you are allowed to be proud of the little things you achieve; like becoming better in a video game, baking really good pancakes or just getting out of bed today - not everything you do has to be world changing
Draco rolled his eyes while he brushed his hair out of his face with the back of his hand.
“I’m going to ignore that unhelpful comment.” He narrowed his eyes and examined his work. It really was far from perfect. Why wouldn’t the stupid icing cooperate?
“It looks nice.”
Draco put his hands on his hips, momentarily forgetting they were covered in flour, and scowled.
“Nice,” he repeated. “Thanks, Potter. That’s exactly what I wanted to hear after spending five hours on this thing.”
Potter sighed and put a hand on Draco’s shoulder.
“I didn’t mean it in a bad way. It looks lovely. Well, maybe a bit scary, but… it’s a cute dragon.”
Draco felt his cheeks heat up and he slapped Potter’s hand away.
“It’s not a dragon, you imbecile!”
“Oh. Um… it’s a nice… hippogriff?”
“Why would I want it to look like something that nearly killed me?”
This time, it was Potter who rolled his eyes.
“It didn’t. Not even nearly. You really need to get over it.”
Draco snorted and picked up the piping bag. Writing something on the cake with this was so much harder than he had anticipated. And Potter watching him wasn’t exactly helping.
Maybe he shouldn’t have used so many colours to ice the cake. The writing was barely legible. This was such a mess. But he didn’t have time to start over. Frustrated, he threw the piping bag on the table.
“Why am I so bad at this?”
Draco hated being bad at something. Anything.
He felt two arms encircle his hips and Potter’s body pressing against his from behind. He rested his chin on Draco’s shoulder and kissed his cheek.
“Why didn’t you use magic?” he asked timidly.
“You don’t need magic to do this,” Draco said quietly. “I wanted to do something like that for him, too.”
Potter said nothing to that but squeezed Draco’s hips more tightly.
“When did you become so sentimental?”
“Shut up, Potter,” Draco said and shoved him with his elbow. He glanced at the cake and sighed. “It’s a unicorn,” he said. “Well, it’s supposed to be a unicorn.” He reached inside his pocket and pointed his wand at the cake. Before he could say the incantation, Potter grabbed his hand and lowered it.
“What are you doing?”
“I’m fixing it,” Draco said, turning around to him.
“But you wanted to do this without magic,” Potter pointed out.
“Well, I think it’s safe to say that was a complete failure.”
Potter shook his head and cupped Draco’s cheek.
“Draco, it’s his first birthday. He won’t care what it looks like. He’ll probably destroy the cake within seconds as soon as you let him near it.”
“Oh, so you’re saying I did all of this for nothing?” Draco huffed. Potter smiled.
“On the contrary. I’m just saying it doesn’t have to be perfect. It will be perfect for him no matter what.”
Draco snorted, his cheeks getting warm again, but this time, it wasn’t from anger.
“Merlin, you are such a sop!”
Potter grinned at him and kissed the tip of his nose.
“And you like that about me.”
Draco couldn’t help but laugh.
“Yeah, I guess I’m a lost cause.” He paused and looked at the cake again.
“Do you really think he’ll like it?”
“Teddy will love it. And we’ll take lots of pictures, so he’ll always remember his perfect first birthday.”
Draco snorted again.
“Soppy,” he muttered under his breath.
“Good soppy?” Potter asked, winking at him.
Draco chuckled and leaned in to give Potter a swift kiss.
[translations] 2017.07.06 NCT 127 First Anniversary Event fan accounts - Rolling Paper
Taeil -> Johnny Chicago monster bro. I love your physiques, are you perhaps a model? Thank you for always looking out for the rest of the members by taking on the role of the middle man.[chewchew_do]
Taeil -> Taeyong Your features are so beautiful. Your eyes nose lips, no, I love everything about you [cheetahparrot]
Taeil -> Yuta Yukkuri ….. ????? (fan accounts say that yuta was laughing so hard that he couldn’t read it)
Taeil -> Doyoung How are you? Cutie. Every time I see your shoulders I think you are so handsome. I’m fine thank you bro [dukduk0614]
Taeil -> Jaehyun Jaehyun I like your burning passion, in the future please burn that bright and pass the passion on to the remaining members as well [chin9deura]
Taeil -> Winwin Ni Hao, Dong Si Cheng. I heard you play games really badly, practice more. Anyway you are so cute. I think you have gotten used to living in Korea, and gotten close with the members. Dong Si Cheng, Wo Ai Ni [nct_victory]
Taeil -> Mark Cute. You are so cute. I can always feel a lot of things when I’m with you. Thank you bro [markleezzang]
Taeil -> Haechan Our Lee Haechan who usually joke a lot but lately you became quiet.
However now I like how you are joking around again. We nag at you is
because we like you. I’m thankful that you are doing the role of the
maknae well, and became the mood-maker too. Bye bye I love you [xzzanx]
Johnny -> Taeil I am an only child in the family. But because hyung was by my side I was able to feel how is it like to have an older brother. I feel really happy and secured with hyung by my side. I am always thankful for that. Even though hyung don’t express it, but I know you like me a lot. I love you hyung. [chin9deura]
so Todoroki, Kaminari, and Bakugou are 3 of the biggest pretty boys in the class, and
Todoroki is pretty like an oblivious shoujo love interest who never knows what’s going on or how his looks affect those around him and is just kinda going through life doin’ his thing and trying to become a better hero, never ever realizing that half the school probably has a crush on him
Kaminari is pretty in that boy band way and he probably spends an hour doing his hair and/or makeup in the bathroom and probably wears eyeliner and knows exactly what kinda look he’s going for to get the maximum boy band effect and is forever disappointed that it doesn’t seem to work on any of the girls
Bakugou is pretty in that natural way where he literally doesn’t have to fucking do ANYTHING to look pretty and he just naturally has thick beautiful eyelashes and beautiful sharp eyes and pretty naturally styled hair and looks like a tiny male version of his supermodel looking mother and he probably rubs it in everyone’s face when it’s pointed out but overall just doesn’t give a single fuck and that just pisses everyone off even more b/c he doesn’t even have to try and doesn’t even care the goddamn angry motherfucker
(i don’t even know what this post is about it’s 1am and im contemplating the class 1A pretty boys)
(other random thoughts: Izuku and Kirishima are not pretty boys. they are adorable boys and they’re like sweet cuddly teddybears with adorable big eyes and cute round faces,with presences like warm sunshine personified on a spring and summer’s day, respectively)
(anyway don’t take this post too seriously. i should. go to bed)
s.coups: being responsible and leading others fearlessly despite also having your doubts at times
jeonghan: showing affection to those you love, in any way that you can
joshua: being a good sport and being able to take a joke, while still being able to stand up for yourself
jun: being confident about yourself (I know we all joke about this a lot but what jun is doing is actually a really big deal, especially when idols constantly put themselves down; he’s showing us that it’s ok to love yourself)
hoshi: to take inspiration from the most mundane things and channeling all of your passion into what you love
wonwoo: not letting yourself get discouraged by the setbacks you may encounter, and always pushing forward
woozi: the importance of always working hard and taking pride in your work
dokyeom: always being positive and believing in yourself, no matter how hard that can get sometimes
mingyu: to always work hard and push yourself; constantly trying to improve yourself to become a better person
minghao: to take risks and try new things, but at the same time remember your roots and where you came from
seungkwan: not being afraid to show emotion because emotion does not equal weakness
vernon: having an outlet to pour your feelings into in a healthy way and being passionate about what you love
dino: to always be growing and evolving and becoming better and better at whatever it is that you’re doing
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billy hargrove: a brother who’s suffered abuse from his father yet forces that abuse upon his sister, causing her to equally use abuse tactics because she’s been abused so much she thinks that’s only way to protect herself when it really isn’t, he’s completely racist, sexist, and almost tried to kill innocent people.
jonathan byers: a brother who’s suffered from abuse from his father yet manages to be a good brother by listening to music with will byers that comforts him, gives the best advice he could give, and makes will feel less bad about the bullying and abuse he received from his father or from the kids at his school. he’s very soft spoken, he’s brave, he’s messed up in the past and still trying to become a better person.
