omg an aethelrik blog, thank you for existing! If it isn't too much trouble, could you break down all the stuff in the books that were not present in the show, relating to aethelflaed and erik's relationship? I haven't read the books and I am dying to know! Thanks in advance!
OMG anon just doing the Lord’s werrrk, thanks! First, just to let you know, the book was written in Uhtred’s POV, so the aethelrik shiznit only started when he went to Beamfleot for the hostage negotiations. Most of what happened in the show are almost the same as in the books but there were some major changes tho, like TV!Aethelflaed was not carrying Aethelred’s child during her captivity. This is going to be a long post anon, so stay with me:
When Uhtred first sees Aethelflaed, he was expecting her to maybe look like crap and run to him joyfully as soon as she sees him [cue record scratch sound effect] nooope, before greeting him and asking if daddy was pissed, she and Erik were busy heart-eyes-ing each other that Uhtred just went:
In the books, Aethelflaed was treated way better as a prisoner and had 5 maids at her disposal, plus all of her guards were old fogeys. Erik wouldn’t allow any dane without a senior citizen ID to go near her…sorry Haesten :(
Had they escaped successfully, Erik would have converted to Christianity, as what he promised Aethelflaed (ಥ‿ಥ)
Also Erik said all he wanted was to live peacefully tilling in the fields and taking care of their future farm animals.
The conversation Uthred had with Aethelflaed in the show was almost the same as in the books, except that they were in a dining hall celebrating the closed deal with all the Beamfleot squad. She and Erik never even looked at each other the whole night, Uhtred was so amazed he was like, dayum these two are pros [plays footage from the night before]:
Erik was willing to swear an oath to Ragnar once they’ve escaped from Beamfleot. He was all, “I’ll join Ragnar’s crew if he lets us crash forever for a bit in Dunholm”. Uhtred considered it and imagined Ragnar to be amused by their love story.
Aethelflaed revealed that she didn’t want to like Erik, that to fight the attraction she even resorted to praying… Good try princess, prayers ain’t gonna help you fend off that Danish charm & charisma.
There was no cage-the-princess scene in the book. Also, Sigefrid was totally oblivious to his brother’s feelings for the princess, he thought Erik was just using her for sex and would eventually drop her for some saxon bling.
Haesten was the one who set fire to the camp so he could whisk away Aethelflaed and go solo on the incoming ransom money. This so enraged Erik that he went total Terminator mode on Haesten’s men, killing everyone in his path without even a shield, it made Uhtred go, “that’s the most badass shit right there the gods are probably loving it.”
Sigefrid was the one who recovered Aethelflaed from Haesten’s goons and kept yelling, “I have the bitch”, and Erik was like, “GIVE HER TO ME” twice and that’s when all really went to shit.
Sigefrid was also pissed that he didn’t know Aetherik was a thing and that his brother and Uhtred became BFFs so when Erik said he’ll take Aethelflaed and pay the share of ransom money, Sigefrid was like ~hell no! you betrayed me by joining Uhtred’s boyband and wtf happened to bros before hoes? Bitch bye~ not verbatim but you get the drift.
Aethelflaed was weeping and shrieking from the time of Erik’s death until the battle was over, that the fighting men around her were spooked af, even Uhtred described it as “a sadness to fill the world”.
When Erik died and his body was being arranged and prepped for a viking burial, they had to pry a still-sobbing Aethelflaed away from him.
TV!Aethelflaed went home pregnant alright, but thank JesusMaryJoseph it’s Erik’s baby *throws confetti*
That’s all I can remember, hopefully I’ve covered just about every little detail. We can all go back to being sad now thanks for the hurt anon
FIRST HOCKEY MEMORY: “Probably learning how to skate with my brother and cousins at Lakeland Ice Arena.”
HOCKEY HEROES: “Steve Yzerman, Doug Brown, my brother, and I’d probably say Mats Sundin. (Why Doug Brown?) Doug Brown coached me from the time I was 12 until I was 15 or 16. I learned a ton from him and just how much he loves hockey. I played with his son. People always ask when I learned to skate. I was always a pretty good skater, but he kind of made me into an exceptional skater I guess.”
