i'm sorry this got rambly

okay but like. remember when someone took red beanies to a book signing and got dan and phil to wear them and the blurry pictures taken from a distance were everywhere because beanies. remember when dan apologised every time his hair was even the slightest bit curly. remember when he’d insist he looked absolutely terrible when a fan told him otherwise. and now dan just casually did a liveshow in a pastel beanie with his hobbit hair. like it’s not the biggest deal but he just looked really soft and comfortable and happy and it makes me feel all warm inside and i’m just really grateful for dan howell

Little anecdote from me:

Today, I was once again reminded how much a single kind gesture can mean and change.

School was long and troublesome again – too many exams, not enough breaks. Everyone’s mood was at it’s lowest, nobody was listening to the teachers anymore, and the teachers kept punishing the whole class for it, instead of simply punishing the troublemakers. By the end of it, I was tired, hurting, and just wanted to go home. 

Bad luck that I had missed my bus because of the teacher keeping us (as punishment) and had to wait in the cold.

Deciding that I had to go inside somewhere before I froze to the ground, but not wanting to go back into the school (bad memories) I entered a bakery next to the bus stop.

People where almost squashing each other, customers yelling for the employees to hurry up, and I almost regretted going inside. But I was here already, and hungry, so I went to look for something to eat. Perhaps that would cheer me back up again.

And then I saw something that made me do a double-take – star-shaped chocolate cookies, as big as my hand. But instead of just a plain cookie like the others around it, these ones had a smile painted onto them with chocolate and frosting. A big, toothy grin, eyes squeezed shut, and beneath the smile was a little writing saying “Hello nice person!”

It was nothing big, but it was so unexpected and cute, I couldn’t help myself and chuckled, shaking my head at the funny little thing.

And right then, one of the employees spotted me and came over to take my order. A young woman, not much older than me, looking just as tired and annoyed as the others – no wonder, considering the way the customers just kept screaming and yelling and insulting.

Without thinking, I lifted one of the cookies up and all but beamed at her, telling her, “These are really cute! Can I have one of these, please?”

Her annoyed expression faltered, mouth half open in order to ask me what I wanted, and she literally blinked owlishly at me. After a moment – I already thought that she thought me weird or rude – she said, stunned, “You like them?”

Now it was my turn to stare. I assured her that I loved these little things. How could I not?

Other customers didn’t like them, she explained, they thought it too childish, at least for adult customers.

“Probably that wasn’t my best idea,” she added, much like an afterthought.

I interrupted her before she could take my order, asking her what she meant with that. Had she made these cookies herself?

She shrugged, clearly feeling uncomfortable. “The faces and the little message… that was my idea. Customers are always so stressed out when they come here, so I wanted to give them something to smile about.”

Again, she shrugged, her whole stance saying that that hadn’t worked out as well as she had thought.

I couldn’t believe what I heard, wondering who had told her so. Sure, it was nothing big, but…

“I had a really shitty day today,” I told her, searching for her gaze as she typed everything in the system and waited for the receipt. “But seeing that little smiley face and that hello? That really made me smile. I don’t feel nearly as bad as before. So, thank you. I love your idea.”

She stopped, looking up at me. And after a moment, she finally smiled for the first time. “That’s… that’s great.”

I grinned at her and decided, “You know what? I would like to have two of these.”

Two?”

“Yep. Two smiling faces for me, please.”

She changed the order, still looking surprise by me sudden change of mind. When she handed me the cookies and I gave her the money, I handed her one of the smiling cookies back. As she stared at it, I explained, “I want you to have that one. You look like you could use some smiling faces yourself.”

And, lo and behold, she really started laughing aloud at that. In the midst of the loud bakery full of stressed out and rude customers, even though she was tired, she laughed, and looked so much healthier than before because of it.

And I felt so much better than before, too.

And now, sitting here and nibbling at my cookie, I think – it’s so awesome how much little things can mean, right?

That nice woman had decided that she wanted to make people who came into the bakery smile, so she put up some effort and did something thoughtful and funny like smiling cookies who say hello to you when you come in.

And me? I decided to tell her that I really liked her idea. Nothing more. Just told her that her idea is nice and helped me.

Both of us didn’t do much. We were just being nice. And yet, it helped so much. It changed so much. For both of us.  

Long story very short – don’t underestimate how much one kind gesture can mean. It doesn’t have to be anything big, or expensive. Just be nice to people. Smile at them. Tell them when they do something well.

It will change a great deal. And sometimes, perhaps, you could really help someone with even the smallest kind gesture towards them.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Fic: When The Time Is Right

9.1k words, G rated

Albus is going to ask Scorpius to marry him on New Year’s Eve. That’s the plan at least, but first he needs to find a ring, and pick the right words to propose with. It’s all a lot easier said than done. 

