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WARNING: LONG POST ABOUT A CARAT’S LOVE FOR SEVENTEEN. IT’S THEIR ANNIVERSARY AND THE FEELS ARE JUST TOO MUCH

I never thought this would happen.

I  never thought I would just  ‘Slip into the Shining life’ 

I never thought I would be a  Carat.

I fist discovered Seventeen with Adore U, their debut. But at that point I had only joined the kpop fandom for a few months and only liked older groups. I thought ‘how can someone Stan young groups?’ And so many of them…. I just learnt the names of Exo and Super Junior, how will I learn them too?!’

Originally posted by indigyu

So I just left it there.

But then…. Mansae came out… And that’s how it all started.

How?

Well I immediately fell in love with Woozi.

Originally posted by hoshijpg

I got interested in him, started reading about him about all his hard work and BAM I found myself accidentally learning all of their names. In fact, Mansae became of e of my FAVORITE songs ever. But I didn’t Stan yet. Yet, I told myself that if I love the next comeback I will Stan.

Originally posted by kimbapandkpop

And so pretty u came out and i thought… oh i dont like this (well not really).

Originally posted by amillionwon

The music video was just absolute nothing and I was so disappointed. But soon, I saw the live showcase and realised…. I love, love, LOVE 'Pretty U’.  It’s such a great song. It’s just that that bad music video engulfed the song, depriving us of its goodness.

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And thus I became a Carat.

And soon Very Nice came out, 

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then Boom Boom and with Boom Boom came one of my FAVORITE albums… Ever.

Originally posted by sneezes

And now Don’t Wanna cry came out, with an album that I will I will love more than the going Seventeen one

Originally posted by wonnhao

(In fact, everyone in 17 is my bias. Woozi is THE bias but the other 12 are biases. yes, it does sound weird.)

Anyway, enough about my journey.

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So what is it about seventeen that makes them so special?

And honestly it’s everything.

The vocals are fantastic, the rap is great, the dances epic and the personalities…. Even more amazing!

These members aren’t content with okay. They aren’t content with just knowing a specific skill. They are always willing to learn, improve, strive forward.

Originally posted by giantgyu

You would think that the hip hop unit would remain simply well… Hip hop. They would rap and dance. However, not this hip hop unit. This hip hop unit also works hard on their singing skills. We heard them all sing, we heard them all improve and even in their latest title track, Vernon and Scoups are singing. They participate in writing lyrics, in telling their own stories and emotions and in this sense they participate in communicate with the fans and generally everyone willing to listen. They are making mixtapes too

Originally posted by yooncheoly

This is the Hip Hop Unit

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(and this is also our hip hop unit)

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You would think the performance unit is called that because all they can do is dance. Nop. This performance unit works on so many other things. All can sing,mother youngest can also rap, while the two Chinese members keep improving their Korean, writing lyrics and even having their own song. You’d think that they are just execute a nice choreo sent to them by someone. Well, the choreography leader works hard to also help create the choreography, creating key points and amazing dances with Input from others.

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You’d think the vocal unit  would say, ok we debuted. We are also very passable so let’s just stay this way. No man the improvement is tremendous. I’m just two years this vocal unit has done the unimaginable. Yes, Seungkwan and Seokmin were always the strongest members vocally but even then, now they are heavenly. Jeonghan and Joshua who were the least…  Impactful in the unit in terms of vocal strength now have amazing high notes, they try falsettos and all that amazing stuff.

Originally posted by saebum

And woozi is being Woozi. Producing and writing album after album, hit after hit without complain. They sing heartbreaking songs with such strong emotions tart even if u do not share the same experiences you will still fell what they feel. You be a boyfriend? Well their songs will make you want to call your imaginary ex.

Originally posted by hannie-jars

*****

And when you put all those members together you get Seventeen. An absolutely amazing group that creates amazing songs.

Originally posted by jeonheart

Their journey didn’t start easily with them coming from an almost bankrupt company at that point. Their debut just kept being changed and pushed back. And I cannot even imagine how much stress that must have given these young boys.

I do not want to imagine how much they must have suffered thinking that they are not good enough to debut. I do not want to imagine the hell Pledis put them through, the punishments, the diets etc. 

I don’t not want to imagine how difficult it was for them to not only live with such emotions but not have family right next to the, to cry.

But in spite or because of these hardships Seventeen debuted as such humble people,

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as such hard working young men and most importantly as a team. They continue to aim making people super happy.  

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And I hope that they too are super happy.

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I hope that they are healthy and that they keep loving what they do.

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I hope they can communicate and deal with their issues together.

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I hope their tears are now tears of joy

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It must be so difficult. They are 13 people who always have to see each other. One gets tired of seeing their family so imagine in this case. But it seems like they all have their feet on the ground and can work together. It seems like their experiences made them into one big family that survives together

Originally posted by 12fools

(although they might be a bit too chaotic… RIP trophy)

And I hope that none of them feel any certain burden by themselves. It’s so painful to know the pressure they are in and all the stress they go through. It’s painful to think about the stress the three unit leaders have to go through. The hip hop leader being the overall leader, Hoshi’s choreography has to be on point and addictive and woozi has to stay put with all the writing and all the producing, feeling as if it is his songs that will make or break not simply his own career, but also the career of 12 other people.

Originally posted by hanwooz

And while they don’t want to share the burden with Carats in order not to hurt us, i feel like it would be easier to share.after all, many  supporting and splitting the burden is easier than for one person to have the whole stress buffet.

Originally posted by ftkook

Originally posted by seugcheol

The members are hopeful there for each other and we, though not directly, are here for them too. Whether it is by attending a concert, buying their albums or simply by listening to their stories and music we hope to show Seventeen that we are here for them, that we love and cherish them.

Originally posted by junhoontrash

Seventeen always talks about how they feel like they have to return the fans 

Originally posted by indigyu

Love and how they feel like they haven’t yet. But I feel like it’s the opposite. I feel like we Carats want to return the love they give us instead. After all, they work so hard for Carats, making amazing pieces of art. They keep talking about just how much carats mean to them but they have no idea just how much they mean to us.

Originally posted by kittykatkwon

Originally posted by junhuipie

I laugh with Seventeen, I cry with Seventeen, I worry with Seventeen.

Originally posted by ultranicolet

Seventeen has truly impacted my life.

These 13 amazing, beautiful, talented guys have proven themselves in unimaginable ways.

I hope that they realise just how much they mean to us. Just how happy they make us daily be it through their music, Instagram post or just knowing that Seventeen exists, even though we probably don’t deserve a group as humble and as fantastic as them.

Originally posted by unrreality

They don’t deserve the world.

No they deserve so much more. Not even saying ’ they deserve the universe’ see,s to be enough.

So Seventeen happy anniversary. Keep growing, be healthy, both physically and mentally. Keep improving, keep doing what makes you happy.

Originally posted by yoikyuu

And just know that we Carats are right here. We might not be able to always wipe your tears but we will try our hardest to always do so.

We might not be able to physically help you stand, to lend you a hand but we will always try to do so in other ways.

We might not be able to always help relieve your stress, your pain, your fears but we will always try our hardest to show our presence and to show you that you do not have to be perfect for us. That we love you just like that. To us you are already perfect.

Originally posted by jeonghan-1004svt

Once again, happy anniversary Seventeen.

I never thought this would happen.

I  never thought I would just  Slip into the Shinning life.

I never thought I would be a  carat.

But I will be forever grateful that I did.

Originally posted by titaniagigante

Thank you for reading.

P.S. none of the gifs are mine! Credit to the original owners!

Also let’s give Seventeen a win(if not more) with this amazing comeback!

Teenage Feysand Pt. 2

So, I was going to wait to post this later, but it all came to me at once, and I just couldn’t wait. Thank you all for the positive feedback for this fic. I’m so grateful that y’all liked it. I’m most definitely going to write part 3 now, so stay tuned. 

Feyre made it her own personal goal to torture me with wanting any time we were together. She always stood too far away to touch but not far enough for me to get away from that intoxicating scent of hers.

One afternoon, we had a camp meeting with all the Illyrians in training. My brothers and I were standing in the back of the room, trying to stay away from the attention of Lord Devlon. He wouldn’t touch me, but he would make an example of my brothers if one of us got out of line. I made to give Cassian a pointed look to keep quiet while the camp leader spoke. He merely gazed back at me and shrugged. That’s when I noticed the golden-brown head making its way through the gathered crowd to come stand at my side. My breath caught in my throat when I noticed Feyre’s attire. She was in full Illyrian fighting leathers in all their skin-tight glory. Fingers snapped in my face rather impatiently a moment later.

“Honestly, Rhys, I’m beginning to find your staring uncomfortable,” Feyre said and turned back to the meeting taking place. I noticed the slow blush that crept up her neck to her cheeks though and decided that I particularly liked how she looked when she was flustered.

So, naturally, I leaned into her, making sure to brush my lips over the shell of her ear, as I whispered, “Well, Feyre, I can’t help but stare when you look absolutely irresistible.” Her cheeks reddened further at my remark, but I simply turned back to Devlon barking something about our inability to keep our barracks clean. I could feel Feyre’s eyes on me, but I didn’t give her the satisfaction of seeing how badly I wanted to kiss her at that moment. I was doing an excellent job of pretending she didn’t exist until I felt a finger brush down the inside of my left wing.

I shuttered at the touch, but gritted my teeth. Feyre was not Illyrian, but she knew how sensitive Illyrian wings were, which was exactly why she knew where to touch to drive me crazy. She ran another finger down the membranous inside of my wing, and I lost it. In an instant, I had her by the hand and was dragging her out the door of the meeting hall with a look back at Cassian to cover for me if they came looking. My brother just gave me a smirk and whispered something to Azriel that had them both laughing under their breath.


When we were in the safety of the forest, far enough that any sound wouldn’t cause alarm, I finally let go of Feyre’s hand and turned to face her.

“What the fuck was that?” I asked through gritted teeth, fighting the urge to shove her against a tree and take her like she was mine. Feyre flinched at my tone and looked mortifyingly apologetic.

“Rhys, I-I’m sorry. I thought you-Oh my god I’m such an idiot,” she said and turned away from me, wrapping her arms around herself. I instantly felt terrible at the crack in her voice and made to grab her arm, but she flinched away from my touch.

“Hey…Feyre. Feyre, please look at me,” I said earnestly. She turned her head slightly, allowing me to gaze into her eyes. “I’m not angry with you. It just caught me off guard. Please talk to me,” I pleaded.

She finally turned to me fully but remained silent. I realized she was thinking of a way to get out of this, so I said suddenly, “Tell me what you’re thinking, and I’ll tell you what I’m thinking.”

She didn’t seem thrilled about this idea, but she gave me a small smile and said, “I’m thinking that you’re rather adorable when you’re all horny and frustrated. I’m thinking that your reputation with females should scare me away, but I can’t seem to stay away from the pretty son of the High Lord…”

“You think I’m pretty?” I said with a grin. She punched my arm at that and glared at me, “I think you’re a pompous ass.” My grin widened, and I took a bold step closer to her, making her take a cautious step back towards the tree behind her.

I halted my advances when she looked up at me expectantly, waiting to hear my thoughts. I looked down at her, and my smile turned softer as I took in her features.

“I’m thinking…” I said slowly, taking a strand of her hair and twirling it around my finger, “I’m thinking that I’ve never been this obsessed with getting a female’s attention before. I’m thinking that I might die if you reject me again. I’m thinking that you are so damn beautiful that sometimes I can’t control myself around you, and if that makes me a pompous ass then I apologize, but I cannot stay away from you, Feyre. And I don’t know why, but it scares the hell out of me.”

She looked up into my face then and smiled. Not the same small smiles that she normally gave me, but a broad grin so beautiful it took the breath right out of me.

“Kiss me, Rhys,” she said, fisting the front of my loose cotton shirt in her small hands. I did. I leaned in slowly and kissed her with the gentleness that she deserved. I let the kiss be slow until she initiated anything else, but I almost lost it when her hands slid into my hair, and she tugged. I groaned against her mouth and pushed her back against the tree. Her small gasp at the impact sent chills down my spine, and I quickly claimed her mouth again. This time she was the one to groan, and I nearly passed out as she bit down on my lower lip and her tongue asked for entrance.

I gladly obliged her, and our tongues began fighting for the chance to explore. I let hers win, and another shiver went down my spine as she explored my mouth. I felt like I was on fire, like this might be how I was going to die, against this tree with Feyre’s mouth on mine. Before I could reach for the hem of her shirt, before I could explore her body, a throat cleared behind us.

Shit,” I muttered and turned to find my mother standing behind us.

“RHYSAND ADAM!” my mother exclaimed as she grabbed the collar of my shirt and tugged me away from Feyre, “You know I am an understanding mother, but a little warning would be nice before you go off with your girlfriend. I’ve been looking for you for the entire afternoon. Oh, hello Feyre, you’re looking lovely.” Feyre blushed further and gave my mother a short wave.

I threw an apologetic look at Feyre and turned back to my mother, “Mom…I told Cas and Az to tell you where I was. I’m sorry.”

She looked unsatisfied with my answer, but she suddenly turned to Feyre, who was looking everywhere but at my mother’s warm face. “Darling, don’t look so mortified. If only you knew what Rhysand’s father and I have been caught doing in this very fore-”

“MOTHER PLEASE,” I screamed in horror. She merely laughed and made her way back towards the camp. About a hundred yards away, she turned back to us and said with a small smile, “Rhysand, I expect you to bring Feyre to dinner. Of course, if that’s alright with you, Feyre.” Feyre nodded, and my mother, satisfied, continued her walk back to the camp.

When she was out of sight and ear shot, I walked back to Feyre and took her hands in mine, “I apologize for my mother. She’s a gentle creature, but she is a meddling little thing.” A fond smile came to my lips at the thought of my mother. Feyre merely brushed back a stray strand of my too-long hair from my forehead and smiled, “I guess I’d better go get dressed for family dinner then.”

She ducked under my arm and started walking back the way my mother had exited. I stood there admiring the swing of her hips in her fighting leathers until she turned back to me and said, “Are you coming with me or not?”

