the greatest character development of all time

Why Midoriya Izuku is the Best Shounen Main Character

Alright so I’m pretty guilty right now. I have a lot of things to sort out and I still unanswered asks and oh boy do I got a lot of fanfic writing to do before summer ends and I’m opening requests soon but JESUS Y’ALL. Im a huge fan of this series and I’ll be damned if I miss writing something for this boy’s birthday. I already missed writing my Inko appreciation on her birthday but I won’t let her down!

So…HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MIDORIYA IZUKU AKA BEST SHOUNEN MC

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Woah, broad statement to say huh? Well, my friends, I’ve read a lot of manga, particularly shounens since that’s my more favorite genre, and I have to say that Midoriya Izuku has been the best main character I’ve ever read and I only hope he continues to grow into his beautiful character.

I mean even from the beginning of the manga, the way he was written was so completely relatable and realistic. In the very beginning of the manga, he was written to be this lonely boy who suffered through bullying and suicide comments and continuously kept going because of his obsession with heroes. From the very beginning, Horikoshi gave us this character that wasn’t perfect (rather was filled with psychological issues) and really at the bottom of the totem pole. I know a lot of people have compared Izuku with Naruto but at least Naruto was born with an incredibly gifted ability from the start. Izuku was literally born with nothing. In a society where there are heroes running rampant and where Izuku dreams about being a hero, he was literally born with all odds against him in that regard. Yet, through all the loneliness, through all the bullying, Izuku still stayed strong through all of that and continued to dream on his goal, only truly wavering once when All Might told him he should find a new dream (and even then, he still got himself almost killed but I’ll get to that in a bit).

And to add on to his realistic demeanor, I know a lot of people call Izuku a cry baby and make fun of his constant amount of crying but honestly? Imagine this: you were born a black sheep in society, everyone looks down on you, you dream of being something great but you weren’t born with the skills for it, someone you consider to be a friend looks down on you and literally tells you to go jump off a building and destroys a piece of you that you hold memorable, then you almost get killed but someone saves you, then you finally get to meet your idol, the person keeping you alive essentially and they tell you straight up that you should give up on your dream, then you’re devastated but you see that friend in a life threatening position so you literally sacrifice yourself to go save them even though you can’t do anything, and then instead of praise, you get all the blame and beaten down again while your friend gets all the praise, but then you end that EMOTIONAL DAY (keep in mind it happened within a DAY) with your idol telling you that you can be that person and he will help you achieve your dream. I won’t even go onto the other times he’s cried but honestly? I know if I was in his position, I wouldn’t have even stomached half of what happened and I’m sure most of you reading this wouldn’t be able to have a DAY like that without crying. I’m sure with 99% of you, at least once tears will shed. Izuku during his time has been through emotionally exhausting feats and I think it’s absolutely INCREDIBLE that Horikoshi gives us this raw character with RAW emotions. Through Izuku being this emotional, not only does it help us relate to him much more but it helps shows that, hey you can still be strong AND be emotional too. Emotions doesn’t equal weakness and Horikoshi really shows that tremendously, especially when the audience are a group of young ones-adults that are taught daily showing emotions is weak and you have to be strong and not show weakness because apparently crying shows weakness. With Izuku, all of that is stomped on the ground and it’s truly inspiring.

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And oh boy, my favorite part of Izuku! So most shounen protagonists I have seen and come across are usually born or given this great ability suddenly and yes, while they have to train, they normally get the hang of it pretty quickly and are pretty op with it (I’m looking at you Natsu). Most of the time nakama power is enough to win the battle even though the power difference is crazy different. Yet with Izuku, it’s not like that at all. We are 145 chapters in and Izuku can only still use a small portion of One for All still and he’s gotten to the point where, because of his continuous idiotic use of One for All, he has the major consequence that if he uses it too much at 100%, he could lose FUNCTION IN HIS ARMS. OH YEA, PRETTY BIG DEAL AND CONSEQUENCE FOR THAT.

From what I just wrote, this was my favorite thing that was said:

Yes, folks, he not only says that once, not twice, but multiple times throughout the series. I think the most recent time he said it was during Episode 27 when he was climbing the walls, though I’m sure he’s said it in the future arcs and I forgot about it. Due to this new given status he was given, Izuku acknowledges that he is completely far behind from everyone else, he understands that he is at the bottom of the totem pole and that he has to work 10x harder than everyone else since he lost about 10-11 years to get used to his quirk. And throughout the series, Horikoshi doesn’t pull back on that, in fact he really drives it in that, while Izuku does become the greatest hero of all time, it doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a lot of time, training and consequences to get to that point. Even from the beginning, we were given a small glimpse of his incredible training regime and that alone just shows how much effort he has to put in and even that wasn’t enough. I won’t lie, it feels so refreshing that the Main Character isn’t some overpowered person who always gets away with his ridiculous moves, rather it’s nice that he does have consequences and that he see him actually develop into that role while he is being surrounded by others who could take that title from him.

Also, not only is he an intelligent and incredibly hard worker like holy hell, but can we talk about his personality as well? See, here is another perk about Izuku, we weren’t given some either suave person or an annoying character that makes you want to rip out your hair because they’re either too happy or too sad or too emo cringey mess. Rather, Horikoshi gave him a realist personality who thinks through, is incredibly modest and respectful, and holy fuck the most selfless character in the entire show.

I mean, we already know his intelligence and craftiness as he analyzes heroes and their moves as seen through the constant muttering he does as he watches them and his writings in his notebook

 Which might I add right now that I’m really happy Horikoshi gave him this type of analytic behavior as it makes his earlier actions have a bit more sense involved in them, like due to his constant observation he was able to use moves in combat that at least got him by in the beginning

 To also tie in with that, can I say that it is so refreshing to have a main character be a complete DORK about girls and such like that?? Like for someone who was lonely and only had much of the internet to interact with, it makes complete sense that in the beginning he’s really nervous around females or even touching them or talking to them.

Like look at how he talks to Ochako

 Or even how he reacted when Tsuyu said to put her down

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 Or even how he reacted towards Mei when she had her chest all up in his grill.

 Not only does having this personality trait make him a total dork and cutie but it really shows that we won’t see anything super perverted on Deku’s side. Like if he’s too nervous to talk or even touch a girl in a different manner, than it really shows how respectful he is and how modest he is and how we won’t see any pervy side of Deku anytime soon, which is refreshing for an MC to be that way since most MCs have to either touch or acknowledge their love interest’s chest before they can be established as a good character.

 Though, I will say that even though those are amazing points of our birthday boy, the one personality trait of his that truly makes him a much more fitting hero than Bakugou or even Todoroki or even my baby Ochako is how incredibly SELFLESS he is. Ok ok I know that’s a common personality trait but Izuku really takes it to the max throughout the manga.

 Like when right after he was told to jump by Bakugou, his initial thoughts were based on Kacchan not wanting to get severely punished by the law


Or when he risks his life to save Bakugou from the sludge monster even though he has no quirk

Or when he risks his life once again to save Ochako even though he can’t control his quirk

 Or when he risks his life AGAIN to save All Might 

 Or when he attempts to help Ochako before her fight with Bakugou

 Or when he puts his spot in the tournament on the line to help Todoroki reconcile his fire side

 Or when he helps Iida with the Stain fight and notifies the entire class to come and help

Or when he even goes well over his power limit to save Kota and show him that heroes are good people that can hold on their own

 Or when, even though he could lose function in his GOD DAMN ARMS, he still helps the others get Bakugou back from the villains

And note guys, I didn’t even list everything. I just listed the things I could remember but there is so much more that I could have listed as well. And legit, the things I mentioned, there was no benefit in him doing that, like during the time he did them, all there were were cons for him, there was nothing positive in any of those situations for him. And yet? He still did it. He still put himself and his wishes behind to help those around him and make sure they were successful or safe, even if it meant his own life on the line. I’ve never seen other shounen protagonists push themselves this much in only 145 chapters and I think that’s absolutely incredible.

