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Enneagram 5

The Five in Profile

Healthy: Observe everything with extraordinary perceptiveness and insight. Are mentally alert, curious, have a searching intelligence: nothing escapes their notice. Display foresight and prediction abilities. Able to concentrate: become engrossed in what has caught their attention. / Attain skillful mastery of whatever interests them. Excited by knowledge: often become expert in some field. Innovative and inventive, producing extremely valuable, original works. Highly independent, idiosyncratic, and whimsical. At Their Best: Become visionaries, broadly comprehending the world while penetrating it profoundly. Open-minded, take things in whole, in their true context. Make pioneering discoveries and find entirely new ways of doing and perceiving things.

Average: Begin conceptualizing everything before acting—working things out in their minds: model building, preparing, practicing, gathering resources. Studious, acquiring technique. Become specialized and often “intellectual”: involvement in research, scholarship, and building theories. / Increasingly detached as they become involved with complicated ideas or imaginary worlds. Become preoccupied with their visions and interpretations rather than reality. Are fascinated by offbeat, esoteric subjects, even those involving dark and disturbing elements. Detached from the practical world, a “disembodied mind,” although high-strung and intense. / Begin to take an antagonistic stance toward anything which would interfere with their inner world and personal vision. Become provocative and abrasive, with intentionally extreme and radical views. Cynical and argumentative.

Unhealthy: Become reclusive and isolated from reality, eccentric and nihilistic. Highly unstable and fearful of aggressions: they reject and repulse others and all social attachments. / Get obsessed with yet frightened by their threatening ideas, becoming horrified, delirious, and prey to gross distortions and phobias. / Seeking oblivion, they may commit suicide or have a psychotic break with reality. Deranged, explosively self-destructive, with schizophrenic overtones.

Key Motivations: Want to be capable and competent, to master a body of knowledge and skill, to explore reality, to remain undisturbed by others, to reduce their needs.

Examples: Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stanley Kubrick, Georgia O'Keeffe, Emily Dickinson, Simone Weil, Bill Gates, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacob Bronowski, James Joyce, Gary Larson, David Lynch, Stephen King, Tim Burton, Clive Barker, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, John Cage, Glenn Gould, Charles Ives, Bobby Fischer, and Vincent van Gogh.

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dynamitebear  asked:

I'm playing a smooth-talking rogue thief in my game so I started following this blog for inspiration. (Great content btw) But I find it hard to roleplay my suave and charismatic character when I'm not. Are there any posts or tags you have about being charismatic or something I can use to help play my character better? Thanks.

Oh, you’re not alone, a lot of people have that problem, high charisma is probably the hardest thing to pull off. But don’t worry, it’s definitely doable. :)

First of all, talk with your DM, explain the situation, and come to an agreement on how you’ll be handling social skills mechanically. Different systems/editions have different approaches, ranging from “it all comes down to a dice roll no matter what you do” to “it all depends on what you say and how”.

It may be tempting to go for the former extreme, but I don’t recommend it, because then you won’t have any incentive to roleplay at all. A middle ground would be preferable: you, the player, get to decide what your character says, and this will of course affect the outcome, but body language and tone of voice (which in many cases can make or break an argument) are determined by your character’s abilities. That way, you can focus on actual words, and not worry about “looking” and “sounding” suave. This means less stress for you, which is a big deal in my experience.

Then, you can think of a few introductions, perhaps write them down if you prefer. Like, how would you greet and introduce yourself to a guard, to a noble, to a shopkeeper, or to a mark? You don’t need to rehearse a whole script, just have a sentence ready to get started. It may sound a bit silly, but I’ve seen it work wonders. It’s a bit like Method acting, it helps you get into your character’s mind.

Third: prepare excuses. I think the hardest thing with smooth-talkers is making shit up on the spot, and pulling excuses out of your ass. But if you have a basic cover story ready in advance, it becomes much easier. And it makes sense in character: “Okay, we’ll sneak into the mayor’s house to steal this document, but what do we say if we get caught? We’re his new bodyguards! We’re the Queen’s Secret Police on a sensitive mission! Actually, we’re just a hallucination!” (Adjust silliness to taste, and let the charismatic Rogue do the talking.)

And last but not least: take it slow. You don’t need to be smooth ALL THE TIME, very few people are. If it comes out only once in a while, it’s still cool, and it will feel great, and the less you stress about it the easier it will become with time. So give it time. And if you ever feel bad about it, just think of all the Wizards who play with 20+ INT, basically superhuman intelligence, and still fail  spectacularly to solve all the problems they come across. :P

Oh, and if you want to play a charismatic rogue, smooth and suave isn’t the only way to do it. Charisma means force of personality, and this can be expressed in many ways. You can be playful and charming, but you can also be imposing, intimidating, project self-confidence or gravitas, all sorts of things. If the concept is “high charisma” in general, as opposed to smooth-talking and suave specifically, maybe you’ll be more comfortable with one of these approaches. (See also this post.)

And finally, @dynamitebear , I’d like to note that you’re already doing the best thing you could possibly do to learn how to smooth-talk: you’re ROLEPLAYING. :D

P.S. Our resident pro in smooth-talking is @wearebeguiler. Ask her if she’s got any tips, and I’ll reblog this to @weareadventurers in case anyone else has something to add. It’s a very good question. :)

You could have left it at you don’t participate in events. Or even that you are busy. Everything else is rude. It is a common problem in fandom that main characters of color are ignored in favor of white minor characters. Creators should be aware of this and try to avoid it. It’s not too much to ask for artist to draw/feature people of color which you obviously understand since you felt the need to add that 98% of the characters in your novel are black or brown.

(I’m leaving the person’s name out because I don’t want people ganging up on them. but I want to address some things here.)

The fact that I don’t participate in events and that I don’t have time are personal reasons for not making anything Ransom related this last week. I was kind enough to offer that explanation, but I could also have left it out, because overall, no one is entitled to my work, or when I produce it.

I mean, besides my jobs and my editor. They can ask what and when I create stuff, because they pay me and I signed several contracts. People who commission me can also ask for specific content and time limit. Because they ALSO pay what they want.

No one else, and I do mean no one, not my mom, not my friends, not my sis who’s also my co-creator in several projects, can impose on my creations. 

So, when someone who doesn’t care to show their virtual face comes and shits over my inbox, I have full rights to be rude

Yes, I know about fandom not favoring characters of color. I’ve posted several times about this fact. I have rebloggued what I felt would help put a spotlight on them. I made the banner for the Samwell Student Union because I think their goal to gather information about all the CP! events is a good uniting endeavour. I’m myself a person of color, latina to be exact, and even if I don’t see myself represented in the cast, I still put a lot of my personal time in reblogging and reposting people who create content about POCs. 

“Creators should be aware of this and try to avoid it. It’s not too much to ask for artist to draw/feature people of color

You want to ask creators to make a specific content, you pay them

Otherwise, you make your own content, may they be art, fics, gifsefts, playlists, AU ficlets, icons. If you can’t do any of these, make a blog that focuses on reblogging the things you want to see.  Or just reblog them on your own space. Making something new and exciting changes minds. Attacking artists does nothing but making them feel like shit. 

“since you felt the need to add that 98% of the characters in your novel are black or brown. “

Do you know how many years I spent on that novel? Fifteen. No kidding, I started the summer of my 17th year and worked on it through college, countless jobs, a depression and moving four of five times. Now I’m 32, and I’ve rewritten it ten times, and finally it’s getting published.

What I want to say is, it took me all that time, and even more years before that, to go against the need I felt to make most characters paler, because it’s something media convinced me was “normal” even though I’ve never been white.

I worked against my own mind, sometimes redesigning characters that lived for a decade in my mind looking a certain way- and it was hard, believe me. Not everyone is there in their own artistic journey. It takes time, and self-examination, and a lot of trial and error. I mean, I’m a woman of color and it took all my life to get where I am. I can imagine that it’s also hard for other people 

But yes, I do know that media needs more diverse representation, so, AS A PROFESSIONAL, I know that my words will have an impact when other people read them. 

