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Wedding prep

Filling a prompt from @missweber




Bitty closed the screen of his laptop very gently.

Then he buried his face in his hands, scrubbed them over his eyes, and said “Good Lord.”

He only jumped a little when he heard Jack’s voice behind him.

“Everything all right?”

Bitty twisted around to face Jack, not concerned about the way his hair was going every which way from his fingers raking through it, and said, “Can we elope already? I don’t think I can stand six more months of this.”

Jack filled a glass from the kitchen and tap and said, “Which one? Mine or yours?”

“Mine,” Bitty groaned. “I swear she thinks it’s not a real wedding without yards of white organza and orange blossoms. She keeps sending me pictures of men decked out in white tailcoats with ridiculous pastel cummerbunds and ties. And there was a link to a story where you could rent doves to release to … symbolize something or other. I told her we just wanted a low-key wedding. Why is she doing all this?”

Jack leaned against the counter and drank his water.

“Is she feeling left out, maybe?” he said. “Because we’re doing it in Montreal?”

“I don’t know.” Bitty said. “Maybe. Probably. But I don’t care if same-sex marriage is legal – there’s nowhere in Madison that I would want to do this. Even at home – it could make things difficult for Coach. And too many people would get wind of it here in Providence.”

Jack considered.

“Parse suggested we head out to Vegas,” he said. “Then at least she wouldn’t feel like she’s losing out to my parents.”

“First, no,” Bitty said. “Not Vegas. And second, it’s not a competition! Your folks have room, and it’s private, and they offered. They even offered to let my folks stay at the house. What more does she want?”

“Maybe something to do?” Jack suggested. “So she’d feel part of it?”

“But you should see what she’s sent, Jack. How can I put her in charge of flowers or wedding favors or anything if she’s trying to make this into a recreation of Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles?”

“Wasn’t that like, in the ‘80s?”

“When my mother was in prime dreaming-of-weddings mode, yes, Jack. Flower girls, Jack. She wants flower girls. Does she think we can just rent them?”

“It’ll be all right, lapinou,” Jack said. “Let me shower and then we can head for the market, OK?”

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“Of course I care about Uncle Mario and Uncle Wayne, and Ray and Steve and all of them, and Julia and Meg and Sandra too,” Jack said to his mother later. “But we can’t have them all at the wedding, Maman. This is my wedding, mine and Bittle’s, not yours and Papa’s.”

He paced on the balcony in the chilly air, his phone held up to his ear. He paused to listen, glad that Bitty was busy in the kitchen with his music going and couldn’t hear his half of the conversation.

“I know they care about me,” he said. “And marrying Bittle is well worth celebrating, I agree. But we really want to celebrate with our friends – our friends from Samwell, and Providence, and some of Eric’s family. Even with that, I’m counting about 50 people, give or take. But at least none of them require their own security.”

“Thanks, Maman. If you want, maybe we can have a party after we get back from France? Invite the whole world if you want. It can be your world, but I’ll bring Eric so you can show him off.”

“Yes, Maman, Eric said he got the pictures of the suits you sent. He liked them, I think, but there was some change … I don’t remember. You’re going to have to talk to him.”

Jack ended the call and went into the kitchen.

“I think I have it sorted,” he said. “But we might have to show up at a party when we get back from the honeymoon. I told her to talk to you about the suits.”

“Mm,” Bitty said, concentrating on a tiny lattice for a mini-pie. “As long as they’re not white, they’re fine, really.”

“I have an idea,” Jack said. “Tell me if it’s too much.”

“OK.”

“You know how we were going to Montreal over the bye week to taste food and pick a florist and all?”

“Yeah?”

“Why don’t we invite your parents to come, too? Or just your mom, if your father is busy?”

“Because?”

“Because then she could feel like she’s involved,” Jack said. “Don’t worry about all the white lace and stuff. Maman will make sure we get something you’d approve of. But then Maman would also have someone to gush to.”

“She does think your mother’s a style icon,” Bitty said.

“She’s never seen my mother in yoga pants and one of my dad’s old T-shirts,” Jack said. “And anyway, my mother thinks your mother is refreshingly unjaded and one of the most genuinely nice people she has ever met.”

Bitty snorted. “Yes, well, she’s never challenged my mother’s jam supremacy.”

