the quality bugs be so bad but what can i do

signs as dumb YA novel clichés

Aries: The Chosen One~ “This wasn’t how my life was supposed to go. When I turned 18, I wasn’t expecting to be thrust into the Underworld. I was gonna go to college, be a normal student and rush Sigma Phi Chiapet my sophomore year. But everything is different now. The prophecy has spoken and I’m going to go through a training montage and become really badass really quickly even though I was against being the chosen one in the first place but now I have a black belt after a month of punching bags of sand and now I’m ready to save the world. And guess what. At the end of the book…………. I save the world.”

Taurus: The “you don’t know think you’re beautiful until a boy tells you so / not like the other girls” average looking protagonist~ “Hi. My name is Tookiewisp Flowerspark. I’ve got mousy brown hair and bright brown eyes. I’m tall and thin and I don’t have boobs yet. I love to wear my worn out high top converse and skinny jeans. Maybe if I wore a dress, boys my age would notice me. But to be honest, I’m just not into girly stuff like most other girls are. You could say I’m different.”

Gemini: Crush throughout the entire novel turns out to be an asshole~ “He’d never notice a girl like me. He doesn’t even know my name!’ *sudden makeover transformation where she takes her hair out of a ponytail and takes off her glasses* Boy: ‘Wow, Winteria Snow. I never realized how pretty you were until you put on makeup and put in some contacts. Will you be my girlfriend?’”

Cancer: Instant love~ “That’s when a saw her, walking down the street. She was coming my way. Her hair blew in the wind like a majestic mane of gold. The way she walked made my heart skip a beat. I started sweating and I couldn’t stop my heart from racing. I stared at her as she walked past and I tried to say hello, but my words came out in a jumble. She gave me a weird look and walked away. It was at that moment that I knew I had fallen in love and found my soulmate. Also, by the end of this book she falls in love with me even though I basically obsessively stalk her throughout the entire novel and have no redeeming qualities.”

Leo: The Queen Bee~ “That’s Brooke Richardsworth. She’s the coolest, most popular girl in school. She’s got long, straight blonde hair and wears pink skirts, pink cardigans and pink headbands. Those are her two slightly less attractive friends, Chelsea and Paige. Brooke is also dating my crush. We used to be friends, but ever since I accidentally spilled my chocolate milk on her back in the third grade, she’s done everything she can to make my life miserable.”

Virgo: Problematic parents~ “My parents recently got divorced, so now on the weekends I hang out with my dad, and during the week I hang out with my mom. It gets pretty tiring going back and forth after a while, but every other Saturday my dad (who is also a professor at a university) takes me camping and we roast hotdogs over a campfire which really makes up for it. Recently though, he’s been hanging around a new young blonde woman named Tamara Blake. He’s been spending all of his time with her. We haven’t even gone camping since they met!”

Libra: The improbable love triangle~ “What am I going to do? I have two boys who just got into a fight at school because they both are in love with me, average annoying weird superiority complex girl. On one hand, there’s Jackson- the brooding bad boy who wears leather jackets and rides motorcycles and treats me like garbage when he’s in a grumpy mood. Then on the other hand, there’s Theodore- the quiet sensitive one who reads books and drinks tea and I always catch him watching me from behind a bookshelf in the library! This is the hardest choice I’ve ever had to make in my life. I HAVE to choose one of them. But… who?”

Scorpio: The dystopian society~ “Hi, I’m Bland McBore. In our society, the rich and the poor are divided into two groups and all the rich people are evil and live in a city where there are floating vehicles and all the buildings are white marble and/or chrome, and all the poor people live in mud huts and have to eat bugs and also everything is a weird shade of gray to represent sadness or something. I am going to start a revolution and overthrow the government with the help of my two best friends and once we start to cause trouble with our rebellion, the leader who is probably an old white guy with a pointed beard will offer us riches that we originally fought against in the beginning but don’t worry we will heroically reject them and fight for equality and won’t stop until society is no longer divided. Also people will definitely die but it will all only be people we are conveniently close to. Me and my two best friends get to live until the very end because we move the plot forward.”

Sagittarius: Protagonist just moved to a new school~ “My dad got a new job so we had to move across the country. I’m really shy and quiet and dorky so I know that my first day is going to be horrible. The teacher will make me stand up at the front of the class and then I’ll cry because I’ll be thinking about my life in my old town. Then as I sit back down at my desk, the teacher will keep on teaching instead of addressing that one of her students is visibly upset and crying. Then, the boy behind me will tap on my shoulder and introduce himself- this boy will be the guy I keep as my friend until the end of the novel where, plot twist, he ends up being my perfect match all along.”

Capricorn: The Intellectual~ “My favorite past time is to go to this tree up on a hill where my mom is buried that is also conveniently in the middle of the woods but also within a short walking distance from my house. I go there and I just think. Not of a lot of kids from school do that these days. Everyone is so obsessed with the latest gossip or the latest trend that it seems like everyone forgot how to, well, think. Sometimes I wish I was like them. I wish I could turn off my brain and mindlessly walk around without a care in the world. But I can’t because I’m different and smarter than everyone else and I also like to read and I love the smell of old books and reading and did I mention that I also love to read.”

Aquarius: Really weird “quirky” names~ “Hi, I’m Ingridagelica Applewindbalmkettlefish and this is my story. I know, I know, my name is pretty strange. My parents picked it because they said that when I was born they knew I was going to grow up and do something really great and unique and they also said that it means “not like the other girls” when spoken in Latin.” 

Pisces: The “nice guy” guy friend who turns out to be The One all along~ “I just can’t believe my crush won’t notice me! Tell me Carter, what am I doing wrong?” “Nothing, Skylightquia. If it’s worth anything, I think you’re pretty…. uh, pretty awesome, I mean.” *Skylightquia sighs and looks up at the stars from the rooftop they got onto somefuckinghow* “The stars are really beautiful, aren’t they?” *Carter looks at her meaningfully* “Yeah they are”

The Heiman Rant

It’s plainly obvious. Heiman is a toxic relationship. 

Heidi and Cartman were built on false pretenses, and therefore doomed to fail. Cartman’s a bad boyfriend. He’s terrible to her. We all want it to end.

But I think in our rush to see this bad thing that made us all so uncomfortable be done with, for it all to just go away, we forget what this relationship was like before it all went sour.

In our need to see Cartman return to his normal self, we never really stopped to look at his relationship with Heidi. How it functioned. We all just said, “bad. fake.” and waited for it to end.

I don’t know HOW many times I’ve heard “Cartman is incapable of being in a relationship unless he’s controlling the person, and Heiman proves that.” And that just bugged me. And I realized why.

Because Cartman WAS in a good relationship. And to start off with, it was a shaky foundation, sure, but nonetheless, he proved that he CAN be a kind, supportive person. 

In season 20 one of their biggest strengths as a couple was communication. They’d tell each other their plans, their hopes and dreams, even their worries. And it worked like a functional relationship. Cartman was relaxed. He hardly stressed out about anything. Hell, he didn’t even get mad when Kyle reminded him of the confrontation that alienated him from the group he was a part of. It was just so far out of his mind that he didn’t care. He was in a good place. And he would do anything to conserve that.

The Mars analogy in season 20 is symbolic of his relationship. A completely alien world to him, but one to make his own. He feels like he’s walking on air, and he’s mesmerized. 

And it’s not as if this relationship only benefited Cartman. Heidi was encouraged to realize how smart she was.

Whenever she was discouraged, Cartman told her it was unwarranted. To “get over” herself, which is a perfectly sound piece of advice. Her doubt was the only thing standing in her way. In the end she realized she was so smart that she could help a fucking space program create a massive amount of energy. 

It was a mutually beneficial relationship.

However, I do want to say that I personally believe this relationship was doomed to fail. simply because, as we see in Cartman’s Mars vision, Heidi is MILES away from Cartman. He doesn’t feel legitimately close to her, and that would’ve surfaced without anyone’s interference. 

 So let’s dive a little deeper in. Let’s ask the most obvious of questions.

What does Cartman think of relationships? 

 I’m sure most people would say “He thinks partners are supposed to be like Alexa.” 

But the answer is actually directly given to us, way back in season 16. 

In an earlier post I explain that Cupid Me is a manifestation of what Cartman considers love. 

Cartman tells cupid me that he believes in him, and that love can change everything. Very strong feelings about love.  

A bit surprising from Cartman, huh? But before the naysayers start insisting that “Cartman Finds Love was out of character!!!” I should tell you that Cartman has consistently admired the concept of love throughout other episodes

 In The Ring when Kenny gets with a girl named Tammy Warner, Cartman is invested in Kenny’s relationship and comments on how it’s “kind of beautiful.”

 In Tweek x Craig he is so invested in their relationship that he fantasizes about assisting them when they need it. In “Where My Country Gone?” he encourages Butters to pull a Lion King 2, while having an affectionate expression while Butters wooes Charlotte. 