When that novel comes out and I make money out of it, you can come and criticise it. If you’re unhappy about what N produces and you actually pay her by being a patron or buying her merch, you can criticise her too. You can be against what Marvel does, against movies who whitewash characters, etc etc, and you have every right to critique them, because they make money out of it. They profit from whitewashing.

But harassing people who create FOR FREE, in their own time, and actually make creations that are positive, just not what you want to see? Harassing them is just bullying. 

That anon came to my inbox without being asked to, and hid their face to bully me. I rebloggued it with exactly the level of respect I felt was deserved (which is none), and since I KNOW other people get to deal with this kind of bullshit, I felt it was my responsibility, as a loud voice in this fandom, to give a solid example that this kind of bullying is NOT TOLERATED. 

What is also not tolerated is the policing of my tone when I’m answering to a bully. 


(Note: About the swearing, it has come to my attention that some words -fuck, shit, etc- have more of a negative impact in English speaking countries. In Québec, they’re used with more frequency and are not seen as rude. Our religious swearing are actually worse.)


anonymous asked:

Do you think people like Reyes because he's the spicy Latino character? im trying to understand the hype. I kind of think people just like him for being hot brown boy with hot accent.

lol wtf you’re like the third nonny to ever ask me to speak for the entirety of Reyes stans and tell you why we like him. I mean, whatever answer I give will be personal and not necessarily a reflection on the community, so let me get started on something I can generalize: fetishization.

[*Note I have a small postscript answer anticipating Sloane Kelley’s characterization at the end of this post.]

Short answer: No, but… Long Answer: Yes, but… >both buts lead to: but racism is something we participate in regardless of whether or not we are anti-racist.

Basically, we consume and propagate tropes and images regardless of how we problematize it, and it’s really up to your consumption of Reyes’s character to determine your complicity in the fetishization that inevitably follows a character like him.

The Unintentional Lecture on the Spicy Brown Boy with an Accent Trope

I think you’d all be lying if you say you didn’t get a wee bit charmed by the accent when you first heard it. It’s subconscious; it’s ingrained in everything we consume; the person with the accent is exotic, mysterious, and jarringly different from the identities you formed in the creation of your protagonist.

Writers, filmmakers, and artists have constantly employed accents for characters to instill a very impermeable yet nonetheless alluring sense of “difference.” This is why George Lucas racistly gave the aliens accented English in the prequel trilogy despite having given them acceptable yet unintelligible (to us) alien languages in the original Star Wars trilogy. The bureaucrats starving Naboo for a trade deal get the haughty Japanese businessfolk accent; the slaver who owned Anakin and is “stingy” has a vaguely semitic accent; Jar Jar Binks with his “massah” lingo and incoherence eerily mimics the language white writers ascribed to black slaves in 19th-century fiction (as seen in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Huckleberry Finn), and it’s weirdly reminiscent of Jamaican accents as well, so you can’t help but think of his “tomfoolery” in a racialized undertone. I’m sorry to call out George Lucas in this (I’m really not tho), because he isn’t alone. My point is that in the most blatant of cases, accents from real communities and groups are transposed onto alien or monstrous creatures in a move that simultaneously anthropomorphizes them (i.e. giving them voice and characterization) without granting them the dignity of being fully human and an American or British accented English seems to be the dominant mode of doing this. [Let’s not talk about how Bioware has handled accents for aliens in GENERAL in the ME Original Trilogy for now, because this is complicated]

On the flipside you can dehumanize human characters by giving them this same treatment of accents. See this post for an elaboration.

What happens when you give a human character an accent?

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STAR TREK EPISODE 1|01 THE MAN TRAP

In 2015 I re-watched Star Trek the Original Series and did a sketch or two per episode. I think it helped to build my portfolio and challenge myself as an artist. My sketchbook was lacking this year so I’m going to try and do this self-imposed project again! Not sure if I’ll be doing a weekly upload considering I intend to colour these but let’s see how far my stamina takes me! 

Round 2 | Part 1 | Part 2
Round 1 | 2016 B&W Sketches

Next Episode | Part 1

manolioferia  asked:

what do you do when your friends are always going out and they want you to go out with them but you just don't wanna go out and they even go to your house calling you to go out but you don't want to and they get angry with you I need help and advice from you, wise Maggie


Dear manolioferia,

You ask me to be a wizard.

You ask me to be a wizard because there’s not really enough information to go on in these asks to advise you, and so I can think of at least three answers right off the top of my head depending on what your situation is. 

That said: I love pretending to be a wizard 

so I’m going to give you all three answers. I should say in advance that I’m a chilly and protective sort of wizard, so these answers will be biased.

ANSWER ONE: The first answer comes in the form of a question. When is the last time you put shoes on?

ok ok ok ok but seriously bear with me

Are you depressed? I don’t want to give you advice about your friendships if this is the underlying issue. Because depression might very well be keeping you from doing lots of things, not just going out with your friends, and I don’t want to tell you “they aren’t the boss of you!” if really you need to get the hell out of bed no matter how much you don’t want to. Studies have increasingly begun to show that depression is linked to inflammation and that, in that case, being immobile if you don’t have to be only makes it worse. So if depression is at the root of this, you should be getting out of the house and moving your arms and legs, even if it is not to go out with your friends. Which brings us to answer two.

ANSWER TWO: The second answer comes in the form of a question. Are you sure you really like your friends? 

ok ok ok ok but seriously bear with me

When I was much younger and had shittier self-esteem, I took all the friends I could get in any circumstance. Because let’s be real, I thought, beggars can’t be choosers. So I ended up with this hodgepodge of friends made simply because they were there and because they were friendly and I guessed this was what life was going to be like. Sort of fine-ish. A lot more like Office Space than I had hoped when I was younger, but … I guessed that was what the real world was like. These friends and I hung out, except for when I made excuses. Which was a lot. Why? 

  • Because hanging out was perfectly fine but it just drained me and used a day and left me feeling like I’d checked a friend box. Why did they seem to be having a better time than me? 
  • Because it took me years to realize that just because you think someone is nice doesn’t mean they need to be your friend or have a claim to your time and emotional investment. There are lots of nice people in the world. There’s only one of you. 

  • Because it took me even more years after that to realize that just because someone really, really likes you, you don’t have to like them back. In fact, if the relationship is unequal, you’re very likely to be a bad friend back to them.

If you make friends based upon availability instead of compatibility, it’s easy to find yourself with a group of friends who prioritize different sorts of fun than you. It’s easy to find yourself with people who perfectly acceptable humans without a trace of assholery but nonetheless don’t feed you on a soul level. It’s also easy to find yourself being a crappy friend back to them, because you aren’t emotionally invested enough to empathetically give them what they need.

One year or so ago, a clever person reminded me that if I wanted new, rewarding friendships, I had to stop giving time to the unequal, toxic, or lethargic relationships that I already had. The psychology of friendships suggests that we only have a limited amount of emotional bandwidth to offer the people in our life. I had to make room. 

So I ask again: are you sure you really like your friends? 

ANSWER THREE: The third answer comes in the form of a question. Are you trying to write The Raven King? 

ok ok ok ok but seriously bear with me

Sometimes if you’re working on a project — school, work, creative — friends have problems with boundaries, especially if they don’t understand the importance of said project. School or work projects can be difficult to explain to the pushiest of friends (“hey dude why don’t you want to party we know you can write that paper in four hours like last time!”)(”hey dude you wrote the last book in four months and you’ve been working on this one for 13 months PINCH IT OFF”), and creative projects that are only important to you can be a nightmare (“you’re never going to get published so why are you still working on that?”)(”Why don’t you want to come out you’re only painting a giant lizard on your basement wall and that can wait”). 

