that tag will be specifically for notes and conversations about this game

Punished

Summary: Very carefully and skillfully, you have been stealing from the Saviors for over a month now. Until one day you allow your ego to get the best of you and you challenge Negan to try and catch you, himself.
Prompt: I had one of the Hide and Seek prompts! I decided to put a twist on it and incorporate more of a cat and mouse type of game.
Word Count: 4,265
Pairing: Negan/Female Reader
Chapter: One-Shot
Warning: NSFW, Smut, Language
Author’s Note: I’m so sorry this took so long to complete! Thank you Ash for extending the deadline. Congrats on 2,000 followers! I’m not sure if I’m 100% happy with this but I hope you enjoy!
Tags: @flames-bring-a-ton-of-ash @negans-network

“God-fucking damnit!” You heard the loud, thunderous voice of the Saviors leader, Negan, roar out into the woods. “Someone better catch that little fucking thief, TODAY!”

Laughing to yourself, you hurried through the woods, maneuvering your way through the series of trees.

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Along for the Ride – Prompto x Fem!Reader // Chapter 1: Photoshoot

Word Count: 3666 
Adult Themed but SFW (Later chapters will be entirely NSFW. We’re building to it. I’m a sucker for sexual tension, ok?)
Reader specifics: She has some sort of fashion color in her hair. It can be any color(s), in any amount, but it’s there. 2. She has a small tattoo on her right bicep. That is all. :D

Author’s Note: This little chapter was what started my journey into Prompto hell. It has since taken over my entire damn life and it’s all thanks to someone else’s photoshoot one shot. It was fine, but it left me un satisfied. I’ve tried my hand at modeling before, so the flow just felt inorganic. I also just couldn’t wrap my head around (the canon version of) Prompto just banging a chick he just met during a photoshoot. So I was like…I’m an ok writer…I could write it…then I needed it…and before I knew it, I was neck deep into 9 chapters and I now have an overarching plan to fix the end of the damn game. (Facepalm) I’ve been consumed.

I ALMOST didn’t post this. I’ve been reeling, trying to make it perfect. Then my dumb ass muse was like, “PREQUEL!” 

Then it was like, “ONE SHOTS!” and I started like 4 that are currently incomplete because I keep going back to this damn chapter and fixing it. If I don’t just post this, I’m going to find a reason not to. 

So here you go my lovely Prompto fans. I hope you enjoy it.

(ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

(If I tagged you, it’s because I’m pretty sure you appreciate Prompto. I hope that’s ok!!  ⁽˚̌ʷ˚̌ʺ⁾)

@xnoctits, @ridingchocobros, @louisvuittontrashbags, @dirtyffxvconfession, @chocofeathers

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How to Write an APUSH DBQ

Each AP History class has slightly different DBQ rules so just make sure you’re writing the proper way. The average score for the DBQ is a 3 out of 9 which is bad for how easy the essay is. In my opinion, it’s the easiest essay and can be fun. You have to know outside information but you’re also given a lot. Plus, you learn some weird stuff. But basically, make it your strength. You need one good essay, one really solid essay, to do well. Knowing how to do it is half the fight and a rather easy one at that.

That being said, they changed the rubric, so if there are things I am missing, tell me! 

Understanding the DBQ

  • This is something I wish people would have told me so I’m going to tell you. The DBQ is a conversation. It’s going to flow like one. The documents are just that- documents. They are what you use to construct your conversation. You use those documents as examples and use outside knowledge for other examples. You’re talking about a topic, your thesis, and the evidence is the stuff you know and the documents. Thinking about it in those terms should help, I think. 

During the reading time

  • Read the question and rewrite exactly what it’s asking. This sounds stupid but it really helps. It’s super easy to answer the wrong question. Make sure your essay talks about the question. 
  • Take small notes about each document as you go, use easy words like positive, negative, social, political, economic, ect. You won’t know the groupings until you finish all the documents so it’s nice to have a few quick options. 
  • Read the documents once through, and then do back and decide exactly what your plan is
  •  You aren’t required to have a certain amount of groups but I like doing three. Make sure the groups answer the question. Go back and take note of what group each document is in. 
  • Underline or somehow mark just a line or two in every document. Don’t try to reread the document every time, just focus on that statement. It doesn’t work all the time but enough to make it worthwhile. 
  • Circle the author. It helps so you can analyze the point of view and bias and all that later on. 
  • Write down some stuff you know about what’s going on in the document. You need 50% outside information so little notes here and there help. 
  • STAY ORGANIZED!!!!!!Everything I tell you to do in this section is basically to keep organized. It’s the way I do it. If you have another system that works, go for it. 
  • Write your thesis before the reading time is up. It saves time so when it’s time to write, you’re ready. I promise you, having it written is extremely helpful. If anyone wants a whole post on how to write a good thesis, I’ll be happy to do it. 

Writing the Essay

  • Start by writing the document numbers on the front page of the documents. Cross each number out as you use that document. It’s the easiest way to keep track. You need to use all the documents. Make sure you don’t lose points on this. It’s simple and it’s a point. 
  • You don’t need an intro paragraph. A quick opening sentence or two if you want and then jump into your thesis. 
  • The thesis should reflect what you’re going to talk about. Use words from the prompt, include the years that your essay takes place. Make it specific, just do it. It feels weird but specific is important.
  • Again, just use every document. If you don’t know what a document is saying, use words like “perhaps” and then talk about it. Just try. Take a few extra minutes to understand, it’s worth it. 
  • Don’t use the word document. Use the author’s name or the document’s title. Example: “Document 4 states that the Constitution never said a national bank could be created so some people believed that it was not legal” is a bad sentence. Don’t do it. Instead say “Jefferson believed a national bank was unconstitutional (Doc 4)." 
  • Do put (Doc #) at the end of the sentence where you reference the document. Just do it. The graders want to see it. It’s also easy to look back and check that you used all the documents
  • I have always been told to not quote the documents. Paraphrase them. Use at most ten words. Analyze the words don’t just use them. 
  • For every document you use, write about some outside information. It’s the easiest way to make sure you have enough outside sources. Talk about who wrote the document or what what made them feel that way if you lack anything else. 
  • New this year I guess you have to connect it to broader topics and processes? So don’t forget that. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT PART! Sorry I can’t help with it. 
  • Analyze point of view and bias for all documents. This is my favorite part. Just talk about why people might think a certain way. It’s often pretty obvious. Don’t forget to mention it though.  
  • For a conclusion, just scribble more BS down or just restate your thesis. Save your energy for other things.

General Tips

  • Make inferences. Doesn’t have to be right, just sound right. 
  • Writing the essay feels like running a marathon. Just keep going, keep moving forward and don’t take breaks. Keep a steady pace, you have three essays to get through
  • You don’t have all the time in the world so keep that in mind but I rushed mine when I didn’t have to and I regret it. Take your time but not that much time. Find a balance is what I’m trying to say.
  • The DBQ is probably going to be the easiest essay so take your time, make sure you get all the points possible, and then move on. 
  • Believe in yourself. You’ve worked hard all year for this. You know what you know and you have the skills you need to do well. Just trust yourself and don’t freak out. 
  • You might read the topic and be lost. Just keep working through it. Typically things will sort themselves out in your head. 
  • Keep your handwriting legible and make sure you’re happy writing in pen. 
  • Bring a pen. Pretty important. 

Sorry this is so long! If I missed anything, feel free to tell me. If you want more posts like this, I’ll be happy to do it. If you need help with anything history, I’m happy to help. 

“Tightrope Walking” - Part 2

“Tightrope Walking” - Part 2

(Part 1)

My Masterlist - Here

Bruce Wayne x Reader - Romantic Relationship

Jim Gordon x Reader - Father/Daughter Relationship

Jerome Valeska x Reader - Past Friendship

Word Count: 2868

Key: Y/N = Your Name, L/N = Your Last Name, H/C = Your Hair Color, E/C = Your Eye Color

Warnings: Cursing, talk of murder

Summary: With the return of Jerome, it’s time for your boyfriend, Bruce, to finally hear about your past.  

Author’s Note: This is going to be a 4 or 5 part story, and I hope I can do it justice! Please be patient with me! These are also all going to be a bit lengthier, but I will try my best to not make them insanely long! I also made Bruce and the reader college aged. Not too old though. Maybe 17 or 18? I figured it would make more sense this way.

If you would like to be tagged in any of my future pieces (All Works, Specific Fandoms, or Specific Multi-Parts), please let me know! And as always, feedback is greatly appreciated!

<3

- DreaSaurusREX


4 years ago, you’re parents disappeared. They were times you heard them with people who were from the bad parts of town. You knew how bad the foster system would be, so you packed a backpack full of essentials and went on your own. It wasn’t until after you ran away that you found out just who your parents really were. They worked for one of the gang leaders in a city about an hour out from Gotham.

You didn’t really have any destination in mind. You just wandered for a while until you saw a flyer on a newsstand for Haly’s Circus. It was a traveling circus that was setting up for a weekend of shows at the local fairgrounds. You were able to crack into your parent’s lockbox and take some cash, so you weren’t worried about money yet. Why not go to the circus? Maybe it can be a movie moment where you actually run away with them.

You didn’t expect that last part to ring true.

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Sing About Tragedy

**This didn’t show up in the tag last night, so I’m trying again**

Summary: Abby finds out Marcus’ name wasn’t on Clarke’s list and must deal with the consequences of what it means for her relationship with her daughter and with the man she loves. Set in some alternate S4 future after Abby returns from Becca’s lab and Marcus gets out of whatever mess he’s in with Azgeda. :/

Author’s Note: This is the angsty-est 8,000-word thing I’ve written in a long time, but I just couldn’t let that list plot go without exploring the idea that Abby might find out he wasn’t mentioned. Don’t hate me. Cry with me instead.  

Pairings: Kabby, and hella implied Raveric/Puppy Mechanic because I’m TRASH NOW AND THE TRASH CAN IS WHERE I RESIDE

Abby smiled as she moved through Medical, taking care to keep her steps as quiet as she could. For the moment, her only patient was Octavia Blake – freshly returned from another brush with death, which seemed to be a talent of hers – and two members of their camp had hardly left her side for the day’s duration.

Bellamy had set up a chair next to his sister’s cot, sat down, and proceeded not to move an inch for at least three hours. Octavia had yet to awaken – she’d been bruised pretty badly, and one of her legs had been fractured – this was, of course, factoring out the stab wound she’d sustained from Echo. With her hair fanning out in all directions like a raven waterfall, she appeared the most peaceful Abby had ever seen her. No matter how ardently she reassured her older brother that she was going to be fine, he seemed determined to be there the moment the anesthetic wore off.

“They’re both asleep,” Jackson noted, his gaze drifting from Bellamy to his companion as his lips formed a wry smile. “Didn’t you offer to let them know when she woke up?”

“I did,” she sighed, a slow quirk at the corners of her lips forming a mirror image of Jackson’s expression. Of all the things that had surprised her with the oncoming nuclear meltdown, this wouldn’t have come close to making the list. “They didn’t listen.”

Jackson’s smile widened. “As long as they’re resting,” he said, his focus switching to the test tubes of Nightblood they had managed to manufacture in Becca’s lab. Or rather, the person standing next to them, drumming her fingers absentmindedly against the countertop. Jackson asked permission with a glance, and Abby nodded. There was nothing more he could do for Octavia: now it was a waiting game to see how she felt when she awakened.

Abby watched as Raven met Jackson with a smile, and they began an animated discussion about the contents on the counter in front of them. At one point, she thought she even heard Raven laugh – a welcome change from her demeanor only weeks ago. Jackson, it seemed, had that effect on her. Thank you, Jackson.

Abandoned by her assistant, Abby’s gaze drifted to the man sitting in a chair on the opposite side of Octavia’s cot. Marcus had tried to find things to do in Medical for the past few hours as the sky darkened, for what Abby guessed was a two-pronged reason: to spend time with her and to be there for Octavia. The majority of his day had been spent in meetings; time with Clarke, Jaha, and others. Now, it seemed, the steady flow of duties had slowed to a trickle, and he had time to spare in awaiting Octavia’s recovery.

He hadn’t had time to tell her the specifics of what happened, but it was obvious enough that he and Bellamy had thought she was dead. From the weight in his tone and the regret in his eyes, she guessed their last conversation hadn’t been a pleasant one. It was a sharp, white-hot pain Abby knew all too well; when she had been in space and her daughter on the ground, regret and grief had almost swallowed her whole, sanded down the edges of her will to keep fighting for what was right.

Thankfully, she thought, they managed to salvage their relationship and come to an understanding about what happened to her father. To realize Marcus had gone through a similar stage, all while being captured by Azgeda…it was almost too much for her to bear. Octavia might not have been his daughter, but he certainly loved her like one: his relief at seeing her alive was enough to prove it.

As if her soft stare was enough to wake him, Marcus blearily lifted his head and found Abby looking at him from across the room. Instinctively, they both smiled. In the past she might have been embarrassed for him to find out she’d been watching him sleep. After all, it was an intimate thing – in sleep, he appeared weightless, unburdened, calmness and tranquility having filled in gaps where stress and anxiety vacated – and while she couldn’t say she’d never done it before they were together, it meant something different now. Every touch, every glance, every word was a treasure.

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Sunshowers (A Preview)

(A Prompto x Fem!OC Soulmate AU)

Tagging: @blindbae, @cupnoodle-queen and @nifwrites because they inspired me to write this <3

Setting: This whole fic will take place within Insomnia, as well as some Lucian holiday destinations and landmarks (i.e. Galdin Quay and the Rock of Ravatogh). The story will predominantly be centred on Prompto and the Reader’s high school life. Although this fic will include people and places from FFXV, it does not follow the game at all. Seriously, I’m borrowing the characters and the places and all that but the plot and the story are going to be completely original (well, sans the fact that I’ve obviously been inspired by high school drama)!

Plot/Premise: Alright, so I initially wanted to make this a complete psychological/horror/angst-fest- but then I was at work today, printing of A LOT of documents for my manager, and I got to thinking… there aren’t really any FFXV high school AUs out there. So maybe… I can kill off two birds with one stone and kinda write a soulmate highschool AU! And well, I guess this is how it’s gonna happen now:

Prompto, Noctis and Fem!OC start off the fic in the middle of their first year of high school with an established friendship. They begin by teasing Reader about her awkward and overly helpful behaviour around well-respected senior Ignis Scientia. A school ball is coming up, and as part of the school council, Ignis is looking for volunteers to chair the Ball Committee. Reader volunteers immediately so that she gets to spend time with Ignis. Prompto and Noctis are goaded into following her along.

