lion pits

Shiro is the only true Black Paladin and no one else comes close

here’s why i’ll never accept anyone else as a permanent replacement for Shiro as Black Paladin:

  • the Black Lion chose Shiro. she had everyone else lined up in front of her, so if someone else (Keith/Lance/Allura/whoever) was a better fit for Black Paladin, Black would have chosen them from the beginning. she didn’t, because Shiro is the best fit for Black Paladin
  • Shiro could fly the Black Lion perfectly from the beginning. he never struggled to pilot her properly, like Keith did in S3, because he’s the true Black Paladin
  • Shiro managed to get the team to form Voltron immediately. even though they pretty much all gave up, Shiro was able to turn things around and get the team to form Voltron. he never struggled the way Keith did in S3 because he’s a born leader whose team follows him without hesitation - just like the Black Paladin needs to be
  • he nailed the nosedive exercise on his first try. even though Coran described it as an “expert level drill”, he was able to do it perfectly and fly Black with ease by bonding with her and looking through the Lion’s eyes
  • he did the Paladin Eye Glow. none of the other current Paladins have done this - even Pidge, who bonded closely with Green in 2x04. even Keith, whose Lion has repeatedly come to save him. Shiro did it TWICE
  • the only other character we’ve ever seen do the Paladin Eye Glow is King Alfor - the OG Red Paladin and the creator of the Lions
  • the Black Lion saved Shiro from the robeast in 1x03. and she saved him again in 2x01. and again on the astral plane when he fought Zarkon
  • Shiro spent the first two seasons fighting for the Black Lion. he refused to let anyone take her and he fought to get her back repeatedly - just like she fought for him and defended him
  • when Shiro went to bond with Black in 2x07, she immediately showed him her history and let him see her memories through her eyes - because she desperately wanted to bond with him
  • Shiro fought Zarkon in the astral plane for the Lion - and won. he understands what it means to be a Paladin better than Zarkon - the OG Black Paladin
  • he was able to use his connection with the Lion to lure Zarkon into a trap at the end of S2. and his lil smug face after he manages it? priceless
  • he brought Voltron back from a complete shutdown in the S2 finale. even though everyone else gave up, Shiro never did
  • he activated the Black Lion’s wings, unlocked her teleporting powers, and stole back the black bayard from Zarkon. and he did it by bonding closely with the Black Lion. and doing the Paladin eye glow AGAIN
  • if Shiro was only ever meant as a temporary Black Paladin, we wouldn’t have seen two seasons of him bonding with Black and being able to see through her eyes, use her wings, or defeat her original Paladin
  • if Shiro was only ever meant as a temporary Black Paladin then several key storylines and plot points from the first two seasons now make no sense or fall completely flat
  • if Keith is supposed to be the “true Black Paladin”, then we should have seen him bond with the Black Lion, see through her eyes, share her memories, and activate her wings. we didn’t because he’s not the true Black Paladin. instead we saw him struggle to even fly Black in a straight line, because she’s not the right Lion for him

the only true Black Paladin is Shiro 

Shiro is the Paladin Black chose from the beginning; the Paladin she trusted and bonded with; the Paladin who was able to see through her eyes and unlock her powers. anyone else is just temporary. Shiro is coming back - and when he does, he’ll fly the Black Lion again. like he was meant to all along.

L Ø V E

A collection of songs that would have been given to my significant other on a 1970s compact cassette tape if: a) it were the 1970s or b) I had a significant other.

1. First Love - The Maccabees
2. West Coast - Coconut Records
3. I Belong In Your Arms - Chairlift
4. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
5. Interlude (That's Love) - Chance the Rapper
6. Melrose - Childish Gambino
7. Latch (Acoustic) - Sam Smith
8. Not Enough - Carousel
9. I Would Die 4 V - CHVRCHES
10. For Emma - Bon Iver
11. Romanticise - Chela
12. Riptide - Vance Joy
13. Constant Conversations - Passion Pit
14. Love, Love, Love - As Tall As Lions
15. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It - Stars
16. Eyes - Rogue Wave

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lil-seeds  asked:

yo yo yo dysfunctional entp here. i've been in a weird, non-creative, funk for the past week or so, i believe largely due to some very well ignored and internalized negative feelings. what is the best way for me (or any Ne user really) to get back into the idea-generating, novelty, creative swing? (im a writer working on a second novel so the whole 'tired of a single project' thing isnt helping either) thanks hot hot hottie

(Gif: Claudia, Warehouse 13. ENTP.)

Uh, well first there’s this: i believe largely due to some very well ignored and internalized negative feelings.

Have you dealt with those yet? Because as a Fe, until you get them out of your head and into the world, you cannot move on and the intense internalization of something that NEEDS made public (Fe) is going to cramp your muse. So, expel those feelings. Share them with someone you trust. Shout them into the void. Express them. You will feel better.

As for getting your Ne-dom mojo back – it’s simple.

Ne needs external stimulation to work. It does not exist in a void. Your Ne bounces off objects, ideas, and stories in the external world. This is why you watch a television show – you get ideas. Better ideas than they used. Or you read a book – and you get more ideas. Or you listen to a song – and you get ideas. Or you talk to someone and… you get the idea, right?

Being in a non-creative funk for a Ne-dom means your creativity tank is drained. Why? Not enough external stimulation. Not enough new stuff to bounce off of. Not enough exposure to things related and unrelated to your current writing project. You need new material going in your head. Start reading someone else’s novels. Start up a television show you’ve never seen before on the side. Read someone who is FULL OF IDEAS, who makes YOU full of ideas, someone EXCITED about their ideas.

Here’s some personal writing advice from a fellow Ne-dom, who quite often experiences temporary creative slumps (since I pretty much work on a novel and/or writing project anywhere from 1 to 8 hours daily, about 10 months out of the year… yeah, I don’t “do” hobbies and I don’t “do” idle time… and it kind of sucks).

If you hit a creative slump, you have two choices:

- Take it back to where your creativity was flowing, and take the plot in a new direction (write a different ending to that scene, or cause something unexpected to happen that you did not see coming)

- Change the setting of the scene (it’s quite possible the setting is boring you; whenever that happens, I go, “What will my reader NOT expect? Okay, the last interrogation scene took place inside a dim cell in the Tower of London. What if THIS TIME Henry VII decides to interrogate someone above the Tower’s lion pit, and dangle him over the side?”)

Here is something vital to remember, as a Ne-dom: you figure it out too far in advance, you’ll get bored with your own ideas.

Every time I have lain out an entire book from start to finish, and drawn up lists of what happens in what chapter, the creative spark dies. I have now started keeping an abstract concept in my mind (this is vaguely where it’s headed / what the climax will be, and what I should introduce next) and then leaving myself questions when I stop writing for the day, to trigger ideas for the next day.

So instead of writing: Heledd meets Alfred on the road and they discuss X, I ask, What does Heledd see that makes her suspicious? How should I introduce doubt into Meg’s mind? What should happen with the ring I introduced in the last chapter? How can I make the big reveal more dramatic?

Leave lots and lots of room for improvisation, too. When I sat down to write the other night, I knew I had to take my heroine through her fears up a road lined with her enemies – people who months before had tried to hang her. So, I knew I had to deal with PTSD trauma. What I did NOT know is that superstition would surround a myth of faerie lights to accuse her brother of murder (the murder, I had planned) and that other people would turn up in support of her, and sing an old Welsh tale to calm her down. But that was nice.

Ne’s delight in the unexpected, in allowing ideas to flourish and spring forth with just enough forewarning to lace together into the rest of the story; you must leave room in your novels for this to happen.

(Gif: Jo March, Little Women. ENFP. My soul sister.)

I’ll be honest here, in the hope it’ll inspire you. I started in on a sequel right after finishing my last book. I was excited about it, I wrote about 20 thousand words, and then I had to stop and do some line editing on the original novel. When I went back to my sequel, my creative spark had DIED. I was distraught; where had all my excitement, enthusiasm, and ideas gone?? So I put that draft in a folder, and tried another. It went on for about 15 thousand words just fine, and then it DIED. More distress. More staring at a blank page. More clueless pondering. More angst. So I delved into it from yet ANOTHER angle. I changed all the POV’s. I tied it back into London in addition to Wales. I invented an entirely new subplot. I wrote about 20 thousand words.

And it DIED. I lost the spark.