 Alright so this post is reaching to be about 2k and while I can say more about this wonderful boy, I also want to make sure that I not only post this on time but that I don’t find myself repeating the same thing over and over again. While Izuku is not my favorite character of all time, I am so happy and blessed that he is the main character of this amazing manga series. He’s grown so much since the first chapter and Horikoshi is only setting up the series more to have him grow much more and I’m excited to see how much more he grows as the series progresses. He is such a good character that is well balanced and realistic and such and I know for myself personally that I really relate to him in a lot of ways. Truth be told, it makes me actually really incredibly sad when people dismiss his reasoning for being a hero or when people just write him off as a cry baby because there’s so much more to him than just that. His reasoning to be a hero is realistic and deep enough, his emotions are realistic, his psychological issues that he faced with in the beginning shows his strength tremendously.

 Izuku is one of the best main characters and I’m so happy all of us were blessed with him on this wonderful day! Yay!!! Happy Birthday Deku!!!

 Tldr; Izuku’s face appears when you look up the definition of what a friend and a hero is.

Something I found interesting about the last episode was the realization that Keyleth and Percy’s dispositions on life have basically switched, but they’re still remarkably similar characters in unexpected ways.

Keyleth’s backstory specifically paints her as a wide-eyed idealist experiencing the outside world for the first time, while Percy starts out with a whole bunch of personal demons, both figurative and literal, and is usually the cynical one in the group.

When confronted with Ioun’s library, the way their characters have developed from that starting point becomes immediately apparent by their reactions. Percy has a restored city, a woman who loves him, and a group of very powerful and amazing friends, but his greatest fear has always been that it could all be taken away again in an instant, just like when he lost his family, and none of it would be remembered by history as anything other than a footnote. When he realizes that it does matter, that everything matters, he turns into a giggling schoolboy, in a manner directly comparable to the way Keyleth has gotten excited by things that no one else in the group understands.

Keyleth, on the other hand, has been through the shit. She found a man that she loved, and spent a year of happiness and contentment with him, only to get handed a raw fucking deal when he dies and comes back as a revenant. She starts getting violently, recklessly angry, the same way she did during the Chroma Conclave arc. This is how Keyleth deals with pain, and it’s not at all dissimilar to the dark places that Percy has descended to in the past.

Pelor calls both of them “faithless,” and while it’s true that they don’t place much trust in the gods, both Keyleth and Percy have always counted on their friends to rein them in when all they want to do is lash out at the world.

I just think it’s interesting how Percy is the beaming optimist in this situation while Keyleth is the bitter nihilist, but the truth is that both of them have fluctuated between those roles at various points in the story. Just something to consider.

reasons why you should watch the greatness that is Bnha

• first off, it’s not a shounen, it’s a GREAT shounen manga
• honestly the plot is really good and entertaining
• EVERY character is likeable
• starting from deku, the main char?? he’s the most adorable cinnamon bun tbh
• kacchan is not the angry simple-minded boy who shouts all the time. he’s a complicate character with a GREAT char development
• yeah we know that you’ll soon start to love todoroki, but have you seen the other boys??? iida?? kaminari?? tokoyami??,,
• KIRISHIMA,, honestly this boy is the greatest blessing for this world thank you horikoshi for giving us this pure cinnamon bun
• every girl is best girl
• ochako is the definition of pureness idek anymore
• ribbit?? fandom favorite?? love this frog girl
• even invisible girl has a great impact?? if this doesn’t make an anime great idk what anymore
• dads. this story is full of great dads. thank you.
• except endeavor.
• THE VILLAINS omg
• shigaraki is a child and we need to protect him
• dabi,, the definition of family conspiracies
• THANK YOU HORIKOSHI THANK YOU FOR THE BLESSING THAT IS TOGA
• even the hero killer is likeable idek
• wanna read the manga?? think you won’t find anymore great characters?? haha you WISH
• here you have the big three dorks
• mirio is basically the purest of all
• tamaki is everyone’s spirit animal and needs to be protected and loved
• bakushima
• tododeku
• every bnha ship in general
• angst
• fluff and gags
• long story short it’s a great shounen go watch it now

anonymous asked:

Have you seen what the fandom is complaining about recently? I'm talking about Lea and how he "shouldn't be forgiven by Kairi because he doesn't deserve it". What do you think? Honestly, the whole thing is making me sad if not completely upset...

Yes, I’ve been holding my tongue because it really is leaning into the discourse ™ but it’s so gosh dang annoying so I will comment.

1) Lea deserves redemption, and forgiveness. Yes absolutely.

Did Axel do bad shit? Yes. He did. So did most of the other nobodies. But he also attempted to do good shit.

He took a hit from Saix so Kairi could run (Manga). In game helped Sora and apologised thru Sora for hurting Kairi. He has shown already he feels regret for what he’s done.

Lea meanwhile, sought out Isa, his best friend who he essentially disowned as a nobody right away, went and helped mickey while also pledging to use a keyblade. And saved Sora.

He may not be broody like Riku, but Lea is trying his best. The story doesn’t necessarily have to have him fall into a pit of despair to prove it. If anything, that would be even worse.

What I want Lea to show us is he isn’t Axel anymore, and to see him apologize to Kairi just like Sora told him too. Please. (I’ll be furious if it isn’t in game because it’s a big frikkin part of his development. Anyway.)

2) Kairi deserves the right to dislike Lea.

Knowing they’ll end up friends doesn’t mean that won’t happen, but it will be ridiculous if we don’t see it, because it’s another aspect of her character we’ve only seen in tiny bursts. Distrust, anger, forgiveness, understanding. And really, it will be detrimental to the development for both their characters if we don’t see it.

🤔

All that being said, I do think them being friends and KNOWING they will be is pretty much the greatest thing since the ffvii remake was announced.

It meanS we get a fucking awesome kickass red heads from radiant garden. And with Lea “too much fucking screen time” memorized around, we’re basically assured to get a hell of alot more Kairi in 3.

I think it’s a good thing for both their characters. Lea will be around someone that knows his shitty past and isn’t going to stand for bs, while Kairi will not only be off the island but with someone that isn’t going to let her get left behind.

The fact their not exactly the closest means we’ll have RIPE OPPORTUNITY FOR CHARQCTER DEVELOPMENT from both of them while they hang out. What class type is kairi? What eyeliner does Lea use? How did he end up a nobody? Does Kairi remember radiant garden? Are they going to get to do their own thing while Sora saves the world’s and Riku goes on a date with mickey??

The possibilities are not only endless, but exciting, and I’m not about to let fandom wank ruin my fun, and neither should you, anon. Take it for what it is and worry about the issues when 3 comes out. Have fun with their possible friendship. It’s what kh is all about.

What is it that makes SnK manga so good?

SnK manga started very simple. It could have been explained in one sentence: It’s a story about mindless giants that eat humans.

The story was very mysterious, and it remained like that until few chapters ago. The amount of information we got during the first 85 chapters was so small that it could probably be said in one chapter.

So in other words, what kept SnK manga so good wasn’t the story itself, because there was not much of the story in the first place, it was the characters. The genius part of SnK are the characters that are written and developed so well, that they feel alive.

One of the greatest manga authors of all time Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter x Hunter mangaka) once said:

“Manga first needs to be interesting based on character relationships. What makes a manga great is whether or not you can relate to the characters that the manga artist creates. If the characters are lively and the manga looks fun to read, the world doesn’t even matter.”

Masashi Kishimoto, the writter of Naruto agreed with him, and added:

“Even if the creator is excited about the world, unless there’s interesting characters there, others won’t care. It’ll just be something they don’t understand.”

The character interactions and development in SnK is literally the best I’ve ever seen. I didn’t know it was plausible to be so attached to the characters until I’ve read SnK. We followed the story together with the characters, and even though we didn’t understand the world they lived in, neither did they, so we lived through the story together with them, and together learned the answer to one small question at a time.

We knew that eventually both the characters and us are gonna find out the big mysteries behind the SnK world, it’s been build up since the beginning that the basement will show us the answers, and again we did it together with the characters, through Grisha’s book, and Eren’s memories. So we continued to live together with the characters.

However, these last 3 chapters were different.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Have you done a top 5 characters from boku no hero academia yet? If not, please do!!

