so that about sums it up

hello-freen-machine  asked:

What are you favourite Arabic words and why?

Interesting question! I had to think about it for some bit but I think that my favorite word is مقاومة (muqaawama) which means resistance.

It’s really motivating especially in times of hardship or when being surrounded by negativity (whether it’s negative circumstances or negative people or both), not just to hang in there but also to resist and not let these conditions or people change you and that requires a lot of strength, and I feel that all these meanings and feelings are summed up in this word so I love it.

Edit: I just noticed that you wrote “words” so I’ll add the following words : حلم  (hulum) which means dream and I like it mainly because my dreams/ambitions give me a lot of motivation and strength when I’m feeling down, plus it looks really beautiful in calligraphy. And there’s also حرية (hurriyya) which means freedom.

I’m fucking exhausted. I layer there till about 4:45 am. I’ve been sleeping in the couch, I think I mentioned that. Whatever. I’m working my ass off on this fucking cat farm despite the pain, I’m doing it anyway. No thanks. No appreciation. Nothing. This is so much fucking bullshit.

It’s not the work it’s that I have zero stake in it past my relationship and my relationship has turned in to total bullshit.

I wrote, point blank what I needed and it made a little difference for about 3 days and now nothing. There’s more but there isn’t really, that basically sums it up.

We won’t fight about it till after the fourth. Probably never. We will probably just silently continue. I should shut up about it, I get it.

I just opened this. My shopping team must have been drunk as fuck (it was a gift, I tracked it down lol)

An explanation on Josona

So if you’re new to this blog and probably wondering whats with the tag Josona is, why does Akira look different all the time, or why i’m using other names instead of the canon name….then

The TL;DR version of this can be summed up by @the-cyanide-exploder’s

Now if you REALLY want an in depth explanation

Josona started with my and my brother joking about what to name our protag for our first playthrough. We joked about basing his name on how Jojo does it with their protags and ended up with Jor-el Joestar because considering the context, we’d find it funny when any of the romance interest say “I love you Jor-El”

We discussed more and it became a very long, convoluted idea of playing multiple playthroughs of Persona 5 to Platinum it/date ever single girl individually through some stupid,silly lore that’s a mix of Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure and Persona

So far the list goes as

  1. Jor-el Joestar who’s with Futaba
  2. Joji Jokah who’s with Makoto
  3. Joby Jonasan who’s with Yusuke
  4. Jorlie Jokamoto who’s with Ann
  5. Jozsef Joto who’s with Hifumi
  6. Joscelin Jomei who’s with Ryuji (Still a WIP)
  7. Joichi Joshuya who’s with Tae
  8. Jon AnJolo who’s with Haru
  9. Joshua Joespeh who’s with Kawakami

And of course, the two shitpost Jotags

  1. Joshikage Jora
  2. Jolentine

We’re still coming up with protags for the Ohya, Chihaya and Mishima also best girl, Newspaper club member

If you ever just want to spend a good hour reading all the things me,my brother or fans thought of, you can just go through the tag of the blog #josona

virulentbunny  asked:

i'd love to hear ur analysis of romsemary's flaws tbh, if ur willing

well, my friend @shut-in-princess summed it up pretty well in reply to the original ask:

Of course the VrisKan part is probably just mine and her’s subjective preference.  I’m also gonna have to put this under a read more because it got way wordier than I was expecting.

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nenya85  asked:

Mokuba Kaiba for 002, for the question-meme, please.

Yay Mokuba :)

This one is also for @battymarionette since she requested him too!

002 | Give me a character & I will tell you

How I feel about this character: well, I have him as my avatar, so there’s that! 😜As I once told @nenya85 my favorite thing about Mokuba is the love fore his brother–not in the “I want you to change” way, but accepting him for who he is, warts and all. Plus, he’s such a cheeky little gremlin in the manga, which to Konami’s huge credit they managed to capture in the Duel Links game. So cute!

All the people I ship romantically with this character: Hmmm, that’s a bit tough, given he’s one of the youngest characters on the show.

My followers have likely seen this post I shared, which sums up my feelings on Kiddyshipping.( also: my fanfic) It’s pretty cute on its own merits. I also like the idea of Riskshipping (Jou/Mo): aside from Kaiba’s head exploding, Jounouchi’s easy going manner is infectious and maybe Mokuba would kinda like the similar protectiveness that Kaiba shows towards him that he sees with Jou and Shizuka.

Lately, however, I’ve been coming around to Chibishipping between Winner Takes Alland They Say Love is a Virtue, he and Yugi bond over their mutual feeling of being in someone else’s shadow along with their love of gaming.

As a huuuuuuuuuuuge stretch, maybe one-sided Mokuba/Mai could be funny when he finally notices women and Seto prays that Mokuba’s taste will shift in the future 🤣

Mokuba seems to have a thing for blondes in my headcanon, it seems

My non-romantic OTP for this character: Seto, of course 👍 I mean, do I have to explain this?

My unpopular opinion about this character: dunno if there’s any truly controversial opinions about him. The only thing that’s really debatable is exactly how much of an identity he has outside of being Seto’s brother…which is kinda why I became a fan of the character, when I got the idea to explore than in my fic “Sixteen” that unfortunately I never finished. I may revisit that concept one day.