“So you think it will work?”

“Probably,” Bitty said.

“Good,” Jack said. “Then they can both convince you it’s not a good idea to make five dozen mini-pies with lattice tops for party favors the day before the wedding.”

Wip - Picnic stuff and this *craptastic* Blanket

Still need to tweak the baskets closed geostate. I forgot that the hinges are on the closed basket. *head slap*

And…… Yes! I got the recolorable blanket to work BUT it’s not super user friendly yet. If ever. 

Venture forth down below if you want to see wip images and listen to me ramble.

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plasma2-0  asked:

Hey! I'm new in this whole animation thing (just recently got a tablet), what software do you recommend for animations? (Been trying tv paint and flash cs6 for a month, pretty used to both but dunno which one to focus more on) Thanks in advance for your response

Hi there! That’s awesome to hear you’re getting into animation and wanting to learn the medium! :) 

I do see animators use both Flash and TVPaint for different reasons - I think TVPaint might give you more for what you want to do if you really want to focus on creating hand drawn animation. The software is more built for that, and seeing other animators use it (like @jothezette - check her out, she is really awesome with her work!), it is inspiring me to want to give TVPaint a shot. 

You can still work with Flash CS6 (or the current software Animate CC) as a way of creating hand drawn animation too. You would have to change the settings for the brush, as it is more vector than pixel. @studioyotta (Game Grumps/Star Bomb, O.K. KO! Let’s Be Heroes) use Flash/Animate for their animation services, and they do great work for hand drawn animation! 

If I had to pick one, I’d say TVPaint. I think the software gives you more options to work with as far as animating hand drawn goes. If it works within your budget, you can go with that. If not, Flash/Animate can still rock out awesome hand drawn animation too!

To end, I would like to say, no matter which software you decide to choose, your knowledge and skill set as an animator will always be top priority in regards to collaborators/studios. If you really learn and understand the 12 Principles of Animation, and know how to animate with Timing and Spacing, that will help you a whole lot, and that is something you can carry to any software/medium when you animate. :) I do hope this helps you, and it will be awesome to see your progress and journey! Animate forward!

100+ FOLLOWERS THANK YOU !!

Okay, so I  know  that 100 isn’t that much compared to some crazy high-number celebrations I’ve been seeing, but for me that feels… HUGE !! I never ever thought that over 100 people would look at my blog and actually want to interact with me, so. I’m kind of amazed, and I want to thank each and every one of you !! Pete shall do their best to organize this and offer everyone some love here !!

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things i have accomplished since last rosh hashanah
  • my two first professional fiction publications, one of which was pro and the other which was semi-pro, and worked on a bunch more, in general my writing leveled up a lot
  • finished a grueling/competitive but amazing internship, discovered what exactly I want to do with my career, got some nice mentors who want me to I guess write a book or something 
  • got a cool new job as a direct result of that, that I’m GOOD AS HELL at
  • took part in an ongoing experimental drug trial that even if it doesn’t work for me could potentially save thousands of lives
  • got an awesome fucking x-men streak in my hair, which continues to get longer and prettier 
  • had a transcendently life-changing experience with a piece of media to the point where I instantly decided to get a tattoo of it
  • did the Big Coming Out to EVERYONE, not just everyone who has already known for years or one-on-one or on okcupid or whatever but like EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER MET ME IN MY LIFE and it went fine and I think about how relieved I am almost every day despite thinking I wouldn’t be
  • have not yet accomplished but am currently buying my tickets in another tab for: my trip to New Zealand I have dreamed of since high school 
Zuko, Mai, and Ty Lee: Abuse, Guilt, Amends, and Self-Forgiveness

Not long ago @lj-writes posted a gifset comparing and contrasting the ways the Fire Nation, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee treat the Kyoshi Warriors and the ways Sokka, and later Ty Lee, treat them, in order to point out the differences between cultural sharing and cultural appropriation [Link].  This reminded me that I’ve been wanting to write a meta about one of the really unique things Avatar the Last Airbender gives us, which is an inside view of how abusers convince their victims to do things that hurt others and make them feel guilty.

This particular tactic of abusers has a couple of purposes.  The first is that it helps to isolate victims.  If other people know about the wrongdoing, they are often unsympathetic to the victim and unwilling to help them.  If an abuser has more than one victim, getting them to hurt each other can keep them from banding together.  We see Azula attempting this when she gets Ty Lee to help her humiliate Mai as children in “Zuko Alone.”  If the wrongdoing is secret, it can be used for blackmail purposes.  This is why abusive leaders will often bind their followers together with a shared act of criminality.  But lastly, it makes the psychological cost of leaving an abuser much higher.  The wrongdoing a victim has done at their abuser’s behest means that leaving their abuser, and admitting that what their abuser has been doing to them is wrong also means admitting that what they did for their abuser was wrong.

In canon, we see the last of these effects of wrongdoing done for and abuser most obviously with Zuko.  It takes him two and a half seasons to confront the fact that his father is terrible and the things he has done for him are wrong.  It’s only after he is able to internalize the idea that his father, and therefore himself, were in the wrong, that he is able to confront his father and leave to teach Aang and work to make right what he helped put wrong.

We also see this with Mai and Ty Lee.  Mai comes to her limit.  She cannot help Azula kill Zuko.  She helped Azula capture the Kyoshi Warriors and engineer the fall of Ba Sing Se, and even fought with Azula against the resistance in Omashu as they held her brother hostage, but she cannot allow Azula to kill Zuko.  With this breaking point, Mai is forced to acknowledge that Azula’s will is wrong out loud.  Later in the comics, Mai and Azula have a conversation about the time Azula manipulated Mai into stealing from Mai’s mother.  Mai lays the blame at Azula’s feet, while Azula, reminds her mockingly of how she took an active part.

As for the more noteworthy acts of wrongdoing Mai commits at Azula’s urging, we see her with the people she once hurt, Suki of the Kyoshi warriors, who she both captured and helped free, and the rest of the Gaang, in the city of Ba Sing Se. Given the hostility with which much of the Gaang greeted Zuko at first, and the lack of hostility she is shown, it is likely she and they come to some sort of peace off screen.  Mai is later shown asking the Kyoshi Warriors for help, and them giving it.  Ty Lee also goes to the people she hurt at Azula’s behest.  After she is thrown in prison for defending Mai and turning on Azula, she joins the Kyoshi warriors, teaching them how to use the chi blocking technique she once used against them.

Unfortunately, neither Mai nor Ty Lee’s acts of making amends to those they have wronged on their abuser’s behalf are shown explicitly on screen or in the comics the way Zuko’s are.  They are only heavily implied.  However, the fact that this process of doing terrible things at the encouragement of or on the orders of an abuser is shown for multiple victims, and those victims are shown to be redeemable and ultimately deserving of their freedom from abuse is as powerful as it is rare.

anonymous asked:

baz/jehan w genderfluid jehan and questioning bahorel

oh baby bear you’re speaking my language. i’m sorry that i took some time to answer this, i had school and homework

  • jehan is very comfortable with their gender identity and has a collection of pronoun pins to indicate their daily pronouns. they encourage all their friends to use they/them when they’re unsure of the daily pronouns
  • bahorel wasn’t always as comfortable. they actively acted masculine and feels very comfortable doing so, but they just aren’t very sure of their gender, but they know it isn’t 100% masculine
  • the height difference between these two is actually adorable. jehan is quite scrawny and thin, while baz is quite tall and has many muscles. it’s very cute seeing them next to each other, especially when jehan sits on bahorel’s shoulders
  • sometimes jehan braids bahorel’s hair because, and i quote, “the man bun looks great, but let’s have even more fun”. which is a sentence no one wants to hear jehan say
  • jehan loves to steal bahorel’s tops, they’re big on them and they look very cute 
  • bahorel is very willing to defend jehan no matter what. sometimes people like to mess with jehan, thinking they’re an easy target, but that can’t be farther from the truth
  • you know damn well that bahorel has lifted jehan as a form of exercise 
  • they have 3 cats and 3 dogs collectively 
  • the meals that these two make are so freaking healthy but they taste delicious 

i’m so tired rn i’m sorry there isn’t more to it trust me i love these two

anonymous asked:

What happened last night? Sorry, you can ignore this, I just hope you're okay and safe 💖

like 2 b fair this was all after an intensive appointment with my therapist earlier in the day n this dumbass bitch right here just wanted to forget everything that was brought up. ANYWAY On my personal Insta (which 4 one everybody who follows that knows how I am irl is a lot more reckless and impulse n just overall fucked than I ever really speak up about on social media) there was a vid of me doing lines of benzos right after drinking half a bottle of vodka n half a bottle of Jim beam, taking a mix of Valium and xanax n just spiralling into one of those lovely lovely bpd episodes of extremely excessive drug n alcohol abuse that I just totally love having every fucking week (this is a joke I don’t love it I fucking hate having bpd I hate the shit I do bc of it like I fucking hate this) but the universe got its karma back at me bc I tripped down the stairs, banged my head up real bad like there’s blood n shit everywhere n I woke up with the worst bloat so my body dysmorphia is fucking me just as hard. I never ever wanted people online to ever see one of my episodes and I’m just so sorry I was a stupid reckless fuckwad and publicised all of that

anonymous asked:

hi there! I love your blog x i was just wondering if you know anyone queer people in uni. cus this is my first year and Im still closeted but it would be great to have a few close friends that im open to talk to. how could i possibly make queer friends if im shy about it???

hi darling, thank you so much! 💖 well, i do know some people, but i understand your struggle. my best friend went to a literature course in the languages faculty of our uni and there was a very large group of queer people there which i usually hung out with to party and such, but it’s a very different scenario in the sciences faculty. either because of less open mindsets or because everyone keeps to themselves a lot more, i only knew of another openly bi girl. i have inklings about a couple other girls, but no one really wants to open up.

for me what helped was to 1) start by being open to people who felt accepting (of course, i was already out of the closet for most of my former acquaintances, so it was a smaller leap. while being vulnerable is a great way to let people feel like they’re safe to do the same around you, it’s not always feasible if your environment isn’t safe enough for you to come out just yet, and I understand that may be your case or you simply may not be comfortable with it for now) and 2) to diversify my social groups, i.e. by attaching myself to my best friend’s social group.

another hint i’ll offer to you (and this is a more empirical thing so take it with a grain of salt lol) is to look for the “tumblr people” — you know exactly who i’m talking about 😉

i want to write all these things at once, so i can’t pick which one to do and am suffering: 

  • a TRULY EVIL sequel-ish to source codes for anon from the other day

  • a fucking r/s GAME OF THRONES AU 

if you guys have thoughts about which i should tackle first they’d be much appreciated

20/09/17

I wrote more than I was expecting to today, which is always a nice surprise. It was a lot of fun, too, involving dear, dear Ranya doing things “with about as much grace as a half-drunk goat with delusions of belly dancing.” Good times. 

Words Written: 322

Total Word Count: 19437

Favourite Lines: 

“She sighed. ‘Does anyone want to say something so I don’t feel like I’m talking to myself?’
‘There’s a strange cloud coming toward us,’ a little boy piped up obligingly.
‘A what?’”

Since November, more than two dozen women - of all ages, but mostly in their twenties - had approached me in restaurants, theaters, and stores to apologize for not voting or for not doing more to help my campaign. I responded with forced smiles and tight nods. On one occasion, an older woman dragged her adult daughter over by the arm to come talk to me and ordered her to apologize for not voting - which she did, head bowed in contrition. I wanted to stare right in her eyes and say ‘You didn’t vote? How could you note vote?! You abdicated your responsibility as a citizen at the worst possible time! And now you want *me* to make *you* feel better?’ Of course I didn’t say any of that.
These people were looking for absolution that I just couldn’t give. We all have to live with the consequences of our decisions.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, “What Happened”

And then she stopped his heart.

She lifted her head, her chest heaving as she panted and she shot him a triumphant look, her bluebell eyes sparkling from under the reach of her dark fringe. And she smirked.

And right then and there Adrien knew he was absolutely screwed.

Because he wasn’t playing Dodge Ball with Marinette.

He was playing with Ladybug.

Inspired by this fic!

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Yuuri and his Decision Not to Retire in ep 12

So I was doing some thinking and realized that while I’ve talked to death about Victor’s career decision in episode 12, I’ve never really delved into the intricacies of Yuuri’s. He makes a career decision that’s just as important as Victor’s – to not retire.