LAST BOOK READ: “‘Unbroken’ it’s a great book. I saw the movie after I read the book. The book is way better.”
CURRENT CAR: “A black 2010 Jeep Cherokee.”
FIRST JOB: “I worked for my dad, making deliveries and working at the house for him. He owns his own business.”
GREATEST SPORTS MOMENT: “Winning the U18 World Championship.”
MOST PAINFUL MOMENT: “Probably losing in the Big Ten championship.”
FAVORITE UNIFORMS: “I love the Michigan football uniform.”
FAVORITE ARENA: “Yost (Arena in Ann Arbor). Just the atmosphere, the windows, and the Jumbotron.”
CLOSEST HOCKEY FRIENDS: “I have a lot. Niko Porikos, Zach Werenski are the biggest ones. I’d say the whole ’96 USNTDP class as well. (Important to be at this year’s draft for Werenski?) Yeah, for sure, it was cool to be on the other side of it and to see how fired up he was.”
FUNNIEST HOCKEY PERSON KNOWN: “Tyler Bertuzzi and Jake Paterson. Tyler’s always got something going on. He’s funny.”
TOUGHEST COMPETITORS FACED: “Probably (defenseman) Johnny MacLeod on my NTDP team. He’s just a tough guy, hits and blocks shots. He’s fast, strong, and as a forward you don’t want to go up against him in practice.”
MOST MEMORABLE GOAL: “Scored to win the International Silver Sticks, game-winning goal in Newmarket (Ontario), probably when I was 10.”
FUNNY HOCKEY MEMORY: “That’s a tough one. You’ll have to give me a minute. … A few times I forgot my jersey and had to wear a goalie jersey.”
FAVORITE PLAYERS TO WATCH: “Patrick Kane, I love watching Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk live is probably the best.”
FAVORITE SPORT OUTSIDE HOCKEY: “Soccer. I used to play and just love watching it on TV with all the best players in the world.”
QUALITIES ADMIRED IN OTHERS: “Kindness.”
FAVORITE MOVIE: “I’m not going to say ‘Miracle’. Probably ‘Happy Gilmore’.
IF NOT A HOCKEY PLAYER, WHAT: “A soccer player.”
HIDDEN TALENTS: “Maybe soccer.”
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE: “Hockey.”
LIFE AFTER HOCKEY CAREER: “Stay in it.”
PREFERRED JERSEY NUMBER: “I wear No. 19 because my brother wore it and he wore it because Steve Yzerman wore it.”
OFF DAYS: “Hanging out, playing a little golf, putt putt.”
MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN PHONE: “Luke Glendening.”
FIRST PURCHASE AFTER SIGNING CONTRACT: “I really didn’t buy anything big, I just went to Lululemon.”
GUILTY PLEASURES: “I love Goldfish, the crackers.”
ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO DO/HAVE BEFORE EVERY GAME: “I have to have coffee with cream and sugar.”
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL: “Neither.”
IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE’S TEAMMATE FOR A DAY, WHO: “Sidney Crosby because he’s my idol, and just to get to see how he is.”
GO BACK IN TIME MOMENT: “And everything would be the same? (Yes) Probably, when I was 14, just to relive it all.”
WHAT SCARES YOU: “Getting old, hockey ending.”
MOST EMBARRASSING CHILDHOOD MOMENT: “I was in a wrestling club in elementary school and that was embarrassing now that I look at it. (Were you bad at it?) No, it was like WWE and we would all watch it and try to reenact. (How’d that work out?) I don’t know, we thought we were cool.”
One of the core characteristics of people like historians is that they master habits of thought—analytic habits of thought—that have real utility in everyday life. These habits help one sort out the various and conflicting messages one gets continuously, from advertisements on television to criticism by a loved one, and assess their significance and credibility. They help one figure out what one really thinks—and feels—when confused, even irritated, by such messages. And they help one persuade someone else to think similarly. This emphasis on fostering analytic skills lies at the heart of this book. There’s no better way of doing that than writing.
From Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write, and Think about History by Jim Cullen
Hey, so how did you go about learning programming? I find myself too easily distracted and without many if any people to ask for help past roadblocks
Ahhh - distraction and roadblocks are the hardest parts. I had some luck, in the beginning, as both of those things go.