 It’s entirely consistent that Cartman loves the concept of love and has specific ideals of what those should be. And it’s NOT an Alexa. Ironically he does ask Alexa what love is, which is sad to say the least. But he does understand at the end of that episode that what he has with Heidi isn’t love. 

But the point is, back when he thought he loved Heidi, he was pretty damn good at expressing it. 

Compliments.

Patience. 

Positivity, 

Support, 

Cooperation, 

and most of all, communication. 

 If Cartman is so incapable of showing love to anything unless he has complete control over it, how and why did he do that FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON? I mean seriously people. It’s not like he was possessed. He wasn’t being threatened. He genuinely believed he loved Heidi, and he had no problems spending time with her. Because he WANTED to.

And what he gave Heidi was probably one of the best relationships you can get as a 4th grader. I mean compare it to any other relationship we’ve seen on south park. Heiman – despite being obnoxious to those who know the “real Cartman,” – is easily the best a 4th grade boy has treated a 4th grade girl in this series. EASILY. It’s no wonder we see Heidi in the 21st season so desperately wanting her Cartman back.

That is – her reflection back. 

Because as cupid me says, “People who are the same belong together,” right? So that’s what Cartman did. Cartman and Heidi were polar opposites. So in order for Heidi and Cartman to work, Cartman became like her. 

Don’t get it twisted, this doesn’t mean he was lying about believing he liked her. It doesn’t mean he’s “faking” because he’s “manipulating her into liking him.” Everyone does this. Everyone in a relationship mimics their partner to some extent. Because the more we admire someone, the more we find ourselves taking on their qualities. Their laughs, their nervous habits, their interests, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Cartman’s reason for taking on her traits isn’t all involuntary though. You can see several times where Cartman gets shifty eyed, that he’s putting on a front. But the front is genuinely for the sake of conserving the relationship. 

And, for the record, the fact that when talking to Butters Cartman continues to put on his soft-spoken, well-mannered demeanor that he finds it admirable in Heidi. Note the shift in his voice. 

He wants that demeanor from Heidi because he believes it’s part of what makes her so likable. 

In this relationship, Heidi is the one being imitated because she’s the one being admired. She is the one making actions, and Cartman is the making reactions.  And in turn, she is functionally the one in control. Cartman takes control and pushes her to do things, it’s just in his nature to be assertive, but he too understands that when it’s all said and done, her whims are the deciding factor in the relationship.

And, he understands that if he wanted any semblance of a shot with this likable person, he couldn’t act like himself. When Kyle talks about “the old Cartman,” Cartman fidgets and takes a sip of his drink, subtly hiding his anxiousness that Kyle would even mention that in front of Heidi. Then he continuously changes the subject to distract Kyle. 

And this is where it all starts to go to shit.

Kyle is the first person to create/quicken the downfall of Cartman’s relationship (because of course he is.). When Kyle threatens to expose the meanest parts of Cartman’s personality, Cartman panics. 

We know now that if Heidi did see those things Cartman said their relationship could have easily recovered. Her patience with him is unmatched. It’s interesting that Cartman placed Heidi in such high regard that he thought her knowing he criticized a group of women would fuck him over. 

Shame is definitely not a new thing for Cartman, but shame towards his entire personality is. Cartman is so terrified of losing the relationship that he won’t risk being himself. He knows he’s lucky as fuck to have her, so much that he tries to go to a whole other god damn planet just to keep them together.

And what’s interesting about this is that the whole time, even though he’s lying, he still puts the care and effort into talking and expressing his feelings to Heidi. He doesn’t want her to worry, but to some extent, he can’t help but open up to her.

And this might seem like a minor thing, since he’s still lying to her and all, but it’s a polar opposite to his distance and refusal to communicate in season 21.

This is why I insist that the amount of heart that Cartman put into the relationship before shit hit the fan is praiseworthy. He’s putting effort and care into someone like he’s never done before. And it’s amazing.

And then Butters came along with a dialogue. 

The truth is girls hate us, Eric. They’re sick of our shit. And one day, they plan to make us obsolete, stick us underground where we just get milked for our semen. Boys’ only hope is to start over on Mars.

Which matched Cartman’s initial dialogue. 

The icing on the cake is, Butters also predicted that Heidi was doing all this to fuck him over.

That’s how it ends, Eric. Girls get you to feel for them, make you think they’re the best thing in the world, and then they leave, move on to the next thing; and you’re left there crying, with your heart covered in poop.

And for Cartman, who secretly glorifies and holds in such high regard – love – this resonates with him. Because his self-esteem is actually garbage. He knows he will never be with anyone, because he’s him.

In that sense, is it really so far fetched for Cartman to believe that Heidi was just playing an elaborate trick on him?

But Cartman, so genuinely enamored with Heidi, fights this initially. 

That is Cartman’s test. In order to prove to everybody (to himself) that Heidi is in fact, not tricking him, she must be smart and funny, which he believes she is. 

This of course, makes him nervous. He doesn’t want to believe that what he thinks about Heidi isn’t based in reality. Because to him, that would mean that Heidi is tricking him.

Cartman genuinely believes that Heidi is smart. You can see his two reactions here of what he thinks about both of those qualities in Heidi, respectively. 

When Heidi asks if Cartman believes she’s smart, Cartman doesn’t need any time to think about it. But when she asks about being funny, you can see his brain working, trying to search his memories of when she was ever funny. 

Because he’s so enamored with her, he laughs at whenever she says something mildly goofy. But when he looks back on it, it’s never funny. It’s so not funny that he can’t remember what the joke was.

But the concept of faulty memory is thrown out the window when he realizes that nothing she said would’ve been funny in real time. 

He genuinely thought she was funny. He equated his smiles and laughs of joy to her being funny. But with the rose colored glasses off, his claim of her not manipulating him falls apart in his eyes.

So by the end of the season, when all is said and done, we of course are left with a bitter, cold Cartman, who wants nothing to do with Heidi. 

In our first impression we might’ve said that he was buying into a conspiracy that Butters sold him, and is forcing the idea that she betrayed him because he wanted to believe the conspiracy.

But that’s not what this is. 

This is Cartman convinced that no one would ever genuinely like him. That of course after all he’s done, the only reason anyone would ever be with him, under any circumstance, would be doing it simply to trick him. And everything that Heidi made him feel, like the idea that she could make him laugh by saying anything, even though it wasn’t funny, was all part of her plan to bring him high up and watch him crash to the ground. 

Not because he actually believes that women want to milk men’s semen. The smart and funny test had nothing to do with that. 

His actions now aren’t him mistreating Heidi because he just can’t help himself. He proved for an entire season that he can. His actions are out of resentment.

In s21e01 he’s simply non-confrontational. He tries to make it work at minimum capacity – minimal communication, spending very little time with her, but her nagging makes him resentful. And yes, he places himself as the victim in this situation. In his paranoid mind, he is being unresponsive to not give her the pain she wants. Because he still feels for her. (I think that’s why he can’t decide whether or not he wants to break up with her.) 

But when she pushes, he lashes out. He hates talking about this relationship he once thought was great. But at the same time, he doesn’t want it to go away. Just the status of being in a relationship makes him feel good. He feels needed. He feels trapped, in that sense, and in turn even more angry that that “bitch” is trapping him.

But really it’s him struggling with his emotions, and she happens to be caught in the middle of it.

What Cartman does to Heidi is sad, and definitely sadistic. And to him it feels justified. But at the same time, I think he still believes the statement he blurted in the midst of his panic.

In his sadistic, projecting, paranoid little head, Heidi already accomplished what she sought out to do. Lift him up and knock him down.

For that brief moment in his life, he really experienced something beautiful.

And now it’s over. 

Because he destroyed it.

I think, and I hope, for the development of his character, that he knows that.

Hey, all!  Amy here and feel free to skip this, but I noticed a huge thing going around with fanfiction writers and fanfiction readers. Kinda throwing arrows at one another over mistakes and how they should be addressed.

Okay, first off: stop.  Ew.  It’s gross. Y’all are big boys and girls and y’all can act like it.  You don’t need to attack each other at the knees behind the safety of your screens.

Secondly:  there are points on both sides.  People who write have a right to be proud of their work and can choose not to accept criticism.  On the other hand, people who read and absorb the work have the right as well to point out mistakes they noticed if it’s meant to be helpful.

So how can people interact civilly when it comes to fanfiction and it’s accompanying critiques? By following a few internet rules, plain and simple.  No, I’m not gonna tell you to forgive and forget or just roll over and let the other person have their way.  That’s not what you do IRL and that’s not what you do online either.  Instead, both persons have a series of rules to follow in order to try and make the most of their experience.

