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i was tagged by the lovely @andrealein, thank you ♡

  1. What was the last film (or TV show or book) that made you cry? –hmm… i definitely cried watching Star Trek Discovery the other night… last time i can remember sobbing uncontrollably about a piece of media though was reading Chryse’s A River Without Banks.
  2. What’s a good thing that happened to you today? –i’ve woken up not too long ago, it is Thanksgiving, and i am not cooking today, so i’m getting to be lazy in bed for a bit.
  3. What was your favourite book growing up? –too many to list! but… the Oz books, the Little House on the Prairie books, Narnia, Madeleine L'Engle, and JRR Tolkien, which was probably my biggest obsession in high school. i read the history books and everything. i was not a social butterfly.
  4. What was the last photo you took? –some pictures of Yasmine Hamdan playing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. she was amazing!
  5. A film or TV show that everybody seems to love but you really can’t get into? –everyone I know loves Moulin Rouge, and me - ‘ehh’ (sorry if i disappoint anyone lol)
  6. When was the last time you regretted something you said? –oh there’s definitely got to be something in the last 24 hours for certain.
  7. Where would you like to travel? –oh please back to London. or any number of places in the British Isles. Also, all around Europe. and many other places. and a thousand years to do it in.
  8. What is the most beautiful place you’ve been to? –i’ve not traveled much. but i’ve been camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains since i was a kid, and it is undeniably beautiful.
  9. If you owned a restaurant, what kind of food would it serve and what would it look like? –a bakery/cafe with delicious sandwiches and beautiful, divine, utterly transcendent pastries and cakes. it would be somehow both roomy and cozy (lol), plenty of tables, and art on the walls.
  10. What would you like to be better at? –making myself do things that i know i need to do. liking myself. drawing. always drawing.
  11. What’s your favourite animal? –either of my two lovely cats, depending on the moment. 

ok now here are my questions:

  1. “What is your substance, whereof are you made” (what defines you, what made you as you are, or, what is a thing you admire about yourself?)
  2. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” (you are weather. what calming natural event/violent cataclysm are you?)
  3. “When most I wink then do mine eyes best see” (have you ever had a dream that came true? or if not, if you want, tell a dream that you had that you would/would not want to come true)
  4. “When to the sessions of sweet silent thought” (what person, place, or thing do you miss right now?)
  5. “O me, what eyes hath love put in my head” (what person, place, thing, or character do you love unreservedly, despite any flaws?)
  6. ok that’s enough of those. :) please tell us a favorite specific alcoholic (or non-) beverage.
  7. What is in your dream picnic basket (can you tell i’m hungry)?
  8. Where is your picnic happening, and with whom?
  9. Your last fandom purchase, or happy-making thing you’ve bought yourself recently.
  10. A item of clothing or jewelry that you love to wear.
  11. We all started our blogs for some reason, but what keeps you coming back to this lovely blue site of ours?

ok, i will cheekily tag (i say so because i am so bad at doing these when you all tag me) @alexaprilgarden, @ancientreader, @bbcbluebell, @princelock, @secondgoddess, @marta-bee, @fuckyeahfightlock, @ghislainem70, @splunge4me2art, @thescreechowl, and @uneabeillesolitaire. the usual applies, please feel no anxiety or pressure to answer these, i love you all regardless. and if you weren’t tagged but you like the questions and wish you had been, i tag you now. that’s right, you! do the thing ♡ and @mention me back!

Tbh I think any book with a love triangle should be labelled as fantasy because really having TWO people wanting to be with you? At the same time? Fucking witchcraft

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a smile as bright as the summer sun

Makes me feel sick to upload study notes when my exams are finished.

Feels like I’m still in my exam period when I look back at my study notes. I think I’ll start uploading stuff either than study next time. I guess it’s not something I’ve posted but I hope it brings more insight into who I am and not just some random person that upload’s their study notes. 

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hockey tough is just regular stupid

in which a steeler doesn’t understand why bones is walking on his peg leg

(ps if someone else could please gif this like the struggle was real since i have no idea what i was doing or if this will work)

That “Do It For Her” meme you all know and love now comes in Jenny flavor because have I ever told y’all how much I love her with every fiber of my being

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Looking for SPN blogs to follow

it would be cool if you could you reblog this post if you run an active blog with little or no wank,
+ are generally spn positive
(towards all actors & their families, characters, ships, seasons etc.)

BONUS: everyone who i choose to follow, as well as all mutuals who help to get the word out will receive a detailed compliment promo to 12.5K+ followers!

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playoff beards: pittsburgh penguins edition (3/?)

So, I’m listening to the confrontation between Tom Riddle and Harry in the chamber of secrets

and probably what’s striking me the most is the way Tom assumes, implicitly, that everyone who meets him will find him charming and impressive

He talks about becoming Ginny’s best friend, her confidante, the holder of PARTS OF HER SOUL, as if it was a bit of a hassle, but ultimately quite easy. He talks about persuading Professor Dippet that Hagrid was guilty, and describes the effect of his own self-presentation as if it was obvious that one of the most powerful people in the wizarding world should do whatever a 16 year old asked: “Tom Riddle, poor but brilliant, parentless but so brave…”

And he makes one remark about someone his narrative didn’t work on: “I don’t think Dumbledore liked me as much as the other teachers did.” He’s so confident in the effect of his own narrative, his shiny charm, that he’s genuinely surprised and a bit confused at not everybody buying it. 

And, like, the thing is: we see Voldemort when he’s not doing so well, for most of the series. We see him, largely in moments of crisis: autocratic, cruel, utterly without loyalty to anyone but himself. And inside, he’s definitely all those things. But he’s also so charismatic - so good at faking empathy, too - that all sorts of people end up giving him their souls, literally or otherwise. Think about the range of people attracted by Tom Riddle, whether as a schoolboy or a Dark Lord: Slughorn, Ginny Weasley, Lucius Malfoy, Peter Pettigrew, Bellatrix Lestrange, etc. Those are some hugely different people with genuinely conflicting interests! and yet he plays them all, he acquires all of their trust and admiration, and then when he’s done with them they die, but the others keep following him because that’s how good Tom Riddle is at making people love him

It’s incredibly difficult to perform to so many different audiences, simultaneously, and almost never fail. I think Tom Riddle is so good at using people because he uses himself. He doesn’t exist outside the narratives he performs. He feeds on the reactions of others. No one sees through him because there’s nothing to see. He says it himself: “Voldemort [an absurdly dramatic pseudonym, lets be real] is my past, present and future, Harry Potter”

Tom Riddle: consummate identity manipulator, holy shit