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CLAMP PUT THOUGHT INTO THIS OK. 

Even if Manga-chan’s storyline is (somehow) entirely consistent across the universe, the AUTHORS AREN’T. 

Like. Consider that for a moment. Completely different people in completely different worlds all writing the same exact canonically matching plotline but in slightly different art styles. 

Guys some of these worlds don’t even have ninjas, BUT THEY KNOW THE PLOT OK. IT OCCURS TO EACH OF THEM NATURALLY AND COMPLETELY. 

WHOEVER THEY ARE. 

When I was 21 I read “Anna Karenina.” I thought Anna and Vronsky were soul mates. They were deeply in love and therefore had to be together. I found Karenin cruel and oppressive for keeping his wife from her destiny. Levin and Kitty and the peasants bored me. I read those parts quickly.

Last year I turned 49, and I read the book again. This time, I loved Levin and Kitty. I loved the fact that after she declined his proposal he waited for a long time to mend his hurt feelings and then asked her again. I loved that she had grown up in the interim and now felt grateful for a second chance. Anna and Vronsky bored me. I thought Anna was selfish and shrill. My heart went out to poor Karenin, who tried to be decent.

What has literature taught me about love? Literature (along with experience) has taught me that love means different things at different points in our lives, and that often as we get older we gravitate toward the quieter, kinder plotlines, and find them to be richer than we had originally understood them to be.

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I’ve been waiting, and I will keep on waiting until the time is right. You are my equal, my partner, my teammate, my best friend. I’ve done so many stupid things that you’ve made me regret—things I hope you will forgive me for and look beyond— but this, waiting a little longer for the love of my life, I can do.Kulti, Mariana Zapata 

My best m8 (and #1 d.va fan), @geraltsbooty, leveled up today! Pls go wish him a happy birthday and maybe give him a follow too, bc he is the bee’s knees ♥ 

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Dragon Hybrid! Michael

Words: 5.5k

Warning: violence (only a little) and smut ofc

Summary: Y/N’s dad is a viking who kills dragons so when she gets kidnapped by one he obviously goes to save her. But whilst she’s there she bonds with Michael the hybrid dragon, will her dad kill him to save his daughter? 

I’m sorry I’ve been gone for like 2 months but hey I’m sorta back? enjoy babes xo

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“We will fight and we won’t give up” My dad shouted. I looked off the stage at my fellow vikings, they were all geared up and ready to battle. I clenched my teeth together, watching every one put there swords in the air and chant. I grabbed the sword next to me, which was my fathers many moon’s ago. He had slayed many of the biggest and scariest dragons with it and he had passed it down to me. I slid it into the pouch and walked across the stage to stand behind my dad in support. 

“This is our time. Our battle. The beasts won’t know what’s hit them” he roared.I smirked out knowing that I would have the most blood on my hand’s as they were all pretty weak. I’m not saying I;m the best because that would be boosting my ego to much and I may get cocky. But I sure am one of the best. There were many vikings of all ages, some old like my dad and few new ones. Most of the fighters were men, women could chose to fight but most of them stayed home with the children. I was probably one of 15 women out of 200 men. But the women fighters were the best. 

“So let’s go fight and we’re not coming back until the dragons have been slayed or captured” he yelled, taking out his sword and punching the air with it. I stood back and watched the crowed roar with excitement and it buzzed through me too. The vikings started leading out the small stadium. My dad strides over to me with his big helmet hat, being the ‘president’ of the land he was made to wear this massive hat which was to big for his head. 

“You ready?” He smiled, squeezing my shoulder. I nodded my head and smiled and he could see my excitement. “Don’t get to excited, remember they’re evil creatures and can harm you”  

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best of 2016  → top 8 new books

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
Once was a Time by Laila Sales
Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders by Brady Carlson
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane

Step Up/Dance AU bc I’m sucker for those

  • Andrew, Aaron and Nicky are leaving together after Tilda died and the Hemmicks kicked Nicky out for being gay
  • Andrew is a sight when he dances, the dancefloor an only place where he feels something.
  • All three work in Eden’s Twilight and when they are not working they’re partying there

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“why are you so hellbent on making this a conspiracy” is the funniest sentence i read on my dash today. did i hallucinate the last 3 years i’ve spent with you all 

