anonymous asked:

its so refreshing to see other people acknowledging how *young* shiro is. i feel like, there's a tendency in the vld fandom to view "adult" characters as a homogenous group, as though everyone over the age of 20 suddenly has their shit together (maybe this is because the fandom is quite young, on average). there seems to be little distinguishment between an adult such as coran and an adult such as shiro, when in reality these two would be in very different stages of their lives.

I think this is actually a common attitude you see sneaking around in a lot of stories, where, you are either a teenager or younger, or you’re an Ancient, Sage Mentor, and, as a result, it creates a lot of weirdness.

On the one hand, you have a problem that I think the Sonic series is awful for, where character ages feel like really arbitrary weird numbers. Yes, no two people are the same or develop at the same rate but Tails does not act like an eight-year-old. Why is Rouge, a government-contracted espionage agent that owns her own club on the side, eighteen? You can’t wave your hands and say every single person in your setting is a prodigy, here.

Often coming hand and hand with this, though, is the idea that anyone older than twenty is a sage, veteran adult who is also forcibly shuffled out of the plot and out of importance, because a great message to tell people is if they don’t have their magical life-changing adventure while they’re still a teenager or younger, their life is over.

The thing about VLD is… these people are young. And nobody really wants them to be there. There’s a reason Coran is so worried about these people’s welfare- he’s six hundred years old, which, developmentally, for Alteans, seems to put him in somewhere like his mid-fifties. He looks at the paladins, all of them, and sees… kids.

But the reality of this situation is the empire doesn’t care if their enemies, and these kids have a better shot armed and fighting than they do sitting there waiting for the empire to come after them.

That said, the empire itself seems to normally hesitate at employing young people themselves- at bare minimum the commanding elite appears to consist entirely of… the actual age range you would expect of military commanders. They’re all middle-aged and older, and this is considered normal. Lotor is an exception, but Lotor is in a uniquely abusive situation- Zarkon’s not going to permit his son to have a normal childhood, and Throk even calls Lotor a “brat” and cites it as a reason Lotor’s unfit to lead, and shouldn’t be doing this- “Why is he not at his father’s bedside?”

So even the empire- while Haxus claims and later opponents not even hesitating at Pidge or the other paladins supports that they don’t care if their enemies are young- for their own people, do have age standards. And by those standards, Lotor is young, the paladins are young, Pidge, at fifteen, is “a child”. Hell, this applies even to other organizations: with the rebels, Captain Olia seems young, but Ozar and Te-Osh seem older, and having a handful of youthful prodigy characters out of a much larger organization is a lot more realistic than “nobody here is old enough to buy a drink in the US.”

Kolivan would seem to be an old man, suggesting he’s spent most of his life working to his position as leader of the Blade.

By the Garrison’s standards, Shiro is not the kind of person who should be leading missions- he was on Kerberos under Commander Holt, who was a far older man. If everything else hadn’t happened, he might’ve moved up into the commanding ranks of the Garrison…. by the time he was forty.

TL;DR I think popular media has desensitized us to the concept of prodigies and given us really weird standards about what we think is a “reasonable” age so I’m not all that surprised people misconstrue Shiro as a Wise, Sagacious Veteran and not a young adult.


I was tagged by @jollykittenbanana, thank sweetie! Love you ♡♡♡

Rules: Tag 10 people you would like to know better

Name: Erfa

Nicknames: My sister sometimes calls me ‘burfi’ which is a sweet, and people often mispronounce my name as Ofa or Aarfah but that’s not really a nickname. I’ve been called Cat after my url and that’s about it. It’s kinda hard to nickname a name like Erfa. 

Gender: Female

Star Sign: Taurus

Height: Around 5′2 ft.

Sexuality: Asexual (also bi and demiromantic)

Hogwarts House: Hufflepuff (Pottermore said it but I knew beforehand.

Average Hours of Sleep: I go to sleep around 10 pm and wake up 5-6 am, but I can sleep at any time really so my problem is oversleeping usually.

Dog or Cat person: Dogs are nice but cats are love.

Blankets You Sleep With: One or two, number and thickness depending on the situation. At max, I might have three but it tends to make me feel suffocated.

Dream Trip: None really. Like, I’d like to check out Japan sometimes, but there’s no place I would absolutely love to go to. On the other hand, I’d love to travel to meet some of my really awesome internet friends irl.

When I Made This Blog: End of 2016/Start of 2017, I guess.

Followers: 146 (I might do something for the 150 mark but I don’t know what yet)

Why I Made a Tumblr: A bff that I used to have would send me Tumblr screenshots of fanart so I ended up making one of my own.

