someday i’d like to break into jj abram’s house and beat him over the head with a box. then when he asks me who i am and why i’m doing this, i’ll tell him it’s a fucking mystery and then beat him over the head again for the next two years or so
Still getting through my ASOS reread and came across this passage, which is near and dear to my heart (and near and dear to some themes of the series, I think):
… [Grenn] grinned as Sam came chuffing up. “The Others get your boot, Slayer?”
Him too? “It was the mud. Please don’t call me that.”
“Why not?” Grenn sounded honestly puzzled. “It’s a good name, and you came by it fairly.”
Pyp always teased Grenn about being thick as a castle wall, so Sam explained patiently. “It’s just a different way of calling me a coward,” he said, standing on his left leg and wriggling back into his muddy boot. “They’re mocking me, the same way they mock Bedwyck by calling him ‘Giant.’”
“He’s not a giant, though,” said Grenn, “and Paul was never small. Well, maybe when he was a babe at the breast, but not after. You did slay the Other, though, so it’s not the same.”
“I just … I never … I was scared!”
“No more than me. It’s only Pyp who says I’m too dumb to be frightened. I get as frightened as anyone.” Grenn bent to scoop up a split log, and tossed it into the fire. “I used to be scared of Jon, whenever I had to fight him. He was so quick, and he fought like he meant to kill me.” The green damp wood sat in the flames, smoking before it took fire. “I never said, though. Sometimes I think everyone is just pretending to be brave, and none of us really are. Maybe pretending is how you get brave, I don’t know. Let them call you Slayer, who cares?” [ASOS, Samwell II]
In addition to the ongoing theme of “embracing the name” and taking strength from it (bastard, dwarf, Kingslayer, etc), there’s a delightful irony in how, as they are discussing the importance (or lack thereof) of how other people perceive you, Sam also falls for other people’s perception of Grenn (“Pyp always teased Grenn about being thick as a castle wall”) and then is so flummoxed by Grenn’s impeccable logic he totally flounders in response.
I also love when Grenn says, “Sometimes I think everyone is just pretending to be brave, and none of us really are. Maybe pretending is how you get brave.” Grenn, dispenser of wisdom and insight!
I’m not a huge fan of the “some people are tin, others steel, others iron, etc” formulation of character that crops up occasionally in the series; as a metaphor, it’s a pretty static and essentialist way of thinking about the self, as when Jon says Sam will never be anything but tin (of course, it’s very common, too, and Jon’s speech is well-intentioned, in service of Sam’s future and finding a place for him).
(Should we take Jon to be at least a little bit wrong here? In light of how Sam discovers a heretofore unknown courage and ability in service of defending Gilly … maybe. Then again, while you can’t hammer tin into steel, you can hammer the raw material into different shapes and uses, so the metaphor isn’t a total loss … but I digress.)
I much prefer Grenn’s “pretending is how you get [X],” whatever X might be. Brave, kind, bold, anything. Another way of putting might be that our choices and habits shape ourselves, our habitus or hexis–the predisposition to act in a certain way.
Woah boy I never thought would have to to say this, but here we are.
DO NOT CLAIM MY CHARACTERS AS YOUR OWN. Ever. Nowhere in the original post do I ever say that Charlie (the sylveon) is this person’s OC. It may not have been clear enough, but I even tagged her name in the original post.
When I draw someone’s character in my responses, I @ the owner of the character and tag the character and owner in the tags. Otherwise? Don’t assume or claim that ANY of the characters in the art are yours. This is a very good way to get immediately blocked.
(Also, please don’t go and harass this person. Being a bully fixes nothing.)
My dear more-than-a-friend, @cultofpokeshipping, currently has a creepy stalker who has tagged him in posts and told him to go die/kill himself at least twice. Please help out by spreading good vibes and love Cult’s way and, if you find the time, flag @ineedslep’s blog (I’ve blocked them so I can’t link to them in this post but the username is: ineedslepp) so staff can maybe take it away from them.
They’ve also called all Pokeshippers racists but they seem to have zeroed in on Mike for no reason that I can think of, sending him harassing asks and tagging him in unrelated posts. I have yet to find any reason why.
Please help us out and reblog this post too until this person is handled. Nobody deserves to be treated like this!
honestly, this has been on my mind for a while, but I think there are some people I need to… not distance myself from, but sometimes, often, I’m more excited about a friendship than the other person is and it just creates this weird feeling of imbalance. I don’t know if that sounds weird, but when I was a kid I was first bullied and later I had to really put an effort into making friends with people, I was rejected a lot (I assume because I was a girl, but I acted like a boy, because later when I started hanging out with boys this all got easier) and I don’t want to put myself in that situation again. this isn’t a critique of anyone, it’s alright to not be super enthusiastic about a possible friendship, and that’s probably exactly what I have to remind myself of: it’s ok if people don’t want to be ‘besties’ with me and I don’t have to try to convince them of otherwise. I’m already extremely introverted so, in short, I think what I’m saying is that I want to focus my energy on the people who are openly wanting to be good friends with me.
i dead been trying to figure out how to do transparent/glass objects for like 2 months now and i can’t. like i’ll try for 2 mins and nothing works and then i give up again until another 2 weeks or so.
the alpha is so confusing to me like idk how to make it look like how it’s suppose to. and everyone i’ve asked doesn’t know either though. who knows how to make glass/transparent objectssssss?? if you do i’d love you forever if you can lend a handddddd or maybe some advice pleaseee and thanksss.
“Forged long ago in the lost Elf kingdom of Gondolin, Orcrist, the ‘goblin cleaver’, was a legendary blade, well known to the wise of Middle-earth and infamous among their enemies."
"Having disappeared for centuries, the sword would reappear in, of all places, a Troll hoard, where, among the detritus and ruin, it catches the eye of Thorin Oakenshield. To the Dwarf, well versed in the crafting of fine weapons, it is a sword of peerless craft, but it is Elrond, lord and lore-master of Rivendell, who is able to name the blade and tell Thorin of its prestigious lineage."
"No finer sword could a king of any race wish for."
We laugh at the artist,
Crazy enough to eat yellow paint,
In some desperate attempt at happiness,
Pretending there aren’t time in the middle of the night,
When we would be willing to do anything,
Just for some sense of joy,
Some semblance of normalcy,
A way to prove to ourselves that there is so much left to live for.
He ate that paint,
the same hue as his sunflowers,
To put that light inside himself,
But the colour of sunlight,
Wheat fields glowing golden in autumn,
Can’t chase out darkness,
Anymore than love can chase out hate.