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prusfockers  asked:

Hello. I saw you saing once you work in another language, if you don't mind my asking, where are you from? Since I saw that, I kept asking myself how do you write, I mean, I'm a writer too, but I have to do it first in my language (portuguese, I'm Brazilian) then translate it. So, how do you do it? I love your stories by the way, they are fucking awesome :)

Awww, first off thank you for the compliment. Writing in another language is a strange thing that happened to many authors by accident.

And my response turned out to be an essay of 800 words, so I am putting it under a cut so as not to clog people’s dashboards.

Edit: had to take down the tax note because it didn’t work on my mobile and eats the text, lol

So, about writing. I’m Polish. Right now I work in american connected company so I use english work, but I started writing in english, hmm. about 17 years ago? I actually write first few novella length stories in my native language (before I discovered fan fiction) but I quickly realised I had nowhere to show this work. There was no audience, no real place for me to show the work off. Just the few friends that I was brave enough to show my works. I am saying ‘brave’ because from the very beggining I was interested in the darker themes. I wasn’t interested in the run of the mill romance story. And back then I was very aware that non-standard things were not always well accepted. Around that time I stumbled onto something called ‘fan fiction’ on the internet. It was Sailor moon fandom of all things. And boy. My mind was blown. I read like there was no tomorrow. Anything and everything. By the time I reached x-men fandom I was dead set on writing a story. At that time I had a CAE (certificate in advanced english) which meant I could communicate, even teach the begginers. BUT. I tried writing my first story in english. No translating, straight up english sentences from mind to paper… and it flopped so horribly. Turned out writing prose in another language wasn’t as easy as writing an email in that same language. I read fics in english (and books) for about 7 months longer before I wrote the first story I posted, Second Chances for x-men and it was long fic from the very beggining. I also immediately invested in a beta. Actually two betas, because there was too much to do for just the one :D


Now we are reaching the meat of your question.

The thing about languages is: do not translate. Seriously. Just don’t. I spoke russian before I started learning english, and the only trick I learned was: think straight in the language you intend to use. Translating doesnt really work. First is that words flow differently in languages. Some languages are high context, some are low context, some have words with multiple meaning (english) some are very specific (polish) Also, there is a theory of ‘emotional connection’ - example is that you will curse much easier in another language than in your own because in your native language words have emotional impact, some are bad words, shameful words and you are less likely to use them. The same words, but in foreign language do not carry the same emotional impact which makes them easier to use. It’s nt only about the bad words. FFrom personal experience I can tell you that writing explicit sex is so much easier in english than in polish. First because english is better equipped in sexual vocabulary and second because it doesn’t have that ‘embarassed giggle’ factor my own language has.
It was strange and unbelievably slow at first, but oly the first chapter or so. After a little time (and it happens very, very fast) the odness passess and thinking in another langiage comes easier and faster. On some level there still is translation, but that translation happens on a subconscious level that doesn’t tax your conscious mind. Also, thinking traight in your targeted language makes the stry sound better, flow better because you subconsciously use better forms than with translations. And be completely honest with me - translating is boring. I did some translations for people/money/projects and damn, booooooooring. Start with thinking up conversations, short scenes in english. Make the sentences in your head, get a feel for how they sound. You read a lot, I bet you have all the vocabulary, all the grammar. You have it. You just need to open that one door in your mind that leads to changing the way you see other languages. Look at bilingual children, or really anyone, they don’t spend any time translating, they just do. because in their heads they just switch from language to language as needed. Try it, try a smaller story, a scene. Simply change tracks in your head and it will all come to you easily. I promise.

The new Young American Tracking Poll (YATP) is a first-of-its-kind quarterly survey and report that focuses on the opinions and behaviors of Americans between the ages 13 and 25 on topics in politics, policy, and civic engagement.

From its annual surveying of young Americans conducted since 2013, DoSomething.org and TMI Strategy launched the YATP in order to elevate the voices of young people in discussions of national policies and priorities. The poll brings attention to the distinct ways young millennials and Gen Z participate in their civic communities, which often contrast from beliefs and actions found in the general adult population in America.

Most often, young people are defined as 18–29 and so thinly sampled that additional segmentation within the group is impossible. And for the voices of those under 18? Nothing.

Specifically, the YATP provides an alternative to the standard approaches taken by traditional polling towards young people. Most often, young people are defined as 18–29 and so thinly sampled that additional segmentation within the group is impossible. This approach mutes the nuances of youth experience and opinions. The circumstances of someone in her late teens are very different than someone in her late twenties. And even with more narrow age-bracketing, there are major differences between urban and rural youth, male and female, and so on.

And for the voices of those under 18? Nothing. Most national polls omit 13- to 18-year-olds entirely from sampling, thereby silencing millions of young people who disproportionately rely on and are impacted by policy decisions.

Summary of Key Findings

The YATP finds that young Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of Donald Trump and his policies. For all areas where a direct comparison is possible, youth disapproval of Trump exceeds that of the general population. Specifically, American youth disproportionately disagree with Trump’s actions regarding immigration and border security.

In the months since the election, young people significantly increased their participation in organized protests, their use of technology to take and promote positions on social issues, and their use of social networks to organize others to take action.

This strong disapproval of Trump corresponds with a perceptible increase in civic participation from young Americans. In the months since the election, young people significantly increased their participation in organized protests, their use of technology to take and promote positions on social issues, and their use of social networks to organize others to take action.

