this is relevant for so many reasons

I think we need to talk about what “Bodily Autonomy” means.

 You see this phrase thrown around a lot, especially in the abortion debate, but I think a lot of people don’t really understand what it means. 

Bodily Autonomy, sometimes called Bodily Integrity, is the idea that a person has an inviolable right to determine what happens to their physical body, and that a violation of a person’s consent in matters concerning their own body is unethical, immoral, and possibly criminal. 

This does not mean “you are allowed to do whatever you want.” It isn’t comparable to property rights or taxation or laws regarding public health that impact whole communities. 

What it does mean is that your body should always be under your control. You can chose or deny what things involving your physical body are at stake. Some examples:

  • You can choose to donate your organs but, No one can steal your organs 
  • You can choose to get a haircut, but no one should chop off your hair without permission. 
  • You can choose to get a tattoo, but no one should hold you down and forcibly tattoo anything onto you. 
  • You can choose to have sex with another consenting person, but no one should sexually violate you. 
  • Doctors should ask permission from you (or someone you have given permission to speak on your behalf) before administering drugs or treatments 
    • This previous point is important in many capacities, but one very relevant on to reproductive rights is that doctors should ask and respect choice made regarding birth- whether to have a c-section, whether to have an epidural, etc.  
  • Infants should not undergo circumcision, as they are unable to consent. (If adults want to undergo circumcision for whatever reason, they can do so.) 
  • You should not be forced to give blood for any reason (including donation to save another person, OR for drug testing. These actions may be volunteered, but should not be mandatory) 
  • Intersex infants should not be subjected to genital surgery unless there is a pressing health need (such as a blocked urinary tract or exposed internal organs) at which point, the parents need to be consulted. 
  •   And YES, a person should not be forced to carry a pregnancy to term if they do not want to, no matter how they became pregnant in the first place. 

And the list goes on. We have to start with the understanding that in matters concerning the physical body, you should be the final authority, and you should always be given the information, resources, and opportunity to make the best possible choice for yourself. 

dating yoongi [realistically]

Originally posted by myloveseokjin

jungkook l taehyung l jimin l hoseok l seokjin l namjoon

important disclaimer: please remember that everything I wrote down is my own personal opinion. I do not know Yoongi personally, nor his past relationship experiences, so this is based on my imagination of ‘’realistic’’ only.  This is only my own imagination on how it could be like dating him. If you’re not open to stuff like this, please don’t read.

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Dean and self worth in season 12

I was going to write a post about Cas as the unrequited lover this season but I ended up really focusing on Dean and his view of himself. It’s quite clear that Dean reciprocates the romantic feelings but is holding back. My perception is that its due to 3 main reasons (and I’m sure a whole bunch of others but lets stick to these).

1. Cas is an angel

2. Cas is a dude

3. Dean has poor self worth

I think the first subject is nearly a moot point as its pretty clear where Cas’s arc is going. The second has been discussed so many times I don’t want to insult anyone by repeating what much more coherent people have said. The third though I think has been less touched on in it’s relevance to this new season so here are my little thoughts.

Regarding his own self worth this has been an issue for Dean since the pilot…

Just a few moments to remind us:

Dean 9x10:
“Come on, man. Can’t you see? I’m… I’m poison, Sam. People get close to me, they get killed or worse.  You know, I tell myself that I I help more people than I hurt. And I tell myself that I’m – I’m doing it all for the right reasons, and I believe that. But I can’t, I won’t drag anybody through the muck with me. Not anymore.”


Originally posted by celizabethi

Now unfortunately Cas actually makes this sense of self worth even worse as clearly since their first real defining moment, when Cas defied HEAVEN for him “I did it all for YOU”, Dean has felt the weight of all that happened to Cas since. That’s why Cas’s words in 12x12 made him clam up, tense, look away. “The things we’ve shared together, they have changed me”. it isn’t what Cas meant but Dean can’t help but take on yet more guilt in Cas’s dying moments. 

Originally posted by jensen-jay

Especially if HE might be to blame as Cas’s “human weakness”…

Originally posted by super-sootica

As is a continuous theme from other Angels…

Originally posted by missmegrose

As he sees Cas changing over time he therefore can’t help but blame himself. And unfortunately most of the changes haven’t been for the best.

Remember that scene with Kevin from 7x21:

“Cause the angels – they don’t care. I think maybe they just don’t have the equipment to care. Seems like when they try, it just… breaks them apart.”

Now in Season 12

Originally posted by justjensenanddean

Dean tells Mary that :  

“Saving people, hunting things, this is our life. I think we make the world a better place, I KNOW that we do”.

Now that is a big step forwards to his self worth. 

He’s also upset with Mary in the later episodes BECAUSE HE FEELS HE AND SAM DESERVE BETTER! If he didn’t have self worth he wouldn’t care so much.

Now, regarding Cas, he is less and less angelic and more human, and Dean is noticing this. Cas keeps refuting the angels and has now said himself that he considers the Winchesters his family. He is definitely becoming more human. He’s hunting, driving a car, feeling emotions and now finally feeling like part of the family.  Yes, he also has been more broken, but he is definitely getting better now that the boys have both been supportive in recent times. Just the sniping back at Dean in 12x12 is again, similarly to Dean’s reaction to Mary, showing that CAS has more self worth and will stand up for himself.

