with no regard to our lives

So I’m not OLD old but I do want to point out that Bush was polling real fucking low before we all went to war in Iraq and that Thatcher was on the brink of irrelevance before the Falklands.

The fact that May’s cabinet* is being militaristic and belligerent toward Spain and that POTUS 45 has launched 50 warheads into Syria is a political act to solidify authority.

In the coming months the UK and USA are going to have patriotism and glory-baiting shoved down our throats.

So remember these things:

1) War is hell, don’t let your representatives condone it.

2) You can support the men and women in the armed forces as individuals without supporting the military-imperial business model.

3) Times of war are when leaders must be held the most accountable for their actions, not rallied behind for the greater good.

The UK Government has yet to issue any new statement regarding military action in Syria. This is not a good time to live in.

Peace is an open hand, not a Tomahawk warhead.

*EDIT: William Hague is a Tory Life Peer, former party leader, former First Secretary of State, and Former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, among other titles. While not part of the Cabinet as claimed, he is still politically relevant.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.
Humans are Space Orcs

So I’ve been loving the “humans are weird” tag lately and I came up with one myself. Here goes…

Breathe in… Breathe out… The yoga soundtrack on Kenzie’s phone was interrupted by the nervous clicking of a member of the Ghrivak clan. Thnybux, a third-tier member of the clan, approached her on a swirling cloud, as was standard of the Ghrivaks.

“Human Kenzie,” said Thnybux, through the translator in her ear. “Human Kenzie, what are you doing? You will rip your flesh with those movements!”

Kenzie straightened from her yoga position and greeted Thnybux with the series of clicks common in the Ghrivak dialect. “This is called yoga. Humans actually need to move and stretch their bodies. It’s good for us.”

Thnybux regarded her with some confusion. “Do you know why the Ghrivak move only on clouds, Human Kenzie? It is because if we move our bodies too much, our bones will disintegrate from the forces of gravity on this planet. I do not understand this theory of movement. How exactly is it beneficial to your species?”

“Human muscles are connected to hard, quasi-living rods in our bodies called bones. These bones are created by specialized cells, and are both very lightweight and very strong. Our muscles are made of specialized cells, and when they are very minimally damaged, repair themselves so that they are stronger. If a human does not exercise, the muscles will die off, and the human will no longer be able to move.”

“Surely the force of these…muscles…on these living rods will shatter the rods?”

“No, our muscles are not that strong,” Kenzie laughed. “Our bones are much stronger than that. And humans break bones fairly frequently. It hurts but the bone just heals stronger. That’s kind of a theme in humans actually, when we get hurt we just heal stronger.” She returned to her yoga.

Thnybux hid xie’s fear from the human Kenzie, and took note of this new information. What kind of creature becomes stronger when it is hurt? Lesson number one: Do not anger the humans.

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I am posting this on here, Tumblr, because I really think a bunch need to learn what the word RESPECT means

This is also regarding for something a bunch of people ask me before; “do you know what happened to UltimaAlmighty?”, and what happened to him after his mistake was awful, and all thanks to people treating him with HATE,  a way to disrespect someone as a human, instead of ignore him or block him. If you don’t like someone (including me) don’t waste your time, keep living and block the people you don’t like, like ignoring someone in school. The same with Felix AKA PewDiePie, JonTron and MORE, hope they are doing super ok.

Jokes are not defining people, our actions in real life defining us, don’t follow someones post with a hate, or some news on the internet, no no, look at what people do in real life, or just ignore and keep living!

I really hope a bunch of you learn from someone really nice, Markiplier.. I hope this video teaches you something, maybe a little thing, but something good.

Remember

“Treat people the way you want to be treated”

Everyone, have a really nice day.

and sorry, again, for not posting drawings, I am still working on this animation WITH JOKES, the most scary thing for everyone!!

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

TIPS TO KEEP YOUR FAV FANFICTION WRITERS WRITING

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

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

Asteroid Bella (695) 🌷✨

The asteroid Bella relates to the word “beauty”. It is what we value as beauty, where we value it in our lives and how our own beauty is seen by others.

If in retrograde, Bella does not indicate a lack of beauty but rather someone finding it hard to see that beauty. They may have to work harder to see themselves for beautiful.

