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Welcome to Swan Queen Supernova II: Cygnus Summer Celebration!

That’s right - the time has arrived. Sound the horns and ring the bells, another season of Swan Queen Supernova is here!

First things first - please check out the FAQ and SCHEDULE by clicking on those links or visiting the links in our sidebar. Those posts should give you all the information you need to have a successful Supernova season!

We have also added a new aspect of the event this year - our Protostar Challenge, a Reverse Bang-style event! We have included more details about it under a read more at the bottom of the post, so check that out before you sign up!

On that note, it’s time to get this party started! Sign-ups this year are open from APRIL 17 - MAY 7 for all artist and author roles for both challenges! Beta, cheerleader, and pinch-hit signups will stay open challenge-round, so you’re always more than welcome to join us for those.

Once again, be sure you read the FAQ and SCHEDULE before signing up, but if you’re all ready to go:

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Sign ups for authors and artists close promptly at midnight Eastern Time (US) on May 7th, so don’t delay! And be sure to spread the word - the more, the merrier!

Let us know if you guys have any questions that aren’t answered by the Schedule or the FAQ page, and happy Supernova Season to all!

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Warm Me Up ch. 38

*Note: if you can’t read the full thing, go to the OP. Mobile doesn’t show the read more link for some reason. 

Extra note: Everyone is free to stop reading any time they don’t feel comfortable :)


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Over the last couple of days, Nico hadn’t told Will many details about how his reunion with his father went. When Will got home, he found Nico listening to music, writing in his journal, his eyes puffy and bloodshot. Despite it, there had been a small smile playing on his lips and a kind of serenity in his eyes. He had looked at Will, smiled, then continued to write.

Will had showered and laid beside him, asking if he was okay, leaning against him as he wrote. He didn’t want to press if Nico didn’t want to talk. The best Will could deduce was that their talk had gone decently well.

Now, two days later, Nico seemed distracted as he walked around the house, mindlessly picking at small things- arranging the drapes, twisting the blinds open or shut a little, moving the salt and pepper from the table to the counter to the stove and back, and rearranging pillows or couch placements. Meanwhile, Will was catching up on Once Upon a Time. The most surprising thing had been the fact that Nico hadn’t snorted or made a sarcastic comment yet.  

Suddenly, Nico plopped down beside him. He didn’t say anything, but Will grabbed the remote and paused his show. Then he turned to Nico and raised an eyebrow. “What?” he asked.

Nico’s legs started bobbing up and down anxiously until he pulled them onto the couch and folded them beneath him to sit cross-legged. “I want to do something.”

Will furrowed his eyebrows. “Okay.”

Nico took a breath and began fidgeting his hands. “When I went with my dad, it was really awkward. Then we got back here, and I started arguing with him. There was… a lot of crying and yelling…. He apologized a lot.” Nico frowned and looked down. “I don’t know if I want to forgive him just yet. I feel like I have to figure out if he means it.” He glanced up with ebony, mysterious eyes right into Will’s soul, leaving him breathless. “I want him to meet you. As my boyfriend. And if he’s okay with it, I’ll start forgiving. I’ll let him try again. If not…. I don’t want him in my life.”

Will’s eyes widened and he twitched back in surprise. The reality of what Nico had said settled and left Will as anxious as Nico had been all day. He was going to meet Nico’s father?

“If you’re not comfortable, it’s okay,” Nico assured. “I just… I figured this was the best way to figure out if he truly wants to try to be a good dad for me.” He shrugged, eyes downcast, hands weaving together and coming apart nervously.

Slowly, Will lifted his boyfriend’s chin and smiled. “Okay,” he said with more strength and certainty than he felt. “I’ll meet him. When?”

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Pride Tag! 🌈

created by me! 

Since summer is coming up, and that’s when most pride parades take place I’ve decided to start this tag to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community! Being a part of the community myself I think this is a great idea (I might be a bit biased lol) and I would really love if you guys would do it! Click ‘read more’ for details!

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Can US Customs and Border officials search your phone?

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. Below, ProPublica details what powers US Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices.

A NASA scientist heading home to the US said he was detained in January at a Houston airport, where US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers pressured him for access to his work phone and its potentially sensitive contents. Last month, CBP agents checked the identification of passengers leaving a domestic flight at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport during a search for an immigrant with a deportation order. And in October, border agents seized phones and other work-related material from a Canadian photojournalist. They blocked him from entering the US after he refused to unlock the phones, citing his obligation to protect his sources. These and other recent incidents have revived confusion and alarm over what powers border officials actually have and, perhaps more importantly, how to know when they are overstepping their authority.

