I love it more than air

I LOVE YOU, YOU KNOW

ships: reddie

age: 16

warning: homophobic slurs, violence, depression mention

word count: 1,871

i really wanted to try something new (i.e something more action based). i’ll add a part two if i get enough feedback for it!


“I love you, you know.”

The words lingered in the air, leaving it stale and unwelcome.

Eddie stared on, face paled by the others admission and stomach falling through the bed. He felt the words in his throat, though they stayed trapped there; like fish in a net, thrashing to be freed. Only a few made it out, passing Eddie’s lips as nothing more than choked sounds.

Richie sat there, heart like thunder against his chest. He hadn’t meant for the words to escape him. But seeing Eddie sitting there, tears in his eyes and face all beaten up, open wounds and dried blood smeared on his face and clothes; he couldn’t help himself. That night had made it all too real.

What if he didn’t get that chance again?

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Robin Hood Men in Tights (directed by Mel Brooks) is one of the best Robin Hood tales ever.

It has:

1: This song.

2: Cary Elwes plays Robin Hood as if he were playing Westley playing Robin Hood, in an over-the-top snarky fashion. His pride and self-assurance are impressive, almost as much as the fact that “unlike other Robin Hoods, I can speak in an English accent.”

3: Dave Chappelle as Ahchoo, son of Ahsneeze (a prisoner who helped Robin escape jail in the Holy Land) who went to England to study, and Robin promised to keep an eye out for. The only person in the film snarkier than Robin, who never takes off his Air Jordans and does a flawless Malcom X parody to convince the peaceful villagers to join the Merry Men.

4: Instead of Friar Tuck, we have Rabbi Tuckman, purveyor of sacramental wine. And circumcisions. Played by Mel Brooks, and clearly having way too much fun with it.

5: More anachronisms than you can shake a stick at. Ahchoo’s Air Jordans and baseball cap styled hat are only the tip of the iceburg, it gets so much better.

6: Prince John is so done with everything. He clearly doesn’t want to be here (in a good way).

7: The jail-keeper in the Holy Land is a parody of a hotel maître d and is just so happy to be doing what he’s doing. I love him so much. 

8: Parodying how ridiculous “the chop” is as a sportsfan thing by having a whole bleacher full of people in medieval garb do it to cheer Robin on for no explained reason other than someone thought of it. 

9: An extended “Godfather” parody

10: Ahchoo: “Let’s get out of this ladies’ clothing and get into our tights!”

There’s a Ball?

So, this was a prompt. I have included the ask at the very end this time because I don’t want to give away the spoiler! Another one that was slightly longer than expected. Oh well. 

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            “Did you hear?” A boy whispered in delight, voice echoing around the now silent corridor. Draco rolled his eyes heavily. What was with immature people being obsessed with gossip? One would think that there would be better things to talk about than mindless shite.

             “Harry Potter is coming back for the Remembrance Ball next month!”

               Draco froze as he fought the urge to demand the boy to spill his sources. It wouldn’t do well to bring himself attention, especially about Potter.

               Excited whispers broke out as they all waited for Slughorn to open his door for class.

               “Where did you hear that?” Smith asked doubtfully. “Someone else brought up Potter at the beginning of the year but it turned out to be false.”

               For once, Draco was rather grateful for the Hufflepuff’s insight. He just hoped that it wouldn’t be a recurring thing.

               “I overheard McGonagall telling Flitwick about it when I was passing by the staffroom.”

               Draco furrowed his brows. If Potter was stopping by for a visit, Granger or Weasley would have acted like it, wouldn’t they? He shot a look towards Granger, who had a book on Modern Goat Conspiracy Theories compared to Anciently Deceased Theories open in one hand and their Potion’s book in the other. Surely, she couldn’t be reading both, right? Weasley had his head resting on Granger’s shoulder and appeared to be asleep. His mouth was open and Draco was pretty sure he saw drool.

               The clang of the door opening had Draco putting this behind him. It was no doubt just gossip.

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               “If Potter is coming back for the ball, who do you think will be his date?” Abbott asked as Draco sighed heavily, a few seats away from her in History of Magic.

               “Who says he has to have a date?” Macmillan asked with a scoff. “I’m going stag and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

               Finch-Fletchley snorted loudly. “You’re going stag because everyone you asked turned you down.”

