and a lot of name changes

anonymous asked:

Hi, I love your blog! I was wondering if you had any good recs or what your favorite fits were about redeeming Draco post war. Specifically those that focus on his change of attitude towards mughleborns and other non purebloods. It could involve a trial, or something else it doesn't matter, i just would like to read something where he doesnt suddenly change nearly 20 years of brainwashing overnight, because it takes a lot of hard work

Hi! Here are some:

The Nietzsche Classes By: Beringae - M, 15 Chapters - The Ministry takes action against the remaining prejudice in the wizarding society and asks Hermione for help. “What do you want? Money? Power? Name your price, Granger. I’m not about to let pride get in my way when an Azkaban sentence is on the line.”

Apple Pies and Other Amends By: ToEatAPeach - M, 30 Chapters Sometimes you’re sad. Sometimes you need dessert. And sometimes, it’s a little of both. Runner-Up of the Winter 2017 Dramione Fanfiction Awards, “Best Epic-Sized Fic.” [COMPLETE, Dramione]

The Initiate by phlox - MA, 2 Chapters - “Want to impress upon people that you’ve changed, Malfoy? Take responsibility for your actions and your choices. Not liking where you ended up, not wanting what came after doesn’t change the fact that you wanted it at the time. You were a willing participant. Changing your mind can’t erase any of that.”

The Flatmate By: attica - T, 5 Chapters - After the Ministry seizes all of Draco Malfoy’s possessions - including his beloved Malfoy Manor - he takes up drinking and finds himself taking up temporary residence at Hermione Granger’s flat in Wizarding London. But what neither of them expect is that a lot can happen in 139 days in such close quarters - even the impossible. DHr. COMPLETE!

Friend Number Three By: riptey - T, 26 Chapters - COMPLETE - How do you deal with the Pureblood aristocracy, Ministry corruption, Muggle culture invasions, and constant questions about your love life while juggling more than two friends and not being a total jerk? Don’t ask Draco: he doesn’t know. D/Hr

Where There’s a Will By: grangerinvestigations - T, 30 Chapters - Lucius Malfoy has left a rather surprising will: if Draco works for Hermione for one year, both he and S.P.E.W. will inherit thirty million galleons. Of course, they might kill each other first… Not epilogue compliant. HG/DM.

- Jamie

paule666 replied to: when they call yennefer selfish

True words! I just have to argue that Yen did act selfish at one point in the books. In the short story “The last Wish” I would consider her spell she casted on Geralt to let him go on a revenge rampage to clean her name and beat up all the informers as rather selfish doing. Same goes for her motives to catch the genie that almost killed Dandelion. But she changed once after that she change and everything you said became true. So I just wanted to add this.

hello, @paule666 !!

uhm, yes in a way it was ‘selfish’ though i would not call it selfish directly since it is a very strong word. she was trying to capture the djinn for power and research purposes, we do learn a lot about in the books and it is often said that she did not strive for power and abnormal posperity so i still don’t know how it would fit into the picture of her but since these djinn are so rare i think it’s a desire every mage would have and because their community is mostly a powerstruggle between each other i think it’s some kind of safety to be more powerful than the person that might try to backstab you.

now to yen sending geralt of to clean her name. lmao yes she was definitely having her revenge but at the same time they were strangers and in such a dangerous world with two individuals who have always been treated badly my both fate and the people i think the bar is falling low. it is never said that they already new each other and yen definitely used him to do this though you can see she was sure he’d not die (by beating up some noblemen and a priest). and thens he send off dandelion to clean up geralt’s name as she hears and realises he might get into real trouble.

she did not change, not much in fact. yennefer is a person that doesn’t show every aspect of her personality and her believes to simply strangers. it would have killed her sooner than later. she wouldn’t sacrifice a human for power or some strange rituals (as would definitely some others), she is a trained sorceress after all and can calculat the risks she is taking.

later in the we acompany geralt, her lover and the love of her life. she shows more of herself, of yen, not only the cold-stone-heart-bitch mask she wears to protect herself. then we even get a glimpse of herself and even of her backstroy showing that she got yennefer after she endured her childhood as jenny and acquired all the oppurtunities by giving up on an own child from which she very much suffers.

i reread it and i might have to make clear i’m not trying to defend it but more make it understandable to people who see the world differently, who are not used to such dark fantasy characters (i mean i’ve been doing this a lot in forums. not to say you’d be childish or so if it might come off like this i just don’t really know how to put it since i’m not a native speaker.^^)

so yes, yennefer is a human and has her flaws. just as you and me and nobody (at least not here) is trying to deny it. it’s just like triss has her flaws and that’s what makes her human and facniable for us.

