still september 1 on my end

Bungou Stray Ladies Appreciation Week!!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the first official BSD Ladies Week! Feel like spreading the gospel of the lovely ladies? Well, this is the week for you!

It officially starts on August 31st and ends September 6th 2017! Mark that in your calendars everyone, it’s gonna be huuuuuge.

Day 1: Hurt Makes it Beautiful/Dalliance

Dalliance- a brief love affair

Or

“Love makes me forget the things we do, but the hurt makes it beautiful”

Day 2: Denouement/Mystery Dance

Denouement-the resolution of a mystery

Or

“'Cause I’ve tried and I’ve tried, and I’m still mystified

I can’t do it anymore and I’m not satisfied”

Day 3: Saudade/My Aim is True

Saudade- a feeling of longing

or

“'Cause I don’t know if you’ve been loving somebody

I only know it isn’t mine”

Day 4: Feel It Still/Rebellion

Rebellion- the action or process of resisting authority, control, or convention

Or

“Ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks, now

I been feeling it since 1966, now

Might’ve had your fill, but you feel it still”

Day 5: Darkness of Spring/Ease My Mind

“Without returning…

O my feelings

In this gathering darkness of spring,

And against my koto

My tangled, tangled hair”~ Yosano Akiko

Or

I need you mine

Can’t fake it

‘Cause you haunt me, baby

Day 6: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun/Role Swap

The ladies having a day to themselves

Or

Role Swap!!

Day 7: Free Day

A day to do as you please!! 

If you have any questions feel free to ask!! All submissions to the week will go under #bsdladiesweek

Dragons

This is going to be a long story. 

Some of you, those who have been following me for a while or seen me at conventions, know that I am *trying* to branch out into designing toys rather than just making them. There are a lot of reasons for this, primarily so that I have time: time to design new things, time to rest, time to do literally anything other than crochet delightful sea creatures - you get the gist. 

It’s not that I don’t love making things, I do. And I’m certainly not going to stop making things; I’m pretty sure I can’t, to be honest. But I have to admit that it would certainly be much easier on me, at least for my wrists, to have sewing machines do most of the work. 

So. The dragons. 

I finally made enough money to get a run of plushies made, and I decided to start with my red dragons as my first line. Dragons were one of my most popular items, but they were a lot of work to make, so I figured they would be perfect as plushies. 

I decided to go with Gann Memorials for my production. Now that I’ve already made my mistakes, I’ve had a lot of people tell me that I should never have partnered with Gann, but since nobody felt the need to tell me anything about them previous to my giving them quite a lot of money, that’s who I went with. I did have one person tell me that they were “skeevy”, but since she wouldn’t go into any detail or even use any other words to describe them, I assumed her issue was personal in nature and dismissed it. I wasn’t planning on spending time with these people, I reasoned, just entering into a business arrangement with them. I don’t care if they’re skeevy. I care if they’re competent. 

Well, now I know. 

We began in July of 2015, a year and a half ago. I made the initial phone call (which was grand, because I have social anxiety and calling people on the phone is one of my least favorite things to do). Chris Gann (hereafter Chris) was a genial guy, very much a salesman - but, since I was looking to buy things from him, that was pretty much what I was looking for. We set up an account for me. Promises were made, verbal assurances; they specialize in quick turnaround for orders, I’d have them in less than three months (assuming that I don’t take forever making alterations, of course), they have very high quality standards, et cetera. 

A few days later he set up a Basecamp account. Basecamp is an app for communication between people working on a project together. I can definitely recommend it; it works out beautifully for that precise thing. The account was started July 27. 

So far, so good. 

On August 11, he sent me the first sample images. They needed some tweaking, but I was starting to get excited. I made my recommendations and he went off to relay them to the production team. 

On August 19, he sent the second sample images. These were very close. I accepted this version:

Cute, right? I think it’s cute. Grumpy, but not off-putting; now that I have a little more experience under my belt, I can see where I would make further changes, but it’s still very cute.  

September 1: Chris tells me that the dragons will be shipped to me in October. 

September 7: Chris informs me that these guys are going to need tags. I hadn’t thought about that, but I whip up an acceptable tag design (it’s not great but it’ll work) and send it off to him two days later. I don’t hear back from him until October 2nd, when I ask for a shipping estimate; Chris assures me that they’ll ship by the end of the month. 

October 21: Chris asks me to approve the tag design that I had sent him. I’m a little confused, but I approve. The day after, I approve of the shipping mark and I start to get myself emotionally prepared to receive a large shipment of toys. 

October 29: I check up again on the time frame. Chris says he’ll ask. 

November 2: Chris says that they’ll be shipped by the end of the week. 

I want to point out here that Chris told me they would be *delivered* by the end of October, not shipped at the beginning of November. I’m a little unhappy with this, but you know, things happen. Whatever. I’ll probably shop around for the next line of plushies due to this delay; he hasn’t lost my business forever at this point, but neither has he pleased me to the point where I would go with his company again as a matter of course. 

November 5: Chris sends me pictures of the final product. There’s not much in the way of variation from what I had already approved, so I assume all is well. He also tells me that I’ll be getting extra product on their dime. I am pleased by the prospect, as that would mollify me about the delay. Unfortunately, it turns out not to be true. 

Novemter 18: I receive the boxes. I do not believe in putting things off, so I opened them immediately and went through my product, counting and sorting carefully. I am widely dismayed by what I find. 

I ordered 350 dragons. It’s a small order, in the way of these things, but it was what I could afford. I did receive exactly 350 dragons, but they were not what I had approved. Every aspect was correct and acceptable *except* the most important part of any mammal, toy or not: the face. In this case, the eyes. Of the whole order, 17 dragons had split seams (not a big deal, I’m handy with a needle and I understand that they underwent significant squishing in order to fit them into as few boxes as possible to make shipping affordable); 46 were correct, as in their eye placement and shape were in a range close to what I had approved of; and a whopping 286 of them had what I have to call drastically incorrect eye placement. Here’s what I mean: 

The eyelids are too low and placed at the wrong angle, making it look sleepy (still sellable, but not what I paid for). The eyelids are, by the way, glued into place. 

These eyes are totally wrong (and, may I remind you, glued into place, so I can’t fix it without cutting the eyes out completely). That’s just… wrong. 

This guy has to be my favorite. One eye is significantly larger than the other one and has been placed about a quarter inch higher; the eyelids are entirely wonky - and still glued into place. 

Dec 3: Chris tells me he is trying to work things out with the factory; I send him the above images for clarification. He says he may just have me keep what I received and he will replace the entire order on his dime. 

I am, at this point, entirely depressed. I feel like a failure. I have a certainty that this issue will not be corrected, and even if it is, it won’t be corrected in anything like a reasonable time scale. I feel that I have wasted a very large sum of money and way too much time and it makes me angry and hugely, vastly, deeply disappointed. 

January 5, 2016: Chris asks me if the appearance of the dragons I received is somehow different from the sample I approved. I wonder to myself if he has working eyeballs, or at least knows someone who does, but I respond in the affirmative and re-send all of the pictures, including the one I approved for reference. All of these pictures are still in the Basecamp account. All I have to do is scroll to look at these exact same pictures, but I send them again anyways. I also ask for honesty, here; if he’s not going to fix this, please at least have the decency to tell me about it so I can move on with my life and not have to expend my energy trying to get something done here. 

January 7: Chris takes umbrage at the notion that he might just possibly not bother to fix these glaring mistakes, as he is nothing if not forthright and good. I point out that the delivery took much, much longer than he had initially told me, and that the extra product that was supposed to be included with the shipment never showed up. 

January 8: Chris says that he  misspoke about me getting extras; there will not be another box forthcoming, he was mistaken about that. He does graciously allow me to keep the gigantic pile of unsellable, wasted material that they sent me, and promises that he’ll have the dragons remade at his expense and the issue with the eyes will definitely be fixed in the next batch. (This also turns out to be untrue.)

January 9: Chris tells me that the next batch will ship out after the Chinese New Year. This makes sense to me; holidays always mess up shipping times, and these are travelling across the planet, after all. I settle down and assume they’ll be here in six to eight weeks. 

April 20: This is more than six to eight weeks, you will notice. Chris tells me to expect a shipment some time late next month. I have given up on ever seeing these damn things. 

September 23: Chris sends new pictures for approval. It has been over a year since the first time I went through this process; I was told that I would have them in under three months. Over a year. I’ve moved to a different state by this point and yes, I was snippy. I pointed out that in the FIVE MONTHS since I last heard from him, my address had changed. 

I liked the new ones. These looked angrier. If I got dragons like these, I would be able to sell them in exchange for money. 

November 16: Chris asks me for my delivery address. Again. I ask if this indicates that they will be shipped soon, but there’s no response. 

January 10, 2017: Gene Gann, another employee of Gann Memorials, informs me that I should expect my shipment by mid-February. 

February 8: Gene asks me for my phone number, which I supply, so the shipper can get into contact with me to set up a delivery time. 

February 15: The shipper calls me. We set up a delivery time. 

February 17, 2017: I receive six boxes full of dragons. They have the same qualities of the first batch, only there are more of them this time. Four - I repeat, four - are correct, in that they match the above picture. A further 189 are in sellable condition, looking sleepy or disappointed rather than angry but otherwise having no defects. 27 have split seams, only three of which I bother fixing since the other 24 have devastatingly bizarre eye placement. 303 dragons go into boxes with glued-on, incorrectly placed, wrongly sized eyes. 

In the end, I’ve received a total of 243 dragons that are in a sellable condition. Only a small portion of those actually resemble what I ordered. 589 dragons can only be sold as misfits. I put some in grab bags, feeling guilty. I see them in trash cans at conventions and can’t really blame anyone. 218 dragons, which should have been sold at a profit to fund the next line, are utterly unusable. I have scrapped them and am using their stuffing to fill other projects. 

I am bitter about the entire thing. I am angry. I am never, ever going to do business with Gann Memorials again, nor will I recommend them to anyone, as I cannot with good conscience do so, because if they had an experience anything similar to mine I would be wracked with the most horrible guilt. 

I *am* going to try again. As tempting as it is to simply give up, to assume that there is something lacking about my character, that there is something about me that makes things like this happen, I won’t do it. I’m saving up for another line of plush toys. I am shopping around for a different company to work with. 

My hands are tired and my blood pressure is high, but I’m still going. 


(I want to put in a disclaimer that I am not assuming anything about the personal morality of Chris or Gene Gann. I do not want them attacked or thought of in any wrong way because of how all of this went down. This was a business deal, and sometimes they go sour. This could have been a series of misunderstandings, mistakes, communication errors, unfortunate events, what have you. I don’t know what’s going on in their lives. These are things that happened, and they will affect who I do business with going forward, but I don’t assume that these are bad people. I don’t think I could encourage anyone to have a business relationship with this company and these people, but if you want to have a beer with them, I’m sure they’re very nice.)

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Today got to be too much, so I did the thing that calms me most: I started making something. Welcome to the #Pedalboard2017 project. Feel free to block the tag now, I am totally out of fucks to give.

Picture 1: existing pedalboard which has served me well for many years (and whose compact, professional construction is the envy of most gear nerds who encounter it) but is obviously out of room for any more toys.

Picture 2: the plan, rendered crudely in draw.io.

Picture 3: the dry fit.

You may recall my karmic struggles with buying an assault rifle case in which to house this. The first one I bought (Pelican 1700) turned out not to have enough height, so I returned it for a Pelican iM3100, which apparently is for small-penised men whose rifles are a little fatter, or something. Anyway, it has the vertical (Z-dimension) clearance I need internally, as I intend to reimplement the same two-tiered approach I used on the existing one, where the Modfactor sits on a platform above the power supply. In the new one, the Modfactor and a to-be-purchased Timefactor will sit above two power supplies. This kit runs about 5.5" off the ground at peak.

The pedalboard and the case, imho, need to be considered as a unit. The case is the only protection you have for a bunch of toys that can in aggregate cost more than your guitar, and are a lot more fragile to boot. When designing these I start with the case and work inward. You can get pretty detailed specs on these cases, but until you have one in hand, you don’t know things like the radii of the internal corners that limit your usable space. The spec for this case said the internal dimensions were 36.5 x 14.5, but the actual board that fits in there once you allow for rounding and such is 35.25 x 13.75. I lost ¾" in the X and Y dimensions to this cornering, and an additional ½" in the X to the wheel wells on the side of the case. It wasn’t until today that I could really prove the plan…it looked good, but until you lay everything out and allow for the space between each pedal required for cables, you just don’t know.

The dry fit passes comfortably. My main concern was in that area right at the southeast corner of the daughterboard, making sure there was enough room for the pedals further east and still allowing that northwest corner room for the tuner. Looks good.

Next steps will be to round off the X-Y corners so they fit inside the case, round the corners on the daughterboard for aesthetics, and then use a router to put a nice curve on all the edges. Then I’ll sand and finish. Plan is to stain the main board pink and the daughter yellow, because fuck your gun case and your gender stereotypes, then finish it all with thick poly. I also need to buy a second power supply and the Timefactor. After that, it’ll be hardware to raise the daughter, and then cabling (the hardest part).

I don’t think I’ll have it done for my September 1 gig (more on that in another post) but it should be ready soon after that. Will I have shows to play with it, or just end up as another middle-aged living room gear hound, is a question still to be decided.

Is Only Fair...

Characters/Pairings: Female!Reader x Mechanic!Sam Winchester, Castiel x Dean Winchester (Destiel mentioned)

Word count: 4519 (Is kinda long -insert TWSS joke here)

Warnings: Smut - rough sex, manhandling, unprotected intercourse (always use condoms!), oral (male receiving- gagging), slight dirty talk, slight anal talk, and I don’t know what else…

A/N: this is my entry for the lovely Saxxy September Writing Challenge @saxxxology​ Prompts: 1- Mechanic, 2- ‘You caught me.’ 3- Really rough sex, (I still don’t know about the ‘really’).

Thanks to my gorgeous BETAS: @lovemesomepie85@asgardianvamp21 and Saxxy herself, as well as all the people who offered their help!

Tags at the end of the fic! Gifs are not mine.

[Feedback is highly appreciated!]


Originally posted by little-winchester-boo


Your name: submit What is this?

Y/N presses the dark button with the number 16 and it lightens up immidiately, she sighs as the metallic doors close catching her reflection staring back at her.

“Way to start the weekend.” She speaks as it was another person and not herself. The floor trembles under her feet and the elevator starts moving.

Y/N knows she should be used to it by now but still she brace herself on the small raining at the far wall and stares at her own face in the mirror, shaking her head at her own idiocy.

He elevator stops before her destination and she curses under her breath, she hates when other people get in with her, it makes it worse somehow.

She looks back in front, not wanting to look like the scary-cay she is and watches as Castiel from accounts gets in.

“Hi, Y/N.” And her stomach knots again as the metal box quakes, and she thinks of something else  in order to take her mind out of it.

“Hey, Cas?” - Yes, Cas is a guy… He’d known this kind of stuff.

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anonymous asked:

I heard madtown is having problems with their management, because of their ceo's arrest, do you have any update on their situation? With all the members lack of activities/absence, late updates in fc, jota's cryptic messages in fc, it's really disturbing and concerning, and sometimes annoying that no one can answer anything, like, do we even have anything to wait for?

Hi! I don’t have any updates on their situation, considering I don’t work for GNI so I’m just as clueless as you. BUT, based on my deductions as well as my knowledge of just how stubborn resilient the members are, I do strongly believe they are working on a self-produced full album. I know it’s hard to keep positive considering all the late postings of schedules and complete radio silence on V app for BufHo’s birthdays (though honestly I think this is more so BufHo’s request than shitty management considering how chill they are about their birthdays in general; I mean both of them solo broadcasts last year rather than a full bonanza), but our boys are nothing if not dedicated to music and determined to stay together at all costs.

Below the cut are my reasons for this conclusion!

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Eyyyyy I’m not dead

Good grief, it’s been a while.

I know I went on semi-hiatus waaaaaay back in March, but I’ve been basically off the grid since early July, I think?  I really only consistently update instagram and that’s it.  Still not back in any sense of the word (not even to update my empty queue), that’s not happening till early-mid September, but I wanted to give you all a long-overdue update and let you know what’s up:

1. Y’all know about the little stray we found back in May.  She’s been doing great, she’s huge now, all kitty-sized and more playful than ever, and she’s teething, and you don’t even wanna see the state of my limbs, man, it’s not pretty.

Can’t recall if I ever mentioned that here, but we decided to call her Buffy:

2. I’ve talked about my never-ending thesis here and there, and it’s finally almost over but I’m really sprinting down the finish line right now, it needs to be done by the end of this month and I’m spending almost all my free time fine-tuning it.  This is basically the reason for the early to mid-September date, I need to finish it by the end of August, then prep my presentation and defend it, so there’s still some work to be done.

3. I know I also mentioned the job, which is going really well!  I used to have a lot more free time during the day to take a break and either goof off or write, but I’ve been placed in high-volume projects lately and I basically have zero free time that isn’t a break, and breaks are spent playing with the little fur-monster so she doesn’t get bored and take it out on our limbs.

3.5 I AM AN OLD WOMAN NOW, I SLEEP FROM 10:30 ‘CAUSE I HAVE TO GET UP AT 5:30, FFS, THIS IS SERIOUSLY IMPEDING ON MY TRANS-ATLANTIC/CONTINENTAL/TIMEZONE-CHALLENGED FRIENDSHIPS. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

4. Iiiiii don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but I’ve also been preparing for a move.  Which meant browsing for furniture, buying said furniture, assembling said furniture (’cause IKEA, lol) which obviously took the longest, since both my partner and I work and our free hours where we weren’t both exhausted are limited.  Add all the other headaches associated with sprucing up a place from the ground up, and you get an idea of how hectic it’s been.  We’re almost done now, so that will be one fewer headache to deal with, exciting though it’s been.  My wallet and my back are crying out for a break.

So that’s about it!  I really wish I could be here for Ishihime week especially ;-; but I honestly can’t afford to goof off now.  I’ll be back to posting (and eventually writing!) in a month or so.  Believe me, no-one is more impatient to get back to it than I am, buuuuut priorities ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’ve had a lot on my plate for a while and it’s all reaching its peak now.

My sincerest apologies if I’ve missed your asks/PMs, I’ll be back soon.

Much love ♡

[Update] PPG 2016 Season 1 Review Schedule

Alright so remember how I said I wanted to finish all of season 1 by the end of August? Well that ain’t happening. So instead, I’m gonna make sure I finish them all before the end of September. As of right now I only have 5 more episodes to go so it should be feasible for me to finish them in time (I hope).

I once again apologize for not meeting my initial goal, but a mix of real life obligations such as my job and vacation, my inner perfectionist, and a bit of depression threw me off course.

I still plan on ending season 1 with that bigger video I mentioned, and I also might do a video on the online shorts before that as well. 

This is what the schedule is lookin’ like right now:
     ~ New Series Impressions: August 21st
     ~ Electric Buttercup: August 25th
     ~ Top 10 ______: September ???
     ~ Professor Proofed: September 1st
     ~ Poorbucks (Collab): September 8th
     ~ Somewhere Over The Swingset: September 15th
     ~ People Pleaser: September 22nd
     ~ Online Shorts: September 29th
     ~ Special Video: October 1st
     ~ Top 10 (Guest Apperance): October 1st
     ~ Top 10 (Collab): October ???
     ~ Season 1 Grand Finale: October ???
     ~ The Last Donnycorn (Collab): October ???

Hopefully making a written schedule like this will make it easier for me to follow and stick to, although knowing life this will probably be subject to change.

I’ll be reblogging this post every so often with updates on the deadlines and estimated releases. 

Sexcapade #1 😋

So ya wanted to hear about one of my sexcapades with bighead so here we go.. lmao

Aight so boom.. this is like beginning of September. I remember cause my bday is at the end of August & me and him had taken a break so I was deprived of the dick and didn’t get no bday dick lmao. So yeah beginning of September, it was still warm out so my alcoholic ass went out for some margaritas with my friends. And knowing me I be lusty off some tequila. In the back of my head before I went out I was like maybe I’ll get some dick, but I was like naaaaah that’s a dub. 😂 little did I know I was bout to get my guts rearranged.

So it’s like 11ish close to 12am, im already 5 margaritas in plus some shots & I was smoking hookah so i’m feeling EXTRA nice. So here I go *pulls up bighead in my texts* basically giving hints like nigga I need the dick it’s been like a month. Here this nigga go “so what you wanna do?” So I’m like aight I got the green light, it’s time for me to go 😂✌🏼️*pulls up Lyft app* im telling my friends like y'all I g2g I just scheduled a dick appt, my friends like “bitch you scandalous” I’m like yeah aight I’ll text ya 😎

Now I’m in the lyft, mind you I went home first. I live uptown and I was all the way downtown on 52nd street so I was like can this nigga drive faster? It took me like a good 30-45 mins to get back uptown & by this time it’s 1:30am. Bruh when I tell you I was undressing in the elevator, I was not playing! By the time I got to my room everything but my bra was off. I hopped my ass in the shower real quick & that was the fastest shower I’ve ever taken in my life yo I swear 😂 I come tf out, lotion up, take my clothes out etc etc. by this time it’s like 2am, in my head I was like “I’m dead about to leave my house at 2am to get some dick?” 🤔 I was like yeah.. fuck it let’s go. So I’m dressed.. throw my sneakers on, put my hair in a messy ass bun & I walk tf out my house like no biggie. The cab already downstairs waiting for me so I’m on my way. I text this nigga to make sure he up & duh he up lmao. He live deep in the Bronx so it took me like 30 mins to get there cause there was no traffic cause it’s damn near morning time.

I get there, waiting on his ass and I call my friend on FaceTime like “bitch I’m waiting for him”. She all like “you dumb bitch go home” I’m like nah 😂😭 in the middle of this FaceTime conversation my fucking phone slips out my hand and the whole screen CRACKS. I was like son wtf… 😒 but whatever I wasn’t that worried about it at the moment lmao. So he finally comes to get me & tbh I hadn’t seen him in a month or so in my head im like yo this nigga looks good af, I can’t wait to get the dick 😩 so I’m telling him like can we walk a little faster cause I’m tryna get the dick lmao.

So we get to his house we in his room & im on my phone scrolling & shit. Fronting like I ain’t come for the dick. Here he go “put your fucking phone away so you can get this dick” I’m like “or what?” But in my head I’m like okay daddy, whatever you say 😋. I was fronting od but put my cracked ass phone right in my bag lmao.

I take my pants and panties off & arch my back like yes bitch this is what you came for. Bruh he slid himself right in me I’m like 😭😍😭😍 and bighead really not the slow strokes type of nigga, he’s mad aggressive which is the type of shit I’m into so I’m really not complaining. But I can literally feel this nigga all up in my guts so I’m lowkey running from the dick he like “where you going?” As he grabs me by my hair I’m like son…. 😍 this nigga know what he doing. He tells me to turn around and so I do like duh. This nigga could tell me to jump out the window at this point & I would do it lmao. Them missionary strokes were no joke.. he would slow down then pound me tf out. My legs was shaking and he was still going, he didn’t care about my well being 😂. Here he go “you bout to tap out baby girl?” I’m like nuh uh, this is what I came for. Tap out ain’t in my vocabulary. We kissing & shit, I’m biting tf out his bottom lip. He sucking on my one titty, we all sweaty & shit but idc.. shit was sexy. I really came well over 5 times so at this point I’m like aight I wanna taste him now.

I get on my knees real quick & I really think bigheads dick is beautiful so duh I wanna suck the soul out of him. So at this point I’m really making love to the dick with my mouth. Like im sure I kissed it a few times. Basically in love with the dick. 😍 Here he go “you like this dick?.. you look so good” I’m like OH okay bighead, I like that shit lol. So I’m putting in work & I can feel when he bout to cum so I go HAM.. basically I swallow all his kids happily. By this time it’s 4:45am I’m like nah I need to go 😂 he like aight let’s go…so I request my lyft, he walk me to my cab & I make my way home. Its already 5:30am & my dad is up ironing his clothes for work. He’s like “had fun?” I’m like yup 🙃😅 so basically moral of the story is if you got that one nigga in your DMs give him a shot he might change ya life 😂

15 OC Associations

Tagged to do this by @norroendyrd​! Let’s pick a character at random… 

ENARAS MAHARIEL

1. ANIMAL: Fallow deer

2. COLOR(S): Green, brown, gold

3. MONTH: September

4. SONG(S): Sleeping At Last, Pluto. There are some lines in this that just describe his character growth perfectly:

I’ve been worried all my life,
A nervous wreck most of the time.
I’ve always been afraid of heights,
Of falling backwards, falling backwards.
I’ve been worried all my life…

Still I’m pinned under the weight
Of what I believed would keep me safe.
So show me where my armor ends,
Show me where my skin begins.

5. NUMBER: 6. I don’t know why.

6. DAY OR NIGHT: Day. Specifically, early morning.

7. PLANT(S): Ivy, oak, pine, brambles, bracken

8. SMELL(S): The earthy smell of a forest, the smoke of a wood fire

9. GEMSTONE: Tiger’s eye

10. SEASON: Early autumn

11. PLACE(S): Forests, night-time campfires

12. FOOD(S): Fire-cooked meat, blackberries

13. ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Virgo

14. ELEMENT(S): Earth

15. DRINK(S): Clear water

I tag… @smartarsedlittlefcker, @carterashofficial, and @flaine1996, if you guys want to do this!

Rules: list 10 songs you are currently vibing to + tag 10 people

I was tagged by @jennis41digsdragons! She’s amazing go check out her art ^_^ (if you want Voltron art check out her Voltron blog @paladinspride)

1. The Day Has Come by X-Ray Dog. After the season 3 trailer dropped, I’ve been listening it to nonstop. 

(after this I just put my main playlist on shuffle and saw what came up)

2. Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

3. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

4. West End Kids by New Politics

5. In the End by Linkin Park

6. Bored to Death by Blink-182

7. Victorious by Panic! at the Disco

8. Girls/Girls/Boys by Panic! at the Disco (aka my bi anthem)

9. Still Breathing by Green Day

10. Centuries by Fall Out Boy

Uhhh ok I guess it’s tagging time. I shall tag @noideawhatimdoingtbh, @thedarkrose17, @red-1s-weird, @alienslovetea, @hello-pastel-dreams, @lazyandhysterical, @literally-klance-even, @kalteneckerkogane, @queenallurae, and @olivialeaa

Go forth, and listen to music I guess? sorry im tired af so i have no clue what im writing

Setting this goal now. I still have… 10-20 chapters to go, depending on how easily I can get from point a to b to c, which is 17-34k words, but I’m going to do my best to finish Fieldwork in the next two months so I can publish the last chapter on September 5. Why that day? That’s the day, 2 years ago, that I published chapter 1. I can’t believe it’s been so long. Even so, seeing the end in sight is… mixed feelings. On one hand, it’ll be awesome to have finished something so huge. On the other, I think I’ll miss it. Also I’m a little terrified of fucking it up in the home stretch. After taking a week or two (honestly I have no idea how long it was) to just do nothing and lose track of days, I’ve come back with goals a-plenty. I’ve finally set a goal for finishing my Holy Knight fic that I’ve barely started. That one gets until the end of November. 

I really suck at holding onto self-made goals, so feel free to poke and prod me to find out how it’s coming… but in the meantime, standby for more frequent Fieldwork updates… or longer ones. I’m not sure which. Preferences, readers? 

Fieldwork: to be completed September 5, 2017.

Day 1 of my Lost Light month!

A challenge I set for myself–to draw one member of the LL crew every day for 30 days–so that I can improve my ability to draw these bots. I’m still heavily reliant on references and struggle with anatomy, so let’s see if i can fix that a bit by the end of September! Tally ho!

anonymous asked:

real talk how did you get so popular like I get like after you got like a couple hundred it kinda sky rocketed because you had other accounts too but HOW ( mumbles furiously to self)

This is actually the first blog that got popular, all the other ones are because of this one. 

So let me tell you a short history of this blog.

April 6th, 2012. Now, for all you young ones 2012 was the year of the hipster, tumblr was known, but wasn’t popular and was flooded with hipsters, everyone was a hipster, even if you weren’t your blog ended up becoming hipster. I had ran a blog previously back in 2010 that was lame 9so lame I don’t even remember the name) and I only used it a few times before deleting it and starting this one so I understood tumblr. Because it was 2012 and I knew hipsters were big I started a new blog (this one) called The Hipster Lifestyle (its url was respectively, thehipsterlifestyle.tumblr.com ). Within a month I all ready had 1000 followers, and by the end of 2012 I had 10,000 followers. Keep in mind that that having that many on tumblr in 2012 was even bigger than 10,000 now (its still a lot) as there were about 1/100th of the blogs that there are now. 

It got to the point that if you looked up “hipster life” on Google or “hipsters” my blog was always the first or second result. Which helped quite a lot. 

On September 3rd 2012 I made an “Ask Away” post that got big, like really big (biggest ask away post on tumblr still). and within two months it had 150k notes. It had brought me a lot of traffic and gained me a lot of followers. It was one of the first posts with a million notes (I think it was the second or third?).

After nearly a year and half of being thehipsterlifestlye (and having 22k followers) I changed my URL to ‘itsmemacleod’ in late 2013 to match my youtube channel. My youtube channel started getting a few thousand hits on all of its videos and gained me quite a lot since I talked a lot about LGBT issues and coming out and other issues (at this point I thought I was gay - I realized later I wasn’t and was just bi) I have since shut down my youtube and hid all my past videos as they were just idiotic and had horrible advice,

2014 came and I had 25k followers, and I started posting more social justice and my personal opinions and what I actually wanted to post and not what others liked. Everything pre-2014 was essentially posting to gain followers, and following trends.


Because of me posting my personal opinions and ideas and expanding my skill set and actually talking to my followers (before hand I hated talking to my followers, and I thought I was a big shot because I had more followers and overall I was just an asshole at this point in my life) I started gaining on my own somehow through that. It’s exciting and gives me life that so many people agree with me. 

I started giving advice to people, and being kind and that got me pretty far. 

I started or helped start quite a few other blogs this year one of which is allteensrelate (which we started in August, and all ready has 130k followers). 

I helped run and then took over a porn blog, before it was terminated that had 200k followers that I bet some of you have seen. 

Now, it’s nearly 2015 and I am about 200 followers away from 80k followers. It’s been a journey and I’ve learned a lot. 

One thing I’ve learned from all this: This website is so stupid and I regret signing up for it. 

Hello everyone! As some of you may know, I let you all vote for what I should do as a celebration for when I reach 1k Followers. And the result was, as you can see…. TUMBLR AWARDS! So, here it is!

I present you my first solo Tumblr Awards! Yay!!! ^.^

RULES AND OTHER STUFF

  • Must be following me (I will check!)
  • Reblog this post to enter (Likes won´t count but can be bookmarks)
  • Must reach at least 25 notes to happen
  • Ends on 6th August You can still enter till September 8th
  • Winners and Runner-Ups will be announced on 8th August
  • There will be 1 Winner and 1 Runner-Up for each category
  • Though I will add another Runner-Up every 50 notes
  • I will announce the Winners/Runner-Ups for each category in a single post

CATEGORIES (those with *** only happen if a minimum of 5 blogs enter)

  • The Rory Willams Award - Best URL
  • The Molly Hooper Award - Best Icon
  • The Rose Tyler Award - Best Theme
  • The Greg Lestrade Award - Best Mobile Theme
  • The Donna Noble Award - Best Updates Tab
  • The Mycroft Holmes Award - Best Navigation
  • The Amy Pond Award - Best Posts
  • The TARDIS Award - Best Doctor Who 
  • ***The 221B Award - Best Sherlock
  • ***The Avengers Award - Best Marvel
  • ***The Sunnydale Award - Best Buffy 
  • ***The Impala Award - Best Supernatural
  • ***The Hogwarts Award - Best Harry Potter
  • ***The Panem Award - Best Hunger Games
  • ***The Clones Award - Best Orphan Black
  • ***The Beacon Hills Award - Best Teen Wolf
  • ***The Westeros Award - Best Game Of Thrones
  • ***The Middle-Earth Award - Best Tolkien 
  • The Martha Jones Award - Most Underrated (must have under 500 Followers. If you want to be considered for this award, please submit me a screenshot of your follower count)
  • The John Watson Award - Nicest Blogger
  • The Clara Oswald Award - Mays Personal Favourite
  • The Sherlock Holmes Award - Best Multifandom
  • The Doctor Award - Best Overall

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE

  • A follow back from me (if not already)
  • Unlimited promos at request in September and October
  • A link in my updates tab
  • A URL Graphic and/or Icon at request
  • My undying love and friendship

RUNNER-UPS WILL RECEIVE

  • A follow back from me (if not already)
  • 5 Promos at request in September and October
  • An Icon at request
  • My undying love and friendship

And that´s it, I think. Good luck everyone! <3

[GIVEAWAY] Mamamoo "HELLO" Autographed Mini-Album + Mini Giveaway! (GIVEAWAY OVER)

I wanted to give back to my followers by having a giveaway! This time I will be giving away ONE AUTOGRAPHED copy of Mamamoo’s “Hello” Mini-Album! (The booklet on the inside of the album is signed.)

Rules:

1. Reblog this post. Likes don’t count.
2. Maximum of 3 reblogs per person.
3. No dedicated giveaway blogs. I’ll be checking!
4. Must be following this blog. If you aren’t following yet, you can still do so!
5. I’ll ship to any country, so anyone can participate!

This giveaway ends on September 19, 2014.

I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner, and I will contact you via ask box so make sure it is enabled. If I can’t get a hold of you or receive no reply within 3 days, I will choose another winner. Make sure you are comfortable giving me your address in order to ship your prize.

CONTINUE READING TO FIND OUT HOW TO ENTER THE MINI GIVEAWAY!

