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bountyhunterleia · 9 days ago
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pepecarbs · 2 days ago
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Trese: A Review
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As claimed, this is the first ever Filipino Anime and this is a proud moment for most, if not all, of us Pinoys. A lot of my friends have asked me about this anime and I have seen a lot of postings online too. Not to point the obvious, but it is also #1 on Netflix's top 10 list. My friends who were asking me about this are the same people who knows that I handle these kinds of cases in real life. Yes, I am a supernatural consultant and I accept such queries depending the severity and if it had gone the correct process. I decided to make this quick but objective criticism on our beloved first-ever Pinoy Anime called Trese.
THE STORY:
In all fairness, for a 6 episode series, it was fairly good. It involved a handful of urban legends and local myths that separated the series from others and it gave it a certain distinction. There are several things that it can improve on in terms of story and plot such as:
1. More character build up: I understand that it only has 6 episodes. Although, there were some parts in the series where key characters could have been given more light on too. Such as Hank and Captain Guerrero. Even mayor Santamaria, you know, to give us more understanding on why they are who they are in the current scenario.
2. Timeframe: Since it was only 6 episodes, there is a feeling that the story was a bit rushed. This is of course if you do not appreciate the script behind each episodes. As a writer myself, I can attest that it is not that easy to make one. This point of improvement is something that I took in account with a general viewer's point of view.
3. The Baybaylan Family Origin: I noticed, especially in episode 5 and 6, that Alex's family background shows, or gives the impression that their family is a rich family. I was just wondering, what made the creators decide to make our main character's origin a rich family instead of a middle-class or even some native Babaylan instead of a rich kid character? It may just be me. Let me know if you had any similar thoughts.
For now those are the things that I can think of for the story per se. To be honest, it was a very good take on the lore and it gave an impression that in case the creators would decide to continue to build it, we have our very own universe of Trese... Treseverse as I want to think of.
THE ANIMATION:
This aspect gave me a foreign vibe (as it should), but not the usual anime vibe like Dragonball Z, Bleach, or even One Piece. It gave me a Jackie Chan adventures animated series vibe. If you don't know what that is, you can check it here click that and you'll see the intro. You'll see what I mean. I bet they can definitely make it better if they go into a 2nd season. Again, this is a first, but definitely something we can be proud of.
EDIT-IN: I almost forgot one thing that the creators might already have considered for the second season. Since this is an anime, they can go and exceed reality at its finest and be as extra like the animation concepts for Bleach, Dragonball Z, One Piece, Gintama, and even Prince of Tennis. You do know what I am trying to describe here right? Let me use Prince of Tennis as an example. It is about tennis but the way the signature moves are executed by the characters and the way it is animated, that's what I am saying. *wink*
THE VOICE ACTING:
I was a voice actor too, don't worry I am well aware of our popular actors/actresses and I have worked with some of them. This is an unpopular opinion, but I will say this, kudos to Liza Sobreno for delivering. It may not be as expected with a professional voice actress, but do pause for a moment and take this into consideration. She is an actress, NOT a voice actress. This is her FIRST official voice acting product and she did a good job on it. Reminded me of our days with Bleach. I was supposed to be Ichigo Kurasaki, but the network decided to replace all main characters with the Starstruck cast, yes and it was done after we already dubbed the full pilot episode. Marky Cielo did a good job in simulating my voice sample for Ichigo, and so did the others who followed. This is almost the same as how Liza did. It is not easy transitioning your acting to an animated character as you hold your dramatic skills to give life to the character. Not life but justice to the essence of the character. So, yeah cut her some slack. You'll never know, she can be better on the 2nd season if she decides to disprove your not-so-constructive criticisms.
THE LORES:
This part right here is very crucial. I bet they made their researches, although of course as someone who had been exposed to these things, there are some that may need more research. Although, I bet that the creators already took note of it and may have already planned to address those in the next season. There are just some aspects that may need to be more accurate at some point. Small details but very crucial. Like dead-ghosts being seen by the crowd of NORMAL people. Case on point, if I recall it properly it is the first episode where Alex Trese was called by Captain Guerrero who found the white lady of Balete Drive "dead" in a sigil. In reality, people who have higher threshold of atmospheric pressures are the only ones can see this kind of instance. The normal ones would not, except for the following conditions:
- The sigil itself emits an energy that allows normals to see what is in it.
- The ghost wanted to be seen and manifested into the human realm
- The crowd is in an area with a person/spirit of high capabilities and these normal people are in a radius getting the AoE of the said person/spirit
I think that is all for now. All in all, I can say that this is something that we can be proud of. Always remember this was a first for our fellow Pinoy creators and it is in Netflix too. IF and IF you did not like anything that the creators or even the cast had done I suggest you be as constructive as you can. Thanks for taking your time in reading my review about this series. I appreciate you and your time. For those who have not watched the series, I suggest that you do. By the way, the artworks are really good too.
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jhsgf82 · 10 days ago
Don’t be discouraged by that last Anon, I think they probably meant well and did not think it would discourage you. I get where they are coming from, I think the fandom is so small these days so maybe it seems like a lot since not as much new content is shared on here anymore. You post actively so it can seem like more than it would in maybe a larger fandom. Keep doing you. Do what feels right. That was only the opinion of one reader.
Hey, thanks so much for reaching out! I'm not discouraged by the anon, tbh. I was discouraged before that, lol. But it's all good. I go through those periods. I think we all do.
The anon really just made me rethink how much I was posting, that's all. I don't fault them for that because I think they were just being honest and trying to be helpful. And I can see that side of it, too, but we just have different mindsets regarding it. Mainly, I took it as the anon likes my work and is excited to read more but gets their hopes up and is then disappointed when I only post pieces of my works rather than the entire thing. I don't like disappointing people and get how they feel. I have been very excited for particular works in the past/am now as well. Usually, I'm excited to get anything for a fic I'm enjoying, but sure, I would prefer the entire thing.
Yes, the fandom is small (I got to the party late, as usual), and there isn't a lot of new content. I, personally, am producing a lot of new content, but it's over a period of time. It takes me so much time because A) I have a lot going; B) My stories/chapters are on the lengthy side (think about how long it takes to write/edit 20-30 typed pages, per chapter), and C) I don't usually use betas; I do all my own editing, aside from occasionally asking a friend for feedback. So, I write it, and then I go through it with a fine-tooth comb, ensuring that I'm, at least, happy with every single sentence. I do a lot of rewriting of what I wrote, in addition to research on subjects I may not be familiar with.
But yeah, I do understand how people are eager for content when there isn't a lot of new out there. I don't really feel like I am constantly posting snippets and constantly falling short of my self-imposed deadlines (well, more so lately, lol), but as you said, in a smaller fandom, it may look that way. And given the sheer number of stories I have, I'm sure the variety I post can be overwhelming. So, I really do get it.
I try to stick with what I'm actively working on or what is coming in the near future/next in line, and I've tried to space it out, but it can also be pretty spontaneous when I post a snippet. I just get the urge to do so. But how much is too much? Same with reblogs? How much can you promote yourself? Personally, being a writer/content producer, I don't feel like it's ever too much. You gotta get out there and work for yourself sometimes; thus, some of my posts are reblogs of the same thing. I encourage everyone to do that and be proud of their work! I guess I feel like people will either like what I post or ignore/scroll past it. But perhaps I should put it under a cut or be more silent about what and when I'll update, unless I'm completely sure.
But I can't ever be completely sure 100% because I refuse to put out a sub-standard product that isn't ready. And I don't like to cut off the chapters before I'm ready to end them. Now, if/when I am ever writing professionally (which is the goal, btw), I will have to meet deadlines, so I would have to make sure I allow plenty of time for writer's block and unforeseen circumstances, but as for now, I'm only giving myself deadlines, and it's just a fun hobby. I do know when the story is close, however, like within a day or two of being ready. So, yes, I can say with some amount of certainty when an update will come out.
It was never my intention to have so many stories going, and I kind of long for the days when I was only working on one and could update once or twice a week, but in my defense, lol, many of my stories have been gifts and/or part of prompts/challenges, which I chose to continue on because the story wasn't finished for me, and that has greatly added to my story count. Sigh. More than half, we're talking. I counted them up and put them in series on A03 (birthday fics, SoE fics, and prompts from Tumblr).
Anyway, sorry for the long-winded response, but I really appreciate your ask! :) @starsmahogany, @creamytinydays, and some of you others who reached out to me made me feel a lot better about it. I'll ultimately decide on my own what to do, but I will take others into consideration. Overall, I took the other ask as a compliment and as the anon showing interest and trying to be helpful, so I appreciate that. I was hoping I'd answered them well.
Thank again! <3
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Today is #FrogJumpingDay and yes, it is a thing haha. Before I tell you about it, I just want to flex about how proud of myself I am. I JUST DID MY FIRST EVER ANIMATION!!!!!!! I🥳AM🥳SO🥳HAPPY🥳 Many things got me to this moment (years and years of artistic work, for example) but the last step was thanks to @crunchie2907 trusting me 😻 so many, many thanks! (Also, happy Father's Day!) About Frog Jumping Day: "Everyone starts somewhere, from embarrassing lines of poetry in primary school to the first stumbling notes you tease out of an instrument. Mark Twain was no different. While he would go on to be one of the most notorious members of American Literary History, he started with a simple short story known as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”, included in a compilation called ”The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County, and other sketches”. The titular story was actually written for a friend of Mark Twain’s named Artemus Ward to be included in a book yet to be published. Mark Twain took this request very seriously and proceeded to produce not one, but two versions of the story… that would never make it to print. You see, he never quite got to the part about the jumping frog contest, and it took Ward pressing him for the tale yet another time before he actually managed to produce one. By the time it was produced, however, it was far too late for inclusion in the intended book and ended up seeing publication in The New York Saturday Press on November 18, 1865. But Jim wasn’t always Jim Smiley! In the second edition, he became Jim Greeley, only to be changed back when the book was published. That frog just kept jumping!" Source: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/frog-jumping-day/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- #frog #animation #animationart #animated #animationvideo #frogsofinstagram #jumpingfrog (at Berlin, Germany) https://www.instagram.com/p/COzdNlsrvm_/?igshid=l4tmn32vei73
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your--isgayrights · a month ago
F, M, S :?
Hiiii stella i really liked your new fic just so you know okay hello :))
Gonna put my answers to these under the cut because they’re really long ^_^; thank you for sending me an ask for this but also dont feel obligated to read my long winded answers aslkfjfdsf
F: Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
Hmmmm this question is kind of hard because even though I really see myself as someone who likes writing dialogue more than prose, lately most talking I write is like heavily interlaced with like these character actions that are supposed to be indicative of tone, you know? Also I have a lot of dialogue I like that isn’t technically attached to anything yet... uh...
Okay, I like these lines from A Dream in Which Yoo Jonghyuk Plays Mario Kart:
"Kim Dokja." Yoo Jonghyuk says.
"... You're gonna tell me to shut up, right?" Kim Dokja tries to guess from the vast experience he has of this man. "To not worry so much about useless things? To just be here in the moment..."
He trails off on the word moment. His eyes are suddenly far away, clouded with the memory of a destroyed Seoul skyline.
The hand on his shoulder tightens. Just enough to bring him back.
"Eh?" Kim Dokja's eyes refocus, blinking up at a Yoo Jonghyuk who is looking at him in the eye instead of over his shoulder. "Well?" He asks a man whose broad back is now far too sore in the mornings to carry the weight of the world. "Am I right?"
Yoo Jonghyuk does not answer any of the questions that Kim Dokja has posed with a 'yes,' a 'no,' or even a 'shut up.'
He does, however, give his husband a peck on the lips that lasts for just a moment shorter than a dream and conveys the exact same message.
When he pulls away from this kiss, he meets his husband's eyes once more and says five magical words.
"Watch me win Rainbow Road."
Um the thing I’m most proud of here is that I made Yoo Jonghyuk being a gamer anything approaching “romantic.” The “Watch me win Rainbow Road” line is basically the main thing holding this ficlet together as an actual piece of writing akdjfslfjsf. But like I said, a lot of the emotion in the words comes from the deviance from expectation set up around the dialogue rather than the dialogue itself, so I’m not sure if it counts? Fun anyway!
M: Got any premises on the back burner that you’d care to share?
Hmmm most of my premises I’ve been trying to adapt somehow into my current WIP, like I had this soosang idea that I thought about adapting as some sort of epilogue? It was like about HSY and YSA being childhood friends and the way that HSY wrote passages in her stories differently based on the way she viewed their relationship. But then like... hmm.
I guess Actual premises would include stuff like “AU where Kim Dokja is there when Yoo Jonghyuk regresses,” which I’m always daydreaming about just a little bit because 1. I kind of want to write YJH perspective on KDJ in the early rounds because I think its hilarious how he probably thinks very highly of him actually and thats SO diffferent from how KDJ views how things are happening, and then 2. VERY funny to have KDJ make the choices he makes confidently in timelines where he doesn’t realize YJH knows about him, or like 3. how KDJ would adapt to YJH knowing about him and whether he has back up plans for that.
My only hang up on that premise is that I’m not going to write it because A. It would take WAY too long for me to flesh out that premise in a way that I was happy with because I’m terrible like that and even slice of life relationship stories have to have like 40k long chapters for me to be happy with development. And then B. It’s definitely a premise that’s been used before, and even though I’m usually cool with doing bland premises with my own spin on them, I think that a lot of people already have like... set opinions on what they think this type of au would look like and mine differs a bit and I don’t want to argue with people on the internet, haha.