Luna attends the school and is in Ignis’ grade (as you can tell, I have altered ages a little to fit my plot LOL)- Noctis likes her BUT no one really knows this. Because he doesn’t express himself and his feelings and all that stuff- he’s been raised to be the next CEO of the Caelum Corporation- currently run by his father, Regis Lucis Caelum (this is a minor side plot that won’t be delved into much here but I just wanted to note it down because I plan on eventually writing a Noctis x Luna AU as well one day- not sure when though xD NO promises made there~!)Luna actually has a thing for Noctis too- but feels it’s inappropriate to pursue.

Prompto is completing an internship at his local mechanic garage- Cindy Aurum is his beautiful, sexy supervisor and he thinks he’s in love with her. That is, until… well… let’s just say Gladiolus Amicitia and Cindy are a THING in this fic. So Prompto has his little heart broken. Who’s there to pick up the pieces? Not Noctis because he’s unfortunately at some charity gala event- Prompto has to call the next best thing to his male best pal: Fem!OC xD

Fem!OC meets Prompto, comforts him, and talks about her own issues with her ‘love’ for Ignis Scientia- and her doubts about being ‘good enough’. It is at this moment, during this conversation that Prompto starts to feel like he’s been missing something great right in front of him this whole time. He’s never felt anxious around Fem!OC and he’s always been attracted to her in a way that just DIDN’T make sense.

He overhears some talk in the library about ‘soulmates’ and the lore behind it. He gets curious about the odd mark on the sole of his left foot. He decides to do a little investigating. On Fem!OC’s right foot, of course! Fem!OC herself is much too invested in her ‘love’ for Ignis to even notice Prompto’s starting to act a little strange around her (and this is where the ANGST AND DRAMA kicks in)!!!

Anyways, basically- their Ball Committee goes on a team building trip of Galdin Quay and all that fan-service stuff happens… and Prompto ends up confirming his suspicions about Fem!OC.

Fem!OC has no clue and continues trying to pursue Ignis. Ignis… well, he’s secretly already seeing someone else BUT she’s not even in school (three guesses who guys…). And Prompto… slowly getting destroyed but smiling in the face of adversity because… he’s like a sunshower. It looks clear and sunny but… well- it’s still raining, isn’t it? *OH DARN IT, MY HEART HURTS SO GOOD!*

Why I chose to use a Fem!OC instead of a Fem!Reader: Simply because I need to place the soul mark in a specific area and, well, not everyone’s gonna have a mark in that area. I dunno- it just felt more intuitive to do it this way? Plus, I have a pretty good idea about how this character is going to be developed and how we’re going to explore her back story and why she’s so ‘in love’ with Ignis, and so blind to Prompto- her freaking SOULMATE… UGH! Trust me guys, you will want to strangle and hug this gal at the same time xD

And finally, why Prompto? Well, because I can’t write him well and this is an opportunity for me to improve the way I characterise him in my headcanons and scenarios! Prompto’s the hardest for me to write because he’s just so multi-faceted and sweet and gosh I just love him so much, I don’t want to butcher the precious bean <3 So yeah, that is why I decided to write this long fic ft. Prompto- because I want to do him justice and learn more about him at the same time!

Note: this is all pretty tentative at the moment- but I did promise to give you guys a sneak peek at what I was planning! Let me know what you think! :D <3

alien-gh0st  asked:

hey! i love ur blog a lot & i know u have some aussie mods so i was wondering if u could help me? do u know of any physical places to buy stim toys in aus? specifically tangles, squishies, chewies, & textured (bumpy/rigid) things? alternatively, do u have any good online shops/links that ship to aus?

Thank you so much for the compliment! Yes, we can absolutely help. Mod Rainbow and I (Mod K.A.) are both Aussie and invested in trying to make stim toys more accessible for Aussies - part of the reason I started this blog was because few people at the time were talking about places Aussies could buy stim toys that didn’t involve dollar conversion and international shipping costs.

We tag by country of toy origin (not countries to which toys ship) so you might wish to check out our Australia tag for locally-sourced toys. We’re now up to twenty pages of posts! Note that I am Victorian (regional Western Victoria, close to Melbourne) so that a lot of my resources tend to skew Victorian. Mod Rainbow is based in QLD, and I’ll ask them to add to the post if they have any local offline sources that I haven’t covered.

But, to answer your question more specifically, I’ll go by store and list the things they sell. Links below go to that store’s tag or a post featuring that item. Please note that it might be worth checking on the store’s tag, as all these stores stock many more stimmy things that don’t quite meet your brief for the toys you’re after - everything from bouncy balls and poppers to wooden puzzles and bubble wands.

Also note that dollar stores right now are stocking spinners and knock-off fidget cubes as well as the usual range of hedge balls/hedge creatures, bouncy balls and knock-off slinkies. There’s lots of things available in the toy, stationery and party sections, often for inexpensive prices.

First, offline (or offline and webstore) Australian stores:

Toyworld

(Store locations: Australia-wide, mostly on the East Coast.)

Mind Games

(Store locations: Victoria, Tasmania, QLD)

  • Tangles: $10 AUD for Tangle Jr and Tangle Jr Textured

Queen Victoria Market

(Located in the Melbourne CBD, Victoria.)

Daiso

(Store locations: Melbourne and Sydney.)

K-Mart

(Store locations: Australia-wide. Also allows online purchasing.)

Sensory Oasis for Kids

(North Altona, Melbourne. Also allows online purchasing with flat-rate shipping in Australia for $9.95 AUD.)

Smiggle

(Store locations: Australia-wide. Some items for sale online.)

  • Mini Snake Puzzle: $7 AUD (often on sale at 2 for $7 AUD)
  • Large Snake Puzzle: $14 AUD (often on sale for $7 AUD
  • Serpent Puzzle: $14 AUD (often on sale for $7 AUD. Note: not available online, but I have still seen these available in offline stores).

Kidstuff

(Store locations: Australia wide, mostly on the East Coast.)

Second, Australia-based webstores:

Sister Sensory

Source for: Chewables, Tangles, Fidgets

No shipping price listed on their website, so it seems they calculate based on weight.

The Therapy Store

Source for: Chewables, Tangles, Fidgets

No shipping price listed on their website, so it seems they calculate based on weight. 

Skillbuilders

Source for: Chewables, Tangles, Fidgets

Shipping is calculated based on the value of your order. $0-$25 is $8.25 AUD shipping; $25-$50 is $14 AUD. I do not recommend this as a good way of determining shipping, since it’s possible via this metric to purchase two chew pendants, which are light, and pay $14 AUD to ship both when they’d both fit in Australia Post’s under 250 gram weight bracket.

Third, international sources:

Stimtastic

Source for: Chewables

Despite being located in the US, I really recommend Stimtastic as a source for chewables. This is because Australian stim toy/OT stores only tend to stock Chewigem and ARK Therapeutic chewables, which are usually priced around $20-$22 AUD plus shipping (usually around $10 AUD … thanks, Australia Post). Stimtastic’s chewables are $10 USD or less, so even by the time you pay dollar conversion and international shipping, you’re still often saving money. Depending on the chewable in question, sometimes you can even get two items for the same price as one purchased here in Australia.

(Because of issues of weight, there’s other items that I wouldn’t purchase from Stimtastic and would try to source here in Australia instead, but the chewables are too well priced not to purchase from this store, even with international shipping. Plus the shipping is quick!)

