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My Drama Year!

It had been some time since I had wifi, so I ventured to the library to download K-Dramas for entertainment purposes. This is My Year in K-Dramas. The last two are recent and I have watched them with wifi because I am in a better place. Yay!!


     1. Oh My Venus

      This drama started out being really sad to me, then it became rather weird, but then I thought it was cute. It is one of those dramas that I would definitely say I enjoyed. Without wifi and cable, it was also hard to watch a second or third time. By the third time, I just went through my favorite episodes/moments. Would still recommend! 4.5 STARS!

    (HENRY IS THE CHERRY ON TOP)



           2. Cheese in the Trap 

                Now this one I was actually kind of bored with until about the fifth episode. Sorry, but true. I had a hard time understanding why it was popular. Of course, though, I did enjoy watching it after getting into it. After some time, it had me hooked and trying to figure things out as it went and the male lead had me all confused and stuff! Kekeke Would I recommend? Yes. 4 STARS!

    (SEO KANG JUN IS THE SUGAR IN MY LIFE)

    Originally posted by b2utygot7


            3. Liar Game

                This one I stumbled upon by chance. I looked it up on Google and decided the synopsis made the show seem very intriguing. So I downloaded it and enjoyed every second of this mystery thriller!! From beginning to end I was hooked, like a fish on a line!! I could not get enough of the show and even checked to see if there was another season. I still need another one. TOTALLY DAEBAK!!! 5 STARS

    (SHIN SUNG ROK PLAYS EVIL SO WELL)



            4. Descendants of the Sun

                 THIS ONE!! Yes, this one. This drama I kept in my files for a long time, even after I moved TWICE(!!!!). I love this drama from beginning to end and may have watched it about ten times… Without skipping episodes. I love it so much, I had the poster as my phone’s background and had ringtones. I am not ashamed!! Song-Song couple is love, dude!! This one breaks the record. WAY PAST 5 STARS!!!

    (THAT SONG JOONG KI THOUGH)



             5. W: Two Worlds

                  Now tell me why Lee Jong Suk said he wants to play a more masculine type of character when he did such a cool, manly job playing as his character Kang Chul?! He is the definition of perfection and I love him so much. I started feeling rather odd when I wanted him to catch me in a bathroom. Like, I volunteer to be scared like that!! All semi-joking aside, the drama is freaking awesome and the story line was well thought out. I would like to meet the writer and get some tips. 5 STARS!!!

    (PLEASE TORTURE ME LEE JONG SUK)

    Originally posted by sugavsweet


             6. Goblin

                 So many favorite scenes, so much bromance. Is it bad of me to say I loved this drama from beginning to end, too? I hope not. Although, for some reason, I wasn’t too into the beginning scene of the first episode. I shrug when I think about it because I have no idea why I’m not pleased with it. Gong Yoo did amazing acting out the battle and the movements were great and everything, but eh. ANYWAY! This drama had me swooning over anything and everything and even made me feel lonely af. I super love love it, though and totally watched it again and again!! Another one that broke the scale!!

    (YOOK SUNG JAE WAS AWESOME)



            7. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

                 I just recently finished this one, so fresh out of the mind reaction. Here goes. NAM JOO HYUK, STOP STEALING MY HEART!!!!!! The story was great and the acting was even greater!! I love that it’s not the typical thin boy loves thin girl. Noooope, nope, nope. I am so in love with the story, I may go watch it again. With each episode, I had to make sure I was breathing because Nam Joo Hyuk kept me from breathing correctly. The love scenes were so cute and well thought out and that’s what really had me feeling like a high school teenager again. Oh, those feelings of blissful love. Sigh. I would definitely recommend this drama that peoples ears would fall off. I’m so in love with it. ANOTHER SCALE BREAKER!!!!!

    (NAM JOO HYUK PLEASE TAKE MY HEART)

    Originally posted by irrational-obsessions-gottcha78



    Thank you so much for reading!! (If you did) I know it was super long and not well typed, but I was afraid of mentioning any spoilers. Please keep in mind that I really did enjoy each and every one of these dramas. No harm, no foul.

    Got a drama you want to recommend I watch and review? Leave me a comment/message! Thank you!! Heartu!

    vermilion-blues  asked:

    Do you have any long, multichaptered fics with interesting plots and character development and basically everything a real book would have? I'm not looking for anything specific, it's just you always only find/recommendations oneshots, and I want something longer.

    i think your best bet for these kinds of fics would definitely be looking through the superlong tag! Here’s some recommendations as well from the top of my head:

    Misfit - (wattpad) Dan is different. He’s learned to accept that. He’s fated to be this way forever; a misfit from society. When he’s struggling to make ends meet and he’s faced with the option of looking into a serious job or taking on a roommate, he opts for what seems like the easier option at the time. Potential roommate number eleven, Phil, turns out to be an insufferable optimistic ball of sunshine that Dan wants nothing to do with. His options are running out though, as are the savings he’s been using to pay his rent, so he finds himself begrudgingly agreeing to let the other man move in.

    A Royal Pain (ao3) - Dan Howell is a prince. Unlike most, known for their benevolent behaviors and elegant manners, he’s known for his sullen mood and vituperative remarks. After all, being a prince is not much fun; not with the lack of friends and the abundance of dumb tasks, such as trying to find the perfect bride and hosting dinners with nobles. Dan only has one friend, a prince from the neighboring kingdom Leona, and his days improve greatly when Phil finally comes to visit. However, with Phil comes a variety of strange accidents, all of which putting his friend’s life in danger. Is someone trying to assassinate Phil? And what can Dan do to stop it, to save his friend?

    Nothing Burns Like the Cold - (tw)  Phil Lester is different, having the power to manipulate water with just a flick of his hand. Because of this, he was transferred into the special school, Dahlia Academy, which was built to harbor students with magical abilities. Here, he meets Dan Howell, a cold and distant pyromaniac who doesn’t get close to anyone

    Let Me Down Gently -  AU in which Dan is (briefly) a lawyer, until he gets fired and kicked out by his girlfriend. Wandering alone at night looking for a place to stay, he happens across a slightly strange man who introduces himself as Phil and who owns a B&B. Without much choice, Dan takes up the offer to stay there, and quickly grows to have a certain fondness for Phil. There’s only one problem: Phil runs the B&B with his long-term partner Alex.

    My Love is on the High Seas - After being accidentally kidnapped by pirates, Dan realizes that just maybe, his heart has been stolen as well.

    In My Way - Daniel Howell is 21 and Britain’s newest star. He’s just been cast in the much-anticipated film adaption of Last Man Standing, the popular teen fantasy novel with a huge fanbase hanging off his every tweet. In other words, Dan has made it big.Phil Lester couldn’t care less. He’s a stressed out PHD student working part time at a bookshop while he struggles to get into post-production. He’s 26 and still lives in a tiny flat on the fifth floor of a building with a lift more broken than it is in use. He loves books, but he thinks big film adaptions screw with the plot too much. Needless to say, Phil is less than impressed when Last Man Standing is getting filmed in his hometown. And he certainly doesn’t want anything to do with obnoxious, arrogant, so irritatingly perfect leading actor Daniel Howell.

