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Now I’ve thought it through | Arctic Monkeys - “Do I Wanna Know?”

anonymous asked:

I love how you said Empty Graves would probably be pretty niche, and now it's the most popular of your fics on ao3 by hits and kudos. (This is not meant to be passive aggressive. I really love it.)

I significantly underestimated the appeal of making Martha Kent a backwoods bitch with a shotgun

12 Reasons Why Old Souls Have Such A Hard Time Finding Love

1. They have a strong sense of identity.

They know who they are, which means they also know – specifically – what they do and do not want in a partner, what works and what doesn’t. While this is fantastic in terms of being able to choose wisely, it ultimately diminishes their pool of prospects pretty significantly.

2. Left unchecked, their hyper-intuitiveness can wreck relationships.

Often prone to overthinking because of how deeply sensitive they are, their capacity to worry and make assumptions can break relationships that don’t have a perfectly strong foundation.

3. Many are in the throes of twin flame relationships.

They’re attached or are with people who are not their “forever” people, rather, intense connections they’re meant to learn, and rapidly expand, from.

4. They often have a greater purpose that must be attended to first – one that love would distract them from.

They usually have to accomplish quite a bit on their own before they find love – this is because old souls love deeply, and completely. To be given love too soon would keep them from the other important things they are here to do.

5. They will not settle for anything less than soulmate love.

They require a lot more than just a surface-level, “average” relationship. They absolutely will not settle, and sometimes, that means biting the bullet and being alone for longer than what’s “average” as well.

6. While many people can bring them passion, few can bring compatibility.

Because they feel so deeply and others find them so fascinating, it’s easy for them to find infatuation, but to be with someone who is truly their best friend, deepest confidant *and* lover is a challenge.

7. They’re less inclined to go out and meet people in modern ways.

Even if they have nothing against online dating, it doesn’t always come naturally for them, nor does finding a random hookup at a bar or being set up blindly seem appealing.

8. They’re natural healers, and often attract people who need help, not love.

And that attraction is reciprocated. There’s almost nothing that feels better to an old soul than being able to help someone who truly needs it. However, at some point in time, it’s crucial for them to realize that they have to choose a partner, not a student, or a charity case.

9. They dislike the “game.”

Dating is inherently exhausting to an older-spirited person. Feigning disinterest for the sake of looking “cool” or knowing which faux pas other people find off-putting (how long after the first date do you text again?) isn’t instinctive to them, and can stress them out more than they ever find it “fun.”

10. Their standards are sky-high.

They expect a lot from themselves, so likewise, they expect a lot from their partners. While this is a great thing, it’s another quality that has to be kept in check: it’s more important to be able to accept the qualities that aren’t deal-breakers than it is to just write a person off because they’re imperfect.

11. They have baggage.

People who developed their inner selves quickly did so for a reason: they had to cope, they had to grow, or they had to learn from some challenging experiences that life set up for them. While this is a great thing on its own, unresolved issues can often re-manifest in close relationships.

12. They feel fear as intensely as they feel love.

The degree to which they love something is proportionate to how much they fear losing it, or not being “good enough” for it. They don’t just love intensely, they feel everything else intensely, too, and sometimes, that gets in the way of the really good things in front of them.

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a series of unlikely crossovers

  • Robert: (on the phone) Yeah, of course. I hope so, too. Well, great. We'll speak then. (gestures for Liv to stay) And erm... thanks again. (hangs up)
  • Liv: I don't want any breakfast, thanks.
  • Robert: No, okay. Erm... that was Aaron's barrister on the phone.
  • Liv: Go on.
  • Robert: The date for the appeal's been set. It's next Monday.
  • Liv: Right, well, what's next then? You know, if the appeal goes well, then how long till he could be out? Did he say how Aaron was or -
  • Robert: All right, all right, one thing at a time.
  • Liv: Yeah, well, it's good news, innit?
  • Robert: Well, I reckon so, yeah.
  • Liv: I just want him home.
  • Robert: We all do. So, fingers crossed, eh?
  • Liv: Yeah. Thank you. You've never given up on him.
  • Robert: And I'm not about to any time soon. Now, I could knock you up some scrambled eggs.
  • Liv: I'm all right actually. I'm gonna be late as it is.
  • Robert: Then I believe my parenting for the morning is done.
  • Liv: Wow. You must be getting good at it. When you say you could do some scrambled eggs...
  • Robert: Yeah, I meant Vic.
  • Liv: Yeah, I thought so.

I’ve mentioned “romantic fantasy” in a few recent posts, and some of the responses have made it apparent that a lot of folks have no idea what that actually means - they’re reading it as “romance novels in fantasy settings”, and while some romantic fantasy stories are that, there’s a bit more to it.

In a nutshell, romantic fantasy is a particular genre of Western fantasy literature that got started in the 1970s, reaching its peak in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Its popularity sharply declined shortly thereafter, for reasons that are far too complicated to go into here; suffice it to say that you won’t find many pure examples of the type published after 1998 or so.

It’s tough to pin down exactly what romantic fantasy is in a few words, but you’ll definitely know it when you see it - there’s a very particular complex of tropes that defines it. I’ll try to hit the highlights below; not every romantic fantasy story will exhibit all of these traits, but most will exhibit most of them.

Romantic fantasy settings are typically “grown up” versions of settings that traditionally appeal to young girls: telepathic horses, wise queens, enchanted forests, all that stuff. Note that by “grown up”, I don’t mean “dark” or deconstructionist; romantic fantasy is usually on board with the optimistic tone of its source material, and any grime and uncertainty is the result of being a place that adult human beings actually live in. Protagonists are natives of the setting, rather than visitors from Earth (as is customary in similar stories targeted at younger audiences), though exceptions do exist.

In terms of stories and themes, romance is certainly a big presence, but an even bigger one is politics. Where traditional fantasy is deeply concerned with the geography of its settings, romantic fantasy focuses on the political landscape. Overwrought battle scenes are replaced by long and complicated discussions of political alliances and manoeuverings, brought down to the personal level through the use of heavily stylised supporting characters who function as avatars of the factions and philosophies they represent. Many romantic fantasy stories employ frequent “head-hopping” to give the reader insight into these philosophies, often to the point of narrating brief scenes from the villain’s perspective.

The “good” societies of romantic fantasy settings tend to be egalitarian or matriarchal. Patriarchal attitudes are exhibited only by evil men - or very occasionally by sympathetic male characters who are too young and sheltered to know better (and are about to learn!) - and often serve as cultural markers of the obligatory Evil Empire Over Yonder. Romantic fantasy’s heydey very slightly predates third-wave feminism, so expect to see a lot of the second wave’s unexamined gender essentialism in play; in particular, expect any evil or antagonistic woman to be framed as a traitor to her gender.

Usually these societies are explicitly gay-friendly. There’s often a special made-up word - always printed in italics - for same-gender relationships. If homophobia exists, it’s a trait that only evil people possess, and - like patriarchy - may function as a cultural marker of the Evil Empire. (Note, however, that most romantic fantasy authors were straight women, so the handling of this element tends to be… uneven at best.)

Magical abilities are very common. This may involve a unique talent for each individual, or a set of defined “spheres” of magic that practically everyone is aligned with. An adolescent lacking magical abilities is usually a metaphor for being a late bloomer; an adult lacking magical abilities is usually a metaphor for being physically disabled. (And yes, that last one can get very cringey at times, in all the ways you’d expect - it was the 1980s, after all.)

In keeping with their narrative focus, romantic fantasy stories almost always have an explicitly political character with a strongly progressive bent. However, most romantic fantasy settings share mainstream fantasy’s inexplicable boner for monarchies, so there’s often a fair bit of cognitive dissonance in play - many romantic fantasy settings go through elaborate gymnastics to explain why our hereditary nobility is okay even though everybody else’s is icky and bad. This explanation may literally boil down to “a wizard did it” (i.e., some magical force exists to prevent the good guys’ nobles from abusing their power).

I think that about covers it, though I’m sure I’ve overlooked something - anybody who knows the subject better than I do should feel free to yell at me about it.

(As an aside, if some of this is sounding awful familiar, yes - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic draws a lot of inspiration from romantic fantasy, particularly the early 90s strand. It’s not a straight example of the type - there are very few of those around today - but it’s not at all subtle about its roots.)

