Dragon*Con!

I has a returned!

It was all right? Got to meet up with @aurimynonys, as well as make new friends, which is always lovely.

And then I got to meet Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, Paul Blackthorne (for two seconds, alas!) and Billy Boyd, who were all really lovely! (And shorter than I had expected, but I’ve been so used to being surrounded by friends who were at least 6’ tall that I get thrown off by anyone around 5’6” or something.)

Either way, a nice experience, a little bit of con depression, but mostly con relief, which is a bit odd.

Did I miss anything while I was gone for four days? (I know the answer will always be “yes” with Tumblr, but still.)

Reblog if you’re bored and want random anons.

bead-bead:

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Going to turn off no-anon now. Y’all behave.

I do have some trigger/PTSD issues  for various assault-related live events, so if you’re unclear about what that means, do check my submissions guidelines.  Thanks. 

No real triggers for me, but try to avoid rape jokes and dead baby jokes. I don’t like those.

natsulasommer:

prettyinpwn:

natsulasommer:

hikikotaku:

hikikotaku:

hikikotaku:

factsbrain:

Like all living things, humans are bio­luminescent (meaning we glow) – We glow brightest during the afternoon. - weird, interesting & funny facts

what

i’ve been staring at this for like 5 minutes. so.. what. i don’t think people glow. but this is telling me that we actually emit visible light.. especially in the afternoon?? am i reading this right or what

"all living things" plants. when do the plants glow

science side of tumblr pls

I’m not from the science side of tumblr, but here’s the answer anyways:
 Basically, all living things are bioluminescent because every living thing has chemical reactions occurring in their cells. The energy created from these chemical reactions physically manifests as light, thus… all living things naturally glow.
 However, this glow cannot be seen by the human eye. In fact, the only way they’ve ever captured this light is through special cameras. Using these ultra special cameras, they’ve imaged subjects’ bodies over 24 hour periods. It has been found out that humans emit the most of this glow during the afternoon (about 4 PM), it is the weakest in the morning (about 10 AM), and the brightest light is emitted from the cheeks, neck, and forehead.
The light is about a thousand times weaker than what humans can perceive.
 Basically, it’s a side effect of metabolic reactions. It’s been suspected that humans are bioluminescent for years, but they weren’t able to confirm it until recently thanks to technology and a man named Masaki Kobayashi from the Tohoku Institute of Technology.
 Sources:
http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2009/07/20/photographing-the-glow-of-the-human-body/
http://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2009/jul/17/human-bioluminescence
http://www.livescience.com/7799-strange-humans-glow-visible-light.html

10/10 explaination
10/10 source
10/10 time to answer
overal 10/10
you are now offiicially from the science side of tumblr.
and thank you


I too would like to nominate prettyinpwn to the science side of tumblr.

natsulasommer:

prettyinpwn:

natsulasommer:

hikikotaku:

hikikotaku:

hikikotaku:

factsbrain:

Like all living things, humans are bio­luminescent (meaning we glow) – We glow brightest during the afternoon. weirdinteresting & funny facts

what

i’ve been staring at this for like 5 minutes. so.. what. i don’t think people glow. but this is telling me that we actually emit visible light.. especially in the afternoon?? am i reading this right or what

"all living things" plants. when do the plants glow

science side of tumblr pls

I’m not from the science side of tumblr, but here’s the answer anyways:

 Basically, all living things are bioluminescent because every living thing has chemical reactions occurring in their cells. The energy created from these chemical reactions physically manifests as light, thus… all living things naturally glow.

 However, this glow cannot be seen by the human eye. In fact, the only way they’ve ever captured this light is through special cameras. Using these ultra special cameras, they’ve imaged subjects’ bodies over 24 hour periods. It has been found out that humans emit the most of this glow during the afternoon (about 4 PM), it is the weakest in the morning (about 10 AM), and the brightest light is emitted from the cheeks, neck, and forehead.