Self-identified young “liberals” — one third of all young people — are driving the increase in civic participation almost entirely. This group has been two to three times more likely to take action than self-identified “moderate” or “conservative” peers since the November election.

Additionally, across a broad set of issues and policy areas, America’s young people are increasingly taking sides. On nearly every issue/policy asked about in the YATP, the percent of young people with no opinion decreased following the election.

The biggest gains in agreement went almost exclusively towards traditionally liberal positions. On topics ranging from climate change, to immigration reform, to the legalization of marijuana, a new consensus is forming among young Americans.

On topics ranging from climate change, to immigration reform, to the legalization of marijuana, a new consensus is forming among young Americans.

On several issues and policy areas, young liberals diverge from young moderates and young conservatives. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and identification with feminism are resoundingly unpopular with young moderates and young conservatives but are popular with young liberals. On issues of religion and security, young moderates and young conservatives are noticeably more skeptical of refugees and concerned by terrorism than are their young liberal peers.

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Some Tips on Being a Senior Student

There are sooo many posts on how to make the most out of your first year of university/college, but very few on what to do when you’re reaching the end of those years and are about to enter the Real Real World. This post is to help you make that last year count!

1) Focus on your grades!

This is the time when having good grades is the most important. By now, you’ve gotten into some sort of studying rhythm and know what works for you, so use that to your advantage to put in a little extra effort and push. No-one really cares about your grades from previous years if your grades at the end are awesome. If you have some kind of capstone project, make sure that it is done really well so that you can use it as an example of your work!

2) Get familiar with Careers’ Services

If your university has a Careers’ Services office, make an appointment with them. Chances are, they will have tonnes of professional advice on how to improve your CV/resumé, interview training, and connections to companies that want to hire graduates!! Often, these services are free!! Use them!! 

3) Spice up your CV!

As awesome as your transcript and degree may be, plenty of people will have the same degree as you. Go over your past few years and make a list of all the extracurriculars you did. Did you write for the university newspaper? Treasurer of the MSA? Run a pretty successful instagram and blog? Add it to your CV (resumé for you Americans). If you’re not sure about how to make it sounds “professional”, don’t be afraid to list it in terms of the skills you learn rather than your actual position (if in doubt, refer to point 2).

4) Build a professional wardrobe

When you’re out shopping for clothes and you see a cute blazer or comfortable shirts/blouses on sale, give them a try. It’s so much better to show up for a interview in clothes that you’ve gotten used to and are comfortable in, than a brand new suit that’s awkward and feels like you’re playing dress-up in. Try incorporating some “professional” clothing pieces into your everyday wear every now and then so you can figure out what you like wearing and what’s your style. It’s also a lot cheaper to build up a wardrobe over time rather than buying things all at once for your new job.

5) Organise your opportunities

Get a spreadsheet with job/post-graduate applications going. Sort by application date. If you hear of a cool-sounding graduate programme, make a note of it and research it as soon as possible. Competition can be tough, so be prepared for rejections. If you’re thinking of taking a post-graduate gap year (which is what I’m considering at the moment), look for short courses, internships, part-time work or how you’re going to save money to travel and organise that. There are lots of options!

5) Network effectively

By now, you probably have a favourite professor or three who thinks you’re a pretty decent kid! Rather than trying to go to everyone’s office hours (probably the most common college advice on studyblr), talk to your favourite profs in passing, ask them for projects or how their day is going. They’re really great people and excellent mentors.

6) Keep contact with friends and family

I know it’s difficult, but it is really important to have that social and emotional support available. It can be tough, but you will really appreciate having people who you can call on or just to spend time with. 

7) It’s okay to not have anything figured out yet

Science majors and Humanities majors often have the same problem - the incessant “so what are you going to do with that physics/english/history/biology/philosophy degree? Become a teacher?” questions. If you want to be a teacher - that’s awesome - but if you don’t, this question can be the most frustrating. Yes, you know that you won’t be getting a 5-figure starting salary like your cousin who did an engineering/medical/accounting degree, but at least you spent your time studying something you enjoyed! It’s okay to not have an immediate plan of action for what you’re going to do after graduating, but you’ll figure it out eventually! There really is no rush.


I hope this post is helpful! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to message me or send an ask! Don’t forget to take the coolest graduation pictures ever! Happy studying!

xx Munira

Many of the currently employed state-sector workers are the children of the “old workers” [what workers from the Maoist era are referred to in China]; or they have had experience working together with the old workers; or they live in the same working-class neighborhoods. Thus, the currently employed state-sector workers have been influenced by the old workers’ struggles and their political experience. This was illustrated by the Tonghua Steel workers’ anti-privatization struggle in 2009.

Tonghua Steel was a state-owned steel factory in Tonghua, Jilin Province. In 2005 Tonghua Steel was privatized. The state assets, once worth 10 billion yuan, were appraised at only 2 billion yuan. Jianlong, a powerful private company having connections with high-ranking officials in Beijing, actually paid only 800 million yuan and took over the company. After Jianlong’s takeover, twenty-four thousand out of thirty-six thousand workers were laid off. Wages for the workers on “dangerous tasks” (with high rates of work-related injuries) were reduced by two-thirds. The managers could impose various arbitrary penalties and punishments on the workers.

In 2007 the Tonghua Steel workers started to protest. During the protests, a Maoist-era worker, “Master Wu,” emerged as the leader. Wu made it clear to the workers that the real issue was not about any particular problem, but about “the political line of privatization.”

July 2009 found the workers on a general strike. When the Jianlong general manager threatened to fire all workers, the enraged workers beat the manger to death. Although the provincial governor and thousands of armed police were at the scene, no one dared to intervene. After the beating, Jilin Province was forced to cancel the privatization plan.

The Tonghua Steel workers’ victory was a huge inspiration for workers in many parts of China. Workers in several other steel factories also protested and forced the local governments to cancel privatization plans. Worker-activists in other provinces saw the Tonghua victory as their own and regretted that “too few capitalists have been killed.“

Minqi Li, “The Rise of the Working Class and the Future of the Chinese Revolution” (2011)
Dye For You

Pairing: Daveed Diggs x Reader

Word Count: 2101

Warnings: Language

Summary: Soulmate AU where your hair color is identical to your soulmates. If Person A dyes their hair blue, Person B wakes up with blue hair. You wake up to a rainbow of colors.

A/N: Whenever I can’t think of a good title I just make bad puns. Hah. Enjoy! Requests are open!

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“How long do you think it’s gonna take Oak to get shit-faced tonight?” Anthony asked, looking towards Daveed, who sat at the bar stool next to his own.

The guys of the cast had set up shop at a bar after not getting together for a while, and Oak was definitely drinking enough for the entire group.

“It depends. Under two hours. At least,” Daveed replied, gesturing down the bar where Oak sat, flirting with a bartender under the prospect of getting free drinks. Lin stood next to him, watching on.

“Nah. I think he’ll last. Over 2 hours.” Anthony countered, sipping his beer.

“Really? I don’t believe you.” Daveed narrowed his eyes. “Have you seen him? I’m sure he’s already tipsy.”

“Wanna bet?”

“Depends, what are the terms and what happens if I lose?” Daveed replied, drinking out of his own beer.

“He usually ends up hitting on literally anyone when he’s drunk. As soon as he does, we check the time. If it’s past,” Anthony glanced at his phone. “-11 o’clock, I win. If I do, you dye your hair. Temporary, of course. We have a show tomorrow. At least through rehearsal and the Ham4Ham show. I’m thinking pure rainbow. ROYGBIV. It’ll be perfect.”

“That’s harsh. I haven’t met my soulmate, I imagine this would make them hate me. Hopefully, they won’t care. Whatever. I’ll win. And when I do, you have to dye your hair. Deal?” Daveed asked, offering his hand. He was willing to risk a lot for a simple bet, but it was just who he was. Even if it meant risking his soulmate’s hair.

It was a weird quirk of society. Soulmates had the same color of hair. Whatever changes were made to one party’s hair happened to the other’s. For example, if one person died their hair blue, their soulmate’s hair would change blue as well. This made dying your hair very frowned upon, along with any drastic changes to body appearance.

Anthony stopped, thinking for a minute. “You’re on. Deal.” He reached out, shaking Daveed’s hand. The two turned to watch the storm go down. Oak was taking shots; Daveed was confident he would win.


“I’m going to fucking kill my soulmate when I meet them, I swear. My interview’s today! I’m never gonna get the job now, Sara.” You vented into the phone to your best friend, fingers clawing through your hair. You had woken up to find rainbow colored hair covering your head on the day of a very important interview.

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You manifested yourself
In my dreams again
The way you have for weeks

Each night is new
But nonetheless familiar

I am somehow simultaneously
Aware, consciously, of our reality
And immersed, subconsciously, in desire

This consciousness serves not
As a gentle reminder of my delusion
But instead 
As a blunt force to my cerebral cortex

So violent, in fact, 
That upon waking, 
My head aches,
Stomach turns,
And skin scorches

The deepest parts of my mind
Are fused to you;
Begging to relive 
Our most intimate
And passionate moments

To smell the sweetness
And feel the softness
Of your skin
Surrounding me,
If only once more

And so I dream
Of you welcoming me,
Perfectly content with my company;
Connecting and moving rhythmically,
As immaculately as ever

Eliciting an emotional response
That is so profoundly heartbreaking
And nostalgic
And beautiful;
One which I embrace
And rely upon

—  The Comfort of Cognitive Dissonance
Day Fifty-Eight

-I asked a woman how she was doing. “They call this the world’s best kitty litter,” she replied, “And it is.” She then followed up with a sales pitch, trying to convince me to buy it next time I was in the market, despite her seemingly not having any connections to the company and me not owning a cat.

-A woman came through my lane, acting strange and wearing sunglasses at 8:15 on a very overcast morning, making me certain that she made an extra stop after dropping her kids off at school.

-I was shouted at for saying two words to a woman. All that I had managed to get out was “how are”, but she was far too efficient a businesswoman to bother with such trivial things as small talk or manners. 

-I handed an elderly man his receipt, only to find that this man’s hands painted a mystifying landscape. The deep wrinkles running along his arm, deep valleys and rolling hills. The unnaturally abundant and long white hairs, snow-dusted trees blowing in a light breeze. The unidentifiable greenish blotch, the toxic dumping zone of the bayside nuclear research laboratory.

-Subtitled kung fu movies have been playing quietly in the corner of the break room for days, despite a lack of any interested audience to be found at any point. It is fascinating to find the diverse interests the store’s poltergeist seems to hold.

-An unwrapped Hershey’s kiss was left on a table, carefully placed behind a dog decoration. This creativity is frankly inspiring and I would like to shake the hand of the comedic genius who did this.

-I rang up the man who denied me a job at Best Buy a month before I was employed here. Looking at how we have both turned out since then, I am grateful things played out as they did. I now have at least six people who read stories from my days at work. His beard has somehow become more creepy than it had been during my interview. I can safely say that I have come out the winner here.

-As a young girl was pushed around the girls section by her mother, she pointed to each item, asking if it was boys or not. This continued for an entire circuit of the section until the mother, seemingly having taken the hint, pushed her towards the boys clothes, much to her delight. It brightened my day to see the mother handle this with such grace and I hope the girl finds the clothes she was looking for.

The Essential Disney College Program Bucket List

So after making my own personal DCP bucket list (for the second time), I thought it would be a good idea to make what I think everyone should do (or at least give it the good ol’ college-program try) during their program! So without further ado, here is my Essential DCP Bucket List (no bias at all)!

Challenges:

  • 4 Parks/1 Day
  • Drink Around the World (if 21+); if not, try  Dessert Around the World 
  • Conquer the 3 mountains
  • Kitchen Sink
  • 24 Hour Challenge or a Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Night Show Trifecta (Fantasmic, IllumiNations, and Wishes in 1 night)

Everything Else:

  • Become a wizard (visit Universal Studios)
  • Do at least 1 character dining experience
  • Get a picture on every ride that offers one
  • Ride every ride/see every show in all 4 parks throughout program
  • Visit Property Control, Cast Connections, Company D
  • Visit every resort on property and take a picture at each one
  • Get a 4 Keys Card
  • Give another cast member a 4 Keys Card
  • Buy a pair of ears and have them embroidered
  • Become a Galactic Hero
  • Get pictures at each of the park icons
  • Sample all the drinks at Club Cool
  • Have your joke read at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Get a passport at Epcot (or use the KidCot Duffy’s), and get it stamped at each pavilion in World Showcase
  • Meet every Disney princess (bonus points if you do it in one day)
  • Celebrate something with a button
  • Become a Wilderness Explorer
  • Take pictures in your costume! Have people visit you at work and take action shots (and do the same for them)
  • Do a backstage tour/ride something with the lights on
  • Get pixie dusted
  • Watch Wishes from a ride (Thunder and Mine Train are bomb)
  • Meet Mickey and Minnie in as many different costumes as possible
  • Go to Rope Drop at least once
  • Dapper Day
  • Work in as many different locations as you can 

So, there ya have it! Did I miss anything? Feel free to add more fun ideas!

Kouri watches Sense8, episode 3:

  • Hernando mouthing along to Lito’s show while Lito throws fruit at him, what adorable nerds
  • Off-topic: I love the noise zebras make! It’s so cute!
  • I’ve seen a lot of people talking about the connection between Rajan’s pharmaceutical company, Capheus’ storyline, and Joon-Ki’s criminal enterprises, but let’s not forget that Daniela says her father (and Joaquin) deal in “import/export”.  (The real question is, does this connect back to the crime war in Berlin?)
  • Sun’s little smile after she gets her wrists wrapped *swoons*
  • I love how ride-or-die Amanita is, she’s like, IDK what’s going on but I feel like setting fire to a hospital waiting room is an appropriate reaction
  • I also love Capheus going after the gangsters with literally no plan and zero idea that he’s connected to a Korean martial arts badass

I’ve been getting sponsored propaganda posts on my Facebook for several days from Scotland In Union. Here is some stuff to know:

  • Scotland In Union is a corporation, not a grassroots organization
  • Scotland In Union are a propaganda machine. They have been connected to marketing companies down in England.
  • They spend money telling the people of Scotland that Scotland is too poor and too small to be independent.
  • Think about that for a minute. If Scotland was really the drain on the UK that they say it is, why are they spending money to keep it?
  • I mean, if you had a houseguest who was unemployed and eating all your food, you’d help them pack when they said they wanted to leave.
  • Instead, Scotland In Union is buying Facebook ads to beg us to stay.

I would go on their page and explain this to all the unionists there, but they’ve already blocked me for presenting facts to their sheep.

anonymous asked:

I work in a hotel, and my boss is now making me respond to all guest reviews. But, I don't get credit for it--I have to sign every single one with HIS name. Also, that IS his job and he's getting paid way more than I am, yet I'm doing his work lately while he keeps leaving to attend "business" conventions that are NOT related or connected to our company. And he isn't putting in time off for them. He's just leaving and making me pick up the slack!

CEO!Jungkook

Before I start this, I wanna say a huge huge thank you for 3,900 followers!!! It means s o so so much to me and I wish I could hug each and every one of you! Last but certainly not least is the second half of the Busan line, the other half to both Jikook and Taekook, our precious maknae with the cutest nose scrunch like I love when kook smiles really really big and his eyes are all eye smile and then it’s just a tiny nose scrunch that’s adorable, Jeon Jungkook aka kookie

