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Darkside of Dimensions Review

Since I’ve seen it twice now and gotten a few asks, I figured I’d share my thoughts on the new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie with ye.

Spoiler-free summary: I really enjoyed this movie, especially Kaiba’s and Yugi’s characterisation, but the duels dragged. The antagonist was an interesting person but an uninteresting duelist so the big duels against him were repetitive and lacking flair. The animation was mostly gorgeous but did suffer from “eh that character is in the background in this shot, it’s fine if they’re just a misshapen blob” syndrome. The plot made as much sense as YGO ever does: it’s supposed to be in manga canon but there are still inconsistencies and the plot could have used more structure. It’s definitely only welcoming to people who already like YGO, I can’t imagine getting much out of it if you’re not a YGO fan! But if you are, it’s excellent fun!

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HOLY SHIT I HIT 1,000!!!

Originally posted by parrilla-collins

1,000 Follower Celebration Challenge!!!

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of ya’ll for taking a chance on me and reading my fics. This blog used to be my personal, and I understand that some of my old followers may have stuck around, but I literally cannot believe how quickly my little squad has grown!!!

Thank you for being patient with me, thank you for reading the things I post, thank you for being supportive and lovely and making my days better.

So enough about me, here’s my two cents on this challenge.
I wanted to do something that wasn’t exhausted already (ie song, drabble, head canon etc), and considering the wild amount of challenges that have been going on since December, I didn’t want to overbear anyone. (Don’t worry, next milestone I’ll be doing something for everyone!) So I’m combining a list of my favourite things to make things a bit easier on ya’ll. Please read carefully all of the rules below. Just send me an ASK if you’re unsure of anything. And of course, there will be a huge celebratory masterlist permanently posted on my blog afterwards!

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I must stop forgetting about character’s birthdays and them rushing to draw something at 11PM for them. When will I learn jfc.

But I couldn’t just let it pass by, Zero (fuck the localized name) is absolutely my favorite Fe:Fates character, and I never drew him. And obviously, I’m also a slut for Zero/Kamui (If no one holds me down, I’ll end up getting married to him in ALL my files ;v;).

So, Happy Birthday to this big, sharp toughed baby. He deserves all the happiness!

re: regina's sexuality

the only romantic relationship we see regina actively choose for herself (daniel) is extremely short-lived and she’s very young at the time that it occurs. this isn’t me playing the “you don’t know what you want when you’re an adolescent or young adult” card by any means because some people do and everyone’s individual experience is valid, but when i was that same age, i had multiple, all-consuming crushes on boys; i had romantic and physical relationships with boys. i wrote diary entries about how much i loved boys, how beautiful they were, how much i wanted to be with them-and that doesn’t make my current self any less of a lesbian.

regina’s sexual relationship with graham is both a very clear act of self-harm and a rape on her part (even if the show won’t acknowledge this explicitly), please stop using this as proof that regina is attracted to men when that affair had nothing to do with physical attraction and everything to do with power and control.

her marriage to leopold was nonconsensual and there’s a strong possibility that she was a child bride.

and you could absolutely argue that regina is bi and genuinely in love with robin-that’s valid and your right. but for a lot of people, her pixie-mandated romance with robin represents yet another relationship that was forced on regina; this is a woman who has expressed in canon multiple times that she feels that fate is against her, that snow and charming were allowed all the trappings of fairytale love that she was denied. and tink tells regina-a woman so convinced that she’s destined to suffer at the hands of fate-that robin is her ideal (and possibly only) chance at happiness at a time when she’d recently freed herself of an arranged marriage and was pretty clearly (and not for the first time) coded as suicidal. and later tells her that she ruined robin’s chance at happiness by refusing to be with him. and as a lesbian who’s struggled with heteronormativity and internalized lesbophobia and pressure to prioritize relationships with men from practically everyone in my life, i see a pretty strong metaphor for those experiences in this arc! on top of that, robin’s abrupt appearance on the show (not as a side-character who would eventually become a love interest, like hook, but a character intended to be regina’s soulmate from the second he appears) comes across as an attempt from the showrunners to invalidate readings of regina as a lesbian to a lot of people, especially since swan queen had already been shipped very vocally by fans for more than two years by the time he showed up.

like, i just think you should really closely consider why your first instinct when lesbians take “my happy ending isn’t a man” at face value is to tell them she “didn’t mean it that way,” when they obviously feel that their experiences are reflected in those words, when they’re just trying to see themselves in a character they love and relate to on a show overwhelmingly defined by the power of heterosexual love specifically. i’m just so tired of my posts about lesbian regina being derailed by people telling me she must be mga; she absolutely can be, and more power to you for whatever you choose to headcanon, but concretely denying the reality that many lesbians have had multiple experiences with men in order to prove that a given character “can’t” be a lesbian is so harmful, to young and closeted lesbians especially. just don’t reblog the post if that’s not your vision of regina, that’s all; i don’t think it’s a lot to ask.

MC giving the RFA home made chocolates on their first Valentine’s Day together

This is my try to do Valentine’s Day head canons/imagines. I’m a week early, but oh well. If you read this … I’m sorry about the culture mix I probably ended up using.

Does contain mild spoilers like real names.

Yoosung

  • Well, he never had a girlfriend on Valentine’s Day before. He usually ended up meeting his LOLOL friends and eating bowls of noodles with black bean paste on April 14th, or “Black Day”, instead. They would sit together talking about how love was overrated. Afterwards they would all go home to drown their sorrows in LOLOL.
    • Last year, one of his friends had found a girlfriend and did not take part in their little circle of loneliness. Yoosung did try to be happy for him, but inside he had never felt so betrayed before.
  • This Valentine’s Day however would be different. Since he has you now. This means that he will receive chocolates or something from you, right? He already got excited about it as soon as Christmas was over, and has been looking forward to it ever since.
  • When Valentine’s Day comes around Yoosung would be so thrilled the whole day, at any time expecting you to just magically show up to give him a gift. He almost has a heart attack when he actually sees you waiting in front of his university.
  • You smile at him and hand him a small box with a cute ribbon and a little card on it.
    • “For my love Yoosung <3”, it says.
  • It contains home made chocolates. You have spent many hours at night making them, but you’re glad you did it. When you see Yoosungs face lighting up in joy and excitement you’re sure that it was all worth it.
    • “MC … you made them just for me?”
    • “Of course!”
    • “I … Thank you so much, MC. They are amazing. I’m so happy!” Yoosung pulls you towards him and hugs you, tenderly kissing your forehead. He’s so touched and happy that he can’t even feel embarrassed about being right in front of his university with other people around you.
  • Yoosung spends the rest of the day overjoyed. He will mention that his girlfriend is the best at every opportunity until both his LOLOL friends and the rest of the RFA are annoyed with him. He still won’t stop, though.
  • He’s also keeping your chocolates untouched for a while. It would be a shame if he would just eat them right away. He also definitely has at least one picture of them on his phone and will keep it forever.
  • Expect him to at least try and actually make home made chocolates for White Day to return the favor.

Zen

  • Has got a lot of Valentine’s Day gifts before. Mostly from his fans, of course. He appreciates those flowers and cards and chocolates a lot … But still, they are not the same as a gift from a lover. Since Valentine’s Day is about love, romantic love, right? As much as Zen loves his fans he would gladly give up all the gifts he gets to get just one from the person he truly loves – which he never tires to explain to everyone.
  • So he has usually spent the day lamenting in the chat room about how he was doomed to forever live the sad life of an actor who was only admired from afar (much to the annoyance of Yoosung).
  • Since he has you by his side this time he’s pretty excited about it. He doesn’t mention anything, but he’s very aware that Valentine’s Day is coming. He’s very curious about the gift he’ll get from you. When the day finally comes he can barely wait to find out.
  • But first, there is a whole pile of boxes and cards and flowers waiting in front of his apartment door. The fans are being sweet as usual. As he brings everything in, he notices one of the boxes in particular. It’s cutely wrapped in red and white paper, and there is a shiny red card in the shape of a heart attached to it.
  • Deciding to open this one first he turns the card and almost jumps in surprise.
    • “Happy Valentine’s Day, my love! <3”
  • You have not put your name, but he recognizes your handwriting right away. Zen can feel his face becoming warm and his heart beating faster. Has a wide smile on his face while opening your present.
  • He finds it so cute that you would just leave your gift with the others for him to stumble upon it unexpectedly.
  • When he sees that you actually made home made chocolates for him he pretty much melts. He calls you right away to thank you and tell you just how happy he is.
    • “Babe, you’re so cute”, is the very first thing he says when you pick up. You just chuckle softly into the phone.
  • Zen will definitely take a selfie with your chocolates, possibly while eating one of them, and post it in the chat room.
    • “Look at what MC gave to me for Valentine’s Day! Isn’t she so amazing?”
  • Expect LOTS of kisses and cuddles and declarations of love when you two see each other again.
  • You will probably get a really huge bouquet of flowers or two on White Day.

Jaehee

  • She did try to make home made chocolate and give them to guys she liked before. But it has been years and she has pretty much forgotten about this tradition since then. She doesn’t really think about it when other people around her mention it. She just doesn’t get the hype.
  • Why is it even bad to spend Valentine’s Day alone? Surely it is not that important …
  • So this time around Jaehee is not even really aware that it is Valentine’s Day. She does realize that there are a lot of couples in the café today, but oh well. She is simply working as usual, minding her own business, enjoying the smell of coffee and the familiar, warm atmosphere of the café.
  • However, what Jaehee does not know is that you are very well aware that today is Valentine’s Day … and that you have a different idea about it. You have put in quite some effort to prepare for it without letting Jaehee notice anything.
  • When the café closes and Jaehee tries to go to the back to change clothes, she is stopped by you at the counter. Jaehee does not immediately understand what is going on when you hand her a little, decorated box. She just automatically takes it, saying “thank you” in confusion.
    • “Happy Valentine’s Day, Jaehee”, you say while smiling brightly. “I hope you like them. I tried coffee flavor filling.”
  • Jaehee looks at the chocolates, still in confusion. She has no idea what is going on. Why are you being so sweet? Why are you giving her choco-… oh. Oh. Ooh.
  • Jaehee blushes so hard when she realizes what just happened.
    • “M-MC, oh my god, that is … You … Oh my god, I c-can’t believe you.” She cannot say anything without stuttering like a fool. It adds to her embarrassment. “Th-that is so, so sweet of you …”
  • You just give her another smile and leave for the back to get changed. Jaehee does not move from the spot for several minutes while trying to process the fact that you decided to give her home made chocolates as a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • Do you even do things like that for another woman? What … what is going on? Jaehee is so confused about the whole thing. But she appreciates both the gesture and the chocolates a lot.
  • Also, be sure as hell that Jaehee will try her best to make the best chocolates for her “best friend” in return.

