build a better you

you know what’s probably more fun than playing chess? cheating at chess

ohhh would you look at that, my pawns found jesus and now they’re all bishops”

“so i realize it looks like i’m putting a thimble on the board but actually my rooks have been using their downtime to build another rook, one that’s better, stronger, faster—”

“hey welcome back. while you left to get a snack, those six pieces you’d captured slipped their guards, tunneled to safety and emerged right in the middle of your royal palace.”

“oof, looks like you’ve got my king cornered…maybe this is a good time to mention that shortly before we started playing, my pawns and knights revolted and instituted a representative democracy. feel free to kill the puppet ruler that was the one remaining vestige of our tyranny, you cringing servant of the crown. vive la revolution!

“117 countries is far from representing the whole world. “

my dude, there’s 195 countries in the world.

11th House in Air Signs: Don’t feel negative or odd about the importance friendship has to you. Your friends will always impact you strongly.

11th House in Earth Signs: Don’t feel bad that your trust takes so long to gain. Friendship is a weird phenomenon that takes time to build.

11th House in Water Signs: You know better than anyone how love and friendship intermingle too often. Is it normal to be so sensitive towards your friends? For you yes, you can get overwhelmed by pals’ problems.

11th House in Fire Signs: Why do you always instantly connect with new friends so often? Who cares, embrace the gift.

The most patriotic thing an American can do is advocate for a better tomorrow. If you consider a drunk person running around with a flag thong on as they shout propaganda slogans more patriotic than any person protesting the violation of our rights, you have no idea what patriotism means, and no idea what the American flag stands for. This country is literally built on protest and going against the grain to build a better union. You lash out against people who respectfully kneel during a song, but applaud nazis shouting anti-diversity, anti-American slogans. You are more concerned about hand and crowd size than the future of our children. Put down your phone and pick up some books if you don’t comprehend this, Mr. President, and if you still can’t comprehend it, hand in your resignation before the American people turn your own words against you - “You’re fired!”

anonymous asked:

I don't understand extroversion. So I feel the introverted sister. My older sister is more extroverted than I am and sometimes it gets on my nerves, because she's like "let's go out!" And then I say "okay where?" And then she's like " why do I have to come up with stuff all the time?" And in my head I exclaim ,"because your the one who wants to go out!!!!"

Hey, friend. I understand where you’re coming from - as I happen to be the introverted sister in the conversation. I think I understand extroverts a little better than a lot of my fellow introverts, though, probably having to do with my sister being my best friend and us spending a lot of time together. We make allowances for each other. She lets me hang by myself when I want, and occasionally I allow her to drag me out to do things. ;)

So, here are some things to remember and tips to understanding extroverts (and you can apply these to hanging out/understanding pretty much anyone)

They have needs like you do. Not the same needs, but that doesn’t make them any less important or valid. Just because you need time to relax and chill and unwind in quiet seclusion with a book or a cat or a movie or your headphones or all of the above, doesn’t mean that’s what your sister needs.

Have you ever asked if your need to be left alone to recharge “sometimes gets on her nerves”? Try raising that question sometime. The answer might surprise you.

Respect their needs. Make allowances for them, just like with anyone else. If you care for someone, you’re going to go out of your way to show that. It’s not going to hurt you to cater to someone else for a bit to make their day a little brighter, trust me. (You will probably feel exhausted, but actually better about yourself in the end.)

There was the advice, here are the tips.

1. Strategically place your Extrovert in an energizing environment to recharge whenever possible: Introverts are batteries. They need downtime to recharge. Extroverts are solar panels. They need to absorb energy from other things to recharge. You know how you get edgy and uncomfortable and worn down when you’re overstimulated by people and activity? Extroverts feel the same way when there is. nothing. for. them. to. do. They can’t stand it. It makes them physically uncomfortable and can lead to bouts of depression.

2. Sometimes your Extrovert desperately needs attention/activity, but may not know how to address this need: This is when you step in. Extroverts are famous for their ability to look after themselves and blaze their own trails, but even they can’t keep up that pace for long. As an Introvert, you’ve got just as much creativity in your bones as they do - sometimes, arguably but not conclusively, more so. So if your Extrovert flops on your bed and looks at you pleadingly and says “I want to go do something” and sends you a text and adds “but I don’t know whaaaaat!” then it’s your time to make a choice. Keep a list of activities close at hand that both you and your Extrovert enjoy, and whip it out on these very occasions. Be wacky with it. Have some tried-and-true favorites saved, but don’t overuse them:

  • window shopping
  • parks
  • movies
  • pet stores
  • concerts
  • museums
  • cafes (at which you can introvert on a laptop while they extrovert with the noise and people, just be sure not to ignore them!)
  • city walks
  • zoos
  • and sporty things (like, idk, bowling) or
  • sporting events (baseball games!)

-are all good things to put on that list.

3. Many Extroverts, like many Introverts, enjoy a good cuddle. Give your Extrovert plenty of hugs and physical affection. This can do a lot to brighten their day and ensure a healthy relationship.

4. Take your Extrovert along when you go shopping: Have some errands to run? Need to replace those old favorite shoes at last? Bring along your Extrovert. This is the perfect opportunity to spend time together, and to expose your extrovert to the soul-strengthening energy of other people and activity without requiring a full-blown neighborhood block party. Malls are great for this, as there are a lot of people around, but you don’t have to do a lot of interpersonal communication with strangers like you might in another setting.

Note: if you do not have the ability to drive, ask friends or parents to help you get your Extrovert out into the world more. Make family activities out of (or don’t, your choice) and find ways to energize your Extrovert without leaving the house. This can be harder, but doable. Make sure your Extrovert gets to hang with their friends every so often, as this gets them into a new environment and lends quality time to those relationships too.

5. Your Extrovert is NOT “high maintenance”: Your Extrovert requires a good deal of care to be healthy and happy, but no more so than you. When your friends let you be alone for a bit, they are caring about you enough to leave you out as needed. When your Extrovert goes off to do their own thing without you, they are probably taking your introvertedness into account. Introverts also tend to internalize things more than Extroverts. Your Extrovert may often voice opinions, feelings, or problems you think about but keep to yourself. This doesn’t mean you are dealing with them better, or that they are. You just have different methods of facing things, and that’s okay. Talk to your Extrovert about these things as they come up, and remember to continue to participate in the conversation once you’ve got your Extrovert going.

6. If your Extrovert appears sluggish or down, Emergency Measures should be taken IMMEDIATELY: This is it, friend, this is the time when your Extrovert is as their neediest, and it’s possible the lack of stimuli and energy is going to lead them into a depressed emotional state. They require something energizing and fast. Grab the car keys and dash out to the movie theater, or just sit down and ask them about their day and be prepared to listen, and ask for details, encourage the conversation from their side. Extroverts like talking, Introverts like listening - honestly, we should be able to get along just fine. A good cure for this dangerous time is a good dinner out someplace (doesn’t have to be fancy), and a car trip for twenty minutes or so (turn up some tunes if conversation is lacking, this will still help to stimulate your Extrovert) but usually not longer, as your Extrovert can grow bored. Live out in the middle of nowhere? Roll those windows down and take turns shouting at the cows to see if you can get them to react. Live in a metropolis area? Just take a walk down the city streets, maybe buy them some ice cream. (Warning: sugar at this stage can be very beneficial, but can also lead to an extremely hyper state which, if you’re not careful, can lead to a breakdown. Ice cream is good, but make sure to do something afterward to help that energy work through their system - and yours!)

7. Try to say “Yes” to your Extrovert at least as many times as you say “No”: Why? Because your Extrovert is another human being, equally as important as you are. If you say no to parties, nights on the town, double dates, or random cafe visits, make sure you say yes to them too. Your Extrovert probably knows about your introvertedness and will respect it more as you respect them. Your Extrovert will appreciate this, and in the end you will too as you build an awesome relationship and learn about how other people function outside your own personal bubble. Keep your eyes open. ;) All relationships require some give and take. Make time for yourself of course, but try to give more than you take.

Extroverts are not more special. Introverts are not more special. They’re just different. We’re all just different. So take care of your Extrovert, and they will take care of you.

I hope this helps! Remember, EXTROVERTS ARE PEOPLE TOO so take care of yours! ;)

saturn in the signs

aries - saturn in aries is a very challenging placement - saturn is exalted in libra and so falls in aries, which can be difficult when aries is such a force to be reckoned with. you may struggle to chase your ambitions for worry or self-esteem issues, or you could blindly leap after everything you desire without realising the responsibilities of your dreams. you can falter when trying to assert yourself, and you might feel older than your age, unable to let go and just live without repercussions. when you learn to have confidence in yourself and your abilities, the results of your projects will reflect your inner balance. 

taurus - in taurus, saturn’s lessons revolve around security. saturn in taurus really struggles to feel comfortable, stable and safe, and they often cling onto things to find a sense of security in life. but material possessions can’t fulfil you ultimately, and that’s a lesson that saturn in taurus needs to learn. they need to go a little deeper and learn to feel secure in themselves before they can find it in the world. hard work and a little bit of luxury will help them to find what they need, but they have to be open to receive it. they can struggle to express their romantic and creative side too, so it’s important to embrace the parts of themselves that they so often leave behind. 

