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Please imagine the barbershop au.

Spock is the alternative punk who keeps a green stripe in his too-straight hair and has three piercings in his left ear and five in his right. His touch telepathy lets him sense the haircut his patrons really want, and lets him know when to shy away from the sharp implements. He keeps his music blasting even though it annoys the hell out of everyone else–especially McCoy.

McCoy, who is more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy, but who can do the best damn fade this side of the Mississippi. Who uses the clippers and scissors passed down to him from his father. Who has the steadiest hands in the tri-state area so people come from all around to get their hair cut at Enterprise Barbershop

They come for another reason, too: To hear Spock and McCoy argue.

Their arguments are legendary. The barbershop website is half glowing reviews from people who have received the perfect haircut and half confused retellings of the latest argument. “They argued about scissors length today.” “Back at it again with that Socrates discussion.” “I’ve never heard someone say ‘illogical’ so many times in a row. It stopped sounding like a word.”

(Jim, the shop owner, keeps them away from the reviews. He doesn’t want them to get self-conscious and stop arguing.)

They have a “friendly” rivalry going to see who can give the best haircut. They’re pretty evenly matched, although McCoy says Spock is cheating with all that Vulcan voodoo he does. McCoy still has a slight lead, much to Spock’s chagrin.

(But secretly he’s proud. He likes to see McCoy’s smile after every successful cut.)

They cut each other’s hair, too, never letting up on the sniping even as they snip. McCoy has a dozen wigs of practice hair with identical bowl cuts at home that he’s used to hone his art and he leaves Spock with an impeccable trim every time. Spock retaliates with increasingly outlandish hairstyles that McCoy says he loves, just to spite him. 

(And maybe Spock’s hands linger longer on McCoy’s skin than is strictly necessary. McCoy does the same thing to him, anyway.) 

Word gets around that McCoy can do a traditional Vulcan cut and the shop starts getting a different kind of clientele. They come from lightyears away looking stoic and somber, but they leave with a certain lightness to their step. Perhaps they like the arguments McCoy always starts with them. Certainly they like the haircuts–although they would never admit such a thing.

And Spock grows slowly jealous at the sight of McCoy laughing and chatting with one Vulcan after another. That’s supposed to be him making McCoy laugh, and annoying him with claims of logic. 

One day McCoy is applying aftershave to a Vulcan four times his age when he looks askance at Spock. “Your hair’s getting a little long around the ears, there. A mullet doesn’t suit you.

“Illogical,” Spock says, miffed. “My hair is hardly a ‘mullet.’“

“Just the same you’d better let me cut it tonight. To make sure.”

When the shop closes and everyone else has gone home, Spock does. He sits in the chair and McCoy flips the cover around his neck. Ties it off. He starts with clippers, moves to scissors, spritzing water that makes Spock shiver. McCoy runs his hands through Spock’s hair and grabs the heated shaving cream. His hands glide, warm, and then he takes the single blade to cut the fine hairs on the back of Spock’s neck. The aftershave startles him, but what surprises Spock more is that when McCoy spins him around he doesn’t stop at the mirror.

He just slides his hands through Spock’s hair, messing it up, then straightening it again. “Looks good,” he says with a lopsided grin.

And he doesn’t argue at all when Spock takes him by the shirt and pulls him into a kiss that seems to last forever.

(And Scotty wins the betting pool, of course.)

11 writing problems and solutions

Writing is a craft. It takes time for anyone to learn and improve. But there are some shortcuts you can try, maybe adapt to your own needs. Here are 11 writing problems and their solutions, or hacks.

Too many ideas syndrome

Problem: You have too many equally good story ideas and can’t pick just one to write.

Solution: Select your top 3 favorite stories and write the first scene of all three. If you can’t decide, write the first chapter. The right project will be easier to work with, you’ll have fun writing it, you will be daydreaming about the story, you will love the characters. So, give away three chances instead of one.

Originally posted by gypsyastronaut

Outline spoiling the fun

Problem: Whenever you outline a story idea, it completely spoils your will to write it. The mystery is gone.

Solution: Instead of outlining the whole story, just make a clear goal on how your characters should end. Will they succeed? Will they fail? Will they be happy? Will they find redemption? Will they be wronged? Decide how your story should end and explore the plot as you go. Remember, no one will read your first draft, so just write.

Lost midway

Problem: If you are a pantser, you might get lost in the middle of the story, especially after the first plot point.

Solution: Give your story an ending. If you know where your characters will end up, you’ll have a better understanding of which routes to take. Always keep in mind how the story will end. Use it as the beacon of a lighthouse to guide you through stormy waters.

Creative block

Problem: You don’t have story ideas. Or nothing you have so far excites you enough for a novel.

Solution: Read a book or watch a movie completely out of your genre. This works like magic, I promise. I’m not a sci-fi person, but Akira has given me more story ideas than any movie and book from my own genre.

Originally posted by sunio

Writing anxiety

Problem: You are scared of writing, scared of starting a new story, or just scared of not doing a good job.

Solution: Write a fanfic. No one expects a fanfic to be a masterpiece (although many are). Fanfics are done for fun and for passion. So, write your book in fanfic format. You can even use fandom characters and aus in the process. When the story is completed, change back to original characters.

Editing as you write

Problem: You keep going back to previous paragraphs and editing instead of moving forward with your writing.

Solution: Write your novel by hand. This might sound like a lot of work, but it’s quite the opposite. The white screen of the computer urges you to review, to make it perfect, academic like perfect. The paper however, brings you back to the craft, to the urge of filling lines and pages. Handwriting also gives you the opportunity of sketching and doodling. 

Originally posted by kyoka-sui-get-su


Problem: Tumblr. Youtube. Email. Netflix. Bathroom. Fridge. Bed.

Solution: Go offline. Turn off your wi-fi. Use a device without internet connection. Or, if you keep fooling yourself and turning the internet back on, write your novel by hand. Give yourself a daily hour of internet, but live offline. And if you take unnecessary trips to the fridge or the bathroom, try the pomodoro technique.

Lack of plots

Problem: Nothing relevant is happening, your story looks kind of boring. Or the main plot is too weak for a whole novel.

Solution: Take a few days off. Just relax. When you are ready to go back, read what you have written so far. Maybe you were just tired. But, if the story really sucks, go back to basics. Ask yourself two questions. What type of story am I writing? How will this story end? Follow the answer like a map. Change what needs to be changed, even if you have to delete the whole progress. If you lack plots, don’t add fillers, just go back to basics.  

Weak main character

Problem: Your character lacks personality, voice and/or visuals.

Solution: Give your main character three things. An external battle. An internal battle. And an unique feature. The external battle is their goal, what they want to achieve, what they dream about. An internal battle is their fears, traumas, doubts, mental issues, prejudices and triggers to overcome. An unique feature is what sets them apart from other characters, maybe they have piercings, or tattoos, or pink hair, or lilac eyes, maybe they wear neon boots, or a mask, or mittens, maybe they are left-handed, or blind, maybe they have a scar, or a birthmark. Every amazing main character has external battles, internal battles and unique features.  

Originally posted by takeruandcaterpillars


Problem: You have no will to write. The passion is gone. You feel empty.

Solution: If you don’t have access to medical help, reading is a good way to reevaluate your career and regain your passion for the words. Read lots of books. Don’t worry about writing, just read. Lose yourself in fictional adventures. Read sci-fi, romance, horror, fantasy, crime, family saga, classics, foreigner fictions, fanfics, shorts, poetry. Immerse in literature. Literature can save lives.  

Strange dialogues

Problem: Dialogues seem too formal, or too much like the narration, or characters lack individuality.

Solution: Read your dialogues out loud while acting as your characters. You can find a quiet empty room for that. Be an actor. Go for the emotions. Record your acting sections, after all, you might improvise at some point.    

Originally posted by gmt1999

Truth: Arrow 5x20 Review (Underneath)

Arrow isn’t a perfect television show. To be fair, I don’t know one that is, but I never needed Arrow to be perfect.  All I need from Arrow is a good story.  My frustrations with Oliver and Felicity’s break up, and the Baby Mama storyline, aren’t a secret. I found their break up to be wildly problematic on multiple levels. However, the one caveat I always held to was if Arrow can piece together some interesting character growth for Oliver and Felicity it would go a long way of easing my ruffled feathers. We’ve been dealing with the ramifications of Oliver’s lie about William since 4x08. That’s 35 episodes. We’ve waited a long time for Oliver and Felicity’s individual arcs to come to fruition.

The wait was worth it. At least for me.

Our perceptions of “good story” vary as widely as our perceptions of “perfect” but “Underneath” is a good story for me.  It’s almost perfect. 35 episodes. This road was long. It was hard but, in the end, I feel like I understand. It connects all the dots that need to be connected (and some I didn’t expect) while delivering some real character development that feels earned.

In the midst of the crazy world of arrows, masks, Mirakuru soldiers, 15 different canaries and Barry Allen resides the relationships between Oliver and Felicity

and Original Team Arrow. 

These characters, and the love they have for one another, is the sanity in all the madness. It’s the real in the fiction. Oliver, Felicity and Diggle are the beating heart of Arrow for a reason. The love we have for these characters is the reason we watch and “Underneath” returns Arrow to center. It focuses on the love stories that made us fall in love with the show. In particularly, it brings Oliver and Felicity’s individual arcs to fruition and FINALLY merges their roads into one again.

Trust. Honesty. Forgiveness. Compassion. Humility. These aren’t always popular concepts in our society, but they are the building blocks to any relationship. You lose one, the whole house can come down on you. Love feels like it has its own inertia, like it chooses you and not the other way around. And maybe that’s true. Maybe we can’t choose who we love.  However, we can choose how we love.

If you are either Team Felicity or Team Oliver in the break-up- Baby-Mama-drama then there’s probably things about “Underneath” you didn’t like. As for me, I believe there are things both Oliver and Felicity need to learn from the breakup and “Underneath” addresses those things. But more than anything, I am ready for Arrow to rebuild what they broke. I am ready for Arrow to fix it. Are you?

Buckle up. This is, by far, my longest review. We’re going all the way back to the pilot and discuss about five different episodes. This took me about 22 hours to write. No need to comment on how long it is. I am well are.

Let’s dig in…

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bee emoji reviews

a round friend. the gradient shading is bad though. 5/10

ADORABLE PERFECT FRIEND! SHE WANTS YOU TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD DAY! nice lineless design and cute face 12/10

Very regal looking girl. simple, but effective. 8/10

She looks straight out of fischer price or some shit. Has an :O face going on which is kinda cute. decent. shading could use serious work though 4/10

A friend who looks lost in thought. the wings are placed kinda weirdly though like I don’t think that’s how wings work. overall relatively cute 7/10

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ looks like a shrug emoji which is good. rather simplistic design. solid. the wing coloring just bothers me a bit 9/10

Realistic looking friend. I don’t like the color palette though, the yellow isn’t very bright and the brown just makes her look kinda dirty. 5/10

Semi-realistic friend. Looks like she’s reading whatever texts you send after you send this one. has the right number of legs. A fine girl. 9/10

She thicc. A nice girl but what is the body doing. it looks incomplete above the wings. Needs a bit of work just in general so she’ll stop looking like a top. 6/10

A beautiful, well executed girl. Simple design which does wonders. perfect in every way 10/10

What. Return of fischer price I think. I’m scared. I think she’s seeing into my soul. please make her stop. 0/10 cursed girl

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I made it!

Kong: Skull Island is, first of all, a visual spectacle. From visual effects, cinematography to amazing locations. It’s beautiful. Soundtrack is A+! I won’t make a deep review just yet. I really enjoyed it even though it went by really fast (maybe too fast?) I had small issues here and there but considering the type of movie it is I tend to ignore these things for the sake of entertainment. I recommend watching in IMAX (I would prefer simple 2D because I have problems with the glasses but that’s not an issue of the movie but the technology itself) and PLEASE stay until the very end. 90% of the people in the room I was in missed a great thing. Also, Conrad’s biceps and Conrad’s eyes. That’s all for now.

Originally posted by hiddlescheekbones

My Little Pony Season 7 Review: The Perfect Pear

Okay, now that the Discordant Harmony review is done, maybe now I can-

-Australia aired another episode-

OH COME ON! What episode is so special that it had to air the day after?

-Watches episode-

*Cries like a baby* That was so beautiful~ I’m not crying here, it’s liquid pride! Oh, why is this season slowly becoming my favorite now?! First an episode on the royal sisters, now an episode all about AJ’s parents. These slice of life episodes have been a treat for me. This episode has quickly jumped on my favorites list of episodes now.

So Applebloom starts going to the market and comes across a stallion selling pear themed foods. He says he moved back to Ponyville as a change of pace, and Applebloom buys some pear jam. When she returns homes, AJ and Big Mac hide the jam away from Granny Smith. Apparently, there has been a feud among the Pears and Apple families for as long as they can remember, but don’t know why. So they decide to go on a road trip to find out why.

I already like this setup as they take a road trip in what will be a long string of ponies to tell them the history of the feud, and more. So we once again meet Golden Delicious (grace Peter New for his portrayal) and she tells them the history of the feud as both Pears and Apples competed for the market in Ponyville. The feud lasts for many years, but tells that two ponies got along and never fought together. They were named Bright Macintosh and Pear Butter (nicknamed Buttercup), and they are AJ, Big Mac, and AppleBloom’s parents.

So aside on finally knowing the names of the parents, AJ is also half pear! She’s an abomination! Just kidding. Just the revelation was a shocker to the kids.

While the kids want to know more, they leave to find Burnt Oak, a friend of their father to learn more about their parents. Burnt Oak was a close friend of Bright Mac. He tells them of one story where the father got distracted doing his chores and knocked over the Pear’s water silo, taking the blame. He then redirects them to Mrs. Cake of all ponies as apparently she was a close friend of the mother since they were fillies. Before they leave, Big Mac asks Burnt Oak if he could visit some other time to learn more about his father. Sometimes hearing small lines like that make me all warm inside.

So Mrs. Cake, now realizing her maiden name is, and I know I could be spelling this wrong, Chiffon Swirl, tells the kids their mother helped her get her cutie mark and pursue her passion for baking. So Chiffon Cake is her full name, nice to know. She tells them of a love song that Pear Butter also sung to Bright Mac. The song in this episode is lovely. Along with a montage showing off their love, although cheesy at times, was very lovely to see.

So the kids make their last stop to Mayor Mare as she was the pony who secretly married the parents, and all in pink mane too. Nice callback there writers. Burnt Oak and Mrs. Cake were also witnesses to the marriage.  But the parents were caught in the act by each head of the clan during their ceremony. They proclaim their love, which shocks both heads of the Pear and Apple family. But Mr. Pear had forced Pear Butter to decide who to stay with. The pears were going to move to Vanhoofer, as they found new property to make a living. But Pear Butter chooses to stay as she is then subtlety disowned by her father, but is then welcomed by Granny Smith as the story ends.

The kids then visit Granpappy Pear as he tells them the truth. He came back to Ponyville to make amends for what he did and regrets leaving. So the kids bring him to Granny Smith as the two old ponies reconcile for the past, but Applebloom shows them one last place to show their parent’s love. See, before they wed, they both planted one seed, an apple and a pear, to grow together and intertwine into one tree over a rock that was carved to mark their love forever. *sniff* This is too beautiful!

And that’s all I can say about this episode, beautiful! Beautiful story, heartwarming setup, great backstory and callbacks, this was an all around fantastic episode! If there was one minor nitpick, I felt the story and setup could feel a bit forced to tug at the heartstrings, be all mushy and hokey on the love, but that is very, very minor. This was another great episode for this season, and this episode has jumped onto my favorite episode list for what could be my favorite season of the show at this rate. With the season now at the halfway point, let’s hope the second half was as good as this one!

Grade: 10/10- A+

So what did you all think about the history of the Apple parents? Let me know through replies, likes, and reblogs with your thoughts. This has been your Minion of the East. Until next time, take care everyone!


Toonami just played this Moltar Game Review again ???

It was in perfect quality and everything

anonymous asked:

He onyl wrote one article about the band lmfaoo. He is far up in Harry's ass. So adopted by solo harries

Well, my snarky anon, that’s not entirely true. In 2015 Rob Sheffield did write this article about the band being at “the top of the stadium rock genre.”

And he wrote this review of MITAM.

Perfect was on his list of the top 25 songs of 2015.

And he included No Control in his top 25 songs of 2014 which Louis seemed rather pleased about.

So he’s definitely written multiple things that are supportive of the whole band. And yes, he’s written very complimentary articles about solo Harry, but why that makes him a villain, or somehow not a supporter of the band as a whole is confusing to me. Also, Louis, Niall, and Liam don’t have albums out yet…so maybe that’s one of the reasons Rob hasn’t written a review of their work yet. 

The way I see it, Rob Sheffield writes for a hugely popular MAINSTREAM music magazine in which he’s written about One Direction with respect and has given accolades for their songwriting, performing, and musical talent. I don’t think there are too many others in his position who’ve done the same.  

I’m so tired of the divisiveness this hiatus has created in this fandom. I support all of them and want all of them to be happy and successful. 

We all have our favorites - Rob Sheffield included, I would imagine - but that doesn’t mean we’re automatically shitting on the other members of the band when we talk about what we love. 

I’m always happy to have a discussion about things, even if we disagree. But please take your angry, rude comments somewhere else. I’m really not interested.


…I think I have a new favorite WWE review show.