1. Seek to focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want: A mistake we tend to make when we’re faced with a problem is to think and talk about it all the time - instead of focusing our thinking on what we want instead.
2. Recognise that every problem comes with a lesson: There’s a lesson to be learned from all that happens to us. We can become a better person - even when things have gone wrong.
3. Don’t believe everything you think: Our problems aren’t as big as the mind tries to convince us. Don’t believe all those negative and self-defeating thoughts.
4. Choose to be grateful in everything: Although it’s hard to be grateful when things are going wrong, we can usually find something we can be grateful for - and the more we choose gratitude, the happier we’ll feel.
5. Let go of your need for perfection: If you try to be perfect in everything you do, you will always feel you’re failing, and you’ll live with constant stress. Do you best – as perfection’s not a realistic goal.
6. Let go of your resistance: Accept things as they are - you don’t always have to change them. Life’s not meant to be a struggle, or a constant battle ground.
7. Seek to be present in everything you do: When you give yourself completely to living in the moment, you’ll find that life is easier - and you feel much more relaxed.
With each passing day, you’ll get to know yourself more and more. You may discover things that you never knew about yourself, or reasons behind why you feel the way you do about certain things. It’s so important to become better acquainted with yourself. After all, you are your own beautiful self.
If you’re a reader, you’ve probably experienced this before: you pick up a book, it seems pretty interesting, you nonchalantly decide to read it – “whatever, might be good” – and then …
A paperback explodes life as you know it.
Encountering a book like this can give life sudden clarity, it can change the way you look at the world, it can help you overcome something and grow, it can give you new purpose, it can inspire you to change your life, it can transform your future. By the time you’ve finished that book, it has become a part of your life – and will probably remain that way forever. (*Holds up my battered copy of Narnia as evidence*)
This magical experience is pretty much the ultimate goal for a reader. But if you’re a reader AND a writer, the fulfilling moment is inevitably marred by one depressing thought:
“I’ll never write anything that good.”
To which I say:
I beg to differ, little discouraging voice. With dedication and persistence, anyone can write a story that will be deeply meaningful to a reader.
The trick? It needs to be deeply meaningful to the writer first.
If a writer is going to give a reader a life-altering piece of knowledge, that means the writer already has that knowledge to give. We have all experienced things worthy of a story. We are all characters, journeying through arc after arc, becoming better or worse. From living these stories, we learn and see things more clearly, just as protagonists do. Which means we have something to say, something to write about, something to give.
But to do so, we have to shoot for art.
The word art seems terribly vague, unattainable, and intimidating. But I don’t think it has to be. By “art” I’m going by the definitions given in two of my favorites quotes about writing (writing is art, so these apply):
“Art is born when the temporary touches the eternal.” – G K Chesterton
“…It is an art. It is the best of all possible art, a finite picture of the infinite.” – N D Wilson
Both quotes state the same thing, in different ways. Art is about depicting and communicating something true, something universal, something everlasting about life and humanity, through something tangibly created. A definition which sounds an awful lot like the definition of metaphor: “a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract.” Which sounds a lot like storytelling, because story IS metaphor. It’s life, condensed and magnified, all of its components there for a specific reason – to represent and convey some deeper meaning. So storytelling is naturally suited to being art. Which is good news for writers.
But it can also mean trouble. Storytelling is proven to be one of the most powerful teaching methods there is; a story actually has the power to get into someone’s head and heart and change everything, because to a reader’s mind the events on the page are actually happening. They’re living another life, a life that seeks to prove whatever the author wants to say. So writers have a responsibility to make sure the meaning of their story is true, morally and logically.
BUT HOW DOES THIS ALL RELATE TO THE MAIN CHARACTER?!
Your main character is flawed, both in ways that only hurt themselves, and in ways that hurt others. These flaws are causing them to ruin their own lives. If they don’t awaken to this unwelcome truth about themselves, they will be lost. What happens to them over the course of the story, as they go after their singular goal, is going to apply pressure to these flaws until someone new – and most of the time, better – is made. The journey will teach them something, and that knowledge will enable them to overcome their weaknesses and forge a better life.
And I bet you can guess what that story will teach them. That thing that is deeply meaningful for you, so meaningful you want to share it with readers? Yup, that’s what your main character is going to learn.
It’s going to be the SOLUTION to their inner problems. When it comes to characters, the meaning can be wrestled into three parts, adding up into one concise sentence.
1) To achieve *a better state of being*
2) One must *moral and mental requirement*
3) Or else *the inner stakes*
To see how this works, let’s look at a fairy tale, the most straightforward example of this concept:
Let’s see Cinderella (the live-action 2015 version).
The meaning of the movie is summed up in this scene, and the story seeks to prove it throughout:
“Have courage and be kind… It has power, more than you know. And magic.”
The story revolves around this notion, and everything seeks to represent it and prove it, in true Fairy Tale fashion.
So in one line, that Ella’s arc proves: To achieve victory over abusers, one must hold onto their courage, kindness, and goodness no matter what – or else succumb and turn into someone like them.
Exemplified in her last words to her stepmother, that truly defeat her forevermore:
So! Constructing these sentences can help give our flawed characters a destination to motor towards. Which makes writing their arcs much easier. And maybe we can construct a character arc and story that will become one of those magical reading experiences for a reader. And then, maybe one day, we’ll get letters from our reader, telling us exactly what our stories gave them and how it has saved their life in some small way (or maybe not so small way.)
If finding a book like this is ultimate goal of a reader, I think getting a letter like that is the ultimate goal for a writer.
Well, there’s my motivation. Time to go figure out what the heck I want my book to say.
@arrowsbane well i guess we’re going to just have to keep being
inspired by each other. i read her amazing post HERE, which was in turn
inspired by my post HERE and you don’t need to read any of these to read this, but
can i just say –
holy shit. havoc/ed. what a brilliant fucking paring that i’ve
never even thought of before. holy shit, it’s perfect.
so – to set the scene. trans female ed. trans ed who
performed human transmutation not to bring anyone back to life (both her parents
are alive, but gone, trisha was not content to be left behind this go around)
but instead to give her the body she always desired. and she succeeds. she and
al are still trained by izumi curtis, and this gives ed her driving passion,
her goal in life – to be a housewife.
so she and al go about her adventures, dragging winry along
more often than not, but they stay away from central and they always come home.
and ed’s about to turn twenty, and pinako is talking to her old friend ellie,
and ellie is moaning about her unmarried grandson, her grandson who refuses to
inherit the general store and won’t settle down and is off in the military, of
all things. he’s a bright, handsome boy, elle says, he just has his head in the
and pinako taps her pipe and goes – you know i’ve been
raising three kids right, my granddaughter and my neighbor’s kids, a boy and a
girl. and ellie is surprised, she thought both elric children were boys, but
she dismisses the thought easily. she remembers ed as a tomboy, of course, and
with that name who can blame her. but no one’s first thought is unprecendented
human transmutation when presented with someone’s who’s a different gender than
the one she remembers.
ellie is like oh, is winry looking to settle down? but
pinako scoffs, says she’s a career gal through and through. but her other girl,
eden – she has a wandering spirit, but she’s a good girl, a lovely country bred
woman who’s looking to be a housewife (ellie’s idea of housewife and ed’s idea
of a housewife vary wildly, but pinako’s not about to bring that up). so pinako sends a message to her children, and
ellie sends one to her grandson: she’s sending a young woman to central from
their hometown. she’s single, and looking to settle down, and the granddaughter
of an old family friend.
so jean havoc gets this letter, completely and utterly
horrified. the whole team makes fun of him. but grandmother eleanor rules the
family with an iron fist, and havoc better come up with a damn good reason not
to marry this girl. he’d not interested in a country mouse for a wife. before
he can think of one, eden has already agreed and is on a train to central. she
convinces al to stay behind, just for a couple of weeks, because she doesn’t
want him scaring this jean havoc off.
ed is gorgeous, and a genius, and an absolute terror. she’s
dated a lot of men, slept with just as many, and hasn’t found a single one
worth her time. she doubts she’ll be interested in a boy from their little
rural town, but pinako knows her and she trusts the old woman’s judgement. if
she thinks jean havoc is someone who could make her happy, eden is more than
willing to give it a shot.
so havoc has to leave early from work to meet his
amost-maybe-fiance at the train. obviously, the team minus hawkeye follows him.
they’re dying to know.
a country girl. they were expecting a country girl, someone
wide eyed, unpolished, a little out of her depth. instead they get eden elric,
a girl who’s been to cities and knows how to dress for it. they get eden elric,
black boots and black leather pants and a black shirt with a dramatic red coat
flaring out behind her. eden elric, golden eyes and golden hair and in the
setting afternoon sun just golden.
she smiles when she sees him and jean’s mouth goes dry and his heart goes zing! and havoc is going to send his
grandmother some really nice flowers. “you must be jean,” she says, voice low
and smoky, eyes crinkling at the corners. “you look like your father.”
“i, you,” he fumbles, holding out his hand to shake and stepping
forward to take her bag at the same time. “hi.”
“hi,” she repeats, and he’s screwed, she’s already laughing
at him and it hasn’t even been five minutes. “did you know you’re being
he sighs and doesn’t look behind him. “those would be my
coworkers and my superior office.”
“delightful,” she says, dry and completely unimpressed, and
she’s from resembool, his job and his
rank is worse than useless with her, it’s a detriment. none of that crowd like
the military. his mother hadn’t talked to him for over a year after he
enlisted. “that won’t do. we’ll have to ditch them.”
“how?” he asks, and she grins, sharp. he takes her to his
car and she shoves him in the passenger seat and climbs in the driving one,
breaking about a thousand laws as she careens down crowded city streets. jean’s
horrified for about thirty seconds, then he’s egging her on and cheering,
directing her down roads whenever she hesitates and laughing the whole time.
they make it to where he was supposed to drop her off,
beaming. “usually men throw up when they drive with me,” she says, beaming.
“nah, that wasn’t scary, it was fun,” he says, and he’s
already kissed this relationship goodbye before it’s started. she’s beautiful
and brave and exudes the same type of easy confidence the colonel does, and
that’s not something he’ll ever be able to match. she’s no country mouse. she’s
a supernova, and he’s stardust.
eden smiles at him, and says, “would you like to meet me for
havoc peers up at the building, and it’s central university.
he wouldn’t have expected a country girl / wanna be housewife to be pursuing a
degree, but clearly he should toss every preconceived notion he had about eden
out the window, because none of them are going to be right.
“yes,” he says, because eden will make an effort with him
for a while, he knows, since she’s here on the insistence of both their
grandmothers. but she’ll grow tired of him eventually, like they all do, and
jean intends to spend as much time with her as she can before that happens.
except it doesn’t happen. she’s kind and smart, so
unbelievable smart, and dry and biting. she snores when she sleeps and get
snappy when he interrupts her reading, refuses to drink milk and hates brushing
her hair, so more often than not it’s up in a truly awful ponytail. he likes
these things about her best, because her little imperfections, her temper and
her skittering attention, the messy way she eats, all make her human. she’s
flawed, and each new one havoc finds delights him, because the fact that she
leaves crumbs on the counter brings her just a little closer to his level.
they keep going out. the brother shows up, and gives him one
overly-firm handshake, then takes his lead from eden. she’s happy with him, so
alphonse is happy with him, but he imagines the easy friendship he shares with
the other man would disintegrate the second eden indicates she’s moved on from
him. eden talks about her classes and the kids in them, which ones are good students
and which ones aren’t, and havoc keeps meaning to ask what exactly she’s
studying but it keeps slipping his mind. he listens to her talk about it for
hours, but it’s all science mumbo jumbo and honestly goes in one ear and out
the other. he just likes listening to her talk when she’s excited.
she follows him home about a month in, and the sex is so
amazingly mind numbingly good it almost doesn’t seem real.