True friends will learn to respect even a self-imposed project, but not unless you tell them how important it is to you. You need to be clear that you’re working on something, and it’s a concrete block of time even if it isn’t a concrete object that they can see, and if they still have a problem with it, you should reconsider your relationship with them. Boundaries, needs, priorities, respect. Friends have all these things. Also dogs. 

POSTSCRIPT:

All of these answers have the prerequisite of you wanting to be happy and wanting to make your life something you want to participate in. If you’re trying to terraform your life, you’re going to have to be active, not passive. You’re going to have to agree that fine is not good enough. Be willing to work for exceptional instead. 

And put on your shoes.

urs,

Stiefvater 

  As Above, So Below AU 
Your Past Will Haunt You


Muse A is known amongst their group of friends for being an avid filmmaker. They rarely go anywhere without their camera and nothing goes without being filmed – family barbecues, scenic road trips, a striking sunset, anything.

Aspiring for something greater,  Muse A enlists Muse B (a friend/co-worker/whomever) to accompany them on a trip to France to film the catacombs beneath Paris for a self-imposed documentary project. A slightly skeptical Muse B agrees and together they travel to Paris.  Besides – what could go wrong? They’re only going to explore the world’s largest mass grave.

They trek through the catacombs only to have their entrance suddenly obscured by falling rocks. Trapped and without anywhere else to turn, they forge ahead in hopes of discovering another way out. Going in circles, squeezing through secret passages, and stumbling over bones, they firmly believe that it cannot get worse than this —-

—- until horrifying events from their pasts, moments riddled with guilt, moments that left a terrifying mental scar, materialize before their eyes and they are forced to relive each haunting memory. 


                   There is NO
                             turning back. 

Part 2 of my self imposed Regal Believer Project

Head canon;

Regina’s juggling raising baby Henry: his mid night feeds,

and sporadic sleeping habits, with her long hours as and

responsibilities as Mayor. Taking a break from her work,

she holds him close to her chest, stroking his back until

he drifts off to sleep; she soon follows him into the land of

sweet dreams.

The dress and belt is taken from S1E2 (The Thing You Love Most)

The shoes (and also the belt again) from S1E18 (Stable Boy)

Sofa taken from the promo’s because I didn’t like the look of the

one in Regina’s ‘den’ at home or her office.

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Darcey in the Smoke and Snow

First shot of the New Year - 365 Portraits Starts Now.

Here are my self imposed rules for this project: 

  1. Over the next year I will shoot 365 portraits with accompanying 30 seconds of video.
  2. While I won’t necessarily shoot one a day, one year from today I’ll have collected 365 total portraits. 
  3. I will at all costs try to photograph 365 different individuals.

Can’t wait to get this thing goin!

EDIT: If you’re in Chicago - get at me, I’ve got 364 more portraits to shoot!

gayscalyoctopus  asked:

Hey Kylee! I'm doing everything I can to stay organized and push myself to draw more and I'm wondering if you have any advice about keeping on schedule. I know you had gone through medical school AND continue to work on your nuzlocke which just seems.. SO difficult! Do you keep a calendar? Make lists? How do you mentally prepare yourself for something you don't want to do? Do you think your mental health (whether good or bad) effects your busy schedule? I don't mind if you publish this.

OH BOY we’re gonna get into some personal stuff with this answer…

Apologies for the delay on this ask, but I’ve had a rough month overall so I pushed this back until I felt like I am sane enough to address this. Putting this under a cut because my answer is ridiculously long

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INFJ Confession #616

I feel like I’m too selfish to really be an INFJ. I feel like, while I can appreciate the vastness of the world, I’m too wrapped up in my own sense of understanding. I keep to myself because I am afraid of imposing or projecting my feelings onto others, but I worry this makes me turn into a control freak and perfectionist when it comes to how I want to handle things. Friends say I make too much of a big deal of things, but also that I need to stop holding things in. I don’t know what to do.