Anyway since I’m never going to write it, I can tell you that I think that the climax of my AU would probably be all of the KDJs of every timeline some how reviving YJH at the same time across their parallel timelines. It would show the perspectives of KDJs who were briefly mentioned in YJH’s building angst train, even ones where he was an enemy and in fact killed YJH himself, and other ones where he was a deeply trusted comrade, and we would think that the KDJs are doing some part of the scenario until they all do the same thing at once and it’s revealed what the item they were trying to obtain did. It exchanges his own life for that of YJH’s.
YJH in whatever regression he’s in has this moment of being completely saved, where all of these lifetimes where he died peacefully of old age by his companion’s sides come rushing into him, but even though he realizes Kim Dokja is the one responsible, he has no memory of him making it to the end. So he resolves to spend that last lifetime vowing not to die and to save Kim Dokja no matter what when previously he had given into the regressor depression of only trying to save himself.
Also not about fanfic but uh here’s some songs that I daydream orv amvs to sometimes: A Death - An Unkindness, I’m Gonna Win - Rob Cantor, Achilles Come Down - Gang of Youths, Squaring up - Sir Chloe.
S: Any fandom tropes you can’t resist?
Ahhh you know I think I’ve said this before that I really like slow burn and long complicated relationships like childhood friends to enemies to friends and or lovers you know, but I’ve been thinking about it recently and realize that I actually do use a lot of fandom-ey tropes! Like it was pointed out to me that my big WIP is very much based on an AU used in other fandoms, and I realize that I really like writing troupes used in fandom in a way that puts my own twist on it,  you know?
Like this is a bit embarassing, but I think the first fics I ever wrote were definitely from me seeing a specific kind of AU being overused in the fandom and wanting to write that AU from what I viewed as like... THE. RIGHT. WAY. to do it asdlkfjsfasfasf. Like the main emotion that actually gets me writing something down is spite alskfjf. Like sorry allos but I don’t understand why they would have kissed there so heres a 50k+ fic where they gaze longingly at each other for a much much longer time okay thanks.
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flykickscreamhan · a month ago
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Tingling Thoughts
Hey there, it’s been so long since I penned anything down. Sometimes I have a lot of thoughts in my mind, sometimes it’s all a blank. But whatever, I just feel the overwhelming urge to want to express something. 
So, I have made the decision to pursue the PhD. It’s not an easy decision to make. I was vexing over it for 2 weeks after I got the offer from my prof. On one hand, my bosses are super understanding and nice. They always assure me that having feelings and expressing them is normal and even something they encourage. I was feeling very stressed about work, and I reached out to them, and they really did so much to assure me that I am normal. They even helped to offload some of the stuff. They even went one step further to push the idea to the whole department, that mental health is very important especially since there has been a slew of changes that has resulted in blurred lines in work and overwhelming responsibilities charging at us. I felt very guilty - you know the feeling when the more someone gives you TLC (tender loving care - I learnt this word from my colleague LOL), the less you would want to do something that disappoints them aka leaving them when they need you the most. However, after weighing the pros and cons of leaving the company to pursue my PhD vs staying in the company where I definitely will have many opportunities, the heart just...wants what it wants. My mind is set on becoming an educator, and I love the technical challenges that I have faced in my industry. Overall, I think being an educator to train the next batch of engineers would suit me better. Maybe I have found my calling? At least for now, it feels like a calling. And it helps that when I was deciding whether to go for PhD or not, that I have handed over the keys of my future to the universe - I made a promise to myself then that I would only go for PhD if I have a scholarship, and that I would not spend so much time to think through it. I have a habit of overthinking and over-analysing and treating life too seriously. It is as if every step of the way I have to make the right choice. I mean, it is a good ‘habit’ to have, because then I would have a better idea of where my future lies and not just go according to flow. But sometimes I do think I am too restricted in the expectations that I have on myself that I forget to live freely. 
Sometimes, I think I envy people who are very much themselves regardless of whatever situation or environment they are in. I realised something about myself, which is that the older I get, the ‘faker’ I am. Don’t get me wrong, I am not someone who has a fake personality - like being nice to someone and then bitching about them behind their backs. That is not me. I am still an ‘openly bitchy’ person HAHA. If I do not like someone I make sure they know it. However, I did realise in a professional setting, I am more cautious of how I behave. I am ‘nicer’ to people than I have to be, and sometimes I think that creates the impression that I am nicer than I actually am. I don’t know why this bothers me, but it does. I feel like I have so many sides that I show to many people, and it almost feels like I am a different person - although not completely - to different people. My friend says that this is just being a responsible adult, and I hope this is true. Sometimes I do feel a little awkward and not myself, as if I have to stick to that image I have already created for these people. I don’t think it is a very huge difference from who I actually am, it is just that sometimes I exaggerate some traits of myself unintentionally - almost as if my brain is telling me that I have to act a certain way in front of certain people. An example of how different I am to different people is this: In front of colleagues or interns, I am like their buddy - sometimes nice and sometimes mean. I would say i’m most unguarded with colleagues who are around the same level as me. With cleaner auntie, or people from other department, I would be a little bit more guarded, but my ‘nice’ side will exude. I will be very helpful, friendly, and less straightforward. Sometimes, even more than necessary. But let’s say with higher management people, I would tend to be more guarded and robotic, and sometimes even emotionless. I would like to treat everyone the same way, but I think it is just something that is hard to control - my mind automatically categorises people into baskets, and I would treat them according to the labels on the baskets. Another category of people would be people who are...a little weird. There is one guy from my company who is relatively new, and he just behaves in such a way that just makes people go... is he ok? I think he has a very low EQ, and that he doesn’t know that he makes people feel uncomfortable. For these kind of people whom I know from the get go that I have no time or patience to entertain, I would build a tall and thick wall between us, so that he cannot even converse with me. I think he tried in the beginning but my lack of interest was too apparent - of course deliberately. I do not want to be caught up with his lame antics by being nice. I already witnessed several ‘casualties’ in the office - people who are too nice that got caught up in his web and cannot escape, and they can only leave once they have entertained him LOL. I know, I feel like a double or triple or multiple faced bitch sometimes. I do not like that part of me. I wish I can either be nice (and not overly) to everybody, or be a bitch openly.
Sometimes I look at personalities on youtube and I feel a slight tinge of envy. How can they be so comfortable with showing this part of themselves to the internet. It seems like they are so comfortably themselves - regardless of how strong their personalities are or how others might disagree with them. I envy their freedom of expression - how they can just live their best lives without considering what people might think of them and how that might affect their livelihood. I mean, making videos IS their livelihood. 
I am someone who likes to express myself - although this may come as a surprise to some (as I mentioned earlier, I have so many sides that I think not one person have seen them all except myself). I am quiet and cold to some, talkative and warm to some, fierce and unforgiving to some, chill and embracing to some. I have so many facets to me, but I can say that they are all me. Just that different people face different sides of me. I like some sides more than I like some other sides, but I can only embrace my sides as me. I would also like to write more, film videos, but I worry how others might view me. I worry how people who have never seen some sides of me might think how fake I am. Or what I express might hinder me in my work in the future - because we all know what we put out into the internet would stay on the internet forever. That is both scary and amazing tbh. 
I recently turned mid-20s. I don’t really have much of a feeling on the day itself. I used to place much emphasis on birthdays. I vividly remember feeling so upset on my 18th birthday even when I was literally surrounded by presents from my friends - I think just because someone forgot my birthday or something. Fast forward to my mid-20s, people who remember are those that really take note of it (because I have eliminated my birth date from FB and social media LOL), and many people forget. However, I feel super fine. I feel so normal, as if this is just a day...To eat cake. Nothing special. Who am I kidding, cake is always special :D But, aside from joking, I do have some mixed feeling about this, because I used to find it so fun to plan people’s birthdays and give much emphasis on birthdays. I find birthdays a very good excuse to celebrate someone, and to have fun and let our creative juices flow by planning surprises, and of course the most important thing is to create these memories. But as we grow older, birthdays become another day to go through, and they become just another mundane day. Special memories aren’t made anymore. I think personally, I would want to make birthdays extra special for people I love. However, I would understand if as ‘adults’ (cough cough), others don’t give much of a damn anymore. I would want to create special memories for my family and friends. Yes I should. I don’t want to become boring as I grow older. I still want to be excited and create new special memories that I can look back at and smile - knowing that I have created and been in someone’s special memory.
My thoughts are all over the place, but recently I have been a little bit happier, because I am going to have a very long break soon. I am going to utilise this break to create more content and express the fireworks going in my mind! I am still trying to figure out which direction my youtube channel should go. I am someone who is very sensitive and emotional - meaning I am very in touch with my thoughts and feelings and I would want to express them more. However, it makes it a little bit difficult as I do not want to reveal my identity as I am afraid that it might make things a little bit sticky in the future. I have some contents ideas - but I am more drawn to normal everyday things: expressing thoughts and ideas, becoming fitter, food, challenges, music covers, and all that jazz. 
Now that I am officially in the ‘older’ crowd, as a mid-20s person, I only wish that I can become a better version of myself. I want to be more at ease with who I am, be more free with who I am, and love and express that more to people who matter.
My creative side is also yearning to break free. So I think while pursuing my post grad, I would also pursue more film taking/editing, writing short stories or even novels, music and all that things that can connect more to my soul. I hope I can create contents that I truly feel proud and connected to, regardless of how small my audience might be. I just want to be proud of who I am.
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aion-rsa · a month ago
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The Secret World of Star Wars Toys and Collectibles
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Want to know something about world of nerdy collectibles? You ask Brian Volk-Weiss, the prolific producer and creator of Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us and A Toy Story Near You, two must-watch documentary series that track the stories of the coolest, rarest, and most valuable toys and collectibles ever made and where to find them.
Volk-Weiss isn’t just a documentarian, though. He’s spent years chasing collector’s items for his own personal collection, and he’s learned a few secrets and heard quite a few stories about the high-stakes world of collectibles along the way.
Star Wars collectibles are of particular interest to Volk-Weiss, who has previously written about the rarest, most expensive Star Wars action figure for Den of Geek. But did you know about the secret Facebook group that deals almost exclusively in precious Star Wars collectibles that sell for six figures? What about the warehouse where sellers who don’t own their own stores keep and sell their prized collectibles?
On a recent Zoom call, Volk-Weiss took us on a trip through the lesser known corners of Star Wars collecting, and even shared his sacred rules when it comes to curating his own collection. Yes, that includes a collectible contingency plan were his house to burn down.
You can check out the interview below. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.
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DEN OF GEEK: How did you spend your May the 4th this year?
Brian Volk-Weiss: I am looking at what I already have, praying that some cool stuff gets announced. I mean, that’s usually what I do on the fourth. Well, I mean, before COVID, I’d go to Toys “R” Us, Walmart, and Target and grab whatever gets put out. This year, I ordered an Ahsoka Tano statue, I think about five or six months ago, maybe even more, that I think is supposed to come tomorrow. So if it does, that is exactly how I’ll be spending the fourth, opening that statue that’s long overdue.
You’re not just some creator and producer who works on the idea, but is not invested. You’re in the trenches. In The Toys That Made Us and A Toy Store Near You, you were actually hitting the aisles. You were going to the stores, finding the collectibles.
I try to sell shows that are hobbies of mine, so that a) I’m getting paid to do my hobby, but b) that passion that you need to make your show, because it takes a long time and a lot of work, you really need to be excited about the show to try and do a good job. So yeah, I buy toys. Quite a few.
Is Ahsoka a new favorite character of yours?
Oh, absolutely not. Since the end of [The Clone Wars] season five … I mean, technically, it would have been the end of season four, but really, there’s a moment in the last episode of season five when she resigns from the Jedi Order. I’ve been obsessed with her ever since that moment.
And I have to give myself credit. I knew for over a year before it was announced that Ahsoka was going to be on TV, and I kept my mouth shut. So I’ve known that was coming for a long time. And I kept my mouth shut, Lucasfilm. You should be very proud of me.
Yeah, but by saying that, that now makes me want to try to pull other stuff out of you, because now I’m sure you know about things that are coming down the road.
No, I really don’t. And it’s because of COVID. The reason that I knew about the Ahsoka of it all was I was at Disney or Lucasfilm all the time, and every now and then, you’d hear something. But I kept my mouth shut. Because of COVID, I didn’t have as much access.
So we spoke back in the spring of, well, I guess almost a year ago, for A Toy Store Near You, and if I recall correctly, you said that the Millennium Falcon was your Holy Grail of Star Wars toys?
That’s right. I used to bite my fingernails and my mom told me if I didn’t bite them for a year, she would get it for me. And I stopped. Very hard. Other than quitting smoking, that’s the second hardest thing I’ve ever quit. I’m not even trying to be funny. And I got my Millennium Falcon and proceeded to obliterate it over the next 10 years.
It lasted 10 years? That’s actually pretty good. But that certainly was not your first Star Wars toy?
No, my first. I still have my original R2-D2 and one of my original stormtroopers. I still have those. And in my collection that is absurdly big now, I do believe those are the two old…I have two mini figs from Lego. Those four toys are tied for the oldest toys in my 2000 plus toy collection.
And what is the current status of that stormtrooper and R2?
It’s funny you asked that, because this is crazy. The R2-D2 and one of those mini figs is in my home collection. The stormtrooper and the other mini fig is at a friend of mine’s house in the insane off chance, this will show you how crazy I am, that…I’ve had to evacuate my house twice in the last two years because of fires. If God forbid anything happens to my home here in LA, my two oldest pieces, I have a backup. That’s how crazy I am.
It’s sort of like, whenever the Congress and president gather in Washington, there has to be the designated survivor, right?
These are my toy designated survivors. I’m going to steal that from you. I love that.
