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It got better. You made it better.



Okay fandom, there’s a conversation we need to have. It is, probably unsurprisingly, about fan fiction. Are you ready? Please be ready. This is important.

In November, I wrote about 70k words of You Have (Not) Failed This ‘Verse. I believe I updated it about 15 times that month. I worked on it 4-8 hours a day every day. Please keep that in mind when I tell you that I just tripped over a conversation between a few people in early December talking about how I didn’t update the fic fast enough. 

Take a moment to think that through will you? 

As the author, I’m pretty sure you can figure out how that made me feel. Like nothing I could possibly do would ever be enough. Wondering why the hell I even bother or if it’s worth it. Feeling like even when I treated it as a full time job it wasn’t enough to satisfy people.

It would be one thing if this was a sentiment I’d never seen before. It isn’t. This is pervasive. And, guys, it’s a Problem (with a capital P). 

Fic authors are frankly mocked and looked down on in the ‘real world.’ For many, the support we get is exclusively from our readers. Plenty of fic authors I know hide it in their everyday lives because they don’t want the judgement that so often comes with being a fanfic writer. We’re childish or perverts or stealing other people’s stories or lazy because we aren’t ‘original.’ I’ve most definitely heard all of that and more. The feedback we get from our readers online is often the only feedback we get.

When you’re thinking about updates, keep in mind the following:

It took five years for JKR to write the first Harry Potter book. 

It took J.R.R. Tolkien more than 12 years to write Lord of the Rings.

Let’s not even start talking about George R. R. Martin. 

Now I’m not saying any piece of fanfic is on par with those stories, but that doesn’t mean we don’t all aim to write the very best story we can. Sometimes that takes time. Sometimes we have jobs or kids or school or other obligations beyond feeding the literary appetites of our readers. I don’t know when people started expecting the impossible from fanfic writers, but I do know (for some readers, though clearly not all or even most) it’s become a consistent thread of conversation. 

So, if you choose to read a work in progress… thank you. Many of us post them because we value the feedback from our readers as we go and find it helpful in forming the story. I hugely value the connection I have to my readers who help guide me as I go. It’s one of the reasons I love writing fanfic. But please keep in mind that we are human beings bound by constraints of time and the responsibilities of our everyday lives. And while we are all so very hugely grateful for our readers, we do not owe anyone unrealistically quick updates. We don’t deserve judgement and scorn for needing time to write and polish our stories. I have seen authors stop updating because of this. I have seen authors give up on writing because of this. And guys? That shouldn’t happen. It just shouldn’t.

Looking it up, it seems like on average, scripts run about 125 words of dialogue per minute. An hour long tv show runs about 42 minutes for around 5250 words an episode or 120,750 words for a 23 episode season. I posted nearly 2/3rds of the words in a season of Arrow in a month – roughly the same word count as the first Harry Potter book, incidentally – and some people still deemed it not fast enough. 

Every fanfic writer gives a tremendous amount of themselves to their work. It’s not an easy process or a fast one. It takes time and consistent effort at the expense of so many other things in our lives. We love our readers, we really, really do. You all make it worth it. The relationship between a writer and their readers is a rewarding one like no other. I feel like I can speak for the fanfic writing community as a whole on that one. And I, for one, am absolutely a better writer for the connection I have with so many of my readers.

But, please, all I’m asking is this – before complaining that a fic is taking too long to update, can you stop, consider the effort and time it takes to write an actual story and possibly temper some expectations just a little? We’re only human and, as much as we wish we could, updating quickly isn’t always an option.

Thank you. 

Tagging some fellow fic authors who come to mind – @machawicket @dust2dust34 @anthfan @jsevick @geniewithwifi @absentlyabbie @alizziebyanyothername @arrow-through-my-writers-block @bytemegeekette @callistawolf @bisexualfelicity @dettiot @darlinginmyway @ellefraser17 @fanmommer @fiacresgirl @jbuffyangel @justanother90sbaby @ladymalfoi @lynslogic @ohmypreciousgirl @punchdrunkdoc @rosietwiggs @sarcasticfina @thelockpickingvictorian @wagamiller @writewithurheart @yespleasehawkeye @alexiablackbriar13 @storiesbyladychi @andcreation @aubvi @effie214 @supersillyanddorky06

Thanks for the tag, @so-caffeinated (Even though Tumblr totally behaved like the shark from Jaws at gobbled it. Meh).

I love writing. It’s no secret that I love writing and I enjoy posting as often as I can. Sometimes real life interferes. I wish it didn’t. I wish I could spend my life sitting in my corner in my room with my laptop and write, without a single worry in the world, without knowing I have to get up in the morning and rush to college, without knowing I have deadlines pending that I need to work on, a scholarship I need to maintain and projects to do for the part-time I do. I really, really wish that, not because my reality is bad, not by any means. But because I love this world more. But sadly or not, that isn’t the case. 