gemini - saturn in gemini can really struggle in their early years, and this is because gemini embodies so much of the childhood experience - education, curiosity, thinking and learning, siblings and the hometown. they are prone to falling into negative thought patterns, and may struggle with nervousness and anxiety too. this placement often indicates shyness, especially in early life, but it does ease up as you age so don’t fret. saturn in gemini can really take their time learning a subject, but once they fully understand, they never forget and seem to master the subject effortlessly. they are logical, make great writers and teachers, and often doubt their abilities. they often have a head for business too, but it’s imperative that they learn to communicate clearly and without inner chaos for their many talents to manifest. i would suggest writing out your feelings if you’re struggling with this placement, because it’s easy to feel alone in the world with it and nobody should feel that way.

cancer - saturn in cancer controls their emotions. they often lock them away and may struggle to understand and express their own levels of empathy and emotion. it’s a life lesson for these people to learn to come out of their shell and live for themselves, as they can often suppress their passions and needs for the sake of their family’s. saturn in cancer often clings to others, craving the warmth and security they needed as a child; however, they hate to be dependant or needy, and so there’s this inner push-pull that can easily spiral into self hatred if allowed. it’s important that they look at themselves and their past, come to terms with it and try to learn from it too. if you have saturn in cancer, try to create a soothing home that puts warmth in your heart, as the home environment of these people is very important to them and can help them feel more secure. it’s also worth trying to build up your confidence, as you will feel much better if you have your own back.

leo - saturn in leo often manifests as a strong-willed, deeply ambitious person, who can come across as cold and stubborn, but really just needs recognition for what they do. they want people to admire them, and this need to be recognised often comes from childhood somewhere. ego plays a bit part in the life of leo in saturn, and they can struggle to connect with their true selves - they usually have tons of creative talent but no knowledge of how to unlock it, and so are prone to frustration. these people tend to feel they are inferior to others, and they can sabotage themselves by putting themselves down. they can be jealous too, and they try to protect their delicate selves from others by being cold and aloof. the lessons that saturn in leo need to learn revolve around humility, creativity and love; love for others, sure, but mostly for themselves, because it’s this cold centre that brings all the trouble. you must balance the power you have inside, and if you can, you’ll find true joy in life at last.

virgo - this is a great placement for saturn if you can make the most of it; unfortunately it’s not so great if you can’t. at its worst, saturn in virgo brings compulsive behaviours, control issues, harsh self-criticism and niggling health concerns. however, these modest people are hardworking, able to see the little details that make something perfect, cautious and excellent planners. they just need a little push in the right direction, a self-esteem boost, and to learn to let go. hypochondria can develop in times of stress, as well as anxiety issues in general, but if they can learn to manage their stresses and become more relaxed in day-to-day life, these problems will ease up considerably. control can seem to keep them sane, but in all honesty you’ll never control everything, and if you can’t handle losing it, you’ll never be able to keep it. turn that brilliant mind inwards and look at what’s truly good for you; you’ll know.

libra - saturn is exalted in libra, and so it’s quite a nice placement really; these people are fair and pleasant, and quite charming. this can seem a very natural and even easy placement for saturn, but of course it isn’t without its lessons; saturn in libra often experiences restriction when it comes to relationships. they can struggle to relate to others on a personal level, and may find it very hard to be in a relationship. the relationships they do enter may feel forced or loveless, but they themselves don’t know how to mend these holes. the key lies within, and reflection will definitely help. once you are aware of the patterns you form throughout your life, you can work on changing the ones that aren’t helpful for you, and you can experience more open, romantic and pleasant relationships. it’s important to stabilise yourself and take responsibility for the relationships you aren’t happy with, for this placement to flourish.

scorpio - now this is one of the more turbulent positions for saturn; scorpio is so raw, so emotional and sometimes chaotic, while saturn seeks the tangible, control, results. however, i actually this has the potential to be a really good placement; these people are intuitive, determined and mentally very strong. they are calculating and sometimes quite controlling, in the murky manner of scorpio. the main problem with this placement is that saturn restricts the emotional goldmine that is scorpio. this can lead to all manner of emotional issues, repressed memories, and even holding onto negative energies around them. they can struggle to see their true intentions and often fear rejection and abandonment deeply. they can struggle to open themselves up to another person or be intimate. they must learn to open their eyes and look at themselves honestly, with the same sharpness they look at others, and then focus all that immense energy on healing from whatever is dragging them down. it’s hard and painful, but we all know the strength of this placement.