  • This AU is gonna feature photographer!kook (here)
  • Visuals are up first bc I lo ve visuals
  • I gotta do black hair!kook bc that is one of my favorite looks on him (my most favorite look is blonde!kook) 
  • Okay but fire!kook was such a good look it’s my favorite dark hair on him like danger was niCe but I love me some fluffy haired!kook and fire!kook was fl uf fy and messy and it was so cute and if it wasn’t for blonde!kook being so damn nice, black hair!kook would be the top of the list for sure 
  • I mean the color kook has now is super cute too I love it so much I’m so excited to see if he performs with it or if he dyes it again, either way 10/10 I love this concept
  • Onto suits bc this is important to me I love suit!BTS so much, Jungkook seems to stick to mainly the classic suit look, black pants and jacket, white shirt with the occasional switch up but I mean I’m so not complaining bc Jungkook in a suit is so handsome (he’s always handsome but there’s just something about BTS in suits that are so nice)
  • There are quite a few pictures of him in a suit and it makes me !! bc he’s so pretty and his face is just so nice and then he’s got that cute smile and the laugh and everything is just really nice with kook
  • So his AU ties into Jimin (here) and Namjoon’s (here) AUs, I’m gonna sum it up, Namjoon is a fashion designer and Jimin runs a modeling company so the two are often collaborating and Jimin’s models model for joon’s clothes
  • Jungkook runs a magazine company
  • It starts with him just fooling around in high school with the boys and you and taking pictures of posting them online and then he gets more serious about it once he goes off to college and he becomes a photography major
  • One of his photography professors has some connections to a magazine company so they send in some photos and then the magazine wants to use his pictures in a couple of their spreads so they arrange it all and he’s v v proud and happy and buys ten copies when that month’s issue comes out 
  • They ask him if he has any other photos, if he’s got a portfolio all of that good stuff and they pretty much start interviewing him and eventually, they hire him as an actual photographer for them
  • It does take a while but he works his way up from just being a photographer to having some say in the editing process and he starts learning more about all of the other jobs that go into a magazine bc all he’s ever known is that he’s gotta send the photos in by a certain deadline or another photographer will get the job that’s his main concern
  • But he finds the whole process to be really interesting and he starts studying it and he uses the money he’s saved up from all of the photography jobs to start his own magazine company
  • The success is pretty instant bc he’s got both Namjoon and Jimin supporting it (which he’s s o grateful for) and agreeing to shoots for his magazine and one of the very first issues is actually of Jimin
  • Head canon that Jimin’s first modeling pictures were all photographed by Jungkook so Jungkook makes sure that he’s the one photographing Jimin all these years later  
  • In Jimin’s post, I mentioned that all of his models model for Namjoon at some point in their careers and most if not all of Namjoon’s fashion models are from Jimin’s company
  • Well I’m gonna add onto that and say that the magazine joon is getting to publish his fashion shoots is Jungkook’s magazine and that it’s always kookie’s photographers working with chim’s models
  • So all three of their careers are lined up together and it’s just like the real BTS, they all support each other and just want the others to be successful and happy
  • Jungkook’s office would be so chic and smooth and a lil bit messy but still cutE
  • It’s all black and white like the desk is black but then the frames for the photos (of you and the pup) are white and there’s a big fluffy white rug on the floor that he may or may not have taken a nap on at three in the morning when he was tired and you were already asleep on the couch in his office so he had to improvise (it’s actually not a bad bed at all)
  • Waking him up is actually pretty hard bc he’s just so comfy and warm and he kinda just rolls himself under the desk and drags the rug along with him and you can’t decide whether you should laugh or join him bc honestly the shit looks comfy as hell
  • Jungkook always takes you with him to Namjoon’s fashion shows and Jimin always welcomes you as “the Jeons” bc kook gets so proud and stands a lil taller every single time 
  • CEO!Jungkook is a very hard worker who’s just s o happy that he’s able to do his passion and be with his best friends
bts scenario | because i’m a man, i’ll hold your hand

Your visit to a haunted school building has your heart racing… but is that due to the possibility of seeing ghosts, or because of the extremely handsome boys you’re with? 

pairing: flirty BTS + you (What is this?? A reverse harem or something??)
genre: fluff, comedy… maybe?
word count: 3K

Originally posted by kths


It’s five seconds to midnight. You’d normally be tucked up in bed at this time of night, with your phone and a good Wi-Fi connection for company. Instead, you find yourself on an abandoned side of town, dressed in a tacky (and not very insulating) witch’s costume, in the company of seven excited boys.

“Apparently, this is the haunted school everyone’s been talking about,” Namjoon says, his breath coming out in clouds that mingle with the cool fog slithering around you.

You look up at the old building, with its boarded-up windows, and soot-stained walls. It’s the last place you’d want to enter on Halloween night. But the boys were rather insistent.

“Come on, Y/N. The night’s still young.”

“Yeah, you can’t go home just yet.”

“It’ll be so much fun.”

“You’ve got to!”

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A Little Mistake Messenger

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Rating: M (for future smut)

Summary:  MC has exciting news to tell Zen and the other RFA members. That is until the MC gets a shock from Zen. MC finds comfort in a close friend, Jumin Han.

Tags: Jumin x MC, Zen x MC, angst, mystic messenger 

Authors Note: The smut is coming! Sorry it took me forever Rogue one and sleep deprivation take its toll. I struggled with the beginning of this chapter so I broke it into two! 

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Why GD is a good if not great leader:

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1) In their hardest years GD led them from the front and took the harsh criticisms for the group from the staff, YG and fans which he would then use to direct the members.  GDYB really led them but GD was the one who had the hardest role, playing devils advocate. 

2) While fans praised the other members they gave GD criticism when the group did not do well, they pushed him to work harder. 

3) He is the main player behind the music that made the group what it is today and he figured out how their voices would work together, when it comes to making music for the group the members defer to his judgement and while there were arguments about their music GD was the one who found a compromise while also making music that fits their strengths and showcases their abilities and for this the members themselves say they let GD handle the group music while they focus on what they want. 

3b) GD treats the members and their opinions with equal respect and doesn’t act like a dictator but allows all of them to give an opinion and discuss the concept of their work so the group work is a group effort even if he does most if the music. 

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3c) GD gave up personal success for the success of the group by letting others have the lyrics and music he wrote and his personal sacrifices helped the group. He puts a lot of work into his music, he sleeps the studio, works all night and goes to schedule in the day so its hard work he gives up and constantly delivers for his group and others. 

4) His first solo work was very successful, beyond expectation and more than the others, although YB helped, it helped maintain the groups status with the public while BigBang was away. 

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5) GD and YB music solo success contributes to the group success, whereas the other members do not to the same extent, by doing well their work helps the other work, as members of the esteemed BigBang do well.  And his solo sucesss is why others still get opportunities to do solos

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5) GD is the most popular member of the group and a icon of the country yet he uses his fame and popularity to promote and bring attention other members work and other people in the companies work. He is not only leader of BigBang but the biggest contributor to the companies success, the worse time for the company was during his 2011 scandal.  His CF deals keep his presence and the presence of the group in the mind of the public. To most Koreans they would not even think of the criticisms international fans come up with, he is the country’s Musical prodigy and he’s relevant outside Kpop.  

6) He was the first to ask fans to donate rather than by him gifts and its from this example that other members (YB) have followed suit. And he has a good image in Korea for being humble and good and caring son and a very charitable person. 

7) He is ready on call when the members have needed help/work for their solo adventures, he has written lyrics and music for Seungri, Daesung and Youngbae, songs which were big hits and helped that members popularity at the time and he worked very well with TOP in making a collaborative album.  No other members has gone out of their way to support the others activities to the same extent GD does, he makes sure their appreciated. 

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8)He also lets each use their talents to help the group, YB or Seungri as the main speaker, he lets TOP write his own raps, and he doesn’t take over the center stage to upstage the members despite proving with his own huge solo stages he could if he wanted. He also does this for other guests he performs with and his skill in balancing the stage (on Kpopstar with TOP and Jimin compared to TTS overshadowing and on IC music festival compared to BOA overshadowing) which makes the stages more enjoyable for the audience.  

8b) All the members are important to the group, all are the reason the group is adored, all contribute massively to the group in skills and emotionally, all the members will is what keeps the group going despite their individual interests and goals. They’re successful individually because they have worked hard at it, being members of BigBang gave them opportunity but it was their efforts that made something of those opportunities. They have strong wills and opinions, would need them to be on top of a very competitive industry and pursue their own things away from the group, to have that and still be together there would be a lot  of love and respect the person called their ‘leader’ and in return GD loves and respects them. They’ve had several chances to disband but they do not. They’re  a group that have matured from boys needing someone to follow to men who know each other very well and bonded by mutual respect and trust. They formed these bonds and connections under hardship, from the bottom to the top in 2 countries and those struggles and the support they gave each other is likely greater than a couple of scandals.

9) All the members are very close to GD and he is the focal point of the group. They’re one of the lucky groups who are actually friends with each other but some bonds are closer than others and GD is pretty tight with all of them on and off stage. 

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10)  Out of all the members GD could very quickly have a successful solo career and not look back. Its often said in Korea he could go solo and for KVIPs he is too good for YG and  but he chooses to stay with the group and the company out of loyalty because he is loyal to his group. His personal success is the groups success and he’s contributed the most to the groups success which has boosted the others careers and opportunities but he’s also there for them as emotional and guiding support. (In recent years he’s not gone to everything or monitored everything publicly like he used to or was advertised like it used to but things are more one top of each other now and they’re all working off in different places.)  

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11) His scandals, the dating scandals, the plagiarism scandals, the stage scandals, the drug scandal, he weathered them all, came out on top and his and BigBang’s image is more indestructible for it. Their not idols that rely on a clean image so a scandal does’t break them easily, its his music and his unclean image that contribute to the groups unique position.  He has the most antis, many who are fans of other groups who like to bring him and BigBang down in the hopes their group will replace them but with the public they’ve moved on and do not care much. Even with the drug sandal, people started to really look into what Marijuana was and got information on his situation to find it was not as bad as some news reporters first made it appear. His 2012 comeback was too early for antis- but not the public. In fact many ignore the journalist for trying to cause issues. Some years he is so popular he is untouchable but even in bad years he’s still highly regarded. 

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12) He continues to be one of the key players that makes the company more internationally known, even if the collaborations with international artists are low key or the invitations private these are valuable connections that help the company and help the group. All the members contribute to this in various countries. He makes his country proud. 

13) BigBang and GD are still considered leaders of ‘younger generation’ people still follow their fashion and style. 

14) He has many personal connections in the industry and is liked by many other respected and loved celebrities, their public support helps him and that in turn helps the group. 

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15) A few things he has done for Seungri: He wrote Seungri’s first hit, Strong baby, in his second solo he was willing to perform and support Seungri’s solo stage in VVIP promotions despite being so sick and feverish the PD stepped in and disallowed it so he could go to hospital, and in the LTAL promotions even though Seungri was pushed in front of him he mentioned Seungri’s album up until Seungri stopped promoting, went to his fan sign he was doing what he could to bring attention to it and help it sell better

16) A few of the things he has done for YB’s career:  mainly written lyrics for him on several occasions and supported his first and second solo by being with him almost throughout in preparation and concerts. YB has voiced on many occasions how valuable GD is in his life. There could be more here but I find their relationship very equal and they do equal amounts for each other. 

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17) A few things he has done for Daesung: again wrote a hit song, helped him write Wings as part of getting Daesung back on stage, was with him the most even before his own scandal broke out (KVIPs), they are friends that come close in hard times and that says a lot for the strength of their trust that in their worst times of shame and guilt its comfortable to be with each other, he went with Daesung on his early variety show guestings (and Seungri too) when they were less confident, he has written lyrics for Daesung’s D’love Japanese album- he doesn’t have to do that but he likes to give to his friends. 

18) A few things he has with TOP: They’re very close behind the scenes, they understand and respect each other a lot and TOP is very protective of GD- he’s protective of the others too mind. TOP is very private and GD in his picture update respects that as proven by others uploading pictures that show for the same event they were together but GD gave no indication of that. He respects TOP as his elder but can speak to him as a leader. He supported ‘Oh Mom’ being included in GD&TOP V1 than another of his solo songs, he’s managed to make an album with TOP and I’ve never seen TOP as happy as when they were first promoting (I think he got a bit bored of High high after the 100th time) and with that album and his movie TOP’s popularity shot up. He always mentions TOP when asked about actors, and is always complimenting even when TOP puts himself down. 

Simply put, having scandals doesn’t make him a bad leader, if anything its helped him and group group stronger and appreciate they care for each other beyond work, even if he says he feels he can’t tell other’s off given his situation (YB can)  that doesn’t make him a bad leader. He as a person his manners, his work ethic, his inspiring nature are good examples to follow. He’s a good leader   because he has earned their respect, love and trust and he is still looked to and listened for guidance, help and support but everyone feels equal and important to the group not his underlings. He used to lead from the front but now he has a balance between leading from the back and the front. I think he’s one of the best music leaders not just in Kpop but compared to most I know of globally. So many groups fall though over selfish headman’s or because they can not compromise, GD lowers himself for the good of the group and works hard when he does wrong, he has all the ideal qualities of a good leader even if he’s just a human with many flaws. 

*Just to know I could write about all the amazing things the others do but this was about GD specifically and what he brings as a leader. Apologies for the grammar and spelling, I was in a rush and could not spell check. 

Let me just say how much I love this commenter under the Variety article:

ogg921 says: May 18, 2017 at 6:06 am HunterbatchFan4eva! says: “Soooo glad Sophie is getting work, prove those haters wrong!” “getting work? Really? I hardly think being associated with projects that successful, famous spouse’s pre-marriage company is producing is a major feather in one’s cap. Most people would consider it nepotism, nothing else. Nepotism has long been the way many people get their START in whatever industry. It isn’t “hating” to say that Mrs. Cumberbatch hardly had a rousingly successful career prior to marriage, (though she was long past getting her “start”). There is no career evidence to support the notion, that aside from her spouse’s connections (as a company OWNER), opportunities like this would have presented themselves to her. There’s also nothing to indicate she brings a special expertise to the project, for which someone else with actual EXPERIENCE as a producer couldn’t provide. An unvarnished case of nepotism is hardly the kind of thing to prove “haters wrong”. Far more likely, it will confirm some of their suspicions.

Thanks ogg921!

Today marks the end of one of Marvel Comics’ most interesting titles, one that had everything going against it yet continuously rewarded its small audience with incredible character-driven stories: Silk.

Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat: Cindy “Silk” Moon was introduced as a character that nobody had any reason to care about. Originally a Dan Slott character specifically created to lead up to Spider-Verse, Cindy Moon was a girl in Peter’s class who JUST SO HAPPENED to get bitten by the exact same radioactive spider that granted Spider-Man his powers. Instead of donning a costume and learning important lessons about power and responsibility, however, Cindy was locked away in a bunker for a decade to protect herself and the world from a race of spider-eating vampire aliens. Her costume consisted of her own webbing covering her otherwise-naked body, and whenever she was even close to Peter, their “spider pheromones” jumped into overdrive, throwing them both into lustful fits of primal horniness.

So not exactly the most graceful way to introduce a new female character into your canon.

Still, there was a lot of potential for the character, potential that Slott obviously had no interest in. The second Spider-Verse was all wrapped up, Cindy had no place left in Spider-Man’s new world. Fortunately, screenwriter Robbie Thompson was able to mine the character of Silk to her core. Over a span of 26 issues (as well as an incredible miniseries that saw her teamed up with OG Spider-Woman Jessica Drew and fan-favorite Spider-Gwen), Thompson used Silk to tell intimate stories of family, mental health, PTSD, anger, trust issues, and learning from your own stupid mistakes. Indeed, the Cindy Moon you’ll be reading about today at your local comic book shop is a far cry from the Cindy Moon we met in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #4 back in 2014, in the best ways possible.

She’s an Asian-American who is no longer sexualized (Thompson touches on the “spider pheromone” plot device once or twice before happily dropping it), but instead forced to reconcile with her own frustration and guilt after being left alone for ten years. She even sees a “superhero therapist” to help harness and accept her anger. She begins working for Jolly Jonah Jameson, and their relationship was actually remarkably charming. But the best part of the book? She fucks up. She fucks up a lot, and she needs to learn to live with herself. Silk contained some of the best “classic Spidey” stories in recent years, and Spider-Man himself only ever made brief cameos within the covers.

What frustrates me is that so many of her issues needed to be connected to Marvel’s infamous company-wise events. If Marvel had given them the freedom to do so, Thompson and series artist Tana Ford could’ve continued to dish out their own brand of personal tales for Silk (for example, teaming her up with Black Cat resulted in some of the most entertaining stories I’ve read in years). Instead, Cindy’s quest to find her brother was unceremoniously cut short by Secret Wars, and her strained relationship  with her family was awkwardly interrupted by The Clone Conspiracy. While the team did what they could to make Cindy feel at home in this ridiculous crossovers, I can’t help but feel that

Considering how new to the game she is, it’s remarkable how much of a following she now has, especially considering how many Spider-copies we’ve had to deal with in the past. If it weren’t for Robbie giving her a brave, vulnerable, imperfect, and relatable voice, she could’ve been remembered as nothing more than a weird black mark on Spidey’s history. Instead, she’s become a beloved fan favorite.

I have no clue what kind of plans Marvel has for Cindy “Silk” Moon, but I’m just thankful that we’ll always have about 30 incredible issues chronicling her life. What an incredible turn-around for a comic book character.

i don’t post much about politics here but there’s a small trend on twitter about how “the Mexican president is so handsome, in your face Tr*mp”

and I’m just like… y’all can please stop that right now, your ignorance is showing and not a single Mexican person who knows what’s up will feel flattered about your appreciation for the president.

Peña Nieto is as much of a disgustingly ignorant, incompetent corrupt piece of conservative scum as Tr*mp is. When asked about three books that had influenced him he was unable to mention any apart from the Bible (he quoted another book but got the author wrong). He’s an illiterate imbecile who’s been caught embarrassing himself multiple times by things such as not knowing the name of the city where he’s giving a speech, forgetting the name of the anti-corruption organism or not knowing what the minimum wage is. His stupidity is so notorious there are multiple compilations in Youtube of his fuck-ups.  It’s also been uncovered that about one third of his graduation thesis was plagiarized. Alarmingly, he doesn’t even know why his previous wife died.

His coming into power is as questionable as can be. He had the obvious support of the major national TV networks, and there were massive, well-documented instances of electoral fraud, from manipulation of the electoral institute to downright buying votes.

He’s literally a puppet controlled by the old guard of PRI politicians, who used his “handsome” face and his sensationalistic marriage to a telenovela actress as a main selling point during his campaign (on which they dillapidated money like it was a sport, his government’s expenses on publicity are off the charts) so they could take over the country and continue filling their pockets at the expense of the Mexican people. They’ve cut down funding on public health, science and education to increase their own salaries every year. They’ve allowed foreign corporations to plunder our natural resources (including a very lucrative reopening of the oil extraction market that just recently passed) in exchange of quick and lofty paychecks. When a member of his cabinet is exposed for corruption or incompetence, he just shuffles them around, always making sure his close friends stay in positions of power.

Peña Nieto’s wife, Angélica Rivera, was found to own a property now labeled as the Casa Blanca (White House), valued in 7 million dollars at the time, with no explanation of where the money to buy it came from. The house was suspiciously connected to a construction company that had just received a billionaire concession to work on building train tracks over the country, a deal that conveniently went under when the house scandal was uncovered. No one involved was accused of any crime and no investigation was ever held, while Carmen Aristegui and her team of journalists, who uncovered the mess, were quickly fired and their radio show was taken off the air.

Peña Nieto is also personally responsible for the massacre of the people of Atenco back in 2006 when he was governor of the Estado de México, unleashing federal police brutality on a farmer’s town to strip them of their lands to build a new airport. No one was held accountable for the serious violations of human rights that took place there. General crime in that state has been on the rise since he was governor, notably, halfway through his term, it had become #1 nationwide in feminicide. Like Atenco there have been countless such incidents of brutal opression of which Peña Nieto is responsible, directly or indirectly, all of which have gone unpunished (just last year Tlatlaya and Nochixtlán, off the top of my head). 

Remember how everyone complained about the possibility of queerbaiting in Yuri on Ice? Well, in 2016, Peña Nieto promised to pass a Marriage Equality bill nationwide (that would furthere cement the Supreme Court’s ruling on the matter in 2015). This announcement came conveniently close to multiple governor elections as well as an unusual election for a new Constitution for Mexico City. Right after the election passed, the proposal was scrapped. How’s that for queerbaiting?

So no, American friends, you’re not being cool or “allies” by complimenting Peña Nieto’s “good looks” (and if you saw him under all the photoshop, you’d know those so-called good looks are nothing but production). Peña Nieto’s government is in a severe crisis due to the catastrophic tanking of the Mexican peso in the past year which “forced” the political class to increase gas prices by over 25% to preserve their own privileges. He has the lowest approval rate of any president in Mexican History (12% last I checked?). Trump’s defiance is giving him a platform to improve his image and portray himself as a national hero, which he isn’t. 

Remember how y’all been saying #NotMyPresident for the past few months? Well, that’s been us for the last four years. So don’t support Peña Nieto. Support Mexico, support latino immigrants, support our culture and our people, not our government. Because if there’s one person that’s as dedicated to the ruin of our country and our people for their personal gain as Donalt Tr*mp is, that is definitely Enrique Peña Nieto and the putrid corruption that he represents.