I realized then that I would go anywhere if it was with her. I ran to join her, a smile playing at my lips at the realization that had come to me. “What are you smiling about?” she asked with a wary look in my direction. I wrapped my arm around her shoulders and said, “Oh, nothing you need to be concerned with.” She didn’t seem entirely convinced, but she just wrapped her arm around my waist, and we walked like that back to the camp where family dinner awaited us. I sent a silent prayer to the Cauldron for my family not to fuck this up.

luckyadd  asked:

Ok but dark IS the most handsome becaus he's the most manipulative one. That suit and the effect around him, his tone of voice and vocabulary, his gentlemanly movements, his facial expressions and body language. It's just what makes him so excellent at manipulating others. Stache is more goofy, King has that PB on his face, Google is glitchy and his voice is robotic. It's true that Dark is the lost handsome one which is on purpose, too. Makes us trust him more easily.

It’s because Dark leans to be more alluring. While the others have their own goals that aren’t really directed at us.
And yes, everything about Ddark screams danger as he waltz’s around with that polite, charming manner. 
But because he acts like the perfect gentleman, and we still sense that predatory air about him, it lures us in because we want to know. 
Not to mention many of us want his promises to be true. 
“I can provide you with everything”, it’s a comfort a lot of us want. Because our lives are hard or straining or stressful, we just want someone to ease that burden even a little. 
So Dark’s composure of the concerned, savior is just as alluring as his gentlemanly demeanor.

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It would be incredibly difficult to bite a glove off without any practice.  You’d need to use correct amount of bite pressure; too little, and the glove gets stuck on the hand, too much and you’ll hurt the finger.

Otabek wears these gloves in his day to day life when he’s riding his motorcycle.

Later on we see him with Yuri and he only has one glove on not two. Now I know that this could only be a continuity error but anyways

What if Otabek has his own habit of removing his own gloves by biting them off?  

- he’d know the right amount of bite pressure to remove this type of glove
- he’d have ample practice doing it himself to be able to try on someone else
- you can not tell me Yuri wouldn’t think that is cool as hell, and want to use it in his skate

Also, friends need to have a cool secret handshake. This is it.

you all need to think about how you interact with trans men online, like really think

recently one of my posts about being a trans man and casually interacting with another trans man got about 90,000 notes and the tags and comments are full of ‘too pure for this earth’, ‘i’m a dirty sinner i don’t deserve to read this post’, ‘adorable cute sweet precious boys’ despite the fact that it’s mentioned that i am in college and not a child in the post and you all need to think about how some trans men do not want to be referred to that way and being okay with being referred to that way is pretty much exclusively a young teenager tumblr thing that makes a lot of guys uncomfortable. i’m just a man. none of this is necessary and it’s very performative, but…

along with this infantilizing, with this obsession with the proposed purity of another man and myself just for existing, there’s also dehumanization that comes with it, for example:

somewhere along the post, someone decided it would be a good idea to add, ‘all i can imagine is two eldritch horrors trying to get their voices as horrifying and fucked up as possible’ (not exact quote but that’s the gist of it)…

and someone decided that it would be a good idea to take my experience, wildly change the context and make a FANFIC, on MY OWN POST, of two eldritch MONSTERS upset because their voices didn’t sound ‘as horrific’ as the ‘monsters’ around them, and bonding over it together. nowhere in this fanfiction was being trans mentioned.

this is, quite possibly, the most horrifying thing someone has added to one of my posts and going beyond dehumanizing my experiences as a trans man enjoying my voice getting deeper, but also writing a fanfiction onto the post that changed the context of ‘two trans men finding validation between one another and our voices’ into ‘two monsters are sad they’re not scary enough and bond over trying to be scary together’. i shouldn’t have to explain how horrible that is for me to read, and how horrible it is to see that added on my own post & circulated through hundreds with no criticism.

quite frankly, it’s devastating to see how people talk about and interact with trans men. we are either children who must be protected and are weak and vulnerable and ‘too pure’, or we are fuel for your fanfics that completely strip us of our humanity. i consent to neither and if you think that any of these things are okay to do to a complete stranger, all you’re doing is patting yourself on the back for your performative ally points while making trans men uncomfortable with sharing their experiences and talking about their lives and trying to be happy with themselves. stop it. 

Ok so, the director of the Jojo anime, Naokatsu Tsuda, did a Q&A at anime boston and he had a lot of very cool things to talk about! I also got to ask him a question, get a photo with him, and shake his hand so that was pretty exciting.

It was interesting to hear that Araki had approached them when they started part 4 to ask them to add in the foreshadowing scenes with Kira, because when he was writing it he didn’t know who the main villain would be, and if he had known, this is how he would have wanted it to have been.

He said the color schemes for the characters were based off the medicos palettes because those are Araki approved, and that they wanted to add in those color changes because 1) no other anime does that and 2) he felt like everyone reading it had different visions of the colors and wanted to include that feeling it in.

His favorite openings were the first one and Great Days, and he talked about how usually directors don’t get a say in the openings but he got to choose the style of music and the feel for the openings. He also mentioned he couldn’t legally say which songs he wished he could have used for the endings but he had a lot.

Usually, animes come out before games, so the VA’s from the anime carry over to the game, however since All Star Battle was out before the anime, what they did was they allowed those VA’s re-audition for their rolls, however since game voices are recorded alone, and anime is recorded together in a group, they cast VA’s based on how well the teams meshed together, which was why some VA’s were chosen differently for the anime. They wanted to have a team that sounded good all together.

He also said the first opening included all the Jojos because he wanted to promise the fans that he would animate them all. He really wants to do all the parts, and said it really helps if we show the companies like Warner that we have an interested in them by doing things like writing in! So please let them know you want more Jojo!! He asked us all to please send comments in!

Anyway, my own question was which part he would be most excited to animate and he said part 8. And then facetiously asked how we all knew part 8 if it wasn’t officially translated which we all nervously laughed at. I mentioned I owned ultra jumps and that iggy keychain that came with one of them and he said he had that too.

Ocean Worlds Beyond Earth

We’re incredibly lucky to live on a planet drenched in water, nestled in a perfect distance from our sun and wrapped with magnetic fields keeping our atmosphere intact against harsh radiation and space weather.

We know from recent research that life can persist in the cruelest of environments here on Earth, which gives us hope to finding life thriving on other worlds. While we have yet to find life outside of Earth, we are optimistic about the possibilities, especially on other ocean worlds right here in our solar system.  

So…What’s the News?!

Two of our veteran missions are providing tantalizing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further enhancing the scientific interest of these and other “ocean worlds” in our solar system and beyond!

Cassini scientists announce that a form of energy for life appears to exist in Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and Hubble researchers report additional evidence of plumes erupting from Jupiter’s moon Europa.

The Two Missions: Cassini and Hubble

Cassini

Our Cassini spacecraft has found that hydrothermal vents in the ocean of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus are producing hydrogen gas, which could potentially provide a chemical energy source for life.

Cassini discovered that this little moon of Saturn was active in 2005. The discovery that Enceladus has jets of gas and icy particles coming out of its south polar region surprised the world. Later we determined that plumes of material are coming from a global ocean under the icy crust, through large cracks known as “tiger stripes.” 

We have more evidence now – this time sampled straight from the plume itself – of hydrothermal activity, and we now know the water is chemically interacting with the rock beneath the ocean and producing the kind of chemistry that could be used by microbes IF they happened to be there.