sagittarius - saturn in sagittarius can seem like a weird match, right? but actually, it fits quite well. this placement brings strong ethics and morals, a real lust for learning, skepticism and strong intuition. however, these people may feel dissatisfied with their education, feeling it did them no good and that they need to teach themselves. they can swing from skeptical to cynical in the blink of an eye, or from intuitive to blindly guessing at life. this placement is surprisingly prone to bouts of depression, as it’s hard to need your freedom but be scared of the consequences of it. they can struggle to open up and trust others, and can sometimes rebel just for the sake of rebelling, rather than because they believe it’s right. the lessons of this placement focus on balancing ethical codes with human needs and wants, structuring your learning so you can make the most of it, and learning to find the wonder in the world. this placement is great for teachers and often leads to your becoming a leader in your chosen field, but you must heal from your issues first.

capricorn - saturn is at home in capricorn, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own set of challenges like any other saturn placement. issues of control and perfectionism can make achievements difficult, although this is actually a very hard working placement that prides itself on its achievements and the completion of goals. saturn in capricorn often sees things in black and white, feeling that emotions are all awful things that distract from progress, and anything less than perfection is failure. but awareness is a huge part of making strides, and as much as they crave recognition, their inner self needs recognition by the outer self in order to truly flourish. time heals all wounds, and keeping this in mind will help you to heal your own. 

aquarius - saturn in aquarius is a natural psychiatrist, a scientist at heart. they can apply themselves fully to anything that peaks their interest, and their hearts are solid gold. but they can struggle to fit in amongst their peers, and their way of living can be unconventional and possibly even distressing to them. it’s important that they learn to balance their own lifestyles with their dreams and morals. these people are wonderful friends, and have fair hearts. as the traditional ruler of aquarius, saturn is surprisingly comfortable here, and if you can be honest with yourself and apply your beautiful minds and hearts to the world around you, i think this is actually a wonderful placement for saturn.

pisces - saturn in pisces can be a very tough placement, as saturn deals with structure and pisces dissolves everything it touches. but this is a sensitive and extremely creative placement for saturn, and if you listen to its lessons, you are likely to become a wise and empathic person, without feeling consumed by negativity. it’s very easy to fall into depression with this placement, because you may feel responsible for others, but if you learn to put your needs first and to step back when you need to, you’ll find this eases up considerably. inner reflection and connecting the mind and body to the soul, will help you on your journey. it’s important to learn to say no and to let out your feelings through some creative pastime. 

A Little Help For Panic! At The Disco fans...

Burlesque: an artistic composition that vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity; any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature OR a humorous stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus

Daquiri: a blended cocktail made of rum, lime/lemon juice, sugar, and often fruit and/or ice Formaldehyde: (CH2O) a colorless, toxic, soluble gas usually created from methyl alcohol through oxidation, used as a disinfectant and preservative as well as in the manufacturing of some resins and plastics Nitroglycerin: (C3H5N3O9) a colorless, thick, oily, explosive yellow liquid made by nitrating glycerol, used in explosives such as dynamite and in rocket propellants, and in medicine as a vasodilator in the treatment of angina pectoris. Trophy Wife: a young and attractive wife used as a status symbol for an older or middle-aged man; often the second wife Shotgun Wedding: a forced or hurried marriage often caused by the bride’s pregnancy Martyrdom: extreme suffering or the conditon/death/suffering of a martyr
  • Martyr: a person who (often willingly) suffers death or great torment for a belief, religion, principle or cause

“Aubergine Dreams”: “Aubergine” is a dark purple color; the line “aubergine dreams” in Time to Dance refers to a shade of eyeliner that a character uses in the book Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk (*many of the lines in Time to Dance reference parts of Invisible Monsters, but this is the most obvious and also the most confusing to many people)

Apostasy: a total desertion or departure from one’s religion, party, principles, etc.

Vagabond: a person without a permanent home that wanders from place to place; nomad; rogue; tramp; vagrant; someone who is worthless, carefree or irresponsible

Surreptitious: operated in stealth or done by/acquired in secret

Asbestos: a fibrous mineral (amphibole or chrysotile) formerly used in incombustible or fireproof articles, fabrics, theatre curtains or boards, etc.

“Purse of a Different Kind”: Meaning a black book, a book used to record names of clients, dates, and times (hence the line “Along with the people inside”)

Linoleum: a hard, washable floor covering of burlap or canvas coated with linseed oil, powdered cork, and rosin

Quarantine Wings: wings of the hospital in which strict isolation is imposed for sanitary or hygienic purposes

Camisado: a surprise attack at night or daybreak when the enemy or target is believed to be asleep

Cabaret: a restaurant that serves/includes food, drink, music, a dance floor, and often a floor show

[Definitions from dictionary.com or google]

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panic! at the disco + music videos

Knighted- Chapter 1

Have ya’ll seen Tides’ art post for this? We started working on this at the same time, and trust me this is gonna be great. 

