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[Image of Toretto posted by Vin on his Facebook page.
This devastated me just a little bit when I saw it. The implications are fierce and intense. This is Dom with what looks like a sledgehammer, about to obliterate a headstone — or with a pickax, about to dig up a casket to make sure the person he loved who left him is, this time, actually dead. Since he spent a couple years believing Letty was dead, grieving for her, only to have her not be, this reaction to Brian’s death is an entirely logical and rational response.
Would he ever forgive himself for desecrating Brian’s grave if he’s actually in there? Would they pull that trick a second time with Brian? Have him come back played by another actor in a later film?
I can’t think of a single other scenario this image could represent. It tears me up a little every time I see Vin mourning the loss of his other half in pictures and videos like this. I don’t pretend to know them as anything beyond what they showed the public and revealed on the screen. But my empathy is strong for people, and characters, with whom I’ve sympathized and related over the course of more than a decade since the original movie.
Don’t mind me, I’m just releasing heart pain after stumbling over this earlier. I can only aspire to evoke this level of engagement in my reader audience one day. -R]

[Image of Toretto posted by Vin on his Facebook page.

This devastated me just a little bit when I saw it. The implications are fierce and intense. This is Dom with what looks like a sledgehammer, about to obliterate a headstone — or with a pickax, about to dig up a casket to make sure the person he loved who left him is, this time, actually dead. Since he spent a couple years believing Letty was dead, grieving for her, only to have her not be, this reaction to Brian’s death is an entirely logical and rational response.

Would he ever forgive himself for desecrating Brian’s grave if he’s actually in there? Would they pull that trick a second time with Brian? Have him come back played by another actor in a later film?

I can’t think of a single other scenario this image could represent. It tears me up a little every time I see Vin mourning the loss of his other half in pictures and videos like this. I don’t pretend to know them as anything beyond what they showed the public and revealed on the screen. But my empathy is strong for people, and characters, with whom I’ve sympathized and related over the course of more than a decade since the original movie.

Don’t mind me, I’m just releasing heart pain after stumbling over this earlier. I can only aspire to evoke this level of engagement in my reader audience one day. -R]

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wickedlydevious:

the-guardian-of-fun:

naamahdarling:

howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

mirrepp:

Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble."this is an old image…"
"I’m not happy with that one…""this is just a sketch…"
"I did this really quickly…""there is better stuff on later pages…"It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. Be proud.

This is really important.  Eliminate this urge.  Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work.  Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun.  Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.
Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work.  You lose the urge to do it.  You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat.  They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.
Don’t shit-talk yourself.  Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.
Try to love your work.  Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure.  If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.
i used to be super not-confident in my own work.  When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.

This can also be said about artists on tumblr. I have seen such lovely images on my dashboard that I’ve kept from praising because the artist’s comment is something along the lines of what’s been mentioned above. It makes me agree and scroll past it.More often than not, it doesn’t make you sound humble, it makes you sound like an asshole who’s too good to bother to even show their best or who thinks is above everyone else because a ‘15 minute sketch’ that looks like a finished painting is their crappiest.It sucks but it’s true. It’s a tough habit to break, especially if you’re in front of people you want to impress. Do your best everyone and even if your best happens to be your worst that day, stand by it.

This goes for writing as well. Be proud of your work.

wickedlydevious:

the-guardian-of-fun:

naamahdarling:

howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

mirrepp:

Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble.

"this is an old image…"

"I’m not happy with that one…"

"this is just a sketch…"

"I did this really quickly…"

"there is better stuff on later pages…"

It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.

But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”

You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.

This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. 

Be proud.

This is really important.  Eliminate this urge.  Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work.  Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun.  Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.

Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work.  You lose the urge to do it.  You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat.  They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.

Don’t shit-talk yourself.  Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.

Try to love your work.  Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure.  If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.

i used to be super not-confident in my own work.  When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.

This can also be said about artists on tumblr. I have seen such lovely images on my dashboard that I’ve kept from praising because the artist’s comment is something along the lines of what’s been mentioned above. It makes me agree and scroll past it.

More often than not, it doesn’t make you sound humble, it makes you sound like an asshole who’s too good to bother to even show their best or who thinks is above everyone else because a ‘15 minute sketch’ that looks like a finished painting is their crappiest.

It sucks but it’s true. It’s a tough habit to break, especially if you’re in front of people you want to impress. Do your best everyone and even if your best happens to be your worst that day, stand by it.

This goes for writing as well. Be proud of your work.

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45 Things I Want to See More of in Stories (Post-Apocalyptic Edition)

elumish:

  1. Leftover inconveniences (braces, casts, etc.)
  2. Renewable energy
  3. Creative attempts at fuel
  4. Cooperation
  5. Warlords
  6. Increased infant mortality
  7. Change in hierarchy (laborers more important than white-collar workers, etc.)
  8. New governmental structures
  9. Mercenary groups
  10. Formation of new states
  11. Formation of non-state groups
  12. Regrowth of land
  13. Lack of food security
  14. Reduction in gun usage (as ammunition runs out)
  15. Decrease in age of pregnancy and/or marriage (as life expectancy decreases)
  16. Direct effects of the apocalyptic event
  17. Increased multi-generational homes (as building houses becomes difficult again)
  18. Increased multi-family homes
  19. Attempts at sophisticated surgery with rudimentary tools
  20. Reduction in birth control
  21. General reduction in technology that requires sophisticated manufacturing
  22. Simple food
  23. Handmade clothing
  24. Clothing from animal products
  25. Houses built for natural lighting
  26. Attempted—and failed—swift adjustments to lack of technology
  27. Changes in views of morality
  28. Different types of law enforcement
  29. Changes in religion
  30. Attempted attachment to old societies
  31. Deliberate breakaways from old societies
  32. Attempts to cling on to old ideas of beauty despite changes in available beauty products
  33. Reduction in hygiene
  34. Increase in water-borne illnesses and parasites
  35. Lack of clean water
  36. Reduction in luxury goods
  37. Increase in homelessness
  38. Lack of communication capabilities
  39. Return to radio
  40. Lack of light pollution
  41. Attempted school systems
  42. Return to apprenticeship-style teaching
  43. Return to agricultural-style living
  44. Dealing with environmental fallout from apocalyptic event
  45. Dealing with environmental fallout from previous generations
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maxkirin:

+ DAILY WRITER POSITIVITY +

#138
TRUST YOUR CHARACTERS.
If you want your characters to behave like real people, then you must treat then like real people. Trust them and they will surprise you, your readers, and make the story better!

Want more writerly content? Follow maxkirin.tumblr.com!

[It’s interesting how my characters will shut down and the writer’s block sets in with a vengeance when I try to make them do the slightest thing out of character. I backtracked and erased two sentences over the weekend and was able to add 2k to my current WIP after doing so. Fucking muses, they take on a life of their own, I swear.]

maxkirin:

+ DAILY WRITER POSITIVITY +

#138

TRUST YOUR CHARACTERS.

If you want your characters to behave like real people, then you must treat then like real people. Trust them and they will surprise you, your readers, and make the story better!

Want more writerly content? Follow maxkirin.tumblr.com!

[It’s interesting how my characters will shut down and the writer’s block sets in with a vengeance when I try to make them do the slightest thing out of character. I backtracked and erased two sentences over the weekend and was able to add 2k to my current WIP after doing so. Fucking muses, they take on a life of their own, I swear.]