I started off with the books on https://inventwithpython.com - there’s two free books there that teach you Python by having you make games - seriously fun way to learn programming - especially if you’re not an abstract math nerd (which I’m not). I also just tried to work through all the tutorials I could find in general.
I was lucky that I had a close friend and a partner who were both really into Python (though neither was super advanced at the time), so I did have some people to ask for help.
I also have ADHD (though I didn’t know it at the time), and when I started on programming, I was OBSESSED with it - as in it was almost all I did, and you couldn’t get me to shut up about it. That obsession lasted a few months, and in that time I was able to apply successfully to the Recurse Center (https://recurse.com), which was called Hacker School back then. So I spent 3 months around 60 people working on their own things and pair programming and giving workshops and presentations; we also had amazing programmers come in as residents for a week at a time.
So it was a great outlet for my intense distraction tendencies. It also gave me a way to pick up many things I wouldn’t have gotten to on my own. On the other hand, I literally had two weeks where I literally couldn’t focus enough to work on anything - that sucked!
Here’s some things that might help:
1. Immerse yourself - books, videos, podcasts. tutorials, programming tumblrs, twitters, etc. This will help with distraction - cuz at least you’ll be distracted by other programming things.
2. Set goals or set a daily time to work on programming. You need to put in at least 1 hr a day, five times a week, in order to make some basic progress. If you’re not already there, then progressively build up to it.
3. Write things out with paper and pen - both for planning and when you’re stuck.
4. Rubber Duck - talk to a person or object, and describe whatever you’re stuck on. Just the act of verbalizing externally will help out (your brain does extra cognitive processing when you do this)
5. Keep a log of what you do/did each day - you’re probably doing more than you realize.
6. Realize that progress doesn’t happen linearly - sometimes you move fast, sometimes you can’t move at all. Just keep putting in tons of effort and you’ll get somewhere.
7. Go for a walk - this does great things for your memory and processing skills, as well as for stress - it’s often when you realize the solution to whatever you’re blocked on.
8. Journal or blog about whatever you’re working on - you’ll start to understand it better as you write, and you’ll have a clear picture of growth.
9. Books are your friend - initially, I only relied on Internet tutorials - books often have a way better quality of information, and it made those internet tutorials way less confusing.
10. When doing tutorials: manually copy/type out the code first; look through the code you just wrote out and try to understand it; compare your observations and questions to the author’s explanations and analysis. Then try to solve a similar exercise, or try to write that program from scratch, without referring to the tutorial.
11. If you don’t have IRL programming friends yet, hang out in online programming spaces and make some friends that way.
12. Once you do have IRL programming friends, try pair programming (essentially 2 people work on the same task together, one person controls the typing - though you can switch) - it’s probably the quickest way to learn.
Final note: if you’re having serious problems with focus or distraction, it’s worth getting evaluated for things like ADHD or a learning disorder, etc. - my entire first year of progress was held back a lot by undiagnosed and unmedicated ADHD. It made many things really hard to understand, and often meant I was overwhelmed or couldn’t focus.
book pairings: ♥ Ian O'Shea and Wanderer from The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Was it fair that Ian would suffer? He deserved happiness if anyone did. It wasn’t fair or right or even sane. How could I do this to him?
I love you, I whispered.
Don’t say that like you’re saying goodbye. But I had to. I, the soul called Wanderer, love you, human Ian. And that will never change, no matter what I might become. I worded it carefully, so that there would be no lie in my voice.
17/1/17 || I’m finally starting my core reading for next semester’s class, ‘World Archaeology’, with ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ by Neil MacGregor. I’m curled up with my favourite blanket and a cup of coffee, ready to read what looks like an interesting book: what better way is there to spend a quiet evening?
Thanks @abriefoboeview for the tag!!
Rules: answer the questions with the first letter of your name, then tag 10 people. if the person who tagged you has the same initial, you must use different answers. you cannot use the same word twice.
what is your name? Tara a four letter word? Test a boy’s name? Trevor an occupation? Teacher something you wear? Tank top a color? Turquoise a food? Tortilla (I’ve been having a lot of dreams about tortillas and eggs benedict lately is this a sign??) a place? Tokyo (I rlly want to go to Japan sob😪) something you shout? TURN THE VOLUME UPPPPPP a movie title? Tuesdays with Morrie (the book is way better tbvh check it out it’s coolios) something you drink? Tea (lmao I’m a flipping tea queen) an animal? Tiger a type of car? Toyota
title of a song? To break in a glove (DEAR EVAN HANSEN CHECK IT OUT ITS A GR8 MUSICAL)
I nominate: @xo-runningman-xo and @fuckyeahorchestra
To the anon before. I have to agree that the show solved a lot problems I had in the books like the whole incest thing which I wasn't a fan of, Clarys and izzys relationship, jace extreme "manliness" and Alec's jealousy (I didn't think he was being biphobic in the books just a little too jealous for my taste) BUT the series created a whole more problems I didn't have with the books and even tho I enjoy the series I still think the books are way better. It's really sad that they cut so much.
I can get it, but the thing which Cassie did was simply display the growth of these characters and their development. They all had a rocky start with each other, they were around someone unfamiliar who was getting way too close to their family way too fast and from this we got to see how well they developed and grew as people and slowly got used to their enviroment and companions. As for the incest thing, I think this is one of the main plots that make Sebastian such a sick to the core villian who you know has no way to redeem himself. This is what makes him so evil in my eyes because he seemed so sure that Clary as his sister belonged to him because they simply share blood/name/parents and because they are special. (Clary with her angel blood and he with his demon blood.) I have never read about such a messed up villian in my life before and it was in a way fascinating, because I did not know that you can go that far and still be like ‘’Yeah this means nothing, even the bible says it.’’
My favorite parenting blog is @itsliketheyknowus. Tremendous. She wrote a hilarious book too. Her blog and book are way way way WAY better than my nonsense. I love them so much. Everytime someone with kids walks into my house, I force her book into their hands and make them read it.
Hi! Um.. I was wondering if I could
request number 6. “I’m scared of loving you” with Bucky please. Thank
you so muuch! And by the way, your writing is sooo good, keep going and take
care! P.S.: I’m sorry for my english.. it’s not my native language <3
Notes: hope you like it! I know @vashanatasha requested this same plot but with
Kai from TVD and I’ll do it as well since it’s with a character from another
different fandom! So no worries ;)
Training was the part you loved the most about being an Avenger. Well,
only if you erased saving the world and saving people from the list, of course.
Punching the bag always calmed your nerves, distracted you and helped you to
relax after a long day. It also helped you sleep after a rough mission. That’s
why you were always the last one to go into the gym. Being alone there gave you
a peace that nothing else did. It was your place.
“Can’t sleep?” You heard a voice behind you while you were drinking some
water. It was almost midnight and you thought everyone was asleep or in their
“Hey Bucks”, you smiled at him. “I’m not tired yet but I like it here at
this time”, you shrugged.
He closed the door and walked towards you. He didn’t look like he was to
train so he probably was on his way to bed or something like that but he heard
you down there. So he decided to disturb your peace.
Bucky and you were good friends, you knew you could trust him and he
knew he could trust you. Both of you were trying to fight those feelings
threatening to fuck everything up and you had been doing a pretty good job at
it during the last weeks. But there was something too appealing about him that
made you want to stay close to him and, for some reason, he looked like he
wanted to be close to you as well.
“What about you?” You asked putting the bottle down on the floor.
“I was going to bed”, he shrugged. “Steve and I were watching Star Wars and have just finished”, he
“Did you like it?” You asked.
“It was good”, he shrugged. “You like those movies?”
“I’m not a big fan. I have to admit the special effects are amazing if
you think about the time they were made”, you said turning to the punching bag
“What are you a big fan of?” He asked standing on the other side of the
bag to hold it for you while you started punching again.
“I don’t know”, you chuckled trying not to look at him so you wouldn’t get
distracted. “Harry Potter maybe”, you
“The books are good. I still haven’t watched any of the movies”, he
“Don’t do it until you read the books. Those are way better than the
movies. Not like the movies are bad of course”, you explained. “But the book is
always better and if you watch the movies without reading the books, there are
chances that you will miss some important stuff”
“You really are an expert, huh?”
