tablets of stone

i also have a headcanon that when Hana meets Pharah for the first time she points to her tattoo and is like “oh! the eye of Horus!” and Pharah’s impressed, like “Wow most people I meet don’t know what it’s called” and Hana starts sweatin because she learned it during her Yu-Gi-Oh! phase

A stone tablet in Aneyoshi, Japan, warns residents not to build homes below it. Hundreds of these so-called tsunami stones, some more than six centuries old, dot the coast of Japan. Residents say this injunction from their ancestors kept their tiny village of 11 households safely out of reach of the deadly tsunami last month that wiped out hundreds of miles of Japanese coast and rose to record heights near here. The waves stopped just 300 feet below the stone. (Source)

Random Trinket Table

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man, I want something useless but mildly interesting that isn’t from the trinket table in the player’s handbook!” Well, you’re in luck. Because I love random, useless trinkets and I’ve created a list for all to use. Even though there are plenty of other random trinket tables out there, you can never really have too many. Am I right or…? Anyways. Table below the cut!

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hacked town ideas

I have a lot of these;; If you’re hacking your town or starting a fresh town to hack, maybe these ideas will come in useful!

  • A desert town. No grass, no plaza stone and no river (or else a very small one if you want to catch river fish yourself), just a handful of scattered ponds to act as oases! Palm trees, flowers and buildings are clustered around the oases. Out in the barren desert are a few pyramids, a sphinx, maybe some scarce weeds. Might be cool to have a hot spring or a water pump out in the middle of nowhere.
  • A jungle town. LOTS of grass and palms and tropical fruit and hibiscuses and lilies ahHHH!! Like four waterfalls. Huge beaches. COLOR and PLANTS are just everywhere. Geysers and stone tablets and moai statues?? Villagers that used to be islanders YES and baskets of fruit as decoration and cute stepping stone paths!
  • A post-apocolyptic town. Very little water, not much grass, modern everything. Dead trees and lots of weeds. Could use a lot of different PWPs for this… streetlight? Bus stop, pile of pipes, fire pit? Paths that look like cracked highways! Cluster most of the buildings in the center somewhere and have a few villagers living alone in the wastelands.
  • An icy forest town. Always winter and cedar trees EVERYWHERE! Lots of waterfalls and ponds. Small tiny beaches, most only accessible by swimming. Sooo many penguin villagers. Illuminated trees would be really pretty dotted throughout a thick forest. White and blue flowers, water fountains, zen renovations cause they look a little cabin-y if you squint.
  • A farm town?? There’s a way to manually set grass deterioration, I’m not sure how that works but it would be so cool to set up little fields of dirt and decorate with flower seed bags and fruit baskets! Persimmons could be pumpkins and for other growing things make use of patterns. Scarecrow and rice rack PWPs would be super cute, and a water well! Lots of tree orchards. Could use bamboo to make a ‘corn’ maze. A resident’s house could be decked out as a farmer’s market!
  • An enchanted forest. The town tree is in the middle of a big forest and not on any plaza stone. To get to it you follow a little path behind town hall. Town hall, Retail and whatever other important buildings are all clustered together, and the villagers are dotted throughout the forest. Lots of illuminated PWPs. Always summertime so fireflies float around the ponds and rivers! Fairytale renovations and PWPs.

anonymous asked:

Do you have a favorite guide? something like "Story Plotting for Idiots" type thing? I think I'm pretty well read in terms of lit and movies and such. But I'm at a loss as to where to start to start working on my own. I have TONS of ideas, always have, but the organizing of something longer than say, 500 words always gets bogged down. HALP?

I guess the closest thing to a favourite writing guide that i have is Stephen King’s On Writing, though there’s less ‘this is how to do writing’ and more ‘this is how Stephen King does writing’. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you think of it, there’s no single way to approach writing that is going to work for everyone, it’s all very subjective and personal.

Even going from one project to another, sometimes the same approach won’t work, it’s a matter of what works for you at that moment, for that project.

You can google ‘how to write’ and you’ll come up with dozens of ‘foolproof’ guides and approaches, ‘save the cat’ or ‘the snowflake method’ or a dozen other things. Some of them will have elements that will be helpful to you, and you should feel free to cherrypick what you need and discard the rest – these approaches are written by people for whom they’ve worked. If it doesn’t work for you don’t agonise over it, just move on, try another approach. Keep on plugging.

That said, the one approach that I’ve consistently been able to use and have work for me, is a very blunt approach. Similar to Stephen King’s ‘write three pages a day every day’, and sort of inspired by the whole NaNoWriMo approach to writing, “BICHAK” (Butt in chair, hands on keyboard).

