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A big thanks to Lonk ( http://lonk.tumblr.com/ ) for getting this from my piss poor description! The drawing exercise I was referring to in my previous post was taken from this fantastic video by Will Terell.

He makes it look so easy… a little too easy…

If you are in some sort of rut, or just fancy a spot of fun I couldn't recommend this more.

Enjoy! 

Alex.

Zodiac Love Songs!

Love, especially the romantic kind, is the most wonderful and exciting part of being human — as well as the most difficult. It certainly does “take two” — the trick is to get and keep those two on the same page. That’s why so many different types of love songs have been written, about everything from new love to forever love to unrequited love. The list is as endless as the feelings love inspires. Here’s a peek at what each sign likes to hear, no matter what they’re feeling.

Aries
This fiery sign doesn’t go for your basic Air Supply type stuff — and don’t ever, ever play Barry for them (Manilow, that is … Barry White will do fine, especially with champagne and chocolates). In particular, they’ll like love songs that have a rock and roll beat to them. Something that reflects their Fire element — like “Fire” by the Pointer Sisters, a classic that will rev them up in all the right departments, or “Fire on High” by ELO. Oh, and if they’re angry? Expect to hear “Love Stinks” (J Geils Band) or “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor).

Taurus
Taurus natives play for keeps in all departments, and when it comes to romantic love, the person you love belongs to you (in your mind, at least!). You, Taurus, are the personal property of Venus, 

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Love Songs of the Zodiac Signs!

Love, especially the romantic kind, is the most wonderful and exciting part of being human — as well as the most difficult. It certainly does “take two” — the trick is to get and keep those two on the same page. That’s why so many different types of love songs have been written, about everything from new love to forever love to unrequited love. The list is as endless as the feelings love inspires. Here’s a peek at what each sign likes to hear, no matter what they’re feeling.

Aries 
This fiery sign doesn’t go for your basic Air Supply type stuff — and don’t ever, ever play Barry for them (Manilow, that is … Barry White will do fine, especially with champagne and chocolates). In particular, they’ll like love songs that have a rock and roll beat to them. Something that reflects their Fire element — like “Fire” by the Pointer Sisters, a classic that will rev them up in all the right departments, or “Fire on High” by ELO. Oh, and if they’re angry? Expect to hear “Love Stinks” (J Geils Band) or “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor).

Taurus 
Taurus natives play for keeps in all departments, and when it comes to romantic love, the person you love belongs to you (in your mind, at least!). You, Taurus, are the personal property of Venus, the Goddess of Love, so the perks of being your companion are excellent. Still, there are two romantic songs that immediately spring to mind when it comes to the type of love Taurus feels: “Always and Forever” (Luther Vandross) and “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green).

Gemini 
Okay, so everything you’ve ever read about your sign says that you’re fickle. Well, that’s not exactly true. You can be as faithful and reliable as a Taurus, provided you’re amused. That’s not as tough as it sounds. You’re tough, but you’re easy, too, as long as you have a mental equal who understands your need to banter and play. So let’s start with “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” (Animals) for obvious reasons, and to dispel all those rumors about that fickleness, how about “Unforgettable” (Nat King Cole), a tribute to the one ultra-special person they truly must be to have landed you!

Cancer 
Your sign is famous for many things, but what all your traits have in common is an incomparable talent for expressing love and affection. Even romantically, you do it through nurturing, protecting and letting the lucky object of your attention know, in many ways, that you cherish them more than anyone or anything else on the planet. There are two songs that really work for you: “Love Me Tender” by none other than Elvis “The King” Presley, and “Lady,” the ultimate tribute to a loved one, by Lionel Ritchie.

Leo 
Every sign has its own way of loving, and their own way of treating their loved one. Leo, however, thinks of love the same way this regal, royal sign thinks of everything else: as a magnificent, noble, elegant gift — the best and truest thing any two people can exchange. For that reason, there are two songs that suit your particular style of loving just perfectly: “The Glory of Love” by Bette Midler, and “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind and Fire, which describes their beloved as the Sun, the center of life itself — and Astrology’s very own “shining star.”

Virgo
You approach love the same way you approach everything else, Virgo, and it’s all reflected beautifully by “What’s Simple is True” (Jewel). In many ways, it’s an ode to the way you live your life: by the basics. You work very hard to keep your life drama-free. No scenes, no crises and as few arguments as possible. You’re also famous for being quite picky, and in the department of romance, that’s something other people really should learn. Once you do find your soul mate, there’s only one song you’d dedicate to them: “Waiting for a Girl [or Guy] Like You” by Foreigner.