yennefer is sure of her actions as she is nearly a century old while triss is still trying to find her way in all of this but they have been infuencing each other for so long time, they are actually quite similar so i don’t get why people still fight over this.


that’s it four you, paule. :) now to something else:

i do get some anons about my very diplomatic post about how stupid it is to call yennefer selfish pointing out how bad she is and it’s getting this slight turn of “LOOK HOW BAD SHE IS!!! WAH! WAH! WAH! SHE BURNED MY HOME SOLD MY CHILDREN AND SHAGGED MY WIFE!!! WAH! WAH! WAH!”

honey(s) now butter by the fishes, i’m not gonna discuss with you when you so aggressive and opposing to everything is have said in this post. if you don’t want to leave your little grey face and the cool sunglasses behind and do it like grown ups i want to let you know that i will ignore and delete them because your waifu-war is ridiculous and make you look stupid and uneducated (and ten typos per ask don’t make it better). :)

MULTIPLE BLOG PSA.

most of you have known me as winny for quite some time. it’s an alias i’d picked up about eight years ago and it meant a lot to me. recently, a lot of things have changed in who i am / where i’m going in life. i feel sorta ??? outta place with the name now. different interests. a whole lotta personal stigma attached to the name.

so, i’ve made a blog wide attempt to distance myself from the handle. if you could, please refer to me as COSMO. to those of you who have known me as winny for ages, i won’t fault you for still referring to me as such but please make help me adjust to a new chapter in my online life !!

NEW USERNAME

You might have noticed already that I changed my username on some of my side-blogs… I’m waiting to change it on my main blog until I’m done sending all the fanbooks and merchandise to everyone on March, because it could be confusing -or impossible- for people to contact me if I suddenly changed names in between all this.

It isn’t safe or desirable for me to continue using my real name online, and I kind of want to go through a “this is the new me” phase too, because I really need it. So yeah, I’ll be Lunamaria from now on. It’s still close to my real name, and a really cool one that I’ve liked since I first watched Gundam Seed Destiny! I enjoyed the first season a lot more than Destiny, and I don’t like Lunamaria herself all that much (except her name and looks, although it isn’t like I hate her either) but anyway, I’ve loved that name for so many years! And it goes well with the kind of art I’ll be creating from now on.

I’ll also create another “identity” to post my sexy-ish art. I’ll sometimes post cropped versions of those illustration on my SFW blogs for promo, so don’t worry too much about missing content it isn’t like I’ll be able to focus on drawing until April anyway ha ha.

You might have heard already but I also moved away, and I’m super busy repairing the new flat, refurnishing, and my mother is coming to visit, and in between I’m doing my best to continue managing the fanbooks and merchandise and cons, so that’s why I’m not updating much lately.

So yeah, that’s how things are! Thanks for reading and see you around!

anonymous asked:

for the last 8 months my daydreams were a fanfic kind of daydream (with characters from an actual cartoon and everything) and now i'm kinda sad that i don't have an oc ;;;;

same tbh,, having an original para is greaT BUT i cant make one lmao rip

but i dO change a lot of fictional characters’ aspects such as their names, personality, appearances slowly until they’re not identical as their original form,,

((sometimes i dont rlly remember where they came from tbh,,))

anonymous asked:

i wanna right a novel about a girl named gracie and her sister Elizabeth who were born with abilities. grace being psychokinetic and Elizabeth having the ability to mentally dominate someone. it takes place in 1976 sorta post Vietnam but still around the time of MKultra. i felt that just because era was changed and charactera are different this would be to stranger things. Except the plot and lots of other things have been tweeked. its between this and another story line. im just unsure. help?

Hey there Nonnie, I’m not sure what your question is?  Your story of Gracie and Elizabeth sounds like it’s gunna be great!   

If it’s between two different stories.. .why not do both?   

 There’s this concept with creative works, where people see things have been done before, or things that are similar to other things and they think ‘That’s been done before’ or ‘I could do that’ and my comeback to that is  ‘Yeah, but you didn’t.’   

 I think you’ve got this covered,  just leap in and give it a go. Your story will be unique because it’s yours.

So, here’s the thing. Trump’s team does not need to put trans folks in concentration camps to destroy us. It is far, far easier:

1) Bathroom legislation prevents us from moving around. Especially when they are encouraged with bounties to incentivize nabbing cis-passing folks. (Bounties sound ridiculous? Lots of states’ first attempts at these laws included bounties. It is a Real Thing )

2) “1st ammendment / religious freedom” laws prevent us from accessing goods and services.

