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Cat Town, Japan.

Listen up, y’all. I’m about to tell you guys about the #1 cat lady destination in Japan: Yanaka.

Yanaka is a neighborhood in Taitō Ward, Tokyo. It’s a super traditional part of town filled with winding alleys, shrines and meticulously maintained temples. It’s a lovely place, but today we’re here to focus on the thing that makes Yanaka a magnet for nerds like me: good good kitties.

You see, Yanaka is a neighborhood with a butt-ton of stray cats. This makes sense, since it’s basically cat heaven. The streets and alleys of Yanaka are essentially just a series of hidey holes and ideal sunning spots that happen to have humans running around. Thankfully these humans are quite appreciative of their feline overlords, which is why part of Yanaka has essentially just become cat themed. It’s honestly like the neighborhood has just agreed that this is their thing now.

The first cat-themed establishment we visited in Yanaka was Nekoemon, a café with a scant 13 seats that’s covered in cat decor. The special thing about this place is that they offer a set (for roughly $15USD) that includes a cat-shaped cookie, a coffee drink of your choice and a little unfinished maneki neko figurine. Why the figurine? ‘Cause you’re about to customize yourself a neko, my friend.

The owner asked customers to choose between figurines to attract either luck or money. We picked luck and got our maneki neko along with a full assortment of markers. The owner even set out a few already painted figurines to provide inspiration.

Aside from the novel figurine offer, the café also had genuinely delicious lunch sets. They weren’t cat themed (though they had plenty of dessert options that were), but it was healthy and extremely tasty. I honestly recommend Nekoemon on all fronts. 

Here’s my finished maneki neko. Followers of the blog may recognize him.

Nekoemon is great, but it isn’t even at the center of the cat madness. No, for that we’re headed to the shopping area: Yanaka Ginza.

Even if you don’t care about cats (in which case I’ve got to ask… why did you read this far?) this street is lovely. There are shops for handcrafted items, souveniers, sweets, savory foods and a lot more.

If you aren’t all sugared up from Nekoemon, you can always stop by Yanaka Shippoya, a shop that sells cat tail donuts. The donuts are named as cats would be rather than for their flavors, and they’re honestly very nice. We had a sesame camembert one that was lovely and not too sweet.

Donuts not your bag? You can always satisfy your sweet tooth with some maneki neko shaped taiyaki from Maneki-ya. Fluffy outside, rich and creamy inside. We got the matcha custard and red bean flavor and it did not disappoint.

Okay, so you’ve had enough sugar to last you a lifetime. Know what has no calories? Cat accessories. Yanaka Ginza has a bunch of shops that specialize in just… cat stuff. Cat jewelry? Check. Cat kitchenware? Check. Cat bento? Check. Cat bags? Dear heavenly lord, check. There’s even a store that specializes in making custom cat stamps. Seriously.

That’s just one tiny corner of just one shop. We visited 3, but saw more. Most of the shops had signs asking visitors to refrain from taking photos, so we kept the camera packed away. Honestly, I get it. These are shops best explored in person. It’s fun to see how the owner of each shop has a unique aesthetic and stocks totally different items (though there is certainly some overlap). You can tell these stores are curated by cat lovers.

Oh, and of course we can’t forget the feline residents themselves. When we first hit the area we saw zero cats. None. I was honestly really disappointed, but it turns out they were all hiding from the rain that started shortly after. Those kitty instincts served them well and kept them dry, and once the rain passed we suddenly saw little cat faces poking out all over.

This sweet girl roamed the cemetery and was the first kitty we met.

Shortly after we met a pair of housecats that chirped at us quite enthusiastically.

This orange boy said goodbye to us just before we left the area. 

In conclusion: if you love fluffbutts and toe beans and are near Tokyo, get thee to Yanaka. It’s a fantastic weekend day trip that isn’t crowded to the brim with tourists, the whole neighborhood has a relaxed and peaceful vibe, and you can come home decked out in cat stuff and filled with sugar. What more could you even want? 

xNTx Friends


ENTJ:

  • Crazy schedule, still manages to hang around with friends.
  • Insanely driven. Vital necessity of being The Best™.
  • Doesn’t have time for bullshit, ever.
  • Generally sweet, scary when mad (emphasize ‘scary’).
  • Highly motivated and ambitious.
  • No drama, thank you.
  • Flawless facial control (low-key scary as well).
  • INTP’s recklessness makes her have a mini heart attack every now and again.
  • Manners matter.
  • Has been super busy lately.
  • And by ‘lately’ we mean since always until forever.

Common phrases include:

– “You might find this of some help”.
– “This is so interesting”.
– “Yes, I’ve read about it”.
– “Sorry, I already have plans”.
– “I’d actually prefer to do it myself”.
– “Really, just let /me/ do it :)”.


ENTP:

  • Sharp tongue.
  • Comeback generator.
  • Laid back attractiveness and incredible charisma.
  • Bulldozer mode when mad.
  • Put-together and confident.
  • Has a fame for being flirty.
  • Hasn’t had that many partners at all.
  • “wrecking ball” (- mother mother) is his life theme song.
  • Is actually quite delicate.
  • Almost all his facial expressions are masks.
  • Hiding his real emotions seems to have become a life purpose.
  • His deep interests surprise most people.
  • “Is very intelligent, but way too lazy at school” squad with INTP.
  • Is seen as a bad influence.
  • Actually has a pretty solid moral code.
  • Fashion style score: BADASS. (the aesthetics are real).

Common phrases include:

– “Think about it this way”.
– “Why, am I bothering you?” + smirk.
– “Sorry, I wasn’t paying attention to your bullshit”.
– “Why does everyone believe I’m lying?”


INTJ

  • Works silently because success speaks for itself.
  • The library is his natural habitat.
  • Very specific fields of interest.
  • Seems very polite, and he is.
  • (Doesn’t actually believe in politeness itself, has only learned to follow formalities in order to make his life easier). 
  • Efficient™.
  • Crisis over personal traits of which the analysis were thought to be concluded. 
  • Really brain, why this again. Why.
  • Has learned to master several skills that he doesn’t even enjoy.

Common phrases include:

– “No”. (Default reply to INTP’s proposes).
– “That is /such/ a bad idea”.
– “Actually…” (*insert unasked correction*).
– “I’m still considering it”.
– “What do you mean it’s not polite to tell them how wrong they are?”
– “Of course I cannot change my schedule” (to ENTP).


INTP

  • Has strong opinions on matters that she has given a lot of thought (and we mean a lot).
  • Gets overwhelmed by being the center of attention.
  • Became an Ancient Rome expert overnight.
  • Comfy discrete clothes.
  • Deadlines are a very flexible concept.
  • Actually, every concept should be prone to constant revision.
  • Study time is the perfect time for introspection and/or new ideas development.
  • Either absolutely hyped or completely indolent.

Common phrases include:

– “My nights are a mix of insomnia and belated lunch”.
– “What if we…” (Proposes crazily awesome plan to INTJ).
– “There are pubs in which you can hear a much more refined language than in the Congress”.
– “Because apathy is the foundation of my being” (as a response to ENTJ asking her why she doesn’t just /do/ the stuff).


Shared traits

  • Difficulty to compute feelings (we know, we know, ‘such a cliché’. Still true).
  • Allergies: stupidity, ignorance, illogical social rules.
  • “WHY do people refuse to THINK”.
  • Rich lexicon (xNTJs’ default mode, xNTPs’ show it when the situation is worth it).
  • Best debates between them, NFs are sometimes invited.
  • Would always choose knowledge over ignorance, even if it implies unhappiness.
  • “What do you mean it was offensive? It’s the truth!” (As a response to ENFJ).

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IxxJ squad

xNFx squad

Ah yes, this scene, the “Keith is a terrible leader” scene, the “Allura is expendable” scene, the scene that fandom beats to death again and again to determine whether Keith is worthy of being the Black Paladin scene…

Strap in, kiddos, because I have my own two cents to add in here, and rather than fill someone else’s post with my rambling, I decided to make my own. Because in all this back and forthing with this scene, I feel like we as a fandom are missing the fundamentally bigger picture here. 

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STELLIA.

It’s called a stellium when you have several planets in a single house or sign. Whether three or four planets should be the minimum is debatable; personally, I believe three or more is a comfortable standard. Stellia, when present, are vital factors in the natal chart. They indicate a considerable cluster of energies that demands attention & development, and paints a vivid picture of the native’s patterns, motives, lessons to learn, and potential.