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Downton Abbey by Liz Trubridge

The Beginning:

Finding Downton Abbey:

I joined Gareth and Julian on Downton in the very early days. There was a greenlight, a budget and a first episode but that was it so we spent a wonderful late summer/autumn going round the stately homes of Yorkshire – since Downton is set in Yorkshire it made sense to look there first. Except it wasn’t the first place we saw, Highclere Castle was our first stop as Julian had it in mind when he conceived of the idea and wrote the first script but we kept it on the back burner as a) it wasn’t in Yorkshire and b) it was just a bit too far from London for a daily commute with long filming hours. The problem was we couldn’t find a complete house in Yorkshire that was the right size and offered everything we needed: a grand driveway, a great hallway and staircase plus several staterooms and bedrooms.We found composites but not the whole thing so, after looking closer to London and not finding exactly what we were looking for, we returned to Highclere and we all agreed it really was perfect. Just the right size for an Earl in Robert’s position. So we decided it would be our Downton Abbey and we would find a way to deal with the travel problem.

The Look and The Feel:

One of the other big advantages to us of Highclere was that it didn’t look like any of the other houses that we were used to seeing in period drama..it was not Palladian, nor was it Georgian) and we were keen to give DA a different feel. We wanted it to feel like a contemporary world as if the audience were watching it at the time that the characters were living, for the colours to be bright, the costumes to feel like the clothes that had been chosen from their wardrobes, that every detail should be considered, whether seen on camera or not, in order to create an authentic world. The music of John Lunn was so key to the overall feel of the drama and when we heard the theme tune for the first time, Gareth and I had no doubts that this was the one…we knew it had to be rousing and exciting and reflect the world and John certainly delivered that several times over.

Casting:

The challenge and the excitement of casting this ensemble were that we had to create not only a believable family but the entire household and it was clear that it would be a mixture of well-known names and totally unknowns. We were all relieved that the marvelous Jill Trevellick was our Casting Director as it was a daunting task. Hilariously our auditions must have been a weird sight: Jill had broken her foot and was in plaster and on crutches, I had badly broken my arm and had a plate and several pins in it and Brian, our director, had an eye infection so heaven knows what the actors thought of us….it certainly broke the ice at the start of each audition! Julian and I had just finished a feature film starring Maggie Smith and it was clear from the start that she would make the perfect Violet so we started the process of press-ganging her into to saying yes! Robert was the next piece of key casting and Hugh was the stand-out choice for all of us (he had also been in the feature with Julian and me) and so we were delighted when he agreed. Over the following months all the rest of the parts fell into place and it became very clear when sitting in the auditions with Brian and Jill how lucky we were to have so many good actors eager to play these parts. Gradually, frontrunners for each role became clear and the cast came together. I will never forget the goosebumps I had at our first readthrough just looking round the room and seeing this cast step into their roles for the first time.

The Script:

The moment I read Episode 1, I was hooked and couldn’t wait for Julian to write Ep 2. I’d read the series ‘bible’ and was excited about how he would flesh out the storylines and by the time Ep 3 came in with the infamous Mr Pamuk I could see that it was more than living up to my expectations.

The success:

Although we knew by the end of Series 1 that we had a classy series on our hands, we had no idea if it would work on ITV (as large-scale period drama had not been on the commercial channel for over 30 years) but it wasn’t until our audience figures were so good and were climbing every episode that we allowed ourselves to hope for a second series commission. It came after Episode 3 and we eagerly embarked on development for that at the same time as finishing post production on Series 1…this was a pattern that continued for the following six years…

Once the award nominations started coming and our very surprise win at the Emmy’s for our first season, we realized we were in the midst of something very special both at home and abroad. Never in a million years did we imagine it would sell in over 250 territories all over the world and have such a global impact. I still pinch myself regularly at the sheer scale of it all.

Of course, one of the downsides for producers of this kind of success is that, inevitably, the cast become much sought after which led to some early exits for some of our characters that we had to grapple with…of course, any long-running series needs some new blood in the cast from time to time to keep it fresh but it is always sad to lose a character from the ‘family’ we created. It also caused logistical problems as we filmed for six months every year and the cast were always being made other offers which they were keen to fit in where I schedule allowed. You can imagine the conundrum when a cast of 25 each has requests for time off! Most of our problems though were a direct result of the show’s global success so we could hardly complain about that!

It is astonishing to think that Julian wrote all 52 episodes, a truly remarkable achievement, and that he did so in such a tight time frame (he would start writing in September, we would start shooting in Febrary until August and then we would transmit while we were still finishing off the series and then he’d start all over again!). Sometimes this rather intense schedule took its toll….I broke my arm in Series 1 and my ankle in S6, just to neatly bookend it!

The end:

Key Moments: There have been so many, each episode has it special moments and these are just a few:

- obviously when we said goodbye to Thomas Howes (William) in S 2 and to Jess Brown Findlay (Sybil) and Dan Stevens (Matthew) in S3 these were huge moments in the series and really sad for everyone concerned. - The filming of the Mr Pamuk scenes, the Suffragette rally, the trenches, Mary and Matthew’s proposal and their wedding. Indeed all the weddings we’ve had: Daisy and William, Bates and Anna, Edith being jilted by Sir Anthony, Rose and Atticus, Carson and Mrs Hughes and, of course, Mary and Henry. Then there’s Bates’ trial, Anna’s rape, Anna’s arrest, the point-to-point, the car race, the cricket match and not forgetting Violet and Kuragin and Isobel and Merton.

Our visitors: We had great pleasure in welcoming the Duchess of Cambridge to Ealing Studios, the rest of Kate’s family (the Middleton’s) to Highclere, the Duchess of Wessex visited twice and the First Lady of Mexico. Then, of course, there was George Clooney filming for Text Santa alongside our other guests: Joanna Lumley and Jeremy Piven.

Our legacy: For those of us lucky enough to have been involved in this phenomenon from the beginning, we have been part of an unforgettable experience as television history was made. We have formed life-long friendships and will be talking about it – and writing about it – for a long time after the final scene has aired. We are immensely proud of what we were able to achieve together, both cast and crew alike and we’ll miss it terribly. But it was right to end it now with people still wanting more and now that the last episode has been delivered to ITV, I for one want to enjoy the memories and share the huge joy of being a part of it.

A Brief History of My Book Snobbery

Anonymous said:
Why did you only become a book snob since the end of s4?

Well ask theculturalvacuum​ and she’ll tell you it was all her doing. And I’m not going to lie: our friendship was pretty crucial to it.

I was Unsullied for Seasons 1&2 (still in school). I began reading ASOIAF after getting my Masters, so around September 2012, but I’m a super slow reader. When S3 promo material came out (January 2013), I began putting more effort into catching up. I barely, barely outpaced Season 3.

So S4 was the first season I went into with my full book knowledge. And I had loved the show so much in the past that I was determined to see the good. I also have an engineering background…I’m not really used to literary analysis or anything. I kind of fell victim to the “first time through” trap of being slightly bored while reading AFFC/ADWD (though I LOVED Arianne so much I actually skipped chapters to get to her stuff).

Anyway, because of that I sort of felt that like a lot of visual adaptations, GOT was telling a “cleaner” story; albeit a more bare-bones version. And for most of S4 I defended their adaptional decisions. Then E09 came, and I found the battle episode hugely unsatisfying. None of the character moments had time to breathe, and the fact that Stannis didn’t arrive meant Jon would definitely not be LC by the end of the year. I couldn’t believe they fucked up all of that pacing and handicapped his future arc because they wanted a ZOMG battle. So 4x09 shook me, and then 4x10 woke me up. I hated everything about it. No Stoneheart, Jaime/Cersei having sex in the White Tower, no Tysha??, Jojen exploding after the spooky skeletons…it was just bad.

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NaNoWriMo 2016: Day 5 Wordcounts
  • axelconia: 8,810! Determined to hit 9,000 before I go to bed!
  • dancingdarkling: 13,435.  Haven’t started on my count for today yet.  Just sitting down to do it! Goal today is 3k as well!
  • lolanbq: 5,413 life hasn’t been so kind as of late, but I’m not giving up yet!
  • angelofmusic1997: Gonna try to get to 8.5K by the end of the day. (right now I’m at 7.4K)
  • tsfennecWoohoo! Congrats on your awesome progress! After two very bad writing days, I finally managed to pass my minimum “don’t fall further behind” word count today and am close to actually catching up with where I’m supposed to be again.
  • i-homeostasis: 7089 plus whatever I’ve written today so far, it’s handwritten and I’ll find out when I type it up later ~
  • frozen-callisto: 10,087 :’) tbh my month is super busy so i doubted i was going to reach 10k at all - i have no idea how i managed to write this much haha
  • axelconia: 8,810! Determined to hit 9,000 before I go to bed!
  • dancingdarkling: 13,435.  Haven’t started on my count for today yet.  Just sitting down to do it! Goal today is 3k as well!
  • lolanbq: 5,413 life hasn’t been so kind as of late, but I’m not giving up yet!
  • angelofmusic1997Gonna try to get to 8.5K by the end of the day. (right now I’m at 7.4K)

These are some amazing wordcounts. Keep going! You still have 25 days. If you are only starting today, that’s just 2,000 words a day. 

(It makes me wonder, if I asked for your wordcounts on let’s say October 5, or June 5… how different the answers would be? I actually keep track of my daily wordcount all the time and I’ve done a quick math: September 1-5: 4,380 words; October 1 - 5: 1,215 words; November 1 - 5: 10,800 words. Quite a difference, isn’t it?)

Case Study ~ October 2011, Part 2 ~ Needle

This part is better than the last, in my opinion, but there’s still some potentially triggery stuff in here folks, so please use caution.

October 2010 ~ November 2010 ~ December 2010 ~ January 2011 ~ February 2011 ~ March 2011 ~ April 2011 ~ May 2011 ~ June 2011 ~ July 2011 ~ August 2011 ~ September 2011 ~ October 2011, Part 1 ~ October 2011, Part 2 ~ October 2011, Part 3 ~ November 2011 ~ December 2011 ~ January 2012 ~ February 2012 ~ March 2012 ~ April 2012 ~ May 2012 ~ June 2012 ~ December 2016

Warning: These stories all revolve around an AU world where Kurt and Blaine both have serious mental health disorders and end up rooming together at a boarding school geared towards special education.  I work in mental health, so I’m familiar with this stuff and will try to be as accurate as possible, but please keep in mind that this is a work of fiction.  There will be some angsty parts and some happy parts and many parts that are in-between, and I don’t have a definitive plan in mind other than a happy ending.

Also, Kurt and Blaine are in the same grade here, both juniors at the start of the story.

This part is PG, 2235 words

October 2011, Part 2 ~ Needle

It had been eight days since Blaine went into the hospital, and Kurt felt untethered, like he was hanging on to sanity by the frailest of threads.  There was so much inside of him now, too much for even his carefully-ordered world to contain, and yet there was a horrible, aching void there too.

It was hard, so hard to get out of bed each morning.  Most mornings Kurt didn’t manage it on time, lingering as his alarm blared, staring at his clock as the numbers ticked past—one minute late, two minutes late, three minutes late, until the anxiety building within him overcame the emptiness.  He’d jump up, jittery, rush through his routine and nothing would go right and most mornings he was sobbing by the time he was through. 

But that wasn’t the worst part.  The worst part was coming out of the bathroom to find Blaine’s bed vacant, having no one there to wake up, no one to fill his morning with familiar, happy chatter, no one to walk with down to breakfast exactly on time.

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