probably really mean

idk I just love how we Young People Today use ~improper~ punctuation/grammar in actually really defined ways to express tone without having to explicitly state tone like that’s just really fucking cool, like

no    =    “No,” she said. 

no.    =    "No,” she said sharply.

No    =    “No,” she stated firmly.

No.    =    “No,” she snapped.

NO    =    “No!” she shouted.

noooooo    =    “No,” she moaned.

no~    =    “No,” she said with a drawn-out sing-song.

~no~    =    “No,” she drawled sarcastically.

NOOOOO    =    “No!” she screamed dramatically.

no?!    =    “No,” she said incredulously.

So I just saw [this post] on my dash and wanted to add on but the post was already super long so. Here are some things I’ve learned from about a decade of martial arts (both practicing, competing, and teaching) that might be useful for writers:

  • If your character practices martial arts at a school, know that every school will teach that particular style a little differently. 
  • If your character doesn’t have flexibility/doesn’t stretch. they. will. hurt. themself. trying. to. kick. Even if it’s just waist-high. People who aren’t used to fighting will pull something.
  • People who have been training for a long time will have stronger hands/feet. 
  • Grappling is dirty work. You’re on the ground, you’re grabbing what you can, it’s not as hot as you might think it is.  
  • Holds/grappling/etc. are ingrained reactions. If someone grabs your wrist, reacting immediately is something that is a trained reaction. Same with throwing someone over your shoulder. The steps are practiced again and again and again until they’re gut reactions. 
  • Building off that: even if you’ve trained with a million of these drills, real life is always a little different. You have to be ready to improvise.
  • For the love of all that is holy, karate is not a universal name for martial arts. There are usually modern/sport and traditional versions of martial arts. In my experience, bits and pieces from others will mix together. (for example, I learned a lot of aikido and judo learning self-defense in taekwondo)
  • The effectiveness of the way your character fights can depend a lot on where and how they learned how to fight.
  • This may not be important for writing fight scenes in general, but just as a side note: martial arts have philosophies. If your character is trained in a particular MA, make sure to do research on that philosophy. It might be important to your characterization. 
  • Getting hit hurts. Unless you’ve been fighting for a while and are used to getting hit, you’re gonna be shocked. 
  • The most strategic person is going to lose at least 80% of their thought-process when fighting. The RDJ Sherlock Holmes fight scenes? Where he thinks everything out? Nah man. A lot of fighting is muscle memory & practiced combos. 
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Vante & JeonSense Collaboration Photobook: A Confession Told Through Photographs

Why the shows treatment of Yin Fen bothers me

*spoilers for if you are not up to date with either the show or infernal devices*

In the show you are introduced to yin fen as if it were any other recreational drug. Izzy gets hooked on it and displays the typical drug addict symptoms: cravings, fever, jitteriness, ect.  She is shown to be addicted to it, she is willing to do anything to get more of it; she is shown to be a very typical, unflatteringly painted, drug addict.

This completely destroys and undermines Jem Carstairs’ entire character arc.

It is immediately established in Clockwork Angel that Jem is not a drug addict in the common sense. Yin fen is not a metaphor for meth or cocaine or any other recreational drug. It is a metaphor for the wasting, cureless diseases of the day, such as consumption or typhoid or something:

A hero […] who was condemned to die young of a fatal demonic illness, no matter how desperate the efforts were to save him, just as in reality victims of consumption sickened and died without penicillin(Forward of Clockwork Princess, pg. 4) 

Clare states it clearly herself, yin fen is not a recreational drug like the show made it to be.

By giving Izzy this plotline, they have ruined any chance of Jem’s arc making any sense at all. People would see that Jem is addicted to yin fen and not be able to understand why he can’t just kick the habit. It wouldn’t make any sense that the drug is killing him, turning his hair and eyes silver and paling his skin, because this very obviously not what happens to Izzy. Izzy isn’t dying, she just feels like she is. 