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finding an art style isnt about finding a set of appealing symbols and never deviating, it’s about learning new symbols all the time! that’s not always easy, but it’s impossible to learn to draw without doing this. that’s why having an art style is nothing to worry about: focus on building your vocabulary of symbols, so that when you want to try something new, the information is there for you! your art style always exists, because it’s composed of everything you already know!

anonymous asked:

Hi! I don't know if this's been asked before, but who do you think are the canonically gay characters in SnK?

Hi anon! :)

First of all I’d like to preface that post by saying homosexuality in Japan is more of a private matter and a taboo than anything else: it’s not the topic you can out to the wide audience. As such, you’re never going to hear Isayama declare explicitly characters to have a preference for the same gender.

What’s nice is Isayama giving us LGBT characters who aren’t drawn from offensive cliches: they feel real. On top of that, the SnK universe isn’t set to appeal to romance, so you can leave certain bounds undeveloped, because any ship who has the potential to be endgame has one of its components killed off, sometimes in the most brutal way.


Short addendum: Mangakas can’t simply put LGBT characters in their series, because the staff still holds some authority over them, leading mangas like another series from Bessatsu for a gay kiss to be cancelled in some cases. It’s already exceptional Isayama manages to put LGBT characters who don’t look like complete caricatures and is actually fond of same-gender relationships.


About your ask, there’s canonically three confirmed gay characters in SnK: Reiner, Ymir and Levi.

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Dream Snatcher

Is there a place where lost dreams go
I have to ask as I’ve got to know
All those happy wishes that people desired
Those taken away as fate and circumstance conspired

Is there a place where lost dreams go
I have to ask as I’ve got to know
Maybe it’s in the stars up there shining bright?
As stars like dreams come out at night
Maybe they’re snatched away from us ever so soon?
Forever to hide in shadows on the moon

Is there a place where lost dreams go
I have to ask as I’ve got to know
I know life ain’t fair but its bloody cruel too it seems
Fooling around with destiny and stealing people’s dreams
Maybe there’s a dream snatcher on a mission
To take all our dreams into one big collection

Is there a place where lost dreams go
I had to ask as I’ve got to know
If there is such a place where lost dreams are in cages
I’d go there & free them all, return them to their creators
Returning dreams so people live in blissful hope once more
I think that’s a worthy mission to ask crowd funding for
So I’ll set up an appeal where people can donate
Once there’s enough my dream hunt begins, can’t wait
Who wants to come with me?

—- just being bit whimsical after watching The BFG movie 😊

Imagine running into one of Leonard’s ex-girlfriends.

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“Look Lee! They actually have dessert here!” You hold up the fancy menu, Leonard smiles widely at your excitement.

“I know darlin’. I made sure to pick a place with a good dessert menu,” he admits, waving over the waiter.

“Dr. McCoy, you are a perfect date,” you muse glancing over the menu trying to decide what sounded appetizing. Not really focusing on the different types of meals, because you could feel Lee’s gaze on you. Through the corner of your eye you see the waiter coming up to the table, quickly you look for something appealing before setting your menu down.

The waiter asks what you would like to order and you go for the baked chicken, taking a sip from your water.

“I’ll take the steak, well done. Baked potato,” Leonard closes the menu and hands it over to the waiter, “You have whiskey here? If so, I’d like a smooth glass.”

“Wait!” you practically shout as the waiter walks away, he quickly moves back toward the table, “Scratch the chicken. Double his order and the whiskey. Thanks,” you grin at Lee, who looks on proud.

“Damn, sweetheart. A woman after my own heart,” he smirks leaning against his chair.

Shrugging lightly you excuse yourself to the restroom, “And don’t you dare drink my whiskey, Bones.’

You hear Leonard laughing as you walk away toward the bathroom.

Once inside, you quickly do your business and leave the stall to freshen up. An attractive blond woman stood in front of a mirror, fixing up her hair. You smile at her softly before turning the faucet on.

“You’re barking up the wrong tree with that one,”  her voice comes out in a matter of fact tone.

Looking up the running water, you give her a confused look, “Pardon?”

“McCoy. You’re wasting your time. He’s damaged goods, hun.”

You chuckle because it’s all you can manage. A second later, shock and anger fills your veins as you shoot her a glare, “I’m sorry, who are you?”

“Lori, we dated back in the academy. Too many commitment issues and far too committed to his work.” She sighs, brushing a finger through her hair.

“A man with a great work ethic, sure does sound awful,” you bite back, trying to stay calm.

“Don’t get me wrong, Leonard is a good man. But he will never be able to get over his failed marriage,” she turns to you, shooting you a pitied filled smile, “I’m sorry, I don’t want to ruin your date, but I just wanted to give you the heads up.”

You watch her watch walk pass you and out the door. You let out a sigh of relief, turning off the faucet and drying your hands before heading back to Leonard.

Once you settle back into your seat across from the handsome doctor, you give him a devilish smile, “So I ran into a friend of yours in the restroom.”

Leonard’s brow furrowed as he leans into the table, “I have no friends.”

You start laughing, reaching for the glass of whiskey in front of you, “Lori from the academy.”

It takes the man a moment before it registers in his brain, rolling his eyes with a groan, “Jesus, I’m sorry sweetheart.”

“She had so many fun things to say about you, Bones. Fun things.” The whiskey is smooth as it travels down your throat.

“Like what?” He murmurs, his eyes wandering around the restaurant.

“How far too committed you were to your work,” you snort loudly,  “Which is completely true and what I love about you.”

Leonard smiles, nodding his head in agreement, “Well, it sure takes one to know one. What else did she say?”

“That you had commitment issues and that you would never get over your divorce.” You speak softly, placing the glass down and looking right at the man you love.

His lips pursed as he starts mumbling under his breath, “She’s completely wrong darlin’.”

“Lee, I know. You don’t have to convince me otherwise,” you slide your hand across the table to his, gripping it tightly.

“Good, because I love you sweetheart.” His southern drawl breaks through deeper than usual, sending waves of warmth throughout your body.

Just then the waiter comes delivering the steaks and your mouth waters with hunger.

“Whoa. Bones, I think I’m in love with this steak!”

Leonard chuckles, moving his hand into his pocket feeling the shape of the small white box that contained a beautiful modest diamond ring.

“I sure hope not, darlin’.”

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5 Scary Books that Will Keep You Up At Night

The Collector by John Fowles

In a mega-scary riff on “The Tempest,” Fowles tells the story of an art student, Miranda, who’s captured by a man who’s been following her, and forced to live in a room he’s set up to appeal to her wishes. The man, Frederick Clegg, has won a small fortune from football pools and uses his winnings to try to transcend his social standing. The book is narrated from his point of view first, then Miranda’s, who keeps a diary logging her plans and hopes for escaping. The book may be more metaphorical than any gritty true crime story you’ll find, but that doesn’t take away from Fowles’ artful construction of feelings of suffocation.

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Thinking about getting a practice game together for an RPG game.

I know @curlyhumility and @ain-individual have adopted interest. If anyone else wishes to join, I’d ask you to confer with them about setting up plot and characters in conjunction with each other.

Everyone will have a hand in the overall narrative, and it’s crucial to set up motivation, appeal, and relationships at the beginning. If you require any help, I’m more than happy to field any questions or concerns. 

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! ^^

I’d give anything to see some hijabi magical girls. And modestly dressed magical boys.

I have this dream of a magical person RPG/sim, like Sims Medieval without being so drab, where the goal is to create the mahou shojo/shonen story you’d want to watch. So I aim for all the diversity I can get. You can even tag your romantic preferences (or lack there of) for romantic subplots or at least just having a romantic relationship under the layers of asskicking and magical moral conundrums.

Even a choice of worlds to play through. Sci-fi, high fantasy, gothic horror, modern, fairytale, Western, Eastern, consult people of different nations on settings that would appeal to people seeking to play in their hometown (because I’m an American who doesn’t know what other countries are like but would love to have a magical Girl story set in Denmark or Mongolia or Senegal).

If I had the money, I’d be hiring people to help me get far enough to be Crowdfund ready.

The Science of Shipping

Shipping culture is very interesting.


What is shipping anyway?

Basically, it’s ‘These two would be great together’ or ‘This is cute, why not?’

Or, mostly, ‘These two deserve each other’ whether you mean it in a nice way or a bad way.

Here’s what I’ve observed:

Shipping basically starts as us seeing chemistry between two characters, feeling that they have great potential. Potential for what? For anything really.

