i will be strong this winter

Stars

Summer was arriving in Hawkins. The days were getting longer and warmer. Jim Hopper sat outside of his cabin, and took a long drag of a strong cigarette. He liked Summer more than Winter - where everyone was more laid back, and he didn’t have to put on multiple coats just to survive a car ride to the station. He looked up at the setting sun, which painted the sky with golden orange hues, streaking across the tips of the bright green leaves on the trees which stretched higher than ever. “Perhaps it’s time,” he thought. He took one last drag of the cigarette, before crushing it underfoot as he walked back into the cabin.

He immediately went down to the storage room below the floorboards. After El had come home from her search for her mother, he decided they should clean it up, and actually use it for storage. He kept all his old stuff, at least all that had survived from his childhood, neatly organised down there in stacks, along with his case files, and other small things he had accumulated over his life. He went into the far corner, and dug into a pile of books. He pulled out a dust covered hardback, emblazoned with drawings of constellations. It was technically a library book, but he had forgotten to return it, and had just kept it for years. His daughter’s name was written in felt pen on the blank first page. It still choked him up to think about her, but at least he had El now. He had another chance.

He came back up, and closed the trapdoor. He saw El through the opening to her room. She seemed happy, bobbing along to a jingle from a commercial for something or another. He liked how she took pleasure in the smallest things. “Hey kid”. She turned around, and smiled at him. “Get your shoes, I’ve got a surprise for you.”

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El loved surprises. She loved when Hopper would bring home eggos, or ice cream. Particularly strawberry. Strawberry ice cream was her favourite. She liked when Mike came over, out of the blue, because he just had to see her. She liked spending hours simply sitting side by side with him, the pure fact of him being there after they had been apart for so long. She liked when Dustin would bring her new candy bars, so they could try them together. She loved when Lucas and Max would invite her to go exploring in the woods. And she loved when Joyce would come to see Hopper, because it meant she could see Will, and they could spend all afternoon doodling together, and listening to whatever music was cool. She didn’t know what Hopper had planned for her, but she knew to be excited. She walked just behind him as he trekked through the woods, humming to herself, content.

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“We’re here!”

Hopper set his bag down in a clearing in the woods, with El following just behind him. The trees bent around a lush patch of grass. The sun had gone down, and twilight reigned above them, the sky a pastel purple. Hopper began to unload his bag, and unfurled a large blanket on the floor, along with a couple of pillows, and motioned for El to sit down. Finally, he brought out the book from the cellar, and sat down next to El.

“Look up at the sky”. Hopper pointed upwards, and El turned her eyes upwards. “Pretty,” she responded. “What are those sparkly things up there?”

Hopper replied earnestly. “That’s why I brought you out here - it’s nice and warm out, so I thought I’d show you the stars.”

“What are stars?” El appeared quizzical, but enraptured by the shining lights which pierced the evening sky. Hopper always loved that expression on her face. He loved how she always wanted to know more about the world, and everything around her. “They’re big balls of gas, and fire,” he said. “The sun is one of them, but when we turn away from it, we can see so many more. They’re so far away, but so bright, that we can still see them.” El smiled, taking them in. She liked the bright lights in the sky. And now she knew what they were.

Hopper then showed El the book, beginning to tell her about all the patters of the stars in the sky, about all the shapes they formed. He particularly enjoyed telling her about Orion, laughing while she struggled with the idea that there wasn’t a large man in space with a belt of sparkling stars, but that it just looked like one. He felt more peaceful than ever, looking up at the lights in the sky, and the mirroring twinkle in his new daughter’s eyes.

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Wow um ok this was my first attempt at writing a fic of any kind as opposed to just small headcanons so this is wild (I hope it’s not trash). I just love Hop and El’s family life so much it’s adorable. Imma just tag @stevemossington and @maxmayfield in this cause they’re like my tumblr writing idols even tho they’re probably hella busy and won’t see it and ahhh this is exciting that I’ve just written something. Hope y'all like it!

Hot chocolate with TEA!?!? Yes.

I just reblogged a post that reminded me that not only is hot chocolate tea a thing - but it’s a great way to flavor plain hot chocolate!

