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perhaps this is premature but i’m gonna go ahead and say it: I already love “The Little Things That Give You Away” more than anything on Songs of Innocence.  Instant classic in my book; it pretty much completely skipped the “OMG NEW U2 SONG!!!!1111″ phase for me and went straight to feeling in my head like “oh yeah, I’ve been listening to and loving this song for years.”  like, I only listened to it twice - volume low, even! - before I saw them in Santa Clara, but it was already stuck in my head morning of the show, and I sang along to at least half the lyrics when they played it… didn’t listen to it again ‘til I saw this performance but now I can’t get enough.  The ending is like… U2 has always been good at juxtaposing light and dark; but there’s something about this one in particular that just feels different.  The music is classic U2 uplift, but the melody and lyrics are so fuckin’ sad, and altogether it leaves me with a feeling I can’t fully describe.  It definitely hits somewhere deep though, like really deep.  Soul level shit bruh (the end lyrics could have been stolen straight from my head tbh… in fact I’m pretty sure he pulled some inception shit with ‘Sometimes I can’t believe my existence/I see myself from a distance/I can’t get back inside,’ it’s kind of been a common theme in my thoughts/writing/life for awhile now…).  Thank God Bono said “We got a new album…this is a song that’s on it…and…we’re just warming up!” before they played it in Santa Clara, ‘cause honestly it kind of feels like it could be…y’know…the end.  I don’t think they’d end their career on such a dark note - that’s not really what they’re all about - but it does have that gravitas, it feels like it could be a grand finale kind of song… and though Bono’s always been sincere and often reveals himself in his lyrics, this is a kind of raw and deep sadness I don’t feel he’s expressed before.  Powerful stuff for sure…

I already had incredibly high hopes for Songs of Experience (Jacknife Lee, blow your mind sonically, etc etc) but now I’m pretty much convinced it’ll be my favourite album since Pop.  And I’m wondering if the cool electronic beat in TLTTGYA (geez, I love you guys but does every song title have to be an entire goddamn sentence?! what are you, a post-rock band?! XP), the synth riff version of ASOH, and the weird robot bridge of BD are maybe indicators of the kind of production we’ll see on SOE… cuz I am all for incorporating more electronic elements and some sonic experimentation.  On top of brilliant songwriting, which SOE so far has exhibited 100%.  

in conclusion: Love the new song @u2, please send me the rest of the new album ASAP so I can tell you how much I love all the other songs on it 

ty.

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Our flags are beautiful and so are we 💖

Nikola Tesla is the greatest b/c he loved pigeons and science and wanted to provide people with electricity at low cost but he was also lowkey trying to build a death beam. 

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Giraffe Boy gets a Giraffe Mug for his rainy day at the café ♡

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Types as plants 🌱

ISTP Leafy little tree, growing somewhere strange, the side of a mountain perhaps? A remote island? Very impressive 🌳

ISTJ Flowering hydrangea, many leaves to drink up the sun, loved by all the bees, crowned bee overlord with high honors 🐝

ISFP Tiger Lily, fierce, statement flower and centerpiece, may require extra care but is definitely a show stopper 🐯

ISFJ White roses, protective thorns, grows in the soil but deserves the best vase ! A good flower ! 🌹

INTP Small cactus, v prickly but sometimes grows flowers, needs very little water but lots of encouragement 🌵

INTJ Redwood (extra mega tall), will not stop growing even if you ask. Do not chop this tree ! The thought of being common house furniture is unsettling 🍂

INFP Willow tree, calm and happy, many birds live here !  A little bit sad but a very good tree, deserves all the sunlight 🕊

INFJ The apple tree ! Feeds all its friends, has very good fruit, but what happens when the fruit is gone??? Crisis mode ENGAGED 🍎

ESTP Killer Algae, flowey and leafy and lives in the ocean ! Too bad they deprive marine life of food and habitat (good thing they’re cute) 🌊

ESTJ Succulents ! Tiny and green and sit in the window, certainly not going anywhere, don’t worry about forgetting to water, this independent succulent doesn’t need you 🎍

ESFP Cherry blossoms, jaw dropping, people come from all around to see you bloom ! Truly the epitome of style and aesthetic 🌸

ESFJ Tulips in the family garden, watering cans and ladybugs, your friendly neighborhood hummingbird feeder ! Planted neatly in nice little rows 🌷

ENTP Venus fly trap. Very interesting, composed of personality and flesh dissolving acid. Goodbye bugs you are gone 🐞

ENTJ Ivy, confident and ever climbing, quite the aesthetic addition to the garden! Be warned though, for ivy can keep out weeds, but if not managed, can harm the trees as well 🌿

ENFP Cannabis, loved by many, knows just how to chill, truly a staple in the friend group ! As long as they’re kept grounded and in control, they’re all set for some fun🍁

ENFJ Money tree ! A loyal and giving plant, must be watered just right, and reminded to keep a little cash for themselves. A very lovely plant ! 💸

Tips on Writing Characters Without Faces

so yeah, we all know that facial expressions can tell us a lot about how a character is feeling, but what if that isn’t an option? how can you make someone emote if they don’t really have standard facial features? the answer; body language.

let’s consider how emotions are conveyed on a stage production vs movie with Sweeney Todd. First, the stage play:

Note how Todd’s entire upper body goes into his gestures, how he’s single-mindedly focused on his dreams and ideals; how his hands GRAB for each imaginary ‘man’ with these sharp, aggressive, destructive movements and how that contrasts with Mrs. Lovett’s body language; how her hands linger in the air and gravitate towards Todd even after he’s pulled away, and the slow turn she gives him. It does an excellent, though exaggerated, way of conveying their relationship (her focus is on him and making him happy, his focus is entirely on revenge)

Contrast this to the movie:

Originally posted by curiousitykilledthekat

Same lines in the song, much more subtle. Lovett’s eyes still track towards Todds, which reminds us she’s still more focused on the outside, but all of the emotion is in their faces. Were this not a close-up shot in a movie it’d be very, very hard to read their expressions.

While I do recommend you watch a few stage plays (in person near the back row if you can) to actually study body language for yourself or try out charades with your face covered with friends/watch how cosplayers or mascots emote, here’s a few shorthands to get you started (US-centric so expressions may vary on your region):

Head:

  • perfectly still - fear, intense attention, feeling under scrutiny
  • tilted up - recollection, intimidation (looking down nose at threat, aiming to appear taller)
  • tilted down - intense thought, shame (avoiding eye contact), depression/sad feelings
  • turned away - not giving person full attention, avoiding subject/conflict without being combative
  • cocker-spaniel (sideways) tilt - confusion, curiosity, amusement

Hands

  • at the forehead - fatigue (wiping away sweat), illness (checking self for fever, feeling a headache), realization/memory (a ‘well duh’ tap)
  • at the eyes - fatigue or headache (shielding eyes from light), distress (blocking out a painful view, concealing tears)
  • at the nose - disgust (a pinch at the nostrils,) irritation (rubbing at sore spot on nose from glasses wear)
  • at the mouth - nausea, surprise, repressing an emotion/stopping self from saying something
  • at the chin - contemplation, tiredness (face resting in hand)
  • rubbing back of neck - a need to relax tension, embarrassment, slight unease/desire to distract self
  • at the chest - surprise, self-protection (reaction to a wounding statement, sometimes used sarcastically), strong emotions (clutching at heart, could be good-strong or bad-strong), need for security (touching necklace/adjusting clothing to conceal more)
  • at the stomach - pain (clutching, pressing), satisfaction after a meal, protectiveness towards fetus when applicable
  • at the hip(s) - confidence, intimidation, nervousness (if grabbing for weapon)
  • at groin - concealment/unease (usually male-coded as protection of genitals), politeness (hands folded in lap)
  • on thighs - exhaustion (bent over, hands on legs supporting tired upper body)
  • formed into fists - holding back an intense emotion, preparing to fight
  • toying with something - restlessness (bored, nervous energy, craving something they can’t touch) or deliberate disrespect of property (playing with personal objects someone holds dear as an intimidation tactic)

Arms

  • at sides, relaxed - default posture
  • at sides, tense - unease, restraint (soldier at attention, person holding still to avoid being attacked), fear
  • crossed at chest - disapproval, displaying authority, unease (hugging oneself)
  • crossed at stomach - pain, intense laughter (caused by sore stomach muscles from laughing)
  • up, fingers laced behind head - confidence, relaxation
  • one arm on back of furniture - confidence, invitation for someone join them
  • general rule - the further arms are away from body, the more confident/dominant a person means to appear; exposed torso indicates that they don’t see anyone around as a threat to them

Legs

  • square with shoulders - professional, restraint, protective stance
  • wide stance, one foot a little back but planted - defensive stance, expecting to receive blows (knees may be unlocked - seen in swordplay and fencing)
  • weight on one leg - relaxed, tired, may also be leaning on something or pair with one ankle tucked behind the other
  • uneven stance - could indicate old injury
  • foot tapping/bouncing - boredom, nervous energy

Whole Body:

  • stiff and still - fear, unease, standing to attention
  • limp or pliant - relaxed, tired, pleased
  • shoulders back/head up - alert, focused, aggressive
  • shoulders forward, hunched - tired, ashamed
  • leaning towards person - interest, intimidation (looming over them), aggression (usually paired with tense arms or hands in fists,)
  • leaning away from person - relaxation, confidence, disgust (recoiling)
  • smooth/fluid movements - joy, confidence, experience
  • stiff motions - fear (reactive, fight or flight), pain (reluctance to move), anger (either fighting to keep control of emotions or lashing out), cold (conservation of heat by keeping limbs near body)
  • cracking joints/stretching - preparing for a fight, often reading as confidence in abilities
  • general rule - close contact/proximity can read as intimidation (paired with tense body - an invasion of personal space) or affection (paired with relaxaed body language, gentle movement) or passion/attraction while distance can read unease/distaste/fear/dislike.

with those in mind, let’s read this scene from Red vs Blue (a personal fav of mine for body language) featuring agent texas from season 8.

Originally posted by cryingmanlytears

So first of all, very relaxed upper body; limp arms held away from the body, which slowly come back to rest on her hips as she looks at what she’s done. Watch how her lean shifts at the end as her center of gravity shifts, and how she has to move her right leg to restabilize herself when she’s finished pushing it. This reads, in order from the start of the loop; detachment (the least amount of her body is involved in the action as possible), relaxation (smooth movements, the deliberation of those little steps backwards) and confidence (hands on hips.) We can tell a ton about this character just in this gif alone, based on her body language.

in summary! this list isn’t exhaustive, but hopefully it gives you some ideas for ways of making characters emote in fics when you can’t see their faces.

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Favorite relationships: Isak og Eskild
Where are you ↵
on my way home
I’m coming.

people who don’t like hunk genuinely confuse me. what has hunk ever done wrong? name one time hunk has done something wrong. see? you can’t. he is perfect.

Another Klance 💜

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Albus and Scorpius waltzing at the annual winter ball!!

(Albus had to drag Scorpius away from the dessert table to do so :p )

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@rookie009 omg lena you’re so gay

lena is gonna get an earful when everyone gets back to base

edit: vous –> te (thank you for the help once again :) )

Based on @paperficwriter‘s Genos headcanon(s)!