I spent one day utterly frustrated, near tears, anxious that maybe I’ll never be able to write another book (low Si paranoia :P) … and I opened up my original draft, the one with 20 thousand words, and skim read the first four chapters… and then sat down and carried the story forward. I’ve kept bits and pieces from each draft, and a lot of that writing can go in this book; but my forward momentum is back. The original idea WAS INDEED the best, or at least, the one my Ne is most passionate about – but it had to explore other options first, before it could settle down to tell THIS story.

Okay, the last bit of advice – you can take it or leave it.

Many high Ne’s benefit from working on multiple projects at once. You should consider, yes, working on your book; and writing a short story or a fan fiction on the side in a totally different genre, to keep your mind active.

I, however, have never been able to do this without losing focus – so I am a “one project at a time” kind of girl, to the extent where if I have an amazing idea for a different book or character in the middle of working on THIS one, I write it down on a slip of paper, stick it in a jar, and forbid my mind from thinking about it further, in order to remain focused.

Finally, write yourself a quick deadline. Given the amount of time you have to spend on this novel, and what else you have to do which might detract from it, and how fast you can write, figure out a rough estimate of how long it will take you to write this book. I spent two years on the last one and it literally almost killed me and drove my family insane (though, technically, since it went through about 14 drafts / rewrites / completely changed focus 4 times, and started out as a novel covering 20 years, went to a novel covering a decade, and wound up being a novel covering 6 months… I was working on more than one novel). This is NOT GOOD for a Ne-dom. We like to see PROGRESS. We like to see a point in our future when we are FREE to pursue OTHER THINGS. So, give yourself six months to write a rough draft. Or four months. Something doable, that keeps you motivated, because:

When I get done with this, I can write something else!

You are verbose. You are creative. You are ideas-driven. And if you’re a Ne-dom, you can turn out an incredible amount of words in a very short time.

You can do this.

Hope that helps,

- ENFP Mod (who tomorrow goes back to writing her sequel, because she did NOT write fiction today and was so bored she could hardly stand it)

Those who simply run away from sin are half-Christians. Our calling is much higher than simply running away from what’s wrong. We’re called to chase lions.
— 

Mark Batterson, from his book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive when Opportunity Roars

I found this passage particularly convicting. Too often I’m just focused on fighting sin, I forget God wants me to go after the things that scare me because that’s how He’ll grow me.

-Jamie 

anonymous asked:

after that ace and tiny!sabo ficlet, could you maybe do a sabo and tiny!ace one. preferably before sbo regains his memories, so hes bewildered by this tiny child clinging to him. ( i loved the tiny!sabo fic, btw. that line about ace not being hurt that Thatch liked sabo better was killer<3)

The thing about confidence, Sabo thinks bitterly, is that the only time it’s not arrogance is when you can back it up.

Well, this is what he gets for going into things blindly. The mark isn’t the dumb minion they thought he was, and Koala’s still outside.

“You may as well surrender,” Sabo says, lungs heaving but pipe steady. “We’ve got you cornered.”

The guy just looks at him. “You lie,” he says. “And it wouldn’t matter if you didn’t.”

That’s–well, worrying. “You’re right on both counts,” Sabo concedes, “but it doesn’t matter, because I’ll be more than enough.”

“I’d like to see you try,” he says, so Sabo grins and spins in close. He swings a high round, but it’s baiting, and sure enough the guy gets up a hand to redirect so he pivots off his toes, twists from the hips and slams the pipe straight down instead.

The guy’s smile turns sour and his face flashes into something else altogether. “Iron,” he hisses, and Sabo hesitates a second and falls back a step. That’s not the usual reaction he gets when his pipe touches skin.

“It’s steel, actually,” he says. Well, lies, really; he doesn’t know what the pipe is made of, only that he coated it in powdered seastone.

The look the guy gives him is cat-eyed and creepy, and Sabo adds that to iron and backpedals hard. “You’re not from the Committee at all, are you?”

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anonymous asked:

Hii! Could you do how Ace, Sabo, Luffy, Law, Zoro, Sanji, and Aokiji would be as parents?

Hello there my friend and yes!

