this was inspired by something but i can't remember what exactly

Libraries and Piragua (Lin-Manuel x Reader)

Summary: You were sexiled by your roommate on a day that you’d kill just to collapse into bed. You end up passing time with someone that makes your day end on a high note.

Word Count: 1,340

Warnings: Aimless plot, mentions of sex (nothing graphic), cussing, mentions of death (but character death like Abuela Claudia’s death in ITH mentioned is what I’m saying)

A/N: College AUs are my weakness, this is a demonstration of my knack for tying In The Heights into literally anything (and making my Classical Tradition professor proud with my Sophocles reference). Also, I am obsessed with the way Lin’s eyes are so expressive and was forced to take out approximately 1,000 references to them from this fic during proofreading.

“Please [Y/N]? You owe me from that time you broke the coffee machine, [Y/N].” you muttered, mocking your roommate’s pleas as you trudged across campus to the library. You planned on mocking your own stupidity for agreeing to her request once you were done being annoyed with her. She had to pick the one day you ended up having a terrible, rushing-everywhere, everything-goes-wrong kind of day to seal the deal with the guy she’s been pining over for months. 

You yanked open the door to the library with an unnecessary amount of force before you stalked inside. You made it upstairs, appreciative of the near empty scene. There was only a few people scattered among the tables or computers along the wall. At least you knew you’d be left alone with your bitterness. 

You pulled out a chair to toss your bag onto before shedding your jacket. Once you got settled in, you pulled out your headphones and laptop. You popped in one headphone and scanned your library looking for a song that might ease your exasperation. Once you had it playing you pulled out your textbook and leafed through it, debating whether you wanted to be productive or not. You settled on not and shoved it away before pulling your laptop closer. With your one free ear you heard a chuckle and you internally sighed before turning to find its source. The table to your right had a boy who was looking at you amused. You wondered if the dark circles under his eyes meant he was as exhausted as you were.

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anonymous asked:

Feel free to ignore this message, but... I'm so frustrated with my art. I can't enjoy ANYTHING I draw and , no matter how I try, every little thing I lay on the canvas looks absolutely horrible to me. It's gotten to a point where I start to cry and have panic attacks if I don't get satisfied with my work (this has lasted for 5 months straight.). Do you perhaps go through the same thing? What do you do in this kind of situation?

I’ve had similar experiences, yeah. Maybe not quite EXACTLY the same as you but I’ve had doubts about my own art before. For me personally, I just take a bit of a break from drawing anything big and pretty. Just go a bit easy on myself until I’m reeeaaaally feeling it. Just scribble around while listening to a good podcast or something.
I also usually Look through stuff that inspires me and hope that my desire to draw will pick right back up from there. I don’t think it helps to try to force it if you don’t have to. If you aren’t feeling it then you aren’t feeling it.

On the other hand though, you could try a different art medium just for the sake of trying something new. sometimes drawing too much of the same thing or drawing the same way gets kinda.. dull.. for lack of a better word(well, for me at least). Sometimes trying out something different (even if you aren’t fantastic at the “something different” yet) helps too.
For example, maybe you’re super used to putting a lot of care into line art. Maybe instead, try and figure out how people do the lineless art style stuff, yknow?

I also tend to look through tutorials and art tip posts, to see how I could possibly improve how I draw, as well. They’re usually really helpful.

That’s just me though. I’m sure there’s many ways to go about dealing with art block but that’s mine.

Just remember to take it easy, you’ve got plenty of time to get good at art.

Hope that helped… or… made any sense I guess. I tend to get super rambly with these kinds of things.

White Wine Nights

Summary: In which, we expose Lin as a wine mom 

(I really couldn’t think of a better description, I apologize)

Author’s Note: yay, my collab with @hamilbye!!! yes, it did take us that long to decide to write together and yes, it only took us like three days to finish this. We put our amazing brains together and wrote this pretty quickly. 

I love love love working with you, Nat. It was the most fun. I also love love love you. You’re the best. AND you’re very talented. 

Words: 2,138 

Warnings: alcohol/drinking mentions, a curse word or two (I forget), fluff 

An audible sigh escaped you when you stepped off the elevator in your apartment building, taking a right turn to head down the long hallway. Your feet carried you, but protested heavily after the shift you had pulled at your dead-end waitressing job. You were sure you smelled of stale cigarettes and dirty dishes, but at least you had some cash in your pocket. As if that hadn’t been stressful enough, you hadn’t even seen your apartment in about 20 hours due to college classes and familial commitments. It was the week before Spring Break and hectic was the synonym for your life.

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"Song For When You Want To Say I Love You But You Can't"

This song is the epitome of Let’s write a love song to each other about how we can’t say we love each other.

This song is exactly what it says. How to say I love you, when you can’t. They wrote it to and for each other as a celebration of the love they share for one another. A love that they can’t fully admit to the outside world, maybe can’t even admit behind closed doors. But upon listening to this song, we both realized there is a lot that alludes to their shared life. There are so many references to their relationship and the things they have experienced in their thirty plus years together. We theorize that they are singing to each other, not these ‘imaginary’ women. This analysis is highly subjective, but we need to note that Rhett and Link’s  inspiration draws from their shared past. We will attempt to deconstruct these lyrics, connect said lyrics to their combined past and illustrate how this song is indeed about their love for one another. Let’s do that.

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anonymous asked:

Hi! Sorry, this is really random and I'm not even a follower of your blog (sorry) but... I've been seeing samurai jack content around for a bit and now I went in ahead and watched the first two episodes and TBH I'm rather confused. I get the plot and everything. Just. Um. HOW and WHY do people ever get past the first two episodes? What do you like about the show? What is in it that makes it worth watching? Because so far all I've seen has been largely uninteresting.

Hi! It’s okay, it’s an interesting question.

First and foremost, I personally rarely (if ever) get hooked after watching first two episodes. So to me it’s not that strange to not be a huge fan immediately, however if the show literally has zero appeal that doesn’t sound good. But I always watch for at least the entire season before deciding if I like it and if I should continue. 

I had the misfortune of running into the show randomly when it was already over and Cartoon Network was just showing random episodes daily so I started watching out of order and I can’t tell you exactly how people get past the first two episodes. Perhaps it would’ve been different if I started from the beginning seeing as I consider the first few episodes to be the weakest (the whole first season really, with a few exceptions), although I do believe I would’ve been intrigued enough by the first two to keep watching. I don’t generally like to tell people to just watch out of order, but for Samurai Jack it doesn’t really matter in my opinion, since episodes are largely unrelated and continuity is scarce. Perhaps watching some better episodes might catch your interest.

As to why do we like it… Personally, I have several reasons:

- Art style and animation. I find both to be one of the best (if not the best) and just the whole aesthetic of the show made it very pleasing to watch even when I had no idea what exactly am I watching. I distinctly remember seeing the show randomly for the first time and art was the thing that grabbed my attention. 