    -Rachel

    odddragon7  asked:

    I am a huge kingdom hearts fan and I would love to draw characters from the series but I have a hard time doing do you have any drawing templates you might would like to share

    Usually people have trouble with the hairstyles, as Nomura designs some… unique hairstyles lol 

    (for clothing, I don’t really have any tips :( I have to use reference pics every time I draw their clothing. If you’re good at drawing zippers and belts, then you’re halfway there. )

    I don’t draw their hair 100% exactly as Nomura draws them or how they’re portrayed in-game, but the general shape is there. 

    Spiky-haired KH characters have their hair grouped in a way that is one of the signatures of their design. Like Sora:

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    MITSU’S TOP TEN ANIME OF 2016

    Wow what a shit year! Not for anime, I mean, it was okay at worst. I think we’re definitely at the upward slope of the anime renaissance now, but still at the very start of it. It’s hard to think about that when most of what comes out (and is somehow popular) is just…the most generic shit. Well, I did the work for you. I weeded and trudged through some of the worst anime around and even some of my shit favorites to bring you the actual good, worth watching anime of the year.

    Yeah, not everything you saw or want to see on this list is here, but you can check my foreword from last week that explains all that garbage. Links to each anime’s respective review will be on the titles (and added for those that just finished). Know that this list is pretty fluid. From 8 or 7 up, it’s all very much I loved them, but the higher up, the more I recommend anyone watch them.

    10. Magical Girl Raising Project

    Madoka was cool. I finally watched it this year and I was just as blown away by the psychological aspects as I expected to be. It just lacked that extra bite it needed to really scare my pants off. MGRP however, did indeed take a few years off of my life. I’m really in ruins right now since I can grab you by the shoulders and tell you now: you’ll like a lot of these characters and their thought out designs and personalities, but don’t get attached, cus ALMOST ALL OF THEM DIE.

    I have to put MGRP on this list because aside from its fun and original designs, awesome interactions, cool-ass premise and execution (sometimes literally), it had some amazing rewatch value. I watched this anime three times, which is a lot to do in one year. I just had to watch people’s reactions and seeing stuff hidden in the background and revisiting some foreshadowing was so much fun. Definitely worth a watch and I’ll cover more about it in my upcoming review.

    9. Orange

    Regrets, like I have over not putting Kekkai Sensen into last year’s list, are the main theme of Orange. Buried under the shoujo themes of romance, high school, and angst, lies the actual regret: letting a friend kill himself. The main story unfolds itself very slowly as the group of friends discover that is what they must prevent, but it’s done in a realistic way. The signs of depression and suicide are so jokingly cast aside; it’s no wonder people miss it before it’s too late.

    The climax of this story was heart-pounding and gut-wrenching. You find yourself rooting so hard for there to be success, to save someone who may not want to be saved, but must be saved. It might also make you pay closer attention to those around you. It’s an important anime to watch. If you do want one with a little less romantic emphasis though, I recommend you see Colorful instead (or also!).

    8. Sweetness and Lightning

    I need to marry someone who can cook. It doesn’t have to be a five-star chef, though I wouldn’t complain if it were the case, but Sweetness and Lightning reignited my need to be fed well. The show is about how food brings family and friends together. Aside from the great character interactions, well written children characters, and for god’s sake, the beautiful, perfect looking food, this anime was so pure in the amount of love put into it.

    The food tops even some shown in Shokugaki no Soma, purely cus it’s doable for someone with a low skill level (like me), the meals are made for picky eaters (like me), and there’s not a ridiculously emphasis put on the orgasmic nature of food. That’s a thing that Shokugeki no Soma and even Koufuku Graffiti used stylistically in a comedic manner, but it doesn’t fit in Sweetness and Lightning for good reason. This show is accessible in that way, making it easier to show to someone who might want to try anime, but doesn’t want all the sexy fanservice.

    7.Drifters

    Kick-ass and Metal come to mind when Drifters is mentioned. I love Kohta Hirano’s previous work, Hellsing, a lot. It was a massive gore and blood fest with a sprinkling of comedy in the mix. This is a war and gore fest with a, not a sprinkling of comedy, but more like Hirano accidentally knocked the bottle of comedy over when he was checking on the oven directly into said mix. It’s really funny, but also really awesome. I have a lot to say about it in my review, but I think a dog fight with dragons involved kind of state my case for me. Also Elves, Dwarves and other Tolkien demihumans and monsters abound. It’s fun.

    The animation is also gorgeous, especially that stylized, graphic novel looking opening theme with the rock anthem “Gospel of the Throttle” making you “NA NA NA NA NA NA” along with the characters every opening. It’s an excellent show to watch with friends or get yourself pumped. Returning sometime next year!

    6. Kuromukuro

    How can something be so trope-y, yet so damn enjoyable? Kuromukuro isn’t an original concept, but is done in an original way. The samurai trapped in a machine for 500 years is the new exchange student. The reluctant heroine needs to board the mecha to fight the alien threat. The school festival has been compromised by an alien mecha entering the atmosphere. This anime is funny, but it’s also emotional and holds a much wider scope than I ever could have expected. P.A. Works has been putting out some good contenders in the last few years, and with their lovely art style and well-balanced budget, they were able to pull off this massive mech story in an engaging and entertaining way.

    I applaud the cast for one of the best ensembles on this list, bringing forth some of the best and most memorable character chemistry of the season, and some hilarious situational humor. I also cried a little near the end, but honestly, a lot of anime on this list did that to me this year.

    5. My Hero Academia

    Shonen anime is such a delight now, always a favorite of mine as a kid, but not as firmly as now. I love the underdogs; I love the over the top villains; I love the powers, the fights, and the yelling to infinity. It’s just so exciting and blood pumping, and MHA made it so refreshing with such an interesting spin. These characters are children, inexperienced, with quirks that may or may not be useful. I love Deku because his anxieties and general feelings of being less than everyone else not only make it exciting to see him overcome them, but to use them to keep his head and ego from getting over inflated like some shonen protagonists. Bakugo is such a good foil to him, showing where this could be a major weakness to a shonen protagonist.

    Also it’s coming back with THE TOURNAMENT ARC, and if you’re like me and haven’t started the manga yet, DO IT! You won’t regret it! I’m more than excited to see more of this awesome anime in action.

    4. Flip Flappers

    This anime, wow this anime. I’m so upset not more people are talking about it, but have you seen this delight for the senses? I’m looking forward to reviewing it now just because my jaw is still kinda on the floor. Beautiful animation, a crazy cool style, and some of the best nonsense in magical-girl but not really fight scenes I’ve seen in a while. This anime reminds me of something, but I can’t quite put my thumb on it. I do know it’s like an amalgamation of my editor’s anime “TYPE” so you’ll see more about that in the review.

    But good lord did I love the heart of this show. The pure romance, the exciting battles, the trippy psychological horror. Let me just say, that one episode (the Maria Watches Over Us “GOKIGENYO”), probably has scarred me for life, but I love it. It’s just so different and good. It deserves a watch, just for how delighted your eyes will be.

    3. Erased (Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi)

    I love a story that can get you emotionally invested and cheering for or yelling at the character who you don’t have any control over. Erased was paced beautifully (though some might disagree due to the slight differences in adaptation), and its animation only made every silent, tender moment more enjoyable to look at before the lighting and mood would change and the feeling of bloodlust would stain the air. That’s how you write suspense.

    I’m a little annoyed because apparently some other people were reading some character motivations “differently,” (looking at you crunchyroll), but I think it’s safe to say this doesn’t cross the line into romance, at all, and stays a thriller about growing up in a life-threatening situation.

    2. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

    I love the theatre, and I love comedy and storytelling. This anime manages to hit both of these points while showcasing some of the best animation I’ve ever seen. On top of the animation, there’s good directing, and supporting that is a great soundtrack. The story is vast and covers several characters’ lives over several decades surrounding World War 2.

    The rakugo, though, is what makes the story. It’s not the first anime to touch on this topic, but it’s the first to do so in such an interesting way. It was very refreshing compared to a lot of titles on this list (though many of them are refreshing ideas!) with its originality. It’s heartfelt, it’s serious, it’s funny, but it also makes me want to cry. If it weren’t for the top spot being so hype as hell and generally a weekly freak-out among me and my friends, this would have been number one.

    1. Mob Psycho 100
    What can I say about Mob Psycho that hasn’t already been said? Its opening is gold, its animation is unique and interesting, its writing, directing, and characters are all praise-worthy. It is just hands down the best anime of the year. You may be thinking, “but Mitsu, One Punch Man was number one LAST YEAR. Isn’t Mob a little overhyped?”

    No. Sit down and shut up. One is probably one of the best writers on the scene right now and is doing a lot better at writing genuinely empathetic characters and commentary on modern anime genres and tropes than most of the big budget barf fests. I think the “overhyped” talk is nonsense when it comes to mob. It genuinely does some interesting and groundbreaking work. That’s why it’s not only on this list, but number one. It never moved an inch since I decided it should be on the list.

    Everything I’ve said has BEEN said by several really good reviewers and critics out there and you should definitely check out what they have to say about it too, because honestly, they’re a lot better than I am. I like Mob Psycho, I like One Punch Man, but I like Mob more. I’m so delighted that One Punch Man will be returning shortly and I only wish for Mob to also share the spotlight, as it deserves.

    Five Times Enjolras Almost Proposed to Grantaire, and Twice He Did

    @ionlyrunfromshameyour wish is my command. Established ExR, Modern AU, fluffy as fluffy can be.

    Grantaire bounced on the balls of his feet, barely able to contain his excitement as the line into the Louvre inched forward. “So I know I’ve said it like a bajillion times, but I really appreciate you coming here with me.”

    “It’s not like it’s a hardship for me to spend time with you on our vacation to Paris,” Enjolras said, amused. “I may not be as into art as you, but there’s some great pieces in the Louvre – Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People; Meissonier’s The Barricade, rue de la Mortellerie, June 1848; Vien’s The Triumph of the Republic…I could go on.”

    Rolling his eyes good-naturedly, Grantaire looped his arm through Enjolras’s and leaned his head against his shoulder. “Naturally, I should have guessed where your interest would lie. Just promise me you’re not going to pull a Bastille reaction and start crying.”

    Enjolras scowled at him. “Look, it was our first night in Paris, I had had a bit too much wine at your insistence, I would remind you, and it’s an emotional part of history.”

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    About Dean’s Dreams

    Relationship: Dean x Reader
    Rating: Brief smut
    Warnings: Mentions of canon events
    A/N: Thank you to @pixikinz for beta reading this for me and giving me the assurance I needed.

    ~6.9k words

    Summary: Dean writes letters to the woman of his dreams. As in, the woman he’s with when he’s asleep.

    Read it on ao3


    “Come to bed,” She says.

    Dean thinks that’s funny- and maybe she does too since she’s wearing her sweetest smile- because he’s already asleep.

    Dean starts writing the letters long before he starts having the dreams.

    It begins after the racist monster truck case that brought Dean back to Cassie Robinson. The first woman he loved and lost. He suggested that this goodbye might not be as permanent as their last and Cassie said that she was a realist and that she didn’t see much hope for them. Dean told her he’d see her again, and when she nodded her head disbelievingly, he said it again, meaning it.

    He vowed to himself that he would, he’d return to her. That he’d make it happen because when you meet someone like Cassie Robinson you don’t let go. You hold on tight and you come back.

    Writing letters to her was his way of making sure he’d follow through on his promise. He never sent them, that was the point. He wrote things he wanted her to know, but for him to share them he’d have to physically bring them to her. It was an insurance policy of sorts.

    Dean wrote about all kinds of things. The cases he and Sam worked, leaving out most of the gore and playing up the heroics, even though he knew Cassie would see right through the latter. He peppered his notes with jokes he knew she’d love, jokes he knew she’d roll her eyes at and jokes he knew would make her huff in annoyance.

    He put effort in the letters he wrote. Dean went as far as researching some writing tips just to impress the journalist.

    In rare moments of vulnerability, Dean wrote things he could never really talk about. Not even with Sam. Maybe especially not with Sam. He didn’t think he was keeping what he was doing a secret, but he only ever wrote the letters when his brother wasn’t around.

    He poured honesty he didn’t even know he possessed onto pages upon pages. He wrote about how desperate he was to find his father, even though he played it like he was on board with the arbitrary cases John would send their way. He wrote about how afraid he really was of Sam’s visions. About what they might mean for his brother. About what he could become.

    He wrote all of this for Cassie to read but then months went by and his dad died and the yellow eyed demon came back for Sammy and Dean sold his soul.

    Dean wrote about all of that too. Wrote about having a year to live. Wrote about his fear of dying. Wrote about the nightmares where hellhounds drag him to hell. Wrote about being afraid of what he might become there.

    But Dean wasn’t writing to Cassie anymore. Maybe he hadn’t been for a while. He definitely stopped beginning the letters with her name. He’d grown up since he selfishly went and got Sam from school, since they worked the Racist Truck case, and he wasn’t deluded enough to think returning to Cassie was an option anymore. That it ever really was.

    “I don’t have any siblings,” She tells him as they rock on a porch swing. “I can’t imagine giving up so much for someone.”

    “It’s my job. He’s my responsibility.”

    “It’s amazing that you believe that.” She leans into his side more and allows him to hold her. It makes him feel good, she’d learned. She doesn’t think it’s half bad either.

