now i'm wondering how this will play out in book 2

slow-clapping-in-the-distance  asked:

Hello, I have always loved the Samoyed breed but have wondered how they are as pets. I know they're known to be heavy shedders, and some tips on how to deal with that hair would be very much appreciated! I have a Westie right now, but I used to own Spitzes and I'm pretty used to the shedding :)

Heavy shedders indeed! While different Samoyed owners will report different levels of intensity - and it will vary depending on gender, neuter/spay status, and time of year - you’re still definitely looking at heavy shedding. If you aren’t prepared to… 

  • desensitize your puppy as young as possible to the grooming process 
  • brush daily during certain times of the year, several times a week the rest of the year
  • vacuum a lot
  • have hair on your furniture, clothes, eyes, inside of your mouth
  • pay a decent amount for an experienced groomer semi-frequently OR do your own set up 

…then you should not get a Samoyed. 

As with the varying opinions on intensity of shedding, there are also varying suggestions on how frequently you should take your Sammy to the groomer (or bathe them yourselves), but it should be at least twice a year for the puppo’s health. More information here, from the Samoyed Club of America: https://www.samoyedclubofamerica.org/the-samoyed/health-and-care/grooming/  

The #1 best way to keep shedding down… is with frequent line combing and brushing. Do not ever shave your Sammy unless it is necessary for medical reasons. Do not ever use a Furminator, please, it will damage his coat. If you want to do your own grooming setup, here are the best videos & resources I’ve found online. These are all done by the Samoyed Moms who consist of some owners and breeders. 

Anyway, that’s grooming. If you’re more interested in what they are like as pets, then I would turn to YouTube videos and the Samoyed reddit. I would also recommend contacting the SCA and seeing if you can attend some shows, get involved with rescues, or even meet a breeder just to get to know the dogs. 

Originally posted by dailyhappylife

Every Samoyed I’ve ever known has a very relaxed, polite temperament. They are not easily bothered or stirred - they politely and gently remove themselves from the situation instead, if necessary. Important things to know about them as a breed are the following: 

  • They NEED to be with you and your family. While they are an ancient breed, they are more people-oriented than, say, huskies. Some are cuddle bugs, some are less so because they get hot, but they are still not the type of dog to do well being left alone for long periods of time. If you do that, there is a good chance there will be some destruction as a result of boredom and potentially anxiety. 
  • They are independent thinkers. Training will be different than other dog breeds. Once they’ve learned a new trick, it’s better to generally move onto something new than to keep repeating something they’ve already learned. It’s boring and they’ll definitely let you know. 
  • They are, in general, jokesters. Some breed judges prefer Samoyeds that aren’t perfectly behaved in the ring because they feel that better represents the breed as a whole.

In essence, the Samoyede people that the breed is named after bred and raised them to work independently from humans. Typically, they’d have several dogs and one would be the “lead” dog that took some instruction from the humans. That dog would then lead the others to their tasks for the day - herding, pulling, what have you. At the end of the day, though, they returned home to their people, often to snuggle up and help keep everyone warm. Notice how throughout their typical day they are either with other dogs or people, though! They don’t like to be alone. 

Finally, if you keep the giant wads of fur you’ve brushed out of your Sammy, you can do as the Samoyede people did and save their fur for spinning and knitting (another trait they bred for was their fur texture!). 

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anonymous asked:

can you write a scene where eleven and mike have a moment alone after she closed the gate but before the snowball!? thanks:) i need mike and eleven fics now that I'm done watching season 2

To the surprise of no one and the frustration of Hopper, the cabin soon becomes the gang’s new headquarters. El still can’t go outside, though “soon” has been updated to “pretty soon” and it was agreed by common consent that the boys would visit her regularly so as not to make her feel too lonely. Which, as it turns out, was code for “go there every day after school and every Saturday to play D&D”. Hence Hopper’s frustration. As if one moody teen was not enough, now he has six of them to deal with on a daily basis.

The boys take to teaching her math and science, and Nancy comes up once a week to help her with English and history, so it’s not all play and games. El is a clever thing, and they want her to join the school next year, hopefully, but she has a lot of catch up. It’s overwhelming more often than not – so many words yet to learn – but she tries her best and she makes do. Mike and Will are both very patient with her, and so is Nancy, and it helps.

So Hopper and El are both hallway happy about it. Her because she can still see her friends even if she can’t go outside. Him because a happy El is always better than a moody one, even if she comes with a gang of annoying teens. Halfway happy, the both of them. It’s all that matters.

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anonymous asked:

I'm curious to know what you think about Zuko's character arc, like did you like him betraying Katara and Iroh at the end of Book 2 or did you find it OOC? Did you like how he wanted throughout Book 3, cause to me he looked like a douchebag yelling at Iroh, hiring an assassin etc, really looked like Bryke was trying to make him as bad as possible and pair him up with Mai, to cancel him as a love interest for Katara.

I believe his betrayal of Katara and Iroh at the end of Book 2 was entirely necessary for his character arc. Zuko always showed himself as one who needed to make his own decisions and mistakes before he learned from them. His uncle could preach at him all he wanted, but Zuko only ever recognized Iroh’s truth after he’d pursued a goal to no avail. 

For example, the greatest turning point in Zuko’s story during Book 2 was when he let Appa go. Now, he wasn’t planning to do so. He only released Appa after much urging from Iroh, and Iroh’s explanation of Zuko’s past failings: 

Iroh: So, the Blue Spirit. I wonder who could be behind that mask …
Zuko: [Sighs and takes off the mask.] What are you doing here?
Iroh: I was just about to ask you the same thing. What do you plan to do now that you’ve found the Avatar’s bison? Keep him locked in our new apartment? Should I go put on a pot of tea for him?
Zuko: First I have to get it out of here.
Iroh: And then what!? You never think these things through! [Points at him.] This is exactly what happened when you captured the Avatar at the North Pole! You had him, and then you had nowhere to go!
Zuko: I would have figured something out!
Iroh: [Starts yelling.] No! If his friends hadn’t found you, you would have frozen to death!

Iroh is quick to tell Zuko that his lack of planning will ultimately lead to his downfall. He was never successful in the past because he never thought his schemes through. What did he really hope to accomplish by capturing Appa? What was his end goal? How exactly did he think revealing his identity in the Earth Kingdom’s only stronghold was going to play out? And this was after he went on a date with Jin, after his uncle had found some success in Ba Sing Se, and after Zuko had a taste of what a normal, peaceful life could be if he’d just let his destiny go. 

Zuko: I know my own destiny, Uncle!
Iroh: Is it your own destiny, or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?

He was happy in Ba Sing Se, but largely so, because he had no other choice. His life no longer followed the trajectory he had planned— he couldn’t hunt the Avatar because doing so would mean revealing his location in Ba Sing Se and he couldn’t return home because he couldn’t hunt the Avatar.

Jump back up to Iroh’s last line listed above: Is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you? That can easily be applied to his hunt for the Avatar, but look how easily can that also be applied to Zuko’s newfound life in Ba Sing Se! His actions — pursuing Appa the second he knew the bison was in the city, even after experiencing peace and success — prove that his life in Ba Sing Se was another destiny being forced on him. 

Now, I know you may be arguing in your head that Zuko’s metamorphosis proves that he had changed— but I don’t think so. I think Zuko’s metamorphosis proved he hadn’t, foreshadowed by this exchange: 

Zuko: Stop it, Uncle! I have to do this!
Iroh: I’m begging you, Prince Zuko! It’s time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions. Who are you, and what do you want?

His transformation in Book 2 was his wrestling with this question: What do I want? Zuko didn’t know. He had no idea. Everything was conflicting in his head. Did he want the Avatar? Did he want peace? Did he want to go home? Did he want this new life? This is particularly evident in the warring dragons in his dreams: 

Blue dragon: It’s getting late. Are you planning to retire soon, my lord?
Zuko: I’m not tired.
Blue dragon: Relax, Fire Lord Zuko. Just let go. Give in to it. Shut your eyes for a while.
Zuko slowly starts to shut his eyes but widely opens them upon hearing the other dragon.
Red dragon: No, Fire Lord Zuko! Do not listen to the blue dragon. You should get out of here right now. Go! Before it’s too late!
Blue dragon: Sleep now, Fire Lord Zuko.
The dragons disappear, and the room they’re in, as well as the guards watching Zuko, crumble to nothing. The blue dragon reappears in front of him. Two golden eyes appear, followed by the face of the blue dragon, which closes rapidly.
Blue dragon: Sleep. Just like mother!
Charges at Zuko and opens its mouth. Inside the dragon’s mouth, Zuko sees his mother, Ursa. Within that darkness, the camera draws closer to Ursa, who drops her hood.
Ursa: Zuko! Help me! 
Zuko disappears through the floor.

