in search of elusive

The female authors aren’t hiding...

Why is this still a thing? I just saw yet another article trying to recommend a few female authors as though they’re some rare species. The suggestions turned out to be just as boring as every other list: Rowling, Austen, Rowling, Bronte, Rowling.

I don’t know why people keep struggling to come up with 5 amazing female authors (or even making these lists. Like whyyy). So let me now walk over to my bookshelf and rattle off some names of my favorite modern female authors… (also, enjoy my attempt to break my endless “YA fantasy” books into groups). 

If you’re searching for that super elusive book written by a woman, try:

Dystopian

  • Veronica Roth
  • Lauren Oliver
  • Kristin Cashore
  • Veronica Rossi
  • Beth Revis
  • Marie Lu
  • Tahereh Mafi
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Susan Ee
  • Suzanne Young
  • Jennifer Wilson
  • Amy Engel

Fantasy

  • Samantha Shannon
  • Evelyn Skye
  • A.C. Gaughen
  • Jessica Khoury
  • Alwyn Hamilton
  • Marissa Meyer
  • Heidi Heilig
  • Libba Bray
  • Leslye Walton
  • Janet Lee Carey
  • Jennifer McGowan
  • Diana Peterfreund
  • JK Rowling
  • Janet B. Taylor
  • Laini Taylor
  • Robin LaFevers
  • Erin Morgenstern
  • Kendare Blake
  • Amie Kaufman
  • Kerstin Gier
  • Kiersten White
  • Melanie Dickerson
  • Melissa Landers
  • KM Shea
  • Alison Goodman
  • Elizabeth May
  • Kiera Cass
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Alexandra Bracken
  • Romina Russell
  • Deborah Harkness
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • Madeline Miller
  • Julie Eshbaugh

High Fantasy

  • Sarah J Maas
  • Maria V. Snyder
  • Mary E. Pearson
  • Sara B. Larson
  • Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Shannon Hale
  • Stephanie Garber
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • Stacey Jay
  • Erin Summerill
  • Leigh Barudgo
  • Hannah West
  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Victoria Aveyard
  • Rosamund Hodge
  • Melina Marchetta
  • Rae Carson
  • Naomi Novik
  • Susan Dennard
  • Wendy Higgins
  • V.E. Schwab
  • Gail Carson Levine
  • CJ Redwine
  • Katherine Roberts
  • Sara Raasch
  • Erika Johansen
  • Rachel Hartman
  • Juliet Marillier
  • Livia Blackburne
  • Sophie Jordan
  • Tamora Pierce
  • Sandra Waugh
  • Marie Rutkoski
  • Elise Kova
  • Angie Sage
  • Amy Tintera
  • Sarah Fine
  • Jodi Meadows
  • Cinda Williams Chima
  • Morgan Rhodes
  • Sherry Thomas
  • Danielle L. Jensen
  • Colleen Oakes
  • Melissa Grey
  • Sarah Ahiers
  • Lori M. Lee
  • Roshani Chokshi

Modern Fantasy

  • Cassandra Clare
  • Rachel Hawkins
  • Stephanie Meyer
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Kami Garcia
  • Claudia Gray
  • Julie Kagawa
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Kaitlin Bevis
  • Aimee Carter
  • Holly Black
  • Cynthia Hand
  • Richelle Mead
  • Temple West
  • Alex Flinn
  • Kresley Cole
  • Josephine Angelini
  • Lisa Maxwell
  • Zoraida Cordova

Contemporary

  • Rainbow Rowell
  • Jenny Han
  • Morgan Matson
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Kasie West
  • Jennifer Longo
  • Anna Breslaw
  • Sonya Mukherjee
  • Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Melissa Keil
  • Brodi Ashton
  • Jennifer Niven
  • Katherine Catmull
  • Miranda Kenneally
  • Eileen Cook
  • Sandy Hall
  • Jenn Marie Thorne
  • Sarah Strohmeyer
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Danika Stone
  • Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Jandy Nelson
  • Carolyn Mackler
  • Ali Novak
  • Ann Brashares
  • Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Gwenda Bond
  • Stacey Lee
  • Nina LaCour

(Sorry to Leigh Bird Dog and anyone else whose name autocorrect couldn’t deal with if I didn’t catch it).

These are just the books I happened to glance at, so feel free to add! And then maybe this can stop being a thing…

Nessie Sightings On The Rise

Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster are higher than they’ve been in 16 years. More and more people are out searching for the elusive beast nowadays, trying to snap a photo with the easy access of their smart phones. Two sightings this year occurred on the same day, by different people, at different areas of the loch. The most recent sighting was from Ian Campbell who spotted two creatures swimming close to the shore who were estimated to be over 30 feet.