The light is about a thousand times weaker than what humans can perceive.

 Basically, it’s a side effect of metabolic reactions. It’s been suspected that humans are bioluminescent for years, but they weren’t able to confirm it until recently thanks to technology and a man named Masaki Kobayashi from the Tohoku Institute of Technology.

 Sources:

http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2009/07/20/photographing-the-glow-of-the-human-body/

http://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2009/jul/17/human-bioluminescence

http://www.livescience.com/7799-strange-humans-glow-visible-light.html

10/10 explaination

10/10 source

10/10 time to answer

overal 10/10

you are now offiicially from the science side of tumblr.

and thank you

I too would like to nominate prettyinpwn to the science side of tumblr.

whiteguiltconfessionals:

Booost.
ALL Ferguson Voters have the power to make this happen! Make it go viral and share!
Knowledge is power.
-M


The only thing I’m worried about with this is that there’s going to be an office that says, “Oh, I’m sorry, you’re all not registered voters!” and then “oops”, the petition was signed by a bunch of people who “weren’t registered”.I want this petition to happen. I want the Mayor to be removed from office, and I want the police chief to be removed from office, and I want there to be justice for Michael Brown.But the system has screwed black people over in the past (Jim Crow Laws, anyone?), and I think if people aren’t blindsided by it, they can plan ahead and make sure that, “oh, no, you’ll see that I registered to vote on X day, this is on record at Y location.” Then the mayor would have no choice but to actually follow the law instead of protecting a murderer.The fact that police officers are running around without proper identification, and no action has been taken by their commanding officers to punish or correct the problem since it’s been tweet-reported? Worries me greatly.

whiteguiltconfessionals:

Booost.

ALL Ferguson Voters have the power to make this happen! Make it go viral and share!

Knowledge is power.

-M

The only thing I’m worried about with this is that there’s going to be an office that says, “Oh, I’m sorry, you’re all not registered voters!” and then “oops”, the petition was signed by a bunch of people who “weren’t registered”.

I want this petition to happen. I want the Mayor to be removed from office, and I want the police chief to be removed from office, and I want there to be justice for Michael Brown.

But the system has screwed black people over in the past (Jim Crow Laws, anyone?), and I think if people aren’t blindsided by it, they can plan ahead and make sure that, “oh, no, you’ll see that I registered to vote on X day, this is on record at Y location.” Then the mayor would have no choice but to actually follow the law instead of protecting a murderer.

The fact that police officers are running around without proper identification, and no action has been taken by their commanding officers to punish or correct the problem since it’s been tweet-reported? Worries me greatly.

I’ll have to go over all of my stuff in the morning, but I think I’ll be okay for Dragon*Con tomorrow? On the road from 9ish am EST to about 1ish pm, if anybody’s wondering about radio silence from me. I’ll be bringing my laptop, though, so I won’t be completely out of touch. I just don’t know how often I’ll be online over the weekend. ^^;

footballintuxedos:

thewitchkingofmordor:


#he don’t look too bothered about it actually #sean bean’s used to this #sean bean’s used to worse than this #sean bean’s used to getting killed in the most horrible and violent ways #so ‘they have a cave troll’ in sean bean language is like saying #’nice weather out tonight’ 

sean bean died all the ways possible. sean bean does not fear cave trolls.

I always loved that line because it always reads like
"They have a cave troll. Oh darn."


It’s like a D&D adventuring party barricading themselves into a room because the entire dungeon is overrun, and while just about everybody is out of spells, has maybe a handful of hit points each. and they just ran out of healing items, they’ve got orcs banging on the door, trying to get in.DM: *rolls some dice, consults a chart* Hey, guys. Guess what.Aragorn’s Player: Oh my fucking god— stop rolling those damn random encounter dice!DM: Who’s standing at the door?Boromir’s Player: *heavy sigh* I am.DM: This is what you see. *passes a note to Borormir’s Player*Boromir’s Player reads the note, looking tired and vaguely annoyed. They reread the note again, and announces: “They have a cave troll.”

footballintuxedos:

thewitchkingofmordor:

#he don’t look too bothered about it actually #sean bean’s used to this #sean bean’s used to worse than this #sean bean’s used to getting killed in the most horrible and violent ways #so ‘they have a cave troll’ in sean bean language is like saying #’nice weather out tonight’ 

sean bean died all the ways possible. sean bean does not fear cave trolls.