We’re pretty close in age. The R2 unit I had, it’s still around, but man, it’s not in great shape. The dome is loose, the sticker is off. And then my stormtrooper, totally yellowed. Is yours the same thing? Or does it actually look good?
My R2’s dome is great. It still makes that super duper weird noise that, we all know how it was made, but it was still kind of weird. But the stickers are very faded. And my stormtrooper, you can tell it’s 40 years old, but it’s not yellow or anything.
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What are the figures that you think people are kind of getting into now? Because obviously, we’re legacy collectors and nerds, we grew up with the first generation of it, but what are the things that people are attaching themselves to now? Anecdotally. As much as you can say.
Ahsoka Tano, all of her stuff, especially because it was made in limited numbers when it came out in the early aughts, as they say, maybe not early aughts, but like 2008 to 2012, there’s an Ahsoka Tano that’s $2000-3000 now. Not a prototype, not a sample, not a paint test. Literally an Ahsoka Tano that was still in the package. That’s two to three grand now. That’s because a lot of the people that are 10 to 20 years behind us, they’re starting to have money. And the same way you and I wanted to start collecting when we got a little money, now they are too.
Is part of that because of the multi-generational component? I guess maybe the question is, what makes Star Wars collectors different than others? I always kind of wonder if it is this sort of multi-generational element to it that’s maybe not present with other franchises or IP.
The main thing about Star Wars collecting that is different than almost any other kind of toy collecting there is, is the amount of people doing it and the amount of data that exists. There are, and I’m making this up, so please, anyone who sees this that’s offended, I am making these numbers up, I don’t know the real numbers, but there are like 10 types of Luke Skywalker New Hope figures with…You need a scanning electron microscope to see the difference in the hair color changes. There is so much data. Oh, that light hair with a freckle on the cheek? Oh, that came from the Taiwan factory. Brownish hair with no freckle? That came from the British factory.
There’s a private Facebook group called Deal or No Deal. It covers all toys. There’s only 3000 members. I mean, I’ve seen stuff sell in the six figures. Very, very high end general toy group. It’s 85% Star Wars. So that’s what makes Star Wars collecting unique compared to any other toy.
You’re saying that the accumulated data continues to unveil other collectibles that we did not know about?
I’ll be honest with you, I’m not trying to be funny or humble, I don’t consider myself a toy expert. I know more about toys than most people, but most people are toy collectors. But I mean, there’s like 10 to 20 Star Wars collectors who have been doing it almost as a full-time job for 20, 25 years. So those 10 to 20 guys, and I think they’re all guys, I mean, they’re probably embarrassed by me talking about Star Wars. So I learned from them…I mean, I could learn one to five new things a week just from knowing those people.
What’s the craziest Star Wars collectible quest you’ve ever heard of? The epic lengths that someone has gone to to pursue an item? Does anything come to mind?
I think Gus Lopez going to Tunisia with a storage container. That’s probably my favorite. I mean, he literally went all around Tunisia to the sets and was buying stuff off the people that own the land. The sets are still there. I went there for my bachelor party and I was there, I think, 10 years after Gus. So what was still there when I was there in 2012, and I think he was there in 2002, approximately…And I’ve seen a lot of his collection. Almost any question you would ask. Like, “What’s the best story?” The answer is Gus Lopez.
And you can get really crazy with the collecting, and sometimes you have to establish rules. I mean, I know I’m fortunate to work a lot of comic-cons, and I’m out there, and I’ve established rules for collecting so I don’t spend too much money or go too crazy. Do you have any rules that you apply to yourself?
Well, number one rule? It must go on display. So I will not buy anything to just go into storage, because if I did that, it theoretically violates my whole reason for toy collecting, which is the objects give me some joy. So if I’m putting it in the garage or a storage shed, it doesn’t give me any joy. This is getting harder and harder for two reasons. One, I now have a lot of “insider knowledge.” So I’m not buying things that I know will depreciate in value. So that’s tough. And then the other thing is, it’s kind of a bad theory because it ends up costing me more money in the long run, because I guarantee you, I will have to buy a new house next year because my collection room is already getting too small. But that’s the first rule. Nothing goes to storage.
My second rule. Have you ever heard of this place called Frank & Son? It’s two full-size warehouses where I think they tore the wall down in between them. And I think Monday to Friday, it’s where toy sellers who don’t own a store keep their stuff, and then they sell it online. On Saturdays, it’s open to the public.
So before COVID, my rule was I would go there only once a year for my birthday. So that’s already a rule, because if I went there more than once a year, we’d be bankrupt and living on the streets. And two, I bring a thousand dollars cash and I leave all my credit cards at home. And by the way, dude, I’ve gone in there and spent it in the first 12 minutes I’ve been in there and basically had to walk around like a jackass for two hours and not buy anything else.
The Star Wars Topps cards have very much been part of the collecting within the Star Wars fandom, and you can display those. Did you have them as a kid? Have you ever collected them as an adult?
I had them as a kid. If I had to guess, I had all of them. Right now in my collection, I have one Star Wars pack. My second favorite character is the aforementioned Ahsoka Tano. My favorite character in all of Star Wars is Return of the Jedi Luke, specifically that. And the only Star Wars cards I have is an unopened pack, it’s probably worth five bucks, and it’s him in Jedi Luke attire.
You are working on so many things. I know you’ll have a new season of Toys That Made Us at some point, I know you’re working on this Gates McFadden Star Trek podcast your company is producing. What else is on the way that you can talk about, man?
There’s a lot of stuff I can’t talk about yet, but two things I can talk about. We’re partnered with Dwayne Johnson and his company, Seven Bucks, and we have a show coming out called Behind the Attraction that’s all about the attractions at the various Disney parks. I can’t say when, but that’s coming out this year.
And then we have another show, which I literally cannot even believe is real, called The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek. We’re making that for History Channel, and to the best of my knowledge, it is the deepest dive documentary about all of Star Trek. I think we’re doing the first documentary ever about the animated series. The first one out ever about Voyager.
And then A Toy Store Near You, which is coming out in June, season three. So I’m pretty excited about 2021.
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The Secret World of Star Wars Toys and Collectibles
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Want to know something about world of nerdy collectibles? You ask Brian Volk-Weiss, the prolific producer and creator of Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us and A Toy Story Near You, two must-watch documentary series that track the stories of the coolest, rarest, and most valuable toys and collectibles ever made and where to find them.
Volk-Weiss isn’t just a documentarian, though. He’s spent years chasing collector’s items for his own personal collection, and he’s learned a few secrets and heard quite a few stories about the high-stakes world of collectibles along the way.
Star Wars collectibles are of particular interest to Volk-Weiss, who has previously written about the rarest, most expensive Star Wars action figure for Den of Geek. But did you know about the secret Facebook group that deals almost exclusively in precious Star Wars collectibles that sell for six figures? What about the warehouse where sellers who don’t own their own stores keep and sell their prized collectibles?
On a recent Zoom call, Volk-Weiss took us on a trip through the lesser known corners of Star Wars collecting, and even shared his sacred rules when it comes to curating his own collection. Yes, that includes a collectible contingency plan were his house to burn down.
You can check out the interview below. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.
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DEN OF GEEK: How did you spend your May the 4th this year?
Brian Volk-Weiss: I am looking at what I already have, praying that some cool stuff gets announced. I mean, that’s usually what I do on the fourth. Well, I mean, before COVID, I’d go to Toys “R” Us, Walmart, and Target and grab whatever gets put out. This year, I ordered an Ahsoka Tano statue, I think about five or six months ago, maybe even more, that I think is supposed to come tomorrow. So if it does, that is exactly how I’ll be spending the fourth, opening that statue that’s long overdue.
You’re not just some creator and producer who works on the idea, but is not invested. You’re in the trenches. In The Toys That Made Us and A Toy Store Near You, you were actually hitting the aisles. You were going to the stores, finding the collectibles.
I try to sell shows that are hobbies of mine, so that a) I’m getting paid to do my hobby, but b) that passion that you need to make your show, because it takes a long time and a lot of work, you really need to be excited about the show to try and do a good job. So yeah, I buy toys. Quite a few.
Is Ahsoka a new favorite character of yours?
Oh, absolutely not. Since the end of [The Clone Wars] season five … I mean, technically, it would have been the end of season four, but really, there’s a moment in the last episode of season five when she resigns from the Jedi Order. I’ve been obsessed with her ever since that moment.
And I have to give myself credit. I knew for over a year before it was announced that Ahsoka was going to be on TV, and I kept my mouth shut. So I’ve known that was coming for a long time. And I kept my mouth shut, Lucasfilm. You should be very proud of me.
Yeah, but by saying that, that now makes me want to try to pull other stuff out of you, because now I’m sure you know about things that are coming down the road.
No, I really don’t. And it’s because of COVID. The reason that I knew about the Ahsoka of it all was I was at Disney or Lucasfilm all the time, and every now and then, you’d hear something. But I kept my mouth shut. Because of COVID, I didn’t have as much access.
So we spoke back in the spring of, well, I guess almost a year ago, for A Toy Store Near You, and if I recall correctly, you said that the Millennium Falcon was your Holy Grail of Star Wars toys?
That’s right. I used to bite my fingernails and my mom told me if I didn’t bite them for a year, she would get it for me. And I stopped. Very hard. Other than quitting smoking, that’s the second hardest thing I’ve ever quit. I’m not even trying to be funny. And I got my Millennium Falcon and proceeded to obliterate it over the next 10 years.
It lasted 10 years? That’s actually pretty good. But that certainly was not your first Star Wars toy?
No, my first. I still have my original R2-D2 and one of my original stormtroopers. I still have those. And in my collection that is absurdly big now, I do believe those are the two old…I have two mini figs from Lego. Those four toys are tied for the oldest toys in my 2000 plus toy collection.
And what is the current status of that stormtrooper and R2?
It’s funny you asked that, because this is crazy. The R2-D2 and one of those mini figs is in my home collection. The stormtrooper and the other mini fig is at a friend of mine’s house in the insane off chance, this will show you how crazy I am, that…I’ve had to evacuate my house twice in the last two years because of fires. If God forbid anything happens to my home here in LA, my two oldest pieces, I have a backup. That’s how crazy I am.
It’s sort of like, whenever the Congress and president gather in Washington, there has to be the designated survivor, right?
These are my toy designated survivors. I’m going to steal that from you. I love that.
We’re pretty close in age. The R2 unit I had, it’s still around, but man, it’s not in great shape. The dome is loose, the sticker is off. And then my stormtrooper, totally yellowed. Is yours the same thing? Or does it actually look good?
My R2’s dome is great. It still makes that super duper weird noise that, we all know how it was made, but it was still kind of weird. But the stickers are very faded. And my stormtrooper, you can tell it’s 40 years old, but it’s not yellow or anything.
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What are the figures that you think people are kind of getting into now? Because obviously, we’re legacy collectors and nerds, we grew up with the first generation of it, but what are the things that people are attaching themselves to now? Anecdotally. As much as you can say.
Ahsoka Tano, all of her stuff, especially because it was made in limited numbers when it came out in the early aughts, as they say, maybe not early aughts, but like 2008 to 2012, there’s an Ahsoka Tano that’s $2000-3000 now. Not a prototype, not a sample, not a paint test. Literally an Ahsoka Tano that was still in the package. That’s two to three grand now. That’s because a lot of the people that are 10 to 20 years behind us, they’re starting to have money. And the same way you and I wanted to start collecting when we got a little money, now they are too.
Is part of that because of the multi-generational component? I guess maybe the question is, what makes Star Wars collectors different than others? I always kind of wonder if it is this sort of multi-generational element to it that’s maybe not present with other franchises or IP.
The main thing about Star Wars collecting that is different than almost any other kind of toy collecting there is, is the amount of people doing it and the amount of data that exists. There are, and I’m making this up, so please, anyone who sees this that’s offended, I am making these numbers up, I don’t know the real numbers, but there are like 10 types of Luke Skywalker New Hope figures with…You need a scanning electron microscope to see the difference in the hair color changes. There is so much data. Oh, that light hair with a freckle on the cheek? Oh, that came from the Taiwan factory. Brownish hair with no freckle? That came from the British factory.
There’s a private Facebook group called Deal or No Deal. It covers all toys. There’s only 3000 members. I mean, I’ve seen stuff sell in the six figures. Very, very high end general toy group. It’s 85% Star Wars. So that’s what makes Star Wars collecting unique compared to any other toy.
You’re saying that the accumulated data continues to unveil other collectibles that we did not know about?
I’ll be honest with you, I’m not trying to be funny or humble, I don’t consider myself a toy expert. I know more about toys than most people, but most people are toy collectors. But I mean, there’s like 10 to 20 Star Wars collectors who have been doing it almost as a full-time job for 20, 25 years. So those 10 to 20 guys, and I think they’re all guys, I mean, they’re probably embarrassed by me talking about Star Wars. So I learned from them…I mean, I could learn one to five new things a week just from knowing those people.
What’s the craziest Star Wars collectible quest you’ve ever heard of? The epic lengths that someone has gone to to pursue an item? Does anything come to mind?
I think Gus Lopez going to Tunisia with a storage container. That’s probably my favorite. I mean, he literally went all around Tunisia to the sets and was buying stuff off the people that own the land. The sets are still there. I went there for my bachelor party and I was there, I think, 10 years after Gus. So what was still there when I was there in 2012, and I think he was there in 2002, approximately…And I’ve seen a lot of his collection. Almost any question you would ask. Like, “What’s the best story?” The answer is Gus Lopez.