The potential to:

  • Complete each other? (Ladynoir)
  • To make for an interesting story? (Drarry)
  • To be good for each other? (Stucky)
  • To balance each other out with their differences? (McKirk)

Or that they simply make sense based on:

  • Shared traits (Percabeth)
  • Experiences (Zutara)
  • Goals (Superbat)
  • History (Stucky) / (Clintasha)

From then it can branch out to just liking the dynamic, the idea of them, even if it doesn’t lead to a happily ever after or a happily ever anything. This is where ‘problematic’ ships come into the play.

Now, let’s discuss the biggest question –


When is it Shipping and when is it Fetishizing?

We have a big fetishizing problem in fandom in general, and that’s different from having a fetish. It centers around dehumanizing and depersonalizing people, making them out to only be their mental illness, sexuality or just their appearance. Let’s discuss!

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How To Stop Falling Asleep During Old Movies

I love movies. I mean it. I’m not one of those guys you’ll overhear in the theater saying “I love movies! My favorite is Avengers, but Avengers 2 is a close second.” It’s fine if your favorite movie is The Avengers, but if you actually love movies it probably isn’t. If you love movies, your face shouldn’t go blank when someone mentions Godard. If you love movies, your eyes will perk up when you read “Well, nobody’s perfect.” If you love movies, you probably don’t need this article, but if you want to love movies and just can’t take that next step in pressing play on a 1939 classic like Stagecoach, then I’m here to help!

The way to enjoy a classic film, or any movie really, is being a good audience member. Consumers seem to have this notion that because art is made independent of us, we are independent of it. In other words, people go into a movie saying “Impress me,” instead of “Let me work with you.” You are not entering a lecture, you are entering a relationship when you watch a movie. It is a relationship where the piece does do 98% of the work, but that 2% that you are responsible for is essential to having a good time and that 2% includes smiles and understanding.

You have to be enthusiastic about watching the movie. If you walk in saying “Ugh, black and white and silent, I’m gonna hate this prehistoric shit,” then you will probably hate that prehistoric shit, even if it is one of the most critically acclaimed prehistoric shits of all time. This happened to me the first time I watched F.W. Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. I was in the first and only film class I ever took which is already a bad setting. I understand the appeal of film school, but I don’t think movies were meant to be force-fed down people’s eyes by tyrannic teachers. They were meant to be enjoyed at a time you felt ready to enjoy it and I was not in the mood to enjoy Murnau’s 1927 classic. A couple years later I heard enough good stuff about it to convince me that I might’ve been wrong. I rewatched the movie with an open-mind in a setting where I wasn’t afraid of being tested on my knowledge of the film and by the time it ended, I was in tears. I understood the movie, I loved the characters, and I appreciated the level of artistry. The relationship was successful and Sunrise jumped from being something I hated to one of my favorites. And not because the movie changed, I changed.

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Celtic (Scottish football club) fans have raised more than £100,000 for Palestinian charities in an attempt to match an impending Uefa fine for displaying Palestinian flags at a match against an Israeli team.

European football’s governing body began disciplinary proceedings against the Glasgow club last week after a number of fans displayed the flags during their 5-2 home victory against Hapoel Be’er Sheva in a Champions League qualifier.

The return leg is due to be played in Israel on Tuesday night.

The Green Brigade group of supporters set up an appeal on the gofundme website on Sunday to match the anticipated fine, and donations passed £80,000 on Tuesday morning.

The fans are raising money for Medical Aid Palestine, which delivers health and medical care to those “worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement”, and the Lajee Centre, a cultural and sports project for children in Aida refugee camp, in Bethlehem.

The appeal read: “At the Champions League match with Hapoel Be’er Sheva on 17 August 2016, the Green Brigade and fans throughout Celtic Park flew the flag for Palestine. This act of solidarity has earned Celtic respect and acclaim throughout the world. It has also attracted a disciplinary charge from Uefa, which deems the Palestinian flag to be an ‘illicit banner’.

“In response to this petty and politically partisan act by European football’s governing body, we are determined to make a positive contribution to the game and today launch a campaign to #matchthefineforpalestine.”

The statement said the money raised would help buy football kit and equipment to enable the refugee camp to have a team, which would be called Aida Celtic, in the Bethlehem youth league.

Celtic face their ninth Uefa punishment for supporter behaviour in five years when the case is heard on 22 September. Two years ago the club was fined more than £15,000 after a Palestinian flag was displayed at a Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik.

Uefa rules forbid the use of “gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature”.