Here’s my recipe:
- ½ mug heated milk
- ½ mug appropriate tea temp water
- *for richer flavor, use 2/3 mug milk and 1/3 mug water
- 1 teabag (black, herbal, and rooibos teas work best)
- hot chocolate mix
- *depending on how sweet you like it, you may want to add sugar or even honey

First brew your chosen tea STRONG, it has to compete with chocolate. I usually double or triple my brew time as long as the tea doesn’t suffer. While that’s brewing, heat your milk and add your plain hot chocolate - remember you want the tea to be done brewing at the same time as you’re mixing the hot chocolate. Remove the bag and slowly combine the tea and hot chocolate.

Recommended teas:
Earl grey
Vanilla
Raspberry
Red velvet
Chocolate strawberry
Mint/peppermint
Almond

I know we’re all pretty down rn so here, have some cute pics of svalbard reindeer

it’s the smallest subspecies of reindeer on the planet and it loves you

the svalbard reindeer is also the northernmost herbivore in the world, and during winter they survive an average of −16°C (3°F) weather

look at those small fluffy ears and kind eyes, the reindeer is cheering you all on to stay strong in these trying times 

just like the arctic winter, this too shall pass

the svaldbard reindeer proves that even under the most extreme of circumstances, life finds a way. so please, please keep on fighting

You are so much more than beautiful, you are intelligent and worth care taking. I love the way you smile and how you get so happy when you talk about the things you love. I could write a whole book of how much i adore you. How you even make the moon and the stars jealous of the way you shine. You are the cure to anything bad in this universe. The way you bloom like every other season keeps amazing me. So many unwritten stories locked down in your heart. Tell me everything about you, endless thoughts of you in my mind. I could write endless of poems about you. You are a poem yourself that I could never write. Out of words when I see you. I get so shy and get lost in my words. Sometimes I wish I could tell you as much as I could write down so you could understand me a little better. Even on these cloudy days I will hold you down. When you cry I will do anything in my power to make you smile. I sometimes get jealous and think about other people that will probably love you better and that I’ll always have to live with that thought stuck in my mind. I need you more than anything and I will never forget about you. I’d travel a million miles just to see you. When It’s 4am and you need me I’ll be 1 call away. I love every little bit of you. The comfort in my body when I’m around you is something special. We are meant to be together, that’s what the universe told me. 7 billion people on earth and my focus is on you, you only. Your fingers running through my body trying to find my scars. And maybe you won’t be the one for me and you fall in love with someone else. Because right now im the chaos in your mind and you are the potion to my heart. I will be happy for you, i want you to be loved. I hope they will not only love you only because of how beautiful you are. But because of how intelligent and strong you are, how you carry the world by yourself, how you educate everyone around you. How you make winter nights feel like summer evenings. How you got the ability to make me so calm in a world full of cruelty. So many stars in the sky tonight, and oh they so adorable.

But nothing as adorable
Elegant
Graceful
Excellent
Gorgous
Fascinating

As you
my love.

—  yungogsyd 
Queens of Mewni & Their Cheek Symbol

So, I just thought to make the list of the cheek symbols of the Queens of Mewni for my next analysis (the significance of these cheek symbols). The first column were the image of the queens, second is their cheek symbols, third is symbolism’s meaning I got from the internet, and fourth is what traits I think you needed to get that symbol in the SVTFOE universe (in short, what the symbol signifies). 

SVTFOE Card Suite Symbolism speculation:

Heart - people with this symbol are very lovable and has a distinguishing “charm” that naturally attracts people and come to her side. They prioritize their relationship with others compared to anything else and usually let their heart dictates their action (emotional). They are often found as center of the group

Spade - people with this symbol wields strong and fearsome power, even more powerful than normal and typical queens.

Diamond - people with this symbol have the tendency to take the center of command and shoulder the burden and responsibility by their selves. They dress in jewelry and finery, conducting their selves as befitting of nobility.

Club - people with this symbol have the “common” mindset. They appreciate the values that works for the greater whole of society and hates anything that could destroy the social order they are comfortable and grew up in already.

Color symbolism speculation:

Shades of purple - elegance, nobility, regal

Yellow - bright, lively

Pink - lovely, feminine, 

White - harmony, power, everything (as it is combination of all colors of light. That’s why Moon said you must give everything if you want to “dip down”)


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sometimes i wish i could stop feeling lonely. especially on bright summer days with clear blue skies and birds chirping outside my window. sometimes i wish i could call you up and tell you how much i miss you especially when the monsoons arrive, the thunder is louder outside and the skies are darker than usual. sometimes i wish i could kiss you and tell you you’re better than my glass of hot chocolate especially on the freezing cold winter day with bitter winds and dull skies. sometimes i wish i could tell you i love you especially on days when the beautiful butter flies circle around the pink flowers that just bloomed and the skies are some unusual shade of ombre.
—  s o m e t i m e s//nikitagupta

Today I met a girl from Lithuania doing erasmus at my college and when I asked her if she was liking Portugal so far she said “yes, you have sun here”, and I laughed thinking this was some kind of joke but she just looked very serious and I just searched Lithuania’s weather and I get her now.