So what do you think of the recent sightings? Two creatures spotted at the same time would give evidence towards a breeding population. How long will it be until we get a crystal clear image of the creatures? Only time will tell.

Lost Time
  • Lost Time
  • Little Comets
  • In Search Of Elusive Little Comets
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Little Comets // Lost Time

Just like the waves, you made me feel so ill
So up and down, I wish that you’d be still

NERD ALERT: The following is an in depth Harry Potter thing that may be my new favorite thing.


Late night musings lead to the strangest ideas sometimes. I’m reading all this stuff about being a Ravenclaw because I just got resorted (I’ve been a Slytherin since Pottermore first came out) and Idon’t know how to deal with this kind of life changing event, and I start reading about Luna Lovegood, who is an amazing character that I tend to forget about. Inevitably, my mind wanders to: Who would I ship her with? After running through every character, male and female, that I can think of, I’m like wait. What if she was asexual? Possibly aromantic? And then that led me to my other darling ace child, Charlie Weasley. And then it hit me. What if they were best friends? 


Imagine Luna in Romania, in search of the elusive Umgubular Slashkilter and Charlie just shaking his head with a smile bandaging up yet another burn from the Hungarian Horntail he just got done introducing her to.


One of the dragons starts acting strangely and Charlie has no idea what could be wrong.  He brings it up to Luna one day over lunch and she says, as though it was the most obvious thing in the world, that it must be the nargles making its head all fuzzy. All they have to do is make it a crown of Dirigible plums and Butterbeer corks and it will keep them away. Charlie’s just like um, sure? And tries it and is shocked when it works and from then on, whenever something strange happens with the dragons, he goes to Luna for advice.


But wait, there’s more!


Charlie is a Gryffindor. Brave, impulsive, and reckless. Super smart, but he’s still got those traits. But what if he befriended this innocent, walks-around-with-dreamy-eyes, yet super intelligent and insightful young Ravenclaw who doesn’t always realize that no, that is a dangerous creature that might bite your arm off so maybe don’t pet it, and he feels the need to grow up a bit and make sure Luna doesn’t hurt herself? 


And Luna Lovegood having the protection of the Weasley clan. George finds out about Luna being bullied by her house when she was in school and makes sure no one does it again by planning revenge jokes for those foolish enough to treat her unkindly (which he hasn’t done since he lost Fred). Ginny ready to hex any tormentors into oblivion. Molly and Arthur finding out about her not having a mother and bringing her into the family like they did with Harry. Ron being awkward but supportive. Bill and Charlie trying to convince Percy that telling Luna that Weetimorousbeasties don’t exist is hopeless and that she’s actually probably right. 


And it’s not a romantic thing between them. It’s just Charlie Weasley and Luna Lovegood, off to find dragons and ward off Nargles together. 


It may be a good thing I’m not great at writing fiction; If I were, I’d probably just sit at my computer writing platonic Weaselgood/Loveley fanfiction.


tl;dr Luna Lovegood and Charlie Weasley are my unpoblematic asexual faves and their friendship would be pure and perfect.

@theasexualityblog @aroacehogwarts Thoughts?

How Chance the Rapper Is Redefining Hip-Hop Style, One Pair of Overalls at a Time

Chance the Rapper is best known for two things: rapping (as his name would suggest) and overalls.

After appearing at the VMAs in khaki-colored Sheila Rashid overalls layered over a plain white Calvin Klein tee and tied together with a matching New Era “3” khaki cap from his own collection, the 23-year-old set the internet aflame in search of the elusive perfect pair of overalls.

Getty Images; Will Heath/NBC

With the help of a fellow Chicagoan, stylist Whitney Middleton, Chance has been cultivating a signature look that is redefining hip-hop fashion. Whereas past generations of rap royalty (Diddy, 50 Cent, Jay Z, etc.) repped the flashy, baggy and blingy rags - prioritizing designer labels above all else - Chance and contemporaries like Tyler, The Creator; Childish Gambino; Vince Staples; and, to an extent, even ASAP Rocky are part of a new league bringing an egalitarian, unfussy style to the stage via tucked-in T-shirts, overalls and suspenders - all in bright primary colors. Think: more Steve Urkel, less Puff Daddy.

There’s a nostalgic air to the clothes, as though his looks could very well be adult-sized re-creations of mid-‘90s childhood wardrobes. (Tyler, The Creator actually Instagrammed himself as a kid wearing overalls similar to those that his Golf Wang clothing line also sells.) The fitted ringer tees, baseball caps and Cosby sweaters worn by Chance onstage just as easily could be spotted on an extra in The Sandlot or on the Stranger Things rugrats. But Chance’s references to a happy childhood aren’t limited to his clothes; from life-size Sesame Street-style puppets onstage at his shows to the name of his latest album, Coloring Book, the ties are strong.

Read more: Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring Campaign Is Jam-Packed With #DGMillennials

In the age of fashion and entertainment revivals, however, Chance’s OshKosh-esque style feels fresh rather than stale, as the grunge look has started to become.

Pret-a-Reporter caught up with Middleton to talk about dressing Chance for everything from the stage to SNL to the White House State Dinner (which he attended with his politico dad, Ken Bennett, a former aide to then-Senator Barack Obama), what it takes to build an iconic style and how both Chance’s style and music are a beacon of positivity in an age of uncertainty.

This was a formal handshake in transition. It ended very black

A photo posted by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on Nov 17, 2016 at 6:20am PST

When did you start working with Chance?

I met Chance at a shoot for Status magazine in 2015. While I was out doing the pull, I got an email that he was going to be headlining Pitchfork Music Festival that summer. It’s my favorite festival, so I made a mental note to work hard at the shoot and reach out around Pitchfork to see if they had any needs for stage or anything. I did exactly that, and it went from getting him one look for stage, to doing four different looks and quick changes, to getting 20 choir robes.

Then the VMAs came up, the Beyonce birthday party, and shortly after that was the Kit Kat commercial and the tour, so things just really started compounding from there.

You’re both from Chicago. Do you try to look for Chicago designers first?

Chance really likes to support the Chicago arts community. Over the summer, Chance was asking for overalls, but there really weren’t a lot of great menswear brands doing cool overalls, so I found Sheila [Rashid] and brought a photo of her overalls to a fitting and showed him, and he was like, “Yes! I want these.” It was really cool connecting him with her. The other overalls that he wears - he wore them on Ellen -  are Publish Brand.

Has he always been into overalls?

He wore overalls more at the start of his career, but he didn’t start requesting them again until this summer.

A photo posted by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on Jan 2, 2017 at 4:00pm PST

How would you describe his aesthetic?

His style is really clean and classic and also very consistent. He has very strong preferences for specific cuts and shapes that he likes. For example, he loves a crewneck or a three-button Henley shirt. Jacketwise, we’ve gone between bombers and a Levi’s classic trucker jacket or other brands doing their variations on the classic jacket.

It’s still aspirational because he really brings the wardrobe to life and infuses bright colors, and yet it’s still something that his fan base can go out and emulate, which I think is really important because Chance is a great person. He’s a man of the people, and he wants to be inclusive in his messaging.

Do you mostly look for new designers? Or is it a mix of both high and low?

Mixing high and low together has been a great approach. We’ve gotten really amazing pieces from Kenzo, and they’ve been an incredible partner, creating some great things for him to wear for his Magnificent Coloring World Tour. It’s really fun to work with pieces like that, mixed in with everyday basics. He wears Nudie Jeans, and he also wears a lot of Ralph Lauren. As he grows and as I grow as a stylist, we’re definitely looking toward more of the high-level brands.

Do your approaches differ for red-carpet and onstage looks?

Sometimes he’ll give me a word or two, like for the Beyonce birthday party, he asked for higher-waisted flared men’s jeans and a belt and “those T-shirts with the bands” - and I said, “Oh, a ringer tee.” So getting those guidelines and then going out and finding different pieces that fit but are really dynamic, maybe show him something that he hasn’t worn before. It’s really all starting with him. It really starts with what the artist wants.

A photo posted by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on Sep 6, 2016 at 7:29pm PDT

Do you have any specific style inspirations or a time period you really look to?

Michael Jackson, for sure. Michael is a huge inspiration for Chance, and separate from that, he’s a huge inspiration for me as well. His wardrobers were with him for 25 years, and they also employed a very formulaic approach. There were very few patterns that they worked from for Michael. That military-jacket look was one pattern, but they used different fabrics and textures, so that’s a really big inspiration point - that consistency wasn’t trying to be iconic. It was his preferences with a little bit of superstition mixed in. But what it did was create a silhouette and a vibe that people could emulate. People could take a picture of him in silhouette and you’d know who it is, which really made him iconic in his fashion. The Michael button [at the VMAs] was a cool moment, to sort of bring the inspiration back to the forefront.