               Draco was incredibly sick of everyone talking about Potter. This was getting out of hand. What was with everyone being obsessed with the savior? Merlin, there had to be better things to talk about.

               “That’s because he is blind to Abbott’s desperate pining after him.” Draco snarked, not bothering to turn around. He was just fed up with the whole conversation.

               There was a stunned silence that filled the room. Macmillan sounded as if he was choking on his own tongue and that was certainly the highlight to Draco’s day.

               “Is—Is Malfoy telling the truth?” Macmillan whispered, sounding awed. As if he hadn’t noticed that the girl had been in love with him for seven years.

               “I—umm.”

              Draco spared a miniscule moment of guilt as the girl sounded positively miserable. But it was for the best. He knew how this would end. And really, what was a little pain as long as it ended in happiness? Well, if they actually lasted as a couple that is. As a realist, he predicted those two would break up after one or two children.

               “Would you like to go to the ball with me?” Macmillan’s tone was scared, which had Draco rolling his eyes.

               “Yes!” Abbott squeaked out far louder than was necessary, causing Draco to nod approvingly.

               And if a small smile also escaped, well, no one had to know.

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Tips for Beginner Green Witches

Sometimes you just don’t know where to start! I hope that this post will help some beginner green witches 💚


Beginner-Friendly Plants :

  • Dandelions - Good friends! They are plentiful and they help the environment so much. Often mistaken for weeds! They can be used in wish spells or divination
  • Marigolds - Very, very easy to grow. Repels all kinds of pests, wonderful to have a hedge of in your garden! Good in spells concerning legal matters and protection.
  • Spider plants - Kind, air-purifying friends that happily grow anywhere. They produce so many pups, you’ll really only need to buy one! Good for spells concerning warding, banishing, and cleansing (of oneself or a room)
  • Succulents (esp Echeveria and Sempervivum) - They need little more than a sunny window and periodic watering, and they are so nice to have around! Good for spells concerning the home and protection (of said home, or loved ones)
  • Tomatoes - If you’re starting a garden, it’s pretty hard to screw up tomatoes (it’s okay if you do, tho, I did too.) You get delicious fruit and once they’re done, they can be plowed back into the soil for nutrients. Good for spells involving love and fertility (more than just making children!)
  • Lettuce - Easy to propagate from storebought produce (though it’s better to start from a seed) and it’s delicious! (Spray it with garlic water to keep pests off, surround with marigold hedge.) Good for spells involving wealth and self love

Advice :

  • Remember to water your plants! This is something even I forget to do, so it’s important building healthy habits
  • Don’t use pesticide/herbicide! They’re super, super awful for the environment. There are tons of natural alternatives
  • I can personally vouch for the Epsom salts, vinegar, and dish soap herbicide recipe!
  • These aren’t the only plants you’re limited to, I encourage you to branch out
  • Look into companion planting, your babes will help protect each other. There are lots of great charts
  • Astrology has lots of guides for when to plant your babes, if you’re into that (I am)
  • Talking and singing to your plants does in fact help them grow. Even if you’re bad at it, or don’t know what to say. They enjoy listening
  • Green thumbs, red palms
  • No one is born with a green thumb. I have killed my fair share of plants, I have stumbled and fallen in my craft. But I’ve been at it for a while! You’ll get there, I promise
  • Have no mercy when pulling weeds or killing pests in your garden
  • If your plants die even when you’re doing everything right, they have taken a curse or ill will in your place
  • Prune your plants (especially your house plants) often. They help to get bad vibes from your home, so it gets stored in the dead bits
  • Don’t ever plant mint in the ground. It’ll take over your garden, your yard, your life. It becomes a hellish nuisance you can’t get rid of. Just, don’t. Please.
my experience with mars signs:

these are personal experiences with multiple mars signs, don’t take it personally because I haven’t met you before. these are effected by aspects to the moon.

Aries - I like them because they blow up so quickly and easily, so ready to fight, but five minutes later they’re already onto the next subject. they use their anger to motivate themselves. pretty cool. very forgiving.

Taurus - if you touch their shit and it breaks you’re a dead (wo)man. very passive aggressive. wont tell you when they’re mad because you should know it already. 

Gemini - cold as hell. will say things they dont mean when theyre mad. dont like getting them mad because when they’re done, they’re so done, and you’re gonna know it.