3) Abolishing Obamacare prevents the poorest among us to access any transition-related healthcare. Pressure on insurers and health providers to drop trans healthcare prevents the rest of us from access.

4) Forbid trans people from changing their legal documents to match their new name and gender. This makes us easier to out.

As a reminder, here is a quote from Ken Blackwell’s org. He is on the Trump transition team:

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“There is no rational or compassionate reason to affirm a distorted psychological self-concept that one’s “gender identity” is different from one’s biological sex.

Neither lawmakers nor counselors, pastors, teachers, nor medical professionals should participate in or reinforce the transgender movement’s lies about sexuality–nor should they be required by the government to support such distortion.“

———

The above 4 strategies drive us deeper into poverty and raises an already staggeringly high (over 40%) suicide attempt rate.

Gender id is not a protected class in most states. Trans people have very, very few legal protections. It is still legal in some states to fire us, evict us, and even use the "trans panic” defense to get out of a murder judgment.

Bathroom laws in schools are the easiest to begin with because the young are our most vulnerable and easiest to control, plus the supreme court has yet to decide if gender identity is protected by Title 9. Pay close, close attention to this case (Gavin Grimm, a trans boy) once it begins, as well as Obama’s initiative to direct public schools to give trans kids their bathroom access. If these fail, our trans youth is going to be the first to fall.

Cisgender and want to know how to help?

1) Your trans friends might need help getting their docs changed before January. They’ll have to do a lot in person, so they may need time off, rides to the courthouse, papers notarized, or even a cash loan.

2) Business owners can ask their insurance to cover trans healthcare now, so 1-time things like surgeries can get scheduled asap.

3) Teachers, parents, etc who can sit on school boards can fight trans panic in the bathroom.

4) We need cis voices to combat transphobia wherever it happens, from “jokes” to legislation. And we need cis voices to openly support us and show us we are not alone.

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*hysterical laughing in the distance*

Mastering The Elements

Professor (Flitwick… probably): “Good afternoon class! Today we will be learning how to manipulate the elements. Before we begin, it is important to understand each element and how it relates to the others. Now who can tell me the 4 basic elements?”

Slytherin: “Water”

Hufflepuff: “Earth”

Gryffindor: “Fire”

Ravenclaw: “Air”

Professor: “Very good. Now…”

Gryffindor: “Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked.”

Ravenclaw: “Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he vanished.”

*students: “what is happening?”*

Slytherin: “A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang.”

Hufflepuff: “And although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he’s ready to save anyone.”

The 4 students in unison: “But I believe Aang can save the world.”

*silence…*

Professor: “Well done! You are the first group of students to recite it perfectly. I liked how all of you said the last line together. 10 points to each house. Simply wonderful.”

Guys, space pyjamas. Space pyjamas! 
They do exist!

Headcanon that when Jack and Bitty announce their engagement, everyone they know assumes that if anyone changes their name, it will obviously be Bitty.

From congratulations offered to “the soon to be Mr and Mr Zimmermann” to teasing about “but can we still call him Bitty when his name is Eric Zimmermann” jokes. People ask Bitty if he’s thinking of hyphenating, and ask Jack whether he has an opinion about Bitty changing his name.

Not once does anyone ask Jack about HIS name.

Bitty just laughs it off, and says, “some of us don’t have our names on the back of the Falconer’s best selling jersey, Mr Zimmermann” and doesn’t seem to think anything more of it, but it bugs Jack. Like, a lot.

“Honey, we can just both keep our own last names,” Bitty tells him in a sleepy voice. Jack had managed to get annoyed about the topic right before bed, and he can tell that Bitty’s just trying to placate him so they can go to sleep. “Honestly, it’s not that big a deal.”

“I just hate that everyone assumes,” Jack says, for what must be the millionth time. “We’re partners, Bits. It makes just as much sense for me to take your name as you to take mine. Your name is every bit as important as mine, and it just… it seems like no one is recognizing how lucky I am to be the future Mr Bittle”

“Jack Bittle,” Bitty murmurs sleepily, giggling a bit. “Ha ha, can you imagine?”

And the thing is, Jack can.

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a small time-travel!AU story

After forever, I put myself together and start drawing again. I’m not sure how it ended but I’m kinda okay with the final result. I decided to draw Viktor because that anime hit me pretty hard actually and it’s the main reason I want to draw again (about a few weeks ago I started lurking #yoi tags and I found lots of amazing blogs and artists that gave me the inspiration to begin with all this thing, I can name some of them: @viktyuri, @victuurii@blau678​, @katsudonqween, @fishnbacon, @sinran, @nikyforov, @gays-on-ice@thacmis, @randomsplashes, @roselph and dkasd I could be the entire day tbh: check those blog and follow because they are amazing like super cool art and techniques, I adore the way the styles change depending of the artist and they are all so beautiful).

I found a healthy and charming fandom and idk that gave me the will to use Tumblr once again (maybe I’m being too sensitive about the whole thing but I’m really happy something like this exists lol) after having a weird-not-so-cool-time with vkei fandoms but, anyway, really sorry about my poor english and all the typos and since I want to meet new people so we can wait together to Season 2, please don’t be shy I’ll be right here :’) !  

i already made some quick textposts but here’s a quick list of what i caught during baekhyun’s live ig story thing (let me know if i missed something!!):

  • baekhyun said he ate lots of good food today 💕😭 
  • baekhyun really looked so tired and sleepy and was yawning and in bed and stuff during the whole broadcast and was acting like it was 2 am but it was 2 pm soihfeowijefoiwjefwe
  • his mother changed his sheets/bedspread to pink lmfao (i’m assuming he’s at his parent’s house ant not the dorms)
  • myongryong’s legs hurt bc he’s been running around a lot and welsh corgis’ legs hurt very easily apparently so he has to take him to a hospital soon :(
  • there are baekhyun posters put up all around his room that fans gave him and im crying
  • someone asked him to speak in english in the comments and he got a little embarrassed and said ‘hi my name is baekhyun’ he’s so cute
  • and he also read a comment that said ‘good english’ and laughed (i’m unsure if the comment was in english sounding korean or actual english though)
  • he put his face so close to the camera to read comments and it was so cute im ded also he covered his face a lot w/ the blankets and looked super comfy im 💕💘💗💟💓💖
  • after showing his room really quickly he giggled a little (i d*e) and he was like ‘it’s really clean huh??’ (as in his room) he’s so neat and organized wow
More 161227 Melon Radio moments
  • When Jaehyun and Mark shared a bunk bed, Mark slept on the bottom bunk and always fell asleep first
  • Jaehyun would answer Mark when he talks in his sleep

  • Taeyong and Doyoung felt weird presences in a room in their old dorm
  • But according to Jaehyun the current dorm is really nice and they haven’t had any strange/other-worldly encounters (lol)

  • Taeil and Jaehyun save the members’ names as their names but an aegyo/affectionate version eg. Taeil saves Jaehyun as Jaehyoonie, Doyoung and Dongnyongie, Jaehyun saves Taeil as Illie-hyung, Yuta as Yudda-hyung
  • Taeyong used to have Taeil saved as William because everyone calls him Illie-hyung and if you say Illie-hyung a lot it kind of sounds like William (PROTECT TAEYONG)
  • Doyoung thinks this is ridiculous though
  • Jaehyun says Taeyong changed his number a lot of times, so he’s given Taeyong a lot of contact names, eg. TY Track, Ddiyongie, and now it’s TY-hyung
  • Doyoung also had a lot of names for Taeyong: Taeyongie-hyung, Taeyoyongie-hyung, Taeyongyongie-hyung, Taeyoyoyo-hyung etc.

  • They had to play a game which required act out something they wanted to eat. Everyone agreed not to over-act and Doyoung immediately looked at Taeyong, “Yeah no over-acting, got it, Taeyong-hyung?” and everyone laughed.
  • Taeyong’s response was really whiney, “I don’t over-act~~~”

  • Everyone wants to be closer to the fans and hope they get to do things like radio broadcasts where they can directly interact with fans through comments etc.

trans. by me so cr. y-ta if taking out!
listen to NCT’s melon radio broadcast here!

Because some asked why I needed Truthwitch to break out...

Some people have asked me what I meant by a statement in my postmortem – about WHY I needed Truthwitch to break out (because if it didn’t, my career was over). I’m not sure how in-depth I’ve been in my newsletter, so here’s an answer for you:

Basically, my first series tanked. I mean…tanked. We’re talking, Truthwitch sold more copies in its first two weeks than the entire SS&D series COMBINED.

Bad sales hurt an author – you’re way better off as an untested debut than an author with shitty sales. So I was at a crossroads in my career, where the plan was to change my name. That way, I could be a “debut” again. (Sadly, this happens a LOT in the industry. Which is why please do not pirate our books!)

But then Tor decided to take a chance on me. Because they’re a small (and amazing) house, they have more room to take on projects that they’re passionate about (instead of just commercially successful). HOWEVER, if Truthwitch didn’t sell well…. Then yeah. That was it. “Susan Dennard” would be dead, and I’d have to reinvent/start over my career.

There’s no shame in that. I was totally willing to reinvent! The problem was that I had this great audience for my writing advice – thousands upon thousands of people who were coming back for my blog and newsletter. Yet none of them were buying my books. Which is fine – I don’t give free writing help to sell copies. I do it because I love doing it.

BUT…if I reinvented myself, I would lose what little crossover I had between writing-advice-fans and book-readers – not to mention the handful of amazing fans who did like the SS&D trilogy (I will never ever forget my wonderful Misfits!).

So…I needed + desperately wanted Truthwitch to sell well. I wanted Tor to be happy. I wanted to keep my name. That led to me going “all in” on self-promo.

Full disclosure: I allocated $15,000 of my advance to promote Truthwitch. (Which, in case you’re wondering, was most of the advance.) I ended up going over that amount…by a lot. Costs ranged from travel to important events (this was really where the bulk got eaten up!) to running/maintaining my street team (swag, postage, hiring an assistant to help me keep it going) to learning how to + making my own book trailer.***

And like…I honestly don’t even know what kind of TIME I spent promoting. It was a lot more than I thought it would be. Literally most of 2015.

But…it paid off, right? At least in terms of “success.” I’m a New York Times Bestseller now!!

That said, I haven’t earned back the money I spent yet (“bestseller” doesn’t automatically mean “rich”), and I will never get back the time I spent. Plus, the nightmare that was 2016 as I tried to rush-create Windwitch

It begs the question: were the costs worth the rewards? I don’t know. I think so since, hopefully, the rewards will continue to pay forward for a long time – and my career is definitely growing!

Best of all, though, I CAN KEEP MY NAME. Susan Dennard. C’est moi pour toujours. ❤️

Edit:

I want to add two more things – because this post has opened up a lot of conversations I wasn’t expecting to have (but welcome!!).

First: I cannot emphasize enough just how important LUCK is in this equation. On top of the time, money, publisher-partnership, and salty desperation that I poured into Truthwitch, I ALSO GOT LUCKY. I had the Right Book at the Right Moment with the Right Cover in the Right Genre coming out in the Right Month.

A publisher can pour all the money in the world into a book, but nothing will make readers buy it. There is no predicting trends.

So a lot of the success of Truthwitch (which is still pretty small, relatively speaking. I’m not a Big Author by any means!!) boils down to that intangible, finicky sprite known as Lady Luck.

Second: This is just ROUND ONE of “reinvention.” I have no illusions or expectations that my success will remain. The Witchlands series has already exceeded my wildest hopes, but no author stays “on top” forever. It’s a constant up and down, and frankly, we’re all just really lucky to even be able to share our words in the first place.

Sure, I’d love to be successful forever, but it’s not my primary dream – and definitely not my expectation. Realism is key to longevity in this industry, and more than that: gratitude.

So on that note: thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being the reason I keep writing.


***Note: I need to also mention that, once it was clear my own self-promotion was starting to pick up momentum, Tor really stepped in and helped me. This was not a solo journey, and it NEVER is. I had/have an amazing team, and we’ve forged a real partnership while getting the Witchlands into readers’ hands.

Using genealogy to find your trans-cestors

My grandpa does genealogy for fun and he just emailed me about my great grandmother’s great-great-granduncle who was born Sally Strout in Maine, 1791-1871. He identified as male rather than female and went to the lawmakers of Maine to ask them to recognize him as male, allow him a name change and to be allowed to marry a woman. This caused a lot of hoopla since that just wasn’t done at the time, but in the end Albion Peter Strout got his name change and gender recognition, and legally married a lady, Mary Dorsett, on August 31st 1835. He was well thought of by his peers and owned a tavern and sawmill in Buxton, Maine.

We have ALWAYS existed and the historical records are there to prove it. Genealogy is a great resource for learning about our trans ancestors (and LGBTQ+ too!) and it should be used to its fullest potential. Now I know I have a confirmed trans guy related to me who lived 200 years ago and not only had the respect of his town but even got the law on his side in a time when people like him weren’t taken seriously!! Dig around and see what you find about your own family history. Even if you hate your family that’s living, you may find some amazing and inspirational relatives who have passed on.