    Dean went to see Lisa Braeden, as part of his Dying Wishes Tour. She told him he could stick around after the changelings that took her son were dealt with, but Dean couldn’t. Dean was dying. Dean had a timer counting down the minutes before his eternal vacation in the pit began.

    He fed her some line about having work to do because he couldn’t tell her any of that. He could pretend to, though. Which is how he began addressing the letters to her. Not explicitly, of course, but in his mind, she was who he was writing to.

    That’s when the dreams began. They were like snippets of the life he could have had with Lisa. Dreams of watching Ben at baseball, going to the movies as a family, cooking together. They were dumb things too like fixing the knob to a closet door, brushing his teeth while Lisa stood beside him brushing her teeth. They were good dreams. They were the version of his life where he could be happy.

    Then, Dean died.

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    Preference: You Have a Miscarriage

    Summary: basically what the title says!

    Warnings: miscarriages get mentioned in this, as you can see from the title. I’m sorry if that’s triggering for anyone!

    Feedback is appreciated! This isn’t my best work, but I tried. Enjoy!

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    Ashton: “A miscarriage?” Ashton echoes from beside you, his eyes flickering from you to the doctor. “But how? I did everything right this time. I took the prenatal vitamins and went to all of the classes.” You say, your hand resting on your stomach. The doctor shakes his head. “Sometimes, it just isn’t meant to be. I recommend that you and your husband start looking into adoption or surrogacy.” He says, before leaving the room. Ashton sighs, looking down at you on the exam table. You’ve been trying to get pregnant for four years. You’ve gotten pregnant twice, including this time, and they’ve both ended in miscarriages. “Ash?” You whisper, tears blurring your vision as you look down at your hands. Just because this isn’t your first let down, doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt any less. Ashton leans down and kisses the top of your head, grabbing your hand with his own. “I understand if… if you don’t want to be with me anymore.” You mumble. Ashton lifts his head and looks at you. “What? Baby, that’s crazy. I’d never leave you.” He says, tears forming in his own eyes. “I can’t give you the family you want, though.” You say. Ashton shakes his head. “Then we’ll adopt like the doctor recommended. (Y/N), my family is wherever you are. You’re my wife. I don’t need a baby to be happy. As long as I have you, I’m completely content.” You bite your lip. “I really wanted to have a baby, Ashton.” You say, the tears finally rolling down your cheeks. Ashton pulls you into a warm hug. “I know, baby. I know.” He murmurs, his voice muffled by your hair. “Hey, we’ll be okay. Our baby is safe and is where she should be. She’s watching over us every day.” Ashton tells you when you pull away. He kisses away the last few stray tears on your cheeks. “I want to adopt. But… can we wait a few months? I’m not ready for a baby again yet. I’m a mess right now.” You say, your emotions and hormones swirling in every direction. Ashton smiles. “Best looking mess I’ve ever seen.” You both cry for a little while longer in the doctor’s office, then head home and sit in the nursery for hours, until you fall asleep and Ashton carries you to bed. It would be a long road ahead after this, but Ashton knows that you’re strong and can get through it.

    Calum: You found out about the miscarriage three weeks ago. You and Calum had both been heartbroken, wanting to start a family more than anything else. You both got a week off of work to sort through everything and to try to recover. Calum tried not to show how much he was hurting because that just made you feel terrible. You’ve both been trying to go back to normal. You’ve been ordering Chinese and pizza for the past weeks, neither of you having the energy to cook.But today, when Calum walks into the kitchen after work, he sees you there, chopping vegetables. “(Y/N)?” He asks. Your head snaps up and he immediately notices the tear stains on your cheeks. “You remember Sarah from my work?” You ask, your voice strained. Calum nods slowly. “Well, she’s pregnant.” You say simply, your voice cracking on the last word. Calum shuts his eyes against the pain he feels in his gut. When you’re hurting, so is he. He hates seeing you beat yourself up over it. “And you know, I sat at my desk for an hour trying to figure out how that’s fair. How come she gets to be pregnant instead of me? How come her baby gets to be perfectly healthy instead of ours?” You ask, cutting the carrot rather hard. Calum walks over and takes the knife from you, just as you break down. Sobs wrack your body as Calum pulls you to his chest. “It just isn’t fair.” You cry. Calum feels tears roll down his own cheeks. “I know. I’m so sorry, angel.” He says, even though it isn’t his fault. “We deserve a baby. We do!” You say, and it makes Calum’s heart break even more. He pulls you into the living room and cuddles you tightly against his chest. “We’ll get through this, (Y/N). I promise you that we’ll have our baby someday. I’ll do everything I can to make that happen.” Calum says, squeezing his eyes shut as he makes a silent prayer.

    Luke: “Princess? The boys are here. Are you sure you want to go through with this?” Luke asks quietly, poking his head into your shared bedroom. You’re still curled up in a ball, tissues all around your body as you cry and stare off at nothing. You’ve been like this for weeks since finding out you suffered a miscarriage. “Yes.” You croak, tears streaming down your cheeks. Luke sighs and shuts the door as he leaves. He walks to the room that was set up to be a nursery. The boys turn and look at him. “She wants it all gone. We’ll take the furniture to my parents’ place for now and paint the walls a different color. Make it look nothing like a nursery.” Luke tells them, even though it hurts him to be destroying the same nursery he and the boys had put so much time into making. “You should really get her to see a counselor, mate. She doesn’t seem like she’s doing very well.” Michael says. “I’m working on it. She’s finally began taking showers and eating some more, so that’s progress. I’ll bring up seeing a counselor when she’s ready.” Luke says. “What about you? How are you holding up?” Calum asks, tilting his head to look at his best friend. Luke’s eyes are bloodshot from crying and he has dark circles under his eyes from not sleeping. He seems to have lost a little weight. “The doctor said it could have been from exhaustion. What if taking her on tour caused it?” Luke asks, finally breaking down and letting his tears fall. “You can’t blame yourself, Luke. It just wasn’t what God wanted for you and (Y/N) yet. It had nothing to do with her coming with us.” Ashton says, pulling Luke in for a hug. The two other boys join in, holding Luke against them tightly. “Lukey?” Your voice rings through Luke’s ears. He pulls away from the boys to turn around and face you. You’re leaning against the doorway, your hair in a messy bun and wearing one of Luke’s band tees. “What’s the matter, love?” He asks, wiping away his tears. “Can we keep the nursery for now?” You ask softly, your bottom lip quivering. “Of course we can, princess.” He says. “And I was thinking… maybe we could go see her grave now?” You ask. You and Luke had your little girl buried at a local cemetery, but you never went to see her. “Of course.” Luke says, pulling you into a hug. It seems that you were finally ready to start picking up the pieces.

    Michael: He’s angry. He’s so, so angry for months after you hear the news. Him being angry doesn’t mix well with you being sad. You grow apart; your nights filled with tears and screaming instead of healing. It’s not until he stops coming home at night that you know what to do. “I want a divorce.” You tell him at dinner, on a night where he’s actually home for the first time in weeks. His head immediately snaps up. “What?” He asks, his voice low. “I want a divorce.” You repeat. “Why?” He asks. You scoff. “Michael, its obvious that you blame me. You barely speak to me anymore and you’re never here at night. I get it. I get why you can’t even look at me anymore. It’s okay.” You tell him, biting your lip as your voice cracks. Michael stands up and walks over to your side of the table. “(Y/N), I don’t blame you. I’ve never blamed you. I only go out at night so I can try to forget that it happened. I hate the fact that we don’t have our baby, but I would never, ever blame you for that.” He says, kneeling down so he can see your face. “God, how could you even think that? I love you so much. You have to know that.” You look at him with tears rolling down your cheeks. “I needed you. I lost a baby and you just completely shut me out when I needed you. You can’t do that.” You tell him, wiping away your tears. “Oh, baby, I know that now. I’m so sorry I wasn’t there. I’m such an idiot. Come here.” Michael pulls you into a tight hug, which eventually ends up with both of you siting on the kitchen floor with you curled into his chest and his arms around you. You cry together, until neither of you can cry anymore. You agree to see a couple’s counselor to get back to where you once were. Michael knows that it’s going to be hard getting you to trust him again, but he promises that he’s not going anywhere unless it’s with you.

    whiteraven16  asked:

    I missed out on reading some really good books though out high school. So I was wondering what are some book that everyone should read at least once? You know the MUST HAVE read books

    I missed out on some of those in high school, too… and I haven’t caught up with all of them in the (many) years since high school. Yesterday I mentioned my Top 10 recommended books, but I wouldn’t say all of those are MUST READ books. (I mean, I think they are, but it would be a little short-sighted to categorize all my favorite books as “must reads.”) I think books everyone should read are those that are widely discussed and can help you connect with other readers; books that are consistently referred to in other books. So I’ll give you a list of 10 I think are must reads, but I really hope my followers will chime in and add to this list. 

    In no particular order (off the top of my head): 

    The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
    Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
    Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
    1984 - George Orwell

    Ugh, so hard to keep this list at 10. Help me out here, followers! 

    livinginthelopsidedworld  asked:

    hello! i got into Wicked + The Divine This Month and i already read everything, could you point me out the coolest blogs about the comic?

    Oh hey people ! Say hello to our new fellow hostage victim fan ! Welcome !

    So here’s a bunch of recommendations off the top of my head :

    - @twatd publishes nice analysis pieces and conversations every other month. @myfirstsearchengine and @enigmatic-wankery are fandom veterans and post a lot of different things.

    - If you’re more into the lulz and brain-twisting theories @otto-von-stirlitz, @zucchiniegg and @extraknees are our resident powerpuff cuties.

    - @wicdivstyleblog is the official inspiration blog, run by Mckelvie if i’m not mistaken. You can of course follow Mckelvie himself even though he doesn’t post much. @wicdivcosplay is a fan-run central for the cosplays.

    - and of course since i’m biased you can find older material (since she’s on semi-hiatus) on my friend’s blog @damnationisdelightful. Also check reactions + questionable fancomics at my loveable stalker @thewickedandthehufflepuff

    - oh and you might wanna check out that weird account that pops up in the fandom from time to time. We don’t really know what it wants from us but it might be friendly so we’re keeping an eye on it just in case. It’s called @kierongillen. Approach with caution.

    a few makeup tips!

    maybe you’re trans, maybe you’re just new to makeup for other reasons, maybe you just wanna know some good makeup sources. well, no matter what the reason, i’m here to help with a few entry-level makeup tips!

    • drug store makeup is not inherently bad. yes, a lot of the cheap stuff is comparatively low-quality, but some of it is quite good! i especially recommend wet n wild for matte lipstick–they have some really excellent matte lippies for like, three bucks a tube, tops. the only bummer is that the casing is kinda shoddy, though, so losing lids is a very real risk. still, they’re worth checking out. they also make some pretty nice eyeshadow palettes! 
    • gel eyeliner is my personal favorite liner style–it’s way easier to apply than liquid liner, and way more precise than stick liner. it can run comparatively pricey (in comparison to liquid and stick, that is), but it’s one of those cases where i’d say the extra few bucks is worth it, especially since a little bit of it goes a long way. (if you lose your brush, i’ve found that thin cheapo paintbrushes–unused otherwise, of course–work pretty well!)
    • while ulta sells a lot of high-end fancy expensive makeup, they also have a lot of more affordable stuff, much of it quite good! i have a few eyeshadow palettes by makeup revolution that i got there–lots of very nice eyeshadow (plus a mirror!), and those palettes generally run under 20 bucks. so if you want a wide variety of eyeshadows, that’s a good one to look at. they also sell stuff by nyx, which is fairly affordable and pretty high-quality as a rule!
    • sales are your friend. it’s not unheard of to be able to find high-end makeup for a lot cheaper during sales–i got an urban decay lipstick for 10 bucks (they’re normally 20) during a macy’s sale!
    • the absolute best time to get large quantities of affordable makeup is around christmas–generally any time between november and january. it’s very easy to find gift sets, both at drug stores and dedicated makeup stores, that will save you a lot of money and often last you a long time!
    • makeup tutorials are pretty easy to find, both on youtube (if you’re able to follow video tutorials–i’m not, personally, but i know a lot of people can) and tumblr, as well as other websites! 
    • take care not to use certain makeups past the expiration date (generally the packaging will tell you how long you can keep the makeup before needing to toss it). this is especially vital with mascara–i’ve heard horror stories there.

    if anyone else has stuff they wanna add, please feel free!

    aaliyahrose  asked:

    Hey do you know any good zutara fiction stories? I've been really feelin like zutara lately

    Of course I do! Here’s a list of my personal favs. 


    I Was Not Magnificent (M) - Like A Dove 

    Walk of Shame (M) - SongofHopeandHonor

    Dancing in the Dark (T) - DamageCtrl

    My Heart Burns for You (M) - AlwaysZutarian 

    The Sparrowkeet Series (M) - Audeyii-fic

    A Week to Know You Again (M) - Em Dixon

    Hot Water (T) - CultOfStrawberry


    I probably have loads more that I can’t think of at the moment, but here’s some of my top favs. 

    My Heart Burns for You is very OOC, but I added it to the list because of the smut is a++ if you’re looking for some quality smut. 

    Another good fic that I really love is Helping Hands by SongofHopeandHonor, but I can’t find the link to it. I think you can read it on AO3 but you have to have a log in and pass to read it. I definitely recommend it though. Or anything by them honestly. They deactivated their Tumblr that had a majority of their drabbles/writing on it. :-( 

    Thanks for the ask!

    anonymous asked:

    Top Erejean/Jeanere fics you recommend? :)

    There’s so many good ones out there, like it’s actually unbelievable how many amazing works that have been written with these two major dickheads. 