And you can get really crazy with the collecting, and sometimes you have to establish rules. I mean, I know I’m fortunate to work a lot of comic-cons, and I’m out there, and I’ve established rules for collecting so I don’t spend too much money or go too crazy. Do you have any rules that you apply to yourself?
Well, number one rule? It must go on display. So I will not buy anything to just go into storage, because if I did that, it theoretically violates my whole reason for toy collecting, which is the objects give me some joy. So if I’m putting it in the garage or a storage shed, it doesn’t give me any joy. This is getting harder and harder for two reasons. One, I now have a lot of “insider knowledge.” So I’m not buying things that I know will depreciate in value. So that’s tough. And then the other thing is, it’s kind of a bad theory because it ends up costing me more money in the long run, because I guarantee you, I will have to buy a new house next year because my collection room is already getting too small. But that’s the first rule. Nothing goes to storage.
My second rule. Have you ever heard of this place called Frank & Son? It’s two full-size warehouses where I think they tore the wall down in between them. And I think Monday to Friday, it’s where toy sellers who don’t own a store keep their stuff, and then they sell it online. On Saturdays, it’s open to the public.
So before COVID, my rule was I would go there only once a year for my birthday. So that’s already a rule, because if I went there more than once a year, we’d be bankrupt and living on the streets. And two, I bring a thousand dollars cash and I leave all my credit cards at home. And by the way, dude, I’ve gone in there and spent it in the first 12 minutes I’ve been in there and basically had to walk around like a jackass for two hours and not buy anything else.
The Star Wars Topps cards have very much been part of the collecting within the Star Wars fandom, and you can display those. Did you have them as a kid? Have you ever collected them as an adult?
I had them as a kid. If I had to guess, I had all of them. Right now in my collection, I have one Star Wars pack. My second favorite character is the aforementioned Ahsoka Tano. My favorite character in all of Star Wars is Return of the Jedi Luke, specifically that. And the only Star Wars cards I have is an unopened pack, it’s probably worth five bucks, and it’s him in Jedi Luke attire.
You are working on so many things. I know you’ll have a new season of Toys That Made Us at some point, I know you’re working on this Gates McFadden Star Trek podcast your company is producing. What else is on the way that you can talk about, man?
There’s a lot of stuff I can’t talk about yet, but two things I can talk about. We’re partnered with Dwayne Johnson and his company, Seven Bucks, and we have a show coming out called Behind the Attraction that’s all about the attractions at the various Disney parks. I can’t say when, but that’s coming out this year.
And then we have another show, which I literally cannot even believe is real, called The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek. We’re making that for History Channel, and to the best of my knowledge, it is the deepest dive documentary about all of Star Trek. I think we’re doing the first documentary ever about the animated series. The first one out ever about Voyager.
And then A Toy Store Near You, which is coming out in June, season three. So I’m pretty excited about 2021.
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“A PERFECT HOUR”
The incipient writer inF. Scott  Fitzgerald had taken over, and he had begun to send Ginevra King manuscript versions of his attempts to transform their time together into fiction. Running through their earlier letters had been the theme of “the perfect hour.” Fitzgerald seems to have introduced the phrase, and Ginevra had picked it up. What would it be like, indeed, for the two of them to be truly alone for one perfect hour ? What if there were no distractions—no glass-enclosed parlors or bothersome chaperones or curious parents or desirous boys or noisy friends or loud football crowds ? Would their feelings for each other reawaken ? “Honestly and truly,” Ginevra had written him, “it would be wonderful to have that perfect hour, sometime, someday and somewhere” (1.27.16). But they never did. Fitzgerald, the apprentice writer, might already have realized that such perfect moments can exist only on a printed page. And so he began his attempt to capture their romance by writing about it—an activity that would occupy him, off and on, for the rest of his life.  F. Scott Fitzgerald sent Ginevra King a story called “The Perfect Hour” ; she was charmed and read it aloud to one of her suitors, who pronounced it “divine.” Fitzgerald’s story inspired Ginevra to respond with one of her own. She sent it to him, without a title, in a letter dated March 6, 1916. “Enclosed you’ll find out my idea of [what] a ‘Perfect Hour’ is,” she explained, “so you see my idea is quite different from yours.” The story is published below. Readers should keep in mind that it was written by the seventeen-year-old girl who would one day sit as the model for Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.  
“The wedding-bells were gayly chiming and all the inhabitants of the town were excited, as to-day Ginevra King was to wed the Count Spagettioni. Everyone expected it to be one of the prettiest weddings of the season, and were proud of the Chicago girl who had been won by a titled Russian— At quarter after two there was a final rustle of excitement ; heads and necks were craned towards the door, which finally died away in  an excited hush, broken at last by the triumphal and immortal strains of Lohengrin’s Wedding March— ———The ceremony was on—— ! ! !— x x x x x x x x With a passionate gesture she flung off the crimson scarf that wrapped in glowing folds her fliver form. In her eyes there lurked a subtle transient indefinite look that contrasted drolly with her fine aristocratic face. Her lips were pressed in an angry line, and her brow was darkened by a deep scowl. How—How could it be accomplished ? For days—months— years—centuries, it seemed she had been living—breathing under a false atmosphere. Leonardo was good but no, he could not give her what she craved—affection—real deep sympathy. He gave her all he could in his reserved, unsympathizing way and she was thankful of the fact that he adored her. But an indefinable something was lacking in her married life—and that thing (if she could have guessed it) was L O V E ! Seated on a large divan, her head in her jewelled hands and buried in deep thought, the half-hours sped by till finally as the tiny diamond encrusted clock on the console struck five, she started up suddenly, and with an excited motion, gazed wildly at herself in the mirror— “Ginevra—you’re dreaming—no it can’t be you ! Would you—could you dare ! But where—where would you go !” Again her gaze shifted to a tiny little locket on her arm. In a flash, she opened it, and gazed at the picture with-in. With a decisive nod she grasped her crimson veil from the bronze, and ran out [of ] the room, up the broad marble stairs, and into her dainty boudoir. Twenty minutes after she was walking out the front door, clad in an elaborate street costume and muffled beyond recognition in her voluptuous blue fox furs. Her “Rolls-Royce” was waiting and for the next ten minutes she was speeding past the beautiful residences of the popular suburb, to the cozy station, just catching the last train for the city.— x x x x x x x x The clock was striking ten when she turned down a side street, and walked through a small court, into the vestibule of a fashionable apartment [building].  “Mr. Fitz-Gerald’s apartment, please,” she inquired of the elevator boy. “Fo’th flo’, ma’am—” as he tore up the shaft madly and deposited her in front of a large mahogany door. A tall sombre butler answered her summons. “Mr. Fitz-Gerald at home ?” “Yes’m, step in here a moment, pleas’m—I’ll call him !” The whole apartment was furnished in black and yellow, shading into cream. The marble floor was made up [of] large squares, the wall panelling cream, and with black hangings. A large concert grand stood in one corner littered with operatic scores. A huge silver picture frame showed Melba in “Carmen” and Mary Pickford in “A Good Little Devil.”  Hanging in an alcove was a large painting, beautifully lighted and framed with decorative yellow and black banners of Mr. Fitz-Gerald “most beautiful of show girls.” Tapestries of “Old Nassau” hung everywhere, and the andirons in the fireplace were in the form of tigers. In front of this fireplace, now bright and blazing, and casting lurid yellow streaks over the unique room was a large comfortable Morris chair, of black leather. It was by far the most comfortable spot in the room, and was undoubtedly Mr. FitzGerald’s palladium. The Countess picked up a “Princeton Tiger” and was turning over the leaves when a cheery whistle came from the recesses of the abode—“Beware—of—the—Evil—Eye—”  and Mr. Fitz-Gerald strode into the room. The Countess gave a start. She would scarcely have recognized in this man her friend of former years. His handsome stern face showed few traces of boyhood. Around his mouth was a determined yet  melancholy look and in his eyes was a new light—that of a thriving business man. He was dressed in a brown and white checked suit which suited his thin sun-burned face. Upon perceiving the Countess reading the “Tiger” he smiled. “Very well edited—that. Used to run it myself—a few years ago— y’know !” After this remark the Countess felt more at her ease. “Well— ?” interrogatively— “I don’t suppose you know who I am,” she started in a hurt tone. “Let me see—Did you apply for that position in my last moving picture ? It was you, wasn’t it ?” The Countess was horrified. “Indeed no,—I—well, do you remember the name Ginevra ?” “Ginevra ?—Ginevra ?—Oh yes, that patent tooth paste they asked me to boost in one of my movies—Yes, yes ! It wasn’t very good. I advise you—”  “No, oh don’t you remember me ? I’ve come all the way from the country to see you !” “Listen, lady, if you’re looking for a job, don’t come to me. My places are all full—” “But—Scott— ! !” “What, calling me Scott ? What do you want anyway ?” “Do you remember Marie Hersey ?” “Oh yes, my old friend Bug, yes, yes. I’ve written several movies about her. So you know her ?” “Well, I’ve known her all my life—and once—in 1914—I visited her—in St. Paul—at Xmas—and I met you and you wrote me all that winter—and—oh now can’t you remember me now !” She collapsed in a spasm of tears— “Good Grief—don’t cry—you’d almost do for [my] new opera— ‘When Tears are Wet.’ Who are you anyhow ?” “Ginevra King.” “Ginevra King—just [a] minute—1914—” He ran to the table, opened the drawer and took out a box of files— “Let me see. Wolcott—Helen, Teale—Ruth, Robertson—Fandria, Sturtevant—Ruth, etc. etc. etc. Ah, here we are. King—Ginevra— Xmas—1914—Short Stocky—dark, fair looker and dancer—passionate—no character—personality—no brains—letters best part (N.B. Look in compartment old letters—For picture—Look file T. 99th from top—Characteristic music—‘China Town’—)”  “Well, well, so I used to know you—how pleasant this is. Sit down and we’ll talk over old times. Will you have a little something ? Sherry—or perhaps a cocktail ? Pardon me a moment !” The Countess was completely crushed and sat staring unheedingly into the blazing fire. There she saw, vanishing with the last of her beautiful air-castles, the vision of a perfect hour. She—Scott— the quiet dreamy fire—perfect peace, for an hour only and now this was fading away like a spent rose. She ought to have realized that it could never have come true, and now she must go back to the Count and the old life—a changed woman—without a heart— ! Her sense of loss was beyond expression and she shivered as she sat deep in thought. Suddenly she was rudely awakened by F.S.F.’s return with the cocktails— “Won’t you stay a little longer,” he said cheerily. “My wife ought to be home directly !”— FI NIS —
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MacGyver Season 5 Finale: Review
Overall: 5x15 is my new favorite episode. It checked every box, and while I am still fervently hoping the #SaveMacGyver campaign will be successful, if this is the true final episode of the show then I am very, very content and happy with this ending. This episode gets the highest 10/10 for me! 
00:00 - I was so excited when this episode started on Friday. My heart was pounding out of my chest. I didn’t know what to expect but I was just so excited that I didn’t have to wait for it anymore. Even if it didn’t end well, at least I would know. 
00:40 - I love that it started with a classic mission. Everyone looked amazing and the atmosphere was really cool. I’m obsessed with Riley’s outfit. Bozer’s freak out at the bar was hilarious, and the whole mission just really shows how well the team works together. 
01:50 - It was nice to see Bozer and Desi at the end of the mission. I feel like we never get scenes with just those two. The sugar daddy conversation was great. And then it got really eerie when they started trying to get ahold of Mac and Riley and there was nothing. No sign of them at all.
02:55 - One of my favorite things about Mac and Riley vanishing and returning 24 hours later is their complete lack of recognition that they had even been missing at all. To them, they just left the speak easy and are now at the extraction point. I love the confusion on their faces when everyone is so worried. At this point, we’re only like four minutes into the episode and it’s already so interesting. 
04:15 - Mac and Riley’s faces when they hear that they have collapsed veins because they were poked and prodded over 237 times were so horrified. That fact alone is terrifying but their expressions really drove home just how terrifying the whole situation really is. This scene gave me chills the first time because they only just learned that they were missing for 24 hours and now they’re learning that they were literally experimented on. That’s so creepy. 
04:45 - Matty looks so worried during this whole conversation. She clearly doesn’t want to let them out of her sight so the next best thing is to have them all at Mac’s house together. I’m with Bozer on this sounding like a classic alien abduction scenario! 😂 Can you imagine if they just...decided to have a total genre change in the final episode and it really was aliens! LOL
05:40 - I was so happy to see a fire pit scene. The team hanging out around the fire pit is one of my favorite things in this show. We see the characters in so many high adrenaline, fast paced scenarios and it’s nice to see the quieter moments. I wish we could have seen Mac in more zip up hoodies. It’s a really good look on him. 
06:00 - Oof, the way he jumped and dropped the dishes when Desi came in!!! He is so rattled. And I’m so happy Desi was very understanding about it. She didn’t get offended or angry, like she might have in the past, she was just concerned. I’m also glad Mac wasn’t bottling up his feeling in this episode. He wasn’t claiming to be fine. There was real communication between the characters and I loved to see it.  
06:50 - I also loved the moment when Mac and Riley acknowledged how scary the whole situation is, and how violated they feel. They don't know what happened to them and it legitimately terrifies them. Their feelings are so valid and I’m grateful we were able to see both Mac and Riley express them. And, I know I’ve already said this but Mac looks really, really good in that hoodie. 
07:40 - The fact that Mac has a thousand life sized cardboard cut outs of famous scientists is so on brand for him somehow! Recreating the speak easy mission was fun. It was a nice reprieve from the seriousness of the missing 24 hours ft. experimentation side of things. Mac’s mini freak out was a little jarring, though, because he doesn’t normally snap at the team like that. I think it really drives home, yet again, how much this is effecting him. Riley, Desi, and Bozer don’t look offended, they just look concerned and sad. He’s spiraling, and overwhelmed, and clearly communicates what he needs - space - so that’s what they give him. 