Everything else is based on Chance’s music and the color palette that he’s feeling at the time. Coloring Book has that kind of heavy salmon, watermelon influence, so those colors have been coming up a lot more. We’ve been working a lot with mixing primary colors in with some pastel notes. So again, it’s coming from the music and our mutual inspiration point and also what we are dressing him for.

Do you think his tendency toward bright colors and an almost childlike influence (the idea of a coloring book and overalls -  a popular kidswear item of the '90s  - etc.) is a reaction to the time period we’re living in, both in terms of the political climate and global events? Or is it purely coincidence?

I think there is a childlike wonder to Chance. He has the song “Grown Ass Kid.” His music is very enlightening, and there’s such a positive message to it that it sort of naturally lends itself to us reaching for brighter colors and bold, cheerful clothes that highlight who Chance is, rather than becoming the statement of the messaging. I think his clothing is a clean, strong backbone to the visual element, rather than being the center focus.

A photo posted by Whitney Middleton (@whitney_middleton) on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:14am PST

His shows are very involved. This tour was so cool because there was puppetry involved and a lot of amazing light shows. So the wardrobers really have to highlight that, rather than distract from it. So I think that’s part of it. But it’s always my goal to make sure what he’s wearing highlights not only his music, but who he is as a person.

Chance is breaking the mold as a very independent artist who is doing a lot to ignite the industry in a new way. We’re definitely not trying too hard to make it mean something, I just think it’s a natural way to work with an artist like Chance who is kind of in his own direction. For him, it’s about the fit, the color and how he feels in the clothes, rather than the labels.

A photo posted by Whitney Middleton (@whitney_middleton) on Oct 10, 2016 at 9:05am PDT

Ghosts vs. Ghosthunters AU

It’s dead silent in the middle of the night as each person slowly drifts off into their dreams, unaware that they may not be entirely alone. Slight sounds jerk a few awake as a pale light drifts through the room. 

Hello everyone, it’s time for our next event!

In this event your muse can be either a ghost or a ghosthunter.

Ghosts; Your muse has been cursed to forever (?) drift through the physical world, visible to only a few and hunted by many. It is up to you how your muse died and what kind of ghost they are - they could be a spiteful poltergeist seeking revenge, they could be a wistful elemental yearning for the times of old, or perhaps they don’t even know that they’re dead!

Ghosthunters; Your muse is a member of one of multiple ghosthunting groups in the city, traversing many a haunted house in search of the elusive ghosts. Whether your muse is the type to gently coax a spirit into their place in the afterlife, exorcise them all with your guns blazing, or if they simply tagged along with their friends and have no idea what is going on - it’s up to you!

To participate in this event you must:

Message the main blog whether you want your muse to be a ghost, ghosthunter, or if you have no preference either way. We may have to ask some muses to change their preference if we have a large imbalance of ghosts to ghosthunters, but we will always let you know first! 

Dates and all that will be confirmed in a later post!

Surfer wisdom.

Relationships are like waves.

You wait and wait until the perfect one comes along, and for a while it will give you the ride of your life, but before you know it there will be the crash, and eventually, it will peter out completely. Still you paddle out again and again, perpetually in search of the next great ride, no matter how elusive or short lived it may be.

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This was requested by @lachicadelamanzana

REQUEST:  Can you make an imagine with Bucky where the reader is her girlfriend? But she doesn’t remember because she was a failed experiment of HYDRA and they take her memories, and now whe works with Steve. So when the winter soldier keeps saving her, she meet him and he explain everything to her. And then HYDRA tries to take her but he protect her? Happy ending pleaseee

This request kind of got away from me and it turn from a drabble to a one-shot. I hope you enjoy it!

If anyone else has any request send them my way!

You had managed to track down the elusive Winter Soldier. After months of searching and following dead end and false clues you finally got a hit. Which worked out for the best because HYDRA had also gotten word of his location and were going to take him by force.

Steve knocked on the apartment door and shifted uncomfortably. He looked back at you and gave you a nervous smile. You gave him an encouraging nod.

The door opened abruptly and there stood Bucky one hand behind his back probably hiding a weapon.

“Buck.” Steve said in awe at seeing his best friend again.

“Steve.” Bucky answered with half a smirk.

“Can…May we come in? ” Steve asked while looking around the hall to make sure you were all still alone.

Bucky looked behind Steve for the first time and his eyes widened when he saw you. You gave him a small smile and bowed your head to hide a blush. He was way more attractive in person and for some reason you felt butterflies explode in your stomach.

Steve seemed to remember you were there and took a step aside. “Oh! Bucky this is Y/N. She worked for Shield. She helped me track you down.” he introduced you.

You pulled yourself together and tried to behave professionally “It´s an honor to meet you, Bucky.” You held out your hand for him to shake.

“Yeah…it´s good to meet you too. ” he sounded strained as if it pained him to say those words. You felt tingles go up and down your arm at his touch.

“We’re actually here to warn you, Buck”. Steve said with worry in his voice

“Why?”

“HYDRA has tracked you down. I found out from a very reliable source that they’re sending scouts to your location.” Your SHIELD persona came out as you informed.

“We have to go Buck.” Steve finished for you.

Bucky nodded and grabbed a black backpack from a secret location.

“She can’t come with us. Send her back to wherever you’re set up.” Bucky said while grabbing various guns from different locations.

“What? Why?” your voice raised.

“She´s very trustworthy. She´s helped me a lot, Bucky.” Steve tried to mediate.

“No.” Bucky said with finality in his tone

“I can handle myself.” You said taking a step forward. You weren’t going to let this guy stop you from finishing your mission.

“She can’t come.” Bucky begged. You hesitated when you heard the desperation in his voice but decided to follow your instincts. Something deep inside you urged you to stand by Bucky and protect him.

“You don’t have a choice in the matter.” You stated and marched out of the apartment.

Bucky looked at Steve for help but Steve just shrugged and followed you out the door to scout for HYDRA agents.

The three of you were walking down the streets of Spain trying to look inconspicuous when HYDRA agents appeared behind you. All of you took out your weapons and began to fight and shoot as many agents as you could while running down the Spaniard market place. You were reloading your gun when Steve´s urgent call made you turn around.

“Y/N look out!”

Before the shot hit you were knocked to the ground by Bucky. He hovered above you looking deeply into your eyes. His gaze seemed so familiar.

With his help you stood up and went back to taking down all the HYDRA agents. You were getting frustrated because you hadn’t been able to finish one guy, before you took them down Bucky would cut in and kill them for you. There was just one agent left, you had him in your sights when a gunshot was heard from your left. You saw the HYDRA agent fall and looked to see Bucky holding a gun.

“I had him.” you said annoyed

“I know.” Bucky answered with a cheeky grin.


You set up in the safe halfway location. You were all waiting for extraction and right now Steve was in the shower. That left you and Bucky alone in the living room.

You were seething from Bucky taking all your kills like he didn’t think you were capable.  You couldn’t even look at him directly. If you locked gazes with his blue eyes you felt your heart swoon and your anger build.

“I´m sorry.” He said from beside you.

“Do you even know what your apologizing for?” you raised an eyebrow.

Bucky laughed and scratched the back of his neck. “No, but you have your mad face on and I know how the routine goes.”

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anonymous asked:

Clarke and Bellamy trapped in a cave

Hahahahaha oops this got smutty. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

[AO3]

They’re still not used to life on the ground. Their first winter was mild, a few gentle snowstorms and a lot of rain, but nothing they couldn’t handle with the aid of the Trigedakru. 

This winter, their second, is a different story. It’s only early November, but the winter’s first major storm is well underway, and of course it begins only when Bellamy and Clarke are already kilometers out from camp on a search for the hardy but elusive plant Nyko told them was good for winter flus. 

And now it’s started to hail. 

“We’re stuck here until the hail stops coming down,” Clarke announces, staring out the entrance of the cave where they’ve taken shelter. The wind was nearly enough to knock her over when they were out among the trees, but at least in here most of the wind is blocked. But the hail is coming down in ever-larger clumps, and even as she watches she sees one twice the size of her fist shatter on a tree limb. 

She hears a snort. 

“No shit, princess.”

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Signs playing Slender

Aries: cheers for slender man, waving homemade banners for him

Taurus: rocks back and forth in the corner whispering “no … no …”

Gemini: wears slender man cosplay and hugs cancer, scaring the shit out of them

Cancer: is ready with therapy ice cream

Leo: FUCK FUCK SHIT SHIT

Virgo: slendys pretty fit tbh, i would ;)

Libra: eh whatever, this ish ain’t scary

Scorpio: WTAF IS THAT oh wait that’s a tree

Sagittarius: lol lets do this … in the dark ;)

Capricorn: Slender man is clearly in search for his elusive wig that will conceal his receding hairline

Aquarius: is calm af while everyone is losing their shit

Pisces: maybe slendy just wants a hug c: