itickledthesleepingdragon  asked:

Hey. If it hasn't already be done could somebody write an insert from "La Dame Blanche" from Jamie's perspective involving the poisoning/bitter cascar (spelling?) incident. I don't know which book it's in because, unfortunately, I haven't been able to read any of them yet.

It didn’t matter that he could see Claire’s chest gently rising and falling in a shallow sleep.

Or that the poncy court physician dripping with lace had assured him that *le madame Brock Tuarack* would be just fine, in between sneezes from the rancid powder of his wig.

Or that they finally had a quiet space to themselves, after shooing away the well-intentioned but nosy Minister of Finance and three aides who had materialized out of the walls – no doubt spies for the King.

For today he had come perilously close to losing her – to losing the bairn – to losing *everything*.

Quickly he had peeled the damn contraption of a dress off of her heaving frame – desperate for her to breathe easily. To be stunned – frozen – in disbelief at the growing swell of her belly.

Christ. When was the last time he had just *looked* at her? Admired her, as a man adores and worships his wife?

As a real man would shower affection on his lover – a real man not debilitated by an intimate touch? Who felt not his wife’s healing touch, but a monster’s rough fingers?

But there was no time for reflection – or regret – when he had to focus on keeping Claire comfortable. Keeping his heart alive.

Holding her as she was violently ill – body wracked with spasms. Delirious.

Whatever it was had quickly passed from her body – and he knew that, had she been more lucid, she would have been absolutely mortified at how sick she had been in front of a stranger.

He had to rely on the squinty-eyed physician – for he was powerless to help her himself.

He didn’t know what her body needed.

He didn’t know what her heart needed.

What a damn failure of a husband he was.

She stirred under his hand – limbs flailing, mid-dream.

It was a fine room to be ill in – endless drapes of silk and muslin, a bed that could have fit his whole family growing up, chairs so decadent that he felt himself sinking several inches into the rich cushions.


Longing for the sharp scents of the Highlands – the warm tones of brown and green – the solitude of the peaks and glens – pierced his heart.

What had he brought upon her? What kind of life was he giving her?

Flash – sunlight frosting the blades of grass with gold, as she held their marriage contract and he joked about being unsuitable husband material. All while his belly formed immeasurable knots in joy and fear.

How could he survive here – at court – in Paris – without her?

“Jamie,” she whispered.

“I’m here,” he breathed. “I’m right here.”

But where are ye, Claire? Why am I so far from you, even now?

One deep inhale – then exhale – and her beautiful eyes cracked open.

“Where – ”

“It’s all right. You are well. We’re still at the palace.”

A sigh.

“Are ye ready to go home?”

Softly, carefully she rose up on her elbow – testing her endurance.


A small smile. Voice confident.

Flash – Claire crouching by a Highland stream. Wrapped in his plaid. So beautiful his chest burst with love – keeping his dying heart alive.

She really would do anything for him.

Christ almighty, he didn’t deserve her.

And as he helped her into the loose dress that had been procured by a faceless chambermaid – then slipped her swollen feet into those terribly uncomfortable shoes – then settled her weak body (despite her protests) into his arms for the journey back to their carriage, just one thought circled around and around in his mind.

How do I make this right between us?

And then –

Lord – oh Lord – was it too late?

Annotated Owl Sector: Splendor 2.6

This log is mostly Vanguard conversations, but there are still a few relevant bits.

ZAV: What protocols are the Owl Sector implementing?
IR: The Liaison asked me what to do.
CY6: That’s a new one.
IR: Both the Owl Sector and my Hidden have been unable to gain control of these overrides. I suggest quarantine as a stopgap.

So we know that Shun has a reputation among the Vanguard for not asking Ikora what to do. However, he did in this case, and the quarantine was Ikora’s idea.

ZAV: The Bypass Authority’s researches have borne some fruit, I hear?
IR: It’s slow going. I’m offering backup computational and decryption support, but she’s fiercely self-sufficient, like most of the Owl Sector.
CY6: You mean she isn’t asking you for help.
IR: I think she likes having secrets.
CY6: That doesn’t sound familiar at all.
IR: In spite of my reservations, she’s earned my commendation, Cayde. It’s high-risk work for a civilian.

(1) “Bypass Authority” is an important enough part of Berriole’s work that she’s known to the Vanguard by that title.

(2) Owl Sector is confirmed again as “fiercely self-sufficient.”

(3) Berriole (and perhaps by extension, the rest of Owl Sector) likes having secrets.

(4) Ikora, had reservations about Berriole at some point. Why? Or were they more general reservations about letting civilians undertake high-risk work?

IR: It could be why she sealed individual research logs. This Dr. Shirazi appears to have been fond of Persian poetry. The Bypass Authority has been able to reconstruct entire ghazals by rearranging her passphrases.
CY6: I imagine the two of you purring with happiness over that.
IR: I am not as fond of poetry as Zavala, but I do appreciate the historical insight.
ZAV: I did not purr. Purring is not something I do.

Zavala loves poetry and totally purrs this is not relevant to Owl Sector but I just had to share it.

CY6: Do I detect some jealousy, Ikora? Are her investigations so much more fruitful than yours? Or is it that she’s created a puzzle you can’t solve?
IR: None of the above.
CY6: It can’t be that civilian in the hospital wing, can it?
ZAV: Cayde.

Does EVERYONE in the Tower know about Shun and Ikora’s history? Probably. Will Bungie EVER TELL US that history? Certainly not.

Do you guys write in your books/somehow mark them, e.g. with sticky notes?

Some of my fellow English students thought it was horrible that I do this (I mark up both my textbooks and my lit books, including the ones I read for fun. Not all of them, though)

It kind of surprised me because these are language students, so I’d expect them to have annotated a book at least once?

random college tips

i. get to your classroom early if you don’t have a class beforehand

not only are you guaranteed the best seat in the house, but there’s something about being in a classroom or lecture hall that makes you feel productive and focused. bring a book or writing assignment for a different class with you and just Do It

ii. pack your bag the night before

especially if you have early morning classes and are not a morning person. this will help you have a less stressful morning and will help you make sure you have everything you need for the day prior to leaving your dorm

iii. don’t overannotate

annotations are designed to help you identify the most important parts of the book/novel, meaning important themes, character development, big events, the implications of said events, etc. by over highlighting and over annotating i can guarantee you you aren’t doing yourself a favor !!! i’m gonna make a post later about how i annotate so be on the lookout

iv. stay on top of your readings

seriously. it is a pain in the ass trying to catch up on a week’s worth of reading in five different classes. it is stressful, it’s time consuming, and it’s exhausting. even if you’ve had a long day and you’re not in the mood to read an entire 20 page chapter in your american government textbook, just do it !!! your brain and your mental health will thank you the next day

v. try your hardest not to miss class

i’m mentally ill and prone to sickness, so i understand that sometimes it’s hard. it also feels worse when you miss class and have no idea what’s happening, so if you think you can get out of bed, lets get to class so we don’t fall behind and get extra stress thrown on top of us!

vi. fridays are homework days

think of it this way: if fridays are homework days, saturday and sunday are free days !!!!

vii. proofread your papers before you turn them in

guys i literally never do this (i know i’m a bad egg) and im always suffering for it. if your college/university has a writing center/something similar please go there, especially your freshman year !!! they will help you learn how to accurately and succinctly convey your thoughts on a college level and you will be so grateful later on i hate myself

viii. ask if the professor prefers a certain citation style

if you dont get a chance to ask during the class/lecture, send them an email. i once got my grade halved because i didnt use APA when the professor didnt specify on the syllabus/assignment sheet. so do urself and ur gpa a favor and ask

ix. always bring extra pens/pencils to class with you

somebody will forget theirs and they will sit next to you and if ur in a class with 30+ ppl that has group projects or presentations coming up you’re going to want friends

x. college kids love gum

if u bring gum you got all the friends in the world my guy i dont know why this is a thing but it is. one girl cried during exam week last year because i gave her a piece of my gum and that was literally the highlight of her week

ok thats my random ass list of stuff regarding college !! i’ll probably make more masterposts like this b/c this was fun as heck. if u have any questions/need advice, just hmu !! you can check out my other masterposts here.

3.29.17 / i took my friend’s senior pictures on a whim for $100 and now i got at least five other people who want me to take their senior pictures. i’m considering doing photography as a part time job this summer now. ya girl is about to make hella munny!!!

Annotated Owl Sector: Brilliance 3.2

Owl Sector Internal, OS-I6 1

SHU: How long since we last convened?
QUI: I can still recall the Dawn Calamity, so not long enough.


Also, these logs see to be from some sort of…internal surveillance/recording?

Also, apparently the Owl Sector doesn’t have big group meetings outside of emergencies.

SHU: Berriole’s deployed on Mars, Quist is whimpering in the corner—
QUI: Slander.
SHU: Correction to the record. Quist is curled up in the corner, making noises of outrage—
RAM: Officially, the Vanguard suggestion of quarantine was implemented and shortly afterwards reversed due to irreparable ineffectiveness. Unofficially, they laughed at Quist

Shun likes to tease. Quist likes to maintain his dignity, but has a little humor about it. Ramos is mostly The Serious One, but isn’t above joining in the joke.

SHU: I’m Liaison to the Vanguard. It’s my job. Besides, I’m irresistibly charming.
RAM: Even if?
SHU: Even if.

Something that went down between Shun and Ikora that EVERYONE in Owl Sector knows. Also, Shun is “irresistibly charming” and likes to say so.

RAM: Berriole found a trove of laboratory notes in a locked section of the Dust Palace. Some dead scientist named Shirazi. Some forgotten experiment under the auspices of Willa Bray.
QUI: She’s good as a bloodhound for secrets.

Berriole already has a reputation for unearthing secrets that others can’t find. Also, bloodhounds are still a thing, or at least known via records.

SHU: They’re Guardians, Quist. Means the Light has cooked their brains. Haven’t you seen them dancing in the Plaza, for no reason, with no music at all? We’ll take what we can get.

Shun may love Ikora with a pure and undying love but does not idolize Guardians. He thinks they’re kind of crazy. (BECAUSE WE ARE.)

RAM: If that’s the effect on civilians—
QUI: It might have been temporary. But—
RAM: The decision to lock down the City was wise.
SHU: Thank you, thank you. Really, it’s too much.

Okay, this is interesting. It looks like Shun was the one to call for the quarantine on the City–possibly against objections. This means that Shun is pretty dang high in authority, and he’s definitely also someone who can be cautious and think about future consequences. 

(Personally I like the idea that Shun, who has a such a burning personal dedication to Ikora, being the one who makes “the greater good” decisions, while Quist, who has an actual family, is much more moved by immediate personal loyalties.)

QUI: I’d forgotten how heavy and sweaty these were.
RAM: Truth be told, I’m braver with the suits on.
QUI: A hundred separate pieces, requiring buckling and zipping, though?
RAM: We’ll improve the design. Eventually. But they work. Berriole’s got the most delicate tasks, and she manages.
SHU: Speaking of our codebreaker. She sent a sample scraped off the sand. And this log.

They’re using the same kind of suit that Berriole is on Mars, which means they’re in actual space suits (probably) instead of just isolation suits. 

Berriole’s primary role may be “codebreaker,” since she’s referred to that way here. 

Ramos prefers to take precautions, and is hopeful for future technological improvements.

QUI: Trust me, you don’t want to hear Shun sing.

Shun is a terrible singer. And yet he sings often enough for Quist to know what it’s like.

QUI: Good to have you back, you hair-grayer, you cleft of the Traveler. Don’t do that again.
RAM: You don’t know how happy I am to see you.
SHU: What did I miss?
RAM: Nothing much.
QUI: Everything. You missed everything. Eva’s cooking, dancing Cabal, the man in the moon setting up shop in the Traveler.
SHU: Hm. I’ll have to ask Ikora for an update.
RAM: Wait until you’re walking again.
QUI: So she can cut you down at the knees.
SHU: Ha. Ha.

The “you don’t know how happy I am” suggests to me that Ramos didn’t enjoy taking over Shun’s position, though it’s quite possible it’s just relief that he’s alive. Quist continues to be snarky. Also, apparently Shun’s ~feelings~ for Ikora (and her lack of response) are a running joke among members of Owl Sector.

RAM: Welcome back, Berriole. We’re closing this incident.
QUI: Good riddance.
BER: I’ll put the final reports into the system and return the Owl Sector to standby.
RAM: Before you do—for our records—any success to report, Liaison to the Vanguard Shun?
SHU: None whatsoever. Warlocks are all mystery and power one minute, business as usual the next. Ah well.
BER: Why are you all laughing?
RAM: I’ll brief you later

OH MY GOSH. They are all, like, taking will-they-won’t-they bets on Shun and Ikora, aren’t they? I can’t even. And I’m positive that Bungie will never mention Owl Sector again, which makes this even more tantalizing, and GAH.

More importantly: Berriole mentions returning the Owl Sector to “standby.” This suggests it acts as a body only in times of crisis. Do the members spend most of their time working other jobs? This would explain why their titles (like “geographer”) don’t really match up with what they’re actually recorded working on.

How to Annotate Literature

Many times language and literature classes require students to annotate the books that are given to them, but in many cases tips and advice on how to do so is lacking. I will be sharing my personal strategy for efficient and successful annotating that will not only help your understanding of the text but also gain the love of your teachers!

The tips have been divided into 5 components, each with their own explanation.

Sticky Tabs are Your Best Friend

I don’t know how I would manage to annotate without my sticky tabs. They help me organize and navigate the book before the reading, remind me what to look for while i’m going through the text and help me find whatever I may need once I get to further analysis for the class. 

Create a key for your tabs, personally I use five colors each having a few specific purposes based on where I place them in the book. Most stickies are accompanied by a specific note that will remind me of what I wanted to point out, these stick out of the right margin. 

  • Pink- Anything to do with characters, be it development or certain traits to remember. It can also be used for when you have questions about character related aspects of the text.
  • Orange- Refers to setting, in plays it is also applicable for stage directions.
  • Yellow- Is used for literary devices and use of language (tone, diction, patterns) and syntax, if there is a particular word the author used or a structure you want to take note of, this is the color to use. 
  • Green- Applicable to any important plot events, notable scenes or things that you think will be significant later in the story.
  • Blue- Themes and context of said ideas, anything to do with time, place and space in which the text takes place. It can also relate to how your context (a student reading a book for a literature course) impacts your perception of the text.

These are the things teachers usually look out for and it is certainly useful in any kind of further task! 

The top and bottom margins can be used to divide the book in to sections, such as chapters or scenes, mark the most important pages and to also highlight text to text connections. These colors you can pick yourself!

I do not recommend having more than 5 sticky tabs per page, otherwise it gets too crowded and they lose their purpose! (but you will still need to buy aaa lloootttt)

This is my key for the book I am currently annotating, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. 

Don’t Overdo it With the Highlighter

Find one color highlighter that you like the most and use it to mark explicit words or phrases that catch your attention, you can also use them in correlation with you sticky tabs! 

I prefer to use a yellow highlighter because it seems to bleed the least, and I usually use it in relation to the the yellow and blue tabs because those are the ones that relate to the most detailed and minute parts of the text. Once again you can find your own preference! But don’t overdo it, otherwise, like the tabs, the highlighter will lose its function to highlight important points. 

This is an example of how much highlighting I usually do. For non-fictional texts or parts of a book (like in the introduction you see here) I reserved highlighter for dates and names. 

Have a Conversation With the Author

This is one of the first tips that my high school teacher gave me and it’s really one of the most important ones to remember. And I know, it may sound kinda silly, but I find that it really helps me in developing my ideas and remembering exactly how I felt about a certain aspect of part of the text. 

Whether the text is fiction of non fiction, anything in between, you can always do these few things

  • Ask questions- As if you were going to get an answer, ask questions, write them down and write down as many as you want. Writing things down helps people remember so then it is more likely that in a class discussion you will be able to recall your queries or wonders. 
  • If you don’t like something, or you’re surprised by something, write it down! Use exclamation marks, use words that you would use in a regular conversation. I always write ‘WOW!!’ or ‘OMG’ when i’m especially impressed, and having such vocal- well written vocally- emotions will bring you closer to the subject of the text. 
  • Talk to the characters as well, if you are questioning a character’s actions ask them and provide an explanation as to why you speculate they may have acted a certain way. Not only does that further contribute to your involvement (also making things more entertaining) but it also deepens your thought!

What i’m trying to say is write down anything that comes to mind, your first response is your true response, and it is a valuable addition to your notes! And if you want to write a whole essay in between the lines… Actually, i’ll come back to that later! 

Pens, not Pencils 

I used to make notes completely in pencil but my approach changed when I realized that overtime the pencil would rub off and get illegible. I think it was because I used my book so much, but having switched to pen I realized that it helps me in quite a few other things as well. 

The good thing about pen is that you can’t erase it and let’s say you started writing down a note, scan down the page and realize what you are taking a note of is completely wrong. That’s ok! That’s actually really good! Don’t scribble out what you just wrote down, but instead continue and explain why you may have thought a certain way and what your understanding is now. That relates really closely to the previous note. 

Evidently pen also appears darker on the page, then there’s no possibility of it ever disappearing. It also won’t smudge or bleed as long as it’s ballpoint! That’s a good thing when drawing arrows between lines, underlining in addition to your highlights and circling/boxing whatever you deem necessary.

Time, Effort and Commitment

It’s clear that this post took me a while to make, and it took me a while to develop this system with all of the things that I have considered. So it must be self evident that using this type of annotation won’t be quick. It might get tiring at some times, and for me it really does, but at the end I find that it always pays off! You have to stay committed to this technique, you have to put in the same amount of effort for every page, which means you need time. So here are a few final general tips I will leave you with.

  • Don’t procrastinate! As goes for any task, and this one more than any, don’t waste time getting to it! I advice you check how many pages you have in total and make sure that you do a certain amount per day (usually 5-10 pages a day is good!)
  • If you go off on massive tangents in the side bars, make sure that you don’t get too distracted by them because they will take up a lot of your time. But one now and then may be good! Be sure to mark it for later reference!
  • Play mind games with yourself. This one is actually pretty interesting but it personally gets me a long way. If you have 20 pages left, don’t look at it as 20 pages but instead as 4 times 5, then the amount will seem a lot more manageable! It’s a kind of self encouragement!
  • That can also be said by looking now and then at how far your bookmark has moved through the book and giving yourself a pat on the back for all of you hard work!

That’s all I have for now! If you have any further questions for advice or explanation please message me and I will be more than happy to help! And I hope that this helps some people out too! (I’m counting this as 21/100 days of productivity as all I did today was related to annotating.)


Spending the majority of her life prior to being Batgirl either silently in a bunker or wandering the world as a homeless person, preboot Cassandra Cain wasn’t exactly the tidiest… and didn’t have the best table manners, with her eating a lot of food very fast, presumably due to the amount of physical activity she does.

Hey, don’t judge dick.

Amusingly this isn’t something went unnoticed by Cass’ fellow Bat Folks, with Tom Drake once complaining about how she’d break into his apartment to eat all his cereal and use all of his hot water.

I don’t know, it’s an amusing set of character traits you don’t seem to see with a lot of heroes, particularly female ones. Her being kind of messy seems to have transfered over to her Reboot version as well, judging from her flat above the theatre in Detective Comics.