Please look at Tides’ art first before enjoying, trust me it makes the build better cause then you know what’s coming and how not serious this fic is gonna get.

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World’s Best Dad (Part 4)

Originally posted by thejabberwock

Summary: Dean’s doing his best to take it easy at home while the reader runs into a few unexpected issues while helping out…

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Pairing: single parent!Dean x kindergarten teacher!reader

Word Count: 5,200ish

Warnings: language, implied future smut

A/N: I want a fluffy Dean like this if anyone’s got one lying around I can borrow…

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Jon is not manipulating Daenerys

So I want to talk about this theory that is originating from the Jonsa camp, insisting that Jon is just manipulating Daenerys’ affections and grief to get her dragons to come North. In short, I want to talk about how complete bullshit it is.

For those that don’t know, the general jist of it is that using Daenerys’ feelings to get her to right for the North. They use his time among the Wildlings and Ygritte as evidence that Jon is willing to do this sort of thing. It also assesses that Jon would do anything to save his home from the White Walkers. I want to prove all of those beliefs to be incorrect.

I want to talk about the Dragonstone scenes in “Spoils of War”, because a big crux of my arguments originates from here. Dany wants Jon to bend the knee before she’ll join the fight in the North, and many people misbelieves what Dany’s desire is. She wants to have her cake and eat it too – she wants Jon to swear fealty to her, she wants to restore her family’s rightful place as the rulers of the Seven Kingdoms, but she also knows she has to save her people as well.

And more than that, she is trying to get a feel on Jon. She is prodding him, testing him, trying to get a sense out of just the type of person the King in the North truly is. Dany is being a good politician by seeing just where Jon lies. He will probably be one of her biggest allies, no matter what comes next, and she needs to understand him better.

Jon is also beginning to understand Dany as well. She tells him she will commit her forces to the North, but she also wants to rule. Both of these characters are trying to think on beyond just survival. Everyone knows what kind of queen Cersei is. Daenerys, even with all of her inexperience, even with her hot blooded rationale to just jump into the fray head first, would be a better ruler than Cersei. Because Daenerys does not want to be queen of the ashes, while Cersei is just fine with that role. We see that in the crescendo of the finale.

It is the scene on the beach when we see that Dany trusts Jon. She doesn’t ask Jon his advice because she is over the clouds in love with him. If that was the case, she would have committed her forces right in the cave, no strings attached. She asks for Jon’s advice because Jon has every reason to tell Dany to lay waste of King’s Landing. The Lannisters brought his family to ruin, murdered his father, butchered his mother, split his family apart, instituted a ruthless tyrant in Winterfell.

If there is anyone who would be happier to see the Lannisters burn, it should be Jon. He has absolutely no reason for him to tell the dragon queen to stay her hand.

But that is precisely what Jon does. Despite his best interests, Jon tells her she can’t set fire to the red Keep. Because if she does that, then there is no hope for her rule after the threat in the North is over. It is in that moment that Dany realizes that she can trust Jon, that he will even give advice and counsel that goes against his interest if it will serve the realm.

Dany doesn’t subscribe to the Wight Hunt because she needs proof. She saw the historical evidence of that in the Dragonglass Cave. But Dany still feels that she needs to win the throne to save the realm – a very similar situation that Stannis found himself in right near the beginning of the series. If Dany marches north, that gives Cersei time to regain her foothold.

They need Cersei to back off so that Dany can commit. That is the crux of why Daenerys and Tyrion come up with this Wight Hunt plan.

People say that Dany has no stake in saving Westeros, and they have no basis with that argument. None. The argument rests on air, because both the show and the books have shown that Daenerys is above all else, a rescuer. She had no stakes in the slave trade, but she fought for the defenseless anyway. It actually went against her political ambitions, because it delayed her conquest of Westeros. The best time for he to invade would have been in the wake of Tywin Lannister’s murder, and she delayed that invasion because she would not see slavery return to Slaver’s Bay.

Daenerys’ arc in season 7 is about her resisting her base nature – to do the right thing with no political gain. Her rescue of Jon is episode 6 is, of course, filled with romantic subtext. That is obvious. But beyond that, Daenerys is frustrated with staying in the back. For most of the season, Tyrion was asking her to reserve her hand, to play it cool and safe. And Daenerys is a character that wants to get her hands dirty, that feels that she has to risk her life.