I haven’t, my bean! And actually this top 5 has been requested A LOT, so let’s do it! (as always, they are in order of how much I personally like them)

1. Todoroki. If I have to be completely honest with you, I wish he was the main character of the series and I actually stopped reading the manga because of how little he was featured lately. I love him…so much. He’s one of my all time favorite anime characters. Ha has a complexity and a depth that were worth to be explored way deeper than it was, and went through one of the most outstanding character development arcs of the series. He suffered, he was emotionally (and physically) scarred, he endured so much without showing, he learned and, finally, he let himself be free. And still, he has so much more to learn and to grow. In my eyes, he will always be the greatest hero. 

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2. Kirishima. Simply, THE SUN. Kirishima is the kind of character I wish I could make real because I physically need him to be my friend. He’s selfless, loyal and has the biggest heart of gold. He just cares so much about his bros. I’m sure that if he had to see himself through the eyes of all the people that love him, he will understand that he’s way stronger than he thinks and all his self-esteem issues will disappear (or maybe not, but still…). 

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3. Bakugou. Ah, Kacchan. I liked him since the first time I saw him. I’m aware that he’s not a character that easy to love, I find myself sighing “why is my son like that” all the times, but he’s so much more than what meets the eye. He has an inner world where everything that happens to the people around him affects him so damn much. He’s not an abusive angry boy. He’s just a kid (how often we forget that they are all just kids) that would carry the whole weight of the world on his shoulders if he was asked to. He’s the next candidate for a great character development arc and I can’t wait to see it.

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4. Momo. My queen. She’s so strong, so powerful, but yet so delicate and fragile. From the outside, one could think that she has it all: an amazingly versatile quirk, a sharp mind, the ability to always remain calm, a kind heart and a gentle behavior. Also, she’s beautiful. Discovering how much was going on behind that perfect facade of hers made me love her even more. Her and Todoroki’s battle together will always be one of my favorite moments of BNHA. 

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5. Aizawa. Simply, the most relatable character in the entire series. Me and him have exactly the same coaching style when it comes to bringing the best out our students, sometimes purposefully putting them in distress. But, also, we will protect them with our lives, if we had to. I think he’s the best teacher class 1A could have ever asked for. 

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- bonus: there’s a certain someone only us manga readers know…a someone that I love really, really very much a lot and I can’t keep him off this list: the one and only, Mirio Togata!  

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All right, it’s Misfit Appreciation Day 2017, and we’re finally at the 1990s for the entry here.

When a lot of people talk about the 1990s, it’s usually with scorn, often making accusations of every comic being loaded with over-muscled men, women with impossible body types, pupil-less eyes, shoulder pads, big knives and bigger guns. And I’m here to tell you that’s like assuming you know what the 1970s was like because you watched a bunch of blackploitation movies. While there were a ton of bad books, there were plenty of awesome and amazing books from that decade. Just off the top of my mind, Kingdom Come, Mike Allred’s Madman (as well as his series Red Rocket 7), League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hellboy, Preacher, Sandman Mystery Theatre, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac… I wanna count Maus in there, but I can’t remember if it started in the early 90s or late 80s and I’m too lazy to do a Google search. And honestly… Whether they were great books or not, the Knightfall and Death of Superman stories were a LOT of fun to read. The Birds of Prey started around this time as well. Valiant’s Unity Crossover early on was amazing to read at that time… And that’s just the stuff I remember off the top of my mind. And there were a ton of comics that started off questionable that turned into something amazing. Witchblade turned into Switch (which I’m still waiting on issue #5, Stjepan Sejic!) Glory, which was kinda crappy turned into the amazing comic by Joe Keatinge. And then there’s Prophet… Which is all sorts of amazing, considering how bad that book was.

The 90s gave us some pretty amazing things. Yeah, there still was rampant sexism and stupid violence. But there was some very great comics and ideas that still influence very positive things to this day in comics.

Such as the Batman Adventures, and a special one-shot it had that, for me, is the greatest comic of all time: Batman: Mad Love

The use of shading and strong line work. Story panel layouts and “camera work”. Strong dialogue and even stronger storytelling. Characterization so developed that even if you didn’t watch the show, you knew what was going on and who the characters were. We all know how great the show was, but this was the first time i’ve seen a comic book fully make me feel like I was reading an episode of the series. (So much so that I actually prefer the comic book to the episode!) That book was THE most influential comic to me EVER. I would probably have given up being a cartoonist long ago, if not for that book. It’s probably more responsible for me being the artist I am, more than anything else.

So it’s only fitting that Misfit’s entry into the 1990s be based on the comic book series that created… Well… Created me. :)

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The Greatest Kings

I’ve received some disgruntled messages about comparing Jinheung and Wang So in one of my previous posts and coming to a conclusion that Jinheung was in some ways similar to Wang So. All I can say is: WELL, HE ISN’T NOW! I miss the Jinheung from the first 6 episodes where he was so much stronger, self-confident and aware of his position and right to the throne. I miss the man who was ready to fight the whole world to claim what was rightfully his. This must be the first time EVER that I have seen a character REGRESSING instead of developing.

Moon Lovers had its own flaws but there is no doubt that compared to Hwarang it’s highly superior drama, especially the portrayal and development of Wang So. Mostly because the writer there understood that the greatest monarchs of Goryeo and the Three Kingdoms were no modern pacifists - they were ABSOLUTE MONARCHS, CONQUERORS, WARRIORS WHO FOUGHT WARS AND KILLED AND PUNISHED THEIR ENEMIES TO CONSOLIDATE POWER because that’s how they managed to make all the reforms and memorable deeds they are remembered for today. Taking that away from them is the greatest injustice a writer can do to historical figures like them. Unlike Jinheung,Wang So wasn’t reduced to a mere love interest; his main objective in the first 15 episodes of ML might have been gaining Hae Soo’s love and protecting his loved ones but that’s because he was in different position than Jinheung - he WAS NOT THE KING NOR A CROWN PRINCE, in fact as the 4th Prince he was so low in the line of succesion that he had no reasons to believe or hope that he would one day become a king. He never lived with those responsibilities, so naturally his actions and character were never ruled or shaped by them like Jinheung’s were (but mostly only at the beginning, unfortunately).

Some might argue that Jinheug isn’t the main character of the story in Hwarang, but he still is the second most important character AND HE STILL IS ONE OF THE GREATEST KINGS KOREA EVER HAD. This is the man who founded Hwarang, the man who made the unification of the Three Kingdoms possible and the shrewd politician who in 551 allied with Baekje to attack Goguryeo, only to turn on his former ally 2 years later, allying with Goguryeo instead, and attacked Baekje. It was the biggest conquest on the Korean Peninsula until the unification of the Three Kingdoms. JINHEUNG DESERVES BETTER THAN THE TREATMENT THE DRAMA HAS GIVEN HIM.

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OKAY GUYS.

We need to talk about this. We definitely need to talk about this, because Katsuki comes to a great realisation here.

He finally realises (after he won the fight, you go my boy) that they both compliment each other. That they both can become great heroes of they work together. This… this is he biggest character development I’ve seen in a very long time.

We all remember the Katsuki that despised Izuku. We all remember and now, we have him in front of us on the verge of tears, because he finally understands that you need more than strength to become the greatest hero of all time.

We just witnessed the birth of something great. The Wonder Duo is gonna grow.

They still have a long way to go. Even though Katsuki finally understands and realises that they’ll be incredible of they just work together, there is definitely some of his huge pride left that’ll make their communication and cooperation difficult. Not just Katsuki makes their relationship so difficult, Izuku too. Two complete opposites.

We’re gonna witness something great. Horikoshi, you did a great job. You made me cry again.

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WALT PERGOY, Visual Development Paintings for The Jungle Book, 1964

The Jungle Book, (original 2D animated version) released in 1967, is one of the greatest Disney animated films of all time, and my favorite in many ways.

The animation, character designs, story, music and songs really make it shine. And of course, the heart in that the film is undeniable.

That said, the BG style, while suitable for the story and well executed is not particularly exciting or interesting to me. And it doesn’t reflect the graphic quality Milt Kahl got into the character designs.

