i know everyone makes these sort of mythology things but i love them so yeah

BITE: Chapter 10

percy jackson / teen wolf crossover
sorry about the wait, i really appreciate how supportive you all are of this fic, i really appreciate all the likes and reblogs and asks and i hope you enjoy the update (✿◠‿◠)

10/? - Annabeth

The McCall’s couch was comfortable. It was better than the motel bed that Annabeth and Percy had been staying in, anyway. It was soft and long enough for Annabeth to stretch her legs out, and she felt relatively safe there, but she couldn’t sleep.

Percy was lying on a blowup mattress on the floor beside her; she could hear him breathing, a steady rhythm in the otherwise silent lounge. She wanted to check if he was awake, but didn’t want to disturb him if he was asleep.

So Annabeth was stuck lying on her back on the couch, staring up at the ceiling of this strange house and running over everything that she’d learnt over the last day.

Werewolves could be friendly, for one.

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Welcome to the VWC’s Weekly Bulletin, where we feature what’s new and exciting in Victuuri fanfic every week. Look here to get a glimpse at new works that have been posted in the fandom, updated WIP fics, works from our Collective authors, and what the admins have been reading this week.

New Works

Happy Easter, Yuuri! by nerdlife4evaVictor surprises Yuuri with an American style Easter egg hunt, while Yuuri… Yuuri surprises Victor in a whole other way.

The Tsesarevich lives! (WIP) by mtothedestielAn Anastasia AU. Victor is an orphan with no name, no family, and no memory of a time before he was ten years old. Could he really be the missing Nikiforov heir? An adventure across Europe with two conmen will lead him to the answer.

Hopeless Teenage Heart by kiaronnaWell-adjusted adults do not usually consider a tipsy teenage encounter in a bathroom to be the peak of their sexual experience, especially if that encounter was mostly chaste, closed mouth kisses and sighing into each others shoulders as they sat on the cool, real marble of the hotel’s sink basin. Yuuri might not be a well-adjusted adult.

Viktor and Yuuri meet in a high school debate competition, and then later as lawyers in New York. Some things change with time, but others never do.

Lawyer/debate kid AU, short one-shot.

Golden Boy by wildenessat221b: The rise of Viktor Nikiforov, the pedestals he’s been put on, the people he’s been and eventually, the person who makes it all worthwhile. It’s a crazy ride, but he gets there.

You Set My Heart on Fire by whelvenwingsEveryone has a soulmate. And everyone sees any marks on their soulmate’s skin appear on their own body; it starts with the first marks, drawn on by the midwife at birth. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a soulmate who replies, but Yuuri does, and he knows that he should feel fortunate - however, when he’s trying to make a living as a small-time painter, and his soulmate is the famous artist, Viktor Nikiforov… well, it seems slightly less than fortunate. Yuuri can’t help but feel self-conscious. So self-conscious, in fact, that he’s never even shown Viktor his face, never let Viktor hear his voice. The only way that they’ve spoken is through ink, writing message after message to each other on their skin - but that’s all about to change.

WIP Updates

the “real” victor nikiforov (WIP) by thishasbeencary: So, fine, maybe Yuuri’s a little bored and lonely when he likes a dating profile claiming to be Viktor Nikiforov. And, maybe, he’s a little pathetic when he gets excited when the account messages him almost immediately after. And, he’s definitely stupid for falling in love with someone pretending to be his idol, but he can’t help it. It’s not like it’s the real Viktor Nikiforov, anyway. He knows someone is catfishing him, but he still falls ridiculously in love.

The Return of the Little Piggy (WIP) by SASS_QUEEN: Once there was a boy named Katsuki Yuuri, who was shy, loved to make clothes, had adorable smiles and was fatter than the usual average human being. Unfortunately for him, apparently being chubby wasn’t all that accepted in the norm back then. After numerous accounts of bullying, Katsuki Yuuri disappears for good.
Now years later, there is now a man only known as Y.K. Fashion tyrant, multimillionaire, professional cold-stare giver… and is trying his ultimate best to run away from his dark past, until a certain silver haired CEO of a certain rival company who went to the same certain college he went to back then decides to flat out entangle their fates together. Do both of them have anything to say for it? Sadly, no. No they don’t. (Fashion & Couture AU)

Setting Sun (WIP) by LittleLostStarCanon-divergent AU. In which Yuuri humiliatingly loses Hot Springs on Ice, Victor goes back to Russia to train Yurio, Yuuri is trapped in Japan with a sadistic replacement, and everyone is miserable—until the night that Yuuri posts some personally relevant song lyrics on Instagram, and wakes up the next morning to find that Victor has posted lyrics which seem to be a reply. Yuuri is sure he’s just projecting his regretful wishes onto irrelevant social media posts, rather than Victor talking to him—until it happens again. And again. With the world watching their every move, Victor and Yuuri begin trading lyrics in a secret musical conversation; from playful rivalry to intense seduction, through bubblegum pop and pulse-pounding guitars, their virtual affair unfolds, hidden in plain sight. But the Grand Prix approaches, and one wrong move from Victor or Yuuri could destroy their careers. They’ll just have to pretend they’re not crazy about each other; how hard could it be?

fire on ice (WIP) by indianchai: Everyone in the world had some sort of affinity with one of the four elements; the proper term was elemental affinity– whether they were best suited with fire, water, earth, or air. All figure skaters were water users. Never in the history of the sport was there professional ice skater that didn’t have water as their elemental affinity. Katsuki Yuri had a well-guarded secret that he couldn’t have anyone find out about. aka, the one where Yuri could potentially decimate the rink every time he steps on ice, but no one can know. Especially Victor.

Re: Yuri Katsuki (WIP) by Ishxallxgood: A story about how Phichit and Viktor bonded over their most favorite topic; Yuri Katsuki. Phichit knows all the things.

New in #victuuriwriters

Katsuki Yuuri: Ascended Fanboy by Defiant-Dreams“And wow, that was a beautiful Viktor—I mean, a beautiful Quad Flip by Viktor.” Yuuri visibly winces and he momentarily covers his face. Morooka glances at him in concern but Yuuri shrugs it off quickly and shakes his head as he continues, “Really, others try to do it, but no one does a Quad Flip quite as well or quite as clean as Viktor—if they even manage to land it.”


AU where Yuuri goes into commentating instead but he still has a Huge Gay Crush on Viktor Nikiforov and everyone can tell.

fall even deeper with you by missmichellebelle: Right at the start of the dock is a series of signs, prohibiting diving, warning against swimming without supervision, and absolutely forbidding entering the lake at night.

chaos theory (WIP) by thishasbeencary: "Spare no expense,“ had been Yakov’s response to every phone call that Viktor made about the park, which was exactly why Viktor had worked to revive Jurassic Park into Jurassic World. The same idea, but bigger, and better. Bigger park, bigger attractions, bigger dinosaurs, better structures… So why is attendance dropping so much? Maybe the addition of a brand new genetically modified dinosaur would fix that problem.

(Meanwhile, Yuuri Katsuki has a pack of Velociraptors, and Yuri Plisetsky gets invited to bring a friend on an all expense paid trip to Viktor’s park.)

And while they’ve built everything up so that things couldn’t possibly go wrong, well… Life finds a way.

Come Fly with Me by Multiple_UniversesPhichit and Yuuri work for a charter airline, the CEO of which is Celestino. One day they have to fly legendary pilot Victor Nikiforov who saved 232 passengers by making a miraculous landing. Can Yuuri get a date from him before the plane lands? And what will it lead to?

Penicillin and Butterfly Band-Aids by doeinstinct:
 Yuuri is sure that he really isn’t that sick. Viktor and their children aren’t so sure.

Admin Picks

Aria: Stammi Vicino, Non Te Ne Andare (WIP) by exile_wrath: the tale of Yuuri Katsuki, who never ages and never dies and has lived frozen in time for centuries, and his attempts to keep his adopted son from killing the new guest.

Immortality au!! It’s so good :’)

Who Is Coach Yuri? by glitteryimagaythe aged-up au where three oblivious teenage boys are clueless when it comes to famous people in the skating world and don’t realize their coach is actually just as famous as the rink owner

Ngl, identity reveals are my favorite yoi trope and this one had me in stitches. Absolutely hilarious!

(after)life and love by thishasbeencaryAfter Yuuri died, he woke up to a bright, flickering light above him. And, well, yeah, Yuuri had heard the phrase that after you die you "see the light”, but he was almost positive that “the light” didn’t refer to an overhead lamp. Especially not the overhead lamp in Viktor Nikiforov’s bedroom. Wait, no, what? Maybe this was heaven. Except, if this was the afterlife, why was Viktor acting like he didn’t exist? And why was Yuuri’s afterlife some creepy stalker-dream of him following around Viktor Nikiforov?

This is such a cool soulmate au?? 10/10 would recommend

ivan da maria (WIP) by c0rnfl0wer: Viktor never minded when human civilization built up around him, or when other spirits began sharing the waters with him. He easily dominated every tradition that the centuries presented; that was what he minded. No one wants to be known for tragedy. No one wants to be bound to loneliness and despair forever. No one wants to drag their beloved one down. Everyone wants a happy ending, even if it isn’t in their nature.

This is a Russian/Slavic mythology AU where Victor is a rusalka who sees Yuuri in the village one day. I’d recommend this if you’re into historical/ethereal fairytales or enjoy a poetic writing style. I was enchanted by every word and I can’t wait for the next update! (And I promise that the MCD warning is not what it seems at all. Do not let that deter you from reading it!) 

centripetal force by bravetenVictor speaks seven languages.(Physics isn’t one of them.)Luckily, though, he ends up rooming with his antithesis: a shy, black-haired boy who just so happens to be a physics major.

Listen, I’m probably way behind because I just finished centripetal force this week, but it literally was so magical I can’t not recommend it! If you’re one of the rare fandom members like me who hasn’t experienced this beautiful, fun fic yet, then please read it. You won’t be disappointed at all! 

anonymous asked:

please answer the age old question: slytherin Percy or hufflepuff Percy?

Oh man there are so many people this is probably going to upset but frack it, let’s go.

Everyone likes to discredit Percy from Hufflepuff for a couple reasons, mainly that he’s only loyal to people he cares about, that he’s not patient, and that he’s afraid, and doesn’t want to work. 

The issue is Percy IS loyal to anyone, if they need it. Percy and Grover become friends because Percy sticks up for Grover and fights off the bullies, that dear friends is not personal loyalty. Percy becomes friends with Tyson because, guess what, he sticks up for Tyson and tells the bullies off. That’s not someone he knows he’s defending, that’s some random kid that’s getting the shit end of the stick and Percy speaks up. 

I’d say Percy is patient, he deals with Gabe for a long time without calling the cops or CPS or anything. He just toughs it out. 

I’ve seen the line unafraid of toil completely used incorrectly in a post about Slytherin!Percy. You can’t pull unafraid out and leave the rest behind. It’s one whole line. Percy is scared some times, but he’s not afraid of working if he needs to. The kid sucks ass at archery but goes to practice. Do you really think a Slytherin would show up/not cheat their way through something they didn’t like? 

Percy uses his grant-a-wish to make it so that every child of a god gets claimed by the time they’re 13. Yeah he doesn’t hold the gods to that very well in the FOUR MONTHS HE WASN’T KIDNAPPED BY HERA. Give the kid a god damn break, he just saved the world and got a girlfriend. Do you think at 16 you’d be knocking on the gods’ doors every day asking if they had claimed every kid and pulled Calypso off the island, and all the other cursed people, and weren’t being asshats, and still deal with the fact you watched one of your friend KILL HIMSELF, and you lead kids into battle that are now dead and their families will never see them again. Yeah, totally Percy’s fault on that one guys.

Now everyone loves to talk about how Percy is a trickster, that when he fights gods he manipulates them into doing dumb shit. Guess what friends, that’s called Greek mythology. Nothing anyone has done in the original series ins’t taken straight from a Greek myth. Nothing. And the reason why is because the Greek gods are idiots that fall for the same shit every time. Annabeth does the same thing, Piper does the same thing, everyone does the same thing. That’s not a Percy specific thing, that’s a Greek thing. 

They also never mention that Percy isn’t resourceful, a main attribute for Slytherins. The kid has a pen in his pocket for how many years and never bothers to see if he can use it? It was Annabeth, a Slytherin, who uses the pen and sends the message to CHB. Not Percy. 

Let’s stop to talk about the fact that Percy gives up immortality. Just passes on the chance to become all powerful and get away from ever having to deal with this prophecy shit ever again. How is that Slytherin? And then when he gets Zeus to agree to give Percy a free wish he doesn’t use it to protect his friends, himself, his mom. He asks for others to be taken care of. Where is the ambition in that? I mean the series literally starts with the line “Look, I didn’t want to be a Half-Blood.” There’s no ambition to have anything in these actions. He could have used that wish to do something like say, tell the gods to never bother him again. Ever. But he doesn’t. That’s not Slytherin at all.

Finally I think people ignore that this isn’t a checklist that the sorting hat goes through and picks a house off of. This is something each person has a say in, which is why I’m going to remind everyone of a line from the books.

It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities."—Albus Dumbledore

Can you honestly tell me, that twelve year old Percy would see the first kid get sorted into Slytherin and all the booing and learn they’re the “bad guys” and not immediately beg the hat not to be sorted there. Does Percy really want to be resourceful and cunning and ambitious? Or does he just want to be a normal kid with a normal life?


Percy doesn’t fit the Slytherin qualities, and I don’t think he’d want to fit them. So Hufflepuff all the way

anonymous asked:

What are some Myers Briggs personality types that you'd like to see more POC written as (or not written as)?

Characters of Color: Personality Types we’d like to See


What your question really seems to get at is what personality traits we as People of Color would like to see ourselves in. We think using the Briggs personality type as a base to create develop characters is a good idea, .though note that most people don’t fit 100% in one type and there will likely be overlap.


A great way to learn what sort of roles People of Color are wanting to see themselves in is to consume media by said PoC. Another resource would be our POC Profiles in which submitters share everything from their home lives, culture as well as the roles they’d like to see more for themselves. WWC Mods also created a Mod Wishlist of the type of characters we’d like to read about.

Read the grievances within fandoms of what writers are doing wrong (and right) in media with characters of color as well. For Black characters, for example, and across several shows you’ll find people take issue with Black women being Strong Black Women + Mammy types, not expected to be helped or show a range of emotion yet always expected to save herself and exert energy towards others.

And while it it doesn’t directly deal with a specific personality type, it’s what I (Colette) have noticed all too much in the shows I’ve watched with Black women. All the focus is on our strengths and sacrifice, not so much on our weaknesses and the range of emotion we experience. Sometimes we want the romance, softness, and the saving too and it’s not a bad thing. 

Overall, I just want to see a wide variety of Characters of Color with all sorts of personality types in various roles, and definitely some that directly contrast with the stereotypes we’re smashed into the most.

Personalities We’d Like to See

Though a lot of our perspectives on this, again, can be found in the mod wishlist, some of us had further opinions to share.

Jewish Characters

Shira: Fictional Jewish men could stand to be “stronger” every once in a while, and when our women are depicted as strong it’s nice to see that as a positive instead of some kind of hellish negative. 

Native Characters

Lesya: I’d like to see more E types for Natives, and more rational types. Natives often get stuck in the “so emotionally sensitive” and “I love being alone with nature” boats that it gets really flat. Not all of us are feelings-people, and not all of us are loners. It just really shows how the Noble Savage still has alive roots in modern representation.

Black Characters

Najela: I would like to see more introverted Black women. There’s this stereotype that Black women are only loud and outspoken, but there’s this whole other side that gets neglected when Black women are quiet and softspoken. I would just like to see a wider range of Black women with different personality types.

Colette: I wholeheartedly agree with you, Najela. I’d like to see more Black women who are tender, gentle, and shy (and not just to be utilized in a maternal way either). I want to see the same with Black men. So often Black people are typecast as brazen and bold, natural performers and entertainers. While some of us are and it’s great, this neglects a whole other side of Black people that aren’t like that and yet we’re somehow all expected to fit the same role. People are often surprised and express how “Sweet and quiet” I am before I get to know them, and I just can’t tell what is making them so surprised by that! 

Additionally, being shy or quiet doesn’t make one a pushover or unable to speak for themselves so that part is definitely optional.

East Asian Characters

Jess: Yeah, I mean–I’d like to see less ~submissive~ East Asians, or just a more well-rounded spectrum. For women it seems to be either delicate flower or Dragon Lady, without anything in between. 

South Asian Characters

Nikhil: As far as character types, I’d like to see more Indian characters in leadership roles.  These are usually E–J types, though INTJ is often called the “Mastermind” or the “Architect.”  My biggest peeve about the portrayal of Indian/South Asian characters in media is that we’re usually “small” characters, nerds and followers, ready to kowtow to the biggest baddest thing in the room.  As someone who has a leadership role at his job, I’d love to see someone who looks like me calling the occasional shot in fiction (and not just as the group leader in a novel set in South Asia, where everyone is South Asian—that’s cheating).

I could actually get behind a well-written Indian supervillain-type character. The joke is that ENTJ is the Myers-Briggs type for a supervillain, and given that the only thing we’ve got so far in Western media is Aasif Mandvi in that atrocious The Last Airbender movie, I could totally get behind an Indian- or South Asian-coded villainous character whose background is more than a cartoon.

Related to this is my more general complaint about a dearth of Badassery in South Asian representation.  As I said above, we’re usually shown as nerds, but even then moments of even smarts-driver badassery are few and far between.  South Asian mythology and history and full of Crazy Awesome (beheading people with chariot wheels, one mostly naked guy fighting off the Pakistani Army with only grenades and a bayonet, just to give a few examples), but we never see stuff like that in fiction.  That new series Quantico looks kind of interesting.  I don’t know if it’s supposed to be any good or not, but Priyanka Chopra as a half-Indian female BAMF at least got my attention.


Followers, please share the personality types you’d to see irt Characters of Color!

Everybody* Loves Baldur

We are going to take a DETOUR from Arthurian mythos and Robin “Psychopath In The” Hood stories to explore the bizarre and extravagant lands of Old Norse mythos. Now, I know I say this about lots of different mythos, but, boy oh boy, Norse mythos, wild stuff, you’ll see. Today, we’ll talk about the supposed owner of a gate a lot of people who like classic Western RPGs are familiar with: Baldur.

Now, before even getting into Old Norse mythos, you need to understand something: No one is fully sure what Old Norse mythos is. A lot of scholars are not sure what the hell some characters are supposed to even be, but at least, unlike Irish mythos, we have mostly accurate ways to pronounce their names, so at least we can refer to them by name properly while we wonder what the fuck is going on instead of being stuck at “Dfk… Dufil… Dukfil… THAT DUDE went and asked Medb something”. But the thing is, Norse mythos is mostly preserved in its general gist, since a lot of the writings dealing with the itty gritty details are often damaged so there’s lotsa personal conjecture. 

BUT TODAY YOU MUSTN’T WORRY ABOUT ANY OF THAT BECAUSE BALDUR’S STORY IS ONE OF THEM WELL PRESERVED ONES, HAHA, PSYCHE, I BET I HAD YER KNICKERS IN A TWISTER. Aaalright, so, Baldur, Baldur’s the god of Light, or maybe Love, possibly Peace, no one is sure because he is never explicitly mentioned as being a “god of this thing”, but it’s mostly assumed he is the God of Light because of something I’ll mention later, and the thing with Baldur is that EVERYONE loves him. Baldur’s super hot and super nice, and he knows it, but he isn’t stuck up about it, he’s honestly the ideal person, Norse people back then would often beg for Baldur’s blessings on their newborn babies so they would be hot and cool like him. Practically everyone likes Baldur. Hell, it gets to such a point that, in another story not entirely relevant to today’s, the giantess Skadi, who is the first recorded person in history and lore to have a raging foot fetish, saw these GORGEOUS toes and immediately assumed “THOSE GOTTA BE BALDUR’S, ONLY BALDUR CAN HAVE FEET THIS GOD DAMN BEAUTIFUL, I AM GONNA SUCK THOSE TOES” and asked for marriage immediately, except, the feet weren’t Baldur’s, they were Njord’s (another god), and Skadi was like “aw fuck” and they got married because Njord happened to be a macrophile and liked his women big, but as with all marriages shotgunned into place by fetishes and a lack of contact, they ended up divorcing. BUT THAT is another story (and a good one, Skadi’s a fun lady). The point is, Baldur is so widely god damn loved that shit like this apparently happened a couple of times. You know you are a Pussy Destroyer when someone gets Schrodinger’s Married because it could possibly be you.

So Baldur was basically living the life, being nice, hot, and beloved, when one day, he starts having bad dreams. In these dreams, Baldur dies. Now, this is the part where you say “uh ok”, and this is the part where I explain “DREAMS WERE ALWAYS PROPHETIC IN NORSE MYTHOS” and now you say “oh”. So yeah, Baldur was going to die. Which made zero sense, because he is a god, and thus, biologically immortal (as in, [Shirou voice] only dies if he’s killed, won’t die of old age), so if he was going to die, it meant that someone was plotting to kill him. So Baldur goes to his daddy, Odin, and he’s crying and holding onto his blanket so Odin gets worried, as any father does, and asks “SON, DID YOU GET A BOO BOO, WHAT IS WRONG”, and Baldur explains he’s been dreaming he’s gonna die, and Frigg (his mother, Odin’s wife, the goddess also known as Frea, not to be confused with Freya) is also really sad because she’s also been dreaming that Baldur’s gonna kick the bucket, and in Norse mythos, when TWO whole people have the same dream, that’s basically something that WILL happen. Also, it makes no sense, because everybody loves Baldur, so who the fuck would want him dead? You know what else makes no sense? That Odin seems to forget his piece of shit son Loki exists. WAU.

So, shit, alright, fuck, we gotta deal with this, pronto, and Powermom is here to help. Frigg gets on her soccer mom van and drives at full speed across the Norse world and makes everything promise that they will not harm nor kill Baldur, ever. Notice I said everyTHING and not everyONE. That’s right, fellas, Frigging Frigg talked to absolutely everything in the world and made them promise to not kill Baldur, which was actually pretty easy, because everyone was like “yeah sure man we love Baldur, why would we harm him in the first place, we just want his autograph and his babies”, because if you are hot and nice, the world is yours. So now the whole world promised to not harm Baldur under any circumstance. The whole world, except the mistletoe, because the mistletoe was too young to make promises, so Frigg didn’t make it swear anything aND YOU NO DOUBT KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING. It’s like when I tell you “So SIegfried is invulnerable EXCEPT for a leaf shaped spot on his back” or “Achilles is impervious to all damage EXCEPT in his tendon”, old literature was kinda UNCOUTH AND HEAVY on the foreshadowing, as reading mythology will often tell you.

So Baldur is now literally impervious to all forms of damage, because the world promised not to harm him. So what do you do when you are undamageable? Why, you get shit thrown at you for kicks and giggles! The god damn gods, with Baldur also into it, straight developed this hobby of having B-Boy stand in the middle of the hall while everyone threw spears and arrows and axes and rockets and chairs at him just for a laugh and watch as they all missed or failed to injury him in the slightest because, hey, promises are promises. This is the part where I tell you that Humans Have Always Been Humans, even gods, because if we have the opportunity to do something incredibly stupid like lugging javelins at a dude just to see what happens if we know it won’t hurt him, you damn right know we will. So they gods are getting shitfaced and rowdy with this whole Put The Spear On Baldur game they made up, when Loki, using his Robbie Rotten powers to disguise into an old lady, approaches Fregg, who was having a laugh watching at literally everyone throw sharp shit at her invincible son.


“Oh, you know, the world promised not to harm Baldur, see, so now we are just throwing shit at him, it’s ok”

“Everything promised not to harm him?”

“Well, yeah, everything except the mistletoe, because it’s too young to make promises, but it’ll be alright”


So Loki fucks off and goes to find a mistletoe, naturally. And this one isn’t for kissing, no sir, because Loki somehow sharpens the mistletoe and makes it into a mistlefoe, and fashions a god damn spear out of the mistlefoe because Fuck You He’s Loki And He Can Do That. Now, we all know a good trickster doesn’t get his own hands dirty, so he’s going around with his mistlefoe spear, looking for someone to Do The Deed, when he finds Hod (also known as Hodur), the blind twin brother of Baldur, crying in a corner. 

“Sup B, why you crying”

“Well, everyone is having fun throwing miscellaneous war paraphernalia at my bro and they won’t let me in ‘cause I’m blind as a bat and they are afraid I might hit someone else”

“How Unreasonable Of Them To Not Let The Blind Dude Throw Killthings! I have just the thing for you! I will lend you my spear, so go have a swing at B-Boy”


So Hod, armed with the Mistlefoe Spear, takes a running start and throws that sucker with a smile on his face, rolls a natural 20, and deals the Criticalest of fucking Hits on Baldur, landing the spear SQUARE on his heart. Why were they even AFRAID of this dude missing, the guy was clearly a marksman. Except, this was the mistletoe, so it pierced Baldur’s gorgeous, well oiled pectorals easily, stabbed his heart, and killed him dead. Oops.