Cancer - victimise themselves. my least favourite mars sign (with pisces) because they blame everyone before themselves. they find it hard to see things from other perspectives. more fake than any other air sign placement.

Leo - if anything is a danger to their pride you’re f*cking done. don’t even bother trying to get back on their good side until you apologise, even if you’re in the wrong. their reputation is everything to them.

Virgo - lovely. rarely get angry, but they do get frustrated when things don’t go to plan, get overwhelmed when things are disorganised. just let them do their thing and they’re fine.

Libra - they’re scary but in a way that they rarely get angry, just really disappointed, and it makes me really sad.

Scorpio - I actually love scorpio mars. most of them don’t get angry until their some sort of injustice or when you’ve hurt someone they care about. they aren’t violent. they actually seem to avoid getting angry, probably because they know what they’re capable of. none I know have ever reached that point. usually they just vent about how frustrated they are instead of acting on it. will hold a grudge.

Sagittarius - ive only seen this mars sign blow up a handful of times in my entire life, and that’s when they’ve been extremely overwhelmed and depressed. other than that, they’re so optimistic and rarely get angry, and if they do its for like five minutes. if you betray them you’re so easily cut out, just wont give their time to people who put them down. my favourite mars sign.

Capricorn - very blunt when angry, but they’re not easily angered, usually just bottle it up. when they’re getting angry they stop talking. pretty good at giving the silent treatment.

Aquarius - cuts you off so easily, like sag. prideful to a point, so you’re not gonna be forgiven until you ‘forgive’ them or if they really know they’ve done something wrong. will tell you truths about you that you never even realised.

Pisces -  cry babies, but I’ve never seen them cry. they just whine a lot. don’t understand the concept of being the bigger person. blame others before themselves.

  • The Fandom: Burrito/pancake/baguette/panini debate
  • CC: *Sneak peek at how Julian will deal with his feelings in TWP* *New snippet about Revenge!Julian*
  • The Fandom: Lark!!!1!!11 (Mark x Lamp)
  • CC: *Hints at Kitty having sex not only in every TWP book but also in a cave for the first time*
  • Me:
  • Me: I'm sensing a pattern here.
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#kdramawomensweek || day five: femininity + her

Sung Deok Sun (Lee Hye Ri) ↦ Reply 1988 (2015)

“I could not return to my youth or that street either. Time always flows. Everything passes by and ages. That might be why youth is beautiful. Because it shines, blindingly bright at a brilliant short moment. But you can never go back.”

She is the frequent butt of her friends’ jokes; neither “smart” by their skewed standards, nor “pretty enough” to “deserve” verbal praise. At home, she is the forgotten middle child, overshadowed by her older sister’s brilliance and her younger brother’s neediness. In the total absence of validation, Deok Sun finds comfort in playing with makeup and hair spray, in arranging pretty outfits. Still, she–like so many of us–seeks the acknowledgement of the people around her. She craves affection and seeks reciprocation. It’s what prompts her first crushes. One of the standout moments of her and Sun Woo’s short, ill-fated romance is of Deok Sun running to her room just as Sun Woo comes to pick her up and slathering on foundation (top row, right). Makeup is how she finds confidence. She wears it like warpaint. 

Her femininity is her pride. It is what she has, when even her mother gives up on her dreams of Deok Sun gaining admission to a university.

Fast forward five years, and we see Deok Sun beautiful and grown up, with long hair and makeup done to perfection. We see her in heels and in skirts. She’s a flight attendant, a profession (in that time) known for its beautiful women. She is successful, she takes care of her parents, she has fulfilled nearly every dream she has had for herself. But most importantly, she has learned to love herself. She has learned to harness the femininity that had been her last bit of pride and she has turned it into a career. And that, I think is her true love story. Deok Sun’s is the story of how she stops pinning her worth on others’ opinions of her, and learns that at the end of the day it only matters that she is happy with who she is. 

villains & their injured siblings

Based on a variety of prompt requests. Like, so many. I tried to cover a range.


1) “Why didn’t you tell me you’re hurt?” The villain’s voice dropped dangerous. One hand wrapped tight around their sibling’s shirt, keeping them from hiding the bruises splotched almost carelessly across their ribs. “Who?”
Their sibling said nothing. 
Who?” The urge to break, to protect, to ruin, burned in their blood. 
“Just drop it.” 
“Why won’t you tell me?”
“Because you react like this!” It exploded out of their sibling. They tugged back away from the villain, breathing hard. “Because I get so much as a scratch, and you react like this! God, you should see the look on your face.”
“I’m trying to protect you!”
“I haven’t got the screams out of my head from the last time you tried to protect me.” Their sibling laughed, hysterical. “I can’t sleep for thinking about it.”
The villain stared stunned.


2) “What-” The protagonist stumbled back as the antagonist shoved into their house. That would have been an alarming enough thing on its own to open their door to, let alone when the antagonist cradled a body in their arms. There was blood everywhere. 
“So help me,” the antagonist hissed, “you’re going to save them or I’m going to make you regret it.” They strode over to the living room, setting the body down on the sofa. Carefully, with a breathtaking gentleness that the protagonist hadn’t once thought them capable of. 
Heart hammering, the protagonist closed the door and moved closer. Not a body. That was very much a person, bloodied and faintly breathing. Instinct kicked in. Their gaze darted to the antagonist. Desperate, wild as a cornered animal, all composure gone. Oh. They’d never seen the antagonist like that before.


3) “You?” 
The protagonist’s gaze shot up at the sound of their siblings voice, still squinting to adjust to the light after the bag was ripped off their head. It left that familiar voice just a voice the rest silhouetted. They didn’t need to see the rest to know. 
“What exactly is the meaning of this?” Liquid nitrogen would have been warmer. 
The antagonist’s employees shifted - uncertain and confused. “We found them trespassing.” 
Trespassing?” Their sibling’s hand reached out, smudging across the crust of dried blood on the corner of their swollen lip. Their fingers shook nearly imperceptibly. “Fuck.”
The protagonist’s eyes closed, sinking into the coolness of the touch. Their head throbbed. “Hi,” they mumbled. “Good to see you too.” 
“This is my [sibling of choice].” 
The panic might have been amusing in other circumstances. 


4) “Ah, this is nostalgic!” The antagonist slammed their sibling’s wrists into the dirt, grinning. “I love beating you. It’s just like when we were kids, hm? You never could win against me then either.” 
“And you never did stop being a filthy cheat.”
The antagonist’s grin broadened before they pulled back, breathing hard. 
The protagonist rolled over, gasping for air, shuddering. 


5) “I need your help,” their sibling said. “They took - they took -” They clamped a hand over their mouth as if that might contain the strangled sounds that felt more like wails than sobs. Now wasn’t the goddamn time for wailing. 
The villain straightened. “[Child’s name].” Whatever differences they had, that wasn’t one of them.  
Please.

They made sure no one ever dared touch their family again. 

“I loved you dangerously
More than the air that I breathe”

Dangerously // Charlie Puth

What can be done about gentrification?

I saw this on a reblog and I started answering it, but it turned into something I wanted to stand alone and not be tacked on to another post.

@rafi-dangelo I’m curious, I understand how harmful gentrification can be but what can actually be done about it? I really can’t think of anything.“
@rutabegaville

Nothing.  Movement of populations is natural and neighborhood demographics always change. But I'ma take a moment and describe the different ways irresponsible or disrespectful gentrification displaces and disregards the current residents.  This is all from a NYC point of view, but I’m sure it applies to other metro areas.

1) Choosing personal preference over neighborhood character.
I know plenty of people (mostly white, but some POC as well) who move to big cities from their small towns and they’re appalled at how little space you get for the money.  They want the same amount of living area they had in the suburbs of Omaha but they don’t have the money to pay for it in DUMBO or Chelsea or the Upper West Side or whatever.  So, instead of downsizing their expectations and living where they initially wanted, they move to brown neighborhoods where their money will go a lot further.  You don’t actually need that second bedroom so you can do yoga or work on your art projects.  You made the conscious decision to speed up gentrification in an area because you wanted more space than you could afford coming into a very expensive city to follow your dreams or whatever.

2) Using non-white neighborhoods as a transitional period.
I know plenty of people (again, mostly white) who will move to Harlem or Bed-Stuy or Washington Heights until their paycheck rises to a point where they can afford to move to a different neighborhood.  In terms of gentrification, it seems initially that it would be the proper way to do it – they didn’t stay for years and years and brown people can move back in after they leave.  But obviously that’s not how it works.  Businesses follow those transitional whites who make more money than the surrounding POC, but not enough money to live in the white neighborhoods they’re aspiring to.  So they bring with them the Starbuckses and the Whole Foodses and the juice bars, all business that lead to rapid increases in rents.  And then they get their raises or their careers advance and in a few years they’re gone.  It’s basically drive-by gentrification.  