09:45 - By the time we see him again, he’s calmer, but now Riley needs something. Where Mac needed space, Riley needs closeness. Mac’s now in a better mental space to be able to give that to her. They joke about the pajamas and Mac clearly feels bad that he snapped at Bozer but Riley is quick to say that no one took it personally. Then they have that great talk about how no one except for them knows what it’s like because they aren’t experiencing it. It’s easy for Bozer and Desi to say it’s all going to be okay when they’re not the ones who have to worry about what might happen to them next. Clearly they’re both comforted by the fact that someone knows what they’re going through. And then we get another Die Hard reference and it’s kind of like Jack’s there with them. 
11:18 - Only when they fall asleep do they start to remember. It comes in flashes but I love that it happens for them at the same time. Mac’s drawings were creepy, and Riley recognizes them too, which makes them realize that what they saw in their dreams were actually memories. It was also great that as soon as Desi understood what they were talking about, in terms of them wanting to go find where they were held, she was immediately on board - and wearing the pajamas, of course. I loved how happy Bozer was to see them all wearing them. This episode had so many heavy scenes but there were still these moments where the team was a family. It made me so happy. “If I’m gonna die I wanna do it with my best friends, in matching PJs, fighting aliens.” I love this show so much! 
13:07 - AND THEN THERE’S THE SECRET ESCAPE HATCH!!! We finally got to see it! It really does exist!  This made me beyond happy. I was grinning like an idiot the whole time. The way they filmed that and edited it together made it clear they knew how much we, as the audience, wanted to see it! And how did they manage to make even the matching pajamas look cool? The wall of Swiss Army knives!!!! I love that detail with my whole entire heart! I mean, he had a whole wall display for them! 😂 Also, Mac looked so proud of “MacGyver’s Hideout”, like he was way too cute when he said that, and Bozer was completely right. “Mac Cave” would have been the way cooler option! 
13:55 - I liked how they pieced together the flashes of memory from both Mac and Riley to find the warehouse. And then Russ showing up all “I could fire you for disobeying Matty’s orders and making me follow you.” Of course, Matty and Russ had eyes on them the whole time! With how creepy the flashbacks are, I really wish we could have seen more of Mac and Riley’s missing 24 hours. Then Mama Matty comes and I love to see it! I also really thought the woman who was leaving the warehouse on the security footage was Thornton. She looked a lot like her and I was curious to see how they were going to explain her involvement. Oh well. 
16:50 - The team is introduced to The Brink and it makes me very sad that we didn't get to see more of them. Riley finding a way to help hackers who were in the same kind of situation as her makes so much sense. She got an amazing second chance when she joined the Phoenix. Of course she would want to pass that on. The fact that we didn't get that much time with Parker or The Brink is sad but I really liked them while we had them. (Hopefully we’ll get more episodes!) 
17:40 - Now we get to some of the really good stuff from this episode - the footage of Mac and Riley’s missing time. This scene creeps me out so much. Mac’s Experiment #1 is Mac running into a wall at full speed. Riley’s Experiment #1 is destroying her cot. Experiment #7 is Mac and Riley being forced to engage in combat with each other which basically just meant Riley beating Mac up. Mac’s Experiment #22 is being forced to shoot a gun (which we all know is something Mac normally refuses to do). The horror on Mac and Riley’s faces when they watch themselves do these things...I can’t even imagine watching a video of myself being mind controlled like that. It also begs the question, how many experiments were there? This missing time is so fascinating to me and I really wish we got to explore more of it because 24 hours is a long time. Also, I wish we could have more episodes to see if there are any PTSD effects on Mac and Riley from this whole situation. 
19:22 - The [nanotech] had unintended yet fascinating side effects and thanks to you we were able to confirm that.” That’s one way to say we used you to test the mind control capabilities of the nanotechnology without your consent; deal with it. She also has absolutely no remorse and would do it again in a heartbeat if given the chance. Not to mention they want to disperse the nanotech over a whole crowd of innocent civilians and military personnel. 
21:18 - There are three very important conversations that take place in this plane scene. The first is between Mac and Desi. Mac is a ball of anxiety and he looks so lost. When his autonomy was taken away, he was forced to do something he hated, which was use a gun. Yes, he only shot a mannequin but it’s clear what’s bother him - if a real person had been in front of him, he would have shot them, too. He wouldn’t have had any control because he still can’t really remember doing it. His body and mind were completely taken over, controlled, and he’s afraid it could happen again and this time he might be forced to kill someone he loves. He could be forced to use his skills to hurt people and he wouldn’t be able to stop it. That’s such a valid fear given everything that’s happened. 
“You weren’t the one out of control.” This is another moment where it’s hard for the rest of the team to understand what Mac and Riley went through because it wasn't them in that footage doing things they would never do. They weren’t the ones with missing time and “tiny robots” in their bodies that could be used to control them. Desi’s trying, she really is, but there is literally nothing she could say to make the situation any less disturbing. 
“I won’t let anyone hurt you.” This is when you start to see Desi’s fear. Say what you will about their rocky relationship but she really does love him. That’s so clear in this moment. She wants to protect him but deep down she knows there’s nothing she can do about this situation either. Mac might be the one with the nanotech in his body but Desi is just as powerless to stop something else from happening.
The second conversation is between Riley and Bozer. As a hacker, of course she would see it as being hacked herself. That’s a really good way to put it. From seeing her father be abusive toward her mother, to being in prison, and then working with the Phoenix, she’s always been incredibly independent. It’s a survival mechanism for her and it was taken away. 
It’s clear Bozer is relying on humor to get through this situation. He’s just as freaked out as everyone else but he’s trying to hard to maintain that levity. But, just like it doesn’t help Mac when Desi tries to tell him it’s all going to be okay, it doesn’t help Riley when Bozer comes at it with humor. 
“Bozer, I hit Mac!” This is really interesting and heartbreaking when you think of it in the context of how she grew up. She watched her dad hit her mom and then she was put in a position where she had to watch herself hit someone she loved. The last thing she would ever want to do is hurt Mac, hit Mac, and that was taken away from her, too. 
This is reiterated when Bozer says “Someone made you do it, Riley.” And Riley replies with “Just because someone made me do it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.” Ugh, the layers here are destroying me!!! 
Then we get the conversation between Russ and Matty. This team has always been a family and these two are so protective of their agents. They’re both horrified that Mac and Riley were used like that. It really just goes back to the fact that they are all powerless in this situation. 
“This happened to our agents, on our watch, and make no mistake, we are going to fix this.” This whole scene with all three conversations keeps driving home the most important thing about this show - these characters, this team, is a family. Someone messed with their family and that is completely unacceptable. They protect their own and this whole situation crossed a line. 
I didn’t think it was possible to love this show more than I already did and this episode came along and proved me wrong! And we’re only half way through - we haven’t even gotten to the really good stuff yet! 
23:25 - Now we’ve arrived to the Fireworks+Dispersal part of the episode. From the promo pictures showing us this scene happening during the day and at night, I thought this part was going to take up more of the episode. I thought the hyperbaric chamber scene was going to be in the middle so I was disappointed thinking it had been cut out of the episode all together. Luckily, that wasn’t the case. 
This mission was okay. I don’t have a lot to say about it other than I thought Russ and Bozer’s accents were hilarious. It was kind of another moment of levity in an otherwise very tense episode. I also love that they continued their fake argument long enough for the sun to go down! 😂
I literally laughed out loud when they ‘forgave’ each other and then immediately ran off in the same direction!
“The nanobots are in the finale.” I see what you did there! And if I was ever at a crowded event and someone put on a gas mask, I wouldn’t ask questions - I would run. 
“My agents are not to be used, manipulated, or experimented on.” Go Matty! Also, yes Mac and Riley took an oath to serve but that didn’t mean they should be used against their will, without their knowing consent, or without them even being aware it was happening. That’s definitely crossing a line. 
“I think it’s what Jim MacGyver would have done.” Matty’s face after this line says it all. There is a very strong possibility that this is exactly something James MacGyver could have done. Because the tests were “controlled” I don't think he would have seen anything wrong with allowing Mac to be part of the experiments like that. This line also tells me that Monica Macer saw James MacGyver the same way we did and he never would have been so easily forgiven if that part of the show had been written under her direction. 
I was so surprised when this scene was over in five minutes. I really thought it was going to bring us to the end of the episode, as missions usually do, but this mission was done with a little over fifteen minutes left. 
Now I was excited again! 
29:15 - Back on the plane, headed home, and now it’s time to figure out how to get rid of the nanotech. The side effects of using the hyperbaric chamber could be really bad - brain damage, memory loss, or death. At this point, we know something’s going to happen to either Mac, Riley, or both, but who? And how bad is it going to be? 
30:10 - The final fire pit scene. Mac and Riley haven’t decided yet, but they are all taking this moment to be together before the decision is made. They start reminiscing about the past, about Jack, and the enemies they’ve faced. This is when we get the leaked script dialogue of Mac telling Riley that he wants to go in the hyperbaric chamber first so that he can test the side effects before she goes in and Riley says that the only way they can do it is together - just like always. The mood darkens a little as Desi confirms that they’ve decided to go through with it and Mac asks her and Bozer to be there with him. 
“Brothers for life.” This part actually made me tear up. The soft, tense piano music. The lingering shots of the tiny moments. The fear on all of their faces. How they all promised to be there for each other no matter what happened. It got to me. This felt different. It felt big. My heart was pounding again - what was going to happen? 
31:55 - First of all, I am impressed by how tense they made this whole scene. They really nailed it. 
Mac was doing a really good job leading the team in this moment. He was terrified, in danger, and had no idea what was going to happen but he did everything he could to make everyone else feel better. Bozer looked so unsure when Mac gave him his Swiss Army knife. He was looking at Mac like he was never going to see him again. I liked how it was Bozer who pushed Mac into the chamber and shut the door. Something about that just felt right. 
I love the moment when the doctor asked if they were ready to go and Riley immediately looked to Mac. The music when they are being pushed into the hyperbaric chambers makes the scene that much more intense. 
Then, it’s time to wait. 
Because of how many people thought Riley was going to be the one to almost die in the hyperbaric chamber, I went into this scene thinking it was going to be her. I really wanted it to be Mac, though, but I forced myself to have zero expectations for Mac whump. 
I really loved the Cairo conversation. At this point, I am seriously just feeling all the feels. 
When Riley’s percentage started going down, I didn’t realize it was her nanobot counter and I thought she was about to crash. It wasn’t until they said she was in the clear that I started to realize it might actually be Mac who was going to have something bad happen to him. 
“Riley, you are officially clear of the nanobots.” This moment of celebration is such a great way to lull us, and the characters, into a false sense of security. Riley’s in the clear, and she’s okay, so Mac will be, too. Right? I knew Justin Hires had talked about this scene being really intense, that somebody might die, so now my heart was pounding yet again!  
Everyone is so happy that Riley’s okay, especially Mac and Riley. But then Russ notices that Mac’s count hasn't moved. It’s not working for him the way it did for Riley. That brings the mood down a little again, but they are all still hopeful. 
Then, Mac has the idea to up the atmospheres in his chamber claiming he has the same level of risk by staying inside longer anyway. Hopefully, with the increase in pressure, the nanobots will deteriorate quickly just like Riley’s did. It’s a risky plan, but it shouldn’t take too long, and really it’s the only choice they have. So, they decide to do it. 
Not long after they raise the atmospheres, it begins to work. Mac’s nanobot count starts going down. 
I didn’t realize this until my second viewing, but you can tell that as soon as the count starts going down, Mac starts passing out. When Russ says “And we have a decline” you can see Mac wince. His arm falls to his side. Then it shows the monitors as his nanobot count keeps declining, and you can see Mac losing consciousness on the screen.
I do have to say, I love Riley’s little smile in the other chamber, before they realize Mac’s in trouble. It’s very cute and supportive. She’s just as happy to see his number going down as he was to see hers decline. 
Everyone’s so happy for a few seconds when it seems like Mac is going to be in the clear too, until, that is, they look at Mac and clearly all is not well. 
As soon as Desi’s face fell, I finally allowed myself to believe we were getting Mac whump!!! 
And boy did we! 
“Something’s wrong with Mac!” This is when the whumperflies really kicked in. All of a sudden, Mac’s having a full blown seizure and every monitor is flashing warnings! 
The way Riley was banging on the inside of her chamber, desperately trying to get to Mac, was everything! It was like the rest of the team was frozen when he was having the seizure, none of them knowing what to do, until his heart stopped. As soon as he flatlined, and the light in the chamber turned red, that’s when they could move again. 
Matty jumps in, telling them to get him out, and it must have been so hard for her to not actually be there. It makes me think of her line to Mac in season one, “I don't want to be watching on a monitor the day your luck runs out.” 
Desi really lost it. She’s usually so calm and cool under pressure but watching Mac die on the other side of the glass, having just promised him she wouldn’t let anyone hurt him, was destroying her. She already lost her fiancé, and now she was losing Mac, too. I really like that they let her be emotional about it. The devastation in her voice was heartbreaking. 
My absolute favorite thing, though, was Riley pounding on the glass. Yelling for Russ to get her out. Mac once confided in her that he always imagines dangerous situations going wrong. He sees himself die every time and every time he only regrets that he’s alone. She wasn't going to let him die alone. Not after everything they had been through. They may have decided to keep the door closed, but no matter who is dating who, this team loves each other so much. That’s so clear in this scene. 
This is why I wanted a scene just like this. I wanted to actually see how the team would react if Mac was actually dying, I didn’t think we would ever see him actually die, though! Whump is never about the whump itself, it’s always about the comfort from the other characters. The worry. It’s about seeing how much the characters love the whumpee. It’s about that desperation to save them. This scene is absolutely perfect for all of that. 
“Don't leave me. Not like this.” These lines are perfect. And then we see Mac have flashbacks to all the special moments with the team (only the current team, unfortunately. I really wish this part could have included Jack). Even still, this scene is so powerful. The team is so focused on him right now, and he’s just as focused on them. 
It’s pretty unrealistic that his heart would have started again with no intervention but I get that it was for dramatic effect. I wish we could have gotten a CPR scene but I love what we did get so much I don't even care! 
“He’s breathing!” The pain and relief in Matty’s voice was palpable. The team gets really quiet when they can finally open the chamber and get Mac out. His heart is beating again but he’s still unconscious. And Desi asks the question they’re all too afraid to ask - when he wakes up, if he wakes up, is he still going to be Mac? Will he remember them? The thought of Mac not remember his family is too painful to even consider. 
There’s a stillness, a gentleness, as they wait for Mac to regain consciousness. Even the music is gentle, apprehensive. It’s like no one is breathing as they wait for Mac to open his eyes. 
Mac looks so out of it when he finally does. His eyes glassy, blinking sluggishly as he comes to. The rest of the team still doesn’t dare breathe. 
There’s so much confusion written all over his face when he finally takes them all in, hovering over him with so much fear, sorrow, and worry on their faces. 
“Did it work?” He asks. “Are we nanobot free?” 
Finally, it’s like a sigh of relief. He remembers what happens, remembers them, and it’s like you can feel the anxiety bleed off of everyone. 
“We’re nanobot free, Mac!” 
The team is so relieved they almost can’t contain it and finally, they can celebrate the fact that the nanobots are gone, and Mac’s okay!
I love Bozer’s little smile when they hug after he gives Mac back his Swiss Army knife. Bozer, who is usually so animated, is gentle as he hugs Mac. They all are. This scared them. It was too close this time, and even though Mac is up and talking, it’s like they still can’t believe he’s okay. Not yet at least. That might take some time. But the relief is real. 
Now that we know Mac didn’t lose his memories, I can only imagine what that situation was like for him. He lost consciousness right after they raised the atmospheres and then he wakes up with everyone staring down at him nervously. Their faces lined with fear. When he sits up, he looks at each of them individually, and yet they still only look afraid. Of him? Did it not work? Was he mind controlled again and forced to do something to scare them? Hurt them?  
As soon as he asks if it worked, if they are nanobot free, they immediately all look so relieved, and only then does Mac look relieved, too. They weren’t scared of him, they were scared for him. 
And now it’s official. The nanobots are no more. Mac and Riley are finally free!
37:35 - “Watching you flatline...I can’t shake that.” I think we’re all feeling that way, Matty. I love that Mac was completely honest with Matty about how horrified he was that everything that happened to him was funded and overseen by the government. The thing is, Mac is completely right. If they had asked for volunteers, he would have signed up immediately, but they didn’t ask. They forced him and Riley to do it, against their will and without their consent, and that really was crossing a line. I wasn’t surprised at all when Mac said he couldn't do it anymore. 
39:00 - And finally, the last scene. The team is called into the war room so Mac can tell them that he’s quitting. It’s his last day at the Phoenix. Without hesitation, Bozer, Desi, and Riley all quit, too. Immediately. If Mac goes, they go. THIS is what we were all looking for between season 2 and 3. It never sat right with me that the team just let him go back then. That always felt out of character but now it just makes this scene even more impactful. They are closer than they have ever been before. They’re a package deal. 
Then, Matty and Russ come in with the news that they have severed all ties with the government and the Phoenix is fully autonomous. Russ has enough money to fund the Phoenix on their own and now they can go on missions of their choosing. 
Russ: “If you are in, I hope you will join me in a toast. Here’s to the next chapter of our work here at the Phoenix.” 
Matty: “From now on, it’s us against the world.” 
Bozer: “Doing whatever we damn well please.” 
Desi: “And having each other’s back.” 
Riley: “Because that’s what family does.” 
Mac: “You’re right. We have each other and that’s all we’ve ever needed.”
They clink glasses, solidifying a bond that was already so strong but is now completely unbreakable.
Seeing how much they love each other, and the way the music swells, we know, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are going to be okay. 
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And that’s the end. I really hope we get a season 6. I’m not ready to let these characters go, but, if this is the end then it was a damn good one! ❤️🖇
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badly-done-indeed · a month ago
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Austen, Jane. Emma. Edited by Kristin Flieger Samuelian, Broadview Press, 2004.
In Jane Austen’s Emma, we have before us a very different sort of heroine: a wealthy young woman who does not need to marry to ensure financial security. What a change from Austen’s first three novels! She is probably the heroine who is the highest in social class, comparable only with perhaps Anne Elliot of Persuasion, who is the daughter of a baronet (who never shuts up about the fact that he’s a baronet). 
Something I mentioned a few posts back while discussing Pride and Prejudice is that the upper class are often allowed to get away with breaches of decorum that would otherwise be unallowable. Emma finds herself included among this number. She has a mostly good heart, but her upbringing has made her spoiled and disinclined to put up with things and people who do not please her. In the novel’s third volume, Emma and Frank Churchill devise a game to amuse themselves at a picnic with their acquaintances, and Emma forgets to filter her speech and says something very unkind to spinster Mrs. Bates:
“‘Ladies and gentlemen—I am ordered by Miss Woodhouse to say, that she waives her right of knowing exactly what you may all be thinking of, and only requires something very entertaining from each of you, in a general way. Here are seven of you, besides myself, (who, she is pleased to say, am very entertaining already,) and she only demands from each of you either one thing very clever, be it prose or verse, original or repeated—or two things moderately clever—or three things very dull indeed, and she engages to laugh heartily at them all.'
'Oh! very well,' exclaimed Miss Bates, 'then I need not be uneasy. 'Three things very dull indeed.' That will just do for me, you know. I shall be sure to say three dull things as soon as ever I open my mouth, shan't I? (looking round with the most good-humoured dependence on every body's assent)—Do not you all think I shall?'
Emma could not resist.
'Ah! ma'am, but there may be a difficulty. Pardon me—but you will be limited as to number—only three at once.'
Miss Bates, deceived by the mock ceremony of her manner, did not immediately catch her meaning; but, when it burst on her, it could not anger, though a slight blush shewed that it could pain her.
'Ah!—well—to be sure. Yes, I see what she means, (turning to Mr. Knightley,) and I will try to hold my tongue. I must make myself very disagreeable, or she would not have said such a thing to an old friend.’” (volume III, chapter 7, 322-323)
What a horrible thing to say to someone who’s been nothing but nice to you your entire life, right? Mrs. Bates talks a lot, and usually about things “very dull indeed,” in Emma’s opinion, but she is always kind to Emma. Everyone parts ways very awkwardly after this encounter, and Mr. Knightley comes after Emma to call her out on how inappropriately she has behaved, saying the joke was “badly done indeed” -- the source of the title for this project. Emma rejects his criticism at first, saying it was just a joke and that Mrs. Bates had taken it the wrong way, but Mr. Knightley is having none of it. He knows what she meant. So does Mrs. Bates, and so does Emma.
Fortunately, Emma does grow from this experience. Through no shortage of tears, she laments that she has in fact behaved horribly, and she makes amends with Mrs. Bates afterward, who is all too happy to forgive her. The way this was portrayed in the 2020 film adaptation of Emma made me feel extra sorry for Mrs. Bates. Not only does Emma make Mrs. Bates cry at the picnic, but Mrs. Bates forgives her so immediately, ready to be on good terms with her again. Mrs. Bates really doesn’t have any friends, so even though Emma has wronged her, she quickly gets over it, or at least seems to. 
I was bothered by Emma’s haughty, spoiled, better-than-everyone-else attitude for much of this novel. I commented to a friend that I really hoped she had a moment of clarity that would make her grow up a little bit, because I really wanted to like her -- and this is that moment. I’m really proud of her for being able to own up to her bad behavior and learn from it.
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thefanficmonster · a month ago
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Real Smooth
Corpse Husband x Deaf!Reader (Gender Neutral)
Warnings: Swearing
Genre: FLUFF, RPF (Real Person Fic)
Summary: All languages can be love languages. There is not a single language through which one cannot express their love for someone, express how much that person means to them, how important they are.
Requested by Anon. Hi dear! Thank you so much for this adorable request you’ve sent me, I can’t apologize enough for taking as long as I have to write and post it but here it finally is and I hope you have a blast reading it like I did writing it. Please enjoy! Love, Vy ❤
Procrastination comes in many forms and with many names - one of which is Corpse Husband. That’s a fact and nobody can fight me on the subject and win. I stand my ground. To give him a bit more credit, allow me to address that nothing and no one else can distract me quite like he can. I remember the time before I knew him, when I lived to work and hyper-focused on each and every task, determined to complete it flawlessly. Yeah, growing up being told all the things I wouldn’t be able to do coupled with my ever-growing stubbornness led to me always putting ten times as much effort into everything, not just to prove a point, but to feel that thrilling sense of accomplishment everyone told me not to expect in life.
 I was born with impaired hearing, an impairment that continuously got worse throughout the years until, when I was in my mid to late teens, it finally won the battle over my hearing, rendering me completely deaf. Waking up and no longer being able to hear anything was a bittersweet mix of relief and sorrow. I knew it was gonna happen eventually and was dreading the day it happened, so having to finally face it was a tad bit freeing. However, knowing something’s bound to happen doesn’t erase your pain when it happens. I was still depressed for a few weeks, all the while keeping a smile mounted onto my face and throwing all my energy into my studies and plans for the future. I had started ASL when I started middle school which was a plus for when I completely lost my hearing - school was already whooping my ass, I didn’t have time for learning ASL at the time so, having already known and practiced it plenty was nice, to say the least. With one less thing on my to-do list, I set myself a master goal: prove everyone wrong.
Being told I wouldn’t be able to lead a completely normal life is the biggest bullshit ever. And this goes out to anyone with a disability, any kind of disability - no matter who tells you what you can and can’t do, that involves, friends, family, medical professionals, etc, don’t embed it in your head, ok? That way it’ll only hold you back and put limits where limits don’t belong. Every time someone says ‘You won’t be able to...’ or ‘You’ll no longer be capable of...’ just repeat to yourself: ‘That’s what you think.’
Because you can always think differently, you should always think differently. Prove the skeptics wrong, make the haters hate you more, live your best life and set your own boundaries. I’m by no means a role model, but I’m shamelessly proud of myself for all I’ve managed to do. For all the points of the doctors I proved wrong. And if they don’t believe me, they can ask my hundreds of thousands of fans who enjoy my videos.
But I’m getting too far ahead of myself, allow me to introduce you to the inspiration story behind my channel.
During the transition period between high school and college, I got myself sucked into the horror genre on YouTube. I don’t even know how that happened. I mean, it’s truly a wonder, considering I was that kid who screamed bloody murder one time there was a power shortage in the house, but I digress. Anyway, as you probably guessed, I got a lot into horror story narrations, short horror films, BuzzFeed Unsolved which was still in its early days and was more hilarious than scary but I once again digress.  Speaking of horror story narrations, God bless those narrators who take the time to apply proper subtitles for their videos instead of replying on those auto-generated, often-times gibberish subtitles which are good for making me laugh, but not making me scared. 
One of those subtitle-respecting YouTubers was and still is Corpse Husband. He’s also the one narrator whose videos I watched more often than the others. I’m not quite sure why, nothing in particular stuck out about his content, it was purely coincidental and unintentional, almost like my cursor automatically got pulled towards a video of his instead of one of Mr. Nightmare for example - no offense to him, I love his videos too.
The idea of starting a channel like that of my own was my sister’s. She started getting worried about me after my first semester in college, seeing how much of myself I was giving to my studies, the only reward being good grades and no closure for my time which I considered well-spent. Lina, however, didn’t agree. And so, with the intention of bringing her peace of mind more than catching some rest myself, I created that channel with little to no expectations. I mean, you know how many horror story narrators there are on YouTube? Yeah, MANY, and there was no way for me to stick out among the crowd, but hey, better that than morphing my free time into work time like I started doing.
Hopping on Reddit with its many horror subreddits, I was all geared up to go. I had a microphone, I downloaded some editing software and suddenly the channel was open for business. Despite not being able to hear my voice, I have perfect control over it. As my sister states, I have a true narrator’s voice with all the perfect tones and punctuation. I always took her word for it with a grain of salt but didn’t tell her so she wouldn’t get all up on my case. Now, much to my delight, her word is accompanied by thousands upon thousands of people who say the same thing about my voice.
Now, though he was a distraction for me back when I was just watching his videos - small distraction, almost nonexistent when compared to my work ethic and determination - he became an even bigger one, one I could and still cannot get over so easily. How so, you might be wondering. Well...
We started texting. 
It is once again something my sister’s responsible of. Basically, her and I were drinking the night of out parents’ anniversary and she somehow managed to talk me into submitting a horror story of hers to Corpse Husband of all people. I think she came up with that master plan only after I mentioned how addicted I was to his videos even with my own being the same genre. It’s been about four years now and it’s quite intriguing to see him growing and becoming more popular. I was told he’s also doing video game streams and making music - not sure if his music is good or not, considering my sister has very peculiar taste in music so she cannot give me a reliable opinion. Anyway, back on track: the night ended with me drunkenly typing out the whole story and sending it in his Instagram DMs before passing out on the couch in the basement where my sister, my equally intoxicated cousins and I were playing pool.
