i finished the fellowship!

By the time we got to Weathertop, Tolkien had me. ‘Gil-Galad was an elven king,’ Sam Gamgee recited, ‘of him the harpers sadly sing.’ A chill went through me, such as Conan and Kull had never evoked.

Almost forty years later, I find myself in the middle of my own high fantasy, A Song of Ice and Fire. The books are huge, and hugely complex, and take me years to write. Within days of each volume being published, I begin to get emails asking when the next is coming out. “You do not know how hard it is to wait,’ some of my readers cry plaintively. I do, I want to tell them, I know just how hard it is. I waited too. When I finished The Fellowship of the Ring, it was the only volume out in paperback. I had to wait for Ace to bring out The Two Towers, and again for The Return of the King. Not a long wait, admittedly, yet somehow it seemed like decades. The moment I got my hands on the next volume I put everything else aside so I could read it … but halfway through The Return of the King, I slowed down. Only a few hundred pages remained, and once they were done, I would never be able to read Lord of the Rings for the first time again. As much as I wanted to know how it all came out, I did not want the experience to be over.

That was how fiercely I loved those books, as a reader.
—  George R.R. Martin, discussing “the ancestors of Ice and Fire” in “The Heirs of Turtle Castle” from Dreamsongs
Les Amis de l’ring

Enjolras - Legolas (because of his golden locks)

Grantaire - Aragorn

Bossuet - Pippin

Joly - Merry

Bahorel - Gimli

Combeferre - Gandalf

Courfeyrac - Boromir

Jehan - Frodo

Marius - Sam


Feuilly - Elrond

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Incoendium (Daryl Dixon/Reader)

Title: Incoendium
Author: lady-wordsmith (lady_wordsmith on AO3)
Pairing: Daryl Dixon/Reader
Series: N/A
Warnings: disfigured!reader, brief discussion of disfigurement, brief violence
Summary: Tumblr ask box request: “ “You could have been hurt” and “Stay behind me” with Daryl Dixon?”
incoendium: ardor, passion, appreciation, wildfire.
Set between seasons 2 and 3. Daryl finds you in the woods and brings you to the others when he realizes you’re all alone. He becomes confused at what he feels for you, only to have a nasty encounter with a walker bring everything to the forefront.
Disfigured since childhood, you figure intelligence and luck are the only things you’ve got. Then you meet Daryl Dixon and you don’t even realize you’re falling for him until it’s already happened. It all works out.
Notes: N/A
AO3 link: here

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Oh I just love lord of the rings so much gosh I just watched Fellowship again tonight after finishing the book again yesterday. It’s just… so dear to my heart I can’t explain how much I love it. I’m seriously considering getting a quote tattooed on my arm soon if I can convince my parents. So um, yeah, I’m sorry for the cheesiness of this post continue scrolling.


LOTR memeone film [1/1] → The Fellowship of the Ring

  “I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.”

“So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.”


The Fellowship of the RIng

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

lotr read-along bingo (movies)

it’s wild how being in a relationship with a person who is supportive and understanding and loving has caused me to focus on me more than i have in my entire life. for the longest i thought that being in a relationship would mean having to compromise. compromise my standards, my wants, my future goals. but i’m in a situation where i’m being pushed to focus on me, and to pour my all into developing myself, mind body and spirit. and of course i do the same for him. 

i don’t know why there is this idea that in dating there has to be the same kind of compromise necessary in marriage. in marriage, i would consider moving for good of the family, or changing career path because my partner needs to make changes in his life. but in dating, i feel like if the person i’m with causes me to veer off the path God has for me, they are a stumbling block. and i don’t need a stumbling block; i need a cornerstone. i need a cornerstone to lay the foundation for a future with. and that’s why i’m happy that right now we’re at the same place in life, focusing on being the best we can be independently and together.

epoxyfox  asked:

What exactly is your job? Also how did you get there? The things I see you do and talk about on your blog sounds amazing and I am so intrigued. I feel like you get to learn new things everyday and help other people to understand as well and that sounds amazing!

This is my job!

I mean, writing about science is my job, specifically for my YouTube show, which is produced by the fine people at PBS Digital Studios. You guys do know that I make a YouTube show which is essentially the video version of this blog, right? I hope so, because I feel like I practically beg you to watch it (I do). If you didn’t know that, I feel like we really need to improve our communication or I just don’t know where this relationship is going.

I also write the occasional print article about science, like this one I recently did for my college alumni magazine, or all these articles that I wrote for WIRED last year.

I got here by getting a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, getting rejected from half a dozen grad schools right out of college, doing cancer research for a couple years, then doing pharmaceutical research for a year, then spending 7 almost years chained to the lab bench so I could get my Ph.D. in biology, during which I decided that I wasn’t going to be satisfied with a life as a researcher in a lab, although that was precisely what I was being trained to do (although I did/do enjoy teaching), so I started this blog, furiously (and flailingly) honing my writing to the level of “neglected steak knife”. The week after I finished my PhD I started a super-intense science journalism fellowship that further honed my writing skill to “cheese slicer that you need to be extra-careful with”, ultimately landing a job that lets me make creative, educational videos for all of you, and share the in between stuff with you here, and make enough money to live, which is really all any of us is after, right? I am pretty sure my writing has graduated to “those nice orange-handled scissors” in the meantime.

So that’s how I got here, to the position of Purveyor of Knowledge and Chief Science Dude at It’s Okay To Be Smart. It is amazing. Learning things and sharing excitement is not a job. But for some reason people pay me for it.

I would not recommend retracing this path. If you want to be a writer, you should probably just skip to the writing part.


Time for Friday Reads! Here’s what we’re getting cozy with: 

Rose: I’m reading Rachel Cusk’s Outline, but I’m really just killing time until my BF is done with the third Elena Ferrante … I fought him for it and lost.

Carline: The Martini Shot: A Novella and Short Stories  by George Pelecanos.

Nicole: Kind of late to this party, but I’m finally reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

Andrew: I started Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep this morning because I was in the bookstore looking for that story that they put on in Birdman and ended up looking at the wrong Raymond.

Intern Malika: Halfway through a rereading of Joyce’s Ulysses.

Intern Megan: Going through the Lord of the Rings trilogy… again. I just finished Fellowship of the Ring.

How about you?