all the paths of shadow

Izuku the "entertainer"

So, after re-reading some of my favorite scenes over and over again, I noticed today how often Izuku really surprises, amazes or shocks Toshinori. Honestly, Toshinori may be a dork, but he has got himself and his expression under control quite properly most times. But when it comes to Izuku? Then he gets flabbergasted time and time again. Something about Izuku just manages to surprises him even after all this time… there really is a reason why Toshinori calls Izuku an entertainer repeatedly!

Look at this:

How they met, and All Might completely loses it at Izuku’s “enthusiasm”:

Hearing that Izuku is not that different from the boy he once was himself:

Izuku rushing into danger to save Kacchan:

Smiling like his idol would, making him remember what being a hero means:

Izuku overworking himself to reach his idol:

 … and doing more than even All Might anticipated:

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This is a rare recording of J.R.R. Tolkien from 1952, in which he recites the Quenya poem “Namárië”, famously sung by Galadriel in the chapter “Farewell to Lórien” in “The Lord of the Rings”.

“Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen,
yéni únótimë ve rámar aldaron!
Yéni ve lintë yuldar avánier
mi oromardi lisse-miruvóreva
Andúnë pella , Vardo tellumar
nu luini yassen tintilar i eleni
ómaryo airetári -lírinen.

Sí man i yulma nin enquantuva?

An sí Tintallë Varda Oiolossëo
ve fanyar máryat Elentári ortanë,
ar ilyë tier undulávë lumbulë;
ar sindanóriello caita mornië
i falmalinnar imbë met, ar hísië
untúpa Calaciryo míri oialë.
Sí vanwa ná, Rómello vanwa, Valimar!

Namárië! Nai hiruvalyë Valimar.
Nai elyë hiruva. Namárië!”

“Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind,
long years numberless as the wings of trees!
The long years have passed like swift draughts
of the sweet mead in lofty halls
beyond the West, beneath the blue vaults of Varda
wherein the stars tremble
in the voice of her song, holy and queenly.

Who now shall refill the cup for me?

For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of the stars,
from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds
and all paths are drowned deep in shadow;
and out of a grey country darkness lies
on the foaming waves between us,
and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya for ever.
Now lost, lost to those of the East is Valimar!

Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar!
Maybe even thou shalt find it! Farewell!”

So We Beat On (ch.1?)

I started this nearly 3 years ago, inspired by the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby, then submitted it for 2014 Fandom4LLS. It’s meant to be a WIP, but will I ever actually continue it? I hope so. I’m kind of posting in the hopes that it will somehow provoke my inspiration. Or maybe I just need classes to finally be over for the year for that to happen, idk. 

Summary: Katniss agrees to help her cousin Gale as a bootlegger during prohibition. As a result, she discovers an entire decadent world of partying, jazz music, and against her better judgement becomes mixed up with mysterious socialite-turned-war-hero, Peeta Mellark. 1920′s jazz era historical AU, heavily influed by The Great Gatsby.

Rating: T

“I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others–young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.”

As the sinking sun casts its muted orange haze over the sardined buildings, I cup my head in my hand, balanced carefully on the edge of my knee, while I wait patiently on the back stoop. From a window propped open at the dwelling adjacent from us, music drifts down, a lazy tune I vaguely recognize only as that new music craze that’s seized the country in quite a fervor. I hear it sometimes walking down the streets on my way home from the factory, wafting out from some apartment or humming silently behind the darkened windows of the general store. Jazz, they call it.

I’m waiting for my cousin Gale, who promised to pick me up here, from this very spot, as soon as the cover of night falls. He promised me good money if I were willing to help him in this new venture of his. Good money for us all, he said. I was hesitant at first, but I would do almost anything if it meant food for my mother, and my sister. Prim, who is the only person in the world I’m certain I love.

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“Ii! Tev-tor morlar ka’a kin-tukh svi’salan, wu-tevunlar fam-su’uth u rala t’laplar. Vesh tevunlar ka’a sahr-mon-tukh t’slor-miid svi’pid-shal t’pla-kur t’Vaarduh svi’wilat welhutau yellar svi’rarav t’oko-savensu spes, vaik heh ko-te’krusu.

I’vi dungi-va’boshau monek na’nash-veh?

I Kihndluhr, Vaarduh, Ko-te-kor t’yellar s’okunel Evuhrwait ki’abu’aberau el’rular t’oko-savensu ka’a wan, heh mastevau glu’svi’duv ek’yut; heh sa’mu’gel’es t’zhai-kur-shasol ti fi’puhshaya-pral sva’etek, heh ihz wein-tor ek’zer t’Kaalasiryuh ek’wak. I pakik, pakik Vahlihmaar na’eifa s’she’nak!

Rom-halan! Sos’eh du dungi-tal-tor Vahlihmaar. Dungi-tal-tor sos’eh ruhm-du. Rom-halan!”

“Ah! Like gold fall the leaves in the wind, long years numberless as the wings of trees! The years have passed like swift draughts of the sweet mead in lofty halls beyond the blue vaults of Varda wherein the stars tremble in the song of her voice, holy and queenly.

Who now shall refill the cup for me?

For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of the stars, from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds, and all paths are drowned deep in shadow; and out of a grey country darkness lies on the foaming waves between us, and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya forever. Now lost, lost to those from the East is Valimar!

Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar. Maybe even thou shalt find it. Farewell!”