This is a follow up to this little ficlet I wrote for @ohscorbus as a Christmas present. I didn’t really plan to write the actual proposal, but it seemed like a cute idea for a new year’s fic, so 9000 words later here we are! 

Thanks to @abradystrix for betaing this monster, and coming up with some brilliant critique. 

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aracanabreaks  asked:

A temporarily blind Astrid Drabble?

A/N: Holy heck. I am, so terribly sorry that this took me so long to put out!!! I found it and decided to rewrite it aaaand,,, Well, this was the result! I’m so sorry that it took me forever to post this, @aracanabraeks​!! :’)

(I think this one might be a little heavier than what I usually write? I’m not entirely sure, but I feel as if it’s necessary to note that it’s not super light and fluffy, or anything!)


Blink

 “Most of the hindrances that you and your friends cause me are generally… unseen. And as the saying goes–an eye for an eye, no?” He’d said. “You needn’t worry, however. I’ve decided to be merciful by letting you keep them, at the very least. How useful they’ll be to you is simply… undetermined.”

There was no ultimatum, no ulterior motive–Viggo wanted revenge for the Riders’ last stunt: the destruction of his marble stronghold. The entire purpose of kidnapping Astrid was for the sake of making a point. For the sake of getting even.

He made a formidable adversary, and part of that was due to the fact that he wasn’t afraid to employ tactics heavier on the… unscrupulous side… in order to get what he wanted.

The fact that he so casually brought the Scourge of Odin back down upon the Barbaric Archipelago was proof enough, but yet another one of methods he utilized revolved around the fact that prolonged and close-range exposure to an Armorwing’s flame resulted in (supposedly temporary) blindness–to both dragon and viking.

Such exposure was appropriately classified as torture.

…And in both cases of blatant inhumanity, Astrid was a victim without a choice.

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so two people asked for this and that is literally all the encouragement i need

this is super long so i put it under the cut 

@little-mad-margaret @thomasoftolloller

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Signature Moves: Villain Edition

Tai Lung: git good scrub

ShenI HAVE A SNAZZY TAIL AND YOU DONT

Kai: you spin me right round baby right round


Signature Moves
Signature Moves: Villain Edition (you are here!)
Signature Moves: Dad Edition

…okay, I don’t usually do this, but as ya’ll know I’ve been struggling a bit with my confidence in my writing of late. I just finished what will be the first chapter of the “just for fun” story I’m working on right now.

It’s modern AU ABO, Destiel. alpha twink student prostitute switch Dean, trans-omega (pre-transition, at the beginning doesn’t even realize that it’s a thing, alpha to omega) investment banker virgin bottom Castiel. No archive warnings apply. Cas is about 30, Dean is about 20. The first chapter is mostly scene setting and smut.

I’m not looking for betaing. I’m literally looking for someone to look it over and reassure me that it doesn’t suck. It’s not edited yet, and I don’t plan to actually post the chapter until the whole story is done, so it’s not like I can get that reassurance from posting and seeing people’s comments…so…um…if I put it up on googledocs, would someone have time to look it over between now and tomorrow morning (like 7 AM EST) and let me know if it blows?

Thanks in advance, ya’ll…

eta: Got someone. Thanks, ya’ll!!

my goal for the next few months is to beat dark souls 3 so i can rerun on ng+ and have pontiff sulyvahn kick my ass again

anonymous asked:

What are some of the reason you love Ronon x Teyla? And what are your favorite episodes with them in it?

I’m glad you asked because THEY ARE SO ADORABLE. I think I can best explain it by giving you a quote that I’ve been meaning to gif them to for a while:

“I’m all for those ships where one is really cute and looks so innocent, but can totally cut your neck if you piss them off. And the other seems all rough and tragic past and all, but it’s really a big cute puppy who will follow the other to the ends of the earth.”

Tell me this is not them??? This quote was MADE for them. You only need to replace “earth” with “universe” and there you go, perfect summation of their relationship and why I love them so much.

One of my favourite things about them is their playfulness. They’re always playing, sparring, teasing, winking, smiling at each other – they’re just unbelievably adorable together. You just can’t NOT feel affected and happy when they’re looking so incredibly pure.

Also, the way they look at each other sometimes kind of reminds me of John and Elizabeth, so I guess it’s really no wonder that I’m drawn to them as well. Ronon and Teyla have that same playful flirtation in their eyes and in their smiles whenever they look at each other. They’re the kind of looks that make you want to go OKAY WHAT ARE YOU THINKING WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT EACH OTHER LIKE THAT WHAT ARE YOU SAYING TO EACH OTHER WITH ONLY YOUR EYES LIKE DAMN. FILL. ME. IN.

Like this: (x)

Ronon only has to LOOK at her and she already breaks out into a smile and has to look away. It’s always the subtle flirty looks that get to me, and they do it alllll the time. Gosh I wish it was easier to find gifs of them on the internet.

