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Characters and the writers who torment them

Characters and the writers who torment them

As writers, we do terrible things to our characters over the course of short stories and novels – we throw obstacles in their paths, send them after serial killers, break their hearts, introduce them to their arch-nemesis, strand them in foreign lands, and make them flirt with disaster. Often when I’m in the middle of a story and have to take a break from writing (to eat, sleep, work, or…

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Has anyone every done the dumb thing with the personality core from Portal shouting “SPAAAAAACE!” with Danny Fenton/Phantom? Cause I know i’ve seen it done with Pearl in Space Race, it would just fit with Danny’s astronaut aspirations and his reaction when he finally went to space in Flirting With Disaster

Celest’s Fic Recs

I don’t promise amazing writing, but I do promise entertainment. Here are some recent fics that I found on my reading binge that I thought worth sharing:

  • NiGHTS: Little Dreams: Currently only two (very) short stories, one cute and one sad.
  • Legend of Nightopia: Owl talking about Wizeman to NiGHTS. From Owl’s PoV. Super short one-shot!
  • Rally: Reala has to mediate the first meeting between the JoD ‘marens and the NiD ‘marens. Lots of focus on the 2nd levels in this one. It’s the prologue for a bigger, longer piece.
  • Seeds of Dissent: NiGHTS and Reala flirt with disaster in this Pre-NiD fic. Inevitably, NiGHTS falls. Somewhat short, but not very.
  • Role Call: A Pre-NiD examination of why the second-levels are the way they are.
  • NiGHTmaren: A closer look at the aftermath of Reala’s reveal to Helen that NiGHTS is a nightmaren. One-shot.
  • The Sound of Fear: Reala gives Jackle a lesson in fear. Short one-shot.
  • Armageddon: The sequel to Rally, in this fic, egg alarms are threatening Nightopia, and Claris and Elliot need to work together to find out what’s made them go awry and save Nightopia.
  • Mischief: Pre-NiD, NiGHTS is up to no good!

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Treasury ETFs Benefit as Greece Flirts With Disaster

For all the wrong reasons Greece and the Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK) have been in the spotlight for several weeks now. In fact, only one non-leveraged ETF performed worse than GREK’s 22.1% loss last month.

Greek drama and “Grexit” speculation is just fine by exchange traded funds holding U.S. Treasurys, such as the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) .

“ When negotiations between Greece and its creditors got bumpy last week, investors marching into safe assets such as Treasuries gave the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF its longest string of daily inflows in more than a year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Deposits to the fund came after rising bond yields amid improving economic data prompted three straight weekly redemptions earlier in June,” reports Alexandra Scaggs for Bloomberg.

From June 22 through June 29, investors added nearly $574 million in new assets to TLT as Greece’s already precarious financial position worsened. The equity market there has been closed this week and banks are limiting withdrawals to 60 euros. Greece’s ASE Index would need to rise more than six-fold to reclaim its 2007 highs, according to Bloomberg. GREK was not around back then, but the ETF would need to jump more than two and a half times to reclaim its all-time of $24.93 set in March 2014. [Greek Drama Sends ETF Tumbling]

On Tuesday, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its long- and short-term counterparty credit ratings on four major Greek banks.

The ratings agency pared its ratings on “Alpha Bank A.E., Eurobank Ergasias S.A., National Bank of Greece S.A. (NBG), and Piraeus Bank S.A. to ‘SD’ (selective default) from ‘CCC/C’. We have also lowered our issue ratings on the banks’ senior unsecured debt to ‘CCC-‘ from ‘CCC’. We have affirmed our ‘C’ subordinated debt ratings on the four institutions,” according to a statement.

Even with the late June inflows, TLT was stung by second-quarter outflows as Treasury yields climbed. The ETF bled $1.3 billion in the April through June period.

Earlier this week, index provider MSCI (MSCI) said Monday it is considering expelling Greece from the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and applying the ominous standalone market classification on the country. [MSCI Could Demote Greece]

iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF

Tom Lydon’s clients own shares of TLT.

Feeling reflective…

I just feel so blessed to say that I have seen so many amazing bands live (especially because I live in NZ). My first band I ever saw live was All Time Low in 2013 and I just felt so happy that it was my favourite band ever! As of this year I have seen them live twice which is amazing. Also on the amazing list are Paramore, Twenty One Pilots, Hurricane Kids, Patty Walters (of As it Is), Fall Out Boy, The Wonder Years, Falling In Reverse, Escape The Fate, Papa Roach, 5 seconds of summer and State Champs and in 10 days I’ll be able to add YellowCard, Flirting With Disaster and Mayday Parade to the list. It would be also pretty cool if I somehow make it to twenty one pilots and the story so far and man overboard this year… but I still have sooo many bands I want to add to the list!