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Inexorable (3-FINAL)

Plot: How does is feel to be arranged to be married to a cocky, arrogant Mafia leader? Once you look at his face, you think you’re lucky, but then he opens his mouth.

Pairing: Jeon Jungkook x Reader

Genre: Angst, Smut, Mafia au!

Warnings: dom!Jungkook, steamy hot tub sex yes

Notes: Last part, ya’ll. I hope you like it. I changed the gif because tumblr is being a meanie and it’s not letting me put in my own shit. This brings us to the end of this mini-series! I hope you enjoyed it. 3,430 Words

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It was safe to say that there wasn’t as much tension between you and your husband anymore. Everything seemed so much more calm than before. Maybe it was because you guys barely talked; or maybe it was because he locked himself in his office all day, working.

An empty cabin was always nice, but you wanted to talk to him. You actually liked arguing with him; teasing him, and he would tease you back. His touch – it was gentle, even though he was being cocky. You hated to admit it, but you were slowly getting used to him.

Now it seemed like the both of you were more like frenemies rather than complete enemies. There was a sort of understanding, considering you were now aware that you were both forced into this marriage when you would rather stay single, and he would rather marry someone else.

“Princess,” Jungkook called you from behind the black kitchen island, his whiskey glass in his hand as he leaned against the countertop – you had no idea when he started calling you that, but it stuck. “I need some beer and and ice.”

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A searing pain sliced through Cinder’s side. She collapsed onto her hands and knees. Flopping onto her back, she pushed herself away, one hand pressed against the wound. Thorne stood over her, gripping the knife. Cress was dangling from his arm in an attempt to pull him away, but he was too strong and she was trying to keep one hand on her stomach wound. Her entire front was already covered in blood.

“I’m sorry,” Thorne sobbed. All signs of his usual confidence were gone. “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry—”

i have found some sketches from last winter, soo……… here’s another comic

This time it’s the last round, the Thorne/Levana VS Cinder/Cress battle from Winter. 

Songs that make you feel better

This period of the year can be a little bit tough for some of us, with the pressure of shcool and the bad weather, so I made a little playlist with “stay strong” songs and songs that can always but you in a good mood :) 

English:

Truce - Twenty-one pilots
Missing you - All Time Low
Sunrise - Our last night 
Hold on till may - Pierce the veil
You’re not alone - Of mice and men
War - Sum 41 
Eye of the tiger - Survivor 
Stand by you - Rachel Platten
Take my hand - Simple Plan
OK - Robin Schulz feat James Blunt 
Don’t stop - 5 Seconds of Summer
Little things - One direction 
Drag me down - One direction
Just hold on - Louis Tomlinson 
I lived - One republic 
Won’t stop running - A great big world
Take the world by storm - Lukas Graham

Spanish: 

La vida es un carnaval - Celia Cruz 
A dios le pido - Juanes 
Musica Ligera - Soda Stereo 
Sonrisa - Kendji Girac 
Subeme la radio - Enrique Iglesias
Bailando - Enrique Iglesias 
La Gozadera - Gente de zona 
Vivir mi vida - Marc Anthony 
Toc toc - Macaco 
Paraíso - Dvicio 
Casi humanos - Dvicio 
Volar - Alvaro Soler 
El mismo sol - Alvaro Soler 

French: 

Je joue de la musique - Calogero
Liberta - Pep’s 
Mon everest - Soprano
En feu - Soprano 
Tout le bonheur du monde - Simsémilla 
Ton combat - Arcadian
J’ai cherché - Amir
On dirait - Amir 
Ca va ça va - Claudio Capéo 
Il est où le bonheur - Christophe Maé 
La vie est belle - Indochine 
On écrit sur les murs - Kids United 

Portuguese: 

Quero ser feliz também - Natiruts 

Italian: 

L'emozione non ha voce -  Adriano Celentano
Occidentali’s Karma -  Francesco Gabbani 
Roma-Bangkok - Baby K

Greek: 

Mantissa - Marina Satti 
Το Τραγούδι Του Καιρού - Weather Song Tsolaki
Μετρώ Αντίστροφα -  Κωνσταντίνος Κουφός

Nico di Angelo Headcanons

Just a bunch of headcanons. Yay!

  • Nico is the type of person who is too lazy to step into the shower but refuses to get out soon after because he ends up enjoying it way too much
  • He owns like fifty of the same kind of jeans and shirts.“Nico, you’ve been wearing that shirt for three days” “No, I don’t” 
  • In addition, he also have the same kind of shirts but on different yet almost identical shades of black. “Weren’t you wearing that yesterday” “No, that shirt is onyx. This is jet black”
  • He wears socks in his sleep specially during winter but always, always wakes up already not wearing them having subconsciously taken them off during the night.
  • He likes to drink really icy cold water.
  • He has a collection of pirate films and had already thrice watched the whole Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in one sitting. He already plan on a fourth one but now with Will.
  •  Any overly too strong perfume scent makes him sneeze a lot. That’s exactly why he avoids the Aphrodite cabin like a plague. No, it’s not because of his love life but  really let people think what they want.
  • Special talent? He can wiggle his ears. Will is the only other person to know and the son of Apollo can’t tell anyone else. Ever.
  • He actually knows how to do perfect braids, something Reyna found out when he helped with hers. It was a result of having practiced with Bianca’s hair back when they were in the casino.
  • He doesn’t have a bad angle and always looks good in every photo taken of him. Like how?
  • He’s the only one so far, aside from the other Athena kids who had actually won a game of chess against Annabeth.
  • He taught Will how to slow dance during one of their supposed outdoor date but having it ending up in the Hades cabin because it began raining. They danced it during their wedding. 
  • He’s actually the one who had initiated the first kiss between him and Will. It was when the other had been gushing way too much on an injury he got during capture the flag and he simply had to shut the other up.
  • The kiss was brief, barely lasting a second but it did serve it’s purpose.
  • In exception to one Will Solace, he still feels uneasy with being touched and hugs still makes him a bit uncomfortable but the ones he initiates and the ones he reciprocates are the most comforting ones ever.
5 Signs You Treat Your Reader Like an Idiot

(1) Overusing Adverbs

For Example: “Get out, Michael. I swear to God, get out before I try to kill you. I wasted two years of my life on your pathetic cheating ass. Get out!” Tara yelled angrily.

Adverbs are, more often than not, useless additions to your writing. Looking to the example above, adding “angrily” to the end of the line tells the reader nothing new. The reader knew Tara was angry, because Tara is clearly yelling at Michael. The dialogue alone is enough to portray this, and I’m sure with the full scene, the reader doesn’t need any extra help. Adverbs clutter up your writing and weaken your writing. Trust the reader to catch on without the adverb.

(2) “As if” Phrases

For Example: Mrs. Winters lingered over Bryan, her stern face glaring down at him, as if daring him to speak out again.

You don’t need to explain why characters are doing what they do. “As if” phrases are explanations we don’t need. Your writing needs to be strong enough to portray that Mrs. Winters wants Bryan to shut up.

(3) Exposition in Dialogue  

For Example: “Hello, Bridget, my ex-girlfriend who cheated on me with Brad”.

I wrote a whole post on this last week, because exposition in dialogue is absolutely terrible, but I will say it again. Using dialogue to explain things is usually just lazy writing. Dialogue needs to sound the way that people actually talk. Keep in mind that the characters know more than they say, and rarely need to explain it.

(4) Lazy Research

For Example: The curtains opened and Jared lifted the wand. With a wave, he instructed the winds start playing. The hall filled with the melody of flutes, clarinets and trumpets.

To the untrained eye, Jared is a decent conductor, and is doing a fine job leading the orchestra. To a musician, this scene would come off as weird. The stick a conductor uses is a baton, not a wand. Trumpets are not wind instruments. These details aren’t enough to completely ruin a story, but if you have a character interested, you need to do research. Know what you’re talking about. Using the right words, terms that are only used within the community (for this example, words like staccato or laccato tell musicians how to play a note).  If you have a character who is a musician, learn about music. If you have a character who does ballet, learn what a pliée is, and what an arabesque is. Don’t assume your readers won’t notice if you mess up on small details. The small details matter.