He teased you making you laugh.
“I kind grew up with that kid I guess”, you laughed looking at him for a
moment. “I also like The Lord of the
Rings and Game of Thrones”, you
told him. “But please, if you want to know the story of Game of Thrones, do yourself a favour and read the books. Those are
really long and confusing at first because there are many names and places but
it’s worth it”, you explained.
“I’ll write that down”, he smiled at you.
You looked at him for a moment and took a deep breath when you caught a
glimpse of his smile. You always thought you were the only person you got to
see that smile. It was a different one from the one he gave to Steve but you didn’t
know how to explain where the difference was. But it was different. And it took
your breath away and distracted you so much that you missed the next punch.
“Damn”, you said embarrassed.
“Sorry, I was distracting you”, he said quickly. “I should go”, he
“No!” You replied without even thinking about it. He looked at you
confused so you looked down and bite your lip. “I like it when you’re here…”
You heard him taking a deep breath when you said that. He moved closer
to you and took some hair out of your face so you looked at him nervously.
“You shouldn’t”, he whispered looking into your eyes.
“I know”, you whispered back. He would never feel the same way you did
but you just couldn’t help yourself. Not when it came to James Buchanan Barnes.
“Sorry”, you sighed turning to the bag again.
“No. I’m sorry”, he said.
You shivered when you felt him kissing your bare shoulder and then you
heard him walking away and out of the gym. Once you were all alone again you
started punching again, harder and faster than before in an attempt to let go
of your frustration. He was sorry? Why
was he sorry? It just made no sense at all. You were the one that had been developing
feelings for the soldier during the last weeks, not him. Right?
During the next days Bucky and you kept your distance. For you, it was
in order to keep those feelings controlled but you didn’t know why he was doing
it. Somehow, you were grateful since it was easier that way. But you missed
him. He always used to be around when it was your turn to cook to help you, or
watched TV series with you or helped you to tease Clint or Steve. Now you had
to do it all alone. And you missed his company.
“What’s up?” You were in your room watching the new chapter of Once Upon
a Time when Wanda came in. She was probably your best friend in the team. She had
always been there for you, to help you and listen to you, just like you had
always been there for her ever since she joined the team.
“Not much. Just watching the new season”, you shrugged pausing the
“Isn’t Bucky with you?” She asked.
“We’ve been…distant lately”, you frowned as you thought about it. Maybe it
was obvious for everyone else.
“Really? That’s odd…” She frowned taking a seat next to you. “You know I
could take a look into his head”, she smirked.
“Don’t”, you chuckled and looked at her. “It’s tempting but his head is
already too messed up to mess up with it”, you said.
“True”, she sighed. “But what happened?”
“I have no idea”, you admitted. “One day we were ok and the next one…there
was a wall between us”, you said.
“Why don’t you try to take it down? You did it once, maybe you can do it
again”, she smiled at you.
You shrugged looking at her. The first time it had been easy. You didn’t
have any kind of feelings for him but now? Now it was different. He meant a lot
to you and you didn’t want to push him away. So you had no idea about what to
A week had passed and Bucky and you were still distant. At the beginning
it was hard but now you were literally going crazy. The feelings were still
there and, as crazy as it sounded, they were even stronger than before. You had
to talk to him. You needed to know what had you done wrong and make it right. You
just couldn’t stand being away from the super soldier.
So it was Sunday when you finally decided you had had enough of this. You
needed Bucky at least as a friend and if he didn’t want the same, at least you
needed a reason. You got out of the bed and headed to the gym. You knew he was
always the first one there since he still had problems to sleep. He would be
the first one waking up every day. Indeed, he was there, doing push-ups on the
floor in the middle of the gym.
“Morning soldier”, you said closing the door of the gym.
He stopped and looked at you with confusion. No one used to be down
there at the time and since you were the last one going to sleep every day, it
was even weirder seeing you there at 6 in the morning. He got up and took a
towel to dry the sweat off his face.
“Isn’t it too early for you?” He asked.
“I couldn’t sleep”, you shrugged as you began stretching. It actually
was too early for you but oh well.