And one of my other favourite things about them is the ‘conflict’ that arises between Teyla who uses violence only as a last resort, and Ronon who has a tendency to jump straight to violence from the start. Like in Trinity, when Ronon kills someone and deceives Teyla in the process, and she puts a knife on his throat and warns him to never do it again, damnnn. Or just Teyla having to shout “Ronon!” all the time to keep him from doing stupid things. Controlling her boyfriend can be a little hard sometimes – but luckily Teyla trained him well!

Combined with Ronon’s hatred of the Wraith and Teyla’s connection to the Wraith… that is some good conflict stuff that we never really saw enough of.

Favourite episodes… gosh, my memory is terrible so I’m bound to miss something (and it’s also worth noting I can’t say much about s4/s5 because I haven’t watched those yet. well I mean, technically I have years and years ago, but I don’t remember a whole lot from that, and my rewatch came pretty much to a standstill in 4x02 so yeah after that…). I can say very definitively though: ECHOES. When it comes to Ronon and Teyla, I don’t think that episode can be beaten.

We’ve got Teyla beating Ronon’s ass in a sparring scene and teasing him about it. We’ve got Ronon wanting to learn meditation from Teyla and falling asleep (and then later Ronon tells Teyla she can beat him with a stick if he does it again in the most adorable scene ever). We’ve got Ronon worrying over Teyla and looking out for her, and Ronon putting his hand under her chin and her smiling weakly as she tells him he’s hopeless dfvighujghbughh are you dying of feels yet? I know I am.

I already talked about the good moments in Trinity, the conflict in that episode, Teyla holding a knife to his throat and threatening him… good stuff. Running and Duet are important because that’s when Ronon begins to trust Teyla, he naturally gravitates towards her because she knows what it’s like to be the outsider, and he automatically feels the most comfortable with her. She wins his trust and she’s a big contributer in convincing him to stay. Then there are episodes like Inferno where, you know, they’re just casually on the verge of dying while leaning against each other’s shoulders… There are so many episodes with just some great moments, like The Lost Boys’ scene where Ronon steals Teyla’s lettuce and they have a playful fight. I always love that moment because that’s just a really great example of how playful they can be together. Gosh, they’re just too many of those small precious moments - not a whole lot of episodes have a real strong focus on them, which is a shame.

Ronon and Teyla are both fierce warriors. They’re strong and loyal to a T. They value honor and justice. As the only aliens, they bond closer together. I obviously ship them romantically because feels feels too much feels, but even if you just simply enjoy their friendship, you can’t deny they’ve got a pretty special relationship.

I’ll end by saying this is a really nice fanvideo

They were only a month into the new semester, and Yoongi was already burned out. He’d managed to get through his freshman and sophomore years with minimal effort and was not at all prepared for the onslaught of work that his junior year brought. He’d been drowning in papers and theories since the first week. He needed to relax.

But he also needed to get his work done. So that was how he found himself approaching the old student center on the far side of campus at 11:30 on a Tuesday night. He’d finally finished everything he needed for the next few classes and, even though it wasn’t the most orthodox time to shoot some hoops, Yoongi wasn’t going to let that stop him. He deserved this.

The student center was open until 1 in the morning and Yoongi planned to be there until he was kicked out. He hoped to have the court to himself, since there was a new, upgraded gym on the other side of the campus. That’s where most people went. Yoongi chose the old center exactly for that reason. He didn’t want to be dodging people’s shots. He wanted to get lost in the rhythm of the game. And he wanted to do it alone, in the peace and quiet.

When Yoongi pushed open the main door to the student center, he seemed to be in luck. It looked deserted. He crossed the dim lobby to the gym and nudged his shoulder against the gym door. It didn’t budge. Yoongi reached out to shove it harder and his gaze fell to the notice taped there. 

‘If using the gym after 11 pm, please see student worker for access.’

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anonymous asked:

I just wanted to thank you for your gangster book recs, currently slowly accumulating and crying my way through the list. (also super glad for your comments because wow tlt goes bitter!sideways at the end & a warning was great)

ahhh i need to update it a little bit but i’m glad it’s helpful! yeeeah there’s a lot of angst in a lot of the books but there’s a lot of funny shit too, they’re definitely worth reading :D buuuuuut yeah TLT has enormous veracity issues overall but since it’s the only source for some stuff, like charlie’s childhood, i’ll use the stuff like that as a framework to extrapolate off of, especially when there’s more reliable stuff to cross-check that stuff against… aaand then there’s the last third of the book, which is so hugely tonally different from the rest of it? the narrative goes SO bitter and starts throwing out antisemitic stuff about charlie’s jewish associates that is completely absent from the stuff on the jewish gangsters charlie DIDN’T get along with in the early years [i.e. dutch schultz]. and i acknowledge my biases, but it’s such a tonal shift and doesn’t sound like charlie at all. then considering there’s stuff from meyer’s family saying he and charlie were close til the day charlie died, and considering TLT leans on “ooh pat eboli, pat eboli, he’s the only trustworthy wiseguy out there right now” when eboli was vito genovese’s lieutenant for YEARS, and charlie DEFINITELY hated vito and his entire faction??? nah, sorry gosh and/or hammer, i’m not convinced anything you’ve written past the havana stuff is trustworthy at all.

In anticipation of the Season 12 premiere, we asked if we could give Sam a hug and it was absolutely cathartic.

From what I was told, Jared took a good couple seconds to get into character. The fact that he brought Sam to life for us, even for that one second, makes me love him forever and ever.

So this happened today...
  • Band director: *ready to run through Mars* Where are the tubas?
  • Tubas: *running late, as usual, though their tubas are in the band room*
  • Me, a clarinet who has already offered to sing AND play the tuba part twice: Oh, I'll play the tuba part, just show me how!
  • Band director, making a thinking face: Hm... Ok, clarinets, all of you will sing the tuba part! *after a bit of chatter, she counts us off*
  • All 32 clarinets (because I don't stress this enough.): BUM-BUM-BUM BUM BUM BUM-BUM BUM BUM-BUM-BUM BUM BUM BUM-BUM BUM (repeated many times)

During jesses interrogation he would refuse to speak or say anything to anyone and jack was super frustrated n GABE shows up n starts signing to Jesse and he was surprised n sIGNS BACK “I’m not deaf” n Gabe says “yeah, but your mother was.” N IT WAS EMOTIONAL CYS JESSE ALSO LEARNT SIGN TO TALK TO HIS MUM LIKE WHEN HE WAS RLLY YOUNG n Gabe was the only person to actually spend time looking into Jesse as a person rather than a deadlock criminal.,,,I know this isn’t making much sense but WHEN I FINISH THE COMIC IT WILL TRUST ME I

Breaking News: I learned how to draw lips. Also Fluffy hair got 10x the poof and does she have another eye?? The answer may surprise you, More at unreasonable times to be up.

Just a thought ...

I was scrolling through the Kastle tag little while ago and there was a post that was complaining about the ship and how it could only exist if fangirls “woobified” Frank, and that he’s too damaged to be shipped with anyone.

Here’s the deal. When you ship a non-canon ship, you’re shipping the possibility, you’re shipping the chemistry between the two people, you’re shipping them because they would compliment each other and they seem to be what the other person needs.

Yes, Frank is, canonically, damaged and probably not ready for a relationship with anyone (yet), but I think people who (critically) say the only way to ship Kastle is to take away all of Frank’s edges to the point of making him an out-of-character “woobified” version of himself, they fail to see that Karen is no wilting flower, she isn’t a delicate scrap of lace that must be protected. She has her own darkness, and her own unyielding strength. I know that’s the BIGGEST reason I ship Kastle. It doesn’t seem like anyone else has even seen Karen, not really. Part of the reason Matt/Karen didn’t really work (to me) is because Matt doesn’t see this part of Karen. To him she’s the damsel in distress that he saved, a relationship with her represents the normalcy he so desperately craves (but in the end doesn’t actually want), and he views her as someone who could end up a casualty simply by being connected to him (he pushes everyone he cares about away this season because of this, except Elektra because she’s the only one that he thinks can handle this world that he lives in, and it’s painful to watch).

BUT ALSO, Frank is canonically (on the show) described and shown as someone who used to be perfectly capable of expressing his emotions. He laughed, he cried, he sang cheesy songs in the car, he read to his daughter, he argued with his wife, he LOVED passionately. He wasn’t always this constant jagged edge, this quiet machine of revenge. And the change in him didn’t start with the day his family was killed, it started before. Frank says he was tired when he got back, that constant exhaustion, having little interest in doing the things you used to love, that lethargy. That sounds like depression to me, and that change in someone isn’t necessarily permanent.

So as a shipper, when I imagine Frank in a relationship with Karen it’s because I can imagine her as a catalyst to healing (not that she has to do it for him, but that she’s a beacon that allows him to see there’s hope still). I can see a possible return to the expressive man that he once was. Of course, he’s still the punisher, forever changed by the things he’s seen and done, but he’s also Frank, a man who loved so passionately that it literally had the power to destroy him.

And ALSO it’s shipping, of course there are cheesy sweet and fluffy head canons, there always will be with any ship. There are also heartbreakingly angsty ones, ones that make you think, ones that make you cry. There’s meta and breaking down scenes frame by frame, analyzing dialogue and acting/directorial choices. Ship hate is so weird to me, and I try not to engage in it, but I HATE it when an anti-shipper reduces this pairing to the fans being “immature” or woobifying a badass character just to fit into a ship.