Ksenia Tolmacheva's fairy tale photography

It’s no secret that Russia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful women, and photographer Ksenia Tolmacheva wanted to stand out among the many photographers in Moscow who take photos of models and brides at weddings, so this year she took on an ambitious photo project to portray a world of magic and fairy tales in order to promote her work. Her web site is:


Dramione Au » Draco and Hermione had a secret relationship during their 6th year but ended things before the war. Now over a year later they’re back at Hogwarts.


Under the cut is a masterlist of actors and actresses who’ve featured in period pieces; on screen and/or on TV; along with few mentionable titles of theirs. Note that I tried to focus on those who’ve either been in multiple pieces and/or in a bigger role. This list is based on my own knowledge of period pieces and I probably forgot about a million names and titles and whatnot, so this list will most likely be updated all the time


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HOW TO COLOR LIKE THIS (pastel-ish) + psd files by ninchebrev





Cute anon asked me to do a tutorial on how I colored this gifset so here you go :) QUESTIONS?

  • show: tvd
  • program: ps cs6 (I think cs5 would be even better ;p)

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Anonymous: you know what bothers me to no end? seeing all these big name rphs that preach about how you have to be active and shit joining rpgs and doing nothing. or joining then going inactive/disappearing after a few days. And what makes it worse is that a lot of admins will accept them before someone else who may have been better for the role just because they submitted as an rph. idk i just had to rant a bit about that.


Ugh yes I know. Actually a lot of the times rphs can be some of the worst players. I mean maybe i’m being hypocritical but from experience most rphs are usually not very active at all.


This is actually why I hesitate before submitting any application, having to decide if I should submit with my rph or a random blog and then go under a different alias. Because I feel that people expect more from me, as a player, when I have a rph, when I’m just like any of you. I think I should be allowed the same player status as everyone, and not be compared just because i make gifs somewhere and people know me. I mean yeah, it’s nice to know people respect me and put a lot of faith in me, and recognise the quality of my writing, so thank you for that, but I just really like your rpg and I’m just as much as an excited puppy as everyone else. Also I tend to be picky with rpgs so I leave when I feel it’s not for me. IDK I feel that I’ve seen equal amount of inactivity between non-rphs and rphs. 

Anonymous: What are some tips to developing an education system?


The Educated

Freedom of education regardless of race, income, or gender is a 20th century invention. Your educational system may not be universal, with excluded groups educated in secret (if educating them is illegal) or from relatives/parents. That being said, not being educated might not have an adverse effect on a child’s success (see societal values). Also, the educational system will cater to whoever pays it. If only the rich go to school, then it will be the rich who set the curriculum. Likewise, if the school is in a very liberal area, it is likely to be liberal itself.

When And For How Long

For a long time, schooling happened during the winter because children were needed to help with the farm during the spring, summer, and fall. Today’s school begins cruelly early in the morning to make way for after school activities - and, historically, so kids could spend the rest of their day helping their working parents. These time tables are subject to change depending on your culture. Say, for example, the early morning is sacred, children will go to school later in the day. Or your culture might be located in a desert climate, where seasonal changes are less apparent and farming is impossible; they might be educated year-round.

In previous centuries, students could leave school after five years of education and be successful. Today, American students must take 13 years of primary education in addition to 2-12 more years of college to even be considered for most jobs. How long your students will stay in school depends on the requirements of the employers - the more demanding, the longer the students will remain students.

Subject Matter

Peasants won’t have much use for Latin grammar, but mathematics were very important skills. Likewise, the nobility probably don’t need to know how to shoe a horse and merchants’ children don’t need to know how to sow a field. 

Cheat code: Math and reading (post-1800s in our world) are universally useful. Rhetoric, writing, the sciences, and the arts are luxuries by comparison. The former abilities can get you a job anywhere from McDonald’s to a Fortune 500 company. The latter abilities are only useful in white-collar jobs. Current culture in developed nations favors white-collar workers, so students are exposed to science/music/writing technique, etc. 


Depends what kind of school it is. An affluent school catering towards members of an accepted group will be in a nice place. A school attempting to educate those who do not normally receive education may be in a less desirable place. A school in a nomadic culture may travel around with the teacher or teachers. 


Where do these teachers come from? How are they educated? How much are they paid? Who pays them? Is it a desirable job? Are they affiliated in any way (ex. unions, political groups, or religious groups)? Do they have any other jobs outside teaching (female teachers in the Middle Ages, for example, were usually nuns)?


One of the major determining factors in who attends school. Richer people will obviously be able to afford schooling more or better than the lower classes. The cost depends on how much the teachers are paid and how long the school goes on for. A two-hour school held only during the winter will obviously cost less than a six-hour school held through all four seasons. Also, if the culture believes universal education is a right, government programs will likely subsidize education to make it affordable for everyone. 

Different Schools

There will not be one education system. There may be several, divided along societal lines as well as income levels and culture. By societal lines I mean different schools for “undesirables” and the accepted, different schools for different genders, and different schools by occupation (vocational schools). By income level, I mean the split between public and private schooling. And until the early 1800s, the rich hired tutors to educate their child on a one-by-one basis. By culture I mean people from different cultures or beliefs attending different schools, whether by their parents’ choice or because higher-ups force them to. Today, there are religious schools, union-free schools, and schools that attract parents of a certain political belief. 


Remember, schools aren’t churning out educated kids for fun. School is to prepare kids for the job market, be it selling fish or selling stocks. The jobs required will influence the curriculum. A school in the mountains may very well teach its students how to set detonation charges into rock. Current school systems are gearing kids towards “professional” jobs, instructing them with math, science, and rhetoric instead of how to change a car’s oil. 

Societal Views

How important is education to your society? 

This is probably the most important factor in the whole list. It affects cost, subject matter, and length of schooling. Cost because the more important education is, the cheaper/more attainable it will be. Subject matter because society will determine what kids should and shouldn’t learn. Length of schooling because the higher demand for education, the longer kids will likely go to school. 

Additionally, it’s the one time you can get kids away from their parents, giving governments an ample opportunity to educate the young ‘uns on a certain belief. Children in Napoleonic France, for example, were taught how great Napoleon was and were made to recite oaths of loyalty to him. Teachers have long been targets of revolutions because of the influence they hold over their students.







  • Alternate World: A setting that is not our world, but may be similar. This includes “portal fantasies” in which characters find an alternative world through their own. An example would be The Chronicles of Narnia.
  • Arabian: Fantasy that is based on the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Arthurian: Set in Camelot and deals with Arthurian mythology and legends.
  • Bangsian: Set in the afterlife or deals heavily with the afterlife. It most often deals with famous and historical people as characters. An example could be The Lovely Bones.
  • Celtic: Fantasy that is based on the Celtic people, most often the Irish.
  • Christian: This genre has Christian themes and elements.
  • Classical: Based on Roman and Greek myths.
  • Contemporary: This genre takes place in modern society in which paranormal and magical creatures live among us. An example would be the Harry Potter series.
  • Dark: This genre combines fantasy and horror elements. The tone or feel of dark fantasy is often gloomy, bleak, and gothic.
  • Epic: This genre is long and, as the name says, epic. Epic is similar to high fantasy, but has more importance, meaning, or depth. Epic fantasy is most often in a medieval setting.
  • Gaslamp: Also known as gaslight, this genre has a Victorian or Edwardian setting.
  • Gunpowder: Gunpowder crosses epic or high fantasy with “rifles and railroads”, but the technology remains realistic unlike the similar genre of steampunk.
  • Heroic: Centers on one or more heroes who start out as humble, unlikely heroes thrown into a plot that challenges them.
  • High: This is considered the “classic” fantasy genre. High fantasy contains the general fantasy elements and is set in a fictional world.
  • Historical: The setting in this genre is any time period within our world that has fantasy elements added.
  • Medieval: Set between ancient times and the industrial era. Often set in Europe and involves knights. (medieval references)
  • Mythic: Fantasy involving or based on myths, folklore, and fairy tales.
  • Portal: Involves a portal, doorway, or other entryway that leads the protagonist from the “normal world” to the “magical world”.
  • Quest: As the name suggests, the protagonist in this genre sets out on a quest. The protagonist most frequently searches for an object of importance and returns home with it.
  • Sword and Sorcery: Pseudomedieval settings in which the characters use swords and engage in action-packed plots. Magic is also an element, as is romance.
  • Urban: Has a modern or urban setting in which magic and paranormal creatures exist, often in secret.
  • Wuxia: A genre in which the protagonist learns a martial art and follows a code. This genre is popular in Chinese speaking areas.

Word Counts:

Word counts for fantasy are longer than other genres because of the need for world building. Even in fantasy that takes place in our world, there is a need for the introduction of the fantasy aspect.

Word counts for established authors with a fan base can run higher because publishers are willing to take a higher chance on those authors. First-time authors (who have little to no fan base) will most likely not publish a longer book through traditional publishing. Established authors may also have better luck with publishing a novel far shorter than that genre’s expected or desired word count, though first-time authors may achieve this as well.

A general rule of thumb for first-time authors is to stay under 100k and probably under 110k for fantasy.

Other exceptions to word count guidelines would be for short fiction (novellas, novelettes, short stories, etc.) and that one great author who shows up every few years with a perfect 200k manuscript.

But why are there word count guidelines? For young readers, it’s pretty obvious why books should be shorter. For other age groups, it comes down to the editor’s preference, shelf space in book stores, and the cost of publishing a book. The bigger the book, the more expensive it is to publish.

  • General Fantasy: 75k - 110k
  • Epic Fantasy: 90k - 120k
  • Contemporary Fantasy: 90k - 120k
  • Urban Fantasy: 80k - 100k
  • Middle Grade: 45k - 70k
  • YA: 75k - 120k (depending on sub-genre)
  • Adult: 80k - 120k (depending on sub-genre)


A pseudo-European medieval setting is fine, but it’s overdone. And it’s always full of white men and white women in disguise as white men because around 85% (ignore my guess/exaggeration, I only put it there for emphasis) of fantasy writers seem to have trouble letting go of patriarchal societies. 

Guys. It’s fantasy. You can do whatever you want. You can write a fantasy that takes place in a jungle. Or in a desert. Or in a prairie. The people can be extremely diverse in one region and less diverse in another. The cultures should differ. Different voices should be heard. Queer people exist. People of color exist. Not everyone has two arms or two legs or the ability to hear.

As for the fantasy elements, you also make up the rules. Don’t go searching around about how a certain magic spell is done, just make it up. Magic can be whatever color you want. It can be no color at all. You can use as much or as little magic as you want.

Keep track of what you put into your world and stick to the rules. There should be limits, laws, cultures, climates, disputes, and everything else that exists in our world. However, you don’t have to go over every subject when writing your story.

World Building:


Note: Species (like elves and dwarves) are not cliches. The way they are executed are cliches.


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Such a useful reference

Christ this is in depth for a simple guide.

> suggested word total less than 100k









When I grow up I want to be Ming-Na Wen.

She’s the voice of Mulan, as if she wasn’t amazing enough.

She broke it with her fingers. Not a fist, her fingers.

Girl is 50 years old.


fun fact: When you break things with your hands like that you have t break your fingers on purpose before so that they heal stronger. So basically this woman is so badass she broke her hands just to do this. 

You asshat, you’re making it sound like she snaps her fingers in half. 

Martial artists like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee (and yes, fucking Ming-Na Wen, that beautiful badass) will build up their bone strength by repeatedly (and fairly gently) striking sand, gravel, wood and steel - this creates tons of microfractures in their bones (smaller than even a hairline fracture) so the bones will heal over again and make the bones stronger and denser with increased deposits of calcium. 

This has to be done over long-ass periods of time, so the bones have time to heal, and none of the fractures expand into actual breaks. 

Oh, and she’s doing precise-ass kicks in HIGH HEELS. 

she kicks ass like a coursing river

with all the force of a great typhoon

Ideas for streets off Diagon Alley


Asserbik Alley - full of potions masters, this street is perpetually filled with a bitter, cloying fog. 

Addition Alley - the newest street, created to expand the back of the Leaky Cauldron and Gringotts and provide more accomodation to visiting witches and wizards.

Astetik Alley - the fashion quarter. 

Arbory Alley - Herbology fans find their way here, where live specimens of plants both common and rare can be bought and sold.

Biaxee Alley  - bisects Diagon Alley.

Buecollic Alley - farmer’s market; the street is only accessible every second Saturday.

Cordee Alley - though the Leaky Cauldron remains a favourite, many more bars and cafes can be found here. 

Fragment Alley - only one wizard has ever found his way out of Fragment Alley. No one knows what he saw, as the poor chap has spoken in half-words and unintelligible sounds ever since.

Froog Alley - second-hand clothes and books shops. Certain purebloods joke that Froog Alley is the Weasley’s second home.

(alternatively copperbadge uses ‘Mardjinn Alley’ as the second-hand district in his fic ‘Stealing Harry’ which I don’t have the link for to hand, but is well worth a read).

Selesti Alley - The best soothsayers and astronomers can be found here. It is in fact a raised street, on stilts, that runs across both Arbory Alley and part of Diagon itself.

Aaand now I’ve run out of time. Meh.


California, 2014: 

The supernatural underworld is on the brink of war. Old feuds are rekindling and new enemies are rising. The struggle for power is making itself apparent once more after decades of tentative peace. Who will be the victor, and who will be the victim?

Welcome to San Francisco.