3) Disregarding the local character.
I know plenty of people (mostly white) who have lived in gentrifying neighborhoods for years and have never met a neighbor.  Never gone to a community meeting.  Never gone to a block party.  I can accept that kind of passive existence, but then there are those who take it a step further to complain about things in the neighborhood that have been part of the fabric for decades before gentrification.  If you have a baby, don’t move to Washington Heights and rent an apartment on the main drag where all the clubs are and then call the police every night because of noise to the point where liquor licenses are threatened.  Don’t call the cops on the Ecuadorian lady selling dinner plates out of her living room for extra cash.  Don’t call the cops about the old Black dudes barbecuing on the sidewalk because they’re blocking the way.

Gentrification is a hard pill to swallow and there’s absolutely no way to prevent it.  However, as with most things, if you conduct yourself like a considerate human being, you can help mitigate the damages.

1) Think about where you’re moving.
If you tour a place on a block full of older buildings and you walk into your prospective apartment and everything is brand new, somebody probably just moved out (maybe not of their own volition) and the landlord renovated so he could jack the price up.  You can look up the history of a building and in NYC that’s helpful because shady landlords regularly force longtime tenants out of a building once the surrounding neighborhood starts to support a higher rental price due to the influx of gentrifiers.

2) Think about why you’re moving.
If you have X amount of dollars and you’re choosing between some neighborhood you love and another neighborhood you just plan to live in until you can afford the same amount of space in the neighborhood you love, ask yourself if you really need all of that space in the first place.  Sometimes the answer is yes, and that’s absolutely your prerogative.  I just want everyone to take a beat and seriously consider it first.

3) Don’t rent more than you can afford and then crowdsource the rest.
Y'all know I deleted a potential friend/date-person because they rented a two-bedroom they couldn’t afford with the intention of putting the other bedroom on Air BnB to cover the rest of the rent.  That is the most disrespectful form of gentrification.  You’re taking an apartment that was probably needed by a family who can no longer afford it because the landlord can get a much higher rent out of you…who also can’t afford it, but have the luxury of just being one person so you can crowdsource the rest of the rent.  It’s gross and there’s no part of me that will ever see someone in the same light once they rent an apartment with the explicit plan to cover the rent using a shared economy model.

4) Know where you’re moving and make sure you’re fine with the area as is.
Don’t move and then be shocked that a church is having choir practice on Wednesday night, the same practice they’ve had for the past three decades.  Don’t move and then decide the neighborhood is too loud.  Don’t move and then act like the Saturday afternoon block party is inconveniencing your life.  If you’re going to contribute to rising rents and corporate chains putting mom & pops out of business, the least you can do is let the people live and enjoy themselves the way they did before you got there.

I do recognize the benefits of gentrification, partly because I live in Harlem, partly because I follow trends and statistics, and partly because I recognize the unfortunate fact that a whole host of institutions from law enforcement to capital investment don’t give a damn about an area until white people move in and those improvements can benefit everyone, not just the new white folks.  But if you’re really committed to awareness, justice, and equality while also being a (possibly even reluctant) gentrifier, it’s your duty to make sure you’re doing it as responsibly as you can.

desim42 said: Hey Cassie! Recently, I’ve noticed a lot of people who have read Lord of Shadows notice that Julian seems to be headed down a dark path, maybe even one similar to Malcolm. Despite his ruthlessness, I don’t want to believe he could be evil or cruel, I feel that even despite his at times ruthless heart, his heart is the most caring of all. What is your take on the subject of Julian’s ruthlessness and the limits he will cross when under difficult circumstances.

ontheroadtodisaster said: Hi Cassie !!!! I love your writing and it did change my outlook on the world. Are we going to see the dark side of Julian in Queen of Air and Darkness even more than we already did in the first two books and will it ever, under any circumstance be directed at Emma? And please assure me that QoAD will end in a nicely, wrapped up way and definately not with a cliffhanger . (I would love you even if it doesn’t :-) )


It’s hard to answer this question without entering Ye Olde Realm of Spoilers. I will tread carefully and say what I can.