The unsettling fact is that border officials have long had broad powers — many people just don’t know about them. Border officials, for instance, have search powers that extend 100 air miles inland from any external boundary of the US. That means border agents can stop and question people at fixed checkpoints dozens of miles from US borders. They can also pull over motorists whom they suspect of a crime as part of “roving” border patrol operations.

Sowing even more uneasiness, ambiguity around the agency’s search powers — especially over electronic devices — has persisted for years as courts nationwide address legal challenges raised by travelers, privacy advocates and civil-rights groups. We dug out answers about the current state-of-play when it comes to border searches, along with links to more detailed resources (below).

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anonymous asked:

I've seen a lot of criticism for Captive Prince for being racist and 50sog-like which makes me hesitant to read. I trust your judgement and I know you're a fan, so what's your take on these arguments?

Hoo boy. These arguments. Yeah, I’ve seen them too. Let me say my piece about them.

The “it’s just like Fifty Shades!” argument

Well…the first book kind of is. Scratch that: it’s explicitly worse. The protagonist is, as the title implies, captive, as well as enslaved, and that slavery does contain a sexual side. While he manages to avoid the worst of the sexual abuse (including, from memory, being in a sparring match in a sport where the winner has to rape the loser, and having to have sex with a prepubescent child for the entertainment of their masters), he’s still involved in sexual acts that are 100% nonconsensual on his end.

But—and that’s the important part—it’s all in the framing. They are, as I just said, 100% nonconsensual. The book knows it. The narration knows it. The characters (both Damen, the protagonist, and the people forcing him in these acts) know it. Add to that that the first book is absolutely devoid of romance (the two leads do have sexual tension, but it is just that—sexual) means that…while it is “like” Fifty Shades in that abuse happens, it is completely unlike Fifty Shades in the one point that actually matters (and that makes Fifty Shades a reprehensible piece of fiction): it does not romanticize the abuse and passes it off as “love” or “BDSM”. That’s the key element

As for the sequels…there really is no discussion there that they are nothing like Fifty Shades. The main argument I’ve seen raised against them is that the romance between Damen and Laurent cannot be healthy after the abuse that Laurent put Damen through, and…there’s certainly room for discussion, but I feel like the book earns its right to their romance. I don’t really feel like going into more details because of spoilers, but while it can be argued that neither of them is in a good place at the end of the series, their relationship isn’t unhealthy—if anything, it is probably going to help them heal. So there is that.

The race argument

Disclaimer: I am white and European, so all I’m going to say here is based on things I have read

And by things I have read, I include words from CS Pacat herself on Twitter. I suggest reading that, if only because it indicates that she is very cognizant of the portrayal of race in her own books, and that she wrote with her understanding of race. Which, seeing as this is a fictional world, she is perfectly entitled to.

The gist of it is: Australian race relationships tends to be focused on Anglo-Australians and…everyone else (the umbrella term is a reclaimed slur and there doesn’t seem to be an accepted alternative, so again, just click the link for more details). Laurent fits into the former category, Damen in the latter, and Pacat chose on purpose to have her main protagonist be a member of her own racial group (who also shares her sexuality) because said racial group is underrepresented especially in heroic roles. Which Damen definitely has.

Usually, when I see people saying the books are racist, they tend to focus on the premise: person of color is enslaved. Which is myopic on multiple levels, so…

  1. The issue people apparently have most of the time is that they read Damen as black (as understood by the American concept of race). Which is very America-centric, and as I just mentioned, that doesn’t really fit in with the author’s own intent.
  2. If you want to go all “death of the author”, you still have to contend with the fact that Damen, and his home nation of Akielos, is very strongly coded as (Ancient) Greek. All the names, specific terms, and even a chunk of the culture is taken directly from or inspired by Ancient Greek culture.
    So it seems to me that we have another layer of Americanocentrism at work, where anyone with dark skin is assumed to be of African descent or African-coded, which is…simply not the case here, even just looking at the book’s texts. I immediately identified Damen as Greek while reading the books, even before I read about those discussions of race.
  3. The idea of “character is enslaved” being problematic is…kind of a similar problem as the Fifty Shades argument up there. Namely…not all portrayals of an enslaved character are born equal. So even if Damen was coded as African/African American/black, the fact is…his enslavement is treated by the text as the traumatic experience that it is.
  4. Slavery is denounced by the books’ own text even beyond how it affects Damen personally. I mean, as soon as it becomes a possibility that Damen might reclaim his throne, he vows to abolish the slavery he grew up considering a perfectly normal part of life. That’s…literally the furthest you can get denouncing slavery in a story where slavery exists. (It’s also a pretty solid metaphor for generally unlearning all biases one grows up with, which I thought was pretty neat)

So no, I don’t really see how it’s racist. I’ve seen other arguments, and they feel even flimsier and almost instantaneously disproven by…just reading the book. You can safely assume that most of those just stem from people who read the blurb and went “I must denounce this as problematic RIGHT THIS MOMENT!”

