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BREAKING: Edie Windsor dies at 88
Ms. Windsor’s case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time.
By Robert D. McFadden

Edith Windsor, whose Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and brought federal recognition to marriage equality, has died at age 88. The cause of her death has not been specified. 

After living together for 40 years, Ms. Windsor and Thea Spyer, a psychologist, were legally married in Canada in 2007. Dr. Spyer died in 2009, and Ms. Windsor inherited her estate. But the Internal Revenue Service denied her the unlimited spousal exemption from federal estate taxes available to married heterosexuals, and she had to pay taxes of $363,053.

She sued, claiming that the law, by recognizing only marriages between a man and a woman, unconstitutionally singled out same-sex marriage partners for “differential treatment.”

Affirming two lower court rulings, the Supreme Court overturned the law in a 5-4 ruling, citing the Fifth Amendment guarantee that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.”

Edie was a pioneer in every sense of the word. She changed the world for millions of us. And she was the sweetest person, too – I met her about a year ago, told her about my recent engagement and thanked her for making it happen, and she kissed my hand and wished my future wife and I a lifetime of happiness. I will miss her. We all will. Thank you for everything, Edie.

things bitty has experienced bc of the ~soft closet~
  • i have seen posts about bitty’s parents beating him up for coming out
  • i have seen posts about bitty’s parents being perfectly accepting
  • i suspect the reality is somewhere in the middle
    • the ~soft closet~
  • i am from the Baby Bible Belt– my town (and family) is incredibly conservative, but not like violently homophobic, i understand this middle ground, i am here to contribute
  • under a cut bc this got way too long and way too personal!! awesome!!

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Hello hello, Jess here! I thought I’d try this “advice post” thing out and see if it’s something I could do again in the future. Because honestly, the more advice we can give each other the better, am I right?

So buckle up kiddos, I’m gonna give you some advice for straight A’s that took me far too long to figure out.

1. Pay attention in class

Not just for the curriculum either, sometimes your teacher will give you handy tips for your assessment. Like, last semester, my English teacher mentioned that looking up from your palm cards for majority of your speech would almost guarantee you an A. It was so simple, and I reckon not even half the class heard her.

Also pay attention when your teacher is actually teaching you things. That way you won’t end up having to teach yourself the classwork at home because you weren’t paying attention. There’s a reason it’s taught in class you dummy, so use that time wisely and save your own studying session for something worth your while.

2. Use a planner

And don’t just use it every week or so, use it every day, even if it’s to briefly check what’s due soon. Find a planning system that works for you and use it. Actually write down when your tests are and you assignments are due the day you find out.

But don’t forget to use it to plan as well! I use a bullet journal weekly spread to set plans for things like when I have to finish this chapter by and when to start studying for a test, etc. Give yourself dates to finish certain chunks of work by, it will save your life I promise.

3. Be organised

This is tied in with no. 2 but be organised. Know when that essay is due, know your schedule, know where your books and equipment are. It doesn’t matter if you have a clean and tidy room or your bedroom looks like a bomb hit it, as long as you know where everything is and you feel organised as a whole, it will work.

4. Do not ignore your assessments

This is the thing that took me the longest to learn. Even if you’re not going to actually work on your assignment, allow yourself to think about it, don’t push it to the side for “later”. Bring it to the forefront of your mind as often as you can.

It’s much more productive to grit your teeth and face it early, than build up a wall against it and freak out a day before it’s due I’ve had far too much experience trust me.

5. Make sure you understand everything

At the end of every lesson, ask yourself if you understood everything. If not, either ask your classmates or a teacher to explain, or go home and study that area until you do understand. And make sure you catch yourself early! Make sure to check with yourself at the end of each and every lesson so it doesn’t build up and you fall behind.

6. Always hand in drafts

Idk why it took me so long to start doing this. Seriously, you’re able to get feedback and pointers towards an A before you get given a grade and it goes in the system. It’s practically cheating! So. Do. It.

7. Dedicate time to your studies

I’m blessed enough not to have any extra curricular activities outside of school, so I’m aware that this can be a little harder for others. But if you can, try to do something each day, even if you have no assessments. Go over your class notes, watch a crash course video, read the set novel ahead of time. It sets a routine.

And if you come home absolutely exhausted and it’s impossible for you to do something, make sure to write down all of the things you need to remember to do for the next day. Then, get some sleep and go over the list in the morning when you wake up to remind you.

8. Balance

This is possibly the most important one. Make sure you have a balance in your lifestyle. Don’t overwork yourself, but don’t slack off. Get enough sleep each night, drink enough water, listen to your favourite bands while you write your essay. Balance work and play, health and treats.

Because balance creates a good mood, and your attitude towards your work changes so much of your outcome. I know it sounds so cliche and unrealistic, but it genuinely does. With negative emotions comes negative grades (yeah idk what that meant either haha).

So those were my little tips towards straight A’s. A lot of them are things you’ve probably already heard before, but it’s for a good reason. They’ve worked for me so far, and I hope that they will for you too.

Good luck!

To All the Students in School

I think this really needs to be said to all the high schoolers freaking out about AP exams, SAT scores, and ACT scores. Hell, even to those who are applying/applied to colleges or other things. The number that you end up reading off the collegeboard site does not determine your worth. The number that you end up reading off the collegeboard site does not determine how smart you are. The number that you end up reading off the collegeboard site does not determine your future. Only you, as a person, can determine that. I know it’s hard, I’m still in high school too. But I think you guys need to, have to, know that even if you get all A’s and a 1450+ (or 2200+) on the SAT that it doesn’t automatically guarantee you a job. You could end up going to Stanford, MIT, or Harvard but end up in a bad place. The school you end up going to doesn’t necessarily grant you a job either. Okay, yes, it makes it a little bit easier but either way, you’re going to have to work hard for everything to get where you want. All of you are so much more important than some score or letter grade. Y’all are gonna do great, as long as you have the passion and drive to work for it. Having straight A’s and perfect scores does not mean you will survive in the real world. Now, this isn’t a way to make you feel better or myself (since I’m not a straight A student either) about all of this because honestly it’s all so true.

