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i’m reading a very manly 1950s account of a hunt for el dorado but i’m thirty pages in and the narrator has already described his traveling companion as “handsome” 4 times, “extremely handsome” twice, “exceedingly handsome” once, his voice as “quietly husky” and “a husky whisper,” his fingers as long and deft, his body as “tall and cat-like,” and his eyes as some variation of ice-blue at least three times.

just men being dudes. dudes being pals. it’s great. this is great.

skyrim: protagonist duels ten dragons naked on a mountaintop with nothing but a stick and sheer force of anger

dragon age inquisition: protagonist crawls through the fire-scorched mud of the battlefield, both legs broken and third degree burns over their bleeding body, slowly and weakly trying to reach the corpses of their travelling companions in the hopes of breathing some life back into them while the dragon bemoans that one of them scuffed a scale on its leg

And when you choose a life partner, you’re choosing a lot of things, including your parenting partner and someone who will deeply influence your children, your eating companion for about 20,000 meals, your travel companion for about 100 vacations, your primary leisure time and retirement friend, your career therapist, and someone whose day you’ll hear about 18,000 times.
—  Tim Urban, Wait But Why - How to Pick Your Life Partner
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Amazing scene from episode 89.

Context: Upon finding out that Taryon hasn’t bothered to learn the names of most of his new traveling companions, Pike recruits Tary’s mechanical assistant Doty to immediately sketch some portraits. Of course, Doty takes the request very literally and decides to sketch everyone while they’re in bed. Many of them are not in bed alone.

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Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! Trailer 2

New traveling companions yo!

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

With only four months left in the mission, Cassini is busy at Saturn. The upcoming cargo launch, anniversaries and more!

As our Cassini spacecraft made its first-ever dive through the gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017, one of its imaging cameras took a series of rapid-fire images that were used to make this movie sequence. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Hampton University

1-3. The Grand Finale

Our Cassini spacecraft has begun its final mission at Saturn. Some dates to note:

  • May 28, 2017: Cassini makes its riskiest ring crossing as it ventures deeper into Saturn’s innermost ring (D ring).
  • June 29, 2017: On this day in 2004, the Cassini orbiter and its travel companion the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe arrived at Saturn.
  • September 15, 2017: In a final, spectacular dive, Cassini will plunge into Saturn - beaming science data about Saturn’s atmosphere back to Earth to the last second. It’s all over at 5:08 a.m. PDT.

4. Cargo Launch to the International Space Station

June 1, 2017: Target date of the cargo launch. The uncrewed Dragon spacecraft will launch on a Falcon 9 from Launch Complex 39A at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The payload includes NICER, an instrument to measure neutron stars, and ROSA, a Roll-Out Solar Array that will test a new solar panel that rolls open in space like a party favor.

5. Sojourner

July 4, 2017: Twenty years ago, a wagon-sized rover named Sojourner blazed the trail for future Mars explorers - both robots and, one day, humans. Take a trip back in time to the vintage Mars Pathfinder websites:

6. Voyager

August 20, 2017: Forty years and still going strong, our twin Voyagers mark 40 years since they left Earth.

7. Total Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017: All of North America will be treated to a rare celestial event: a total solar eclipse. The path of totality runs from Oregon to South Carolina.

8. From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Light a candle for the man who took rocketry from science fiction to science fact. On this day in 1882, Robert H. Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

9. Looking at the Moon

October 28, 2017: Howl (or look) at the moon with the rest of the world. It’s time for the annual International Observe the Moon Night.

10. Last Human on the Moon

December 13, 2017: Forty-five years ago, Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan left the last human footprint on the moon.

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The tiniest of traveling companions: Here, a small school of fish (and even a tiny shrimp!) hitch a ride through the blue with a jellyfish in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

 Some juvenile fish can live amidst a jelly’s tentacles without being harmed. In doing so, they gain protection from predators and the opportunity to feed on the jelly’s leftovers. Plus, they gain a new buddy to swim with! 

(Photo: Greg McFall/NOAA)

On the Fae

Okay, so I’ve noticed a lot of misinformation and misunderstandings about the Fae.  What they are, what the Courts are, etc.  I’m writing this out to provide some guidance based on my experience with them.

So, to start, I’ll give you my definition of what makes a Fae, well… Fae.  So to me the Fae are defined as a non-human entity with human cunning that has never been human, but was not created with the purpose of serving a god (Otherkin are a whole other beast, which I don’t want to discuss in this post). Pretty general, no?  That’s on purpose, and though it isn’t perfect, it’s the best definition I’ve come up with to date.  It excludes things like vampires, which I would never consider Fae.  However, it troublingly includes werecreatures, which with some exceptions I don’t consider Fae.  

