the shapeshifting one is my favorite

Book Rec List

I’m bored, home alone, and packing all my books. So here, have a list of book recommendations from yours truly!

Fantasy

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
    • A young girl meets a family that gained eternal life after drinking from an enchanted spring, and is left to wonder whether living forever is a blessing or a curse. It’s a fantastic book that hurts your heart in 139 pages.
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    • Six morally horrible people plan an impossible heist for selfish motivations. But the romances between the morally horrible people are somehow still very pure and wonderful. The plot also keeps you on the edge of your seat because you never have all of the information until the last possible second. And if you love fantasy worlds that include POC main characters and LGBTQ representation, this is the duology for you!
  • The Last Dragonlord by Joanne Bertin
    • Human/dragon shapeshifter romance with political intrigue. And really fun worldbuilding, too.
  • Green Rider by Kristen Britain
    • One of my favorite series. The overarching plot is wonderful, you genuinely care about all the characters, and this is one of those stories where “strong female characters” means both “well-rounded, well-developed females with agency” AND “kicks some serious ass”.
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
    • The protagonist is the villain. I wrote that correctly. Artemis Fowl is the villain. The entire series is about his personal journey from villain to hero, with all the beautiful and human mistakes throughout.
    • Also, it’s got fairies. With guns.
  • Dragon’s Milk by Susan Fletcher
    • A super fun (and quick-read) series about people smuggling dragons to safety in a world that is determined to destroy them. Also, lots of baby dragons. And dragons being dragons, and neither morally good nor evil. It’s wonderful.
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
    • The funniest fucking book I’ve ever read. God’s starting the apocalypse, but they’ve somehow managed to misplace the AntiChrist. And it just gets more insane.
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
    • One of my favorite books of all time. It has a fascinating new take on dragons, genuinely fun political intrigue, romances you root for but aren’t the focus of the plot, and a half-dragon heroine that you absolutely fall in love with. And, if you make it to the second book, Shadow Scales, there is massive LGBTQ representation. I’m talking gay and bi characters, I’m talking trans characters, I’m talking people asking “How may I pronoun you?” and strongly-implied polyamorous relationships. And dragons. And plot twists.
  • Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques
    • When the Flying Dutchman was cursed to roam the sea forever, a boy and his dog who were on board are spared from the curse due to their pure hearts, are washed ashore and granted eternal life and youth. Now they roam the world helping people and getting into adventures. Don’t let the fun fool you, though, it’s fucking heartbreaking. They really don’t skimp on the “we’re immortal so everyone we love dies” angle, and the “wow, this kid looks like he’s seen some shit”. Also the first book feels much more YA than the other two.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
    • I know it’s pretty much only known as middle-school assigned reading, but this book is clever, insightful, and absolutely fantastic. I definitely stood in line to get this book autographed in high school. A boy with no imagination is sent to a crazy world of unique perspectives and interesting insights to rescue Rhyme and Reason.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    • That book they made us all read in 5th grade that is actually all it’s cracked up to be. It’s absolutely trippy fantasy with a sci-fi edge to it, and the characters are so utterly endearing. Personally, my favorite is A Wind in the Door, but that’s book 2.
  • The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
    • Contemporary fantasy at its absolute best. It’s modern urban fantasy that puts the fantastic in our world in such a wonderful and beautiful way. The best part is it’s also a story about dealing with physical disabilities, trauma, past abuse, self-healing, the complexity of forging and rekindling relationships with others when one is hurting, etc. Honestly, it’s just fucking awesome.
  • Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint
    • A book of short stories (all contemporary urban fantasy), and the best way to be introduced to Charles de Lint’s writing. So, if you want to read The Onion Girl but aren’t sure you’re ready for it yet. This is the first book I ever took a highlighter to.
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
    • Do you want to crush your heart and destroy your soul and cry like a baby in 128 pages? You’ll be happy you did.
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
    • This is a standalone novel, and the best way to be introduced to Sanderson’s work. This book has phenomenal and complex worldbuilding, three-dimensional characters with agency you will fall in love with, and a book-long mystery that just blows you away when you figure out the answer. If you enjoy this book, you have to read Mistborn next.
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
    • Elantris on steroids. This is, without a doubt, the most fascinating worldbuilding I have ever encountered in literature. It’s so complicated, but completely logical, and the plot is so bewitching. And Sanderson can leave you as many clues as he wants - he will still blow your fucking mind when all the pieces come together at the end. The book takes a while to pick up the pace, but I swear to you it’s worth it.
  • Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
    • A princess gets bored, and decides to volunteer to be a dragon’s captive. Then she gets into a ton of adventures and ends up discovering a plot to overthrow the dragon government. It’s a lighthearted, quick and fun read, and Cimorene is my fucking hero.

Classics

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • Oh God, read Pride and Prejudice. It’s my absolute favorite book.
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    • If you can, read the abridged copy. It’s kind of hard to find, so look for the one that was translated by Charles Wilbour and abridged by Paul Bénichou. It’s all the meat of the story and barely a third of the size.
  • Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
    • I mostly like it because it’s written from the rather limiting perspective of Raoul, which means you’re in the dark about the goings-on of the book until someone bothers to tell Raoul what’s happening. It’s actually a lot of fun.
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    • A grim mystery wrapped up like a romance, where the second Mrs. de Winter is trying to discover what truly happened to her husband’s first wife. It’s by the woman who wrote The Birds (which you may know as the famous Hitchcock movie), if that clues you in to the vibe of the book.

  • I don’t really have enough classics on this list
In honor of #trypod month

I’m going to tell you about some of my favorite podcasts because not enough people listen to podcasts!

The Bridge: “It’s an alternate 2016, and Watchtower 10 sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, keeping lonely watch over the Transcontinental Bridge.” This podcast is SO GREAT. There’s lots of cool storytelling and a vague sea monster thing named Bob that may or may not actually be a goldfish (it’s probably not a goldfish).

Hello from the Magic Tavern: Definitely the funniest podcast I listen to and one of my favorites. It’s about Arnie, who fell through a portal behind a Burger King into the magical land of Foon. Features co-hosts Chunt (a talking badger/shapeshifter) and Usidore the Blue (a wizard who has a million names, including many secret names you do not know yet, like Biscuit Meniscus and Papa Mâché). This podcast is improvised, but there’s actually a storyline too occasionally. (Also if you like Starkid, some of them have been on this podcast)

The Bright Sessions: “Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual” This podcast is about a therapist who provides therapy for teenagers and young adults with superpowers (empaths, telepaths, involuntary time travelers, etc.). Features an adorable super gay relationship.

Wolf 359: About life on the Hephaestus Research Station, which orbits around red dwarf star Wolf 359. Features communications officer Doug Eiffel (who is only capable of talking in pop culture references), commander Minkowski (who is just trying to do her job and get everyone else to do theirs), Alexander Hilbert (mad scientist extraordinaire), and my computer wife Hera (the most adorable and sarcastic AI system you will ever meet).

Alice Isn’t Dead: From the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, this podcast follows a truck driver in her search across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. This is a kind of horror-y podcast that centers around a wlw couple. It’s really good and also creepy.

TAZ Commitment: Setup

Okay I mega fucked up trying to put my reactions to the Balance Arc cuz I loved it and forgot to write it down so here we go again with TAZ Commitment!


–Ooh boy I am already overwhelmed by these gaming mechanics but I’ll get there


–I’m very excited that Clint has put so much work into this campaign???? They’re all my heroes already.


–okay I’m doing like a mini subsection for each character



REMY/SPRINGHEEL


–I just got into ANW this year and watching people eat shit on the first obstacle is literally the worst what a compelling backstory


–I love that Griffin loves Spiderman I don’t know why that makes me so happy but it doea


–I ♡ my Flip Boy


–Hey the fact he has a nephew that he loves is so good and pure


–I like that he just gave him a real legit backstory for athletics and teaching I love Remy



NADIYA JONES–


–Hey guess what I love Travis and I know any character he makes is so good


–No don’t make this character way different from Magnus he’s my whole heart????


–G R E E N L A N T E R N


–Fuck I love her immediately


–Hey catch me relating to those divorced parents Nadiya Jonessssss


–Oh no god give her emotional companionship in this arc please god


–Hell yeah beat your dad I love you


–Get those degrees my smart wife????


–Hey catch Travis creating two polar opposite yet equally compelling characters have I mentioned I love Travis McElroy?


–I love Nadiya and Remy but where will I get my gentle boi fix? Who will rush in for me??? Still I luv my smart heroes already


–Science!


–Dear God he made Velma from Scooby-Doo


–SHAPESHIFTING WIFE


–Travis is really just naming shit whatever he wants lmao



–Hey I love that Griffin went in and was like “I want this to be positive” cuz shit I was not expecting Travis to immediately come for Remy????


–Okay “Remy needs to be pushed” is so much easier


–“I think Remy’s great” can I just say one of my favorite things about Griffin is how he defends his characters so much like you can just hear in his voice that he’s waiting for someone to say something so he can pounce. He did it with Lup and Angus and ESPECIALLY Lucretia and now I just feel it with Remy and I’m hoping Griffin feels like we respond correctly to this character? Like there’s something so vulnerable about the way he creates characters that I adore but also worries me for how the fandom will react.



IRENE BAKER/KARDALA


–God Justin I love you I’m so excited to see a character you actually prepped???


–Irene Baker is my mom


–How did these gentlemen create these three characters I immediately would die for


–“Is she a narc” God what an icon


–jUsTiN how can you say you’re not creative and then drop these very interesting bombs on me?


–Hey, hey Justin? I love her


–Holy shit I love her I love her I love her this is very cool


–I can’t believe how excited I am to see how different Irene and Kardala are


–“On Comes Irene” shut UP Justin oh my goddddd


–I’m so excited??????????




–Stop Griffin saying he’s proud of Justin was so good


–Kardala is my giant mom and god please I’m so glad Irene is chubby


–Griffin my lovely boy you are not the DM I love that he’s jumping all over this


–Circle of interpersonal aspects it’s so goooooooood????


–Good I’m glad Kardala is unnerved by Nadiya that’s interesting as fuck


–Its ALREADY so good I’m really bummed this is gonna be short


OVERALL: How am I supposed to wait for two weeks to meet my new family how the fuck am I gonna last????

Ode To Nothing

I will not write for you
I will not worship you
I won’t correct you when you’re wrong
I will not baby you
I’ve lost my kid gloves
Lost my mind
Over and over
Playing bits and pieces of your favorite song backwards
Forcing smiles
I won’t mold you into something I have no business molding
I won’t become something I have no business being

I will not sing for you
I will not weep for you
I won’t pretend you’re something you’re not
High on molly at three in the morning
The bathroom’s shapeshifting
The water-pipes are growling
I turn the lights off
I will not love
I will never love you

I won’t pretend art school creates artists
I won’t pretend one day everything will be alright
I refuse to see faces in the clouds
I refuse to see you
Unless you want me to

Buy an airplane ticket
Buy some soul
Buy foreign trinkets
Lay on your back across the wet grass
Have an epiphany
Want something more
Stare at the stars
Talk to the universe
Write long drawn-out journal entries
About what you want
What you deserve

Let your tears turn friends into lovers
Let your tears turn lovers into nothing
Repeat
Repeat
Until your family money turns you into a starving artist

Who Will Obake Shapeshift As? THEORY TIME

Hello everyone! I have been thinking a lot about our BH6 villains lately, but the one that has been coming to mind the most has been Obake. There have been previous thoughts on what Obake will be like, and I think it’s safe to say we expect him to be a shapeshifter due to his name meaning “a thing that changes, referring to a state of transformation or shapeshifting.” 

With the series intro recently being out, we got a quick look at what appears to be some villains that will be in the show. With what we’ve seen, Obake seems to be this guy:

The real question here is if he is, in fact, a shapershifter, who will he be shapeshifting as? 


Keep reading

anonymous asked:

hey so i have a stupid funny prompt that popped into my head, could you write sanvers watching taxi brooklyn together, cue alex not seeing the uncanny resemblance between her and cat, maggie continually telling her, and maggie criticizing everyone lol

Here you go! It’s also posted on AO3 if anyone would prefer to read there (or if other folks have watched Taxi Brooklyn and want to commiserate there in the comments). Fair warning for spoilers for the show and pure crack ahead.


It had all started with Maggie coming home from work excitedly declaring that she had found a new show for them to watch. “Babe! I found your TV twin!” she had insisted, holding out her phone to a skeptical Alex, who had refused to admit any resemblance. “When you see her in action, you’ll see it,” Maggie maintained.

Which is how they found themselves curled up on their couch one rainy Saturday morning, intent on binging several episodes. During the first episode, Maggie insisted, time and again, that the resemblance was truly uncanny. Refusing to budge on her position, Alex shook her head. “Absolutely not! Look at how short her hair is!”

“Babe,” Maggie whined, “you’d look like her with short hair.”

“I don’t wear that much plaid.”

“But how great would it be if you did? Also, maybe you should give that open-flannel over sexy ribbed tank top thing a shot…just saying, it’d be hot.”

“It’s hot on her. On me…no, I’d look funny.”

“That’s so not true. Also, I’m totally shipping your character with the ME. I think they’d make an excellent couple.”

“You’ll ship any two pretty women who talk to each other,” Alex retorted, feeling more than a little proud of herself for having remembered the definition of shipping after learning all about fandom from Maggie. “Plus, she’s not my character!”

Maggie just sighed loudly and rolled her eyes; she’d get Alex to see it eventually. As she focused more on the plot, though, Maggie grew increasingly frustrated with their depictions of police work. “You can’t just commandeer a taxi!” Then, a few minutes later: “You don’t just go with your gut! God, Alex, your character is a terrible detective!”

“She’s not me!” Alex shot back.

By the time they got to the third episode and Annabella was introduced, Maggie cackled, “Oh my god! Cat even has her own Vicky Donahue!”

“What do you mean? They’re just friends, Maggie.”

“Yeah…just like you and I are gal pals that share a bed and casually fuck but just like BFFs do, right?”

“Not the same.”

“They’re talking about practicing kissing, for god’s sake!” Maggie yelled, nearly upending the popcorn in her excitement to make her point.

Alex paused, rewinding to hear that scene again. “No!” she countered. “They were practicing kissing the same neighbor boy! That’s totally different.”

“You know it’s just one stop short of turning to each other and cutting out the middle man. Literally.”

“Speaking from experience?” Alex asked, arching an eyebrow as she paused the show and turned to regard Maggie more closely.

“What? No…”

“That’s a big yes.”

“It’s a no…just, well, a nuanced no? There are a lot of straight girls in college who really want to know what it’s like to kiss a girl and all.”

“And you were only too happy to satisfy their curiosity?”

“I satisfied something.” Maggie preened as Alex scowled. “C’mon, you love me.”

“You’re okay.”

“It’ll do. Now hit play! I need to find out what happens.”

By the sixth episode, both Maggie and Alex had grown quite vocal in their commentary. It helped that they had begun drinking after lunch—just beer, but enough to loosen their tongues.

“You can’t just take your friend to interview a serial killer! No captain would allow that!” Maggie yelled at the screen, tossing a handful of popcorn, even though she knew she’d be the one to vacuum it up later.

“It’s a show,” Alex whispered, pressing kisses to Maggie’s temple and stroking a hand through her hair.

And to her credit, Maggie did let that particular point go in favor of complaining as soon as she first suspected that the new serial killer might be a woman. “Statistically that is so unlikely. And are they really going to make the killer a queer woman? That’s so rude. I mean, yeah, I’d be in love with Cat too.” In response to Alex’s glare, she added, “Because she looks so much like you, duh. But we’re not all villains! When is television going to do right by us?”

“I thought the biggest problem was all of the shows that kill us off.” Alex tilted her head to the side, trying to remember the list of dead lesbian characters Maggie had once rattled off to her—Dana, Tara, Lexa, probably more names ending with ‘a’s too.

“Well, that’s its own separate issue. But also TV shows somehow think it’s gonna be a big plot twist to have some crazy jealous, possessive lesbian who goes crazy and murders her ex or some girl she’s in love with even though they’ve barely met or something. It’s rude. I hate it.”

“Do you hate it more than the bury your gays trope, though?”

Considering it for a moment, Maggie shook her head. “No. If they’d get a little more innovative with it, I wouldn’t mind the gay villains. Very campy. Lots of history there. But stop having us do the same damn thing over and over again. We literally fill the halls of English Departments and MFA programs and art schools! We’re more creative than they give us credit for,” she huffed.

Once Maggie was vindicated in her suspicions about the show, they took a break to get themselves another round of beers and make out for a while to “make up for the lack of overt queerness on the show,” Maggie had insisted, though as they let the seventh episode play, she went back to insisting that Cat was quite clearly a lesbian.

Alex laughed it off, until the show cut to a scene of Cat making out with Rhys and looking terribly uncomfortable as she pulled away, finding that she just couldn’t do it. “Well…that is a bit familiar,” she chuckled, rubbing the back of her neck awkwardly.

“Danvers, she is literally you – those are your mannerisms!”

Alex shook her head at Maggie and looked back at the screen just in time to see Cat transition seamlessly from aggressively making out with Rhys to pinning him on his stomach. “What the fuck?” Alex laughed.

“Oh my god…was she trying to peg him?” Maggie cackled. “If this isn’t proof that Cat is as gay as you are, I don’t know what is.”

“I think she was trying to arrest him?”

“That’s not fun. Unless it’s role play,” Maggie added with a wink.

“But they wouldn’t really imply that she was trying to, you know…would they?”

“It’s based on a French film,” Maggie shrugged. “Plus, I bet Gregg was into it.”

“Ew, he’s so gross.”

“True. But also you and your doppelganger are also both so gay.”

“We don’t look alike,” Alex huffed. “Seriously, she’s got more freckles than I do. And her hair is lighter. And shorter. Also, I feel like we’re built differently.”

“Freckles can be covered with makeup. Hair can be cut and dyed different colors. And as the person who is perhaps most intimately familiar with your body and your build, I’m telling you, you’re totally twins. Also, you act similarly.”

“You were just calling her a bad cop!”

“Okay, not like that. I mean, she’s not following procedures, but I’m talking about your temperaments. You’re both a little…angry?”

“You’re not helping your case.”

“I meant to say passionate!”

As the credits for the twelfth episode rolled, Alex clicked play to go on to the next episode, only to find that an entirely new show began. Grumbling, she clicked back to the main menu to get back to their show, only to find that episode 12 was apparently the last episode of the season. “Mags!” she yelled to Maggie, who had gotten up to find some dessert. There was nothing like staying on the couch all day to tire them out.

“What?” Maggie yelled back, making her way into the living room balancing a box of cookies and a carton of vegan ice cream.

“Where can we stream season two?”

“There isn’t a season two.”

“Excuse me?”

“It got cancelled.”

“So you’re telling me that we’re never going to know what happens? Will Gregg get arrested? Will Cat get arrested? Is Leo’s roommate okay? Is his family okay? Is Cat’s mom alive? Was she on the boat? Is Annabella going to jail? Oh my god, there are so many fucking questions! Why would you let us watch a show that got cancelled?”

“You said you didn’t even like the show that much,” Maggie tried by way of a defense, though she had to admit, she’d expected a more satisfying ending too.

“Just because it’s not my favorite doesn’t mean I don’t want to know how it ends!”

Maggie’s face suddenly lit up and she nearly threw the desserts in her excitement as she began gesticulating wildly—one of the surest signs that she had crossed the line from tipsy to drunk. “Oh my gosh! Wait! You already look like Cat, then we can get J’onn to shapeshift into Leo and find people who look enough like the other characters—no! Wait! J’onn can play them all! Except Cat, because you already look like her. And we’ll create our own finale to answer all the questions!”

Alex burst out laughing only to find that Maggie had dropped off the desserts and already had a pen and notepad in hand. “Okay, first question,” Maggie began. “How long into this finale do we have to wait for you to come out?”

Originally posted by showcaseshirley17

>> Akechi’s gaze is intense. He seems to have high expecations…

> Do it exactly as I was taught

> Put some love into it

> PUT ALL YOUR HEART INTO IT

Akechi : “When you’re dressed like that, you really look like a fine Barista yourself”

Akechi : “!! This is… !”

Akechi : “I’ve never tasted something so tasty as this!” 

>> Got “Akechi’s Favorite Coffee” 

Akechi : “You’re really talented at this. If you opened up a cafe, I’ll definitely be your number one regular.” 

>> We drank coffee and enjoyed a leisurely conversation. 

Akechi : “Ah, I didn’t notice how fast the time flies… Alright then, I’ll take my leave now.” 

short-blonde-andaverage  asked:

If you don't mind my asking- what inspired the idea for the shapeshifters(?) like Clifford and the other wolves? I know Wilde Life is based mostly on Native American mythology, but I'm just curious about what specifically they're based on. (As a side note, I love Wilde Life and thank you so much for creating it. It's been my favorite webcomic since I found it.) I hope you're having a great day!

Clifford is one of the Animal People, and a very direct translation of how Animal People appear in mythology. They’re found in lots of different tribes, the most famous one is probably Coyote, who is bffs with a spider god named Iktomi.

Animal People can be all sorts of different animals, and we’ll see other types later on in the story. They’re never deer though. Deer Women are a completely different thing. >:)

Nimona : I’m Not a Health Admin Student I'm a Shark

Hey everyone sorry about not posting much lately. Contrary to belief I actually have to do some lengthy assignments for studying healthcare administration …so anyways onto my final post for the week. Nimona by the amazing Noelle Stevenson (yes I am aware that I posted about her other work on lumberjanes and she is my artist crush)

This book was one of my comic firsts and still one of my favorites. When it comes to fantasy comics this book has it all dragons, knights, armor, castles and a shapeshifting sidekick to boot. A staple in the OCO exhibit I was tempted to do my exhibit talk on this book and how it parallels to today’s political/world/national climate but that conversation for another time friends. So some back story Nimona has been published online as a webcomic since June of 2012. HarperCollins published the webcomic as a young adult graphic novel in May of 2015. From there it became a hit it was nominated for a 2015 Eisner Award and was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Awards.

 so here is the elevator pitch on the book: Nimona is set in a mash-up universe that combines fantasy and science fiction tropes. The titular character Nimona is a rambunctious young shapeshifter and the sidekick of the supervillain boss Lord Ballister Blackheart. Blackheart is a knight turned mad scientist who’s pursued by his nemesis, and later potential love interest, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin of the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. The first five chapters focus on the differences in outlook between Nimona and her by-the-book boss, as well as their plots against the secretly villainous Institution.

Also I just found out from doing research there is a movie in works coming out in 2020 ?!!?!?! So if you want to talk to me at all i’ll be waiting by the local movie theatre very patiently waiting for the release.

DS9 Asks

Leave a character name in my inbox and I will answer accordingly.

