which is of course the most important part

This is one of the more ambitious opening statements in pop this decade, an ostentatious and essentially verse-less stab at something both immediate and timeless. My colleague Andrew Unterberger already broke down everything that ‘Sign of the Times’ is — defiantly rock, proudly bombastic and impossibly British included. One thing that it isn’t, though, is undercooked, which is perhaps its most important trait of all.

'Sign of the Times’ is: resolute, determined, wholly committed to its messaging and sound, radio trends be damned. Although it wears its influences on its sleeve (RIP, David Bowie), nothing about this single bends toward someone else’s expectations. 'Sign of the Times’ sounds effortless, but to arrive without any incomplete features is an accomplishment in a music industry where pop artists are expected to produce new music at an unsustainable rate and buckle at least in part to what everyone else is doing (while still remaining original, of course). Throw in the fact that Styles was a huge name before releasing a shred of solo music, and the patience and attention to detail of 'Sign of the Times’ is a pretty remarkable feat.

Will 'Sign of the Times’ be a hit? Who knows, but that’s sort of beside the point. Styles has dropped a bonafide piece of art that took months to complete, and did so on his own terms. It’s a subtle win for him, and for his audience. Harry took his time, and got it right.
—  Harry Styles’ ‘Sign of the Times’ & The Virtue of Patience - Billboard
How Sony deals with fandoms

I’ve been to an international in-house PR summit hosted by one of my clients this week and nearly fell off my chair when one of the guest speakers was a VERY important person from Sony Music Entertainment. Let’s call him John. I won’t disclose his function and real name because I don’t want to reveal where I was, but based on his title he definitely knows what he‘s saying and has a lot of industry experience.

His speech was mainly  about how to engage with a variety of different target audiences. Of bloody course one of the first slides he showed was a picture of 1D engaging with fans which was supposed to drive the point home that there are some audiences who are more passionate about a brand than others.He mentioned then that he’s worked with 1D on their albums which drove me into a bit of a freeze.

Because I’m embarrassing, I recorded parts of his speech on my phone and wrote the most important things down to share some interesting insights he gave about how Sony manages their artists’ target audiences, crafts their artists’ social media actions and deals with the fact that at the end of the day they always need to get people to buy music.

 

HOW DOES SONY UNDERSTAND AND MONITOR AUDIENCES (like fandoms for instance)?

According to John, they have their very own data-driven digital tool that helps them identify and manage different target groups for an artist (it’s not perfected yet but has been rolled out a lot of countries, I think he said 50?) and see where there might be connections to other artists, who the influencers are, what the specific target groups are or will be interested in and to identify collaboration opportunities.

Target groups are being split into four categories: Fanatics, enthusiasts, casuals, indifferents. These segments are being broken down into even smaller groups defined by age, genre preference, gender and country. They found that the older you get, the less likely you’ll be a fanatic or enthusiast.

How does Sony find this stuff out? Well, they survey polled music audiences of every age in a way that covers either nationally representatives or represent one of the major top tier cities. People shared their music preferences, consumption habits, lifestyle, media habits etc. Sony gathered all that information, analysed the insights and created their own audience understanding tool.

According to John, that way everyone at Sony has access to an interactive map of the world of Sony that looks into segmentations and audiences for every artist while being searchable in a number of different ways. The tool is pulling from real data, but they are also adding to that „with things like analytics of platforms like Spotify where we are able to gather lots of informations about user behaviours and reference that against things that we do“.

 

HOW SONY STRATEGICALLY SHAPES PR STORIES

John gave the example of Snoop Doggy Dog who had launched a new album (song? Idk) around that time: „There was a week-long debate in parliament around the legalization of Marihuana, so we just jumped on this conversation and did lots of social marketing around Snoop with his rolling papers and his spliffs… so maybe that’s bad taste, I’ll allow you to judge that for yourselves. The point is though that you are also marketing into a wider cultural context. [You need] an understanding how that works and where you can have a conversation that is seamless and not fake, genuineness is quite important.

“The way you can get people to connect is: You’ve got a lot of stuff that you want to say. Start under the assumption that people actually don’t give a shit about 95 percent of it. And then see which are the bits that might overlap. This is where the understanding of the audience really comes into its own. It forces us to think before we jump to execution. The quest for relevance is vitally important.”

Why are people to connect with a brand/band though? John thinks this is one of the most underused questions when planning an approach. Why is it that they do specific things? He gave an example: „We would normally take a record to radio because we always believe that radio is the thing that breaks the record. But if my core audience, my phase one audience – the people that are gonna give that band its first lift – are on Spotify, what am I doing on radio??“


ENGAGEMENT AROUND ARTIST IS KEY

„The thing is that you don’t start with a conversation around a product. The consumption of the product is the end point of a journey where you built an engagement and a fan. So again, for us that means that when we sit down and do our plan around our next Robbie Williams album, we start with „How are we gonna maximize the engagement around Robbie Williams“? because that will then sell us albums. Not „Okay, we’ll be releasing in a week in November, eight weeks out we need to be here, here and here“. So we’re not doing product launches anymore unless [it is suitable for the target demographic]. We have to built a tension and an engagement around an artist.“

 

ABOUT THEIR ARTISTS‘ SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS

„We run most of our artists social media channels or at least their official  pages, so we are involved in all of those conversations.“


Shocking, I know.

Based on the situation we face in this fandom,with this band, feel free to draw your own conclusions about what this information means.

HERE ARE MY KEY TAKEAWAYS:

1.       It’s not news at all, but the existence of their own audience understandig tool confirms it: the 1D fandom is being monitored, segmented and analyzed. Sony’s strategies are tightly tied to that fact. Collaborations or artist interactions such as Louis/James Arthur or One Direction/ Little Mix are most likely the result of a data-driven analysis of whose fan groups are similar and whose are likely to be open towards that particular other artist too.

2.       Again no news, but the example of Snoop Doggy Dog shows that there are strategies behind even the most random photos. Often placements of specific pictures or stories serve a wider purpose. Hello pap walks, hello b**ygate, hello Louis Twitter, hello Liam visibly being linked to L.A.‘s cool singer/songwriter crowd before his first album drop.  

3.       The decision to not promote Louis‘ song could very well have been a logical outcome of the team asking themselves the question „Why?“: Why should we promote his song with huge effort when we KNOW his own fans are going to do it passionately, especially if they think  we don’t give a shit? Why not playing that game in order to make them promo it the hardest way they can?“ Why indeed??

4.       One Direction is a huge deal for Sony. John was talking about a lot of bands during his speech but whenever he was talking about major acts, he always listed One Direction amongst them (along with gems like Beyonce, David Bowie, Adele). He name-dropped them at least 5 -6 times in a 60 minute speech. He really didn’t have to because the audience was in no way whatsoever a target audience. So yes, they clearly have been and are a very huge deal for them.