Originally posted by m-blunicorn

FOR THE WRITERS:

I start with you because you’re the ones who have poured your heart and soul into this baby. And I get it, I do.  When you spend hours and hours slaving over your baby, going over the idea thousands of times in your head, trying to get the idea on paper, and trying to make it look good, then oh heck to the yes it’s your baby and you’re gonna defend it to the death.  I expect that and that’s okay.  What’s not okay is when it interferes with your ability to check in with the situation and see if they actually meant harm, so here are a few rules I’ve started to use over my years of fanfiction writing:

  1. Read the entire comment for content.  This is a bitter pill to take, especially if they sound condescending or snarky.  I’ve run into a few of them, and they’re never pleasant to deal with, but some of them have good ideas.  Try to filter out the junk of the comment and get to the meat of it all.  (I’ll get to what to do if there’s no meat later)
  2. Take a break from the comment when you get angry. And chances are that if it’s an unsolicited comment, you’re going to get angry.  This is your baby and you’ve worked hard on it.  If the crtiquer isn’t at least taking that into account, you may even get furious.  Get up and walk away.  They do not deserve your wrath.
  3. Decide for yourself if they have a point. Most critiquers tend to leave their comments because they’re trying to help in their own (somewhat obnoxious) way. If they’ve got a point, thank them, but also try to express if the critique was delivered well.  If it was, tell them so they can help more people. If not, tell them so they can work on it.  IF THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY POINT AT ALL AND ARE JUST BEING RUDE, get rid of it.  They’re not worth your time.
  4. Respond or toss.  This is up to you.  If they had content that was actually useful, then they were being helpful like they were trying to be.  If they had content and it wasn’t useful, it’s up to you what to do.  If they had zero content in their critique or it wasn’t relevant at all, skip it.  They’re not worth your time.

I actually formed these rules after an encounter with a critiquer who was completely neutral in tone, blurted my mistakes for the world to see, and essentially made me feel like the absolute worst writer in the world.  They weren’t harsh, but their critique did hurt me, especially because I’d still just been starting out.

The first thing that happened was I got angry.  I was livid, furious.  Like, how dare they?  Couldn’t they just sit back and enjoy the story?  I spent a good week or so avoiding my fanfiction account just because I was so pissed off.  I ended up talking to my mom and she asked me if they had any points.  I think she was going for “if they don’t, then they’re not worth your time”, but they did. After that, I went back and tried to see it from their point of view.

Originally posted by geekylaugifs

Didn’t mean I suddenly wasn’t mad at them.  I was mad, but I also realized that they, in their own roundabout and hurtful (to me, who reads inflection into typed words and winces at every loud noise and criticism) way, were trying to help me.

I worked on it, and I don’t think they ever commented on my stuff again, but the people who already loved my stuff?  The people who said that my stuff was ‘cute’ or ‘genius’?  They loved it all the more!  The critiquer may not have stuck around, but those who did benefited.

(It really took me a long time to stop being angry at them.  Now I just kind of take a lesson from them.  As a fanfiction writer, and as a critiquer myself.)

Originally posted by trendinggifs

FOR THE CRITIQUER:

I’m saying this as someone who has pretty high standards for what I read.  I look into formatting, tenses, plot, characterization, spelling, and even comma usage!  These little things do actually bug me, and sometimes enough to the point of wanting to comment, but I’ve been on the other side of it and remember the frustration and the anger that can come from a wrongly worded comment, so there are a few rules that I’ve formulated in order to be the best critiquer I can be and help as many people as possible get as amazing as they can as a writer!

Note:  These rules are for critiquers who actually do want to help writers get better and improve the overall quality of internet written works. If you’re here because of some superiority complex, these rules may be difficult for you to follow.  I, however, encourage you to do your best and perhaps one day you’ll be a good critiquer.  *^_^*

  1. Find a way to figure out if the author even wants your critique.  One way to do this is to respectfully ask them.  Always open with a positive.  Something like “Hey, I liked ___ about your story, but I noticed something was a bit off. Can I give you a constructive critique?” Typically, an author would be happy to know you cared about their opinion, so this will go either one of two ways.  They will either (A) allow the critique and actually listen to what you have to say or (B) politely decline the offer.  This means they have made up their mind and you are to let it go.  The back button is a wonderful friend at this point.
  2. Follow the sandwich format.  This is a tried and true method for getting people to actually listen.  If you start in with the critique, the author will feel attacked and immediately get defensive.  Instead of wondering if you’ve got any point, they will find ways to contradict you and argue.  Instead, open with something you liked about the story.  There was a reason you read it all to the end, wasn’t there?  Mention that first (AND BE HONEST!  NO ONE LIKES SOMEONE WHO GIVES OUT FALSE COMPLIMENTS), and then get to the critique, or ‘meat’, of your critique.  When that’s done, exit with a thank-you for being willing to listen to your comments.  It takes a lot for a creator to listen to someone point out the flaws in their baby, even if they’re trying to learn.  Remember that you want this to be a positive interaction, not a demolition derby.
  3. No insults or other derogatory comments. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the writer is trying their best.  Insulting them makes them less willing to hear you out, much less accept your comments and get better.
  4. No elevating yourself over them.  It’s a no-brainer.  You’re not there to school them, you’re there to help them.  Helping requires a serving mind, which puts their needs before your ego.
  5. Do not hound the author.  If they listen but don’t take your comments, you’re not allowed to harass them.  Most likely, they don’t see a point in your comment and have elected to ignore it. And that’s fine.  The point is that you managed to bring it to their attention once.  Maybe they’ll come back to it later, maybe not.  Either way, once your critique is given, it’s done.  Unless they come to you asking about it, your job is to pack up and vamoose, or simply to sit back and enjoy watching the rest of the story unfold.
  6. Make sure your comments are objective.  Like, if there’s a comma problem, tell them about it. If there’s verb tenses being messed up, inform them politely.  If person A didn’t get with person B, then you’re not critiquing.  That’s a matter of opinion and doesn’t belong in the critiquing category.
  7. Be respectful.  They’re going on a limb and listening to you, and it’s the author’s choice whether or not to continue the correspondence. You don’t have to ‘kiss up to them’ or ‘serve them’, but you have to make sure you’re not being a jerk and that all your comments are warranted.

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

I know there are a lot of rules, but critiquing is hard, especially with how a lot of people view them.  But you, the critiquer, ARE NOT EVIL.  You’re not the bad guy.  You’re not messed up.  You’re not ‘sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong’.  You’re human and you’re trying to be helpful.  These are just tips and tricks on how to go about it the right way and maximize your helpfulness.

Originally posted by hippie-janessa

FOR EVERYONE!!

The last thing I’ll say is that not everyone will follow these rules.  They will think they’re stupid or pandering or all-around dumb. Some people who claim to critique will continue to slander our good name by acting like holier-than-thou snits. Some people who write will continue to get outrageously angry for persons daring to say something went wrong.

Originally posted by blisteredblue

Here’s how to deal with them:

  1. Leave the computer.  Or the website, just for a bit.  Enjoy the sunshine, take a walk, talk with your best friend, eat some ice cream, go play.  See if it just blows over.  They don’t get to take away your happiness because they’re angry.
  2. Delete the hate.  When you’re good and happy, you can delete the hate mail, or maybe grab a friend to laugh at it.  But don’t respond to hate with anger.  As my good friend Warlord Okeer said, you shall inflict “the greatest insult an enemy can suffer. To be ignored.”
  3. If they chase you down in anger, block them. This is okay to do.  For fanfiction writers:  if they continue to pester you with their comments after you say ‘no thanks’, block their tails.  For fanfiction critiquers:  if they got angry over a critique you gave, provided that they said okay and provided that you followed the rules of critiquing, you’re allowed to block them. You did it right.  Don’t even stress.

And then there are the times where we forget to follow the rules and insult someone on accident. It happens.  If you realize you’re in the wrong, it’s just one rule.

  1. Apologize.  No, you don’t have to grovel for forgiveness, but understand that your actions may have hurt someone else and react accordingly.  If they won’t take it, at least make the promise to yourself to be better in the future.

And that’s it.  I know it seems like a lot to swallow, but it all boils down to making sure your words are respectful, kind, and true.

Originally posted by fandomdeluxe

Tl;dr:  MAKE SURE YOUR WORDS ARE RESPECTFUL, KIND, AND TRUE!!

BTS Run 27 - The Jin Harem

Here we have a Jin disapproving of a Tae dirtying a JK’s face with actual dirt 

‘You can make fun of him but please do not dirty his face’

How protective…

Ultimately the outcome…

Poor JK XD

Jk…You look comfy…

The natural stance of JK: Seagull pose (with a wing on Jin’s Broad Pacific Ocean shoulders 

Notice how Jin only looks at Namjoon while everyone is talking?

Also Namjoon only looks at Jin while he talks

(there’s going to be a whole lot of that this ep) 

*in bliss*

I just felt like sharing this

JK… what even (let’s be real, my mood 24/7)

Also, Hobi directs the question to only Jin 

(who proceeds to give a wrong and ridiculous answer)

Again with the shoulders… JK keep your hands to yourself a little 

(not that I’m complaining because we get quality jinkook)

I see you~

Didn’t you guys just complain that it’s too hot?

