#also can we talk about #the degree to which mako comes rolling back OUT of her room #with that extra little head tip #and the way she is being very very very clear #to make sure she fucking articulates a series of sounds that that don’t come easy to a native speaker of Japanese #because she fucking wants raleigh to hear what she’s saying #and his little eye shift of #OH SHIT I BEST LISTEN #AND THEN HER STERN LITTLE SCAN OF HIS FACE #AND HER LITTLE YSNCHED BLINK AND HEAD NOD TO CONVEY JUST HOW SERIOUS SHE IS ABOUT THIS #seriously look at her #that is a lady who knows how to make herself clear #and has no hesitance in doing so when she cares #and I can’t even #WE DON’T HAVE TO JUST OBEY HIM #IT’S NOT OBEDIENCE MR BECKET #IT’S RESPECT #GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD
also rinko kikuchi is a goddess so that helps
“The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.” - M. Grundler
Anonymous asked: So basically I’m writing a piece for one of my friends and its a a romance. However, I want it to display friendship. The best friends I’m depicting are total opposites, though. One’s a gay male and the other is a lesbian and I don’t know how to make them connect on anything. Their backgrounds are so different! Any tips on making characters that are polar opposite connect?
The funny thing about people is that we all have connection. We share veins that run through us all. No matter how different we may seem to each other, there is always, always common ground. Laughter, anger, sadness, birth, death. We share so much that we take for granted.
First let me say that sexuality has very little to do with a connection between friends. And as members of the gay community, they already have something in common! But in general, here are some easy ways to connect characters who seem like polar opposites at first glance:
- Shared memories. If they’ve got history together, you’ve got your connection. Maybe they took the same class in college (one could have hated it and the other loved it, but at least they had the same class). Maybe they grew up on the same street. Maybe they both have been to Toronto. Regardless of the connection, if they both have memories of the same thing, they’ve got something to talk about.
- Small similarities. Do they both flare up at the mention of a certain brand or event or person? Do they smile in the same way? Perhaps they both bite their nails. Maybe they both hate tofu or grew up in small towns. They must have something in common. It’s the little things that really make a friendship. Huge events push us together, but the tiny, insignificant, miniscule things are what binds us forever.
- One common personality trait. If they share a common personality trait, especially if they alone possess this trait among their circle of friends, that could go a long way to give them common ground. Maybe they both stay calm under pressure, or they’re both generous, or they both unconsciously push others away. Others may recognize this shared trait, or they may realize it in themselves, but either way, it’s useful to give them common ground emotionally.
- A common relationship. Do they share a best friend or a circle of friends? How about a distant relative they both despise or a common enemy? Giving them a person who they both love or hate gives them a conversation piece. People are endless interesting, so they’ll always have plenty to complain about!
- A common goal. What if they have to work together to rescue a friend from an abusive relationship? Do they fight dragons together or are they partnered on a Biology project due next week? Something to work toward means contact, creating memories together, and therefore more in common. They’ll rub off on each other eventually. That, or kill each other.
- Their contrast is what connects them. She is the yin to his yang. They complete each other. They don’t ever agree, but they keep each other honest. Maybe their bickering connects them better than anything else ever could. Conflict connects people. Their conflict could very well connect them in the same way conflict connects a villain and a hero.
- You’re the writer! Make it work! If their backgrounds are so different that you see no common ground, tweak your characters and give them a connection like one of the suggestions above. Give a little, and a get a whole lot back.
Whatever you do, try and keep in mind that event polar opposites are connected, even if it’s just by a line, or only by the space between them. There is a connection even in the fact that two lonely points both touch the space that divides them.
Thank you for your question!
that awkward moment when you like the teacher that everyone hates
Helping younger kids with their History revision sounds a lot easier than it is. Considering that I haven’t learnt the part they are for about two years, I’m not sure why I expected anything less. I also have the inability to stay on topic or keep two people focused enough to make a poster. They started asking about potential WW3s. They didn’t know why WW2 happened. Teaching is hard.
When people in your Literature class come sit by you and your friends, send them away as soon as possible. Instead of asking for helo as they’d said they wanted to do, they will sit and talk about girls as though they are things to be taken down from a shelf and felt. It will be unpleasant, and shouting at them will not be appropriate for that point in class.
This afternoon I came home and proceeded to lie across my desk whikst thinking about all the homework I needed to do. It took a lot of time to get it started and yet I still finished it all before midnight. Three cheers for productivity.