Next morning, I woke up to several notifications greeting me on my lock screen, one of which I never in my wildest dreams would’ve I thought would be there, first of all because I forgot I sent that in, and second: that shitty mess of a submission didn’t deserve a reply. Hell, it didn’t even deserve to be viewed. And yet, I had earned myself a reply.
~ This sounds hella fake. Also, are you drunk?
Understandable response. The story was kinda unbelievable - would you believe if I told you my sister saw a ghost lady when sneaking back in school after hours? - and yes, the retelling was littered with mistakes on top of mistakes so what could I have said except:
~ Yup, it happened, or at least she says it did. And no, I WAS drunk, now I’m hungover
P.S: Any good remedies to nurse this headache?
I don’t know what gave me the balls to respond to his response - maybe the lack of fucks to give due to said hangover - but I’m glad I did because he responded to my response to his response within ten minutes and then it was one response after another, the conversation basically flying.  I was surprised that he knew who I was, even calling me his competition despite the large difference between his subscriber count and mine, but I consider it a compliment.
That was about four months ago though, Let’sNotSleep (Vy Speaking: Yo, if anyone gets this reference, I love you XD) has taken off drastically for some reason, not that I’m complaining and has lessened the gap between mine and Corpse’s channel. Not by a lot, considering he has millions of subs while I’m close to hitting a million, but I love my fan-fam nonetheless. How could I not? They are all so amazing an so supportive and have made my life a TON better, I definitely am forever gonna be indebted to them and to my genius sister.
This train of thought as well as my staring at the subscriber count numbers changing gets interrupted by a message from none other than Corpse himself.
C ~ 9K huh? Congrats! How are you celebrating?
I laugh taking a quick picture of my bowl of cereal in front of me and sending it to him with the message:
~ I’m wildin’ over here. What’re u up to?
His response comes asap, first a string of cry-laughing emojis then an answer to my question.
C ~ Trying to find take a proper hand pic lol
Me ~ Ah, must be very hard on you
C ~ Sure is. I have two nice ones, I can’t seem to decide which to post
Me ~ Allow me to be your expert hand pic judge then. I promise to be brutally honest
The message immediately goes to ‘seen’ but it takes a little while longer for a response of his to come through. When it does, I’m presented with two pictures, both of his hand but doing different symbols.
The first pic is of the usual rock n’ roll devil horns symbol but without the thumb touching the tips of his bent middle and ring finger and on the other is a symbol you don’t see thrown around often. It’s specific and one I’m very familiar with - pinkie and thumb held up, ring finger bent and the pointer and middle finger crossed as when wishing someone luck or hoping for a pleasant outcome. I’m familiar with it because it’s ASL - ‘I really like you’ to be specific.
Wait, wha-....smooth bastard.
I grab my phone, quickly typing and sending him a message while blushing intensely. I hope Lina doesn’t walk in and see this, I won’t be able to hear the end of it if she does
~ That was real smooth
His response is almost immediate.
C ~ I know ;)
I narrow my eyes at his cockiness before sending him another message
~ Smug too, huh? Either way, I vote for the second one
C ~ Your help has been greatly appreciated ;)
Dumbass, I think to myself as I giggle and shake my head, desperately trying to convince myself that those are most definitely NOT butterflies I’m feeling in my stomach.
Likeable, smooth and smug dumbass, I correct myself against my own will.
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professorswritings · a month ago
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Our Decades of Open Marriage: Part 40
Note: sadly none of the photos mentioned in this are Tumblr friendly. Sorry.
Frank
Back in 2011, Paula had been dating a guy named Frank. He was a lot like us in that he had a background as a Baptist minister but had moved in other directions later in life.  She really liked him, but just as they were moving from making out to their first time in bed, Paula’s father passed away.  After that Paula didn’t date again for nearly a year and by then she had lost touch with him.
We were both surprised when in November of 2012 I got an email from him. It seems he had been following my first blog, and he had read how the previous summer I had written a piece on how I had finally self-identified as bisexual. In the year or so since we had heard from him, he had begun to experiment with something else he had been thinking about for decades. He had begun to experiment with cross-dressing. In this he had been greatly assisted by his new girlfriend.  He had discovered he really liked wearing women’s lingerie. He sent some phone pics to me for my opinion.
I let him know that he certainly had the body to pull it off.  I large part that was because, even though he was in his late 50's was working as a tennis pro. Unsurprisingly though his self-made photos were terrible. He wanted to know if I could shoot some photos of him in lingerie.
                        In December I went up to Asheville to his place for a test shoot.  The shoot was informal, I didn’t even bring my lights and we talked more than I shot photos. I was surprised at how much it turned me on after I’d put away the camera, when he turned on music and danced for me, taking off his panties. Even though I identify as bi, I normally don’t get aroused by men’s bodies (only hard cocks).  But, dressed up in lingerie, make-up and a wig, I found myself imagining kneeling in front of him sucking him off and bending him over the couch and fucking him.
I asked him if he would like a blow job, he declined, but did let me play with his cock. When I left I knew he was confused with his desire for me to do what I had suggested. The transition to cross-dressing was a jump for him, but he just wasn’t ready to try sex with a man.
We carried on email for some time, then in March of ’13, he sent an email asking if I was interested in doing photos of me giving him a blowjob. Of course I knew that the photos were mostly a justification to let me go down on him. We made plans for the next evening. I went to his place and set up my lights and tripod with a radio controlled shutter release.   I was correct in my prior evaluation. He most definitely wanted to guise his first homoerotic sexual contact as acting for a photo-shoot. I was also nervous since this would be the first time I’ve been with just a man (not part of a threesome).
I set up the shoot as telling a story. I was a sales-man and he was a “housewife”. The first set of photos was of us at the door fully dressed.  Then I reset the lights and we sat on the couch. He surprised me by quickly getting into my pants to give me a hand job.   I reset the lights and shot photos of me undressing him as he stood in the living room. I went to my knees and I made oral love to his beautiful ass and cock.   Repeatedly he had to stop me from what I was doing out of fear he would climax before we were done.  The best part was when I sat on the floor against the couch and he stood in front of me and fucked my mouth, shoving his cock down till his pubic bone was pressed on my lips and his long cock was down well into my throat.  His penis was longer than any that I'd ever had in my mouth before and so it went significantly further down my throat.
He held it in for a long time then began to stroke in and out, i.e. to actually fuck my mouth. The feeling of being pinned back while he fucked my mouth was thrilling. Later he did the same thing as I sat, and he stood on the couch forcing his cock down my throat.  I loved every second of it.  Though he briefly sucked me in 69, the "photo-shoot" was nearly all of him fucking my face.  
The combination of his feminine appearance and masculine behavior was something I had never experienced. He has an ass any woman would be proud to own, and I kissed and licked it generously that day.   The photos came out great, but he asked me not to show his face or anything identifiable in the room when I posted the photos of us on my blog.
When I got ready to leave, I could tell he was confused.  I helped by giving him the language of “That was fun. It doesn’t change who I am, it was just having fun”.  He agreed, but it was three months before I heard from him again. Just like before with no warning, he requested a “photo-shoot”.  In our email discussion, I mentioned that  Paula had wanted to come so we could have a threesome. He was all for it, after all they'd not had sex when they'd dated before, and both of them wanted to get together.  Sadly, the morning I was packing to go, she was called into work. She wished me well and told me to have fun.
It was mid-summer that time and the room was hot. He had really improved his make-up and bought new lingerie.  He looked good enough that I have no doubt he could have gotten more than a few self-professed straight guys to go to bed with him. He'd also gotten down the art of walking and talking like a sensuous woman. I got an erection right off thinking what his behavior seemed to indicate he wanted to do. However, when he'd get real close to me, like he wanted to kiss me, I could tell he was torn between his desire and his religious background.
As the "shoot" went on, he became even more nervous and sometimes seemed distracted and/or unsure.  This time, he couldn't keep his hands off my hard-on. He really seemed to enjoy holding it and jacking me off.  However it was odd in that while he spent a lot of time with my penis in his hand, he also seemed even more uncomfortable with his homoerotic desires that were now fully realized. At one point when he sat on my lap and jerked both his penis and mine at the same time, he slid down to the ground in front of me and put his mouth very close to my dick as he played with my erection. I could tell he was getting up the courage to just let himself go and suck my cock without shame, but he never did.
Later I tongued his ass hole while I jacked him off, something I did not do the last time. He was really getting into it. I told him how I was so ready to fuck him. He did not say yes, but didn't say no either. His whole body was responding and there was no question that he, for a moment had let himself really enjoy. I was sure he'd brought the lube out and put it on the coffee table because he was at least thinking about having me fuck him. After all, that would be the way to really feel like he was a woman.
I was sure he was about to ask me to use the K-Y and drive my cock all the way into his ass; but, suddenly he tensed up, like he had come to a decision. Our "photo" session ended right after that and neither of us climaxed. He seemed in a hurry for me to leave.
As for the photos, my radio control unit was not working. I set the camera to shoot one frame every minute, so the pics did not come out nearly so nice as the last time since we didn’t know when it would shoot. When I sent him the edited photos, he made an interesting request. He wanted a photo of me masturbating to orgasm.  That seemed to tell me he was still thinking about having a full sexual contact session. I tried to make the photo. It turned out a difficult thing to shoot on my own. He also seemed very excited about the prospect of Paula and I joining him for a threesome.  It appeared that he was wanting to continue his transgender/homoerotic exploration.
However, before we could make the plans, he stopped answering email.  I never heard from him again. I don't know if he pursued his female identity and sex with men further, but whatever he did, he did not ask Paula and I to join him in it.
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rachaelslibrary · a month ago
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April Wrap-Up and May TBR
To start things off I just want to say HOLY SHIT I READ 10 BOOKS THIS MONTH!  It was definitely my best reading month in recent history, maybe of all time and I am incredibly proud of myself.  I also read most everything that was on my TBR from last month.  I did DNF From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout for reasons that I choose not to go into, but I was able to finish 10 books.  Also Shadow and Bone came out on Netflix and I binged it all in one night because I loved it so much and I’m so happy that it turned out so good.  Book adaptations rarely go that well, so I am incredibly relieved.
But without further ado, here are the books I read this month.
1. Beowulf by ??
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This was a requirement for my English lit class, so I won’t give it a star rating, but I can say that I liked it enough that I wasn’t tempted to read the summaries on Sparknotes and skip it.  The language was more accessible and understandable than some of the other books for my class, and I had read part of it in high school so it helped going into it.  If you’re looking for a classic English Epic with an extra strong hero, it’s a good place to start.
2. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
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I have a whole post about this book here, https://rachaelslibrary.tumblr.com/post/647954326247129088/lets-talk-books-ruin-and-rising-by-leigh so check it out if you want some in-depth thoughts, but this is the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy.  I will say that I enjoyed this one more than the first two, and while it still isn’t a favorite, I felt that it wrapped up the trilogy really well, and I liked how Alina’s story ended.
5/5 stars (read my full review to find out why)
3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 
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I’m sure I can’t say anything about this book that hasn’t already been said, but Six of Crows is phenomenal, and it is one of my favorite books of all time.  Taking place in the same universe as the Grisha trilogy, this book follows a team of teenagers as they try to pull off an impossible heist to kidnap a scientist who has developed a dangerous new drug.  Each member of the team has such a rich backstory and unique personality, and the story really puts a spin on what we think we know about the Grisha universe.  It’s addictive and quick paced and has none of the problems that I thought the original trilogy had.  I plan to write a whole post about this, and Crooked Kingdom sometime in the near future.
5/5 stars!
4. Majesty by Katharine Mcgee
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This book more just frustrated me than it did everything else, and I have a whole post about it: https://rachaelslibrary.tumblr.com/post/648438132868595712/lets-talk-books-majesty-by-katharine-mcgee.  This is the second book in the American Royals Duology, and it essentially took each relationship from the first book, threw them out the window, and then gave some of the characters personality makeovers.  It was jarring, and uncomfortable, and I was not a fan.
2.5/5 stars
Books 5,6,and 7 belong to the same series and that is Stray, Rogue, and Pride by Rachel Vincent
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I don’t feel the need to add all three covers on here because I think I’ll do a full series post when I’m all done with it.  I picked up the first book because I needed an e-book to read on my phone while I used a bath bomb, and I wanted something light and easy.  I was not surprised to be immediately addicted and put all my other reading plans for the month on hold to read books 1-3 back to back.  
The Shifter series follows Faythe, who is one of the only female werecats in the country, and has run away from home to be a normal person and go to college.  Right as she is about to start her master’s degree, other female werecats start to get kidnapped and she is forced to go back home for her own protection and to try to help figure out who is kidnapping the women.  As the series progresses, she gets more involved in the Pride (her father’s group of werecats) and starts to try to create a future for herself within in.
This series is super cheesy.  It’s full of protective older brothers, a tall dark love interest, and a main character that seems to be cut from the same cloth as Maximum Ride.  By that I mean that to be considered a “strong” woman, Faythe is a snarky bitch that even I cringed at sometimes.  Also the male’s attitudes towards the women in their lives are not great, and the author tries to justify it by explaining just how rare the women are, but I’m not convinced.  To be honest, I’m not sure why I got as addicted to this series as I did.  I guess I’m just a sucker for the overprotective men cliche but I read all three of them in about 6 days.  I’ll probably read the other three later this summer.
3/5 stars for all three books.
8. Hamlet No Fear Shakespear Graphic Novel
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Another one for my English Lit class and let me just start by saying that I hate Shakespeare with a passion.  Not sure exactly why, but I’ve been like that since I was fourteen and had to read Romeo and Juliet.  So when I found the graphic novel that used language that actually made sense, I believe my first words were “Hell yes, sign me up.”  This whole story can be summed up in one sentence: Hamlet pretends he is a crazy bitch, which is a little bit crazy in and of itself, so maybe he really is crazy.
9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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First of all, I think this cover is so freaking pretty and I just want to stare at it.  Second of all, I really, really liked this book.  I am not someone who read this series when they first came out, so I’m pleased to say that as some YA Fantasy, it holds up. Graceling takes place in a world where there are people with two different colored eyes who are Graced with special talents.  The talents can be anything from fighting, to horse riding, to fishing or breathing underwater.  This story follows Katsa who’s Grace is killing, as she works as an enforcer for her uncle the king.  Katsa doesn’t like a lot of what he is doing, so she works behind his back to undermine his authority and help the common people, and along the way she stumbles into a kidnapping plot, an evil king, and a handsome prince with a similar Grace to her own.  What’s so great about this book is that Katsa really grows throughout the story and becomes her own person, and I just think that all the characters were written very well.  Also, for a YA Fantasy, this book was not predictable at all and I was surprised with the turn the story was taking more than once.
4/5 stars
10. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
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This is the sequel to Six of Crows and as I’m typing this I just finished reading it maybe an hour ago.  Crooked Kingdom takes everything that was great about Six of Crows and turns its intensity level up to 10.  It takes place right where Six of Crows left off and follows the team as they try to survive in their own city that has turned on them.  Again, I’m not going to go into too much detail because I plan on writing a whole post about the duology in a few days, but it’s just sooooooo good.  If you haven’t read this duo, then stop what you’re doing and get to it.  No joke.
5/5 stars
So, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about my reading plans for the month of May.  I’m excited to say that I’m not taking any summer classes, so my goal for this summer is to tackle a bunch of big fantasy books that I’ve been putting off.  To celebrate the end of the semester, I’m planning on spending a small fortune at Barnes and Noble to go get me started.
First though, I’m about to start Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb.  I loved the first one so much that I bought the illustrated edition of this and it’s so pretty.  I’m literally so excited to start it that I’m probably going to once I’m done reading this.  I’m also currently reading Flamefall by Rosaria Munda which is the second book in the Aurelian cycle.  When I’m done with that, I’m going to start Lore by Alexandra Bracken, and move onto the Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick which I’ve heard is Venetian inspired and I love Venice so I have high hopes.  When all of that is done, hopefully my hold on Dark Lover by J.R. ward is ready.  That is the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I plan for that to be my by-the-pool read.  And FINALLY, I have had The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang sitting on my TBR shelf  for almost 4 years now, so I think it is finally time.
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doorbloggr · a month ago
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Friday 30/4/21 - A D&D Group's Designated Note-taker and Fan-artist
2020 was a year that took a lot away, but it was also a year that gave a lot of new opportunities. Thanks to the dissolving of a gaming club me and my three closest friends used to attend, we now consistently had Friday's free. One friend suggested we do weekly Dungeons and Dragons sessions as an excuse to hang out, and thus began a new chapter of my life.
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Credit: me; Group shot of every D&D character I played as during 2020.
As someone new to D&D, I was happy to be a player while some of other friends DM'd (played the role of Dungeon Master, the story teller during D&D games who dictates how our world plays).
If you've followed my blog so far, you can probably tell by now I am very meticulous with documenting everything in precise detail. So even if I was only a player during our D&D games, I brought an exercise book and pens, and chronicled everything that happened.
I was later shocked to find that a player who writes down all that happens is a rarer type of player. My session notes were greatly appreciated by the DM and the players as a secondary take on events that complimented the DM's own notes.
A Volume or Two of Session Notes
One of my friends introduced me to a small crafts company called The Rook and the Raven who make materials specifically for Note Taking in D&D, and I have invest in many a booster pack to better chronicle our adventures.
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My two binder notebooks of Session Notes. The bigger left book is most of the 45 sessions of our Tomb of Annihilation campaign. The note book on the right is full of all ongoing series yet to finish.
A typical Friday Night D&D session will go for 3 or 4 hours plus breaks, but a lot of that is chat and banter too. Depending on whether the session is combat or role-play heavy, my notes will range mostly between 5-8 pages per session.
In my notes I detail character interactions, puzzles, building layouts, quest requests, and combat. Combat is probably the most detailed parts of my notes, since I detail Initiative Order, what every character does per turn, how much damage they give and take, and what attacks they are using.
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An excerpt from my Session Notes, a battle encounter between the Everift Party and some Kobolds
Often, if the game is moving slow enough, I will accompany my notes with little doodles of our characters interacting, attacking or just goofing off. And this led to my other main interaction with D&D and this group.
Fan-Artist for your own group
As someone who draws a lot, visualising everyone's characters and representing them in art was important to me. And after the first couple of sessions, I made Session Arts a regular thing.
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Session Art for Chapter 5 of Everift, a setting and story that our DM created themselves
For most of 2020, we alternated between two campaigns, the DM of one campaign subbing in as a player in the other's and vice versa. Each series' sessions were documented by chapter numbers and titles for each chapter.
For each session, I made an art piece attempting to sum up the session as a whole, or at least one of its more memorable moments. And for our main two series, I did not miss one session art that year. When players had to make new characters, I would ask them to pitch a design to me so that I could visualise their character and depict them in my notes and in the next session art.
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Mock up sketches for the party's new characters after literally everyone died the previous session
My friends did not ask me to do this; becoming the dedicated fan artist for our group was my own personal endeavour, and to be honest, it helped me grow as an artist. Drawing people in general was a weakpoint of mine, so dedicating myself to drawing essentially a poster once a week was quite the creative exercise.
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Session Art for Tomb of Annihilation Chapter 7 (left) compared with Chapter 45, the series' finale (right). Yes I used Star Wars posters for inspiration in both of these.
I started Digital Art in October 2020, and I was quite proud to say the access to colours and editing greatly increased the quality of my art in general. But specifically, my D&D Art became much more refined.
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Some of my more recent session arts that I am particularly proud of. All three are from different campaigns that are still ongoing.
Sometimes I feel that my own interest in our group's D&D activities is a bit too obsessive and I will often flood our groupchats with fanarts in progress and my personal spitballing on lore and character backstory stuff, but they put up with me and I'm glad. Because if I didn't develop a new obsession in 2020, i would've been a much sadder person.
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waltnut · a month ago
Yes, I'm a THIRSTY, HORNY and DEHYDRATED bicht. But I am proud of myself. Can I request more NSFW head cannons of our monster boyfriend? But don't make it dark, maybe add some after segg cares if you want? I LOVE YOU.
Don’t make it dark?? Don’t you know what I’m about??? I can’t believe this.
No I’m joking lol well damn, NSFW? Okay well, this is for the Monster Fuckers so kiddies look away. I’m sorry to those who don’t like NsFw. I will tag it as “NSFT” for Not Safe for Timeline but I also hide it under the cut. I’m sorry. I had fun with this...now I’m embarrassed lmao You guys seem to like these so...
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The prompt has me thrown a bit, but I’ll just make some stuff up, I hope that’s okay.
NSFW Headcanons - Monster Boyfriend edition: Demon Lords, Vol. 1
Adult content. These are demons. If this disturbs you, then stop reading here. Otherwise, enjoy?
Lucifer
Level 3
He sheds his feathers on his body when he’s nervous. MC makes him nervous when he’s like this. What do they think of him? Is he ugly? Would they call him a monster?
He’s the most submissive in this form. Gentle touches make him shiver and jump. He feels the most vulnerable and actively moves away from MC if they try to be intimate.
But he wants the intimacy. It’s reassuring. He’s still wanted. He actually might cry a bit. He’s sensitive, be nice.
MC will have to do most of the initiating. After the first time MC had had intimacy with him like this, he will be more confident the next times they engage in any sexual activity.
Level 4
All the pride and confidence. None of that level 3 sissy business, he will have you.
He’s very grabby, and maybe grips a little too tight. He likes the power of being stronger than you. He wants you to know it.
He seems to always have his wings as wide as he can make them. It must be some sort of mating dance. He does have that part bird instinct in there somewhere. He wants to show off, maybe intimidate you a bit. Does he like fear?
Might use the feathers on his tail to tickle you to make you squirm while he has you. What fun!
Mammon
Level 3
He is very clingy. He wants to always be touching you. Even if it’s just the tips of his wings or tail, he wants to have the physical touch.
As he goes through this level, his ability to sense any Greed from the MC to be highly erotic. Talking about buying those new clothes you’ve been wanting? Turn on. Saying how you’re gonna share any of them with him? He can’t contain himself.
He loves pets. Brushes against his hair, feathers, scales, will make him coo. Bird noises, gotta love them.
Easy seduction outfit, should you choose to wear one, anything shiny. Gold chains? Perfect. Sheer black clothes but with gold edges and designs? Also perfect. He can’t resist the shiny.
Level 4
Don’t even think about leaving him, until he lets you. You’re part of his treasure now and he will preen and polish you accordingly.
Lazy in this form, expect lots of cuddling with the dragon. He’s quite warm. The texture on his underside is soft like skin even though it looks like lizard scales. Don’t be surprised when you feel surprise boners while laying with him. He may be lazy, but he’s not tired.
Touching the skin texture of his body is a great seduction tactic should you need one. It’s the sensitive side to his body while the rest is covered in feathers and scales.
While he will dress up MC in gold as a mating ritual, should MC do the same to him, it is the greatest indicator that you are accepting his proposal for intimacy.
Leviathan
Level 3
Two dicks. Look we all know it. We all agree. Moving on.
Touching the purple frills on his ears is like touching his junk. It’s a highly erroneous zone for him. But be gently, they are very soft and sensitive.
Do you even lift? Well you might need to because he is going to be wrapped around you the entire time. He’s quite heavy and good luck getting out of that one.
Laying with him in water is the best way to show any intimate intentions. Even if you think it’ll be a relaxing chill in the water, think again.
Level 4
Now if you’re brave and choose to sleep with a giant ass sea monster, you’re in luck because he can manipulate water to allow you to breathe in the water.
He is the largest of all the brothers in terms of monster size. He’s a giant sea dragon. So be careful when dealing with...well, his size.
He likes to flip you around in the water, so staying in one position is not an option. It’s like a dance!
Want to know if he’s into it? Watch the orange fleshy bits on his sides. The more he glows the more you know!
Satan
Level 3
If you’re into having sex after yelling and screaming at each other then congrats! So is he. Angry sex is what he’s about. He’s wrath. I mean, come on.
Belittle him. No really. He’ll want to prove you wrong. Fuels the fire.
Extremely dominant. Don’t even try to top him. Also you just finished? No rest for you, you’re going again.
He’s gonna scratch and mark you. Bring some bandaids.
Level 4
Okay first of all, you really want to sleep with this? He’s terrifying. He is an actual hell spawn. Well okay, be prepared for selfish sex. He’s rough.
Want to know if he’s into it? Watch the flames on his back. Can you pass your hand through it without it burning you? You pass. It’ll grow brighter and larger the closer he is to finishing.
Most likely to choke you.
Will call you names during the act, sorry. The “not nice” kind.
Asmodeus
Level 3
Words are your biggest weapon. Constant love and adoration is all you need when he’s like this. You won’t even need to touch him to work the magic.
As the avatar of lust, he knows the human body of all genders. His genitalia resembles a males’ but it does have a clit on the bottom side of the head of the dick. You can get real creative with that.
Kiss and touch his ears! He loves it. They might flick at your touch, but he’s into it.
Is able to have his scorpion tails in this form if he chooses to, and he likes pushing and pulling you around with them.
Level 4
More of a Dom in this form. He also enjoys a good mess.
Don’t grab onto his tails, he’s not into it. But grabbing onto his mane? Go right ahead with that.
A little bitey. Vampire tendencies.
Most likely to try and sex you on the ceiling. Why? Not sure. But he’s able to do it so just roll with it.
Beelzebub
Level 3
Look at that long ass tongue. He’s gonna use it. Why wouldn’t he use it? You’re gonna want him to use it. The paralysis saliva he can produce is something he can choose to use.
Will jump on you out of nowhere. No literally, where did he come from? It’s 3 Am and everyone else is asleep. But a good smack will get him to stop if it’s unwanted. Bad puppy.
He might share his food with you if he’s offering intimacy. Like with his mouth. Like it might already be chewed a bit.
Chromeo lyrics: ((Don’t turn the lights on! I want to see you in the dark~.)) His eyes are sensitive, okay.
Level 4
You ever had sex with a Minotaur? You ever wanted to?
Will carry you off to a secluded area that he has found for himself. He doesn’t want to be disturbed.
The longer you go with him, the hotter his body feels. Just like when he feeds, he’ll have steam coming off his body.
Most likely to hump your leg.
Belphegor
Level 3
He enjoys you being uncomfortable. Emotionally or physically.
Sleep paralysis demon. Hey, at least you won’t be doing most of the work.
He’ll quietly hum a lullaby to you to see if you’ll accept his intimacy proposal. If you hum back, you accept. Careful, he might hum your favorite song.
His wool is so soft. Why is it so soft? You need to touch all of it.
Level 4
If you’re not banging irl, you will in your dreams.
You ever wanted to have sex in space? He can make the best magic Galaxy projector you’ve ever seen, and without the paid promotion!
His wool smells of soothing herbs and incense. So despite his creepy ass behavior, you find a way to calm your nerves.
You’ll have the best sleep you’ve ever had afterwards.
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