Namarie or Galadriel’s lament by Tolkien of course. For @vegan-yeti-strikes

How To: Part 1

Okay so I’ve gotten a number of people asking me to clarify the process to “be a doctor”. To answer all the questions at once, I decided to make a post. This is the first part: What do you do to get into medical school?

1. Decide you want to explore medicine as a career. You don’t have to have a firm commitment from the very start, but you should have serious interest before embarking on the physician path. Shadow a doctor if at all possible. I did this step in high school. 


2. Go to a major university (community college is okay but the core classes should be at a major university). Take all the pre-req courses to apply for medical school. This usually includes semesters of biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, a semester of biochemistry, stats, and a social science, and all the associated labs. You might also need a certain number of upper division science classes. Check individual medical schools for specifics. Do well in these classes and visit office hours! You will need a good relationship with your professors later. Your grades in these classes will be calculated as part of your “science GPA” and are extremely important. Aim for a 3.5+ GPA here. 
Edit: on the suggestion of @runner-kat : major in anything you want!

2b. While in undergrad, shadow doctors, volunteer in hospitals and out of hospitals, and challenge yourself as a person with interesting classes and situations. Really examine whether or not medicine is right for you. I didn’t realize how badly I wanted to be a doctor until I went on a tour of a med school as an undergrad. After that I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Gain “life experience” if you can. You’ll be interacting with many different types of people in medicine and the ability to relate to diverse characters is very important. 

2c. Do some research. It doesn’t have to be basic science related (my undergrad research was with a psychology lab). 


3. Take the MCAT sometime during your junior year of undergrad. I took mine right before junior year and while it made my summer suck, I was grateful to have it out of the way. Many more people studied for and took it during the winter break of junior year. Aim for at least 70th percentile.


4. Apply to medical school. This costs a TON of money. In Texas the common application opens in May. Around the country I believe other applications open in June. Typically to apply you need to have 2-3 letters of recommendation from esteemed adults (typically professors) who know you well. This is where your visits to office hours come in handy. Hopefully you can find people who can speak thoroughly and highly of you. You also need your transcript, your list of extra-curriculars, and identifying information.
4b. A big part of the application is the personal statements. That’s where you tell admission committees “why I want to be a doctor”. These are important!
4c. Secondary applications can either be automatic or selective- SDN used to have a list about which medical schools were which. You will probably have to pay another fee for the secondary application.

5. Interview at a medical school! I’ve posted lots of other things about interviewing so feel free to look through those on my “interviews” tag. Basically, show us you are a person we would want to work with.
5a. Hopefully, get accepted into medical school! Texas med schools start extending acceptances in November with the bulk of the acceptances going out in February. Around the country other med schools tell you later in the spring whether you got in or not.

Namárië
J.R.R. Tolkien

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An original recording of J.R.R. Tolkien reciting the poem Namárië in Quenya

In Quenya:

Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen,
yéni únótimë ve rámar aldaron!
Yéni ve lintë yuldar avánier
mi oromardi lisse-miruvóreva
Andúnë pella, Vardo tellumar
nu luini yassen tintilar i eleni
ómaryo airetári-lírinen.

Sí man i yulma nin enquantuva?

An sí Tintallë Varda Oiolossëo
ve fanyar máryat Elentári ortanë,
ar ilyë tier undulávë lumbulë;
ar sindanóriello caita mornië
i falmalinnar imbë met, ar hísië
untúpa Calaciryo míri oialë.
Sí vanwa ná, Rómello vanwa, Valimar!

Namárië! Nai hiruvalyë Valimar.
Nai elyë hiruva. Namárië!

English Translation:

Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind, 
long years numberless as the wings of trees! 
The years have passed like swift draughts 
of the sweet mead in lofty halls beyond the West, 
beneath the blue vaults of Varda 
wherein the stars tremble in the song of her voice, holy and queenly. 

Who now shall refill the cup for me? 

For now the Kindler, Varda, the Queen of the Stars, 
from Mount Everwhite has uplifted her hands like clouds, 
and all paths are drowned deep in shadow; 
and out of a grey country darkness lies on the foaming waves between us,
and mist covers the jewels of Calacirya  for ever. 
Now lost, lost to those from the East is Valimar!

Farewell! Maybe thou shalt find Valimar. 
Maybe even thou shalt find it. Farewell!

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Pinescone Week: Day 4 (Fears)

Title: Pine Tree

Word Count: ~3750

Rating: ~T

Summary:  An ill-conceived pet name opens up old wounds Dipper has spent years struggling to keep firmly behind him.

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Wirt hadn’t known any better. 

Dipper tells himself this over and over again, pushing the repetition through the hollow, ringing silence in his head to fill it with something other than the rising deluge of dread rushing in to drag him down, down, down into the cracks between the edges of the multiverse. 

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4x19 "Shadow Play" Official Synopsis

Burbank, CA (Jan. 23, 2014) – Spencer’s search takes her down a dark and stormy path, in “Shadow Play,” an all-new black and white episode of ABC Family’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” airing Tuesday, February 11th(8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT).

Spencer’s numerous sleepless nights with the help of prescription pills start to take a toll on her as her hunt for Ali and much needed answers continues. As she pours over newly acquired information, her world view takes a black and white turn. Now teleported into the world of 1940’s Film Noir, Spencer tries to come up with the answers she and her friends have been desperately looking for. But in this world of fedora hats, switchboards and 15 cent coffee, can Spencer finally put all of the pieces together that lay in front of her?