Hi, Gaius here! Anonymous asked me to do a basic gif tutorial, so I’ll be doing that today. We’ll just be making one gif here, but feel free to experiment and finish a gifset or something. Look how gorgeous the result is:
“Yes, I thought Casino Royale was tremendous. I thought his action was quite extraordinary—he did more action in the first 30 seconds of the film than I did in 14 years of playing Bond. To me, he looks like a killer. He looks as though he knows what he’s doing. I look as though I might cheat at backgammon.”—
American friends: I gather that you guys don’t get this movie for another couple of weeks. DO NOT READ BELOW THE CUT. Seriously. I know spoilers for a Bond movie is a counterintuitive notion – what the Hell am I going to spoil, ‘Bond wears a tuxedo and shoots some people’ – but this one has a plot, and I am going to spoil that plot to buggery. Same goes for UK people who haven’t got round to seeing it yet. The rest of this post will completely ruin everything for you. Bookmark it, and come back when you’ve seen the movie, so you can see how right I was.
Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.
Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.
Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested. Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”
The study - commissioned by bubble bath and shower gel firm Radox Spa - found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea. So relaxing is the tune, apparently, that people are being Rex advised against listening to it while driving.
The top 10 most relaxing tunes were: 1. Marconi Union - Weightless 2. Airstream - Electra 3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 4. Enya - Watermark 5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing 6. Barcelona - Please Don’t Go 7. All Saints - Pure Shores 8. AdelevSomeone Like You 9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull’aria 10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly
Witty characters are what I, in my own opinion, write best and enjoy most; even though I do like to try as wide a range of different characters as possible in order to develop myself as a writer. Being witty is not an easy task, especially if it’s not a gift you were born with. Often the result is varying, to a degree where I end up either loving or hating what I’ve written.
The guide begins with an introduction to wit and different types of it. If you think you already have that part covered, feel free to scroll to the ending where I share some pointers on how to go about writing a witty character or witty dialogue.
I hear a lot from other writers about how they would love to include gay characters in their stories, but they’re too afraid of screwing them up, so they don’t try. And that’s no good. I don’t like seeing people discouraged from including entire groups of people in their stories. So let’s fix things, eh?
Before we get into things, I’d like to make a point about something. This lens is called “writing gay characters”, but it would more accurately be called “writing non-straight characters”. But since that take s a lot more typing, and frankly sounds clunky, I refer to it as “gay characters”. I could say queer, but for me, that word has always meant “strange”, and I have a hard time constantly referring to LGBT people as such.
As someone who writes fics with action sequences and the use of guns, I thought maybe it would be helpful to pass some things on. Even though I’ve done lots of research and talked with family members (I live in WI which is a big hunting state and we have lots of guns), I still catch myself making…