1. Sisko - What is one meaningful item you would always keep with you?

2. Kira - When has your temper gotten you into trouble?

3.  Jadzia - Tell us about a practical joke you have played on a friend and/or one of your nicknames.

4. Odo - If you could shapeshift into something else, what would it be?

5. Quark - What’s your favorite drink? (alcoholic or otherwise)

6. Nog - Have you ever gone against expectations to do something you love or to be yourself?

7. Rom - Were you ever too shy to tell someone you had feelings for them?

8. Damar - What is one of your bad habits?

9. Dukat - Have you ever committed acts of genocide Has your ego ever gotten you into trouble?

10. Weyoun - What is your favorite food flavor texture?

11. Maritza - Have you ever stood up against something you felt was wrong?

12. Ghemor - Have you ever lost someone close to you?

13. Kai Winn - Are you/have you ever been religious?

14. Morn - Are you the strong silent type?

15. Jake - What is your favorite book?

16. Julian - Who is your favorite spy/ what is your favorite spy movie/show/book?

17. Ezri - A time you have felt unsure of yourself but gotten the job done anyway?

18. Worf - What kind of parent do you think you’d be?

19. Vic - Favorite historical period?

20. Garak - Do you have any phobias?

21. O’Brien - Have you ever done a repair project or fixer-upper that you are really proud of?

22. Keiko - Favorite plant?

23. Lwaxana - What is an outrageous outfit you’d like to wear?

24. Kasidy - Have you/would you date someone who had a child/children?

25. Martok - Do you have any scars?

26. Brunt - On a level of 1-10 how slimy are you?

27. Natima - Have you ever had to let go of love?

28. Mila - What is your favorite thing to cook?

29. Tain - Have you done something drastic to protect someone you care for?

30. Ziyal - Do you have any creative or artistic talents?

Bonus: Leeta - Dabo! A free question of your choice.

end-me-slowly  asked:

Classpect for the beldam from coraline? Thinking something like a lord of heart? Damn that movie is creepy

2 things before I start: I love asks like these, and Coraline is one of my favorite movies of all time (I’m a sucker for stop-motion).

Anyways, for those of you who haven’t seen the film, SPOILERS, but the prime antagonist of the film is an entity known by many names. Some call her the Beldam, others the belle-dame, and others still call her their “Other Mother”, but she has no real name. She is a mythological figure seeped in mystery and horror, a shapeshifter who steals away children from their homes, and she is much more than “creepy”. She is a monster.

Alright, she’s not very intimidating when you meet her, but that’s the point! Throughout the film, she transforms to terrify our blue-haired protagonist, reaching various levels of horrifying until her attempts are culminated in the form of this monster.

To determine her classpect, I’ll start with the aspect. Her goal throughout the film is to eat any child who makes their way into her domain. She tricks them into trusting the loving mother they first meet by creating an entire world devoted to making the child in question happy. With time, they willingly give themselves up to her whims, resulting in becoming disembodied ghosts trapped in her nightmare world until Coraline rescues them. Her identity is ever-changing to fit her needs along with her appearance, and her body parts are shown to be capable of moving without being attached to her, acting as pieces of herself. With her focus constantly on identity and appearances, her aspect appears to most closely follow that of Heart.

As for her class, her actions must be taken into consideration. Manipulation, both physical and emotional, is her primary method of controlling and tricking others. She changes her appearance, her home, her world, her identity, everything in her world is an illusion she controls. When Coraline begins to walk outside her realm, it is nothing but a blank space with which the Beldam could paint the world she desired. In a way, the world is a reflection of what Coraline desires at the core of her person; an excititng family, awe-inspiring neighbors, and an unending adventure. The Beldam takes these wants and desires and warps them into the nightmare world which Coraline must escape from. Powerful manipulation tactics, especially manipulation of one’s aspect, indicates that the Beldam is a Witch. This is unsurprising considering the numerous legends surrounding Witches that steal children with their powerful magic.

So there you have it! In my view, the Beldam is an unbelievably powerful and terrifying Witch of Heart. Do not cross her path, and do not get on her bad side.

some thoughts on steven's perspective

(this was initially a bunch of asks, but they were too many):

oh you brought up something interesting in that frybo post: the corruption plot is something i’ve been interested in since monster buddies, and i like what you mentioned about steven approaching centipeetle with this narrow perspective that’s later allowed to grow. because looking back, it didn’t feel toootally right that centi had to take the initiative to shapeshift before steven saw her as anything but a monster, but that initiative is more important than the shape-shifting.

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Thoughts: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

I saw Valerian this week, and I have some thoughts on it.  Most of them are problems I had with the film.

Problem #1: Laureline’s speech about love and trust.

Valerian and Larueline’s introduction on the beach establishes Valerian as a man who doesn’t much care for other people’s opinions (pining Laureline down despite her obvious disinterest in it) and says anything to get what he wants (see: flirting v. his “playlist*”), and Laureline as a cold, efficient soldier with no romantic interest, in Valerian.  Okay, cool, I can get behind this.

The story goes on.  Laureline is shown to have more of a soft spot for Valerian than she says.  Aw, that’s cute.

The story continues on, Valerian and Laureline make contact with the Mül, and Valerian wants to be a Good Soldier (which he hasn’t seemed to have much interest in for the first two hours of the film, but whatever).  Laureline disagrees and gives a speech about… love and trust?  Where did this come from?  If there had been some kind of event that gave her an obvious change of character I could buy this, but aside from when she was captured and offered as sexy food tribute (see also: problem #4), I didn’t see her going through any life-changing events that would make me buy her saying “love is the most powerful thing in the universe”.  She could have believed this from the start, but then why would she join up with the violent, unbending federation?

I do believe that Laureline has a higher degree of emotional intelligence than we’ve seen her exhibit up to this point, but come on.  This is a bit much.

Problem #2: There’s a war?

The planet Mül was destroyed when a nuclear battle was fought in its atmosphere, thus setting off the plot of the movie.  But what war?  Who were the humans fighting?

This could have been easily fixed by having the dealer who tried to sell the Mül Converter at the beginning be a member of the opposing force in the “war” (that has either concluded or wasn’t worth mentioning like, at all).  This could have been woven into the plot as an overarching threat to Alpha station, with the Enemy presented a third player in the quest for the Mül Converter to drive up tension and intrigue.  Still further, the Enemy could have been used as a red herring for “who kidnapped the commander”.  The Commander had the Mül Converter on him (which, he didn’t, but bear with me), and the Enemy Species could have been looking for it as a way to fund their side of the war.  Big reveal: it’s actually the Mül.  Look how much nicer that looks!  Using things that are already in the movie!  AMAZING.

(who gave this movie the green light without consulting me, I mean really)

Problem #3: the way Valerian and Laureline get together at the end of the film.

Laureline didn’t want to be in a relationship with Valerian a.) probably because that’s fraternization, but also because b.) he was saying what she wanted to hear to get her in bed.  (Personally, I think she didn’t want him due to his lack of respect rather than his fear of commitment, but let’s go with what the movie says.)  By the end of the film she’s changed her mind.  BUT WHY?  At one point he demonstrates his trust in her by agreeing to give back the Mül Converter, but that’s not the same as commitment.  It could be argued that his dedication to the Federation (when will this get a name?) shows a commitment, but there is a huge difference between being a good soldier and committing to a fellow human being on an intimate level.

Also, the he doesn’t agree to not see other people.  It’s never formalized, just kind of assumed.  Don’t assume in a relationship, guys, always say your feelings and wants OUT LOUD.  It takes away plausible deniability and, more importantly, gives the other person a chance to do what you want them to do.  They get to do something nice for you, you get to feel good, win-win.

Problem #4: why didn’t Laureline shoot the alien that fished her up?

We know she had a gun from when she used it to threaten the pigeons, why was Valerian the only one who shot the creature that fished him up?

This could have been fixed with some line about how the guns get one shot and need to be recharged, then a quick bit of Laureline trying to shoot the fisher aliens when they catch her and not having any ammo.

Even better, they could have had her fight her way partly out of capture while Valerian set up the rescue mission so she could meet him somewhere in the middle of the stronghold instead of having the be rescued.  That would have shown both Valerian and Laureline were Capable Soldiers.  Which leads me to…

Problem #5: Bubbles.

Don’t get me wrong, I adore Rhianna, and her shapeshifting scene was probably my favorite visual element of the entire film, but her character was ultimately not useful.  She was there to make us feel bad for her, then get Valerian into the alien stronghold**, then die for dramatic effect***.  Here’s a thought: Rhianna as the same character, but once she gets Valerian and Laureline out of the stronghold, she breaks off from the party to alert the Federation instead of, you know, dying in a sad pile of dust.

Problem #6: when Valerian planned to go into the Mül pocket alone, he told Laureline to go for backup.  When Laureline proceeded to go first, he did not go for backup.

They couldn’t have gotten a message out anyway, but he didn’t even try.

Problem #7: Valerian is carrying around the soul of an alien princess, I guess?

One, why did the princess choose Valerian instead of Laureline?  The Mül species shown to be about harmony and compassion; since Laureline was the one who wanted to give back the converter (even though I disagree with her speech), she’s clearly the better choice.

Two, what purpose did this serve?  It kind of lead Valerian to the Mül pocket dimension in the end, but that’s it.  There was no indication this had any other effect.  It would have been cool if the Mül Princess had been the one to teach Valerian about commitment and respect and all of those things which I guess is implied, but we didn’t see that happen at all.

Problem #8: why is everyone white?

This is a problem I have with a lot of scifi.  Alpha station was an international earth space station before it was sent out into space, so why do so many of the humans look the same?  I counted three non-white humans: Bubble (Rhianna), the Defence Minister who Never Got a Name (Herbie Hancock), Sergeant Neza (Kris Wu), maybe a few tourists and possibly some of the soldiers at Big Market.  Maybe there were some background people I missed.  I would love to be wrong about this because this movie should be too beautiful for something like this, let me know.

*Which, by the way, what is this?  It can’t be his romantic history because the film ends with Laureline saying “I want to be the only girl on your playlist” and you can’t erase someone’s romantic history; it can’t be Valerian’s current list of partners, because that is way too many people to juggle.  I can only conclude that there’s some kind of literal playlist of recordings going on, and I guess since Laureline wants to be on it, it’s normal to make a record of your sexual encounters in the future.  Rock on.

**Which is unnecessary because we’ve already been shown the future has holographic capabilities, why couldn’t Valerian have cobbled something together out of that instead of getting Rhianna killed?

***What was the cause of death here?  “I must have been injured during the fight” okay, but when and how?  Did you get too sad?  Because you seemed like you were doing a great job out there.

This wouldn’t be a proper review without some positives, so here’s what I liked about Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:

The opening scene showing the formation of Alpha was excellent!  I loved the way it showed the station’s progression.  It felt real and the pacing was great.  Also, props for using Major Tom.  I saw this movie on Sunday and that song is still going around in my head.

Visually, this movie was absolutely beautiful.  The effects were great, and the different species were integrated enough that Alpha and Big Market really felt like an alien environment.

Big Market.  I really loved the idea of interdimensional interaction via technology, it’s a new and clever take on alien species and how the can/can’t interact.

The Mül Converters were so loveable!  The first time one puffed up for conversion, I was terrified something bad was happening to it, and if it had, I would have really and truly cried in the middle of the movie theater.

These are my thoughts on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).  I’d love to get a dialog going about this, please message or reply with your thoughts and feels!

(ground control to Major Tom…)

Entranced 2017 highlight reel

Things are a little disjointed in my head, so I’m not even going to attempt a complete chronological listing of my con experience.  Here, in no particular order, are the things I still find myself dwelling on in stolen idle moments.

  • Catching up with @meltinggoldanddippingthingsinit as we drove to the con from Midway.  And realizing that, because I was paying more attention to her than to the voice of Google, I’d missed a turn or two and made the trip unnecessarily longer.
  • Being mostly bipedal for teaching – I was able to do my usual wandering with my cane propped against the wall.  There were a few moments when I nearly lost my balance but overall the foot is improved even over a couple of weeks ago.  I think I’ll be breaking up with my physical therapist soon.
  • Co-teaching “Setting the Scene” with @daja-the-hypnokitten.  My timing was off, but Daja was her usual awesome self.
  • Doing standing instant inductions for the first time post-surgery.  I did hedge my bets a bit by asking for volunteers my size or smaller, but the foot held firm when I needed it to.
  • Sitting in on @digitalswitchgamine and @damnhypsters (why won’t that tag?) roleplay class, which partly inspired a demo for my later class with @mrs-prism.
  • Said class, “Turning the Tables”, in which @mrs-prism and I installed triggers in each other and played out a multiple-power-switch interrogation demo that our audience seemed to love.  Several people’s comments afterward made me unspeakably happy (and yes, @shapeshift-identity, I’m including you!)
  • Messing with @solarianne’s brain, which is one of my favorite toys
  • Fractionating @daja-the-hypnokitten into a happy semi-daze, testing to see whether this made it possible for her to enjoy playing with my Nova Pro, and then doing it when the answer turned out to be yes.
  • Getting to meet @dommestic and @dommesticpet and talk Nova Pro techniques and accessories.
  • Treating myself to @enscenic and @digitalswitchgamine‘s 7 Deadly Sins musical journey, about which much has been written already.  (And I’ve already gushed to both of them in email, probably at too much length, about that whole experience.)
  • Co-hosting the Devotion to the Mind-Controlling Octopus with @solarianne and @aetrun .  I was pleasantly surprised at how many people were willing to (or curious enough to?) pay homage to a stuffed pink octopus for the sake of pleasure and satire.
  • Some late-night and early-morning talks with very dear friends.
  • A group lunch that reminded me just how dearly I value my friends in this community.

There are also the usual regrets, of course – people I didn’t get to spend as much time with as I’d hoped, a scene or two that didn’t get to happen because schedules didn’t align.  Con drop hit me a lot harder than usual, maybe because the highs were so high.  It may be time to seek out @ellaenchanting‘s remedy.

Hugs to @theleeallure, @zanythoughts, @deeperforme, @mrprism, @hypno-sandwich@cleavagepool, and everyone else I’ve forgotten to tag by now.

-wg

Arranged Marriage Books

After that one lovely post, I began craving books about arranged marriages.  As it turned out, I’d already read a few!  I decided to make a list in case anyone was interested.  These are all set in fantasy worlds because honestly…  Historical arranged marriages were pretty much the norm and often aren’t sexy to read about.  Also, they tend to be YA because as an aspiring YA author that’s a lot of what I read.  But don’t let yourself think that it won’t be ~a fun and sexy time for you~ because it’s YA.  I definitely trend more towards the mature side of that category.

With that being said, I totally want to read more cheesy arranged marriage books in the historical romance genre, so I’m checking out some of those as well.  In general, if you’re in the mood for a bodice ripper, I like the oldies–Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey.  I’ve heard great things about Elizabeth Hoyt, but I haven’t read her… yet.

Hope this helps the people on my dash (including @ohcaptainmyswancaptain @queenmedusa and @daylightspeaks) looking for these types of books!

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for thy false idols, false prophets. for thy false prophets, false martyrs

a sketch of my favorite alien cult worshipers, drake and britt !