road paving

You Can’t Find My House

I just got off the phone with mom, and we came to the realization that my family has lived in a series of unplottable houses for a couple generations now.

-The First Unplottable House is on my dad’s side of the family, in Delphi, Iowa.  The directions to it are the stuff of Buried Treasure:  Turn off the county road with a fraction in it’s name, to the Named Dirt Road, then turn at The Discount Eggs Sign on to the Unnamed dirt road that takes a meandering path THROUGH a corn field, DO NOT take any forks on that road or the farmer will shoot your ass, then take the paved road that dead-ends on ALL the way to the end- No, farther, the road keeps going it’s not a cliff-The only indication that You Have Arrived At The Correct Driveway is that a fat gray pony will charge the car, screaming, then escort you the rest of the way there.

It’s on the side of an enormous river, they’ve owned the property since 1911, and that’s the ONLY route there.

-The Second Unplottable house is in Bedford, Ohio and belonged to my mother’s parents.  It’s at the corner of two side-streets, right across from the tiny Italian grocery store.  Due to strange development decisions, the house is about 30 feet above street level and rendered invisible by a chestnut tree so majestic Hyao Myazaki would probably put it in a movie.  The driveway, however, is VERY visible from any of the surrounding houses, the grocer, or the street.  

At least in theory and old photos, becuase if you actually GO there,  your eyes slide right past it to the neighbor’s lillac bush, or to the retro neons of the grocery store or up the Chestnut tree.  it is literally HARD to look at that driveway, all the world around it wants to pull you away.

-The Third Unplottable house is in Salinas, CA, home of my paternal grandparents.  It is the single most BORING house possible- like, if you were to ask a third-grader to draw a prototypical house, they would draw my grandparent’s house.  Utterly Unremarkable. 

Except for the part where my Grandfather, spurred by his success with the “non-fruiting” peach tree, decided to plant a California Redwood Tree, and it grew to approximately 150 feet over the course of a few short decades.  It is the tallest damn thing for miles around, and SOMEHOW deliveries keep being missed, mail is delivered to the neighbors, and any non-blood family that tried to visit would end up on the other side of town.

-The Fourth Unplottable House was the one I grew up in CA.  The Directions to it are as follows:  It’s the Bright Orange house Right Across From The School.  You know, the one with six flamingos and the Volunteer Avacado Tree.

SOMEHOW, we got everyone’s mail but OURS (we still wonder about the letter from Fort Knox for Mr. Thomas Saxophone), the other kids got lost trying to visit and ended up in Mr.Phan’s yard on the other end of the block.  Officer Brown, Mom and Dad’s friend, who had GPS back in the early 90′s becuase silicon valley, regularly got lost looking for our place.  The Flamingos did nothing.

-My parent’s current house is the second house on the right  after two right turns off the state highway that runs through town.  Sounds easy, right?  

Except that due to a couple small trees and a bend in the road, the house is invisible from the road.  I have to stand out in the road if i want my pizza delivered.  The Mailman is the only person who could reliably find the box, but he drives a subaru that’s older than my sister from the passenger side by leaning over, and delivers mail based on the aztec lunar calendar, so he’s probably not actually human.  I tried to host a party, tied rainbow balloons to the mailbox, and all nine friends had to be waved in from the street.

-My current apartment building Does Not Exist, according to my Bank, medicaid, Google, and City Hall which was a bit exciting when I first moved in and had to call everyone that yes, I was sitting in a building that really exists.   

Unless it’s my classmates, becuase they can apparently come to parties I don’t host. This Friday I had a friend telling me she had a great time at my place last Teusday… when I was home alone.  She assures me that I held a houseparty with “Those polish things you make” (I make great mini klatchky, but haven’t served them to her) and that “You were definitely there, we talked about Carvaggio and you drive me home”

Why Ducktales is important

At least…If you like Disney Television Animation.  

Which I do.  Oh so much.  

If you’re a fan of Gravity Falls, or Star vs. The Forces of Evil, or Wander Over Yonder, or Kim Possible, or Gargoyles, or any Disney Television show, then gather ‘round because I’m about to teach you some history.  

“Never forget, that it all started with a Mouse,”~~Walt Disney.

Great things come from humble origins.  Never forget that Disney TV…All started with a Duck.  

It was the 1980s.  Disney Television Animation was a new department at Walt Disney Studios.  And Disney was suffering.  These days it’s easy to think of Disney as a mega-giant, but back then, Disney was suffering.  Movies were being produced on shoestring budgets, and animators (such as Don Bluth) were jumping ship to find work at studios that were paying better and producing better content.  The Little Mermaid hadn’t yet hit theaters, sparking the Disney Renaissance.  The fledgeling animation department had produced two shows prior, “The Wuzzles” and “The Adventures of Gummy Bears”.  

Disney was in dire straights from Walt’s passing in 1966 left the studio suffering up until the 80s, when they started to take a few risks.  Risks that paid off.  The studio gambled on the idea that investing more money into quality animation would pay off in the long run if the show went into syndication.  It was something that worked well with live action, but had yet to be done with animation to that degree.  Cheap animation with tons of shortcuts could be syndicated, but something high-quality had never been done before.  

Ducktales was the first show that attempted this, and it paid off handsomely.  Not only was the show a hit with audiences (and a merchandising cash-cow) but it changed the game.  It set the stage for the Disney Afternoon a few years down the road, and paved the path for every show I mentioned at the beginning.  Without Ducktales, there would be no Gargoyles, no Star vs. The Forces of Evil, no Gravity Falls.  

Heck, I take it even one step beyond that…Without the inspiration of proof-of-concept, I’d wager that even OTHER studios cartoon creations wouldn’t exist.  No Animaniacs, No Adventure Time, no Steven Universe (and don’t think I missed the shout-out to Ducktales in “Onion Trade”) 

Ducktales was important because it raised the craft of animation to another level, combining storytelling with good, non-repetitive animation to produce quality TV.  For a time, Ducktales was Disney’s Flagship TV series, waving the banner and representing the company in the realm of television animation. 

And even today, the classic Ducktales series holds up rather nicely.  Sure, some things are a little dated, but at the end of the day, I enjoy watching Ducktales without reservations.  That’s why I own the DVD sets.  

 And it’s why I’m so happy about this reboot.  

This isn’t just a revamp of an old show.  This is Disney returning to its roots, reclaiming a bit of it’s history and polishing it off for the next generation.  I’m a little misty eyed.  I had some initial misgivings when this was announced, but the cast announcement melted those fears away, and now, seeing the trailer that dropped less than 24 hours ago…I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a TV series ever.  

Breaking down this trailer, we finally hear David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck.  I’ve actually been aware of Tennant’s presence in the voiceover scene for a few years now (Most notably, he plays bit parts in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise from Dreamworks) But hearing him as Scrooge…I really feel it works.  He’s got a certain quality the echos the late, great Alan Young, and I feel like he couldn’t have been better cast without some of that good old fashioned Disney Necromancy (And as we know, they used up their allotment of Necromancy on Peter Cushing for Rogue One) 

I love that the Nephews are getting unique characterization and personality. I loved Russi Taylor’s performance way back when, but one Nephew was really interchangeable with another.  Dani Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Chris Moynihan really bring an awesome chemistry to their roles, just from the trailer.

And then there’s Webbigail.  Oh my God, I love how they’ve rebooted Webby.  She was always the annoying load back in the classic series.   Making her a Donald Duck fangirl is freaking GENIUS (and Kate Micucci is perfect for this role too) Bonus points given for Webby’s infamous “Quacky-Patch Doll”  being used for dart practice in the background of her room.  Webby has gone from outright “The Load” territory, to one of the most fun-seeming characters present in the reboot.  

And all of this from one minute and a half trailer.  I can’t wait for this series, even though I know I must.  I know it’s gonna be something special, I can feel it.  Maybe even Disney’s Flagship show, once again.  Stay tuned to my Tumblr, for much, much more.

One thing I know for certain that I’m going to do when the pilot for this airs…A side by side comparison of the Classic Pilot and the new one.  

Peace out, 

Disney Wizard

vincent van gogh words for the signs
  • *check sun and moon
  • aries: what would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
  • taurus: and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?
  • gemini: that is how I look at it; to continue, to continue, that is what is necessary
  • cancer: whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well
  • leo: a great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke
  • virgo: great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together
  • libra: there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people
  • scorpio: I take great care of myself by carefully shutting myself away
  • sagittarius: I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart
  • capricorn: I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process
  • aquarius: normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it
  • pisces: be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. then life seems almost enchanted after all

During these last few days of Pride Month, I wanna make a huge shout out to Trans Women. You guys paved the road for LGBT to begin with. You ladies are brilliant, strong, capable and beautiful and I got mad love and respect. I’m here to have your back whenever ❤️.

Alright so the subject of Ana being the source of the rift between Gabriel and Jack is starting to come up more.

And something that everyone talking about this issue should be aware of is that there is a HUGE miscommunication thing going on between all three Old Soldiers.

Jack and his team are LITERALLY in the middle of taking off.  He says that he literally has two second before they fly off.

People miss this panel A LOT, but here, Ana turns off her comms device.

So what does this mean?

Jack was trying to pull a retreat.  He had the hostages, the remaining members of their squad was safe, he was trying to get Ana to reign in whatever drive was fueling her to square off against this other sniper.

It’s not hard to believe that by turning off the comms device, Ana may have turned off her GPS signaling or any other way of pinging her location to Jack and the rest of their squad.  Whether this was intentional or not is debatable.

So do I think Ana was wrong?  Hard to say.  This fight of hers was irresponsible, even if it was motivated by purer feelings (”I failed my unit - I lost members of my family.”).  

The saying is that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and this is a theme common to all three “Old Soldiers” (Ana, Soldier: 76/Jack, Reaper/Gabriel).  This is, arguably, “the theme” of Overwatch as a whole group too - as we saw in Uprising, Jack and Gabriel both made the call to send agents to London against multiple orders from multiple people (their director Petras, UN suspensions, and the UK government).

But going back to the issue of Ana’s “death”:

(It’s important to note that Reaper does not stay for Ana to give him any sort of explanation.  In fact, he doesn’t even stay to find out how she’s still alive.)

So, clearly someone thinks that Jack left Ana behind and abandoned her in favor of the mission.

And certainly, it looks bad on Jack’s part - to “force a retreat” with his own captain not on board the ship.  We don’t know if Jack tried to find Ana after and could not relocate her, or anything else.  But certainly, it seems that some people in Overwatch think he did not do enough to find her and bring her home.

But in Uprising, Gabriel and Jack still had decent communication occurring between them.  So what exactly happened?  Assuming that Jack tried to explain that he lost communication with Ana, why does seemingly his ex-best friend and companion of nearly 30 years not believe him?

We already know that stress was beginning to build within Overwatch by the time of the Uprising comic - Blackwatch was under suspension, Jack was under pressure to listen to Petras “and stay in line,” governments were beginning to lob complaints, public outcry was starting.

More importantly, if the new skins are anything to go by, Amélie was already kidnapped and brainwashed.

Which means Talon had already infiltrated Overwatch.

It’s not difficult to theorize that some “enterprizing” Talon infiltrator saw the miscommunication over Ana’s “death” start between Gabriel and Jack, and decided to use that moment to drive a wedge between them.  Perhaps Jack gets called into the UN Headquarters to explain how Ana died.  Perhaps the Talon infiltrator uses that moment to convince Gabriel that Jack “is lying to cover his own failures and that he actually abandoned Ana.”  Perhaps Gabriel is so caught up in his grief and confusion that he believes them.  Perhaps Jack gets a different (or even the same) Talon infiltrator trying to convince him that Gabriel is “behaving irrationally” or “refuses to listen to Jack’s explanation.”

This is a lot speculation, and without knowing more it’s hard to get any more specific.  But I see this order of events as pretty likely.  If we assume that Genji and Jesse leave soon after Ana’s death (Genji to find himself and Jesse out of stress and pressure), then Gabriel is effectively without a solid emotional support network to rely on.  If we believe that Gabriel was “emotionally isolated” by the conspiracy within Overwatch, it’s fairly straightforward to see how he comes to blame Jack and Overwatch as a whole for “leaving him behind to suffer” as well.

I think people are quick to sympathize with the different Old Soldiers, but fewer people seem to see the steps that could lead someone to become like Ana, Reaper, or Soldier: 76.  All it takes is a simple mistake or miscommunication moment, and those who are looking to bring Overwatch down could easily find an opportunity to chisel away at a solid foundation.

And after all - 

The best way to undermine something is to take out part of the base level foundation - the original founders of Overwatch.

And then the whole thing comes crumbling down.

the signs as van gogh quotes

aries: “I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

taurus: “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”

gemini: “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

cancer: “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

leo: “Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.”

virgo: “I would rather die of passion than of boredom.”

libra: “Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

scorpio: “I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.”

sagittarius: “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

capricorn: “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

aquarius: “Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

pisces: “I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”

isaiahjonesfurryartist  asked:

Hey, I just wanted to formally apologize for my words a few days ago. After talking with some people who messaged me afterwards and with my friends, I've realized I should be respectful to everyone, even if I don't agree. I will use Zeer and hir to refer to people who are non binary out of respect. Again, I am very sorry, I don't want to leave this blog as I've been a fan for so long that I want to see this to the end. I hope you and your audience can forgive me.

I certainly do. I’m proud of you. Owning up to mistakes is hard, but it’s also the mature thing to do. And I wouldn’t be here making this comic if I had never owned up to my own mistakes and tried to be better. I’m really glad this turned out this way and I wish you the best.

Also… Audience. …Don’t harass people. You may have pure intentions, but you know what they say the road to hell is paved with, right? You’re hurting your cause and you’re hurting actual people when you harass. Don’t do it.

-TQ

Best and worst parts of a potential V route:

Best:

  • seeing this man smile
  • taking away some of his pain
  • encouraging him to trust and confide in his friends 
    • you can’t do it all on your own, v 
    • you don’t have to take everyone else’s burdens, v 
    • let us help you
  • more information about all the other characters
    • yoosung and his high school days 
    • pretty much anything about jumin since dude never shares the past
    • zen’s wilder teenage years 
    • more about jaehee, i don’t even care what, just gimmie 
    • more about rika and hopefully whatever the hell her real name is
    • seven and saeran and things about the choi bois that aren’t pure angst
    • driver kim and his favorite dad jokes 
      • v making dad jokes with him
  • new phone calls! 
    • v has the voice of an angel and i am ready to sin
  • new chat rooms!
  • new text messages!
  • new CGs! 
  • v getting his own emojis! 
  • learning about his childhood 
    • finally figuring out what happened to his mother 
  • talking about succulents and cacti and his love of desert plants
  • hearing why he named elizabeth the 3rd that
    • learning what other odd names he comes up with 
  • passionate rambling about photography 
  • seeing more of v’s photography!
  • if they include mint eye, actually learning about it 
  • why does he have 20 spoons in his house??? v, tell us your secrets 
  • watching v be a philosopher 
    • while jumin is a scientist 
    • their banter though
  • yoosung hopefully producing some hilarious rants about v 
    • and them making up and both finding peace
    • watching the rants stop being sad and funny and then just funny 
    • v please play along 
  •  more shitposting
    • oh boy 3 AM! 
  • v trolling the chats 
  • potential new ending where some people aren’t worse off than at the beginning 
    • yoosung and zen aren’t in the dark 
      • and yoosung isn’t idolizing rika anymore
    • jumin isn’t miserable and alone 
  • rika is held accountable for her actions 
    • the people she brainwashed and hurt get justice 
  • getting this man out of the horrifically abusive and toxic relationship he’s in
  • watching him heal
  • jihyun kim being happy 

Worst:

  • those bad endings are going to be bad
    • who is up for sacrificing their soul and getting them first to spare the rest of us the pain?
    • y’know. like v does. 
  • watching v idealize rika and not see what their relationship is truly like
    • having to see more of what she’s put him through
    • the abuse is bad enough, don’t let it get worse 
  • v possibly making more mistakes
    • “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”
  • new information about other characters being depressing as hell
    • good that we know more about them
    • but how much more can my heart take?
  • watching yoosung and jumin Suffer™   
    • hello potential unrequited love, how are you today?
  • probably more things that the good parts override because this man being healthy and happy is so important!!

I got married!

I was 18 when I met her in a college library five years ago.

I left my notebook at home that day and needed paper to write on for a homework assignment. In search of scrap paper, I looked to my left and there she was…

I asked her for a single sheet of paper to use and she gave me three. I was in love.

Over the next year of being in school together, we had many conversations and found we had a lot in common. We both valued family, altruism, happiness, spontaneity, and living with purpose.

But there was one thing we could never agree on.

Religion…

She was a Christian and I, a Muslim. She didn’t understand how anyone could follow Islam, a cult of falsehood, oppression, sexism, violence and terrorism.

Truth is, I never knew how to respond to her criticisms about Islam because I wasn’t practicing my parents’ faith at the time.

However, my competitive nature kicked in and to prove this white chick wrong, I began reading the Quran…

Reflect on how unreal this is.

Allah made her (not a Muslim) a medium through which he would call me towards Islam.

At the exact same time, I was a medium for her to see an Islam that was different to what the media promoted.

I began performing my daily prayers, I stopped smoking and I quit some other nasty habits.

She began researching Islam in depth, attended prayers in mosques and befriended many Muslims.

Three and a half years ago, she became a Muslim and did so because she felt it was the truth.

We knew we wanted to be together but our family’s approval would be challenging to attain.

It took many years for my family to get over their fear that a white girl was manipulating me and simply acting like she was a Muslim so I could fall into her trap.

It took many years for her family to accept that she wasn’t being brainwashed into accepting Islam and that she wasn’t falling into a trap.

Both of our family’s wanted the best for us, but were giving into their fear of the unknown.

We recognized this and grounded ourselves in good old patience.

We knew we’d be married one day, we could see it in our minds and that we’d do it with the approval of our families.

That’s exactly what happened last weekend. Both of our family’s were at our wedding and couldn’t be happier that we found each other. Alhamdulillah.

Everything that is good in life takes hard work and dedication.

We did this for the sake of Allah and held on tight until now because of the belief that we would shatter stereotypes, pave the road for others in our community with the same challenges and of course, fulfill half of our deen.

You can do it too.

Keep us in your dua’s and please say MashaAllah!

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As much as I’d like to do some art of Undyne kicking Betty’s buttocks…a lot of people are probably doing that X3 so I’m doing the feels destroying stuff instead UwU Paps is always there to help others in their time of need, and savage Frisk being savage..though their actions seemed a bit out of the blue..hmm..

the road to hell is paved with good intentions


As always the episodes are worth the wait, no matter how long it takes, so here’s a little something for you! Also sort of a late birthday gift :D

Glitchtale © Camila Cuevas

21 Recommended Books for Writers

As I’ve talked about on my blog several times, an important part of growing as a writer is learning about writing. For years I’ve wanted to compile a list of writing books I’ve read, liked, and recommend. Today I’m happy to say I now have that list to add to my blog (perfect timing for anyone who likes summer reading). I’m sure over time, this list will be added to.

Many writers I’ve talked to have read quite a few of these books. How many have you read? And is there one I need to look into? (You can comment at the bottom).

If you haven’t read any of them, cool. Now you have a list to chose from should you ever want to.


Hundreds of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.

In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.

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What makes a good story or a screenplay great?

The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin.

Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and design of a story–and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts.

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Bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).

In this book, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.

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How do you create a main character readers won’t forget? How do you write a book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a character’s past into a story?

Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all of these questions and more! This accessible book is filled with interactive exercises and valuable advice that teaches you how to:

   Choose and execute the best point of view for your story
   Create three-dimensional and believable characters
   Develop your characters’ emotions
   Create realistic love, fight, and death scenes
   Use frustration to motivate your characters and drive your story.

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The road to rejection is paved with bad beginnings. Agents and editors agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to publication. Why? If a novel or short story has a bad beginning, then no one will keep reading. It’s just that simple.

In Hooked, author Les Edgerton draws on his experience as a successful fiction writer and teacher to help you overcome the weak openings that lead to instant rejection by showing you how to successfully use the ten core components inherent to any great beginning.

Plus, you’ll discover exclusive insider advice from agents and acquiring editors on what they look for in a strong opening. With Hooked, you’ll have all the information you need to craft a compelling beginning that lays the foundation for an irresistible story!

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