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And If In That Moment

And If In That Moment by @allyasavedtheday

Author’s summary:

What would’ve happened if Isak and Even had had the Halloween pregame alone like they had originally planned.

Really well written, in character, dialogue that flows well, Isak and Even actually get to figure out together how they feel about each other with no angels or Egyptian queens around. This is a delightful version of the tension and the relief of the Halloween pregame. 

A Win-Win Situation

Will was getting better at sword training. Much better, in fact, and Nico was aware he wasn’t solely responsible for this improvement. Will didn’t always practice with him, after all.

“I just want to be good enough to at least deserve to train with you.” Will had told him one day, and Nico gave him a dirty look in response to that show of self-deprecation. 

“You know I don’t care about that.” Nico said, serious, but Will only shrugged, his soft grin not fading – or his resolve.

And so he practiced with all the campers willing to train him, for months. Almost five weeks passed until Will came up to Nico again in the Arena, a bright smile on his face.

“Okay, I think I’m ready now.”

Nico raised one eyebrow.

“I’m still not sure why this is so important to you, but okay, bring it on.”

They started to fight, and Nico soon realized that Will was right. He was ready.

Okay, he wasn’t perfect. He still fell short on attack, but his defense had improved drastically, as well as his stamina – enough that Nico had to really focus on what he was doing, but there rarely was a gap in Will’s defense. He was proud.

“Who the hell did you train with?” Nico grunted, barely being heard as their swords clashed. “Chiron?”

Will only smiled at him as he blocked Nico’s attack once again.

Nico immediately drew his sword back and swung it again and again and again, too fast for most people to keep up with, but somehow Will’s eyes and hands followed his movements and were just as fast, deflecting them. It wasn’t working, so Nico changed tactics.

He swung his sword from the right to the left, at the level of his opponent’s abdomen. He recalled helping Will with that, but he cursed himself when he realized he trained his boyfriend well. Their swords clashed once more, and Nico put more strength to it, trying to make Will’s grip weaker.

It wasn’t working.

He looked up at Will’s eyes, which were showing nothing but focus and concentration. He knew he could go further, but his arms were tired. It was a hot day, and he was sweaty all over, already dreaming of a cold shower and a comfortable bed.

Will didn’t seem much better. Drops of sweat were streaming down his face, some of his blonde curls darkened and glued to his forehead. He was panting, his cheeks blushed, and his blue eyes were piercing through Nico’s, determined. It made Nico gulp, the feeling of the skeletal butterflies in his stomach more alive than ever. A chill went down his spine. He wouldn’t be surprised if Will could do this for another hour.

But then Will grinned, very slowly, and Nico stared. He only had a second to think that this – his blue eyes contrasting against tanned skin, which was glowing with a layer of sweat, and that knowing grin on his lips – would be a pretty painting he would be happy to make, if he had any artistic skills at all. Will swung his sword and made a movement that made Nico drop the grip on his.

He only realized what had happened when he heard his sword hitting the earth.

He stared at his weapon for a long moment – perhaps a minute or two –, before returning his gaze to Will and his bright smile. Now his eyes were back at being expressive, and they were full of joy.

“So what did you think? Did you have fun?” Will asked as soon as he could speak with some clarity, although his breathing was still heavy.

Nico stared.

He had just won – won in a sword fight against the son of Hades, Ghost King, survivor of two wars, let it be noted – and the first thing he asked was if he had fun.

“You’re just a complete dork, aren’t you?” He wondered aloud, then stepped forward, circled Will’s neck with his arms, and kissed him. His mouth was warmer than usual. Nico was aware that they were both a little disgusting at the moment and in desperate need of a shower, but he didn’t care.

“I thought you were great.” He informed his boyfriend in a low voice, then gave him a chaste kiss on the lips. “We should definitely do this again.”

Will giggled.

“Yeah. Now you don’t have to worry about me being defenseless in a fight, and we can practice together, if you want.” He was obviously very satisfied with himself.

Nico almost said he would want to practice with Will even if he was the worst sword fighter in the universe, but he didn’t. He just nodded, and appreciated the sight of Will’s face illuminating with happiness. The last time he had been this excited because of Nico had been after their first kiss.

As they left the arena, holding hands, Will rambled on and on about all the techniques he wanted to try. It was strange to see terms of swordfighting coming out of Will’s mouth instead of medical expressions, but he seemed happy to talk about this, often looking at his boyfriend in search of approval.

Well, Nico reasoned, enjoying the sense of contentment blooming in his chest, losing isn’t always bad.

He doubted he had lost at all.

crusadeofstrangers  asked:

Suppose GRRM decided the internet provided an alternative to traditional publishing and set up a patronage system where he ended up publishing a chapter of ASOIAF every 2-4 weeks, but never any proper books. If we assume he'd write essentially the same chapters and keep the same plot points, how do you think this would effect the tone and do you have any guesses as to how (generally) the order of storytelling might change?

So if he went full Dickens? (Not in the dirty way?) 

We’d all be talking a lot more about the internal structure of chapters and a lot less about overarching storylines, that’s for sure. The momentum of reading ASOIAF would be entirely different, and that would change how it felt to us tonally: more contemplative and less propulsive, all else being equal. 

For some reason I love female!ASL (sisters) even though only really small things would change. I think I’m weak to the ‘underestimating me because of my gender’ trope. It doesn’t help that this is One Piece where the females don’t see the action much anymore.

“Luffy-ya, what are you doing?”

“Eh?” Luffy turned his head to face him. “Oh, Traffy! I’m just changing bandages.”

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My new book is out this summer!

Hey guys and girls, I am VERY PROUD to unveil my new book project, EMERALD CITY which will be available through Smashwords, Nook and at select con appearances this summer!! I wrote it for last year’s NaNoWriMo and after one more final editing pass it will be published through Dark Hearts Press, the independent publishing powerhouse behind such hits as Viva El Zombie and Cogs & Cuckolds!

An 800-page YA dystopian/steampunk thriller, EMERALD CITY will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. If you want a book that contains:

1. Cyborg airship pirates 

2. Neurodivergent werewolves

3. A painstakingly researched alternate-history Suffolk

4. A GIRL who kisses the BOY (has that ever happened ever? I seriously think it might not have happened ever.)

5. Just an awful lot of absolute garbage, honestly, I’m so sorry

Then make sure you pick up EMERALD CITY, available this summer for $12.99!!

Hello there, 

I think everyone struggles with motivation at some point, and it’s important to remind yourself why you’re here, why you’re doing this, what it was that made you take this path. I made a masterpost not too long ago talking about the kinds of motivation there are and how we can use them. 

Today, as a part of universi-tea’s September challenge, I want to talk about how I personally get myself motivated. I’m not gonna pretend that it always works, but it does more often than not. 

  • I remind myself why I took this class. I remember that I was once excited about it, and I try to relive that feeling. 
  • I think about what I want to achieve. The grade I need to go abroad, for example, or to prove that I can pass this class well. 
  • I remember the many classes I took that were much more horrible than my current ones, for example sports in school. It makes me appreciate my current English and maths classes a lot because in comparison, they’re amazing. 

If nothing of that works because I’m stubborn and frustrated, I’ll rely on old but gold techniques: 

  • I’ll promise myself a reward as soon as I get something done. My usuals are watching a football match on TV, a nice bubble bath, unlimited reading in the evening, or a nice long phone call with my best friend.
  • I get myself chocolate, which makes studying much sweeter. Alternatively cookies, gingerbread, shortbread, or anything else with too much sugar. Grapes are okay as well. 
  • I convince myself to do at least one pomodoro session, which will likely show me that it isn’t that bad and turn into three or four. 

The reason my banner emphasizes the “you”, though, is that I really want to know your strategies! What do you do to keep yourself motivated, or to stop procrastinating? Do you need your favourite snack with you, a study group, or twenty minutes of studyspo browsing on tumblr? Reblog and add to this post, reply, or send me an ask and I’ll publish it! Alternatively, make your own post and tag me with #athenastudying :) 

anonymous asked:

urgh Courtney love "in conversation" with lana del rey in dazed magazine. snore

Aaaaand as soon as it’s published, Alternative Nation, Rolling Stone, The Daily Mail, and several of the usual publications are going to make headlines out of her purposeful headline-bait bs. 

Someone on ONTD said that she’s going to talk about how she ‘influenced’ her and I agree with that.

anonymous asked:

anonymoushouseplantfan put up a good reply to the Vanity Fair article claiming MM has special privileges - it is all BS - and frankly - MM continuously engages in activities that endanger Harry's life - I just wish we could get some alternative to this BS published in major media - the whole thing is sickening - I know this is what celebs do - but geez - MM and her cohorts might consider this is Harry's life.