Later when Zuko awakens:

Zuko: What’s happening?
Iroh: Your critical decision. What you did beneath that lake. It was in such conflict with your image of yourself that you are now at war within your own mind and body.
Zuko: What’s that mean? 
Iroh: You are going through a metamorphosis, my nephew. It will not be a pleasant experience, but when you come out of it, you will be the beautiful prince you were always meant to be.

I think a lot of viewers take Iroh’s final comment as the end all and be all sign that Zuko was supposed to fully transform here and join the Avatar’s side, however, I do not believe this is the case. I believe Iroh’s comment wasn’t exactly wrong… it’s just interpreted incorrectly. Zuko did change when he woke from his coma: He didn’t change sides or soften or discern all of Azula’s lies, but as became evident in Book 3, Zuko woke from his coma and was able to finally recognize the truth in Iroh’s words

Let’s delve into the imagery of the metamorphosis… not only is he plagued by weird visions such as taking on Aang’s body, the dragons in Zuko’s dreams symbolize the two dueling sides of him. One part of him wants to enjoy the life he’s found in Ba Sing Se, evidenced by the red dragon warning him to get away from the influence of the blue dragon— 

[SIDE NOTE: Zuko may know that Azula always lies… but he always seems to fall for it i.e. that time she said father wanted him home. that time she said he’d be welcomed home. that time she gave him credit for killing Aang as a favor. that time she said the Agni Kai would be one-on-one]

—while the blue dragon represents his desires lying in the Fire Nation. He nearly succumbs to the blue dragon’s suggestion that he sleep, until the red dragon appears and warns him off. However, in the end, Zuko is charged by the blue dragon: He is swallowed by the blue dragon, and in the blue dragon’s mouth, Zuko sees his mother (representing his long-lost childhood desires— to protect those in need and be gentle/kind/innocent) calling for help, before sinking into the floor. 

What does this mean? Well, I believe it means that Zuko gave in to the blue dragon, and it was meant to foreshadow him giving in to Azula’s seduction in the Crystal Catacombs, rather than foreshadowing him saving sides. It also foreshadowed his recognition of his mistake and his distraught emotional state following his choice to betray the red dragon (Iroh (and Katara)). 

Again, to break it down even more so: 

Zuko wants to give in to the Blue Dragon’s request to sleep. 
In the real world, Zuko falls prey to Azula’s bait, challenging her to an Agni Kai and being imprisoned. 

Zuko is warned by the Red Dragon of his choices. 
In the real world, Iroh pleads with Zuko not to listen to Azula. Twice, actually. Once when Iroh flees the palace and Zuko says he’s done running, and again, below the city, when Iroh pleads with Zuko to make the decision he knows is right.

Zuko is swallowed whole by the Blue Dragon.
In the real world, Zuko falls into Azula’s scheme. Unbeknownst to him, Azula is using him— she knows she cannot defeat Aang and Katara alone, so she entices him with the promise of being welcomed home a hero. 

Zuko panics over the vision of his mother (innocence), but is ultimately lost to the Blue Dragon.
In the real world, Zuko is completely absorbed in the version of himself he thinks he needs to be. He is angry. He is violent. He is a betrayer. He has lost all connection to the innocence of his childhood and the image of himself that he nearly reconnected with during his metamorphosis. 

Furthermore, being lost to the Blue Dragon symbolized Zuko’s emotional and mental spiral in Book 3. He was incredibly unhappy, even after he sold his soul to come home. He’d lost it all. He had no one to blame but himself but he didn’t want to blame himself— he wanted to blame Iroh for being right all along. Zuko’s behavior towards Iroh was unacceptable, yes, but it was in character when you consider Zuko’s complete and utter implosion and the destruction of his soul in his decision to betray everyone. 

I fully believe the betrayal was Aaron Ehasz’s idea. In my opinion, it was fundamental to Zuko’s character. As long as he had the support and guidance of his uncle, Zuko would never transform on his own. He needed to hit rockbottom. He needed to realign himself with what he wanted, and the only way to do so, was to have everything he wanted and nothing at all at the same time. 

I do not believe it was a ploy by Bryke to destroy Zutara, as the pair came back together in Book 3 and were closer/stronger than ever. 

What Avatar struggled with the most was the timing of Zuko’s arc. Book 3 spent too much time focusing on useless episodes that could have been utilized to showcase Zuko’s actions in the Fire Nation and his resulting decision to leave his place there. His treason could have taken place earlier and, as a result, we could’ve spent more time with the transformed Zuko and the Gaang.

I also think Avatar suffered greatly by cancelling Book 4. If we’d had a chance to see Zuko rule as Fire Lord, I believe his transformation would’ve felt complete. 

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A few anons were interested in a masterpost of Nick’s house like we have for his old place (pour one out for the old flat - gone but never forgotten). I’ve put together this house tour based on what we’ve seen on instagram. I would absolutely love it if one day Nick was featured in some sort of interior design magazine bc he has such eclectic taste and his place is very nice imo!

OK hopefully I have the layout right - if you spot any errors let me know. Tour behind the cut.

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Ways to Cheer Yourself Up (When wanting to be alone) - 50 top things to do
  • 1. Go ON Tumblr, believe it or not, we don't care where you're from, what you do, how you're being you, as long as you are being you, you're pretty much welcomed on here. That's why i love it. Unless of course you are homophobic or judgemental or ignorant - then the people will speak for themselves, we look out for each other here.
  • 2. Read Books; escapism is a wonderful thing
  • 3. Listen to music; and no - not the sad, 'ALL BY MYSELF' type music, but the kickass songs like 'I will Survive' or 'Loser Like Me' just celebrate yourself for being awesome, because we know you are; even if others don't; especially then actually.
  • 4. Become your own superhero. Every single one of you have a talent or a dream. Follow up on that talent/dream. YOU ARE WORTH IT, and you can be whoever you want to be.
  • 5. DISNEY MOVIES. Unless you absolutely hate bursting out into song - better cut of highschool musical and glee while were at this, then Disney is the best pick me up ever.
  • 6. Watch your favourite TV shows. Remind yourself why life can be awesome. Watching your fav characters usually means you can relate to them.
  • 7. Go on walks - it's very pretty outside, and sometimes our heads can be overloaded with information or stress, I advise calming music and a nice walk outside in comfortable clothes.
  • 8. Have a diary. A friend of mine recently bought me one, and it's a godsend because all the anger, or emotions I feel, I try to put in the diary rather than putting it out on others. It also calms you down. I feel better when I write.
  • 9. Speaking of writing...if you enjoy it- WRITE. Writing is a wonderful way to escape. You can put all your emotions into your characters and they just come to life. I tend to do that when I'm stressed.
  • 10. If writing is not your thing then bake. I've actually ironically read in a fan fiction where a character would bake when stressed and try out new recipes, this character tried making butterbeer; maybe be adventurous; have a food blog or something to keep you occupied.
  • 11. Be With Your Pets - Pets are loyal creatures, and they love you, even when you're being a pain in the ass, and I hear they're very good listeners.
  • 12. Now I don't know about you, but I LOVE Musicals. If you are a musical fanatic like me and you're feeling a little down, my dears; listen to those awesome voices, because sometimes we just - need - a break (Also, if you haven't watched RENT, watch it - NODAYBUT TODAY...or Starkid...Starkid make the most funniest musical parodies, even if you don't like musicals I suggest it, and if you're not enjoying their YouTube Channel, then I'll eat my own hat).
  • 13. ASK ME ANYTHING. If you really want to talk to somebody but you don't want to talk to people you know and you just want to get things out, my ASK box is always open.
  • 14. Find a hobby. If you don't really want to talk to anybody, that's okay, sometimes we need to just have some 'me time'. In my me times, I usually deactivate from Facebook, and just focus on things that make me happy. Like; Puzzles, Sudoku, Games, writing, cooking, singing, whatever it is...travelling even. Enjoy yourself.
  • 15. Travel. Maybe being stuck in the same place is the problem, maybe you're head wants to be in a place where it can ACTUALLY THINK.
  • 16. Go Hiking. I suppose Hiking is similar to walking but if you're an outdoor person, this is a great way to clear your head and to feel fresh.
  • 17. Hit The Gym. Or even do your own exercises. I like to walk - do crunches, and I love Zumba. I love dancing. If you love being active, this is also another way to clear your mind from negative things.
  • 18. GO SEE A MOVIE!!! When was the last time you had fun? Even if it's just by yourself. You're allowed to treat yourself. Go, enjoy, be surrounded by people, even if they're strangers.
  • 19. If you like coffee, treat yourself for one at a local cafe. Who knows, you might meet your coffee soulmate in a cafe one day.
  • 20. STOP thinking Negative. Have a Pros/Cons List. Try not to outweight the Pros list with the Cons. Please?
  • You are good enough.
  • 21. Write down a bucket List, and start ticking them off. Having goals and dreams is healthy. If you have dreams, then you have a direction of where you're going.
  • 22. Get help. It's okay, if you're head is in a really bad place to reach out to people. It really is okay.
  • 23. Help others. If you're not sure what to do with yourself at all, be useful to other people less fortunate than you. Volunteer! Work with Charity, Feed the homeless, help the guide dogs association.
  • 24. Smile more. It looks good on you, believe me. Spend time with your guilty pleasures, my guilty pleasure is binge watching glee
  • 25. Please DO NOT go to a pub to drink to ease your mind, if you are going to do that, do it with a friend, or somebody close.
  • 26. Eat Chocolate. Okay yes while society says NO DON'T EAT THE FATTY FOOD. Hey; screw them. If you feel better eating a bit of junk go for it. There's nothing wrong with eating a whole pizza or tub of ben and jerry ice cream when feeling upset - just try not to make TOO much of a habit : p
  • 27. REBLOG YOUR FOLLOWERS POSTS, you might be surprised that you aren't the only one feeling the way you're feeling, you might be surprised by how much you're forgetting that hey - it's gonna be alright.
  • 28. Do something nice for your neighbour. Ah who knows, have you ever actually talked to them? Maybe they might be lonely too.
  • 29. Have a GAMES Night. A very good friend of mine loves Games. If You LOVE Games, then hell have a marathon of them. Play the sims, be in control.
  • 30. Speaking of marathons...dun dun dun - MOVIE MARATHON, I Don't Know About You Guys, But Having A Harry Potter Movie Marathon always cheers me Up. WITH FOOD Of course, and good company, but this is about cheering yourself up, so if you don't want company, that's okay.
  • 31. Draw. I love drawing too. I suppose I'm more of the creative person. There are a lot of different types of people out there, maybe you like solving things - do those fancy cube things Idk what they're called. If you are like my brother and you love Maths, then maybe you can tutor someone. On one hand you're helping someone, and doing something you like doing, just like I'm drawing because I like drawing.
  • 32.Be with kids. believe it or not, kids are the most innocent little munchkins, and they honestly don't care what you look like, if you play hide and seek with them they'll be thrilled, so long as you're nice to them, they're generally nice to you... but be warned, they tell it how it is too. I talk a bit different. The most popular thing they've said to me was "Is that why you talk funny, because of the things in your teeth?" (They've also never really seen braces before) I even had one kid determined to get me to sing 'Everything is awesome' I'll never forget that because this kid clearly didn't care how I sounded, and just wanted me to sing with her. I felt great.
  • 33. If you're into Fairy Tales, Please Please Read Chris Colfer's The Land Of Stories series 1-4. It's an amazing series, and you almost forget what world you're in once you start reading. Plus, there's more coming (I'm a little excited)
  • 34. Watch Pixar Movies. You can't go wrong.
  • 35. GO TO HOGWARTS. Harry Potter Fan? Visit - Platform 9 3/4s in London, or go to the Harry Potter World, or if you can't actually visit these sites, go on Pottermore.
  • 36. Read Fan Fiction, you might not be a harry potter fan, but whatever fandom you are in, believe me sometimes Fan Fictfion Cheer me up. I adore Glee *Don't Judge Me* and Dalton is the best thing ever. Or Little Numbers...or Both. They cheer me up big time.
  • 37. Role play. If you like superheroes or characters, go be with the crowd. I believe they have events like Comic Con, and on Facebook they even have Events for such things, go be with strangers! So long as it's safe of course.
  • 38. Write a letter to the person who inspires you most and send it. You might be surprised by an answer.
  • 39. Pick up your instrument. Don't ignore your musical talent if you do have a musical talent. Remember, you're worth it. I don't care what you've done. Pick, It Up.
  • 40. Maybe go visit your family? I know this is about 'quality me time' but if you haven't seen your family in such a long time or are at a distance. Maybe being surrounded by something familiar is what you need.
  • 41. Change Careers. If you're not enjoying what you're doing or studying, change it. I remember in highschool a teacher said you might change your job 10 - 12 times before getting it right. It'okay, you just haven't found where you're meant to be yet.
  • 42. Enter a competition - Who knows what will come from it, take risks.
  • 43. If you're a risk-taker, challenge yourself. IDK how you're going to do that, but google has some pretty good answers. Even ask your tumblr followers, they follow you for a reason after all.
  • 44. Go on a boat. Go Fishing! I don't know, it's not my thing, but if you like fishing, then hell - go out there and fish.
  • 45. Find time for yourself, are you working too much? Maybe you are working too much. You know life doesn't stop for nobody, and if you keep pushing yourself so hard, time will go so fast and you won't realise how much of that time you could have spent on your own self.
  • The world is not going to end if you treat yourself.
  • 46. You ARE Good Enough. Listen to my words. Sometimes encouragement is all we need, when people feel hopeless, or like everything's gone wrong. It's gonna be okay. I promise, just hang in there.
  • 47. Write Down Quotes that Inspire You. I have a wall of these, and of people that inspire me too, and it reminds me of the good things in life when I'm in a crappy mood.
  • 48. Find something to do. If you're not doing anything, go take up a course, research things that interest you, you might be surprised by what comes from it. Join a community that enjoys doing things you do.
  • 49. Go To The Beach - If you live in Australia like me, visiting the beach is actually really calming and me and my best friend always would go on a random drive, and drive up to a beach or a look out, and it was always calming. Enchanting too sometimes. Maybe we forget about the place we live in, and what's exciting about the place. If you're in New York, visit Broadway or The Statue Of Liberty, or if you're in London, go to the London Bridge, or the Eye, visit the Eiffel Tower if you're in Paris...just go Anywhere.
  • 50. Take a random journey. Go on a train to somewhere new, go on a road trip. You never know what's around the corner.

anonymous asked:

hi arc can i ask a question that seems a bit silly even as i write it? how do you keep being so brave about your fanwork? i used to post a lot of fic when i was younger before all the like holier than thou purity politics stuff happened. but the purity politics stuff sort of... made me scared to interact with fandom? like i want to write and post the fics i have ideas for but i'm SCARED and i don't really know how to?? stop being scared i guess? idk i can't really get my thoughts down now sorry

(scared anon) i just guess i was wondering if you had any advice on like pushing past that fear and just doing fanwork without being scared of how people might react?

Oh, honey.

Christ, lemme think about it….

1. I flat out do not follow any “main” tags. In RT, I never followed #ragehappy. In Borderlands, I never followed #rhack or anything. In HS, I don’t follow any ship tag. So I literally do not see most negativity. This is helpful because people like being dicks in tags and to put their shitty vagueblogging in there, but are often too fucking cowardly to come at you personally.

90% of the time, my awareness that people resent me for having “””impure””” popular fics comes from friends giving me a heads up that someone is talking shit. And when they do, I block that person.

2. Relevant to the above: It took me a long time to understand that people resent my fics being popular, not their actual subject matter. It’s a jealousy thing. I have written some filth that never got really popular, and no one gave a shit. It’s only when I start getting a lot of comments and kudos that suddenly I’m the Great Satan. Keeping in mind that bitches be jealous super helps.

Most recent example: people didn’t start to talk shit about ASAFAF until I started to see fanart based on the story. C’mon.

3. I genuinely believe in the diversity of stories we tell. Like, gushing gold is a great example of a fic I deeply enjoyed writing and sharing, but that I also knew was not for everyone. But it was for some people.

When you are writing a subject matter that you are passionate about, understand that other people are going to be passionate about it too. There are people who need difficult or uncomfortable stories told to affirm they aren’t alone, to help work through rare subject matter, to just enjoy in a world that doesn’t offer them much media.

No story is for everyone, but every story is for someone. Take pride in that.

4. No, really. Block people. Block anyone who makes you uncomfortable, and never look back.

I know it’s apparently a Thing, to block someone, then check in on them? I don’t do this. Once someone is blocked, they no longer exist in my universe.

5. Avoid younger fans. This obviously applies to older fen like me, but broadly speaking, this purity politics culture comes from younger fans attacking older fans, and a lack of understanding that Fandom is a place for a wide group of people with disparate experiences and interests.

Not all young fans are part of that, obviously, but… if someone young enjoys my stuff, I’m glad. I hope they like it. But I avoid deep discussion and interaction and attempts to befriend me, because I am 27 years old and write porn on the internet and shouldn’t be talking to young folks. If anyone doesn’t understand the logic of that, for my protection and for theirs, that is genuinely not my problem and I’m sure they’ll figure it out later.

Boundaries: they are important for adults as much as kids. Enforce them.

6. …

A lot of it is that I’ve been in fandom for over half my life now. I’ve seen a lot of shit. I’ve been through a lot of shit. (Anyone remember that pissant who tried to report me to the government because I told them to stop harassing me after +6 months of bullshit? lol) I’ve had great fandom experiences and I’ve had ones I would love to hit Undo on.