- Characters, setting. Granted, the show doesn’t even have that many characters but those that exist are to me extremely well done. Namely, Jack himself and Aku. Probably one of the best hero-villain relationship I’ve ever seen with an incredibly compelling dynamic, amplified by the rarely seen fact that Aku, the villain, has won. And that he keeps winning, despite Jack’s small victories. It’s a bold move, especially for a children’s show. Despite that, the show remained hopeful and optimistic which I think is a great achievement for storytelling. Speaking of…

- Storytelling. The way the show uses visual imagery instead of endless talks to tell a story is something that continues to inspire me and kinda set the standard I use to determine whether something I’m watching is good. Visual media should do this more often and the way it was done in Samurai Jack is absolutely astounding. So little was ever said, and yet so much was told regardless, just through the visuals. 

- Overall tone and execution. Everything about it seems so well done and balanced. The audio design, soundtrack, episode ideas, action and lack of action and how they are balanced, character and background designs, the little what we have of dialogue, voice acting… All this mixed together just created a show of exceptional quality. I understand some may not see the appeal of any of it, but in that case I don’t think anything might convince you otherwise. 

- Personally, everything about the setting somehow fit to appeal to my specific interests. I love science fiction and futuristic settings, but I also love the past and ancient cultures. Finding a setting that mixes both is almost impossible and yet this show has done it perfectly. I somehow take it for granted after all these years, but whenever I think about it more, I’m just surprised at how well it was put together.

Finally, I don’t really know how I’d make someone watch it or appreciate it and I’m not sure I can really do it justice with m rambling. Some elements of it are surely old and some episodes aren’t that good and any part that I’ve listed as great could be something someone really dislikes. But I’d definitely recommend watching a few more episodes, perhaps even out of order (as blasphemous as I find that practice, I really don’t think order matters for Samurai Jack, with the exception of episodes that come in more parts and some that are more impactful if watched later, like for example the Tale of X9). 

Tl;dr I don’t think seeing the first two episodes is enough to judge it and would recommend further watching to truly appreciate the art, animation and other qualities of the show, although no hard feelings if it turns out not being your jam after all. 

anonymous asked:

May I request McCree comforting a severely depressed person who can't function and feels so distraught about it because they used to be so great and so hard working and now they can't even feed themselves or bathe often.

So, I made this into a little oneshot because I thought it would be better
Anyway, I’m so sorry you feel this way, anon, and just know that I’m always here to talk! I want this blog to be full of positivity and a safe space for everyone, so just remember I’ll always be here for support!


“Darlin?” Came a soft voice from the bathroom door. McCree poked his head through the door, and you could see the emotion in his eyes as he looked down at you, lying in the still, barely lukewarm water. The bathroom was cold, with the small window on the far wall slightly open and letting wind into the room. He sighed, seeing you glance at him for a second, then back at the ceiling with a blank stare. “You’ve been in here for almost two hours, (Y/n), I was gettin’ worried.”

“‘M fine,” You answered, slurring your words, as you lazily shook your head. McCree didn’t take that answer, and stepped farther into the bathroom, taking a few long strides to get to the window. You watched him stand there for a minute, his eyes closed and his head hanging so that his hair covered his eyes. It was faint, but you could hear him sniffle, and mumble something under his breath before gathering himself again. Once the window was closed, the bathroom was noticeably warmer. Jesse turned his attention to you and walked over to kneel beside the bathtub. He wasn’t crying, but you could how his eyes were wet at the corners and red.

He hated seeing you like this, hating watching you just give up. He wished you could see all that he saw. An amazing, beautiful, kind person. He loved you with all his heart, and just wished you could realize it, and learn to love yourself. And he knew that depression was what was keeping you from that, and making you feel so horrible about yourself, and he couldn’t make it just go away, but we would damn well try. He did his best to comfort on particularly hard days like these, and made your favorite food and convinced you to eat, carried you out of and to bed, and helped you into the bath or shower. He did his best to inspire you that it would get better and prayed that one day you would realize that.

“C’mon, you’re gonna turn into a prune in there,” He laughed lightly, resting one arm on the side of the bath and reaching out to caress your face with the other. Gently, as if you were glass, he turned you face to him, “I’m sure you’d still be beautiful, but you need to get out at some point.”

Normally, you knew you would probably laugh a bit, but you just sighed and leaned into the warmth of his hand. It was much more comforting than the cold water.

“What d'ya say we make some pancakes and watch some old westerns?” He suggested, leaning forward to give your forehead a small kiss.

“Sounds good,” You mumbled, nodding slowly as he pulled back. He smiled, kissed your forehead again and reached under your shoulders to help you up. Once you were out of the bath, he grabbed the towel draped over the rack and wrapped it around you, and before you could leave, swept you off your feet and carried you out bridal style. You squeaked in surprise, and he smiled, holding you tighter to him as he walked out of the bathroom and headed to your bedroom.

“I have legs, you know,” You sighed, but you weren’t exactly complaining. He just scoffed, kissing your forehead again for good measure.

“Well, I like carrying, you, and I don’t want you pushing yourself today,” He argued and set you down on the bed gently. You reached for the sweatpants and shirt you were wearing before you went to take a bath, opting to just wear pajamas for the day. Jesse helped you slip your shirt on, sitting behind you and placing lazy kisses along your shoulders and head. He wrapped his arms around you once you pulled your shirt down, and held you close, murmuring about how much he loved you into your hair.

“Jesse…?” You asked, after a long minute of silence, leaning back into his chest.

“Yes, darlin?” He asked, kissing your cheek and nuzzling his nose into your hair.

“Do… Do you think I’m useless?” You mumbled, and McCree sighed deeply against your head.

“No, darlin, no,” He answered sincerely. He slowly shifted, turning you around in his lap. “You’re not useless. Sure, you don’t do some of the things you used to, but that doesn’t make you useless. You’re still amazing and beautiful and kind and I could go on for hours.”

You felt your throat tighten and your chest burn, and you choked back a sob. For months, it had been chewing on the back of your mind. “B-But I used to so… so great… and then…”

He shushed you with a kiss and rested his forehead on yours. “You’re still amazing. You’re kind and sweet and creative, and I love you. I will no matter what. And I’ll stick with you through all the good and the bad.”

You didn’t bother hiding it any longer and cried into his chest. He held you throughout, rubbing your back gently, and kissing your head over and over. When you finally calmed down, reduced to sniffling and small hiccups, he spoke again.

“Still want breakfast?”

“Just… Just hold me for a bit?” You sighed, finally looking back up at him. He smiled softly, and wiped away the tear trails, then shifted to his side, so you were laying down next to him, resting on his chest.

It did feel a lot better after you got all your emotions out, and McCree kissing all over your face, and all his sweet words made you feel loved and safe, warmth spreading throughout your chest. You smiled faintly, when he kissed your cheek, and Jesse grinned.