Odin was like “??????” and was SO PISSED that he went, had mega sex with the giantess Rindr, gave birth to Vali as soon as they were done, and Vali grew into adulthood after a single day and then killed Hod. Do you ever get SO ANGRY that you go have sex with a giantess just to spawn a kid that immediately becomes a warrior JUST to kill a dude that pissed you off? Odin, you could’ve just HIT HIM yourself, what the fuck.

Well, anyways, so everyone was pretty sad because Cool Guy Had Bad Day and died. Messengers everywhere we doling out the news, women wept, men cried, it was a bad day. It was such a bad day that Hel, ruler of, uh, Hell, was like “aw shucks that kinda sucks?”, and as much as she liked the guy, Hel had a job to do as the rule of the underworld, but she decided to make an exception this one time, but only if the world earned it. Hel grabbed her megaphone and yelled “ALRIGHT KIDS, so I know you are all very sad Baldur’s dead and you want him back, so I am going to make a ONE TIME EXCEPTION, I will let him out of the underworld and revive, only, and ONLY, if everyone in the world cries and weeps for him”.

And everyone was like pffff no biggie, we love that dude, let’s CRY, so they did. Hel’s doing the checklist, like some sort of twisted Santa Klaus, checking who’s crying, and the list is almost full, but then she burrows her brow and drops the list. “Well, I guess Baldur is not coming back to life, that one girl didn’t cry” and everyone was like “WHAT WHO”

So Hel points at the giantess Thokk, whose name literally means “thanks”, ironically enough, and says “she ain’t crying, deal’s off” and she closes the Underworld, presumably to fangirl out to Baldur who lived there now. So everyone’s naturally like “THOKK WHAT THE FUCK” but then Freddy from Scooby Doo is like “Wait, there’s something fishy about this” and removes her face and, What Do You Know, It Was Loki In Disguise. He went and ruined EVERYTHING for EVERYONE again. And I don’t simply mean “he made sure someone everyone loved died and stayed dead”, I mean “Loki got Baldur killed and kickstarted the Ragnarok” because Baldur’s death robbed the world of light, hence why he’s assumed to be the God of Light.

So uh

Good job buddy.

Also, Loki literally had nothing to gain from this. Ragnarok’s also a really bad deal for him. He just… Did it. Because.

So the real message of the Story of Baldur is that one very dedicated asshole can and will ruin things for everyone and everything if left to his own devices.

From the Ground up

(This is going to be long, and a bit bitchy, but it takes a very positive view of season 11 and Destiel in general. Also a virtual hug to the fandom.)

So, I want to say clearly that this is something I generally don’t do: I don’t like to criticize people for doing their job wrong, even when they’re horrible at it (maybe I lived in the UK for too long, but my reaction is always a smile and a Thank you, even when waiters drop food and wine and candles on me and I catch fire and die). And, after a few spectacular rows during my first few weeks on the internet (many, many years ago) I now try not to fight with people online, because it’s a waste of time and it never ends well - the best one can hope for is the so-called reductio as Hitlerum, so, yeah.

(And I’m not saying this to imply I’m some sort of übernice person - I’m just that person who is very easily outraged and replays arguments for hours and cannot believe they would see it that way months after the thing even happened, so at one point I just decided to try and focus on the fights worth having instead of being high and mighty all the bloody time.

Also, when you get to be my age you start to realize you might not be as competent and omniscient as you once thought, so you sort of decide not to judge all the people all the time.)

That said, today I’ve been restless and mindless and I was really curious to find out what the rest of the world has been saying about The Chitters, because to me it’s really, really obvious something momentous is going on and I needed to know if I was delusional (because sometimes I am).

And, well.

I looked through a dozen reviews, and this is what the professionals had to say about the episode:

Now, I didn’t include the sources of these excerpts, because, as I said, I don’t want to fight with anyone and I don’t think ranting at one site or another would be a productive use of anyone’s time.

Still, I think it’s worth repeating that these writers are professionals who review TV series for a living and are presumably paid to do it. And yet, it’s very plain they understand nothing of what has been going on on this show.

First of all, yes, it’s true that the overall structure, split between main arc episodes and MotW episodes, is sometimes frustrating. But: a good MotW episode brings so much to the story, because Supernatural has never been about what some of these reviewers think it is about. This is not some old-school videogame where the characters are four-pixel figures who jump over things and kill things and progress to bigger and bigger monsters. The point was never to see how they could defeat a series of increasingly creepy villains. No, from the very beginning, Supernatural was about the internal struggle we all face - the monsters were, and I can’t believe this isn’t obvious to everyone, a metaphor. Because it never mattered that Sam was supposed to say yes to Lucifer, specifically. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Lucifer, he’s a jewel of a character, and also very impressive, and he does come with 2000+ years of awesome history and mythology, but Melville achieved the same effect with a freaking fish (I know, I know: not a fish, but come on), so Lucifer is clearly not the point. No, what Supernatural was always about is all that other stuff - those questions which keep us up at night (or, at least, which should keep us up at night): Who am I, really? Is it possible to truly change? To become better? To be true to myself? Is compassion stronger than violence, or is violence always the better choice? Are other people entitled to the same privileges I allow myself? Or, to put it more bluntly, will I ever believe a monster can change? Or does birth really determines who we are? What do you owe other people? What is love, and is it always a good thing? Can you ever show your love to someone by choosing to step away? What happens when I die? Does destiny exist? Or are we free to write our own path? And which option should we prefer?

These questions are fascinating because, on the one hand, they seem very deep and complex, and indeed, most philosophers have discussed the finer points over the centuries; but, on the other hand, it’s also the kind of stuff we all wonder about when we’re teenagers, or when we suffer a trauma of some kind (when someone dies or leaves us, for instance). Which is, in the end, the same thing, because God knows being a teenager is a trauma in itself (#ItGetsBetter).

Anyway, their perfect blend of complexity and accessibility is what makes them very good fiction material. Achilles had to choose between greatness and obscurity; he chose greatness, and so did Jason, and so did Theseus (they all died bloody). Menelaus chose compassion over violence, and was rewarded. Agamemnon chose violence over compassion, and he was slaughtered. So did Odyseeus, though, who was saved. Hell, even Rachel found herself at a crossroad (remain the person her family and upbringing had led her to be, or be true to herself and lose everything) because Friends may be a sitcom, but that’s the stuff that works. That’s the basis upon which everything is built. It’s even useless to make a list, because we might as well include everyone and everything.

Going back to Supernatural, the implications of this are pretty obvious. For instance, it doesn’t matter if we don’t always have new and better monsters (look at how Red Meat used werewolves) and it certainly doesn’t matter if Sam and Dean don’t spend their whole time being beaten half to death by some psyhcopathic hairless ghoul hybrid. The way they do things and what they talk about is just as important as the general direction of the season, and mostly even more so. Dean sparing his first demon wasn’t an oddity of the script: it was the beginning of a very long journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance (still ongoing). Sam struggling between his rationality (the end justifies the means) and his instinctive compassion (the need to save as many people as possible) isn’t a boring problem we’ve seen enough of already, now show me the decapitated vamp. Those things aren’t the background of the show: they are the show. What will matter, in the end, is not if Amara is defeated or not, but whether Sam and Dean, our heroes, will have managed to find their true selves and embrace them. This is what the Hero’s Journey is all about, and things have been that way since Gilgamesh and Enkidu journeyed to the Cedar Mountain almost 4000 years ago.

The fact that professional writers don’t get it is, frankly, worrisome. The fact many seem to think this episode added nothing to the season arc - the fact all of them saw Jesse and Cesar as parallels for Sam and Dean - is, and I’m sorry to be blunt, people not being able to do their jobs. Subtext is not always easy to spot, and sometimes things are complicated by the fact writers may not even be aware they’ve put something there until the thing is pointed out to them (as a very famous writer confirmed to me only last week). Which is why this joke -

- annoys me to no end.

But, well: it is perhaps unfair to ask a 15-year-old to analyze and understand a text university professors are still squabbling over. Still, anyone writing for a living - any journalist worth their salt - should be able to spot motives and patterns as a matter of course.