Good luck on your AP exams and everything else though. :) You guys got this.


Hello guys! The comic is back from hiatus after a long time (1 month I think?) Sorry for making you guys wait for so long but here it is~. I will address some stuff some of you have been asking me (I’m warning you it’s kinda long)

First off, I cannot guarantee that I will make a regular update like per week or something, but I will try to put out as much content as I can.  ( ・`ω・´)

 Second is that some of you have been asking if I will print this as a book in the future and the answer is it’s possible but it might take a while since I’m thinking of finishing a decent amount of chapters first before printing it and because I’ve never printed a book in my life and I’m learning how this stuff works.

Third is I’m trying to make my page easier to navigate so I’m sorry if some of you are confused about where everything is ^^’ 

Anyway thank you so much to everyone who has supported me so far. I wish you guys lots of love! If you have any question or just want someone to talk with and share headcanons or whatever, hit me up in my inbox or the chat!

skelo-saurus  asked:

Yo someone's trying to tell me Hussie is a racist and hates disabled people but has absolutely no evidence. What do I do?

You gotta decide for yourselves whether people in the year of our lord 2017 should be judged entirely by the words and thoughts and ideas they put out into the world years ago in different life stages. Like. This isn’t a problem that’s going to go away. Increasingly now the history of people’s entire life journey is accessible via some social media snap shot in the wayback machine or some ancient chat log sitting on someone’s hard drive out there. We don’t all start from the same place. A lot of us start from positions of privilege, from systems learned from parents or other family or institutions with power over us that influence our way of thinking when our brains are first developing the capacity for empathy and understanding. 

And we grow. And we create. And we experience things. And we talk with people. We make friends. We read feedback. We listen to some and we disregard others, and years later, some (but by no means all) of what we disregarded we might think about again and realize was good feedback and helpful advice. 

Our opinions change. Our understanding of our own privilege changes. Our understanding of media and propaganda and narrative and power structures and justice change. Our biases shift. Our politics change. Our worldviews are shaped by our conversations and our experiences and the things we take to heart and the things we lock outside. 

Hussie used to interact heavily with the fandom. There is so much text from him out there saved in archives that has been pored over again and again and again by people with axes to grind, people with their own agendas, people who feel wronged and hurt and ignored by someone they maybe once respected and looked up to. 

Anyone with that much text over that long a period of time has something fucking problematic out there waiting to hang them, I guarantee it. Back in 2012 the r-slur and the a-slur were common slang used by elementary school kids, let alone ppl frequenting the various rancid asscracks of the internet. Then awareness campaigns took root and opinions and language shifted for the better and suddenly a lot of text written without that mindfulness started looking really nasty, didn’t it?

We as a society are going to have to make some hard decisions in the very near future about how much rope we need when we’re eyeing those gallows for people we feel wronged by. How much someone’s opinion now means when their opinion five years ago might have been the exact opposite. How much good faith to extend to people who grow and change and understand their younger selves had some Bad Opinions about the world, but can’t erase the words they said, and have to live with them for the rest of their lives because people looking for ammunition can find it in ample supply. How much someone’s actions now count for weighed against their words in another fucking life. 

There are quotes out there where Hussie said some stupid shit. There are a million words of Hussie quotes out there. I don’t know how old you are, but if you’re an adult, I can almost guarantee you that you can go back some number of years and remember a version of you that you’d be terrified of the internet finding today.

The dude gave us one of the most queer-positive, transformative and engaging pieces of media of all time. It wasn’t perfect and he wasn’t perfect because nothing and no one is. The queer community is always so goddamn hypercritical of its prolific creators, in part because we’re desperate for the things we want and never get and it’s so frustrating to find people who *almost* give you what you want – and god knows the mainstream media isn’t listening, so where else do we have to turn but inward? We’re a stymied, frustrated group desperate for representation on all sorts of underrepresented axes of oppression and no one story is ever going to satisfy everyone. But Homestuck was so big, so expansive and meant so much to so many - of course there’s a lot of bitter disappointment out there. 

How much rope do we need to hang someone? How much history do we need to build a gallows out of plank by fucking plank to feel morally justified? 

It’s up to you.

Exploitation is not Freedom

By Sandra B. Latham

Freedom is a word that is used so often, and yet so rarely understood. 

The most toxic of these misrepresentations are those which conflate freedom and liberty, the greatest of all values, with the perpetuation of exploitation and injustice. One of the most pernicious elements of this so-called freedom is the relationship between employers and employees. 

To pay your employees what you wish, to treat them as you wish. To produce what you will, in whatever way you will, using the means and materials you prefer. To sell at whatever price you wish, to interact with the market as you please, to yield the greatest profit. These are the sorts of things that the “right” sets up as “freedoms.” And yet I never see the same attention given by those same “freedom-loving Americans” as the freedom to unionize, to strike and picket, and to make decisions within the workplace. 

If the worker owns themselves and their own labor, surely they have the freedom to bargain with it; it is their own property after all.

I see two justifications for this: the freedom of association between employer and employee, and inequitable compensation for risk.

Regarding the freedom of association between employer and employee, this is another area in which “freedom” has a very deliberately obscured meaning. Because employees have a right to quit, the freedom to leave, they’re not slaves. The conclusion, then, is that the employer and employee have a relationship of free association.

These are ridiculous notions. In reality, those with capital and the capacity to offer employment have far more power than the individual employee. At the same time, individual wealth is distributed in such a way that the vast majority of people are reliant upon employment for survival. The individual employee has no right to a job – after all, that would be an “infringement on the employer’s freedom.” But the employee must always eat, must always have shelter, will at one time or another need health care. You would never allege that, were you to rob a man at gunpoint, that it was a free exchange because he had the “free choice” to keep his wallet and be shot or to give it up and be safe. And yet, when it comes to basic human survival, capitalism paints just such a picture. 

Thus, “freedom of association” is only freedom when every citizen is guaranteed the right to shelter and food, either through resource distribution, universal basic income, robust social programs, regulations ensuring a living wage, or any of many other possible solutions.

If survival is not independent of work, then the working relationship cannot be considered truly free. And if the working relationship is not free, then it is exploitation.

And yet, most freedom-loving libertarians would balk at these solutions, as they so often revile regulations, price caps, minimum wages, laws against retaliation, and other legal protections. If you believe that the employer-employee relationship is a truly free association, then such outside interference is an immoral infringement on those freedoms. But as discussed, this is incongruent with the ever-present human need for the means of survival.

This is a separate rabbit hole I would like to examine in more depth in the future, but suffice to say at this point that I consider every living person entitled to the means of survival.

For those who acknowledge the imbalance of power between employers and employees, this is primarily excused by framing the greater power on the employer side as compensation for risk. To a limited extent, many people will agree the trade-off is fair: A guaranteed monthly salary, secure and consistent, can absolutely be less monetarily valuable than a risky business venture, which may result in nothing or may result in a large profit. An entrepreneur who uses an equity loan to start a small business has a lot more at stake than an employee of theirs, and it’s only fair that they reap a reward for the risk.

Most Americans accept some amount of wealth inequality as acceptable or even ideal, but as it stands the current level of inequality is staggering, far beyond what is warranted as compensation for different degrees of risk, hard work, and education. So while this argument has at least basis in sound logic, in practice we allege that the wealthiest Americans deserve to exploit workers and take literally all of the wealth for themselves. It’s not possible for me to believe that somebody at the top – even executives with schedules that leave no time to sleep and demanding responsibilities – can possibly contribute tens of thousands of times as much as a person on the ground running machines, taking orders, and cleaning toilets. 

Furthermore, in addition to the wealth imbalance, there is a massive imbalance in authority that is socially ingrained but not economically necessary or socially positive. The ability to manage another person’s time and behavior, ultimately to play king within a set domain based on assets, is portrayed as a “freedom” when it serves no positive purpose in society except to use authority as a form of psychological compensation.

As a worker, I have zero interest in upholding the Freedom to Starve – whether it’s my supposed freedom to starve by walking away from exploitation or employers’ freedom to starve their employees.

Edited by: @theliberaltony

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A Target Retales PSA

Hey guys.

So I’ve got some bad news and I’ve got some good news. 

The bad news: I’m now on medical leave from work.

I’ve been struggling with some medical issues for years now, but they’ve been progressively getting worse and worse, and now I’m at a point where I just can’t be on my feet or just generally active for more than a few minutes at a time, let alone long enough to work a shift. 

Doctors have been struggling to figure out a diagnosis. So far all that we know is that it’s probably something neurological. I’ve got some tests this week that hopefully will shed some light on things, but honestly, I’m not overly optimistic. So until things get figured out and I can get some sort of treatment started, I’m on leave from work.

Which means no new retales for the time being.

The good news: This does not mean I’m out of content.

I’ve had a lot of projects I’ve been working on/wanting to work on for a while now, but between work and the physical/emotional toll that going through work, I haven’t been able to give them my full attention. Thankfully, being bedridden goes hand-in-hand with digital content in my case.

I’ve got a Target Retales podcast in the works! In fact, the first episode is going to be published later tonight!

I’ve got a YouTube channel! A lot of you are subscribed, but I’ve neglected it for the last couple of months. But now I’m back in action, posting at least once a week if not twice, and I’ve got some great plans for videos coming up!

I’ve got a couple other podcasts in the works! I’ve teased the one wherein I over-analyze pop media and expose the terrifying truths of fictional universes (Lightning McQueen is an abuser?), and I’m planning a scripted D&D comedy series!

And I’ve been teasing one huge project for months and months now, but I’ve had to put it off for a while with everything going on, but now I can finally buckle down and get to work on it, so I feel ready to let you guys in on the secret.

I’m working with an agency and writing a Target Retales book.

So even if I’m not releasing new stories, there’s still a TON of content coming, both Retales-related and not!

Wanna help me out?

There is, of course, the catch. While I’m super excited to be able to work on all of my projects, I’m now not able to work at work, which is, you know, how money is made.

I’m not in any sort of financial crisis, so I won’t be asking for donations or anything, but if you like my content and would like to support me, this would be a great time to check out my Patreon. I’m going to be adding some new perks and changing things up in the near future, but I can guarantee there will be all sorts of fun things in store if you decide to help me out here. In fact, any current Patrons or new Patrons who join by the end of the month will receive a hand-written letter from me, including unreleased Retales and a few stickers.

In Summary:

I’m taking medical leave from work, no new Retales will be released but all sorts of projects are still in the works, including a podcast and a book, and I’m offering a cool bonus if you support me during this rough patch on my Patreon.

Thank you all so much for all the support you’ve shown me since the start. I wouldn’t be where I am without you and I hope you enjoy the content I continue to make.

anonymous asked:

Eh??? Different anon here, but I do want to steal Oikawa... but if possible, Iwazumi too...

We only have Iwa-chan’s availbale for adoption atm (more selections will be available in the upcoming future!!), so If you do plan on adopting a little Iwa for yourself, I can almost guarantee that an Oikawa will stalk you home. 


So I was watching AWE Me’s Man-At-Arms: Reforged series on youtube, and it got me thinking: “What if, in the future, Terrans are known for being the BEST at overkill weaponry?” 

“I need something that’ll guarantee I get the job done.” The bounty hunter hissed through their mask. 

The merchant just gave an alien smile, before pulling out a selection of Terran-forged swords and daggers. Included, were everything from Japanese katanas and Celtic longswords, Chainswords and even transformable, combination weapons like a sniper rifle/scythe. The bounty hunter, being from a ice world, has never really seen metalsmithing like this from their own people, and knows, these are Terran made. The brutal elegance of the cutting edges, the weight and balance, the advanced steel alloys, all hallmarks of Terran weapons. Terrans, it seemed, saw an almost religious beauty in dealing death. Just what was needed. 

This is a somewhat sleepy addition to the “Humans are weird” tag. Sorry if it’s not as long or as well thought out as my others posts. I’m on vacation right now, so my brain’s all ker-fuffled. 

Edit: Yes, I referenced RWBY. 

anonymous asked:

hii i saw your tags on the post about Joss Whedon taking over Justice league. I know a lot of people don't like him but I don't get why?

Without going into essay-length discussion of it, I think it’s a two-pronged thing: one is that a lot of people just plain don’t enjoy his storytelling, like the way in which he makes movies/tv and the themes he incorporates (I think one of the main complaints is that he doesn’t have a real breadth of skill – he tends to repeat old tropes and character archetypes a lot – and I think that complaint is 100% valid). Still, that’s aesthetic; the much more widespread reason is that Joss Whedon has not got a great record when it comes to social justice, despite being hailed as a giant feminist icon. 

Which, in the 1990s, the work he was doing with Buffy the Vampire Slayer I think genuinely was pretty feminist for television, at the time (and at first – in later seasons that was less the case). But culture moved forward, and Joss sort of froze where he was. His behavior toward Charisma Carpenter, who got pregnant during the filming of Angel, has been the subject of a lot of controversy (he wrote a really ugly episode about pregnancy and then killed her off) and since Buffy his treatment of women in his work has just kind of sledded downhill. Most recently, his spec Wonder Woman script was leaked and it’s pretty unpleasant; all about how Wonder Woman isn’t human because she’s invulnerable, and how she needs to be humbled, I guess? I haven’t read it. 

I watched Buffy and enjoyed the earlier seasons; I watched some of Angel but it got dull. I tried watching Firefly, gave up because I thought it was kind of appalling, and stopped watching media Joss made after that (I found the idea of Dollhouse super offputting). I went back several years later to rewatch Firefly with the hope that I’d been too immature to understand it, or that the out-of-order episode airing had impacted my viewing, but I ended up understanding better than ever why I disliked it. (I wrote an essay about it here if you want more meat on why.)

Imagine the man who wrote a space western and could only conceive of the Native Americans within that story as a ravaging, sub-human race whose sole emotion was rage – and now imagine how he’s going to look at an Aquaman played by a person of color. Imagine a man who was so enraged that one of his actors got pregnant that he killed off her character after writing an entire episode about how horrifying pregnancy was – imagine the man who wrote Natasha’s story in Age of Ultron, for that matter – and now imagine how he’s going to control the future of Wonder Woman. (I’m aware that Justice League is mostly in post, but he’s still going to be writing and shooting additional scenes. And if he’s in on it now, there’s no guarantee he won’t be asked to step in more permanently.)

I think the upshot is that Joss Whedon tends to poison things he touches in ways so insidious that he gets acclaimed for doing it. And that couldn’t stay unnoticed forever. 

anonymous asked:

I'd love to hear your thoughts on La La Land's ending! If you don't mind.

SO HERE WE GO. I’ve heard a lot of think pieces/complaining about how the movie is about hollywood, or white men saving jazz, or unrealistically fulfilling your dreams all at once, etc., but I don’t see how you can watch that ending and come away with those things. Sure, the movie dabbles in all of that, and you can make commentary on how unrealistic that is, or in the case of John Legend’s role in the movie, how shitty it is—but then, there’s that ending. That glorious, perfect pitched ending.

The last we see of Mia and Sebastian together, they’re making a choice many of us have or will make in our lives; a turning point in a relationship, where you have to choose what you’re willing to sacrifice, or give to keep the love that you have. They make what I would say, as a person who has made this very choice, the right choice, and seperate for the good of their careers. And realistically, painfully so, that is a lasting break—we jump five years, and things have happened that make their separation permanent (Mia is married, she has a child). That’s startling and, because it happens so quickly instead of the slow and quiet way that it occurs in real life, unbelievable. We think, they’re playing a trick on us, this can’t possibly be where this movie of sparkling lights and love songs is going to end. But the longer the scene goes on, and we see Mia in the car with her husband, so comfortable, it starts to set in, and then, even though we know it’s coming, when she sees the sign at his club—the sign she made for him—we feel the way she does. It’s been five years for her, and she has that space that we, as an audience, were not given from the main storyline, so she’s surprised, and suddenly longing, and that’s an emotion we can feel. 

But the ending isn’t about where Mia finds herself, it’s about Sebastian. He plays his song, and the fantasy begins for him and we get to go along with it. Mia may have moved on, but Sebastian is closer to us, he still feels that sting when he sees her, much worse then she felt. The cinematography here is beautiful, and the music carries us through it, and it’s satisfying, just to retrace the steps of where we have already been with these characters, to hear the same cords they sang together. You can’t tell me it didn’t hit you when, in the bar, the music swelled and he walked right up to kiss her. 

Because this is from Sebastian’s point of view, we see the way he wished it had been, how they could have stayed together, and it is so firmly planted in what he could have done differently. Mia still takes the audition, gets the job, goes to Paris, but he never takes that job with the band, he’s there at her show, he goes to Paris with her. His fantasy includes being there for her, in a way that he never really was during their relationship. He puts her, her dreams and ambitions, first, so that in the end, Mia ends up exactly where she is now, where she’s meant to be, but she’s married to him instead. And even while he’s thinking of it, the unreality of that situation bleeds in—through the film set, the Van Gogh-esque swirls of Paris. It could never have been real, because he was a different man then, he would have always made those choices. He had yet to learn his lesson.

In the end, they are able to smile at each other and part again, because this isn’t a love story. This is a story about growing up. It’s a story about how a person can mean so much to you during one point in your life, how they can change you, can take up all of the space in your world completely, and how much you can love them in that moment—and how beautiful that is. It isn’t lasting, it’s not guaranteed, it’s something you may regret and dwell on over and over later, but it is beautiful. Sebastian’s dream looks so unreal because not only did it not happen, it couldn’t have happened; there were a gulf of reasons why the two of them never would have worked out, even if he had gone with her to Paris. 

But they changed each other. They nudged each other towards their futures. They were each other’s turning point, towards success, their dreams, all the things that felt out of reach when they met. So when they said, before they parted, I will always love you, what they really meant was; I will always love what you have given me. 

anonymous asked:

writscrib is a really stupid idea and i guarantee you it’s going to fail. why would anyone tip someone for some dumb ass furry line art or whatever

I’m keeping this for future prosperity.

Also, if there’s one thing I’ve learned by hanging with certain groups is that people will pay money for anything.

Chat Noir’s New Muse?  Adrienette post-reveal Fanfic

Chat Noir’s New Muse?  

Out with the old and in with the news—These two are buzzing with romance!  It seems our cat hero has found a new taste for bees.  As seen in recent footage, Chat Noir heroically saved Queen Bee from what could’ve been a deadly hit, and not long after holding her tight in a warm embrace!  Is this new hero Chat Noir’s side-chick, or is Ladybug now completely out of the picture?  There are many questions, but one thing’s for sure, These two can not get enough of each other!

Adrien held the newspaper in his hands, shellshocked.  All he had done was save his comrade.  And somehow the morning paper decided to turn it into the latest scandal!  In all of his 21 years of life as a model nothing compared to this—this absolute bull crap!  He wanted to put it down, but he couldn’t… As he sat on a park bench, drinking his coffee, he stared with wide eyes at the news.

“Pretty crazy, right?” A stranger says as he walks past him, briefly tipping his head in a greeting, “Who knew he’d ever get over that spotty girl, huh?”

Adrien watched the man’s retreating figure and sighed.  One thing is for sure, and it’s not Chat Noir’s and Queen Bee’s new affair… His Lady will not be happy.


“What!?  This is outrageous!” Alya crumpled the newspaper and threw it onto the ground of the coffee shop they had all gathered in.  Adrien uncomfortably laughed as Alya continued to rant about how her competitor “In With The News” always wrote about the craziest most impossible stuff.  

Nino looked to his long-time friend with a pitied gaze, “Sorry,” he nodded towards Alya, “She gets like this—you know how it is.”

Adrien nodded, glancing at Alya, then back to Nino, “I do—and don’t apologize, I had a similar reaction,” he shrugged, “Well, maybe I wasn’t as vocal about it, but…”

Nino raised his eyebrows with surprise, “What, you care about this stuff?  ‘That latest hero scandal,’ or ‘LadyNoir?’” he said, using air quotes.

Adrien scratched the back of his head, “Um, I mean, yeah?” At Nino’s deadpanned look, Adrien quickly added, “I mean, it’s kinda interesting, right?”

Nino nodded lazily, “Sure, I guess.  I dunno, maybe I don’t like it as much cause I have to hear it a lot,” he said, pointing his thumb towards a still ranting Alya.

“—Where’s Marinette?  I’m sure she’ll have as big of a fit about this!” Alya abruptly stood up, looking around the coffee shop.

“Alya, don’t!” Adrien hissed, looking around, “Some customers are looking at you,” he said.

Alya looked around, realizing her outburst was slightly effecting others around her.  Embarrassed, she sat down, over-composed.  “Well,” she began, “I just don’t enjoy fake news.  Besides, you didn’t answer my question: Where’s my girlfriend?”

Adrien laughed, “My girlfriend, actually, and she’s working later than expected.  She had to take over someone’s shift.”

“Oh, poor girl, too good for her own good,” Alya mumbled.

Adrien smiled lightly, “I’m sure she doesn’t mind the extra shift.  Besides, we’re all going to a movie tomorrow, aren’t we?  You’ll see her then.”

Nino leaned back in his chair, reaching his arm over to hang across Alya’s shoulders, “I’ll be your Marinette,” he said, waggling his eyebrows at his girlfriend.

Alya laughed, placing a hand over her heart, “Oh Nino, that’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever said!”

“I speak from the heart,” he replied sagely.

Laughing, Adrien stood up, shaking his head at his friends’ antics.  “Well, I’m gonna go before you guys start dreaming about my girlfriend.  I’ll see you tomorrow!” he said, waving and walking away.

Alya tilted her head back, calling over her shoulder, “Only if you bring Marinette with you!”


Adrien jumped from rooftop to rooftop as Chat Noir.  He made quick time of getting to Marinette’s house, and as he approached her apartment, he saw her standing outside her balcony.  

“This reminds me of the old times,” he said, dropping down next to her.

“Hm,” she hummed softly as he pulled her into a hug.  

“Alya missed you at our coffee meet-up,” he mentioned, letting go and leaning against the railing with her.  Unlike her old balcony at her parents’ bakery, this one was smaller.  With just the two of them there, they almost took up the whole space.  

Marinette laughed lightly, turning her head towards Chat, “We’re going to the movie tomorrow, aren’t we?  I’ll see her then,” she sighed, “I’ve just been busy with work.”

“I’ve noticed,” he nodded, “We all have.  Why not take a small step back?  Breaks are good…”

“Not when everyone’s competing for the same thing.  I’m an intern, and a future job isn’t guaranteed,” she scrunched her brows, “But it’ll only be for a bit.  Then I’ll be where I want to be,” she nodded to herself.  

Chat Noir shook his head, detransforming, “I can’t believe I didn’t see it sooner as a kid,” he grinned at her, a green flash revealing Adrien.

“See what?”

“You.  Being Ladybug.  It’s so obvious and I— I’m just kinda shocked I didn’t see it sooner,” he shrugged.

Marinette scoffed, “That’s a bit random to say, isn’t it?  We found out each other’s identities a while ago…”

“I guess,” he laughed, “Your tenacity a moment ago reminded me, is all.”

“Ah,” she said, as a comfortable quiet fell on them.  

Adrien looked at her, wondering if he should even bring up the news article he read.  It wasn’t that big of a deal anyway, especially if it’s fake.  But… “Mari?” he spoke up.


“Did you read that article, by chance?  In the news?”

“About your new muse?” she asked evenly.

Adrien stiffened awkwardly, “That’s the one.”

“Yeah I read it.”

“—It’s not true, you know—“

She cut him off, turning herself towards him, “Of course it’s not.  Why would I think it’s true?”

“It doesn’t bother you?” he asked.

“No, it bothers me.  The idea of anyone else ‘claiming’ you sets me off, but…” she turned back to look out over their beloved city.  “Queen B’s already dating someone and hasn’t shown any interest in you, not to mention,” she tightly frowned, “You’re mine.”

“That’s a bit possessive,” Adrien laughed, trying to hide his flushed face.

“W-well, it-it’s only fair,” she explained, “Since I’m yours.”  She refused to look at him with how red her face was.

Adrien smiled at her, leaning forward and kissing the side of her head, “Right.”

Marinette relaxed at his touch, leaning on his shoulder.  “Maybe we’ll just have to show them, hm?”

“Show who what?” he asked.

“Paris.  We’ll just show them that you’re mine.  And I’m yours.”

anonymous asked:

I'd be really really interested omg what are the tricks to ao3

could probably write a mini analysis on reading and uploading patterns of the yoi ao3 tag fml that’s how much i’ve been observing it

unfortunately sunday and saturday are when people are most likely to to be reading fanfiction since its the weekend; you just have to come to terms with the fact that your fic may be smack all the way to page three in a few hours and lost in 11 pages by the end of the day. its a gamble

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Why can’t I kin/id outside my race if I am white?

Because race is an integral part of a person’s identity, especially if they are nonwhite. It influences each and every aspect of their life.

By saying you’re kin with/ID as a character who is a person of color when you are white yourself, you are implying that you can separate characters from their race, that all our lived experiences and struggles that come with being a particular race can be dismissed as immaterial without changing who we are. This is racist. You are erasing our experiences with race and appropriating our identity without ever having to experience all the pain that comes with it.

The “it’s racist to kin outside your race” thing was started by white people pretending to be Japanese.

Believe it or not, we are capable of finding things racist, independent of white influence. Further, this argument is utterly nonsensical - how is white people fucking up while pretending to be Japanese somehow license for more white people to continue to do so?

My friend is a person of color and they told me it’s okay to kin outside my race.

First of all, you need to stop using your nonwhite friends to defend yourself against accusations of racism. You are essentially using a restyled version of the “I have nonwhite friends, I can’t be racist” argument.

Secondly, you have no way of knowing whether your friend actually thinks it’s okay or whether they are merely afraid of calling you out because they worry that you will either not listen to them, accuse them of overreacting or cut them off.

Finally, just because your token friend of color has sanctioned your racism doesn’t make it any less racist.

I’m a person of color and I don’t think it’s bad for white people to kin outside their race.

People of color are not a monolith. You’re entitled to your opinion. That doesn’t change the fact that other nonwhite people are being harmed by this sort of racist behavior.

What if I call them synpaths instead of kins?

No. Doing so is making no change in your racist behavior; it is merely using a change in terms to attempt to placate those who have called you out.

What if I’ve put up a disclaimer on my kin/id page saying that I don’t claim the race of the character I kin with/id as?

That is simply insulting. You are basically saying “you don’t see color”, implying that the race of the character is immaterial and easily separable from the character. It is not.

What about reincarnation kin?

They still claim to be the nonwhite character. This is inexcusable regardless of how you try to explain it away. You cannot claim a character’s experiences as “your past lives” when their past lives have experience with racism you cannot possibly understand.

I am not hurting anyone by being kin/id outside my race, it’s a simple coping mechanism!

You coping mechanisms are not beyond reproach just because you’re mentally ill, especially when they function at the expense of marginalized people.

You are in fact hurting people of color -especially those of us who are mentally ill and use kin to cope. This is compounded by the fact that we are doubly marginalized by racism and ableism and are thus more likely to go undiagnosed/misdiagnosed/have poor access to mental health care. We already have extremely limited representation in media, and it is entitled of you to lay claim to what few characters we have to, when there are countless white characters you have to chose from.

In addition, those of you going by nonwhite names - like white anime kins - add to the racism by claiming names that nonwhite (in this case Asian) people are discriminated for - in education and employment. It is beyond entitled for you as a white person to claim names from cultures when they’ve been stripped from us by white society.

I am delusional/psychotic and I cannot help my kins, asking me to do so is ableist.

Before you call us ableist, consider that white people are not the only ones who deal with mental illness. Then imagine what it is like to live with intersecting marginalization of racism and ableism, especially when there are people like you who blatantly abuse their white privilege.

If your delusions actively harm others, you cannot continue to excuse them. If you are capable of recognizing your behavior as delusional, you have the ability to make efforts towards changing your behavior. We say this as people who are delusional ourselves. It is not easy, but fighting racism was never going to be easy to begin with.

What can I do to change?

Stop going by ethnic kin names. Take the characters off your kin page. Try to distance yourself from the character. Focus on other kins - as a white person, you’re guaranteed to have - or find - plenty of others.

As for the future, you cannot help which characters you get kin feelings for, but you can help what you do with them. You can also educate yourself to rid yourself of the subconscious idea that race is a separable trait from our experiences, so you eventually see nonwhite characters as off limits.

I don’t care about this/I’m going to continue to kin outside my race.

Then please do not pretend to care about racism. It’s extremely exhausting and disheartening for us to broach this subject with white people who claim to be allies, only to have them continue with their behavior and shut us out because they care about maintaining their image as Good Whites than they do about actually changing their racist behavior. You cannot claim to be an ally when you are only anti-racist as long as it’s convenient/doesn’t require you to change your behavior.

Why Reviews Matter

This is an issue I’ve been wanting to discuss for a while, but with Gruvia week fast approaching, I thought now would be a good time to finally broach this subject. Mind you, this is hardly a new, or unaddressed issue. This has been brought up on Tumblr many a time, and in many a fandom. But I wanted to address it again, because it is so important.

*Also, because I know many people don’t like to read long blocks of text, I have included random pics of Gruvia with even more random comments to keep people entertained. Enjoy!*

Since my time in the Gruvia fandom, I have always made it a point to participate in Gruvia Week, and likewise, I have always regretted it.

Why? Because the amount of effort/time put into writing fics for Gruvia Week was never worth the amount of feedback/acknowledgement I received in return for my efforts. I don’t like begging for reviews. In fact, when I first entered the FT fandom, and started writing Gruvia fics, I would NEVER ask for reviews. I figured, if people wanted to review, they would. But over the past couple of years, I started asking for them. You know why? Because the amount of written feedback compared to the amount of notes/favs(if we’re talking about fan fiction DOT net) I received on fics was wildly imbalanced.

Was it just me, or was the anime filler unison raid more magically impressive than the official one?

And have I gotten more reviews since I started requesting them. Not at all. Quite the contrary, in fact. Part of that is the FT fandom has shrunk, but another part of it is the *type* of stories I usually put out. I like writing one-shots. I find it more enjoyable to just get a completed story out there all at once. I don’t really have the patience or dedication anymore to keep up a multi-chapter fic. But multi-chapters DO often get more reviews. Why? Because those reading want to encourage the writer to continue the story. And that’s great. That’s how it should be. BUT, that’s how it should be for completed fics, too. And yet, it’s not.

Because I am giving my readers an already completed story, there is no incentive to review. Which from a writer’s perspective, is so discouraging. For a writer, putting out an ending to a story (and mind you, many of my one-shots are 6,000-10,000 words long, so definitely not SHORT) is when they need feedback the most. They want to know whether it was liked or not. That’s the most important time to review. But so many people don’t, because what’s in it for them? They already received everything you were giving out.

Do you see how horrible that is, though? Someone took the time (some fiction takes hours, days and even weeks and months) to write and share a whole story for free, and the least a reader can do, “the review,” is not worth most people’s time. But if that’s the case, then why should I, the writer, waste my time putting out a story in the first place? Liking or faving a story isn’t enough. We want to know what you liked (or even didn’t like) about it. That’s how we improve. We thrive on feedback.

I imagine they might say these kinds of things in bed together, too.

So, yes, as far as one-shots go, why should you leave a review? The story is complete. You don’t need to ask for another chapter to see how it ends. I’ll tell you why. Because while you received a story this time, there’s no guarantee there will be another one in the future. And I know I’m not the only writer or artist who feels like this.

And yes, writing should not be all about the reviews. You should absolute write for yourself above and beyond anything else. And I DO. However, the story is already in my head. I’m already enjoying it. I don’t really need to write it down. I do that more for others rather than myself. And yet the lack of appreciation for this kills my motivation to write anything else.

And all writers KNOW people are reading but not reviewing. The amount of traffic, favs or notes my stories receive in comparison to the amount of reviews are not even close to matching up. If you enjoyed a story enough to fav, follow, like or reblog, then please think about also leaving a comment. No one is asking you to match their story with a novel of your own in a review, but sometimes even a few short words are so appreciated by writers and artists.


If you don’t acknowledge your artists and writers, your fandom dries up. People leave or move on. People stop making gifs, writing, drawing, etc.. If your fandom dries up, then content for the things you love also dries up. Is that really ok? Not only that, but imagine writers and artists who are new to fandom, and new to art and writing in general. Imagine how hard it is for them? You could make the difference between someone giving up and never reaching their full potential, or your review inspiring them to improve to the point that they one day become a famous author or artist. Never think your review doesn’t matter. IT DOES.

Now, back to the topic of Gruvia Week itself. I think the lack of feedback during Gruvia Week especially is a combination of things. Firstly, there’s a lot of content (which is very good! That’s what everyone wants for Gruvia Week, but…). That also means a lot of competition. Things move faster in the tags than normal, things get pushed down, and the sensory overload kicks in, so fics and/or art that would usually receive tons of notes or more feedback on a normal day, just don’t receive as much appreciation during Gruvia Week.

Secondly, there’s the “one-shot” effect I already explained above. People know that no matter what, most users who are participating in Gruvia Week are likely going to post all the content they already prepared. So, you’re going to get “the product” regardless of what you as a reader or spectator do. So, there’s no incentive to encourage the artist or writer, as you will receive that content regardless.

Did Juvia give Gray that butterfly t-shirt? And what did Gray want to tell Juvia before he got made into swiss cheese by the dragon spawns? The mysteries of the GMG forever unsolved.

Now, I’m not saying Gruvia Week is bad for all artists or writers. I actually think for artists and writers just starting out, it’s a GREAT thing. Being reblogged by the Gruvia Week tumblr, which surely has a massive following, helps your art/writing reach more people than it usually would.  

So, I’m not trying to discourage people to participate at all. On the contrary, I’m trying to ENCOURAGE people who read fics or like seeing art/graphics/etc, to ALSO participate. If you can’t draw, or can’t write, but you enjoy it when other people do, LET THEM KNOW. No one wants a dead pairing week, and not providing feedback is the fastest way to kill future ship weeks.

The reason I kept participating every year, for the last three years, was because I hoped things would be better this time. They never were. If anything, if got worse year after year. I’m not saying everything I write is a masterpiece, and I should be showered with a constant stream of praise. But as I explained at the start, the amount of notes and favs do not add up with the amount of actual reviews/feedback received.

This is the most manga time conscious Gray and Juvia have had together in the last six months *cries*

I know some people can be shy. I know some people just like to lurk. But please think of the person creating the content that you just enjoyed. Yes, they drew art this week, or wrote a fic this year, so you already received your reward. But what is the artist’s reward? What are they getting out of it, and what is their incentive to write another story, draw more art, make another graphic, or video? You are not giving them a reason to. And that is exactly why so many people quit drawing, writing, or contributing to fandom all together. So, please don’t let that happen. Please make this Gruvia Week different.

Gray: We are so attractive. 

Juvia: We really are, Gray-sama. I hope people read this whole thing and didn’t just look at our gorgeous faces. 

Gray: I can’t blame them if they did just that. We are fabulous. 

Whenever you are having work done on the house, always insist on being told the supplier of all the materials/parts (windows, doors, blinds, tiles etc. etc.) - when you need spares 5 years down the line, there is no guarantee your contractor will still be around to tell you.

I have rewritten the title to make it slightly clearer, since some people were having trouble with it (and my pride as a linguist can’t take it):

Whenever you have any work done on the house, always insist that the contractor tell you where all the materials and parts they have used were sourced from. If you ever need spare/replacement parts in the future, you might not be able to find out where to get them from because your contractor might not be around any more.

I have followed my own advice sometimes (e.g. writing down paint colour codes) but I have a roller blind that has been broken for two years now because I can’t find the place where the contractor got them from (they are unbranded) and he won’t return my calls.


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Restart the tutorial?

This is a project I’ve been developing for around a year, and I guarantee its going to be a fun time! I’ve been lurking around the art tags of tumblr, trying to find a ton of artists to ask to join up in the future, but there will always be room for more!

For now here’s a list of artists I love and would love to see in the RPG someday: @birdystark @captainjellyroll @rosallis-t @fireflypixel @pixel-dot-gamer @briskby @qs-art @spoorks @carinesaint-picq @bloomsbury @snaileyart @sanonema @halpdevon @mai-col @jam-campasta @zullianie-loverofall @gaymermell @stevethompson-art @mehringguie-arts @susanarodriguesart @jyemer @thevipersnake @neiropun @coffeeheist @midnigtartist @peroro @sidonievidal @vondellswain @pottretron @thepetitekitty @mustacheelm @k-ayin @flloraleii @terror-in-the-dream @adaughma @wuffen @itsleahelaine @lexxercise @suzannart @bunny-yams @alexaswanson @notxela @s-u-w-i @noa89 @radio-silents @kiddokalnick @frogalicous-art @nilaffle @lazuliro @totorolls @k-eke @heart-pixels @cicidraws @sixtinedano @thaidraws @squigglydigg @mittensmcgee @hoodsandhats @rumwik @kainanh @ljrmr @shroomdraws @adrianricker @uminoc @grey-the-goose-art @alexinatree @vanessamakesthings @mollifiable @jijang01 @gatodelfuturo @fl0werbunn @vivtanner @netamikatze @sad–luck @the-entire-furry-fandom @iguanamouth @jijidraws @drew-green @sahco @japhers @tweekay @tamaytka @lopuiiart @theskywaker @potatchip @smitreen @filibusterfrog @wonderlandcrows @talkingshadow @chuchumi @mindofjen @m-arci-a @ravenwarner @saehral @kianamaiart @waltertle @pettry @ieafy @vellumed @katnissem @orvii @nyxtime @lenislucis @elchenco @cryptidsp00n @quikey09 @stuppidbunny @rinylyn @destiny-hoodie @charmsey @miniludvin @camille-andre-book @lenasayaphoum @ender-the-lezmom @sosinshark @shutupshea @stutterhug @kersenwiek @claracornish @photinus @harveychan @younggenji @z33nz33n @adamvian @cartoonwarlock @jackytheripperart @eto2d @moho-daydreams-and-coolsteams @charcarts @missusruin @regovrso @aishasauce @lydiallama @georgetheblob @eunnieboo @chairosaki @blackyjunkgallery @evaison-art @astropotatoess @jakewyattriot @itekiboro @perennialrosaceae @ghoulhanzo @sock-arts @polywomple @xa-colors @marianascosta @wakaba-chan @heathermahler @iwareos @miyajimamizy @turcafinweart @bucketofrobots @keke-i @ahruon @ginkoseed @routexx @losassen @elioli-art @madidrawsthings @farvann @citrusflan @joe-sparrow @ulyssemalassagne @pluww @saeonim @memedokis @nomnomsandwich @luxatoid @nappotuna @pixelartus @celtis-art @stribird @shadarama @lissabt @smaskvxn @oceaii @shoutscion @8bitrk-d @donnapaella @chocobuh @amalgarn @charamells @ariwannii @pinekid @clock-heart @circadiancrunch @eszart @baconpal @colincake @rabaroo @kouhai-things @tutankart @arinky-dink @catflakesart @chakitmzk@lollibeepop @toskya @thebluepacience @wi-fu @meranda-draws @foxcrusade @f0restleaves @cottontrek @nekurothings @dekuboya @kteacrumpet @insecticidesoap @eleeza @aprilgen @blacklimes @photovoltaick @dc9spot @iyoharn @real-faker @marionbulot @red-pencil @michchuaart @chloe-glow @soupbasechan @rainbowcookiz @inxanityoce @wariogoth @lazylazuli @nuclearmime @puffybunni @boxprize @xylorieren @sjws-against-your-mom @enshi @icamebyunicorn @miupachi @ghostskyee @skyedrawss @dtanova @saracastically @jerinart @fluffysheeps @juliettecousin @agaporae @cubedcoconut @smoochiest @starbats @indifferentsocks @mamazushi @kaypkim @madchrison @baruyon @rokasv @millionfish @lob-0211 @thibaultleclercq @chloevanbe @passerineart @shiyoonkim @grrrenadine @voistly @kikikirikiki @muffywithlove @linkdoodle @therambler13 @candamio @snuffysbox @ryokoo-sha @neuroticbun @itzahann @bailsters-doodles @pavixc @dariabolshikh @shubbabang @pinwheelbunny @stasya-sher @leech-sph @unregisteredcat @bubblu @xnatiix @prongsiedraws @feliville @asterein @oskarstalberg @badlyplanned @najsigt @mrkanman @starrybitz @petaurodoacucar  @angelapanart @ariflorenosos @larapickle @paperclippery @hawberries @hibrid56 @softlybrrahs @novaverseblack @emmyc @anniejang @paulcastera @snovi @namatnieks @thewakingcloak @ofsparrows @blankthevidya @marianaavilal  @bettykwong @krooked-glasses @probertson @chop-fluff @cataxa @nonplayercat @chocosweete @leslierosique @elixiroverdosesc @ocarinia @saintzacharie @splendidland @ursminor @erikaschnellert @caseyrobin @luigil @brittsart @mcsiggy @mimiadraws @maiares @giullyleao @swinsea @devanshe @riu-sen @kamibean @sergle @littlestpersimmon @toffany @fancypigeons  @coffeecakey @zetrystan @pocketpicasso @paperseverywhere @taryndraws @cliobablio @shaburdies @bevsi @ms-redrose @skunkes @almostmaya @mark-usmiani @tubartist @reasonpeason @genicetea @wisba @lulles @lellypad @thefairygodmonster 

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