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Things almost every author needs to research

clevergirlhelps:

the-right-writing:

  • How bodies decompose
  • Wilderness survival skills
  • Mob mentality
  • Other cultures
  • What it takes for a human to die in a given situation
  • Common tropes in your genre
  • Average weather for your setting

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thewackygiant asked: I'm not sure about last night's Doctor Who. Some of the characters seemed rather 2-dimensional. And some of the story felt kind of flat. ^_^ Just kidding. I couldn't resist. Nice job, everyone.

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luckysquidstudios:

 

Lucky Squid Studios has launched it’s very first Kickstarter!

Our goal is to fund our adorable plush known as the Fruitimals! 

To celebrate the event we are hosting a SHARE&CARE Giveaway! Fans on Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter can enter by simply sharing this post!<3 

At the end of the campaign, November 20th 11:59pm EST, we will select THREE winners from each social media site! The winners will get to select a prize from the “Fruit Bar” prize tier!

You can enter as many times as you wish! Each individual share will be counted as an entry!<3 

Thank you and GOOD LUCK!! 

My art supplies need a cute tote bag!!!

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dandraco:

hollyoakhill:

do you ever think about how little Michelangelo cared

All right, everyone, grab a chair and sit back because I’m going to share with you what I learned about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel in my Art History Class.
The man NEVER wanted to paint the damn thing. But the pope at the time “forced him to” According to my teacher. Michelangelo hated this man, I MEAN REALLY HATED HIM. So did a majority of people. The pope’s nickname translated literally means “Terrible pope”.
And the working conditions were awful. He had to work on his back with all that paint, which is filled with some toxic shit that gave Michelangelo a limp for the rest of his life. (Also, our teacher made us get on our backs and try drawing with both hands JUST to prove how bad and uncomfortable it is.)
At the time, the ceiling was so high, you could barely see it. You need binoculars to get a good look at what’s up there, by the time people could see the paintings, there was a lot of weird symbolism that Michelangelo hid up there.

This one? The creation of the sun and moon? God is mooning you. And the pope and all others after him prayed under that without knowing.

This one? At the time, dissecting was sacrilegious and everyone found out how behind God was what looked like half a brain. blah blah, science, science, that pissed everyone off.
And also, ALLLLLLL the men and women in the Sistine Chapel are all on fucking steroids. My teacher described the women’s bodies as "Men bodies with boobs slapped on."
And then there is this:

Now this is the back wall. Michelangelo actually wanted to paint this one after he finished the ceiling. (and there was a different pope too, I believe.) However, originally, EVERYONE in that painting was naked. And they didn’t like it. Adam and Eve naked? That’s cool. But Jesus? Now you crossed the line. So the pope at the time hired someone else to censor it and give the important figures clothes. He worked on it for 6 or 9 months before he died.
And then the symbolism in this one is great. Somewhere in the right, there are homosexuals in heaven. (No matter what, the Vatican will say “Those straight men are happy” I’ll get to that in a second), Michelangelo painted himself near Jesus, and the terrible pope is in hell with a snake biting his balls.
And if you were to point ANY of this out to the Vatican, they will deny all of it and claim Michelangelo was a catholic hero. In fact, when they discovered the symbolism around the 60s or 70s, the guy who told the Vatican was kicked out of the Vatican for life.
TL;DR: Michelangelo hated the pope and made the best “fuck you” of all time.

YO. ALL OF THIS^. Michelangelo was hella grumpy all of the time. It was fantastic.
However, as beautiful as this commentary is, I’m gonna make a little correction. The Pope isn’t the one in hell getting his balls bitten; that guy is actually the Papal Minister of Ceremonies a the time, Biagio de Cesena. 
See, when Michelangelo was painting this, as you said, lots of people were uncomfortable with all of the nudity (especially because the Last Judgement [back wall mural] was painted much later when nudity in religious art was even more controversial than before), but the dude who was the angriest was de Cesena. 
He was so angry that he reportedly burst in on Michelangelo while he was working (which is already a big no-no because Michelangelo’s requirements for working were mostly “fuck the hell off and leave me alone or else I quit and I will stab you in the eye with my paintbrush/chisel”.). He then proceeds to tell Michelangelo that this fresco is disgusting and obscene and shame on him etc etc. He also referred to it as “i stui di nudi”, which means “A stew of nudes” which is one of the best descriptions of a thing ever, if you ask me. 
So Michelangelo, probably on the cusp of homicide is like “Thank you for the notes. Now get the fuck out,” and de Cesena reluctantly does. 
Later, he comes to see the finished product and finds that Michelangelo had painted his portrait down in Hell to represent the Minos, King of the Dead. He has the ears of an ass and the above described crotch biting snake:

Upon seeing this and being enraged, de Cesena went to the Pope to demand that it be changed and that Michelangelo be punished. However, the Pope was SO incredibly done dealing with Michelangelo’s snark, tantrums, and general hatred of the world and everyone in it, that he didn’t want to do shit. 
The Pope’s response to him was literally to say “As Pope, I have a lot of influence on Earth and up in Heaven, but I have no jurisdiction in Hell. You’re shit out of luck.” 
And it stayed.
Michelangelo, grade A artist, snark master, and professional dick.

rgfellows:

dandraco:

hollyoakhill:

do you ever think about how little Michelangelo cared

All right, everyone, grab a chair and sit back because I’m going to share with you what I learned about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel in my Art History Class.

The man NEVER wanted to paint the damn thing. But the pope at the time “forced him to” According to my teacher. Michelangelo hated this man, I MEAN REALLY HATED HIM. So did a majority of people. The pope’s nickname translated literally means “Terrible pope”.

And the working conditions were awful. He had to work on his back with all that paint, which is filled with some toxic shit that gave Michelangelo a limp for the rest of his life.
(Also, our teacher made us get on our backs and try drawing with both hands JUST to prove how bad and uncomfortable it is.)

At the time, the ceiling was so high, you could barely see it. You need binoculars to get a good look at what’s up there, by the time people could see the paintings, there was a lot of weird symbolism that Michelangelo hid up there.

This one? The creation of the sun and moon? God is mooning you. And the pope and all others after him prayed under that without knowing.

This one? At the time, dissecting was sacrilegious and everyone found out how behind God was what looked like half a brain. blah blah, science, science, that pissed everyone off.

And also, ALLLLLLL the men and women in the Sistine Chapel are all on fucking steroids. My teacher described the women’s bodies as "Men bodies with boobs slapped on."

And then there is this:

Now this is the back wall. Michelangelo actually wanted to paint this one after he finished the ceiling. (and there was a different pope too, I believe.) However, originally, EVERYONE in that painting was naked. And they didn’t like it. Adam and Eve naked? That’s cool. But Jesus? Now you crossed the line. So the pope at the time hired someone else to censor it and give the important figures clothes. He worked on it for 6 or 9 months before he died.

And then the symbolism in this one is great. Somewhere in the right, there are homosexuals in heaven. (No matter what, the Vatican will say “Those straight men are happy” I’ll get to that in a second), Michelangelo painted himself near Jesus, and the terrible pope is in hell with a snake biting his balls.

And if you were to point ANY of this out to the Vatican, they will deny all of it and claim Michelangelo was a catholic hero. In fact, when they discovered the symbolism around the 60s or 70s, the guy who told the Vatican was kicked out of the Vatican for life.

TL;DR: Michelangelo hated the pope and made the best “fuck you” of all time.

YO. ALL OF THIS^. Michelangelo was hella grumpy all of the time. It was fantastic.

However, as beautiful as this commentary is, I’m gonna make a little correction. The Pope isn’t the one in hell getting his balls bitten; that guy is actually the Papal Minister of Ceremonies a the time, Biagio de Cesena. 

See, when Michelangelo was painting this, as you said, lots of people were uncomfortable with all of the nudity (especially because the Last Judgement [back wall mural] was painted much later when nudity in religious art was even more controversial than before), but the dude who was the angriest was de Cesena. 

He was so angry that he reportedly burst in on Michelangelo while he was working (which is already a big no-no because Michelangelo’s requirements for working were mostly “fuck the hell off and leave me alone or else I quit and I will stab you in the eye with my paintbrush/chisel”.). He then proceeds to tell Michelangelo that this fresco is disgusting and obscene and shame on him etc etc. He also referred to it as “i stui di nudi”, which means “A stew of nudes” which is one of the best descriptions of a thing ever, if you ask me. 

So Michelangelo, probably on the cusp of homicide is like “Thank you for the notes. Now get the fuck out,” and de Cesena reluctantly does. 

Later, he comes to see the finished product and finds that Michelangelo had painted his portrait down in Hell to represent the Minos, King of the Dead. He has the ears of an ass and the above described crotch biting snake:

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Upon seeing this and being enraged, de Cesena went to the Pope to demand that it be changed and that Michelangelo be punished. However, the Pope was SO incredibly done dealing with Michelangelo’s snark, tantrums, and general hatred of the world and everyone in it, that he didn’t want to do shit. 