    I encourage you to check with the tags and author’s notes to be sure you’re comfortable with the theme. Most of these will probably contain nsfw content at different levels, but I promise you, every single one of these fics took me completely aback. Most of them made me read it all in one go, they made me laugh and really enjoy reading them. The one, consistent trait, they share, is that I’ve read them more than once and I’ve never really forgotten any of them.

    None of them are listed in any particular order because I honestly can’t choose between them. 

    (1) Candid (One-shot)

    This is one of my absolute favorites. The language is so strong and beautiful. It’s laced with humor and the portrayal of the characters - the blowjob - is on point. 

    Author’s summary: Jean is a pretentious Instagram photographer who Eren loves to mock, but being the subject of Jean’s art has him rethinking things.


    (2) Breathe in. Breathe out. (One-shot)

    The language in this one, the word-play, hell the entirety of this work is enough to make the cut. It’s one of those fics where you won’t really understand what happened after you finish it. It needs to sink in for a few hours. Then it dawns upon you. It’s really good.

    Author’s summary: Jean indulges in a post-coital cigarette and Eren shares it.


    (3) Nothing Alike (One-shot)

    Who doesn’t love a nice make-out session? Especially if one is dressed as the other and with tons of swearing?

    Author’s summary: Jean and Eren make out while Jean is dressed as Eren.


    (4) To The Ocean (One-shot)

    Do you need to cry? Would you like to cry? You won’t get through this without. It’s heartbreaking and fucking sad in so many ways. But as horrible as it is, it’s also really well-written and tragically beautiful.

    The author’s summary is a bit long, but here’s a hint: Jean carries Eren towards the ocean, but Eren doesn’t have much time left.  


    (5) kissing the lipless (One-shot)

    Lipless, what? Yeah. This is not a fanfic that’s driven by dialogue. This is driven by the author’s abilty to create a story that contains so little action and yet leaves you out of breath and wanting more. I loved the idea of it and it just really deserves a lot of love.

    Author’s summary: Jean keeps Eren company through the tedious process of regrowing his limbs.


    (6) you got a black heart (Long one-shot)

    This is so, so creative, funny and incredibly sweet! Meet the idiots who are filled to the brim with tension as they work at a horror park. I also love coming back to this because it is worth it every time. 

    Author’s summary: Eren is a performer at the Shiganshina Horror Park. Jean is the strung-out costume/makeup artist who hates him. Maybe. Eren’s a little unsure about that last part.


    (7) Good morning, asshole (Long one-shot)

    This is one of the best au fanfics I’ve ever read. Eren and Jean. Fighting. Arguing. Hating each other. But through a screen? WIth a tumblr? It’s incredibly funny, heart-warming (especially the sequel) and made me bubble with joy every time I read this. 

    Author’s summary: Internet personalities Eren Yeager and Jean Kirschtein meet, clash, hate each other, become friends, and fall in love. Fun times are had by all.


    (8) on repeat (Multi-chaptered + complete) 

    Levi owns a pizzaria. This is one of those build-up fics that makes you so addicted. They hate each other, but there’s always this pull between them, right? You’ll love this one. 

    Author’s summary: Eren and Jean are angry pizza delivery boys. They fall in love.


    (9) Jean’s Little Problem (Multi-chaptered + complete)

    This was recommended to me by Claudia not long ago and honestly this had me hooked from the first chapter. To be fair, it’s not one I would’ve found myself, but I haven’t been able to really let it go yet. 
    It’s sweet, fluffy, adorable, and humored me all the way through. Who would’ve thought tiny child Eren and Jean could bring such a tightness in your chest? It deserves so much attention, so please give it a go.

    Author’s summary: Jean doesn’t understand why mini Jaeger is so obsessed with him.


    (10) Traffic colors (Multi-chaptered + incomplete)

    Very, very nsfw. But very, very good and with some of the best sex-scenes I’ve ever read. I know the author of this fic did a lot of research for this one and it’s very clear when you read it. It’s so good and despite the heavy amount of smut, you still get the idea of a plot going on. 

    Author’s summary: Jean and Eren start a D/S relationship after being matched up by a mutual friend in the community. However, the line between their friendship and their arrangement begins to blur, rules are broken, and hearts are bound together.

    I hope this was okay for you. It’s my top 10 more or less (smut erejean fics are something completely different though ;-) ). Thank you for asking really <3. I’m flattered someone would turn to me for erejean recommendations. 

    milkbride  asked:

    25-30

    25. anime you would recommend to someone who hates anime: Hmm… Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and any Ghibli film.  I think most people can find a relatable character, good music, animation style, or something in those.

    Originally posted by cassandracross

    26. manga you have read all the way through: I keep up to date with Prison School sorta (even though who the last MANY chapters are crap). I’d like to read more but I always get sidetracked. Long ago I kept up with Naruto and FMA.

    27. anime you plan to watch in the future: A couple off the top of my head… I wanna pick HxH back up but that’s a real adventure, and also Guilty Crown because a friend thought I might like it.

    Originally posted by studioimagin

    28. most upsetting moment in anime, why: Already did these last 3 Q’s but here’s an alternate answer :) Your Lie in April ending… BITTERSWEET

    Originally posted by empathycry

    29. anime that deserves another season: GATE.  I. NEED. MORE. RORY.

    Originally posted by cthuwu

    30. one anime conclusion you would change: Ajin was a fun series but I know that S2 diverged from the manga and definitely left it open for a S3. But I kinda do/kinda don’t hope it gets one, you could tell it’s just gonna be exactly more of the same stuff if they do another.  Which isn’t entiiirely bad as long as we see more badassery by The Hat I guess :P

    Originally posted by nyanpasuminasan

    Thanks for these @pinkghostbabe :)

    yocheved-for-the-win  asked:

    Hey! Your blog seems really cool! I wish you the best on your conversion journey:) Just curious because I'm pondering an orthodox conversion at the moment myself (I converted conservative last year) what books did the Av Beis Din recommend for you? I want to read as much as I logistically can on top my reading for school until I'm able to find a bigger community to explore. The frum community in my town is fairly small & far from my university.