Which…there’s a reason I run this blog, so you can guess how I feel about it.


So in conclusion, anon, my opinion is very simple: disregard these claims because they are pretty much unfounded. Or just make your own opinion, that works too! But I absolutely 100% recommend these books…as long as you’re fine with some pretty explicit stuff (including, as I mentioned, depiction of pretty brutal violence against a person in captivity, some of it being sexual violence). Check for trigger warnings before you read, but I say go forth and don’t worry about there being racism or glorified abuse here.

#2016 HP/LV fic rec hub — Part 1 #1—15

So, a list for HPLV! I just put a brief description for each, so click the link of the story you want for more details! As I’m creating this at the behest of @ghurahm, there will be no noncon/dubcon, rape, or underage*. There’s absolutely no rhyme nor reason to the listing of each fic, but I’ve numbered them to make it easier to search through. I’m sorting through all my archives— which has 2000+ stories!— so I apologize for any inconsistencies in regards to the limitations set. Just please also read the author’s warning beforehand. Enjoy!
Also: Reysistantis on antis— in case you’re ever attacked for a ship or kink.
http://littwink.tumblr.com/post/154453340730/reysistantis-i-dont-know-where-this-recent-idea

*Underage— since there is at least a 2 generation age gap between them in canon, underage will be perceived as their mindset. Since Time-traveling is also a major trope in the Harrymort/Tomarry fandom, both of them may be underage. But nothing so far apart where it might be considered statutory rape. Everyone will be mature enough to consent.
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1. The Dark Lion by HecatesKiss

•Oneshot: Harry is the Dark Lord’s Assasin / Complete
* Rated E for Explicit content at the end. Can skip the ending if you prefer not to read the sex.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1524320
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2. 47 Days to Change (a translation) by snow_owl

* Multi-Chaptered (ch. 48 when posting this) / WIP (work in progress)
* Rated E, but as of now there is no sexual content. The author of the fic advised that should you not want the explicit content, you can read it on FF.net under the same name/author.

“This is a ‘Harry travels back in time to raise Tom’ story. An unfortunate tale of one man’s failed attempt to mold young Tom into a decent, law-abiding citizen. Instead, as Fate will have it, young Tom grows up to become the same twisted psychopath, who is hell-bent on winning the love of his adoptive father. Harry’s consent be damned.”

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1485385/chapters/3134746
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3. For Voldemort and Valor by Acnara

•Oneshot— Completed.

I found it really interesting, so here it is! Cursed Child spoilers warning.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/8818636
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4. Republic by eldritcher

“Summary: In which the Wizarding World has been exposed to the Muggles, in which they fight a war for their existence, in which they aren’t very good at it.”

The author has a unique version of Voldemort. You’ll see what I mean. And no, this is not a crack fic. It’s actually fraught with political drama.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/8123602/chapters/18622489
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5. The Consort Tournament by watermelonsmellinfellon

“Summary: The Dark Lord wanted a consort and had decided to host a competition that involved nearly everyone in Britain. If they thought they were good enough, they could enter to compete in a certain amount of tasks set by the Lord of the lands himself. Only the victor would have the skills necessary to become Voldemort’s consort.
Harry unfortunately nabs the Dark Lord’s attention. Voldemort does as he pleases.
Hermione enters to win, Bellatrix takes interest in certain people, and of course there’s the villain causing trouble.
A/N: SLASH/Harrymort/AU. I’m still waiting for someone to tell me exactly how this sounds like Harry is a slave. Please do so. Nothing at all would suggest it. How about we don’t assume that because the word “consort” is involved, it must *obviously* be about slavery. Does anyone actually know what a consort is?“

http://archiveofourown.org/works/7297006/chapters/16572739
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6. Again and Again by Athy