If you compare this BG style to that of 101 Dalmatians, released 6 years earlier (1961), which is so harmonious with the Xerox lines and graphic shapes of the characters, The Jungle Book’s visual style falls a bit flat.

The story goes that Walt Disney didn’t approve of the graphic BG style of 101 Dalmatians, or that of The Sword In The Stone. And around that time, Walt Peregoy (who styled both former films) ceased to work at Disney. Peregoy’s influence was mostly buried on the 1967 film.

Disney preferred a BG style that was more realistic and thought the audience could better connect with the characters and story with that realism.

I can see his argument, but I don’t agree. When I watch 101 Dalmatians, I can’t imagine a different BG style; it so perfectly supports the story, and does not take away from the emotion. And the tone of The Jungle Book is not so different…

When I look at these Peregoy concepts for Jungle Book, I can’t help but wonder what the film would be like with a more exciting and interesting BG style. I love the film as is, but I do wonder.

Feast your eyes on these paintings and imagine…

(Top character line art is by Milt Kahl)

More important:  I discovered, as I worked away on the proposal, that Spider-Man—recently married to Mary Jane—was a far better choice than either Wonder Man or Batman.  Peter Parker is perhaps the most emotionally and psychologically authentic protagonist in any super-hero universe.  Underneath that mask, he’s as confused, as flawed, as touchingly human, as the people who read—and write—about him:  the quintessential Everyman.  And that Everyman’s love for his new wife, for the new life they were building together, was the emotional fuel that ignited the story.  It was Mary Jane’s presence, her heart and soul, that reached down into the deeps of Peter’s heart and soul, forcing him up out of that coffin, out of the grave, into the light.
 
And that’s how Kraven’s Last Hunt was born.
— 

J.M. DeMatteis

How naive and stoopyd of DeMatteis.

a) Everyone knows the marriage is objectively terrible

b) Character development and depth is objectively terrible because Dan Slott said so

c) Dan Slott, the single greatest Spider-Man writer of all time, said the marriage was a late addition to this story thus proving it doesn’t count as one of the all time great stories during the Spider Marriage so there.

Episode 35.  It’s time for the puppet show!

Hmm.

Something about this feels a bit less whimsical than usual.

We recap last night’s revelations and establish that Utena still doesn’t remember them.   It’s nagging at her now, though.  Something about Anthy’s face seems newly familiar.

Thankfully, Akio’s spidey sense tells him that character development is happening and he bursts in to break it up just in the nick of time. 

(The subbers have rigged this entry in the Akio Unsubtlety Sweepstakes by translating “borrow” as “steal”, just to make sure we all get the joke.)

There’s kind of a greatest hits feeling about this segment - we get an encore of the Anthy’s face hardening as they walk away routine, although she’s less scary in this iteration and more 200% Done.

How many times has she seen this happen?

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Rec Day: July 2017

HAPPY REC DAY, YO. Angst/War Fluff Week have just wrapped up, so I’ve got a lot of shit to rec. So this month I’m just going to do four complete fics instead of my normal two-and-two, plus my artist rec! :D

Let’s get the token not-wars fic out of the way first. 

In May, my absolutely favorite RvB fanfic ever, of all time, fic finished. It also holds the distinction of being one of the longest, one of the best written, and to be written by one of my best friends. That’s right, I’m talking about Recovery None by @renaroo. Freelancer relationships being broken down into tiny pieces, Blood Gulch humor at its best, the best damn Tex characterization I have ever had the pleasure of reading, quality character development, plot twists that make me scream, and just generally one of the greatest stories I have ever read. Over 300k of mostly gen with some background, minor, and implied pairings (including a unique take on Yorkalina and Chex, and the crackship of my heart, Sister/South) and every single word of it is worth it. If you’ve got the time, you definitely need to read this. 

Angst War: 

I love angst, okay? So much. I’m a sucker. Let’s get rolling. 

lay this body down by @darthrevaan is definitely one of my favorite creations from angst war this time around; the mystery of what has happened to Tucker and the others is really well done, the Wash characterization is absolutely stunning, and the reveal is fantastic. Like, read this and weep, because it’s amazing

DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO PICK THESE THINGS

Rookie by @illumynare provides all the beautiful Wash whump feelings I could ask for. Wash is captured by alternate Reds and Blues, and there’s so many emotions about the real ones as well as the pain from the fake ones, and what Wash is going through. It’s emotional, it’s painful, and I adore it. Like, read this fucking fic. 

Fluff Week: 

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News by @queseraawesome​ SUCKINGTON SUCKINGTON SUCKINGTON. I prompted this and Sera took it and ran with it, creating the fluffiest, purist, most wonderful suckington temporary-amnesia, Kai POV fic ever. It’s so gorgeous, and I love it, and you should read it. 

Art: 

I’M GONNA REC THE AMAZING AND WONDERFUL @captainkonot! Let’s grab a few of my favorites. 

DONUT’S PHOTO ALBUM: this thing is so adorable? I just. the character designs and the colors and just the entire content is amazing and it won fluff week for a reason. 

Tex and Tucker: Tex and Tucker’s friendship is wonderful to me and THIS IS SUCH A CUTE VERSION OF IT, BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING AND GOOD AND PURE. 

Tex vs the Tank: heellooooooo Tex. I’m gay. Bless this art. That is all. 

Sarge gets hugs: Look the Caboose hugs series is FANTASTIC but this is definitely my favorite entry, because SARGE GETS ALL THE HUGS AND IT’S AMAZING AND CUUUUUTE. 

Thoth-Hermes, as we have seen, had been for the Egyptians from the earliest times the teacher of all ancient and hidden wisdom ; he was par excellence the writer of all sacred scripture and the scribe of the gods. We should then naturally expect that his dominating influence would play a leading part in the new development ; and this, indeed, is amply demonstrated by the evidence of the religious art of the time,which presents us with specimens of statues of the Greek type of Hermes, bearing at the same time either the feather of truth (the special symbol of Maat) on the head, or the papyrus-roll in the hand both symbols of Thoth in his dual character as revealer and scribe.

~ G.R.S. Mead; Thrice-Greatest Hermes - Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis

Green Lanterns #15 Review

“A Day in The Life”

Written by Sam Humphries
Drawn by Miguel Mendonça, Scott Hanna and Tom Derenick

First of all I wanted to express my thanks to all of you who liked and shared the Jessica Cruz + Simon Baz Appreciation Post I wrote back in Octobor 22nd last year, and I certainly hope it was both as inspiring to some and maybe gave you an idea as to pick the series up. If not, well, I thank you anyway for your time for reading it. Today’s review can be as a “Part Deux” of it, so here we go.

The story is mostly a one-shot but it opens up with Jess on her bed in which I assume can be something daily for her:

Which hops into her thoughts as Simon and her are about to have pancakes in a small diner. Jess feels that she shouldn’t talk her struggles with Simon because it probably won’t help, that he doesn’t understand and would take it personally, making her feel guilty and it would only make everything feel worse. The Justice League later calls in for their assistance and they head out and after helping them out, they get other calls, like fixing a dam, helping civilians trapped by a landslide and a flash flood and the whole time, Jess is thinking to herself that helping civilians actually helps her as well. That focusing on other people and grounding herself in reality, her problems doesn’t seem so overwhelming. 

And then a new villain shows up.

And it’s too much for Jess. The Gambler in all of his random doings, sayings, and outfit, Jess can’t seem to focus. She can’t focus. The Gambler sees an opportunity and knocks her down and Simon decks him. The two of them have a talk and Jess lays it all down.

When Jess gets home, she feels awful. She feels so angry, yet she feels embarrassed. So she gets back to her own routine, back to her own moment: Meditation, breathing and keeps herself grounded in the present. She later exercises, focusing her breathing and get a clear head. Her sister comes over and uses her time to rebuild her armor and sharpen herself, and ultimately…

But Jess is a Green Lantern, damnit. She can do this!

And it ends on a pretty positive note which we all can relate to, hopefully.

And that’s that. It ends on a message from Bats, giving them a new assignment in Gotham and a team-up. Hype!

Anyways. Once again, Sam Humphries has written another great issue and the daily life/struggles of Jessica Cruz. The only flaw (though a very small one) is that I would love to see what Simon goes through in his life, though we did see it a bit with his family and trying at least hide it from his family. But other than that, I really enjoyed this issue. The art is really good, especially the close-ups and the use of colors, especially the color green of the lanterns to good effect. I can only hope that Jess will overcome her greatest fears and become the greatest Green Lantern on Earth, but until then - we are all seeing that development as it progresses.

Final Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

As a closing words, I will leave with this quote from Stan Lee in 2012, “We tried to make our characters as human and empathetic as possible. Instead of merely emphasizing their super feats, we attempted to make their personal life and personal problems as realistic and as interesting as possible. We wanted to make them seem like real people whom the reader would like to spend time with and want to know better.”

Some thoughts in the wake of “Language Mapping” on Goddard Futuristics and fear

(Here be spoilers.)

So we know from Need to Know that Maxwell has a restraining order against her entire family, right? When I think of reasons to get a restraining order, generally I assume stalking/harassment/prolonged unwanted contact.

And what did Goddard do to court her? Stalked her. Showed up at her workplace. Called/otherwise contacted her incessently with no indication that they’d ever stop. Kepler even lampshades that they didn’t break any rules - he definitely knows about the order against her family and is obliquely pointing out that she has no legal recourse this time. Join Goddard or the harassment never stops.

Which makes me realize…all three of the recruitment we’ve seen so far? Each of the three characters have, on the one hand, been offered the thing they want most in life. For Renee, the chance to matter and to finally see space. Hilbert, he chance to do his life’s work uninterrupted by petty ethical concerns. And for Alana, the chance to see her dreams for AI development realized.

But at the same time, they are being threatened with their greatest fear.

“Join us…or fade into obscurity like your parents and never make a difference.”

“Join us…or watch your work be shut down and destroyed by people who don’t understand what you’re trying to accomplish for humanity.”

“Join us…or the harassment never stops and the work never starts.”

Goddard is terrifying.

Knock knock! Get the door, it’s time for Choko’s opinion on Ptolemy.

So I think the most interesting thing about Ptolemy - and I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again - is that, objectively, we don’t know very much about him. All the information about Ptolemy that we receive comes through Bartimaeus, who loves Ptolemy more than himself, than the world, than the other place, than life itself. He loves Ptolemy passionately, and affectionately, and blindly. And Bartimaeus is a creature of strong opinions! We see the way he views Nathaniel, and Kitty, and Asmira - but the difference between those characters and Ptolemy is that we also get to see how they view themselves, and how they view Bartimaeus back. And, in the case of Nathaniel and Kitty, how they view each other. Ptolemy gets…five chapters. And they’re ALL from Bartimaeus’ perspective.

It’s very easy to read the Ptolemy chapters and walk away self-satisfied with what you’ve seen, and I won’t begrudge people these feelings - that Ptolemy is a creature of pure light, that he’s an innocent child in a cynical world, that Bartimaeus’ love is the only true attitude to be held up to him - but for any of you who’ve known me for any length of time in this fandom, you know I’m gonna ask a little more of you. Nothing feels better than making y’all think, I tell you what.

(A note of concession before we start: this is definitely old ground that the older members of this fandom have tread on before - I’m writing this up to refresh my memory and thoughts, as well as bring new attention to it.)

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lafleur week | day 4 | lafleur anything

alright, two weeks

i don’t even know how to start. lost was a master class in many things: storytelling, character development, and telling great love stories. lafleur was the epitome of all those things. she stayed because he asked and two weeks turned into three years and their love transcended time and space and death. i really don’t know what to say about this, tbh. lafleur kind of speaks for itself.

Incredibly In-depth Writing Masterpost

Thanks for all the suggestions. If you have more, just send me a fan mail! 60 Awesome Search Engines for Serious Writers

Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Both writers still in college and those on their way to professional success will appreciate this list of useful search applications that are great from making writing a little easier and more efficient.

Professional Search Engines

Find other writers, publishers and ways to market your work through these searchable databases and search engines.

  1. Litscene: Use this search engine to search through thousands of writers and literary projects, and add your own as well.
  2. Thinkers.net: Get a boost in your creativity with some assistance from this site.
  3. PoeWar: Whether you need help with your career or your writing, this site is full of great searchable articles.
  4. Publisher’s Catalogues: Try out this site to search through the catalogs and names of thousands of publishers.
  5. Edit Red: Through this site you can showcase your own work and search through work by others, as well as find helpful FAQ’s on writing.
  6. Writersdock: Search through this site for help with your writing, find jobs and join other writers in discussions.
  7. PoetrySoup: If you want to find some inspirational poetry, this site is a great resource.
  8. Booksie.com: Here, you can search through a wide range of self-published books.
  9. One Stop Write Shop: Use this tool to search through the writings of hundreds of other amateur writers.
  10. Writer’s Cafe: Check out this online writer’s forum to find and share creative works.
  11. Literary Marketplace: Need to know something about the publishing industry? Use this search tool to find the information you need now.

Writing Search Engines

These helpful tools will help you along in the writing process.

  1. WriteSearch: This search engine focuses exclusively on sites devoted to reading and writing to deliver its results.
  2. The Burry Man Writers Center: Find a wealth of writing resources on this searchable site.
  3. Writing.com: This fully-featured site makes it possible to find information both fun and serious about the craft of writing.
  4. Purdue OWL: Need a little instruction on your writing? This tool from Purdue University inLafayette, INcan help.
  5. Writing Forums: Search through these writing forums to find answers to your writing issues.

Research Search Engines

Try out these tools to get your writing research done in a snap.

  1. Google Scholar: With this specialized search engine from Google, you’ll only get reliable, academic results for your searches.
  2. WorldCat: If you need a book from the library, try out this tool. It’ll search and find the closest location.
  3. Scirus: Find great scientific articles and publications through this search engine.
  4. OpenLibrary: If you don’t have time to run to a brick-and-mortar library, this online tool can still help you find books you can use.
  5. Online Journals Search Engine: Try out this search engine to find free online journal articles.
  6. All Academic: This search engine focuses on returning highly academic, reliable resources.
  7. LOC Ask a Librarian: Search through the questions on this site to find helpful answers about the holdings at the Library of Congress.
  8. Encylcopedia.com: This search engine can help you find basic encyclopedia articles.
  9. Clusty: If you’re searching for a topic to write on, this search engine with clustered results can help get your creative juices flowing.
  10. Intute: Here you’ll find a British search engine that delivers carefully chosen results from academia.
  11. AllExperts: Have a question? Ask the experts on this site or search through the existing answers.

Reference Search Engines

Need to look up a quote or a fact? These search tools make it simple.

  1. Writer’s Web Search Engine: This search engine is a great place to find reference information on how to write well.
  2. Bloomsbury Magazine Research Centre: You’ll find numerous resources on publications, authors and more through this search engine.
  3. Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus: Make sure you’re using words correctly and can come up with alternatives with the help of this tool.
  4. References.net: Find all the reference material you could ever need through this search engine.
  5. Quotes.net: If you need a quote, try searching for one by topic or by author on this site.
  6. Literary Encyclopedia: Look up any famous book or author in this search tool.
  7. Acronym Finder: Not sure what a particular acronym means? Look it up here.
  8. Bartleby: Through Bartleby, you can find a wide range of quotes from famous thinkers, writers and celebrities.
  9. Wikipedia.com: Just about anything and everything you could want to look up is found on this site.
  10. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Find all the great philosophers you could want to reference in this online tool.

Niche Writers Search Engines

If you’re focusing on writing in a particular niche, these tools can be a big help.

  1. PubGene: Those working in sci-fi or medical writing will appreciate this database of genes, biological terms and organisms.
  2. GoPubMd: You’ll find all kinds of science and medical search results here.
  3. Jayde: Looking for a business? Try out this search tool.
  4. Zibb: No matter what kind of business you need to find out more about, this tool will find the information.
  5. TechWeb: Do a little tech research using this news site and search engine.
  6. Google Trends: Try out this tool to find out what people are talking about.
  7. Godchecker: Doing a little work on ancient gods and goddesses? This tool can help you make sure you have your information straight.
  8. Healia: Find a wide range of health topics and information by using this site.
  9. Sci-Fi Search:Those working on sci-fi can search through relevant sites to make sure their ideas are original.