    Hey, first of all thanks! The list he recommended is LONG and some of the recommendations are actually series - so in total, it probably contains around 90 books. Some books on it are starred, though, indicating that they “have been found by [the London Beth Din’s] students to be particularly beneficial”, so I’ll list those for you here:

    • Gateway to Judaism by Mordechai Becher
    • Living Jewish: Values, Practices and Traditions by Berel Wein
    • To Be A Jew by Hayyim Halevi Donin
    • Shaarei Halachah by Ze’ev Greenwald
    • The Aryeh Kaplan Anthology, Vol. I & II
    • Challenge: Torah Views on Science and its Problems by Cyril Domb and Aryeh Carmel
    • In the Beginning: Science and Biblical Creation by Natan Aviezer
    • Permission to Believe by Lawrence Kelemen
    • Permission to Receive by Lawrence Kelemen
    • G-d, Man and Tefilin by Aryeh Kaplan (for men)
    • Halichos Bas Yisroel, Vol. I & II by Yitzchak Yaakov Fuchs (for women)
    • To Be A Jewish Woman by Lisa Aiken (for women)
    • The 39 Avot Melacha of Shabbat by Boruch Chait
    • Sabbath Day of Eternity by Aryeh Kaplan
    • Shemirath Shabbat, Vol. I, II & III by Yehoshua Neuwirth
    • The Really Jewish Food Guide by London Beth Din
    • The Living Torah by Aryeh Kaplan
    • The Stone Chumash (Artscroll/Mesorah)
    • The Artscroll Siddur, Machzorim for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot, Pesach and Shavuot, Kinnot for Tisha b’Av, Selichot for fasts, Hagadot for Pesach
    • Book of our Heritage, Vol I, II & III by Eliyahu Kitov 
    • The Shoah by Yitzchak Goldstein and Yoel Schwartz

    There are a few authors which seem to pop up quite a bit. Coming at the top is Aryeh Kaplan, followed by Lawrence Kelemen. Zelig Pliskin and Abraham Twerski also have several books each recommended on the complete list. So if you’re looking for further reading, it seems like these authors could be a good starting point. Hope this is helpful!

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    Hello guys! I am opening up commissions!

    Because of depression and shit, I’m unable to keep my summer job and will therefore have very little income during the summer, which sucks a lot. So, I’m doing commissions so cover some of the costs of living. 

    What I offer:

    Single bust-ups: €15

    Each additional character is €10


    I’ll draw both OCs and fanart, though I’m not good with anthro or mecha.

    References aren’t required, but highly recommended. If you don’t have any references, a detailed description of the character will do fine.

    Payment will be made through a paypal invoice and once I have received payment, I’ll make a sketch for your approval and give you a finishing date.

    I reserve the right to say no to a commission if I’m uncomfortable with it.


    Email yiangillium@gmail.com to place your commission or if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

    I have an art tag on top of my blog, check it out if you want to see more of my art!

    Feel free to spread the word, I appreciate every share and like <3

    deathchrist2000  asked:

    Can you expand on Annihilator?

    @magenta-mouse​ asked:  wait what did max do to grant? what instigated this?

    Well, while honestly I don’t think the book is sincerely intended as a hit piece on Landis in particular, it’s notable that both the main characters in this book about pretentious hedonistic artists who hurt everyone around them are dead ringers for the guy. Landis had a period where he was really clearly trying to win Grant’s approval - his time at Morrisoncon, describing American Alien as “the anti-All-Star Superman”, inserting that one Mxyzptlk story in it that’s as blatant a “love me daddy” as I’ve ever read in the medium - and given he apparently made a pretty public ass of himself at Morrisoncon, and his otherwise well-known status as a douchebag, it’s not that shocking Morrison decided he’d be a good visual inspiration for the Hollywood enfant terrible of his story.

    As for Annihilator itself, it’s easily one of Morrison’s best and most criminally overlooked comics, by strength of Frazer Irving blowing the fucking doors down on this one alone before you even get to the story. For those who missed it, here’s the pitch: Ray Spass is one-time Hollywood hitmaker with a heart of pure shit, whose last big production is a ways behind him - he’s working on a “haunted house movie in space” script starring dashing rogue Max Nomax to get back in the game when he learns he has an inoperable brain tumor giving him a week to live. Later the same day, he’s pulled aside by a pair of secret service agents who inform him that at the large hadron collider in Switzerland, they momentarily opened a black hole…and a man named Max Nomax stepped out and asked to speak with Ray Spass before disappearing. When Ray gets back to his apartment and reaches his creation, he learns the truth: Max is all-too-real, fleeing the repressive authorities of his reality who will surely tear ours apart in search of him. He was forced to beam his memories of his life ahead of his physical form into a tumorous data packet in Ray’s skull; only by writing the story can Ray shrink the packet and save himself, and in turn get the information needed to save the universe.

    At its core, it’s the flipside to Flex Mentallo in the same way The Filth holds up a cracked mirror to The Invisibles. It’s still about the power of stories to save us all, and Morrison can’t bring himself to be fully cynical in that particular regard, but if Flex was about how art can ennoble and inspire the lives around it, Annihilator is the reminder that it’s at least as often the product of ego or petty rebellion or a simple need to get paid as any real creative impulse or desire to make anything better. Phonogram as compared to The Wicked + The Divine would be a good way of framing the difference between them; one’s about what art does to fans, the other about how fucked-up the actual artists are. All that aside though, it’s clever, it’s spiteful, it’s hilarious, it’s incredibly well-constructed, it follows up on some of the themes of Morrison’s time on Batman in some very interesting ways, and it’s absolutely goddamn gorgeous. It’s honestly probably in my top 5 Morrison comics period, and I really can’t recommend it enough. Baby Bug-Eyes alone was the sensational character find of 2014.

    anonymous asked:

    Hello! I'm planning to make yurio's agape costume from YOI and was wondering on what you would recommend to make the shoulder/wrist things from? I'm an intermediate sewer, but a very beginner crafter and I wasn't sure what material would be best. I'm planning on making them detachable using snap clip things, so it doesn't need to be made from fabric. Thanks so much for your help!

    Hello there!

    There’s two major ways to go about this project: using fabric, or using real feathers.

    If you went with fabric, you would either find something that wouldn’t fray when cut or something that is easy to seal the edges of (by doing a rolled hem or by melting the edges with heat – you would need a 100% synthetic to melt the edges). I would recommend a chiffon or similar material for this, as it would get the floaty, ethereal look. You would make a bunch of long feather-shaped pieces and seal the edges, then sew them all overlapping and generally in a line, so that they hang down all in one direction. I would use a more stable fabric as a backing and sew them all into a long strip, perhaps with an edge bound in bias tape or similar binding to keep the raw edges contained. Take this long strip and loop it into a U shape, with the bend of the U at the outer edge of the shoulder. Overlap a few layers of this material if you want a fluffier look. Sew this all in place and put the decoration (cut out of finished-edge fabric) and a few individual “feathers” on top to hide the center. These can be attached in place with snaps. For the hand pieces, you’ll need to stiffen pieces. I’d use starch, but you can also try adding a bit of stabilizer behind it.

