books make my world go round

anonymous asked:

I've got a little prompt for you: Can you imagine Albus hunched over his Potions book and crossing instructions out and muttering to himself? Then Scorpius comes in and catches him writing in his book. How would their conversation go?

Thanks, anon, for giving me something to do while I was stuck in a massive queue on the coach ride home! I hope this fulfils your prompt!


“Severus Snape.”

“What?” Albus glances briefly up from his potions book, distracted, then he goes back to scribbling in the margins; crossing out instructions, and rewriting ingredients lists.

“Severus Snape,” Scorpius repeats, pointing to the book. “That’s what he used to do. Vandalising his potions books.” He dumps a pile of parchment onto the table and flops down opposite Albus.

“I’m not vandalising it,” Albus mutters. “I’m making it easier to use. We’re doing this potion tomorrow, and I know I’ll forget something crucial if I don’t make notes now.”

Scorpius grins and rests his chin on his hands. “My potions prince. I never thought I could learn to love a boy who defiles his books, but here we are. You even look quite attractive doing it.”

Albus flushes pink, all the way to the tips of his ears, and he doesn’t look up from his book. “Are you going to do any work or are you just going to sit there and make unsolicited comments?”

Scorpius slides his chair sideways along the floor, so the wooden legs screech on the stonework. Several people glare at him, and he gives them an apologetic grin and hand wave.
When everyone’s no longer looking at him, he leans close to Albus and peers down at the book. “I was actually going to copy your notes. Will you translate for me? You know I can’t read your- Why are you looking at me like that?”

Albus has looked up at him, eyes wide in mock astonishment, a smirk twisting across his face. “Scorpius Malfoy, asking to copy my work?”

Scorpius digs him in the ribs. “Come on, you know you’re better at potions than me.”

Albus shoves his elbow away. “The biggest nerd in existence, not wanting to make his own potions notes? Is the world ending?” He tickles Scorpius’s side, and Scorpius shrieks and half falls off his seat, robes wrapped round him, clinging onto the chair and the table to prevent himself being completely dumped on the floor. Everyone else in the Common Room turns to glare at him again.

“Albus,” he hisses. “Don’t tickle. It’s cruel, and you’re disturbing everyone.” He waves at them all again, and they tut and shake their heads as they return to their work.

Albus grins and wiggles his fingers at him. “Cheaters get tickled.”

“I’m not a cheater!” Scorpius swishes his robes and flumps back into his seat, pouting. “Come on. I just want to have a look. They’re only notes. If you explain the theory to me I can do them myself.”

Albus considers him for a moment, then his expression melts. “You actually mean that. You’d sit there and do all these stupid calculations yourself.” He shakes his head and grins. “You’re such a geek.”

Scorpius pokes him in the arm. “You did them for yourself first. Look who’s calling who a geek.”

Albus holds his hands up. “Okay, okay! I’ll let you share my notes. Just this once. Because I love you.”

Scorpius hugs him. “You’re the best, you know that?”

Albus smiles. “Really? Even though I graffiti my books?”

Scorpius frowns and looks down at the book, which is black with spidery scribbles. “Yes, I think so. But I feel very very sorry for your books, and I’d like to register my most heartfelt disapproval.”

Albus grins and taps him on the nose. “Noted. Now, shall we start with the Knotgrass?”

anonymous asked:

how did you start in norse history things? What's a good place to start? I get so overwhelmed....

Sæll (eða sæl) vinur,
(Hello friend,)

This is definitely a question that is better suited for my other blog, but I never turn away my guests, so I will answer it here regardless, my friend. (I am still the same person, after all).

I started in a class, which is a pretty great place to get introduced to this material, but not necessarily a place that everyone is fortunate enough to begin with. Yet, this is exactly why I run a series on my other blog, called Fjorn’s Viking History. You can view all of these posts here on Tumblr, or view them in a link-based-list format on my Wordpress. I am not sure if you are already aware of them, but they are posts that essentially turn my lecture notes into an online ‘course’ of sorts. One post at a time, you can read and learn about Viking History for free. There are currently 43 posts, with 57 total planned.

I should be more cautious in advertising myself, though, because I am a student, not a professor, and I have so much more to learn before I am qualified enough to properly teach this material. Still, I find it to be a convenient place to start, at least for the sake of exposure. I list all my sources, which can provide books and other outlets to explore. 

Yet, if that is not suitable, I know of a few books that make for a suitable, reliable, and well-rounded exposure into medieval Norse studies:

John Haywood, The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings.

This book is reasonably priced and does not go into a lot of academic depth. It is clear, concise, and offers a tremendous amount of visuals that really help to visualize the Norse world. I always, always recommend this book for beginners.

Rory McTurk ed., A Companion to Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture.

This book is a bit expensive and far more academic than the book above. Yet, it a compilation of the efforts of various scholars, and all of this research is very up-to-date. This is a great source to learn more detail about specific topics, such as poetry, archaeology, and language. I recommend reading it out of order, picking whichever topic interests you the most at the time.

Angus A. Somerville and R. Andrew McDonald ed., The Viking Age: A Reader, Second Edition.

This book is much like the one above, except instead of secondary, scholar work, it is a collection of translated primary source material. This will expose you to the various primary sources (books written during the Viking Age, or fairly close in time to that period). It is a good companion to all of the material above, because, like the Companion, this book offers additional insight to specific topics through selected primary materials. Again, I would recommend reading in whatever order suits your needs the most.

Hopefully that helps you, my friend. Not everyone is able to take a class on Viking History, which is a reason why I began my other blog in the first place. If you have any further concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know so I can help out a bit.

I wish you the best of luck!

Með vinsemd og virðingu,
(With friendliness and respect,)

I put my full weight, heart, and soul into loving you. I’m afraid to admit that you were never much for heavy lifting.
—  10:12PM// the gym for broken hearts
Strangers - Dean Winchester x Reader

Originally posted by lonesomesam

“Let’s pretend we’re strangers.” You whispered, leaning over the small, round table between the two of you. Heavy old books pressing into your chest.

Dean chuckled, “And why would we do that?”

“I’m curious.”

“What difference would it make?”

“The world.”

He laughed then, shaking his head and going to the fridge to get another beer.

“Okay then, princess. Let’s say we’re strangers.” He sat down opposite you, sipping his beer and staring at you, silent.

“That’s not fair.”

He laughed, ‘Why not? What am I doing wrong?”

“You’re not doing anything!”

“I’m watching you. A strange, gorgeous girl is in my motel room. Of course I’m going to be watching you and wondering what happens next.”

You ran a hand through your hair, “If we hadn’t grown up together, if I wasn’t ‘like a sister’ to you, would we-” You looked down, putting your bottle down on the table with a little too much force.

“Whoa.” Dean said, eyebrow raised.

“Sorry, I just- Sometimes I wish I’d only met you recently. So you didn’t think of me as a sister.”

“I don’t think of you as a sister. I may say you’re my family, but that doesn’t mean you’re like a sister to me.” He chewed his lip slightly, still watching you.

“So what am I then?” You asked, leaning back in your chair.

He laughed, “Am I supposed to answer that in a few words?”

You nodded.

“You are so much more than that, sweetheart.” Dean shook his head, sighing.

“So what, then?”

“You want to be strangers?” Dean asked, standing up again.

“Just for tonight.”

“Good, come ‘ere.” He opened his arms, and placed his hands on your hips when you came to him.

“Is this what you wanted?” He murmured in your ear, lips attacking your neck, your collarbones, your ear.

A nod, your hands tightening around his belt loops, head tilted to the side to allow him better access. 

Dean moved his lips to your shoulder, slipping your shirt sleeve and bra strap out of the way. 

“How far do you want to go?” He asked softly, fingers pressing into the flesh around your hips.

“I’ll tell you when to stop.” You murmured, leaning into him.

Dean smirked, eyebrow raised, slight nod, and then he started.

“We should be strangers more often.”

Rainbow Splash

And so it started…
So there I was with some Rainbow stained pig leather and some dream instructions to make a book out of it. What good was making a book going to do? It’s not like a book can stop a rainbow…
Maybe the pig wanted me to bring this to the attention of the world? Maybe I just needed to finance a quest to go kill the vile beast?
Either way, I couldn’t do anything without real supplies.

A block of book guts turned up in my craft cupboard. Imagine my luck. It was already trimmed and had the spine rounded. It even had this odd rainbow staining around the edges. Perhaps someone had spilled several bottles of ink on it? who knows?! I’m not questioning it. It’s the perfect size… huh… that seems almost TOO coincidental.

This little block of paper I found is fairly thick. Nuggety even comes to mind. Now I don’t have a laying press or those fancy boards that other, more fortunate binders have to mushroom the spine of a book. That didn’t get me down, though. I simply made some of those boards out of pine. A quick whirl in the workshop and I had a bevel on the top edge. Woo.

See? that works perfectly! Wait… why isn’t it mushrooming itself?

Oh yeah… duh… Hammer. Hmm… Are “claw” hammers part of bookbinding? I vaguely remember the Rainbow in my dream having claws. I’m sure there is some connection here. It’s like it was meant to be.

Smack! Smackedy smack smack smack!
HAH! That’ll teach you to not mushroom yourself! I started on the edges and gently hammered them down. Almost like I was petting it with a hammer…

I’m cursed! Imagine going to pour a little bit of glue out of your container only to have the top come off and it vomit all over the place. Dramatisation aside, I didn’t need that much glue… thanks glue. Really helpful.

Simple covers! Four pieces of 1.2mm cardboard. Two of them with a design cut out of them. I think that simple covers lend a lot to a book.

Preparing for headbands! To be honest I wanted to continue with the rainbow themed thing I’ve got going but I messed up terribly. I was foolish and didn’t measure where I should stop one colour and go onto the next and it was just… terrible. I could hear the rainbow laughing at me in the back of my head.

So I decided to go with a black and white double headband instead. This is only my second attempt at this kind of headband and I found it a lot easier the second time around. I even managed pearling on the bottom. I’ll post a simple 4 step guide on how to do this in the future.

The hollow and spine were added

And false bands were added. Amusingly enough I was on a quest to clear out a room when I found some BBQ tools still in their packet. They had these square leather cords tied to them. Since I was currently lacking in square leather cords for this project, this was again almost TOO coincidental.

Okay… make or break time. I cut the Rainbow stained leather to size. It was heartbreaking to have to cut off some really pretty parts.

I always glue the leather onto the spine first. This is how I define the raised bands. Firmly holding some tough string or cord  down on either side of the band for a dozen seconds or so works quite well.

And a wood folder on the covers helps to define the underlaying pattern if it’s simple enough.
Even though the leather was Rainbow stained, it still retained its softness. I was worried that the venom from the Rainbow would have some detrimental effect on its workability, but I’m glad that is not the case.

I garnered a small amount of the Rainbow Venom from the offcuts of leather and poured it over some paper in an attempt to make some end pages. I think it turned out quite well. I used all precautions to not get any of this stuff on my skin.

Then it was just a case of cutting the paper down to size, gluing it in and voila! Done!

I have fulfilled the Pig’s dying request… Now lets go hunt this Rainbow.

Fictionality aside, I really enjoyed this build. Like I said I was worried that there would be some ill effect from staining the leather in the way that I did (there isn’t any information on the net about it that I can find).
I quite liked how the attempts to stain the edges of the pages bled into the book, even though I don’t really like the look of the actual edges.

I have plans to work on this for my next project so there will be a return of the colour bleeding effect on the inside of the book I’m sure.

Double headbands! I can’t believe how easy it was this time round. The first time I did it I had a lot of trouble. This time I just thought about how I wanted the thread to end up at the end of a wrap and went backwards from there.

The book ended up being 15.2cm (6 inches) x 11.4cmm (4.5 inches) x 3.4cm (1.25 inches).  320 pages of 110gsm paper.

If you have any questions or comments drop them down below on a reblog or disqus. Alternatively, drop me a line using the ask function.

Quick Note & Policy Change

Afternoon, everybody! 

I already talked about this on Twitter, so for those who saw it there, apologies for the repeat info and bear with me, please.

Everyone knows my mantra: Ship Without Shame. I believe that everybody has the right to like what they like (and dislike whatever they want).  I also believe that – when it comes to media sites / news – sites set and determine the tone and message that decides the company you keep.

I don’t expect any media site to like everything I like. I don’t care if they do or don’t.  Differences make the world go round. What I do take issue with is when a site (or podcast or round-table etc) decides to include “judgement” on viewers by commenting on the *viewer* not the fictional story/characters.  There’s been a lot of that going around in the media circles lately and it’s left me debating adjusting the policies of my social media accounts.

Shippers are fans.  Period.  We like what we like and, just like fans of action or humor or comic books, our likes & preferences are as valid as anyone elses. We do not have to apologize for it or be “quiet” about it. Or “wait our turn.”  We get to be as loud, passionate, visible, happy or unhappy as any other fan. 

If there’s a hill I die on in battle, it will be in the defense of Romance and those who enjoy it. This is why I encourage shippers to never apologize for or explain their passions.  Why I encourage you to be vocal and passionate about your hobbies and interests.  You are as worthwhile, important, and “matter” as much as any other viewer, and don’t ever forget it. You need no one’s permission.

Hand in hand with that is an expectation that – as a fan/viewer – I feel like I am treated respectfully by the media sites I choose to visit. So, after sitting back and watching this hiatus, I’m adjusting my policy on my social media accounts.

Basically what it comes down to is this: I will no longer be sharing links to sites, round-tables, podcasts, etc., that I feel disrespect me (or you) as a shipper and fan of Romance.

IIn media, words are their business.  It’s their job. Words and tone are purposeful choices. If a site chooses to use their platform to “shipper shame” (or click-bait, troll, or only try to appeal to me/Olicity/shippers when they need traffic or promotion) I am refusing to give them any of my business or promotion.  I have enough respect for myself, my interests, and – by extension – the people who visit my Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, etc., to NOT support those sites.

I know that this will undoubtedly impact what it shared here when it comes to articles, interviews, promos, etc., and I apologize for that, but I have always felt a weird responsibility to my followers to ensure that what is shared/linked here adheres to the tone I want to create on my accounts, which is a fun, safe, positive (even if that does involve criticism that I do hope is always constructive) environment for Olicity shippers.

I feel a responsibility to meet the standard of “trust” you put in me when you followed me. I hope you understand my decision and my goal to only support media that truly reflects my interests and respects me (and you) as viewers and shippers.

Thank you.

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Never love someone more than you love yourself. Because yes, the saying is, love makes the world go round, but you have to remember that you are part of the world too. Make your world go round before you move on to someone else’s.
—  11:54am thoughts// you are the number one priority, always