Once Upon a Time adds Jane the Virgin star in mystery role
Once Upon a Time has tapped Alison Fernandez for a mysterious role in the upcoming season 6 finale, EW has learned exclusively.
The actress, who played a younger version of the titular character on Jane the Virgin, will appear in the season finale, with potential for more episodes should the show be renewed for season 7.
Details on her role are being kept under wraps, but TVLine recently reported that the ABC fairy tale drama was looking to cast two roles in the finale: a formerly hopeful-turned-cynical leading man and a mischievous 10-year-old. Fernandez would seem to fit the latter role, while the recently cast Walking Dead alum Andrew J. West would fill the former — though we have a theory on that character.
In addition to her role on Jane the Virgin, Fernandez’s credits include Fresh Off the Boat, Orange Is the New Black, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Aries mercury: subjective, hypothetical, intuitive, creative, rapid, motivating, obstinate, direct, impulsive, honest // impatient, not detail oriented enough, too impulsive, too honest, opinionated
‘The burning flames of their thoughts heated up the air surrounding them. It had to happen. Now. These words had power in the way they put them, in the way they spoke them with this strong certainty, even though you knew their decision was paired with a hint of light shallowness. Still, the flames grew with every piece of their mind that came to life.’
Taurus mercury: realistic, practical, consequent, slow and steady, deliberate, experience through senses // not adaptive, stubborn, not taking opportunities/ not risking to think about other possibilities
‘The most soothing voice is comforting you, a voice like the humming of Lorelei, the highest and purest form of sensation at the tip of her tounge and you listen to her for hours. She is true and real, she is slow but thinking through, you can see the glistening in her eyes as she laughs - remarking your great taste in music again.’
Gemini mercury: curious, flexible, unbiased, analytical, systematic, versaitile, quick witted, rather logical, impressionable // easily bored, playing mind games at times, really gossipy
‘Is this mind a blessing or a curse? All these worlds that are kept in their heads, all this information and lightning strikes connect them, sometimes shining bright when one thought travels to another country to visit the other side of the universe. They look up in the air and start brooding but laugh sooner or later afterwards - in the huge repertoir they found the clearest answer to the solution. Really, this mind is fascinating.’
Cancer mercury: nostalgic, subjective, emotional and empathetic, imaginative, intuitive, listeners, easily reads between the lines, helping/caring // too subjective, moody, avoid arguments to the point where it’s unhealthy
‘Hearing her speak is like reading an old novel, an old novel in an open bookshelf that you found near the street. You find old post carts and photos inside of it, people with painfully content faces, now vanished in the worn out process of floating time. Dreams that never got true, the laughing of a family sitting at the dining table, screaming at the moon and every other tear that was drowned in silence.’
Leo mercury: loud, dramatic, positiv, intuitive, clever, creativ, prideful, warm //stubborn, too prideful, intolerant to other ideas/believes, exaggerating
‘He does not plainly speak, he announces, every word is saturated with gold and preach his wisdom, for that he is sharing it with you out of a greater purpose. You will hear him sing and scream and they will laugh and eagerly listen to his stories, for he is known that he has the most exciting stories to tell. If he always sticks to the truth while telling you his glorious tales? Well, he has an creative mind, for sure.’
Virgo mercury: analytical, methodical, realistic and critical, objective, logical, detail oriented, foresighted, organizing/systematical, picky, adaptable // intolerant, to detail oriented, too critical and/or whiny/pessimistic
‘There was a hint of amusement in the eyes of the leutnant. He thought about all the ways he and his soldiers could go, all the failures that lay ahead and all the victories that were made for them. Nobody doubted his cool and clear way of thinking, everybody knew that deep inside of him, there was a complexity of thoughts, like a spider web made out of ice - careful, do not touch it, it’ll easily break if shaken too much, when the wind is blowing at night. But of course, the spider is clever enough to build a better, much stronger web each day.’
Libra: objective, fair, diplomatic,imaginative, indecisive, pleasing, easy going/charming, connective, creative/deep interest in culture // do not adapt very fast, too pleasing/ indecisive, lazy, need to learn how to disagree
‘People want to call them rather superficial, but I laugh at the thought, that people think badly about such a talent. The smoothest, finest words come out of their mouths, answers that combine the most complex and different opinions from both sides of the crowd. Their mind is a bridge, a gateway to another room, where mentally your senses are touched gently and comforting.’
Scorpio: secretive, sharp minded, investigative, deep, nag for superiority, analytical, instinctive, uncompromising and enigmatic, say what they think // the need to be always better, too secretive, interpreting wrong theories, skeptive and negative/pessimistic, say what they think
‘When he speaks it is like the venom of the snake, every little word he shares and scatters makes you eager for more, but still left with nothing relevant as he knows how to play with words. Strong words, the words of a wounded man who knows that there is more to the world as the facade it puts on every day. He knows where your dead bodies are burried.’
Sagittarius: humorous, subjective, open minded, far-sighted, considerate, positiv, honest, look at the bigger picture, philosphical // brutally honest/ rudeness, not detail oriented enough, judgemental, taking things not seriously, impatient
‘She is laying on an evergreen field in the prairie, with waterfalls that can be heard in the distance. A buzzard draws his circles up there in the sky and not a single cloud can be seen. She inhales and exhales the fresh, clean air. Thinking is freedom. And freedom is to think without limitations, in the most beautiful places that you can imagine.’
Capricorn: clever, clear, realistic, crytical/skeptical, practical, foresighted, sharp, concentrated, reasonable, methodical, cautious and carefully choosing words // pessimistic, too considerate about how they appear to others, moody, judgemental, at times impatient when people do not get their way of thinking
‘Sitting at the desk he releases his last words and formes them to letters that were written on the paper in front of him. Overthinking he scratches his head and bites his nails nervously. Usually his mind flows like a river but now a rainy day surprised him and he can’t see straight. As the clock strikes twelve, he stands up and opens the door behind him. A thousand eyes look up to him, eager to listen. He swallows and crumples the piece of paper into a ball. Now it’s his time to speak.’
