so that about sums it up

redhothollyberries  asked:

Wring meme? Me, me, me! Since Tumblr doesn't like long asks, let me sum it up - Blighted, chapter one, Koji's introduction, from "No, I don't claim that identity," to "The not-quite-smile brightened just a smidge." Would you comment on what you were thinking as you wrote this, the motivation behind it? pretty please?

I am always up for talking about “blighted”, because I have been holding it in for months and months and months, with mostly just @hiruma-musouka to discuss with.  So, the passage in question:


“No, I don’t claim that identity,” the albino said diffidently. “Given how you’re making everyone cut their hair, I’m sure you’ve noticed the seeds of this new forest have a tendency to catch on anything they can. I traveled extensively outside of Kurashiki for work—it was safer to shave than worry about bringing something back on each trip.” He laughed, darkly. “Not that my precautions saved us, in the end.”

Despite himself, Madara felt a little sympathy. (so right now, I need to present Tobirama as he is, not the person Madara would see with the name Senju attached.  So I worked really hard to portray Tobirama as this mysterious, attractive stranger, tbh.  Someone involved in the resistance against Hashirama in a vague way, who appears to be well able to handle himself.  And let’s be real, Tobirama is essentially a murderous white-haired pretty boy, at least in this property.)Koji seemed like all the other Alchemist couriers Madara had met over the years. The only difference was his overdeveloped chakra coils, which he had yet to explain.

“You call yourself a swordsman,” Madara said slowly. “Who trained you?”

Koji just looked at him as though he was particularly stupid. “My clan, of course. Specifically one of my uncles, when I was a young boy.”

“So you’re a shinobi?” Madara asked skeptically.

Koji frowned a bit. “I was. Now I have no clan, so I call myself a swordsman.”

Madara winced inside—he already knew how this story went, but the question must still be asked. “I’m sorry for asking this, but… your clan, were they killed by Hashirama?”

There was a very long pause. Koji’s face was utterly inscrutable, in contrast to his demeanor in their earlier conversation. “No, worse. They joined him.”

Madara looked at the man askance. “And what? They just let you leave?” he asked in disbelief.  (Again, I wanted to set the stage for what Tobirama has been doing for the last few years, since we’re seeing a little of what Madara has been doing.  Also, I was playing with the idea that missing nin - people who abandon the clan - are incredibly rare in the WCE.  How many people would be willing to betray their literal family? How many of those people could evade their pursuers for long?  So “Koji” being a deserter was supposed to come across as quite shocking to Madara.)

The corners of Koji’s mouth turned down a little more, but that was the extent of his reaction. “Of course not,” he said hoarsely. “But I could not stay. Faced with that choice, would you?”

Madara can think of nothing to say to that. Join Hashirama, who has spent the last ten years crossing lines never meant to be crossed—or leave his family, possibly forever? That was never an option available to Madara, and in some ways, he’s glad he never had the choice. (and of course, this is the AU where Tobirama actually mirrors Madara’s bearded spock choice from canon, and abandons his family for a “better world”.  I just liked the parallel and the irony of it all.) There was an awkward silence for another moment, and then Koji sighed and asked, “If the interview is finished, shall I strip?" (Ok, I was laughing a lot here.  Can you blame me?)

"A moment,” Madara said, a little off-balance. “Why are all these children here?”

“Oh,” Koji said, startled. “They refuse to be separated from me. Their usual caretaker didn’t make it out of the city, so they’re my responsibility until I can find them a new home.”

He was… well, he was not quite smiling as he looked indulgently over the children, but it was a near thing. As if they knew he was watching, the squirming mass of children all turn to look at the other man and yell their various greetings and questions; they were obviously quite familiar with him. The not-quite-smile brightened just a smidge.  (and…more character exposition.  I wanted Tobirama, still in disguise as “Kogi”, to be seen as unexpectedly kind. Children, in Naruto, are treated like crap.  Canonically, Tobirama is one of maybe a handful of characters who doesn’t use them as pawns and actually goes out with a self-sacrificial blaze of glory.  I wanted that to be present from the beginning.)


I hope this was a satisfying commentary :)

10

“I wish you’d never retire.” This actually made it for me, because that phrase alone just sums up how much this man loves Yuuri. We’ve all been talking about Victor’s future plans, what he might want to do after the Grand Prix is over, will he return to the world of skating? Is he planning on retiring? But the thing is Victor knows his time is up, HE KNOWS IT MAY BE TIME FOR HIM TO LET GO OF THIS WORLD, so he is not worried about himself. ALL THIS TIME, he has been thinking about Yuuri alone, AND THIS HERE, it’s him telling the boy, “I love watching you skate, and I wish you’d never stop doing it, I wish you’d never had to retire.” And the beautiful thing is that Victor’s seen from first seat what kind of skater Yuuri is, what he is capable of, he just wants the boy he loves to keep on doing what they both adore, skating. Even if they know it’s “almost time”, either if Yuuri continues skating for a few more years, we know their time in a competitive rink is comming to an end, but the difference is that now they know they’ll face that together. Yuuri asking Victor to be his coach until he retires, is just like saying, “please stand by me, until this journey ends”, and after it’s all over they’ll have each other, they will have another story to write, and they’ll remain together no matter what comes their way.

so people have pointed out that isak was born at 21:21 and genesis 21 is called the birth of isaac, and that the pool scene from the 21:21 clip in which isak and even first get together symbolizes baptism, which in turn symbolizes rebirth, as isak starts the process of accepting himself.

the o helga natt clip also follows the birth/rebirth theme. it starts at a christmas concert - christmas celebrates the birth of jesus. it’s raining, so the water motif representing baptism is back. when isak storms out, the flashbacks play in reversed chronological order, like a rewind of his history with even, up until 21:21 when isak finds even where they first met and they get to start again from the beginning. 

my favorite part is that skam has no scruples about using the birth of jesus as a metaphor for isak and even getting back together, and that in this analogy they’re literally jesus. to sum up: skam made christmas gay, jesus gay, even dressed up as god so god is also gay. merry christmas

Monday blues & reading “understanding a photograph” & here is a quote by matty healy which sums up my entire thoughts perfectly: “I think about dying but I dont want to die. Not even close. In fact my problem is the complete opposite. I want to live, I want to escape. I feel trapped and bored and claustrophobic. There’s so much to see and so much to do but I somehow still find myself doing nothing at all. I’m still here in this metaphorical bubble of existence and I can’t quite figure out what the hell I’m doing or how to get out of it.”

Listen, if you are struggling with feeling bad about your weight or loving your body or feeling good about how you look, here’s what’s up: you are worthy of all the love in the world. You are not the sum of your physical parts. Your body doesn’t define you. Anyone who would make you believe different is lying to you. And that voice in your head that tells you that you’re only deserving of love or that you’ll only be happy if you lose that weight or if your skin clears up or if you fix your hair is lying most of all. You deserve happiness and love and the excitement of life NOW. If you can’t hear over all those voices, I’ll remind you. You are so worth everything. I love you.

what is a “russ” and why does it seem like the biggest deal in SKAM ( aka vilde ) ?

so if you’ve seen from season 1, you’ve heard about the famous “russebussen”, or how in season 2 you see william and his friends partying in a bus. so you’ve probably been like “wtf is this shit? do norwegians actually obsess over this?”, well the answer is yes and no. but i’ll explain more of that later on in this post.

so to the first thing, what is a russ? well to sum it up shortly a russ is someone who is finishing up their last year of videregående, or as some would call it, high school. 

russefeiringen or russetia will normally last for about a month, starting in april and ending on the 17th of May, the norwegian constitutional day. during this period you will often find severely sleep deprived, hung over 19 year olds. 
but the russ do other things than drink and party; they also dare each other to the most hilarious things like walking around with bread shoes, go on a date in the school cafeteria with a first grader ( they’re 16 don’t worry! ), walk to the shops or around town with skiis on their feet, sit in a trolly and order a happy meal at McDonalds drive through, and so much more. 

but you also need to watch out, because if you are a first grader or a second grader, you can easily end up on the “terrorliste”, meaning that the 3rd years fuck you over like duck taping you to a pole whilst they throw water, flower, egg and all other stuff. you can become kidnapped, where the russ will take you and drive you to a place and then just leave you there, but they mostly leave you at a buss stop and make sure that you have the money to get home again. 

but the russ often have fights among each other, where the “enemy” can be the neighbouring city, the schools that are close to yours or the famous “blå russ vs rød russ” ( i’ll get into the colours in another post ), or the østkanten vs vestkanten ( east and west parts of oslo, the rich kids vs the middle to lower class kids ) 
now during the fights, you will often throw eggs at each other, egging down cars or other russ. the meeting grounds are trashed after the “fight”, but it’s all for a little fun.

now to the russebus and russebil. both extremely popular amongst the russ.

now this is a russebus, they don’t need to look like this, in fact if you google russebusser, you can find a lot of really cool busses. 
but anyways, russebusses normally cost around 1 million norwegian kroners, but normally they can reach up to 4, depending on how much work you’re putting into the bus.  
now people normally save up from the 9th or 10th grade with a group of their friends just so they can get this bus. the busses look amazing, and is a great place to sleep during landsstreff and a lot of room to party in, on the top and lower decks. this is mostly popular in the oslo area, but you can find them all over the country.

now this is a russebil, again really popular choice for the russ. here a smaller group of friends will save up money to buy the car ( or perhaps their parents have one for them to have ) and they decorate the inside and outside, often writing their names on the car. 
now i would say that the cars are more popular, because of the huge price difference. but hey, if you got the money and if you saved up, why not?

now all of this is all fun and all, but the russ also have to be extremely careful not to party too hard, specially with our new fraværsgrense of 10%. and the fact that our exam period is right in the middle of russetia. so whilst you are celebrating that YAY IM DONE WITH SCHOOL, you’re actually not and have to worry about reading with a hangover. the politicians did this in the 70′s in hopes that the russ would party less, well it didn’t work at all.

of course you don’t have to be a russ, but it’s fun and it’s why we go all out, it’s our last celebration before we head of to universities or jobs. so this is the shortest version of what the russetia is and i swear i’ll write up what the different colours means and the different types of russ you can be, but that should be in a post of it’s own

Our Favorite Illustrations of 2016

It was a long, crazy year and we are super thankful to have the visual power of illustration to help us make sense of it all. Here are some of our favorites of 2016:

Keith Negley, Is It OK For Boys To Cry?

Keith is wonderful at distilling complex ideas into simple, but emotionally nuanced imagery. And while this illustration seems simple, the open-ended narrative and quiet vulnerability hit me at an emotional center. -MR

Lilli Carre, Looking For Change for NPR Ed.

After spending years working on illustrations about education, Lilli just summed up the whole system so well in this one, simple concept. - LA

Kristen Uroda, Flip The Script 
(Invisibilia podcast art)

I can almost hear the collision of these two contrasting forces in the frame. It’s a powerful image that exudes momentum and stillness. -MR

Jeannie Phan, Hey Sci-Fi And Comic Fans: It’s Time To Embrace The Dark Side

This is one of those illustrations where a smart concept plays to multiple levels of interpretation. The illustration means one thing before you read the story, and another after reading it. -MR

Chris Kindred, Scoring Your Story for NPR Training.

Sound can be a tricky thing to represent visually, but this image hums! Part Fantasia, part science book art – I wish physics was taught alongside Chris’ illustrations. -LA

Sam Rowe, Original Thinkers for NPR Ed.

Sam’s concepts are always what strike me the most. The subtle twinkling and shooting stars make this one of my favorite GIFs of all time. -LA

Miraculous Titanic AU

I will probably never write this, but here’s the outline for the whole fic if anyone is interested ;D Especially those who are always asking what my outlines look like. 

Miraculous Titanic AU

Characters

Adrien Agreste – Comes from “old money” as his family is/was part of the French aristocracy. However, due to reasons dealing with Gabriel’s older brother and the wealth he inherited, and squandered, before he died, they’ve lost everything and are taking what little they have left to America to “start over,” hopefully without having to let the rest of the world know about their lack of fortune.

Lila Rossi – Adrien’s fiancé. “New money.” Is due to inherit a large sum from her family upon getting married. Family are up and coming with the industrialization of Italy. She wants to go to America, however, and so Adrien seemed like a wise match. She is overbearing, however, and knows that she holds the wealth, thus she is basically in charge of her and Adrien’s “relationship” despite being a woman. Oftentimes holds her wealth over his head to get him to behave the way she wants.

Chloe Agreste – Adrien’s younger sister. Doesn’t like Lila, but knows her wellbeing rides on Adrien marrying into money. Kind of goes back and forth between helping Adrien and being a thorn in his side.

Gabriel Agreste – Was never supposed to inherit the wealth from his family and so married wealthy. Wife died and older brother died, so he thought it would be wise to use Mama Agreste’s fortune to try and save his family name, which his older brother had run into debt and that Gabriel had then inherited. Didn’t really work out that well, thus it falls to Adrien (or Gabriel really) to marry or remarry wealthy. Unfortunately, the earliest opportunity apparently came to Adrien.

“Hawkmoth” (he can have a real name, lol) – Lila’s henchmen. Keeps an eye on Adrien.

Marinette Dupain-Cheng –French/Chinese that makes her way around by gambling and street art. Also makes clothes.

Alya Cesaire – Marinette’s best friend and partner. Both are notorious for dressing in trousers and pretending to be men to get what they want.

Nino Lahiffe – Managed to get aboard as he’s a bit of a traveler. Aims to become an American citizen. Speaks some French, but mostly Arabic. However, he meets Adrien through Marinette, the two becoming fast friends despite their language barrier.

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Rude behavior at tatinof

I just got back from the first TATINOF show in Stockholm and it was amazing. I laughed so much that my bronchitis came back. That sums it up pretty good. Dan also asked Phil if he wanted him to choke him, warned him not to say thicc and they dabbed in synch, Phil did the sexy endscreen dance and left the stage in embarresment while Dan almost fell over laughing. Yes, those things happened and it was glorious.

To the subject I want to talk about - really rude fans in the audience. I personally don’t care who is dating or not dating who - as long as they’re happy. I do however think that some phan jokes can be really funny - in the right settings. TATINOF IS NOT THE PLACE OR TIME TO DO THAT.

I sat next to several girls who constantly screamed that they wanted Dan and Phil to fuck, to kiss, to makeout, and that is not okay. Dan and Phil obviously don’t want to talk about their private life when it comes to those things and that should be respected. So here were our two favourite guys on stage, giving their all to make us happy and some of the audience is thanking them by being… rude. I was actually offended - I was there to have the best night and they disturbed that by making me angry. Not to mention that they spent time on their phones (texting) and by constantly talking to eachother about other things. Tatinof should be fun, full of laughter and joy. Don’t take that away.

Please - be respectful of Dan and Phil. Everything they do are them trying to make us happy. They wanted us to have a great night, with a great show. Yes - they make phan jokes but there’s a line. Please do not tell them to fuck eachother, to makeout, to be sexual. It’s not okay.

several weeks ago my thesis supervisor (who’s also a writer) told me that when one of her books (that was… far from being straight) won a literary prize, a well-known french male author who was part of the jury told her that he “didn’t like it”, that “there was no action”, that “it was boring” to which she replied “you think so?”. then she told me that this author didn’t see what was really happening (= gay stuff) because sexuality is articulated in a heteronormative way and if sexuality (both in literature and in general) removes itself from heterosexual constraints, people like that straight male writer just ~magically~ stop recognizing it and claim the story is just boring and empty. which is much more convenient for them than thinking about the fact that the story they’re reading could actually be gay and that they’ve been reading it wrong all this time.

i think that pretty much sums up how people outside of tjlc see bbc sherlock

IN “DEFENSE” OF JASON DEAN:

Before I start, I’m just going to say that the only characters who didn’t do something shitty in both musical or movie would be Betty Finn, Martha Dunnstock, and Dennis. That’s it. If you try to say anyone else didn’t do one shitty thing, yikes.

Alright. So, Jason Dean is a pretty shitty human being, I get it. But, quote from the author’s note in the Heathers musical script that, I personally think sums it up pretty well before I go into a rambling mess.

“Most villains don’t think they’re villains; they rationalize villainous behavior with “it’s what I had to do to fix my problem.” So it is with Heathers. You’ll get best results when your characters avoid excessive or gratuitous cruelty and negativity and instead play up solutions and hope…Dan Waters had an idea to tell a story about a school as cruel as the real world, and the kids who tried to change it.”

I won’t go into J.D.’s history too much because that’s been played out a million times. What all has he grown up with but Bud’s destructive behaviors, both in his occupation and presumably in his home life? Destruction is all J.D. knows, to an extent.

His main point was to make the world better, and though his execution was poorly picked, he MEANT WELL. “Make the world a decent place for people who are decent.” So, @people who seem stuck that he only did what he did for Veronica, no. The big plan was to stop assholes from being assholes by any means necessary and he overstepped it by a long shot.

To say that Jason Dean is completely a monster is to wash out every other aspect about him, just as to praise Heather Chandler (which, I’d like to point out is just was all the students who fake mourn her are doing) is to erase all the wrong she did.

One of the points of this story is to show that teenagers are humans and they make mistakes, and J.D. is no exception. I’m not saying what he did was right, because it was NOT, but the meaning behind it was GOOD. You have to take in every aspect of him as a character to understand him, to do otherwise is to disrespect the story, the writers, etc.

The murders: Make the world better for better people. Good idea, bad way of going about it.

Going to kill Veronica: Concerned about her fessing up, hope to get her back. Super duper Shitty.

Trying to blow up the school: VERY EXTRA INTENSE SHITTY. He’s incredibly unstable at this point.

Blowing himself up: Kind of redemption, he’s stepping back and realizing that, y’know. This didn’t work and he trusts Veronica to fix things her way.

To defend Heather Chandler, Kurt Kelly, or Ram Sweeney by pulling the “they were only seventeen” card, you have to do the same for Jason Dean.

** THIS GOES FOR BOTH MOVIE AND MUSICAL JASON DEAN LMAO STEP OFF ME WITH THIS ‘MUSICAL JD IS A BETTER PERSON’ NONSENSE.

I am screaming rn
I just watched the dinosaur cry episode and-
“can we just talk about this?”
“sportacus, can we just sit down and talk?”
“I didn’t mean to scare you.”
“I’m sorry.”
Robbie says all of this in the episode when he mistakenly thinks he scared sportacus and I’m just- this just fuels my sportarobbie shipping even more.
He doesn’t even hate him that much, he just wants everyone to be lazy, that’s it.
You two just make a fuckin peace treaty and allow kids to go outside, exercise and play, while also eating occasional sweets, junk food and over sleeping. Then you can both get on and be gay together.