"Summary: The Do-Over Fic - a chance to do things again, but this time-To Get it Right. But is it really such a blessing as it appears? A jaded, darker, bitter, and tired wizard who just wants to die; but can’t. A chance to learn how to live, from the most unexpected source. Story is high on Political intrigue. Dumbledore!bashing slytherin!harry, dark!harry, eventual slash, lv/hp”

http://archiveofourown.org/works/439865/chapters/749908
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7. Of Monsters and Men by Clarisse(transnymphtaire)

“Summary: Each child is assigned a monster from their birth until they’re at least fifteen years old. Some children gets re-assigned. Some children keeps their monsters their whole life. Some children do both.”

http://archiveofourown.org/works/8436802/chapters/19329055
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8. Prancing Through Time by Lytri

In which Harry is the MOD and the summary is too long to paste. I promise that it’s totally worth it— even if you just read the summary.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/7543918/chapters/17154103
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9. How does it feel to fall, my precious angel? By TosMichiyo

“Summary: Harry Potter is a Light Angel and also known as Dumbledore’s Golden Boy, because of the fact that he had never giving into Voldemort’s advances.
20 years ago, Tom Riddle, Harry’s partner disappeared and rumours stated that Tom Riddle had fallen, became a Dark Angel. Harry who had secretly harboured feelings for his partner is devastated, but what happens when Harry returns after 20 years? Will he finally make peace with his past? Or will the images of Tom Riddle never let him go?”

A completed series. Angel AU. Absolutely loved it!

http://archiveofourown.org/works/7897600
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10. Siren Song by The_Fictionist

“Summary: Siren/Merfolk AU. Harry is a sailor. Tom is a siren.”

One of many great stories from this author. Please check them all out!

http://archiveofourown.org/works/930416?view_full_work=true
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11. Paper Tears by You_Light_The_Sky

“Summary: Instead of writing his name in Tom Riddle’s diary, Harry wrote a story… and the horcrux living there ate it up in fascination. “Once upon a time there was a boy who lived in a cupboard…” TMR/HP”

Be ready for some tears of your own.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/3695660/chapters/8175665
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12. Rebuilt by Terrific Lunacy

“Full summary: {AU!} After society as we know it collapsed, humanity struggled for survival. Following a decade of chaos and anarchy, a new society begins to establish. Lords try to assemble the best followers around them and battle other groups for territory. Young Harry Potter tries to stay out of trouble, but when a new lord with unconventional ideas sees the potential in his unique talents, his quiet life soon gets turned upside down. Armed only with his wits, Harry has to take on one catastrophe after the other, all the while trying to uncover his own past and teach a certain smug bastard the meaning of personal space. [LV/HP]”

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9559865/1/Rebuilt
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13. Shadowed Malice by Oceanbreeze7

Summary: “11 years ago, my ‘brother’ survived the killing curse. 8 years ago I was given up for adoption. 5 years ago, my orphanage was destroyed in a bloodbath. 4 years ago I found my place at the Dark Lords side. And now, I’m going to Hogwarts, I am Harry Potter.”

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7179133/1/Shadowed-Malice
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14. Voldemort Goes Back to School by KisaraP

“Summary: Slash! This story replaces the Half-Blood Prince: What happens if Voldemort disguises himself as a transfer student to gain access to Hogwarts in order to kill Harry Potter? Well, I’ll give you a hint: It leads to consequences that not even Dumbledore foresaw! This story has a very original plot that has not ever been seen before. Yes, really. (Light!Harry) (Sub!Voldie) (Mpreg).”

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7713961/1/Voldemort-Goes-Back-To-School
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15. A Beast’s Virtue by Arliene

“Summary: Schooled at Durmstrang, forced into political upheaval, pursued by dark and light wizards alike, Harry Potter becomes a leader and icon for his entire generation, thus turning the Dark Lord’s attention to him. HP/LV. Politician Harry.”

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10648774/1/A-Beast-s-Virtue

Halloween Anime

I know, by the times this comes out, it is Halloween basically, but forgive me for being late on this spooky occasion. I do have a life as well as an easily compromised digestive system. So, behold the spooky!

I am not usually a fan of spooky, creepy, suspenseful, jump scares or gore, but I have a few recommendations that may look like a field of flowers compared to what you actually find to be scary. These are in no particular order and I’ve reviewed a few before, so you can click the links to read those reviews, but I hope you have a good Halloween and enjoy these few picks!

