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Light Angst: A Trope Analysis

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This is about to be your new favorite thing. I'm currently watching through Once Upon A Time with my sister, and I couldn't help but notice- Snow and Charming have a certain... something about the way they see everything. It's all 'love wins' and 'it'll be all right, I know it' and 'I believe in you'. It really grabbed my attention. I was about to label it as just standard character angst, but it wasn't. It was like angst, but... in the other direction, you know? I'm calling it light angst. As in, like angst but the other way. The opposite side of the spectrum. The other extreme, if you will. While regular angst, or 'dark angst' as we'll call it so we can tell them apart for the post, is a dedication to believing that everything is terrible, tragic, empty, you know the gist. Picture the opposite of that, and you have light angst. Unashamed, open dedication to the belief that everything is okay and will turn out for the better

Single Trait Characters: When They're Useful and How To Use Them

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Whether you recognize the term or not, we all know the trope of the single-trait character. These guys show up at least once in every book, movie, and TV show, and they're useful because they fill up space and they're easily identified. A single-trait character is someone who appears in a story and is recognized/identified by (you guessed it) a single, solitary trait. The tall one. The loud one. The one who loves soccer. Characters such as these are useful as background characters, and they're easy to tell apart because they each only have one characteristic to be remembered by. Aside from Jamie, none of the kids in Rise of the Guardians strictly have  any deep characteristics, but since we were already dealing with such a large cast of  characters,  none of the kids strictly *needed* a complex personality . Now, before we go into how to use a single-trait character, let's first talk about how not to use a single-trait character. As always, this isn't necessarily wr

My indie writer journey as it has gone so far.

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So I've actually been an indie author(or working on being an indie author) for ages longer than I've talked about it or really had an online presence to mention it. I've wanted to be an author since I started getting into writing at age eleven, and I've always wanted to put my books into the hands of other people. Obviously, like the rest of us did, I eventually did my research and found out that doing what I wanted to do would be very hard, nearly impossible unless I really put my back into it. The world of traditional publishing involved a thousand steps I couldn't understand. But for a while, I thought it was my only real option, and it was what I pursued. There was a time where I desperately wanted to be a part of Harper Collins because I noticed they published almost all my favorite books at the time, and I considered them to be the  publishing house to go with. Bit of a shame that Harper Collins was basically ironclad and impossible to get in touch with. So I

Why Cruella was a good movie, and you can't tell me otherwise

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This post is in defense of Cruella. Y'know, the Disney movie. Let's have some quick backstory. My sister and I saw the Cruella trailers, and frankly, it looked fantastic, so we took a Friday afternoon to see it after we both got off work. We saw the full movie, and while it had a few flaws like all movies, we walked away thinking it was a great movie. So now that I'm seeing so many people roasting it on social media, my brain is in a state of ?????? So here I am, ready to defend it for the awesome movie it was. For myself, I have to say that my only qualm with the movie is that it wasn't dark enough . Disney holds back their movies a little too much these days I think, which doesn't make any sense after they've already made movies like the Dark Cauldron or Maleficent. Watching Cruella, I got the feeling that the writers wanted to push it further and make it darker, but my suspicion is that Disney wouldn't let them, what with their 'audience standards'

One Dumpsterful of Art | An Art Dump

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 Hey hey! I haven't posted any art updates on here in an AGE, so here are some art things I've done over the last couple of months. Some doodles I did in my art notebook: a Draw This In Your Style that my sister suggested for me, some doodles of a cartoon character that has my new hair, and an emo girl? I guess? I copied the roses on her face from a Snapchat filter that looked super cute. My first time messing around with oil paints(yep, they take forever to dry), and a window painting I did for my mom for Easter. That window took so many pieces of tape and so much scissoring to get right lol. Tony Stank On the left, some haikyuu-inspired art that I did while I was messing around with my paint markers, and on the right a cute lil mermaid I did for mermay. I used the manga art of Ichigo Takano, who wrote the manga series Orange, for the art style on the mermaid. More mermay art. I used the prompts #mermaidizeafriend, #angelic, and #beached. it explode a self portrait           

Some random writing tips

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Put your phone far enough away that you can't reach it because being too lazy to get up > desire to reach phone = you'll be forced to write Listen to Hans Zimmer soundtracks, they're literally written to keep you engaged and they help you focus When you're line editing, put things that will take more thought [in brackets] so that later you can just search the documents for the brackets and find all those things at once. If you're stuck on one thing in the document, go to a different thing and work on that. Your mind will be clearer to deal with the problem when you come back. If you're struggling to begin something, even an outline(cuz I do a lot), title it like this: Outline 1, But This is the Sucky Version . If you give yourself permission to suck or outline it in a way where if it's the worst it doesn't matter, it makes it so much easier to begin. Don't open the word document or look at the page until you already know how you're going to be

The Fandom Taggggggggg

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Well well well, I'm back again! Thought you'd gotten rid of me, hadn't you? (fool) My dear dear sister Rachel  tagged me to do this post, and she knew I was looking for a reason to scream about all the niche fandoms I'm in, so I'll take it! Let's talk fandoms. The Rules -Include the graphic somewhere in your post -Answer the questions -And tag two fellow fan people to answer them too! The Questions 1. What's the first fandom you remember becoming a part of? Narnia!! Narnia has been a huge obsession of mine since I was super small, I distinctly remember every Narnia movie and book in existence, my favorite may be the Last Battle(I know, sorry)... Narnia is unbeatable good, what more can I say? seratonin: boosted 2. What's the newest fandom you've come to enjoy? I'm taking this as being the most recent fandom I've come to enjoy in my life, not the newest thing to come out, because I'm not super sure how to interpret this. One of the fandoms