Jumin

  • Jumin has actually refused Valentine’s Day gifts before. To him, it is just another regular day that has been commercialized. It’s all for the sake of profit. He does not understand why people fall for this so readily and enthusiastically.
  •  Like, why would they even need a day like this? They say it is to appreciate their loved ones, to take the opportunity to show how much they mean to you … But Jumin honestly doesn’t get why this would be necessary. You should always appreciate your loved ones and always show them how much they mean to you, you should not need a special day for this.
  • This is what he believes and so he does neither get interested nor excited about it when Valentine’s Day comes around.
  •  Little did he know that you have been getting all fired up about it. When he shut Zen down in the chat room about how getting worked up about this day was a waste of time and actually kind of pathetic, you just smiled patiently, not arguing with him.
  • So when Jumin comes back from work on Valentine’s Day he finds you waiting for him in his penthouse. Since he loves it so much when you are at his home he’s just happy and doesn’t get suspicious at all.
  • Until you give him a wide grin and hand him a little box, decorated with a ribbon and a heart shaped card.
    • “Happy Valentine’s Day, Jumin!”, you proclaimed cheerfully.
    • “MC … Why would you get me a gift today? It was not necessary. I know that you love me and you don’t need to prove it by following pointless traditions such as this one.”
    • “Aw, don’t be a spoilsport. I just wanted to do it. Is that so wrong? Just take a look at it!”
  • So Jumin opens the box and sees the chocolates. Dark chocolates, just the way he likes them. For a moment he wonders where you could have bought so obviously hand made sweets, then he realizes that you must have made them yourself.
  • Ok, now he thinks it’s adorable.
  • Even if he does not care about Valentine’s Day he is happy knowing that you care for him and think of him so much. He gives you a hug and lots of kisses, pulling you close to him and telling you how much he loves you.
  • You probably end up eating the chocolates together that evening.
  • Jumin will see to it that only the finest confectionary and most beautiful flowers are prepared for you on White Day. If you did it for him, he must return the favor after all.

Saeyoung

  • Saeyoung never wasted a lot of thoughts on Valentine’s Day. He did sometimes chime in and tease Yoosung and Zen a bit (lol Single Awareness Day), but these were pretty much the only times he even came in touch with that day. He did not give anyone so much as an opportunity to exchange gifts.
  • This year is different though. When the topic is brought up in the chat room he actually gets really excited. After everything you and him have been through he thinks it would be nice to do … normal couple stuff like celebrating Valentine’s Day, for a change.
  • Asks you if you have any wishes for that day. Do you want to go somewhere? Is there anything in particular you’d like him to get for you? He’ll prepare for everything and make sure you’ll have the greatest Valentine’s Day ever.
    • “Saeyoung … I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but … you know, it’s usually the girls who make gifts on Valentine’s Day. Your turn is on White Day.”
  • Oh. He has kind of missed that little detail, probably had something different in his head because of the years he spent abroad. Anyway, he is already fired up by now, so he won’t go back on his plans.
    • “Is it that important? Then let’s just pretend that I’m the girl on Valentine’s Day. I still have the wigs and outfits.”
    • But … you have already made plans for Valentine’s Day, too. “Nooo, I want to be the girl. I already prepared the recipe and ingredients for home made chocolates!”
    • “You … wanted to make home made chocolates for me? Oh my god, that’s so cute, I can’t believe you’d do that for me! I kinda wanna make some for you, too. Wait … why does only one of us get to do something anyway? Isn’t this unfair?”
    • “Hmm. Actually, since this is about us … I think we should just do it however we want to.”
    • “Right, right?”
  • And so you decide to celebrate in your own way. By making home made chocolates together. Of course the two of you end up going completely overboard. You try to make fillings out of crushed Honey Buddha Chips, and Doctor Pepper flavored creams. The results aren’t half bad actually. But the kitchen is a mess.
  • Melted chocolate and chip crumbs are everywhere. Everywhere.
  • By the end of it all you’re both exhausted and may or may not be sick with stomach aches, but it was all worth it. You had such a good time. Lots of giggling and chocolate-y kisses.
  • You’re so going to do it again on White Day.

Decided to try and add the whole minor trio, too

Saeran

  • Has literally no idea what all the fuss is about. The day has been so irrelevant for him up until now that Valentine’s Day doesn’t even exist in his vocabulary. When the others start to mention it in the chat room more often he becomes curious and actually googles it.
    • Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.”
  • Alright, so it’s something religious? Then why is the search full of hearts and roses and present ideas? So confusing. Saeran learns that it’s a day associated with lovers and giving each other small presents, but it makes no sense to him at all. Like, what in the world compelled people to celebrate romantic love on some old Christian holiday?
  • He ends up researching and reading more articles about it than he will ever admit, just to make sure he got his info right.
  • He’s relieved to find out that local tradition usually only involves girls making gifts on Valentine’s Day while guys would return the favor on White Day. So at least he doesn’t have to worry about you expecting something from him.
  • When Valentine’s Day comes Saeran still acts like he doesn’t even understand, but he’s actually become really aware of the tradition and it’s implications.
  • He’s secretly hoping to get a gift from you, not only because he’s emptied his sweets stash and is craving sugar but also because it would be kind of like a little, formal proof that you cared about him.
  • So he makes the cutest expression when you hand him the little wrapped up box, trying to hide his excitement. He fails miserably when he finds out you actually made home made chocolates for him. Even Saeran understands that this is a whole lot of work, and you willingly did this for him.
    • “Happy Valentine’s Day, Saeran”, you chuckle a bit. “I made them just for you, I hope you like them.”
  • He’s already put one of the chocolates in his mouth before you finished talking. You chuckle even more at how happy he looks eating. Then he puts down the box and instead pulls you close to him, kissing you without a word. He doesn’t say it but it’s obvious that yes, he definitely likes them. So you’re happy, too.
  • Despite never talking about it and claiming he’s not doing anything when asked by the others Saeran will try and do his best on White Day. He’ll get you sweets and chocolates in return, plus a bouquet of roses. Because he read somewhere that those were important.

V

  • V knows what’s up and is really calm about it. Oh yes, it’s Valentine’s Day. He does think it’s nice that lovers are coming together, giving presents, and appreciating each other. It can be beautiful. But in the end it is still a regular day. So he would be happy to receive a gift from you, but would also not mind at all if you didn’t celebrate.
  • Simply nods and smiles when people talk about it. Though it’s a bit amusing how Zen and Yoosung are making a fuss over spending the day alone once again while Jumin is giving overly pragmatic remarks, Luciel is poking fun at them and Jaehee’s trying to get all of them back on track. Such a cute and lively bunch.
  • V is just happy that they are all okay on a day like this.
  • But he is very touched when he actually does receive this cute little gift box from you.
    • “Oh gosh, is this really for me?”
    • “Who else, silly?” You smile. “Happy Valentine’s Day, Jihyun. I hope you like them!”
    • “Thank you so much, MC. I love it. I’ll treasure it.”
    • “… you haven’t even opened the box, my dear.”
  • Insists on taking a picture of you and the box before opening it. He needs to preserve the moment.
  • Definitely also insists that you eat the chocolates together. Probably feeds you the first one, then kisses you. Gives you an innocent smile and explains that it was to get a better taste. You end up giggling and feeding each other until all the chocolates are gone.
  • V decides to get you roses to return the favor. Since this is about expressing his love for you, he is really serious about it. So … he gets not one or two or three, or even a regular bouquet of roses. But one freaking hundred and one of them, red, fragrant, and fresh and beautiful. Complete with a personalized card, featuring a cute picture of the two of you.
  • Along with a note. You’re sure that it’s a sweet note, even though you can’t actually read it.

Vanderwood

  • Of course aware of what Valentine’s Day is. He just didn’t care about it. Of course he was not able to, because of his job. But he also never felt as if it was a big loss.
  • This time around he still does not really care. It’s just not that important. Who cares about chocolates or whatever when you already have a life free of the danger of getting murdered at any moment.
  • It’s a bit of a strange situation when you show up with the chocolates.
    • “What? What is this?”
    • “… this is my Valentine’s Day’s gift for you.”
    • Looks at the little box in his hands in confusion. “Uhm, alright?”
    • “… you could show a bit more enthusiasm. It’s, like, a token of my love and affection for you.”
    • Now he looks at you. Blankly, for a moment. “I see. Yeah. Thanks, MC.”
    • “…”
    • “Hey, don’t be upset. I’m sorry, okay? I’m, like … I’m actually touched. Thank you.”
  • This isn’t a lie. It’s the first time he’s received something like this. Feels quite good, actually.
  • When he finds out that there are home made chocolates in there he honestly does not know how to react. You … spent not only money but also effort in this? This is serious, alright.
  • Kind of shrugs the whole thing off in order to not act too awkward in front of you. Like damn, a former secret agent is not made for stuff like this.
  • But when White Day comes around … you’ll find him just standing there, handing you a neatly wrapped present.
    • “Here, take this. This is for the chocolates you made for me. They were delicious, by the way … so, yeah. Thanks again. Stop giggling MC, what’s so funny anyway? I’m not used to this stuff, okay, don’t judge me! Just take this, be happy, and let’s get it over with.”
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OUAT questions?

This is a rant. I’m frustrated and irritated with the crap OUAT has become. I didn’t check for typos so read at your own risk.