With that, I’m not trying to say they should see what I see because it’s Destiel and I want Destiel to happen. As many have pointed out over the years, the writers have deliberately created (are still deliberately creating) that relationship. This is not something we’re imagining. But I must also say clearly I think many of the ships I see on tumblr are wishful thinking. Not everything is a deception or a conspiracy. Sometimes, things aren’t written that way from the beginning, in my opinion, and wanting two characters to be together just because they’re both single or hot or like the same things is not the same as them being pushed together by a conscious manipulation of the plot. In other words: it is, of course, allowed to ship anyone with anyone, but the reality is, some things are canon and some aren’t. And this goes for Destiel as well: I enjoy fluff and soulful quotes as much as the next person, but I don’t think Dean is the kind of person who can be fluffy, and he definitely has a lot of ground to cover before coming even close to those lovely and long-winded declarations of love one so often reads in fanfiction.

Then again, there is wishful thinking and then there are downright mistakes. Thinking that Sam is insisting they hunt to ‘distract Dean from the Amara problem’, as one reviewer puts it, is ludicrous. It’s textual, and very loud by now, that Cas is what Dean is concerned about. Which is significant, because, surely, what he should be thinking about is that he unleashed a chaotic, all-powerful deity hell-bent on destroying the whole world - and that literally never comes up. Even last night, Sam and Dean allow Jesse and Cesar to walk off into the sunset never once mentioning that sunset could very well turn into a nuclear rain by next week, if Amara gets bored and starts messing around a bit more consistently (somehow, I don’t think she’ll decide to spare New Mexico just because). And thinking The Chitters was all about Jesse - thinking that was odd - I’m sorry, but the only thing you should be allowed to analyse is the label of a Heinz beans can. Of course it’s about Jesse, and it’s about Jesse because - I’ll help you out - Jesse is someone who’s struggled a lot to come to terms with his sexuality and his place in the hunting community, and therefore -

And stating not only that Jesse and Cesar are a parallel for Sam and Dean, but that their relationship echoes the 'loving-but-dysfunctional’ dynamic going on between the brothers - where is it written that what Jesse and Cesar have is dysfunctional in any way? It’s not, which means it’s not a parallel for what’s going on between Sam and Dean but rather -


Anyway, I’ve learned two things from this painful experience.

First, thank God for the internet and user-generated content. It’s a relatively new thing, of course, which means it doesn’t always work, but it’s also a gigantic source of meticulously peer-reviewed material, and, as we know, someone else’s critique is one of the most important elements in any kind of scientific pursuit, and also the best bulwark against utter bullshit. Back in the 1990s, those TV websites (at the time, actual paper magazines) would have been my only source of information and analysis on my favourite show, and their word would have been law. No longer.

Second, if the goal is really some kind of textual Destiel - and, Jesus, where else could we be going? - then they’re going to have to be a lot clearer than this, because it beggars belief, but some people are still not getting it. I don’t know what we need at this point - perhaps some BM moment where the whole thing comes out, and Dean admits it was beyond hard to be bi growing up - no idea. But if this is where they’re going, it needs to be stated clearly, so it won’t come as a WTF thing to - apparently - many, many viewers (and reviewers).

And finally, a big, big hug to everyone involved in Supernatural. I think they’ve done an amazing job this season, and reading all those bitchy complaints about those stupid, stupid things - monsters not being original enough, unnecessary random characters and whatnot - must be frustrating to people who’re actually trying to further a completely different plot - something which is not, and never was, about the monsters; something which is, instead, about ourselves and our place in the world.

Guys, you’ve really worked hard, and it shows. Thank you

The Difference Between Love and Hate

Summary: Lucaya High school AU in which Lucas and Maya, archenemies, are paired up for a school project. They’re both sure that they absolutely despise each other, but neither of them can explain the butterflies in their stomachs at the sight of the other.

Word count: 3.8k

Warnings: love/hate relationship, slight pda (Let me know if there are more)

a/n: So basically I really wanted to work with the chemistry and teasing between Lucas and Maya, and It got really long, but I mean everyone needs 3.8k words of Lucaya, right?

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Instead of asking the who what where how start asking the why.  Thats the question. The right question is why did she write them way she did? Thats the question.  Forget the hating and how everyone sees what a shit fest Delena is . But why did Plec chose to actively write Delena the way she did till the very end? Thats the answer I want to know. 

And what in the world is that mysterious Kevin Williamson ending? Cause I’m still convinced we will see it.  Putting someone in a coma is temporary push off until the real end. End of story. Its not final this whole finale becomes useless in every way. 

I’m sorry but am I supposed to be emotional at seeing all these gifs? Dude, Plec  60 - 70 years IS NOTHING TO A VAMPIRE. As long as they survive THAT IS NOTHING. Stefan has said so himself.  That is shit.  Am I actually supposed to feel bad for Damon? Cry?  Goodbye? What goodbye? TVD aint lasting past season 7 . Even when she wakes up umm a lot of the people she loves will be there? I’m sorry am I supposed to cry? Is this supposed to be powerful? She even got closure.  Ok yeah she wont see Bonnie so I get that one but Caroline , Damon ,Stefan, and hell Tyler , and Matt might still be alive? And probably will.  And I’m sure they will find a loophole and Bonnie will be alive and Elena will wake up. This is TVD they retcon and rewrite like nobody’s business. The minute they get Nina to come back its a done deal. Its clear they went the temporary route since they didnt have all the time in the world to tell her story anymore.  And umm ok I’m sure TVD like is not going past season 7 cause they WILL LOSE PAUL. They will lose Paul for sure. And whoop there goes there so called” brother dynamic” that they seem to be banking on. This isnt emotional THIS IS BS. 

I’ve seen more emotion out of a fuckin cartoon show. 

 Pedowitz is joking hes deluding himself . Hes a fuckin idiot.  IT AINT HAPPENING. Steroline is shit so is everything else. This show has no real storylines its a shipper show and it has already removed 99% of its fanbase by default now. Believe it or not Steroline is not big enough to carry a show and based on the comments I was told Plec and Co seem to using that as some sort of a banking card . lol. And its clear as day that making Stefan’s role less than secondary has destroyed the show as well. Paul can carry a show and a crappy script if he wants too he has the acting chops we’ve all seen it. And he carried the show for three fuckin seasons straight beautifully with great reviews on ripper Stefan and all that. And Stelena. Fangirls may be raving and ranting about Ian but the critics all looked at Paul.  I am sorry but Ian CANNOT AND WILL NOT CARRY THE SHOW. He cannot. This show has started to suffer for two things removing its otherwise decent mythology from the previous seasons where they had a good overall arching storyline which is where the casual viewers came in and bringing both Damon and Delena into the main light. Plec is either more stupid than I think she is or she knows that truth.  Paul is main male leading material through and through. He can carry the show without Elena/Nina but for that he needs to be given something to work with. Ian cant do the same.  And if you drive Paul away which is the case since hes clearly not trying anymore and just simply going through the motions you’re screwed.  When Paul’s chemistry with someone starts to make you cringe you know you have a problem. When Paul can no longer save a episode we have a problem.

Now unless someone bombs Mystic Falls or the Winchester brothers show up ( oh god please) then this finale was more shitty than the How I Met Your Mother one bamon aside .  Nina’s chemistry with Ian is by far now the worst I think I have ever seen in my 22 years of my life ever on TV.  She has more chemistry with Matt fuckin Davis how fuckin sad is that??? 

The most Elena will be gone is like what a year or two? Not even fuckin miss me on this shit … For people screaming about this and that you do realize this is TVD and whatever they said in this episode they can easily retcon and rewrite so lol yeah. Whatever shit came out of everyone’s mouth if it pleases them Plec will turn around and go oh no none of that matters lol what makes you think what we say on this show matters really. Cause thats what they have been doing for the last three seasons or so. Thats why nothing on this show HOLDS ANY WEIGHT ANYMORE. NOTHING FUCKIN MATTERS. 

TVD lost its magic and started a downward track straight down into the garbage the day they drove Elena’s car off the bridge..  And I think at this point the writers went way in over their heads and had no idea how to turn back.

They always say end your show gracefully so you will be remembered as a good show do not go overboard on your stay where the show turns bad and people want you off air.  TVD has officially entered the second category hell they entered it two seasons ago. 

I can only hope now that Elena is sleeping ? Umm am I the only one who sees this as a blessing its the most relaxed peace shes going to get that girlfriend starts to contemplate her life choices. 

SSS: Once Upon a Tom...

Let us peruse tales of a modern bard, a prince among players…

A legion of women and men adore this certain man named Thomas.  His charm, beauty, grace and humor incites them to dream, to create, to act, to reach new heights of potential, 

However for some, this charming gentleman also inspires thoughts of a somewhat… lower nature.  These are some of their stories, and are suitable for bedtime only if one is of age.

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Kathryn’s favorites....

I know when I started this whole thing I promised I would only feature 5-7 fanfics each week. I realize that. But I just couldn’t help myself. There were soooo many good stories I read this week. This is actually my edited list. I tried to reduce it to seven fics. I really tried. But I just couldn’t do it. It would’ve been like getting rid of one of my (theoretical) children. So enjoy this super-sized version of Kathryn’s favorites. And as always, please consider leaving kudos, reblogging, liking, or reviewing any fanfics you read. Fanfic authors work so incredibly hard. Let’s show our appreciation.

P.S. For anyone keeping track of this weekend’s FT3 Con who want a little follow-up to Colin’s comments about “Coward” Hook never touching a woman, you might wanna check out amagicalship‘s fic featured below. It’s damn near prophetic. Seriously, go read it.

Previous issues: May 24th , May 31st , June 7th , June 14th 

Across the Sea by thejollypirate

Official description: The unintentional, unpleasant run-in Killian Jones, lead singer and guitarist of The Ruthless Pirates, makes with the blonde stranger who is apparently his manager’s friend doesn’t stop him from starting a special bond with her while he has the chance. 

Rated: Teen & up   Genre: Modern AU; Fluff   Chapters: 5/?  WIP. 

What I love about this story is that Colin and Killian are so perfectly blended together as to create a sort of third character. Killian 2.0, if you will. You have Colin’s musical background and Irish heritage mixed with Killian’s charm and personality. It’s a unique (and creative) approach to characterization. In regards to the rest of the story, Casey manages to blend poignant emotions with wit and humor. Emma and Killian retain the light-hearted banter that makes their relationship so much fun. I enjoy how Casey’s slowly unveiling Emma’s history. The added mystery only makes the plot more compelling. I can’t wait to read more.

Blood is Running Deep by boyfriendhook

Official description: Six months after the events of “it seals your fate”.

Rated: Teen & up      Genre: AU      Chapters: 1/?  WIP. 

When I discovered that a sequel was being written to one of my all-time favorite Captain Swan fanfics I screamed. Literally. My dog actually ran from the room. For me, this was like Jane Austen coming from beyond the grave to release a follow-up to Pride and Prejudice. No joke. I can’t believe we’ve been granted the opportunity to further explore the mysterious and complex universe that Maggie so thoughtfully created in ISYF. And with the birth of Emma and Killian’s hybrid savior miracle baby, I’m excited to see what sort of mythological themes will be unlocked. The addition of some Mary-Margaret/Captain Swan tension also provides another interesting layer that I’m eager to examine. So, what are you waiting for–go start reading. NOW.

Breaking Glass by swaggercaption

Official description: All the air is punched violently from her lungs when his first three words are a question, one eyebrow arched high on his forehead in curiosity, “Who are you?” When the Snow Queen lodges a shard of glass deep in Killian’s heart, how can Emma remind him of who he is when she cannot even remind him who she is?

Rated: T     Genre: Romance/angst     Chapters: 8. Complete.

When we learned that the Snow Queen would be 4A’s Big Bad, I had hoped that Adam & Eddy would use her character as an opportunity to weave that fairy tale’s mythology into an Emma/Killian-centric plot. The set-up was so rich with possibility. Clearly, they decided not to go that route. Thankfully, Tess did and this fic is like all my hopes and dreams for that story arc come to life. Tess has created an intricate, multi-faceted plot, worthy of actually airing on the show. While this story is not fluff and in fact is often heart-wrenchingly painful, it is deeply romantic. Tess has skillfully used the Snow Queen storyline as a vehicle to explore Emma’s feelings for Killian. And boy, is that beautiful to behold. Tess’ masterful use of imagery and ability to induce emotion has resulted in a spellbinding tale that is impossible to put down.

Holding On and Letting Go by colinschest 

Official description: First comes love, then comes marriage. It’s the baby in the baby carriage that changes it all.

Rated: Explicit      Genre: Heavy angst    Chapters: 2/?  WIP. 

This story is a sequel to the AMAZING A Little Too Much of That Poison, Baby. So for maximum impact, you may want to read (or re-read) that masterpiece before embarking on Grace’s latest gem. Last week, we had happy, fluffy, schmoopy baby fic. This tale is on the complete OPPOSITE end of the spectrum. Be prepared. But oh, does Grace make it hurt so good. Emma has baggage. She has demons and a difficult past to contend with, but that’s what makes this story so utterly fascinating. Read it. NOW.

TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of Emma’s previous miscarriage and pregnancy-related struggles. 

Make You Mine by amagicalship

Official description:  In which they have an extra day to return to the Enchanted Forest, allowing them to stop overnight. Emma knows this isn’t the same Killian she’s used to, but tonight she just needs to be in his arms. (In this story, we’re assuming they’ve already made love as much as possible back in Storybrooke.)

Rated: M        Genre: Romance      Chapters: 3. Complete. 

When we learned that the season finale would feature Deckhand Killian, I had a not-so-secret desire to see the newly-transformed sweet & innocent young man seduced and corrupted by Emma’s feminine wiles. Unfortunately, my hopes for that particular storyline were dashed in the season finale. But boy does Carrie deliver in this fic. And then some. It’s a seriously HOT three chapter tale, peppered with humor. Definitely NSFW. So yeah….go read it. But do so alone. Trust me. 

More Than A Memory by ive-always-been-a-pirate

Official description: He didn’t remember much - and he didn’t remember her. The accident changed their lives and sent Emma into a tailspin, desperately waiting for Killian to come back to her. But when he finally wakes up from his coma, the past six years are gone. Despite him having no recollection of their love, a broken yet determined Emma refuses to give up on them. She’s got her work cut out for her, but some memories are definitely worth fighting for.

Rated: Mature   Genre: Modern AU, Fluff/Angst/Smut   Chapters: 25/?  WIP

I don’t know if I’ve ever been more emotionally confused when reading a fanfic. I cried, I squeed, I laughed, I sighed–sometimes all four at the same time. Quite a feat, I know. That’s how multi-faceted and layered this story is. Naturally, this fic has plenty of angst. It really can’t be avoided given the subject matter. But moments like Killian “meeting” his son for the first time are so emotionally impactful that it’s worth enduring the pain. And witnessing Killian and Emma falling in love not once, but twice in one story? Breathtaking. Morgan is particularly skilled at incorporating meta into her writing to hilarious result. Liam and Killian’s ardent debate over Captain Hook’s wardrobe choices had me in stitches. I also enjoyed the echoes of Daddy Charming I saw in an overprotective David Nolan. Really, I can’t say enough good things about this story. It’s truly magnificent. 

Storybook by vickyvicarious

Official description: Sixteen-year-old Emma wakes up over 300 years in the past, in a world where magic exists.

Rated: T  Genre: AU, Lieutenant Duckling. Chapters: 2. Complete.

Once Upon a Time, Mary Margaret Blanchard informed Emma: “I wanted Henry to have the most important thing anyone can have. Hope. Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing.” Hope has always been a central theme on OUAT and in essence, it’s what this fic is about. Finding hope–even in the most dire of circumstances. And that’s why I love this story so much.  Utilizing a Lieutenant Duckling flashback, Vicky does a remarkable job of meditating on OUAT’s favorite motif. She perfectly captures the voice of a world-weary, sixteen-year-old Emma and a gallant Lieutenant Jones. And uses the flashback; contrasted with season 3 OUAT; to elucidate the topic. Vicky’s a wonderful writer and her rich use of imagery only improves the reader’s experience. And lemme repeat: LIEUTENANT DUCKLING! Who doesn’t love a Lieutenant Duckling tale?!

To the Ends of the Earth 
by thesassywitchofthenortheasteuphoric-melancholyy

Official description: Picking up in the aftermath of the season 4 finale, everyone must grieve and find Emma.

Rated: Not rated  Genre: None listed.  Chapters: 5/? WIP

This is an absolutely brilliant; wholly addicting piece. As expected, given the season finale, it’s unbelievably heart-wrenching. Killian’s anguish at losing Emma is felt throughout every paragraph. It hurts, I’m not gonna lie. It’s painful. But the authors do such a remarkable job of showcasing his torment. The dialogue and character voices are perfectly portrayed. And I LOVE how Alex and Sara are incorporating greek mythology into the Once universe. Another highlight is Killian’s growing bond with the Charmings. The story skillfully demonstrates how he’s slowly integrating into the Charming family. I love that even without Emma, he still has people in Storybrooke who care for him. An actual family. 

Today’s Memory by mryddinwilt

Official description: When Emma and Elsa defeat the Snow Queen they are turned into children and lose their memories. Two magically gifted children is a challenge even for Storybrooke, especially when one develops a crush on a certain pirate.

Rated: T   Genre: Humor/Family  Chapters: 13. Complete. 

If you’re interested in fluff, have I got a tale for you! This story is so full of FEELS, it’s practically bursting at the seams. I still can’t decide what is more touching: Killian fully grasping how abandoned a young, orphaned Emma felt or Snow & David finally getting to experience Emma’s lost childhood. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of The Charming Family and I live for their bonding moments, so this fic proved especially heartwarming. I also appreciate that all the mushy-gushy feels stuff is nicely balanced with a healthy dose of humor. It prevents the story from becoming overly saccharine. Another high point: Captain Charming who play off each other especially nicely in this story. And young Emma’s adoration of Killian just KILLS ME. 

anonymous asked:

since nathan and ronan are written in the stars as Best Friends, what do you think of Adam and Gabriel being friends? The four of them together?? tell me ur feels xo

i have like so many emotions about this whole thing okay i’ll try not to go overboard but tbh i’m alread y go nE

  • so like here’s the thing gabriel would be absolutely mad for adam like yeah yeah nathan is his one and only soulmate but LOOK AT THIS BOY look at this beautiful strange enchanted boy he is poetry in motion he is a mortal angel he is literally the personification of the beauty of nature he demands to be looked at LOOK AT HIM
  • meanwhile adam thinks gabriel is the weirdest person he’s ever met but he’s got great taste in books and gab is super chill and easy to get along with i see no reason why adam wouldn’t like him, i think he’d find his company really relaxing and also his back muscles are a thing 

  • the thing about adam and gabriel is they are both very observant and intuitive. they can read people amazingly well. sometimes they use these powers to have deep meaningful conversations about the people they love and each other and sometimes they use it to talk shit about strangers while they sip coffee in a cafe and trade greek mythology headcanons like the pretentious lil fucks they are

  • nathan oh my god nathan would have the most adorable/embarrassing like 5th grade baby kind of crush on adam because like it’s not that he even really thinks of adam in a ‘i wanna touch ur mouth with my mouth’ kind of way but he just thinks adam is so cool and smart and Strong and he feels this weird sort of kinship with him even though they’ve lived very different lives they both know what it’s like to be surrounded by so much violence and undeserved hatred from very early ages and he kind of Looks Up To Adam which doesn’t really make sense but he just looks at him and thinks “goals” constantly and one time he tells this really stupid joke but it makes adam crack up laughing and it’s the first time he’s ever seen adam so unguarded and also HE made adam lauG?H??? and he’s just like “if you’ll excuse me….i need to go somewhere to scream” and ronan is like “i un d er s tan d” 

  • ronan appreciates gabriel’s reverential adoration of adam bc lbr as much as he can be a jealous little hard boiled egg we need 2 stop pretending like he doesn’t get off on adam getting blindly worshipped by everyone he graces his presence with like that’s his #1 kink. but other than that he finds gabriel mostly annoying and nathan is just like “first of all, fuck you, and second of all yeah i thought he was annoying when i first met him too, but seriously fuck you” 

  • once ronan unlocks gabriel’s tragic backstory he is shocked just SHOCKED because he never would have guessed someone like gabriel had all this shit happen to him or all the things he’s done and gab’s like “i mean i’ve had a lot of bad things happen in my life and i’ve done a lot of bad things but i think that overall life is beautiful and i am doing the best i can, i like myself as a person :))))” and ronans just like “that…..sounds….fake…..but …… o … k….” and gab’s like “you’re the same, ronan. you can’t see how good you are but one day you will” and ronan kind of wants to slap him but also like what a beautiful strong powerful musk ox now he’s looking at gab and thinking “goals” HOW EMBARRASIN

  • nathan and ronan, ronan and nathan, what can i say, they just roll around in the dirt together, something about being around each other brings out a weirdly innocent, childlike side of both of them and gabriel and adam have secret talks about how fukcening cute it is 

  • but it took some time to get to that point like when they first met they couldn’t stand the sight of each other and the only thing going through their minds was PUNCH PUNCH PUNCH but that’s also the same feeling they get when looking into mirrors so u kno now they know how to look at the familiar parts of themselves they see in each other and accept and even admire it and they express this through still punching each other but with love and respect 

  • ronan is believe it or not a fraction more mentally stable than nathan and because of this is sometimes is like “hey, maybe you should like not do that thing?” and nathan’s like “i sware on me mum if u ever try 2 tell me wat 2 fucken do i’ll bash ur fucken ‘ead in mate” and ronan’s just like *sigh, heart eyes* and proceeds to help nathan do the thing (like just imagine ronan even trying to teach nathan a proper boxing technique bc while nathan is certainly capable with his fists his fighting style is so raw and scrappy and nathan is just like “I !!! AM A WILD ANIMAL !!! U CAN ‘ T !! CONTROL ME!!! ” and ronan’s just like *heavy sigh* “alright, son”

  • consider this: massage circle

i must stop now or i won’t ever be able to

GoT 6x05: “All That.”

Okay I was not as much of a fan of this episode as the others. There were a lot of scenes in which…..Things Happened.  Still some great moments (SANSA) but also some Nah, Bro moments (Dany).  On y va.


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Littlefinger was all “Hi, babe, I’m here to help out!” And Sansa was like:

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Tips for Writing Lore/Bio Dragons To Sell

So I’ve seen people mention that they might be interested in writing and selling lore dragons, and since I am rather fond of lore dragons, this is my entirely selfishly motivated attempt to prompt people to write more of them. Keep in mind, these tips are according to my own personal taste, and designed to be marketable, so if you don’t write like this, or do some of the things I suggest avoiding, it absolutely does NOT mean your writing is bad. Your writing is great. Keep it up. 

Gimmick: You want something cool and attention grabbing for your dragons. Pick something interesting and play it up, elaborate and find variations on it, using one or more of the following.  

Give all the children something in common inherited from their parents. A trait, a job, a physical feature, whatever you like. This is especially good for hatcheries, to make your pairs interesting and let people know what they can expect and look forward to. 

Give their parents bios. It doesn’t have to be long, and even a little paragraph about them and their role in the clan helps by providing a feel of established lore, and a handy reference.

Give them a theme. What do you like? Mythology, history, RPG’s, candy? Write lore for your dragons based on it. 

Give the dragon something intrinsically interesting about them. Do they have a unique appearance, mutation, or magical ability? Official flight subspecies are taking off, and there’s nothing to stop you from making your own subspecies based on anything you want. Or maybe they’re not really a dragon at all, but a mimic, beastclan shapeshifter, magical creature, demon, or angel masquerading as one? Sky’s the limit. 

Give the dragon an interesting personality. Don’t just pick a trope and expect that to do the talking. Expound a little. Tell us why they’re like that, how they act because of it. 

Give the dragon an interesting job. You can try to follow trends in the FR blog circle (pirates were pretty in a while back) base them on what their parents do, or just pick something neat. Put your dragons to work in the great dragon capitalism machine, and demonstrate their potential value to a new clan. 

Formatting: People love pretty bios. Find a nice bio code and use it to adorn your dragon’s story. Play with fonts and colors. Add in items that match their colors, or have symbolic meaning. 

Everyone loves graphics (and if they don’t then they can just delete it.) Crop a pretty picture into a sidebar, put their picture in a fancy circle, find a nice picture, resize it, and incorporate it in. 

Figure out what length you feel most comfortable with, whether it’s a short paragraph, several long ones, a full fledged life story, or anything else. There will be buyers for all sorts of things, so don’t feel like you have to write a certain amount to be marketable. 

Don’t: There’s an exception to every rule, and I’m sure these are included, but here are some general things to avoid for marketability’s sake. 

Try to avoid tying the dragon too directly into your clan lore. If you talk too much about your own clan, it will feel too tied to your personal lore and people won’t see as much potential for the dragon in their clan. You should be able to describe the relation or circumstances of the dragon to your clan in one or two sentences, and ideally they should provide an interesting jumping off point for that dragon rather than taking the spotlight. For instance, saying that this dragon is the child of your clan leader, born just before a violent coup and spirited away to safety in another clan provides the buyer with an interesting backstory for the dragon. Spending a paragraph describing your clan politics, clan leader, the rebel faction, and the coup is more likely to be a miss. Let the parents’ bios do the heavy lifting in providing information and a link back to your clan. 

On a similar note, try to avoid making their siblings a big point in each others’ lore. Vague mentions are fine, like: “This dragon was a spitfire from birth, always wanting to play rough and tumble with her siblings.” But mentioning siblings by name and specific personality is less appealing because, like the above example, it’s something not about the particular dragon the person actually wants to buy and own, and might feel too tied to another dragon’s lore. People don’t usually want to buy a whole set of siblings, and it’s less appealing to buy a dragon whose lore is mostly related to dragons you don’t own. Although this IS a lore gimmick you can use, I recommend doing it with small hatches and not often. 

Try to avoid lore that’s too location specific. For example, if your dragon will only nest in the treetops, people whose clans are located in cliffs, deserts, glaciers, or airships are unlikely to buy them. 

Try to avoid lore that’s very personal or important to you and/or your clan. Unless you know the person buying the dragon and you’ve planned it out together, you’re releasing your dragon into the wider world and to people who might change or delete the story you give them. If you’d be upset or hurt by this, or if having the lore changed would upset your own clan’s lore, then don’t do this unless you know the person it’s going to will leave it as is. 

Don’t bash your writing or say things like “this is really terrible” or “probably no one will buy this.” I know if you’re nervous, you might want to pre-emptively talk it down so that no one else can do it because you already know, or so they go in with low expectations and are pleasantly surprised when it’s not bad, or so no one thinks (god FORBID) that you have an ego. But honestly, don’t. It’s shitty for your self-esteem, it holds you back from enjoying and being proud of your own writing, and honestly it’s pretty rude to do to potential buyers. Who wants to buy something if the seller tells you it’s bad? If you honestly don’t think it’s good, then it’s disrespectful to expect people to pay something for it anyway. If a chef sent out your meal burnt and said “yeah, this is really bad, I’m not that great at cooking, but here it is” would you accept that food? Rework your writing until it’s something you feel proud to offer, or at least something that you can honestly say you think is good. 

Don’t take it personally if the dragon doesn’t sell! Putting yourself out there is tough, and it can feel like rejection if no one wants to buy a dragon with your writing attached. But there are lots of factors as to why a dragon does or doesn’t get bought. Maybe you didn’t advertise it enough for people to see, maybe the dragon is an unpopular breed or less than pretty, maybe the economy is dead in the water because everyone’s waiting for the color wheel expansion, MAYBE THE ECONOMY IS DEAD IN THE WATER BECAUSE EVERYONE’S WAITING FOR THE COLOR WHEEL EXPANSION…. There’s nothing wrong with saving what you’ve written and putting it on another dragon later if you feel it deserves a second chance even after you’ve booted the original dragon off to the deity of your choice. 

bpd-victornikiforov  asked:

oh man is there a story about the bible AND arthurian legend you can tell?

Short answer: Yes

Long answer: Arthurian legend was not very explicitly religious in tone before the French got hold of it. The French are responsible for a lot of the bits of Arthurian legend that we’re familiar with today, like Lancelot and Guinever, and the most common version of the Grail quest. Lancelot’s obsession with his inherent sinfulness is a very French idea, as is the whole “courtly love = adultery”, a theme that shows up in a lot of French-influenced pieces of Arthuriana, from Lance and Gwen to Tristan and Isolde. Note that Lancelot is explicitly supposed to be from France, bringin’ that sweet, sweet Catholic guilt to the uneducated Britons.

More interesting than Lancelot imo is the Grail quest, because it brings us a few significant things: first, a visible turning point when the story of King Arthur starts to become tragic instead of heroic, a sense that things are coming apart; second, it starkly emphasizes that most of the knights are not uncomplicatedly good (this isn’t a totally new idea, but it IS really depressingly laid out here, because you have knight after knight being not good enough to attain the Grail and either returning sadly to Camelot or getting killed on the adventure (alas poor Dinadin, we didn’t get enough time with you)); and thirdly, the Very Unsubtle Trinity Metaphor that is Galahad, Percivale, and Heliabel/Dindrane.

So the original Grail storyline is very subtle and kind of weird. The hero is Peredur/Percivale/Parsifal, not Galahad, and plays out in the story of the Fisher King, which shows up in a lot of other places (I believe T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland is based on the story of the Fisher KIng). Percivale finds this castle with a dying king inside it, and he doesn’t ask about the guy’s wound, and he’s supposed to. He eventually gets another chance, and it’s revealed that the king is mortally wounded but can’t die and it has to do with the Holy Grail and I forget how exactly Percy fixes this but he does, and then I… believe… he has to be the king instead because the old guy dies? It’s a story which feels very much in keeping with the original Welsh Arthurian myths, in that it’s strange and only vaguely religious and the hero is a good Welsh boy.

In the new, French Grail story, Percy gets relegated to sidekick to Galahad, who is French (surprise!) and the new hero. Percy has been separated from his family ever since he came to Camelot to become a knight, but shortly after Galahad shows up at court, his sister, whose name varies by source, also comes. At this point, Galahad has obtained a sword (from a stone – the French weren’t super original, and also it’s sort of a one-up on Arthur) but it has come with a scabbard and sword-belt that are basically falling apart, and he’s not allowed to replace them because his true love is going to. Parenthetically, the whole concept of Galahad having a true love is really weird, because stories really like to emphasize his chastity, but aroace Galahad probably isn’t much of a stretch. Anyway, Heli/Dindrane shows up and she has woven a swordbelt out of her own hair, which she presents to Galahad. This is supposed to be cute and not creepy. Percy and Heli are pretty much Galahad’s best friends in Camelot (probably because no one else really likes him: in addition to the one-up sword, he also gets a one-up chair at the Round Table, and he is, recall, Lancelot’s son, and also super religious [was raised by nuns in a convent, in fact] and basically sounds like a grade-A loser), so when the Grail Quest happens, the three of them go out together.

This is, in my opinion, a pretty obvious Trinity metaphor. Heli is obviously the Holy Spirit, which traditionally is female-identified/described with feminine-gendered words (particularly in Greek iirc). Which of the boys is supposed to be Jesus and which is supposed to be God is sort of up to you. Personally, I like Percy as Jesus because he is the approachable, accessible one, and Galahad would probably agree with that interpretation. :P But, again, it’s down to personal preference and how far you want to extend the metaphor.

You could probably make a pretty convincing argument for Percy as God, however, because he’s the only one who survives. Spoiler alert: Heli sacrifices herself to save a village of people who are being preyed on by an Erszebet Batory prototype, and Galahad, after attaining the Grail, has known Seen What No Man Can See And Live, so he dies. Percy, depending on your source, becomes the new king (Galahad ALSO frees a version of the Fisher King, but since he dies he can’t replace him), or becomes a hermit. Some sources eventually have him return to Camelot, but he notably does not appear much in any stories after that, and is conspicuously absent at the Battle of Camlann, where everyone else dies. It’s reasonably fair to assume that after the two most important people in his life die he isn’t really interested in being involved in the Round Table any more.

There is also a subplot where he is tempted by a witch who tries to convince him to live with her and be her lover, and if that sounds a little like the Last Temptation of Christ, that’s because it plays out pretty similarly in parts. So that’s sad too.

Anyway, the important thing is that the Grail story represents the place where Christianity really integrates with the original mythology to create the story that’s part of the modern understanding of Arthurian legend. Christianity has a big influence from here on out, as does Christian morality. We lose a lot of pagan rituals, we learn that everyone is filled with sin and no one can truly be a hero except for Galahad, who is the cinnamon roll too pure for this world. Arthur prays to God, and stories about Lancelot and his all-consuming religious guilt make him a hero who surpasses old Table knights like Gawain, whose big story, as you probably know, involves a VERY pagan green dude who can’t be killed. In fact, if you contrast Gawain and the Green Knight, an old story about being able to measure up, which is filled with adorable sexy shenanigans and Scottish mythology, with the Grail quest, a new story about being able to measure up, which involves everyone suffering and dying, you can see that things have really changed.

So yeah. Religion is a part of Arthurian legend from the very beginning – the Mabinogen, a really early source, gives us stuff like the rescue of Mabon, basically a Welsh demigod (and sometimes described as a Jesus analogue), by Kay and Bedievere – but once the French get hold of it that religious streak becomes very Christian and very moral, and that is how Gawain is unseated as Arthur’s best knight (a lot of Lancelot-centric stuff plays up the idea that Gawain is an uneducated, oversexed country bumpkin, in fact) and the Grail Quest becomes one of the most significant events of the entire story. On the plus side, we do get the Percy/Galahad/Heli friendship, which is one of my all-time favorite parts.