Aquarius: analytical, impersonal, rapid, clear, objective, imaginative/visionary, open minded, quirky, far-sighted and observant //thinks they are superior to others/intimidating, stubborn, love stirring up a conversation to make it more interesting
‘At the highest form it is like a god-like creature speaks to you through his body. His ideas so revolutional, so dynamic, so clear, how couldn’t you see the solution before? It was right in front of your eyes. People will call him crazy, or they will call him a genius. Sadly, it’s not for him to decide.’
Pisces:poetic, empathetic, creative, romantic, sensitive, utopic, trusting, indirect and soft // too indirect, naive, moody, impractical/disorganized, lazy
‘The eyes mirror the words she says, like an elfen creature, she imagines her dreams of a rosy colored glass house, with the finest art in it: her ideal kind of living. Like a sponge she soakes up the vibes in the room, suddenly feeling so highly saddened as she realizes that he thinks, he will never reach his dreams. “But he is a work of the highest form of art himself, how can he not see the beauty I am allowed to see every day in front of my eyes?” - Oh, she will probably keep these words to herself.
Sherlock S4 fuckiness and the post-its I keep to remind me of it
In no particular order, I present the list of things that are particulary infuriating to me about S4 that I’ve been keeping on post-its by my bedside table the last month in case I lose hope. They are, for me, enough proof for The Lost Special. Today being 8th of March it seems fitting to keep them in mind.
(Disclaimer: this is a compound of theories developed by hundreds of people over a long time and I cannot possibly credit everyone or explain them at this point, so I’ll just list them.)
The Importance Of Being Ernest, by Oscar Wilde being quoted in TFP
Mycroft-> Lady Bracknell, the baby in the handbag = gun in the handbag (Euros and Vivian Norbury). The baby gets thrown in the Thames?
Queen’s I Want To Break Free in TFP stoping at “I’ve fallen in…” (love)
Elephant Glass Shock Proof in Euros’s cell
The elephant in the Thai menu in Mycroft’s frige
Rosie’s elephant toy
The elephant in John’s living room
The endless horror film references in TFP (many of them being hyper meta, especially Shutter Island)
Una Stubbs’ voice in TFP “Softer, Sherlock” instead of Euros’
Russian and Turkish leaks with no reaction
Over reaction with the promo chess pictures being leaked
Promo pictures being very similar to Clue’s movie poster -> Clue’s different endings and the similar final paused shot in TFP
The bulding up to Moriarty not making any sense (especially if we take into account M Theory, because he IS alive)
TLD having the gun shown multiple times, a smoking gun that is definitely not a tranquiliser gun. The last shot fading with red, like in Bond movies
The enormous red carpet under John in the therapist that resembles the blood pool in the market
Martin breaking the 4th wall in T6T noding to the camera while holding the glass of wine
SHERLOCK: Romantic entanglement, while fulfilling for other people … JOHN (interrupting): … would complete you as a human being. NO PAY OFF FOR THIS. This mirrors the greenhouse conversation in TAB
Why was Molly upset when Euros called in TFP?
John/Molly mirror (Molly wearing the same jumper she wore in TEH while taking John’s place, the framing of that hellish shot with John and the coffin cover “I love you”)
“John is clearly standing behind him in the trailer, so unless he’s talking to a mirror for some very bizarre reason, I should think not.”
Sumatra/Samarra pointing out to TEH which lead us to The Lost Special and MINDING THE FREAKING GAP->Moriarty
“It’s never twins”
The camera shown in the hotel in T6T
Season 4 DVD not having “complete” like the other DVD’s had
Mark’s picture with the 4 fingers raised in Twitter
“Has it just occurred to you you’ve been played for an ad campaign” hello Apple Tree Yard
Moriarty at the end of S4 DVD “You didn’t think I would just disappear, did you?”
The whole promotion about S4 and the season itself being about hacking
Sherlock saving the tea cup and the boy in the hotel in T6T dropping the tea
Tea code being confirmed
“Is this a new person? I’m against new people.”
“You’d be better off with clown outfits. At least they’d be satirically relevant.”
Cake=violent death John and Sherlock going to get cake
Lady Smallwood’s name
Vatican cameos ignored
“And boop, they are fine”
Sherlock breaks the 4th wall (like in Queen’s I Want To Break Free videoclip)
WHERE IS JOHN’S LETTER
The Garridebs literally cliff-hanging
Chekhov’s gun on the promo picture and literally hanging on the wall in the Garridebs scene
“People always give up after three”
Blue Power Ranger gay subtext
T6T being an old case about a gay couple -> Margaret Thatcher getting smashed, Sherlock not knowing who she is despite the fact that he knew in THoB
“Fresh paint to disguise another smell”
Mycroft watching his own romantic movie turning into an horror film
T6T starting with doctored footage
“That’s not what happened at all”
“Why does anyone do anything” Norbury/Moriarty
“Sherlock, the dragon slayer” (Mycroft, Moriarty and kinda Magnussen have all alluded to this and now Mary does)
Sherlock’s recurrent dream (?)
“Oh, good, I love an acronym. All the best secret societies have them.”
“It is what it is” either being followed by “says love” or being a quote by John Locke
MARCH 8. THE SECRET WILL BE UNLEASHED
"I don’t like loose ends. Not on my watch” says Mycroft/Mark, as he holds a pen and looks at the camera
#Ohwhatabeautifulmorning tying in with
Oklahoma! and consequently with
Green Grow the Lilacs, a play with gay subtext all over that got misunderstood and very famous
Steven starting TLS rumors
TD-12 being memory corrupting
The freaking guy from the official Sherlock Youtube channel teasing TLS and saying “The greatest love story never told”
The girl on the plane being the same one from ASiB
The TAB-like transition when John faints in TFP
The S1 scripts being released for no reason
“Childhood trauma masked by an invented memory. Boring!” THoB (person=dog)
Mary’s death not being realistic as pointed in HLV (thank you for reminding me, @antisocial-otaku)
The explosion in 221B not having the consequences
in the building that Mycroft foreshadowed and them being perfectly ok afterwards.
Where is Ben’s 26 pages scene?
What was Ben’s kissy gesture while saying “Very well. It’s going very well” in SDCC all about?
