this is the story of every gay guy's life

To the Check Please fandom: I love you, but you guys are missing out on something that I think you’ll love. 

It’s called You Could Make a Life 

The latest Check Please update currently has over 12,000 notes on tumblr and the ycmal chapter with the most likes and comments has less than 1000. Based on how great ycmal is, I can only assume that you guys are unaware of its existence or these numbers would be more similar. 

It’s superficially similar to Check Please in that every story is about a gay, male, hockey player and his life on and off the rink. 

Keep reading for my pitch or just go straight here and treat yourself to some fantastic writing 


Ycmal is a series of stories that exist in the same universe but can each be read independently. There are nine (NINE!) complete stories ranging from less than 4000 words to 158,966 words (trust me, when you read this long one, you’ll be grateful for the length). 

In addition, there are so so many short snippets about the characters. Think Ngozi’s extras but this is where the author’s incredible generosity comes in. Most of these stories are based on direct requests from readers and they range from “everybody’s cats!” to bodyguard AUs. If you’re still not convinced then read on. 

To borrow some quotes from that amazing Check Please primer that went around for a long time:

What’s that you like zany casts? 

Dan Riley: The gateway drug and a true romantic 

Marc Lapointe: Shitty’s social justice in an almost Bitty-sized body but with more pretentiousness, and he’s French! (Canadian)

Ulf Larsson: Swedish sex god who makes bad decisions 

“Vinny” Vincent: His teammates call him Bambi and he’s a goalie

Anton Petrov: Angry bub defence man

David Chapman: Seriously his character development is the most amazing thing. You will LOVE him

Jake Lourdes: We voted on what we thought of him and half of the suggestions were some variant of “golden retriever”

This isn’t anywhere nearly all of the characters. I haven’t even touched on the supporting characters and they’re all delightful

Are main character guy and pupil guy going to kiss? (No, nobody stylistically differs by having pupils but they all have pupils so it still fits)

There is pretty much always kissing ;)

How do I read every [ycmal story] ever? 

Good question, we’ve got you covered. 

This is the author’s Archive of Our Own page, which has all the official plotted stories

This is the author’s tumblr, which has all of the extras and also where you should go when you need to yell at someone once you’re crying

OKAY YOU GOT ME (hopefully). Here are a few hours of my life. What do I need to do to get into this rad universe?

Good question, we’ve got you covered. Again, we voted. 

The number one recommendation as long as you’re up for paying for a novel right now is purchasing You Could Make a Life here. This is the namesake of the whole universe, the epic love story of Dan and Marc and a book that I have read approximately six separate times not including the times I’ve read sections. 

The number two recommendation depends on what you’re feeling right now. 

- between the teeth is my personal favourite. It is absolutely incredible in terms of plot and character development, and it has a lot of my favourite characters. (Hold your breath for Kiro people, then you can use the breath you saved to laugh your ass off) This is the long one though so maybe the next suggestion?

- Vinny gets a life would be an amazing first entrance to this universe. Vinny is a super fun narrator and the story and central relationship are both compelling

- In taking it apart has the tagline “He made his bed and then he fucked a teenager in it.” This one earns an Explicit rating on ao3 more than any of the others

- No expectation of returns is the ultimate friends to lovers so if that’s your jam, start here first

Just please don’t start with throw up your fists, throw out your wits because that one can be emotionally tough to get through. 


You guys, Check Please is an incredible and unique work of art but everyone I know that loves ycmal loves Check Please so I think they cater to similar tastes. Give these stories some love and improve your lives. 

wincest shippers: “this is kinky and hot and we like it because it’s naughty and wrong and we don’t give a shit what you think, we know it isn’t going to be canon it’s just a sexy fictional fantasy and we tag our shit properly”

destihellers: *pretend it’s more than a kink (it isn’t), hide their kink behind 8 layers of social justice posturing, politicize shipping because they’re too embarrassed to admit they just want to see Jensen and Misha do hot gay scenes, make straight white guy slash shipping into a crusade for equal rights, act like destiel going canon is the most important thing in world history that would end homophobia worldwide and bring world peace, pretend like they care about bisexuals watching at home and that they just want representation for bisexual viewers (guess they missed Season 11 *Chuck waves hello*), act like 2 males having romance/sex could “represent” them even though they’re mostly females, act like they are victims of some great injustice because a TV show won’t make their straight white guy slash ship canon, equate their straight white guy slash ship not going canon to the struggles of real life gay people, call the showrunners/writers/producers homophobes for not making their straight white guy slash ship canon, act like a weird religious cult, spam their ship in every tag without thinking about others, very very entitled and very self-centered view of media in general, very SJW-minded and think TV shows exist to validate their speshul snowflake feefees or identity categories rather than respecting that the writers are telling their own stories*

Honestly though I’m the quintessential Ravenclaw because I could recount for you the entire life story of Queen Victoria or Mary Queen of Scots but it took kissing a guy and hating it for me to realize that I was gay despite the fact that I’d spent my entire high school career staring at this one girl and thinking about how pretty she was in every single class we shared.

anonymous asked:

OMG I SAW U SHIPPED EREMIN! WE NEEEEED MORE EREMIN SHIPPERS!!!!! WHAT IS UR FAV THING ABOIUT EREMIN?!

Yessss!! Tbh I find Eremin is so underrated in the fandom and everyone sees it either as a bromance or platonic only. Which is cool! But I personally think it’s pretty damn canon if I say so myself. 

What’s there not to love? There’s the ocean dream, the recent chapters, just everything about it is beautiful! I screamed at the Eremin hug!! I will NEVER get over there is a canon Eremin hug! 

I love how Eren never gave up on Armin and even climbed a fuckin roof after Levi kicked him down just to try and reason with the corporal! Even bringing up the ocean!  

This part right here killllled me. Eren dramatically reaching out to Armin as he’s being pulled away. Like he didn’t want to leave Armin there! I cried, I’ll be honest QnQ

Eremin was my first boy x boy ship and I fell in love with it the day I found out it was a ship. I also managed to drag my bestie into Eremin hell with me! Here, I will tell you how my bestie and I got into Eremin. 

So I had just finished watching AoT and was so into it. I didn’t really ship Eren or Armin with anyone and Bailey (my bestie) was telling me how she didn’t really like the main gay ship. Not saying it but I’m pretty sure we all know what it is. So I was sitting there thinking what to ship and it came to my mind Eren and Armin. At first, I wasn’t sure how Bailey was going to react so I sort of sneakily read fanfics and looked a fanart. That’s when I said, “What about Eren x Armin?” She paused, looked at me and smiled. “I could see it! Yeah, that is adorable!” Since that day we spammed each other with Eremin pictures like, “LOOK!!” 

Anyways, as the chapters went on, I didn’t even know how it could get any gayer between those two. Like no really. The recent chapter with Eren defending Armin AND comforting him… my heart couldn’t take it. And the eyes thing! Eren knowing he wasn’t free until he looked into Armin’s eyes! 

I actually have a headcanon that during chapter 50 when Eren looked at Armin and into Armin’s eyes (plus Mikasa’s thanks for the scarf), that’s what gave him the strength to stand up and punch the Smiley Titan.

Let’s not forget this part! Armin helping Eren up! It’s so special, their hands glow!! No one can say when they held hands it glowed, am I right?! Sorry, now I am just freaking out cause I hope they animate this! Like I will cry if they don’t!

I’m fangirling all over again someone help me! You have no idea how happy I am to get this ask! When the new season comes out, I will get motivated to write Eremin again! You watch, I will be popping out an Eremin story each day! They are my gay babies and I love them! 

I don’t want to make this too long cause I have so many other parts to add but you get the point! Eremin is amazing and cute! I will go down with this ship and I love every one of my fellow Eremin shippers! Bless everyone in the Eremin fandom for making amazing artwork and writing incredible fanfics! You guys give me life and I love it! 

Eremin may be a small fandom but we are still kicking!

You know those guys who, whenever you talk about feminism, want to be all like “True equality means you can’t bitch about men hitting women! Men can be abused too! Everyone should be treated the same! Affirmative action is discriminatory!”

I kind of feel like fandom’s current anti-yaoi push has a lot of the same sentiment behind it.

It’s like. Queer women have been talking for ages now about the damage done to us by popular media that treats our relationships as fetish fodder for dudebros. Because of the way lesbian relationships are portrayed on screen, there exists a significant demographic within our communities who genuinely believe that we only exist for male consumption. The danger this belief puts us in is real and well documented. 

But then, like with every single thing in life, we get “What about the men?” We get “Fine, well if you’ve got a problem with fetishisation, then so do we! And now you have to treat us as exactly equivalent to you or else you’re a giant hypocrite, nyah-nyah.” As if gay men have ever been meaningfully harmed by a small subculture of women on the internet who enjoy reading stories about two guys fucking. As if men can just steal the language that women have developed to describe our experiences of violent subjugation, and use it to whine about that time they saw an icky Japanese boylove comic and didn’t like it. As if every single fucking fight, no matter where, no matter what, has to revolve around men and their feelings and the work that women should be doing to accommodate them.

Well, I just don’t buy it.

straight gatboss: cool girl ends up with tough guy, the same story as every video game and movie ever made, boring, uninspired 

gay gatboss aka Gabtoss: a breakaway from the stereotypes surrounding gay and bi men, an examination of love and friendship between men when men are taught not to be vulnerable or emotional, an examination of heteronormativity and homophobia in life and in video games, revolutionary, extraordinary 

some ppl in the omgcp fandom: ngozi giving us a more lighthearted story of gay romance that doesnt focus on the homophobia we face in real life every day? a story about sports that explicitly chooses to not glorify toxic masculinity??? a piece of escapism that gives us actual gay characters that arent forced to suffer? how dare she??!!!!

those same ppl: oh, and here’s my 20 page dissertation on why i focus all my energy into stanning Random White Guy Side Character and why hes my fabulous trash son with a million fluffy headcanons and the Saddest backstory written by me to excuse all his actions!

and other ppl: isnt it lazy of ngozi to focus on this coming out plotline? bittys parents are and will be 100% supportive! stop including homophobia as part of the storyline!

like damn… nothing pleases you guys huh? its fine and important to criticize media you consume, but if you now hate the entire comic and the main ship, what are you still doing in this fandom?

Listen, I’ve spent more than half of my life in fandom, and a lot of my ship were m/m and I’ve seen so many other pairings where I didn’t actively ship it but still vaguely followed their story line. And in those almost 14 years I’ve never - seriously never - seen a gay pairing that was portrayed as lovingly and realistically as Isak and Even. I’ve seen basically every variation of a CO story, internalised homophobia, gay angst, gay bashing but also over the top idealisation or unattainable picture perfect romance. I’ve seen two guys getting it on after two eps and also one of them being so scared and violently closeted that it took ages for them to even kiss.

But this, this buildup, this emotional and mental bond, this tender and fragile first love… those friends who are just as nervous as Isak whether the guy will call or not, the “beard” (Emma) not being played until the last second (bc even if she did sth terrible by outing isak, I appreciate that they didn’t paint her as this totally stupid girl blinded by love who’s essentially a pawn in the guys’ game) and just those two young boys falling in love with e/o over joints and Nas and fucking cheese sandwiches with kardamon… this honestly feels so different. The development is so natural and feels so much like falling in love when you’re… well 17 and young and a little naive and unblemished by the world.

And it’s refreshing after so many years in fandoms and I really thought I’ve seen it all, but Skam actually managed to surprise me and reawakem my cold dead heart :’)

anonymous asked:

what comment?

that thing layne said about how “lexa’s dead, she can’t love clarke anymore”

i know its stupid and im being an oversensitive loser about this and the quote was taken relatively out of context but it just kinda broke me a little cause it got me thinking about how we never got to catch a break 

im gonna put this under a cut cause it got long im sorry

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maybe this is just me, but yuri on ice is literally the first time in my life that I’ve seen a story about two men falling in love besides fanfictions

I realize this because while watching the latest episode it suddenly struck me that this one guy had romantic feelings for another guy and even though I’m surrounded by lgbt couples and people in my social life, even though I identify as bisexual, I’ve never seen a story about anyone even remotely close to me or anyone I know

the show explores their feelings towards each other. it presents them as normal, and genuine. they never bring up their being the same sex. they go through the same bumps and make the same mistakes that any straight romance story would. they’re not sexualized every time they get within five feet of each other. they’re not a gay couple to pull in fujoshis, they’re a gay couple because gay people exist.

it’s not just refreshing, it’s comforting and it’s affirming and it’s taking us seriously, and I’m kind of lacking the words to describe how I feel right now but overall I’m just really, really glad

its just so upsetting because these straight white boys are going to get filmmaking opportunities over me, because im a woman, especially because im a gay woman.  i know theres a great chance that ill never be able to tell my story let alone any story. but these dudes who jack off to pulp fiction are going to be making blockbusters and they are going to write shit like theyre trying now to “challenge stereotypes and change the world” and they arent even doing it right! these guys think that every single gay person in their life has only experienced one form of oppression and its being called a fag in 9th grade for wearing a pink t shirt!!!!!!! like its 2016 wake the fuck up not all queer people have the same exact experiences! incredible we are people and not one huge glob of gayness! im multifaceted!! and you know what? what upsets me the most is that i may never get a film featuring two gay women on the big screen, and thats literally all i want to do. i think about what my life would have been like if i had even seen a lesbian couple on tv or in a movie when i was little, to even know that they exist. and thats all i want to do is to give us some representation, so that little girls can go to a post apocalyptic movie and find out that girls can marry girls. like thats literally all i fucking want

((I tried to combine these somehow…I lost my first version, and I wrote like a million things afterwards, but I just never got over how much I loved my first version and I lost it………………..But it’s about damn time Momo finds out, so…Here we go…))

XxX

HOW MOMO FOUND OUT.

‘’Hey, Starky! Come on! Don’t run away! I just wanna pet you a little…!’’ Momo was chasing after the little bunny that was jumping all over the room. The animal was fast. ‘’Damn, he got under the bed…Come ooon, get out! I’ll give you a treat!’’

Momo kneeled on the floor and looked under the bed…But another thing caught his attention soon.
He dragged it closer.
‘’Oh? How exciting! A mysterious box!’’

Momo opened it without hesitation finding, among other strange…’Objects’…A few magazines.
‘’Mmm? Could these be…Porn magazines? NICE! They must be senpai’s…’’

Momo picked one and sat on the bed. The cover was weird, but he was still curious so he started flipping the pages.
‘’Wo…There are a lot of penises…’

He stopped smiling gradually, when he started to understand.

XxX

‘’Momo-kun! I’m back!’’ Nitori greeted. He froze in his position when he saw Momo sitting on the bed, with the magazine still in his lap and a very dark expression on his face…

‘’Oh, dammit. Momo-kun…I wanted to tell you…’’ Nitori felt bad immediately.

‘’…Too late.’’ Momo seemed distant.

‘’I’m really sorry…I didn’t want to keep it a secret, but…’’

‘’Don’t. It’s not like it’s your fault…Besides, I kinda suspected it…’’

‘’R-Really?’’

‘’Yeah, this explains everything. I’m so embarrassed.’’

‘’E-Embarrassed?’’

‘’Don’t pretend this is not embarrassing…’’ Momo glared at Nitori for the first time. He seemed miserable for some reason.

‘’Momo-kun…I don’t think…’’

‘’I thought my penis was ok. Hell, not the biggest penis ever, but OK. But now…Looking at these pictures…I realize how wrong I was…’’

Nitori couldn’t believe his ears. ‘’E..Eh?’’

‘’Just look at this penises! Look at them!!!’’ Momo cried, over dramatically.

‘’…I…Know…’’

‘’And now look at mine!’’ Momo got up, determined to take his pants off…But Nitori was faster.

‘’WAH!!! NO!!! Momo-kun, stop it! I don’t wanna see IT!’’

‘’I…Understand…My penis is so worthless…No wonder you don’t wanna see it. I’m sorry…’’ Momo went back from anger to sadness way too quickly.

‘’Momo-kun, it’s not that…’’

‘’Why? Why me?! I’M A MONSTER! A monster with a really small dick!!!’’ He sat on the bed and covered his face with shame.

Nitori sighed. The whole situation was so ridiculous he didn’t know what to do…

‘’But Momo-kun…The size of your…Penis…It doesn’t matter…’’

‘’Bullshit! It explains why everybody has a girlfriend except me…’’

‘’Oh boy…’’ Nitori rolled his eyes, but he sat next to him and patted the boy’s shoulder. ‘’Come on, that’s not even true. Not everybody has a girlfriend…’’

‘’Everybody I know…’’

‘’…E..Ehh…Not true! Look at Sousuke-senpai! He doesn’t have a girlfriend either!’’

Momo seemed to think deeply about that…And then he started crying again. ‘’But have you seen that guy’s body? I bet his dick is huge…!’

‘’You’ve got a point there…BUT STILL!!! As you can see, it’s not like size is a guarantee in love matters anyway…Size is irrelevant…’’

‘’Really?…’’ Momo looked at Nitori with hope in his eyes.

‘’Really. Besides, you shouldn’t compare yourself with those models. They’re probably edited with Photoshop anyway.’’

‘’You…May be right…!’’

‘’But of course! So don’t worry about a thing…’’

Momo wiped his tears and nodded.

‘’Thank you, senpai…I needed that.’’

‘’Anytime.’’

Nitori sat in his desk and turned on his laptop. He let his guard down…

‘’So you gay, huh?’’ Momo suddenly commented.

Nitori almost chokes with his own saliva. ‘’Oh, so you actually…’’

‘’I’m not that stupid, you know…Why would you have a box full of such things if you weren’t into dudes?’’

‘’…Oooh…I see…I’m sorry I didn’t tell you…’’

‘’It’s cool. It’s not like you owe me explanations or anything. It’s your business, isn’t it? You’ve got the right to tell whoever you want.’’

‘’I guess…Thank you for being so understanding’’ Nitori said.

‘’No prob…’’ But suddenly, Momo opened his eyes wide…He remembered something that actually shocked him. ‘’Hey, Nitori-senpai…’’

‘’…Mmm?’’

‘’Just tell me one thing…Then…That night I heard you…Doing the do with somebody…’’

‘’…W-WAIT…’’ Nitori never blushed harder in his entire life.

‘’Was it…With a boy?’’ Momo continued, ignoring everything.

‘’YOU HEARD???’’

‘’Please, answer my question…’’

Nitori’s face was about to explode, but there was no point in denying it so he just nodded and looked away…’’I’m…sorr…’’

‘’Holy shit. I may be gay as well.’’ Momo’s own face became blue.

‘’Eeeeeeeeeeeeeh???’’

‘’I got turned on and I jerked off to two guys doing the dance with no pants…I must be gay.’’

Every new word Nitori heard was more outrageous than the last. ‘’You did…What?…You…HUUUUUUUUUUUUH?’’

Momo explained the whole story to Nitori and although it was uncomfortable, Nitori had to be strong for the two of them.

‘’Momo-kun…You didn’t know who that person was. You thought he was a girl…So you’re not gay.’’

‘’…At least tell me your boyfriend is pretty…’’

Nitori opened his eyes wide. ‘’…He…Is?’’

‘’That makes me feel better.’’ And Momo just shrugged and finally picked the bunny up, happily.

‘’…Momo-kun…You…I’m sorry, but you’re the weirdest person I know.’’

Momo started laughing. ‘’Hahahaha. I get that a lot.’’

Nitori laughed as well. ‘’Rin-senpai…’’ He said after a while.

‘’Mm?’’

‘’My boyfriend. He’s Rin.’’

‘’HOLY FUCK.’’ Momo almost drops the bunny.

‘’Yeah.’’

‘’Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice, senpai.’’ Momo grinned suddenly.

‘’Eh?’’

‘’Rin-senpai looks just like Gou-san. Only with shorter hair, pointy teeth… And muscles. You have great taste!’’

‘’Oh, God…I’m so done…’’ Nitori laughed, turned around and started typing something using his laptop.

‘’We have the same taste…!!! Sort of…’’

‘’If you say so…’’

‘’HAHAHAHAHAHA…!’’

Nitori wouldn’t admit it, but he felt so relieved and so happy he didn’t have to keep that a secret anymore, he actually couldn’t stop smiling.