But I love to write. So, I write. That’s as simple as that. The feedback the readers give me is immensely important to me, not only because it’s encouraging and pushes me on bad days, but because sometimes, when someone comes and tells me that they had a really bad day and somehow reading something I wrote made it better makes me feel worthwhile. Because for all intents and purposes, I don’t know that stranger. I’ll probably never meet them. But for that one single moment, I affected their life in a good way, and that moment is very, very important to me. 

Anyways, I’m straying from the point. The point is this. 

Knowing someone is waiting for my updates is amazing. Knowing people are looking forward to them is just an inexplicable feeling. It feeds me the energy to write on tired days, and gives me the exuberance on good ones. That said, there is a tone to everything. Most days I don’t mind it. But some days, they make me pinch my lips together. Instead of energy, it adds pressure.

I used the image above for a very simple reason. I got both the asks within a minute of each other, both anonymous, both asking me the same question. But very honestly, one made me sigh while the other made me smile. Maybe the other person had not meant it to sound that demanding. Maybe they’d just been wondering and asked me straight forward. But it didn’t make me feel good.  

I answered the one that made me smile, because that person had taken care to frame the question in a way that told me he/she was excited but at the same time waiting for that update. I appreciated that so much. I appreciate all anons, all users, who take that split second of care. Because that split second in itself is the most important thing. Some days that’s the only thing making me feel I should write. The tone – especially in an interface like this where there is no body language to judge, no voice modulation to note, no facial expressions to observe – matters. Because here it’s just those words that speak.

Honestly, it all just boils down to one thing – empathy. 

Readers empathizing with the writers, sending them feedback, sending them love, sending them all things good and warm and fluffy or even emotionally wrenching that make tears of emotions run down. Anything. Everything. The writers thrive on that kind of love. They keep that love wrapped inside their hearts and let it warm them on bad days. So, it’s all about the tone

And the writers have to empathize with the readers, understand that there are people who wait and love their stories, who give their time and emotions to their writing. You can’t update, doesn’t matter. Real life happens and most readers understand that once you tell them. Just please don’t abandon stories, because that genuinely hurts sometimes. 

It’s a simple thing. For me at least. Every writer who starts a story publicly, hooks readers on to them shouldn’t abandon it (unless it’s a circumstance that’s affecting them in real life). Because as a reader myself, I can understand that frustration of an abandoned story. When I read something, I invest myself emotionally in it. And when it’s left it the wind, it sucks. 

That being said, being a writer, I also get that sometimes one cannot write. When and how a story is updated depends from writer to writer, on their lives and where they are at that point. Nobody can judge that. No one should.

But I genuinely believe as long as there is empathy, everything will be smooth. Be it the reader or writer, empathy is important.

Because, at the end of the day, both are symbiotic. 

Yin and yang.

self-positivity meme


I got tagged by the amazing @kallielef

and I have to show my favourite pieces i’ve made. So, here you go!

BLOOD LOTUS – You know I was going to put this up! So yeah. I think this is one of my greatest achievements so far. I had this image for months in my head, making lots of thumbnails and searching for references for it… It only took me 2 days to finish, only working at night. I’m really proud of this one, and I’m thinking on making a series of Merrill’s illustrations. I can say she’s the character I can relate the most :_)

FINELL – I just… idk. I love this one. Trying to draw a proper reference for her. I didn’t succeed as you can see, but someday I’ll draw her full body. I’m proud because of that outfit. I’ve looked endlessly through pinterest and looking for inspo for all my characters… I think I look after them more than myself.

SERA – I sometimes wonder if I really drew this myself 🙂 I LOVE drawing silly faces and different expresions. Somehow, I want to transmit something through their eyes to people. What I feel.

Maybe this Sera’s pic isn’t the best to make you feel something, but I still want you to smile because she smiles at you, idk idk idk, i’m rambling again

WAR AT THE SUSHI BAR – This one makes me happy :_), a collab with @dyinglikeicarus two Summers ago, I think? I was stressed by Garrus’ armor. I think I collected a great amount of Garrus images just for this one. And Icaro did an awesome job with Thane and her Shepard, Danny
❤. I just love all this, and that Icaro wanted to do a collab with me too. She’s amazing and one of my favourites artists, and I’m glad to call her ‘my friend’ ; – ;

GOOD MORNING – Aah, it’s a coincidence that all my favourite pics are the ones with more notes here? Even if this has… idk, 2 years at least, it’s one of my faves so far. I know, my pics are always so calmly and romantic and that stuff. But I can’t help it. It helps me to not do vent art or being more depressed. I find myself in a state where everything that is not real life, is welcome. And this characters, playing games, drawing and making such cheesy pictures… Somehow keeps me positive and with a warm sensation.