In my experience, Fae can include things like the Yōkai in Japanese mythology. This is based on meeting the definition stated above.  However, this does not give me or any other person license to interact with beings that belong to closed cultures.  Just because it meets the definition, does not mean people should run willy-nilly about, interacting or interfering with beings that generally tend to not wish to interact with those who are not a part of their culture.

Courts and Manners

Moving on to the Courts. Firstly, there are more than the Seelie and Unseelie Courts.  There are Winter and Summer, Night and Day Courts, as well as numerous others.  I’m sure you’ve noticed a trend.  The Fae like to set themselves as opposites, and they tend to be quite territorial.  I have noticed that the Fae tend not to only have one version of the Courts.  There are small Courts scattered across territory, much like how human history had scattered kingdoms all through history.  However, I should add that speaking about the Courts only includes trooping Fae.  There are solitary Fae as well.  

Good and evil.  I’ve seen this one a lot on Tumblr, especially in regards to Seelie and Unseelie Fae.  Unseelie are not evil.  Seelie are not good. Morality is a bit of a grey zone among the Fae, and you must remember just because they do not have the same moral code as you, that does not make them evil.  Interacting with any spirit under the assumption that they are going to be ‘good’ or ‘evil’ is extremely dangerous.  The Courts tend to attract Fae of certain temperaments and behaviours.

Now, let’s talk about species and appearances.  I’ve found it’s a pretty common misconception that the Court Fae, and Fae in general are tiny creatures no bigger than the palm of your hand.  This is definitely not the case.  Court Fae can vary in size from the size of my thumb to giant creatures. Usually these extremes in sizes tend not to be the rulers of the Court, but they do tend to be things like Knights. Most rulers of Courts that I’ve encountered tend to be approximately human size.  However, this does not mean they look human.  And I’m not saying ‘oh, they’re unearthly and beautiful.’  I’ve seen Fae that vary greatly; from the stunningly beautiful, to the strange, to the grotesque, to monstrous.  They’re incredibly varied creatures, and though they fall under an umbrella term I think it would be a mistake to assume they’re homogenous.

Values

Because I mostly see questions regarding Unseelie and Seelie Court Fae, below is what I’ve seen in regards to what they value:

Unseelie tend to value bloodsport, sacrifice, chaos, and the like.  Generally, they tend to be more welcoming of outsiders.  I should add that Unseelie tends to refer to the fact that they dwell under the hills.  

Seelie tend towards a rigid sense of honor and dishonor, superiority to humanity, and have a strong sense of justice.  They are less welcoming of outsiders.  They spend most of their time above ground.

It should be noted that both of these Courts have participated in Tithes, where a mortal is sacrificed to appease those more powerful than the Fae.  

Offerings and Bargains

Speaking of which, let’s discuss offerings and what working with them is like.  There’s a lot of things you can do to attract Fae. I recommend you tread carefully, especially if you are working in places like North America and are contacting European Fae or the like.  Not that you cannot work with them, but you need to have a basic understanding of the land.  In fact, I would say this goes for anywhere that experienced aggressive colonization. Make sure you make offerings or do things to appease the local spirits that have been there first.  Try planting native things to your area, or offering them local foods. They can turn on you if you create an influx of invaders, and create extra chaos in your life.  The Fae can be pretty open to interacting with mortals, but they’re very keen on bargaining. Be very specific on what you want out of a relationship and deal, and don’t immediately accept any offer they provide, otherwise you may end up getting the short end of the stick.  They tend to expect you to work hard to please them, but they will always keep up their end of a deal.  I also recommend erring on the side of extreme politeness, as no one wants to have an angry Faerie lurking around their house creating chaos.  As for offerings and such, I would look to whatever was typically offered to them in the past, or to simply ask them once you’ve struck a bargain.  As spiritual partners and companions, they can be extremely demanding, and want you to work hard and quickly.  When you first begin working with them, they will treat it like a business transaction. Overtime, as they get to know you, they may choose to befriend you, and you will develop a relationship over time. Be patient, and remember although they aren’t human, you have to earn friendship the same way you would with a person.

Pokémon Asks

Leaf Stone: What is your favourite grass type?

Fairy Tale Girl: What is your favourite fairy type? 

Alola: Who were your team members in Pokémon Sun/Moon?  

Max Repel: Which Pokémon annoyed you so much, that you ended up using a repel? 

Completionist: How many times have you completed the Pokédex? 

Hex Maniac: What is your favourite ghost type? 

Gym: If you were a gym trainer, what would be your specialist type? 

Kanto: What is your favourite gen one Pokémon?

Team: What team do you belong to in Pokémon Go? 

Gen: Your favourite Pokémon generation? 

Swimmer: What is your favourite water type? 

Ash Ketchum: Your favourite Ash Ketchum (anime) hat? 

Poké Snacks: Poké Puffs or Poké Beans? 

Rotem: What is your favourite region in Pokémon?  

Blizzard: What is your favourite ice type? 

Eevee: Your favourite eeveelution? 

Legend: Your favourite legendary/mythical Pokémon?

Companions: Who is your favourite travelling companion from the anime?

Flame Charge: Your favourite fire type? 

Buddy: Your all time favourite Pokémon?

Name Rater: Do you nickname all your Pokémon, only some or none? 

Hoenn: Ruby or Sapphire? 

Variant: What is your favourite regional variant? 

Since Bill has been announced as the first openly gay Doctor Who companion…. 

- Bill who flirts with all sorts of 19th century women until the doctor has to pull her away because planet to save Bill, come on!

- Bill who almost accidentally destroyed the hierarchy of an alien monarchy by giving the cute princess a flower (a violent declaration of war on their planet)

- Bill who makes amazing food for anyone and everyone

- Bill who sits people down and gives the best, and bluntest, advice when they’re having girl trouble

- Bill who heard that all of these women fell in love with the doctor and just started fucking laughing

- She was in hysterics for the next ten minutes 

- She still finds it hilarious, even now 

- Because all these pretty women

- And him?

Context: When our party of three adventurers (a quickwitted halfling bard, a loudmouthed half-elf rogue and a cheese-worshipping human monk) first met the newest additions to the party; an eccentric human paladin and a misanthropic elf ranger.

[The paladin walks down the stairs to the common room, where the first three are eating breakfast after a rough night’s sleep. The bard is severely hungover, and doesn’t seem amused by the paladin’s clinking chain-mail. Despite this, the paladin makes his way over to the table and decides to strike up a conversation.]

Paladin: Good morning.

Bard: Who invited the tin-man?

[A few OOC giggles and banter later, we make our way outside to find the travel companion of the paladin, a ranger who’d spent the night in the inn’s stables. They discover her covered in straw.]

Bard: I’ve heard of the beauty and grace of elves. You sure this is one?

[The ranger bends over to give the bard a menacing glare.]

Ranger: Rat.

Bard: Whoa, the haystack can talk!

[OOC laughter ensues.]

Bard (OOC): Now we have a tinman and a scarecrow. Follow the yellow brick road!

Rogue (OOC): Where do we get a hold of a cowardly lion, though?

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2017 Character Portfolio! Part 1

I designed what I thought the characters from the Dr. Dolittle story would look like. Im still updating on this daily.

Dr. Dolittle is a doctor turned vet by accident. His pet parrot teaches him how to communicate with animals and from there he learns of mistreatment of animals going on in an African village. Him and his animal companions travel to the African village of Jolly Jinky to solve this dilemma and to rescue not only the animals of the area but also the people.
He is passionate about helping those around him, a bit of a goofball, but leads with his heart which can get him into danger quick. Believes there is good in everyone.


Polynesia is Dr. Dolittle’s main sidekick, she teaches him how to speak animalese, the language used to communicate with animals. She is mature, bossy, and is a planner for their adventures in Africa. She thinks with her head and has to get Dr. Dolittle and Che Che the monkey sidekick, out of danger by coming up with plans.

taken from the book  ‘ coraline ’  by neil gaiman.

‘ they used to send flowers to my dressing room. ’
‘ you’d have to be an explorer to find your way around in this fog. ’
‘ the mice do not like the mist. ’
‘ you are in terrible danger. ’
‘ what am i in danger from? ’
‘ i’m your other mother. ’
‘ we’ve been waiting for you for a long time. ’
‘ it wasn’t the same here without you. ’
‘ we were here before you fell. you will be here when we rise. ’
‘ i’m going outside to explore. ’
‘ we’ll just wait here for you to come back. ’
‘ i am not the other anything. i am me. ’
‘ we could be friends, you know. ’
‘ that’s because you don’t know who you are. ’
‘ we know who we are, so we don’t need names. ’
‘ it was sensible of you to bring protection. ’
‘ it won’t hurt. ’
‘ we only want what’s best for you. ’
‘ if that’s what you want. ’
‘ i think i’ve probably become a single child family. ’
‘ she’s vanished under mysterious circumstances. ’
‘ they aren’t going to come back, are they? ’
‘ then i suppose there is only one thing left to do. ’
‘ when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave. ’
‘ you know you’re talking again? ’
‘ how fortunate i am in having a traveling companion of such wisdom and intelligence. ’
‘ you don’t frighten me. ’
‘ you will always be safe here with me. ’
‘ calling cats tends to be a rather overrated activity. ’
‘ no need for names. ’
‘ she wants something to love, i think. ’
‘ i’d go inside if i were you. ’
‘ and what do you think you’re doing? ’
‘ nothing to find here. ’
‘ maybe i just got turned around in the mist. ’
‘ but how can you walk away from something and still come back to it? ’
‘ spiders’ webs only have to be large enough to catch flies. ’
‘ still, the proudest spirit can be broken with love. ’
‘ i have no plans to love you. ’
‘ you can’t make me love you. ’
‘ how long have you been here? ’
‘ i’m not running away. ’
‘ we temper our justice with mercy here. ’
‘ everyone knows that a soul is the same size as a beach ball. ’
‘ i’m not afraid. ’
‘ you know that i love you. ’
‘ well at least you didn’t jump out at me. ’
‘ i don’t want whatever i want. nobody does. not really. ’
‘ what kind of fun would it be if i just got everything i ever wanted? ’
‘ i hope you don’t mind my getting involved. ’
‘ we are going to go home. ’
‘ this is not a good place to be in. ’
‘ i’m sorry i threw you at her. ’
‘ i fell asleep. ’
‘ i just miss you sometimes. ’
‘ i’m just pleased it’s all over. ’
‘ go away or you’ll be sorry. ’

funnyfoxes55  asked:

Caffine i sometimes have problems with making a plot. I know Point A and Point B and the path to those points. But i have no idea how to 'pad' it so its not just this super short plotline thing. Any ideas on how to make it long but keep it interesting enough? I realize that tpo much of violence or happiness can make things boring

I understand! Sometimes I end up putting too many “plot points” in a story because I move to them too fast! Here are some ideas to pad your work:

1) Dialogue. All of the dialogue. It’s really easy to tell your readers that the heroes took a road all the way to the castle to liberate their friend. That’s a sentence or maybe a few paragraphs if you’re particularly good at scene description! Instead, try putting some second thoughts or introspections in! For example, instead of:

The heroes took to the eastern road at sunrise. The dirt quickly heated under their feet as they walked, but they did not let it deter them. On and on they walked, well into nightfall. By dawn the next day, the castle was in sight.

try:

“Are we there yet?”

“Jesus, my sandals are way too thin.”

“How are we supposed to kick the King’s ass if we have blisters on our feet?”

“Aren’t you a healer? Shouldn’t you have aloe?”

“Aloe soothes, it doesn’t heal, you complete–”

“You know, I probably should have mentioned sooner, but I’m having second thought about taking the East Road.”

“Well, that’s too late. We’re on it.”

“We all agreed on it at the tavern.”

“Yes, but the threat of trolls wasn’t quite so imminent then.”

“Trolls?!”

They’re still going from A to B, but they’re exploring the world a bit more as they go!

2) Flashback. Flashback the hell out of it. No matter how much detail you put into your work, no matter how early you start in your character’s life, there’s always a defining moment you haven’t touched on. It adds depth to their interactions with others and also gives them more character development.

Narion walks silently behind his bickering traveling companions. His own footwear seems to be holding up to the heat of the road just fine, but the strap of his pack is fraying and will need to be fixed soon. The others’ have new packs, leather with metal hardware and he’s envious. He shoves the emotion away. Envy doesn’t help him do what he must.

He remembers being a little boy, sweat dotting his brow and shoulder aching (much as they are now) from the weight of the sickle he’d been using to cut wheat. He remembers watching as the King’s men arrived and kicked his family’s door down.

He’d been small then, too small to be working in the fields as he was, but he was fast. He’d darted over the cut wheat so fast that the wind whistled in his ears.

He was still too late.

Now, Narion hopes that they won’t be too late. He wants to move faster, wants to tell them to stop arguing, to save their breath, but he knows better. Move faster and they run the risk of burning out. All he can do is keep up as his pack falls apart and pray.

3) Touch base with the rest of the world. Sometimes in our big adventure stories we forget that a whole other world exists. And sometimes that whole other world has people who don’t necessarily approve of the heroes’ way of doing things.

They stop at an inn for the night. Despite earlier fears, none of their feet are burned, and it’s with lighter hearts that they head for the bar.

Their hearts aren’t light for long.

“Try our ale,” the barkeep says, already filling three glasses. “Best ale in the kingdom, King said so himself.”

“Does he,” Syanaes says lightly. She pushes the glass away from her. “I don’t drink.”

The barkeep swells. “If it’s good enough for the King, it’s good enough for the likes of you!”

Narion feels his skin crawl. “Does he come here often?”

“I’m blessed to say that he’s been here twice,” the barkeep says. “Always with a full purse though he doesn’t leave that way!”

The barkeep laughs but Narion feels sick. If the barkeep is telling the truth, this might be the only town in the kingdom that’s made prosperous rather than made poorer.

“They’ll hate us here,” Eadran hisses in his ear. 


Those are the three main ways that I pad my stories! Hope this helps :)