they have a lot more in common than they thought

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I thought this city would be a perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, life’s a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you.

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I thought this city would be a perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, life’s a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognise that change starts with you.

Character Flaws

When developing your characters, they should have both positive and negative traits. To avoid being a Mary Sue (in the sense that your character is perfect and always does the right thing), your character needs to have flaws. These flaws are usually what prevents them from getting what they want, NOT necessarily the antagonist. The antagonist can stand in your character’s way, but most main characters usually have to contend with their flaws before they can overcome any adversity. Accepting and working with your flaws is usually a major part of character development.

I know a lot of people ask what to do to prevent your characters from being too perfect, so I thought this was a good post to help you determine what character flaws to include. You need something more than “he doesn’t like washing his hands” for it to even matter, so you need to get to the core of your character. Here are a few common character flaws that might work:

Shyness. Being too shy, and not in the cutesy I’m so awkward way, can be a major character flaw. Some people are naturally shy or introverted, but if being shy constantly prevents you from getting what you want, it could be an obstacle your main character has to deal with. We often see main characters getting stepped over because they can’t or won’t speak up. Remember, being shy isn’t necessarily a flaw, but it could be an obstacle.

Defensiveness. A character that doesn’t want to be wrong or has trouble taking criticism could also be a major obstacle. Defensiveness doesn’t allow for your main character to learn and grow, which is an interesting character flaw. Exploring this flaw and having your character discover that they don’t always need to be this way will create character growth.

Entitlement. If your character has a serious sense of entitlement, this is a character flaw. They might believe they deserve everything and get seriously disappointed when they don’t get it. This could also be combined with selfishness or self-centeredness, which could create an interesting in-depth character flaw. Your character would need to understand that they don’t always get or deserve everything they want or need.

Dishonesty. Making your main character dishonest or unreliable is a great character flaw to explore. A dishonest character will not be trusted over time and they will have to learn that lying has caused distance between them and other characters. Gaining trust and learning not to deceive will be an obstacle.

Self-Deprecation.  Main characters disliking themselves so much that they have trouble believing in themselves is a major character flaw. Your character needs to believe in themself and turn that into something positive if they want to succeed.

Here are a few more resources that might help you:

Character Flaw Index

Character Flaw Generator

-Kris Noel

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Infinite List of Movies: [9/?] Zootopia (2016)
↳ “I thought this city would be a perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, life’s a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you.”

Your heart and the weather have a lot in common. They are both difficult to predict, and cannot be controlled by anyone.
—  Storms are Controlled by No One, and You are So Much More than a Storm | Nikita Gill
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When I was a kid, I thought Zootopia was this perfect place, where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, real life is a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations, we all make mistakes, which means - hey, glass half full! - we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what type of animal you are; from the biggest elephant, to our first fox, I implore you - try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.

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I thought this city would be a perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, life’s a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you.

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When I was a kid, I thought Zootopia was this perfect place, where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, real life’s a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means—hey, glass half-full—we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what type of animal you are—from the biggest elephant to our first fox—I implore you, try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you. It starts with me. It starts with all of us.

(happy birthday @grumpybilbo ♥)

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I thought this city would be a perfect place where everyone got along and anyone could be anything. Turns out, life’s a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you.

nightsilver identity porn au

(mostly cause idk what else to call it?? city hero au maybe??)

Mutants are not common at all, but are still known, and grudgingly accept 

Kurt finally moves into his own apartment after staying with Xavier’s school for a time, equipped with some money, furniture,  and a nifty little watch that hides his true blue self behind a human, normal hologram and even a job lined up at a nearby cafe, so he doesn’t have to live off of Xavier forever.

Everything seems to go well. Even if cafe work is a lot more stressful than Kurt originally thought, and his neighbor seems to have a habit of singing really loudly, especially in the shower.  Kurt can live with that, however,cause the songs aren’t too bad, and his job makes him feel more like a person, no longer a different outcast.

It all changes though, after a late night shift at the cafe, with Kurt walking home when he hears a scream. For some reason he runs to the source to find someone being mugged, and Kurt just couldn’t stand there.

So he poofs right next to the mugger, punches him as hard as possible, making them hit the wall and luckily knocked out. And as Kurt teleports away from the the victim, who is thanking him and already calling the police, he realizes, he could use his powers to help people, to save them.

Thus, Kurt’s nighttime hobby is born. It’s one of the only times he takes off his hologram watch, cause heroes need a secret identity, and whats better than being his hidden furry blue self?

The news and papers start calling him “Nightcrawler”, and he slowly becomes the city’s night savior (terror, as some groups also call him)

Or, at least, he’s one of them.

Now there’s a new comer on the scene, someone that moves faster than a blink, being dubbed “Quicksilver”, and becomes known for his smart mouth and quick wit.

but the man always seems to have time to stop and flirt with Nightcrawler, seemingly popping up near him almost every night to lend a helping hand (not that Nightcrawler needs it, thanks)

And Kurt’s daytime life gets a little more shaken when he finally meets his neighbor, a one Peter Maximoff, and he turns out to be really cute and a dork, and really fun to hang out with? and they become quick friends.

But of course, Peter says he has his heart set for a certain someone, and Kurt can’t help but be disappointed.

Nightcrawler doesn’t notice that Quicksilver seems just as disappointed when Nightcrawler informs him that he’s interested in a certain someone else

“When I was a kid, I thought Zootopia was this perfect place, where everyone got along, and anyone could be anything. Turns out, real life is a little bit more complicated than a slogan on a bumper sticker. Real life… is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full - we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what type of animal you are; from the biggest elephant, to our first fox, I implore you — try. Try to make the world a better place.”

I know everyone and their grandma drew Zootopia fanart, but I arrived to the party late and just wanted to do a quick tribute to this beautifully inspiring movie.

Including people who get talked over

Often, in class conversations, some students will talk over other students and not let them get a word in edgewise. (This happens a lot between male and female students. It’s not always gendered that way but that’s a common dynamic.), eg:

  • Brenda: I thought the colors were too bright because they made the background more prominent than the…
  • Bob: Actually, the colors were too bright. They made the background more prominent than the foreground. That’s a problem because you have to be able to pay attention to the foreground.

When Bob is allowed to do this, it effectively cuts Brenda out of the conversation. Eg, this is one continuation I’ve seen a lot:

  • Bob: Actually, the colors were too bright. They made the background more prominent than the foreground. That’s a problem because you have to be able to pay attention to the foreground.
  • Teacher: Yes, distracting background colors detract from the most important parts of the scenes.

When the teacher says something like that, they’re responding to Bob and ignoring Brenda. If Brenda was making the same point, then she deserves to be acknowledged. If she was making a different point, then she deserves to be heard. It’s important to listen to all the students who participate sincerely, not just those who talk over others.

You don’t have to put up with this. You can turn your attention back to the student who was talking before they got interrupted. This is one way to do that:

  • You (ignoring Bob): Brenda, what do you mean about the background being more prominent? Can you say more?
  • This lets Brenda know that you value what she’s saying.
  • And it allows her to be heard even though Bob doesn’t value what she’s saying.
  • This also sends the message to other students that you will listen to them, take them seriously, and not allow them to be talked over.

This usually works better than directly addressing Bob in the moment. If you call Bob on it directly, that can lead to derailing the conversation into an argument about Bob, eg:

  • Teacher: Bob, please don’t talk over Brenda
  • Bob: I wasn’t talking over Brenda.
  • Teacher: She was saying something, and you interrupted her.

This can backfire because it keeps the focus on Bob rather than the person he was talking over. It’s also less powerful. You don’t need Bob’s permission to pay attention to the student he interrupted. You can just pay attention to her.

Another possibility:

  • Teacher: Bob, let Brenda finish then you can make your point. Brenda, what were you saying about the background colors?

This can work sometimes because it’s not directly accusing Bob of anything, and it immediately shifts the focus back to the person he interrupted. 

I think there are other approaches that work well too, but I don’t know what they are. Any of y'all want to weigh in?

I have so MANY thoughts for Back to the Barn.

While Peridot was, to be blunt, a little shit in this episode, it revealed a lot about her character, and Homeworld’s ideals and expectations of certain type of gems. Specifically pearls.

And I’m SO proud of Pearl. Despite what Peridot had said and taunted Pearl with about her gemkind, she refused to be put down and labelled as “a common accessory to be flaunted around”. Which is why I loved the fact Pearl didn’t win because it was more about proving to herself she is more than a pearl, but her own person who has grown and has become something AMAZING as Steven says. It makes me so happy to see the Crystal Gems so proud and so supportive of each other.

Another favorite scene of mine is where Garnet stays behind to tell Peridot, “Welcome to Earth.” This isn’t Homeworld where a gem is defined by their type and purpose, but who they are individually and what they’re capable of.

Personally, I think Peridot was projecting her own insecurities onto Pearl. She seemed obsessed in a way to remind Pearl of her status and purpose while confirming her own to show she was of more importance. It makes even more curious and hungrier for Homeworld culture… BUT! I’m glad Peridot came around and realized she was in the “wrong” and she tried to amend it. It was a step in the right direction.

BUT, AHH, I’M SO PROUD OF PEARL!!! 

ALSO, AMETHYST INVITING PEARL TO GO WRESTLING WITH HER… YES, PLEASE. 

Jily Fic Rec Part VI

AH!  Follower milestone!  You’re all wonderful <3 I haven’t done a fic rec in a while & I have some new favorite Jily fics, so I thought I’d share a few (actually a lot more than a few hehe).  I think the only content warning is labeled [M] and it’s justified, so read at your discretion (it’s a good one though!)

Canon Multichaps

Late Nights

Fait Accompli

I Write Complacent Notes Of Correspondence, Not Love Letters

Canon One-Shots

2 A.M. in the Heads’ Common Room

The Wedding List

Smiles

How To Be Dead

Spooning is Good for the Soul

A Lark [M]

Jaffa Cakes

For British Hair Only

Rodger

AU Mutlichaps/Long One-Shots

Just Keep Your Eyes On Me

Recuerda Me

Provisionally Yours

AU One-Shots

Sweet Tooth

The Receptionist and the Courier

On the Record

Weddings and All That

Pretty Kind of Dirty Face

Headcanon

I’ve been anxious to type this since I thought it up, but it happened while I was in class so here goes. Also hold on for a bit, I promise it gets better as it goes on.

So after the whole Northwest Mansion Mystery episode, Mabel sees that Dipper doesn’t hate Pacifica as much anymore. She assumes it’s due her brother having a possible crush on her and is like “OHMYGOSH POSSIBLE MATCH?!” So Mabel tries to get the two closer, but Dipper is like “Uh, no thanks?” And in the process Mabel and Pacifica end up bonding more. Like, Pacifica ends up having a lot more in common with her than she thought, but she’s still snooty.

So after two years have passed and they’re relaxing after another hangout session, Mabel realizes that she’s the one who has a crush now and rushes to tell Dipper. So one day when she and Paz are chilling on the couch, Dipper comes up to her and whispers in her ear “Possible Match?” and Mabel just nervously laughs and starts chucking pillows at him leaving Pacifica all confused as to what the heck just happened. And it’s great.

Hopes for Trials of Apollo

Nico and Percy being best buddies.
Nico and Annabeth being best buddies.
Nico and Hazel being best buddies with lots of forehead kisses.
Nico and Frank being best buddies. And playing Myth-o-Magic.
Nico and Jason being best buddies.
NICO AND REYNA BEING BEST BUDDIES!!!


Nico being happy with people without stupid things like romance getting in the way.


  • Nico teaching Jason how to play Myth-O-Magic
  • Nico and Annabeth bonding over chess and realizing they have more in common than they thought.
  • Percy “just won’t leave me alone” because Percy feels so guilty that he never noticed Nico’s feelings before.
  • Reyna and Nico getting coffee in New Rome because Reyna insists that if he isn’t going to stop pulling all-nighters he at least needs something to keep him awake during practice.
  • Nico taking Hazel to Elysium and showing her that there’s more to the Underworld than just eternal punishment and/or boredom.
  • Will making Nico come back to the infirmary ever day to make sure he’s eating enough, and is thrilled to see that he’s gained weight.
  • Jason taking Nico flying on Festus, because he wants to show him that flying is the best thing ever and he knows that Nico will feel more secure if he’s got more to hold on to. Nico hates it at first, but it isn’t long before he begins to love it.
  • Nico having Myth-O-Magic competitions with Frank in which they get so caught up neither of them get any sleep those nights.
  • Nico braving the harpies to visit Jason when he gets nightmares, because it’s nice to feel someone beside him, even if they don’t talk for hours.
  • Nico falling asleep on Hazel’s shoulder.
  • Nico saving Annabeth when they’re on a quest together and worrying over her because “You were this close to dying,” he says, pinching his fingers together.
  • Reyna and Nico playing on their own teams with a few select other demigods that change every once in a while, because they are so badass and a couple of the best fighters at camp.
  • Reyna and Nico being antisocial together and silently judging people.
  • Leo realizing that Nico isn’t actually as creepy as he thought he was.
  • Leo making a bionic arm for Nico when he loses it - and almost his life - on a quest.
  • Nico and Piper watching the Titanic together.
  • Rachel teaching Nico how to draw so he can calm himself down during panic attacks.
  • Nico seeking out Percy and/or Annabeth when he can’t stop thinking of Tartarus because he needs to share his thoughts without someone else, and no one else will understand.

There’s nothing wrong with getting very close with your friends. You may find they have a lot more in common with you than you already knew.

Imagine how strong your bond will be when you discover that both of you dream of being happy, giggling fucktoys without a single coherent thought left in your pretty heads.

Imagine all the fun you can have now that you do know.

I have been talking to ghosts again,
and that’s ok, that’s fine, no problem.
They can understand a lot more than my mother,
who thinks half-living is the common norm,
more than my father, who pastes smiles
over every dark thought he has ever had.
They are dealing with their own monsters.

Being scared would make this better.
I wish I could find this startling; the jump,
the gasp, the strength to push through.
But I have known these visions for so long,
familiarity is draped over their forms,
makes them old friends with whom to talk
when cold days shimmer sunlight into silver.

Which brings me back to this moment,
the lulling comfort of my bed and my sheets,
the way they linger around the room
in reflections of what I used to be,
precious things in the calm morning,
that will be worth nothing once the sun sets.
I will forever own them their lives.

Such shallow apologies from a mouth
that can only consume, hasn’t figured out
how to form vowels with its tongue,
has to borrow the words of others, of all
that she could have been, with a little luck.
I am still stuttering, even with their voices
inside my head.

Terror like a knot around my neck:
naiveté crushed under isolation,
trust on the edge of a cliff,
joy with yellow teeth and a blind eye.
So much wasted potential.
—  Haunted houses are for the sad (LM)

There was a moment way back in season 1 when Sam told John “We’re not different. Not anymore. With what happened to Mom and Jess… Well, we probably have a lot more in common than just about anyone.”

It’s not just events that they have in common- it’s temperament.  It’s obsession with revenge, it’s a ruthlessness that lies dormant, until it doesn’t.  We’ve seen it before, in Mystery Spot, when Sam was hunting Lilith, when Sam was soulless.  It’s John’s legacy appearing in Sam.

Dean carries John’s legacy differently, in a mantra of take care of Sammy, take care of Sammy.  It’s just as destructive in its own way, takes as many lives as collateral damage as Dean sacrifices anything to keep his brother safe.  With Sam, though, that legacy isn’t one of caregiving but one of ruthless obsession.  One of revenge.  Even with all of his speeches about family, John was only ever chasing his revenge against Azazel for what he did to Mary.  It wasn’t about preserving Mary’s memory or doing what she would have wanted, or even about protecting his boys.  It was about getting some kind of twisted justice, destroying the thing that destroyed his wife.  For Sam, it’s much the same thing.

This time around, Sam doesn’t have a villain he can focus on.  In Mystery Spot and in season 4, he had a Big Bad, someone to target in his search for revenge.  The Trickster in Mystery Spot, Lilith in season 4.  But now, the only revenge he can get is against an inanimate curse on Dean’s arm.

Even so, it hasn’t stopped Sam from focusing furiously on it.  It hasn’t stopped Sam from turning into his father once more.