1. Hellsing Ultimate

Hellsing is an anime classic to most western fans, it really is a creative and overall spooky and gut wrenching gore-fest—the manga, that is. Hellsing the anime originally came out when the manga (10 volumes) was only out to volume 3. So the production team panicked and slapped an original villain on it and we lost way more than half of the story.

Years later, Hellsing Ultimate, the beautifully animated and gruesomely detailed OVA series came out a little at a time. It’s faithful to the manga, nearly panel-to-panel perfect and is just wonderfully chilling. Let Alucard, Seras, Pip, Integra and Walter take you through the world of vampires, ghouls, Nazis, werewolves and an ocean of blood in this 10 episode OVA series.

2. Another

Take a trip back in time, to the scariest high school you never want to attend where the spirits of the dead are here to fuck shit up and kill people. Another and it’s gorgeous atmosphere and eccentrically creative styles of death will make you never want to leave the house again. I’m still in awe of how wonderfully suspenseful this show was, and still flooded by the animation. Another is a great and easily digested 12 episode series, perfect to marathon on Halloween.

3. Kakurenbo (Hide and Seek)

This short 3D animated movie came out quite some ago. I first watched it as a kid on Adult Swim, and later as an adult, still wonderfully creeped out by how well it held up. Kakurenbo is this wonderfully set up world where kids sneak around to play hide and seek with Kitsune masks. The idea is that you don’t eaten by demons, but that’s just a myth, demons don’t exist and don’t children. Oh…these kids are in for a bad time. Suspenseful, atmospheric, gorgeous, Kakurenbo is a treat for any anime horror fan.

4. Shiki

My personal favorite: vampires portrayed as actual vampires. And look—the dub is good too! Thanks Funimation for the three year delay on that! Shiki is about a tiny town about to have a big problem, vampires. Don’t let Megumi scare you away with her shrill voice and 8th grade sensibilities; this show gets dark and fast. And worse, it elicits emotions from you from both sides, making you wonder “who am I supposed to be rooting for here????”

The pacing is forgivable for the 22 episodes it covers. Epidemics don’t just happen overnight and vampires get full just like me and you. Enjoy the chaos that ensues in this wonderful series with poppy art and some unforgettable sequences of terror.

5. Paranoia Agent

Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Paranoia Agent, but I’ve been hunting down a full boxset for years because it left that big of an impact on me. This show showcases the really scary thing in life: the human mind. How creepy can we get? Very. With allusions to serious mental instability, suicide, murder, jealousy, dementia, all the things a brain can do to go bad, it gets scary. Paranoia Agent takes you on the tour of the human psyche while police hunt down a kid with a baseball cap and golden bat and rollerblades as he attacks people, who are on the brink of insanity, bat first. The overall design and feel of the show (same director as Tokyo Godfathers by the way) is gorgeous, while leaving you feeling a little unsettled just because this stuff can happen in real life.

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Masks by TallFlower (Overwatch) [Archive of Our Own]

DAY 2 of McHanzo Week — Canon Divergence || AU. Two vigilantes watch over the city of London. One, a mysterious gunman who stalks the streets. The other a silent cybernised-archer who takes to the rooftops. Together they keep the city safe. However one pitiful robber in King’s Row brings the two heroes together…

The robber raced up the fire escape, bursting onto the snowy rooftop in a huff. Sweat dotted his brow, his eyes wildly searching the grey skyline as he panted. With each breath, a billow of white cloud would rise into the cold night air. His fingers were practically the colour of bone with how tightly he gripped to the light blue bag in his hands. He looked back down the staircase he had just flown up seconds before.

Nothing chased up the stairs after him.

After a few beats he let out a long sigh of relief – believing himself to be safe. For now, at the least.

With a smile spreading across his face, he turned his back on the staircase and walked towards the ledge-wall. Quickly brushing away the freshly fallen snow off of the cement, he propped the bag against it and began undoing the clasp at the front. Instantly, he began combing through the contents, spilling notebooks and papers and makeup and a small toy bear by his feet.

If he had bothered to look up at the face of the building in front of him he would have noticed a mysterious archer glaring down at him.

From his perch on the windowsill, Hanzo had watched him race down the streets far below him, following the trail of footprints he made as he did. The thief didn’t stop – not even as he pushed people onto their knees and made them cry out with shock as they hit the ground. One elder in particular hit the ground with a sickening crash, having landed squarely on the wrapped box he was carrying in his hands. It was flattened entirely by his weight.

Hanzo did nothing as he saw the robber run down an alleyway and pull down the rusty fire escape, taking each step two at a time.