Libra 
In all things romantic, your objective — and your M.O. — remains the same, Libra: to find the right person, entice them to get to know you better and then, if and when things work out, to romance them better than anyone else. The end goal is to find and keep your soul mate. The songs that come to mind for you are “Your Song” by Elton John, and “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton (and many others), a classic that’s inspired more than one proposal.

Scorpio
Say the word “sexy” to any group of astrologers, and their immediate, unanimous response will be “Scorpio.” Obviously, any love song you identify with absolutely must have sexy words and a sexy beat. No sweet stuff here — just a potent, throbbing message, and lyrics that don’t play games. In that department, there are two songs that immediately come to mind: “Private Dancer” by Tina Turner, and “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye. Play those for a new flame. If they appreciate the message, great. If they play them for you first, pick up your jaw discreetly and start thinking about two-bedroom apartments.

Sagittarius 
You’re a free-wheeling kind of soul, Sagittarius. You always have been and you always will be. For that reason, there are very few love songs that appeal to you. They’ve got to be the kind that reflect: (1) your love of freedom and (2) your secret wish to have the absolutely perfect travel partner on your arm as you patrol the planet looking for the next adventure. So, “Cowboy, Take Me Away” by The Dixie Chicks, regardless of your sweetie’s gender, is perfect for category 1, and “Almost Paradise” (by several artists) is tailor-made for number two.

Capricorn 
Your sign’s symbol has always been the Mountain Goat, who easily navigates even the most perilous ridge, showing its penchant for living life on the edge — but safely. So while you take your chances, especially with romance, they’re planned and deliberate. You wait until it’s safe, then go all out to scale that mountain. For all those reasons, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terell is a classic that suits you … your inner desires and your ambition to succeed once you’ve set any goal. Now, there’s one way for you to present yourself, and one thing you ask, hence song number two: “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel.

Aquarius 
“I’m Real,” by Jennifer Lopez. To be honest, it’s the best song ever written about your sign, and you should hand-deliver it to anyone you’re initially drawn to. The main reason is one line: “What you get is what you see.” You, Aquarius, are the most open, honest and genuine sign out there. Song number two, “The Closer I Get to You” by Luther Vandross, should also be hand-delivered, but not until you’re sure that he or she is the real deal. You know how you get with the independence thing, so until you are sure your love will be returned and your love of freedom will be respected, song number two will have to wait.

Pisces 
The three Water signs are the most sympathetic, understanding and warm-hearted of the twelve signs, and you’re the eldest of the bunch — so if anyone knows how to express love (sometimes to a fault) it’s definitely you, Pisces. That makes choosing love songs a tough job — mostly because no matter what feeling the song describes, you’ve been there. Dozens appeal to your tender hearts, especially when you’re madly, passionately in love, and absolutely spellbound by your beloved. Take, for example, “The Wonder of Love” by Elvis. “Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright reflects your spiritual side and your love of all things magical.

Source: wtfzodiacsigns.com

A Little Danny Phantom Thing

Prompt: “Danny, Sam, Valerie, and Tucker’s English project. Mr. Lancer had decided to shake things up a bit and assign them the project of creating their own planet with as many continents and peoples and as varied a culture and history as they want. This ends up being a joint project between the English and History classes of Sophomore and Senior Year, so Jazz becomes a part of their group after the first day or two.”

  • Lia-auma – The planet that the story takes place on, or at least what the planet is called in one language. Other names include but are not limited to Anraug and Zafauld.
  • Cavaer – One of the two large continents on Lia-auma
  • Arourga – One of the two large continents on Lia-auma
  • Terele Archipelago - Original home of the Vaurnoenian people, located off the eastern coast of Arourga, between Arourga and Cavaer
  • Reivahr - smaller continent to the north of Cavaer
  1. Blunvaul – A race whose people originate from Cavaer. Their word for the planet is Zafauld.
  2. Bwilov – A race whose people originate from Cavaer. Their word for the planet is Zafulth.
  3. Brezvur – A race whose people originate from Cavaer. Their word for the planet is Zathald.
  4. Daktloch – A race whose people originate from Arourga. Their word for the planet is Aunraq.
  5. Ziendur – A race whose people originate from Arourga. Their word for the planet is Anraug.
  6. Vaurnoen – A semi aquatic mammalian race (Merfolk) whose people originate from an archipelago off the coast of Arourga. Their word for the planet is Lia-auma.
  7. Xorul – A race whose people originate from a smaller continent north of Cavaer. Their word for the planet is Xavir.

At least four different languages. Two of these “languages” either have more than one dialect or are two separate languages that belong to the same language family. Or considered as an either/or depending on who you talk to. There may be more to be found in the undiscovered lands to the East.

Ziendur and Daktloch started out at simply two dialects of the same language, but have changed and grown into distinct languages of their own. Their word for their planet is one of the few similar sounding words between them left. Their word order and some of their grammar is still the same however.

The Vaurnoen (v-aw-r-no-eh-n) are pretty peaceful, being an isolated civilization. Their only competitors for food aside from wildlife, the Xorul, live so far away and so far north that it doesn’t impact them at all. Think the distance between Hawaii and Norway. That kind of distance. The Terele Archipelago, their home, was also home to a number of other smaller tribes of people once upon a time. Those tribes, since the founding of the Vaurnoenian Nation, have assimilated into a mesh of culture and language. This had gone on for long enough that eventually one united language came from it as well as a united mixed national culture.

The nation’s leaders and form of government has changed a lot over the centuries, not all of it coming from outside or inside forces. The laws have changed nearly twice as much with each new leader or each new government taking power and wanting things to be run as they see fit.

The Vaurnoenian people, within their unique culture, have a pretty interesting myths and belief system as well.

Their creation myth, for example, involves a battle between a young looking god of the north, cold winds, protection, valor, and leadership; and the old god of war and blood lust.

“The younger god challenged the old one to a duel for the title of King of the gods as the old war god had grown terrifying and struck not but fear into the hearts of his subjects. Having decided to raid the young protection god’s homeland, the two fought, and the younger god one.

However this came at a price. The younger god could not handle the power of being the King, not all of it at once, at least, and so that power had to go somewhere. It redirected itself, dividing between his mind and the space that would soon become this land, and began to create.

You see, the young god had formed a beautiful realm of many peoples, islands, and cultures within his mind, each thing having a purpose, each element meant to keep his mind stable. Now the power he was receiving noticed this, saw this, and created with that mind-realm as a template.

This is how we came to be, from the thoughts and memories of our god of protection and valor. This is why we have the Isle of Remembrance at the center of our archipelago and why it is so sacred to all of the cultures here. This, young ones, is why we are as we are. Half of the land, and half of the sea, for our creator, to, was half of one thing and half another.”

“What was he half of? Was he the same as us?”

“No. While he was indeed a god, he was still half mortal.”

“What?! How?”

“Wouldn’t he be a demigod, then?”

“That’s a tale for another day.”



Just a little thing to get ideas flowing. If anyone takes inspiration from this, inspiration to do something for it or ask for more, let me know. Either so that I may see this thing that you wish to create because I’d love to see the things that I have inspired within people, or so that I know that you want to see more of this so that it doesn’t just sit here to rot.

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Relationship Status: Married

Last Song I Listened To: Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough …

Last Book Read/Listened To:  Something by Daniel Arenson I think. It was a while ago.

Favorite Color: Green, but I’m also partial to Yellow. Nothing so bright it hurts my eyes though.

Top Three Shows: Supernatural, The Flash, iZombie

Top Three Characters: Soined (Dragon Prince and Dragon Star series by Melanie Rawn) , Kahlan (Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind), Tika Waylan (Dragon Lance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman) 

Top Three Ships: I don’t really have any in mind.

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Mary Church Terell was the daughter of slaves. She became one of the first black women to earn a college degree, the first black woman to be appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Education, 1895-1906. She became a civil rights and suffrage advocate and in 1904 was invited to speak at  International Congress of Women, held in Berlin, Germany. She was the only black woman at the conference. In 1950 she started what would be a successful fight to integrate eating places in the District of Columbia.During her senior years, she also succeeded in persuading the local chapter of the American Association of University Women to admit black members.

“Seeing their children touched and seared and wounded by race prejudice is one of the heaviest crosses which colored women have to bear.” - Mary Church Terrell (September 23, 1863-July 24, 1954) 

Zodiac Signs as Songs from Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Aries: Cherry Bomb by The Runaways
  • Taurus: Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terell
  • Gemini: I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
  • Cancer: O-o-h Child by Five Stairsteps
  • Leo: Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede
  • Virgo: Escape (The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes
  • Libra: Fooled Around and Fell in Love by Elvin Bishop
  • Scorpio: Go All the Way by Raspberries
  • Sagittarius: Moonage Daydream by David Bowie
  • Capricorn: Come and Get Your love by The Redbones
  • Aquarius: I'm not in Love by 10cc
  • Pisces: Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum