or should become relevant

@king-pengis and i discussed dad!malec this afternoon while i bored as heck. so we present to you………………. DAD MALEC.

  • me: consider rafael and max going to mundie school, and playing sports. and like, malec is that OBNOXIOUS coule that cheers so loud (for the whole team, not just their sons) and Alec is the dad that almost Fights the refs when they don’t call something that is Clearly a foul/strike (and he’s obnoxiously like “do I need to do your job for you???”). also alec has definitely been escorted off the premises from being Too Obnoxious/disruptive/etc. (max and rafael get slightly embarrassed).
  • me: like, rafael plays baseball right? an he’s a pitcher, right? and like, alec doesn’t know a thing about mundie baseball (or any sport really) but he sure as hell talks like he does. like, “that was obviously a strike!” and magnus is like, “honey… honey… that was actually a ball, calm down” bc magnus has been around for ages so he knows a little bit about mundie sports.

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Y'all are talkin bout that mysterious guy

Personally I doubt that this is Eren, because com'on it’d be to obvious.
So far I’ve read a lot of posts to get an opinion on this topic and as far as I’m concerned the most of you want it to be someone we know; mostly Eren.

I think it’s someone new & really relevant, maybe not in this chapter (yet), but in the later chapters; like this dude who hang out with Lady Ymir. As a titan he tried to talk with Ilse, saying Ymir’s name.

Furthermore I’d say that he was drawn to look like Eren on purpose, just to make one think more about this person, which means that we should keep him mind: he will (maybe) become a relevant character.

But if it had to be a character from Paradis Island, I guess it’d also make sense for the guy to be Hanji (whose sex we still don’t know for sure, but as I picture Hanji as a woman (bc of the anime) I’m gonna use ›she‹ for her).
The guy has no left eye, just like Hanji lost hers.
The hairstyle looks the same, too, maybe she doesn’t wear a messy ponytail anymore.

Of course, some things speak for the guy to be Eren.
#1, his looks. & the hidden face to make it seem to us like a mysterious guy; a spy.
#2, he can indeed stop the regeneration of his missing body parts as we’ve seen in the scene with Squad Levi sitting at the table and talking. Eren’s spoon fell to the ground and before that very moment, he couldn’t heal his wounds on his hand. Reiner could control the healing, too, when he saved Connie from being killed by the titan in the tower. After that he walked around with a bandage because the titan chewed on his arm. When Historia put her skirt around his arm, there was no sign of steam, no sign of regeneration.
#3, it’s Eren, com'on, he’d do anything to stop the enemies.

But again, there are some things that speak against Eren being that guy:
#1, it’d be too obvious.
#2, why would the treat him like the others? Why isn’t he locked up; he’s still a danger bc of his ability to shift into a titan? You can’t tell me that Reiner or Zeke wouldn’t recognize him if they walked past him & the guy is already some time with them.
#3, Eren still has to protect Paradis Island (with Armin). In the last chapter we’ve heard that ships were sent to the island and then destroyed by Eren and Armin in their titan form.
#4, Shouldn’t there be someone else, too? Like it’d be almost too dangerous to go alone there because you can’t rely on your titanshifter power, as we can see during the battle with Annie in Wall Sina (or when he was in the well) & when Eren tried several times to shift, but his titan grew weaker & weirder everytime.

For me it’s some still random, later relevant person.
I want to know who is tho.

am I the only one assuming that there’s no bookman junior because, perhaps, ‘Lavi’ is no longer junior but bookman and former bookman is…..?

Session Notes from Ishida's Psych Ward Doctor

As requested by anon. :)

[Hey look! This series now has its own page!] 

It is time to imagine that Ishida has found himself in a psych ward, under the care of a well-meaning psychiatrist who doesn’t happen to know about the supernatural. Here are the doctor’s notes!

Day 1:

Subject: Ishida Uryu “The Quincy”

Age: 15

Hair color: Black

Occupation: Student and “Quincy”

Subject identifies himself as “Quincy” and also lists it as his occupation. I should add, in case it becomes relevant, that he is also wearing a cape. 

The subject is here because he believes that he is a member of an ancient warrior race of humans who fight monsters. This delusion has been causing him to miss a lot of school, which is problematic despite his high grades and election as class president. I will know more after the intake appointment.

Day 1 Addendum

The subject readily admits that he is a member of an ancient warrior race of humans who honed their “spiritual abilities” to be able to kill monsters. He says that he once believed that he was the last of his kind, but that he now knows that he is not. He seems sad that he *isn’t* the last of his race anymore, which is interesting. 

Subject seemed calm until I told him that he had to give up his bag. He then became agitated, saying that he had extra capes in that bag and that he might need them. I said that he could have the capes back after his bag was searched, but he did not seem comforted.

The subject seems highly attached to these capes. Perhaps he believes that they are the source of his power.

Day 2:

I asked the subject about my theory that his capes are the source of his power. He scoffed at such an idea, and said that that the capes were merely a matter of fashion.

He explained that the source of his power is his “high spiritual pressure” and the training he received from his grandfather. This power gives him the ability to shoot invisible arrows at invisible monsters.

His face fell when he mentioned his grandfather. I will have to ask him about that tomorrow.

Day 3:

I was right to ask about the subject’s grandfather. The subject’s grandfather is dead, and the true events of his death (whatever they are) have been buried by the subject beneath a complex delusion.

The subject told me that his grandfather was confronted by a number of giant “hollows.” The subject was a little kid at the time, and so was unable to do anything except watch. The real reason that his grandfather died, the subject said, was not the monsters, but rather the fact that the “shinigami” of “Soul Society” delayed sending their own troops until it was too late.

The subject then added that he later found out that his grandfather didn’t die at that time, but was captured by a grotesque monster by the name of Kurotsuchi Mayuri who tortured him to death and later showed the subject a picture.

This was during a fight between the subject and Kurotsuchi, which ended with the subject firing a killing shot that merely turned Kurotsuchi into goo which then oozed away.

There are, it is clear, many layers to this delusion. At its core seems to be the guilt that is born by a child who cannot do anything when his favorite grandfather becomes ill and dies - I assume illness since the extremeness of the fantasy and the sheer multiplication of the villains (monsters *and* tardy shinigami troops *and* a supreme monster shinigami) seems to indicate that the subject had no single focus for his anger and guilt. In his desperation to not blame himself as he feels he should, he has created many fantasy villains to blame instead. 

I will have to ask more about that Kurotsuchi figure tomorrow.

Day 4:

Today I asked the subject to tell me more about the Kurotsuchi figure who killed his grandfather. It seems that the subject has two distinct delusions about Kurotsuchi: one, that he fought with Kurotsuchi after learning that it was he who killed his grandfather. This fight ended in a sort of stalemate, wherein the subject won but Kurotsuchi nevertheless escaped. Later, the subject was involved in a fight with another, suspiciously similar monster by the name of Szayel Aporro. This fight ended when Kurotsuchi saved the subject (!!).

Taken together, the two delusions have a clear meaning: Kurotsuchi represents the doctor(s) who could not save the subject’s grandfather when he fell ill. This is why Kurotsuchi is a grotesque caricature of the evil scientist: his ministrations only made the subject’s grandfather worse and in more pain (representing the subject’s desire to blame the doctors for his grandfather’s worsening condition), and he deliberately “tortured” the subject’s grandfather rather than try to help him. We again see the subject’s guilt over his own helplessness in his inability to “kill” Kurotsuchi (perhaps as a child the subject confronted his grandfather’s doctor and accused him of killing his grandfather? Such an incident might have seemed to a child like an epic fight). 

However, a hatred of all medical professionals cannot last. At some point in the subject’s life, he found himself being helped by the very profession he blamed for his grandfather’s death - it may even have been the very same doctor, although that is not necessary. In the subject’s mind, this became the second fight against Szayel. Szayel clearly represents the subject’s lingering mistrust of doctors, although he simultaneously admits that a doctor (represented by Kurotsuchi) saved him. Szayel and Kurotsuchi are doubles of each other, representations of the subject's irreconcilable feelings about the medical profession.

Day 5:

Today I learned something vital: the subject’s father is a doctor. And that he hates his father. Now the question is: does the subject hate his father because his father is a doctor? Or vice versa? Was his father involved in the futile treatment that the subject’s grandfather received? So many questions!

Yet all the subject will say is that his father is a Quincy, and that he hates that. Clearly I need to understand where the “Quincy” fit into the subject’s larger delusions.

Day 6:

Today I asked the subject to tell me about what he refers to as his “Quincy heritage.” He told me that it was his beloved grandfather who taught him how to be a Quincy, and that his father rejected all such teachings. However, the subject lost his powers after the fight with Kurotsuchi (!!), and at that point discovered that his father had Quincy powers after all. This is something that still angers him.

It is clear that the subject’s childhood was characterized by the subject’s attachment to his grandfather and hatred of his father - a sort of Oedipal complex in which the mother figure has been replaced by the grandfather (I should write a paper). As a child, the subject believed that his father and grandfather were diametrically opposed - this represented in his belief that only his grandfather was a “Quincy” (which seems to stand in the subject’s mind for being a good and virtuous man). 

Later he had to confront the fact that his father was also a “Quincy” (good man) and that the father and grandfather were not so different after all. This event seemed to have occurred in a period of great self-doubt, represented by the subject’s losing of his powers.

Day 7

I may have to revise my earlier assessment of what being a Quincy represents in the subject’s mind, as today I learned that the subject believes that he is a member of a Quincy army at this point in his life, and that the Quincy army is very evil. He also blames the Quincy leader for killing his mother (!), a death that had not been mentioned up to this point (I had wondered why his mother had been so absent from the narrative). 

It seems that the subject’s hatred of his father is so ingrained that the knowledge that his father is similar to his grandfather (something that the subject represents as “being a Quincy”) caused the subject to believe that the Quincy are evil after all (this has not, however, caused the subject to be shaken in his belief that his grandfather is wholly good). However, since the subject also believes himself to be following in his grandfather’s footsteps, he now fears that he is “evil” like his father, and feels trapped by aspects of himself that he cannot change. This is represented by his delusion that he is now a member of a literally evil army of Quincy.

As for the Quincy killing the subject’s mother, I can only assume that this is a byproduct of the fact that the subject blames his father for his mother’s death, as is usual in children. Perhaps this is where his hatred of his father stems.

One thing is clear: the subject feels himself surrounded by enemies on all sides. He fears and hates doctors (Kurotsuchi and Szayel), he fears and hates the aspects of himself that are shared by both his grandfather and father (“being a Quincy”), and he just hates his father quite a lot.

Day 8:

Today I asked the subject to tell me more about the “shinigami” - the other supernatural race of warriors who seem to be opposed to the Quincy and who count the evil doctor Kurotsuchi as one of their own. It quickly became clear that the shinigami represent the subject's perceived alienation from the people around him. He feels alienated and scared of doctors, and hence Kurotsuchi is one of the shinigami. He feels alienated from his friends, and so declares that his friend “Ichigo” is a shinigami. When his father disapproves of his activities, the subject blames that on the fact that he “hangs out with shinigami.” Shinigami seem to be the scapegoats in the subject’s life: any external force he does not understand or that troubles him becomes one of the shinigami. 

The exception, of course, are the troubling forces that exist in the subject and in his own family. Those closet-to-home anxieties are represented by the Quincy, representations of the subject’s inability to reconcile his love for his grandfather with his hatred of his father.

Day 9: 

Now that I know that the root of all of the subject’s delusions are his grandfather’s and mother’s death, we can begin the healing process.

Or could. If he hadn’t checked himself out because he needs to “help the Emperor of the Quincy kill the King of the shinigami” as he said on his outtake form.

I might call someone. 

Adjectives Ruin Novels | Michael Mander

This brief, informative essay exists to invariably demonstrate to the intelligent, engrossed reader that the excessive use of complex adjectives can ruin an otherwise brilliant piece.  Imagine a piece of writing as a cake recipe. Nouns (pronouns) and verbs are they key ingredients - like flour and egg. You can’t have a story (or even a sentence) without nouns and verbs. Determiners are also essential - like butter. They bind a piece of writing together and add clarity.  Prepositions and conjunctions are like baking powder. You put a little bit in at the end to make everything easier.  Adjectives and adverbs are like sprinkles on top. Except, in this instance, the sprinkles taste artificial and you always choke on them.  Adjectives and adverbs are superfluous (and, yes, I understand the irony in saying that). As such, I propose three rules to ensure they are only used when absolutely necessary:

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm a college-bound gay boy and am wondering how I should go about coming out in college. I'm completely comfortable with myself and have been out to my friends at home for almost a year. Should I wait for my sexuality to become relevant to new people I meet or should I make a point to come out to people early on?

I wouldn’t make it a priority to come out to new people you meet. Just worry about getting to know them and having the best time as possible. When you get closer to people, it will work it’s way out in a natural, comfortable way. Don’t let it define you. You are not a gay person, you are a person that just happens to be gay. So just go into this year worried about nothing other than having the most fun you possibly can.. Oh, and getting good grades of course. ;)

Cleaning your room and finding things you don’t really want or need anymore, but thinking “Man, I should keep this. You never know when it could become plot relevant.” 

@marthas-adventures-in-the-fade replied to your post “I would like to hear your opinion about shipping straight characters…”

Re: “why this is treated as a new thing”, I think there’s a difference between headcanoning straight characters as queer in a work that doesn’t have any canon queer characters and headcanoning straight characters as queer in a work that does (and potentially ignoring canon queer representation in the process).

Maybe that’s it? 

But most of the time, the ships are canon queer character/canon straight character. So it doesn’t seem like an ignorance of the canon queer representation is a majority. I mean I understand as we get more representation, queer headcanons should become less necessary and relevant. But there are still holes in our web of representation. 

For instance, one of my big things with Cullen (and sometimes Sebastian or Alistair) is that we’ve never had a queer, “knightly”, religious man. We’ve had Leliana, but never a man. So Alistair, Cullen, and Sebastian are the only ones that fill that hole. With Sebastian being the only one that is possibly canonically queer, depending on how you interpret canon.

I mean, I do see how this can and might be becoming a problem. But for the most part, we are still at a disadvantage and so headcanons are still pretty important to us.