Ace: honestly he’s the “haha here son jump through this ring of fire i made while riding on the back of a sea king” kind of dad ok but when he really puts his mind to his parenting abilities, he’d 194739% be the most fun dad to have. he’d always take his kid(s) on cool little adventures and tell them (lies) about how marco is actually the product of a pineapple and a bird. also he’d keep his kid(s) occupied with lame jokes and cool ass fire tricks bUT IF YOU FCKIN LAY A FINGER ON HIS LITTLE BABY CHILD THEN UR LIFE IS GONE MATE HE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND PROBABLy BURN YOU WHILE YOU SLEEP THEYRE TOO GOOD FOR THIS WORLD’S CORRUPTED HANDS

Sabo: ok listen right up sabo would be more of a mom than a dad ok have u seen the way he is around luffy OK ANYWAY sabo would give this kid the whole entire world. he’d come home every day with like different presents and shit and he’d be like “here treasure this. i know it’s only a rock but the way it sparkled reminded me of you my child. this will be useful one day” and he’d always try to meet the kid’s needs EVERY TIME. he’d constantly tell his kiddo the adventures he had when he was a young’un. also he’d always have the urge to just pick up the child and hold it foreVER and just HUG it because THIS IS SABO’S CHILD WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. sabo would also be a very protective parent so watch out man he’ll probably shove that pipe of his right down your throat if you looked at his kid the wrong way. 

Luffy: luffy literally has no filter around anyone and this would include children so he’d be yapping some pg-13 shit as his child sat on his lap. aside from the lack of filtering in this boy, he’d always give those random motivational speeches to his kid in the most irrelevant situations like if his kid was being potty trained luffy would be like “if you give up now, what’s the point? where’s the fun in giving up when you can achieve this and continue on to do greater things?”. luffy would also make sure that his kid was the strongest little shit on the whole entire planet so every day he’d give his kid fighting lessons. he would be THAT parent who leaves their kid in a goddamn washing machine ok. he would also be THAT parent who doesn’t see any wrong with suspending their child over a pit of lions like hey guys i don’t see the big deal here. if he sees his child cry he’s gonna find whoever did it and make them cry tears of bLOOD

Law: *amount of dark circles under eyes rapidly increase*
that’s it
that’s all there is to know about law being a parent
though if you fuck with his kid he’ll probably replace your head with a cannonball 

Zoro: “where is the off button” -zoro 11238018203% of the time. zoro would be so serious about parenting even though he fucks up 100% of the time, like he’d return from a nice long walk only to realize that he left his goddamn child somewhere during that walk and then his face would darken and he’d say “they can’t defend themselves i must locate them and protect them at any cost or else my honor will shrivel up and die” (that’s somewhat of an exaggeration ok). he’d give his kid a 4 hour training session TWICE a day EVERY day. zoro ain’t got time for helpless toddlers man. 

Sanji: legit the best father. if his child was a girl, he’d spoil the god honest shit out of her (as he fills the role as the stereotypical protective father) and he probably wouldn’t even let any of the male members of the crew be around her. he’d probably make those boys sign a waver that says that they can only be around her as long as they’re about 982938402384028304802384 meters away. if his child was a boy, he’d teach him all the ways of the lovely kitchen, and of course, all the ways of winning a woman’s heart. his kid would be the greatest heartthrob at the solid age of 3. if you fuck with his little sunshines you will have a permanent shoe print right on your ass for the rest of your life #truth

Aokiji: he would be so chill with his child (pun intended). “oh you killed someone? that’s kinda illegal but that’s okay you’ll learn”. ok maybe not that chill but like he’d be pretty cool with anything his child does. he’d like to take his kid on long walks and share his knowledge of the world with them. he probably tells some kick ass bedtime stories let me tell you. 

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                          your stay, just like Gabe, I’m like a lion cub but a lion cub in
                          a pit of marshmallows.

The House of Varcour, for example, sprawls in the hot, swampy south, and they are fond of sending huge lizard-lions to the gaming pits.
— 

GRRM, A Beast For Norn, in Tuf Voyaging, 1986.

Seems that GRRM likes his pets and concepts. Great (and truly not very noble) Houses, lizard-lions and gaming pits mentioned in the same sentence here, years before A Song of Ice and Fire was ever thought of.

anonymous asked:

I know it is said that we will be persecuted for following Christ, but I never imagined the persecution would take the form it has. In my youth I imagined a pit of lions or fighting a giant. Compared to that the constant mocking and disrespect aimed at the faith should be inconsequential. Yet this hurts more then I thought possible. Seeing those pictures today of the men mocking the churches sanctity with their impropriety infuriated me in a way that I've never felt before.Why does this hurt so?

Well, the obvious part is that, to any Christian, their faith is the single most important thing to them in the world. Far more important to us than anything nonbelievers have to reference so they cannot begin to know the importance of what we have. The less obvious part is you are likely troubled and fear for these people as they are obviously not saved and as such will go to Hell when they die and that is quite distressing itself.

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“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” || game of thrones au

She wasn’t always Queen of Westeros, Lady of Storm’s End, legitimized bastard-daughter of Thaddeus Baratheon, the Thunderbolt King. She was once Darcy Storm, marshland scum and invisible – and above all, she remembers what it was like to be free. 

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She has been queen for little over a year, and already things outside of  King’s Landing have begun to stir.

Her best friend, Clinton Arryn, has left the South, called back to the Eyrie to marry the Tully girl Natalia and inherit lordship of the Vale. Her half-sister Elizabeth, solely responsible for her legitimization by their father’s disownment for eloping with Bruce Martell, now holds down Dragonstone through rumors of a brewing rebellion. From the Wall come whispers of a man who walks through smoke and flame unscathed, wielding a blade of Valyrian steel and a shield of equal strength, and perhaps the most troubling news of all comes from Winterfell – that is, because there hasn’t been any news, at all. Her Northern cousins and foster brothers have not sent her correspondence in nearly half a year, and her Hand Phillip Mormont, sent to retrieve word upon her request, disappeared ever since leaving Riverrun two months ago, and has since been presumed dead.

Within the walls of the Red Keep, the matters of her court fare no better. The group of Boltons who arrived last month lurk in her home and murmur about Northern traitors to the crown, while the Grand Maester Nicholas tells lies to her face, meeting the Archmaesters in secret at the Citadel. Her husband and consort Thor Lannister is bedding her most trusted friend and handmaiden, the Lady Jane Tyrell, and the new Hand of the Queen, chosen only through pressure by the Lord Odin, is none other than her brother-in-law; a man who had claimed to love her only to use her as a means to power, a man who she had refused to marry, choosing his brother instead – a man who despite his betrayal of her, still held her heart in his hands and her soul in his grasp. 

She is Darcy Baratheon, Queen of Westeros, and never has she felt more like a doe left to fend against a roaring pit of lions.

What will the Sakamaki and Mukami do at the Zoo

Shu: He be sleeping on bench or likely be in tigers pit because “Someone” put him there

Reiji: “The one who will put Shu in the tigers pit.” He will be talking to everyone about different animals and might lead the tour

Ayato: Ayato would be happy and drag you to different place and he even will be the idiot one to try and get inside of lions pit just to show you he can train one

Kanato: He be in penguin pit trying to gather as many penguin as he can and start a riot at the zoo of course Reiji have to convince him to not do that

Laito: He would flirt bit but if you get too jealous he kiss you. Laito doesn’t mind the animals but he do enjoy coming during “Mating season”

Subaru: Subaru be bored with just staring all animals except for lions pit. He did enjoy seeing lions attacking Ayato

Kino: He be playing Pokemon Go and wouldn’t pay attention what going on until he is being chase by penguin

Ruki: Ruki would tell you about different animals like Reiji and will be keeping a close eyes on Azusa

Kou: He do concerts there!!! Kou would annoy Subaru lots too and tease him how he is a car. Kou would buy ton of animals related stuff for his lover including collar~

Yuma: He be watching the tiger pit laughing and waited for Shu to be eaten. He enjoy the bears pit most because for some reason he loves bears

Azusa: He would try to go inside of elephant pit in which Ruki have to stop him. Azusa loves the sea lions and elephants (He want to be step on by elephant)

But God is in the recycling business. He recycles past experiences and uses them to prepare us for future opportunities.
That is the story of my life. And that is the story of your life.
Look in the rearview mirror long enough and you’ll see that God has purposely positioned you everywhere you’ve been- even when it seemed you’d taken a wrong turn.
—  Mark Batterson