Assuming this is OOC… Sorry if it’s meant for one of my chars. >.> Hm… what would be a good one…
Well… I don’t know if you consider around 12 years old to be a child, but that’s still young. Child enough for me. :P
That year had one of my favorite accomplishments. When I was 8 years old I started Tae Kwon Do with my family - my parents and my little sister. I continued to do it for 9 years, until I was around 16-17.
I did 4 years of Tae Kwon Do, and when I was 12 I was going to be tested to get my black belt. I was super, super nervous, and very excited. I was actually really good at it. A year or so prior, the instructors invited me to join a “demo team” which consisted of kids and teens that excelled in the martial art, and would go do shows at events or other testings, etc.
But this was huge for me. And it was over an hour long. And it was brutal. I felt like I wanted to vomit afterwards. - My parents were there with me. My sister was too young to get her black belt at the time.
We had to do all our forms, all the self defense moves, had to do a ton of combinations of punches, blocks, kicks, etc. And we had to do them great. Because the masters/instructors could and would decline someone a black belt if they performed poorly or didn’t know their stuff.
The last thing we had to do was do a complex number of board breaks. Not just one. We had to do… I don’t even remember, I just remember a long line of people holding wooden boards. And we had to tell the people holding the boards what kick we were going to do.
These kicks or punches or strikes had to be advance, preferably flashy, and they -had- to break the first hit. You couldn’t miss. You also had to do it fast. You couldn’t wait or take your time. There was a ton of pressure.
But I managed to get do all of that, managed to break every board the first try, and I did well. I earned my black belt, and so did my parents. It was such a great moment for me, I was so proud of myself… And also felt like either passing out, throwing up, or being a sore miserable wreck in the corner.
The last belt I ended up getting before I stopped was a 2nd degree black belt, which was even more difficult, but it wasn’t as special as getting my first. So I’ll definitely cherish that forever.
- The Fool: Tell an embarrassing story.
- The Magician: Do you have a special talent?
- The High Priestess: Are you good at keeping secrets?
- The Empress: What do you desire most?
- The Emperor: Do you have any family traditions?
- The Hierophant: What is/was your favourite school subject?
- The Lovers: What qualities would your ideal partner have?
- The Chariot: Have you ever had to fight for something?
- Strength: What gives you strength?
- The Hermit: Could you cope with living alone?
- Wheel of Fortune: If you won a million pounds, what would you do with it?
- Justice: If you could be a super hero (or villain) what would you call yourself and what powers would you have?
- The Hanged Man: Would you sacrifice your own life to save someone else's?
- Death: If you were able to reincarnate, what would your next life be?
- Temperance: Do you have good self control?
- The Devil: What do you think your worst quality is?
- The Tower: Describe your dream home.
- The Star: What inspires you?
- The Moon: Describe a dream (or nightmare) you've had recently.
- The Sun: Describe a childhood memory.
- Judgement: Have you ever done something that you were really ashamed of?
- The World: What country would you most like to visit?
Hmmm… I don’t really have favorites. I like a lot of things from different categories, genres, etc.
For domestic/family animals, I love dogs. I’m much more a “dog person.” Cats are great, but eh… they just don’t have the personality and goofiness like a dog has, imo. I prefer big dogs over little dogs too. German Shepherds are my favorite, I currently have two. They always make me smile, even when I’m feeling down. One exception to little dogs that I really like are Pembroke Welsh Corgis. I used to have one years ago, and he was hilarious and adorable.
For wild animals… Hmm… there are some animals that fascinate me and that I admire, like elephants and dolphins, but they’re not “favorites.” When I was younger, I loved cheetahs, still find them beautiful and awesome. I also like wolves, zebras— and I could go on. >.>
I’m an “animal person” really. >.> Also a bit of an environmentalist, outdoorsy type person. I don’t really do outdoorsy stuff much at the moment, but love camping, going to the beach, canoeing, white water rafting, etc.
I really just like being around animals and the environment. I fostered cats and kittens a few times over the years. Always loved helping abandoned animals and raising them to get adopted.
… And I really strayed off course from the main question. But yeah. That’s basically it. XD
OOC or IC or for Zepsi, Ninwyn, or other characters or myself.
When it comes to adaptations, HBO’s Game of Thrones is probably one of the more courageous ones out there. For better or worse, the screenwriters (ostensibly with the blessing of GRRM) add or alter things that might have great impact or very little. There are some that are minor annoyances like…
This is the best analysis of the scene I have seen. While I was very confused on why they depicted the scene between Cersei and Jamie so differently in the show compared to the book, this helps put more context to it. Though the majority of people crying foul to last Sunday’s scene and are burning Jamie at the stake show no intention to stop reblogging pictures of Khal Drogo with tags of #godyes #fuckmeplease.
I hated what they did with Drogo, but after reading this analysis I think Jaime’s scene makes a little more sense. I will have to wait until Sunday and the rest of the season to really make my decision, but it kind of clarified things for me. I was indeed very frustrated with the scene because I felt it was unnecessary. I am not entirely convinced it isn’t, but this definitely made me think. Masterfully written, thank you.
I was surprised as well initially, but I didn’t see the logic in the change at all. The Drogo one was simple: they wanted to overstate what a horrible barbarian he was for what I can only assume was a racist trope. This, however, seemed the composite of all that came before them.
And yeah, what annoys me is that those outraged here totally mark out for that Drogo x dany heart of my bullshit.
I wasn’t a fan of the Drogo situation either. But people reblog and write tags in regards to Khal Drogo because he’s fucking hot. Just like people will likely reblog Jaime because he’s fucking hot despite all this nonsense with the changes they made in the tv series.
The fact that the actors playing the characters are hot doesn’t change the fact that we may feel frustrated on how the character themselves are depicted in the tv series, come on now. Don’t slam on people for finding the characters attractive despite their changes, Felthier.
I never understood the Khal x Dany story in the tv series. Didn’t make sense. She essentially turned her rapist into a fond lover and that always made me wtf seeing as their first night in the book was nothing like that. However, I AM enjoying the tv series despite the changes and never really made a big deal out of it. Just like with this Jaime situation … I may not truly understand it, but I will gather that it will all make sense as the story continues. Season is far from over and I’m sure the writers did it this way for a reason.
That was a very well written analysis, Regalswag. You made a lot of valid points, and I agree with you completely.
The prompt said I wasn’t supposed to reply… but I wanted to do so anyways, and just say thank you. I really appreciate it and it makes me happy to know that. <3 I’m glad to have met you too, and hope to get to know you more! :) *hugs*
Well… I sorta did a pigeon. >.> I tried to do a quick/messy sketch of a lady with a ‘persona’ or whatever of a messenger pigeon. >.> So here ya’ go. And thanks for the art ask. <3 XD