tbh i feel like lup is a character that griffin has been dying to make a central part of the group, and not because she’s amazing and embodies the entirety of the story, but because she creates character conflict. for pretty much the entire balance arc, griff has tried to get the three boys to disagree on stuff, but because of who the characters are, taako and merle being too easy going and not caring enough, and mags practically overriding any conversation or argument by just rushing in has made for a dnd campaign with basically no conflict amongst the pcs
now a campaign doesn’t need to have conflict to be a good one but for an audio only story, conflict is the easiest way to develop the characters and get the boys to really address what’s important to them and what they would fight for, but with a character like mags (which is a very common type let me tell you i’ve been overrided too many times) the other characters generally do not get a say unless they extremely object. which has probably been something very irritating for griffin where he had to literally pull their teeth to get backstory and character details
so enter lup who’s not afraid to bite back at the boys and question their choices and just from that argument we, as an audience, suddenly understand lup almost completely. we understand her motivations and what’s she terrified of and that she, as a character, cannot lose hope. and!! we even got a huge understanding of taako!! i mean look at all the meta that came from just that one interaction because suddenly we see this interaction and it justifies who taako is as a character. i would even go as far to say it developed mags as well
as a dm, griffin has been trying desperately to get the boys to fight against each other with moral choices (wonderland, the chalice, lucas, and others too) and granted they can’t just put out an ep that is an hour of back and forth between the boys of deciding what to do with the chalice, but griffin has been trying to get to develop past the ‘magnus rushes in, taako’s good out here, merle? does something?’ (sorry i forgot what merle’s was OTL) to the point where griffin has tried multiple times to separate magnus from the group to force the other two to take initiative and lup and this new play style is finally making them do exactly that
so TL;DR Lup is a character that griffin has been dying to introduce and is the character conflict/instigator that the campaign has needed for a long time
The Art Telephone Game is similar to the children’s game
where one child whispers something into their friend’s ear and then the friend
repeats the whispered phrase to the person next to them and so on. At the end
the last person says the phrase out loud and the first person laughs because it
has inevitably changed throughout the course of the game.
One at a time you will each draw a picture based on the
art you are given. You will only see
the previous artist’s work and then you must redraw it in your own personal
style. It doesn’t have to be line for
line, you are drawing the image in your style and your interpretation, how you
see it. At the end, I put them all together and see what you all came up with
1. Your picture must be colored.
2. For simplicity sake, transparent BG, there … no one
needs to fret about the BG lol
3. Keep it PG guys, let’s make it so that everyone can enjoy
your art ( ^.~ tho I do love the nsfw stuff, don’t get me wrong!)
4. Feel free to alter the image if you need to in order
to match your personal style. Everyone’s
individual interpretation is what makes this so interesting.
5. You are forbidden to post your picture or discuss it
with anyone else but me ^^
6. I am your keeper, when you have finished your art, send
the file to me please! I will message
you each my email address or you can send me a Google drive link privately, but
I want the high resolution versions for the final compilation please! I will then send the picture to the next artist
7. If you decide you can’t or don’t want to participate, let
me know ASAP.
8. You have one week to complete your piece once you
receive the previous artist’s work. If
you need more time or something comes up please let me know! That way I can shuffle you back, give you an
extension, or replace you if need be.
9. The goal is to have all the art done one week before
Yuuri’s bday (Nov 29th) so I can compile the art and post it ^.~
Remember, no talking to each other you cheater pants!
Oh my gosh you wonderful artists! I am too excited about this ^^ Thank you so much for agreeing to participate! Together lets make a super unique present for our favorite cinnamon roll ^.~
All 12 spots are set now for this game!
If the 12 artists end up finishing their art pieces before my Nov 22 cutoff, maybe we can squeeze in a few more. I just don’t want to rush them. I want each of them to have the time they need. Thank you for all the interest in this lil event 😁🙏 stay tuned for more updates
Tarot readings are cool, but why not make them AWESOME? Here’s some ways you can be sure to get the most out of your divination situation.
🔮Have a Question In Mind- This sounds pretty obvious, but it’s astounding how many people I read for that have no idea what they want out of it. Wanting a general reading is fine, but definitely have an answer to the question “what would you like to know?” when you sit down/place an order. Thinking about what you want helps you solidify the question with the cards, and helps you avoid thinking an hour later, “Drat! I should have asked about _____.”