    The other method would be to use real feathers. This is what I did when I did a femme version of this costume. I bought goose feather trim, which consists of feathers glued and sewn into a piece of satin binding, and hand sewed the pieces into shape. For each shoulder piece, I used three pieces of the trim: two pieces as long as my shoulder, arranged so that one pointed towards my front and the other towards my back, and one piece about as long as my shoulder is wide (so a few inches in length), placed all the way up at the neck end of my shoulder and sewn so that the feathers were pointing outward, towards the tip of my shoulder (I would recommend doing these first and then doing the fabric applique on top, though the applique would just need to be tacked down in a few spots to keep it in place). This hid the satin binding tape holding the other feathers together. This whole assembly is hand sewn together and attaches with snaps to the shoulder of my leotard. The hand piece are again feathers, this time consisting of two pieces (each, four pieces total) of just enough length of trim to contain two feathers. The two pieces were arranged so that the satin binding is at a 90° angle, forming a square, and sewn together. These attach with two sets of snaps per piece, with the second snap there to prevent it from spinning around on a single snap. I opted to not have the two-tone feathers (time constraints mostly), though an extra feather can be added on top for the grey middle section. This can be purchased, or you can dye one of your feathers with acid dye or alcohol ink (I’d just carefully color one with a grey alcohol-based marker honestly).

    Feather trim can be difficult to sew through, since it is thick and has glue. I’d keep something to wipe your needle on handy, and use a thick needle to be able to pierce the material if you go the feather route.

    When shopping for feathers, look for ones that have the same type of look as the piece in the show. Marabou is probably the wrong choice, but the trim that I used or ostrich feathers or similar would be fine.

    I suppose these can also be glued together if using feathers, but sewing by hand will be more stable.

    I hope that helps! Good luck :]

    Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

    anonymous asked:

    Can you recommend me any other dark themed yaoi's? Other the warehouse

    • Acid Town (it’s actually really sad)

    • Bastard (lmao Killing Stalking pales to this - not Yaoi though but a really good manhwa)

    • Caste Heaven (to me it’s kind of dark, like what the fuck man)

    • Choco Strawberry Vanilla (psychological!)

    • Let Dai ( :/ )

    That’s all the mangas I can give you on the top of my head that I thought was dark. I’m looking for dark webtoons right now c:

    magnolia-monday  asked:

    Girlfriend you look amazing!! Would you ever be interested in doing a blog post about your healthy eating and exercise routine?

    thank you! 

    I’ve talked about my recent healthy eating/exercise routine a few times over the past few months, but here is a more detailed explanation because I have been getting this question quite often. I do want to say though that I am not a nutritionist or health guru by any means- these are just things that have worked for me :) different things work for different people!

    I lost about 10 pounds last semester. My main priority for my senior year was to treat my body the best that I could by changing my exercise and eating habits (my intentions were not to necessarily lose weight). My other priority was to be more mindful of how I spend my time in general. Though eating healthy and working out in college can be difficult at times, I have found it to be very rewarding. I think it’s always a great thing to make positive goals for yourself- no matter how small they may seem. 

    Here are some things that worked for me over the past semester or so:

    Healthy eating

    • At the beginning of last semester, I decided to transition towards a vegan diet. I now eat about a 95% vegan diet. I eat vegan as frequently as I can. However, a few months ago, my friend’s mom cooked only grilled chicken, so in that case, I did eat that. I eat vegan when I can, but if a friend/family friend is only serving meat, I will eat it. For me, eating a vegan diet isn’t necessarily an ethical thing for me. It’s definitely more about the benefits that come with eating a plant based diet (documentaries like Forks Over Knives really touch on this topic).I am very lactose intolerant (and I have been for pretty much my entire life), and I have been strictly dairy free for several months now. I feel my best when I eat a vegan diet, though it isn’t the easiest choice while living in Mississippi. When I do eat dairy, I have an allergic reaction, and I’ve learned it’s just not worth it (even though Mac & Cheese is like my favorite food on the entire planet). 
    • I feel like I mostly eat small meals throughout the day instead of a traditional three large meals. I eat a TON of Lara Bars (the chocolate brownie and mint chocolate ones are my favorites), almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds (I eat these with a spoon a few times a week, which I think grosses out my roomies/family), coconut milk yogurt, skinny pop, almond milk, blackberries, blueberries, kind bars (which have honey- but most are dairy free), and hummus. We just got a Chipotle in MS, and I went 4-5 times last week with friends, and it’s super easy for me to eat vegan there. I always order 3 soft tacos with black beans, lettuce, and guac. I also recently learned how to make Acai bowls, which I am super proud of! I make them with frozen acai packets + medjool dates + almond milk + bananas + frozen berries + chia seeds (all in my blender). On top, I usually add blackberries, agave granola, and pumpkin seeds. However, some of these ingredients can be hard to find in my tiny college town, so I do drive to Whole Foods in Memphis about once or twice a month (and to also see my high school bestie who lives in Memphis). For meals, I do go to Panera quite often now that they have brought back the black bean soup (yay!). I get that a few times a week, and I love it! If you do eat meat, you should try the Panera turkey chili soup. It’s really healthy & yummy (and dairy free!)!
    • In the future, I would like to eat 100% vegan, but that is not always possible, especially in the deep south. After graduation, I would really like to eat a vegan diet 100% of the time if I can. It’s really helped the way I feel throughout the day and it has definitely cleared up my acne. I also find it has made me appreciate food more and really learn about what it is I am eating & how it affects my body/the way I feel.
    • I do not drink alcohol (I am almost 22, in case anybody was wondering). I have had alcohol maybe twice in the past 6 months or so. Giving up alcohol was a huge decision for me, but it has been such a rewarding, positive experience for me personally. I think it has definitely contributed to my weight lose, and it has cleared up my skin. But most importantly, it has given me more time to focus on the things and people in my life that are important to me. On that note, I mostly drink water & I drink a ton of water every single day. I believe it’s so important to stay hydrated. I do go to starbucks usually once a day, and I almost always get a trenta unsweetened ice green tea (I am a little bit addicted). 
    • For cheat meals, I love getting a bean burrito without cheese from Taco Bell (no shame). I also love Chipotle chips & guac. Oreos are my other guilty pleasure (because they are strangely enough dairy free..). 

    Working out

    • I started going to Orange Theory at the beginning of last semester, and that has made a huge difference! OTF is not easy by any means, but it’s incredible. It’s a science based workout class that tracks your heart rate while you work out. I find it really challenging, but fun at the same time. I go 2-3 times a week depending on my school load (school is always my top priority). If you have an Orange Theory Fitness near you, definitely try it out. The first class is free! My mom goes every single day and loves it as well. I couldn’t recommend it enough! 
    • On days I don’t have time to go to Orange Theory, I usually workout at my apartment’s gym (though I definitely don’t work out every single day- especially if I am super busy with school/sick/etc.). I usually workout for about 30-40 minutes, and I walk/run on the treadmill for 1-2 miles and lift weights (I also do a lot of abs/arm work). 
    • On weekends, I love to go hiking/walking with friends out on the trails! I go alone sometimes when I am stressed out to clear my mind. Being in nature is such a great stress reliever, and I really enjoy going on walks.

    I hope that could answer your question! Again, I am no health expert by any means. These are just things that have worked for me!