There are amazing people in fandom and there are fucking hilariously awful shitheads in fandom. The majority of people are decent, and they enjoy what I do, and if you start making content and sharing it, you will find people who enjoy what you do. There are people who follow me who shoot me out of the blue supportive Asks on bad days, who read my fic even when they don’t know the source material, who encouraged me to write my book and then bought the damn thing.

The purity police are scary, abusive fuckers. But they are not the majority, and the less you interact with them, the less they can affect you. They want an opponent, they want someone to fight so they can play victim, they want to be the Valiant Warrior Of Purity.

Ignore ‘em. Make them take their boring pedantic morality play elsewhere.

ETA: 7. Don’t fight the purity police and don’t try to convince them or win them over. It literally never works. These are people who are in a bad place and you cannot move them from that place. Only they can, when they grow the fuck up. Don’t do it. You will not win, you will expend energy on people who gobble it up to fuel their shitstirring and vagueblogging, and they will just know they can successfully antagonize you.

Take that annoyance and frustration. Channel it into writing more rad shit. 

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I hope this helps at all, anon. Remember, also, that the AO3 is your friend, and you can keep your tumblr and your AO3 a little bit separated. That can help.

anonymous asked:

So i have a question... I know you ship harrymort and I'm just genuinely curious as to why? I personally don't see it at all and I want to know what the reason for the people that do ship it.

Sup?

So I actually outlined this in a post of mine:

A Rant on Tomarry/Harrymort Beware!

In it, I analyze both Harry and Tom(as well as his journey to becoming Voldy). I point out many of their similarities while adding a point of view some haven’t considered before. You know, someone may see something one way, but because I have had different experiences, my viewpoint may be totally different.

When you have a problematic ship, sometimes it’s hard to describe why you like it. Many have told me my explanation fit them very well, so while this might not stand for everyone, it still held true for many. Because sometimes words don’t always do it.

On a basic level, I tend to ship the enemy and the hero. It started as an early influence from the original Voltron as well as older anime shows. The enemy/enemies would always be interested in the hero/heroine and because villains are more interesting than generic heroes, I would end up liking them more.

So I started shipping bad guys with good guys and wondering how they would end up together. And so began my foray into Harrymort/Tomarry. 

When you are young, you see black and white. It takes experience to really understand a character. Like when I was younger, I thought Severus was just annoying. Now that I’ve actually gone through bullying like he had when in school, I see him through a cleaner lens and my opinion changed.

So I can look at Harry now and see similarities to Tom Riddle and while they are very much alike, they also have their differences. And it really fascinates me how many directions we can take a plot like their’s. You know, Tom was born in the 20s, Harry in the 80s. The books ended in the late 90s. And if you add Cursed Child, you can add another 20+ years to the timeline. We can literally do anything because J.K. gave us such a wide sandbox to play in and such a wide time frame to choose from.

So many possibilities!

Both Dark Lords.

Dark!Harry and Good!Tom.

Sane!Voldemort and Grey!Harry.

Realist!Harry and Dark!Voldy.

Add in the Horcruxes and we can have 7 other Voldemorts or Tom Riddles too. It’s super exciting!

My 40+ y/o mom/@flame818 says she ships it because:

1. So many similarities between Tom and Harry. Way they were raised and treated by their ‘caretakers’. She is disappointed in Dumbledore for his actions and lack of help to either as well as Severus. She thinks Dumbledore escalated everything.

2. More of a connection between them than Harry and Ginny. She doesn’t like Hinny and thinks it’s a bit weird since the whole redhead thing and his mom being a redhead. Also, the movies and books don’t give her much presence beyond plain mention as a fangirl. Voldemort and Harry have a deeper connection.

3. It makes sense to her. In fiction, same sex characters seem to have more chemistry than hetero couples do anymore. She thinks they work better than most of the straight pairings in HP. She also likes Drarry because again, in her mind it works.

Basically, there are many reasons. And the pairings themselves are fun to write for! ^-^

anonymous asked:

Hey has anybody or do you know if Camren or David knows about this latest development for Bat/Cat? I'm not on Twitter & I know Gotham Bat Cat handle & blog is Baby Batcat. Some of the followers don't even know about how Selina is in the comics so I was just wondering if somebody let those 2 know. I think David might since he reads comics but it would be really good if Camren knew. I mean sometimes I don't think they understand the iconic nature of the couple they are playing. Or future couple.

She knows! Camren Bicondova retweeted the now “iconic” cover for Issue 24! And she was tagged on it from a couple of fans from Tom King’s timeline. Seems like the response from Twitter is “about time” or “please don’t be messing with me”. Quite a few males too :) And it seems like she is very defensive about how Gotham Selina cares about Gotham Bruce and even Alfred. I can tell she is definitely a Gotham BatCat shipper. #BabyBatCat (2/2)

:D

David seems to be less active on twitter and instagram and he hasn’t posted anything since the Gotham finale. I believe I remember reading somewhere that he said he was a comic book reader (and a fan of Hush) so I think it’s very likely that if someone hasn’t informed him yet he’s found out by now. 

anonymous asked:

- Hey Eddie, these are your birth control pills? - Yeah, and I'm saving it for your sister! ~ Richie has a younger sister (he's like 1 or 2 years older) ~ Her name is Jane (yas stranger things) ~ She has a MAJOR crush on Eddie (i mean, can u blame her?) ~ Eddie treats her really nicely (because Eddie) ~ Richie is lowkey jealous ~ Jane doesn't know about Reddie's relationship It's only a suggestion for when the boys get back from Vancouver

I decided to write this as a one-shot BECAUSE IT DESERVES IT’S OWN STORY! And on my main fic, I follow basic IT BOOK/IT 1990/IT 2017 canons with families and character personalities. Loveeee the suggestion. Sorry, it took so long, I am the slowest of writers because I edit soooo much. Other suggestions are coming I promise, I just need to get myself together! Also, located on archive of our own.


Special Secret

Richie opened a cabinet in Eddie’s house. It had roughly 100 pill bottles and an insult immediately came to mind, “Hey Eddie, these your birth control pills?”

“Yeah, I’m saving them for your sister,” Eddie said annoyed. He walked over and shut the cabinet.

For some reason, this comeback made Richie’s stomach turn. His little sister, Jane, is 1 year younger than him and she has the biggest crush on Eddie. Which would be fine…if Richie was not secretly dating Eddie.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Okay, I have a question. I was reading the Book of Acts recently and if I'm not mistaken, a woman named Lydia was referred to as a "disciple." I was raised non-religious but cultural Protestantism was still pervasive enough for me to pick up on the ideas about gender roles in the early church. I have been hesitant to convert simply because of how anti-feminist the Bible appears. Now I'm starting to wonder if women were simply written out of Biblical history like every other part of history.

(pt. 2) I mean, it makes sense, considering the time and setting the Bible was written in. But Jesus himself seemed to be quite willing to listen to women’s opinions in a way that was radical and unusual for the time. So… I’m at a loss. Are there resources out there that discuss women’s involvement in early Christianity and offer a different perspective on this issue? Where should I start? Thanks so much for your insight.

I was named after Lydia!!! I think the Orthodox Church considers her to be “Equal to the Apostles,” but I could be wrong. 

I understand your struggle. The way some aspects of the Bible depict women and LGBT people, made me leave Christianity for about three years. 

I think most scholars agree that women (and their achievements) were often excluded from the Bible. There is a large amount of evidence that show women playing detrimental roles in early Christianity (here is an article by Karen L King that I really like). There is also evidence that women were allowed to be priests in the Early Church. Not to mention that there were early sects of Christianity that worshiped feminine aspects of Deity. 

Although it’s not canon, I recommend reading the Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Christianity initially was pretty radically progressive.  I think when the church became hierarchal and powerful is when things started really getting… messy. 

Week 2

Sorry this is a little late but Sunday was my birthday so I was out and about instead of posting! This past week was intense but I think I figured out a good system of reviewing things. As per my earlier post - I did see improvement on my practice exam Saturday, but still have a little bit to go so - back to the grind this week! For my birthday I got to go out with some friends, walk with my mom, shop A LOT (I got surgery shoes!!! They are so cute!) and go out to dinner!

What I studied:

Cardio: Shhh don’t tell anyone but cardio is one of my least favorite organ system. Really happy though that I was able to figure out murmurs (a work in progress but still an improvement!) and anti-arrhythmics.   

Respiration: Just the usual suspects. I’m always getting obstructive and restrictive data mixed up and also lung cancers are so weird. Not a lot of pharm videos but omg I definitely needed to revisit them - I understand so many things now! 

Neuro: Maybe it was a bad idea trying to do both Neuro and Psych in two days but…I think I got through the most important things. There’s definitely a long list of Neuro topics on my “catch up” list but overall I’m pretty strong in Neuro so I think it will be ok even if I don’t get to all of them. 

Psych: Good old psych…literally just had to review the Ego defenses, personality disorders, timing of certain things (schizophrenia vs schizophrenifrom vs schizoaffective) and addictions so squeezed it all in between the big guns Neuro stuff. But for real what killed me the most those two days were the 17 (17!!!) sketchy pharm videos I had to do. Oh I died.  

Drugs on drugs: Every organ system has drugs! I’ve basically done about 2 hours of sketchy pharm every afternoon for the corresponding organ system so I can get through all these videos. I suuuck at drugs - there’s too many names! So I need to dedicate this time to remembering them for good.

How I took breaks:

More running: The ultimate soother of my soul. Also still slowly making my way through Kimmy Schmitt - one episode a day. 

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Basically my bedtime meditation this week. If you haven’t tried this podcast you must! It’s so so beautiful and has basically been my rock since I got my concussion at the beginning of this year. I did get a little behind this spring so I was playing catch up and now I’m going to read the books while listening. 

The Bachelorette: sorry I’m not sorry that I’m obsessed with this show. But there’s this whole group of us in my class who compete with the weekly predictions and it’s the best. Might be a bit of a distractor but…whatever.

What I learned:

Yes you CAN still have fun while studying for boards: I was a little sad honestly when I realized that I would be deep in study mode when my birthday came around, but this weekend was so wonderful it was as if I wasn’t even studying! I loved all that I was able to do and all the new professional wear I was able to get (did I mention my Dansko surgery shoes…yes? Well too bad because I’m obsessed). 

But not too much fun: The problem with this weekend was that when Monday morning came around I was EXHAUSTED. It took me a while yesterday to get back in the groove of things and feel like I was really focused. I also took a nap for the first time since starting studying - you know it gets bad when I decide to take a nap. Due to this self realization I decided to cancel a trip next weekend to see some college friends. It was never really official - but I wanted to celebrate my birthday with them and thought it wouldn’t be a big deal because I would be taking off the same amount of time as I normally do each weekend. The problem is - it requires traveling and probably staying out late and a bunch of humans packed into a 24 hour period. Just THINKING about it exhausted me. So instead for my last weekend home I’ll be sitting in bed watching TV and hanging with my sister (who comes home from school this week!). 

ATHLETA: Y’all have GOT to go there - they have SO MANY cute clothes that are professional looking but HOLY DAMN THEY ARE COMFORTABLE. Seriously - I’m in love. 

10

My life has been kinda crazy lately, so here are a few highlights.

1. Music is going ok. I’m not going to elaborate too much, but I’m going to be doing more as a solo artist from here on out. So many new songs, and it seems that the vision these days is mostly mine. The sound at our last gig was terrible, and I feel like there were things that happened that could have been avoided. Bottom line- I’m making stuff happen in order that this music can be heard and that I can play bigger rooms. This is my dream, this is my goal, and 85% isn’t enough. Why give up your dream for something that is sure to happen anyway, right?

2. My knee is on hold for 1 more month. My doctor is trying to wait on an ulceration on my leg to heal that’s been there forever to shrink and scab over. Yeah. 1 more month of pain and not working on a boat. Buuuuut that being said, I got a new somewhat less dumb job making a few more dollars working at a call center for a company that rhymes with birkenstock spot bomb(don’t judge, they’re pretty nice folks. Funny story- during the hiring seminar, they went around the room and this charismatic guy was asking about us and he asked for one fact about me. So I told him I’m a singer-songwriter. And thinking he was funny, he said “sung something for me right now, I want you to break it out, do it”. The room got “stand by me”. Bluff called, job attained). Let’s see what happens)

3. So many of you are probably wondering why I have a book by brene Brown in my pictures, and I’ll give it to you straight. One of my followers left an anon in my ask box and told me that in essence, I should stop putting myself down because “it gets old very fast”. The funny thing is is that I know exactly who this came from, and in looking back on my life, this person is correct. I still feel like crap about myself, but I am doing my damnedest to figure out why I sabotage myself like that and how I can change the way I look at myself. And I would like to thank @galootiscute for helping me process this crap via kinder eyes. It’s a journey.

4. Speaking of social things, to all of you who told me that OkCupid and Tinder were an absolute garbage fire, you were one thousand percent correct. You know I shouldn’t be, but I am also incredibly impressed at people’s inabilities to connect with one another. I mean, all you have to do is look at Lord dampnut between everyday life and what he believes, and his connection to reality is about as good as an unplugged cell phone charger. So given that who we have decided to rule us, is it any wonder that we can’t even say to one another hello or ask another person how’s it going without them wondering what this person’s agenda truly might be? It’s sad, truly sad.

5. But given all of that, I just would like everyone who has followed me and or who is still following me to know that I appreciate you, that you’re all awesome and amazing human beings, who are changing the World by even little things that you do, and all y'all are pretty awesome! Much love from the upper left corner of the United States!

(Ps- for the record, I told a crane fly(which for all of you who don’t know, looks like a giant mosquito but eats bad bugs), I told a crane fly to “back the f@#k off, yo!” While picking blackberries tonight. Who Am I???? Any other Northwoods people do this???)

Cliche

It was different now. Mal could always feel his eyes on her. Sure, that hadn’t changed, but the way it felt sure had. She felt it all the way up her body, the pressing sensation of his considerations.

When they first starting dating in earnest it had been a whisper. It was as if his fingers would have been playing along her form in their wonderfully chaste, adoring way. His warm smile would brush against her cheeks and hair. It had been so innocent and sweet. Almost naive, in retrospect.

Since the cotillion, as disastrous as it was, his look had shifted. It had become more intense, more real. The feather like wonderment was all but gone.

She almost felt scandalised, at times. He would lean his head back and his eye lids would dip. That was when she would feel them, his hands, as if they were physically on her. His gaze would start at her ankles, an odd fascination she’d been slightly startled by. Then it would begin its slow, agonising journey up her calfs, thighs and pause at her waist.

There her breathing would hitch, involuntarily, as she pictured his hands gripping her firmly. His sure, large hands, so warm and worshipping. His lip would pull up in mischievous delight before falling back into his damning smirk.

After making her nearly hyperventilate, he would be on the move once more. It would ghost over her ribs, the only time he was as cautious as before. Sadly, she had enough sense in her not to taunt him into more unsavoury consideration and didn’t dare taunt him.

So, when she would feel the heavy weight on her shoulders and back, she would nearly gasp. Her face would heat and chest constrict as he moved up her neck. Her scalp would tingle as his eyes focused on the light that played in her hair.

The worst? When he would focus on her lips. The very thing he had declared he’d wanted to taste since they’d met. The desire to claim them was becoming so singular she was sure she could feel it even when they were lands apart.

“Audrey.” She was at her wits end and wanted some answered. “Can I ask you a quick question?”

Audrey glanced up from phone for a moment and opened her mouth, a slight frown playing at its corners. “Sure. I have a minute, I think.” Her phone dinged and she held up her finger before raising her gaze and waving her hand to the purple haired fairy. “You have 30 seconds to peak my interest before I have to get to something more interesting.”

Mal swallowed her groan. “Did you ever kiss Ben?”

Audrey blinked before sniffing dismissively. “That’s a silly question. Of course not.”

The girl rolled her eyes at Mal’s look of confusion. “You shouldn’t be that surprised, Mal. You do know about the power of true love’s kiss. I heard about Ulla.”

“Uma.”

Audrey closed her eyes in frustration. “Yes. That’s it. I don’t know why I can’t remember that one.” Mal laughed nervously with the girl and tried not to let her annoyance show. “Anyway, well, some people still believe that’s actually the only real magic still running unchecked by Fairy God Mother. You know, true love’s first kiss?”

“Ben believes in that?”

Audrey let an indulgent smile grace her lips. “Yeah. I tried to talk sense into him, but he’s old fashioned, I suppose. He’s an old soul. He solidly thinks that real, true love is magical. No kissing unless the love is real.”

Mal thanked her distractedly and began to leave before a thought struck her. “Not you, though? You kissed Chad like it was nothing. That wasn’t real?”

Audrey gave her another indulgent lift of her lips. “Are we still together?”

“But he’s still following you around like a lost puppy.”

Audrey’s smile dipped for a fraction of second before brightening. “He’ll get over it. It’s just because it was his first longish relationship.”

Mal watched the girl return to her phone, marking the end of the exchange and leaving her more confused than before. She was left to ponder the situation as she made her way to her dorm. She was so distracted, she walked right into a dress rack Evie had unceremoniously pushed into her path.

“What on Aurodon?”

She struggled out of the garments and looked frantically for her room mate. She met the bored gaze of Evie Queen, who stood unabashed on the end of the rack. Her fingers tapped against the rail she’d been gripping moments prior.

