wacky words

songbirdghost  asked:

The "And Now A Word From Us Kids" equivalent bumper that impacted me when it was Marc Brown talking about the production of the show, how he painted the background with watercolors and how they animated it. It was my first introduction to how these shows were even made, and since then I've loved animation and the work behind it. I had known that I loved cartoons, but I think that segment really solidified that fascination for me.

oh wow, that sounds like a really awesome segment! i’m so glad to hear it fostered a love of animation in you like that :>

i haven’t seen that’un myself but i’m gonna poke through the episodes i have and see if i can find it. having marc brown walk you through the animation process sounds so cool :0 

Need to come up with a consistent shade of Black that can be separate from pitch black outlines for different monitors.

Lot of my characters have black in their color scheme

What wacky word I came up can you read with no problem before you have to start squinting or struggling? And can you read that right text no problem?

Canon compliant (including epilogue)

  1. Turn: One good turn always deserves another. Apparently. Words: 321,769 
  2. Building With Worn Out ToolsRight smack in the middle of a stormy divorce from Ginny, Harry has no reason to be attracted to his Arguer, Draco Malfoy. I mean, it’s Malfoy. Words: 129,552 

Canon compliant (excluding epilogue (EWE))

  1. Reparations (Healer!Harry &Healer!Draco):Harry is about to discover that the steepest learning curve comes after Healer training, and that second chances can be found in unexpected places. Words: 92,767 (note: this fic is ridiculuosly cute and Harry and Draco are so in character, it’s one of my favourites and also has a sequel, yay! )
  2. On a Clear day: Draco Malfoy is waiting for his real life to begin, and it appears that he’s not the only one. Coffee, charity, and the wisdom of the elderly. Words: 43,663
  3. Sandcastles and FingerpaintsHarry and Draco meet up at a Ministry celebration, and wackiness ensues. Words: 12,595
  4. Here’s The Pencil, Make It WorkHarry thinks “Why is Malfoy working in a coffee shop in muggle London?” is a much simpler question than, “Are you going to accept that auror offer and, if you don’t, what will you do?" Words:49493 
  5. Draco Malfoy, It’s Your Lucky Day (8th year): Even though he’s unarmed, injured, lost in the Forbidden Forest, and facing a possible murder charge, Draco Malfoy gets lucky. Words: 38,929
  6. There Comes a Mist and a Weeping Rain(8th year):It always rains for Draco Malfoy. Metaphorically. And literally. Ever since he had accidentally Conjured a cloud. A cloud that’s ever so cross. Words: 22,038
  7. At Your Service(8th year): Hogwarts students are in danger; Harry is determined to save them all. There’s only one thing he knows for certain: Draco Malfoy is somehow involved. Words: 99,351 (note: this fic is full of suspense and major plot twists, it’s so much fun to read. I recommend it wholeheartedly)
  8. Mental(8th year): Harry thinks that he’s already spent quite enough time sharing a mind with someone else, thankyouverymuch. A miscast Legilimency spell says otherwise… Words: 195,545
  9. Get Some(8th year): Harry is getting rather fed up with everyone treating him differently after the war, and catches hold of the one person who doesn’t seem to care about his hero status. Words: 81,220

now on to: AUs:

  1. Bond(7th year!AU):Yet another one of those Harry And Draco Are Forced To Be Together By Something Beyond Their Control And Then Stuff Happens Leading To Twoo Wuv stories. Because every HD writer has to write at least one.Words: 204,036
  2. Superlatives(7th year!Au & also ABANDONED): A photo of Harry and Draco captured by Colin Creevey’s camera sets off a series of unexpected events. (note: even though this fic will not be finished, I beg you to read it. It does not end with a cliffhanger and the story is rather sweet and realistic)

and another category: Non-magic!AUs (they will always have a special place in my heart)

  1. Mother Knows BestWhen Narcissa Malfoy interferes in Draco’s life, she changes not only her son’s, but another boy’s life as well. A boy who has been through more tragedies than he’d care to admit. Words: 247,738 (note: this is maybe my favourite Drarry fic ever, it’s so well written)
  2. Things Happen"I’m going to tell you a story about Draco. Draco and his best friend.”  Words: 32,278
  3. Yorkshire PuddingsAfter an unexpected encounter in a supermarket, Harry’s Christmas takes an interesting turn of events. Words: 14,361
  4. Draco’s Boy: A mysterious little boy named Harry moves in next door to Draco Malfoy, and he’s determined to make him his friend and learn all of his secrets. Years later, he’s determined to make Harry more than a friend. Words: 186,063 
  5. Life, as Experienced Through Your FingersDraco Malfoy loves boarding school almost as much as he hates it. But this new school for the arts provides him with more challenges and happiness than he ever expected to experience. Words: 110,654

“Without fail!! EVERY time I leave my house, it’s as if I’ve given up my every right to be left alone, or treated with respect!!! You flies with your unyielding little minds!!! You think my difference from you is an excuse to comment on me, as if I were on display for you!! Like I’m the way I am BECAUSE I want the incessant gawking of strangers!!! Not only that, but you used the word ‘wacky’” —Johnny the Homocidal Maniac

[It’s based on that drunk whore Elsie, from Cabaret] You know, if I was ever gonna start a music festival, I wanted to have it somewhat be associated with a pill addicted dead hooker. [Yeah, well I mean we all do, but you actually thought of it. The first name was gonna be-] Well I was joking with you on the phone and I said Hullabaloo. And you were so into it! That’s when I went “Aw shit I should’ve called it Hullabaloo”. But Elsie to me is just so charming. Hullabaloo sounded like I trying to make it sound like Bonnaroo or Coachella or one of these kind of *wacky spirit words*. And, you know, “When I go I’m going like Elsie”.
RECOMMENDATION: BOOKS ON LANGUAGE/LINGUISTICS

M.D. emails:

“I love learning about linguistics and languages, know any books on this topic?”

YES! I love learning different languages (I’m currently trying to learn two) and I find linguistics utterly fascinating. I’m currently reading The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language (John McWhorter) and it is an absolute read for anyone interested in the art of languages. 

For a fun read about wacky words in the English language, check out Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the English Language (Mark Forsyth).

I’ve also heard great things about Empires of the World: A Language History of the World (Nicholas Ostler), which is more history than a technical linguistics study, however, I haven’t read it yet (it’s one of the million on my TBR list).

Any other linguistic-loving booklrs out there? I need to find more of you!