23 october 2013


Royals Recycling

The Crown Princess of Denmark recycled a white gown on a few occasions. She first wore it at a gala performance for Queen Margrethe II’s 70th Birthday Celebration on April 15, 2010, for a photo shoot for the Sydney Morning Herald Photo Shoot on October 23, 2013, and for a photo shoot done by Mario Testino in May 2016.

anonymous asked:

I'm still relatively new to the whole Hetalia fandom, and recently got curious over the 2P versions. But one thing has been bothering me about 2P Romano that I can't figure out. I've seen the official image of 2P Romano (he looks so cute in his cape), yet in almost all fanfiction/fan art he is depicted as a blond with white suits and multi-colored scarves? I wondering why this is when there is an official image of his 2p form. Can you possibly tell me? I'm just confuses on this matter.

I will try to explain this a bit.

First of all, the official image you’re referring to is this: 

From a blog post on October 23, 2013. It was the last in a set of 4 posts including sketches of characters in chibi form. All four previous posts included 2p versions of the Allies, the only confirmation of them being 2p designs were their file names. However, this sketch of Romano does not include a 2p in the filename, nor any contextual clues in the post, so it can’t be confirmed that this is his official 2p design. I personally would like it to be though lol

The blond-haired, trendy 2p Romano (named Flavio) that you are seeing depicted in fanworks is actually a popular fan design by an artist named Juju (warning for possible NSFW content). Though I am not sure of the exact date of creation, Juju’s design was made prior to the posting of the above sketch, so he’s gotten a lot more attention than Himaruya’s sketch.

I hope this helps.


The firstborn son of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was born on July 22, 2013 at 4:24pm, weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces (3.80 kg). This marked the second time that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne have been alive at the same time, a situation that last occurred between 1894 and 1901, in the last seven years of the reign of Queen Victoria. His Royal Highness is third-in-line to the throne and on July 24, 2013, it was announced that the baby would be called His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. The Prince was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace on October 23, 2013.

Happy 3rd Birthday, HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge!

The release date, again

“I’m really not happy with what I learned today. The release date of The Retribution postponed from October 2013 to June 2014: ok, I can survive this. The release date postponed to November 2014, I can’t definitively or accepted it nor supported it. I’ll die and Mara will lose one of her biggest fan. I miss Mara and Noah greatly for months and I am not able to wait any longer. I don’t know if you are partly responsible for this stupid decision, but please if you could do something to fix it…”

“why have you changed the release date for the 3rd book so many times it makes me sad :(”


“It seems like the big distinction between good art and so-so art lies … in be[ing] willing to sort of die in order to move the reader, somehow.“

I’m stealing David Foster Wallace’s words because I’m not sure how else to explain it (though I’ve tried here and here). But let me take these points in order. 

First: the book was moved once, from October 23, 2013 to Nov. 4th, 2014. The other dates were just numbers Amazon put into their system because of the way it works or something (like the page count, which isn’t accurate either). 

Second: I was responsible for the decision, and it wasn’t stupid. I asked my publisher to move the release date because the book wasn’t good enough for you yet, or me, back in 2012, which was when I would’ve had to turn it in to make the 10/23/13 release date. The book existed then. I could have had it published then. I could have gotten paid then too, which would’ve been nice. Tons of mediocre books are published all the time, for all kinds of reasons. But mediocre wasn’t good enough for me, and it shouldn’t be good enough for you either. Your time is more important than that, and your investment in my characters is more important than that, and I respect it and you too much to finish Mara’s story with an ending that was just okay. Maybe you would have liked it the way it was, maybe not, but I wasn’t moved enough by the story as it was to have let you read it. I wasn’t satisfied with the idea of writing a book that would move you until you turned the last page, that you could close and put back on the shelf and walk away and forget. I wanted to write a story you would keep thinking about long after you finished it, to write about characters you would remember. I hadn’t bled enough for it then, but now I have. And I’m not sorry about that.