If you believe in karma, a stellium may suggest that the native has dues to pay, so to speak – the opposing house or sign could’ve been overdeveloped in their past life and now it is time to restore balance. If they have a “heavy” stellium (with many volatile energies involved), it may be considered a punishment. Even if you don’t believe in karma, however, there is still something karmic about the stellium, if only in the sense of personal growth. The more planets there are in a house or sign, the more that house’s theme or sign’s energy will either (a) come naturally to you, or (b) call for advancement. It is likely that sign stellia imply an abundance of that particular archetype’s energy in the native’s psyche, and the house stellia are what require healing, expansion, and awareness. There are many ways to interpret stellia; below, I’ve tried to break down my method of doing so as simply as possible.

The sun’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a fundamental & innate part of the native’s identity. It may also mean that the sign or house must be accepted or grown into.
The moon’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme lies at the native’s core, there are habits formed around it, and emotions are filtered through it. Pain or comfort may be attached to it.
Mercury’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a learning process that the native will likely share with others. Teaching their findings or forming a way of life around them is probable.
Venus’ presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is softened and modified (by either the native or the person/group of people associated with the sign or house) to be more pleasant & “beautiful” in whatever sense. It may be ideally expressed through art or in relationships. It is very likely that there will be an amount of romanticization involved with it.
Mars’ presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a part of what drives & inspires the native. It may have a violent or otherwise volatile inclination, and will probably produce intensity or conflict.
Jupiter’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme produces a fruitful journey throughout the native’s life. It may or may not be very fun (depending on other planets involved), but it promises a positive result, as it is cultivating & expanding the qualities of that area of life (or self).
Saturn’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme has detrimental tendencies that will, at some point, be painfully abolished & replaced with a more mature and/or healthy method of approach. Much struggle and unhappiness will take place there, but you’ll learn from it.
Uranus’ presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is dynamic and may have a strange or “urgent” feeling to it; the former is caused by unconventionality and the latter is caused by the inevitability of change taking place in that area of life or self. It may also be a crucial part of a bigger picture, a revolutionary bloom that’ll take place outside of the native.
Neptune’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a buried or neglected part of the native’s psyche that affects them on a subconscious & often uncontrollable or invisible level. This is usually detrimental, but sometimes it is similar to the moon’s presence in a stellium.
Pluto’s presence in a stellium indicates that the sign’s energy or the house’s theme is a chaotic & powerful force that causes immense pain, turmoil, conflict, disturbance, and, most importantly, profound transformation. The troubles will be destructive and recurrent, but with each cycle the native is further refined.

Aries stellium: the native’s sense of self is prominent & innate. They know how to assert & fight for themselves, sometimes to excess.
Taurus stellium: the native’s sense of security is prominent & innate. They know how to establish themselves in life, sometimes to excess.
Gemini stellium: the native’s ability to communicate is prominent & innate. They know how to share themselves, sometimes to excess.
Cancer stellium: the native’s ability to nurture is prominent & innate. They know how to protect themselves, sometimes to excess.
Leo stellium: the native’s sense of worth is prominent & innate. They know how to project themselves, sometimes to excess.
Virgo stellium: the native’s sense of imperfection is prominent & innate. They know how to improve themselves (or think they do), sometimes to excess.
Libra stellium: the native’s ability to create peace is prominent & innate. They know how to balance (or unbalance) themselves, sometimes to excess.
Scorpio stellium: the native’s ability to transform is prominent & innate. They know how to repair (or destroy) themselves, sometimes to excess.
Sagittarius stellium: the native’s sense of expansion is prominent & innate. They know how to develop themselves (their minds), sometimes to excess.
Capricorn stellium: the native’s sense of duty is prominent & innate. They know how to build themselves and their lives, sometimes to excess.
Aquarius stellium: the native’s ability to reinvent is prominent & innate. They know how to change themselves and others, sometimes to excess.
Pisces stellium: the native’s ability to imagine is prominent & innate. They know how to elevate themselves and others, sometimes to excess.
(The signs & their ruling planets may have similar affects on a stellium, depending on the overall nature of the chart.)

1st house stellium: the native easily establishes and expresses their identity. They know & understand themselves, or assume or claim personalities that may not be entirely accurate because they know who they aspire to be. Their life is majorly composed of self-expression or self-discovery. If this does not come naturally, the object is to discover, accept, and share themselves fully.
2nd house stellium: the native easily takes care of themselves; they know what they like & what they want, & they work toward achieving it. They desire pleasure, comfort, & stability, & their life is majorly composed of those pursuits. If this does not come naturally, the object is to learn how to become a part of the physical realm, and to enjoy & savor it, to stop taking it for granted.
3rd house stellium: the native easily incorporates their active consciousness into daily life through exchanges, be they verbal or literal. To learn & to understand are what they passively yearn for – they aren’t inclined to seek it because they are generally satisfied with what they intellectually receive on an everyday basis. If this does not come naturally, the object is to cultivate that receptivity to & appreciation for the great things that pass them by regularly.
4th house stellium: the native easily finds or creates a home for themselves when they need it. They feel secure within themselves, they are a safe space for themselves and for others, and they are capable of drawing inspiration & growing from their past in a healthy, mature way. If this does not come naturally, the object is to discover a sense of internal stability, to let go of issues of the past and grow from them, and to discover the true meaning of home.
5th house stellium: the native easily attains emotional & creative pleasure through their expressive endeavors. They can demonstrate who they are through art and relationships, and prosper in their satisfactory establishment of self. They feel free. If this does not come naturally, the object is to learn how to let go of fear and restrictions while respecting moderation, and to acquire a skillful method of releasing or satisfying their feelings, ideas, and desires.
6th house stellium: the native easily comprehends their own imperfections and is devoted to the pursuit of improving themselves. There is a strong theme of seeking a better life experience with them; they strive for optimal health and physical/mental functioning, so much so that they may disregard comfort & relaxation or may become very fearful individuals. The object, no matter whether these traits come naturally, is to discover what it truly means to be human and to balance acceptance with perseverance rather than allowing one to outweigh the other, in turn scattering & wasting the human condition.
7th house stellium: the native easily connects to other people & assimilates well to most social dynamics. They are usually quite empathetic individuals, but it comes from a place of interpersonal intellect rather than heart (unless other placements suggest that). Love is very important to them in any form, and they tend to define themselves by it. The object is generally to learn to differentiate themselves & their identities from other people’s, to establish themselves singularly, and to rearrange their innate priorities to put themselves first. Alternatively, they may need to learn how to be more receptive.
8th house stellium: the native easily comprehends dark, buried subjects. They are extremely intuitive (often psychic), investigative, and usually secretive. They seek to know and understand everything most people refuse to look at, as they are only fulfilled by deep, profound experiences & knowledge. If this does not come naturally, they likely have an aversion to controversy; the object is to learn to allow their penetrative, transformative nature to flourish.
9th house stellium: the native easily lends themselves to the process of intellectual expansion, and define themselves by the search of knowledge and experience. They tend to be grandiose & adventurous people with very big imaginations and a yearning for all things unknown & interesting to them. If this does not come naturally, the object is to detach from their roots, to cultivate a more open mind, and to discover a personal appeal to discovery.
10th house stellium: the native easily achieves what they set their mind to. They thrive in the spotlight and revel in recognition, as long as it is well-deserved. They strive to be exactly the person they want to be, and can thus confine themselves to an unattainable or caricatured ideal. Reward motivates them, and they’re remarkably hardworking. If this does not come naturally, the object is to develop & elevate a sense of duty to their own self-respect, to abolish their lazy habits, and to realize their true purpose in life.
11th house stellium: the native easily fabricates vivid dreams and aspirations. They are creative, innovative, logical thinkers with immense potential. They apply their ideas to a desire for worth; they may measure their value by their contributions to society. They are highly concerned with the greater good, and are usually capable of creating great benefit for humanity. If this does not come naturally, the object is to become more progressive & open-minded, to find their altruism, & to create the good they want to see.
12th house stellium: the native easily tunes into their meditative, subconscious state, but are rarely capable of bringing that rich spiritual realm into contact with reality. They tend to have a lot of unlocked potential. They may feel that they are instruments in a “divine plan” or that they have a special connection to whatever they perceive to be divine. They repress much of their personality and usually do not know exactly who they are or how they operate. They’re deeply introverted, and pain is a significant factor in their identity. If this does not come naturally, the object is to come to understand that there is something sacred about them, that they can discover their true selves if they dig deep enough, that their sacrifices are appreciated, and that they mustn’t suppress themselves any more than they naturally do.

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Originally posted by dericeketlihatun

Request: Hi love! Can you do a Edward Cullen imagine reader is his blood singer and has the power to mirror powers and can you include the covens to.😊
For: @tangled-lust
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Edward Cullen x Read

Gonna do the Readers powers kinda like Rogue from X-men


Patience might be a virtue but it was definitely not your thing.
Sat on the hood of Edward’s car, you clicked your feet together and waited with your boyfriend who was reading his book.
“I don’t see why I can’t go in there.” You pouted.
Edward didn’t look up from his book, “Yes you do. If and your brother hadn’t dared each other to try to jump off of the shed then you wouldn’t have cut your leg and you wouldn’t have to wait out here.”
You leaned back against the windscreen with a groan, why was he so eager to remind you of your misadventures? It hadn’t been a bad cut by human standards, Carlisle had cleaned it up in two minutes but it was enough to keep Edward away for a few days while it was healing. You’d also had to stay away from the rest of the Cullen’s, just in case it started bleeding again. That’s why you were sat waiting, Edward was waiting until he knew everyone in the house would be okay with the ever so slight scent before he risked taking you in there.

And by everyone, you knew that he meant Jasper. Having read your mind Edward put his book down, “You’re practically healed, blood in a bandage does not smell nice so that’s not tempting to me. But Jasper’s very sensitive.”
You accepted the answer and Edward went back to his book, after a moment you inched your hand towards his.
“Don’t even try it.” Edward warned not looking up.
You pouted, “You promised not to keep reading my mind.”

“It’s not my fault that you can’t be sneaky.” He countered amused. You inched your hand closer to him again.
“Y/N.” He warned, not looking away from his book again but you could see the amusement on his face. He knew what you were planning, if you could just get a good grip on any of his skin you’d momentarily be able to hitch a ride with his powers and be able to read everyone’s mind in the house and get in there quicker. It would have been nice to have a super awesome backstory about your powers, a classic like an experiment gone wrong or a radioactive spider.

But alas, it seemed you were just born with them.
You didn’t even know that you had your powers until you’d met Edward and accidently brushed his hand with yours in class, suddenly there were nearly thirty hormone fuelled voices rushing through your mind. You’d collapsed under the stress of it all the first time and been taken into hospital where Carlisle had treated you and Edward spilled the beans about his mind reading powers, his clan and you being his blood singer. An ill-advised move but hey, they needed to help you with your powers. It had taken a long time to come around to the idea and even longer for Rosalie to become your friend, she thought Edward was making the same mistakes with you as he made with Bella, they’d had a bad breakup and now Bella ran with the Mutts.
She was pleasantly surprised though when she got to know you and you became good friends with all of them. Jasper’s powers were quite overwhelming, the onetime you’d both been comfortable enough at the closeness to try it but he was incredibly helpful at guiding you in using them.  Emmett’s favourite thing that you’d ever done was singing the That’s so Raven! Theme song before taking Alice’s hand, as luck would have it she was getting a vision at the same time and the power of it knocked you clean out and you dropped to the floor.

The more that you used your powers the less they wore you out or knocked you unconscious, Carlisle had a theory that if you were to become a Vampire that instead of just experiencing another’s powers you may actually be able to hijack them and ‘borrow’ them for a small time.

Edward tucked his book inside his jacket and slid off of the hood just as you’d nearly got close enough to touch him, he stepped around to where you were sat and put his hands on your hips to help you down off of the car, “Jasper’s fine, we can go in.”
You leaned into him and let him meet you the rest of the way to give you a soft kiss, he was often awkward about these things so you never tried to push it too far.
A wolf whistle made you both separate and Edward shot Emmett a glare whilst you gave him a cheeky grin.
“Come on Eddie, stop hoarding her all to yourself.” Emmett called and within a blink he was beside you, he took you from Edwards arms and ran with you back into the house, laughing the whole time as Edward chased him telling him to be careful. Howling with laughter Emmett dropped you down on the sofa beside Jasper who gave you a tight nod in greeting.

You settled down together for a while, you and Jasper on one sofa and Emmett and Edward playing video games on the other sofa when you nudged Jasper with your elbow. He gave you a look but when you smirked he returned it and held his hand out for you.

You took his hand and watched the room change, Jasper’s powers were your favourite to experience. The world sank back slightly and was replaced with blurs of swirling colours. It was so beautiful. You could only help move the colours; you reached out for vibrant pink watercolour floating in your peripheral and with Jasper’s help you pulled it over to your boyfriend.
Edward looked up at you both and gave you a charming smile, “Stop it you two.”
“We’re not doing anything.” Jasper lied and you grinned.
Emmett gave you both a cheeky grin, “What’re you doing?”
“Jasper’s letting Y/N use his powers.” Edward explained and tried to refocus on his book but his blinding smile never left.
“What have you given him?” Emmett asked with a grin.
“Excitement and giddiness.” You laughed.
Edward shook his head at your antics before moving to you at vampire speed and brushing his lips over yours, you could feel his grin against your lips.
You could hear Jasper talking to Emmett, “I’m not even using my powers on him anymore.”
“Aww look at them, how adorable.” Emmett cooed and you urged Edward to sit down with you so that you could cuddle up to him and gave Emmett the finger.

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12x11 “Regarding Dean”

On the “Alice in Wonderland” & “Alice Through the Looking Glass” in “Regarding Dean”

”…cause all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, couldn’t put him back together again…”

-The “Humpty Dumpty” Riddle

I talked about this topic a little bit yesterday already in this post, but was too tired to expand and talk more about all of the references to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” as well as “Alice Through the Looking Glass” that were inserted in this week’s episode. It was in 10x05 “Fan Fiction” that Maeve, the stage manager described the moment when Calliope started influencing their play with the words “we’re past the looking glass, people” and it couldn’t be a more fitting and more impoortant line in relation to 12x11 “Regarding Dean”, because as much as the 200th episode was about a fictional story and with it it’s characters becoming real, so one major theme of this week’s episode also dealt with the question of reality. And the uncertainty of reality, perception and truth aren’t just topics extremely heavily tackled in Lewis Carroll’s stories, these things also play a heavy and important role in our current reality/society where we are met with “alternative facts” and “fake news” every single day and which it seems Supernatural even if only very slightly is making a comment on. But don’t worry, this is all I am going to allude to here in relation to RL.

What excited and still excites me about this week’s episode is how cleverly and detailed it worked with “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” references all throughout the episode. And I refuse to believe all of these are accidental - especially when taking into account how the show made a great effort in making known that Sam and Dean work in Arkansas, which is described as the “Carroll County” (see the 4th gif)

Lewis Carroll, the creator of these stories, in scientific discussion is analyzed as someone who used these stories not only as an homage to childhood, childhood innocence and the sadness about the inevitability of growing up, but he is also understood to have been a writer who tackled a whole lot of philosophical questions on semantics, language and logic in his works. In literature his two probably most famous stories surrounding Alice are described as “non-sense literature”, but if you dig deep you can find a whole lot of sense in it and also a great deal of thoughts about aspects of identity building. And that: growing up and identity shaping have been integral parts of Supernatural during these past few seasons.

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prompt: You say you like angst? Well so do I! If you haven’t written one, can you write about Newt and the reader having a lover’s quarrel but then making up and stuff? If you have written one, can you tell me the title? Thx

theme: angst and sad newt because I live for that :-)

warnings: arguing?

author note: pls send help, idk what I’ve done.

Originally posted by sirredmayne

You breathed in slowly. Trying your best to keep yourself cool and collected as you stitched up yet another injury on Newt’s arm. This had become quite the habit for you–truly. He would apparate into your kitchen or living room or bed room, the first place in your apartment he could think of, and more than likely fall out just after laying eyes on you.

And he knew exactly what you were thinking. He always did. He breathed in swiftly and glanced over at you, his features were taut with each stitch but he continued to watch you. The words coming out swiftly, having been repeated to much that it was mostly just a rehearsal for the next time.

“I know what you’re thinking and they aren’t dangerous.” His voice was small, knowing your argument already. Eyes suddenly flickering away and to anything else in the room.

Your eyes snapped up at man, jaw clenching tightly, “I never said they were Newt. The only thing I’ve ever said was maybe you shouldn’t go after the bigger ones. At least by yourself.”

He glanced over at you tentatively. Trying to read your expression but he already knew how this was going to go. You were worried about him and you probably always would be. Having seen the scars and having to stitch up everything new you had all the right to be.

“You know I can’t do that.” He fumbles out between a thick breath as you start to finish up on of the many cuts too deep to leave alone.

It’s moments like these where you realize just how stubborn her actually it. His absolutely disregard for himself was outstandingly stupid and he was almost too prideful to even consider working with someone. However, you knew it wasn’t exactly pride as well.

“I could help you.” Your voice was becoming harsher with each word, “maybe you wouldn’t get so banged up each time you go out, hmm?”/p>

He looked at you again, “no, I’d hate for you to get hurt–”

“Hurt like you?”

Something about the way you said that causes him to pull away from your touch. Neither of you are exactly sure what it is that makes him do it but you curl up your fingers and he starts to curl up into himself.

Yes. Exactly like that.” His voice was rougher than he intended for it to be. You were already upset with him and he knew this would make it worse–practically the makings of a fight and he really didn’t want to fight about this. Not again.

You left the bathroom to put your things away seeing as he wasn’t going to let you continue working on him. Both of you were on edge. He was constantly getting hurt now and the Ministry was putting more and more pressure on him to hurry up and finish his book. Especially after the incident in New York. This was causing quite the little riff in your relationship.

“I just want you to be safe, it’s important to me.” You called over your shoulder as you walked to your room to put the small box back under your bed.

“I’m completely safe all the time thank you very much.” He answered you and the neighbors could probably hear you through the thin walls. That meaning you would get a tongue-lashing the next morning for being so loud.

You but down on your tongue to try and keep yourself calm–which wasn’t working out to well if you were being honest with yourself.

“Oh yeah,” you said sarcastically as you walked back toward the bathroom, “showing up at my apartment, covered in blood, and on the verge of passing out is definitely safe.

Whenever you walked back in he had his head leaning against the counter. Exhausted to say the very least. His entire body shook from the pain and you knew you couldn’t continue with your fight, at least not at that moment in time.

You sighed deeply and slid a soothing hand up and down his back, “we can talk about this in the morning, but you really need to eat and rest.”

He closed his eyes and stands, your arm wrapped around his waist and helping him through the apartment. You can feel each muscle tense up and let go as you make your way towards the kitchen to get him something to eat.

Underneath - Arrow Music Notes 5x20

Chase traps Oliver and Felicity in the bunker which forces many emotions to bubble to the surface.  Important conversations and relationships usually mean beautiful and powerful music and this episode was no exception.  The Flashbacks also explored Felicity and Oliver’s time between seasons with a return of a few beloved themes.  (Spoiler alert: this is going to be very Olicity focused.  There are one or two major Oliver moments and a few other brief moments for the other characters but most of this review is about Olicity.  So for the few of you who are not Olicity fans but love the music enough to deal with my bias…go ahead at your own risk.  You have been warned)

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Character Development Breakdown: Inuyasha

Introduction

Inuyasha is the only character that goes from Point A to Point Z, so naturally when he gets development, it’s not only because he needs it, it’s because he really NEEDS it, it’s more crucial to his character in the series because he has the furthest path to travel.

Now before I jump into his development, we really have to cover an important subject, because honestly I wouldn’t be doing his character justice if I didn’t, that thing is of course, Kagome. As mentioned previously, Kagome’s influence reaches pretty much throughout the series, and this is a very primary case. Largely because without Kagome, we wouldn’t have the Inuyasha we do at the end of the series, or the middle of the series, or not far after the beginning of the series. It’s her that is either the reason he develops, or the causes of his development.

Everything from his growing/changing/exposing feelings, his rise in power, his acceptance in himself (and his desire to remain who/what his is), trust in others, his skill as a swordsman, and so much more, lead to Kagome in some shape/form/way. Inuyasha does summarize that pretty strongly at the end of the series and fittingly so, her influence in making him a warrior and man, shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s with that said, we’ll now cover Inuyasha’s development.

The Breakdown

Expressing Himself: This is a very odd one, because it’s sort of a half-and-half, we have many moments throughout the series where Inuyasha is very capable of expressing what he’s feeling, but those moments are either more natural moments where he feels very comfortable, or when he has to absolutely do so. We have moments where he clams up, and a lot of this deals with his past, his parents, his upbringing after he lost his mother, often being subjects that he’ll try to ignore or completely avoid. The biggest of course that would come to mind would be expressing his feelings, which he struggles to find himself able to do, but becomes more comfortable with it throughout the series. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the moments where Inuyasha is at his most open comes when he’s drunk when encountering the potion master towards the end of the series. Naturally he’s far more capable around the right person or the right setting, with Kagome he’s naturally more open and at ease, so he lets his guard down more freely, the same is said for her time and in her home/room, but like many, there are just some things he’d rather not talk about, one of the biggest themes for Inuyasha is keeping his eyes focused on the future, he wants to forget a lot of the darker times, because he both realizes and wants the brighter times that Kagome provides.

Swordsmanship: While Inuyasha never quite ‘loses’ the hot-head, rush into the battle and swing your sword around like a lunatic kind of approach, he does become a better fighter, and again a lot of that is usually how he approaches battle with Kagome around. Whether she’s around him or he’s backing her up, he’s naturally stronger, faster and more precise with his approach to things. Things like slicing through The Noh Mask when it is just inches from Kagome’s face in the manga, especially in the earlier parts of the series, aren’t simple things to do, especially for someone just starting out, that only comes from trust in your ability and the person that you’re attempting to try and save without hurting them. His pursuit and want to become stronger and better with it, comes from his desire to keep Kagome safe, both from others, but from himself as well, his desire to grow in power isn’t selfish one like it starts out as, and because of this, he comes to rely on the Tessaiga, and with his reliance on the sword he continuously improves.

Accepting Himself: Oddly, you’d likely believe this was the one that would get the most development, but it actually barely makes it past the beginning of the series. Sure at the beginning of the series, it’s a really big deal, but that’s an Inuyasha scrambling for acceptance from others, and willing to go about it by whatever means, even if it meant tarnishing his own heritage a little bit. It’s not his fault, having heard that being what he was, was wrong, so many, naturally had him searching for a way to make himself “right”. Of course, after a little experience with both sides, he became more and more willing to see Kagome’s side of the situation, because she accepted him as the half-demon he was. Experiencing his human side at it’s very worst, immediately turned his attention solely to becoming a demon, a fore-warning from Miroku made him stop, the very idea of him turning on Kagome made him fearful, but he was able to quickly push that aside, assuming he’d have no trouble handling it… until the attack on the bandits took place, immediately turning his focus away from it, especially when he realized the danger it would bring to Kagome. This turns his focus onto becoming stronger.

Trust: Inuyasha says it pretty early in the series, he survived as long as he had up to that point because he trusted nobody, that included Kikyo, with their trust issues highlighted throughout the series, both in their interaction and their eventual turn on one another. This statement turns out to be a pretty ironic one, because right after this, he has to put his trust in Kagome to save him and keep him safe. This became the real turning point for him, because he naturally comes to trust Kagome’s ability to pull him out of sticky situations or back him up, she’d done it on a few occasions before this, but this was the moment where Inuyasha was at his very weakest, and found someone that didn’t take advantage of it, talk down to him for it, and actually worried about his safety. Trust is one of the strongest elements to Inuyasha’s character, so it’s always a big deal throughout the series, and that trust grows and becomes stronger through interaction with Kagome and his group of friends. That translates to a real understanding of what companionship and love is, and yes, Inuyasha learns both of these pretty well, he has a very basic view of these two at the beginning of the series, but over the course of the series, he not only understands them, but realizes what they are, both come from his interaction with Kagome, which opens more worlds for him, and in many cases, causes him to do things he wouldn’t have done in the past.

Behavior: Kaede stated it best at the beginning of the series when she speculated that Inuyasha may in fact be more like his father than Sesshomaru was. Well, if Inuyasha at the beginning of the series is the wild bandit 'raised’ Inuyasha, the one at the end of the series, has to very similar to his father. Elements of his later character are there, in reality he’s just a nice boy that wants to be accepted, wants to be depended and cared about, the facade at the beginning of the series, is just a facade. Without much of a proper upbringing, he does have some elements to his character that even if he doesn’t mean to, pushes people away, some of these things he does intentionally, but the things he doesn’t realize or quite understand become pieces that Kagome tries to guide him through, she’s trying to turn the boy into a man, and over the course of the series we watch Inuyasha become a man, as he moves way from the more childish antics we see at the beginning of the series. He doesn’t lose everything about him, it’s not a complete change, but his approach to things goes through a drastic change, which makes him more accepting to people around him, among the many things that Kagome taught him, she taught him how to survive in society, to approach people and things around him. This also covers selfishness, which is something Inuyasha personified at the beginning of the series, living around bandits (or being around them, not so much “living with them”), he’d come to connect with their “I want this now” attitude, and often his goal for the jewel was driven by his want to get the jewel as quickly as possible, often putting the jewel ahead of everything, even Kagome and Kagome’s life, however that quickly turns around, with not only Kagome confronting him on the situation, but her near death against The Thunder Brothers.

Power: Technically this should go under Swordsmanship, because their very similar, and the Tessaiga plays a role in both situations, but that wouldn’t do Inuyasha’s development justice. Inuyasha’s growth in confidence naturally comes from the Tessaiga’s heritage, it was created to protect Inuyasha’s mother, so when he’s using it to keep Kagome safe, he’s naturally more powerful, faster, stronger, etc. so the sword fits perfectly with his personality, especially within those key moments. But really most of his power comes from his confidence in himself and who he is, confidence in yourself can of course be a double-edge sword, some characters like Naraku become overconfident which often causes them to crash and burn, but Inuyasha, Kagome and Sesshomaru, each over the course of the series, grow in confidence in themselves, Kagome and Inuyasha growing in confidence, while Sesshomaru over the course of the series, sheds his overconfidence that found him in so many troubling situations through the series. The more Inuyasha accepts himself, with the more trust he places into himself and others, allows for his rise in power.

Conclusion

Inuyasha’s development from Point A to Point Z, is summed up pretty well at the end of the series, and he uses a very fitting word to describe it: “taught”. In order to learn we need a person to provide guidance, be it a mentor, teacher, parent, we don’t learn without being taught or even trying something, that is something that Inuyasha was never quite allowed to do, he lost his mother at a young age, and learned most of his habits through his time in the wild, even when he met Kikyo, we never saw him 'learn’.  He tried to fit in, he tried to find a place to accept him, when he couldn’t find one, he turned his back on the world and made a place for himself. Kagome doesn’t just play the role of a girl he likes, she’s a guide.

The best example can actually come right from canon, their meeting at the Well, when a Inuyasha whose in rather dark moment at the time, tells her that he cannot be happy and doesn’t deserve to be, only for Kagome to grab his hand and walk with him, her intentions to lead him towards a happier life clear in mind. That scene is her guiding him towards a 'light’ in his moment of darkness,, and multiple moments have Inuyasha reaching his lowest point, only to pull free from them the moment Kagome’s voice and appearance are involved.

So throughout the series we watch as Kagome guides Inuyasha towards a place where he is both happy, and into a person that his mother and father would have raised him to be, teaching him all of the things that he would have learned with a more stable upbringing, she’s essentially playing the role of both his guide and girlfriend through the series.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: Transcript of His Earth Day 2000 Speech (April 22nd, 2000) 

Ever since I was a little kid, environmental issues have sparked my interest.

Let me start off by saying that the problem with doing a speech on the environment is that there is so much to say about so many issues. So let me first take a step back and tell a story that comes from my family.

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Top Twelve Favorite Uranium Pokemon

After I posted my review of Uranium, I felt bad because I don’t think I highlighted the good fakemon enough and spent a lot of time discussing the bad ones. So I wanted to show off some of the coolest ones I ran across in the game. This favorites list is based on the design and concept of the pokemon and not necessarily their stats or abilities.

Apologies for a few of these pics looking a bit janky and weird, I need to still evolve/catch those in my save game before taking proper screencaps.

1.) Linkite

Pretty sure this is my favorite fakemon of the whole game. It has simple, striking imagery. It’s clearly a ghost-type based on the Substitute doll; the idea behind it is that it is the spirit of a pokemon that died while in its pokeball. It’s a dark idea without going too overboard, and it’s quite creepy and disturbing and just darn clever. Wanted to use in my playthrough but stats are super-bad and only way it can evolve is via trading, which I couldn’t do with my copy of the game at the time.

2.) Metalynx

While I do not care for the look of the Water and Fire starters, nor do I think much of Metalynx’s pre-evolution, I feel Metalynx itself is an excellent design. It’s unqiue and creative, and looks quite badass, and it served me well in my playthrough. I have noted elsewhere I think the floral pattern on his back looks a bit out-of-place and silly (I assume it was an attempt to tie in the whole ‘he’s a grass type, really!’ thing) but that’s my only little nitpick. The Mega form is quite nice too. 

3.) Nucleon

The pokemon itself is very overpowered with its ability (Atomizate, like Pixelate but with Nuclear typing) + Hyper Voice, especially with a choice scarf, so it can actually be pretty boring to use. I’m also a bit miffed I didn’t teach my Eevee Shadow Ball before it evolved into Nucleon, because in terms of non-Normal/Nuclear Special moves, Shadow Ball really is the best. But Nucleon can’t learn it, only Eevee can. I had to stick with flippin’ Hidden Power. 

Anyway! Point is, the design is very beautiful. 

4.) Gargryph

l really love the concept behind this poke. When you visit the town you get one from, there are these statues all over the place and only later do you discover they’re alive. They’re obviously based on gargoyles, (or a ‘grotesque’ if you wanna be pedantic) specifically one that looks like a griffin. It’s actually really surprising Pokemon has never had anything resembling a griffin before. That’s a shame, because they’re really cool mythical beasts. This pokemon has a cool Ability called Rebuild, which restores a little HP if it wasn’t hit by an attack that turn. It complements a walling-pokemon style very nicely, especially one with Protect that carries Leftovers to maximize that recovery. 

Unfortunately, this guy’s only good stat is its physical defense. Being a pure Rock type, it’s weak to so many special attacks it’s pretty damn difficult to use it effectively. But I still like the idea behind it as a walling/support poke, even if I could never get it to work. The sprite looks surprisingly really nice, too! One of the best in the game.

5.) Navighast

This is a Ghost/Fighting type, based on undead/cursed pirates. My first impression (its pre-evos are Swabone and Skelerogue) was that it looked too similar to Cubone/Marowak. And there are indeed strong similarities. But as it evolves it becomes more and more unique from that, and the idea behind it is different and really cool. The game features a rivalry between sea-faring ninjas and pirates, so some of the pokemon reflect that theme, this being the pirate-side of things. And who couldn’t love a pirate-themed pokemon? Besides, the typing combo is admittedly very fun.

6.) Firoke

This game has three lines of bug types that are closely related and become entwined in a truly awesome subplot. Obviously you can guess this is right up my alley– that subplot was my favorite part of the game. Of the three elemental bug lines, I would say Smore/Firoke ended up with the best design. It’s also quite exciting to have a Fire/Bug type (only one of those in real pokemon), and a red ant is perfect for that. Its sprite is also the least weird-looking of the bugs and actually quite decent.

7.) Stenowatt

It be an electric raptor. What more do I need to say? :P I love the color combination and the design. Also feathered dinos make me happy.

8.) Empirilla

This game includes some fan-made evolutions of real pokemon. This ‘lil fellah is actually pretty neat, and prob. my favorite of the evolutions from real pokes. I never much liked Primeape, and Empirilla looks way neater to me, so it’s an improvement in my mind. It also relates back to the original designs well.

9.) Baaschaf

This black sheep is perhaps understated in its strength, as the design is nothing extreme or dramatic. Rather, it’s just a very solid design. It fits into the pokemon universe well, and differentiates itself just fine from Mareep’s line. 

10.) Raffiti

So, yes, this is absolutely a Smeargle clone. But that’s OK because it’s BETTER than Smeargle’s design, which I never liked, haha. Also its stats are better than Smeargle’s, too. Plus it’s pure Dark type! That’s pretty neat.

11.) Geigeroach

Obviously my bug bias is clear here. But, c’mon. Nuclear cockroach. I would have been gravely disappointed if such a thing wasn’t included in the game. I should point out the thing is nigh impossible to actually use in battle; dual Something/Nuclear types always carry a buttload of x2 and x4 weaknesses, due to the nature of Nuclear typing, and if you combine that with a type that already has a lot of weaknesses, it’s only making it worse. Its stats are also poopy. So, yeah, you ain’t using this guy. But DANG DUDE the design is cool.

12.) Lavent

The stats are underwhelming, but I appreciate that this one’s based off geothermal vents and giant tube worms. An area that was just begging for a pokemon, honestly!

Honorable Mentions:

These are pokemon you can receive as eggs, either from an NPC or from the local Pokemon Professor for dex progress. I’m only placing them as HMs because I didn’t know about them until post-game, but they really are among the coolest designs.

Gellin

This thing reminds me so much of an Ultra Beast. (I’m pretty sure these were designed well before Sun/Moon was a thing.) After all, Ultra Beasts look … super weird and not like typical pokemon at all. It’s really damn hard to define exactly what an Ultra Beast looks like. But that *point* that thing does. It also has a weird unexpected type combo the way a lot of Ultra Beasts do– this one is Grass/Electric. 

Luxelong & Oblivicorn

The Dragon/Fairy Luxelong and the Fairy unicorn line that can lead to the Normal Kiricorn or the Dark Oblivicorn are both damn cool, and it’s kind of a shame I didn’t know about them until it was too late. I guess it’s motivation for the post-game, if I get around to it!

Bestselling horror author Joe Hill (The Fireman, Horns, Locke & Key) - who also happens to be the son of Stephen King - will release a new book titled Strange Weather on October 24 via William Morrow.

The 448-page tome collects four new novellas: “Snapshot,” “Aloft,” “Rain,” and “Loaded.” More information can be found in the synopsis below. You can also read an excerpt on EW.

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Thief of Heart

The Thief of Heart. One who steals hearts, souls, and personality for their own advantage.

The heart wants what the heart wants…

Thief- steal their aspect for their advantage, usually giving to themself.

Heart- major themes of personality, souls, ambition, and identity. Minor themes of morale, willpower, and intuition.

Abilities

Heart stealer

The Thief of Heart quite simply steals hearts. They can tear a person’s heart out it, becoming more and more literal over time.

At lower levels the Thief of Heart could take away certain key emotions. They could make it so anyone’s “heart isn’t in it”. All the while they would feel renewed ambition. They can also use this to shoulder the  emotional burdens of others (though this will likely be to make people shut up and stop complaining).

At medium levels they progress further they could use a metaphorical heart. A most precious item or a craft reconstruction of a heart. Holding this enchanted item would allow them to tug at the heart strings, reeling the owner close, as if their soul was being tethered to the item.

As they progress further the Thief could knock out someone’s heart and take it. It wouldn’t be damaged and the person would still live. Whatever damage the heart takes is real. This can be used for extortion or stun a target through immense discomfort or pain.

At higher levels they could devour hearts and feed on their power. Each heart would grant a special buff related to it’s owner as well as heal the Thief. All of their physical abilities would increase and they would develop powerful emotions. Stolen hearts can be used to create splinters, but the splinters strength would only be as powerful as the hearts.

Soul steal

The Thief of Heart can steal souls and personality. This is difficult, but the use of soul items would ease the stress. Soul items can be their signature, their blood, a locket of their hair, a picture of them, etc.

At lower levels they’d be expert forgers. They’d be skilled in offhand impersonations and could perfectly mimic handwriting.

At medium levels they’d be master of disguises. By studying the subject and having a soul item or two they could temporarily shapeshift into that beings form. They could perfectly mimic their voice and mannerisms, but would not have their memory. The Thief might accidentally create a splinter if they lack proper focus (ie soul items).

At higher levels they could rip out souls and take them for themself. Souls would heighten the Thief’s awareness of souls, giving them a radar sense as they hunger for souls. They could measure up the true, inner power of a soul as well. The Thief can also take passion and ambition from the soul. The reault of their ambition is now the Thief’s. Jack Noir’s stabbing, the Black Queen’s composure, etc.

Skills

Actor- you are extremely gifted at acting and faking things

Emotional vampire- your gaze exhausts the soul

True love’s pull- you have a way of getting what you want from people

Theme song

I will possess your heart by Death Cab for Cutie

stardust to stardust.

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” 

Prompt: “Stardust” - @rebelcaptainprompts 

Not quite a fic, more just me nicely rambling about stardust as a theme in Rogue One. I’ve always loved this concept. 

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Some millennia ago, a star collapsed. 


When Galen sees his newborn daughter for the first time, he immediately notices her strikingly blue eyes. With flecks of gold. Like stardust

“Jyn,” he says, and Lyra smiles, “My Stardust.” 


A few years later, blood splatters the mineral-rich earth of Lah’mu. 

Does a mother really die? Or does she live on in her child?

Energy is not created nor destroyed. Only transformed.

Lyra becomes one with the Force.

Jyn runs, kyber crystal swinging from her necklace. Her father’s voice the only thing in her mind. “My Stardust. Everything I do, I do for you.”


Jyn doesn’t hear her full name for a very, very long time. 

Until it tumbles out of the mouth of Cassian Andor. 

“Jyn Erso. Daughter of Galen Erso.” 

If someone who lost their hearing as a child suddenly regained it as an adult, only to hear the screams of the dying, would it feel like this?

Her heartbeat roars in her ears. She hears him. Imperial. Planet-killer. Worlds turned to dust.

My Stardust. Everything I do, I do for you.” 


She’s sobbing on the floor. Jedha crumbles around her. Dust fills her lungs. She can’t move. Won’t move.

A flaw. In the planet-killer.

She was still his Stardust. 

Saw’s voice doesn’t move her. Cassian frantically storms in.

“What have you done to her?!”

Jyn’s mind is numb, but somewhere in her mind she has an answer. Saw didn’t do this. She’s suffocating and isn’t sure if it’s the dust or the whirlwind of emotions. My father did this.

And then Cassian’s arms are around her. He pulls her, just short of carrying her out.

“Hurry up or we’ll be turned into stardust,” he says. The words spark somethng in her. Jyn follows.

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7 Web Series for the Literary Lover

It'a National Book Lover’s Day and what better way to celebrate than with a few literary web series? While there are a ton of amazing web series out there both literary and non-literary, we’ve selected some fan favorites and some you may not have heard of!

1. All For One - If the original musketeers were queer and female, All For One is what you’d get. Set in modern day unversity, this adaptation of The Three Musketeers features a fierce cast and mind blowing story to tell.


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2. Carmilla - Perhaps the original Le Fanu novella is less well known but the web series sure as hell isn’t! Carmilla features a broody lesbian vampire, a non-binary character (LaFhooray!), lots of mysteries to solve, a determined detective far too curious for her own good and more!


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3. In Earnest - Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest comes to life in this modern day web series featuring a similar storytelling style that Wilde often used. The series takes old Victorian values and fits them into today’s modern culture. It features themes of romance, friendships and all that good stuff.


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4. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries - Quite possibly the catalyst in the literary web series space, this modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice really took the internet by storm earning them global recognition and becoming the first digital series to win an Emmy!


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5. The March Family Letters - Louisa May Alcott’s classic book Little Women comes to life in this modern day web series following the March sisters as they capture their days via video to send to their beloved Marmie who’s away on deployment. There’s lots of laughs and cries to be had with the series that you won’t want to miss.


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6. The Misselthwaite Archives - This modern adaptation of The Secret Garden follows Mary Lennox who moves to her uncle’s large and lonely estate after the death of her parents. She hates everything about her new home but after discovering the hidden glade where her aunt passed away years ago things start to get interesting!


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7. The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy - With season three of this epic web series, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy is perfect for any lost boy (or girl!) who loved Peter Pan as a child. We get to follow pretty immature Peter as he sets off to finally becoming an adult and dealing with all the drama that comes with it, including getting his best friend Wendy to fall in love with him.


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Have other literary web series to share with us? Sends us a tweet @netTVnow and share some of your favorites with us!

And as an added bonus…The Slutty Book Club! Check out their no-filter reviews on books in an array of literary sections from fiction to Kim Kardashian’s selfie book you’ll give yourself all the laughs!

Musical tastes

Anyone with even a vague taste in music is bound to have their favourite styles, genres, and artists. It stands to reason that the dysfunctional fuck-up of a group that we call the characters of Artemis Fowl would have their favourites, too.

Artemis leans heavily towards classical, but he prefers the softer pieces. Bombastic orchestral themes tend to distract him from his work, although he admits that they do have their time and place. He has also mentioned an interest in David Bowie’s work, which is… odd for him. He has created numerous symphonies and other such pieces in his spare time, and some have become quite popular in the world. He is capable of composing them on the spot, which is incredibly impressive and a testament to his sheer mental aptitude.

Holly contrasts Artemis with her preference for energetic and varied songs, ranging from hard rock to pop to power metal and even Human-made eurobeat, which she likes to reserve for combat driving. She also has a healthy appreciation for more traditional sounding music, especially the sort with heavy use of string instruments. Her personal LEP Cloud account holds music from all over the world, with both Fairy and Human artists. Being able to understand any language means that she can fully appreciate any song from any people. Holly will play her music through her helmet or any compatible device when she feels that it would fit the mood. 

Butler goes for soft, subdued songs with a romantic bent to them. This tends to surprise those who somehow manage to stumble across his music library or hear it in action. He never listens to anything while on the job, though. It is a distraction.

Juliet’s style is very modern, being no doubt very heavy on the bass and electronic noises. Artemis finds this to be very uncouth and annoying, and he sought to at least slightly rectify that by giving her a Fairy-made sound system in his will. However, she also likes 80s music a fair bit, and may be seen softly singing along to whatever’s playing on her iPod. Or loudly, for that matter, much to Artemis’ chagrin. 

Foaly has a rather tragic predilection for country style music, and he is perfectly willing to sing along to it. Badly. Sometimes while on an open mic. At one point, Artemis hacked into his network with the sole objective of deleting every song that Foaly had. 

Mulch appreciates, surprisingly, a bit of smooth jazz. He says that it fits his ‘gentleman thief style’, which is something that no one else agrees upon. He’s a thief, alright, but not a gentlemanly one. 

ARTISTS WANTED!

Hey all, QZ Productions here, and based on the survey I sent out with my first game, Prom Dreams, there’s been one consistent weakness that fans have pointed out: the game was rather weak in the graphics/artwork department.

Well, for my next game, I want to change that - I’m looking to sign on an artist or two (maybe more?) to create character portraits (for menus and dialogue), title screens, enemy artwork, and (if feasible) CGs.  I’m willing to work with more than one artist depending on what their strengths are (e.g. one artist does the characters, another does the enemies), and I’m also willing to provide some financial compensation for their work.

What IS the game, exactly?

This game, codenamed Celestial Tower (I have a name for it, it’s just a secret right now :> ), is a dark fantasy Japanese-style RPG made in RPG Maker VX Ace.  While not strictly a horror game like my previous work, it features a dynamic, psychological story that dramatically changes based on everything the player does - the choices they make, the things they explore, and even the outcomes of battles.  While it contains all of the trappings of a classic, 16-bit era JRPG, it becomes very clear as the game progresses that things aren’t quite as they seem (I sense this will become a theme in my games, heh).

What kind of art will be required?

I’ll be needing the following:

  • Waist-up character portraits (for the menu, etc.) for 10 characters.
  • Emotive dialogue portraits (mostly likely based on the portraits for simplicity’s sake) for 10 characters.
  • Enemy artwork for battles, both creature and humanoid.
  • Title screen artwork

If time and resources allow, I may also ask for the following:

  • CGs for important cutscenes/endings
  • Miscellaneous promotional artwork

Please keep in mind that some of the artwork will probably include some blood and/or weapons due to the dark nature of the story. I plan for this game to have the equivalent a hard “teen” or soft “mature” rating, so please keep this in mind when inquiring.

What references will I get?

I’ll be providing all reference drawings, sprite sheets, character bios, story details, and anything else you feel like you need to get the job done, so don’t hesitate to ask. :)

How much creative freedom will I get?

Some designs are fairly set already (e.g. the main characters), but you will be free to tweak them if you think they’ll look better. I also need some (read: a lot of) help with designing some of the enemies, so assistance in that area would be greatly appreciated!

How will I be compensated?

Please note that Project Celestial Tower will be a freeware game, like my last title, so the financial compensation I can provide may be somewhat limited; however, I am willing to negotiate an exact amount according to your rates and my budget. :>

Of course, you’ll also be co-credited as a major production partner, and all of your artwork will be free to use as you wish for portfolios, etc., along with any additional terms you set that won’t conflict with its usage in the game and promotional material.

Any other terms and conditions?

Just a few:

  • Due to the dark content of the game (and also so I don’t accidentally violate some kind of labor law), please inquire only if you’re 17 or older. Don’t worry, there’s nothing sexual/pornographic in the game, I’m just covering my butt here. >_>;;
  • Please only inquire if you believe you’ll have the time to work on this project; I know a lot of y'all have school and work to focus on (I know I do, for work anyway), or even a backlog of art commissions, so please don’t take this on if it’s going to be too much work, for both of our sakes!
  • All artists will be asked to agree to non-disclosure, which means not releasing details about the project before they’re publicly announced and posting no spoilers of any kind prior to the game’s release. Your art will be featured in previews, demos, etc, so feel free to gloat about your hard work once I’ve released them on the game’s (future) dev blog. :V
  • In the event that you want to back out of the project, please inform me so that we can negotiate things like refunds, use of materials already completed, etc. Please do NOT just up and abandon it, especially if money’s already been exchanged! :<
  • Have fun with the art!! I like to see artists doing their own thing so I’ll try not to micromanage. :D;;

If you’re interested, please message me over Tumblr, RPGMaker.net (I’m QZProductions there), or via email at flanoirbunny @ gmail . com (no spaces).  Thanks a bunch!!

[Translation] Wink Up June 2017 - やまけとの歩み

Wink Up June 2017: やまけとの歩み
Never knew that it will be this long! I take a longer time because of my hectic work. I think I used up all my brain cells to finish this. Anyway I’m trying my best to translate. In case you did found any mistake please tell me so that i can improve my translation. Thank you!

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No records on year 2006-2007

Year 2008: Be in the same group and become best friends.

Keito’s goal is “To be able to dance as cool as Yamada”
Okamoto : I received a big mirror as Christmas present. I want to dance as cool as Yamada so I’m going to use this mirror a lot during practice. (March 2008 issue)

Among JUMP member, which one is the father and the mother?
Yamada: The father would be Keito! He is the most calm among the member. Isn’t weird for a junior high school student would be this calm? Everyone are making lots of noise, but he will be quietly reading his English novel alone. This is no other like a father isn’t? But sometimes, there are times where this thing is broken. That time I realised that “Keito is actually a junior high school student” (laugh) (April 2008 issue)

Year 2009: Just notice our same age on 2nd year of group formation.

More stories about Yamada revealed during MC
Nakajima: Because of the tense, there will be separate MC and it’s getting difficult isn’t. In this MC will Keito working hard?
Yamada: But he’ll just talk about useless thing.
Nakajima: So Keito has lots of stories about Yamada. Based on how he looks at Yamada, he is showing the look like “I’m going to tell something about him”. That’s looks interesting (laugh).
Okamoto: “Yamada put his finger in the electric fan” are one of my first stories.
Yamada: Wait, why would you say that here? (Laugh). The fans would be worried. I didn’t injured myself so everyone please do not worry. Everyone please don’t try this at home.
Okamoto: And Yamachan, recently he’s frequently punching me..
Yamada: Keito, he’s recently getting used with my punch so it’s getting boring. So I’ll tell you, I only let out 50% of my energy. And looks like Keito’s level are getting up, so from now I’ll increasing my energy to 60..70% (October 2009 issue)

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Yamada: By the way Keito, you are in wich grade now?
Okamoto: High 2
Yamada: Eh, that’s the same as me?! I thought you are one year higher. Are you kidding me~~~
Everyone: Eh, after such long time (laugh)?
Yamada: I thought Keito is the same age as me!
Arioka: Isn’t good? Your knowledge has increased!
Yamada: So it’s ok for me to start judging him? Our age gap is near! And he always touching his arm, summer’s weather must be humid for him (laugh)!
Nakajima: I get it! Keito even with anyone the distance between them are so near! When the staff talk to him, they need to step back behind a bit.
Okamoto: I have low voice , so everytime when I talk to other people, they will say “eh?”, so I thought it would be better if I talk to them more closely… (November 2009 issue)

Year 2010: Begin to spend lots of time together even in private.

Keito crying when he can’t reach the meeting place

From Keito’s no 1 subject….
Yamada: He’s no 1 cry baby.
Okamoto: I’m not!
Yamada: You cried the other day! Me, Daichan, Chinen and Keito had a meeting the other day, but he’s getting lost and he cried.
Okamoto: it’s not like that! If you’re not describing the location to me properly, I will getting lost like a kindergarten child (laugh). I couldn’t find the location you described to me and wondered around in hurry. I have made everyone waiting for me. And i thought that i have trouble everyone.
Nakajima: Keito is surprisingly nice. Look! You can cry now. It’s ok now! So start crying!
Okamoto: I don’t feel like crying. But those kind words you told me, you will make me crying like an elementary school kid so stop it.
Nakajima: AHAHAHA! Is it not good? (Laugh)
Yamada: We are surprised too, so we asked him “why are you crying?”

Year 2011: Surprised at Keito’s new side

Jealousy towards gentleman’s side of Keito?!

Chinen: If everyone had a girlfriend, how would you show your feelings in front of her?
Nakajima: Keito is a gentleman so he seems like will be nice to all the girls (laugh).
Chinen: I get it, he looks like will listen to anything his girlfriend say. Like a butler?
Keito: What did you say a butler (laugh)! It’s like devoted type, this is a better way to say it!
Chinen: And then he will go “I’ll do anything for you, you should do the same thing to me too” and then that relationship happens.
Okamoto: Isn’t such thing is expected at the end?
Yamada: Keito, I will not forgive you if you’re meddling with my girlfriend! Even if you’re just being usually kind, i will not forgive you!
Nakajima: Me too! I will beat you with my drum sticks! (laugh)
Okamoto: Since all of us doesn’t have girlfriend, so that’s not threatening me (laugh). And Yuto, now you are holding your drum sticks for real (laugh). But let me say it, in my eyes, I only see the girl that I like so such things you say wouldn’t happen (March 2011).

Q. In Junior days, being as back dancers in which concerts that was fun?
Chinen: About this, Keito doesn’t have any experience as back dancers.
Yamada: Seriously?!
Okamoto: ah that’s right~ As for me, the very first choreographer I remembered was (Hey! Say!)
Yamada: isn’t rather recent? (Laugh). Being as the Senior’s back dancer, we can take part in the tour and it was fun.
Chinen: Right! It’s a little bit pity if you are not be able to experience that. To be honest I only experienced it once.
Yamada: Eh really?!
Chinen: Yeah, I’m only being as the back dancers for NEWS but for tour only for KAT-TUN
Nakajima: Me and Yamachan have pretty much experience.
Yamada: Yosh Keito! Even now it’s still not too late. You can go being a back dancer!
Okamoto: Eh, for Sexy Zone? (Laugh).
Yamada: AHAHAHA! That’s good! Senpai as Kouhai back dancer! (Laugh). I’m going to watch it
Okamoto: If you say that it would be good there then I would be glad to do it (December 2011 issue)

Year 2012: Keito begin to be in love with Yamada

Yamada showing his tsundere side

Yabu: On『JUMP’s recently』talk’s theme, according to the staff’s information, Inoochan’s team talks about “Recently, Keito is madly in love with Yamada” and the evidence seems increased.
Okamoto: Wait, what’s with that? (Laugh)
Yabu: When Keito talks with Yamada, no matter who calls your name, you won’t hear it…
Yamada & Okamoto: AHAHAHAHA!
Yamada: I’m also aware of that a little. This current Keito, his approach become more great.
Yabu: Even in the other day magazine interview, “Who become more mature? it’s Yamada” he talk about it enthusiastically (laugh). Both of you are really getting along very well
Yamada: That’s right. We hangout quite often.
Okamoto: Also, occasionally we will wear similar clothes. Because we have similar preference in clothes, we tend to buy similar kinds of clothing (June 2012 issue)

Yamada: When we went to watch (PLAYZONE) together, Keito’s tension is too high. He’s become troublesome mode’s person.
Okamoto: It was a continuous holiday, when I know i can meet the members after so long I become too happy.
Nakajima: Ah~ because you love Yamachan right (laugh).
Okamoto: But he’s ignoring me. “Oo Yamachan, it’s been a while” when I said it with the such maximum tension, I’m showing troublesome like face. I’m shock.
Yamada: If it’s for one time I would be happy. But it has been many times over and over again. Normally I won’t say that it’s annoying. I didn’t mean to follow but Keito at the hotel area or in the same room as me, he is actually an easy going person
Okamoto: seriously?! Yess!
(October 2012 issue)

Year 2013: Yamada usual strictness towards Keito (laugh)

Keito is chosen as his member’s mutual affection.
Yamada: I told you before this talk begins. Keito! I’m going to buy that yellow sweater you are wearing for our costume today, so you don’t make it dirty! Even one drop of sweat I won’t forgive you!
Okamoto : Ok.. but with that so much pressure it will cause me to sweat a lot (laugh).
Nakajima: Which part of the sweater is your favourite point?
Yamada: The colour and the texture? Roughly because I feel that I like it.
Okamoto : And the most important reason more than anything else is “because I wear it”.
Yamada: Shut up! I’m going to wash it immediately as soon as I get back home! (laugh) Everyone, did you buy the clothes that you like? Are you are the type who goes shopping and buy it? (June 2013 issue)

Q: Stunned! an episode of mutual affection with members.
Yamada: The other day after we appear in a music program, one of the co-star song keep lingering in my head. I’m humming the song in my head but at the moment we get off from our transport, suddenly I sing that one phrase out loud. And then exactly at the same time Keito also sing that phrase too! That coincidence isn’t amazing? Like we only listen to that song once but it keeps lingering in our head for all day long. As for myself it’s like JUMP’s song BOUNCE. And the part “Everybody、JUMP” is the only part that keep playing over and over again (laugh) (September 2013 issue)

Year 2014: Talking about loving each other on 7’s meeting

Yamada at private revealed!

Okamoto: I usually hangout with Yamachan. The Yamachan I met in private, his character is different from the Yamachan I met in JUMP. With JUMP, as usual everyone will tease me. But in private he didn’t do such things, he’s completely a normal person. He’s not that straight and he will listen to all my stories. He’s totally have different look (laugh) (February 2014 issue)

LOVE message to lovable Okamoto Keito!
Yamada: At 7’s meeting, Keito suddenly said to me [You know, I like Yamachan a lot! At the concert I’m always thinking “Sometimes I want to become aa” while watching you]. I’m almost about to cry (laugh). He is totally honest as he can say such thing straightforwardly. I like that side of Keito! (March 2014 issue)

Year 2015: Yamachine affirmed that Keito always being clumsy

Unintentionally teasing him

If Yamada would spoiled you immediately what you want him to do?
Keito: I would like to change our role for 1 day. Today too, as soon as I enter my workplace he asked , “Did you bring Weekly Shonen Jump today?” and when I told him “I didn’t buy it” he said “Go buy it!”. And then, the manager bought it for me and when I thought i’m going to read it, he said “stop it that’s mine”. I also like to do that but if a person who doesn’t know anything saw this, I’m completely running errand for him. That’s why I want to change our role for only 1 day so that I can try to say “Go buy JUMP” or “taste this thing” (laugh) (June 2015 issue)

Yamada: Keito is basically clueless. (Chinen who is nearby also agreed “He is getting clueless, he looks like he’s off guard). He is easily get punched, kicked or attacked by me (laugh). And his reaction when I hit him was “it hurts~” but he said it with a calm tone. Then I will said “It’s hurt isn’t? Let me make it more hurt” (laugh). The way he did that makes me feel to tease him. He is cute isn’t? Because he’s just cute, I’ll unintentionally teasing him. I had never received any payback from Keito. So if he’s going to do that to me, I’ll pay him back double (laugh) (December 2015 issue)

Year 2016: Good friends story talking about same episodes

Discover Keito through the GPS and play darts at Yamada’s house.

An episode where you realised all over again of the importance of member’s love.
Yamada: on the day I finished filming drama early, there’s something I wanted to do with Keito. So when I look at my GPS, I saw him nearby my house. I thought “This is the chance!”. I told him “Sorry, there is something I want you to do, come over for a moment!”. We sit at the veranda there and had a cup of tea. Then I let him go home (laugh). We played darts at my house, talk about the darts. He’s not choosy about the tea so I bring out cold oolong tea (laugh).

Keito: About 3 days ago, I went to Yamachan house for a while. I happened to be near his house when he suddenly called and ask to have a tea with him. He really served the tea and since he has dart board we played for about 15 minutes and then I went home (laugh). Recently I had not seen him in private so I haven’t go to his house for quite sometime.

P/s: i will re-edit again. I leave this here for a while