Hello! Thank you for keeping this blog and diligently answering questions. I have a character who is black and expresses concern that her sister won't like the level of care she's taken with her appearance. Is there a good way to say her hair was messy? My instinct is to use "frizzy" but am aware it has different connotations with a black character. Thanks!
Black Woman Character with “Messy Hair”
Trace your logic on why you’re giving a Black woman messy hair. There is an association to afro hair as being “unkempt”, messy, and unprofessional already and you’ll need to tread carefully implying messiness to a Black character’s hair. On that note, what does messy entail with afro hair if indeed she’s natural? Is the character actually neglecting her hair or just isn’t as elaborate with her hair routine as her sister?
In the first case, i’d like to know why she neglects her hair (depressed, overwhelmed with life?) and if being overwhelmed, why she wouldn’t choose a low-maintenance style like braids or extensions which can still look presentable with less time-consuming care.
In the latter case, associating the BW’s hair with messiness at all would be false. Low-maintenance still indeed requires maintenance and natural afro styles should not be associated with messy.
If the sister’s criticism of the other sister’s hair is a general dislike of natural hair, that is a touchy topic best saved for Black people to write, or someone really,really well-researched and who has had their works read over by Black people. Even still, it’ll always be best coming from the group as their commentary on the subject is the most welcome and relevant, not necessarily a topic for non-Black people to dissect.
Now, in the case you do still need a description:
Frizzy is specific, so ask yourself if it’s accurate. It’s not offensive to use in itself, though. Personally when I picture frizzy hair on Black people, it’s straightened hair that is reverting back to its curly texture.
Bedhead is another word that may work, if it applies.
Messy i’m on the fence with, especially not knowing what constitutes as messy in the case of Black hair in this story, so I don’t want to wrongfully condone the usage. Messy can be used in a neutral way, such as a “messy bun” style, but it doesn’t seem to be associated positively here as the character worries her hair won’t be accepted.
Perhaps you could choose words that don’t directly snub the character’s hair but instead compares it as less styled or as elaborately-styled than her sister is used too for whatever reason. This places less blame or negative association on the first sister’s hair.
Words likeunkempt andnappyshould be avoided completely, as they can be insulting and racially-charged.
SeeWords to Describe Hairfor more ideas. You can still describe her hair in positive terms while just noting the sister has a higher standard for styles.
Unless her hair is neglected and in need of major moisture and TLC, I can’t see messy applying for afro hair alone and i’d urge you to avoid drawing Black hair into the conversation in order to show messiness in a character. Unless it’s in a specific style that’s gone undone, afros themselves don’t lay in a specific way, they flow out and up how they want to and should not be associated as messy for being the way it grows.
Everything from a less-than-spotless apartment or bedroom to her manner of dress can show messiness and be a point of judgement for the sister to look down upon. Although in the case the sister is just kinda prissy, it may be her high standards seeing mess where most people would not. More areas of judgement towards the “messy” sister could be her wearing comfortable, casual clothes vs. being extremely stylish ones, or wearing little to no makeup.
These examples don’t lay blame on natural hair as being messy and may be more appropriate, unless you’ve got the experience with the topic as a Black person who has experienced such judgement.
A/N: This was rlly soft- By the way, regarding the ‘touching’ I think I’ll made a head canon for him eventually like Romantic Gestures
Taeyong would be a magnificent boyfriend!
He seems quiet and cold to those who don’t know him well, but he’s a total quirky dork and sweetheart!
Dating him would be interesting; he carries two different personas
One is totally cute and lovable; he usually shows this side in private Snuggling up to you and making cute hums
His other side is more uptight He usually shows this persona in public and in front of others He’s just not as touchy or cuddly because he’s wary of others and their judgement
He’d be soft for his S/O tho
You’d be his ultimate weakness
He’d strive each day to spend time with you and make you smile
He loves going on dates, whether that be staying in with one another or going out
He takes you to a lot of typical date locations
He loves eating, so restaurants are always an option [I feel like he’d be the type to have a list saved in his phone of restaurants nearby his place or your own that he wants to try after reading the reviews]
Not really relevant, but he really loves taking pictures, so literally every date you go on he’s taking pictures of you or of the both of you together
He isn’t much of a gift-giver, he doesn’t really see the need for it- Unless he heard you specifically say you were out of something or needed something… Then he might gift you a carton of eggs or a new raincoat, practical shit
You’re a pillar of stability in his life and by God, he clings to you, never letting you out of sight [that’s was creative, wow]
As in he totally adores you and is 110% invest in you and the relationship
Although he can be clingy/needy/whiny, he tries not to smother you, though he has come close to doing so on several occasions
He knows when to be serious as well and give you space, although it’s often hard for him to do
Speaking of being serious, his other persona, the one he uses in public has a bit more of a quiet and serious nature
Since he utterly adores you so much he’s also prone to getting jealous
He tries to keep himself collected because he doesn’t want to seem insecure to others, but he’d really be fuming
Since we’re on the topic of possessiveness as well, he’s a very possessive lover
He sees you as his and himself as yours
He does little things that hint to his possessive jealousy: clenching his jaw, murmuring lowly, being oddly touchy in public [he usually saves it for private], a far-off gaze\almost cold, etc…
Taeyong’s not shy of getting frisky
He’s a very touchy person in private, his hands are almost constantly on you, even if he’s reaching for the remote on the coffee table, he fucking runs his hand from your thigh to your knee as he leans forward, he’s just always touching you, both innocently and not-so innocently He just finds it comforting
He loves sleeping with you, I mean that literally, it’s the ultimate cuddle session for him, and for 7 hours!
He likes doing other things in bed too-
Honestly, he’s a bit of a switch- he doesn’t mind taking control of things and he doesn’t mind if you want to either
He’s really down for just about anything as long as it’s with you [that being said, no threesomes or public shit]
He’s usually his silly self while in bed, muttering things into the crook of your neck to make you giggle as his hands wander beneath the sheets
However, he does have a lot of emotions and during emotional moments, maybe after a fight or when you’re emotional, he’ll slow things down to thoroughly enjoy one another’s company and take his time to pleasure you
They wouldn’t happen often
He’d usually just give you the cold shoulder and stare, raising his voice on occasion when you scolded him
The times he’d initiate them would be when he was jealous, or you hurt him emotionally [which usually he’ll brush off because he knows you don’t have malice]
You’d probably start arguments over his possessiveness and his ‘other’ persona, he would difficult to read when he’d put up his walls, shutting you out and it would frustrate you to no end
He’d always want to thoroughly establish that everything was settled after an argument, that way it wouldn’t escalate again
I can see him as someone who does a lot of deep reflecting after arguments and I think he’d be a bit down the two of you fought, but he’d once again realize how much he cherishes you
When you have issues of your own, he’d be not only a terrific boyfriend, but also a great friend
He’s a very attentive listener and is glad you feel comfortable talking to him about your issues so he can give advice
Witches on a budget, I’m telling you, go to thrift stores. (I mean, if you want to. But I strongly recommend it.)
90% of my candle holders and candles in every conceivable color are from the local thrift store. One of them was literally a sealed package of witchcraft-specific candles with ritual instructions inside. I’ve found devotional statues, wooden boxes and shelves perfect for altars and witchy storage, all the interesting jars ever, seashells, stones, altar cloths and tarot deck cloth wraps, offering dishes, chalices, witchy books, tiny picture frames for ancestor pictures, and more. Most witchy things I see don’t even buy but leave behind because I don’t need them or they’re not relevant to my specific practices, but I’m always floored by how great they might be for others.
This post was inspired by the fact that I just bought handkerchiefs for devotional embroidery I’m going to work on, and an oracle deck in its original packaging (in a grab bag of other stuff I’m about to sort through, so maybe there’s more witchy stuff too!), for a total of $3. I’m serious. Just during a brief trip to my local Goodwill.
So, in conclusion, thrift stores? All the witchcraft supplies ever. Do some basic cleansing (usually just a quick mundane wash for things that have an interesting and safe energy to begin with) and you’re good to go.
If you want, reblog and tell me about your own thrifty witchy finds!
Throughout the series Secretariat is used as a superficial, yet foreshadowing, parallel to Bojack. They’ve both spent their lives running, but the two collide when Bojack is cast to play Secretariat in a biopic. We’re constantly made to wonder if the movie will make Bojack a hero of the silver screen, or if he will finally be exposed as a fraud and end his life in the same way that his hero did.
In the final episode of season two, we see the ending of the film at a screening. Secretariats life has been completely rewritten and we instead see him holding a child, and claiming that it represents a second chance that he’s been given. The significance and foreshadowing here isn’t made relevant until the end of season three when we find out Bojack possibly has a daughter who is trying to get in contact with him.
This is tricky though. The writers could be suggesting that a child will represent the difference between Bojack and Secretariat: it will give Bojack something to live for. On the other hand, the significance could be that this ending is made up. It’s a pretty bow on a Hollywoo picture, but it’s not real life. Bojack has always been made to deal with real consequences and it seems like he will be truly tested come season four.
Reblogging leaves credit to the original poster, and is the correct way to share something that you enjoy. Reposting is when you save, screenshot or copy something and create a new post it. So what if there’s a really great post you found somewhere outside of tumblr that you want to share here, or vice versa? Reposting is okay if, and only if, you have the authors express permission and clearly credit them in your post. People work hard, don’t steal their stuff!
tip two: captions
Do not delete original captions. It makes it much harder to find the original author. In cases like mentioned above where someone has reposted something properly, deleting the caption deletes the credit completely.
Also, never add a meaningless comment to a post to promote your blog. Why is this not cool? Well, for one it’s trying to gain followers based on someone else’s work instead of your own, but it’s also against community guidelines. Skip these types of captions and focus on gaining traffic through your own original posts.
tip three: reblogging things without a caption/that have been reposted
If you smell something fishy don’t spread the post around! If there’s a caption-less post that seems like it should have one (or it has a long string of promotional captions), click back to the original source and reblog from them. If there’s something that just seems too perfect, check out their blog and see if their original content matches up, or just seems like a collection of random photos from other people’s instagrams. If so, don’t reblog!
tip four: tags
When you shouldn’t tag something: If it’s hate, please don’t tag the fandom in it! It’s fine if you didn’t like a book/movie/show, but fans want to scroll through that tag and see positive posts about it, not hate. Another one is if it’s not relevant; for original posts. It’s great to add a lot of tags to get it out there, but if someone is looking through the math tag, they want help with math and not to see a picture of your cat (however cute he may be).
When you should alway tag things: For people’s blacklist. Things like sexual or violent/disturbing pictures should always be tagged with nsfw. Spoilers should also be tagged! You don’t wanna be the one that tells some one that SPOILER darth vader is luke’s father.
tip five: be kind, always
The internet makes it easy to say things without consequences, but just because you don’t say it to someone’s face doesn’t mean it can’t hurt them. Anon hate, rude comments, and picking fights over trivial things is never okay. Be respectful and kind. The internet already has enough negativity, don’t add to it.
Jane Anonymous has been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for more than a decade. She takes the work of picking Hollywood’s yearly bests as seriously as you’d hope: “The way I vote is that I’ll watch every movie, and then I look at the ballot. Sometimes I’ll watch them again. For acting, I’m going to pay attention to how deep they are in the role. If I forget I’m watching an actor or actress, it’s a good sign I’ll vote for them.”
Jane is one of only 6,687 people who vote on the Oscars. The Academy has the kind of voter participation rate Diddy would literally kill for – over 90 percent of them vote each year. But that doesn’t mean everyone who votes has seen all the movies they’re voting on. Jane insists, “Even if we saw it in theaters, we’ll see it again. You have to remember the voters are actors, actresses, directors, and all types of crew. They love films. The Academy represents their industry, and they’re going to pick who is best.”
But members of the Academy are also garden-variety human beings, like all of us. They watch (or don’t watch) movies based on what looks interesting and feels relevant to them. This poll from 2015 reveals that there were no Best Picture nominees that had actually been seen by every voter.
how do you manage to put characters with vastly different standard palettes into scenes together but keep everything harmonious? if that makes sense? I have a hard time with colour whenever i actually try to properly utilize it and putting multiple characters into one scene is incredibly frustrating because their palettes don’t always work together. :c
I don’t actually know if I’ve effectively answered your question with these, but I tried! This post from a long time ago might also be relevant.
I didn’t have time for a cute fashion picture today, so… here’s your reminder that there are 21 days to go on the Cucumber Quest Kickstarter!
(A table of contents is available.This series will remain open for additional posts and the table of contents up-to-date as new posts are added.)
Part Eleven: Companions From Myth
The scale of creature companions can be measured in all kinds of ways, from non-talking to talking, small to large, minor to major characters, and mundane to mythical. As we’ve progressed through the series and talked about all kinds of things to keep in mind as you go about creating and writing with your creature companions, I’ve touched somewhat on the extra considerations needed when your companion is a creature drawn straight from the pages of myth, but these unique and long-standing legends are just a bit more complex than picking up your average draft horse and shoeing them into the story. First, as stated in Part One, this series is dealing specifically with mythical creatures that do not share body shapes with your humanoid characters. We’re not talking about satyrs and minotaurs, naiads and harpies; we’re talking about chimeras and hippogryphs, dragons and phoenixes. Aside from should they exist, what their physiology is, what abilities that physiology gives them, and the general advice on writing characters not cardboard, what else could there possibly be to cover with mythical creatures?
Yes, That Research Word Again
As a fantasy reader and writer, a lot of my advice steers toward the fantasy side of things, which has brought in a lot of fantasy-oriented authors. This leads to lots of ideas and inspiration drawn from all kinds of places across the globe. As great as it is to start seeing more creatures than the standard (often) Roman and Greek mythos, writers hoping to incorporate these creatures should be doing as much research and reading as they can. Maybe you don’t plan to stick that close to their origins, or maybe your world has different circumstances for their creation, or some of their abilities/powers function differently than they do in the legends, or maybe you’re afraid that filling up with the origins will taint or diminish your ideas for what you really want to do. I still advocate for taking a look and reading some of the myths where these creatures appear. Knowing the baseline for what your audience is going to be expecting when you say the name of your creature will help you better meet or completely twist those conceptions. What’s the saying? Know the past so you can avoid it in the future?
Research will also afford you a really interesting view into how a creature has made the rounds across the globe. Have you ever looked into gorgons and naga, let alone the hundreds of different ideas about dragons and Bigfoot and yetis from across the world? There’s a global disparity in how each of these creatures are believed to exist and function. If you’re able to kind of put aside what your expectations are and open yourself up to learning about some of the variations, you may find yourself flooding with new ideas to work with, providing a welcome twist on an old subject.
Remember, too, that your audience’s knowledge of these creatures will have come not only from ancient stories, but also from modern interpretations. Much in the same way that donut has become an accepted spelling of doughnut through media and marketing, so too have pegasi and other creatures changed over the years from perpetuation of an idea that went over particularly well (think Tolkien and elves). Research will help you discern the differences that have arisen through the years between the original and the modern interpretation.
Establishing Your Mythos
With your newfound awareness from your research and before you begin writing your mythical creature, it’s your turn to decide what stays and what goes from the original sources. This creature is coming to life in your world, not our world, so the associated historical mythology that comes with the creature changes. In essence, you are creating your own sets of history and mythology taking place in the world you’ve created for your story. You get to decide how they work, where they come from, how many there are, and how their abilities/powers will work. Maybe much of it remains the same, maybe not. It’s up to you, but it needs to be consistent.
Sirens were birds who threw themselves in the ocean when Odysseus resisted their song, not the dangerous merfolk we think of now. So, metaphorically, what does “siren” mean in your world? To be more clear, what is the essence of the creature you chose within your world’s setting? What are they? What kind of creatures are they and how do they function in this world that is not ours?
Take notes, make rules, and stick to them. Just like with magic systems and deciding what kinds of creatures have the ability to talk, for your mythical creatures to work and function as believable races, there have to be certain things about them that are unique identifiers to their race that are consistent within their race. Let’s say your sirens are merfolk. This means that every time they appear in your narrative, they should be the half-fish, half-human merfolk of your world. You shouldn’t have sirens that are also elfish, nor dragon-sirens unless you’ve established that the “siren” ability to draw people with your voice is an ability that anyone could have rather than a racial/creature function. In other words, know your world! The basic ideals that create good, understandable, relateable worlds apply to your mythical creatures, too. Be consistent, know what you’re writing, and don’t deviate from the rules you’ve established.
Drawing a Character, Not a Caricature
Look, half this series has been about making sure your creature is more than just a side character or a gag. If you’re going to have these creatures, they need to be characters, too! The same goes for your mythical creatures, but with an even heavier emphasis. These creatures come with preexisting ideas and it can be very easy to just say, “It’s a unicorn! You know everything there is to know about them already! Moving on.” And sure, you don’t need to spend 20 pages explaining what they are and how they came to exist, but you do need to remember that these creatures are more than their lore. They’re more than a horse with a horn. They’re more than symbols of innocence myth has painted them to be. These are characters first and foremost.
It’s possible your creature may be the main character of your story, but maybe not. When you’re writing, be sure the focus is kept on what’s really important to the story. If that’s not the horn on your unicorn’s head, don’t start your paragraphs pointing it out. Put the focus where the focus belongs, even if that means paying less attention to this super cool creature from myth because your main humanoid character is the focus at the moment. You send your audience messages through the amount of time you spend on things: in short, just like with class lectures, the more time you spend talking about A Thing, the more your audience pays attention to It and takes note that perhaps this Thing will be important later. If it’s a false signal you’ve given because you wanted to spend time talking about this very different, very new, very unique creature instead, and it never does really “pay off” later, then you’ve created a sticking point for your audience that never resolves and never feels cathartic.
It’s an easy trap to fall in, especially since we have a tendency to describe things which are out of the ordinary and skip over the things which are not. If a character goes to the bathroom and it’s not plot-relevant, we don’t describe it. We assume our characters do certain things and that there are certain setting pieces included when we say “in the library” without always describing those. However with a mythical creature present, everything about them becomes new, shiny, and extraordinary. We’ll always describe their webbed fingers when they come on screen, or mention the sharp edges of a claw digging in the dirt. Those details can be great, to a certain extent, but it can also become overwhelming and a word sink. Keep yourself aware of the picture you’re drawing of the creature with your words. Are you over-exaggerating certain features or physiology on accident because saying, “It walked with them,” felt too understated when dealing with a sphinx?
Finally, your book is not a history lesson. Any world lore (from our world or yours) that you want to include should be fully integrated into the story, not a word-dump on the page. Just like with the tumultuous history of a key trade city, you don’t want to just give its history on the page. Integrate the information into the story in ways that make the information natural to what’s going on. And if it never comes up? Don’t force it. Conversation, action, and observation are great ways to build natural segues for your world-building, so use your imagination and ingenuity to find ways to feed those details in where they’re necessary for the understanding of the story. Be discerning and take a long, hard look at whether the information really is required. Your audience is smart; don’t underestimate them.
i am heartbroken that michael and zac left, but sue me if i’m trying to stay positive because we gained aisha porter christie, a black woman, who also wrote for orphan black, and (idk how relevant this information might be, but) celeste vasquez, who was assistant director and writer on the originals for 4x07, the episode that featured freya and keelin’s first kiss (also she has a picture of yorkie and kelly from san junipero on her twitter header so that’s always a good sign). plus the writers have always collaborated with glaad when approaching the issue of lgbt+ rep on the show and i doubt they will suddenly stop now considering how important malec is. so, even though we lost two openly gay writers, i’m gonna keep a positive outlook and hope that it’s not gonna come back to bite me in the ass.
I’d like to applaud the growth of Spencer Hastings over the course of the series- and I don’t think the growth stopped at 7a.
Here’s my spencer character rundown.
Spencer was portrayed as the little sister that’s always in her older sister’s shadows—however I think Spencer is way smarter than Melissa. She let’s pressure get the best of her as well as repeating past mistakes(i.e keeping her lip’s on Melissa’s men). I love how her and Toby’s relationship began, I think that they brought out the open-mindedness of both of the character.
I don’t know about all of you but I knew if one liar would get trapped with A in the end, I knew it’d be Spencer. This was Spencer’s investigative season. She asked the right questions and found out things she did and didn’t want to know. I do wish they would’ve gone a different route when she found out Jason was her brother- I low-key hoped that they would develop a better brother sister bond. I’m proud that she finally spoke up to her father in this season. We also got a glimpse of her selflessness by sacrificing her relationship with Toby to keep him safe.
Spoby reunions - I live for them. It was a classy “first time” scene. This season was so bomb for her. One of my all time favorite moments was when she slapped Toby when she saw him in that hoodie *chills*. This season gave her so much depth-i.e when she thought Toby was dead which lead to her going to Radley. The whole fake A team ploy was kind of weak but served it’s purpose for the time being.
I’m glad she supported Toby in the whole figuring out what happened to his mother thing—even though it wasn’t my favorite storyline.
Well this was a season where she was in 2 too many jumpsuits. I feel like they were really trying to pin random crimes on her. I got chills when the were being arrested when Alison was found guilty. I thought it was creepy that Melissa was being nice to her. Also, I found her “love interests” - Colin and Johnny- stupid and a waste of time. I didn’t approve of her trying to use Toby to get information since he became a cop
Her addiction resurfaced in 6a and after some point I was over it. I think she was an asset to the big picture but she was extremely obsessive with the Charles thing which I’ll get to later. Let’s get to the 5 years forward I’m so happy that they did because I got tire of them being in high school. Although a career in politics was a given to her I love the 23 year old Spencer, even more sophisticated than ever. What I’m about to say may piss people off but I loved Spaleb. I think that their relationship made a lot of sense they’re both mature, responsible, good, intelligent and kind hearted people. It made sense and they were so cute together for the short time that it lasted. I know they get a lot of flack but at the end of the day Hanna and Caleb had been broken up for years and in those years he and Spencer were getting close so I don’t want to hear that’s a out of the blue situation. Also Hanna and Caleb had not seen each other since their break up and same goes for Spencer and Toby. I’m a Haleb fan and a Spoby fan but get over it ppl.
Even though not much has happened and I’ll probably end up updating this whole blog post at the end of the series lets do this anyways. I think Spencer being Mary’s daughter was inevitable lets get that out of the way first. Mary always had a weird vibe when coming around her so I wasn’t surprised she was her biological daughter. But might I add that I’m tired of every time a big family twist happens, it’s always involving the Hastings or Dilaurentis families. I think they could’ve gone with Aria or Hanna or someone else. I feel like this was done to keep Mary relevant to the big picture. It explains why Spencer was so obsessive when trying to figure out Charles but if she gets a sibling vibe, why didn’t she have it with Cece if they’re the same person. I don’t like the chain reacted that’ll be set off if Peter is her biological father and not adopted father. Peter being Spencer’s real father not only means that he stepped out on Veronica twice(who doesn’t deserve it bc I think she’s a great person, but did so with twins. That means that Spencer and Jason are first cousins and half siblings and that’s a little too close for comfort. And even though I was sad she got shot, I know she didn’t die so I’m good
Fave moments so far:
The showdown when she found out Mona was A
When she broke up with Toby in order to protect him from A’s wrath
“bitch chipped us”
Spoby’s first time
Asking Toby if she could kiss him one last time 😍
Spoby in general
Spaleb arc - “I need you to go get a glass, ‘cause your girlfriends drinking all by herself and it’s real sad”
What I want from her in the final 10 episodes:
A Spoby wedding
Her to reject Mary as her mother(harsh, I know, but Veronica has been a great mother to her and Mary has been a backstabbing snake since the day she showed up). I kind of wish Mary was just the surrogate.
Spencer helping Toby get through Yvonne dying and letting him feel again.
Closer bond with Jason(won’t happen)
just think about it tho. We really have no idea if their landlord has any clue about their fame like how fucking confused is the poor guy gonna be when he's showing it to people and they're fangirling and taking pictures and squealing and he's like wtf this place isn't even that great and there's four gas leaks these people are crazy or he find out through them and he's like damn those fuckers I should've kicked them out years ago and made people pay extra for living where they did idk man think
i think about this all the time because their landlord has probably seen them holding hands or has just always assumed they were an obvious couple without having any idea of the relevancy of their relationship? to their landlord, to the people who live around them, to the people who work in the shops nearby their apartment, and to ordinary passersby, dan and phil are just… an every day couple?
Are there any crystals that are more helpful for green witches? Are there crystals that have positive effects on my plants/herbs? Lot's of love :)
since all crystals originate from the earth, i feel that they all have an innate connection to it as well. so i don’t necessarily think there’s any crystal that wouldn’t be useful with your plants. but certainly some may be more relevant than others.
i have heard that moss agate is the gardener’s stone.
clear quartz is a fairly neutral crystal, that can be given most any intent. it could be a wonderful tool in anything.
onyx is said to help cleanse air.
coral is often associated with fertility, but isn’t technically a crystal.
amber comes from trees, so i would feel it has a natural relationship with flora.
citrine is a stone that works in prosperity, but also as a grounding stone, and one that is linked heavily with the sun and sunlight.
hematite is my personal favorite stone for grounding- it is tied to balance, and warding away negativity.
chrysocalla has been noted to purify its surroundings, and promote harmony and being in tune with nature.
i would note that plants have been found to respond to love and care such as any living creature. in my own garden, i have absolutely observed better growth and health from the plants i am most affectionate with. because of this, i develop real emotional relationships with my plants. they’re like pets, or friends, in a way. since they respond to my affection, then i feel they’d love for me to share things that are genuine and personal.
this is to say, the first step in picking good crystals to use with your plants, is pick crystals that you feel good about personally.
that said, i would consider correspondences and recommend you choose the stones you genuinely like to work with. unfortunately, there really isn’t one true and reliable source for discerning these correspondences; there is a general consensus about many, but ultimately the way a crystal makes you feel is far more important and relevant than whatever you can read about its meaning.
here are some correspondences i would think may be helpful for working with your garden:
depending on what you’re growing, some plants and herbs have their own correspondences, so using a stone with the same meaning has the potential to intensify the effect.
i really hope this helps, friend! thank you so much for your well wishes, i would love updates on any crystals you choose- pictures would be amazing! i always love knowing what good people are doing in their good gardens.
any green witches who have suggestions or recommendations, we would love to know them!
Vernon - The “Cool” Dad - always attempting to be your friend more than a father figure, attempts to get their child to spill the latest ‘gosp’ - “dad what the hell is gosp” “its teenage lingo for gossip, i keep up with you youngsters” - cue eye rolling - he’s incredibly chill about nearly everything and allows them to do whatevee they want, for the most part. - the only restriction is that it can’t be illegal - and if it is he told them to lie about who their father was. - all their friends are jealous over how ‘cool’ of a dad their have, no matter how many times they tell them how uncool he truly is he has everyone tricked that he’s some super dad
Soonyoung - The Embarrassing Dad - insists on making their kids lunch one time and puts an embarrassing “have a good day love you -Dad” in the bag without warning. - all their friends cooed and haven’t let them live it down since. - he’s the type to make embarrassingly bad dad jokes when talking to others and then looks over at their kid for a reaction - a pitiful thumbs up and embarrassed smile is the best kind of reaction that he’s looking for - constantly trying to talk to their kids friends when they’re over - “why doesn’t that one friend come over anymore?” “because you broke out the baby pictures last time and i would rather not relive your hour ling stories about the past, and neither would she”
Seungkwan - The emotional dad - constantly crying - oh my god their kids have never seen a grown man cry so much in their lives - always reminiscing about their kids past and getting emotional about how big they’ve gotten - at every graduation that the child has lives through theres always friends that make comment about his screaming once you get on stage - every picture you have to commemorate this moment has a very red eyed blotchy faced Seungkwan, their child always looks less than impressed. - it’s nice to have a dad so passionate about their child but sometimes you just need someone that wont cry because you’ve made your first purchase with your own money that you made from your first job
Seokmin - The Scrapbooking Dad - always insisting on taking pictures - it doesnt matter the occasion, it doesn’t matter how relevant any of it is, he wants a picture and he wants it now. - his kids could make those “365 pictures throughout the year” collage videos you find on the internet dating back to their toddler years just from how many pictures Seokmin had taken. - he has a bookcase full of scrapbooks hes made - he takes the time to decorate them, with pretty stickers and dates each picture with a short description of each. - its not just a picture book, its a life story showcasing every little insignificant thing that his kids have accomplished since birth. - “dad, can we please take that picture of me on the potty off?” “no, its the first time you took a shit and i didn’t have to clean a diaper, it’s staying for memory sake”
Seungcheol - Over protective dad - they cab only have a phone because he insists on using the find your friends app when his kids go out just to make sure that if anything happens he could always find their kid and help out - if they’re one minute past curfew expect said phone to be blown up with questions about where they are. - “you were suppose to be home at 10:00 its now 10:02, i checked traffic and it is light so there isnt any excuse” - is protective and inforces his rules but isn’t terribly rude and would never actually punish his kids (he’s too soft, but ultimatey just wants the best for them) - interogates any significant other that their child brings home, and as they protest in embarassment he simply says hes making sure to rule out any one not worthy of their time. - always has their best interests in mind though they may not realize it until they’re much older - probably has a bat near his bed so if needed he could protect them from anything and anyone who trys to hurt their kid
Jeonghan - The Charming Dad - all their kids friends are completely endeared by him - they’ve heard the word DILF to describe him one too many times that its starting to take some effect on their mental wellbeing - he’s able to talk himself out of many things and their kids have had to sit by idly as they watched their dad talk up another worker to attempt to get some sort of discount - probably has pictures of the family around the house solely to show off how attractive all of them are when guest comes over - he’s ultimately very proud of how beautiful his family has come out, and wants the world to know about how absurdly beautiful they are compared to other families. - its not opinion its Fact.
Jihoon - Passive but Encouraging Dad - not very good at showing how much they love their kids but try their very hardest without having to say directly that he loves them - shows he cares by encouraging their dreams and never tries to hold them back from their dreams - he may not be very involved in their kids lifes but when they come to him with something they claim to be passionate about he’s suddenly #1 dad. - he’ll always be the first to encourage them to chase after whatever they want - and even if they drop it after a couple weeks because it wasn’t exactly the right fit Jihoon will accept it and continue to support them through any other projects they wished to pursue. - their kids know that he loves them through those kind of actions.
Mingyu - The Expirmentive Dad - always trying out new recipes for dinner - his kids have started becoming wary after the his few failed attempts and know to prepare something to eat afterwards just incase his experiment doesnt work out in his favour - never follows a reciepe - “dad it said a tea spoon not a cup” “it’s better this way, just trust me.” - it was not better this way. - he tries his very hardest to make good dishes for his family and sometimes they actually turn out decent. - and when they dont, no matter if mingyu himself knows it wasn’t the best, his kids say it was good while only eating a couple bites of it - he’s grateful that they eat the prepared foods somewhere that hes not (sometimes he goes to their room and they share their snacks with him, but thats only when he’s failed terribly and hes gone desperate)
Chan - The Involved dad - Their child is apart of a school club? he’ll be apart of it just as much. - “Do you guys want me to make snacks?” “Dad its not necessary-” “i’ll pack snacks.” - always insists on going to parent teacher night to talk with each of their kids teacher one on one, he doesnt do it because he thinks his kids are miss behaving just solely for the opprotunity to be apart of their kids lifes just that much more - was their kids soccer couch for most of their junior soccer days, but when their kids approached them about joining a different team he unwillingly allowed them to do so to allow them to be happy - he still attenda each game and became the most embarrassing side line dad at the game - “signs are necessary” chan ignores their kids as he pours another large amount of glitter onto the atrocious sign with his kids name and number on it.
Junhui - The Teasing Dad - constantly making jokes about their kid, it mostly happens when they have friends over or when theyre at a family get together - some how always managing to make their child the center of attention at the family dinners, each family member taking turns to tease his kid. - he definitely does not attempt to stop it because he was the one that started it and seeing his kids get all embarrassed is kind of a highlight to being a father. - Is probably always trying to get a hug or affection from their child especially when friends are around just to embarrass them that much more - He doesn’t mind being rejected in front of all their friends when he goes in for a hug, because the embarrassed hiden smile that his kid has when they turn back to apologize to their friend is enough of a reward
Jisoo - The Overly-Loving Father - he’s wanted to be a dad since he was a child and now that he’s able to do so he doesnt waste any opprotunity to remind his kid about how much he loves them - sometimes he shows his love in materialistic manners - he buys they loads of gifts for every special occasion and still insists on making them do an easter chocolate egg hunt well into their teenage years - he gets really creative when it comes to things like this so their child doesnt really mind, the chocolate is always a bonus - is always trying to get family outings to be a thing and his favourite holiday is family day. Definitely family day because he can use it as an excuse to force his kids to spend time with him.
Wonwoo - The helpful dad - the stereotype that dads are suppose to be good at physical labour such as fixing cars and doing sports falls short when it comes to wonwoo - he couldn’t necessarily fix their car if they asked him to but he could help them ace their physics exam - and if they didn’t wish to read a book that was assigned for english, he’s probably already read it front to back more than once and is more than willing to help them out - he’s not too anal about good grades but encourages them to try their hardest - they’ve probably had to sit through a small half hearted lecture about genuinely putting their best into things when Wonwoo feels like their grades are slipping
Minghao - The “I didn’t sign up for this” Dad - never really meant to become a dad but it ??? sort of happened and he enjoys it he just was never ready to become one - therefore he really doesn’t know what to do. - during toddler years he’d make any excuse not to be alone with the baby for too long, too frighten that he’d mess it up so severly that he usually calls over his mom to help out - he’s gotten better over the years but still doesn’t properly know how to dad - tries more to be a friend than a dad - whenever their child is in trouble, lets the other parent do the scolding and then retreats up to their childs bedroom with a bowl of icecream to try and make amends better. -he’s sort of getting the hang of things but their kids highly doubt he ever fully will know what being a parent consists of. - but thats okay, he’s trying his very best.
Hi Cris! Idk if this is relevant, just wanted to point out? Remember that girl who uploaded the pic of the harry's cake? "Chardawes". Well, i've been following her for a while, and she works with Lykke Li(for her brand Yola Mezcal) & she always posts pictures of that house beneath the Hollywood sign where H was celebrating his bday & I googled Lykke with the brand's name (nylon article) & it turns out that's the company's headquarters & also doubles as a recording studio for Jeff Bhasker 🤔
(Chardawes anon part 2) So H could have easily been there all the time recording.. you don’t have to post this.. just wanted to tell someone lol
That’s interesting! And yes, he definitely could have been recording there at least some of the time :)
Summary:interstellar (adjective): occurring or situated between the stars Word Count: 2,231 Genre: angst??, fluff?? Member: Lee “Dino” Chan TW: none i can think of! let me know if you need anything tagged
A/N: this is bad, late, and not proofread :/ not the best i’ve done so far, but hopefully the next one will be better!!
Because I believe these fanfics deserve more attention for the simple reason that they are so good and so well written. And yes, these are WIPs. I know most of you don’t like it, but I really suggest to check them out. They are worth it.
Most of these are just beggining but just with the first chapter, they get you hooked.
He should have never returned. He knew it was a mistake the second he set foot in the Institute. Valentine is still at large, slaughtering Downworlders by the hour, and here he was, coming back to the very place he’d sworn to avoid.
Magnus Bane has returned after seventeen months, only to come face to face with the person he’d specifically avoided for those seventeen months in the first ten minutes of being back.
Whomever said hell didn’t exist on earth had obviously never had the chance to meet Alexander Lightwood.
When Iris Rouse’s warlock-human trafficking ring was brought down and he had rescued the young warlock, Madzie, from Valentine’s clutches, Magnus was faced with a difficult choice. What to do with a girl with so much hurt and so much fear, yet with so much power at her beck and call? No one seemed fit to take her but himself and yet was he ready for such an undertaking? Was Alec? Magnus has to come to a decision soon but whatever his choice, it would affect three lives in ways he could not anticipate.
If there is one thing Magnus knows for certain, it’s that the Lightwoods are nothing but trouble. This is further cemented as fact when he opens his door one morning only to have a child shoved into his arms with blood running down his back and Maryse Lightwood of all people begging him for help.