.  Here are some of my favorites…

1. Foreshadowing

The beauty of tension lies in the moments before the Major Event takes place – so when you’ve got an assassination coming, place your first focus on the chapters leading up to it.  Foreshadowing is a powerful tool as long as it is used sparingly, and gently.  It should not be too obvious – e.g. “I fear something terrible will happen tomorrow,” “It felt as if it were the last time I would ever see him again,” and alike.  This sort of foreshadowing can feel forced; rather than creating tension, it diminishes it.

Originally posted by purple-lightsaber

There is a kind of foreshadowing that I prefer, though.  I think of it as reverse-foreshadowing, because rather than a character/narrator hinting at bad things coming, there is an expectation of good things.  For example:

Imagine a scene between a man and his daughter, who have been estranged for many years.  The man is terminally ill, but he and his daughter have the first happy evening together in a long time.  Unbeknownst to them, the father will die in the next chapter.  You could foreshadow this by eluding to the fact that while they’re both having a good time, they know that this may be their last night together.  OR you could have the father begin to believe that he could fix his relationship with the daughter – to think that he might have enough time to change his ways.  In saying this, you create stakes; you create a reason to hope that the man won’t die, yet also the fear that he won’t have the time he needs.  This can prove more effective than the first idea.

2. Repetition

Another method of increasing tension involves the repetition of key words, mirrored situations, or other motifs related to the Major Event coming.  An example of key-word repetition would be to take a specific term (e.g. “Hail Hydra”) and use it in many instances throughout the story, so that when the reader lays eyes on the word/s, there is a familiar sense of fear.  Mirrored situations could work on your characters’ or reader’s superstitions or fears (e.g. the narrator taking note of a certain look in the eyes of their violent mother, and then, years later, recognizing the look in her boyfriend’s eyes one night).  Using strong imagery in repetition can provide intensity in a powerful way.

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3. Withheld Information

This one is my favorite, because it works in so many different areas of the story.  One surefire way to create tension = reveal as little as possible, as slowly as possible.  Give your characters one strong hook, one reason to hang on, and keep everything else close to your chest.  Specifically:

Don’t reveal your villain’s plans – just reveal that they have plans, and that they may be related to the person you wind up killing off.  As long as they know something is going to happen, they’ll stick it out to see just what it is.

Don’t let the events transpire all at once.  When you know you’ve got readers hooked, switch over to another plot/situation.  Milk it as long as you can; make them wait for the Big Thing while entertaining them with other Little Things.  It’ll frustrate the hell out of them, and they’ll love it anyway.

Don’t end chapters at their natural ending.  Instead, cut things off in the middle!  Tease readers with uncertainty.  In reality, people don’t know what’s going to happen next – that’s why reality can be much more frightening and intense than fiction.  Life isn’t easy to predict because it doesn’t always reach resolution when we want it to.  Channel that into your writing and the idea of an assassination becomes much more effective.

Originally posted by reginaa-phalange

Those are just to name a few, and I actually have a lot more to say on this topic, so I might make another post later on.  I hope this helped!  If you have any further questions, be sure to hit me up :)  Happy writing!

If you need advice on general writing or NaNoWriMo, you should maybe ask me!

Emotion and Pacing in comics

One of the reasons that I love comics so much is that there are many valid ways to approach the medium. When I make comics, the parts I’m most concerned with are character and story. Everything I draw on the comic page is in service to character and story. Because of my focus on those two elements over, say, experimenting with my art and page structure, I will sometimes get criticism that my work is safe or boring. This is probably fair criticism! I don’t do a lot of experimenting with paneling or challenging storytelling or explicitly challenging artwork in my comics, because right now that’s not what I’m interested in. Maybe I will be more experimental someday, but not right now, with the kind of stories I want to tell. :)

When I make a comic, my goal is for my readers to be engaged with the story I’m telling, and the characters in that story. That’s also what I look for when I want to read a good comic. I want characters to love, I want a story to be engaged with.

For the most part, I struggle with drawing comics (most artists do, if we’re honest ;)), but there are some parts of comics I think I have a good handle on. I feel like I’m strongest when portraying emotion on the page, and I’m good at drawing those scenes out and making the reader feel what my characters are going through. Some of the techniques I use to convey emotion came from being obsessed with movies when I was a teenager, and some techniques are stolen from my holy trinity of influences: Jeff Smith (Bone), Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist) and Naoki Urasawa (Monster, Pluto, 20th Century Boys). 

Of the three artists I’ve mentioned, I consider Urasawa especially to be a master of emotion and pacing. When I first started reading his comics, it was like light struck my brain; finally I saw what I’d been trying to do for years right there on the comic page in front of me! I like the way he lays out his emotional scenes a lot. Here’s an example (read right to left): 

Urasawa uses repeating panels and decompression to draw out the emotions of a scene. In this single page there isn’t a lot of movement. It’s literally just two characters staring at each other, but the tension rises going from panel 1 to panel five. Gesicht (the man)’s expression doesn’t change between panels two and five, but we literally feel his anger rising off-panel, concluding in the close up in panel 5.

There’s an excellent You Tube channel called Every Frame a Painting (I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but if you haven’t, please go watch all the videos! There aren’t many, and they’re all really informative). My favourite video is this one, about editing:

This video hit on something that I strive for in my comics: emotion takes time. When I draw a scene that is emotional, when characters are struggling with something, or celebrating something, or being challenged, I want my readers to feel what the character is feeling, and one of the best ways to do that, for me, is to take my time. To give that emotion time to breathe on the page. 

I’m going to use some scenes in my graphic novel The Nameless City to illustrate how I use decompression and pacing to underscore the emotion in my comics. To avoid spoilers and because this is getting a little long, I’m going to put it under a cut. Please read on! :)  

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I wonder how many of y’all have heard of this game called Magician’s Question: Mysterious Times. it came out on the DS and it was basically Animal Crossing meets Harry Potter, which on paper sounds like a perfect recipe. but of course it was by Konami. still it was kinda successful in Japan and it got like 3 or 4 games.

it’s really weird that this game didn’t get more popular. like I said, it’s Animal Crossing, and everyone loves that stuff. but I follow a lot of furries. like, a RIDICULOUS amount of furries.

and I it’s extraordinary rare I see anyone reference this game. I think I’ve seen more posts about fucking Plok than I have about Magician’s Quest (okay some of those Plok posts might be mine).

so yeah, the furries are really quiet on this game despite there being a ton of super adorable characters. typical Animal Crossing fair.

but unlike AC, I don’t think there was a set variety of species. and what’s more, a huge portion of the classmate characters weren’t animals. they were weird shit like demons and dolls and robots and cell phones and ice cream.

the game also had a feature that I’m sure a lot of Animal Crossing players have dreamed of: you can date NPCs. well it was more like you were besties or something. but if you were nice enough to a specific classmate and gave them stuff they like, they’d invite you to this scenic spot and confess their… strong friendship to you. of course inevitably they’d break up with you.

at any rate, you otherwise did a lot of the same stuff in Animal Crossing. fishing, digging up fossils, planting flowers, buying a ton of clothes and furniture, etc. one neat thing was you could also get musical instruments. if you pulled it out near other NPCs, they’d pull out their instruments and play with you. was kinda cute.

but in the end the game didn’t get very popular. I recall the controls not being very good. also the magic element, which was a huge part of the game, wasn’t too interesting. you got to learn spells but a lot of them were kind of pointless. if I remember right, a lot of them were about harassing NPCs, like making them fart and making shit fall on them.

it’s a shame though ‘cause it’s a really neat idea. and the games had so many cute characters. when I was living in Japan I got the guidebooks for the first two games just to get to see all the characters. it’s hard to find them now. the websites for the games require Flash and barely work anymore.

maybe if it were set in a magical town, instead of at a school, the game would have had more appeal?