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Why Magical Girls Are Never Attacked During A Tranformation

labbydragon:

cannibal-sarracenian:

brickme:

As some of you might already have guessed, I’m a fan of Japanese girl idols. One of the many, many idol groups in existence today in Japan is NMB48, a Osaka-based spin-off group of the (in)famous AKB48. NMB has a weekly show that’s…

I always wondered why they never tried to grab a Sailor Scout mid make up transformation.

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

I'm trying to include a recurring nightmare in my main characters story but I'm not sure if nightmares are a bit cliche in themselves or if there are any specific nightmares that are cliche that I should stray away from. Do you know of any dreams that are overly done or any advice to execute nightmares correctly? Thank you.

characterandwritinghelp:

I know we have a nightmares tag, but there’s not much in it yet.

Dreams in fiction tend to be cut unless they have something to do with the plot. Hence, nightmare sequences that are left in the story frequently serve some sort of purpose. Nightmares themselves are not inherently cliched, but what can make them cliched is how they are used. Because stories more often than not gloss over unimportant dreams, the ones that are left can start to look familiar. Readers can usually tell that if a dream sequence of any kind is included, it’s bound to be important somehow. Dreams cannot be faked (in most universes, anyway), so dreams and nightmares are an easy way to show development, trauma, or humanity in characters.

Here are some dream and nightmare cliches and tropes:

  • Talking or even shouting in one’s sleep. This is usually used to clue other characters in to the fact that this character isn’t sleeping well or is hiding some kind of trauma or emotional turbulence. Other times, the sleeping character gives away information this way—to friends or foes.
  • Waking up by catapulting into a sitting position with eyes wide open while sweating and/or panting. More a visual cliche than a written one, but a very common visual shorthand way to say “this character just had a bad dream.” Of all the things on this list, this may be the only one to outright avoid: I am fairly confident that no one has ever woken up from a nightmare like this, and this cliche is getting pretty tired.
  • The flashback nightmare. Dreaming of the past is an easy way to sneak in exposition without having to figure out how to fit it into the story. It might be the character remembering a dark and troubled past, or a way of showing that they are still obsessing over a past failure.
  • The flashforward nightmare. Dreaming of things that have not happened yet, but that can or will. Sometimes, these dreams are subverted in that we expect them to come true, but turn out only to be an anxiety dream. Other times, characters have prophetic visions of the future that they proceed to either ignore as “just a dream,” or forget as soon as they wake up.
  • Dream spying. Dreaming about something that is happening now. This is more common in less realistic settings (magical/supernatural/scifi/etc.), especially if the character can recognize the dream as a current event. Sometimes, this kind of dream is a two-way street that is caused or shared by another party.
  • The anxiety nightmare. Perhaps most recognizable as the “forgot to wear clothes for my oral report” nightmare. This is a dream about something the character is afraid of, usually about a fear coming true/to life/finally happening and the character having to face it. These dreams/nightmares are usually fixed or stopped by the character facing their fears or dealing with the problem.
  • The recurring dream. A dream or nightmare that just keeps popping up. Maybe it means something: a lot of recurring dreams utilize symbolism to relate to the current events of the story, show the character’s state of mind, or reveal bits about the character’s past/personality/thoughts/etc.
  • The epiphany dream. A dream or nightmare that somehow helps the character come to a conclusion or solve a problem. These come in a lot of shapes and flavors, but the outcome is usually the same: the character wakes up with some sort of “Eureka!” exclamation and gathers the rest of the team to share what they have figured out.

There may not be a clear-cut way to do dreams and nightmares correctly, because dreams are such an impossibly nebulous concept to the extent that entire stories are written solely about dreams and the many worlds they open up to us. There are, however, plenty of ways to do them well.

My general advice for all dreams and nightmares is that if you are going to include them, make them count and make them pull their weight in the story. As before, unimportant dreams tend to end up on the cutting room floor, so any that you include ought to have something important to say. Use the “dreamspace” to say things you cannot say another way: dreams break the laws of reality by being a sort of un-reality. Take advantage of this! Whether this means symbolism, exposition, some sort of mind-linking, or something else entirely, make your story’s dreams do things that your story cannot do any other way.

-Headless

postgraduatepurgatory:

Essential Productivity Apps for any student:

  1. Caffeine-  Prevents your screen from going into sleep mode. Great if you’re writing notes on an article and the screen keeps dimming, whilst you hope that if you stare long enough, the phrase “homologous ways to a view of hegemony” will start to make sense.
  2. Flux- If you find that you can’t sleep for ages after studying late at night, then this app is a total game changer. It basically turns the light on the screen red, because science people say that blue light keeps you awake and red light doesn’t. (*Full Disclosure* I’m not a scientist)
  3. Focusbar- The annoying voice of your mother nagging you to finish your homework…in app form. You can set the annoying level (I have it set on “wildly annoying”) and a bar will appear in the corner every few seconds to remind you that you’re supposed to be doing something else besides looking at cat photos. 
  4. Microsoft Office- self explanatory, so I’ve linked to an article about life hacks for Microsoft Office instead. Because I’m just that awesome. 
  5. Nag- Does your 5 minute study break keep turning into an hour on Youtube? Then you need Nag in your life. It’s basically an alarm/timer. But an extremely loud and annoying alarm/timer that’s very difficult to ignore. The bells genuinely sound more judgemental the longer you ignore it.  
  6. Self Control-  Also known as Cold Turkey for Microsoft users. If you absolutely cannot be trusted with an internet connection, then you need Self Control in your life. You add a list of websites to the “blacklist”and then set how long you want the app to work for, and for that duration of time you wont be able to access those website. Seriously, not even rebooting your computer or uninstalling the app will let you access the blacklist until your time is up. Tough love at its finest.
  7. Zotero-  The new love of my life. Zotero allows you to manage all your citations and sources in one easy place. It’s an absolute life saver- no joke. There’s an in-word add in, so it will write your bibliography and citations for you in any format you want. There’s a chrome/firefox add in and a mobile app, so you don’t even have to type the citation into Zotero. Just press the button it does all the hard work for you. It even updates itself online, so you can still access your bibliography if your computer crashes. I <3 Zotero 5eva. 

Conversations with Father (about men & dating)

  • Me:

    I just watched a show about how successful (i.e. college educated) black women are not getting married.

  • Him:

    Why is that a show? What's the problem? A black woman is better off by herself than with a black man that will bring her down. There's no point in getting married unless it's about mutual love and respect.

  • Me:

    Well a lot of the black men on the show said that the reason black women are single is because they expect too much.

  • Him:

    Psh. Black women do not expect too much! What is a black woman supposed to do? She is educated. She has her life in order. And she is supposed to get with any old man because he didn't get his life together but still feels he is entitled to any woman he wants?

  • Me:

    Well they said that you have to look at a man's potential.

  • Him:

    That's what they want you to think so that you don't require anything in actuality from them. You look at who a man is. Not who he says he will be.

  • Me:

    The show also talked about why a lot of men cheat. They said it's because women were not keeping them happy or not sexually doing what they want.

  • Him:

    That's ridiculous. There's no reason for anybody to cheat. If a man is grounded then he will love his partner enough not to cheat.

  • Me:

    They also said that you need to make a man feel like a man.

  • Him:

    If I am a man then why would I need a woman to make me feel like a man?

  • Me:

    I don't know.

  • Him:

    A real man does not need a woman to make him feel like a man. He is a man, isn't he? Men who say that have an inferiority complex.

  • Me:

    Well they were saying that they need to feel like they wear the pants in the relationship.

  • Him:

    Look. A man does not feel threatened by anyone unless he does not have his own life together. And in that case he will be threatened whether a woman lays down and lets him walk all over him or if she makes more money or anything else.

WHY DO THEY ALWAYS SLICE THEIR PALM TO GET BLOOD. do you know how many nerve endings are in your hand?!?! why don’t they ever cut the back of their arm or their leg or something omfg

me everytime a character in a movie has to get a few drops of their blood for some ritual bullshit  (via jtoday)

WHILE WE’RE AT IT, why do people try to cross those skinny bridges over lava/chasms/whatever by walking upright. IT’S CALLED CENTER OF GRAVITY. get on your hands and knees and crawl across that thing. HUG IT. SCOOT YOUR BUTT ACROSS. “but i look stupid!” lalalala but we’ll avoid that ~dramatic moment~ where you almost fall over and die because your damn fucking self wanted to look COOL

(via jtoday)

and stop yanking IV lines out of your arms the minute you wake up in the hospital 

(via panconkiwi)

That is a broadsword, why are you fencing with it

(via gallifrey-feels)

There is a freaking door right there. Stop smashing through windows, damn it.

(via intheforestofthenight)

yes, mr. action hero, I am aware that running dramatically from the baddies at breakneck speed is important, but know what else is important? NOT GETTING SHOT. RUN IN A FUCKING ZIGZAG PATTERN ON THE OFF CHANCE THAT THE MOOKS WERE NOT COACHED IN MARKSMANSHIP BY THE IMPERIAL STORMTROOPERS.

(via pterriblepterodactyls)

Oh, hey, you there, sneaky hero-type breaking into any place for any reason? WEAR SOME FUCKING GLOVES. They’re called fingerprints, dumbass. You have them and you’re putting them all over the fucking place.

(via dawnpuppet)

And people with long hair in fight scenes, PUT THAT SHIT UP!!! Jesus Christ not only will it get it your face and obscure your vision, but you’re opening yourself up for someone to grab that shit and rip you down.

(via memewhore)

That’s a fucking sword! Stop hacking at people like it’s a god damn battle axe! You’re guna break it and then you’ll be fucked

(via kinkstertime)

Oh Hello, action detective/police officer/hitman/gun wielding character. My name is trigger discipline. I don’t believe we’ve met. Now that we have, DON’T PUT YOUR FINGER ON THE TRIGGER OR THE TRIGGER GUARD UNLESS YOU’RE ABOUT TO SHOOT. Did you learn nothing from Vincent Vega?

(via daggerpen)

sixpenceee:

I received so many messages to make this! And so I finally did. I’m only putting the freakiest of all the stories.

STORIES THAT RECEIVED THE MOST INTENSE REACTIONS

Here are stories I’ve posted. I get them mostly from reddit no sleep (not every story here is from there however). They’ve received intense reactions from tumblr and reddit users alike. Some of them maybe long but trust me every word is worth it. 

Betsy the Doll: most popular creepy story I’ve post, I’ve received the most insane reactions from you guys about this story

Annie96 is typing: an interactive chat story, nothing will pop out at you but the screen shakes a bit. the ending creepy a lot of people out.

My father’s long, long legs: another interactive spooky story

I found a girl I knew in a porno: extremely sickening, going to put a huge trigger warning here for the horrifying NSFW concepts

Dr.Ramsey stalker story: some people have twisted minds, and what makes this even more horrifying is how the user who posted this claimed these are real life events

Autopilot: voted the most popular no sleep reddit story

630-296-7536: what’s horrifying about this is how when you call the number you hear the exact same terrifying message as said in the story. It honestly works.

Something off in my basement: a story written by horror writer Cliff Barlow. It’s both upsetting and terrifying. 

String Theory: this one really makes you think

The story of her holding an orange: while the creepiness isn’t apparent at first to some, many found it psychologically twisting

The girl in the log: tumblr users really liked this story, while it is haunting it has a sweet ending

The shadow web: what’s really freaky about this is that it based on the real concept of something called the deep web

True Schizophrenia Story: a terrifying look into someone’s real hallucinations

Grandpa’s 2nd Voice: what makes it haunting is how there are true cases of this story

Lunch: don’t read this while eating is all I can tell you

Why I didn’t shower for 21 years: beautifully written and you probably won’t want to be alone in a bathroom after this

Conversation over skype: when I first read this one I got shivers down my spine, talk about a twist

World’s Best Psychologist: this really messes with your minds and leaves you more questions than answers

The Creature: it knows. it knows everything.

MOST POPULAR STORIES ON CREEPY PASTA

The first time I found out about this site was my junior year of high school. After reading a couple stories, I was so incredibly terrified I vowed never to go back. But ofcourse that didn’t last for so long, because they are so addicting. 

Psychosis

Tulpa

Russian Sleep Experiment 

Squidward’s Suicide

Jeff the Killer

Candle Cove

Mr. Widemouth

Rugrats theory

Lightning

Crawlspace

You can view a ratings index of all creepy pasta stories here. They are numbered from most spooky to least spooky. Have fun ;)

SHORT ONES

These are only a paragraph or two long.

Night subway ride

The red wristband 

Man in my house

Comforting mother

Creepiest things children have said

Bloody Mary

Mom

My daughter’s birthday

2 sentence horror stories

9 word horror story

Berlin war

Eyes all red

As more and more creepy stories are written or if I discover anymore cool ones,  I will be posting them! Please look back my freaky story section for updates on stories!

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