“You are completely in your own head. What’s going on?” Mal tried to play it off unconvincingly before lowering her head. “Okay, see now "this” is a problem. Last time this happened you ran away.“

Mal played with Ben’s ring on her finger in thought. "I’m not sure. I just-.” She shuddered as the disembodied ghost of Ben’s lips pressed against her. “Ever since the cotillion, things have been different.”

Evie’s look was embarrassingly unimpressed. “Honestly, Mal, sometimes you can be so blind.” She huffed and sat at her work station. “Of course things are different. Engaged, to be engaged to be engaged? Yeah, that’s out the window.”

Mal blushed and felt her ire rising. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

“True love’s kiss, sweetie. The rawest form of magic is true love, in all its forms.” She shrugged and pointed to Mal with a steady, accusing finger. “You are feeling true love for the first time in all its forms now. There’s our love for each other, you, Jay, Carlos and I. The true love of family and friendship we have. And then, there’s Ben and you.”

“Well, sure. There’s that, I guess.”

Evie sighed and began absently comparing fabric swatches. “The love you feel for yourself. Your true self that you’re getting to know better every day.”

Mal nodded in understanding. “Sure. That all makes sense. That’s beside the point! Ben is-.”

She visibly struggled to form the words. Evie looked lost for the first time that afternoon before it finally clicked. It was her turn to blush as she signalled her friend to cease her attempts to explain.

“I get it. Please, don’t tell me.” Mal looked relieved, then pleading as she collapsed on her bed. “Well, I can tell you one thing, it’s why Doug and I are waiting.”

“Why should a kiss have that much power? Audrey was unaffected when she kissed Chad. Why me? I’m not even technically from Aurodon.”

“It’s true love, Mal. Do you think something like this happens everyday?”

The next day, Mal was still contemplating Evie’s words. She tried to tuck them away as she marched up the castle stairs to meet Ben. The royal castle had become the only safe place for them to meet since the cotillion.

The heir of the Beast and the heir of the Dragon. There was no stopping the paparazzi after that had come to light. If they knew how truly beastly his nature could be, her literally transformation into a dragon wouldn’t be so news worthy.

Thus, she was blushing furiously as she hastily greeted the staff she passed. She could make the journey to his study blindfolded, so it was rather easy to do so with her head down and face shielded by her her purple locks. Her fingers instinctively gripped the ornate golden handle firmly.

“You’re early.” The door was swung open and she stumbled against him. “Not that I’m not happy.”

She looked up and smiled warmly as his friendly, loving golden eyes met her pale green ones. Adoration. She sighed in relief and buried her head into his chest. His arms gripped her tightly to him as he ushered her in and closed the door.

They passed the afternoon like usual. He worked some until lunch and then they played cards and she accused him of cheating repeatedly. After an early dinner they selected books for each other and settled onto a seat in front of the fire place.

“I’ve missed you.”

Mal looked up from her book, the relaxing afternoon having lulled her into a satisfyingly warm normality. “You saw me yesterday.” She leaned her head against his shoulder, snuggling closer on the love seat they occupied in blissful innocence. “We had lunch together.”

That was when the air shifted. “I saw you more than that.” She lowered her head and watched as his fingers steadily tightened on hers. “You know that.”

His hand felt larger, somehow. “Do I?”

He snorted and she didn’t dare raise her eyes from their joined hands. His nose had begun to skim her hair, the warmth of his lips scalding through the purple barrier to burn her skin beneath. She saw the book placed on his lap as the hand took up a new task of burying itself in her hair.

He never forced her. He would never force her. He could. She shuddered at the thought. The control he had so unnerving and it stirred up a craving so raw it terrified her.

“Ben.” He hummed for her to continue as she raised her head a fraction so his lips and nose could could skim her face. “What is this?”

He paused before releasing a breathy chuckle. “How can you not know?” Something that sounded tantalisingly like a growl escaped his lips. “Mal?”

She closed her eyes and bumped his nose with her as their lips met. His chest rumbled in pleasure as he bore down on her. She gasped and he revelled in the newly gained access.

“Ben?”

He chuckled and moved his lips down her neck. “Mal?”

She regained some of her faculties at his sarcastic reply. “Seriously. Please?”

He pulled back and met her gaze. His eyes were so dark. She wondered what hers looked like.

“I love your eyes.” She blinked slowly, the world seemed distorted and hazy. “Your true green eyes. I can see your soul when they’re like this.”

She suppressed a whimper. “Why did we change?”

His eyes softened at her inquiry. “We were bound to. This? This was meant to be.”

She let out a weak chuckle, pulling up some sarcasm from her frazzled mind. “Okay, sure. Should I call you Ben Charming now?”

He huffed and pulled away a little. “You just can’t let me be romantic, can you?”

She rolled her eyes and shoved his shoulder playfully. He leaned back into his previous position, allowing her to snuggle into his side once more. He didn’t pick his book up, though. It remained on the floor next to hers, forgotten as one hand resumed its hold on hers and the the other ghosted up and down her arm.

“I was being serious, though, Mal.” She jerked in his arms but her held her fast. “I love you. I’ve always had my future laid out before me, but none of it made sense until you. I’d always felt trapped in this life until you became a part of it.”

“But why is it suddenly like this?”

He lowered his head to look her in the eyes. “It sounds so cheesy, I know. So fairy tale cliche that even I don’t like voicing it.”

“True love’s first kiss?”

He smiled in relief, an unashamed glow of love lighting his eyes. “It’s the most powerful magic of all. There will only be you, Mal. For me, marriage is a formality at this point. I’m yours and yours alone.”

She would never tell anyone how deep her blush was when she was escorted home that night. He was undeterred, a totally unkingly grin splitting his face nearly in two. He pulled her into every hidden alcove, shrubbery and nook and cranny the couple came across on the way back to the dorms.

“You’re rather late, tonight?” Evie blinked sleepily as her friend quietly entered their dark dorm. “Are you okay?”

“Uh huh.” She mechanically slipped into her bed and turned away toward the wall. “Tired.”

“Aren’t you going to change?”

She didn’t reply, afraid her teeth would chatter at the rate her pulse was bounding. She gave an exaggerated shrug and burrowed further into her comforter. Evie sighed, barely hanging on to her own marginally awake state.

“Okay. I wanna hear all about it tomorrow.”

Mal vowed to never tell.

anonymous asked:

Could you please explain for me how Will mistreats Nico. I'm not trying to be rude I just legitimately don't understand

Of course! Lemme just get my handy dandy copy of BoO and the THO books.

To begin, I’d like to point out that I am writing this from the POV of a gay male. I am a gay male with a lot of resentment toward my sexuality. I was forced out at around the same age as Nico as well so I strongly identify with his feelings. I want you to know that I am speaking from experience when I discuss how Will treats Nico. I’d also like to say I do not hate Will as a character (in fact, I quite adore him as a character when he isn’t around Nico.)

There are many routes I can go with discussing Will and Nico that all take place in how Will mistreats Nico and all of it can be summed up as “Riordan can’t write romance, at all.” Anyone who has read through HoO can see the messy writing with the other ships in the series as well.

So with that, let’s pull out BoO first, shall we?

This was the first time where I had problems with Will. We have a character that pretty much appeared out of thin air after having no relevance before this point (other than healing Annabeth once 5 books ago) and what’s he do? Constantly bicker with Nico. Nico hates it. It’s in Nico’s internal monologues that he does not like the way Will is treating him. This is climaxed at this point. This despicable point. This is genuinely the worst thing I have seen with people still shipping a ship. Will, quite literally, invalidates Nico’s feelings that are sprinkled throughout the 2 series’ and says they’re his fault. Will put the blame on Nico for being ostracized by the rest of camp. We’ve seen from both Percy and the other campers that while, yes, Nico does distance himself, but the campers were also very scared of Nico. They didn’t like him. This wasn’t some made up fantasy Nico had and yet here’s Will basically telling Nico to get over himself and that he’s just being angsty for no reason. Who tells a depressed kid to just “get over it?” That’s not okay.

This dismissal of Nico’s feelings is honestly continued throughout the next series.

Here’s where “Riordan is just a bad writer” comes into play. I don’t expect Riordan to be able to write a gay male’s recovery story well because he’s straight (as far as we know.) But I still expect him to understand how people fundamentally work. Sure, THO takes place 6 months after BoO but let me be honest with you: That’s not enough time. There is no way Nico would have a boyfriend because he’d still be trying to accept himself and trying to gain the trust of others. There’s no way he would love Will who told him his feelings don’t matter which continues in the next book:

Ah yes, the legendary significant other scene. Also known as the scene that actually made me gag. Nico is clearly uncomfortable here. There is no denying it. Will is literally teasing Nico about being uncomfortable with how open Will is. As someone who was outed by force and is very uncomfortable with their sexuality, I get how Nico feels. It’s scary and you don’t like being like this. The last thing you want is to be reminded of it. It makes you sick and depressed. But here comes Will just straight up ignoring how Nico feels. This is not okay. This is not how a relationship should ever be. Your feelings should never be used for the butt of a joke. That’s just awful.

