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Short but accurate summaries of popular books/series: part 2
  • Lunar Chronicles: The Earth finally gets its shit together. Unfortunately, the moon has other ideas.
  • 39 Clues: Worst. Treasure hunt. Ever.
  • The Selection: Rich man thinks The Bachelor is a valid way to choose a monarch. Degree of success varies between attempts.
  • Shatter Me: The tales of Cinnamon Bun Girl and Problematic Fave Boy.
  • These Broken Stars: Heterosexuals in space. People die and things explode.
  • Legend: Literally the entire plot would've been avoided had the male lead waited another week to do the Stupid Thing™
  • Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children: Every day is Throwback Tuesday.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Magic and infinite knowledge at the cost of eternal pain. Choice is yours.
  • The Song of Achilles: This story is over 3000 years old, yet the ending still takes us by surprise.
  • Mara Dyer: The choice between mental stability and evil superpowers is somehow supposed to be hard.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic: Taking the ring to Mordor, except with less history lectures.
  • H.I.V.E.: Adults continuously fail to realize that when it comes to being clever sadistic little shits, teenagers have them beat by a mile.
  • Artemis Fowl: Teenage Irish Mycroft Holmes discovers Fairies are real. What happens next is fun for the whole family.
  • Good Omens: An angel and a demon decide they can make a better plan than God. Whether they were right is up to debate.
  • Divergent: A world in which having an actual well-rounded personality is a crime by birth and punishable by death.
  • The Magisterium: The wonderful misadventures of preteen Voldemort, Human Labrador, Hermione, and their pet demon puppy.
Winter Playlist

since it’s finally starting to feel like winter outside, I put together some songs to listen to when the days get darker and the weather colder. a mix of alternative, indie folk, and acoustic. 

1. blue moon - beck
2. black flies - ben howard
3. promise - ben howard
4. people help the people - birdy
5. winter white hymnal - birdy
6. blood bank - bon iver
7. the emotion - børns
8. northern wind - city and colour
9. christmas lights - coldplay
10. oceans - coldplay
11. delicate - damien rice
12. youth - daughter
13. the ice is getting thinner - death cab for cutie
14. kiss me - ed sheeran
15. i see fire - ed sheeran
16. black water - edward sharpe and the magnetic zeroes
17. hypnotized - fleetwood mac
18. syndicate - the fray
19. mad world - gary jules
20. picture frames - georgia fair
21. days go on - greg laswell
22. call me in the afternoon - half moon run
23. sedated - hozier
24. cinder and smoke - iron & wine
25. when we were on fire - james bay
26. in your atmosphere - john mayer
27. a bad dream - keane
28. one day - kodaline
29. stormy weather - the kooks
30. lamplight - lewis watson
31. windows - lewis watson
32. the yawning grave - lord huron
33. frozen pines - lord huron
34. buzzcut season - lorde
35. stubborn love - the lumineers
36. breathe - matt corby
37. winter winds - mumford & sons
38. align - nina nesbitt
39. dirty paws - of monsters and men
40. always - panama
41. chasing cars - snow patrol
42. sad beautiful tragic - taylor swift
43. back to december - taylor swift
44. out of the woods - taylor swift
45. red eye - vance joy
46. my kind of man - vance joy
47. unsteady - x ambassadors
48. hypnotic - zella day

fuck aluminum

walking home some guy bumps into me and starts talking shit to my face about how aluminum is the best metal. i tried to explain that iron is actually the best metal, but he started throwing around words like “rust” and i lost it. punched him right in his aluminum loving face. i hate aluminum so much.

Writing Help: Colors

*some of these will overlap because everybody’s interpretation of color is a little different.

Red

crimson, ruby, scarlet, blood, vermilion, maroon, cerise, sanguine, cherry, coral, cardinal, puce, auburn, beetroot, blood-orange, burgundy, russet, ginger, poppy, rose, carmine, wine, amaranth

Pink

magenta, salmon, fuschia, carnation, scallop, peach, rose, coral, punch, blush, flamingo, strawberry, rosewood, bubblegum, silk, hot pink, grapefruit, primrose.

Orange

tangerine, marigold, sunset, flame, ginger, cantaloupe, tiger, apricot, carrot, squash, sandstone. 

Yellow

Canary, gold, flaxen, lemon, saffron, tawny, sand, sunshine, bumblebee, butterscotch, corn, ocher, topaz

Teal

cyan, sea, magpie, aquamarine, beryl, turquoise, ultramarine

Green

forest, grass, malachite, verdant, olive, chartreuse, fir, lime, jade, sage, moss, pine, sea, bice, viridian, fern, myrtle, juniper, pear, seafoam, pistachio, basil. 

Blue

sapphire, cobalt, ocean, midnight, indigo, sky, slate, peacock, azure, arctic, ice, denim, cerulean, electric-blue, navy, admiral, royal-blue, blueberry, frost

Purple

mauve, blackberry, royal-purple, amethyst, amaranth, violet, plum, eggplant/aubergine, periwinkle, sangria, lavender, heather, raisin, mulberry, grape, wine, lilac, jam, alexandrite,

Black

velvet, ink, coal, ebony, sable, jet, obsidian, shadowy, soot, onyx, pitch, raven, crow, midnight, spider, leather-black, grease-black. 

White

petal, eggshell, pearl, alabaster, diamond, snow, ice, ivory, cream, cotton, eggshell, cloudy, chiffon, silk, coconut, linen, bone, frost, beige, lily-white, milky, diamond, sparkle, pallid.

Brown

coffee, taupe, khaki, tawny, umber, rusty, russet, dun, fawn, copper, cinnamon, caramel, beige, mocha, hickory, wood, pecan, walnut, chocolate, cedar, penny, topaz, zircon, jasper, onyx, andulasite, rutile, mousy

Gray

silver, lead, shadow, graphite, pewter, iron, cloudy, smoke, ash, dove, fog, flint, salt, hoary (specifically for hair), grizzled, drab, mousy, granite, moonstone, hematite. 

books I want to re-read

me age 15: “smoke weed every day” jokes but ironically because i’ve never smoked weed before

me age 19: my fursona is ketamine

So we always have modern-day Greek gods but come on, imagine them in other periods of history please like there is so much potential

Apollo as a renaissance artist in Venice, painting watercolors of the sun, crafting songs and harmonies, visiting the sick with his work that always seems to help them recover, sketching women more beautiful than a summer’s day.

Artemis as a huntress in Celtic Ireland, war paint and bow, axes and spears, running through glens and marshes, hiding in the undergrowth dressed in animal pelts.

Ares as a medieval knight in England, seeking glory in jousts and tourneys, mastering pike and sword and lance and flail, clothed in steel and blood.

Athena as a World War Two commander in Bletchley, calling the shots as she scours maps, planning out blitz raids and spy operations, typing at machines and decoding foreign enigmas.

Hephaestus as a factory worker in the British industrial revolution, face lined with ash, stinking of iron and smoke, watching chimneys pump the skies grey.

Hermes as a Colonial settler in the Americas, atop the ship’s mast with spyglass and pistol, bartering with natives, swindling and travelling, scouting out the New World and bringing communication to the old one.

Hestia as a World War One housewife in Britain, growing vegetables and making her own clothes to keep up the war effort, sending telegrams to shellshocked soldiers in the trenches, keeping children safe in her house by the fireside.

I mean, come on. Historically diverse Greek mythology. Let’s make it happen.