🔮Think about How You Frame your Question- Tarot has different strengths and weaknesses, like any divination form. Playing to these strengths will help your reader give you a more fulfilling answer! For example, I once had a querent purchase multiple readings from me asking for very specific times of things. While tarot CAN be used in that way, it is much harder and in my experience usually comes at the expense of more valuable information. A better version of, “when will X happen?” is “what will make X happen?” or “What must I do before X?” That way you know if X requires specific action on your part, instead of sitting around waiting for “Oh, maybe about three months” and nothing happening. Phrasing your question in a way that milks the most information out of the cards makes for a better reading!
🔮Know Your Reader- First and foremost, a tarot reader is not the same as a psychic. A lot of psychics use tarot cards as a tool, but most people just offering readings can’t tell you the name of your future spouse or the color of your great-grandfather’s shirt when he died. Secondly, every reader is different! Some are intuitive readers and pull cards from the middle of the deck, some have you choose the cards, others deal from the top, and that’s just one example. Every reader has a different style to their interpretation that makes for a unique experience, so if possible, be picky with who you choose to purchase from. Some readers work better with certain types of questions. Maybe some give more detail in their interpretations. Some readers tell a little story about each card, which people can like or dislike. Some have trouble delivering bad news. Some just may not resonate with you! If you have the ability to check out multiple readers, especially online, definitely do so and find one who you think lines up with your needs the best.
🔮Don’t Be Afraid to Confide- The phrase, “I have a question in mind, but I’m not going to tell you” makes me want to rip my hair out. In my experience, people do this less because they want answers and more because they want to be impressed by a display of Tarot’s accuracy and the reader’s intuitiveness. They want to see the reader still pick up on the Truth with no outside input. This is all fine and dandy, but it’s not going to give you a lot of information. Why? It’s going to be vague! I can’t connect the dots as well if I don’t have half of them. It’s okay to give me some information about your question; it helps me pick out signs I may have not found significant without context. That said, I understand the fear of just having a reader use your words to tell you what you already know and call it divination. So don’t feel like you need to over share, either! If you want to know about whether to break up with your partner over that argument two days ago or not, a simple, “I’ve been having relationship problems and would like some insight on how to move forward.” Should work fine. That should allow you to still get a display of the reader’s intuitive ability (identifying the specifics of your situation) while still getting an actual answer.
🔮Interpret For Yourself- Yeah yeah, do my job for me. But not quite. Sometimes there are symbols that strike us that the reader may not emphasize in their interpretation. You know yourself better than they do, after all. If you think the cards are saying something extra to you, feel free to include that in your personal takeaway! If a reader asks, “what does this mean to you?/does anything stand out to you?” (this happens more in person than online) it’s totally okay to say, “I find X really interesting because Y. How do you think that ties in with the rest of the reading?” Feel free to start a conversation over it. Pick these cards apart with your reader. I, at least, love when querents do this. It shows they’re invested and engaged, and it lets me pull even more information out for them.
🔮Take a Picture- If you can. Sometimes online readings come with a photo of your spread! (Mine do.) Look back on the photo with a fresh mind later and reflect on it. Have you come up with any new personal interpretations for it? (Once I had a reading that I thought was about starting a business, but realized later it was about me writing a book!) What do each the cards actually mean? Are there any patterns in the spread you notice? It can also be fun to look back on it much later and see how accurate it was!
🔮Get Readings from Multiple People- I like a little variety, but I also just like people. I have people I go to for when I need a really solid dependable reading, but I also enjoy talking to other readers and seeing how they do it differently. I know it’s helped me improve a lot as a reader. If you’re able, consider getting your question answered through multiple sources (but be respectful, we’re still people.) See if there are any common threads between the two interpretations (it happens quite frequently.) See how they differ! It’s more work and money but is usually fairly interesting.
🔮Don’t Take it Too Seriously- At the end of the day, getting a reading is not going to change your life. Only you do that. While tarot can be a magnificent tool for insight, it is not an actual changing force in and of itself. Don’t stress too hard over it and be sure to use it alongside your own judgement, intuitiveness, heart, and common sense. And most importantly, enjoy it for the sake of enjoying an art form!
Wishing my absolutely adored @sugarplum-senpai the happiest of birthdays - again ;D I happen to actually be RIIIIGHT on time in my timezone, somehow. Thank you for being so loving, kind and inspiring everyday. This is for you~
The sun shone brightly above them, its
light glistening across the dark waters crashing against the shores down below,
and the air had absolutely no business being this cold.
The wind had been less aggressive
back at the settlement. Seeing the clear skies so early in the morning, he’d
thought – naively, in hindsight – that the temperatures would climb as they’d
ride to the northern coast. Waiting under the sun should have been… Possibly
not comfortable, but certainly not
I will never get over the fans who argue that the light side and the dark side are “social constructs” in Star Wars, and that the “artificial binary” is wrong.
We have one side, ONLY one side, literally taking part in enslavement, subjugation, massacres, and outright domination of the galaxy. They systematically and repeatedly create Empires that span the stars with the express intention of bringing pain and misery to countless innocent people. We see them repeatedly engage in actual genocidal destruction of planets.
The other side? At their worst, the Jedi are apathetic and inattentive, and too permissive of the morally questionable decisions of the democratically elected governing body that houses them. They also tend to be dicks when their members want to date.
But yes. Tell me again how dark and light are essentially the same thing in fucking Star Wars.
Gabriele Salvatori, Ceo and owner of Salvatori, a design company producing stone elements, lives in a gorgeous apartment on the fourth floor of a nineteenth-century building. His home is next to the company showroom: both, just separated by a stairway, overlook the same courtyard in the famous Solferino street, within the Brera design district. The interiors were revamped by architect Elisa Ossino, who has perfectly interpreted Salvatori’s style, both personal and corporate. During last Milan Design Week also the private apartment opened its doors.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane and Sansa Stark are both in my favorites characters from Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire ! Thus, for sure, I also love SanSan ;) I think there is many things to say on these two ! And I like them more and more since that I had begun to read ASoIaF books lately ! There are many SanSan moments that I find very interesting and touching inside. I like their relationship in the show version too, it’s troubling and subtile, - and I love Rory McCann and Sophie Turner ! - But, I’m a few sad to see that D&D have chosen to remove /shorten some moments which, I think, however, are importants for the development of these two characters ! So, as it’s still holidays for me, I have a few time, thus I decided that I would can to try to draw a short comic in color on a SanSan moment . I don’t say you right now what passage I have chosen, I prefer to keep secret some more ;) … And here are some firsts searchs for their characters designs. I would like to stay close to book’s description, but also to the actors on the show, I have the habit to see them in these roles, I like their interpretation and style. For exemple, I already like Sandor’s armor in the show, so I kept it as base for these concepts . It was opportunity to make some search on period costumes, particularly for Sansa. Oh, and, yes, I know that Sandor’s burned face is him left side in book version, but, I have too the habit to Rory’s version, so, I choose to keep the right for this design. I hope you’ll like these firsts sketchs ! More infos on this project soon ! ^_^
I feel like I’ve caught onto a few things in Two Ghosts that I didn’t quite have in order in my head the first time or two I heard it. Every time I hear it now, it makes me think I should write it down, so I went ahead and did it.
I tend to form an overall impression of a song, but I still like to go through line by line interpretations because you can really see some of the nice literary devices that are being used and catch some layered meanings.
For that reason, I consider multiple interpretations for each line, but I also indicate the one that corresponds to my overall interpretation of the song. I also try to pick out specific lines that eliminate other interpretations to explain why I think a certain overall interpretation is more likely. There’s also a section at the bottom to talk more about the overall interpretation.