5.       The part about social media? Well :))))))

a long post about the message of the blurryface era

all the blurryface music videos (and heathens) seem to be pretty different from the rest but all of them have the same theme, which is that connection with friends is the best way to cope, and no one is really alone.

heathens/heavydirtysoul - these two music videos parallel each other closely as i talked about in my last post. both start with tyler in a dark and unfamiliar place. he is sad and withdrawn. then, he sees josh. josh is drumming furiously and doesn’t notice tyler. 

in both music videos tyler is represented by dark motifs (rooms, clothes, etc.) while josh’s motifs are glowing and bright. heathens - he’s drumming on a glowing box, which eventually becomes the stage on which he and tyler play. heavydirtysoul - his drums spark flames with every hit; they grow larger and eventually consume tyler as well. 

both videos reach a climax in which tyler and josh interact with each other for the first time. the light (heathens) and flame (hds) grows to a blinding maximum and the two are rocking out together. josh is no longer ignoring tyler. tyler is no longer withdrawn; he is interacting with josh and for the moment his anxiety is gone. it’s a release but it’s not a painful one. he is coping. 

and then in the end everything is back to normal - no yellow suit, no light, no flames. tyler is still there alone. blurryface is as present as ever. and the implication is that he has imagined josh. this is why josh didn’t notice tyler both times. he was merely an attempt for tyler to find someone to relate to. a cathartic figment of imagination. an imagination of light that tyler hasn’t found yet. 

and what these songs mean in relation to the videos is clear. “all my friends are heathens” - there are so many people here going through the same thing as me, and while the general public considers us freaks, we are all here together and ready to stay that way. “can you save my heavydirtysoul” - implies desperately trying to find a way out of the situation. imagining salvation so fervently that it manifests as almost reality. salvation, here, is josh and the flames. 

lane boy - this one is kind of similar to heathens and heavydirtysoul in that it starts with tyler, alone and contemplating, in the dark. but this time he’s worried about what he has done to become successful, and whether it’s good enough, and whether fame will change him and limit him. all these worries are new to the band, because they’re at the beginning of their rise to fame at this point. and in the video the dark road in the woods symbolizes that they’re in the dark and they’re being careful. stay low they say. 

and then they’re playing on a stage, and everything is forgotten, and they REFUSE to stay low. if you notice in the video the moment tyler sees josh on stage, that is the moment he breaks his silence and starts to dance. to me this video represents that even though not everyone in the crowd might like what the band is doing, and even though there are critics behind that stage and out in that world, being able to play in front of thousands, together, tyler and josh, is worth it. at the end of this video is the realization that having each other means much more than success. 

stressed out - i think this video illustrates the point the most obviously, but it does a great job handling the dichotomy between wanting to grow up and not wanting to grow up. obviously tyler and josh would rather hang out with each other, with no responsibilities, and make music without having to worry about how it is going to be received. and part of the music video is the deliberate denial of reality, and the fantasy of regressing into teenagerhood. but the last part? that’s the acknowledgement that they’re not always going to be kids and life will not be easy. tyler is walking down the street, alone, and without the backpack and the tricycle. this is a sign he’s maturing. and blurryface, he’s there too. i think that entire scene is representative of coming of age.

ride/fairly local - like heathens and heavydirtysoul, i think there’s strong evidence these videos parallel each other. both take place in an isolated location and make use of very polarized (no pun intended) environments. ride - the daytime and the nighttime. fairly local - the icy house and the red hallway. 

so in ride, i think it’s really important that the verses and the bridge take place at night. this is where tyler is doing all his worrying. he doesn’t know what his place in life is and what his relationship to others is. who would you live for, who would you die for, would you ever kill? he’s overanalyzing. he’s in the dark, both literally and metaphorically, about everything. and he doesn’t know where he stands with anyone. he can’t see. he’s wearing dark glasses at night. josh is nowhere to be seen. and then the chorus is where he lets up. he acknowledges that there is a lot to worry about and a lot to analyze over, but he can still enjoy his life. even though he’s hurling through the unfamiliar course of life he can still take the time to look at the things that he loves. and the light comes on, and he can look at the beauty that’s around him, and he can see that there are people and things that mean a lot to him even though he’s questioning it all. 

and then we have fairly local, where the majority of the video takes place in an icy house. the whole video seems very disconnected from the rest of the world. it’s freezing and desolate, both tyler and josh seem to ignore each other, and their demeanor is cold and apathetic. they’re trying very hard to remain unemotional, closed off, unable to see the damage they do to themselves and others. but that denial of their own feelings - that’s where blurryface manifests. he’s what’s causing their isolation, he’s there in the red hallway, changing into something darker and darker as tyler and josh continue to distance themselves.

and a thing i like about fairly local is that the quiet and desolate atmosphere of the video completely contradicts the lyrics of the song. “im fairly local, ive been around, ive seen the streets, youre walking down.” “the few, the proud, and the emotional.” he’s talking about the fanbase, and josh, and jenna, and everyone he’s been able to connect with. and the sense of group mentality and empathy are completely antithetical to the cold, quiet video that they represent breaking out of that atmosphere. 

tear in my heart - this one is an oddball. all the music videos from this era have the common thread of using human connection as a symbol of coping with blurryface. most videos choose to represent that with the relationship between tyler and josh, but this video uses tyler and jenna instead. i think the content of the video is pretty straightforward, and a lot of people have dived into this theory, but the scene in which jenna beats up tyler is important. a common interpretation is that this scene actually represents jenna beating up blurryface. blurryface doesn’t give up without a fight, of course. wrestling with such a character, such a deeply rooted part of your thoughts, is going to cause some distress. there is pain involved in battling your own mind, but the pain is a sign that you are able to fight, that you’re doing it. sometimes you gotta bleed to know that you’re alive and have a soul. but it takes someone to come around and show you how. jenna and tyler’s love for each other is what gives tyler the power to challenge blurryface, but he won’t be able to do that without some pain involved. 

and now i think i understand why blurryface is the name of this strange part of everyone’s brain. the literal opposite of the word blurryface is of course clear face. as in being able to see people’s faces clearly. blurryface is the opposite of seeing people for who they truly are. blurryface is the opposite of joining people who are fighting the same battles as you and really connecting with them. the opposite of blurryface is friendship and truth, and we must always find comfort in the fact that we are not alone. there are always people out there for you. and that’s how you defeat a demon. 

Bullet Journal Quotes

Since my planner starts July 2016 and ends July 2017 I’ve been using it as a bullet journal for the summer until I start school again next week. I’ve been writing quotes, tips and odd bits of information in the space for each day instead of homework. Now it’s the end of summer I have collected a lot of quotes that I hope you guys might like. They may seem random but they do correspond with what i did or was feeling on the day.

Plato
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
“Love is a serious mental disease.”

Socrates
“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Buddha
“What we do today is what matters most.”
“To keep the body in good health a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

William Shakespeare 
“The course of true love did run smooth.”

Oscar Wilde
“The books that the world calls immoral are are the books that show the world it’s shame.”
“They’ll tell you that dreams can come true but forget to mention that nightmares are dreams too.”
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

H.G.Wells
“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”

Jane Austen
“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”

J.R.R Tolkien
“Little by little, one travels far.”

Neil Gaiman
“I like stories where women save themselves.”

C.S.Lewis 
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different.”

Stephen King
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

William Arthur Ward 
“The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.”

Audrey Hepburn
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover you have two hands - one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

Abraham Lincoln
“I will study and get ready and perhaps my chance will come.”

Theodore Roosevelt
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” 

Thomas Jefferson
“Never spend money before you have it.”

Thomas Edison
“I have not failed, I just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.”

Nelson Mandela
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Salvador Dali
“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”

Winnie the Pooh
“Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.”

Morticia Addams (Addams Family Values)
“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”

Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)
“The souffle isn’t the souffle - the souffle is in the recipe.”

The Doctor (Doctor who, Series 2, Episode 3: Tooth and Claw)
“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world.”

Dr Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal, Series 2, Episode 4: Takiawase)  
“I’ve always found the idea of death comforting. The thought that my life could end at any moment frees me to fully appreciate the beauty and art and horror that this world has to offer.”

Sirius Black (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Movie)
“We’ve all got both light and darkness inside of us. What matters is the part we choose o act on, that’s who we really are.”

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad)
“Harley Quinn, nice to meetcha. Love your perfume. What is that: the stench of death?” 

Welcome to the Night Vale (twitter)
“Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you.”

anonymous asked:

Yes, Dee, you really should be working. Bet your horses and their owners miss you when you spend all day on here. Why don't you be a regular fan & stop spreading lies & conspiracy theories about Sam & Cait. Wonder what the uni would think of Professor McD's wife being such an obsessed out of touch with reality fanatic. And it would really be embarrassing for K to know that her mother is considered an Outlander tinhatter. Light shipping with no conspiracy theories spread is the way to go, Dee.

Awww, anon, am I spending too much time on Tumblr for your tastes? Debunking too many of your sacred, but not very well supported opinions? Sorry about that- but what I choose to do with the publicly available information that is available to me is my prerogative, as also is how I spend my free time. That’s the time when I am not working. My tag line is a bit of humour, anon, not to be taken seriously. All the work gets done and then some, anon, never worry about that!
And speaking of publicly available information, I see that you have also availed yourself of some and done some poking about as to me and my family. No problem as far as I am concerned, or my family either. It is, after all, publicly available information and you are quite welcome to it. But you leave me at something of a social disadvantage, anon, in that you presume to address me on a first name basis- but, as you have chosen to remain anonymous-I don’t yet have your name to reciprocate properly with our first name basis communications. Oh, well, I suppose there is nothing for it but to just go on addressing you as “anon” until you see fit to introduce yourself.
But I suppose I should now get down to answering your questions. Since you have troubled yourself to learn so much about me it’s the least I can do to reciprocate your interest!

First, my clients are all quite aware of my blog, and of its direction. In fact we often laugh about the absurdities of social media, and the proclivities of certain of its users to take it upon themselves to tell others how they should think. ( that’s a polite way to say “NSTer, anon)

And then there is my husband, who as you point out, anon, is indeed a professor. He was a little miffed to learn about your interest in him, anon, but only because your research seems to have failed to turn up, and refer to him by, his actual job title. He is actually a Distinguished Professor- which means he holds an endowed chair, anon, which means he is a very important part of his department, he teaches the advanced courses, sits on important committees, oh, and he also has tenure. Which means that it doesn’t really matter to him, or to his uni, what sort of things his wife might choose to do with her spare time. Even if that thing is to be an “obsessed out of touch with reality fanatic” lol! He is also well aware of my blog, and it’s content. In fact we both get a really good laugh together most mornings when he shares with me the latest political news a la Trump and friends, and I fill him in on the latest fandom happenings (that’s also a polite way to say “NSTer happenings, anon)

And then there is my lovely daughter, anon. I am so glad you didn’t leave her out of this as I am always happy to talk about her- that’s what parents love to do! She’s also well aware of my blog, and it’s content as well, anon. In fact she was the one who got me started in Tumblr. She ran a fandom blog in another fandom for several years and is also well aware of ships and shipping- and how the term "tinhatter” is applied to any ship that an individual disagrees with (which is a polite way of saying “NSTer”, anon)

So now that the pleasantries are sorted, anon, let’s get down to your real reason for writing. The conspiracy thing. You advocate “light shipping” for me, but there is no such thing. Not in the dictionary, not in the Urban Dictionary, and not even on Google. It doesn’t exist as a word, or a concept. It is only a “thing” in the minds of certain bloggers. The truth is, anon, you either ship it or you don’t. No heavy or light to it.
And as to any “conspiracies” that is also a thing that comes with the territory in this fandom. The position of both sides requires there to be a “conspiracy” for their position to exist. The Sam Cait ship requires the “official” narrative of Sam and other girls to be a put on. And the Samzie ship requires the whole of the matter between Sam and Cait, as displayed by them their own selves, to be a put on. Either way someone is doing a put on, anon, it’s just a difference of opinion as to who.

When I add it up I get sam and Cait, as do my family and friends. Others get a different answer. So be it. Live and let live, and it is all public information after all. It’s not illegal, or even immoral to form opinions about it. Or to print those opinions or discussions.

And that brings me to your last point, anon. The implication that I am putting my family at risk by looking at publicly available information, and printing my opinions about it. Or that I am doing something wrong that I, or they, would not want known about.
It’s obvious that is not the case. If I was doing wrong, and if you were actually someone with the power to do something about that, then we would be having this communication via letterhead, and not via an anonymous submission to my Tumblr blog.

And maybe you should ask yourself what it is that you are really saying when you resort to threats to try to silence the words what you claim to be nothing more than an “obsessed, out of touch with reality fanatic”. If I was truly just a “tinhatter” shouldn’t it be easy to simply ignore me the same way that everyone ignores the homeless guy who stands on the busy intersection preaching loudly, every day, about the end of he world which according to him is directly upon us?
Instead you take the time out of your life to research my family and compose implicit threats- and no one likes to waste time. That tells me that my words are not meaningless. That tells me that my words are believable- and that they are believable enough to cause a threat to your worldview. And that you had no facts at hand, or even a good argument to make to refute them. No reason to need me silenced otherwise that I can see. There really isn’t a higher compliment

So thanks, anon, for taking the time out of your day so send me such a gracious compliment. My family and I send you our regards. Sorry we can’t thank you personally at this time since you are still anonymous, but perhaps in time you will feel comfortable introducing yourself. Or maybe not, since your choice to remain anonymous rather confirms the view that revealing your true identity would also be a reveal that you are in fact nobody whose opinion actually matters- or you would be using your real name and revealing that your opinion DOES matter after all. But this all is making even my eyes roll, anon, so take care of yourself, anon, whoever you are!
Until then- Cheers!

anonymous asked:

Can I ask you an art question? How do you decide how to stylize and simplify dark souls armor? I love the way you draw everyone and how its so very obviously their armor but without every little tiny detail. As a cartoonist who loves drawing dark souls characters but hates trying to worry about detail, I wanted to know if there were any ways you decided how to draw these armored characters in a cuter, cartoony fashion?

How do you decide how to stylize and simplify dark souls armor?

I always start by looking at the armor and see what are the important part of it that makes the armor so unique.

lets take a look at the silver knight armor

as you can see i took the most important trait of the armor, the shoulders, helmet etcs. The details are simplified, instead of putting many lines, i decided to put less, which help very much to make it more simple/cuter/cartoony and easier to redraw.

you are also free to twist it a bit to make your life easier, but it’s important to keep the general shape so we can recognize it.

and of course for some characters, you can add eyes for expression instead of leaving it blank and emotionless

but, to the characters you can’t, there’s always a way to make them more expressive, yes we have the hands and body gesture, but nothing stop you to use the plume to amplifies the emotion, gives a touch of humor too.


Hope it helped to understand how i work!

Have fun drawing!

Reminiscence (Newt x Reader)

Requester: Anonymous

Word count: 563

Prompt: “I’ve been thinking about you a lot.”

Warnings: sad, feels that could hit you hard

~

You stood in the pouring rain, in the dark. You weren’t drenched. Because a tall boy next to you held and umbrella as you both came back from Hogsmeade late in the evening. 

Newt kissed your forehead. “I had fun- but most important of all- did you?”

You nodded, leaning against him as you reached the hallways. He closed the umbrella. 

“What was the best part?” You asked him, looking up to meet his eyes with yours. 

“You.” You whispered, wrapping your arms around his neck.

You had never expected the letter.

Not in a million years.

As you stared at the familiar scrawl which belonged to Newt, you felt your heart speed up. All the memories came rushing back you as you held the parchment in your hand which had once touched his fingers.

Dear Puffy, it said. Of course, he’d still call you Puffy. Why would he stop? It wasn’t like you both had completely stop talking.

Okay, that was true. You hadn’t heard of him since he got expelled. 

Dear Puffy,

I’m Newt, if you remember. -you snorted- In case you forgot, I’ve attached a picture of me along. Although I sincerely hope that the time we spent together as best friends is still with you.

Yes. You remembered. He had been so clueless that you’d loved him. He had been too busy to get Leta Lestrange to notice him that he’d completely overlooked the feelings that you showed towards him. Martha Abbot would always give you the sympathetic glance when Newt changed the subject to or somehow brought up Leta. You’d pretended it didn’t bother you, but another reason why it hurt you double was because you couldn’t share it with someone to lessen the load- Newt had been your best, but your only friend. You sighed bitterly, remembering when you held back tears when Newt asked Leta if she’d want to go to Hogsmeade with you both on your birthday. He’d ruined it by taking her along.

I’m writing a book. It said. And I’ve roughly estimated that the owl would’ve reached by your birthday, so happy birthday. What are you now, twenty-something? Big girl. 

So, as I said, I’m writing a book. You, on the other hand- as I clearly remember- are an absolute expert on marine and airborne creatures. I’ve been thinking about you a lot, and I got this fabulous idea. What about we collaborate- and do a joint book? Let me know what you think. If found your old contacts and addresses and tried sending Poppins (the owl) to them- I got a letter back from a Russian lady, telling me that I was mentally-unstable. Rather put me off, that one.

I do hope you say yes, and I do hope you don’t migrate to the opposite corner of the world and make me lose contact again. I hope we stay in touch- also, I’ll be in New York next month. We can have birthday cake together- my treat.

Wishing you lots of love,

Newt.

You sighed, ready to crumple the paper and toss it to the side. You were saying no. You had a stable job and there was no way you were going. You were about to toss it when a line cramped at the bottom caught your eye. 

P.S, it said, I’m standing outside your door. Could you let me in?

cosmic witchcraft 101: where to start? ✨

A lot of people are interested in cosmic witchcraft but don’t know exactly where to start! Here are some of the questions I get from beginners, and hopefully they can help you get started if you’re not sure how to dive in. ✨

I’m interested in/feel a connection to a certain planet/star/constellation. What should I do?

There are a lot of things you can do if you already feel connected to a celestial body! My suggestion would be to figure out why you feel connected to this particular star/planet/etc., and there are a couple of ways to do this:

  • Research. Astronomy, astrology, mythology, everything! Learn everything there is to know about this celestial body. What does science say about this planet? What does mythology say about this constellation? Find out what makes this planet significant and ponder on how these qualities give this celestial body meaning in your life.
  • Look at your birth chart. Not everyone who practices witchcraft uses astrology, and not everyone who uses astrology practices witchcraft. It may not be for you, but a quick look at your natal chart may tell you why you’re attracted to a certain planet. Maybe your favorite planet is in your sun sign, or maybe it’s your chart ruler/dominant. Maybe your favorite constellation happens to be really dominant in your chart! If what you finds resonates with you, your first spell can integrate your favorite celestial body with the area in your life it influences.
  • Stargaze. Nothing better for getting to know the planets, stars, and constellations like looking at them in person. Spend some time outside, preferably during a new moon, unless it’s the moon you want to see! Bring a pair of binoculars or a telescope if you have one. Try to find a place without a lot of light pollution. Stargazing is especially useful if you’ve done prior research. Looking at Jupiter, Sirius, Draco, or any celestial body and having the full knowledge of what you’re looking at can vastly improve your stargazing experience.

How do I integrate cosmic witchcraft with some of my more “traditional” witchcraft practices?

  • Work with crystals, herbs, candles, and intents based on their planetary/constellation correspondences. Check out my celestialcorrespondences tag, which has correspondences for all of the planets! @cosmic-witch has a ton of incredible resources for correspondences. If none of the correspondences you come across ring true with you, figure out what you personally associate with a celestial body. You are in charge of your magic and following through on your personal associations will help make your spells more powerful.
  • Get familiar with the current planetary placements. You don’t have to utilize astrology, but knowing which planet is where in the sky will help you plan your spells. Is Mercury in retrograde? That means it will appear here in the sky at this time. Is Neptune at opposition? Great, it’ll be easy to see when you go stargazing!
  • Design sigils for invoking planetary energy. You can use their astronomical symbols for inspiration, or aspects of their physical makeup and mythology!
  • Don’t use “traditional” witchcraft tools/practices if they don’t feel right to you. There’s no right or wrong way to be a witch, and things like crystals/herbs may not resonate with you. That’s totally fine. Maybe your witchcraft is poetry. Maybe your witchcraft is music. Maybe your witchcraft is crafting, or exercise, or cooking, whatever! If something feels right to you, don’t be afraid to try it because it doesn’t seem “witchy” enough. Your power comes from within; listening to yourself will make your magic stronger.

What sort of spell should I do first?

Any kind you want. If you don’t know what you want, you need to spend some time thinking about what you want out of your practice. Ask yourself: Why have I turned to witchcraft? Spirituality? Self-help? To regain a sense of power? Whatever the answer is, find a way to use witchcraft to achieve that purpose. Channel the moon’s energy for some emotional comfort. Ask the sun for self-confidence. Call on Jupiter’s massive magnetic field or gravitational pull to help you attract positivity. Use Neptune’s energy to help you get in tune with your spirituality. There are no rules in witchcraft except for the ones you set up for yourself. There’s not an ascribed path you must follow, or an order of things you have to do in order to cast a powerful spell.

If you’re having trouble figuring out what you want, I suggest you go stargazing. Look at the north star, or any other star you feel connected to. Watch it move across the sky, or if you’re looking at the north star, watch nearby stars travel in a circle around it. Meditate. Give it some time. It may take you a while to figure out exactly what you want out of this. You’re not wasting time if it takes you a while, this is one of the most important parts of your practice.

Of course, you can always do what i did, which is just dive in. I read a few books, a few resources on tumblr, and decided to do my first spell totally on the fly. Witchcraft is an organic process. If you trust in it, you’ll figure out what you need from it, but trusting in your magic is trusting in yourself. If you feel a little lost, I suggest you start by celebrating yourself. You’re an incredible human being. Ask the stars, planets, the moon, or the sun to send you some positive energy. Celebrate the fact that you’ve decided to endeavor down a path of cosmic witchcraft, and dedicate yourself to continue exploring.

I hope this has been helpful! I’m happy to answer any questions you have for me ✨

What the Opening Animations tell us about the Most Important Relationships in Tales games

The majority of Tales games have one or two most important relationships. Often, these are romantically coded as soon as the opening animation of the game. So I took screenshots of basically every interaction a main character has with another character in the animations. The results are very telling. Brief analysis of how the Sorey/Mikleo relationship is coded at the end.

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sweetgums  asked:

While i'm behing the 2CT, isn't it strange that if they are twins, absolutely no one had made mention of the twin? Like, our!Ciel comes back and they're all happy of his return but no one asks about the other twin? Never? His parents are mentioned plenty of times throughout the story, but not the twin?

Hmmm… I’ve been asked this question many times, answered it many times and yet I still get the same question from time to time, so I guess this really is one of the major issues people have when it comes to 2CT^^;

Anyway, I’m lazy so I’ll just copy and paste my old post, hope that’s okay! xD

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Assuming the 2ct is true, I personally would answer this question as following:

If someone in the manga explicitly mentioned the other twin, e.g. Lizzy explicitly asking Ciel “What happened to your twin brother, [insert a cool name like ‘Ciel’ here]??”, then the 2CT would no longer be a ‘mystery’ (not even a ‘theory’), but a ‘fact’ and the fandom wouldn’t need to discuss it, would it? ^^;

If the ‘2CT’ were supposed to be the 'plot twist’ Yana has been planning since the beginning (as she wrote in this post), then of course she wouldn’t let the characters mention the twin explicitly, but keep it as ambiguous as possible until the right moment for the revealing has come.