It’s already canon in HoO that Nico doesn’t like being touched. We can assume this has continued 6 months after as he literally pushes Will off of him. It can be evident that Will, based on his character, probably does this a lot. Now, I don’t know about you, but I hate it when someone touches me without me asking. I don’t like being touched in general and this would just peeve me. The fact Will does this without even caring for Nico’s feelings is just sad to be honest.

For an added tidbit:

There’s small implications here that Will probably stares at other guys and whatnot. There might be implications that Nico is wary that Will is going to cheat which is – well – pretty messed up. It shows that Nico has not grown to trust Will at all and it might have to do with how Will treats Nico.

To sum it all up, Will invalidates Nico’s feelings constantly and always pushes Nico’s comfort zone to uncomfortable levels. This is the sign of a toxic relationship that should have ended but hasn’t. The lack of trust makes me wonder how Riordan ever thought that these two characters should have gotten together. I mean, it’s only been six months there’s no way Nico would be comfortable like that at all and he isn’t. So why is Nico still with Will when, if he was in character, there would be no doubt that Nico would hate Will?

anonymous asked:

Hi SuperTam, it's Maria from Italy. Hope everything is ok for you. I know it's a tough time in the fandom right now, but I've always appreciate your kind soul and your wise words, so I would like to hear your take on these last events. Maybe since, even tho I'm a shipper, I've always thought that S and C weren't together, Sam posting the pic with MM didn't bother me much. Obviously I would be 100 times happier if it was SC but I'm still hopeful lol Anyway, I'm maybe one of the few who (1/2)

(2/2) doesn’t have bad feeling towards S&C. I honestly enjoy their interactions and I don’t see them as something to play fans with and convince them to donate money. That’s all on me. I wish that my feelings won’t make me pass as a “better of you all” person. It’s just what I feel and I’ve always thought that positive feelings always bring good things and negative feelings just bring the worst out of everyone. I will totally get if you don’t want to talk about it right now. A big kiss 😘          

Maria from Italy!! I have missed you - so glad you popped back into my inbox. I’m sorry it took me a few days to get to this - it’s truly because I’ve been busy in my regular life and haven’t had a whole lot of time to interact here.

I love what you said about positive feelings bringing good things. It may not always work out that way - but it certainly is more likely to make one’s own life more pleasant.

I personally am not mad at Sam, any more than I am mad at Cait when she is photographed with others. I don’t know what’s really going on with them. Were they together? Are they together? Will they be together in the future? I just don’t know, and will probably never know, and I don’t find guessing games to be entertaining, so I mostly avoid it. I ship them in my head. Like I’ve said before, there’s a barbie dream house in there and my Sam and Caitriona dolls are living their best life within in the walls of hot pink plastic. They have the corvette and the swimming pool and everything.

This doesn’t make me a good fan or a bad fan or a delusional fan or head in the sand fan or anything else. I’m still just a fan and I choose to ignore what I consider to be noise, because it does nothing to enhance my fan experience, and none of the questions I have are likely to ever be answered, so I shelve them and don’t worry about it. How was that for a run-on sentence! There is plenty to keep me busy and happy and entertained, and I love my tumblr friends and the whole community here, so I focus on that, and the books and the cute interactions I get to see between two obviously great friends who love each other (regardless of what else is going on in their lives) and I try not to participate in the drama. That’s what works for me. Everyone else is entitled to fan how they choose and feel what they feel and focus on what they enjoy. It’s the beauty of fandom.

Thanks for dropping by, Maria. It’s always wonderful to hear from you and know that you are out there. Have the best day/night possible! Until next time, my friend.

daredevilasmr  asked:

have you read any of the current daredevil run ? there's been a few scenes so far where matt's blindness isn't written as irrelevant / counteracted by his radar (muted videos, color-coded bomb wires, phone screens, smooth coated playing cards) and it's a low bar but. i was relieved they didn't pull a classic Matt Can Read Computer Screens By Touch

there’s definitely a handful of moments where that’s the case and i do love them, but for me they’re… completely overrun by how terrible the rest of the series is

 note: i’m only 15 issues in because i read it as it comes up on marvel unlimited rather than as it’s released monthly. 

i’ve written a fair amount about how much i hate the new series elsewhere, so i’m gonna try to pull out some of the disability-specific elements that drive me up the wall. 

  • his cane. i’m somewhat notorious for being hyper-vigilant about the way matt’s cane is drawn (it’s a combination of being hyper-vigilant about daredevil generally and also being a props designer), and i have an ongoing project to work out the design for his cane in each issue. that’s no longer possible, because soule and garney have decided that they no longer care about plausibility, and matt’s cane has full-on returned to the volume 2-style “cane” that’s, you know, bright red and short and thick and isn’t even trying to be a cane at all. i’ve written some about what a great symbol i think the cane-as-weapon is, but that only works if the cane is feasible as an actual cane. 
  • matt’s also returned to having to “pass” for nondisabled again in order to be a hero. one of the really wonderful things about volume 4 was that suddenly matt was no longer required to pretend that he was nondisabled — he could confront the problems he faced with his own unique skills and also get help and support from the people he was working with for what he couldn’t do. right from the beginning of soule’s run that’s no longer the case. not only does matt just not have any real support anymore, everything he’s done has returned to hiding either powers or disability in a way he hasn’t even really done since before his identity first came out. 
  • soule is simultaneously giving matt more courtroom scenes and also avoiding including anything that’s actually impacted by his disability in his day-to-day life except for like “god i have to fake this because Superpowers”. like, nearly all of the blindness-not-made-irrelevant moments occur when he’s in costume, which distances disability and disabled experiences from something… real. moments in waid/samnee’s runs like the way matt folds his money, matt reading books in braille, using a specific texting app on his phone patterned after a braille keyboard, etc. all places disability firmly in real life. it becomes something normalized, not just A Problem For Daredevil To Tackle. 
  • smaller issues throughout the series: disability being positioned as A Terrible Consequence. neurodivergent-coded villains. bullseye being newly magicured??? when did that happen?? wasn’t he still paralyzed in the last elektra series? can we just let disabled characters be disabled and also preferably not villains??? weird inspiration porn moments. echo appearing and then disappearing again please bring her back @ soule 
  • largest altogether issue for me: the complete and utter isolation that matt’s been placed in. like, all of volume 3 and 4 were about how matt relies on his loved ones! and specifically about how matt relies on them because he has depression! the last time we saw matt in a position this isolated was fucking shadowland, and obviously That Did Not Go Well, but at the very least it dealt seriously and critically with it. like, there, matt is isolated and making terrible rash decisions, but their emotional impact on him is plain, and his experiences of trauma are plain, and the his friends still love and care for him. that’s gone now. charles soule is killing matt and doesn’t even seem to realize it. 

anonymous asked:

Hi I'm having really bad anxiety attacks because it's finals week and I'm afraid of failing a class I should've done really well in but didn't because the professors a dick and tests on tiny little details that shouldn't be important anyway I'm ranting a lil how would the RFA handle MC freaking out over finals

Hiya anon we are so sorry to hear about rough finals and your dick of a professor and we really hope this helps you!  - Mod DK

Hope your finals week ended up going smoothly! We’re both college students so we know exactly how rough it can be. Good luck to anyone still dealing with finals! Love you guys. - Mod MC

Zen:

  • Finals are coming up and after events that happened with the RFA your grades may have slipped a little and now you’re in full freak out mode.
  • 2 weeks before the finals start you have a mental break down.
  • Zen considerably flips out, he’s never seen you like this before.
  • Hell you barely batted an eye when Saeran attempted to kidnap you but this brought you to your knees.
  • Seriously, grades suck ass.
  • Zen calms you down and gets you a cup of your favorite tea and gives you an amazing back rub.
  • “ZEN THE KNIGHT WILL SAVE HIS PRINCESS” he proclaims as he opens your calculus textbook
  • With one look at the first page he slams the book shut and looks at you with newfound respect in his eyes.
  • He tries to help you by tutoring you but since he isn’t familiar with the subjects you were studying he can’t help much.
  • So instead he makes flashcards with you and quizzes you on said flashcards.
  • He brings you coffee and tea constantly.
  • Even though he knows pulling all nighters is bad for your skin he will still stay up with you because he loves you that much.
  • And then he promptly puts strawberries over his eyes to help the swelling
  • he is an actor after all.
  • He constantly tells you how much he believes in you and how smart you are.
  • You are tempted to just study for hours on end but he always gently reminds you to take breaks and short naps because Jahee gave him all these tips on how to study like a pro.

Yoosung:

  • Your professor reminds you that finals are coming up in a week and like every normal college student you freak out.
  • You end up on the floor of your shared apartment with Yoosung just rocking back and forth.
  • Yoosung comes back sees you on the floor and sits down and starts rocking back and forth with you.
  • You both are so screwed.
  • After hours of having a crisis you try to get your shit together.
  • You know that if you try hard enough both you and Yoosung will be able to make passing grades.
  • Every free time you both have you are studying.
  • Coffee cups are everywhere and chocolate milk cartons because at one point Yoosung remembers the pass out after drinking caffeine syndrome and freaks out again.
  • You and Yoosung make a pact to not play LOLOL until finals are over.
  • It’s hard and sometimes you catch him playing but you let it go because he is doing his best and needs some time to just relax and have fun.
  • You both somehow pass and you both end up crying and have a marathon of playing LOLOL and eating the perfect balance of junk food.

Seven: 

  • Finals. Are. Coming.
  • You are freaking out and seriously reconsidering dropping out and moving to New Zealand and becoming a sheep herder for the rest of your life.
  • After a horrible nightmare where your final exam comes to life and tries to eat you he figures out what is going on and intervenes.
  • He is kinda offended that you didn’t come to him first but
  • “GOD SEVEN FORGIVES ALL”
  • You are kinda doubtful of his teaching methods when his first “brillant idea” is to eat a shit ton of Honey Buddah Chip and chug PHD Pepper but you have no other choice.
  • You already knew that Luciel was a genius but damn this boy really knows everything.
  • And even though some of his teaching methods were unconventional he was a really great tutor.
  • When he wasn’t working he would be reteaching you the shit you didn’t understand which really makes you wonder about why you are paying your really expensive school fees.
  • Seven already has really bad habbits of not eating right and pulling all nighters so he never discouraged you from the same
  • There were many timesyou woke up from falling asleep on your very uncomfortable textbooks.
  • Even though you looked and felt like shit when finals finally came around you passed all of your classes and then fell asleep for 24 hours straight right after.

- Mod DK

Jumin:

  • You are the best procrastinator in the world.
  • Due tomorrow? Do tomorrow
  • That’s been your motto for the past few years of college.
  • You’ve never had a significant other around finals time to encourage you to get your work done at a reasonable hour
  • Jumin has never had a significant other
  • And he’s never seen you during finals time
  • He didn’t know how bad your habit of procrastination was.
  • It was the night before your portfolio of work was due for your writing class and you hadn’t even started.
  • Jumin was frustrated because it was already 2am and you had yet to come to bed but he understood you were busy.
  • When he heard something thud in the bathroom and your muffled curses follow he was out of the bed in a flash.
  • He whipped the bathroom door open only to find you in the tub
  • Not taking a bath though (ya perverts)
  • You were in the tub scrubbing away with cleaning products.
  • Cleaning was one of the most effective ways you had to procrastinate.
  • Jumin was a little miffed to say the least, “MC, we have a maid for that.”
  • Then the tears started to fall as you began freaking out.
  • You explained that you were procrastinating and after a short lecture from Jumin he made you get to work.
  • He called out of work the next day, much to Jaehee’s chagrin just so he could stay up and make sure you kept working.
  • You did however get the best back rubs ever while you were typing away
  • The two of you took a bath together the next day to relax ;)

Saeran:

  • He cracked his knuckles and stood up from his desk chair, he was done working for the day.
  • He walked to your shared room only to find something strange.
  • When he found you asleep in a pile of papers on the bed he knew something was up.
  • He blew his bangs out of his face and walked over to you quietly
  • He saw how tense you looked and shook you awake
  • You jerked awake, eyes flying open as you realized what happened.
  • “No, no, no. This isn’t happening, Shit!”
  • You frantically shuffled through the papers attempting to get them in some sort of order.
  • He saw the beginnings of a panic attack
  • He was so not okay with you doing this to yourself.
  • In a move somewhat unlike him, he wrapped his arms around you and pressed you to his chest.
  • He wasn’t going to let you have a total meltdown.
  • “MC, tell me what’s wrong, I want to help.”
  • You didn’t want to burden him but you couldn’t afford to turn down the help.
  • You explained that you had a really hard final first thing in the morning and even though you’ve been studying like crazy for the past few weeks you still feel like you aren’t getting the content.
  • He’s immediately ready to help
  • He’s super smart just like his brother so tutoring you is no problem.
  • The two of you make flashcards and he teaches you everything as you make them
  • You’ve never understood anything so well in your life.
  • You thank him with an A1 makeout session before the two of you go to sleep

V:

  • He noticed you were slightly wobbly when you came home from school
  • “MC, are you drunk?”
  • You explained that you were not in fact, drunk, just very sleep deprived.
  • You had finals all week and you hadn’t slept the night before because you were studying.
  • V remembered those days.
  • You went to make yourself another cup of coffee
  • He straight up confiscated your cup and ushered you to bed.
  • “Nap time, MC.”
  • “But, V, I have to study.”
  • “No Ifs, ands, or buts MC. You’re taking a nap and once you aren’t completely out of it I’ll help you study.”
  • You slept for five hours
  • When you woke up you smelled food
  • You went to find V and were pleasantly surprised to find V with a plate full of dinner for you and neat stacks of flashcards sitting on the coffee table.
  • “I hope you don’t mind but I used your textbook to make flashcards while you were napping.”
  • You felt so guilty and told him he should have woken you up.
  • He was so not having it tbh
  • “You needed your sleep MC, besides I’ve gotta keep my darling healthy and happy. What sort of lover would I be if i couldn’t manage that.”
  • You knew he wouldn’t let you refuse to you just went along with him spoiling you while you studied.
  • You made sure that he got all of the cuddles and spoiling he could handle once your finals week was over.

- Mod MC

whatwillowtree  asked:

Okay very cliche prompt but: modern au where boi 1 is a die hard book nerd, boi 2 gets stuck as the librarian for the summer and boi 1 goes in the same day every week to return and take out books (I'm sorry its late my AU's are not as strong as they should be)

(I like your prompt a lot, and sorry it took so long to write this, it turned out long than I thought and my computer has been acting up a lot)

“Arrgh! Max come on, it’ll be sooo boring!” Bart Allen pleaded, dragging his hands down his face as he rolled his eyes up into his head.

His guardian, Max Crandall, barely looked away from his newspaper. “It’s good work experience.”

“Maaaax! I’m 14, I don’t need a job!”

“Maybe, but you do need something to keep you out of trouble over the summer.”

“When have I ever gotten into trouble?!”

Max just gave him a look over the top of the paper.

“Okay okay, but but, like, the library? Max, really? I don’t read, you know I don’t read, is there like a job where I can, I don’t know… play video games all day?”

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Dance with Devils Unit Single 1 Kaginuki Rem vs Sogami Urie: I'm the Prince! (English Translation)

Dance with Devils Unit Single 1 Kaginuki Rem vs Sogami Urie (English Translation)

Track 1: I’m the Prince!

Seiyuu:
Kaginuki Rem (CV: Soma Saito)
Sogami Urie (CV: Takashi Kondo)

Spicy’s Notes (aka) Things you might like to know before you get started:

(1) The crack. So much crack. Mix in the fairy tale references and this is a thing of beauty.

(2) The drama track itself is actually titled 王子は私 / 僕だ! using the differing forms of self address that Rem and Urie use respectively. But since “I’m/I’m the Prince!” makes no sense in English I went with the title choice above.

(3) Usual disclaimers, there may be parts I misheard and such. Knowing me there’s definitely going to be typos. Sorry for that. The SFX have my own special touch to them.

(4) Not currently planning to do the rest of the CD. (It’s just the single and then a couple quickie monologues anyway.) In any case, this is where the good stuff is.

Okay? Ready? Onward!

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A critical examination of “Endgame” (1x12)

or “Why I find the Book 1 finale very disappointing”

There are many people who love the finale of Book 1. I’ve read a lot more praise for it than I’ve read criticism. I understand why people love it. There are a number of awesome scenes in this episode. I, however, don’t like it very much. In fact, it’s one of my least favorite episodes.

I want to be clear that I’m not trying to convince others to hate on it. I am simply laying it out here why I find “Endgame” so disappointing.

I thought it would be easy to write this post. After all, it’s just one episode, and I already knew which elements really irked me. However, I wanted to try to understand what was going on, and through making that effort, it only made me more frustrated with the episode.

I am not going to lament on the lost potential of the Equalist plot, express disappointment that Amon is a waterbender, or make suggestions on how certain issues could have been better served if they carried over into Book 2. My criticisms focus mostly on “Endgame” itself and how it works as the finale of Book 1.

This is a very long post – a much longer post than I ever expected to compose. I walk you through the entire episode. It’s not that I hate every minute of “Endgame” that I do this. I do it to help keep things in context.

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