I call it ‘tippy tappy’.

What I do, is I have my ‘outline’ – which is usually a single sentence describing what will happen in a scene, plus a couple of sentences about the emotional/ conflict outcomes that should come from that scene – and then I sit down, set a fifteen minute timer, and just type until the buzzer goes.

So long as you keep tippy tappying on the keyboard for the whole amount of time, you’ll have something to show for it. One scene at a time, one fifteen minute chunk at a time, and that’s pretty much the only way I get anything substantial done.

Now as to HOW to plot?

I seldom know exactly how my story is going to go, or how exactly it will end. I’ve talked about a Problem based approach to narrative, and I start with that, generally. Here is a Problem that is going to affect the characters, who are these people and how are they going to react to it, what is going to happen in their lives as a result of the problem?

I’ll use my current project as an example, I’m about 4000 words in, it will probably wind up being around 60-80k by the time it’s finished. My outline so far encompasses the first two chapters. At the moment I don’t know exactly what the antagonist is going to do, but I do know how to lead up to it.

My outline looks like this:

[Sorry about the blurring, I just wanted to show how I have it laid out without folks reading my awful notes!]

So I have an A4 notepad, ruled with a line down the middle, just for personal preference. In blue headings and green notes, I have my outline for chapter one. I’ve finished all but the last scene in chapter one, and I’m at 4000 words in the manuscript, so you can see it’s a fairly compact way to outline. 

The black heading and red notes is for chapter two. It also just happens that I’m writing from alternating perspectives between my two protagonists, so the different colours helps keep those two POVs distinct. I may or may not write a chapter or two from the antagonist’s perspective at some point, and when it gets to that I might pick a third colour set to write those in, depending on how complex my notes are to look at.

When outlining, the main thing that needs to happen is that you have to be able to tell at a glance what you’re up to and what you wanted to happen next. I quite often get into trouble because I’ll start writing an outline and then wind up accidentally writing on my outlining page, I get so caught up in details that I forget the longer-term goals that I set out intending to write down.

Using bullet points to keep outlines manageable is something else that I’ve found helps. Keeping things simple ‘Jack wants X but he’s conflicted about Y and that leads to trouble with Z’. These are just the notes to remind yourself of the path you’re going to take. And if you find a path that branches off in a direction you didn’t expect, but it looks more exciting? Take the branching path. Keep your old notes in case it leads to a dead end, but after wandering around you’re going to have more material to work with, and more material is always good.

No writing is wasted.

I have TONS of ideas, always have, but the organizing of something longer than say, 500 words always gets bogged down

Okay, having tons of ideas is a way better problem than having not enough ideas, so we can work with this. 500 words is a great starting point.

  • Pick your favourite ideas that you think will fit together.
  • Decide what you think the big Problem of the story is going to be, what do your characters need to resolve in order to have an ending?
  • In one sentence, write down what will happen in the first scene
  • In 1-3 sentences, write down how the main character will feel about it, what changes for them in the course of that scene, and what they want going forward.
  • Do the same for the next two or three scenes.
  • Sit down at your writing implement of choice (computer, notebook, stone tablet, etc)
  • Set a timer. You can start with ten minutes and work your way up. Sometimes I do 20 minute or 30 minute stretches, but mostly I find that 15 minutes works best for me, personally.
  • Close all windows except for your writing project, pause netflix, turn the tv off. Have your outline beside you.
  • Start the timer and until it goes off you’re either writing, or you’re staring at the blank page. Trust me, writing is a whole lot better than looking at a blank page.
  • Keep writing. Tippy tappy.
  • When the timer goes off, go get a drink, walk around. Look at facebook or scroll tumblr, whatever you want to do.
  • Repeat until you have a novel.

Essentially, whatever system you pick can only take you so far, no matter how you organise it, writing a novel is a whole lot of just sitting down and writing. One letter after another until you have 80k words. Tippy tappy.

I find that not worrying too much about the whole novel helps. I just focus on the next 5000 words. I know what will happen in the next 5k, and I can write 500 words and then 500 words and then 500 words, and it adds up. 

The overarching Problem of the story keeps the gist of the scenes pointing in the right direction, and having the open-endedness of the plot as a whole means that if I suddenly discover a new direction as I’m writing I don’t have a whole bunch of outline work that I suddenly feel like I’m abandoning or losing.

Figuring out what outlining method works for you is going to take trial and effort, but you’ll get there. One scene at a time, one paragraph at a time. Every little bit will help you learn what you’re doing and what you want to do.

Immersing Yourself in Your Target Language

Immersing yourself in a foreign language can be difficult if you don’t live in the country where the language is spoken. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few ways that you can surround yourself with your target lang. 


Technology

You’re probably reading this post on a laptop, a phone or on an ancient stone tablet. Change the language of your devices to your target language. I’ve done this for Spanish, French, and Romanian, and it helped me get used to seeing these languages and reading in them. 

Social Media

Do the same thing for your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other site to which you’re hopelessly addicted. You’ll learn internet specific words and your brain will adjust to reading in the language that you’re learning. 

Movies 

Netflix and Youtube offer a wide selection of movies and videos in other langs. Your brain will pick up on the different sounds and internalize them. Before you know it, you’ll understand the spoken language like a pro.
Actively watching foreign films will help you discover new slang, learn key phrases, and become familiar with other aspects of the language like interjections.

Music

Listening to music in other languages will help you adjust to the new sounds you may be encountering in your L2. When I was learning Spanish, bachata was my savior.
On Spotify, you can search for music by country. If you’re learning Portuguese and you pick Brazil, you’ll find popular music in Portuguese that you can use to improve your listening skills. Don’t forget to look up the lyrics and translate them to learn new vocabulary. Find some music that you enjoy, dive into the culture, and learn something new. 

Good luck,
Jeremy


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Just a casual reminder that the Blue Eyes White Dragon is in fact a /girl/ dragon.

In the manga/anime, a girl named Kisara in ancient Egypt had the spirit ka of the Blue Eyes inside her. People attacked her because she physically looked different with blue eyes and white hair compared to other Egyptians (darker skin and darker hair).

Priest Seto (the past version of Seto Kaiba) rescued her and ended up having feelings for her. She died protecting Seto and her dragon spirit was sealed into a stone tablet to serve Seto.

That’s why Seto Kaiba loves the Blue Eyes White Dragon. He was in love with a girl.

(Kazuki Takahashi wanted to go into more depth with Kaiba and Kisara’s relationship but he had to cut it from the manga due to a deadline he had to meet. I’m salty over that.)

Using Contronyms in A Prophecy

This is a really cool idea I had when I first discovered about these things. Contronyms are words which have two meanings but are complete opposites of each other, for example:

Peruse: 1. To check something carefully

              2. To look around in little detail

Now imagine a brave hero in some Novel discovers a stone tablet with an ancient prophecy on it, and it says something along the lines of “To seek the truth consult the Gods of yore” and they’re all like “Sweet!” and goes on this epic quest to find them. But once they do the Gods are like “Answer these riddles to obtain what you search for, and so he’s like “What, I thought you were going to be the ones giving me advice?”

Consult: 1. To obtain advice

              2. To offer advice

Here are some more contronyms that may be useful to use:

Aught: All, or nothing

Heading to a destination, or restrained from movement

Dollop: A large amount (British English), or a small amount (Maybe use this in a spell recipe?)

Handicap: An advantage provided to ensure equality, or a disadvantage that prevents equal achievement

Left: Departed or remained behind

Literally: Actually, or virtually

Peer: A person of the nobility, or an equal

Refrain: To desist from doing something, or to repeat

Sanguine: Confidently cheerful, or bloodthirsty

YGO-DSoD: on Seto, Pride and Soul.

So the two week airing of DSoD has come to pass. Luckily I got an Obelisk card on one of the days I went, but even after watching Dark Side of Dimensions twice, there was a nagging feeling that I might’ve forgotten something, so I took a memory walk to figure out what it was…

~ The following blog post covers some thoughts on Seto Kaiba in the movie ~

(It’s also sorta, lightly spoilerish. Read at your discretion…)


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The mysterious library(edited bc I can english I swear)