The scene in Mistborn that stuck with me the most was near the beginning of Hero of Ages when this one town was about to be attacked by Koloss but Elend shows up first and tells the mayor he’ll help if he recognizes Elend as his emperor, then the mayor asks if Elend has brought an army with him and Elend is like “I brought 2 armies actually but I arrived early so we have to fight alone for a while first.” And they start fighting the Koloss until suddenly Vin drops out of the sky like a fucking superhero and Elend tells the mayor “Yeah that’s the first army.” and when Elend and Vin finally take control of the Koloss he tells the mayor “Here is the second army” and the mayor looks at Elend like “Look here you little shit…”

Drarry Recs<3

I just summarized my drarry reading list last year, and wanted to share all of you my favs! Here is the top 3 of many categories (fluff/smut/dark etc.). Anyway, this list is my preference which I’ve found it going for dull pain, delicious smut with very good plot, unusual mystery and smart Draco.
I tagged some people who I love talking with or always think of me:) Thanks! It’s great to have you here.

Top 3 favorites
1 An Aching Soul  (writcraft)
- Don’t get too close. It’s dark inside. War-affected Harry & Draco
2 Single Wizard Seeking Same (Jennavere)
- humourous!, delicious UST
3 Little Talks  (femmequixotic, noeon)
- boss Harry, date, Quidditch, Scorpius

Top 3 heartwarming
1 All Life is Yours to Miss  (Saras_Girl)
- Draco-centric, professor Harry, professor Draco, beetle?!
2 Seizing Second Chances  (momatu)
- Very few things that are easy are worth doing… Do something unmistakable. Something that would leave no room for doubt. Something to remember.

Top 3 unbearably cute (all PG)
1 Dear Diary  (AWickedMemory (ReadyPlayerZero))
- Harry adorably wore his heart in his sleeve. Draco was totally opposite. Sweet.
2 Let Me Be Your Prince/Best Christmas (@goldentruth813)
- adorable Teddy, UST, flatmate 
3 The Lip-Lock Jinx (Cassis Luna)
- don’t underestimated this simple plot.

Top 3 mysterious/drama

1 Darkstar  (furiosity)
- secret mission, perfect ending
2 Touch Me Fall  (lumosed_quill)
- prostitute Draco
3 The Mirror Crack’d (femmequixotic, noeon )
- someone died in Harry and Draco’ living room

Top 3 smut
1 Sex Lies and Veritaserum  (lettered)
- sex talk. super vivid one.
2 Slip Into My Lover Hands  (lumosed_quill)
- slip, lover, hands; perfect summary
3 A Touch of Silk  (raitala)
- in fact, I don’t really like cross-dressing… except this one

Top 3 infuriating! (aka jerk! Harry)
- All makes me want to punch Harry’s face
1 Give Me a Quiet Mind  (calrissian18)
2 Soiree (MoonflowerRose)
3 31 days (Arh.581958)

Top 3 Miscellaneous
1 In the Closet  (Michi the Killer)
- serious warning for soft-hearted people
2 Unexpected Turn  (Oakstone730)
- AU, mechanics Harry, real estate Draco, American
3 Two Playboys On The Pitch  (Professor McKitten)
- UST UST UST

Top 3 all-time fav re-read
1 A House with a White Picket Fence (SilentAuror)
2 Let’s Pretend the War Is Over (pir8fancier)
3 Gone Down The Angel On A Lonely Night (Femme)
3 Quidditch Wife (minervaalistor)

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Welcome for comment! Feel free to ask or message me about this list (or drarry or whatever!). I have read Drarry almost every night and always updated it at the blog header or a post with the tag #2016readwithme

So I read the first 11 Series of Unfortunate Event books when I was a kid, and I just read the last two books last year.

One really big shift for me was, as a kid the villains were absurd, and the clueless or hapless adults were hilarious. As an adult reading the books though, the previously incompetent or ignorant adults made me extremely angry. Because see, now I understand more about what it takes to care for adolescent and young humans, and I could see clearly exactly how society was failing them. And it’s still entertaining and funny except when you remember that actually, kids are abused and neglected by the adults they rely on all the time. The social dynamics are taken to absurd lengths, but they reflect a reality that actual children have to deal with all the time. And for kids reading it, seeing the Baudelaire’s resourcefulness and resilience may be a powerful model.

But for adults? It’s a reminder that our actions and the way our society is set up affects children in often terrible ways. It’s a reminder that we have a responsibility.

I believe in starting over
I can see that your heart is true
I believe in good things coming back to you
You’re the light that lifts me higher
So bright, you guide me through
I believe in you ♡

It’s amazing how the mental picture of a place in a book I last read ten years ago rushes back, unchanged, after so long… Sort of like remembering all the words to a song you’d completely forgotten about when it suddenly comes on the radio