this was originally just a paragraph but then i was like

ugh-i-hiddlestan  asked:

So, I don't know how to write pain like! What words do I use? how do I describe it! I really need some help here!

No problem! And sorry about not answering sooner, I was on vacation. To make it up to you, I’ve made one of my trademark Long Posts about it.


TIPS ON HOW TO WRITE PAIN (FOR BOTH ORIGINAL CONTENT WRITERS AND FANFICTION WRITERS)

When I first started writing, about eight years ago, I had the same issue as @imjustafuckinggirl.

How are you supposed to write about pain you’ve never experienced before???

The characters in my book suffer through all sorts of terrible shit, and in no way am I writing from experience, which is marginally easier to do than write about something that has never happened to you.

However, with time, I managed to gather up a few strategies on how to write pain.

1. Don’t Write Paragraphs About It

I know, it’s tempting. You want to convey to the reader just how much pain the character is in, and you think that the pain will be emphasized the more you write about it.

This, however, is a lie.

As a reader, when I’m reading a book or fanfiction where, whenever the writer uses agonizingly long paragraphs to describe when a character is hurt, I skip it.

Entirely.

It’s boring and, quite frankly, unnecessary, especially during a fight or huge battle, which are supposed to be fast-paced.

When it comes to writing about pain, it really is about quality and not quantity.

In my own writing, I stick to short, quick paragraphs, some of them which are barely a line long. This gives it a faster pace and sort of parallels with the scattered, spread out thoughts of the character as they suffer.

2. Describe it Right

Many times, usually in fanfiction, writers over-exaggerate certain injuries.

This partially has to do with the fact that they’ve never experienced that injury before and are just thinking about what it might feel like.

As a girl with two brothers and who often participated in rough play-fights, I can assure you that getting punched is not as painful as you think it is.

(However, it does depend on the area, as well as how hard the punch is, on top of the fact that you have to take into account whether or not the punch broke bones)

I’m reading a high school AU where a character gets punched by a bully (Idk where they got punched it wasn’t stated) and the author is describing it like they’d been shot.

It was to the point where I was like Did the bully have brass knuckles or something????

It was very clear that this author had never been punched before.

When describing the pain of an injury or the injury itself, you have to take into account:

- What object was used to harm the character

- Where the injury is

- How long the character has had the injury

- (For blades) How deep the cut is

- (For blunt force trauma) How hard the hit was

- Whether or not the wound triggers other things (Ex: Concussion, vomiting, dizziness, infection, internal/external bleeding).

There’s also the fact that when some authors described wounds caused by blades such as knives, daggers, and swords, they never take into account the anatomy of a person and which places cause the most blood flow.

Obviously, a cut on your cheek will have less of a blood flow than a cut on your wrist, depending on what the blade hits, and I hope that everyone consults a diagram of veins, capillaries, arteries, etc. when they’re describing blood flow from a certain place.

There’s also the fact that you have to take into account where the blood is coming from. Veins? Arteries?

The blood from arteries will be a brighter red, like vermilion, than the blood from veins, which is the dark crimson everyone likes to talk about.

Not all places gush bright red blood, people!

3. DIFFERENT INJURIES HAVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF PAIN

Here, let me explain.

A punch feels different from a slap.

A broken arm feels different from getting stabbed.

A fall feels different from a dog bite.

I’ll give you a list of all the kinds of things that can be described for the three most common kinds of injuries that happen in stories:

Punch/Blunt Force Trauma

How it feels:

- Aching

- Numbness (In the later stages)

- A single spike of pain before it fades into an ache

- Throbbing

Effects:

- Vomiting (If the character is punched in the gut)

- Swelling

- Bruising

- Broken bones

- Unconsciousness (Blow to the head)

- Dizziness (Blow to the head)

- Concussion (Also a blow to the head)

- Internal bleeding

- Death (In the case of concussions and internal bleeding and broken bones- ribs can pierce lungs)

Stab Wound/Cut

How it feels:

- Stinging (only shallow wounds have just stinging)

- Burning

- With stab wounds, I feel like describing the effects of it make it more powerfully felt by the reader

Effects:

- Bleeding (Consult chart of the circulatory system beforehand for the amount of blood flow that should be described and what color the blood should be)

- Dizziness (Heavy blood loss)

- Unconsciousness

- Infection (if left unattended)

- Death

Gunshot

How it feels:

- Depends on the caliber bullet, from how far away they were shot (point-blank range is nothing like being shot from a distance), and in what place. Do careful research and then make your decision.

Effects:

- Bleeding (Consult chart of the circulatory system beforehand for the amount of blood flow that should be described and what color the blood should be. Also take into effect the above variables for blood flow as well.)

- Dizziness (Heavy blood loss)

- Infection (if left unattended)

- Death

Some things that a character may do while they’re injured:

- Heavy/Harsh/Ragged breathing

- Panting

- Making noises of pain

  • gasping
  • grunting
  • hissing
  • groaning
  • whimpering
  • yelping (when the injury is inflicted)
  • screaming
  • shrieking
  • wailing

- Crying/ Weeping/Sobbing/Etc.

- Clenching their teeth

- Unable to speak

- Pressing their hands against a stab wound/cut to try and stem the bleeding

- Eyesight going out of whack (vision blurring and tilting, the room spinning, black spots consuming sight)

- Eyes rolling up into their head

- Trembling/shaking

- Ears riniging (from gunshot)


HOPE THIS HELPED!

Drafting: The Theory of Shitty First Drafts

Writing books often exhort you to “write a shitty first draft,” but I always resisted this advice. After all,

  1. I was already writing shitty drafts, even when I tried to write good ones. Why go out of my way to make them shittier?
  2. A shitty first draft just kicks the can down the road, doesn’t it? Sooner or later, I’d have to write a good draft—why put it off?
  3. If I wrote without judging what I wrote, how would I make any creative choices at all?
  4. That first draft inevitably obscured my original vision, so I wanted it to be at least slightly good.
  5. Writing something shitty meant I was shitty.

So for years, I kept writing careful, cramped, painstaking first drafts—when I managed to write at all. At last, writing became so joyless, so draining, so agonizing for me that I got desperate: I either needed to quit writing altogether or give the shitty-first-draft thing a try.

Turns out everything I believed about drafting was wrong.

For the last six months, I’ve written all my first drafts in full-on don’t-give-a-fuck mode. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

“Shitty first draft” is a misnomer

A rough draft isn’t just a shitty story, any more than a painter’s preparatory sketch is just a shitty painting. Like a sketch, a draft is its own kind of thing: not a lesser version of the finished story, but a guide for making the finished story.

Once I started thinking of my rough drafts as preparatory sketches, I stopped fretting over how “bad” they were. Is a sketch “bad”? And actually, a rough draft can be beautiful the same way a sketch is beautiful: it has its own messy energy.

Don’t try to do everything at once

People who make complex things need to solve one kind of problem before they can solve others. A painter might need to work out where the big shapes go before they can paint the details. A writer might need to decide what two people are saying to each other before they can describe the light in the room or what those people are doing with their hands.

I’d always embraced this principle up to a point. In the early stages, I’d speculate and daydream and make messy notes. But that freedom would end as soon as I started drafting. When you write a scene, I thought, you have to start with the first word and write the rest in order. Then it dawned on me: nobody would ever see this! I could write the dialogue first and the action later; or the action first and the dialogue later; or some dialogue and action first and then interior monologue later; or I could write the whole thing like I was explaining the plot to my friend over the phone. The draft was just one very long, very detailed note to myself. Not a story, but a preparatory sketch for a story. Why not do it in whatever weird order made sense to me?

Get all your thoughts onto the page

Here’s how I used to write: I’d sit there staring at the screen and I’d think of something—then judge it, reject it, and reach for something else, which I’d most likely reject as well—all without ever fully knowing what those things were. And once you start rejecting thoughts, it’s hard to stop. If you don’t write down the first one, or the second, or the third, eventually your thought-generating mechanism jams up. You become convinced you have no thoughts at all.

When I compare my old drafts with my new ones, the old ones look coherent enough. They’re presentable as stories. But they suck as drafts, because I can’t see myself thinking in them. I have no idea what I wanted that story to be. These drafts are opaque and airless, inscrutable even to me, because a good 90% of what I was thinking while I wrote them never made it onto the page.

These days, most of my thoughts go onto the page, in one form or another. I don’t waste time figuring out how to say something, I just ask, “what are you trying to say here?” and write that down. Because this isn’t a story, it’s a plan for a story, so I just need the words to be clear, not beautiful. The drafts I write now are full of placeholders and weird meta notes, but when I read them, I can see where my mind is going. I can see what I’m trying to do. Consequently, I no longer feel like my drafts obscure my original vision. In fact, their whole purpose is to describe that vision.

Drafts are memos to future-you

To draft effectively, you need a personal drafting style or “language” to communicate with your future self (who is, of course, the author of your second draft). This language needs to record your ideas quickly so it can keep up with the pace of your imagination, but it needs to do so in a form that will make sense to you later. That’s why everyone’s drafts look different: your drafting style has to fit the way your mind works.

I’m still working mine out. Honestly, it might take a while. But recently, I started writing in fragments. That’s just how my mind works: I get pieces of sentences before I understand how to fit them together. Wrestling with syntax was slowing me down, so now I just generate the pieces and save their logical relationships for later. Drafting effectively means learning these things about yourself. And to do that, you can’t get all judgmental. You can’t fret over how you should be writing, you just gotta get it done.

Messy drafts are easier to revise

I find that drafting quickly and messily keeps the story from prematurely “hardening” into a mute, opaque object I’m afraid to change. I no longer do that thing, for instance, where I endlessly polish the first few paragraphs of a draft without moving on. Because how do you polish a bunch of fragments taped together with dashes? A draft that looks patently “unfinished” stays malleable, makes me want to dig my hands in and move stuff around.

You already have ideas

Sitting down to write a story, I used to feel this awful responsibility to create something good. Now I treat drafting simply as documenting ideas I already have—not as creation at all, but as observation and description. I don’t wait around for good words or good ideas. I just skim off whatever’s floating on the surface and write it down. It’s that which allows other, potentially better ideas to surface.

As a younger writer, my misery and frustration perpetuated themselves: suppressing so many thoughts made my writing cramped and inhibited, which convinced me I had no ideas, which made me even more afraid to write lest I discover how empty inside I really was. That was my fear, I guess: if I looked squarely at my innocent, unvetted, unvarnished ideas, I’d see how bad they truly were, and then I’d have to—what, pack up and go home? Never write again? I don’t know. But when I stopped rejecting ideas and started dumping them onto the page, the worst didn’t happen. In fact, it was a huge relief.


Next post: the practice of shitty first drafts

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shit i remember from my 2007 - 2013 fanfiction.net experiences (before i finally jumped ship for ao3 like everyone else)
  • “don’t like don’t read”
  • uses of the terms “lemon” and “lime” (apparently there was a difference. lemons were porn but i’m STILL not sure what a lime is. i also have NO idea how “lemon” came to mean “porn”. not sure i want to, tbh.)
  • soooo many “i do not own please don’t sue me” disclaimers
  • fics where the whole premise that the whole cast was trapped someplace together and the reviewers would leave questions in their comments and then the characters would answer them in-story. like “ask that guy with the glasses” except shitty and usually self-indulgent towards the author’s preferred ships. (i may have written one of these when i was 12.)
  • authors who legit updated on a schedule (and stuck to it). some every fucking day. (you still see this on ao3, but not NEARLY as much.)
  • fanfic authors who basically had a following and fandom of their own. (again, this still happens, but not as much. not sure if that’s a good thing or not.) not bad considering most of them were 13.
  • “yaoi!!! that means boy kisses!!! don’t like don’t read!!!”
  • putting “————-” or “xxxxxxx” bc ff.net wouldn’t let you insert a horizontal line to show the end of a section
  • very long, very rambley author’s notes
  • some of which had the authors interacting with/talking to the characters in the fic.
  • fics that weren’t so much stories as they were a chapter-by-chapter detailing of all the cliche plots and tropes used in that fandom’s shitty fanfics. (i actually sorta miss these, tbh)
  • songfics. no, not fics inspired by songs. fics where the lyrics were put in between every paragraph, with some lyrics altered to fit the characters. it was horrific.
  • fics that were up-front about the oc being a stand-in for the reader so they can read about themselves getting with their fave character. as in, it was written in second person and the summary outright said the pov character was meant to be the reader.
  • the forums being used for roleplay before tumblr rp was a “thing”
  • long, LONG author profiles, filled with things like “copy/paste if you’re a [whatever] shipper!” or obviously fake sickly sweet anecdotes (think chain email levels of bad), or worst of all (in my opinion), a pro-life anti-abortion story from the point of view of a fetus. it was as bad as it sounds, if not worse.
  • listing all your ships on your author profile page
  • seeing a title that was all lowercase letters and thinking “lazy” rather than “aesthetic”
  • “101 one ways to annoy [insert character here]” (voldemort was popular for these things)
  • it being fucking impossible to find f/f fic that wasn’t porn
  • writing ships as “characterxcharacter” instead of “character/character”
  • author’s notes in the middle of the story. literally you would be reading a fanfic and all of a sudden, in between paragraphs… A/N: awwww isn’t it cute how they’re thinking the same thing!!! XD”
  • for that matter, author’s notes using the XD emoticon
  • people FLIPPING THEIR SHIT whenever their fave author (or just a well-established author in the fandom) changed their username. ESPECIALLY if they changed it from something fandom-specific to something more neutral.
  • “character x/character y. NO CHARACTER X/CHARACTER Z.” bc apparently you think i’d think your fic clearly marked character x/character y would be nothing but character x and character z making out.
  • trollfics trying to capitalize on my immortal’s infamy. there are still trollfics, of course, but they tend to be more subtle. 
  • for that matter, trying to pass a trollfic off as a legitimate fic rather than just admitting it’s a parody
  • specifically reading fics for your notp just to bash it in the reviews
  • people putting replies to reviews for the previous chapter in the author’s notes (this died down a LITTLE once ff.net finally added a reply function, but not much)
  • the great fanfiction.net purge (ahh yes. history lesson time. basically, back in the olden days of fanfiction, when everyone actually used ff.net, one fateful day, back in biblical times – 2011 – ff.net decided to make MA rated stuff – basically porn – not be allowed on the site anymore. ofc people kept posting it anyway, but then ff.net started deleting stories from the website with no notice to the authors. just poof! gone. the aftermath was HORRIFIC. people were FURIOUS, as a lot of people had no backup and just lost their stories. so ff.net stopped enforcing the rule, but the damage was done. this was when people began to officially leave for ao3, i think.)
  • lots of harry potter fanfics about the my immortal versions of the characters interacting with the canon characters. some of these were actually quite funny – i think they’re still around, but i don’t see them as much. (i actually wrote one of these stories. it is still, to this day, the most popular story i ever wrote.)
  • drabbles that were ACTUALLY 100 words long.
  • fictionpress (a sister site for original fiction. it was like wattpad before wattpad was wattpad. it never really took off. come to think of it, i may still have some stuff on there from when i was 12 i need to take down)
  • “crackfics” that consisted mainly of “lulz iM SO RanDOm!!!111!!!!!oneone XD cheeeeeeeese!!!!!!” humor
  • “i suck at summaries”
  • “this is my first story so please be nice”
  • “i’ll only update if i get 10 good reviews”
  • AUs before “AU” was a really widely used term, so the author’s note would have a length explanation for why they had to change things for the story and apologizing over and over instead of just noting the AU in the summary
  • AUs out of laziness rather than for creative/plot reasons (ie, “luna’s a gryffindor in this fic because i couldn’t find another reason for her to be here”)
  • authors notes apologizing for late updates
  • being genuinely shocked when you found a GOOD fanfic

the worst thing about trying to decide to read a fic:

-horrible writing.

-the summary is good but the story is written in a different language or is badly written.

-opening it to find no spaces between the paragraphs.

-both your otp and notp is tagged and you have no clue if you want to take a risk or not.

-tagged major character death and you start sweating.

-hasn’t been updated in 80 years but the summary is on point and their the best fucking writer ever.

-you start reading only to find that the person updates every ten years and you just happened to catch them on a day they finally updated.

-you find a writer and check them out, only to find out they mostly write about your notp - and of course they always update, have perfect writing and have stories that are epic.

-stories with so many fucking tags, you just shake your head and move on.

-the “i suck at summaries please check it out still” and you just, pause because it has your otp and you debate whether or not to take the risk.

-you find a pairing you never considered before and think holy shit, that could be hot and spend all day hunting through the tag.

-you ship a pairing so fucking hard, only to find like two fics and you start weeping.

-when you find a perfect story only to check the tags and see some weird shit that disgusts you and you scream why.

-a fic with good writing and summary but it’s so short or is only fan-art.

-a crossover fic where you have both of your fandoms but don’t have both of otps, just one.

-one shots that are so good you wish they were longer.

-when your notp is tagged but it’s labeled as a past relationship or says your otp is endgame, and you have to go through the notp’s awkward breakup in order for your otp to happen.

-when someone doesn’t tag properly and a plot twist hits you and you want to cry.

-you finally find a great fic that has been updated and the last update says writes block, personal issues- can’t do this, asks for co-writer, discontinues it or says lol i hate how this is turning out, deleting.

-when a writer as twenty stories to update and you cry because you like all of them and you have to wait.

-when you remember a story from like five years ago and you search for it, only to find it’s been deleted or can’t seem to find it anywhere.

-when a writer gives you an update schedule and you’re excited because they follow it but then they start missing it and you just…

-when a writer deletes a story and rewrites the same story but you like the original better.

-when your reading a story about a rare pairing that interests and your otp hate each other or just friends and it’s just so weird to read.

-when one half of your otp is in another relationship and the other half shows up with someone else and then you remember, right i’m not reading a story about my otp so i can’t get mad.

-when your otp is popular but it’s not as popular as another ship in the fandom and you hate how the other ship as so much more stories than your ship.

-when you try to read an ot3 relationship because it has two characters you love but the other character is usually from your notp and you hate when your notp share moments.

-when you beg an author (usually one where they aren’t in the fandom really) to write more stories about your otp and they say maybe and it never happens.

-when the writer literally shits on your favorite character and you can’t go through it anymore.

-when your otp isn’t the main pairing and you don’t really care about the other pairings in the story and skip to your otp parts.

-when a story has a million words and it’s so good and you know that you will spend all day and night reading it until your eyes hurt.

-when a story have 200 parts to it and you lose all hope after a while because the story is dragging.

-when your otp is going through something and so many stories are filled with angst, fluff and hurt that it makes you cry because yup, i need to read about my pain for my otp.

-when the writer refuses to write the smut you been waiting for and your otp is stuck in unresolved tension mode forever.

-when the writer unexpected changes the story’s events and you are disappointed by the direction.