Also, there’s Sebastian’s Cinematic Record (ch61-63) which showed us the story of how Ciel summoned Sebastian and later returned to the Phantomhive manor. However, we were only shown fragments of the whole CR. For example, there’s the scene where Ciel reunited with Tanaka in the hospital corridor. Then we ‘jump’ to the next scene where we see them them in another room. We actually missed the most important part of their conversation, namely Tanaka asking Ciel questions like “Where have you been?”, “Who’s that tall, black-haired guy??”, “How did you survive?” and maybe also “What happened to your brother?”. The same applies to Lizzy and Madam Red‘s flashback scenes, too; we’ve only seen a small part of their conversation. We don’t know what they talked about prior to/after that scene.

So my answer to your legitimate question “Why did nobody ask after the other twin?” would be: “Because Yana hasn’t shown us those moments (yet)!”

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As for the question why people talk about Vincent and Rachel in front of Ciel, but never mention his twin, that’s strange indeed, but I can think of some possible reasons for that:

1) some people (like Tanaka) maybe know Ciel’s true identity but keep silent on it for his sake and avoid talking about the twin

2) if two children get kidnapped for 1 month and only one of them comes back, then it’s not difficult to guess that something very terrible and traumatic must have happened to them. Maybe they don’t talk much about the twin in front of Ciel because they don’t want to hurt him particularly because he obviously suffers from survivor’s guilt (ch91).

3) Let’s wait and see, maybe there is a good reason for all this (for example, maybe Sebastian’s demon power erased everyone’s memories of the twin lol sorry just jk) and it’s just that we haven’t been shown it yet!

anonymous asked:

Hey Dani so I been into arts and stuff for a while now, and I'm pretty good at realistic portraits, but when I try to do cartoons/comics it just doesn't work. So I was wondering if you had any tips to help develop my own style

That is normal. Lots of artists start off doing realistic styles, and then move on to more cartoony things. I would say that is an advantage, because it means you are getting to learn the basics of drawing and of the face/figure, which will help you as you experiment with other styles. Keep practicing that.

That said, yes it is hard to to break from realism and try to do more abstract/stylized/cartoony things. Things will look awkward for awhile, but that is ok. I would say to start experimenting with simplifying. With realism, it is easy to get caught up in details details details. The essence of cartooning is learning to break down a drawing to the simplest of shapes to convey your meaning.

You can start small. Maybe start by drawing eyes a different way. Or experiment with outlines instead of shading. Look at other artists’ work and study what they do. It’s an ever evolving thing. I myself am still learning new ways to draw. The quick doodles that I’ve been posting a lot on Tumblr these days is actually a quite new development for me. Look back to a year or even a few months ago, and i wasn’t really drawing this way. You’re always learning new things as an artist.

In terms of cartooning and caricature specifically, I’ll try to offer a few specific tips. In my opinion, when it comes to a caricature of a person, no matter how complicated or simple your style is, some of the most important features are: the shape of the head, the hair, and the overall expression.

Starting with the shape of the head, usually that boils down to either a round or angular head. There are lots of variations of course, but that’s a good place to start.

Then there’s the hair, which is essentially just another part of the shape of the head. The hair line helps define the face, and the hairstyle helps identify the character.

And then there’s the expression, which encompasses the emotion and action, which can be just as important as the physical looks in making a cartoon look like a specific person, especially with really simple styles.

That’s a very simplified lesson, but I hope it gives you a place to start!

anonymous asked:

Any gardener! Bucky? Or just Bucky taking care of flowers in general?

Of course!

Always and Always by buckyjerkbarnes

“I always liked daisies,” Sam confessed, only after Clint admitted he had a fond admiration for lavender and Wanda said she loved baby’s breath.

“I’m growing those,” Bucky told Sam.

Sam took a long sip of his drink, face smoothing over. “I’m deathly allergic.”

I Want to Make Myself a Gardener by Plumcot

In which Bucky has a garden and everything is okay.

Oasis by Sholio

“There are bees on my roof. Bees, Pep.”

“I think you mean my roof, as the building belongs to Stark Industries, of which I am CEO.”

“The important word in that sentence was bees.”

(Or: the one in which Pepper accidentally introduces Bucky to gardening therapy.)

Part 1 of A Garden Grows in Manhattan (at the top of Avengers Tower) series

of course, a garden by bazzystar, mutationalfalsetto

“It’s not like we’re inviting the whole damn Avengers.”

In which Bucky develops a new, non-murdery skill set.

Verdant by Zethsaire

Most of the other Avengers had difficulty understanding it; both why Bucky would seek comfort that way from Steve when he didn’t allow anyone else within five feet of him, and also why Steve let the man who’d nearly killed him sit in his lap like a puppy.

You Will Meet a Stranger by spitandvinegar

When the mask falls off Steve recoils.

He’ll never forgive himself.

anonymous asked:

AAAH How about DRV3 boys having an S/O who seems to be pretty calm, mature and independant but then they accidentally stumbles upon her crying about worrying about being abandoned and being useless? IDK how to explain sryyy

It’s alright Anon! I understand what you mean ;) And don’t worry I suck at explaining things to people XD

DRV3 Boys having a S/O who seems calm, mature and independent but then they stumble upon her crying and worrying about being forgotten and useless

Shuuichi Saihara:

- You honestly impressed him so much

- You were always so calm about any situation, if he smashed a glass you simply went for the dustpan and started cleaning it up

- He had to repay you one day…

- The next day when he gets back from work the house is silent

- “S/O - san?… Are you home?”

- He doesn’t hear a response so he decides to look around for you

- It doesn’t take him long to find you, you’re sitting on the bed. You’re hugging your knees, forehead resting on knees

- Are you… Crying?

- He quickly walks over and puts his hand on your back

- “S/O - san… What’s wrong? Hey… Hey I’m here…”

- You turn your head to look at him, your eyes are red and puffy. You must’ve been crying for a long time

- “What’s wrong S/O - san?… I’m here for you”

- He opens his arms and you instantly collide into him and bury your face in his chest

- “I’m sorry… Saihara - kun…”

- He hugs you tightly and starts stroking your hair

- “What are you sorry for?”

- “I’m sorry that I’m so useless to you!… You’re a great detective and I… I don’t…. You’re going to leave me behind because I’m… I’m not..”

- “Hey.. Shh… It’s okay S/O - san no one is going anywhere okay? I won’t ever leave you, I love you”

- “Why?… I’m… Useless..”

- “Shhh… Don’t say lies like that”

- He kisses your hair and just holds you until you calm down

- Ever since that, he keeps reminding you how amazing you are and how much you mean to him

Kaito Momota:

- You were the greatest person alive to him

- He’d always drag you out when the night sky was clear and point things out to you and you just took in as much as you could, even making notes sometimes

- That’s why when he saw you crying he just… Stopped for a minute

- “S/O! What’s wrong?!”

- He’s instantly by your side pulling you into a hug

- “No wait I know.”

- He takes off his space coat and wraps it around you before pulling you into a hug once more

- “What’s up?”

- “Why… Why are you still here… I thought.. I thought you already left me”

- Momota is confused, like majorly confused

- Why would he leave you?

- He pulls you closer to him and kisses the top of your head

- “Why would you think that?”

- “I… I’m useless… You abandon useless things..”

- “Who told you that? Tell me who it is and I will slap them.”

- “H-Huh?”

- “You’re not useless! Do you know how much help you give me?! Also, whenever I’m around you, I’m so happy S/O! So how does that make you useless?!”

- “M…Momota…kun”

- You cling onto him and cry a bit more, he just lets out a little chuckle before hugging you back tightly and gently rocking you

- “Don’t ever think that again alright? If you do I’ll punish you by giving you a long lecture saying you’re not!”

- You let out a little laugh and hug him tightly

Kiibo:

- He’s not really sure how humans function

- But he knows that you’re most likely the most amazing human he has ever seen!

- Whenever he has a question regarding how to be more human you always know how to help him! How professional of you!

- That’s why… When he sees you curled up and crying he wants to help you

- He kneels by you and gently places his hands on your shoulders

- “S/O - san, please tell me what’s wrong”

- You lift your head to look at him, his face is full of concern which makes you feel even worse

- “K..Kiibo - kun?”

- “You sound surprised to see me”

- “I thought… You wouldn’t come back…”

- He’s really shocked to hear that

- “H-Huh?! Why wouldn’t I? Did I do something wrong? Oh no, did I offend you in any way? I’m sorry S/O - san! I didn’t mean to! I don’t fully understand how humans work yet please forgive me!”

- “Woah, no Kiibo - kun you did nothing wrong…” You smile a little, it’s cute how much he cares

- “It’s just… I felt useless to you. I taught you a lot of things on being human so I thought… You wouldn’t need me anymore”

- “S/O - san! That’s wrong! You’re not useless at all! If it wasn’t for you, I would have no idea how normal human behave, if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have been able to understand what love is! Do you not see how much you helped?”

- You quickly lean in and wrap your arms around him

- “Kiibo - kun.. That’s so sweet of you…”

- “I just said the truth, S/O - san”

- Surprisingly, he’s warm. The two of you stay like that for a while

Rantaro Amami:

-He had a lot of respect for you

- He was kinda lazy which meant he misplaced things or just lost them

- But that’s okay, you were always there and you managed to find them within 5 minutes, never complaining

- Whenever he comes back home he usually finds you in the kitchen or living room but now they were… Empty

- He stops for a second to listen

- It’s quiet but he can hear sobbing coming from your room

- He instantly runs to it and finds you lying curled up in the corner of the room crying

- Instantly at your side putting a hand on your arm

- “S/O - san, what’s wrong? Hey, I’m here”

- “You… You won’t leave… Right?…”

- Your voice was shaky and it pained him to see you in this state

- “Of course not… Why would I leave you?”

- “I’m… Useless!”

- “What? Is that what you truly believe?”

- You’re crying pretty heavily so you just nod

- Alright that’s it

- He sweeps you up so that he’s carrying you bridal style

- “H-Huh?”

- He just holds you tightly and gently sways

- “S/O - san, without you I don’t think I’d be able to get anything done. You’re far from useless, you’re the reason why I smile everyday, you’re the reason why I’m happy right now so please… Don’t cry. I want you to be happy too, okay?”

- You stay like that for a while until you fully calm down

Kokichi Ouma:

- You often helped him with with organisation

- He appreciated it, but he never let you do too much, you never really questioned why that is

- He comes home one night clearly exhausted so he collapses on the sofa

- Usually you’d be somewhere close by to greet him but today… You were nowhere to be see

- Could you be asleep?

- “S/O - chan!”

- There’s no answer

- Maybe you really are asleep… But he should check just in case

- With a groan he gets up and heads for the bedroom

- He finds you on the bed with your face in your hands quietly sobbing

- He quickly comes over and grabs your wrists gently pulling your hands away

- “What happened S/O - chan?”

- “I’m sorry…”

- “Sorry for what?”

- “Sorry that I’m not useful enough!… You won’t… Let me… Join or help… Too much with your… Organisation..”

- That’s wrong

- “You misunderstand S/O - chan”

- “What?”

- “It’s true that I don’t let you do much but not because you’re useless, that is a complete lie! I know that because I’m a liar after all”

- “Then… Why?”

- “I want you to be safe. I’m not lying when I say that you mean so much to me… Just… I don’t want to lose you!”

- He quickly grabs you and hugs you tightly

- You’re slightly startled but you hug him back

- He makes sure that when you help him, he tells you how useful that was and he starts hugging you a lot more

Gonta Gokuhara:

- He left the house quite early in the morning

- There was a specific insect he had his eyes on but he realised that there’s only a specific time frame in which it appears

- He probably should’ve left a note but he think he’d be gone for that long

- That was his mistake

- When he got home he found you crying by the door

- “S/O - san! What happened?” 

- You quickly hug his knees and look up at him

- “Are you.. Leaving me”

- “What? Is that what Gonta made you think?!”

- He instantly picks you up and squeezes you into a hug

- “GONTA IS SORRY”

- He doesn’t even let you explain why you were crying he’s just apologising and hugging you constantly

- Once the both of you calm down you tell him that you feel useless to him seeing as you know next to nothing about insects

- “That’s okay! Gonta doesn’t really mind. Gonta knows that S/O - san has other interests and that’s what Gonta likes! Once you talk about yourself and what you like Gonta always gets excited to learn a new fact about you”

- He’s such a pure child

- You hug him again and he happily hugs you back

- Over the next few weeks you notice he invites you to go on walks with him to the park more often and each time he finds a new insect he lets you record the information

- If you’re not good at drawing, he helps you by holding and guiding your hand

- Each time he tells you how helpful you were and how he looks forward to next time

Korekiyo Shinguji:

- He knew you weren’t that big a fan of folklore

- However, you were determined to help him, you’d volunteer to get books for him or simply to look up stuff online

- Recently… He didn’t really need your help as he had a lot of resources available

- So he isolated himself in a little office

- He really didn’t mean anything bad by that, he simply just wanted to get on with his work

- When he came out at the end of the day he found you hugging a pillow and crying into it

- He quickly walks up to you and places a hand on your knee

- “My beautiful S/O - san, what’s the matter?”

- “Are.. Are you going to leave seeing as… I’m not… Useful to you… Anymore?”

- Your words are slightly muffled due to the pillow but he heard the most important part, not useful to him anymore?

- “S/O - san… You’re completely wrong.”

- You lift your head and give him a confused glace

- “Wrong?”

- “Of course! How can you call yourself not useful?”

- “Well I got… All the books… So you have no use… For me right?”

- “Kukuku~ Absolutely not. I need someone to read them to me, and I need someone to bless me with their beautiful presence”

- He stands and offers you a hand which you take

- He pulls you up and then hugs you tightly

- “Don’t cry… The thought of leaving you never even crossed my mind”

- He strokes your hair and you cling onto him tightly

Ryoma Hoshi:

- You came to every one of his training sessions

- He even saw that at times you’d talk to certain people such as trainers which gained Hoshi benefits

- He got into International Tournaments which meant that he’d have to leave you for a while, neither of you liked that option

- He was just coming back from the shop, he was meant to be getting on the plane the next morning

- “S/O, I’m back”

- The house was quiet… That’s not normal there’s usually music playing or at least the TV

- He went around the whole house until he found you curled up on your bed quietly sobbing into a pillow

- “S/O! What’s wrong?!”

- He’s instantly by your side, he puts his hand on top of yours

- “I’m being… Stupid”

- “How?”

- “I…”

- “It’s okay, you can tell me”

- You look him right in the eyes before shakily saying

- “I.. I feel like… You’ll win and… And abandon me… I can’t play tennis, I’m sure there’s… Amazing tennis players that you’ll meet… And… And…”

- “Okay stop.”

- “H-Huh?”

- “I don’t want amazing tennis players!” He puts both of his hands on your shoulders now “All I want is you!”

- You’re shaking slightly so he gently pulls you into a hug

- “Listen S/O, I don’t love you based on how well you play tennis. I don’t care if you can or can’t play, that goes for the tennis players too. I couldn’t care less about their skill level, none of them are you!”

- “Hoshi - kun…”

- “I’m gonna go and cancel that flight. I don’t really care about this anyway and if it means you’ll be hurt by it then I will definitely refuse offers like that”

- “But-”

- “As long as I have you… Well, your heart is the best prize I ever won”

- You can’t help but giggle at that, that’s so cheesy

- He spends time telling you how much you mean to him

For all of my asexual followers: Happy asexual awareness week! ♡  (October 23rd - October 29th)

[Ace!Castiel, High school AU, friends to lovers.]

