this gifset literally was in the works for like a month

anonymous asked:

100% agree on your analysis of Jimin as a Slytherin!!! I know a lot of people (including myself) are shocked Namjoon put himself in Griffindoor over Ravenclaw though. I'm dying to hear your thoughts on this!!

HELLO and thank you! I’m glad you agree! And if anyone is curious here is a link to my thoughts on why jimin is the perfect slytherin. EDIT: And here is why Jungkook is a Ravenclaw!

//cracks knuckles MY TIME HAS COME

So… Namjoon. I, like you and a ton of other people, was really confused about him being in Gryffindor. But, the more I thought about it, the more I really came to not only accept it, but believe that he is a Gryffindor through and through. And please be advised this is going to devolve in to me gawking over how great of a human being Namjoon is, so if you don’t want to read about that please close your browser and think about why you don’t agree that he’s better than everyone else. okay?

okay.

Namjoon is a Gryffindor to the core, not a Ravenclaw

First of all, Namjoon supposedly sorted everyone else, but I have a small sneaking suspicion that he may not have sorted himself. We know he’s a fan of the movies at least, and he’s fluent in English, so if he’s a fan and he has access to sorting quizzes on Pottermore and other sites, is it so hard to believe that he hasn’t at least tried a few? Seriously, even the most casual of fans have tried getting sorted. It’s not that crazy of a thought. So… What if they put him in Gryffindor over Ravenclaw?

(I mean, when asked to do a British accent the first thing that he quotes was “Shut up Malfoy!”. If that ain’t the most Gryffindor thing…)

Also, Namjoon is a really humble guy. If he DID sort himself, I feel like he’d be the type of person who would shy away from saying “I’m smart, so I should be in Ravenclaw”. He’s always been pretty modest about his intelligence. And just because he is, doesn’t mean we should be. Seriously, Namjoon can be a goof but if you’re ever in doubt about how crazy smart he is, please watch this.

He has no problems recognizing the intelligence of others though – he raves about Jungkook being good at everything he does, and even gave him the nickname “Golden Maknae”,  so is it such a wonder he put Jungkook in Ravenclaw? (It should be noted that Ravenclaws also have a reputation for being eccentric and quirky. Prime example, Luna. If that isn’t a perfect descriptor for Jungkook idk what is)

So let’s look at what the common traits of Gryffindor are, shall we?

Such character traits of students sorted into Gryffindor are courage, chivalry, and determination. They can also be short-tempered. [x]

Okay so, courage. I could go on and on about how brave Namjoon is but like… we’ll be here all day. So let me keep this short and point you in the direction of one thing in particular that he has done. THIS TWEET.

It’s Rap Monster. A song about homosexuality. I heard this song before but I didn’t know the lyrics, now I know them and I like the song twice as much. I recommend Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Same Love. http://hiphople.com/subtitle/619392

I have a lot of feelings about this tweet. And a lot of theories about WHY he tweeted that too – but no one wants to hear about those so that’s for another life post.

First – speaking out in support of homosexuality in Korea is a pretty huge deal, because homosexuality isn’t a really accepted lifestyle there. (It isn’t really accepted anywhere, truly, but you all know that.)

Here’s a pretty recent list on idols who support LGBT communities.  It’s a pretty god damn short list. I use the term ‘support’ loosely bc this article seems to equate ‘having gay friends’ as being a supportive ally. But Namjoon stands out pretty hard in this list because he doesn’t just say ‘i love my gay friends!’, he outright spoke out in support of homosexuality.

But Kiki, you say… Namjoon is hugely popular. He’s one of the biggest stars in Kpop. He could say whatever he wants now, right?

Well yeah, he can. But here’s the kicker! Look at the timestamp on that tweet. He tweeted that before they debuted

Namjoon was months away from launching his dream career, something he’d worked his entire life for. He was from a pretty small unknown company whose only claim to fame before that was that group that had two members blackmail an actor over something or another. He couldn’t afford bad press, and yet here comes Kim fucking Namjoon with his balls of steel willing to throw that all down the drain because god dammit he was going to tell the entire world about how much he supported the LGBT community and anyone who wanted to stand in his way of doing so could eat a fuckin dick. He could have kept his heckin mouth shut but he didn’t??? 

????

moving on.

Chivalry.

Chivalry is defined as:

1.the combination of qualities expected of an ideal knight, esp courage,honour, justice, and a readiness to help the weak

2.courteous behaviour, esp towards women

Courage, honor, justice, what I just talked about describes those things pretty perfectly.

I’d like to talk about honor for a sec though. Let’s look at a pretty famous Gryffindor – Ron. Ron was one of a shitload of children in his family. He outwardly always grumbled about not getting attention or whatever, but as a person, he was all about family. He put his family first, he didn’t gripe too hard about hand-me-downs to his parents because he knew they were trying their best, and he defends people he cares about.

There’s that famous scene (that I’m still salty they changed in the movies) where Hermione wants to answer a question and Snape gets mad at her for it. And he defends her – why ask the question if you’re not looking for an answer?

Ron always, always put his family first. So does Namjoon.

Take this gifset for example. The whole set is great and shows how much he really takes care of his members, his family, but this is what he does when he’s around them and also in front of people. Not all that surprsiing.

But please, please please please pay attention to the first gif. For people who don’t know the context, he was asked if he’d choose going solo or bangtan. He DID NOT KNOW HE WAS BEING FILMED. He could have shown his true colors and said that he preferred a solo career and all the glory, but even when given the chance to be completely open, his heart was still with Bangtan.

Another great example of Namjoon being completely selfless. Everyone here is praising themselves (and they have a right too, don’t get me wrong, you’re all great four for all of you) but when it gets to him, Namjoon says “We’ve always been pretty good.” We. Not I, not me, we. Everyone else is giving themselves some much deserved praise, but Namjoon is stuck on we are good, we’ve always been good.

Also don’t forget how important blood-related family is to him too.

And don’t you dare forget how important you, his extended family, is to him either.


Readiness to help the weak. I mean this goes without saying right?

And if you want to take courteous behaviour, esp towards women, literally, look at their glass-ceiling line in Not Today, that they said they used specifically knowing what it meant. and look who is credited for writing the lyrics! What’s that? It’s Namjoon? Wow, I did not see that one coming.

Speaking of lyrics – talk about having courage. Look at the lyrics he wrote for Reflection and Always.

They can also be short-tempered.

Okay so this doesn’t really apply to Namjoon. But I wanted to include it in there because it fittingly applies to another Gryffindor we know of… Namjoon wasn’t playing around when he sorted these guys. Bonus, here you can observe a hufflepuff and (fond) gryffindor in their natural habitat.


So let’s recap. Namjoon is pretty selfless, extremely caring of his friends and family, a feminist, an outspoken ally for those who are mistreated, and is so god damn intelligent everyone REALLY thought he belonged in Ravenclaw.

Wait a minute, I feel like I’ve heard about this person before… There was another Gryffindor like this, I’m sure of it… it’s on the tip of my tongue…

Ah right. 

I’m not saying Namjoon is our version Hermione Granger, but… that’s exactly what I’m saying.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I saw your tags on that James Olsen gifset and I eas wondering if you could elaborate on them?

tbh i think that the whole guardian storyline is a steaming pile of horseshit and the peripheral implications of it are really gross.

like, i think it’s bad writing because it doesn’t make sense. james demonstrably has been surrounded by superheroes for years, but suddenly now has a crisis of conscience and decides that He Should Be Doing More.  because He Can.  because he has a black belt?  i mean, okay.  sure jan.  you have a black belt, which is more than most people, but you also got it in a controlled environment of a gym, so that doesn’t exactly qualify you to go off fighting criminals who play dirty.  that’s not even accounting for the fact that criminals often have guns.  you know what a black belt is good for against a gun?  Very Very Little.

but back to the motivation.  they’re trying, and failing, i think, to write james as a foil to mon-el, where mon-el decides to be a hero because of a pretty girl, and james decides to be a hero because it’s the right thing to do.  mon-el has certainly made dumb choices, though not as dumb as i think fandom likes to think, but that isn’t the point here.  the point here is whether james is making the choice to be a hero for the right reasons.  and, well, no, jimmy, your justification so far that you have repeated many many many times is that You Are Meant For This punchy punchy heroing.  okay, well, what about the other heroic work you’ve been doing for years, the part where you help inform the flow of information to people and capture stories that they wouldn’t otherwise get to witness?  remember that whole thing in S1 where cat grant was the person who stabilized national city after the earthquake through media, not punchy punchy heroing?  remember how cat grant is now on sabbatical and james is literally sitting in the smae chair she used for that and he could be doing that but oh, no, why try to make a difference on a macro scale when you can go off punchy punching criminals in a micro sense?  totally makes sense.  