Yet here 2Seok are~

Shoulder-to-shoulder, Arm-to-arm

(whiskers kookie peek-a-boo)

Here we have a JK, looking happy after he is given attention by a Jin

And beside them we have a Namjoon looking in affection

Namjoon finding it cute and amusing how Jin keeps changing his mind~

Once again, nosey Jin looking at Jimin’s and Namjoon’s paper even before opening his

He really likes to know which team the others are on…

Here he is peeking at Jk’s paper… or is he?

Because it seems to me like JK is purposefully positioning his paper so Jin can see it too

Hobi is curious too~

The happy look namjoon has after realising who his teammates were

(feat.JK being crushed by the 2 tols of bangtan)

hmm but I wonder why Jin looks so distracted…

He was staring at Taegi’s papers…

Guess there’s no visual team or SIN team this time~

(my delulu mind thinks he registered the hawaiian couple’s slips and was a wee bit jealous)

OMO

JK looks so happy!

(Real JK, shirt JK looks like the cute gloomy bear~)

Namjoon looks happy too~

(I see you dimple~)

Yoongi low-key tapping Jin’s arms with his hand

Don’t think I wouldn’t catch that Yoongles  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Proof that Yoongi did actually touch Jin and Jin looking at him curiously 

Envious Yoongi looking on as namjinkook decides who gets to name their team

Their reactions to Jin once again naming the team after himself

YOU GO JIN! PERFECT NAME! TEAM KIM SEOK JIN!

Tae: hehe he’s doing it again

Yoongi: Mannn I wouldn’t mind being in team Kim Seok Jin

Jin: I AM A GENIUS *windshield wiper laugh*

JK: ahhh Jin hyung is hilarious

Namjoon: AHHHH Why he gotta be like that?! (I imagine that to be ‘cute’) (notice how he’s actually smiling~ sneaky smile can’t escape my eyes~)

Hobi: Laughing brighter than the sun shining at them from Jin’s antics

Jimin: Laughs so hard, he becomes a beand and disppears off-screen

Namjoon giving in to Jin’s naming and even gets JK to agree with it

If only JK’s veiny arms didn’t cover up his happy face!

You can still see his bright smile though

Here we have Team KimSeokJin2.0 looking happy af

(once again Jin managed to get his team to do the power rangers pose XD)

Namjoon reaching out for Jin in embarrassment after shouting differently from the team 

He shouted ahjae (Jin’s nickname) while jinkook shouted AhJa (similar to ‘fighting’)

Jin also reaches out for Namjoon as he laughs

(my namjin heart is shaking)

Meanwhile JK taps his hyung on his arm to get a little attention back on himself

This week on run! Namkook vying for Jin’s attention~

Yoongi sneakily coming in physical contact with Jin again… ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Too bad Jin was distracted by a bug that flew near his ear

Namjin sitting just a little closer than the rest~

Yoonjin and their little touching feet~

AGAIN. There’s plenty of space but Namjin are just casually sitting so lose their legs touch

I squealed so hard here 

Namjoon! I bet inner!namjoon made the same expression as Koya as he touched Jin’s knee

Jin turning to his team in surprise and joy!

Namjoon reaching out for Jin (who is just beside him so really there is no need to)

Jin also reaches out to namjoon in happiness 

meanwhile JK looks in awe at his beloved hyung

If Koya wasn’t there, where would Jin’s hands be?  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

I know Jin is reaching for the card but since the card is barely visible, let me pretend he is reaching out for JK

Also: The mistreatment of RJ and Koya by Namjin 

Namjoon turns to Jin in joy at winning the game~

Take note on what he’s looking at…

Jin’s fist

Notice how his own hand slowly goes towards Jin’s hand

SUCCESS!

INTERLOCKED FINGERS

AHHHHHHHHHHHH - Namjinkook and all of us, 2017

Namjinkook holding hands (namjin interlocking their fingers)

Matching Jinkook

(Team KimSeokJin all has 2 fingers up in this frame and I think that’s cute)

It’s kinda creepy how in-synch jinkook are here

(my crappy attempt at capturing they synchronicity)

They bent down at the same time with the same speed and made the same motions at the same time without making any eye-contact and that’s just really creepy and cool to me

The way Tae looks at Jin with that smile though (kinda like Shooky lolol)

Jin lightly touching Yoongi’s hands 

*clutches my yoonjin heart*

I’m putting this here because the way kookie’s face looks on Jin’s hoodie is hilarious

Also how come only Jin got the hoodie while everyone else got a shirt?

The mistreatment of RJ, Koya and Cooky… A Saga by Team Kim Seok Jin

Here namjoon slightly brushes his hand on Jin’s arms (I see everything Namjoon  👀)

Look who decided to join the saga! Let’s welcome Tae into the mistreatment of their BT21 counterparts!

Jin approves of Tae’s quick wit~

(they were just being nitpicky about Jimin’s answer)

(Why are they such babies)

Well well well, looks like yoongi joined in the mistreatment too…

These boys…really… if it were me I’d treat those with care…

Hobi… I had faith in you… WHY?!

Meanwhile only Chimmy is safe but Chimmy is also all alone, abandoned in a corner…

These boys… really

That’s Yoonjin’s hands slightly brushing each other by the way~

Namjin laughing while laooking at each other 

Namjoon-ah… your hands…

Jin leans in closer to namjoon to discuss the question

the voice he uses is so soft and gentle

hnnng

Here he have Yoongi touching Jin’s thighs

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

And Jin is leaning into Namjoon

Jin’s hands would also have been on Namjoon’s thighs if it weren’t for Koya

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

My 2 OTPs 

*I am in utter happiness right now*

Jin… you can’t abuse your face like this…

Please control your face and your hand

Namjoon happy about Jin holding his hands and smilling with protruding cheeks

Is touching his thigh really necessary right now namjoon?

(not that I’m complaining)

Jimin: What is even going on right now?

Hobi: ooh Jin hyung looks happy! hehe

Tae: ?

Yoongi: He’s smiling and so excited right now

Jin: asdfghjkl

Namjoon: *anticipates with glee*

JK: IDK what’s going on but let’s just cheer along with Jin hyung!

Jin touching Namjoon’s shoulders in pure excitement

(Namjoon: OHHH OHH HE’S TOUCHING ME OMGOMGOMG)

I just wanted a cute Jin to be here so there you go~

Namjoon looking at Jin as he attempts the challenge~

Jin reaching for Namjoon’s thigh yet again…

also, Yoongi’s hand reaching for Jin’s arm

Why is bangtan so touchy? I LOVE IT

??!!?!??!?!?!?!?!!?

ARE YOONJIN HOLDING HANDS IN THE BG?!

OMGOMGOMG

(lmao no… those are Jin’s hands XD but I fooled you didn’t I?)

(Please don’t hurt me)

Jinkook high-5~ feat.unglam Joon

Putting this here cos this deserves to be mentioned, memed and framed

Just because I can, here 

Have a TaeTae imitating a TaTa

Jin leaning on Namjoon’s shoulders~

(Koya is me right now)

Cutie Jin again~

Namjoon and his sneaky hands. 

What did I say before? WE SEE ALL

Jin loving hobi’s little sound effects that are totally adorable

Jin reaching out to both Yoongi and Namjoon~

But he’s doing it to silence them and to get attention on Jimin who’s about to challenge the game!

Matching Jinkook~

They both twitched their fingers too!

gahh it’s great to be a namjin shipper~

I FEEL GREAT I FEEL ALIVE 

Namjoon you and your sneaky hand

Also notice how he puts VAN on him because they are having an O-X quiz and VAN’s eyes are X_O

A smart touchy tol: Namjoon

Jin once again reaching out to namjoon in pure excitement at figuring out the question!

(he almost got it the previous time when it was their turn)

A quick witted tol: Jin

Let’s put this in context.

He is whispering the answer to Namjoon right now

The answer?

Will you stay by my side
Will you promise me

HE WHISPERED THIS TO NAMJOON

ALSO how close do you have to get to whisper something?

*I can die happy now*

At hearing those words, namjoon reaches to touch Jin’s thigh

He whispers it to his roomie too~

pouty yoongs because why not

This little bub cheers ‘Jin Seok Kim’ instead of ‘Kim Seok Jin’

“The perfect team” -Namjinkook, 2017

Then proceeds to fail miserably 

Yoongi teasing his roomie~

NAMJOON! LAST WARNING! Stop touching Jin’s thigh on camera!

(Please don’t stop)

Namjin in-sync

The whole time, Namjoon doesn’t lift his hand off of Jin’s thigh

Jin-ah… do you HAVE to touch Yoongi as you sit? hmm?

Touchy Touchy Boys

If VAN wasn’t there, Jin would have touched Namjoon’s thighs~

They really need to control their touchiness…who am I kidding? 

WE LIVE FOR IT


This is it for this weeks’ Run! - Jin Harem post~

Hope you guys enjoyed it!

Until next time~  


Preview:

What sort of abuse did they put JK’s face through?!

Naruto Chim? NARUCHIM or CHIMRUTO?

Namjoon-ah… please don’t abuse your face…

THIS CUTIE WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME!

This question’s been sitting in my askbox for WEEKS now, apologies for taking so long to respond to this!

To preface this post it’s important to note: I’m not a professional, and don’t have professional experience.  All thoughts are based on personal opinion, preference, and prior experience designing characters for personal projects!

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I Brought Soup

Originally posted by wrath-and-ruin

Raphael x Reader

I Brought Soup

Prompt: Hey there! I would love to read something about Raphael getting sick and his s/o wanting to take care of him. Would he be too proud? Or would he eventually give in and just enjoy the loving care? Of course only if nobody’s watching! ;D

Note: I actually had a dream about Raph last night, so here ya go. This turned out cuter than I had hoped :)

Warnings: None??

Word Count: 1105

Raph groaned as he adjusted himself on the couch. Somehow, he had caught a bug. A bad one. And while the big buff turtle was as tough as they came normally, as soon as he got a touch of sickness, he became nothing more than a big baby.

When you showed up to the lair, you had a care package tucked under your arm. Even with his blurry vision and pounding head, Raph still squinted to look at you. You were wearing sweatpants and an old t-shirt, but you were still the most gorgeous person he had ever seen.

“Hey, Red. You feeling any better?”

“I am now.” His low voice was soft and hoarse.

“Oh hush,” You shook your head and tried to hide the embarrassing shade of red your cheeks had flushed to. Raph had a way of doing that to you, despite the fact that you were pretty sure he wasn’t into you. “I brought soup.” You held up a thermos and a spoon. He took it in one of his large green hands. “And tissues and a blanket and-”

“You’re too good to me.” Raph managed a tired smirk. He looked like his head was swimming, eyes unable to focus, breaths labored through a stuffed nose.

“And you, my green friend, are very, very sick.” You looked over to him. You had never seen him look so pathetic. “Why don’t you get some rest?”

“And what, miss spending quality time with ya?”

“Sleep, Raph. Now.”

“You’re hot when you’re bossy.”

“And you have no filter when you’re sick, apparently.”

“He really doesn’t.” Leo piped up from across the room. “Listen, thanks for coming to take care of him, (Y/N). We just can’t afford to get sick right now, but Don said you’d be immune to whatever he has so-”

“It’s no problem, Leo. Really.” You smiled. “It’s the least I could do.”

“Well, we’re headed out. If anything happens, don’t hesitate to call.” He and the other two left the lair, leaving you alone with Raph and Splinter, wherever the old rat had gotten off to.

“And then there were two,” Raph muttered. He ate a few spoonfuls of soup before setting it down for a while. “Sorry yer stuck on babysitting duty.”

“I don’t mind. I mean, you did save my life after all.”

“So we’re even?”

“Not even close.” You smirked. “I still owe you big time, Raphael.”

“After taking care of me a few hours, you won’t think so.” He chuckled to himself, leaning back against the pillows of his temporary nest. “I’ve been told I whine like a baby.”

“I have little siblings. I don’t think you could drive me away if you tried.”

“We’ll see about that.”

***

About thirty minutes after the guys left, Raph had drifted off into a nap. You learned very quickly that he snored like a chainsaw. This was an easy fix, as you had brought some headphones and a book to read in case something like this happened. You glanced up every few pages to make sure he was still out.

After a few hours, when you glanced up, Raph’s tired green eyes were fixed on you, a sleepy smile tugging at his lips.

“Well good morning, Sleeping Beauty.” You tucked a bookmark into your book and set it on the table. Touching the back of your hand to his forehead confirmed your suspicions that the large terrapin had developed a fever. “You need something to get this fever down.”

“I knew you thought I was hot.” He smirked. You rolled your eyes.

“Yes, Raphael, you are hot. You are running a fever. I’m gonna grab some meds.”

“You do that, gorgeous. I’ll be right here waiting.” You walked to Donnie’s lab, where he had labeled everything you needed and then returned to Raph to administer the proper meds. You handed him the pills and a bottle of water and then returned to your spot. “Thanks.”

“Need anything else?”

“I’m all set, Princess.”

“Alright then,” You opened up your book and continued to read.

“(Y/N)?”

“Yes, Raph?”

“Can you come here?”

“Um, sure.” You set down your book once again and walked over to where Raph was lying on the couch. His sleepy, sleepy eyes melted your heart.

“Thanks for takin’ care ‘uh me.” His voice was hoarse from all of the coughing and snoring and sinus drainage. “I really appreciate it.” You leaned forward to press a kiss to his warm forehead.

“Any time, Red.”

Raph took one of your hands in his large green ones, admiring each tiny little finger. There were so many.

“Yer hands are so small…” he murmured. “Have ya always had this many fingers?”

“Yes, I have. Are you sure you’re alright? Maybe those meds are kicking in.”

“I’m fine.” He insisted. Suddenly, something occurred to him. “Are yer feet that small too?”

“I think you need some sleep, bud.”

“But-”

“Sleep. We can talk about foot size when you feel better, alright?”

“Fine…”

***

As soon as he was better, Raph avoided you for at least a week and a half. Every time he saw you, his cheeks flushed red and he left the room. You couldn’t help but laugh a little before returning to your latest book.

But he couldn’t avoid you forever, and you both knew it.

He came around eventually, settling on the couch beside you. The other half dipped under his weight. Raph let out a sigh. You only raised an eyebrow in amusement, waiting to hear what he would say.

“So uh…I realize my fever may have caused me to uh…act different.”

“Mmhmm…”

“So I uh, I’m sorry if I made ya uncomfortable and stuff.”

“You didn’t.”

“I didn’t?”

“No, Raph. I actually kind of appreciated the honesty. It was like for once there wasn’t this wall between us.”

“Wall?”

“You know, the unspoken wall that you put up to protect your fragile turtle feelings. I understand, believe me, but just so you know, I’ve lived in New York all of my life, so dating a giant turtle would hardly be the weirdest thing that’s happened to me.”

“What now?” He paused. “You’d date me?”

“Yeah.”

“Oh.”

“Yep.”

“So uh…”

“This is the wall I’m talking about.”

“I see it now.” He sort of chuckled awkwardly before pausing again. “Ya know, I never pegged ya as someone who’d date a giant mutant freak.”

“And I never pegged you as a freak in the first place.” You winked and got up to get a drink from the kitchen.

‘Huh,’ thought Raphael. ‘I might have to get sick more often.’

The challenging decisions of game development, or how good people can end up making bad games

The following scenario is a work of fiction and not based on any specific game I’ve worked on, or any specific experience I’ve had.

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You’re sat in a meeting room with a bunch of other game developers; key representatives from every department that might be affected by animation. There are people from the design team, the engine team, gameplay programmers, AI programmers, the tools team, technical animators, animation programming, the animation director, and a producer. The meeting is about the future of your animation technology.

It’s relatively early in your project; the third game in a successful series, and the animation department wants to do a major upgrade to the core animation technology. Their argument is simple: The animation team has been using the same tools and tech for the last two games, and they’re concerned that if the animation technology isn’t improved, the animation will start to look bad compared to your competitors. There have been some minor improvements since the first game in the series, but no real major steps forward. Since the original tech was created, the rest of the industry has made some pretty major breakthroughs in animation technology; breakthroughs that this team would like to try and implement.

The big problem: The new technology is a paradigm shift. There’s no easy way to convert all the old animations and game code over to the new system, so doing this big upgrade to the animation tech, means pushing the reset button on all the gameplay and AI systems that were built for the last two games. Everything will have to be built up again from scratch.

It’s your job to decide whether or not they should do it.

The producer is the first to chime in…

“How long do you think it’s going to take to get the gameplay and AI back into a state where we can start playtesting and building levels?”

“I’m pretty confident that in 6 months we’ll be good to go”, says the animation programmer.

“Well… 6 months to do the tech and tools… it’ll be maybe another 6 months on top of that to rebuild each of the game systems to get things back to where they were”, offers up one of the technical animators. “I still think it’s worth it though. Once we have the new tech, it’s going to make producing new features way faster than before.”

“You have to bear in mind”, says the Animation Director, “What we did on the last game is pretty much hitting the ceiling of our current technology. It was a real strain on the team. I really don’t want to go through that again on this one.”

“I’ll be honest, I have some concerns”.

Everyone looks towards the lead engine programmer.

“I thought the whole point of this next game was to try and push the cooperative experience. That’s what the directors said was their number one priority”, he nods towards the game director, “And I thought the publisher had already signed off on that. Weren’t they saying that’s what they were most excited about?”

“We can’t do both?”, says the game director.

“We’re probably going to have to rework a whole lot of the systems anyway if we’re going to make them replicate properly over the network,” says the lead gameplay programmer. “The first two games weren’t really built with that in mind. It could be a good time to do this as well since we’ll be rewriting a bunch of the systems anyway. That said, it does add to our workload.”

“And for you guys?”, the producer asks the lead AI programmer.

“It’s pretty much the same situation as gameplay”, she replies, “It’s a lot to take on. I have to say, I think 12 months is optimistic. Things always come up that we don’t expect. I’d say closer to 18 months. I mean… remind me, when are we supposed to be shipping again?”

“We’re aiming for 2 years from now”, says the producer.

“Well if it ends up being 18 months, there’s no way my team can work with that”, adds the lead level designer. “We can rough some things out, but gameplay needs to be solidified a lot earlier than that.”

“Well we could build the new system in parallel with the old system, and let people switch between the two”, says the animation programmer. “That way you can start building levels with the old systems, and we’ll switch it over further down the line when the new systems are in a better shape. It’s a bit more challenging to do it that way, but it’s doable. Honestly though, when I say 6 months for my stuff, I mean 6 months. I can get most of it up and running in 3, but I’m saying 6 to give us a buffer.”

“And how confident are you about the extra 6 months for building out the game systems”, the producer asks the technical animator.

“Reasonably… I mean it’s tough to say… it’s new technology. I’ve got nothing to refer to cause we’ve never done this approach before”, they reply, “6 months is my ballpark estimate, it could be 4, it could be 12. We’ll have a much better idea once the core tech is done and we start working on the first systems. Bear in mind, it’s not like we’d have nothing until that 12 months is up. Systems will be gradually coming online as we go. We’ll get core movement done in the first few weeks.”

“I’d feel much more confident about it if we had another technical animator on the team”, says the animation director.

“I’ll ask if that’s possible but we’re close to our headcount limit, and tech animators aren’t the easiest to hire, so I wouldn’t count on it”, says the producer. “Remind me again, what we’ll be gaining for all this work?”

“It’ll be much faster for us to put animations into the game, and then easier for us to tweak and bug fix them”, says the technical animator. “In general, faster iteration time should also mean the quality of the animation will go up. Basically, it’ll be easier for everyone to do their best work.”

“I think we all want that, but it’s a lot of risk to take on with only a 2 year timeline”, says the lead engine programmer, “there are other teams besides animation who are also proposing some pretty ambitious tech goals as well. We’d maybe have to make some concessions there if we want to go with this”.

“Does anyone really think that it’s going to be 2 years though?” says the animation programmer. “Looking at the scope of this game, it’s probably going to end up closer to 3, with or without the animation system”.

“I can only tell you what I’m being told now, but the publisher seems pretty adamant about it being a 2 year project”, says the producer.

“So what are we going to do about this? Are we going to push ahead with this or not? What’s the call?”

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This is what game development is like.

Should the team go with the new animation system? Everyone makes good points. It’s a tough call. You have to think about the people in the room: How confident are you in the projections of each person? Are some people known for being overly ambitious? Are others known for being too conservative? How much is the value of the new animation system versus the cost of building it? How many extra-people will you be able to get to work on it? Will other departments suffer if you put development effort here? Will the game really come out in two years, or is it more?

In one potential future, you decide to go ahead with the new animation system. Things are rocky at the beginning, but with a some hard work and late nights, the animation programmer and technical animators manage to hit their estimates without too much disruption to other teams. The game scores highly, and is praised in particular for it’s strong animation.

In another potential future, you go ahead with the new animation system and it’s a train wreck. The animation programmer was low-balling their estimates because they were excited about working on the new system, and expected the release date to be knocked back a year (it wasn’t). The technical animators were genuine when they gave their estimates but didn’t account for the complexity of making the same systems work in an online cooperative game; something they’d never done before. The difficulties with the animation system caused problems for other teams, especially for the designers, who had a tough time making fun systems and levels, as bugs in the animation system made it difficult for them to play the game throughout development.

Another potential future has the team saying no to the new animation system. It ends up that even without the new animation system, the scope really was too big in other areas, and the game ends up being released after 3 years instead of 2. By the time the game is released, the animation does look horribly outdated, despite the best efforts of the animation team. The issue is specifically called out in reviews.

Then there’s the future where the team says no to the new system, making it much easier for the team to hit the 2 year deadline. It’s a struggle, but the animation team is still able to produce some decent results, and it turns out gamers were more interested in the new cooperative features anyway, leading to great reviews and great sales.

On any game there are a thousand calls like this. Some are big, some are small, and many can lead to the success or failure of your game.

The process of making a game has so many moving parts it’s incredibly difficult to to account for every eventuality. It’s about the technology you’re working with, it’s about your ideas and your ability to execute on them, it’s about what the rest of the market is doing, and most of all it’s about the people on your team: Who they are, how they work, and what else might be going on in their lives.

The point here, and stop me if you’ve heard this one before, is that making games is really fucking hard. You’re faced with so many of these kinds of decisions, the answers to which are highly subjective. It’s likely not every person in the meeting room comes to a consensus, and when a game comes out with some aspect that players don’t enjoy, more often than not there were a whole lot of people on the dev team that argued for the exact same thing that the players are arguing for.

It’s been said many a time before, but it’s true nonetheless: No-one sets out to make a bad game. In the cases where someone on your team was faced with one of these difficult subjective decisions, and made a bad call, they agonize over it. If you have empathy, you look at that decision and say, “That’s not necessarily a bad developer. It was a tough call. It could have gone either way, and it could have just as easily have been me”.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that gamers shouldn’t still be free to critique the games they spent their hard-earned money on. At the end of the day, it’s our job to entertain. Just please, remember that games are made by real people who are running a gauntlet of very challenging problems. 

The answer to “why did this game suck?” isn’t always as simple as “because the developer sucks”, or the even more cringe-worthy “they were just lazy”: It’s because making games is really fucking hard.

So, allow me to tell you what’s happening here. Anna (pictured above) found my work on Pinterest uncredited, and because she couldn’t find me, she used it for a tattoo without my permission. The only reason I know about this, is because she approached me with the intention to own up for her mistake and correct it. Although the truth is, we both kind of lost in this situation.

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hadestown thoughts

road to hell

  • i love road to hell and the idea of hermes as this meta narrator retelling the story over and over again. i thought this was a really good introduction to the characters, and was a hell of a bop.

living it up

  • also a bop
  • amber gray’s growly voice? fuck me up
    • “yOu think I  gIVe a dAmn???” me too
  • damon daunno is a really cute orpheus, i kind of love him? the interaction between him and persephone is great
  • i live for these cello instrumentations

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GOT7 REACTION: YOU WANTING TO DO THEIR MAKE UP

The boys wear make up like every other day so I’m just pretending they don’t for this.



MARK:

You, Mark and his family were walking around the streets of LA when you passed a couple shops, one of those being a make-up store. His sister dragged you and the rest of his family in, insisting that you girls have some bonding time. With the boys there of course. While Mark and his dad were looking after his nieces, you, his mum and his sister were walking around testing make-up and just having fun. You suggested the idea to his mum and sister that you do Mark’s make-up when you all get home, and that his nieces could even help. They all agreed, and you finished shopping. On the walk back home, you brought up how you should do his make-up, Mark instantly rejected the idea, but the begging of his nieces and you eventually pulled him around.

“You should really let me do your make-up, even your nieces could help.”

“Hmm no.” Mark would smile and walk a little faster.

“Come on please uncle Mark!” His two nieces would whine.

“Yeah please!”

“Hmm.. fine.” Mark would give in.

Originally posted by igotsxven

JACKSON:

After having dinner at Jacksons house and meeting his parents for the first time, you both were sleeping over and staying for a couple more days before heading back to Korea to see the boys again. You both were in the bedroom just on your phones or laptop when you suddenly sit up, you were bored and wanted to do Jacksons make-up.

“You should let me do your make-up.”

“Um no, why?!”

You would end up chasing him around your bedroom for ten minutes before you eventually pinned him down.

“Ha now you have no choice!” You would pull out your make-up and start putting it over him while he wriggled underneath you, begging for you not to do it.

“Please nO!”

Before you let him sit up, you had done his entire face with make-up.

“NOOOOooo.” He would complain until you told him to go look in the mirror. Once he had a look and looked at how good it was, his jaw would drop.

“Why don’t you put make-up on me every day?! I look amazing! You’re so talented OMG!”

Jackson would pick you up and drag you back to the bed, attacking you with cuddles and kisses.

“Stop you’re going to ruin your make-up Jackson!”

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JAEBUM:

You and JB were both getting ready to head out to a nice dinner. No reason, just because he was home from tour and the both of you could spend some quality time together. JB had been ready for ten minutes and was wondering what was taking you so long. He decided to go check what was taking you so long, when he walked into the bathroom he saw you doing your make-up.

“Why are you taking so long?”

“Because I’m doing my make-up?” A smirk would then come across your face. “Sit up here.” Your hand would gesture to the cupboard space next to the sink. JB would launch himself up onto it and sit there.

“Now what?”

“Close your eyes.” You said beginning putting make-up on him, by the time you touched his face he knew what was going to happen, he just sighed and let you do your magic. You had so much fun doing his make-up and mucking around with him that you two forgot to have dinner and ended up just ordering in.