-when you find a great au and the characters are so out of character… it makes you sad.

-when you open a fic only to find you hate the point of view and you scream.

-when you request a prompt and the author writes it but you are disappointed and just smile through the pain.

-when you have such a good idea in your head and you try to write it but it’s so bad that you delete it and cry, hoping someone else writes the brilliant idea that you had.

-when you don’t ship something anymore but see a great plot and you click the story and take a deep breath - because shit is about to go down.

-when you reading a great story but get distracted and skip some parts, shit goes down in between and then you think fuck, and have to start over.

-when it’s tagged “slow burn” and you say i can do this and it’s chapter 30 and my ship still hate each other like what.

-when the author says this is their first time writing smut and you think on god they better do this right - only to find out they writing eight pages on your otp making love. like yes.

-when the smut is so rushed or improper you feel cheated and log off because done. like so done.

-when it’s tagged “everyone lives” and your eyes water because that’s all you ever wanted in life.

-when the author leaves a cliffhanger and says in the author’s note “lol sorry about the cliffhanger, i’ll update soon”. you ain’t sorry, stop lying.

-when you see that the story is complete and do a happy dance, only to realize that it ended badly or the sequel/series hasn’t been updated.


Edit 2018: lmao some people take this post way too seriously. I love all writers and appreciate a writer’s hard work. I originally made this post to make fun of myself so c h i l l before you die from all that salt.

Memorization Tips

Hey guys! Here’s a collection of all the tips I use on a regular basis to help with memorization. Three things before we start. One, keep in mind that this is mostly geared towards both visual and auditory learners. Two,, I’ll use Biology examples, but these tips can be applied to a variety of subjects. Three, when I talk about drawing, 5-year-old level doodles will do just fine. So, I hope you find these helpful!

  1. Draw pictures of what you have to remember – break up whatever word you need to remember, associate each part with something, draw that something. Ex: thermogenin, you draw a thermos and inside of it, you draw a gene (as in, you draw a chromosome and shade a small part of it). This is my ultimate foolproof method for remembering vocabulary.

  2. Make each page memorable. You can use colors, draw little arrows, make doodles, even if they are irrelevant to the subject you’re studying. Making each page unique will stimulate your visual memory and you’ll be more likely to remember things (this is why I personally include pictures of structures if I’m rewriting my biology notes on my laptop, otherwise, it’s pages and pages of text blocks and it all blurrs together in your mind)

  3. Test fonts. Times New Roman in size 12 is the easiest font for our brain to process. There are studies that show that information written in fonts that are smaller and harder to read is actually more likely to be remembered. If you’re a visual learner, this is probably not true for you, I, for example, remember info best in Times New Roman 12, so that’s the font I print all my notes in. Try printing three paragraphs of information (two different pieces of information that you’ve never gone over and that is easy to understand, needing only memorization) in both styles and test yourself to see which one you remember better.

  4. When you have to learn a process, visualize it, picture it in your mind, you’ll understand it a lot better than just repeating the steps in words. If a proteín is recognized by the cytoplasmic membrane and then enters in through a pore, imagine it happening. If you can’t picture something, such as structures, look them up on google images.

  5. Sticky notes. Need to memorize a formula? Write it down on a post it note, stick it on the cover of a notebook/book and force yourself to recall the formula whenever you have to use said notebook. Check whether you got it right. If you didn’t, look at it, repeat it out loud. Try again next time.

  6. Highlighter and annotations symbiosis. Don’t stop using highlighters, you still want them to mark important parts of the text. However, if what you want is to stay present while you study, the best method is to go through a paragraph and then write in the margin whatever you understood. This is not really useful in subjects like Biology (because you basically can’t summarize all that much, everything is important) but it’s perfect for more logical subjects like math or chemistry. I find it especially useful in summarizing formula deductions - instead of writing the steps in numbers and symbols, write them out in words, you’ll remember it much better.

  7. Get the whole picture. Every time you come across a piece of information that relates back to something you’ve already learnt, recall that whole other topic. It’s a great way to review.

  8. Rewrite your notes, don’t recopy them. By this, I don’t mean “put it in your own words” because you probably have already done that in your original notes (if you just copy what comes out of your professor’s mouth word by word in class, don’t, it’s not doing you any good). What I mean is, if you’re taking the time to rewrite them, you may as well reorganize them. Have to memorize a bunch of facts about a type of cell? Group them together. Which ones refer to its functions, which ones are related to its shape and size and contents? Put those together. If you don’t know how to regroup them just by looking at your notes, read through these and underline facts in the same category with the same color. You’ll be surprised. 

  9. Try to link facts or concepts when rewriting your notes. Ex: Don’t write

    “-Meristematic cells’ primary function is to divide.

    -They have little cytoplasm.

    -They have few organelles.”

    But: ”Meristematic cells primary function is to divide. That’s why they don’t need to have a lot of organelles or cytoplasm.“

    Following this same line of thought, when highlighting, highlight only the ‘main’ point. The consequences or everything related should stem from there.

  10. Say it yourself This method consists of reading two/three paragraphs, making annotations if necessary and then repeating these paragraphs to yourself OUT LOUD. You’re not repeating things like a parrot, you’re putting the information into your own words. This is the main method that I’ve been using since I got my first textbook and I was honestly so shocked when I saw that people usually study in silence. It makes the information stick so much better, but forget about libraries and oh boy, when you get to college be prepared to get creative with your study spaces if you have a roommate.

  11. Make flashcards of vocabulary. If a month from now you’re asked to explain a theory or a process you’ve already studied, you’ll probably be able to recall the main idea. If you’re asked to explain a certain term/vocabulary word, the chances of you remembering it are… well, slim. So, even if the moment you’re studying it you’re convinced you will remember it, make the flashcard anyway. Oh, and remember the ‘drawing pictures for vocabulary’ thing? Draw those on the back of the flashcards.

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Hansol’s live~

Most notable event. Hansol casually came out as asexual and my love for him has somehow multiple just when I thought I couldn’t love him any more.

It pretty much went something like this:

Fan: “Do you love me?”

Hansol: “Yeah.”

Fan: “Will you marry me?”

Hansol: “Nope.”

Fan: “Why not?”

Hansol: “I’m asexual. You guys know asexual? I don’t like men or women. I want to live alone.”


I love him so much.


If I find out this post gets Hansol hate I’ll probably delete this post and then run to protect him. Just so you know what happened.

Update/Edit: He also said he was thinking about it for a long time and it’s part of the reason the shipping made him so uncomfortable

Edit: Deleted a paragraph ‘cause it was misleading and some thought I was gloating. Originally was gonna’ edit to make my message more clear, decided it would be a bit forced when I tried to think of wording, decided the post as a whole would be better without it. I reblogged this once with an explanation if you really want to see though.

about ao3 & ships

okay, time to get real here. i know a lot of people have been on an archive of our own before, i know a lot of people write and post to an archive of our own, so i know it’s not a matter of nobody knowing what i’m talking about. i’m going to introduce to you a novel concept tho

ship tag etiquette

1. don’t tag in your secondary and minor ships. if your main ship in the fic is loki x hawkeye, awesome; tag that, and anyone looking for loki x hawkeye will basically know your fic is the place to go. if your main ship in the fic is loki x hawkeye, but you also tag the 4 other ships you mention in like one sentence out of the 50k fic you just wrote, then there are going to be a lot of people out there coming to your fic thinking oh hey, at last a thor x sif fanfic sign me up only to find out fast they’re wrong.

2. don’t tag in your secondary and minor ships. it doesn’t matter if you dedicate those motherfucking sideships one paragraph out of 53, that’s like promising starving fic readers a treat and giving them a fucking pea. one pea. just one. maybe they are looking for fics with the actual ship whose tag they’re searching in, rather than: 

  • fics where their ship is used as a stepping stone to get to the main one
  • fics where their ship is tagged in because the writer thinks one mention makes it a ‘minor ship’ (IT DOESN’T, it’s just A MENTION OF IT)
  • fics where their ship is only tacked on to keep those characters busy and the main character of your fic only thinks about that ship in passing twice
  • fics where their ship is brought apart, by death or break up or infidelity, in any part of the fic just for the sake of the main ship to happen.

3. don’t tag in your secondary and minor ships. it’s just fucking rude. if i wanna get my rocks off reading superhot natasha romanoff x lady sif porn, do you know what i can find by going to their ship tag? DISAPPOINTMENT. because rather than learning that there are three/four fics focusing on their spacewives sex life, i have to sift through the mILLIONTY ONE HUNDRED fics already there, who center around loki. if i wanted to read about loki I’D JUST OPEN THE GODDAMN MCU TAG, IT’S ALL PEOPLE EVER WRITE ABOUT ANYWAY. 

4. don’t tag in your secondary and minor ships. i don’t care if you’ve done it once or twice, i don’t care if you think it’s necessary. it’s not. if you think it’s necessary, you know what you could do? add a note at the beginning. a OH BY THE WAY GUYS THISFIC WILL ALSO INCLUDE SOME SIDE SHIPS SUCH AS […] or you can let the readers figure it out. 

5. don’t tag in your secondary and minor ships. because those of us who go into those tags looking for fics about them where they’re appreciated and portrayed well and are the main focus will be left facing the origin of our supervillain story. every. single. day. 

6. if you’ve tagged in secondary and your minor ships: do us all and yourself a favour and go delete them. do it now. edit them now. you’ll be thanked, and most importantly, you’ll be appreciated twice: once by you readers, once by the people who don’t have to get annoyed anymore at seeing fics promising them an apple and giving them a fucking pea

zakurujayimagine  asked:

Any advice on back and forth dialogue? Like properly portraying an argument? I think all the spaces will get bothersome to the reader...

(Since arguments are the hardest type of back and forth dialogue to master, and other dialogue follows the same structure but in a more flexible manner, I’ll focus on arguments specifically…)

Writing an argument.

Everyone’s process for this is a little bit different, but here’s a look at mine, which has helped me reach the best end result (after many failed argument scenes in the past):

1. Dialogue. I like to write this as a script of sorts first, playing the scene in my head and only writing down the words and some vague comments regarding what the characters might be experiencing or doing. I leave breaks in the dialogue where the characters naturally pause from build ups of emotion, and add in all the em-dashes and ellipsis my heart desires (despite knowing a lot of them won’t make it through the reread, much less the final draft.)

2. Action. Not only does having your characters do things while they argue make the whole scene feel more realistic and plant it within the setting, but it also provides a great way for your characters to express things they don’t have the words to say. These “actions” can be facial expressions and body language, movement, or interaction with the objects in the setting, such as gripping a steering wheel too tightly or slamming a cupboard or tensely loading a gun.

3. Emotion. I save this for last because I find emotion very hard to write into narratives, but no matter when you write it or how you feel about it, feeling the pov character’s internal emotions is integral to the reader’s own emotional connection to the argument. Remember though, emotions should be shown and not told. Instead of saying the character is angry, describe what that anger is doing to them physically (how it makes them feel), and what desires it puts in them (how it makes them think.)

Other equally (if not more) important factors:

- Build tension slowly. Arguments will never be believable if the characters go from being calm and conversational to furious and biting in a single paragraph. The reader must feel the character’s anger build as their self-control dwindles, must hear the slight tension in their voice and the sharpness of their words as the scene leads up to the full blown argument.

- Vary sentence length. Arguments in which characters shoot single short sentences back and forth often feel just as stiff and unnatural as arguments where characters monologue their feelings for full paragraphs. If a character does need to say a lot of things in one go, break it up with short, emotional reactions from the other characters to keep the reader from losing the tension of the scene. Likewise, if characters don’t have bulk to their words, try including a few heavy segments of internal emotional turmoil from the pov character to make the argument hit harder instead of flying by without impact.

- Where did this argument start? Most arguments don’t really start the moment the words begin flying, but rather hours, days, weeks, even years before. If you as the author can’t pinpoint where the character’s emotions originated and what their primary target or release point is, then it’s unlikely the reader will accept that they exist in the first place.

- Characters want things, always. Sometimes arguments center around characters who vocally want opposing things, but often there are goals the characters hide or perhaps even from themselves. Think about what goals are influencing the characters in the argument while you’re writing it in order to make sure everything is consistent and focused.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to do all these things the very first draft. My arguments consistently have little emotion and even less build up until the second or third draft. As long as you return to these things as you continue to edit, the final result should feel like a fully fleshed out and emotional argument. 

For more writing tips from Bryn, view the archive catalog or the complete tag!

anonymous asked:

Is it possible to make your own tarot cards if you can't risk buying them online or from a store?

Witch Tip Wednesday 10.3.18

DIY Divination Tools

So, I started to answer this ask…then I wrote another paragraph. And another and then a different section and it kept going so I figured I should just make this a full on witch Tip Wednesday!

Yes it is! You can make it as easy or intricate as you’d like. There are several variations, so decide what works best for you.

You can make them by hand from the very beginning from the major to minor arcana. One decision you’ll have to make is if you’re making a Waite-Smith style deck where all 78 are illustrated to convey the meaning of the cards

  • Pros: you can really dig in deep for what imagery and symbolism relates to your interpretation of the cards. Customizing every aspect to make the most accurate reflection of how you read
  • Cons: it’s a lot of fucking work. 78 separate illustrations is what tends to scare people off from making this style. People tend to cut their losses and end up with a half finished product

Example: 8 of Cups. This depicts a person walking away from Golden Cups. There’s a moon (typically associated with unconscious thoughts, emotions etc) surpassing the sun (overt wants, needs and pride). The interpretation of the card is usually walking away from a situation, cutting your losses and giving up a specific endeavor. Usually associated with relationships whether romantic or interpersonal because the suit of Cups usually relates to emotional or internal matters. It’s a card of coming to terms with the reality of something.

You can also choose to make a Pip deck like the Marseille deck. What makes it a pip is that only the court cards and major arcana have illustrations that may reflect the meaning. Each other minor card is represented by the image repeated (8 of Cups is literally 8 Cups).

  • Pros: You can focus more of your energy on making the major arcana as you want. You can actually just draw/create the image once of your suit (1 cup, 1 wand, 1 pentacle/coin, 1 sword) and repeat it as necessary depending on the card.
  • Cons: If you’re dependent on images to help you remember meanings/interpret cards, you may struggle in interpretation when all you have to look at is 6 Swords, or 9 coins.

You can go crazy on this project and make it what you want. If you want to make a pip deck, you could just use a 2 regular playing card decks and decide what suits are which (spades-Swords/diamonds-coins/hearts-Cups/clubs-Wands) and then just alter a court card for each suit to represent either page or knight since each suit in tarot has 4 court cards, and regular playing cards have 3.From there, you could alter the extra cards to be the major arcana.

If you’re repurposing regular cards for either style of deck, you could paint the whole face one color and put your design on it either drawing, painting, collage or decoupage them.

If you want some blank cards, you can usually find some at your local craft store like these:

Black / Brown / White

These are $3.49 and usually you can use coupons. They’re for 52 cards so you’d need 2 to make a full 78 card deck and some extras in case you mess up or just don’t like a design.

You could also make an Oracle deck which is pretty much whatever you want. Think the major arcana extended. Ranges from usually 20-50 cards witch individual meanings and without usuall suits of the minor.

Another option is making your cards from paper. I suggest using 110lbs paper/cardstock for some firmness (or heavier). I would suggest going to a print shop like fedex/kinkos and using a paper cutter to get them even and not have to cut by hand which is a pain.

And if you want something even easier, you could also print a deck on paper (again, heavier paper is a little bit more durable, but if you don’t want to worry about it, you could use computer paper. With that, you could decoupage/glue them onto playing cards too.

Here are a few free printable tarot card decks you can browse through. Keep in mind that the price of printing these can add up, especially if it’s color.

Here’s a site that has a couple decks for printing that follow the more traditional tarot styles I even used the black and white one back in the day and spent a few days using colored pencils to color them. Took a stamp and gold ink to give the back a design. (Pictured above)

Here’s one from LittleDeadGirl that’s a pop culture collaged deck

Here’s one called The Hollywood Tarot which is a bunch of famous people…little bit dated to 00’s and before, don’t expect to see Chris Hemsworth or Janelle Monet

A Buffy The Vampire Slayer deck

A collection of 5 different decks from aeclectic tarot. One Leonormand Tarot deck in the link too.

The CBD Marseille Tarot

Another open source tarot deck

Going further, alternative forms of Card Divination

Now, I mentioned Oracle Cards briefly, but to flesh it out a bit more, they are a mixture of cards with different meanings, that vary deck to deck/person to person. If you buy them, most have a guidebook to go along with them, but they are usually read intuitively, and usually will follow certain archetypal images (there are also somethat follow a specific theme like plants, animals, angels, demons etc that may follow meanings off of historical associations, folklore, witchcraft uses, or intuitive meanings.) Due to this free wheeling nature, you can use pretty much anything as an Oracle deck.

The Deck of Many Things is a deck based on descriptions of a magical item in Dungeons and Dragons. While this product is meant to enhance gameplay, I love the lithographs and think it’d make a great Oracle deck. Especially if you already play RPG and need a broom closet friendly deck, this would be something awesome.

These are cards from a Spanish game named Loteria. It’s like bingo, and is super cheap to buy. Usually if you have a Mexican market anywhere nearby, they’ll have the game or can get it for you for a few bucks. If you’re broom closeted, you’re learning Spanish with these cards. I’ve used them for divination several times, but less so now that I’m in the habit of carrying a tarot deck wherever I am.

Going even cheaper and easier and more broom closet friendly: use regular playing cards. There’s a rich tradition of simple cartomancy using these cards. There are set meanings you can use, or you could read it as the minor tarot arcana, and alternate jacks to be knights or pages. You probably already have a set lying around. There are guides for definitions and meanings online, or if you prefer a physical book, Fifty-Four Devils: The Art and Folklore of Fortune-Telling with Playing Cards is one that I’ve heard great things about!

With that flexibility in place, people have told me about using Magic the Gathering cards, Yu-Gi-Oh cards, Pokémon etc. you just curate which cards you can assign meaning to, and assemble from there. This makes t another broom closet and cheap alternative to purchasing tarot or Oracle decks if you have a collection of these cards already.

Feel free to tag me in any DIY decks you make! I love seeing these pet projects.

🦇Cheers, Barberwitch

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Iz Explains Stuff So You Don’t Have to: The Nightwing Debacle.

Hey guys! As promised, here’s a write up of what’s currently making waves in the DC/comic fandom today. Given that this subject somewhat related to the Hydra-cap nonsense, I thought it should be something I cover as well, just to sorta give non-comics fans/DC comics readers who might see this and want some context.

1. Who is Nightwing?

You guys know Robin, Batman’s sidekick who they almost always leave out of movies? This is the first (yes there’s more than one, but that’s a topic for another day) and possibly most iconic one to pop-culture. Named Richard “Dick” Grayson, Dick is the son of the flying Grayson’s , two circus acrobats who died due to mob interference during a show (he also has Romani heritage (which the comics often ignore) This will be important later). Bruce took Dick in and the rest is well history.

Dick probably has the most screen time over any Robin in film/tv adaptations, including Teen Titans, Young Justice, The Lego Batman movie, the original Adam West series, and Batman Forever. He’s arguably the best known Robin to non-comic’s readers.

Because time does pass in comics occasionally, Dick grew up and after a series of events that have been retconned so many times it’s not worth getting into, ditched the Robin mantle. He would later take up the title of Nightwing.

2. Why the name Nightwing?

Dick is a HUGE fan of Superman (no really, Superman is pretty much his uncle) and after he ditched the Robin title, Superman and him had a talk where Superman told him of two legendary kryptonian heroes Nightwing and Flamebird. Inspired by the story, Dick would take on the name of the former (the latter name has a much more varied history).

3. Okay, so what’s the big deal besides the Robin thing?

To compress a lot of history into a paragraph, Nightwing is the one DC hero that like almost every other DC hero trusts and likes. Most of the Justice League has known Dick since he was a little kid and trust him implicitly for both his general good nature and reputation of being like, a really fucking good guy. Like a really good guy. A good enough guy that when Batman was told to let his own world die to let a better more “ideal” world survive, he asked if Richard Grayson was in it to make his choice on if it actually was a better world. (Dick was not in this world, which made Batman hard pass on that shit. Really. This is a thing that happened.)

Dick has also led multiple successful superhero teams, worked on the league himself, and donned the Batman title for awhile.

4. Okay, got it. So what’s going on?

Today DC announced a new six issue limited series in an elseworld (which is a world that takes place outside of canon. Think an AU.) This is the summary:

NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER is the story of a future world without “weapons”—where superpowers have been eliminated and outlawed. The man responsible? None other than Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing, now leader of a government task force called the Crusaders who are charged with hunting the remaining Supers. But when events transpire which turn the Crusaders’ aim toward Grayson’s own family, the former Boy Wonder must turn against the very system he helped create, with help from the very people he’s been hunting for years—the last metahumans of the DC Universe.

5. OH NO IS THIS HYDRA CAP ALL OVER AGAIN?

Yes and no. So far, it’s safe to say that this series does echo Hydra Cap in a paragon for good and justice becoming the figurehead of a fascist regime. However, everything else is kind of more murky.

For one, this series is an elseworld, which means unlike Hydra Cap, it doesn’t take place in the regular DC universe. This is not the fate of the Dick Grayson we know and love, nor is it him; it’s a version of him in a different universe. It’s also a limited run, so we got an enddate on this sucker off the bat.

Second, this is more general fascism instead of nazi brand fascism. The first cover echoes other fascist/oppressive regimes but it applies to multiple besides the Nazi party. In the DC universe, metahumans aren’t coded as a minority group (though smaller subsets are, like the Superfamily being coded Jewish), so it’s more sci-fi than an allegory for real life oppression (though if depending on the details of this event, that remains to be seen. The writer took to Twitter to state there is absolutely no genocide here in this book but the first few pages imply otherwise and long story short, I’m not convinced). The group Dick works with is also entirely new and unlike Hydra has no link in history to the Nazi party, making the claim that they’re a general “evil fascist villain” hold water.

Third, unlike Hydra Cap, this book is branded as Dick learning the error of his choices rather than a long saga to try to convince us he has a point. I doubt we’ll see the same extent of “we should feel bad for Dick oppressing all these people” that we see in Hydra cap. However, this also remains to be seen. Long story short, it’s never gonna try to get us to root for the bad guy.

6. So it’s fine?

Now I wouldn’t say that. Making an iconic character a fascist is still something to side eye, and a lot of my above caveats can change if the story itself decides to make those connections (i.e if there are prison camps for example). It’s also important to note, that making a Romani character a fascist, and one under the label of “crusader” is in terrible taste, considering the Romani people’s history with both.

The writer is also someone I don’t have a ton of faith in when it comes to nuance. (though to his credit, he is assuring and validating concerns on twitter rather than laughing us all off as SJWs).

What I’m saying is that it’s gonna be hard to figure out exactly this is going to play out until I see the first issue. I think the storyline and the advertising is something we should be critical of, but a lot still depends on how the book approaches it. This isn’t to say you should “give it a chance” only that we might want to hold off from saying DC is promoting fascism until we see if they’re gonna take this from a “feel bad for Dick angle, not all fascists are bad” or a “Dick fucked up hard” angle. We can just say this storyline is at the very least insensitive given current events and Dick’s ethnic roots.

Plus, Dick turning on Superman is just weird, and the preview pages are not helping my concerns.

So be critical of the concept but be careful not to declare what the narrative is trying to say until we know what the narrative is.

7. And if it does come out to be “feel bad for Dick, not all fascists, narrative supports the fascist regime for just wanting the best for us” angle?

Then go crazy guys. Though even if it does go that way, it still won’t be as Hydra cap. Because at least it’s still only a elseworld.  Which is like the worst consolation prize ever.

Sharing a Moment (NSFW)

Bucky Barnes x Reader

Warnings: Smut

A/N: So I wrote this whole thing out, then decided I hated it, scrapped all but two paragraphs and re-wrote the whole thing. I don’t know if it’s my best work but I tried. Hope you guys like it.


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How to report Cyberbullying on Tumblr

If you’ve had death threats, racist slurs, or threatening speech etc. slipped into your Ask box or in a post, you can report it in addition to blocking that person. There are Terms of Service (TOS) on Tumblr all users must abide by, and if you want these people to get thrown off Tumblr, REPORT IT.

If you are a minor or you feel scared about reporting something hateful or that you don’t understand TELL AN ADULT YOU TRUST and let them help you handle it. Also, here is a general link to get to Tumblr staff: LINK

Before we do the tutorial, a few words of advice:

·        If you get a hateful anonymous message, SAVE it for reporting to Tumblr. Because NOBODY IS REALLY ANONYMOUS on Tumblr. Tumblr staff will know exactly who they are, even if they are a side blog. Tumblr will have their original signup email as well. Their ISP will also be available to Tumblr staff, which means identity is not exactly anonymous to The Powers That Be.

·        If you see someone who was bullied and want to help them, be aware that Tumblr will only take a report seriously if the person who is being attacked reports it. You can lend support by emailing Tumblr also and telling them what you saw, but if the person being attacked doesn’t want to press the matter, nothing will be done about it (although in a case that I reported, I was told that user ID was being monitored now).

·        Before you lose sight of the post, do a Control + Print Screen to capture a screenshot of the post and paste it to Word or notepad. Additionally, Tumblr is going to ask you for the link to the post, so you are going to go to the top right corner of the post and hover your mouse to where it says “view post” and click on that.  After the jump, copy the address in your browser bar and save that to Word or Notepad.

Okay, so how do you know what a TOS violation is? Click HERE

There is a whole page of offenses and descriptions, so you might need to scroll down to see which offense best fits what you want to report. In the case of cyberbullying, most often it will be this one:

Malicious Speech. Don’t encourage violence or hatred. Don’t make violent threats or statements that incite violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism. Especially don’t do so on the basis of things like race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation. If you encounter negative speech that doesn’t rise to the level of violence or threats of violence, we encourage you to dismantle negative speech through argument rather than censorship. That said, if you encounter anything especially heinous, tell us about it.

There will be a link for reporting it under this paragraph. When you click on it, you will be asked for:

·        The URL of the post you are reporting

·        A short description of the offensive material and why you are reporting it

·        Your name

·        Your email address.

You should hear back from Tumblr soon. Give it up to a week. (I’m not Tumblr staff; I am just going by personal experience on reporting bullying.)

ADDITIONAL STEPS TO TAKE:

Using the link that you saved, get a friend or several friends to report it as well.  You can shoot them a PM with the link address so they can see it and bear witness to what happened.  Also, it might make you feel better to know someone else knows about it and YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Deadname

Summary: Logan gets deadnamed a lot.

Pairings: Platonic Logicality

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Dysphoria. Tell me if you notice anything else, though!

Note: So this is…kinda a vent thing? I’ve just been having a lot of confusing feelings, so here’s the aftermath of it. And although I love my baby Roman with my heart and soul, I relate to Logan the most considering feelings and insecurities. So, Logan will share my pain.

Also, this started off as just something that would basically be about me and how I feel about being in that uncomfortable spot where your chosen name/pronouns feel wrong, but so do your birth ones. But now I’m writing it and…it might have turned into more.

I’m actually going to do a part two of this. My phone won’t let me do more than 100 paragraphs, and I’m getting sick and tired of not being able to post anything. So I’ll just make it a two-parter, even if the second part might be unintentionally short.

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Logan doesn’t remember a time where he enjoyed his birth name.

In second grade he would read multiple books with his class, and in one story in particular, he learned about a lovable character with a name that he adored. “Logan”.

He wanted to be a Logan.

It sounded so much better than his actual name at the time. He couldn’t place exactly why he disliked his name so much, all he knew was that “Logan” was better. “Logan” would suit him. He wished that he could change his name to Logan.

That’s where it all started, he supposed. That’s when he had a phase of hearing different names, and then wishing that they could be his. He would imagine introducing himself as these names, and he wished it could be real.

“My name is Logan.”

“Hello, I am Taylor.”

“I am Alex.”

He went through a ridiculous amount of names in those few months, wondering and wishing that they were his. Some had a feminine feel to them, though most did not. He enjoyed the more “masculine” names, is what he realized years later. But in the moment, he assumed that it was just what his birth name came from. Logan assumed that the origins of his birth name is what bored him.

“Alexis.”

“Lexi.”

He asked his parents about the origin of his name. His mother said that although she used to hate it, she thought that it suited him. His father said they had simply liked the name. No meaning, no background, no thought, they had just liked it.

That always bothered Logan. His name meant nothing, they had just flipped through a baby book and decided that it was good. They had called it a day so quick, and had given the name of their own child very little thought. At least, that’s how it felt. It was illogical to think that way, especially when so many people loved the sound of his name, but it bothered him. He wished he could change it.

Though he always had the impression that his name could never be changed. His parents named him, and he had no say in the matter. He was their precious little “Alexis”, their sweet princess, their smart baby girl. But he never enjoyed his name, but Logan assumed he would just have to suck it up.

This pattern of going through so many names and wishing for the impossible still continued on, despite the truth that he couldn’t change it. He still imagined, still dreamed, still focused on the “What if”. But there was one day where he decided to focus on his own name, and see how it actually sounded to him.

“Alexis, do you know the answer?”

“Hey Lexi, can I sit with you?”

Alexis. Lexi. Alexis. Lexi. Alexis.

He continued the name in his head, and after a while he came to a conclusion: His name wasn’t really that bad. Sure, he was still annoyed that it had no meaning, but Logan could handle that. His name was…okay. It was a good name. He didn’t have to keep imagining.

But although he kept this in mind for many years, the feeling never went away. He was still bothered, and there would still be a time where the name “Logan” would pop back up in his head, and that bittersweet longing would return. It continued for years and years, but he accepted it wasn’t his name. With reluctance, he had accepted it.

Then, he had joined his High School’s Spanish class in Freshman year.

Everyone in the school knew that when you joined a language class, the teacher would give you a name from that language. Logan would have a Spanish name, and curiosity filled him along with excitement. A new name! It sounded so interesting, and the teacher had explained how she was going to choose; she would take their name and transfer it into a Spanish name that was similar, and if there were no names similar to it then she would choose the closest thing she could.

That night, Logan looked up the origin of his name once again, making triple sure that he had the correct origins in mind. “Alexis” was of Greek origin, which is nowhere close to any Spanish origins that he was aware of! That was at least his assumption, and as the days passed by, he got more and more excited to learn his new Spanish name.

“Hey mom, what do you think my Spanish name will be?” Logan had asked that one night during dinner, knowing full-well that by Monday all of the names would have been chosen. His curiosity had grown too strong, and knowing that his mother was fluent in Spanish made him wonder about her input. Maybe he could predict it before the teacher announced it?

“Hmmm, well if I had to take a guess…” She said, looking out the glass doors to the backyard in thought. “Then it’d probably be Aleece? I used to know a Spanish girl named Aleece, so maybe.”

Aleece, Logan thought. I actually kind of like it.

However, when the teacher announced the names, he was honestly disappointed.

“Alexis, you will be Alicia.”

Alicia. Logan didn’t like it. He thought it was too generic, thought that it sounded more like “Alice” than his actual name. It didn’t sit well with him, but he had to suck it up. It’s just a name, he told himself, it’s truly not that big of a deal.

Yet still, Logan supposed that everyone who had the chance to name him would do a bad job. Maybe it was simply a curse. But he supposed that just like Alexis, he would have to get used to it.

And he did. He first hesitated in class when the teacher called him, but he adjusted. After a while Logan got used to it. Just like “Alexis”, being called “Alicia” wasn’t the worst thing in the world either.

But then, he started to question.

Questioning was always a scary thing, he had actually already gone down this road with both sexual and romantic orientation. Logan always assumed that he was a cisgender woman, but now he realized that may not be the case. In fact, now he started to question if he was actually more of a boy.

And then months later, he figured it out. He was a trans male, and the information couldn’t have came at a worse time for him.

Because around a few months before, it turns out his close friend Rachel was actually Virgil, a trans man. Then, just a few months later, his best friend Jamie had become Patton, also a trans man. And now, about a week and a half before present time, his friend Carla Roman had also come out as a proud trans guy. Logan felt like he was stealing Roman’s thunder, and God knows that Roman feeds off of his own attention. Logan just couldn’t tell them. Not Roman, not Patton, not even Virgil. They were all proud trans men, and they all thought that Logan was the only one who was born a girl and happy with it. But spoiler alert, he really wasn’t.

He couldn’t take that from them. He wasn’t exactly like them. They had all bonded over their own experiences of dysphoria, Roman’s being near crippling, and Logan’s was much more tame. While all of them had trouble looking themselves in the mirror at times, Logan was calculating the correct shirt sizes and sports bras he could use to make his chest look flatter. While Roman would sometimes cry over his discomfort and longing, Logan was calmly thinking about how he could look more masculine. He took his slight discomfort and calculated how to make it better, as if it was a normal thing. He didn’t know what his friends were truly going through.

Though, if Logan had learned anything about his past experiences in coming out, it was that he was awful at keeping it a secret.

Logan didn’t like to lie about who he was, he liked to be vague. When Roman questioned Logan on his orientation, all Logan said was, “Well, I do like boys”. Roman took this as meaning he was a straight girl, when in reality Logan was hiding that he was a biromantic asexual. When Patton asked if Logan was getting enough sleep, Logan said “Sleep is very important, and I know this. Do not worry about me.” What Logan failed to mention was yes, he did know that, but that didn’t stop him from stressing out and not going to sleep at decent times. Logan professionally avoided questions about himself with ease, yet he had no capacity to lie. He couldn’t tell his friends he was this cis girl, and if he kept a secret too long it would eventually spill on its own. But he also didn’t want to ruin Roman’s self-discovery, but he also couldn’t hold it in very long…

In short, Logan’s life was a mess.

So instead of coming out, Logan resorted to settling as many dreaded feelings as he could on his own. He made a list of names, most of which were names he remembered wanting as a kid, and he wrote them down in the notes of his phone. There at the very top was his original favorite name:

Logan, Taylor, Marcus, August, Gabriel, Aaron, Emmett, Thomas

Originallly, Logan wanted to look at all his options. Although the name Logan always kept a special place in his heart, he felt that there might be a possibility that somethig would work better for him. What if he simply liked the name, but it turned out not to suit him? He didn’t want that, so Logan did what he did best: He analyzed all his options.

And it didn’t last a day.

Aaron? It doesn’t fit him, cross it out.

August? Marcus? Thomas? Perfect names for possible children in the future, but he didn’t want them for himself. Cross it out. Taylor? It felt too feminine for him, despite the fact it was a gender neutral name. Cross that one out too. Gabriel? The name gave off a mischievous vibe to him, and Logan did everything except the more delinquent activities. So, cross it out.

Logan looked at the last two names he had, still hesitant on choosing his favorite one. He searched through more lists and sites, recalling old names of people who meant a lot to him, and although new names were added, he could still feel himself eyeballing “Logan”. So, Logan put aside his slight fear, and he did it. He decided what his name now was.

And he had to admit that Logan Emmett Sanders had a very nice ring to it.

So now, Logan decided to put it to the test. On his few sites of social media, Logan had never used his name. He never liked his…supposed “deadname”, as it is apparently called in the Trans community, so he just allowed the few people who talked to him to call him whatever they wanted. Whether it be by his username or possibly something else, but now he added his name in the descriptions. And on Tumblr, he put his pronouns as well.

And Logan was weirdly excited. For the first time, he wanted to properly socialize to people via the internet. He wanted to see what it would feel like, being called “Logan” instead of the dreaded “Alexis”.

And a while later, he saw a blog that was having a bad day.

Nothing too serious on this person’s part, simply a day full of misfortune and merciless feelings. But many people were contacting them with both signed and anonymous messages to wish them better luck in the future, and hopefully to cheer them up. Logan wanted to assist this person since they had seemed rather kind, and he had told himself to try and get out of his reserved shell more. So, without any anonymous use, he sent a message he hoped would be reassuring.

I understand you are having a bad time lately, but know that we will all be here for you. Valleys always lead to peaks afterall, and we’ll be standing by for both. I’m not good with reassurance, but know that we appreciate you and value your presence, no matter what you might assume.

The person only took around two hours to respond, and when he got that notification he felt his heart jump. Because before he fully opened it, he saw the usage of his name.

Thank you, Logan <3 You’re so sweet, and keep that in mind for yourself too! Nothing but love for all you kiddos here! *Hugs*

Logan.

This person called him Logan.

It felt…unusual. Like this person wasn’t exactly talking to him personally, but someone else. Yet it also felt very nice, being called that. “Logan”. Not “Alexis”, not “Lex” or “Lexi”. Logan. He was called Logan. And Logan couldn’t seem to get over that.

Logan liked the post so that it wouldn’t disappear, and he started to read it over and over again, until he had it memorized by heart.

Then, it wasn’t long after that when Logan realized he couldn’t exactly do it anymore. He knew he would crack eventually, but Logan hoped he could have lasted longer than five days.

Truly, he was hopeless.

But he remembered exactly how it went. Logan was sitting at his desk, lazily running a hand through his pixie cut that still wasn’t short enough, reading through a book for class. He was falling behind on a book that he wasn’t very interested in, so he had a lot of chapters to catch up on before school started up again the next day. So for the past three hours he had been reading a book that was barely interesting, and when his phone dinged with a text from Patton, he was more than happy to take a break for a while.

Patton: *Picture attatched* Cookie climbed on the table and ate some of dad’s lasagna and she looks so guilty XD

The picture was of Patton’s giant golden retriever, lying on the floor with her muzzle covered in sauce, and giving the literal puppy eyes.

Awesome and Amazing Alexis❤️: How did your dad react?

Patton: He saw her sad face and could only pretend to be mad for a few minutes. Mom is pretty frustrated though. That was supposed to be leftovers for tomorrow, so now mom will HAVE to cook

Patton: I think Cookie planned it. Mom accidentally stepped on her tail earlier so the lasagna was just revenge 😈

Logan laughed, and for the next few minutes he continued to have a conversation with Patton. But all he could think was how badly Logan just wanted to tell him, how for some strange reason he felt like he owed him. Patton had done so much for Logan, he deserved to know, right?

Logan was too confused to use logic anymore, all he knew was that he was afraid to do it in person. So when the conversation died down slightly, Logan took his chance.

Awesome and Amazing Alexis❤️: Patton? Can I tell you something? It’s quite important.

Patton: Of course, Alexis! What ails my sweet girl?

Logan couldn’t help but cringe, whether it be at the name, or the usage of “sweet girl” was undecided. But he felt so afraid, and Logan logically couldn’t understand why. It couldn’t possibly be for rejection, Patton was trans himself! Why would Patton not accept him? Maybe he would think he was copying? No, that’s not possible, if that was the case then Patton wouldn’t have squealed in joy when Roman came out. Just don’t think, just type!

Awesome and Amazing Alexis❤️: Patton, I am a transgender man. My name is now Logan, and he/him pronouns would be very appreciated.

Keep it nice and short just get it over with don’t think just send-

The wait was probably a thirty second wait, but it was agonizing nonetheless. Logan tried to focus on his book, but when he saw his screen light up again he felt his heart jump.

Patton: Will do, friendo! I’m so sorry, it probably felt awful me calling you a girl literally four minutes before. But don’t worry, I won’t do that again! You are a handsome boy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

The hearts certainly were not necessary, but Logan let out a relieved laugh nonetheless.

Patton: Also, heads up: I shorten EVERY SINGLE NAME. I mean, I call Virgil Verge, and Roman Ro, so don’t be too surprised if I call you something like Lo, kay? Though I know you’re not big on nicknames

Awesome and Amazing Alexis ❤️: I don’t believe that I mind “Lo” so much as I do Lexi, now that I think about it. Though, I appreciate the support Patton.

Patton: Of course, Lo! Anything at all ❤️❤️❤️ Which reminds me…

Patton: *Screenshot taken from phone* Does this contact suffice? 😁 Gotta keep the good ol’ alliteration station chugging!!!

Logan read the new contact name, and he smiled so wide that his teeth were fully bared. Though, it still gave his heart an uneasy feeling. Still, like it wasn’t him.

Lovely Little Logan❤️: Thank you, Patton.

Patton: No prob, bob! Now, you wanna tell the others or should I? Or are you just not ready yet?

Lovely Little Logan❤️: I most certainly am not ready. I plan on doing it soon, but I believe that now is a bad time. I feel like I would be taking away Roman’s attention, especially after he only recently came out. I’ll wait just a short while longer.

Patton: You do what’s best, I won’t force ya! But I’m glad you thought you could at least tell me ❤️❤️❤️

Lovely Little Logan: I am glad that I can trust you with these things.

Logan hesitated on sending his next text, but he felt that Patton deserved to see it.

Lovely Little Logan❤️: Sending love. ❤️❤️❤️

Patton: AWWWWWW THATS THE SWEETEST THING IN THE UNIVERSE LOVE YOU TOO LOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Logan smiled, and this time he allowed the coversation to die down, properly returning back to his book. Yet still, he found it hard to focus on the actual story in front of him (Not like he cared for it anyway) and instead kept returning his attention to the conversation in his phone. Although he read on, his brain continued to focus on his name, and the fact that someone had said it.

Logan. Lo. Logan. Lo. Logan.

For some uncomfortable reason, it still didn’t feel right.

I’M MAD

Okay, so I was reading and someone said Loki was 1066 years old.

….

….

Um?

What?

I stopped and I was like, Marvel just fucked up, it’s cool.

Then I thought

How can somebody fuck up that bad

It’s impossible to find anything on actual Norse mythology (Chronically) via Google, due to both Marvel, The Vikings (TV show), and the people who actually listen to English records of Vikings that say they existed from 800-1100

Sure, That’s when the ‘Vikings'we see today existed, but Norse Mythology is SO Much older.

Look here,

Elder Futhrimuck is the first language of the Nords.

(I knew this, because my family is from northern Ireland and supposedly of Viking decent)

Elder Futhrimuck was being written in 200ad

Not to mention, let’s check ACTUAL MARVEL COMICS

Ignore that last paragraph

But Thor is over 2500 years old

And Loki… Is… A thousand years… Younger…

(Please don’t ignore the caption)

Thought not.

(Also, like that side glare is a FUCKING MOOD! Legit making note of that for next headcannon.)

Plus… I think Thor would notice, if he was Loki’s current age, when Odin brought Loki home, that his mom was NEVER PREGNANT.

So bite me, both Real Norse Culture/Mythology and Marvel support Loki being over 2500 years old.

And whoever the hell told you guys He was barely 1000 years old, should read this and feel ashamed, they’ve been making everyone think Loki was a Teen in Earth time.

BTW this makes Loki roughly 36 in human years, not 17.

Also, whoever made the original post, 82 years is the average life span of human females. 71 is the average age of men at death.

P.S. if one more person spoils a certain SOMETHING in Avengers: Infinity War then I’m gonna start yelling and I don’t want to yell, especially at people who are just trying to help. I wrote this as a more accurate representation of the boys’ ages. I find it more dramatically appealing and less mundane.

P.S. again, please stop telling me what the MCU says, I’m trying to call out the writers cause trust me I can probably fucking recite the first movie. I know they say Thor is 1500 and Loki is barely 1000 but I disagree that they should have made him older, which I said in the post. Please stop spamming me to tell me I’m wrong.

anonymous asked:

What are your HCs if someone were to find Victor and Yuuri's very raunchy homemade sex tape? Would they be able to look at Yuuri Katsuki the same way again

It takes Yuuri a moment to reconcile the number of alert bubbles on his lock screen with a reason to panic, but when he unlocks his phone and spies the little red bubble with "529″ above the messages icon, a cold hand has gripped him by the diaphragm and begun squeezing a frigid reality into his chest.

With shaking hands, he opens his missed calls—658, what the hell—and skips right to the voice mails that have stuffed his inbox completely full. Beside him, Victor mumbles something about grass into his pillow.

Everybody he’s seemingly ever met has tried to reach him at some point during the night, and their messages are all variations of the same theme.

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i’ve been meaning to put together this guide for a long time, and it’s finally coming to fruition!  just know that this is written from the perspective of someone with depression anxiety and ocd, and so my tips come mostly from dealing with those (but might be applicable to other mental illnesses!)

  1. take what you can get/celebrate the small victories
    in a perfect world, you would be able to slap your mi aside and say “not today” and accomplish everything you had originally planned.  but it really isn’t that easy!  i hate giving out the advice to “settle” but in this case it’s easier on your own psyche and future if you learn to accept that you’re not going to be as productive as possible.  if you had originally planned to revise five pages of your essay but only got through two, that’s okay!  that’s two less for you to do tomorrow.
  2. keep yourself comfortable
    as with any illness, it’s important to make sure you’re rested up and feeling as good as possible.  take the extra time to treat yourself, and splurge a little bit if needed.  there’s nothing wrong in eating an extra cinnamon bun or staying in the shower a little bit longer if that’s what helps you feel better.  this also includes adding in extra incentives to make you want to work more!  think of the old “adding a candy to the end of a paragraph in a textbook”, but instead maybe making it a bite of your favorite food or reducing the interval to after every sentence.
  3. plan ahead (if possible)
    if you’re prone to fits of mental illness that make you basically a rock in a bed (i know i am) then give yourself a few extra days of leeway with big projects.  normally with big projects i add an extra day to work on it for every week until it’s due.  so if a project was due in 2 weeks and i wanted to work on it 3 days a week, i’d allot 4 days every week of time just in case one of my days doesn’t turn out to be quite as productive as i planned.  this is also useful as it gives me something to work towards on the other three days, like “if i get all of the work done today i’ll have that last day to myself to do whatever i want!”
  4. remember that you are not defined by your mi
    just because you have days where you cannot accomplish anything doesn’t mean you’re lazy.  you are not just your parts.  remember that your life goes on after studies are over and taking care of yourself is more important than anything else.

xxcuriouserandcuriouserxx  asked:

Hey do you have any tips for someone starting out as a fan fiction writer?

I don’t know if those will be relevant or helpful at all, but here we go:


  • Write for yourself.

This will always be my number one advice.

When you write, you put a piece of yourself out there. And yourself cannot please everyone. There’s a reason why I say I write because I can’t afford a therapist and it’s right there. You write for yourself first and foremost, because you enjoy it, because it allows you to escape, or to express something. Writing is incredibly personal, so don’t let others influence you too much.

Don’t write for the hits, the kudos or the comments. Write for yourself.

  • Learn how to write a summary.

Ok. That’s highly hypocritical of me because writing a summary is my ultimate weakness. I’m terrible at them. What I usually do is pick out a few sentences that are enough to pique the reader’s interest without revealing too much of the intrigue.

Don’t write “I’m terrible at summaries, the story is better” or something like that. Don’t ask for kudos and comments in your summary. It puts people off.

  • Check, double-check and triple-check.

There is no best way to make me click on the back button than a story full of grammatical mistakes. English is a rich enough language that you can try to play with it and bound the rules a little, but knowing the difference between “you’re” and “your” is a must, even for the most unconventional writers.

Same for the tense: it’s either past tense or present tense, not both.

Dialogue must be clear. Two rules: your reader needs to know who said what to whom and only one speaker by paragraph.

If you’re not sure about something, don’t be afraid to ask and if you can’t ask, Google is your friend. And use a spell checker.

If you can get yourself a beta, it’s even better!

Your writing will never be 100% mistake-proof but there are some mistakes more easily forgivable than others.

  • Respect the original characters.

In fanfiction, you are working with characters who already exist beyond yourself. They already have existent traits that make them who they are and that are a big part of why people love them so much. Of course, you can play with them, you can add a few of your own, but try to stay true to the original character.

People read fanfiction because of the original work, rarely because they stumbled onto it hazardously. They are here for the characters. They will stick around if you write them respectfully.

And please, do not change canon queer characters’ sexuality. 

  • Tag properly.

If there’s a major character death, tag Major Character Death. If there’s anything whatsoever that could trigger someone, fucking tag it.

Otherwise, you are very free in your choice of tags (my tags are all over the place, let’s be real) but try to at least use some that would catch a potential reader’s attention.

Don’t spoil your story in the tags, though.

  • Have a plot.

Have at least a few scenes and the main intrigue outlined before you start writing.

It’s always better to begin with the end in mind. It makes for a more compelling and coherent plot.

  • Choose a point of view and stick to it.

There is nothing more confusing than a scene written with two, or more, different points of view.

If you choose to go with one character’s POV, stick to it until the end of the scene and don’t switch randomly unless your new point of view brings something to the plot, a new perspective or an insight into a character’s mindset. Even then, do not change back. Finish the scene with that character, not the first one.

  • Do your research.

For the love of Magnus Babe, if you’re writing about a sensitive subject or something you know nothing about, if you’re writing smut (especially gay sex) for the first time, if your character gets badly injured and you’re not a damn doctor yourself, even if you’re writing about a country you’ve never been to: do your research.

  • If writer’s block hits, take a break.

It will happen. It’s frustrating and we all hate it, but it will happen.

Don’t try to force yourself to write then. Take a break. Go for a walk. Listen to some music. Re-read something else you’ve written or something by someone else that you really loved. Write something random, about your day, about something entirely different from the story you’re working on. Eat something you love. Just keep your mind off of it for a while.

If inspiration doesn’t come back, skip that paragraph and go back to it later.

  • Interact with your readers.

Reply to comments, DMs, asks on tumblr, etc. Whether you have 2, 20, 200 or 17000, acknowledge your readers. They’re the reason why we do what we do, and we owe them a lot.

  • Try to update regularly.

This is a complicated one, and I’m the first one to forget about that rule.

The chance that I have is that I now have an audience that follows me from story to story and that is willing to bare with my fucked-up updating schedule. 

You won’t have that chance when you’re just starting, so a good way to secure an audience and keep them interested in your story is to update regularly. It’s hard, but if you’ve got a few chapters written in advance before you start posting, it’s manageable.

  • Just start writing

Don’t overthink it.

Don’t try to come up with the most complicated plot. Just write what you want to write. If you’re willing to write it, there’s a high chance someone will be willing to read it.

What people find compelling and interesting doesn’t necessarily mean new and 100% original. We all love some good old prompts even though we’ve read different versions of it a hundred times before.

Just write whatever you want to write, and see where it goes from there.


Writing is hard. It takes practice and patience. There is something incredibly rewarding about writing fanfiction, though. The interaction with your readers is immediate and receiving a positive comment makes all the hard work worth it.

So, practice. Have patience. Hold on in there, and most importantly: have fun!

I hope this was helpful :).

Summary: Five snapshots of Jughead’s and Betty’s life when Jughead had nowhere to stay and Betty was hiding him in her room. 

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(Okay, I know this is long; I know. But seriously I can’t help the fact that I want to fill entire books with how adorably cute those two are! <3 So grab your snacks and drinks and dive in hahaha! Also I’m sorry if there are any typos, it’s really late and I’m way tired to notice my mistakes. I hope you all like it guys!!!) 


Two days had passed since the night Betty Cooper had stormed inside the Blue & Gold office like a wild force of nature, catching Jughead on the act as well as learning about his secret of not having a place of his own anymore, and coexisting under the same roof was going smoothly for the two friends. Every morning they would wake up way earlier than most people in their town, and especially than Betty’s parents, and Jughead, although not being a morning person, would sneak out with a grateful smile plastered on his lips and hands full with every new snack Betty seemed to always prepare for him, and every night she would sneak him back in once she knew her parents were retired to their bedroom for the night. Their system seemed to be flawless.

Today was a low-key Wednesday night and the first time they had the house entirely to themselves, since the Coopers had yet another late night at the newspaper, the two teens finally enjoying some peace and quiet without closed doors and hush whispers. Betty was sprawled over the bed, text books and colorful markers all around her as the blonde girl was trying to finish her homework, elbow holding herself up and chin resting on her palm, head aching over an answer sheet and calves crossing and uncrossing behind her. Jughead was over the window with blinds shut – he had made Betty promise that his secret would stay between them – sitting comfortably on her white desk chair and having his long legs crossed at the ankles, outstretched against the wooden window frame, while typing furiously on his laptop that rested on his lap. Since no one was at home he didn’t have to lurk at his usual booth at Pop’s. Plus, he found Betty’s presence a very good remedy for writer’s block.

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All the comments made me really happy ;; So I tried my best and decided to keep writing. The updates will be almost everyday and pretty short and I hope you enjoy! Please keep leaving feedback <3

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His hand instinctively clenches the letter he had been reading. The emotions in this one were so… different from the previous ones. 

I don’t mind if you don’t like me back, it will hurt sure but if I give you this letter it’s because I just couldn’t handle not telling you, I am sorry if it’s weird. I’m sure these feelings will go away eventually if it’s what you want.

He felt his heart tighten when he read this paragraph, and had been staring at it, trying to figure out his own feelings before Lance called out, he doesn’t know what to say.
“I-”  Keith words fail him, he isn’t sure what’s the right thing to do. “Lance, I am sorry-”
“What for?” Lance interrupts, there is a curious tone in his voice.
“I shouldn’t have read-”
He is interrupted again. “It’s my fault for leaving my room such a mess, Coran thought-… never mind, I will just take them back.” He crosses the room and grabs a pile that Keith hasn’t even touched yet.
He raises his arm in their direction, stopping Lance. Keith wants to read them as well, but he can’t say that. “Don’t you… want to talk about it?”
Lance blinks, finally truly meeting Keith eyes since he walked into the room. “Do you?”
“Yes-” Keith says without thinking, then he frowns realizing he has no idea how he feels about anything that he just read. “No?”
Lance chuckles, he sounds sad. “Okay then.” He raises his hand and places it on Keith shoulder, patting him twice.
Without another word, he gathers the rest of the letters, his movements more robotic than usual, and it’s obvious he isn’t really paying attention to his surroundings so Keith takes the opportunity to hide the few letters next to him.
Eventually, Lance finishes gathering the ones he can see. “Lance.” He calls out. “I liked reading them- the letters”
There is a short silence before Lance smiles in reply. “Thanks.”
The door opens, Lance leaves, and it closes.

And Keith facepalms. “What do you mean you liked reading them?!” He asks the ceiling. 
He wants to scream, or hit something, or both at the same time. And he would if the training room wasn’t currently closed for Coran’s ‘spring cleaning’.
He stares at the few letters that he hid from Lance. “Why did I even do that?”
Then he looks at the secretary he never used that every Paladin got a while back, it was originally only one for Pidge to work on her room but eventually they all got one. He assumes Lance wrote the letters in his. 
Getting up, he grabs a piece of alien paper and the alien pencil. Wondering if he could write like Lance, if it would help him figure out what just happened.

He sits and sighs. “Only one way to find out.”


As soon as Lance is outside of Keith’s room he goes straight for his own room, while mumbling to himself. “What did he mean he liked reading them?!” He asks frustrated the letters in his arms.
In reply he hears Coran say from another room. “Must be because you have lovely writing!”
Lance doubts that, but he doesn’t have any better guess.

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MBTI as Hamilton quotes


INTP: “I am the one thing in life I can control

I am inimitable I am an original”


ESFP: “Look around, Look around

At how lucky we are to be alive right now”


ISFJ: “Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree

And no one shall make them afraid.”


ENFJ: “I will send a fully armed battalion

to remind you of my love!”


ISFP: “We hold these truths to be self-evident

That all men are created equal”


ENTJ: “Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room

Why do you fight like you’re running out of time?”


ESTJ: “When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game

But you don’t get a win unless you play in the game”


INTJ: “Rise up!

When you’re living on your knees, you rise up”


ENFP: “I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation

Every action’s an act of creation!”


ESFJ: “And even now I lie awake

Knowing history has its eyes on me”


INFP: “You and your words flooded my senses

Your sentences left me defenseless

You built me palaces out of paragraphs”


ENTP: “Don’t modulate the key then not debate with me!”


ISTP: “Can I be real a second?

For just a millisecond?

Let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second?”


ISTJ: “And I realize

Three fundamental truths at the exact same time…”


ESTP: “I wrote my way out of hell

I wrote my way to revolution

I was louder than the crack in the bell”


INFJ: “We push away what we can never understand

We push away the unimaginable”