Most libraries are quiet, quaint places were students resign themselves to study and avoid like the plague when they can. Libraries just give off that vibe, however, the one our young protagonist found herself was quite the opposite, the building it self was very warm and inviting, it almost seemed magical, or perhaps it was the feel of the ancient-seeming, earthen building. It appeared to rise from the sand of surrounding desert, and was quite small. After a moment, our protagonist tied up her black hair and adjusted her glasses and decided to walk in. The interior was ornate, several round pillars with hieroglyphs seemed to keep the place stable. There where only a few shelves for books and an empty counter where one would usually find a librarian. As our protagonist looked around, she came upon a circular room with a stone tablet on a pedestal. When she laid her hands on the tablet she heard a large mechanical thunk, afterwards the room began to go down like some sort of clockwork stone elevator. When it stopped, she looked behind her to see another round room far larger than library up stairs, she walked toward the center of the room only to find the center was a hole that stretched down revealing several more floors, she could tell there were even more but a sphere perched in the hole obstructed her view. The sphere itself appeared to have several doors and was adorned with strange hieroglyphs. She stood there and wondered that if all the floors had as many books as the one she was on then there were surely millions, if not billions, of books in the library. As she stood there awestruck she felt a pulse that appeared to originate from the sphere, in an instant, the sphere lit up, and all the hieroglyphs appeared to roar to life. The books began to rattle and glow, in some sort of response to the pulse. Each bit of text flew out of the books in a brilliant display of flying hieroglyphs, and flowed to the center of the room and down into the sphere. Her curiosity drew her to another circular balcony with a similar stone tablet on a pedestal. She laid her hands on the tablet and once more moved down with the elevator. There weren’t any floors marked on the mechanism but regardless it took her to the the floor with the sphere on it, as if it sensed were she wanted to go. She walked into the room and noticed an unusually dressed man in unusual robes and peculiar hat. He sat with his legs crossed in the center of the room, almost completely still. The man held something in his hands that appeared to be where all the text from the library appeared to be flowing into. She took a step closer and heard the distinctive sound of a book slamming shut. At once all the text from the library began flowing backwards to its original destination. The man stood up and remained like that for a second. As he stood there our protagonist examined him closer, he seemed slightly off, his neck was by far too thin, his hands had talons, and the most unusual thing was that he appeared to have blue feathers on his skin. She stood and waited in stunned silence. The man turned around presenting a birds face with incredibly wise look about it. The librarian then cocked his head sideways and asked,“ You want some buk?”
@00-jackielantern-00 hope you enjoyed

The word chok (“statute” or “decree”), which gives the Parshah of Bechukotai its name, literally means “engraved.”

The Torah comes in two forms: written and engraved. On the last day of his life, Moses inscribed the Torah on parchment scrolls. But this written Torah was preceded by an engraved Torah: the divine law was first given to us encapsulated in the Ten Commandments, which were etched by the hand of G‑d in two tablets of stone.

When something is written, the substance of the letters that express it—the ink—remains a separate entity from the substance upon which they have been set—the parchment. On the other hand, letters engraved in stone are forged in it: the words are stone and the stone is words.

By the same token, there is an aspect of Torah that is “inked” on our soul: we understand it, our emotions are roused by it; it becomes our “lifestyle” or even our “personality”; but it remains something additional to ourselves. But there is a dimension of Torah that is chok, engraved in our being. There is a dimension of Torah which expresses a bond with G‑d that is of the very essence of the Jewish soul.

—  Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
Fate of a Guardian Angel

Note: This is still unfinished, and is an original piece of work which I am writing to calm myself down after something horrible which has happened.

As it is about 3500 words, I will post it under a cut.

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Lady in the Garden -- Chapter 3

Series: Fairy Tail/Doctor Who

Characters: Gajeel/Levy

Genre: Adventure/Angst

Summary: She was a falling star; an angel speaking in stardust dialects.  She was madness and wonder, and she asked him to come with her.

Note: Chapter three!  I initially thought I might make each adventure their owner chapter, but I decided to split this one in two.  I’m not as concerned with making the chapters for this story so long, as the whole thing is gonna be a kinda collection of stories, if it works how I planned it.  So here is the first part of their next adventure!  Also, I am not a historian.  This is why this story is taking me so long and if anyone is wondering, I am 100% basing the setting of this chapter on a mix of scenery from Skyrim and the Witcher, just so I had something to reference.  The third Witcher game, according to my searches, takes place around 1272.  The stories will be far more enjoyable if no one gets hung up on my historic shortcomings…  ANYWAY, I hope you enjoy the next installment, it didn’t quite turn out how I wanted but the next part should be fun to work with!

Ch. 1  Ch. 2


“So where did you say you wanted to go, Mr. Redfox?”  Levy called out over the humming and lurching of her ship.

Gajeel took several moments to answer, trying desperately not to hurl all over the grated floor in front of him.  “P-prove this damn thing is a time machine,” he swallowed heavily and took a deep breath,  “Take me back ten years.  Where you found me.”  

Levy puffed her cheeks, “All of time and space and you pick a decade in your own home town.”  With one hand she spun a dial, and with the other she flipped a lever, “But if you insist.”

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