Andd that’s all. U can do this if you want! But I’ll tag specially @dyinglikeicarus and @marscarat . JUST DO IT.


i could have made this like 9 times longer but i like to condense my suffering

How do you make the flowers for the flower crown? like specifically what material is it? Its super cool and I want to make one I just don’t know what I need.




Hmm, I just reblogged it from another site, but I think I can help you in terms of what to buy and how to do it. If you click the link, it’ll take you to the complete photo post that shows you what you need. In any event, here’s the list:

  • Nail polish
  • Floral wire, a thin bendable wire is ideal. 26 Gauge is fine. imageimage
  • Floral Tape            image
  • Wire cutters/scissors
  • a pencil or cylindrical object to wrap the petals around
  • Ribbon (optional)


  1. First, you’re gonna need to make the crown. You can do this by using the wire you already have or you can use an old headband or anything that you like that resembles a headpiece. Thicker wire is also fine for this step.image       As you can see, OP twisted two pieces of wire together and left loops at the end (to attach the ribbon). Then they covered it in brown floral tape.
  2. The second step is to make the flowers. Using your pencil/cylindrical object, twist the wire around it to create a ‘petal’. Repeat this until you have at least a couple of petals. 3-6 is usually fine, it’s really your call. image
  3. SLIGHTLY bend the petals back to create a natural looking petal.image
  4. After you are satisfied with the shape of your petals, cut out your flower, leaving some wire left to attach it to your crown. 
  5.  Repeat the first few steps and make the rest of your flowers.
  6. Take one of your flowers and CAREFULLY apply nail polish to it, one petal at a time. Think of it like making bubbles. It may be easier to pour the nail polish in a flat plate and dip it, or dip the entire flower into the polish.imageRepeat this for all your remaining flowers.
  7. Twist the two ends of your flowers together to form a ‘stem’.image
  8. Wrap the stems with floral tape, preferably with the same color you used in the base of the crown.imageRepeat this for all your remaining flowers.
  9. The third step will be attaching the flowers to your crown. You can do this a few ways. One way is to wrap the stems around the crown. Another way is to just wrap the stems with floral tape as you go along, like the OP did.imageDo this until all your flowers have been attached to your crown.
  10. At this point, you can tie the ribbons to the loops like OP did, or decorate it any other way you like. 🙂


Enjoy your new floral crown!


  • You can purchase most of the items in Walmart, Michael’s or any craft or flower store. You can also order it online. 🙂
  • REMEMBER, this tutorial is just a guide. If you don’t want to use brown floral tape or if you prefer using the green floral wire, don’t be afraid to change it up. You can use any color or material your heart desires.

I’ll refer you to an ask where I gave a few tips. ASK by starry-ponds

And here are some completed flower crowns from some lovely tumblr users. 🙂  Alyssa & Rebekka

And here is the original link to the post. It’s in Russian.

Sorry for replying late. I hope this helps you with making your own crown. 🙂

for the people asking about the nail polish flowers!

oh man i remember when my mom used to make these…. so that’s how she did it… muwhahahahahahahahaaa

The World’s Only Surviving Ancient Library




In 79 CE Pompeii wasn’t the only town buried by Vesuvius. The nearby town of Herculaneum, although saved from the initial destruction, was also destroyed in much the same way. 


What makes it more special than Pompeii from a library standpoint is that one of the uncovered buildings contains a library – the only known surviving library from antiquity.

Here’s some recreations of what it’d have looked like:

What’s more, it’s a library whose scrolls have been carbonized. 1,800 rolls of them.


We’re still learning how to best open them without destroying the inscriptions, but from the fragments already opened we have been able to uncover what was written in the pages.

If you want to learn more about the papyri, the library, and/or Herculaneum, here are some sources to get you started:

Out of the Ashes: Recovering the Lost library of Herculaneum 

The video I got the images from. It’s quite informative.

Unlocking the scrolls of Herculaneum

A BBC article by Robin Banerji.

The Invisible Library

A New Yorker article by John Seabrook.

The Charred Scrolls of Herculaneum

A piece by Jason Urbanus in Archaeology Journal

The Friends of Herculaneum Society

A website all about Herculaneum. Their site also includes a link to an online library of the papyri opened so far – divided by genre, author, and date

If you’re interested in the event that led to preserving the scrolls, you might also enjoy Pompeii: The Last Day by the BBC. It’s a recent recreation of the events based on our current knowledge, and talks about how the eruption affected Herculaneum and Pompeii differently.


I read a while back that they’re also using some kind of radar imaging to read the scrolls without opening them. Apparently the charred ink is a different density than the charred papyrus and they had some sort of computer algorithm to help sort out the various overlapping layers.

Reblog this post with a pic of your most gorgeous Inquisitor










































Just fuc k in g do it

























Honestly though, one photo doesnt do her enough justice.

I will forever love this shot

This nerd. 😀

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