Any royal blog would know that: 1. Ed and Jason are public employees, paid by the Crown, therefore, would never ever be allowed to help/advice/guide a mere girlfriend. After the engagement is announced the story is different. The BRF will built whichever image THEY want for that person. Only them will choose and develop it. 2. Harry would never say that he wants her to be treated as any other person living there. She doesn’t live there. Of course when someone is over at any of theirs apartment/cottage they are treated right, even if its just a guest. As I said before, anyone can rent an apartment there, you just need to have an impeccable record (of course it is checked) and money (its expensive).

Diet fizzy drinks linked to increased risk of stroke and dementia

Drinking one sugar-free fizzy drink a day has been linked to a threefold increased risk of stroke and dementia, compared with people who drank one diet fizzy drink a week or less.

Sugary fizzy drinks have been linked to obesity and diabetes, but the sugar-free versions of the drinks are often seen as being a healthier alternative. But a study published in the journal Stroke now calls these assumptions into question.

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The findings are the result of a long-term study on eating habits and vascular disease. A total of 2,888 people over 45 were included in the stroke study and 1,484 over 60 were included in the dementia study. The groups were followed for seven years, responding to questionnaires on their dietary habits.

A follow-up 10 years later found that 3% of participants had had a stroke, and 5% of participants had developed dementia. A number of risk factors already known to be linked stroke and dementia, such as age, sex, daily calorie intake, education, diabetes and genetic predisposition were taken into account to hone in on the specific effects of drinking diet drinks.

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After accounting for these risk factors, the link was still significant between stroke and diet drinks, but was less dramatic for dementia and diet drinks. However, the study only found a link, which may not be a causal relationship. There could be a common factor that is driving the association, rather than diet drinks themselves.

“This study gives us an idea of the risk factors, but to prove the link it would need to be studied further in controlled studies,” neurologist Elizabeth Coulthard of the University of Bristol, who was not involved in the research, told IBTimes UK.

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“This is the seed of an idea. One would assume having less sugar is best for the brain, but this might make us think twice about our assumptions.”

Coulthard questioned some aspects of the study design, such as the fact that it was based on questionnaire answers, which may have been inaccurate. Further studies monitoring people’s eating habits more closely would be needed in order to draw firm conclusions about the association, she said.

Louis Levy, head of nutritional science at Public Health England, said in a statement that more evidence was needed before definite conclusions could be drawn.

Is there a healthy option?

Sugary drinks did not seem to have the same effects as diet drinks, with no significant link to stroke or dementia.

But this does not mean that sugary drinks are in fact the healthy option, said study author Matthew Pase of Boston University School of Medicine and the Framingham Heart Study. The study is a tentative look into the different health risks unique to each type of soft drink.

Other recent studies have found health risks that appear to be linked to diet fizzy drinks, such as a link between diet drinks and the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Another study found a link between diet drinks and stroke, myocardial infarction and vascular death.

Pase said that the next steps in the research was to look more closely at the positive food and drinks choices people can make to improve health. “Rather than saying avoid this and that, we want to quantify what food and beverages might be the best in terms of preserving brain as it ages,” he said.

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The assumption that the speed of light is constant, and always has been, underpins many theories in physics, such as Einstein’s theory of general relativity. In particular, it plays a role in models of what happened in the very early universe, seconds after the Big Bang.

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dnd-cobeck  asked:

I saw you post on doing research on publishers before going through them, how do you feel about self publishing. Through Amazon for example?

Self-publishing is fine, and an entirely valid alternative to traditional publishing, and some of my favourite books are self-published titles. Just make sure you’re self-publishing for the right reasons.

  • Self-publishing isn’t a Plan B. If it’s not ready to be traditionally published, then it may not be ready to self-published. 
  • You get a higher cut of royalties but you’ll be dealing mostly with ebooks rather than print. 
  • You have more control over how the cover looks, but that’s because you have to either make the cover yourself or pay for someone to do it for you. 
  • You need an editor. That’s going to cost. 
  • Formatting. You need to do that too. 
  • Marketing, you’re on your own. 
  • Taxes and other paperwork. Fun, right? 

Of course, this varies across genres, but what I’m trying to say is that self-publishing takes time, hard work, and money. It’s not for everybody, and it’s not a backup plan. 

This a great series of posts on self-pub by one of my favourite authors, Dahlia Adler. 


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