‘You’re the only one I’ll ever want, be mine! Please go to prom with me, Castiel Novak.’

Castiel knew that he was looking like a complete fool, standing there in the middle of the field with his mouth hanging open. In the background, the marching band started playing 'All You Need Is Love’ while the cheerleaders kept waving the banners that were spelling out the proposal.

A proposal made by football captain Dean Winchester after a successful game. Dean, Castiel’s best friend for years now, as well as his unreachable crush. Or at least that’s what Castiel had always assumed, that his feelings for Dean were one sided. Yet here they were, in front of the entire school, people cheering from the bleachers; Castiel suspected that his brother Gabriel was one of them.

And then there was Dean, down on one knee, gazing up at him with pleading green eyes, a faint blush touching his freckled cheeks. Castiel knew Dean well enough to know that Dean was seconds away from having a nervous breakdown, and Castiel realized that of course, he was supposed to say 'yes’. Which should be easy, because every cell in Castiel’s body was all but screaming at him to indeed blurt out what could possibly be the most important 'yes’ of his entire life.

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niqhteyes replied to your photoset :Got to meet Robin Hobb!!! Got to show Robin Hobb…

I find it amazing that almost everyone’s favorite character was at first only supposed to have one line

Right? Isn’t it wonderful? That tidbit was part of a longer response to the question I asked, which was, “Were there any characters who you had a plan for and then they decided to do something completely different?” and her reply was (of course) the Fool. She emphasized that the Fool just waltzed in and started saying things (such as, “We’re going to save the world, you and I,”) and she would  stop and look at him and go “Wait, what?” because she had no idea what he was talking about yet. He was completely a hitchhiker… who became the most important character in the books!! No wonder we all love him, he’s the one really in control here.

Takin’ Commissions - A Beginner’s Guide

Do you draw? Do you want to make money drawing? Are you like, sixteen, and unable to get a job? Well no matter your age or skill level, being open for commissions is a great way to practice your craft while making some cash. Taking commissions is pretty simple, but the hardest part is getting started. And I’ve learned the hard way over several years that there are lots of little obstacles that can get in the way of taking commissions efficiently. So if you’re interested in starting your own little art business, let me be your guide!

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Stuff you should know about Hungarian - part 1.

Hungarian is notorious for being a very hard language to learn, which is, of course, partially true. Its grammar and vocabulary are not only complex, but also quite different to almost all other European languages (the most well-known exception is Finnish grammar, which has a number of similar structures). I will try to sum up the most important concepts in Hungarian that I think could be useful to anyone who would like to start learning the language.

Part 1. The alphabet and the pronunciation.

The Hungarian alphabet has 44 letters – this may seem like a lot, compared to the 26 in the English one, but there is a very simple reason for this. We basically have a separate letter (or letter combination) for almost every sound that we pronounce. In English, you have “s” and “h” and then you have to learn how to pronounce “sh”, because that’s something different. In Hungarian, if you know the letters of the alphabet, you can pronounce any common word. The only slight difficulty is that sooner or later, you will encounter a word that has a letter combination that can not be pronounced quite so simply.  In that case, their pronunciation will change – but it will happen naturally. For example, the letters “n” and “j” together (for example in “Menj el!”, which means “Go away!”) will be pronounced just like “nny” (a long “ny” sound). So if you try to pronounce words at a normal speed, these problematic sounds will change on their own.

(However, partly because of this, there are a couple of homophones in Hungarian – to stick with the example of “menj”, it’s pronounced exactly the same as “menny”, which means “heaven”. So pronunciation is pretty straightforward, spelling not so much.)

Here is the full Hungarian alphabet:


a á b c cs d dz dzs e é f g gy h i í j k l ly m n ny o ó ö ő p q r s sz t ty u ú ü ű v w x y z zs


I’d rather not try to give their pronunciation in writing, because that is not my forte, but here’s some  extra info about them:

- The letters dzs, q, w, x and y are not too common, they are mostly used in loanwords (and fancy last names). For example: dzsem (jam), maharadzsa (maharaja), textil (textile), etc. We often spell loanwords according to Hungarian spelling rules, for example “software” becomes “szoftver” and “file” becomes “fájl”. (Not all of them though, for example “e-mail” is commonly spelled just the same, “ímél” is very rare and actually looks kind of ridiculous.) The letter “y”, if standing on its own, is most often pronounced “i”. It’s quite common in fancy last names (some people have them, whose ancestors were barons or something), for example “Pesthy” (literally means “of Pest”), which is pronounced exactly the same as “pesti”.

- The letters j and ly are pronounced exactly the same. They used to represent different sounds, but those sounds have since merged and now the only difference is the spelling. It’s actually a challenge for Hungarian children to learn which word is spelled with which, because it’s pretty much random. There’s only one rule: words can not begin with “ly”, except for “lyuk” (which means “hole”) and its derivatives.

- Don’t be scared by all the vowels! Most of them are just short-long pairs:

i (short) – í (long)
o (short) – ó (long)
ö (short) – ő (long)
u (short) – ú (long)
ü (short) – ű (long)

a – á and e – é are different though. It’s important to distinguish them, as there are a couple of words, where the accent makes all the difference.

For example:

“alom” / “álom”

(meaning: “litter” (used in the sense related to animals, not trash) and “dream”)

and

“kerek/kerék/kérek”

(meaning “round” (adj.)/”wheel”/”I ask for”)

Finally, word stress. In Hungarian it’s very simple: the first syllable is stressed. That’s it.

Okay, so this is the first part of something that I plan to be a series of introductory posts about Hungarian. Any feedback is more than welcome!

Farkle Minkus Season Three: OOC or Just Unhappy?

Girl Meets World is, for the intents and purposes- an extremely meta show. A metaphor here, subtlety here… I’m a huge fan of “she’s reaching your honour” for most fandoms but with this one- well, every little thing really does seem to add up to something at some point. The writers enjoy their teasing, knowing that we’re going to start analysing every little thing. In the process of this; we seem to miss the things that are right directly in front of us. Stuff like Farkle definitely not being okay. 


It’s certainly arguable that Farkle took a step back so far this season, his role is definitely a lot closer what his semi-regular season one character did than what we saw him doing in season two. Season two Farkle had more substance and depth, he became more than the nerdy genius who loved Riley and Maya. We watched him really develop into their friend, somebody who’s open and emotionally there for them. Season three reverted him to that, without actually doing it. A huge chunk of Farkle’s lines in the first half of season three was a reminder that he loves both Riley and Maya equally and his moments became time dedicated to helping Lucas sorting through his feelings. (Sorta like he was to Riley in season two I mean what.) Yet when the triangle- which Farkle and Zay as well had done so much to work with- came to a very unclimatic end, they had nothing to do except sit around a look pretty. That doesn’t mean Farkle isn’t being written, this is Girl Meets World and things don’t exist by accident.


So as I said- GMW is a very meta show, which means that all metaphors have meanings. So let’s talk about Pompeii from 3x07 for a second-  specifically, how “Pompeii” aka Maya didn’t really explode. This would make Cory’s entire life lesson nearly unrelated and we know that doesn’t happen. Which leads me to believe- the volcano is still getting ready to burst.What was it that the class said about it?

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My crazy naruto plot conspiracy: Hidan was the original plot device

You guys all remember the good old days when Naruto had a consistent villain character? I do. That villain character was Orochimaru. You know the guy who wanted to gain immortality and all the jutsu in the world?

Well….here’s my theory: Hidan. Jashinism. Everything….was supposed to be the original plot device this whole time.

It all makes sense now. Hidan being the one and true immortal of the series was supposed to have a bigger involvement in the series. Jashinism was going to be a big thing….why do I know this???

BECAUSE OF THE BLATANT PLOT HOLES AND UNNECESSARY PLOT DIRECTION.

You see, the akatsuki had so much going for them, they had connections, they had power and at one point had some street cred….but where did it go? It went in the trash with the rest of the potential information we could have gotten if SHONEN JUMP DONE FUCKED EVERYTHING UP WITH SASUKE AND SHIPS.

We literally we going to get some serious info on kakuzu and Hidan….but no. That was scrapped for sasuke’s effect on the plot. Which clearly stated that even in a perfect world where nothing went wrong….he’s still be an ass-hat. A selfish, power hunger ass-hat. Naruto unfortunately had his development all based on if he was going to complete his goal into getting sasuke back. Literally. SJ and SP all drove the plot with sasuke being the figurehead. As for everything else, went down the hole because according to SJ, nobody (and when I mean by nobody cares I mean the corporate heads of SJ and SP) cared.

So how does Hidan fit into all of this? Well, you remember when I mentioned that Orochimaru wanted immortality? And lookie, so did Madara. Both primary villains of the show wanting to live longer. But they for some reason wanted to take power from what clearly was people who were just OP as hell. Yet, Hidan, who clearly won’t die. Who you can cut his head off and he will still judge your taste in porn….won’t die. So, if such a power existed yet Orochimaru (let me remind you he found DNA samples our every powerful shinobi and their mom in exactly every location of every part of the ninja world to create what logically should have been an indestructible army of zombies.) could find Hidan prior to any of this? I CALL BULLSHIT.

Since Hidan and kakuzu’s reception wasn’t well revived (by Shonen jump) their time was cut short, this left us with a movie quality back story that kakuzu offers and the eternal mystery that is Hidan, without answering any fucking questions. So we literally know nothing about anything and at the same time lost a perfect plot piece to the story.

Hidan literally became from a mysterious god whom we don’t even know if it’s just some con artist or a legit entity who gives people powers by performing ungodly tasks such as tortuous amounts pain. For all we know, he might have been born with power and was manifested on accident or some ridiculous thing like that. All we know is Hidan is naturally a sadistic lovable asshole with the mental complexity of a poorly trained dog. That he came from a once violent village gone soft with tourism. This is a man who felt his culture as a ninja was taken from him. This guy was some how introduced to a cult with some seriously confusing purpose and it some how fits his (strangely specific) needs to kill and torture. Then there’s the possibility Orochimaru was going to need a new vessel….this is a man literally travels place to place looking for oddities and overly special shinobi, a person like Hidan would NEVER go under his radar.

Which comes to the conclusion; Kishimoto had a story all set up using Hidan as part of the main plot until those corporal assholes decided “Nah, doesn’t sound interesting enough. We need more sasuke and naruto doing stuff and something with more romantic drama”. Kishimoto most likely had to scrap what could have been….a BETTER ending to Naruto.

It makes sense! The lack of consistency, the plot holes, why the akatsuki all died out so fast and most importantly why Orochimaru was brushed off to the side until the last few chapters of the manga. Because he was no longer part of the plot’s importance. Of course Kishimoto could have written him more, but guess what? We got the Itachi vs Sasuke arc! ….which instead of ending Sasuke’s reason to continue being an asshole only fueled more of the story’s pointless and endless yapping about the Uchiha clan. Itachi died in vain and we ended up with a friend zoned moron who was the puppet of a puppet of a puppet. Kishimoto had to come up with this all under time constraints everyone.

Why? Cus the guy who was going to be a seriously important part of the part of the villain’s main plan for immortality would come into play if he wasn’t scrapped and left to die in a hole.

Let’s make a baby part 6 D|H

A/N : Here is part 6 of the LMAB series. You can find all the other parts on my masterlist here. I feel like you already noticed that there will be a chapter for every pregnancy month. I really like this part, I hope you do too !

“According to my research month number 4 is the most relaxing time during your pregnancy” Dan told me, smiling. He was currently preparing lunch for both of us, or should I say for us three. Boo was about the size of an apple now, which meant that my belly was already pretty visible. Not only has my belly gotten bigger but my breasts were huge by now and Dan of course noticed. His hands were either on my belly or touching my boobs all the time. “This one website said, that sex is important to stay connected to your partner.” he stated with a wink and a huge grin. I rolled my eyes but couldn’t hide a slight smile. “I also read that most women are incredibly horny during their 4th pregnancy month, what a convenience right ?” he asked, a smirk still plastered on his face. With that he swiftly walked over to me and wrapped his large but soft hands around my waist. His pink lips lustfully attacked mine and I tangled my fingers in his dark brown hair. If felt his hands softly pinch my bum and I moaned in surprise. Before this situation could get anymore heated, I pulled myself away from his seductive touch. “Dan, we got work to do” I whispered but he just ignored me and started to place gentle kisses on my neck.”Daniel” I spoke again, but this time with more force. I carefully pushed his body away from mine and he sighed loudly. “Fine”

We decided that it was about time to tell Dan’s fans that I was pregnant since I couldn’t hide my belly anymore and people on the street could recognize us. He sat the camera and light up in our bedroom, so we were ready to film. I was a bit nervous to be honest. This was a big and deal although his fans normally liked me or at least accepted me, I didn’t know how they would react. As I sat down next to my tall boyfriend I took his hand into mine and gave it a light squeeze. He pecked my lips and turned the camera on. “Ready ?” he mouthed silently and I gave him an insecure nod. He started of with some greetings before he addressed the topic. “Today’s video is not one of my usual danisnotonfire videos. You can see that Y/N, my beautiful girlfriend, is sat next to me. I blushed at his comment and shyly waved towards the recording camera, knowing that I should probably act more confident. “Well, we have been together for nearly four years now. You all have noticed that I really love her.”  “I love you, too” I said out of habit, destroying Dan’s speech. He laughed and I leaned against his broad shoulder feeling my cheeks heat up. “Do you wanna say it together ?” my boyfriend whispered into my ear and I nodded. “Like I was about to say, we have something very exciting to announce. We shortly looked at each other before we faced the camera again. “WE ARE EXPECTING A BABY” we both shouted with delight. As the words left both of our lips at the same time, our faces were literally beaming. We started to explain the whole thing to his fans. The month I was in. How excited we were. I even stood up so the audience could see my baby bump. “So yeah we obviously haven’t decided on a name yet, but you could leave some funny suggestions in the comments down below.” [or in my ask box] Dan just told the camera as I felt an unknown feeling in the lower half of my stomach. I quickly pressed my hands onto my belly in shock. My boyfriend’s head turned towards me at the speed of a lightning. “Darling, are you okay ?!” he shouted worried and out of breath. I just looked at him with big eyes for a few seconds. “Y/N what-” he started again. “Daniel, boo just moved” I whispered with happy tears in my eyes. I saw how his face went from shocked to happy in a second. He wrapped his arms tightly around me and buried his face into my neck. “I love you and the baby so much” he breathed.

“Well, that was exciting. It looks like the little thing loves the camera. Boo literally just moved for the first time ever while we recorded. I hope you are all happy for us. I personally can’t wait to become a dad” he concluded and got up to stop recording. After he had sat down on the bed next to me again he faced me with a smug grin. “So.. about the important connection we talked about early.” I laughed and passionately kissed him. His hands roamed my body and soon started messaging my boobs. I wrapped my legs around his waist and sucked on his sweet spot causing him to moan. We fell back onto the bed together as our make out session got more heated. Let’s just say I was on top for once this time because he was scared of crushing boo. Besides that we spent the rest of the day waiting for our baby to move again. Dan’s hands were literally resting on my bump all the time because he didn’t want to miss feeling boo move. “I felt that !” he shouted surprised during the last scenes of a movie we were watching. I giggled at how adorable my boyfriend was and declared myself the luckiest person in the whole wide world.