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“Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around us. I had to do something,” the 1D member tells Billboard.

With “Strip That Down,” his Quavo-featuring debut single released on Friday (May 19), Liam Payne has become the final member of One Direction to officially go solo – although the singer tells Billboard that he was close to forgoing the solo artist route and deferring to his group mates.

“To be honest with you, I wasn’t going to do a solo venture,” says Payne, who co-wrote songs on each of One Direction’s five albums. "I was just going to go into songwriting and carry on and do that. But then I was like, ‘You’ve been trying to do this since you were 14 years old. You would be ridiculously stupid to turn down the option to have a deal.’ Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around us. I had to do something.”

After One Direction released their final pre-hiatus album, Made In The A.M., in November 2015, Payne says that he was “in the middle of just finding our feet” when the opportunity to record “Strip That Down” presented itself. Written by Payne, Ed Sheeran (who had a hand in multiple 1D hits) and Steve Mac, the first single from Payne’s upcoming solo project was sparked by an unexpected call from Sheeran late last summer.

“I was in a gym in L.A., and I got a call that said ‘You have to get to London now,’” Payne recalls. “And we had literally just gotten to L.A., so we U-turned straight back to London — which of course you do for Mr. Ed Sheeran, because I’d do anything for the man. We went in, sat around and discussed a bunch of things about life, and [the song] basically just came together.”

After working with Sheeran and Mac, Payne decided to add Migos star Quavo into the mix as the song’s featured artist. “Quavo is the man!” he exclaims. "He turned the rap around in like 24 hours. … It’s taken them a long time to get to the point where the Migos are now, with ’T-Shirt’ and ‘Bad and Boujee.’ I feel like they’re very well-structured men to take on this task, because if you accelerate too quickly into what fame is, it’ll mess with your head. They’ve had a lovely rise, and they can carry on doing this for many years.”

In the days since “Strip That Down” was released, 1D fans have understandably focused on the line “You know, I used to be in 1D (now I’m out, free),” which Payne has said represents more of his desire to make music on his own terms rather than dismiss the mega-selling pop group. He’s had to sit on “Strip That Down” for months, but couldn’t be more grateful for the release of his debut solo track.

Argent Crusader RPers

Going to possibly Regret this, but we will see.

Attention World of Warcraft Players of the Role Playing Servers.

If your character was part of the Argent Crusade PLEASE provide with their name (In character name), their Transmog set as well as what they look like under any helm they may be wearing.  Small descriptions are a bonus on height, how they look, any facial scars, unique eye color, etc.

Depending the amount of replies/reblogs/messages I get will depend how huge this project is going to be. Each person will be credited for their character being used in this project. Also add in Server your character is on so I can put you in the credits with it.



  • Argent Dawn
  • Blackwater Raiders
  • Cenarion Circle
  • Earthen Ring
  • Farstriders
  • Feathermoon
  • Kirin Tor
  • Moon Guard
  • Scarlet Crusade
  • Sentinels
  • Shadow Council
  • Silver Hand
  • Sisters of Elune
  • Steamwheedle Cartel
  • The Scryers
  • Thorium Brotherhood
  • Wyrmrest Accord


  • Emerald Dream
  • Lightninghoof
  • Maelstrom
  • Ravenholdt
  • The Venture Co
  • Twisting Nether

Similar to Louis’ situation, Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) founded an imprint record label, Decaydance Records, under Fueled by Ramen.

According to an article I found, “Decaydance uses Fueled by Ramen’s infrastructure for sales and marketing. Fueled by Ramen goes through Warner Music Group’s Alternative Distribution Alliance and has an upstreamig deal with Atlantic Records. Fueled by Ramen founded John Janick says Wentz is welcome to be as involved in running the label as he wishes, as long as it does not take too much time away from Fall Out Boy.”

Pete signed Panic! At The Disco as his first act, and released A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out jointly with Fueled by Ramen in September of 2005. He also signed and released albums for Cobra Starship, The Academy Is…, The Cab, Gym Class Heroes, Tyga, Hey Monday, and more. He also signed his own band, however he didn’t release music for Fall Out Boy under his own record label until 2013, after Fall Out Boy returned from hiatus. Take This To Your Grave was under Fueled by Ramen, and From Under The Cork Tree, Infinity On High, and Folie a Duex were under Island Records. Save Rock and Roll and AB/AP are both produced by Island and Decaydance. I imagine he was unable to release music for Fall Out Boy under Decaydance until the 3 album deal with Island expired.