Line By Line Interpretation
Same lips red, same eyes blue
(this can be referring to 1 person or 2 people with the lips and eyes both belonging to 1 or belonging to separate people
some people have naturally red lips, otherwise lips can be reddened through getting chapped, being bitten, or being kissed
eyes blue is pretty much as it says, could be referring to blue eyes as in sad eyes since blue often is used to represent sadness
my interpretation would be that the red lips refer to Harry who’s always had naturally red lips to the point where people aren’t sure if he’s wearing lip gloss or lipstick, and the blue eyes are referring to Louis who has blue eyes)
Same white shirt, couple more tattoos
(same white shirt could be referring to just very plain dress, symbolizing the simplest of things without being dressed up, it could also refer to a specific shirt, with the next line, white shirt could also refer to the white skin the tattoo are on
couple more tattoos could refer to literal tattoos or anything that permanently marks the body although usually “scar” is used instead of tattoo in that case
my interpretation would be that same white shirt probably refers to a shared couple shirt and that couple more tattoos is referring to literal tattoos, the gaining of which represents the passage of time, so far everyone has been “same”, so this would be the first thing to break that theme
the first 2 descriptions are probably about different people, but these lines both probably refer to both people)
But it’s not you and it’s not me
(this continues the theme of having 2 people being described since the song explicitly references “you” and “me” for the first time
since the song has almost definitely been describing “you” and “me” this whole time and keeps saying most things are the same, saying “it’s not you” and “it’s not me” wouldn’t be meant in the literal way
paired with the last line that references a change over time, this line probably refers to 2 people changing over time)
Tastes so sweet, looks so real Sounds like something that I used to feel But I can’t touch what I see
(this references all of the senses except for smell: taste, look, sound, feel, touch, see
the focus on the senses indicates a focus on perception, “looks so real” and “but I can’t touch what I see” imply an illusion where perception is not reality
this could be referring to a relationship that’s been strained over time until the memory doesn’t match the current reality, but “sounds like something that I used to feel” is a bit odd in that context as it’s more like the writer is talking about a 3rd person situation than something happening between “me” and “you”
“tastes so sweet” implies an immediacy as if the couple is together while “I can’t touch what I see” implies a distance, either physical or emotional
another way to look at it, and my interpretation, is that these lines refer to closeting- the first 2 lines are referring to a fake closeting relationship that’s designed to look like love, the type of love that the writer has actually felt with “you”, and the last line refers to the reality of the writer and “you” where they’re explicitly not allowed to touch in public)
We’re not who we used to be We’re not who we used to be We’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat
(the repeated lines are again emphasizing that time has passed and change has happened, just like the number of tattoos growing suggested, the lines also have a mournful and longing feeling to them
the line about ghosts is a metaphor, ghosts are see-through, less substantial, dead inside (and out), and generally considered pitiful, ghosts are also creatures of the literal past, using a comparison to ghosts in this case is basically saying that the current “you” and “me” are a pale imitation of the past “you” and “me” as the writer sees it
it could be referring to a breakup where the two can’t move on and are “living in the past”, it could also refer to an ongoing relationship where the people are struggling, either individually or as a couple
the last line furthers the ghost metaphor, it could refer to trying to move on after a break up and live again, or it could refer to trying to breathe new life into a dying relationship
my interpretation is that it’s not actually about a real relationship, but about the projected image of a relationship, in the theme of closeting mentioned above, the 2 ghosts would be the images the public sees of “you” and “me” while being closeted, remembering how to have a heartbeat would refer to the disconnect between what the 2 people feel and what they have to pretend in public, it would also refer to the sadness and frustration of having to pretend at all)
The fridge light washes this room white Moon dances over your good side This was all we used to need
(the fact that the moon is out means it’s night, since the moonlight and the fridge light are visible in the room, the rest of the room must be dark, that implies either both people are awake in the dark in the kitchen- not likely- or it’s in a hotel room where the fridge is near the bed and “you” is sleeping while the writer gets a late night snack
the last line implies that the two have stayed in hotels together a lot and since that’s talking in the past tense and the first two lines are in the present tense, the two are still staying in hotel rooms together, that makes the idea of the couple being broken up unlikely
staring at someone while they’re sleeping in the moonlight is coded as a very romantic thing, saying that’s all they used to need implies a very simple type of relationship where their feelings mattered more than anything else
in keeping with the theme of closeting, my interpretation would be that they still value the simple beauty of spending time together and ordinary yet romantic things like nice lighting, but the last line would refer to how their simple relationship has been complicated by the pretending and closeting)
Tongue-tied like we’ve never known Telling those stories we already told ‘Cause we don’t say what we really mean
(this is about communication or more the lack of communication as we get “tongue-tied”, “telling those stories”, and “we don’t say” which all refer to speech
these references could be about the couple not communicating well and having a disconnect which would go along with the refrain of “we’re not who we used to be” and the ghost metaphor, “like we’ve never known” implies good communication in the past but not in the present
the references, as in my interpretation, could also be about things said in public, during interviews or in other situations, in that case “like we’ve never known” could be about a new lack of freedom to speak as they want
the lines would refer to not knowing what to say when forced to lie or not wanting to tell lies at all and being forced to- having tongues tied rather than having “hands tied”, having pre-planned stories about their relationship or their fake relationships with others to tell over and over again, and not telling the truth or deliberately phrasing things to leave room for interpretation respectively)
We’re not who we used to be We’re not who we used to be We’re just two ghosts standing in the place of you and me We’re not who we used to be We’re not who we used to be We’re just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat
(most of this is a repeat of the chorus, but it adds the line about a glass half empty, half empty glasses are used to show pessimism about a situation you’re in or just being stuck in a negative situation in general
ghosts aren’t ever portrayed as swimming really, the ghosts part is probably more related to the glass half empty reference, showing that the reason they’re feeling a bit dead like “ghosts” is because they’re in an unfortunate situation
the swimming part could be a counterpoint of positivity to the half empty glass, “treading water” and “sinking” are usually the negative way to talk about being in water vs. the more positive “floating” or “swimming”, “swimming” would be the most positive as it’s the most active instead of passively floating, this could imply that both people are doing their best to hold on during a tough situation that’s outside of their control)
Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat I’m just trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat
(this is another repeat, but the last line switches things a bit from “we’re” to “I’m”, adding more immediacy and vulnerability as the writer isn’t speaking for anyone but the writer’s feelings in that moment
this could be seen as another way to emphasize a disconnect between the writer and “you”, but considering the writer has been saying “we” the whole time, that doesn’t seem to fit
in my interpretation, I would say that the change to a more immediate and personal pronoun is simply being used to enhance the emotion at the end of the song)
There are 3 ways I can see this being interpreted: as a dying relationship, remembering an already broken up relationship where the 2 people are still in proximity but not moving on well, or as a commentary on the feelings of having to hide a gay relationship while being public figures.
There are a couple lines that make the idea of a break up unlikely as it seems that “you” and “me” are still together or are at least going through the motions of the relationship: still sleeping in a hotel room together is one.
An interpretation of the song as being about a struggling relationship is convincing, but given that so many references match up to particular people and situations that are already known, it’s very, very likely that it’s not about an internally struggling relationship, but about a relationship being closeted instead.
The specific references are these:
blue eyes- Louis
red lips- Harry
same white shirt- the boyfriend shirt they shared a lot
couple more tattoos- both of them have a damn good few tattoos and Louis has even done a lyric change before about tattoos- “I can’t compete with my boyfriend, he’s got 27 tattoos”
I can’t touch what I see- several times Harry and Louis have been caught on camera pulling back from touching each other, touching each other in what’s obviously supposed to be a covert way, or starting at each other not-so-happily but not touching
fridge+moon= dark in hotel room- it’s unlikely a secret lover would have been traveling around with Harry, and that Harry would imply it was such a common part of the relationship, unless it was someone actually on tour, e.g. Louis
telling those stories we’ve already told- the one that comes to mind is the chicken stuffed with parm story that got told at least 5 or more times and was supposed to be about Louis’ girlfriend even though he made that first meal before he could have ever been with her in the timeline according to pictures that were posted on Twitter
cause we don’t say what we really mean- this heavily reminds me of the “denials” that Louis and Harry gave for Larry where if you listen to the words themselves, they dance around denying it instead of just doing it
Since the song was one that Harry said was written awhile ago- I’ve seen late 2013 said but I’m not sure of the source on that- that aligns the timing nicely for Harry to be writing a song about the effect closeting has had on him and Louis.
I think the song is about public perception vs reality and the struggles of closeting more than about struggles between Harry and Louis in their relationship itself. AKA: I’m sure they had some rough spots in the relationship between them because of closeting, but I don’t think the melancholy tone of the song was referring to that.