In regards to aspects, harsh aspects will indicate that Beauty is vital in how the other planet is expressed. E.g, Bella/Moon - The natives emotional stability depends on whether or not the they feel beautiful, Bella/Mars - The native feels as though to be assertive, they must feel beautiful.

Softer aspects will indicate ease, the energies compliment each other and Bella makes other planets more charming and appealing.

Bella in Aries/1st House: Beauty is important to how the native expresses their image, needed for assertion.

Bella in Taurus/2nd House: Beauty is important to self worth, can contribute to financial income, soft and earthy beauty. Good singing voice.

Bella in Gemini/3rd House: Beauty in how one communicates, flair for writing and poetry, compassionate manners.

Bella in Cancer/4th House: Beauty standards are moulded by family, warm and comforting beauty.

Bella in Leo/5th House: Potential placement of makeup artists, using the self as a canvas for expression, beauty in creativity.

Bella in Virgo/6th House: Modest, innocent beauty. Prone to perfectionism regarding the appearance, beauty provides a service.

Bella in Libra/7th House: Beauty attracts others, generally very attractive, charming.

Bella in Scorpio/8th House: Deep and intense beauty that pushes the threshold of taboo, a diamond in the rough.

Bella in Sagittarius/9th House: Beauty in their wisdom, hippy/bohemian aesthetic, incorporating culture into beauty.

Bella in Capricorn/10th House: Beauty is important to reputation, beauty in public image that portrays an elegant, sophisticated style.

Bella in Aquarius/11th House: Unconventional, unique beauty, breaking society’s beauty standards.

Bella in Pisces/12th House: Ethereal, enchanting beauty, beauty that is more than skin deep, natives may be blind to their beauty that is very much visible to others.

#SelfLoveSunday

7 Ways To Create A Great Relationship With Yourself

1. Meditation - tune into the voice within. Meditation strengthens the relationship we have with ourselves because we make time to listen to our self-talk. Being completely present with ourselves allows us to understand what’s truly important to us - what do we desire the most? What’s taking our focus away from the now? What do we want from the time we have left on the planet? Answering these questions paves the way for us to take action & create a life we love.

2. Treat yourself - self-love dates. The relationship we have with ourselves is the relationship we will have with others - we are all reflections of each other. We attract those of a similar vibrational nature to ourselves, so if we neglect ourselves, we are likely to attract someone who will neglect us. When we treat ourselves the way we would want our partner to treat us we align our vibration to that of the type of people we want to attract.

3. Healthy foods - healthy food = healthy mind. A healthy relationship with ourselves does not involve poisoning the body by feeding it processed foods & drugs like alcohol. These substances introduce toxicity to the mind and this negatively impacts the relationship we have with ourselves. Seeing ourselves as worthy of a healthy, functioning body is a great way to heal this damage & help us to see ourselves with unconditional positive regard.

4. Positive energy - surround yourself with the people you love. Spending time around negative people is a form of self-hate - because we are choosing to put ourselves in a situation that doesn’t serve us. This causes us to take on negative energy from these people - which affects the way we see ourselves & the world we live in. Negative energy can encourage us to give up on our dreams, abuse our bodies & minds and settle for a life we hate.

5. Creativity - express yourself. Pent-up emotions & thoughts can result in poor mental health - expressing ourselves creatively is a great way to allow these emotions to flow through us instead of building resistance within. When we create we are allowing ourselves to be heard & seen - which nurtures the relationship we have with ourselves & creates optimal wellbeing.

6. Nature - hit the reset button & find peace. Often times we can find ourselves rushing about & always trying to get somewhere - making time to be still in nature allow us to hit the reset button. This is essential for creating a healthy relationship with ourselves as it allows us to gain perspective on what’s truly important to us instead of allowing the mind to remain occupied by thoughts of the past and future. Tuning into the now & being in nature go hand in hand because we find ourselves in tune with the natural vibration of the planet.

7. Authenticity - be true to yourself. Lying to ourselves & settling for less than we’re truly worth destroys the relationship we have with ourselves and encourages us to seek out external distractions from the turmoil within. Doing what we want, when we want & with who we want is the way to be at peace - this can only be done when we prioritise our mental health & wellbeing above all else. We can’t be of service to others if we are at war with ourselves.

Love yourself & you’ll love your life.

Peace & positive vibes.

pbspinstagram  asked:

A suggestion regarding the earlier ask about debating with 'two gender' folks: Remember in kindergarten when there were only ten numbers? When there was only up and down? When people were either parents or kids? It wasn't long before we discovered fractions, and figured out that some people were weird things called teenagers. Nothing in our lives stayed binary for long. When we look back it seems like very childish thinking, even though it made the universe easier to understand at the time.

This is a really interesting and (I think) good analogy. Thank you.

The Night She Took (My Breath Away) SMUT (NSFW 18+)

A/N: Hi guys. I have no idea where is came from but here it is. The titles is from this song I Don’t Know Her Name by Bad Boy Blue and I think the lyrics are perfect for this song. Also, idfc by Blackbear helped me with the smut. Thank you thank you thank you to @writing-obrien for helping with this. She’s such a lifesaver, She’s always there to jump in and take over.

Warning: SMUTTT, Slight alcohol abuse(I mean their drunk so), mentions for drugs

Word Count: 5482

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What methods do you use to find yourselves sexy? I find a hard time getting in the mood because of my bottom dysphoria.

For me sexuality starts with spiritually. For many years I felt unworthy of love or affection because I continually put myself in environments that were not affirming of all of my intersecting identities. Once I put myself in environments where ALL of me was held and uplifted I was able to experience and celebrate my sexuality. We live in a culture that is generally not sex positive. Many of us are raised to see our bodies as bad and to believe that sex is not supposed to be pleasurable. We have to reframe this view to understand that no matter what our bodies look like or do, we can be sexy and desirable. Reproductive justice contributes to this expansion - it demands that we shift and grow our ideas about how we are able to live in our bodies, what we do with our bodies, our agency over our own bodies, the ways we express ourselves sexually, how we bring children into the world, how we create and nurture family. We have come a long way with regard to self-expression and self-realization but we have far to go in creating a world where people, regardless of their expression, have autonomy, and where all bodies are seen and celebrated.

It’s important that we begin by moving into a space that enables us to reshape and reconsider our ideals around what and whom is desirable. Stereotypical, cisgender norms about attractiveness often shape and mold our ideas about sex, desire, and pleasure. Sexuality is just as fluid as gender and one can find themselves anywhere on the spectrum of erotic identification as a trans or gender nonconforming person. Finding oneself sexy is about finding and expressing that thing which makes you most authentically you. It can be the way in which you position your body, or the act of sharing touch with someone you love or care about or are attracted to. It can include any part of your body and begin with something as simple as a look.

“This is not America...”

Uh.

Yeah it is.

#thisisnotus is trending on twitter right now as a sorry attempt to absolve would-be white “allies” of any wrong doing.

Fellow white people:

We don’t get to act surprised.

We don’t get to wash our hands of this.

We bear ALL the responsibility.

The blood of countless innocents is on our heads.

Nazis, sympathizers, lowkey racists and white nationalists are in your families, your friends, your social networks, your neighborhoods. They. Are. Among us. They have always been there and we have done NOTHING to put an end to their bull shit. The difference between them and those in Charlottesville right now, is they don’t have the balls to come out and say how they really feel about minorities in this country.

Dear white people: We have been given opportunity after opportunity to AT LEAST acknowledge we have a problem. But no. You try to coddle your precious feelings in the dark and turn your head away from the issues while black people are being killed in the streets by law enforcement. While Native Americans are hosed down in the dead of winter by oil companies. While immigrants are being rounded up and deported without regard for their lives or families. 

We steal other people’s cultures. We have killed countless millions in the name of blood purity. We threaten and destroy anyone who has the audacity to stand up against OUR violence. OUR bull shit. 

We do not get to hide.

This is 100% the country and we don’t get to act surprised.

Consider THIS: aliens being shocked and confused at the sheer number of sentient and intelligent Kingdom Animalia species on Earth.

Think about it. Humans may be dominant because we evolved just right, but orcas speak different languages and even dialects (sorry, as always I don’t have links to sources, I just store useless information and don’t know where it’s from). Elephants grieve the deaths of members of their herds. OCTOPUSES, MAN. Pretty much the entire primate family (genus? I dunno) has communication that borders (or is) human, as well as actual feelings and acute understanding of how those work together.

And of course, the less intelligent/sentient species (the difference may not be a dictionary thing but I call sentience essentially a complexity of emotion and intelligence the ability or potential to gather knowledge beyond survival instincts, including the different dialects with the orcas) which follow close behind on the evolutionary path but aren’t quite there yet, don’t really have the same understanding of language or feelings or what have you.

Imagine aliens coming to Earth and being told that the dominant species is dominant by SHEER EVOLUTIONARY LUCK. Like. Chimpanzees could be in charge and keep humans in zoos but no, we somehow beat them. Like, in all their millennia of existence these aliens have never had to assert their dominance over other species on their home planet in any way, and here they are on Earth and EVERYONE IS SENTIENT. EVERYONE KNOWS. And of course, we, living here for all our millennia, say “well… the species that are both sentient and intelligent are out numbered probably a hundred thousand to one or more (thanks to insects and the ocean)”

And so now the aliens have dozens of sentient and/or intelligent life forms to learn about AND there are so many small THINGS on this crazy planet that are neither nor that they outnumber the intelligent ones by more species than the aliens have on their planet to one.

No one ever talks about sentient and intelligent life in regards to the “humans are space orcs” trope Tumblr has developed and it bums me out because think of what you could do with it. “Can we take some of these orcas and put them on a planet where they are the fittest to become the dominant species and see what happens?”

How Fusion relationships work

“How many Gems are you now?”
“Six! Maybe more … if we meet the right Gem.”

In the episode “Off Colors,” Fluorite makes it clear she’s a relationship of SIX Gems and is open to more. I was joking around trying to think of what her fusion dance would look like if she added another Gem to this relationship, thinking it would be kind of adorable seeing one smaller Gem dancing to fuse with this huge amalgam. But then I wondered about a few things and I collected enough Thinky Thoughts to ramble for a bit.

For a long time before “Super Watermelon Island,” we fans were curious about Alexandrite’s fusion dance. We knew Garnet, as a Fusion herself, prefers to form Fusions with others when she’s already in her Fusion state–as in, she certainly doesn’t split up first to dance with the others one on one when she wants to form Sugilite or Sardonyx. 

We figured hey, maybe it’s easier to synchronize two Gems rather than trying to synchronize three at the same time, and therefore maybe Alexandrite was formed with Pearl and Amethyst fusing into Opal first before dancing with Garnet. 

In “Super Watermelon Island,” we see that’s not so.

Which is not to say that Opal and Garnet COULDN’T decide to fuse that way, but they didn’t in this case. And we can see that if they’re prepared to do it, a three-way synchronization can work without previously synchronizing the components into Fusions.

Fusions can fuse with individuals. With TWO individuals. And individual Gems can of course make Fusions. So basically, it’s free-for-all mix-n-match however the Gems involved are comfortable doing it. 

And I got to wondering what that means for the Fusions themselves. Fusions are relationships. So theoretically, Fusions are the relationships of the component Gems with each other, even in more complicated Fusions like Alexandrite. But essentially, Alexandrite seems like she is the relationship of Amethyst and Pearl with Garnet, not so much the relationship of Amethyst and Pearl and Ruby and Sapphire. If they were to all four fuse in a single fusion dance, they would still make Alexandrite, but Pearl and Amethyst probably don’t HAVE much of a relationship with Ruby or with Sapphire individually. When Pearl first met Garnet in any meaningful way, she was already fused.

So when Pearl makes Sardonyx with Garnet, that relationship is by definition Ruby, Sapphire, and Pearl’s relationship, but practically speaking, it’s a relationship between Pearl and Garnet. Because her relationship with Ruby and Sapphire is nearly always in the context of them as their relationship. As Garnet.

That may seem like a weird point to press on, but stay with me here. 

Garnet probably doesn’t have much of a relationship with Opal as an individual. She has individual relationships with Pearl and with Amethyst, and together their group is Alexandrite. They’re a four-Gem Fusion, but personality-wise, Alexandrite represents Garnet, Pearl, and Amethyst together far more than she represents Ruby, Sapphire, Pearl, and Amethyst together. When they start to fight internally, you certainly hear Garnet’s voice coming out, not the voices of Ruby or Sapphire. (And maybe, aside from the potential spoiler-related reasons, that’s why Alexandrite makes more sense with six arms instead of eight.)

Rebecca Sugar has repeatedly said in interviews that Fusions ARE relationships (though they also obviously have their own opinions that can be in contradiction with their components’ opinions, like Sugilite, and can “feel like one being” like Garnet said in “Keeping It Together”). And she’s also said Fusions are an interesting opportunity to explore who people are TOGETHER–the way humans can be together in a relationship and it changes who they are, how they think, how they function as a unit even though they can never be as much of a single entity as a Fusion is. This has me thinking about Fluorite.

She’s an established six-Gem relationship. I don’t know how they came to the conclusion that they wanted to live together, but Rhodonite’s question “how many Gems are you now?” suggests she’s been adding them steadily–that it wasn’t all at once. Very much like Amethyst and Pearl having a relationship with GARNET far more than with Ruby and/or Sapphire individually, I imagine that Fluorite’s additional Gems beyond the first ones–including potential future additions–would develop a relationship with the Fusion, not so much with her components. They may not even KNOW much about who they are individually because the relationship is that significant. That the relationship changes them so much.

I mean, you’ve probably met people who are in relationships and have been part of that unit since a very long time before you met them. They’ve grown into each other, become comfortable with each other, and developed a collective “we” identity that connects to their family, their living situation, their thresholds of intimacy, their interests–everything. You would have no way to know the individuals in that relationship how they would be if they didn’t have it–just like it’s hard to imagine who someone might be if they weren’t an artist, or weren’t a mother, or weren’t chronically ill, or weren’t the gender or sexuality they are. You can’t pluck one element out of them and then try to re-imagine them around the hole that leaves–not unless that element actually does disappear and they readjust their identity around it. I think our relationships can be like that too–that they affect our identity.

Humans’ relationships aren’t as literally transformative as a relationship that can literally become its own person, but our relationships essentially have lives of their own too. Garnet didn’t describe Fusion to Stevonnie as “an experience” for nothing. Most of us don’t “feel like one being” as part of a relationship, and there are some ways in which that can be unhealthy for us if we repress important parts of ourselves to become subsumed in something we wouldn’t like if we were fully conscious of what we were doing. But in general, it’s not a bad thing to have one’s relationship regarded as an important element of who they are. It’s certainly part of how the outside world thinks of them and treats them.

With someone like Fluorite, I think it would be super interesting to see how a single Gem has a relationship with an existing relationship and becomes a part of it. But even though I think Fluorite, and Garnet, and even in some ways Malachite, can be regarded and treated as individuals while fused–requiring those who have relationships with them to take them as a whole–you would also have to have at least some kind of relationship with that relationship’s members. You’d understand them as a package deal, but you might have different feelings about its members. Steven, for instance, loved Lapis and disliked Jasper, but understood Malachite as someone he needed to fight.

Now here’s the sad thing. Garnet states that she’ll “always exist in” Ruby and Sapphire, and that she embodies their love (even though they can still experience that love when they’re not fused, too). But I imagine that if Garnet were separated for a long time, Steven would miss her a lot. And I can imagine if one of Steven’s guardians decided to, say, form a new Fusion with Fluorite and stay that way, he would miss her too. You can’t have both the single Gem and the perma-Fusion in your life consistently.

Most of us have been there. “Losing” a person to a new relationship and nothing is ever the same with them again. They give themselves to the relationship, they go everywhere together, and you can’t invite one without them bringing the other(s). Sometimes, you probably miss that person and want them back. But when they’re part of the relationship, that’s part of who they are, and even when they’re not with their partner(s), they’re part of that relationship. Sometimes that can feel sad, especially if it means your special relationship with that person had to end, lessen, or significantly change. 

Fusion relationships are very different from ours in a few obvious ways, but they’re not so fundamentally different that we can’t draw the parallels. Sometimes you wish the Fusion wasn’t there because you think the relationship is bad for those involved, like Malachite. If you’re Steven, you want your Lapis back and you want Jasper out of both of your lives. You might try to advise Lapis, you might try to protect her from Jasper, but she’s the one who has to decide what her relationship is. You can only hope she sees reason, or you could lose her in more ways than one.

With loving relationships, like Garnet, you want them to be together. Not necessarily because you like Garnet better than you like Ruby and Sapphire–it’s fun to see them now and then, sure!

But you know they prefer to be together, and that they experience anxiety and pain when they’re apart, and that they’ve chosen a life together where some of their individuality is given up for that closeness. You respect their decision and have a relationship with their relationship.

For humans, our relationships do not literally combine the traits of multiple people into one person that then has its own conscious will. The individuals in the relationship still function, while “the relationship” has no physical manifestation despite its influence being felt in the components. But it still changes the “color” of their lives together and brings the people involved close together to serve many shared goals, just like a Fusion.

So when a hypothetical new Gem does come along and establish a relationship with Fluorite, I think she would dance with her. Not with her components individually, but with her. We know Garnet as Ruby and Sapphire’s relationship–not as Ruby and Sapphire combined, but as the result of that combination. For a fused Gem, the Fusion is the new identity who can now make decisions and have experiences, even though they ARE an experience at the same time. It isn’t the same as individuals deciding to do the same thing. They made the decision to become the thing that decides on its own. And that Fusion, in the reality of their life together, can sometimes decide that’s no longer what they want to be. Or they can realize they’d rather be this than anything they were supposed to be and that they’d rather do this than anything they were supposed to do.

If a Gem has a relationship with a relationship, it’ll always be with the relationship first. The new relationship will need to be understood as coming into a shared, existing intimacy. Pearl and Amethyst don’t individually get consent from Ruby and from Sapphire when Garnet acts on their behalf to form Alexandrite. Garnet feels and acts differently from Ruby and Sapphire sometimes, and their choice to fuse into her has influenced the subsequent decisions they make as her. 

They may or may not disagree with how Garnet acts sometimes–like, if you were to ask Sapphire or ask Ruby what they would have personally done when Garnet did something different, you might get some answers that are as different as Amethyst and Garnet’s answers would be from Sugilite’s. But within the context of the relationship, with the relationship actively existing, it has the power to influence how the individuals feel. They have a relationship, and then that relationship can feel and think in unprecedented ways–with some of them not being so good. Being in a relationship with an abusive person, for instance, can sometimes make the abused party accept treatment they wouldn’t outside the relationship, or might have thought they wouldn’t tolerate before the relationship was established. And sometimes it’s neutral, like what a married couple decides they want in a shared home is different from what kind of place each might buy individually.

But what’s important about this is that fusion of goals, opinions, and thoughts in human relationships isn’t necessarily a sad thing. It’s a natural thing. We all influence each other. Allowing yourself to be influenced does not mean the relationship has eclipsed your life, or that you’re in an unhealthy dependence, or that you’ve lost your individual will–you’re still part of what you’ve made together. And if you’re happy in your relationship, anyone who comes along afterwards needs to understand who it’s made you, and be accepting of it, and most of all, be willing to have a relationship with your relationship. Not just one of its parts.

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Thank you so much to everyone that voted, we had over 5,000 votes cast! Here are the official prompts for Otayuri Week 2017, which has been moved to run from February 20 - February 26. These prompts can be romantic or platonic and as specific/broad as you like. All forms of media (fanfiction, fanart, graphics, cosplay, meta, etc) are accepted. Please read our About and Rules/FAQ for more information.

In addition to selecting the most popular prompts, we’ve also given two possible prompt options for most days as well as examples of topics for each prompt (note that these examples are just guidelines/suggestions and aren’t required). Feel free to pick whichever prompt you like best, or combine them, or do something for both! Contact us or check our Prompts page if you have any questions regarding the prompts or would like further explanation.

DAY ONE (Feb 20):
• First times/Confessions
(pining, first time dating/kissing/cuddling, love declarations)

DAY TWO (Feb 21):
• Social Media
(Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Snapchat, selfies, online relationships) OR
• Celebrations
(medals, holidays, birthdays)

DAY THREE (Feb 22):
• Childhood/Memories 
OR
• Future/Coming-of-age
(both to do with family, friends, ‘agape,’ dreams, goals)

DAY FOUR (Feb 23):
• Domestic/Intimacy 
(pets, cuddling, cooking, living together) OR
• Long Distance (long-distance relationships, reunions, traveling, visits)

DAY FIVE (Feb 24):
• Fears
(misunderstandings, jealousy, fights, temptation) OR
• Encouragement (support, ‘davai’/thumbs-up, promises)

DAY SIX (Feb 25):
• Pair Skating
 (training/practicing together, competing, just-for-fun) OR
• Rivalry (competitions, team/national rivalries, enemies-to-friends/lovers)

DAY SEVEN (Feb 26):
• Fantasy
(fairytale, hero/fairy, soulmates, destiny, royalty)

BONUS:
• swapping
(uniforms, costumes, hairstyles)
• hair (long/short, undercuts, braids)
• ballet/dancing
• motorcycles can be included with any prompt but are not required!

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ZEPHYRTOP: INTRODUCTIONS

PART 1: [HERE] / PART 2: [—]


Finally got this uploaded! THIS is what all the mods have been preoccupied with recently, aside from studies once again consuming our lives. We’ve had plenty of inquiries regarding Gaster and Aster, their meeting, and how their story unfolded. With this, hopefully, some of this story will be shared. 

Good Things About the Taz Austin Live Show

- a n g u s - god bless Griffin McElroy for this
-“Magnus! It’s just another day of high school!”
-Brody
-The setup of the classroom/ practice building is literally just Persona. Griffin. This is Persona. And I love it.
-Magnus, taking out the entire Hammerhead Gang
-“I’m a big believer in talking to my plants.” “FUCK YOU. I QUIT. I’m out! Is Taako in the building? TAAKO HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. Taako’s smoking with the cool kids.”
-“DON’T FUCK THIS PLANT.”
-the entire botany scene omg
-R e n
-partners with Ren on making a HA M SANDW H I CH
-Rick getting bullied by his students
-“Clear eyes. Full sports. Have fun.”
“GUYS. ITS BASKETBALL A LITTLE BIT MAYBE.”
-TEEN WOLF FUCK
-“Taako, you’ve got a J in this class.”
- Boom shacka lacka
-Griffin talking about RBI (Runs Batted In) in regard to football??
-Clint, remembering he has Turn Undead
-the very calm “It’s Brody.”
-“I drink protein shakes everyday which is why I am how I am, and I hate the way they taste.”
-Honestly, high school Angus is probably a stud but I really don’t want to think about that because he’s our sweet baby boy detective
-ANGUS CASTING SHATTER FOR THE AESTHETIC
-“if you get dunked on in the dream, you get dunked on in real life.”

The Domestic Garden Witch: Bonsai!

So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.

For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.

This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!

Mini Trees, Patience and Meditation

When it comes to container gardening, we often jump straight to pots with flowers, herbs, maybe even little shrubs. Or even to terrariums and the like. But rarely do we consider incorporating bonsai into our lives. This could be because these miniature trees, as beautiful as they are, seem fairly daunting to cultivate, or possibly because many view them as expensive ornamental plants.

The truth is, however, that the art of bonsai is one which is not only very DIY but also a very helpful exercise in patience and meditation. And it is currently undergoing a bit of a revolution. Traditionally, bonsai has a lot of fairly strict rules regarding the shape and type of pot used, what plants can be used, and the proper ways to shape and trim the plant. However, in more recent movements, various pot shapes and types are being used, as well as varying plants (especially native species) so as to embrace a more personalized view.

You could either acquire traditional materials, or you can create your own container using a ceramic bowl or other type of dish. Select plants that suit your view and personality. And be aware that bonsai is still an art that requires some effort in order to grow a successful plant.

You’ll need a container with a drainage hole, gravel or volcanic rocks for drainage, plants, metal wire, and bonsai soil (either premixed or you can make your own by mixing peat clay, potting soil, and fine volcanic gravel). Place a gravel layer in the bottom of your container, and fill the rest with your potting mix.

Remove the starter plant from its container and gently remove the soil from its roots, and rinse them so that most of the soil is removed. Trim the roots, leaving the larger roots. Starting from the top of the plant and traveling down to the roots, wrap the wire around the stems of the plant. Run the remaining wire down through the mix and gravel and out of the drainage hole. This will anchor the plant and provide a training frame - alter the shape of the wire to shape and train the plant’s growth. Plant it in your container and provide ground cover on the soil either in the form of moss or gravel. Water and mist daily.

Training your plant is part of what makes this a meditative experience. Avoid over-trimming, but remember to prune large leaves and extraneous branches. As the plant gets a bit stronger and naturally grows to the shape you’ve established, you can carefully remove the wire. Keep in mind that it can take decades to get a bonsai to look like the stereotypical gnarled trees that we typically see in the media.

How Can I Witch This?

The possibilities for incorporating bonsai into your practice are nearly endless, both from the standpoint of container material and decoration and from the standpoint of tree choice. But the kind of magick I want to focus on here is “slow burn” spells.

Slow burn magic centers around working a spell that is low-energy, but takes effect over a long period of time and in much more subtle ways. Great examples of this are spells that are geared toward helping keep a house cleansed and protected over extended periods of time, nurturing a spell for health or self-confidence, et cetera.

So in addition to adding decorations or crystals, and choosing plants which correspond to your intent, shape your tree with intent, love, and compassion. These trees invite care and nurturing, while adding an appealing and cleansing atmosphere to any room. When grooming and shaping the tree, hold your intent in your mind, and also request help for realizing that intent from the plant as you care for it.

In addition, bonsai can be a great way of inviting faeries or other nature spirits into the home, much like a faerie garden. This is a form of aesthetic spellwork that can help encourage long lasting and positive effects in your home!

May all your harvests be bountiful! )O(

So, I saw that Puerto Rico is trending and wanted to address the fact that there is yet another hurricane on its way (Maria) to us and this one, unlike Irma, will hit us directly and the effects may certainly be worse than the aftermath left by Irma.


I won’t ask much, but keep us in your prayers anyway or send good vibes our way. Anything, really.


Do keep us smaller islands in mind, what with all these hurricanes and such heading our way. I’ve honestly never seen something like this happen before, but, well, these are times I’m living through, I guess.


I may not be active for a few days once the hurricane is in proximity or hitting us already, but who knows if those days will turn into weeks.


I’ll try not to add fuel to the fire or make it seem like it’s a life or death situation. Gonna try and keep it light and positive. We’ve got enough negativity out there, so it’s important to face things with a clear mind. If I do reblog something regarding the hurricane, I’ll try to make sure it’s informative and not wild, baseless speculations.


A lot of things can happen, but it’s important to not only be safe but try to hold on to the hope that you will be okay and so will everyone else.


At this point I’ve rambled for long enough, but I felt like I had to say something anyway.


Stay safe, everyone.

[NOTICE] BigHit Entertainment notice regarding the BTS Tour in Asia

BigHit Entertainment would like to share our regrets over the recent incidents when some fans showed their affection for BTS in a wrong manner. Such attitude of a small number of people can and do cause harm on a lot of people, including BTS members.

BTS is participating in ‘2016 BTS LIVE [The Most Beautiful Moment in Life on stage: epilogue] tour for countries such as Taiwan, Japan and so on. Some fans… 

-used the same airlines with BTS on purpose and kept trying to talk to BTS or taking pictures of the members, despite restraints by BigHit staff and security guards.
- tried to sit next to BTS members on board,
- attempted to get a hold of BTS members by making physical contacts and etc.

BigHit Entertainment takes safety of BTS and fans as number one priority and does its best to secure the safety of BTS members by allocating as many security guards as possible on site. We also politely ask fans to stay safe and to follow the fan etiquettes. 

If any of the incidents on the above list happens, BTS and fans will be affected directly. It will also damage the image and future activities of BTS very seriously. To prevent such unpleasant incidents and to help BTS successfully finish the tour, Big Hit Entertainment hereby asks all the fans to follow the etiquette and rules mutually agreed among fans around the world.

BTS and BigHit Entertainment are always grateful for your love and support.
Thank you for your kind cooperation and understanding.

From BigHit Entertainment

We need to talk about Charleena Lyles. I’m not about to let y'all sweep this under the rug because she’s a black woman and not a man. This is nothing new, but it’s outrageous. When will they draw the line? To shoot a pregnant woman dead? How can they justify that? What harm could she have possibly caused? This system has never cared for our lives or our bodies. They have no regard for women or children either. White people would throw black babies into crocodile infested waters as bait. Slave masters would rape and murder pregnant slaves. So why am I surprised right now? Pigs don’t have a conscience.