If Louis follows a similar path, he will start signing and releasing music with a co-venture between his record label and Sony. After One Direction’s contract with Sony expires, he, like Pete, could sign One Direction under his own label.

I just thought this was a very similar case to what we’re seeing with Louis right now, and worth looking into for its implications on the future for both Louis and One Direction.

2015 BTTF Fic Directory

As a preface, to the anon (well, anons pluralwho set me on this path back in January: you’ve not-quite-singlehandedly gotten more content out of me than any other prompter or requester ever has, so that’s worth bringing to your attention if only to thank you again for inadvertently catching me when the stars were aligned just right.  I say not-quite-singlehandedly because the following people very quickly latched onto this whole venture as readers, co-conspirators, and emotional support (2015 has been a horrific year for me re: family health and mortality): @neverrwhere, @myfavoriteismike, @the-oxford-english-fangeek, @seji, @leaper182, @milarca, @imaginedmelody, @firesighn, @bishoukun, @misterbubblicious, @ladylier, @isonnylove, @deerharthowlikeyouthis, and the absolutely extraordinary number of other anons who wrote in to say I wasn’t chucking words into a fandomless void. Simply put, judging by how few BTTF stories there were on AO3, let alone on the internet at large, I’d expected at best to hear crickets and at worst to experience, well, tons of backlash for writing what many people in mainstream BTTF fandom consider wildly heretical.  I’m grateful to have had the chance to discuss my reasoning and motivations with people asking kind, intelligent questions rather than the alternative (which actually didn’t happen at all).  I’ve gotten word today that my next surgery will be in early December, and I have a lot of grad-school-related work to do between now and then (as well as finish GOE).  I don’t know what kind of time I’ll have to add to these timelines / fic ‘verses I’ve constructed this year, so the least I can do is give interested parties an easy-access directory on Back to the Future Day of all days.  Thanks for letting me experiment:

Time Bomb Town (1955 Timeline)

Lyra, Burning (1885 Timeline)

I Am Waiting (Should I Be Waiting?) / Make Us Better (1938 Timeline #1)

Muscle Memory (Multi-Decade Timeline, collaboration with @leaper182)

One Step Away ‘Verse & Related Excursions (1985-86 Timeline)

As Easy As Love / What You Fight For (1938 Timeline #2)

Jukebox (1985-86 Timeline #2)

For immediate release!

Marvel and DC officially announce the return of THE AMALGAM UNIVERSE!

For the first co-publishing venture in over a decade, Marvel and DC have come to an agreement to bring back The Amalgam Universe, a universe comprised of ‘amalgam characters’ of some of the most beloved superheroes of the two most exciting comic book publishers in the entire world.

 Spinning out of the events of Forever Evil and Original Sin, The Amalgam Universe is a brand-new, 12 part maxi series by super scribes Geoff Johns and Brian Michael Bendis with artwork by Olivier Copiel, Bryan Hitch, John Romita jr., Alex Maleev, Mike Deodato jr., and comics legend John Byrne, making his long awaited return to mainstream comics.

The Amalgam Universe will be published biweekly this September with many of your favorite regular comics 'going dark’ for the duration of the series.

“The fallout from The Amalgam Universe is so big to both comic book universes, the changes so overwhelming, that you won’t recognize most of your favorite titles at the end of it.” said Bendis.

 When asked: why now? Both publishers, in a joint statement said: because announcing it tomorrow just isn’t that funny.

 Stay tuned for more details.


"How do I make all of my dreams come true?"

- Question submitted by Anonymous

Dannielle & Kristin Say:

Allow yourself to fail, don’t put shit on the back burner, ask for help, & keep dreaming. Here’s what we mean: 

(1) Allow yourself to fail, because it happens. No one just comes up with a dream and then flies into the sky on a giant dog muppet and gets everything they want. It takes a ton of hard work, a bunch of mistakes you’ve got to learn from, and a crap load of pulling-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps. But you can do it. 

(2) Don’t put shit on the back burner. It’ll be so easy to take a shitty job that pays a little more, but doesn’t allow you the time to do what you love. SO EASY.  Don’t do that. Work the shitty low-paying job that gives you a flexible schedule and supports you following your dreams. Money is not more important than your happiness. Dannielle’s dad always says, “If you like making money now, just wait until you’re making it doin’ what you love.”

(3) Ask for help. People want to help you, they just don’t know how. Ask your friends to help you with a project. Ask your family to help support your newest venture. Ask your co-workers to help loosen up your schedule so you can take the time you need. Ask your old professor how they got started. Ask for help. You can not do it alone. 

(4) Don’t. Fucking. Stop. Dreaming. We don’t care how many goals you’ve achieved… don’t ever stop dreaming bigger. Dream the biggest shit you can possibly dream. You can do it. We promise you.

I was fascinated by this 'low-tech' concept

Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent

While many parents allow their children to bathe in the glow of tablets, smartphones and computers day and night, Steve Jobs limited the time his kids spent on gadgets at home.

Talk time: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had written about an iPad shortcoming.

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves.

“They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’ household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow.

Nope, Jobs told me, not even close.

Since then, I’ve met a number of technology chief executives and venture

Digital dangers: Apple co founder Steve Jobs restricted his children from using the company’s gadgets at home. Photo: (Photo Illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

capitalists who say similar things: They strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends.

I was perplexed by this parenting style. After all, most parents seem to take the opposite approach, letting their children bathe in the glow of tablets, smartphones and computers, day and night.

Yet these tech CEO’s seem to know something the rest of us don’t.

Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired and now chief executive of 3D Robotics, a drone-maker, has instituted time limits and parental controls on every device in his home.

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules,” he said of his five children, age 6-17. “That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

The dangers he is referring to include exposure to harmful content like pornography, bullying from other kids, and perhaps worst of all, becoming addicted to their devices, just like their parents.

Alex Constantinople, the chief executive of the OutCast Agency, a tech-focused communications and marketing firm, said her youngest son, who is 5, is never allowed to use gadgets during the week, and her older children, 10-13, are allowed only 30 minutes a day on school nights.

Evan Williams, a founder of Blogger, Twitter and Medium, and his wife, Sara Williams, said that in lieu of iPads, their two young boys have hundreds of books (yes, physical ones) that they can pick up and read anytime.

So how do tech moms and dads determine the proper boundary for their children? In general, it is set by age.

Children under 10 seem to be most susceptible to becoming addicted, so these parents draw the line at not allowing any gadgets during the week. On weekends, there are limits of 30 minutes to two hours on iPad and smartphone use. And 10- to 14-year-olds are allowed to use computers on school nights, but only for homework.

“We have a strict no-screen-time-during-the-week rule for our kids,” said Lesley Gold, founder and chief executive of the SutherlandGold Group, a tech media relations and analytics company. “But you have to make allowances as they get older and need a computer for school.”

Some parents also forbid teenagers to use social networks, except for services like Snapchat, which deletes messages after they have been sent. This way they don’t have to worry about saying something online that will haunt them later in life, one executive told me.

Although some nontech parents I know give smartphones to children as young as 8, many who work in tech wait until their child is 14. While these teenagers can make calls and text, they are not given a data plan until 16. But there is one rule that is universal among the tech parents I polled.

“This is rule No. 1: There are no screens in the bedroom. Period. Ever,” Anderson said.

While some tech parents assign limits based on time, others are much stricter about what their children are allowed to do with screens.

Ali Partovi, a founder of iLike and adviser to Facebook, Dropbox and Zappos, said there should be a strong distinction between time spent “consuming,” like watching YouTube or playing video games, and time spent “creating” on screens.

“Just as I wouldn’t dream of limiting how much time a kid can spend with her paintbrushes, or playing her piano, or writing, I think it’s absurd to limit her time spent creating computer art, editing video, or computer programming,” he said.

Others said that outright bans could backfire and create a digital monster.

Dick Costolo, chief executive of Twitter, told me he and his wife approved of unlimited gadget use as long as their two teenage children were in the living room. They believe that too many time limits could have adverse effects on their children.

“When I was at the University of Michigan, there was this guy who lived in the dorm next to me, and he had cases and cases of Coca-Cola and other sodas in his room,” Costolo said. “I later found out that it was because his parents had never let him have soda when he was growing up. If you don’t let your kids have some exposure to this stuff, what problems does it cause later?”

I never asked Jobs what his children did instead of using the gadgets he built, so I reached out to Walter Isaacson, the author of Steve Jobs, who spent a lot of time at their home.

“Every evening, Steve made a point of having dinner at the big, long table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things,” he said. “No one ever pulled out an iPad or computer. The kids did not seem addicted at all to devices.”