(5) One Dimensional Characters

No matter how minor a character is, it is your job to make them matter. Every character should have some sort of story. It might go untold, but characters need to be people in the universe you created, not plot devices there to guide your main character to what they need to do. This is especially true when writing women. Many female characters are written with the purpose of being a love interest to your main character, and they deserve more than that. 

I have a question. How come in that scene where Steve was describing the Winter Soldier to Natasha he went with “he’s fast” and “he’s strong” before saying “he had a metal arm” because if it were me that would have been the first thing I’d mention. I mean, it’s kind of a pretty distinctive feature.

Pre-Pose Request from the wonderful @everythingyouthinkyouknowisalie - thank you for giving me an opportunity to finally draw Bucky. He’s such a visually stunning character. I’ll admit I don’t know jack about him beyond what I’ve picked up in my “travels” around Tumblr, but that has sparked my interest all over again. 👌 Image © Brennan “Bonez” Strong 2017 | @lovelybonezproductions

Nesting Headcanons

-Omegas start nesting at a young age, like three or four years old, not so much because they need to but because they see their mother do it and they want to do it too. They start with small nests made just about anywhere, their bed, the floor, the couch, anywhere they feel like settling. Their little nests are always filled with small blankies and stuffed toys. At this age they don’t really care who is near their nest, they actually love having people around because they take pride in showing it off

-As Omegas start to get older, around twelve to fourteen years old, they become very dependent on the security and comfort their nest provides. They no longer like people being around it because they’re starting to be able to pick up the scents of other dynamics more and it makes them uncomfortable to have other scents on their nest besides their own

-When an Omega goes into heat for the first time, around fifteen to seventeen years old, they often make a new nest in a dark and enclosed place like their closet. Absolutely no one is welcome in or near that nest, with the exception of their Omega parent who checks in with food and water every now and then, since at this age the Omega usually won’t have a mate to take care of them yet

-Unmated Omegas always have a nest made, mated Omegas don’t though because they have an Alpha to provide them with warmth, comfort and security. Mated Omegas will usually only nest during heats, pregnancies, sicknesses and when they are extremely stressed or sad. Only their Alpha is allowed in these nests

-Whenever an Omega buys a new blanket they will insist that their Alpha needs to cuddle in it with them before it can be used for a nest, because it needs to have their scents rubbed into it

-Little Omega children excitedly building a big nest for them and their Alpha and Beta siblings in the living room on movie nights so they can all be cuddly and cozy together

-When Omegas are building a nest they become very zoned into it and even their Alpha has difficulty getting their attention until the Omega is satisfied with it

-An Alpha trying to be helpful and building a nest for their Omega who is about to go into heat, the Omega being very appreciative of the gesture but as soon as the Alpha leaves the room they rearrange everything the way they like it because Omegas are very particular about their nests

-Omegas are very uncomfortable with any Alpha scent besides their mates being anywhere near their nest, the scents of other Omegas can be comforting at times though

-During summer Omegas build their nests with light sheets and blankets and prefer to sleep naked because they love the soothing feel of the cool linens on their warm skin, but in winter they will use the thickest and softest blankets they can find while wearing fuzzy pajamas and snuggling as close to their Alpha as possible

-A small Omega building a nest and insisting that their Alpha parent cuddle in it with them, “like you do with mama!” and the Omega parent trying not to laugh as their big strong Alpha is cuddled into a tiny nest of stuffed animals and pink flowery blankets

Into You Like a Train

Pairings: Sebastian Stan x Reader

Style: One-Shot

Warnings: Language, explicit sexual content. Light smut & fluff. Some super light dom!Seb. Would rate this for 18+

Word Count: 1,269

Summary: You can’t resist asking Seb a question that has been on your mind all morning - even at the most inappropriate time.

A/N: Fun fluff that practically wrote itself. First time writing Seb, so hope it’s OK! Partially inspired by this, which destroyed me. Also - gif ain’t mine.

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“Hey, Seb?” You called out for the millionth time that morning, eyes glued to your phone as you sprawled out across the living room couch, one leg bent, the other dangling off the side lazily.

“Is this a serious question or a stupid question?” He retorted from the other side of the room, assembling a piece of IKEA furniture begrudgingly. The storage wall mount for all of your movies and books that you just had to have. “Ow!” He exclaimed as a pillow smacked him in the face. You stuck your tongue out at him while he grinned. “That’s not a very nice way to treat someone who’s building you the fucking Mt. Everest of TV mounts.”

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