basically his entire justification for being the guardian– and guilting winn into helping him with it– is that he sees himself as a hero who just needs a stage to prove it, and that stage is helping people.  this is not “people need help and i have the capability to help them”, it’s “i am a hero and i will help people to prove it.”

then there’s the fact that james’ Hero Epiphany came in the first six months he spent around supergirl.  despite spending years being superman’s boyfriend best friend he never felt the need to put on a suit of armor and go off gallivanting around the streets to get his punch on.  but suddenly he’s around supergirl, the girl he’s ostensibly in love with, who’s beautiful and wonderful and can lift a building over her head with no discernible effort, and suddenly NOW he feels the need to get all hypermasculine punchy punchy?

yeah, okay.  doing it for the right reasons.  sure, buddy.  

honestly i think that the whole storyline is bad, but that if they had to do it then ther ewas a much better way they could have done it, which would have been to build it off of him disagreeing with kara and the deo about holding aliens and maxwell lord in prison in S1.  he’s already demonstrated that he doesn’t agree with how they do everything, and hey, look, the show also introduced A DETECTIVE WHO IS BIG ON PROTECTING ALIENS FROM GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS in this season.  if you have to do a stupid james-goes-punchy storyline, base it on that, an existing platform where he’s already disagreed with kara, and build it into somewhere where he’s actively giftwrapping bad guys and/or bad aliens to give to the NCPD, who then are meant to provide them due process.  this is a significantly more meaningful storyline for james than him getting pissy about mon-el and strutting around posturing and writing stories about himself where he basically calls his vigilante persona Ripped Shredded 8-Packed SuperDuperDuperHero Who Is Most Magnificent.  but eh, why write a storyline that builds on your existing characterization of james olsen that oculd also conveniently tie him to one of the other poc on the show when you can absolutely destroy said characterization?

WIP meme

List all the things you’re currently working on in as much or little detail as you’d like, then tag some friends to see what they’re working on. This can be writing, art, vids, gifsets, whatever.


I don’t usually have wips because well.. I lose interest and motivation (heyy @hydrachea) and also i delete stuff from my laptop so all art wips older than a month are already dead and buried


sO here are three things i still… wanna finish maybe… but they’re on a sketch phase so the chances are low

the almost-finished-but-not-really because it looks wrong and i fucked up colors so it sits here… waiting for me

Project for my university. Like… EVERYTHING cries in the corner

and everything i have to draw for it - logo, drawn stuff in the game, promo stuff i’m dying send help i’m literally dead and don’t believe i’ll get through it

(stickers for telegram as part of nice looking kind of merch for the game)

I’m tagging: @theweakestthing, @6oys, @pleasesavetanaka, @sprinter-machine, @unlocklist and @ghoststrawberries if you want to!  (´。• ω •。`) ♡

What I’m Writing

Do Dis: List all the things you’re currently working on in as much or little detail as you’d like, then tag some friends to see what they’re working on. This can be writing, art, vids, gifsets, whatever.

Tagged by @fragile-teacup @weconqueratdawn and @wraithsonwingsposts thank you so much lovelies!

Actively working on in some way:

Long Flights Can Be Torture: A giveaway fic for @wraithsonwingsposts (which should have been done months ago but she was super understanding about being derailed by Radiance!) It’s based on her prompt so I don’t want to give away more than the title until she gets to read it. Suffice it to say that it’s been a really fun challenge to work with this cheeky prompt, and it should be finished soon!

Untitled “Ladies of Hannibal” fic: This S4 fic starts off with the events of TWOTL told from Chiyoh’s perspective and will eventually flow through to Hannibal and Will’s recovery. It will also be written from Will’s perspective as he wakes up and needs to confront his choices and feelings post-fall, while also finding himself confronted by Chiyoh’s watchful and wary eye. I’m going to post the first few chapters of this potentially longer fic for the Ladies of Hannibal week. This piece was actually the first thing I ever started writing for Hannibal after a terribly long writers block so it has a really special place in my heart. BUT it’s been languishing on the back-burner.  The Ladies of Hannibal Challenge was a perfect opportunity to brush it off and keep going with it :)

Unnamed Kinky Birthday Fic for @idonthaveyourappetite : Not going to give too much away…only what my lovely murder bestie already knows…Will’s old familiar restlessness and irritability have been mounting for days and he’s secretly craving the way Hannibal can help him turn his brain off…time for Will to swallow his pride and ask for what he needs.

“Flippy Room-Destroying Murder Porn” Collaborative Fic:  @idonthaveyourappetite and I will be writing another fic together soon!  It won’t exactly be a sequel but it will be in the same universe as our previous collaborative fics Blood Will Have Blood, Every Day Forever, and La Petite Mort (but just like the others, it can stand alone). Without spilling the beans, I think the title tells you a lot ;P It’s more of our murder husbands revelling in first-times and discovering how all of their power struggles can be worked out with sex…with more than a little blood thrown in the mix this time ;)

More stuff in the “Mind palace stage” right now….

Post-Apocalyptic AU: Looking forward to mashing together my love of Hannigram and Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian fiction! This is just in the idea stage right now, but I’m really excited about it. What better place to find our boys than in a world where the rules have been turned on their head and now come purely from your own making?

Dark Tower/Hannigram AU:  This is an idea I’ve had kicking around for a while because I love both The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King and Hannigram SO VERY MUCH, but I’m not sure if this will ever get off the ground.  I may mash it together with my post-apocalyptic AU idea because they definitely dove-tail.

Faustian Immortals AU:  I’ve been toying with a few different ideas surrounding Hannibal and/or Will being immortal and exploring a variety of Faustian themes.  I had originally conceived of it as a Victorian vampire fic…and it may stay that way…but I may make it less literal and just go with a bundle of non-specific preternatural traits as a backdrop to exploring these themes.

Tristhad Smut:  I know I missed Tristhad week (Radiance Anthology completely consumed me!) but I’m going to do some Tristhad smut sometime…those two are just too hot and I can’t pass it up. 

Of course, there’s always more ideas (and LOTS more on the collaborative front that I’m not giving away), but these are the ones that are most likely to fly.  

Tagging…ANYONE who wants to share of course, but also @idonthaveyourappetite @hotsauce418 @jadegreenworks @apoptoses @hannibalnuxvomica @victorineb  @thesilverqueenlady @desperatelyseekingcannibals @slashyrogue @pka42 @ishipthemsogoddamnhard @purplesocrates @redfivewritingby @theseavoices @super-queer-hannibal-obsession @avegetariancannibal @blind-inviting-alleys @messy-scandinoodle @allionne You’ve already likely been tagged, but whatever :)

Arrow 520 "Underneath" Thoughts

Originally posted by athenaagron

(I initially wrote this after a long night and red wine, so enjoy that. I usually fix most of my errors in the morning) This episode flashed back in order to show progression. While I had a few minor quibbles, let’s dive into it.

The Opening Scene

(GIF credit: @felicityssoliver)

We know it picks directly after 519 “Dangerous Liaisons”. When Oliver and Felicity come to, Oliver’s first though is to find/protect Felicity. They assess the damage, and the explosive ramifications for Felicity, who finds herself temporarily paralyzed again. It felt very reminiscent of the explosion from 301 in “The Calm”.

The Escape Plans

They both have plausible ideas. Felicity’s being the more calculated, efficient, and thought out of the time.

Originally posted by beemichelle7

My issues with the scenes for those moments, and my boyfriend can attest to this, I yelled at our TV, “Stop bickering, and work together, dammit!” But they managed to work together through difference. Granted, Oliver, Felicity, and the team got our favorite power couple out in the nick of time.

I will say I did like to see Felicity call Oliver out on his hypocrisy and bullshit as she does. I also enjoyed looking at Felicity while she patches up Oliver again. Plus her “I told you so. I told you” What? Eleven times, according to the script.

Confessions/Parallels

Keep reading

Molly Hooper Appreciation Week (Part Deux)!

We finally have a gorgeous banner (many wonderful thanks to @elennemigo) for our wonderful biannual fest! So, the dates for this part of the fest will be in February, from February 12th to February 18th. The general theme is “Fill In The Blank” in that five of the themes are literally partially formed themes where you (yes, you) get to fill in the blank to make the unfinished sentence work however you want it to work to fit the actual theme. Now, while they are all love saying or titles to love songs, your fics do not have to be romantic in nature, nor do they have to feature a romantic ship. This also holds true for the non-fill in the blank days (the Valentine’s Day-themed prompts and the Free-For-All day). We want you to go wild this year.

Here are your themes:

Day 1 - I Knew I ___ You Before I Met You (Fanworks focusing on reputations before they meet)
Day 2 - ___ At First Sight (Fanworks focusing on first meetings)
Day 3 - Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day/Single’s Awareness Day (Fanworks focusing on one of the holidays celebrated February 14th)
Day 4 - Feels Like ___ (Fanworks focusing on feelings)
Day 5 - Nothing Greater Than ___ (Fanworks focusing on something/someone Molly loves)
Day 6 - ___ Forever (Fanworks focusing on relationships, either long or short term, of any variety)
Day 7 - Free For All (Anything that didn’t fit into a themed day that focuses on Molly)

PLEASE NOTE - THIS WILL NOT BE SPOILER FREE FOR SERIES 4. As it will have been nearly a month since it finished airing when the challenge starts, I will allow any and all spoilers for series 4 to be used in fic and fanworks, so if you have not seen it, block the tag “molly appreciation week” as everyone in the challenge should be using it to be safe rather than sorry, or else be spoiled at your own risk.

RULES:

- Each prompt is a “fill in the blank” type prompt (except day 3 & day 7) based on a cliche or a romantic song (ie day 6 is based on “Together Forever” or “Nothing Lasts Forever”), but is up to each person’s individual preference as to what to fill in the blank with to give it some variety. The fanworks do not have to be romantic; they can be friendship or gen as well.
- Any kind of fanwork you can think of is acceptable for this week: fanfic, fanart, fanvids, manipulations, gifsets (please make sure they are *your* gifs, though, and you’re not taking them from others), meta, headcanons…anything you can think of that would celebrate Molly Hooper that would fit in with a theme (or just show love for her in general on Day 7) will be accepted with much pleasure.
- Be kind and respectful to everyone participating. We don’t want any wank because this is a week for sharing our love for a character who loves pretty much everyone we’ve seen her meet.
- If there’s something submitted that you like, please like it (or even better, reblog it so others can see it too)! If there’s a link to it on another website, go to that website and leave them love there as well.
- Any and all romantic ships are allowed. Het, femslash, poly…you ship it, we want to see it! We turn no one away. All ships are valid ships, including crossovers. Likewise, all takes on Molly’s sexuality and gender are valid for this week as well. Not everyone shares the same headcanons but we should all be respectful of others.
- On Day 3, fics do not necessarily have to conform with said holiday you choose. You can write angsty break-up Valentine’s Day fic, or you can write Single’s Awareness Day fic where romance blossoms. It’s entirely up to you what you choose to do with the holiday you pick.
- If you post something for the day, please make sure one of your first five tags is molly appreciation week and then make sure a second tag is as follows, depending on the day, so your works can be found by everyone:

day 1: i knew i … you before i met you
day 2: … at first sight
day 3: february 14th
day 4: feels like …
day 5: nothing greater than …
day 6: … forever
day 7: free for all

What I’m Writing

I was tagged by @tonystarktogo so thank you! (I’m excited for literally everything you wrote about lmao) Sorry in advance for the long post.

Do Dis: List all the things you’re currently working on in as much or little detail as you’d like, then tag some friends to see what they’re working on. This can be writing, art, vids, gifsets, whatever.

Fics I’m Writing Now:

  • Oh, There You Are - Based on a really old anon prompt, oops. Basically, Tony is about to marry someone else, cue Steve going to the wedding to confess he’s been in love with Tony for years. Should be done before I go back to school. Here’s a rough summary:
    • Steve Rogers has been in love with Tony Stark ever since they met five years ago at Sam’s birthday party. The night Steve is finally going to make his move, Tony meets someone new. Six months later and Tony is announcing his engagement to Tiberius Stone. As the wedding approaches, Steve struggles with his feelings for Tony as he watches the man he loves find happiness with someone else. But things in the Stark/Stone relationship aren’t as happy as they seem, making some people question whether there should be a wedding at all.
  • My so far unnamed fic for the Superhusbands Aluminum Anniversary Anthology.  I have an outline for it and I’ll be talking about it more as I start to write it, but for now, I will tell you it is an MCU Steve/Tony get together fic that involves a lot of multiverse angst. (And, come one, who doesn’t love multiverse angst?)

Fics I Started Writing But IDK When I’ll Ever Finish:

  • I started writing out the outline for and the first chapter of a Steve/Tony post-CACW fix-it. It’s just a fix it for the shippy stuff, I’m not touching the Accords anymore than I need to. But yeah, a little, like, four chapter fix it.
  • Piece by Piece - It is heavily based off the ‘Did You Love Me?’ scene from A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (it’s quite possibly my favorite scene RDJ has ever done). Basically, Howard gets transported to the future by a villain right before he and Steve are going to adopt little Peter, and Tony is forced to deal with all his issues with his father, as well as deal with his fear that he’ll be just like his father. That scene… may or may not appear in the fic. (it totally does)
  • I also wrote a little thing for a post-CACW Tony/Bucky fic? I might just post what I have done already, I don’t know if I have the energy to finish it.

Fics I Have Plans to Write Eventually:

  • Zero Hour - Not a happy fic. Steve/Tony, major character death. There’s a lot of fluff first… but then just pain. It was a prompt actually, someone asked for this lol. That’s all I’m gonna say about that for now.
  • 3 times Tony dated someone who was wrong for him, and the one time he didn’t - Tony/Rhodey
  • 1+1 - Steve/Tony, angsty smut, post-CACW… technically. Literally just PWP but with a little angst at the end.

Ok, I will tag @itsallavengers @saved-by-the-notepad and @not-close-to-straight and anyone else who wants to do it! :)

While this discussion about “the lack of ~well-written/feminist female characters in media justifying fandom’s lack of interest in them” is going on, I think I’ll use the opportunity to talk about the potential of fannish activity/interaction and the way fandom’s very nature blows that half-baked red herring out of the water.

Yes, the prevalence of misogyny and sexism in the media is a real problem. Yes, many female characters are done a disservice by their creators, who sexualize, objectify, fridge, marginalize, and otherwise fail to develop them with the same consideration they invest in their male counterparts. Critiquing these issues is vital in raising awareness among fans that these are problems that must be addressed and rectified, but do not think stopping there is all you can do. If you want woman-positive media (or queer-positive, diverse, inclusive, respectful media in general), it behooves you to seek out, consume, and promote those works where they already exist. Works by women/non-male creators, or works that are written by men but are woman-positive and anti-sexist. Raising consciousness about these works can have a profound effect on future media that will get funded, produced, created, and so on, and will otherwise help support creators that are writing the kind of media we want to see so they can continue creating more media like it.

Does this mean that you absolutely cannot like or appreciate problematic works, or works with male-dominated casts? Absolutely not—and here’s where the very nature of fandom comes into play.

At its core, fandom involves reappropriating entire source materials, settings, themes, characters, and relationships to create art, fiction, meta, and foster discourse and interaction between fans. And that’s reflected everywhere you look on this website: the prevalence of m/m and other queer ships in art and fic, the way long meta analyzing a single glance or instance of body language in a five second scene receives hundreds if not thousands of notes—

…so when the majority of fannish content concerns itself with male characters and their relationships with other men and a good amount of it is created and/or appreciated by the same fans who use a female character’s ~lack of complexity to justify their lack of interest, you can begin to discern how that claim is hypocritical. Taking canon into your own hands and doing whatever you want with it is the very foundation of fandom…so why can’t we put the same effort we invest in analyzing the way male character A’s two-second, background glance at male character B reveals his agonizing feelings for him in our consideration of female characters and their relationships?

If you complain about “poorly written female characters who lack complexity,” then try to read complexity into them. Look harder. Give them the same consideration you give your favorite male characters. Think about why you don’t care for them, and how your feelings would change if they were a male character. It’s not enough to criticize female characters for not being “complex enough,” whatever that means, and put the onus and blame for your lack of interest on their creators while you continue to celebrate, appreciate, and produce content about the same creators’ male characters. It’s certainly not enough to reblog a few of those gifsets of female characters who fit the “woman-positive” quote of the month; that’s literally appreciation-through-template. If the kind of female character you want to read about does not exist in the canon, focus your fannish efforts into fostering rich, woman-positive fanon. Discard your reductive checklists of “what makes a ~good, ~~strong female character.” Look at the character how she is, and build from there. By all means, keep critiquing creators who fall short or don’t make an effort. Call out their mistreatment of their female characters, but separate their failures from the female characters themselves. Take those female characters, and show them the consideration they deserve through your fic, art, meta, RP-ing, or however it is you participate in fandom: look for woman-positive fanworks and comment on them, reblog them, recommend them to your friends, etc. There is always something you can do, no matter what kind of fan you are.

At its best, fandom can uplift. Using the creator’s failures with respect to their female characters as an excuse to dismiss them is nowhere near a valid defense from a fan who wants woman-positive media when the power to create, seek out, and foster that kind of media is at your fingertips, whether on this site or from creators. Be an active consumer, have higher standards, and extend female characters the consideration you criticize their creators for failing to invest in them.

A few more considerations:

  • Criticizing creators for their failures with their female characters, then focusing all your attention on male characters yourselves through fandom creates a vicious cycle wherein we bring the problems we call out in media into fandom, creating a male-dominated, female-critical/negative space where we can create a space that celebrates women and combats misogyny and sexism with more than just criticism instead.
  • In an age where creators are more involved and in touch with fandom and social media than ever and they can see what fans love and focus their attentions on most, in many cases while they’re actively in the process of creating new content for their works…it is a very good idea to celebrate women in addition to offering critical feedback so that fan-conscious creators can 1) fix problematic writing going forward and 2) incorporate what we demonstrate we love and want to see more of into their work so that we, their fans, will be satisfied consumers.
  • There’s a valid argument out there about the different responsibilities older fans and younger fans have; rather, that younger fans must have woman-positive content handed to them early to combat and prevent misogyny from being internalized. To that I say: hand them that woman-positive content through fandom and fanon. This is especially necessary because a lot of younger fans flock to whatever is most accessible and most popular for their age group, i.e. through mainstream media or “mainstream fandom,” which are not the best sources of anti-misogynistic/anti-sexist/anti-racist/anti-homophobic/anti-transphobic content. Write positively about women in your fic, even and especially if it’s m/m fic; recommend woman-positive fic, art, and source materials; reblog meta about women, and especially meta that celebrates women. Don’t just call out problems surrounding fictional women, which is crucial, but give them alternative sources where they can find positive and diverse representation of women.

anonymous asked:

hii 👋 How can I prove to my friend (who's not in the One Direction Fandom), that Larry is real and that Lounielle fake is?

Hi I’m late for a century, my apologies. 

I’m going to divide this answer into 2 parts 

PART 1: DOUIS

PART 2: LOUIS WITH ANYONE ELSE


part 1: DOUIS

They aren’t romantic, regardless of the attempts by her. They aren’t friendly. They just exist. Next to each other. Or after each other because Louis refuses to walk next to her.

They’re always papped, never leaving through the back entrance, always the front door. Fans and stalkers are called so there’s pictures afterwards.

A couple of fails:

This gem.

Ep number 2 (surrounded by stalkers) (let me know if this is romantic)

series back from hiatus: (couple goals!!)

Finale of the murder series:

SNAP.

Because it’s like this when no one’s watching.

Because it’s awkward af, with no chemistry.

hellloo you’re supposed to date for almost a year and you hold her like this? And what’s with the never smiling? You’re in a beautiful place with a beautiful girl. Why no smile?

Even tiny things aren’t working with them, like they just never lean in the same direction, there’s zero vibes.

Brother and sister AT BEST.

I take it back. He’s closer to his sister than to his gf.

Or even strangers.

Their hips never touch.

This one is even worse:

2 Oscars statues would sit between them in perfect peace.

I’d even risk saying they hate each other.

LOUIS’ PALMS IN FISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! her face!!!

In this gifset she pinches HIM!! Because he didn’t even look at her.

http://tellmethisisnotlove.tumblr.com/post/152573017004/prettylittlelarrie-directionereg-wtf-awks#notes

Read this as well: http://tellmethisisnotlove.tumblr.com/post/152597159169/im-sorry-but-did-he-actually-look-fucking-done#notes

Also Louis has a fiance who’s much taller than him and he literally has no idea what to do with this size of person like D.

And even when there’s cameras Louis makes sure everyone knows it’s a stunt.

Shout out to:

to:

They don’t give a fuck about each other.

And everyone knows.

when he’s willing to hold her hand he drags her uncaring if she steps into a lamp post or anything.

WE KNOW HE NEVER DRAGS HARRY. HE GUIDES HIM. Protects him from behind.

He fucking pats her here to get in that goddamned car so I can finally be with my man.

She’s just miss ignored. We can call her that. This is her on the left and the Tomlinson sisters on the right.

Wow can you feel the love?

Can you?

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WIP MEME

LIST ALL THE THINGS YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON IN AS MUCH OR LITTLE DETAIL AS YOU’D LIKE, THEN TAG SOME FRIENDS TO SEE WHAT THEY’RE WORKING ON. THIS CAN BE WRITING, ART, VIDS, GIFSETS, WHATEVER.

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Got tagged by @ghoststrawberries and dude you have no idea what you got into I have too many wips.

I am the literal king of WIPs because my attention span is absolute shit so it’s gonna be long.  Als I’m icing my wrist and am not responsible for typos.  I’m doing this one handed with my non-dominant hand.  Also like 90% of these are mp100 /shrugs/

I tag @brostrid @zombie-x-lover @thesleepiestsheepy @chapticker @bitter-like-coffee but only if they wanna do it


ART

My interpretation of WOnder Woman I started like months ago.  I was told once that part of the Amazonian myth was that they would cut off their right boob to make shooting arrows easier.  Still kinda dig that.

Rough thumbnails of a Sailor Moon watercolor series I wanna do inspired by Alphonse Mucha.  And to give me an excuse to use my sparkly watercolors lol

Something I did as part of an art trade that I’d love to transfer and paint.  I just love sleepy platonic cuddles cut me some slack.  More mp100

Some sketches for mp100 chibs I’d like to maybe make as charms.  They’re all floating in bubbles idk I thought it was cute

Comic of a YYHxMP100 crossover where Reigen and Yusuke are old classmates and Yusuke keeps trying to coax Mob to work for the spirit world/fight him.  There’s a fieldtrip to the demon world so Mob and Ritsu can have fun/fight Yusuke.  Idk mate.

A page of Reigen’s with Kinda Sibling Rivalry!Reigen and Dimple.  I was working on inking it during down time at work when I got injured so IDK WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN GODDAMN.  But I kinda want Reigen and Dimple to be petty and antagonistic to each other.

The second piece of a series I’m doing on the ~darker~ meanings of flowers from a Victorian book.  This one is ‘fragile’

/fuckin ojou laugh/ OHHOHOHO SO THIS my dudes is a sketch I did during a sleepless night after a series of ‘what ifs’ with a dnd mate.  It’s an Age Swap-Gravity Falls! Mp100 au.  It wasn’t actually gonna be a thing but I started writing an outline for fun and shared it with another dnd mate and now it’s gonna be a thing??  It’s a collab fic and holla holla chicken mcdolla I am EXCITE.  I’m outlining it and writing a few parts.  

Basically Mob is in place of Ford, Ritsu is Stan, Mogami is Bill and Serizawa and Reigen as Dipper and Mabel.  Seri is Ritsu’s ‘nephew’.  They’re related but they’re not sure how.  Kinda like ‘we’re just gonna call each other cousins because I don’t know what else to call you’ deal.  Reigen aspires to be a Paranormal Investigator (and is completely unaware that his idol is actually Ritsu.).  Trust me dude it’s gonna be good, angsty and goofy fun I am SO EXCITE.  Like my dude the finale is gonna be fuCKIN PAIN.  I’m so excited.

the sketch of a request I took

Vent art that I did and wanna transfer and paint

6ft (comic that may end up being written)

Okay so I just have a thing for Mob going missing for ~reasons~ but I really dig this idea because I’m diggin some of the plot twists.  But basically Ritsu, Teru and Shou are led to believe that Mob is dead and it’s Reigen’s fault (and they’re partially correct).  But nobody knows who Mob is.  So the hunt begins.

Baby Mob

More of a series of drawings but basically Mob is cursed and turns into a baby.  Reigen is 100% honest that he has no idea how to take care of kids and Dimple has to help.  Dimple also apparently makes for a great toy for teething psychics.  Learn something new every day, huh?  Oh but Reigen gets really excited that he can say fuck again lol.

FANFIC cause I’m a fuckin NERD

The Knife

Not the actual title but it’s the one I already talked about.  I don’t wanna give too much away but Teruki is in place of Lil Giddeon.  He’s a showman who is also a thug and he extorts local businesses for ‘protection’ against spirits under his control.  He’s fab as fuck.

Mob comes back RIPPED.  Like he’s fuckin SHREDDED.  But he’s also super cautious because boy has seen some shit while in the In Between.  He’s basically not sure what is real any more because ~spoilers~.

Shou has a raccoon son named Touichiro and I S2G Sandr if you change this we’re gonna have WORDS.

Also Ritsu’s powers manifest and automatically takes the form of brass knucks because….I just….think they’re cool okay it’s law they’re cool fuckin fite me mate

Hands

Based off of a post I made about Mob having scars on his hands and body.  Teru like hearing about them but it gets angsty.  /SHRUGS/  Sorry my dude but before I stopped (and then started again) writing everything I touched was angst.  Fluff is really new to me.  This can be read as shippy or they’re just really close friends.  Kinda up to the reader.

Dive

This….idk mate.  This might end up being written.  It WAS gonna be a comic but now that my wrist is fucked I might write it.  It’s the spiritual successor to my fic How to Lose Your Psychic but…it’s completely different in tone and there is pain.  Mob disappears and is missing for about a year.  It’s not a good year for all parties involved.

Burning World

I’ve already started this one but goddamn it’s looking to be a long one.  I don’t want to spoil it because it kinda relies on some suspense but there IS a reason why people are disappearing and a reason some people are not.

Some OCs are gonna be showing up fairly soon so I’ll tell you the notes I have about them.

Lieutenant(or Agent w/ a bg in the military) Reeves- assitant to Director Weaving, Head of the Bureau for Paranormal and Psychic Research.  Reeves is stoic, duty before dishonor.  Sequel=some serious regrets hoooooooooboooooooooooy

Weaving is A+ prick.

And from my notes cause I love ya

“SHUT UP!”  Takenaka yells without turning around.  “Stop acting like you don’t understand!  It happened so just shut up!”  He leaves for camp.

And~~

Serizawa gasps, eyes wide with mouth agape.  “It’s gone”

“What?”

“It’s-his…it’s gone.”

“You have to be more specific.”

“Kageyama’s…his aura.  It’s gone.  It’s never been-the only reason it should-would disappear is…”

He looks at Reigen.  Neither of them want to finish the thought.

“We’ll find him.”

Sleep Over

Another one I’ve already started and is actually almost done!!  But it could have a sequel or two if there’s interest.  Idk.  But Mob has a nightmare, Ritsu is terrified and Reigen handles it.  If there is a sequel Mr. Fluffernutter will make a reappearance.  So does his mom but I need a name for her;;;;

Remaining Ashes

A direct sequel to Burning World.  There is more pain and it is delicious.  There’s gonna be some OC spirits and their bg is sad but REALLY important to the entire story.  Government experimentation man, whatcha gonna do?

Oh here’s an excerpt (forewarning for uh…blood and stuff): 

Mob sees.  He sees blood.  He sees bone.

His blood.  His bone.

He’s laying on a metal table with only a towel draped across his lap for privacy.  His skin is cut, folded back on itself leaving bone and muscle exposed.  Mob’s eyes go wide and his mind goes blank.

Fight

Literally just that.  A brief study on the dynamic between Teruki and Ritsu as well as an excuse to write a fight scene because I NEED IT.  God I just need to write a fight scene I’m gettin itchy

/SHRUGS/ I think…thats’s it???  God idk.  There’s probably more that I can’t think of.  I kinda wanna do a sequel to Cold Ramen but idk.  Can’t think of anything yet.

busrabagbasi  asked:

Hey im trying to fins fanfics like that one sterek gifset that derek is the landlord and stiles was mad & i'm trying to find sterek fics like that sterek are neighbors. Pls?

derek is a landlord

  • Derek Hale: Landlord! by breenwolf (Not Rated, 9k) Derek offers a unit on the twentieth floor to Stiles on a Thursday, in the middle of a grocery store. “What, really?” Stiles asks, brows raised high. He gestures at himself. “Me? Like, me? For real?”
  • untitled by thepsychicclam (Not Rated, 4k) Stiles has a mission. He has a mission and a list – a long list that details with bulleted subpoints all the things wrong with his apartment. Sure, he’s thankful for having a roof over his head (if said roof didn’t leak) and at a fair price (which was really the selling point, let’s be honest). But still, Stiles drops most of his measly paycheck on rent every month, and he’d like a place that wasn’t falling apart. That was only fair.
  • untitled by literaryoblivion (Not Rated, 1k)  When Stiles got the flyer on his door, he was so ready. Finally! Finally, the landlord was showing his face and having a building meeting where the tenants, mainly Stiles, could air their grievances. Stiles’s phone calls and messages to the dude had gone unanswered for weeks, and it was getting ridiculous. 
  • untitled by hazelandglasz (Not Rated, 1k) Every new tenant gets one “Hale of a welcome basket”—yes, Derek knows that he’s cheesier than a pan of Mac’n’Cheese, but he snickers to himself, and he’s not hurting anybody with his puns, is he? And it was something his mother was adamant about, to welcome new neighbors with a basket of treats to make the first days a little bit easier.
  • untitled by halekingsourwolf (Not Rated, 1k)  “Yeah, ok, wolf slobber is not the way to convince me to give you treats. …I mean, not treats treats because like, you’re not a dog and that would be speciesist and all that. But really though, what’s up with the extended wolfiness? Did you lose your clothes in the woods or something? Did you get stuck in wolf form and now you’re not sure how to turn back?”

derek and stiles are neighbors

  • This Might Be Irony by thepsychicclam (M, 38k) Stiles and Derek have been close friends since the Hale siblings moved in next door after their parents’ death. But Derek’s in the popular group, he’s a star baseball player, and he dates popular Pep Squad captain Jennifer Blake. Stiles doesn’t have any of that, just his skateboard and a hopeless crush on Derek (oh yeah, and his Vote Lydia Martin Prom Queen button). As prom and the baseball state championship grow closer, Stiles and Derek start rekindling their friendship. And it all begins with two white boards.
  • A Blossoming Romance by Trelkez (T, 10k) Stiles will just have to try harder next time. No one can ignore him forever.
  • Knot the Average Alpha by blacktofade (E, 20k) Stiles’ favourite porn star, Derek Hale, moves into his apartment block and there are inappropriate facial jokes, broken bones, and a staggering amount of threats in a tiny elevator.

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A word to the long standing Bamonators

Those of us I like to call “The Originals”, those who have been sailing aboard the Bamon ship ever since season 1, when we were still deciding between calling our ship Donnie or Bamon. When each of us wondered if we were the only person in the universe to have caught the quite literal sparks between our two favs. Yes YOU! You know who you are.

To you I just want to say THANK YOU. Thank you for your posts, metas, gifsets, fanfics, videos, etc. I may not communicate directly with a lot of you, yet I feel like I know you, and on some level, I actually do. You see, I’ve always been one to believe that what you ship says a lot about you as a person, and this couldn’t be more true when it comes to Bamonators.

As the person who came up with the term “Bamonator”, let me explain to you why. BECAUSE WE SLAY! We are BaDass, smart, independent, open-minded, strong willed, beautiful, and face adversity like no other! I am a proud Bamonator because Bamon isn’t just a ship. It’s the Bamily. A place where I can be myself and find people that get me. A place where good character development and writing is appreciated, where we share similar morals and values while being open-minded enough to respect each other in our differences, a place where we fight for equality between races and genders. A place filled with people who can give credit where it’s due and criticize what should be. We don’t blindly follow an idea because it’s popular, we endorse the ideas that we know will mean PROGRESS.

The reasons why we ship Bamon are endless and have made for countless, posts, lists, guides and probably encyclopedias (I believe there should be one devoted to Bamon), that have been phrased way better than I could attempt to; but during these 6 long years as a Bamonator, I’ve also come to the following conclusion: if we do ship Bamon, it is also because subconsciously, we see ourselves in Bonnie and Damon. I mean come on, who better than us have kept the HOPE that Bonnie keeps talking about, alive? We EMBODY exactly what she was talking about, because with everything that has happened during these 6 years, what with the writers, the network, and a crazy part of the fandom shiting on our ship, ridiculing us, telling us it would never happen and that we were delusional; despite all that, HOPE IS WHAT KEPT US GOING! We held on because we’re not just casual shippers; much like Damon, when we ship, we ship HARD. What we do, we do with passion. There is no in-between with us, either go hard or go home! We don’t take no for an answer and we’ve moved heaven and earth for our ship, much like our two favs.

Even if I believe that Bamon has been in the works since day one, I also do believe that WE were an essential component to this whole process. The writers and network wanted to know if there would be support if they did go down the Bamon road, and guess what, there is! But that is because we’ve been keeping that fire alive. If they felt like it wouldn’t have been well received, they wouldn’t have tried a Bamon finale and Bamon AU. So kudos to us!

Whatever the future holds, I am actually pretty satisfied, because in these few episodes we got some mind blowing development for BOTH Bonnie and Damon, more than either of them have had all previous seasons. And I don’t know about you, but I doubt any other fans can say that their ship actually got to spend FOUR MONTHS ALONE in a freaking AU! I mean do you realize what it is we got? On this vampire show where EVERYTHING is crazy and messed up, where there’s always a villain lurking in the shadows, and no one is ever truly happy, Bonnie and Damon who are some of the characters that suffer the most, got to spend 4 months having a NORMAL LIFE. Just a boy and a girl eating pancakes, solving crossword puzzles, grocery shopping, having dinner. They ACTUALLY got to have genuine, unspoiled fun, listening to music, talking about the most casual things (Miss Cuddles anyone?) AND ALL OF IT WAS ON SCREEN!!! These two who’ve had anything but normal lives suddenly got to be HUMAN TOGETHER. I just can’t! What better basis for a relationship?

And of course, when things went south, BOTH of these people who claimed to hate each for so long, actually CHOSE to make the ultimate sacrifice FOR EACH OTHER. Not for Elena. Not for anyone else, but Damon for Bonnie and Bonnie for Damon, and that, my friends, is beautiful and no other ship has ever experienced anything like it.

So regardless of what comes our way from now on, I just want to tell you guys that I love and appreciate each of you, because without you, the Bamily and Bamon itself wouldn’t be the same. You have contributed in your own special way to keeping our ship sailing when the rest of us were overcome with doubt and vice versa. So thank you. During these 6 years, not only have our favs grown, not only has our ship developed, and grown in number; WE OURSELVES have grown and I am glad that we all did together.

Sending you all Bamon hugs!

kiwieventer  asked:

I saw you reply saying that the gym will help with getting heels down. Do you know of anything in particular for ankles? I have trouble with getting real sore ankles esp. with shorter stirrups (osteo has told me ligaments/tendons are loose so need to strengthen them) and I go to the gym but am not sure what will help.

Hello! 

First off I will say that working out can definitely make a difference as long as you stick to your program (not just follow it for a few weeks then taper off and ultimately quit which is what I had always done previously and what many others do and generally why people go ‘nerr yer can ernly improve yer ridin by ridin’ - to which I say absolute BULLSHIEEEET)

If you check out the gifset I just posted it shows how much my position improved from January when I began position work, to now. 
Btw, my basic thing up until July was literally only 45 minutes strength training twice a week. July I joined a gym and then now do only one of my strength classes a week, but go twice a week (MAYBE three on a good week - which is rare) to the gym to practise it myself. But when I’m at the gym I do a 60-90 minute session bc if I’ve made the effort then I’m doing literally everything on my workout sheet :L

Anyway so basically January

versus 3 months later, when I first started to see a difference:

That’s with only twice a week, and not even twice a week every week - I missed classes over Easter and some when I got sick, etc. Anyway it started taking weight but in a chair seat and then by now I’ve fixed it so it’s taking weight straight down instead :)

So exercise wise, I didn’t ever have any specific ankle ones, they just became stronger through exercises to do with my lower leg.

(a) Squats (in all sorts of variations)

I don’t do those stupid chair seat squats like this , I always do horsey ones. My upper body might tilt less but my knees will have way more of a bend and therefore the front of my calves will engage tonnes more out of necessity.

Anyway so

Basic squats on the ground
Do them with no weights first, make sure you’re not tilting forward onto your toes before you raise a weight. 

Squats on the bosu

Actually you will probably want to begin by just balancing on this with a lil bend in your knees (as always, maintaining hip heel alignment - you’re never gonna get shoulder/hip/heel alignment in squats bc as soon as you add a kettlebell in the middle then you have to tip forward so you don’t bang yourself in the pubic bone and die, but that’s why i wouldn’t recommend exercises solely for the upper body. cos you also end up with issues like an inside leg so strong but an outside rein too weak to catch it so fuck yoself up when riding and get some weird crooked mess on one side cough cough me)

ANYWAY back to the point. See how her feet are tilting outwards tho? Super bad, so flip it over onto the flat side until you’ve made sure you’ve got some basic strength. And again, make sure you’re balancing by sinking down into your heels not tipping onto your toes. Then you can flip it over and challenge yourself.

Woodchops on the bosu ball

As with everything, do this slowly and with a low weight in poifect form so you don’t pop a hip or stand more on one leg than the other like this chicka is. Again, probably stand on the flat side so you don’t pronate or supinate, depending on where your ankle weakness is.

Squats on the foam roller

Ignore how this guy is doing it bc it’s terrible and he’s balancing by tipping forward rather than being able to maintain a pony position and just sink down into the heels (btw do you have orthotics? If not, get them. If so, make sure you do all of your exercises in them so you don’t build the wrong muscle). 

TRX Squats

If you go the gym that is - you can buy a bosu from target and resistance bands etc for purdy darn cheap but these aren’t always so cheap. unless you have aldi in NZ and they have one of their random fitness special buys in which case fuck yeaaa 

(b) Lunges

Same deal. In front of a mirror helps too. 

Start with no weights, then move up in the world.

Balance lunge onto bosu

So this basically combines this with the second pic


So ja lunge onto it then balance for a bit once you’re on it. Don’t lock the knees. Idk if you’d be able to do it on the flat side, I’ve only done it on the curvy side, but then I’d be worried with balancing on one leg you’d either pronate or supinate. So I’d also practise standing on one leg on the bosu before you attempt this too. (This is also why I’d recommend taking all these exercises to your physio and see what they recommend). Obviously don’t add any weights til you’re performing it with ease.

TRX Balance lunge:


© Pullbacks

Pullbacks on the bosu

So if you tie your resistance band to a strong door handle, just throw it around a machine at the gym, whatever so (pretending this chicka is standing not sitting)

Then just do it while standing on your bosu (again, no locked knees, slight bend, weight through your heels) do your pull backs. Later you can also practise having the resistance band just slightly loose and doing squats on the bosu- it’s a good contact thing for making sure you’re not grabbing backward as you rise to the trot etc.

Pullbacks on swiss ball

Basically same position, just pulling backwards on the swiss ball. I have a 55cm once, the smallest you can get bc short legs. I make sure I have my legs wide and tucked as far back towards being in alignment with my hips as humanely possible. Anyway so then the thing is pulling back while sinking down through your core and down into your heels. I honestly loved doing the bosu squat ones before I really did this one a lot bc it really gives you that feeling of sinking down into your heels and then you can emulate that feeling on a flat surface. Is kewl.

Don’t just do lower body and don’t just do strength. Yes you need strength to be flexible, but you also need to be strengthening out your hammies and back of your calves to allow yourself to get length, as well as lots of hip stretches. I would also add in glute exercises such as clams with the resistance band, to make sure you don’t do what I did and overdevelop your quads rather than your glutes. Also make sure you do hamstring exercises or else you’ll end up with bizarre muscle distribution, so TRX bridges or hamstring curls on the swiss ball.

Basic upper body exercises:

Russian twists

Add a weight when you’re ready. And no you won’t be as happy about it as this chick lmfao

Dead bugs 

This is really difficult if you’re maintaining a right angle with your knees/doing it correctly, so start with having both toes on the floor and alternating that way. If you’re doing it and feeling pain in your back, it’s wrong.

Supermans

Increase the difficulty by putting a foam roller under your hands, and then later by having one under your legs (not both arm and legs or you’ll die). When you put it under the legs probably don’t lift the arms til you’re sure you’re doing it right. Make sure your leg is going straight out behind you not twisting (really just get someone to check up on you occasionally)

Jack knives


Start by doing it on a foam roller instead since it’s a bit easier, then up it to the swiss ball.

I’m also doing things with free weights like shoulder press, bent over rows, etc.

Anyway, I hope that helps.

Basically, I was skeptical when I began with sydney equestrian physiotherapy that a strength program wouldn’t help. I didn’t see how doing 15-30 squats two times a week (whether on the floor, foam roller, bosu, whatever) would help my riding, especially when you’re rising to the trot, what, 30-60 times a minute? But it really really did, if you’re familiar with my blog you’ll definitely know and even just looking at that gifset I posted just before, that should give you an idea. My toes used to reach for hell. But anyway follow your program, if you quit it won’t work (ideally swap the exercises every couple of weeks and rotate them, that’s what my classes do and they make sure my body never adapts so much that i then start cheating etc, and I’m always making pretty decent progress rather than plateauing heavily and getting mopey. Seriously 45 minutes twice a week made a difference to me. Obviously the more you do it the better. But again, seek advice from a professional, get someone to spot you if they can, etc etc etc.

Good luck!

Here It Is! 

Winners are all under the cut. PLEASE read all the way to the bottom there is a what to do next portion that I need everyone to read through otherwise you will NOT get your prizes and I want to make sure everyone does. So yeah. There are a couple of people that tumblr didn’t let me tag so I will message them indiviually. I’m sorry if you didn’t win anything this was a lot harder to pick winners than I thought. If I could everyone would have won.

Other than that congratulations to everyone who did win!

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Starting a new post because I’m feeling guilty about defacing so many gifsets over the years with very long comments, but I’m still thinking about this:

http://thevioletcaptain.tumblr.com/post/136808049661/heytheredeann-617-my-heart-will-go-on

(you can blame @thevioletcaptain for this post)

My tags I wrote before leaving for a long weekend with no time to elaborate:

“I don’t think we talk about [Bobby and Ellen briefly being married in 6x17′s alternate universe] enough as an example of bizarre non-canon canon relationships, or has there already been a long essay musing on this as part of the evidence in the whole AU where it’s literally “the angel who’s in love with you” [paraphrasing] as Balthazar says”

(this is one example of popular fandom posts about it)

… #Alternate universes in this show fuck me up so much

OKAY so let’s talk about this! (Very VERY long pointless post for ts. This post goes for a tour in an alternate dimension and comes back none the wiser and worse for the wear :P If you read my 5x22 rewatch notes on Endverse those were a sort of light warm up for this (I was about to joke they weren’t required reading but you know what…))

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A++ to Australian tv/movies, 10/10 would watch again

The only Australia media I can remember consuming before this year was Ocean Girl when I was a kid and I’m not exaggerating when I say that this was my hands-down favourite show. I may have seen other shows/movie since but I can’t pin them as being Australian-made specifically.

This year, this month in particular, I had pretty much given up on tv/movies. If it wasn’t one thing letting me down (treatment of women, for example), it was another (lack of creativity or courage, in particular, or just generally bad, tropy writing). I had resigned myself to enjoying literally 1 show (The 100) that would likely disappoint me soon enough.

And then, I decided to watch something that couldn’t disappoint me at all because it was guaranteed to be awful - a teenager-only post-apocalyptic-style movie set in Australia called Tomorrow When The War Began. Then, about 1/3 of the way through this movie I was kind of concerned because this stupid movie started out really well: the dialogue wasn’t tropey, it portrayed teenagers well, and was generally well written… And then the action started and I got worried because holy shit this is actually good. And I got to the end and I freaked out because I needed the sequel RIGHT THE HELL NOW and there was none but there was a book series and now I’m practically stuck to my kobo working my way through it. And I could say it’s just because I came in with low standards but I keep mulling it over and no, I genuinely liked so much about the movie even upon dissection.

But that didn’t solve my tv problem. I tried a Canadian drama/comedy that sucked so much balls that I almost felt vindicated because if you set out to fail, you could do no better than this unlikeable show (Schitt$ Creek, if anyone is wondering). So I tried something else that was destined to disappoint me - Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I didn’t know it was Australian made until the credits rolled, all I knew is that I’d seen 1-2 gifsets that intrigued me more than the commercials had, so it was a good bet that like other shows (Teen Wolf, for example), fandom had just taken the best moments out of a shitty context and put them online. But I watched the pilot and…good lord, that was a good pilot. That was a very good pilot. And now I just finished series 1 and…good lord, that was a good season 1

And it’s the kind of good that even casual viewers (like my mother) notice. The kind where you sit back and go “damn, that was different, wasn’t it?” because the pacing is so fantastic, the plots so interesting, and forget about it when it comes to characters. Every single character on this show is so likeable for different reasons. And there are women, COMPETENT women everywhere. Other awesome things:

  • Phryne’s super-awesome competency is never contrasted against the male police force’s ineptitude - no, the guys are just as competent as the women are and they respect the women for it and for more. 
  • Phryne’s age isn’t known exactly, I don’t think, but the lead actress on this show is 45 years old this year, which in media means she’s supposed to be playing an 86 year old great-grandmother on her death bed and not a vibrant, fascinating woman I would follow into hell. Like… Bless.
  • Did I mention this show is set in 1920? 
  • They address topics such as gay couples in two different cases and (spoiler alert) Phryne’s bff is a lesbian doctor, and it’s never vilified, in fact all the characters (male cops included) disagree with any laws to the contrary. 
  • Phryne interacts with a ton of women, and they keep popping up in places you wouldn’t expect in 1920.
  • The character growth is great for the secondary characters, I won’t say more in case I spoil it.
  • I’ve never been able to watch a mystery show where I could follow the clues and actually strategize deeply. Usually my brain just ignores the info dumps and waits for the solution because who cares? But I’ve actually been engaged in all of their cases in this show.
  • THE BANTER. OMG THE BANTER. ALL BANTER BUT ESPECIALLY THE PHRYNE/JACK BANTER.
  • And the UST between Phryne and literally every person who isn’t in her employ or her ward.
  • Speaking of which, Phryne gets it on like she’s a white guy in any other show. It’s hilarious and awesome. She meets a guy, there’s palpable chemistry, and then they’re banging, and it never feels cheap or negative. It’s always positive experiences that she chooses and cherishes and then moves on from pretty easily. 
  • THE SECONDARY SHIP IS TOO PRECIOUS FOR WORDS.
  • FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS.
  • I’m forgetting too many things because writing this post is delaying my start of series 2 and I’m way too distracted because of it :P

They could definitely do better for the representation of PoCs, they really only have 3 or so in series 1 and hopefully that’ll improve in series 2. And I think we may not see Mac after series 1 so I’d appreciate another regular or recurring character who identified as LGBT+ in series 2. But this has been the hands-down best written, acted, produced, and directed shows I’ve seen in a long time and I just need to send out a thank you to Australia for producing this and Tomorrow When the War Began.

So there’s a gifset I’ve seen going around before. It’s one of my favorite gifset Sterek AUs, where Stiles makes a crossroads deal to save his dad and Derek is the hellhound who comes to claim him when the contract’s up. That’s an amazing AU, okay? I love it to pieces and would read 1000 fics based on it.

But I also kind of want to see a sort of reversal on it–

Derek is his normal canon self, though probably events happen somewhat differently. I don’t think any deal would be good enough to bring back an entire family, so it would have to be just after Laura’s death. Derek is desperate and he has literally no one left. He’s heard stories about the demons that can be summoned where the roads cross. He’s not even sure what reminds him of it, since he always thought it was nonsense. But there’s nothing else he can do but try, right?

So he finds the nearest crossroads and he does it. He summons the demon.

The demon that shows up is Stiles. Stiles looks like a teenager because, well, he was one when his own soul was dragged down to hell. He doesn’t regret trading his soul for his father’s health. He’d do it again in a heartbeat. The whole going to Hell thing kind of sucked, though. Not that this crossroads demon gig is a bad one; it’s definitely one of the nicer jobs. He gets to see new places all the time and meet interesting people. Sure, it’s usually at really low moments of their lives, but whatever. Semantics.

Derek wasn’t expecting to sell his soul to a teenage demon. He doesn’t care that Stiles insists he’s older than he looks; he can’t help but think maybe Stiles is a low ranking employee who doesn’t have the clout to bring back the dead…

The deal Stiles offers really isn’t that good. They’ve got quotas to meet; the boss recently sent out new orders dictating that all deals are supposed to be for as brief a period of time as possible, in proportion to the favor given in exchange. Bringing the dead back, that’s… that’s a pretty big deal. Technically, he’s not even supposed to do that. But he can get away with it if he moves fast, while Laura Hale’s soul is still in the between place, before it goes on the Heaven.

He can only offer Derek a month, though, for all that he wishes he could offer more.

Derek doesn’t care; he’d have gone to Hell right now if it meant Laura gets to live. Still, he’s happy for the month he’ll have with her. It’s more than he hoped for when he came to this crossroads.

The contract is sealed with a kiss because, well, that’s just how it’s done.

Laura’s so pissed when she finds out. He’s never seen her so angry, but he bears her anger. It’s okay. She’s alive; he doesn’t care how mad she is about him selling his soul. Then she stops yelling and doesn’t talk to him for a few days. He gets it. He does, really–she doesn’t know how to preemptively mourn her brother, how to resign herself to the fact that Derek will be gone in a month no matter what. He doesn’t tell her that it’s okay.

That he always knew he’d be going to Hell anyway, if such a place even existed. Which, it must, if Stiles is real.

One night, he goes back to the crossroads. He’s not sure why. Maybe he’s just curious about what he’ll be in for when they drag him down to the Pit. That’s where he finds out that Stiles was human once, that all demons were human once. Derek wants to ask what has to happen to a soul to change it like that, but he’s afraid of the answer. Stiles seems like basically a good guy…

For a demon anyway.

So maybe it becomes kind of a thing. Maybe Stiles comes around Derek’s place. He just needs to be on call; he can go wherever he wants until a deal crops up that he has to tend to. The first time Laura sees Stiles, she snarls and tries to rip his throat out.

Which doesn’t work because he’s already dead. But Stiles doesn’t mind having to heal the injury; Laura’s allowed to be mad that Stiles is responsible for taking her baby brother’s soul. Because Stiles is good enough not to point out that really only Derek can take responsibility for it. No one twisted Derek’s arm, after all.

It’s probably not until that last day of the thirty days that Derek kisses Stiles out of desperation. He has no idea when he’ll get to see Stiles again, has no idea how long he’ll be going through whatever it is that happens between a soul being human and becoming a demon. What if he never comes out the other end of it? He really doubts they’d let him have visitors.

But it turns out that Stiles is upper management or something and he pulls some strings to get Derek a whole different kind of contract; Derek gets to stay exactly as he is, only with a few hellish upgrades, so long as he becomes Stiles’s ‘hellhound’. No torture or damnation involved. Besides, Derek kind of likes chasing down the people who try to escape their contracts.

And they live happily ever after. In Hell.

(and Laura stops hating Stiles and decides he’s pretty cool. Handy when monsters and rival Alphas enter Hale territory, too)

First Dates (Olicity fic)

A/N: This started off as a dialogue-only fic, and…well, it wasn’t working as well as I wanted it to, so I tweaked this and played with that and it ended up here. 

Full disclosure – the idea for this came to me as I was bored at work and browsing the arrowtags blog (guys, you do stellar work – thanks for entertaining me!) and came across this gifset and the comments underneath it. I don’t know if anyone has actually written on this idea before (I haven’t seen anything), but it amused me so much that I just had to pen something. So, in a way, I suppose you can all blame fernlicity, susannahmccormick, fiacresgirl and thecolourpurpleinafield for this one. 

Tagging chronicolicity because you asked. :)

First Dates

Summary: Oliver and Felicity’s first date didn’t end as well as they’d hoped. A year later, they reminiscence, and consider how much has changed.

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One thing that really strikes me about The Scene™ is how carefree, happy, and just plain eager Jemma is. I know that a lot of people headcanon Jemma as just being that kind of person in these kinds of situations but consider this:

Jemma has been holding back for a long time.

And I’m not just talking about physical intimacy. I’m not even talking about romance. She has been keeping herself separate from Fitz ever since she decided she could help him best by taking herself out of the equation. It’s not that she wants to be without him—she never wants that. But she sees his hurt and shame and blames herself for it. She starts to think that not only is she incapable of helping him, but she can’t help but hurt him. Her very presence is poison. So she leaves, because it’s the only thing she can think of to do.

You can see when she comes back and sees him for the first time that she’s fighting herself. She looks over, sees him through the glass, and feels like there’s an ocean between them. This isn’t like it was at the Hub, where she ran up and flung her arms around him. Everything is different now. She only goes in when prompted. She approaches slowly, cautiously. She balls her hands into fists as if to stop herself from getting too close, from doing too much harm. She tries to say something safe, but all she wants is her best friend back. She wants to sit down with him and tell him how awful Hydra was. She wants to hear all about his adventures while she was away. And, I think, she just wants to fold herself into him and cry, because she’s been too strong for so long, and his arms are the safest place she’s got.

But she doesn’t have him any more.

And he’s just fine without her, it seems. Somehow they’re strangers again. He’s afraid he’ll scare her off, and she doesn’t want to break him. But you see it in the way she brings him tea and is heartbroken when he’s talking to Mack like she was easily replaced. She bottles her hurt inside so he won’t see it, so she won’t burden him. But you can see her trying to engage him and help him. You can see her trying to finish his sentences. She has been fighting for him this whole time, and she’s still fighting, still hoping, still losing. She does everything she knows how to do, and in the end, he tells her he’s leaving.

She still fights for him.

She’s mad at him, she feels betrayed at him, but she’s still fighting for him. Even when he lies to her. Even when he tells her she’s a monster. That’s the point where she tells herself it’s over, she should let it go, but when the sky starts falling, she’s the one who reaches for him. She’s the one that makes the plan that only he can execute. She’s the one who packs him a sandwich, sends him off to war, and defends him when he’s gone. 

Things are tricky after that. Somehow, they’re friends again, but it’s not what she thought it would be. It’s not enough for her. But surely, the man who called her a monster isn’t the man who loved her. Or is he? She tells herself it’s too risky to find out until she realizes that people are dying every day, and if she loses him, she’ll have to carry these feelings for a lifetime. So she does something she’s been avoiding for almost a full year: she talks to him. He gives her an out, but she doesn’t take it. She takes his hand to let him know that he’s not close enough.

But she’s holding back, even then. She uses maybes and coy smiles and somehow she’s got a date with this boy, but she contains her victory. She can’t just break the dam, she thinks, she has to let it out, slowly. She thinks she’ll have time.

She doesn’t.

She’s ripped from him again, and this time it’s worse, because she knows. She knows she loves him and that he loves her, and they could be in some restaurant laughing about the last two years, but instead she’s spitting out sand and sneaking peeks at his picture and a part of her is whispering that it’s too late, that she took too long, and this time she’s lost him for good.

And then she meets someone who doesn’t just agree with her fears. He says them out loud.

He says other things, too. “Who’s this Fitz you keep talking about? Sounds like more than just a best friend.” She knows that he knows, but she can’t even admit it, not even to him, not even when she literally has nothing left to lose. She stares at his picture and whispers her good nights, telling herself that if she’s really good, if she keeps herself contained, she might have a chance to see him again.

And she must have been good, because she finds that chance. She finds it, and she puts everything she has into it. She works herself to the bone and she pawns her only real tangible connection to him because soon she’ll have him back, soon she’ll be in his arms, and everything will be right again.

She puts five months of dreams in a bottle just to see it smash into pieces.

And that? That’s the moment she’s not Jemma anymore. Jemma knows how to win, but this girl can only lose. Jemma loves Fitz with her whole heart, but this girl doesn’t have hope anymore. This girl takes all her dammed up feelings and diverts them elsewhere, pretending that it’s a river when really it’s a trickling stream, telling herself that this is her home when she’s the one who named it Hell. This girl stops trying, stops wanting, and she’s almost convinced herself that this is a life when there’s a flash of light, a gust of wind, and she’s back in Fitz’s arms again.

He’s so happy, of course. He doesn’t know what she’s done. She tries to hide it from him and only finds herself pulling back, reinforcing that dam and watching as her love for him collects and collects and collects. When she can’t take it anymore, she lets the truth explode from her lips. She thinks she’ll take him with her, but there he is, standing firm and telling her he’ll fix it. 

And she’s hurt him, sure, but it’s different this time. She doesn’t break him. He picks himself up and keeps going. He doesn’t push her away. He doesn’t tell her she’s wrong. He’s simply the best friend she could ever have.

And all this time, she thought she couldn’t love him more, but she does. She can’t stop her eyes from wandering, but she can tell him to stop. She tells him that it’s too much, but what she really means is that it’s too much for her, that it’s too much pressure for her, and that the dam is going to break. She pushes him until he breaks first so she’ll have permission to do the same. For one, brief moment, the truth explodes from her lips again, but not in words. For a moment, she thinks she’s finally found the beginning she’s been searching for.

When the moment ends, somehow they did, too. How did it come to that? How can she fix it? If she can’t have the beginning she wants, she’ll have to find another one.

So she offers him a clean slate and tells him they can start over. She says they don’t know where they go, but that’s only a half-truth. She knows where she wants them to go. She’s just waiting for him to be ready.

It’s like when she was waiting for him to heal from hypoxia, but it’s different this time. They’re friends again. They watch documentaries and swap hypotheses, and in time, she thinks she’s regained his trust. She puts out a few feelers and thinks he might have feelings for her. He looks down at her lips, and she lets him have them.

She’s a little hurt when he pulls away. Isn’t he ready? But yes, he is, he just thought she wasn’t, so she calms his fears with words and with kisses, showing him how she feels, but not all of it. It’s not time yet. This is the first step on a brand new planet, and they’re not sure if they can breathe.

She’s still careful the next day. She follows his lead. When he brings up more, she doesn’t know what to say. She waits for him say it all. She waits for him find a solution. But when she’s standing in a hotel room, still shaking with the cruel reminder that she can still lose him even now, Jemma stops waiting. 

This is the moment the dam breaks.

She fuses to his lips, she takes off their jackets, and she smiles. It’s too good to be true, but she knows that it is. She can’t stop smiling, even when he takes her hands off of his face and breaks their kiss. He says her name and she’s like a kid on Christmas morning. She’s been waiting for so long, and now it’s just around the corner. He said himself that it was the point of no return. They’ve always said that Fitz and Simmons are conjoined twins, but this is the moment they truly become one.

So she doesn’t hold back. She doesn’t waste time. She does exactly what she wants, knowing that it’s what he wants, laughing at the things that used to stand between them because nothing dares to separate them now.

She’s ready.

She’s happy.

She has her best friend back for good.

profounddelena-deactivated20150  asked:

I was wondering why so many ship Bamon. Like, genuinely curious, and a lot of the responses I get are geared toward Stefan and Elena being back together. But I also want to know what some of your top ten or twenty reasons are to ship Bamon? That obviously does not include Stelena?

In my experience, shipping Bamon isn’t inherently tied to shipping any other pairing. Some Bamon shippers also ship SE, but many ship SC (there’s even a ship name for that foursome, Belvafore), and many are like me and aren’t really invested in either of those ships.

Bamon shippers get asked the question “Why do you ship Bamon?” a lot. To the point where it feels kind of insulting, lol, as if the ship is somehow unfathomable for no apparent reason. But you’ve asked politely, and it’s not like I’m about to pass up the chance to talk about Bamon…

Top 10 or 20 reasons might be too much considering how long-winded I am, but let’s see:

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