My take on Julian and his ruthlessness is that when we meet him at twelve, he isn’t like that. He’s a pretty gentle and ordinary boy. We watch him change due to the incredible stress and trauma of the Dark War, and the first time I think we see him do something ruthless, or at least something that requires some real steel and emotionlessness, is when he kills his Endarkened father to save his siblings.

Having the care of those siblings for so many years and basically raising them has made him ruthless in the sense that he’ll do anything for them. And though he may be overprotective sometimes, he’s stood between them and the world to good effect for a long time. Without him, his siblings would have been split up and scattered to the winds. They would all be deeply unhappy and shattered to one extent or another, especially Ty.

So unfortunately what Jules has learned is that ruthlessness is effective: it protects the ones you love. And what he’s learned from his losses in Lord of Shadows is that he should be more ruthless … not less.

Absolutely Julian has a caring and loving heart. It’s just that the circle of those he loves and trusts is small and he’s very very careful about giving love or trust to those outside it. He’s very clear to Emma that the world is us versus them as far as he’s concerned because that’s what his experiences have taught him. Would he turn off every parabatai bond in the world to protect his siblings? Would he kill, and what would it cost him: would he only kill the guilty, or also the innocent? 

Julian will definitely be faced with incredibly difficult choices. But keep in mind how his story differs from Malcolm's—Malcolm loved one person above all others, and in some ways isolated himself, even from his friends. Julian has never been able to do that. He’s too full of love for his family, for Emma, for Diana. He’s connected to his community in a way Malcolm wasn’t. Whatever paths Julian takes in the future, he has to reconcile those decisions with the love he has for his family and friends. Is Julian capable of cruelty and manipulation? Absolutely. But he’s also capable of great love and gentleness.

As for his ruthlessness being directed at Emma, he would never be violent or cruel to her or his family. It’s just not his nature, or the nature of his darkness.

QoAaD is a work in progress, so I can’t speak to specifics about the ways in which Julian’s ruthlessness comes out or how it affects the story. What I will tell you is that Julian uses some…unorthodox methods to deal with his emotional state.

Queen of Air and Darkness will wrap up the plot of TDA and be a satisfying end to the series. Some mysteries will be left unresolved and taken up again in the Wicked Powers, but TDA is written as a trilogy, and will be self contained as such. 

Keep Your Mind at Peace & Your Body a Beast

Originally posted by pole-ambition

Being active has nothing but positive results, and I have a couple ideas for my witchy friends that may work out for you! Of all people, witches know that everything is connected, so keeping out body happy keeps our mind happy - which means better results for spells too! 

Before The Workout

  • Drink some green or black tea! A little bit of caffeine before a workout is actually good - it gives you a little boost. Most pre-workouts have caffeine too, just be sure to keep it in moderation. 
  • Enchant that water! I always toss some mint leaves and cut up strawberries in my water bottle. You can also use any kind of citrus, or even make some green iced tea to use as your first bottle hitting the gym or studio.
  • Glamours to look as badass as you’ll feel. Sigils in your pocket or shoes, or even enchanting your perfume or deodorant. I know it sounds silly but I can promise you that boost of confidence goes a long way when you’re pushing yourself, and you can look in the mirror and think, “I’m a badass witch.”
  • Ready that playlist. Music is everything for getting pumped, whether it’s working out or spell casting! 
  • Don’t eat something too heavy. Save that reward for after the battle! Then you can ask your local kitchen witch for a hardy recipe!

Witchy Workouts

There are so many kinds of ways to keep your body active, and not all of them are picking heavy things up and putting them back down.

  • Yoga. If you haven’t tried yoga yet I highly recommend this - especially for witches. It’s all about quieting the mind, becoming in touch with your body and the energy around you, strengthening, balancing, and centering yourself. It’s meditation, stretching and a workout all in one; how can you get better than this?!
  • Pole Dancing.  You’re a witch aren’t you? So why don’t you try flying? I’m bias, I’ll admit it - but I teach pole fitness for a reason! There so so many benefits to pole. Confidence, it builds so much confidence. This is an amazing way to enhance your feminine energy, and if you work with any deities that are mainly with feminine power, dancing is a wonderful offering. It doesn’t have to be sexual, it can be sad, creepy, powerful, funny, hiphop or ballet mix, or contemporary! This builds your strength & flexibility and it doesn’t feel like work! It’s all play until before you know it your on the floor sweating and feeling like the sexiest/most graceful/beautiful person ever. Everyone is always supportive, there’s always body love and I’ve had students who are male, female, trans - there’s even a 54 year old man who loves wearing heels & his wife adores it(@manwhopoledances on instagram) and one of the ladies I used to dance with in Colorado named Patty - a 60 year old woman who looks damn good for her age and is so kind and strong! (Any questions feel free to message me!)
  • Aerial Silks. Another way to soar in the sky! This one I find isn’t as ‘dancy’ as pole but you can make it whatever you like. This one is a lot about holding poses and engaging your muscles for periods of time to do so, so it’s kind of aerial yoga but sometimes you spin. This art is graceful, beautiful and can be very dramatic and lovely!
  • Lyra. Another aerial art - what can I say? I think you should fly if your a witch! Hehe. This one is involving a hoop that is suspended in the air. It’s a great workout for sure, and the poses look so beautiful and magical once you get them. Check out @ladyinlaluna on instagram for an understanding of Lyra. Plus her hoop is a crescent moon and what’s more witchy than that?
  • Hula Hoop. This one is a much gentler way to get yourself moving if you’re not looking to get ripped. It’s great for flow, movement, those who like to dance in their kitchen and move freely. It’s a beautiful and hypnotic dance, and I love watching theses artists move. All you need is a hula hoop to start and you can get yourself moving and feeling happy! @danatheleo & @bunnknees are great artists to check out for inspiration. 

Not So Witchy(but great workouts)

  • Boxing. I did kickboxing for a while and let me tell you it is a rush. It’s so fun, the gyms and classes I went to were supportive and kind no matter what level you were on. Plus, a little self-defense was never a bad thing! 
  • Sport Teams. Whether you’re in school or have a community team, try out! Or if that’s too much, get some friends together to play a friendly game of ice hockey at your local rec center, or swim teams, kickball, baseball, or football! 
  • Free running. I haven’t tried this yet but I would love to! Running around, building strength to scale structures and building speed and endurance. I’d say you’d be a survivor in the zombie apocalypse for sure - or at least undefeated winner in a game of Groundies. 
  • Bouldering. This might be harder to access depending on where you live, but this is basically an indoor rock climbing gym. There are some places you are able to free climb, and some places there are colors coordinated to difficulty level. Both are fun, and bringing your family or friends is awesome too. 
  • Surfing. Obviously, if your land locked this might be harder to do. But if you’re close to the beach and have the desire, why not take a class or two, try it out and see how you like it! 

Not About That Commitment 

  • Swimming. What better way to be a sea witch even if your land locked? Especially for the summer! Local beaches, lakes, rivers(if swimming is legal), are all wonderful, or even if you can wear yourself out at a waterpark or local pool.
  • Hiking. Back home I was spoiled with the Rocky Mountains and my easy access to it for beautiful hikes. It’s a wonderful way to connect with the Earth. Get to know the local wildlife! Hikes can very from difficulty. Make sure to pack a few snacks, a lot of water, and a few safety items(whistle, mirror, & bear spray) just incase something takes a wrong turn! Nature can be very unpredictable.
  • Taking walks. It can be as simple as walking your companion around a few blocks or to the park. You still get to meditate a little and get yourself moving a little for the day. 
  • Park day! Bring a ball and some frisbees! Some snacks and water, and maybe some jump ropes or hula-hoops! 

These are the best I could come up with on the top of my head, but please do let me know if I should add anything or if you have any questions. I hope this was helpful for you guys! 

[lyrics/essay] warm winter (our season)

warm winter (our season)

a warm winter has returned
a coat with scarves, sweaters, mittens
even without all these things, i’m actually not cold at all
as you’re always by my side, always you’re by my side

let’s be honest, you’ve been disappointed in me before, right?
that’s right, and there’s been times i was hurt by you too
though just like snow melting away in a warm winter
all those things have become memories, too

because there’s still so much left of this thankful heart
because those things you said to me keep lingering in my ear
i don’t feel cold at all today either, in this warm winter
as you’re always by my side, always you’re by my side

that day, as i walked with
breath white as snow scattering again
and two freezing cold hands hidden safely in my pockets
i never would have thought this day would come
it feels as though i’m in a dream

