long held dreams

Letting Go

Long held dreams,
Unanswered prayers,
Unheard screams,
And unshed tears,
They have been
asking me,
To let them
be free,
They want to escape,
these walls I keep them in,
But they don’t understand
I’ve only been trying,
To keep them safe
all this time,
To save them
for another day,
For the right time
and the right place,
Yet, they don’t want
to hide anymore,
They’re wild,
Very wild,
And maybe,
It’s where they belong?
And maybe,
letting them go
will make me strong?

[Letting Go -HF]

Originally posted by autumnsoulss

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria
“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”
By James Somers

You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to grow larger than the holdings at the Library of Congress, Harvard, the University of Michigan, at any of the great national libraries of Europe—would have been available for free at terminals that were going to be placed in every local library that wanted one.

At the terminal you were going to be able to search tens of millions of books and read every page of any book you found. You’d be able to highlight passages and make annotations and share them; for the first time, you’d be able to pinpoint an idea somewhere inside the vastness of the printed record, and send somebody straight to it with a link. Books would become as instantly available, searchable, copy-pasteable—as alive in the digital world—as web pages.

It was to be the realization of a long-held dream. “The universal library has been talked about for millennia,” Richard Ovenden, the head of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, has said. “It was possible to think in the Renaissance that you might be able to amass the whole of published knowledge in a single room or a single institution.” In the spring of 2011, it seemed we’d amassed it in a terminal small enough to fit on a desk.

“This is a watershed event and can serve as a catalyst for the reinvention of education, research, and intellectual life,” one eager observer wrote at the time.

On March 22 of that year, however, the legal agreement that would have unlocked a century’s worth of books and peppered the country with access terminals to a universal library was rejected under Rule 23(e)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Cass: [1] Its extremely soft feathers make no sound in flight. It silently sneaks up on prey without being detected [2] When darkness falls, the rings on its body begin to glow, striking fear in the hearts of anyone nearby [3] They fly around on moonless nights and attack careless prey. Nothing can beat them in a battle in the dark [4] It will use its arms like swords in order to protect someone. It is a master of courtesy and swordsmanship

Dick: [1] Swellow flies high above our heads, making graceful arcs in the sky [2] Despite the beauty of its lilting voice, it’s merciless to intruders that enter its territory [3] For the sake of its friends, this brave warrior of the sky will not stop battling, even if injured [4] Altaria envelops people it loves with its cotton-like wings

Damian: [1] At first sight, Poochyena takes a bite at anything that move [2] This special Pokémon conceals many different possible evolutions [3] It is said to be difficult to earn its trust. However, it is extremely popular for its cute looks and behavior [4] Although it possesses a violent temperament, it won’t put up with bullying

Tim: [1] In battle, Blaziken blows out intense flames from its wrists and attacks foes courageously. The stronger the foe, the more intensely this Pokemon’s wrists burn  [2] The hotter the flame sac on its belly, the faster it can fly, but it takes some time to get the fire going [3] Treeko is cool, calm, and collected - it never panics under any situation. If a bigger foe were to glare at this POKéMON, it would glare right back without conceding an inch of ground [4] Salamence came about as a result of a strong, long-held dream of growing wings. It is said that this powerful desire triggered a sudden mutation in this Pokemon’s cells, causing it to sprout its magnificent wings

Jason: [1] When Staravia evolve into Staraptor, they leave the flock to live alone [2] Ninetales is a very vengeful Pokémon that has been known to curse those who mistreat it [3] Rumored to sense disasters with its horn, it became a target. It fled deep into the mountains [4] Marowak is well known for ferocity with its bone club, which it is said to collect from a hidden graveyard. Upon evolution, Marowak has overcome the grief of its mother’s passing. Now ferocious and violent, Marowak is an adept combatant, and uses the bone it carries as a weapon and a boomerang

What, Like It's Hard? - Chapter 1 - GoldStarGrl - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 13/14
Fandom: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Charlie Kelly/Dee Reynolds, Mac/Dennis Reynolds
Characters: The Waitress (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Frank Reynolds, Bill Ponderosa, Brian Jr. (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Mandy (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Artemis Dubois
Additional Tags: AU Law School, Learning Disabilities, Murder Trial, mentions of csa

Charlie Kelly is a 25-year-old community college student eeking his way to an associates’ degree in waste management when the love of his life, a nearby coffee shop waitress, gets into Penn Law. Determined not to lose her, and nursing a long-held dream to practice bird law, he does what any logical stalker would do - and gets in there too.

(A Legally Blonde AU without shame.)

It’s the penultimate chapter! I refuse to apologize for this insanity!

Got lucid in a dream yesterday morning, decided the best use of my lucidity was to pretend to be a ghost and “haunt” my dream-dad.

Brain, we need to talk.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
the wretched refuse of your teeming shore”

When I first played TRR, I was determined to not use any diamonds on this book. So when my MC kissed Prince Liam at her door after he walked her home, I was left a little cold. Oh, I could understand the motivation: this was an attractive man she’d just met, who she connected with (in my playthrough at least) on a personal level, and she would probably never see him again. Of course she’d want to grab a last special moment with him before he disappeared from her life forever.

It never struck me how much *sense* that kiss made until I saw the Liberty scene.

Liam’s wish to see Liberty is pretty much an open secret among his friends, as Maxwell tells us in the airport gift shop before his Coronation (“he wouldn’t stop talking about the Statue of Liberty”). But being the man he is, he would much rather be grateful for what the gang has already prepared for him than demand more. So when he confides in the MC about this long-held dream, he is almost apologetic. He isn’t going to judge her for not fulfilling it, he isn’t going to be disappointed, he has already braced himself for the possibility that he will never see it before he returns to Cordonia.

When the MC surprises him by calling in a favour from a friend, it does two things:

1. It shows him that sometimes, SOMETIMES, people can care enough about him as a person, to go as far as they can to make him happy. Though Drake does say that everything and everyone revolves around Liam (he is partially right), how he really feels doesn’t always seem to matter, and he has always made his peace with this. Whatever the MC’s motivations may be, what she has done for him touches him deeply on an emotional level, and he isn’t very used to that.

2. It shows him what he could have been, if it weren’t for the weight of his responsibilities. He tells the MC on the boat that he admires her, admires her sense of adventure and her courage and her unique way of following her heart. When she tells him that he can live that way too, we can sense his sadness when he replies, “if only”. When the MC rightly guesses that he wants to see the statue because she represents freedom, he tells her that his freedom is forfeited in the fact that he has to set an example for his citizens.

The Statue of Liberty scene is the first time we ever listen to this beautiful track (https://pixeberrychoices-verse.tumblr.com/post/160400569056/this-is-the-sixth-and-so-far-final-special-track - arguably the most romantic track in the story). Liam stays silent for several minutes as Lady Liberty emerges from the mist, responding only when the MC breaks him out of his reverie.

I love this sequence because it is so charged with emotion. There is so much unsaid in this scene, so much that doesn’t need to be said. Liam speaks of how the only art that matters is the kind that moves you. How ripe with possibility everything feels now. How she may never even begin to understand what she has done for him.

Within that context, the MC knows she has opened up in him something that’s been closed off since forever. Something he wasn’t even aware existed. She knows she’s given him the chance to be whoever he wants to be, if only for one night.

When she kisses him, it’s a response to the magic of this whole experience. It’s a light, tentative kiss…filled with the same promise and possibility that brought him here. And even though he’s shocked at first, he feels safe enough with her, to respond in kind.

“Will we ever go back?” she will ask him, many months later.

“I would like nothing better,” he will say, unconsciously touching the gift in his breast pocket. It’s one of the first honest things he will say that night.

After all, the Statue of Liberty was the first place he began to trust her, enough to throw away who he was, and give in to the magic of the moment.

It’s something he keeps doing, whenever he’s around her.

Louis is not a Bravo consumer clearly, but he took Andy’s “controversial” questions in stride. I loved his passion, honesty, calmness and sincerity.  Also loved how irrelevant and absurd he finds Larry conspiracy theorists. At this point, larrie drama means more to us than to him. He said his piece matter-a-factly. Had a ‘it is what is is’ tone about it. And really didn’t dwell in the defensiveness or bitterness he used to project. All while still cutting the conspiracy bullshit and disrespect down to size. It’s beautiful. And pretty compelling when you consider everything at stake with his single and the fact that Larries believe they hold his career in the palm of their hands. Miss me with that crap.

So what did rattle him? Not Larry. Not ”who got the most ass” (though he was taken back. ”is that a real question?” lol), not the subject of trump being grumpy and kicking them out of their hotel and not the dreaded band hiatus. It was actually being asked about Liam’s lyric. Clearly, he did not anticipate or prepare for that question, and it showed. He gave a lame answer of “well I didn’t write that so I don’t know what he meant, but at least 1D is still worthy of a song mention so that’s nice” which made me laugh out loud. I mean. Louis is a lot of things, but lame is not one of them.

Soooo…Lilo. I have a lot, a lot of thoughts. Apologies in advance.

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MERLE DIXON FanFiction THE SACRIFICE Merle Dixon x Beth Greene au

Chapter 10 - THE SACRIFICE: … It was a feeling she’d never forget. It was the feeling of a long-held dream coming true. How often does anyone have that feeling?  Meth FanFiction Merle Dixon and Beth Greene


The Value of a Kind Gesture

Anon request for the prompt “Shoulder rubs” for Zoro x Nami. I address two headcanons I have in this: 1) Zoro gives amazing massages, and 2) Zoro will go into Nami’s office when she’s working and nap on the floor beside her because it’s always quiet and peaceful in there, with less chance of being rudely kicked awake.

Title: The Value of a Kind Gesture
Pairing: Roronoa Zoro x Nami
Genre: Romance/ AU
Rating: K+
Word Count: 1565
Disclaimer: I do not own One Piece or the characters, they belong to Eiichiro Oda.

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anonymous asked:

ok, i'll bite. why is kaz's love the purest thing ever? i mean, i definitely recognize it as real, but pure?? i wouldn't know about that.

Anon, I know it seems insane. Kaz characterizes himself as being cold, selfish and driven entirely by greed. And with the exception of that last one - because I actually think he’s more driven by vengeance than by greed - he’s not wrong. 

So what makes his love for Inej pure? Aren’t those things the exact opposite of what love is and should be? 

YES. Which is why his love for her is so pure - because it’s not characterized or tainted by any of these facets of his personality. His love is a love that’s in service to Inej, that gives without a precursor of entitlement. 

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Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Bryan Fuller on the season 3 finale:

Hugh Dancy:“In that final sequence, Hannibal realizes his long-held dream. By the very end, he and Will have killed someone in a kind of ritualistic, cold-blooded fashion. I remember very clearly dripping in blood, and that’s what Hannibal wanted to put it into effect between them at the end of season 2. That’s what he imagined. They go off to Europe like slaughtering people or something. And Will is acknowledging to Hannibal that it was as extraordinary an experience for him as it was for Hannibal. That’s what he’s saying. And I talked to Bryan a lot about that, that the motivation for going off the cliff at the end had to be Will’s realization, not only that this thing had happened, but that he loved it, as opposed to just, “Oh my god, what have I done? I finally arrived at this place I never wanted to be in. Oh, it’s so terrible!” It’s not that. It’s, “This is beautiful.””

Mads Mikkelsen: “[Hannibal’s] been, for three seasons, he’s been trying to make Will Graham see the light, which is [that] there is a wonderful power in killing and doing it for your own purpose. Not to protect yourself, but because you want to. And this is literally what Will is doing at this moment, and they are doing it together. They are doing it as a Bonnie and Clyde couple, which is absolutely perfect in the script that Hannibal wrote.”

Hugh Dancy:“It’s not a real relationship. [Laughs] It’s more, I think, exploration of things which probably we’ve all gone through one way or another, which is slightly obsessive, slightly compulsive. In a sense, it’s just like a really compelling but totally destructive relationship with anybody that you keep coming back to.” [continue] [Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Bryan Fuller interview for EW on December 11, 2015]

Details of Hannibal


Sawamura: [1] It controls a big territory. Extremely loyal, it will fearlessly bark at any opponent to protect its own trainer from harm [2] If one utters a deep cry, many Murkrow gather quickly. For this, it is called ‘Summoner of Night’ [3] This very loyal Pokémon excels at helping Trainers, and it also takes care of other Pokémon

Sugawara: [1] The divine Pokemon. When its entire body brightens slightly, it is said to be able to change it’s surroundings to match [2] A Pokemon that has been admired since the past for its beauty. Its magnificent bark conveys a sense of majesty. Anyone hearing it can’t help but grovel before it. [3] They have gentle hearts. Because they rarely fight, many have been caught. Their number has dwindled

Asahi: [1] Although it looks frightening, it is actually kind and affectionate [2] This very friendly Pokémon will hug its beloved Trainer. It throws a punch that’s the equivalent of the force of a hundred pro boxers [3] It flies high above our heads, making graceful but powerful arcs in the sky

Nishinoya: [1] Its roar in battle shakes the ground like a tremor - or like an earthquake has struck [2] Gardevoir will try to protect its trainer even at the risk of its own life

Tanaka: [1] It can punch its way through a concrete wall in the same way as a drill [2] It can launch a rock held in its hand like a missile by tightening then expanding muscles instantly [3] It boosts its concentration by emitting harsh cries. Its kicks have outstanding destructive power

Kageyama: [1] Proud of its sturdy skull, immediately headbutts anyone that makes eye contact with it [2] It wolfs down its weight in food once a day, swallowing food whole with almost no chewing [3] A noble Pokemon. They raise their heads to intimidate others and can stop its opponents’ movements with just a glare [4] It has the peculiar power of being able to see emotions such as joy and rage in the form of waves. **Evolves through friendship

Hinata: [1] This pokemon cannot afford to stop bouncing - if it stops, its heart will stop [2] As a result of its pursuit of faster, yet more silent flight, a new set of wings grew on its hind legs [3] It spreads its petals to absorb sunlight. It also floats in the air to get closer to the sun [4] Because it darts about vigorously at high speed, it is very difficult to see. Hearing its distinctive cries for too long induces a headache [5] By evolving into Salamence, this Pokemon finally realizes its long-held dream of growing wings. To express its joy, it flies and wheels all over the sky while spouting flames from its mouth

Tsukishima: [1] It hides silently in darkness and waits for its foes to make a move [2] It never allows its prey to escape

Yamaguchi: [1] This Pokemon grows by absorbing moonlight, it is said to be very shy [2] It is not yet skilled at storing electricity. It may send out a jolt if amused or startled

following on from our last post, you cant fuck this educational cartoon’s personification of gonorrhoea, pictured here on the right and happily married to syphilis dracula. could you really break up such a beautiful union. the short features a couple of other anthro diseases, including typhoid, the common cold, and Death, who i am too lazy to get a screencap of but rest assured he is wearing a very fashionable pink robe. though it is one of of humanity’s most long-held and cherished dreams (up there with “attaining the power of flight”) to fuck Death, i gotta be the bearer of bad news here. stick to contracting diseases, not fucking them.

“Bianca” Smith

One of the most disappointing details from Chapter 69 was Levi’s casual mention that Kenny’s entire squad was dead. If true, this would include Kenny’s partner, the woman we dubbed “Bianca”.

She was a favorite of mine. I enjoyed how slowly and carefully Isayama revealed her to us. She began as a mysterious cloaked figure in Ch52 but gradually transformed into a beautifully drawn and wonderfully detailed character. She was given a face, a voice and a mission. The only thing missing was her name.

Why would Isayama leave this final detail out? Clearly because it’s going to be important later in the story.

Let me take you back to the day we met young Erwin. It is easy to focus on his adorable appearance and earnest expression. But what else do you see in the panel? That’s right. Other kids. Including a familiar looking tiny blonde girl.

Erwin had a father. If the laws of biology are the same in SnK, we can safely assume he had a mother. Isn’t it also possible he had siblings? In a world with primitive birth control it’s downright likely!

The image of “Bianca” that opens this post is stunning in its similarity to Erwin. Like him, she speaks of long held dreams, the kind that often form when tragedy strikes. Perhaps she too lost someone important at a young age. But while the death of Papa Smith spurred Erwin to unravel the mysteries of the world, it had the opposite effect on “Bianca”. She became bitter.

Losing a parent, being raised by a single mother, having an older brother who becomes driven by anger and guilt would take a toll on a young girl. She lost the two of the most important people in her life.

Years later when Kenny appeared with his disdain for the world and promise to turn it upside-down, she was ready to join him. Her apathy transformed into zeal, passion and focus. Her drive to help Kenny achieve his dream is comparable only to Erwin’s single-minded pursuit of his own.

Such strong parallels don’t happen accidentally. Isayama is a careful storyteller —and an even more careful artist!  

I’ll let you judge the family resemblance.

SnK Crack Theories Week: Family Friday

Niall <3 the All Blacks

This picture off Niall’s instagram has drove me and Em to finally crack open the tiny bottles of beer my grandad gave us, because Niall Horan meeting the All Blacks and looking like any other 9 year old boy does when they get to meet the All Blacks is a bit overwhelming.

However, the impression I get is that most people don’t know all about Niall’s history with the New Zealand national rugby team and/or don’t know how great their thighs are, which is a travesty, tbh, so I’m here to fill you in.

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Netflix Sets ‘Julie’s Greenroom’ Preschool Series From Julie Andrews, Jim Henson Co.
By Cynthia Littleton

Netflix is taking aim at “Sesame Street’s” turf in a deal with Julie Andrews and the Jim Henson Co. for a live-action series about the arts aimed at the preschool demo.

“Julie’s Greenroom” is designed to introduce pint-size viewers to various aspects of the performing arts. Andrews will play the leader of a performing arts company who works with a host of new puppet characters created by the Henson Co.

The series, which began lensing in New York last month, will feature original music and guest stars including Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Joshua Bell, Tituss Burgess, Carol Burnett, Chris Colfer, Robert Fairchild, Josh Groban, David Hyde Pierce, Bill Irwin, Ellie Kemper and Idina Menzel. Netflix has ordered 13 half-hour episodes that are set to debut early next year.

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anonymous asked:

do you think someone who only "got serious" about art at 25 and can only self-teach can become as good an artist as someone who went to art school straight out of high school? my situation is that i'm too ill to go to college (i have a chronic illness) but being an artist is a long-held dream of mine, but i often feel like i left too it too late to start

Well you’re starting with a faulty premise: going to art school does *not* make you good at art.

Believe me, as someone who went to art school, there are a LOT of terrible artists there and they don’t get better. All art school does is give you a safe space to try and work your craft among like-minded peers. I know plenty of people who went to art school and had successful careers and I know plenty of people who didn’t or dropped out and also had successful careers.

Art school does not make you a good artist; practice, patience, and the ability to listen and learn from criticism does. If you have those, you’ll be fine. If you don’t, you’ll fail. Every artist I know of who failed was someone who didn’t do one of those things. If you’re just starting to work now, of course it’s not going to look great. Just make sure you listen to critiques and don’t get down on yourself about them because you’re brand new. It’ll take a few years to get better, that’s the natural course of things.

As far as your chronic condition goes, how is hindering your work? Really look at it and ask yourself what it is actually doing to stop you from picking up a pencil and paper and drawing. There are artists out there that have no ability to use their arms or legs that are still drawing using their mouth!

Everyone has a thing that hinders them in some way. Whether it’s a hindrance in achieving their dream job, or a hinderance in holding a steady relationship, or a hindrance that’s a chemical imbalance in their brain. I have hindrances too! Everyone has them, they’re not fair, and they’re never going to be fair. Some people are going to have more of them than others and fail. Some people might have more than others and achieve amazing things! Some people will have less than others and still somehow fail.

The trick to not letting those obstacles bring you down is being someone who is able to not let them define you. You are not your illness. It is a part of you, but it is not you. You or others might have perceptions about what it means to have that illness, but perceptions are all in people’s heads. It’s up to you to become who you want to be and you might have to work harder at it than someone else, but it is your responsibility.

Also age is bullshit. No one knows how old you are or your ethnicity or anything when they look at your art. Just make good art and people will want in on it.