Hook is a bastard. He’s selfish. He’s a bully and a murderer that never pays a price for his crimes but is rewarded for being a bully fuckhead. CS is 10000 times more abusive and toxic than Rumbelle. If only for the main reason​that Emma is so desperate that she sweeps all conflict under the rug. But there are actually many reasons they are worse.


Showing my age here but remember TV shows back in the 70’s? Probably even earlier than that? They never had ant continuity. The writer’s wrote characters based on what they wanted for the plot not of it made sense. The writing was so simple and contrived it seemed to reflect the mindset of the audience or at least the audience they think they have.
It was terrible , and every other character existed for the central characters. Plots, backstories could change weekly, because of the week writing. And again it reflects their audience. No effort, no need to think about it.

1) Everyone on Once Upon A Time now live to prop Hook.
2) The show forces his manpain on us because they will not focus a small, loud obnoxious group that never existed until S2.
3) The show throws away backstories, characterizations to ensure CS , esp Hook gets everything without the characters actually needing to work on it.
4) The doesn’t even hide the fact that they intentionally have characters forgive and forget past crimes made against them to further the plot. It no longer needs to make sense if it means that at the end of the day Cs/ Hook were propped up.

Effortless storytelling by lazy writer’s who obviously don’t care about the show’s history, the backgrounds and nuances of characters. They just simply write blindly to prop a pirate asshole . They must think the intelligence of the audience is very low.

The show is talking reboot if they get a s7. They rebooted back in s3 when it became about Hook.

This show holds no surprises or intrigue anymore. We all know that all characters will instantly forgive Hook. Look at how fast Emma forgave him for trying to kill Henry.

CS “drama” gets resolved almost instantly. No tears, anger, breakups.. just Hook’s manly tears.

The only happy ending, or long-term angst in question is Rumbelle.
Rumple is the only character whose past is always held against him. The only character whose heroism is forgotten even by Belle. Rumple has actually done noble, heroic acts.
His heroism he never needs acknowledged, or needs to call himself something a million times to make it true.
Hook’s heroism is him doing something selfish, never actually doing something heroic
Because just him saying he is automatically makes it true on this show.

I hate Hook, I hate the writing. The show deserves to be cancelled.

We all know who will get a happy ending and who will not. The show paints it obviously.
Belle will move on, Rumple will die and be forgotten.

Fuck the writer’s, ABC, Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsowitz, and Once Upon a Hook. The show is a joke.

Witchery and Mental Illness

This is something I’ve meant to write about for a while! Full disclosure: I have PTSD and additional anxiety on top, and formerly had major depressive disorder brought on by the PTSD (and other incidents), though I am happy to say that’s one area I’ve worked on a lot. At first, I was a little worried that witchcraft somehow made me “crazier” - my therapist and psychologist have since assured me that this is obviously is not true. :> So, with a little help, I’ve put together some tips for the mentally ill Witch! I know that my experience only covers a small umbrella, but hopefully, other Witches can chime in too!

1. You can be mentally ill and be a Witch Some older books, and this pisses me off to no end, insist you must be of “sound mind and sound health” to work magic. Now, I’m sure they mean well and are implying you shouldn’t conduct elaborate rituals when you have a cold, but trust me, you can be a Witch, conduct magic, and observe magickal works when you are mentally ill. OF COURSE you’re capable of, and can conduct, as well as any other Witch. Now, don’t get me wrong - your mental illness can affect your craft in mundane ways. For instance, my anxiety makes it hard for me to follow a very formal ritual because I get nervous I’ll screw it up. However, if I’m anxious, I can meditate at my altar or do simple bath magic just fine.

2. Take your meds (if you have them) Meds don’t “dull” your magic - if anything, they help you (me!) separate your mental tics from actual magic. Storytime: I missed a week of meds, and was psyching myself out looking for signs from a particular deity. Once I got back on them, a giant fuckoff swarm of bees migrated to the middle of urban Los Angeles and made a hive on my apartment window, which is at least 500 feet from any outdoor plants and the only exit being straight up for ten stories (for the bees, anyway)…  followed by an actual hummingbird. I Googled this, and apparently scientists don’t know what causes bees to pick where they make hives (it’s “instinct”). I don’t know what that was - sign or not - but I sure as hell didn’t have to look for it. Meds make magic easier. (:

3. Talk to your psychologist If you see someone, it can be very helpful to get their input to make sure your witchery isn’t having some kind of adverse effect. I really didn’t want to share my Craft with my therapist at first, but when I realized my question boiled down to “Am I crazy if I’m Pagan?”, I felt a bit silly. He helped me be aware that I wasn’t doing anything “crazy”, and that my spellcraft could have a positive effect on my mental wellbeing - crafting a nice tea ritual around taking my morning meds could be both a positive piece of spellwork AND a good reminder and motivation to take them.

4. It’s okay if you don’t want to do certain spellwork Not everyone has had the same experiences as you or I, and you might find some spells, rituals, or information that may pertain to your “hard topics” - for me, these are spells that can be triggering to my PTSD - which feel very unpalatable, or straight-up wrong. For instance, I have a spellbook that includes a “metaphorical suicide prevention” spell that advocates doing a ritual fake-death to rid yourself of your suicidal tendencies. This seems batshit fucking insane to me, and just reading (and typing out) that spell makes me feel sick to my stomach and like I need to retake my antidepressants. If you don’t want to, can’t, refuse to, or are unable to address your mental issues with magic, that is okay. If you see others trying to use magic to aid their mental issues, and you disagree, that is okay. YOU ARE OKAY. You’ll find many, many magic-users and writers who want to address trauma, illness, or psychosis with magic, but you do not have to listen to them. YOU trust YOU.

There’s obviously a ton more on the subject I could say, but feel free to send me questions! This is something I’ve been working on for a while :>

<3 Ash

anonymous asked:

Show!Ursa: would very much like her daughter to behave like a "lady", laughs about burning a city to the ground, calls her daughter a monster when she thinks she's not listening, murders the Fire Lord. Comics!Ursa: plays in the backyard, doesn't like hearing about violence or war, is all understandable about her new daughter's behavior, would never murder a fly. Same character?

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XD had to.

Ursa was ambiguous enough in the show, you know. You had no idea whether she really loved Azula or not (then the comics do next to nothing to prove that she does, so good going, Yang, thanks for proving Azula right), you had no idea what her political alignments were, and ALSO, you don’t have ANY signs of Ursa not getting along with her husband? LITERALLY. All you know is that she’s not exactly going to shout around that she wants Ozai to be Fire Lord. This can either mean that she was hiding her support of him in that endeavor, (because ffs you can’t conspire about something like a coup and yell about it, Azula, but I guess you’re really young so we let it slide), or that she didn’t support it at all, of course.

Comics, though: no love for Azula confirmed (one kiss when she’s asleep that to me amounts to NOTHING because Azula had no idea it happened), still no real sign that she didn’t like the Fire Nation’s war but she is shown as a victim to, uh, the Fire Nation system because she’s been forced to marry Ozai. So you’re supposed to think that because the Fire Nation traditions made her miserable, she mustn’t like their ways. And because she was forced to marry Ozai, then obviously this must be a horrible marriage from start to end! Despite, uh, the show always had Zuko talking about times when their family was happy, suggesting the relationship deteriorated over time…? :’D

I’m not saying forced marriage should be shown as good, fact is, this trope is seldom portrayed at its worst by fanfiction and um, Yang kinda writes like fanfiction so well, at least I won’t fault him for showing that forced marriage can end badly. But he makes forced marriage awful to the absolute EXTREME by making Ozai horribly controlling, jealous, cruel and whatnot. I know I have what may amount to the most favorable perception of Ozai ever, but I don’t think this was necessary at all. It was just to turn Ursa into an even more victimized mess? Isn’t Ozai bad enough with what he did to Zuko already? Him being an average husband would have never ruled out the harm he has done to his children, but no, Yang makes him a thousand times worse than necessary and instead of letting him keep the teeny tiny bit of depth that he DID have in the show (see him sitting at the turtle-duck pond by himself after Ursa is gone, in the exact same spot she always was at, suggesting that it affects him that she’s gone), Yang makes it so he treats Ursa like crap and just uses her as the means to become Fire Lord via Azulon’s murder. Like, sorry, but I like my Urzai a lot more complex and interesting than “he was soooo bad and she was soooo good but soooo sad and he made her suffer sooo much!”

Long story short, I have no respect for comics’ Ursa for all her decisions and her behavior, but the show’s Ursa, thanks to that wonderful ambiguity from where you can actually build something very complex, where she can have agency, where she can KICK OZAI’S ASS BY PROVING SHE HAS MORE BRAINS THAN HIM…! *heavy breathing* Seriously, though, show Ursa has potential. I’ll never love her, but at least she’s worth writing about.

I really found @loopy777’s essay on the Two Ursas is a great read. If you haven’t read it yet, I’m sure you’d enjoy it, Anon.

Houses as Halloween Things

Gryffindor ;
All tricks, no treats. Okay, yes treats, how can there be no treats? But pranking is obviously still a must. 

Hufflepuff ;
10/10 has dressed as an animal at least once. Or twice. Okay fine, basically every year.

Ravenclaw ;
Totally the type to plan on rationing out their candy but end up caving in and binge eating a shit ton.

Slytherin ;
Either dressed in some sexy costume or in a onesie. There is no in between.

On one hand I think Isak should ask Even about what happened at Bakka but on the other hand that’s gotta be so hard? Like Isak knows he had a manic episode and that he switched schools because of it meaning he knows it must’ve been serious. He accepts all of Even and loves him but Even probably just wants to forget about the whole thing and move on, which is understandable. Problem is when one of Isaks friends has a brother, love interest and “party friends” that went to school with Even and obviously knew him and hung out with him. You can’t just move on when everything is too close, like Isak needs to know the truth and Even needs to face his demons for this to have a happy ending. This is gonna hurt but I’m ready! 

Falling in Love Doesn’t Make a Woman Weak

Just because a female character who is strong and independent finds someone  romantically doesn’t mean she’s weak and reduced to some simple “love thing.” The argument that a woman can’t be strong if she finds someone romantically is the same misconstrued idea that a woman is only happy if she has someone to cling to and adore, that they are her whole life. That is putting them into boxes and needs to end now. Female characters are not as black-and-white as a lot still see them as.    