Books Search Engines

Find your own work and inspirational tomes from others by using these search engines.

  1. Literature Classics: This search tool makes it easy to find the free and famous books you want to look through.
  2. InLibris: This search engine provides one of the largest directories of literary resources on the web.
  3. SHARP Web: Using this tool, you can search through the information on the history of reading and publishing.
  4. AllReaders: See what kind of reviews books you admire got with this search engine.
  5. BookFinder: No matter what book you’re looking for you’re bound to find it here.
  6. ReadPrint: Search through this site for access to thousands of free books.
  7. Google Book Search: Search through the content of thousands upon thousands of books here, some of which is free to use.
  8. Indie Store Finder: If you want to support the little guy, this tool makes it simple to find an independent bookseller in your neck of the woods.

Blogging Search Engines

For web writing, these tools can be a big help.

  1. Technorati: This site makes it possible to search through millions of blogs for both larger topics and individual posts.
  2. Google Blog Search: Using this specialized Google search engine, you can search through the content of blogs all over the web.
  3. Domain Search: Looking for a place to start your own blog? This search tool will let you know what’s out there.
  4. OpinMind: Try out this blog search tool to find opinion focused blogs.
  5. IceRocket: Here you’ll find a real-time blog search engine so you’ll get the latest news and posts out there.
  6. PubSub: This search tool scours sites like Twitter and Friendfeed to find the topics people are talking about most every day.
Writing References

story building/outlining

  • outlining plot- 8 steps
  • dan harmon’s story circles
  • pixar’s storytelling formula
  • 5 essential story ingredients
  • revealing backstory
  • exercise your plot

world building

  • world building: magical world
  • mapping fantasy worlds 
  • make your own fantasy world

character building

  • getting to know your characters
  • making your readers care about a character (make it hurt)
  • character building-fleshing out
  • antagonist
  • hero/villain archetypes
  • villain archetypes
  • villains are people, too, but…
  • writing drunk characters 
  • my character is drunk 
  • the importance of body language
  • too many characters? 

dealing with race

  • what a girl wants: representation
  • the advantages of being a white writer
  • racism in fantasy
  • debunking white fantasy
  • why my protagonists aren’t white
  • lack of people of color in historical fiction

books

  • 50 books you should read before you go to college
  • 101 books for the college bound
  • 25 classics for kids set for college

misc

  • find that word that’s been on the ‘tip of your tongue’ all day
  • 365 writing prompts
  • 30 tips on writing from famous authors
  • empire’s 500 greatest movies of all time
  • 11 tips for brilliant writing
  • themes ya books should deal with more/self image/character value/etc
  • house design for art/writing
  • keeping a deadline
  • ‘thumbs-down’ publishing agencies

Dictionaries and Glossaries:

  • Massive Dictionary for Writers
  • Writing a Series
  • Visual Dictionary
  • Grammar Definitions
  • Glossary of Book Terms (2)
  • Literary Terms
  • Some Words About Word Count
  • English Grammar (with Russian translation)
  • Pronunciations of Words from All Languages
  • Punctuation Guide
  • Plot Terms and Definitions

Plot & Structure:

  • Plot Development
  • Developing Events in Your Story
  • The Hero’s Journey
  • Four Essential Plot Points
  • Basic Plots in Literature
  • Ten Simple Keys to Plot Structure
  • Plot vs Exposition
  • Plot Checklist
  • Exposition in Fiction
  • Balancing Exposition
  • Easing Exposition
  • Setting or Exposition
  • 3 Rules for Writing Endings
  • Writing Powerful Endings
  • Successful Endings
  • Writing a Story Middle
  • Beginnings, Middles, and Ends (2)
  • Three Parts to Every Story

Subplots:

  • Subplots
  • 7 Ways to Add Great Subplots to your Novels
  • The 7 Shoulds of Writing a Subplot
  • Who Needs Subplots?
  • Subplots
  • Knowing Your terms: Subplots
  • Weave Subplots into your Novel
  • Understanding the Role of Subplots
  • Plot, Plot Layers, and Subplots
  • Plot and Subplot
  • Subplots - Chicken Soup for your Novel
  • How Many Subplots are Acceptable?
  • Subplots by Word Count
  • Too Many Subplots?

World Building:

  • World Building Links
  • World Building Questionnaire (2)
  • Planet Maker
  • World Building 101
  • World Building for Science Fiction
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds
  • The Seed of Government (2)
  • The Magic of World Building

Characters:

  • Story Guide Worksheet
  • How to Create Great Characters
  • Character Arc 101
  • “Hero” is a Four Letter Word
  • Character Questionnaire (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Character Justification
  • Conflict Can Limit Your Characters
  • Creating Characters from Plot
  • Character Bio
  • Guide to Writing a Villain
  • Eight Female Archetypes
  • Sixteen Personality Types
  • Charahub
  • Fixing Unlikable Characters
  • Offensive Mistakes Well-Intended Writers Makes (2)
  • Character Sheet
  • Morality Alignment
  • Morality Alignment Test (2) (3)
  • Creating Compelling Characters
  • Consistency is Key 
  • Desires and Conflict
  • Mary Sue Test
  • Mary Sue Villain Test
  • Writing Lycanthropy
  • Body Language (2) (3) 

Dialogue:

  • Character Conversations
  • How to Write Dialogue (2) (3) (4)
  • Speaking of Dialogue
  • Ten Tips
  • Character Dialogue
  • Believable Dialogue
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Dialogue
  • Witty Dialogue Reference Post
  • Dialogue Tips
  • Writing Really Good Dialogue
  • Writing Good Dialogue
  • Dialogue

Point of View:

  • Types of POV
  • Point of View
  • Third Person Multiple POV
  • First Person vs. Third
  • Third Person Omniscient vs. Limited
  • Using Third Person Omniscient
  • Writing Exposition in the First Person
  • Writing in First Person
  • First Person POV (2)
  • First Person or Third?
  • How to Write Winning First Person Stories

Genre:

  • Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories
  • Crime Fiction Sub Genres
  • So You Want to Write Crime Fiction
  • How to Write Crime Fiction
  • Smut Writing Guide Master List
  • Adding Sexual Tension
  • How to Write Sexual Tension
  • Literary Genres
  • Genre Index
  • 13 Horror Writing Tips
  • Classic Horror Novel Structure
  • 10 Laws of Good Science Fiction
  • Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Names:

  • Irish Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  • Irish Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • Scottish Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • Scottish Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • Welsh Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Welsh Surnames (2) (3)
  • English Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • English Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Brittany Names (2)
  • Gaelic Names (2)
  • Cornish Names (2) (3) (4)
  • Cornish Surnames
  • Celtic Female Names (2) (3)
  • Celtic Male Names (2) (3)
  • Bible Names (2)
  • Find Names by Sound
  • Medieval Asian Names
  • Medieval Islamic Names
  • Medieval Names & Titles
  • Middle Eastern Names
  • North American Indian Names (2) 
  • French Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  • French Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • German Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • German Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Western African Names (2) (3)
  • Northern African Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Latin American Names (2)
  • Traditional Hispanic Last Names
  • Chinese Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Asian and Pacific Names (2)
  • African and Middle East Names
  • Italian Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Italian Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • Name Generator (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (Fantasy (2) (3) (4)) (Sci-fi (2))
  • Jewish Names (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Jewish Surnames (2) (3) (4)
  • Russian Names (2) (3) (4)
  • Russian Surnames (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Scandinavian Names (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  • Scandinavian Surnames (2) (3)
  • Spanish Names (2)
  • Pagan Names
  • Nook of Names
  • What a Lovely Name
  • List of Names from Around the World
  • Etymology Dictionary
  • Name Playground
  • What’s in a Name?
  • 7 Rules for Picking Names
  • How to Invent Names
  • Nickname Lists (2) (3)
  • Latin Place Names
  • Name Dictionary
  • First Names Reference Database
  • Slave Trade Names Database

History:

  • 1920’s Reference Post
  • 1920’s Setting
  • History of Childbirth
  • 1920’s Slang
  • Medieval Reference Post
  • Medieval Scotland
  • All About Scotland
  • World Myths, Creatures, and Folklore
  • Knighthood and Orders of Chivalry
  • National Heraldry
  • Titles in the Elizabethan Era
  • Titles Explained
  • Peerage Basics
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • American Indian Tribes and Languages Master List
  • Historical Resources

Query Letters:

  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • The 10 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Query Letter
  • Anatomy of a Query Letter: A Step-By-Step Guide
  • Successful Query Letters for Literary Agents
  • Query Letter FAQ
  • Master the Art of the Query
  • Writing a Solid Query Letter
  • Writing a Query Letter that Sells
  • Dos and Don’ts: How to Write the Perfect Query Letter
  • Query Letters
  • Rachelle’s Query Tips
  • How to Query a Literary Agent
  • Query Letters
  • A Pitch is a Pitch
  • Make the Perfect Pitch: The Novel Query
  • How to Write Great Queries
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • How to Query an Agent
  • How to Write a Dynamic Query Letter
  • Writing a Good Query Letter
  • Sample Query Letter PDF
  • Sample Novel Query Letter
  • Ten Ways to Hook a Literary Agent
  • What Not to Put in Your Query Letter
  • What (Not) to Put in Your Query Letter
  • Query Letters - What, Why, How?
  • What (Not) to do Before Querying
  • What to Write in the Bio Section of your Query Letter
  • How to Write a Bio Paragraph in your Query Letter
  • The Last Paragraph of your Query Letter: the Author Bio
  • Writing the Hook for your Query
  • Query Letter Dos and Don’ts
  • Agent Reveals Pet Peeves
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • Query Letter Mad Lib
  • How to Format a Query Letter
  • 15 Reasons Agents Pass Over Query Letters
  • The Right Way to Write a Query Letter PDF
  • Query Letters
  • Writing a Query Letter
  • The Query Letter
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • How to Write a Kick-Ass Query Letter
  • How to Write a Great Query Letter PDF
  • Query Letter to Agents
  • Writing a Killer Query Letter
  • 15 Resources for a Better Query Letter
  • 25 Reasons Your Query Letter Sucks
  • Query Letters: My Personal Journey
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • A Bit of Regurgitated Query Letter Advice
  • Query Letter Advice: Let Someone Else Write It
  • Writing a Query Letter Part One: The Hook
  • Part Two: The Setup
  • Part Three: The Conflict
  • Part Four: The Consequence
  • Part Five: Everything Else
  • The Importance of Voice
  • The Query Letter that Won Me an Agent
  • How Not to Write the Perfect Query Letter
  • FAQ The Query Letter
  • Query Letters

Editing and Revision:

  • Editing Checklist
  • List of Freelance Editors
  • Tighten Your Manuscript
  • Editing Recipe
  • 7 Editing Questions
  • How to Rewrite
  • Revising a Novel
  • Editing Tips
  • Self Editing
  • How to Edit a Novel

Software:

  • Tip of my Tongue
  • Liquid Story Binder
  • Q10
  • 25 Writing Softwares
  • Jarte**
  • AbiWord
  • Calligra
  • Celtx**
  • Open Office
  • Scrivener*
  • Final Draft*
  • Atlantis Nova
  • Zoho**
  • Lit Lift
  • Hiveword
  • Story Book**
  • Character Writer*
  • Write Room (mac only)
  • Dark Room
  • Q10
  • Liquid Story Binder*
  • Now Novel**
  • yWriter 5
  • Time Toast
  • Interactive Timeline
  • Timeline Maker*
  • Preceden
  • Tiki Toki**
  • Time Glider**
  • Timeline Maker
  • My Timeline
  • Timeline JS
  • X Timeline
  • Our Story**
  • Dipity
  • Timeline Software*
  • Timelines*
  • Meograph
  • Timeline Charts*
  • Family Echo
  • Genealogy
  • Legacy Family Tree Maker**
  • Family Tree Builder**
  • XY Family Tree
  • Bubbl
  • Cliche Finder
  • *Not free. May include free trial.
  • **Includes free and premium content.

Prompts:

  • Inspiration Finder
  • Seventh Sanctum
  • Writing Prompts Generator
  • Timeline Generator
  • Writing Prompts
  • Plinky
  • Random Story Prompts
  • Random Prompts
  • Prompt Generator (2)
  • Writing Prompts
  • 14 Prompts

Writing Websites:

  • Galley Cat
  • Writer’s Digest
  • Absolute Write
  • Advanced Fiction Writing
  • Writer Beware
  • Chuck Sambuchino
  • Nathan Bransford
  • Novel Rocket
  • 101 Best Websites for Writers

Improvement

  • Improve Your Writing Habits Now
  • 5 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Writing
  • Getting Over Roleplaying Insecurities
  • Improve Your Paras
  • Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing
  • 4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing
  • Writing Better Than You Normally Do
  • How’s My Driving?

Describing

  • A Description Resource
  • 55 Words to Describe Someones Voice
  • Describing Skin Colors
  • Describing a Person: Adding Details
  • Emotions Vocabulary
  • 90 Words For ‘Looks’
  • Be More Descriptive
  • Describe a Character’s Look Well
  • 100 Words for Facial Expressions
  • To Show and Not To Tell
  • Words to Describe Facial Expressions
  • Describing Clothes
  • List of Actions
  • Tone, Feelings and Emotions

Masterlists

  • Writing Specific Characters
  • Character Guides
  • Writing Help for Writers
  • Ultimate Writing Resource List
  • Lots of RP Guides
  • Online Writing Resources
  • List of Websites to Help You Focus
  • Resources for Writing Bio’s
  • Helpful Links for Writing Help
  • General Writing Resources
  • Resources for Biography Writing
  • Mental Ilnesses/Disorders Guides
  • 8 Words You Should Avoid While Writing

 Body Language

  • Body Language Cheat
  • Body Language Reference Cheat
  • Tips for Writers: Body Language
  • Types of Crying
  • Body Language: Mirroring

Grammar/Vocabulary

  • Words Instead of Walk (2)
  • Commonly Confused Adjectives
  • A Guide on Punctuation
  • Common Writing Mistakes
  • 25 Synoms for ‘Expession’
  • How to: Avoid Misusing Variations of Words
  • Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket
  • The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups
  • Other Ways to Say..
  • Proofreading
  • 300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words
  • List of Misused Words
  • Words for Sex
  • 100 Beautiful and Ugly Words
  • Words to Use More Often
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’
  • Three Self Editing Tips
  • Words to Use Instead of ‘Walk’, ‘Said’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’
  • Synonyms for Common Words
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’
  • Transitional Words
  • The Many Faces and Meanings of ‘Said’
  • Synonyms for ‘Wrote’
  • A Case Of She Said, She Said

Writer’s Block

  • How to: Cure Writer’s Block
  • Some Tips on Writer’s Block
  • Got Writer’s Block?
  • 6 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
  • Tips for Dealing With Writer’s Block

Application (Itself)

  • How to: Make That Application Your Bitch
  • How to: Make Your App Better
  • How to: Submit a Flawless Audition
  • 10 Tips for Applying

Para (Sample)

  • Para Sample Ideas
  • 5 Tips on Writing an IC Para Sample
  • Writing an IC Sample Without Escaping From the Bio
  • How to: Create a Worthy IC Para Sample
  • How to: Write an Impressive Para Sample
  • How to: Lengthen Short Para’s

Prompts

  • Drabble Stuff
  • Prompts List
  • Writing Prompts
  • Drabble Prompts
  • How to Get Into Character
  • Writing Challenges/Prompts
  • A Study in Writing Prompts for RPs
  • Para Prompts & Ideas
  • Writing Prompts for Journal Entries
  • A List of Para Starters
GUIDES

Personalities

  • Angry
  • Bad Asses
  • Bitches (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Childishness
  • Emotional Detachment
  • Flirtatious
  • The Girl Next Door
  • Introverts (2)
  • Mean Persons (2)
  • Psychopaths
  • Party Girls
  • Rich (2) 
  • Rebels
  • Sarcasm
  • Serial Killers (2)
  • Shyness (2, 3)
  • Sluts
  • Villains (2)
  • Witt

Disorders

  • Disorders in general (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Alice In Wonderland Syndrome
  • Bipolar Disorder (2, 3)
  • Cotard Delusions
  • Depression (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)   
  • Eeating Disorders (2, 3)
  • Facitious Disorders
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Multiple Personality Disorder (2)
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Night Terrors
  • Kleptomania (2)
  • A Pyromaniac
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychopaths
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2) (3)
  • Sex Addiction (2)
  • Schizophrenia (2)
  • Sociopaths (2)

Disabilities

  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Apathy 
  • Autism
  • Someone Blind (2)
  • Cancer (2, 3)
  • Disability
  • Dyslexia
  • Muteness (2, 3)
  • Stutter

Jobs/Hobbies/Beliefs

  • Actors
  • Ballet Dancer (2)
  • Christianity
  • Foreigners
  • Gamblers
  • Hinduism
  • Hitmen
  • Satanism
  • Smokers
  • Stoners
  • Taoism
  • Journalists
  • Vegetarians

Drugs

  • Alcohol Influence (2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Cocaine Influence
  • Ecstasy Influence (2)
  • Heroin Use
  • LSD Influence
  • Marijuana Influence (2, 3)
  • Opiate Use

Locations

  • Australia
  • Boston
  • California (2, 3)
  • England/Britain (2, 3, 4, 5)
  • New York
  • Prison
  • London
  • The South (2)

Genders

  • Females (2)
  • Males (2)
  • Transgender People

Supernatural

  • Vampires
  • Witches (2)
  • Werewolves

Other

  • Amnesia
  • Children
  • A Death Scene
  • Loosing Someone (2)
  • Old Persons
  • Physical Injuries (2, 3)
  • Sexual Abuse (2)
  • Fight Scenes (2, 3, 4)
  • Horror
  • Torture
CREATING CHARACTERS

Biography Writing

  • Components of Your Biographies
  • Character sheet (2, 3)
  • Need Help With Character Creation?
  • How to: Draw Inspiration for Characters From Music
  • How to: Write a Biography (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • How to: Write a Fully Developed Character
  • How to: Create a Cast of Characters (2)
  • Writing an Original Character (2, 3)
  • Creating Believable Characters (2, 3)
  • Bio Formats (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Little Things You Can Add To Your Bios
  • Connections (2)
  • Titles
  • Bio Twists

Names

  • Female Names (2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Male Names (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Last Names  (2, 3, 4)

Personalities

  • Jung’s 16 Personality Types
  • Underused Character Personalities
  • Birth-Order: Personality Traits
  • The Difference Between Personality and Behavior
  • How to: Show a Characters Personality In a Paragraph
  • 16 Character Traits
  • Underused Personalities

Personality Traits

  • Positive (2)
  • Negative (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Both (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

Habits

  • Addictions and Bad Habits
  • Bad Habits
  • Character Habits
  • Character Quirks
  • Phobias (2)

Secrets

  • 300 Possible Secrets to Give Your Characters
  • I Bet You Didn’t Know..
  • Character Plots And Secrets (2)
  • Celebrity Secrets
  • Secret Masterlist

Lyrics

  • Song Lyrics Masterlist
  • Songs for Biographies
  • Favorite Quotes: TV and Movies
  • Favorite Quotes: Notable Authors
  • Favorite Quotes: Celebrities
  • Favorite Quotes: Popular Books (2)
  • Quotes From Songs
  • Character Quotes
  • Masterlist of Bio Lyrics
  • Masterlist of Bio Quotes
  • Masterlist of Song Lyrics
  • Biography Lyrics
  • A Masterlist of Quotes
  • +130 Quotes
  • The Quotation Garden

Mary Sue’s

  • A Mary Sue In The Inbox
  • Your Character Is A Sue, Not Just A Mary Or Gary
  • Not Writing A Mary Sue
WHILE ROLEPLAYING

Para Titles

  • 100 Paragraph Titles
  • Para Titles - Song Title Edition (2,3)
  • A Whole Ton of Para Titles
  • 350+ Song Titles
  • Para Titles For You (2)

Starters

  • How to: Create an interesting starter
  • How to: Make an Interesting Starter
  • Gif Conversations: A Guide
  • A Brief Guide to Starters
  • Interesting Gif Convesation Starters
  • Starters Masterlist
  • Gif Starter Posts
  • 46 Interesting Gif Chat Starters
  • Ideas for Gif Chat Starters
  • Starters

Careers/Jobs

  • Masterlist: Jobs
  • Possible Careers for Characters
  • Artistic Occupations
  • Martha’s Vineyard Job Masterlist
  • Interesting Jobs

Locations/Settings/Activities

  • Para Ideas
  • Masterlist: Para Ideas
  • Top 50 Places for Starters
  • Writing Topics: Para Ideas
  • 101 Date Ideas
  • 68 Date Ideas
  • 22 Date Ideas
  • Popular Places to Eat

Character Development

  • Character Development Questionaire
  • Character Surveys
  • C.D. Questionaire
  • 30 Day Character Development Meme
  • Character Development Questions (2)
  • 100 Pt. Questionaire
  • IC and OOC Surveys
  • Online Test for Character Building
  • 30 Days of Character Development
  • How to: Develop Characters
  • Get To Know Your Characters
ROMANCE

Romance (in general)

  • The Little Ways a Ship Gets Build
  • Roleplaying Relationships
  • 8 Ways to Say I Love You
  • How to: Make a Set Ship RP Work
  • How to: Write a Romantic Scene
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Writing Relationships
  • Putting a Label on It
  • Synonyms for Love
  • Pregnancy (2, 3, 4, 5)

Smut

  • Smut Guide: Casual Sex
  • Smut Guide: For Beginners
  • How to: Write a First Time Sex Scene Romantically
  • How to: Smut - The Bare Bones
  • How to: Smut (For Virgins)
  • How to: Write Lesbian Smut
  • How to: Write Smut (2, 3)
  • How to: Write a Blowjob/Prepping for Smut
  • Smut Guides of Tumblr
  • Tips on Writing Sex Scenes
  • A Guide to Language in Smut
  • Domination and Submission
  • Making Love
  • A Smut Guide

Kisses

  • How to: Write a Kiss (2)
  • Different Types of Kisses
  • Writing Out the First Kiss
OTHER

Plot Writing

  • How to: Create the Best Plot for Your RP
  • How to: Create A Plot Outline in 8 Steps
  • How to: Write A Plot in 12 Steps
  • How to: Write A Quality Plot
  • How to: Spice Up Your Roleplay Plots
  • Components of Your Plot Page
  • Writing Up A Plot
  • Basics of Writing A Plot
  • Links for Plot Writing Help
  • Eight Unique Plot Ideas
  • Plot Twists
  • Situation Ideas (2, 3)
  • Guide to Plotting

Eras

  • Eras Masterlist
  • Everything You Need to Know Abut the 20’s
  • 20’s Slang
  • Primary Sources on Ancient Civilizations
  • How to: Play the Greek Goddess ‘Harmonia’
  • How to: Roleplay In the Victorian Era
  • Victorian Dialogue

the background for the House/Sinclair ship, copied from my ancient RP blog, for anyone who’s wondering what the hell me and Rose are talking about:

When characters in Dead Money mention Frederick Sinclair being betrayed and suffering crippling financial losses in the 2070s, they’re partially talking about House. House was very close with Sinclair for about 25 years, and he was a key backer for many of Sinclair’s architecture/development projects. House considered – in fact, still considers – Sinclair to be the greatest architect and civil engineer of their generation.

But in 2071, to free up money to pay for Las Vegas’ defenses, House pulled funding from all of Sinclair’s projects. As many other backers had recently gone bankrupt in the economic turmoil of the times, this was catastrophic for Sinclair. He was nearly financially ruined, and he never forgave House for that betrayal. They never spoke again afterwards.

House doesn’t regret it. If he has to choose between Vegas and someone he cares for, he’ll chose Vegas every time, without hesitation. That will never change.

(House still has some of Sinclair’s drawings of re-imagined Vegas skylines in a file cabinet somewhere in the Lucky 38, but he never looks at them.)