This is the culmination of 12 years of investigations by Cassini and a capstone finding for the mission. We now know Enceladus has nearly all the ingredients needed for life as we know it.

The Cassini spacecraft made its deepest dive through the plume on Oct. 28, 2015. From previous flybys, Cassini determined that nearly 98% of the gas in the plume is water and the rest is a mixture of other molecules, including carbon dioxide, methane and ammonia. 

Cassini’s other instruments provided evidence of hydrothermal activity in the ocean. What we really wanted to know was…Is there hydrogen being produced that microbes could use to make energy? And that’s exactly what we found!

To be clear…we haven’t discovered microbes at Enceladus, but vents of this type at Earth host these kinds of life. We’re cautiously excited at the prospect that there might be something like this at Enceladus too!

Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope has also been studying another ocean world in our solar system: Europa!

Europa is one of the four major moons of Jupiter, about the size of our own moon but very different in appearance. It’s a cold, icy world with a relatively smooth, bright surface crisscrossed with dark cracks and patches of reddish material.

What makes Europa interesting is that it’s believed to have a global ocean, underneath a thick crust of ice. In fact, it’s got about twice as much ocean as planet Earth!

In 2014, we detected evidence of intermittent water plumes on the surface of Europa, which is interesting because they may provide us with easier access to subsurface liquid water without having to drill through miles of ice.

And now, in 2016, we’ve found one particular plume candidate that appears to be at the same location that it was seen in 2014. 

This is exciting because if we can establish that a particular feature does repeat, then it is much more likely to be real and we can attempt to study and understand the processes that cause it to turn on or off. 

This plume also happens to coincide with an area where Europa is unusually warm as compared to the surrounding terrain. The plume candidates are about 30 to 60 miles (50 to 100 kilometers) in height and are well-positioned for observation, being in a relatively equatorial and well-determined location.

What Does All This Mean and What’s Next?

Hubble and Cassini are inherently different missions, but their complementary scientific discoveries, along with the synergy between our current and planned missions, will help us in finding out whether we are alone in the universe. 

Hubble will continue to observe Europa. If you’re wondering how we might be able to get more information on the Europa plume, the upcoming Europa Clipper mission will be carrying a suite of 9 instruments to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions favorable for life. Europa Clipper is slated to launch in the 2020s.

This future mission will be able to study the surface of Europa in great detail and assess the habitability of this moon. Whether there’s life there or not is a question for this future mission to discover!

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“I want a kpop group that does aggressive concepts” 

“…. But also does soft concepts…”

“… But can still keep their hard image…”

“..BUT CAN ALSO STILL BE CUTE AND SILLY….”

“.. A Group that shows their sensitive side..”

“.. BUT CAN ALSO GO PASTEL WITH FUNKY BEATS I CAN SHAKE MY BUM TOO…”

“… But also releases Japanese albums…”

“… A group that doesn’t stick to one concept…” 

“… A Group with deep meaningful lyrics and hard hitting MVs..?” 

“… A group that writes and produces their own music…”

“ A group that no matter how hard they work and how much shit they’ve gone through are still 100% for their fans and only truly care about their passions and life but still keep us updated and make sure we’re happy and continue to support us as much as we support them”

just a few things straight* people need to never do again

since i’m feeling extra bitter tonight!

  • don’t call ppl gay as a joke/insult, this is 101 level shit friends!

  • DEFINITELY don’t call homophobes gay as a joke/insult. this goes TRIPLE for homophobic politicians etc who deliberately torture, or endanger/end the lives of, LGBT+ people. fuck your putin memes!!!

  • don’t suggest that violent homophobes are just closeted self-hating gay ppl or that “the worst ones are always secretly gay”. that places the blame on us for our own oppression which is a cruel move

  • don’t bring up the fact that “LGBT+ people aren’t all perfect, they can be abusers too!!” because we know, you paint us all that way in order to justify our oppression, and you literally cannot handle that conversation with nuance because of that history - so leave those discussions to us.

  • don’t say making a butch-coded character a lesbian would be “a stereotype” so it’s somehow more Progressive™ to have yet another straight character who just happens to take all her fashion cues from lesbian culture. we need rep more than you do, straight girls with short hair!

  • don’t insist that it’s somehow wrong to be LGBT+ and fulfil stereotypes, as though the negativity in those stereotypes doesn’t nearly always come directly from straight people being uncomfortable with people being visibly LGBT+ and having our own cultures and ways of identifying ourselves to each other

  • don’t act all offended when someone mistakes you for one of us. take some time to think about why you think they should know you’re straight, and why you think it’s so bad to be seen as one of us.

  • don’t make AIDS jokes. what the literal fuck. it was a fucking genocide you monster.

  • don’t defend the way we die on screen all the time. don’t write stories where we can’t be alive and happy and LGBT+ all at the same time without being punished for it by the narrative.

  • don’t go making or joining in on our jokes about how straight people are the worst. that’s you too, buddy, no matter how big your rainbow backpack is.

  • don’t talk about how there are straight people and Straight People™ and you’re better than those other Straight People™. that’s not your fucking call and if you think it is you’re definitely Straight People™

  • don’t assume that everyone in your life is straight. odds are a lot of people just aren’t out to you. it’s your job to learn to be a person they can feel safe being honest with, and to act like that person even when you think you’re only interacting w straight ppl.

  • don’t assume that all LGBT+ people are adults who always knew. be aware that in most groups of children, some will be lgbt+, and be respectful of that possibility in how you talk to them

  • don’t out us. don’t speculate on whether someone you know is lgbt+. don’t mention us in conversation purely to get Cool Credit for knowing A Gay, that’s weird and uncomfortable even if it’s not to someone we know/will ever meet. other lgbt+ ppl see u doing that and we are creeped out.

  • don’t pretend you can be privately creeped out by/uncomfortable w/disapproving of our existence without being a homophobe. you’re a homophobe. you don’t have to stay that way.

  • don’t fetishize relationships between ppl of the gender you’re attracted to. our sexuality and our relationships are not for your consumption and us loving/fucking each other is explicitly not about you at all!

  • stop talking about same gender relationships like they’re dirtier or more sinful than yours. stop pretending gay fanfiction is dirtier than straight fanfiction.

  • shipping isn’t activism, porn isn’t activism, and it’s homophobic to pretend voyeuristic fetishization of our existence is remotely supportive. especially if you’re still uncomfortable w gay & bi people of your own gender.

  • like it’s 100% ok to ship gay relationships but it doesn’t make u an activist or exempt from homophobia, and u do need to examine how u interact w those stories to make sure you’re not objectifying oppressed ppl for ur own pleasure - we’re not fetish objects, we’re people

  • stop showing up to gay bars uninvited. stop having your bachelor/ette parties at gay bars. stop treating our only places to meet each other like your personal zoos.

  • don’t hit on gay men or lesbians, in earnest or as a joke. This includes hitting on gay ppl of your own gender bc you think it’s funny or bc you want to turn on your partner. don’t fucking ask us if you can watch us having sex. stop asking for sexual interaction altogether from people you know aren’t attracted to your gender. you will not be an exception.

  • don’t pressure ur bi partner to engage in a threesome they haven’t said they actually want. definitely do not hit on LGB+ ppl on behalf of your bi partner. wtf dude.

  • straight women, please stop calling your platonic female friends “girlfriends” or people you admire as “woman crushes”. Take some time to think about why you think just indicating she’s a girl is supposed to make it clear that your feelings toward someone are actually platonic, and how that makes lbpq women you know feel.

  • when someone comes out to you, don’t act like they’re suddenly a predatory pervert w no self control. don’t stop inviting them to events or start acting differently around them. we interact w ppl of our own gender all the fucking time w/o making it sexual, stop interpreting every interaction w a gay person as sexual in our minds, it’s almost certainly not. ur not that irresistible, stop making it weird.

  • don’t pretend our existence is 100% about how we have sex. that means stop making excuses to not tell children about us! don’t act like we shouldn’t be gay in public! don’t act like your weird kinks make your experience remotely equivalent to ours! (stop ‘coming out’ as kinky you creeps!)

  • don’t demand we present a desexualized and platonic image of our existence and relationships at all times. we have wildly varying sex lives and levels of complexity in our relationships to sex, just like you do.

  • don’t ever EVER use the word h*m*sexual, it’s considered a slur bc it was used for medicalized justifications for our torture. there’s a reason 99% of the usage of that word today is by anti-gay groups.

*tbh this is really just @ straight cis ppl even tho it’s abt gayness since honestly most of these do not apply to straight trans ppl, bc straight trans ppl are an integral part of the same communities/face many of the same issues - and almost always have better fucking manners.

Manchester attacks

You know what pisses me off about the Manchester attacks?

It was children that were the victims.

Innocent children’s lives were taken that night.

Imagine how excited they must have been coming home from primary and their parents getting them ready for the concert.

Imagine the students that had just finished their English exam or geography exam just enjoying the music hopeful to meet their idol that night.

Or the people who travelled all over the country because it was the closest place they could book to see Ariana.

Just imagine the sheer fucking terror that they must have felt in that moment. The uncertainty that they might not see their families again. It sickens me.

It’s even worse that people are trying to use it as an excuse to justify their beliefs about people who are islamic.

The religion isn’t barrbaric and the people who practice their faith just like any other person across the world who are entitled to practice their faith isn’t the reason why this terrible event happened.

The people who take the beliefs of others and bend it to fit their own agenda are the barrbaric ones. In any religion you will find people willing to go far enough to bend the teachings of a religion to commit such vile acts so they feel justified.

What happened last night was earth breaking for everyone across the UK and I (as well as many of you) hope that this doesn’t make us weaker and that we finally stand up for ourselves and not shy away from this bullshit that is commited everyday.

Thank you to everyone that helped save everyone in that horrendous situation and to the people of Manchester willing to open their own homes and car doors to complete strangers to make sure they’re safe and that they will be reunited with their family this is an awful event and I hate to have seen too many innocent lives lost in just one night.

The same thing can be said for the terrorism that was seen in Marawi, Bangkok, and Syria.

(Boi I am so mad and so upset for everyone involved I can’t even get everything I want to say down)

Patrick Stewart applying for US citizenship so he can ‘fight’ Trump

“You know, we have our own problems. We have Brexit. But I’m not a (US) citizen. However, there is, maybe it’s the only good thing as the result of this election, I am now applying for citizenship. Because I want to be an American, too.” The “X-Men” star continued: “Because all of my friends in Washington said there’s only one thing you can do: fight, fight, oppose, oppose. But I can’t do it because I’m not a citizen.”

CAPTAIN PICARD IS COMING TO SAVE US, Y’ALL  (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

UH OH LOOKS LIKE WE’VE GOT A HYDRA FAN

andarthas-webreplied to your post:[Captain America (2011-2012) #1]“Got solid intel…

*facepalms* Painfully obvious none of you read the comics and are making snap judgements based on incomplete info. Also, you couldn’t tell a nazi from a fascist and a hero from a villain if your life depended on it….

Okay. Wow. I can’t believe we’re here. I’m savoring this moment hold on. Let me breathe it in. Let me just lap it up. I have to feel the grace of God come over me so I don’t school yo ass too hard. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

Okay

Yup. First off, you…. commented on a screencap of me reading the comic. That I own. That I can take screencaps of. That is in my library. On Comixology. That I paid for. Since most of my library, y’know this one

pales in comparison to the one I’m used to having since I moved across the country and don’t have access to the accumulative collection of mine, my dad’s, and my sister’s. Y’know. The one that has comics dating back to first printings in the 60s. But whatever.

What do I have on Comixology at this point?

Oh right. 2634, most of which are trade collections. And that’s not counting the hundreds of issues I have in the archive because I’ve already used them on my comic book reference blog @renaramblesaboutcomics​. Y’know. Where I’m hosting my comic reviews and live reads I’ve been doing on tumblr since 2011.

But you’re riiiiiight. Maybe I don’t have the reference for Cap. Gosh darnit I’m just such a newb. What the fuck’s wrong with me, commenting on Cap comics I don’t know shit about.

Ohhhhhhhh right. I just own the whole fucking run you’re referring to. Right right. Not to mention I have read the Ultimate comics, the Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale Captain America: White, the Sam Wilson Cap comic before Spencer lost his goddamn mind, and a couple dozen more not to mention the Avengers comics I own, the Spider-Man guest appearances, the X-Men guest appearances, the guest appearances in Captain and Ms. Marvel books, and all those other comics that feature him.

My bad. Looks like you’re full of shit. And I’m an actual Cap Fan. Uh oh.

Looks like you’re in trouble.

But I have to close out with one more thing:

Okay I’ll stay away from the obvious answer which is that you…. apparently know that the National Socialist Movement in 1930s Germany was …. fascist. But that’s okay. (It’s actually not, it just shows you’re fucking ridiculous)

The thing is you’re accusing me of not being able to recognize either. So let me introduce you to someone I’m pretty sure knows Nazis when she sees them.

Hi. I’m Renaroo. I run this blog, also @renaramblesaboutcomics​. Along with being a lifetime comic book fan,the daughter of comic book fans, and the granddaughter of comic book fans, I’m something else that you would know if you wandered around my blog any:

I’m German-American. Specifically I’m only the second generation of Americans in my family. My family came over from post-Nazi Germany in 1950. Specifically I have to thank this little woman in the middle:

That’s my grandma. Actually she’s all of our Grandma – We’re now a family of Italian-German-Americans,l Mexican-Americans, Polish-German Americans, and (my sister and I) Appalachian-German-Americans.

My Grandma just turned 78 this year and in her lifetime she lived through, you guessed it, World War II and Nazi Germany. In fact, she lost her father in the war – my great-grandfather.

She was also as a young child mauled and attacked by an SS German police dog, which she has scars on her arms from. They’re next to the scars she got from her time as a welder in a metal shop in Akron, Ohio during the rubber boom, but that’s less relevant.

This 4′9″ woman has taught me many things over the years. She helped raise my sister and me. And some of things she, and my great-grandmother before she died at the age of 98, would talk to us about was living under a fascist dictatorship and how that place was called…

wait for it…

Nazi Germany.

So, yes. I know what Nazis are. I know what fascists are. If I didn’t, I could call up my comic book collecting dad who is also a history professor, and get him to explain it to us, but I’m pretty sure I don’t have to.

Why?

Because before slow roasting you over a fire, I guess I could’ve pointed out this. It’s sometimes hard to find so I don’t really blame you for not having read it yourself. I’m not an asshole comic book fan who lords that sort of thing over people

But here’s Captain America (1941-1950) #1:

[Captain America (1940-1941) #1]

Oh wow look it’’s Red Skull’s first appearance. What’s that he’s wearing on his chest? Why doesn’t he know he leads HYDRA? Not Nazis. That’s so weird I wonder what the two have in common…

P.S. @andarthas-web​, in case it’s not obviously apparent from the entirety of this post you enabled by trying smear shit on my original post: You’re a fucking idiot.

“We missed each other this whole time. Me and Andy missed each other, but me and Melissa missed each other too. It’s weird. She and I talk when we’re not filming and we’re like “How are you?” It’s f—ing bizarre! So it’s hard and it’s a bittersweet reunion. We enjoy it, but we don’t enjoy being apart. And that goes for a lot of us. There are certain characters where as soon as they start going, we start bawling. It’s kind of silly. But she’s definitely one of those for me.”

“She’s going through her own thing and there’s a reason why she separated herself and doesn’t want to be a killer anymore. And she’s losing herself, and I think Daryl realizes that. It’s a very selfless act. He tells her what she needs to hear to keep going. He does it for her.”

“I think she can totally handle it. It’s just not what she needs. Everyone’s path is their individual path, and she needs to be away from it because she’s losing herself and that world, when your whole life is changed and your whole world is changed and the dynamics have changed, and you start to lose yourself — then what’s the point, you know? So I think that he realizes that she needs to hold on to something. She’s been working towards it and it’s been hard for her, and he sees how hard it is for her to even make the choice to do what she’s doing now. And selflessly, he tells her what she needs to hear because he cares about her and doesn’t want to drag her into something that she doesn’t want to be a part of.” 

- Norman Reedus

harry potter asks!
  1. What is your Hogwarts House and which of that House’s traits resonate the most with you?
  2. What is your Patronus and what do you think it says about you?
  3. Which is your favourite book and why?
  4. Which is your favourite film and why?
  5. Which scene was left out of the films that you think should have been included?
  6. Which scene was added into the films that was a great addition?
  7. In your opinion, what was an Iconic Moment™?
  8. What is your favourite quote/passage?
  9. Who is your favourite character and why?
  10. Who is your least favourite character and why?
  11. Who is your favourite non-human character?
  12. Which character deserved better and why?
  13. If you could swap one dead character for one character that survived, would would you revive and who would you kill?
  14. Which character would you like to know more about?
  15. Which character do you feel you have the most in common with?
  16. Which character’s death hit you the hardest?
  17. What is your OTP, nOTP, brOTP and OT3?
  18. What would be your favourite and least favourite Hogwarts classes?
  19. What is your favourite magical creature?
  20. What is your favourite spell?
  21. What do you think is the most useful spell?
  22. What do you think Amortentia would smell like to you?
  23. What do you think your Boggart would be and what would it change into?
  24. What is your favourite magical object and why?
  25. Which of the Deathly Hallows would you pick and why?
  26. What is your opinion of Dumbledore and his actions throughout the series?
  27. What is your opinion of Snape and his actions throughout the series?
  28. Do you agree with Dumbledore’s statement, ‘Sometimes I think we Sort too soon’?
  29. If you could own one piece of HP memorabilia, what would it be?
  30. If you could ask JKR one question, what would it be?
The 5 Elements of a LIKABLE Main Character

“I don’t like your main character. He’s kind of obnoxious.” my beta reader laughingly told me, after reading the first chapter of my novel.

On the surface, I looked like this: 

Inside, I looked like this: 

Aloud, I said “Oh, well, he’s kind of hard to understand. He changes by the end.”

Inside, I screamed “How could you not like him?! Do you have a heart?! Is there a void where your soul should be?! Are you actually a Dementor that’s really good at makeup? Well, I guess this is what the Dementors are doing after getting kicked out of Azkaban!”

Outside: “But I really enjoyed it!” *Hugs between broken writer and Dementor in disguise* “Thank you for reading!" 

But you know what? That person that might be a soul-sucking cloaked demon creature? They were right. The character was unlikable, or more accurately, there was no reason to cheer him on. There was nothing to make the reader connect with him, relate to him, transfer themselves into his story, feel affection towards him. 

And if the reader doesn’t connect with the character through empathy? Nothing else in the story can work. Everything relies on this one fictional person. The basic definition of story is "A flawed hero with a goal overcoming obstacles to reach that goal, and how that journey changes them.” So without character, you don’t have story. Without empathy from the reader, you don’t even have character. 

So what is empathy when it comes to characters? 

It’s the process of a reader transferring their own lives onto the character. When this happens, the character’s goal and inner desires, values and weaknesses, everything about them, become proxies for our own. We learn of a shared piece of human nature between us, something we have in common on a significant inner level, and suddenly we want to see this character succeed. Because now, they are us – and we want to see ourselves succeed in real life. We feel what they feel, we experience what they experience.  

The best way to sum up character empathy in my opinion, is this quote from C.S.Lewis: “Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another ‘Really? You too? I thought I was the only one!’”

That’s empathy. 

Which doesn’t mean the character has to be an angelic little cherub …

There are characters that operate in a moral gray area, there are characters that are downright awful, there are characters that shouldn’t be lovable …but we love them. So this is NOT saying that a main character has to be a perfect angel that rescues baby squirrels when they’re not busy volunteering at the local soup kitchen, it just means there’s something WORTHWHILE in the character that persuades the reader to stick around. We need a reason to relate with that at-first-glance unlikable character. Just as we have flawed people in our own lives who we can forgive and love.

A good quote for this one would be this, by G.K.Chesterton: “That’s the great lesson of Beauty and the Beast; that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”

So how does a writer accomplish a good empathetic connection?

Luckily for us, establishing this only takes a little planning in the beginning of the story. Certain elements foster empathy, elements which you can give to your character and display in the story. Making sure to incorporate a few of these will ensure that first connection between reader and character. A connection which you, the author, will then be able to grow. It’s this tiny first note of shared humanity which deepens into those important links we hold with characters. We’re living people, they’re imagined and comprised of words on a page; yet these people can be friends to us, family, mentors, role models, and become some of the most influential people in our lives. 

And how does that begin? Evoking empathy. 

And how do you evoke empathy? Well here are the characteristics that human beings instinctively identify with and admire … 

– Courage (This is the one EVERY main character should possess. Gumption to pursue what they want separates main from background characters.)

– Humor (Wit charms us without fail.)

– Goal-Obsessed 

– Hard-working  

– Noble motivations

– Loving

– Loved by others

– Kind 

– Treated unfairly

– In imminent danger, physically

– In imminent danger, emotionally

– In a sorrowful situation

– Smart/Expert at something

– Suffering from psychological weakness  

– Haunted by something in their past

– Dissatisfied with current state of their life

– Lacking something like love, friendship, belonging, family, safety, freedom, etc

It’s a good plan to give your main character at least FIVE of these empathetic little “virtues.”

If this sounds like a resume, that’s kind of what it is. “Dear Potential Reader, I’m applying for the job of Main Character of this book series. I aspire to consume your every waking thought and drastically change your life, for better and worse.” It’s a diagram of the worthwhile traits of the hero, the characteristics that win us over, which promise the reader “If you follow my story, knowing me – and experiencing the story through me – will be well worth your time.”

These traits will be displayed in the set-up of the story, the first ten pages or so. But the story CANNOT stop to let the character exhibit these winning behaviors; the story must KEEP PROGRESSING, every empathetic element must be shown with a story reason for existing within a scene. Like exposition, empathy needs to be added in subtly, as the story motors onward, slipping into the reader’s knowledge without them noticing. If it’s a scene created for the express purpose of convincing the reader “This character is lovable! Love them! I said love them!” then it will be glaringly obvious and the reader will feel the exact opposite. (They’ll also feel that way about the author, incidentally.)

Now! How does this work? 

Harry Potter: 

Harry is the poster child for being treated unfairly. Yet in the face of the abusive treatment of his childhood, Harry is courageous. He does not succumb to the Dursley’s relentless campaign to stamp the magic out of him, and become a proper Dursley; though this would’ve won their approval, put him in their good graces, and made his life exponentially easier – but he didn’t do it. He knew they were wrong, knew what was right, and refused to become like them. So heck yes Sorting Hat, there is “plenty of courage, I see”. He was loved by his parents, by the three that dropped him off at his Aunt and Uncle’s, and by the majority of the Wizarding World. He’s also snarky, loving, and in constant danger. 

Judy Hopps: 

Every reason why we care about Judy is established in the first few scenes. She’s courageous. She’s funny. She’s loved by her parents. She’s motivated by noble values. Definitely goal oriented, hard working, and smart. She’s also in imminent danger, and being treated unfairly.

If we took out the pieces of the story meant to evoke our empathy, what would happen? 

Nobody would care. Judy Hopps would have been an annoying, smug, and consumed by ruthless ambition. Harry Potter would have ceased to exist because everything about him is empathetic. 

Establishing these early allows us to begin the process of temporarily transferring our lives into a story. Or in the case of some life-changing stories, not temporarily transferring, but letting them become part of our souls forever. 

Yup, having your story connect with a reader forever starts with just a little empathy. Pretty useful.

Oh, and speaking of souls, give me mine back, Dementor reader. I learned how to make people like my characters. Now you’re out of the Azkaban job and the beta reading job. 

Power Rangers Living Together Headcanon

Created with the help of the lovely @catyz101 and the wonderful @vintagecarter go ahead and give them a follow please.

- Two years after the attack, when the rangers graduate highschool, they decide to build a house together in the mountains near the ship.

-When goldar went down billy managed to save a lot of gold
“Like my dad said, you find it you keep it”
Needless to say they’re fucking loaded.

-Kim and Trini adopted a cat courtesy of her brothers. The twins found him and managed to keep him for a week before their mom found out and he was sent to live with Trini.
“Take care of gato for us”
“Wait you named i-”
“GATO, is in great hands”

-The cat loves everyone but Zack and Jason. Every time the cat cuddles up to Billy “traitor” can be heard faintly whispered through the house.

-Zack goes to the kitchen at 1 in the morning and finds the cat just sitting there staring at him, they have a staring contest for two mintues until he slowly backs away back into his room.

-They rotate dinner every night. They all make something thats authentic to them but the weekends are take out nights. It an unspoken rule of the house

-Zack almost breaking his neck doing a double take on Trini leaving from Kim’s room in the early morning

-“ITS NOT A WALK OF SHAME IF ITS YOUR OWN HOUSE” Kim passing by headed to the kitchen “you are definitely doing the walk of shame babe.”
“KIMBERLY”

-Billy quietly comments from the back “why are you so surprised, thats the 5th time this week.”
“Billy, its tuesday”

- “Hello, yes, i found your number in the yellow pages i was calling to tell you that MY BEST FRIEND JUST GOT LAID also a large pizza please”

-Trini watches a novella one day outta habit, and suddenly Jason and Zack are addicted. “No, trini you cant change the channel we are watching that!”

-Kim puts pink hair dye in her shampoo to figure out who keeps using it. The culprit was Jason…… and Trini

-“Who the fuck put jello in the toilet”
“You see its not actually jello its this silicone-”
“BILLY?!”
“I’ll take it you’re upset with me….”

-Theyre the hardware stores best customer. The owner thinks they own a construction company. He is yet to be corrected

-One day the boys come back from the store early and hear a scream in the house. They all barge in too kims room and walk in on the girls.
“Oh my god GET OUT”
Billy closes his eyes and runs smack into the wall putting a hole in it while jason and Zack are running out dodging pillows.

-“Steve come here girl” “Zack we are not naming our dog Steve” “what about zordon?” “you wanna name my daughter after wall dad? How dare?” “you were about to name her Steve?!” “Personally i thik she looks like a Steve…” “Thank you billy”

-“Oh well if it isnt satan himself coming to visit my room when it does not belong here!” “Guys the cat isnt that bad”
“Billy do not speak on matters that do not concern you”

-“Who taught you savages to do the laundry?” “Trini relax.” “Relax? Jason, Isnt it bad enough my hair is pink but now my white tshirts are too because Zack put your shirts in with mine.”

-“Hey yellow, pink, your hell cat just attacked steve.”
“Do you dare slander my cats good name?! YOU CAN MEET ME IN THE PIT!!”

-They have color coded bath Towels. Zack likes to steal someone elses each week which isnt a problem until he struts out the bathroom in pink towels when Kim’s parents come to visit.

-“I know DAMN well i had last nights episode of Rupauls drag race recorded who DELETED IT?!?” “Sorry Zack that may have been me, but dont worry i have it recorded on my tv too” “Billy, you are my hero”

-Gato steals steves bed all the time and its the leading cause of argument in the house.

- “Satan’s spawn please, my daughters bed is too big for you and she cannot sleep in your small bed” hiss hiss “Okay that was rude” hiiiisss “TRINI! CONTROL YOUR SON AND GET HIM OUTTA MY DAUGHTERS BED RIGHT NOW”

-Fire alarm goes off at six in the morning. Multiple voices are heard screaming “KIM” from 4 seperate rooms

-She was just making toast.

Natasha’s Win Tonight:

Okay, so, quick little sassy comments aside, I just want to put my thoughts down because this is such a monumental win for her and to see so many of my queer tribe celebrating in my dash makes it feel like a win for us too.

We just watched an openly pansexual woman who plays mostly queer characters win a popularity contest over the two leads from Canada’s favourite show. I said this yesterday but Natasha’s creative work this last year has been so vibrant and diverse, and there is something so poetic about the little queer girl who got picked on and shoved into lockers for her homemade clothes winning the Fans Choice Award to a standing ovation in a dress her mother made for her.

All any bullied kid wants is validation that they are worthy and like many of us, Natasha has been open about her struggle with anxiety and depression and feelings of self-doubt. Tonight, we got to shoulder one of our own to that stage and she got her big moment of affirmation from the mainstream too and nothing can ever take it away from her.

I would bet you my last slice of pizza that when she goes home tonightshiny trophy under her armand checks her social medias it will be our reaction she cares about the most and I’m so happy that she’s going to get to see how ecstatic we all are for her.

Get it girl, you did such a good job!

SJM books ranked from least emo to most emo

1) 

okay yeah i know, rowan gets shot, and like, Chaolaena shippers probably cried a lot but Arobyn dies so over all it’s a good experience.

2) 

ALRIGHT LOOK I KNOW IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER BUT. No one important actually dies aside from Suri and Feyre is way more recovered from her trauma in this one so the first person PoV is just happier in general, and Nesta and Elain take down Hybern so really who can complain 

3) 

The emo book that started it all. Pretty emo bc it opens with the protagonist getting released from the slave mines and she is emaciated but Dorian and Chaol are Hot™ and Hetero™ so it’s all good

4)

Pretty depressing that there are 5 books more emo than this one seeing as how in this one the protagonist goes from a shit home life to a shit boyfriend to dying in order to save the entire world. But you know, all in a day’s read??

5) 

Okay so this is where it really goes downhill. WTF Maas. Why’d you have to write Sam Cortlans’s death. I don’t think any of us really wanted it but you gave it to us anyway. But the rest of the book is like, not too emo, except it does hurt seeing Celaena systematically ruin all of her personal relationships. 

6)

Um alright, so this one, idk….emo because Nehemia, like why why why?? I’ll be asking that question until my own death honestly. But also, the end of Chaolaena, the end of Dorealna/Doraelin, also, Aelin?? Who the f is that?? Well now we know, and Chaol’s not pleased about it, and Celaena/Aelin has to be sent away on a ship and wow, this book was just, not a happy read. (this is the only one with a starred review on Kirkus so go figure…)

7) 

Ik wtf, this should be last you’re thinking. But nah, I said emo, not painful. And without the last 100 pages, this would rank at idk, number 3 or so. But those last 100 pages. Fuck me up Maas. I’m still not capable of forming complete thoughts about it and I read it 8 months ago. It’s like she sat down and said, How can I write the MOST painful, bloody ending ever? Idk, maybe have Aelin whipped, have her refuse to count the lashes bc shes waiting for Rowan, but Rowan never comes, oh and here’s an iron coffin let’s shove her inside there too, and ps they are mates and carranam and husband and wife and also Lysandra is going to pretend to be Aelin forever because Aelin is the literal sacrifice to save the world, okay bye now thanks for reading. No, F u Maas. F u. 

8)

Okay so this is a fan favorite but it’s also almost the MOST emo. Coincidence? I think not. Anyways, this is emo because the narrator is suffering from PTSD for the whole book and also suffers through an abusive relationship and her ex bf tries to hunt her down and her new bf lies to her about being her Mate and Immortal Husband and she’s just…not pleased. Basically read this if you hate men but love bats. Not the most emo though because Mor is in this book, and also Velaris. 

9)

Where do I even start? Aelin’s hella depressed and doesn’t really know what name she should use, she’s bitter and angry and depressed about the burden of being queen, and Rowan thinks she is a little shit. Except he is also bitter and angry and depressed, because his mate died, and they have to learn how to stop being bitter and angry and depressed together except it takes aelin burning herself out and nearly dying and then aelin almost dying for real again when fighting valg to get them to realize that. Also, Manon is in this book and she doesn’t know how to feel anything yet, so that’s pretty emo as well. Also idk, i think this might be when the wyrven dies? Not sure, but emo. Dorian and Chaol- also emo a lot. Emo because Aedion is alive?? And has no clue where Aelin has been all these years. Emo because Sorscha dies. Emo because it ends with Dorian enslaved to the Valg. just. Not a fun book. But also a fan favorite. 

Friends, this is long, but I need you to hear me. Okay?

Take a good look at this picture. At first, you might think, “That’s great! Sessions IS a racist liar! I’m glad those ladies showed up to welcome him to our city!”

I have something to tell you: They only came for the picture. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE CIS-HET WHITE WOMEN IN THIS PICTURE LEFT WHEN THE GOING GOT TOUGH.

They flocked together, casting suspicious glares at our chants, slowly separating themselves. Then, as we were peacefully assembled on the stairs, one of our comrades was arrested. “Why?” we shouted. “Why?! Bring him back!” While behind us there were solicitous murmurs from the pussy hat club. “Good,” someone said. “He was too rowdy. They’re too loud.”

They left us. They didn’t want to lock arms with us. They wanted to get their FB picture and to tell their friends they are “hashtag resisting” while at the same time pushing the POC and LGBTQ folk in front of the police. They took their privilege and used it for nothing more than a contribution to their own oppression.

The cancer of white supremacy and the lie of “law and order” is so deeply ingrained in these so-called liberals that they can see a man get arrested (with their own eyes) for standing on a stair and still think it was somehow his fault.

The same police telling us not to stand on stairs (stairs that we paid for) are the same ones that threw their bikes at us a month ago and brutally arrested two trans women.

The police aren’t our friends and the liberal moderates are a part of the problem.

White friends (particularly those of you who espouse BLM and say we need change), cis-het friends, we need you. We need you engaged. We need you to stand up and stand with us, especially when the shit gets tough. If you’re afraid, you have to be brave. You can only be brave when you’re afraid.

We NEED to you to be brave.

I’ve been on tumblr in the fanfiction realm (reading and writing) for years now, and these are the things I’ve noticed over the years.

TIPS TO KEEP YOUR FAV FANFICTION WRITERS WRITING

  • If you read it, say something. It doesn’t matter if you drop as an ask or a message, reblog, like or reply in a post. WE DON’T CARE. Say something. It can be insanely detailed to an incoherent rambling such as “fbdhsfbdfabasdhfb.” Most anything will make us smile. There are some days where one of these messages will give us the desire to continue writing. I get it if you don’t want to reblog because it doesn’t fit the “aesthetic” of your blog, or you don’t want to like it because (like me) you have this thing about keeping your likes organized, but  replying to a post leaves literally no evidence on your end and will make the writer smile.
  • Don’t offer advice if they haven’t asked for it. Although it shouldn’t, hearing people say that they would’ve done something differently, or whatever scenario wouldn’t work, or a straight up insult, or whatever it happens to be, will bother us more than it should. If something about a piece is really bothering you, ask the writer if you can offer something constructive - and by constructive, I mean, offer a solution, don’t tell me I suck balls. :) In my case, when this happens, I delete your ask. 
  • This is a BIG ONE, and a very simple one. WE ARE NOT MACHINES. We have lives, and we also like to write. We do so for free and on our own time, so don’t complain if you don’t get an update when you think it should be up. (This isn’t an issue for me thankfully, but I see this a lot with multi-chapter fics. People want what they want when they want it with no regard for the writers feelings.)
  • While many writers, myself included, desire recognition for our work, the majority of us write because we have too many feelings inside us and need to get them out in some way. We write for ourselves and your enjoyment of those pieces is a happy accident, so when you look at a story and think it should’ve gone differently, that’s because you weren’t the one writing it. We wanted it to go a certain way.

All that being said…THANK YOU FOR READING OUR STUFF and PLEASE CONTINUE TO ENJOY. WE LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. YOUR POSITIVITY KEEPS US GOING. <3