Hanzo zoomed in for a facial reconstruction to see if he already was on record. He read the man’s pale, daunt face. Not a single hair on his chin. Probably not any on his head either judging by the black beanie. A name flashed up after a few seconds; D A M I O N   W R I G H T.

He read over some of his details – he was unemployed, early thirties, lived in South London, Greenwhich. No major offences.

His eyes jumped back to the bag. It appeared to be a young girl’s, judging from the Pax Lodge badges that decorated one of its straps.

How pathetic , Hanzo couldn’t help but think to himself as he began to rise off of his haunches.

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I’ve had several questions about how to make the highest amount of bells possible, so I figured I’d make a guide of how I make most of my money. My method revolves solely around the island. I catch both sharks and rare beetles and make around 1 million bells each night I do this. But let me start by saying everyone has different techniques for making money and catching bugs, and this is just my way. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to message me about them. Click “Read More” for details! :)

side note: I also added this as a page under my “Helpful Links” section on my blog in case you want to see it again.

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Ace Awareness Week is October 23rd through October 29th, and we will be partnering with @asexual-society to host a series of ace-spec-related events; all of which will be submission-based from you guys!

Submissions can either be sent directly to this blog, to @asexual-society, or submitted to the event’s tag: #AceSpectacular

Submissions must also include image descriptions; we need to maintain the accessibility we’ve promised our followers!

You’re welcome to post and submit anything up until & during the event itself, but we will not be featuring anything on the blog itself until the actual event date.

For more writing prompts, art contest prizes, guidelines, and criteria, and optional questions + more details on selfies, click here! (link)

Have fun, and we’re looking forward to seeing all the submissions from you guys!

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Sterek Fic: With the City Below - T, 2k words

With the City Below (2062 words) by frek
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Lawyers, Alternate Universe, First Kiss, Drinking, sterek, Suits and Ties
Summary: Okay so maybe it’s a post case celebration. It’s the first case Derek let Stiles take the lead on and he had won and Derek couldn’t be more proud. (Suits inspired lawyer AU)
Notes: Written for the incredible aeveenien for her birthday. <3

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As always, you can read below, or click the link above to read it on AO3

And don’t forget to check out the lovely art geeky-sova drew to go with this fic. <3
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Derek led Stiles through the office after they arrived back from the courthouse. The smiles seemingly plastered on both their faces spoke volumes about the case Stiles had tried just a few short hours before. It had been the first case Derek had let him take solo and he had come out on top. Stiles was ecstatic, riding the high of his first win, and Derek couldn’t have been more proud of his protégé. They had stayed after court had been adjourned, discussing the details with their client before taking their leave and heading back to the office, intending to finish up the paperwork before calling it a weekend.

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CALLING ALL SILVER FANS!

Do you have a thing for a certain white hedgehog with awesome telekinetic abilities? Tired of constantly having to hear people whine and underappreciate him?

Network Silver is here to bring fellow Silver fans from the Sonic fandom into a nice welcoming community where we can all bond and cry over our favourite naive little hedgehog.

This Network aims to bring fellow Silver fans together, and encourages us to connect with and form new bonds.

If you’re interested in joining, here’s a how to:

General Rules (Click here for FAQ and more details)

  • Follow the NetworkSilver blog
  • Reblog this post - so it can spread and encourage others to join (likes are bookmarks/don’t count as admission)
  • Have your askbox open/messenger available for contact
  • Fill this survey 
  • you must fill both the survey and reblog this post in order for your application to count

When you’re accepted

  • You’ll be notified via ask/messenger
  • Track the #NetworkSilver tag
  • Put a link to the net in your blog signifying you are a member
  • Be nice to the other members (make sure to read the Do Nots)
  • Recommend the net to a friend!

If you have any more questions feel free to drop an ask!

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Hi! Things have gotten kind of rough, so I’m opening commissions! Please click the pictures for full size and easier reading! :^D I know all these examples are Toontown related, but I can draw any fandom content / original character. 

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It is the text message from Sansa that alerts her to the problem.

Sansa: you know I didn’t mean that, right? Like that wasn’t the purpose at all. I know you and him are a thing and I wouldn’t do anything about that except make sure that he is good enough for you, right?

Arya stares at the phone for a full fifteen seconds, reading and rereading the text. What on earth…?

She tugs her laptop up onto her chest and opens it, still bleary-eyed from sleep, and it does not take her long to find the headlines that probably have Sansa curled up in a ball feeling guilty and shitty and worrying that she had done something to fuck Arya up again.

Trouble at home? Is Sansa after Arya’s man?

Sansa moves on from Harry…to Gendry?

Catfight? Wolffight?

There are pictures too, of Sansa and Gendry getting out of Sansa’s car, of them at a restaurant laughing together, of Sansa showing Gendry something on her phone. Probably that damned picture of Arya when she’d dressed up as a wolf for Halloween when she was eight…that is the only thing she could think of that would make his face screw up in laughter like that.

Then Arya makes the mistake of clicking on the link under one of the headlines.

“Oh for the love of…”

It is the stupidest article she has ever read, and clearly the reporter (do these people even count as reporters? Gossip mongers, more like) was scrambling for actual substantial details. She rolls her eyes and closes out of the tab and grabs her phone and texts both of them.

Arya: Don’t worry about it. People are morons.

Gendry: What?

Arya: Oh, just Google it. It’s really stupid.

It only took him a few seconds to reply to that.

Gendry: Oh for crying out loud.

Arya: Yeah.

Gendry: I like how it’s obviously Sansa’s fault.  God forbid that I had anything to do with it.  Jesus Christ.

Arya: Yeah, but when do men ever get blamed for this kind of shit.  Isn’t it more fun to bash teh womanz????

Sansa doesn’t reply. And Arya knows she’s awake because she is more of a morning person than Arya is. That makes her frown. This is Sansa’s prime texting time, before she runs off and does whatever she does in the morning.

Her phone buzzes again, but it’s still not Sansa.

Pod: Go on twitter.

“Oh no.” Arya stares at her phone and, without really wanting to, logs into the website. And a moment later, she is numb.

Slag stealing your sister’s man.

She’s too good for you.

What’s this, your fifth this year?

You don’t deserve having a sister like her, you ho.

Why would you even?

Go back to Joffrey.

It’s the last one that fills Arya with a rage and she presses the little blue box on the screen and begins to type.

First of all under what circumstances do you think it is ok to badmouth my sister over something you don’t understand?

Second of all what kind of person do you think you are judging someone for their desire to date people and having that go awry?

Third of all, telling someone to go back to an abusive relationship because of your perceived understanding of a bullshit situation? Nice.

Lastly, please, for the love of god, stop. Just stop. Even if you are upset on my behalf, please have a little faith in me and in Sansa to work things out between us.

Good god we actually can do that, you know.

Do you realize what stereotypes you are adhering to? What kind of gross patriarchal bullshit?

Also—seriously?  On a broader level, do people have to be fully formed and perfect?  Are they not allowed their flaws?  

Are they not allowed to grapple with problems in their lives?  Or are they instantly trash if they try?  For fuck’s sake.

God forbid that people can calmly work out their problems without turning it into a spectator sport. Please stop putting women against one another just for fun.

Or because you think that is what they are doing behind closed doors.

I don’t suppose that it occurred to you that that is a reflection of society’s pressure and not actually what people—men, women, nonbinary—DO ALL THE DAMN TIME?

Stop fucking dehumanizing people.

And please put a brain in your head, preferably one that acknowledges that women don’t always reflect the lowest common denominator of society.

She looks at the stream of tweets, then adds one last one.

@ladyandthesansa don’t let idiots get you down. I love you.

The reply is almost instantaneous:

@nymeriasarya love you most.

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anonymous asked:

I think I saw a post on this but not sure. The thing about Cas not sure he belongs still in 11x3 considering the talk in 11x23. You think tptb meant for it call back to that? Cas actually not happy in 11x23 car scene?

You know, I was pretty sure I made a post on this, but I found five posts on my own blog that address it. (and I guess now there’ll be six, once this one posts :P) *falls down a hole and rereads all those posts*

I assume you’re referring to the scene where Cas talks to Mary, telling her that she does belong there, while feeling unsure whether he himself does. Also, obviously, the scene where he tells Sam and Dean his plans and leaves.

Lizbob wrote a very long and very detailed response to this (well, to  a similar question at least addressing this same issue, it’s under a read more on my blog, so that is a direct link for you to save a click).

The main thing I keep hoping people will remember is that Cas feeling unsure over where he belongs has nothing to do with Dean. Yes, in 11.23 Dean all but said those words to him (and that scene has been meta’d into the ground). But in Cas’s current state of mind (remember that he’s still got all his pre-Lucifer depression and guilt issues to deal with, and now he’s got the time and space to actually process all of that), Dean could’ve said, “Cas, I want you to stay with us permanently. You are important to me, and you’ve always got a place with me,” and I don’t think it would’ve changed anything.

You can tell people things until you’re blue in the face, but you can’t make them believe them, nor feel worthy of believing them.

No, this is entirely about Castiel himself.

He NEEDS to go on this little journey of self-discovery. He’s still grappling with some huge unanswered questions he’s been getting since… forever.

in 7.21, Hester nearly killed him for this, and it wasn’t even the first time (that was probably way back in s4 when he first started considering rebellion, and all through s5 when he did rebel, but this is the first time he was fully taken to account by another angel for it all). She’d told him he’d fallen in every way imaginable. 

No more madness! [She punches CASTIEL.] No more promises! [She punches CASTIEL again.] No more new Gods! [She punches CASTIEL repeatedly and then holds up an angel knife.]

He was already trying to “fix it” by having taken on Sam’s hell damage and atone for what he’d done. We know he intended to stay in Purgatory for the same reason, until Naomi pulled him out and began controlling him. Which only led to him telling more lies, and in his mind causing even more damage, even though he was under Naomi’s mind control. In his despair over that situation, he was swayed by Metatron’s false promises and inadvertently helped him with the angel fall event. He STILL feels personally responsible for that, on top of everything else.

Then in s10 he helped Sam cure Dean of the Mark, and inadvertently released the Darkness. Yes, Dean was better, but the rest of the damn world suffered. And that weighs on him, too. When the God he’d put all his hopes in back in s5 finally bothered to show up and Cas learned that he’d been right there all along, through all that damn suffering during the Apocalypse, just ignoring all his prayers for help and guidance (think 6.20 here…) and just LET all of that happen… well, yeah, he was pretty bitter over that. He cold-shouldered God at the end of all things. That doesn’t mean he’s actually accepted any of what’s happened to him. I imagine he’s feeling pretty damn disillusioned right now.

His certainty that he was an angel (for billions of years), his time spent as a human, his responsibility to Heaven– what he was created to be, a guardian of humanity– his successes and his failures, his mission vs what he would choose for himself, his very identity; this is ALL just a big jumble in his mind.

S11 began with angels torturing him and telling him, “You are not our brother.” S11 ended with Dean forgiving him and telling him, “You are our brother.”

(Andrew Dabb wrote both of those episodes, and I think he chose those exact words for this very reason.)

I think Cas understands it intellectually, that Dean had essentially told him he was family, that he has a place with Dean no matter what. He has unconditional acceptance, and that’s a rock for him to begin rebuilding himself upon now.

Cas’s problem right now, though, is that’s all he has. Well, that and about 8 years worth of horrifying guilt, depression, and trauma.

Staying with the Winchesters would mean settling for that because he had no other choice. And yeah, he could be happy there, probably, but all the rest of this ^^ would forever be at the back of his mind, making him feel unworthy, making him feel like a failure, and that’s just freaking dark. I want BETTER for him. I want him to find absolution within himself for all of this, so that when he eventually DOES come to the conclusion for himself that he DOES fit, it’s not just because there’s no other place left for him, you know?

With heaven still on lockdown, his one chance for personal redemption, his one chance to make something right that he feels personally responsible for ruining, is Lucifer. It’s not even a matter of capturing or killing Lucifer at this point, but the process of sorting through all this other emotional baggage along the way. That’s the primary importance of this whole mission, whether or not Cas even understands that yet.

Already he’s begun sorting through some of this. He’s treating this mission the way the Winchesters treat a hunt. He’s hunting the way a human would. And whoa, he’s still a little rocky on the details (Agent Beyonce? Do you think that ever happens to Sam and Dean?), but dammit if he hasn’t had a few minor wins along the way, too. He’s discovering that yeah, he can do this. He’s slowly rebuilding himself on the firm foundation of “You’re our brother,” and the underlying intent that “you belong here.”

This isn’t about Dean. This is about Cas. 

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We’ve spent the last week and a half rereading this fantastic series, loving it even more than we did the first time, and theorising insanely.

books-and-cookies, thebookhangover and I found some really interesting details and hints at future plot that we originally missed because we didn’t marathon-read when HoF came out. So the result of the past week is A Google Doc of most of the potential plot/theories we think will happen. Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ALL THE BOOKS RELEASED, including TAB, if you click on that link. Seriously, if you have not finished Heir of Fire, you will be spoiled. 

And please don’t comment with theories on this post, we don’t want to accidentally spoil other people :)