I always loved that line because it always reads like

"They have a cave troll. Oh darn."

It’s like a D&D adventuring party barricading themselves into a room because the entire dungeon is overrun, and while just about everybody is out of spells, has maybe a handful of hit points each. and they just ran out of healing items, they’ve got orcs banging on the door, trying to get in.

DM: *rolls some dice, consults a chart* Hey, guys. Guess what.

Aragorn’s Player: Oh my fucking god— stop rolling those damn random encounter dice!

DM: Who’s standing at the door?

Boromir’s Player: *heavy sigh* I am.

DM: This is what you see. *passes a note to Borormir’s Player*

Boromir’s Player reads the note, looking tired and vaguely annoyed. They reread the note again, and announces: “They have a cave troll.”

Thorin Forever No.

Thorin Forever No.

How Bead Writes: Dialogue

bead-bead:

I had someone ask me via email how I write dialog.  It might be different that what y’all do.  Thought I might add my two cents.  The main point though, is write what feels natural for you, then read it out loud ALOT to see if it sounds right.  

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My background is as an actor first, a writer second.  I have degrees in both English and Theatre, but it’s my theatre background that informs my writing, I believe, mainly because I got a better education about literature analysis from the theatre department. (aka:what is your story ABOUT.)  So you’re going to get a different answer from me than perhaps the average writer.  

I often approach my characters as I would approach an acting or directing job, because I am both.  I’m also the production designer, set builder and costumer.  

The most important thing you need to know is who your characters are and what they want.  What is your overall story about, the underlying bedrock on which the whole thing is built?  A lot of my fanfic is about “Learning to Love After Giving Up On It.”   

So, you may be writing a cracky story about one of your characters being turned into a cat, but what you’re really writing about your protagonist learning how to be authentic and vulnerable with their loved ones.  Anywho.  

My “rough draft” is playing through scenes in my head with my characters, watching how they move and react to one another.  Then I write it down, then I read it aloud.  

Does it sound natural?  Does it sound in character? Are the words appropriate to the time (nothing like “okay,” a word created in late 19th century  America used in a medievalish setting, or “electric,” or “focus” in civilizations that do not have those kinds of inventions yet.  Once I had to go look up when the microscope was invented.)

I often approach my characters as I would an acting job, putting on their skins, learning their voices.  If it’s fanfic, I watch a lot of source material until I get a sense of personalities and how they speak, and then it’s just a matter of making sure I capture that “sound” in my fics.  For instance, I think when I write Bilbo, I can hear Martin Freeman’s voice.    I’m afraid Bella’s (fem!Bilbo) is a mixture of my voice and Martin’s.  I tried to pick an actress, and frankly, my whole fem!Bilbo started with a dream where Thorin proposed to me in a WWI foxhole, and it’s kinda hard to shake.  

If it’s original writing, I cast my characters with actors I know and follow their speech patterns.  And I make up a backstory about where they’re from, educational level, etc.  

(Occasionally, a character just comes out, unplanned and fully formed, a bit player who suddenly steals a scene.  I just am thankful and hang on the for the ride.)  

I know this is getting long, because I don’t want to just say, “I write what sounds right.”  The thing is, to get great dialogue, you have to know who is talking.  Really know them, who they are, what their goals are, what are their weaknesses and strengths.  You have to know what they want out of the conversation and the situation.  

So, sit down and think about who they are and what they want and all the things you know about them.  Imagine where they are, what the light is like, what season it is, and why they are there.  And then, once you’re prepared, let all that fade into the background and visualize them in the scene.  Think of the emotions they are having while they talk to one another.  Don’t worry about words yet.   

For instance, I’ll use a scene from “Pearl of the Evening, the Rewrite.”  Bella’s in a little flower garden with a long wooden bench, sitting in the sun, letting her hair dry while she does a bit of mending, just so happy to be outside in surroundings she’s familiar with, clean and well fed and safe and doing things that are normal for her. But still, when she closes her eyes for too long, Azog, Thorin falling, and the orc she killed appear behind her eyes.  

She’s in the process of trying to recapture her zen when Thorin appears, creaky and injured, and Bella invites him to join her.  Even though he’s sought her out, he’s not hopeful of how good a companion he might be, but he comes to sit.   He’s nervous and in pain and wants to sit with her, but also knows that they have had a rough start.  His goal is to test this new closeness between them, and to see if she is interested in true friendship, with a hope for courting later.   Her goal was to have a pleasant, quiet morning, but she’s pleased, confused and a bit giddy about attention from him.   

So, in my head, when I started, I had the picture of Bella sitting in the sun, and Thorin, gruff from shyness (and a bit of an arguement with Fili over his health earlier) asks if he may sit with her.  I could see them shyly talking, I could see Thorin use his pipe as something to fiddle with, a small ritual to relax him.  I could see them sneaking glances at one another, and once Bella very firmly tells him she wants his company, he relaxes and begins to mildly flirt.  

About that point, I started writing, watching that scene unfold in my head, and just writing down what they say.

There are rises and falls in conversation, pauses, things said with a look or a gesture, changes in body language.  I use all of that to inform my dialogue and show the reader what is happening.  Hope that helps!  

If this *doesn’t* help, I know there are writing resources out there.  I, personally, am always intimidated by them, because I end up feeling like I’m not doing it “right.”  So, I go with my gut and what has worked for me, and ultimately, what’s right for you, for any creative person, is to go with what feels right for you.  

Best of luck!



*nods in agreement* I basically do this myself — I have to be able to “hear” who’s talking, and figure out whether or not the exact diction is in such a way that it would make sense.

I’ll admit that it can be hard for me to have OCs because of this sometimes. Unless I can comfortably cast an OC in my head, they’re amorphous. Poor Nidi in the fic was never based on any actor. I just sort of a generic version of “kid” in my head, made sure to remember that he’s from slum-like conditions, and added Nori’s Cockney accent, since Nori’s supposed to be a thief, and it would make sense for the kid to acquire Nori’s accent by exposure to him and other Ereborian refugees who were from the lower classes.

do you have favourite lines/scenes from your favouritest fanfics?
Anonymous

closetshipping:

yeeeeesss i do. and these are three of them

"Well, Bard, I see your lute and I raise you a harp.

Have made grown men cry before, can do it again.” from Thorin Oakenshield’s Majestic Diary (pretty much any sentence from that fic is pure gold tho)

"You’re injured," Bilbo protested,(-)

"Terribly," Thorin agreed, catching Bilbo’s lower lip in his teeth and biting gently. "Do you feel, the awful swelling." And he took Bilbo’s hand in his own, guiding it low between them until he could slip it beneath his own clothing and curl it around his shaft. -from For Those Who Cannot Sleep because it’s the best. please.

and probably “You let him in your garden, where you don’t allow even me, and you laugh with him when you have nothing kind to say to me.” Thorin seems genuinely hurt, but Bilbo still can’t fathom what he’s on about. “I can’t, Bilbo.” His tone is pleading now. “I can’t see you with him. I can’t bear it. Don’t ask it of me. I’ll kill him first.” from Something Blue and i don’t know what makes it so perfect, it’s probably I can see the image of Thorin’s expression in my head so clearly.