And that was all. He went back to his training routine while you tried
your best in order to find the words to speak to him. You didn’t even know what
to say or where to start. But you had to and the more you thought about it, the
less you would say.
“Bucky”, you said turning to look at him. He was getting ready to use
the punching bag but he looked at you while he wrapped the tape around his
hand. “What’s wrong?” You asked. You saw him tensing, knowing what you were
talking about, but he put on his poker face and chuckled.
“What are you talking about?” You asked.
“You know what I’m talking about”, you said. “We were ok just a week ago
and out of nothing you’re almost ignoring me. Why? What did I do?”
“You did nothing”, he said after a while, once he finished wrapping his
hands with the white tape.
“Then? What happened?” You asked walking towards him.
“Nothing. I just think you’ll be better off if I keep my distance”, he
“And why would you think that? I was ok and now I’m not. So obviously
you’re wrong”, you said. He sighed and held the bag before looking at you.
“You don’t what you’re saying”, he said.
“What I’m saying is that I have certain feelings for you, and I would
like to know if you have those feelings for me or…not”, you said before
He looked at you with those big blue eyes that meant so much to you. You
dreamed about waking up and seeing them every morning but he definitely wasn’t making
it easier for you.
“You shouldn’t have those feelings for me”, he mumbled.
“Well but I do. I can’t control it”, you shrugged. “Bucky, please, I’m
not asking you to love me. All I need to know is what happened all of sudden to
make you ignore me”, you almost begged him.
“I got scared ok?” He finally sighed looking at you and turning his body
towards you so you were facing each other. “Every single time I have cared for
someone, that person has…died. I’m scared of loving you because I don’t want
that happening to you”
You bite your lip as soon as those words came out of his mouth. He did
have those feelings for you and was as scared as you were. How could you let
him know that he wouldn’t hurt you? You walked over him and, hesitantly, placed
your lips over his in a sweet and short kiss. You pulled away slowly even when
you wanted to keep on kissing him but didn’t want to push him too much.
“You won’t hurt me, or lose me. I promise, Bucks”, you said.
“How do you know that?” He said looking down at you seriously even when
his cheeks were slightly red.
“Because I trust you more than anyone else in this team”, you smiled at
him. “Don’t tell Wanda I said that”, you added with a wink which made him laugh.
“Are you sure? I’m not…stable. My head is completely fucked up and…well…
I’m me”, he shrugged looking down.
“I know who you are Bucky, and I still fell for you. That’s not going to
change but, please, stop ignoring me and stop keeping your distance. I kind of
hated it”, you shrugged.
“Yes ma’am”, he smiled down at you as he kissed you once again.
Huh. I'm sort of mad at myself for not finding your blog earlier! Now I'm going to be going through your asks & posts all night. Excited to find someone who is active, read the books, and knows them way way better than me lmao
dUDE!! I don’t think you even understand how deeply you’ve affected my interpretation of the book. I was halfway through The Love Club when I started Maguire’s book and dear lord I picked up on so many details because of that fic. I was like: “Holy shit. This person has the characterizations down so ridiculously well?? this is so how they’d be modernized!” and I am still in awe because of it.
So I’m totally waving it off that I know the characters better than you, I hope you don’t mind! I definitely think about these two (and wicked in general) way too much though haha. But I think we might have that in common. :P
Anyway, thank you so much for all your contributions to this fandom! It’s an absolute blessing!!! :D
Tsukishima, Yamaguchi, and Ennoshita for the hq ask meme~
Tsukishima: How do you feel about dinosaurs?
lemme just say LAND BEFORE TIME RUINED MY LIFE. If for some reason you have never seen it GO RN!! the first one tho haha that one is the masterpiece. and Jurassic Park like the book is way better.
I once did a whole research project on them with some posters to go along with it WILLINGLY as in this shit was not even assigned but I came to class one day with all this info and got extra credit
Yamaguchi: Name you say most often?
No idea tbh but I have been screaming at almost every character in OITNB rn
Ennoshita: Are you the only responsible person in your group?
yess??? well depends which group but I am constantly having to be like “clean up after yourselves” “no yelling be respectful” but I’m more like that one older sibling who is cool but has limits like I will force you to pick up your trash if you litter