she comes to office one day to meet him for lunch, a first
because she hates his office and his work and the impasse they’ve managed to
maintain about his career is that they just don’t talk about it much. but she
shows up, pretty pale pink dress and softly curled hair, looking close to the
delicate country girl they all expected her to be. havoc is running late, and
when he shows up it’s to eden sitting on hawkeye’s desk and laughing with the
woman. it’s a terrifying experience. he didn’t know hawkeye could laugh.
but she’s around more after that, befriends hawkeye, and
jean finds out that eden met catherine armstrong on campus and they’re fast
friends, she spends a lot of time at the Armstrong mansion. and havoc is sure
that’s it, that eden will meet strong, rich alex and their relationship will go
out in flames. but it doesn’t happen, eden keeps asking to see him and he keeps
it’s been almost a year when eleanor barks down the line, “are
you going to marry this girl or not, jean?”
“i don’t know if that’s something she’s interested in,” he
says, because he’s not the marrying sort, but for eden? he would be willing. he’d
be a husband if it meant having eden as a wife.
his grandmother scoffs down the line, “she’s a smart girl,
jean. if she’s still seeing you, she’s interested in it. she didn’t move to
central to date you. the girl wants
to be a housewife.”
and jean hems and haws, but the thing is he does love eden.
and maybe, just maybe, eden loves him. so he goes to hawkeye for help, and she
goes, “oh thank god, finally.” havoc
is offended for all of two seconds before realizing that means eden’s been
waiting for him to propose. yes.
he’s walking down the street with her after a movie, holding
up his jacket over both of them as some sort of minimal protection from the
rain. there’s a ring burning a hole in his pocket, but thanks to the torrential
downpour this is not the romantic evening he intended. they see roy, and are
confused for about to seconds until they see serial killer scar going to attack
him. havoc yells at eden to run, and she does – right at the serial killer.
but then she does something he’s never seen her do, she
claps her hand together and blue energy cracks in the air, and – she’s an alchemist?
he really should have had that conversation about what she’s
studying at university.
she good, incredible good, and he knew she worked out, but
he didn’t know she was combat trained. she launches a relentless
alchemica/physical attack against scar that has him running away with his tail
between his legs. ed’s helping roy up when jean runs up and grabs her by
shoulders to shout, “you’re an alchemist!”
“what,” she blinks, “of course I am? i talk about it all the
time! i know i teach the advanced theoretical alchemy seminar, but my knowledge isn’t theoretical. what
kind of professor would i be if I didn’t’ test my own theories before teaching
“teach,” he says faintly, “professor. right.” he’s such an idiot, eden isn’t attending central
university, she’s teaching there.
she gives him an odd look, and okay, his girlfriend is way
more awesome and too good for him than he previously thought, but that doesn’t
“will you marry me?” he asks. they’re sweat, rain, and blood
soaked. roy has horrible gash on his side, and he thinks eden might have a
broken arm. he had a speech planned, but he can’t remember it right now. “you
do still want to be a housewife, right?” he knows better now, that eden will
never be the traditional housewife. but he can give her a home and his name,
and, oh god, kids, when she wants them. he’ll give her everything within his
power to give her, if only she’ll take it.
and roy say at the same time, and havoc doesn’t have the time to get flustered
before she’s kissing him.
- Characters of color that are not only amazing and talented but complex and flawed without being demonized
- Friendships between young characters that are entertaining, supportive and dont rely on putting each other down for the sake of laughs
- Talks about racial and political issues and how they affect poor people (esp poc) really respectfully from many perspectives of many characters
- Music, art, poetry play big parts on this, its all about how these things help the characters (young poc) express themselves and inspire them to become better and reach for bigger things
- Treats abusive relationships (both familiar and romantic) realistically
- LGBT and drag culture represented realistically without being demonized or treated as a joke (also one of the characters may be part of the comunity)
- Young characters are allowed to be young and discover new things and themselves and make mistakes without being portrayed negatively, just as people making mistakes
- Talks about the life poor poc and the struggles they live with as marginalized groups, makes important statements about race and politics, shows the importance of young people and how they express themselves, with beautiful cinematography, aesthetics, soundtrack and an amazing and talented cast and it does it all in only 8 chapters and it could do more if it gets more attention and love