“There’s that beautiful smile.”

anonymous asked:

Well, hi. I'm gonna start with how amazing and inspiring your art is, you have such amazing talent and sharing it with tumblr has inspired me to draw. I can draw, and it can be very pretty sometimes. But,the thing is,i can only copy other drawings. Does that even make sense? Like, i can only copy other people's drawings and i can't really draw by my imagination. And when i do, It's not nice. I would say i have a talent for copying drawings, and i'm only 12... What should i do?

how to avoid use references forever? I mean, I’m still learning anatomy, but do not want to be dependent on references to poses, have any tips? :(

I’m not sure if the second ask is also written by you, but they are still very similar in their sense, so I’ll reply to them both.

First of all, thank you!

Then. I can say from personal experience that I have started exactly the same baaaack back then. I used to “draw” by only copying pictures I have seen on the internet. Somehow back than it didn’t even occur to me that those pictures were someone’s drawings ( I don’t know why it never crossed my mind back then O_o) So. I used to draw like that and then stumbled upon Burdge’s drawings, and I realized just how much I wanted to draw like that. To be able to draw from my mind.

I get you’re on the same stage. Only I think I was around 15 or so. I would recommend looking for online tutorials, and trying learning from them, the way I did. For now at least. Though at first I looked at drawings and tried mimic them and only then I have found tutorials THAT WERE GREEAT GREAT HELP! Because tutorials allow to “build” your drawings in a way. Only I have to say that try not looking at tutorials of only one artist. If you like the way an artist draws eyes and they have tutorial- go for it! Try to combine things various artists draw specially. (or you like)

It is going to be hard at first, but the more time passes and the more you draw, the better you’re going to be! Imagine how great you’re going to be by the time you reach the age I started. And then when you reach mine current age! It’s a process and a long one, and a key is not to give up! Tutorials are the key, for now, I think. You may start with something small, like only portraits, then waist ups, then full body.

Now, REFERENCES. Guys, there is no shame in using them. They can be great help in learning anatomy as well, if they are used right. I used to use (haha) them a lot too. Like there’s a whole period in my drawings when I could pretty much only draw from them.

There is no shame, but I understand why it can become frustrating to an artist. There’s not a ref for a SINGLE pose you want, right? SO. Since you probably have experience with drawing from them, whether it’s a ref or someone’s drawing, you might remember some basics.  Maybe now you can draw people standing without using anything. Then, you might look at yourself instead of drawing from picture.

Analyze the way your body moves , always have a mirror nearby you! I nearly always look at my hands when I draw them, sometimes I look at my shoes when Im enthusiastic. The ref might be used simply when you want to draw your character in a certain brand of clothing too. And it’s okay! Probably everyone uses them at some extent.

If you can’t draw without references AT ALL, once again, look at tutorials. You can look at a reference, AND look at tutorial. And BUILD the picture you see. Like you won’t be drawing mindlessly from a reference, but you will do that with more understanding.

If the pose is hard, look at yourself in the mirror and try to…remember what goes where. If you don’t, look again and don’t be ashamed or upset by it.

Some artists can’t draw without refs, for some it’s harder to vision something if they don’t actually see it in front of them. Some use refs, but then change some details or the pose slightly. Some don’t use them. Either way, I think the more you draw from both them and tutorials, the easier it’s going to be in the future to draw from mind. (though it’s still not going perfect and in the way you want it.)

Don’t give up and get upset because you draw from pictures or references for now! As long as you want to break out from that, everything is possible! 

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm close to starting a story, but there's one thing that I can't get right. The story centers around a very peculiar town where people will just disappear (get taken) and no one talks about it for fear of "disappearing" too. The taken come back with no memory of leaving. The people kidnapping others are a kind of secret government who take people to test on. They are forming a new kind of mind control and wipe memories. Does this sound realistic enough to get by? Can you help? Thanks!

I can try to help! 

Whether or not a story is realistic has to do with your execution of your ideas. Based on what you’ve told me, one place I think you might struggle with execution is in the motivation of this secret government. 

Questions I would try to answer if I were you:

  • What do the officials of this secret government want? What type of government are they trying to create?
  • How does mind control help them accomplish this?
  • Why do they release their test subjects back into society? Why not test and observe them in a controlled environment? Why keep them alive once they’re finished with them?

The realistic factor of your plot doesn’t rely on actual realism. It relies on logic. Do the actions of the characters logically make sense? Are your antagonists doing things just to be mean or is there a point to it? Will they ultimately get something out of it? 

Create a Strategic Plan for Your Antagonist

Antagonists are some of the hardest characters to develop and those are unfortunately the characters many writers neglect in developing. So my biggest piece of advice is to really understand the plan of this secret government. Think of this governing body like a typical organization, and a typical organization needs a strategic plan. 

This might be a stretch for you, but let’s talk through each point. And to all our other followers, listen up! This is a great strategy to develop any antagonist. 

  • 1. Inspiring mission to serve a market

Think of the core person of this government. When they’re recruiting people to carry out their plan, what inspiring mission do they use to get them on board? Threats and maliciousness can only go so far to motivate people, so your government’s leader needs to provide their followers with an incentive. Something like “To protect humanity from their own dangerous thoughts, we will use the technology we have at our disposal to alter the corruption in their brains and make them happier, better functioning human beings.” Anyone that is part of this government would be carrying out the mission because they believe in it. They really think that they can eliminate negativity from the world by controlling their minds. So first things first: write your antagonist’s mission statement. How do they get people to work for them? What do they tell them they’re trying to accomplish?

  • 2. Clear goals

Clear, but basic, goals. These are the big picture goals that the antagonist wants to accomplish. Creating a world they can control, achieving mind control in a hundred people, or a thousand people, or a million people. Imagine your antagonist’s bucket list. What’s on it? 

  • 3. Winning strategy

Now look at the goals on the list and devise the strategy. How are they going to go about getting these things? 

  • 4. Measurable objectives

How does your antagonist quantify their success? In other words, what are some measurable achievements? In the case of my anon, this could be things like successful test subjects vs. unsuccessful test subjects. What % are they looking to achieve before strategy is re-evaluated? How much time are they giving themselves to reach certain points? Are they grading each test subject on a number of objectives? What grade does the test subject have to receive to be considered a success or a failure? 

  • 5. Relevant tactics

Describe the tactics of your government. When it comes to kidnapping someone, testing them, and then releasing them - what is their process? And is this process effective, efficient, and relevant? Does their process support the mission? Does it support the goals and the objectives? Imagine your kidnap victim being beaten to a pulp in the kidnapping process, in which they sustain injuries that take months to heal. Well, that kind of counters the intention of the antagonist to release the captive with no memory of what happened to them. Imagine this happened to my brother, and he came home with serious injuries all over his body. I’d be more apt to think someone did this to him as opposed to him being ill or insane. And if I suspect someone did this to him, then I’d probably investigate it more than just taking him in and nursing him back to health. And the big question I’d ask my anon - why just this town? If it’s an epidemic in this town, wouldn’t they be more apt to suspect something and investigate it? Not everyone in this town will be afraid - there will be someone angered enough to attempt an uprising, whether it’s successful or not. So why is your government not pulling test subjects from various locations? This is a huge part of your story, so make sure it has relevance. 

  • 6. Action items

These are the little goals that help the antagonist achieve the big picture goal. Remember earlier when I told you to picture your antagonist’s bucket list? Well, this time imagine their to-do list. For example, if going to Paris were on my bucket list (which it is), then my to-do list might be to save money for the airfare, brush up on my French, read some travel books ect. What are the short term tasks they need to complete in order to move closer to their goals? These action items will be vital in helping you develop the plot points throughout your story. You’ll know exactly when your antagonist will strike, and because you’ve devised this strategic plan, you’ll know why they’re doing this, even if the protagonist doesn’t quite understand it yet.

Now take a breath…

I don’t expect you to sit down with this exact strategic plan template and write out long paragraphs under each point (more power to you if you do!) This is merely a guide to get you thinking about the antagonist’s side of the story, and you may end up with blank spaces beneath some of these headings, or you may end up with points that overlap and repeat beneath some of these headings. Just go with it. I just want you thinking more about it, and I suspect these are some things you hadn’t considered yet. 

The tricky thing with the antagonist is that we often times leave their story off the page. We don’t want our readers to know the exact details of the antagonist’s plan, so we don’t outline many scenes that explain it. And when we’re not outlining those scenes, we forget about that portion of the story entirely. Instead we try to cram all the explanations into the climax, and it never works well that way. 

Back to the original question - is this realistic enough to get by? It can be if you execute it well. This premise is entirely driven by your antagonists’ behavior, so make sure you understand every single aspect of it. Once you have this all detailed out, then you’ll decide how your protagonists react to it. How they respond to what’s being done to them, and what they do to stop it. 

Happy villaining!


A Very Biased History of Alignment, Part I

- I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.
- The WHAT?
                          ~ Full Metal Jacket

Disclaimer: This article contains sarcasm, directed at the design of Dungeons & Dragons. But none of it should be taken as disdain for the designers -  to whom I am immensely and eternally grateful. And none of it should be taken as “your fun is wrong” - my motto is and will always be Different Strokes For Different Folks. So remember, no matter what I say…

Introduction: Gentlemen, you can't  fight in here! This is the War Room!

Gary Gygax (left) at Gen Con II, 1969.

Before the dawn of civilisation, by which I mean RPGs, there were wargames. There was no roleplaying, no story, and no girls. Just lil soldiers and lil knights/cannons/tanks on a grid/map/elaborate terrain, and this lil soldier stands for an infantry unit, and that lil knight stands for a cavalry unit. Strategy, tactics, you take the green and I’ll take the red, let’s play war.

Dungeons & Dragons evolved from THAT. Dungeons & Dragons also uses alignment. Coincidence? Oh no. Not at all.

Dave Arneson, Gary Gygax & Co were deep into strategy wargames long before the sheer concept of an RPG came into the picture. It was Gygax who came up with rules for the brilliant idea “hey, what if this lil soldier doesn’t stand for a whole unit, but for a single fighter! like, for small scale battles and shit!”. And it was Arneson who had the even more brilliant idea to say “wait, what if the lil soldier stands for… a character in… a story!”. And lo and behold, roleplaying was invented. Thank you Dave Arneson. Thank you so much.

*tears up like a baby*

In any case, this shared background in wargames heavily influenced everyone’s decisions in the early days. D&D diverged significantly from this model of course, but there was… baggage.

1. Alignment Mk I: Born to Kill

Character Alignment, Including Various Monsters and Creatures: Before the game begins it is not only necessary to select a role, but it is also necessary to determine what stance the character will take - Law, Neutrality, or Chaos.”

That was Original D&D’s first take on alignment, and no other explanation was provided on what it means. So where did it even come from? It was directly inspired by the works of Michael Moorcock and Poul Anderson. Moorcock basically pilfered and adapted Anderson’s system from Three Hearts and Three Lions, and said system can be summarised in this quote:

“Holger got the idea that a perpetual struggle went on between primeval forces of Law and Chaos. No, not forces exactly. Modes of existence? A terrestrial reflection of the spiritual conflict between heaven and hell? In any case, humans were the chief agents on earth of Law, though most of them were so only unconsciously and some, witches and warlocks and evildoers, had sold out to Chaos. A few nonhuman beings also stood for Law. Ranged against them were almost the whole Middle World, which seemed to include realms like Faerie, Trollheim, and the Giants - an actual creation of Chaos. Wars among men, such as the long-drawn struggle between the Saracens and the Holy Empire, aided Chaos; under Law all men would live in peace and order and that liberty which only Law could give meaning. But this was so alien to the Middle Worlders that they were forever working to prevent it and extend their own shadowy dominion.”

So from the get-go, D&D uses the concept of opposing cosmic forces as a fundamental aspect of the narrative. And while it would be fascinating to explore further the various cultural influences that shaped it, we won’t do that here. Instead, we’ll focus on WHY. Why did any such categories need to be incorporated? What purpose did they serve in the first place? Why use them at all, and make them a prominent rule of the game?

The answer of course is: wargames. D&D was addressed to “wargamers with imagination”, to quote Gygax, and alignment came into the picture so that players could be clear on who is on whose team. Combat wasn’t the only focus of the game, in fact it would be fair to say that exploration came first, but when combat happened, it was meant to be perfectly straightforward. Us Vs. Them, no nuance, no hesitation. “Wait, let’s pause the fight for a moment, and ask ourselves: why exactly are we fighting these guys?”, said no wargamer ever (unlike real life soldiers…), and the question was equally meaningless in early D&D. We fight them because they’re on the other team, duh.

To the extent that any generalisation can be made about how people played back then (everyone was improvising, and every group had its own style and rules), players didn’t actually bother much with alignment: it was taken as a given that the party would be basically Lawful. The rules, the monsters, and the wargame mentality (it was unthinkable for Lawful and Chaotic to cooperate), steered the game that way. Things like Protection from Evil and turn undead were intended for Lawful only, the words “evil” and “chaotic” were used interchangeably, and Lawful characters were essentially the good guys, the heroes.

It was a crude duality, but from a narrative perspective it worked like a charm. The party was Lawful, and the dungeon was full of Neutral / Chaotic monsters to kill and shiny treasure to loot. And thus, the murderhobo was born. Welcome to the world, baby. You, of all people, represent Law and Order. You, of all people, are the champion of Civilisation in its eternal battle with primaeval Chaos.

Verily, the world is doomed.

2. Enter Thief: Whose side are you on, son?

Supplement 1: Greyhawk brought two monumental innovations: the Paladin and the Thief. It also included a paragraph on how to play/DM chaotic characters. And alignment would NEVER be the same. Here are the relevant bits.

  • All thieves are either neutral or chaotic — although lawful characters may hire them on a one-time basis for missions which are basically lawful.”
  • “Charisma scores of 17 or greater by fighters indicate the possibility of paladin status IF THEY ARE LAWFUL from the commencement of play for that character. If such fighters elect to they can then become paladins, always doing lawful deeds, for any chaotic act will immediately revoke the status of paladin, and it can never be regained. […] They will associate only with lawful characters.”
  • “Chaotic Alignment by a player generally betokens chaotic action on the player’s part without any rule to stress this aspect, i.e. a chaotic player is usually more prone to stab even his lawless buddy in the back for some desired gain. However, chaos is just that — chaotic. Evil monsters are as likely to turn on their supposed confederates in order to have all the loot as they are to attack a lawful party in the first place. While there is no rule to apply to groups of chaotic players operating in concert, referees are urged to formulate some rules against continuing co-operation as fits their particular situation, but consideration for concerted actions against chaotic players by lawful ones should be given.”

To summarise: Players are now expected to occasionally play a Neutral or Chaotic character (who’d have thunk), otherwise Thief is unavailable. And there’s now a Paragon of Law™ in the game called “Paladin”, therefore being Lawful just because you happened to be born human or elf instead of goblin or troll is no longer an adequate explanation.

In short, alignment is not any more an accident of birth (In Character), or a standard convention of gaming (Out Of Character). It’s a choice, and not just on paper. We’re THIS close to a morality system based on the concept of free will.

…But the wargame’s baggage continue to drag us. In practice, alignment still represents lil green and red soldiers on a grid. Agency barely exists, your alignment makes you a puppet: Lawful fights Chaotic, and Chaotic, hilariously, fights everything. (Chaotic characters are basically interpreted as maniacs who’ll eventually murder even each other for no apparent reason.) And so a Paladin who wears a Helm of Chaos and inadvertently becomes Chaotic is expected to straight up murder his Lawful companions - his friends! - first chance he gets. (True story, that one.) Still no nuance, no hesitation, no freaking reason to do it other than “I’m on the other team now”.

Meanwhile, thanks to alignment restrictions, it’s actually against the rules to have a Thief and a Paladin in the same party. (Ah, the Paladin’s code: fucking everything since 1976.)

Alignment had been justified with the notion of opposing cosmic forces, but this crude duality only makes sense in the language of fables, and with the conventions of the fable. Once you let go of the fundamental assumption that you’re playing the good guys while bad guys exist only as a foil / antagonist, things stop making sense really really fast.

And as the Thief and the Paladin enter, narrative cohesion slips out the back door. The always “Lawful” murderhobo, out of convention rather than choice, obeyed to an internal logic at least. But there’s nothing logical about this. It’s just a wonky transition stage.

[To Be Continued, we’ll tackle Neutrality next!]

anonymous asked:

Hey! Love your blog! With the whole "adorable personality" comment Dan made to Phil, I've noticed Dan compliments Phil's personality often. Have you noticed that or just me? Also I can't find it but there was a video where he said he thought "Phil's personality was better than anyones" or something? It's so obvious how much he admires him. I think it's really sweet.

I definitely agree. As much as people give Dan a hard time for jokingly messing with or “picking on” Phil, I think he has always 100% been his biggest fan. I’m not even attempting to reference the origin of how they met and the fact that Dan was literally a fan, but rather the way you can so clearly tell he thinks the absolute world of him.

The video you are looking for was “A Chat with Dan Howell” posted on Bertie G’s channel. It is now removed but there is still the copy of it on vimeo that you can watch here  . Note: race is randomly brought up so please watch for context or else this could sound terribly wrong. Bertie is intentionally asking ridiculous questions to make the interview seem uncomfortable. B: “You’re both white…why is that? Why don’t you live with a black person?” D: “Uhh It’s not skin deep…Phil’s personality could be inside any skin case.” B: “Are you saying Phil’s personality is better than any black person’s in the world. Is that what you just said?” D: “Maybe…for me…personally…yes.” While the video was intended to be sort of awkward and a bit of a joke, I did not interpret anything funny or fake about Dan’s answer. “Phil’s personality could be inside any skin case” is really a lovely thing to say. He believes Phil’s personality to suit him best of anyone. Outer appearance makes no difference.

Dan has always seemed to find a way to sneak in little compliments for Phil. Between his subtle sweet comments during the radio show, his tendency to give unprovoked praise of Phil and his work across social media (especially those random twitter replies to fans) and the many statements on younow, it is clear that “your personality is too adorable” does not symbolize even half of it.

Dan seems to place high value on individuality and it is clear that this is something he strongly admires in Phil. I get the sense that he he is very drawn to uniqueness and the qualities that make people “different” and set them apart. He certainly does not view conformity as something to aspire to. One example that first came to mind was in regards to appearance. How many times has he shot down Phil’s comments about thinking of cutting his hair or getting a quiff with “no, you’ll look like everyone else.” While this is just a superficial example, I think it gives insight into his fear of blending in and the appreciation he has for eccentricity. Phil embodies a lot of that ideal. His quirkiness paired with an unabashed “I just am who I am” mentality is truly refreshing. He doesn’t apologize for who he is and instead embraces and owns that part of his personality. I think this is incredibly attractive to Dan. Whether as a friend or something more, I would guess that he finds those traits to be of great appeal. (cont)

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anonymous asked:

Is it normal that I can't draw things from imagination for shit? Like, am I too uncreative or does my imagination suck or something? It really makes me sad.

Oh anon! Trust me, art can be challenging for everyone. It’s totally normal to feel like you can’t draw certain things (or everything). The important thing is to face the problem and figure out how to improve on it. With drawing from imagination, you have build a library of information first in order to do it from your head. This is why people life draw, so you learn how to draw bodies and when you want to draw them from imagination, you’ll remember. The same works for anything, studying the real versions of animals/objects/clothing/environments will help you cartoon them later when you have nothing but the images in your head. 

Whenever I feel like I don’t know what to draw and the well is dry, so to speak, I do drawing exercises to help build my library of information. This is a good place to do that: It’s a free site of organized reference images that will help you practice things like anatomy, faces, hands, etc. That will help your accuracy. It’s also good to keep a library of photo reference material just in general. Pinterest is great for both finding and storing, unless you want it in private folders on your comp. I have folders like costumes, exterior photos, interior photos, photos of food, photos of models with good expressions/faces/poses. All of that. They’re great to pull out and practice, making thumbnails sketches of them when you’re idle and watching tv or something, it doesn’t have to be perfect. And when you’re doing that, you can make a mental note of the features of that particular thing (what you like about the pic, the shapes of the object/form when you draw it.) Then when you go to draw from imagination, you’ll have an idea of what it looks like without help. Personally, I want to focus more on environments and backgrounds, so here’s me practicing that.

An example of something else I like to save is pics of fashion shows, the whole line, and specifically ones that have a sort of theatrical flair or harken back to some era. You’ll have a huge amount of reference material that’s variations on a theme, so if you wanted to make a world where everyone dressed similarly but didn’t know how to change it up, you have something to look at that shows variety (or multiple outfit options for the same character.) An example of one of my fashion ref folders below:

Additionally I know that many people’s imaginations work differently. I was surprised to find that some of my friends tell me they have trouble picturing faces in their head, which I’m sure can prove a challenge if you’re an artist and have that issue. But when I have trouble figuring out exactly what I want because the image in my head isn’t quite clear, that’s when I break out the thumbnails, and make several scribbles for the same idea to see what I really am looking for. I’ll try variations of the pose or expression on tiny gestural drawings, and this can really help my confidence level going into the real drawing. If you do thumbnails beforehand, you won’t feel like you’re struggling to know what you want as you’re making the final drawing.

Now lastly I suppose is if you’re having trouble with thinking of an idea itself. Obviously what inspires you to make something differs per artist. I am someone who naturally prefers things that are silly most of the time, so often I’ll think of a joke or idea and I’ll write it down, and often it sits in my head, and on a memo, for months at a time until I feel up to drawing it. It’s not like as soon as I sit down on the train I’ve got some perfect new idea in my head that just popped up, I’ll struggle sometimes with drawing the same old facial expressions and angles because I have nothing new to contribute (or don’t feel like I’m ready to draw any of the ideas that I have already), and you just don’t end up seeing that side of me because I don’t upload what comes out then. But trust me it happens. It’s good to keep a list on your phone, or a mental list, of ideas and things that interest you so you have some things to pull from when you sit down to draw. It could be something really specific (I want to do a drawing of this character doing this), but it could also be phrases about things you like in general, like an era of history or a culture you’d like to learn about, books you’re reading, shows you’re watching, etc. And then you can gather some images of that particular thing and practice those and later when you want to draw similar imagery you already know what it looks like. As an example, I love Marie Antoinette era styles and fashions. I could gather a bunch of historical costuming references and pictures of Versailles, practice drawing from them, and later if I’m out and about with just a sketchbook, I could recall that and draw that because I remembered practicing that before. And perhaps it would be greatly simplified (that is the point of a cartoon after all) but it would be far more informed and detailed then if you tried to do without studying first.

I hope that helps. Bringing about the “art is like learning a language” metaphor again, speaking doesn’t come naturally until you study the vocabulary. You need a visual vocabulary to build upon, so find real world examples, and then later filter them through your imagination to create something new. Just practice a lot (and I know I certainly want to practice much more than I do, it’s something you have to remind yourself to do) and things will get better!

anonymous asked:

Hello ! Sorry to bother, but I just bought a beautiful notebook and I don't know what to do with it. I feel the need to do something creative or inspiring with it, because it's so pretty, but I'm literally bad at everything creative. I don't feel worthy of the notebook, it's just so beautiful (does that make sense?), and I'm afraid that people are going to look into it and judge because the notebook is really pretty and I can't do anything pretty with it. Anyway, do you have any ideas? Thanks!

Hey you. Yeah, you. You are beautiful. I don’t have to know you to know that you have a beautiful soul. So you know what? Anything you put in that pretty notebook is a reflection of you, an extension of that beautiful soul — and while it may look messy or chaotic or uninspired on the page, if you infuse it with joy and honesty it will be beautiful to you.

I love that there are so many people who adore notebooks — and I understand exactly what you mean when you feel you “aren’t worthy” of it. But remember that it is just a bunch of paper + a cover. It is what you make of it. Don’t give it power over you, don’t let it make you feel unworthy.

That being said — even if you don’t think you can produce anything creative to fill it, you can still fill it with what YOU think is beautiful. It can be messy and disorganized. It might take a little while to settle into a groove. You might hate the first few pages, but that will give you a starting point for the rest of it to blossom into something lovely.

So think for a moment about what YOU love and think is beautiful. What are your favorite activities and pastimes? What is your all-time favorite fandom? Or band? Or books? Can you devote an entire notebook to one of these activities?

You don’t have to be crafty or have experience with scrapbooking in order to start cutting out pictures you like and pasting them in. You could make a physical tumblr-ish book, printing out and gluing in your absolute favorite pictures — whatever that is, whether it’s indie/hipster, dogs, nature, etc.

You could start a notebook “for the future” — fill it with goals, inspiration, and a bucket list. Make a little vision board collage in the pages. Talk about your dreams. Where do you want to travel? What do you want to learn? How do you want your future to look? It can be totally fantastical — post pictures of tropical getaways, of dream houses, of ideal jobs, or the perfect wedding.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn about? Commit the notebook to that — take pride in organizing your notes, write down what you learn, and you will always go happily to your studies because you associate it with something beautiful.

You could also make a comfort/self-care notebook. Write down what kind of activities soothe you. Make lists of comforting activities, beverages, music, movies. Let the notebook be a place where you pamper yourself. Fill it with pictures of adorable puppies. Or leftover tags from your favorite teabags. Write down some of your favorite memories, things that make you happy when you reminisce later. Every page should make you smile.

I hope this gives you some ideas. Just don’t despair! You are so worthy of that beautiful notebook. <3

(Also: no one has to look at the notebook if you don’t want them to. you are free to protect your privacy in whatever way is most effective. but in the meantime, don’t waste your precious time giving one single crap about what anybody else thinks! cause you’re awesome.)

purple-petrichor  asked:

Okay so: What does one do to avoid feeling down about their own writing compared to other, amazing work from peers? I know you'll probably say, 1) don't compare your work to others', and 2) if you have fun writing it, that's all that matters. And that's great and I do try to follow those rules! But I still can't help sometimes feeling like a small spark next to a bright sun. It's almost like I want to remain small so as not to take away from their shine (partly because I love their pieces also).

Hello, writerly friend~ ♥︎

I see what you mean. Well, you are certainly right about those two points! That is exactly what I would have told you~ c;

So, now that we are pretty much on the same page. Let’s actually talk about something you said— because it raises a VERY good point!

“But I still can’t help sometimes feeling like a small spark next to a bright sun.”

Do you think these writers your look up to look at their own work and think that they are ‘suns’?

Nope. To put it bluntly, every writer thinks that they are the worst writer ever. Seriously. Click on that link and read that post. It’s one of my favorites.

Every single writer who does this out of love will admit that they can always get better, because writing is a craft in which nobody becomes a master. Every single writer who does this out of love will admit that their work is inferior to that of the people who inspired them (and those people would admit the same).

We all have people who inspire us, and we put their work on a pedestal. This is not bad, because (again) we are all artisans of a craft where nobody becomes a master.

Sure… it’s humbling to see your work as sparks against suns, but I need you to remember something, okay? I hope you are sitting down, because I am going to hit you very hard on the head.

Someday, someone will look at your work and feel the same way you feel right now.

They will look at your writing, and consider it to be ‘suns’ compared to their ‘sparks.’ And this is good— because we are all looking for people to inspire us, people we want to be like, people who fill us with hope.

I just hope you are ready, because that will happen someday.

I want you to remember that what you are feeling is normal. Every writer feels that way. I know that I will never be as clever as Lemony Snicket, or as funny as Terry Pratchet— but I sure the hell am not going to give up, because (someday) someone is going to need my work to inspire them.

And I will inspire them, so that they can inspire others.

I hope this helps, writerly friend! If you, or anyone else, have any more questions, please feel free to send them my way!

Keep writing, and keep inspiring others~ ♥︎

pipsqueak216  asked:

Hi! Could you do a skimmons soulmate AU? I haven't read one of those in a while

Okay so soul mate AUs are the best so thank you for this prompt because I will never turn down a soul mate AU ever. This AU was inspired by the idea that soul mates could pick up each other’s talents/abilities/areas of expertise whatever

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anonymous asked:

i feel a little bad that u believe in larry tbh... it's illegal for a managing company (like modest) to make a client of theirs do something based on their orientation, such as having a "beard". Also, if you love one direction so much, why can't you trust them when they say they are in a happy relationship? : /

Dear anon,

may I please introduce myself. I am Kat, I have a background in law and public policy, I do research and advocacy, and I started a blog (or two, three) a few years ago because I am also passionate about social justice. Since then I have been arguing that bisexuals are real (yes, having a male partner and a kid doesn’t make you straight), and so is Larry (yes, Louis and Harry are engaged to be married and have been forcefully closeted by their management company). I am in a generous mood today so I will summarize my arguments and help you find the most important stuff in the posts that I did tag. I apologize for having been messy with them

1. It SHOULD be illegal for a managing company to make a client of theirs do something based on their orientation and as a human rights lawyer, I have made the argument plenty of times (eg here) that the boys may have a case against Modest, BUT, it probably IS in their contracts anyway because, you know, contract law and the entertainment business aren’t very fair and the most powerful player will always abuse their power, so all they could do was go through lengthy procedures which would have killed their career OR sit out the ride with as little cooperation as possible. And the latter is what they did. They got the support of a more powerful player than Modest (Irving Azoff) and fought the battle indoors. Smart move. All of that in my (very incomplete) contracts tag

2. On the reasons we “cannot trust” @Louis_Tomlinson when he says he is in a happy relationship with Eleanor, I am sure that argument has been made much better by others than it has been by me. But in essence 1. Celebrities do not control their own twitter, their PR does because a lot of people’s wages and revenue depend on their public image 2. The entertainment industry, and people in it, will lie to you, they are not your friend, they are selling you a product and they will tell you whatever is needed to sell that product to you 3. I do not necessarily believe that Louis and Harry are the kind of entertainers who would do anything to sell their product to me and lying about their sexuality is - in my opinion - not something they like doing for it. I think they would much prefer not to. And this is exactly why I love them: because they have done strictly what they ahd to by contract, but did not cave to the pressure to conform. I find that inspiring as an LGBTQ person. 4. And when you are actively being closeted by your management company, you will be required to lie or misrepresent the truth. The fact that Louis is lying to me when he represents Eleanor as his girlfriend in interviews does not mean that Louis is not trustworthy as a person, or that he is not worthy of my love. Citing from this post here : “People’s motivations depend on the context. We see a guy who is confident and comfortable and trying to be truthful in most contexts and that knowledge makes it difficult to imagine that he would be uncomfortable/deliberately lying in another context. I don’t think that’s so farfetched though.” The simple motivation to Louis’ lying being: he is contractually obliged to do so. And one more thing about the closet, because it is important to me, a lot of people like to blame the person in the closet for lying, but you have to remember no one goes to hide in a closet because they are lying cowards. No one. Everyone who breaks out of it though is a fucking amazingly brave person. Please remember that in the months to come.

It has been a pleasure, anon, I hope you read all the links and visit again.

Yours sincerely


PS = note to self - I think it’s time I updated my blog with decent tags and a tags page if someone is still trying to convince me with these arguments.

high school musical iii sentence meme
  • "This is the last time to get it right."
  • "Right now I can hardly breathe."
  • "This is the last time to get it right."
  • "Push harder!"
  • "I'm saving for a new fuel pump."
  • "Mmhm. Save faster."
  • "I want one of everything."
  • "What, are we celebrating or something?"
  • "Your room is way cool."
  • "You were in my room?"
  • "We should hang out tonight, man!"
  • "You're the second girl I've ever had up here."
  • "This place is so cool."
  • "Did I just say that?"
  • "I'm proud of you."
  • "It's a thousand one hundred and fifty-three miles from here."
  • "I wish it would all just stop. At least just slow down."
  • "I wish this moment was ours to own it and that it would never leave."
  • "Where you are is where I should be too."
  • "I'm looking at you and my heart loves the view."
  • "Right now there's you and me."
  • "Tomorrow can wait."
  • "Is this a pirate's wheel?"
  • "Oh! Very cute."
  • "Don't break him."
  • "She's so sweet."
  • "What are you? I mean, who are you?"
  • "I noticed on the board that you're in need of a personal assistant."
  • "How do you know my schedule?"
  • "One packet of sweetener?"
  • "If you own any orange, get rid of it."
  • "Don't be the last to pick up your tickets."
  • "Whats the lunch special in the cafeteria today?"
  • "I was thinking I'd select something modest."
  • "I'm moving into the library."
  • "We've got a yearbook to edit."
  • "This is our last chance to do something together."
  • "Oh, yipee."
  • "It's about all of you."
  • "Genius."
  • "I'm already packed."
  • "They got my letter?"
  • "Nice, guys. That's pretty funny. So, who's the big comedian?"
  • "Hoops all the way."
  • "I'm going to be the President of the United States of America."
  • "Golly gee, how adorable."
  • "What do I want? Gosh, I wouldn't know where to begin."
  • "How can you think of food at a time like this?"
  • "He seemed surprised to me."
  • "Imagine having everything we've ever dreamed."
  • "A part for me?"
  • "Sound exciting?"
  • "With you we can win."
  • "Don't you want it all?"
  • "I want it all."
  • "They're gonna love me!"
  • "When Broadway knows your name, you know that you're a star!"
  • "She wants you on the show."
  • "We want it all."
  • "We're twins. They have to take us both."
  • "I don't know. Just do it."
  • "I need you right away. Look up."
  • "This has two weeks detention written all over it."
  • "Which one do you think I should wear?"
  • "I've never been asked to a prom. But this kind of sounds like an invitation."
  • "I've never been to a dance. Much less a prom."
  • "Take my hand"
  • "Keep your eyes locked on my eyes."
  • "Won't you promise me, we'll keep dancing where ever we go next."
  • "Can I have this dance?"
  • "Together or not our dance won't stop."
  • "What we have is worth fighting for."
  • "You know I believe that we were meant to be."
  • "So does that mean yes?"
  • "Where's our clothes?"
  • "Yearbook opportunity!"
  • "You think I'd be spending all of my time up there if it wasn't for you?"
  • "Why is that so hard to admit?"
  • "I still have decisions to make too."
  • "I interrupted something, didn't I?"
  • "Speaking of homework."
  • "Be careful, they're still hot."
  • "Hey, what's right is right."
  • "If that's what you call an invitation, you'll be dancing with yourself."
  • "I'm asking you to prom."
  • "I'm sorry, I can't hear you. It's so loud in here."
  • "Will you please be my date to the senior prom?"
  • "Guess now it's official."
  • "I don't think we have the choice."
  • "It's gonna be a night to remember."
  • "Hey, you've been in there for an hour."
  • "Stop doing that!"
  • "The difference being, I can actually carry a tune."
  • "Want to go to lunch sometime?"
  • "Your mom must be so proud."
  • "You can't get rid of me that easily."
  • "This better be good."
  • "I've got a lot things I have to do."
  • "Whatever happens, I know I've got you."
  • "I'll pick you up eight."
  • "All I wanna do is be with you."
  • "Nothing can break us apart."
  • "There's nothing we can't do."
  • "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."
  • "The boys are back."
  • "I just want my future to be my future."
  • "For the record, I was a much better super hero than you."
  • "Gonna wake up the neighborhood."
  • "No one can stop us now."
  • "That's not what I wanted to hear."
  • "Why? So I can whoop your butt again?"
  • "You should be celebrating, not keeping a secret."
  • "Your future is calling loud and clear."
  • "Maybe I'll stay here next year."
  • "I mean, I get it that he's your first crush but..."
  • "There will be other guys."
  • "Not everything has to change."
  • "We've already proved it works."
  • "I realized I haven't offered my congratulations."
  • "I don't know what you're talking about."
  • "You really didn't know?"
  • "The only thing that could possibly be holding her back would be you."
  • "Special delivery! Margarita pizza, just the way you like it."
  • "What's a picnic without chocolate covered strawberries?"
  • "Is that what you were trying to tell me?"
  • "You gotta go. It's the right thing to do."
  • "Nothing is gonna slow down."
  • "You don't have to say anything else."
  • "I'm a lot better at goodbyes than you."
  • "I guess I should have known better."
  • "Just walk away and don't look back."
  • "It my heart breaks it's gonna hurt so bad."
  • "I don't think I'll survive a goodbye again."
  • "Let's rise to the occasion."
  • "There's nothing to tell."
  • "Just trust your heart."
  • "I want my own thing so bad I'm gonna scream."
  • "I'm gonna fight to find myself."
  • "It's like nothing works without you."
  • "I know I'm not supposed to be here."
  • "You seem very comfortable up there."
  • "You're easier to dance with than her."
  • "I just showed my mom the tux."
  • "We need to talk."
  • "It's taken me two weeks to be away from you."
  • "I don't think I can do it. I think I've run out of good byes."
  • "She's not coming back."
  • "Everybody knows you don't bring the girl with you after high school."
  • "And hey, look, I am right there with you."
  • "I don't believe this."
  • "What is it with you and trees?"
  • "You look handsome."
  • "Take my hand. I'll take the lead."
  • "You know I'll catch you through it all."
  • "My heart is where ever you are."
  • "What are you? Some sort of muppet gangster?"
  • "Ew! That is so gross."
  • "High school wasn't meant to last forever."
  • "Aww! Cute pants!"
  • "Oh go for it. Save the day. Whoopee."
  • "That's my dress!"
  • "But you were so loyal, so sweet."
  • "You should try it sometime."
  • "Surprise!"
  • "You did it. You graduated."
  • "I choose the person who inspires my heart. "
  • "I picked a school that's exactly 32.7 miles away from you."
  • "I never thought I'd hear my dad say that."
  • "We really are all in this together."
  • "Who says we have to let it go?"
Open When You Can't Sleep

Inspired by this wonderful and heart wrenching post:

I kinda cheated and used this to knock out too birds with one stone.

Ellison, Angst, SFW



When Elise finds the letters she’s confused.  Sure, she kept hers but they’re at the bottom of a shoe box at the bottom of a cardboard box somewhere in Jeff’s apartment.  Not in an easily accessible drawer in the kitchen where anyone could stumble across them when hunting down a bottle opener.  Who does that?  Who leaves letters from an old cabin mate, sent after a summer of clumsy experimentation over ten years ago, just lying around within easy reach?  Unless Allison never pushed the feelings away the same way Elise did.  Unless that summer was just as important to Allison.

Fuck, she is too drunk for this and she still hasn't found the bottle opener.

The minute she steps foot into the craft room, she regrets it. She regrets following Allison here, she regrets finding the letters, she regrets coming back to Takota this summer.

She regrets leaving that summer, ignoring every instinct telling her to stay, ignoring her heart screaming at her to turn around.

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anonymous asked:

Hi 3drod, I'm really a fan of your art and the way you color. I wanted to ask for your advice on something. I want to get better in art and be able to have my own art style, but as of now, I feel like I can't draw anything unless I'm following the reference exactly, which bums me out because I feel like I can't make my own original artwork. I wanted to know what the best tips and ways to practice drawing are so I can eventually make something using my own style and creativity. Thanks!

Don’t focus on finding your style first, focus on getting good at art. I’ll tell you a little secret of mine: I still use references daily (don’t tell anyone)

Don’t feel upset about it, references are there to help you get better, you can even trace a reference if that helps you (but keep those as practices for yourself)

Reality is, there’s no easy way of doing art and getting good at it, you just have to keep doing and doing it, for months, years, decades even. I’ve been drawing since I can remember, and yet sometimes I feel like trash.

My style really isn’t an unique thing either, it’s a mixture of various art styles I like. No one can truly say that their style is unique. It all comes from inspiration from others.

So work hard and keep practicing, get good at it and then later find your own style.

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Hi, I've read all the books, starting over 20 years ago- but I can't remember whether any of Jamie's family knows the truth about Claire (or Roger, or Brianna) being able to time travel. I know at times they refer to her as Jamie's "faery-woman" and think Claire odd but do any of them really know? And if so, can you remind me in which book it was revealed?

Sure - it takes place in 2 different books.

First - Young Ian figures it out when he delivers Otter Tooth’s journal to Jamie and Claire at the end of The Fiery Cross:

“How much could ye read, lad?” he asked quietly.
“Quite a lot, Uncle,” Ian answered, but his eyes didn’t leave my face. “Not everything”—a brief smile touched his lips—“and I’m sure I havena got the grammar right—but I think I understand it. Do you?”
It wasn’t clear whether he addressed the question to me or Jamie; both of us hesitated, exchanged a glance—then I turned back to Ian and nodded, and so did Jamie. Jamie’s hand tightened on mine.
“Mmphm,” Ian said, and his face lighted with an expression of profound satisfaction. “I knew ye weren’t a fairy, Auntie Claire!”

Second - Claire tells Jenny’s entire family when they’re assembled at Lallybroch in An Echo In The Bone - putting the quote behind a cut because it’s quite long:

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Discovering Colour

Summary: AU where everything is black and white until you meet your soulmate, and when they die the world goes back to black and white. Inspired by this post

Genre: Fluff and angst (i think)

Warnings: Character death


A/N: This my first ever fic so any constructive criticism will be greatly appreciated! Hope you enjoy it :)

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