this whole q&a is awesome and i will post more from it later

Michelle Hodkin answers readers questions

(may or may not contain spoilers)

Q: When does TSC take place? Are they in college or is it before that? 

Michelle: The first book in The Shaw Confessions picks up not long after the end of The Retribution of Mara Dyer—before what would’ve been the beginning of Noah and Mara’s senior year of HS (spoiler alert: they’re otherwise occupied). 

Q: Is the new book called The Becoming of Noah Shaw? It appeared in Goodreads. Is it coming on November 7?

Michelle: Good questions that I wish I could answer! I’m not being coy–I honestly don’t know. I tend to end up working on my books right up until the moment they’re on shelves–this is terrible, by the way, and I don’t recommend it, and so everything else is in the publisher’s hands. When I know anything for sure, I’ll try and share it as soon as I can.

Q: What kind of state is mara and noah’s relationship in? Will TSC have the same level of maturity that the mara dyer series did?

Michelle: I’m not sure if I’m getting your question right, but I will say that in some ways TSC is a more mature book (thematically, at least—Noah has a history of suicidal ideation and I tried to do his experience justice by exploring that as deeply and meaningfully as possible given my own history with depression). On the other hand, Noah’s not quite as developed as Mara is, emotionally. She’s experienced so many things that he hasn’t, and the trilogy leaves her in a radically different place from where she started, but Noah wasn’t on the same ride. He’s going to realise that he has to go back before he can move forward. 

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anonymous asked:

Do you have any good Merlin fanfictions you can rec? Merthur or otherwise?

I’ve been putting off this question ONLY BECAUSE… I had to go through several fanfic rec lists that I’ve followed before to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. I wish I was more organized! I should really start my own reclist but unfortunately my list is going to be fairly short given that I’m an incredibly slow reader as it is and I usually go for 100k epics… so when I DO read, those sorts of stories hold my attention for quite awhile.

Everything’s Merthur and I’m not apologizing for it. I wouldn’t mind reading some Merdred and Mergana though! I’m always open for recommendations for any pairing, really.

  • We Are All Diamonds by footloose  :  This was one of my first Merthur fanfics and by far still one of my all time favorites. This one was recommended to me by a good friend of mine. Just— everything footloose does… and I mean everything— they have a way with words and painting a scene and you can tell research is put behind all of their works. The word count is high but the writing captures you immediately and the buildup between Arthur’s and Merlin’s relationship is perfect. All time favorite right here. 10/10 would read again.

  • Tributes by TheAvalonian  :  This is one of those The Hunger Games / Merlin crossovers. I read this in one night and it’s just over 80k words long. Um. It’s really good, okay? Technically a romance but you know, it really does concentrate a bit more on the games if I remember correctly. I mean, there are cameras and they’re well aware of that so if you’re looking for smut recs, don’t go here. But recs with plot? Yes.

  • The Sorcerer and the King by winterhill  :  This was, I think, quite literally the second fanfic I ever read in the Merlin fandom. THIS STORY IS SICK. It’s a great canon-divergent AU if that’s what you’re into— and I could certainly use more of those. Because while I like modern verses, it’s the canon-setting AU’s that are my favorite and this story, while it borders a bit on the uncomfortable with certain aspects, was definitely worth the read. Excellent plot and the scenes with magic were simply stunning.

  • Overboard by shiny-starlight  :  Takes place in a modern setting— one of those, Merlin and Arthur meet and can’t stand each other at first. This one has a REALLY fun twist to it though and I have every intention of reading this again.

  • Game, Set, Match by ingberry  :  A bit shorter than what I’m used to reading— this was adorable. And Merlin’s jokes were the absolute best part of this, in my honest opinion. The sexual tension was also pretty awesome.

  • Stars Above, Stones Below by Destina  :  Funny story with this— I actually haven’t finished reading it yet. I have several fanfics that are ‘slowly in progress of being read’ and this has been sitting in my tabs for several months now because I keep jumping around. I do that a lot with stories, actually, so that by no means is to be taken as this story is anything less than absolutely amazing. It makes it much more than that, because USUALLY I won’t recommend a fanfic I haven’t finished all the way through. I just— I love how they handled Merlin’s magic reveal. Love love love love love.

  • Shelter from the Storm by scatterglory  :  One-shot, shorter than what I usually read, but so incredibly unique and sad and bittersweet. It has a happy ending though, no worries. UGH, IT WAS SO GOOD THOUGH.

So those are all the stories that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and would read again… now let’s talk about my favorite authors who have countless stories.

  • Hisa-Ai  :  This author’s an avid Merthur writer and omfgggg all her stories (or the ones I’ve had the chance to read) have that sweet undertone that I generally LOVE to read in one-shots. For the fluffy ones at least— I’ve yet to read any of her angst but it’s coming. But that lighthearted interaction is my favorite— the banter is the best and I just love how she portrays Merlin and Arthur’s chemistry. My favorites so far have been I Think You Dropped Something (You Bought Roses) (GOD THIS WAS SO GOOD), Something In the Air, Your Seat, and Worth the Wait. There’s still soooo much more I want to read by her. <3

  • neuroticnick  :  I’m not gonna like, this writer is my smut central when I want to read REALLY GOOD SMUT but still have an amazing drawn out plot. OMFG, THEY HAVE WRITTEN SO MUCH. And here’s the thing— it’s all so very different. Nine times out of ten, I’ve found Merlin to be the more dominant partner and I like that a lot because people tend to write it the other way. But— gosh, they switch up so many characteristics but they make it work. It’s really amazing. You’ve gotta check them out. Some HAVE been my cup of tea while others were more ehhhh, especially the PWP’s but that’s what I love about neuroticnick. I think there’s something for everyone. My favorites include My Boy Builds Cars, You’re the Voice (omfg, read it. Read it. Do yourself a favor.), and I Only Wanna Dance With You.

Alright. Now let’s talk about Loaded March.

It’s, again, by footloose. Same author as with We Are All Diamonds mentioned above. I’ve been slowly following this series since… April? May? Either way— I’m on the thirteenth installment now out of fourteen. The series is still ongoing. The word count is, um, massive.

It is so worth the read.

Basically— I remember looking at the summary for this and thinking ‘military fic? no thanks’. Like, that’s not something I would generally read. But when a friend recommended it later, I said, alright. Let’s give it a shot. The first book— once you get used to all the military lingo (it’s probably not as bad as I’m making it out to be), the story really took off. Merlin and Arthur meeting for the first time is always a favorite of mine in modern fics and it did not disappoint. The sexual tension is excruciating as the series goes on and it is one of the slowest relationship buildups ever in the history of ever, which also really tickles my fancy. If you’re looking for a quick Merthur hookup, this is not the story series for you. BUT— if you want something epic, this is it. Look no further. IT IS HERE.

The characters are very three-dimensional. Not just Merlin and Arthur, but you get a look at characters like Will, Freya, Hunith, Gwaine, Kay (who’s my favorite of the team), Bohrs, Mordred, Aredian— just… I cannot rave enough about this series and how footloose brings all these characters so vividly to life. All of them. The whole plot is about the fight against magic— which inevitably everyone has to learn isn’t really a fight against magic but a fight against power because once they learn of Merlin’s magic— it’s not about the magic itself but how it’s used.

It’s full of so many twists and turns. I promise, despite it’s length, it doesn’t drag. There is a point to everything. So much adventure, conspiracy, undercover things, MAGIC, hidden plots, and everything eventually connects and comes together. Every installment has that huge building climax towards the end that makes you want to cancel all your plans for the day and just sit at home and get through it. Just. Yeah. 10/10 recommend. If you’re alright with buckling in for a long series, you should definitely give it a go.

I wrote a lot for that— but to be fair, that’s like, a review for 13 books I’ve read, okay? XD

160506 Baekhyun’s birthday party, full translation

* Last updated 160519 6pm KST. I’ve attempted to translate all of Baekhyun’s dialogue during the party, as much as can be gathered from various voice files.

* If you take any part of this anywhere else, please be sure to cite me by this link, or by my twitter handle at least. Since I’m continuously editing and adding, I would appreciate it if you would link directly to this post instead of only copypasting or screencapping =)


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(Enter Baekhyun)

Hi everyone! Hi! There are people on the second floor, too. Can we have lights for the second floor? Hi~ So many of you are here. Today, I’m doing the MCing, I’m the main character, I’m gonna do everything by myself.

Guys it’s cold outside, right? Did the rain get you? (Fans: No!) Some of you are nodding your heads, did you not bring umbrellas? We don’t have umbrellas at our dorm. But we have cars, we have our manager’s car, so it’s okay. Do I see some folks who are dressed in too-thin clothes? Not that I’m giving away clothes or anything, just kidding. What if you guys get cold when going home? Let’s warm up those bodies, now, right here~ (Fans cheer) Great reaction~

(Fans’ faces appear on screen, fans are surprised) Why why, what happened? What just happened? (Fans explain) What? Ah, you were onscreen? Eris were onscreen? But why are you booing! All of you are so pretty!

So folks, let’s start the actual Kyoongday party! You guys got here through a lot of competition, so, congratulations! So should we get started on the Kyoongday party? (Fans: Yes!) Were you guys waiting? (Fans: Yes!) I was waiting for this too. Now… (Cake is brought in) Ah, the cake comes just in time. Stuff like this should usually be a surprise, but since our Kyoongday party is self-planned, I know the whole schedule. So now, what should you guys do? (Fans: Sing!) You guys can sing. One, two, start! *Baekhyun hums to fans’ birthday song*

Now since you’ve sung me the song yourselves, I will make a wish for you guys and blow out the candle. *gathers hands and makes a wish* I’m blowing this out~ *blows out candle* Should I cut it too? (Fans ask for slanted cut) You want me to cut it at an angle? Don’t I have to fall over while I’m cutting to do that? Hahaha slanted cut, that’s right, I should do that because I can’t cut through the middle, I have to do it slightly sideways, like this! So, how is it, do you like it? (Fans: Yes!) We are cutting it in a new way.


- Cutting the birthday cake

I would really like to share this cake with all of you, and you guys know, I always talked about a snack party before, but you see, I realized that bringing food is prohibited here in Artium. Since I’m a public figure, and you guys are fans of public figures, we have to keep the law. You understand, right? We can’t have a snack party but… I’m really sad about it, I originally wanted to have a huge pile of snacks in one spot, and see your faces up close, but this Artium is kind of…old-fashioned… But still, thank you guys so much, really.

You know, having a party like this is really rare for me, since I was born. You know when you’re little you invite your friends home and order chicken, pizza, kimbab, you buy that kind of stuff and have a party, like Mc—s and all that, you get together in a big room and eat it, right? I’ve never been able to do that. I used to say, what’s the use of having a party, I can just hang out casually with friends. But after debuting, and seeing our members celebrate their birthdays on stage one by one, I did start wanting to do something. I too wanted to gather together the people that I like, just like this, I wanted a party! So I…well, it wasn’t exactly me who rented out this place, but it was rented in my name and here we are! I’m awesome, right? I want you guys to tell me I’m amazing! (Fans: Amazing!) Will you guys smile for anything I do today? (Fans: Yes!) Good!

Then… *Baek finds hats on the cake tray* Should I try one of these on? This one? *puts on cone hat* How do you like it? How is it? I was looking around and saw some weird colored lights on the second floor, weird cat-eye colors, like when you shine a light into a puppy’s eyes. Some of you must have brought binoculars… Hi! Can you see my face well? *laughs* Since it’s so far, I give you permission to use binoculars.

The next thing up is…! My MCing is rusty, right? It’s my first MC gig since Inkigayo…


- Q&A time

Next corner! (Q&A panels brought in) It’s Q&A time! So we got some questions from you guys ahead of time, questions for me, there were a lot of unique questions… I haven’t been able to read these beforehand, the managers refused to show it to me till now, saying just look at them on stage. For real! Why would I lie to you guys today, and this is nothing to lie about!

Oh here’s a good one. “What was your birth-dream [the dream your parents have foretelling a baby in the works, a common Korean thing] and baby name?” Do any of you guys know my birth-dream? (No!) I’ve never told this on broadcasts, right? (Right!) You guys are really in luck! So I’m not sure what my baby name was, but I do know my name was originally supposed to be “Baekho” [white tiger]. But it was too…strong a name to live with, so my parents said, be gentle in life, so I became Baek “Hyun” [the CHN letter for Hyun stands for ‘gentle, benevolent’], and yes I think I’m living “gently”, or more like “dizzily” [the two words sound similar]. And about my birth-dream, my father dreamt one and my mom had her own too, which one would you like to hear first? So my dad had this dream one night, what he saw was a white piglet, a tiny one, he was washing this tiny white piglet endlessly in the bath. That was my birth-dream. I’m a white piglet, that’s why it’s so hard for me to get rid of my nutella tummy… That’s how it’s connected. (Fans ask for nutella flash) No way, no way. And my mom’s was of a snake. It’s really important to hear what kind of snake it was! It was a “flower-snake”. I actually looked these up on the Internet, because you naturally get curious, right? And I found out that both the white pig and the flower-snake are supposed to mean that it’s a girl baby. (Someone screams: That’s why you’re pretty!) Hey I’m not pretty, I’m handsome! *laughs* So anyway, both my parents thought I was gonna be a girl before I was born. My mom craved strawberries and other pretty things when I was in her belly, so they thought I was a baby, wait no, they knew I was a baby, they thought I was a girl baby… But when I was actually born, I had all this hair on my head, and these huge ears, I was a little monkey! If you look at any of my pictures from right after I was born, I’m not kidding, say my face is here, then my ears are this huge. *gestures* I’d love to show it to you, but I don’t have the pictures with me, maybe later… I’ll post it on Instagram!

Anyway, that’s that about my birth-dream and baby name, we’ve done one question… Should I do all of them? (Someone yells: We have lots of time!) You have lots of time? Okay then, let’s just play until the last buses come! You guys might have to walk home!

“Would you count as your daughters even ‘daughters’ that are older than Dad?” Yessss. Of course I do. See, the reason I used the word ‘Dad’ was because I saw this picture on Instagram. It was a picture of EXO and EXO-L holding hands and walking together. To be honest, it’s not possible for EXO-L to go that extra step ahead of us on our road, you guys are accompanying us on the road that we’ve walked. So I thought it would be so nice to be a Dad, because Dads try things out in advance, and go one step ahead to check out the road, and keep watch in case anything bad is there. So that’s why I wanted to call you daughters, and whether you’re older or younger, you’re all daughters! Because EXO-Ls are the daughters.

“Do you still make puppy sounds in your sleep?” I keep waking myself up with these sounds, I surprise myself awake. When I’m super tired, it happens without me even knowing, and I wake up like “Eek!”. I still do this, and I don’t think I’ll be able to fix it all my life. (Fans: Don’t fix it!) What? Don’t be sick? Don’t fix it? *snorts* I won’t fix it then.

“How do you usually do your signature after you pay with a card?” How do you guys do it? I bet it’s all the same for everyone, be honest, okay? Raise your hand if you draw a straight line. A circle? A heart? A squiggly line? Oh, I see lots of people do squiggly lines. When they ask me for a signature after paying, I do this (straight line gesture). So guys, how are you supposed to sign from now on? (Fans: Straight line!) Because why? We can’t be bothered! Yes.

Oh this also looks like a fun question. “The meaning of Supreme for Baekhyun?” In fact, I do have a lot of stuff from Supreme. First of all I do like it, and every Friday there are new items going on sale on the Internet, and sometimes I’ve waited since 11:59 the night before for that…but you know, the reason I like this brand is, well I usually like wearing training pants, and comfortable clothing, and Supreme is the kind of brand that feels comfortable while also looking kinda good. So that’s why I like Supreme. (Someone yells: I like *you*!) What? You just like me? Just one person at a time, tell me as a representative. Just one. *laughs*

I’ll read another question. “When are you reminded of fans the most?” There’s an additional note here, saying “don’t say ‘always’”. Very detailed person, whoever it is. Just…when we do pre-recordings, we’ve done it a few times without fans watching us. You guys know about this too, right? When broadcast companies say they’re busy and they need to get stuff done quickly…there were times when fans had actually come to the recording, but couldn’t get in. At those times I really missed seeing the fans. Because for real, performing on stage facing an empty audience, it really drains your energy. When we’re taking MV shoots, we don’t have fans in front of us, but thinking we’d be able to show you something, I get really curious about your reactions, so it’s exciting and I can do it, but doing a performance onstage without you guys…it really feels lonesome. When I do a stage without you guys watching, I guess that’s when I think of you the most.

“How do you remove your eyeliner?” Removing eyeliner? I do it the exact same way you guys do! I remove it in front of a mirror, making weird faces. Admit it, all of you guys do that too. I bet none of you do it all prettily and daintily, cuz I’ve done eyeliner for a long time, so I know a lot about this. When you fill it down to that membrane—guys this is all a secret, people are going to be at me like I’m a makeup fan, but I’ve just done it for a long time and heard lots of stuff!—when you fill the membrane it’s hard to remove with cotton pads, you need a Q-tip. And if you want to use a Q-tip, you have to lift this part [of the eye] with your hand, right? You have to lift this, and how do you do it? *lifts eyelid* Like this, right? If you do this, you can’t have a decent face. There will never be a day where I can show you guys how I remove makeup…Well maybe if we do a reality show later?