This might sound odd since he’s never taken a break like Victor did but Yuuri had been planning all season to retire after the GPF. He feels his time in his career is limited, and we see him come back to this multiple times throughout the series. That itself spawned from the fact that even before Victor came, Yuuri had been considering the idea of retirement. Then, in episode 12, he made the choice not to retire but to continue skating. Why?

I’ve heard multiple people’s interpretations of the reason(s) for this decision and I’ve gotten a lot varied responses, so I figured I’d share mine! Let’s start from the beginning of the episode and work our way through!

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I’ve fallen for your laugh, which is utterly contagious. I’ve fallen for your smile, which makes me giddy for no reason at all. I’ve fallen for our late night talks, when 1am arrives too quickly. I’ve fallen for our jokes, which I’ll remember days later and burst into laughter. I’ve fallen for how you can make my day better, even if I wanted to cry a minute before. I’ve fallen for every second I get to spend with you, even if those seconds will leave me wanting more. I’ve fallen for the little things you do, the ones you don’t even know you’re doing, which make me love you even more.
—  I’ve fallen for everything about you

i think one of the reasons that i like cal so much is that he has ambitions and goals and dreams outside of mare

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Showrunners Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery preview the show’s evolution in season 4

Ahead of the season premiere and the show’s upcoming New York Comic Con panel in October, EW hopped on the phone with showrunners Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery to discuss the show’s evolution, Allura’s (Kimberly Brooks) role on the team, and more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: In the new trailer, we see Team Voltron is devoting more effort to strengthening the coalition. Can you tease how the coalition becomes more important in the coming season?
JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS: I think it’s a bit of an evolution overall for the series. While at the beginning, it was literally just the five paladins and Allura and Coran soloing this entire thing, we’ve been building outwards. Now, it’s growing and it’s kind of getting to this fever pitch. This whole time Lotor is forwarding his plans. So, we’re sort of seeing the next evolution of the series where the legend of Voltron has gone out into the universe now and it’s amassing an army, a coalition against Lotor.

The trailer teases these Voltron events. Is that the paladins’ way of using Voltron to gain more support for the coalition?
LAUREN MONTGOMERY: Yeah, as Voltron goes around and helps and saves these planets and fights back against the Galra, he becomes a symbol to these people. So, just in him existing and doing what he does, his presence kind of just becomes this thing that people rally behind. They need to utilize that to call people to the cause and bring them into this coalition that they’re building, because they know they can’t fight this war alone. Something that we wanted to do from day one was make Voltron truly the Defender of the Universe and to have this huge world of aliens built out in space. In the first couple seasons, we were focusing so much on our paladins that we just got to see little glimpses of the rest of the world, or the rest of space, the universe. Now we really get to see a lot more of that. It’s been really fun to handle in the show.


DOS SANTOS: It’s that evolution. It’s that growing nature of the series, which I think we’re lucky to take a part of. The fact that it’s serialized, we’re able to sort of see this thing evolve.

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I’m getting a little break from school to do a quick post because honestly I’m starting to lose my cool about this topic.

PPG 2k16 is filled with mistake after mistake and all of it makes them look worse and worse. 

Last plate on the table? this: 

Apparently they’re gonna add a new member, which the original show did before. 

If you know the dramas going around the show you’ll know that one artist has been accused of self-inserting themselves and making themselves a crush for one of the girls (that I must remember, are LITTLE KIDS).

Now with this, I am going to guess they want the cast to be more diverse, but if you are a little perspective about this you’ll easily spot what’s the issue here. 

No, it’s not that it looks like someone’s OC or some whiny shit like that, that is really not a trouble to affect the quality of a show (Star is an amazing character and she looks straight out of DA), the trouble here are the implications.

You see, as I am aware, in the new PPG the girls are around 5 or 6… now look back at the pic… and answer this two, simple questions:

A: Why did they draw a 5-6 yo with such… wide hips 

B: Why is it the only black character the one with wide hips?

Like, let’s not jump into conclusions, that could be a skirt, but if that’s the case, why is she the only one with a wide skirt, that simulates “thickness”, why doesn’t she has the same clothing her sisters have? 

It seems like with every step they try to take forward they take two steps back, and I feel bad because there’s a few incredibly talented people in the crew that need to deal with the whole tornado of mistakes the others put in the show.