It is made very clear that Jem hates what yin fen has done to him. He hates that he must rely on it, he despises how it has stolen his life from him. And while he compares it to the Opium in China and himself to the addicts(thus offering a compelling metaphor about colonialism and racism):

The British bring opium into China by the ton. They have made a nation of addicts out of us. In Chinese we call it ‘foreign mud’ or ‘black smoke’. In some ways Shanghai, my city, is built on opium. It wouldn’t exist as it does without it. The city is full of dens where hollow-eyed men starve to death because all they want is the drug, more of the drug. They’ll give anything for it. I used to despise men like that. I couldn’t understand how they were so weak.

[…]

There was one thing they couldn’t fix, though. I had become addicted to the substance the demon had poisoned me with. My body was dependent on it the way an opium addict’s body is dependent on the drug.

(Clockwork Angel, ch. 15, pg. 339-340)

He also makes it very clear that the drug is more of an bastardized medicine:

After weeks of experimentation they decided that nothing could be done: I could not live without the drug. The drug itself meant a slow death, but to take me off it would mean a very quick one.

The yin fen is what keeps Jem alive, and he despises that. He wants to burn bright like Will does, he wants to live to grow old with Tessa(though not for her but that’s another rant). This why he throws it in the fire in Clockwork Princess, why he was taking less of it. He loathes relying on it. 

This is not the case with Izzy. Izzy, like most drug addicts, craves how good the yin fen makes her feel. She actively wants more of it. It is not a unavoidable and cruel medicine, it is a recreational drug. 

But the worst aspect of this is that it plays right into the negative and degrading view the other Shadowhunters have of Jem and further causes and creates Jem’s greatest fear. 

The books works extremely hard to make it very clear that Jem Carstairs is not a drug addict. It is consistently referred to as his illness, the other characters work hard to combat this kind of thinking in the novels themselves. This plays into the vilification of the Lightwoods especially, with Gabriel constantly saying awful and derogatory things about Jem:

“You’re a decent Shadowhunter, James,” [Gabriel] said, “and a gentleman. You have your–disability, but no one blames you for that.”

(Clockwork Angel, ch. 9, pg. 206)

“I think,” Gabriel said, “that perhaps you might consider whether jokes about opium are either amusing or tasteful, given the…situation of your friend Carstairs.”

Will froze. Still in the same tone of voice, he said, “You mean his disability?

Gabriel blinked. “What?”

“That’s what you called it. Back at the Institute. His ‘disability’.” Will tossed the bloody cloth aside. “And you wonder why we aren’t friends.”

(Clockwork Angel, Ch. 11, pg. 269)

Not only this, but the scenes during and after Jem retrieves Will from the Drug Den, are extremely telling.

When Jem drags Will out of the den, the reader sees him lose his temper for the first time:

“You did not have to come and fetch me like some child. I was having quite a pleasant time.” 

Jem looked back at him. “God damn you,” he said, and hit Will across the face, sending him spinning. Will didn’t lose his footing, but fetched up against the side of the carriage, his hand to his cheek. His mouth was bleeding. He looked at Jem with total astonishment.

(Clockwork Prince, ch. 9, pg. 195)

In this moment, Jem is so blindingly angry at Will, even Tessa observes herself how this was so utterly unlike him, because he feels as if Will is mocking Jem and his addiction by going and getting high on a drug when Jem is literally dependent and dying because of the yin fen.

“There’s no cure,” […] “I will die, and you know it, Tess. Probably within the next year. I am dying, and I have no family in the world, and the one person I trusted more than any other made sport of what is killing me.”

[…]

“He knows what it means to me,” he said. “To see him even toy with what has destroyed my life–”

(Clockwork Angel, ch. 9, pg. 200)

Because Jem has to battle against the label of a drug addict everyday, and his biggest fear is that he is just a addict, that that’s all anyone sees. He hates that label. Which, as seen, is openly talked about in the books. This is such a big deal that Will actually apologizes for it:

“I went to that den because I could not stop thinking about my family, and I wanted–I needed–to stop thinking,” said Will. “It did not cross my mind that it would look like I was making a mockery out of your sickness. I suppose I am asking your forgiveness for my lack of consideration.”

(Clockwork Prince, ch. 11, pg. 247)

Even though Will makes a point to never apologize about anything so that others will hate him. He apologizes to Jem for this thoughtlessness because he realizes how royally he messed up. 

All of this is totally disregarded in Izzy’s storyline. People entering into TID after watching the show will be confused and not understand how Jem is sick and dying and is not really a drug addict at all. In short, they will enter into the novels with a prejudice and misunderstanding of Jem, and see him just like the other Shadowhunter’s do: a weak drug addict.

tl;dr: the show totally ruins and misconstrues and mocks Jem’s character arc by giving Izzy such a typical(and utterly incorrect) recreational drug addict storyline and I am furious about it.

How to tell if the signs like you

Aries: stares at you and whips their head away when you catch them

Taurus: talks super excitedly with you and is super bubbly

Gemini: will probably be really mean and sarcastic to you

Cancer: hardcore stalks your instagram but will never let you know

Leo: smiles from ear to ear for no apparent reason, just for being around you

Virgo: asks a bunch of questions about you, feels almost like an interview

Libra: makes a lot of eye contact to the point where it might be creepy

Scorpio: “accidentally” bumps into you on the way to class but really figured out your entire schedule

Sagittarius: gives really obvious signs but thinks they’re being low-key

Capricorn: will make up a really corny but cute nickname for you

Aquarius: cracks terrible jokes and looks at you each time to see if you laugh

Pisces: blushes every time they speak or even make eye contact with you

How Dan and Phil probably broke up #46
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OK so I know people were saying Jensen was super drunk during the JIB8 cockles panel, and at first I thought so too - because otherwise WTF was that all about?? But honestly the more I think about it (and I was there) the more I honestly think he really wasn’t all that drunk?

He’d drank A LOT more the day before, during his J2 panel (IIRC) but I honestly didn’t see him drink a lot on Sunday, and if you recall he’d had that emotional YANA moment mere hours before the cockles panel (he actually referred to this moment - but didn’t go into detail about it - during his M&G the same day which I also attended).

I really don’t think he would’ve drunk a lot after that moment….So honestly, IMHO, what we saw on stage there was more JENSEN than NESNEJ…Just a really hyper Jensen in a super flirty and jokey mood. He’d been in a really good mood / top form all two days of the con so it wasn’t out of place for him to act like that during the cockles panel, too.

Which makes that entire panel all the more unbelievable…Pray4misha

harvey choosing a side in the war of jokes and riddles

eddie: so, harvey, come to a decision yet? 

joker: come now, edward, don’t rush the man. i’m sure he’s in two minds about it. 

harvey: how about i let the coin decide? 

harvey: *flips coin*

joker: weeeeeeell? 

eddie: who’s side are you on, dent?

harvey: the coin says you’re both bitches goodbye

Prompt List #1
  1. “Do you like them?”
  2. “I trusted you.”
  3. “Who do you think you are? The Queen of England?”
  4. “God, you’re pretty.”
  5. “You finally woke up, good dream?”
  6. “I’m not saying anything, every time I say anything you think i’m attacking you.”
  7. “Calm down, it’s just a chocolate bar!”
  8. “Why are you looking at me like that…?”
  9. “Wait! Stop!”
  10. “Please tell me you brought a toothbrush?”
  11. “We’re in the middle of nowhere!” 
  12. “You take the bed, you need it more than me.”
  13. “You want to set up camp? It’s been a long day? Here’s as good as anywhere else.” 
  14. “I’m not getting involved, this is between you two.”
  15. “How do you want to do this?”
  16. “You’re ridiculous”
  17. “You’re so warm!”
  18. “You’re freezing, jesus!”
  19. “You want to go trick or treating? Seriously?”
  20. “I’m sorry….”
  21. “I’m (First Name) Fucking (Last name)!”
  22. “You owe me one”
  23. “You always look beautiful.”
  24. “That looks like it hurts…”
  25. “Do you need anything?”
  26. “Hold on. You’re telling me that you want to go out to the creepy woods in the middle of the night on a full moon? Really? Really?”
  27. “We walk in together.”
  28. “This is my collection”
  29. “Be quiet! You’ll get us caught!”
  30. “How would you feel if it was you?”
  31. “You’re hands are so small!”
  32. “I brought you a muffin. You’re favourite…”
  33. “Sometimes I just want to cuddle, okay? Is that so bad?”
  34. “Now I know where half my wardrobe went.”
  35. “I’m fucking terrified and I don’t know what to do or how to stop feeling that way, okay? I’m scared…”
  36. “Here, let me just-”
  37. “You’re right…”
  38. “Nothing about us is conventional”
  39. “I need to make an entrance.”
  40. “Just..just smile and don’t talk too much”
  41. “You’re really special to me.” 
  42. “No more stupid stunts, please?”
  43. “You scared the shit out of me!”
  44. “How do you feel?”
  45. “Damn…I really thought that would work.”
  46. “Stop! Just stop!”
  47. “That tickles!”
  48. “I didn’t mean it like that! Stop making everything I say dirty!”
  49. “I can’t believe you just said that!”
  50. “Why are you naked?”
  51. “I am so sorry! I’ll just…I’ll just go…”
  52. “I’ll just wait here…”
  53. “Do I have to?”
  54. “Don’t point your wand at me!”
  55. “Exams are going to kill me.”
  56. “I don’t want to be alone.”
  57. “It’s not supposed to be easy…”
  58. “Are you proud of me?”
  59. “You’re so drunk.”
  60. “Please tell me this is a joke!”
  61. “What is that?!”
  62. “We only have one room left for the night…”
  63. “Room service?”
  64. “I can’t believe you eat pinapple on pizza…what sort of monster are you?”
  65. “I’m getting married? Since when were you choosing my future spouse!”
  66. “We all fuck up sometimes.”
  67. “Sometimes it just all gets to much, y’know?”
  68. “Naps are life, okay?”
  69. “I don’t think I could love you anymore than I already do.” 
  70. “If I marry them?”
  71. “You’re my fake husband/wife/spouse, deal with it.”
  72. “I kept every letter…”
  73. “You missed the best fight!”
  74. “Do you remember high school? When Lisa McKendrick got pregnant with Rob whatshisface and Maria was sleeping with Rob and her and Lisa got in that fight? That was…”
  75. “I have to live with what i’ve done.”
  76. “I had the weirdest dream….”
  77. “Who did the laundry? My favourite shirt is pink.”
  78. “I got you a trophy, it’s only plastic, but it’s for being the best human I know.”
  79. “Another bad date?”
  80. “Someone keeps leaving love notes in my locker and I’m not sure if I should find it endearing or creepy…”
  81. “Hello ms./mr grumpy.”
  82. “Do you want to wake them up or…”
  83. “Can we keep them?”
  84. “Look at you!”
  85. “Did you just whistle at me?”
  86. “Remove the hand before I remove it for you.”
  87. “I love your voice”
  88. “Put me down! I can walk!”
  89. “I need you…”
  90. “Can…can you come over?”
  91. “Where were you?”
  92. “This is the. Best. Thing. Ever!”
  93. “I mean witchcraft isn’t quite hocus-pocus, toil and trouble, type deal y’know? There’s some serious work involved!”
  94. “You’re the best.”
  95. “Can you please stop biting your lip…it’s distracting.”
  96. “You’d make the best boyfriend/girlfriend/wife/husband/partner”
  97. “Oh who cares what they think!? I want you!”
  98. “Backseats aren’t as comfortable as movies make them out to be”
  99. “Can I please see some photos of you when you were younger? How bad could they be?!”
  100. “And i’m dead.”

{Feel free to reblog and use yourselves. You can request prompts with these if you want to, but it’s first come first serve as I’ll only use each prompt once. As per usual you can always send in your own made prompt or ask me for a random prompt since I have a large collection of other peoples prompts for that.}

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“Are those gloryspren?”

“No, bridgeboy,” Adolin said, once more wearing that obnoxious grin. “They’re fashionspren.”

Kaladin is Kaladone. He has a blond boy problem.

Based on this: “A tidbit on Adolin. Hm… In Book Three, he will finally get to wear an outfit other than a boring Kholin uniform.Knowing you all, you’re going to read WAY more into that than I intend. But there you go.” (Source: WoB.)

It was either this or a havah, I’ve got a feeling Dalinar would disapprove of both.