this has been a normal dialogue

so i’m pretty sure Baby is autistic

like more sure than just about any other character i’ve ever seen. i just got back from my second viewing and now i’m more convinced than ever. evidence:

  • adherence to routine: baby still eats at the diner where his mom worked, and he still orders from the kids menu. the waitress said that he’d been coming there for as long as she’s worked there; baby has basically lived his entire life around that diner, and he hasn’t updated his routine in years because the routine brings him comfort.
  • delayed echolalia: a significant portion baby’s spoken dialogue is actually just him repeating things he’s heard before in other contexts. we all do this from time-to-time, everybody likes a good quote, but baby does it… a lot. like, way more than normal. he seems FAR more comfortable speaking in quotes than he does speaking off-the-cuff.
  • immediate echolalia: and he doesn’t always store quotes for later. sometimes he repeats them back immediately. this kind of parroting is something autistic children have been known to do to help them process what is being said, not realizing that their repetition is being taken as a response. when doc asks baby “are you in?” and baby repeats “am I in?” almost automatically, you can tell this is an exchange they’ve gone through many times, likely going all the way back to when baby was a kid. perhaps that’s how it started.
  • memorization - this goes hand-in-hand with echolalia; you have to remember quotes in order to repeat them, after all. but it goes beyond mere snippets of dialogue; baby is able to memorize extremely complicated plans and rundowns and repeat them verbatim after hearing them exactly once. he does this twice; once when doc is telling the crew the plan, and once when he goes into the post-office and sam gives him the rundown of the security.
  • hyperfixation: baby lives and breathes music. owns dozens upon dozens of ipods that he has clearly gone through the trouble of buying off other people, each of which is loaded with different songs for different occasions and each individual library of which he has memorized. has keyboards and turntables and other mixing tools to create his own music, has a huge case of tapes of his own stuff, and a wall of vinyl records he’s collected. choreographs his getaway driving to music. hell, choreographs his entire life to music, to the point where baby has to stop what he is doing to restart, rewind, or find a song multiple times over the course of the film, even when his actual life is in jeopardy.
  • sensory issues: constantly listens to music to drown out his tinnitus. for many people, the ringing from tinnitus is something they can get used to and ‘tune out’ so to speak. baby’s inability to do this suggests that either his tinnitus is more severe, or he has some form of sensory disorder that prevents him from ignoring unwanted stimuli, forcing him to override it with something else.
  • savant syndrome: there’s really no way around this; baby is goddamn driving prodigy. if he were a middle-age man, his skill would put him among the best in the world; the fact that he’s this good now, and that he’s been this good since he was an actual child puts him so far into the stratosphere that we can’t even see him anymore. like, sorry, kevin spacey, but it’s not baby’s personal playlist that makes him the best driver on the fucking planet; there is something else going on in that kid’s brain, and whatever it is, it ain’t normal.

add all of this to the fact that baby’s intense focus and quiet, seemingly emotionless demeanor makes his criminal associates suspicious of him to the point where various idiots accuse him of having ‘mental problems,’ being ‘not on planet earth,’ with one particularly dumb asshole even throwing the R-word at him, and I’d say at the very least you have a strong case for baby being anything but neurotypical.

“I’m not slow. I’m fast.”

hell yeah you are. i love my fast autistic son. 🚗

Sorta-Transcript from online fan Q&A with Shelby Rabara, Deedee Magno Hall, and Michaela Dietz

Anyone can watch this online Q&A with the above voice actors, but if you don’t want to watch/can’t listen to audio, I made this sorta-transcript. Meaning I did not transcribe the exact words in most cases, but I wrote down the questions and the basic idea of how they answered. Enjoy! 

Shelby Rabara (voice of Peridot) was the Livestream host for fan questions! Deedee Magno Hall (Pearl) and Michaela Dietz (Amethyst) were giving answers, but usually Shelby gave her answer too.

Shelby read fan questions.

1. Favorite episode and why?

Deedee: “Steven and the Stevens”: she likes the song, because it reminds her of the movie That Thing You Do.

Michaela: Is it a cop-out to say all of them? Ha. “Tiger Millionaire” is great because Zach’s performance is great and wrestling’s cool.

Shelby: “Lion 3: Straight to Video.” Because it’s emotional.

2. What character that you don’t voice do you relate to most?

Deedee: Amethyst.

Michaela: Really??

Deedee: Because I like to eat. I like to eat FOOD.

Michaela: You don’t like to eat stacks of garbage and moldy burritos?

Michaela: Steven. He has a good head on his shoulders.

Deedee: And you also have a very good heart like him!

Shelby: I relate to Connie. She is level-headed and uses logic and makes the correct choice.

Michaela: She’s bright and assertive and so are you.

Shelby: Are you having fun here?

Michaela and Deedee: YES! We just had a great panel and cosplay!

3. If your characters were human, what jobs would they have?

Deedee: Pearl would work in a Laundromat because she’s really good at folding clothes and I think either that or maybe she might be in the cleaning business because she likes to organize. She’s tidy.

Michaela: I need the Pearl method in my home. Amethyst would be a camp counselor. She would be the wacky counselor who’s getting too into the games.

Shelby: I’d want Amethyst as a counselor.

4. If you were a Gem, what would your gem weapon be and why?

Deedee: Because I’m a mom, I would want to have a healing blanket to heal them.

Michaela: The power of a bad joke. “Orange ya glad I didn’t say banana?” So powerful.

Shelby: I would wanna read people’s minds. Can I use that? Is that like Garnet’s third eye?

Deedee: Similar but not.

5. How do you get into character when you perform voice-overs?

Michaela: I have an evolved routine. I wake up. And that’s what I do. I’m so close to Amethyst! I wake up, I talk, it’s acting.

Deedee: That comes so easy to you! I have to wake up early, and warm up, especially if it’s a singing episode. No coffee with cream. I have to drink water to avoid sticky saliva. Green apples!

Shelby: I noticed that you ate green apples!

Deedee: I wish I didn’t have to do that! But green apples help lubricate and get rid of mucus.

Michaela: Or a potato chip. Not a weird flavor.

Shelby: I’m gonna try those things next time I’m in the booth with you guys.

6. What’s your favorite Fusion?

Michaela and Deedee: [Start singing “Giant Woman”]

Deedee: Though I do like Sardonyx.

Michaela: Every time a new Fusion appears I like that one. I’m crushing on Smoky Quartz.

Shelby: I like Stevonnie. That’s an aesthetic I haven’t seen in cartoons. It’s Steven and Connie mashed together!

Michaela: Says young cosplayers remind her of Stevonnie with the maturity they exude. Stumbles over calling Stevonnie a “young woman” and then acknowledges they’re a nonbinary Fusion. Says that easy confidence is so attractive.

Deedee: AJ is a perfect voice for Stevonnie. She killed it at the panel, and the singing with Estelle with Rebecca playing was amazing. What a great Fusion they are.

7. Give your best impression of another character.

Michaela: muhmuhmuh! [Onion voice]

Deedee: I’m nervous doing this in front of you. “YOU CLODS!” [Peridot voice]


Deedee and Michaela: NO YOU’RE THE BEST!

Shelby: Let’s just fawn over each other.

8. How long does it take to record an episode?

Michaela: Depends on how many lines we have. Could be an hour, could be four hours.

Deedee: We get in at 9, could be wrapped up by 1.

Michaela: An episode takes ten months from the idea to on the TV.

Deedee: Like a baby. It IS a baby.

9. What celebrity would you like to see appear on the show?

Michaela: Rebecca Sugar. And T-Pain. He’s a big Steven Universe fan.

Deedee: I just want to meet him and sing with him: Bruno Mars.

Shelby: I would wanna see Adele. Adele should voice a character. And she’s funny. And she loves herself.

Michaela: Loving who you are is so on-brand!

10. Who’s the best Steven Universe villain?

Deedee: Can I say Peridot? She started out as a villain and then changed for good. [Michaela helped express this and they say they Giant Womaned that.]

11. What would your fusion dance be?

Deedee and Michaela do a fusion dance with Shelby providing beatboxing.

Michaela: Actually that’s how we greet each other on the street.

Deedee: I was nervous. Dancing in front of you makes me nervous because you’re a pro dancer.

Shelby: Imagine us in a booth together! Our work isn’t even work.

Michaela: People probably see us and ask if we had too much ginger ale. Too many vegetables.

Deedee: YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY VEGETABLES. Fruits and vegetables. Also, hydrate. Drink lots of water.

12. What are your favorite memories from recording?

Deedee: We’re still making more memories! The efforts! When we crack up over making effort noises.

Michaela: Do you hear that? It’s an earthquake!

[All three make noises like they’re losing their balance.]

Michaela: When we get together it’s always a great time, like a mini family reunion. Recently AJ was there, Estelle was there, you [Deedee] were there, Paz was there … I think Zach wasn’t there? Toks was there! [Nanefua’s voice actor.] We had a reunion. We’re so close!

13. What has been the most difficult scene to record?

Deedee: There are many re-dos. For me, the really wordy Pearl lines, ‘cause I don’t speak like that normally. The intricate dialogue that Pearl says is tough for me.

Michaela: You execute them flawlessly.

Deedee: Take after take after take.

Michaela: During Amethyst’s angrier self-expression phases, it was hard to scream a lot and vary it so it didn’t all sound the same. Very challenging.

Shelby: We’re our own biggest critic. When we have long runs, we have to think so quickly. Finding the levels is important, trying to hit them emotionally.

Deedee: It’s so helpful to have Rebecca, Kent, Matt, and Ben in the booth giving specifics to us on how to execute our lines.

Michaela: You both are so good at taking the text and making it feel like your own. I learn the most from watching other actors.

Deedee: We go to school every sesh!

14. Tell the fans what your favorite line is.


Michaela: CHAIRS!

Deedee: I like saying everybody’s names. “STEVEN!” “AMETHYST!” “~GARNET!” [The “Steven” read sounds fearful, the “Amethyst” read sounds angry, and the “Garnet” read sounds almost pleading.]

Shelby: Mine’s definitely “Clod.”

Shelby: On Sunday, Cartoon Network they’re filming a music video for “Stronger Than You” with Estelle!

[The VAs sing a line from “Stronger Than You.”]

Michaela: But we’re not really stronger than YOU because you guys are really strong.

Deedee: Really strong. Stay strong! In the real way.

Shelby: YES.

some Antisepticeye & Darkiplier things to point out

Okay so idk if other people have had the same thoughts, but I’ve GOT to point out some uncanny links between what happened at/before Jacksepticeye’s panel at PAX 2017 and in “SAY GOODBYE”, and what happened in “A Date With Markiplier”.

Here’s some footage taken at PAX by someone in the crowd:

Here’s the Anti part of the isolated video featured in the clip previous:


And here, of course, is “A Date with Markiplier”:

Ok so lemme start out by talking about Anti’s PAX “takeover”. He appears suddenly to usurp the intro video, but you hear him before you see him. The screen glitches a bit, convincingly enough to fool the crowd into glossing over it. But then the quality degrades, the track stutters noticeably and the screen blacks out. After a moment it explodes back to life and you see flashes of some of Jack’s previous videos, blurring from one to another with the colour pallet all out of whack, faster and faster until it slams back to black. You hear Anti chuckle, and as he appears visually, the first thing he says to you is, “Did you miss me??”

Keep that in mind as we move on to a Date with Markiplier. Pay for the dinner, go to the horror play and Mark disappears from his seat. The screen starts glitching out and the viewer’s field of vision widens until the stage is all they can see, over and over. Rumbling sounds can be heard, and for a moment, the figure of Dark appears reflected in a couple of the frames. Faster, faster, a high keening sound and slam to black. After a moment Dark appears to address the viewer, and what’s the first thing he says? That’s right. “Did you miss me?” Those same words. They both pulled a Moriarty- kinda strange, right?

Now, one might think “what a weird coincidence, moving on-” because it’s kind of a creepy thing to say in such circumstances, and it might make sense that both Jack and Mark would go for such a line. But wait, let us continue, back to PAX and Anti’s speech:

“You stopped paying attention! Well I hope you’re happy. You found someone new, threw me aside- someone, to replace me!!”

We were all paying attention to Anti during the events leading up to “SAY GOODBYE”. That much is obvious. After said video, Jack made his Halloween vlog and most of us thought it was over, at least for a while. We weren’t sure if/when Anti was going to come back, and we certainly didn’t expect it to happen as soon as a mere three months after the apex video, in which Anti won, so to speak, and Jack was apparently murdered. I wouldn’t say we forgot about Anti- its awesomeness lingered long after “SAY GOODBYE” was posted- but yes, we moved on to other things. Things like “a Date with Markiplier”.

Anti had his moment in the spotlight, retreated back into… hiding, or whatever you want to call it, and that’s when Mark’s Darkiplier project started, the countdown reaching 00:00:00:00 on Valentines’ day. If I remember correctly, Jack started to bring Anti back in the second episode of his Detention series, on January 25th. Between Anti’s two active periods, when he was on hiatus, Dark was running amok and had become our main focus.

What I’m getting at here is that when Anti says we “stopped paying attention”, and “found someone new”, someone “to replace me”… I think he means Darkiplier. I’m pretty sure Anti’s pointing out that he doesn’t appreciate Dark stealing the limelight and distracting us from him. He was/is jealous of Dark for holding our attention, and that might be one of the reasons he’s come back- to prove that he’s not gone, and that Dark isn’t better than him.

Which ALSO means that Anti is, somehow, aware of Dark’s existence, and possibly vice versa.

Dark used very similar dialogue to Anti as well, if you remember. In the “HORROR” video, he says,

“I’ve been pushed aside… replaced… mocked.”

It sounds like he’s talking about Mark, and he very well might be. It sounds like Mark has pushed Dark aside- out of fear, or a desire to live his normal life without Dark’s interference, whatever the case may be- but the wording is really similar to what Anti chose to say at PAX mere days ago. They both describe being “replaced”, and say that they were “pushed aside”/”threw me aside”. Although Dark could be talking about Mark, he could also be talking about Anti in a way, or both at once if you go for the double meaning interpretation.

This is where the cohesion of what I’m saying stars to crumble a little bit, but bear with me: Let’s say Dark was also talking about Anti as well as Mark when he said he was “pushed aside” and “replaced”. One might think, “Well that can’t work, because canon Dark didn’t exist when we first started glimpsing Anti flickering in Jack’s facecam.” Well… he actually did, to a certain extent. In a couple of Mark’s older videos- notably “Relax” and “Surgeon Simulator IN REAL LIFE”, Darkiplier appears. It’s an older, cruder version of Darkiplier, but it’s Dark nonetheless. (When in doubt, check the subtitles.) Back then, at least as far as I’m aware, Dark was the only one of his kind who had actually appeared in videos and not just in fanart or fanfiction generated by the community. And for a long time, he remained like that, in a class all by himself. But then Anti happened, blowing him out of the water by a lot. Dark came back afterward possibly for several reasons, one of which could be to take our attention back from Anti, to move it onto himself. (This link has less integrity because “relax” and “Surgeon Simulator IN REAL LIFE” were posted seven and ten months ago, respectively, so the connections between those and more recent events may or may not be 100% purposeful.)

If that last part is true though, then their argument has been going on for quite a while. If not, well, there’s still an argument, still jealousy going back and forth as they battle for our, the viewers’, enthusiasm. It’s just a little more recent.

Long story short, I think @therealjacksepticeye and @markiplier are in cahoots, and we may or may not have something bigger to look forward to.

Sorry for the huge post, haha I just had to get all this out of my cluttered brain.

Watching The Pilot for the first time

Series 10, here we go.

-The first episode of Series 10.
 So we could say this is the…
 PILOT episode

-I’m sorry. That joke doesn’t work, I know.

—Spoilers ahead!—

-Ooh, is this Bill’s theme? I like it?


-Why is it out of order though…

-Oh my god he has a photo of River Song on his desk ;-;

-And oh god is that Susan

Sonic screwdrivers! Did he keep all his sonic screwdrivers after all this time?

-The guitar again!

-Two minutes in and I’m already losing track of the dialogue

-Fifty years… So the Doctor’s been laying low again, has he?

-”Poetry, physics, same thing.”
 You know what, I bet he didn’t even get hired through the normal procedure, he just walked in one day telling everyone he was the new professor, or even an old professor who left and decided to return, and he just bullshitted his way through any and all obstacles he came across during his stay

-”How is it the same?”
 “Because of the rhymes.”
 Let’s see,
 Yep, doesn’t rhyme.

-Oh Doctor…

-”I don’t care who’s dying, never ever be late, I’m very particular about time.”
 Says the guy who was twelve years late when he said five minutes once.

-”Doctor what?”

-*cue changed intro logo DOCTOR WHAT*

-Okay, the intro visuals seem to have changed a little, but the melody sounds unchanged.


The inside of his coat is blue now?

AKA the pain of frame-by-frame or stopmotion animation

-Is Moffat trying to get us scared of slowmotion

-I feel like the students are very confused as to what to take notes of

-”Time And Relative Dimensions In Space, in means life.”
 I thought your granddaughter made that up?



-There we go.



-I don’t like background music, it says jumpscare music

-It’s scary music

-Thank goodness, no jumpscares






-Aw, she gave him a Christmas present

Look at those poor paper crowns trying to hold all that hair omygosh

-”With some people you can smell the wind in their clothes”
 I guess it’s supposed to be more philosophical, but for me that reminds me of how people have the cold air around them when they just came in from outside.

-R.I.P. Bill’s mom.

-”But if someone’s gone, do pictures really help?”
 That glace he makes at the photos on his desk.
 At his wife and granddaughter.
 That, is just heartbreaking.

Hey, Moffat, do you have a heart, because you’re breaking mine with fictional photographs

the FUCK

-So the Doctor, took a picture of the mother, of a student that he is currently teaching, back when said student wasn’t even born?

-Eyyy he’s using the rug

-But did he really tilt the Tardis himself to put a rug under it?
 I mean, it’s incredibly light compared to its actual size, but it’s still a phone box. Sure, if someone ran at full speed and slammed their body against it that might give it a good jolt or even make it fall over but…

-There’s something deeply unsettling about that girl’s stare



-Well the Doctor certainly knows how to escape silently…

His clothes are blue now!

-You’re blue now! That’s my attack!

-Cue Twelfth Doctor theme, woohoo!

-”Why do you run like that?”
 “Like what?”
 “Like a penguin with its ass on fire.”
 Human factors and ergonomics (commonly referred to as HF&E), also known as comfort design, functional design, and systems,[1 is the practice of designing products, systems, or processes to take proper account of the interaction between them and the people who use them. (Source: Wikipedia)




-Ahahahahaha hah ahahaha ha ha


What’s with the burn marks on the ground

-”Do you know any scifi?”
 “Bitch, I AM scifi.”

-Possession usually has to do with fantasy or horror, not scifi…

-”There’s this thing on Netflix. Lizards in people’s brains.”
 First Pokemon, now Netflix. BBC REALLY doesn’t care.

-What’s the show though, it sounds interesting.

-” So, you meet a girl with a discolored iris and your first thought is she might have a lizard in her brain? I can see I’m going to have to up my game.“

-Doctor Who dialogue just gets better and better

-Actually, you can sorta see your face the ‘right way’ if you align two mirrors together so they’re perpendicular. The middle line might stand out, but you’re looking at your face the way anyone else sees it. The elevator in my apartment building has three reflective sides, so I can see my ‘right’ face quite often. I just have to stare at a corner of said elevator.

-They’re finally getting to the burn marks, thank you.

-”Tutorial’s over, take the night off. It’s all cancelled. Go and be a proper student. Texts, snogging, a vegan wrap.”
How does any of that make me a proper student

-”Oh, it’s just some freak optical effect. I’m bored already.”
 Like hell you are



-oh shit she’s alone in the flat

You could’ve gone to the kitchen and grabbed a knife

-But then, an umbrella is bigger and easier to wield and is great at deflecting water, so, not bad I guess

-Well I’m still getting myself a knife

-That’s it, I’m sitting in front of the monitor with a kitchen knife in my hand



-oh shit







-shit shit shit shit SHIT



“Well, that’s a first…”

-So the Tardis does have a bathroom. After all these years. After FIFTY-FOUR years, the BBC finally gives us the answer no one really asked for but everybody kind of wanted anyway.

-”Human alert, do you want me to repel her?”

-”Oh, my God! This isn’t just a room, is it?”
 “No, it’s not just a room.”
 “This is a lift!”
 “…wELL oKAY tHeN”

-”It’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside!”
 “Heh-hey! We got there!”


-”Well, first you have to imagine a very big box fitting inside a very small box. Then you have to make one. It’s the second part people normally get stuck on.”

-Of course, one could always scumple the big box and stuff it inside the small box, but then, the big box wouldn’t be big anymore, would it?

-”If it had work to do, why would it lie around in a puddle?”
 “I don’t know. Maybe it’s a student?”
 So it’s too afraid of life and consequences and generally overwhelmed by the looming weight of its duties to get itself to do anything?

-Wait, is the the room Bill followed them into earlier?



ah yes the three primary colors
(not to mention Misty from Pokemon)

-You’re escaping from a water monster and you went to a beach, good idea, 10/10.

-”Have we traveled in time?”
 “No, we traveled to Australia.”
 That’s also a first.

-Bill, you can’t just drink from the bathroom sink!

-”Can I ask you a personal question?”
 “Can I anyway?”

-”If you’re from another planet, why would you name your box in English? Those initials wouldn’t work in any other language!”

-Well, that wasn’t exactly a shark, but thanks for proving the point, Heather.

-”Hunger looks very like evil from the wrong end of the cutlery. Or do you think that your bacon sandwich loves you back?“
 In case you’re trying to start a vegan argument with this, no offense but your broccoli doesn’t love you back either.

-So that’s why the episode is titled ‘The Pilot’.

-Also, now that Bill’s found a puddle here, they better rUN THE FUCK AWAY.


-Nope nope nope nope nope

Heyyy it’s the old sonic!

-The Fourth Doctor’s sonic, to be precise.

-Soooo did BBC make some new props for this episode or did they keep all the screwdrivers from the sixties and on

-”Hey John, while you’re throwing out those old props, would you mind putting these sonic screwdrivers in the recycle bin?”
 “Nah, let’s keep them, they don’t take up a lot of space. Besides, we might need them again some decades later.”
 “Good point.”



-Twelve: “We’ve got this annoying creature on our tail, let’s try to shake it off by running through a ton of Daleks.”
 Ten: “What went wrong with you”
 Eleven: “What happened to me”



-Yep, it’s not going well for those lot

 yeah you two do that and be friends while we run away thank you

-It’s like the Doctor isn’t even taking the Daleks seriously anymore

 “lol what else would i be”

-Daleks have stormtrooper level aim now. gg BBC, gg

Tbh that’s even freakier than a normal dalek eyestalk



-Oh wait, this is only the first episode, does that mean
 Moffat hasn’t even started yet

-Is he planning to give heart attacks to all of us

-”The last thing she said to me. She promised she wouldn’t leave without me.”
 And now my heart’s breaking

-shit shit shit shit shit

Ehhh it’s okay Moffat, I didn’t need that heart anyway lol

-”That’s the Doctor for you. Never notices the tears.“
 Never acknowledges his own tears either…

-”Yeah, because I think you’re going to wipe my memory. I’m not stupid, you know. That’s the trouble with you. You don’t think anyone’s ever seen a movie. I know what a mind-wipe looks like!“

-”Imagine, just imagine how it would feel if someone did this to you.“
 They just HAD to put Clara’s theme in there, didn’t they?

-All slowed down and more tragic

-And they HAD to make the Doctor sound like he’s holding back tears

-*distant crying noises*

“Shut up.”

“You shut up as well.”

-Someone fucking end me

-Come to my house and stop my sinful hands

-I am allowed too much power

-*ahem* Anyway

-Did the Doctor just leave for a hundred years to mull this over and come back to the present

-”It means, what the hell.”
 That’s a first, AGAIN.

-I love that theme at the end!

-Oh boy I can’t wait for more episodes, they all look so exciting–


iS THAt john simm

-WhAT tEh FUcK

melnorme  asked:

Destroy that douchebag Jeff Vogel NOW

I think his general criticism (that Pillars of Eternity is too wordy) is correct and it’s one that both I and Eric Fenstermaker (I feel comfortable speaking for him in this respect) noted internally before the game was released.  We didn’t really have time to do serious editing passes on anything outside of a few major dialogues.  Both at Black Isle and Obsidian, the designers have had a tendency to overwrite.  Overwriting in itself is not bad, but only if editing is a normal part of the development process that follows the overwriting.  Not enough time was allocated to editing on Pillars of Eternity.

More time has been allocated to review and editing on Deadfire and we’re devoting more of our tool development time to making the editing process easier for everyone involved in the future.  In the context of dialogue, a lot of my review comments focus on development of the character, their voice, and their conflict(s); the use of prose to convey meaningful action and details that are not visible to the player’s eye; and giving the player a range of responses that seems appropriate to the moment, builds off of the player’s choices, and leads to entertaining outcomes.

Where I disagree with his criticism is in many of the specifics, mostly because of the needs of Pillars as a game that is trying to capture the spirit of tabletop AD&D rules and settings like the Forgotten Realms.  For example, the criticism of the first choice the player makes: what sex do you want your character to be?  You could say it’s mechanically irrelevant, but when it comes to conceiving of characters in different role-playing contexts, it’s not.  I think the way Jeff describes creating a character is totally reasonable, but I also think a lot of tabletop gamers and BG/IWD/Pillars players conceive characters as individuals born into specific societies and specific roles who continue to develop through the course of play.  I.e., many players enjoy both telling the GM/players/themselves about how they are and then showing them who they become through play.

I think a lot of players have experiences like mine as a 10 year-old lifting the lid off of the World of Greyhawk or Forgotten Realms boxed sets and opening the Cyclopedia of the Realms to pore over every entry or memorizing the heraldry of every kingdom in Oerth.  I’d store and sort all of that lore in my head and dream up characters born out of that mix.  Certainly not everyone had that experience, but these games also aren’t made for everyone.

In the comments section, Jeff posted, “You like this stuff, and I’m glad you like it. But a lot of people really don’t. Both sides can be made happy. So why not do that?”

I think editing our menu text, lore text, and dialogue as well as adjusting how information is presented would almost certainly be good changes for the majority of players, but I think a lot of the suggestions connected to high-level design decisions (e.g. getting rid of sub-races) would seriously annoy a big chunk of our core audience.  The audience’s desires are a big part of our constraints that we design for.  We have to be careful not to pare down or bury so much that we lose sight of why people loved these games – and love playing the A/D&D campaigns that inspired us – in the first place.  In the pursuit of making everyone happy, we could very easily leave everyone dissatisfied.

Living Truthfully

Characters: Introducing Michael with Castiel, Balthazar, Gabriel, Lucifer, and hunter!Reader (with mentions of Sam and Dean)

Word Count: 9,218

Warnings: none! Just some angel/archangel shenanigans

Request: can you pls write a michael x hunter!reader where the angels tease him about his crush but ultimately decide to help their brother?

Author’s note: Thank you so much for this request! I was very excited to get my first Michael fic request, and I had a lot of fun writing this with all the angels being meddling dorks. I really hope I did his character justice (considering he has the least screentime ever.) Also a general note, I used the young John version of Michael for this fic. Hope you like it!

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anonymous asked:

A is a villain that everyone is afraid of. B is the hero that was destined to defeat A. But they've been in a relationship for years. A little help on their dialogue before they kick each other's ass/ create chaos/help people? ((Flirty/Slightly Rated R/Angsty lines are appreciated.))

Hope this helps!

1. “What are you doing exactly?”

“Oh just getting ready to hand your ass to you on a plate. Normal stuff.”

“I wouldn’t be so cocky if I were you.”

2. “Come on, let’s give them a show!”

“What kinda show are you thinking about?”

“Ok stop it now, I know exactly what your dirt mind has turned to.”

3. “I’m not sure I’m ready for this.”

“It’ll be not as bad as you think, don’t get too worked up about me kicking your ass.”

“Can we stop joking for two seconds, this is serious!”

If anyone has any other prompts feel free to comment! :)

itsrainingsomewhereelse  asked:

Aah, you've got such a good grasp of the characters' personalities, especially Sans, who I find very few really get right. Do you have any tips or guidelines on how to portray post-Pacifist Sans, both in the short and the long run, and possibly if Frisk or whoever else already Reset a True Pacifist Ending? That would be really helpful for those of us wanting to get him right. ^^ Thank you for your great Undertale talks!

Ahhhh I do my best! Sans is complicated, so it’s hard to know exactly what’s motivating him at any moment. And my Post-Pacifist Sans changes a lot from how he is during the game. And how he is in the game is a lot different from how I imagine he was when he was younger, too.

I think no matter how you write your Sans, you should have an idea of what his priorities are at each stage. People only change when some event occurs in which their current way of thinking is no longer appropriate, and needs reassessing. It’s a gradual change of traits, with a lot of overlap.

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Why I hate Rose Tyler

I don’t like Rose because she’s selfish, unlikable, self-centered, entirely codependent on The Doctor, many of her actions is like that of a sociopath and she never develops as a character at all and really if there is one person in all of Doctor Who who does not have a life outside The Doctor it’s Rose. She was likable with Nine(despite that she treated Mickey like shit) but annoyingly obsessive with Ten. She may be a good companion for Nine and Ten but she treats people like playthings then tosses them away like they’re nothing to her unless it suits bringing her closer to her precious Doctor. Because of Rose leaving the fans wouldn’t give Martha(who is an awesomely underrated companion) a chance and treat her like an abomination. She pretty much turned Ten from a ancient alien who travels the universe for fun into a love sick human with emotions and the forced unbearable romance between her and Ten which then resulted in fans going “OMG Rose is the only one true love for The Doctor” I’m sick of it, I’m sick of the fans and I’m sick of Rose Tyler.

Maybe I should explain. At first I liked her in the beginning, she was a good companion to Nine in series 1 but after a while she just seems so bad as a companion. There are sometimes where I like her like from stopping The Doctor from killing the last Dalek something he might regret(well not really since The Fifth Doctor regretted not killing The Daleks when he had the chance and The Seventh Doctor manipulated Davros into blowing up Skaro and talked a Dalek into killing itself), she saved The Doctor from The Daleks, she saved Jack and that allowed him to change Torchwood in The Doctor’s name and for the better, she saved Donna in Turn Left and brought Donna back to The Doctor to warn him, she stopped “The Beast(refuse to call this Satan because there would at least be interesting dialogue between The Doctor and Satan), and she did make him better(not really since The Doctor is and has always been a mysterious mad alien anti-hero who travels the universe for fun) in a way. But let’s get to why I don’t like her. Okay at first she seems perfectly normal. She has a good job, a mother and boyfriend who loves her but one fateful day when The Autons appear she meets The Doctor. The problem? She may love The Doctor but she treats people like playthings and tosses them aside when she’s done with them. How she treats Mickey. For series 1 she has this stupid boy on her string and he is so hopeless that he doesn’t know or has any choice or say in the matter. While he was her boyfriend she ran off with a stranger she just met, left him alone without so much as a goodbye and he was to blamed for her year of absence, everyone including Jackie thought he killed her (‘cause really, it’s a bloody MIRACLE that Mickey’s still alive after that long given how Britain can be in situations like that, especially when it’s a black man accused of killing a white woman). and when she see’s him all she says is “I was gonna call you and I’m sorry” at that moment it made me impossible to like her. and she gets all whiny when he says he moved on because she expects him to wait for her like a loyal lapdog wow just wow. Jackie her mother. She leaves her without so much as a goodbye, lets her worry for a year,  she can’t trust Jackie enough to just tell her where she’s been. She doesn’t have to tell the police or whoever else, just her mum. And she doesn’t. Nor does she ever thank Mickey for keeping her secret for a whole FREAKING YEAR and ruining his life! That’s some freaking dedication. That guy needs a medal. and finally The Doctor. At times Doctor/companions romance is love/hate for me but the bad thing in Rose’s case is they shove it down our throats. 99% of the time, The Doctor or someone else had to rescue Rose, or if she did the rescuing, she screwed up things worse than before. From a psychological perspective, with The Doctor just returning from the Time War because of this dependency thing. He HAS to rescue her, without killing her. Now Nine and Rose together I liked because Nine and Rose brought out the best in each other where Ten and Rose brought out the worst in each other. But I found this on why I find Ten/ Rose unbearable “I think That Rose took the war-torn, conscienceless Ninth Doctor and helped him realize his human side. Then the human-like Tenth Doctor and Rose became arrogant and started to think of themselves as gods. That is why The Tenth Doctor is unbearable to me. You know, surprisingly enough, I was just thinking about this a while back and I realised what was bothering me about Ten and Rose’s relationship; and why the majority of us can see it was so toxic for both of them. Not only was Rose attempting to treat Ten like a human, Ten was attempting to treat Rose like a Time Lady. Think about it for a moment. Anyone who’s watched Classic Who as well as New Who will get what I mean immediately. Ten treats Rose exactly like he treated Romana. Which he should never have done. Sometimes he puts Rose in situations requiring abilities and intelligence far beyond human capabilities. And Rose tries, because, like a lot of The Doctor’s companions, she wants to impress him and make him proud. But Rose can’t do the majority of these things, and it’s not fair of The Doctor to have made her attempt them. It allowed Rose to put unrealistic expectations upon herself And over time, you see The Doctor realizes this. But he can’t bring himself to stop until it’s too late and Rose refuses to leave him for her own safety. This is the fault of Ten. He’s become too human-like and thinks Rose is now his equal, like Romana was to him previously. But The Doctor is not human and Rose is not Time Lord. They are not equals. This is even more saddening when you bring the time-locking of Gallifrey into it. The Doctor is desperate for someone to be like him, survivors guilt, he doesn’t want to be alone. Rose’s fault is she wanted The Doctor to be human. The Doctor’s fault is he wanted Rose to be a replacement for his lost people, so, with the hive mind of a Time Lord, he adapted to what Rose wanted. And Rose wanted a forever, and that could never be.”  I may ship certain Doctors with certain companions(Three x Jo, Four x Romana, Five x Nyssa, Six x Peri, Eight x Charley, Nine x Rose, Eleven x River and The Doctor x TARDIS) but I just prefer to the idea of the original director during the First Doctor’s era that The Doctor should be and should remain asexual and it just feels wrong and out of character that The Doctor falls in love with his companions, to me it should just be best friends traveling time and space in The TARDIS like Sarah Jane Smith, Ace,  and Donna Noble.

Now let’s talk about the things she does episode wise that isn’t the way she treats Mickey, Jackie and The Doctor.  Father’s Day. I hate this episode because I hate her. So Rose saves her dad, something that the Doctor told her she couldn’t ever do. And yeah, if my dad died and I had a chance to save him, I would want to as well. She isn’t evil or bad for wanting to save him, she’s just stupid for actually doing it. When the Doctor tells her he’s going to leave, she says, “You don’t scare me! You’ll come back!” like she’s so fucking entitled that he’s beholden to her. And when she finally realizes what she’s done, she gives him a half-assed apology because she knows that’s all she has to give him.

Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways. She’s not too bad in this, except for raping the TARDIS and all. She does genuinely want to help the Doctor and Jack save the people on Satellite 5 and she does listen to what the Doctor tells her to do, except for the whole stay home part. And now, I”m going to give her a little leeway right here. Because if I was in that situation, I’d try whatever I could to save the Doctor too. That makes sense. But the poor TARDIS is like “Um, sweetie, no.” and Rose doesn’t listen. And no, I’m not going to blame her for the Doctor regenerating because she wouldn’t have known that was going to happen. That isn’t her fault. She was trying to help.

But when the Doctor DOES regenerate, she refuses to accept it. And yeah, I admit that it would be weird and probably scary if you didn’t know it was coming. And not to mention confusing. But she spends the whole Christmas episode whining to her mom about how he left her. He explained this to you, he’s the same person. AND HELLO, HE DID IT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, YOU UNGRATEFUL TWAT.

And season 2 is when she starts getting really bad. I can deal with her in season 1, but I can’t even watch season 2 because of her. In Tooth ANd Claw she makes a bet with Ten that she can make the Queen say "I am not amused” yeah this would be funny if it wasn’t for the fact that there was an assassination plot AND A FUCKING WEREWOLF THAT WAS FUCKING KILLING PEOPLE! She’s mildly annoying up until School Reunion, when we see the brilliant Sarah Jane Smith return. Rose gets stupidly defensive for no reason, like she should be the only one who’s ever traveled with the Doctor. She knows how old he is, it’s not ridiculous that he’d be friends with other people. Get over it. She treats Sarah Jane terribly because of this. To her credit, they’re friends at the end, but that doesn’t discount the way that Rose acted.

And then we have The Girl In The Fireplace. Rose gets pissy because the Doctor finds himself friends with Madame de Pompadour. Rose obviously feels threatened by her, because she treats her like crap too. And now Mickey is with the group, though Rose is basically still ignoring him. (The Doctor does feel some attraction to her, but Madame de Pompadour is freaking brilliant.) And she doesn’t treat Rose the way that Rose treats her.

And in the two Cybermen episodes, she gets clingy over her dad (who isn’t her dad) who she thinks is also beholden to her in someway. He isn’t her real dad, but she acts like he should adopt her or something. She assumes he’s going to automatically accept her, and when he doesn’t, she gets all hurt like it’s his fault. And then, she suddenly gets upset when Mickey leaves, like she actually cared whether he was there or not.

Fast forward to The Impossible Planet, where the Doctor is faced with the most horrifying thing imaginable: living a normal life. Rose automatically decides they’re going to be living together, something that The Doctor doesn’t say anything about. The idea of being forced into one place and time is something he hates, but she’s happy to back him into a corner as long as she gets her fairytale.

And oh god, Love and Monsters. Rose gets mad at Alton for upsetting her mum. UM, WHO HAS BEEN THE ONE UPSETTING HER MUM FOR THE LAST TWO SEASONS? AND TREATING HER LIKE SHIT? Oh yeah, Rose has.

And Doomsday. She was trying to help the Doctor save the world and got trapped in the parallel universe. Okay. She gets credit. Credit where credit is due. EXCEPT HOLY GOD, THE BEACH SCENE. “I can’t come to the beach and see you, if I do it will blow a hole in spacetime and both universes will collapse.”

And what’s her answer? “So?”

SO?!?!?!? FUCKING ‘SO’? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? “I don’t care about killing my family and trillions and trillions of people, destroying all the planets everywhere and taking away all the days that never came, I just want to hug you.”

REALLY? Okay, I get that you’re sad. I’d be sad too. But I wouldn’t jeopardize the future of my family and two universes for fucking sentiment. And, FYI, she’d be killing the Doctor too. He kind of lives in one of those universes.

AND REALLY Rose was prepared to leave her mother, father and Mickey in a parallel universe. She was willing to throw away her family, friends and old life just to be with her precious Doctor. Hell Rose would sacrifice everyone, anything and everything in the universe to be with her precious Doctor and you know it’s fucking true.

So, fast forward to the end of season 4. She is responsible for Donna’s death in Turn Left. She whines and complains that Martha is there with the other companions and she isn’t but that’s not what gets me about Rose in series 4.  She builds a fucking dimension cannon to do EXACTLY WHAT THE DOCTOR TOLD HER NOT TO. I am 100% convinced that if Davros & The Daleks weren’t involved with series 4, then it would be Rose’s fault that the universes are collapsing and the stars are going out because Rose couldn’t stay put, she couldn’t be content and so codependent and so sociopathic that she’d be willing to sacrifice trillions and billions of lives just so she could be with her precious Doctor. But anyway, she builds the cannon and jumps back to her original universe. She puts trillions of people in danger, AGAIN, because she can’t live without her man. And then she gets a stupidly undeserved happy ending.

People often complain that Moffat’s companions have no life outside The Doctor, but really? They do. ALL the New Who companions have lives outside The Doctor except for Rose. If there is anyone in all of New Who who does not have a life outside The Doctor, it’s Rose Tyler. That’s right the very first companion of New Who and the one that most of you love and the one I absolutely despise has no life outside The Doctor. Now why do I think this? Now before The Doctor she DID have a life outside The Doctor but her job at the shop ended when the Autons attacked. But ever since The Doctor? Nothing she has had no life outside The Doctor. Oh sure she may go visit Jackie from time to time but other than that? She has nothing. She is clingy and obsessive over The Doctor. In Doomsday she was practically insulting herself, putting down her old life and acted like she didn’t matter till she met The Doctor(and people call Moffat sexist) and she practically told Jackie that the 19 years of life she gave her didn’t matter and all she needed was The Doctor, all she needed was a man! She has no character arc, she has no development, she does not care for ANYONE except The Doctor, she treats everyone who is not The Doctor like puppets on a string as a means to an end to help her get to The Doctor and tosses people like old used toys when she’s done with them, she acts like her old life, Jackie and Mickey do not matter, and she was willing to destroy billions and trillions of lives just so she could be with The Doctor

 I’m sorry if I offended any fans of Rose but I really don’t like Rose, I liked her when she was traveling with Nine but that’s it. I liked Billie Piper as The Moment’s Conscience and the sassy personality it had(and wish Rose was more like it) I like Billie as an actress and a singer. Again I’m sorry if this offends her fans but I just don’t like Rose.


Guys and gals. For those who didn’t know, there’s a reason why Dick’s monologues were a bit weird. If you didn’t see it, that’s okay. But he was using “Cluemaster’s Code”. Tim explains that the code means that each letter of the first word of a sentence spells out a message. I given the liberty of highlighting the letter. They spell “break it”. Those gave them their missions Dick assigned them.

I saw some found the dialogue weird or even criticized the book for making him sound weird. and OOC And went far to even say this was like fanfiction. This is why people say “read the book”. They mean “play attention to detail”. Grayson does NOT have a hand-holding narrative. There’s no narration box. You cannot skim things. You will not get it. You will miss things. Grayson is a spy/superhero mesh that is utilizing a different form of storytelling a bit unlike normal comics. Some jump to conclusions, like Agent 8 being “fridged” and tried to criticize the book about that.

This is why I shake my head at a lot of stuff people say about this book. I actually go through things 10+ times for this reason. People ask questions that has been shown and answered. But you actually have to pay attention to dialogue and follow it from point A to point B. Sounds so simple but with narration box being the norm and not here, you truly have to look at dialogue but consider what you’re reading isn’t the case all the time. Not everything is what it seems. But If you’re following this book trying to criticize every little point and micro-analyze, you’re focusing too much on trying to look for something to complain about and not on the story that actually is a bit intriguing and resonates well with Dick, missing out on his intelligence coming into play.

teshgravy-deactivated20140823  asked:

heeyyy so, dunno if this has been asked beforreee, but! do you script when you do your comics? or do you make up dialogue as you go? how do you plan your stories? a lot of questions, sorry, and if possible do you think you could show me an early script of hk, or something if you do those?

Here’s how I do it :> (disc. my handwriting is pretty bad. Sorry bout that :P)

1. Basic general plot progression thing

I don’t have any photo of that but it normally goes like: 

  • Ch. 00 - Prologue / Ren meets Yuu. Gets taken to rooftop. Falls off. Dundundun title!
  • Ch. 01 - Wakes up, meets the devil. Welcome to Hell! Intro: HK
  • Ch. 24 - New location: Golg. / new char intro. Ally??? or enemy?????
  • Ch. ?? - I want a scene where Ren gets*** maybe during the mid-rounds. LD’s gonna be real angry hah!

The aim’s not to be perfect but to help you not forget important scenes when you’re writing the actual chapters. 

2. Basic plot progression thing for the chapter thing

What you want to happen during the chapter. Is it important? Do you need that scene to trigger the next scenes? Does it contradict or support previous scenes? 

Something like this kinda..

3. Script writey/drawey thing (I do a combination of both)

can also be combined with step 4

4. Rough drafts (plus lots of sticky notes for panel changes and stuff)

can be combined with step 3

5. Draw each page on A4 paper + scan + edit on Photoshop

And that’s it, basically. That’s only my own method though. You can plan your comics anyway you want. 

Comic: Hell Kitchen

Medium: ballpoint pen, eno pilot mech pencil, Unipin pigment ink, photoshop cs4

Stolen Children: the parallels between faeries and The Autism

(Disclaimer: this is more of a ramble than an essay, and is based on personal observations rather than any solid academic foundation)

(Secondary, more important disclaimer: I’m discussing perceptions of conditions here, not the conditions themselves. Hence the rather tongue-in-cheek use of The Autism, to distinguish the perceived condition peddled by Autism Speaks and the like from the actual condition)

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anonymous asked:

How do you write such amazing dialogue?? Mine always sounds cheesy and dumb but yours sounds normal and natural. Teach me your ways

I honestly cringe when I read my own writing and refuse to let my husband read any of it (he’s a big teaser). So thank you for saying that!! @sandy-sims has a really great master post with writing tips that I look at sometimes.

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anonymous asked:

That good bye was way too casual for what Henry was doing, which is basically leaving for god knows how long with no way of contacting his family or even coming back. It's not that he went, that's normal for young adults, it's how the dialogue was written, so casual that he was going to another realm with no way back and not saying when/if/how he'll ever be back. If he was just leaving for college I'd expect a more emotional goodbye, let alone this.

Eh.  There has been 4 years at least since we last saw them.  I don’t think you can say that…

Things I have learned from Fifty Shades of Grey (part 5/?)

1. I can’t believe I’m only at the half mark and this is my 5th post of this kind. Wow. If this isn’t an indication of the crapfest that is this book, I don’t know what is. 

2. “Don’t think, Ana”. Well screw you too, Christian. I feel offended on Ana’s behalf, because she doesn’t seem to be capable of this emotion. Us chicas gotta stick together.

3. Ana’s subconscious suggests that Ana should pretend to be a car, in order to feel like a possession of Christian’s. I don’t know how to respond to this. How do you respond to this. Wow.

4. They’re drinking in celebration of Ana’s graduation, but she feels like it’s really about her “capitulation”. Ana is capable of thinking something logical. 

5. “I will take you across my knee”. There are a million things wrong with this sentence. Also, this is not sexy, this is slightly pedophilic.

6. “Your ass will need training”. In the future, when someone asks you why they shouldn’t read Fifty Shades of Grey, show them this sentence. It should be enough.

7. Please, please, can someone pay for an assassin to take care of her damned inner goddess? 

8. The conversation about limits and toys and issues with the contract is the most difficult and cringeworthy piece of crap I have read in my entire life.

9. Sure, get her drunk so she agrees with crap. A+ in manipulation for Christian. Star student here, folks.

10. “My subconscious runs, screaming, and hides behind the couch.” Ana, listen to your subconscious. Mirror her actions. Get the fuck out of there. Dooooo iiiiiittttt.

11. I wonder if Christian is slightly bipolar, with all his mood swings.

12. They’re having sex again. Lovely. This is agonizing to read. Especially since Ana’s questions pop up all the damn time: “Oh no, how? Oh no, what? Oh no, why? What does this mean?”. *snoooore*

13. I have close my eyes and taken deep calming breaths at least 5 times so far, since the sexy times have begun.

14. “Whoa…wow…oh, my…”. PLEASE STOP THINKING CRAP LIKE THIS. We get it, he has a big dick/is the most beautiful man in existence. Now stop.

15. That was so painful to read. I want to compare it to something, but nothing comes close in my head right now. Yes, it was that painful.

16. Finally, praise the gods, Christian speaks the truth: “I am fifty shades of fucked-up.” Preach it, brother. Preach it.

17. She finds the idea of him holding her against her will hot. Maybe Ana is fifty shades of fucked up too. Guys, I think I’ve stumbled onto something here.

18. I do not find any of this sexy at all. Which is a testament to how good the writer is. *snort* Good, yeah.

19. Make up your mind: is spanking demeaning, scary or hot.

20. This is fucked up and abusive in so many ways, I cannot. She’s in pain, you moron.

21. Wow. Just wow. No. This is wrong on so many levels. (to explain, Christian is spanking her because she rolled her eyes and apparently, that doesn’t sit well with mister billionaire, cause he’s a sensitive little duckling)

22. “I’m so pleased that he’s happy.” It’s literally taking me every ounce of determination I have to continue this piece of crap at this point.

23. What’s with this author and the word smart. STOP IT. Smart doesn’t work in every context ever. *whispers* use a dictionary and save us all a lot of headaches.

24. Ana thinks the concept of Christian being worthy of her is “interesting” and the first time this even crossed her mind is when her mom points it out. Are you fucking kidding me? Does this girl have no shred of self respect?

25. Ana be like: “Naaaah, do anything you want to me, even though I may not agree with it/enjoy is, it’s cool, I don’t mind”. Ugh.

26. “I fell over and landed on my behind” = I fell down the stairs and that’s why I have bruises; I ran into a door; I tripped and fell. Say it with me, Ana: I am a victim of abuse. This shit isn’t even funny anymore, it’s deplorable.

27. Abuse, then flattery. Typical Christian. Saying that he’s a dick to Ana doesn’t even cover it anymore. We’re so far past that point, that not even smoke signals can reach us anymore.

28. Yes, Kate, thank you, Christian is an asshole.

29. “I want him to stay because he wants to stay with me, not because I’m a blubbering mess, and I don’t want him to beat me, is that so unreasonable?” This fucking piece of shit has twisted this girl’s views so much that she thinks requests like “don’t beat me” are unreasonable. How so many people have found this story romantic astounds me. This is Fifty Shades of Fucked Up. Reevaluate your life choices, please.

30. And now he’s calling her untrustworthy. You manipulative piece of shit. Fuck you, Christian. Please go die in all the fires.

31. Cringe, gag, shudder, cry, sob = me for the whole book last pages.

32. If I ever see the words “inner goddess” again, it will be too soon.

33. Ana should be walking around with a permanent flush, based on the number of times this word has been used.

34. Why aren’t these people capable of holding a normal conversation is beyond me.

35. “Is that all you want me for - my body?” Yes. Now run, Ana. Run like the wind.

36. These people’s breath hitches a lot. I would like to kindly direct the author towards a thesaurus, because if I see the same words again over every page, I may do something I regret. Like murder Ana’s inner goddess. Wait…I won’t regret that :D

37. “Are you going to hit me?” ACTUAL LINE OF DIALOGUE.

38. You want to know why this story is unrealistic? It’s because Ana was a virgin, not interested in sex AT ALL until she met Christian, and whoa, look at that, she happens to be into BDSM. Oh my, what were the odds of that happening. It was written in the stars. Oh look, so cute, they’re made for each other. Please excuse me while I try not to vomit.

39. And the sad part is that this book feeds all these unrealistic expectations to young readers (because, let’s face it, kids are reading this). I’m honestly appalled.

40. The emotional manipulation…oh, the emotional manipulation…

41. “My inner goddess has a do not disturb sign on the outside of her room” - For the love of all that is holy, don’t disturb her and maybe she’ll just disappear *prays in silence*

42. Tying her hands with plastic cables? Dude, that doesn’t sound comfortable or safe at all.

43. Her inner monologue shows how uncomfortable she is…yet she still, um, finishes. And every single time they do it. Nope. Nuh-uh. Anyone with a basic knowledge of women and how pleasure works with them knows that it takes a bit more to get a woman to that point and it doesn’t happen every single time a woman gets jiggy with it. Repeat after me: unreaaaaaliiiissstttiiiiccccc.

44. Okay then. I want to salt and burn this book so I make sure it doesn’t haunt me. 

45. 120 pages left *uncontrollable sobbing*

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Considering that my life has been taken over by this stupid game, it was inevitable that I would draw something for it.

So, I married Sam in the game and there’s some dialogue that happens with his family, which would be normal if I wasn’t married to him, that just makes me either giggle or face-palm. This particular one just wouldn’t leave me alone until I drew it. There’s a couple more that I could do, but we’ll see if I get around to sketching them out or not. I also have another piece that I really need to finish….

Sorry the file is so small. I didn’t realize that it may be hard to read until I was basically finished….I’ll try to make the file bigger next time if I do something like this again.

bluepancake-kat  asked:

I never knew about your comic, but imma check it out

i’ve only got a short little prologue done (ok almost thirty pages isn’t very short) and my art style is changing as i draw more pages so if it looks bad, it definitely looks better now :3c

if anyone is wondering @outofplacecomic is about three teenagers who gain superpowers through a mysterious light and have to go around figuring out how to live normally with them. Most of plot has been drafted by myself and my ‘co-writer’ and i’m currently working on the dialogue for each page. Hopefully there will be a big baddie, the discovery of where the mysterious light has come from and who has created it, and relationship and character development sometime in the future!

of course since I”m the only one drawing and writing it as of now, chapters will be very slow and the plot will seem like a snail pace as you all wait for future developments 

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mcmartinsci  asked:

best musicals to watch and where can I watch them (as in, not live)

Alrighty, so I’m not sure where you stand with musical theatre, so I’m just going to mix my faves with some must-sees. 


I don’t care that everybody is a total musical theatre snob about Wicked, it’s one of my favorites and I think the music is great. Plus, the plot line kills me and I am a hardcore Fiyeraba shipper. This version has my favorite– Donna Vivino. I love her Elphaba, especially because her No Good Deed is astounding. 


Dogfight is my favorite musical of all time ever. I love the music to bits and pieces. It is about a marine named Eddie who is about to ship out, but the night before he goes he and his fellow marines have a dogfight– put $50 into the pot, and the marine with the ugliest date takes it home. Eddie takes Rose Fenny, who is one of my favorite female characters of all time (I used to be able to fool Akinator with her, but not anymore) to the dogfight, but he ends up genuinely liking her and they spend his last night together. I would suggest you look up the soundtrack before you watch– be sure to check out Pretty Funny and First Date, Last Night, but basically every song is amazing. 

TW: Rape

Spring Awakening

This is easily one of the most provocative musicals on Broadway. It is a folksy rock musical about a group of 14 year olds (played by people in their twenties) growing up in 19th century Germany who have all been shielded by their parents from sex, and therefore are now discovering their own curiosities about adulthood and what it means to grow up. It is absolutely heartbreaking, but the music is amazing and the acting is unreal. There’s a really graphic sex scene at the end of act I, so this musical is not for kiddies. 

TW: Rape, sexual abuse, abortion, suicide

The Last Five Years

Every single link I find for this musical is broken, so I would suggest you grab the movie. It’s worth it! Feel free to listen to the original Broadway cast recording with Norbert Leo Butz or the 2013 revival with Betsy Wolfe, though– those are great. Betsy Wolfe seriously acts the part. Anyways, TL5Y stars Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (who is one of Broadway’s kings) as they go through their five year relationship. Cathy begins the musical by singing “Jamie is over and Jamie is gone,” as she has just found out that Jamie wants a divorce, officially. Jamie goes through their relationship top-to-bottom (chronologically) and sings about falling in love with her. The only time they sing together is at their wedding and at the very end. Keep an ear out for the musical pattern that plays at the very beginning and occasionally during Cathy and Jamie’s songs. It is the intro to the musical, but words are never applied to it until the final song in the show, when Jamie sing “I could never rescue you/All you ever wanted. No, I could never rescue you/no matter how I tried. All I could do was love you hard and let you go.”

Legally Blonde

This musical is just… hella freaking fun. I can’t actually tell you why it’s good, I just know that it is. The truth is, the writing is only okay, a lot of the instrumentals are cheesy, as are some of the jokes. But for some reason, this thing right here manages to captivate me. Nobody really understands why it’s so good– I’ve had full-fledged conversations about this, it makes no sense– but it might have to do with the amazing development of Elle and Emmet’s relationship. TBH, the musical does it better than the movie. No Reece Witherspoon, but Laura Bell Bundy is unreal. Listen to “So Much Better.” You will feel empowered. 

Phantom of the Opera

I think this is just one of those musicals everybody should see. The link I’ve provided above is for a version with Norm Lewis (the first black Phantom and an extraordinarily talented human being) and Sierra Boggess (who is most people’s favorite Christine, if I’m not mistaken, and she’s also an actual Disney Princess). If you want a more HD version, there’s a 25th anniversary that used to be on Netflix (I remember because my friends and I came home after a school dance a few years ago and watched it because the dance sucked so bad) and there’s also a movie with Emmy Rossum, who helped me realize just how bi I really am. Anyways, Phantom is the longest running musical on Broadway and is still going. All I Ask of You destroys me and The Final Lair is one of my favorite songs in musical theatre. 

Oncethis is the soundtrack because I couldn’t find a link that wasn’t broken, but it’s still more than worth listening to. I listen to it when I’m writing constantly. 

Fun fact: I saw this when Arthur Darvill was in it. He did a great job. I actually came away from this show screaming about how amazing the set changes were. They danced their way through set changes and it was graceful and beautiful and superb. You’ve probably already heard one of the songs from Once– Falling Slowly won the Oscar for best original song in 2008. This musical is beautiful and has so much heart. The actors sit onstage with their heads down when they’re not in play, and as soon as they’re in the scene, they stand up and walk onto the set. All of them play their own instruments– there isn’t a pit. The story is heart warming and heart breaking at the same time. I don’t even know how to describe it, but I will tell you that it hurts and I cried and I loved every second of it. 

Next To Normal

When thinking about opening up a dialogue about sensitive issues, this musical is one that I would reference. It is about a family that wishes to simply be ‘next to normal,’ but they can’t because the mother has bipolar disorder. This leads to the daughter probably having depression and the father feeling a level of helplessness expressed beautifully by my favorite song in the musical, I’ve Been. Yet the music is totally beautiful and the emotions expressed are raw and painful. Somehow there is still so much joy in the instrumentation. This musical makes you think about what normal truly is (is there such a thing?) and about what it means to be a family. I Am The One, Superbody and the Invisible Girl, and I’m Alive are musical theatre insta-classics. 


I didn’t put a link here because a) I’m pretty sure everyone and their mother has already scene this movie, and b) if you haven’t seen the movie, rent the movie. The original Broadway cast recording has awful awful synth and the cast is the same except for Mimi. Anyways, Rent tells the story of a bunch of misfit New Yorkers in the 90s who are happily embracing the bohemian movement and who are all being either directly or indirectly affected by AIDs. It is sad. You will cry. But it’s also amazing, and the music is beautiful (the I’ll Cover You reprise is my favorite song. Ouch!?). 

Other musicals that I don’t have a link to but you should listen through: Hamilton, 1776 (this is just my personal bias; it’s one of my faves from when I was a smol fry), Heathers, Fun Home, Book of Mormon (just cuz it’s funny.) 

been watching monster musume with my boyfriend and like… it’s like watching a trainwreck. it’s so bad i can’t stop watching. 90% of the time i’m cringing and laughing my ass off because the attempts the show makes to be erotic are so ostentatious and ham-fisted. the dialogue is of the normal anime “literally constantly pointing out the obvious” and has that running exposition that anime likes to do it’s just. Bad and Not Even Erotic, just Fucking Hilarious


October 2, 2014: Rain (Kisa, pronounced KEY-sha)

It would probably be irresponsible of me to write about my experiences in Bosna i Hercegovina without mentioning rain.

2014 will likely be remembered in this country for the rain. The unceasing, incessant rainstorms have led to massive floodings, destroyed homes and farmland, and added an extra burden on an already profoundly stressed economy. Water levels in low lying areas, unrelieved by dam runoffs, remain mired and trapped until the next storm hits. River Vrbas cuts a swathe through the center of Banja Luka and swells apathetically every few days to erode its muddy borders further. Weeks of constant rain are punctuated by only the briefest hours or days of sunshine. 

The pattern of an individual rainstorm is unlike any I have every experienced before. There is no “waiting out” the heaviest portions of the rain - it just keeps going. The storms can be loud or droning, but their sounds persist throughout the day. They have become the soundtrack to my two months in Europe, the white noise machine to my daily eating, working, and sleeping.

Weather is one of those truly great, apolitical topics to discuss. It is a universal theme that is uncontroversial and a subject to which any person can relate. In an country like BiH, where using the wrong phrase or expression can cause offense and trudge up memories of the war two decades ago, being able to discuss how terrible this summer has been weather-wise is a welcome conversational safe zone. Furthermore, discussing the rain at the beginning of a conversation has become its own greeting, an almost required introduction to any ensuing dialogue. This seems a cultural courtesy, especially for an outsider such as me. I have been repeatedly informed by locals that this is the worst summer of the country’s history, a reinforcing explanatory statement in the same way someone might explain that an untidy apartment is usually much more organized. It is a reminder to me and maybe to themselves that this is not how things normally are, how it will eventually return to normal, and how this is just the latest in a series of hardships that they are compelled to but are capable of enduring. For an outsider to acknowledge this lapse in weather regularity is not only acceptable, but considered polite.

The first time I visited this country was in March of 2014, during a week that was universally regarded as unseasonably warm, sunny, and clear-skied. I was told that March weather is never THAT beautiful.

So I have been asked by friends and family in the US what the weather is normally like here in BiH. 

I have no idea.

Briefly, regarding the above drawing:

This is a portrait of a main walking thoroughfare in the center of the shopping district of Banja Luka, referred to locally as “the Pedestrian.” It is Banja Luka’s answer to Rodeo Drive, with less conspicuous consumption and more pekaras. 

I do not believe it is a coincidence that my least successful drawings on the iPad have taken me the most time to complete. I become stuck on smaller details, and lose the spontaneity and energy of the piece. This drawing took me a very, very long time. 

I am not thrilled with how it turned out. The color and tone of the piece is off, and doesn’t capture the actual mood of the pedestrian, even in the rain. Shadows and lighting are inaccurate. The buildings too closely follow a two point perspective and don’t seem realistically settled into what is normally uneven, bumpy terrain. The best part about this drawing is that it is done.

And that’s because, despite this piece including some of my biggest artistic weaknesses/fears (architecture, landscapes, reflections, rain), I figured out some techniques and pitfalls that should hopefully strengthen future drawings. As I had discussed recently with saileshcreates every drawing is just training for the next one.

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