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dorianbabus:

How to be a perfect Inquisitor: a guide by Caleb Trevelyan - PART 2

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zencribnotes:

vieralynn:

zencribnotes replied to your post: “Early today I mentioned my mighty need to write something about why I…”:
is it that if there’s a broad range of Cullen ships, it decenters Cullen’s narrative that challenges a kind of presented power/racial dynamic when he was first introduced, which also addresses his morality/virtues?

Decentering. Although, I certainly do not have anything against broadening the narrative.

I’m all for fandom finding new, meaningful ways to connect with media. The more mirrors and reflections, the more chance for meaning and personal engagement.

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Yes. All of this. Your examples of what is lost in certain Cullen ships touches on that broader point I made earlier up this reblog chain. I suspect all of this has to do with why I haven’t been as taken by DA fanfic as I have been with fic in Final Fantasy fandoms or other similar series. When I read DA fanfic, I tend to be far more interested in stories that aren’t about the Warden or Hawke. Fic about Carver/Merrill, Isabela/Aveline, or Fenris/Anders evoke a more limited set of themes. When the Warden or Hawke is involved, I’m far more interested in stories that focus on themes that come through loud and clear in canon.

*shrug*   It’s just a personal preference of mine.

Getting back to Cullen, when the ship or the story downplays Cullen’s privilege or sweeps it under the rug, in most of those cases Cullen ceases to be interesting to me. Again, it’s a personal thing.

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bibliophilicwitch:

indigobluerose:

openbookstore:

So dramatic!

This has made me laugh really loudly, twice.

I’M FUCKING PRINTING THIS AND POSTING IT EVERYWHERE

bibliophilicwitch:

indigobluerose:

openbookstore:

So dramatic!

This has made me laugh really loudly, twice.

I’M FUCKING PRINTING THIS AND POSTING IT EVERYWHERE

zencribnotes replied to your post: “Early today I mentioned my mighty need to write something about why I…”:
is it that if there’s a broad range of Cullen ships, it decenters Cullen’s narrative that challenges a kind of presented power/racial dynamic when he was first introduced, which also addresses his morality/virtues?

Decentering. Although, I certainly do not have anything against broadening the narrative.

I’m all for fandom finding new, meaningful ways to connect with media. The more mirrors and reflections, the more chance for meaning and personal engagement.

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iamfangu replied to your post: “I have a few minutes for responding to the giant pile of things from…”:
Just putting it out there that I’m still interested in your thoughts on Merrill//fear ;D (And two weeks, two months, who cares)

YES!  THIS THIS THIS.  I will find it and respond. Two more hours? Two more weeks? But definitely not two more months. I swear!

defira85 replied to your post: Early today I mentioned my mighty need…

Hmmmm I would be interested in your thoughts, but I’ll need to collect my own first to think of something poignant to get the ball rolling!

Heee!  Unfortunately, poignant is not where my head is at right now.  At the moment, my brain feels like it just ran a marathon and now I am taking a short break before running another marathon. 

*pant* *pant* (sinks to my knees while clutching a bottle of water).

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shutterbones:

Laughing templar babes are the bestest ;A; Wanted to draw my favorite Dragon Age character after so many sad pictures of him haha. Plus Cullen’s armor is super fun for me to draw  =u=
Took me maybe an hour and a half?? Gonna do a few runs with this type before I offer it as a new commission option. I said I wasn’t gonna upload it right away but screw it I’m happy with this boy haha.

shutterbones:

Laughing templar babes are the bestest ;A; Wanted to draw my favorite Dragon Age character after so many sad pictures of him haha. Plus Cullen’s armor is super fun for me to draw  =u=

Took me maybe an hour and a half?? Gonna do a few runs with this type before I offer it as a new commission option. I said I wasn’t gonna upload it right away but screw it I’m happy with this boy haha.

Early today I mentioned my mighty need to write something about why I find personal value in stories that focus on a very narrow range of DA Cullen ships. Looking through my drafts, this mighty need has been haunting me for at least a month if not more.

Except I’m not quite sure how to put this sucker into words.

Uh… feel free to reply with a question-type-prompt?

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(idk… I think my brain is leaking out of my ears after a week of nonstop O_O)

I have a few minutes for responding to the giant pile of things from the past few weeks and … I can’t remember what I wanted to respond to.

…Off to dredge through my saved Drafts on tumblr. Don’t be surprised if I suddenly respond to an ancient reply you forgot about or if I reblog a piece of meta from a million years ago.

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lastofthetimeladies:

I’m not a sucker for love stories.

When I say I ship something, I don’t care about the happily ever after. I don’t care about romantic comedies or princess movies with a seamless love arc and a fairytale ending. That isn’t what I’m in it for.

I’m not a sucker for love stories. I’m a sucker for character stories.

I want to read a story in which the characters don’t fit perfectly. Where they complement each other when they’re happy but tear themselves apart in desperate situations. Where their relationship is healthy but not always, equal but not always, happy but not always.

I want to see characters suffer because that’s how I know they’re real.

I don’t ship to be happy. I ship to feel real. I ship because I love relationship dynamics, not relationships themselves. That’s why I don’t just have otps. I have brotps and dream teams and favorite family dynamics and favorite characters alone.

I ship because I like to see how a given character will respond to another given character in any given situation. I like to see how they mesh together, how their personalities match and mismatch, how they push and pull at each other and then come together or fall apart.

I don’t ship for the what of the situation. I ship for the how and the why. Don’t give me characters waywardly thrown together for the perfect puzzle-piece ending. Give me the two people who would seemingly never fit. Make it work. I don’t want fireworks or fairytales. I want realism. Passion and lack thereof. Heat and coldness and love and hate.

Don’t give me love. Give me character. Don’t just tell me. Convince me.

THIS.

iamfangu:  Replying like this because tumblr+xkit(?) is too damn buggy and the reply function doesn’t work on my computer 80% of the time.

Spending three hours lost in the wine cellar sounds typical for a first PT.  ;)

When I said that the game isn’t long, what I meant is that a straight play through for story only can be completed very quickly once you understand how the game works. I don’t remember how long … but, idk, 10 hrs? Pretty fast. On the other hand, if you want to explore every aspect of game play, completion time is just shy of infinity.

Sllllllllooooowwwwwly puzzling things out while repeatedly reloading after Game Over screens or “okay, I just screwed myself, HARD RESET” is pretty normal for Vagrant Story.

Thoughts while looking at tumblr before being gone yet again

1.  If not for detailed outlines my WIPs would be dead now. Why do I need to write this scene with Leandra in it? And why here? What’s the point? Ah-ha! That’s why. Outline knows all.

2.  As busy as I am and as slow as I am in posting fanfic, knowing that others are interested in the same characters and stories motivates me. These benefits from fanfic also keep me motivated during the long thankless grind of working on my original fiction.

3.  I keep feeling a mighty need to write a short meta on why DA’s Cullen and only certain Cullen pairings are relevant to my interests.

4.  Omg… so many things to reply to, so little time. And then I forget what I was going to say. Hopefully those half-written ideas are in my drafts. ;)

5.  Nonny — I still have your ask from earlier this past week. I haven’t been around much because of life. Hopefully tonight I’ll have some internet time?

youandmeandthezombieapocalypse:

RINKO KIKUCHI PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARIANO VIVANCO
STYLING: NICOLA FORMICHETTI

DSECTION Issue 08

Life promises to be far to busy even on the weekend.

The following is all I managed to type on one of two fanfic WIPs that are actively on the top of my WIP pile:

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