So what should I answer next? All of it? There’s a super silly question here. “Do you really dance better than Shim Jaewon?” (Fans: Show us! Show us!) I… *dances Overdose intro* I did really try hard to dance well. But Jaewon hyung…Jaewon hyung is really so great at dancing. As for me, a little while later, after we have our comeback, like we’ll eventually do, and after finishing that up, if I have time, I’m planning to get dance lessons, I’m gonna go full-scale and stand right by Kai. *laughs*

The bottom one? This one? *crouches to reach bottom one* Why are you guys giving me such a difficult one? “What do you do first thing in the morning?” What do I do first thing in the morning? (Fans: Stretching and yawning!) Wow, I haven’t stretched in the morning in a while. What do I do in the morning… (Fans throw out suggestions) Guys, it’s my personal everyday life, how do you describe it so well… Going to the bathroom, looking at my cell phone… When I wake up in the morning, what do I do? (Fans: Turn off the alarm!) I don’t even set an alarm, I’m just not the type to wake up to an alarm, someone else wakes me up. When I wake up, the first thing I do is take medicine, just stuff that’s good for me, like vitamins. I’m jjang, right? Guys, I’ve tried taking all those vitamins. When I was young, you know how parents would say, eat this, it’s good for you, try it! And what did you guys do? Nah, I’m good, I’ll eat it after I get home, it doesn’t do anything for me. But try getting a little older, life gets really hard. Taking that one vitamin makes your day better. So remember to take those vitamins, okay?

Hmm. “Do you get special hand care?” No, I don’t. What I really thank my parents for is this, that my mom has really beautiful hands. Mine are exactly the same as hers. (Fans: Get insurance!) What? Insurance? I have too many scars on it…I grew up wild. I’m a guy, a dude with rough hands.

“How do you usually take care of your throat?” A lot of you guys are really curious about this, right? (Fans: Yes!) My throat is actually a lot sturdier than you might think. For real. Well, my throat does get hoarse sometimes, especially at the end of concerts, it gets really hoarse. Then I go to sleep thinking, “looks like I might not be able to sing tomorrow morning”, then I wake up, and I do it. My throat becomes so clear, like, when was I ever sick? But I’ve recently caught a cold, and my heart hurts to show you me being like this, but I ask you guys to be understanding, okay?

“Please make a 3-line poem from our fandom name!”
Ex - EXO-L is…
So - Precious [sojunghada]
El - El Dorado
(Fans cheer) Huh, so you guys like this kind of thing… (Fan says: El Dorado!) *Baek bursts out singing El Dorado*

“Whatchu doing tomorrow?” Tomorrow I’m filming. You’re asking what filming it is? What do you think it will be? I’ll take an answer from just one of you. (Fan in first row: Drama!) Drama? Correct! It’s drama filming tomorrow. It’s a lot of work, really.

“What kind of feeling do you get when fans sing in unison?” At awards ceremonies, or Dream Concerts, you know, when we can really tell where our fans are? At those times, we really don’t want to go offstage. I really don’t want to go, but the security staff tell us repeatedly to leave. The reason [I don’t want to go] is, you know at these events there are a lot of EXO-Ls, and you guys cheer really loudly, right? So wherever we go, we hear cheers, like, “Baekhyun-ah!” “D.O.-yah! Suho-ya!” and “EXO!” That feels really good for us, like we have backup forces with us. So we don’t want to go back in, but we’re always going back against our will. We say, we want to stay, we want to stay with EXO-L, but we have to go. We can’t stay.

So I’m gonna do just one more. “Where did you get the idea for the ‘Unfair’ costume stage?” It was just because I wanted the stage to be… Wait, you guys all know it was me who had the idea for that stage, right? (Fans: Yes!) You know, there are a lot of jobs out there, not just in our country but all over the world, right? I wanted to get people in any jobs, various kinds of jobs, to enjoy our song together. To hear our song and get cheered up and excited. So that’s why I proposed wearing various job costumes for the ‘Unfair’ stage, and our members are all really obliging, so they were all like, “Sure!” So my idea for those costumes was accepted. You guys liked it, right? I really enjoyed it too.

So this is the end of the Q&A session… I did want to get to the other ones, but the stuff I just told you now, is the “cream of the crop”. You all know what that means, right? Just checking, because some of you are so little, little babies even.


- Best of Best corner

There’s another corner, well, it’s also a panel. ”Best Of Best Baekhyun”!

“Best 3 Songs that Suit Baekhyun Well”!
I heard before I came up here that they took out songs that were EXO’s. There were a lot of EXO songs submitted, right?

Let’s look at #3 first. Best 3, third place! [“Butterfly Grave” by Take] This is the song I sang during a student trip in high school. I can’t remember how it goes… (Fans call out lines) I can’t hear a thing you’re saying! *sings song beautifully* It’s been so long since I’ve sung this… Back then, I was a high schooler, and what would I have known? I just thought with my buddies, let’s do some harmonizing, and so we sang this song, and we harmonized…out of tune. *laughs*

Second place! [“The Manual” by Eddy Kim] Have I ever sung this song? (Fans: No!) I was really surprised about this, but it’s here because it’s a song that you guys love, right? So just now backstage, I listened to this song, just briefly. So I can only sing a really short part of it. I don’t really know the lyrics… *sings part of song* I’ll practice this and sing it somewhere. (Fans call out other songs they want him to sing) *jokingly* You’re…going to hit me? Oh, *mimics fan yelling* “Butterfly Grave!!!” So scary… I will sing it for you.

I gotta tell you, this [cone hat] is getting uncomfortable… It’s like a horn. I need to take it off, I bet my hair’s all flat… *tosses hair*

First place. [“Moon of Seoul” by Kim Gunmo] You guys like songs like this? This is the song I played on the piano some time back. *sings full verse with adlib* How was it? My throat’s not so good today, so I ask for your understanding. But I’m working really hard so that I can sing all this stuff to you guys.

Would you like to look at what’s up next? Are you guys curious? (Fans cheer) 2nd floor, are you curious? (Even louder cheering) Ooh, I think the 2nd floor has a louder voice!

“Best Top 3 Moments when Baekhyunee Looks Awesome”! Remember, it wasn’t me that chose this topic! This one really wasn’t my idea.

So “Awesome Moments”, I’ll start at #3. Third place! “When dancing on the stage, especially the hip-thrusting in ‘Overdose’”. One of my legs got longer than the other because of that… *giggles* You want to see it one more time? (Fans: Yes!) Ahh, my hips… I’ll still show it to you. *does Overdose intro* *giggles* You guys might not know this but originally, the opening of Overdose was Kai’s part. (Someone yells: Did you take it away?) What do you mean, I took it away? We don’t have that kind of authority, we just do what the company tells us. It’s just that I have wider hips… Of course Kai is the better dancer, but I ended up doing it, with my wide hips.

Let’s look at #2. [“When breathing”] *Baekhyun tries to breathe heavily into the mic* I frankly have no idea what I can do for this. I guess I should just sit here and only breathe.

Let’s go straight to #1. First place! (Fans: Ta-da!) Wow we even have BGM here? “When singing on the stage”. This is true. To be honest, I’m doing a drama and I’ve done a musical, I’ve experienced a variety of jobs, but I think I have the most fun when doing a song performance, that’s just me. Personally, I wanted to experience everything, of course I wanted to be a singer first, but I did want to try out other things. But as I’d expected, for me, I’m happiest when I’m performing [as a singer] on stage.

*drinks water* (Fans cheer) It’s just me drinking water and you react like this! Should we move on? (Fans: Yes!) What’s an awesome moment~

Now, “Actions and words that EXO-L would like to see or hear from Baekhyun”! (Fans: Being alive!) What? Licking my arm? Wisdom tooth? [all sound similar in Korean] Oh, being alive! I…I still have a long way to go, guys. I’m gonna stay alive for a while. *giggles*

I’m gonna start with #3. (Someone yells: Light switch dance!) Who’s talking about the light switch dance… #3, one two three! “Let’s be together for a long time”, “EXO-L Pose”. You know, when we get awards at awards ceremonies, those times and even at other times, I say “let’s be together for a long time”, right? I think that’s similar to what I said before, about doing some stages when you guys weren’t there. So I have a wish that those kinds of feelings won’t return, so that’s why I say, let’s last long, and I’m always thankful to you all above anything else.