Banggood

Source for: Squishies

Most things have free standard international shipping. Despite shipping from China, I’ve had everything I’ve purchased so far arrive in three weeks or less. There’s a range of squishies available here, from only a few dollars each to $10 AUD and more for the larger, higher quality squishies. Not paying shipping makes their offerings that much more affordable and I’ve had no problems with the items I’ve bought.

eBay

Source for: Squishies, Tangles, Spinners, Knock-off Fidget Cubes

A great many of these things also have free standard international shipping from China, Hong Kong, the Philippines. Please note that quality varies widely and most of these things (especially the cheaper free shipping options) are knock-offs. (Check out this post of mine about the knock-off eBay Tangles: they work just like a Tangle Creations-packaged Tangle, but they’re lighter, looser and clickier.) For stimmers without a lot of money, though, these things are well worth checking out, especially if you don’t mind something clickier and louder (fidget cubes particularly).

If you need more help with finding sources closer to your state, please let us know. I’ve probably forgotten something, but my wrist is starting to hurt so I’ll end this one here! Being Victorian, I have more resources than many other Australian stimmers, but availability varies so widely from state to state, at times it’s like being in another country. I know a lot of what I take for granted just isn’t available elsewhere.

- Mod K.A.

i. title: détente

ii. fandom: overwatch

iii. characters/ships: jack morrison, ; gen, background ships, might be reaper76 if i make this a thing but rn it’s shipless

iv. warnings: uh, discussion of ptsd/panic attacks/nightmares, but like vaguely? like nothing triggery really but if youre sensitive, brief mention of alcohol, more specific champagne and the pop of it setting off a panic attack

v. tags: dogs, im using forty nine for jack’s age bc the timeline’s all over and i put 45 - 55 in a rng and got forty nine, angela ziegler has #connections, this is five pages and just short of 2k words wtf, tenatively, bonnie the dog, therapy dog, this is jack centered tbh but if i write more hana’s getting a cat, idk if i truly like this

vi. summary: “Uh,” Jack says, the stumble coming out before he can stop it. “That’s a dog.”

“It sure is,” Angela says agreeably, depositing it in his arms and sipping her coffee. “Merry Christmas.”

“It’s June,” he deadpanned, as the wriggling little thing laps at his visor.

vii. notes: i wrote this in an hour and i dont know if i truly like it but bonnie the dog is a thing now. i literally just listened to alberta by eric clapton while writing this. will be on ao3 in half an hour. @snowsheba​ saw these hcs that inspired this first. 

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ATLA analysis: Azula
Thesis

Azula embodies neglect and jealousy, more specifically, jealousy of her older sibling Zuko, who took everything she ever wanted away from her. Starting from her childhood, she was an attention-starved individual who sought love and recognition from her parents and friends.

● Childhood

Azula was an ordinary child. A spoiled brat perhaps, but nothing that out of the ordinary. Nearly all information about her childhood was presented through Zuko flashbacks, which are all biased as they were from his point of view. Even there, however, Azula was shown enjoying a game of tag with Zuko and frolicking on the beach. As a small side note, she never once lied in any of the flashbacks, which clearly shows some bias on Zuko’s end.

Justifying her normalcy requires comparing Azula’s actions to that of typical kids today.

She would bully her friends, ordering them around, pushing them over (Ty Lee doing flips), and playing pranks (burning apple on Mai’s head). Younger children tend to form groups where one is the leader and would order the rest around; Azula assumed that position. Younger children also play pranks on one another, possibly getting the other in trouble; ever heard of truth or dare, or children strangling themselves to get high? Whereas the fire on Mai’s head may seem extreme to some, recall that fire in the Fire Nation is NOT considered dangerous. Jeong Jeong, the only one who seems to think so, is a fugitive.

Azula would taunt Zuko endlessly, continually showing that she was superior to him in as many ways of possible (practice session in front of Azulon, prank with Mai and burning apple). This is typical sibling rivalry, where each continually attempts to one up the other, possibly getting the other in trouble with the parents. The exception, taunting Zuko about father being ordered to kill him, is explained further on.

Azula would also aggravate the turtleducks, her version of feeding them being chucking a piece of food. Kids are known for slowly torturing insects to death out of curiosity. Think earthworms and ants being pulled apart and wiggling around, or ants being burned to death with a magnifying lens.

Azula burned the Earth Kingdom doll she received as a gift from Iroh. Kids destroy toys all the time, putting them in their mouths, tossing them against walls, bashing them against another toy, stealing another kid’s toy and breaking it. Again, recall that fire in the Fire Nation is not considered dangerous.

There were four instances that were questionable regarding Azula’s stability as a child. Two of them dealt with death; her remarks about Lu Ten’s death affecting Iroh and Azulon being replaced, as well as taunting Zuko about Ozai being ordered to kill him. At the age she is portrayed at, kids do not fully comprehend the concept of death. This is why there is such a movement to censor the words kill and death today as well as having villains go the Disney demise route. Then, looking at her actions while ignoring her disregard for death, it would appear that she was simply repeating what her father, who favors her over Zuko, says. If nothing else, Azula sneaking into the room to spy on the conversation with Azulon indicates she continually follows him and is always in the loop. These opinions, then, can easily be attributed to echoing Ozai’s sentiments.

The final two questionable instances were when Azula taunted Zuko about mother being gone and her smirk while Zuko’s face underwent an extreme makeover. At both of these times, Ursa is no longer around. Ursa abandoned Azula for Zuko and she angrily resents Zuko for it (more on that later). Her taunting Zuko about Ursa’s disappearance was a form of payback. Though it did seem extreme, kids can be pretty insensitive as well when they’re jealous. This insensitivity is pretty normal. The smirk on her face post agni kai, on the other hand, represents her resent of Zuko for having Iroh’s favor. Zuko got into the war room by Iroh’s graces and screwed up; to her, this was a form of payback and one-upping her sibling. He got in trouble for doing something that she wanted. At this point, with her mother’s supervision nonexistent for an extended period of time, Azula finally crossed the line. Even with fire not being nearly as dangerous in the Fire Nation, knowledge of how it can permanently maim a person is probably commonplace.

Therefore, so long as Ursa was around, Azula was a normal spoiled brat who was jealous of her older sibling. She wanted affection and attention, but was instead abandoned and betrayed, leaving her at the whims of her less-than-ideal father with no one to save her.

● Ursa

The beginning of Azula’s mental breakdown starts with her mother, Ursa. Azula, starved for attention and love, was jealous of Zuko for stealing her mother from her. Ursa obviously favors the elder sibling. At one point, Ursa even exclaims “what is wrong with that child?” while Azula was clearly still within earshot. While Azula may have over dramatized it, admitting that her mother saw her as a monster in the Beach was the first visible sign that Azula really cared and was deeply affected. She was hurt that Ursa favored and chose Zuko, especially since Ursa abandoned her to save Zuko’s life. She was left then with her father as a mentor, while Zuko still had Iroh to fall back on. No matter how much she excelled at firebending, her mother only had eyes for the brother.

● Ozai

Mommy wouldn’t pay attention to her, so Azula looked to Daddy. Ozai only paid attention to her when she displayed her firebending talents, going so far as to actually praise her and put down her brother (born lucky, lucky to be born). She grasped onto this show of affection, false though it may be, and did everything she could to please the only person who would look at her. This is what started her obsessive quest for perfection, causing her to practice her bending at a level far beyond what Zuko did (see how Zuko trained with Iroh in season 1 ep 1 and compare it to when she was first shown bending lightning).

This incredible dedication to hard work and to please her father went on throughout her life. When her father told her to go after Zuko and Iroh, she did so without question. Not only did she bring them both back, she went far beyond what he asked for. She converted Zuko, took down Ba Sing Se, and defeated the Avatar. She even stopped the initial invasion plan before it began and prepared an intricate plan to protect her father on the Day of Black Sun (putting her own life on the line) in the off chance that another would be mounted. The level of devotion she showed her father was made even more apparent with her reaction to Ozai leaving her behind in the Fire Nation on the day of Sozin’s Comet. She finally developed a plan that he approved of, one where she could finally spend some time TOGETHER with her father. And yet, despite her efforts, he abandoned her in the Fire Nation, the same way he abandoned her when Zuko first came home after supposedly defeat the Avatar. Here she was, going above and beyond the call of duty, and yet the prodigal son Zuko is the one expected at Ozai’s right hand side while she had to be invited to sit on his left.

By the end of the series, the only person Azula had left was her father, and even he abandoned her. And although she denied it, Azula knew that Ozai didn’t truly love her. That Zuko found yet another person (Katara) to care for him while she had no one, not even Ozai, was what truly defeated her.

On a slight side note, it’s interesting to point out that the younger siblings of this family are jealous of the older ones. Ozai, the younger brother, was jealous of Iroh, the elder. It was Iroh who had Azulon’s favor, it was Iroh who was sent to war while Ozai was stuck at home, it was Iroh who had the right of succession even after Lu Ten’s death. And if Iroh’s admittance that that even he may not have been able to defeat Ozai is any indication, Ozai was the more talented firebender. This may have indirectly caused Ozai’s resentment of Zuko and his favor of Azula, and how Ozai was indeed planning to kill Zuko.

● Iroh

As far as the role of mentors go, Iroh was the least prominent of the three. Azula didn’t even seem to like her uncle, though that may have been influence on Ozai’s part (see jealousy in the above paragraph). She would continually make demeaning nicknames for him, each indicating a negative trait that she, or Ozai, saw in him. However, there were indications of her jealousy of Iroh favoring Zuko, yet again another who preferred the elder over the younger. First, there were the gifts sent by Iroh back home. Azula got a doll, a trinket that could be bought off the street, while Zuko got a knife, THE knife of the defeated general. Extremely jealous, she began taunting Zuko about his knife-play, making snide remarks about Iroh’s abilities, and at one point even stealing the knife for herself. She wanted it. She wanted Iroh to recognize her. And yet, Iroh has never been showing making an attempt at being a mentor for her, going so far as to say that she needed to be taken down. Strike down another loving mentor.

● Zuko

Despite being the primary cause of her jealousy, Zuko was nonetheless an important figure in Azula’s life. Their relationship was pretty close (see them frolicking in the flashbacks) and they seemed to know each other extremely well. Zuko could have been the one to show affection for her, to be her pillar of support. However, her jealousy of him caused Azula to push him away. Zuko never saw past the mask that Azula put on or her cries for help and instead opted to push back and resent Azula. His banishment, in a strange way, was a form of abandoning her. No longer was he there to keep Azula company. No longer would Iroh be there either, who was stolen by Zuko.

At the end of season 2, Zuko came back to Azula. That someone came back to her was monumental. She actually planned to GIVE Zuko credit for taking down the Avatar BEFORE she suspected that the Avatar was alive. Proof of this is when the siblings were introduced by Li and Lo; Azula was given credit for taking down Ba Sing Se, but NOT for taking down the Avatar. At that point, she believed the Avatar dead and yet did not claim credit; she had not yet asked Zuko about the Avatar possibly being alive. This was her way of showing her thanks to Zuko for coming back to her. The excuse she made in the bedroom was a lie, a means of masking her appreciation of Zuko and throwing off his suspicions of her true feelings. In the Beach, Azula even offered to help Zuko with his internal turmoil. She showed compassion and a willingness to help him with his mental struggle, even going so far as to decrease her value in the eyes of her father so that Zuko could have what he dreamed of. And yet, despite it all, Zuko did nothing for her.

In the Beach, Azula first showed a chink in her mask about her mother, but Zuko never tried to help her; he was completely ignorant. That was an obvious cry for help. He went so far as to betray her once more, deciding to join the Avatar. She did not expect this. His betrayal meant that he would reveal to Ozai that SHE had lied about the death of the Avatar, something that is completely not in her favor. This would mark the first time that she disobeyed Ozai.

This betrayal meant a lot to Azula and was a severe blow to her psyche. Instead of capturing Zuko or converting him as she did in season 2, her objectives as the pursuer changed to killing him. In the Boiling Rock, she left him for dead. In the Southern Raiders, after losing Mai and Ty Lee as well, she started losing her mind and was rather…enthusiastic about killing her brother (I’m about to celebrate being an only child). Here was someone that she trusted and yet betrayed her in the end. She couldn’t get that trust from her mother, father, uncle, and apparently not even her own brother.

● Mai and Ty Lee

Along with Ozai, these two (and Zuko for a little while) were part of the small group that Azula trusted. This tight group consisted of people she thought would love, show affection for, and pay attention to her. Though possible, it is unlikely that Azula chose these two for their combat abilities. Considering their age when they first met, the likelihood that Mai was a master of all things sharp and pointy and Ty Lee the master of acrobatics and pressure points was extremely improbable. She chose these two, each unique in their own way, to be her companions.

However, being the bratty kid that she was and an alien to affection, Azula was unable to properly show affection herself. The self-appointed leader of her posse, Azula bullied the girls around, using fear to get her way (pushing Ty Lee over after getting upstaged). In way, Azula felt like she OWNED the two girls, that the two were hers and hers alone. When Mai started gravitating towards Zuko, Azula began to torment and tease Mai about it (flaming apple), unable to accept losing another to her brother.

Nonetheless, Azula trusted these two implicitly with her life; failure by either of the two at Ba Sing Se may have very well led to her death. She tested their loyalties once and only once; back when she brought the two back into her fold. With Ty Lee, it was to choose between Azula and Ty Lee’s dream of the circus. With Mai, it was to choose between Azula and her family (baby brother). After that, she completely trusted them with everything. She trusted both to watch her back. She trusted Mai to choose her over Zuko, even allowing the couple’s relationship to progress. She trusted Ty Lee to stand by her after Mai’s betrayal.

It wasn’t like they didn’t have fun together though. Like normal girls their age, they all found pleasures in simply having fun, like at the beach. There was a sense of kinship and understanding amongst them. And it wasn’t like Mai and Ty Lee didn’t get any perks for being with Azula; though Ty Lee’s family situation is unknown, Mai’s family did rather well in New Ozai (until Bumi of course) with Azula’s influence.

After Zuko betrayed her in season 3, Azula’s trust became extremely fragile. Even after being trusted in the Boiling Rock, Mai betrayed the trust Azula bestowed upon her. How badly this affected Azula suddenly became visible; her world suddenly came crashing down and she lost her grip on reality. She was betrayed AGAIN. Someone had left her AGAIN, and worst of all, it was to choose Zuko over her, just like mother did. Her control slipped. For the first time in her life, her mask shattered. She became emotional, irrational, distressed, and prepared to actually attack Mai in a fit of desperation. And then Ty Lee betrayed her. Both friends, both whom she trusted completely with her very life, betrayed her. Chose someone else over her. This loss of control illustrates how much she needed them and how much they meant to her.

● The Last Straw

Everyone left her. Azula was left only with her father. And when Ozai decided to leave her behind, Azula’s trust in anyone and anything was gone. She was alone in the world; no one needed or cared about her. This level of mistrust caused her to start analyzing everyone for their faults and weaknesses, believing everyone to have something against her and expecting them to betray her, just like her mother, father, brother, and friends had. Thus began the banishing frenzy, banishing perhaps the only people left still loyal to her (Dai Lee). She even banished the servants meant to groom her, forcing her to cut her own hair. Azula’s imbalanced bangs then became reflection of her inner state of being.

Her loneliness was further illustrated during the coronation ceremony; there was no one there aside from the sages to witness the moment. She was the crown Fire Lord that no one wanted, ruler over no one.

Then Zuko, the one who took everyone away from her, who stole what she wanted in life, appears in front of her and demands the mantle of Fire Lord. Now, Azula had one thing left that Zuko wanted; the throne. She wanted to take that away from him, take whatever she could, and challenged him to an Agni Kai.

During the fight, unlike her earlier ones with her brother, she began to lose control of her breathing while Zuko remained calm and composed. With Zuko matching her move for move and an even battle being fought, Zuko was unknowingly again stealing one more thing from his sister. She had always been better than him, had always worked harder than him, and yet here he was matching her in firebending, taking away one of the last things she owned. Challenged to attack with lightning, Azula then sees Katara and comes to a realization. There WAS something else she could take away from Zuko. She could take away his friend. As such, she fired her lightning at Katara. It is worth noting that during the generation of lightning, the second arc of energy was somewhat inverted and unorthodox. That Zuko jumped in the way may or may not been expected, but Azula’s target had clearly shifted to Katara, ignoring the moaning and struggling Zuko and choosing to attack the waterbender. By the time she fired her third blast of lightning (the 2nd charge up was obscured), her entire lightning generation sequence was completely inverted; the arcs were moving in the opposite direction. This inverted display shows how lost she really was, how her sanity was completely slipping, how her world became twisted upside down and inside out.

Upon getting chained up by Katara, Azula bears witness to Katara healing Zuko and their mutual thanks for saving each other. Here she was, imprisoned, defeated, and alone with no one around to help her, abandoned by even her own father, while Zuko has found yet another friend, yet another person who cared about him to help him up when he fell. Desperate to eliminate the image in front of her, she began to breathe fire, hyperventilating while doing so, trying to wipe the scene in front of her from reality. But by this time, she had been defeated; her breathing control completely lost, her mind shattered as she went into a spasming fit and wailed in her mental agony and torment.

Azula was so alone that even closure was not allowed her. She was so unimportant that she wasn’t even mentioned after her defeat; even Ozai got a prison cell visit. Simply put, no one cared.

Conclusion

From the beginning of Azula’s introduction, it appeared that she had it all. To Zuko, it seemed like she had everything he ever wanted, that she was the perfect and ideal being. She was born lucky, he was lucky to be born. Ironically, it was the complete opposite. Zuko was the lucky one; he had people to care for him, to watch over him, people that he trusted and that trusted him. Azula had no such people; they all abandoned her and her trust.

It wasn’t Zuko that was truly jealous of his sister, it was Azula who was jealous of him. And while Zuko whined and complained about his situation, Azula kept it bottled up inside, well hidden behind the mask that she showed everyone, while she slowly spiraled into insanity.

Azula is the sympathetic villain, an extreme case of child neglect. Whether or not she is guilty of her actions during the war, Azula was, in the end, just a child looking for acceptance and love.

He Tian has such a cat-like personality. I do have a cat and the more I look at He Tian’s behaviour/the way he schemes things, the more I wonder if he’s actually my cat in human form lol.

You know what my cat does when he wants to gain my attention? Oh you’d say he probably rubs his tiny cute nose against my leg and purrs like normal cats would do? Nah fam, that’s rare. He goes and does something really stupid to annoy me. Closes a door that shouldn’t be closed, bites electric wires (good god), shuts my laptop, scratches the carpet, chews plants, hops on my desk and pushes my things over the edge and I have to fucking speed and stop him before he breaks something. He always has this smug look in his eyes, tail swaying around, so proud he’s a troublemaker. But if I don’t indulge his deeds and practically ignore him, he might even come at me and bite me randomly. Not too hard, but hard enough to startle me. Look, I’m here. Why aren’t you giving me the attention I deserve. Always look at me. I will bite you more if you don’t pet me.

So yeah. Now let’s consider He Tian’s behaviour. Do people constantly shower him with attention? Yes they do, most of the time. Girls, he always has a harem of school girls who are drooling after his looks and his wow-so-endless abilities. It makes him feel good, but maybe not as much as one might think(!). Still, he enjoys showing off, a lot. Talking about himself. Building a cool image of himself. Sucking in that appreciation. He feels important.

(shit sorry I talk so much)

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Hatoful Boyfriend Warnings Masterlist

Hatoful Boyfriend is a great game, except that it tends to delve into some very interesting territory. Proper discussion of what this territory involves can’t really be done without massive spoilers - which is a problem, because a lot of it could be upsetting to an unwitting player.

This post is an attempt to list all of the potential major triggers in Hatoful Boyfriend and its sequel with as few spoilers as possible. This means that all of these warnings are presented with zero context. You’ll just know that these topics come up, not why or how or when.

Note: Only read the list for the next route you’re doing to minimise being spoilt for other routes! You can use Ctrl+F to find the route’s name and dodge the others. Also, this post itself has no trigger warnings tagged so that those who need the warnings can actually find it. Keep that in mind!

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Service with a Smile CH 5

A/N: So this chapter is more of a transition chapter- one that will make the next chapter go more smoothly. All  the same, I hope you enjoy it! I’ll try to get CH6 up as soon as possible, but I currently have a lot on my plate, so we’ll see how that goes. :) Thank you for your patience!

CH 1 | CH 2 | CH 3 | CH 4

Next: CH 6


Astrid chose not to dwell on any of the events that took place the night prior. As she sat in front of her room’s vanity mirror applying a thin stripe of eyeliner, she was still putting effort into avoiding that particular subject. When her parents poked their heads into her room to question her about her evening at the Haddock’s- seeing as she slept almost as soon as she got back to the hotel- she responded with ‘fine,’ and continued the conversation by discussing other matters.

Perhaps it wasn’t the most effective tactic to use. Astrid was most definitely a girl who favored confrontation over cowardice, but she wasn’t technically utilizing the latter. She already attempted to confront He Who Shall Not Be Named about his particular attitude towards his parents’ remarriage, and that went absolutely wonderfully. Having already tried that, she decided to disregard the situation as a whole. It wasn’t her problem, anyway- and it wasn’t like she needed another thing to worry about and the extra stress that it came with.

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Favorite Scene from Each Episode of Veronica Mars - 1.13

Pick your favorite scene from the episode and tell us why it’s your favorite. Remember to tag your post #vm episodes. 

Today- LORD OF THE BLING

I am so far behind in this game (it’s like I’m not even trying) so I’ll try to keep my incoherent ramblings on the short side, but I will NOT cut down on my gratuitous use of Logan screencaps. 

Originally, I was going to talk about how this episode compares and contrasts the different father /child relationships (Keith and Veronica, Aaron and Logan, Bone and Yolanda, Bone and Bryce) specifically in regard to how the children treat their fathers. Yolanda running away and demanding that her father accept her choices or lose her forever, Bryce trying to prove he’s not “soft” and deserves respect, Logan’s disdain for and mockery of Aaron all contrasted with Veronica’s loving care of Keith -worrying about him resting his back and taking his pain meds. Then I changed my mind because my favorite scene(s) were the Logan and Aaron ones and, by themselves, they are not really about bad fathers vs. good fathers, they are about Logan finally being done. It’s been a slow progression with hints in other episodes, but here it all comes to a head. 

We start with Logan bringing Aaron his costume -”you know if it’s not sad enough, I can order you a veil”- and Aaron playing the role of grieving widower. He’s waxing poetic about his beloved wife and trying to share fond memories with his son. Of course those memories aren’t so fond for Logan so he tries to correct Aaron’s interpretation of events. When Aaron is adamant that it was all Logan’s fault (classic blaming the victim -a trait shared with Duncan, but that’s for a later post) you can hear the resignation in Logan’s voice: “I guess we just remember it differently, Dad.”  

LOGAN: On the way home I spilled a milkshake in the Beamer and you gave me a nosebleed.

AARON: You poured that milkshake out in the backseat because we didn’t buy you a monkey, then, when I went to grab you, you smacked your head against a window.

LOGAN: I guess we just remember it differently, Dad.

Aaron is never going to change and Logan can see through the act. Even before Aaron makes his big pronouncement at the end of the episode about retiring to focus on his family, Logan knows this is just another role. After all, “there’s no people like show people.”

While Logan has pushed Aaron’s buttons before (donation at the homeless shelter) and we’ve seen him get in Aaron’s face (Logan threatening to kill him in Clash of the Tritons), the first was sly and the second was about protecting his mother- neither were about Logan standing up for himself. 

[As a side note: I think most, if not all, of Logan’s “acting out” started with Lilly’s murder. My reasoning for this comes from Aaron’s conversation with Veronica in a later episode (M.A.D.) where he contends that Logan was such “a good kid” before Lilly died -as in, he took his beatings and he didn’t talk back.]

In this episode, however, Logan calls Aaron on his bullshit: mocking his fake grief, bringing up the abuse, and reaming him for his treatment of Lynn. Not only does Logan really let loose, he does it in front of Aaron’s adoring fans AND the press and Logan clearly does not care about the repercussions. Whatever power or control Aaron had over him is gone. 

Logan is just done and I think that Aaron knows this too. Notice that there is no belt scene after Logan publicly humiliates him. In fact, we are only halfway through season one and we never see Aaron hit Logan again despite how openly hostile and/or mocking Logan is for the remainder of their interactions in the series. You might say that Aaron got off on the fear he inspired in Logan, but now that the fear is gone, there is no “pleasure” in it for Aaron. Or, you could argue that Logan standing up for himself exposes Aaron for what he really is- a bully and a coward. But, whatever the reason, Logan has claimed his personal agency (at least with regard to his father - in other areas of his life it takes him a bit longer).

When Lynn stalked down the halls of Neptune High with the final words of “I cannot take this anymore” she may as well have been speaking for both her and Logan. Same goes for this scene with the lighter. On the surface, Logan is hoping the “free at last” message is from his mother about her freedom, but it is also symbolic of Logan’s new found freedom.

And freedom- that’s what it’s all about.

Why Kiyoshi/Kuroko Should be a Thing

I’m writing this mainly for soumatsuoka though I did notice that today is 7/11 So happy KiyoKuro Day!! sorry kikuro shippers

Anyways, my main intention is to rationalize what was initially a crackship with little basis, into something that’s the least bit coherent please ship this with me my arms are getting tired from rowing solo. I’m a proud multishipper, so keep in mind that this is only meta for KiyoKuro and not against any other ship.

tagging people who might be interested in this– jesting, duckiesandlemons, dostmotherknowyou, i wish i knew more kiyokuro shippers off the top of my head ;o;

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Some (further) thoughts on Kanan and PTSD

Hi, @spaceyquill, @worriedaboutmyfern, @vikings4everetc, and @rebel-pilot-hera! (Okay, it’s not letting me tag vikings4everetc. How am I not already friends with you?)


I see your awesome conversation about Kanan and Hera and raise you some Kanan!

Nah, really, I just keep thinking about Kanan—and the things that you guys are talking about—again—and didn’t want to hijack your post.

See, about PTSD. I’ve seen two major arguments for how it applies to Kanan: OMG someone help Kanan Jarrus! PTSD! Awful! And: So what? He’s not the only one who’s been hurt. Why is he being such a baby? And then I think things. Because it seems to me that both of these arguments miss the subtlety of the show.

Full disclosure: I have been diagnosed with and treated for PTSD. (I’m in a good place right now; thanks.) Also, I was not immediately attracted to Kanan as a character because he seemed too much a one-dimensional good guy for a long time. So… I’m not super invested in him being perfect, or anything. That said, when I saw Siege of Lothal particularly, I assumed everyone saw the same things in Kanan’s behavior that I did. And it turns out…nobody read that episode the same way? I guess?

So, under the break (because this got insanely long; I am so sorry) are some thoughts about PTSD that apply to Kanan. They are based upon both personal experience and extensive research, but I’m not a psychologist.

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How to: Post a good starter

It’s happened to the best of us. You join a new RP, set up the blog, cross everything off the checklist, and get to the last item – post a starter. Only you have no idea what to post, because your character is brand new, and hasn’t done anything in the game yet. Or sometimes, even when your character is established, you find yourself posting the dreaded “I’m so bored” starter, which can be really difficult for other players to respond to. 

So how to avoid this fate? Let’s find out:

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THE HOLY FANART LINE: A Guide to Survival as a Fanartist

* DISCLAIMER: I am not an experienced artist - heck, I don’t even want to call myself one until I have found a style uniquely my own and established a good following and many connections. BUT I’M GETTING THERE. And that’s all that matters. This is just to share my thoughts and experiences so far in the world I chose to be in and you can take my advice or respect it and move on. Otherwise, enjoy and thanks for reading!

🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸

⇥ HOW TO BECOME A SENPAI ⇤

By: iamnotyoursenpaii (get it? No? Okay ._. )

1) Stalk With Feeling It means the world to get wonderful comments, but ending them with “F4F?” is rude and I tend to ignore and delete those comments. We all want followers. But going to everyone’s accounts and literally asking for them isn’t going to help. Tell them what you feel about their art, and if they’re willing to start a conversation then they will. If you’re an active and respectful follower, senpai really does notice you (believe me man - I know from experience)!! If you want your comment to stand out among the hundreds already there, bring up something specific about the piece. “I really like the texture on the hair! How did you do that?” will probably be answered faster, if not at all, than “WOW 👍👍👍👍”

2) Let Senpai Notice You There are three ways I find out about new fanartists:

  1. Their icon is an amazing piece of theirs
  2. Their username either pops up a lot on different fanart accounts or there’s literally the word “ART” in their username
  3. They pop up in my Suggested feed

Also, post art often with enough BUT NOT AN OVERLOAD of tags because senpais check those and look for new people to stalk too 😉 You need to art to have other artists notice you, duh. Make it obvious that you are a fanartist too, which leads us to the next point:

3) Balance the Content of Your Posts If you post more selfies/personal stuff than art, YOUR ACCOUNT IS NOT AN ART ACCOUNT. Sorry man. If, like me, you decide to mix both personal and art-related posts because your account is not only open to senpais but IRL friends and family, then all I can say is be careful. My life is not interesting enough to post a selfie every day so I art. But I cater to my non-art friends and don’t mind sharing with my art friends the occasional life update post. Same with private accounts - if we can’t even see your work without following you, then why even bother? (Some fanartists with large followings have had to go private due to rude comments/art theft, but that’s a different story) Generally the rule is, for me, 75% art, 25% personal. Senpai won’t mind seeing your face; just dont spam them with it.

4) Art is Stealing, Theft is Not It’s okay to make appreciation posts. It’s okay to be inspired and make art similar to senpai’s style or use the same medium as senpai. Literally reposting senpai’s stuff and claming it as your own is NOT. COOL. P E R I O D. Think of it like this. You draw a poop and scan it and post it and it gets a lot of notes/likes/etc. You’re proud of it, your friends are proud of you and so is your family. You even inspire lil fetuses and maybe even senpai to draw poop too and make the world all pretty. Then the next day you wake up and find that someone took a picture of your poop, reposted it, claimed it as theirs and they too got attention and pats on the back from family and friends. But not senpai, because you and I both know senpais follow each other and have holy friendships and can either be a network of support or an angry mob with thousands of followers in tow. They noticed you enough that you were the one who made that poop, not some kid trying to be you. The likes and reblogs don’t even matter anymore, you got copyright issues on your hands. If you wouldn’t want ppl stealing your poo, don’t steal senpai’s poo. 💕💩💕

5) Credit When Possible Remember that you are creating FANart. This means you most likely used images of idols/characters that aren’t yours. I know a lot of fanartists do not credit the images used (me included 👉👈) but SOMEONE had to work hard to get that perfect angle and take the picture. Generally fanart of photoshoots, SNS posts, and screencaps don’t tend to get yelled at but that’s just what I’ve seen (if anyone is willing to add to this/correct something I’m totally up for it). It’s the HQ fantaken photos/edits that one needs to either ask the owner or credit thoroughly or they will find you and send an angry mob after you. Not kidding. Now, there are some companies that are strict about their content and may take down process/speedart videos using their music and more. As with animations/comics/video games/ocs, most of the time people draw the characters in their own style and state where it’s from. I’m not sure how else would characters be referenced(???) Just do your research and be careful.

6) Know Your Art Trades/Commissions/Requests You know that I know that you know the difference, but there are people who do not. Or they do know and they misuse the term. So let me explain it one more time for those confused:

    Art Trade:

    when senpai likes you enough to draw for you IF you draw for them. Usually you will be contacted first but if you’re feeling risky, ask for one! Senpai (maybe) won’t bite but remember steps 1 & 2.

      Commission:

      when you love senpai enough you’d be willing to support them financially by purchasing their work (ง°▼°)ง For a monetary fee, senpai can create anything your heart desires (within reason) 💕💕. Holy prints and holy originals of past artwork by senpai may also be available. Remember that the price senpai asks for is what they feel their hard work is worth, so respect that. If you’re thinking of taking on commissions yourself, consider the time you spend on your pieces, your skill level and intended audience, and cost of supplies.

        Request:

        This is a good way to start off an art account. Requests are what they are: free art. When taking requests, be sure to SPECIFY your specialty. Do you draw male Kpop idols? 3D modeling? Anime? Furries? Celebrities? One thing I learned was to set limits on what exactly and the amount I could draw, because just being like I’M TAKING REQUESTS will have the requests go from chibi oc’s one day to realistic dragons the next. Yes, it’s happened. #deviantart The same goes for senpai. If they magically one day announce they’re taking requests, don’t ask them for a million things and don’t ask them for things out of their comfort zone. Senpai is holy, but senpai isn’t God. And please don’t spam senpai with DMs/stalk their personal accounts wondering when your request will be done. Be patient. Senpai will be busy and they have the right to turn down requests. BUT things will get done.

        7) READ THE DESCRIPTION It’s painful to see how many times captions/descriptions are ignored despite the all caps/flaggers/flashing signs and arrows. If senpai’s hurt, don’t ask them for art. What the heckie. Good followers are good listeners. Good listeners make good senpais. It’s crazy how people I once admired from afar now are my IRL friends or super close friends from different parts of the world. And that’s because I read their posts and cared about them when life punched their holy faces. So read them and care about them. There might even be a secret giveaway buried within long posts like this one. I will leave a lovely doodle and note in the ask box of everyone who reblogs this with a chicken emoji in the tags. Not kidding. So read the descriptions foo.

        8) Good Heart = Good Art If you’re respectful, you will be respected too. Duh. Senpai loves you and sees you supporting them. So be confident and take pride in your own skill, and you will be a senpai. No, you already are one. I’ve never seen an account that has 0 followers. That one person that likes your art fo sho probably looks up to you. Be thankful for them and continue doing what you do. Senpai may seem out of reach but you never know when they will reach out to you (っ´▽`)っ ♥

        Have a wonderful day senpai 🙋

        200+ Followers Giveaway!!

        This is the first giveaway i have ever done, so bare with me :) I promised that when i reached 200 followers on my blog i would post a giveaway. I have been sick the past week, so i am posting it now! 

        Prizes:

        • A Tarot card reading by me - It will be in depth, lengthy and a general reading. I have a specific spread planned out, that you can see (here). This will be emailed to you in PDF form - because i don’t trust tumblr with sending long messages. Also, it will come full with pictures, card names, and mundane/practical advice.
        • Two Books - Cassandra’s Psychic Party Games by Cassandra Eason, and Dragonclaw, Book 1: The Witches of Eileanan by Kate Forsyth.
        • A small Notebook of Herbal Correspondences - this will be a physical notebook, hand written by me with herbal correspondences in it and some small herbal spells as the back. All the herbs listed in the book will be common and accessible and Safe to use.
        • Altar Cloth - This is not made by me, but i have a large collection of altar cloths and would love to give one away! You can find an image of it (here)
        • Pack of assorted Tea Light candles - I have so so many of these, in a range of flavours, as well as white - You can see more about that (here)
        • Travelling Witch Kit - This will contain a notebook (blank), birthday candles, small packets of herbs, salt, a small cloth (napkin size), stones hand-painted by me that represent the elements including Spirit, and a small box of matches. If you win, please let me know if you want God and Goddess representational stones also.
        • HandWritten Letter - A letter, written by me, to you. It will be personalised, positive and generally is in the giveaway to make your day. I’m hoping it will be something that you can read when you are sad or feeling not quite yourself, and it will encourage positivity.
        • Charm Bag/Jar - A jar/bag made up of your choosing. The spell will be performed and written by me and the jar/bag will be sent to you in the mail. Please let me know if you are a secretly practicing witch and would like it disguised as something else. I will contact the winner and converse with them about this.
        • Optional: A personalised Spell written by me - no matter what it is for. I will also send this via PDF, it will be original and look aesthetically pleasing, and also very practical for your personal path. - I know not all of you who will be entering this giveaway practice Witchcraft, so this is a prize you can choose.

        Rules!

        If you don not follow these, you will be disqualified.

        • I encourage strongly that you are following me, as it is a giveaway for my followers. I will be checking.
        • Reblogs count as entries, Likes do not, although they can be used to keep tabs on the post. Please do not spam your followers, but you may reblog as many times as you like. Every single reblog this gets, i will write your blog name on a piece of paper and put it in a jar. On the day the entries are closed, i will pull out a name and they will be the winner! (Video will be posted of me doing this on the day)
        • This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway. You also have to be willing to give me your postal address, so i can send you the goodies!
        • You must be over 18 years old to enter (I don’t want any parental/legal issues)
        • Giveaway blogs (So if you only reblog giveaways and competitions) will be excluded.
        • This giveaway is not at all associated with Tumblr
        • Please DO NOT tag as a giveaway, freebie, or competition - however you can tag devinaswitchyhaven. Otherwise the giveaway will be taken down.
        • Winners will be contacted via tumblr and have 72 hours to reply, or another winner will be chosen.
        • More prizes may be added, depending on the amount of notes this gets - Every 1000 notes, a new prize will be added.

        Entries close JULY 1st 2015, EST. 12AM. 

        Good luck! Feel free to message me any questions you may have about the giveaway!