The Pope’s response to him was literally to say “As Pope, I have a lot of influence on Earth and up in Heaven, but I have no jurisdiction in Hell. You’re shit out of luck.” 

And it stayed.

Michelangelo, grade A artist, snark master, and professional dick.

image

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Words to describe someone's voice

adenoidal:
if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through their nose
appealing:
an appealing look, voice etc shows that you want help, approval, or agreement
breathy:
with loud breathing noises
brittle:
if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry
croaky:
if someone’s voice sounds croaky, they speak in a low rough voice that sounds as if they have a sore throat
dead:
if someone’s eyes are dead, or if their voice is dead, they feel or show no emotion
disembodied:
a disembodied voice comes from someone who you cannot see
flat:
spoken in a voice that does not go up and down. This word is often used for describing the speech of people from a particular region.
fruity:
a fruity voice or laugh is deep and strong in a pleasant way
grating:
a grating voice, laugh, or sound is unpleasant and annoying
gravelly:
a gravelly voice sounds low and rough
gruff:
a gruff voice has a rough low sound
guttural:
a guttural sound is deep and made at the back of your throat
high-pitched:
a high-pitched voice or sound is very high
hoarse:
someone who is hoarse or has a hoarse voice speaks in a low rough voice, usually because their throat is sore
honeyed:
honeyed words or a honeyed voice sound very nice but you cannot trust the person who is speaking
husky:
a husky voice is deep and sounds hoarse (=as if you have a sore throat), often in an attractive way
low adjective:
a low voice or sound is quiet and difficult to hear
low adverb:
in a deep voice, or with a deep sound
matter-of-fact:
used about someone’s behaviour or voice
modulated:
a modulated voice is controlled and pleasant to listen to
monotonous:
a monotonous sound or voice is boring and unpleasant because it does not change in loudness or become higher or lower
nasal:
someone with a nasal voice sounds as if they are speaking through their nose
orotund:
an orotund voice is loud and clear
penetrating:
a penetrating voice or sound is so high or loud that it makes you slightly uncomfortable
plummy:
a plummy voice or way of speaking is considered to be typical of an English person of a high social class. This word shows that you dislike people who speak like this.
quietly:
in a quiet voice
raucous:
a raucous voice or noise is loud and sounds rough
ringing:
a ringing sound or voice is very loud and clear
rough:
a rough voice is not soft and is unpleasant to listen to
shrill:
a shrill noise or voice is very loud, high, and unpleasant
silvery:
a silvery voice or sound is clear, light, and pleasant
singsong:
if you speak in a singsong voice, your voice rises and falls in a musical way
small:
a small voice or sound is quiet
smoky:
a smoky voice or smoky eyes are sexually attractive in a slightly mysterious way
softly spoken:
someone who is softly spoken has a quiet gentle voice
sotto voce adjective, adverb:
in a very quiet voice
stentorian:
a stentorian voice sounds very loud and severe
strangled:
a strangled sound is one that someone stops before they finish making it
strangulated:
strangled
strident:
a strident voice or sound is loud and unpleasant
taut:
used about something such as a voice or expression that shows someone is nervous or angry
thick:
if your voice is thick with an emotion, it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion
thickly:
with a low voice that comes mostly from your throat
thin:
a thin voice or sound is high and unpleasant to listen to
throaty:
a throaty sound is low and seems to come from deep in your throat
tight:
a tight voice or expression shows that you are nervous or annoyed
toneless:
a toneless voice does not express any emotion
tremulous:
if something such as your voice or smile is tremulous, it is not steady, for example because you are afraid or excited
wheezy:
a wheezy noise sounds as if it is made by someone who has difficulty breathing
wobbly:
if your voice is wobbly, it goes up and down, usually because you are frightened, not confident, or are going to cry

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did-you-kno:

There are miniature guide horses that the blind can use as an alternative to seeing eye dogs. Tiny horses! Like, really tiny horses. Source

Yes! They don&#8217;t demand attention like dogs do so they&#8217;re preferred. They&#8217;re crazy expensive though.

did-you-kno:

There are miniature guide horses that the blind can use as an alternative to seeing eye dogs. Tiny horses! Like, really tiny horses. Source

Yes! They don’t demand attention like dogs do so they’re preferred. They’re crazy expensive though.