And the EXO-L pose… You guys don’t know which exact pose is the EXO-L pose, right? Some people think it’s this [second finger pointing up]…and some people think it’s this [thumb pointing up]… I can tell right now that there are lots of “latecomer” fans here! [fans who’ve entered the fandom only recently] The latecomer fans might be confused, but the older fans will know the sign as this [thumb pointing up]. This is the right one, folks. You know, when we’re on stage and too excited, even we go “EXO-L” [and use the wrong sign]. So either way works, but the sign we first made is this one. Why was this? It was because…well at first it was this [thumb heart], but then we said, nah, we should make it larger, to make it easy to see even from far away… And if we look at this [old sign] from far away, it might look like an offensive gesture! So let’s make this very clear, so that’s why it became the current “EXO-L” sign. You guys didn’t know this, right? Today you guys are learning a lot of new things.

Now, #2! “Eri-ya, Daddy’s here”. Dear Eri, Daddy’s here. This…you like this? (Fans: Yes!) I should do it a lot then. Eri-ya, Daddy’s here.

For the action, “Dance”? (Fans scream stuff) Those folks over there are draining my energy, they keep asking for the light switch dance… No light switch dance… I’ve gotten older, I’m not gonna go like this *small gesture* again, right? *giggles* So anyway, I’ve been feeling that I have some talent for dancing, so I’m trying to do more of it little by little. Maybe learn some popping, that’s what I’m gonna do.

#1! [“I love you”, “Aegyo”] *deep voice* I love you. *giggles* Since I have to do it suddenly, my voice went all deep. Whoo!

Aegyo? I really rarely watch any TV, but when I was waiting backstage, when I was backstage I saw this heart thing on “Running Man”, what was it? I don’t really know how to do these things. I really don’t! I tried to watch it on YouTube… (Fan: Watch it now!) Watch it now? Haha… What else would be an option? (Fans scream stuff) Bbuing-bbuing is so old, how many years ago was that really! (Fans scream more stuff, Baekhyun tries to figure it out) Ah, “Shy Shy Shy”! What song was that from again? What? Could just one of you tell me how the melody goes? *sings part, with lyrics changed to include ‘Eri’* Is this the right one? *sings more* Is this it? This was a nice piece of choreo… At first I was wondering, what in the world is this “Sha Sha Sha”? Since I used to play a lot of games when I was little, I first thought it was “Shot!”, so something like “God sh-sh-shot”. That’s what I thought. But one day I did a search on the Internet for “What does ‘Sha Sha Sha’ mean?”, and I found out that it was from the song “Cheer Up” from those artists. One more time? One more time? I envy the folks who have these moves, because it feels good as you do it, you don’t get embarrassed. *sings again* This is nice, can’t we get choreo like this too? It’s also a nice melody. *sings* “Because of meeting Eris, Shy Shy Shy”. I think this was the first time I’ve envied someone else’s song.

So this is the end of the three topics we’ve prepared, the Best 3, Best of Best Baekhyun, channel closed!


- Dream duet with EXO-L

So what’s up next is… Something in order to become one with you all. This January, I released a song called “Dream” with Suzy sunbae, right? (Fans: Yes!) The reception was really good. To be honest, I never imagined it would stay at #1 for so long. But even though we hadn’t been on broadcasts, we even got #1 trophies. Ah…really…it’s really thanks to you guys. Of course there was Suzy sunbaenim’s power, but your power…was a little bit greater. Anyway, you all got a piece of paper when you came in, right? (Fans: Yes!) Just to help latecoming fans figure it out—because I guess latecoming fans might not know this song very well—you guys sing Suzy sunbae’s part, and I will sing it like a duet with you. Let’s start…Fantastic Duo!

Cue song, please.

~ Baekhyun and EXO-L sing Dream ~

Wow, wow… Really, this is so lovely. All of you sing so well, how is this even possible! We need more corners like this! Singing together, isn’t it so fun? (Fans: Yes!) This is so great! This is so awesome… (Fans ask for one more time) What, let’s do it again? Sing “Dream” one more time? (Fans yell out songs they’d like to sing) What?


(Enter D.O.)
D: Yes, it was a great song~
(Fans go crazy)
B: What is this? What are you doing here, D.O.!
D: Yes, hello, I’m here as a special MC, I’m very happy to be attending Baekhyunee’s birthday party.
B: Woah~
D: Today is really a happy day.
B: D.O., how, I mean, aren’t you busy?
D: Uh, all the other members are busy but I had no schedule.
B: *laughs* Guys, we’re having a really great time today, right? Getting to see D.O. too? D.O. from “It’s Okay It’s Love”? D.O.-ssi, let’s first sit, since we now have a guest… *offers D.O. a chair and sits down too* Wow, I really didn’t know this, guys. (Fans boo) I told you guys, why would I lie today? Oh, so just now, I was supposed to get two more cue cards, but… *D.O. shows his cue card* …and this is why I didn’t get it! They said, we’ll send it up later, and they sent it by D.O. Then are you going to be MCing, D.O.-ssi?
D: Yes, I’m going to be running a quiz. I’ll start right now. This quiz, what should I call it?
B: It’s an OX quiz!
D: It’s an OX quiz, and all of you here shouldn’t lie, you should really play this game honestly with a clear conscience since you’re here as Baekhyun’s fans!
B: “Game”? *mimics D.O.’s heavy G sound*
D: If you got it wrong, be honest and put your hand down, and if you’re right, you continue…
B: Yes yes!
D: You get the rules, right?
B: Nice and big over your heads, guys, if we say “Baekhyun’s name is Byun Baekhyun!” then you all raise your arms over your heads and make an O, if not, make an X. Then if you got it wrong, you put your hand down. The last ten survivors—or if there’s more survivors, we’ll choose ten through another game—ten people will be getting a gift prepared by me on your way out! Just a hint about the gifts, there’s a Nature Republic cosmetic set… (Fans groan) Guys, guys! Wait guys, guys! (Fans: Yes!) I know there was the whole PPL thing with “Miracles in December”, but… Nature Republic does have some great stuff, so I picked out that to give to you guys, and there’s a gift certificate for Ashley’s [a buffet restaurant], and a SPAO T-shirt, a Hat’s On hat… Ten of you will take these home at the end of the party! Got it, everyone? (Fans: Yes!) Now, D.O.-ssi…
D: I was just looking at the questions, and…
B: Yes yes!
D: I think all Baekhyun fans will be able to get these right.
B: Ah…
D: But there are some difficult ones too! Yes, so here goes the question…the quiz. Here’s the first question! (Fans: Ta-da!) Eh…?
B: They’re doing “ta-da” for us.


- OX quiz

D: So the first question. (Fans: Ta-da!) Baekhyun’s birthday is May…sorry, it’s May 6th. Then, “Baekhyun’s birthday is…a Saturday”! Choose O or X. Who made these questions anyway? I think everyone’s going to get this 100%, so it should be a practice game. *Baekhyun chimes in in agreement* 

Now, for the second question. “Baekhyun has one brother and one sister”. One two three— whoa. I can’t see a single O. Anyone who got it wrong should not continue with the game, okay?

B: You can’t get this one wrong.

D: Okay. I’ll speed this up. Third question. “In ‘Scarlet Heart: Ryeo’, the role Baekhyun will play is Prince #9”. One two three— (Fans boo) *sighs* This one you shouldn’t get wrong. What should we do if there are too many survivors?

B: What can we do, we should just continue the game then!

D: You know what, if it comes to that I’ll ask you guys questions myself. If we get to the end of these, and we still have lots of people standing, I’ll pose the questions. Now, fourth question. “In ‘EXO 90:2014’, the song that Baekhyun reinterpreted is god’s ‘To Mother’”. (Fans boo) 

B: Why, how… Does this mean that there are so few latecomer fans here? (Fan yells: They rewatch it!) Oh, latecomer fans rewatch the old shows? (Fans: Yes!) The things technology does for you these days…Next question please, not even a single person has dropped out yet.

D: Here goes the fifth question. “Baekhyun’s age in EXO… Baekhyun… *stutters* Baekhyun’s age in EXO is fourth from the back”. (Fans boo) One two three. I’ll just go quickly from here. Sixth question. “Baekhyun’s Chinese zodiac sign is the rooster”. One two three. Okay all of you put down your hands. The right answer is “blood type O”. 

B: My sign is the monkey… D.O.-ssi, you look like you’re quite…drunk.
D: I’ll pick some of the more difficult ones. These are too easy.
B: Yes yes.
D: Hmm. (Fans: Cute!) Baekhyun… (Fans: Cute!!!)

B: Guys, there might be a problem here. There might be latecomer fans, like, they might have entered the fandom just yesterday. But even if they’re like, I don’t know the answer to this, all you fans sitting next to them would be saying, “No, that’s not right, X!”, and they’d just copy you. So guys, don’t say anything and just do the OX action. Because you have to eliminate the people next to you if you want the gift! Being together is not good, at least today at this moment, it’s not good to go together. Got it? (Fans: Yes!)

