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I think the problem is that on both sides of fandom, the concept of a “redemption arc” has gotten twisted to a point where it’s basically meaningless.

See, a lot of the time when the woobifiers say they want a “redemption arc” for their fave, they don’t mean that they want that character to have to face the awfulness of what they’ve done or put any actual effort into changing or face any real consequences. They basically mean that they want the good guys to realize to realize their fave wasn’t so bad all along and have them hug it all out or something, with maybe a token nod to the villain feeling regret, but nothing that really holds them accountable.

So of course if you’re thinking of “redemption” that way, you’re going to have people on the other side saying “This character doesn’t deserve redemption! They’ve done awful things!” Because yeah, they don’t deserve unconditional forgiveness and support from the heroes. They don’t deserve to have the slate magically wiped clean as if all the bad things they did never happened. But that was never supposed to be what a redemption arc was about. Real redemption is long and messy and hard, and it takes a really good writer to pull a proper redemption off. But when it is done right, it’s not about letting the villain off the hook - it’s exactly the opposite.

I fucking love Sean Chiplock

No seriously. He is amazing. I can’t even express how much I admire him and it’s usually easy for me to put these kinds of things into words.

I’m guessing this will be one of those “I need to get this off my chest so expect a long as heck text, thank you” kind of posts. I do not even know yet, I’ll just write and see how it goes. Writing is fun, yo.

Okay so. Sonicmega. Cool dude. Would recommend checking out.

I found him through his “Papyrus Makes a Mixtape” audio in 2015. Shit, I already have a writer’s block. Please brain, work with me. It’s an absolutely hilarious and great lyrical adaption of Bonetrousle, Papyrus’ Theme from Undertale. He wrote the lyrics and voiced both Papyrus and Sans. “Papyrus Makes a Mixtape” was one of the first fanworks of Undertale I ever came across so whenever someone mentions it, I get instant flashbacks to the first days of Undertale. It was one of those songs my sister and I sang the good old days. (And boy, were we into it. We’d even make the facial expressions. Just imagine us listening to it in our car’s speaker and screaming. It’s an accurate image.)

I followed him on tumblr so, occasionally, I’d see his posts but that was it. Basically all I knew about sonicmega. He stuck to me as the voice of Papyrus and Sans in “Papyrus Makes a Mixtape” and “What’s Boning On”, another great masterpiece, if I say so myself.

And then, I happened to purchase a Nintendo Switch in late March of 2017. Money well spent, woop woop! Starting Breath of the Wild was a whole new chapter to me. I had never gone near a Zelda game before that. Breath of the Wild is what got me into the Zelda franchise in general. I don’t know why I had not gotten into Zelda before, being a huge Nintendo fan. Nevertheless, I did and I’m so happy.

Breath of the Wild also got me to realise that I’m a fucking furry ohmygod. I was absolutely not prepared when I walked into Rito Village. I started doing the Main Quest to find Teba. In order to find him, you need to find his wife in the village and for some reason I spent 20 minutes trying to find Saki, aNYWAY. Suddenly Link started doing the “Oh shit, I remember something!” stuff while looking at the village’s landing and that’s how it all started, basically.

I think it was evening. I was lazing out on my couch and watching a freaking gorgeous bird landing in front of Link.

‘Impressive, I know.’

It was at that moment I knew.
Revali was a huge jerk.

But there was something so soothing and charming about his voice and his attitude. I honestly got upset when the cutscene was over. My heart needed more, okay.

So like, I still had that ‘I don’t know what just happened and what the heck that bird was talking about but for some reason I love him’ kind of feeling while making my way to the Flight Range.

And guys, guys, guys.

Teba spoke.

HIS VOICE I CAN’T EVEN- It’s funny because Revali is all I want in my life right now. I’d sacrifice anything for him to be real, it’s crazy. But back then, I was all about Teba. I decided to go to sleep and continue the quest the next day because it was late but I remember fangirling about it all night to my sister, who had not played Breath of the Wild yet. ‘Dude, listen. Today I went to this very cool bird town thing. The setting is all I ever wanted in a village, the soundtrack is my funeral music and there’s this really freaking cool bird warrior with this absolute amazing voice, I want him to sing me goodnight every night, you don’t understand!’

That’s not all of it, however. The first Divine Beast quest I ever started doing was in Gerudo Town, for the Divine Beast Vah Naboris. The thing is, I could not beat Thunderblight Ganon. So I left and headed somewhere else. That somewhere else was Rito Village. I was absolutely terrified to go to Vah Medoh because I was expecting Thunderblight Ganon to come out of no where. I don’t know, I was imagining it to come out and say ‘You thought I forgot about you? Now DIE!’

I’m flying with Teba in the sky, with lasers shooting at us, this epic music that just spoke ‘You can’t fail, bro.’ and the whole scene is so perfect. And when it was time to land on Medoh and Teba got hurt, I screamed‘Listen, Teba, my man, we can talk about this? You can like, wait in the corner. Don’t be like Riju, stay with me man.’

And so, Teba leaves. Link does his Sheikah Slate magic and I hear this voice that I can’t shake the feeling I’ve heard before.

‘Well now, I’ve seen this face before…’

‘… Do I know you from somewhere?’

As I mentioned before, I had not beaten Thunderblight Ganon at that point. I did not know who the voice speaking to me inside Vah Naboris was. I thought of Urbosa as “That spy girl who reminds me of Wyldstyle from the LEGO Movie”. I had no idea that the people speaking to you in the Divine Beasts were seen in flashbacks.

To me, Revali was “sir sassy beast, who is probably a black haired tall Hylian dude”. Beating Windblight Ganon with him cheering me was something I needed, if that makes sense. The way ‘I can’t believe I’m actually saying this… But you must avenge me, Link!’ was performed gave me the chills. It meant so much knowing that someone had finally faith in me while I fought that thing.

‘Well I’ll be plucked… You defeated him, eh?’

He lands in the exact same way he had in his cutscene. ‘WAIT HOLD ON, IT WAS JERKISH RITO ALL ALONG!?’ I literally died at that moment. I don’t know how to explain my excitement other than saying I died. Which is not a bad thing considering Revali is a spirit and if I become one I’ll be able to be with him, right, right, right

After Revali gave me his gale and I started realising what the heckling heck was happening, I was in tears. It was the first time I cried in the game. I sound dramatic but it’s true. I felt this ‘Oh god. Husband birb gave me his power. I must not fail him. Wait what, husband? Where did this come from?’. The music. THE MUSIC. ICANSPEAKABOUTHISTHEMEFORHOURSANDHOURSAND-

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The quest in Rito Village is by far my favourite. I loved the characters, the sceneries, the scenario and the overall atmosphere. ‘Love’ is a perfect way to describe my feelings towards this place. I always feel so welcome there.

Then there’s this… Not so welcome place. Not welcome at the outside, at least. Going through the lost woods, feeling lost, alone, scared, only to be greeted in a forest decorated in green by some tiny creatures and… A tree. I looked at it and thought ‘Is this my father? Why do I feel so safe around him? Why is he so perfect for a tree?’

A month and a half later, I believe, I finished Breath of the Wild. I decided to see what the fanbase was about. By freaking instict I type “Revali” in tumblr’s search bar. I had found my home. Literally.

I don’t remember how exactly this happened but I started listening to some audios popping up. ‘Oh man, sonicmega has such a good Ravioli voice!’ I was so happy to see that a creator I was already familiar with had produced something related to my new obsession.

Oh little did I know.

Realising he was the official voice for Revali, Teba and Deku tree made me throw my phone down and scream. I could not process it all. I was so feeling so ??? but so !!! at the same time, it was weird.

As I said, I had never really gotten to know Sean as a person and view his overall work. Currently, I have notifications to his tumblr turned on for his tumblr and I’m afraid I freak him out whenever I like posts three seconds after they are posted, oops. And I may or may not have downloaded all of the Revali and Teba voicelines he was making at some point. I’m not crazy, I’m just filling up my fangirl needs.

Sean is so talented? He can do a huge variety of voices and he has such potential. Listening to his performance in literally everything is such a pleasure. I have never been unsatisfied with his work. 

But honestly? What’s being talented if you are not “a person”? To me, being a good person is what matters the most. While yes, being talented is an amazing trait, being good, generous and kind is way more important.

This is why I like and admire Sean so much. Because not only he has gifted us with his voice acting skills but with being real as well. For connecting with his fanbase. For showing us what it’s like - not to voice a character - but to be a person voicing a character.

It’s important to remember that behind all the content we see, there is a person. A living, breathing person. Nowdays, I think it’s very rare to find someone who is so genuine and passionate about not only their work but their fans as well. Someone who treats their fanbase as allies and does not see themselves superior of them all.

Yesterday, a video by @ojedi popped up at my YouTube feed. She was explaining what had happened in her stream of fighting Calamity Ganon in Breath of the Wild. Basically, Sean was there, watching her beat it. He even recorded an audio in his Revali voice, congratulating her for defeating Ganon and also paid for her E3 ticket. I rushed over to watch the ending of the stream. I was smiling like an idiot throughout the whole thing. And even cried but details. I could feel Haley’s happiness. I just discovered her channel but I am so godamn happy for her. The fact that Sean took the time to do all of this, it warms my heart. Not everyone does this. The kindess this person spreads is something I admire so much.

My dad found an old mp3 somewhere and gave it to me. I already have an mp3 so I decided to use that one to listen to podcasts before going to sleep. The first podcast I listened to, a few days ago, was “ZI Podcast Ep. 055 - Talking with Sean Chiplock”. I am planning on listening to some more I have found.

To begin with, listening to podcasts before sleeping is a great experience and I recommend it a lot. It helps you relax and concentrate, making you both listen to something you enjoy and falling asleep easier. I quite enjoyed the podcast. No, wait. I loved it. As I mentioned more than once already, to me, being real, being a person is more important than talent. Listening to how Sean got into voice acting and how he managed to achieve his dreams is a truly beautiful story and very inspirational.

Sean Chiplock is my role model. I want to be like him when I grow up. I want to be able to interact with my fanbase and give as much as I can. I want to be there, I want to be real.

I don’t know what else to say other than thank you @sonicmega. Thank you for being such a wonderful person. For inspiring us to do things and for making us see some situations in ways we had not thought of. I hope you know you are a huge source of inspiration to so many people and that we’ll continue to support you until the end and even more than that.

Personally, I was going through a very strange stage of my life. As if a new chapter was opened in which you were big help and inspiration in. Thank you for everything you have done. This summer, I learned so many things about voice acting. I also saw how someone can choose how they act towards anyone else, regardless of how well known they are. You interacting with your fanbase, for example. Treating fans as people and not something else. (I already believed this kind of interaction was possible. But seeing it in action is something absolutely fascinating for me.) All those mean a lot. They mean more than I can say.

Thank you, Sean. For everything.

bookwormchocaholic  asked:

Trope prompt list: arranged marriage for Rumbelle. ;)

Ooooh. This is one of my favorite trope and one I’ve never been able to plot, because Rumple always slips away from such deals. But since it was asked, I guess we’d start with that?


Twenty years ago…


Ogres attack Avonlea. As a last resource, the king decides to ask for the Dark One’s help and sends him a letter offering their most precious treasure in exchange for his power: their gold.

Rumpelstiltskin, being the kind of man who cannot let a chance to see a nobleman beg go unremarked, presents himself at the Avonlea castle and proceeds to merrily mock them for daring to offer gold to the spinner of gold. But since he is a merciful soul… deep down… (giggly sniggers), he has decided to give them a chance. Give him a good reason for the Dark One to exert himself in their favor, and - cue deep bow - he will be glad to help them.

Any reason at all.

Any? At all?

Anyone?

Enter the lady of the land.

“The history books claim you drove the ogres away from the Marchlands.”

Rumpelstiltskin scoffs, never liking the reminder of those days. “The stories also claim I eat children for dinner.” A glance down to the lady’s growing belly. “Are you offering?”

Every man in the room steps forward - starting with the lady’s husband - but she raises a hand to stop them.

“Colette,” the king mutters, nerves on an edge.

She squares her shoulders and pretends a dozen grown men didn’t just almost commit suicide. “I said history books, sir. Not nursery tales to scare the little ones into good behavior.”

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Seriously though, I really enjoyed this movie, quite a lot in fact.

It’s weird, and bizarre, and has a lot of atmosphere and likability going for it. I think the characters are all great, with La Muerte and Xibalba stealing the show in every scene they are in. The set up is also pretty creative, and it knows how to use the production design to draw the viewer into its world, which also makes the story more engaging. I have never came across a movie that has such a colorful idea about Death.

It’s a really happy counterpart to all the other more depressing movies that come around this time of the year, which I find very welcoming. So I definitely recommend this one, give it a watch if you haven’t already.

And now, if you excuse me, I need to tip-toe my way out of here. I suddenly don’t feel safe at all.

Uh, I just finished having my few moments with Legend Of Equestria, and I STILL have no idea what I just got myself into… 

This is Blank Sheet! An orange pegasus pony OC but also a little sibling of Blank Checks! I came up with Blank Sheet a while back, but I didn’t know if it was a good idea. I also Came up with Blank Script, who’s an earth pony, but I might make him another time. 

Blank Check is actually a YouTuber, also known as Blank Slate, which for some reason he changed it into. I watched his channel and he is just awesome! That’s also a reason I came up with Blank Sheet! I hope if Blank Check saw this he likes it! I think Blank Check and Blank Sheet would look wonderful together!

Also get this! Blank Check, the original blank, has a red coat. and Blank Sheet here has a orange coat! I’m trying to find a way to fit in a yellow coat for the up coming Blank Script, so then we would have 3 blank siblings with all hot colors! except for their white manes, but each second coloring will be a bit gray but also another kind of color. If Blank Check is reading this at all, I just want him to know that this isn’t OC stealing. It’s fan designing. or basically just simple fan work, but until then if you like my ideas for your future little brothers, just let me know. I’d love to do future work for you too! Like maybe help make thumbnails or anything at all! I’ve always thought of what it’d be like to be in a Brony-like reacting channel. I am a huge fan of MLP, but I’ve never made videos about it before. Maybe one day, that’ll all change, but until then, I must stick with my channel and my friends! And until then I hope you stay you, because you’re awesome!

Anyways, this has been my post for today. I hope you guys like Blank Sheet as well. Because I’m thinking of creating him also on pony.town as well. I’m not sure why, but I’m starting to get too attached to Blank Sheet and his up coming back story! Anyways, I hope you all like it, and wish you all a awesome day! toodles! 

Medicinal Herbs & Uses: Mugwort

Mugwort

Mugwort: Artemisia vulgaris

Herb Properties and Medicinal Uses

Properties   Mugwort leaves are edible, young leaves are boiled as a pot herb or used in salad, they aid in digestion although said to have a bitter taste. Used for centuries as an alternative medicine, it is antibacterial, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, haemostatic, nervine, purgative, stimulant, stomachic, and tonic, cleansing toxins from the blood. An infusion of the leaves and flowering tops is used in the treatment of all matters connected to the digestive system, it increases stomach acid and bile production, eases gas and bloating, improving digestion, the absorption of nutrients and strengthening the entire digestive system. It is used in alternative medicine to expel intestinal worms, nervous and spasmodic affections, asthma, sterility, functional bleeding of the uterus and menstrual complaints, and diseases of the brain. As a gargle for sore throat, a wash for sores and a poultice for infections, tumors and to stop bleeding. These actions and uses are now backed by scientific studies on the plants main constituents volatile oils containing 1,8-cineole, artemisin, azulenes sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, coumarin derivatives, tannins, thujone and triterpenes. The leaves have an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Staphococcus aureus, Bacillus typhi, B. dysenteriae, streptococci, E. coli, B. subtilis, and pseudomonas. A weak tea made from the infused plant is a good all-purpose insecticide. The fresh or the dried plant repels insects.Caution: Should not be used by pregnant women since it can cause a miscarriage.

Habitat   

Perennial herb native to Africa, temperate Asia, and Europe, widely naturalized in most parts of the world. Found growing on hedgebanks and waysides, uncultivated and waste land. Cultivation is fairly easy Mugwort prefers slightly alkaline, well-drained loamy soil, in a a sunny position. A tall-growing shrubby plant, with angular stems, which are and often purplish, growing 3 feet or more in height. The leaves are smooth and dark green above and covered with a cottony down beneath. They are alternate, pinnately lobed, and segmented. The small greenish yellow flowers are panicled spikes with a cottony appearance. Blooming is from July to October. Mugwort is closely related to Common Wormwood (Absinthe). Gather leaves and stems when in bloom, dry for later herb use.

Folklore

 In Native American folklore Mugwort was also a Witchcraft medicine, rubbed the leaves on ones body to keep ghosts away or wearing a necklace to prevent dreaming of the dead. In the Middle Ages a crown made from its sprays was worn on St. John’s Eve to gain security from evil possession. Mugwort derived its common name from being used to flavor drinks like beer before the introduction of hops. The Name Artemisia is from the Goddess Artemis (1st century AD) who inspired the plants genus name.

Recipe Medicinal tea: Steep 1 tsp. dried herb in a cup boiling water, take in mouthful doses throughout the day.

  • Mugwort:

Medicinal Use: Leaf tea diuretic, induces sweating. Regulates erratic menstruation, brings on delayed periods, expels afterbirth, helps with menopausal symptoms. Promotes appetite and bile production, tonic for digestion. Tonic for nerves; mild sedative. Used for bronchitis, colds, colic, kidney ailments, fevers. Bath additive for rheumatism and tired legs. Juice relieves itching of poison oak. Disinfectant and antiseptic. Used for moxibustion.

Traditional Magical Use: In the Middle Ages, mugwort was connected with St. John the Baptist, who was said to have worn a belt of the herb during his time in the wilderness. St. John’s Herb, as the plant became known, had the power to drive out demons, and sprays of the herbs were worn around the head on St. John’s Eve as a protection against possession by evil forces. In China, bunches of mugwort were hung in the home during the Dragon Festival to keep away evil spirits. The Ainus of Japan burn bunches to exorcise spirits of disease, who are thought to hatethe odor. Planted along roadsides by the Romans, who put sprigs in their shoes to prevent aching feet on long journeys. Carry to ward against wild beasts, poison, and stroke. Prevents elves and other evil things from entering houses. Said to cure madness and aid in astral projection.

A pillow stuffed with mugwort and slept upon will produce prophetic dreams. Mugwort is burned during scrying rituals, and a mugwort-and-honey infusion is drunk before divination. The infusion is also used to wash crystal balls and magic mirrors, and mugwort leaves are placed around the base of the ball, or beneath it, to aid in psychic workings. Pick just before sunrise on the waxing moon, preferably from a plant that leans north. A Roman invocation to be used when picking mugwort is: Tollam te artemisia, ne lassus sim in via.

Shamanic Magical Use: This is the plant of Midgard, burned at the start of a ritual. One starts and ends with Mugwort, as one starts and ends with Midgard. Its shamanic purpose is purification. We tend to think of purification, in these days of advanced medical antisepsis, as being sterile. To us, “pure” has come to mean “without life”. When we use something whose basic power is purification, we expect, on some level, for it to clean everything and leave it a blank slate. However, that’s not what magical purification actually does.

Mugwort is the herb that is most often burned as recels, the Old English word for incense; pronounced ray-kels. The act of burning it is referred to as recaning, which can be pronounced various ways, but the most graceful seems to be reek-en-ing; the verb recan is cognate to our work “reek”. Celtic-tradition people use the term saining. It’s an alternative to the Native American-derived term “smudging”, and it can be bound in lashed bundles and burned in the same way as white sagebrush. It also has a clearing effect on the mind, and a heightening of the extra senses, so it is a good thing to start any working that is going to involve an altered or trance state at some point.

Realistic and Unrealistic Fantasy

I got a lengthy ask about what is realistic and unrealistic in fantasy.

In short, what is realistic is relative to the world you have created.

For example, let’s say we have a fictional world where people have magic abilities. However, they only have enough magic to master one skill or to be mediocre in a few skills. Only the very powerful, practiced, and skilled magic users are able to master (or nearly master) more than one skill, but never more than two. It takes decades to do this because magic users have to be able to stretch and manage their limited magic in order to master two skills. Once a magic user masters one skill, it takes a lot less time to master another because they are already experienced.

This limitation is not a cultural limitation. These characters literally do not have enough magic to be masters of all these skills. It is a magical fact in this universe.

Taking this world, here are examples of realistic and unrealistic scenarios:

  • Realistic: A magic user has been practicing magic since their youth and they had many resources and connections needed to master a magical skill. They are now middle aged. They have mastered the skill of pyromania and have great skill in water manipulation, but they have not completely mastered it.
  • Unrealistic: A magic user has mastered two skills by the age of twenty-five through their own practice. They have no formal knowledge of magic, magical theory, or magical techniques. Given the rules of this universe and this magic user’s lack of resources, it would be impossible for this to happen.
  • Realistic: In this world, there is a way to “steal” magic from other people if you kill them with a certain object. A young magic user did this, thus giving themselves more magic to work with. They were able to master three skills over many years because of this.

Now we’re going to look at something that is culturally created and defined. In the same world, there is a law that you must register your mastered ability or skill. In order to register, magic users are tested and must show excellent skill in their ability.

If they pass they are legally recognized as masters of their skill and they are given a title. There is a strict law that magic users must pass on the first try if they want to be a part of an elite group of magic users who have mastered one or more skills. Furthermore, all of their magic must be their own and not from someone else through murder (as mentioned in the second realistic example above). There is a way to test if someone has stolen magic. If they are found guilty, their magic is taken away through death. There are no exceptions. However, many people attempt to get around this or are unaware they hold stolen magic. In this society, honesty and merit are highly valued and it is considered weak and unlawful to use connections, cheats, lies, and deceit to get ahead.

  • Realistic: A magic user who has been practicing a particular skill their entire life decides they are ready for the test. They pass on the first try, are awarded their title, and are considered for this elite group. However, through the background check, they are found to hold magic from another person. This magic user was unaware of this because their parents were the ones who stole the magic, only to give it to this magic user so that they could become more powerful. Although this magic user was unaware and did not do the killing, they are still killed so that their magic can be contained.
  • Unrealistic: A magic user fails the first test. They train for a little while longer, go back, and pass. Their uncle is among the people who choose people for the elite group. They try to bribe their uncle to let them in despite failing the test for the first time. Their uncle obliges. It would be impossible for this to play out well unless everyone who knew this magic user failed the first time died or disappeared, leaving a blank slate.
  • Unrealistic: A magic user passes the test, but is found to have stolen magic. However, because this magic user has mastered three skills, this elite group is impressed and decides to let them in. This goes against the major cultural values and the laws of this world.
  • Unrealistic: The leader (or a member) of the elite group has stolen magic. No one knows. Unless they were the original leader who created the “no stolen magic rule” while excluding those who were already involved, this would be unrealistic. Even then, it would probably have to be a secret.
  • Realistic: The entire elite group is secretly corrupt and often steal magic to strengthen their abilities in private. They do this because they are planning a coup d'etat and want the magical elite to be in charge. The magic users in this group are the ones who execute those who have stolen magic because they are the ones powerful enough to take it away and contain it. While everyone believes they contain it and keep it away from the public, they use the magic for themselves. Therefore, they control who goes in and what happens with stolen magic, allowing them to become more powerful in secret.
  • Realistic: Someone has stolen enough magic to master ten skills. They pass the test on the first try and use their magic to frighten others into silence when the issue of stolen magic comes up. Fear allows them to continue on and join the elite group. The people who let this magic user in are now stuck and cannot call this person out because part of the fault would be on them for being dishonest and unlawful.

Review the rules (cultural, government, and physical) of your universe if you’re not sure if something is realistic or unrealistic. Make sure it fits in your story without plot holes. If you need something to happen that will bend the rules without excellent reason, you’ll have to revise that rule throughout the entire story.

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Seriously though, this is a movie that loves not making heads or tails of itself.

It’s weird, it’s wild, it’s unstructured, creative, and once the dream mixes with reality it stops making sense all together despite the best efforts of the (two) protagonist(s), if even it was making any sense to begin with.

That’s why this movie is so good. Satoshi Kon might be one of the few filmmakers that embraces the surreal nature of dreams. The ease with which he plays with the concept and the animation is joyous, and it makes for one Earth-shattering, eye-opening ride of a movie that I think anybody who loves cinema and wants to see its artistic potential should watch.

And now, if you excuse me, I should wake up. I’ve been asleep for I have no idea how long

theonlyboyfromparadise replied to your post “How do you feel about sceo(Scott and Theo)?”

I still despise Theo and want to throw him back into whatever he’ll pit from whence he crawled

I get you. I used to feel the same. 

Theo’s current redemption arc is weak for an ex villain. There’s a post that articulates it perfectly, saying characters likes Theo “don’t deserve unconditional forgiveness and support from the heroes. They don’t deserve to have the slate magically wiped clean as if all the bad things they did never happened. But that was never supposed to be what a redemption arc was about.”

So I’ve come to accept that Theo is capable of redemption, just not the way it’s being presented in canon. There’s this other post that aptly sums it up: “Nobody ‘deserves’ to be redeemed, it isn’t about ‘deserving’ redemption, it’s about working your ass off not to keep hurting people because you can.”

I still see Theo as a walking trash fire, but with the right fix-it fic/meta, he could actually have the proper character development to move beyond his trash fire past.

swabin10  asked:

How would the chocobro's react to finding out their s/o's an artist?

AHHHH. Oh this delights me. Okay.

Noctis:
Immediately this will spark Noct’s curiosity. He’s not much for creative stuff himself, preferring to sit back and enjoy, but he’s always been a bit curious about art and why some folks make such a fuss about framing and lighting and all that noise. So expect questions, a lot of listening and asking to see their work. He’ll even be happy enough to sit still and model for them, though he’ll fall asleep eventually.
When asked what he thinks, he’ll admit he isn’t very good at giving opinions on it beyond whether he likes it or not, which he does. 
And if he ever gets the chance to work, he’ll gladly take them up on it. He won’t have a clue on the process or why certain materials work certain ways but the watching something come from a blank slate? That’s magic in his mind.

Prompto:
As a photographer, Prompto clearly has an eye for things like framing, lighting, proportion and other little things that go into taking a good picture. It’s more than snap and click. So seeing someone that does it with pencils, charcoal, paints, sculpture, whatever will amaze him. He’ll be in so much awe, begging to see their work and gushing all over it. He won’t accept a single comment on any flaws and such because as far as hes concerned, their work is amazing.
He’d love to take photos of them while they’re working and would happily drop gil on any bits and bobs of supplies he can find. Even if it’s only photo reference.
He’ll be their biggest supporter, encouraging them to pursue whatever they want with it.

Gladio:
Gladdy doesn’t know much about art. Maybe a little more than Noct but still it isn’t high on his list of priorities. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t like it.
But their ability to create something out of nothing, to capture the world or their imagination with their medium is no small thing to him. Seeing their work, how it evolves and changes over time would be a pleasure to him, and he’ll always try and something something that stands out to him, be it a line that really sells the shape of someones expression or that dab of colour that makes things pop. He’ll want to learn about their work from them, their goals, their inspirations and where he can get them their favourite tools to use so they can keep creating.
And he will definitely be happy to pose for live drawing practise.

Ignis:
Ignis out of the four knows the most about art. He may not practise it himself actively beyond a few drawing or painting lessons, but he certainly would know enough to converse about the subject. Visiting galleries is one of his small pleasures and experiencing the emotions that works evoke. He can pick out symbolism, things like framing, proportion, and certainly try and give critique. Just don’t expect him to understand the sometimes very technical language of art’s deconstruction and analysis.
He’ll happily spoil them with supplies, jaunts for live studies and lessons, serve as a model or a second pair of eyes if they need. And always, he’ll adore their work because it’s theirs and because it’s a little piece of what and what they are given physical form.

new year quotes for the signs

aries: “be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every new year find you a better man.” ~ benjamin franklin

taurus: “the attraction of new year is this: the year changes and in that change we believe that we can change with it. it is far more difficult however to change yourself than turn the calendar to a new page. we are creatures of faith, like it or not.” ~ r. joseph hoffman

gemini: “for last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. and to make an end is to make a beginning.“ ~ t.s. eliot

cancer: “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happer’…” ~ alfred lord tennyson

leo: “with the dawn of the new year on the horizon, I resolved to exert my will on the world.” ~ holly black

virgo: “we spend january 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~ ellen goodman 

libra: “the priceless lesson in the new year is that endings birth beginnings and beginnings birth endings. and in this elegantly choreographed dance of life, neither ever find an end in the other.” ~ craig d. lounsbrough

scorpio: “I used to have this toy, a magic slate. you wrote or drew on it and then, just by pulling up the plastic cover, everything you did disappeared and you could start new. maybe everyone feels that on new year’s eve: they can pull up the magic sheet and rewrite their lives.” ~ v.c. andrews

sagittarius: “whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ~ neil gaiman 

capricorn: “make new year’s goals. dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year… the new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. we can help write that story by setting goals.” ~ melody beattie

aquarius: “may the new year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! my own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!” ~ aleister crowley

pisces: “midnight on new year’s eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment, the past and future exist at once in the present. whether we’re aware of it or not, as we count down together to it, we’re sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow.” ~ hilary depiano

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Seriously though, this is a very bizarre, extreme, but still enjoyable movie.

It’s weird to think that a story written by the legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft could spawn such an exploitative, grind-house, blood fest. This doesn’t make the movie bad, but it does make it an acquired taste. It might not appeal to all the fans of Lovecraft because it bastardizes the original text to make a B-Movie out of it, and it might not appeal to all B-Movie fans because of its highbrow origins.

Fair warning though, it is pretty violent. Okay, scratch that, it’s really violent. It doesn’t save on the gore, shock, horror and disgust departments so those of you with weak stomachs and faint of heart might want to skip this one. If you like horror movies with tons of gore and black humor then this is for you.

I will say this, though. The character of Herbert West is fascinating, and Jeffrey Combs is having a riot playing him. I think any other aspiring scientist could get infected by his personality alone.

And speaking of which, and if you excuse me, I need to take Twilight away from that needle before she hurts herself. Or someone else.

in the glove AU, lapis is slated to perform magic in the school’s talent show. she asked peridot to be her partner because they have roughly the same built/height which is important for her performance. peridot refused ‘…i have stage freight’

‘I’M NOT GOING TO LET MY PERFORMANCE BE RUINED BECAUSE YOU ARE A WEENIE’ then peridot pointed out her fingers and lapis just went ?? ????? why is it floating (lapis…. you should pay more attention to your classmates…)

anyway lapis beat the fuck out peridot after that and got suspended for a few days and never lived the incident down because they study in an elevator school

Clean Slate

Title: Clean Slate

Original message: Imagine you and Loki having feelings for one another. You have magic and are a mortal trickster and Loki is not shy about his feelings towards you but one day he receives a head injury knocking him out. You are the first person he sees when he wakes up but the blow to the head has caused him to lose his memory of everything that has happened since before the events of Thor…

Chapter 2: Confrontation

Author: whitefirethedragon 

Rated T

“Loki!” Gwen screamed. She got to her feet and ran to him ignoring the pain from the scrapes she received from sliding across the pavement. Cars had stopped and a few people had gotten out of their cars to see what had happened. “Please be Ok. Please be Ok.” Gwen begged as she got to him. She put her ear to his chest. *Thump Thump* She sighed in relief at the sound of his heartbeat. Gwen began to use the healing spell she had learned earlier that day to close the cut on Loki’s temple. “We got to get this guy out of the street” a random stranger said. “What are you crazy. The guy could have brain damage we can’t move him till the medics get here” said another. “He’s blocking traffic said yet another who began to reach for him. “Don’t you dare touch him” Gwen almost growled at the man. Her eyes glowed with power and the man backed off.

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Seriously though, this movie is violent.

Like, ludicrously violent.

There not once scene that doesn’t end with someone getting smashed, stabbed, shot, impaled, or even melted! It’s like the outcome of every sequence has to be somebody dying of a horrible, exploitative, messed up way, especially if they are the bad guys.

And it’s to exaggerated that I can’t take it seriously. Really, it becomes cartoony after a while, which is where I start to really enjoy it. Even the acting fits it, with Nicolas Cage being at the helm of the ham wagon delivering a really memorable performance. He’s both funny and likeable, even if his character is a bit of a jerk.

So I guess I can recommend this movie, if only for how entertaining it is, but if you are squeamish with violence give it a pass. This movie takes everything up a notch.

And now, if you excuse me, I need to go treat Maud Pie to a better movie. I feel bad for her, she was expecting some big rocks, but this movie didn’t really deliver.

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Seriously though, this is one bizarre yet charming movie.

It’s basically an update on the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, except instead of the protagonist being a money-grabby jerk, he’s a jerk who works for a TV channel (which is a pretty clever update). The ghosts, however, are the ones who steal the show. They are really funny, really quirky and really intimidating respectively, and their designs are so memorable!

The writing, the pacing, the tone, it’s all in check for a movie that balances cynicism and innocence really well. I wasn’t expecting a movie like this to carry on the spirit of the season so much, but it really does. Definitely give this one a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

And now, if you excuse me, I have to avoid a rift from happening between the present and the future. It seems not even time can get along with itself these days.