One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: Getting to see him and Kaiba team up in a duel together. For so many reasons to do with Kaiba’s views on winning and losing, neither would want to face off against the other, but showing how Mokuba has improved considerably since his duel in DK as their bond has grown would be A+.

Also, The guy who did Light in the Death Note dub doing Older! Mokuba’s voice :3

my OTP: Mokuba and his adoration for his Big Bro 😍

my cross over ship: Mokuba/Karin Kurosaki, which I will now dub Powershipping (or WeBothHaveStubbornOlderBrothersWhoLikeDoingDumbThingsshipping. I haven’t decided yet ;) ): because for those unfamiliar with Bleach, Karin too is kickass but unfortunately got lost in the huge cast of that show…but she has taken on hollows to defend herself and Yuzu and doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind.

a headcanon fact: The closest Mokuba gets to a teenage rebellion is when he gets challenged to a bike race and takes Seto’s best, fastest bike…he wins, having played on the VR systems since forever. Seto, although absolutely pissed that Mokuba could have seriously injured is quietly impressed by his win and the control on the bike, which is why he’s only grounded for two weeks instead of the rest of his life 🙃

csa tw/rape tw

The way a lot of y’all on this website have started constantly talking about how “””exclusionists””” or whatever you’re calling your personal boogeyman this week are, I guess, recklessly flinging around accusations that people are child molesters all the time, is veering SUPER fucking close to some “false rape and csa accusations are SUPER common so you can’t believe EVERYONE who says they were abused” bullshit, which is especially rich since I was literally accused of doing that myself for standing up for myself and a friend when some of the exact same people doing this now accused us of having raped our rapists and/or of raping our current partners by total strangers who went on to harass us for months!

Like, to sum up: 

  • People in group A accuse people in group B of having raped their rapists (and, logically, by extension having lied about being raped by those rapists… essentially of having made false rape allegations when talking about their own abuse)
  • People in group B point out that this is a deliberate act of, frankly, rape apologism, and is an inappropriate thing to say about rape victims, and obviously is a lie
  • People in group A accuse people in group  B of saying that group A people are “making false rape accusations” and that thus group B is accusing them of lying about THEIR OWN assaults, even though those assaults were not the ones in question, and this whole thing started with people in group B being called “abusers posing as victims” and having their sexual abuse dismissed as being “essentially the same thing as someone not petting a dog”. 

THEN, LATER

  • People in group B point out that some of the people in group A have exhibited an extremely troubling pattern of behavior, including posting child porn on their blogs, claiming to be younger than they really are, giving platforms to admitted pedophiles and refusing to back down immediately when it was revealed that the pedophile in question was actively grooming and abusing children and TELLING THAT PERSON TO MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH VICTIMS, excusing the production of drawn child porn by framing the intrusive and destructive thoughts that many CSA survivors experience as being inherently indistinguishable from a feeling of pleasure and arousal at child porn, and telling people (especially CSA survivors) that it’s inappropriate to talk about pedophilia in a way that also brings up CSA because “not all pedophiles are child molesters”, which has led to people nitpicking survivors’ language and also feeds into an attempt to break down the idea that sexual violence is not rooted in someone finding another person irresistibly desireable but IS about power and abuse, by conflating those concepts in dangerous ways. 
  • People in group A start saying that people in group B have a widespread and pervasive problem with “making false accusations” of child abuse and rape.

I am… truly, TRULY amazed. Like, listen, I grew up around addicts and abusers who lived in a very close-knit mutual bullshit society and I consider myself pretty well-versed in the language of enabling and apologism as well as the language of “I’M not lying! HOW DARE YOU SAY I’M LYING! Maybe YOU’RE lying!” as deflection tactic but this is some truly expert-level manipulation of the narrative. I worry a lot about the people who are being sucked in by this. 

sleepyysalamiri  asked:

Hehehe :> Do the character ask meme for Russ (WH), Senya (SWTOR) and Miranda (ME)!

  • First impression

Interesting aesthetic and “legion theme”. Floofy friends (I really like wolves, I should say). Dank doggo memes. Some Shit Happened™ between he and Magnus.

  • Impression now

I am very, very bitter about the boi, but not as angrily bitter as I was some time ago. Probably I am also hypocritically bitter, because I am a bad, hypocritical person.
Since, he still has interesting aesthetic, floofy friends and dank doggo memes.
To sum up, I do not really like particularly him (not whole Legion) as a person, but can honestly appreciate as a character.

  • Favorite moment

Erm… From all I have read to this moment (not really much) he mostly gave me butthurt or no real feels, when appeared on stage.
Looking forward to seeing the moments, where he will not??? To moments when I will see him from the side I can appreciate and not angrily hisssss at?
Russ being bro™??? 

  • Idea for a story

“Drunken fisherman stories”, if you know what I mean.

  • Unpopular opinion

I have literally no idea what counts as a popular opinion. 

  • Favorite relationship

Something between him and his wolfsiblings to give me quality bro-feels? 
And more material for dank doggo memes, of course.

  • Favorite headcanon

“Пушистенький!” (с)
Or speaking english and not in inside memes, I for some reason think, that his hair is re-eally fluffy when properly washed and all that. 
Maybe the reason is me having a think for long hair on dudes.


  • First impression

What a badass lady. What a badass music theme.

  • Impression now

She is the space goddess.  
“Beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night.
Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain
Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning
Stronger than the foundations of the earth” ©
And we do not deserve her.

  • Favorite moment

Anytime she enters the scene.
Senya sorta like one of my favorite moment is KOTFE\KOTET. 

  • Idea for a story

Senya becomes Immortal Empress of Zakuul, prevents Shit™ from Happening™ by any means you want, raises children by herself, and everyone live happily ever after. 
Bonus points for Senya = Skyva thing.
E X T R A  T H I C C bonus point for dragons and the whole Old Gods thing.

Or, like, ya know, Royal Dorks, the sitcom version where everyone also live happily ever after and Vit is not that assholish.

  • Unpopular opinion

I am still not sure what is a popular opinion about Senya.

  • Favorite relationship

Senya and smols for family feels. Soft and warm family feels. Give me all of them to drown in. 
Well, basically I just want Senya to be happy. 

  • Favorite headcanon

See “Idea for a story”, point “Royal Dorks The Sitcom”, all of them there.
Also, ya know, Senya = Skyva.


  • First impression

I really hope her character is at least as deep, as her cleavage. 
Do your magic, Bioware.

  • Impression now

Deeper, so much deeper.
I really like her for some reason and I guess the whole thing about her is that reason, but I never was able to catch the exact thing I like or something.
I just. Like?

  • Favorite moment

Citadel DLC.
it is one big and favorite moment.

  • Idea for a story

Give me more Citadel DLC.
Give me post Shit Ended™ Citadel DLC with space magic™ of Synthesis bringing Shep and Anderson (who just took a nap) back to friends to throw even bigger party.
MUCH. BIGGER.

  • Unpopular opinion

Same as the other two.

  • Favorite relationship

She and her sister. Family feels.

  • Favorite headcanon

I sadly have really hew headcanons for Mass Effect characters :(
So just… MoAR CItAdEL Dlc???
I crave it.

anonymous asked:

OK SO WHO'S GONNA SUM IT ALL UP AND ADD ALL THE HIGHLIGHTS CMON

okAY i’ll do my faves

  • obviously highlight is the album debut, make sure you stream
  • harry wore a beautiful pink plaid suit
  • from the interview with grimmy:
    • someone said they were gonna leave their wife for harry and harry was like “be honest, communication is key”
    • nick tried to ask if two ghosts was about t*ylor and harry was like “ummmm help me jeffrey” and then he gave an explanation about things changing between people and then nick introduced the song as about t*ylor and harry literally screamed “NOOOO”
    • a fan asked about why one direction was releasing all things in the same week because she needs to revise and harry was like if you’re not revising, “it’s not on me, sister”
    • harry said that basically in jamaica, they would write and record and eat together and then they’d just watch rom coms and he watched all of nicholas sparks’ movies
    • and then he tried to say he wasn’t a big notebook fan and nick totally was like uHhhh that’s a lie and then he said you totally quote every single line all of ryan gosling’s parts and then harry was like no i play rachel mcadams
    • he said kiwi started out as a joke and now it’s one of his favorites
  • from the ash london interview:
    • he said that he held onto two ghosts because it’s a very personal song to him maybe subconsciously for himself
    • he said he doesn’t have whatsapp and then he was like ‘i don’t know what dm’s are’
    • he said that his album sound is meant to show that like he’s been exploring his sound and he wanted the songs to be different because it keeps it interesting
  • from the hits interview:
    • he auditioned for the role in dunkirk and read for someone and then auditioned for a week or so and then he got the part
    • he said the crew was amazing and made him feel welcome
    • he said that if there was something that he felt like he was dying to be in a role, he’d like to a movie. but he wouldn’t want to if he wasn’t passionate about it
    • he’s gonna do four songs - a different song from the album a night - on james corden
  • from bbcr2:
    • he said he never felt suppressed in 1d and he loved the songs they made and loved being in the band
    • he said that they listen to each other’s stuff and it’s been cool to see people explore what they want to make on their own
    • he said he didn’t play the album to anyone, not many people heard it
    • he said the song ed liked he didn’t put on the album was called “anna”
    • harry said he’s not very manly and guy ritchie is intimidating because he’s very manly
    • he said that he acted when he was younger and he was interested in it and he said he did a tape and then a week of auditions, he said chris didn’t put him at the top of the queue or anything

so basically to sum things up:

  • jj abrams wrote tfa thinking only of one movie and not an arc for the whole trilogy and just passed the bar for rian johnson to fix it
  • rian johnson did the exact same thing so colin trevorrow will be the one to deal with what they have left for episode ix
  • we got a trio (poe, finn and rey) who hasn’t even had one scene together yet and they’ll likely be split for tlj
  • the title was the first thing rian chose simply because he liked that and he sees it as one jedi, while most languages translated it to plural
  • we got new cast members (laura dern, benicio del toro) who will likely have supporting roles while other actors (gwendoline christie, domhnall gleeson) haven’t even had the chance to establish their characters well
  • since this is a space movie i’m kinda amused but not in a good way that there haven’t been many actual aliens as important characters (re: maz kanata)
  • the plot for tfa was very similar to anh: a planet destroyer weapon, someone is kidnapped, a mentor dies. the premise for tlj is very similar to esb: a main character gets training while the others go on another adventure. not very original

like… yall are quick to criticize the prequels but this is not looking very good scoob

The Dregs | Six of Crows

Well here they are all together. It was a little trickier that I thought to group them up cohesively so I hope it looks alright. I knew I was gonna have them framed by crow wings but it kind of took a byzantine turn… I’m not entirely sure how that happened but I just decided to run with it. The words around them sum them up but at the same time kind of tell a five word story about their growth as characters. To see the individual portraits in better detail go here

Mila and Yuri’s friendship appreciation post

Ok the fandom has all agreed that Mila is Yuri’s big sister, but can we just take a moment to appreciate just how DEEP the bond is? 

Ok. So first of all, we have Mila initiating physical contact with one of the coldest characters in YOI. She is extremely familiar with Yuri and from her relaxed air, we can assume that this definitely isn’t her first time hugging Yuri. It’s also interesting to note that Yuri only tells her to let go when Mila starts to tease Yuri. Yuri didn’t initially object to Mila’s hug!  

Here we have Yuri being a brat. But a very well-informed brat. Mila’s, cough, sexual frustrations would’ve been the result of a very recent breakup. The fact that Yuri knew about this shows us that he is up-to-date about what is happening in Mila’s life. Mila probably overshares the intimate details about her relationships to Yuri. 

ok this post is getting long, so please click below to continue frEAKING THE FUCK OUT WITH ME

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anonymous asked:

do you have tips on comic compostions and angling/framing of scenes beacuse holy fudge what the actual hell your mob comic is An Expirience

hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhOOOOOOOOOOOO BO Y AIGHT

I’m gonna take this ask as a chance to masterpost about this comic.

Since there wasn’t a set time limit for this comic, I went all ham for it, which means there’s a lot of thought about angles/framing n shit in this sumbitch. (keep in mind i’m still learning this craft myself as i go along so FEEL FREE TO IMPROVE WHEREVER)

I’ll go in depth about it but all of my tips can be summed up with : 

go for the emotion of the scene.

Everything I do, I do to try and heighten the feeling in a scene. Everything I’m about to describe were all choices to try and maximize the emotional impressions.

Angles 

First off, everything in this comic (with the exception of panels 7-9 on page 4) is from Mob’s POV. Everything is built from there. keep in mind goin forward -

We start with Mob terrified of being spotted, of running into anyone. So I strained the perspective to make it feel too close for comfort, despite how far away his other limbs are. I also used the angle to emphasize the “spotlight”, pushing Mob into further discomfort, like he’s being watched anyways.

Mob fears he just murdered someone ? At his lowest moment in this comic? This is where the camera looks down on Mob the most.

Time for shock and awe that the man’s alive ! So Reigen is angled UP, building his Bigness in Mob’s eyes. Most subsequent shots repeat this, keeping us grounded in Mob’s perspective.

Here, Mob is literally on his knees asking for answers. So I pushed for an angle to make him seem really tiny. I wanted him to look as small as he feels.

In the next few pages, the angles basically level out (and I’ll talk more about why in other sections***) until

Mob has just touched back. This was a direct action on his part, so just as I’d built Reigen with that tilt up, it’s Mob’s turn to share that space.

Once Mob fears for the lives of the police, we shift back to high angles. Using a high angle to make a character seem small isn’t groundbreaking but it’s something to chew anyways.

This is less about the angle and more about how cramped everything is. Mob feels backed into a corner unless he can get Reigen to relent. So the tightness and how Reigen looms reflects this.

And here, I mirrored the very first panel. Once again we have a shot of Mob’s back, walking into the light of a streetlamp. But this angle is gentle in comparison, even if slightly off center. We can see where the light comes from so it ceases to feel less like an omnipotent threat and more mundane. Perhaps even hopeful.

Paneling 

I’m sorry to say I feel this is one of my weak points as a creator. I’d like to improve here the most. Most of my panels can be summed up with ‘slant = energized’, ‘straight = stable’. BUT. I did take a few liberties here and it’s good to point them out.

Broken glass to heighten the ouch on Mob’s part.

Salt man don’t give a fuck. he IS the panel. //adds to the energy of this moment

This break from the panels is meant to make Mob hitting Reigen a more immediate threat.

Same with Reigen reaching around it here. He’s still in danger of being shreddy shreddy at this point.

Sometimes a panel will bleed off, to give a more ‘open space’ feel. I like to use it in subtle “oh” moments. That’s the best I could describe it.

annnnnd nothin like a casual reminder on the edges of panels about what would happen should the police show up.

Staging/Body Language

Once Reigen shows up, he dominates the frame, even in shots where mob is closer to the audience. Again, this is all to emphasize how Big Reigen seems to a scared Mobbu.

Mob pushes himself to corners, Reigen’s given the bulk of the space. 

He stands taller than mob and makes the frame uneven.

Even his hand feels huge in comparison.

***That is, until Reigen has a better perception of what’s going on.

Then his actions and staging reflect this.

Reigen kneels down, trying to make himself smaller both to Mob, and in the frame.

The staging reflects Reigen’s attempts to get on even ground, literally and metaphorically.

Mob’s still pushing himself into corners, but now Reigen has actively surrendered some of the space.

Still just, trying to get some of Mob’s perspective.

And from this point onwards, Reigen and Mob share the space/frame more evenly. 

Even in shots where Reigen’s kinda large, he no longer seems so imposing.

Mob still looks up to him but we no longer have such dramatic shots tilting him up and having him hog the focus of the panel.

And we save the closest-closeup, both in staging and in how close our characters physically feel for last. Because bonding and shit.

Coloring

Decided to make the use of color sort of uncomfortable. Hinted at in edges but not really a presence of their own. Hard to tell what the color of anything is because it’s all nonsense in ur peripherals.

Until we get to humans. But this color seems more invasive, and doesn’t really touch mob in a positive way.

Till we get to these splash of color, messy and kinda unorganized but it’s exactly what Mob needs to bring some order.

From here we get a muted color wash, there but still slightly dulled.

The first hint we get of the saturation to come is centered around the touch.

We slowly fade into full blown saturation once Mob reaches back.

Fanfic bonus

The name meanings of Jun and Tetsuo, since this is the street where they live and why not ahaha.

There’s a lot of bird imagery in ABoT so I

“Kid, it’s like lifting a feather.”

And even tho Reig gets a cool halo from the streetlights n shit

We all know who the real angel is

Other fun shit

Mob’s outfit is based on Sakurai’s outfit when he was orphaned as a child.

I literally put the streetlight directly behind the hand in this shot because I lack subtlety and love it.

There are 2 times where I cut out a bit of (frankly beautiful) wordage in order to show things better visually. Both times happen when Mob’s stopped paying attention.

First with Reigen’s words just becoming a flood of nonsense pretty sounds.

The second when Mob’s thinking about the possibility of his barrier being gone.

also here u guys can have some behind the scenes shenanigans

The 5 Elements of a LIKABLE Main Character

“I don’t like your main character. He’s kind of obnoxious.” my beta reader laughingly told me, after reading the first chapter of my novel.

On the surface, I looked like this: 

Inside, I looked like this: 

Aloud, I said “Oh, well, he’s kind of hard to understand. He changes by the end.”

Inside, I screamed “How could you not like him?! Do you have a heart?! Is there a void where your soul should be?! Are you actually a Dementor that’s really good at makeup? Well, I guess this is what the Dementors are doing after getting kicked out of Azkaban!”

Outside: “But I really enjoyed it!” *Hugs between broken writer and Dementor in disguise* “Thank you for reading!" 

But you know what? That person that might be a soul-sucking cloaked demon creature? They were right. The character was unlikable, or more accurately, there was no reason to cheer him on. There was nothing to make the reader connect with him, relate to him, transfer themselves into his story, feel affection towards him. 

And if the reader doesn’t connect with the character through empathy? Nothing else in the story can work. Everything relies on this one fictional person. The basic definition of story is "A flawed hero with a goal overcoming obstacles to reach that goal, and how that journey changes them.” So without character, you don’t have story. Without empathy from the reader, you don’t even have character. 

So what is empathy when it comes to characters? 

It’s the process of a reader transferring their own lives onto the character. When this happens, the character’s goal and inner desires, values and weaknesses, everything about them, become proxies for our own. We learn of a shared piece of human nature between us, something we have in common on a significant inner level, and suddenly we want to see this character succeed. Because now, they are us – and we want to see ourselves succeed in real life. We feel what they feel, we experience what they experience.  

The best way to sum up character empathy in my opinion, is this quote from C.S.Lewis: “Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another ‘Really? You too? I thought I was the only one!’”

That’s empathy. 

Which doesn’t mean the character has to be an angelic little cherub …

There are characters that operate in a moral gray area, there are characters that are downright awful, there are characters that shouldn’t be lovable …but we love them. So this is NOT saying that a main character has to be a perfect angel that rescues baby squirrels when they’re not busy volunteering at the local soup kitchen, it just means there’s something WORTHWHILE in the character that persuades the reader to stick around. We need a reason to relate with that at-first-glance unlikable character. Just as we have flawed people in our own lives who we can forgive and love.

A good quote for this one would be this, by G.K.Chesterton: “That’s the great lesson of Beauty and the Beast; that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”

So how does a writer accomplish a good empathetic connection?

Luckily for us, establishing this only takes a little planning in the beginning of the story. Certain elements foster empathy, elements which you can give to your character and display in the story. Making sure to incorporate a few of these will ensure that first connection between reader and character. A connection which you, the author, will then be able to grow. It’s this tiny first note of shared humanity which deepens into those important links we hold with characters. We’re living people, they’re imagined and comprised of words on a page; yet these people can be friends to us, family, mentors, role models, and become some of the most influential people in our lives. 

And how does that begin? Evoking empathy. 

And how do you evoke empathy? Well here are the characteristics that human beings instinctively identify with and admire … 

– Courage (This is the one EVERY main character should possess. Gumption to pursue what they want separates main from background characters.)

– Humor (Wit charms us without fail.)

– Goal-Obsessed 

– Hard-working  

– Noble motivations

– Loving

– Loved by others

– Kind 

– Treated unfairly

– In imminent danger, physically

– In imminent danger, emotionally

– In a sorrowful situation

– Smart/Expert at something

– Suffering from psychological weakness  

– Haunted by something in their past

– Dissatisfied with current state of their life

– Lacking something like love, friendship, belonging, family, safety, freedom, etc

It’s a good plan to give your main character at least FIVE of these empathetic little “virtues.”

If this sounds like a resume, that’s kind of what it is. “Dear Potential Reader, I’m applying for the job of Main Character of this book series. I aspire to consume your every waking thought and drastically change your life, for better and worse.” It’s a diagram of the worthwhile traits of the hero, the characteristics that win us over, which promise the reader “If you follow my story, knowing me – and experiencing the story through me – will be well worth your time.”

These traits will be displayed in the set-up of the story, the first ten pages or so. But the story CANNOT stop to let the character exhibit these winning behaviors; the story must KEEP PROGRESSING, every empathetic element must be shown with a story reason for existing within a scene. Like exposition, empathy needs to be added in subtly, as the story motors onward, slipping into the reader’s knowledge without them noticing. If it’s a scene created for the express purpose of convincing the reader “This character is lovable! Love them! I said love them!” then it will be glaringly obvious and the reader will feel the exact opposite. (They’ll also feel that way about the author, incidentally.)

Now! How does this work? 

Harry Potter: 

Harry is the poster child for being treated unfairly. Yet in the face of the abusive treatment of his childhood, Harry is courageous. He does not succumb to the Dursley’s relentless campaign to stamp the magic out of him, and become a proper Dursley; though this would’ve won their approval, put him in their good graces, and made his life exponentially easier – but he didn’t do it. He knew they were wrong, knew what was right, and refused to become like them. So heck yes Sorting Hat, there is “plenty of courage, I see”. He was loved by his parents, by the three that dropped him off at his Aunt and Uncle’s, and by the majority of the Wizarding World. He’s also snarky, loving, and in constant danger. 

Judy Hopps: 

Every reason why we care about Judy is established in the first few scenes. She’s courageous. She’s funny. She’s loved by her parents. She’s motivated by noble values. Definitely goal oriented, hard working, and smart. She’s also in imminent danger, and being treated unfairly.

If we took out the pieces of the story meant to evoke our empathy, what would happen? 

Nobody would care. Judy Hopps would have been an annoying, smug, and consumed by ruthless ambition. Harry Potter would have ceased to exist because everything about him is empathetic. 

Establishing these early allows us to begin the process of temporarily transferring our lives into a story. Or in the case of some life-changing stories, not temporarily transferring, but letting them become part of our souls forever. 

Yup, having your story connect with a reader forever starts with just a little empathy. Pretty useful.

Oh, and speaking of souls, give me mine back, Dementor reader. I learned how to make people like my characters. Now you’re out of the Azkaban job and the beta reading job. 

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hey hello here’s the car boys unifying theory, i made a fun corkboard with the thread everywhere just like them conspiracy theorists in the movies

spoilers for the finale of car boys & the stolen century arc of the adventure zone follow

the crutch of this theory rests on the the two endings being separate timelines: the boystos/separation timeline (the bad ending) [the ending shown before the credits, when griffin and nick are separated and set adrift in endless emptiness] and the candle in the wind timeline (the true ending) [the after-credits ending, griffin and nick stuck in the car together, perpetually fleeing from the blob through the time ring] {there is no good end}

the separation timeline / bad end

  • most of what happens in this timeline to the boys is based off this video by youtube user brockrin- which the boys have tweeted about so by my standards its canon plflfnfft
  • to sum it up- alone for an eternity in endless Nothingness, the boys become the bustos-  nick 1.0 and griffin 2.0- and attempt to go back and stop themselves in the past from fucking everything up, but fail
  • this timeline (im sorry for homestuck terminology but,) is a stable time loop, nothing ever changes- its them going around and around again trying and failing to stop themselves. its bad
  • but its important to note that griffin and nick were not the only ones in the time ring when they got separated- which brings me to Ball
  • Ball has qualities of both the ovo and the blob, as it has blob-like physics (even leading to the it hates water! revelation) and its roundness and fondness of rolling just like ovo
  • Ball becomes separated from itself. the white sections become the ovo, and the black sections the blob

the candle in the wind timeline / true end

  • now things get a little buckwild
  • the basic premise of this timeline is that nick and griffin stay in the waterproof pessima lx for , basically eternity, travelling through the time ring in an endless chase with the blob
  • the reason that they don’t break down like in the bad end is pretty much that being stuck in a perpetual expanse of time and space with a friend is infinitely better than being stuck there alone
  • this is where coolgames inc starts! essentially a way to pass time when youve quite literally got nothing but time. (and as nick said, there’s wifi in the void)
  • this is where the guest-o-matic in the cgi animations comes in! and, in addition, there is a “canon” connection with cb in the cook for cube cgi animation- perhaps the two timelines converging for just a second ? 
  • uncle buck from uncle buck
  • in the time ring we see countless galaxies pass by as they travel downwards- they travel through endless amounts of realities and planes as the blob pursues them
  • taking a moment here to explain something else integral to this- in car boys, nick has the power of creation, the ability to spawn and create objects in the game. griffin, conversely, has the power of manipulation, he’s much of the driving force behind important decisions and actions taken in the show. this becomes important
  • this is when touch the skyrim takes place- in a number of the universes they pass through down and down into the time ring, griffin takes advantage of these powers of manipulation to modify the word around them because like why not, its fun
  • what’s wrong with this dream, nick
  • as the boys + the blob pass through universe after universe in the time ring, the bob catalyzes the event in the original universe of Jon (taz) that originally creates the hunger- the blob merges with the inhabitants of that universe and the hunger is born 
    (note: this may be edited in the coming weeks as we learn more abt the hunger and its origin)
  • and the boys realize this- that the universes that theyre passing through are being consumed behind them- and they begin looking for a solution, which materializes in the form of the original taz universe, the homeworld of thb and ipre and all that. 
  • it’s also at this point that the light of creation really like, becomes the light of creation its- its nick? its nick. nick is the light of creation. this fact being proposed is what prompted me to make this theory in the first place
  • griffin shapes the world of taz and becomes the dm/narrator (note especially in recent episodes during the into to taz the narrator uses ‘we’ and ‘us’- as if he is part of this world and is involved in the story) and the two boys follow the ipre through the planes of existence in order to help them find a way to defeat the hunger/blob and save all of reality from the monster that they created
  • and i think its a canon thing that the light of creation is split into the relics? that happens. thats pretty sad i think
  • ..until we get to the present- the hunger descending upon what will likely be the multiverse’s final stand against the hunger in the main taz universe (the one with two moons and stuff). cant wait for the taz finale bros

other things & honorable mentions

  • thanks to everyone in the mcelstuck & car boys discord for help with this whole thing! 
  • @rikki-tikki-taako​‘s explanation of how the true timeline boys are saved from the bad timeline: “what i’m getting at is why didn’t true timeline nick and griffin get separated and warped
    the true saviors of true timeline nick and griffin
    emoji car and miku car
    embodiments of crucial aspects of nick and griffins beings, their integrity largely untampered with(i don’t believe either of them ever god trashed), and bow i think of it relatively unscathed compared to the horrors introduced to everything else because there were always more important matters to draw nick and griffin away, they came just when nick and griffin didn’t have time to make the same mistakes as all the other timelines
    so in the midst of god trashing, their pillars distorting, they combined with their respective aspects and regained their conceptual integrity, in a way like pause error respawning frequently merged objects in beamng, the pause indicated by their seeming lack of awareness of having to merge with them”
  • @cinnamon-marthmallows​ originally came up with “nick is the light of creation”, the fact that spawned this entire theory
  • @goodraandyy​‘s infograph on the split timelines and commentary on the ball/blob/hunger that you should check out & reblog here
    “ball turned into the blob which followed nick and griffin towards the taz universe - however, it is not john himself, it was simply drawn to his misery and suffering and mistook him for nick and griffin. john then harboured the power of the blob to create the hunger storm, which took over the universe“
  • @horticulturelesbian​ created the car boys discord thank u so much kar
  • @cheshiure​ compiled the cb unifying theory google doc
  • @coneboyofficial made this beautiful image
  • @magehand​ for this image: 
  • @babylonian @griffins-tumbo

tl;dr

  • the two endings of car boys are separate timelines
  • griffin and nick in the bad/pre-credits timeline became the bustos, Ball became the ovo & the blob
  • griffin and nick in the true/post-credits timeline continued travelling through the time ring, coming up with coolgames inc and touch the skyrim
  • the hunger is born from the blob interacting with jon’s whole deal
  • taz happens, griffin becomes the dm, nick becomes the light of creation, the boys follow the ipre gang through the universes to try and find a way to finally defeat it

thanks everybody 

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26.06.17 Harry Potter 20th Anniversary!

I wanted to write this perfect thing here about my love for the wizard who stepped into my world 20 years ago, who so unashamedly stood out when he stepped into Privet Drive. The man who didn’t care that everything from his name to his high heeled buckled boots were unwelcome on the street he had just appeared on. The man who just wanted to teach kids magic, who would have loved to go to all his ex students weddings and hold their new babies, you know, the important stuff that never had a chance. But in the end, for me, no one summed up his character better than McGonnagall:

Dumbledore would have been happier than anyone to think that there was a little more love in the world. - Ch 29. HBP

so happy birthday HP, I honestly cannot remember when you were not an important part of my life.

One of the reasons Supergirl struggled all season is because they failed to juggle far more plot lines than they could handle. And this all came to a head in the finale, because despite all of these plot lines basically none of them paid off.

Jeremiah Danvers and Cadmus? No payoff there. We haven’t seen him since he fought with Hank Henshaw and the only time anyone seems to remember him is in the face of Lillian Luthor.

Speaking of Lillian Luthor? What about the whole Cadmus story line? Not resolved; she still runs Cadmus and it’ll likely still be a problem. But what about her and Lena? Okay, so they worked together to make the lead thing. But we don’t see them at all beyond this. Lena still doesn’t like her (rightfully so) and Lillian really didn’t cause any problems so nothing really came out of them in this finale.

But what about Lena? Like I said, there really was no payoff with her mother. No payoff with Rhea because they didn’t interact all episode. And her friendship with Kara/Supergirl didn’t really have a payoff either. They barely interact in the episode. You can’t even say that it paid off because she made Supergirl that remote. Because A) That could’ve just as easily been Winn’s doing and B) That seemed to more so come from a place of distrusting her mother.

So what about Winn? He helps, but does he really have his own plot? No. His biggest plot all season was Lyra and even though she got a mention this episode, she has been MIA for several.

Well, what about James? If you think James has had any sort of payoff all season, I could laugh at you. He was almost entirely absent from the finale. He’s barely been present for a plot all season to even have a payoff. The whole Guardian plot? I honestly don’t understand at this point. At the beginning, this was a big thing he really wanted to do. But these last few episodes it seems like they’re almost trying to undo this whole plot.

What about J’onn? Honestly, his story arc this season with M’gann might actually be the only one with a payoff. He’s happy to see her again, and he is not at all put off by the white martians she brings to help.

Cat Grant? Honestly, her return was one of the biggest things carrying these last two episodes. Her return was great and helpful to the plot, but because she has been gone it’s not like we’ve been following an arc of hers all season, waiting to see a payoff with her.

Alex? Alex had almost no impact in the finale. Honestly, had she not been in it nothing would’ve changed. And what about her big arcs this season? Her dad and Cadmus? All we got out of that was her distrust of Lillian Luthor which really didn’t affect anything. And Sanvers? They should have left it at “I hope so”. Sure that would’ve been a little disappointing for shippers but Alex’s proposal takes away from her whole arc this season with Maggie. Alex was really learning to grow into herself through this relationship and now it just feels disjointed with a rushed proposal that really doesn’t even make sense. They just said “I love you” like two episodes ago where not much time has passed.

But the lack of payoff that pisses me off the most has to do with Mon-El and Kara. And this really has nothing to do with shipping.

Do you like Mon-El? Then you should probably be pissed that they gave you so much of him all season only to take him away. Don’t like Mon-El? Even if you’re happy he’s gone, you should still be pissed that they spent so much time on him this season for him to wind up completely gone anyway.

So with him now gone, that begs the question of whether or not the entire Daxam plot had any payoff and the answer is no. With them being off of Earth for good, they won’t directly affect the show going forward.

As for indirectly? Mon-El is arguably the only Daxamite that had any impact on every other character, but I don’t think anyone expects Alex or James or Winn to be affected by him being gone.

The only person he was ever intended to impact was Kara. And for what? The purpose of breaking her? People may argue that he developed through Kara all season. But Kara didn’t develop through him all season and guess what? She’s the goddamn protagonist and he’s gone now anyway. So her lack of development all season really shines now.

The scene where Mon-El leaves is all about how “no matter where he ends up he’ll be better because of her”.

And I think that sums up the season pretty well. It’s all about him, not Kara. You can argue that he didn’t grow at all anyway, and really almost none of the characters have. And even if all of that were true, he’s gone anyway so it doesn’t matter. Just like how pretty much every plot of this season doesn’t matter because none of them paid off in anyway.

but onto a more serious note, the biggest reason as to why the holy trinity are so important is because, they are all minorities. friendships between minority groups, they can be groundbreaking. monumental. instrumental. historical for building a new wave of change that battle and fight prejudices and stereotypes.

in even, sana and isak, you have 3 people all coming from different minority backgrounds, each having a label that society boxes them in, reduces them down into, minimises and dismisses their struggles. 

in even, there’s representation of a boy so creative and ambitious who dreams of making movies, and has bipolar disorder and is bisexual/pansexual, who is also deeply interested and has willingly studied into islam. in isak, you have a studious science enthusiast, so into his biology and theories of evolution and parallel universes but living in the now, present moment too, and is gay. in sana, you have a young muslim woman of colour, just as studious as isak in her sciences, and very very passionate, and extremely successful, in basketball. 

together, the 3 of them coming and forming one trio, can breakdown discrimination on so many fronts: homophobia, ableism, racism, islamophobia. discriminations that need to be fought against, in the CURRENT world we live in. that, you know what, indeed! a muslim girl can be best friends with 2 boys who are in a relationship with one another! that yes, a boy with bipolar disorder can learn the qur’aan in arabic, and it doesn’t mean it isn’t valid. that yes, a boy that is gay can peacefully be friends with a muslim girl. all these little things sum up to form something so huge, that society can do nothing but talk about it, raise awareness about it, because it cannot be avoided.

why? because these people exist. in very large numbers. mentally ill people exist. muslims exist. lgbt+ people exist. we are EVERYWHERE. and we have finally found something that we can identify to that represents us. of course we are going to talk about it, in the masses, especially when all these minorities intertwine and form such a pure, strong, solid friendship that goes against so much of what society has taught us that, “in fact, these people will never be able to mix peacefully.” 

we exist. we will raise our voices. we will cause hype and make noise about it. and society will have no other option but to accept us and change their mindset.

this friendship is so so so important. so important.

Ok but the line ‘I can save today, you can save the world,’ is the most powerful line ever spoken in a superhero movie, and is probably the most impactful line I’ve heard from a move in general. 

Like everything about Wonder Woman is amazing and so powerful for women and little girls everywhere.

But that line. It did so much. It basically sums up Wonder Woman in a single sentence and I, personally, will never forget it