D: “The day of Baekhyun’s first Instagram post is…May 7th, 2016”. One two three—

B: Whoa… There are some splits now! It must be the latecomers!

D: And the answer is…O!
B: Wow!
D: Wow, many of you got it wrong.
B: A bunch of you got eliminated! You all must be the latecomers. Right? First of all, you guys who got it right, please stand up.
D: There are more on the second floor, right?
B: Yes, there are folks on the second floor.
D: I can’t really see well. The second floor is pretty much half and half.
B: *pointing to one fan* Are you standing up even though you got it wrong? No? Okay, I must have seen wrong. So I think everyone has stood up now.

D: I’ll go on to the next question.
B: This is so fun.
D: This time I’ll up the difficulty level.
B: Good.
D: In “Showtime”, Baekhyun said he couldn’t eat a whole chicken by himself. But what about today’s Baekhyun… This is a fifty-fifty situation, I don’t know the answer either. Only Baekhyun knows.
B: So hard…
D: Let’s do this.
B: It’s so hard, it really is fifty-fifty.

D: “Baekhyun can eat a whole chicken by himself, right now”. One two three— (to Baekhyun) You chose an answer, right?

B: *sighs* One whole chicken… To be honest, I can do it. This is a really difficult question, right guys? But the reason I came to eat a whole chicken was, one day I was so hungry, and asked the manager to order me a box of chicken, since I didn’t know the delivery numbers. As I was eating it…it disappeared. But there’s this, you know there’s smoke-grilled chicken and fried chicken—I can’t eat a lot of the fried, but I can eat a lot of the smoked. (Fans yell) Does that mean it’s an X? (Fans: Yes!) But it’s still chicken! Okay, let’s redo this one. Since you guys can’t see this in person, it’s not fair. D.O.-ssi, up your game.

D: I’ll try something fair.
B: Yes yes.

D: This is the fourteenth question. “Baekhyun has a mole on the right side of his upper lip, and on his right thumb”. One two three— Oh, this is another split question.

B: Quite a split. You guys need to choose quickly!
D: Choose quickly! The answer is…X.
B: Anyone who raised O, I have a mole on the right side of my upper lip…and my left thumb! Across in a diagonal, like this. 

D: Now then, right to the next question.
B: Yes. There really aren’t many left, the first floor is almost all down, and just 7 or 8 on the second floor…

D: Can I go? The fifteenth question. “The meaning of ‘ggaepsong’, the popular phrase that Baekhyun coined, is ‘Too bad/what a shame’”. One two three—

B: I can see some Xs, three people, four people, those four folks can put their hands down.

D: Can I ask Baekhyun-ssi for an explanation? About this?
B: About “ggaepsong”? You guys know how I used to do this, right? “Aggapda” [too bad] … “ggaepsong”! (Fans cheer) *jokingly* A lot of you must be latecomers, not knowing this stuff.

D: This next one seems quite difficult. I’ll get right to it. The sixteenth question. “Baekhyun’s ‘Beautiful’…*stutters*…‘Beau-ti-ful’ was released on April 22, 2015”. One two three!

B: Please raise your hands right away! Okay, there are a lot of Xs…
D: Guess what I just saw, I saw someone doing this [one sign] and changing to this [the other sign]… You need to make this clear, guys!
B: Raise your hands to the sky, guys!
D: Make a big gesture! Make it big! Yes. I’ll tell you the answer now.

B: The answer is…!
D: The answer is O.
B: Wow~

(Fan yells: Baekhyun-ah, I got it right!)
B: Oh, you got it right?

D: There are three people on the second floor…
B: Three people left! And on the first floor…

*Baekhyun and D.O. count survivors*

D: There are around ten…
B: Ten people.
D: There are still around ten people, so…

B: And I need to make a correction, I didn’t have ten gifts for this game, I wasn’t supposed to give it away all at once, but still since this is a huge party, I’ll give as much away at once as I can. There are seven sets, so I’ll have to choose seven people. All right? I’m sorry, I’ll prepare more next time. Back to you!

D: This is the seventeenth question. “In ‘Dream’, Baekhyun uses the word ‘dream’…five times”. One two three!

B: You have to make big gestures! On the second floor we’re split between X and O, and I’m not sure what those guys over there are doing but… X, X, X, X…O…there’s only one O on the lower floor.

D: Then I’ll give the answer. The answer is X.
B: Wow~
D: He sings the word twice by himself, and twice with the other female artist.
B: Wow~
D: It’s written on here.

B: So how many of you are left now? Let’s start counting, one! two! three! four! five! six! Over there, over there! seven! eight! nine! ten! eleven! twelve! thir…teen. Right? Thirteen… People who did the O just now, you should sit down! None of you? No one “died”? (Fans laugh) No one lost this game? I apologize for saying “those who died”. Anyway, there’s still quite a few of you left!

D: The difficulty level is going slowly up.
B: Yes.
D: I’ll give you the eighteenth question.
B: Number eighteen!

D: “Among the songs in EXO’s second full album ‘EXODUS’, the song with the most parts sung by Baekhyun is…’What If’”. One two three!

B: Hmm…more Xs I think…
D: Someone on the second floor gave an O.
B: Two Os, one X… Let’s hear the answer.

D: I’ll give the answer. The answer is X! The song with most parts sung by Baekhyun is “My Answer”. Now you know, don’t get it wrong next time.
B: But well, we haven’t sung “My Answer” that often. (Fans: Sing it!) *Baek counts* One, two, three people, four five six seven eight people… 

(Fans start chanting “Just one verse!”)
D: Just one verse!
B: *sings one verse from “My Answer”* My throat is so dry…

(Fans cheer, ask for D.O. to sing)
D: So now…yeaaah— I’m sorry…next question… [drowned out by fanchant] 

(Fans chant “Do Kyungsoo”)
B: They’ve been waiting for a long time.
D: *sighs* *sings tiny part of next verse* 

D: Now straight on to question number nineteen. “In ‘Call Me Baby’, Baekhyun’s parts are 35 seconds total”. One two three!

B: Ahh, this one is really super difficult. So difficult. You just gotta guess, to be honest.
D: On the second floor, X and O…
B: Just one X, oh no, there’s someone else at the back?
D: X and O.
B: X and O.

D: I’ll give you the answer. The answer is…X.

B: Oh, now that there are very few Xs left, I think we can finish this game up, right?

D: Baekhyun’s parts are 25 seconds total. So is it O or X?
(Fans: X!)

B: Okay then, anyone left still standing, please come on up on stage…
D: How many are there left?
B: How many of you are left? I think I can give you the gifts now, right away. Are people way in the back having a hard time [getting down]?
D: They’ve gotten downstairs.
B: Oh, I hear they’ve gotten down. 

B: Then all the winners, please come up on stage now! Congratulations! Whoo! You guys are so truly accomplished! Wow… Here’s a baby doll that looks exactly like me… Congratulations, congratulations.
*hands out gifts together with D.O.*
D: Congratulations, congratulations.
B: For the improvement of your skin, although it’s already good! Congratulations! Four people have gotten gifts now, two more, please come on up… Congratulations!
D: Congratulations! 

D: Now this… [one gift is left out of seven]
B: The one person who held up an O just now! The one who said O last time, please come on up! (Fans protest)
D: I’m sorry, but if we redo the game now [to pick one more person], it will really take too long…
B: Guys, the ones who lost the first round are having a hard time right now [just waiting around]. (Fans protest) You want us to choose a random person? Then I’ll call out a number, since we don’t have a box to draw from. Now, number 5-6, fifty-six! *calls out more numbers* (Fans protest) Wait, we do have this! [random seat numbers?] When did they prepare this for us? Now then, wow we have more, we have room for three people. You guys… I’ll choose two people now, hope you all really want this… 171, and is this a number or what? Row O? Yes it is, row O, row O, it was an alphabet. Number 14! Wow…the sound of applause…please come forward. The third one will be announced by D.O.
D: It’s Baekhyun’s, Baekhyunee should do it.
B: All right.
(Fans get excited)
B: What, where! Where is it— Row L, EXO-L’s L, number 30!
D: Congratulations.
B: You envy them, right? (Fans: Yes!) Next time, I’ll have to prepare more, right?

B: So, we’ve spent some fun time like this. D.O.-ssi.
D: Yes?
B: Since you managed to come help me like this, our fans liked it very much, right? (Fans: Yes!) We even heard a bit of your singing. *mimics supershort part of D.O.’s “My Answer”*

D: You know, I was listening to you guys singing “Dream” backstage…
B: Wasn’t it so great? Honestly, it was really so so great.
D: When we sing, whenever you fans sing along… (Fans call for “Crying Out”, from “Cart” OST) Oh, “Crying Out”… *laughs* Listening to you fans singing along gives us the best feeling, I think. I’m not leaving yet, and…back to you Baekhyun-ssi.

B: Yes. The next corner is another “live” corner! I chose this song because I wanted you guys to reminisce later about today’s birthday party, decades from now, and think on it as a good memory. If you look at the lyrics, it goes like, ‘Those were the good times, back when I knew you’. Even these days, or even after I turned twenty, I look back on my school days and kinda miss it. Just like that, when you guys get a little older, maybe even have sons and daughters, get married, and think about this day, you will feel good, right? So, this is a song that pretends we’re back at that time, that we’re returning to a certain time. I’ll sing it for you.

~ Baekhyun sings “Distant Stars” by 스무살 ~


~ Members sing Happy Birthday song on VCR ~

Chanyeol: Sincerely wishing Baekhyun a happy birthday! So we heard that Baekhyun was going to hold a birthday party in order to create good memories with fans on his birthday. We think it’s a wonderful opportunity for you all to be together, but we ourselves have schedules that keep us from attending, so we’re sad. And…I hope Baekhyun spends the best day possible today…
Chen: Personally I wish Baekhyun had really been able to do the snack party he wanted today.
Chanyeol: I heard that Baekhyun already…
Chen: For real?
Chanyeol: Or maybe not! So anyway, I hope all of you guys have fun at the birthday party…and now…
Chen: Me too me too me too. Baekhyun, I wish you a happy birthday, the day that comes only once a year. Have a great time with the fans, and I’ll see you at the dorm, we’ll congratulate you on our own.
Chanyeol: Congratulations, Baekhyun!
Chen: Congratulations!

Suho: Baekhyun-ah. I truly wish you a happy birthday. What I’m saying is all true.
B: But it sounds false!
Suho: It’s been quite a while since I’ve known you, can’t believe you’re already twenty-five…
B: That look in his eyes says it’s false! That style of talking is also false!
Suho: Since our debut, you followed my lead very well…
B: False! This settles it, it’s false.
Suho: You also talk so well in a fun way, make fans laugh…really…I feel good about this. I feel like I raised you. What do you think, D.O.?
D.O.: Just…always…I am thankful for all the hard work you do for us, both onstage and off the stage. I hope that you will always keep your body in good health.
Chen or Suho: Just his body?
D.O.: His body and his mind, too. (Members joke around) Anyway, I sincerely wish you a happy birthday, and I hope your days are filled only with happy things.
Suho: Yeah, sincere congratulations on your 25th birthday, we hope you spend quality time, a happy time with our EXO-L fans.
Chanyeol: Bye, thanks!

Sehun: You’ll be watching this VCR together with our fans…
B: More false looks! The look in Kai’s eyes is false!
Sehun: You’re the main character of the day, so I hope you spend a happy day today…since it’s your birthday, I’d like to say something sentimental and nice, but I can’t think of any. Have a great time, and I hope you fans all have a great time here as well. Happy birthday, hyung!
Kai: First of all, I wish you a very happy birthday, and since you’re spending your 25th birthday with your fans, I think it will be an even more meaningful and precious day. So I hope that you’ll be happy today, and we’ll be congratulating you individually too, so hope you look forward to that! See you back at the dorm, bye!

Lay: Yo, Baekhyun! Happy birthday! … Looking forward to [ ]. Please show us some awesome dancing! I’ll be waiting for your six-pack abs.

Xiumin: Baekhyun.
B: Xiumin hyung!
Xiumin: You’re now halfway to fifty years old. And very soon, before you know it…you’ll be thirty. You’re getting to be in your late twenties, and…it’s a slippery slope! I’m just joking. Sincere best wishes for your birthday. You’re working so hard filming for your drama these days, but it will be very useful for your future, so hang in there. And really, after meeting you and…since we’re working out together these days, we see each other a lot, right? I learned one thing from you. I started talking more. Your present is…well…the fans you have in front of you…but if you want something more, then… (Fans scream over whatever Xiumin did onscreen) Work hard, be healthy, and let’s be chummy. Happy birthday, and see you soon! Bye!
B: Bye~

B: I’m amazed, when did you all find time to film all this? Judging from their clothes, Kai and Sehun’s looks like it was taken when we were in Japan for the fanmeet. This is all very touching. Some of these folks didn’t have eyes full of sincerity, but still… But what Xiumin hyung said is really true. Xiumin hyung spent a lot of time with me and he really began talking more, you guys will probably be able to tell. Xiumin hyung is really good at talking…


(Enter Xiumin)

B: Whoa whoa, what is this! (Fans go crazy) Can I ask for a self-introduction?
X: Hello, I’m Baekhyun’s hyung, Xiumin!
B: Hyung, did you have no schedules today as well?
X: What are you saying! I had schedules today!
B: Ooh~
X: I just got back from some finish-up work on a film.
B: Finish-up work? Ah, great, finish-up work.
X: I was gonna just go back home and rest, but since it’s your birthday, and since I’d be seeing all these fans…that’s why I came.
B: Guys you keep asking for songs…we’re not a jukebox! I’d rather talk about the things we want to talk about. Xiumin hyung, I just saw you here [on the screen].

D: We had a really hard time trying to film these videos, and keeping it a secret from Baekhyun. What did you think, what are your reactions, after seeing this?
B: I’m just so thankful, and… (Fans shout “False!”) No, for real! Guys! First of all, I was very thankful, and… This is my birthday party, right? I feel like I’m here as a guest… Anyway, although I’m so happy just to be congratulated by all of you fans here, still I’m also really touched by the fact that these members, who went through all the busy schedules with me, still managed to do these recordings even in the midst of their busy times. Now I musn’t think it bothersome to congratulate other members on their birthdays.

X: You guys should know, what Baekhyun’s done today is really an amazing thing. It’s really amazing that he gathered you together for this birthday feast…
B: I can’t believe he said “feast”…if it’s a birthday “feast” I feel like I should sit down like this [like old folks] “All right kids.”
X: Sorry, sorry. “Party”, a birthday “party”. Isn’t it great, you guys? (Fans: Yes!) To be honest I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off. There’s a lot that gets in the way…
B: I’ll be the MC for you! [if you do a birthday party]
X: What? You’ll be the MC? Then I’m gonna do this next time.
B: Yes.
X: If I don’t do a party, it’s because Baekhyun isn’t MCing for me.
B: How was my MCing today? (Fans yell encouragement) It was smooth, right? (Fans: Yes!) Hear that? Just leave it to me. And D.O.-ssi, will you be having a birthday party?
D: Well, I did some MCing today, but I feel like I’m not so good…
B: [mimics how D.O. stuttered over the song title before] “Beau-ti-ful”…

B: Anyway, now with these two people here…we have a special corner. Actually, I heard that there are some people here with the same birthday as mine. But they didn’t get to be congratulated for themselves, but rather came to congratulate me, right? How thankful a thing that is! So I wanted to congratulate them as well, so I’m going to call them up on stage. Now, I heard that there were three people here with the birthday May 6th. Could you stand up, please? Will you come forward? Please come forward. For these folks, in addition to those gifts we just gave out… Whoa, there’s four of you! Five of you! There are five for May 6th! Five…

X: There’s a phrase for situations like this. “Can I see some ID?”

B: No no no. Oh, so there’s only three gifts… We’ll have to draw lots for this, I’m so sorry… [to staff] Couldn’t we have some more gifts? Noona? Wait, there’s more, there’s more! First, Kim Jina, Park Mikyung, Oh Juyoung, we’ll give these folks the gifts we’ve prepared. Kim Jina-nim? Congratulations. And Park Mikyung…congratulations. Oh Juyoung-nim…congratulations. 

And for these folks, for the birthday folks today, we’ll take selfies…I’ll take individual selfies with you guys, and sign it to give you. I’m doing this because…because I’m so thankful to these folks. Even though it was their birthday, they gave up meeting their own friends and came to me, and that’s something to be really grateful for. This deserves some applause. So now we’ll be taking some selfies. Which of you will go first? Will you take it then? What pose…what kind of pose…

X: Let’s take some more pictures.
D: Relax, relax…

D: Wait, first let’s finish taking these pictures…
B: Let’s first take these pictures, come over here.
D: One, two, three!

B: And the other person whose birthday was today, please come on up. Anyone whose birthday is today will get this… We’ll give you this hat and this gift certificate. Congratulations. Let’s take another photo. Even if you kinda don’t want to.
D: Here it goes. One, two, three.
B: Okay, please go on. Those of you who were born on May 6th will  probably have gotten two gifts every year, for May 5th [Children’s Day in Korea] and May 6th.
D: I’ll take the picture now. One, two, three.
B: Thanks. Now I’ll sign these and give them to you. Why don’t you guys say happy birthday to each other. Such a nice ambience, right?
X: You guys feel jealous, right? I’d have felt the same if it were me.
D: Thank you. Thank you.
(Fans applaud birthday fans)

B: So, thank you all again for coming to celebrate with me even when it’s your own birthday, and I feel so glad that this party happened. As time goes by, I feel like I’m in one clique with you all. Like fellow conspirators! Families, friends, being one, it’s getting old by now, right? For today, let’s just say, partners in conspiracy! All in one gang. Let’s be a gang! Anyway, now my birthday party has to…end…but there’s still this. I was only supposed to do two songs today, but I prepared another one. How did you guys like it today, did you enjoy it? (Fans: Yes!) For me, too, in my entire life, among the times I’ve been so directly loved, I think today is when I’ve received the biggest amount of love. *drinks water* I feel like I’ve become a boxer… I feel like I’ve received the biggest amount of love, and it feels great, and I really think I’ll be happy untill the moment I fall asleep tonight. After I fall asleep I can’t really tell whether I’m happy or not, so realistically I’ll just say, until I fall asleep. And tomorrow, when I wake up, the fact that I actually had this party will be unreal. Today, it was such a relief to me that it became a temporary holiday, because…the powers-that-be all know whose birthday it is. The sky knows and the earth knows… Anyway, it’s great that it was a holiday today, and I thank you guys so much for giving me your time on a day when you could rest, for giving me this time to spend together with you. (Fans say: “Me too!”) Some of you probably come from far away… Jejudo? Daegu…Busan…Malaysia…Germany…Alaska? So many of you come from far away. When you guys head home, since it’s been raining and it’s chilly, well I can’t give you extra clothes but head home as quickly as you can, okay? And if it rains, hold the umbrella down low, so that your pants won’t get wet, like this. Thank you so much for today, and last of all, thank you so much to Xiumin hyung and D.O., thank you for coming… You guys are grateful too, right? (Fans: Yes!) I’m really so grateful, please give them a round of applause!

D: Can I say just one thing?
B: Yes, just one thing!
D: Baekhyun always, always takes charge of the heart of EXO, he firmly watches over it, I wanted to share these words of gratitude…
B: “Words of gratitude”, even…
D: And really, there are folks who made it here and folks who didn’t, but Baekhyun really got a lot of strength from all of you fans. I’ve been by his side watching him all along, and he’s really gained a lot of strength from you. (Fans: “I love you!”) Baekhyun will always make you guys happy, going forward, and I hope that all of you will love Baekhyun too, for all his life. (Fans: I love you!)
B: The folks here today will love D.O.-ssi as well. Of course, right? Because you EXO-L fans are fans of all of us. Could you please say “D.O., we love you”? (Fans: “D.O., we love you!”) See, they all feel the same. EXO-L are all my daughters.

X: Really, Baekhyun could have taken some more rest, but truly for the sake of you guys, to meet you guys, he held this party on purpose. You guys know this, right? I don’t know if I should say this but I personally have seen that Baekhyun’s schedule these days is really quite tight. And he’s not in his best condition. But he’s still here, just so he can see you guys… And the drama Baekhyun’s filming this year, aren’t you guys excited about it? I’m really excited. Baekhyun, and D.O., and me also, we all have our individual projects going on, so I’d like to ask you guys for your attention. Thank you!
D: We’ll have to say goodbye now. Thank you all, we’ll be going back in.
B: Thank you, bye~

B: I’m so grateful for this, I really didn’t know they were coming. For real. (Fans boo) I didn’t know they’d be coming, and I didn’t even know about those videos, I didn’t even imagine, for real. But it’s so heartwarming. And so many of you came… Just now, coming into Artium, I was really very surprised. I was getting off the car, playing some games on my phone, then I heard all this cheering, so I was like this…for real… Wasn’t my acting good just now? Once again, thank you so much for coming to congratulate me. I asked them to save a spot for May 6th a month ago. It was such a stroke of luck that made May 6th a temporary holiday… I was so worried, I even thought of holding this event on the 5th. But I felt that it would be best to celebrate on the actual day, so I decided on May 6th, and I’m so thankful that so many of you made it here. And last of all, all of you who have given me love in past years will probably have wanted to hear this one song. (Fans: “Beautiful”!) I’ll sing…”Beautiful”.

~ Baekhyun sings “두근거려 (Beautiful)” ~

~ Baekhyun adlibs “I love you”, “I love you too” as the song ends ~

(Fans: “I love you too!”)

B: Now, I went a little overboard doing three songs today, and I don’t know how you guys found it…my voice wasn’t the best. I did really try hard, but there will have been lots of parts where I wasn’t up to par. But I hope you will listen with an understanding ear, okay? Okay then guys…I love you too, but…in order to remember this moment, could we take a picture together? Let’s take a picture! Does everyone fit in the picture? Now let’s all look pretty, according to each of our unique characteristics… Should we take it now? I’ll take five shots, five shots! You all have to do different poses each time! One two three! One two three! One two three! One two three! One two three!

I’m so sad… (Fans: “Don’t go!”) This was the first time I sang “Beautiful”, so I was really nervous. But it was nice, because when I’m singing to you guys like this, all that’s needed is for my heart to be in the song. Once again, I’d like to extend words of gratitude to everyone who came, and I’ll conclude with some aegyo.

Next time around, I’ll come back to…“Meet with Eris, Shy Shy Shy”! Goodbye~ I love you~ Thank you~ Thank you~ Bye~ Bye to the second floor too! It was so far, you didn’t get to see well, right? I’m sorry~ Be safe on your way home! Be careful of the bad guys roaming around outside, leave a message on Instagram if anything happens. I’m going! I’m really going! “Meeting with Eris, Shy Shy Shy”! I’m really on my way out! See you again soon! Bye! Our comeback’s right around the corner!

(Exit Baekhyun)

Soooo Supergirl #1 is out today AND reprints of Sterling Gates/Jamal Igle’s run so I kinda figured I’d put together a list? Of (some) Supergirl comics, if folks are looking to read more stuff.  (Not a complete list of her appearances by any means, of course.)

Right. Okay. Here we go:

- Anything and Everything written by Sterling Gates: Pretty sure this run starts with #34 from the 2005-2011 series, and goes through…I wanna say #59? As mentioned above, DC just put out reprints of the trades so it’s VERY CONVENIENT. Also, there’s a volume of World’s Finest by Gates featuring a Steph/Kara team-up that’s pretty great but that one is kinda hard to track down and I’m not sure if it’s on comixology?  

- The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl: This title also just came out in a trade recently, making it very convenient. (Collects #1-12…and I think after 12 the title was changed to just Supergirl) HIGHLY recommend it, it’s fun and Carmine Infantino’s art is great. 

- Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade: Six issue mini-series by Landry Q. Walker and Eric Jones, it’s aimed at younger readers and doesn’t take place in the main DC universe and it’s AWESOME. 

- Superman/Supergirl Maelstrom: Clark and Kara go on a camping trip IN SPAAAAACE. If you’re looking for some nice interaction between the cousins this is a fairly solid book, in that regard.

- Smallville Vol. 4 Argo: I think I’ve seen like, three episodes of Smallville in total, BUT I was still able to understand/enjoy this volume, which features more Clark/Kara team up and also the Legion! Which is always fun. 

- Batgirl (2009-2011) #14 - Steph and Kara hang out and fight a bunch of Draculas. You know. As you do. (Just. Read the entire run of Steph Brown as Batgirl. And Cass Cain’s. I’m gonna stop myself before this becomes a Batgirl list. Because it will, if I’m not careful.)

- Adventures of Supergirl: (Yes I know technically this could fall under the first bullet point BUT) If you are a fan of the show and haven’t read the tie-in comic WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. (The trade? Well alright then. That’s out later this month. XD )

- Supergirl (2009-2011) #65-67: Last three issues of the series, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick. It’s good. Really nice wrap up and pretty self-contained…like. You don’t need a ton of background knowledge to enjoy it. 

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Edit: Orders are now closed! Thank you guys so, so much! 118 pre-orders is not bad at all. I ordered a few extras so if you still want one, shoot me an email asking if there’s anymore and I’ll let you know ;)

Hey there, guys! My poetry book “Raw” is finally set to come out. For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, you might not even know it’s a thing so let me be the first to tell you: it is indeed a thing. I’m super private about my poetry and haven’t showed it to anyone (except teachers) in 10+ years. This is not something that I thought would ever happen. This was tough for me, but it is a labor of love that I’m psyched to finally share with you.

Let me just start off by saying I’ve been completely blown away by your enthusiasm and support. I honestly didn’t expect the reaction I’ve gotten so far and am incredibly humbled that you would want to read words put to paper by me. So many of you have asked about pre-orders that I’m going to open them right now. Plus, this’ll give me an idea of how many extras I’d need to get, if any.

So here’s the deal. I don’t want to trick anyone into buying something they won’t enjoy. I only want people who really want to book to get it. So I’m giving away more than half of the book online for free. You can read it here.

(Side note: for legal reasons, I had to put the little copyright text on each page of the free online version, but in the physical copy of the book, it’s only on a few of the pages that needed it.)

For those of you who’d like the whole book, something to hold in your hands and take to the park or on a long plane ride or if you need something sturdy to prop the wobbly leg of a table, here’s some info on it.

The book is $20, which includes shipping for people in the US. For anyone outside the US, the shipping costs $16 so add that into the $20. (Totally sucks, but is anyone surprised the post office would do something like that?) I’ll sign the inside of each one with a little message, unless you don’t want me to. Everyone who orders a copy will also receive a free audio book of “Raw” that I’ll be recording myself. If you’re too lazy to actually read the thing, open it up and listen to me read to you in my sweet, delicious, adjective voice as you follow along.

Plus, anyone who pre-orders a book will be entered in a raffle to win one of the original artwork pages, (the papers I drew the little doodles you see throughout the book on.) There are four pages so four people will each win one. If you win, I’ll roll one up and stick it in the box with your book.

If that sounds cool to you, here’s how to get one:


Pre-Order Instructions:

1. Send $20 (or $36, if you’re outside the US) through PayPal to RawBook@hotmail.com. Include your name when it says “Write A Note,” just in case. Don’t want you to get mixed up with someone else.

2. Send an e-mail to RawBook@hotmail.com with the following info:

First
and last name.
Address you want me to send it to.
What e-mail you sent the payment to me through PayPal from.
What name you want me to sign the book to, if you’d like me to do that.

3. Sit patiently next to your mailbox until it comes. (No, I’m joking, you don’t have to do that. Once I put the order in and get the books, I’ll let you guys know once I’ve sent them out.)

Now pre-orders end on Sunday, September 18th. If you don’t get me the payment and all of that info before that, I can’t include you in the batch of books I’ll be ordering, so make sure you get it to me in time if you want one.


Here’s some questions I think some might ask:

Q: Can I order one later after this first batch?
A: I’d like to say yes, but there’s no guarantee that I’ll be producing any more after this. It all depends on how much demand there is for more copies. They need to be bought in batches, (so for example if 3 people want one, I’d have to wait until the number gets bigger in order to get them.) If you want to guarantee you’ll get one, I’d recommend getting one from this batch.

Q: Can I buy an online version of the book?
A: I won’t be selling online copies of the book for many reasons, but the biggest one to me is mainly a personal thing. Most of the book is online. You can read that version all you want, but I want to give people who want the full thing a different experience.

(Besides all that, I don’t know how I would sell it online anyway, I’m not the most tech savvy. This is not an invitation to give me suggestions on how to do it. I’m good haha)

Q: Can I pay through another method besides PayPal?
A: No, sorry. I’m only accepting PayPal at the moment. Again, I’m not super tech savvy. If you want the full version of the book, it’s gotta be PayPal.

Q: I’ve pre-ordered the book. When do I get the audio book?
A: I’ll be sending out the audio book files once the physical books have shipped out. I don’t want to do it beforehand because I’m afraid I might spoil people for poems in it that aren’t in the free online version. It’s a whole different experience to hear a poem read to you without seeing the words in front of you and if I send it beforehand, you guys might be tempted to just listen to it ahead of time. No peeking :P

Q: Will you ship internationally?
A: Edit: For international peeps, you’d have to pay an additional $16 to cover the shipping. So sorry about that, but the post office is a crazy town.

I really can’t believe this is happening. This is a crazy, awesome adventure that I never thought I’d actually achieve so again, thank you guys. From the bottom of my heart. This was an incredible experience and I had so much fun making it. From the bottom of my heart, I hope you enjoy.

~Jessi

Also: Not sure if I have to say this, but I should probably say it anyway, just to be safe. I am not responsible for any books lost by the post office. Or if you give me the wrong address and don’t have access to it because of that. All I can do is seal up your package and give it a gentle pat and a kiss and send it off on its journey to you. After I send them out, it’s up to the postal service to get it to you. If I could, I would travel around the world and hand deliver these babies to you myself. I’m sure it’d make a great video series, but unfortunately, I am but one nerd and cannot do it all.

So today I was able to cross out one of the biggest items on my Bucket List.

That’s right. I met motherfucking Chris Evans. Captain America himself.

We took that photo at 3pm this afternoon and yet I’ve still got the biggest, dumbest grin ever on my face.

To backtrack, the photo was taken at New Orleans Comic Con. I was somehow on Wizard World’s mailing list and the first week of November they sent me an email saying Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Jeremy Renner, Frank Grillo, and the Russo brothers would be attending. Now that I have a full time job, I stopped and thought about it, and I had the funds for what I call a Real Adult Vacation. Aka a three-day weekend of me pampering myself silly because I won’t be able to do it again until probably the fall season when DragonCon and Momocon roll back around. And since “spare no expense” was the optimum phrase, I shelled out the money for the silver VIP pass, and that’s how I was able to take this breathtaking photo with Mr. Chris Evans.

So what’s Chris Evans like?

So if any of you pay any attention to me ever, you know I’ve met a shitload of famous people, ranging from authors (Jim Butcher) to actors (Shane West, Maggie Q). I’ve been able to hold conversations with them and compliment them and ask great questions in our brief time together.

And I totally got tongue-tied and starstruck meeting Chris Evans.

Because this is literally a life-affirming event, I dressed up in a Little Black Dress and bought these gorgeous burgundy platform heels and did my hair and makeup so that, even for the .05 seconds we were together, I’d look fantastic next to Mr. Evans’ gorgeous self. Well, I did look gorgeous, but he was even more gorgeous than I can describe. 

Now, I’m proud of myself because I didn’t get SO tongue-tied that I couldn’t be polite. When it came time for me to go up to him, he put his arm around my shoulder and I said hi and I asked him if it was alright if we did a hug for my photo. He smiled and said it was not a problem at all, and we hugged for the photo.

And, I know this will either sound insane or vain, but whatever, I’m gonna tell you anyway:

I think I did look beautiful because right before he let me go, he rubbed the small of my back a little.

It was the sexiest .5 seconds of my entire life.

Seriously, I’m swooning just remembering his hand being there and doing that. Oh God. It was magical. 

And he was so warm and muscular and he smelled delicious ugh stahp Chris just stahp.

But that’s not all! Part of my other self-pampering for my Adult Vacation also included meeting the one, the only, my personal Queen, Hayley Atwell.

Now, thankfully, with Hayley Atwell, I didn’t get tongue-tied. I walked up and had her sign my comic book (Civil War issue #1) and I told her that I was so grateful for how she’s portrayed Peggy as such a wonderfully complex, three-dimensional character and how it’s so important to have this kind of female character on a major network television show. Ms. Atwell thanked me and said she was humbled by my words and we parted ways. It was incredible to meet her. She was so sweet and prettier than a rose garden to boot.

And the last thing before I shut up and sink back into the normal Tumblr business as usual is that part of my VIP package was an assured seat for the Civil War panel with all the cast and the Russo brothers, and because I lined up early, I was able to ask the whole cast and crew a question. I asked, “Do you have something that you’ve always wanted to see your character do that you haven’t been able to just yet?” 

The whole panel was recorded by Wizard World, so once it’s posted, I’ll add it for your enjoyment, but the short answers were:

Frank Grillo: To kill Captain America.

Chris Evans: For me and Falcon to do a hand-jive. (inside joke, you’ll get it after you see the video)

Hayley Atwell: For Peggy to take the blue serum. 

Jeremy Renner said something hilarious, but I forgot what it was in exact words, so I’ll leave it for later, but it was seriously awesome hearing their answers. The panel was brilliant. Mackie was of course the standout with answers to questions and he just sassed us all into hysterical laughter the whole time. At one point, one of the Russos asked Grillo to take off his jacket to show off his pecs and Evans started making the “oontz-oontz” stripper noises and I basically hurt myself laughing.

So yeah, that was my Saturday! I’m sure you all probably hate me and I’m sorry if this sounds braggy, but it’s definitely the best day of 2016 so far. I highly doubt anything will beat it. And I’m okay with that.

Feel free to flood my inbox if you have questions and/or are horribly jealous.

EDIT: I found the footage of my question, but it’s not in the full form yet. Here’s Frank Grillo’s reaction, at least.