It was Tyrion and Daenerys that came up with the Wight Hunt. Daenerys feels it is up to her to set things to right. Because before all else, she is a hero.

Plenty of the supporters of this theory argue that the boat scene in episode 6 is when Jon realizes he can manipulate Dany. Jon is utilizing Dany’s grief to get her to commit to the fight. Ladies and gentlemen, this is character assassination. That argument shows, beyond a doubt, that they have no concept on Jon’s characterization, and outright ignore evidence displayed by the narrative to support their theories.

To suggest that Jon is so without morals and empathy, that he would manipulate a woman in grief over the death of her child, after she had risked her life for his, is a complete misunderstanding of Jon’s character. It is more comparable with Petyr Baelish than Jon Snow.

This is completely different than what Jon did among the Wildlings. Jon was forced into that position, he was conflicted over his feelings with Ygritte, he mixed in some of his bitterness with his bastard status with lies, and he gained a certain amount of empathy and respect for the Wildlings.

Dany had committed herself to the fight against the White Walkers, in full, with no strings attached. Jon did not have anything else to do. His job was done. But he chose to swear himself to Daenerys anyway. Why?

Because he is not trying to manipulate her. Because he realizes that she is the best chance that Westeros has after the White Walkers. Cersei can’t be expected to hold onto the Iron Throne. She is selfless, vain, vengeful, and would crush the kingdoms under her heel if given the opportunity. Daenerys risked her own life to save others, and sabotaged her own political ambitions to rescue the realm.

She showed exactly who she is to Jon, and she is the type of monarch that Jon would serve. The North cannot stand on its own. Jon probably realizes that better than anyone. He has seen how the xenophobia of the Night’s Watch almost sabotaged the fight against the Others. A united Westeros has a better chance of surviving the aftershocks of the Long Night than a North that is depending on itself.

And if you needed anymore proof that Jon is 100% sincere, look at his speech in the dragonpit. That is his character in a nutshell, and both the books and the show are showing that the Eddard Stark rule of politics is the only way to rebuild a better world.

Jon Snow wants to build a better world.

Lastly, if you are still not convinced that Jon’s affections for Daenerys are sincere, listen to the music. Orchestra is a story without words, and despite my misgivings about Ramin Djwadi, he composed what can objectively could only be considered a romantic theme for Jon and Daenerys. It cannot be any more blatant than that folks.

Jon loves Daenerys. Daenerys loves Jon. And they are going to save Westeros together.

anonymous asked:

Sooo it's pretty common to see Steve demand tony attend combat training, right? But what if at some point Nat decides everyone needs some spy training too. How to go undercover. How to break out of restraints. How to make weapons out of everyday things. How to get info out of someone. Etc. And I feel like tony would basically excel at all of these and the other avengers would have mixed reactions.

So, I kinda forgot to put any focus on the others reactions.. I just enjoyed writing skilled Tony who just wants to go back to the lab. 

Can I go Back to the Lab Now?

“I don’t want to spar with you Steve.” Natasha says, and Steve hesitates. He’s used to dragging Tony into practice, but Natasha, this is new. 

“Any particular reason?” Steve asks, she looks up from painting her nails, and waves them at him. “If Tony can’t use work as an excuse you can’t use your nails.” Steve says, Tony makes a soft oohing sound, but immediately quiets when she glares at him.

“Why do we always practice sparring, what about other skills?” She asks, and Steve blinks at her. “Escaping restraints, going unnoticed in public, using your environment to your advantage.” Tony raises his hand.

“I’m in, we should do that.” He says. Steve raises an eyebrow at him. “What? Sparring is boring Steve.” 

“Fine. We’ll practice spy things.” Steve agrees, crossing his arms over his chest. 

“After my nails dry.” Natasha says, waving her fingers at him again. Tony is running for the elevator before she finishes her sentence.

“Lab time! JARVIS fire up the fabricator, daddy’s got shit to do.” Tony calls. Natasha smiles fondly after him. 


“Okay, Madame Spy lady, what are we doing first?” Tony asks, tipping an imaginary hat to her. She smiles at him, and it’s sharp. Tony suppresses a grin. 

“Restraints.” She says, and Clint grins. This will be easy for him. Tony tosses her admantium strengthened rope. 

“Cap shouldn’t be able to break that.” He offers. Steve glares at him. “What? I had to make it fair.” Tony says with a shrug. Clint laughs. 

“Let’s get started. Everyone take a seat.” Natasha orders. Tony sits down, crossing his legs casually, and holding his arms out to her, palms pressed together. “Behind your back, Stark.” She orders, and then quickly threads the rope between the back of the chair. before wrapping it around his arms, and then uncrossing his legs to tie them to the chair legs. 

“Can I escape yet?” Tony asks. Natasha rolls her eyes. 

“Sure, you can try.” She says, and Tony dislocates his left thumb, pulling his hand out of the rope, and grabbing the knife off Natasha’s belt slashing the rest of the ropes off in a few quick movements. 

“I tried.” He says mildly. 

“What the fuck?” Clint whispers, and Steve nods. 

“I’m going back to my lab now, JARVIS stream Cap’s attempt to me, I wanna see him struggle.” Tony says, popping his thumb back into place as he heads back to the lab. 


“Unusual weapons training.” Natasha declares, flipping Clint to the floor, and holding a sharpened bobby pin against his carotid artery. 

“Can I go?” Tony asks, glancing at the fondue fork that must have been left on the floor after dinner last night.

“No.” Natasha says. “Fight me.” Tony rolls his eyes, and lunges for the table, before shifting right and grabbing the fondue fork. 

“I took out a robot with a fondue fork, I know what I’m doing.” He points out, and Natasha lunges for him a pillow slamming into his face to distract him, he jumps to avoid the attempt to knock him off balance, and jabs the fondue fork downwards. “Careful Tasha.” He teases, She makes a grab for the fork, and he let’s her, shoving the metal tip into an outlet just as she grabs on. 

“Fuck!” She shakes out her hand, dragging him to the ground with her thighs. He taps out before he asphyxiates. “Ow.” 

“I can’t beat you at sparring, but I do know how to use things as weapons Tasha.” He intones, “I’m going back to the lab now.” 

“Fine.” Natasha grumbles, grabbing a bag of flower and launching herself at Steve.


“New challenge.” Natasha decides. “We’re going to SHIELD, everyone your goal is to figure out the code to Fury’s office.” Tony pulls out his phone, ignoring the rest of her speech.

“Peach17? Why? What does that even mean?” He asks, and Natasha groans. “What? I finished your task. Seriously, what does that mean?” 

“Nobody knows.” She says, waving off the question. “We need to come up with a new task, the goal is to talk to people to get answers.” She grumbles.

“Oh, that’s what it means?” Tony mumbles, not looking up from his phone. “Who would have guessed.” Natasha attempts to glare him into submission, so he passes his phone over.

“Find out the name of the circus Clint was in.” She challenges.

“Carson’s.” Tony says easily. Clint glares at him. “What, it was in your file. I let you move into my house, of course I read your file. 

“What don’t you know?” She asks. Tony considers the question for a minute. 

“I still don’t know what TAHITI actually stands for.” He offers. She nods mildly. 

“Fine, you have to figure that out, by talking to people.” She specifies. “No hacking, just persuasion.” 

“I get it, sheesh.” He says, “See you guys in an hour.” He heads straight for R&
D TAHITI is a science based program, at the very least someone there will know someone connected to the project. Also, R&D people generally like him so there’s no reason to pretend he isn’t Tony Stark. 

Despite his expectations it only takes fifteen minutes. 

“Fury asked me to consult on that project named after a beach?” He says, after looking over someones stasis gun. “Um, TAHITI or something, I can’t remember. Gosh, who was the lead scientist on that? Simmons? Simon? Sam? Or was it Fitz?” 

“Stark.” Someone barks, and he’s dragged out of the room. 

“What do you know about,  Terrestrialized Alien Host Integrative Tissue program?” The stranger growls, she’s attractive.

“I know that’s a mouthful.” He offers, and she scowls at him. “Not much, really. Fury asked me to consult.” He shrugs.

“That’s my project.” The woman says. “It’s wrong. They keep ignoring me though, they won’t shut it down. After Coulson, I though they’d stop.” It’s only now that he notes the fear in her eyes. 

“I lied, Fury doesn’t know I’m here.” He admits. “Don’t tell him, I’ll figure out how to stop TAHITI, okay?” 

“Thank you.” She says. He heads back to the team, it appears there’s a new challenge.


“This one should actually cause problems for you Stark, undercover work.” She smirks at him, he smirks right back. 

“You would think so.” He says. “What’s the goal?” 

“Purchase three items from three different stores without being recognized.” She says, handing each of them a list. First person back here wins. Tony nods, and heads down to R&D. 

“Dr. Jones!” He calls, and she turns to him. 

“Dr. Stark, how can I help you?” She asks, smiling warmly at him. 

“I need someone to accompany me to the mall, for an Avengers training exercise.” He explains, and she blinks at him. “I’m supposed to go unnoticed, and you haven’t accepted any of the sports cars I’ve offered you. Nobody expects Tony Stark to ride in a Prius.”

“What do I get out of it?” She asks, crossing her arms. Tony laughs.

“I’ll increase your funding, and build you a better car.” He offers, and she follows him out to the garage.

“Still don’t want a new car.” She says, but she drives him to the mall and lets him drag her from store to store. Nobody expects to see Tony Stark in sweatpants running around the mall with a random women. (Leading expert in her field, but people are dumb)

“Are you sure you don’t want a new car?” He asks, as he watches Steve get swarmed by a group of Veterans. 

“I’m sure.” She says, shoving him away. “I’m glad you won your dumb competition, but I have work to do.” 

“Good, an excuse to get back to the lab.” He says, smiling at her. He taps his ear piece. “J, tell Natasha I’m done.” 

Legit Tip #187

or - “Creating a More Organic Flow in Your Storytelling”

Let’s say you’re writing a paper, and you want to connect point A in history to point B. To explain how those two points are connected, you would need to focus keenly on the flow of that essay, showing how events throughout time led from one thing to another. 

You want - no, need - this kind of organic flow in your storytelling as well. Practically speaking, it keeps readers from wondering - “Wait, how did we end up here?” But even beyond that, it keeps things moving. It keeps the action going. It keeps your reader’s eyes moving across the page. 

And for you, as a writer, knowing how to use flow to your advantage keeps you writing. I’m not saying it’s a magical end-all and be-all for writer’s block, but learning how flow in storytelling works can do a lot to keep you moving when you know what’s coming next and all you need is to get there.

So, an important question - 

What are common storytelling roadblocks?

That is, what are the types of thing that stop the flow of stories? That break up the action and stop readers in their tracks when they come across them? Here are a few to consider.

1. Epiphanies

Yeah, okay. Characters suddenly realize things sometimes. That’s grand. But when characters have epiphanies out of nowhere, with nothing leading up to it, readers are left with a whole lot of “What?” 

Amateur writers use the method of “Suddenly she realized…” a lot when they need something to happen. It gives the character new information without the writer having to go through the trouble of delivering the information through other means. 

2. Time and Place Changes

Okay, bear with me. Changes in time and place are necessary for any story. But it interrupts the flow of a story badly when these transitions aren’t handled well, even from scene to scene or chapter to chapter. As you open in a new time or place, go through the effort to reestablish what put your characters in this position, why they’re here, etc. 

Or, and this is an important “or”, drop hints, foreshadow, etc., in the text beforehand to keep the flow going. Allow for some sense of connection. This is most important when time and place changes within a scene, but can still be useful to remember in other contexts.

3. Mood Shifts

I’m not talking about a specific character’s mood shifting. I’m talking about mood shifts within scenes - i.e., the way a scene changes when something happens and people react to it. The flow can be severely interrupted if a writer doesn’t take the time to flow into the “new” mood. Take a death scene, for example. 

In the middle of a battle, Character A is suddenly stricken down while his friends and family watch. Do things become instantly sad? Probably not, if people are still fighting. The writer needs to proceed with caution. Take time to let the impact settle in. Let the characters finish what must be done (as in, finish the fight.) Then they can gather around the fallen. Then the narrator can let the mood shift to a more somber tone. From fast-paced to frozen-in-time shock to sadness rather than immediately to sadness. That’s how flow works in instances like these. 

There are plenty more roadblocks. Think about anything that can disrupt a story’s pacing. Look for these words - 

  • Suddenly
  • Immediately
  • At once
  • He/she “realized”
  • Etc.

I’m not saying these immediately indicate bad flow. But look around them and you might notice places where you can build on the story to create better flow. 

Let’s get back to the idea of the character epiphany, for example. 

“She realized he had been lying to her.”

Right. So… how did she realize this? What did she remember? What did she sense about the way he’s speaking to her now? How does she feel having this realization? 

There is so much you can do to connect the thing that causes the realization to her having the epiphany that there’s no need to simply drop that bomb. 

So there you have it. I hope that this helps give you some ideas on what you can do to improve the flow in your own storytelling!

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There are more possible games of chess than there are atoms in the universe. No one could possibly predict them all, even you. Which means that that first move can be terrifying. It’s the furthest point from the end of the game, there’s a virtually infinite sea of possibilities between you and the other side. But it also means that if you make a mistake, there’s nearly an infinite amount of ways to fix it.

im sorry your life has been shitty, im sorry no one loves you like you want. but you cant make my life shitty because of it. you dont get to make people feel bad because you do. i hope you get the chance to heal. i hope you can build a better life for yourself where you dont have to manipulate people to feel loved.