Love is about opening our whole selves up to a person, letting them see these cracks we keep hidden from peering eyes, and them wanting to be there, to support you or tell you when you’re being irresponsible and selfish. Love is seeing the best and worst in a person and still choosing to hold on, to stay. Love is about acceptance. 

Every person deserves love. So why is it people only complain when a so-called “Strong Female Character” finds a boyfriend? (Which is actually another term male creators made when so many women in the 60s and 70s complained about the damsel in distress trope and demanded stronger, more complex female characters, equal counter-parts to their male co-stars. Instead, we get the other extreme end instead of the nice middle where so many male characters today land.) She obviously must lose all credibility and ignore the fact that this person makes her happy, that this person supports her. That this person sees the best in herself. I never see this argument for when a male character has a love interest. In fact, people typically gush how wonderful it is he’s opening up and showing his softer side. No one discusses him losing his strength when he’s risking everything to save his love-interest in the movies. No one shouts “LOOK HOW WEAK HE IS! HE’S FIGHTING FOR HER AND OH, DID HE JUST TELL HER HE LOVES HER? GIVE ME BACK YOUR MAN CARD, YA WUSS!” 

No. Because that’s ridiculous. It sounds ridiculous because it is. 

Yet that is exactly what people say when the roles are switched and it’s the woman fighting for her guy.  

Showing someone our softer side is not a weakness. It is not a feminist trait; it is a human trait.   

Falling in love with someone, especially for these “Strong Female Characters” who are typically loners at the start of their journeys, who trust no one but themselves, is scary. It requires trust and a chance of being hurt by this very person. It requires risk and effort because that person could leave, that person could use your fears and sadness against you. But they do it anyway because it’s worth that risk of getting hurt. That doesn’t sound weak at all. In fact, a lot of heroes fight because their cause is worth it, and a cause could be many things–love, family, pride, honor, etc.. Showing our cracks to someone, taking that leap of faith (even if you could get burned in the end) is far scarier than any monster we can conjure up. It takes someone with confidence in themselves to do it. It takes a strong person to love and allow themselves to be loved.  

That belief that once a woman finds someone to romantically love she is nothing more than a trophy wife or the foolish, jealous girlfriend is unhealthy for women to see. It is telling us that we can’t fall in love because that makes us weak. It tells us we can’t show someone our cracks because that makes us weak. It’s telling us in order to be strong we can’t have emotions outside of anger.

Having emotions does not dictate our strength. Our actions spurred on by our emotions do.

Never forget: 

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Request: Once again I loved the OS that you write with my request! And as I still have some ideas lurking in mind, I come again pollute your ask. May I suggest a GabrielxReader? Shortly after Gabe’s death, she discovers she’s pregnant, so she decides to stop hunting and leave the TWF, to try to have a normal life. Obviously, nothing normally happens as she must raise a half human half archangel son who loves to make jokes like his father, but (…)also regularly faced angels to whom the child is an aberration and demons who want to kidnap him (for I don’t know why). And one day, as she tries to protect her son again, she receives the unexpected help from Gabe, who had once again faked his death. Happy end with fluff and candies ! Thanks ♥

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anonymous asked:

Ngl when Donna said that I'm black on the inside or whatever it was nonsense I almost stopped watching the show because how can you have such powerful black characters like Robert Zane, Queen Jessica, Gretchen etc. But then have the whitest white person on the show say some bullshit like that - I hated korsh already for the heteropushing but after that part I'd honestly be happy if the show ended if it meant his career tanked 👎

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Honestly, I can’t sit here and pretend to know how offensive that line must’ve been to POC because I mean, I’m a white girl who has never had to face those kinds of things and I can’t imagine what it’s like, at all, or even begin to.

But I can obviously see when something is right, and when something is wrong, and having Donna - a white woman who came from a privileged background with parents who had money and only when she was a little older did she have to learn the value of a dollar, who has been through, arguably, very little in her life - say something like that, with another woman of colour present? Such a fucking disgusting thing.

No, Donna, you are not black on the inside because you’ve had a relationship with a man of colour - to even have that as a thought is a) grotesque and shows her mindset as a person, and b) made it seem like, I dunno, being a romantic relationship with a POC is some kind of… I don’t know, achievement? Goal? Fashion statement? Just something so utterly fucking ridiculous that it fills me with anger every time I think about it.

It wasn’t a respectful line, that’s the bottom line here.

How Gretchen didn’t slap her in the fucking face is beyond me. Seriously this show does a lot of stupid things but that was one of the worst, and having it said for obvious comedic effect, too, just made it ten times worse.

Yeah, seriously, how K*rsh even has a show at this point is still beyond me, lmao. And they’ve got Dule in now, they better not fucking waste him on Dullvey, I swear. He’s too good for that, and I’d hope - given Dule’s track record of shows, he has a tendency to choose the good ones - he wouldn’t stick around to be a plot device in the shittiest storyline ever.

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Where can I find the sfb list of no’s and what fandom do you want

Basically, no Cas/other (at ALL, no past relationships, no sexual/romantic experiences. other people crushing on him is fine, but he can’t reciprocate), no references to 9.03 (body modifications, characters, events, etc), and it must have a happy ending.

Obviously these rules only apply to SPN, I’m capable of finding fic on my own in other fandoms (literally all I need in other fandoms is a happy ending with my ship the main pairing)

Destiel fic if you’ve got it!

But what if Remus did raise Harry?

What if, after Peter was confirmed as Secret Keeper, James knew that if they were betrayed, they’d be betrayed by Peter (which obviously wasn’t going to happen, but just in case it did), so he arranged that Sirius and/or Remus would get custody of Harry, so long as they weren’t the spy?

And since he used binding magic, when all the shit went down Dumbledore realized that Remus would be the best option for Harry and he convinces Remus that he has to be in charge of Harry, now. Hogwarts will take Harry, and the Shack will take Remus, at every full moon of them, but otherwise, it’s to be the two of them?

Remus having access to the Potters’ bank accounts. He would never take any for himself, but Harry needs a home and food, and so they get by. They don’t live well, but they live good enough (better than Harry would’ve at his aunts, especially) and because Remus doesn’t feel bad about spending money on Harry (obviously, James would have spoiled his son), Harry grows up with all the toys and games he could ever want. 

It’s as happy a childhood as could be expected, under the circumstances. Harry gets a dad who loves him, with all his heart, but he also grows up knowing about his own world, and his real parents, and magic, and his role in everything. 

When Harry turns 11, he’s going to miss Remus terribly and cries on August 31st. Remus tries to stay strong, but it’s hard. He manages by telling Harry to convince the hat he must go to Gryffindor, but of course, if he ends up somewhere else, he’ll still be loved, regardless. (No green and silver in the house, though, it would just clash.) And perhaps Harry could visit him in the hospital wing after full moons, so long as he doesn’t tell his friends what he’s up to. Harry loves the idea; he’s terrible at it, though, and by October, Ron knows Remus’s secret and comes to visit, too. 

Third year, Harry’s ecstatic when Remus comes to teach. Finally will he get to learn defense, and obviously, Remus will be the best teacher ever. Remus had been weird for the last couple weeks of the summer though, and wouldn’t tell Harry why. A few weeks in, he realizes that Sirius was the other best friend of his dad and his real dad, and he gets it. Harry, with Ron, spend all year trying to figure out a way that Sirius might not be guilty, because how could he just turn on Remus like that? And Harry’s parents? It makes no sense. 

When Fred and George give Harry the Marauders’ Map, he immediately shows it to Remus. “Look how cool this is! I can’t wait to use it to sneak around!” Remus lights up and tells Harry to use it well, otherwise, the owners would not be very happy. He’s very evasive when Harry then asks if he knew the owners, making Harry suspicious. 

After about a month, Remus can’t take it - he asks to borrow the map and of course, Harry gives it to him. He sees Peter’s name and can’t believe it, the map can’t be wrong, the map is never wrong, and all of a sudden - it clicks. Everything, the truth, finally falls into place. After DADA the next day, he asks Harry and Ron to stay after. Ron’s a little confused when Remus asks to see his rat, but Harry tells him to pass Scabbers over, so he does. Before the boys know it, Scabbers has disappeared and a naked, disheveled man appears in his place. Before they know it, Remus has muttered Petrificus Totalus, and the man freezes in place. Remus asks Harry and Ron to run and go find Dumbledore, and bring him right back. They do, and the truth finally comes to light. Sirius didn’t kill Harry’s parents; it was Pettigrew all along. Dumbledore announces this to the Wizarding World and forces a reluctant Fudge to pardon Sirius Black. 

Remus writes to Sirius, apologizing for believing him guilty all this time, and perhaps Sirius would like to come out of hiding and meet him in his staff apartment at Hogwarts? Sirius shows up three nights later, looking worse than Remus has ever seen him - straggly, shrunken, dirty. But his smile when he catches sight of Remus, well, that’s all that matters. Remus forces Sirius to have a proper shower, so he does, and they stay up all night talking, reminiscing. Sirius does not talk about his last twelve years, but he learns all about Harry and how wonderful he is, how proud James and Lily would be. 

The next morning, at breakfast, Remus is missing, so Harry goes to check on him, make sure he’s okay. Remus is showering, though, when he arrives, and even though he shouldn’t, Sirius is too curious not to answer the door. So he does, and falls into a bit of shock when he meets Harry, but Harry figures out who he is, and smiles and introduces himself, and he looks just like his dad and Sirius doesn’t know how to react, but he lets Harry in, and they start talking. 

When Remus gets out of the shower, fifteen minutes later, he notices Harry sprawled out on the couch the way he likes to, and Sirius sitting in a chair next to him, both of them deep in conversation, looking so very happy. ‘This could be my life now,” he thinks, and grins, before going to join them. 

wemariuniverse  asked:

Obviously he is smiling, she must have said "make an effort to look happy, Jamaica was enough". And there you go, a genuine smile from the ginger. Plus, this circus might be near the end, so he must be thrilled.

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