Reason for my URL: Since I used the same email for making this blog as my original one (which I deleted after losing contact with my friend because I missed her), Tumblr offered me this url based on my old one and I’m like ‘looks good’. I really love it now, though. Not planning on changing it anytime soon.

Tags: @starrys0ul, @fringeiplier, @coalmuffin, @amazingleyawesome, @noir-butler, @dontmindme-imafangirl, @sakuragimichi, @cito-arescit-lacrima, @inangellocumlibello, @ham-omelet, @plumeriafairy14, @forsakenangel88, @etherviolet, @getdamagedbecky, @possiblypidge, @semiswete, @blue-grey-lance, @5secondsoftired, @bleusarcelle if you guys want to do it. And anyone else interested!

 (Me: who should I tag? / Also me: Everyone! / Me: Isn’t that a bit much? / Also me: It’s a perfect amount!)

“You’re cute.”

[An AU in which the BoM are on a diplomatic mission to ally themselves with the Alteans in the fight against Zarkon]

[prints available]


It’s really been over half a decade since we lost you, Paul. We’ve been without your face, your music, and your touching nature for six years. We can only say so much for how much you’ve impacted the entire world, how you’ve saved lives and given hope to countless people of every age and race. You’ve created a monster that is growing in size and creativity and this monster is Slipknot. This monster has grown into such proportions that you’ve got millions of people that love you and will always have you in their hearts.

“The world will never see another crazy motherfucker like you… The world will never know another man as amazing as you…” – “Skeptic”

We miss you, Paulie. That laugh, smile, adorable horseplay, and that awesome lefty playing. Keep watching over the Maggots. We love you.

.For Paul Gray. 

April 8, 1972 - May 24, 2010


a comprehensive list of things that give the Duke of Detroit a boner

Top 30 Larry fics in 2016 by kudos on Ao3

Criteria; started and ended in 2016

1. Soft Hands, Fast Feet, Can’t Lose by dolce_piccante for docilelou
2. This Wicked Game by cherrystreet
3. Whirlwind by dolce_piccante
4. Faking It by TheCellarDoor
5. All the Right Moves by cherrystreet
6. One day to believe in you by mediaville for eleadore
7. Something Great by infinitelymint for anchoredlou 
8. Oh Glory by alivingfire
9. If You Asked Me If I Love Him (I’d Lie) by allyasavedtheday
10. (don’t forget) where you belong by rippedgloves
11. Tug-of-War by cherrystreet
12. To the Ends of the Earth by stylinsoncity
13. Paint The Sky With Stars by kiwikero
14. Just Like The Wolf Before He Bites by whoknows
15. I Love You Most by stylinsoncity
16. Pinkies Never Lie by emma1234 
17. wings to break your fall by karamelised 
18. Second Time’s the Charm by cherrystreet 
19. Naked & Proud by kiwikero for someonethatsfunny 
20. come on jump out at me by yoursongonmyheart
21. MARRIED FOR A WEEK?! by gravitycentered
22. Dust on the Road. by Velvetoscar for sinisterist
23. If I Should Stay by gloria_andrews for chelseafrew
24. Bloodline by banana_louis *
25. Autumn At My Window by TheCellarDoor
26. Never Be by cherrystreet
27. Anonymous Said by alivingfire for Emergencyy
28. Make A Run, Cause Some Rebellion by whoknows
29. Luscious blood by Deidei
30. You Watched Me Sink by bananasandboots

*first chapter posted in dec. ‘15.

anonymous asked:

Is there more Altean Lance on the way? Ps. Feel better. *gives you soup*

I actually have plans for an Altean!Lance/BoM!Keith comic/doujin! 

The idea is that the BoM send a delegation to Altea to negotiate an alliance in the fight against Zarkon - it’s a tentative and uneasy alliance, but both parties know they need each other. Shiro (rescued by the BoM) and Keith (part Galra, obv) are part of the delegation and Lance is part of Allura’s party, probably her brother or cousin, but also a strategist because I love strategist Lance. Lance is his usual flirty self and they dance around each other in typical klance fashion while the negotiations go on in the background *waggles eyebrows*

In a rare peek inside The Notebook (which you’ll have heard me refer to in my streams - it’s where I scribble my ideas), here is a little snippet of my plans. As you can see, my prelim sketches are…not exactly the cleanest, but they’ll suffice as long as I can work out the gist of the scribble!

And as a bonus, here we have Shiro and Allura bonding over how hopeless both Keith and Lance are:

Save them.

Dad, just because you didn’t get to hit that Malfoy arse doesn’t mean you have to take it out on mine and Scorpius’ relationship.
—  Albus Potter to a VERY Angry Harry Potter