I made this while listening to christmas music (ﾉ´▽｀)ﾉ♪
There are many words and phrases I see in essays that make me cringe. I’m going to list the most common ones and explain why I hate seeing these.
- "Ironically" ~ If something is ironic, then context ought to make the tone of irony self-evident. This is redundant.
- "It Goes…
The first thing the character notices will be very subjective to their personality, tastes, and even height (the first thing I notice about people is that I often need to crane my neck to look them in the eye). It might even be that your character simply notices their Future Love Interest look nice and falls in love with the FLI’s “attractive features” later in the novel.
Some tips (that are all subjective)
- Eyebrows. You get crazy ones, drawn-on ones, missing ones, rough ones, omg how do you do the perfect ones, quizzical ones, and everything in the middle. Eyebrows frame a face and add shape to the eye, so I think they’re worth going into (see here and here)
- Mouths. Your characters - or at least one of them - will be interested in kissing dem lips. Are they thin? Plump? Pouty? Even the curve of the mouth can be interesting. My friend has an upward curve to his mouth and he looks perpetually good-natured
- Scents. It’s scientifically proven we choose mates based on how they smell. Your character will probably love their FLI’s scent. Describe how addicting/intoxicating/sweet it is. The FLI might wear perfume or cologne, and I suppose you could describe that, but I’m talking about natural body smell. I’ve always found this perfume descriptor to be helpful, even when referring to natural body smells.
- Clothing/accessories. We express our interests and personality through their clothes. Is the FLI wearing soft colors that soothe and relax, or loud, clashing colors that make you pay attention? Is the FLI wearing a fandom tee that your character loves? Bam. Instant appreciation and a conversation starter.
- Eyes. Yes, yes you mentioned this was overused, but there’s a reason for it. “Eyes are the window to the soul” and all that. You don’t even need to focus on their eye color: try their eye shape, their eyelashes, their eye makeup (if any), or the size of their eyes. You can also describe how their eyes affect the rest of their face - are their huge eyes all you see? Are they heavily lidded and therefore make the FLI appear relaxed? Does their upward tilt make the FLI appear feline?
Emotions and thoughts are even more subjective than what the character sees, so I’ll just give a few examples.
- Relaxed. (This person is nice. I want to get to know them.)
- UwU (This person is really cute and I want to snuggle with them)
- Suspicion (This person is too good to be true. They’re definitely a serial killer)
- Unworthiness (This person is so attractive. I could never date someone like that.)
- Potential (I wouldn’t mind dating you)
- Calculation (Is it worth dating them?)
- Fixation (Can I ruffle your hair?)
- Mild embarrassment (This person is hot and I am making an ass out of myself)
- Awkwardness (hey, you. um … your nose is cool)
- Open attraction (“Hey hottie!”/”I love your sweater”)
- Internally hyperventilating (jesus take the wheel this person is hot)
- Appreciation (what a stud!)
- Arousal (get thee to my bedchamber)
And sometimes it isn’t even an immediate reaction. Sometimes you befriend someone and you socialize, but there are no mad torrents of emotion usually characterizing love. Sometimes it’s a creeping realization that pounces on you at one in the morning and won’t release you from its claws. Sometimes you look over after a shared joke and realize how beautiful their eyes are or how attractive they are when they laugh, even though you never found them attractive before. Sometimes it’s like that.
Hope that helps.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Christmas trailer ⊟
Oh man, I need to return to my town. I’m feeling the holiday spirit after watching this, and by “holiday spirit’ I mean “desire to ignore everything on Earth in favor of celebrating in a fake town.” And I need that Santa beard.
These videos blow my damn mind. Every time.
Watch: Photos Together with Animal Crossing AR cards
Remember those AR cards you got packaged in with your 3DS? Yeah, we totally forgot about those too — they’re probably somewhere collecting dust in the closet. Well anyway, in Japan they’ve been making a number of AR cards that can be bought separately or as a set that work with a free downloadable 3DS app called “Photos Together”.
While a Pikmin 3 series has been announced for a December 2nd release, the Animal Crossing set came out on November 21st, and so here’s one of the first looks of them in action.
Caution: it’s cute and awesome.