the words ‘i’ll be back,’ such pretty words, aren’t they
because it’s a goodbye that promises the day we’ll meet again
just like the warm winter that has returned to me
your heart is always circling by my side

because there’s still so much left of this thankful heart
because those things you said to me keep lingering in my ear
i don’t feel cold at all today either, in this warm winter
as you’re always by my side, always you’re by my side

you know, these are words i always say
like a habit, they’re words i always say
i’m so thankful, that you love me as i am with all my shortcomings
thanks to you, my lifetime is warm

i wanted to make sure i convey these words, ‘thank you’
i wanted to return those words you said to me
i don’t feel cold at all today either, this winter i’ve spent with you
as you’re always by my side, next to my side
as you, you are always there by my side



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i really like winter.
for some reason seeing clouds of breath in the air and people bundled up thickly here and there, seeing my own self like that, i just liked it.

during the days i dreamt of music more than anything, when i would escape the mire of practice that had broken me down all day and head toward home.
watching my breath scatter, i often thought how nice it would be if all the things that had settled inside of me would scatter away just as freely.
at the time, rather than liking winter, i yearned for it.

i wanted to become like winter.
cold and indifferent, yet free and penetrating.
that kind of person.

as i grew, i worked hard to resemble the many things i yearned for. amongst them all, my desire to resemble the winter was definitely at the top.

before i started working, i had always felt that winter was cold.
i’d felt it was lonely and hard to bear.
a season where we feel the height of exhaustion, yet dream of hope.
that was winter.

at some point, from the day my heart had developed a callous i’d come to sufficiently resemble winter, and all around me there were people who understood and sheltered me as i was.



just like that, i became winter.



more warmly than i had anticipated.



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translated by @sullaem
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I say I love you most, and I mean that I love you more than every breath of fresh air I’ve felt enter my core, more than the glistening hues of every sunset I’ve seen, more than my mother’s laughter, more than the stories the stars tell every night, more than every wave in every ocean, more than all of the words I know.

Of these things, and every thing,
I love you most.

—  For J

Comedian Sarah Silverman confronted one aspect of the wave of sexual abuse and misconduct revelations that have come out in recent weeks: the anguish when the perpetrator is a friend.

“I wish I could sit this one out,” she says in a monologue for her Hulu show I Love You, America. “But then I remembered something I said on this very show: that if it’s mentionable, it’s manageable. So I’m going to address the elephant masturbating in the room.”

She means, of course, the comedian Louis C.K., one of Silverman’s best friends for more than 25 years.

“This recent calling out of sexual assault has been a long time coming,” she says in the episode that aired Thursday night. “It’s good. It’s like cutting out tumors — it’s messy and it’s complicated and it is gonna hurt, but it’s necessary and we’ll all be healthier for it.”

“It sucks, and some of our heroes will be taken down and we will discover bad things about people we like, or in some cases, people we love.”

Multiple female comics have accused C.K. of sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of them. Last week, C.K. admitted that “the stories are true,” after previously declining to comment on the rumors about him. One of the women told The New York Times that for years afterward, she felt angry and betrayed, and the interaction was a factor in her deciding not pursue comedy.

Sarah Silverman Asks: ‘Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?’

Photo: Screengrab by NPR/I Love You America on YouTube

  • Jem Carstairs, Clockwork Princess: Our hearts, they need a mirror, Tessa. We see our better selves in the eyes of those who love us. And there is a beauty that brevity alone provides.
  • Mark Blackthorn, Lady Midnight: For years I have had no mirror; I have learned to make do. The eyes of another can be a mirror more effective than water. If you will look at me, I can see my reflection in yours.

I’m getting bored of this honestly

Why isn’t kpop about the music anymore?

It seems more like you are more bothered by winning big awards, breaking records, and pushing kpop into the western music industry.

Stop comparing every little thing, stop going on Twitter just find a tweet and comment something about how kpop is better than western music. Stop going on twitter to pick fights and drag other artists.

a quick reminder too. Don’t forget the girl groups, soloists, duos, new upcoming artists, groups who have been around for years yet non of them have received the attention they deserve

Some of you would literally fight about who has breathed the most air if you could. Not only are making your fandom look bad you are making all Kpop fans out to be crazy.

It’s not hard to be respectful to other fandoms especially when your bias group are more than likely to be great friends.

Can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all