Originally posted by bringmepieassbutt

In Summary…

1. If only Cas were human…. *cough* probably not going to be an issue forever.

2. If only performing!Dean were having some deconstruction and he didn’t feel the need to keep the front up re: bisexuality. I mean, the whole point of 12x11 was about deconstructing for the audience performing!Dean, what’s the point if not to continue this theme in the narrative.

3. If only Dean thought he deserved to be loved (its not surprising how when you look into it Crowley has some really good relevance to Dean’s internal struggles…). This seems to be an overriding theme of season 12 / Mary’s arc.

Originally posted by sooper-dee-dooper-natural

Well, all I can say is all these things seem to be being addressed in season 12  :)

like attack on titan is clearly a bad show for many imperialist terrifying historically and culturally relevant reasons, but its also just… a badly written story in general. like its so bad

the way that biologists pretend that plants don’t exist as a relevant biological system is so strange to me?

like plant biology is it’s own completely separate field from mainstream biology and you’ll be hard pressed to find a plant biologist in a general biology department but like plants are everywhere? and also actually very important to human civilization unlike, say, c. elegans or whatever weird invertebrate we’ve collectively decided is the next big model system

like you can’t convince me that one of the (many) reasons my bitter biology mom barbara mcclintock was ignored for so long was the fact that she worked in corn and people were like ‘well whatever she found, these so called “””transposons””” or whatever, aren’t actually relevant because like, who gives a shit about plants, am i right? now lets get back to counting the number of cells in this worm boys’

anyways plants are great and we should respect plant biologists more probably

ACNL Witchcraft

I’ve gotten back into playing acnl recently and been noticing so much witchy stuff you can do!! A lot of it is up to your own interpretation & you have to make your own correspondences but I wanted to post about it so here ya go

-divination based on which gem you get from the gem rock each day
-could also do this with fossils or gyroids but gems already have correspondence resources so they’re easier
-seashell divination!!
-Katrina is literally a fortune teller built into the game, USE HER
-you could especially use the lucky clothing piece of the day in a luck spell if you have a similar thing irl!!
-using villagers as tarot of some sort, coming up with correspondences for each and depending on if they’re moving out, in, or staying, use that for divination(ie if a lazy villager is moving out it could mean nows your chance to get shit done)
-for the correspondences you could base it on their looks(color, clothing style), language(catchphrase, quote), species, personality(lazy, cranky, etc) & more, it should be easy to discover your own correspondences! (:
-you could also time travel to do this faster/get readings as many times as you want per day
-altars for deities in rooms!! You could even have specific characters for specific deities
-eating fruit/anything else edible like cake in honor of deities or as an offering of sorts
-ik I have a lot of divination on this post as is but divining with flowers!! based on the colors of them and/or what kind of flower it is!! you can even do this based on placement of the flowers(ie if it’s near a river it can be linked to water correspondences, or specifically river correspondences)
-I SWEAR THIS IS THE LAST DIVINATION ONE divining with letters received from villagers,, gifts are bonus points
-like sending them a letter with a question(gift included or not) and using the letter they send back as an answer to the question, the paper they used can also be relevant(lotus, firework, etc), and any gifts they give you
-doing spells IN GAME!! like you can set up everything!! you have access to crystals, flowers, seashells(sea witchcraft anyone?), fruits(kitchen witchcraft!!), it’s a cool way to do low budget witchcraft!!
-you can also use fish and bugs in spells!! and literally anything really there’s a ton of furniture and clothes and oh boy think of the possibilities?? amazing
-candles are in the game too but you don’t have a wide selection
-if you don’t have all the materials for a spell irl finish it in game!!
-using lucky items as a boost in spells!!
-the emotion things you can get(idr what they’re called or w/e) for intent in spellwork
-you could do things like curses by burying an object representing a person then burying pitfalls all around them
-or a blessing but with crystals itself of pitfalls or something
-you get the idea
-SIGILS USING RELEVANT ITEMS. money sigil? place money bags(or anything else in the game you can get corresponding to money) in the shape of the sigil. love sigil? there’s so many rose options and each color can mean different things, go for it
-sigil fireworks
-need to bury something in a spell but for example it’s not biodegradable, or you can’t bury something for some reason? just do it in game!! you could put it behind a house or something if you don’t wanna ruin the aesthetic of your town
-disposing of spellwork items by selling them to Reese
-or by mailing them away
-public works projects have so much potential i don’t know where to start, I might come up with some specific ideas later but for now just think about it yourself, it ain’t hard to figure out(fire pits, fountains, wind turbines, flower arches, there’s stuff for all the elements and more)
-yknow that thing where you can “report” villagers for being problematic? use that in curses, problematic language for a silence curse for example
-transformation spell? go to shampoodles and get a makeover
-turnips for anything money related as they are a popular source of money in the game
-using npcs themselves in spells. need something to represent crafting? Cyrus. fashion? any of the able sisters or Gracie. anything youth or children related? Timmy & Tommy. so much more but I’ll stop here.
-you can customize so much furniture to have your own patterns, use this!! sigils, color correspondences, there’s so many possibilities!!
-sleep/dream spell? Dream suite. You could even perform spells while in the dream town and have it be kind of like the astral!
-K.K. songs for any music magic, the names themselves can lead to correspondences
-with the added option of the amiibo it makes it possible to make acnl magic more physical and present in this world. you could use the amiibo like a wand of sorts!
-island tours as a base for spells
-doing different initiatives in honor of deities(plant a tree for Demeter for example)
-emoji spells but instead using the extra symbols you have access to in game(heart, star, etc)
-multiple ways to implement this, for example have it be a villagers greeting/catchphrase and every time they say it in activates, you could send a letter to future you with it, put it on the bulletin board, etc
-making a sigil pattern then displaying it at able sisters and for every villagers that starts wearing it, more power for the sigil

I never intended for this post to get so long but you can obviously see how much potential there is! This list was compiled over a couple of days, imagine how much more I could come up with if I spent longer on this!!
If anyone wants me to make a correspondence list for anything acnl(especially villagers/npcs) lmk and I’ll try to do it. (: If you want me to go in depth about any of the ideas above just ask and I can make a separate post about it.
If you do anything based on these ideas please lmk!! I’d love to see what you did!! :D I might post about some of the things I do. ^-^ 
Some of these ideas could work in other versions of animal crossing but this is intended for acnl. do what works for you

Legit Tip #188

or - “Writing Better, More Detailed Descriptions”

Look. Writing good descriptions is hard. 

On the one hand, you can go too simple. When you do that you run the risk of not giving your readers enough to go on. That leaves your story feeling a little bit dry. Underwhelming. 

On the other hand, you run risk of giving the impression you chucked a thesaurus at your draft. Everybody’s done this, experienced and inexperienced writers alike.

Good description is organic. It flows naturally in a story, and there are a few things that you can keep in mind to help you write better descriptions. Here are a few things that can prevent some of the most common description writing mistakes (and that can boost your description writing skills if you need a little help in that area). 

Write What Your Character Senses

This is the first and most obvious thing. I said that description should be organic, and the best way to keep it organic is to keep yourself in your character’s place. 

I don’t mean that you should write everything in your character’s POV. But if you imagine yourself as your character, and in your character’s place, it can give you a position from which you can see the world around them and notice the details that they would notice. 

And do take note of what I just said. What would they notice in a given situation? What would be the most important details in a given situation? These details are the descriptive details that make a scene pop and give it life and give it atmosphere and make it different from all the other scenes in your story. 

For example:

Fiona hesitated at the doorway. The scent of cigarette smoke wafted out from the house, mingling strangely with that of freshly cut grass in the spring air outside. 

“Are you coming?” asked James, and exhaling slowly she followed him into a dingy house with yellow-stained wallpaper. 

Right. So the details you see here - cigarette smoke, yellow wallpaper, etc. - contrasting with freshness outside…

It doesn’t just show that the house is dirty. It sets up a start contrast between the dirty interior and the freshness outside. It helps create a significant mood shift. In not-so-many words I’ve conveyed a lot just through what my character is sensing about her environment by picking out the most relevant details.

Don’t Be Afraid to Keep it Simple

Sometimes your story calls for descriptive words like cerulean or cavernous or crepuscular. But a majority of the time, you’ll actually benefit from using a simpler term or phrase. 

The reason for this is simple. When you bust out a word or phrase that doesn’t fit with the words and phrases around it, you break the flow of your storytelling. That throws readers off. (Which isn’t to insult readers - they may know perfectly well what the word means, but when a word doesn’t fit, it doesn’t fit.)

Consider the two sentences - 

She fled into the cavernous forest. 

She fled into the deep forest.

Which would fit better in an action sequence? I think the answer is pretty clear.

Variety is the Spice of Life (But Don’t be Afraid to Repeat Yourself)

In school, our teachers taught us that repeating words was a cardinal sin of writing. Fortunately, that’s not really true. Readers don’t really sit there with a red pen and mark off every time writers repeat words and phrases in their stories. Shockingly, writers don’t even really notice when writers do this (unless it really does happen to excess).

So, when it comes to description, here’s something to think about. Do vary things. Do think about changing up the way you describe the world around your characters. Think about describing scents at one point, and then shifting to sounds, and then maybe describing the visuals at another point. 

However, don’t be afraid to repeat words or phrases if the need strikes you. It won’t kill you and your readers won’t hate you for it. If it works for the story then it’s perfectly fine to do it. It’s that simple.

I could probably go on and on about descriptions - it’s one of my favorite parts of writing - but I’ll save that for another time and come up with another post. For now, take this and go write some great descriptions in your own stories!

Amon: One Eyed King of Clowns

What is this exactly? An introduction of another one eyed king when the manga just went through an arc establishing two other ones. Eto’s words on the king would have led you to believe that it was only one individual, but as others @hysyartmaskstudio have pointed out, rather than a prophecy for one destined person to step into the mantle it’s just a title in the end. 

Then, if Amon were to become king what exactly would he become king of? There’s only two factions remaining in this fight, the ghouls fighting for independence already have sworn their loyalty to Kaneki and the Furuta is currently vying for control of the CCG with no competitors. 

Having three one eyed kings sounds like the role might even get a little crowded. After all there are only two active players in a game of chess, one on the black side and one on the white. That is until you realize counting Arima (Arima, Kaneki, Furuta Amon) that there is actually the capability of four kings, if you compare this to another game.

In a deck of cards, there are four kings, one of diamonds, hearts, spades, and jacks. Not only that, but the suit that Amon inhibits, the king of diamonds is known as a one eyed king due to the way the face is drawn as a silhouette with only one eye showing. A style of drawing that is explicitly referenced wit the way Donato is drawn in his trump card. 

If Amon were to succeed Donato’s position though, he would become the one eyed king of clown. Though it seems the last position a character like Amon would inhabit, there’s actually a lot of evidence for it which I’ll elaborate on below.

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That terato feel when you realize the reason you were so drawn to monstrous, ‘creepy’ characters as a kid wasn’t just because they were cool, but because you had crushes on them

What Writers Should Be Reading

Good writers are good readers. I say this all the time, though often I feel it’s a piece of advice that gets overlooked or glossed over, whether it just is a little too vague or time-consuming (reading is so time-consuming!) that many new writers don’t understand - this as the most important piece of advice I could ever offer. 

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Fairy Tail Chapter 543

Well I didn’t predict this…

The Avatar arc, where Natsu beat god… Wow is this fitting.

We open up where everyone is recovering from the blast, but without skipping a beat Gray has a plan. Ice Make another ship with Lyon.

Erza and Mira are gonna take Acnologia. Yeah remember this.

So we cut to Lucy and the other cats in the air. Freed has a really good idea to make a Jutsu Shiki, that way Acnologia can’t nuke them while charging magic. We then get a flash back to the first time Lucy and Natsu met.

Wow way to end this emotional flashback with a panty shot. I joke, but this scene is reeally nice. Nice call back, nice emotion, nice characterization.

In fact this whole opening is really good. How do they fuck this up? Well we cut to the ravines…

Y’know Natsu having this speech about how dragon’s are gentle and like humans, as well as the idea that dragon slayers being both human and dragon, would actually be a really strong and appropriate speech. If we didn’t have that the scene in Natsu’s heart where he rejected the dragon power! Not only that, but in the heart, Natsu didn’t take the advantage to have Igneel in the noble role that he should’ve been. Instead, Igneel was an expository machine.

Oh this scene… For those of you who don’t know, that little girl is Sonya from the dragon cry movie. Her backstory with Acnologia is considered one of the worst things in the film. But that was bad mainly because of the idea that Acnologia became a world destroying dragon slayer because of this girl he may have had a thing for. Well I’m glad that it does try to justify that Acnologia had lost his family and his land as also a motivation, but as someone who’s seen the movie will know HE ISN’T BOTHERED HIS PAST ANYMORE! He doesn’t care anymore, and while you could make the argument that he became like that and embraced his destruction, no time has been given in showing this tragedy or his shift in mentality. It’s almost like Hiro wanted to have his cake and eat it too, like in Rave. Having Lucia as the sympathetic villain, while Endless was the natural disaster. The problem is, both physical and spiritual Acnologia, are both Acnologia! It’s hard to ring out any sympathy for him, when he’s spent all this time being a monster with no nuance.

Back to the fight…

Natsu survives massive blast Acnologia released (presumably because of Wendy), and this happens….

Natsu gets the power of all 7 dragons… Fuck off! No, this is bullcrap! You want to know something? I actually like Natsu! I don’t hate him like others do. I genuinely think, as a character, there is a lot of likability to him. But this? NO! You don’t deserve this moment, why? Because this was a job for the the 7 DS, not. just. Natsu. There was a reason why only Haru could defeat the dark bring, because as rave master only he could destroy it. But this, this bullcrap. Just made so Natsu can take the spotlight and seem awesome, while negating all the build up of watching the 7 DS fight alongside each other. Fuck off. 

Also, what does this change? First of all, 7 elements doesn’t tip the scale in your favor. Look at God Serena who had 8 elements! It didn’t matter, he still got owned. Then there’s this little bit from last chapter…

If no magic works on him, even DS magic, regardless of how many you’re using at once, it will result in the same way.

back in the real world

The ship is complete and Lucy for no reason turns into her Aquarius form. Yeah there’s no reason for that. She does reference Aquarius, but it’s not like the gress is going to add Aquarius’s feelings to the shere.

And now this…

Okay, so by we’ll take Acnologia, it just means Erza will force him to the ground. Thanks Mirajane for not being relevant to that. Also these swords. Now what was it that you said last chapter Erza?

So I guess non enchanted swords can still work, huh? Now, I’ve heard the idea that it’s just the force of the attack that pushes him down, I could buy that. But the problem is when you’ve spent all your time just talking about how nothing will work on him, seeing this inconsistency is just hollow.

Also I love the actual dragon slayers don’t get to put up a fight against the dragon and are struggling with just his human body, While the non dragon slayer, without help, is effectively gaining the upper hand. I guess it’s just cause, say it with me for probably the last time folks, She’s Erza.

On a positive note I do actually do like the coordination here, with Juvia and the ice makers getting acnologia on the ship.

Also I really like this scene with Carla offering a hand to Chelia. It’s really small, but it works.

Great way to undercut Lucy’s badass moment with another panty shot. I wouldn’t mind it if this wasn’t the end all be all moment for this grand plan. Let Lucy have some badass dignity while casting this.

“You’re the King”… I think I know what will be Acnologia’s last words.

Post Chapter follow up: This fucking chapter, wow… I’ll start with the positives. The opening is strong, it shows all the character as competent, it creates a fast paced setting where they need to act fast, and it’s great.

There are great moments of character here. From the combination of Gray, Juvia, and Lyon, to the moment shared between carla and chelia with no dialogue, to Lucy’s memories.

But then the chapter takes such a turn for the worse. It piles up inconsistencies from previous chapters. Things that could be vouched for, like the strength to launch swords strong enough to force Acnologia or Natsu’s speech about the kindness of dragon, feel like backtracking in the narrative.

The worse is now we have a villain trying to be sympathetic, but it’s so late in the game it doesn’t work. Add on a character quite literally stealing the spotlight from the other 6 who we’ve spent years on building up, just because the main character needs to shine.

This chapter is not the worse, but unlike the others the majority of it, isn’t spent on something that’s good, like Lucy’s moment or character’s getting a spotlight. It’s weighed down.

Final Verdict: 4/10

  • Starts strong
  • 2/3s of the chapter is lazy writing
  • Inconsistency

Reasons to read The Abyss Surrounds Us

  • The author sums up TASU as “pirates vs. sea monsters in the future with lesbians” do I really need to say any more
  • SO MANY GIRLS. Girl heroes. Girl villains. Girl pirates. GIRLS WHO LOVE GIRLS. POC GIRLS. Literally every relevant character is a woman and I LOVE IT.
  • A fantastically complex villain who I have so many feelings about
  • A forbidden love story between two girls which deconstructs the unhealthy and unromantic power dynamics usually found in forbidden love stories
  • it’s probably the most romantic sea monster scifi novel you’ll ever read
12x11 Episode Review - What a Ride That Was!

Having just completed my second watch of this episode I have to say I am slightly stunned. I guess the best way to put it is ‘not what I expected’. But then what did I really expect? I was expecting pain, heartbreak, drama, interspersed with some humour and a big “no homo” scene to counteract last episode. I was expecting some dudebro Dean to appease certain types of viewer, along with a nice helping of deep subtext into Dean analysis for us to eat up that would go straight over that type of viewers head. I was certainly not expecting… Larry.

I haven’t looked at tumblr yet, except to glance at my askbox. I assume that you are all suitably going mad over Larry. Over the implications of Larry. Over the sheer insanity of the episodes biggest innuendo fuelled moments and probably laughing about it. I expect a hundred gifsets. I want to reblog those gifsets. I am also sure that Larry has already been meta’d to death… But what’s the harm in a little more meta to add to the massive pile gonna do? Because I wanna meta the FUCK out of Larry.

But there is a lot more to this episode than just Larry. We did get heartbreak. We did get drama and we did get some really nice character moments. Rowena particularly was amazing this episode (who am I kidding though she is always amazing) and I loved learning more about her thoughts. Overall I think it was entertaining, though not one of the best episodes, but that could be because the writing was a bit sloppy and sometimes the story didn’t make sense. I’ll get to why in a bit. Let’s just say that Meredith Glynn isn’t my favourite of the new writers by any means. I didn’t even review The One You’ve Been Waiting For because I didn’t feel particularly inspired by it at all.

But having said that she gave us Larry, and for that I will forever be thankful… even if she didn’t intend for us to take it the way I have (and I am guessing most of you reading this have too).

Anyway, main points to take away under the cut:

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The Bold Type

Have you ever seen a commercial for a new show, and told yourself that the show totally isn’t for you? This was my first opinion The Bold Type, a new series on Freeform. A starting seeing commercials for it in the final days of Pretty Little Liars, and while I usually skip past commercials, I stopped and watched The Bold Type ones because I recognized some of the main cast from other roles. Katie Stevens seemed to be taking over the lead as Jane, a new writer in the female magazine industry. With her Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy would be playing her friends Kat, a social media rep, and Sutton, a receptionist, respectively. My introduction to Katie Stevens was Faking It in her lead role as Karma, and Aisha Dee I knew from Chasing Life in her main role as Beth Kingston. Both of these shows were short lived and while I didn’t care about the premise of the show, I decided to at least watch the pilot because of them.

The show I found was way beyond any expectations I have ever had for a show. I was instantaneously hooked. I don’t care about female magazines, nor Instagram, nor getting the intern job for the fashion department, but within the first hour the show allowed me to engage in topics I never thought would interest me. The Bold Type to date has only aired 6 episodes, just 6, but with the emotional connection I have gotten from the characters I feel like I’ve been watching them for years, already tearing up on a weekly basis.

I really don’t want to give away what occurs in the show because the surprise and going on the journey with the characters I feel is more important than listing the reasons why you should. Mainly because Tumblr can’t handle the infinite reasons yet.  I will tell you that in its short run so far, The Bold Type has tackled issues of female sexuality, breast awareness, empowering women, questioning sexuality, race relations currently in America, strong caring bosses, going for the dream job, taking chances, and understanding the importance of friendship. 6 episodes. Also, every single character is amazing. Prior I stated that I believed Katie Stevens was the lead, but honestly both Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy equally share the spotlight with Katie, all of their characters getting separate, but unique storylines that highlight the characters’ flaws and help them grow throughout the show. All 3 hit it out of the park with every other member of the cast giving A+ performances. This show destroys so many stereotypes per episode, I believe they will run out of them prior the end of the season.

Now some people will say watch this show because wlw representation. Some people will say do it for the feminine values and the empowerment of women. Some say for the cultural l relevance that the show has in this era of media. Others for the breakdown of stereotypes or the fresh take on magazine business or the performances. I’m not going to tell you to watch this show because of any of these things even though every single one of them is a grand reason. No, I’m going to say that as a person who still has no interest in magazines, this show touched me like most shows can’t these days. Everything about it is honest, some moments raw while others show the realism of the daily life of these women.

I urge all of you to give this show a chance, right now. This show has the power to change many lives, but we need to build this shows fan base and proves to Freeform why it is vital to renew. I don’t care if you like magazines or the New York life. Put in on in the background at first if you must. Pick a favorite at the beginning of each episode, I swear every time some other character will top them. Don’t let this amazing piece of art fall prior to letting it live a full life. I want to say some much about it right now, but most words fail me with the amount of emotion I feel when I think about this show. Make it to episode 6 and if you aren’t convinced maybe this show isn’t for you, there is no perfect fit for everybody. But give it just to 6, please give this beauty a chance to shine.

When Everyone Has a Secret

Anonymous asked: “In my novel I have complicated family histories: adoptions, lovers, blood feuds! You know, the typical royal family layout that is completely too muddled. I feel like it is integral to parts of the story, but I feel like it would be awful to try to force my readers to remember all of it. Is there a way to maybe touch on that stuff without it crowding my story?”

I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet. It’s great that you as the writer knows everything about every character and all of their dirty little secrets, but what matters to the central plot and protagonist? 

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‘Batman v Superman’ isn’t mocking Superman’s idealism, it depends on it and uses it as the thematic basis for redeeming Batman and the entire world, and for leading us to the creation of the Justice League. The cynicism is intentionally framed as the world’s rejection of Superman, representing the modern real-life arguments about whether Superman is relevant and relatable to our real world, and the claims by a lot of people that Superman can’t be interesting because of his goodness and idealism. ‘Batman v Superman’ argues that in a world with so few good guys who remain good, with so many reasons to give up and stop having faith, Superman’s idealism is more important than ever, more relevant than ever.
—  Mark Hughes, Forbes
Voltron Analysis (but it mostly ended up being about Lance)

So I just got done kind of re-watching Voltron in preparation for season 3, and I’ve come away with a few notes on the matter - 

One: I’m still annoyed with how Lance and Hunk were treated the whole of season 2, but mostly Lance because Hunk got some important character developement in season 1. And while this may seem like the age-old complaint that people have about season 2, I have a few more significant reasons I’d like to ponder which don’t include bashing on the characters that did get developement (because this seems to be a theme in the Voltron fandom–pitting characters (and none-existent ships) against one another. But, fyi, that’s not how writing works. Moving on). Mostly, I want to point out the fact that what little character development Lance has had, has been irrelevant to the larger plot. Hunk got some big character moments in season 1 with the Balmera, showing a significant arc during which he went from apprehensive to having a true investment in what Voltron was trying to do. Though he does not have the personal ties to the Galra and the conflict that Shiro, Keith, and Pidge do, he has developed his own reasons for being invested. Lance, on the other hand, has not. At the beginning of season 2, he got his own episode, but it was not handled with the grace or gravity of Hunk’s Balmera situation. People look at Hunk and assume he’s the comic relief character because of how he was treated in season 2, but Lance is even more so this character archetype. His whole episode in season 2 was irrelevant and did nothing to showcase him as a developing character, let alone even a likable character for anything outside his comedic timing. Rather, it was as though the whole episode was written as a way of saying “hey, this character(s) (Hunk included) aren’t going to get any attention this season, so here’s an episode about them that’s fun and has mermaids, but doesn’t impact the story or their characters, enjoy!” (which isn’t great writing, fyi).  

Now, this could mean one of two things. Either they’re saving both Hunk and Lance’s characters for future development in later seasons (which we’ve been told is the case, but I don’t consider anything we’re told by the creators as credible. Not because I have anything against these creators, but because past experience with shows has taught me that nothing in trailers or that we’re told is to be taken seriously), or they don’t know how to write these characters in a way that revolves around the main conflict. Now, you may say “Skay, you’re being a bit harsh–these writers are professionals and they certainly know how to write characters into a story, c’mon now.” Well, that’s an optimistic viewpoint, but not always the case. As a writer myself, I will say that of all the characters that are difficult to make relevant to a main story, comedic characters are the most difficult. Keith and Shiro characters are easy to write–they’re dramatic, they have stories flowing out of them naturally. Lance and Hunk characters are not. You have to very consciously create stories around them. Sokka, for example, is a comedic character that was handled quite well (Avatar), while Bolin (Korra) was… not so much, not until they had to completely reinvent his situation to make him relevant again, but then Mako suffered as a character (like they couldn’t balance the characters appropriately). 

My point is, we all look at Voltron and expect it to be as great at storytelling as Avatar, but the fact of the matter is that it’s already not. Now, some of you will say “well the seasons are short and they just don’t have enough time to focus on all the characters, they even said so!” Well, sorry to break it to you, but that’s not an excuse. Well-written movies can give you a plethora of characters and make them relevant, memorable, and able to tell their own important stories in only a few hours. There was no reason that season 2 of Voltron was written as one-sided as it was. And yes, it is a story-telling technique to focus on a few characters per installment, but not usually for a full season. 

It would have been easy, in my opinion and from my own personal experience, to have written season 2 in a way that gave all the characters some development and still have told the story that they did. And so while this does not make the writers of Voltron “bad” writers (far from it), it does make me question the kind of faith I have in what they’re doing, unlike in Avatar where that was never an issue. While Voltron is not displaying the choppiness of a show like Korra, it is not at all close to the storytelling level of Avatar. And I’m not saying this because I don’t want anyone to not enjoy Voltron, but simply because this does make me somewhat apprehensive about Hunk and Lance. 

I’m not as worried about Hunk because his development in season 1 will easily allow him to slip into a position of value in season 3 (or any season whenever they decide to use his character more effectively). Lance, on the other hand, has been almost completely static, aside from a few personal revelations. He stopped being quite as nasty to Keith, but that could have less to do with him being a better person and more due to the fact that he just didn’t have enough lines in season 2 to do it. And then there was, of course, the Slav episode where we learned that Lance isn’t, in fact, the arrogant ass he’s painted himself as, but actually someone who’s insecure and doubts his value. We’ve also had small snippets of Lance claiming that he’s going to cover/protect another character and generally failing, as well as the self-sacrificing moment with Coran and how worried he was about Keith during the Marmora trials. This gives us a few hints about his character, mostly that he feels inadequate and likely has a self-sacrificing streak should the oppurtunity arise/he not fail in the protecting he wants to accomplish. 

These few moments that we get give me not “hope,” but the expectation that they have much more planned for his character. That, and the fact that unlike the other paladins, he was not given a summary of why he was valuable in episode one (when Allura explained why each paladin would pilot each lion). I would expect that this means his character is going to get a different kind of arc than we’ve seen. Keith and Shiro’s arcs have been connected to Galra via circumstance, and thus the conflict, in many ways. Hunk and Pidge have had deeply personal arcs that tied them to the conflict. And Allura has had both. And so when I look at Lance and what little has been done with him, yet how subtly his character has been outlined, I would expect that his arc will deal with him getting drawn into the conflict in a way that will make his relevance personal in a somewhat… backwards way than what we’ve seen. For example, all the paladins have had a personal reason that allowed their arcs to open up into the general conflict. Even Hunk–he visited the Balmera, saw what was happening, developed a personal connection, and used that as a reason to get involved in the conflict. Though the conflict was what inspired this personal involvement, it wasn’t the turning point. Whereas with Lance, I think it’s going to have to be the conflict coming in and forcing him to have a personal connection. Whether that conflict is the war itself or the other characters (I’m betting on the other characters, tbh, but this isn’t about my personal headcanons, so I won’t discuss those here).  

BUT… while this is the best case scenario, I don’t exactly have complete faith in the writing team. While there are a plethora of ways to elevate the importance of Lance’s (and Hunk’s) character to the story, it comes down to a question of whether the people behind Voltron are willing to do it. We don’t know how long Voltron will be nor how pressured the writers are to get the story out. If their timetable is limited, the storylines that have already been deemed “The Important Shit” may override Hunk and Lance becoming true equals on the storytelling board with characters like Keith, Shiro, and Allura (Pidge is kinda in the middle). It is possible to write them to have just as big of arcs as Keith, Shiro, Allura, and Pidge (whose story is still in the potential stages). It’s just a question of whether they’ll do it or not, or if, instead, they’ll hand us very obvious development so they can “spell out literally” these characters in favor of focusing on characters like Keith and Allura. A kind of “telling” instead of “showing” deal, if you understand that metaphor. Which is why it is important that they should have developed Lance and Hunk on more equal terms in season 2, because ya never know how much time ya have (but I’ll stop complaining about that).  

I mean, obviously we’ll have to wait and see (there’s nothing else to do), but… yeah, anyway, those were some thoughts I had watching season 2 on Lance. 

Secondly: I have thoughts on Shiro and the black lion. Obviously we’ll see Shiro in season 3, but I find it very hard to believe that Keith will remain the pilot of the black lion for the entirety of the rest of the series (or at least while Zarkon is involved). Mostly due to the level of development Shiro has had with the black lion as well as the fact that he’s been framed as a foil to Zarkon. Of all the paladins, Shiro’s connection with the black lion has been framed the most fully and fleshed out. Some of the sheer imagery they use when he’s doing intense stuff shows a certain degree of permanence in his position, otherwise all the bonding he did and all that character development would have been pointless. And I don’t mean pointless in a way that implies Shiro shouldn’t have had that kind of development if he was eventually going to be replaced, but rather that the way that developement was shaped was in a way that would imply that he is the black paladin and that his position as such is vital to the story. Shiro has often mirrored Zarkon, and so if Zarkon is out of commission at the moment, it makes sense that Shiro would be as well (which also means that I’m assuming Keith will be a foil to Lotor). But I’m betting Shiro will return to being the black paladin. Especially since Keith’s connection with Red has also been blatantly highlighted. Of the paladins, these two have solidified their positions most securely in a symbolic and narrative sense. 

Which does bring me back to Lance. There seems to be this headcanon in the fandom that Blue and Lance are super close, best buds forever, despite the fact that we’ve seen very little evidence of this. Lance claims this to be the truth, but Lance claims a lot of things to be true that could actually stem from insecurity or pettiness. And it’s already been made apparent that he fears someone else trying to steal his lion (Keith). I would bet that Lance’s bond with Blue is not nearly as strong as Keith’s with Red or Shiro’s with Black. Or even Pidge’s with Green. Though we don’t see Pidge interacting with Green the same way Keith does Red or Shiro Black, it is implied contextually that she spends a lot of time with Green. Of all the paladins, I’m betting that Lance and Hunk have the weakest bonds with their lions. Which means that Allura coming in and flying Blue might spell out an interesting development when, in my opinion, the pilots inevitably switch back. 

I want Allura to be a paladin as much as everyone–the team needs more female representation. And while Lance is a good blue paladin, his attitude (at the moment) is more suited to Red (or an arm in general. After all, he’s always trying to show off in Blue and screwing things up, as if he doesn’t quite fit his position). But he’s not as suited to Red as Keith. I’m betting Lance will do very well in the red lion, and that Allura will, eventually, do well in Blue as she and Hunk share some similar traits in how they carry themselves, making them better “supports” for the team as a whole (unless Lance’s “understanding” nature (this is mostly a fandom headcanon, tbh), as has been hinted at, is more fully developed and showcased more often than with one conversation with Keith about Shiro disappearing). 

So this is where the story could kind of go quite a few directions–Shiro doesn’t take back up the black lion (though that would seem odd given his development) and things remain with Keith as leader and Lance as his right-hand man/Shiro does return and because of her development elsewhere, Allura gives up her blue paladin position (I don’t see this happening? I hope not? Unless her magic powers story arc makes her a boss is a way that makes paladin stuff irrelevant to her narrative)/Shiro comes back to pilot black, Allura proves to have bonded more with Blue, and Lance gets ousted (either consciously or by accident or disappearing or dying)/they… share lions? 

Lance being ousted, while it doesn’t tie in to the original 80s Voltron, would give his character some significance/oppurtunity in development. It would play on all his insecurities and “prove” (to him) that he really is as irrelevant to the team as he personally fears and, honestly, as the actual show itself has shown him to be to the audience. I don’t know what would happen after this–that’s too far ahead to ponder–but, if I was writing it, this is where I would put his character to get the most out of it. My opinion, obviously, isn’t the only one out there and I’m clearly missing pieces that would contradict all of this, but given how short the seasons are and how unbalanced season 2 was, this would make it easier to tell his story in the format they’re kind of going for. 

But who knows. I could be wrong about everything (I usually am). 

Originally posted by berserkdragon

Did I mention I love all the Jonsa fans so so much? Seriously! More than a decade of shipping and I have never felt so at home with the fans from another fandom. I think all of you guys are amazing. The ones who ship Jonsa for fun, the ones who ship it like it is everything, the ones who are tinfoil hat kings and queens, the ones who hate tinfoil hats, the ones who need Jonsa to be endgame, the ones who don’t care, the ones who are calm and don’t believe these spoilers, the ones who are losing their minds over them. I love how creative you guys are, love your stories, your arts. I think one of the biggest reasons I wouldn’t want Jonsa to end is because I wouldn’t want to get out off this Jonsa tag where there are so many wonderful people. I doubt this ship would’ve meant this much to me if it weren’t for you guys. In fact, I doubt I would’ve shipped Jonsa at all if it weren’t for you guys. No other fandom has had that kind of power before, not that I know of at least. I don’t know if you guys remember, but the fans made this ship relevant. It was one meta that changed people’s perception and the many wonderful old fics that got people hooked.