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JINYOUNG:

You and Jinyoung had just gotten on a plane back from Australia and you both were bored sitting there. Usually, you had the other members to entertain you on flights, but it was just you two. You suggested to Jinyoung that you did his make-up because it will take up a lot of time, plus it would make him look really pretty. Jinyoung would disagree straight away, because he likes to keep you happy but suggested doing that at home, but you wanted to do it now. After some bickering, he finally gave in and let you do his make-up on the plane. You were tempted to make him look like a clown but decided that if you did it good he might let you do it again. Then you can make him look like a fool. When you were done doing his make-up, he had a look and was surprised with how good you actually did it. He expected you to make him look like a clown, after he said this you just smirked.

“What?’

“Oh nothing.” You would continue smirking and rest your head on his shoulder waiting to get back to Korea.

Originally posted by jypnior

YOUNGJAE:

You had bugged Youngjae for months about wanting to do his make-up. But he would argue until he was black and blue in the face every time, saying that you were never going to do his make-up. By now, even the other members wanted you to do his make-up already. So, one day after dance practice, Youngjae had fallen asleep on the couch and the boys raced to you to say now would be the perfect time. Youngjae woke up half way through you dong his makeup and freaked out. 

“AHHH what are you doing!!??”

“It’s too late now Youngjae just let us finish.” Jaebum would pick up the lipstick and help, inviting the rest of the boys to start finishing his make-up too. In the end, you weren’t even doing Youngjae’s make-up anymore, the rest of GOT7 were.

“Well, you’re going to have to let me do it again eventually because I only did half, since the boys did the other half.”

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BAMBAM:

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and Bambam and you were just chilling on the couch watching some TV. You sighed and got up to use the bathroom, Bambam wasn’t really phased by this, but he didn’t know you had actually gone and gotten make-up to do his, because to be honest, you were bored watching the same thing for the 5th time that week. When you came back from the bathroom, you sat down next to Bambam and grabbed his face as if you were going in for a kiss, which Bam thought you were, so, he closed his eyes and pouted his lips out ready for a kiss. The moment the lipstick hit Bambam’s lips, he opened his eyes and screamed.

“What?” You were really confused.

“I was waiting for a kiss and you put lipstick on my lips!”

“Oh, that. Oh well.” You would then kiss Bambam

“Now you got your kiss can I do your make-up?”

“Hmm let me think… no.”

“Aww please, or no more kisses.”

“Okay fine, only because I’ll miss your kisses too much.” He would sulk as you started putting eyeliner on him.

Originally posted by jypnior

YUGYEOM:

You wouldn’t have to ask put make-up on Yugyeom, he was always interested in make-up because you would do yours basically every day. Even though he thought you looked stunning without it. So, one day he would ask you to do to his make-up. You definitely didn’t argue as you’ve wanted to do his make-up for a while, but didn’t know how to ask him. You would do his make-up and he’d end up doing yours. He was talented somehow and he wasn’t as bad as you thought he would be. He made you actually look good.

“How are you so good, OMG.” You would say burying your face into his chest.

“I watch you every day.”

“Aww.” Not knowing that he wasn’t talking about watching you do your make-up in the morning, he was talking about all day every day because in his eyes, you were his sky and his world.

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Dealing with religious acquaintances as an atheist.

Some of y'all know I periodically get this bug up my ass to write something to help atheists become less obnoxious people and this topic came up in a Facebook group I belong to.

I don’t think the person who posted is an atheist, but the topic itself got me thinking of all the atheists I know and how they’d react.  A lot of them would be rude and there’s just no need for that.  For every annoying Christian out here trying to save the souls of the nonbelievers, there’s an equally annoying atheist who just can’t help reminding everyone they don’t believe in god or, worse, that they’re smarter for not believing in god.  If someone says “God bless you” and your first response is “God isn’t real,” that makes you an asshole atheist.

In an office setting, talking about your religion all the time is unprofessional and I highly doubt a Muslim in the same situation would be afforded the same leeway at work.  It should be pretty easy to scoot out of the conversation without offending anyone though.  Say something positive and then nicely decline, all with a smile and a pleasant demeanor.

“Thanks for the invite, but I’m content in my spirituality.”
“No thanks, but I’ll let you know if I ever decide to look into your faith.”
“That’s nice of you, but I’ve actually been an atheist for quite some time.”

The last one sometimes results in a “Well I’ll pray for you,” which is fine with me.  Pray your heart out, girl.  I’m lo-key offended if you’re deeply religious and you’re *not* praying for my soul because that would mean you don’t think I’m worth saving in your worldview.  You praying for me does not decrease my quality of life in any way but it gives you peace of mind, and that’s how I interact with religious people.  If what you’re doing doesn’t bother me but it makes you feel better, then please keep doing it.  That’s a net gain of positivity and I’m about making the world better on all fronts.

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davrial  asked:

Huh, why is it that you dislike Code Lyoko so much? Most people I know either have never heard of it (most people, really), or absolutely love it (it is personally in my top 10 cartoons along with Danny Phantom). I've honestly seen very few people that dislike it at let, alone drastically. Its definitely not a perfect show despite how much I like it, so what about it is it that you dislike?

Okay so

I honestly don’t know where to start.

Code Lyoko has no good qualities past its catchy theme song. Every single one of the leads is a bad character, the show does that French Animation staple of not actually explaining or establishing the plot, stakes, setting, or motives of ANYONE, which is always baffling to me considering how easy that should be for a monster of the week show.

XANA’s plans are a random roulette of competence and scale. In some episodes he takes control of a teddy bear to harass some random students while in others he attempts to crash a bus into a nuclear power plant and cause a meltdown a la Chernobyl. The characters react similarly to every single event. XANA not having a consistant physical representation (until later on at least) leads to him being a non-villain, which is the worst kind. How did the kids come upon this factory? We don’t know. Where does any of this shit come from and how does it work? We don’t know that either. And that can be fine, but if you’re going to keep us in the dark about that stuff you need a good cast to carry your show, which Code Lyoko does not come close to having.

The leads are all hysterically bad (aside from Odd, who is comparatively passable) and their motivations and hang ups change by the episode. They get to live each set of events twice due to the time reversal at the end of each episode (though they usually act like they don’t remember this luxury exists and never plan around it?). Sometimes the way they use the time reversal is… very suspect. For example in the episode Big Bug (an episode that does not contain bugs of any size) Sissi reveals to the school staff that Odd is keeping a dog in his dorm, which is against school rules. She does this because they pull a prank on her. When they get a second chance at the situation instead of simply not pulling the prank, they trick Herb into sexual assaulting her! What likable people!

Jeremy spends his time being creepily obsessed with materializing and banging his computer girlfriend Aelita to the point he puts his friends in danger on multiple occasions.

Yumi has next to no personality and Ulrich has actually no personality. The show constantly flip flops back and forth between “they both know they like each other!” and “they have absolutely no idea” by the episode. It’s very confusing. Again, romantic B-plots are fine, but only provided I like the characters. I can’t do that when they’re basically large foreheaded cardboard cut-outs.

Odd is passable, but this is likely because he is the only cast member with a shred of personality to his name.

Both the animation and music budget is very limited and it constantly shows. This is not helped by the fact that the writing and dub work averages a D- on a good day.

Like look at this graphic design trainwreck. The characters’ heads are clipping into the bottom part of the text in the credits every time I see this shot I want to throw up aaaAAAAGH

Because the plot is always solved by “We need to get Aelita to a tower” once you’ve seen one episode you’ve basically seen the second half of every single one. The battles in Lyoko never carry any weight. Life points, weapons on hand, and monster count are all arbitrary since we don’t know how anything works. Nothing is established, it’s just a bunch of boring teens in digi-spandex shooting at a crab that the show’s soundtrack seems to imply is VERY scary when the solution is getting The Pink Hair One past it. They imply Aelita can’t take damage or she dies, but this isn’t true, so it’s very confusing why they constantly sacrifice themselves for her.

There’s also a million other little problems that aren’t coming to mind since it’s been about 3 months since I’ve watched an episode with Lamp.

I dunno. It should be said, if you LIKE Code Lyoko that’s fine. I like Totally Spies, and that show sucks. I’ve just never actually heard anyone list a legitimate reason that this show is good, despite hearing a lot of people defend it. Like, why would you watch this show over say… I dunno, anything else.

how to wear a hoodie

maybe in your time on this planet, you have asked yourself, “am i wearing my hoodie appropriately? is there something i’m missing? can i jazz up my style in some way?” 

well bernie wolfe has some tips.

is it a casual moment in the hoodie, where you have plenty of time and nothing pressing going on? well if that’s the case, definitely just pull it on like normal, let it rest free and easy, whatever. loosey goosey.

have you had to run after someone to stop them from committing a felony or to make sure they don’t do something insane and/or harmful? then you also have time to zip that bad boy all the way up to the tip top of the zipper, and tighten those hood strings as much as possible and tie them in a neat bow. there’s no other way to go about running after someone in an emergency situation, this is what must be done. take the time to look your best, that’s what matters.

the bow is key. the neat little bow is what holds the whole thing together. so the next time you wear a hoodie, remember: zipper up, bow tied. otherwise you’re just not living your best life.

ML Fluff Month Day 20 || Caught

When Ladybug has a bout of clumsiness, Chat Noir comes to a revelation.

Rated G || 743 Words

Cross posted on Ao3 || FF

Falling For You

Adrien received a face full of strawberry scented blue hair as his arms came up to catch the girl falling onto him. “Sorry, I can be a little clumsy.” It was a situation and apology he was more than familiar with considering how accident prone Marinette was.

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This is an effort to spread the word about all fan fiction writers in our little fandom. If you would like to be featured or nominate a writer, please contact me. Please reblog this post if you can and check out some of @sylwrites work!

1. First things first, if someone wanted to read your stories where can they find them?

They’re posted exclusively on AO3.

2. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m in my mid-twenties and I live in Canada. I have a giant dog that’s a lumbering buffoon of an animal and less free time than I’d like.

3. What do you never leave home without?

As a true millennial, my cell phone.

4. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Early bird.

5. If you could live in any fictional world, which one would you choose and why?

Probably something totally unachievable like Harry Potter, just to be escapist.

6. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met.

Literally no one. I saw Billy Bush from afar once (pre-Trump tape days), but that’s it.

7. What are some of your favorite movies/TV?

I’m a big fan of mafia movies from the 70s through the 90s, like Casino and Goodfellas. Shows like Riverdale are a guilty pleasure, but I also love Game of Thrones and Westworld.

8. What are some of your favorite bands/musicians?

I mostly listen to alternative rock/pop and indie, but honestly lately I mostly listen to podcasts.

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anonymous asked:

Can I ask what widely accepted Sterek headcanons you don't agree with/like? I love hearing differing opinions on headcanons.

Okay, here we go lol

-The sheriff’s name is John. Okay, this one really bugs me. Like, as a preference? Cool. You like his name as John. I’m down with that. But the devotion with which people cling to the name and demand it be used I don’t understand. I don’t have a problem with Noah, mainly bc I like the name, but honestly think that they should have left him as “the sheriff” without a name. (I also don’t think not making his name John was a slight against us. I don’t get upset about stuff like that usually. I don’t really care lol) I choose to use “the sheriff” in my fics bc he doesn’t have a name, and I have used John in the past bc it was used a lot (in domestic I know that’s his name. That may be the only one) But I’m kinda turned off by John now because of the way ppl acted about the name. Like not reading fics, including old fics, where his name isn’t John or refusing to read fics where his name is Noah???? Really? You’re gonna punish the author for a name that’s perhaps used less than 50% in the fic? I’ve read two fantastic fics where his name wasn’t John, one where he was named Randy and one Jeremiah. Who cares what his name is? If you like John, go for it. Write him as John to your heart’s content! But don’t get upset when other authors don’t use John. It doesn’t really matter in the long run.

-Sheriff/Melissa. I don’t like them together. Sorry. I actually regret putting the sheriff with Melissa in domestic. That’s why I never write them together anymore in it. I don’t like them. First, I don’t like Melissa very much. Second, Melissa deserves someone who truly loves her deeply, not the sheriff whose real love was Claudia and died. I just don’t like them together. I do like Chris/Melissa, but maybe bc I think JR and Melissa have more romantic chemistry, idk (and i have my own headcanons about chris and victoria and how they weren’t really in love). Honestly, idc about Melissa enough to care who she’s with, but I don’t agree she should be with the sheriff.

-Melissa is the bestest. Again, I don’t like her. Maybe bc I don’t like Scott very much, but Melissa is just kind of a bitch imo. She grates on me, esp around s3. But I also don’t think she’s a very good mother. But I don’t have a great reason/explanation for why I don’t like her. I just don’t.

-The camaro/jacket are Laura’s. Why? Like why is that a fandom thing, esp the Camaro? Why would she leave it? Why would Derek then drive it when she flew? It doesn’t make any sense. Plus, I prefer the Camaro to be Derek’s. The jacket I like being his father’s, not hers.

-Single dad!Derek can’t take care of his kids. I hate that trope/head canon. It pops up a lot in single dad!Derek fics. Laura is better at raising the kids, Derek can’t do anything with them without his family’s help, or even Stiles can handle them better. Um…no? I think Derek would make a great father. Sure, he’d make mistakes, but I hate it when Laura/Talia/Cora/Lydia/Scott/Stiles/Erica/etc know better about his kids than he does.

-Fail wolf!Derek - this is an older headcanon, I think, but I sometimes still see it around in fic. It ties in with the above idea. That concept that Derek can’t do anything right or others know better than him. Obviously, I’m biased bc I love Derek and he’s my favorite character on the show, and I like when his faults and flaws are explored, but he’s not a fail wolf. I don’t even think s2 was failwolf!Derek. He’s capable, brave, smart, resourceful, loyal, determined…these are not qualities that make him a fail wolf or unable to lead his pack, raise his kids, etc. He makes a lot of mistakes and bad decisions, but so does everyone else on that show, and he was trying to survive and do what was right, just not always in the best way. I’ve seen metas and fics dealing with this. I don’t like it when Stiles comes in and “fixes” the pack for Derek. Idk that just bugs me a lot.

-Scott and Stiles are BFF5EVAH!!!1!@@22!!21!! Don’t buy it. Even based on the show. Scott doesn’t really act like a BFF to Stiles unless it’s convenient for him. He blows off Stiles for girls (Allison and Kira, um who looked for Stiles for 2 days while Scott was romancing Kira? Derek and Chris), and yeah, they have their moments the show writes in there, like in the hospital in 3b or in motel california, but they just don’t fit with the rest of the show. Maybe it’s inconsistent writing, but I think it’s just that the friendship is not written as strongly as they want to pretend it is. S5, when Scott believed Theo over Stiles with the Donovan stuff? W.T.F. Just…that was the last straw for me. I don’t buy their eternal broship “the real romance is Scott and Stiles” bullshit. Maybe you want it to be, but that’s not how I viewed it when watching bc I don’t think that’s how it was written. I think they care about one another, but they obviously are very different, Scott shows he doesn’t care about Stiles, and they drift apart through the seasons.

- anyone calling Derek “Der”, especially when he hates it. I hate the nickname Der. Hate it.

That’s all I can think of right now. I want to talk about Lydia and Erica, but I have a separate ask for that, so I’ll do that there.

 So…yeah. *hides from stones*

dewey decimals

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i was doing a close reading assignment the other night and i started thinking about connor as an english major and then i started thinking about connor as a librarian and now im here

enjoy this and also my opinions on wuthering heights


Connor loves books.

He does, no matter what look Larry gives him whenever he locks himself in his room to read for a few hours. Larry probably thinks he’s getting high. Okay yes, sometimes he’s just getting high. But he also reads.

It’s cliche as fuck, but books are the best friends Connor’s got. They can’t hate him or judge him or abandon him. They’re just there. Plus it’s pretty morbid to sometimes think about how they’re insights to the minds of people who are dead.

So yeah, Connor likes books. He likes classics and gothic novels and young adult lit and middle grade books. He doesn’t really get book snobs, because there are shitty books in every genre. He tries to give all books a try.

Except Twilight. Zoe went through a Twilight phase. Fuck Twilight.

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[fic] got me hooked

Percy Jackson doesn’t go looking for trouble; trouble always comes looking for him. In which a Hufflepuff is trying his damnedest not to get expelled from the only school he’s ever liked, but he’s best friends with a Slytherin who has a penchant for rule-breaking, and he can’t say no to her pretty smile.

(AKA here’s a thank you fic for reaching 600 followers!! Have some PJO Hogwarts!AU. I actually have a more substantial Hogwarts!AU involving the Triwizard Tournament but that’s nowhere near done so you can have this ball of fluff for now)

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Saying Percy Jackson is a troubled kid is an exaggeration and an understatement at the same time.

By the time he’s ten years old, he’s been through six different schools. In each school, he gets expelled for strange, inexplicable things that only happen when he’s around. In his last school, a girl who bullied one of his close friends actually got grabbed by the water from the courtyard fountain and pulled in. And somehow, the school thinks that’s his fault. 

Okay, yeah, it most likely was his fault; but in his defense, he had no idea that he’s a wizard, much less actually control his magic back then. 

Magic. When he gets his letter from McGonnagal and he finds out he’s half-wizard, of all things, the strange incidents start making sense. During that meeting, his mom comes clean about knowing about his absent father’s magical heritage and explains everything to him. She and McGonnagal discuss more things and Percy hears something like Statue of Secrets being said over and over again; but by the end, McGonnagal invites him to attend Hogwarts – a school for kids with magical abilities like him. And he’s never been more excited to go to a school. 

When September 1 comes around and Percy realizes just how bloody freaking awesome wizarding school is, he’s determined to not get kicked out of Hogwarts. And if that means avoiding anything that remotely smells like trouble, he’ll do it. 

That all changes in second year, when he becomes Defense Against the Dark Arts partners with a Slytherin named Annabeth Chase. 

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